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  • One of Pikachu's alternate colorations from Smash 64 resembles its shiny coloration, even though the game predated the introduction of shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Gold and Silver by ten months.
  • In Melee, the end of the Pit trophy's description asks, "Will Pit ever fight again?" Seven years later, and Pit is the second newcomer announced for Brawl and four years after that got another game for the Nintendo 3DS.
  • The back of the box art for Melee has the tagline "THE ALL-STAR BRAWL IS ON". What's the next game called again?
  • In Little Mac's trailer from the fourth game, one of Doc Louis's lines of encouragement was "The punch is mightier than the sword!" Then Lucina and Robin's trailer comes along, and Captain Falcon's Falcon Punch proves mightier than Chrom and Lucina's Falchions.
  • Rosalina's trailer started with a bait-and-switch that made it appear like Kirby was being added to Mario Kart 8. Fast forward to late August 2014, where Nintendo announced two DLC packs for Mario Kart 8 which would add Nintendo characters from outside the Mario franchise (though sadly, Kirby was not included in it, but Miis can now wear a Kirby racing suit).
  • Incredible timing on Nintendo's part, but the reveal of Captain Falcon's return came two days before the reveal of another "Captain Falcon" (namely, Marvel Comics was putting Sam Wilson, The Falcon, into the role of Captain America).note 
  • In Melee, one of the Event Matches involved every Poké Ball releasing a Legendary Pokémon (Event 37: Legendary Pokémon). Come 3DS/Wii U, these Poké Balls are put in regular play with the introduction of Master Balls.
  • Another Event Match in Melee (Event 3: Bomb-Fest) has Link and Samus favouring their down specials and Electrode being the only Pokémon that emerges from Poké Balls, not unlike the conditions in Ultimate's Spirit Battles.
  • In Melee, if you finish the first level of Adventure Mode with a 2 as your seconds digit, you get a scene at the start of the next level where Mario attempts to jump into battle, only to have Luigi stomp on Mario's head and subsequently send the red plumber falling down. Later Smash games actually make this into a mechanic that anyone can use.
  • Remember Greninja's reveal? Those featureless closeups and the tight cropping that resembled Mewtwo to many people? Mewtwo's announcement was done the exact same way, starting with closeups of the wireframe and untextured model, and it was even topped off with the same arrangement of the Pokémon X and Y battle theme.
    • Speaking of Greninja, Yuuji Ueda voices Greninja (Gekkouga) in Japanese....cue its Fan Nickname of Frog Strider, and you realize he shares the same Japanese voice of another ninja in three crossover games he's appeared in... (and all three games AND Smash Bros. are Capcom crossovers to boot!)
  • In Brawl, one of Sonic's win quotes is, "Hey, we should do this again sometime!" Come October 2014, he's back and the only returning third-party character (Snake wouldn't make a return until Ultimate, and Pac-Man and Mega Man are newcomers).
  • The fourth event match in Brawl, titled "Cleaning House in Skyworld", involves Pit destroying the terrain to "remodel Skyworld". Come 2012, and the remodels are finished with Kid Icarus: Uprising.
  • The use of Ninten's (actually, Queen Mary's) Magicant over Ness's as a stage becomes this when Itoi himself announced that Mother 1 was finally being released in the west as EarthBound Beginnings.
  • Both times Little Mac has been revealed for a Smash Bros game, Samus is used to demonstrate his lack of height. When Brawl came out, Little Mac was 4'8" and Samus was 6'1", and their proportions in the game reflect that. By Smash 4, however, both characters oddly had their canonical heights changed — Punch-Out Wii bumped Mac all the way up to 5'7", and Metroid: Other M reduced Samus to 5'1". That's right, Little Mac is now taller than Samus. Smash 4 keeps their classic proportions, however.
  • The fanbase's constant mockery of Chrom not getting into Smash has become even funnier now that he's been announced as playable in another video game crossover with his daughter. And a couple of years later, Chrom's chances have increased exponentially considering that he's one of the first few characters to be revealed for the Fire Emblem Warriors game for the Nintendo Switch. Then Ultimate finally made him playable.
  • Bowser was very close to being in the first game, still being referred to as a playable character as late as September 1998. However, he was cut (until Melee) due to the lack of development time. Come Smash 4, Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings just barely averted the exact same fate; Sakurai has openly stated that they were very lucky to make it in.
  • The Palutena's Guidance conversation for Mii Swordfighter has Viridi comment on how the fighter "is awfully funny looking." Now, guess who eventually gets a Swordfighter costume based on her as DLC?
  • The fact that Cloud Strife never made it into Playstation All Stars Battle Royale but made it to this game, even though his game not only originated on the PlayStation, but was never ported to any Nintendo console... until 2019 on the Nintendo Switch, about four years after Cloud was added to the fourth game.note  (Interestingly enough, Nintendo's insistence on using cartridges for the Nintendo 64 was actually what lost them Square's support in the first place, which is why they went over to Sony to make the Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation.)
    • In addition, Ryu was considered at one point to be included in said game, but was later dropped in favor of Heihachi, whose costume can be worn by Miis here.
    • The hilarity deepens with the reveal Ultimate will include Solid Snake as well. The impact Snake and Cloud have had for Nintendo have been very minor (if at all) compared to what they represent to the PlayStation brand yet neither made the cut for PSASBR (with the Metal Gear replacement being Raiden's design from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Final Fantasy not receiving a representative at all). So where will these two icons of PlayStation infamy finally get to meet in battle? In Nintendo's premiere fighting series...
    • For an even deeper sense of hilarity, Ultimate's first DLC character was revealed to be Joker of Persona 5 fame, which as of this writing and his announcement is still exclusive to both the PlayStation 3 and 4, not to mention all the mainline Persona games all being exclusive to the PlayStation family in general.
      • That still doesn't even get into the smaller ways Smash's legacy is tied in with that of the PlayStation. For example, the Street Fighter series tends to show up more on Sony platforms nowadays — including its latest release being exclusive to it, while Richter's moveset (and by extension, Simon's) is based on a lot of movement options and attacks he could only perform in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, a game that — much like the aforementioned Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid — is often considered to be one of the greatest games the PlayStation ever had. Also, while Bayonetta leans a lot more towards being a truer Nintendo icon nowadays, her first appearance was on a PlayStation console to boot.
      • The PS1 was originally meant to be a collaboration between Sony and Nintendo, before the two companies acrimoniously parted ways. It's all come full circle.
  • The Subspace Emissary’s plot was written by Kazushige Nojima, who also wrote scenarios for Final Fantasy VII. Now, we have the main character from that very same game as of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
  • One of the Male Robin's alternate colors resembles a White Mage. Cloud must've given him some fashion tips.
  • The Wii U All-Star congratulations screen for Zero Suit Samus is posed like a reference to Bayonetta. Then the DLC rolls around...
  • The DLC Stage for Super Mario Maker. While it made more sense for it to be available on the Wii U, it seemed a bit odd to see the stage on a 3DS. Cue the announcement of a 3DS port of the game.
  • In Smash 4, one of the tips for Toon Link pertaining to his down aerial states that "If you try to dunk someone with it, you're gonna have a bad time." It was likely meant as a reference to South Park, but after mid-2015, the "dunk" and "bad time" bits may remind players of something else entirely. This reached its logical conclusion in Ultimate where Sans got an official Mii Costume.
  • A set of DLC costumes for the Mii Fighters in Smash 4 were based on the Inklings. Come the 03/08/18 Nintendo Direct, and the real Inklings were announced to be playable in the next installment.
  • In Brawl, there's a trophy of Bowser depicting him in his wedding tuxedo from Super Paper Mario, with the description stating that "this might just be the last time we ever see Bowser in a tuxedo". Turns out it wasn't.
  • The final co-op event in Super Smash Bros for Wii U pits you and your partner against every single fighter in the game. This event is known as "The Ultimate Battle". Guess what the next game is called and who it includes?
  • The official site for Smash 4 (Wii U) has the section for modes, which is titled "THE ULTIMATE SMASH GAME HAS ARRIVED". Will the next game be the ultimate Smash game?
  • Remember when Viridi mocked Chrom in Smash 4, saying he'll never be in because he'd just be an Ike clone? Come Ultimate, and she was only half-right; he's a Roy clone.
    • Similarly, Palutena said that Chrom doesn't have an Aether recovery move when talking about how he would be an Ike clone. Turns out in Ultimate, he does.note 
    • Also of note: Roy's first appearance in Smash had him be a clone of Marth. Three games later, Chrom (Marth's descendant) would serve as his own clone, reversing their situation in the Melee years.
    • Remember in Robin's trailer when Chrom said "I suppose I'll get my chance another day"? Come Ultimate, he finally got his chance. Made doubly hilarious when you remember the same trailer claimed his chance would be "today" as part of Robin's Final Smash: "Anything can change" indeed.
  • The Wii Shop Channel's description for the first game begins, "Choose from an all-star cast of Nintendo characters in a frantic melee to prove who will be the ultimate brawler." Melee and Brawl had already debuted by the time SSB appeared on the Wii Shop Channel, but it would take two more generations before a sequel bore the word "Ultimate" in its name.
  • In Melee, Peach's running animation consists of her running with her arms spread out. Then Sonic, who's known for doing this himself, joined one game later.
  • When Mega Man debuted in Smash 4, his universe was represented with a nondescript gear icon. Four years later, gears would be featured as a major motif in Mega Man 11.
  • During the overview trailer for Ultimate, the Announcer gleefully totals up to 74 fighters ingame...before talking to someone offscreen asking if he gets paid overtime. While this is likely a reference to the fact that Xander Mobus has to say the names of 11 newcomers, 6 returning veterans, 6 DLC fighters and all three Mii Fighter options, this can now be interpreted after the Game Awards 2018 that he also had to voice Joker as well.
  • Starting from Melee, Kirby can copy Dr. Mario. One of the copy abilities introduced in Kirby: Planet Robobot is the Doctor ability.
  • In Melee, Luigi's up tilt/strong attack is changed to a cat-like swipe, which he keeps for his later Smash appearances afterwards. Fast forward to 2013, when Super Mario 3D World introduces a cat suit power-up, which he can also wear.

  • In a TV spot for Melee, the game is referred to as "one big brawl." Fast forward five years, and the next installment in the series has been announced as Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • This image was originally used to promote The Wily Wars on the Sega Genesis. Now, it's quite funny to these two teaming up again to fight Mario.

    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • This isn't the first time Sonic and Mega Man appeared together.
  • In a comic from the German Club Nintendo magazine, Mario entered a tournament against the characters from Street Fighter II. Ironically, Ryu didn't get to appear in the comic, but thanks to the fourth Smash Bros. game, Mario will finally get to fight Mr. Street Fighter himself.
  • Captain N: The Game Master had some comics in the Nintendo Comics System, providing some extra hindsight hilarity in addition to that seen in the TV series:
    • Captain N had Samus Aran and Pit costarring together long before the release of Brawl.
    • "Breakout" is a story in Captain N: The Game Master (Issue #4, August 1990) where Lana and Samus are wrongfully convicted and sentenced to an asteroid prison for life. When Samus comes face-to-face with the convicts that she caught in her bounty hunts, she DESTROYS them in hand-to-hand combat. Nine years before Samus would actually start punching and kicking people for real in Super Smash Bros. and even longer before Samus would do so outside her Power Suit in Brawl.

    Fan Arts 
  • This image is a lot funnier and ironic now since Mega Man was announced. Notably, Little Mac, Pac-Man, and Mewtwo were then confirmed (all in that same exact order too), Ridley is a stage boss that can also assist you, Waluigi is still an Assist Trophy, and K. Rool and Geno are Mii Costumes.
    • Speaking of which, it took another installment, but Ridley and K. Rool (who were each at the end of the line of their respective Nintendo Direct reveals) ended up being confirmed, plus Krystal as an Assist Trophy, Isaac's back to being an Assist Trophy, Waluigi's still an Assist Trophy, and Geno's been demoted to Spirit. As of 2019, the only character in the image with no presence in Ultimate whatsoever is Professor Layton.
  • This image was just one of those joke confirmations, but a few weeks later we get this. The resemblance is uncanny.
  • This picture was released a good year and a month before Lucina and Robin were confirmed playable. The delicious irony is that for all of Chrom's practice, he doesn't make the cut while the female Avatar (his wife in that scenario), who was uninterested, does.
    • It's even funnier in hindsight since Chrom is now playable as of Ultimate. Guess that practice finally paid off.
  • The Lonely Roy comics on Blogspot portrayed a washed-up, down-on-his-luck Roy living his life after being cut from Melee. Roy would eventually return to his former glory in 4, leaving Pichu behind... until Pichu followed him a game later to Ultimate.
  • The Super Smash Sis. art by TheBourgyman (uploaded in 2014) makes it a little more half accurate as of Ultimate, with Daisy, female Pokémon Trainer and (surprisingly) Zelda in her A Link Between Worlds design, as well as Paula and Kumatora as part of Ness' and Lucas' respective Final Smashes.
  • The four-part comic, which was a reaction to the lack of an announcement for Animal Crossing Switch at E3 2018, has Ridley using his Final Smash on Isabelle. This makes it even funnier that the September 13, 2018 Direct has revealed Isabelle as a playable character (along with the Animal Crossing Switch announcement), and Isabelle can now face the wrath of Ridley's Final Smash...for real.
  • In September 2018, a set of impressive "Smash Bros. X Persona 5" images were put up for sale. Come the Game Awards 2018, where the real Joker was announced for DLC. The artist's reaction to a commenter pointing this out?
    • Come the actual release, several of the images predicted which puppet fighters would represent each character in Spirit Battles, as well as predating the mere rumour of Spirits.
  • As if that wasn't enough, immediately after Joker was announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, somebody made a fanart depicting Joker witnessing a Mii Fighter wearing a costume of the Persona 4 protagonist Yu Narukami. Come a special video dedicated to the 3.0 update, and the Mii Fighter costume becomes a reality that nobody saw coming, eh?
  • During the Smash Ballot hype, one artist posted a picture in support of Bayonetta. Once she was confirmed as the winner of the ballot, many dug the picture up to comment on.

    Fan Games 
  • In the fan game Super Smash Flash 2, Mega Man was made fully playable seven years before Smash 4 was announced. As a note, SSF2 Beta also gives him some elements of SSB4 counterpart while maintaining many of the moves from his old SSF2 moveset as a best of both words, making it somewhat of a full-circle Recursive Fanfiction.
    • The first Super Smash Flash, released just a few weeks before the first trailer for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, included characters such as Sonic, Meta Knightnote , and Cloud, all of whom eventually made it into official Smash games. It did also give us Mega Man...but rather as X. Then, demos for Super Smash Flash 2 gave us not only Mega Man, but also Blue Shell and Cucco items, before the same were announced for the fourth Super Smash Bros. game. Early development of SSF2 also contained plans for a "Battle of Origin" stage which would feature Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza as hazards, a concept remarkably similar to that of Spear Pillar and the Unova Pokémon League. Rayquaza would later become a hazard in the Kalos Pokémon League stage.
  • Super Smash Land, a fan game that demakes the original Super Smash Bros. as a Game Boy game, features Mega Man as a playable combatant, and with a large number of the Robot Master special weapons he actually utilizes in the fourth game (Leaf Shield, Crash Bomb, Hard Knuckle, and Top Spin). Additionally, the 3DS version of Smash 4 has a stage based on the Game Boy itself.
  • Similarly, Mega Man has been a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Crusade since the very first version of the game. His moveset redesign is also similar to the one used in the games.
    • Also, speaking of Crusade, Ryu was in this game for quite some time now, which was long before anyone even found out that Ryu would be in an official Smash Bros. game. SSBC also has Ryu with two Final Smashes just like in SSB4 — and in fact, Ryu's moveset was altered in 0.9.1 because of the fact Ryu is in SSB4.
    • Oh yeah, and the Duck Hunt dog was also a part of Crusade long before he was announced for SSB4.
  • There was a Mega Man fan game called Mega Man Scramble where the ending involved the Mega Men from the Classic, X, Legends, Battle Network, and Star Force series charging up and firing their Mega Busters at an impending Wily Machine. Mega Man's Final Smash in 3DS/Wii U is eerily similar to that of the end of the fan game.
  • Mega Man vs Metroid.
    • Bass Abyss is another Flash game where Mega Man can fight Samus as a boss.
  • Abobo's Big Adventure: After you knock Little Mac down twice, he Hulks Out just like his Final Smash.
  • Generic Man has both Mario and X as bosses.
  • When Dracula is defeated in I Wanna Be the Guy, he turns into a Waddle Doo. In Ultimate, Kirby can fight Dracula.

    Fan Sites 

    Fan Videos 
  • Randy Solem's "Mario Vs. Sonic: The Duel" not only predicted the third Smash installment having Mario and Sonic finally being able to have their fights with both Green Hill Zone and Super Mario World stages available, but Diddy Kong, who would also be playable, can be seen in the crowd. Mickey Mouse is present as well. In Brawl, a Chronology section was included, with Nintendo's development history from the Game & Watch era to the Wii era. Among those games include "Mickey Mouse" and "Mickey & Donald" on Game & Watch, and "Disney's Magical Quest: Starring Mickey and Minnie" on Game Boy Advance, technically making this mentioning a Mickey Mouse cameo. Mega Man X is the referee, and made his way in as a Mii Gunner costume from Wii U/3DS onward. The match opens with Sonic using the springs on the side to propel himself to attack Mario in the air, predicting his Up Special having him bounce off a Spring and enabling him to launch his opponents further toward the blast zone with an Up-Air.
    • Mario's ending has him hitting Sonic with several fireballs, causing him to catch fire and jump into the water by the arena, for Mario to jump on him and sink him under. In Brawl, both swimming and footstool mechanics were introduced, which allowed a fighter to swim in stages in which water was present, and in which jumping directly above the enemy would trigger a footstool.
    • An extra ending featured X winning, and blasting both Mario and Sonic's heads clean off with a charge shot after they insulted him for unexpectedly pausing the match. Afterward, Luigi can be seen, thinking, "'Tis a good day.", his thought bubble displaying a fake magazine cover for Electronic Gaming Monthly of the game, "Super Luigi 128". Luigi would finally get his own title appearance in the form of Luigi's Mansion on Nintendo Game Cube.
  • Two fan videos on Newgrounds are called "Smash Bros. X" (which became the Japanese name for SSBB), and "SSB:Brawl", which were made years before the ACTUAL Brawl was made. On top of that, in the former video, Mario fights Sonic, with Sonic transforming into Super Sonic and Mario in his Fire attire. In the sequel video, Sonic fights Luigi, also in his Fire attire.
    • In the latter video, Bowser survives the longest out of all of the fighters, and it takes multiple stabbings by Marth for Bowser to finally die. Come 3DS/Wii U, Bowser has his "Tough Guy" attribute (where he can take light attacks without flinching) and he can survive well into the 150% range and above. He can also K.O. characters from as low as 55% with the new rage mechanic when characters are at 100% damage or above.
  • A popular Newgrounds video where Mega Man is painted as an emotionless juggernaut focused on the sole mission of destroying the Robot Masters is slightly more humorous when you consider that the fourth game's portrayal of the Blue Bomber has greatly downplayed the human-like qualities Mega Man exhibited in his home series to the point that he's little more than a miniature, blue-colored Terminator.
  • Monty Oum's Fan Film Haloid gave Zero Suit Samus her rocket boots a full seven years before Sakurai and Smash did so.
  • The Smash Kingdom fan animations seemed to have assumed that Mega Man would have been playable in Brawl. While he didn't make it back then, the animators eventually were right. Bonus hilarity: Geno, Ridley, the Masked Man, and Mega Man are viewing the results of the final Brawl roster. When R.O.B. comes to gloat about his inclusion, they gang up on and destroy him. But as of the fourth game, R.O.B. and Mega Man both are officially in, plus the Mii Fighter gets a costume based on Geno and Lucas has an alternate skin based on the Masked Man. As of Ultimate, Ridley is now in the roster as well.
    • As a bonus, Geno is shown blowing up Japan in retaliation for not getting in. Come the present day, and Mega Man and Ridley are now playable, with the Masked Man being technically playable, but Geno is just a costume in 4 and a Spirit in Ultimate. Presumably, this is Sakurai's way of punishing him.
  • Remember in Brawl Taunts 2 when the prospect of Cloud Strife being in Smash was considered ridiculous? Well, seven years later...
    • Not only that, but Cloud's reveal trailer had him perform his Final Smash on Ike of all characters. Looks like Ike isn't the only pretty boy in this game. Bitch!
    • Pikachu's voice predates Detective Pikachu's.
    • In the third Brawl Taunts, Mewtwo is extremely cross with Lucario for replacing him. Guess who came as the first DLC character in the fourth installment, with Lucario returning to the base game, no less?
  • Shadowofchaos725 made a video poking fun at the multiple paths in Fire Emblem Fates, having the third choice be labelled "Fuck everyone. Side with Robin." Well, it turns out Corrin DID side with Robin — by joining Smash!
  • A Tear Jerker fan video called "When Sakurai Loved Me" (a spoof of a song from Toy Story 2), which had various characters lament being cut from the roster between Melee and Brawlnote  and between Brawl and 3DS/Wii Unote  became somewhat ironic when the DLC for the latter came, reintroducing Mewtwo, Roy, and Lucas to the series. And then, come Ultimate, every single character returned, and Ridley, the one character featured in the song who was never playable in previous iterations of the game, was officially confirmed. The creator of the video has even joked that the tribute is useless now. This also qualifies for Heartwarming in Hindsight, knowing just how much fans have love for these characters.
  • This Metal Gear Solid meme video has the Baby Ducks from Regular Show beat up a snake, then cuts to the game's game over screen. As of Ultimate, this is now canon with both Snake and Duck Hunt playable.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph spies on Fix-It Felix, Jr.'s 30th anniversary party and spots Pac-Man there, causing him to exclaim "Pac-Man?! They invited Pac-Man?!" No doubt he would exclaim the same words if he knew he was confirmed for the fourth Smash game as well. Sonic was attending said anniversary party and Mario was invited but was "fashionably late".

  • This Smashboards user predicted that the next game after Brawl would have 8-player support. 8 years before Sm4sh was released.
  • Turns out the Wii Fit Trainer wasn't as unexpected as once thought. One GameFAQs user predicted her in SSB4 after Brawl's release in 2008 (though it was a joke thread at the time). For added hilarity, one of the replies said that Wii Fit Trainer's Final Smash would be "doing yoga poses till the other characters heads explodes." Her actual Final Smash has her launching yoga poses at her opponents.
  • Another user from GameFAQs was hoping Mewtwo's trailer tagline would be "Mewtwo Strikes Back!" and, well, he got his wish.
  • There have been various instances of Cloud and Link being paired in the GameFAQs Character Battle polls. In the second poll, they faced in the semifinals, and in the third ballot, they faced in the Final. (Amusingly, they met again in the tenth battle, fifteen years later, and on the very day Ultimate was released at that.)
  • The fanfiction Ultimate Video Rumble 3, as part of its Intercontinuity Crossover voting-based tournament included Kirby as one of its guest fighters in honor of his original Smash debut. Shortly afterward, he inhaled Terry Bogard, mimicked his cap and managed to out-Engrish the epitome of Engrish fighting game protagonists. Thanks to DLC, Ultimate finally gave players the chance to recreate this exact interaction... a full 20 years later.

    Game Magazines 
  • There was a letter sent to Nintendo Power describing characters the writer would like to see in the game. One of the characters was Lucario. Nintendo Power sarcastically replied that it was a good character choice. Cue Brawl, and Lucario is a playable character.
  • There was another letter to Nintendo Power in response to a debate of whether Pit or Snake would be the superior brawler. The writer spoke of how awesome Meta Knight was, and said that he "has skills way beyond either of them." Then, of course, there's Meta Knight's awesome and prophetic win quote from Brawl: "Victory is my destiny." Meta Knight was eventually found to be so powerful the "SS" tier was made just for him, and he dominated the tournaments for four years before being temporarily banned.
  • The 2002 April Fools' Day prank from Electronic Gaming Monthly claimed that Sonic and Tails were unlockable characters in Melee. Approximately 6 years later, Sonic becomes playable, and about 8 years after that, there's a DLC Mii Gunner costume of Tails. Even more hilariously, the fourth game would introduce a character relevant to their most famous prank — he who said "You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance".
  • The Italian videogame magazine Revolution, back when all we knew about Brawl was the E3 trailer, did a preview about it filled with guesses about new characters and stuff. Some bits were never fulfilled (whole Melee cast coming back, Mario having a completely new moveset based on Super Mario Galaxy, Pikachu being able to evolve into Raichu in mid-battle, Kamek, Billy Hatcher, and Bomberman being playable), but they were right about Sonic being in. And, between the other newcomer guesses, guess who they mentioned? Mega Man and Bowser Jr.. (However, their idea of Bowser Jr.'s gameplay was different, with a paintbrush-based moveset and a Sheik-like transformation into Shadow Mario.)
    • And then, two console generations later, the entirety of the Melee cast did come back in Ultimate, and Bomberman appears as an Assist Trophy!

    Game Mods 
  • There were a few Brawl texture and model hacks that utilized Mega Man. One such mod is showcased in this video.
  • Project M made Charizard, as well as its companions Squirtle and Ivysaur, a solo fighter long before the fourth game did. In addition, Charizard's up-throw was changed to his iconic Seismic Toss; PM did it first, and then Smash 4 followed suit.
    • It also made Roy playable, with a moveset much more faithful to Binding Blade, way before he was confirmed for DLC. 4 Roy also appears to have a deliberate nod to PM in his moveset; namely, that his up-special can be used horizontally by quickly holding the analog stick forward after initializing the movenote .
    • One of Meta Knight's alternate costumes is based off of an unused knight for the cancelled Kirby GameCube gamenote . In Kirby Star Allies, this butterfly design is reused during the Guest Star mode when the famous butterfly possesses Galacta Knight, creating Morpho Knight. Project M had Morpho Knight years before the character even existed.
    • PM originally featured Dracula's Castle from Castlevania as one of its stages, before it was eventually retooled into a stage inspired by Super Mario Sunshine. Then Ultimate came along with its own Dracula's Castle stage to go with the inclusion of Simon and Richter Belmont.
  • A Brawl modder added Lucina to the game long before she was confirmed as an official character in Smash 4.
  • Melee: SD Remix was a mod for Melee that turned both Samus and Roy's up smash attacks into a single explosion above them. Then comes Roy as a DLC in 3DS/Wii U, and even though it does multiple hits into a finisher, guess what his up smash does?

    Let's Plays 
  • The Villager has gained a reputation as a literally cutthroat competitor. The Terrible Secret of Animal Crossing had a similarly dark interpretation, though he was more a victim than an aggressor.
  • In Twitch Plays Pokémon Crystal, the Mob at one point wasted their Master Ball on a Goldeen. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, a Goldeen can appear out of a Master Ball instead of a Legendary Pokémon.
  • During the Game Grumps's playthrough of Punch-Out!! on the Wii, Arin and Dan talked about the possibility of a Punch Out character getting into Smash (though they mainly talked about King Hippo). Little Mac would be confirmed as a playable character in the middle of that playthrough.

  • The infamous "NO ITEMS! FOX ONLY! FINAL DESTINATION!" meme became this when Sakurai revealed the "For Glory" online mode... which turns off items and hazards and turns all stages into a singular flat platform, just like Final Destination. All it's missing is Fox being top tier.
  • "I hope you enjoy my good friend Shulk!" was said by a "leaker" shortly before the July 14th character reveal. When Shulk wasn't revealed, this went memetic, and was sometimes used as a way to mock people for thinking that Shulk would be in the game at all. Then, not even two months later:
    "Now it's Shulk time!"
  • The jokes about Roy returning in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS (being either Marth's Roy-inspired costume or a different Roy) became this when Roy actually did return in those games.
  • Jokes surrounding people wanting Goku in the game, considering Ryu and Lucario are the closest we'll ever get to Goku (bonus points for Lucario sharing an English voice actor).
    • Taken Up to Eleven in Ultimate when one of the Spirit characters is Goku... from the Yūyūki series of games who, much like Dragon Ball's Goku, is based on the Monkey King.
    • Even better with the reveal of Ultimate's third DLC fighter (Second Fighters Pass fighter): the heroes of Dragon Quest, another series with characters designed by series creator Akira Toriyama. Bonus points for Three having similar hair to Goku or Gohan, Eleven looking like either Android 17 or Trunks after exiting the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Four's hair color loosely resembling Bulma, and Eight having a similar bandanna to Pan's GT look.
    • As it turns out, the Hero also comes released alongside a Mii Costume based on the Martial Artist class. Now you can choose to play as Goku... somewhat.
  • The jokes about musical tracks being replaced by "Environmental Noises" from Pikmin became hilarious with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, where the most background music you get in the overworld is typically minimalist piano music because the developers wanted to make the environmental noises more prominent.
  • People joking/hoping about "Magicant HD" note  appearing in Smash Wii U (but ended up getting Melee's Onett) were definitely awe-struck when Magicant returned in Ultimate in its beautiful HD form.
  • For as long as any Smash fan can remember, "Ridley is too big" was a popular meme among the Smash community due to the constant debates regarding whether or not Ridley's size should prevent him from being playable. Come E3 2018, and Ridley finally "hits the big time" and joins the cast for Ultimate.
  • The infamous "Never Ask Me for Anything" comic had the Smash Ballot consist of, in this order: Goku, Ridley, Daisy, Chrom, Roy, Shadow, the Ice Climbers, Wolf and the Pokémon Trainer. As of Ultimate, 7 out of 9 of those spots have been fulfilled, while Shadow remains an Assist Trophy. And technically, Goku did get in if you count Akira Toriyama's involvement in Dragon Quest, not to mention Three/Erdrick's resemblance to Goku and the Martial Artist class getting a costume.
    • On a more broader scale, the announcement of Piranha Plant as a DLC fighter in Ultimate followed by Sakurai's English-language tweets asking fans not to flood his account's notifications with requests comes off as a polite form of the meme becoming reality.
  • In Brawl Otacon casually remarks that if Snake gets hit with Samus' Charged Shot, he "can kiss his butt goodbye." Come E3, and Snake comes back... with a noticeably smaller posterior.
  • Another in the long line of "bizarre character reveals" — the halfway-joking "SANS FOR SMASH" movement had a field day when Simon Belmont's reveal trailer showed off Castlevania's Death — a That One Boss who's a hooded skeleton with blue Fireball Eyeballs. Then the meme ascended with the inclusion of a Mii Gunner costume which is literally Sans. Complete with a bonus Megalovania track!
  • The infamous Steveposting meme involves using an Uncanny Valley version of Steve from Minecraft to overall harass other possible fighters and condescendingly talk about how he has the best chances of getting in due to his series' popularity. Among the characters harassed were fellow Xbox Game Studios characters Banjo-Kazooie, citing how the duo have been irrelevant for over a decade. Guess who got in before the other? It would take over a year for Steve himself to finally join the ranks, complete with his normal appearance.
    • On the other hand, now that Steve is in the game, the two of them can settle their Fandom Rivalry at long last. Alex can even be seen blowing up Banjo with a TNT block, seemingly in reference to this.
  • As soon as Sakurai announced that everyone was returning for Ultimate, there were a lot of memes comparing it to Avengers: Infinity War due to them both being massive crossovers released in 2018. Then, at the end of the final Direct before the release, it was revealed that story mode essentially begins with The Snap.
  • It's common for Smash fans to poke fun at dubious Content Leaks by making photoshopped images of "leaks" that are designed to look obviously fake, often involving the character select screen being edited to include characters who have little to no chance of being included. One of these fake leak images featured Terry Bogard as one such character on the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character select screen, and it was uploaded about a year before Terry would actually be confirmed as Ultimate DLC.

  • In Mega Man's intro trailer, when he first throws his Metal Blades, the Wily's Castle theme from Mega Man 2 kicks in — and the general defensive reactions of the veteran Smashers scream "Gotta run gotta run now!"
    • The rock remix of the song in general brought to mind Japan's own memetic version of the song: the chorus is practically guaranteed to bring up chants of "Okkusenman! Okkusenman!" in veteran player circles.
  • This 2014 remix of several Smash themes plays out in the style of a rap battle, with one of the choruses mentioning how the characters will "go down in cosplay history like Mr. Cloud Strife". Guess who ends up being playable in both Sm4sh and Ultimate.

    Video Games 
  • Two involving the Bowser Bomb from Mario Party 2:
    • The fact that it shares its name with Bowser's down special.
    • In Mystery Land, after Bowser finishes his turn when summoned with a Bowser Bomb, he says, "You should play a mini-game to raise your spirits." Come Ultimate...
  • The 2009 remake of Punch-Out!! considered having Princess Peach as the Bonus Boss, but she was switched out for Donkey Kong instead to defy Would Hit a Girl. Now that Little Mac has joined the roster, he'll have a proper chance at fighting her.
    • It gets better. As of Ultimate, Peach is ranked as Little Mac’s worst MU.
    • In the game, losing to DK ended in a scene of the ape slinging Mac over his shoulder and running off. Well, now we know why: he was recruiting!
    • From Smash 64 to 3DS/Wii U, DK's forward grab was him moving around with his grabbed opponent over his back. Come Ultimate, and now he can move with his opponent over his SHOULDER, just like the way he carried Little Mac.
  • There's a piece of concept art for Metroid: Zero Mission with design specs for the Zero Suit that specifically say not to give Samus high heels.
  • This poster in the Days of Future Past stage from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a lot more meaningful now. It features several characters that were in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 that aren't in the roster of UMvC3. Most of them have either been slain or apprehended, but not Mega Man. He somehow escaped and now, here he is in U/3DS!
  • Before joining Smash Bros., Pac-Man and (Bad Box Art) Mega Man were duking it out in Street Fighter X Tekken. Pac-Man also raced against Mario in the arcade Mario Kart games, and Mario served as the announcer in Pac-Man Vs.
  • At the beginning of Fire Emblem Awakening, Chrom finds Robin collapsed on the floor and helps them up while saying "There are better places to take a nap than on the ground, you know." In a case of irony, Chrom (after being beaten by Captain Falcon) spends most of his time in Robin's and Lucina's reveal trailer doing just that.
  • In Brawl and SSB4, Zelda has a palette swap with blonde hair, a deep purple bodice and a completely white dress that looks exactly like Princess Kenny (who is "herself" a pastiche of Zelda). note 
  • Lucina being a clone of Marth is ironic when you remember that in Fire Emblem Awakening, the Spotpass Marth was a Moveset Clone of Lucina, even using the same model as her. Even more so, Lucina goes through a large portion of the game calling herself Marth.
  • When Mii Fighters were revealed, the trailer used actual people suggested by Miiverse users, one of which was president Abraham Lincoln. But as of 2015, ol' Honest Abe is officially a Nintendo character thanks to Code Name: S.T.E.A.M..
  • One of the DLC packs for Fire Emblem Awakening was titled Smash Brethren. The scenario? Roy's and Ike's armies were fighting against each other, a likely Fandom Nod at how the latter was meant to replace the former in Brawl. Come 2015, and Roy is added to Smash 4 as DLC, meaning he and Ike are playable together.
  • In his videogame career, Ryu has been featured alongside several characters in this game, mostly in Capcom's long-running Vs. series:
  • In Fire Emblem Fates you can recruit the Super Smash Bros. incarnations of Marth, Ike, Robin, and Lucina via amiibo. It now turns out that Corrin, the hero of Fire Emblem Fates is one of the last two DLC characters for 3DS/Wii U.
  • Thanks to a certain Mii Fighter costume DLC, you can finally have Link fight Heihachi Mishima... sorta.
  • 18 characters in the Smash Bros. series (including all guest fighters except Richter, Joker, and Banjo) have appeared in fighting games before and after their respective inclusions:
    • Little Mac counts, assuming one considers the Punch-Out!! games as fighting games. There's also his Guest Fighter appearance in the GameCube version of EA Sports' Fight Night Round 2.
    • Pikachu, Lucario, Charizard, and Mewtwo are playable in Pokkén Tournament.
    • Link appeared in the GameCube version of Soul Calibur II.
    • Snake and Simon were two of 5 Konami characters in DreamMix TV World Fighters, as well as the latter starring in his own fighting game, Castlevania: Judgment.
    • Ryu, obviously - given his status as the main protagonist of arguably the quintessential fighting game franchise. Outside of Street Fighter, he's also popped up in almost every single major crossover Capcom has been a part of.
      • His Friendly Rival Ken, considered the Trope Codifier for Moveset Clones, is fittingly his Echo Fighter in Smash. Outside of Street Fighter, he also has appeared in a few Capcom crossover games, though not as much as Ryu.
    • Mega Man had his own fighting games based off the first six games of his series, although he's more well-known from his time in the Marvel vs. Capcom games.
    • Bayonetta was a Pre-Order Bonus for Anarchy Reigns.
    • Sonic has two: the Virtua Fighter-esque Sonic the Fighters and the arena brawler Sonic Battle.
    • Pac-Man was a PlayStation-exclusive bonus character in Street Fighter X Tekken, appearing alongside Ryu and (Bad Box Art) Mega Man.
    • Cloud was one of the Final Fantasy VII characters who were hidden in Ehrgeiz and later appeared as the main hero representative of VII in Dissidia Final Fantasy.
      • Speaking of the prior Cloud and Roy example in the anime section, Marth and Roy together make up Firion and Onion Knight with Hikaru Midorikawa and Jun Fukuyama respectively voicing them like so, putting them alongside Cloud for another possible Dissidia Final Fantasy allusion.
    • Kirby and King Dedede appear in the game "Kirby Fighters Deluxe", an expanded version of the Kirby Fighters sub-game found in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Kirby Fighters also borrows elements from Smash Bros., and Dedede is the final boss of Fighters Deluxe.
    • Terry, obviously. He served as the main protagonist of Fatal Fury, and went on to join SNK's own Mascot Fighter, The King of Fighters. He's also shown up in other non-SNK fighters as well; most notably, he previously fought against Ryu and Ken nearly a decade ago.
    • Counting Poké Balls, Assist Trophies and Mii Costumes adds up a few more characters to the mix.
      • From the Poké Balls, we have Gardevoir, Suicune, Weavile, Scizor, Darkrai and Blastoise - all of whom are playable in Pokken. Others like Eevee and Fennekin share Assist Character duties in both games.
      • From the Assist Trophies, there's Bomberman, Alucard, Knuckle Joe, Zero, Shovel Knight, Knuckles, Shadow,Guile and Akira.
      • From the Mii Costumes, we can add in Mega Man X, Monster Hunter, Lloyd, Heihachi Mishima, Jacky Bryant, Nakoruru, Ryo Sakazaki and Iori Yagami, Yu Narukami and Teddie.
  • Mega Man takes on Street Fighter characters in Street Fighter X Mega Man.
    • While he only appears in his Final Smash with no voice, Mega Man X himself as of his eighth game in his home series, even has the same Japanese voice actor as the aforementioned Cloud (Takahiro Sakurai).
  • This fan art of Kirby as Mega Man has proven prophetic.
  • Both Marth and Roy also voices two of the main party members in Tales of Destiny 2, another No Export for You game; Cloud instead voices the main protagonist of Tales of Graces.
  • In Kid Icarus: Uprising, Palutena mistakenly calls the game "Super Bash Sisters", which ended up being much funnier when not until did the fourth game have more female fighters, she was also added to the roster.
  • The Switch port of Bayonetta 2 features an Easter Egg reference to Smash Bros., where scanning Bayonetta's Smash amiibo brings up a letter from Rodin asking her to bring him along the next time she's "mixing it up with all them all-stars". Sure enough, Rodin makes an appearance in Ultimate as an Assist Trophy.
  • There once was a Bomberman game released in the West as Wario Blast, focusing on a feud between Wario and Bomberman. Bomberman eventually came back as an assist trophy to have a "rematch" with Wario in Ultimate.
  • This isn't the first game in which Solid Snake, Simon Belmont, and Bomberman appeared in a Platform Fighter together, though Bomberman was a fully playable character there.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker had a Monster Hunter tie-in where Big Boss can hunt a selection of monsters, including Rathalos. Now in Ultimate, Snake can face off against Rathalos, who is now both a boss and an Assist Trophy.
  • The Ultimate rendition of Final Destination bears a heavy resemblance to Vorton. Both games are Massive Multiplayer Crossovers which featured Sonic as a playable character.
  • In Animal Crossing Puzzle League (a Game Within a Game for Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo), your opponent for Stage 6 is Isabelle, who aspires to be a great leader. In her reveal trailer for Ultimate, she briefly considers becoming the mayor herself in the Villager's absence.
  • The complaints about Cloud's original game never being on a Nintendo system are this after the September 2018 Nintendo Direct revealed that it and several other Final Fantasy games would be coming to Nintendo Switch.
  • The story mode for Ultimate, World of Light, has the Big Bad planning to merge several realities together as he sees fit. Sonic, Mega Man, and Ryu have dealt with this in other MassiveMultiplayerCrossovers before.
  • In Mega Man ZX Advent, Bifrost's English voice actor, Jeff Manning, was the original announcer and voice of Master Hand. Mega Man himself would later appear in the fourth and fifth Smash games.
  • Persona 5 has a quote involving the battle arena which has gotten a whole new meaning following the addition of the game's protagonist Joker in Ultimate:
    Futaba: So it's like the whole "Challenger Approaching" thing in Super Bash Bros! You fight whoever shows up!
  • Much of the pre-release talk of leaked characters involved the possibility of some Granblue Fantasy representation. Technically, there is: both Ryu and Joker served as Guest Fighter party members for collaboration events promoting their respective games at the time of their releases.
  • Jigglypuff's Final Smash, Puff Up, is quite similar to Pokémon Sword and Shield's Dynamax mechanic.
  • Jump Force, a Shonen Jump crossover fighting game not unlike Smash Bros. and considered to be one of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's main competitors, revealed one of its fighters to be Dai, a character from a spin-off manga based on the Dragon Quest games. Months later while revealing its DLC characters, Smash Ultimate would reveal that it too had a Dragon Quest character in its roster — four in fact, The Heroes from Dragon Quest XI, VIII, IV and III.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn't the first time Banjo and Kazooie have appeared in a crossover alongside Sonic, as they previously appeared together in the Xbox 360 version of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.
  • In a similar vein to the Smash Bros. reference in Persona 5, a quote from Toriel in Deltarune would recieve similar attention after Sans would arrive in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Mii Fighter costume.
    Toriel: Remember that video-game you and Asriel used to play? What was it called...? Super Smashing Fighters?
  • SNK was one of Capcom's biggest fighting game rivals in the 90's and early 2000's, to the point that there were a few crossover games between them. That rivalry saw a brief revival in, ironically enough, Bandai Namco's Tekken 7 including Street Fighter's Akuma and Fatal Fury's Geese Howard among its roster... and now it will see yet another revival in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - also developed by Bandai Namco, with the launch roster having Mega Man, Ryu, and Ken, and the Fighters Pass DLC including Terry.
    • In addition to that, Tekken 7 also featured Final Fantasy XV's Noctis Lucis Caelum in its own roster, while Ultimate's roster features not just Capcom characters, but also Cloud Strife. With Terry's inclusion, that means Ultimate is officially the second time that Capcom, SNK, and Square Enix characters (funnily enough, from Street Fighter, Fatal Fury and Final Fantasy specifically in both instances) have all made guest appearances in a completely separate company's fighting game.
  • In Soul Hackers; a spinoff game from the Shin Megami Tensei series which Persona is as well, stars a man named Spooky who leads the group the protagonist is in, whose real name is Masahiro Sakurai. In addition, Spooky gets possessed by Satanael, which would later become Joker's Ultimate Persona.
  • Monster Hunter: World has a set of limited-time Arena missions that give the player a set of armor that makes them look like Ryu, along with a DLC emote than lets them fire off a Hadoken. Ultimate now allows Ryu to actually go toe-to-toe with a Rathalos.

    Web Animation 
  • The Animation What Happened to Megaman, released by Gonzo SSM on March 9th, 2013 ends with Mega Man saying "I'm going to see if Nintendo wants me for the next Smash Bros." Then 3 months later, it turned out, they did.
  • In an episode of Sonic for Hire, the Duck Hunt dog was shown to be very aggressive. Even funnier that one could recreate this episode minus Tails (and even then, a Mii Gunner in a Tails costume can substitute for him).
  • The Mii Fighter costumes for Tails and Knuckles bear a passing resemblance to Blails and Blucklesnote  respectively.
  • Ironically, this isn't the first time Link and Cloud had the chance to fight each other. Three years before Cloud was announced for Smash, ScrewAttack pitted both of these swordsmen in a Death Battle, with Link coming out as the victor. Now you can recreate the fight between them with the outcome to your liking, making it a Catharsis Factor for those who highly disagreed with the outcome of the Death Battle.
  • SMG4 did a song parody of The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny with the title called The Ultimate Smash Bros. — and with the next Smash game called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this truly is the Ultimate Smash Bros. of Ultimate Destiny.
  • Yahtzee's review of Bayonetta 2 had him mention that he was crossing his fingers for Bayonetta to appear in the latest Super Smash Bros. "just so the mothers of the world have to field some fucking awkward questions". Parents, start preparing your answers.
  • In her reveal trailer, Isabelle briefly considers taking over as mayor in the Villager's absence. HotDiggetyDemon had already covered why that would be a horrible idea.
  • Bowser's Kingdom has a Piranha Plant named Steve as one of its recurring characters. Steve also happens to be the name of a certain Player Character from Minecraft, of whom people were either wanting or speculating to be in Super Smash Bros. With the reveal of the Piranha Plant as a playable character, we technically get to play as Steve. This did not go unnoticed by ARaskin500 (the creator of the animation and Smash Kingdom). And on October 1, 2020, it's revealed that we will finally get to play as the real Steve!
  • An animated video called Smash Bros. Christmas created by The Jam Cave has Banjo, outside the window, peeking into a kid`s house, where he has the Smash Bros. cast causing...quite a bloodshed during his Christmas day. Banjo sheds a tear, implying he wants to join in the fray but can't. Five years later, and he can finally enter into the brawl.

    Web Comics 
  • Brawl in the Family, on several occasions:
    • This Darker and Edgier re-imagining of Animal Crossing was posted mere hours before the Villager was revealed as a new character and Memetic Mutation formed its own darker view of him.
      • The author's notes also predict, Mega Man, Palutena, and Little Mac; and all three of them became playable, with the former even being announced right after he posted it.
    • One of the earliest strips, posted back on August 6, 2008, shows Kirby having trouble with Wii Fit on account of him lacking several necessary limbs. The Wii Fit Trainer's introductory video for the fourth game shows him having similar problems.
    • Another strip has become all the more amusing. It depicts a fight between Mega Man and Sonic, with the winner getting into Brawl. Mega Man loses, and Sonic ends up in Brawl. Six years later, both characters are in 3DS/Wii U.
    • Similarly, this strip is also now possible to reenact.
    • This other strip also became hilarious when Ryu was confirmed for DLC in the fourth game, meaning Kirby would be able to copy his Hadouken as well. (However, Kirby gets Ryu's hair along with his headband when he copies him, unlike in the comic.)
    • With both Snake and Ryu in Ultimate now, it looks like Kirby is gonna have to change its hats faster.
    • Looks like Charizard doesn't need his Trainer anymore. And then he does again.
    • The "Smash Voters" series of comics contain a number of accidental predictions for the series's future roster:
      • This one becomes hilarious with the reveal of Roy Koopa as a playable characternote . And then the other Roy, the intended recipient of the vote, became available as DLC...
      • This comic, combined with the above Roy comic, also becomes hilarious now that Bowser Jr., Wario, and Roy are all in Smash 4, but none of them were officially announced before the game's release on 3DS, as if their invitation letters took longer than usual to reach them due to their ballot votes either being crossed out or mailed to the wrong character.
      • In "Smash Voters: Captain Falcon", Samus is shown suspiciously erasing her vote when Falcon asks her if she would vote for Ridley. Ridley's trailer shows the two ready to beat the crap out of each other.
      • In summary, every character who received a vote (even a crossed-out or erased vote, such as Bowser Jr. or Ridley) in these comics ended up being playable in Ultimate... except for Jody Summer or Samurai Goroh. Apparently, Captain Falcon's vote got lost somewhere along the way.
    • This comic reviewing the series features several characters not in the then-upcoming Smash 4, but would become playable in Ultimate:
      • Nana is teary-eyed as she celebrates having "a second chance". While the Ice Climbers were absent in Smash 4, their return in Ultimate really is a second chance to fans who missed their absence.
      • Snake is shown sneaking towards a sign reading "Private Tournament - NO TRESPASSING". One could imagine that it was placed here to keep him out of Smash 4, but he ignored it and sneaked into Ultimate anyway.
      • Skull Kid, Geno, and Ridley are waiting in line, in that specific order. First, Skull Kid was confirmed as an Assist Trophy in Smash 4. Then, Geno became a DLC Mii Fighter costume. Finally, Ridley was announced as a playable character in Ultimate. The last one is particularly funny, given the small passionate blurb written in creator Matthew Taranto's perspective about Ridley having his chance one day.
      • Pichu is derisively referred to as one of the series's missteps. However, Pichu's inclusion in Ultimate hammers home the tagline "EVERYONE IS HERE!" Not to mention, Pichu Took a Level in Badass and is now as good as the other characters in the game.
    • Part 2 of "How the King Stole Christmas" features two moments. The first is the verse "Your aggravating antics even sicken Sakurai" from "You're a Mean King, Dedede" taking on a whole new meaning with the Grinch leak turning out to be fake. The second is Dedede meeting the "seasick crocodile" from the painting he stole in person. It ends poorly for him.
    • 486 - Snake Man features Mega Man gaining Solid Snake as a powerup upon defeating Snake Man. In Ultimate, Snake is the puppet fighter used in Snake Man's Spirit Battle.
  • Awkward Zombie haves its dose of stuff too:
    • With a Super Mario Galaxy stage showing up in the fourth game, this strip joins the ranks.
    • This comic claims that only a select few fighters may stay in Smash (aka anyone but Roy). Come the fourth game and literally everything that Master Hand said comes true. Well, except now Roy's back, too.
      • Not only that, but guess who returned before he did? Dr. Mario, at least two Links, and Mewtwo!
      • Now that Ultimate has come along and confirmed that "Everyone is here", Marth's line that "Nobody actually left, did they?" becomes a lot more accurate.
    • Palutena's Guidance for Diddy Kong has Pit saying that he loves peanuts, making this yet another topic already covered by Awkward Zombie.
    • Outside of the whole "He's too big" debacle (which is lampshaded by the crew getting him through the door), Awkward Zombie reasoned that Ridley wasn't playable because he was too much of a monster compared to the other playable villains for Go-Karting with Bowser scenarios. Not only is Ridley now playable in Ultimate, he's just as brutal and sadistic as in his home series.
  • This VG Cats comic features Pit, Duck Hunt Dog, and Pac-Man waiting in line for insurance, due to not being in Melee. Twelve years later, all three are in the game.
  • Mega Man's slide is no longer useless.
  • This strip from Final Smash! depicts Alolan Exeggutor as a "rejected" Poké Ball Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. It became one of the first ones revealed in Ultimate. Bonus points for Isabelle appearing in the same panel way before she was announced.
    • The second part features Pichu delivering a Badass Boast to Pikachu to tell Master Hand that it's back and it brought friends, being Ivysaur and Squirtle. Since "everyone is here" in Ultimate, all three of them managed to return after all, and they all Took a Level in Badass just as the comic portrays.
  • This comic by Kira Vera has Sonic showing the Inkling how they can swim in Smash...turns out the final game would be more accurate canon-wise.

    Web Video 
  • In There Will Be Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS newcomer Wii Fit Trainer appears on a billboard in Episode 1, and Rosalina has brief non-speaking appearances in Episode 5 and 10. Little Mac – the only Assist Trophy to be Promoted to Playable between Brawl and Wii U/3DS – also plays a noticeably larger role than the other assist trophies. Also, Leaf's appearence on the show can be viewed as this since Ultimate now has the female Pokemon trainer as an alternate palette.
  • In the beginning of RabbidLuigi's 'Top Five Post-Game Boss Fights' list, the supposed end of the video before the 'afterparty' has a special thanks list that scrolls VERY fast. One of them reads "Why isn't Roy in Smash Bros. 4?" Cue the announcement that Roy would be coming to Smash Bros. 4 as DLC.
  • In JonTron's review of Star Fox Adventures, Jon laments being unable to use Fox's blaster like in Smash Bros....except the clip he used to show "Smash Bros." was gameplay of Street Fighter II featuring Ryu on the Suzaku Castle stage, years before Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS added Ryu and Suzaku Castle to the game as DLC.
  • Josh Scorcher once made a 2-part video some years back where he talked about some fixes to Smash Bros. In the video, he talked about wanting Cloud in Smash. You can guess where this is going; literally the second Josh found out that Cloud got in the game as DLC, his reaction was glorious.
    • Other characters suggested for said rant were Mega Man, Simon Belmont and Crono. The former two would eventually make it in for separate games. Meanwhile, Crono didn't get in, but his game did have Akira Toriyama's art style. And there's another Square Enix series that he worked on that did get representation. So it all comes full circle.
    • In addition, the rant predicted a few additions to the series in future installments: DLC, a Mega Man stage, a Fierce Deity costume for Link, a Light Suit costume for Samus, the classic stages being DLC, online tourneys, dedicated rooms in the form of Battle Arenas, voice chat (to an extent), sharing replays, a Smash Bros. themed YouTube (phone app, but still counts), the return of a Race to the Finish type of minigame, turning stage hazards off, using Moveset Clones as a way to add more characters, tweaking the Star Fox characters' Final Smashes, a lot more to work with in terms of Stage Builder, the outright removal of Stickers, Masterpieces and eventually Trophies, and of course getting rid of the tripping.
  • This rather scathing YouTube video explaining why Daisy wouldn't be included in Smash. After Ultimate's reveal of her Promoted to Playable status, this comment sums up the now-permanent state of the video.
  • This discussion featuring Matthew Taranto, the author of Brawl in the Family which details on which characters should be cut from the then-recently announced 5th instalment of Smash. Come Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and its announcement of EVERYONE IS HERE!, the entire discussion becomes hilariously pointless.
  • This video listed Kirby as the strongest Smash character canonically. As it turns out, Kirby ended up being the Sole Survivor of the Worlds of Light trailer.
  • After the initial teaser for Ultimate, videogamedunkey made a joke analysis video where he claims that the silhouetted Mario is "Tony the Tiger from cereal". In the final game, you can play as Incineroar, a muscular anthropomorphic tiger who even has an orange alternate costume so he can more closely resemble Tony the Tiger.
  • YouTube user BestGuyEver, known for his Super Smash Bros. character tributes, made one for Banjo and Kazooie (albeit nine months late). In The Stinger of the video, an image of the duo laughing at Steve's disinclusion was shown, mainly due to his infamy during the Steveposting era. Almost seven months after uploading the video, Steve got his second chance.

    Western Animation 
  • In summary: Super Smash Bros. (especially Ultimate) has basically become the Spiritual Successor to Captain N: The Game Master.
    • Mega Man, Pit, and Simon Belmont have done some previous co-starring together as the main cast of the TV series. This hasn't gone unnoticed by the fans.
    • Princess Lana is also likely based upon Palutena, another playable character in the Smash series. This also makes the Palutena's Guidance entry on Mega Man (where Pit, Palutena, and Viridi all fanboy over him) seem pretty surreal.
    • Introduced in the same game as Mega Man and Palutena, Mother Brain is a recurring assist trophy in the Smash series. Mother Brain is also one of the few assist trophies that could be fought and defeatednote , meaning Mega Man, Pit, and Simon Belmont can team up to battle Mother Brain for the first time in an actual video game!
    • For bonus points, King Hippo is a trophy in Wii U. While Eggplant Wizard unfortunately doesn't appear in any capacity in the same game, he did appear as a sticker in Brawl, and 3DS has a trophy of Pit turned into an eggplant. King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard finally appear together as support spirits in Ultimate; King Hippo can even be equipped to support Mother Brain (who is also available as a primary spirit), although unfortunately Eggplant Wizard requires too many slots to equip him as well.
    • The Zapper user in the Duck Hunt team also brings to mind Kevin's own iconic weapon, especially considering the 80's trappings of the user's room in their debut trailer. Even better when you realize that they've technically got an adventuring dog (hello, Duke), and the Zapper user is an outside influence (mirroring Kevin's own real-world origins).
    • In Ultimate, one of Ridley's palette swaps turns him yellow/orange with blue wings. Since it doesn't exactly match any of his designs from the Metroid series (though it's most likely the boss statues in Super), some fans have wondered if this is a Mythology Gag referencing his strange design in the Captain N TV show.
    • There are also many other classic characters who appeared in Captain N (including Donkey Kong, Link, Zelda, Ganon, Kraid, Dr. Wily, Dracula, and Alucard) who have also made appearances in the Smash series.
  • An episode of the live-action segment of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, "Bats in the Basement", has Dracula's coffin being shipped to the house of Mario and Luigi, with the two plumbers trying to figure out how to get rid of him. Come Ultimate, with two Castlevania characters confirmed and Dracula as a boss. At the end of Luigi's Classic Mode, he fights Dracula. In co-op, the second player can pick Mario and make this spiritual reunion complete.
  • An episode of MAD titled "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus" had Mega Man fighting an array of Nintendo characters (and Sonic) prior to his addition to Smash 4. Additionally, the fight at the end had more than 4 players in it before the addition of the 8 Player Smash mode.

  • There was a petition that was going to make Reggie a playable character in the fourth game. The Mii Fighter's inclusion in the game can possibly make anyone playable in the next game — including the Regginator.
  • As far back as the E3 2006 trailer for Brawl (which notably had Solid Snake of Metal Gear fame show up as a playable character) were people making pictures and videos of characters that had hardly any chance of making the roster. Anime characters, famous TV and movie characters, even people famous in real life have been the subject of "Newcomer: [name here]" or "[name here] [put witty sentence here]." Cue the Mii Fighter character reveal trailer at E3 2014, which runs with this idea.
  • E3 2014 wasn't the first time Iwata and Reggie fought at E3.
  • Shortly after Meta Knight's reveal on the Smash 4 roster, a leak broke, prematurely spoiling future info about the game. Who's the first character revealed following that leak? Shulk, who has the power to see visions of the future!
  • This isn't the last time that a character voiced by Tomokazu Sugita is found in a Yamcha-like death pose...
  • Prior to Little Mac's reveal, some fans were insistent the Boxing Ring wasn't based on Punch-Out!! Rather, some thought it was based on King Dedede's boxing arena from the Kirby series. Turns out that Dedede's boxing ring is part of the 3DS Kirby Stage!
  • This ScrewAttack article written by "Overloading Toaster" showing five characters that he does not want to be playable in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U ends up predicting Little Mac, Pac-Mannote , and even the Duck Hunt Dog. The other two, Princess Daisy and Goku, the latter can probably be replicated somewhat with Ryu, Three and the Martial Artist Mii Costume, and the former exists as an echo fighter to Princess Peach.
    • Even more hilariously, when he mentions the Duck Hunt Dog, he wonders what his attack style will be, suggesting he'd 'smack you with ducks'... Which he even got partially right, in that his basic fighting style involves both him AND one of the ducks hitting the opponents.
  • One post shown on That's On Miiverse said "I can't wait to see Rosalina's underwear in the Wii U version." It turns out this is impossible.
  • Remember that theory that SSB is a kid playing with his toys? Here comes the SSBU stage Gamer, based on a minigame in Game & Wario about trying to play microgames past bedtime and avoid being caught by mom, who is now a potentially fatal stage hazard. The setup of the stage even mimics the opening cutscene of the original Smash Bros!
    • Even better — with the release of the Wii U version comes actual trophies of the characters as part of the amiibo lineup!
    • And given that the minigame's titular gamer, 9-Volt, is a die-hard Nintendo fan, keeping around trophies of popular Nintendo characters doesn't seem that out of place for him.
  • "I am a Shadow, the true self!" You wouldn't think this quote had anything to do with Super Smash Bros., but one of the forms of Master Core is a copy of whichever fighter you're playing as. What's its official name? Master Shadow.
  • A shirt website, Teeturtle, is selling a shirt that involves a good portion of the Smash Bros cast fighting each other with pillows. One of Palutena's dialogues with Pit when facing Rosalina is that the Luma following her around isn't a pillow and [Smash] isn't a pillow fight.
  • Discussions of the Grade 9 AI fighters in previous titles, and in particular Brawl, all eventually converged on the idea that the AI was somehow capable of learning from the player as time went on. With the introduction of amiibo figures, that's exactly what happens.
  • Way back when in 2002, a FAQ on Melee's website had the very first question ask if Sonic and Knuckles were playable. While Knuckles never was playable (except as a downloadable Mii Brawler costume), Sonic eventually made it in. For extra hilarity, the FAQ in 2001 didn't ask this question.
    • Come Ultimate, and Knuckles is an Assist Trophy.
  • All of the numerous jokes about Master and Crazy Hand actually being Rayman's hands ring a different kind of bell now that Rayman himself has a trophy in Wii U and a spirit in Ultimate.
  • This Oldskooled Sprite Comic from 2001, which predates the above VG Cats comic, likewise became ironic once Pit joined the roster in Brawl.
  • In a Famitsu interview with Shigeru Miyamoto in 2001, Yuji Naka stated he'd "like to see Sonic in a Smash Bros. game someday," and even talked about it himself with Sakurai. Come Brawl, and he got his wish.
  • During Brawl's production there was a rumor that Young Link, Mr. Game and Watch, and the Ice Climbers would be replaced by Ridley, Wind Waker Link, and Bowser Jr. It became 1/3 true in Brawl (Toon Link in, Young Link out), and 2/3 true in the next game (Bowser Jr. in, Ice Climbers out). And then along came Ultimate, where Ridley was finally made into a playable character. The catch? Mr. Game & Watch didn't drop out — in fact, Young Link and the Ice Climbers came back! Of course, this can also be Harsher in Hindsight in relation to Young Link and the Ice Climbers.
  • Remember earlier in 2015 when Nintendo celebrated Women's History Month using female characters in Rosie the Riveter-style posters? One of them just so happened to be...
  • In this installment of Iwata Asks discussing The Subspace Emissary, Sakurai explained the reason for turning the Adventure Mode from Melee into a story-driven experience: "With older games, players were thrown into the game without any particular objective. With games nowadays though, you just can’t do that, leading me to the conclusion that we couldn’t have a game without a storyline." Years later, the fourth generation of Super Smash Bros. games feature no story-based game modes whatsoever.


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