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A fighter, also known as a playable character or simply character, is a character (or in some cases, multiple characters simultaneously) in the Super Smash Bros. series roster that can be controlled by players in Versus Mode and other modes. These characters are located on the character selection screen and can be used without a cheat device (e.g. Action Replay). Playable characters can further be divided into starter, unlockable, and downloadable, which distinguishes whether characters can be played right away, whether they need to be unlocked, or whether they need to be downloaded.

List of fighters[edit]

This is a list of the fighters in the Super Smash Bros. series.

The following does not include some bosses who can be playable on occasion, such as in the World of Light.

For characters who were considered or intended to be fighters, see Unused content (SSB), Unused content (SSBM), Unused content (SSBB), Unused content (SSB4), and Unused content (SSBU).

Key Starter Unlockable Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Unlockable / Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Starter Downloadable Customizable[1] Transformation[2]
Fighter Universe Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Banjo & Kazooie Official symbol for the Banjo-Kazooie series.Banjo-Kazooie Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png
Bayonetta BayonettaSymbol.svgBayonetta BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png BayonettaHeadSSBU.png
Bowser MarioSymbol.svgMario BowserHeadSSBM.png BowserHeadSSBB.png Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. BowserHeadSSBU.png
Bowser Jr.[3] MarioSymbol.svgMario Bowser Jr.'s stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. BowserJrHeadSSBU.png
Byleth[4] FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem BylethHeadSSBU.png
Captain Falcon FZeroSymbol.svgF-Zero C. Falcon's head icon from SSB. CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBB.png Captain Falcon's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png
Charizard PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon CharizardHeadSSBB.png[5] Charizard's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. CharizardHeadSSBU.png[5]
Chrom FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem ChromHeadSSBU.png
Cloud FinalFantasySymbol.svgFinal Fantasy CloudHeadSSB4-U.png CloudHeadSSBU.png
Corrin[4] FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem CorrinHeadSSB4-U.png CorrinHeadSSBU.png
Daisy MarioSymbol.svgMario DaisyHeadSSBU.png
Dark Pit KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus Dark Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. DarkPitHeadSSBU.png
Dark Samus MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png
Diddy Kong Symbol of the DK series.Donkey Kong DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png Diddy Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png
Donkey Kong Symbol of the DK series.Donkey Kong DK's head icon from SSB. DonkeyKongHeadSSBM.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.png Donkey Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png
Dr. Mario MarioSymbol.svgMario DrMarioHeadSSBM.png Dr. Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. DrMarioHeadSSBU.png
Duck Hunt[6] DuckHuntSymbol.svgDuck Hunt Duck Hunt's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png
Falco StarFoxSymbol.svgStar Fox FalcoHeadSSBM.png FalcoHeadSSBB.png Falco's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. FalcoHeadSSBU.png
Fox StarFoxSymbol.svgStar Fox Fox's head icon from SSB. FoxHeadSSBM.png FoxHeadSSBB.png Fox's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. FoxHeadSSBU.png
Ganondorf ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda GanondorfHeadSSBM.png GanondorfHeadSSBB.png Ganondorf's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. GanondorfHeadSSBU.png
Greninja PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon Greninja's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. GreninjaHeadSSBU.png
Hero[7] Symbol of the Dragon Quest series.Dragon Quest HeroHeadSSBU.png
Ice Climbers IceClimberSymbol.svgIce Climber IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png
Ike FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem IkeHeadSSBB.png Ike's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. IkeHeadSSBU.png
Incineroar PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon IncineroarHeadSSBU.png
Inkling[4] SplatoonSymbol.svgSplatoon InklingHeadSSBU.png
Isabelle Symbol of the Animal Crossing series.Animal Crossing IsabelleHeadSSBU.png
Ivysaur PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon IvysaurHeadSSBB.png[5] IvysaurHeadSSBU.png[5]
Jigglypuff PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon Jigglypuff's head icon from SSB. JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadSSBB.png Jigglypuff's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png
Joker PersonaSymbol.svgPersona JokerHeadSSBU.png
Kazuya TekkenSymbol.svgTekken KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Ken StreetFighterSymbol.svgStreet Fighter KenHeadSSBU.png
King Dedede KirbySymbol.svgKirby KingDededeHeadSSBB.png King Dedede's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. KingDededeHeadSSBU.png
King K. Rool Symbol of the DK series.Donkey Kong KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png
Kirby KirbySymbol.svgKirby Kirby's head icon from SSB. KirbyHeadSSBM.png KirbyHeadSSBB.png Kirby's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. KirbyHeadSSBU.png
Link ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda Link's head icon from SSB. LinkHeadSSBM.png LinkHeadSSBB.png Link's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. LinkHeadSSBU.png
Little Mac PunchOutSymbol.svgPunch-Out!! Little Mac's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. LittleMacHeadSSBU.png
Lucario PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon LucarioHeadSSBB.png Lucario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. LucarioHeadSSBU.png
Lucas EarthboundSymbol.svgEarthBound LucasHeadSSBB.png LucasHeadSSB4-U.png LucasHeadSSBU.png
Lucina FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem Lucina's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. LucinaHeadSSBU.png
Luigi MarioSymbol.svgMario Luigi's head icon from SSB. LuigiHeadSSBM.png LuigiHeadSSBB.png Luigi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. LuigiHeadSSBU.png
Mario MarioSymbol.svgMario Mario's head icon from SSB. MarioHeadSSBM.png MarioHeadSSBB.png Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. MarioHeadSSBU.png
Marth FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem MarthHeadSSBM.png MarthHeadSSBB.png Marth's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. MarthHeadSSBU.png
Mega Man MegaManSymbol.svgMega Man Mega Man's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. MegaManHeadSSBU.png
Meta Knight KirbySymbol.svgKirby MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png Meta Knight's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png
Mewtwo PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon MewtwoHeadSSBM.png Mewtwo's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. MewtwoHeadSSBU.png
Mii Brawler Symbol of the Smash Bros. series.Super Smash Bros. Mii Brawler's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png
Mii Gunner Symbol of the Smash Bros. series.Super Smash Bros. Mii Gunner's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. MiiGunnerHeadSSBU.png
Mii Swordfighter Symbol of the Smash Bros. series.Super Smash Bros. Mii Swordfighter's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.[8] MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png
Min Min Symbol of the ARMS series.ARMS MinMinHeadSSBU.png
Mr. Game & Watch Game&WatchSymbol.svgGame & Watch MrGame&WatchHeadSSBM.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSBB.png Mr. Game & Watch's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png
Mythra XenobladeSymbol.svgXenoblade Chronicles MythraHeadSSBU.png[9]
Ness EarthboundSymbol.svgEarthBound Ness's head icon from SSB. NessHeadSSBM.png NessHeadSSBB.png Ness's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. NessHeadSSBU.png
Olimar PikminSymbol.svgPikmin OlimarHeadSSBB.png Olimar's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.[10] OlimarHeadSSBU.png[10]
Pac-Man PacManSymbol.svgPac-Man Pac-Man's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png
Palutena KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus Palutena's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. PalutenaHeadSSBU.png
Peach MarioSymbol.svgMario PeachHeadSSBM.png PeachHeadSSBB.png Peach's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. PeachHeadSSBU.png
Pichu PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon PichuHeadSSBM.png PichuHeadSSBU.png
Pikachu PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon Pikachu's head icon from SSB. PikachuHeadSSBM.png PikachuHeadSSBB.png Pikachu's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. PikachuHeadSSBU.png
Piranha Plant MarioSymbol.svgMario PiranhaPlantHeadSSBU.png
Pit KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus PitHeadSSBB.png Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. PitHeadSSBU.png
Pokémon Trainer[5] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon PokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png PokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.png[4]
Pyra XenobladeSymbol.svgXenoblade Chronicles PyraHeadSSBU.png[9]
R.O.B. ROBSymbol.svgR.O.B. ROBHeadSSBB.png ROBHeadGreySSB4-U.png[11] ROBHeadGreySSBU.png[11]
Richter Symbol of the Castlevania series.Castlevania RichterHeadSSBU.png
Ridley MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid RidleyHeadSSBU.png
Robin[4] FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem Robin's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. RobinHeadSSBU.png
Rosalina & Luma MarioSymbol.svgMario Rosalina and Luma's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. RosalinaHeadSSBU.png
Roy FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem RoyHeadSSBM.png RoyHeadSSB4-U.png RoyHeadSSBU.png
Ryu StreetFighterSymbol.svgStreet Fighter RyuHeadSSB4-U.png RyuHeadSSBU.png
Samus MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid Samus's head icon from SSB. SamusHeadSSBM.png SamusHeadSSBB.png[12] SamusHeadSSB4-U.png SamusHeadSSBU.png
Sephiroth FinalFantasySymbol.svgFinal Fantasy Sephiroth's stock icon.
Sheik ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda SheikHeadSSBM.png[13] SheikHeadSSBB.png[13] Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. SheikHeadSSBU.png
Shulk XenobladeSymbol.svgXenoblade Chronicles Shulk's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. ShulkHeadSSBU.png
Simon Symbol of the Castlevania series.Castlevania SimonHeadSSBU.png
Snake MetalGearSymbol.svgMetal Gear SnakeHeadSSBB.png SnakeHeadSSBU.png
Sonic SonicSymbol.svgSonic the Hedgehog SonicHeadSSBB.png Sonic's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. SonicHeadSSBU.png
Sora KingdomHeartsSymbol.svgKingdom Hearts SoraHeadSSBUWebsite.png
Squirtle PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon SquirtleHeadSSBB.png[5] SquirtleHeadSSBU.png[5]
Steve[14] Symbol of the Minecraft series.Minecraft Steve's stock icon.
Terry FatalFurySymbol.svgFatal Fury TerryHeadSSBU.png
Toon Link ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png Toon Link's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png
Villager[4] Symbol of the Animal Crossing series.Animal Crossing Villager's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. VillagerHeadSSBU.png
Wario WarioSymbol.svgWario WarioHeadSSBB.png Wario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. WarioHeadSSBU.png
Wii Fit Trainer[4] WiiFitSymbol.svgWii Fit Wii Fit Trainer's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. WiiFitTrainerHeadSSBU.png
Wolf StarFoxSymbol.svgStar Fox WolfHeadSSBB.png WolfHeadSSBU.png
Yoshi YoshiSymbol.svgYoshi Yoshi's head icon from SSB. YoshiHeadSSBM.png YoshiHeadSSBB.png Yoshi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. YoshiHeadSSBU.png
Young Link ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda YoungLinkHeadSSBM.png YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png
Zelda ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda ZeldaHeadSSBM.png[13] ZeldaHeadSSBB.png[13] Zelda's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. ZeldaHeadSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png[12] Zero Suit Samus's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png
Newcomers 12 14 18[15] 21 24
Veterans 0 12 21 37 65 [15]
Total Fighters 12 26 39 58 89

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mii Fighters are automatically unlocked upon creation in the Mii Fighter menu.
  2. ^ Some characters are accessible through others' movesets. Transformation characters share a slot on the character selection screen, but in most situations players can start the match as whichever form they wish. In Ultimate, transformation characters may appear independently as enemies in single-player modes.
  3. ^ Bowser Jr.'s alternate costumes also allow players to control any of the Koopalings instead.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g This fighter’s alternate costumes have male and female variants. Only the default gender’s stock icon is shown on the table.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Pokémon Trainer's moveset allows the player to switch between Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard using their shared down special, Pokémon Change.
  6. ^ Known as Duck Hunt Duo in PAL regions.
  7. ^ Half of Hero’s costumes represent 4 different protagonists from across the franchise: Luminary, Erdrick, Solo, and Eight. Luminary is the default, and only his stock icon is shown on the table.
  8. ^ Known as Mii Sword Fighter in PAL regions.
  9. ^ a b Pyra and Mythra can transform into each other using their shared down special, Swap.
  10. ^ a b In Smash 4 and Ultimate, half of Olimar's costumes allow players to control Alph instead.
  11. ^ a b R.O.B.’s default appearance in Smash 4 and Ultimate changes depending on the language the game is set to. His Famicom design is his default appearance in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean languages, while all other languages use his NES design.
  12. ^ a b Samus can transform into Zero Suit Samus by rapidly using the up and down taunts or by using her Final Smash. Zero Suit Samus can transform into Samus with her own Final Smash (but not through taunting). They were split into separate characters starting in Smash 4.
  13. ^ a b c d Both Zelda and Sheik can Transform into each other using their down special. They have new special moves starting in Smash 4, thus they can no longer transform
  14. ^ Alex, Zombie, and Enderman appear as alternate costumes.
  15. ^ a b Pokémon Trainer is not counted because he isn’t controlled by the player and he lacks a fighter number in Ultimate. Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard are counted instead.

Newcomers and veterans[edit]

A newcomer is a character who appears as playable for the first time in the series in a given game. A veteran is the opposite: a character who has been playable in a previous game. For example, Diddy Kong is a newcomer in Brawl, as he did not appear as playable in any previous games, but is a veteran in all subsequent games. Note that the definition of newcomers is distinct from that of "unlockable" or "secret" characters, which are playable characters who must be unlocked by completing certain tasks; Melee, Brawl, and Smash 4 all had starter veterans, starter newcomers, unlockable veterans, and unlockable newcomers. Ultimate is the first game in which all newcomers to the base game are unlockable; however, most veterans are also unlockable.

The term newcomer was originally used to describe the unlockable characters in the original Super Smash Bros. by the data deletion menu. It was later used in the first trailer for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in which new characters were introduced with the title "Newcomer" atop their name. The word newcomer was later used on the Smash Bros. DOJO!! site to classify characters who made their debut in Brawl and are starters in there, in addition to third party characters Snake and Sonic. This use of the term has become the community-preferred usage for other games in the series.

"Perfect-attendance crew"[edit]

Less commonly, the term "veteran" can also denote the "eight regulars" or "perfect-attendance fighters", which are the eight starter characters in the original Super Smash Bros. which have been in all subsequent games of the series. The "perfect attendance" part of the term is a reference to the fact that these eight fighters have always been available from the start of every game without needing to be unlocked. The terms originated in the description for the 10th Brawl event match All-Star Battle Regulars, reading: "The Smash Bros. perfect-attendance crew! Fight the eight regulars in order!" A popular, unofficial term referring to this group is "The Original 8" (Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, and Pikachu), which may also be called "The Original 12" if including the four unlockable characters (Luigi, Ness, Captain Falcon, and Jigglypuff). The 29th Brawl event match All-Star Semifinal Regulars states: "Four hidden characters from the past game! They're secret perfect attendees." Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the only installment where all the "Original 12" are starter characters. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate refers to the concept of the perfect-attendance crew by making the only starter characters the aforementioned “Original 8.”

Trivia[edit]

  • Dr. Mario, Ice Climbers, Lucas, Mewtwo, Pichu, Pokémon Trainer's Squirtle and Ivysaur, Roy, Snake, Wolf, and Young Link are the only fighters to have ever been cut in an installment.
    • Pichu and Young Link are the only fighters to have been absent from two consecutive installments.
    • Ice Climbers are the only characters to have been a fighter in more than one game before being cut.
    • Pokémon is the only universe to have multiple cut fighters, being Mewtwo, Pichu, and Pokémon Trainer’s Squirtle and Ivysaur.
    • Lucas is the only fighter to have been a starter character, unlockable character, and downloadable character in three separate games. He is also the only fighter to be cut from a roster without skipping an installment.
  • Roy is the only playable character to debut in Super Smash Bros. before appearing in any other game. His inclusion in Melee was intended to promote Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, his debut in his home series, which was released shortly after Melee in Japan.
    • According to Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai, The Binding Blade was originally scheduled for release before Melee.[1]
    • While Corrin debuted as DLC for SSB4 before Fire Emblem Fates was released in most territories, the game had already been released in Japan several months prior.
  • Captain Falcon (in SSB), the Mii Fighters, and Pac-Man (in Ultimate) are the only fighters to use head icons that don't portray their faces.
  • Wario is the first fighter to debut as a starter before becoming unlockable in another game.
  • Prior to Ultimate, the only unlockable characters whose playable status was not kept a secret prior to release were Snake and Sonic in Brawl, and Lucina in Smash 4.
  • Yoshi and Captain Falcon are the only characters who appear in all five Super Smash Bros. games as the sole fighters from their series.
    • They are also the only characters who debuted the same day but in different games.
  • Metal Gear and Ice Climber are the only universes to have the entirety of their characters cut from one game to the next, and be reintroduced in the next game.
  • Samus is the only female character to appear in all five games in the Super Smash Bros. series, as Pokémon were not considered gendered at the time of the first game's release.
  • Currently, Charizard, Little Mac, Ridley, Dark Samus, and Isabelle are the only characters to have been made fully playable after major non-playable appearances, excluding characters that are playable via items (Metal Mario, Giant Donkey Kong, and Giga Bowser). These include Poké Ball Pokémon, Bosses, and Assist Trophies.
    • Lucas, Mewtwo, Min Min, Pyra, and Mythra are the only fighters to have had a non-playable appearance in an installment before becoming downloadable content for that installment, with Lucas and Mewtwo being Trophies in Smash 4, and Min Min, Pyra, and Mythra all being Spirits in Ultimate.
  • Charizard is the only character who was part of a transformation character, became a standalone fighter, and then returned to being part of a transformation character.
    • Inversely, Samus is the only character who was initially a standalone character before being able to transform into Zero Suit Samus, before the two were split in their next appearances.
  • Alph and the female Pokémon Trainer are the only alternate costume characters who were added after their base fighter debuted.
    • In Smash 4, Alph was intended to be a clone fighter of Olimar. Rock Pikmin were even considered for use. However, this was scrapped presumably due to time constraints and he was incorporated as Olimar’s last four alternate costumes.
  • The Koopalings and the Heroes from Dragon Quest III, IV and VIII are the only alternate characters who debuted before their base fighter in their home series.

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