1 Corrin - Fire Emblem
Just another FE character, and one of the more forgettable ones, in my opinion. - ShuhBanggg
Even among "Fire Emblem" characters, s/he isn't very iconic
No offense, Nintendo, but this right here really is an EXTREMELY niche franchise for you to be making so many of the characters from into Smash Bros playables (also, can anyone say "too many swordfighters") - xandermartin98
2 Ice Climbers - Ice Climber
The fact that they came from one of the NES's weakest first-party games doesn't help - xandermartin98
Literally no one knew who they were until Super Smash Bros Melee. - egnomac
3 Robotic Operating Buddy - Gyromite
Completely useless NES peripheral that looked cool but did nothing else - xandermartin98
4 Olimar - Pikmin
Olimar is a fictional character from Nintendo's Pikmin video game series created by Shigeru Miyamoto.
Technically a Gamecube mascot of sorts, but one that was easily FAR outclassed by Leon Kennedy (Resident Evil 4), Hyper-Realistic-Looking Samus (Metroid Prime), Paper Mario (The Thousand-Year Door), Wario (Wario Ware and Wario World), FLUDD (Super Mario Sunshine), Captain Falcon (F-Zero GX and Smash Bros Melee), Link (Ocarina Of Time, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess), and probably even Vacuum Luigi (Luigi's Mansion) in terms of popularity
(not to imply that his games weren't good, but by Nintendo standards and especially Super Smash Bros roster inclusion standards, they weren't exactly the most widely known of things, to say the least) - xandermartin98
5 Bayonetta - Bayonetta
Bayonetta, real name Cereza, is a fictional character and protagonist of the video game Bayonetta and its sequel, developed by PlatinumGames and published by Sega and Nintendo respectively.
Great character, sure, but she's only appeared in two main-series games outside of Smash Bros, and said main-series games weren't exactly earth-shatteringly revolutionary classics like Super Metroid and the Mario World duology either - xandermartin98
I didn't even know who she was until she came out in Smash - ShuhBanggg
Worse, an ACTUALLY iconic character was denied even a background cameo while this is fully playable and representing "spirits"!
6 Dark Pit - Kid Icarus
Kid Icarus Uprising made the regular Pit decently iconic, I suppose,
but absolutely no one, generally speaking, cared about Dark Pit back in his debut appearance, and I sincerely doubt that their attitude toward his Smash appearance was any different - xandermartin98
Nothing more then a pallet swap with few minor changes. - egnomac
7 Mr. Game & Watch - Game & Watch Series
1) He is literally just a silhouette of a Diary Of A Wimpy Kid stick figure
2) Barely anyone even remembers the console that his moves came from
3) The console that his moves came from isn't even worth remembering anyway - xandermartin98
8 Wii Fit Trainer - Wii Fit
Apart from the fact that she became one of the official Super Smash Bros sex symbols, there is absolutely nothing remarkable about her in the slightest - xandermartin98
Wow! So cold but so sexy girl. - BloDayBey
Nothing iconic about this character. - egnomac
9 Mii Brawler - Super Smash Bros. 4
10 Isabelle - Animal Crossing
11 Piranha Plant - Super Mario Bros.
This was a huge surprise. - egnomac
12 Shulk - Xenoblade Chronicles
Shulk is a fictional character and the protagonist from Monolith Soft's 2010 role-playing video game Xenoblade Chronicles, part of their overarching Xeno series of video games.
13 Richter Belmont - Castlevania
14 Joker - Persona 5
I wouldn't be surprised if NOBODY knew of this series before the Smash announcement: I certainly didn't, and something has to be REALLY obscure for me not to know about it.
At this point, Nintendo might as well just add Dangan Ronpa characters - xandermartin98
15 Simon Belmont - Castlevania
16 Pit - Kid Icarus
Pit is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Kid Icarus series, first appearing in Kid Icarus for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986 and later appearing in Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters for the Game Boy in 1991.
I don't know why this isn't at number 1. Sure, Ice Climbers may not have been super well known, but they were still from a classic nes game liked by some of the less casual Nintendo fans. Before Brawl, there was only two Kid Icarus games that nobody really cared for or knew about. - Atham
17 Bowser Jr. - Super Mario Sunshine
Bowser Jr., or sometimes simply Jr., is a video game character who appears in Nintendo's Mario franchise as the secondary antagonist. He is the youngest son of the series' primary antagonist, Bowser.
18 Chrom - Fire Emblem
19 Villager - Animal Crossing
20 Sans - Undertale
Sans or Sans the Skeleton is a character in the 2015 RPG Undertale created by Toby Fox. He is a lazy, pun-loving skeleton who is a supporting protagonist in the "pacifist" and "neutral" routes of Undertale, and a heroic antagonist/final boss of the "genocide" route. He is known for his incredibly difficult ...read more.
Granted, he comes from an absolute Internet meme phenomenon that is undeniably THE most immensely iconic and critically acclaimed Nintendo-Lite game to ever come out of the indie scene (and also genuinely by far one of the best as far as its Pacifist Run is concerned, whether or not you happen to personally agree)...
but seriously, give me a break; his game (although shockingly good indeed) is a massively overhyped and predictable T.V.-trope-fest (that he isn't even the actual main character of) that is only about four to five years old at the moment (barely even older than Persona 5, which is also a borderline visual novel game) and is almost more infamous than it is actually famous (mainly due to its obnoxiously arrogant fanbase, as always), and the character himself barely even has any material for a non-stupidly-overpowered moveset whatsoever (which is part of the reason why he's actually just a Mii Gunner costume, along with him naturally being too lazy to actually make a ...more - xandermartin98
21 Hero - Dragon Quest
22 Pichu - Pokémon
Pichu is an Electric type Baby Pokémon introduced in Gen. 2. It evolves into Pikachu. It is in the in undiscovered egg group, since it's a baby Pokémon. It is No. 172 in the Pokedex. It can be called a joke character in Super Smash Bros. Melee, because of its awful stats and weak moves. After its ...read more.
He is unnecessary since Pikachu is in Smash and he is way more iconic.
We already had Pickachu why add another look a like who actually damages itself every time it attacks. - egnomac
23 King K. Rool - Donkey Kong
King K. Rool is a fictional anthropomorphic crocodile and the main antagonist of Nintendo's Donkey Kong video game franchise, as well as the archenemy of Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.
What, Everyone wanted him in the game. - B1ueNew
24 Ness - Earthbound
25 Falco - Star Fox
Falco Lombardi is an anthropomorphic bird character from the Star Fox series of video games. He was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and designed by Takaya Imamura. Falco acts as the wingman and friend of title character Fox McCloud for the majority of the series.
26 Wolf - Star Fox
27 Roy - Fire Emblem
28 Lucina - Fire Emblem
Lucina is one of the main characters in Fire Emblem Awakening, as well as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Her most notable feature is her love for her father.
29 Marth - Fire Emblem
Marth is a fictional character from the Fire Emblem series, developed by Intelligent Systems and owned by Nintendo. He is the protagonist and Lord class character in the first and the third games in the series, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, ...read more.
30 Fox - Star Fox
Fox McCLoud is an anthropomorphic fox who first appeared in Star Fox for the Super NES in 1993, the son of James McCloud who perished during a mission and the leader of the new Star Fox team along with Peppy Hare former member of the original Star Fox team, Falco Lombardi and Slippy Toad as they the ...read more.
31 Incineroar - Pokémon
Incineroar, known in Japan as Gaogaen, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.
There are way more iconic Pokémon than him.
32 Ivysaur - Pokemon
33 Squirtle - Pokémon
Squirtle, known in Japan as Zenigame, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.
34 Dark Samus - Metroid Prime
35 Captain Falcon - F-Zero
Douglas Jay Falcon, known commonly as Captain Falcon, is a playable character in the racing video game series F-Zero.
36 Banjo - Banjo-Kazooie
37 Lucas - Mother 3
38 Little Mac - Punch Out
39 Palutena - Kid Icarus
Palutena is a character from Kid Icarus (1987), Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (1991), and Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012). She is also a playable character in Super Smash Brothers for 3DS and WiiU (2014), and in Super Smash Brothers: Ultimate (2018). She is the goddess of light and ruler of Angel Land, ...read more.
40 Ridley - Metroid
Ridley is a villain from the Metroid series and a character from the Super Smash Bros. series. He's Samus Aran's archenemy and has been fighting her since day one with the first Metroid game in 1986. When Samus was three years old, Ridley murdered her parents in front of her. He is a member of the Space ...read more.
41 Terry Bogard - Fatal Fury
Terry Bogard is a video game character created by SNK who is the protagonist of the Fatal Fury series.
In Thanos' words "I don't even know who you are" - B1ueNew
42 Lucario - Pokémon
Lucario is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Lucario first appeared as a central character in the film Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, and later appeared in the video games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and subsequent sequels, also appearing ...read more.
43 Mewtwo - Pokémon
Mewtwo is a fictional creature from Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon media franchise. It was created by Dr. Fuji in an attempt to clone Mew.
44 Diddy Kong - Donkey Kong
Diddy Kong is a fictional character in the Donkey Kong series of video games, first appearing in the 1994 game Donkey Kong Country.