A character is the term used to describe beings 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, 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.
↑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.
↑ 3.03.13.2While 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.
↑ 2.02.1While 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.
↑Sandbag is mechanically considered an item in Brawl and Smash for 3DS/Wii U, not a character.
In a Super Smash Bros. Direct, Masahiro Sakurai said that the fighters in the Super Smash Bros series are actually toys in the real world and that the Super Smash Bros. games take place in the world of imagination.