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The in-game sprite of Sheriff from "Sheriff".
The in-game sprite of Sheriff from Sheriff.
Universe Sheriff
Debut Sheriff (1979)
Smash Bros. appearances Melee
Most recent non-Smash appearance WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (2003)
Console/platform of origin Arcade
Species Human
Gender Male
Created by Genyo Takeda
Designed by Shigeru Miyamoto

Sheriff (シェリフ, Sheriff) is the protagonist of the 1979 Nintendo arcade game of the same name.


Image of the original arcade game.
Screenshot of the arcade game Sheriff featuring the titular character.

In the original arcade game, the titular Sheriff, identified by the cabinet art as "Mr. Jack"[1] has to defend a plot of land from sixteen bandits, who move around the edges of the territory while firing at Sheriff. Sometimes the bandits also enter the land so Sheriff has to dodge the bullets and the bandits while attempting to return fire. Once all sixteen bandits are defeated the level is won. The Sheriff Assist Trophy's movements are a facsimile of the original game's control scheme which involved two joysticks, one for which direction to walk and the second for which direction to fire Sheriff's gun. In the sequel the second joystick was replaced with a button, so Sheriff could only shoot in the direction he was facing. Every third level, a cutscene would play of the Sheriff reuniting with his presumed girlfriend, identified by the cabinet art as "Betty".

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Sheriff only appears as a trophy.


Sheriff trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Sheriff's trophy in Melee
Sheriff is a game with a particularly long history, even among other classic Nintendo arcade games. You aimed the sheriff's gun by way of an eight-directional dial controller, which you would depress to fire. The goal of this frontier shooter was to protect the territory from various scoundrels and ne'er-do-wells.
Sheriff (Japan Only)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Sheriff appears as an Assist Trophy in both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. When summoned, he moves around choppily and fires in any of eight directions at opposing characters. The shots deal 14% damage and can be reflected, but not absorbed. Sound effects from Sheriff play as he moves around. If he takes 30% damage, he'll be defeated and stay in his pose when he is shot by one of the bandits, and then he'll disappear.


The Sheriff trophy appears in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is part of the Memorabilia Trophy Box.

Sheriff's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSC This arcade game was released in 1979 in Japan. The game used an eight-direction joystick and a switch to control the title character. In Smash Bros., the sheriff will appear in his original glory and fire in eight directions. The bullets are tough to dodge, and they pack a serious punch.
PAL This arcade game was released in Europe in 1980. The game used an eight-direction joystick, and a switch to control the title character. In this game, the sheriff will appear in his original glory and fire in eight directions. The bullets are tough to dodge and will really knock your socks off.
Arcade: Sheriff (1980)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Sheriff retains his role as an Assist Trophy, and acts similarly to how he does in Smash 4, albeit KOing now earns a point. In this game, however, his bullets can no longer be reflected and shielding them will cause him to shoot more at a rapid rate until the shield is broken or the target is hit. Training Mode describes his Assist Trophy with the following: Moves around, firing a gun in eight directions.


The Sheriff also appears as a Legend-class support spirit. He can be summoned using the cores of Wild Gunman, Gangster, Lady, & Policeman, one Neutral type, and two support types.

In Adventure Mode: World of Light, the Sheriff is presumably one of the countless spirits captured by Galeem during his takeover of the universe. The Sheriff's spirit is located in a Treasure Chest in a northwestern Wild West town section of The Light Realm.

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
★★★★ 1 Assist Killer Sheriff Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese シェリフ, Sheriff
UK English Sheriff
France French Shérif Sheriff
Germany German Sheriff
Spain Spanish Sheriff
Italy Italian Sheriff
China Chinese (Simplified) 西部警长 Western Sheriff
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) Sheriff
South Korea Korean Sheriff
Netherlands Dutch Sheriff
Russia Russian Шериф


  • Sheriff is one of the oldest characters to appear in the Smash Bros. series, predating Mr. Game & Watch and Pac-Man by a year. However, he is not the oldest entity in Smash; with the Color TV-Game 15 being older. Depending on whether one considers the Color TV-Game 15 a "character" in its Assist Trophy role, Sheriff can be considered the oldest character in the game.

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