List of other SSBU characters

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This is a list of characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that aren't part of the Dragon Quest series.

Super Mario characters[edit]

  • Mario - Main character of the series and franchise. Mario made his debut as the character Jumpman in the first installment on the Donkey Kong franchise which was also called Donkey Kong and has been part of the SSB series since the first game. Among his arsenal in since Brawl is F.L.U.D.D. (short for Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device) who made its debut in Super Mario Sunshine.
  • Luigi - Younger brother of Mario and occasional star of his own game. Luigi made his debut in the game Mario Bros. and has been a part of the SSB series since the first game, with the 3DS/Wii U installment of SSB being the only time he's playable from the start. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Luigi being the 33rd character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Mario and those in his unlock tree up to Ike. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Luigi's Mansion.
    • Recruiting him at the Mysterious Dimension in the World of Light.
  • Peach - Princess of the Mushroom Kingdom. Peach, originally called Toadstool in the US until Super Mario 64, made her debut in Super Mario Bros. and part of the SSB series since Super Smash Bros. Melee. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Peach being the 12th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Fox and those in his unlock tree up to Zero Suit Samus. After either condition is met, she must be defeated in Princess Peach's Castle.
    • Recruiting her at the Molten Fortress in the World of Light.
  • Daisy - Princess of Sarasaland and ally to the Mario Bros. She made her first appearance in Super Mario Land and later became a recurring character since Mario Tennis 64. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Daisy being the 28th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Fox and those in his unlock tree up to Falco. After either condition is met, she must be defeated in Figure-8 Circuit.
    • Recruiting her at Dracula's Castle (first building balcony) in the World of Light.
  • Bowser - Enemy of the Mario Bros. and the Mushroom Kingdom, though sometimes ally. Bowser made his debut in Super Mario Bros. and part of the SSB since Super Smash Bros. Melee. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Bowser being the 3rd character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Donkey Kong. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Mushroom Kingdom U.
    • Defeat Giga Bowser in the World of Light.
  • Rosalina and Luma - Team character consisting of Rosalina, the princess of the cosmos, and Luma, a sentient star-like creature. The duo made their debut in Super Mario Galaxy and were first playable in the 3DS/Wii U installment of SSB. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with the duo being the 45th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Donkey Kong and those in his unlock tree up to Pokémon Trainer. After either condition is met, they must be defeated in Mario Galaxy.
    • Recruiting them at the North Dark Realm in the World of Light.
  • Bowser Jr. - Son of Bowser, Bowser Jr. made his debut in Super Mario Sunshine. Instead of having alternate colorings, the character has different forms consisting of the seven Koopalings, all of whom made their debut in Super Mario Bros. 3. Collectively, they made their SSB debut in the 3DS/Wii U installments. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Bowser Jr. being the 61st character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Fox and those in his unlock tree up to Daisy. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Delfino Plaza.
    • Recruiting him at the left Path of Wisdom of the Gerudo Desert in the World of Light.
  • Dr. Mario - An alter-ego of Mario who debuted in the puzzle game Dr. Mario. This form previously appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee and returned for the 3DS/Wii U installment of SSB, and is treated as a separate character in both the later games, as well as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Dr. Mario being the 62nd character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Mario and those in his unlock tree up to Roy. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on New Donk City Hall.
    • Recruiting him at the Edge of Ribbon Road and Lumiose City in the World of Light.
  • Piranha Plant - One of the most recurring enemies in the Super Mario franchise, debuting in Super Mario Bros. It was the first DLC character for Ultimate, being able to be downloaded for free if players earned My Nintendo points through Ultimate prior to Piranha Plant's release; upon release, it was made available for purchase for $4.99 USD.

Donkey Kong characters[edit]

  • Donkey Kong - The grandson of the Donkey Kong Mario faced in Donkey Kong, debuting as the "new" Donkey Kong in Donkey Kong Country (with the old one becoming Cranky Kong). Donkey Kong has been a part of the SSB series since the first game.
  • Diddy Kong - Partner to Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong debuted alongside him in Donkey Kong Country, and later took on the role of main character in the game's sequel, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Diddy Kong debuted in the SSB series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Diddy Kong being the 37th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Donkey Kong and those in his unlock tree up to Greninja. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Kongo Falls.
    • Recruiting him at DK Island in the World of Light.
  • King K. Rool - The longtime rival to the Kong family made his debut alongside Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong in Donkey Kong Country, and appeared in multiple games as the main antagonist after, up until the Donkey Kong Country Returns series. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with King K. Rool being the 16th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Link. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Jungle Japes.
    • Recruiting him in the Mysterious Dimension in the World of Light.

The Legend of Zelda characters[edit]

  • Link - The legendary hero of Hyrule, who has appeared in multiple incarnations over the course of time, wielding the Triforce of Courage and called upon by the three Golden Goddesses to wield the Master Sword and defeat the evil Ganon before the three pieces of the Triforce can be collected. Link has appeared in every SSB game since the original game, but holds the unique distinction of doing so in name only, as the first two games featured the Hero of Time from Ocarina of Time, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the 3DS/Wii U installments of Smash saw the inclusion of the Hero of Twilight from Twilight Princess, and Ultimate replaced both with the Hero of the Wild from Breath of the Wild.
  • Zelda - The Hylian princess and namesake of the franchise, who has also appeared in multiple incarnations over the course of time, wielding the Triforce of Wisdom, and kidnapped by Ganon to have the second Triforce piece. Similar to Link, multiple incarnations of Zelda have appeared in Smash, with Super Smash Bros. Melee, her debut Smash game, featuring her Ocarina of Time incarnation, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the 3DS/Wii U installments of Smash featuring her Twilight Princess incarnation, and Ultimate featuring her A Link to the Past incarnation (with some design cues taken from A Link Between Worlds). The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Zelda being the 2nd character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Kirby and those in his unlock tree up to Pac-Man. After either condition is met, she must be defeated on Temple.
    • Recruiting her in the Sacred Land in the World of Light.
  • Ganondorf - The King of Evil too has appeared in multiple incarnations over the course of time, wielding the Triforce of Power and wanting all three Triforce pieces for himself so he can take over the land of Hyrule. Unlike Link and Zelda, however, Ganondorf is the same being, being cursed to be resurrected repeatedly until the end of time. Usually known by his moniker "Ganon", his Gerudo form takes on the name "Ganondorf", with the latter being able to transform into the former. Ganondorf, like Zelda, made his SSB debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee, appearing in his Ocarina of Time incarnation, before appearing in his Twilight Princess incarnation in both Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the 3DS/Wii U installments of Smash, before returning to his Ocarina of Time incarnation in Ultimate. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Ganondorf being the 40th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Yoshi and those in his unlock tree up to Ryu. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Bridge of Eldin.
    • Recruiting him in the Sacred Realm in the World of Light.
  • Sheik - Debuting in Ocarina of Time, Sheik claimed to be a member of the Sheikah clan, and appeared at various times to help Link out, teaching him new songs to play on his ocarina. In the middle of the game, however, Sheik reveals herself to be Zelda in disguise, having used magic to change her appearance to avoid being captured by Ganondorf. Sheik debuted in the SSB series in a unique way, being the first transformation character - she and Zelda could swap between each other via a special move, changing their moveset entirely, before being separated in the 3DS/Wii U installments of Smash due to technical limitations of the 3DS. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Sheik being the 47th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Donkey Kong and those in his unlock tree up to King Dedede. After either condition is met, she must be defeated on Gerudo Valley.
    • Recruiting her in the beginning segment in the World of Light - players have the option to choose between her, Marth, and Villager.
  • Young Link - The younger version of the Hero of Time from Ocarina of Time, later continuing to adventure in Majora's Mask, appeared as a separate character from his older version in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and is one of two characters that did not make another playable Smash appearance until Ultimate, with the other being Pichu. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Young Link being the 8th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Link and those in his unlock tree up to Snake. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Great Bay.
    • Recruiting him in the Sacred Realm in the World of Light.
  • Toon Link - The Hero of Winds, first debuting in The Wind Waker, had a more cartoonish appearance in comparison to the other incarnations of Link, and replaced Young Link in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, before appearing alongside him in Ultimate. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Toon Link being the 44th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Link and those in his unlock tree up to Richter. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Pirate Ship.
    • Recruiting him in Forest Hill in the World of Light.

Metroid characters[edit]

  • Samus Aran - Famed bounty hunter known across the galaxy and raised by the Chozo, Samus debuted in the original Metroid, completion of which revealed the shocking surprise that, in spite of the game's manual using masculine pronouns, Samus was a woman. Samus has been a part of the SSB series since the first game.
  • Zero Suit Samus - Debuting in Metroid: Zero Mission, this separate character was still Samus Aran, albeit in a skintight cyan suit instead of her Varia Suit. In this appearance, she relies on her Chozo DNA and training, as well as her Paralyzer gun, instead of her Varia Suit's various weapons. First appearing in the SSB series as a transformable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Samus was able to swap between her Varia Suit and Zero Suit with usage of her Final Smash. In the games following, Zero Suit Samus was separated into her own individual character slot due to technical limitations on the 3DS. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Zero Suit Samus being the 19th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Fox and those in his unlock tree up to Captain Falcon. After either condition is met, she must be defeated on Brinstar.
    • Recruiting her in the volcanic area in the World of Light.
  • Ridley - The iconic villain of the Metroid series first appeared in the original Metroid, and has appeared in nearly every game following, usually as a major antagonist. In the Metroid Prime games, he was revived by the Space Pirates by cybernetic technology and became Meta Ridley. He has appeared throughout the SSB series, usually as a boss or a non-playable character, before becoming a playable character in Ultimate - this is noteworthy, as he had been requested by fans ever since the first game. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Ridley being the 25th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Yoshi and those in his unlock tree up to Lucina. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Norfair.
    • Recruiting him in Forest Hill in the World of Light.
  • Dark Samus - A being created from Phazon energy and the Metroid Prime itself, this dark doppelgänger first appeared as a major character in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. She later appeared in the SSB series as an Assist Trophy in the 3DS/Wii U installments, before being upgraded to a playable character in Ultimate. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Dark Samus being the 50th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Samus and those in her unlock tree up to Incineroar. After either condition is met, she must be defeated on Frigate Orpheon.
    • Recruiting her in The Final Battle portion in the World of Light.

Kid Icarus characters[edit]

  • Pit - The servant to the goddess Palutena, Pit debuted in the original Kid Icarus, as an angel who cannot fly, saving Palutena from Medusa with help from the Three Sacred Treasures. His appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a playable character later influenced the choice to give his franchise a new title in the form of Kid Icarus Uprising, in which his character and universe was fleshed out by the Smash series creator, Masahiro Sakurai. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Pit being the 4th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Samus and those in her unlock tree up to Wii Fit Trainer. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Skyworld.
    • Recruiting him in the Temple of Light in the World of Light.
  • Palutena - The goddess of light, she too debuted in the original Kid Icarus, where she was kidnapped by Medusa and needed Pit's help. In Kid Icarus Uprising, she helps Pit defeat the Underworld Army by giving him the Power of Flight, allowing him to fly through the air for a limited time, as well as communicating with him through his various battles. She first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a background character, but became playable in the following games. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Palutena being the last character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Kirby and those in his unlock tree up to Lucas. After either condition is met, she must be defeated on Palutena's Temple.
    • Recruiting her as the last fighter in the World of Light.
  • Dark Pit - Introduced in Kid Icarus Uprising, this antagonistic doppelgänger of Pit was created via the Mirror of Truth, meant to be a servant to Pandora, but because the mirror was shattered, Dark Pit instead became a lone wolf-type character. He first appeared in the SSB series in the 3DS/Wii U installments, though his creation stemmed from an alternate costume Pit had in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Dark Pit being the 54th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Samus and those in her unlock tree up to Wario. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Reset Bomb Forest.
    • Recruiting him in Dracula's Castle in the World of Light.

Pokémon characters[edit]

  • Pikachu - National Pokédex number #025, and the mascot of the franchise, Pikachu is a small Electric-type rodent Pokémon first appearing in the Generation I titles. It has been a part of the SSB series since the first game.
  • Jigglypuff - National Pokédex number #039, Jigglypuff is a small Normal- and Fairy-type balloon-like Pokémon first appearing in the Generation I titles, able to put anyone to sleep with its singing. It, like Pikachu, has been a part of the SSB series since the first game, appearing usually as an unlockable character. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Jigglypuff being the 15th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Kirby and those in his unlock tree up to Ness. After either condition is met, it must be defeated on Saffron City.
    • Recruiting it in the green area east of the metropolis in the World of Light.
  • Pichu - National Pokédex number #172, Pichu is a small Electric-type rodent Pokémon first appearing in the Generation II titles that, with a high enough friendship, can evolve into Pikachu. It debuted in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and is one of two characters that did not make another playable Smash appearance until Ultimate, with the other being Young Link. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Pichu being the 34th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Pikachu and those in its unlock tree up to Mr. Game & Watch. After either condition is met, it must be defeated on Pokémon Stadium 2.
    • Recruiting it in the Power Plant in the World of Light.
  • Mewtwo - National Pokédex number #150, and a legendary Pokémon, Mewtwo is a tall Psychic-type humanoid Pokémon first appearing in the Generation I titles created from the DNA of Mew. After the success of the first Pokémon movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back, it was featured as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and was cut from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, before returning as the series's first DLC character in the 3DS/Wii U installments, being free to download a week early if players registered both the 3DS and Wii U titles with Club Nintendo. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Mewtwo being the 60th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Fox and those in his unlock tree up to Wolf. After either condition is met, it must be defeated on Spear Pillar.
    • Recruiting it in the Mysterious Dimension in the World of Light.
  • Pokémon Trainer - Representing the player character from the series, a generic Pokémon Trainer (designed after the franchise's first character, Red) first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, using Squirtle (National Pokédex number #007), Ivysaur (National Pokédex number #002), and Charizard (National Pokédex number #006) to fight opponents instead of battling himself. In the 3DS/Wii U installments, the trainer was absent, instead being represented by a lone Charizard. A female Pokémon Trainer (designed after the female counterpart to Red, Leaf) appeared as an alternate costume for the male Pokémon Trainer upon his return in Ultimate. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Pokémon Trainer being the 26th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Donkey Kong and those in his unlock tree up to Bowser. After either condition is met, they must be defeated on Pokémon Stadium.
    • Recruiting them near the Pac-Maze in the World of Light.
  • Lucario - National Pokédex number #448, Lucario is a Fighting- and Steel-type jackal Pokémon first appearing in the Generation IV titles that uses aura to both attack and sense its surroundings. After the success of the eighth Pokémon movie, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, it was featured as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Lucario being the 27 character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Yoshi. After either condition is met, it must be defeated on Spear Pillar.
    • Recruiting it in a corner of a stone wall in the World of Light.
  • Greninja - National Pokédex number #658, Greninja is a Water- and Dark-type ninja-like frog Pokémon first appearing in the Generation VI titles that is the final evolution of Froakie, the Water-type starter of the Kalos region. It first appeared in the 3DS/Wii U installments of Smash. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Greninja being the 58th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Donkey Kong and those in his unlock tree up to Sheik. After either condition is met, it must be defeated on Kalos Pokémon League.
    • Recruiting it in the Mysterious Dimension in the World of Light.
  • Incineroar - National Pokédex number #727, Incineroar is a tall Fire- and Dark-type wrestler-like feline Pokémon first appearing in the Generation VII titles that is the final evolution of Litten, the Fire-type starter of the Alola region. It made its debut in Ultimate. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Incineroar being the 46th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Samus and those in her unlock tree up to Pit. After either condition is met, it must be defeated on Boxing Ring.
    • Recruiting it in the southwest part of the Realm of Darkness in the World of Light.

Kirby characters[edit]

  • Kirby - A creation of Smash series creator Masahiro Sakurai, Kirby is a resident of Dream Land, with the innate ability to swallow opponents and copy their abilities, debuting in Kirby's Dream Land. He has been a part of the SSB series since the first game.
  • King Dedede - The self-proclaimed king of Dream Land, King Dedede is something of a misunderstood good guy, as he often appears to get in the way of Kirby's adventures, when, in actuality, he helps Kirby a lot with saving the world. His first appearance, like Kirby, was Kirby's Dream Land. He first debuted in the SSB series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and was (and continues to be) voiced by his creator, Masahiro Sakurai. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with King Dedede being the 30th character, to unlock or Classic Mode with Donkey Kong and those in his unlock tree up to Rosalina & Luma. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Fountain of Dreams.
    • Recruiting him in Gourmet Race in the World of Light.
  • Meta Knight - A mysterious anti-hero from the Kirby games, Meta Knight usually challenges Kirby to a duel, though never in an antagonistic way. His first appearance was in Kirby's Adventure. He first debuted in the SSB series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Meta Knight being the 38th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Link and those in his unlock tree up to Simon. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Halberd.
    • Recruiting him in the Mysterious Dimension in the World of Light.

Fire Emblem characters[edit]

  • Marth - Prince of Altea who fights to regain control of his country and saving his sister Elice. He made his debut in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee as an unlockable character. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Marth being the 7th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Yoshi and Lucario. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Castle Siege.
    • Recruiting him in the beginning segment in the World of Light - players have the option to choose between him, Sheik, and Villager.
  • Roy - Soldier of Pherae and commander of the Lycia army. He made his debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee as an unlockable character and then appeared in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade after, though the latter was intended to come out first.[1] The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Roy being the 29th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Mario and those in his unlock tree up to Luigi. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Castle Siege.
    • Recruiting him at the top right map of the Final Battle in the World of Light.
  • Ike - Son of Crimea's legendary warrior Griel. He made his debut in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl up to Ultimate where he becomes an unlockable character rather than a starter. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Ike being the 14th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Mario and those in his unlock tree up to Little Mac. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in the Coliseum.
    • Recruiting him at Mysterious Dungeon's main path after Lissa Spirit's defeat in the World of Light.
  • Robin - Friend of Chrom and suffers amnesia, as well as having the gender being chosen by the player. Robin debuted in Fire Emblem Awakening and first appeared as a starter character in the 3DS/Wii U installment of Smash. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Robin being the 53rd character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Kirby and those in his unlock tree up to Zelda. After either condition is met, they must be defeated in Castle Siege.
    • Recruiting them at Clocktower in Dracula's Caslte after defeating The Phantom in the World of Light.
  • Lucina - Time traveler and descendant of Marth. She made her debut in Fire Emblem Awakening and first appeared Smash during the 3DS/Wii U installment as an unlockable character. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Lucina being the 23rd character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Yoshi and those in his unlock tree up to Ganondorf. After either condition is met, she must be defeated in Arena Ferox.
    • Recruiting her at the Eastern Dark Realm in the World of Light.
  • Corrin - A half-human, half-dragon prince/princess of the Hoshido kingdom, having been kidnapped at a young age by the opposing Nohr kingdom, faced with three choices in a war between Hoshido and Nohr: siding with their birth family, siding with their adoptive family, or choosing neither side. Corrin, like Robin, has the gender being chosen by the player. Corrin debuted in Fire Emblem Fates and first appeared in the 3DS/Wii U installment of SSB as a DLC character; this was notable, as Fire Emblem Fates, at the time of Corrin's release, had yet to release in the West, though it had already released in Japan. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Corrin being the 41st character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Kirby and those in his unlock tree up to Robin. After either condition is met, they must be defeated in the Coliseum.
    • Recruiting them at Mysterious Dimension's small side path after defeating Raymond Bryce Spirit, in the World of Light.
  • Chrom - Descendant of Marth and prince of Ylisse. Chrom debuted in Fire Emblem Awakening and first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Chrom being the 59th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Yoshi and those in his unlock tree up to Ridley. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Arena Ferox.
    • Recruiting him at the Lost Woods Region in the World of Light.

Star Fox characters[edit]

  • Fox McCloud - Leader of Team Star Fox, he works with Falco Lombardi, Peppy Hare, and Slippy Toad to travel across the Lylat system and save the galaxy from Andross, a mad scientist. His first appearance was in the original Star Fox. He has been a part of the SSB series since the first game.
  • Falco Lombardi - A member of Team Star Fox, Falco is a cocky, egotistical pilot who prefers to do things his own way, but is still a valuable team member. His first appearance, like Fox, was in the original Star Fox. He first appeared in the SSB series in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Falco being the 32nd character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Fox and those in his unlock tree up to Peach. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Corneria.
    • Recruiting him in the space area in the World of Light.
  • Wolf O'Donnell - Leader of Team Star Wolf, he and his ragtag team of bandits serve as rivals to Fox and his team. His first appearance was in Star Fox 64, due to Star Fox 2 for the SNES getting cancelled (though it was later fully released with the SNES Classic years later). He first appeared in the SSB series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, though he did not return in the 3DS/Wii U installments, making Ultimate his return to the series. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Wolf being the 51st character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Fox and those in his unlock tree up to Bowser Jr.. After either condition is met, she must be defeated on Lylat Cruise.
    • Recruiting him in the Mysterious Dimension in the World of Light.

EarthBound characters[edit]

  • Ness - A young boy from Onett who began traveling the world along with friends met along the way to defeat the being Giygas. He first appeared in EarthBound (known in Japan as Mother 2) and has been in the SSB series since the first game, appearing as both an unlockable and a starter. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Ness being the 1st character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Kirby. After either condition is met, he must be defeated at Onett.
    • Recruiting him at Magicant Land in the World of Light.
  • Lucas - Resident of the remaining Tazmily Island and strove to save it from downfall after the loss of his mother Hinawa, and his brother Claus. He made his debut in the Japan exclusive Mother 3. His western debut is Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and reappeared in the 3DS/Wii U installments as a DLC character. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Lucas being the 36th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Kirby and those in his unlock tree up to Corrin. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on New Pork City.
    • Recruiting him at the Northwestern Town in the World of Light.

Animal Crossing characters[edit]

  • Villager - The player character from the life-simulation series of games Animal Crossing. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Villager being the 6th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Pikachu. After either condition is met, they must be defeated in the Smashville.
    • Recruiting them at the Starting Area in the World of Light - players have the option to choose between them, Sheik, and Marth.
  • Isabelle - Secretary to the town's mayor in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Made her SSB debut in the 3DS/Wii U installments of Smash, before being upgraded to a playable character in Ultimate. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Isabelle being the 21st character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Pikachu and those in its unlock tree up to Mega Man. After either condition is met, she must be defeated on Town and City.
    • Recruiting her at the Eastern Town in the World of Light.

Street Fighter characters[edit]

  • Ryu - Martial artist seeking to perfect his fighting skills and won a Street Fighter tournament against Sagat. First appeared in Street Fighter and made his SSB debut as a DLC in the 3DS/Wii U installment. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Ryu being the 13th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Yoshi and those in his unlock tree up to Marth. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Battlefield.
    • Recruiting him by completing the World Tour Zone at the airport Great Plateau and Mushroom Platforms in the World of Light.
  • Ken Masters - Rival and best friend to Ryu, though tends to enjoy life outside fighting as he married his girlfriend, Eliza. First appeared in Street Fighter and made his SSB debut in Ultimate. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Ken being the 57th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Yoshi and those in his unlock tree up to Chrom. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in the Boxing Ring.
    • Recruiting him at Dracula's Castle (second main building balcony) by destroying the Phantom in the World of Light.

Castlevania characters[edit]

  • Simon Belmont - One of the early factions of the Belmont family tree and user of a whip known as the Vampire Killer for the purpose of defeating the evil Dracula, having encountered the Count on two occasions. He debuted in the first Castlevania game and was introduced in Ultimate. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Simon being the 18th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Link and those in his unlock tree up to Popo & Nana. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Dracula's Castle.
    • Recruiting him at the Temple of Light Zone in the World of Light.
  • Richter Belmont - Descendant of Simon Belmont and continued the fight against Dracula to save his love, Annette. He first appeared in Castlevanina: Rondo of Blood and was introduced in Ultimate. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Richter being the 35th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Link and those in his unlock tree up to Young Link. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Dracula's Castle.
    • Recruiting him by defeating all Phantoms in Dracula's Castle in the World of Light.

Other Nintendo characters[edit]

  • Yoshi - Ally of the Mario Bros. in most games while the star of his own series as well. Yoshi made his debut in Super Mario World and has been part of the SSB series since the first game.
  • Captain Falcon - Racer and bounty hunter. The character made his debut in the SNES game F-Zero and was part of the SSB series since the first installment, appearing as both an unlockable and a starter. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Captain Falcon being the 11th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Fox. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Port Town Aero Dive.
    • Recruiting him at the Raceway's Villager Path in the World of Light.
  • Ice Climbers - Twin eskimos Popo and Nana who constantly work together in scaling mountains or taking down dangerous creatures, making their debut in Ice Climber. The duo made their debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The two were planned for the 3DS installment of SSB, but the system couldn't handle the two characters-in-one aspect of them and were kept out of the Wii U game to keep the rosters consistent.[2] They returned for Ultimate with all other fighters. The characters can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with the duo being the 10th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Link and King K. Rool. After either condition is met, they must be defeated on the Summit.
    • Recruiting them at Frozen Mountain in the World of Light.
  • Mr. Game & Watch - Original character made for the Super Smash Bros. series since Melee to represent the former line of Nintendo handhelds known as Game & Watch. Mr. Game & Watch made his SSB debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Mr. Game & Watch being the 52nd character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Pikachu and those in its unlock tree up to Isabelle. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Flat Zone X.
    • Recruiting him at the Pac-Maze in the World of Light.
  • Wario - Rival of Mario and occasional star of his own game. Wario made his debut in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and first appeared in the 3rd installment Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Wario being the 24th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Samus and those in her unlock tree up to Cloud Strife. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in WarioWare, Inc.
    • Recruiting him at Dracula's Castle (first building ramparts) in the World of Light.
  • R.O.B. (Also known as Robotic Operating Buddy) - A peripheral sold with the Nintendo Entertainment System to make the set seem like a toy rather than a video game console due to the video game crash of 1983. Could be used to play NES games Gyromite and Stack-Up. R.O.B. made his SSB debut in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with R.O.B. being the 31st character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Pikachu and those in its unlock tree up to Shulk. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Wrecking Crew.
    • Recruiting him at the Right Path following the trivia section and defeating Redd Spirit in the World of Light.
  • Mii - Digital avatar for players of the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and Nintendo Switch. They can fight as a Brawler, Gunner or Swordfighter and debuted in the 3DS & Wii U installment of SSB.
  • Wii Fit Trainer - Fitness instructor of Wii Fit with a male form added when she debuted in the 3DS/Wii U installment of SSB. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Wii Fit Trainer being the 9th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Samus and Inkling. After either condition is met, they must be defeated on Wii Fit Studio.
    • Recruiting them at Lumiose City in the World of Light.
  • Duck Hunt - Team character consisting of the dog, duck and an unseen player from the NES Light Zapper game Duck Hunt. The team first made their Smash debut in the 3DS/Wii U installment. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Duck Hunt being the 56th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Donkey Kong and those in his unlock tree up to Diddy Kong. After either condition is met, they must be defeated on Duck Hunt.
    • Recruiting them at the Poison Woods in the World of Light.
  • Shulk - 18 year old Hom engineer who defends his homeland with his powerful sword, the Monado. He first appeared in Xenoblade Chronicles and debuted in the 3DS/Wii U installment of SSB. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Shulk being the 22nd character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Pikachu and the Villager. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in the Gaur Plain.
    • Recruiting him at the top of Waterfall Peak in the World of Light.
  • Little Mac - Boxer who seeking to be the Champion of the World Video Boxing Association, requiring him to challenge many to achieve that goal like Mike Tyson, Mr. Dream, Nick Bruiser or Mr. Sandman. First appeared in Punch-Out!! (NES version, although one of his costumes references the original arcade game. Originally, the NES release was Mike Tyson's Punch-Out until Nintendo's contract with the real Tyson expired). He first appeared in the SSB series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as an Assist Trophy, before being upgraded to a playable character in the 3DS/Wii U installments. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Little Mac being the 20th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Mario and those in his unlock tree up to Bayonetta. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in the Boxing Ring.
    • Recruiting him at the Raceway's Villager Path in the World of Light.
  • Captain Olimar - Main character of the Pikmin series and is aided by the titular creatures, with them making their debut in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Alph, one of the main characters of Pikmin 3, debuted as an alternate costume for Olimar in the 3DS/Wii U installments. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Olimar being the 45th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Mario and those in his unlock tree up to Dr. Mario. After either condition is met, he must be defeated on Distant Planet.
    • Recruiting him at Mushroom Platform (on Marth's Path with the Kammy Koopa's Spirit) in the World of Light.
  • Inkling - Main character of the 3rd person shooter Splatoon and while female by default, a male form is available as well. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Inkling being the 5th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Samus. After either condition is met, they must be defeated on Moray Towers.
    • Recruiting them at Console City in the World of Light.

Other 3rd party characters[edit]

  • Solid Snake - Mercenary performing covert operations for FOXHOUND. He first appeared in the MSX game Metal Gear though western audiences received a port on the NES. Snake is the first SSB character to have been in an M-Rated game, as well as being the first non-Nintendo character to join the series, and made his debut in Brawl as an unlockable character, with Ultimate marking his return appearance. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Snake being the 39th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Link and those in his unlock tree up to Meta Knight. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Shadow Moses Island.
    • Recruiting him at Metal Gear Base dungeon in the World of Light.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog - Fastest known hedgehog alive who regularly defends his world from the evil Dr. Eggman. He was first playable in Sonic the Hedgehog, while debuting as a cameo in the Sega arcade game Rad Mobile. He first appeared in the SSB series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and has reappeared in each installment since. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Sonic being the 17th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Mario. After either condition is met, he must be defeated at the Green Hill Zone.
    • Recruiting him below the Master Sword Region in the World of Light.
  • Mega Man - Originally known as the robotic lab assistant and son of Doctor Thomas Light, but became a warrior robot to prevent the destruction done by the Robot Masters of Dr. Albert Wily. He made his first appearance in Mega Man and made his SSB debut in the 3DS/Wii U installment. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Mega Man being the 42nd character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Pikachu and those in its unlock tree up to R.O.B.. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Wily Castle.
    • Recruiting him at the Metal Gear Base with the Hal Emmerich Spirit in the World of Light.
  • Pac-Man - A circular individual who combats a gang of ghosts with the aid of his Power Pellets. He made his first appearance in Pac-Man and made his SSB debut in the 3DS/Wii U installment. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Pac-Man being the 49th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Kirby and those in his unlock tree up to Jigglypuff. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Pac-Land.
    • Recruiting him at the Edge of the Mushroom Platforms (Marth's Path) in the World of Light.
  • Cloud Strife - Employed by the eco-terrorist organization AVALANCHE as a mercenary and armed with his Buster Sword. Cloud first appeared in Final Fantasy VII and debuted in the 3DS/Wii U installment of SSB as a DLC character. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Cloud being the 55th character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Samus and those in her unlock tree up to Dark Samus. After either condition is met, he must be defeated in Midgar.
    • Recruiting him at the Master Sword Region by defeating Young Link and Zelda in the World of Light.
  • Bayonetta - Real name Cereza and one of two surviving Umbra Witches. She made was introduced in the 2009 game Bayonetta and made her SSB in the 3DS/Wii U installment as a DLC character. The character can be unlocked by:
    • Going through VS Matches, with Bayonetta being the 43rd character to unlock, or Classic Mode with Mario and Sonic. After either condition is met, she must be defeated on Umbra Clock Tower.
    • Recruiting her by defeating the first Crazy Hand on Final Battle in the World of Light.
  • Joker - Phantom Thief and expelled high school student, Ren Amamiya. He made his debut in Persona 5 and first appeared in Ultimate as a DLC character.
  • Banjo & Kazooie - A bear and breegull duo who go on several adventures, as well as occasionally clashing with the evil witch Gruntilda. Banjo made his first appearance in Diddy Kong Racing to aid Timber the Tiger in a race to take down the intergalactic conqueror, Wizpig. He got his own game starting with Banjo-Kazooie where the other titular character made her debut. Ultimate is their first appearance in the SSB series, being released as a DLC character on September 4th, 2019.
  • Terry Bogard - The Legendary Hungry Wolf, and reoccurring participant in the King of Fighters tournament organized by Geese Howard. He made his debut in Fatal Fury: The King of Fighters, and is set to appear in Ultimate as a DLC character in November 2019.

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