The Subspace Army is the primary antagonistic force of the Subspace Emissary mode in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as members, together with much enemies. Headed by the Ancient Minister and under the guidance of Tabuu, its aim is to expand Subspace using Subspace Bombs and to pull areas of this world into it. Most of the enemies the player faces in the Subspace Emissary are members of the Subspace Army.
Certain members of the Subspace Army have been confirmed to return as enemies in the Smash Run mode of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, though there is currently no indication that they will serve any plot-related or other roles in the fourth games outside of that.
The Subspace Army consists of a number of enemies, the Primids chief among them. These enemies are created from Shadow Bugs, which are dropped from the Halberd. The Subspace Army also controls the floating Isle of Ancients and the Subspace Gunship.
The army's weapons, equipment, and troops are almost all stolen or copied. Mr. Game & Watch was used to create Shadow Bugs, which were then used to create a massive army as well as False Characters. Samus's Power Suit was apparently stolen, and Pikachu was used as a power supply. The Dark Cannon is the most powerful handheld weapon used by the Army, and these were distributed among its Smasher leaders.
The following were deployed in areas where they could do maximum damage, and were used in cases where Primids would not be enough.
Primids are the Subspace Army's standard troops formed from clumps of Shadow Bugs. Their modest strength is made up for by large numbers. Specialization is also present, as there are:
In addition to their role as workers and bomb detonators, multiple types of R.O.B. defend the Isle of the Ancients:
Bowser commands a group of creatures from his own universe, composed of:
Other enemies found throughout the game (often limited to two or three areas) include:
In addition to sending troops at their foes, the Subspace Army is more than willing to set up some devious devices in their bid to conquer the world: