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General
All for us... all things in the universe... will be ours... [...] All for us... everything in this universe... exists for us... Bow before us! SUBMIT TO US!!!!
—Aparoid Queen

The Aparoid Queen is the hive mother of the entire Aparoid race, primarily made up of the immense assault force, hence her name. She serves as both the main antagonist and the final boss of Star Fox: Assault. The Aparoid Queen was killed by the anti-Aparoid bomb created by Beltino Toad and the Cornerian federation scientists after being weakened by the Star Fox Team.

Physical Apperance and Characteristics

The Queen herself is a titan Aparoid, the largest type ever known, possessing a physical structure reminiscent of ant or bee queens, dwelling within the center caves and tunnels of the homeworld, protected by a powerful shield. An undeniably intelligent and powerful being, she controls every single mind slaved to the Aparoids, able to access memories, abilities, even machinery with utmost ease for her own dark uses. Within her honeycombed cavern, the Queen is the "source of all Aparoid will", reproducing swarms of drones to spread out across the Lylat System to assimilate lifeforms and relay information back to her.

As proof of bypassing evolution, the Queen adapts various forms to survive. During the final battle in the tunnels of the Aparoid Homeworld, the queen occasionally "speaks." (In her second form.) However, she does not use a comm-link at any point of the battle. This makes her the only speakable boss to not use a comm-link to speak (although she does briefly use the comm-link immediately prior to the second battle when about to escape).

Based on her statements, the Queen seemed to genuinely believe that she and her race were the ultimate existence, as well as "truth."

Biography

The true Aparoid origins are unknown, yet records indicate that the first Aparoid sightings were around seventeen years prior to their invasion, with a single Aparoid destroying an entire Cornerian fleet single handed. Only by studying a complete Core Memory were the Cornerians able to learn of the Queen's existence.

During her battle with the Star Fox team in the core of the Aparoid Homeworld, she uses several likenesses from persons she had assimilated, such as Pigma Dengar, General Pepper, Peppy Hare, ROB 64, and even James McCloud, Fox McCloud's father. Thinking quickly with huge assistance from Wolf O'Donnell's advice, Fox McCloud blasted away her armor shielding and fired the Self-destruct program into her.

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The Aparoid Queen's defeat.

However, the Queen began suppressing the program, briefly resolving by ordering Star Fox to surrender to her, and nearly escaped to create an antibody to the program. However, the team followed the queen, blasting her pink "eyes", then hitting her hidden eye, eventually destroying her outer body and then afterwards confronting her core form. As her outer body was being destroyed, she begged Star Fox to spare her due to the Aparoids being "truth," but to no avail, with Fox referring to it as an "evil space hag" when confronting its core form. After Fox and his friends damaged her core form, the Queen screamed as her strength was sapped and allowed the program to work, destroying every Aparoid in existence, releasing all the infected parties from their grasp resulting the extinction of the Aparoids and killing the Queen in the process. According to Fox after the battle, she apparently desired to control the universe in an attempt to bypass evolution, as she was allegedly not born with a soul.

Portrayal

The Aparoid Queen was voiced by Alésia Glidewell in Star Fox: Assault.

Trivia

  • The Aparoid Queen is hinted to be speaking through Pigma when he says "We are the ultimate existence."
  • The Aparoid Queen imitates those the aparoids assimilated, whether or not they survived. However, James McCloud was presumed killed by Andross before the Aparoid invasion, and the Aparoids never even came near his body. How she was able to imitate him is unknown, though she could have been using the memories of Peppy, ROB, General Pepper, and Pigma. Even though she produces swarms of drones and aparoids to spread out across the Lylat System to assimilate lifeforms and relay information back to her, it's possible that one of the Aparoids got information about James McCloud from one of the infected, as well as using information from the things she's absorbed, supporting this theory.
  • The Aparoid Queen sounds and acts similar to the hostile computer AI GLaDOS from the video game Portal in that both are said to be female, are some form of a computer, and a very powerful force to be reckoned with. However, it should be noted that the Aparoid Queen predates GLaDOS by two years (Star Fox: Assault was released in 2005, while Portal was released in 2007). Coincidentally, the Queen's voice actor, Alesia Glidewell, was the face and model for Portal's protagonist Chell.
  • It may be presumed that the Aparoid Queen is actually the same aparoid that destroyed the Cornerian Fleet seventeen years prior to the game, considering the time gap and its significance to both the plot and the race's survival.
    • This is further supported by the fact that the Queen's first form, when her armor is removed, strongly resembles the Aparoid depicted in the image (which was also the same type as the one fought on Fortuna).
  • Falco Lombardi erroneously states that the Aparoid Queen is a male character. ("Watch out everyone! He's up to something!")

Names in Other Languages

Language Name
Japanese (アパロイドマザー, aparoidomazā, aparoid mother)
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