Falco Lombardi

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Falco Lombardi
Falco Lombardi
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Official artwork of Falco from Star Fox Command.

Universe Star Fox
Debut Star Fox (1993)
Smash Bros. appearances Melee
Brawl
SSB4
Most recent non-Smash appearance Star Fox 2 (2017)
Console of origin Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Species Avian
Gender Male
Place of origin Unknown
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto
English voice actor Ben Cullum (Melee, in-ship only)
Dex Manley (Brawl)
Mark Lund (SSB4)
Japanese voice actor Hisao Egawa
Article on Lylat Wiki Falco Lombardi

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.

Character description[edit]

Official artwork of Falco from Star Fox 64, which inspired Falco's design in Melee.

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.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Although Falco does not appear in the game, Fox's red Alternate costume resembles the color of Falco's pants in Star Fox 64. It also resembles Fox's appearance in the Japanese version of Star Fox 64.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Falco, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
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 trophy[edit]

Falco Lombardi
Star Fox team pilot, Falco's constant air of casual indifference belies his precise piloting skills. He avoids discussion of what he did before joining the team, but many consider it likely that his past was filled with reckless behavior. He's not much for cooperation, but he does respect those more skilled than he is.

SNES: Star Fox

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Falco, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
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.

Trophies[edit]

Falco Lombardi[edit]

The Falco Lombardi trophy from Brawl.
Falco Lombardi
A Team Star Fox pilot whose real name is Falco Lombardi. He once roamed the starways as the head of a galactic gang, and his piloting skills are superb. He affects an air of cool disdain and is sometimes uncooperative, but in reality his passion for the Star Fox team is second to none. He once left the team to fly solo for a time.
SNES: Star Fox (NTSC), Starwing (PAL)
DSTitle.png: Star Fox Command

Falco (Assault)[edit]

The Falco (Assault) trophy from Brawl.
Falco Lombardi
A somewhat arrogant and smart- mouthed member of Team Star Fox. He often seems perturbed, especially when antagonized by Panther, and claims to dislike the cold. Although separated from the team, he joins back up for the battle on Sauria and pretends that the reason behind his loyalty to the team is purely monetary.
GameCube: Star Fox: Assault

Falco (Command)[edit]

The Falco (Command) trophy from Brawl.
Falco Lombardi
Tired of the daily grind and monotony of work after the events of Star Fox: Assault, Falco seeks more stimulating adventures with his buddies from his days as a space delinquent. He meets up again with Fox, who is battling a new enemy, the Anglar, on the planet Venom. Falco again vows to fight alongside Fox as a member of the Star Fox team.
DSTitle.png: Star Fox Command


Stickers[edit]

Name Game Effect Characters
Falco Star Fox 64 AttackWeapon+011TypeIcon(Weapon).png Attack +11 Fox Falco WolfFoxHeadSSBB.pngFalcoHeadSSBB.pngWolfHeadSSBB.png
Falco Star Fox Adventures AttackSpecialsIndirect+011SpecialsIndirect.png Attack +11 Fox Falco WolfFoxHeadSSBB.pngFalcoHeadSSBB.pngWolfHeadSSBB.png
Falco Star Fox Command AttackEnergy+014TypeIcon(Energy).png Attack +14 Fox Falco WolfFoxHeadSSBB.pngFalcoHeadSSBB.pngWolfHeadSSBB.png
Falco Star Fox: Assault AttackTail+020TypeIcon(Tail).png Attack +20 FalcoFalcoHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Falco (Star Fox 64).png
Falco
(Star Fox 64)
Brawl Sticker Falco (Star Fox Adventures).png
Falco
(Star Fox Adventures)
Brawl Sticker Falco (Star Fox Command).png
Falco
(Star Fox Command)
Brawl Sticker Falco (Star Fox Assault).png
Falco
(Star Fox: Assault)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Falco as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4
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 50th out of 58 on the tier list, in the lower section of the E 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.

Trophies[edit]

Falco
North America A talented pilot and part of the Star Fox team, Falco can be a bit rough around the edges. He once led his own galactic gang before joining up with Fox. In Smash Bros., his ability to jump high and deal damage in the air makes him a powerful threat, and his thrown Reflector can catch foes by surprise.
Europe Ex-gang leader, ace pilot and comrade of Fox, Falco Lombardi might play it cool, but he's burning with passion on the inside. In this game, he excels at jumping and aerial combat, and the way his Reflector move flies forwards can catch foes off guard. Add to that his balanced array of attacks, and it's clear that Falco's a real threat.
Falco (Alt.)
North America Falco's Blaster looks identical to Fox's at first, but actually it's quite different! The beams Falco fires deal more damage and cause the victim to flinch, but at a slower rate of fire. Considering Falco's lineage, it's not all that surprising that he can fire faster while airborne.
Europe Falco's Blaster looks identical to Fox's at first glance, but they are actually quite different. Most notably, Falco's version causes enemies to flinch, which can be invaluable when warding off approaching foes. It also deals more damage and has a slower fire rate - though its fire rate actually increases when used in mid-air.
Falco (Assault)
North America Falco, the ace pilot on the Star Fox team, and Fox set out to deal with Oikonny's rebel army. However, they were shocked by something completely unexpected! Was it Oikonny's amazing, unmatched fighting prowess? Pfft! As if! They were surprised by a sudden attack by hive-minded alien invaders!
Europe Star Fox's ace pilot. He and Fox go to deal with Oikonny's rebel army, only to see something incredibly unexpected - the battle between the Cornerian forces and the rebel army gets interrupted. Good news, right? Nope! It's interrupted by a surprise invasion of countless life forms operating with a single consciousness. Yikes!

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Falco is one of two earliest introduced characters who have been unlockable in every game they appear in.
    • He is also tied with Jigglypuff and Mr. Game & Watch for the most unlockable appearances, with four.
    • Additionally, he, along with Mr. Game & Watch, are the only characters who appeared as unlockable in multiple Smash Bros. titles to remain as unlockable in both versions of Super Smash Bros. 4. Coincidentally, both debuted in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
  • Falco is the only character with wings who does not use them to fly.
  • Like Fox, Falco's special moves are based on the abilities of an Arwing. (Fire Bird = Lift-off, Falco Phantasm = Boost, Reflector = Barrel Roll, and Blaster = Arwing Fire)


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