Monsieur Ben Crow

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Fly away on my zephyr, I feel it more than ever. And in this perfect weather, we'll find a place together.
—The Red Hot Chili Peppers' The Zephyr Song

Monsieur Ben Crow
Monsieur Crow
SSB4 main Villager
Other SSB4
Robin, Captain Falcon
Brawl mains Ike, Ness
Other Brawl
Meta Knight, Lucas
Melee main Link
Other Melee
SSB64 main Ness
Other SSB64
Fox, Captain Falcon, Kirby
Project M main Link
Other Project M
Crew(s) Oakland University Smash
Skill Other Rubbish
Additional info
Real name Ben Crow
Birth date (age 26)
NNID MonsieurCrow
3DS Code 1307 0680 2890
Location Troy, Michigan USA


Welcome to my userspace.

I hope you find what you're looking for here.

About Me

I'm this bloke of Korean-Iranian descent.

I live in Troy, Michigan.

I attend Ferris State University in Big Rapids for pharmacy school.

I previously attended Oakland University in Rochester Hills for my undergraduate years.

I like writing stuff that you may or may not enjoy.

This includes short stories, novellas, visual novels, anecdotes, and more or less anything.

You can read some of my personal writings right here.

I am not terribly good at writing, but I have fun with it.

I usually listen to music of any sort while doing basically anything.

You can see and judge my taste in music here.

I play video games sometimes.

This should go without saying.

I'm particularly partial to shmups, adventure, simulation, and visual novels.

I quite enjoy reading, particularly "disturbing" literature, science fiction, true crime, and history.

Some of my favourite books include Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

I am always open to new literature, though.

I watch baseball whenever I can.

My favourite team is the Detroit Tigers.

If a good series is on, sometimes I watch association football, ice hockey, and cricket.

My other interests include black tea, playing billiards, post-Renaissance art, playing Magic: The Gathering, studying modern history, thrifting, gardening, biking, and birdwatching.

I do not live a terribly exciting existence.

On my username

My old username was ReiDemon.

I wanted it to be Rei after the shaman from Fire Emblem, but someone already took it on the forum I wanted to join.

I don't know where I came up with Demon but it worked well enough for years until I got tired of it.

My current username is Monsieur Crow.

It was partially taken from the infamous Unreal Tournament 2004 character of Mr. Crow.

I changed Mister to Monsieur because it seemed to flow better.

It later became the basis for my pen name.

Note that I cannot actually speak French.

On the Wiki

My history

I probably first edited this Wiki sometime in 2007.

I officially joined in July '08, and have suffered from numerous hiatuses and returns since then.

This technically makes me one of the oldest still-active contributors here.

Why I'm still here, and why I keep coming back, I will never know.

On writing

I usually rewrite articles.

Sometimes it's just a minor change in words.

Other times, I do total upheavals where the whole page is turned on its head.

Every so often, I bulk them up or cut them down.

Rarely, I create articles from scratch.

Occasionally, I upload images and audio files from the games.

I rarely create tables or templates by stealing code from other pages.

In total, I have made about 6,191 edits.

I will change articles tens of times before I'm content with my work.

This applies to images as well.

I use British spellings out of habit from high school.

I sometimes put dumb jokes and stupid comments in my edit summaries.

Try not to take anything I say too seriously.

I can and will break policy if I feel it will improve SmashWiki, and I have done so in the past.

If you have a problem with any of this, too bad.

On images

A majority of my images of the games are taken with emulators like Project 64 or Dolphin.

Some images are taken via the built-in camera functions of the games.

Animated images are created with GifCam.

On sound files

I play the file in Project 64 or Dolphin, then use Audacity to record it as it is being played.

It is not a terribly exciting process.

Other bits

I have rollback.

There's really not much else to say.

On Discord

I rarely use Discord.

This might change.

If you absolutely need to contact me, use Steam or my talk page.

On the games

The original is kinda fun.

Melee is still my favourite.

Brawl is okay.

Smash 4 is pretty neat.

Project M is cool.

Ultimate looks interesting.

I play and enjoy both casualfag and tourneyfag rules.

I have only taken part in local tournaments.

I never placed well, but I had fun.

On Wi-Fi

I can play Smash 64, Melee, Brawl, Project M, and Smash 4 on 3DS online, but I'm unlikely to respond to any requests for netplay.

I just don't find much of a thrill from the games anymore.

I am available on Steam.

I'm always down for some Lethal League or Melty Blood.


I have uploaded this many images and sound files.

Pages I created:

Policies I created:

My current projects:

Articles that I plan on working on include:

  • Removing character matchups from 64 and Melee pages.
    • Updating the character matchup articles themselves.
  • Intros for Brawl fighters, with a higher emphasis on the NPOV. Not needed anymore.
  • Records, specifically the Melee section. Most relevant information added. I'd like to see some tables in there, though.Requires Smash 4 information. Pretty sure this is done.
  • Opening movie. I see no reason to summarise what happens in a movie that anyone can watch. No longer interested in this.
  • Gameplay. This article should cover what the gameplay of the games are, not the aspects of it.
  • Results screen. Not that it's of poor quality, but I feel the structure is too inherently limited to allow for good expansion. Finished.
  • Pause - Add "In tournaments" section Finished.
  • Announcer. At the present, the article feels too cluttered and features too much unneeded fluff. Finished.
  • Moonwalk. For a technique that's pivotal in some matches, this article is pathetic in its coverage. Fixed.
  • Egg. Disorganised mess is disorganised. As it turns out, this is a symptom of a larger problem.
  • This section of the Kirby universe. I own Kirby Air Ride, and I can tell you there are a lot more similarities than there may seem.
  • Unlockable. We have a List of unlockables as well. I fail to see the point of having both.
  • Polish up the Melee articles. Some inconsistencies in them are irking me. No longer a priority
  • Revamp our items articles. Some of them don't even have "Origin" sections, and all of them effectively mix the introduction with "Operation".
  • Adventure Mode. This article reads more like a half-baked walkthrough rather than an encyclopaedia article. Beaten to the punch by Toomai.
  • Giga Bowser. See above. Rewritten, thanks to someone else's undo.
  • Find a way to include a link to Home-Run Stadium in Home-Run Contest. Additionally, clean-up in both articles is needed.
  • Fix stupid coding errors I made in some cquote tags. Seem to be fixed. Thanks, guys.
  • Add an "Explanation" or similarly-titled section to our Event Match articles to describe what the matches are references to. No longer needed.
  • Add some more info to our Debug menu article. I'd like to make it a tad similar to a guide on the menu. Finished while I was gone. Thanks, Serpent King.
  • Training. This article doesn't seem to be sure on what it's covering. Finished.
  • Make [[Category:Retired Smashers]]. Lost interest.
  • Make it so that Camera covers all aspects of the camera, and, if needed, make a separate article for the mode.
  • Create an Options page. Beaten to the punch by Queen Junko.
  • Some videos for our new YouTube channel Computer is bad. Not gonna bother until I get a better graphics card. Computer improved thanks to King of Fighters XIII. Videos are possible, but not a priority. Yeah, this is never happening. Sorry.
  • Try to make Zelda/Sheik have some actual content on it. Making it a disambiguation page doesn't seem correct. Perhaps Sheilda is a better choice of pages? Finished.
  • Undergo a massive character rewrite project. I know it's in our interests to provide information on the base character, but the information wildly varies from "quite vague" to "more in-depth than fifteen articles put together". Other problems regarding inconsistencies, such as details on tier placement, are also present.
  • Create a bot similar to Wikipedia's PNG Bot.
  • Create a bot that can automatically alphabetise categories on pages.
  • Create Chest. Done. Didn't even need to draft it.
  • A template for crew and/or sponsor pages. Might be a bit unwieldy, since most pages are relatively empty, but I'd want to avoid a mess like these pages.

I also suggested some Smash Arena fights.

Assorted bits of insanity

External links

--- Monsieur Crow, Author Extraordinaire