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You're good, but I'm better!
—Wolf O´Donnell

Wolf O'Donnell is the leader of Star Wolf and rival of Fox McCloud. In parallel to Fox and his team, Wolf is also known to go by the name of Star Wolf.

He was initially hired by Andross during the Lylat Wars to take down the Star Fox team but ultimately failed. During the years between the end of the war and the beginning of the Aparoid Invasion he hid in an illegal hideout called the Sargasso Space Zone, recruiting various criminals from all corners of the Lylat System who proudly named him as Lord O'Donnell. His motives changed when the Aparoids invaded Corneria as he rescued Fox and aided Star Fox in their retaliation.

Biography

Early Life

Not much is known about Wolf O'Donnell's early life other than he used to be the leader of a gang of space pirates, presumably the same pirates that duelled with the Cornerian army at Sector Z in a battle that left much space wreckage. It is also known that Wolf has been wanted by the Cornerian army for years, because of crimes such as larnecy and treason. Before the Lylat Wars, Team Star Fox and Star Wolf shared a long and bitter history with one another, despite mutual respect. It was believed that Wolf had somehow been involved in the apparent death of James McCloud, who was Fox’s father. Following the ape's exile, when Andross offered Wolf money to lead a mercenary team against Fox McCloud and the Star Fox team, he jumped to the chance to see Fox fail. He teamed up with Pigma Dengar and Andross's nephew, Andrew Oikonny, and found the mysterious Leon Powalski in a rough bar on Venom. Wolf then sought to destroy Star Fox and protect Andross, so that he may be feared throughout the galaxy. When Wolf's team was hired by Andross to take down Star Fox, Wolf wanted nothing more than to fulfill these orders and prove himself as good or better than Fox McCloud.

Lylat Wars

  • During the bomb incident on the planet Fichina, Wolf was ordered by Andross to take down any form of rebellion by any means necessary – including the presence of Star Fox. Fox McCloud and his team arrived not too long after receiving orders from General Pepper to take care of the situation, disposing of Andross's forces without delay. Before being able to diffuse the bomb, Wolf and his team approached from the planet’s skies to defend the base in which the bomb had been planted. A long dogfight ensued to create a diversion from Fox in accomplishing his mission. Star Wolf failed at delaying Star Fox, leading Wolf to seek revenge against Fox for his own personal reasons.
  • Star Wolf were then ordered to defend the satellite base Bolse and stop from Fox reach his final destination, but failed again in another dogfight, this time suffering great injuries.
  • With one last chance, Wolf was gifted with the Wolfen II along with his other teammates to defend Venom from the Star Fox team’s advancement into Andross's palace. Star Wolf appeared to have severe injuries before the battle, or life-support systems needed to pilot the advanced Wolfen II, or even both. The injuries were relatively minor, with Wolf himself simply necessitating a few bandages. Wolf’s ship and the rest of his teammate's ships were destroyed and sabotaged in a final fight with Fox and his friends. He had been defeated, thus failing Andross in his mission to destroy the Star Fox team.

Aparoid Invasion

Years after the death of Andross, during the events of the Plight of Sauria, Wolf’s hideout, known as the Sargasso Space Zone , was infiltrated by the Star Fox team in their search for Pigma Dengar. The hideout was inhabited mostly by criminals, bounty hunters, and former members or traitors of Andross's army. In addition, he had earlier kicked Pigma out of his team for his greedy and distrustful nature, as well as ordered his soldiers to shoot Pigma on sight should he dare come close to his hideout.

The invasion of the Aparoids ruined Wolf’s plans in taking down Fox by forcing him to put his personal vendetta aside and teaming with his nemesis in order to survive. When the aparoids ambushed Fox on top of the Persimmon’s Building in Corneria City, Wolf rescued him, but denied doing so by claiming Fox jumped onto his ship’s wing at the right time. Fox did jump, but to escape danger. Admitting later that he did save Fox, he proclaimed that the real reason he did so was so that he could finish him off himself later. Wolf also advised Fox after a battle against an infected General Pepper that, should the time come where he has to come to a tough decision, quote, "Let me give you one piece of advice. Don't hesitate, when the time comes, just act."

Wolf and the other members of Star Wolf later arrived to aid the Star Fox team in eliminating the missile threat poised against the Beltino Orbital Gate, thus ensuring that Beltino bought enough time to create the aparoid vaccine. They later followed Star Fox to the aparoid homeworld secretly, only making their presence known as the surviving members of Star Fox travelled down the planetary tunnels.

In the final battle against the aparoid queen, Wolf and his team sacrificed themselves as a distraction towards several aparoids for a long enough time for Fox to stop the invasion for good. His earlier advice also proved to be a great turning point for Fox, as he acted upon that advice to succeed in the mission when they were plagued with telepathic thoughts of the aparoid queen composing of Pigma, Pepper, Peppy, ROB 64 and even James McCloud. After the aparoid queen and her bretheren's defeat, Fox tells his team that he thinks Star Wolf probably survived as well.

Anglar Blitz

After the defeat of the Aparoid Queen and the ultimate destruction of the Aparoid Homeworld, Wolf returned to his old ways and became a wanted fugitive by the Cornerian Army, placing a heavy bounty on his team's head, with his own being the highest at sp$3000.00. During the Anglar Blitz,. Wolf showed a grudging respect towards Fox and helped the Star Fox team, and even expressed guilt after cheating Star Fox out of victory in one final mission. Despite this, he maintained his rivalry with both Fox and his team, however remaining neutral during their fight against the Anglar Empire.

When the Anglar Emperor was defeated, Wolf and his team returned to the site of their rival’s victory. Wolf angrily scolded Fox for stealing his prey, claiming that his chances of clearing the bounty on his head had been spoiled. Fox then revealed that he intended to take the bounty off himself after much pleading from Krystal.

In one storyline, Fox seeks out Wolf's piloting skills and intends to ally with him against the Anglars. Wolf agrees but only on monetary conditions and makes it clear to Fox that "We're not friends, and we never will be". ROB 64 is unsure about the chances of Wolf's total loyalty, while Falco is infuriated at the thought of siding with him. Fox, Falco and Wolf eventually cooperate and defeat the Solar Satellite, whilst gaining the terraforming device created by Andross. Wolf later takes the device and make off with it for his own in attempts to clear the bounty off his team. 

But in one similar ending, Star Wolf assaulted and defeated the Anglar forces and the Emperor himself, leaving Star Fox in the dust. People all over Lylat talked about Wolf and his courageous crew and the Cornerian Army threw a huge celebration for the team. Then General Peppy rewarded them by taking the bounties off Star Wolf's heads and even paying them a bit for destroying the Anglars. This points to the idea that Star Wolf may have wanted to instead do the thing that would give them fame, not money.

Other Appearances

Star Fox 64 manga

Wolf appears in the Star Fox 64 manga with the rest of Star Wolf. His role is much smaller compared to Pigma and Andrew. Star Wolf first appear when they ambush the Star Fox team at the Asteroid Belt, but piloting superiority beats Wolf's team back with Fox hot on Pigma's tail for his treason towards his old team. Wolf intervenes the chase to let Pigma escape, and threatens to send Fox to see his father, to which Fox concludes the rumours surrounding Wolf's involvement with the mystery over James McCloud's fate.

Pigma and Andrew later make another attempt to take down Star Fox over Solar in revenge for their humiliation towards Andross. But they acted without Wolf's approval or knowledge, infuriating him, to which he then expells them from the team for disobediance and open fires on them. Wolf explains that Fox is his rival and that their grudge has not yet been satisfied. This act of saving Fox's life to continue their conflict predates the famous event that occured years later in Star Fox: Assualt.

Trivia

  • Wolf's statement "Can't Let You Do That, Star Fox." has become an Internet phenomenon over time. Websites such as Halolz post images of Wolf photoshopped into other images.
    • Similarly, thanks to The Phantom Pain unveiling a one-eyed wolf dog named D.D. as a potential companion in TGS 2014, the internet meme for Wolf's famous statement was also included in an image of D.D.[1]
  • Though Wolf's "Can't let you do that, Star Fox," comes from Star Fox 64, most representations show him with his Assault artwork, likely because no character artwork of Wolf in Star Fox 64 was ever released.
  • In Star Fox 64, Wolf is the only AI to respond to maneuvers that the Arwing does. In example, if Wolf is chasing the player, and the player somersaults behind him, he may say "What the heck?!".
  • The true nature of Wolf's "rivalry" with James McCloud remains one of the Star Fox series' biggest mysteries. Wolf's age during the events in Star Fox 64 was stated as 19 in the 1997 special issue of Nintendo Power, indicating that he must've been a young man when he knew James.
  • Grant Goodeve, who voiced Wolf in Star Fox: Assault, and Rick May, who voiced Andross in Star Fox 64, both voice a character (the Engineer and Soldier classes, respectively) in the Valve game Team Fortress 2.
    • Furthering this coincidence, the June 2014 TF2 short Expiration Date had both characters' actors replaced by Nolan North

References

  1. http://i.imgur.com/76Mq2wA.png
Star Wolf
Current Members
Wolf O'Donnell | Leon Powalski | Panther Caroso
Former/Miscellaneous Members
Andrew Oikonny | Pigma Dengar | Krystal | Ruffian
Vehicles
Wolfen | Wolfen II
Other Vehicles
Red Fang | Rainbow Delta | Black Rose | Pigma's ship

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