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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. 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.

Some characters, namely 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 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
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
Indigo
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
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
Yellow The vest is reminiscent of Diddy Kong's alternate outfit in Donkey Kong Country's Two-Player Contest mode.
Pink Resembles Dixie Kong, Diddy Kong's girlfriend. Perhaps in recognition of the fact that Diddy Kong has no hair, his fur is yellow.
Purple Resembles his appearance in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest's Two-Player Contest mode.
Green G
Blue B Resembles Kiddy Kong, Dixie's partner in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble.

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
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
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
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
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 they do not switch positions on the selection screen like they did in Melee.

Purple
Red R Nana resembles her appearance on the American boxart for Ice Climber.
Blue B
Black
Green G
White The colors of their mittens match those of their default colors. The parka color resembles their sprite after touching an enemy.

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
Pink Resembles his "Player 2" color in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards' Multiplayer mode, but his skin is blue.
Green G
Purple Resembles his purple color in Kirby Air Ride. The obi is reminiscent of formal Japanese kimonos.
Blue B The obi features the same icons as one of the menu schemes from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
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 Resembles Red Kirby from Nightmare in Dream Land, The Amazing Mirror, and Squeak Squad. Compared to "Fire Kirby" costume in previous Smash titles, his feet are magenta instead of maroon.
Green G Resembles Green Kirby from Nightmare in Dream Land, The Amazing Mirror, and Squeak Squad. Compared to "Kusa-mochi Kirby" costume in previous Smash titles, his feet are orange instead of green.
White Based on his monochromatic in-game sprite from Kirby's Dream Land.[3]

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.[4]
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.
Red R
Blue B Resembles Ness's pajamas in EarthBound.
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
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 Resembles 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
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
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.[5]
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
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.
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 clothes 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
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.[6] The dress is reminiscent of the wedding dress Paper Peach wore in Super Paper Mario.

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
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".[7]
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

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[8] as it appears in Super Metroid [9] 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.[8]
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.[8]
Purple Based on the Gravity Suit's appearance in Metroid Prime.[10]
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.

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
Black Resembles the colouration of Sonic the Werehog from Sonic Unleashed.
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.[11]
Red R The red jacket, white pants, and goggles match the color scheme of Jimmy T., one of Wario's friends.
Yellow
Green G
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.

Yellow Based on his appearance in the Mario and Wario Land series. Referred to as "Overalls Wario" on the Brawl DOJO!!.[11]
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 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
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.

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.
Red R Based on a Red Yoshi.
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.[12][4]
While Sheik does not appear in Twilight Princess, she is based on unused concept art of her from the title.[13]
Red R Zelda resembles her in-game sprite when Link rescues her with the Red Ring equipped in The Legend of Zelda.
Blue B Zelda resembles her in-game sprite when Link rescues her with the Blue Ring equipped in The Legend of Zelda.
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.

Zero Suit Samus

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

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 and 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 色ちがいのひみつ
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Smash Bros. DOJO!! - Color Changes
  3. ^ 速報スマブラ拳!! : アンケート集計拳!! - Page 82 in post-launch.
  4. ^ 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.”
  5. ^ 速報スマブラ拳!! : アンケート集計拳!! - Page 11 in post-launch.
  6. ^ 速報スマブラ拳!! : アンケート集計拳!! - Page 31 in post-launch.
  7. ^ 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!"
  8. ^ 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.”
  9. ^ 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.”
  10. ^ 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.”
  11. ^ 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.”
  12. ^ Masahiro Sakurai (2007-05-25). Zelda. Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Retrieved on 2018-04-23. “Just like Link, Zelda’s design has also changed.”
  13. ^ 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.”