Southern California

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Southern California, abbreviated as SoCal, is a Smash region located in the United States. "SoCal" is generally defined to include the southern half of the state of California, centered on the Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas. It deliberately excludes Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, as the state's large size has resulted in the development of largely separate Smash scenes in its two halves.

Since the inception of competitive Melee, Southern California has been home to one of the largest and most active Smash scenes. This can be attributed to the huge population of the Los Angeles area, as well as its prominent air hub and heavy usage of the automobile facilitating transportation to tournaments. SoCal has long been considered the strongest Melee in the world, home to both Ken, one of the strongest and most iconic players of the pre-Brawl era, and Mango, one of the Five Gods. The region is also known as one of the strongest Smash 4 regions, and was considered the second-strongest Brawl region in the United States (after the Tristate Area) during the game's competitive lifetime. Fueled by its large population, SoCal is home to some of the U.S.'s largest tournament activity, hosting both frequent locals and large nationals. It is one of the two strongest regions for Project M as well (the other being the Tristate Area), having numerous national threats.

See also: SoCal Power Rankings and Category:Southern California smashers

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Globally ranked players[edit]

These SoCal players are ranked on SSB64 League's 2018 64 League Rankings

64 League ranking Name Characters Notes
18 Hero Pie PikachuHeadSSB.pngCaptainFalconHeadGreySSB.pngFoxHeadSSB.png
22 Cobr CaptainFalconHeadRedSSB.pngKirbyHeadBlueSSB.pngSamusHeadSSB.png
40 Janitor CaptainFalconHeadSSB.pngYoshiHeadYellowSSB.png
54 Bard KirbyHeadYellowSSB.png Ranked in both SoCal and NorCal.

Other notable players[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Globally ranked players[edit]

These SoCal players are ranked on the 2019 MPGR.

SSBMRank Name Characters Notes
3 Mango FalcoHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadRedSSBM.png One of the Five Gods of Melee; considered the best player in the world at various stages of his career, with EVO 2013 and EVO 2014 championships under his belt.
11 S2J CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png One of the best Captain Falcon players in the world.
12 Fiction FoxHeadGreenSSBM.pngPeachHeadBlueSSBM.png
13 SFAT FoxHeadRedSSBM.png Originally from Northern California, but currently lives in SoCal. He is considered to be one of the best Foxes in the country; also known for teaming with PewPewU, forming one of the most dominant doubles teams in the world.
17 Captain Faceroll SheikHeadRedSSBM.png
20 Lucky FoxHeadRedSSBM.png One of the best Fox players for a good portion of Melee's history.
26 ARMY IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
31 Westballz FalcoHeadRedSSBM.pngFoxHeadBlueSSBM.png One of the best Falco players in the United States; considered at a level just below that of the Gods.
33 Mike Haze FoxHeadSSBM.png Also known as a top Marth player in Brawl and a veteran tournament director for the region.
46 HugS SamusHeadPinkSSBM.png One of the best Samus players in the world.
61 Nut SheikHeadSSBM.png
67 Squid FalcoHeadRedSSBM.png
70 KoDoRiN MarthHeadGreenSSBM.png
75 Kurv LuigiHeadPinkSSBM.png
82 Franz DrMarioHeadBlackSSBM.png Currently the best Dr. Mario player in the world.
88 Zeo CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png

Other top players[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Globally ranked players[edit]

See also: SoCal Power Rankings and Category:Southern California smashers

The following players were ranked on CLASH Tournaments' 2014 SSBBRank.

SSBBRank Name Characters Notes
13 Tyrant MetaKnightHeadBlueSSBB.png Considered the best player on the West Coast and one of the best Meta Knights in the country in Brawl's later stages.
17 Larry Lurr FalcoHeadSSBB.pngFoxHeadRedSSBB.png The best Falco in the United States, famous for winning Apex 2010; previously known as DEHF.
28 Rich Brown OlimarHeadBlackSSBB.png One of the best Olimars in the United States. Currently ranked 11th on the 2016-2017 SSBBRank.
38 SlayerZ PeachHeadSSBB.pngZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png Considered one of the best Peach players in the United States.
46 mikeHAZE MarthHeadBlackSSBB.png The best Marth main in the United States; also known as a prominent tournament director in SoCal.
63 Tearbear MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png Known as one of the best players on the West Coast during his prime from 2010-2011.
82 K9 MetaKnightHeadRedSSBB.pngFalcoHeadSSBB.png Originally from Arizona, but has also lived in SoCal.

Other top players[edit]

  • DSFMetaKnightHeadRedSSBB.png: Known as one of the best players in United States when he was active in Brawl's early days, with notable placings such as 1st at AxisGaming.
  • FictionWarioHeadClassicBrownSSBB.png: The best Wario player in the world in Brawl's early days, ranking 6th on the 2009 RetroSSBB Rank.

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Globally ranked players[edit]

These players are ranked on Panda Global Rankings 100.

PG ranking Name Characters Notes
8 Larry Lurr FoxHeadRedSSB4-U.png The best Fox main of all time and one of the best players in the world.
11 VoiD SheikHeadWhiteSSB4-U.png Known as the current best Sheik player and one of the best players in the world.
27 Elegant LuigiHeadBlueSSB4-U.png The best Luigi player in the world.
29 falln RosalinaHeadWhiteSSB4-U.png One of the best Rosalina & Luma players in the world.
47 Armando MetaKnightHeadRedSSB4-U.pngFalcoHeadSSB4-U.png One of the best Meta Knight players in the world and the best Falco in the world.
52 Rich Brown MewtwoHeadCyanSSB4-U.png One of the three best Mewtwo players in the United States and among the best in the world.
61 Zenyou MarioHeadBlackSSB4-U.png One of the best and most technical Mario players in the world.
62 K9sbruce DiddyKongHeadSSB4-U.pngSheikHeadYellowSSB4-U.png One of the best Diddy Kong and Sheik players in SoCal.
64 Tyrant MetaKnightHeadGreySSB4-U.png One of the best Meta Knight players in the world.
67 Charliedaking FoxHeadPurpleSSB4-U.png One of the best Fox players in the world.
98 Eon FoxHeadSSB4-U.png One of the best Fox players in the world.

Other top players[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Globally ranked players[edit]

These players are ranked on Panda Global's Fall 2019 PGRU.

PG ranking Name Characters Notes
32 Elegant LuigiHeadBlueSSBU.png The best Luigi player in the world.
36 Nicko ShulkHeadBlueSSBU.png One of the two best Shulk players in the world.
38 VoiD SheikHeadWhiteSSBU.pngPichuHeadRedSSBU.pngJokerHeadPurpleSSBU.png The best Sheik player in the world, as well as one of the best Pichu players.

Other top players[edit]

  • CharliedakingWolfHeadSSBU.png: One of the best Wolf players in the United States.
  • Larry LurrWolfHeadBlackSSBU.pngFalcoHeadPinkSSBU.png: One of the best Wolf and Falco players in the world.

Project M[edit]

Notable Players[edit]

Globally Ranked Players[edit]

These players were ranked on the PMRank 2019.

PMRank Name Characters Notes
18 Yung Quaff MetaKnightHeadRedSSBB.pngIvysaurHeadPurplePM.png One of the best Meta Knight players in the world.
21 Sneez ROBHeadVirtualBoyPM.pngDiddyKongHeadPurpleSSBB.png One of the best R.O.B. players in the world.
30 Tealz MetaKnightHeadGreenSSBB.png
35 Nezergy MrGame&WatchHeadCyanSSBB.png One of the best Mr. Game & Watch players in the world.
40 Sabre IvysaurHeadBlackPM.png One of the best Ivysaur players in the world.
42 Dumshiny KingDededeHeadBlueSSBB.png The best King Dedede player in the world.

Other notable players[edit]