Sheriff (シェリフ) is an arcade game developed by Nintendo R&D1 and released in 1979, designed by Genyo Takeda with art by Shigeru Miyamoto. It is one of the earliest Western-style video games developed. The player's character is a county sheriff tasked with defending a town against bandits, but he must be careful not to get shot himself by the bandits.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee

Sheriff only appears as a Trophy.

Trophy description

Sheriff is a game with a particularly long history, even among other classic Nintendo arcade games. You aimed the sheriff's gun by way of an eight-directional dial controller, which you would depress to fire. The goal of this frontier shooter was to protect the territory from various scoundrels and ne'er-do-wells.

  • Sheriff (Japan Only)

.Sheriff trophy (SSBM)

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U


Sheriff in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Sheriff appears as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. When summoned, he fires in any of eight directions at opposing characters. The shots deal 14% damage and can be reflected, but not absorbed. Sound effects from the Sheriff game play as he moves around. If he takes 30% damage, he'll be defeated and stay on his pose when he is shot by one of the bandits, and then he'll disappear.

Trophy Description

This arcade game was released in 1979 in Japan. The game used an eight-direction joystick and a switch to control the title character. In Smash Bros., the sheriff will appear in his original glory and fire in eight directions. The bullets are tough to dodge, and they pack a serious punch.

  • Arcade - Sheriff (1980)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The sheriff returns as an Assist Trophy. He retains his attack pattern from before, but the shots are now disjointed hitboxes instead of true projectiles, similar to Darz's Thorn Spray attack.



Screenshot of the arcade game Sheriff featuring the titular character.

In the original arcade game, the titular Sheriff has to defend a plot of land from sixteen bandits, who move around the edges of the territory while firing at Sheriff. Sometimes the bandits also enter the land so Sheriff has to dodge the bullets and the bandits while attempting to return fire. Once all sixteen bandits are defeated the level is won. The Sheriff Assist Trophy's movements are a facsimile of the original game's control scheme which involved two joysticks, one for which direction to walk and the second for which direction to fire Sheriff's gun. In the sequel the second joystick was replaced with a button, so Sheriff could only shoot in the direction he was facing.



  • Sheriff is one of the oldest Nintendo characters to appear in the Smash Bros.series, predating Mr. Game & Watch and Pac-Man by a year. However, he is not the oldest entity in Smash; with the Color TV-Game 15 being older. Depending on whether one considers the Color TV-Game 15 a "character" in its Assist Trophy role, Sheriff can be considered the oldest character in the game.
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