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ZeRo "PersistentBlade"
Tempo ZeRo.jpg
Ultimate main Cloud
Other Ultimate
Diddy Kong, Wolf, Mario
SSB4 main Diddy Kong
Other SSB4
Retired SSB4
Sheik, Lucina
Brawl main Meta Knight
Melee main Fox
SSB64 main Fox
Project M mains Pit, Fox
Former sponsor(s) vVv Gaming, CLASH Tournaments, Team SoloMid, Tempo Storm
Former crews Leap of Faith
Skill Super Smash Bros. Melee Upper high level (retired)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Top level (retired)
Super Smash Bros. 4 Top level (retired)
PM Icon.png Top level (retired)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate High level (retired)
Ranking Super Smash Bros. 4 Panda Global Rankings 100: 1st
Winnings Super Smash Bros. Brawl ~$3,735.30
Super Smash Bros. 4 ~$171,320.02
PM Icon.png ~$6,377.22
Additional info
Real name Gonzalo Barrios
Birth date (age 28)
Location Florida United States

ZeRo is a former smasher from Chillán, Chile who currently resides in Florida.

In Smash 4, ZeRo is widely considered to be the best player of all time, being a dominant player up until his retirement from the game in January 2018. With a combination of Diddy Kong and Sheik, he had a record of 56 consecutive tournament wins from the game's release on Wii U in November 2014 until MLG World Finals 2015 in October 2015, including nationals such as Apex 2015, CEO 2015, EVO 2015, Super Smash Con 2015, and The Big House 5. This is the longest such streak of any player in any Super Smash Bros. game. He was also considered the best Diddy Kong player in the world, the best Lucina player in the world when he actively used her, and was considered the best Sheik player in the world until summer 2016, when he relegated the character to a secondary in light of her nerfs. He also had strong Cloud and Captain Falcon secondaries, with his Captain Falcon often considered to be among the best in the world. ZeRo is ranked 1st on the Panda Global Rankings 100, and was formerly ranked at the 0 position on both the Chicago Smash 4 Power Rankings and SoCal Smash 4 Power Rankings and 1st on the New Jersey Smash 4 Power Rankings.

ZeRo also saw great success in other Smash games. He dominated the Chilean Brawl scene with his Meta Knight and Ice Climbers and rose to fame in the United States as a top player on All is Brawl. Due to consistently great tournament results such as 2nd at Apex 2014 and 1st at Rescue 2 and KTAR 9, he was considered to be one of the best players in the world in 2013 and 2014, and was ranked 3rd on the 2014 SSBBRank. In Melee, ZeRo mained Fox and played from 2007 to 2010, and again starting in 2014 after focusing on Brawl in between. After qualifying for MLG Anaheim 2014 and placing 17th at both CEO 2014 and EVO 2014, he was ranked 35th on the 2014 SSBMRank. He was also considered to be the best Project M player in the world during the 3.02 era in 2014, winning CEO 2014, Zenith 2014, GUTS 3, and The Big House 4 with a combination of Pit and Fox. In Ultimate, ZeRo did not have a set main but mostly used Cloud in tournaments. He was also a notable commentator prior to his retirement as he has commentated at tournaments such as CEO 2019, Overlords of Orlando: Ultimate Edition, and The Quarantine Series.

Due to his top professional success in multiple Smash games, ZeRo is widely considered to be one of the best overall Smash players of all time, along with Mew2King, Wizzrobe, ESAM, and Larry Lurr.

On January 12th, 2018, ZeRo announced an indefinite hiatus from competitive Smash 4, citing disillusionment with the game and personal reasons. He since showed a renewed interest in Melee, and was active on Netplay on Anther's Ladder for some time. He also occasionally commentated for Smash 4, doing so at Midwest Mayhem 11 and Smash 'N' Splash 4 after his retirement. In addition, he regularly streamed Ultimate, Melee, and various other games on his Twitch channel and later Facebook Gaming after signing a deal with them in December 2019. ZeRo would return to competitive play for Ultimate at the end of 2018, where he replaced his sponsor TSM with Tempo Storm, but would once again go into hiatus after Smash Ultimate Summit, instead gravitating towards content creation and streaming. ZeRo would still make appearances at some tournaments for side events and commentary and participated in a few online tournaments during the COVID-19 pandemic, but would never return full-time.

Following accusations of sexual misconduct involving minors in July 2020, ZeRo would be banned from the Smash community and dropped by Tempo Storm.[1][2]

Tournament history[edit]

2006: Early Beginnings[edit]

ZeRo has played Smash since the release of Smash 64 in 1999 when he was 4 years old and has had "ZeRo" as his gamertag since 2005. In early 2005, he would attend his first Smash event in Santiago, Chile, but did not compete due to nerves.[3] He began playing competitively in 2006 with Melee. He recalls his first major victory as taking place around 2007 or 2008, when he competed in a league system at a local Akiba Game Store, then proceeded to win the top 32 single-elimination tournament.[4]

2012-2014: International Debut in Brawl[edit]

Toward the end of 2012, ZeRo traveled to the United States and remained in the country for several months to compete in national and international Brawl tournaments. His first international tournament was Apex 2012, where he placed 17th in singles and 9th in doubles, teaming with Kadaj.

His breakout tournament was XSmash in December 2012, where he would shock the world by defeating top professionals such as Vinnie, Nairo, and Mew2King to claim 1st place in Brawl Singles. He would continue to have strong performances in the following months, placing 9th at Apex 2013, 1st at Rescue 2 after defeating Nairo in grands with a bracket reset, and 1st at Outrage after defeating Ally and Zinoto. His results led to a rank of 2nd on the March 2013 Tristate Brawl Power Rankings before returning to Chile.

He would continue to travel to the US throughout 2013 and 2014 to participate in national tournaments, consistently placing within top 5 in nationals, and placing 1st or 2nd in smaller tournaments. These strong results qualified him for MLG Anaheim 2014, where he placed 17th. SSBBRank 2014 would rank ZeRo as the 3rd best Brawl player known to the scene in the United States.

ZeRo was signed by CLASH Tournaments in June 2014[5], but would leave the org five months later.

In December 2013, he also began to enter Melee and Project M events at the tournaments he attended. He was consistently top 24 at Melee in national tournaments. His Project M results would rise to consistently placing 1st in national tournaments in 2014.

ZeRo was also the winner of the promotional Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament held by Nintendo at E3 2014, playing as Zero Suit Samus against Hungrybox as Kirby in grand finals.

2015-Early 2016: Breaking Records: 56-Streak and Undisputed Smash 4 Dominance[edit]

ZeRo was widely considered to be the best Smash 4 player in the world, soon starting a streak of winning every single Smash 4 tournament that he entered. He was so dominant that Smashboards joking placed a "bounty" on his head at CEO 2015[6], offering $500 for his defeat or $100 to any Smasher who could take one set off of him; however, once again, he won the tournament without dropping down to losers bracket. A month later at EVO 2015, he took 1st place without losing a game, the first time that had been achieved in Smash history--and he only used his main, Diddy Kong, in grand finals.

Although ZeRo hadn't entered a Melee tournament all through 2015, Armada drafted him for his crew in the FC Smash 15XR: Return crew battle. ZeRo faced Kalamazhu and was subsequently three stocked.

On August 1st, 2015, with his tournament win streak at 43, ZeRo was signed on by Team SoloMid.

At The Big House 5, ZeRo suffered a shocking loss in Round 2 Pools against Seagull Joe, leading many to believe that the undisputed #1 player would finally be defeated. However, ZeRo would end up easily going through the losers bracket, defeating MVD 2-0, StaticManny 2-0, Wizzrobe 2-0, Ally 3-0, ESAM 3-1, Zenyou 3-0, and Rayquaza07 3-1. Finally, he was put up against Anti in losers semifinals, but despite being down 2-1 against Anti's Mario, he brought it back in a very close set to win 3-2. After 3-0'ing Dabuz in losers finals, he would go on to face long-time rival Nairo. ZeRo would 3-0 Nairo in the first set to cause a reset, after Nairo was playing secondaries in an attempt to avoid his ZSS being downloaded. In the second set of grand finals, with Nairo playing Zero Suit Samus, ZeRo was down 2-1 to Nairo , marking the second time in the tournament that he was just one game away from losing his streak. In the end, ZeRo brought it back once again, defeating Nairo 3-2 and completing one of the greatest losers bracket runs in Smash history.

ZeRo's 56-tournament winning streak was finally ended at MLG World Finals 2015, where Nairo beat him 3-2 and then 3-1 in grand finals. Nevertheless, he continued to win many SSB4 tournaments in the years that followed.

ZeRo went on a hiatus due to medical issues[7] and could not attend tournaments during the spring of 2016.

2016: Post-Hiatus, Sudden Decline and Slow Resurgence[edit]

After initially dropping out of registration, ZeRo competed at Get On My Level 2016, the first tournament he has attended since 2GGT: EE Saga, as Zinoto was unable to attend and vacated his spot for ZeRo. Performing well up until winners quarters, mostly using Diddy Kong over Sheik, Mew2King's Cloud defeated both of his characters in a 3-0 upset. However, ZeRo managed to advance to the loser's side of grand finals, defeating San 3-0 to get into top 8 and Mr. R 3-2 in losers eighths. In losers quarters, he fought MkLeo in a highly anticipated set which he won 3-2. He continued his losers run, defeating Nairo 3-0 in losers semis, and Larry Lurr 3-2 in losers finals. In grand finals, ZeRo lost to Ally 2-3, placing 2nd at the tournament with his sixth ever set loss and only second ever tournament loss since his streak ended at MLG World Finals 2015.

The next few tournaments began a streak of losses for ZeRo, placing 2nd at three more tournaments after Get On My Level 2016, usually losing two sets in grand finals. He lost to Larry Lurr twice at 2GGT: Mexico Saga (2-3 both sets), ANTi twice at Wednesday Night Fights 2016 2.5 (1-3 and 0-3) and Ally twice at Smash 'N' Splash 2 (1-3 both sets). Many felt this was indicative of his dominance in the SSB4 scene finally starting to slip.

He ended his short losing streak by defeating Nairo twice at Low Tier City 4 3-2 and 3-1 in winners finals and grand finals, respectively.

However, ZeRo ended up on another losing streak throughout the summer. ZeRo placed 9th at CEO 2016 after getting upset by Prince Ramen's Palutena 0-2 in winners semis of his pool and Larry Lurr 0-3 in losers, marking the first time he was eliminated before top 8. At WTFox 2, ZeRo placed 3rd, losing to Dabuz 2-3 in winners finals and Mr. R 1-3 in losers finals. At EVO 2016, ZeRo was upset again, this time by Mr.E. However, this time he managed to make top 8. He proceeded to defeat Larry Lurr, Abadango, and VoiD all 2-0 but lost to Kameme 0-3 in losers finals, placing 3rd. However, ZeRo again placed outside of top 8 at Super Smash Con 2016, placing 13th after getting upset by Day 1-2 in winners and Ally 1-3 in losers.

Endgame would mark the beginning of ZeRo's return to dominance as he took the tournament. Though he lost to Mew2King 2-3 in winners finals, he beat Ally 3-1 in losers finals, marking his first win over him in 2016. He proceeded to defeat Mew2King 3-1 in both sets of grand finals, with a JV-3 stock in the final match. He attended Shine 2016 the following weekend and took the tournament without dropping a set, defeating ESAM 3-1 and 3-0 in winners finals and grand finals, respectively.

After winning The Big House 6, only losing to ANTi in winners finals 1-3 but 6-0'd him in grand finals, ZeRo would not attend another tournament until KTAR XIX, which he solidly took. Winners finals pitted him against MkLeo in a rematch from Get On My Level 2016. ZeRo won the set 3-2 then beat Salem 3-1 in grand finals. He then won UGC Smash Open without dropping a single set, defeating Abadango 3-0 and 3-2 in winners finals and grand finals, respectively. ZeRo was then invited to attend Smash City LA, which he again won without dropping a set, defeating Larry Lurr 3-1 and 3-2 in winners finals and grand finals, respectively.

However, his short winning streak ended at, ironically, his namesake tournament: 2GGT: ZeRo Saga, in which he lost to Ally 2-3 in winners quarters and MkLeo 0-3 in losers semis, placing 4th and perpetuating the 2GGT "saga curse".

Nevertheless, his results were strong enough to still earn him the #1 spot on the PGR v2.

ZeRo's PGR v2 player card

2017: Securing Dominance During His Final Year[edit]

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ZeRo's first tournament he attended in 2017 was 2GGC: GENESIS Saga. ZeRo solidly took his pools without dropping a single set, defeating KiraFlax and Saiki on the way. He made to top 8 after defeating Elegant and Mr.E, both 3-1 and defeated Zenyou in Winner Semis 3-2 in a close set. He then 3-0d VoiD in winners finals and took the tournament 3-1 over Komorikiri in grand finals, also qualifying him for the final 2GG Championships in December.

At GENESIS 4, ZeRo suffered a huge upset in round 2 pools, losing to Brood's Duck Hunt 1-2. However, ZeRo still managed to make top 32 losers after defeating Manny 2-0. ZeRo went through the losers bracket defeating Salem and Nairo both 3-2, ESAM 3-1 and VoiD 3-2 advancing to Top 8. He proceeded to defeat Dabuz (although it was later discovered that their set had accidentally been played with a launch rate of 0.9) and Mr. R 3-1 each and Captain Zack 3-0, but narrowly lost to Ally 2-3 in a very close set using Cloud in losers finals, placing 3rd.

ZeRo was invited to PAX Arena at PAX East 2017, and he took the tournament in a dominant fashion, defeating Larry Lurr 3-1 in winners finals and Dabuz 3-1 in grand finals.

After a close 2nd place finish at Frame Perfect Series 2, ZeRo went on to attend 2GGC: Civil War, a tournament highlighting his rivalry with Ally. However, perpetuating the "curse", he was upset twice, first by Xzax 1-2 in his pool, and then by Luhtie 2-3 in losers, and placed 49th, his lowest placement in his entire Smash career.

Despite the unprecedented loss, ZeRo would go on a short tournament winning streak, winning KTAR XX (defeating Tweek 3-1 in the second set of grand finals after initially losing the first set 2-3), Midwest Mayhem 8 (defeating Zinoto 3-1 and 3-0 after initially losing to Ned 2-3 in winners quarters), CEO Dreamland (defeating Mr. R 3-2), DreamHack Austin 2017 (defeating MkLeo 6-0 after initially losing to Ally 1-3 in winner semis) and Royal Flush (tournament) (defeating Mr. R 3-2 in the second set of grand finals after initially losing the first set 2-3).

After placing 9th at 2GGC: Greninja Saga and 3rd at MomoCon 2017, the latter in which he lost to Nairo in winners finals for the first time since MLG World Finals 2015, ZeRo attended Smash 'N' Splash 3. He made top 8 winner side without dropping a game, defeating Shel and MVD 3-0 each. He then defeated Tweek 3-0 but lost to Ally 0-3 in winners finals. He 3-0d Larry Lurr in loser finals then defeated Ally 3-1 and 3-2 in grand finals to take the tournament (using Diddy Kong instead of Lucina). Carrying this winning momentum, he won 2GGC: Nairo Saga the following weekend, not dropping a game to make top 8. In top 8, he defeated Nairo 3-0 in winners semis, MkLeo 3-2 in winners finals, and Salem 3-2 in grand finals to win the tournament. At CEO 2017, ZeRo made top 8 winners after defeating Zinoto 3-0. He then defeated KEN 3-2 in winners semis, Larry Lurr 3-0 in winners finals, and MkLeo 3-1 in grand finals to take the tournament.

Following a win at Midwest Mayhem 9, ZeRo would have a temporary fallout, as he placed 2nd at 2GGC: ARMS Saga (losing to Dabuz 1-3 in winners finals and 0-3 in grand finals despite resetting the bracket 3-2), 2nd at EVO 2017 (losing to Salem 2-3 twice in grand finals), 9th at DreamHack Atlanta 2017 (losing to Samsora 2-3 in an upset in winners, then Nairo 2-3 in losers), 2nd at Low Tier City 5 (losing to Mistake 1-2 in an upset in winners quarters, then Tweek 1-3 in grand finals), and 2nd at Super Smash Con 2017 (losing 2-3 twice to Nairo in grand finals). Despite these losses, ZeRo managed to win 2GGC: SCR Saga, defeating Larry Lurr 3-0 in winners finals and MkLeo 3-2 in grand finals. Continuing this success, he defended his title at Shine 2017, defeating Nairo 3-1 in winners finals, and Tweek 3-1 in grand finals.

ZeRo was invited to PAX Arena at PAX West 2017 and won the tournament in a dominant fashion, winning every set in his round robin pool (only dropping one game to Ally) to be seeded in winners semis of top 8, then defeating Salem 3-2 and Nairo 3-0 in both winners finals and grand finals.

At GameTyrant Expo 2017, ZeRo was upset by Darkshad 1-2 in his pool, entering top 48 losers side. He went through the bracket, defeating Z and CaptainZack 3-0 each, then Tweek 3-1, Raito 3-0 and qualified to Top 8 losers after defeating Salem 3-1. ZeRo then defeated Darkshad 3-0 in a runback, ANTi 3-1 in losers quarters, Larry Lurr 3-0 in losers semis but lost to MkLeo (using Meta Knight) 1-3 in losers finals for the first time since 2GGT: ZeRo Saga, placing 3rd.

At The Big House 7, ZeRo solidly took his pools and made top 32 winners after defeating Umeki 2-0. In top 32 he was upset by Cosmos 0-3 and sent to the losers side. ZeRo however went through the bracket defeating Javi and Zinoto both 3-0, then qualified for top 8 losers after narrowly defeating Nairo 3-2. He beat Larry Lurr and Salem 3-1 each, but lost to Marss 0-3 in losers semis, placing 4th.

At 2GGC: MkLeo Saga ZeRo solidly took his pools without dropping a single game defeating Kameme 2-0 on the way. In Top 32 he was upset by WaDi 1-3 and sent to the losers bracket. He went through the losers bracket defeating HIKARU 3-1 but narrowly lost to Mr.R 2-3 in a close set placing 13th.

At the 2GG Championship, ZeRo solidly won in his group, defeating Elegant 3-1, Larry Lurr 3-2 and Fatality 3-0 to qualify for the championship bracket. In winners quarters, he defeated Dabuz 3-0 but fell to MkLeo 0-3 in winners semis. ZeRo however managed to make it out of the losers side, defeating KEN and Dabuz both 3-0 and Salem 3-1 in losers finals. In Grand Finals ZeRo did a bracket reset to MkLeo 3-2 in an extremely close set but lost in the second set 1-3 placing 2nd.

ZeRo was invited to attend Smash 4 Boot Camp where after winning to MVD and VoiD both 2-1, he lost to Larry Lurr 0-2 and qualifying to the Top 16 losers. ZeRo however went through the losers bracket defeating Elegant, Tweek both 3-0, Cosmos 3-2, Light 3-1 but lost to Salem 0-3 placing 4th.

2018: First Retirement, Smash Invitational 2018, and Return[edit]

On January 12, 2018, ZeRo announced via a tweet[8] that he would no longer be competing in Smash 4 tournaments, in order to focus on other life goals. In said tweet, ZeRo said he would return to competitive Smash when a new trend surfaces on the Smash scene. After his retirement, ZeRo commentated for the Top 8's of Midwest Mayhem 11 and Smash 'N' Splash 4. On April 14, he released an update video [9] addressing his satisfaction with his retirement, and said his days as a full-time competitor were very unlikely to be revived, even with the new Smash game being announced the month prior. He did, however, express interest in creating content with the new title, including tutorials and stream highlights.

On May 9, 2018, ZeRo was revealed to be one of the players invited to Nintendo's invitational for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at E3 2018, expressing in a tweet[10] that he would be coming out of retirement solely for the tournament. At the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018, ZeRo first teamed with Armada and defeated Abadango & Plup with Mario to advance to winner semis. ZeRo then beat Armada's Pokemon Trainer with Ike to advance to winners finals, where he faced MkLeo. ZeRo clutched out the match with Sheik over MkLeo's Solid Snake to move on to grand finals, which was best of 3. ZeRo would face MkLeo again but this time he lost 0-2 in the first set to MkLeo's Bayonetta and Sonic. However, ZeRo managed to win 2-1 in the second set with Mario over MkLeo's Sonic to take his second invitational win, defending his title from E3 2014.

On November 7, 2018, ZeRo announced that he was signed by Tempo Storm and would be coming out of retirement to compete in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.[11]

On December 25, 2018, ZeRo announced an update[12] to his competitive return, saying he will no longer be "chasing the rankings", preferring to create content for Ultimate and stream the game on Twitch instead of competing at tournaments to be ranked 1st, only choosing to compete at a few select major events like EVO.

2019-2020: Return to Competition and Second Retirement[edit]

ZeRo's first event back to competition was confirmed to be Smash Conference United on January 5th. At the tournament, ZeRo solidly made top 48 winners side, defeating everyone in his pool 2-0. After defeating Rideae 3-0, he lost to MuteAce 2-3 and Samsora 0-3, placing 9th. ZeRo also competed at the Smash Ultimate Summit, placing 13th in Singles and 5th in random 1v1's.

After Smash Ultimate Summit, ZeRo would not participate in another offline tournament, instead streaming on Facebook Gaming and creating content for his YouTube channel. However, ZeRo has made appearances at a few tournaments, most notably Super Smash Con 2019, where he won the Smash Masters side tournament over Larry Lurr. He has stated multiple times that he has no intention of returning to competitive play anytime soon, citing mostly the immense amount of hate he got during his reign in the previous installment as well as being intimidated by the high expectations that were expected of him due to him being the undisputed best player in Smash 4. However, he has commentated at a few events, most notably at CEO 2019.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, ZeRo began entering online tournaments after a year-long hiatus from competition, although he was more focused on enjoying the game rather than the actual competition [13]. In his first appearance in The Quarantine Series: Minor Tournament 1, ZeRo didn't drop a single game until top 96, where he lost to Tweek and Frawg, both 3-1, knocking him out of the tournament at 33rd place. He has since participated in 4 other online tournaments, placing 129th at Pound Online, 65th at both The Quarantine Series: Major Tournament 1 and King of WiFi Random Characters, and 257th at The Box. ZeRo stopped competing after King of WiFi Random Characters, stating that he didn't want to return to a competitive lifestyle and reiterating that he has no plans on competing at offline tournaments[14].

Sexual harassment allegations[edit]

On July 2nd, 2020, amidst a wave of sexual harassment allegations in the community, artist Jisu posted a tweet where she called out ZeRo for showing her hentai and explicit Craigslist ads when she was 15[15]. ZeRo later responded, admitting that he looked at hentai but denied that he had shown it to her, nor would he show it to an entire room of people. He also denied showing her the ads[16]. Following this defense, many people started to target Jisu for "clout-chasing", causing several players such as Leffen and iBDW to post TwitLongers in Jisu's defense[17][18]. Leffen also told his experience with ZeRo and how he would show people hentai in public, a statement that was backed up by a screenshot from an anonymous user later sent to Leffen[19]. Finally, Lima would also come out with his own statement accusing ZeRo for twisting the situation[20].

Around the same time, another user, Katie, came out with her own statement where she accused ZeRo for having sexually harassing her when she was 14 and ZeRo was 19[21]. ZeRo would make a response to that accusation on July 3rd, stating that, at that time, he didn't know Katie was 14, and when she told him he cut off contact with her immediately. However, later evidence came forward to reveal that this statement by ZeRo was a lie. He then addressed the hentai accusations and his awkwardness in handling the situation, stating that it was due to a rough childhood filled with abuse and bullying, and mentioning that he was permanently banning himself from the Smash scene[22]. Many people, however, pointed out that ZeRo failed to address the most explicit accusation. Eventually, on July 4th, ZeRo made a final TwitLonger confirming Katie's accusations, including the explicit accusation, as well as an experience he had with another underage girl[23].

The following day, Jisu posted a Google Document filled with evidence and screenshots from all of ZeRo's victims, including the girl brought up in ZeRo's final statement. She accused ZeRo of lying about her, Katie, and the third girl's situation[24].

Both Tempo Storm and Facebook Gaming have since cut ties with ZeRo[25]. Twitch also permanently banned ZeRo on July 22nd, 2020, with his channel and videos being permanently deleted from the platform.[26]

Mental health and attempted suicide[edit]

On March 25th, 2021, Vanessa posted a tweet stating that ZeRo had attempted suicide 2 days prior and was sent to the hospital.[27]

Following an outpour of support from the community, a month later, he posted an update on Instagram, stating that he felt guilty about what he had done.[28] He later made a followup during an interview with EE, where he discussed his history of mental health issues, stating that he had contemplated suicide several times at a young age, as well as talking about an injury involving a motocross bike around Fall of 2020, which was part of a driving point for his suicide attempt. He also stated that he originally planned to take his life the day that he posted his final message on Twitter.[29] However, despite the video saying that the interview had no intention of bringing ZeRo back into the Smash community, it received negative reception from the community, simply due to ZeRo's presence, which prompted EE to take it down the same day he uploaded it. However, it has since been reuploaded by other YouTube channels.

Challenges to the allegations[edit]

On June 25th 2021, Technicals made a YouTube video on Sky Williams where he challenged the vast majority of Jisu's allegations towards ZeRo.[30] In the video, he interviewed ZeRo, who stated that he did not remember anything that Leffen or Jisu had accused him of, and that he felt pressured to admit to the allegations, which created a false agenda that he was guilty. The specific part of the video received a polarizing reception in the community; several people praised him for scrutinizing Jisu's allegations, pointing out the hypocrisy in the Smash community, and providing another point-of-view to the allegations against ZeRo. Detractors, on the other hand, accused Technicals for building a narrative that manipulated the facts. In particular, a screenshot on a Discord DM between Technicals and ZeRo led many people to accuse the two for attempting to manipulate the narrative.[31] Both Jisu and Leffen have yet to publicly address Technicals's claims.

On November 16, 2021, ZeRo uploaded a video to YouTube, stating that he was returning to creating and uploading content the following day, and retracting his previous admission to the accusations, claiming he confessed under duress.[32]

On November 19, 2021, ZeRo filed a lawsuit against Jisu on the grounds of defamation and having lost his career due to Jisu's videos accusing ZeRo of sexual misconduct.[33] ZeRo's claims are that Jisu knowingly lied about the age difference between himself and Vanessa when the two started dating, about ZeRo physically abusing Vanessa (additionally claiming this to be libel), about her accusations of ZeRo seeking to fly a 14-year-old child to meet in a hotel for sexual activity (but did not deny similar sexting allegations), and about her claims that ZeRo showed her sexually explicit Craigslist ads and hentai.[34] ZeRo further claimed that Jisu is legally responsible for Tempo Storm and Facebook Gaming terminating their contracts with him, said to be worth over $2 million. The lawsuit seeks a currently unknown amount in damages for "defamation and emotional distress".[35]

On September 9, 2022, ZeRo published a video giving an update on his situation.[36] First, he and Jisu made a joint statement stating that the lawsuit had concluded. Both parties called for their audience to cease harassment towards each other, and requested publications and any other YouTube commentary content creators referencing the event to respect the parties' wishes in that regard. He talked about how both parties came to an understanding of their shortcomings: ZeRo regrets his role in Jisu's experience in the Sky House as he had exacerbated it in online public discussions, while Jisu apologized and retracted the statements she made regarding Vanessa. Ultimately, both parties agreed to resolve the litigation and move on.

In addition, ZeRo stated that he plans on appealing his Twitch ban, and has reiterated that he had no intentions on returning to competitive Smash as he did not feel welcomed by the scene. In turn, ZeRo accused the community of maintaining an inconsistent bias and having a disregard for the law with its handling of these cases, noting that he felt the higher-ups of the community never liked him, and pointed out how they're trying to stop him from producing content by coercing other players and content creators from collaborating with him or acknowledging him in any capacity, with the threat of being banned from Smash events or losing their sponsor (ZeRo alleged this had happened to a close friend of his after they played Valorant together offstream) whilst allowing other controversial figures to be collaborated without repercussion.

Lastly, he accused Leffen as the biggest instigator during the allegations made against him, as he claimed Leffen lied about a story regarding ZeRo sharing hentai with Leffen and Japanese players when they housed together for Apex 2013, and also accused ZeRo for exchanging hentai with fans without verifying their age. Both the Japanese players and the the fan have since denied Leffen's claim or retracted their statement.[37] ZeRo ultimately accused Leffen for profiting off the drama while tarnishing ZeRo's name in the process.


Across all Smash games, ZeRo is a very methodical and theoretical player, focusing on having solid fundamentals and a commanding neutral game that can allow him to completely control the match after one mistake from his opponents. Due to this, he is considered to have the strongest neutral game in the world in Smash 4, and is one of the most adaptive players in all games. He is known to memorize percents, setups, and any other info that can improve his gameplay.

In Smash 4[edit]

His playstyle varies depending on whom he is facing. At times, ZeRo plays very proactively, inducing pressure on his opponents with precise hits, simple but effective punishes, and strong stage control. At other times, ZeRo plays more reactively and will not approach at all, preferring to camp most of the time and bait out mistakes from his opponent.

In Melee[edit]

ZeRo plays very defensively overall, preferring to camp opponents with Fox's Blaster and only approach when provoked to in the beginning of the set. This is to gain information on the opponent so that he can adjust his playstyle according to the habits that he picks up from his opponents during the course of the match.

In addition, his ledge pressure is very overwhelming, often being able to inflict large amounts of percent while the opponent is trying to recover or even kill early. His spacing in these interactions also makes it very difficult for his opponents to attempt a reverse edge guard.

However, ZeRo's tendency to resort to defensive play can hurt him sometimes, as he will play too safely and will not go for kill confirms on the verge of overextending. Although he is one of the most adaptive players across the span of a set, he can still struggle to bring back a set where his opponent has overwhelmed him, which is more prevalent in Melee where the micro-adaptations that are necessary within a game are far more emphasized.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Thanks for Playing 4 December 21st, 2013 2nd

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Thanks for Playing 4 December 21st, 2013 5th
Seagull Joe's Bad Karma @ Xanadu Games December 22nd, 2013 7th
AGDQ 2014 January 5th-11th, 2014 4th
Shuffle V February 22nd-23rd, 2014 13th 3rd Nintendude
First Date March 1st, 2014 5th
Revival of Melee 7 March 8th-9th, 2014 17th 9th Vex Kasrani
Collision 9 March 15th, 2014 3rd 1st Mew2King
Game Over VII March 18th, 2014 5th
KTAR 9 March 22nd, 2014 7th 1st Mew2King
Xanadu Legends April 5th, 2014 4th 2nd Bones
Smash Brothers University 2.5 April 12th-13th, 2014 7th
Fighters' Edge April 26th-27th, 2014 5th
WHOBO MLG May 3rd-4th, 2014 4th
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 5/13 May 13th, 2014 2nd
Super Smash Sundays East Coast # 4 May 18th, 2014 1st
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 5/20 May 20th, 2014 3rd
Pat's House 2 May 24th-25th, 2014 17th 7th Westballz
SKTAR 3 May 31st-June 1st, 2014 9th 5th s0ft
Mayhem 6-7-2014 June 7th, 2014 7th 3rd DEHF
SSS Lock-In June 14th-15th, 2014 9th 3rd S2J
MLG Anaheim 2014 June 20th-22nd, 2014 17th 13th DEHF
CEO 2014 June 27th-29th, 2014 17th 4th ESAM
Kings of Cali 4 July 5th-6th, 2014 13th 5th Westballz
EVO 2014 July 11th-13th, 2014 17th 5th KoreanDJ
Gameguys Intergalactic Kegger July 26th-27th, 2014 5th
Zenith 2014 August 2nd-3rd, 2014 7th 2nd Axe
Mass Madness CE August 23rd, 2014 5th 1st Hax
Summer Jam 8 August 30th-31st, 2014 1st
Salt Lake Comic Con September 4th-6th, 2014 1st
GamerByte October 25th, 2014 1st
Mana MonthlyOnline July 21st, 2023 7th
Mana Monthly 2Online August 25th, 2023 9th
Mana Monthly 3Online September 29th, 2023 5th

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Torneo Nacional 2 January 8th-9th, 2011 1st 1st Iori
Torneo Hawaiano February 19th, 2011 1st
Showdown II July 23rd, 2011 1st 1st Nekokatsu
The Spirit of Smash Tournament August 20th, 2011 1st
Tujo pasó Agosto 2011 iiiiesh! August 27th, 2011 1st
The Hedgehog's Lair September 10th, 2011 1st
Showdown III October 29th, 2011 1st 1st Nekokatsu
PQDD November 19th, 2011 1st
Tujo Express November 26th, 2011 1st
Apex 2012 Practice Round Robin December 31st, 2011 1st
Apex 2012 January 6th-8th, 2012 17th 9th Kadaj
Winter Shore Smashing January 14th, 2012 1st
Tujo Brawler January 21st, 2012 1st
Ryuuko's Got Talent April 21st, 2012 1st
Por eso la gente se va May 19th, 2012 1st
Neko Empire 3 June 16th, 2012 1st
Karma Invierno August 4th, 2012 1st
FrikiGen Con 3 August 25th, 2012 1st
Neko's Ranch or Empire? August 31st, 2012 1st
Torneo Dominguero del Rollo September 16th, 2012 1st
Neko's Fonda September 21st, 2012 1st
Neko Strikes Back! October 13th, 2012 1st
Forever [Censored] Slowpoke Tournament 2 November 3rd, 2012 1st
Haru wa Yakusoku November 10th, 2012 1st
My Waifu Asuna November 17th, 2012 1st
XSmash December 22nd, 2012 1st 4th Dabuz
Uprise 11 December 29th, 2012 2nd 2nd Anti
Collision VI January 5th, 2013 7th 3rd quiKsilver
United 1 January 6th, 2013 2nd 3rd quiKsilver
Apex 2013 January 11th-13th, 2013 9th 13th quiKsilver
Sa2vation January 26th, 2013 1st 2nd Tantalus
KOTC February 2nd, 2013 1st
Elite Four Unova: Remix 3 February 9th, 2013 1st 1st FOW
Xanadu Games Harlem Shake Edition February 23rd, 2013 3rd 1st ESAM
Winter Brawl 7 February 23rd-24th, 2013 3rd
Rescue 2 March 2nd, 2013 1st 3rd Chibo
Outrage March 9th, 2013 1st 1st Ally
René Descartes Tournament March 16th, 2013 1st 1st Megu
Boku no Tournament May 4th, 2013 1st 1st Kross
Erizo con Tuberculosis Tournament May 25th, 2013 1st Rody
La Pocilga de los Pikmins III July 6th, 2013 1st 1st Rody
Shockwave July 20th, 2013 1st 1st Anti
Rescue 3 July 27th, 2013 1st 3rd Chibo
SKTAR 2 August 3rd-4th, 2013 5th 4th Ally
El Torneo de la Fa August 10th, 2013 1st 4th Megu
La Fonda del Warén Tournament September 19th, 2013 1st 1st Nekokatsu
La Jefa Me Dio Permiso Tournament September 21st, 2013 1st 1st Snake
Showdown IV October 26th, 2013 1st 1st Snake
Smashacre Frostbite December 7th-8th, 2013 5th
Thanks for Playing 4 December 21st, 2013 1st
Seagull Joe's Bad Karma @ Xanadu Games December 22nd, 2013 1st
KTAR 8 December 28th, 2013 2nd 3rd Salem
Smash Factor 2 January 3rd-5th, 2014 1st 1st Mew2King
Forest Temple January 11th, 2014 1st 1st FOW
Apex 2014 January 17th-19th, 2014 2nd 5th Chibo
Shuffle V February 22nd-23rd, 2014 1st 7th Chibo
First Date March 1st, 2014 1st 1st Izumi
Collision 9 March 15th, 2014 1st 2nd Vex Kasrani
KTAR 9 March 22nd, 2014 1st 3rd Seagull Joe
Smash Brothers University 2.5 April 12th-13th, 2014 1st
WHOBO MLG May 3rd-4th, 2014 1st 2nd Denti
Hitbox Arena Warm-Up Welcome May 10th, 2014 1st
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 5/13 May 13th, 2014 1st
Super Smash Sundays East Coast # 4 May 18th, 2014 2nd
SKTAR 3 May 31st-June 1st, 2014 4th 4th Vex Kasrani
Salt Lake Comic Con September 4th-6th, 2014 1st
GUTS 3 September 19th-21st, 2014 1st

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Thanks for Playing 4 December 21st, 2013 1st 1st Salem
Seagull Joe's Bad Karma @ Xanadu Games December 22nd, 2013 1st
KTAR 8 December 28th, 2013 17th
Shuffle V February 22nd-23rd, 2014 13th 1st Denti
First Date March 1st, 2014 5th
Collision 9 March 15th, 2014 4th
Smashing Grounds 5 March 20th, 2014 3rd
KTAR 9 March 22nd, 2014 9th 2nd Seagull Joe
Xanadu Legends April 5th, 2014 2nd 2nd Seagull Joe
Smash Brothers University 2.5 April 12th-13th, 2014 2nd 5th PB&J
Fighters' Edge April 26th-27th, 2014 2nd
Infinity and Beyond 5 May 1st, 2014 1st 1st Denti
WHOBO MLG May 3rd-4th, 2014 1st 1st Denti
Hitbox Arena Warm-Up Welcome May 10th, 2014 1st
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 5/13 May 13th, 2014 1st
Project M Showdown 3.02 May 17th, 2014 1st 1st ChuDat
Super Smash Sundays East Coast # 4 May 18th, 2014 1st
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 5/20 May 20th, 2014 1st
SKTAR 3 May 31st-June 1st, 2014 9th 1st Rolex
Mayhem 6/7 June 7th, 2014 2nd 1st DEHF
Super Smash Sundays 6/8 June 8th, 2014 3rd 1st DEHF
CEO 2014 June 27th-29th, 2014 1st 2nd Mew2King
EVO 2014 Day 2 Side Tournament July 12th, 2014 1st
Gameguys Intergalactic Kegger July 26th-27th, 2014 1st 1st Mew2King
Zenith 2014 August 2nd-3rd, 2014 1st 1st Mew2King
Summer Jam 8 August 30th-31st, 2014 1st
Salt Lake Comic Con September 4th-6th, 2014 1st
GUTS 3 September 19th-21st, 2014 1st 1st Emukiller
The Big House 4 October 4th-5th, 2014 1st 1st Mew2King
NorCal Regionals 2015 April 3rd-5th, 2015 1st
MSS 1 July 25th, 2015 1st

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Xanadu Smash 4 Invitational Online November 6th, 2014 7th

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Super Smash Bros. Invitational June 10th, 2014 1st
Sky's Smash 4 Invitational November 20th-22nd, 2014 3rd 5th Mr. R
UGC Biweekly #17 November 29th, 2014 1st 1st Tyrant
Triumph or Die 2014 Online November 30th, 2014 1st
Super Smash Weekend 12-6-2014 December 6th, 2014 1st 1st Tyrant
Super Smash Saturdays 1 December 20th, 2014 1st 1st Tearbear
UGC Biweekly #18 December 21st, 2014 1st 1st Xzax
Double Vegas Down Attack 5 December 22nd, 2014 1st 1st Tyrant
SkillCon December 26th, 2014-January 2nd, 2015 1st
UGC Smash v2.2 Road to Final Battle! January 3rd, 2015 1st 1st Tyrant
Warriors Path 1/4 January 4th, 2015 1st 1st Xzax
CLASH Online Invitational Finals Online January 11th, 2015 1st
Double Vegas Down Attack 6 January 12th, 2015 1st 1st Xzax
Final Battle January 17th, 2015 1st 2nd Tyrant
Smash 4 Worldwide Online January 18th, 2015 1st
COTU VI January 24th, 2015 1st 1st Larry Lurr
Apex 2015 January 30th-February 1st, 2015 1st 1st Mew2King
Showdown VI March 1st, 2015 1st
Cyberzone 3/14 March 14th, 2015 1st 1st SS
The Gaming Zone 3/21 March 21st, 2015 1st 1st SS
Shockwave 22 March 27th, 2015 1st 1st Dabuz
Aftershock March 28th-29th, 2015 1st 1st Dabuz
Double Vegas Down Attack 8 March 30th, 2015 1st
Come on and Ban #13 April 2nd, 2015 1st
NorCal Regionals 2015 April 3rd-5th, 2015 1st 1st Zex
MVG Sandstorm April 18th-19th, 2015 1st 1st Mew2King
Chokaigi 2015 April 25th-26th, 2015 1st 1st Mew2King
Fire & Dice Thur #9 April 30th, 2015 1st 2nd K9
Smash 4 Oomba 5/1 May 1st, 2015 1st 1st Mr. ConCon
Fire & Dice Sundays #16 May 3rd, 2015 1st 1st Xzax
Oblivion Tournaments Biweekly 5/5 May 5th, 2015 1st 1st K9
Fire & Dice Thur #10 May 7th, 2015 1st
Fire & Dice Thur #11 May 14th, 2015 1st
Smash 4 Oomba 5/15 May 15th, 2015 1st
BESST 2015 May 17th, 2015 1st 1st K9
Double Vegas Down Attack 9 May 18th, 2015 1st
Combo Breaker 2015 May 22nd-24th, 2015 1st
Double Vegas Down Attack 10 May 30th-31st, 2015 1st 1st FOW
LA PARADISO June 13th-14th, 2015 1st 1st Stingers
CEO 2015 June 26th-28th, 2015 1st 3rd Hungrybox
FC Smash 15XR: Return July 4th-5th, 2015 1st 2nd Hungrybox
EVO 2015 July 17th-19th, 2015 1st Top 16 ANTi
MSS 1 July 25th, 2015 1st
Top Cut Comics 7/28 July 28th, 2015 1st
Poplar 7/30 July 30th, 2015 1st
Low Tier City 3 August 1st-2nd, 2015 1st 2nd Mew2King
Super Smash Con 2015 August 6th-9th, 2015 1st 1st Nairo
PAX Prime 2015 August 28th-30th, 2015 1st 1st MVD
Top Cut Comics 9/12 September 12th, 2015 1st 5th HoRi
Sunday Smash 34 September 13th, 2015 1st
Top Cut Comics 9/15 September 15th, 2015 1st
Poplar 9/17 September 17th, 2015 1st 1st Shevy
Rebirth V September 19th, 2015 1st 1st V115
Smash 4-Ever #26 September 30th, 2015 1st
The Big House 5 October 2nd-4th, 2015 1st 1st Nairo
MLG World Finals 2015 October 16th-18th, 2015 2nd 1st Nairo
E2C19 October 24th, 2015 1st 1st Zinoto
Tipped Off 11 November 7th-8th, 2015 1st 1st 6WX
iBUYPOWER November 14, 2015 1st
Northwest Majors: Drop Zone November 21st-22nd, 2015 1st 1st Viviff
E2C20 November 28th, 2015 1st 1st ANTi
2GGT: Fatality Saga December 5th, 2015 1st 2nd Xzax
2GGT: ESAM Saga January 9th, 2016 1st 2nd ESAM
GENESIS 3 January 15th-17th, 2016 1st 2nd Nairo
PAX Arena January 29th-31st, 2016 1st 3rd Nakat
Mashfest 2 February 6th, 2016 1st
2GGT: EE Saga February 27th, 2016 1st 2nd Gunblade
Get On My Level 2016 May 20th-22nd, 2016 2nd
2GGT: Mexico Saga June 4th, 2016 2nd 5th VoiD
Wednesday Night Fights 2016 2.5 June 8th, 2016 2nd
Smash 'N' Splash 2 June 11th-12th, 2016 2nd 2nd Abadango
Low Tier City 4 June 18th-19th, 2016 1st 1st Nairo
CEO 2016 June 24th-26th, 2016 9th 3rd Nairo
WTFox 2 July 1st-3rd, 2016 3rd 1st Mr. R
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th, 2016 3rd
Super Smash Con 2016 August 11th-14th, 2016 13th 2nd Nairo
Endgame August 20th-21st, 2016 1st 1st Ally
Shine 2016 August 26th-28th, 2016 1st 2nd ESAM
Collision XIV September 3rd, 2016 4th 1st Nairo
2GGT: Abadango Saga September 24th, 2016 1st 1st Komorikiri
The Big House 6 October 7th-9th, 2016 1st 1st Nairo
KTAR XIX November 19th, 2016 1st 1st Nairo
UGC Smash Open December 2nd-4th, 2016 1st 1st Nairo
Smash City LA December 11th, 2016 1st
2GGT: ZeRo Saga December 16th-18th, 2016 4th 1st Nairo
2GGC: GENESIS Saga January 14th, 2017 1st 3rd Tweek
GENESIS 4 January 20th-22nd, 2017 3rd 4th Nairo
2GGC: Midwest Mayhem Saga February 11th, 2017 1st 7th 6WX
Frostbite 2017 February 25th-26th, 2017 1st 4th Nairo
PAX Arena at PAX East 2017 March 12th, 2017 1st
Frame Perfect Series 2 March 18th-19th, 2017 2nd 1st Tsu-
2GGC: Civil War March 24th-26th, 2017 49th 2nd Nairo
Ignition #76 March 29th, 2017 1st
KTAR XX April 1st-2nd, 2017 1st 1st MkLeo
Ignition #77 April 5th, 2017 1st
Midwest Mayhem 8: North American Tour April 8th, 2017 1st 1st Ally
Ignition #78 April 12th, 2017 1st
CEO Dreamland April 14th-16th, 2017 1st 1st Nairo
Ignition #79 April 19th, 2017 1st
Ignition #80 April 26th, 2017 1st
DreamHack Austin 2017 April 28th-30th, 2017 1st 1st MkLeo
Ignition #81 May 3rd, 2017 1st
Ignition #82 May 10th, 2017 1st
Royal Flush May 12th-14th, 2017 1st 1st Nairo
2GGC: Greninja Saga May 20th, 2017 9th 17th Nairo
MomoCon 2017 May 25th-28th, 2017 3rd 4th Nairo
Smash 'N' Splash 3 June 2nd-4th, 2017 1st 2nd Tweek
Ignition #86 June 7th, 2017 1st 1st Tyroy
2GGC: Nairo Saga June 10th-11th, 2017 1st 2nd Nairo
Ignition #87 June 14th, 2017 1st 1st Tyroy
CEO 2017 June 16th-18th, 2017 1st
Ignition #88 June 28th, 2017 1st
Midwest Mayhem 9: Old vs New July 1st, 2017 1st
Ignition #89 July 5th, 2017 1st
2GGC: ARMS Saga July 8th-9th, 2017 2nd 2nd Tsu-
Mega Smash Mondays 104 July 10th, 2017 9th
EVO 2017 July 14th-16th, 2017 2nd
Ignition #91 July 19th, 2017 1st
DreamHack Atlanta 2017 July 21st-23rd, 2017 9th 3rd Nairo
Ignition #93 August 2nd, 2017 1st
Low Tier City 5 August 5th-6th, 2017 2nd 2nd Mistake
Ignition #94 August 9th, 2017 1st
Super Smash Con 2017 August 10th-13th, 2017 2nd 3rd Nairo
Ignition #95 August 16th, 2017 1st
2GGC: SCR Saga August 19th-20th, 2017 1st 3rd Nairo
Shine 2017 August 25th-27th, 2017 1st 3rd Nairo
PAX Arena at PAX West 2017 September 1st-4th, 2017 1st
2GGC: West Side Saga September 9th, 2017 1st 1st Nairo
GameTyrant Expo 2017 September 29th-October 1st, 2017 3rd 2nd Nairo
The Big House 7 October 6th-8th, 2017 4th 1st Nairo
DreamHack Denver 2017 October 20th-22nd, 2017 1st
Clutch City Clash 2 October 28th-29th, 2017 1st 2nd Trela
2GGC: MkLeo Saga November 4th, 2017 13th 1st Nairo
Ignition #109 November 22nd, 2017 1st
Midwest Mayhem 10 November 25th, 2017 2nd 2nd Cosmos
2GG Championship December 1st-3rd, 2017 2nd
Smash 4 Boot Camp December 7th-10th, 2017 4th 2nd Nairo

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018 June 12th, 2018 1st
Smash Conference United January 5th-6th, 2019 9th 3rd Mew2King
Smash Ultimate Summit March 8th-10th, 2019 13th
The Quarantine Series: Minor Tournament 1 Online April 18th-19th, 2020 33rd
Pound Online Online April 24th-26th, 2020 129th
The Quarantine Series: Major Tournament 1 Online May 2nd, 2020 65th
The Box Online May 8th, 2020 257th
King of WiFi Random Characters Online May 30th, 2020 65th


  • ZeRo says "So a lot of people have been wondering..." at the beginning of many of his YouTube videos, with said phrase having become a meme in the Smash 4 community.
  • At EVO 2015, ZeRo did not lose a single game, making him the first competitor to do so for any game at EVO.
  • The only players that ZeRo holds a negative record against in Brawl are ADHD (3-5), Dabuz (0-1), and Mikeneko (0-1).
  • The only players that ZeRo holds a negative record against in Smash 4 are Prince Ramen, Brood, Luhtie (all 0-1), and Kirihara (1-2).
  • When both Melee and Smash 4 were announced to be at EVO 2015, ZeRo announced that he would shift his focus on Melee exclusively for at least one year if he won Smash 4 at that tournament, citing Leffen as his inspiration. He eventually decided against it despite taking EVO 2015 without even dropping a game, stating "when I feel like playing [Melee], I'll play it. That's all there is to it." ZeRo has not attended a single Melee tournament since then. However, he competed in a Melee event for the first time in years at Super Smash Con 2017's Smash Masters event.
  • ZeRo learned English by playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time when he was four years old by using a dictionary with the help of his mother.
  • His mother gave him his signature white scarf when he left Chile.
  • ZeRo is an avid fan of Xenoblade Chronicles, having a pocket Shulk and desiring a high-quality replica of the Monado for himself. Various songs from the game occasionally serve as the background music in his videos, and he has featured gameplay of its sequel, Xenoblade Chronicles X, on his YouTube channel as well.
    • On April 1st, 2016, ZeRo made an April Fools' Day video called My New Tournament Main where he "announced" that he would be maining Shulk and using him in tournaments.
  • ZeRo never placed below 2nd at any Smash 4 singles tournament he entered for nearly two years. However, this ended with his 9th place finish at CEO 2016.
    • 2GGC: Civil War is currently his worst Smash 4 tournament and his worst tournament overall across all games, placing 49th after both Xzax and Luhtie defeated him in dramatic upsets.
    • Similarly, 2GGC: Greninja Saga stands as ZeRo's worst Smash 4 doubles tournament and his worst doubles tournament overall across all games, winning a single set and placing 17th with Nairo.
  • In 2016, ZeRo was entered into the Guinness World Records for Video Games 2017 because of his winning streak of 53 consecutive victories between 2014 and 2015[38]. He, however, claimed that he had 56 consecutive wins.
  • Similarly to Mango's "Scorpion Master" alter ego, ZeRo developed one named PersistentBlade, a "Wi-fi warrior" Lucina main who was at the highest rank on Smash Ladder. After attending and winning Ignition #76 using almost exclusively Lucina, it was revealed that he was, indeed, PersistentBlade[39]. Following this revelation, PersistentBlade has officially become an alter ego for ZeRo in the Smash community, in which fans and even ZeRo jokingly insist that they are separate people.
  • ZeRo is the only Smash 4 player to have made more than $100,000.
  • ZeRo hired a bodyguard for whenever he goes to a tournament. This is because he has received personal attacks and at least ten death threats which are mainly associated with his near-perfect Smash 4 tournament record.[40]
  • ZeRo was the first top professional Smash Bros. YouTuber to gain a million subscribers on YouTube. However, he has since dropped under one million.
    • He also was the second overall Smash-centered YouTuber to reach one million subscribers, the first being Alpharad.
  • ZeRo has become infamous in the community for discovering Smash Bros. prodigies and playing with them in several of his videos, which has become a running joke in the community where he would be called a 'father figure' to them.

Gameplay videos[edit]



Project M[edit]

Smash 4[edit]


  1. ^ ZeRo admitting his fault.
  2. ^ Tempo Storm drops ZeRo.
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  15. ^ Jisu's statement.
  16. ^ ZeRo's response to Jisu.
  17. ^ Leffen's first statement.
  18. ^ iBDW's statement.
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  20. ^ Lima's statement.
  21. ^ Katie's statement.
  22. ^ ZeRo's second statement.
  23. ^ ZeRo's final statement.
  24. ^ Jisu's Google Document.
  25. ^ Facebook Gaming cut ties with ZeRo.
  26. ^ StreamerBans bot announcing ZeRo's ban from Twitch.
  27. ^ Vanessa confirms that ZeRo has attempted suicide (archive).
  28. ^ ZeRo's Update.
  29. ^ Wellness Interview with EE.
  30. ^ Technicals's video.
  31. ^ Discord screenshot between Technicals and ZeRo.
  32. ^ "I've made a tremendous mistake:" ZeRo speaks up about grooming allegations and his future on YouTube (en) (2021-11-16).
  33. ^ Technicals screenshot of Jisu announcement.
  34. ^ ZeRo sues accuser Jisu for defamation over sexual misconduct allegations.
  35. ^ Former Super Smash Bros. Player ZeRo is Suing His Roommate.
  37. ^ Clarification on Leffen accusation from fan.
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External links[edit]