Game series Star Fox
First game Star Fox (1993)
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takaya Imamura
Designed by Takaya Imamura
Voiced by (English)
Dan Owsen (Star Fox)
Mike West (Star Fox 64)
(Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee)
Steve Malpass (Adventures and Super Smash Bros. Melee)
Jim Walker (Assault and Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Voiced by (Japanese)
Shinobu Satouchi (Star Fox 64, Super Smash Bros., and Super Smash Bros. Melee)
Kenji Nojima (Assault and Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Fox McCloud (Fokkusu Makuraudo) is an anthropomorphic video game character from the Star Fox series. He was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and designed by Takaya Imamura. As his name implies, he is a red fox and the main player character of the series.
In the English release of Star Fox 64, he was voiced by Mike West. In both the Japanese release of Star Fox 64 and Super Smash Bros., Fox's voices were done by Shinobu Satouchi (speaking in English with a Japanese accent for the English version). For English dialogue of Super Smash Bros. Melee and Star Fox Adventures, Fox's voice was done by Rare's Steve Malpass. In Star Fox: Assault, his voice was done by Jim Walker in the English release and by Kenji Nojima in the Japanese release. Nojima reprised his role for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as did Walker for the English version.
During his teen years, Fox joined the Cornerian Flight Academy with his close friend Bill Grey. James McCloud, member of the Star Fox team, flew to Venom to investigate, but was betrayed by his fellow pilot Pigma Dengar.
Peppy Hare returned from the incident as the sole survivor to inform Fox of his father's fate. Emotionally gripped by the news, Fox dropped out of the Academy in order to avenge his father's apparent death. Peppy took Fox under his wing, and together formed a new Star Fox team, recruiting two new pilots: Falco Lombardi and Slippy Toad.
Star Fox was called upon to stop Andross and save the Lylat System. Fox led a new Star Fox throughout the battles in the Lylat System, running into allies and enemies alike. His friendship with Bill Grey was revealed during one of these missions, and he also goes toe-to-toe with Wolf O'Donnell of Star Wolf and others. Once Star Fox reached Venom, they fought through its defensive lines or Star Wolf all the way to Andross's base, depending on which route the player takes. Despite the protests of his team, Fox faced Andross alone. Fox then left victorious as Andross' base exploded behind him. They headed back to Corneria, where Pepper offered to officially integrate Star Fox into the Cornerian army. Fox declined, saying that they preferred to do things their own way.
In Star Fox Adventures, set eight years after the events of Star Fox 64, a cockier Fox McCloud calmed the conflict on Sauria (also known as Dinosaur Planet) by teaming with Prince Tricky of the EarthWalker tribe and returning the Spellstones to their rightful positions in two of the planet's temples, freeing an imprisoned Krystal by returning the five remaining Krazoa Spirits to their rightful positions, thwarting the plans of General Scales, and defeating a reawakened Andross, who was behind the troubles on Sauria. After that, he returned to Great Fox, and General Pepper paid him for saving Sauria. He and Falco Lombardi (who had mysteriously disappeared) were reunited, and Krystal joined the Star Fox team. Immediately afterwards, the Star Fox team apparently used the money that Fox received to repair the Great Fox, as well as upgrade the Arwings and Landmasters.
It has been a year since the events of Star Fox Adventures, and a new enemy has arisen. Now the Star Fox team must destroy the Aparoids, a creature of the unknown, able to take over machines, battleships, and even bodies of others. Fox plays a crucial role in defeating the Aparoids, firing the final shot to bring down the Aparoid Queen. It is due to the Aparoid threat that Fox and his team joined forces with their rivals, Star Wolf, to defeat the Aparoids. Something interesting to note is that this is the first Star Fox game where the rest of Star Fox joins Fox in the final battle, though for only part of it.
Once again, the Lylat System falls under peril in Star Fox Command, this time under attack by a new foe known as the Anglar, who originated from Venom's acidic oceans. It is up to Fox McCloud to save the galaxy once more by slowly liberating invaded territory and arriving at Venom to defeat the Anglar Emperor. This time, he begins the battle with only R.O.B. 64 at his side, as the team has been disbanded for various reasons. Along the way, other characters will join Fox and the team becomes whole again. In a special ending, Fox finds a deep secret about his father, but it seemingly doesn't phase him nor does he seem to notice.
Super Smash Bros. seriesEdit
Fox McCloud has appeared in every Super Smash Bros. game to date. He wears his Star Fox 64 outfit in the series. He is a fast, light-weight character, utilizing speed and agility. His special moves include: Blaster, his projectile weapon, the Fire Fox (his recovery move), a fire attack that engulfs him in flames and sends him flying a limited distance in the direction of the analog stick on the controller. The Reflector, also known as the "Shine", or "Deflector", is a blue hexagonal structure that briefly electrocutes foes when first activated, and reflects enemy projectiles.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, he is lighter than previously established, although he falls more quickly. Super Smash Bros. Melee adds a dash attack, called Fox Illusion. His Blaster is also sped up, and has rapid-fire capabilities, but enemies don't flinch at the impacts of its shots. His Fire Fox move also improves by going higher or further than in the original Super Smash Bros. which is like an extra boost.
Fox also makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His outfit in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is similar to, though not completely the same as, his Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Command designs. Additions include a holster for his gun, a scouter over his right eye, and his Reflector device is now visibly hung on his belt. His headset's microphone also appears on the right side of his face instead of the left, which was the case for all of its previous appearances. His Final Smash has been revealed to be the Landmaster Tank, which can hover, barrel roll and shoot powerful shots from the cannon, when performing the move he cries "Landmaster!" Fox has also been seen in the game's story mode, the Subspace Emissary.
- Standard- Blaster: In Super Smash Bros. it is used to make approaching characters flinch, but in Melee and Brawl,it has no flinching power and is good for racking up damage on an approaching character.
- Side- Fox Illusion: Introduced in Melee, Fox will kneel and dash in the direction he is facing at an amazing speed. His illusions behind him can cause damage.
- Up- Fire Fox: In SSB, it had short range and was somewhat useless. In SSBM, it could burn his opponents while charging up and had longer range. The same applies in SSBB.
- Down- Reflector: Fox's reflector has the unique ability to redirect an opponent's projectile back at them. Other reflectors have come along, but none are as quick.
- Final Smash- Landmaster: Fox will yell "Landmaster", jump in the air and come back down with an enormous tank. He will be able to shoot large blasts of energy and roll. He can also hover, so escaping this one is difficult.
Role in The Subspace Emissary (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)Edit
It is later shown that the Arwing crash-landed at the edge of a jungle, near a lake. Diddy Kong discovers the Arwing, but Rayquaza rises from the lake and territorially attacks the Arwing with a Dragon Pulse, setting it aflame. As Diddy is snatched up by the provoked Pokémon, Fox is ejected from the cockpit of the burning Arwing and proceeds to effortlessly rescue Diddy from the clutches of the serpentine Pokémon using his Fox Illusion and Reflector. After the two defeat the giant Pokémon, Fox attempts to leave, but is dragged away by Diddy deeper into the jungle. Soon, they fight a Shadow Bug clone of Bowser and defeat it. Suddenly, the real Bowser fires his Dark Cannon at them, barely dodging the shot. Although Diddy is eager to fight Bowser, Fox knows that they can't survive against his Dark Cannon, so he grabs Diddy and jumps off a cliff.
After recovering from the fall, they are ambushed by Bowser again, who succeeds in turning Diddy into a trophy. Bowser then attempts to turn Fox into a trophy, but he manages to dodge the shot, so Bowser sends some Shadow Bugs to clone Diddy's trophy, outnumbering Fox. Falco suddenly appears out of nowhere in his Arwing and saves Fox from Bowser by destroying his Dark Cannon, forcing Bowser to escape. The Diddy clone begins to absorb more Shadow Bugs, becoming gigantic as a result. Fox uses the opportunity to revive the real Diddy, and the three fight the clone. After Falco unwillingly joined the group, they find a ship carrying Donkey Kong's trophy to a floating island. The Great Fox suddenly appears, and as Falco and Diddy attempt to free DK, Fox plans to take down the Halberd with the Great Fox.
The Great Fox duels with the Halberd, but it ends up getting tethered to and carried away by it, gets crashed into a mountain, and flies away in smoke. Later on, as Peach and Sheik are making their escape after Snake frees them, Fox is seen attacking the Halberd again in his Arwing. During the fire-fight, some of the Arwing's blasters hit dangerously close to Peach. Sheik does a very high range teleport on top of the Arwing and breaks open the cockpit. Both Sheik and Fox fall out of the Arwing and on the Halberd deck. They start running towards each other at high speeds and just before they break into a fight, Peach randomly offers them a cup of tea. Although Fox is shocked by this, when Sheik accepts hers, he accepts his as well. Just as they do, a group of Shadow Bug Mr. Game & Watches fall from the Halberd's cockpit and form into Duon. The three are joined by Lucario and Snake (who knocked them down there in the first place), as well as Falco who arrives on another Arwing, and defeat the monster. Duon leaves behind the real Mr. Game & Watch's trophy as it disappears. Fox prepares to blast the trophy, but Peach approaches it and revives Mr. Game & Watch. Fox joins the rest of the heroes in the assault on the Subspace Gunship and the attack on Tabuu.
Concept and Design Edit
In 1992, Argonaut Games and Nintendo collaborated to produce a 3D space shooter for the Super Nintendo, provisionally titled "SnesGlider". The development team, led by Shigeru Miyamoto, redesigned what had been a tech demo into a rail shooter, with Nintendo designing the game and Argonaut handling the technical aspects.
Miyamoto finally settled on having a fox as the main character after visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto, the head shrine of Inari, a Japanese kami associated with foxes. Inari is portrayed as being able to fly, and its shrines, particularly the one in Kyoto, are surrounded by red arches (torii), giving Miyamoto the idea of a fox that could fly through arches.
Fox's face was modeled after Inari's, and always wears a red "scarf" around his neck, like the statue, with the exception of his design from Star Fox: Assault. Fox's personality is modeled after Miyamoto's, with the name 'Fox McCloud' being suggested by Dylan Cuthbert, one of the Argonaut team.