List of Super Smash Bros. series characters

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A character is one of the fighters in the Super Smash Bros. series. Characters can be sorted into playable and non-playable, which distinguishes whether characters can be used without the use of a cheat device (like Action Replay) or not. Playable characters can further be divided into starter, unlockable, and downloadable, which distinguishes whether characters can be played right away, whether they need to be unlocked, or whether they need to be downloaded.

Playable characters

This is a list of the playable characters in the Super Smash Bros. series, commonly known in official sources as fighters.

Key Starter Unlockable Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Unlockable[1] Downloadable
Fighter Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Universe
Bayonetta BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png BayonettaHeadSSBU.png BayonettaSymbol.svgBayonetta
Bowser (Intended)[2] BowserHeadSSBM.png BowserHeadSSBB.png BowserHeadSSB4-U.png BowserHeadSSBU.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Bowser Jr. BowserJrHeadSSB4-U.png BowserJrHeadSSBU.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadSSB.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBB.png CaptainFalconHeadSSB4-U.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png FZeroSymbol.svgF-Zero
Charizard CharizardHeadSSBB.png[3] CharizardHeadSSB4-U.png CharizardHeadSSBU.png[3] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Chrom ChromHeadSSBU.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Cloud CloudHeadSSB4-U.png CloudHeadSSBU.png FinalFantasySymbol.svgFinal Fantasy
Corrin CorrinHeadSSB4-U.png CorrinHeadSSBU.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Daisy DaisyHeadSSBU.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Dark Pit DarkPitHeadSSB4-U.png DarkPitHeadSSBU.png KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus
Dark Samus DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png DiddyKongHeadSSB4-U.png DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png DKSymbol.svgDonkey Kong
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadSSB.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBM.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.png DonkeyKongHeadSSB4-U.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png DKSymbol.svgDonkey Kong
Dr. Mario DrMarioHeadSSBM.png (Intended)[4] DrMarioHeadSSB4-U.png DrMarioHeadSSBU.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Duck Hunt DuckHuntHeadSSB4-U.png DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png DuckHuntSymbol.svgDuck Hunt
Falco FalcoHeadSSBM.png FalcoHeadSSBB.png FalcoHeadSSB4-U.png FalcoHeadSSBU.png StarFoxSymbol.svgStar Fox
Fox FoxHeadSSB.png FoxHeadSSBM.png FoxHeadSSBB.png FoxHeadSSB4-U.png FoxHeadSSBU.png StarFoxSymbol.svgStar Fox
Ganondorf GanondorfHeadSSBM.png GanondorfHeadSSBB.png GanondorfHeadSSB4-U.png GanondorfHeadSSBU.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Greninja GreninjaHeadSSB4-U.png GreninjaHeadSSBU.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Ice Climbers IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png (Intended)[5] IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png IceClimbersSymbol.svgIce Climber
Ike IkeHeadSSBB.png IkeHeadSSB4-U.png IkeHeadSSBU.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Incineroar IncineroarHeadSSBU.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Inkling InklingHeadSSBU.png SplatoonSymbol.svgSplatoon
Isabelle IsabelleHeadSSBU.png AnimalCrossingSymbol.svgAnimal Crossing
Ivysaur IvysaurHeadSSBB.png[3] IvysaurHeadSSBU.png[3] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Jigglypuff JigglypuffHeadSSB.png JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadSSBB.png JigglypuffHeadSSB4-U.png JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Joker Checkmark.png SpecialStagesSymbol.svgPersona
Ken KenHeadSSBU.png StreetFighterSymbol.svgStreet Fighter
King Dedede (Intended)[2] KingDededeHeadSSBB.png KingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png KingDededeHeadSSBU.png KirbySymbol.svgKirby
King K. Rool KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png DKSymbol.svgDonkey Kong
Kirby KirbyHeadSSB.png KirbyHeadSSBM.png KirbyHeadSSBB.png KirbyHeadSSB4-U.png KirbyHeadSSBU.png KirbySymbol.svgKirby
Link LinkHeadSSB.png LinkHeadSSBM.png LinkHeadSSBB.png LinkHeadSSB4-U.png LinkHeadSSBU.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Little Mac LittleMacHeadSSB4-U.png LittleMacHeadSSBU.png PunchOutSymbol.svgPunch-Out!!
Lucario LucarioHeadSSBB.png LucarioHeadSSB4-U.png LucarioHeadSSBU.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Lucas (Intended)[6] LucasHeadSSBB.png LucasHeadSSB4-U.png LucasHeadSSBU.png EarthboundSymbol.svgEarthBound
Lucina LucinaHeadSSB4-U.png LucinaHeadSSBU.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Luigi LuigiHeadSSB.png LuigiHeadSSBM.png LuigiHeadSSBB.png LuigiHeadSSB4-U.png LuigiHeadSSBU.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Mario MarioHeadSSB.png MarioHeadSSBM.png MarioHeadSSBB.png MarioHeadSSB4-U.png MarioHeadSSBU.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Marth (Intended)[7] MarthHeadSSBM.png MarthHeadSSBB.png MarthHeadSSB4-U.png MarthHeadSSBU.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Mega Man MegaManHeadSSB4-U.png MegaManHeadSSBU.png MegaManSymbol.svgMega Man
Meta Knight MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png MetaKnightHeadSSB4-U.png MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png KirbySymbol.svgKirby
Mewtwo (Intended)[2] MewtwoHeadSSBM.png (Intended)[4] MewtwoHeadSSB4-U.png MewtwoHeadSSBU.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Mii Brawler MiiBrawlerHeadSSB4-U.png MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Mii Gunner MiiGunnerHeadSSB4-U.png MiiGunnerHeadSSBU.png SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Mii Swordfighter MiiSwordfighterHeadSSB4-U.png MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Mr. Game & Watch MrGame&WatchHeadSSBM.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSBB.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSB4-U.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png Game&WatchSymbol.svgGame & Watch
Ness NessHeadSSB.png NessHeadSSBM.png NessHeadSSBB.png NessHeadSSB4-U.png NessHeadSSBU.png EarthboundSymbol.svgEarthBound
Olimar OlimarHeadSSBB.png OlimarHeadSSB4-U.png OlimarHeadSSBU.png PikminSymbol.svgPikmin
Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadSSB4-U.png Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png PacManSymbol.svgPac-Man
Palutena PalutenaHeadSSB4-U.png PalutenaHeadSSBU.png KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus
Peach PeachHeadSSBM.png PeachHeadSSBB.png PeachHeadSSB4-U.png PeachHeadSSBU.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Pichu PichuHeadSSBM.png PichuHeadSSBU.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Pikachu PikachuHeadSSB.png PikachuHeadSSBM.png PikachuHeadSSBB.png PikachuHeadSSB4-U.png PikachuHeadSSBU.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Pit PitHeadSSBB.png PitHeadSSB4-U.png PitHeadSSBU.png KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus
Piranha Plant PiranhaPlantHeadSSBUWebsite.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Pokémon Trainer PokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png PokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
R.O.B. ROBHeadSSBB.png ROBHeadSSB4-U.png ROBHeadSSBU.png ROBSymbol.svgR.O.B.
Richter RichterHeadSSBU.png CastlevaniaSymbol.svgCastlevania
Ridley RidleyHeadSSBU.png MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid
Robin RobinHeadSSB4-U.png RobinHeadSSBU.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Rosalina Rosalina&LumaHeadSSB4-U.png RosalinaHeadSSBU.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Roy RoyHeadSSBM.png (Intended)[4] RoyHeadSSB4-U.png RoyHeadSSBU.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Ryu RyuHeadSSB4-U.png RyuHeadSSBU.png StreetFighterSymbol.svgStreet Fighter
Samus SamusHeadSSB.png SamusHeadSSBM.png SamusHeadSSBB.png SamusHeadSSB4-U.png SamusHeadSSBU.png MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid
Sheik SheikHeadSSBM.png SheikHeadSSBB.png SheikHeadSSB4-U.png SheikHeadSSBU.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Shulk ShulkHeadSSB4-U.png ShulkHeadSSBU.png XenobladeSymbol.svgXenoblade
Simon SimonHeadSSBU.png CastlevaniaSymbol.svgCastlevania
Snake SnakeHeadSSBB.png SnakeHeadSSBU.png MetalGearSymbol.svgMetal Gear
Sonic (Intended)[8] SonicHeadSSBB.png SonicHeadSSB4-U.png SonicHeadSSBU.png SonicSymbol.svgSonic
Squirtle SquirtleHeadSSBB.png[3] SquirtleHeadSSBU.png[3] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Toon Link ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png ToonLinkHeadSSB4-U.png ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Villager VillagerHeadSSB4-U.png VillagerHeadSSBU.png AnimalCrossingSymbol.svgAnimal Crossing
Wario WarioHeadSSBB.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSBU.png WarioSymbol.svgWario
Wii Fit Trainer WiiFitTrainerHeadSSB4-U.png WiiFitTrainerHeadSSBU.png WiiFitSymbol.svgWii Fit
Wolf WolfHeadSSBB.png WolfHeadSSBU.png StarFoxSymbol.svgStar Fox
Yoshi YoshiHeadSSB.png YoshiHeadSSBM.png YoshiHeadSSBB.png YoshiHeadSSB4-U.png YoshiHeadSSBU.png YoshiSymbol.svgYoshi
Young Link YoungLinkHeadSSBM.png YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Zelda ZeldaHeadSSBM.png ZeldaHeadSSBB.png ZeldaHeadSSB4-U.png ZeldaHeadSSBU.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid


  1. Some characters are unlockable only in the 3DS version of Smash 4 and are starters in the Wii U version.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sakurai mentions these characters as having been planned for Super Smash Bros. on this page.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 As part of the Pokémon Trainer.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 While there hasn't been any official confirmation that Mewtwo, Roy, and Dr. Mario were intended to be in Brawl, unused data on Brawl's disc labelled for each of them strongly implies that the characters were developed to some degree for Brawl.
  5. Sakurai stated that, while the Ice Climbers could run smoothly on the Wii U version, the 3DS could not handle the "two-in-one" coding of the duo, and, in order to keep the roster the same between the two versions, they had to be cut from the roster.
  6. Sakurai stated that he originally intended to replace Ness with the new protagonist of Mother 3 (Lucas) in Melee, though Mother 3's delay caused him to go back on the idea and keep Ness.
  7. Sakurai mentions Marth as having been planned for Super Smash Bros. on this page.
  8. Former head of Sonic Team, Yuji Naka, stated in an interview that Sonic was very close to being included in the game, but because of time constraints, was not.

Alternate costume characters

This is a list consisting of playable characters in the Super Smash Bros. series that can only be accessed as playable characters via another character's alternate costumes. Although these characters are considered to be a simple extension of these preexisting characters, they feature several distinguishing qualities, such as unique character models and character selection screen announcement clips.

Key Starter Unlockable Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Unlockable Downloadable
Base Character Fighter Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Universe
Olimar Alph Olimar Olimar PikminSymbol.svgPikmin
Bowser Jr. Iggy Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr. MarioSymbol.svgMario
Larry Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr. MarioSymbol.svgMario
Lemmy Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr. MarioSymbol.svgMario
Ludwig Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr. MarioSymbol.svgMario
Morton Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr. MarioSymbol.svgMario
Roy Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr. MarioSymbol.svgMario
Wendy Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr. MarioSymbol.svgMario

Non-playable characters

The following characters can fully interact with playable characters in-game, but are normally non-playable. These include boss characters and enemy teams, among others. Hacking, however, may allow these characters to be played to varying degrees of functionality.

Fighter Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Universe
Crazy Hand Yes Yes Yes Yes SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Dark Emperor Yes[1] Yes[1] FindMiiSymbol.svg Find Mii
Dharkon Yes WorldOfLightSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Dracula Yes CastlevaniaSymbol.svgCastlevania
Duon Yes[2] SubspaceSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Fighting Alloy Team Yes SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Fighting Polygon Team Yes SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Fighting Wire Frames Yes SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Flying Man[3] Yes[1] Yes[1] EarthboundSymbol.svg EarthBound
Galeem Yes WorldOfLightSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Galleom Yes[2] Yes SubspaceSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Ganon Yes ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Giant DK Yes Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] DKSymbol.svgDonkey Kong
Giga Bowser Yes Yes[5] Yes[5] Yes[6] SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Master Core Yes SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Master Hand Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Marx Yes KirbySymbol.svgKirby
Meta Ridley Yes[2] Yes[1] Yes[7] MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid
Metal Face Yes[1] Yes[1] XenobladeSymbol.svg Xenoblade
Metal Mario Yes Yes[8] Yes[8] Yes[8] Yes[8] MarioSymbol.svgMario
Nabbit Yes[1] Yes[1] MarioSymbol.svgMario
Petey Piranha Yes[2] Yes[9] MarioSymbol.svgMario
Porky Minch Yes[2] EarthboundSymbol.svgEarthBound
Rathalos Yes[10] Monster Hunter
Rayquaza Yes[2] Yes[1] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Ridley Yes[2] Yes[1] Yes[11] MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid
Sandbag Yes Yes[12] Yes[12] Yes[12] SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Tabuu Yes[2] SubspaceSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Yellow Devil Yes[1] Yes[1] MegaManSymbol.svg Mega Man


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Appears as a stage hazard.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Appears as a boss during the Subspace Emissary.
  3. a Mii Fighter costume based on the Flying Man is available as downloadable content in SSB4
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Playable by controlling DK and getting a Super Mushroom.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Playable as part of Bowser's Final Smash.
  6. While the player can still technically control Giga Bowser during Bowser's Final Smash, he no longer behaves like a regular playable character. He can be fought as a boss in Classic Mode.
  7. Appears as a costume for Ridley.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Playable by controlling Mario and getting a Metal Box.
  9. For Piranha Plant's Final Smash.
  10. Appears as both a boss and an Assist Trophy.
  11. Ridley is a playable character in Ultimate (see table above).
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Mechanically considered an item rather than a character.

Newcomers and veterans

A newcomer is a character who appears as playable for the first time in the series in a given game. A veteran is the opposite: a character who has been playable in a previous game. For example, Diddy Kong is a newcomer in Brawl, as he did not appear as playable in any previous games, but is a veteran in all subsequent games. Note that the definition of newcomers is distinct from that of "unlockable" or "secret" characters, which are playable characters who must be unlocked by completing certain tasks; Melee, Brawl, and Smash 4 all had starter veterans, starter newcomers, unlockable veterans, and unlockable newcomers. Ultimate is the first game in which all newcomers are unlockable; however, several veterans are also unlockable.

The term newcomer was originally used to describe the unlockable characters in the original Super Smash Bros. by the data deletion menu. It was later used in the first trailer for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in which new characters were introduced with the title "Newcomer" atop their name. The word newcomer was later used on the Smash Bros. DOJO!! site to classify new characters whether unlockable or not. This use of the term has become the community-preferred usage for other games in the series.

"Perfect-attendance crew"

Less commonly, the term "veteran" can also denote the "eight regulars" or "perfect-attendance fighters", terms which refer to the eight starter characters in the original Super Smash Bros. which have been in all subsequent games of the series. The terms originated in the description for the 10th Brawl event match All-Star Battle Regulars, reading: "The Smash Bros. perfect-attendance crew! Fight the eight regulars in order!" A popular, unofficial term referring to this group is "The Original 8" (Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, and Pikachu), which may also be called "The Original 12" if including the four unlockable characters (Luigi, Captain Falcon, Ness, and Jigglypuff). Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the only installment where all the "Original 12" are starter characters; the original Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are the only two entries in the franchise in which the "Original 8" are the only characters playable at the start.


  • Roy is the only "non-native" character to debut in a Super Smash Bros. game before appearing in any other game in their respective series. His inclusion in Melee was intended to promote Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, which was released shortly after Melee in Japan.
    • According to Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai, The Binding Blade was originally scheduled for release before Melee.[1]
  • Captain Falcon (in SSB), the Mii Fighters (in SSB4 and SSBU) and Pac-Man (in Ultimate) are the only characters to use head icons that don't portray their faces.
  • Smash 4 is the first game to feature playable female swordfighters: Lucina, female Robin, female Corrin, and female Mii Swordfighter.
    • Wendy O. Koopa, who appears as an alternate costume for Bowser Jr., is the first female villain to be a playable character in the series.
  • Lucina and Wendy O. Koopa (the latter of whom is playable as an alternate model swap for Bowser Jr.) are also the first two unlockable female characters in the Super Smash Bros. series. Unlike Lucina however, it is virtually impossible to face Wendy in an unlock match (due to her only being accessible as a playable character through Bowser Jr.'s alternate costumes).
  • Wario is the only character prior to Ultimate to debut as a starter before becoming unlockable in another game, as well as the only one prior to Smash 4 to have never had fewer than 8 palette swaps.
  • Yoshi and Captain Falcon are the only characters who appear in all five Super Smash Bros. games that are the sole representatives of their series.
  • Metal Gear and Ice Climber are the only universes to have the entirety of their characters cut from one game to the next, and then both being reintroduced in the next game after that.
  • Samus is the only female character to appear in all five Super Smash Bros. games, as Pokémon were not considered gendered at the time of the first game's release.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the first game in the series since Melee to not have any veterans cut from the roster. All the previously cut veterans that haven't appeared since Melee and/or Brawl return with various changes to their appearances and/or movesets including new Final Smashes.
  • Lucas is the only character to have been a starter character, unlockable character and downloadable character at one point, as Mewtwo and Roy were unlockable in their debut game as well as Ultimate.
  • Currently, Charizard, Little Mac, Ridley, Dark Samus, and Isabelle are the only characters to have been made fully playable after major non-playable appearances, excluding characters that are playable via items (Metal Mario, Giant Donkey Kong, and Giga Bowser).
  • Charizard is the only character who used to be part of a transformation character, became a standalone fighter, and then returned to being part of a transformation character.



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