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A fighter, also known as a playable character or simply character, refers to a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series roster. These characters are located on the character selection screen and can be used without a cheat device (e.g. Action Replay). 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.

List of fighters

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

The following does not include some bosses who can be playable on occasion.

Key Starter Unlockable Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Unlockable / Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Starter Downloadable Customizable[1] Transformation[2]
Fighter Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Universe
Banjo & Kazooie Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png BanjoKazooieSymbol.svgBanjo-Kazooie
Bayonetta BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png BayonettaHeadSSBU.png BayonettaSymbol.svgBayonetta
Bowser (Intended)[3] BowserHeadSSBM.png BowserHeadSSBB.png BowserHeadSSB4-U.png BowserHeadSSBU.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Bowser Jr.[4] 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[5] CharizardHeadSSB4-U.png CharizardHeadSSBU.png[5] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Chrom ChromHeadSSBU.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Cloud CloudHeadSSB4-U.png CloudHeadSSBU.png FinalFantasySymbol.svgFinal Fantasy
Corrin[6] 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)[7] DrMarioHeadSSB4-U.png DrMarioHeadSSBU.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Duck Hunt[8] 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
Hero[9] HeroHeadSSBU.png DragonQuestSymbol.svgDragon Quest
Ice Climbers IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png (Intended)[10] IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png IceClimberSymbol.svgIce Climber
Ike IkeHeadSSBB.png IkeHeadSSB4-U.png IkeHeadSSBU.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Incineroar IncineroarHeadSSBU.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Inkling[6] InklingHeadSSBU.png SplatoonSymbol.svgSplatoon
Isabelle IsabelleHeadSSBU.png AnimalCrossingSymbol.svgAnimal Crossing
Ivysaur IvysaurHeadSSBB.png[5] IvysaurHeadSSBU.png[5] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Jigglypuff JigglypuffHeadSSB.png JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadSSBB.png JigglypuffHeadSSB4-U.png JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Joker JokerHeadSSBU.png PersonaSymbol.svgPersona
Ken KenHeadSSBU.png StreetFighterSymbol.svgStreet Fighter
King Dedede (Intended)[3] 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)[11] 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)[12] 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)[3] MewtwoHeadSSBM.png (Intended)[7] 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[13] 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[14] 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
Piranha Plant PiranhaPlantHeadSSBU.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Pit PitHeadSSBB.png PitHeadSSB4-U.png PitHeadSSBU.png KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus
Pokémon Trainer[6] PokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png[15] PokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.png[15] 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[6] RobinHeadSSB4-U.png RobinHeadSSBU.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Rosalina & Luma Rosalina&LumaHeadSSB4-U.png RosalinaHeadSSBU.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Roy RoyHeadSSBM.png (Intended)[7] RoyHeadSSB4-U.png RoyHeadSSBU.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Ryu RyuHeadSSB4-U.png RyuHeadSSBU.png StreetFighterSymbol.svgStreet Fighter
Samus SamusHeadSSB.png SamusHeadSSBM.png SamusHeadSSBB.png[16] SamusHeadSSB4-U.png SamusHeadSSBU.png MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid
Sheik SheikHeadSSBM.png[17] SheikHeadSSBB.png[17] 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)[18] SonicHeadSSBB.png SonicHeadSSB4-U.png SonicHeadSSBU.png SonicSymbol.svgSonic
Squirtle SquirtleHeadSSBB.png[5] SquirtleHeadSSBU.png[5] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Terry TerryHeadSSBU.png FatalFurySymbol.svgFatal Fury
Toon Link ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png ToonLinkHeadSSB4-U.png ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Villager[6] VillagerHeadSSB4-U.png VillagerHeadSSBU.png AnimalCrossingSymbol.svgAnimal Crossing
Wario WarioHeadSSBB.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSBU.png WarioSymbol.svgWario
Wii Fit Trainer[6] 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[19] ZeldaHeadSSBB.png[19] ZeldaHeadSSB4-U.png ZeldaHeadSSBU.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png[20] ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid


  1. ^ Mii Fighters are automatically unlocked upon creation in the Mii Fighter menu.
  2. ^ Some characters are accessible through others' movesets. Transformation characters don't receive their own slot on the character selection screen, but in most situations players can start the match as them through alternate means.
  3. ^ a b c Sakurai mentions these characters as having been planned for Super Smash Bros. on this page.
  4. ^ Bowser Jr.'s alternate costumes also allow players to control any of the Koopalings instead.
  5. ^ a b c d e f As part of the Pokémon Trainer.
  6. ^ a b c d e f This fighter’s alternate costumes have male and female variants. Only the default gender’s stock icon is shown on the table.
  7. ^ a b c 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.
  8. ^ Known as Duck Hunt Duo in PAL regions.
  9. ^ Half of Hero’s costumes represent 4 different protagonists from across the franchise: Luminary, Erdrick, Solo, and Eight. Luminary is the default, and only his stock icon is shown on the table.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Sakurai mentions Marth as having been planned for Super Smash Bros. on this page.
  13. ^ Known as Mii Sword Fighter in PAL regions.
  14. ^ In Smash 4 and Ultimate, half of Olimar's costumes allow players to control Alph instead.
  15. ^ a b Pokémon Trainer's moveset allows the player to switch between Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard using their shared down special, Pokémon Change.
  16. ^ Samus' Final Smash in Brawl, Zero Laser, transforms her into Zero Suit Samus.
  17. ^ a b As part of Zelda's moveset.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ a b Zelda's down special in Melee and Brawl, Transform, allows her to transform into Sheik.
  20. ^ Samus' Final Smash, Zero Laser, transforms her into Zero Suit Samus in Brawl.

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, most 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, Ness, Captain Falcon, and Jigglypuff). Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the only installment where all the "Original 12" are starter characters. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate references the concept of the perfect-attendance crew by making the only starter characters the aforementioned “Original 8.”


  • Dr. Mario, Ice Climbers, Mewtwo, Pichu, Pokémon Trainer (excluding Charizard), Roy, Snake, Wolf, and Young Link are the only characters to have ever been cut.
  • 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, 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.
  • Prior to Ultimate, the only unlockable characters whose playable status was not kept a secret prior to release were Snake and Sonic in Brawl, and Lucina in Smash 4.
  • 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.
    • They are also the only characters who debuted the same day but in different games.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alph and the female Pokémon Trainer are the only alternate characters who debuted after their base fighter.
  • Master Hand is playable for one level during World of Light in Ultimate.

See also