Wolf O'Donnell (ウルフ・オドネル, Urufu Odoneru) is a character from the Star Fox series who is the leader of the Star Wolf team, the rival of Star Fox. He is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Wolf made his first canon appearance in Star Fox 64. Very little is known about Wolf's past, or how he received his "eyepatch". Many have viewed Wolf to be an anti-hero instead of a villain, especially following his appearance in Star Fox: Assault.
Wolf was originally going to appear in Star Fox 2 for the SNES. However, although the game was completely finished, it was canceled due to the upcoming release of the Nintendo 64, but some of its features were used in Star Fox 64 (Lylat Wars in PAL territories), including the Star Wolf team.
Wolf made his first canon appearance in Star Fox 64. He, along with Leon Powalski, Andrew Oikonny, and Pigma Dengar, formed team Star Wolf and were hired by Andross to destroy the Star Fox team led by Fox McCloud. Throughout the game, the player can battle Star Wolf up to two times, though there are three different battles with them overall.
Nine years after the events of Star Fox 64, in Star Fox Assault, Wolf became known as Lord O'Donnell among criminals at the Sargasso Space Hideout. When team Star Fox went looking for Pigma (who stole a Core Memory earlier in the game), Star Wolf (now consisting of Panther Caruso, Leon, and Wolf) went to destroy team Star Fox for invading Wolf's organization. Star Wolf was defeated in the battle. When the threat of the Aparoids was rising, Wolf arrived on Corneria to save Fox from the Aparoids (Wolf said the only reason he saved Fox was so he could destroy Fox himself). After that event, Star Wolf provided backup to Team Star Fox two more times in the game, including the final battle. Because of all of this and his respecting attitude, many have viewed Wolf to be an anti-hero. After the Aparoid Homeworld exploded, team Star Wolf was nowhere to be found, although Fox speculated they were alive. This was later proven in Star Fox Command.
After the events of Star Fox Assault, Team Star Wolf was confirmed to be alive and continued their lives of crime. However, they were noticed by the Cornerian Military. As a response to their crimes, a bounty reward was set for each member. (Wolf had the highest bounty set at $3,000,000). To avoid attention, they set up a base on Fichina. After this, they sought to remove their bounties and were tired of being seen as villains. Star Wolf then began to plot out a way to defeat the Anglar Empire. Afterward, the team split up. While Leon and Panther went to Katina, Wolf was presumably researching a device that Andross built which would neutralize the toxicity of the Venom Sea allowing them to infiltrate the enemy base. Team Star Fox found the device on Titania first, however, but Star Wolf made the enemy flee from Venom, allowing Star Fox to finish the enemies off. Star Wolf was not seen again until the ending, where Krystal requests Fox to remove the bounties off of their head.
In Star Fox 64, Wolf spoke in an accent in which he sounded like an English narcissist; in Star Fox Assault, his voice differs in which he speaks in a gruff accent and acts more like a space pirate. His speech in Command was similar, except that he occasionally howls and growls. In SSBB, his voice is similar to the accent he used in Assault.
In the opening sequence to the game, there is a short moment where Fox - piloting his Arwing, crosses paths with Wolf in his Wolfen. A mugshot of the two characters in their cockpits is briefly seen. In early days of the game's release, this led to much speculation of Wolf playing a role in the game, perhaps as a playable character. However, this was not the case.
Wolf is a secret character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl who can be unlocked by playing 450 VS. Mode matches, clearing Boss Mode with Fox/Falco, or a secret door in The Ruins stage of Subspace Emissary. His look is based on his appearances in Star Fox Assault and Star Fox Command.
Wolf seems to be based loosely on his rival pilots Fox and Falco, but his attacks are mostly new, with the exception of his Final Smash. All of his A moves are quite different, which involves the use of his claws or legs. Most of Wolf's attacks are slightly stronger than Fox's or Falco's, have higher priority, more reach, and less endlag. His special moves are also similar. His Blaster shoots a ball of energy that is stronger than Falco's Blaster but has limited range. His Wolf Flash attack is like Fox's Fox Illusion, but it moves diagonally rather than horizontally. If this move connects at the apex, it also inflicts more damage and can be used as a meteor smash. His Reflector is different in that it sends all projectiles back at twice the speed of their initial pitch. Finally, his Fire Wolf is a kicking attack that scores multiple hits on the opponent and is an effective recovery technique. Unlike the Fire Fox move, Wolf's has no fire effect and charges a bit faster.
Wolf ranks 14th on the current tier list, in C tier. He has also had some very strong tournament results, that even some higher tier characters cannot match.
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.