character is the term used to describe beings in the series. Characters can be sorted into Super Smash Bros. 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, or downloadable, which distinguishes whether characters can be played right away, whether they need to be unlocked by fulfilling certain requirements, or must be downloaded before gameplay is possible.
This is a list of the playable characters in the
Super Smash Bros. series, commonly known in official sources as fighters.
Unlockable and Starter
Echo Fighter (Unlockable)
1.0 1.1 1.2 Sakurai mentions these characters as having been planned for
on Super Smash Bros. this page.
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. ↑
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.
↑ Sakurai mentions Marth as having been planned for
on Super Smash Bros. this page.
↑ Robin's Final Smash and DLC Outfits for the Mii Swordfighter.
6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 As part of the
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.
↑ DLC Outfits for the Mii Gunner.
Echo Fighters and DLC Characters.
↑ Including 4
DLC Fighters. Vanilla game has 17 newcomers. ↑
11.0 11.1 Including 2
DLC Fighters. Vanilla game has 78 characters. 4 more new characters are expected for later release as DLC.
↑ Include Echo Fighters. Pokémon Trainer not taken in the count, just his controllable Pokémon.
↑ Including 7
DLC Fighters. Vanilla game has 51 characters.
Mii Fighter Characters
The following characters are featured as costumes for the Mii Fighters
Akira Yuki - Virtua Fighter
Ashley - WarioWare, Inc.
Black Knight - Fire Emblem
Captain Falcon - F-Zero
Chrom - Fire Emblem
Dunban - Xenoblade Chronicles
Flying Man - EarthBound
Fox McCloud - Star Fox
Geno - Super Mario RPG
Gil - Tower of Druaga
Heihachi Mishima - Tekken
Inkling - Splatoon
Isabelle - Animal Crossing
Jacky Bryant - Virtua Fighter
King K. Rool - Donkey Kong
Knuckles The Echidna - Sonic The Hedgehog
Link - The Legend of Zelda
Lloyd Irving - Tales
MegaMan.EXE - Mega Man Battle Network
Proto Man - Mega Man
Samus Aran - Metroid
Tails - Sonic The Hedgehog
Takamaru - The Mysterious Murasame Castle
Toad - Super Mario Bros.
Viridi - Kid Icarus
X - Mega Man X
Zero - Mega Man X
The following characters are considered non-playable. These include boss characters and enemy teams, among others. Hacking and action replay codes may allow some level of play.
1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Appears as a stage hazard.
2.0 2.1 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.
↑ Giga Bowser is playable in
Brawl and Smash for 3DS/Wii U as Bowser's Final Smash.
↑ Master Hand is playable in
Melee through the Master Hand glitch.
↑ Master Hand is officially playable in
Ultimate, but only in the penultimate level of World of Light.
↑ Petey Piranha appears in
Ultimate as part of Piranha Plant's Final Smash.
↑ Ridley is playable in
Ultimate. ↑ Sandbag is mechanically considered an item in
Brawl and Smash for 3DS/Wii U, not a character.
Meowth, Dixie Kong, Plusle & Minun, and various 'toon' versions of characters were all planned characters from various SSB games that never made the final cut as characters in any game.
The Legend of Zelda The Ice Climbers were the only characters to be cut after appearing in multiple games.
Dr. Mario, Mewtwo, Ice Climbers, Wolf O'Donnell, Solid Snake, Pokémon Trainer, Ivysaur, Squirtle, and Roy are the only characters that have returned after being cut in the preceding title.
Pichu and Young Link are the only characters to return after being absent for multiple games.
Luigi, Captain Falcon, Ness, Jigglypuff, Ganondorf, Marth, Sonic, Lucario, and Toon Link are the only characters that debuted as hidden characters and went to become starter characters in the later games.
Wario, Peach, Bowser, Ice Climbers, Zelda, Sheik, Meta Knight, Pit, Zero Suit Samus, Pokémon Trainer, Charizard, Ivysaur, Squirtle, Palutena, Pac-Man, Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Rosalina, Luma, Little Mac, Greninja, Mega Man, Robin, Shulk and Lucas are the only characters to debut as starters and have their availability options switched in future Smash Bros. installments.
Bowser Jr. is the only character to debut as both a starter and an unlockable character.
Dr. Mario, Falco, Mr. Game & Watch, and R.O.B are the only characters to be unlockable in every Smash Bros. installment they appear in.
Samus is the only female character to appear in all six Super Smash Bros. games, as Pokémon were not considered gendered at the time of the first game's release.
Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox and Pikachu are the only characters to be starters in all six Super Smash Bros. games.
Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, Pikachu, Luigi, Ness, Captain Falcon and Jigglypuff are the only characters to appear in all six Super Smash Bros. games.