Jigglypuff (プリン, Purin), is a fictional creature in the Pokémon series and a playable character in all four Smash games.
It holds the distinction of being unlockable in the first four iterations of Super Smash Bros.. Traditionally, it was the first unlockable character in the first two games (Super Smash Bros and Super Smash Bros. Melee), though in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it was the last returning character that could be unlocked via its story mode. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Jigglypuff can be unlocked at any time, while in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is a starting character for the first time.
Jigglypuff first appears as one of the 151 species of Pokémon in Pokémon Red and Green, and appears in all versions following it. Jigglypuff was highly prominent and popular recurring character in the original Pokémon anime series, known for putting any human or Pokémon to sleep with its irresistible singing. Prior to Generation VI, Jigglypuff was solely a Normal-type Pokémon, but later in Generation VI, it gained the newly-introduced Fairy-type as its secondary type.
The Pokédex provides additional biological info about the Jigglypuff species: After it mesmerizes its foe with its large, round eyes, it sings its lullaby until the foe sleeps, and does not stop to breathe until the foe is fully asleep; it can perform longer with its single breath if it inflates its body with air beforehand. Its vocal chords can freely adjust the wavelength of its voice, and it sings at precisely the right wavelength to make its foes most drowsy. The sound waves of its singing voice match the brain waves of someone in a deep sleep. Nothing can avoid falling asleep after hearing a Jigglypuff's song, but some are more naturally resistant to the effects than others and take much longer to sleep. This effectively endangers a singing Jigglypuff's life because it cannot breathe.
Jigglypuff's somewhat feminine appearance may lead others to refer to it as "she". Indeed, while there are both male and female Jigglypuff within the Pokémon universe, females are more common than males, with 75% of all Jigglypuff being female. However, in the Super Smash Bros. series, Jigglypuff is referred to as "it."
As a playable character
Main article: Jigglypuff (SSB)
Jigglypuff is one of the four secret characters in Super Smash Bros.. Despite not being a lead character in the Pokémon franchise, Jigglypuff was selected to appear in the Super Smash Bros. series due to its similarities to Kirby, which allowed the staff to reuse the model and many animations as a base for Jigglypuff, though Jigglypuff has larger eyes, thinner limbs, and large, triangular ears, as well as a curled tuft of hair on on its head. It was also desirable because of its appearance in the Pokémon anime at the time (as well as Mewtwo and Meowth, who were apparently intended to appear in the original game).
Jigglypuff's Rest attack is considered to be one of the most powerful moves in the game. Aside from sharing similar physical characteristics with Kirby, its jumps are weaker than Kirby's. Jigglypuff is right in the middle of the tier list, being ranked 6 out of 12.
As a playable character
Main article: Jigglypuff (SSBM)
Jigglypuff returns in Super Smash Bros. Melee as one of the eleven secret characters. It is unlockable after clearing Classic or Adventure mode with any character, except Mario (unless Dr. Mario is unlocked already). Thanks to an update, and like a few other characters, it has a new neutral special move, Rollout, which replaces its previous standard special move, Pound, which has become its side special move. Jigglypuff has been largely buffed from Smash 64 to Melee, and is now ranked 5th on the tier list in A tier.
Jigglypuff has three trophies in its name, just like all the other playable characters; the original trophy, the Smash Red trophy, and the Smash Blue trophy. Its original trophy reads as follows:
As a playable character
Main article: Jigglypuff (SSBB)
Jigglypuff returns once again in Brawl. Jigglypuff appears the same as before, but is more difficult to unlock than in previous installments of the series, considering it was the 33rd character introduced on the DOJO!! and the last returning character to be introduced.
Jigglypuff ranks 36th out of 38 (in F tier) on the current tier list, an extreme nerf from Melee. Jigglypuff suffered from the biggest tier drop from Melee to Brawl, going from top tier (middle-high tier when Brawl was released) in Melee to bottom tier in Brawl.
Main article: Jigglypuff (SSB4)
Jigglypuff is once again an unlockable playable character in the 3DS version, but a starter character in the Wii U version. Its appearance is now more similar to its appearance in recent Pokémon games, with it having blue eyes for the first time in the Smash Bros. series.
Jigglypuff is ranked dead last on the Smash 4 tier list in H tier, a slight drop from its already poor standing in Brawl. Despite its reputation as a bottom tier character in Brawl, Jigglypuff was nerfed in the transition. While its combo ability was restored and Rest and back aerial were given extra KO power, Jigglypuff's recovery, aerials and already poor grounded game were nerfed, its poor endurance has been reduced further thanks to Smash 4's weaker shields and the addition of rage, and its edgeguarding ability was nerfed indirectly due to the addition of ledge-trumping. While many veterans have had their recoveries buffed, Jigglypuff's recovery was nerfed, due to its shorter jumps and the lower momentum given by Pound. Lastly, Jigglypuff has received no direct changes whatsoever in game updates, despite the fact that every other character on the roster received changes of some kind. As such, its tournament status remains very poor like in Brawl, having little to no tournament representation and overall poor results.