A Flying Man in EarthBound.
|Smash Bros. appearances||SSB4|
|Most recent non-Smash appearance||EarthBound (1994)|
|Console/platform of origin||Famicom|
|Place of origin||Magicant|
|Article on WikiBound||Flying Man|
The Flying Men are a race of humanoid bird creatures that can be found in Magicant in both Mother and EarthBound, where Ninten or Ness can recruit them to help in battles while exploring Magicant. Should a Flying Man be defeated, however, it will be permanently dead and a grave will appear outside their house. Like in Smash, there are only five Flying Men available in both Mother and EarthBound.
As a stage element
Flying Men occasionally appear in the Magicant stage, coming out of their house on the top right platform. When passed by or attacked by a character, they start fighting alongside them, brawling against their opponents and even teammates.
Flying Men move around and approach opponents by running and jumping, and have an infinite amount of midair jumps. They have two attacks at their disposal:
- Flying Cross Chop, a dash in the air towards an opponent in an attempt to body slam them similarly to Incineroar's Cross Chop.
- Somersault Kick, an upward kick similar to Mario's up aerial, which can be performed both on the ground and in the air.
Both attacks inflict 12% damage and have high base knockback which can KO an opponent as early as 90%.
Flying Men can be attacked and grabbed like a regular fighter, and be launched farther the more damage they accumulate. When they are KOed, either by being launched beyond the blast line or by taking enough damage, a small tombstone appears near their house. Only five Flying Men in total will spawn in a single match, and if all five Flying Men have been KOed, they will no longer appear for the remainder of the match.
The Flying Men on Magicant appear as 2D sprites, similar to their original appearance in EarthBound (albeit with new, more fluid animations). During development, a 3D model was also created, but scrapped in favor of the sprite; it lessened the strain on the 3DS hardware, and the team felt it looked better in comparison. The scrapped model was modified to be used for the Flying Man Mii costume.
Suicide grab glitch
Previously, if Bowser attempted to use the Flying Slam offstage on a Flying Man, he would not be KO'd upon reaching the lower blast line, but instead fall indefinitely. It is possible that Bowser could not be KO'd until after the opponent he was grabbing (in order to ensure the opponent lost if they both had one stock remaining), and that the Flying Man did not properly interact with this. Due to the nerf to Flying Slam in version 1.0.4, this is no longer the case; Bowser will be KO'd as normal, with the Flying Man being able to recover back to the stage.
In Smash Tour
A Flying Man can appear as a random event. He follows the first player who bumps into him, and when bumping into another player he knocks them away before disappearing.
As a costume
- Flying Man
- The Flying Men from EarthBound are five kind brothers with a cruel fate. They live together in a house on the outskirts of Magicant. The brothers gladly join Ness on his journey, but if they fall in battle, they return home to be buried. In Smash Tour, they'll ally themselves with the first player to touch them.
- The Flying Men are a team of five birdmen. Each time a Flying Man appears, he'll help the first person to reach him with Flying Cross Chops and Somersault Kicks. A small memorial stone will be erected for each one defeated. Once all five are gone, they're done fighting forever until the next battle.
- : EarthBound (06/1995)
- The Flying Men are five brothers who seem to be some kind of bird people. They make great allies, smoothly combining majestic jumps with Flying Cross Chops and Somersault Kicks, and they'll each support whoever reaches them first. Sadly, once they're defeated, they'll be buried next to their homes, never to return.
- : Mother (1989 (JP))
- : EarthBound (1994 (JP))
As a stage element
As a costume
The Flying Man costume for the Mii Brawler also returns and can be bought in the Shop.
The Flying Man also appears as an Ace-class primary spirit.
In Adventure Mode: World of Light, the Flying Man is presumably one of the countless spirits captured by Galeem during his takeover of the universe. The Flying Man's spirit is located in the cloud section of The Light Realm.
The Flying Man uses a Mii Brawler puppet fighter wearing the Flying Man Hat and Outfit and is fought on the Magicant stage. He is fought along a Ness puppet fighter. During the battle, the player's fighter must defeat five Mii Brawlers, referencing how the Flying Men can be defeated in battle and cannot be revived.
|570||Flying Man||★★★||3||2792||8379||1607||4822||1027||3083||Initial Damage 30%||EarthBound Series|
A Flying Man attacking Pit.
The animated sprite used for the Flying Man in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
Names in other languages
|Japanese||フライングマン, Flying Man|
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|Assist Trophies||Jeff · Starman|
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