Andross

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"Only I have the brains to rule Lylat!" - Andross, Star Fox 64.


Character: Andross
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Andross in the briefing of Star Fox Command.
Details
Name Andross
Home Planet Corneria
Role Leader of the Venomian Army (formerly),
Lead Scientist of the Cornerian Defense Force (formerly)
Premiere game Star Fox
Affiliations Venomian Army, Star Wolf (employer)
Race {{{race}}}
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Dr. Andross is the main villain of the Star Fox series and sworn enemy of the Lylat System. He has a grandson, Dash Bowman, implying he had a child, and a nephew, Andrew Oikonny, implying a sibling.

Appearance

Andross' appearance has remained superficially constant throughout the games he has appeared in. There are, however, marked differences in how his appearance has changed from game to game. In Star Fox, he looked like a vague approximation of a disembodied human head, whose features were very simple. This incarnation of Andross reappears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His greatest addition as of yet was in Star Fox 64, where he benefited from being given proper textures, a range of facial expressions, and similarly disembodied, gloved hands. This version is also a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee

As consoles became more powerful and capable of rendering a higher number of polygons and highly detailed textures, Andross was given a makeover in Star Fox Adventures. Here, his dramatic return at the end of the game came as a figurative and literal twist as he had, for the majority of the game, hidden behind a statue of a Krazoan head. When, at the very end of the game, this head swiveled to reveal Andross' face on the other side, it became apparent that the designers took care in giving the character unsettling, almost demonic features, as well as a more advanced palette of facial expressions, and a small selection of lip-synced dialogue.

In Game History


Spoiler warning: The following contains key plot or ending details.



Early History

Andross's career began as the lead scientist of the Cornerian Defense Force. He was the partner of General Pepper, but they were intense rivals which foreshadowed complications between the two.[1]. Andross's research focused on weapons of war, but Corneria's time of peace left him unable to truly test his experiments. One experiment got out of hand and destroyed an entire city on Corneria. General Pepper had him banished to the distant planet Venom. Five years later, when Pepper had sent the original Star Fox team, Andross hired one of their number to betray the other two. Pigma Dengar, the team member he hired, did just that and this led to the apparent death of James McCloud.

The War for Lylat

Boss: Andross
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<center>Andross in Star Fox 64.
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Name Andross
Game(s) Star Fox 64
Location Venom
Affiliation Andross
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A few years later, Andross began his invasion of the Lylat System. He was challenged by the new Star Fox team, led by the son of James McCloud, Fox. Andross had been experimenting with many things including an array of bioweapons for the war. He had also created several robotic defense weapons and hired the Star Wolf team to hold off Star Fox. All failed and Fox McCloud himself alone invaded Andross's lair to battle him. When Fox finally encountered Andross, he found that the experiments Andross had conducted had transformed him into a giant, floating head and pair of hands. Fox destroyed this form and Andross was revealed to only be a giant brain and set of eyes. Fox defeated this form of Andross as well, setting off a massive explosion that took out his entire lair. If Star Fox had gotten to Venom from Bolse Defense Satellite, Fox would have encountered a false, cybernetic Andross and Andross's face would appear after Star Fox collected their reward from Pepper, signifying his survival.

In His Final Days

Andross apparently survived his destruction at the end of the Lylat Wars and spent his final days on Venom. Andross knew that his fight with Fox had shortened his remaining days and gave up his hopes for ruling Lylat in the hope that he could leave something behind that was beneficial for Venom[2]. He built a machine that would neutralize the acidity of the Venom Sea in hopes to begin a terraforming project for Venom, but some event prevented him from initiating his plans and the device was hidden on Titania.

Andross's Return

Boss: Andross
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<center>Andross's return in Star Fox Adventures.
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Name Andross
Game(s) Star Fox Adventures
Location Space
Affiliation Andross
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Through some unknown power, Andross's spirit remained after his body's death. He located the planet Sauria where he discovered the Krazoa Spirits. Andross gave power to the tyrant General Scales, who was unaware of such gift. Unknowingly, he began the first steps of Andross's plan by releasing the Krazoa Spirits. When a vixen named Krystal returned the first of the spirits, Andross imprisoned her so he could use her powers in combination with the Krazoa to create a new body. Andross later watched Fox as he went through the Test of Fear and obtained the final Krazoa spirit.

When Fox finally began his fight against General Scales, Andross intervened and forced Scales to give Fox the final Krazoa. Fox returned the final Krazoa and watched as they were focused into Krystal and shot into a giant Krazoa statue which contained Andross's spirit. The statue fled into space and Fox followed it in his Arwing where he discovered Andross's survival. Andross used the Krazoa statue as a shield and used his newfound powers to battle Fox He had nearly defeated Fox when when former Star Fox pilot Falco Lombardi arrived. Fox and Falco used Smart Bombs and exposed Andross's brain to weapon fire. and Andross was finally defeated for good.

The Ghost of Andross

Andross was one of, if not the only, character to have the same role during the invasion of the Anglar no matter what story occurred. When Fox and whatever teammates he had at the time went to Titania, they encountered an entity that claimed to be the ghost of Andross. This was probably a hologram Andross left with his bioweapons to guard his acid neutralization device based on the appearance of Andross's appearance. Unable to do anything when Fox and his allies defeated the bioweapon, Andross allowed him to take the device.

Legacy

His nephew, Andrew Oikonny, remained true to Andross' strange penchant for appearing as a massive floating head by building an airborne vehicle which mimicked Andrew's head and hands. This ship appeared as the first level's false boss in Star Fox: Assault. Fox quickly dispatched this poor reproduction. The badly damaged craft, presumably piloted by Andrew himself, attempted to escape but was utterly obliterated by an Aparoid while Andrew delivered a megalomaniac monologue.


Spoiler warning: Spoilers end here.



Super Smash Bros.

Andross appeared in both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl in the form of trophies. In both, he had trophies based on his appearance in the original Star Fox, with the latter trophy being based on concept art from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He had a second trophy in Super Smash Bros Melee based on his appearance in Star Fox 64. He also appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an Assist Trophy. Andross in his original form would move to the background and blow hexagon shapes at the fighters.

Melee Trophy Information

Trophy Information
Game Description Obtain
Super Smash Bros. Melee
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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 3/93

Random drop.


Trophy Information
Game Description Obtain
Super Smash Bros. Melee
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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 6/97

Random drop.


Brawl Trophy Information

Trophy Information
Game Description Obtain
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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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.

SNES Star Fox

N64 Star Fox 64

Random drop.


Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Trophy Information

Both Versions
Trophy Information
Game Description Obtain
Super Smash Bros. Melee
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NTSC-U: A gifted scientist who worked for the Cornerian Defense Force. Banished to the planet Venom for his extreme research methods, he attacked the Lylat System to exact revenge but was defeated by Star Fox. When summoned, he will aid you in battle by spewing polygon slabs from his mouth.

PAL: Ex-scientist for the Cornerian Army, he was banished to the planet Venom because of his extreme research methods. His plan to conquer the Lylat system was thwarted by the heroic Star Fox team. When unleashed in this game, he hovers in the background, launching polygons at the fighters.


SNES Star Fox (3/1993)

N64 Star Fox 64 (7/1997)

Random drop.


3DS Version
Trophy Information
Game Description Obtain
Super Smash Bros. Melee
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NTSC-U: The true final boss of Star Fox 64, Andross has turned himself into a bioweapon. His face and hands have exploded, revealing a giant brain with eyes that move independently and fire laser beams. When he goes down, he'll self-destruct and try to take Fox with him!

PAL: The true final boss of Lylat Wars is a form where Andross has turned himself into a bioweapon. His face and hands explode, revealing a giant brain with eyes that move independently like tentacles and fire laser beams. When he's beaten in this form, he self-destructs and tries to take Fox with him.
Random drop.


Development (Out of Game)

Game Appearances

Voice Actors

  • Rick May in Star Fox 64.
  • Duncan Botwood in Star Fox Adventures.

Gallery of Game Art

Quotes

"If I'm going down, I'm taking you with me!" - Andross, Star Fox 64.
"Now you will feel TRUE pain!" - Andross, Star Fox 64.

Trivia

  • In Star Fox Adventures, Andross stated that his intentions were to destroy the Lylat System, contrary to previous and later games. This could be attributed to the developer change.
  • Andross's appearance during the Test of Fear and the use of the alternate visuals during the scenes where he appears was meant to be foreshadowment to his appearance at the end of the game[3].

References

  1. "He was Corneria's chief science officer. He was also a close colleague of General Pepper. But they were like oil and water. Their infighting was a precursor to war." - Krystal, Star Fox Command.
  2. After Andross fought you, he dedicated his remaining days to planet Venom. He wanted to leave some sort of legacy. - Krystal, Star Fox Command.
  3. http://www.michaelcawood.com/StarfoxAdventures.htm

See Also

Characters
Main Characters
Star Fox: Fox McCloud Falco Lombardi Peppy Hare Slippy Toad Krystal ROB 64 General Pepper
Star Wolf: Wolf O'Donnell Leon Powalski Pigma Dengar Andrew Oikonny Panther Caroso Andross
Other Characters
James McCloud Bill Grey Katt Monroe Tricky Dash Bowman Amanda Lucy Hare