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* ActorAllusion:
** Snake's [[Creator/AkioOhtsuka Japanese voice actor]] is also the son of Eggman's [[Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka Japanese voice actor]]; Snake not liking Sonic makes a bit more sense in Japan but a whole lot less in any other country due to the fact that the [=VAs=] in English (and possibly other languages) are different.
** Otacon's [[Creator/HideyukiTanaka Japanese voice actor]] voiced Captain Falcon in the ''F-Zero'' anime. So he ''did'' [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat get to use the Falcon Kick, too]].
* ColbertBump: Thanks to the star power of the more well-known Nintendo franchises like ''Mario'' and ''Zelda'', more obscure Nintendo properties like ''VideoGame/IceClimber'', ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'', and ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' get a lot of exposure through representation in ''Smash''. The ''Fire Emblem'' representation even led to every game from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'' and onward to be localized internationally.[[note]]Except for ''New Mystery of the Emblem''.[[/note]]
* CreatorBacklash: While Sakurai is indeed proud of the work done on ''Melee'', [[http://www.1up.com/news/masahiro-sakurai-reflects-super-smash he regrets gearing it toward dedicated gamers,]] saying that it caused the accessibility level to go down. (i.e the game had a high learning curve for those wanting to get into the tournament scene due to several (in)famous glitches/exploits that required a bit of dexterity and muscle memory to pull off even half of the time such as "wavedashing", [=SHFFLing=] (Short-Hop, Fast-Fall, Lag Cancel), etc quickly becoming the standard for high level competitive play. This was more or less the antithesis of Sakurai's vision of a fun easy to pick up and play fighting game. (the man has even said that the high learning curve of most modern day fighting games is a glaring problem in the genre as a whole). He also has regrets with making Brawl ''too'' accessible! (i.e the game had several scrappy mechanics that rubbed competitive players the wrong way such as tripping, acting out of hitstun, the physics engine being a little too much on the floaty side, etc.) Thus, his M.O. for ''4'' is to help find a compromise between competitive and casual players. This effort seems to have succeeded to a good degree, although some ''Melee'' and ''Project M'' purists are vocal in expressing dislike toward the game.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Since ''Melee'', the series has involved collections of in-game character trophies. As of ''Wii U/3DS'', Nintendo is making real-life ''Smash'' trophies as part of their "amiibo" NFC figure line.
* DevelopmentGag: ''Brawl''!Sheik is actually based off some early ''Twilight Princess'' concept art. Though Sheik didn't reappear in ''Twilight Princess'', the design, including the braided hair and thigh wrappings, was used in ''Brawl'' and then again for Sheik's appearance in the fourth game.
* DoingItForTheArt: What would be pretty much the base for the entire series. You really have to admire all of the extras and the songs they created for the game specifically. Even lesser-known games get revived by just being featured in the game, ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' being one such example.
* DuelingGames: A subversion: ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale''. Creator/SonyComputerEntertainment [[SincerestFormOfFlattery isn't trying to deny]] they're playing FollowTheLeader, but, contrary to popular belief, they aren't trying to "compete" with ''Smash'' (especially seeing that ''Brawl'' came out several years earlier), but rather [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent just have their own equivalent]].
* FandomNod: ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS''[='=]s random online multiplayer has a "For Fun" mode that ''explicitly removes Final Destination'', a stage notorious for being played frequently by both competitive players and [[StopHavingFunGuy stereotypical wannabes]]. The "For Glory" (competitive) mode turns off items and does have Final Destination... in fact it ''only'' has Final Destination. Almost every stage in the game will have an optional Final Destination version that keeps the backgrounds and textures but reduces the playing field to a flat platform, and For Glory exclusively uses these versions.
* FanNickname:
** The most relevant in competitive play is "shine," the down-special move of Fox and Falco. This term is much more accepted in the community because it implies its usage as an attack, rather than as a reflector (the official name).
** The fourth game, itself having a RecycledTitle, often is referred to as "Sm4sh" or "Smash 4" for ease of recognition. Before the reveal of the actual title, [[Website/FourChan /v/]] called the fourth game's subtitle "[[InherentlyFunnyWords Kerfuffle]]", and due to the recycled title it's often still referred to that. Indeed, the nickname became so popular Googling "Super Smash Bros. Kerfuffle" will give you the official website and Wikipedia articles as the top results.
** Randall, the cloud from Yoshi's Story in ''Melee'', is considered the god of fate in competitive play. Expect to see ''a lot'' of incredible wins and defeats thanks to him.
** Captain Falcon's KNEE OF JUSTICE!!!
** Peach's vegetables are known as "turnips" in the competitive community.
** Pokémon Trainer is referred to as Red heavily often due to various factors. The biggest one is that it's Red's design in ''[=FireRed/LeafGreen=]''. Trainer's voice is also extremely similar to Ash's, giving him that natural nickname (this doesn't include the fact that he has the same Pokémon as Ash's outside of Ivysaur).
** The Wii Fit Trainer is known as "Miss Fit", both to distinguish her from the [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} other "trainer"]] and in reference to her being an UnexpectedCharacter.
** Mac's obese alter-ego from ''VideoGame/CaptainRainbow'' has already been dubbed "Big Mac" by a few fans.
** Greninja is either called "Frog VideoGame/{{Strider}}" by fighting game fans, or "[[Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}} Disco]] [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Ninja Frog]]."
** [[Manga/DragonBall Kamehameha]] for Lucario's Final Smash in ''Brawl'', and [[Franchise/StreetFighter Hadouken]] for its Aura Sphere, due to looking like each respective non-''Pokémon'' move.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Omnislash]] for Kirby's Ultra Sword Final Smash in ''Smash 4'', due to both being rainbow-colored {{Spam Attack}}s using enormous swords.
** Mega Man's Final Smash, calling forth his various incarnations to combine their Mega Busters in a single, powerful blast, has drawn a lot of comparisons to ''Franchise/PowerRangers''/''Franchise/SuperSentai''; such as [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce "Forever]] [[ReunionShow Blue"]], [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers "Power Rangers, Fire!!"]], [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger "Mega Legend Dream"]], or [[Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters "It's Time for Final]] [[{{Pun}} Buster!"]] among others. It has also gained the nickname [[Music/BackstreetBoys "Backstreet's Back"]] primarily thanks to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNx1HiFIoRk this]] video. [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Greatest Five]] is infrequently tossed around, thanks in part to that [[CombinationAttack Dual Crash]] summoning five of the Belmont Clan's all-time greats, not unlike Mega Man's Final Smash.
** [[VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes Maximum Greninja]] for Greninja's Final Smash, due to its similarities to Maximum Spider (particularly the ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 MvC3]]'' version).
*** In the vein of ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' references, Ragnarok is equally common, in line with the above "Frog Strider" nickname.
*** To a much lesser extent, [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Zansei Roga]], with the final attack of both moves actually resembling one another quite nicely. Lampshaded by D1 during the celebrity match at E3 2014's ''Smash Bros.'' Invitational when, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyAeRHNa8Qw#t=4m47s after Zelda's Greninja successfully lands Night Slash,]] D1 yells out, "'''SLASH!'''" [[note]]what the ''GG'' announcers call when a character is [=KOed=][[/note]], followed by "This ain't ''Guilty Gear''!" soon after. (Sadly, as of this writing, Baiken's Tatami Gaeshi has only caught on for a few players in regards to the Mat Block leading into Night Slash, ironic because Tatami Gaeshi is the actual original name for Mat Block in Japanese.)
*** There are others who dub it [[VideoGame/TalesOfHearts Shouou Jin'eizan]] (helped by the fact that Bandai Namco themselves are co-developing the game).
** One reporter dubbed Villager's Final Smash as the "Habitat for Inhumanity."
** A few members of Nintendo's Treehouse refer to a Villager in the hands of a skilled player as "Killager." In the hands of Bill Trinen, he's known as the "Billager".
** With the large amount of playable female characters in the fourth ''Smash Bros.'' game, a few fans have started to refer to it as "''Super Bash Sisters''" after a line of Palutena's from ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''.
** The hunkiness of Ike, Little Mac, and Captain Falcon have lent the name "''Super Smash [[BaraGenre Bara]]''" to the fourth game.
** With the addition of Shulk's swimsuit alt., Samus' ''Fusion'' alt., and Captain Falcon's prominent bulge and ass, the game's been gaining the nickname "''[[{{Fanservice}} Sexy]] Smash Bros.''" fairly quickly.
** Color TV-Game 15 is almost always called "VideoGame/{{Pong}}", either due to the WeirdAlEffect or easier pronunciation.
** [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/360-no-scope 360 No Scope]] for Robin's [[KamehameHadoken Thoron]] where Robin spins his/her body in a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 360 degree motion]] prior to firing Thoron which travels as fast as a [[MagneticWeapons railgun]] and is nearly impossible to block, dodge, or reflect/deflect unless done ahead of time or if you're playing against a [[PerfectPlayAI Level 9 CPU]]. People have also began calling Thoron [[Manga/DragonBall Kamehameha]] because how it closely resembles [[SuperSmashFlash Super Smash Flash 2]] Goku's Kamehameha which has the same amount of range and damage (17% for SSF2 Kamehameha and 18% for Thoron with the B button held down). The only differences are that Thoron takes less time to charge, can be stored, is reflectable, and has a 10 second CoolDown timer after 3 Thorons have been fired. It also helps that Lucario lost ''Aura Storm'' in ''3DS/Wii U'' and his new Final Smash is now ''Mega Lucario''.
** "Duck Hunt" is almost universally known as "the ''Duck Hunt'' dog", since the former doesn't really fit as a character name or description. Some fans have taken in calling the dog "Duck" and the Duck "Hunt"
** Dr. Mario's Final Smash, which involves giant pills, is sometimes called "Lethal Dosage".
** Ganondorf's blue alternate costume seems to have gained the term [[{{Smurfs}} "Smurfendorf"]]
* GameMod: The community has an extensive collection of codes for ''Brawl'' that can change everything from the mobility of the picture camera to default versus mode settings. Also, several full-on codesets were created to greatly modify ''Brawl'', essentially turning it into different games:
** ''[[http://www.smashmods.com/index.php/brawlplus.html Brawl+]]'' changes everything from characters to game physics. It's no longer being worked on because of its decentralized development, over-frequent patching, lack of a strong idea on what the mod is supposed to be and the fact that it's still not ''Melee''. It wasn't at all a waste of time, however, because ''Plus'' became the starting point for the mod team's next mod: ''VideoGame/ProjectM'', which unlike ''Plus'', specifically modifies ''Brawl'' to play like ''Melee''.
** ''[[http://balancedbrawl.net/ Balanced Brawl]]'' mostly [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin balances]] the characters by buffing all of them and only nerfing a select few, while keeping the core gameplay and physics as close to [[VanillaEdition regular]] ''Brawl'' as possible. Also, there's no ''random'' tripping.
** ''[[http://www.smashmods.com/index.php/brawlminus.html Brawl-]]'' might be considered a parody of the above; whereas ''Plus'' and ''Balanced'' try to balance the characters by making them stronger and weaker in essential, ''Minus'' makes balance by ''[[GameBreaker breaking]]'' [[InvokedTrope everyone]]. Its physics and attacks also make it much faster-paced than ''Brawl''.
** ''VideoGame/ProjectM'' is made to be the "true" [[FanSequel successor]] of ''Melee'' (''Brawl'' being a general installment of the series). Currently in its first "final release", it emulates the ''Melee'' physics engine while also adding in tweaks, major and minor, to the ''Melee'' veteran characters as well as the ''Brawl'' newcomers (along with [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome bringing back the much-mourned Mewtwo and Roy]]) so that they play both ''Melee''-esque and competitively viable. For instance, Fox:M is exactly like [[LightningBruiser Melee Fox]], Snake:M is geared more towards quick tactical approaches, rather than his [[BoringButPractical grenade-camping]] metagame established in ''Brawl'', and Mewtwo:M is an ImplacableMan with an unparalleled recovery and aerial game rather than than the "[[JokeCharacter that guy who dies in one hit]]" that he was in ''Melee''. This mod also changed most of the stages to be tourney-legal, and including a few stages from ''Smash 64'', along with adding two original stages -- [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} Dracula's Castle]] and the Training Room. Once decried as just being a product of StopHavingFunGuys out to "ruin a perfect game" during its demo phase, [[GrowingTheBeard it's since become its own]] ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' [[GrowingTheBeard installment in its own right]].
** ''[[http://www.smashboards.com/showthread.php?t=324620 Melee: SD Remix]]'' is a fan-made patch for ''Melee'' that balances the cast by emphasizing the characters' inherent strengths (much like the more minimalistic designs used in ''Project M'') and provides more tourney-viable stages.
** The community is big on [[http://forums.kc-mm.com/Gallery/BrawlView.php character and stage mods,]] which in practicality come in handy for team matches by making characters that look too similar in every color slot (e.g. Sonic, Charizard) easier to distinguish (Red Sonic, Green Charizard). [[ItAmusedMe Other than that]], it's quite entertaining seeing [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]] fight [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] in [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter The Great Desert]].
* GodNeverSaidThat: Masahiro Sakurai has been on the receiving end of this more often than not:
** Some people have been insisting that ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS'' will have less characters than ''Brawl'' because Sakurai said so. What he actually said was that if adding characters was the only thing he did, the game wouldn't be any better. Even when the prelaunch revealed roster for ''Smash 4'' exceeded 30, with many veterans still unannounced, and months to go before the 3DS version's release, such people still insisted the cast was going to be smaller than ''Brawl'''s 39.
** He did not say third-party characters have to originate in a video game when he listed the ''Brawl'' third-party criteria. He only said "no manga/anime characters" and that was it when it came to their "origins."
** When Sakurai lamented about The Subspace Emissary cutscenes being uploaded onto the internet and said he wasn't going to have cutscenes like that in ''Smash 4'' because of it, many people took it to mean that Sakurai abhorred spoilers and would thus not try to keep any content secret in ''Smash 4''. What Sakurai actually lamented, though, was since the cutscenes were something that could only really be enjoyed on a first viewing, that a player would ''not need to actually buy and play the game to enjoy them'' if they could just watch them on [=YouTube=], i.e. the massive amount of development and space that was put into the cutscenes went to waste as people who didn't own and play the game could just watch them on [=YouTube=]. Thus it was simply more feasible for Sakurai to put all that development and space into the actual game.
** Many are insisting that Mii Fighters were not worth the development effort because they're not allowed online. They're actually not allowed online on "With Anyone" mode; they're still fair game in "With Friends." They are also the new Multi-Man mooks.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Creator/NobuyukiHiyama, Creator/HikaruMidorikawa, and Creator/JunFukuyama voice the three main swordsmen ([[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Marth]], and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Roy]], respectively) in ''Melee''.
** Pit's Japanese voice is Creator/MinamiTakayama, aka Manga/DetectiveConan.
** Naturally, Creator/DavidHayter, Christopher Randolph, Creator/PaulEiding, Creator/RobPaulsen and Creator/KimMaiGuest reprising their ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' roles as Snake, Otacon, Colonel Campbell, Gray Fox and Mei Ling.
** Lucas (and Pit in ''Brawl'''s English version) is voiced by Creator/LaniMinella, known as the current [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Ivy]] and the former [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Rouge the Bat]] (the latter role makes it quite amusing considering Sonic's presence). Also Luke in the American dub of ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton''. She also voices Morton, Wendy, and Lemmy in ''Wii U/3DS''.
** [[Anime/DragonBallZ Vegeta]] [[Creator/RyoHorikawa voices]] Captain Falcon. So his [[MegatonPunch Falcon Punch]]'s [[PowerLevels power level]] must be '''''[[MemeticMutation OVER 9000!]]'''''
** [[Creator/SanaeKobayashi The reason]] why the Ice Climbers are so strong: Popo is really [[Manga/DGrayMan Allen Walker]] and Nana is really [[Manga/ElfenLied Lucy]].
** And if you at all find the announcer in ''Brawl'''s voice familiar, chances are you watched ''[[Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy Bill Nye]]'' as a kid or lived in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} during the 80s or 90s since that's Pat Cashman, announcer for ''Bill Nye'' and the Seattle-only ''Series/AlmostLive''
** The voice over in the commercial for the original game (linked above) is none other than Mr. Movie Trailer himself, the late great Creator/DonLaFontaine.
** Famously, [[DescendedCreator Sakurai himself voiced King Dedede]].
** Zero Suit Samus is also [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves the second]] [[Franchise/SlyCooper Carmelita Fox]], as well as [[VideoGame/StarFox Krystal]]. She's also famous for being the facial/body model for [[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon Alma Wade]], [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Chell]], and (the original) [[VideoGame/Left4Dead Zoey]].
** Meta Knight's Japanese voice actor, Atsushi Kisaichi, is the same one as in [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa the anime.]]
** Link is [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Austria.]]
** [[Manga/DragonBall Goku]] [[Creator/SeanSchemmel returns to]] [[Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew reprise his role]] as Lucario in ''Wii U/3DS''.
*** Lucario [[Creator/DaisukeNamikawa always had the same VA]] as the anime in Japanese.
** ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fans may recognize [[Creator/DavidVincent Grimmjow]] as the male version of Robin. [[Creator/MatthewMercer Tsukishima]] briefly joins the fray to help out as Chrom during their Final Smash.
** [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Chun-Li]] [[Creator/LauraBailey is voicing]] Lucina.
** [[Creator/AdamHowden Shulk]] is [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Anders]] in the English version of the game.
** The voice actors of [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Ash's Froakie (Keromatsu)]], Creator/YujiUeda and Billy Bob Thompson, also voice its final evolution form Greninja (Gekkouga) in ''Wii U/3DS''.
* IKnewIt:
** People figured out that [[spoiler:the Ancient Minister was R.O.B. all along]] in ''Brawl'' from looking at the shape of the Subspace Army's logo. [[spoiler:It's a Gyromite disk.]]
** Now seriously, who didn't expect Mega Man to join the cast?
** Many people also predicted Villager (since the only content related to ''Animal Crossing'' that was missing in ''Brawl'' was a playable character), Miis (the precedent being ''Mario Kart Wii''), Palutena (because of the popularity of Pit in ''Brawl'' as well as Sakurai's involvement in VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising), and Pac-Man (because of Namco's input in the game).
** An early screenshot for the fourth game showed Kirby in the middle of a starry sky. Several people predicted that this starry sky was a ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' stage. Sometime after the stage was revealed, a lot of people were speculating that this confirmed that Rosalina would be playable. One month later, the Nintendo Direct proved this to be true.
** When previews of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' featured the Mega Evolutions, people were already saying they would be in the fourth ''Smash'' game. Lo and behold, Lucario and Charizard have their Mega Evolutions.
** The reveal of the Smash Arena boxing ring stage at E3 2013 had people guessing that it would eventually be revealed as a ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' stage and we'd get a ''Punch-Out!!'' character. The latter was confirmed the following February 13, 2014 when Little Mac was revealed to be playable. Then, as of the ''Smash Bros.'' Direct on April 8, the stage's icon is revealed to be a boxing glove, confirming it to be the ''Punch-Out!!'' stage.
** A fan managed to [[http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2014/012/5/0/pikmin_gardenofhope_explained_by_neoriceisgood-d71vq1y.png piece together the full layout of the Garden of Hope stage]] from development screenshots before it was officially revealed in the 04/08/14 ''Smash'' Direct.
* KillerApp: The ''Super Smash Bros.'' series reached the point that its arrival on a new console is almost as anticipated, if not more so, than [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario's]].
** ''Melee'' sold over 7 million units, making it the biggest system seller for the [[NintendoGameCube GameCube]]. It's also '''the''' killer app of the series because it created the tournament scene for the series, and it still has its own tournaments ten years after its release.
** ''Brawl'' has sold over 11 million units, making it the 8th best-selling game for the {{Wii}}. It's also notable for being Nintendo's fastest-selling game ever in the United States upon its release, [[http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/AU8xLess7wISKbSMpYCj_HThii8UiBzG selling over 874,000 copies on launch day alone.]]
** A lot of hope is pinned on ''Smash 4'' to be this for the WiiU.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: As mentioned above, while ''Melee'' is popular at tournaments, Sakurai dislikes that the game is too competitive for casual audiences to get into and considers ''Brawl'' a better game (though tourney players disagree, coming full circle). Some tourney players have however taken a liking to the ''VideoGame/ProjectM'' mod, proving that while those players prefer ''Melee'''s controls, they acknowledge that other changes in ''Brawl'' (graphics, smoothness, characters, or at the very least, ability to mod) are worthwhile.
* MarthDebutedInSmashBros: The {{Trope Namer|s}}:
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Marth]]'s debut game (technically a remake thereof) did not appear in American and European markets until 2010, almost nine years after his first exposure to Western audiences. [[VideoGame/PanelDePon Lip's Stick]] also has yet to be seen in its natural habitat.
** If you lived in the UK or anywhere else in Europe, Ness can be this in the first three games, since [[VideoGame/EarthBound his game]] was [[NoExportForYou never released over there]]. Ironically, this predates the Trope Namer, Marth.
** ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'' was [[NoExportForYou never officially released worldwide]], and the FanTranslation wasn't completed until long after ''Brawl'' hit shelves. Some people didn't even know ''[=EarthBound=]'' had a sequel until Lucas's reveal on the roster.
** A couple Assist Trophies fall under this, namely the ''VideoGame/DevilWorld'' Devil and Helirin from ''VideoGame/KuruKuruKururin''. Saki Amamiya from ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishment'' just barely averted this, with ''S&P'' getting a Wii Virtual Console release five months before ''Brawl'' debuted.
** ''Smash 4'' has Assist Trophies that fall under this, namely Prince Sable from ''VideoGame/ForTheFrogTheBellTolls''. Narrowly averted for Takamaru, though, as ''Mysterious Murasame Castle'' finally got an international release between his reveal and the ''Smash'' release.
* NamesTheSame:
** Several jokes have been made about there being two Roys in the series; Roy from ''Fire Emblem'' and Roy Koopa.
** Please don't confuse the Starman from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' with the invincibility item from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''.
* NoBudget: It's sometimes hard to notice, but the original N64 title, which was a mere side project for Sakurai to work on during weekends. The sequels have a proper budget.
* TheOtherDarrin: A few characters have had their voices recast over the years, often to match their changing voices in their series of origin.
** Master Hand and Crazy Hand have been voiced by different actors in each iteration, sharing their voices with the announcer of each game: Jeff Manning in ''64'', Dean Harrington in ''Melee'', Pat Cashman in ''Brawl'', and Xander Mobus in ''[=U/3DS=]''
** With the transition from the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' character designs in ''Melee'' to those of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' in ''Brawl'', Link and Ganondorf's voices shifted accordingly. Link went from Creator/NobuyukiHiyama to Creator/AkiraSasanuma, and Ganondorf from Creator/TakashiNagasako to Hironori Miyata.
** While Fox in ''64'' and ''Melee'' used his Japanese voice, Shinobu Satouchi, during gameplay, the secret taunts on Corneria were voiced in English by Steve Malpass, his voice from ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''. In ''Brawl'', he switched to Creator/KenjiNojima and Jim Walker, his Japanese and English actors respectively from ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault''. In the Wii U/3DS installment, Fox uses Mike West, his English VA from ''Star Fox 64'' (and ''64 3D''), instead.
*** Similarly, Falco uses his Japanese VA, Creator/HisaoEgawa, in Melee, while his ''Adventures'' voice, Ben Cullum, voices his secret taunts. However, his English voice in ''Brawl'', Dex Manley, did not voice the character in ''Assault'', but rather fellow Star Fox team member ROB 64. Mark Lund from ''64 3D'' takes over in the English version of the Wii U/3DS game.
** In ''Melee'', Peach is voiced by Jen Taylor, but in ''Brawl'', Samantha Kelly assumes the role, as she did in the ''Mario'' series beginning with ''VideoGame/MarioStrikersCharged''. (Though one of Taylor's taunts as Peach can still be heard through the Wii remote speaker when Peach is selected.)
** In ''Wii U/3DS'', Pit is played by Antony Del Rio, his voice actor from ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', succeeding ''Brawl'''s Creator/LaniMinella.
** This was the original case for Lucario, whose ''Brawl'' voice, Bill Rogers, was the Darrin to Creator/SeanSchemmel, the voice of the character in ''Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew''. However, in a bizarre twist, Schemmel once again assumes the role in ''Wii U/3DS'', becoming the Darrin to the actor who Darrin'd him in the first place.
** As of ''Wii U/3DS'', Sonic's voice has switched from Creator/JasonGriffith in ''Brawl'' to Creator/RogerCraigSmith, who has held the role in all media from ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' and ''VideoGame/SonicFreeRiders'' onward.
** Creator/LaurenLanda voices female Robin in ''U/3DS'', in place of Creator/MichelleRuff and Creator/WendeeLee from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''.
** Creator/AliHillis, who voiced Palutena in ''Kid Icarus: Uprising'', [[https://twitter.com/missalihillis/status/482589658623143936 has confirmed]] that she was not available to voice Palutena in ''Wii U/3DS''. Instead, her friend, Brandy Kopp, took over the role.
*** Similarly, fellow ''Kid Icarus'' characters Magnus and Phosphora have had their voices changed: Creator/PatrickSeitz voice-matches Creator/FredTatasciore as the former, while Creator/StephanieKomure takes over for Creator/KariWahlgren as the latter.
** Creator/KosukeToriumi replaces Matt Harty as Little Mac's voice actor. Since Doc Louis's voice actor had returned, many had thought Harty would have reprised his role as Mac.
* PromotedFanboy: Shortly after ''Brawl'' was released, Creator/MatthewMercer created and acted in the webseries ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl''. Five years later, Mercer actually got to be '''in''' the ''Smash'' series, reprising his role as Chrom from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' for ''[=U/3DS=]''.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Not the game itself, but some of Nintendo's lawyers tried to remove ''Smash Bros.'' from being streamed at EVO 2013, one of if not the biggest fighting game tournament in the world, most likely due to copyright paranoia. [[InternetCounterattack Once the internet found out about this]], the negative outcry was so great that [[SubvertedTrope Nintendo allowed the game to be streamed.]] The situation was originally even worse than most people know; Nintendo didn't want ''Smash'' to be at EVO '''at all''', and the news that the broadcast was canceled came ''after'' a compromise with the EVO officials to at least allow the tournament to take place without the stream. This was averted in 2014, to the point where not only did Nintendo have no problems with Melee being streamed, but they acted as one of the sponsors for that very event. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime himself even made a special video for the event where he wishes the players luck, and gives a shout-out to the fighting game community by saying "no johns." The video can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwobfEp1bPc here]].
* SleeperHit: The original ''Super Smash Bros.'' started a side project by Masahiro Sakurai that Satoru Iwata allowed him to do on the weekends at HAL Laboratory. Eventually Iwata became interested in this "King of the Hill"-like fighter, and the company asked Nintendo if they could use some of their characters. Nintendo was iffy on the entire thing: keeping the budget on the game incredibly small and planning on a Japan-only release. Despite little promotion, the game took off in Japan and was brought to the United States and Europe later that year, becoming a KillerApp for the Nintendo 64.
* TeasingCreator:
** Pac-Man's reveal trailer, where Mr. Game & Watch shows up at the end to show that the two are the oldest characters in ''Smash 4'', predating even Mario and DK by a year. This was Mr. G&W's ''only'' pre-release appearance.
** One ''Smash 4'' pic of the day showed a couple of Miis wearing masks and cosplaying, one as Samus and one as Meta Knight; when the latter hadn't been confirmed yet and the caption joked that this ''was'' Meta Knight returning in the new game. Two days later the real Meta Knight shows up, with another caption joke claiming that he may have attacked the "imposter" from the first pic.
* TrollingCreator: As of ''U/3DS'', Sakurai has taken a new level in messing with the fans.
** The trailer for Rosalina & Luma starts off in a way to trick viewers into thinking that a sequel to ''Kirby Air Ride'' was being made. It then shows Kirby appearing in a ''Mario Kart'' setting, making everyone believe that he might be DLC for ''VideoGame/MarioKart8''. Of course, both turned out to be false.
** The Waluigi Assist Trophy reveal for ''Wii U/3DS'' stands out, as he really seems to be rubbing in the fact that Waluigi isn't playable:
-->Once again, Waluigi's Assist Trophy joins the collection!! ...Which also means he’s not a playable character. Just because you try hard doesn't mean you'll make it into the battle.
** The Takamaru reveal did the same thing, with Takamaru boasting about his abilities and throwing in an "(FYI, I'm an Assist Trophy)" at the end.
** The Ridley teases were just as bad. Sakurai refused to confirm what his role is nor even directly acknowledge him, while dropping hints that he's present as a stage hazard, instead of outright disconfirming and openly acknowledging him like other popularly-requested non-playable characters, which made it highly unclear if Ridley is actually a stage boss or if Sakurai is trolling people into thinking he isn't playable. It turns out he's not.
** The ''Wii U/3DS'' Nintendo Direct included a ''lot'' of trolling. Introducing the Assist Trophy segment with a Waluigi plush in the scene, dropping yet another Ridley hint, showing off a Palutena trophy before [[JumpScare revealing]] it's actually [[NightmareFace Pseudo-Palutena]], briefly joking that Zero Suit Samus wasn't returning, framing Greninja's silhouette to look like Mewtwo..
** The trailer for Lucina and Robin ends with Chrom sprawled out on the floor, lamenting that maybe he'll have his chance another day. The trailer then cuts to Chrom in-game... as part of Robin's Final Smash, while the subtitles below say "No, you'll get it today", officially debunking him as a playable character.
** Other examples coming from the 14th of July update include the first Pic of the Day, depicting a '''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}''' trophy ''hours'' before the character reveal video of Robin and Lucina (tricking people into thinking he was leaking the character reveal early), as well as a caption under Captain Falcon's Miiverse post [[YankTheDogsChain questioning whether Captain Falcon will get a new game of his own anytime soon]] (made trollier as Sakurai headed ''Kid Icarus: Uprising'' which had jokes about the same problem that in series). Not to mention that this update significantly threw a wrench in the up-until-then accurate Gematsu leak, which correctly predicted most of the newcomers ({{Unexpected Character}}s included) but incorrectly predicted that Chrom would be playable. Sakurai has had a lot of ''fun''.
** There's also the fact that the director of ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' retweeted the Twitter announcement of the character reveal, which led many people to belief that Shulk would be announced weeks before he actually was--this may have been a deliberate bit of misdirection, possibly inspired by the aforementioned leak (which included Shulk in the roster).
* {{Trope Namer|s}} for:
** EdibleAmmunition: Named by Snake about the bullets shot from Diddy's Peanut Popguns.
** GuestFighter: Snake and Sonic obviously do not come from Nintendo franchises.
** MarthDebutedInSmashBros: As well as Lucas and many {{Assist Character}}s such as Starfy. [[InvertedTrope Inverted in Roy's case]], as he really ''did'' debut in ''Smash Bros.'' [[EarlyBirdCameo before the release of his own game]].
** MultiMookMelee: With several different timed and scoring variations.
* UrExample: [[CommonKnowledge Contrary to popular belief]], the original ''Super Smash Bros'' for the N64 wasn't the first PlatformFighter game. That title goes to an obscure game released back in 1994 by Namco (now known as Creator/NamcoBandai) called ''VideoGame/TheOutfoxies'', though the aforementioned game and the ''SSB'' games have a lot of differing quirks. On a side note, [[HilariousInHindsight Namco Bandai just happens to be the company that Nintendo hired to develop the upcoming fourth ''SSB'' installment.]]
* UrbanLegendOfZelda:
** Rumors of Sonic and Tails being unlockable characters in ''Melee''. In ''Brawl'', the very same rumors actually came to fruition this time around -- at least for Sonic. (Tails is just randomly-occurring stage decor, along with Knuckles and Silver.)
** The announcement that Solid Snake would be joining the roster led to dozens of rumors about other possible characters, including [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} Simon Belmont]] and VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}. In a repeat of the Sonic incident, the latter of these characters actually did make it into the Wii U and 3DS games.
** There were also some rumors (or at least wishful thinking) that VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} would make it into the roster.
** There was an infamous rumor that [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Toad]] was unlockable in ''Melee'' by shooting every credit at the end of the game.
** There is a persistent belief that Peach, Wario, Pit, Meowth, among many other characters, were planned for inclusion in ''Smash 64''. However, outside of for Bowser, Mewtwo, and Dedede, no such official source exists that states these characters were planned for inclusion.
** Quite a few supposed "leaks" of the fourth game's roster have surfaced. Rather tellingly, many of these are contradictory or include fan-favorite (though not entirely outside the realm of possibility) characters like K. Rool and Takamaru.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** ''64'' was [[http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/wii/ssbb/6/0 going to be an original fighting game by the name "Dragon King" with generic characters.]] Sakurai, knowing that {{fighting game}}s at the time did not sell very well, had the idea of using Nintendo characters. The rest is history.
*** Captain Falcon's moveset originates from this stage of development.
** Characters were cut from ''Brawl''[='=]s line-up, such as Mewtwo, Roy, Dixie Kong, Toon Zelda and ''Toon Sheik''. Mewtwo in particular had a lot of unused data on Brawl's disc, suggesting he barely missed being on the Brawl roster and was the final cut.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Smash_Bros._Melee According to Wikipedia,]] Snake was requested to be in ''Melee'' by ''Franchise/MetalGear'' creator Creator/HideoKojima, but the game was already more than halfway finished.
** [[http://www.ssbwiki.com/Beta_elements#Super_Smash_Bros._Brawl There were plans]] to include real time damage in ''Brawl'' as well, with characters looking noticeably damaged if they received too much of a beatdown. Captain Falcon's helmet would become chipped, and Meta Knight's mask would have started to crack.
** ''Melee'' had Ditto as a Poké Ball Pokémon. It would copy the summoner and attack everyone else. It was taken out because it crashed the console.
** Interestingly enough [[http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/wii/ssbb/4/0 Final Smashes were supposed to exist as far back as the original N64 game in the series]] apparently [[http://earthboundcentral.com/2011/02/pk-starstorm-in-smash-bros-64/ voice clips were recorded for them in the N64 version]] which were left unused along with left over data in the game of the Final Smashes which were also left unused, the concept was held off and not revived until ''Brawl'' for one reason or another.
** Had ''MOTHER 3'' not been delayed at the time, Ness would have been replaced by Lucas in ''Melee''.
** Bowser, Mewtwo, and King Dedede were planned for inclusion in ''Smash 64'', but ended up being cut, presumably because of space constraints.
** According to an official post on the series's Miiverse community, [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing the Villager]] was considered to be included in ''Brawl'', but was scrapped due to being unsuited to battle. However, Sakurai later changed his mind, thinking he would be a unique character and make the game more interesting.
** Ridley was not always intended to be a boss in The Subspace Emissary. In-game data suggests that he was originally going to be an Assist Trophy, but this was changed presumably to spruce up the game's story mode by adding in more name power.
** According to an issue of ''Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly'' that was showcasing early [=GameCube=] games, the creators mentioned trying to implement Assist Trophies in ''Melee''. One of the ones mentioned in the magazine were the ducks from ''VideoGame/DuckHunt'' who would fly around the stage and interfere with the fight.
** Marth and Roy were originally going to be {{Regional Bonus}}es for the Japanese version. They were put in the Western version due to [[AuthorAppeal favorable attention from Western playtesters]].
** Sakurai considered adding Chrom to ''Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS'', but decided not to due of him being another plain sword-wielding character like Marth and Ike.
** Sakurai considered including Lucina as an [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Alph]][=/=][[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Koopaling]]-type alternate costume for Marth, but eventually made her into a playable character on her own because the characteristics of her attacks differ from Marth's attacks, which to Sakurai is enough reason for her to be her own character, albeit a clone.
** Sakurai stated in interviews that, while they did manage to get Ice Climbers to work fine on the Wii U, they had trouble getting them to work properly on the 3DS system due to hardware limitations (as original model, pre-"New 3DS," 3DS systems cannot handle eight fighters on screen at once and still maintain a smooth framerate). Because of Sakurai's desire to not have "version exclusive characters" (a la SoulCalibur) he ultimately decided to remove Ice Climbers entirely and focus on including characters that can perform better on the 3DS.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://www.ssbwiki.com/ SmashWiki,]] one of a few. Interestingly, the [[http://www.mariowiki.com/ Mario Wiki]] has a [[http://www.mariowiki.com/Super_Smash_Bros._(series) pretty extensive]] section on ''Super Smash Bros.'', with it apparently being considered a SpinOff from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' However, its ''Smash'' content is not quite as voluminous or comprehensive as [=SmashWiki=]'s.
* WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings:
** Sakurai has stated he [[http://gengame.net/2012/12/masahiro-sakurai-says-not-to-expect-any-smash-bros-news-anytime-soon/ will be tweeting less.]] His reasoning -- and he is 100% correct -- is that whenever he talks about a video game he enjoys, overspeculative fans take it as a cue for the game's representative being in the next ''Super Smash Bros.''
** Because of people uploading The Subspace Emissary cutscenes from ''Brawl'' onto the internet, [[http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=208299 there will be no cutscenes]] in ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS'', as it made it so that people didn't need to actually play ''Brawl'' to enjoy the development and space extensive cutscenes.
** In the fourth installment, the only time Mii Fighters can be used online is when playing with friends in private matches due to the {{GIFT}} making it possible -- and inevitable -- to come across inappropriate or offensive Miis.

!! Fighters who serve as gods in the Pantheon/{{Trope Pantheon|s}}:
[[folder:''Super Smash Bros.'']]
* [[Pantheon/MainHouseOtherGods2 Ma]][[Pantheon/{{Gaming}} ri]][[Pantheon/TheaterGreaterGods o]]
* [[Pantheon/OtherWeaponTropes Donkey Kong]]
* [[Pantheon/HeroesLesserGods Li]][[Pantheon/OtherWeaponTropes nk]]
* [[Pantheon/PowerIntermediateGods Samus]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Food}} Kirby]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Reptiles}} Yoshi]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Mammals}} Fox]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Mammals}} Pikachu]]
* [[Pantheon/ChildrenAndSiblings Lui]][[Pantheon/GamingIntermediateGods gi]]
* [[Pantheon/MusicDemigodsAndQuasideities Jigglypuff]]
* [[Pantheon/PowerOverdeitiesAndGreaterGods Captain Falcon]]
* [[Pantheon/HeroesIntermediateGods Ness]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Super Smash Bros. Melee'']]
* [[Pantheon/{{Royalty}} Peach]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Reptiles}} Bow]][[Pantheon/VillainsGreaterGods ser]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Royalty}} Zelda]]
* [[Pantheon/VillainsGreaterGods Ganondorf]]
* [[Pantheon/PersonalityDemigodsAndQuasideities Ice Climbers]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Royalty}} Marth]]
* [[Pantheon/TechnologyOverdeitiesAndGreaterGods Mewtwo]]
* [[Pantheon/MainHouseOtherGods2 Mr. Game]] [[Pantheon/{{Gaming}} & Watch]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'']]
* [[Pantheon/OthernessOtherCreatures Pit]]
* [[Pantheon/CommerceIntermediateGods Wario]]
* [[Pantheon/OtherWeaponTropes Diddy Kong]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Travel}} Meta Knight]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Leadership}} King Dedede]]
* [[Pantheon/BeastOther The Pikmin]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Mammals}} Wolf]]
* [[Pantheon/PowerLesserGods Lucario]]
* [[Pantheon/ProfessionLesserGods Snake]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Gaming}} Sonic]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/[=3DS=]'']]
* [[Pantheon/{{Craft}} Villager]]
* [[Pantheon/PowerDemigodsAndQuasideities Mega Man]]
* [[Pantheon/TheaterDemigodsAndQuasideities Wii Fit Trainer]]
* [[Pantheon/TimeAndSpace Rosalina]]
* [[Pantheon/SportsDemigodsAndQuasideities Little Mac]]
* [[Pantheon/BeastOther Greninja]]
* [[Pantheon/FoodOverdeitiesAndGreaterGods Pac-]][[Pantheon/{{Gaming}} Man]]
* [[Pantheon/OtherRelatives Robin]]
* [[Pantheon/TheaterDemigodsAndQuasideities Lucina]]
* [[Pantheon/KnowledgeIntermediateGods Shulk]]
[[/folder]]
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