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A fighter, also known as a playable character or simply character, is a character in the Super Smash Bros. series roster that can be controlled by players in Versus Mode and other modes. 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 fighters in the Super Smash Bros. series.

The following does not include some bosses who can be playable on occasion, such as in the World of Light.

For characters who were considered or intended to be fighters, see Unused content (SSB), Unused content (SSBM), Unused content (SSBB), Unused content (SSB4), and Unused content (SSBU).

Key Starter Unlockable Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Unlockable / Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Starter Downloadable Customizable[1] Transformation[2]
Fighter Universe Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Banjo & Kazooie BanjoKazooieSymbol.svgBanjo-Kazooie Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png
Bayonetta BayonettaSymbol.svgBayonetta BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png BayonettaHeadSSBU.png
Bowser MarioSymbol.svgMario BowserHeadSSBM.png BowserHeadSSBB.png BowserHeadSSB4-U.png BowserHeadSSBU.png
Bowser Jr.[3] MarioSymbol.svgMario BowserJrHeadSSB4-U.png BowserJrHeadSSBU.png
Byleth[4] FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem BylethHeadSSBU.png
Captain Falcon FZeroSymbol.svgF-Zero CaptainFalconHeadSSB.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBB.png CaptainFalconHeadSSB4-U.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png
Charizard PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon CharizardHeadSSBB.png[5] CharizardHeadSSB4-U.png CharizardHeadSSBU.png[5]
Chrom FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem ChromHeadSSBU.png
Cloud FinalFantasySymbol.svgFinal Fantasy CloudHeadSSB4-U.png CloudHeadSSBU.png
Corrin[4] FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem CorrinHeadSSB4-U.png CorrinHeadSSBU.png
Daisy MarioSymbol.svgMario DaisyHeadSSBU.png
Dark Pit KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus DarkPitHeadSSB4-U.png DarkPitHeadSSBU.png
Dark Samus MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DKSymbol.svgDonkey Kong DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png DiddyKongHeadSSB4-U.png DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DKSymbol.svgDonkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadSSB.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBM.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.png DonkeyKongHeadSSB4-U.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png
Dr. Mario MarioSymbol.svgMario DrMarioHeadSSBM.png DrMarioHeadSSB4-U.png DrMarioHeadSSBU.png
Duck Hunt[6] DuckHuntSymbol.svgDuck Hunt DuckHuntHeadSSB4-U.png DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png
Falco StarFoxSymbol.svgStar Fox FalcoHeadSSBM.png FalcoHeadSSBB.png FalcoHeadSSB4-U.png FalcoHeadSSBU.png
Fox StarFoxSymbol.svgStar Fox FoxHeadSSB.png FoxHeadSSBM.png FoxHeadSSBB.png FoxHeadSSB4-U.png FoxHeadSSBU.png
Ganondorf ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda GanondorfHeadSSBM.png GanondorfHeadSSBB.png GanondorfHeadSSB4-U.png GanondorfHeadSSBU.png
Greninja PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon GreninjaHeadSSB4-U.png GreninjaHeadSSBU.png
Hero[7] DragonQuestSymbol.svgDragon Quest HeroHeadSSBU.png
Ice Climbers IceClimberSymbol.svgIce Climber IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png
Ike FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem IkeHeadSSBB.png IkeHeadSSB4-U.png IkeHeadSSBU.png
Incineroar PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon IncineroarHeadSSBU.png
Inkling[4] SplatoonSymbol.svgSplatoon InklingHeadSSBU.png
Isabelle AnimalCrossingSymbol.svgAnimal Crossing IsabelleHeadSSBU.png
Ivysaur[5] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon IvysaurHeadSSBB.png IvysaurHeadSSBU.png
Jigglypuff PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon JigglypuffHeadSSB.png JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadSSBB.png JigglypuffHeadSSB4-U.png JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png
Joker PersonaSymbol.svgPersona JokerHeadSSBU.png
Ken StreetFighterSymbol.svgStreet Fighter KenHeadSSBU.png
King Dedede KirbySymbol.svgKirby KingDededeHeadSSBB.png KingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png KingDededeHeadSSBU.png
King K. Rool DKSymbol.svgDonkey Kong KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png
Kirby KirbySymbol.svgKirby KirbyHeadSSB.png KirbyHeadSSBM.png KirbyHeadSSBB.png KirbyHeadSSB4-U.png KirbyHeadSSBU.png
Link ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda LinkHeadSSB.png LinkHeadSSBM.png LinkHeadSSBB.png LinkHeadSSB4-U.png LinkHeadSSBU.png
Little Mac PunchOutSymbol.svgPunch-Out!! LittleMacHeadSSB4-U.png LittleMacHeadSSBU.png
Lucario PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon LucarioHeadSSBB.png LucarioHeadSSB4-U.png LucarioHeadSSBU.png
Lucas EarthboundSymbol.svgEarthBound LucasHeadSSBB.png LucasHeadSSB4-U.png LucasHeadSSBU.png
Lucina FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem LucinaHeadSSB4-U.png LucinaHeadSSBU.png
Luigi MarioSymbol.svgMario LuigiHeadSSB.png LuigiHeadSSBM.png LuigiHeadSSBB.png LuigiHeadSSB4-U.png LuigiHeadSSBU.png
Mario MarioSymbol.svgMario MarioHeadSSB.png MarioHeadSSBM.png MarioHeadSSBB.png MarioHeadSSB4-U.png MarioHeadSSBU.png
Marth FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem MarthHeadSSBM.png MarthHeadSSBB.png MarthHeadSSB4-U.png MarthHeadSSBU.png
Mega Man MegaManSymbol.svgMega Man MegaManHeadSSB4-U.png MegaManHeadSSBU.png
Meta Knight KirbySymbol.svgKirby MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png MetaKnightHeadSSB4-U.png MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png
Mewtwo PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon MewtwoHeadSSBM.png MewtwoHeadSSB4-U.png MewtwoHeadSSBU.png
Mii Brawler SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros. MiiBrawlerHeadSSB4-U.png MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png
Mii Gunner SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros. MiiGunnerHeadSSB4-U.png MiiGunnerHeadSSBU.png
Mii Swordfighter[8] SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros. MiiSwordfighterHeadSSB4-U.png MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png
Min Min ARMSSymbol.svgARMS MinMinHeadSSBU.png
Mr. Game & Watch Game&WatchSymbol.svgGame & Watch MrGame&WatchHeadSSBM.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSBB.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSB4-U.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png
Ness EarthboundSymbol.svgEarthBound NessHeadSSB.png NessHeadSSBM.png NessHeadSSBB.png NessHeadSSB4-U.png NessHeadSSBU.png
Olimar PikminSymbol.svgPikmin OlimarHeadSSBB.png OlimarHeadSSB4-U.png[9] OlimarHeadSSBU.png[9]
Pac-Man PacManSymbol.svgPac-Man Pac-ManHeadSSB4-U.png Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png
Palutena KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus PalutenaHeadSSB4-U.png PalutenaHeadSSBU.png
Peach MarioSymbol.svgMario PeachHeadSSBM.png PeachHeadSSBB.png PeachHeadSSB4-U.png PeachHeadSSBU.png
Pichu PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon PichuHeadSSBM.png PichuHeadSSBU.png
Pikachu PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon PikachuHeadSSB.png PikachuHeadSSBM.png PikachuHeadSSBB.png PikachuHeadSSB4-U.png PikachuHeadSSBU.png
Piranha Plant MarioSymbol.svgMario PiranhaPlantHeadSSBU.png
Pit KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus PitHeadSSBB.png PitHeadSSB4-U.png PitHeadSSBU.png
Pokémon Trainer[5] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon PokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png PokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.png[4]
R.O.B. ROBSymbol.svgR.O.B. ROBHeadSSBB.png ROBHeadGreySSB4-U.png[10] ROBHeadGreySSBU.png[10]
Richter CastlevaniaSymbol.svgCastlevania RichterHeadSSBU.png
Ridley MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid RidleyHeadSSBU.png
Robin[4] FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem RobinHeadSSB4-U.png RobinHeadSSBU.png
Rosalina & Luma MarioSymbol.svgMario Rosalina&LumaHeadSSB4-U.png RosalinaHeadSSBU.png
Roy FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem RoyHeadSSBM.png RoyHeadSSB4-U.png RoyHeadSSBU.png
Ryu StreetFighterSymbol.svgStreet Fighter RyuHeadSSB4-U.png RyuHeadSSBU.png
Samus MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid SamusHeadSSB.png SamusHeadSSBM.png SamusHeadSSBB.png[11] SamusHeadSSB4-U.png SamusHeadSSBU.png
Sheik ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda SheikHeadSSBM.png[12] SheikHeadSSBB.png[12] SheikHeadSSB4-U.png SheikHeadSSBU.png
Shulk XenobladeSymbol.svgXenoblade Chronicles ShulkHeadSSB4-U.png ShulkHeadSSBU.png
Simon CastlevaniaSymbol.svgCastlevania SimonHeadSSBU.png
Snake MetalGearSymbol.svgMetal Gear SnakeHeadSSBB.png SnakeHeadSSBU.png
Sonic SonicSymbol.svgSonic the Hedgehog SonicHeadSSBB.png SonicHeadSSB4-U.png SonicHeadSSBU.png
Squirtle[5] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon SquirtleHeadSSBB.png SquirtleHeadSSBU.png
Steve[13] MinecraftSymbol.svgMinecraft SteveHeadSSBU.png
Terry FatalFurySymbol.svgFatal Fury TerryHeadSSBU.png
Toon Link ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png ToonLinkHeadSSB4-U.png ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png
Villager[4] AnimalCrossingSymbol.svgAnimal Crossing VillagerHeadSSB4-U.png VillagerHeadSSBU.png
Wario WarioSymbol.svgWario WarioHeadSSBB.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSBU.png
Wii Fit Trainer[4] WiiFitSymbol.svgWii Fit WiiFitTrainerHeadSSB4-U.png WiiFitTrainerHeadSSBU.png
Wolf StarFoxSymbol.svgStar Fox WolfHeadSSBB.png WolfHeadSSBU.png
Yoshi YoshiSymbol.svgYoshi YoshiHeadSSB.png YoshiHeadSSBM.png YoshiHeadSSBB.png YoshiHeadSSB4-U.png YoshiHeadSSBU.png
Young Link ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda YoungLinkHeadSSBM.png YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png
Zelda ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda ZeldaHeadSSBM.png[12] ZeldaHeadSSBB.png[12] ZeldaHeadSSB4-U.png ZeldaHeadSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png[11] ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png
Newcomers 12 14 18[14] 21 23
Veterans 0 12 21 37 65 [14]
Total Fighters 12 26 39 58 88

Notes

  1. ^ Mii Fighters are automatically unlocked upon creation in the Mii Fighter menu.
  2. ^ Some characters are accessible through others' movesets. Transformation characters share a slot on the character selection screen. Transformation characters don’t appear on the character selection screen, but in most situations players can start the match as them through alternate means.
  3. ^ Bowser Jr.'s alternate costumes also allow players to control any of the Koopalings instead.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g This fighter’s alternate costumes have male and female variants. Only the default gender’s stock icon is shown on the table.
  5. ^ a b c d e Pokémon Trainer's moveset allows the player to switch between Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard using their shared down special, Pokémon Change.
  6. ^ Known as Duck Hunt Duo in PAL regions.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Known as Mii Sword Fighter in PAL regions.
  9. ^ a b In Smash 4 and Ultimate, half of Olimar's costumes allow players to control Alph instead.
  10. ^ a b R.O.B.’s default appearance in Smash 4 and Ultimate changes depending on the language the game is set to. His Famicom design is his default appearance in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean languages, while all other languages use his NES design.
  11. ^ a b Samus' Final Smash in Brawl, Zero Laser, transforms her into Zero Suit Samus. Zero Suit Samus can transform in Samus by using her Final Smash, Power Suit Samus.
  12. ^ a b c d In Melee and Brawl, both Zelda and Sheik have Transform as their down special, which allows each of them to transform into the other.
  13. ^ Alex, Zombie, and Enderman appear as alternate costumes.
  14. ^ a b Pokémon Trainer is not included due to not being controlled by the player and not having a fighter number in Ultimate. Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard on the other hand are included.

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 characters who made their debut in Brawl and are starters in there, in addition to third party characters Snake and Sonic. 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", which are 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). The 29th Brawl event match All-Star Semifinal Regulars states: "Four hidden characters from the past game! They're secret perfect attendees." Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the only installment where all the "Original 12" are starter characters. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate refers to the concept of the perfect-attendance crew by making the only starter characters the aforementioned “Original 8.”

Trivia

  • Dr. Mario, Ice Climbers, Lucas, Mewtwo, Pichu, Pokémon Trainer's Squirtle and Ivysaur, Roy, Snake, Wolf, and Young Link are the only fighters to have ever been cut.
    • Dr. Mario, Mewtwo, Pichu, Roy, and Young Link were cut in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but Dr. Mario returned in Super Smash Bros. 4 as an unlockable fighter. Lucas, Mewtwo, and Roy were not present in the base roster in Smash 4, but later returned as downloadable content.
    • Pichu and Young Link are the only fighters to have been absent in two consecutive installments.
    • Ice Climbers are the only characters to be a fighter in Melee and Brawl, but not in Smash 4.
    • Lucas is the only fighter to have been a starter character, unlockable character and downloadable character in three seperate games. He is also the only fighter to be cut from a roster without skipping an installment.
    • Pokémon is the only universe to have multiple cut fighters, being Mewtwo, Pichu, and Pokémon Trainer’s Squirtle and Ivysaur.
  • Currently, Bowser, Chrom, Dr. Mario, Ice Climbers, King Dedede, Lucas, Marth, Mewtwo, Mii Fighters, Pac-Man, Roy, Snake, Sonic, Villager, and Wario are the only fighters who were considered or intended to be fighters in at least one other Smash game.
    • Mewtwo is the only one of which who was intended to be a fighter in two Smash games, namely Smash 64 and Brawl.
  • Roy is the only playable character to debut in Super Smash Bros. before appearing in any other game. His inclusion in Melee was intended to promote Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, his debut in his home series, 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]
    • While Corrin debuted as DLC for SSB4 before Fire Emblem Fates was released in most territories, the game had already been released in Japan several months prior.
  • Captain Falcon (in SSB), the Mii Fighters, and Pac-Man (in Ultimate) are the only fighters to use head icons that don't portray their faces.
  • Wario is the first fighter to debut as a starter before becoming unlockable in another game.
  • 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 as the sole fighters from 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 (except for Ice Climbers and Pokémon Trainer)
  • 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). These include Poké Ball Pokémon, Bosses, and Assist Trophies.
  • Charizard is the only character who was part of a transformation character, became a standalone fighter, and then returned to being part of a transformation character.
  • Alph, the female Pokémon Trainer, and the characters used as Steve's alternate characters are the only alternate characters who debuted after their base fighter.
    • In Smash 4, Alph was intended to be a clone fighter of Olimar. Rock Pikmin were even considered for use. However, this was scrapped presumably due to time constraints and he was incorporated as Olimar’s last four alternate costumes.
  • The Koopalings and the Heroes from Dragon Quest III, IV and VIII are the only alternate characters who debuted before their base fighter in their home series.
  • The most-recently debuted fighter in every Smash game has always either been from Pokémon or Fire Emblem, even excluding DLC. Smash 64 and Brawl's are from Pokémon, whereas all other games' are from Fire Emblem. Prior to their respective DLC, the most-recently debuted fighters in Smash 4 and Ultimate were also from Pokémon.

See also