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  • Acting for Two:
    • In English, David Vincent voices both Robin and Richter Belmont.
    • Yuri Lowenthal voices both Marth and Alucard.
    • As always, Charles Martinet voices Mario, Luigi, Dr. Mario, Wario, and Waluigi.
    • Xander Mobus returns as the Announcer and Master & Crazy Hand, and will reprise his role as Joker and Arsene, while Jun Fukuyama (who already plays Roy in Japanese) reprises as Joker as well. This marks the first time the voice actor of Master Hand shares a role with another member of the roster.
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    • Billy Bob Thompson now voices the male Pokemon trainer as well as Greninja.
    • As in the more recent Star Fox games and Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Fox and Wolf are both voiced by Mike West.
  • Actor Allusion: Unlocking Dyntos's shop in the World of Light will have him greet you with a laugh, not unlike many of his voice actor's many roles.
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • Standard directional attacks, where one attacks while pressing a direction but not hard or fast enough to perform a Smash attack, were officially called "Strong Attacks" in previous games, but were called "tilts" by the community. Ultimate is the first game to use "tilt" in menus and the website.
    • "Neutral Special" was the term used by competitive community when using a Special move without pressing a direction, which were officially called "Standard Specials" in previous games. In Ultimate, the fan term is officially used in menus.
  • Content Leak:
    • Many details about the game were spoiler prior to its unveiling at E3 by Vergeben, a GameFAQS user. They cited that there were no cuts from For 3DS/Wii U and that the long-requested Ridley of Metroid fame would finally be playable. In addition, he correctly stated that Simon Belmont from Castlevania would be a Guest Fighter, Isabelle from Animal Crossing would be Promoted to Playable, Ken from Street Fighter would be an Echo Fighter for Ryu, Incineroar from Pokémon Sun and Moon would be the new Pokémon rep, and there would be DLC (though this would have been an easy guess).
    • On the night before the August 8, 2018 Direct, Nintendo accidentally posted the then-recently uploaded "Galaga Medley" with the title of "Bloody Tears/Monster Dance" on Ultimate's website, which spoiled that Castlevania was getting some form of representation.
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    • On September 21, 2018, this image of Ken was posted on 4chan that caused a lot of debate on whether or not it was real, especially since the Ken model was never traced back to any existing ones, and the screenshot appears to contain graphical oddities that have been observed in demo builds. Sure enough, the November 1st, 2018 Direct not only confirmed Ken, but the model from the pic as well.
    • Two weeks before the release day, the entire game, including the Final Boss, was leaked onto the internet thanks to Nintendo sending early copies to a Mexican mom-and-pop store that ended up selling it prematurely, and was able to be illegally downloaded from online.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Shortly before the game's launch, a high school closed down in reaction to a student's drawing of the Smash logo on a chalkboard, possibly mistaking the logo as either a gang sign or a misaligned crosshair. Downplayed in that the superintendent's letter notes that they went out of their way to verify that the drawing was, in fact, just that student's enthusiasm for Ultimate's release and not a school shooting threat. Staff members even had to address increasingly incorrect rumours that started circulating as a result of the mishap.
  • Creator's Favorite:
    • In the August 8, 2018 Nintendo Direct, Sakurai said that the Castlevania series was very popular with the music team. Hence the reason why "Dracula's Castle", the sole Castlevania stage, contains a whopping 34 music tracks.
    • He also declared that Mega Man was popular with the composers as well, and one unnamed person single-handedly swelled the library of Fire Emblem remixes.
  • Development Gag:
    • Back in Brawl, Ridley was planned to be an Assist Trophy, before being converted into a boss. The similarly-draconic Rathalos appears as an Assist Trophy and a boss.
    • Ditto was planned to be a Poké Ball Pokémon all the way back in Melee, but was scrapped due to difficulties getting it to work. 17 years later, Ditto finally ended up appearing in Ultimate, functioning exactly how it was planned to in Melee (transforming into an AI controlled copy of the player who summoned it).
  • Doing It for the Art: Masahiro Sakurai fought tooth and nail to get every single fighter back for Ultimate; re-securing the rights to all the third-party characters and songs, in particular, was the hardest part, but he and the team were able to do it.
  • Dueling Games: With Jump Force, due to being a crossover fighting game of Shonen Jump works while Ultimate is a crossover fighting game featuring the characters from Nintendo's video game series and other related works. Plus, both games were announced at E3 2018, and will be released on competing consoles (Ultimate will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, while Jump Force will instead be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with no set release on the Switch itself).
  • Enforced Method Acting: Ann’s voice actor Erika Harlacher stated that Ann’s Big "WHAT?!" to Joker joining Smash was her own genuine reaction.
  • Executive Meddling: Sakurai originally had no plans to alter Wii Fit Trainer's appearance, but the Wii Fit devs requested that he update her face.
  • Fandom Nod: Ridley's announcement trailer carried the slogan "Ridley Hits the Big Time!", playfully referencing how the character was considered "too big" for Smash and would be unlikely to be included for that reason. His Palutena's Guidance even begins with Pit excitedly screaming out "RIDLEY CONFIRMED!", much like the general fan reaction.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Some refer to the Battlefield Forms of each stage as their Alpha Forms, as a complement to their Final Destination Forms being called their Omega Forms.
    • "Echoes Fighter" for Dark Samus, due to her game of origin and that she was able to create duplicates of herself called "Echoes" in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
    • King K. Rool has been called "the true Smash Ballot winner" due to Sakurai mentioning his popularity in the 3DS/Wii U ballot, and how suspicious some fans were of Bayonetta's Dark Horse Victory in that poll.
    • With the far-reaching Massive Multiplayer Crossover that seems to grow even more with each new announcement, Ultimate itself is playfully called "Video Games: The Video Game".
    • A few fans have nicknamed the Piranha Plant either "Audrey", "Planty", or "Steve".
    • After the infamous "World of Light" trailer was released, many took to calling this game "Super Smash Bros: Infinity War".
    • The Adventure Mode intro's heavy focus on Kirby, as well as the use of one of his anime's theme singers as the voice behind "Lifelight" and a villain that would fit right in on Pop Star, earned the mode the unofficial title of "Kirby and the World of Light".
  • God Never Said That:
    • Near the end of the E3 2018 presentation, Sakurai said "We made including every single fighter ever our number one goal, so I'm kind of hoping you aren't expecting too many new challengers..." right before revealing Ridley. In the subsequent weeks, many video game news outlets took this to mean that the full roster had already been revealed in that presentation, and that Ridley would be the last new fighter. This was proved wrong in the following months, with an additional eight fighters slowly being announced as joining the base game, and six more to be included as DLC.
    • A quote circulated after Joker's shocking reveal seeming to show that Reggie Fils-Aime said that all of the Fighters Pass DLC characters would, like Joker, be from series never before seen in Smash, seemingly deconfirming basically every current major Nintendo franchise and also any further representatives from all current Third Party franchises in Smash. In reality, his quote from the post-Joker reveal was that all of the DLC characters would be new to the series.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Many people expected that the Inklings would be among the first, if not the first newcomer announced for the next iteration of Smash, due to the immense popularity of Splatoon. The Inklings were the first confirmed characters for Ultimate alongside series staples Mario and Link, although actual gameplay for the characters wasn't shown off until E3 2018.
    • When Link's silhouette was shown in the Inkling teaser, many people assumed that the character had been updated to reflect The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and if so, that he would also have his Tunic of the Wild as an alternate outfit in order to still represent the classic green outfit. Both things checked out come E3 2018.
    • Since the Ice Climbers were cut from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U solely due to issues making their duality gimmick work on the 3DS, fans assumed that the fifth Smash game would bring them back by virtue of releasing on stronger hardware. Sure enough, when the E3 2018 presentation revealed them, nobody was surprised (but many were still excited).
    • Many people were expecting Dark Samus to be an echo fighter for Samus, due to a suspicious absence of both her Assist Trophy and Samus's Dark Samus outfit. Chrom was also expected, due to Robin's Final Smash not being shown off in his/her character videonote . They were both confirmed on the 2018/8/8 Smash Direct, and Sakurai even teased those who made these predictions, saying "You may have seen this coming" immediately after revealing them.
    • Fans had been expecting Simon Belmont as a newcomer as far back as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, both due to fellow Konami representative Solid Snake appearing in that game and due to Simon's home series having appeared more often on Nintendo consoles than the latter's. Snake's return and fellow Konami rep Bomberman's introduction as an Assist Trophy made the anticipation even greater. This all culminated in an incident on August 7, 2018 where the Galaga medley sample on the official Super Smash Bros. YouTube account accidentally got renamed "Bloody Tears/Monster Dance" before being changed back. Simon ended up getting his introduction trailer during the Smash Bros. Direct the next day.
    • Fans were predicting that several characters who got DLC Mii Costumes in the previous game were ballot consolation prizesnote  and that most of them would appear in the next game as playable. The Inklings were confirmed as the first newcomers in March 2018, Chrom and King K. Rool were confirmed in August, and Isabelle was confirmed in September. Out of the remaining Mii Costumes, only Lloyd, Heihachi, and Geno currently remain, all of them being third party characters.
    • Sakurai has left multiple statements indicating that characters (including veterans like Snake and newcomers like Chrom and Dark Samus) are included by "popular demand". While some speculated that these were Smash Ballot choices, it wasn't until Sakurai released a column in Famitsu after the August 2018 Nintendo Direct that he officially revealed that the Smash Ballot greatly influenced the roster for Ultimate.
    • Isabelle's absence as an Assist Trophy, popularity in the Ballot, and Mii costume in the previous game led to people correctly guessing that she would be a newcomer for the game. While most people thought she would be an Echo Fighter, at least one person accurately guessed she'd be a unique fighter.
    • The hidden mode from the August 2018 Direct being called "Spirits" was pretty much a foregone conclusion since Sakurai first teased at it, with many piecing it together from the blurred text and the trend of characters dying in the past few reveal trailers.
    • Considering Ultimate's focus on Echo Fighters and the fact that Ken Masters is the original Shotoclone, it was taken for granted that he would be revealed as Ryu's Echo Fighter. Sakurai even references the above-mentioned fact that Ken is the original clone in fighting games.
    • Many people thought that Incineroar was a lock even before he was leaked note . Some also correctly guessed that his splash line would be "Incineroar enters the ring!"
    • Related to the two points above, many people guessed that Incineroar and Ken would share a reveal trailer due to both of them being fire-based physical fighters and Smash Bros. generally having a fire based theme. And since both Ken and Inceneroar are combat-based fighters, many also guessed that their reveal trailer would be set in the Boxing Ring.
    • There was actually a leak for the three final pre-Fighter Pass characters, including Piranha Plant, more than a month before the final pre-launch Smash Direct, though it didn't circulate until after the Direct.
    • As The Game Awards 2018 were airing literally just hours before the game released, it was thought that Nintendo would unveil the first DLC character from the Fighters Pass at the event as a final surprisenote  before the launch. Sure enough, "Challenger Pack 1" was unveiled during the event, but nobody was expecting it to be Joker.
  • Jossed:
    • An early prediction after the first teaser was that Ultimate would just be a Switch port of the fourth game, with all content that was exclusive to the Wii U and 3DS versions and a few new additions on top of that. While it borrows a lot of assets from its predecessor, Ultimate is instead a brand new game.
    • Many predicted that Chrom and Isabelle would be included as Echo Fighters of Ike and Villager. While Chrom is indeed an Echo Fighter, he's based off of Roy instead of Ike, and Isabelle isn't an Echo Fighter at all, instead being mostly unique character who borrows a few moves from Villager.
    • It was theorized that with the concept of Echo Fighters and Richter being proof that third-parties could have Echoes, Shadow the Hedgehog would be playable. He is still an Assist Trophy.
    • During the pre-release period, the YMMV subpage for this game was filled with theories that related to popular characters being mysteriously missing as assist trophies (such as Skull Kid and the above-mentioned Shadow) and trying to provide other hints that they may become playable. In the end, most of them are either still assist trophies or simply a spirit.
    • It was thought that Robin would get a new Final Smash due to Chrom being Promoted to Playable. They didn't, and it still involves Chrom.
    • Due to the Zero Assist Trophy being officially labeled "Zero (Mega Man)", many thought Zero/Zero-Two from Kirby would appear in some capacity, such as a boss. This turned out to not be the case.
  • Meme Acknowledgment:
    • This Nintendo Versus tweet announcing Richter's debut in Ultimate says "Enough talk! Have at you!" in reference to one of Dracula's lines from the infamous dialogue between Richter and Dracula in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
    • Ken takes out Little Mac with a Parry into a Shippu Jinrai Kyaku. That's right: Nintendo just referenced Evo Moment #37 in a trailer.
    • It may be only a coincidence, but in the opening sequence we can see Fox being shown in Final Destination among all possible stages.
  • Milestone Celebration:
    • SSB Ultimate's nature as a Dream Match Game is especially significant because it comes out one month before the entire Super Smash Bros. series's 20th anniversary.
    • The first trailer for the game was released on March 7, 2018, one day before the 10th anniversary of the North American release of Brawl.
    • Ultimate brings back Young Link and Ganondorf's Ocarina of Time design, just in time for that game's 20th anniversary.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The dialogue for Joker's reveal trailer at The Game Awards 2018 trailer is different at the beginning from the version released on the Smash Bros. website. The Game Awards trailer has Joker mentioning he's infiltrated the Awards Show and the rest of his team are shocked he ran off alone until Morgana explains why. The online version removes all mentions of The Game Awards.
TGA Version
Joker: This is Joker, I've infiltrated the theater.
Ryuji: Wait, seriously?! He went alone to The Game Awards?!
Ann: But it's so far away, why is he there?
Online Version
Joker: This is Joker, the mission is go.
Ryuji: Wait a second! You mean...he went alone?!
Ann: What's so important that he'd run off by himself?
  • New Work, Recycled Graphics: Ultimate, according to Sakurai, was built using many assets from the previous game in order to save on development time and resources, which allowed them to bring back every character from the series' history. He states that if they had started from scratch, only a third of the fighters would be available.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Greg Chun voices both versions of Ike after replacing Jason Adkins in Fire Emblem Heroes.
    • Kengo Takanashi takes over as Link, replacing Akira Sasanuma after The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
    • Technically averted for Princess Zelda. While Patricia Summerset (aka Zelda's voice actress in the English version of Breath of the Wild) does not voice Zelda in this game, the Zelda in BOTW and the Zelda in ALBW are two different characters therefore this trope is not entirely played straight in that case. However, this is played straight in the sense that she and Sheik are now voiced by Ayumi Fujimura (reprising her role as Zelda from A Link Between Worlds) rather than Jun Mizusawa.
    • Dayci Brookshire takes over Hynden Walch's role as Viridi. In addition to recording all of Viridi's lines during the new Palutena's Guidance conversations, Brookshire also redubbed all of Viridi's old dialogue from Smash 4.
    • Billy Bob Thompson takes over for Michele Knotz as the male Pokemon Trainer, though Knotz still reprises Squirtle in the roster. Additionally, Ivysaur is now voiced by Justin Anselmi rather than Craig Blair.
  • Posthumous Credit:
    • Incineroar is voiced by Unshou Ishizuka, who passed away 4 months before the release of Ultimate.
    • The Colonel appears in the game via reused codec calls from Brawl. His voice actor, Takeshi Aono, died in 2012. His passing is the most likely reason why there are no new codecs.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Ultimate features content from Snipperclips, made by a group that once named themselves the Super Flash Bros. after their love for the series.
    • Ray Chase loved Roy in Melee before getting to be his English voice actor.
    • Playtesters for the game include Japanese competitive Smash players.
  • Refitted for Sequel: Ditto was originally supposed to implemented as a Poké Ball Pokémon as far back as Melee, but hardware limitations prevented it from being used. Ditto was finally implemented once the Switch had the processing power to have it transform into a duplicate AI partner of the player.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Three wielders of the Wild Card and a non-Wild Card protagonist are in this game. Keith Silverstein voices both P2's Protagonist Tatsuya Suou and Simon, Yuri Lowenthal voices both the P3 Protagonist/Makoto Yuki and Marth (another blue haired character with a sword), Johnny Yong Bosch voices both the P4 hero/Yu Narukami and Zero, and Xander Mobus voices both the P5 Hero/Joker and the Announcer, as well as Master Hand and Crazy Hand.
  • Role Reprisal:
  • Screwed by the Lawyers:
    • In one of Sakurai's Famitsu Columns, he mentioned that it was either very expensive or very difficult to secure the rights to some of the music for a worldwide release. While he didn't say which franchises were affected by this, most people conclude that is the reason why the Final Fantasy franchise has a limited amount of songs in the game.
    • The reason that Cloud still speaks Japanese in the localized versions of the games is because Cloud's English voice actor, Steve Burton, is a union member, and the game's dub is a non-union project. Other union actors who appear in the game get around this by using pseudonyms or not appearing in the credits, but Burton's contract requires that (a) he is the only one who can voice Cloud in English, and (b) that he must be credited using his real name in any project he appears in, all of which makes it impossible for him (or any other English-speaking voice actor) to voice Cloud in Smash.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: Infamously, after Isabelle was revealed, the box for the Special Edition was unveiled, showing of every fighter revealed thus far (except for Isabelle) on the sides. Because of the way the characters were organized, it implied that only two characters were left to be revealed, with one of them being an Echo Fighter of one fighter from a specific set of characters. Due to leaked information by a leaker named "Vergeben", people figured out that the two missing characters were Ken and Incineroar.
  • Throw It In!: Sakurai noted during an interview that the reversibility of the World of Light's Japanese title to refer to Kirby note  was a coincidence, but one that they did notice during development and ultimately left in.
  • Trolling Creator:
    • The game was first teased with a trailer that starts off referencing Splatoon's debut trailer. As this was at the end of a Nintendo Direct that had a lot of Splatoon 2 focus, many assumed that it was an announcement for a spin-off game... which was correct in a broad strokes sense.
    • In the E3 2018 video:
      • Sakurai pretends to cut the video short with a "The End" card, then adds a "Just kidding!" after it. Furthermore, he did this right after showing a bit of footage from the Wii U game; during the period between the Inkling teaser and the full E3 reveal, many people assumed that the Switch game would just be a slightly upgraded port of the Wii U game as had been done with Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
      • Captain Falcon and Ganondorf are shown next to each other, showing that Sakurai is well-aware that Ganondorf is a clone of Captain Falcon and he's not about to seriously change that.
      • Ridley's introduction is shown with the phrase "Ridley hits the big time!", a reference to the argument that Ridley is an impossible candidate for a fighter because his size is "too big."
      • When Assist Trophies were shown, Waluigi is the first one to be knocked out. Sakurai is very well aware of his increased popularity yet once again relegated him to an Assist Trophy.
    • The 2018/8/8 Smash Direct ended on a series of pictures of playable heroes fighting their playable enemies, such as Mario fighting Bowser and Samus fighting Ridley, and then goes to Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong inside their hut. They hear heavy footsteps and see the silhouette of a certain tall, fat Kremling appear outside their window... and it's only King Dedede wearing a mask, cape and crown. Dedede then goes around crying of laughter... and then gets smacked out of the way by King K. Rool himself. Note that Dedede is voiced by Sakurai himself.
    • A non-Sakurai example. The September 2018 Nintendo Direct was just coming to a close, but then they had one more thing to show. It showed a trailer with Isabelle in it, leading many people to think it was going to be a mainline Animal Crossing game, but it was actually a Commercial Switcheroo for Isabelle joining Smash Bros.... after which Tom Nook appears, shown watching the trailer we just viewed. Many immediately assumed he'd also be joining, but it was yet another switcheroo, with this being the announcement for the next Animal Crossing game. Combining that with how Animal Crossing had two other instances of a Commercial Switcheroo regarding a new major entry note , it was an emotional rollercoaster for many AC fans.
    • Piranha Plant's reveal trailer was edited to make it initially vague that it was a character reveal trailer, through a lack of the pre-rendered cutscenes that are typical for the other newcomers. Then then, many people assumed it was Geno, who Sakurai had mentioned was extremely popular and who was also part of the "Grinch" rumors of the preceding weeks. Sakurai even specified afterward that Piranha Plant was not an Assist Trophy.
    • Towards the end of the 2018 Video Game Awards, Nintendo itself pulled one off when the power suddenly went out and the screen was "hacked/hijacked" to show Joker's character reveal video.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: Nintendo went nuclear when Smash Ultimate was leaked more than two weeks ahead of schedule, striking down music videos, Classic and World of Light videos, and generally a wide assortment of Smash footage.