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** On a similar note, Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog's inclusion in the game. With Snake's inclusion and [[VideoGame/MarioAndSonicAtTheOlympicGames the crossover with Mario]], it was all but guaranteed, but there's a reason it's the image on the [[AndTheFandomRejoiced/SuperSmashBros the page for And The Fandom Rejoiced]] - seeing the two biggest mascots in video gaming going head to head in Smash Bros. was such a huge moment for those who were around when [[UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars Sega and Nintendo were rivals]].

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** On a similar note, Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog's VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog's inclusion in the game. With Snake's inclusion and [[VideoGame/MarioAndSonicAtTheOlympicGames the crossover with Mario]], it was all but guaranteed, but there's a reason it's the image on the [[AndTheFandomRejoiced/SuperSmashBros the page for And The Fandom Rejoiced]] - seeing the two biggest mascots in video gaming going head to head in Smash Bros. was such a huge moment for those who were around when [[UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars Sega and Nintendo were rivals]].


* King Dedede ''[[SpotlightStealingSquad is the hero of the entire goddamn story.]]'' (Inasmuch as there is a hero; everyone did their fair share, and the ending essentially proved that all the way through by the way it was played.) Which is funny because Sakurai VOICED him... so basically, the creator of the series saved everyone... yes.

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* King Dedede ''[[SpotlightStealingSquad ''[[SpannerInTheWorks is the hero of the entire goddamn story.]]'' (Inasmuch as there is a hero; everyone did their fair share, and the ending essentially proved that all the way through by the way it was played.) Which is funny because Sakurai VOICED him... so basically, the creator of the series saved everyone... yes.


** Another villain character shows up, and it's none other than [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]]! Now the main trio of the series is complete, and the AuthorityInNameOnly can do battle with his arch-rival yet again!

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** Another villain character shows up, and it's none other than "[[MemeticMutation How can I help you,]] [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]]! Dedede]]?" "[[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa Ah need to join Smash to clobbah dat dere Kirbeh!]]" That's right, the so-called King of Dream Land has joined the fray to do battle with his arch-nemesis. Now the main trio of the series is complete, and the AuthorityInNameOnly can do battle with his arch-rival yet again!complete!


** Another villain character shows up, and it's [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]]! Now the main trio of the series is complete, and the AuthorityInNameOnly can do battle with his arch-rival yet again!

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** Another villain character shows up, and it's none other than [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]]! Now the main trio of the series is complete, and the AuthorityInNameOnly can do battle with his arch-rival yet again!



** The incarnation of the legendary hero that [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker crossed the Great Sea]] has made an appearance. Finally, there's more than one Link this time!

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** The incarnation of the legendary hero that [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker crossed the Great Sea]] Sea]], now known as Toon Link, has made an appearance. Finally, there's more than one version of Link this time!


** [[VideoGame/Mother3 Lucas]] makes his first appearance outside of Japan in this installment. If it weren't for this game, [[NoExportForYou people in the west wouldn't even know his game existed]].

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** [[VideoGame/Mother3 Lucas]] makes his first appearance outside of Japan in this installment. If it weren't for this game, that, [[NoExportForYou people in the west wouldn't even know his game existed]].


** [[VideoGame/Mother3 Lucas]] makes his first appearance outside of Japan in this installment. If it weren't for this game, people wouldn't even know his game existed.

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** [[VideoGame/Mother3 Lucas]] makes his first appearance outside of Japan in this installment. If it weren't for this game, [[NoExportForYou people in the west wouldn't even know his game existed.existed]].


** VideoGame/{{Wario}} rides in with his [[VideoGame/WarioWare biker gear]], finally completing the main ''Mario'' cast. ''And'' he comes with his classic yellow-and-purple outfit as {{Palette Swap}}s.

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** VideoGame/{{Wario}} rides in with his [[VideoGame/WarioWare biker gear]], finally completing the main ''Mario'' cast. ''And'' he comes with his classic yellow-and-purple outfit as {{Palette Swap}}s.a PaletteSwap.


** VideoGame/{{Wario}} rides in with his [[VideoGame/WarioWare biker gear]], finally completing the main ''Mario'' cast.

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** VideoGame/{{Wario}} rides in with his [[VideoGame/WarioWare biker gear]], finally completing the main ''Mario'' cast. ''And'' he comes with his classic yellow-and-purple outfit as {{Palette Swap}}s.


** You get to play as Samus outside of her iconic Power Suit, and she's just as capable (and according to some tier lists, ''more so'') without it.

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** You get to play as Samus [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus]] [[SamusIsAGirl outside of her iconic Power Suit, Suit]], and she's just as capable (and according to some tier lists, ''more so'') without it.


* The first-party newcomers also got a lot of love:

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* The first-party newcomers also got a lot of love:love, especially with the sheer variety of the cast:


** The incarnation of the legendary hero that [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker crossed the Great Sea]] has made an appearance. Finally, there's more than one Link this time!\\

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** The incarnation of the legendary hero that [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker crossed the Great Sea]] has made an appearance. Finally, there's more than one Link this time!\\time!


** Another villain character shows up, and it's [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]]! Now the main trio of the series is complete, and the SoCalledKing can do battle with his arch-rival yet again!

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** Another villain character shows up, and it's [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]]! Now the main trio of the series is complete, and the SoCalledKing AuthorityInNameOnly can do battle with his arch-rival yet again!



** Another surprise inclusion from the past: the UsefulNotes/RoboticOperatingBuddy, R.O.B. for short, has gained a spot on the roster.

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** Another surprise inclusion from the past: the UsefulNotes/RoboticOperatingBuddy, VideoGame/RoboticOperatingBuddy, R.O.B. for short, has gained a spot on the roster.



* Just the sheer variety in the newcomers involved. We have well-known members of existing casts such as [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Meta Knight, King Dedede]], VideoGame/{{Wario}}, [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} the Pokémon Trainer, Lucario]], [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Diddy Kong]], and [[Franchise/StarFox Wolf O'Donnell]], new series protagonists such as [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike]], [[VideoGame/Mother3 Lucas]], and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords Toon]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Link]], and characters from previously unrepresented series like [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]] and [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Olimar]]. Even the ''VideoGame/RoboticOperatingBuddy itself'' gets in on the action, and it's a peripheral! And that's ''without'' considering the third-party fighters listed above.


* The first-party newcomers also got a lot of love:
** [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Meta Knight]], MasterSwordsman of Dream Land, finally arrives to do battle with Nintendo's all-stars. And he brings in his trusty Halberd as a stage.
** [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]] makes his first proper appearance since ''Of Myths and Monsters'' in late 1991. Welcome to the present, Angel Face.
** You get to play as Samus outside of her iconic Power Suit, and she's just as capable (and according to some tier lists, ''more so'') without it.
** VideoGame/{{Wario}} rides in with his [[VideoGame/WarioWare biker gear]], finally completing the main ''Mario'' cast.
** Ike, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance leader of the Greil Mercenaries]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Radiant Hero of Legend]], arrives onto the Smashing scene with Marth.
** A simple Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Trainer makes an appearance and calls upon Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard for a tag team combo. And fittingly enough, he's based on Red, the PlayerCharacter and Champion from the original ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''.
** [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Diddy Kong]] shows up alongside his big buddy, also becoming the first character not made by a Japanese studio (specifically, the British Creator/{{Rare}}).
** [[VideoGame/Mother3 Lucas]] makes his first appearance outside of Japan in this installment. If it weren't for this game, people wouldn't even know his game existed.
** Another villain character shows up, and it's [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]]! Now the main trio of the series is complete, and the SoCalledKing can do battle with his arch-rival yet again!
** [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Captain Olimar]] joins the fray alongside his Pikmin. Apparently, being the size of a coin didn't stop this tiny adventurer from duking it out.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Lucario]], [[WolverinePublicity fittingly enough]], has joined the brawl with his aura powers. And to this day, he's the only Fighting-type to be playable in the series.
** Another surprise inclusion from the past: the UsefulNotes/RoboticOperatingBuddy, R.O.B. for short, has gained a spot on the roster.
** The incarnation of the legendary hero that [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker crossed the Great Sea]] has made an appearance. Finally, there's more than one Link this time!\\
** Another villain character, the bounty hunter [[Franchise/StarFox Wolf O'Donnell]], has arrived to settle the score with his main enemy.



** You also get to play as Samus outside of her iconic Power Suit, and she's just as capable (and according to some tier lists, ''more so'') without it.


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* Being the game that ''introduced'' [[FinishingMove Final Smashes]], each character gets one. Let us list the ways, shall we?
** Mario Finale: Mario shoots two streams of fire that scorch their opponents. The trophy description in ''Brawl'' even describes them as "twin dragons of flame."
** Konga Beat: Donkey Kong gets out the DK Bongos and uses them in a manner similar to ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', turning the battle into a RhythmGame, with each successful press of the A button creating a greater shock wave.
** Triforce Slash: Link/Toon Link (and later Young Link) traps the enemy in the Triforce of Courage and quickly cuts them to ribbons before finishing with a stab and sending them careening off the screen.
** Zero Laser: Samus fires a WaveMotionGun across the screen which engulfs anyone in its path. At first, the power was so great that it stripped Samus of her Power Suit, but she's since overcome that little hurdle.
** Super Dragon: Yoshi sprouts wings and starts spitting fire as if he'd eaten a Red ''and'' Blue shell, darting across the screen and singing every enemy in sight.
** Cook Kirby: Kirby takes one of his strongest abilities from his series and cooks anyone unlucky enough not to dodge. As a bonus, he even gets some refreshments.
** Landmaster: Fox/Falco/Wolf[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers (?)]] summons the tank in question and proceeds to run over and blast their opponents. In Falco's case, he can fly so high that the Landmaster's top can launch opponents into a K.O. just by ''flying.''
** Volt Tackle: Pikachu (and later Pichu) engulfs himself in electricity and darts around the screen, shocking opponents in his wake and delivering powerful electric blasts all the while.
** Negative Zone: Luigi does a strange dance and creates a field of negative energy which [[ConfusionFu causes a wide variety of effects]]. According to WordOfGod, it's a reflection of the darkness he embraced from being stuck as Mario's number two, meaning [[DarkIsNotEvil he learned to weaponize his status as a]] ButtMonkey!
** PK Starstorm: Ness/Lucas causes several shooting stars to fall down from the sky, damaging anyone under them. The trophy descriptions state that Poo and Kumatora respectively taught them the technique.
** Blue Falcon: Captain Falcon calls upon his F-Zero racer and has it slam into anyone in its vicinity, knocking them to a track before proceeding to ''run them right over with the vehicle!''
** Puff Up: Jigglypuff takes its status as the [[{{Balloonacy}} Balloon Pokémon]] to its logical extreme by growing to the size of a hot-air balloon and expelling the air around it to cause damage. In some stages, it even fills up the entire screen!
** Peach Blossom: Peach does a small dance that puts everyone to sleep and summons peaches to recover any lost health.
** Giga Bowser: Bowser transforms into the titular TrueFinalBoss of ''Melee's'' Adventure Mode, becoming even stronger and giving his attacks added elemental effects.
** Iceberg: The Ice Climbers ''somehow'' summon a giant [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin iceberg]] in the middle of the stage which proceeds to do freezing damage to anyone making contact with it.
** Light Arrow: Zelda/Sheik fires a giant Light Arrow from Twilight Princess, and anyone it hits is seen in BulletTime, effectively telling them their fate is sealed.
** Critical Hit: Marth (and later Lucina) rushes at the opponent with Falchion and delivers a powerful blow, causing their health bar (yes, the attack summons a ''health bar'') to go straight to zero and ensure an instant K.O.
** Beast Ganon: Ganondorf turns into Ganon, stomps the ground to entrap everyone in his line of sight, and rushes at them like a mammoth-sized battering ram.
** Octopus: Mr. Game & Watch transforms into the titular cephalopod and attacks his foes with its tentacles.
** Galaxia Darkness: Meta Knight shrouds the opponent in his cape, then delivers several slashes at what appears to be light speed. In the trophy description, it even states that it can hit anyone adjacent to the attack, implying that Meta Knight zips back and forth to do this.
** Palutena's Army: Pit calls upon his very goddess, who summons the Centurions to assist the angel [[HeroicSacrifice at the cost of their lives]].
** Power Suit Samus: Zero Suit Samus just puts her Power Suit back on. It doesn't seem that impressive, until you realize that activating it near an opponent does massive damage. In other words, Samus can hurt people by ''putting her clothes back on.''
** Wario-Man: Wario eats a clove of garlic and transforms, gaining extraordinary speed and power. Every one of his attacks could be considered a recovery move, his fart is powerful enough to launch him off the screen if you're not careful, and his Wario Bike can send him accidentally flying off the stage!
** Grenade Launcher: Snake jumps into a helicopter and fires grenades at his opponents, blowing each of them to kingdom come as he sees fit. It even got a SpiritualSuccessor in the form of Zero Suit Samus' Final Smash later.
** Great Aether: Ike launches his opponent into the air with Ragnell and delivers a series of flaming slashes, ending with him rocketing down with one final slice that sends his foe skyward.
** Triple Finish: Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard team up and use Hydro Pump, Solar Beam and Fire Blast at the same time to utterly decimate the opposition.
** Rocketbarrel Barrage: Diddy Kong gets out his Rocketbarrel Pack and shoots at everyone with [[DualWielding dual-wielded]] Peanut Popguns. As a bonus, the ones that don't hit can be eaten to restore health.
** Super Sonic: Sonic uses the Chaos Emeralds to turn into his iconic GoldenSuperMode and flies around the screen, becoming even faster and just destroying anyone he touches.
** Waddle Dee Army: King Dedede does the '''''[[MemeticMutation BIG GAY DANCE]]''''' to summon an army of Waddle Dees, Waddle Doos, and Gordos to cause chaos across the field.
** End of Day: Olimar gets in the Hocotate Ship and flies off, leaving his foes to take damage from the Distant Planet's denizens before kamikazeing the stage. And anyone caught in the initial liftoff is embedded into the ground, possibly unable to do anything about it.
** Aura Storm: Lucario darts upward and fires a KamehameHadouken downward, which can be guided to hit any opponents in its path. No wonder Lucario's often compared to [[Franchise/DragonBall Goku]]!
** Diffusion Beam: R.O.B. creates a short, spiral-shaped beam of energy that entraps anyone caught in it, allowing for even greater combos. And if it ever shorts out, it does even ''more'' damage than the usual attack.
* Just the sheer variety in the newcomers involved. We have well-known members of existing casts such as [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Meta Knight, King Dedede]], VideoGame/{{Wario}}, [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} the Pokémon Trainer, Lucario]], [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Diddy Kong]], and [[Franchise/StarFox Wolf O'Donnell]], new series protagonists such as [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike]], [[VideoGame/Mother3 Lucas]], and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords Toon]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Link]], and characters from previously unrepresented series like [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]] and [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Olimar]]. Even the ''VideoGame/RoboticOperatingBuddy itself'' gets in on the action, and it's a peripheral! And that's ''without'' considering the third-party fighters listed above.
** You also get to play as Samus outside of her iconic Power Suit, and she's just as capable (and according to some tier lists, ''more so'') without it.
* When [[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]] answers a codec call against Falco and is greeted by ''[[VideoGame/StarFox Slippy]]'', who has apparently hacked into the channel. He even goes "Snake? SNAAAAAAKE!" if you get KO'd during the conversation!
* Another Moment Of Awesome goes to Creator/HideoKojima, who designed the Shadow Moses Island stage. During the stage, the wall in the background will occasionally collapse, revealing a Metal Gear Rex, Ray, or a pair of roaming [=GEKKOs=]. Anyone who has played through ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' should by now realize that these were not random references: Snake and Ocelot would eventually return to the island and battle each other in the Rex and the Ray respectively ''right after an army of Gekkos self-destruct and destroy the Shadow Moses base''. It takes balls to do your {{Foreshadowing}} in ''someone else's game''. Let alone using the very definition of purely concentrated Nintendo fanservice to advertise ''the [=PS3's=] killer app''.
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[[folder:Other modes and the overall game]]
* Being the game that ''introduced'' [[FinishingMove Final Smashes]], each character gets one. Let us list the ways, shall we?
** Mario Finale: Mario shoots two streams of fire that scorch their opponents. The trophy description in ''Brawl'' even describes them as "twin dragons of flame."
** Konga Beat: Donkey Kong gets out the DK Bongos and uses them in a manner similar to ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', turning the battle into a RhythmGame, with each successful press of the A button creating a greater shock wave.
** Triforce Slash: Link/Toon Link (and later Young Link) traps the enemy in the Triforce of Courage and quickly cuts them to ribbons before finishing with a stab and sending them careening off the screen.
** Zero Laser: Samus fires a WaveMotionGun across the screen which engulfs anyone in its path. At first, the power was so great that it stripped Samus of her Power Suit, but she's since overcome that little hurdle.
** Super Dragon: Yoshi sprouts wings and starts spitting fire as if he'd eaten a Red ''and'' Blue shell, darting across the screen and singing every enemy in sight.
** Cook Kirby: Kirby takes one of his strongest abilities from his series and cooks anyone unlucky enough not to dodge. As a bonus, he even gets some refreshments.
** Landmaster: Fox/Falco/Wolf[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers (?)]] summons the tank in question and proceeds to run over and blast their opponents. In Falco's case, he can fly so high that the Landmaster's top can launch opponents into a K.O. just by ''flying.''
** Volt Tackle: Pikachu (and later Pichu) engulfs himself in electricity and darts around the screen, shocking opponents in his wake and delivering powerful electric blasts all the while.
** Negative Zone: Luigi does a strange dance and creates a field of negative energy which [[ConfusionFu causes a wide variety of effects]]. According to WordOfGod, it's a reflection of the darkness he embraced from being stuck as Mario's number two, meaning [[DarkIsNotEvil he learned to weaponize his status as a]] ButtMonkey!
** PK Starstorm: Ness/Lucas causes several shooting stars to fall down from the sky, damaging anyone under them. The trophy descriptions state that Poo and Kumatora respectively taught them the technique.
** Blue Falcon: Captain Falcon calls upon his F-Zero racer and has it slam into anyone in its vicinity, knocking them to a track before proceeding to ''run them right over with the vehicle!''
** Puff Up: Jigglypuff takes its status as the [[{{Balloonacy}} Balloon Pokémon]] to its logical extreme by growing to the size of a hot-air balloon and expelling the air around it to cause damage. In some stages, it even fills up the entire screen!
** Peach Blossom: Peach does a small dance that puts everyone to sleep and summons peaches to recover any lost health.
** Giga Bowser: Bowser transforms into the titular TrueFinalBoss of ''Melee's'' Adventure Mode, becoming even stronger and giving his attacks added elemental effects.
** Iceberg: The Ice Climbers ''somehow'' summon a giant [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin iceberg]] in the middle of the stage which proceeds to do freezing damage to anyone making contact with it.
** Light Arrow: Zelda/Sheik fires a giant Light Arrow from Twilight Princess, and anyone it hits is seen in BulletTime, effectively telling them their fate is sealed.
** Critical Hit: Marth (and later Lucina) rushes at the opponent with Falchion and delivers a powerful blow, causing their health bar (yes, the attack summons a ''health bar'') to go straight to zero and ensure an instant K.O.
** Beast Ganon: Ganondorf turns into Ganon, stomps the ground to entrap everyone in his line of sight, and rushes at them like a mammoth-sized battering ram.
** Octopus: Mr. Game & Watch transforms into the titular cephalopod and attacks his foes with its tentacles.
** Galaxia Darkness: Meta Knight shrouds the opponent in his cape, then delivers several slashes at what appears to be light speed. In the trophy description, it even states that it can hit anyone adjacent to the attack, implying that Meta Knight zips back and forth to do this.
** Palutena's Army: Pit calls upon his very goddess, who summons the Centurions to assist the angel [[HeroicSacrifice at the cost of their lives]].
** Power Suit Samus: Zero Suit Samus just puts her Power Suit back on. It doesn't seem that impressive, until you realize that activating it near an opponent does massive damage. In other words, Samus can hurt people by ''putting her clothes back on.''
** Wario-Man: Wario eats a clove of garlic and transforms, gaining extraordinary speed and power. Every one of his attacks could be considered a recovery move, his fart is powerful enough to launch him off the screen if you're not careful, and his Wario Bike can send him accidentally flying off the stage!
** Grenade Launcher: Snake jumps into a helicopter and fires grenades at his opponents, blowing each of them to kingdom come as he sees fit. It even got a SpiritualSuccessor in the form of Zero Suit Samus' Final Smash later.
** Great Aether: Ike launches his opponent into the air with Ragnell and delivers a series of flaming slashes, ending with him rocketing down with one final slice that sends his foe skyward.
** Triple Finish: Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard team up and use Hydro Pump, Solar Beam and Fire Blast at the same time to utterly decimate the opposition.
** Rocketbarrel Barrage: Diddy Kong gets out his Rocketbarrel Pack and shoots at everyone with [[DualWielding dual-wielded]] Peanut Popguns. As a bonus, the ones that don't hit can be eaten to restore health.
** Super Sonic: Sonic uses the Chaos Emeralds to turn into his iconic GoldenSuperMode and flies around the screen, becoming even faster and just destroying anyone he touches.
** Waddle Dee Army: King Dedede does the '''''[[MemeticMutation BIG GAY DANCE]]''''' to summon an army of Waddle Dees, Waddle Doos, and Gordos to cause chaos across the field.
** End of Day: Olimar gets in the Hocotate Ship and flies off, leaving his foes to take damage from the Distant Planet's denizens before kamikazeing the stage. And anyone caught in the initial liftoff is embedded into the ground, possibly unable to do anything about it.
** Aura Storm: Lucario darts upward and fires a KamehameHadouken downward, which can be guided to hit any opponents in its path. No wonder Lucario's often compared to [[Franchise/DragonBall Goku]]!
** Diffusion Beam: R.O.B. creates a short, spiral-shaped beam of energy that entraps anyone caught in it, allowing for even greater combos. And if it ever shorts out, it does even ''more'' damage than the usual attack.
* Just the sheer variety in the newcomers involved. We have well-known members of existing casts such as [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Meta Knight, King Dedede]], VideoGame/{{Wario}}, [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} the Pokémon Trainer, Lucario]], [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Diddy Kong]], and [[Franchise/StarFox Wolf O'Donnell]], new series protagonists such as [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike]], [[VideoGame/Mother3 Lucas]], and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords Toon]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Link]], and characters from previously unrepresented series like [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]] and [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Olimar]]. Even the ''VideoGame/RoboticOperatingBuddy itself'' gets in on the action, and it's a peripheral! And that's ''without'' considering the third-party fighters listed above.
** You also get to play as Samus outside of her iconic Power Suit, and she's just as capable (and according to some tier lists, ''more so'') without it.
* When [[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]] answers a codec call against Falco and is greeted by ''[[VideoGame/StarFox Slippy]]'', who has apparently hacked into the channel. He even goes "Snake? SNAAAAAAKE!" if you get KO'd during the conversation!
* Another Moment Of Awesome goes to Creator/HideoKojima, who designed the Shadow Moses Island stage. During the stage, the wall in the background will occasionally collapse, revealing a Metal Gear Rex, Ray, or a pair of roaming [=GEKKOs=]. Anyone who has played through ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' should by now realize that these were not random references: Snake and Ocelot would eventually return to the island and battle each other in the Rex and the Ray respectively ''right after an army of Gekkos self-destruct and destroy the Shadow Moses base''. It takes balls to do your {{Foreshadowing}} in ''someone else's game''. Let alone using the very definition of purely concentrated Nintendo fanservice to advertise ''the [=PS3's=] killer app''.
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* A real-life meets video game Moment of Awesome was at E3 when the Brawl Trailer was unveiled and, after having seemingly ended, was followed by [[Franchise/MetalGear a codec conversation between the Colonel and Snake]] and, with his theme music playing, Snake coming out from under his signature cardboard box and getting his name plastered on the screen. One of the most favored characters was revealed to be a third-party character for a game that was already Made of Awesome, and gamers around the world suffered a HeroicBSOD because of it.

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* A real-life meets video game Moment of Awesome was at E3 when the Brawl Trailer was unveiled and, after having seemingly ended, was followed by [[Franchise/MetalGear a codec conversation between the Colonel and Snake]] and, with With his theme music playing, Snake coming comes out from under his signature cardboard box and getting gets his name plastered on the screen.screen, making him the first third-party character in the entire series. One of the most favored characters was revealed to be a third-party character for a game that was already Made of Awesome, and gamers around the world suffered a HeroicBSOD because of it.

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