James McCloud's signature has, since Star Fox 64, been wearing a pair of sunglasses. Otherwise he carries a close resemblance in both appearance and apparel as his son, Fox McCloud. His eyes are olive green in Star Fox 64 3D instead of Fox's green.
Not much is mentioned about Fox's father in the original game, other than that he disappeared near the Black Hole.
Star Fox 64 and its sequels
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James McCloud is credited to have been the first leader of the Star Fox Team, which was formed in response to the initial threat against Corneria posed by Andross. While on a mission against Andross, James McCloud fell into a black hole after a bomb experiment "failure". Andross, who was a scientist of Corneria then, created this bomb, secretly planning for it to detonate when James McCloud reached critical velocity, thus sending him into a black hole. Pigma was also involved in this plan, and helped with assuring the death of James McCloud.
Many years later, when Fox had finally completed James's final mission, Andross had triggered his lab's self destruct. James sudddenly appeared and guided Fox out of the lab before it was destroyed. James flew away when they made it out of the base. Fox was surprised to see his father alive.
Eight years later, Fox obtained a message from James when he deposited a Cheat Token in the maze beneath the WarpStone. During the fight against the Aparoid Queen, the Queen used James's voice in an attempt to turn Fox to her side. Falco snapped him out of it when he reminded Fox that his father was dead, but the Queen continued to use his voice to trick the team.
Dash Makes a Decision
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James appeared halfway through the invasion of the Venom Sea by Fox, Falco, and Dash Bowman. He said nothing throughout the battle and helped them defeat the Anglar forces. Once again, he disappeared without anyone's notice.
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Star Fox comic
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While he is arguably dead in the canon, the Star Fox comic portrays James as having, in some way, been sucked into a black hole during his fateful mission against Andross. Fox McCloud later dives into a black hole and is lead through it by some sort of physical manifestation of his father.
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- Star Fox (mentioned)
- Star Fox 64
- Star Fox Adventures (mentioned)
- Star Fox: Assault (mentioned)
- Star Fox Command
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl (mentioned)
- Mike West in Star Fox 64.
- Jim Walker in Star Fox: Assault.
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PAL: Fox's father and the founder of Star Fox. He was betrayed by Pigma Dengar while on a scouting mission to Venom. James died a hero, caught in Andross's clutches. The F-Zero series has a racer of the same name (with suitably dashing sunglasses to boot), but that James McCloud is certainly not of the fox persuasion.
James with the original Star Fox team as seen in Star Fox 64.
James with the original Star Fox team as seen in Star Fox 64 3D.
James' headshot from Star Fox Command.
James with the original Star Fox team in Star Fox Zero
Star Fox 64
- "Don't ever give up, my son!"
- "Follow me, Fox... This way, Fox... Never give up, Trust your instincts... You've become so strong, Fox."
Names in other languages
- James McCloud shares many similarities with an F-Zero pilot of the same name. Both lead a squadron of mercenaries and have ships with similar appearances.
- James' scarf color is red throughout Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Assault, although Argonaut Software later retconned this so that before his betrayal, his scarf is red (for example, in the introductory sequence in Star Fox 64 3D), and afterwards it is yellow (during the escape sequence of Star Fox 64 3D and his appearance in Star Fox Command).
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