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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 (who carry over to the other Western language versions of ''Brawl'') 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 controversial 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 ''3DS[=/=]Wii U'' wasto help find a compromise between competitive and casual players.
* DearNegativeReader: Clone Characters are a sticking point that's used by Sakurai's naysayers to rail and grill him for being lazy and unoriginal. Push comes to shove, however, and Sakurai has taken personal notice and offense to this kind of slander: In [[http://nintendoeverything.com/sakurai-on-the-clone-characters-in-smash-bros-wii-u3ds/ an interview]] with ''Famitsu'', Sakurai has called out people who insult him for including {{Moveset Clone}}s in the roster, labeling them as "children" who aren't satisfied with they are given and don't understand how game development works.[[note]]Moveset Clones aren't added until all the "regular" "limited" slots are ''already'' filled and the dev team has about a month to experiment with some {{Filler}}.[[/note]]
* {{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 Toys/{{amiibo}} NFC figure line.
* DevelopmentGag: The design for Sheik used for ''Brawl'' and ''3DS[=/=]Wii U'' 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 and the next Smash title would be released two years after), but rather [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent just have their own equivalent]]. This can mainly be seen with their usage of the MetalGear content: the fact that Raiden was chosen over Snake is meant to show the differences.
* ExiledFromContinuity:
** In the original game, the Motion Sensor Bomb and Cloaking Device were drawn from Creator/{{Rare}}ware games ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye]]'' and ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', but soon afterward Nintendo sold Rare off to Microsoft. The English version of ''Melee'' listed the items' origin as "TOP SECRET", and in games since then they've been redesigned as ''Smash Bros.'' series items.
** In the transition from ''Brawl'' to ''3DS[=/=]Wii U'', Snake and his series were removed as a result of Nintendo not having the rights from Konami to use ''Franchise/MetalGear'' content. He ''was'' mentioned in the "50-Fact Extravaganza", but only to draw comparison between the Codec calls in ''Brawl'' and Palutena's Guidances in ''Wii U''.
* FandomNod:
** ''Super Smash Bros. for 3DS[=/=]Wii U''[='=]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 has 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.
** Sakurai is well aware that Ganondorf has [[MegatonPunch a huge advantage]] in the ''3DS[=/=]Wii U''[='=]s Home Run Contest. After acknowledging it in a Miiverse pic-of-the-day, he made it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXDd-XizmJU an achievement]].
* FanNickname:
** "Shine" refers to the down-special move of Fox and Falco. This term is often used more than the official name (Reflector) in the community because it implies its usage as an offensive move, rather than a defensive one.
** Strong attacks[[note]]performed by pressing attack while holding a direction but not hard/fast enough to trigger a Smash attack[[/note]] are generally referred to as tilts.
** Meteor Smashes are occasionally referred to as [[http://www.ssbwiki.com/Spike "spikes"]]. This is something of a holdover from the Melee community; spikes in that game were similar to Meteor Smashes bar a technicality with the launch angle that prevents the target from to cancelling the knockback/momentum of the move (unlike with Meteor Smashes, which can be cancelled). In later games actual spikes do not exist due the to angle of what the game considers to be a Meteor Smash being enlarged, but the name persisted regardless.
** ''For 3DS[=/=]Wii U'' is often referred to as "Sm4sh" or "Smash 4" for ease of recognition or to just refer to them collectively. Before the reveal of the actual title, [[Website/FourChan /v/]] called the fourth game's subtitle "[[InherentlyFunnyWords Kerfuffle]]", and due to the somewhat confusing subtitle 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 is the cloud from the Yoshi's Story stage in ''Melee''. He's also considered the god of fate in competitive play, due to his presence (or lack thereof) causing ''a lot'' of incredible wins and defeats.
** Captain Falcon's forward aerial is the Knee Smash or the KNEE OF JUSTICE!!!
** Related to the above, the [[http://www.ssbwiki.com/Sacred_Combo#In_Super_Smash_Bros._Melee "Sacred Combo"]] is an incredibly difficult to pull off (to the point of impractical) move combo involving using the Knee of Justice to launch a foe offstage, then attempting to hit them in mid-air with the Falcon Punch.
** Ganondorf's forwards tilt from ''Brawl'' onwards, a straight kick, is commonly known as [[Film/ThreeHundred "Sparta Kick."]] His forward aerial is known as Skullcrusher.
** 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. There's also Mr. Fit for the Male Wii Fit Trainer.
** 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]]." Also, [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Narutoad]].
** [[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''; the general version is "Power Rangers, Fire!!" but {{Toku}} fans sometimes make more specific references like [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce "Forever]] [[ReunionShow Blue"]], [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger "Mega Legend Dream"]], or [[Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters "It's Time for Final]] [[{{Pun}} Buster!"]] 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) or [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Blut Vollmond]].
** 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." "Pillager" is also used sometimes, which makes it a shame that Villager's iconic [[HornyVikings Viking hat]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen didn't make it as an alt. costume.]]
** 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 [[ShockAndAwe Tho]][[KamehameHadoken ron]] where Robin spins his/her body in a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 360 degree motion]] prior to firing Thoron, which has one of the fastest muzzle velocities in the game for a projectile and is nearly impossible to block, dodge, or reflect/deflect unless done ahead of time. People have also began calling Thoron [[Manga/DragonBall Kamehameha]] because how it closely resembles Goku's Kamehameha in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashFlash 2'', which has the same amount of range and damage (17% for 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 three 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. [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom Shinnku Hadouken]] and [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4 Arena}} Ziodyne]] also work (the latter moreso, due to Thoron being an electrical attack).
** "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." Apparently the European localization team agreed that "Duck Hunt" didn't make a good name, since that version of the game renamed them the "Duck Hunt Duo."
** Dr. Mario's Final Smash, which involves giant pills, is sometimes called "Lethal Dosage" or "Overdose."
** Ganondorf's blue alternate costume seems to have gained the terms [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs "Smurfendorf" and "Ganonsmurf."]] And his white haired alt costume is often referred to as Old Manondorf or Grandpadorf.
** Mega Man's Mega Buster shots are frequently called [[WebVideo/{{Sequelitis}} "lemons."]]
** Dr. Mario is usually just called "Doc" or "the Doc".
** Rosalina and Luma is often shortened to "Rosaluma."
** Oil Panic, Mr. Game & Watch's down special, is usually referred to as the "Bucket."
** Little Mac's punching barrage has been dubbed by some as [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure ORAORAORAORAORA]]. [[FistOfTheNorthStar Hyakuretsu Ken/Hundred Crack Fist]] is also a suitable name.
** Due to similarities between [=StreetSmash=] and [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou a certain token-based mini-game]], it's been known in some circles as "Tin Pin Smash."
** Captain Fabulous or Fancy Falcon for Pink Captain Falcon.
** Pink Dong for Pink Donkey Kong.
** [[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros DIC]] Bowser for Green Bowser, which is more likely based on his sprite from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''.
** Before their official names were revealed, the five forms of [[spoiler:Master Core]] were known as [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Sapient, Scorpio, Swords, Simulacrum and Source]]. To keep with the theme, some call [[spoiler: Master Fortress]] "Subterrane," "Stronghold," or just "Stage."
** Almost everyone refers to the first game's starter cast [[note]]Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox and Pikachu[[/note]] collectively as the Original Eight (or the Original Twelve, if the secret characters [[note]]Luigi, Jigglypuff, Captain Falcon and Ness[[/note]] are involved.)
** [[VideoGame/WarioWare 5-Volt, 9-Volt's mother]] who's the [[NightmareFuel creepy]] and primary hazard in the "Gamer" stage, is actually just called "Mom" by Sakurai himself.
** Dr. Mario's black palette swap was called an "unlicensed doctor" on the Japanese ''Melee'' site. Some also call like to call it his MadDoctor costume.
** [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Guts]] for Ike's Radiant Dawn-esque redesign in Smash 4, due to both being extremely muscular swordsmen capable of [[OneHandedZweihander wielding a two-handed weapon with a single hand]].
** The entirety of Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings are usually called [[VideoGame/MarioParty "Koopa Kid"]] collectively.
** The three rare Wave 1 amiibo, Marth, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer, are dubbed the "Holy Trinity".
** Falcondorf for Ganondorf's portrayal as a MovesetClone of Captain Falcon, generally used by detractors who wish he had a different moveset.
** Master Hand's infamous card attack in ''3DS/Wii U'' is often referred to as "Kraft Singles."
** [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mewtwo]] and [[VideoGame/{{Mother 3}} Lucas]] are known as "[[PsychicPowers Psychic]] Bros." due to their trailers coming out around the same time.
** Mewtwo's blue color palette in ''Wii U/3DS''[[labelnote:note]] This version has a deeper blue than Mewtwo's melee blue palette. [[/labelnote]] has been dubbed "Bluetwo" by the fans.
* GodNeverSaidThat: Masahiro Sakurai has been on the receiving end of this more often than not:
** Some people insisted that ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS'' would have fewer 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 pre-launch 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" (given what these words mean in the Japanese language, this was possibly meant as "no comic book/cartoon characters")and that was it when it came to their "origins." Regardless, the DLC poll run on the website for ''Wii U/3DS'' specifies that only video game characters may be voted for.
** 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.
** Before Mewtwo as announced as the first DLC character, many were insisting that ''U/3DS'' would not have any DLC because Sakurai said that he didn't want any DLC. What he really said was that he wants to make the game as complete as possible, and that [[http://nintendoeverything.com/sakurai-on-how-smash-bros-wii-u3ds-came-to-be-not-opposed-to-dlc-patching-why-villagertrainer-are-in-more/ he wasn't opposed to the idea]] and would consider it once he felt satisfied with the released product.
** Sakurai never said that "Ridley is too big"; it came from an argument between fans on [=SmashBoards=] that somehow got misattributed to him. His actual response to the question (which was in a ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' interview) was that [[http://kotaku.com/why-smash-bros-players-are-so-obsessed-with-ridley-1635048910 Ridley would probably be impossible,]] but said (in a likely joking manner) that if they put in their best effort, they could do it, but he would be really slow (also implying that their "best effort" would radically change him). However, [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/19/why-ridley-isnt-playable-in-smash-bros Sakurai did eventually state that Ridley would've been ridiculously scaled down... therefore, he would be too big]] (among other things).
* 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 Lyn 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. Or, if you prefer, [[LightNovel/FateZero Gilgamesh and Kiritsugu Emiya]] respectively.
** [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Litchi Faye-Ling]][=/=][[Manga/AttackOnTitan Annie Leonhart]] [[Creator/LaurenLanda voices]] Female Robin.
** [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Chun-Li]][=/=][[Manga/FruitsBasket Tohru Honda]][=/=][[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Lust]][=/=][[Manga/{{Bleach}} Tia Harribel]] [[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 in Japan)]], Creator/YujiUeda and Billy Bob Thompson, also voice its final evolution form Greninja (Gekkouga) in ''Wii U/3DS''. Ueda also voiced another famous video game ninja, [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu]] (in his ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' appearances).
** It's no wonder Little Mac is a badass, because in Japan, he's trained by [[Creator/TsuyoshiKoyama Bang]] [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Shishigami]]!
** Kirby, Ness, and Lyn (in Japanese) [[MakikoOhmoto share a voice]] with [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} Sayaka Maizono]] and [[Manga/OnePiece Miss Monday]].
** In Palutena's Guidance, Viridi is [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Star]][[Creator/HyndenWalch fire.]]
** Magnus is [[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Germ]][[Creator/PatrickSeitz any.]]
** In the fourth game, Mewtwo is [[Creator/KeijiFujiwara the Japanese]] [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Axel]].
* 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. It didn't hurt that Sakurai himself mentioned that he was considering them if he decided to bring back Lucario or Mewtwo (neither of which were confirmed at that time).
** 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.
** Several had guessed that the Wii U version would come out on November 21st in North America, given how Nintendo usually releases a big game one week before Black Friday.
** People figured that an 8-Player Smash mode might have been available upon looking at unused data. It justifies that if 8 Ice Climbers were to cause slowdown on the 3DS version, how would 16 Ice Climbers look like on the Wii U version? This isn't even going into characters with multiple forms (Zelda, Samus, Pokémon Trainer).
** Fans have thought up the idea of Pit and Palutena (and Viridi) having conversations about Pit's opponents much like Snake's Codecs in ''Brawl'', even coming up with some on this site's JustForFun [[JustForFun/SuperSmashBros page]]. Turns out it actually exists on the Wii U version.
** A couple of people figured that the tagline for Duck Hunt's trailer would be "Duck Hunt Takes Aim!"
** Many people correctly predicted that Duck Hunt would get their own stage in the Wii U version, as the Wii Fit Trainer doesn't have any home stage in the 3DS version, but has the same Classic Mode stages as Duck Hunt.
** Many fans guessed that "Mewtwo Strikes Back" would be Mewtwo's tagline for his trailer.
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/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 UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}. It's also notable for being one of 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.]]
* MagnumOpusDissonance: As mentioned in the [=YMMV=] page, 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 2009, almost eight 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]] wasn't [[NoExportForYou released over there until 2013]]. 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 of Sablé from ''VideoGame/ForTheFrogTheBellTolls''. Narrowly averted for Takamaru, though, as ''[[VideoGame/NazoNoMurasameJo Mysterious Murasame Castle]]'' finally got an international release between his reveal and the ''Smash'' release.
** Some things really did debut in ''Smash Bros'': Roy (''Fire Emblem''), Gekkos (''Metal Gear Solid''), and ''Yoshi's Woolly World''.
* MemeAcknowledgment:
** A ''Metroid'' trophy in the 3DS game explains that Samus' Power Suit lets her roll up into a ball so that she doesn't have to crawl -- more than likely a reference to the "y cant metroid crawl?" meme.
** Collecting every piece of Mii Gear yields a message that says [[spoiler:"Your body is ready!"]]
** One of the randomized usernames you can get in ''Wii U'' is FILS-A-MEK, after the character in the video Nintendo made announcing what they were showing at E3 2014.
* NamesTheSame:
** Several jokes have been made about there being two Roys in the series; Roy from ''Fire Emblem'' and Roy Koopa. If you want to be technical, there's also Colonel Roy Campbell, Snake's MissionControl.
** Please don't confuse the Starman from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' with the enemy from ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'', or the invincibility item from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''. In PAL regions, the latter is known as the Super Star, avoiding the confusion. With MegaMan in the fourth game, there's a [[VideoGame/MegaMan5 Star Man]] from his series, but there's no reference or appearance from him.
** There are several trophies in every game that share similar titles. These are usually denoted by specifying the franchise they're from; for example, "Ghosts (Luigi's Mansion)" as opposed to "Ghosts (PAC-MAN)". However, ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U'' contains trophies for both the enemy Zero from ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' and everyone's favorite EnsembleDarkhorse Zero from the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series, without including their franchises.
* 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. Nobody, not even Nintendo, was expecting it to fare as well as it did. The sequels have proper budgets to go with their status as a major Nintendo franchise.
* 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.
** 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.
** Each game beginning with Melee features secret taunts on its respective Star Fox stage. Corneria and Venom in ''Melee'' had taunts using the ''Adventures'' cast, Lylat Cruise in ''Brawl'' used the ''Assault'' cast (with a few minor recastings), and Orbital Gate Assault in ''Wii U'' uses the ''64 3D'' cast. This gets REALLY confusing in ''[=Wii U/3DS=]'', when the two combined feature a stage from each game, leading to three different sets of ''Star Fox'' actors showing up in the credits.
** 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.
** Similarly, Meta Knight retained his Japanese voice from ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'', but was dubbed in English by Eric Newsome rather than Eric Stuart (who dubbed him in the show); however, unlike Lucario, Newsome's voice acting was retained in the fourth game.
** 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. As well, Creator/PatrickSeitz voice-matches Creator/FredTatasciore as Magnus, and Stephanie Komure takes over for Creator/KariWahlgren as Phosphora.
** Creator/KosukeToriumi replaces Matt Harty as Little Mac's voice actor. Since Riley Inge returned to voice Doc Louis, many had thought Harty would have reprised his role as Mac.
** Creator/KeijiFujiwara replaces Masachika Ichimura as Mewtwo in ''[=U/3DS=]''; unlike [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened the last time Mewtwo was re-cast]], this is truly an example of this trope in that this is the same Mewtwo that appeared in ''Melee''.
* 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=]''.
** Xander Mobus, the announcer of the fourth game, is a big fan of the series himself.
* RecursiveAdaptation: In a franchise first, the ''Smash'' version of Greninja is being released as an [[http://www.idigitaltimes.com/pok%C3%A9mon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-greninja-distribution-event-brings-super-smash-393594 event distribution]] for the ''Pokémon'' games.
* 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.]]
* SerendipityWritesThePlot: The reason for Zelda and Sheik, and Samus and Zero Suit Samus, being separated in Smash 4 is the 3DS version not having the processing power to render them as the pairs they initially were (same reason why the Ice Climbers were cut altogether). That said, Sakurai is on record saying this "led the team in a good direction" that resulted in changes that "made the characters feel more fresh."
* 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. In addition, his intro splash was his classic sprite, before revealing Pac-Man's model, acting as a tease for those worried that his latest (and [[BrokenBase divisive]]) redesign from ''WesternAnimation/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures'' would be used.
** 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.
* ThrowItIn: According to an interview with Sakurai in ''Nintendo Power'', the infamous [[http://www.ssbwiki.com/Wavedashing wavedashing]] exploit was discovered before ''Melee'' had finished development. He didn't have it removed because he didn't think it would affect the game heavily.
* 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. OccamsRazor dictated he was just a stage hazard (his shadow was revealed in a video article all about stage hazards). But Sakurai refused to confirm what his role was nor even directly acknowledge him, 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 a boss character in the Wii U version, but he can fight alongside the player who touched him first.
** 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).
** [[https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAABnUYoTUvptDQ The pic of the day]] on the day right before the 50 Facts Extravaganza was a screencap of Duck Hunt's trailer -- with the image edited so the dog is blurred out. Come the Direct, many people were expecting Duck Hunt's and Bowser Jr's trailers to show at the end, but only Bowser Jr's showed along with Mewtwo's announcement as DLC. [[RedHerring Many people were misled to believe Duck Hunt would receive a trailer that day]]. However, he did receive a trailer in the November 5 Direct.
** The trend about Ganondorf "having a sword but not using it" started as early as ''Melee'', where Ganondorf was simply a last-minute clone chosen by Sakurai to pad out the roster. But by ''Brawl'', Sakurai started to outright troll the "declone Ganondorf" fans while mostly keeping his moveset the same. Ganondorf has taunt where he pulls out his sword and puts it back. In the development blog, Sakurai even said "people tend to make fun of Ganondorf for [not using his sword]", teasing those who wish Ganondorf to be a sword user. ''U/3DS'' continues the trend by keeping said taunt and giving him ''one'' sword move as a custom special while still retaining the rest of his original moveset; the game is often played with customization turned off (mandatory in some modes such as Online With Anyone and All-Star), and the move is a thrust that basically acts like a punch anyway.
* {{Trope Namer|s}} for:
** EdibleAmmunition: Named by Snake about the bullets shot from Diddy's Peanut Popguns.
** GuestFighter: Snake, Sonic, Mega Man and Pac-Man obviously do not come from Nintendo franchises.
** MarthDebutedInSmashBros: As well as Lucas and many {{Assist Character}}s such as Starfy. [[InvertedTrope Inverted in the case of fellow series character Roy]], 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 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 Ridley, K. Rool, and Takamaru.
** There's a fast-spreading rumor that the Dunk Hunt dog's canon name is "Mr. Peepers." As noted on the ''Trivia/DuckHunt'' trivia page, this is actually an old FanNickname.
** The [[DoingItForTheArt painstakingly]] faked Franchise/{{Rayman}} leak convinced many until [[http://www.polygon.com/2015/2/16/8047305/super-smash-bros-rayman-fake-video the leak's creator stepped forward and detailed the process]].
* 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. 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 was cut very late into development.
** [[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]].
** [[http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=37915502&postcount=7506 Leif was in the running to be Marth's clone]] but Roy won out due to his fire based abilities. Marth has a Leif inspired palette swap as a result.
** Ayumi Tachibana, of the Famicom Tantei Club games, was intended to be a playable character in ''Melee''; she was cut due to lack of familiarity outside of Japan and instead appears as a trophy. According to an interview with Sakurai, said trophy would have been the one the player would be awarded with for completing Classic Mode with Ayumi.
** For ''3DS[=/=]Wii U'', Sakurai considered including Lucina, Dark Pit, and Dr. Mario as [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Alph]][=/=][[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Koopaling]]-type alternate costumes for Marth, Pit, and Mario respectively. He later decided to make them into their own playable characters since their attacks have different properties, which to Sakurai is enough reason for them to be their own characters.
** 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 ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur II]]''), he ultimately decided to remove Ice Climbers entirely and focus on including characters that can perform better on the 3DS.
** Chrom from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' was considered, but was replaced by Robin (the customizable player character from the same game) due to finding Robin to be more unique compared to Chrom (as Sakurai felt he probably would have been much too similar to other ''Fire Emblem'' characters already included in the game).
** In a case of What Almost Wasn't, [[http://nintendoeverything.com/one-newcomer-was-almost-cut-from-smash-bros-wii-u3ds/#more-183796 Bowser Jr. was almost cut from the Wii U and 3DS games.]]
** King Dedede and, apparently, Sonic were originally considered for ''Melee'', while Mii Fighters and Pac-Man were in the running for Brawl.
** File names for more content from ''Rhythm Heaven'' were found in ''Smash Bros. 4'', hinting that there was possibly going to be character and/or a stage based on the series that were cut early in development.
** Sakurai was originally considering on making every single character unlocked on the get-go on the Wii U version, but decided to leave a few unlocked, as he felt like fans enjoyed unlocking characters. Xander Mobus even made a brief comment like this in the 50 Facts Extravaganza.
** Data in the Wii U game hints that ''the original game'' would've been one of its masterpieces.
** An artwork for the viruses from ''DrMario'' was found with the artwork for the other boss characters, indicating that they were once planned to be a boss on a ''DrMario'' stage.
** There is an unused My Music category for minigames on the Wii U, along with a mysterious "fighters" category.
** Leftover files for the 3DS-exclusive stages 3D Land and Mushroomy Kingdom exist on the Wii U.
** [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/03/23/takamaru-originally-planned-as-playable-character-in-super-smash-bros According to Sakurai himself]], [[VideoGame/NazoNoMurasameJo Takamaru]] was strongly considered for the playable roster in ''3DS[=/=]Wii U''. He was dropped due to not being one of Nintendo's most recognizable characters, but he did at least make it in as an Assist Trophy.
* 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.'', as the wiki covers [[http://www.mariowiki.com/MarioWiki:Coverage#Crossovers content from any crossovers that extensively feature Mario characters]], not just ones that are explicitly ''Mario'' SpinOff series. However, its ''Smash'' content is not quite as voluminous or comprehensive as [=SmashWiki=]'s.
* WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings:
** Sakurai started [[http://gengame.net/2012/12/masahiro-sakurai-says-not-to-expect-any-smash-bros-news-anytime-soon/ tweeting less]] because 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 are no cutscenes]] in ''3DS[=/=]Wii U'' (there are still Classic Mode/All-Star Mode clear movies for each of the characters, as well as an opening cutscene on the UsefulNotes/WiiU version). This is because Nintendo, Sakurai in particular, were uncomfortable with a scene where people don't need to actually play the game to enjoy the development- and space-intensive cutscenes.

!! 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/{{VillainsOverdeitiesAndGreaterGods}} ser]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Royalty}} Zelda]]
* [[Pantheon/{{VillainsOverdeitiesAndGreaterGods}} Ganondorf]]
* [[Pantheon/{{PersonalityDemigodsAndQuasideities}} Ice Climbers]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Royalty}} Marth]]
* [[Pantheon/TechnologyOverdeitiesAndGreaterGods Mewtwo]]
* [[Pantheon/MainHouseOtherGods2 Mr. Game]] [[Pantheon/{{Gaming}} & Watch]]
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[[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/GamingIntermediateGods R.O.B.]]
* [[Pantheon/ProfessionLesserGods Snake]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Gaming}} Sonic]]
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[[folder:''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/[=3DS=]'']]
* [[Pantheon/{{Craft}} Villager]]
* [[Pantheon/PowerDemigodsAndQuasideities Mega Man]]
* [[Pantheon/TheaterDemigodsAndQuasideities Wii Fit Trainer]]
* [[Pantheon/TimeAndSpace Rosalina]]
* [[Pantheon/SportsLesserGods Little Mac]]
* [[Pantheon/BeastOther Greninja]]
* [[Pantheon/FoodOverdeitiesAndGreaterGods Pac-]][[Pantheon/{{Gaming}} Man]]
* [[Pantheon/OtherRelatives Robin]]
* [[Pantheon/TheaterDemigodsAndQuasideities Lucina]]
* [[Pantheon/KnowledgeIntermediateGods Shulk]]
* [[Pantheon/{{Popularity}} Duck Hunt]]
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!!The following characters, all playable in the series at some point or appearing as Assist Trophies, have their own SelfDemonstrating pages:
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Bowser}}
* SelfDemonstrating/CaptainFalcon
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Ganon}}dorf
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Mewtwo}}
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Palutena}}
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Tingle}}
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Waluigi}}