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An icon used in notice templates. NOTE: Every claimed source needs a cross-reference link; claimed sources need to be plausible, not horrendously obscure; default costumes usually don't need descriptions since they are not alternate costumes; returning costumes original to Smash do not need references to their appearances in previous Smash games.
A battle between four Marios, each one in different colors. Masahiro Sakurai referred to the implementation of costumes as "one of the joys of Smash".
Four of Peach's alternate costumes. Note that one resembles Daisy.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, players can pick different alternate costumes for their character by cycling through a list of up to six choices for a total of 222 costumes in the game. The buttons used to cycle are 1/2 for the Wii Remote and Nunchuk combination, A and B for the Wii remote alone configuration, and pressing X/Y for the Classic Controller and GameCube controller.

Most characters have six alternate costumes, though Jigglypuff, Lucario, Pokémon Trainer, and Sonic only have five, and Pikachu has only four. Wario has twelve costumes; two different outfits with six costumes each, doubling his options and giving him two different outfits for each team in Team Battles. Lucario, Pokémon Trainer, and Sonic have sets of alternate costumes that can be difficult to distinguish from each other in a match. As such, tournaments have the "colorblind rule" in doubles matches, where a player (colorblind or not) can choose which colours their team and their opponents' team are, if either team has one of the aforementioned characters on their team. While texture hacks are usually discouraged from being used in tournaments, if not flat-out disallowed, it is usually acceptable to use simple texture hacks on these characters to make the color difference between their team palettes more obvious.

When selecting characters in tournament mode, instead of displaying the character's colored image of the chosen costume, a colored bar is displayed in the player list. This color is usually an intuitive indicator of which costume has been chosen, but there are several cases where costumes are given strange colors, such as giving cyan to Ike's default blue-brown getup, or using orange or yellow when the opposite is clearly more correct.

In Wi-Fi, Tournament and Team Brawls, if two identical characters share the same alternate costume, the second character will have a lighter tint in their appearance. A third character on the same team uses a darker tint. The fourth character's tint is even darker than the third character's. It is generally quite difficult to distinguish from the third character's color scheme.

The order of the palette swaps for each character are sorted in the order in which they appear on the character selection screen.

Bowser

Bowser's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
BowserHeadSSBB.png BowserHeadBlackSSBB.png BowserHeadRedSSBB.png BowserHeadBlueSSBB.png BowserHeadWhiteSSBB.png BowserHeadBrownSSBB.png
Green G Resembles on his current appearance in Luigi's Mansion onwards, with his shell, head and hair having a darker color.
Black
Red R Resembles his "right" color in Mario Golf.
Blue B Resembles his original design in Super Mario Bros.
White
Brown Resembles Boom Boom's in-game sprite in Super Mario Bros. 3.

Captain Falcon

Captain Falcon's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
CaptainFalconHeadSSBB.png CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBB.png CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBB.png CaptainFalconHeadGreenSSBB.png CaptainFalconHeadBlueSSBB.png CaptainFalconHeadWhiteSSBB.png
Dark Blue Based on his standard appearance in F-Zero GX, with his scarf hanging out instead of being tucked in, and some other original elements.
Black Based on his appearance in the Japanese commercial for F-Zero X.[1]
Red R Based on Blood Falcon, Captain Falcon's evil clone and rival.[1] It is his only costume with a unique logo on the back: a skull with "Blood Hawk" (the name of Blood Falcon's vehicle) written underneath.
Green G His scarf is a light red color, similar to the scarves worn by Dr. Stewart and Gomar & Shioh.
Blue B Resembles his appearance in the original F-Zero.
White Resembles Jody Summer's original design in F-Zero X.

Diddy Kong

Diddy Kong's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png DiddyKongHeadYellowSSBB.png DiddyKongHeadPinkSSBB.png DiddyKongHeadPurpleSSBB.png DiddyKongHeadGreenSSBB.png DiddyKongHeadBlueSSBB.png
Red R Based on his current appearance in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour onwards.
Yellow The shirt is reminiscent of Diddy Kong's alternate outfit in Donkey Kong Country's Two-Player Contest mode, and one of his palette swaps in Donkey Kong 64s Multiplayer Mode, with the white hat being original.
Pink Resembles Dixie Kong, Diddy Kong's girlfriend, with her blonde ponytail represented by his yellow fur.
Purple Resembles the color of Tiny Kong's items in Donkey Kong 64, or Quawks from Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3.
Green G
Blue B Resembles Kiddy Kong, Dixie's partner in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, or his appearance in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest's Two-Player Contest mode.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.png DonkeyKongHeadBlackSSBB.png DonkeyKongHeadRedSSBB.png DonkeyKongHeadBlueSSBB.png DonkeyKongHeadGreenSSBB.png DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBB.png
Brown Based on his current appearance in Mario Party 4 onwards.
Black Fur color resembles a real-life gorilla. The tie is reminiscent of Donkey Kong's appearance in Donkey Kong Country's Two-Player Contest Mode.
Red R Fur color resembles the in-game sprite of Donkey Kong from the original Donkey Kong.
Blue B Resembles one of his alternate colors from Donkey Kong 64's Multiplayer Mode, as well as his "right" color from Mario Golf.
Green G
White Referred to as "Yeti DK" on the Brawl DOJO!![2] Resembles the mythical yeti. It also resembles the Fire Mini Donkey Kongs from Mario vs. Donkey Kong, and Eddie the Mean Old Yeti from the Donkey Kong Country TV series.

Falco

Falco's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
FalcoHeadSSBB.png FalcoHeadOrangeSSBB.png FalcoHeadBlueSSBB.png FalcoHeadRedSSBB.png FalcoHeadGreenSSBB.png FalcoHeadBlackSSBB.png
White A combination of his appearances in Star Fox: Assault and Star Fox: Command.
Orange Resembles Katt Monroe, Falco's love interest, as she appears in Star Fox Command.
Blue B His clothing is reminiscent of an Arwing.
Red R Resembles his appearance in Star Fox: Assault.
Green G Resembles his appearance at the end of Star Fox Adventures.
Black Complementary to Fox's "Dark Fox" costume. Resembles a red-throated caracara, black pheasant or raven.

Fox

Fox's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
FoxHeadSSBB.png FoxHeadBlackSSBB.png FoxHeadRedSSBB.png FoxHeadGreenSSBB.png FoxHeadBlueSSBB.png FoxHeadWhiteSSBB.png
Grey A combination of his appearances in Star Fox: Assault and Star Fox Command.
Black Referred to as the "Dark Fox" on the Brawl DOJO!![2] It resembles a cross fox.
Red R
Green G
Blue B
White

Ganondorf

Ganondorf's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
GanondorfHeadSSBB.png GanondorfHeadBlackSSBB.png GanondorfHeadBlueSSBB.png GanondorfHeadGreenSSBB.png GanondorfHeadRedSSBB.png GanondorfHeadBrownSSBB.png
Purple Based on his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Black Complementary to Link's "Dark Link" costume.
Blue B
Green G
Red R
Brown Resembles his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Ice Climbers

The Ice Climbers' palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png IceClimbersHeadRedSSBB.png IceClimbersHeadBlueSSBB.png IceClimbersHeadBlackSSBB.png IceClimbersHeadGreenSSBB.png IceClimbersHeadWhiteSSBB.png

Popo and Nana switch positions for their red, black, and white costumes, and their head icons change to match, but Popo and Nana do not switch positions on the character selection screen like in Melee.

Purple Based on their original sprites in Ice Climber.
Red R Nana resembles her appearance on the American boxart for Ice Climber.
Blue B Nana's parka resembles Popo's immediately after touching an antagonist, but before turning completely white.
Black Popo's parka resembles their sprite when turning completely white after touching an antagonist.
Green G Popo's parka color resembles either the cucumber or the cabbage. Nana's parka color resembles her hair color from the PAL and Japanese artworks of Ice Climber.[3]
White The colors of their mittens and boots match those of their default colors. The parka color resembles their sprite after touching an antagonist. The color of their parkas, mittens and boots resemble the Polar Bears.

Ike

Ike's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
IkeHeadSSBB.png IkeHeadYellowSSBB.png IkeHeadRedSSBB.png IkeHeadBlueSSBB.png IkeHeadGreenSSBB.png IkeHeadBrownSSBB.png
Indigo Based on his appearance as a Ranger in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
Yellow
Red R
Blue B Resembles Sigurd, one of the protagonists in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
Green G Resembles Geoffrey, one of Ike's comrades, as he appears in Path of Radiance.
Brown Referred to as an "ordinary soldier" on the Brawl DOJO!![2]

Jigglypuff

Jigglypuff's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
JigglypuffHeadSSBB.png JigglypuffHeadRedSSBB.png JigglypuffHeadWhiteSSBB.png JigglypuffHeadBlueSSBB.png JigglypuffHeadGreenSSBB.png
Pink
Red R
White Its hat is reminiscent of Leaf, the female protagonist of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Blue B Resembles one of the possible colors for a nicknamed Jigglypuff in Pokémon Stadium and its Shiny coloration. Its hat is reminiscent of the Bug Catcher Trainer class.
Green G Resembles one of the possible colors for a nicknamed Jigglypuff in Pokémon Stadium. Its cap is reminiscent of Kirby with the Sleep Copy Ability.

King Dedede

King Dedede's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
KingDededeHeadSSBB.png KingDededeHeadPinkSSBB.png KingDededeHeadGreenSSBB.png KingDededeHeadPurpleSSBB.png KingDededeHeadBlueSSBB.png KingDededeHeadBrownSSBB.png
Red R Based on his appearance in Kirby Super Star.
Pink Resembles his "Player 2" color in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards' Multiplayer mode, but his skin is blue.
Green G Resembles his green color in Kirby Air Ride.
Purple Resembles his purple color in Kirby Air Ride. The obi is reminiscent of formal Japanese kimonos.
Blue B Resembles his white color in Kirby Air Ride, but with a blue kimono and obi.
Brown Resembles his appearance on the monochromatic Game Boy screen in Kirby's Dream Land.

Kirby

Kirby's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
KirbyHeadSSBB.png KirbyHeadYellowSSBB.png KirbyHeadBlueSSBB.png KirbyHeadRedSSBB.png KirbyHeadGreenSSBB.png KirbyHeadWhiteSSBB.png
Pink
Yellow Based on and directly referred to as "Keeby" from Kirby's Dream Course.[1] In addition, Yellow Kirby from various Kirby titles and Beam Kirby in Kirby Super Star have the same color.
Blue B Based on Ice Kirby in Kirby Super Star.[1]
Red R Based on Fire Kirby in Kirby Super Star.[1] His feet are now a pinker shade than before, causing him to resemble Red Kirby from Nightmare in Dream Land, The Amazing Mirror, and Squeak Squad.
Green G Resembles Green Kirby from Nightmare in Dream Land, Amazing Mirror, and Squeak Squad. His feet are now orange rather than darker green, matching the aforementioned games. Officially referred to as "kusa mochi Kirby".[1]
White Based on his monochromatic in-game sprite from Kirby's Dream Land.[4]

Link

Link's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
LinkHeadSSBB.png LinkHeadRedSSBB.png LinkHeadBlueSSBB.png LinkHeadLavenderSSBB.png LinkHeadYellowSSBB.png LinkHeadBlackSSBB.png
Green G Based on his appearance from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.[5]
Red R Based on the Goron Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.[1]
Blue B Based on the Zora Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.[1]
Lavender Based on his tunic with the Blue Ring equipped in The Legend of Zelda.[1]
Yellow Resembles his appearance after utilizing the Great Fairy's Tears in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. It also resembles an unused yellow tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Black Based on Dark Link.[2] It also resembles the Interlopers from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Lucario

Lucario's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
LucarioHeadSSBB.png LucarioHeadRedSSBB.png LucarioHeadCyanSSBB.png LucarioHeadWhiteSSBB.png LucarioHeadGreenSSBB.png
Blue B           
Red R
Cyan
White
Green G

Lucas

Lucas's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
LucasHeadSSBB.png LucasHeadOrangeSSBB.png LucasHeadRedSSBB.png LucasHeadBlueSSBB.png LucasHeadGreenSSBB.png LucasHeadPurpleSSBB.png
Yellow
Orange Resembles Claus, Lucas's twin brother, who in Mother 3 also had a slightly different hairstyle.
Red R
Blue B The shirt resembles Ness's pajamas in EarthBound, as well as his own in Mother 3.
Green G
Purple

Luigi

Luigi's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
LuigiHeadSSBB.png LuigiHeadOrangeSSBB.png LuigiHeadPinkSSBB.png LuigiHeadBlueSSBB.png LuigiHeadWhiteSSBB.png LuigiHeadPurpleSSBB.png
Green G Based on his current appearance in Luigi's Mansion onwards.
Orange His clothes resembles Mario's appearance on the North American boxart for Pinball.
Pink R The original Super Smash Bros. website referred to this costume as "Strawberry Luigi".[1] It resembles his appearance in Wrecking Crew.
Blue B His clothes resembles Mario's appearance on the North American boxart for Mario Bros.
White Based on Fire Luigi.
Purple Resembles Waluigi, the self-proclaimed "Luigi's rival".

Mario

Mario's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
MarioHeadSSBB.png MarioHeadWhiteSSBB.png MarioHeadBlueSSBB.png MarioHeadYellowSSBB.png MarioHeadBlackSSBB.png MarioHeadGreenSSBB.png
Red R Based on his current appearance in Luigi's Mansion onwards, but with a more realistic design.
White Based on Fire Mario.[2]
Blue B Based on his appearance in promotional artwork for Mario Bros.,[1] with the colors of the overalls and shirt swapped.
Yellow Based on Wario's classic design.[1]
Black Originally based on Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew,[1] though the palette has become more monochromatic compared to the original Super Smash Bros. and Melee.
Green G Resembles Luigi's appearance from promotional artwork for the arcade version of Mario Bros., with the colors of the overalls and shirt swapped. It also resembles Jinbe from Mole Mania, another game developed by Shigeru Miyamoto.

Marth

Marth's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
MarthHeadSSBB.png MarthHeadRedSSBB.png MarthHeadGreenSSBB.png MarthHeadBlackSSBB.png MarthHeadWhiteSSBB.png MarthHeadBlueSSBB.png
Navy Based on his appearance in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.
Red R
Green G
Black Resembles Camus, one of Marth's allies, as he appears starting with Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.
White Based on Leif, the protagonist of Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.[6]
Blue B Resembles his appearance in the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

Meta Knight

Meta Knight's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png MetaKnightHeadWhiteSSBB.png MetaKnightHeadRedSSBB.png MetaKnightHeadGreenSSBB.png MetaKnightHeadBlueSSBB.png MetaKnightHeadPinkSSBB.png
Purple
White Resembles one of his alternate costumes in Kirby Air Ride.
Red R Resembles his red color in Kirby Air Ride.
Green G Resembles his "yellow" color in Kirby Air Ride.
Blue B Resembles his original appearance in Kirby's Adventure, but with red eyes.
Pink Resembles his "green" color in Kirby Air Ride, as well as Kirby.

Mr. Game & Watch

Mr. Game & Watch's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
MrGame&WatchHeadSSBB.png MrGame&WatchHeadRedSSBB.png MrGame&WatchHeadYellowSSBB.png MrGame&WatchHeadBlueSSBB.png MrGame&WatchHeadGreenSSBB.png MrGame&WatchHeadCyanSSBB.png
Black Resembles the characters from the Game & Watch games Fire and Parachute. He has the general color of the LCD frames in most of the Game & Watch handhelds.
Red R Reminiscent of characters and objects as depicted on the Virtual Boy.
Yellow Reminiscent of characters and objects as depicted on the original Game Boy.
Blue B
Green G Reminiscent on the green dot-matrix display of the Game Boy.
Cyan Reminiscent of the backlit display of the Game Boy Light.

Ness

Ness's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
NessHeadSSBB.png NessHeadWhiteSSBB.png NessHeadYellowSSBB.png NessHeadGreenSSBB.png NessHeadBlueSSBB.png NessHeadPurpleSSBB.png
Red R
White Resembles Fuel from Mother 3, but with a cap, and the shorts being yellow instead of black. Because Ness doesn't physically appear in Mother 3, this costume reference is very ironic.
Yellow Based on the uniforms of the Hanshin Tigers, a Japanese baseball team.[1] The shirt's pattern is reminiscent of the Gigantic Ant enemy from EarthBound.
Green G His shirt and shorts resemble the color scheme of Everdred’s outfit in EarthBound.
Blue B Resembles his younger self that he encounters briefly in Magicant.
Purple The shirt features a sprite of Mr. Saturn on the front.

Olimar

Olimar's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
OlimarHeadSSBB.png OlimarHeadWhiteSSBB.png OlimarHeadRedSSBB.png OlimarHeadBlackSSBB.png OlimarHeadGreenSSBB.png OlimarHeadBlueSSBB.png
Tan
White Resembles a Navy Mark IV space suit.
Red R
Black
Green G
Blue B Resembles Louie, Olimar's partner in Pikmin 2.

Peach

Peach's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours. One of her pallete swaps makes her resemble Princess Daisy.
PeachHeadSSBB.png PeachHeadYellowSSBB.png PeachHeadRedSSBB.png PeachHeadBlueSSBB.png PeachHeadGreenSSBB.png PeachHeadWhiteSSBB.png
Pink Based on her current apperance in Super Mario Sunshine owards.
Yellow Resembles Princess Daisy. This costume is less complex than it was in Melee, as it simply changes the colors of her clothing and hair.
Red R Resembles Pauline's original appearance in Donkey Kong.
Blue B Somewhat resembles her "right" color from Mario Golf and Daisy's appearance on the title screen of NES Open Tournament Golf.
Green G Somewhat resembles her "left" color from Mario Golf and her appearance on the title screen of NES Open Tournament Golf.
White Based on a wedding gown.[7]

Pikachu

Pikachu's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
PikachuHeadSSBB.png PikachuHeadRedSSBB.png PikachuHeadGreenSSBB.png PikachuHeadBlueSSBB.png

At four costume choices, Pikachu has the least amount of alternate costumes in Brawl.

Yellow
Red R Resembles one of the possible colors for a nicknamed Pikachu in Pokémon Stadium and its Shiny coloration. Its cap is reminiscent of Red's appearance in Pokémon Red and Blue.
Green G Resembles one of the possible colors for a nicknamed Pikachu in Pokémon Stadium. Its headband is reminiscent of Brendan's appearance in Pokémon Emerald.
Blue B Its goggles are reminiscent of the Swimmer Trainer class and Pichu's Blue Team costume from Melee.

Pit

Pit's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
PitHeadSSBB.png PitHeadYellowSSBB.png PitHeadRedSSBB.png PitHeadGreenSSBB.png PitHeadBlueSSBB.png PitHeadBlackSSBB.png
White
Yellow
Red R Resembles his chiton after obtaining the Gold Arrow and reaching Level 4 strength in the original Kid Icarus.
Green G Resembles his chiton after obtaining the Bronze Arrow and reaching Level 2 strength in Kid Icarus.
Blue B Resembles his chiton after obtaining the Sacred Arrow and reaching Level 5 strength in Kid Icarus.
Black Referred to as a "fallen angel" on the Brawl DOJO!!.[2] It became the basis for Dark Pit.

Pokémon Trainer

Pokémon Trainer's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
PokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.pngSquirtleHeadSSBB.pngIvysaurHeadSSBB.pngCharizardHeadSSBB.png PokémonTrainerHeadRedSSBB.pngSquirtleHeadRedSSBB.pngIvysaurHeadRedSSBB.pngCharizardHeadRedSSBB.png PokémonTrainerHeadGreenSSBB.pngSquirtleHeadGreenSSBB.pngIvysaurHeadGreenSSBB.pngCharizardHeadGreenSSBB.png PokémonTrainerHeadBlueSSBB.pngSquirtleHeadBlueSSBB.pngIvysaurHeadBlueSSBB.pngCharizardHeadBlueSSBB.png PokémonTrainerHeadWhiteSSBB.pngSquirtleHeadWhiteSSBB.pngIvysaurHeadWhiteSSBB.pngCharizardHeadWhiteSSBB.png
Default The Pokémon Trainer's design is based on Red's appearance in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Red R The Pokémon Trainer's cap is reminiscent of Leaf, the female protagonist of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Squirtle resembles the Pokémon Wartortle, its evolved form.
Charizard resembles the Pokémon Charmeleon, its pre-evolved form.
Green G The Pokémon Trainer resembles Brendan as he appears in Pokémon Emerald.
Squirtle and Ivysaur resemble their respective Shiny colorations.
Blue B Squirtle resembles its in-battle sprite from Pokémon Yellow.
White Charizard resembles the Shiny colorations of Charmander and Charmeleon.

R.O.B.

R.O.B.'s palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
ROBHeadSSBB.png ROBHeadGreySSBB.png ROBHeadYellowSSBB.png ROBHeadPinkSSBB.png ROBHeadBlueSSBB.png ROBHeadGreenSSBB.png
Red R Based on the Japanese version of R.O.B. released for the Famicom - the "Family Computer Robot".[8]
Grey Based on the western version of R.O.B. released for the NES. The text on his base reads "R.O.B. - Robotic Operating Buddy" instead of "Family Computer Robot".
Yellow Resembles Spike, a glitch enemy from Stack-Up.
Pink Resembles Flipper, a glitch enemy from Stack-Up.
Blue B
Green G Resembles the R.O.B. Launcher enemy from the Subspace Emissary.

Samus/Zero Suit Samus

Samus's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
SamusHeadSSBB.png SamusHeadBlueSSBB.png SamusHeadPinkSSBB.png SamusHeadBrownSSBB.png SamusHeadPurpleSSBB.png SamusHeadGreenSSBB.png
Orange Based on the Varia Suit[9] as it appears in the Metroid Prime games [10] with embellishments taken from the Legendary Power Suit from Metroid: Zero Mission. It no longer corresponds with Samus's red team color, most likely because it is now paired with her cyan Zero Suit.
Blue B Based on the Fusion Suit from Metroid Fusion.[9]
Pink R Based on the Gravity Suit's in-game sprite from Super Metroid,[1] though it more closely resembles the in-game sprite of the Varia Suit in the original Metroid when missiles are selected.
Brown Based on the Dark Suit from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.[9]
Purple Based on the Gravity Suit's appearance in Metroid Prime.[11]
Green G The original Super Smash Bros. website referred to this alternate costume as "mass-produced Samus",[1] a reference to the MS-06 Zaku II from the Gundam franchise.
Zero Suit Samus's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadBlueSSBB.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadPinkSSBB.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadBlackSSBB.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadPurpleSSBB.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadGreenSSBB.png

Zero Suit Samus's costumes are complementary to Samus's respective costumes.

Cyan Based on her designs from Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
Blue B Resembles the Zero Suit at the end of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
Pink R Resembles her leotard at the end of the original Metroid.
Black Resembles her outfit at the end of Super Metroid.
Purple
Green G

Snake

Snake's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
SnakeHeadSSBB.png SnakeHeadRedSSBB.png SnakeHeadBlueSSBB.png SnakeHeadWhiteSSBB.png SnakeHeadGreenSSBB.png SnakeHeadBrownSSBB.png

Most of Snake's costumes seem to be based on different camouflage uniforms worn by Naked Snake in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

Grey Based on the sneaking suit worn by Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
Red R Resembles the Fire camouflage.
Blue B Resembles the Splitter camouflage.
White Resembles the AUSCAM Desert camouflage.
Green G Resembles the Tiger Stripe camouflage.
Brown Resembles the Animals camouflage.

Sonic

Sonic's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
SonicHeadSSBB.png SonicHeadBlackSSBB.png SonicHeadYellowSSBB.png SonicHeadGreenSSBB.png SonicHeadRedSSBB.png

Sonic is the only non-Pokémon character to have fewer than six alternate costumes.

Blue B Based on his modern appearance in Sonic Adventure onwards.
Black
Yellow The cuffs somewhat resemble Silver the Hedgehog's gloves.
Green G His cuffs are reminiscent of the thumbs-up that appears in Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2's Special Stage.
Red R His cuffs are reminiscent of the thumbs-up that appears in Sonic the Hedgehog 2's Special Stage.

Toon Link

Toon Link's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png ToonLinkHeadRedSSBB.png ToonLinkHeadBlueSSBB.png ToonLinkHeadPurpleSSBB.png ToonLinkHeadBrownSSBB.png ToonLinkHeadBlackSSBB.png
Green G Based on his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
Red R Red Link from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords and The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.
Blue B Blue Link from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords and The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.
Purple Purple Link from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords and The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.
Brown Resembles Link's appearance in The Legend of Zelda.
Black Resembles Dark Link and the Dark Interlopers from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Wario

Unlike all other characters, Wario has two outfits each with multiple color choices: his biker costume from the WarioWare games, which is his default costume, and his classic overalls. This doubles his alternate costume choices. There are a total of 12 costume choices for Wario in Brawl.

Wario's first set of palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
WarioHeadSSBB.png WarioHeadRedSSBB.png WarioHeadYellowSSBB.png WarioHeadGreenSSBB.png WarioHeadBlackSSBB.png WarioHeadBlueSSBB.png
Cyan Based on his appearance in the WarioWare series.[12]
Red R The red jacket, white pants, and goggles match the color scheme of Jimmy T, one of Wario's friends.
Yellow Loosely based on his original Overalls color scheme.
Green G Resembles his Player 4 appearance in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!, albeit with a black shirt and pants, and red lenses and helmet straps.
Black
Blue B
Wario's second set of palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
WarioHeadClassicSSBB.png WarioHeadClassicRedSSBB.png WarioHeadClassicBlueSSBB.png WarioHeadClassicGreenSSBB.png WarioHeadClassicBrownSSBB.png WarioHeadClassicWhiteSSBB.png

Wario's overalls closely resemble the cartoonish look in both the Mario and Wario games, in contrast to Mario, Luigi, and Waluigi, who were given more realistic-looking overalls and his current appearance in Mario Party 4 onwards.

Yellow Based on his appearance in the Mario and Wario Land series. Referred to as "Overalls Wario" on the Brawl DOJO!!.[12]
Red R Resembles Mario's appearance in Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., and others.
Blue B Resembles Mario's appearance on the Japanese (resale version) and European covers of the NES version of Mario Bros.
Green G Resembles Luigi's appearance from promotional artwork for the arcade version of Mario Bros., with the colors of the overalls and shirt swapped. It also resembles Jinbe from Mole Mania, another game developed by Shigeru Miyamoto.
Brown The color scheme is the opposite of Mario's Foreman Spike-inspired costume in the original Super Smash Bros.
White Resembles his in-game sprite from the early Mario and Wario Land titles on the Game Boy.

Wolf

Wolf's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
WolfHeadSSBB.png WolfHeadRedSSBB.png WolfHeadBlackSSBB.png WolfHeadGreenSSBB.png WolfHeadBlueSSBB.png WolfHeadWhiteSSBB.png
Grey Based on his appearance in Star Fox: Assault, only his fur having a shade of light blue.
Red R
Black Complementary to Fox's "Dark Fox" costume. Resembles a black wolf. While the portrait depicts the suit with black sleeves, they are white in-game.
Green G
Blue B
White Similarly to his black costume, the portrait depicts the suit with black sleeves, but they're white in-game. Likely based off the coloration of the Wolfen.

Yoshi

Yoshi's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
YoshiHeadSSBB.png YoshiHeadRedSSBB.png YoshiHeadBlueSSBB.png YoshiHeadYellowSSBB.png YoshiHeadPinkSSBB.png YoshiHeadCyanSSBB.png

All of Yoshi's costumes appear as different variations of the Yoshi species in Yoshi's Story.[1]

Green G Based on a Green Yoshi and his current appearance in Super Mario Sunshine onwards.
Red R Based on a Red Yoshi. The shade of red in this costume is similar to red Mini-Yoshi's color in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Blue B Based on a Blue Yoshi.
Yellow Based on a Yellow Yoshi.
Pink Based on a Pink Yoshi.
Cyan Based on a Light Blue Yoshi.

Zelda/Sheik

Zelda's and Sheik's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
ZeldaHeadSSBB.pngSheikHeadSSBB.png ZeldaHeadRedSSBB.pngSheikHeadRedSSBB.png ZeldaHeadBlueSSBB.pngSheikHeadBlueSSBB.png ZeldaHeadPinkSSBB.pngSheikHeadPinkSSBB.png ZeldaHeadGreenSSBB.pngSheikHeadGreenSSBB.png ZeldaHeadBlackSSBB.pngSheikHeadBlackSSBB.png
Purple/Light Blue Zelda is based on her appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.[13][5]
While Sheik does not appear in Twilight Princess, she is based on unused concept art of her from the title.[14]
Red R Zelda resembles her in-game sprite when Link rescues her with the Red Ring equipped in The Legend of Zelda.
Blue B
Pink Zelda is based on her appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time,[2] but more closely resembles the color scheme of her appearance in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
Sheik does not resemble her appearance from Ocarina of Time and instead matches Zelda's color scheme.
Green G Zelda resembles her in-game sprite when Link rescues her with no ring equipped in The Legend of Zelda.
Black Complementary to Link's "Dark Link" costume.

Glitch

There is a glitch in Brawl that allows multiple players to be the same character with the same color scheme, without the shading seen in Team Battles.

This glitch can also occur when every player selects random, and multiple players end up playing as the same character.

Trivia

  • Captain Falcon's red outfit actually has one file for each available PAL language in the game (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian). While presumably done so localizers could edit the "Blood Hawk" on the back to match the current language, this appears to have been skipped or glossed over, as there is no difference between the files.
  • Mr. Game & Watch only has one file for his model and textures. This indicates that the color variations come from tinting or blending the textures, instead of pre-rendered bitmaps.
  • Luigi has an unused blue costume in the game's data; this costume is slightly lighter in color than the used one, and the reason for its removal is unknown.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q 色ちがいのひみつ
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Smash Bros. DOJO!! - Color Changes
  3. ^ Ice Climber (1985) cover art MobyGames
  4. ^ 速報スマブラ拳!! : アンケート集計拳!! - Page 82 in post-launch.
  5. ^ a b Masahiro Sakurai (2007-05-23). Link. Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Retrieved on 2018-04-20. “The design of this particular Link comes from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.”
  6. ^ 速報スマブラ拳!! : アンケート集計拳!! - Page 11 in post-launch.
  7. ^ 速報スマブラ拳!! : アンケート集計拳!! - Page 31 in post-launch.
  8. ^ Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (North America) - Tip: "R.O.B.: Color Variations – R.O.B.'s red-and-white second color is based on the Japan version of R.O.B. In fact, it's even his default color in the Japanese version of this game!"
  9. ^ a b c Masahiro Sakurai (2014-09-03). Director's Room. Miiverse. Retrieved on 2016-02-05. “Pic of the day. Until now, you were only able to choose from four, or sometimes five or six colors for each character. This time, though, all characters have eight colors to choose from! The first four color schemes for Samus are based off her Varia Suit, Fusion Suit, Gravity Suit from Super Metroid, and the Dark Suit.”
  10. ^ Wii U & Nintendo 3DS Developer Direct. Official Nintendo YouTube channel (2014-07-11). Retrieved on 2016-02-06. “Until now Samus was based off the design from Super Metroid, but she's been given a major makeover. Her design is now closer to that of Metroid: Other M.”
  11. ^ Masahiro Sakurai (2014-09-03). Director's Room. Miiverse. Retrieved on 2016-02-05. “…And here she is in the color schemes of the Gravity Suit from Metroid Prime, Green Samus (a regular in the Smash series), the Light Suit, and Dark Samus. A total of eight colors.”
  12. ^ a b Masahiro Sakurai (2007-06-20). Wario. Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Retrieved on 2018-04-27. “Many fans clamored for Wario to join the fray, and so now he finally makes his appearance...in his WarioWare costume.”
  13. ^ Masahiro Sakurai (2007-05-25). Zelda. Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Retrieved on 2018-04-23. “Just like Link, Zelda’s design has also changed.”
  14. ^ Masahiro Sakurai (2008-01-16). Sheik. Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Retrieved on 2018-04-23. “Sheik doesn’t appear in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, but we based her model on a design that was drafted up during the development of that game.”