List of Super Smash Bros. series characters

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A character is one of the fighters in the Super Smash Bros. series. Characters can be sorted into playable and non-playable, which distinguishes whether characters can be used without the use of a cheat device (like Action Replay) or not. Playable characters can further be divided into starter, unlockable, and downloadable, which distinguishes whether characters can be played right away, whether they need to be unlocked, or whether they need to be downloaded.

Playable characters

This is a list of the playable characters in the Super Smash Bros. series, commonly known in official sources as fighters. For the first three games, shaded cells denote unlockable characters. For SSB4, red cells denote characters that only need to be unlocked in the 3DS version, blue ones denote those that need to be unlocked in both it and the Wii U version, and yellow ones denote downloadable characters. Characters that are noted to have been "intended" in a Smash game were planned by Sakurai to be included in that game as a playable character at some point, before being cut for whatever reason.

Fighter SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png Universe
Bowser (Intended) BowserHeadSSBM.png BowserHeadSSBB.png BowserHeadSSB4-3.png MarioSymbol.pngMario
Bowser Jr. BowserJrHeadSSB4-3.png MarioSymbol.pngMario
Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadSSB.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBB.png CaptainFalconHeadSSB4-3.png FZeroSymbol.pngF-Zero
Charizard CharizardHeadSSBB.png[1] CharizardHeadSSB4-3.png PokemonSymbol.pngPokémon
Dark Pit DarkPitHeadSSB4-3.png KidIcarusSymbol.pngKid Icarus
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png DiddyKongHeadSSB4-3.png DKSymbol.pngDonkey Kong
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadSSB.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBM.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.png DonkeyKongHeadSSB4-3.png DKSymbol.pngDonkey Kong
Dr. Mario DrMarioHeadSSBM.png (Intended)[2] DrMarioHeadSSB4-3.png MarioSymbol.pngMario
Duck Hunt DuckHuntHeadSSB4-3.png DuckHuntSymbol.pngDuck Hunt
Falco FalcoHeadSSBM.png FalcoHeadSSBB.png FalcoHeadSSB4-3.png StarFoxSymbol.pngStar Fox
Fox FoxHeadSSB.png FoxHeadSSBM.png FoxHeadSSBB.png FoxHeadSSB4-3.png StarFoxSymbol.pngStar Fox
Ganondorf GanondorfHeadSSBM.png GanondorfHeadSSBB.png GanondorfHeadSSB4-3.png ZeldaSymbol.pngThe Legend of Zelda
Greninja GreninjaHeadSSB4-3.png PokemonSymbol.pngPokémon
Ice Climbers IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png (Intended)[3] IceClimbersSymbol.pngIce Climber
Ike IkeHeadSSBB.png IkeHeadSSB4-3.png FireEmblemSymbol.pngFire Emblem
Ivysaur IvysaurHeadSSBB.png[1] PokemonSymbol.pngPokémon
Jigglypuff JigglypuffHeadSSB.png JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadSSBB.png JigglypuffHeadSSB4-3.png PokemonSymbol.pngPokémon
King Dedede (Intended) (Intended) KingDededeHeadSSBB.png KingDededeHeadSSB4-3.png KirbySymbol.pngKirby
Kirby KirbyHeadSSB.png KirbyHeadSSBM.png KirbyHeadSSBB.png KirbyHeadSSB4-3.png KirbySymbol.pngKirby
Link LinkHeadSSB.png LinkHeadSSBM.png LinkHeadSSBB.png LinkHeadSSB4-3.png ZeldaSymbol.pngThe Legend of Zelda
Little Mac LittleMacHeadSSB4-3.png PunchOutSymbol.pngPunch-Out!!
Lucario LucarioHeadSSBB.png LucarioHeadSSB4-3.png PokemonSymbol.pngPokémon
Lucas (Intended)[4] LucasHeadSSBB.png EarthboundSymbol.pngEarthBound
Lucina LucinaHeadSSB4-3.png FireEmblemSymbol.pngFire Emblem
Luigi LuigiHeadSSB.png LuigiHeadSSBM.png LuigiHeadSSBB.png LuigiHeadSSB4-3.png MarioSymbol.pngMario
Mario MarioHeadSSB.png MarioHeadSSBM.png MarioHeadSSBB.png MarioHeadSSB4-3.png MarioSymbol.pngMario
Marth MarthHeadSSBM.png MarthHeadSSBB.png MarthHeadSSB4-3.png FireEmblemSymbol.pngFire Emblem
Mega Man MegaManHeadSSB4-3.png MegaManSymbol.pngMega Man
Meta Knight MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png MetaKnightHeadSSB4-3.png KirbySymbol.pngKirby
Mewtwo (Intended) MewtwoHeadSSBM.png (Intended)[2] MewtwoHeadSSB4-3.png[5] PokemonSymbol.pngPokémon
Mii Fighter MiiBrawlerHeadSSB4-3.pngMiiSwordfighterHeadSSB4-3.pngMiiGunnerHeadSSB4-3.png SmashBrosSymbol.pngSuper Smash Bros.
Mr. Game & Watch MrGame&WatchHeadSSBM.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSBB.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSB4-3.png Game&WatchSymbol.pngGame & Watch
Ness NessHeadSSB.png NessHeadSSBM.png NessHeadSSBB.png NessHeadSSB4-3.png EarthboundSymbol.pngEarthBound
Olimar OlimarHeadSSBB.png OlimarHeadSSB4-3.png PikminSymbol.pngPikmin
Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadSSB4-3.png PacManSymbol.pngPac-Man
Palutena PalutenaHeadSSB4-3.png KidIcarusSymbol.pngKid Icarus
Peach PeachHeadSSBM.png PeachHeadSSBB.png PeachHeadSSB4-3.png MarioSymbol.pngMario
Pichu PichuHeadSSBM.png PokemonSymbol.pngPokémon
Pikachu PikachuHeadSSB.png PikachuHeadSSBM.png PikachuHeadSSBB.png PikachuHeadSSB4-3.png PokemonSymbol.pngPokémon
Pit PitHeadSSBB.png PitHeadSSB4-3.png KidIcarusSymbol.pngKid Icarus
Pokémon Trainer PokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png PokemonSymbol.pngPokémon
R.O.B. ROBHeadSSBB.png ROBHeadSSB4-3.png ROBSymbol.pngR.O.B.
Robin RobinHeadSSB4-3.png FireEmblemSymbol.pngFire Emblem
Rosalina Rosalina&LumaHeadSSB4-3.png MarioSymbol.pngMario
Roy RoyHeadSSBM.png (Intended)[2] FireEmblemSymbol.pngFire Emblem
Samus SamusHeadSSB.png SamusHeadSSBM.png SamusHeadSSBB.png SamusHeadSSB4-3.png MetroidSymbol.pngMetroid
Sheik SheikHeadSSBM.png SheikHeadSSBB.png SheikHeadSSB4-3.png ZeldaSymbol.pngThe Legend of Zelda
Shulk ShulkHeadSSB4-3.png XenobladeSymbol.pngXenoblade
Snake SnakeHeadSSBB.png MetalGearSymbol.pngMetal Gear
Sonic SonicHeadSSBB.png SonicHeadSSB4-3.png SonicSymbol.pngSonic
Squirtle SquirtleHeadSSBB.png[1] PokemonSymbol.pngPokémon
Toon Link ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png ToonLinkHeadSSB4-3.png ZeldaSymbol.pngThe Legend of Zelda
Villager VillagerHeadSSB4-3.png AnimalCrossingSymbol.pngAnimal Crossing
Wario WarioHeadSSBB.png WarioHeadSSB4-3.png WarioSymbol.pngWario
Wii Fit Trainer WiiFitTrainerHeadSSB4-3.png WiiFitSymbol.pngWii Fit
Wolf WolfHeadSSBB.png StarFoxSymbol.pngStar Fox
Yoshi YoshiHeadSSB.png YoshiHeadSSBM.png YoshiHeadSSBB.png YoshiHeadSSB4-3.png YoshiSymbol.pngYoshi
Young Link YoungLinkHeadSSBM.png ZeldaSymbol.pngThe Legend of Zelda
Zelda ZeldaHeadSSBM.png ZeldaHeadSSBB.png ZeldaHeadSSB4-3.png ZeldaSymbol.pngThe Legend of Zelda
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-3.png MetroidSymbol.pngMetroid

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 As part of the Pokémon Trainer
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 While there hasn't been any official confirmation that Mewtwo, Roy, and Dr. Mario were intended to be in Brawl, unused data on Brawl's disc labelled for each of them strongly inclines that the characters were developed to some degree for Brawl. Such unused data also includes unused fanfares for the former two characters, and unused sounds for Mewtwo. When combined with confirmation from Sakurai that there were many characters that were planned for inclusion in Brawl who got scrapped, it is virtually certain these three were among the intended characters who were scrapped mid-development.
  3. Sakurai stated that, while the Ice Climbers could run smoothly on the Wii U version, the 3DS could not handle the "two-in-one" coding of the duo, and, in order to keep the roster the same between the two versions, they had to be cut from the roster.
  4. Sakurai has stated that he originally intended to replace Ness with the new protagonist of Mother 3 (Lucas) in Melee, though Mother 3's delay caused him to go back on the idea and keep Ness.
  5. Available as free DLC in spring 2015 to players who buy both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Non-playable characters

The following characters can fully interact with playable characters in-game, but are normally non-playable. These include boss characters and enemy teams, among others. Hacking, however, may allow these characters to be played to varying degrees of functionality.

Fighter SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4-3 Icon.png SSB4-U Icon.png Universe
Crazy Hand NoN YesY YesY YesY SmashBrosSymbol.pngSuper Smash Bros.
Dark Emperor NoN NoN NoN YesY[1] NoN FindMiiSymbol.png Find Mii
Duon NoN NoN YesY NoN SubspaceSymbol.pngSuper Smash Bros.
Fighting Alloy Team NoN NoN YesY NoN SmashBrosSymbol.pngSuper Smash Bros.
Fighting Polygon Team YesY NoN NoN NoN SmashBrosSymbol.pngSuper Smash Bros.
Fighting Wire Frames NoN YesY NoN NoN SmashBrosSymbol.pngSuper Smash Bros.
Flying Man NoN NoN NoN YesY[1] YesY EarthboundSymbol.png EarthBound
Galleom NoN NoN YesY NoN SubspaceSymbol.pngSuper Smash Bros.
Giant DK[2] YesY YesY YesY YesY DKSymbol.pngDonkey Kong
Giga Bowser[3] NoN YesY YesY YesY SmashBrosSymbol.pngSuper Smash Bros.
Master Core NoN NoN NoN YesY SmashBrosSymbol.pngSuper Smash Bros.
Master Hand YesY YesY[4] YesY YesY SmashBrosSymbol.pngSuper Smash Bros.
Meta Ridley NoN NoN YesY NoN YesY[1] MetroidSymbol.pngMetroid
Metal Face NoN NoN NoN NoN YesY[1] XenobladeSymbol.png Xenoblade
Metal Mario[2] YesY YesY YesY YesY MarioSymbol.pngMario
Petey Piranha NoN NoN YesY NoN MarioSymbol.pngMario
Porky Minch NoN NoN YesY NoN EarthboundSymbol.pngEarthBound
Rayquaza NoN NoN YesY NoN YesY[1] PokemonSymbol.pngPokémon
Ridley NoN NoN YesY NoN YesY[1] MetroidSymbol.pngMetroid
Sandbag[5] NoN YesY YesY YesY SmashBrosSymbol.pngSuper Smash Bros.
Tabuu NoN NoN YesY NoN SubspaceSymbol.pngSuper Smash Bros.
Yellow Devil NoN NoN NoN YesY[1] MegaManSymbol.png Mega Man

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 appears as a stage hazard
  2. 2.0 2.1 While Giant DK and Metal Mario were unplayable in the original Super Smash Bros., they are effectively playable in the following installments by picking up a Super Mushroom or a Metal Box, respectively.
  3. Giga Bowser is playable in Brawl and SSB4 as Bowser's Final Smash.
  4. Master Hand is playable in Melee through the Name Entry glitch.
  5. Sandbag is mechanically considered an item in Brawl and SSB4, not a character.

Newcomers and veterans

A newcomer is a character who appears as playable for the first time in the series in a given game. A veteran is the opposite: a character who has been playable in a previous game. For example, Olimar is a newcomer in Brawl, as he did not appear as playable in any previous games, but is a veteran in all subsequent and future games. Note that the definition of newcomers is distinct from that of "unlockable" or "secret" characters, which are playable characters who must be unlocked by completing certain tasks; every game starting with Melee has had starter veterans, starter newcomers, unlockable veterans, and unlockable newcomers.

The term newcomer was originally used to describe the unlockable characters in the original Super Smash Bros. by the data deletion menu. It was later used in the first trailer for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in which new characters were introduced with the title "Newcomer" atop their name. The word newcomer was later used on the Smash Bros. DOJO!! site to classify new characters whether unlockable or not. This use of the term has become the community-preferred usage for other games in the series.

"Perfect-attendance crew"

Less commonly, the term "veteran" can also denote the "eight regulars" or "perfect-attendance fighters", terms which refer to the eight starter characters in the original Super Smash Bros. which have been in all subsequent games of the series. The terms originated in the description for the 10th Brawl event match All-Star Battle Regulars, reading: "The Smash Bros. perfect-attendance crew! Fight the eight regulars in order!" A popular, unofficial term referring to this group is "The Original 8", which may also be called "The Original 12" if including the four unlockable characters. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the first game where all the "Original 12" are starter characters.

Trivia

  • Roy is the only "non-native" character to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game before appearing in any other series, having been put into Melee as a promotional gimmick designed to showcase a new Fire Emblem game (Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade) released shortly after Melee.
  • Dr. Mario and Mewtwo are the only characters to skip an installment, being playable in Melee but not Brawl, before returning in Smash 4 thirteen years later.
  • Ice Climbers are the only characters to be cut after appearing in multiple games.
  • Captain Falcon (in SSB) and the Mii Fighters are the only characters to use head icons that don't portray their faces.
  • Dr. Mario, Falco, Mr. Game & Watch, and R.O.B. are the only characters that have been in multiple Super Smash Bros games to have always been unlockable characters.
  • Sonic is the only third party character to appear in multiple titles.