Super Smash Bros. series
This article's title is unofficial.

Idle pose

From SmashWiki, the Super Smash Bros. wiki
Jump to navigationJump to search
One of Ike's idle poses in Ultimate

Idle poses (sometimes referred to as idle animations, and referred to as Wait_ in Super Smash Bros. Melee's debug menu and in internal Brawl files) are minor, mainly nonconsequential animations that play at random if a character stands still for a length of time.

Though mostly aesthetic, idle poses can change the direction of the passive shields carried by Toon Link and Young Link, therefore affecting their ability to block projectiles. Prior to Super Smash Bros. 4, this also applied to Link.

Lists of idle poses[edit]

List of characters without mirrored stances[edit]

Starting in Super Smash Bros. 4, certain fighters will face the screen regardless of which direction they are facing. In Ultimate, the only way to see them facing away from the screen is with a move that flips them around, such as Cape. The following characters still keep the distinction of being able to face away from the screen:

With the exceptions of Marth, Roy, Young Link, Toon Link, Pit, Lucina, Robin, Dark Pit, Chrom, Simon, Richter, and Sephiroth, as well as Link before Ultimate, all characters listed have their bodies face the screen when facing right.

Trivia[edit]

  • In Ultimate, Bowser, Zero Suit Samus, Mega Man, Bowser Jr., Ridley, Incineroar, Joker, and Banjo & Kazooie are the only characters to make any sort of sound in their idle animations.
    • In Melee, this only applied to Bowser, while in Brawl, this was applied to Mario, Wario, Pit, and King Dedede.
    • Bowser (Melee and Ultimate) and Ridley are the only characters whose idle animation have them vocalize rather than using sound effects.
  • Master Hand has an idle pose, but it is never seen in normal gameplay because the AI never allows enough time between his attacks. It can be seen if Master Hand is controlled by the player, either by using the Master Hand glitch in Melee or playing as him in Adventure Mode: World of Light in Ultimate; for his idle pose, he simply clenches his fist.
    • In SSB4, there is also a chance that Master Hand will stay still for a while while Crazy Hand attacks solo, resulting in him doing the idle pose.
  • In Super Smash Bros. 4 and Ultimate, there is a chance that a character will instantly perform one of their idle poses once they climb on top of a ladder.
  • Normally, idle poses will not play when a character is holding a small item, like a Capsule. There are some peculiarities with how this functions, however:
    • In Melee, Mewtwo can still perform any of its idle poses when holding an item, since it uses telekinesis to carry items rather than directly holding them.
    • In all games where he is featured, Sonic unclenches his fists when holding an item.
    • In Super Smash Bros. 4, Yoshi, Link, and Sheik will revert to their Super Smash Bros. Brawl idle animations if they hold an item. Dr. Mario, Lucas, and Roy will revert to the animation of their base character (Mario, Ness, and Marth respectively).
      • In Ultimate, Yoshi, Link, and Dr. Mario use their correct idle animations, but Sheik still reverts to her Brawl idle animation.
    • In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there are multiple cases of characters using nonstandard idle animations while holding an item:
      • Fox, Luigi, Jigglypuff, Falco, Pit, Diddy Kong, and Wolf revert to their Brawl idle animations.
      • Mewtwo and Dark Pit revert to their Super Smash Bros. 4 idle animations (which in Dark Pit's case is the same as Pit's), and Daisy will perform Peach's idle animation.
      • Marth, Lucina, Roy, and Chrom all use Marth's Brawl idle animation.
      • Lucas will still revert to Ness's Brawl idle animation despite Ness not doing so.
      • Simon and Richter will perform the same alternative idle animation that neither normally possess.
      • Inkling Boy and female Byleth do not perform their altered idle animations.
      • Some characters that do not reuse previous animations still have nonstandard behavior while carrying an item: Bowser's lower jaw clips through his mouth, Toon Link reuses his facial expressions from SSB4, and Mega Man does not look forward.
  • Some characters have an animation that actually is part of their regular standing animation, but are often mistaken for idle poses. Unlike idle poses, they play at regular intervals instead of randomly (and they can be seen in the character customization screen on both 3DS and Wii U versions, or by holding a item, where idle poses never play). Some examples include Daisy, Sheik and Roy.
    • In some cases, this animation is used to transition into the default idle animation, either from their previous one (in the case of Sheik) or their base character's (in the case of Daisy, Roy, and other clones). Other characters, such as Chrom, Dark Samus, Mythra and Mii Gunner (SSB4 only) have separate animations for this purpose.
  • While Bayonetta has two idle poses, only one of them appears under normal circumstances.
  • Since Brawl, five characters have not had the traditional two idle poses, those being Peach, Zelda (prior to Ultimate), Jigglypuff, Byleth, and Steve. Peach has four, the most of any fighter; Zelda had three before losing one in Ultimate, making her the only fighter to lose an idle pose; Jigglypuff and Byleth only have one (though in Byleth's case it differs between gender, effectively resulting in two); Steve does not have any idle poses at all. Jigglypuff technically did not have an idle pose before Ultimate, as its idle pose was simply part of its regular animation, but it has always had two identical idle poses programmed in.
  • Steve is the only character in the series to lack idle poses in any game. While idle poses did not exist in Smash 64, and Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Ness, Jigglypuff, the Ice Climbers, and Roy did not have any in Melee, they all did have idle poses from Brawl onward (or in Roy's case, Smash 4 onward).

References[edit]

Every idle pose in Smash 4