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    Mario 
Voiced by: Charles Martinet

Home Series: Super Mario Bros.
Debut: Donkey Kong [Arcade], 1981

Playable in: 64, Melee, Brawl, 3DS/Wii U
Final Smash: Mario Finale

"Let's-a go!"

The titular hero of the Super Mario saga, this iconic, superpowered mustachioed plumber is Nintendo's most recognizable character. As such, it's no wonder Mario is featured across the entire Smash series. He is mostly a balanced character who is good for beginners and experienced players alike.
  • Acrofatic: As usual. While he's not really obese, he does have a belly, which doesn't impede his jumping ability. Notably, in Melee, he looks much less stocky than usual. He still has his pot belly, but he's significantly taller and slimmer (not like Luigi, but still pretty Off Model).
  • Art Evolution: In Melee and Brawl, Mario's jeans were significantly more detailed than they've ever been in his own series. In 3DS/Wii U this was toned down to be more similar to his design in his home series.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: In any group he's ever been with, be it the Subspace Emissary or the Wii U/3DS trailers, Mario's at the forefront. And nobody, not even Bowser tries to contest it.
  • Attack Reflector: His cape can send projectiles back and turn characters around.
  • Badass: Taking on armies by himself and all manner of Evil Overlords and Eldritch Abominations in his home series, it's no secret that in this world of superpowered fighters, Mario is the head. In Brawl alone, not only was he a championship fighter in the Subspace Emissary, but he was the leader of the True Final Bosses in Event mode; and 3DS/Wii U keeps the trend going, showing Mario leading the pack in multiple trailers.
  • Badass Mustache: Though it was originally put there in Donkey Kong just to make it clear he had a nose in his sprite, it has become one of his signature features.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's Nintendo's cartoonish mascot and definitely looks silly compared to the likes of Link or Samus, but is Nintendo's most seasoned veteran, is far more serious here than in his home series, and frequently leads the charge whenever he forms a group with other fighters. The PAL version of Wii U even gives him an unbelivably Badass Boxing Ring title that contrasts with his usual cartoony nature, as seen above.
  • Blow You Away: His customizable options include a gust cape.
  • Boring but Practical:
    • His side-special has him swish the Feather Cape to turn around projectiles and enemies without any knockback. As lame as it sounds, it's still an Attack Reflector, can leave opponents left exposed as they attack in the wrong direction, or even have their recovery go away from the stage.
    • His down-special from Brawl onward, FLUDD. It doesn't deal any damage, just knockback, but like the Feather Cape is great at preventing the opponent from getting back on the stage since it doesn't give opponents another chance to use their recovery move.
  • Bring It: He makes this pose in Duck Hunt's trailer. (In 8 Bit Form, no less!)
  • Butt Monkey: This is more an impermanent/downplayed example. On one occasion during Adventure Mode in Melee, Mario attempts to jump onto the rooftop of Mushroom Castle...only to be jumped on top, and sent falling down...by Luigi. Funny, considering that in terms of humiliating characters in their respective games, Mario seems to be the only character considered off-limits by Nintendo.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The "M" on his cap.
  • Charged Attack: His down special as of Brawl, FLUDD, must be briefly charged up completely before it can be used. The charge can also be stored.
  • Combo Breaker: The Super Jump Punch is useful in this regard.
  • Final Boss: In Brawl, Mario is one of the final opponents fought in the final Single-Player event match, as Giant Mario. In Smash Wii U, he's the last character to show up in the last events of both Single and Co-Op Event Modes.
  • Fireballs: His neutral B. They bounce weakly along the ground. They can be customized to fire straight-shooting faster variants, or a slower, multi-hitting fireball.
  • Gradual Grinder: Reworked in 3DS/Wii U to be this, as his melee attacks have been generally weakened but now they chain together much better.
  • Ground Punch: In the Subspace Emissary, not as an attack but to avoid hitting the princess Bowser held out in front of him.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Most of his moveset consists of bare attacks, with the exception of his forward smash and some of his specials.
  • Jack of All Stats: He's got plenty of combo options, a cape that comes in very handy, he's a great juggler, and he's good at edgeguarding, but he suffers from a lackluster recovery, low range, and he lacks a reliable non-smash finishing move.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: His Final Smash, the Mario Finale. His forward smash can also be considered a short-range version of this, especially as it involves cupping one of his hands in a way similar to Ryu and Ken when firing their Hadokens.
  • Knock Back: The purpose of FLUDD is to cause this without additional chance of recovery. His cape also will give a spent target no recovery chance.
  • The Leader: Mario is always front and center of the group in cutscenes.
  • Lady and Knight: The White Knight to Peach's Bright Lady. Mario is not a knight by job but otherwise plays the trope straight.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: He and Pit fight against Link and Yoshi in the Subspace Emissary mode, but they later join forces.
  • Limit Break: Mario Finale, where Mario fires a two giant, spiraling fireballs forward.
  • Making a Splash: His Down Special starting in Brawl, the F.L.U.D.D.
  • Meteor Move: His Foward Aerial (from Melee onward) and Down Special, Mario Tornado (64 only, if the final hitbox connects), are Meteor Smashes.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The PAL version gives him "Smashes Bricks with his Fists" as a Boxing Ring title.
  • Oh, Crap: In Mega Man's trailer, he has a brief look of shock when he barely dodges Mega Man's Metal Blade; and in Bowser Jr.'s, he pulls this reaction after seeing Bowser Jr. call in the Koopalings.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Mario's still pretty smiley in the heat of battle, but as Brawl and 3DS/Wii U show, he's more than capable of getting good and pissed. Make no mistake, you are the unluckiest person in the world if you are on the recieving end of that glare.
  • Out of Character: Unlike most characters, his characterization in Smash is quite different than in his home franchise. He still says "Yahoo!" as he attacks, but as of Melee most of his animations make him seem rather serious. Further solidified in the Brawl cutscenes and 3DS/Wii U's reveal trailers, where he's a sort of Old West style Stoic and a headstrong leader, generally disinterested and straight faced, but will jump head first into battle when a formidable enemy shows up. Smash really brings out his competitive streak.
  • Palette Swap: Notable ones include Wario and Fire Mario. There's also one that resembles his classic outfit (albeit with a blue hat instead of his distinctive red one). Word Of God on the brown overall palette is that it's based on Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew. In 3DS/Wii U, he has a blue and pink outfit that was previously used for "overalls" Wario in Brawl, a stars and stripes outfit only seen in NES Open Tournament Golf, and a Waluigi outfit.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In Brawl, inexplicably. See Out-of-Character Moment above.
  • Pinball Projectile: His Fireballs can bounce off of walls and floors.
  • Playing with Fire: One of his attacks is a fireball, his Side Smash is a burst of fire from his hand, and his Final Smash is a duo of HUGE twirling fireballs.
  • Primary-Color Champion: The most iconic hero in the series, and appropriately wears blue and red.
  • Red Is Heroic: Again, his iconic outfit is heavy on the red. His fire motif does not hurt in this regard either.
  • Series Mascot: As Nintendo's mascot, he's the most prominent character in all four games, being prominent on all games' boxart, appearing as the default online avatar, being used to customize controls and test stages, the name "Super Smash Bros." itself being a parody of the name of Super Mario Bros., and being sold as the most common and prominent amiibo in the Smash line. Despite this, he doesn't play a notably important role in The Subspace Emissary and frequently finds himself getting Worfed.
  • Shock and Awe: His customizable attacks include an electric cape.
  • Shoryuken: Super Jump Punch, which has a near-identical trajectory and appearance as the Street Fighter Shoryuken. In 3DS/Wii U, It can even be customized into a flaming punch.
  • Shotoclone: By the loosest definition, he's got a fireball Hadoken, and a coin gathering Shoryuken, is the main character, and part of a Moveset Clone pairing (two in Melee and Wii U/3DS). His Mario Tornado could also be considered a variation of the Hurricane Kick, and a never before seen Kamehame Hadoken attack was used for his final smash. From Brawl and onwards, he changed his input for his Tornado move and gained a Charging attack through FLUDD.
  • Skill Gate Character: What Mario can essentially be considered in Melee and especially Brawl. While Mario is an easier character to use, he is surpassed by many other characters in higher levels of play. 3DS/Wii U instead has his Moveset Clone and alter-ego Dr. Mario take up this role, while regular Mario gets improved combo abilities that remain effective at higher levels of play.
  • Spam Attack: Spamming fireballs is a great way to edgeguard and keep a good distance from an opponent.
  • Spin Attack: His Mario Tornado, which was at first a Down-B, then his Down-Air.
  • Standardized Leader: As always. Not the flashiest character in Nintendo's stable, but he's the face of Smash and of Nintendo in general as the quintessential everyman and Jack of All Stats.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: HEAVILY on the martial, minimal on the magical. Less magic/supernatural variety than his brother, but has more powerful fire attacks.
  • Three-Point Landing: Mario likes doing this in the character reveal trailers for U/3DS.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • In The Subspace Emissary, he gets trophified anywhere from two to four times during cutscenes, potentially more than any other character with Bowser as a close second. Most notably, he is taken out in one shot from the Halberd.
    • In the some of the U/3DS introduction trailers, he serves as the go-to punching bag for showing off the combat prowess of other characters. The most prominent example happens when Bowser Jr. (someone he usually beats quite handily by himself) utterly crushes him despite Mario being backed up by Samus, Mega Man, Kirby, Link, and Rosalina.
  • True Final Boss: In Brawl's and Wii U's The Final, FINAL Battle. In Brawl, he is giant-sized in comparison to the other fighters he's facing you with, while in the Wii U version he is the final opponent to appear when you've beaten two opponents or the battle has dragged on for too long. He's also the last opponent to face you in The Ultimate Battle on Wii U's Co-Op Events.
  • Wall Jump: Just like in his own games (a glitch in the first, official Super Mario 64 and onward)
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: One of Mario's palette swaps in the 3DS/Wii U game is him wearing red and white striped overalls along with a blue shirt with white stars. The end result makes him look like the U.S. flag. This costume originally appeared in a NES golf game.
  • White Gloves: Keeps them inexplicably shiny, considering his profession.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: One of the most consistent things about him is his B-Air being a dropkick.

    Donkey Kong 

Home Series: Donkey Kong
Debut: Donkey Kong [Arcade], 1981

Playable in: 64, Melee, Brawl, 3DS/Wii U
Final Smash: Konga Beat

A carefree inhabitant of Donkey Kong Island and the son (or grandson) of the original arcade Donkey Kong. He's a very strong physical fighter, if a little slow on the uptake.
  • Bare-Fisted Monkey: Fought purely with body attacks, until Brawl introduced Final Smashes.
  • Boring but Practical: Fighting Polygon Team, Multiman Melee/Brawl, Kirby Team/Galore, ect? Stand underneath a platform, repeatedly press B while holding down on the control stick, wait until the match ends. The computer players finally started wising up to this strategy by Brawl, but many players still abuse Donkey Kong's handslap anyway because they still do not deal with it well.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The "DK" on his tie.
  • Canon Foreigner: One of his color palettes is Eddie the Mean Old Yeti from the TV series.
  • Charged Attack: Giant Punch can be charged and stored for later smacking.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Donkey hits his buddy Diddy with a Giant Punch and sends him flying in the Subpace Emissary, but only to knock him out of the way of a trophy beam which he takes himself.
  • Crutch Character: For novices, he is by far the easiest to use for the variations on the Multi-Man Melee, since the drones sent after you get positively creamed by the down special; there is even a bonus for using the move non stop against the fighting polygon team. Veterans, however, find that it's generally faster with any character (including DK) when using a mix of attacks.
  • Elemental Punch: One of his custom specials is Storm Punch, which causes a tornado. Another is an electric variant that charges and attacks quicker, but with less power.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His up-B, Spinning Kong.
  • Hammered into the Ground: His Headbutt drives a grounded opponent into the ground. In Melee, this gives you a few seconds to rack up damage with impunity (buried opponents are completely immune to knockback). It gets better in Brawl, where buried opponents can be knocked away normally with a strong enough move, providing an excellent combo with his Giant Punch.
  • Hitbox Dissonance: His floor attack spikes! Yes, it will hit a person who is both behind and underneath him.
  • Immune to Flinching: In Smash 4, his Spinning Kong has Super Armor at low percents. Also, in the same game, the fully-charged version of his Giant Punch has Super Armor during the animation.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In Mega Man's debut trailer, DK spikes him during the initial beatdown ol' Rock got from Nintendo's all stars. Guess who gets to be the guinea pig for the game's version of the Hard Knuckle?
  • Lightning Bruiser: Donkey Kong is between this and a Mighty Glacier. While his attacks are mostly slower than those of most characters, he is a faster-playing character than a Mighty Glacier, while having the great power of one, especially in Brawl. Donkey Kong's movement speed is also above average. On top of all that, in the right situations, he has a surprising level of comboability for his particular archetype..
  • Limit Break: Konga Beat (based on the Donkey Konga bongo-style controllers), which require players to succeed in playing a psuedo-Rhythm Game in order to maximize the range and damage of the attack.
  • Megaton Punch: His neutral B, Giant Punch. He charges it up and can be stored like Samus' Charge Shot.
  • Meteor Move: Has the most Meteor Smashes of any character: Headbutt (on an aerial opponent), down aerial, and forward aerial. In 3DS/Wii U, his Hand Slap becomes yet another one when used in midair.
  • Musical Gameplay: Tapping A in time to the music makes Konga Beat much more effective. In the fourth game, there's even a visible beat meter.
  • Mythology Gag: In 3DS/Wii U, whenever the crowd is cheering for him, they'll chant, "DK! Donkey Kong! DK! Donkey Kong!" to the beat of Donkey Kong 64's DK Rap.
  • Palette Swap: Notable Swaps: his original second player palette swap from Donkey Kong Country and Eddie the Mean Old Yeti. Fitting, since Eddie was simply a palette swap of DK.
  • Primal Chest-Pound: A taunt of his in Brawl.
  • Primal Stance: He's almost constantly standing with his fists on the ground; very appropiate for a gorilla.
  • Rolling Attack: Has one in 3DS/Wii U, based on his rolling attack from the Donkey Kong Country series.
  • Taking You with Me: His ability to carry opponents with his grab can be used to suicide and KO other players along with himself by walking off the stage or into an horizontal blast line, though it is extremely unreliable and an opponent can easily escape with moderate Button Mashing if they're not at extreme damage, at which point DK may be better off just throwing them away.
  • The Voiceless: His voice is reduced to grunts, screeches, and roars, even when he's perfectly capable of speaking in other games. He almost received a voice in Melee, as Grant Kirkhope said he gave the autorisation to use his voice clips from Donkey Kong 64, but the idea remained unused in favor of the gorilla grunts.

    Link 
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (in the original game and Melee), Akira Sasanuma (in Brawl and 3DS/Wii U)

Home Series: The Legend of Zelda
Debut: The Legend of Zelda [NES], 1986

Playable in: 64, Melee, Brawl, 3DS/Wii Unote 
Final Smash: Triforce Slash

The hero of The Legend of Zelda series, Link is one of many incarnations of the spirit of the hero, and the chosen champion of the Goddess of Light (not related to Palutena). The original Smash and Melee take his design from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but Brawl and 3DS/Wii U use the one from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
  • Alternate Self: Is this to Toon Link in Brawl and 3DS/Wii U.
  • Art Evolution: Due to his status as a Legacy Character, his design has changed across the series to match different Links' elements.
  • Annoying Arrows: Even when charged, Link's arrows lack KO power outside absurdly high damage percentages. Subverted with the Power Bow custom variant, which has slower but more powerful arrows that can be used to easily KO foes to awesome effect.
  • Badass: We're talking about a guy who beats up everything from dragons to demigods on his way to save the world in his home series. And in Smash, you have to admire his skill with not only a sword and shield, but pretty much every kind of fantasy-based personal weapon under the sun.
  • Battle Boomerang: Changed in Brawl to the gale boomerang, giving it pull back effects.
  • Berserk Button: In the Subspace Emissary. When he thinks that Mario and Pit killed Princess Zelda, he furiously attacks Mario.
  • Bishōnen: As has become standard for every Link in their teens, Link in Smash Bros. is very pretty, especially in Melee where he is his Ocarina of Time incarnation, upgraded graphically from Smash 64, and even has a Hair Flip taunt. He also has the honor of being the only youthful human(oid) male character out of the original 12. Viridi even swoons over him in a Palutena's Guidance conversation, and Pit is visibly jealous of both adult Link's handsomeness and Toon Link's cuteness.
    Pit: They're cherry-picking all the best bits!
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: His Dark Link alternate costume in Smash 4 is updated to have pupils and black sclera in addition to red irises, rather than solid red eyes like in Brawl.
  • Blow You Away: The Gale Boomerang is of the wind element, though because it's a tornado it actually sucks people towards the projectile.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: From Melee onward.
  • Charged Attack: In addition to the Smashes, which are shared by everyone, his bows can be charged to shoot farther and faster, and in Brawl, his recovery special can be charged when used on the ground, as the Spin Attack always was in his games.
  • Composite Character: The Smash franchise tends to build characters off of moves they've used throughout their history (or stuff just straight made up.) However, Link is a Legacy Character, and no version of him has been playable in more than two games (with one exception). As such, the Link playable in Smash is based on a specific incarnation, but meant to represent the character as a whole. His moveset is mostly based off of Ocarina of Time (later updated to Twilight Princess) and Zelda II The Adventure Of Link as it was the first game to put Link in a side scrolling playstyle. Even though the majority of Links are 'Young Links,' the general Link representative in Smash has always been an 'Adult Link.'
    • In 64 he's based on Ocarina Adult Link, with the Fairy Boomerang from Ocarina's Young Link (that turns blue when thrown like the Magic Boomerang from the original and A Link To The Past. Apparently this is only because of an oversight on Sakurai's part, who didn't know that ''Ocarina'' adult Link couldn't use the attack.
    • In Melee he's based on an updated version of the Ocarina Link. His segment in the intro sequence has him relieving moments from Ocarina, even though he still represents the idea of Link as a whole.
    • In Brawl his design is lifted from Twilight Princess, including swapping the Hookshot for the Clawshot, the Fairy Boomerang for the Gale Boomerang, and one of the updates on the official website referencing Barnes, the bombshop from TP. However his on-screen entrance uses the warp tornado, from the original, instead of the cel-shaded transportation more fitting for Link from Twilight Princess. Navi also appears in one of his taunts. In Subspace he finds the Master Sword in the woods harkening to A Link To The Past, and again he clearly has Navi from Ocarina following him. He retains this design and its composite aspects in 3DS/Wii U, but with brighter colors to match the game's overall art style, with the brighter green coincidentally resembling his other incarnations quite a bit. In both of these games, his ability to turn into a wolf - one of his defining traits in Twilight Princess - is absent, likely to better represent his incarnations collectively.
  • Cool Sword: The Master Sword.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: In Palutena's reveal trailer for 3DS/Wii U, Link uses his Clawshot to grab Pit in mid-flight by his ankle and pulls him down to earth. Yeah—go ahead and try doing that in the actual game.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Has Dark Link's very sinister colors as a palette swap, but it's still the same old Link we're used to. This is the same as in Hyrule Warriors, where Dark Link is just a costume recolor of regular Link rather than a separate character and a villain.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: Downplayed. His new dash attack in the fourth installment is the jump attack from his home series, and like it is there, it's very powerful, almost as much as a smash attack and able to KO at appropriate percentages. However, also like in his home series, missing will briefly leave Link wide open for punishment.
  • Demoted to Extra: His Ocarina of Time incarnation (aka the Hero of Time) who was the playable Link in Smash 64 and Melee, is merely a trophy in Smash 3DS (and didn't appear at all in Brawl). As the playable Link is a Composite Character, having a separate Link as a trophy can seem rather odd.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His recovery attack.
  • Facial Markings: The Fierce Deity has red streaks on the cheekbones and blue arc on the forehead.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Of the "ready to go at a moment's notice" variety.
  • Hair Flip: Had this as his taunt as his Ocarina of Time incarnation in 64 and Melee; absent from Brawl and SSB4 (where he's Twilight Princess Link).
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The archetypical blond-haired, blue-eyed hero, just like Luke Skywalker and many others.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: The Master Sword can only be wielded by the legendary Hero.
  • Heroic Mime: No dialog in his own games, no spoken words here.
  • Hunk: The playable Link in Brawl and 3DS/Wii U has slightly sharper and more masculine features than his previous incarnation. He also has a decent, fairly muscular build, as can be seen in this piece of Twilight Princess art.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: All of his weapons come out of nowhere.
  • Jack of All Stats: Not quite as pronounced as Mario, but his main strength is versatility, with both a strong melee and ranged game that is generally hampered by his below-average running and attack speed. Depending on playstyle, Link can reliably be a Long-Range Fighter, Close Range Combatant, or even a Mighty Glacier.
  • Kiai: Pretty much the only noises he makes are screams.
  • Kid Hero: His Twilight Princess, and Ocarina of Time incarnations are older teenagers.
  • Lady and Knight: The White Knight to Zelda's Bright Lady.
  • The Lancer: During his time in the SSE with the five-hero grouping, he was shown serving as this to Mario for some brief stints.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A few screenshots for Smash 3DS/Wii U showed Peach and Link together with flirtatious undertones, including one with Zelda eyeing them from the background. During a video showcasing items, Zelda drops a Motion-Sensor Bomb near Link (who's near to Peach). Zelda "calls" him over and, of course, he promptly trips over the Bomb.
  • Legacy Character: The first and third variations of Link playable in series, used to represent the idea of Link as a whole. The adult Link used in 64 and Melee is the predecessor of Toon Link, while the adult Link used in Brawl and 4 is descended from the Young Link in Melee.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: He and Yoshi fight against Mario and Pit in the Subspace Emissary mode, but they later join forces.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In 3DS/Wii U. Link has the power buff he got from Brawl, but is also a lot faster and has a lot of moves that can KO at mid-percents, including a devastating dash attack (based on the powerful jump attack from his home series). Even more so if he's equipped with his Power Bow custom neutral special, which lets him fire arrows that fit the literal definition of this trope (very strong and very fast).
  • Limit Break: Triforce Slash, where Link traps his opponent between two Triforce symbols and repeatedly slashes them, launching them with one final thrust that breaks the symbols.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: If Link is standing still or crouching, his shield will stop most projectiles that touch it, just like in Zelda II The Adventure Of Link. It is easy to forget in a frantic game like this one.
  • Master Swordsman: He qualifies by default. His sword is even called the Master Sword.
  • Meteor Move: His down strong attack (Melee onward), down aerial (3DS/Wii U), and Meteor Bomb Custom Special will Meteor Smash targets.
  • Mighty Glacier: In Brawl, he's quite slow, but has strong attacks with great reach.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: The Fierce Deity, of course.
  • Mystical White Hair: In his Fierce Deity and Dark Link palettes.
  • Nerf:
    • From Melee to Brawl, where despite being given a large power buff, he was made into a generally slower character, with his air speed significantly reduced, special moves being less effective, and having his aerial game significantly hindered by the loss of L-Canceling. His Spin Attack also gains significantly less distance during recovery, reducing Link's recovering capabilities to again being one of the worst.
    • While not nearly as bad as the transition from Melee to Brawl, the 1.0.6 update for 3DS/Wii U removed the interruptibility frames on Link's jab, nerfing him overall despite a number of other rebalancing changes.
  • Palette Swap: Notable swaps: red and blue Goron and Zora Tunics in all Smash Bros., Blue Ring lavender up until the fourth game, Dark Link's cameo from Twilight Princess in Brawl, a Skyward Sword casual clothes-patterned Link, and Fierce Deity Link in Wii U/3DS.
  • Pointy Ears: Has these, as a member of the Hylian race. While these are a stereotypically elfin trait, Hylians like Link are merely a pointy-eared race of humans rather than elves.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His Hair Flip taunt in the first two games is almost laughably girly. In the latter two games, he no longer has this taunt, and his Twilight Princess design fittingly looks a bit more masculine.
  • The Rival: Palutena's reveal trailer portrays him as such with Pit - both the chosen warriors of goddesses of light. Pit's commentary further enforces this as he sees Link as ripping off his style and complains that there's two Links. Event matches and official pictures make him Marth's rival as well. See Running Gag below.
  • Rocket Jump: A recovery method for him, called the bomb recovery, though it isn't that useful outside Melee.
  • Running Gag: As the poster child for Nintendo swordsmen and the first to get into Smash, Link is The Rival to just about everyone else who brings a sword to the series. Since Melee he's often pitted against Marth in event matches and official screen shots, and he also had event matches vs. Self and vs. Young Link. In 3DS/Wii U, he's seen fighting Pit in Palutena's reveal trailer, faces off with Lucina in her official portrait, and teams up with Marth to fight Shulk in his reveal trailer.
  • Shock and Awe: A custom variant of his Spin Attack is a more powerful, electric variant.
  • Skill Gate Character: Most pronounced in Melee. In casual play, he can hit like a train, but put him in competitive play and he just can't keep up.
  • The Southpaw: As per tradition, though some of his games have made him right handed.note 
  • Spin Attack: The one from his very games. It becomes a charged attack in Brawl.
  • Stab the Sky: His up aerial, one of his win poses and his up smash in the first game.
  • Sword And Foot: His moveset has multiple kick moves along with the weapons.
  • Sword Plant: His down aerial.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Triforce Slash, where Link traps an opponent between two Triforce symbols and slashes them repeatedly.
  • Weapon Twirling: As a standard pose and as a taunt.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: His gale boomerang in Brawl can pull enemies and items toward Link if aimed correctly. To a lesser extent to hook shot and claw shot.

    Samus 

Home Series: Metroid
Debut: Metroid [NES], 1986

Playable in: 64, Melee, Brawl, 3DS/Wii Unote 
Final Smash: Zero Laser

The first female character in the series, Samus Aran is the galaxy's most feared Bounty Hunter hailing from the Metroid series. She brings her advanced Power Armor to battle, armed with all kinds of weaponry.
  • Action Girl: One of Nintendo's - and gaming in general's - most definitive examples.
  • Androcles' Lion: In Subspace Emissary, her saving Pikachu makes him an immediate ally that eventually saves her from Ridley.
  • Arm Cannon: Her main means of attack come from there.
  • Art Evolution: In 64 and Melee, Samus' design was based off of Super Metroid. In Brawl, her costume was lifted from Metroid Zero Mission, bringing her in line with the then recently debuted Zero Suit Samus. As of 4 she matches her Other M design (with added black vents around the suit), but is just as tall in previous games and has her visor in full combat mode.
  • The Artifact: Because Samus is almost exclusively a projectile-based character in the Metroid series, her movset can come across as this in 3DS/Wii U, mostly due to the introduction of truly projectile-heavy characters (Mega Man and Mii Gunner). While Samus only uses her projectiles in special moves and has an entirely melee-based standard moveset (as has traditionally been the case for Smash characters), the newer projectile-based characters use projectiles for many of their standard moves and their special moves.
  • Artifact Title: The Zero Laser's name made sense in Brawl, as using it forced her to transform into Zero Suit Samus. This is no longer the case in the fourth game.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Pikachu in Subspace Emissary when facing an army of clone Samus.
  • Badass: The greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy, ladies and gentlemen. Her arsenal of weapons rivals Link's in terms of sheer versatility.
  • Beam Spam: Able to spam both missles and her powershot.
  • Bounty Hunter: Melee says she is a take no prisoners bounty hunter, and Brawl says she is the most renowned bounty hunter in the galaxy.
  • Charged Attack: The aptly named Charge Shot.
  • Cool Helmet: As part of her standard bounty hunter attire.
  • Cool Starship: Her ship, simply titled "Samus's Starship". In the fourth game, it becomes more closely associated with Zero Suit Samus than regular Samus, as both her stage entrance and her Final Smash.
  • Decomposite Character: Regular Samus and Zero Suit Samus are separate characters in the fourth game.
  • Difficult but Awesome: Samus' Super wavedash tech in Melee. It can allow Samus to cover entire stages very quickly, while being free to act. However, it requires frame-perfect precision to pull off.
  • Hartman Hips: In 3DS/Wii U, her Power Suit is slightly more... "form-fitting" around her hips and pelvis.
  • Homing Projectile: Her weaker missiles, which would retain these properties in Metroid Prime.
  • Law of Inverse Recoil: Her charged shot and missiles.
  • Limit Break: The Zero Laser, a giant laser that shreds the stage. In Brawl, this overheats Samus's Power Suit, causing it to fall apart at her feet, leaving her in the Zero Suit. She apparently fixed this issue by the fourth game, where her suit remains intact.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Samus has a fairly poor melee attacking ability, but has a stronger long-range projectile game on her arsenal.
  • Meteor Move: Her down aerial in all games and Slip Bomb Custom Special will Meteor Smash opponents.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: She can wack enemies around with her up grapple attack in Brawl.
  • Moe Couplet: Forms one with Pikachu in Brawl.
  • Moveset Clone: Downplayed, but relevant. In Smash 64, she and Captain Falcon had the same neutral aerial, down smash, floor attack, forward/up tilt, and dash attack. She has since then gotten some new moves, but still shares the same dash attack, up tilt, and floor attack with him.
  • Nerf: From Melee to Brawl, where Samus' projectiles, especially her smash missiles, were weakened in power and efficiency, as well as her smash attacks and aerials being given a power nerf, despite not being particularly powerful in Melee.
  • Not So Above It All: Upon meeting Little Mac, her first reaction is confusion followed by making sure he actually is that short. It earns her an uppercut to the kidneys.
  • Off Model: A few versions of her official amiibo figure accidentally gave her dual arm cannons.
  • Painfully Slow Projectile: The Slow Beam variant of her Charge Shot. A fully charged Slow Beam is so slow that Samus can actually walk past it.
  • Palette Swap: Her notable ones include the Fusion Suit, the Pink Gravity Suit from ''Super Metroid'', the Purple Gravity Suit, Dark Suit, Light Suit, and Dark Samus, all from the Prime series.
  • Playing with Fire: Added to her suit in the first Super Smash Bros, her up smash and forward aerial involves her shooting out fire in an arc. She would later get a flame weapon proper in Metroid Prime.
  • Powered Armor: The video game poster child for it before Doom even, though she had fallen a little off the radar until Super Smash Bros put Samus back on it.
  • Practical Taunt: Only in Brawl, taunting fast enough will allow her to shed her armor and turn into Zero Suit Samus.
  • Rocket Jump: Samus has her own variation of the aforementioned Bomb Recovery, based on her Bomb Jump ability from her own games.
  • Samus is a Girl: Brawl makes this obvious, but it's noticeable in the first game as well (if Samus is hit with electricity, her X-Ray Sparks animation shows a non-textured female model instead of a skeleton like the other characters). To anyone not familiar with her or miss the clues like the electricity silhouette, the fact that she fights you alongside Zelda and Peach in the "Girl Power" event match of Melee gives the traditional reveal. She also had a Dummied Out trophy where she was depicted with her helmet off.
  • Shed Armor, Gain Speed: When she switches to Zero Suit Samus in Brawl, she's lighter and more agile, but that makes her easier to knock farther.
  • Shoulders of Doom: She does tackle for her running attack though.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: In a sense. Samus appears to be the only humanoid female that can be hit by the male characters in the updates by Sakurai. And she was a main victim of Little Mac in his debut trailer. The only other woman he tried to hit (or who even showed up) dodged him, resulting in his death.
  • Smurfette Principle: In the first game, she was the only explicitly female member of the roster. Increasingly averted in the later installments, as more female fighters have joined her in the cast.
  • Spin Attack: Her Screw Attack, which can be learned by anyone if given the Screw Attack
  • Stone Wall: Samus has average movement speed with above-average weight and recovery, and her Morph Ball roll is fast and covers a lot of distance but is also very punishable. This mixed with her strong projectile game can make her hard to get close to and deal with, but her weak melee abilities (especially in 64 and Brawl) give her problems dealing with enemies herself.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Wears her hair in a ponytail underneath her helmet for practical reasons, as shown both in her Dummied Out helmetless Melee trophy and her playable appearance as Zero Suit Samus.
  • Wall Jump: Just like in most of her own games, Super Metroid onward.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The Zero Laser, which also has a vacuum effect.
  • The Voiceless: When in armor, Samus' voice is never heard. It's assumed that her armor completely mutes her voice (as she gets fully voiced taunts as Zero Suit Samus), although several games in her series show that she is capable of making herself heard through her helmet.

    Yoshi 
Voiced by: Kazumi Totaka

YOSHI ROLLS INTO BATTLE!

Home Series: Yoshi
Debut: Super Mario World [SNES], 1990

Playable in: 64, Melee, Brawl, 3DS/Wii U
Final Smash: Super Dragon

Mario's pal Yoshi, he is a happy-go-lucky creature that has helped Mario across several of his adventures, and has also been in some of his own. His signature long tongue allows him to swallow enemies whole and put them in eggs.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: In Brawl, his stance is much more upright than the Super Mario World stance in Melee and 64. In 3DS/Wii U, he's even more upright.
  • Anti-Air: His Egg Throw can only be thrown in an arc. It's very easy to miss on opponents who are up close and on the ground, but those approaching from above better watch out, as it's a particularly powerful projectile.
  • Art Evolution: In 64 and Melee, he has a much longer and draconian appearance and red shoes similar to Super Mario World and Super Mario 64. In Brawl, he's chubbier and stouter with brown shoes as was codified in the Gamecube era. In 3DS/Wii U, Yoshi is more in line his modern appearance, with a more upright stature and much brighter skin tone.
  • Badass Adorable: It's not hard to view him this way, especially with his cartoon-y voice. The games seem to be sticking to this, as other animal characters such as Donkey Kong and Bowser were upgraded to having a more realistic look and sound, while Yoshi stayed himself. Justified though, as trying to make Yoshi look more realistic would seem very out of character.
  • Balloon Belly: When performing his Egg Lay move, Yoshi briefly bloats up.
  • Big Eater: Yoshi uses his tongue to grab enemies into his mouth and release them as eggs. And yes, he is a male.
  • Creator Cameo: Not exactly by a creator, but Yoshi is voiced by Kazumi Totaka, who composed the Yoshi's Story score.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: His Super Dragon attack has him grow wings and attack via fire-breathing; all these powers he could get in Super Mario World
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: In 3DS/Wii U, Yoshi's Egg Throw leaves a rainbow trail.
  • Ground Pound: His down special, right from his own games.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Saddle and shoes, but that's it.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Eggs, that explode.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: He and Link fight against Mario and Pit in the Subspace Emissary mode, but they later join forces.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His ground speed is always high, his air speed in all games is always one of the fastest, and possesses attacks that are generally quick and powerful.
  • Limit Break: Super Dragon (which uses the shell abilities from Super Mario World).
  • Meteor Move: His foward air in all games will Meteor Smash targets.
  • Multipurpose Tongue: It is used in two different attacks.
  • Nerf:
    • He was able to jump out of his shield in 64, but Melee and Brawl made it so that he couldn't anymore (probably to balance the fact that his shield cannot be pierced). 3DS/Wii U finally removes this limitation.
    • 3DS/Wii U makes it harder to Meteor Smash with his forward aerial; it now only does so with the tip of his noise.
  • No Biological Sex: According to the Japanese version of Melee, Yoshis are neither male or female, and produce asexually.
  • No Sell: Yoshi's double jump has super armor, meaning immunity to knockback. Yoshi still takes full damage, though, so it is mainly just to make getting back on the stage easier.
  • Palette Swap: Has the main 6 Yoshi's Story colors from 64 onward (though in 64 blue and pink were CPU only). 3DS/Wii U adds Black Yoshi, also from Yoshi's Story and Purple Yoshi.
  • Pokémon Speak: As usual, the only thing he says is "Yoshi!".
  • Power-Up Mount: What Yoshis were in their first appearance; Mario briefly rides Yoshi during the Subspace Emissary.
  • Primal Stance: Uses the ride-ready stance from Super Mario World in 64 and Melee. After his Anthropomorphic Shift in the main Mario franchise was standardized, he uses an upright stance from Brawl onwards.
  • Rolling Attack: His side special, which makes him charge inside a spining egg. It can be sped up by holding B, but be careful not to go over an edge.
  • Shockwave Stomp: His Ground Pound generates damaging stars on contact with the ground which count as projectiles (meaning they can be reflected). One of his customs for this move weakens the Ground Pound itself while making the stars larger and stronger.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Seems to always be the last of the original eight to be confirmed. He was the only one of the original characters to be confirmed on Brawl via Smash Bros. Dojo before appearing in a trailernote , and his reveal in 3DS/Wii U was not accompaining with any cinematic trailer featuring him.
  • Super Mode: Yoshi's Final Smash can transform Yoshi, a dinosaur, into a fire-breathing dragon with angel wings. It is based off of the Yoshi power ups from Super Mario World.
  • Tail Slap: A few of his attacks utilize this, such as his standard combo.
  • Use Your Head: In many of his attacks.

    Kirby 
Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto

Home Series: Kirby
Debut: Kirby's Dream Land [GB], 1992

Playable in: 64, Melee, Brawl, 3DS/Wii U
Final Smash: Cook Kirby (Brawl), Ultra Sword (3DS/Wii U)

"Hiiiiiiiii!"

A resident of the planet Pop Star and main character of the Kirby series, which was also created by Masahiro Sakurai. Kirby may be a cute puffball, but he's saved his homeland several times against all kinds of enemies. He has the unique ability to copy his enemies' powers and use them himself.
  • Achilles' Heel:
    • His low weight. Hit him hard enough when his damage is high and he won't be coming back.
    • A common tactic for Stone is to float up into the air and drop down as a rock. If Kirby relies on this tactic too much, however, his opponents may become wary of it and get out of the way. This also gives them ample time to counter with the one thing Stone is weak too: grabs.
  • An Ice Person: His Inhale ability can be replaced with the Ice ability's Ice Breath in 3DS/Wii U.
  • The Artifact: Kirby's hats stay the same between games even if the character he's copied them from have changed. For example, he wears Young Zelda's headdress from Ocarina of Time despite Zelda being updated to her Twilight Princess design. Or Falco's Melee looks despite him looking different in Brawl and 3DS/Wii U. Averted with Ganondorf's, through.
  • Badass Adorable: He may look really harmless, but Kirby is really hardcore in the Subspace Emissary mode. He is the one to destroy the Subspace Gunship with his legendary Air Ride machine, the Dragoon!
  • Battle Boomerang: The Cutter Boomerang, but he doesn't throw it. Instead, he uses it like a sword for his Final Cutter attack from the Cutter ability.
  • BFS: His Final Smash in 3DS/Wii U is the Ultra Sword Super Ability from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
  • Big Eater: Kirby is one of the characters who can eat his enemies.
  • Born Lucky: In Brawl's story mode, with the exception of saving Peach or Zelda and joining Mario and Link's group for a time, Kirby spent the entirety of the story charging headlong into whatever caught his interest. And by some bizarre circumstance of this constant doing whatever reckless thing popped into his head, he ended up being instrumental in the final act.
  • Breath Weapon: One of Kirby's customizable abilities in 3DS/Wii U swaps out his inhale for Ice's Ice Breath.
  • Breakable Weapons: Inhaling Robin will give Kirby the Thunder Tome, which shares the same durability system Robin uses. Once the tome is exhausted, Kirby loses both the Copy Ability and Robin's hair.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Amusingly, Kirby also mimics the person who he's copied. This is particularly funny with the likes of Robin and Shulk, who have several attacks call-outs for Kirby to copy, with adorable results.
    "Thunder!" "Elthunder!" "Arcthunder!" "Thoron!"
    "Jump!" "Speed!" "Shield!" "Buster!" "Smash!"
    "Falcon Punch!"
    "Hadouken!"
  • Canon Immigrant: His moveset was adapted into the Kirby franchise as the "Smash" ability, which gives him the Hammer, Final Cutter, Stone, Vulcan Jab, and Twinkle Star attacks, rolled into a single Ability. Kirby's Dream Collection adds the Smash Kick to the mix, which is his Side Smash attack.
  • Charged Attack: In 3DS/Wii U, a grounded Hammer can do this, which turns it into the powerful Hammer Flip. It deals absurd damage when fully charged, but is short ranged, slow, and charging for too long will constantly deal minor damage to Kirby until he unleashes the attack.
  • Chef of Iron: Cook Kirby has him transform into a chef and cook his foes alive.
  • Cool Starship: His Warpstar and Dragoon could technically count as starships, with the Warpstar being a "Star Ship" in the most literal sense.
  • Dance Battler: His dash attack in Brawl and 3DS/Wii U is Break Spin from the Yo-Yo Ability from Kirby Super Star.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Stone, which is invulnerable to strikes but can be grappled out of. Best used on top of somebody else. Melee adds additional objects, such as a brick and weight, while Brawl makes it less invulnerable (attacks doing fifty damage and higher tend to break it).
  • Drop the Hammer: Kirby's side B special is Hammer, where he swings his signature Hammer. In 3DS/Wii U, charging this turns it into Hammer Flip, where the Hammer catches fire and deals incredible damage on impact, but the flames will hurt him if held too long.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He can eat practically any item in Brawl and 3DS/Wii U by inhaling it. He can even eat explosives, which will cause Kirby to stagger a bit while the explosive goes off in his stomach. This does minuscule damage but removes the explosive from play.
  • Glass Cannon: In both the original and Brawl, Kirby has impressive attack power, but is one of the lightest characters.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In the original game and Melee, he says "よし!" (yoshi!, essentially "all right!") when returning to normal from his Stone form.
  • Ground Pound: Turns into a rock to do it. He can also turn into other heavy objects from other Nintendo games.
  • Happy Dance: From Brawl onwards, he can perform a truncated version of the famous "Kirby Dance" as his Up Taunt.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: He only pulls his weapons out when the player activates them, such as the Hammer and the Cutter Boomerang. This also applies to all of his copied weapons, such as the Falchion/Reverse Falchion, the Hero's Bow, or Galaxia. Averted with the Monado, although he uses it for the Monado Arts instead of fighting.
  • Kid Hero: It's vague how old Kirby really is but he's pretty child like anyway.
  • Limit Break:
    • Brawl: Cook Kirby (from Kirby Super Star), Kirby sucks all of his opponents into a pot and cooks them before launching them out. Just like in his own games it turns all nearby items into food.
    • 3DS/Wii U: Ultra Sword (from Kirby's Return to Dream Land), Kirby cleaves his opponent with a humongous sword multiple times (but only if the first swing connects).
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: By copying Shulk in 3DS/Wii U. Doing so gives Kirby the Monado, and with it access to Shulk's Monado Arts, which can drastically change how Kirby is played. Monado Jump and Monado Speed turn Kirby into a Fragile Speedster, Monado Shield turns him into a Stone Wall note , and Monado Buster and Monado Smash crank up his Glass Cannon status, by making him even more fragile and powerful than before.
  • Mythology Gag: Copying Ryu, of course, gives him the Hadoken, which in several mainstream Kirby games he can perform as Fighter Kirby.
  • Nerf: Suffered a major case of this trope from 64 to Melee. In the former, he's considered the second best character in competitive play after Pikachu. In the latter, he's dead last on the tier list due to very poor matchups against nearly everybody save for possibly Bowser. He got much better in Brawl ranking somewhere in the middle of the tier list for that game.
  • Nice Hat: When Kirby inhales and copies another fighter, he usually gets a hat of either their hair, a part of their head, or something the fighter wears on their head. There are a few exceptions, such as Mr. Game and Watch turning Kirby black and white, or getting the Monado from Shulk.
  • Palette Swap: Has yellow, red, and green; the three Kirby colors used for Multiplayer in most Kirby games, as well as blue. They are also sometimes linked to his powers most consistently beam, fire, plasma, and ice respectively. Further, the yellow could be a Development Gag to when Miyamoto wanted yellow to be his default color. He also has a Black and White one as a Continuity Nod to his first appearance on the monochrome Game Boy. 3DS/Wii U adds a dark blue with yellow eyes that resembles Meta Knight.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Especially in the first game, he was nerfed somewhat in the sequels.
  • Playing with Fire: His dash attack is a fireball dash (Burning/Fire power) from his own games in Melee. In 3DS/Wii U, his Hammer Flip is denoted by the Hammer catching fire, although this will start to hurt him.
  • Power Copying: Kirby's ability to inhale and swallow enemies allows him to copy the neutral special move of the character he inhales. In 3DS/Wii U, he cannot copy a character's custom neutral movenote  (For example, he will always copy Palutena's Auto Reticule regardless of what special move she has equipped).
  • Practical Taunt: Taunting while having a copy ability makes him lose it. Notably, his down taunt is the single shortest in the entire series, probably to make it easier to drop the copy when needed.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Has the Vulcan Jab move from the Fighter ability as his standard combo.
  • Shout-Out: His Stone ability can transform into, besides the classic rock-with-a-"\ /"-face and among other things, a Thwomp (Super Mario 64 design in Melee and Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy design in 3DS/Wii U) and Lip's garbage block.
  • Skill Gate Characters: In Brawl, at least, Kirby is a relatively popular character among lower level players, having strong, spammable smash attacks, a simple yet very effective recovery, and generally easy to utilize moves. Among higher-level play, Kirby is much less common, though subverted in that unlike your typical skill gate character, Kirby is still relatively effective.
  • Sky Surfing: His Warpstar and Dragoon allow him to do this. In gameplay, anyone can ride on them.
  • Sticks to the Back: Copying Shulk gives Kirby the Monado instead of a hat, and he keeps it on his back just like Shulk. It's particularly more absurd in Kirby's case, since the sword sticks to his spherical body in its middle.
  • Tagalong Kid: While has a Vague Age, he essentially counts as this when traveling with Mario, Link, Pit, and Yoshi in Subspace Emissary.
  • Taking You with Me: Kirby can kill both an opponent and himself simultaneously in multiple ways, with the most popular method being inhaling the opponent while falling or inhaling them on the ground and then jumping off a cliff.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: From Melee onwards, he has a backdrop and jumping pile driver (from Suplex). They were first noted for their tendency to go off the edge, but Brawl removed this.
  • Your Size May Vary: Hardly noticeable, but it's there. In Kirby's Dream Land 3 he came up to Samus' knees. Here, he roughly reaches her waist.
  • Vocal Evolution: Kirby's gotten a much deeper and more aggressive sounding voice in the Wii U and 3DS version compared to previous installments.

    Fox 
Voiced by: Shinobu Satouchi (in the original and Melee), Steve Malpass (in his ship), Kenji Nojima (in Japanese Brawl), Jim Walker (in English Brawl), and Mike West (in English 3DS/Wii U)

Home Series: Star Fox
Debut: Star Fox [SNES], 1993

Playable in: 64, Melee, Brawl, 3DS/Wii U
Final Smash: Landmaster

Protagonist of the Star Fox series, Fox McCloud is the leader of the titular team of mercenaries, Star Fox. Though he mostly fights behind the controls of his Arwing, he's also a proficient fighter on foot, bearing gadgets made by his partner Slippy.
  • Adaptational Badass: Fox is one of the best pilots in his games, but he never demonstrated fighting skills in the Star Fox series (except in 64's multiplayer if you unlocked bazookas, Star Fox Adventures and Star Fox Assault, and even then they only showed weapon skills). Super Smash Bros. gives him prowess in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Attack Reflector: His "Reflector" move.
  • Art Evolution: In 64 and Melee, his design was a more streamlined version of his Star Fox 64 appearance. In Brawl and 3DS/Wii U, he has the square shaped head from Star Fox Command, boots that take their color but not their design from Star Fox Assault, layered flight pants from Star Fox Adventures, and rolled up sleeves from Star Fox 64 and along with other original Smash Bros embellishments.
  • Artificial Brilliance: Fox's Brawl AI can use a technique called "Reflector hovering", which is spamming the Reflector in the air in order to slow descent.
  • Badass Normal: Although the first game gave the impression that he was an Empowered Badass Normal (for the move Fire Fox), in Melee and Brawl it's more evident that he's using rocket boots for Fox Illusion and Fire Fox. Fox has no super powers, being a man Fox, but he does have advanced technology.
  • Barrier Warrior: His "Reflector" attacks when it's activated. In fact, it's more useful as an attack than it is as a shield.
  • Beam Spam: With his gun from Melee onwards.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His first appearence in Subspace Emissary features Fox saving Diddy Kong from Rayquaza.
  • Big "WHAT?!": In Melee, whenever he is knocked out from the sides or bottom.
  • Butt Monkey: For the fourth installment, there is a staggering amount of official snapshots from the main website that have Fox being hurt by nearly every character and/or item to the point they try to invoke Amusing Injuries.
  • Composite Character: Two of his custom moves in the fourth game are based off of Wolf who didn't return from the third game. He also gained a Wolf inspired palette swap.
  • Captain Crash: In the Subspace Emissary, almost every time Fox gets in his Arwing, it winds up crashing or being destroyed. Isn't he supposed to be a great pilot?
  • Cool Starship: His Arwing.
  • Do a Barrel Roll: He performs one when attacking the Halberd in the Subspace Emissary.
  • Flash Step: Fox Illusion, his side-B. He dashes forward and leaves a trail of blue Speed Echoes.
  • Glass Cannon: Exemplifies this very well in all games. He's one of the fastest characters in all games, is gifted with some of the best kill moves since they come out quickly and do massive knockback, and consistently has the best combo abilities thanks to his high fall speed and assortment of quick weak attacks. However, his fall speed is both a blessing and a curse, as it causes him to be juggled very easily, and baing a very light character with a predictable recovery makes him highly susceptible to horizontal kills and edgeguards.
  • Gratuitous English: In the first two games, his dialogue was in English but spoken by Shinobu Satouchi, a Japanese voice actor. "Misshon konpurito!"
  • Jet Boots: Melee onward, it's made clear that Fire Fox and Fox Illusion are used via jet boots.
  • Kitsune: While he lacks the extra tails present in most interpretations, his Fire Fox and Fox Illusion attacks, and even his red scarf, are strong allusions to the kitsune of Japanese folklore.
  • Limit Break: Summons a Landmaster for Fox to control.
  • Nerf: Between Melee and Brawl, Fox's endurance was reduced, his up smash and up aerials were weakened, and his numerous reflector combos (known as "shine combos" in competitive circles) were removed. The reflector's effect was weakened again in 3DS/Wii U to keep people from spamming it in the air to float for long periods of time.
  • No Sell: Can't sell his Blaster to anyone from Melee onwards, unless it is part of one of his grapple moves where he shoots it. It racks up damage quickly despite this (in fact, the lack of flinching is the trade-off for its ludicrously fast rate of fire), so his opponents would still do their best to avoid it.
  • Palette Swap: Notable ones include Dark Fox, named by the dev team in Brawl, and one that looks like Wolf O'Donnel in 3DS/Wii U. In Brawl, Falco and Wolf also got dark costumes to match.
  • Petting Zoo People: An alien Fox man.
  • Playing with Fire: His Up B move, Fire Fox.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Kicks, has something akin to Chun-li's Hyakuretsu Kyaku as a standard combo.
  • Tail Slap: His crouching strike and up aerial, despite Foxes not really being known for strong tails.
  • Tank Goodness: His Landmaster tank, and you can Do a Barrel Roll while piloting it.
  • Trash Talk: In Brawl and 3DS/Wii U, if Falco was his opponent.
    "Better luck next time, Falco!"
  • Wall Jump: Even though he could not do so in his own games.

    Pikachu 
Voiced by: Ikue Otani

Home Series: Pokémon
Debut: Pokemon Red And Blue [GB], 1995

Playable in: 64, Melee, Brawl, 3DS/Wii U
Final Smash: Volt Tackle

The Electric Mouse Pokémon, and the most famous Mon of them all. Pikachu has boosted his fame with his appearance across the entire Smash series, bringing his electrical powers and lightning-quick reflexes to the fight.
  • Adaptational Badass: Pikachu might not be very impressive in his home series, but the Smash Bros. games portray him as one of the more tricky fighters to deal with.
  • Androcles' Lion: After Samus rescues him from the Subspace Army's generator, he teams up with her to explore their labs. He eventually returns the favor in full when Ridley blindsides her.
  • Anti-Air: His down special, Thunder, covers a respectable vertical area.
  • Art Evolution: In 64, Pikachu is fairly chubby. He gets slimmer with each iteration of the series, mirroring his Art Evolution in the Pokémon series.
  • Badass Adorable: This little yellow mouse is one tough cookie.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: One of the most loyal and nice Pokémon in history. God help you if you hurt someone he has become loyal to. Take Samus, for instance; Ridley messes her up bad, only to wind up electrocuted.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Up until 3DS/Wii U, where he gains brown irises to go with the Sugimori art from Gen III onwards (as well as its model in Pokémon X and Y and the updated design of Ash's Pikachu).
  • Charged Attack: Skull Bash. The longer it's charged, the farther it sends Pikachu and the more damage it does when used.
  • Composite Character: Pikachu's voice and mannerisms are heavily based on Ash's Pikachu, but isn't the exact same character due to coming out of a Poké Ball for his entrance animation, with Ash's Pikachu known to refuse to go in one.
  • Continuity Cameo: Has Red's hat as an alternate costume in Melee. Brawl adds Pichu's goggles and Brendan's Emerald bandana. 3DS/Wii U gives him Ethan's hat and Calem's (starting) hat.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth: He holds and uses most weapons with his mouth.
  • Flash Step: Quick Attack, his Up Special, has him quickly darting in the air up to two times.
  • Fragile Speedster: He's fast, but also one of the lightest characters.
  • Glass Cannon: He's very light but can also do some serious damage, especially with his Thunder.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Normally, his down-B Thunder attack involves striking himself with lightning and use that lightning to become briefly invulnerable. But the lightning itself counts as a projectile, and all Attack Reflector moves only reverse the horizontal momentum of all projectiles. Therefore, if Pikachu's Thunder so much as touches Mario's Cape or Fox's Reflector, he strikes himself with lightning... and, amusingly, gets harmed by it.
  • Killer Rabbit: He may be be a cute yellow mouse, but don't let that fool you: Pikachu is one tough costumer.
  • Limit Break: Volt Tackle, the signature move of his line. It functions differently from the Pokémon games or anime though, behaving more like Pulseman's Volteccer instead.
  • Mon: Of the Poké variety.
  • Nice Hat: Red's hat, and also Brendan's headband.
  • Palette Swap: Pikachu's shiny form (which is just a darker yellow bordering on tan) is always one of the palettes available (while wearing a hat based on Red's). In Brawl, he gains Brendan's headband, and Pichu from Melee's swimmer goggles. In 3DS/Wii U he gains Ethan's hat and Calem's hat.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Most notable in the first game with his 28% infinite vertical range Thunder.
  • Pokémon Speak: Interestingly (though not unexpectedly) the game went with Pikachu's anime noises instead of his game noises. This is most likely due to the anime being at its most popular at the time of Smash 64's release, as well as the only fully-animated and voiced version of Pokémon at the time. This would later be ported back into Pokémon X and Y (but only for Pikachu), bringing the business full circle.
  • Power Source: Pikachu was actually a power source for a Subspace Army base.
  • Ride The Lightning: For Volt Tackle, he'll surround himself in a giant ball of electricity and try to ram opponents.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just take a look at that smile. Mei Ling certainly sees that in Brawl.
  • Shock and Awe: He's an Electric-type Pokémon, though many of his attacks don't actually involve using his powers.
  • Static Stun Gun: The Thunder Wave variant of Thunder Jolt stuns the opponent, but has less range.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The various hats he's worn through Smash 64 and Melee suggested he was male, but his tail made his sex official in Brawl. In Pokemon Diamond And Pearl and all Pokémon games since, female Pikachu have a heart-shaped dent in their tails that this Pikachu lacks. He's always been heavily influenced by Ash's Pikachu which is also male.
  • Use Your Head: As his standard combo, his foward aerial, his down aerial, and his Side Special, Skull Bash.
  • Wall Jump: Can do this from Brawl onwards.
  • Wing Ding Eyes: In 3DS/Wii U, Pikachu's eyes become spirals if he gets stunned, just like when a Pokémon is knocked out in the animé.

Unlockable

    Luigi 
Voiced by: Charles Martinet.

Home Series: Super Mario Bros.
Debut: Mario Bros. [Arcade], 1983

Playable in: 64, Melee, Brawl, 3DS/Wii U
Final Smash: Negative Zone (Brawl), Poltergust 5000 (3DS/Wii U)

"Bang! Bang!"

Mario's cowardly younger brother, Luigi has played second fiddle to his famous brother for a long time. Even if he may be scared out of his wits most of the time, do not understimate the green wonder.
  • Adorkable: He was in the dorky side in 64 and Melee. Then his Lovable Coward persona started surfacing in his home series, and it carried over to Brawl, giving this effect. It's especially visible in stuff like his taunts and victory poses.
  • An Ice Person: One of his Fireball customs is a slow-travelling iceball variant with the ability to freeze opponents at higher percents.
  • Ass Kicks You: As the last part of his standard combo attack.
  • Art Evolution: In 64, he had purple pants like in Super Mario World. In Melee, his jeans matched Mario's like in the N64 era, and as in Brawl and 3DS/Wii U his jeans are a darker shade of blue than Mario's as they've been since the Gamecube era. See Mario entry above for level of detail. Also, as of Brawl, his face and height are more in-line with the Mario series, instead of resembling Mario's with few modifications.
  • Badass: There are multiple sources that show that, in the right situations, he's even more powerful than his brother.
  • Badass Mustache: Same as Mario, being his twin.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Most of his moveset, like his brother, but he doesn't seem to use his fists a whole lot, preferring open-palm strikes more.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The "L" on his cap.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Before Bowser was added to the roster in later installments of the series, he was used as the punching bag in 64's How-to-Play video.
    • In Subspace Emissary, Luigi is scared half to death by Waddle Dees, hit into the sky with King Dedede's hammer, ignored by his own brother when he needed help, and he gets a badge stuck to his nose. It must suck being Luigi.
    • For his reveal in 3DS/Wii U, 6 out of 10 of the screenshots on the official website were of him in pain or fear. For comparison, the rest of the characters screenshots are either of them doing something badass or silly.
    • Whoever takes the promotional screenshots seems to have a thing for Luigi getting destroyed in Boxing Ring.
  • Call Back: His nickname in the Boxing Ring stage is the same as his unlock message from the original Super Smash Bros.
  • Charged Attack: Green Missile, which is similar to Pikachu's Skull Bash. Has a small chance of "misfiring", which does even more damage than being fully charged. Charging for too long will tire Luigi out and leave him briefly stunned.
  • Confusion Fu: A mild example. He has odd characteristics, some odd moves, and some of his moves don't hit exactly when you expect them to. And his Final Smash in Brawl: Negative Zone, is all kinds of weird. The misfire on his Green Missile is also unpredictable, whether it is charged or not.
  • Cowardly Lion: Luigi may be scared out of his wits most of the time (Well, at least here in Smash from Melee onwards), but that won't stop him from kicking some ass.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Luigi is clumsy and cowardly, but his slippery skills can make him a bigger threat than his more composed brother.
  • Dance Battler: Whatever Negative Zone is, Luigi starts it by dancing and it compels opponents to taunt more frequently.
  • Difficult but Awesome:
    • His recovery in every game since Melee. It can be great if his three moves capable of recovery are mastered and utilised together, but is otherwise poor. The Luigi Cyclone (Down Special) in particular can be used to fly up even higher than his Up Special, Super Jump Punch, but it requires mashing the special attack button ridiculously fast.
    • To bring out his Super Jump Punch's full power you need precise spacing and timing (the hitbox is really small), but successfully landing it rewards Luigi with a powerful attack with the potential KO at low percentages.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: He started out almost a clone to Mario, but by Brawl, their attacks and playstyle have become quite different. Comparing his and Mario's moves in the original to his and Mario's moves in Brawl, Mario seems to draw more inspiration from kick-boxing while Luigi seems to have practised an odd form of karate.
  • Fighting Clown: His attacks fall squarely on the silly side, like using his butt or shooting himself like a missile.
  • Fireballs: His Neutral Special has him throw a Fireball like Mario. It's different from Mario's in that it just floats forward instead of obeying gravity, and it's colored green. One of his fireball customs however give him a variant with a bounce more powerful than Mario's fireballs.
  • Glass Cannon: He has frighteningly fast and powerful attacks that can combo into each other well with finishers that can knock away with under 100% damage. However he has poor and slow mobility, and because of his terrible traction causing him to slide far when shielding attacks, Luigi really can't punish shielded attacks. This makes it hell for Luigi to approach (especially in Brawl), and the shielding issues give him a very poor defensive game.
  • Ground Punch: The Burial Header variant of his Super Jump Punch removes the attack on the jump while doing damage on the way down.
  • Limit Break:
    • Negative Zone in Brawl, which inflicts enemies with various debuffs and status effects, while buffing Luigi.
    • In 3DS/Wii U, he pulls out the Poltergust, and sucks up enemies all around him before popping them away.
  • Lovable Coward: Luigi may be easily frightened, but he has many, many fans.
  • Meteor Move: His down taunt can Meteor Smash (Brawl onwards, it's his only taunt in Melee) if you hit the opponent while they're hanging from the ledge. He also has his down aerial, which will knock the opponent downward if hit just right.
  • Man Child: His taunts include a whole photo shoot session within a few seconds. Also, "Bang bang!"
  • Moveset Clone: The first true clone in the series. He started sharing all 3 specials and all neutral moves (except his dash attack) with Mario. Thanks to Divergent Character Evolution, in Melee he gained a significant amount of changes, and his new side special was completely different from Mario's, and after Brawl only 2 of his specials and a few of his normal moves remain similar to Mario's in some way.
  • Mythology Gag: In an obscure animated movie based on the original Super Mario Bros., Luigi wore a blue hat, blue overalls, and a yellow shirt. This color palette returns in 3DS/Wii U as one of his costumes.
  • One-Hit KO: A timed Fire Jump Punch while inside the Negative Zone will mostly be this. Curiously, the down taunt can be this as well when inside the zone and with a light enough opponent.
  • Palette Swap: His notable palette swaps include Fire Luigi and one based on Waluigi, orange based on the cover art for NES Pinball, and blue from the cover of NES Mario Bros. In 64 and Melee, he had one which gave him his palette from the original Super Mario Bros., complete with tan skin.
  • Pinball Projectile: Not as noticeable as his brother, but his fireballs can indeed bounce off of walls and floors like Mario's fireballs do. The Bouncing Fireball custom also functions identically to Mario's.
  • Playing with Fire: His fireballs, missile, and sweet-spotted Super Jump Punch.
  • Practical Taunt: His down taunt can Meteor Smash when performed against midair or ledge grabbing foes. Problem is that it's so slow, leaves Luigi vulnerable, and it's hard to hit.
  • Secret Character: One of the original four in the first game, and is usually grouped together with Captain Falcon, Jigglypuff, and Ness for this reason. Together with Jigglypuff, he has also stayed consistently unlockable through the first three games, though he finally made the leap into the starting roster in both versions of the fourth game.
    • For N64: Complete Break the Targets with all of the starting characters.
    • For Melee: Finish Stage 1 of Adventure Mode with the seconds digit ending in 2, then defeat Luigi and Peach, and finishing the rest of the mode; or fight 800 VS. Matches.
    • For Brawl: Have him join you in The Subspace Emissary, clear Classic Mode without continuing, or fight in 22 brawls.
  • Shotoclone: Just like Mario, with his fireball Hadoken and his Fire Jump Punch Shoryuken.
  • Shoryuken: His Super Jump Punch, though it works a lot differently compared to Mario's. It's a very good KO move, but it requires close space and precise timing.
  • Signature Move: Super Jump Punch, despite originating from Mario's moveset, is strongly associated with Luigi in the Super Smash Bros. series due to it's rather different properties and satisfying effects when properly landed. There's also his Practical Taunt which can be considered as another signature move.
  • Sphere of Destruction: Negative Zone. Sort of.
  • Standard Status Effects: The Negative Zone's main purpose is to incapacitate or hinder the opponents by inflicting these while inside the Sphere of Destruction, making them easier to finish off.
  • Status Buff: Luigi himself is able to knock opponents a little further than normal while inside the Negative Zone's sphere.
  • Stock Sound Effect: In the original and Melee, his voice is merely Mario's pitched up.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: Heavily on the martial, minimal on the magical, like his brother.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He was one of the characters who could rescue the others in the final parts of the Subspace Emissary when the majority were turned into trophies by Tabuu, making him one of the six characters who will stay in your final party if you miss or purposefully don't rescue the others. Those six are also always a part of the ending sequence for the same reason.
  • Use Your Head: His Up Smash, grab attack, and his Side Special Green Missile!
  • Vocal Evolution: In the original game and Melee, his voice clips were just high-pitched, sped-up Mario clips. Starting with Brawl, Luigi was voiced as his own character, with the distinctively deeper tone from his home series.
  • Weapons That Suck: His Limit Break in 3DS/Wii U is the Poltergust 5000 from Luigis Mansion.
  • White Gloves: Same as Mario.

    Jigglypuff 
Voiced by: Mika Kanai (Japanese), and Rachael Lillis (English)

Home Series: Pokémon
Debut: Pokemon Red And Blue [GB], 1995

Playable in: 64, Melee, Brawl, 3DS/Wii U
Final Smash: Puff Up

The Balloon Pokémon. Jigglypuff has accompained Pikachu across the entire Smash series, bringing a silly and seemingly weak moveset with surprising potential to the fray.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Jigglypuff's Palette Swaps give it hats based off the female player characters from its home series, but there has never been solid confirmation on its gender.
  • Art Evolution: In previous games, its design was chubbier and had bigger eyes similar to its early artwork. In the fourth installment, it's drastically redesigned to resemble its Pokémon X and Y model instead. Its eyes are far more expressive than its previous incarnations, as in not being fully open all the time and showing emotions.
  • Badass Adorable: Don't let its adorable looks fool you: Jigglypuff is a very dangerous fighter when used properly.
  • Bonus Boss: One of the 3 for the Subspace Emissary.
  • Close Range Combatant: Jigglypuff is this. Unlike most close range combatants in Smash, its ground game's poor, with slow movement and weak attacks, and it's one of the lightest there is. However, this is compensated with a terrific aerial game. It has one of the best air speeds and powerful aerial attacks, being able to "jump" 5 times in the air (together with Pound to extend airtime) to practically guarantee a comeback onto the stage, and some of its attacks are deceptively far-reaching.
  • Continuity Cameo: That hat it wears is that of Leaf, Red's (aka the Pokémon Trainer's) female counterpart. Pikachu wears Red's original hat and Jigglypuff wears Leaf's. The same is true of another palette swap: while Pikachu received Calem's hat and sunnies, Jigglypuff received Serena's.
  • Critical Failure: Jigglypuff is the only character that can self-destruct if its shield gets broken, which was an intentional design flaw to balance out its advantages.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Jigglypuff's most powerful move is falling asleep, but the move is super effective!
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: Rest, as silly as it might sound. This attack puts Jigglypuff to sleep for a few seconds, which is practically suicide at high enough damage. However, if it's activated as close as possible to the opponent, they will be sent rocketing upwards, making for a quick (and hilarious) finisher at the appropiate damage.
  • Difficult but Awesome: Rest is a One-Hit Kill if it connects, but it has extremely small range and will leave Jigglypuff exposed for a good deal of time if it doesn't connect (since, you know, you fell asleep).
  • Dub Name Change: Named "Purin" in Japan. Also changed in French (Rondoudou) and German (Pummeluff); as such, it was the only playable character to be dubbed in the French and German versions of the first two games. Other countries use the English name.
  • Glass Cannon: In Melee, its aerial game is incredible, with the fastest air speed mixed with fast and powerful air attacks; and to top it off, its Rest is a nigh one hit K.O. attack, provided it strikes. However, Jiggs is very light, and will be sent flying easily. It has slightly better endurance in Brawl, though its offensive capabilities are severely reduced.
  • Grandfather Clause: Around the time the original game was released Jigglypuff was a recurring character in the anime (and replaced Nidorino in the opening of Pokemon Red And Blue). While it still has some level of popularity in Japan, since then Jigglypuff is rarely used in any marketing and has become less relevant as the generations go by. Still keeps its spot in Smash Bros., unlike Young Link, Pichu etc who were removed as more modern or relevant characters from their franchises took their place.
  • Joke Character: According to Word Of God, Jigglypuff was originally intended to fall on this category, with its weak attacks, light weight, and its up special lacking a recovery effect. However, in practice Jigglypuff turned out to have some nice hidden potential, which made it so it's not considered a simple joke in latter installments.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Being one of the lightest characters and having a very low ground speed, Jigglypuff looks like a terrible character on paper. However, its strengths (having very strong aerial attacks and access to some lethal combo techniques) more than make up for its flaws.
  • Limit Break: Puff Up, which expands Jigglypuff to absurd levels, causing it to push foes off the stage.
  • Magic Music: Its singing, which induces sleep.
  • Martial Arts Headband: One of its alternate outfits in Melee.
  • Mirror Monster: When Jigglypuff uses Rest on a stage with a reflective floor in Melee, the reflection's eyes remain open.
  • Mon: The Balloon Pokémon.
  • Moveset Clone: An interesting example in Jigglypuff's case: While it doesn't share any special moves in common, its regular moves, as well as its jumps, are very similar to Kirby's. They even share a taunt! This has become less pronounced as the series progressed however.
  • Nerf: In Melee, Jigglypuff is a terrifying Glass Cannon. In Brawl, its strong attacks are weakened and/or slowed down, and Rest is weakened, requiring more damage to score K.O.s with, and is also significantly more difficult to hit with. 3DS/Wii U remedies most of these nerfs, however.
  • Nice Hat: Its alternate costumes have them, many of which are based off of the hats worn by the female protagonists in the Pokémon games.
  • One-Hit Kill:
    • Rest can do this at low percentages; as low as around 25% in Melee, 75% in Brawl, and 50% in 3DS/Wii U.
    • If Jigglypuff's shield breaks, it will immediately fly up straight into the air and cause it to get KO'd unless it hits a solid ceiling, in which case it will stick around spinning for quite a few seconds before falling back.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: While trophy descriptions for 3DS/Wii U do mention that it's now a Normal/Fairy type as of Pokémon X and Y, it remains largely the same for Smash Bros..
  • Palette Swap: Like Pikachu's, they come with hats. The bow on the back of its palette swaps in all games, the flower by its ear starting from Melee, Sleep Kirby's hat and Leaf's hat in Brawl, Serena's hat and Nurse Joy's in 3DS/Wii U. Also, in Melee, another of its alternates was a crown that looked a lot like Princess Peach's, and it had one where it had its Shiny palette in Brawl.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: More so in Melee than in any following game, but its Rest is always painful.
  • Pokémon Speak: It's a small, cute playable Pokémon in this series, so this is pretty much a given.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: In Pokémon, Rest is a non-damaging move meant to remove status conditions and restore HP. In Smash, it can somehow cause a One-Hit Kill.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: It's small, pink, and has big blue eye.
  • Rolling Attack: Rollout, its neutral B from Melee onward, which can be charged up to make one nasty attack. Just don't accidentally careen off the edge.
  • Secret Character: One of the original four in the first game, and is usually grouped together with Luigi, Captain Falcon, and Ness for this reason. In fact, it's the only one of the four of them that remained consistently unlockable throughout most of the series, up until the Wii U version of the fourth game.
    • For N64: Clear 1-Player Mode on any difficulty.
    • For Melee: Fight in 50 VS. Matches, or clear Classic or Adventure Mode on any difficulty (this doesn't work with Mario in Melee, as he unlocks Dr. Mario instead).
    • For Brawl: Fight in 350 brawls; have her join you in The Subspace Emissarynote ; or clear The Subspace Emissary, finish Event Matches 1-20, then finish any Event Match.
    • For 3DS: Complete 120 fights; or collect 30 piece of custom equipment.
  • Signature Move: Sing is strongly associated with Jigglypuff.
  • Sizeshifter: Puff Up makes it grow to absurd sizes. Better grab on to those ledges! ...Or don't, as its final shout will send any nearby opponent flying.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The bow on the back of its palette swaps in all games, the flower by its ear starting from Melee, and Leaf's hat in Brawl, Serena's hat and Nurse Joy's in 3DS/Wii U. Also, in Melee, another of its alternates was a crown that looked a lot like Princess Peach's. It's implicitly female, but unlike Pikachu it never got any Secondary Sexual Characteristics so its gender is not completely confirmed.

    Captain Falcon 
Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa

Home Series: F-Zero
Debut: F-Zero [SNES], 1990

Playable in: 64, Melee, Brawl, 3DS/Wii U
Final Smash: Blue Falcon

Captain Falcon is the F-Zero championship racer and bounty hunter. He brings burning hot attacks to battle, with a Hot-Blooded personality to match. See also his own page, which is based on his famous Smash characterization.
  • Adaptational Badass: Downplayed, as Captain Falcon has always been a bounty hunter who apparently does not need that thing in his holster. We had never actually seen him fight until Super Smash Bros., however, and were given no indication he had super powers.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: More obvious in Smash, as in his home series he never displayed any superpowers (outside of ace driving skills).
  • Awesome but Impractical: His FALCON PUNCH is very powerful (and just fun to use because it looks cool and hearing Captain Falcon is hilarious), but it's too slow to hit anything without good planning and it leaves him vulnerable.
  • Badass: Not only is he a champion F-Zero racer and experienced bounty hunter, but he's also a Lightning Bruiser in hand-to-hand combat who can somehow deliver explosive, fiery punches and kicks.
  • Badass Driver: Naturally, this comes with the territory of being from a racing game series. This skill comes into play for Captain Falcon's Final Smash where he runs you over at mind-numbing speeds.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Fights purely using punching and kicking attacks, though a few of them have fire properties.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: In the trailer introducing Robin and Lucina for 3DS/Wii U, he does a variation by parrying Lucina's sword with the back of his hand.
  • Big "YES!": When successfully pulling his Up-B move, Falcon Dive. He also yells "YEAAAAAAAH!" in Melee after "defeating" Bowser in Adventure mode prior to the Giga Bowser fight.
  • Breakout Character: Thanks to Smash, Captain Falcon became one of the more popular Nintendo characters despite the obscurity of his home series, and got his share of Ascended Memes and spotlight appearances both in Smash and in other Nintendo games (such as Mario Kart 8, where he can be seen on billboards proclaiming "Show me your moves!").
  • Bring It: All of his taunts are this in some way. His taunt in Melee and his down taunt in Brawl onwards commands opponents to "Show me your moves!" His side taunt provokes opponents to "Come on!" with an outstretched hand, and his up taunt charges a fiery aura similar to his Falcon Punch.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Falcon Punch!" "Falcon Kick!" "C'mon, Blue Falcon!"
  • Captain Space, Defender of Earth!: He's more or less a stereotypical campy American space superhero as seen through Japanese eyes.
  • Car Fu: His Final Smash has him slamming his opponents with his Blue Falcon at full speed.
  • Cool Car: The Blue Falcon.
  • Cool Helmet: A red racing helmet adorned with a golden falcon emblem.
  • Cool Starship: Falcon Flyer.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Implied to have given one to Chrom in the Lucina/Robin reveal trailer. It starts with the Ylissean Prince on the ground defeated while the Captain looks no worse for wear. He was even still able to get the upper hand on Lucina.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: In Robin and Lucina's debut trailer for 3DS/Wii U. In a fight involving him against the three Lords of Fire Emblem Awakening, he apparently curbstomps Chrom off-screen, and on-screen, he parries several attacks from Lucina with his bare hands, and is about to Falcon Punch her when Robin intervenes.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: His signature Falcon Punch has a lot of build-up to it, making it easily punishable either by a quick attack, or in the worst case by a Counter Attack special move. If it hits however, it will hurt.
  • Difficult but Awesome: His forward air, which has use his knee to damage opponents. It has consistently been the most powerful aerial attack in the series and is visually entertaining to watch, but it can be rather difficult to land the necessary sweetspot. 3DS/Wii U in particular added lag before and after the attack while making it much stronger.
  • Elemental Punch: A couple of his attacks, like his Falcon Punch and Falcon Kick, are fire elemental. His forward aerial is electric elemental instead if sweet-spotted, and he gains a custom variant of the Falcon Kick that gives it the electric element as well.
  • Gratuitous English: Voiced by the Japanese Ryo Horikawa in all versions. This trope even extends to his one written line of dialogue, from his Smash 64 ending screen:
    Captain Falcon: Thank you for playing. Yes. I am Number One !
  • Hot-Blooded: In direct contrast to his home series, where he is usually The Stoic.
  • Hunk: At least from what we can see of his face, he isn't too bad-looking, and he has the Heroic Build typical of this archetype. Both his home series and the F-Zero anime show his face in full occasionally, and he's a rather good-looking man.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: Captain Falcon's allegedly native English is horrendous. Ryo Horikawa speaks decent English, but deliberately uses broken, bizarrely-pronounced Engrish in the role (possibly due to Rule of Funny).
  • Large Ham: He delivers no lines subtly.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: He has a gun in the holster on his belt, which he never uses (he has never been seen using it in the F-Zero storyline either, discounting a comic based off the first game).
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's very fast, has some of the most powerful moves, and has one of the best endurances. Despite his nerf, Captain Falcon still fits the Lightning Bruiser build in Brawl, though without the competitive success that's typical for a lightning bruiser.
  • Limit Break: Summons the Blue Falcon to run over opponents.
  • Master of All: Except in Brawl, he's consistently one of the fastest and strongest characters, with above-average weight and great mobility.
  • Megaton Punch: All together now: "FALCON PAWNCH!"
  • Meteor Move: His down aerial and Side Special Raptor Boost (when used in midair) will Meteor Smash. In Melee, hitting the opponents with the upper hitbox of his down aerial causes the target to launch at a slightly different downward angle that makes it so the game doesn't recognize it as a Meteor Smash, preventing the use of the mechanic that allows cancelling the knockback of Meteor Smashes.
  • Mr. Fanservice: In 3DS/Wii U, the good Captain's suit becomes noticeably tighter, about as much as much as Samus and her Zero Suit. This gives a very detailed look at his muscles, buttocks, and possibly even his crotch.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Similarly to Luigi, one of his alt. costumes resembles the "Bart Lemming" version of Falcon from the Anime.
    • His seemingly baseless moveset is a remnant of the prototype title Dragon King: The Fighting Game (before it became a Mascot Fighter), where it was the moveset for the one character programmed in at the time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His Story-Mode entrance in Brawl has him take down a R.O.B....along with most of Olimar's Pikmin.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Lucina's and Robin's reveal trailer in 3DS/Wii U starts off with Chrom lying in defeat and Lucina attempting to hold her own after facing Captain Falcon in battle.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Looking at his characterization in his home series after Smash Bros. can be jarring, as F-Zero firmly establishes him as a blunt, comically serious bounty hunter, while Smash Bros. has him as a Hot-Blooded and somewhat campy Toku Hero.
  • Palette Swap: One of them is his evil clone Blood Falcon. Another one is based off of fellow F-Zero racer Jody Summer, and later a gold costume that may be inspired by Dr. Stewart.
  • Playing with Fire: Several of his attacks involve fire in some form.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Show me ya moves!"
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: As his standard combo, using only one hand.
  • Rated M for Manly: How many of his fans see him and justly so
  • Real Men Wear Pink: One of his Palette Swaps.
  • The Rival: To Lucina. In her debut trailer, she's seen facing off against him in revenge for seemingly having beaten up Chrom. To a lesser extent, Robin and Chrom are this to him too.
  • Secret Character: One of the original four in the first game, and is usually grouped together with Luigi, Jigglypuff, and Ness for this reason. However, he has alternately joined the starting roster in both Melee and both versions of the fourth game.
    • For N64: Beat 1-Player Mode in under 20 minutes.
    • For Brawl: Have him join you in The Subspace Emissary, fight in 70 brawls, or beat Classic Mode in under 12 minutes.
  • Shock and Awe: His forward aerial, the aforementioned Knee Smash. Also one of his Falcon Kick custom variants.
  • Signature Move: His Neutral Special, Falcon Punch. Snake's CODEC Conversation in Brawl, Palutena's Guidance in 3DS/Wii, and several of his trophies mention it, and it's found its way into his home series.
  • Spear Counterpart: Is a collective male counterpart to both versions of Samus within the context of Smash; he's a space-faring bounty hunter, has a red helmet like regular Samus and shares a few of her move animations, and has a blue bodysuit, a handgun and a gender-appropriate (and larger-than-life) "sexy" disposition similar to Zero Suit Samus. Fittingly, the two hunters have been depicted as rivals in various Event Matches.
  • Super Speed:
    • He was the fastest character until Brawl, where he was slowed down and Sonic was introduced.
    • One Melee event has Falcon running on a track while F-Zero cars are zooming by and the entire game speed is literally hyper speed, making Falcon possibly as fast as Sonic for that one level.
  • Terse Talker: As part of his bizarre Engrish-y speech pattern, none of his quotes in Smash are particularly lengthy or complicated.
  • Toku: As an animal themed hero in a mask and bright colored costume, his moveset and mannerisms are inspired by this genre even if it contrasts with his main series portrayal. It's also rumored that his moveset is partially taken from the original Dragon King beta since he's the only one with a body type that matches the prototype characters.
  • Unexpected Character: In the first game, at least. His iconic portrayal across the Smash Bros. games has gradually turned him into more of a staple Nintendo character, though.
  • Wall Jump: The same way everyone else does or with the Falcon kick
  • White Gloves: More like white and yellow gloves.

    Ness 
Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto

Home Series: MOTHER
Debut: EarthBound [SNES], 1994

Playable in: 64, Melee, Brawl, 3DS/Wii U
Final Smash: PK Starstorm

"Okay."

The hero of EarthBound, Ness is a kind psychic kid sent on a quest to stop the evil Gyigas. Alongside his psychic abilities, he brings bats and yo-yoes to smack his opponents with.
  • Adaptational Badass: Invoked. In his home game, his PSI abilities are focused more on healing than combat. Paula taught him PK Fire and PK Thunder in preparation for Smash, and Poo taught him the secret of PK Starstorm.
  • The All-American Boy: What he was designed to be, coming from the game that's set in Eagleland.
  • An Ice Person: One of his custom neutral specials replaces PK Flash with Lucas's PK Freeze.
  • Ash Face: His intro animation has him appearing covered in soot, which is what happens if you collide into something while running up for a PSI Teleport in his home game.
  • Attack Reflector: In the first and third game, the bat can be used this way.
  • Awesome but Impractical:
    • The only way you're going to hit someone with a fully charged PK Flash is if there are a 3rd or 4th player to keep each other busy, the opponent is incapacitated, or as an edgeguard to catch an opponent returning to the stage.
    • PK Thunder as a recovery move, since it has an extra "step" to the process that, if interrupted (such as the opponent merely jumping into it), will cause Ness to fall to his doom. It also tends to fail horribly in tight vertical corridors or below one-way platforms.
    • PK Starstorm in Brawl was so segmented with the falling meteors that in at any level higher than casual play it could be very easily dodged with one or two hits at best. Thankfully, 3DS/Wii U's version condenses it into a consistent beam that's nigh unavoidable and behaves similarly to Lucario's Aura Beam in Brawl.
  • Batter Up: His forward smash involves him swinging forward with his bat.
  • Black Bead Eyes: As with most characters in his series.
  • Berserk Button: Though he doesn't show it on his face, he is pissed when he discovers that Porky has returned, and is tormenting another innocent kid (Lucas). One PK Flash later, and the statue explodes.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In his first appearance in the Subspace Emissary, Ness saves Lucas from Porky by using PK Flash to destroy the statue chasing him. Much later, Lucas goes on to return the favor in his reveal trailer as Downloadable Content for 3DS/Wii U when he saves Ness from the clutches of Bowser, this time by using PK Fire.
  • Butt Monkey: He gets mercilessly beaten up by the other fighters in Lucas's trailer. That is, until Lucas steps in and seemingly repays the favor.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "PK Flash!" "PK Fire!" "PK Thunder!" "PK STARSTORM!!!"
  • Chromatic Arrangement: His three offensive specials in order PK Fire (neutral B, later side B) is red, PK Thunder (up B) is blue, and PK Flash (new neutral B) is green. Somewhat appropriately, PK Fire is fairly straightforward (The Hero) PK Thunder is an unconventional and highly technical recovery move, or a player guided projectile (The Smart Guy) and PK Flash is slow moving but is one of his most powerful attacks at its maximum (The Big Guy) matching the stereotypes of the trope.
  • Composite Character: Ness receives all of Lucas's special moves as custom specials in 3DS/Wii U. Oddly, this didn't stop Lucas himself from returning as Downloadable Content.
  • Death from Above: PK Starstorm, Poo and Kumatora's move in his home series.
  • Difficult but Awesome: Particularly in the first game — his attacks' hitboxes were a bit disjointed (not as bad as some later characters, but in the original, it was quite noticeable), he had some awkward ways to get his moves to work, and his saving maneuver was the one of the hardest to use. However, he also had insane power, incredible jumps, was the only character that could regain health by absorbing enemy attacks, and anyone that could use PK Thunder as a recovery move well had the ability to use one of the most powerful saving maneuvers in the game. While still one of the trickier to use in the game, Ness is one of the most Nerfed characters from the original.
  • Energy Absorption: His down special, PSI Magnet, causes energy attacks to heal him by the amount they should have damaged him, making him one of only five characters who can heal on their own (Lucas, Mr. Game & Watch with food items, Robin with Nosferatu and Wii Fit Trainer are the other four). More potent in the original game, where any projectile, physical or energy, would be absorbed by the move (with the exception of Link's boomerang).
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: He has fire and lightning by default, and in 3DS/Wii U he can get ice through character customization (replacing his own PK Flash with Lucas' PK Freeze), with each mapped to a different button combination press.
  • Gratuitous English: Speaks English, but is voiced by a Japanese voice actor. Justified, as he's supposed to be American.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Performs one by shoving Lucas out of the way of a trophy beam, taking the hit himself.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He fights with a baseball bat and a yo-yo.
  • Kid Hero: One of Smash's youngest contenders at about 13 years old, and described as such in Lucas' event match in Brawl.
  • Killer Yo-Yo: His up and down smashes have him using his yo-yo.
  • Light 'em Up:
    • PK Flash is a green ball of light that gains power the longer it's on the screen. Hard to hit with, but it's very powerful when done.
    • PK Starstorm is his Final Smash, calling down meteors of light onto the arena with a slight diagonal arc to them.
  • Limit Break: PK Starstorm, a meteor shower that was Prince Poo's Signature Move in EarthBound.
  • Mind over Matter: A few of his regular attacks are PSI-boosted, and he uses this as a means for his double jump.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: In the first game, his down aerial being especially lethal.
  • Player-Guided Missile: Ness's "PK Thunder" is a fully-steerable bolt of electricity. Starting with Melee, he also acquires "PK Flash", which can be guided left or right before detonating it.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Wears a red cap and sneakers along with a blue and yellow striped shirt as his Iconic Outfit.
  • Psychic Powers: He'd hardly represent his home game without them.
  • Playing with Fire: PK Fire is a little lightning bolt that erupts into a small pillar of fire upon impact, which hits the target multiple times and sometimes even locks them in place as a result.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Kicks, his down tilt can be rapidly spammed.
  • Secret Character: One of the original four in the first game, and is usually grouped together with Luigi, Captain Falcon, and Jigglypuff for this reason. The only games where he is playable from the start are Melee and the Wii U version of the fourth game.
    • For N64: Beat 1-Player Mode on Normal difficulty with just three lives.
    • For Brawl: Have him join in The Subspace Emissary, reflect 10 projectiles, or fight in five brawls.
    • For 3DS: Complete Classic Mode on any intensity.
  • Shock and Awe: PK Thunder takes the form of a string of lightning that can either be used to hit something, or to hit Ness himself as a recovery move that also does damage. Literally a Player-Guided Missile.
  • Squishy Wizard: Though he's not entirely fragile for one, he can be hard to use. His unwieldy recovery move doesn't help.
  • Vocal Evolution: Ness's voice has gone through changes since his appearance in the original Smash 64 game, but he sounded deeper and older in the N64, Melee, and 3DS and Wii U games compared to his voice in Brawl.
  • Unexpected Character: His appearance in the first game, in part due to his home game having initially been a sales flop in America (not to mention being one console generation behind everyone but Samus). Since then, however, he along with Captain Falcon are series staples.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: If his second jump wasn't enough to reach the edge, Ness' only recovery move is using PK Thunder on himself. If anyone intercepts PK Thunder before it hits him, he's doomed. This can be averted if Ness uses the "Lasting PK Thunder" variant, which doesn't disappear if it hits someone.