A Taunt Match is a term used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where players in a match aren't fighting each other, but instead decide to fool around and/or taunt for the entire match. Taunt Matches begin when one player taunts for the whole match, and other players decide to follow. In a taunt match, players are also known to crouch or duck continuously to reach an agreement (however, Kirby players often use this as an alternative to Taunting). They will often then follow to have continuous Taunt Matches or simply proceed to showing each other glitches.
When one player takes the match seriously, where other players are having a taunt match, players will often team up on the serious player. Some "Taunters" have also been known to hit each other, then intentionally SD when a serious player joins, so that their fellow taunters will get a point, thus giving the serious player no chance of winning.
Common Taunt Match behavior
- Constantly Taunting.
- Pushing other players but not attacking.
- Footstool Jumping.
- Ditching your Pikmin when playing as Olimar and attempt to use Pikmin required move without them.
- Crawling around (Crawling isn't used very often in a match).
- Gliding around the stage
- Spamming Projectiles without even aiming them at anyone.
- Showing off Glitches (Like using the Stone Glitch on Pictochat).
- Abusing Transform or Pokémon Change.
- Utilizing the Smash Taunt when playing as Solid Snake or the Star Fox Team on their respective stages (Wolf can't use the Smash Taunt on Corneria).
- Grabbing other players or using grab attacks like Monkey Flip, but not doing any damage.
- Abusing loud or annoying attacks.
- Jumping around
- Running around the stage
- Intentionally SDing.
- Dash Dancing
There are also arranged Taunt Matches over friends. The goal in these is to annoy the other player without attacking until one gets so bored or annoyed that they leave, stop, or attack the other player. The first player to do so loses. Players often find alternatives to taunting for characters that do not have loud or annoying taunts. Some players spam D.K.'s or Ganon's up-smash for their loudness, others use Olimar when there is a serious player and spam his whistle for the high-pitched annoying sound and Super Armor, while some even use Ivysaur's crouch.
Commonly used characters with annoying and/or humorous taunts are often Mr. Game & Watch and his Up and Side Taunt, Kirby's down taunt, Peach's Side Taunt, Luigi's Up Taunt, Wario's taunts or his Wario Waft, King Dedede's Crouching Position, Captain Falcon's down taunt (and sometimes even his Falcon Punch), Toon Link's Down Taunt, and Sonic's Down and Side taunts.
Costumes can sometimes come into play too - Captain Falcon's pink-and-white outfit, often dubbed 'Captain Fabulous' by Brawl players, is often chosen for more light hearted matches, along with Meta Knight's jester-like pink and yellow attire, and Luigi's pink and red outfit.
"Serious" taunters will sometimes use the same character as a serious player and taunt as them as if to mock the serious player. Some are even known to spam the same moves as the serious player, if he or she is spamming themselves.