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:
Both attacks inflict 8-12% 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 grave 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.
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
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.
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