Andross (アンドルフ, Andorf) is the foremost villain in the Star Fox series. He appears as two separate trophies in Super Smash Bros. Melee and an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Andross was originally the lead scientist of the Cornerian Defense Force alongside General Pepper, both having an intense rivalry. Andross primarily focused on weapons for war, of which one experiment ended up destroying an entire city on Corneria. Excommunicated from the Lylat System and banished to planet Venom. Years later, rumors popped up that Andross was becoming more active on Venom, so team Star Fox was sent to investigate. During this time, Andross hired Star Fox member Pigma Dengar to betray and sabotage the team, which he did. This led to the alleged death of James McCloud.
Several years after this instant, Andross began an invasion to conquer the Lylat System. The new Star Fox team, with assistance from the Cornerian Defense Force, would Challenge Andross in a series of events that would come to be known as the Lylat Wars. These event came to a head when Fox seemingly defeats Andross and saves the galaxy. However, Andross survived the attack, albeit as a spirit, and would continue to torment the Lylat System.
One of these events is his discovery of the Krazoa Spirits. Andross learns that if all spirits are brought together, he could resurrect himself and continue his plan to conquer the Lylat System. He obtained one of the spirits by tricking Krystal into handing one over, then trapping her in a crystal to siphon her power for himself. Andross also tricked Fox into releasing all of the spirits so he could capture him and resurrect himself, but is later defeated and seemingly killed for good. After these events, Andrew Oikonny, Andross' nephew, impersonated his uncle by making a ship that looks like him. Andrew is defeated and the ship is destroyed. A hologram that claims to be the ghost of Andross also appears, but is quickly defeated as well.
The mechanical incarnation of Andross, the basis for his Assist Trophy appearance, first appeared in Star Fox, which used filled 3D polygons to render objects, items, and bosses in the game, including himself. His main method of attack, as in Star Fox, is to inhale and spit out polygonal, metallic tiles at the player.
Andross makes two separate appearances as trophies:
Star Fox's archenemy. Whether it's a metallic manifestation of Andross or just a hologram is unknown, but from its outward appearance, it's safe to assume that it's not the fiend's true form. Andross occasionally sucks matter in and then violently exhales, sending out a cloud of metal tiles. Its eyes are its weak points.
(Star Fox, 03/93)
This incarnation of Andross was so big as to be ridiculous, but it at least appeared to be a living being. Andross was once a brilliant scientist, but was banished from the galaxy for his dangerous experiments. From the planet Venom, he readied his troops and directed his sword of vengeance toward the Lylat System.
(Star Fox 64, 06/97)
See also: List of SSBM trophies (Star Fox series)
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the original SNES version of Andross appears as an Assist Trophy, and thus as a collectible trophy.
As an Assist Trophy
When Andross appears out of an Assist Trophy capsule, he floats up off the screen and flies towards the back of the stage and spits polygon panels out of his mouth. Characters hit by the panels will take around 12% damage, while the tiles go right through the one who summoned him. Andross permanently appears during the event match Shadow of Andross, making it more difficult for the human players as Fox and Falco to KO Wolf.
See also: List of SSBB trophies (Star Fox series)
A brilliant scientist formerly employed by the Cornerian Army. He took his research too far, and the disastrous results labeled him a Level 1 offender, resulting in his banishment to the nearby planet Venom. After building a base and declaring himself emperor, he swore he would rule the Lylat system. Thanks to Team Star Fox's heroism, the madman has yet to achieve this.
As an Assist Trophy
Andross returns as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. 4, keeping his Brawl behavior.
However, one slight change was made to Andross when being summoned. Unlike Brawl, where Andross lands in parts of the background that match the part of the stage where the player summoned him, now he always goes to the center of the background, regardless of where he was released.
See also: List of SSB4 trophies (Star Fox series)
As an Assist Trophy
Andross continues his panel-spitting routine in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is also one of the few Assist Trophies unable to be defeated. Training Mode describes his Assist Trophy: Moves into the background, then fires polygon panels at the stage. Can't be KO'd.
Andross cannot be summoned on the following stages:
Andross appears as three different primary spirits. His SNES spirit can only be summoned with the spirit cores of Porygon and Commander because they are all polygonal. His Star Fox 64 3D spirit can be obtained through a Spirit Battle or purchased from the Vault Shop for 6000G and can be enhanced to his true brain form at level 99.
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