Gimpyfish, sometimes just called Gimpy, is an American smasher known primarily for being one of the few notable Bowser professionals in Melee. Gimpyfish was known for refusing to be called by his real name at tournaments; he requested that all players call him "Gimpy" or an acceptable variant.
Gimpyfish was, and still remains, infamous for his notoriously high skill with the bottom-tiered character Bowser, whom he elevated to extremely high levels of play. While some claimed that he would have performed much better had he mained a higher-tiered character, Gimpyfish stayed true to Bowser and continued to place high at major tournaments with him. His success with Bowser stemmed from the fact that he had remarkable mindgames and cerebral play, both of which were necessary to make up for his character's weaknesses. He made several Bowser combo videos, the last being "Gimpyfish: The Movie (aka Boozer Cute 2)", and his most famous being Boozer Cute, where he showed his Bowser's abilities against other opponents of his caliber. Gimpyfish was ranked 7th on the Washington Power Rankings before he moved to Southern California, and prior to his retirement, was considered the best Melee Bowser player in the world. He is still considered one of the best Bowsers in the history of the game to this day, alongside DJ Nintendo.
Gimpyfish briefly came out of retirement and made a reappearance in EVO 2013's Melee tournament. However, he underperformed in his brief return; he lost to Scar in his first streamed set, and ultimately failed to make it out of the pool in loser's bracket. Since then, he has made occasional appearances at locals, but remains largely inactive.
Prior to the release of Brawl, Gimpyfish attended E For All to play the demo of the game; the thread, which can still be found on the forums, remains one of the most replied to and visited threads in the history of SmashBoards. In the thread, Gimpyfish praised the game for its seemingly wonderful aesthetics and fluid, albeit slower, gameplay compared to Melee, and focused especially on Bowser, who now seemed to be a competent character due to the buffs he received.
Ironically, when the game came out, Gimpyfish could no longer enjoy playing Bowser competitively as he did in Melee, insisting that Bowser was "unplayable" in Brawl. Gimpyfish then considered developing Meta Knight for tournaments, but decided to main Sheik after she was significantly weakened in Brawl, thus allowing him once again to compete with a low-tier character. His first and only combo video with Sheik was released on YouTube with the name "The Triforce of Style". Despite making a combo video and attempting to play Sheik for a while, Gimpyfish stopped playing Brawl soon after as he no longer found it enjoyable, and still widely criticizes the gameplay and changes.
Despite disliking Brawl and most of its mods, Gimpyfish actively played Project M, where he returned to his old main, Bowser. Due to the significant buffs that Bowser received, Gimpyfish performed extremely well in Project M locals, placing top 3 consistently during his peak and even being able to defeat top Melee players such as Silent Wolf in tournament. However, he eventually retired from competing once again, with no known showings at larger Project M tournaments.
Gimpyfish was an avid player of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U during its height of popularity, where he mained Little Mac. Aside from regularly streaming For Glory mode on his Twitch channel, Gimpyfish also hosted tournaments in the Washington area, attracting a wide array of players.
Though he dabbled in Bowser, he almost exclusively played Little Mac due to his preference for "punching characters". He did, however, play Bowser Jr. as well, but rarely played him in tournament and only used him when playing online.
Compared to other Smash games, Gimpyfish played much less in Smash Ultimate. While he still played Bowser (as well as uploading various Elite Smash videos and a montage), he only competed in Don't Park on the Grass 2018 and several locals.
A year or two after Brawl's release, Gimpyfish stated that he had "retired" from Melee and Brawl. Similar to Rickety, however, he continues to have close ties with the competitive scene. At the beginning of 2009, Gimpyfish made a series of videos entitled "Super Smash Bros. Metagame"; the series showed the respective metagame of each Melee character, compiled from years of gameplay. Even throughout his inactive stage, Gimpyfish made efforts to go to some Melee tournaments to spend time with other smashers or even serve as a play-by-play commentator and video uploader. Gimpyfish remains active on the SmashBoards, as well holding a moderator position on both the Melee and Brawl sections of the forums, as well as the regional boards; he has been known to use his mod powers for comedic effect, often by editing other people's posts.
Gimpyfish has recently made small returns to the competitive scene. Aside from his aforementioned appearance at EVO 2013, he had gone to a handful of Melee and Project M tournaments earlier in the year, and routinely holds and attends smashfests featuring smashers from around the Washington area. He has also begun and promoted a new Smash crew, 62-bit Gaming, which consists of other well-known smashers such as Bladewise. However, he has not gone to any other major national events during this time.
Outside of Smash
Gimpyfish studied in the California Baptist University in Riverside, California; his announced major was reported to be in Education and Kinesiology. In addition, he is also the CEO and founder of 62-bit Gaming which sponsors professional smashers Bladewise and Vish.