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Nintendo characters

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Wario

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= Voiced by Charles Martinet =

  "Here I go!"

  Playable in: Brawl

Mario's mirror image, Wario is unchivalrous, a slob, and a greedy video game tycoon. However, just because he's fat doesn't mean he isn't a force to be reckoned with.

  • Acrofatic: Not only can he fly during his Final Smash, he's incredibly agile otherwise.
  • Ass Kicks You
  • Badass Biker
  • Badass Moustache
  • Big Eater
  • Boss Subtitles
  • Brought to You by The Letter "S": The "W" on his helmet/cap.
  • Confusion Fu: Like Game & Watch, the low number of frames for attack animations don't telegraph what he's about to do.
  • Cool Bike: His Side-B summons one.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: Notable in that he has both his Wario Ware biker outfit and his classic overalls, making him the only character in Smash Bros. to have a true alternate costume.
  • Enemy Mine: Pulls one in the Subspace Emissary mode.
  • Extreme Omnivore: It does solve the question of where he keeps that motorcycle...
  • Fartillery: His "Wario Waft", which can become an "explosive fart" after enough time passes, or if he just ate a bomb.
  • Fat Bastard
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Groin Attack: His grab and punch.
  • Lightning Bruiser: While his ground speed is terrible, his air mobility is fantastic, he's got good weight, and he has several good killing moves. In fact, he can rival Jigglypuff in terms of being able to pull off the "Wall of Pain" - not bad for a character without Kirby-esque Multiple Jumps. His primary weakness is his lack of range.
    • And that's not even getting into his Wario-Man form, where he really can stay in the air as long as he likes and moves faster than greased lightning.
  • Limit Break: Wario-Man.
  • Palette Swap: Coming full circle, his overalls costume has a Mario-esque palette swap.
    • If you want to go old-school, similar to Kirby, he has a black-and-white outfit, befitting his origins on the original Game Boy.
  • Schmuck Bait: Smash Bros. DOJO!! warns not to use his bike while he is Wario Man. Think you can resist trying it out?
  • Secret Character: Borderline case. He is playable from the start, like most default fighters, but you must pick up his Trophy in the Subspace Emissary mode to play as him there. This is apparently enough to list him together with the other unlockable characters (though noted it's Subspace only) when Sakurai released a list of unlockables.
  • Stout Strength


Meta Knight

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= Voiced by Atsushi Kisaichi (Japanese), Eric Newsome (English) =

  "Fight me!"

  Playable in: Brawl

Kirby's supposed rival, and a master swordsman.

  • Badass: What do you expect?
  • Badass Adorable: When you realize what's really under the mask. He looks like a blue, yellow-eyed Kirby.
  • Badass Baritone: Has the deepest voice of all the playable characters. (At least in the English version.) Which is funny when you compare him to Kirby.
  • Badass Boast: "Come back when you can put up a fight."
    • "Victory...is my destiny."
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Marth in Subspace Emissary after the Subspace Army interrupts their fight.
  • Blood Knight
  • Boss Subtitles
  • Cape Wings
  • Cool Airship: The Battleship Halberd is just awesome.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The whole 'dark knight' vibe he gives off, including his Final Smash, Galaxia Darkness.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Mach Tornado.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: As soon as he meets Marth, they fight. Later, when he meets Lucario, they fight too. And when he meets Snake, he almost starts to attack, but Lucario stops him.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's so absurdly fast as an attacker and his attacks are incredibly safe from most approaches and damaging that his lightness is a non-issue. And in the rare occurrence that he does get hit, he can just cancel his momentum by gliding.
  • Limit Break: Galaxia Darkness.
  • Spam Attack: Has a pretty wild one as his neutral jab.
  • Teleport Cloak: His down-B.
  • The Stoic: In fact, he's so serious to the point that you can forget that he looks like Kirby.


Pit

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= Voiced by Minami Takayama (Japanese), Lani Minella (Engish) =

  "The fight is on!"

  Playable in: Brawl

The hero of Kid Icarus. He disappeared from games for awhile, but he was brought back in Brawl (and again in Kid Icarus: Uprising, also by Sakurai's team).


Pikmin & Olimar

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= Voiced by None =

  "..."

  Playable in: Brawl

The space-traveler who controls the Pikmin, Olimar has apparently grown from the size of a coin so he'd be able to fight in the game. Olimar plucks the Pikmin out from the ground to help him fight; if he has no Pikmin, then he's pretty much helpless.

  • Ascended Extra: Appeared as a trophy in Melee (requiring his own game to unlock, even) before becoming playable in Brawl.
  • Boss Subtitles
  • Color Coded for Your Convenience: The Pikmin. Overlaps somewhat with Elemental Powers:
    • Red: Does fire damage, and is immune to fire. Strongest Pikmin with aerial attacks while slightly the second strongest with smash attacks.
    • Yellow: Does electric damage, and is immune to electricity. Flies the farthest and has a slightly larger hitbox than the other Pikmin.
    • Blue: Does Non-Elemental damage, doesn't drown in water. Second most durable of the Pikmin, as well as having the farthest grabbing reach and strongest throws. Tied with the Purple Pikmin for second strongest aerials and slightly weaker than the Red Pikmin for being the third strongest with smash attacks.
    • Purple: Does Non-Elemental damage, doesn't latch on to enemy with side-B. Doesn't fly as far as the others and has the lowest grabbing reach. Is the most durable Pikmin and strongest with smash attacks. It is also tied with the Blue Pikmin for second strongest with aerial attacks.
    • White: Does poison damage when latched on with side-B, does Non-Elemental damage with other attacks. Does most damage when latched on and when pummeling during a grab, but is the weakest Pikmin for every other type of attack. Is also the least durable.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Two of Olimar's taunts and two of his no-Pikmin attacks have him spinning.
  • Glass Cannon: Above average melee range and small size says "Hi", low movement and low weight says "Bye".
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Several of his moves involve slapping the opponent with a Pikmin.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Without the Pikmin, he can only use a few attacks. When he does have the Pikmin, though, their combined elemental powers make him pretty formidable.
  • Limit Break: End of Day.
  • Mons: The Pikmin.
  • Redshirt Army: The Pikmin.
  • Skill Gate Character: You wouldn't expect this trope from him, but he has a somewhat situational advantage in his unexpected ease of control and insane melee range-to-size ratio, including the high range grab as well as 2 anti-air attacks (Pikmin Chain and Up Smash). Beyond that, however, he has no glaring strengths and his ranged grab lacks super armor, which can allow a smart opponent to break through the inevitable camping even on a stage like Battlefield without flushing him out with a projectile.
    • Difficult but Awesome: On the other hand, he has a high difficulty curve afterwards knowing what Pikmin to use when and he is incredibly powerful and one of the better fighters.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: The Pikmin. The longer a Pikmin stays alive (that is, not being thrown off-stage or otherwise killed), the more damage and knockback it will do. Its ability to withstand damage also increases. They go from leaf to bud to flower, just like the Pikmin games.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: However, clever Olimar players will often toss a Pikmin to take the bullet... or energy sphere... or rocket. It works, too! The Pikmin might even survive!
  • We Cannot Go on Without You: If Olimar is KO'd, all the Pikmin currently out automatically die.
  • The Voiceless: Though he does say his name and has many monologues in his games, Olimar here doesn't even have a voice actor, so he never utters a peep, ever.
  • Whoring: Pikmin Throw spam. So much for Video Game Caring Potential.
  • Your Size May Vary: In his own games, he's the size of a quarter. Here, he's only a bit shorter than Mario.


Lucas

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= Voiced by Lani Minella =

  Playable in: Brawl

The youngest of a set of twins from Mother 3. Able to use PSI powers like Ness.


Diddy Kong

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= Voiced by: None =

  (Chimp noises)

  Playable in: Brawl

Donkey Kong's so-called little buddy, and at one point co-savior. Like DK, he has a more realistic monkey voice rather than his regular cartoonish voice.


Pokémon Trainer

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= Voiced by Tomoe Hanba (Japanese), Michele Knotz (English) =

 "Go for it!"

  Playable in: Brawl

The first protagonist character of the Pokémon series, as depicted in the remakes of the original games (his name was given as Red in a later NPC appearance). His three Pokémon are Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard. Of note, he's the only Pokémon character (aside from Pikachu) that is available at the start.


  • Ascended Extra: Before Brawl, Squirtle was used as a stage platform in Melee, and Charizard was a Poké Ball Pokémon in both the original and Melee.
  • Background Boss: Played straight when going against him, as you only ever fight his Pokémon. Whenever you play him, you only control his Pokémon as well.
  • Badass Adorable: His squirtle, though many a fangirl would argue that Red is this as well.
  • Boss Subtitles: None for any of his Pokémon, however.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Take this! TRIPLE FINISH!"
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His (original) hat appeared as a Pikachu costume two games before he finally appeared, and he walks by (seen from the waist down) in the first game's intro.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Charizard receives additional knockback from water attacks, Squirtle from plant ones, and Ivysaur from fire attacks.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Again, his Final Smash.
  • Kid Hero
  • Limit Break: Triple Finish.
  • Non-Action Guy: Red himself does not fight, his Mons do it for him.
  • No Name Given: He's just called "the Pokémon Trainer". In the games, he's "Red".
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Red sometimes does this in the subspace emissary. He always stays in the background and there is sometimes no visible way for him to get past certain obstacles.
  • Palette Swap: His green outfit resembles Brendan from Emerald version, and his Squirtle and Ivysaur are their shiny versions. Another one of his Palette Swaps looks similar to Leaf, his female counterpart.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Inverted. The fiercest (Charizard) has blue eyes, while the less evolved Squirtle and Ivysaur have red eyes.
  • Suddenly Voiced: A pure Heroic Mime in his Pokémon game appearance, even as an NPC (which is when he is fought at the end of Gold/Silver/Crystal/HeartGold/SoulSilver).
  • Tag Team
  • The Kid with the Remote Control: His role is to run around in the background ordering his Pokémon around.
  • The Unexpected: Despite being the the main character of the original Pokémon games, most people dismissed the idea of a playable trainer as being unable to work.
  • Younger Than They Look: While he doesn't have a definite age, he's 11 years old in his own games as a protagonist, and 14 in his Bonus Boss appearance.

Squirtle

= Voiced by Michelle Knotz (English) =

The Tiny Turtle Pokémon, Squirtle is the smallest of the three fighters. It uses water attacks.

Ivysaur

= Voiced by Craig Blair (English) =

The Seed Pokémon, Ivysaur is in-between the other two fighters in terms of size and weight. It's a reptile/amphibian of some sort with a bud on its back that uses Grass-type plant-based attacks.

Charizard

= Voiced by Shinichiro Miki =

The Flame Pokémon, it's the largest on the Pokémon Trainer's team and one of the "heavyweight" characters. It uses fire attacks and has the honor of being the series' first playable dragon character (unless you count Bowser).

King Dedede

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= Voiced by Masahiro Sakurai =

  "Wa ha ha!"

  Playable in: Brawl

Kirby's, for lack of a better word, true rival and the (self proclaimed) king of Dreamland.

  • Ascended Extra: He went from cameo in the first Smash Bros., to trophy in Melee, to finally playable character in Brawl.
  • Anti-Villain / Anti-Hero: Type 3 in both areas. While he imprisons the heroes against their will, it's a temporary measure for their protection as well as the protection of the world. Otherwise, his motives are selfless and his plan to save the day sound.
  • Big Eater
  • Big Good
  • Boss Subtitles
  • Creator Cameo: Voiced by Smash and Kirby creator Masahiro Sakurai.
  • Drop the Hammer:

  Snake: I don't think I can even lift that thing!

    • Stout Strength: He's quite possibly the fattest character in the game, but that hammer of his can and will pound you into oblivion.
  • Dual-Wielding: When he grabs the hammer item.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appears in the background of the Dream Land stage in both N64 and Gamecube games. He also appears as a trophy in Melee.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins
  • Extreme Omnivore
  • Good All Along: In the Subspace Emissary, King Dedede goes around turning heroes into trophies. It turns out that he's doing this so there would be heroes left to save the world after Tabuu's attack. This probably makes him the hero of the game by default.
  • Ground Pound
  • Limit Break: Waddle Dee Army.
  • Mighty Glacier: A pure power character, Dedede doesn't move very fast - though he has greater mobility than any of the game's other Glaciers due to his "flying" ability and up+B special. His speed is effectively balanced by great range and a deadly chain throw.
  • Reverse Mole
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something


Ike

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= Voiced by Michihiko Hagi (Japanese), Jason Adkins (English) =

  Playable in: Brawl

Leader of the Greil Mercenaries and wielder of the legendary blade Ragnell. Hero of the Fire Emblem Tellius games.


Unlockable

Lucario

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= Voiced by Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese), Bill Rogers (English) =

  "Watch the power of Aura!"

  Playable in: Brawl

One of the Pokémon of the fourth generation. Controls Aura and gets more powerful as he's damaged. Also, he's NOT voiced by Sean Schemmel, unlike in his anime debut. Notable for being the first Fighting-type Pokémon in the Smash series.

  • Aura Vision
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Except when picking up items, of course.
  • Boss Subtitles
  • Counter Attack: Lucario's Down+B special.
  • Critical Status Buff: Lucario's attack power starts increasing as his damage exceeds 100%. One Mission in particular tasks the player with defeating three opponents in this condition.
  • Energy Ball: Aura Sphere.
  • Expy: Lucario is quite clearly based on the Egyptian god Anubis in terms of physical appearance.
  • Flash Step: ExtremeSpeed, his up-B that (ironically) does no damage.
  • Ki Attacks
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Fights against Meta Knight when they first meet.
  • Limit Break: Aura Storm.
  • Mon
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted; red is the natural color for his species, and he's one of the protagonists.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: When written in katakana. "Lucario" reversed is "Oricalu"--which is close to how the English word "oracle" would be written in katakana.
  • Secret Character: In Brawl.
  • Signature Move: Aura Sphere is strongly associated with Lucario, although it can be learned by a handful of other (mostly legendary) Pokémon. Lucario still retains the strongest association with the move, being the "Aura Pokémon" and all, as well as one of the few non-legendaries that can learn it.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: His attacks are mostly calm Tai Chi Chuan movements.
  • The Empath: Possibly. Well-trained Lucario can sense the feelings of others.
  • Telepathy: Can use it to speak.
  • Wall Jump: And since he can also cling to walls, he can essentially climb walls by repeatedly wall jumping off the same wall.


R.O.B.

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= Voiced by None =

  (revving)

  Playable in: Brawl

The metafictional savior of the Nintendo Entertainment System, and possibly video games in general.

  • Battle Tops: R.O.B can charge up and launch a top from Gyromite. It stays in place and damages any other player who touches it. ROB can move over and pick it back up to throw it again. The charge time determines how long the top remains spinning.
  • Boss Subtitles: As the Ancient Minister, too.
  • The Evil Genius: As Ancient Minister in Subspace Emissary.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams
  • Good All Along: As the Ancient Minister, he served the Subspace Army, but it's later revealed that he was blackmailed and trying to stop all the bloodshed.
  • Last of His Kind
  • Limit Break: Diffusion Laser.
  • Mighty Glacier: His defense in particular is his greatest asset, as his laser, back air, and gyromites are good at keeping the enemies away.
  • Original Generation: Seemed to be this as the Ancient Minister, but it's eventually subverted.
  • Palette Swap: His default look is the original Famicom Robot; one of his swaps is the NES R.O.B.
  • Secret Character: In Brawl.
  • Skill Gate Character: Two projectiles covering each other's recharge times, and the momentum code tacks on a Side Special that can be used to punish attempts to use one of those against him. However, both can be shaken off, leaving ROB potentially stuck with having to deal with his big size with a disjointed hurtbox. He still has a deadly ground game, but it's nothing impossible.
  • The Unexpected: Prior to the game's release, IGN would feature articles speculating on the character lineup. R.O.B. was one of the characters considered at one point, but was ruled out almost immediately due to early screenshots showing R.O.B-like enemies in Subspace Emissary.
  • The Voiceless: R.O.B beeps, buzzes, and revs, but never talks.
  • Wall of Weapons: Gyros, lasers, and exhausts, oh my!


Toon Link

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= Voiced by Sachi Matsumoto =

  "Hi-yaah!"

  Playable in: Brawl

The Link from Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass, he offers a light-hearted contrast to his serious counterpart.


Wolf O'Donnell

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= Voiced by Mahito Oba (Japanese), Jay Ward (English) =

  "What's the matter, scared?"

  Playable in: Brawl

Fox's rival and the leader of the bounty hunter force known as Star Wolf.


Third-party characters

Solid Snake

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= Voiced by Akio Ohtsuka (Japanese), David Hayter (English) =

 "Kept you waiting, huh?"

  Playable in: Brawl

One of the original stealth game heroes, and one of three protagonists of the Metal Gear series. He uses a lot of explosives, but they are all hard to get the hang of.


Sonic The Hedgehog

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= Voiced by Junichi Kanemaru (Japanese), Jason Griffith (English) =

  Playable in: Brawl

Mario's former metafictional rival, and the protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Predictably, he's Brawl's fastest character.


Brawl Bosses (Subspace Emissary and other modes)

Petey Piranha

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A giant, mutated Piranha Plant who manages to capture Zelda and Peach in cages. Fought with Kirby.


Rayquaza

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A legendary Pokémon from the third generation who attacks Fox and Diddy Kong.


Porky Minch

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The antagonist of Mother 3, one of the generals of the Subspace Army, leader of the Pigmask army, and an all around spoiled brat. Fought with Ness and Lucas.


Ridley/Meta Ridley

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The undying alien dragon (literally and tropewise) of the Metroid series, and the leader of the Space Pirates. Fought by Samus and Pikachu; later (as Meta Ridley) by the aforementioned two, Donkey & Diddy Kong, Captain Falcon, Olimar, and ROB.

  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Ridley's tail swipe covers the entire stage and can do around 70% damage on a 0% target..
  • Eyes of Gold
  • Fireballs: Meta Ridley.
  • Kill It with Ice: Meta Ridley's trophy information says that Ice attacks are particularly effective on him.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: As Meta Ridley, a Cyborg Dragon Space Pirate.
  • Shout-Out: One of his attacks is a diving, twirling swoop from background to foreground, done in Super Metroid.
    • Also done by Dyna Blade in the Kirby Series
  • Time Limit Boss: As Meta Ridley in the second Subspace Bomb Factory stage.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Meta Ridley can be taken out very quickly if a character can maintain an Attack Reflector right in front of his mouth when he shoots small fireballs - he fires enough to deplete his entire health in one volley. The problem is that, barring a lucky item drop, nobody present for the fight outside of Boss Battles can actually do that (though Fox and Wolf can treat him as a Breather Boss as a result).
  • We Can Rebuild Him: As Meta Ridley.


Galleom

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A Humongous Mecha boss, fought twice--once with Marth, Meta Knight, and Ike, then with Lucas and Pokémon Trainer.


Duon

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A boss fought on the Halberd, formed from the Shadow Game & Watches. Fought by Snake, Lucario, Fox, Falco, Peach, and Zelda/Sheik.


Tabuu

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The main villain of Subspace Emissary, who attempts to drag the entire Smash world into his own world (Subspace).


Other characters

Otacon, Mei Ling, Colonel Campbell and Slippy

Snake's friends and one of Fox's friends. They can be called on the codec on the Shadow Moses Island stage by quickly pressing down on the down taunt button. If done correctly Snake will kneel and after a few seconds the conversation will begin.


Notes

  1. similar to Link's in the first Smash Bros game
  2. which is amusing considering Link is also going to lose this trait in his next adventure
  3. Dig
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