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Wolf Assault

Wolf as he appears in Star Fox Assault.

Wolf O'Donnell (Urufu Odoneru), sometimes referred to as "Lord O'Donnell" by his underlings, is a fictional character in Nintendo's Star Fox franchise. He is the leader of Star Wolf, and rival of Fox.

BiographyEdit

Fox and Wolf were enemies sometime before Star Fox 64 took place; it has been suggested in the comic adaptation of Star Fox 64 that Wolf was involved with the apparent death of James McCloud- Fox's father. When Wolf's team was hired by Andross to take down Star Fox, Wolf wanted nothing but to fulfill his orders and to kill Fox. Star Wolf team ultimately failed their mission, leading Wolf to seek revenge for his own personal reasons.

Since Star Fox 64, his character has changed from being reminiscent of a stereotypical classy and sinister English narcissist to that of a stereotypical crude American pirate. This may symbolize the fact that he has become less villainous since Star Fox 64.

Years later, in Star Fox Assault, Wolf planned on taking down the Star Fox team once more, but the invasion of the Aparoids allowed Wolf to put his personal vendetta aside for the time being and work with Fox for the common good. When Fox was ambushed by Aparoids on top of the Persimmon's Building in Corneria City, Wolf flew in to his rescue. However, he claims the only reason he did so was to kill Fox off himself later. It was at this point that Wolf told Fox "Don't hesitate. When the time comes, just act," which got Fox through some later internal struggles. Wolf's initial pure villainy has greatly subsided since Star Fox 64 as some stories in Star Fox Command feature him and his team helping Star Fox, and the Pilot Gallery in Command states that he feels a grudging respect towards Fox (although this was actually implied in the originally Japanese version rather than outright said), with him also expressing guilt after beating the Star Wolf Returns final mission, due to him cheating the Star Fox Team out of the victory. Despite this, he maintains his rivalry with and the dislike of the Star Fox Team and Fox in particular.

Wolf Command

Wolf from Star Fox Command.

Wolf and his team were thought to be killed in the explosion of the Aparoid Homeworld in Assault, but were revealed to have survived in Command, with a bounty on their heads sometime later. Several things happen depending on the route, Fox even hires Wolf to help him in one story. His ship is the only one in his team which keeps the original Wolfen design, but it is called the Red Fang in the North American instruction manual (the game itself does not change the ship's name).

Super Smash Bros.Edit

Wolf makes a minor cameo in Super Smash Bros. Melee in the introduction sequence, where he is briefly shown fighting Fox from his Wolfen. He, although not positively, is seen in the Corneria Level as one of the Wolfens that fly down and shoot the lasers. Leon from the F-Zero game series looks notably similar to Wolf, but shares his name with Leon Powalski. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of Wolf's alternate colors make him resemble Leon, from the suit color to fur.

Wolf SSBB

Wolf as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Wolf has recently appeared as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He's unlocked by skipping a door in the ruins level in the Subspace Emissary, beating Boss Battles mode with Fox or Falco, or by getting 450 vs. Matches. Interestingly, his trophy states that his rivalry with Fox actually started with Fox's Father, James. Unlike most of the characters in Brawl, he does not have much of a role in the Subspace Emissary. He seems more feral in this game, as he moves in an animalistic manner and attacks his opponents with his claws.

Special MovesEdit

  • Standard- Blaster: Very much unlike Fox's and Falco's, Wolf's blaster shots move slower and don't travel as far but they deliver a lot of damage. It is always good to shoot a foe up close for maximum damage (plus added damage from the blade at the end of the gun.
  • Side- Wolf Flash: Again, it is not like the latter two characters. Wolf will travel in a diagonal direction and it won't go so far. If Wolf collides with a character, that unlucky character will take immense damage and will be sent downward.
  • Up- Fire Wolf: For this attack, Wolf will launch himself in the desired direction. Anyone caught in the attack will be stuck in a combo until the attack is finished.
  • Down- Reflector: Similar to Fox's, except it is red, it protects Wolf on his sides not above or below, and it is generated from the energy reactor on his back. It also reflects projectiles back at double the speed and power.
  • Final Smash- Landmaster: Wolf took the schematics for Fox's landmaster and made his own. Instead of blue, it is Red. It outmatches Fox's and Falco's in all categories except for traction and fuel supply. Because of the fuel shortage, Wolf cannot stay in the Landmaster for long.

Trophy InfoEdit

"A pilot whose real name is Wolf O'Donnell. He leads a group of mercenaries called Star Wolf. He's crossed paths with Fox many times, and each acknowledges the other as a competent rival. Wolf's constant interference with Fox is a result of Wolf's history with Fox's dad, James. Wolf's long history of criminal enterprise has resulted in a large bounty on his head."

ClothingEdit

Wolf wears bounty hunter-fit attire that makes him look intimidating and powerful. Wolf wears a hard, plated jacket, spiked shoulder and knee pads, and claw gloves. One of his alternate costumes makes him resemble Leon from the F-Zero series. In Star Fox 64 he wears an actual eyepatch, implying that he physically lost his eye. This has since been replaced by a technical device reminiscent of the Dragon Ball Z series' Scouter.

MiscellaneousEdit

He is voiced by Hisao Egawa in the Japanese version of Star Fox 64 and Mahito Ōba in the Japanese version of Star Fox Assault. In the English version, he is voiced by Grant Goodeve, and is voiced by Jay Ward in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Star Fox Assault also marked Wolf's first playable appearance. If the player manages to beat the game not allowing any of the Star Fox members to retreat on all missions, Wolf will be unlocked in VS mode. He has higher speed and health than all other characters, and is the only character who is able to pilot the Wolfen effectively.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wolf appears as a playable character. He's unlocked by skipping a door in the ruins level in the Subspace Emissary, beating Boss Battles mode with Fox or Falco, or by getting 450 vs. Matches. Interestingly, his trophy states that his rivalry with Fox actually started with Fox's father, James.

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