List of SSBB tier lists (NTSC)

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The Smash Back Room tier list has changed many times since its inception. Previous versions of the list are as follows. In later tier lists, characters are broadly ranked by their tier, and further ranked by the order in which characters are listed within the tier list. Earlier tier lists use numerical rankings, and characters with the same numerical value are listed alphabetically.

First tier list (September 1, 2008)[1][edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tier List #1
Top
1 2 3 4 5 6
MetaKnightIcon(SSBB).png SnakeIcon(SSBB).png KingDededeIcon(SSBB).png MrGame&WatchIcon(SSBB).png FalcoIcon(SSBB).png ROBIcon(SSBB).png
High
7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
MarthIcon(SSBB).png WarioIcon(SSBB).png LucarioIcon(SSBB).png DonkeyKongIcon(SSBB).png DiddyKongIcon(SSBB).png PikachuIcon(SSBB).png IceClimbersIcon(SSBB).png KirbyIcon(SSBB).png PitIcon(SSBB).png WolfIcon(SSBB).png
Middle
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
ToonLinkIcon(SSBB).png OlimarIcon(SSBB).png FoxIcon(SSBB).png ZeldaIcon(SSBB).png ZeroSuitSamusIcon(SSBB).png BowserIcon(SSBB).png LuigiIcon(SSBB).png PeachIcon(SSBB).png IkeIcon(SSBB).png SheikIcon(SSBB).png
Low
27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37
LucasIcon(SSBB).png NessIcon(SSBB).png MarioIcon(SSBB).png PokémonTrainerIcon(SSBB).png SamusIcon(SSBB).png YoshiIcon(SSBB).png SonicIcon(SSBB).png JigglypuffIcon(SSBB).png GanondorfIcon(SSBB).png LinkIcon(SSBB).png CaptainFalconIcon(SSBB).png

While many players wanted to have a tier list within a month or two of Brawl's release, the SBR decided to wait before making the first tier list. The idea was that making a tier list too early would result in it quickly becoming outdated, forcing the SBR to make a second one on short notice. Players' predictions of the tier list changed dramatically between the game's release and September. The most noticeable fluctuation was the placing of Snake, who was first considered about mid-tier, then skyrocketed to the perceived #1 spot above Meta Knight, this opinion being backed up by tournaments where Snake took almost all the top spots (in one case, the top 5 placings were all Snake). It wasn't until Mew2King began dominating with Meta Knight that players started believing that Meta Knight was a superior character, a belief that is widespread and undisputed today.

Second tier list (January 5, 2009)[2][edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tier List #2
SS S A B C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10-11 12 13 14 15
MetaKnightIcon(SSBB).png SnakeIcon(SSBB).png FalcoIcon(SSBB).png KingDededeIcon(SSBB).png MrGame&WatchIcon(SSBB).png MarthIcon(SSBB).png DiddyKongIcon(SSBB).png WarioIcon(SSBB).png ROBIcon(SSBB).png LucarioIcon(SSBB).png OlimarIcon(SSBB).png PikachuIcon(SSBB).png KirbyIcon(SSBB).png DonkeyKongIcon(SSBB).png IceClimbersIcon(SSBB).png
15.00 13.91 13.03 12.94 12.50 12.09 11.94 11.47 11.38 10.94 10.34 10.16 10.06 9.59
D E
16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
ZeroSuitSamusIcon(SSBB).png ToonLinkIcon(SSBB).png PitIcon(SSBB).png PeachIcon(SSBB).png WolfIcon(SSBB).png LuigiIcon(SSBB).png ZeldaIcon(SSBB).png BowserIcon(SSBB).png FoxIcon(SSBB).png SheikIcon(SSBB).png IkeIcon(SSBB).png
8.88 8.47 8.44 8.16 7.91 7.41 7.03 6.91 6.66 6.44 5.91
F G
27 28-29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37
MarioIcon(SSBB).png LucasIcon(SSBB).png NessIcon(SSBB).png SamusIcon(SSBB).png SonicIcon(SSBB).png PokémonTrainerIcon(SSBB).png YoshiIcon(SSBB).png LinkIcon(SSBB).png JigglypuffIcon(SSBB).png GanondorfIcon(SSBB).png CaptainFalconIcon(SSBB).png
4.56 4.50 4.41 4.16 3.94 3.66 2.28 2.03 1.88 1.63

By this time, no player doubted Meta Knight's placing in the old tier list. In many players' opinions, Meta Knight wasn't just better than every other character, but better by a noticeable gap; this is why he is SS tier, above Snake in S tier. He was considered so good that it sparked a debate on whether he should be banned or not. After many heated discussions, the SBR (Smash Back Room) decided by vote that Meta Knight should be left alone and no one should be banned. It was too early to be making drastic rule changes.

Snake was also elevated above other characters to a similar degree, though not to the point of being considered banned. This resulted in both of these characters having their own tiers. Diddy Kong also received a huge bump up the tier list after NinjaLink successfully beat Mew2King by abusing Diddy's bananas to a level not seen before.

By this time, the tournament scene was heating up and top/high tier characters dominated the metagame. As a result, empirical data on low tiers is sparse; the low tier placings are volatile and move a lot. Notably, Olimar also got a huge bump to be tied to Lucario at 10th. Zero Suit Samus had been bumped to 16th as well. Both would hit high tier in later years.

Third tier list (June 4, 2009)[3][edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tier List #3
S A
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
MetaKnightIcon(SSBB).png SnakeIcon(SSBB).png WarioIcon(SSBB).png FalcoIcon(SSBB).png DiddyKongIcon(SSBB).png KingDededeIcon(SSBB).png MarthIcon(SSBB).png MrGame&WatchIcon(SSBB).png PikachuIcon(SSBB).png OlimarIcon(SSBB).png IceClimbersIcon(SSBB).png ROBIcon(SSBB).png KirbyIcon(SSBB).png
B C
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
LucarioIcon(SSBB).png ZeroSuitSamusIcon(SSBB).png ToonLinkIcon(SSBB).png PitIcon(SSBB).png DonkeyKongIcon(SSBB).png PeachIcon(SSBB).png LuigiIcon(SSBB).png FoxIcon(SSBB).png WolfIcon(SSBB).png SonicIcon(SSBB).png SheikIcon(SSBB).png
D E F
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37
BowserIcon(SSBB).png ZeldaIcon(SSBB).png PokémonTrainerIcon(SSBB).png IkeIcon(SSBB).png LucasIcon(SSBB).png MarioIcon(SSBB).png NessIcon(SSBB).png YoshiIcon(SSBB).png SamusIcon(SSBB).png JigglypuffIcon(SSBB).png CaptainFalconIcon(SSBB).png LinkIcon(SSBB).png GanondorfIcon(SSBB).png

The first tier list to not have Captain Falcon last on the list. Instead, Ganondorf is last because of his very slow attacks, terrible recovery, and lack of mobility.

In this list, Wario and Sonic made a large jump. Wario's change is due to the newly-found usefulness of his great air mobility, coupled with great recovery and heavy weight, making him a very defensive character that is hard to KO. While most of the community perceived Sonic as a bad character, dedicated mains continued to defy the tier list of Jan 1, 2009 by placing high in tourneys. In this tier list, their efforts were finally recognized. Donkey Kong fell four, R.O.B. fell three, and Lucario fell three-four, while the Ice Climbers rose four. This is so far the only tier list after the first tier list where Meta Knight doesn't have his own tier at the top.

Fourth tier list (February 26, 2010)[4][edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tier List #4
S A
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
MetaKnightIcon(SSBB).png SnakeIcon(SSBB).png DiddyKongIcon(SSBB).png FalcoIcon(SSBB).png IceClimbersIcon(SSBB).png MarthIcon(SSBB).png WarioIcon(SSBB).png
B C
8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
KingDededeIcon(SSBB).png PikachuIcon(SSBB).png OlimarIcon(SSBB).png LucarioIcon(SSBB).png MrGame&WatchIcon(SSBB).png PitIcon(SSBB).png ToonLinkIcon(SSBB).png ZeroSuitSamusIcon(SSBB).png KirbyIcon(SSBB).png ROBIcon(SSBB).png
D E
18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26-27
DonkeyKongIcon(SSBB).png PeachIcon(SSBB).png FoxIcon(SSBB).png LuigiIcon(SSBB).png WolfIcon(SSBB).png SheikIcon(SSBB).png PokémonTrainerIcon(SSBB).png SonicIcon(SSBB).png NessIcon(SSBB).png BowserIcon(SSBB).png
F G
28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37
LucasIcon(SSBB).png IkeIcon(SSBB).png YoshiIcon(SSBB).png MarioIcon(SSBB).png CaptainFalconIcon(SSBB).png SamusIcon(SSBB).png JigglypuffIcon(SSBB).png ZeldaIcon(SSBB).png LinkIcon(SSBB).png GanondorfIcon(SSBB).png

This tier list once again placed Meta Knight at his own separate tier. Another noticeable difference was Ness's rise. In previous tier lists, Ness was ranked low, but is now placed in the lower part of the middle tier, tied with Bowser for 26/27th place. Diddy Kong and the Ice Climbers also had a notable rise, now being #3 and #5 respectively on the tier list. Pit also rose four places from the last list. Ike fell into low tier, and Zelda fell nine places into bottom tier - the largest drop of any character in the Brawl tier lists.

Fifth tier list (September 24, 2010)[5][edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tier List #5
S A B
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
MetaKnightIcon(SSBB).png SnakeIcon(SSBB).png DiddyKongIcon(SSBB).png FalcoIcon(SSBB).png WarioIcon(SSBB).png MarthIcon(SSBB).png IceClimbersIcon(SSBB).png OlimarIcon(SSBB).png PikachuIcon(SSBB).png KingDededeIcon(SSBB).png MrGame&WatchIcon(SSBB).png LucarioIcon(SSBB).png ZeroSuitSamusIcon(SSBB).png
C D
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
ToonLinkIcon(SSBB).png KirbyIcon(SSBB).png FoxIcon(SSBB).png ROBIcon(SSBB).png PitIcon(SSBB).png PeachIcon(SSBB).png DonkeyKongIcon(SSBB).png LuigiIcon(SSBB).png WolfIcon(SSBB).png ZeldaSheikIcon(SSBB).png SonicIcon(SSBB).png IkeIcon(SSBB).png SheikIcon(SSBB).png NessIcon(SSBB).png PokémonTrainerIcon(SSBB).png
E F G
29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
YoshiIcon(SSBB).png LucasIcon(SSBB).png MarioIcon(SSBB).png BowserIcon(SSBB).png CaptainFalconIcon(SSBB).png SamusIcon(SSBB).png JigglypuffIcon(SSBB).png LinkIcon(SSBB).png ZeldaIcon(SSBB).png GanondorfIcon(SSBB).png

While Meta Knight had previously set a record for having his own tier at the top, Ganondorf sets a more dubious one by having his own tier at the bottom. This is also the first tier list to have a spot for Zelda and Sheik used as a pair. Other notable things about the new tier list are Fox's and Ike's high rise on the tier list (Ike's streak of falling down on each tier list was ended and he returned to his position on the original tier list), Bowser's significant drop and introduction into the low tiers, Zero Suit Samus's introduction into the high tiers, and being the first Brawl tier list to have a character repeat in the #3 spot with Diddy Kong (in previous tier lists, the character in the #3 spot was different for each tier list). This is also the first tier list where R.O.B. has not fallen.

Sixth tier list (July 4th, 2011)[6][edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tier List #6
S A B C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
MetaKnightIcon(SSBB).png DiddyKongIcon(SSBB).png SnakeIcon(SSBB).png FalcoIcon(SSBB).png MarthIcon(SSBB).png WarioIcon(SSBB).png IceClimbersIcon(SSBB).png OlimarIcon(SSBB).png PikachuIcon(SSBB).png LucarioIcon(SSBB).png KingDededeIcon(SSBB).png ZeroSuitSamusIcon(SSBB).png MrGame&WatchIcon(SSBB).png ToonLinkIcon(SSBB).png
D E F
15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
FoxIcon(SSBB).png WolfIcon(SSBB).png PeachIcon(SSBB).png DonkeyKongIcon(SSBB).png KirbyIcon(SSBB).png ROBIcon(SSBB).png PitIcon(SSBB).png SonicIcon(SSBB).png IkeIcon(SSBB).png ZeldaSheikIcon(SSBB).png LuigiIcon(SSBB).png SheikIcon(SSBB).png NessIcon(SSBB).png YoshiIcon(SSBB).png PokémonTrainerIcon(SSBB).png
G H
30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
LucasIcon(SSBB).png MarioIcon(SSBB).png BowserIcon(SSBB).png SamusIcon(SSBB).png CaptainFalconIcon(SSBB).png LinkIcon(SSBB).png JigglypuffIcon(SSBB).png ZeldaIcon(SSBB).png GanondorfIcon(SSBB).png

For the first time in Brawl's history, Snake is no longer in the number 2 position; Diddy's rise from 11th in the first tier list continues to as far as most people expect it to go. The biggest position change from the last list is Wolf, who jumped up six places, returning to his original position from the first tier list.

Also notable, Yoshi is no longer considered a low-tier character. Luigi and Kirby both dropped four places. Ganondorf no longer has his own tier at the bottom. Ike, for the first time, is the highest he has ever been, being 23rd.

Seventh tier list (April 28, 2012)[7][edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tier List #7
S A B
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
MetaKnightIcon(SSBB).png OlimarIcon(SSBB).png DiddyKongIcon(SSBB).png IceClimbersIcon(SSBB).png SnakeIcon(SSBB).png FalcoIcon(SSBB).png MarthIcon(SSBB).png PikachuIcon(SSBB).png WarioIcon(SSBB).png
C D
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
ZeroSuitSamusIcon(SSBB).png LucarioIcon(SSBB).png KingDededeIcon(SSBB).png ToonLinkIcon(SSBB).png WolfIcon(SSBB).png MrGame&WatchIcon(SSBB).png FoxIcon(SSBB).png PeachIcon(SSBB).png PitIcon(SSBB).png
E F
19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
ROBIcon(SSBB).png KirbyIcon(SSBB).png ZeldaSheikIcon(SSBB).png SonicIcon(SSBB).png DonkeyKongIcon(SSBB).png IkeIcon(SSBB).png SheikIcon(SSBB).png YoshiIcon(SSBB).png NessIcon(SSBB).png PokémonTrainerIcon(SSBB).png LuigiIcon(SSBB).png
G H
30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
LucasIcon(SSBB).png MarioIcon(SSBB).png SamusIcon(SSBB).png BowserIcon(SSBB).png CaptainFalconIcon(SSBB).png JigglypuffIcon(SSBB).png LinkIcon(SSBB).png ZeldaIcon(SSBB).png GanondorfIcon(SSBB).png

The BBR grouped tiers together for this list: Top (S, A, and B), High (C), Borderline (D), Mid (E and F), and Low (G and H). Use of the borderline group in mid-tier tournaments is up to the TO.

In this tier list, Olimar and the Ice Climbers made significant advances into the higher tiers, with Olimar taking the number 2 position from Diddy Kong and Falco now finally losing his 4th position to the Ice Climbers. Snake fell to fifth. Pit and Zelda/Sheik each rose three positions, while Wario fell three, Donkey Kong fell five and Luigi fell four again to the bottom of F tier or middle tier.

Eighth tier list (April 25, 2013)[8][edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tier List
SS S A+ A-
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
MetaKnightIcon(SSBB).png IceClimbersIcon(SSBB).png OlimarIcon(SSBB).png DiddyKongIcon(SSBB).png MarthIcon(SSBB).png SnakeIcon(SSBB).png FalcoIcon(SSBB).png
1.000 2.344 3.375 3.750 5.813 5.844 6.375
B C+ C
8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
PikachuIcon(SSBB).png ZeroSuitSamusIcon(SSBB).png WarioIcon(SSBB).png LucarioIcon(SSBB).png KingDededeIcon(SSBB).png ToonLinkIcon(SSBB).png WolfIcon(SSBB).png FoxIcon(SSBB).png MrGame&WatchIcon(SSBB).png PitIcon(SSBB).png
8.000 8.656 9.844 11.656 12.531 13.094 14.438 15.219 15.844 16.563
C- D
18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
ROBIcon(SSBB).png PeachIcon(SSBB).png KirbyIcon(SSBB).png DonkeyKongIcon(SSBB).png SonicIcon(SSBB).png IkeIcon(SSBB).png ZeldaSheikIcon(SSBB).png SheikIcon(SSBB).png NessIcon(SSBB).png YoshiIcon(SSBB).png
18.031 18.500 20.750 21.281 21.844 22.625 - 24.063 24.406 25.938
E F
28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
LuigiIcon(SSBB).png PokémonTrainerIcon(SSBB).png LucasIcon(SSBB).png MarioIcon(SSBB).png SamusIcon(SSBB).png BowserIcon(SSBB).png CaptainFalconIcon(SSBB).png LinkIcon(SSBB).png JigglypuffIcon(SSBB).png ZeldaIcon(SSBB).png GanondorfIcon(SSBB).png
27.688 27.781 28.094 30.344 31.406 31.938 33.219 34.000 34.813 35.375 36.844

This is the current Brawl tier list. Like the previous list, the tiers are in groups: Top (SS, S, A+, A-), High (B), Upper-Mid (C+, C, C-), Mid (D), Lower-Mid (E), and Low (F). This tier list is based off of votes from the Brawl Back Room community.

In this tier list, the movements on this list are small but they do have notable changes. The number two rank has changed once again with the Ice Climbers taking the spot from Olimar. Marth has also risen above Snake and Falco, putting them at the lowest positions they have been to date. Thanks to her outstanding tournament results (especially since Salem won Apex 2013), Zero Suit Samus has been moved to the 9th position, leaving Wario at the 10th position.

Tier list chart[edit]

This table shows the ranks of each character through all of the tier lists, as well as a numbered description of their change in rank each time. "Change" lists how much a character's position changed between the two tier lists it is in between. "Highest" represents a character's highest position, "Lowest" represents their lowest position, and "Difference" lists the difference between the highest and lowest position. "Overall change" represents a character's change between the first tier list and the current tier list.

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