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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.

Playable Characters

This is a list of the playable characters in the Super Smash Bros. series, commonly known in official sources as fighters.

Key Starter Unlockable SSB4-3 IconUnlockable and SSB4-U IconStarter Downloadable Echo Fighter (Unlockable)
# Fighter SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon SSBU Icon Universe
01 Mario
Mario SSBU
CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY MarioSymbol
Mario
02 Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong SSBU
CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY DKSymbol
Donkey Kong
03 Link
Link SSBU
CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY ZeldaSymbol
The Legend of Zelda
04 Samus
Samus SSBU
CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY MetroidSymbol
Metroid
04ε Dark Samus
Dark Samus SSBU
X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY MetroidSymbol
Metroid
05 Yoshi
Yoshi SSBU
CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY YoshiSymbol
Yoshi
06 Kirby
Kirby SSBU
CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY KirbySymbol
Kirby
07 Fox
Fox SSBU
CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY StarFoxSymbol
Star Fox
08 Pikachu
Pikachu SSBU
CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY PokemonSymbol
Pokémon
09 Luigi
Luigi SSBU
CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY MarioSymbol
Mario
10 Ness
Ness SSBU
CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY EarthboundSymbol
EarthBound
11 Captain Falcon
Captain Falcon SSBU
CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY FZeroSymbol
F-Zero
12 Jigglypuff
Jigglypuff SSBU
CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY PokemonSymbol
Pokémon
13 Peach
Peach SSBU
X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY MarioSymbol
Mario
13ε Daisy
Daisy SSBU
X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY MarioSymbol
Mario
14 Bowser
Bowser SSBU
X markN[1] CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY MarioSymbol
Mario
15 Ice Climbers
Ice Climbers SSBU
X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN[2] CheckmarkY IceClimbersSymbol
Ice Climber
16 Sheik
Sheik SSBU
X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY ZeldaSymbol
The Legend of Zelda
17 Zelda
Zelda SSBU
X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY ZeldaSymbol
The Legend of Zelda
18 Dr. Mario
Dr. Mario SSBU
X markN CheckmarkY X markN[3] CheckmarkY CheckmarkY MarioSymbol
Mario
19 Pichu
Pichu SSBU
X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN CheckmarkY PokemonSymbol
Pokémon
20 Falco
Falco SSBU
X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY StarFoxSymbol
Star Fox
21 Marth
Marth SSBU
X markN[4] CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY FireEmblemSymbol
Fire Emblem
21ε Lucina
Lucina SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY FireEmblemSymbol
Fire Emblem
22 Young Link
Young Link SSBU
X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN CheckmarkY ZeldaSymbol
The Legend of Zelda
23 Ganondorf
Ganondorf SSBU
X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY ZeldaSymbol
The Legend of Zelda
24 Mewtwo
Mewtwo SSBU
X markN[1] CheckmarkY X markN[3] CheckmarkY CheckmarkY PokemonSymbol
Pokémon
25 Roy
Roy SSBU
X markN CheckmarkY X markN[3] CheckmarkY CheckmarkY FireEmblemSymbol
Fire Emblem
25ε Chrom
Chrom SSBU
X markN X markN X markN X markN[5] CheckmarkY FireEmblemSymbol
Fire Emblem
26 Mr. Game & Watch
Mr. Game & Watch SSBU
X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY Game&WatchSymbol
Game & Watch
27 Meta Knight
Meta Knight SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY KirbySymbol
Kirby
28 Pit
Pit SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY KidIcarusSymbol
Kid Icarus
28ε Dark Pit
Dark Pit SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY KidIcarusSymbol
Kid Icarus
29 Zero Suit Samus
Zero Suit Samus SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY MetroidSymbol
Metroid
30 Wario
Wario SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY WarioSymbol
Wario
31 Snake
Snake SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY MetalGearSymbol (1)
Metal Gear
32 Ike
Ike SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY FireEmblemSymbol
Fire Emblem
33-35 Pokémon Trainer
Pokémon Trainer SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY PokemonSymbol
Pokémon
33 Squirtle
Squirtle SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY[6] X markN CheckmarkY[6] PokemonSymbol
Pokémon
34 Ivysaur
Ivysaur SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY[6] X markN CheckmarkY[6] PokemonSymbol
Pokémon
35 Charizard
Charizard SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY[6] CheckmarkY CheckmarkY[6] PokemonSymbol
Pokémon
36 Diddy Kong
Diddy Kong SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY DKSymbol
Donkey Kong
37 Lucas
Lucas SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY[7] CheckmarkY CheckmarkY EarthboundSymbol
EarthBound
38 Sonic
Sonic SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY SonicSymbol
Sonic
39 King Dedede
King Dedede SSBU
X markN[1] X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY KirbySymbol
Kirby
40 Olimar
Olimar SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY PikminSymbol
Pikmin
41 Lucario
Lucario SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY PokemonSymbol
Pokémon
42 R.O.B.
R.O.B. SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY ROBSymbol
R.O.B.
43 Toon Link
Toon Link SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY ZeldaSymbol
The Legend of Zelda
44 Wolf
Wolf SSBU
X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY StarFoxSymbol
Star Fox
45 Villager
Villager SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY AnimalCrossingSymbol
Animal Crossing
46 Mega Man
Mega Man SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY MegaManSymbol
Mega Man
47 Wii Fit Trainer
Wii Fit Trainer SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY WiiFitSymbol
Wii Fit
48 Rosalina & Luma
Rosalina & Luma SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY MarioSymbol
Mario
49 Little Mac
Little Mac SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY PunchOutSymbol
Punch-Out!!
50 Greninja
Greninja SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY PokemonSymbol
Pokémon
51 Mii Brawler
Mii Brawler SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY SmashBrosSymbol
Super Smash Bros.
52 Mii Swordfighter
Mii Swordfighter SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY SmashBrosSymbol
Super Smash Bros.
53 Mii Gunner
Mii Gunner SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY SmashBrosSymbol
Super Smash Bros.
54 Palutena
Palutena SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY KidIcarusSymbol
Kid Icarus
55 Pac-Man
Pac-Man SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY PacManSymbol
Pac-Man
56 Robin
Robin SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY FireEmblemSymbol
Fire Emblem
57 Shulk
Shulk SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY XenobladeSymbol
Xenoblade
58 Bowser Jr.
Bowser Jr. SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY MarioSymbol
Mario
59 Duck Hunt
Duck Hunt SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY DuckHuntSymbol
Duck Hunt
60 Ryu
Ryu SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY StreetFighterSymbol
Street Fighter
61 Cloud
Cloud SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY FinalFantasySymbol
Final Fantasy
62 Corrin
Corrin SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY FireEmblemSymbol
Fire Emblem
63 Bayonetta
Bayonetta SSBU
X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY BayonettaSymbol
Bayonetta
64 Inkling
Inkling SSBU
X markN X markN X markN X markN[8] CheckmarkY SplatoonSymbol
Splatoon
65 Ridley
Ridley SSBU
X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY MetroidSymbol
Metroid
66 Simon
Simon Belmont SSBU
X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CastlevaniaSymbol
Castlevania
66ε Richter
Richter Belmont SSBU
X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CastlevaniaSymbol
Castlevania
67 King K. Rool
King K. Rool SSBU
X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY DKSymbol
Donkey Kong
Newcomers[9] 12 14 18 21 8
Total[10] 12 26 39 58[11] 73

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sakurai mentions these characters as having been planned for Super Smash Bros. on this page.
  2. 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. 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.
  4. Sakurai mentions Marth as having been planned for Super Smash Bros. on this page.
  5. Robin's Final Smash and DLC Outfits for the Mii Swordfighter.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 As part of the Pokémon Trainer.
  7. Sakurai 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.
  8. DLC Outfits for the Mii Gunner.
  9. Including Echo Fighters and DLC Characters.
  10. Include Echo Fighters. Pokémon Trainer not taken in the count, just his controllable Pokémon.
  11. 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

Non-playable characters

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.

Character SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4-3 Icon SSB4-U Icon SSBU Icon Universe
Crazy Hand X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY Super Smash Bros.
Dark Emperor X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY[1] X markN Find Mii
Duon X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN Super Smash Bros.
Fighting Alloy Team X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN Super Smash Bros.
Fighting Polygon Team CheckmarkY X markN X markN X markN X markN Super Smash Bros.
Fighting Wire Frames X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN X markN Super Smash Bros.
Flying Man X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY[1] X markN EarthBound
Galleom X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN Super Smash Bros.
Giant DK[2] CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY Donkey Kong
Giga Bowser[3] X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY Super Smash Bros.
Koume and Kotake X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY[1] X markN The Legend of Zelda
Master Core X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY Super Smash Bros.
Master Hand CheckmarkY CheckmarkY[4] CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY Super Smash Bros.
Meta Ridley X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY[1] Metroid
Metal Face X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY[1] Xenoblade
Metal Mario[2] CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY Mario
Nabbit X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY[1] Mario
Petey Piranha X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN Mario
Porky Minch X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN EarthBound
Rayquaza X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY[1] Pokémon
Ridley[5] X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY[1] Metroid
Sandbag[6] X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY Super Smash Bros.
Tabuu X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN Super Smash Bros.
Yellow Devil X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY[1] CheckmarkY[1] CheckmarkY Mega Man

Notes

  1. 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. 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.
  3. Giga Bowser is playable in Brawl and Smash for 3DS/Wii U as Bowser's Final Smash.
  4. Master Hand is playable in Melee through the Master Hand glitch.
  5. Ridley is playable in Ultimate.
  6. Sandbag is mechanically considered an item in Brawl and Smash for 3DS/Wii U, not a character.

Trivia