Victory theme

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A victory theme, sometimes referred to as a flourish, or a fanfare in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, is a short, recognizable melody that plays at the Results screen after a character wins a Vs. match or other similar events such as a Tourney. For instance, at the Results screen after Mario wins a match, an orchestral cover of the fanfare played at the end of each level in Super Mario Bros. plays. Characters from the same universe share victory themes, though there are several characters with distinct victory themes separate from their respective universes. Brawl introduced a distinct victory theme for Meta Knight. SSB4 introduced distinct victory themes for Rosalina & Luma and Dark Pit and a shared distinct victory theme for Bowser and Bowser Jr.. Ultimate introduced distinct victory themes for King K. Rool and Corrin, a shared distinct victory theme for Ridley and Dark Samus, and another shared distinct victory theme for Robin and Lucina.

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Super Mario Bros. Victory Theme[edit]

Super Mario Bros. Victory Theme
Track Title Super Mario Bros. Victory Theme
Universe Mario
Debut Game Super Mario Bros.
Characters Accompanied Mario
Luigi
Dr. Mario
Peach
Bowser (Melee, Brawl)
Daisy

Origin[edit]

This flourish is a cover of the small sound clip that would play whenever Mario or Luigi grabbed a Flagpole in Super Mario Bros., a track that went on to become a recurring theme. In Ultimate, the tempo is slightly faster and the ending is slightly abridged.

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Bowser Family Victory Theme[edit]

Bowser Family Victory Theme
Track Title Bowser Family Victory Theme
Universe Mario
Debut Game Super Mario Bros.
Characters Accompanied Bowser (SSB4, Ultimate)
Bowser Jr.

Origin[edit]

A music piece based on the same melody as the Mario victory theme, but instead of a standard orchestral arrangement, the piece is played with slightly distorted electric guitars. It also sounds similar to the level clear theme of Bowser's sidequests in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. This flourish also makes Bowser the only character to change victory themes from Brawl to Smash 4.

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Rosalina & Luma Victory Theme[edit]

Rosalina & Luma Victory Theme
Track Title Rosalina & Luma Victory Theme
Universe Mario
Debut Game Super Mario Galaxy
Characters Accompanied Rosalina & Luma

Origin[edit]

This flourish is a remix of the title screen track for Super Mario Galaxy, as well as the theme played when Mario or Luigi obtains a Power Star in that game.

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Yoshi Victory Theme[edit]

Yoshi Victory Theme
Track Title Yoshi Victory Theme
Universe Yoshi
Debut Game Yoshi's Story
Characters Accompanied Yoshi

Origin[edit]

This flourish is a combination of two small music excerpts from Yoshi's Story. The first is a sped-up, orchestrated cover of the title music of Yoshi's Story, while the other is the short flourish that plays when Yoshi collects all thirty necessary fruits and completes a level. In Ultimate, the theme is slightly sped up and removes the fruit jingle of the flourish.

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Donkey Kong Victory Theme[edit]

Donkey Kong Victory Theme
Track Title Donkey Kong Victory Theme
Universe Donkey Kong
Debut Game Donkey Kong Country
Characters Accompanied Donkey Kong
Diddy Kong

Origin[edit]

This flourish is a cover of the short track that plays in Donkey Kong Country and subsequent games whenever a playable Kong defeated a boss or completed a bonus game.

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King K. Rool Victory Theme[edit]

King K. Rool Victory Theme
Track Title King K. Rool Victory Theme
Universe Donkey Kong
Debut Game Donkey Kong Country
Characters Accompanied King K. Rool

Origin[edit]

This flourish is a small excerpt of Gangplank Galleon from Donkey Kong Country.

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The Legend of Zelda Victory Theme[edit]

The Legend of Zelda Victory Theme
Track Title The Legend of Zelda Victory Theme
Universe The Legend of Zelda
Debut Game The Legend of Zelda
Characters Accompanied Link
Zelda
Sheik
Young Link
Ganondorf
Toon Link

SSB, Melee Origin[edit]

The flourish for The Legend of Zelda series in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee was an excerpt of the overworld theme in The Legend of Zelda, a track which went on to become the the main theme of the series. The excerpt is also followed by the theme that plays when Link obtains certain items.

Brawl, SSB4 and Ultimate Origin[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Zelda series got a new flourish, now a cover of the music that would play when Link obtained a Triforce Piece in The Legend of Zelda for the NES. This song is also the basis for the Ultimate flourish; however, the theme is rearranged to be slightly shorter.

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Metroid Victory Theme[edit]

Metroid Victory Theme
Track Title Metroid Victory Theme
Universe Metroid
Debut Game Metroid
Characters Accompanied Samus
Zero Suit Samus

Origin[edit]

In Metroid for the NES, this flourish would originally play when Samus Aran obtained a new power-up or addition to her Power Suit. It would also play when Samus defeated Ridley or Kraid.


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Metroid Villains Victory Theme[edit]

Metroid Villains Victory Theme
Track Title Metroid Villains Victory Theme
Universe Metroid
Debut Game Metroid
Characters Accompanied Ridley
Dark Samus

Origin[edit]

Ridley and Dark Samus' victory theme is an intense and sinister variation of the Metroid victory theme.

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Kirby Victory Theme[edit]

Kirby Victory Theme
Track Title Kirby Victory Theme
Universe Kirby
Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land
Characters Accompanied Kirby
King Dedede

Origin[edit]

The victory theme of the Kirby universe is a cover of the short recurring theme that plays when Kirby completes a stage or defeats a boss, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land (though the shortened version that this track is based on debuted in Kirby's Adventure). The Melee version of this flourish is considerably slower in pace in relation to the original track, though its other versions more closely match its original tempo.

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Meta Knight Victory Theme[edit]

Meta Knight Victory Theme
Track Title Meta Knight Victory Theme
Universe Kirby
Debut Game Kirby's Dream Land
Characters Accompanied Meta Knight

Origin[edit]

The Meta Knight Victory Theme is based on the same melody as the Kirby Victory Theme, but is performed with electric guitars and in quadruple meter, as opposed to the more symphonic instrumentation and the triple meter in the Kirby Victory Theme.

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Star Fox Victory Theme[edit]

Star Fox Victory Theme
Track Title Star Fox Victory Theme
Universe Star Fox
Debut Game Star Fox 64
Characters Accompanied Fox
Falco
Wolf

Origin[edit]

This victory theme is based upon the main theme of Star Fox 64, most specifically the title screen theme. It also shares similarities with the music that would play in that game when Fox completed a level, as that track was also based on the main theme.

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Pokémon Victory Theme[edit]

Pokémon Victory Theme
Track Title Pokémon Victory Theme
Universe Pokémon
Debut Game Pokémon Red and Green Versions
Characters Accompanied Pikachu
Jigglypuff
Pichu
Mewtwo
Pokémon Trainer
Charizard
Lucario
Greninja
Incineroar

Origin[edit]

This victory theme is a small excerpt of the title theme of Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green Versions, a track which would go on to become the Pokémon main theme and the title theme for the entire series. In Ultimate, the theme is slightly abridged.

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F-Zero Victory Theme[edit]

F-Zero Victory Theme
Track Title F-Zero Victory Theme
Universe F-Zero
Debut Game F-Zero X (SSB, Melee),
F-Zero GX (Brawl, SSB4, Ultimate)
Characters Accompanied Captain Falcon

SSB, Melee Origin[edit]

This victory theme is an electric guitar-based cover of the short track that would play when a character finished a race in F-Zero X.

Brawl, SSB4 and Ultimate Origin[edit]

This victory theme is an electric guitar-based cover of the short track that would play when a character finished a race in F-Zero GX.

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EarthBound (Mother) Victory Theme[edit]

EarthBound (Mother) Victory Theme
Track Title EarthBound (Mother) Victory Theme
Universe EarthBound
Debut Game EarthBound (SSB, Melee)
Mother (Brawl, SSB4, Ultimate)
Characters Accompanied Ness
Lucas

SSB, Melee Origin[edit]

In EarthBound, one of the main objectives of the game was to collect the Eight Melodies, which would combine to form an overall piece. This Victory Theme is a combination of the final four melodies out of the eight.

Brawl, SSB4 Origin[edit]

This victory theme is a highly sped-up rock cover of Mother Earth, the title theme of the original NES Mother/EarthBound Beginnings.

Ultimate Origin[edit]

As with EarthBound, one of the main objectives in Mother (EarthBound Beginnings outside Japan) is to collect a set of eight melodies. The victory theme used in Ultimate is the final two of the eight.

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Ice Climber Victory Theme[edit]

Ice Climber Victory Theme
Track Title Ice Climber Victory Theme
Universe Ice Climber
Debut Game Ice Climber
Characters Accompanied Ice Climbers

Origin[edit]

In Ice Climber, when Popo or Nana grabbed the feet of the Condor at the end of a bonus stage, this track would play. The Ultimate version cuts out the first half of the theme.

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Fire Emblem Victory Theme[edit]

Fire Emblem Victory Theme
Track Title Fire Emblem Victory Theme
Universe Fire Emblem
Debut Game Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Characters Accompanied Marth
Roy
Ike
Robin (SSB4)
Lucina (SSB4)
Corrin (SSB4)
Chrom

Origin[edit]

This victory theme is an orchestral cover of several bars of the Fire Emblem Theme, the title theme for the original Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, which has since become the main theme of the series and appeared in every game. In Ultimate, the tempo is slightly faster and the ending is slightly abridged.

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Awakening Victory Theme[edit]

Awakening Victory Theme
Track Title Awakening Victory Theme
Universe Fire Emblem
Debut Game Fire Emblem Awakening
Characters Accompanied Robin (Ultimate)
Lucina (Ultimate)

Origin[edit]

This victory theme is a short orchestral cover of "Id (Purpose)" from Fire Emblem Awakening.

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Corrin Victory Theme[edit]

Corrin Victory Theme
Track Title Corrin Victory Theme
Universe Fire Emblem
Debut Game Fire Emblem Fates
Characters Accompanied Corrin (Ultimate)

Origin[edit]

This flourish is a small excerpt of Lost in Thoughts All Alone from Fire Emblem Fates.

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Game & Watch Victory Theme[edit]

Game & Watch Victory Theme
Track Title Game & Watch Victory Theme
Universe Game & Watch
Debut Game Super Smash Bros. Melee (Melee version)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Brawl and SSB4 version)
Characters Accompanied Mr. Game & Watch

Origin[edit]

The Game & Watch flourish in Melee is an original melody in a minor key, based upon the typical bleeping noises that characters or other objects in a Game & Watch would make. It also shares some similarities with the Flat Zone theme. The flourish introduced in Brawl features a different melody that follows a more energetic tempo, though it still draws from an identical origin.

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Kid Icarus Victory Theme[edit]

Kid Icarus Victory Theme
Track Title Kid Icarus Victory Theme
Universe Kid Icarus
Debut Game Kid Icarus
Characters Accompanied Pit
Palutena

Origin[edit]

This victory theme is a small excerpt of the title screen theme of Kid Icarus, with an original ending. After the release of Brawl, the track was remade for Kid Icarus: Uprising, used whenever a match in Together Mode is completed.

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Dark Pit Victory Theme[edit]

Dark Pit Victory Theme
Track Title Dark Pit Victory Theme
Universe Kid Icarus
Debut Game Kid Icarus: Uprising
Characters Accompanied Dark Pit

Origin[edit]

This victory theme is a small excerpt of Dark Pit's theme from Kid Icarus: Uprising.

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Wario Victory Theme[edit]

Wario Victory Theme
Track Title Wario Victory Theme
Universe Wario
Debut Game Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Characters Accompanied Wario

Origin[edit]

A flourish of the Stonecarving City theme from Wario Land: Shake It!. While the game was released after Brawl in most regions, it is likely that the victory theme was pulled from Shake It! before it was actually released. The Ultimate version is sped up from the Brawl version.

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Pikmin Victory Theme[edit]

Pikmin Victory Theme
Track Title Pikmin Victory Theme
Universe Pikmin
Debut Game Pikmin
Characters Accompanied Olimar

Origin[edit]

This flourish is a small excerpt of the title theme of Pikmin.

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R.O.B. Victory Theme[edit]

R.O.B. Victory Theme
Track Title R.O.B. Victory Theme
Universe R.O.B.
Debut Game Stack-Up
Characters Accompanied R.O.B.

Origin[edit]

In the NES game Stack-Up, the first game that the R.O.B. accessory was compatible with, this track would play before starting memory mode. In this remix, a short intro is added, and the first part is repeated once.

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Punch-Out!! Victory Theme[edit]

Punch-Out Victory Theme
Track Title Punch-Out Victory Theme
Universe Punch-Out!!
Debut Game Punch-Out!! (NES)
Characters Accompanied Little Mac

Origin[edit]

A remix of the theme that plays when the player defeats an opponent in the NES and Wii Punch-Out!! games.

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Animal Crossing Victory Theme[edit]

Animal Crossing Victory Theme
Track Title Animal Crossing Victory Theme
Universe Animal Crossing
Debut Game Animal Forest
Characters Accompanied Villager
Isabelle

Origin[edit]

The song is a remix of the first "Phrase" of the original Animal Crossing theme for the Nintendo 64 and GameCube. The Ultimate version is very slightly sped up.

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Wii Fit Victory Theme[edit]

Wii Fit Victory Theme
Track Title Wii Fit Victory Theme
Universe Wii Fit
Debut Game Wii Fit
Characters Accompanied Wii Fit Trainer

Origin[edit]

This victory theme is a remix of the tune that plays after a save file is selected in the original Wii Fit.

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Xenoblade Victory Theme[edit]

Xenoblade Victory Theme
Track Title Xenoblade Victory Theme
Universe Xenoblade
Debut Game Xenoblade Chronicles
Characters Accompanied Shulk

Origin[edit]

The second half of the riff of You Will Know Our Names, the battle theme used in Xenoblade Chronicles when fighting a unique monster. The Ultimate version is faster than the SSB4 version.

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Duck Hunt Victory Theme[edit]

Duck Hunt Victory Theme
Track Title Duck Hunt Victory Theme
Universe Duck Hunt
Debut Game Duck Hunt
Characters Accompanied Duck Hunt

Origin[edit]

The jingle that plays before a new game starts in Duck Hunt. It begins with the original 8-bit rendition, then transitions to a remixed version for the rest of the theme. In Ultimate, it's the same melody as in SSB4, except that the tempo is faster.

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Splatoon Victory Theme[edit]

Splatoon Victory Theme
Track Title Splatoon Victory Theme
Universe Splatoon
Debut Game Splatoon
Characters Accompanied Inkling

Origin[edit]

A remix of the Online victory jingle introduced in Splatoon.

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Mii Fighters Victory Theme[edit]

Mii Fighters Victory Theme
Track Title Mii Fighters Victory Theme
Universe Super Smash Bros.
Debut Game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (SSB4 version)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Ultimate version)
Characters Accompanied Mii Brawler
Mii Gunner
Mii Swordfighter

SSB4 Origin[edit]

A portion of the main theme of Super Smash Bros. 4.

Ultimate Origin[edit]

A portion of Lifelight, the main theme of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Metal Gear Victory Theme[edit]

Metal Gear Victory Theme
Track Title Metal Gear Victory Theme
Universe Metal Gear
Debut Game Metal Gear Solid
Characters Accompanied Snake

Origin[edit]

A small excerpt of the main theme of Metal Gear Solid. In the game, this excerpt is used twice: when VR Training is completed, and when Solid Snake is caught and the player earns a Game Over.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Victory Theme[edit]

Sonic the Hedgehog Victory Theme
Track Title Sonic the Hedgehog Victory Theme
Universe Sonic
Debut Game Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Original Tune)
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) (Direct Source)
Characters Accompanied Sonic

Origin[edit]

This flourish is ripped directly from the notorious Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), which itself is an orchestrated remix of the tune that plays when a character has passed an Act in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Thus far, it is the only flourish in the series to be directly ported from a non-Smash game.

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Mega Man Victory Theme[edit]

Mega Man Victory Theme
Track Title Mega Man Victory Theme
Universe Mega Man
Debut Game Mega Man 2
Characters Accompanied Mega Man

Origin[edit]

A short remix of the beginning of the title screen music from Mega Man 2.

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Pac-Man Victory Theme[edit]

Pac-Man Victory Theme
Track Title Pac-Man Victory Theme
Universe Pac-Man
Debut Game Pac-Man
Characters Accompanied Pac-Man

Origin[edit]

A remix of the jingle that plays when starting a new game in Pac-Man, as well as completing levels in Pac-Man World 2.

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Street Fighter Victory Theme[edit]

Street Fighter Victory Theme
Track Title Street Fighter Victory Theme
Universe Street Fighter
Debut Game Street Fighter II
Characters Accompanied Ryu
Ken

Origin[edit]

A remix of the victory theme from Street Fighter II.

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Final Fantasy Victory Theme[edit]

Final Fantasy Victory Theme
Track Title Final Fantasy Victory Theme
Universe Final Fantasy
Debut Game Final Fantasy VII
Characters Accompanied Cloud

Origin[edit]

A remix of the victory theme heard in Final Fantasy VII, which is itself a variant of the victory theme heard throughout the Final Fantasy series. Unlike other themes, it continuously plays, replacing the results theme, being the first victory theme to do so. If the player wins in a tournament, however, a non-looped version of the theme will play.

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Bayonetta Victory Theme[edit]

Bayonetta Victory Theme
Track Title Bayonetta Victory Theme
Universe Bayonetta
Debut Game Bayonetta
Characters Accompanied Bayonetta

Origin[edit]

The first few notes of "Time For The Climax!", followed by the jingle that plays upon completing a verse in Bayonetta.

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Castlevania Victory Theme[edit]

Castlevania Victory Theme
Track Title Castlevania Victory Theme
Universe Castlevania
Debut Game Castlevania
Characters Accompanied Simon
Richter

Origin[edit]

A remix of the "Stage Clear" theme from the original Castlevania.

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Trivia[edit]

  • In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Captain Falcon's and Mr. Game & Watch's victory themes are the only ones that are not orchestral music.
  • Super Smash Bros. 4 was the first game where victory themes are not accessible in the Sound Test.
  • Various victory themes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl could be heard during the opening ceremony of the 2015 FIRST Championship.
  • The Final Fantasy, Bayonetta, and Castlevania victory themes can be heard in Cloud's, Bayonetta's, and Simon and Richter's reveal trailers. Similarly, the Metal Gear victory theme can be heard in the debut trailer for Super Smash Bros. Brawl after Snake is revealed.
    • The Castlevania victory theme heard in Simon and Richter's trailer, however, lacked the electric guitar heard in the final version.
  • Ridley had a different victory theme in the E3 2018 demo of Ultimate. It was also a sinister variation of the standard victory theme, but ending with a harp arpeggio resembling the Unknown Item jingle from Metroid: Zero Mission.
  • As of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Ganondorf, King Dedede, and Wolf are the only antagonists that do not possess distinct victory themes from their respective universes.
  • Mario and Fire Emblem are the only two universes to have more than two victory themes, with them having a total of 3 each.
  • In Smash 4, Bayonetta's victory theme is the only one to have vocals, as the word "forever" can be heard near the end. Ultimate gives Lucina, Robin, and Corrin new victory themes that include some vocals.

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