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Fox McCloud

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Fox McCloud
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Artwork from Star Fox Command.
Fox Star Fox 64.jpg


Official artworks of Fox from Star Fox 64, Star Fox Command, and Star Fox Zero.

Universe Star Fox
Debut Star Fox (1993)
Smash Bros. appearances SSB
Most recent non-Smash appearance Starlink: Battle for Atlas (2018, Nintendo Switch)
Console/platform of origin Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Species Fox
Gender Male
Place of origin Papetoon[1] (birthplace)
Corneria[2] (surrogate homeworld)
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto[3]
Takaya Imamura[3]
Designed by Takaya Imamura[3]
English voice actor Steve Malpass (Melee, in-ship only)
Jim Walker (Brawl)
Mike West (SSB4/Ultimate)
Japanese voice actor Shinobu Satouchi (SSB/Melee)
Kenji Nojima (Brawl/SSB4)
Takashi Ōhara (Ultimate)
Article on Lylat Wiki Fox McCloud

Fox McCloud (フォックス・マクラウド, Fox McCloud) is the main protagonist from the Star Fox series and leader of the Star Fox team. The son of James McCloud, Fox is an expert pilot and has saved the Lylat System from numerous threats. As a member of the "perfect-attendance crew", Fox has been featured as a playable character throughout the entire Super Smash Bros. series. His voice actor in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee is Shinobu Satouchi during the fights, and Steve Malpass during the cutscenes in Adventure Mode and the Star Fox Smash Taunt. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he is voiced by Jim Walker and Kenji Nojima. However, in Super Smash Bros. 4, his voice actor was replaced by his voice from Star Fox 64 and its 3DS remake, Mike West.


Fox McCloud made his appearance in Star Fox (Starwing in PAL regions) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1993. Fox is the son of James McCloud, renowned pilot and leader of the original Star Fox team. He also has a mother, who he has been estranged from following the death of James. [4] Wanting to follow in his father's footsteps, Fox joins a pilot's academy as a teenager. Around this time, team Star Fox is hired to investigate the planet Venom after rumors of Andross returning. However, team member Pigma Dengar betrayed the team, and James was presumed to be killed by Andross. The final member, Peppy Hare, managed to escape to warn the galaxy about Andross and tell Fox that his father is gone. Seeking to avenge his father, Fox formed a new Star Fox team, which consisted of himself, Peppy, Falco Lombardi, and Slippy Toad. Fox would lead his team through the Lylat System to save it from the evil Andross. At the end of Star Fox 64 (Lylat Wars in PAL regions), a retelling of the original Star Fox, Fox independently fought and killed Andross at the end of the adventure.

Although Star Fox 2 was completely finished, it was canceled because of the Nintendo 64's impending launch and said system being more cost-effective in regard to developing polygonal games.[3]

Fox would then be featured in Star Fox Adventures. Initially sent on a mission to survey a disturbance reported on Dinosaur Planet, he eventually gets wrapped up in stopping a plot involving an insurrection of the planet by General Scales, and later Andross. Fox is joined by dinosaur prince Tricky and Krystal, the latter would officially join the Star Fox team and replace Peppy as a pilot.

In Star Fox Assault, Fox once again leads his team to save the galaxy, this time from the Aparoids. The relationship between Fox and Krystal slowly bloomed into love, which concerned Fox as he was afraid to lose another loved one. He decided to let Krystal go from the team. By the events of Star Fox Command, the team had fallen apart and unoffically disbanded. However, the Anglar empire invades the Lylat system and Fox has to get whoever he can to help him fight the empire off. Depending on the actions of the player throughout the game, Fox will either go against the army alone, team up with one or more of his former teammates, look for Wolf and team up with him, get back together with Krystal and have a child with her, drive Krystal away again, or abandon his former life and become a G-Zero racer instead.

Fox has been compared to Luke Skywalker of the Star Wars franchise several times, including Nintendo Player's Guide for Assault. Fox is often depicted as outspoken and righteous in his actions, putting the wellbeing of the innocent above all else. Nothing will get in his way of completing the mission, even if it means fighting. Fox likes to be in control of the situation at all times and becomes uncomfortable to the point of complaining when things don't go according to plan. This can be seen in Adventures where he expresses disappointment when General Pepper forbids him from bringing a blaster to a mission. Despite his reputation as a confident leader, Fox does have secret insecurities about not living up to his father. Still, he managed to save the galaxy several times and learned to trust himself over time.

Physical appearance and traits[edit]

Fox has green eyes which sometimes appear to be blue and orange-brown fur. His golden-brown white-highlighted hair is cut into a crew cut. The rest of his skin is a cream-colored tone. He additionally has a bushy white-tipped tail which appears to be very short in Star Fox 64 and Command, implying that it might have been cut off at a certain point. Fox is of medium/short height and medium weight, which is present in the original "Super Smash Bros.", but future games have him as a mid-sized target, but very light.

Before Star Fox Adventures, Fox's eye color was inconsistent. In-game, it was yellow-orange in Star Fox, but blue in puppets and most artwork (and infrequently green). It is also blue in Star Fox 2, which was originally in development for the SNES. It was black in Star Fox 64 (along with the other characters) and given a consistent green afterward.

Fox is an overall vigorous and loyal bellwether. Albeit scarcely of a cocky rogue with a propensity to disregard rules and regulations (and to repine if he's not being paid enough), he is ultimately, according to Star Fox Adventures, "pure of heart". Fox is shown to be very protective of his friends, as visually perceived in the games, of his team. Fox's countenance is always either a stoic look or cocky smile. In contrast to his personality and traits portrayed in Adventures, Star Fox: Assault depicts Fox as a professional and decisive mercenary.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Fox (SSB)
Official artwork of Fox from Super Smash Bros.

Fox McCloud's debut as one of the four characters chosen by Masahiro Sakurai for the proof-of-concept of Super Smash Bros. as a crossover party-fighting game, along with Mario, Donkey Kong, and Samus Aran.

He appears in the original Super Smash Bros. as one of the starting eight playable characters. He is based off his appearance in Star Fox 64. Fox McCloud is a nimble and fast character. His neutral special move is the Blaster Shot, which sends one powerful energy beam at his opponents. His up special is the Fire Fox which envelops Fox in flames and sends him flying in any direction. His down special is the Reflector, which serves as both an offensive and defensive move (it reflects any projectiles that come in contact with it). Fox ranks 4th on the tier list.

In-game description:

Following his dead father's footsteps as the young leader of the Star Fox Team, Fox McCloud's piloting of the super-high-performance combat ship ARWING for the Lylat System is still fresh in our memories. His one weakness may be his difficulty earning the trust of his teammates.

In single-player[edit]

In the game's single-player mode, Fox is fought on the third stage, the battle being on his "home stage", Sector Z.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Fox (SSBM)
Fox McCloud in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Fox, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Fox McCloud returns in Super Smash Bros. Melee, retaining his role as a starting playable character. He is based on his appearance in Star Fox 64. His moveset has not changed much, but his blaster has been given new properties to be faster but with no flinching power. His side special move is the Fox Illusion, which causes Fox to rush ahead in a blur and can be used as a recovery move. He is currently ranked 1st on the tier list due to countless shine techniques (such as the shine spike which can easily gimp characters, and the waveshine which can combo and rack up damage), and amazing matchups, lacking any negative ones.

In single-player[edit]

In Melee's Adventure Mode, Fox is fought on the Corneria stage. After he is beaten, the player will then have to battle Fox again, this time with back-up from his wingmen. However, if Fox is beaten quickly and has unlocked Falco, the player will battle Falco instead of Fox.

Fox is featured in the following event matches:


Fox, as a playable character, is given three trophies. His normal trophy is acquired by beating the Classic mode with Fox on any difficulty, and Fox's Smash Red and Smash Blue trophies are acquired the same way by beating the Adventure and All-Star modes, respectively.

Fox McCloud trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Fox McCloud's Classic Mode trophy in Melee
Fox McCloud
Fox McCloud is the leader of a band of adventurers-for-hire known as Star Fox. Fox and his fellow pilots Peppy, Slippy, and Falco patrol the Lylat system in their mother ship, the Great Fox. From the cockpit of his Arwing, Fox leads the ceaseless pursuit of the evil scientist Andross, who doomed Fox's father.
Star Fox (3/93)
Fox McCloud trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Fox McCloud's Adventure Mode trophy in Melee
Fox McCloud [Smash]
Fox is among the quickest and nimblest of the Smash Bros. characters. His speed is offset by low firepower, however, and he's better at one-on-one fights than melees with multiple foes. His Blaster is unique: it does damage, but it doesn't make enemies flinch. His Fox Illusion is best used as a surprise attack.
B: Blaster
Smash B: Fox Illusion
Fox McCloud trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Fox McCloud's All-Star Mode trophy in Melee
Fox McCloud [Smash]
Fox falls quickly, so he's a tough target to strike from below; however, this advantage can work against him when he goes flying sideways. You can use the Control Stick to set the direction of the Fire Fox technique while it's charging up. On a side note, Fox is also much lighter than he was in the N64 Super Smash Bros. game.
Up & B: Fire Fox
Down & B: Reflector

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Fox (SSBB)
Fox, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Fox McCloud is a starting playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His design is a mix between his Star Fox Assault and Star Fox Command appearances, but his fur has its color scheme from Star Fox 64. It is also the first Super Smash Bros. game where Fox's eyes are their proper color (green). His special moves are unchanged. Fox additionally now has a Final Smash, in which he summons the Landmaster tank. Fox gets in and the player directly controls the tank to hover, fire shots, roll, and move. The tank is treated like a platform, so characters can actually stand on top of the tank.

Jim Walker, his Star Fox Assault voice actor, voices Fox in English; while by proxy, his new Japanese voice actor Kenji Nojima voices him in Japanese.

Fox was nerfed in Brawl, but is still relatively high on the tier list - ranking 15th place in C tier.


Fox trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Fox's trophy in Brawl
The leader of the commando unit for hire known as Star Fox. He uses both the team's mother ship, the Great Fox, and his personal Arwing fighter to challenge the evil scientist Andross. He made his name as an ace pilot but has lately shown himself also to be an adventurer with a knack for hand-to-hand combat.
SNES: Star Fox
Nintendo DS: Star Fox Command
SNES: Starwing
Nintendo DS: Star Fox Command
Fox trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Fox (Assault)'s trophy in Brawl
Fox (Assault)
The leader of the one and only Star Fox team. Fox McCloud has superb battle skills and is an expert pilot of both the Arwing and Landmaster. In on-foot battles, Fox starts with a blaster and continues on with four other types of weapons as he fights through the Aparoids. Fox also demonstrates his skills in air combat using the plasma cannons on the Arwing.
GameCube: Star Fox: Assault


Name Game Effect Fighter(s)
Fox Star Fox 64 AttackEnergy+018TypeIcon(Energy).png Attack +18 Fox Falco Wolf FoxHeadSSBB.pngFalcoHeadSSBB.pngWolfHeadSSBB.png
Fox Star Fox Adventures AttackArmLeg+015TypeIcon(Hand).pngTypeIcon(Foot).png Attack +15 Fox Falco Wolf FoxHeadSSBB.pngFalcoHeadSSBB.pngWolfHeadSSBB.png
Fox Star Fox Command AttackTail+018TypeIcon(Tail).png Attack +18 FoxHeadSSBB.png
Fox Star Fox AttackEnergy+023TypeIcon(Energy).png Attack +23 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Fox Star Fox: Assault AttackEnergy+033TypeIcon(Energy).png Attack +33 Fox Falco Wolf FoxHeadSSBB.pngFalcoHeadSSBB.pngWolfHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Fox (Star Fox 64).png
(Star Fox 64)
Brawl Sticker Fox (Star Fox Adventures).png
(Star Fox Adventures)
Brawl Sticker Fox (Star Fox Command).png
(Star Fox Command)
Brawl Sticker Fox (Star Fox).png
(Star Fox)
Brawl Sticker Fox (Star Fox Assault).png
(Star Fox: Assault)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Fox (SSB4)
Fox as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Fox, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.

Fox was confirmed as a playable character during the E3 2013 Nintendo Direct. Like his appearance in Brawl, Fox's appearance is primarily based on Star Fox Command, but he appears to have higher quality fur visuals, similar to Donkey Kong. Contrary to his appearance, Mike West, his Star Fox 64 and Star Fox 64 3D English voice actor, now voices Fox. However, he is still voiced by Steve Malpass in Corneria and Jim Walker in Lylat Cruise.

Fox was slightly nerfed from Brawl to Smash 4, with weakened finishers, increased lag on his aerials, and the removal of auto-canceling with his Blaster. Yet, to compensate, his recovery options were improved, with Fox Illusion no longer leaving him helpless, and Fire Fox gaining more distance. He also benefits from Smash 4's general changes, such as the removal of hitstun canceling and chain-grabbing. Fox still retains his key strengths from past games, and thus ranks 7th out of 55 on the Smash 4 tier list (being tied with Sonic), having noteworthy representation and results in tournaments.

As a costume[edit]

Mii Gunners dressed as Fox.

Outside of his role as a playable character, Fox's design serves as the basis of a downloadable content costume for Mii Gunners. The costume is based on Fox's appearance in Star Fox 64 3D.


NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Fox is the leader of the mercenary unit Star Fox, often enlisted to defeat the evil Andross. His piloting skills are top notch, but in Smash Bros. he brings speed and fast attacks to the battle. His Reflector move allows him to turn projectile attacks against his foes, increasing their power for a punishing blow.
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Wii U Fox McCloud is the leader of the mercenary flight team, Star Fox, often enlisted to defeat the evil Andross. His piloting skills are top notch, but in Smash Bros. his strength is sheer speed. His Reflector move allows him to turn projectile attacks against his foes, increasing their power for a punishing blow.
SNES: Star Fox (03/1993)
N64: Star Fox 64 (07/1997)
PAL Leader of the Star Fox team, Fox is a skilled pilot with a strong sense of justice. In this game, he's quick on his feet and can use his speed to toy with opponents, attacking relentlessly and giving them no room to breathe. Even if they try to attack him from afar with projectiles, his Reflector move just sends them flying right back!
SNES: Starwing (06/1993)
N64: Lylat Wars (10/1997)
Fox (Alt.)'s trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Fox (Alt.)'s trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Fox (Alt.)
NTSC Fox is at home in the air, and many of his moves, like his up smash, Flip Kick, will send foes up there. It's great for KO'ing a damaged opponent. Another handy move is his up special Fire Fox. The flames that surround Fox deal damage to nearby foes, and you can launch yourself in any direction once charged.
SNES: Star Fox (03/1993)
N64: Star Fox 64 (07/1997)
PAL The Flip Kick that Fox does for his upward smash can really send foes flying. It's well worth pulling out this attack in combos against airborne opponents. Try following it up with his red-hot Fire Fox special to hammer them repeatedly. The fact that you can fly in any direction with this move is a real bonus too!
SNES: Starwing (06/1993)
N64: Lylat Wars (10/1997)
Fox (Assault)'s trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Fox (Assault)
When Andrew Oikonny and the remnants of his uncle Andross's army use guerilla tactics to stage a rebellion, the Cornerian forces find themselves under a lot of pressure. Fox and his unit arrive to save the day, only to encounter an even greater threat. Can Fox handle the incoming assault from this mysterious new foe?
GameCube: Star Fox: Assault (02/2005)
GameCube: Star Fox: Assault (04/2005)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Fox (SSBU)
Fox, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Fox returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His design is now based on his appearance from Star Fox Zero. He has a new Final Smash which involves an Arwing strike with his Star Fox Team. Mike West returns again as Fox's voice.

As a costume[edit]

Fox's outfit from the previous game returns, now being unlockable from the Vault shop.


Fighter spirit[edit]

Support spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Class Cost Ability Series
SSBU spirit Walker.png
Walker ★★ 1 Ray Gun Equipped Star Fox Series

In other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese フォックス, Fox
UK English Fox
France French Fox
Germany German Fox
Spain Spanish Fox
Italy Italian Fox
China Chinese 火狐, Fox
South Korea Korean 폭스, Fox
Netherlands Dutch Fox
Russia Russian Фокс
Portugal Portuguese Fox


  • Fox and Pikachu are the only characters who have been at the top of a tier list before, and are currently ranked at least in the upper portion of the mid-tier in established tier lists of every game in the series.
    • Fox is the second character in the series to ever be ranked in SS tier, after Meta Knight.
  • Fox is the only member of the "perfect-attendance crew" to receive entirely new voice clips in every installment in the Super Smash Bros. series.
    • He is also the only playable member of the Star Fox cast to have never had a voice actor specific to a Smash game.
  • In the official one-shot manga The Nintendo All-Stars Free-For-All! Smash Brothers, Fox assumes the role of a henchman to Phantom X, the main antagonist of the manga. He, along with Link and Samus Aran, decided to create these alter egos so the other characters can stop bickering and unite as friends against a common enemy.