Characters / Project M Melee Veterans

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Introduced in Demo 1.0

Voiced by: Charles Martinet.

Mario has the best of Melee Mario and Doctor Mario in a single moveset. He also comes with a Dr. Mario alternate costume, complete with changing his fireballs to pills.

  • Call-Back: Mario Tornado has star graphics that reference the spin attack from Super Mario Galaxy.
    • His Down Taunt is now Doctor Mario's taunt from Melee, only with a fireball instead of a megavitamin. The Dr. Mario taunt changes it back to a Megavitamin.
  • Composite Character: He has a combination of the best of his Melee set and Doctor Mario. For example, his forward-aerial is like Doc's strong hit (at the beginning) and Mario's meteor-punch. (towards the end). Dr. Mario's scrubs are now an alternate costume as well.
  • Demoted to Extra: Dr. Mario from Melee to this game. He was a completely separate character in Melee, but is now relegated to being an alternate costume here. Justified because Mario in Project M combines the best of Mario and Dr. Mario.
  • Fireballs: His neutral special has a range in-between Melee Mario's fireballs and Doctor Mario's pills.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He has a versatile combo game, a multi-use cape, average weight, average wavedash length, and is overall able to handle most opponents. His only real cons are his average tech speed and his lack of niche gameplay (traded for versatility).
  • Meteor Move: Forward-aerial has a Doctor Mario hitbox and a Melee Mario hitbox. The Melee Mario's is a Type A meteor smash.
  • Shotoclone: He's got a fireball Hadoken, and a coin gathering Shoryuken. Actually, it's like he's Ryu and Ken because he's a mix of Melee Mario and Doctor Mario.
  • Wall Jump: Now, it's essential for his recovery. Like in Melee, he can wall-jump out of an up special, and then use it again.

Voiced by: Akira Sasanuma.

In his The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess incarnation.

  • Annoying Arrows: The Hero's Bow charges 33% quicker and has more knockback. It can be used for both central stage control and edge-guarding.
  • Battle Boomerang: Similar to his Smash 64 counterpart's.
  • Call-Back: His new enter animation is based on the one from Smash 64.
    • Side tilt was given Young Link's forward-tilt's speed, making it quite dangerous.
  • Composite Character: His appearance is of the Twilight Princess Link, but he has a boomerang similar to Smash 64 Link's, a side tilt as fast as Melee Young Link's, and Melee Link's overall playstyle.
  • Cool Sword: The Master Sword.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: He requires the use of various advanced techniques (most notably, SHFFLingnote ), and he needs both The Chessmaster tendencies of a zoner and the dexterity of a rushdown all in one.
  • Easter Egg: He can use his Ocarina with the "Smash Taunt", and you can even play songs on it.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His up special. Is was improved as a recovery move by having more horizontal momentum in midair. Like in Melee, the grounded version has a strong initial hit and a semi-spike weak hit.
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He's quite a challenge to approach due to his improved ranged game and mobility. He's more about endurance and staying solid on the battlefield than all-offense.
  • Meteor Move: Down-tilt, though if it isn't timed properly, it would hit the opponent upwards, giving the opposite effect.
    • Grounded up special's weak hit is a semi-spike.
  • Stab the Sky: His up-aerial.
  • Sword Plant: His down-aerial, which now has much less lag.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Certainly compared to the official Smash incarnations.
  • Wall of Weapons: Instead of relying on brute strength, Link uses his projectiles to create a maze of hitboxes for stage domination.

Voiced by: Jim Walker (English) and Kenji Nojima (Japanese).
"Come on!" or "Kakatte koi!" (Come bring it on!)

Fox McCloud, the definitive fighter of Melee back with a vengeance.

  • Attack Reflector: Down special.
  • Fan Nickname: "Shine" for the reflector, though it might as well be considered the official name since this a fan mod. The name is used by Melee fans since the word "reflector" doesn't emphasize how it's used, and because of Rule of Cool.
  • Flash Step Dash Attack: Fox Illusion, his side special.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Meteor Move: Down special is a semi-spike, often used for shine spiking.
    • Down-aerial is a very weak spike.
    • Down-throw is a grounded variation of a meteor smash.
  • Wall Jump

    Captain Falcon
Voiced by: Ryou Horikawa.
"Show me your moves!"

Captain Falcon is back with a few new recovery options. Falcon Kick restores the midair jump like it did in Melee, and Raptor Boost can be used to grab ledges, a feature implemented in Brawl.

  • Awesome, but Impractical: Falcon Punch is as awesome and as impractical as usual. The Knee has an easter egg.
  • Easter Egg: When a taunt button is held during a sweet-spotted Knee, he says "Yes!".
  • Falcon Punch: Duh.
  • Hitbox Dissonance: Averted; the ledgegrab box for up special was improved to be more in line with his fist.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's very fast when wavedashing, dash dancing, moonwalking, and just running. He also has strong moves and a great combo game.
  • Meteor Move: Down-air. Depending on the hitbox used, it could be either a meteor smash or a spike. Side-special has been upgraded from a meteor smash to a spike.
  • Signature Move: Falcon Punch and The Knee.
  • Super Speed: He is the second fastest runner (Sonic is first).
  • Wall Jump

Voiced by: Jun Mizusawa.

The princess of Hyrule.

  • Glass Glacier Wall: A very distinct balance: She has low weight and gravity, which protects her from combos, but that means she's also very susceptible to knockback. She has the second slowest running speed in the game and very powerful attacks. Lastly, despite her strength, she plays best defensively.
  • Lag Cancel: Pressing B again to cancel her up special.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Farore's Wind (Up special), which can be canceled by pressing the special button during movement. This cancels the cooldown time at her reappearance, allowing her to attack right out of it. It can also be used when recovering to stop just short of the ledge (and grab it, instead of landing on stage).
  • Teleport Spam: Farore's Wind is an important part of her mobility game.
  • Time Bomb: After being placed, Din's Fire is suspended in midair, timed with roughly three seconds before detonation. The fireball then returns to her.
  • Trap Master: Zelda's playstyle involves a lot of laying Din's Fire as traps and letting them off when the time is right.
    • Alternatively, Din's Fire can control the surrounding space by cutting off an opponent's movement options. For example, placing it in front of an opponent to prevent them from dashing forward.

Voiced by: Jun Mizusawa.

One of Melee's top-tier threats returns for another round. Her moveset was balanced so that she doesn't automatically have unfair advantageous matchups due to her infamous Melee NTSC down-throw, yet she has a few buffs on other moves to fairly compensate. Her new down-throw is a similar yet buffed version of her Melee PAL down-throw; while it no longer guarantees chain throws, it's executed faster, and thus harder for the opponent to DI out of. Her back-throw is faster and knocks the opponent at a higher angle, so it gives new options for combos. Side-smash was improved as a combo option as well.

  • Flechette Storm: Her neutral special.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She is an offensive powerhouse that quickly combos with solid attacks. She can also use her speed and needles to play defensively.
  • Nerf: Her down-throw was given more knockback so that it wouldn't chain-grab as long. This doesn't hurt her metagame one bit because all that means is that she's slightly more reliant on using more moves than her down-throw.
  • Wall Jump: Her wall-cling from Brawl was kept, giving her new and dynamic edge-guarding options.
  • When All You Have Is A Needle: Her needle storm is one of the best projectiles in Melee because it can be used to disrupt opponents very quickly.

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa.
"Boku wa makeru wake ni wa ikanaida!" (There's no way I can afford to lose!; translated from Japanese)

The sword master of Melee with the devastating Ken Combo.

    Mr. Game & Watch

The fragile yet strong 2-D fighter.

  • Double Jump: His recovery was improved by allowing him to use a midair jump, then up special, (or vice-versa), then air-dodge to get the total height provided by those three moves in a single recovery.
  • Energy Absorption: He can absorb "energy" attacks with his Oil Panic special. The cooldown time after catching a projectile has been sped up.
  • Glass Cannon: He is very susceptible to knockback, and he has high priority and strength.
  • Hammerspace: Where he gets his "weapons" from.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He can fight using a fish bowl, a racing flag, and a turtle.
  • Lag Cancel: Now, all of his aerials can be L-canceled.
  • Lethal Chef: Chef (neutral special) cancels upon landing, meaning it can be used similarly to Falco's lasers.
  • Meteor Move: The first few frames of down-air have a meteor smash.
  • Wall Of Random Objects

Voiced by: Dex Manley (English) and Hisao Egawa.
"Hands off my prey!" or "Ore no emono ni te wo dasu na!" (English quote on the left is a rough translation)

Falco Lombardi, the very well respected and equally feared bird of prey of Melee.

  • Attack Reflector: Known by the competitive community as the shine (down-B), it's used more for attacking than reflecting.
  • Beam Spam: Blaster (Neural special) is one of his most useful tools. Lasers can be used to control the stage, disrupt the opponent, aid in combos, and deal a little damage. Simply put, the most effective way to use lasers is to use them a lot.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Inverted compared to regular Brawl; the animations for most of his moves were taken from Melee, which means they make him more like Fox.
    • However, for the sake of variety, he still has his Brawl jab combo.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His jab combo.
  • Fan Nickname: "Shine" for the reflector, though it might as well be considered the official name since this a fan mod. The name is used by Melee fans since the word "reflector" doesn't emphasize how it's used, and because of Rule of Cool.
  • Flash Step: Side special: Falco Phantasm. It can meteor-smash.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Meteor Move: Down-air is a spike, and side special is a meteor smash.
  • Moveset Clone: With Fox, though their fighting styles are very different; Falco has an extremely useful blaster, and specializes in vertical combat. Fox has a mildly useful blaster, and specializes in horizontal combat. Their shines in particular reflect on their playstyles; Falco's has vertical knockback, and Fox's has horizontal knockback.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Jab combo.
  • Wall Jump


The legendary immortal and awesome King Of Evil.

  • Beard of Evil
  • Divergent Character Evolution: As Project M progressed, he became more different from Captain Falcon and more similar to the Ganondorf in the actual Zelda games. The demo 1.0 version was mostly Melee Ganondorf with the Brawl Flame Choke. Later, he was given a completely new up-tilt. As of 3.5, he has even more major changes, including a reflector (just like in the Ocarina of Time boss fight), a hover, his Down-Taunt became an attack (basically the Warlock Punch, except he does a vertical slash with his sword), and new animations for side-smash (as a nod to the old Warlock Punch) and back-aerial. He really is a completely different character at this point.
  • Evil Laugh: His taunt.
  • Evil Sorcerer
  • Hitbox Dissonance: Averted; like Captain Falcon's, Ganondorf's ledgegrab box on his up special was improved to be more in line with his fist.
  • Playing with Fire: Flame Choke.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Although he could qualify as a Mighty Glacier, the secret to his success is how deceptively quick he can be with the help of advanced techniques and game mechanics (eg. L-canceling). His attacks also combo very well, allowing him to output massive damage in short intervals.
  • Mighty Glacier: Keeping the above in mind, he still has some of the slowest tech speed in the game.
  • Meteor Move: Down-aerial is a meteor smash, and aerial down special is a spike.
    • Aerial Side special is a suicidal plummet of death.
  • Power Floats: His new neutral special in midair allows him to float for a second, which is handy for landing aerial attacks, recovery, and approach.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: He fights with magic-boosted punches and kicks.
  • When All You Have Is a Flame Choke: Flame Choke (side-special) was one of the few attributes kept from Brawl Ganondorf because of how useful it is in a Melee environment. It can be used to quickly approach opponents and it can be followed up with several moves, including down-air, [neutral] jab, side-tilt, down-tilt, Wizard's Foot (down special), and another Flame Choke. When short-hopped, it's useful for tech chases and the last resort "Ganoncide", the act of leaping off the stage while holding the opponent to an inescapable death for the both of them. It can also be used for horizontal recovery, much like Captain Falcon's Raptor Boost.

Voiced by: Mika Kanai.

AKA Purin in Japan/Japanese. One of the top-tier characters in Melee, Jigglypuff returns with a devastating aerial game.

Introduced in Demo 2.0

    Donkey Kong
Voiced by: None
"Groo! Groo!"

The king of swing re-enters the ring. He has new grabs from his cargo hold.

Voiced by: Ikue Ootani

Elements of every Smash Bros. Pikachu incarnation was combined to make one definitive Pikachu.

Voiced by: Charles Martinet.

The wavedashing warrior from Melee is back with several improvments.

  • Bare-Fisted Monk
  • Confusion Fu: He has slippery and fast mobility supplied by his low traction and long wavedash.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: The differences between his and Mario's movesets are very apparent in P:M.
  • Easter Egg: Down-tilt is considered one.
  • Fireballs: His neutral special has increased range.
  • Practical Taunt: his down taunt is now a spike.
  • Russian Roulette: Green Missile's new properties are likened to a revolver cylinder; At the beginning of a round (or immediately after a misfire) one of the next six Green Missile attacks you use will be the misfire. If the Green Missile you're about to use is the misfire, Luigi will start pulsing green. Releasing will cause Luigi to violently explode forward. Holding shield, however, will use a normal Green Missile and store your misfire, guaranteeing it will show up the next time. It's worthwhile to just throw a few Missiles out between stocks so you have the misfire loaded if you need it.
  • Shout-Out: His bonus costume is Mr. L.
  • Use Your Head: His up smash, grab pummel, and his side Special Green Missile.

Voiced by: Makiko Oomoto

The hero of EarthBound now has a optional double-jump cancel and powerful attacks. He is primarily based on his Smash 64 incarnation.

  • Batter Up!: His side-smash involves him swinging forward with his bat.
  • Double Jump: Double-jump cancel has returned, and its effect is now optional, so the player can choose to use either DJC aerials or rising aerials, thus allowing Ness to chase opponents in ways he couldn't have before.
  • Easter Egg: He has a Smash Up-Tauntnote , which is to strike a pose and flash a peace sign, and it's implied that the cameraman from EarthBound takes his picture off-screen. Also doubles as a Call-Back.
  • Energy Absorption: His down special, PSI Magnet, causes energy attacks to heal him by the amount they should have damaged him.
  • Killer Yo-Yo
  • Pintsized Powerhouse
  • Psychic Powers
  • Squishy Wizard: Though he's not entirely fragile for one, he can be hard to use.


Bowser is built to be the ultimate tank fighter. His fighting style is true to his Melee incarnation, but he has new features that make him a tougher opponent. His moves have armor properties that provide consistent resistance to knockback. He can also rip through shields with his massive claws.

Voiced by Samantha Kelly
"Oh, did I win?"

The high-tier Melee veteran is back with upgrades.

Introduced in 3.0

-gear noises-

The galaxy's most feared bounty hunter has returned, and she's been given all of her tools of the trade once more to make her an all-purpose threat.

  • An Ice Person: Courtesy of the Ice Beam.
  • Dual Mode Unit: The Plasma Beam racks up damage. The Ice Beam finishes opponents off.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Compared to her vanilla counterpart, Samus has greater melee capability in addition to zoning thanks to her smashes being buffed and havimg the ability to either burn or freeze.
  • Shout-Out: During some of her attacks with the Ice Beam, her arm cannon will be frosted over. This happened during Metroid Prime whenever she charged an Ice Beam shot.
  • Stance System: The Beam Switch, activated via side taunt.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The Zero Laser.


Voiced by Makiko Ohmoto

Dreamland's superstar, the Super Tough Pink Puff, returns to the fight.

  • Power Copying: Naturally. Several changes had to be made to facilitate Kirby's copy ability in Project M. Some character's neutral special moves have changed very radically from their Brawl counterparts, and the addition of two characters didn't make things easier for the Project M Back Room. Due to the difficulty of adding a new projectile to a character, Kirby received Mewtwo's down special Disable attack instead of his neutral special Shadow Ball. Roy's neutral special attack actually uses the Cutter from Kirby's up special, but otherwise functions the same.

    Ice Climbers 

Voiced by: Masachika Ichimura
"Watashi wa makeru wake ni wa ikanai!" (I cannot afford to lose!; translated from Japanese)

The legendary psychic pokémon makes a grand return after his notable absence from Brawl.

  • Canon Foreigner: It wasn't part of the original Brawl roster, added to the Game Mod thanks to the developers' ingenuity.
  • Casting a Shadow: Its smash attacks, forward aerial (Shadow Claw), and neutral special (Shadow Ball) attacks all emit purple bursts and trails of energy.
  • Evil Laugh: During its taunt.
  • Flight: In a vein similar to Peach, Mewtwo is capable of hovering in the air and decreasing the lag on its aerials by landing while performing one. Unlike the Princess, it can hover in all directions, but can only be done as an alternate to its second jump, and doesn't last nearly as long.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Even in the English version.
  • Implacable Man: A major strength of its added here is the hovering - freeform flight in a Platform Fighter. It uses this to achieve total control of the stage, being able to attack its opponent anywhere from anywhere.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Shadow Ball returns from Melee, and now, Psystrike as its Final Smash.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Compared to its vanilla Melee counterpart, it deals high damage, is hard to take down, and has greater mobility compared to other fighters.
  • Mind over Matter: Lifts and hurls items—as well as its opponents—mentally instead of using its physical strength.
    • In a slightly more literal example, connecting with Mewtwo's side special (Confusion) on an opponent while you're on the ledge causes them to pass through the stage floor.
      • Due the technical limitations preventing adding projectiles to characters (as opposed to modifying those they already have), Mewtwo has a new Forward-Throw that involves shrinking its opponent inside a psychic black hole and crushes them inside it.
  • Mon
    • Olympus Mons: Notable in that while it's considered to be one of the most powerful pokémon, it's a man-made clone created from another cosmic being (Mew).
  • No Biological Sex: Technically genderless, but referred as male for simplicity's sake.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: While Purposely Overpowered in its own series, it's considered to be one of the worst characters in Melee. Project M seeks to balance it to hold it own with the rest of the cast, without venturing into Game-Breaker status.
  • Power Glows: It's subtle, but Mewtwo's eyes glow cyan every time it uses its powers, a cool throwback to its animated appearances in the mainstream Pokemon-movies.
  • Psychic Powers
  • Purple Eyes: Supernatural Is Purple, after all.
  • Shock and Awe: Its neutral aerial and grab pummel has it unleashing its psychic powerful in the form of electricity.
  • The Voiceless: During the main fights. When it wins, however, it speaks its lines from the Japanese version of Melee in all versions of Project M.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Often considered to be one of the worst characters in the original Melee, it was improved in almost every way for Project M. It is no longer lightweight, its tail no longer gives it the massively disjointed hurtbox as before, all of its attacks are faster and more powerful, its Teleport no longer makes it helpless, and it has the ability to float like Peach. In fact, it's climbed from 21st of 26 in Melee to first place in the Project M tier list.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Its Final Smash, Psystrike, takes this form.
  • Weaponized Teleportation: In addition to be an extremely flexible recovery option, Mewtwo can now perform anything out of Teleport barring air dodging.
  • You Fools: One of its possible victory quotes.note 

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama
"Kurushii tatakai datta." (It was a difficult fight.; translated from Japanese)

The Fire Emblem hero that actually debuted in Smash Bros. and was absent in Brawl makes a fiery return!

  • Canon Foreigner: Like Mewtwo, he was not part of the original Brawl roster and added by the development team.
  • Cool Flaming Sword
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Not only does he have entirely new attacks, his fighting style in general has more fluid motions to fit his canon portrayal now that one actually exists.
  • Lava Adds Awesome: His Final Smash ends in a gigantic eruption.
  • Limit Break: Along with gaining a Final Smash, the one he got, with its stiff, rotating camera movements focused on him and his opponent, along with the long series of precise strikes and the flashy effects at the end, is a clear Shout-Out to the trope namer, as well as his sword of seals critical from his game.
  • Playing with Fire
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Shout-Out: A few of the adjustments implemented to make his animations more different from Marth's are references to traditional fighting games.
  • Spin Attack: His neutral aerial and down smash were both changed to this.
  • The Unexpected: Yet again, but for a different reason than the one in Melee: Early in the project's history, technical limitations at the time made his return highly doubtful. His trailer revealed not only himself, but that the "Clone Engine" note  was finally completed.