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Just like old times, eh, Fox?
—Bill Grey

Bill Grey is a childhood schoolmate of Fox, Falco and Slippy's, ace pilot and a commander of the Husky and Bulldog squadrons in the Cornerian Army that serve to defend Katina against the Androssian fleets and the Anglar Armies. Since ace star pilots of the Cornerian Air Force are few and far between, Bill and his units are very valued in high esteem by his military superiors.

Biography

In his childhood, Bill Grey was good friends with Fox McCloud, who convinced him to join the Cornerian Flight Academy with him some years ago. When Fox left the Academy to avenge his father's death at the hands of Andross, Bill went on to become an ace pilot and was given command of both the Husky and Bulldog squadrons. Fox knew that Bill would join Star Fox if asked to, but didn't want to pull Bill into his troubles. 

Because the Bulldog and Husky squadrons were overrun on the Katina Frontline Base, Bill informed Corneria command of the situation, as well as the coming of a detected mother ship on its way to the planet, therefore General Pepper asked Star Fox to help them out. Just before Star Fox arrived, Bill told the various fighters to hang in there as help was on the way. Fox was enthusiastic to see Bill after so long, even Bill too was thrilled about their reunion as well as passing compliments back, Bill reminded his friend Fox that they could catch up later. Bill ordered the Huskys to cover the base, while the Bulldog unit was ordered by him to hold the Invader II's back and not let them through. Because the mission was accomplished on Katina, Bill was keen to return the favor by helping with opening the warp gates in Sector X, and help with fighting Gores on Solar.

Bill reappeared later after the defeat of Andross, flying above Fox and Peppy Hare's Arwings as they left Venom's orbit.

Bill returned nine years after the Lylat Wars to help defend the Lylat System against the Anglar Blitz, whenever the Anglar Empire posed any threats towards Katina, piloting a customized Cornerian Fighter. Since Bill also knew Falco and Slippy and was equally friendly with them as they came to his aid on Katina when Fox was out, it was Bill who told them about a certain new killer pilot in the Cornerian Air Force who had an icy heart, whom Slippy recognized but didn't want to believe to be Krystal. Bill confessed that he don't know the details between her and Fox but guessed she was in shock from it and started dating someone else, who was on the Star Wolf team. Bill said goodbye to Falco and Slippy and told them to tell his old friend Fox to say "Hi" for him.

Trivia

  • The name of the character is a reference to General William Grey, from the 1996 blockbuster movie Independence Day. This coincides with the portrayal of the battle of Katina, as it resembles the Furball (A large-scale aerial conflict)/Mothership Assault Scene from Independence Day.
    • His surname "Grey" uses the British spelling instead of the American version.
  • Since many elements from Star Fox 2 were carried over to Star Fox 64, it's largely speculated that Bill was created as an equivalent or a replacement for Fay.
  • He is the only playable character in Star Fox Command that appears in none of the endings, considering that James McCloud is somewhat referenced when Fox wears shades during his own fatherhood during the "Goodbye Fox" ending.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name
Japanese (ビル・グレイ, Biru Gurei)
Russian Билл Грэй

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