Starter character

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A starter character is a character who is already available for play immediately after turning the game on for the first time; the player does not have to unlock, challenge, or download that character in order for them to be selectable (as one must do to select unlockable characters and downloadable characters).

List of starter characters[edit]

The following characters appear as starter characters:

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Super Smash Bros. 64 starters.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee starters.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl starters.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS starters.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U starters.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate starters.

The starting roster is comprised of the characters in the Original 8 from the original Super Smash Bros..

These are the starters in Ultimate:


  • The eight starter characters of Super Smash Bros. are the only playable characters to remain starter in every installment they appear in.
    • Samus is the only female character to remain a starter in every installment she appears in.
    • Yoshi is the only sole representative to remain a starter in every installment he appears in.
      • Due to this, Yoshi is the only universe to have always contained a fighter to be available by default across the series.
  • Captain Falcon, Jigglypuff, Luigi, Ness, Ganondorf, Marth, Toon Link, Lucario, and Sonic are the only unlockable characters to become a starter character in a later installment.
    • This also counts Bowser Jr. between the 3DS and Wii U versions of Smash 4.
    • Ness and Captain Falcon are the only ones to do so twice.
    • Sonic is the only third-party fighter to have this trait.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the first and so far only installment in the series where all of the original 12 characters appear as starters.
    • Ultimate is the first installment since Smash 64 where the characters in the Original 8 from Smash 64 are the only starter characters. It's also the second installment to have the same number of starter characters as another installment, having the same amount of starter characters as Smash 64.
  • Smash 4 is the only game to feature third-party characters as starter characters.
  • The Sound menu in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate plays sound effects and voice clips from three randomly selected characters out of its starter characters, Ness and Captain Falcon to test volume equalization options.

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