- “To Barrel Roll, press Z or R twice!”
- —Peppy Hare
Peppy Hare is a retired member of the legendary Star Fox team. He served with previous leader content://media/external/file/77416James McCloud and wingmate Pigma Dengar. After the former's death and the latter's betrayal of the team, Peppy joined the new Star Fox team, consisting of Fox McCloud, Falco Lombardi, and Slippy Toad. An experienced pilot, he has learned many tricks in his years of flying, and is also very knowledgeable about Andross's forces, since he once had to escape captivity at their hands. Even though Peppy is older than all the other Star Fox team members, he declined the leadership role and insisted that the younger Fox McCloud take over the team after James was slain by Andross. After Pigma's betrayal and James' capture, Peppy narrowly escaped to return to Corneria to inform Fox of his father's fate. Ever since then, Peppy serves as Fox's mentor and father figure and frequently gives Fox instructions and advice throughout the course of the games.
Lylat WarsPeppy served in the Cornerian army alongside James and Pepper before pulling out to become a founding member of the mercenaries for hire team Star Fox. Five years after the banishment of Andross, Peppy along with James McCloud and Pigma Dengar were called to planet Venom by General Pepper to investigate strange activity coming from the planet. Upon their arrival, Pigma betrayed the team as Peppy and James were taken into captivity by Andross. James was supposedly killed, and Peppy barely managed to escape but learned a few tricks about the Androssian ways. Returning home, Peppy informed James' son, Fox, about his father's fate, and the new team was born.
Peppy later became part of the new team, led by Fox McCloud, and the two new members, Slippy Toad and Falco Lombardi. Occasionally the team would encounter the rival mercenary group, Star Wolf, led by Wolf O'Donnell and consisting of, Leon Powalski, Andrew Oikonny, and former Star Fox team member, Pigma Dengar. Peppy was the main target of Pigma, chasing him without remorse and remarking about being his "old pal". After Star Wolf and Andross were defeated by Fox, Peppy asked Fox what the matter was when noticing him searching in space for something, but Fox assured Peppy that nothing was wrong before Team Star Fox returned home and were paid handsomely by General Pepper.
During the four years of peace in the Lylat System, Peppy and the rest of the Star Fox team had little in terms of work. They then received a S.O.S. signal from Katt Monroe, and Peppy was unsure of whether to respond to her S.O.S., as she had a criminal record. However, they eventually went to the source of the S.O.S., Titania, due to Falco rushing out to help Katt before a proper decision could be made. They then went over to one of the Titanian research bases, run by Captain Shears. Shears agreed to help Star Fox out to find Falco, under the condition that they stop some Venomian Army remnants who allegedly stole some of Andross's research that the base planned to replicate for peaceful applications. After the Star Fox team fought against the supposed Androssian vessel, as well as Fox getting into a dogfight against Falco, Peppy gave Fox a severe tongue-lashing in regards to fighting Falco, viewing it as irresponsible on Fox's part, asking him what his father would think of him. However, when he learned the reason why Fox got into a dogfight with Falco in the first place, he became disturbed at the implications of what is happening, as well as growing more suspicious of Shear's true motives after realizing that the Titanian base seemed too quiet for supposedly being in danger, and deployed Slippy to investigate because he was too old for active duty and Fox's Arwing was going under repairs. Afterwards, they were hailed by the supposed Venomian Army remnants, who turned out to be Katt's group. After learning that they had stolen some files from the base and planned to leak them onto the black market, although they didn't actually know what was inside the contents of the file, Peppy requested that ROB open the files to see what was really going on. They then learned upon reviewing the files that it was even worse than previously believed: Shears wasn't planning on reviving Andross's research, but Andross himself via cloning. Peppy then realized that he inadvertently placed Slippy in grave danger earlier and attempts to call Slippy back, but learns from ROB that his communication with Slippy was cut a while back. Peppy then acted as the monitor of the mission to rescue Slippy, telling Fox where to go while Katt and her team acted as the distraction. After Fox rescued Slippy and defeated both Shears and a newly revived Andross, Peppy tried to get away from a cloning culture fluid-soaked Slippy.
Plight of Sauria
Four years afterwards, during the Sauria Crisis, Peppy retired as a pilot because of his old age and became an adviser and navigator within the Great Fox, alongside ROB 64 (and during this time, Slippy). His role of studying Saurian Maps and the planet's History during this period of peril was important, but minor nonetheless. He was glad to receive the monetary reward knowing that Great Fox was in dire need of repairs and managed to remember he received a message from Krystal in time for her arrival on the bridge.
Aparoid Invasion and Retirement
Peppy still stayed aboard the Great Fox and gave valuable advice to the Star Fox team, which now included Krystal taking his place as fourth pilot. When chasing Pigma into the Asteroid Belt, Peppy made a note that the Pig was always ahead of everyone, having said "Just like Pigma. He never missed a trick." By the time the team, with Star Wolf's help, had defeated the Aparoids at Corneria, Peppy somehow found his way back into an Arwing after General Pepper was captured by the Aparoids and arrived at the last moment to save Pepper from dying (Although the attempt also led to him being injured, jokingly stating that it "looks like [Peppy will] never make retirement now..." before groaning, and then requesting that Fox contact the Medical Corps.).
During the Invasion of the Aparoid Homeworld, a shield was generated, blocking the team's progress. It was at this point that Peppy boldly sacrificed himself and crashed the Great Fox into the shield, destroying it and the Great Fox in the process. Despite the protests of the team and signs that Peppy was being infected by the Aparoids, he crashed into the shield. This allows the team to continue onward to thwart the Aparoid Queen. The team is shocked and saddened by the apparent loss of their veteran friend, but they eventually resolve to move on. During the battle against the Aparoid Queen, the Queen impersonates Peppy, among other supposedly deceased acquaintances, and attempts to discourage the team. After the Star Fox team's victory and escape, a moment of mourning is interrupted by the arrival of both Peppy and ROB, who had escaped the destruction of the Great Fox using an emergency escape ship. Fox reveals that he was well aware of Peppy and ROB's survival, and Peppy tells the team that he intends to retire for good.
During the Anglar Blitz, Pepper had fallen ill and was confined to his sickbed, so at his request his old friend Peppy replaced him as the general of the Cornerian Army and, during the game, it is revealed that he has a daughter named Lucy Hare, who teaches astrophysics at Fichina. On the battlefield, Peppy piloted his own Arwing which resembles the Aparoid Invasion model. In one ending it is revealed that he is the widower of his wife, Vivian.
Star Fox Comics
Peppy appears as a supporting character in the Nintendo Power comics, where the continuity and his looks are based on the SNES era.
Star Fox 64 manga
Peppy is a major character in the Star Fox 64 manga, filling the same advisor roles he holds in the games. Peppy first rescues Fox from tailing Venomian Fighters on Corneria City. The experienced Rabbit's piloting advice is extended from Fox towards Slippy, who hadn't yet finished the Cornerian Flight Academy before Fox reformed the team, advising Slippy to use a Barrel Roll to shake off his pursuers (this references his popular internet meme). At the Meteo Asteroid Belt, Peppy warns Fox not to be too over confident before just they are ambushed by the Star Wolf Team. Back at the Great Fox's hangar, Slippy asks Peppy about Fox's violent streak towards Pigma, to which he retells the tragic story of the original Star Fox Team. Peppy appears to blame himself for the disappearance of his best friend, calling himself a coward and only hoping that he'll see Jimmy again someday. At Solar, Peppy points out that he has heard rumors of Andross developing a bioweapon and is the only member of the team not to be sabotaged by Pigma's infiltration. Arriving at Venom's surface, Peppy and Slippy are overwhelmed by the Venomian Army and are forced to retreat, but await Fox's triumphant return and they return to Corneria.
Peppy has remained another fan favorite over the years. Peppy's phrase from Star Fox 64, "Do a barrel roll!", has become a popular internet phenomenon.
- Peppy's Star Fox 64 quote, "Do a Barrel Roll" has became an Internet meme and is one of the Star Fox series' most well known quotes. In fact, a music video of the meme that is on the internet is based off the 1979 Dschinghis Khan disco song, "Moskau".
- Despite retiring before the events of Star Fox Adventures, Peppy keeps returning to his Arwing and taking part in the fight, all the way into the events of Star Fox Command.
- With 134 quotes, Peppy is the most talkative character in Star Fox 64. The 3DS release added seven new ones.
- Considering the many similarities between Star Fox and Star Wars, Peppy's personality is like Obi-Wan's just like how Fox McCloud is to Luke Skywalker and Falco Lombardi is to Han Solo. Like Obi-Wan, Peppy is wise, caring and fatherly and survived an incident which Fox's father apparently did not survive, similar to Obi-Wan surviving the Jedi order's fall.
Names in Other Languages
|Japanese||ペッピー・ヘア (Peppī Hea)|
|Chinese||派比•海爾 (Pàibǐ Hǎi'ěr)|
|Korean||페피 헤어 (Pepi He'eo)|
|Russian||Пеппи Хэйр (Peppi Kheyr)|
- NINTENDO POWER Star Fox 64: Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Redmond, WA, Nintendo of America. 1997.
- Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet
- Star Fox 64; Instruction Booklet
- Star Fox 64 3D; Instruction Booklet
- Star Fox Adventures; Instruction Booklet
- Star Fox: Assault; Instruction Booklet
- List of Super Smash Bros. series Trophies (Star Fox series)
|Leader(s)||James McCloud • Fox McCloud|
|All Games||Falco Lombardi • Peppy Hare • Slippy Toad|
|1997 / 2016||ROB 64 • Bill Grey • Katt Monroe • Pigma Dengar • Direct-i|
|2002-2006||Krystal • Lucy Hare • Amanda • Tricky • Free-As-A-Bird|
|2017||Miyu • Fay|
|Other||Marcus • Slippy's son • Peppy's granddaughter • Fara Phoenix • Saru|
|Vehicles||Arwing • Landmaster • Blue-Marine • Great Fox • Walker • Gyrowing • Roadmaster|
|Other Vehicles||Arwing II • Sky Claw • Bullfrog • Cloud Runner • Sky Bunny • Tadpole • Catspaw • Cat's Paw 2 • Great Fox II • Armoured Arwing • Light Arwing • Mothership|