- For details in individual games, see Master Hand (SSB), Master Hand (SSBM), Master Hand (SSBB), and Master Hand (SSB4)
Master Hand (マスターハンド, Masutā Hando) is a hand-like entity who acts as the main recurring boss in the Super Smash Bros. universe. He is the final boss of the 1P Game in Super Smash Bros. and of Classic Mode in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. 4. He is only playable in the games through hacking, but in Melee, a glitch exists that makes him playable. Master Hand's corresponding left hand, Crazy Hand, was introduced in Melee.
Despite appearing in all four games of the series, considerable mystery surrounds the character, due to a lack of official explanations. The fact that the intro to Super Smash Bros. has Master Hand appearing to set up a stage and the playable characters has caused some to speculate that the world of Smash and the World of Trophies in the Subspace Emissary are Master Hand's creation, as he is the leader of the latter. Also, his Brawl trophy info (shown below) implies that he is not using his full power against the smashers and is merely toying with them for his own enjoyment. As seen in Super Smash Bros 4, it is possible that his true power is actually Master Core, however, there is little to no information about the relation between the two.
Official artwork for Master Hand in Super Smash Bros.
In Super Smash Bros., Master Hand is the final opponent of the 1P Game, acting as a final boss. He resides in Final Destination.
Master Hand's appearance in Melee
Super Smash Bros. Melee sees Master Hand reprising his role as a boss in the single-player mode - he is the final boss of the 1-player Classic Mode, and has a set HP which must be depleted to win; he does not appear in the Adventure Mode or All-Star Mode, where his role is replaced instead by Giga Bowser and a team of Mr. Game & Watches. He is fought on the Melee version of Final Destination. Defeating Master Hand once again causes the screen to fade to white as he explodes into the background; after the last results screen, the player's character is seen tumbling, then turning into their Trophy state, landing in the Collection room of the game.
Master Hand received a multitude of alterations to his overall fighting style when moving on to Melee. His moveset is slightly altered and expanded, he loses the ability to turn around, and his HP is altered based on the difficulty. In addition to this increase in HP, his power increases with each increment in difficulty, with the highest levels giving him a multitude of attacks with OHKO potential. Additionally, instead of appearing as a glove with a "cuff", Master Hand's "wrist" fades into nothingness.
The game also introduced Crazy Hand, Master Hand's left-handed partner. When the two are on the field at the same time, they can perform powerful combination attacks. Crazy Hand appears when set conditions are met.
Master Hand does not appear in the opening cinematic, though his trophy (see below) elaborates his role in the Super Smash Bros. universe.
Official artwork of Master Hand in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Master Hand reprises his role as the final boss of Classic Mode in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and once again is fought on Final Destination. His attacks are very similar to that of his Melee form with some changes. The amount of HP he has is still dependent on the difficulty as well. Crazy Hand also returns in Classic Mode, if certain conditions are met.
Master Hand also appears in The Subspace Emissary, as the one giving orders to Ganondorf, Bowser and Wario. Soon after a Subspace Bomb is used on King Dedede's castle, Ganondorf receives new orders from Master Hand, which he gets via a TV screen; this leads the player to believe that Master Hand acts as the primary antagonist of
Master Hand released from his bonds during the Subspace Emissary.
However, when all of the characters arrive in Subspace, Ganondorf reports to Master Hand after betraying Bowser; when Master Hand shows himself, however, Ganondorf learns that he has actually been under the control of Tabuu via the Chains of Light. Ganondorf attacks Tabuu with his Dark Dive as an act of defiance, but is easily knocked back, though his fall causes him to break the Chains of Light that Tabuu had controlled Master Hand with, thus freeing him. Master Hand too attempts to strike Tabuu, but just like Ganondorf, is defeated with little effort. As he is a different kind of being from the playable characters, he does not change into a trophy, and simply lies motionless on the ground when defeated by Tabuu, appearing to bleed from the areas he was previously attached to; his ultimate fate is never shown.
Knowing that he would be able to use Master Hand to recruit fighters to aid him in his goals, Tabuu enslaved Master Hand with the Chains of Light some time before the plot of the Subspace Emissary begins.
Master Hand battling Ike
Master Hand reprises his role as the final boss of Classic Mode in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, at least at the lower intensities. In higher intensities, he is fought along with Crazy Hand and after taking a certain amount of damage transforms into a dark mass called the Master Core. This new entity takes the form of a giant humanoid, a scorpion-like beast, a set of floating swords, and eventually a copy of the player's character. When the doppelganger is defeated, the core is exposed in the form of an item similar in appearance to a Smash Ball, which the player must knock off of the stage, defeating him completely. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, there is an extra form he can turn into called Master Fortress. After the player hits the four eyes of the Fortress, the core transforms into it's true form.
Unlike the previous games, Master Hand and Crazy Hand share a HP meter. They also have multiple new attacks, such as tossing energy balls to one another and opening a rift that sucks in characters that get caught inside.
Master Hand's artwork in Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
Master Hand and Crazy Hand in Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
Master Hand appears in the Game Boy Advance game Kirby and the Amazing Mirror as a mini-boss. Vacuuming him up will give Kirby the Smash ability, an ability that gives Kirby some of his moves from Super Smash Bros. Melee (though in a slightly altered state). Master Hand and Crazy Hand are also the bosses of the Candy Constellation stage.
|Brawl (Boss Battles)
The Master Hand trophy in Melee
- Master Hand
- The Master Hand awaits anyone who survives the long difficult road to the Final Destination. This symbolic link between the real world and the imaginary battlefields of Super Smash Bros. Melee is quite a handful in battle, and just because he wears a white glove doesn't mean he fights clean. Get ready to get flicked, swatted, punched, and poked like crazy!
The Master Hand trophy in Brawl
- Master Hand
- A being tied to the link between this world, where trophies fight, and the world beyond. The meaning of his existence is unknown, as are his goals, but he seems to have obtained (and kept hidden) a power that borders on absolute. He also seems to feel a certain joy in challenging chosen warriors who've claimed many victories. He waits even now in Final Destination.
- : Super Smash Bros.
- : Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The Master Hand trophy in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
- Master Hand
- The mysterious Master Hand is the source of creation in the Smash Bros. universe. He appears in Final Destination when all other rivals are defeated. He fights with a diverse move set and only grows stronger if you make him angry. If you know when to fight and when to dodge, you'll take him down!
Wham Bam Rock as it appears in Kirby Super Star
While Master Hand originated in the Smash series, his attacks are very similar to those of Wham Bam Rock in Kirby Super Star (Kirby's Fun Pak in the PAL regions).
Wham Bam Rock attacks using its hand, made out of rocks. One similar move is that Wham Bam Rock and Master Hand point at the player like a gun; however, Wham Bam Rock proceeds to make rocks fall, while Master Hand shoots out bullets. Both Wham Bam Rock and Master Hand perform a move that involves "walking" across the stage to flick the player. They both will also try to grab on to the player and crush them.
There are several rumors of "cheats" that supposedly allow Master Hand to be played as a normal character, all of which are false.
The only methods of controlling Master Hand is by hacking with a cheating device such as GameShark or Action Replay. The only known way of playing as Master Hand without a cheating device exists as an application of the Name Entry glitch in Melee; this application allows for controlling Master Hand in Melee, with some limitations.
The following is a list of moves when controlling Master Hand. See Master Hand glitch for more details.
None of the move names are official.
Super Smash Bros. moveset
Note that Master Hand's moves will automatically target the lowest-numerical player other than himself (Player 1 or 2 in most cases)
|| Master Hand pokes the air twice. The second poke is more powerful. Inflicts 8-26%.
|| Master Hand makes a fist and slams into the player. Does 20% to player.
| Forward Smash
|| Master Hand makes the shape of a gun, and fires sets of bullets. It fires 1 set if above 100 HP, and three sets if below. 5% each.
|| Master Hand flies up, then slams down while spinning in a drill-like fashion. 1-25%
| Up Smash
|| Master Hand flies off the screen, then appears in the background as a fist. It attempts to slam into the player, then flies back onto the stage from the top of the screen. 16%
|| Master Hand makes several sweeping motions. The amount of motions depend on the size of the platform. 12%
| Down Smash
|| Master Hand flies off the top of the screen, then appears in the background. It attempts to flatten the player. 16%
|| Master Hand "walks" using his pointer and middle fingers. When he reaches his opponent, he "kicks" them. 18%.
|| Master Hand makes a vaguely plane-like shape, then flies into the background. It attempts to fly into the player, then flies in from the right. If the player makes contact with it when it is taking off, they will be burned. 12-16%
| B>[m 1]
|| Master Hand makes a slapping motion across the platform. 16%
|| Master Hand hovers over the target, then quickly punches down. 8-24% (note: On any level other than Final Destination this move has a high chance of Master Hand getting stuck, and he won't be able to get out for the rest of the match).
- ↑ B> attacks were not given to "normal" characters until Melee.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Master Hand can only be controlled if set to Player 3. Also note that the directions are pressed on the directional pad, not the control stick.
||Master Hand makes a vaguely plane-like shape, then flies into the background. He attempts to fly into the player, then flies in from the right. When Master Hand is about to launch, if the player is at his wrist, the player will be meteor smashed. This attack can be meteor cancelled at the start of his attack. 10-30%
||Master Hand flies off the screen, then appears in the background as a fist. He attempts to slam into the player, then flies back onto the stage from the top of the screen. If the player is in the middle of the jump, then the player will be meteor smashed, therefore the ram cannot KO grounded players until very high percentages. This attack can be meteor canceled. 34%
||Master Hand flies off the top of the screen, then appears in the background. He attempts to flatten the player. Semi-spikes the characters powerfully if the player is inside of his palm. If a player is very close to the thumb, he/she will be sent upward with high vertical knockback. 30%
||Master Hand shoots a laser beam from each of his fingertips. Only the endpoints do damage. 9% each
||Master Hand makes the shape of a gun, and fires sets of bullets. He fires 1 set if above 100 HP, and three sets if below. 10% (one set) 6% (three sets)
|Z up or down
||Master Hand grabs his opponent and begins to crush them. They can escape by button mashing, but, if they fail to do so, Master Hand will toss them away. 13%/crush, then 18-20% afterwards. Depending on the direction pressed with Z, Master Hand will throw the opponent differently. If up is used, he will throw them upward behind him. If right, he will slam them into the ground meteor smashing the player. Since he slams them into the ground, the down throw is incapable of KOing any opponents unless the stage has a lower blast line in the middle. Anyone touches Master Hand while crushing other player will take damage, but there will be no knockback and will never cause the player to flinch.
||Master Hand pokes the air three times. The third poke is more powerful. 7-34%
||Master Hand hovers over the target, then quickly punches down. Meteor smashes the player when he punches down (with an explosion effect), even while the player is in the middle of a jump. Airbone players cannot be meteor smashed. 24%
||Master Hand slaps the ground. 26%
||Master Hand flies up, then slams down while spinning in a drill-like fashion. If player is in the airbone and is touching Master Hand while he attempt to slams down while spinning in the air, the player will be spiked. Almost no knockback if the player doesn't utilize DI. This attack can punish any players who utilize DI. If the player utilize DI at his palm and wirst, they will be sent sideways with decent horizontal knockback. If the grounded opponents utilize DI at his fingertips, last hit is a semi-spike. 1-48%
||Master Hand makes a slapping motion across the platform. 25%
||Master Hand "walks" using his pointer and middle fingers. When he reaches his opponent, he "kicks" them. 10-30%
Moves used in conjunction with Crazy Hand
MH (Master Hand) and CH (Crazy Hand) must both press the input shown to trigger the combination attack.These only work in Melee.
||A shockwave is released that puts the player to sleep, then the two hands clap together five times.
||The two hands punch together.
||Crazy Hand punches across the stage and is caught by Master Hand. A shock wave that deals shadow damage is released at impact.
Hacker Y.S made a code using USBGecko program that allows the player to use bosses on boss battles on Brawl. These are the available commands for Master Hand. He is not playable, just controllable. He can only be used in Boss Battles (some glitches occur and some attacks cannot be used). This is because unlike the first two games, Master Hand is no longer considered a character. He is in the "Boss" class, and therefore his controls work differently. This is similar to how Sandbag is no longer considered by the game to be a character, as he cannot be grabbed in Brawl. The start button self-destructs any boss.
|| Master Hand Pokes 3 times.
|| Master Hand flies into the background and back on stage as a fist.
|| Master Hand slaps the ground.
|| Master Hand uses the back of his hand and sweeps across the platform 3 times.
|| Master Hand punches downward.
|| Master Hand shoots lasers from his fingertips.
|| Master Hand makes a plane-like shape with his hand and flies from the background back on the stage.
|| Master Hand slaps across the stage.
|| Ground hit
|| Master Hand makes a fist and floats close to the ground, then he hits the ground with his palm.
|| Master Hand drills into the ground.
|| Master Hand walks across the platform.
| Unusable Move 1
|| Master Hand makes a gun shape and shoots a bullet.
| Unusable Move 2
|| Master Hand grabs the player and crushes them with his hand 3 times, then throws them.
Changes from Original to Melee
- Lost his ability to turn around.
- No longer has the Slam move, where he turns into a fist and flies twords the player across the stage (not to be confused with Ram).
- Has the Lasers, Ground Hit, and Grab added to his moveset.
- Now has amount of HP dependent on difficulty, instead of 300 HP regardless of difficulty.
- Pokes three times instead of twice.
Changes from Melee to Brawl
- Has been buffed - many of his attacks are faster, deal more damage, and are more difficult to dodge. Walking Hand and Hand Swipe have almost instantaneous start-up.
- Hand Drill is more difficult to dodge: it can only be dodged if a player perfectly executes a roll, or leaves the stage until the attack finishes. Even then, many characters' rolls are too short to escape his vacuum, and going off the stage can make it hard to come back, as there are hitboxes of the drill that prevents the player from grabbing the ledge. However, this attack is still easier to avoid by using the attacks that can move the character a considerable distance (though not every approach attack can be used avoid this attack easier). The player may also run away from this attack if they are very fast enough with characters like Sonic. If playing as Lucario, using a well timed down special before Master Hand slams down while spinning in a drill-like fashion will also work.
- After using Jet Technique, Master Hand returns to his normal position on the right side of the stage, instead of appearing on the left and traveling back to the right side. Jet attack can no longer meteor smash during the start up.
- During the start of Master and Crazy Hands' Applause attack, characters are hit by the Fan effect while in the air.
- Ram creates no freeze frames, regardless of whether it hits or misses. Now, it also deals horizontal knockback and can no longer meteor smash.
- Laser attack moves forth and back once.
- Gun attack cannot be avoided by crouching. Also gun attack only fires one shot.
- Walking Hand begins almost instantaneously and has more power, allowing Master Hand to suddenly hit, and potentially KO, nearby players.
- Hand Swipe is faster, stronger, and covers a larger area.
- Up throw now has horizontal knockback instead of upward knockback.
- Relative to the average knockback of their moves, Master Hand is now more powerful than Crazy Hand.
Changes from Brawl to SSB4
- When fought with Crazy Hand at Intensity 5.1 and higher, Master Hand will "rip open" after a set amount of damage is done and will become the Master Core.
- Master Hand and Crazy Hand now share the same pool of HP.
- Master Hand and Crazy Hand are heavily buffed; and also have a much larger moveset.
- Master Hand has a new wait animation.
- Master Hand has less "down time" between attacks.
- Obtains the ability to snap at the player, stunning the player on the ground or launching the player into the air.
- Obtains the ability to place small orange platforms at random locations on the floor. Platforms will continually rise and can carry a player off-screen. The speed at which they rise is affected by the difficulty played.
- Obtains the ability to wave himself up and down like a paper fan. Intense wind will be generated, pushing the player to the left. Only used as an attempt to finish off a player who has fallen off Final Destination's left side.
- Obtains the ability to create a fire sphere which he crushes into multiple smaller projectiles raining on the stage.
- Obtains an additional grab attack. Unless target frees itself it is left on the floor with sleep condition. Master Hand then follows up with a Drill attack.
- Master Hand teams up with Crazy Hand by throwing a volley of 5 energy spheres. Smaller spheres are fast and redirected by Crazy Hand. Larger spheres are slow and redirected by Master Hand.
Attacks in parentheses require Crazy Hand.
- (Double Punch)
- (Double Punch)
- Background Punch
- Background Jet
- Background Slap
- (Twin Laser)
- Master Hand has shared his voice actor with the announcer of each Smash Bros. game to date, as well as Crazy Hand in Melee, Brawl, and SSB4.
- If Master Hand sets a record in Melee, via the Name Entry Glitch, the record will be given to Mario. This happens because Master Hand isn't really a playable character so he has an ID of 0, so it gives the record to the nearest ID which is 1, which is Mario.
- If Master Hand is used in Training Mode, when the player activates Reset on the Training Menu, Master Hand begins to face right instead of left. His targeting system therefore becomes flawed, e.g. Gun will fire to the right of the opponent.
- Both the 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. 4 are the first installments since the original Super Smash Bros. to show a VS. screen when the player reaches Master Hand in Classic Mode.
- This is also the first time an announcer call is used in-game for Master Hand, along with Crazy Hand.