Falco Lombardi (ファルコ・ランバルディ, Falco Lombardi) is one of the main characters of the Star Fox series. He is a member of Star Fox, and has been with Fox McCloud and crew since their debut on the first Star Fox game for the SNES. He is considered the finest pilot of the group, and is well-known for his arrogant personality.
Falco Lombardi was first introduced in the SNES game, Star Fox, as the best pilot of Fox's three wingmates. In later games, he is further detailed as being brash and egotistical, as well as suggested to have formerly been a gang member. Falco returns in the game's remake, Star Fox 64.
In 2002's Star Fox Adventures, Falco is notably missing for nearly the entire game. This is simply due to the fact that he was not able to be properly worked into the plot when Nintendo told Rare to put the Star Fox label on the game. A manga entitled Star Fox: Farewell, Beloved Falco came with the Japanese edition that takes place during the eight-year gap between Star Fox 64 and Adventures. The comic explains Falco's absence, and directly leads up to the events of Adventures. Near the end of the game, Falco aids Fox during the final boss fight and shortly appears again to join the other main characters in the ending cutscene.
Star Fox: Assault sees a more tame Falco as part of the core team again under the title of "Ace Pilot". Every one of the story mode's missions has Falco in his Arwing, as he never joins Fox on foot like Slippy and Krystal.
In Star Fox Command, Falco has again isolated himself from the rest of the characters, though he is still considered to be a member of Star Fox. Falco, like all, pilots a customized vehicle, his own being the Sky Claw, a slim Arwing-like fighter with forward-swept wings armed with a single laser and a multi-lock.
Main article: Falco (SSBM)
Falco appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee as an unlockable playable character, with his appearance based on his appearance in Star Fox 64. Being one of the late-development clones added to pad the roster, Falco is a clone of Fox.
His play style is said to be very similar to Fox's in Super Smash Bros.; indeed, Falco does appear to be a recreation of the "old" Fox. His Blaster retains the attributes of Fox's in the original game; rather than having rapid-fire capabilities (as Fox's new Blaster does), Falco's Blaster fires at a much slower rate. However, it has the ability to cause opponents to flinch, unlike Fox's. But like Fox, he also ranks high, currently ranked 2nd on the tier list only behind Fox.
Main article: List of SSBM trophies (Star Fox series)
Main article: Falco (SSBB)
Falco returns as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl; his appearance in Brawl is a mix between his design in Star Fox Assault and Star Fox Command. Falco is acquired by playing 50 brawls, meeting him in the Subspace Emissary, or by completing the 100-Man Brawl in the Stadium mode on Solo.
Falco's special moves are similar to those of Fox's and Wolf's. However, his recovery move, the Fire Bird, is shorter, but the Falco Phantasm is slightly longer than Fox's, which is also stronger than Fox's and weaker than Wolf's. His Blaster cannot fire rapidly like Fox's, but does fire shots faster that travel quicker than Wolf's. And perhaps the biggest difference in these is the fact that his Reflector is not constant anymore. Instead, Falco kicks it from him and it is released for a second or two instead of being continuous. His side smash now has him slam-chopping his arms over another character instead of a turning kick. His aerials are different too. His forward air is similar to Pikachu's, and his neutral air is him doing a 360 degree spin and slashing with his arms. His Final Smash, though it differs in functionality, is virtually the same as Fox's and Wolf's.
Falco is currently ranked 7th on the tier list in A- tier, retaining his high position from Melee. However, despite continuing to keep his position as a high-tier character on the current tier list, Falco was nerfed overall in his transition from Melee to Brawl.
Main article: List of SSBB trophies (Star Fox series)
Main article: Falco (SSB4)
Falco is once again playable in Super Smash Bros. 4. He retains his appearance from Star Fox Command, albeit with his thicker head from Star Fox 64. Mark Lund, his Star Fox 64 3D English voice actor, now voices Falco in non-Japanese versions.
Falco is currently ranked 47th out of 55 on the tier list, in the upper section of the F tier. In a similar fashion to Melee, Falco possesses a combination of high power, fast attack speed and great combo versatility. His recovery has also been buffed, now being among the longest-distanced. However, the few nerfs he received were enough to make his neutral game one of the weakest in the game. Blaster, formerly a notoriously powerful zoning tool, has been deprived of its high speed and autocancelling capabilities. Down aerial is also much slower, limiting its use in edgeguarding. Back aerial lasts for a shorter amount of time, removing Falco's most reliable spacing option at close range. Finally, the removal of DACUS prevents his up smash from being used in the Gatling Combo or as a finisher. As a result of his infamously weak approach capabilities, Falco has low representation and, with very few exceptions, poor results.
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