The animation to the platforms hasn't changed much over the three games. After a KO, the character will immediately just drop from the sky on the blue platform. The original game had a slightly different addition, though; upon appearing on the platform, characters would be lying down, and then would get up while the platform descended.
In Super Smash Bros., a character gets the mystic bonus for being on a revival platform when his/her opponent is KO'd. In Melee, the player gets the Angelic bonus point for ending the match this way.
The revival platform originates from the game Mario Bros. When Mario and/or Luigi die, they respawn on a small platform, followed by a short melody. While on the platform, the plumber gains invincibility. The melody that plays when Mario and/or Luigi respawn is not in the Smash Bros. universe however, but the revival platform itself is.
- The Ice Climbers have the largest revival platform for playable characters.
- Giga Bowser has the largest revival platform for non-playable characters.
- Revival platforms do not appear in the Subspace Emissary.
- There is a glitch that if a player is KO'd while another is descending on their revival platform, both characters' platforms will be in the same location, instead of next to each other.