Saru is an anthropomorphic primate who looks very similar to series long time villain Andross.
He appears only in one of the four beta versions of the unreleased Star Fox 2 game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
He, along with Fara Phoenix, was removed in the final beta.
Because "Saru" literally means "monkey" in Japanese, the name may have been a placeholder.
It is possible that fellow scrapped character Fay replaced him in the final beta.
There are some theories as to which character Saru became in the official series: Since he was a primate, it could be very easily speculated that the concept for his character was adapted into the character Dash Bowman in Star Fox Command for the Nintendo DS handheld system. The fact that, in one of Command's endings, he looks similar to Andross, his grandfather, lends credance to this idea.
There is also a pilot in Star Fox 64 who, while presumed nameless, pilots a vessel called the Sarumarine which may indicate that this character may be the Saru. However, whether it is just his name or if he is the real Saru is unknown.
|Fox McCloud | Falco Lombardi | Slippy Toad | Krystal | ROB 64|
|James McCloud | Pigma Dengar | Peppy Hare|
|Lucy Hare | Amanda | Tricky|
|Marcus McCloud | Slippy's son | Lucy's daughter | Miyu | Fay | Fara Phoenix | Saru|
|Arwing | Landmaster | Blue Marine | Great Fox|