Super Smash Bros. series

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]

The eight starter characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64.
Super Smash Bros. 64 starters.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

The starter characters in Melee.
Super Smash Bros. Melee starters.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl starters.

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS starter characters.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS starters.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U starters.

Bowser Jr., Ganondorf, Jigglypuff, and Ness are starters in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, but are unlockable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

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.


  • 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 multiple times.
    • Sonic is the only third-party fighter to have this trait.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the only installment in the series where all of the original 12 characters appear as starters.
  • 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, as well as Ness and Captain Falcon to test volume equalization options.
  • Ultimate is the only Smash game to have the same starter roster as a prior installment.

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