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Pac-Man demonstrates invincibility due to the Super Star.

Invincibility is a state during which a character cannot be attacked or damaged. Attacks will hit (so the attacker takes hitlag), but will not deal damage, knockback, or hitstun. Characters who are invincible can still be affected by certain windboxes, as well as Master Giant's grab attack in Smash 4.

Invincibility's negative aspect is that on the Planet Zebes, Brinstar, and Norfair stages, characters will fall straight through the stage's lower hazard, rather than sustaining damage and bouncing back up. They may occasionally also be KO'd if they are standing on the track on Port Town Aero Dive, and both the Melee Mute City and the Smash 3DS Mute City.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee's debug menu, invincibility is displayed by affected hurtboxes changing from their usual yellow color to a green color during the invincibility period. A similar feature is present in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Training Mode via an invincibility toggle, which causes invincible parts of characters to acquire a green tint.

Invincibility should not be confused with intangibility. In invincibility, all knockback and damage is canceled when the character is hit. In intangibility, however, the character cannot be affected by either knockback or damage in the first place.

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  • Smash attacks in this table are not charged.
User/Item Move Part of Character Invincibility Frames Notes
By Characters
All characters Throws Entire body VariesSuper Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
8Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
18Super Smash Bros. 4
*In Ultimate, invincibility lasts until the opponent is thrown
Respawn 120 Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *Commences the moment the character dismounts from the Revival Platform
**As of Ultimate, the amount of invincibility frames decreases the longer it takes to dismount from the Revival Platform
Banjo & Kazooie Wonderwing Entire body 18-53 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *Vulnerable to grabs
Bowser Back aerial Shell 3-15Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Forward smash Feet 20-25Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Up smash Shell 14-27Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Hero Forward tilt Left arm and leg 9-11Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *Grants invincibility on just the left arm for frames 10-11
Kaclang Entire body 15-314Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *Only vulnerable to another Hero using Metal Slash
Ice Climbers Belay Partner 16-33Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Incineroar Darkest Lariat Entire body 5-57Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *Applies invincibility to:
**Entire body on frames 5-6
**Head and arms on frame 7
**Arms on frames 8-57
Lucas Up smash Entire body 1-4Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
1-7Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Luigi Luigi Cyclone Entire body 4-8 (ground), 1-7 (midair)Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mii Brawler Flashing Mach Punch Entire body 11-66Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *Only if the attack lands
Mr. Game & Watch Up smash HeadSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Head, arm, and footSuper Smash Bros. 4
Entire bodySuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
24-28Super Smash Bros. Brawl
4-25Super Smash Bros. 4
21-25Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ness PK Thunder Entire body 1-9Super Smash Bros.
1-17Super Smash Bros.(NTSC-J)
*Applies to PK Thunder 2 only
Palutena Dash attack Upper body 4-15Super Smash Bros. 4
5-16Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
*Super Smash Bros. UltimateAfter frame 6, invincibility applies to her left arm
Back aerial 3-10Super Smash Bros. 4
7-10Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
*Super Smash Bros. UltimateAfter frame 7, invincibility applies to her left arm
Ridley Skewer Entire body 4-47Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *When sweetspotted
R.O.B. Diffusion Beam Entire body 1~ Super Smash Bros. Brawl *Lasts while the beam is active
Rosalina & Luma Luma Shot Luma 4-20Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *Only when fully charged
Samus Screw Attack Entire body 1-5 (ground)Super Smash Bros.(NTSC-U/PAL); 1-11 (ground)Super Smash Bros.(NTSC-J)
1-3 (midair)Super Smash Bros.
Snake Covering Fire Entire body 1~Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *Lasts until Snake gets up from his kneeling posture
Sonic Super Sonic Entire body 1~Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4 *Lasts for the entire duration
Squirtle Withdraw Entire body 22Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *Unlike other instances of invincibility, instead of collision "bubbles" appearing when an attack lands and a blunt sound effect being heard, one can both hear and see the attack's visual effects as if there were no invincibility frames at all
Yoshi Shield Entire body 1-6 (activation)Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. Melee
By Items
Dragoon Entire body 1-119Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *After the attack, while descending back to the stage
Golden Hammer Entire body 1Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *Also affects the opponent
*Lasts until hitstun ends
Hammer
Super Star Entire body 1-600 Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *
By Pokémon
Ditto Varies VariesSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate *When performing any move or action that grants invincibility
By Stage Element
Mushroom Kingdom (SSB) (Warp Pipes) Entire body 1-49Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *When emerging from a pipe
PictoChat 2 (Pipes) Entire body 1-51Super Smash Bros. Ultimate *When emerging from a pipe