False characters are enemies featured in the Subspace Emissary in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. They are the result of trophies of characters being duplicated by Shadow Bugs. False characters retain the look and abilities of the original with the addition of a shadowy aura and glowing yellow eyes. Like the original characters, they revert into trophy forms upon defeat, but these duplicate trophies quickly dissolve afterwards. Similar to metal characters, they are voiceless.
In battle, False characters are simply rendered with a purple color and constantly glowing eyes.
 False Bowser
False Bowser makes his first appearance at The Lake, attacking Fox McCloud and Diddy Kong at the very end of the level. After Fox and Diddy defeat him, he dissolves. It is believed that Bowser ordered a fleet of Shadow Bugs to copy him and serve as somewhat of a decoy.
Another Bowser copy later appears during the opening cutscene of The Lake Shore, after Bowser shoots the princess that was rescued by Kirby in the Midair Stadium with his Dark Cannon. This false lookalike is ordered to revert into Shadow Bug form to swarm on and duplicate the trophified princess (see image).
 False Diddy Kong (Giant)
When Fox and Diddy were walking by The Swamp, they were ambushed by Bowser. Diddy was then shot by Bowser with the Dark Cannon, turning Diddy into a trophy. Bowser then orders waiting offscreen Shadow Bugs to swarm Diddy's trophy. Once this happened, False Diddy was made. Falco then flies down in an Arwing and destroys the Dark Cannon. As Bowser retreats by means of his Koopa Clown Car, the group looks back at the False Diddy, who they find is gathering more Shadow Bugs. False Diddy then grows to an enormous size. Fox touches Diddy's trophy, thus bringing him back to life, and the three defeat False Diddy. Once defeated, False Diddy's trophy disintegrates into the original Shadow Bugs.
Because the player can control the actual Diddy in the fight, the false Diddy uses a pink palette swap for its icon on the bottom-of-the-screen HUD in the battle.
 False Samus
When Pikachu and Zero Suit Samus were fighting their way through the Research Facility, Samus located her Power Suit. While retrieving it, two purple and red versions of Samus attacked the duo. After defeating them, Samus donned her Power Suit and continued, destroying the R.O.B.'s sent to attack her. The Samus suits are similar to the color scheme of the Metroid series's Gravity Suit.
 False Mr. Game & Watch
When Snake, Meta Knight, and Lucario storm the bridge of the captured Halberd, they discover 5 Mr Game & Watches. Snake proceeds to knock them out of the the window, onto the deck, and into the midst of Peach, Fox, and Sheik's tea party. The duplicates then dissolve into Shadowbugs, and assemble Duon. A boss fight follows. After Duon's defeat, a swarm of Shadowbugs flies away, leaving behind Mr. Game & Watch's trophy.
According to the DOJO!, Mr. Game & Watch has no sense of right and wrong, so it is possible that he was willingly working for the Subspace Army, and one of the 5 piloting the Halberd was the genuine Mr. Game & Watch. This would also explain why his trophy was obtainable after Duon's defeat, instead of being stored separately from the duplicates.
Mr. Game & Watch is believed to have been the source of the Shadowbugs, which would make it possible for him to dissolve into Shadowbug form and create Duon. It would also explain why the duplicates were perfect duplicates of him, going without the purple aura.
 False Princesses
 False Peach
After the Shadow Bugs cover Peach's trophy, they turn Peach into False Peach, if the player saved Peach in the beginning of the game when fighting Petey Piranha. While Mario and Pit are running, False Peach attempts to shoot them with a Dark Cannon. However, right before she is able to, Link destroys the Dark Cannon. False Peach angrily looks at Link and his partner, Yoshi, and they fight. Link and Yoshi win the battle, and after that, the False Peach trophy turns back into the normal Peach trophy. Mario saw this, however, and thought Link was the enemy, for he attacked Peach. Mario tries to attack Link, but Link quickly moves out of the way. Link and Yoshi then defeat Mario and Pit in a team battle. Peach's trophy is later taken away by Bowser.
Later on in the story, Peach and Zelda's trophies are taken aboard the Halberd, locked up in cages. When Snake, Meta Knight, and Lucario enter the room where their trophies are, Shadow Bugs come in and turn both Peach and Zelda into False Peach and False Zelda. The three battle the False Princesses, and soon, the two False Princesses are turned back.
 False Zelda
False Zelda has the same role as False Peach does, if Kirby saved Zelda from Petey Piranha instead of Peach. She tries to hit Link and Yoshi, rather than Mario and Pit, as Peach had (in place of Link, Pit destroys the Dark Cannon). Also, Mario and Pit end up fighting False Zelda instead of Link and Yoshi fighting False Peach (after the two defeat False Zelda, the player may battle-and defeat- Link and Yoshi as Mario or Pit). Unlike most Shadowbug duplicates, False Zelda's skin takes on a greyish tone. This may be based on Ganondorf's Puppet Zelda, the penultimate boss in Twilight Princess, who is possessed by Ganondorf. One of the side effects of this is that her skin taking on a greyish tone for the length of the battle. Like Peach, Zelda's trophy is taken on the Halberd, and Snake, Meta Knight, and Lucario also fight False Zelda as well as False Peach.
 In The Great Maze
There are similar enemies that appear in The Great Maze. These versions of false characters are slightly larger than the originals and sport a shining yellow-green look. No reason has been given for this change in colour compared to those found outside of Subspace, though it is speculated that this is their "natural form".
One duplicate of every character (excluding Jigglypuff, Toon Link, Wolf, and Sonic) appears in The Great Maze. Each duplicate is fought on a different stage, though all of them share a similar background and design on the various platforms. Along with all the bosses (except Master Hand and Crazy Hand), they will all need to be defeated in order to confront Tabuu in the final battle.
Images of each false character in The Great Maze can be found here.
- If one attempts to use Inhale on a Subspace clone, the clone can be pulled in, but they are unable to be swallowed.
|SSB||Giant Donkey Kong · Metal Mario|
|Melee||Dark Link · Giant Bowser · Giant Donkey Kong · Giant Kirby · Metal Bros.|
|Brawl||Dark Link · Dark Samus · False characters · Giant Bowser · Giant Donkey Kong · Giant Charizard|