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Brawl changed the idea with color changes just a bit. While Melee added a few extra outfits to some characters, Brawl promises six colors each.

However, there are exceptions. All the playable characters of the Pokémon universe (Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Pokémon Trainer and Lucario), as well as Sonic, have less than six. The other exception is that Wario has two outfits, each with multiple color choices, effectively doubling his alternate costume choices. The costumes can be cycled by clicking on the character (any controller), pressing A/B (Wii Remote), pressing 1/2 (Wii Remote w/ Nunchuck), or pressing X/Y (Classic, Gamecube).

Color Blindness

A few characters (namely, Lucario and Sonic) have sets of costume changes that can be difficult to distinguish from each other in a match. As such, tournaments have a rule stating that in a doubles match, a partly colorblind Lucario or Sonic player may request to be given the blue team. In some cases, texture hacks are used to make the color difference more obvious.

Same color glitch

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, there is a glitch in which players can use the same character with the same color scheme for VS mode (other than Team Battles).

Characters

Bowser

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Bowser's alternate costumes in SSBB

Green G
Black Resembles Morton Koopa Jr.'s appearance in recent games.
Red R Resembles a Red Koopa Troopa or a Spiny.
Blue B Resembles Bowser's appearance on the international covers of Super Mario Bros. His shell also resembles the spiny shell from Mario Kart DS, and Mario Kart Wii.
White This costume turns Bowser's hair red and his shell and spiked collars to white, somewhat resembling Dry Bowser from New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart Wii. It also resembles Morton Koopa Jr.'s white and gold shell (Super Mario World only) and darker skin.
Brown Resembles Boom Boom's sprite from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Captain Falcon

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Captain Falcon's alternate costumes in SSBB

Indigo Based on his appearance from F-Zero X.
Black Resembles his costume from the F-Zero X Expansion Kit, as well as a Japanese commercial for F-Zero X.
Red R Nearly identical to his rival Blood Falcon's outfit, even the writing on his back changes to say "Blood Hawk", with a skull design around the lettering.
Green G Resembles the color scheme of the Wild Goose, Pico's F-Zero vehicle.
Blue B This is a reference to his original F-Zero appearances (his costume in the F-Zero games is more vibrant than his Super Smash Bros. outfits).
White Resembles Jody Summers' outfit, also known as Captain Fabulous.

Diddy Kong

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Diddy Kong's alternate costumes in SSBB

Red R
Yellow Resembles the alternate outfit in the Two-Player Contest mode in Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong 64.
Pink Changes his color scheme to resemble that of fellow Donkey Kong character Dixie Kong in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!.
Purple Resembles an alternate costume worn by Diddy Kong when the second player used him in Donkey Kong Country 2.
Green G
Blue B Resembles the alternate outfit in the Two-Player Contest mode in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.

Donkey Kong

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Donkey Kong's alternate costumes in SSBB

All of Donkey Kong's alternate costumes can be traced back to the multiplayer mode of Donkey Kong 64.

Brown
Black In Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong wears a yellow tie for his alternate color scheme in the Two-Player Contest Mode. He also looks like a rainforest gorilla.
Red R May represent the original Donkey Kong from the arcade game with the same name, who had reddish orange fur.
Blue B
Green G
White Resembles a yeti, a famous East Asian cryptid. Also resembles to Eddie the Mean Old Yeti from the Donkey Kong County animated series.

Falco

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Falco's alternate costumes in SSBB

White Based off his design from Star Fox: Command.
Orange Resembles his outfit from Melee and Star Fox 64.
Blue B Resembles Slippy Toad's outfit from Star Fox 64.
Red R Resembles Peppy Hare's outfit from Star Fox 64 and his outfit in Star Fox: Assault.
Green G Resembles Fox's outfit, as well as the multiplayer mode in Star Fox Assault.
Black The black color matches Fox's (and by extension, Wolf's) dark costume. Also based off of an artwork for the original Star Fox game where he had black feathers.

Fox

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Fox's alternate costumes in SSBB

Brown Based off his design from Star Fox: Command.
Black Named "Dark Fox" on the DOJO!!. Similar dark color schemes are also available for Falco and Wolf.
Red R Resembles Falco's outfit from from Star Fox 64, Star Fox: Assault, and Star Fox: Command and Peppy Hare's outfit from Star Fox 64.
Green G Resembles his outfit from Star Fox: Assault's multiplayer. Also resembles his color scheme from the original Star Fox concept art.
Blue B Resembles Slippy Toad's outfit from Star Fox 64 as well as the multiplayer mode in Star Fox Assault.
White

Ganondorf

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Ganondorf's alternate costumes in SSBB

Grey Based off his most recent character design in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Black This may be a reference to the original Phantom Ganon. However, that could be a stretch, seeing as Phantom Ganon had a white face, and not white hair.
Blue B
Green G
Red R
Brown This costume has the same colors as his Super Smash Bros. Melee design, slightly darkening his red hair, and using the same design on his cape.

Ice Climbers

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The Ice Climbers' alternate costumes in SSBB

Popo and Nana switch positions for their red, black, and white costumes, but they do not switch positions on the selection screen like they did in Melee.

Purple
Red R A variation based on their default look. Could possibly be meant for some kind of "holiday" look. Also makes Nana resemble the red Ice Climber on the boxart for Ice Climber.
Blue B
Black
Green G
White The only costume that renders both Ice Climbers' coats the same color, but also the only one that gives them different mitt colors. Resembles the color of any Ice Climber when touched by an enemy in Ice Climber.

Ike

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Ike's alternate costumes in SSBB

Indigo Based on his Ranger class outfit from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
Yellow Resembles the outfit of his father, Greil, from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
Red R Resembles the outfit of Mia from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. Also based on the enemy units from the Fire Emblem series.
Blue B Based on his third-tier vanguard class in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. It also greatly resembles Sigurd from Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu.
Green G Based on the allied units from the GBA Fire Emblem games.
Brown Based on the mages in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. Referred to as an "ordinary soldier" by the DOJO!!.

Jigglypuff

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Jigglypuff's alternate costumes in SSBB

Jigglypuff's alternate costumes are mostly feminine accessories, which is one of the reasons why this Jigglypuff is considered to be female.

Pink
Red R The same red flower Jigglypuff had in Melee. It appears to be a hibiscus flower with five petals in a circle-like shape. It also resembles Phoebe's flower from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
White Gives Jigglypuff a hat like the one Leaf, the female heroine of Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen wears.
Blue B Jigglypuff's shiny color. The hat resembles those worn by the Bug Catcher and Lady trainer classes from the Pokémon games.
Green G Very similar to the hat worn by Kirby when he has his Sleep ability.

King Dedede

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King Dedede's alternate costumes in SSBB

Red R
Pink Similar to an alternate costume in Kirby Air Ride.
Green G Similar to an alternate costume in Kirby Air Ride.
Purple Features a very ornately decorated belt, similar to one on a formal Japanese kimono. This costume is also similar to an alternate costume in Kirby Air Ride.
Blue B Features a belt that contains the same icons as one of the menu schemes from Kirby 64.
Brown Mirrors Kirby's white costume, making him appear like he did in Kirby's Dream Land for the Game Boy.

Kirby

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Kirby's alternate costumes in SSBB

All these colors are also similar to different Kirby colors in games such as Kirby Air Ride and Kirby & the Amazing Mirror. They are all also usable in Kirby: Squeak Squad, where color variations are distinct and each have their own names.

Pink
Yellow Shigeru Miyamoto originally wanted Kirby to be yellow, but Sakurai was determined to make him pink. Sakurai won, but the yellow Kirby design later appeared as Keeby, the character controlled by Player 2 in Kirby's Dream Course. Yellow Kirby also resembles Beam Kirby from Kirby Super Star, but without the hat.
Blue B The same as when Kirby is Ice Kirby in Kirby Super Star, sans the hat. Also used for Player 3 in Kirby 64.
Red R The same as when Kirby is Fire Kirby in Kirby Super Star, sans the hat. Also used for Player 3 in recent multiplayer games.
Green G The same as when Kirby is Plasma Kirby in Kirby Super Star, sans the hat. Also used for Player 4 in recent multiplayer games.
White Based on Kirby's monochrome appearance from the original Kirby's Dream Land. It is also similar to Kirby's appearance on the North American box cover.

Link

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Link's alternate costumes in SSBB

Green G Based off his latest character design from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Red R The Red tunic can be traced back to the color change caused by the Red Ring in the original The Legend of Zelda. It is also based off the Goron Tunic that was featured in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It is Link's only color scheme that changes the color of his belt.
Blue B Based off the Zora Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Lavender Based on the Blue Ring from The Legend of Zelda for the NES.
Yellow His tunic color is based off of Link's color scheme of when he uses the Great Fairy Tears from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. It is the only color scheme to change the color of his sleeves and pants.
Black Based off Dark Link, who originated from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and appeared again in Ocarina of Time. His design is based on Dark Link's cameo appearance in Twilight Princess, where Lanayru used the character to symbolize the Dark Interlopers in Link's vision.

Lucario

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Lucario's alternate costumes in SSBB

Blue B
Red R
Cyan Changes Lucario's coloration to resemble its pre-evolved form, Riolu.
White
Green G

Lucas

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Lucas's alternate costumes in SSBB

Yellow
Orange Changes his color scheme to that of his twin brother, Claus.
Red R
Blue B Resembles Ness's pajamas in EarthBound.
Green G
Purple

Luigi

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Luigi's alternate costumes in SSBB

Green G
Orange Based on Mario's color scheme from Pinball, but with an orange hat instead of a blue one.
Pink R Based on what Luigi's color scheme in Wrecking Crew, in which he wore pink.
Blue B Based on Mario's color scheme on the cover for the NES version of Mario Bros.
White Based on Fire Luigi. This new white costume replaces the old version that appeared in both SSB and SSBM, where his overalls are darker and his skin and gloves are tan, which was based off Luigi's colors in Mario Bros on the NES.
Purple Makes Luigi resemble Waluigi, his arch-rival from the Mario series.

Mario

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Mario's alternate costumes in SSBB

Red R
White Based on Fire Mario's appearance dating back to Super Mario Bros. onward.
Blue B Based on his appearance in Donkey Kong, but wears a blue cap instead of a red one. Also resembles the Balloon Fighter's color scheme from Balloon Fight.
Yellow Based on Wario's color scheme, just as in previous games.
Black Based on Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew '98, which was confirmed on the original SSB Japanese site. Updated from the original version of this swap to be more black and white than brown and yellow.
Green G A color inverse of his traditional colors. Resembles Mario's appearance on Japanese and European box arts for Wrecking Crew. Also appears as part of the flashing animation from a Starman in Super Mario Bros. The color of his overalls are now more brown than orange, updated from the original game.

Marth

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Marth's alternate costumes in SSBB

Blue
Red R Based on the "enemy" unit color in the Fire Emblem series. This is the only palette swap to change Marth's tiara and sheathe color.
Green G Based on the "ally" unit color in the Fire Emblem series.
Black
White Based on Leif, the protagonist of Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.
Blue B Closely based off the official artwork for Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo (even the hair color changes to match the said artwork)..

Meta Knight

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Meta Knight's alternate costumes in SSBB

All of Meta Knight's costumes are similar to alternate costumes from Kirby Air Ride.

Purple
White Resembles a Paladin, a Holy Knight. Also based on a similar swap in Kirby Air Ride.
Red R Based on a similar swap in Kirby Air Ride. Also resembles his concept artwork from Kirby's Dream Collection.
Green G Based on a similar swap in Kirby Air Ride.
Blue B Although believed by some fans to be inspired by Kirby and the Amazing Mirror's Dark Meta Knight, it actually resembles his official art from his first appearance in Kirby's Adventure, where his mask and shoes were depicted as a dark purple color, his body was close to black, and his cape was red. However, in this appearance, his eyes were not red and his gloves were white, unlike the palette swap.
Pink Based on a similar swap in Kirby Air Ride. Also changes his color scheme to resemble Kirby.

Mr Game & Watch

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Mr. Game & Watch's alternate costumes in SSBB

Black
Red R
Yellow
Blue B
Green G
Cyan The inverse of his red palette swap.

Ness

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Ness's alternate costumes in SSBB

Red R
White Features a white T-shirt with red sleeves, the same as the shirt Fuel wears in Mother 3.
Yellow The black and yellow stripes resemble the uniform of the Hanshin Tigers, a Japanese baseball team with a large following. The shirt also bears a very similar color scheme to the Gigantic Ant enemy from EarthBound.
Green G
Blue B Is based on Ness's younger self that he encounters briefly in EarthBound, who was wearing a blue hat.
Purple Has a Mr. Saturn sprite drawn on the front of his shirt. May be based on the Good Kid's Shirt from Mother 3, which is found only in Saturn Valley.

Olimar

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Olimar's alternate costumes in SSBB

Yellow
White Makes Olimar look like an astronaut, particularly the Navy Mark IV.
Red R
Black This is the only palette swap to change the colour of Olimar's helmet.
Green G Makes Olimar resemble his son.
Blue B Makes Olimar look like Louie, his partner from Pikmin 2.

Peach

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Peach's alternate costumes in SSBB

Pink
Yellow Gives Peach the color scheme of Daisy. However, unlike Melee, this is only a re-coloring; her earrings, crown, brooch, and skin remain unchanged.
Red R Gives Peach a similar color scheme to Pauline, Mario's girlfriend from Donkey Kong.
Blue B Based on an alternate color from Mario Golf (N64).
Green G Based on an alternate color from Mario Golf (N64).
White Resembles her wedding dress from Super Paper Mario. This costume no longer gives Peach white stockings, unlike in Melee.

Pikachu

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Pikachu's alternate costumes in SSBB

Pikachu is the only character to have only four costume choices in Brawl.

Yellow
Red R Includes Red's hat, the protagonist of Pokémon Red and Blue. Pikachu's fur color also changes to look akin to a shiny Pikachu.
Green G Includes Brendan's headband as it appeared in Pokémon Emerald.
Blue B Has the goggles worn by Pichu in Melee, which are possibly a reference to those worn by the "Swimmer" class of trainer in the Pokémon series.

Pit

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Pit's alternate costumes in SSBB

White
Yellow Similar to his outfit in the Captain N comic.
Red R Similar to an outfit in Kid Icarus.
Green G Similar to an outfit in Kid Icarus.
Blue B Similar to an outfit in Kid Icarus.
Black Makes Pit look like a fallen angel, according to the DOJO!! Also, this is the origin of Dark Pit's design in the 3DS game Kid Icarus: Uprising.

Pokémon Trainer

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The Pokémon Trainer's alternate costumes in SSBB

Default Based on Red from the original Pokémon games.
Red R The trainer's hat resembles that of Leaf, the female trainer in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Charizard resembles its pre-evolution, Charmeleon.
Green G The trainer takes on the color scheme of Brendan as he appeared in Pokémon Emerald.
Ivysaur and Squirtle appear with their "shiny" colors.
Blue B Charizard's purple colour is similar to that of its shiny color from Generation II.
Squirtle's blue colour is possibly inspired by the original sprite in Generation I, particularly Pokémon Yellow.
White Charizard's yellow tint resembles the shiny colors of its pre-evolutions, Charmander and Charmeleon.

R.O.B.

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R.O.B.'s alternate costumes in SSBB

Red R Based on R.O.B.'s Japanese colour scheme for the Famicom. This design also was the source for the R.O.B. Sentry.
White Based on R.O.B.'s North American color scheme for the NES. Even the words on his base change from "Family Computer Robot" to "R.O.B. - Robotic Operating Buddy", the same as the American design. R.O.B.'s gray costume also appears similar to the R.O.B. Blaster from the The Subspace Emissary
Yellow Slightly resembles the color scheme of the glitch, Flipper, from Stack-Up.
Purple The only color where the cord on the back is a different color. It also has the color scheme of the glitch, Spike, from Stack-Up.
Blue B Gives R.O.B. colours similar to a R.O.B. seen in StarTropics.
Green G Similar to the R.O.B. Launcher from the Subspace Emissary, though lacking the same bright blue cord and missile-launching face.

Samus

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Samus's alternate costumes in SSBB

Orange Based on the Varia Suit.
Blue B Based on the Fusion Suit from Metroid Fusion.
Pink R Similar to the appearance of the Varia Suit when missiles are selected in the original NES Metroid game.
Black Based on the Dark Suit from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
Purple Based on the Gravity Suit as it first appeared in Super Metroid and most games in the series since.
Green G In Japan, the original Smash 64 website referred to this alternate costume as "mass-produced Samus", a reference to Gundam.

Snake

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Solid Snake's alternate costumes in SSBB

Most of these are based on different camouflage suits worn by Naked Snake (a.k.a. Big Boss) in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

Grey Based on Snake's default standard camouflage suit from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
Red R Based off The Fury's Fire camouflage.
Blue B Based off The Splitter camouflage.
White Based off the Snow camouflage.
Green G Based off the Tiger Stripe camouflage.
Brown Based off Major Ocelot's Animal camouflage.

Sonic

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Sonic's alternate costumes in SSBB

Sonic is the only non-Pokémon character to have fewer than six palette swaps. The stripe on his sneakers is white in all palette swaps, and, in all but the default palette swap, the rest of his sneakers match his wristbands.

Blue B
Black Resembles Dark Sonic from the Sonic X anime.
Yellow Gives Sonic an indigo color and golden bracelets that resemble the ones worn by Silver the Hedgehog.
Green G His wristbands resemble the ones attached to the gloves that appear in the special stages in Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Red R His wristbands resemble the ones attached to the gloves that appear in the special stages in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Toon Link

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Toon Link's alternate costumes in SSBB

Green G
Red R Based on the red Link copy from the Four Swords saga.
Blue B Based on the blue Link copy from the Four Swords saga.
Purple Based on the purple Link copy from the Four Swords saga.
Brown Based on the color scheme of Link in the original The Legend of Zelda. The brown hair and sleeves with the more traditional green tunic resembles some of the older iterations of Link in games such as The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. It also makes him look like his appearance from the Legend of Zelda cartoon.
Black Based on a toon version of Dark Link, who appears closer to this color scheme in Four Swords Adventures, but does not resemble.

Wario

Unlike all other characters, Wario has two outfits each with multiple color choices: his biker costume from the WarioWare games, which is his default costume, and his classic overalls from the Mario series and the Wario Land series, effectively doubling his alternate costume choices.

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Wario's biker costumes in SSBB

Cyan
Red R Resembles Fire Mario with the white helmet and red jacket.
Yellow Resembles the color scheme his overalls, with a yellow jacket and purple shirt.
Green G Loosely resembles Zombie Wario from Wario Land 3.
Black A color swap of his red alternate.
Blue B References the colors of an actual biker, with the denim jeans and jacket combo and the white undershirt.
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Wario's overall costumes in SSBB

Wario's overalls closely resemble the cartoonish look in both the Mario and Wario games, in contrast to Mario, Luigi, and Waluigi, who were given more realistic-looking overalls.

Yellow
Red R Resembles how Mario looked like in the early Mario games where he had red overalls and a blue shirt instead of the blue overalls and red shirt he wears today. This somewhat mirrors the way that Wario's "classic" outfit appears as one of Mario's alternate costumes. It also resembles Mario's outfit from the DIC Mario cartoons.
Blue B Resembles Mario's appearance on the cover of the e-Reader game Mario Bros.-e.
Green G Similar to Mario's green costume.
Brown
White Makes Wario look like his appearance in the first three Wario Land games on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color until Wario Land 2, since those games were in black and white.

Wolf

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Wolf's alternate costumes in SSBB

Grey Resembles his default attire in Star Fox: Assault.
Red R May be based on the color scheme of the Wolfens, the ships used by Star Wolf.
Black Gives Wolf a dark alternate costume similar to Fox's and Falco's.
Green G
Blue B Looks similar to clothes from Star Fox: Assault's multiplayer.
White

Yoshi

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Yoshi's alternate costumes in SSBB

All of Yoshi's costumes are different variations of the Yoshi species in many of his games, specifically Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Story, Super Mario Advance 3, and Yoshi's Island DS. The soles of his shoes, the saddle on his back, and his scales stay the same color, no matter what color he is.

Green G A standard green Yoshi.
Red R A red Yoshi.
Blue B A blue Yoshi.
Yellow A yellow Yoshi.
Pink A pink Yoshi.
Cyan A light blue Yoshi.

Zelda/Sheik

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Zelda's and Sheik's alternate costumes in SSBB

Purple/
Light Blue
Based on her character model from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Masahiro Sakurai stated that Sheik's appearance reflects how she would have looked like if she appeared in that game, based on designs drafted up during that game's development.
Red R Based off Zelda's early appearances in The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: Adventure of Link. This is also the only one of her color schemes in which she doesn't wear gloves.
Blue B Official art for A Link to the Past shows Zelda with a blue dress, while Sheik seems based on Tetra with the blue costume and red scarf.
Pink Based off Zelda and Sheik's appearances inOcarina of Time and Melee respectively.
Green G If the original Zelda is beaten without a ring, Zelda's dress will be green.
Black Closely resembles Zelda's robed appearance in the beginning of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Zero Suit Samus

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Zero Suit Samus' alternate costumes in SSBB

Cyan Based on the Zero Suit in Metroid: Zero Mission.
Blue B Based on her outfit she wears upon completion of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
Pink R A reference to her first appearance in the original Metroid after clearing it 100% or by entering JUSTIN BAILEY into the password screen.
Black Similar to the outfit she wore in a Japanese Super Metroid commercial. Also resembles the color scheme of her ending outfit in the same game.
Purple
Green G May be a reference to her suitless appearance in the Captain N comic. Sakurai refers this outfit as a "mass-produced Zero Suit," similar to how Samus's green costume is referred to a "mass-produced Samus", a reference to Gundam.

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