The Trophy Stand (スマッシュプレート, Smash Plate) is an item that is used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Subspace Emissary mode. Upon being thrown, the user will go through a spinning windup before releasing the Trophy Stand in the chosen direction. If it doesn't hit an enemy, it can be picked up again. The number of times it can bounce off of walls or ceilings depends on the difficulty that the player is currently playing (The higher the difficulty, the less number of bounces it makes before breaking.) If it hits an enemy, it will deal moderately high damage; if this damage is enough to defeat the enemy, they will be turned into a trophy that can then be collected.
Trophy Stands appear more commonly on higher difficulties, which serves to reward a player for choosing them as well as making strong and rare trophies of boss enemies harder to obtain. Certain stickers can be used to increase the drop rate. Also, a Trophy Stand may appear after defeating three enemies at once.
List of stickers with trophy stand drop effects
List of Trophy Stand exclusive trophies
All Trophy Stand-exclusive trophies are from enemies fought in The Subspace Emissary, although not all enemies can be captured with a Trophy Stand (see Trivia).
Humorously, there exists a Trophy Stand trophy, which depicts a trophy stand on top of a trophy stand. It is amongst the usual randomly-collectable trophies and can be unlocked through the Coin Launcher.