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Trivia applying to the Subspace Emissary
- I Knew It!: People figured out that the Ancient Minister was R.O.B. all along from looking at the shape of the Subspace Army's logo. It's a Gyromite disk.
- Serendipity Writes the Plot:
- The reason Sonic doesn't have much of an actual role and only shows up at the end to fight Tabuu, is because Sonic wasn't added to the roster until over halfway through development. With the licensing and finalization of Sonic's spot on the roster coming so late, there was no time to go back and rewrite the SSE's story and redo cutscenes to have him in, which explains his out of nowhere appearance tacked on at the end.
- Toon Link, Jigglypuff, and Wolf don't show up in the SSE until as bonus characters after beating the game for a similar reason; all three were among a designated group of low priority characters planned for inclusion but not seen as essential, and were thus expendable to get scrapped mid-development as needed to satisfy development constraints (while in their case they were fortunate enough to make the roster cut in the end unlike the rest of their peers in the low priority group). Because of this, they were withheld from being given a real role in the story, as rewriting the plot to account for a character's removal and redoing already-done CGI cutscenes with scrapped characters wasn't practically feasible, so everyone involved in the SSE had to be characters whose spot on the final roster was locked down early in development. This is also the reason why they're the final unlockable characters in the game outside the SSE.
Trivia applying to other modes and the overall game
- Colbert Bump: It can be argued that Kid Icarus: Uprising probably would not have happened if not for Pit being a character in Brawl, since his franchise had been all but left to obscurity (at the time, it had been almost 20 years since Nintendo had done anything with the series).
- Killer App: Brawl has sold over 11 million units, making it the 8th best-selling game for the Wii. It's also notable for being one of Nintendo's fastest-selling game ever in the United States upon its release, selling over 874,000 copies on launch day alone.
- Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.":
- MOTHER 3 was never officially released worldwide, so Lucas makes his international debut in Brawl.
- A couple of Assist Trophies fall under this for anyone in North America (though not PAL territories); namely the Devil World Devil, Barbara from Daigasso! Band Brothers, and Helirin from Kuru Kuru Kururin. Saki Amamiya from Sin and Punishment averted this, with S&P getting a Wii Virtual Console release five months before Brawl debuted.
- Wario's victory theme is the first level theme in Wario Land: Shake It!, which was released six months later.
- The Other Darrin:
- With the transition from the Ocarina of Time character designs in Melee to those of Twilight Princess in Brawl, Link and Ganondorf's voices shifted accordingly. Link went from Nobuyuki Hiyama to Akira Sasanuma, and Ganondorf from Takashi Nagasako to Hironori Miyata.
- In Melee, Peach is voiced by Jen Taylor, but in Brawl, Samantha Kelly assumes the role, as she did in the Mario series beginning with Mario Strikers Charged. (Though one of Taylor's taunts as Peach can still be heard through the Wii remote speaker when Peach is selected.)
- This was the original case for Lucario, whose Brawl voice, Bill Rogers, was the Darrin to Sean Schemmel, the voice of the character in Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. However, in a a case of The Original Darrin, Schemmel once again assumes the role in 3DS/Wii U.
- Similarly, Meta Knight retained his Japanese voice from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, but was dubbed in English by Eric Newsome rather than Eric Stuart (who dubbed him in the show); however, unlike Lucario, Newsome's voice acting was retained in the fourth game while in both cases Newsome also retained his accent that Stuart provided.
- The Star Fox crew mostly drew voice actors from Star Fox Assault, while Melee's Corneria secret conversations drew from Star Fox Adventures. Accordingly Fox and Slippy's voices change from Steve Malpass and Chris Seavor to Jim Walker and Mike McAuliffe, respectively. However, while Falco and Peppy's Melee voices, Ben Cullum and Chris Seavor again, are replaced, they are not voiced by their Assault actors, Mike Madeoy and Henry Dardenne, respectively, but instead both are voiced by Dex Manley. The Star Wolf also saw their voice actors changed from Assault. Wolf went from Grant Goodeve to Jay Ward, while Leon and Panther, who were both voiced by David Scully, are instead voiced by Jim Walker and Eric Newsome, respectively. Fox's Japanese voice actor also changed from Shinobu Satouchi to Kenji Nojima.
- Screwed by the Lawyers:
- Narrowly averted with Sonic's inclusion; Sonic was originally planned for the roster but Sega initially denied Sakurai the rights to use him for unexplained reasons. However, midway through development Sega changed their mind, which normally would have been too late to add a non-clone character to the roster, but Sakurai decided to make an exception for Sonic due to being the most requested character for Smash by a massive margin and for how monumental his inclusion was in general.
- The Metal Gear main theme is notably absent because of the infamous plagiarism scandal that caused it to be completely removed from its own series.
- Legal issues are probably also why Sonic CD's "Sonic: You Can Do Anything" is on the scrapped music list, since they'd have to pay royalties to Keiko Utoku.
- "Snake Eater" and "His World" from the above series are only available as instrumentals possibly to avoid paying royalties to the original singers (Cynthia Harrell and Zebrahead).
- Troubled Production: The original plan for the game was to have a separate team work on The Subspace Emissary. However, Sakurai couldn't find a suitable team, so the base team had to work on the mode while developing Brawl. This made some of the mechanics of the game less polished as a result, and part of the reason why Sakurai was frustrated with how the cutscenes were posted onto YouTube.
- Urban Legend of Zelda:
- The announcement that Solid Snake would be joining the roster led to dozens of rumors about other possible characters, including Simon Belmont and Mega Man. In a repeat of the Sonic incident, the latter of these characters actually did make it into the Wii U and 3DS games, and the former followed suit for Ultimate.
- There were also some rumors (or at least wishful thinking) that Bomberman would make it into the roster.
- It was commonly thought that the picture of a cat in the Pokémon Stadium 2 stage was a picture of Sakurai's cat. Eventually, he stated this was false.
- Brawl has a number of scrapped music tracks, but since they aren't actually implemented in game, fans had to speculate what they were based entirely on their filenames. The most infamous is a Mario track called "MORINOKINOKO"note which was widely believed to be Super Mario RPG's "Beware the Forest Mushrooms". In actuality, it was probably Toadwood Forest from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, since its file is right after Gritzy Desert and another scrapped Partners in Time track - along with the legal issues involved in using Super Mario RPG music.