Mewtwo (ミュウツー, Mewtwo) is a fictional creature from the Pokémon series. It debuted in the series' first generation, and represents that generation as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Mewtwo is a Psychic type Pokémon that debuted in Generation I, and is categorized within the Pokédex at #150 as the "Genetic Pokémon". Unlike the overwhelming majority of Pokémon, Mewtwo was artificially created: unscrupulous scientists performed genetic recombination on a sample of DNA derived from the Mythical Pokémon Mew in order to create the most powerful Pokémon in existence.
However, this process also resulted in Mewtwo's appearance and mentality drastically differing from Mew's. Despite being a feline with embryonic features like Mew, it has a large, humanoid physique featuring a gray and purple coloration, instead of a petite, pink-colored physique.
Although Mewtwo is reclusive like Mew, the latter is willing to reveal itself to those who are pure of heart and/or have a strong desire to meet it. In comparison, the last journal entry written by a researcher who oversaw Mewtwo's origin mentions that its viciousness lead to it violently escaping captivity. Pokédex entries in Generations I and II also establish that it is focused on defeating any opponents it encounters.
Despite lacking Mew's capability to learn every Technical Machine, Hidden Machine, and Move Tutor move, Mewtwo's modified genome results in its power noticeably exceeding Mew's. Thanks to being an immensely powerful genetic relative of a Mythical Pokémon, Mewtwo has the status of a Legendary Pokémon in spite of its man-made origin.
In-game, Mewtwo was designed to be the final Pokémon of Generation I, and has traits that highlight its status as such: it is a Psychic-type (a typing notorious for being difficult to contend with in Generation I) that sports not only very high Special and Speed stats, but the highest base stat total (590) in the entire Generation (which increased to 680 once Generation II reformatted stat distributions to the standard used today). Thanks to these traits making it the original "uber-tier" Legendary Pokémon, as well as a leading role in the franchise's first movie, Mewtwo quickly garnered a good degree of fame and popularity among the Pokémon fanbase.
However, Mewtwo's typing and stats resulted in it being an overly centralizing force that unbalanced the metagame until Generation II brought about a reformation to stat distributions by splitting the Special stat into Special Attack and Special Defense, as well as altered type interactions to curb the effectiveness of Psychic-types. Although Mewtwo's base stat total increased from 590 to 680 because of the stat redistribution, its prominence nevertheless waned in the wake of numerous other Legendary Pokémon appearing in subsequent Generations.
After receiving Psystrike as a signature move in Generation V, Mewtwo's prominence underwent a resurgence in Generation VI, thanks to it being among the initial handful of Pokémon to gain access to Mega Evolution. Unlike most Pokémon who can Mega Evolve, it has two Mega Evolutions, a trait shared with Charizard. In Mewtwo's case, it will Mega Evolve into the larger and bulkier Mega Mewtwo X while holding Mewtwonite X, which also changes it into a Psychic/Fighting-type. Conversely, it will Mega Evolve into the smaller and lighter Mega Mewtwo Y while holding Mewtwonite Y.
In the Pokémon anime and movies, Mewtwo is depicted as a modified clone of Mew, instead of the culmination of genetic recombination on a sample of Mew's DNA. At the time of the first movie, it is a one-of-a-kind Pokémon that develops a hatred for humans and the concept of subservient Pokémon, so much so that it attempts to prove the superiority of clones over their original counterparts.
Upon recognizing the profound impact that Ash Ketchum's sacrifice had upon both the originals and clones, Mewtwo later has a change of heart and decides to act as the protector of its fellow clones after whisking them away to Johto's Mount Quena. After stopping Team Rocket's attempt at recapturing it, Mewtwo decides to travel the world in order to avoid detection and find a purpose in its life.
Despite the species' one-of-a-kind nature within the core series, other Mewtwo have appeared across the various Pokémon continuities ever since. Two other Mewtwo have fully-voiced appearances: one in the sixteenth movie that is capable of undergoing Mega Evolution, and one in both Detective Pikachu and the live-action movie of the same name.
Despite being genderless like Mew, Mewtwo in the anime appear to assume gender roles, much like other Legendary Pokémon that can speak human languages. In this case, the voice for Mewtwo in the initial adaptation is often male (which is reflected in the Super Smash Bros. series), with the exceptions being the one in the sixteenth movie having a feminine voice, and to a lesser extent its incarnation in the Detective Pikachu movie, which is referred to with male pronounces in spite of possessing an unnatural, androgynous "fused" voice.
Mewtwo does not appear in Super Smash Bros. in any capacity. However, according to a page on the game's Japanese site, it was planned for inclusion in the roster. Unlike Bowser and King Dedede, however, no development was made for Mewtwo in regard to being a playable character.
As a playable character
Main article: Mewtwo (SSBM)
Mewtwo made its Super Smash Bros. series debut as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is much more tedious to unlock than most other unlockable characters in Melee, however; it can be unlocked after either playing 20 cumulative hours of Versus Mode matches (5 hours for four players), or playing 700 Versus Mode matches.
Mewtwo is very floaty and possesses a decent combo game, a very good wavedash and grab game, above-average dodges, a strong projectile in Shadow Ball, and one of the best recoveries in Teleport. On the other hand, Mewtwo has a flawed combination of large size and light weight; this not only results in it being an easy target to hit and combo, but also especially easy to KO despite its recovery and defensive prowess. Mewtwo also has general awkwardness in its mobility and moveset, the latter of which is burdened with minimal utility and a small number of KOing options.
As a result, Mewtwo infamously sat in the bottom-tier of Melee's tier list for most of the game's lifespan, being among the game's most unpopular characters and considered the worst character at several points in the game's lifespan. However, the efforts of Taj have resulted in Mewtwo being reassessed as a low-tier character, which is reflected with its current ranking of 21st out of 26 on the tier list, placing it in the F tier.
Main article: List of SSBM trophies (Pokémon series)
Mewtwo, as a playable character, has three trophies - a main trophy acquired by clearing Classic mode with Mewtwo on any difficulty, and the two Smash trophies are by clearing the Adventure and All-Star modes, respectively. Its Classic mode trophy reads:
Mewtwo did not return in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a playable character, despite not being a clone like the other cut characters. This resulted in a significant amount of fan outcry in spite of Mewtwo's lack of popularity among the competitive community, as the majority of players saw it as an unjustified cut.
Main article: Beta elements (SSBB)#Scrapped characters
While Mewtwo does not appear as a playable character in Brawl, there are several empty files on the game disc bearing its name. These include a graphic effects file (
Main article: List of SSBB trophies (Pokémon series)
Mewtwo appears in Brawl as a collectible trophy, obtained by completing All-Star Mode on Intense difficulty. The trophy describes Mewtwo's appearance in the Pokémon games, and makes no reference whatsoever to its appearance in Melee:
As a playable character
Main article: Mewtwo (SSB4)
During development of the game, an appearance of Mewtwo's Mega Evolution was reportedly considered by Masahiro Sakurai. During the Pokémon X and Y Developer Roundtable at E3 2013, an audience member asked if developers wanted to see Mega Mewtwo in the next Super Smash Bros. game. While the developers stated that they had nothing to report about the question, Sakurai, who was in the audience at the time, reportedly said "We are thinking about it."
Despite this, Mewtwo did not initially make the final cut of the game as a playable character, returning only as a collectible trophy. Mega Mewtwo X and Mega Mewtwo Y also appear together as a singular trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Mewtwo was later announced in the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 50-Fact Extravaganza to be a playable character. Its return to the series was notable for being the first time in Super Smash Bros. history that a character has been made available as downloadable content.
Consumers who registered both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on Club Nintendo before March 31, 2015 could download it for free as of April 15th, while others were able to purchase it beginning on April 28th. Its moveset is mostly unchanged from Melee, aside from the addition of its own Final Smash consisting of Mega Evolving into Mega Mewtwo Y before performing Psystrike.
Upon its return to the series, Mewtwo was poorly regarded by the competitive scene, as its already light weight was lowered further and its already large hurtbox became slightly taller. However, Mewtwo did see improvements to Confusion and Disable, two of its most arguably least used moves: the former now functions as a traditional reflector, while the latter's stun effect has a longer duration.
Despite the aforementioned poor competitive view, Mewtwo underwent a considerable turning point thanks to game updates. Update 1.1.3 increased Mewtwo's grounded and aerial speeds, as well as improved its already potent forward smash and aerial attacks. Although update 1.1.5 provided very few changes, they were effective regardless: Mewtwo's weight was marginally increased, its already fast dashing speed was increased to the point of becoming the seventh fastest in the game, and both its up smash and neutral aerial were made safer thanks to adjustments to their ending lag and hitbox sizes, respectively.
As a result of these very substantial buffs, opinions on Mewtwo have drastically improved, as it has managed to earn some noteworthy representation and consistently achieves high placings at all levels of play. Thanks to this newfound success, Mewtwo is currently ranked 10th out of 55 on the tier list, placing it in the A tier and assessing it as a top-tier character.
As a playable character
Main article: Mewtwo (SSBU)
Mewtwo returns as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Much like in Melee, it is one of the very last characters to be unlocked, as all three of its unlock methods (Smash battles, Fox's Classic Mode unlock tree, and World of Light) designate it as one of the last characters encountered.
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