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A veteran or veteran fighter is a playable character who appeared in a previous version of the Super Smash Bros. series and has returned in the following incarnations. All characters return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Total of 12 Veterans

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Total of 21 Veterans

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Total of 36 Veterans

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Total of 65 Veterans

Perfect-attendance fighters

Less commonly, "veterans" can also denote the "eight regulars", "perfect attendance fighters" or '"the original 8", terms which refer to the eight starter characters in the original Super Smash Bros. These fighters are also present as playable characters in Melee, Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. The first two terms originated in the description for the 10th Brawl event match All-Star Battle Regulars, as follows.

The Smash Bros. perfect-attendance crew! Fight the eight regulars in order!

"The original 8", and by extension "the original 12" are fan coined terms, the latter referring to the entire playable cast of the original Smash Bros.: Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, and Pikachu are the "original 8." The term "original 12" refers to the eight aforementioned characters as well as Luigi, Captain Falcon, Ness, and Jigglypuff, who are unlockable characters in the original Super Smash Bros. and Brawl. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Luigi and Captain Falcon are starter characters, but Ness and Jigglypuff are unlockable. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the whole "original 12" are starter characters. The original 12 will also serve as the starting roster for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game.

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