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Fiery Heart, Broken Soul is a Super Smash Bros. fanfiction created by Iheartgod175, using the Original Character of a fellow Fanfiction member named Vulaan Kulaas. The story takes place during Brawl.

Dedede and Meta Knight weren't the only characters that were representing Popstar for the third Super Smash Brothers tournament. Dedede's sister Scarlet, the secret princess of Popstar, is joining them for the competition. With her upbeat, fiery attitude and almost beastly moveset, she's right at home in the tournament, making both friends and enemies out of the Smashers. Though the other Smashers are surprised by this extra delegate from Popstar, they put that aside to make her feel as welcome as possible.


What they don't know is that there is a reason for Scarlet's appearance, which Dedede reveals only to the Smashers when a horrible incident involving Scarlet happens. His sister's fiery spirit is really a front to hide her truly broken soul, which was a result of having been turned into a half Demon Beast by Nightmare. The mental and physical torture she has experienced has caused her to become a hollow shell of her former self, and both Dedede and Meta Knight hope that this year's tournament will help her recuperate. Through every battle she fights and with each friend she makes, she is closer to healing herself.

But will past mistakes, new enemies and an unexpected twist in events shatter her instead? Only time will tell...


This story contains the following tropes:

  • A Father to His Men: Mario's trying to be this, but his attempts are less than successful.
  • Afraid of Doctors: Scarlet has severe iatrophobia due to her Dark and Troubled Past, hence why she completely told Dr. Mario off in chapter 4. It may have something to do with a doctor who did all sorts of things to her that, in Dedede's word, should have gotten him fired and locked up for life in jail.
  • Afraid of Needles: Scarlet also has severe trypanophobia.
  • Badass Adorable: Scarlet and Dedede. Both of them are cuddly penguins, and both of them can bash your head in without breaking a sweat.
  • Badass Boast: Bowser to Ness in chapter 2.
    Bowser: You thought you could destroy me with your fancy fire attack? (laughs) I figured you were naive, but this borders on flat out stupidity. I live in a realm surrounded by lava. I've been knocked into lava countless times. I breathe fire. Heck, I've been knocked into the sun and I'm still standing. I can withstand fire better than most. But I wonder if you can withstand this, Ness!
  • Berserk Button: Already loads have popped up everywhere, and we're only three chapters in.
    • For Lucas and Captain Falcon, you don't insult them and call them weak. Or in Lucas' case, insult his family as well. As Bowser learned, it is not smart.
    • Scarlet does not like it when people call her "Scarface". The reason for this mostly lies with her Dark and Troubled Past, which she hasn't told anybody about.
    • And even though he has a Hair-Trigger Temper and almost anything can set him off, threaten or severely hurt Scarlet in front of Dedede, and he will flip out.
    • For Bowser, it's the Embarrassing Nickname "Lizard Boy", which is a racial slur in the Mushroom Kingdom that the Toads use to call the Koopas. According to Falco and Marth, he beat the crap out of Roy because he called him that.
  • Big Bad: Bowser, at least for the first half of the story.
  • Bishōnen: Link and Marth, of course. Scarlet even calls him pretty the first time they meet. Cue Link going redder than a tomato.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Scarlet in chapter 4, during her fight with Bowser. Due to him breaking several ribs and punching her in the face several times, she ends up coughing out some blood on the stage.
  • Blood Knight: Scarlet and Ness are stated to be this, and Falco says that Ness especially likes to pick fights with people. Bowser rivals him in this department however, taunting his opponents and laughing every time he sees them in pain.
  • Break the Cutie: Scarlet underwent this before coming to the Smash Brothers tournament. Dedede hopes that bringing her will help her recover.
  • Bullying a Dragon: What the Smashers believe Ness was doing when he picked a fight with Bowser.
  • The Chains Of Command: Mario has been handed these in order to keep control of the Smash Mansion. As of now, he's had some problems in leadership, and it's taking a toll on him.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Well, more like Crouching Coward, but...Lucas and Olimar.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Bowser, as Luigi and Mario can attest to, never fights fair, and for the most part he likes to any methods necessary in order to beat his opponents to lifeless pulps. Many have learned this the hard way, including Scarlet.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Scarlet's opening match with Fox. Nobody was expecting her to win.
    • And before that, we had the impromptu match between Ness, Lucas and Bowser, where Bowser effortlessly tosses Lucas and Ness aside.
    • Chapter 4 had Scarlet on the receiving end of one from Bowser, who she challenged to a fight. He beat her in both rounds and subjected her to a nasty No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Scarlet has a very bad backstory, which, as the authors said in the warnings, includes Rape as Drama and psychological torture. It also explains where she got those many scars from.
  • Darker and Edgier: Looking to be the darkest fanfic the author's written so far.
  • The Dandy: Marth. Bowser even calls him as such.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most of the characters are shaping up to be this, particularly Falco, Meta Knight, Dedede, and occasionally Scarlet.
  • Does Not Like Men: Scarlet, due to what happened to her years ago, doesn't like being around any males for long. The only exception is her brother.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Scarlet tells Peach this during the aftermath of her fight with Bowser.
  • Drop the Hammer: Scarlet's main mode of fighting. Then again, she is Dedede's sister.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Bowser gives Scarlet one: Scarface, based on the many scars lining her face. He's also the victim of one, as Chapter 4 shows, and it's one that he doesn't like.
  • Eye Scream: Scarlet finds herself getting one when Bowser pokes her right eye out during their fight in Chapter 4. The result has many an audience member freaked out and disgusted.
  • Fantastic Racism: Bowser and his Koopas have been subject to this from the Toads, as Bowser reveals to Scarlet in chapter 4 during their fight. It's one reason why he hates the name Lizard Boy so much.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Bowser, although "friend" is a strong word in this context.
  • Groin Attack: Scarlet's fighting style also consists of this, as shown later in the story.
  • Hates Being Touched: Scarlet hates being touched, especially by males, excluding her brother. This is one part of her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Hidden Depths: There are many that Scarlet has, and we only get to see a little bit of so far.
    • As of Chapter 4, Bowser has a little more of his character revealed. See Fantastic Racism above.
  • Hot-Blooded: Given that this is Super Smash Brothers, there are many, but the standout example is Scarlet. If the title didn't tip you off to her behavior, the chapters will.
    • Ness is stated to be this. Unfortunately for him, so is Bowser.
  • How Much More Can He Take?: Scarlet and Bowser's fight in chapter 4. Both of them get beat up, but Scarlet even more so, to the point where she's bleeding all over the place.
  • Jerkass: Bowser, full stop. Ganondorf is this as well.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Bowser was doing this to Lucas...and then he presses Lucas' Berserk Button.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Dedede to Scarlet and to a lesser extent, Mario towards Luigi.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Bowser, apparently.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Ness uses a shield in Chapter 2 in order to save Lucas. Unfortunately, it doesn't do much to stop Bowser's torrent of fire, and he ends up being knocked down for the count.
  • Made of Iron: Scarlet proves to be this in chapter 4, especially after Bowser almost breaks every bone in her body during their brutal fight.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everyone when Dedede stands up for his sister towards Master Hand. They get several more of these reactions when Bowser and Scarlet have a bloody match in the middle of the preliminaries.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Bowser crosses this in Chapter 4 after he beats Scarlet to within an inch of her life and pokes out her left eye.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: How most of the Smashers treat Scarlet, and to an extension, Bowswer.
  • My Greatest Failure: Meta Knight considers his not being able to stop Scarlet when she was in Soul Form to be this. Why this is so will have to be explained later.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Dedede is quick to tell Link this the moment Scarlet appears to be swooning over him.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In the first half of Scarlet's and Bowser's fight, Bowser was pretty much smacking Scarlet around, breaking her bones and causing her to bleed everywhere. And then he presses her Berserk Button, which then turns the fight into a fight to the death. Unfortunately, it's a fight she ends up losing.
  • No One Could Survive That!: What Bowser thinks after he thoroughly beats Scarlet to within an inch of her life in chapter 4. He's completely wrong about that, however.
  • Noodle Incident: Several of the more embarrassing moments in this story's Smash tournament, such as Fox losing to Young Link, are these.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ness gets one in chapter 2 when Bowser isn't even effected by his maximum power PK Fire.
  • Playing with Fire: Many characters have fire-based attacks, including, but not limited to, Bowser, Scarlet, Fox, Mario and Captain Falcon.
  • Punched Across the Room: More like Falcon Punched Across the Room, but Bowser had this happen to him when he pressed Captain Falcon's Berserk Button.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Ness is the Manly Man to Lucas' Sensitive Guy.
    • And of course, Mario is the Manly Man to Luigi's Sensitive Guy.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Dedede does this to Master Hand near the end of Chapter 1, telling him that he had better let Scarlet in or else he's leaving the tournament. The other Smashers' reactions are priceless.
  • Stepford Smiler: Scarlet.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The current dynamic between most of the Smashers is this, as there are more people and many have to work alongside their sworn enemies.
  • Title Drop: Every chapter has this.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Falco and Fox, Meta Knight and Dedede, and Falco and Marth.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: After Scarlet's right eye is poked out by Bowser, many of the audience members throw up in response to this.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 4, due to the Bloodier and Gorier nature, as well as Eye Scream.
  • Worthy Opponent: How Captain Falcon views Olimar after their fight. Bowser then proceeds to insult the smaller captain, and then things get ugly.

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