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, but there is a chance it might despawn. If it hits an enemy, it will either deal moderately high damage, or capture the enemy as a trophy. If the damage from the trophy stand is enough to KO the enemy, it is a guaranteed capture. Otherwise, the odds of a successful capture varies depending on the enemy, and how much HP they have remaining.
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.