Fox at the meeting.
Physical description
Gender Male
Eye colour Blue
Hair colour Dark brown
Biographical information
Born July 18 1956
Wasted July 13, 1979,
96th Street Station, New York City
  • The Warriors

  • Francis Conroy, more commonly known as The Fox or just Fox, was one of the nine delegates from The Warriors that attended the meeting.

    Fox was The Warriors' scout; despite questions over his physicality, Fox was able to prove his worth for the gang during his initiation, as he and Vermin travelled to Chinatown to disrupt the Savage Huns' financial operations.

    Over the next year, Fox rose to prominence in The Warriors, and was one of nine delegates that attended the meeting on behalf of the gang. Fox witnessed the Rogues' leader Luther shoot the leader of the Riffs', Cyrus, which led to Luther blaming The Warriors for Cyrus' murder and meant that Fox and the rest of the gang were forced to go on the run. After escaping from the Turnbull AC's, Fox and Swan attempted to parley with the Orphans to earn safe passage through Tremont. It was in the hours following this that Fox met his end; he was wasted after being thrown in front of an oncoming train by a cop.


    [edit] Biography

    [edit] Early life

    Little is known about Fox's early life, except that he was born Francis Conroy. Over time he developed a great knowledge of New York City and the gangs there, leading to his nickname of "The Fox" or just "Fox".[1]

    [edit] Joining The Warriors

    See also: Scout's Honor

    Fox prior to his initiation.

    On July 22, 1978, Fox attempted to become a member of the Coney Island-based gang The Warriors. The existing members of The Warriors had doubts about Fox's physicality, so Vermin was made to accompany Fox on his initiation. Wearing shirts that bore a derogatory slogan towards the Savage Huns, Fox and Vermin made their way to Chinatown to disrupt the Huns' financial operations. In Chinatown, Fox and Vermin caused mayhem by destroying several street stalls, drawing the ire of the Savage Huns. Despite being attacked by a large group of Savage Huns, Fox and Vermin were able to make their way to Chinatown's market, where they followed the transactions made by the Huns' accountant Mr. Pong. After this, Fox and Vermin attacked Pong and took his ledger, before they pursued the Savage Huns' errand boy, Sammy. Sammy led them to the Savage Huns' headquarters, where Fox and Vermin had to battle the Huns' leader Ghost. Fox and Vermin were able to defeat Ghost, before they were able to take Sammy's errand bag. When Fox and Vermin returned to Coney, Warlord Cleon expressed his satisfaction at the work carried out by the duo and offered Fox a place in The Warriors.[2]

    On August 18, Harlem native Cochise underwent his initiation into The Warriors. Fox was present as Cleon set him the initiation task of going to Harlem and retrieving a size nine hat belonging to a member of the Boppers.[3]

    [edit] Battles with the Destroyers

    See also: Real Live Bunch, Payback

    On April 13, 1979, The Warriors recruited an artist in Rembrandt. On the same night, The Warriors came under attack from their Coney rivals the Destroyers and the local cops. Fox was one of the members of The Warriors that was confronted by the cops, as two officers searched for him. When Cleon distracted the two officers, Fox was able to escape and regroup with the rest of The Warriors, before leading them to a street where the gang destroyed a cop car and looted a store. When The Warriors found Swan and Cochise, they found them battling a large group of Destroyers; Fox was involved in the battle, which The Warriors won. When The Warriors returned to their hangout, they found that the Destroyers left a large tag on the side of it.[4] In retribution, Cleon ordered a Warparty to go to East Coney and cross out any Destroyers tags they found; it was Fox who informed this Warparty where to find the Destroyers' tags in East Coney.[5]

    [edit] Battling the Orphans

    See also: Real Heavy Rep

    On May 19, the Orphans made a false report that they had defeated The Warriors. Looking for retribution, Fox and Cleon led a group of New Bloods to Tremont. When they arrived in Tremont, The Warriors quickly began defeating groups of Orphans. After defeating a group of Orphans in the clinic, The Warriors came across the Orphans' second-in-command, Jesse. When The Warriors pursued Jesse and interrogated him, he revealed that the Orphans were hosting a party at the Orphanage.[6]

    Fox, Cleon and the New Bloods made their way to the Orphanage, where they defeated a large group of Orphans. Mercy, the girlfriend of the Orphans' leader Sully then informed them that they could find Sully at the local auto yard, fixing his car. The Warriors made their way to the auto yard, where they found Sully. Sully was able to escape to safety behind a locked gate, but he left his car, which was subsequently trashed by Fox and The Warriors.[6]

    [edit] War with the Hi-Hats

    See also: Encore

    After his gallery was desecrated by members of The Warriors, Chatterbox, the leader of the Hi-Hats, vowed revenge on the gang. This came on June 4, as the Hi-Hats threw a skull through one of the windows in The Warriors' hangout. Fox was with Cowboy when this occurred, although they joined up with the other prominent members of The Warriors before they confronted Chatterbox and the Hi-Hats at the Coney Amusement Park. Fox participated in the ensuing battle that happened there, which resulted in The Warriors being victorious and Chatterbox being killed.[7]

    [edit] Ending the Destroyers

    See also: Destroyed

    On June 21, as part of the ongoing rivalry between The Warriors and the Destroyers, the Destroyers killed Ash, one of the New Bloods, and attempted to kill Cleon and Swan.[8] In retribution, The Warriors attacked the Destroyers in East Coney. Fox was part of this attack; he was a member of a Warparty that caused mayhem on the streets of East Coney, before the entirety of The Warriors came together to attack the Destroyers' hangout. With the Destroyers' operations sabotaged, and their lieutenants and officers wasted, the battle between the Coney gangs came to an end, with The Warriors the victors.[9]

    [edit] Gang curfew in Pelham

    See also: Boys In Blue

    On June 30, Fox and Snow were sent to Pelham in investigate the rumours surrounding what Cyrus, the leader of the Gramercy Riffs, was planning. Fox and Snow made their way to the Riffs' gambling club, although a cop was killed in Pelham at the same time, which led to a gang curfew coming into effect and the club being raided. Fox and Snow followed the other gang members to the Red Devil, where a Turnbull AC's lieutenant named Birdie ordered the Turnbulls to attack Fox and Snow. Fox and Snow were wasted, although they were later revived by a Warparty sent to Pelham to check up on them. Cowboy returned Fox and Snow to Coney; the duo were later avenged as Cochise, Ajax, Vermin and a group of New Bloods wasted Birdie.[10]

    [edit] Taking The Warriors "all-city"

    See also: All-City

    Two days before the meeting, Cleon sent a Warparty consisting of Fox, Rembrandt and Snow to the Trainyard in Pelham. There The Warriors met up with artist Scopes, who explained that the Trainyard contained several new trains that The Warriors could tag in order to go "all-city" and build their reputation. Rembrandt was designated the artist, Snow the muscle, and Fox was given the task of searching the Trainyard for any trains. As Rembrandt and Snow tagged the first train and battled several small groups of Moonrunners, Fox was able to find the next three trains that Rembrandt needed to tag. Fox regrouped with Rembrandt and Snow and told them the location of the trains; however, he also pointed out that he was unable to find the final two trains, and left Rembrandt and Snow to begin searching for them.[11]

    Fox was eventually able to locate the final two trains and regrouped with Rembrandt and Snow, before Scopes arrived to warn The Warriors that cops would soon be entering the Trainyard. Fox and Snow guarded Rembrandt from the Moonrunners and cops as Rembrandt tagged the final two trains, before The Warriors left the Trainyard having taken the gang "all-city".[11]

    [edit] The meeting, subsequent events and death

    See also: The Warriors (film), Desperate Dudes, No Permits, No Parley, Home Run, the meeting

    When The Warriors were invited to the meeting held by Cyrus and the Riffs in Van Cortlandt Park, Fox was selected by Cleon as one of the nine delegates representing the gang, and assigned the role of scout and memory man. At the meeting, Fox broke away from the rest of The Warriors in order to get a better view of Cyrus; this meant that when Cyrus was shot by Luther, Fox saw him. Luther turned his gun on Fox, but spotlights in the park blinded Luther and prevented him from shooting Fox. Because Fox had seen him commit the murder, Luther and the Rogues placed the blame on The Warriors, which led to the death of Cleon at the hands of the Riffs. The rest of The Warriors were able to escape to the nearby cemetery; when Ajax briefly challenged Swan for the role of Warlord, Fox was one of the members of the gang that supported Swan in his leadership.[12][13]

    The Warriors then made their way into Gunhill, the territory of the Turnbull AC's. The Warriors made their way to beneath the subway station, where they watched as their train pulled up. However, the Turnbulls were patrolling the streets at the time in their renovated school bus; when The Warriors ran for the station, they were chased by the Turnbulls. Fox and The Warriors were able to make it to the train and escape from the Turnbulls,[13] although they were later stopped at a station in Tremont due to a fire at the station.[12][14]

    Fox, Swan and the Orphans.

    The Warriors decided to walk through Tremont to get to the next station, although they came across Sully and the Orphans as they progressed through Tremont. In an attempt to parley safe passage through the neighbourhood, Swan selected Fox to accompany him to talk to Sully. Fox and Swan were able to persuade Sully to let them walk to the next station, until Mercy appeared and challenged Sully's manhood for letting them do so. Following this, Sully asked The Warriors to remove their vests if this wished to walk through Tremont; a request that Swan refused.[12][14]

    Fox and The Warriors made their way through Tremont, although they were followed by Mercy. When The Warriors stopped to confront Mercy, a large group of Orphans attempted to ambush them. However, Swan threw Molotov cocktail at a nearby car after Fox used a match to ignite it. The ensuing explosion gave The Warriors the chance to escape from the Orphans, with Fox pulling Mercy to the train.[12][14]

    Fox and The Warriors rode the train to 96th Street Station, where they were separated by cops. Fox and Mercy were initially able to evade the cops by leaving the rest of The Warriors, but Fox was tackled by a cop as he and Mercy made their way down one of the platforms. Fox and the cop grappled for a moment, and Fox had time to tell Mercy to escape, before he was thrown in front of an oncoming train and killed. Later, Mercy reported to Swan that a cop had grabbed Fox.[12][15]

    [edit] Personality and traits

    Fox was The Warriors' scout and memory man, known for his vast knowledge of New York City and the gangs that resided there. He was quick-witted, emotional and verbose. Fox's quick wit matched his speed, as he was fast of foot.[1] Fox excelled at nimble skills such as lock picking and freeing people from handcuffs; his weakness lied in his strength, as he was poor at resisting arrest and mugging people.[16]

    [edit] Behind the scenes

    Fox first appeared in the 1979 film The Warriors, in which he was portrayed by American actor Thomas G. Waites.[17] In the film's original script, Fox was one of the most prominent characters in the film, developing a romance with Mercy and leading The Warriors back to Coney Island while Swan was kidnapped by a rival gang. Waites and director Walter Hill often argued during production; this combined with Waites' lack of on-screen chemistry with Mercy's actor Deborah Van Valkenburgh, led to Waites leaving The Warriors during production. Waites was then replaced by an unknown stunt double, as the character of Fox was killed off; Fox's leading role and his romance with Mercy was relocated to the character of Swan, due to Swan's actor Michael Beck and Van Valkenburgh having good on-screen chemistry.[18] As a result of Waites leaving, he was not listed in the end credits of The Warriors; however, he did return to voice the character in the 2005 video game The Warriors.[19]

    [edit] Appearances

    [edit] References

    1. 1.0 1.1 "The Warriors: The Original Script" - PDF, hosted on The Warriors Movie Site
    2. The Warriors (video game) - "Scout's Honor"
    3. The Warriors (video game) - "Sharp Dressed Man"
    4. The Warriors (video game) - "Real Live Bunch"
    5. The Warriors (video game) - "Payback"
    6. 6.0 6.1 The Warriors (video game) - "Real Heavy Rep"
    7. The Warriors (video game) - "Encore"
    8. The Warriors (video game) - "Payin' The Cost"
    9. The Warriors (video game) - "Destroyed"
    10. The Warriors (video game) - "Boys In Blue"
    11. 11.0 11.1 The Warriors (video game) - "All-City"
    12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 The Warriors (film)
    13. 13.0 13.1 The Warriors (video game) - "Desperate Dudes"
    14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 The Warriors (video game) - "No Permits, No Parley"
    15. The Warriors (video game) - "Home Run"
    16. The Warriors (video game)
    17. "Full cast and crew for The Warriors (1979)" at the Internet Movie Database
    18. "New York Mythology" on The Fader
    19. "Full cast and crew for The Warriors (2005) (VG)" at the Internet Movie Database

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