Star Fox’s eccentric cast of characters, including Fox McCloud and Falco Lombardi, were designed after a few Nintendo legends.
During an interview on Nintendo.com, original Star Fox graphic designer Takaya Imamura revealed that the faces of the characters on Team Star Fox are actually based on staff members that worked on the game. For example, Fox was designed after Miyamoto while Falco is based on designer Tsuyoshi Watanabe, who worked on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Star Fox, and more.
“Fox has a fox-like face like Miyamoto,” said Imamura. “Falco is Watanabe. At the time, we laughed over how his nose sticks out like a beak!”