List of Super Smash Bros. series characters

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A character is one of the fighters in the Super Smash Bros. series. Characters can be sorted into playable and non-playable, which distinguishes whether characters can be used without the use of a cheat device (like Action Replay) or not. Playable characters can further be divided into starter, unlockable, and downloadable, which distinguishes whether characters can be played right away, whether they need to be unlocked, or whether they need to be downloaded.

Playable characters

This is a list of the playable characters in the Super Smash Bros. series, commonly known in official sources as fighters.

Key Starter Unlockable Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Unlockable Super Smash Bros. 4 Unlockable Super Smash Bros. 4 Downloadable
Fighter Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. 4 Universe
Bayonetta BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png BayonettaSymbol.svgBayonetta
Bowser (Intended)[1] BowserHeadSSBM.png BowserHeadSSBB.png BowserHeadSSB4-U.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Bowser Jr. BowserJrHeadSSB4-U.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadSSB.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBB.png CaptainFalconHeadSSB4-U.png FZeroSymbol.svgF-Zero
Charizard CharizardHeadSSBB.png[2] CharizardHeadSSB4-U.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Cloud CloudHeadSSB4-U.png FinalFantasySymbol.svgFinal Fantasy
Corrin CorrinHeadSSB4-U.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Dark Pit DarkPitHeadSSB4-U.png KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png DiddyKongHeadSSB4-U.png DKSymbol.svgDonkey Kong
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadSSB.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBM.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.png DonkeyKongHeadSSB4-U.png DKSymbol.svgDonkey Kong
Dr. Mario DrMarioHeadSSBM.png (Intended)[3] DrMarioHeadSSB4-U.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Duck Hunt DuckHuntHeadSSB4-U.png DuckHuntSymbol.svgDuck Hunt
Falco FalcoHeadSSBM.png FalcoHeadSSBB.png FalcoHeadSSB4-U.png StarFoxSymbol.svgStar Fox
Fox FoxHeadSSB.png FoxHeadSSBM.png FoxHeadSSBB.png FoxHeadSSB4-U.png StarFoxSymbol.svgStar Fox
Ganondorf GanondorfHeadSSBM.png GanondorfHeadSSBB.png GanondorfHeadSSB4-U.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Greninja GreninjaHeadSSB4-U.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Ice Climbers IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png (Intended)[4] IceClimbersSymbol.svgIce Climber
Ike IkeHeadSSBB.png IkeHeadSSB4-U.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Ivysaur IvysaurHeadSSBB.png[2] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Jigglypuff JigglypuffHeadSSB.png JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadSSBB.png JigglypuffHeadSSB4-U.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
King Dedede (Intended)[1] KingDededeHeadSSBB.png KingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png KirbySymbol.svgKirby
Kirby KirbyHeadSSB.png KirbyHeadSSBM.png KirbyHeadSSBB.png KirbyHeadSSB4-U.png KirbySymbol.svgKirby
Link LinkHeadSSB.png LinkHeadSSBM.png LinkHeadSSBB.png LinkHeadSSB4-U.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Little Mac LittleMacHeadSSB4-U.png PunchOutSymbol.svgPunch-Out!!
Lucario LucarioHeadSSBB.png LucarioHeadSSB4-U.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Lucas (Intended)[5] LucasHeadSSBB.png LucasHeadSSB4-U.png EarthboundSymbol.svgEarthBound
Lucina LucinaHeadSSB4-U.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Luigi LuigiHeadSSB.png LuigiHeadSSBM.png LuigiHeadSSBB.png LuigiHeadSSB4-U.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Mario MarioHeadSSB.png MarioHeadSSBM.png MarioHeadSSBB.png MarioHeadSSB4-U.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Marth (Intended)[6] MarthHeadSSBM.png MarthHeadSSBB.png MarthHeadSSB4-U.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Mega Man MegaManHeadSSB4-U.png MegaManSymbol.svgMega Man
Meta Knight MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png MetaKnightHeadSSB4-U.png KirbySymbol.svgKirby
Mewtwo (Intended)[1] MewtwoHeadSSBM.png (Intended)[3] MewtwoHeadSSB4-U.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Mii Brawler MiiBrawlerHeadSSB4-U.png SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Mii Gunner MiiGunnerHeadSSB4-U.png SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Mii Swordfighter MiiSwordfighterHeadSSB4-U.png SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Mr. Game & Watch MrGame&WatchHeadSSBM.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSBB.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSB4-U.png Game&WatchSymbol.svgGame & Watch
Ness NessHeadSSB.png NessHeadSSBM.png NessHeadSSBB.png NessHeadSSB4-U.png EarthboundSymbol.svgEarthBound
Olimar OlimarHeadSSBB.png OlimarHeadSSB4-U.png PikminSymbol.svgPikmin
Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadSSB4-U.png PacManSymbol.svgPac-Man
Palutena PalutenaHeadSSB4-U.png KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus
Peach PeachHeadSSBM.png PeachHeadSSBB.png PeachHeadSSB4-U.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Pichu PichuHeadSSBM.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Pikachu PikachuHeadSSB.png PikachuHeadSSBM.png PikachuHeadSSBB.png PikachuHeadSSB4-U.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Pit PitHeadSSBB.png PitHeadSSB4-U.png KidIcarusSymbol.svgKid Icarus
Pokémon Trainer PokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
R.O.B. ROBHeadSSBB.png ROBHeadSSB4-U.png ROBSymbol.svgR.O.B.
Robin RobinHeadSSB4-U.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Rosalina Rosalina&LumaHeadSSB4-U.png MarioSymbol.svgMario
Roy RoyHeadSSBM.png (Intended)[3] RoyHeadSSB4-U.png FireEmblemSymbol.svgFire Emblem
Ryu RyuHeadSSB4-U.png StreetFighterSymbol.svgStreet Fighter
Samus SamusHeadSSB.png SamusHeadSSBM.png SamusHeadSSBB.png SamusHeadSSB4-U.png MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid
Sheik SheikHeadSSBM.png SheikHeadSSBB.png SheikHeadSSB4-U.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Shulk ShulkHeadSSB4-U.png XenobladeSymbol.svgXenoblade
Snake SnakeHeadSSBB.png MetalGearSymbol.svgMetal Gear
Sonic (Intended)[7] SonicHeadSSBB.png SonicHeadSSB4-U.png SonicSymbol.svgSonic
Squirtle SquirtleHeadSSBB.png[2] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Toon Link ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png ToonLinkHeadSSB4-U.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Villager VillagerHeadSSB4-U.png AnimalCrossingSymbol.svgAnimal Crossing
Wario WarioHeadSSBB.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.png WarioSymbol.svgWario
Wii Fit Trainer WiiFitTrainerHeadSSB4-U.png WiiFitSymbol.svgWii Fit
Wolf WolfHeadSSBB.png StarFoxSymbol.svgStar Fox
Yoshi YoshiHeadSSB.png YoshiHeadSSBM.png YoshiHeadSSBB.png YoshiHeadSSB4-U.png YoshiSymbol.svgYoshi
Young Link YoungLinkHeadSSBM.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Zelda ZeldaHeadSSBM.png ZeldaHeadSSBB.png ZeldaHeadSSB4-U.png ZeldaSymbol.svgThe Legend of Zelda
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.png MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sakurai mentions these characters as having been planned for Super Smash Bros. on this page.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 As part of the Pokémon Trainer.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 While there hasn't been any official confirmation that Mewtwo, Roy, and Dr. Mario were intended to be in Brawl, unused data on Brawl's disc labelled for each of them strongly implies that the characters were developed to some degree for Brawl.
  4. Sakurai stated that, while the Ice Climbers could run smoothly on the Wii U version, the 3DS could not handle the "two-in-one" coding of the duo, and, in order to keep the roster the same between the two versions, they had to be cut from the roster.
  5. Sakurai stated that he originally intended to replace Ness with the new protagonist of Mother 3 (Lucas) in Melee, though Mother 3's delay caused him to go back on the idea and keep Ness.
  6. Sakurai mentions Marth as having been planned for Super Smash Bros. on this page.
  7. Former head of Sonic Team, Yuji Naka, stated in this interview, that Sonic was very close to being included in the game, but because of time constraints, was not.

Non-playable characters

The following characters can fully interact with playable characters in-game, but are normally non-playable. These include boss characters and enemy teams, among others. Hacking, however, may allow these characters to be played to varying degrees of functionality.

Fighter Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Universe
Crazy Hand No Yes Yes Yes SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Dark Emperor No No No Yes[1] No FindMiiSymbol.svg Find Mii
Duon No No Yes No SubspaceSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Fighting Alloy Team No No Yes No SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Fighting Polygon Team Yes No No No SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Fighting Wire Frames No Yes No No SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Flying Man[2] No No No Yes[1] No EarthboundSymbol.svg EarthBound
Galleom No No Yes No SubspaceSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Giant DK[3] Yes Yes Yes Yes DKSymbol.svgDonkey Kong
Giga Bowser[4] No Yes Yes Yes SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Master Core No No No Yes SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Master Hand Yes Yes[5] Yes Yes SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Meta Ridley No No Yes No Yes[1] MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid
Metal Face No No No No Yes[1] XenobladeSymbol.svg Xenoblade
Metal Mario[3] Yes Yes Yes Yes MarioSymbol.svgMario
Nabbit No No No No Yes[1] MarioSymbol.svgMario
Petey Piranha No No Yes No MarioSymbol.svgMario
Porky Minch No No Yes No EarthboundSymbol.svgEarthBound
Rayquaza No No Yes No Yes[1] PokemonSymbol.svgPokémon
Ridley No No Yes No Yes[1] MetroidSymbol.svgMetroid
Sandbag[6] No Yes Yes Yes SmashBrosSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Tabuu No No Yes No SubspaceSymbol.svgSuper Smash Bros.
Yellow Devil No No No Yes[1] MegaManSymbol.svg Mega Man


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 appears as a stage hazard
  2. a Mii Fighter costume based on the Flying Man is available as downloadable content in SSB4
  3. 3.0 3.1 While Giant DK and Metal Mario were unplayable in the original Super Smash Bros., they are effectively playable in the following installments by picking up a Super Mushroom or a Metal Box, respectively.
  4. Giga Bowser is playable in Brawl and SSB4 as Bowser's Final Smash.
  5. Master Hand is playable in Melee through the Master Hand glitch.
  6. Sandbag is mechanically considered an item in Brawl and SSB4, not a character.

Newcomers and veterans

A newcomer is a character who appears as playable for the first time in the series in a given game. A veteran is the opposite: a character who has been playable in a previous game. For example, Olimar is a newcomer in Brawl, as he did not appear as playable in any previous games, but is a veteran in all subsequent and future games. Note that the definition of newcomers is distinct from that of "unlockable" or "secret" characters, which are playable characters who must be unlocked by completing certain tasks; every game starting with Melee has had starter veterans, starter newcomers, unlockable veterans, and unlockable newcomers.

The term newcomer was originally used to describe the unlockable characters in the original Super Smash Bros. by the data deletion menu. It was later used in the first trailer for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in which new characters were introduced with the title "Newcomer" atop their name. The word newcomer was later used on the Smash Bros. DOJO!! site to classify new characters whether unlockable or not. This use of the term has become the community-preferred usage for other games in the series.

"Perfect-attendance crew"

Less commonly, the term "veteran" can also denote the "eight regulars" or "perfect-attendance fighters", terms which refer to the eight starter characters in the original Super Smash Bros. which have been in all subsequent games of the series. The terms originated in the description for the 10th Brawl event match All-Star Battle Regulars, reading: "The Smash Bros. perfect-attendance crew! Fight the eight regulars in order!" A popular, unofficial term referring to this group is "The Original 8" (Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, and Pikachu), which may also be called "The Original 12" if including the four unlockable characters (Luigi, Captain Falcon, Ness, and Jigglypuff). Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the first game where all the "Original 12" are starter characters.


  • Roy is the only "non-native" character to debut in a Super Smash Bros. game before appearing in any other game in their respective series. His inclusion in Melee was intended to promote Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, which was released shortly after Melee.
  • Dr. Mario, Mewtwo, and Roy are the only characters to skip an installment, being playable in Melee but not Brawl, before returning in Smash 4 thirteen years later.
  • Captain Falcon (in SSB) and the Mii Fighters are the only characters to use head icons that don't portray their faces.
  • Dr. Mario, Falco, Mr. Game & Watch, and R.O.B. are the only characters that have been unlockable characters in every one of their playable appearances.
  • Smash 4 is the first game to feature playable female swordfighters: Lucina, female Robin, female Corrin, and female Mii Swordfighter.
    • Wendy O. Koopa, who appears as an alternate costume for Bowser Jr., is the first female villain to be a playable character in the series.
  • Wario is the only character to debut as a starter before becoming unlockable in another game.
  • Yoshi and Captain Falcon are the sole representatives of their series to appear in all four Super Smash Bros. games.
  • Ice Climbers are the only characters to be cut after appearing in multiple games.
  • Metal Gear and Ice Climber are the only universes to have the entirety of their characters cut from one game to the next.
  • Samus is the only female character to appear in all four Super Smash Bros. games, as Pokémon were not considered gendered at the time of the first game's release.

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