“Everyone is here” - Mr. Sakurai and the development team have kept this ambitious promise, so in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we have all the characters from the previous games of the series. And not only them! Smash DLC characters have been added after the game release to fill the SSBU roster with new gaming personalities. It would be quite hard even to try out them all and almost impossible to master them.
This Smash Bros. guide on DashFight includes the full list of Smash Ultimate characters. Usually, these fighters are sorted by their in-game numbers (based on when they were added to the series) or just alphabetically. Here we decided to divide the whole Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster into the gaming franchises these guys/girls/creatures came from. In this way, it might be easier for you to find the area of your personal interests and a perfect hero just for you. So, let’s go!
How many characters are in Smash Ultimate?
There are 84 characters in the game. But this number will be different if you count Super Smash Bros. characters in a slightly different way:
82 - if you consider Pokémon Trainer as one fighter and not three (Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard)
77 - if you count only unique characters (the game has 7 Echo Fighters)
The base SSBU game has 76 characters (74 if Pokémon Trainer is one for you). There are 8 Smash Ultimate DLC characters (and we will have more).
So there are so many ways to answer how many characters in Smash Ultimate! It would be easier to check out the list.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters by game series
All Smash Ultimate fighters came from 38 (!) game franchises.
It’s a very famous game series. The original adventures of Mario are platformers, but you can meet the same heroes in many other genres. Super Mario characters are present in all games of the Super Smash Bros. series.
Mario - the mascot of Nintendo, one of the most famous heroes in the gaming multiverse. Usually, he is on the mission to save his beloved Princess Peach.
Princess Peach - the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom and just a pretty girl. Probably, after being kidnapped for so many times, she learned how to stand up for herself and joined the Smash roster.
Daisy - a princess of Sarasaland, a country from Super Mario Land. Daisy participates in quite a lot of other Mario games. She is an Echo Fighter of Peach and copies the moves of that more famous princess.
Bowser - the main antagonist of the Super Mario games. He loves Peach so much, but never can succeed in his seemingly perfect kidnapping plan (that Mario!) He is one of the heaviest and strongest Smash characters.
Luigi - this guy is not as brave as his brother Mario. You can meet Luigi as a second-player hero in the original games. And he even got his own series - Luigi’s Mansion, where he managed to prove his bravery in fights against ghosts. Maybe this experience helped Luigi get his place in Smash Bros Ultimate roster.
Piranha Plant - one of the enemies in the Mario platformers. It appears out of the tubes and wants to eat Mario and Luigi. Probably, Piranha Plant is one of the most unusual Smash Bros characters.
Dr. Mario - in a special game series, Mario fights evil pathogenic microbes and bacteria. Dr. Mario is a series of puzzle games, and one of them is free on mobile devices.
Bowser Jr. - the son of Bowser. He also likes playing the fun kidnapping game and also can’t succeed. He joined the Smash Ultimate roster with the game Super Smash Bros. 4 (for Wii U and 3DS).
- Rosalina & Luma - here we have a fairy from the Super Mario games and her star. Rosalina looks like a sweet girl but her wand is very dangerous for other Smash Bros Ultimate characters.
First, this ape was the main protagonist in the very first Mario game. Then, Donkey Kong became a hero of his own platformers. Usually, he wants to just live peacefully on his island, but then some mysterious creatures come and steal his bananas. Who can stand such impudence? The Donkey Kong platforms are rather challenging, but you can play special modes or characters for a lower level of difficulty.
- Donkey Kong
- Diddy Kong
- King K. Rool
The Legend of Zelda
It’s one of the most famous franchises of Nintendo. Players explore fairylands, fight evil creatures in dark dungeons, and solve many clever puzzles.
- Young Link
- Toon Link
Samus Aran is a super brave girl who takes her fantastic suit and fights awful alien creatures Metroids. They suck all the life from any planet that they appear on. Metroid must be stopped by any means. Players explore dungeons, collect new items, and kill Metroids. This game series even started a special genre, called Metroidvania (Metroid + Castlevania).
- Dark Samus
- Zero Suit Samus
This adorable small dinosaur is tightly connected to the Super Mario series. Yoshi was a sidekick of Mario and Luigi but then got his own games - 2D platformers with a cute style and low difficulty.
It’s a classic series of quite unusual platformers. The pink hero can inhale enemies and objects to use them as projectiles. Nintendo has released lots of Kirby games for various devices.
- Meta Knight
- King Dedede
In the era of 16-bits consoles, this was one of the first 3D games. Players control futuristic spaceships and shoot enemy vehicles.
These creatures love to fight in their original role-playing games, and they enjoy this entertainment as parts of the Super Smash Bros roster. Pokémon differ from each other quite significantly - they are of different types and stages of evolution.
It’s a classic role-playing game that features four heroes who travel the world in order to collect melodies and defeat the evil destroyer Giygas. EarthBound is a game of the Mother series. In Japan, this game is known as Mother 2. Modern gamers may know the heroes of EarthBound only as Super Smash characters.
It’s a racing game series. The cars are based on Formula 1, but the tournaments happen in the future.
This game was available on the old NES consoles. Players need to reach the top of mountains, breaking holes in platforms and defeating dangerous creatures.
In this game series, brave warriors face evil enemies in turn-based battles. The fights are quite similar to chess - players choose where to move their characters on the playing field to keep them alive and defeat dangerous foes. Smash Bros. Ultimate has quite a few characters from Fire Emblem games.
Game & Watch
This series of devices were available in the early years of the video games industry. You could have only one game on such a thing, which look too simple nowadays but super exciting in those (ancient) times.
It's a classic Nintendo franchise, with the first game released in 1995. The event takes place in a fantasy world, based on Greek mythology. The gameplay is often compared to Metroid. We have only three games in this series. The newest is Kid Icarus: Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS systems.
The evil guy Wario offers lots of fun mini-games, developed by his corporation. Theoretically, they were created to take money from inhabitants of the virtual world. In practice, these games are super entertaining for real gamers.
Metal Gear Solid
A man can fight his enemies stealthily, making no noise but still defeating everyone on his way. This game series was developed by the famous designer Hideo Kojima.
This hedgehog was the biggest competitor of Mario in the early days of the game industry. Sega created Sonic to compete with Nintendo on the console market. And they succeeded (at least for a while)! Sonic is an iconic character - and as part of the Smash Character list, he actually can beat Mario.
A space adventurer crashes on a strange planet. It’s inhabited with small colorful creatures who help the guy throughout the whole adventure. Different colors of Pikmin indicate abilities of creatures, so the game is full of interesting puzzles.
- Olimar - he is that spaceman who has found many new friends. In the Smash Bros. character list, Olimar is not the most impressive guy, but he knows many interesting tricks.
This is the only character in the Smash Ultimate full roster that wasn’t a virtual hero. Nintendo is known for their brave innovation in the game industry. R.O.B. is an actual robot, created for the NES consoles. There were only two games with the use of it.
In this game series, players delve into a cute world and become busy with collecting all sorts of things to create useful items and decorate their homes and towns. It’s a cult series that is very demanding on players' time. Be ready to invest hundreds of hours in repetitive but very exciting actions.
In this super famous series of platformers/shooters, a blue robot battles evil creatures and many dangerous bosses. The games are very difficult. Players can start with any level and the chosen sequence of bosses changes abilities of the hero and gives advantages or disadvantages for the following stages.
Wii Fit Trainer
The Wii console was exceptional by its innovative motion controllers. They opened so many new possibilities in game design! Wii Fit is an interactive game, where players should actually make exercises to get virtual points.
The hero of PunchOut fits the Super Smash Bros. character list perfectly well! It’s a boxing game series, where players… fight. This experience is quite helpful for SSBU matches.
Nintendo has created these a bit weird virtual humans for quite a few purposes. They are avatars for the Nintendo consoles and they are part of some social games. As Super Smash Ultimate characters, Mii guys replace many heroes from many franchises (such as Tekken) - just change their hair and costume to get someone else. The fighting characteristics will not change though
- Mii Brawler
- Mii Gunner
- Mii Swordfighter
It’s one of the oldest and one of the most famous games in the world. A yellow round creature eats cookies in a maze and runs from the ghosts.
In this famous game series, fantasy meets science fiction. The gameplay of Xenoblade Chronicles includes the exploration of a vast world and many battles against various creatures.
These great games burst into our lives back in 1987, and since then this franchise has been one of the most popular in the fighting genre. Its unique characters and well-balanced mechanics made Street Fighter games even iconic! Street Fighter V is great entertainment and a powerful esports discipline. Fighters from this series are natural SSBU characters!
Final Fantasy VII
An evil corporation uses the natural resources of the planet with no limits. They are ready to destroy all life only to make more money. But brave warriors are ready to stop them! In short, this is a story of the seventh Final Fantasy, a game from one of the most popular series in the world.
A witch fights angels. This is the basis for the Bayonetta game series by Sega. Players use many weapons to complete their missions.
Most shooters offer various guns to kill the opponents. This one has a brilliant idea to use paint to cover locations in the color of your team.
Brave vampire hunters fight evil creatures in this classic series. The Castlevania games are quite challenging.
In this role-playing game, you control a student in Tokyo. He tries to adapt to a new school but at the same time, he notices how mysterious powers grow inside. He turns into Joker and explores a dark parallel dimension. Joker wants to clear the hearts of humans, but many evil Shadows stay in his way.
Dragon Quest XI
Explorations and fights are the core of this game as well. It’s a huge JRPG where players control a hero in a fantasy world. Actually, the guy is called Hero. His fate is to save the land from evil, and he has many fights on this path. It’s great training for someone from the list of Smash Ultimate сharacters
Banjo & Kazooie
This was a Nintendo game series but then the game migrated to the Xbox console. The bear and the bird fight against an evil witch in fun platformers.
It’s a fighting game series, inspired by Street Fighter. In the mechanics, these games differ from SF by a strong accent on timing for performing attacks. The story of Fatal Fury is more elaborate than one of SF. A hero from this franchise definitely can teach Smash Fighters a thing or two.
This game is also fighting and a very unusual one. Characters here have extendable arms and can hit each other from a significant distance. ARMS has been developed especially for the Switch. It’s one of a few new Nintendo franchises.
One of the most popular games in the world. Try to survive among monsters or unleash the power of your creativity. The Minecraft universe has been made of the various blocks.
The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character list is really impressive! To not get lost in this variety, you can follow a simple strategy - choose a game series and a personality you like the most. All Smash characters are powerful enough to get many victories. And you will spend lots of time with your primary SSBU character. So choosing them is not about comparing stats. It’s rather about creating a joyful atmosphere in your matches.
Of course, you may need some time to make a final decision. The Adventure and Classic Modes of SSBU give a perfect chance to try out almost everyone in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters list. There is no need to hurry with such a fundamental choice.
For the beginners in this amazing game, we recommend taking a look at the guide How to Play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
DashFight is a great source of fighting games news and articles! Stay tuned to us on Facebook, Twitter, and Discord.