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This page lists all of the fighters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that are to be added as Downloadable Content. So far, two have been revealed with the other four to be announced throughout 2019 to February 2020. Uniquely in this case, the DLC characters (presumably excluding Piranha Plant) were selected by Nintendo this time instead of Sakurai himself; that being said, he still had the final say on who would be appropriate.

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     70 – Piranha Plant (Packun Flower)
Home Series: Super Mario Bros.
Debut: Super Mario Bros [NES], 1985
Playable in: Ultimate
Specials: Ptooie, Poison Breath, Piranhacopter, Long-Stem Strike
Final Smash: Petey Piranha

Piranha Plants are (literal) garden-variety Mooks in the Super Mario Bros. series and come in several forms, most of which pop out of pipes and attempt to take a bite out of, or breathe fire at, Mario and his friends. Originally a stage hazard in the Mushroom Kingdom stage in SSB64, this Piranha Plant was Promoted to Playable in Ultimate as the game's first DLC fighter, and was given out for free to those who bought the game and registered it with their My Nintendo account before the end of January 2019. It brings moves from several different Piranha Plant species into the fray.

  • Adaptational Badass: Piranha Plants in their home series are, with some exceptions, stationary Mooks that are usually immune to Mario's jumps but otherwise easily defeated through fireballs or other means that don't require physical contact. This Piranha Plant is not only mobile, but able to beat the living daylights out of people like Bayonetta, Ryu, Snake and, of course, Mario.
  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: Defied. Piranha Plant gains super armor frames just for hiding in its flower pot like when using Long-Stem Strike. How this keeps it from getting smashed/blown up/disintegrated by all the super powerful attacks flying around is anyone's guess. It doesn't even fit all the way into the pot when it does this.
  • Ascended Extra: Went from a stage hazard and a trophy to a fighter.
  • Breath Weapon:
    • It can turn into a Putrid Piranha and spit poison at opponents when using Poison Breath.
    • Its Back Air has it spit out a short-range burst of flames.
  • Breaking Old Trends: In multiple ways:
    • It's the first fighter based on an unassuming Mook rather than a major character (the closest before this was Yoshi who was similarly a species rather than a singular character, and even then they still starred in their own series).
    • Garden-variety Piranha Plants normally live in Pipes and don't move away from them, but this one lives in a regular flower pot (some of the recolours replace the pot with a Pipe though), sticking its roots through the holes in the bottom to imitate feet.
    • Piranha Plant is also the first Super Mario-originating Newcomer that isn't available in the base game.
  • Breakout Mook Character: Ultimate not only marks the very first time a generic mook is playable in Smash, but also the first time a regular Piranha Plant is playable in anything while fellow mooks such as Koopas, Goombas, Wigglers, Boos, Shy Guys, Hammer Bros., Lakitus, Monty Moles, Spikes, Dry Bones, Magikoopas, Chain Chomps, and even Bloopers have already been playable in spin-offs.
  • Butt Biter: In one of its victory poses, Piranha Plant will actually bite Mario's rear after he tries to jump over it, even if Mario wasn't an opponent in the match. It's also a gameplay mechanic: if someone tries to footstool it when it's "crouching" (ducking into the pot, really), they get bitten and take damage instead of the expected Goomba Springboard effect. It is, after all, one of the oldest stomping-proof enemies in the franchise.
  • Call-Back: When Petey Piranha is summoned for the Final Smash, he wields two cages like he did as a boss in The Subspace Emissary.
  • Composite Character: Piranha Plant takes moves from several different subspecies of Piranha Plants. Its side smash makes it turn into a Prickly Piranha Plant, its back air has it shoot a burst of fire like a Fire Piranha Plant, Ptooie has it blow a spiked ball like a... Ptooie, Poison Breath allows it to spit poison while turning yellow with red spots just like a Putrid Piranha, Piranhacopter lets it fly by spinning its leaves like a Jumping Piranha Plant, and Long-Stem Strike allows it to stretch its stem extremely far from its pot like an Elasto-Piranha.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Its Palutena's Guidance is just Viridi making a Long List of all types of Piranha Plant species, all of whom have previously appeared in games across the Mario series and its spinoffs, including their Paper variations and referencing versions as obscure as the Megasmilax, a late-game boss in Super Mario RPG.
  • Counter Attack: Sort of. If the Piranha Plant gets grabbed or hit during its Ptooie attack, while it´s blowing the spiked ball upwards, the ball will fall and will crash on top of the opponent´s head, knocking him/her.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: It can rack up damage like no one's business and has some fantastic zoning options, but its lack of safe, reliable, and non-situational kill moves means that it has a great deal of difficulty actually getting KOs.
  • Downloadable Content: Players who bought the game and registered it with their My Nintendo account before January 31, 2019 received a download code for it. Non-early adopters can still get it as paid DLC, though separate from the Fighters Pass.
  • Dub Name Change: It's known as a Packun Flower in Japan.
  • Easter Egg: If Piranha Plant is crouching, and an opponent tries to footstool it, Piranha Plant will immediately counter it.
  • Eyeless Face: Like all Piranha Plants, it doesn't have any eyes. How it manages to battle without even seeing the opponent probably isn't going to be explained anytime soon.
  • Feather Fingers: It uses its two large leaves as hands for grabs and holding items.
  • Fighting Clown: The last character anyone would have expected to be playable, but it has a surprising amount of potential as a fighter.
  • Foul Flower: Instead of attracting insects to spread pollen, it uses its flower to chomp its foes. It can also breathe a poison onto them to dizzy them.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A very minor character that, decades ago, started off as a nameless, obstacle flunky and has suddenly come out of left field as a fighter with high-tier potential who can really kick grass and knock out the big names.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Upon initial release, playing as the Piranha Plant in All-Star Smash had a high chance of causing errors ranging from increased loading times and texture errors to a complete loss of save data.
  • Grin of Audacity: Sports one hell of a smug smile. Can be seen easily in its side taunt or one of its victory poses.
  • Heli-Critter: Piranhacopter has it spin its leaves at high-speed to fly for a short time.
  • Instant Flight: Just Add Spinning!: As stated above, one move has the Piranha Plant spin its leaves to fly like a helicopter.
  • Irony: Before Ultimate, Petey Piranha was the only Piranha Plant to be playable in any official video game. In this game, Petey Piranha only appears in the Final Smash.
  • Leitmotif:
    • Piranha Plant's reveal trailer uses the "underground theme and castle theme" portion of Ground Theme / Underground Theme from 3DS/Wii U.
    • Its showcase trailer uses Underground Theme from Brawl (used in the Mushroomy Kingdom stage's 1-2 variant).
  • Long-Range Fighter: It can stretch its stem out to bite at opponents to an extent rivaling Simon and Richter's Vampire Killer, and it also has several ranged attacks.
  • Man-Eating Plant: If the sharp teeth didn't tip you off.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Downplayed, as most of its moveset is actually quite standard for a Smash character; however, it is the only character that, as noted, will automatically counterattack footstool jumps when it's crouching. No other character can guard against footstools, let alone automatically counter them.
  • Mighty Glacier: Piranha Plant is a sluggish character overall, being below average in speed, but it's one of the heavier fighters in the game with plenty of strong attacks.
  • Palette Swap: The plant's colors and pot change for each alternate costume, with references to various Piranha Plants over the years. Half of its costumes replace the pot with a miniature Warp Pipe.
  • Poisonous Person: Poison Breath has it channel the Putrid Piranha species and spit poisonous gas which deals continuous damage to anyone staying inside the noxious fumes.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Within its home series, it's just a standard mook character that can be easily defeated by the Mario crew. In this game, however, it can win fights against extremely powerful individuals in this game that would have easily defeated it if this trope had not been used.
  • Promoted to Playable: Piranha Plants have existed in Smash as stage hazards and Trophies, but this is the first time a member of the species has been playable. It's also the first time, in Mario or Smash, that a regular Piranha Plant is playable at all, as opposed to Petey Piranha.
  • Reflexive Response: According to one of the tips, the counterattack it uses against footstool jumps (as noted under Butt Biter above) is a reflex it learned from the games it starred in.
  • Rubber Man: While not necessarily made of rubber, it can stretch its body like when performing Long-Stem Strike.
  • Shapeshifting: It can shapeshift into various Piranha Plant subspecies when performing certain special moves and its forward smash.
  • Spike Balls of Doom:
    • Its neutral special, Ptooie (named after the Piranha Plant subspecies of the same name), has it spew out a spike ball upwards while blowing wind beneath it to balance. It can then be released as a bouncing projectile.
    • It also turns itself into a spike ball as a Prickly Piranha when using its side smash.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Piranha Plant's Final Smash has it call in Petey Piranha to attack from the background.
  • Twinkle Smile: Since Piranha Plant doesn't have eyes, the Vs. screen eye gleam most characters get is used to draw attention to its sharp pearly whites instead.
  • Unexpected Character: Another Invoked Trope, much like with Wii Fit Trainer prior. Absolutely nobody predicted that a simple Piranha Plant would be made playable in any capacity, but here it is anyway. Masahiro Sakurai actually had to clarify that it was, indeed, real. It's so unexpected that it's the image for the game's own page covering this trope.
  • Use Your Head: Several of Piranha Plant's moves have it swinging its head around:
    • The third hit of its jab combo is a headbutt if the player elects to do it instead of the infinite bite combo.
    • Its side smash has it turn into a Prickly Piranha Plant and swing its head at enemies.
    • Its up tilt has it wiggle its head above it.
    • Piranha Plant has another headbutt as its up aerial.
    • Its forward throw is yet another headbutt.
    • Piranha Plant sweeps its head around itself for its "knocked down" attack when laying on its front or back.

     71 – Joker
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Xander Mobus (English)
Debut: Persona 5 [PS3, PS4], 2016
Playable in: Ultimate

"This is Joker. The mission is go."

Joker is the protagonist and Player Character of Persona 5, the third playable character from Sega, and the first from its subsidiary Atlus. He was the first fighter revealed for the Fighters Pass, hacking into the December 6, 2018 Game Awards to announce his presence.

Joker is a rebellious Japanese high school sophomore whose strong sense of justice resulted in him being put on probation for assault after saving a woman from a well-connected molester. After being sent to a new school in Tokyo to serve out his probation, he becomes the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, a group of seemingly Ordinary High-School Student outcasts who have gained "Personas", Guardian Entity manifestations of their own psyches that allow them to access a part of humanity's collective unconscious and reform corrupt adults by "stealing their hearts". Joker's first and trademark Persona is Arsène of the Fool Arcana, who uses powerful darkness-based spells to attack.

  • Anti-Hero: While Joker and his fellow Phantom Thieves are technically criminals, their thefts are carried out to bring those that the law can't (or won't) touch to justice. He also personally steals an invitation to Smash without requesting the aid of his friends, with them noting that he'll be dealing with the "best of the best" on his own as a result.
  • Art Shift: Joker's reveal trailer is animated in the same style as his home game. The first half is styled after the predominantly red and black opening cutscene, while the second half is styled after the normally colored other cutscenes of the game. This was actually invoked by Sakurai; as Joker himself wasn't in a presentable state, the choice was made for an anime cutscene to announce his arrival.
  • Badass Longcoat: Sports a spiffy black longcoat that complements his thief aesthetic.
  • Bishōnen: He's still just as pretty as he is in his home game.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: True to form, Joker's reveal trailer featured him blacking out the lights and hijacking Geoff Keighley's presentation during the The Game Awards 2018. The reveal echoed Persona 5's original reveal trailer during the 2015 Persona concert, where the lights also went out, with a voice-over from Joker. When the trailer was released online elsewhere, the static effect was kept but his dialog was slightly altered:
    Joker, The Game Awards 2018 premier: This is Joker. I've infiltrated the theater.
    Joker, normal trailer: This is Joker. The mission is go.
  • Calling Card: The Phantom Thieves' signature "TAKE YOUR HEART" calling card logo signal's Joker's arrival in his reveal trailer. Ironically, as pointed out by Morgana, Joker received a calling card of his own in the form of an envelope with a Smash Ball-shaped seal.
  • Canon Identifier: He just goes by his code name "Joker" in Smash without using his real name (which, in the original Persona 5, isn't static).
  • Classy Catburglar: Exudes confidence and finesse as he goes on missions with or without his troupe of Phantom Thieves. The saturated red in his reveal trailer emphasizes this trait as a callback to his game of origin. However, he is still technically a thief; true to form, Morgana implies that Joker went to the Game Awards to steal an invitation to Smash, meaning that he's the only newcomer to the series who deliberately manipulated events to enter the game rather than being invited.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Arsène uses darkness based attacks, but Joker himself is a heroic figure.
  • Domino Mask: He wears a black and white mask which covers his eyes and a small part of his face. The mask is designed to resemble a bird, which he takes off with (literal) fiery flourish whenever he summons his Persona.
  • Dramatic Unmask: At the end of his reveal trailer, Joker takes off his mask to both reveal his true face and summon Arsène.
  • Guardian Entity: Joker's Persona, Arsène, is a materialized facet of Joker's psyche that represents his desire to rebel against authority, and can attack his opponents with various supernatural abilities.
    Arsène: I am thou. Thou art I. Show the strength of thy will, and rage against all challengers!
  • Guest Fighter: The 11th in Smash Bros. series history, the first from Atlus, and by extension of Atlus being their subsidiary, the third to hail from SEGA.
  • Kid Hero: He leads a team of righteous thieves, but is only a second-year (or Junior in the West) high school student.
  • Knife Nut: Just as always, Joker prefers using knives as weapons - a first among fighters in Smash, as all current characters who primarily use bladed weapons rely on a sword instead. It also parallels how he's the first protagonist in the modern era of Persona games (Persona 3 onwards) to use a knife instead of a sword as his main weapon. In Smash, he specifically uses the Assassin Knife, the first knife he obtains in his home game.
  • Leitmotif: The first half of his trailer is accompanied by the instrumental version of "Life Will Change". The second half instead plays "The Spirit". In his home game, the former song plays whenever the Phantom Thieves sent a calling card before raiding a Palace of its Treasure, while the latter plays whenever Joker's Confidants either unlock or level up.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • His reveal trailer's premiere at The Game Awards 2018 features the Phantom Thieves literally stealing the show, hijacking the theatre's presentation screen, just like with Persona 5's initial reveal at the 2015 Persona concert. This is also similar to how the Thieves sent Shido their Calling Card in their home game via hacking into Tokyo's video screens.
    • In his reveal trailer, the other Smash fighters are depicted similarly to the Shadows from Mementos, revealing their true forms after initially appearing as black, blob-like monsters with white masks.
    • During Joker's reveal trailer, he's shown doing a mission alone while the other Phantom Thieves commentate over his actions, not unlike during Persona 5's Action Prologue.
    • At the end of his reveal trailer, Joker summons Arsène, who says the Persona series' famous Arc Words, "I am thou, thou art I.", just like when Arsène was initially awakened in Persona 5.
  • Phantom Thief: Joker is the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, who perform Heel–Face Brainwashing on their enemies by stealing their hearts in the Mental World of the Metaverse. His Persona, Arsène, is also based on the Trope Codifier Arsène Lupin.
  • Player Character: Much like Robin, Corrin, and previous Persona protagonists such as Yu Narukami, Joker is the avatar the player uses to interact with everyone in his game of origin.
  • Playing Card Motifs: In a poker deck, the joker is the wild card, representing infinite possibility, and is considered the equivalent to the tarot deck's Fool card, which is Joker's signature arcana. Also, Joker is a "Wild Card" in his home series, which is a very rare person who can use more than one Persona.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Downplayed. Joker and Arsène have a black and red color motif, emphasizing his identity as a rebellious Anti-Hero thief rather than The Cape.
  • Red Is Heroic: He's strongly associated with the color red. His gloves are bright red, and many of his backgrounds and aesthetic are red-tinted.
  • Tarot Motifs: Each member of the Phantom Thieves is associated with a major arcana of the classic tarot deck. In Joker's case, he's associated with The Fool.