Cloud (SSB4)/Up aerial
Cloud leans down, then pushes the Buster Sword directly above him. A moderately strong aerial, it can reliably KO middleweights at around 135% from Battlefield's top platform.
Despite its average startup and landing lag, this attack has long disjointed horizontal range, deceptive vertical range, low ending lag, long duration and autocancels immediately after all hitboxes are removed. These traits make it a phenomenal anti-air and a pivotal aspect of Cloud's neutral game. Its clean hit serves as an excellent pressure tool and a good combo starter, as it deals high damage for its speed and landing with it can lead into up tilt, neutral aerial, another up aerial, Cross Slash, and even Finishing Touch. Autocancelling it, on the other hand, is great for denying landings and allows it to combo into itself at least twice without fail. The long-lasting late hit is also a reliable combo extender, having just enough hit advantage to reset and continue combos, and especially shines on outlasting air dodges without requiring particularly accurate predictions.
Its numerous positive traits and lack of serious drawbacks make it a feared, all-purpose move that is widely considered the best up aerial in the game.
When Cloud initially became available, his up aerial dealt 1% more damage with both its clean hit and late hit. Said difference, however, while small, is more significant than it appears to be: as one of Cloud's most used and useful moves even back then, this allowed it to both rack up damage faster with repeated usage in combos, and to KO approximately 13% earlier due to damage being a primary factor in the knockback formula. As such, although the nerf brought by update 1.1.5 barely diminished the move's overall usage, it did noticeably weaken its damage racking ability and KO power.