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|Original Members:||James McCloud (leader), Peppy Hare, Pigma Dengar|
|Current members:||Fox McCloud (leader), Falco Lombardi, Slippy Toad, Krystal, ROB 64|
|Future members (unknown canonicity)1:||Marcus McCloud, Slippy's son, Peppy's granddaughter, Falco Lombardi|
|Affiliation:|| Cornerian Army|
Cornerian Flight Academy
|1: Possible; according to one of Star Fox Command's endings|
The Star Fox Team is a legendary team of mercenaries for hire, which has repeatedly defended the Lylat System in times of peril. The team has evolved radically over the years, as well as the equipment they've used. Founded by James McCloud, the leadership passed through to his son, Fox, after his apparent death. Fox McCloud was a cadet at the Cornerian Defense Army Academy when he heard the news that his father, James McCloud, had met a violent end at the hands of the twisted genius, Andross. The senior McCloud had been betrayed by his own wingman, Pigma Dengar, and delivered into a deadly trap from which there was seemingly no escape. Only James's wingman, Peppy Hare, managed to limp home in his badly damaged starfighter. As the only survivor of the original Star Fox Team, Peppy insisted that the young Fox take on the leadership of the group and form a new team of pilots. Thrust into the leadership role that he wasn't prepared for, Fox recruited the hot-tempered Falco Lombardi and the mechanical genius Slippy Toad to make up the new Star Fox Team. For a price, this crack group will fight against any threat to the Cornerian star system. Although it may appear that the Star Fox Team is motivated only by financial gain, it will only accept missions that serve to uphold justice.
Early BeginningsEditThe Star Fox Team was founded by James McCloud and his best friend, Peppy Hare. Shortly into their new career, they were joined by a new member: Pigma Dengar. The team flew abound the Lylat System, finding work wherever they were. They earned so much that James decided to upgrade the team's headquarters and purchased the building rights to a new mothership that would transport the trio about the System.
The Lylat WarsEdit
Main article: Lylat Wars
Occurrence at VenomEdit
Meanwhile, a mad scientist named Andross was banished to the far, desolate planet of Venom for performing dangerous experiments in Corneria. The Star Fox team was hired to investigate, but Pigma betrayed his teammates to Andross. Peppy was able to escape, but his friend James was not. Peppy returned to Corneria and informed Pepper of the danger Andross posed to the Lylat System. He also told James' son Fox of his father's fate. He took Fox under his wing and guided him in his quest to become a pilot.
The New Star Fox TeamEditYears later, Andross' forces began to gather strength, and war was imminent. General Pepper decided to re-form the Star Fox team, and set up a high budget around it. With new weapons, an automated robot, and James's Great Fox finally complete, Pepper recreated the team, with the now 18-year-old Fox McCloud as the new leader. With his dear friend Peppy Hare, Fox chose new members, including the skilled mechanic Slippy Toad and former gang member Falco Lombardi.
Starting at Corneria, the team fought through Andross' minions throughout the Lylat, making its way to Venom: Andross' base. They encountered the infamous Star Wolf and accumulated quite some time in dogfighting with them. Finally, the crew made it to Andross's base, where Fox single-handedly defeated the warlord.
The team returned to Corneria, where Pepper commended them and offered them positions in the Cornerian Army. Fox refused his offer, claiming they preferred working solo. They flew off, looking for jobs just as they had in the days of old, looking forward to a bright future.
Troubles in the LylatEdit
Main article: Star Fox: Farewell, Beloved Falco
The team flew many missions freelance during the years following the Cornerian-Venomian conflict. However, all was not well as time passed: After a close call on Titania that nearly involved Andross' revival, Falco left the team in search of a solo career. The Great Fox and the Arwings became very aged while ROB also suffered from lack of new parts and had trouble keeping himself together, and in dire need of repair. Peppy has retired from active flight duty but remains as mentor. Slippy has traded in his role as active pilot and starts to develop various weapons and gadgets for the Cornerian forces.
The Saurian CrisisEditMain article: Saurian Crisis
Eight years after the Lylat Wars, the team received a briefing from General Pepper of a crisis at Sauria: chunks of the planet had broken off and may pose a threat to the welfare of the Lylat System. Realizing their finances needed improvement, alongside their aged vehicles and weapons, Fox, Slippy, and Peppy took the job and traveled to Sauria, known as the Dinosaur Planet. However, only Fox made contact with the planet while Peppy stayed behind to work on his maps and Slippy continued work on developments and giving Fox vital advice. But by the end of the game, Falco rejoins after saving Fox from being used as Andross' chew toy. In Adventures, Fox teams up with Tricky, a triceratops. Later, at the end of the game, Fox tells Tricky that his mission would have been a failure without him. He then gives Tricky an official Star Fox member badge, declaring Tricky an honorary member. A new telepathic member, Krystal, also ends up joining the team in gratitude after the events Star Fox Adventures.
Main article: Aparoid InvasionA year after the Saurian Crisis, Andross' nephew and former Star Wolf pilot Andrew Oikonny had gathered all that remained of Venom's forces and challenged the Cornerian forces in orbit near Fortuna. The more organized Cornerians had Oikonny on the run despite constant surprise attacks from stealth forces. General Pepper called in the team to cut through the ongoing space battle and finish off Oikonny. After cutting through and hampering the Venom Forces, the team chased Oikonny's flagship to the surface of Fortuna. Oikonny, after a bit of boasting, attempted to continue his attack, but was blasted by a new hostile: an Aparoid After the butterfly-like creature fired on the team, they fought back. They discovered and retrieved a core memory from the wreckage just before more of the same Aparoids appeared, poised to attack. Fox grabs the core memory and the team makes a break for it.
After returning the core memory to Corneria R&D, the team gets word from General Pepper and Beltino Toad (father of Slippy Toad) about the Aparoids, how one destroyed an entire Cornerian fleet, and how the core memory they recovered is partially damaged and not yielding a lot of information. Pepper then dispatches the team to Katina where their outpost has triggered a distress signal. After defeating numerous waves of Aparoids, a giant Aparoid appears and attacks. Fox defeats the creature, and goes to retrieve its core memory, which appears to be fully intact. Then the distress signal stops transmitting and Fox and Peppy's old nemesis Pigma Dengar shows up, revealing that he triggered the SOS signal. He then steals the Core Memory and flees.
Peppy tracks Pigma down to the Sargasso space station, a pirate and criminal safe haven controlled by Star Wolf leader Wolf O'Donnell. Wolf's minions attempt to take on the team with battleships and gateway spawners, with no success. Then Wolf arrives with Star Wolf's new recruit, Panther Caroso, and challenges Fox, Falco, and Krystal. After a dogfight, the six pilots call time-out and Fox demands Wolf turn over Pigma. But Wolf claims Pigma is not only no longer a part of Star Wolf, he's not even welcome in Wolf's territory. Ultimately, Panther, being infatuated with Krystal, points the team toward Fichina.
The team proceeds to Fichina only to find that Pigma tampered with the planet's climate control center and triggered a massive blizzard. Fox goes in first in a Landmaster to manually reactivate the climate control center so the Arwings can safely fly on the surface. But after resetting the system, the security sentry bots attack Fox, likely because of Pigma's tampering with the ID system. Falco arrives in time to save Fox from the bots and carry him out on his wing. The two proceed to attack the Aparoids that have infested the area while Slippy investigates the sentry bots. He then surmises that Aparoids can infect and control machines. Pigma arrives and shows that he's controlling them by infesting part of the center's engineering and triggers an overload of the climate control center's power reactors. Star Fox decides to let Pigma go for now and focus on saving the Climate Control center, the only thing keeping Fichina habitable. After destroying the infested machinery, the overload is halted.
After continuing to track Pigma, Star Fox corners him at an unfinished base located inside an asteroid belt. They find his ship abandoned, but find Pigma now fully infected by the Core memory and transformed into a living Gorgon-like creature. The Aparoids, through Pigma, warn the team to cease hostilities and surrender to them. But they attack and destroy Pigma, recovering the stolen Core Memory. They send it to Pepper and Beltino, who use it to discover the location of the Aparoids' home planet, and information on their leader, the Aparoid Queen. Before they can return, Krystal senses trouble on Sauria and the team rushes to investigate.
They arrive to find Sauria under severe attack from Aparoids. Krystal and Fox hit the surface of the planet while Falco and Slippy clear the skies. With the Aparoids defeated, Falco and Slippy return to the Great Fox. Fox and Krystal stay behind to check on their old friend Tricky, who is all grown up and now the king. Tricky offers to help, but Fox insists he stay to care for Sauria. He vows to do so, that way the two foxes could come back on their honeymoon, to which Fox is sent into a nervous panic.
General Pepper then contacts Star Fox and warns them that Corneria was attacked while they were handling Sauria's Aparoid crisis. Pepper's transmission is cut off and the crew races to Corneria City. The Aparoids jam their radar with powerful jammers, so Fox must destroy them first. Afterwards, Peppy transmits an Arwing for him to use. But the Aparoids destroy the ship and surround Fox. They are ready to blast him, but then Wolf shows up and rescues him. Wolf claims he still owes Fox for attacking his base. After clearing out the remaining Aparoids, ROB spots an unknown vessel quickly approaching. Peppy recognizes it as General Pepper's flagship. It has been taken over by the Aparoids, and Pepper is infested and controlling the machine. He orders Fox to destroy him, but Fox panics, inadvertently allowing the Aparoids to wrest control of the machine from Pepper. Once the ship is destroyed, it plummets to the surface. Peppy shows up in an Arwing and takes the brunt of the crash, saving the General and routing the Aparoids. Beltino and the research team discover the location of the homeworld, and discover that they have a tendency for apoptosis (cells designed to self destruct). Beltino hurries to create a program that will set off a chain reaction in the Aparoids once fired at the Queen. The Aparoids attack Corneria's orbital facility to try and cut them off from the homeworld and destroy the self-destruct program. But Star Fox, the remnants of the Conerian Fleet, and Star Wolf fight them off until the program is ready.
With the program ready, Star Fox rallies all available forces to invade the Aparoid Homeplanet. After proceeding through Corneria's Orbital Transmission Gate, they attack in full force. Once the base is secure, the team prepares to enter the planet and attack the Queen, but the Aparoids form an impenetrable barrier of energy, closing off the entrance. The Great Fox arrives, clearly being taken over by the Aparoids and damaged, and rams into the shield wall, shattering it. Fox resolves to press on into the planet. Behind them, the Great Fox is apparently crushed by the reforming wall and explodes. Star Fox and Star Wolf (who just barely made it through the hole in the shield) fight down to the Queen's lair. The Queen sends her strongest forces to stall them, but Wolf, Leon, and Panther volunteer to draw them off while the others proceed to the queen. They find the Queen, who attempts to null the team with voices from the memories of beings she's absorbed including Pigma, Pepper, Peppy, ROB, and even James McCloud. Fox and the team power though the voices and fire the program into the Queen. At first, it seems to be working, but then the Queen suppresses it, trying to escape and find a treatment. They chase after her and fully trigger the program. The chain reaction is successful and destroys the planet, the Queen, and any remaining Aparoids in the Lylat System, thus ending the Aparoid Wars.
The Anglar BlitzEdit
Main article: Anglar BlitzSome time after the Aparoid invasion the Star Fox team once again went into decline as the whole team went their separate ways with only Fox and ROB staying on. Falco left to find the thrills which he had during the past events which mirrors what he did before the incident on Sauria. Slippy left because he fell in love. Peppy was appointed the new General of the Cornerian forces after Pepper became confined to his sickbed. Krystal disappears after being ashamed and heartbroken after Fox asked her to step down from the team. And the Great Fox, which was destroyed during the Aparoid invasion, has been replaced by a new model which is considerably weaker.
During the Anglar attack on the system, the Star Fox team rejoin in most storylines. One even includes Amanda, Slippy's fiancee, joining the team. It is also possible that, sometime after the events in Star Fox Command, Fox settled down with Krystal and had a son named Marcus McCloud. Inspired by his parents, he enrolled in the Cornerian Academy like his father, then soon started a new Star Fox team with Slippy's son and Peppy's granddaughter, with Falco serving a role similar to Peppy's as an adviser. However, it is unknown which ending is the true one, as Star Fox Command is currently the last game in the series chronologically.
Original Founding MembersEdit
James McCloud (ジェームズ・マクラウド, Jēmuzu Makuraudo) is the father of Fox McCloud and the founder of the Star Fox team. On a scouting mission to Venom, he is betrayed by Pigma Dengar and captured by the evil Andross. Though his true fate is ambiguous, he is presumed dead by most sources.
Peppy Hare (ペッピー・ヘア, Peppī Hea) is a member of the original Star Fox team, with leader James McCloud and wingmate Pigma Dengar. After Pigma's betrayal and James' capture, Peppy narrowly escapes to return to Corneria to inform Fox McCloud of his father's fate. Ever since then, Peppy serves as Fox's mentor and frequently gives Fox instructions and advice throughout the course of the games.
Pigma Dengar (ピグマ・デンガー, Piguma Dengā) is one of the original members of the Star Fox team, and after he betrays the team to help Andross, he joins Star Wolf. He is an exceptionally greedy pirate who does not care who he hurts so long as he ends up with a large paycheck in the end.
Fox McCloud (フォックス・マクラウド, Fokkusu Makuraudo) is the main character of the Star Fox series, and leader of the Star Fox team since his father, James McCloud, went missing after his capture by Andross. When he heard about his father's death, he dropped out of the Cornerian Air Force. At the start of the series, Fox was young and still learning under the training of Peppy Hare, his father's friend and wingmate. He has since become an expert pilot, and has repeatedly brought tranquility to the Lylat System. Fox is skilled in both air and ground based attacking, as seen in Star Fox: Assault.
Falco Lombardi (ファルコ・ランバルディ, Faruko Ranbarudi) is an expert pilot and a friend of Fox. Falco often joins and leaves the Star Fox team throughout the series of games and is seen as somewhat of a sidekick to Fox as they are very close. After Star Fox 64, Falco leaves the team, because of boredom and tiredness (though also because of the events of "Star Fox: Farewell, Beloved Falco", see below), but returns at the end of Star Fox Adventures. During the final battle against Andross in Star Fox Adventures, Falco comes to Fox's rescue. Leon Powalski of the Star Wolf team is considered to be his rival.
Slippy Toad (スリッピー・トード, Surippī Tōdo) is a longtime friend of Fox. Young, kind, and intelligent, he serves as the inventor of the team. Slippy's father, Beltino Toad, the Research Director for the Cornerian Defense Forces, invents and constructs many inventions for the team, including the Blue Marine and the Landmaster.
Krystal (クリスタル, Kurisutaru) is the sole survivor of her doomed home planet, Cerinia. She makes her first appearance in the series in Star Fox Adventures, where in search of answers to her planet's destruction, and the death of her parents, she comes across a distress signal from Dinosaur Planet. In Star Fox: Assault, it is shown that Fox allowed Krystal to become a full-time member of the Star Fox team.
ROB 64 (ナウス64, Nausu Rokujūyon, NUS64) is the robotic operator of Star Fox's mothership, the Great Fox.
Prince Tricky is the prince of the EarthWalker tribe. He and Fox McCloud worked together to save Dinosaur Planet. Nearing the conclusion of the mission, Fox McCloud made him an honorary member of the Star Fox team, even placing the Star Fox badge on his forehead.
Amanda (アマンダ, Amanda) is Slippy's fiancée, who first appears in Star Fox Command. They meet two years prior to the events of Star Fox Command, and instantly fall in love. Amanda occasionally helps the team out in various missions, and pilots the Tadpole (タッドポール, Taddopōru), a ship armed with a multi-lock. She considers herself more of the leader in her relationship with Slippy, and always wants to be on his side during a fight. In two endings, she and Slippy settle down with children, one of whom joins Fox and Krystal's son, Marcus McCloud, as well as Peppy's granddaughter and Falco Lombardi himself in forming a new Star Fox team. In another ending, she herself joins the Star Fox team to be close to Slippy.
Lucy Hare (ルーシー・ヘア, Rūshī Hea) debuts in Star Fox Command, and is Peppy Hare's only daughter. Her mother, Vivian Hare (ビビアン・ヘア, Bibian Hea), died shortly after the Lylat Wars due to an illness. She is a bit of a tomboy, but is still very polite to her elders. Although pleased with her job as an astrophysics teacher on the planet Fichina, she does wish to become an expert pilot, like her father. It is said as well that she and Krystal are good friends. In some missions, she fights the Anglar attackers in her aircraft, the Sky Bunny (スカイバニー, Sukaibanī), armed with plasma lasers and a single lock. While she does not formally enter the team, one of the endings shows that Peppy's granddaughter (presumably her own daughter) becomes a member of the new Star Fox team, led by Marcus McCloud.
Possible Future MembersEdit
Marcus McCloud is the son of Fox McCloud and his wife Krystal. Following the defeat of the Anglars, Fox and the rest of the Star Fox Team vote to disband the squadron following, with Fox, immediately upon destroying the Anglars, departing the Great Fox forever and meeting Krystal again on Sauria, intending to re-build the relationship he ended due to Fox forcing Krystal to leave the team due to his fears for her safety. Krystal accepted Fox's advances, and they soon married and settled down to a quiet life. The rest of the Star Fox team went their own ways as well.
At some point, the Fox and Krystal had Marcus. In terms of appearance, Marcus physically appears much like his father, and inherits his strong sense of leadership, though inherits his mother's blue fur & eyes (and possibly her telepathy). Marcus was raised by his parents, becoming a fine young pup, and they enjoy a happy life together.
When he is old enough, Marcus enrolls in the Cornerian Academy, intending to follow in his father's footsteps. Marcus soon proves that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree during his training. His flying skill, a gift passed down through his family, is considered "unbelievable".
- Slippy's son.
- Peppy's granddaughter.
- Falco (possibly playing the role that Peppy did in Star Fox Assault)
The main air craft of the Star Fox team, it has appeared in all Star Fox games to date. Throughout their appearances the Arwings have had considerable changes, though all versions have retained the basics such as simple lasers that can be upgraded and Smart Bombs (called Nova Bombs in the first Star Fox).
This white-and-blue fictional vehicle first appeared in Star Fox 64 (1997, Nintendo 64) as a tracked light tank in two of the game's missions and one of the game's multiplayer maps.It appeared again in Star Fox: Assault (2005, Nintendo GameCube), although with wheels replacing the tank treads for this game only, the tanks were also modified somewhat and acted as anti-air craft tanks.
The Blue-Marine is a submarine vehicle, it has only been used once by Fox McCloud on the planet, Aquas. Instead of shooting bombs, the Blue Marine has an unlimited source of torpedoes. Strangely enough, this vehicle was never used again. It is unknown if it is even still in their arsenal. It is equipped with lasers like the Arwing, essentially performing the same way the Arwing would, only underwater.
The teams base of operations and later their home, it is used for carrying the Arwings and other vehicles as well as back up heavy assaults. ROB 64 is the primary pilot of the Great Fox.
- According to the Star Fox 64 manga, the Team's motto is "All for one and one for all". This is an obvious reference to the The Three Musketeers.
- In promotional materials for the original SNES game, the entire team had what appeared to be metallic-looking feet and ankles rather than boots. It was theorized that the Star Fox team had their legs amputated and replaced with futuristic prosthetics to prevent loss of consciousness while flying, as gravity tends to force blood away from the brain and toward the lower extremities. It is also likely that this was done not as a conscious artistic choice but rather a budget concern.
- Every NPC member of the team is invincible until scripted points where the player must assist them. In Star Fox: Assault, however, the allies who participate on the ground can be harmed, but will not die.
|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|