Wolf O'Donnell (ウルフ・オドネル Urufu Odoneru?) is a character from the Star Fox series who is the leader of the Star Wolf, the rival mercenary team of Star Fox. He is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Wolf made his first public canon appearance in Star Fox 64, with his technical debut being in Star Fox 2, a game that was shelved until 2017. Very little is known about Wolf's past, or how he received his "eyepatch". While Wolf initially appears a secondary villain taking orders from Andross, appearance in Star Fox: Assault has viewed him more as an anti-hero, somewhat similar to Wario.
Wolf was originally going to appear in Star Fox 2 for the SNES. However, although the game was completely finished, it was canceled due to the upcoming release of the Nintendo 64, but some of its features were used in Star Fox 64, including the Star Wolf team. The game later saw release on the SNES Classic Edition in 2017 as a pack-in title. Thus, Star fox 64 is usually considered Wolf's proper debut.
Wolf made his first canon appearance in Star Fox 64. He, along with Leon Powalski, Andrew Oikonny, and Pigma Dengar, formed team Star Wolf and were hired by Andross to destroy the Star Fox team led by Fox McCloud. Throughout the game, the player battles Star Wolf up to two times, though there are three different battles with them overall.
Nine years after the events of Star Fox 64, in Star Fox: Assault, Wolf became known as Lord O'Donnell among criminals at the Sargasso Space Hideout. When team Star Fox went looking for Pigma (who stole a Core Memory earlier in the game), Star Wolf (now consisting of Panther Caruso, Leon, and Wolf) went to destroy team Star Fox for invading Wolf's organization. Star Wolf was defeated in the battle. When the threat of the Aparoids was rising, Wolf arrived on Corneria to save Fox from the Aparoids (Wolf said the only reason he saved Fox was so he could destroy Fox himself). After that event, Star Wolf provided backup to Team Star Fox twice more in the game, including the final battle. Because of all of this and his respecting attitude, many have viewed Wolf to be an anti-hero. After the Aparoid Homeworld exploded, team Star Wolf was nowhere to be found, although Fox speculated they were alive. This was later proven true in Star Fox: Command.
After the events of Star Fox: Assault, Team Star Wolf was confirmed to be alive and continued their lives of crime. However, they were noticed by the Cornerian Military. As a response to their crimes, a bounty reward was set for each member, Wolf having the highest bounty, set at $3,000,000. To avoid attention, they set up a base on Fichina. After this, they sought to remove their bounties and were tired of being seen as villains. Star Wolf then began to plot out a way to defeat the Anglar Empire. Afterward, the team split up. While Leon and Panther went to Katina, Wolf was presumably researching a device that Andross built that would neutralize the toxicity of the Venom Sea, allowing them to infiltrate the enemy base. Team Star Fox found the device on Titania first, however, but Star Wolf made the enemy flee from Venom, allowing Star Fox to finish the enemies off. Star Wolf was not seen again until the ending, where Krystal requests Fox to remove the bounties off of their heads.
In Star Fox 64, Wolf spoke in an accent in which he sounded like an English narcissist; in Star Fox: Assault, his voice differs in which he speaks in a gruff accent and acts more like a space pirate. His speech in Star Fox: Command was similar, except that he occasionally howls and growls. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, his voice is similar to the accent he used in Assault.
During the opening sequence in Super Smash Bros. Melee, there is a short moment where Fox McCloud, piloting his Arwing, crosses paths with Wolf in his Wolfen. A mugshot of the two characters in their cockpits is briefly seen. In early days of the game's release, this led to much speculation of Wolf playing a role in the game, perhaps as a playable character. However, this was not the case.
As a playable character
Wolf is a secret character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl who can be unlocked by either participating in 450 brawls, clearing Boss Battles with Fox/Falco, or a secret door in The Ruins stage of The Subspace Emissary after clearing the mode once. His look is based on his appearances in Star Fox Assault and Star Fox Command.
Wolf seems to be based loosely on his rival pilots Fox and Falco, but his attacks are mostly new, with the exception of his Final Smash. All of his normal attacks are different, which involve the use of his claws or legs. While his special moves follow the same basic format of Fox's, they still have significant differences. His Blaster shoots a ball of energy that is stronger than Fox's Blaster but has limited range and contains a claw-like attachment to the bottom of the gun that can deal direct melee damage. His Wolf Flash attack is like Fox's Fox Illusion, but it moves diagonally rather than horizontally. If this move connects at the apex, it also inflicts more damage and can be used as a meteor smash. Fire Wolf, while it has an identical name to Fire Fox, is a kicking attack that scores multiple hits on the opponent, and lacks any fire damage. His Reflector posses more intangibility frames upon activation, and sends all projectiles back with at nearly twice the original speed of their initial pitch, but contains a smaller power multiplier. Finally, Wolf's Final Smash is a carbon copy of Fox's, being a Landmaster that is colored red, and functions identically, just having much greater power at the expense of less duration.
- A pilot whose real name is Wolf O'Donnell. He leads a group of mercenaries called Star Wolf. He's crossed paths with Fox many times, and each acknowledges the other as a competent rival. Wolf's constant interference with Fox is a result of Wolf's history with Fox's dad, James. Wolf's long history of criminal enterprise has resulted in a large bounty on his head.
- (N64) Star Fox 64
- (GCN) Star Fox: Assault
Wolf does not return as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Instead, he makes a cameo as a collectible trophy in both versions of the game. Additionally, Wolf is still featured in part of the Star Fox's Smash Taunt on the Lylat Cruise stage in Wii U version, but his portrait has been changed to his model from Star Fox Assault. His Side Special Move, Wolf Flash also appears as one of Fox's customiziable Side Special Moves.
- Wolf O'Donnell
- Wolf used to fight in Andross's army, tangling with Star Fox in battle after battle. After Andross's exile, he went his own way and formed a mercenary team called Star Wolf. He and his eternal rival, Fox, have even fought on the same side from time to time...but inevitably, they always meet again as enemies.
- (N64) Star Fox 64 (07/1997)
- (GCN) Star Fox: Assault (02/2005)
As a playable character
Wolf returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. However, his design has been completely changed to his latest model based on his appearance in Star Fox Zero.