Best Super Smash Bros. Melee Characters

The Top Ten
1 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

Fox falls into a unique archetype of character along with Captain Falcon. Most characters are either fast with weak attacks or slow with strong attacks. Fox is fast with strong attacks.

Fox is equipped with an incredibly good recovery, excellent combos, very reliable and strong finishers, and can be completely unstoppable (literally) with someone who has mastered waveshining.

The reason Fox is better than Falco is because Fox is quicker and can do so much more damage in such little time. Fox can jump further and is faster. Why have stronger attacks if Fox can just burst damage you with his blaster then wipe the floor with your face with his ultimate combos.

2 Marth 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

Marth should be number one for sure. He can beat anyone one-on-one, and he is untouchable with his sword. If he hits you into the air, you might as well give up because he belongs in the air. (Notice how Marth hits people further in the air than Roy?)

Marth and Roy are nowhere near the same. You choose which one depending on your fighting style. If you are an airborne player, always jumping into the air and can fly with practically any character, Marth is your best bet. He is a deadly fighter with his Up A. He will keep juggling you until you finally go off the screen. He has very good recovery as well, so it is very hard to counter Marth.

Roy, on the other hand, is an on-ground fighter. He does more damage than Marth but doesn't do much aerial damage. I suggest using Roy if you don't jump much and rely on your smash attacks to kill your opponents.

3 Falco 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.

There is actually a big difference between Falco and Fox. They are both really good at combos (obviously), but they execute them differently. Falco is good if you can only do small combos that end the battle decisively.

Fox is better if you're a pro and can put multiple different combos together to create a string of tactics that will decimate your opponent. Fox's speed ensures that you don't hit him at all while he destroys you with his epic combos. But I think that Falco is better because he can kill people much faster than Fox and is still very fast.

4 Captain Falcon Douglas Jay Falcon, known commonly as Captain Falcon, is a playable character in the racing video game series F-Zero.

Talk about a character whose power is ridiculously awesome! Falcon Punch always finishes the job.

5 Roy

I love Roy right here. My boy from the very beginning when Melee was introduced to me. Though I'm not a big Melee player (meaning I'm not that good at the game), Roy always makes me try and try again. Truly my boy right here and I'm so happy he's in Smash 4 too.

Roy is definitely my boy! I can't tell you how much I love this character. It makes Melee a favorite of mine and definitely always keeps me coming back for more. I've had epic moments and sour moments, but overall, Roy will always remain my boy. Smash 4 Roy is also very good and fun too. - Roy Kuchiki

6 Kirby Kirby is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Kirby series of video games owned by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory. His first game was created in 1992, and the pink puffball has made his way into the hearts of fans of all ages.
7 Sheik

Sheik, for me, is just too good. Her abilities are through the roof. She is just so fast. She is a one and done character.

8 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff, known in Japan as Purin, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Jigglypuff is actually one of the best characters, ranking in the top five, but only if you have patience and possess actual skill in the game. Avoid using her B moves unless you are confident in your understanding of them. (Never use Rollout. NEVER EVER EVER) Her side B serves as a recovery move, and only use Sing while descending. (It affects opponents on the edge of platforms) Utilize Rest when you have successfully hit them in the air or when you can dodge into them. (For Rest to work, at least half of your body must be inside theirs)

Limit aerial attacks to opponents below 100% (Smash attacks and regular A attacks are only allowed at the appropriate moments). Continuously maneuver in the air as Jigglypuff is faster in the air than on the ground, providing an easy escape from trouble. Employ a small jump followed by a down A move to trap opponents and accumulate damage. Additionally, this places them right beside you, allowing for a small combo or the use of Rest.

Patience is crucial when utilizing Jigglypuff. When employed correctly, she becomes a formidable and agile player. If you encounter an opponent who truly knows how to utilize Jigglypuff, be prepared for a challenging fight that may result in your defeat.

9 Peach Princess Peach is a major character in the Mario Bros. Franchise. She is the lead female of the The Mario franchise. She is usually the character who needs saved in most Mario Games, but also has appeared as a playable character in the Main-Series Mario Games, including Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario... read more

She was good in Melee, but for some reason, she wasn't very good in Brawl!

Peach is boss and can wipe everyone else off the floor!

10 Mewtwo Mewtwo is a psychic-type Legendary Pokémon from Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon media franchise. Designed by Ken Sugimori, it made its first appearance in the games Pokémon Red and Blue. It was created by Dr. Fuji using gene splicing in an attempt to clone Mew. In the Pokémon games, it's infamously... read more

If there was one character in the Super Smash Bros. games that could put up a fight against Meta Knight, it would be him.




The Contenders
11 Luigi Luigi, originally a palette swap of Mario named Green Mario, is a major character featured in video games and related media released by Nintendo. Created by prominent game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Luigi is portrayed as the slightly younger, taller fraternal twin brother of Nintendo's unofficial mascot... read more

He's my main in Melee because he's just got those good fighting mechanics. He needs to be ranked higher.

12 Link Link refers to several different incarnations of the same protagonist of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series.

Ultimate Link is unbeatable. The remote bombs are such a great upgrade, and his Dair spike is really strong.

13 Bowser Bowser is the main antagonist of the Mario Bros. Franchise. From kidnapping Princess Peach to simply destroying a fun game between Mario and Friends in the Mario Party spinoff series, this king of the Koopas has set up a certain hatred towards himself amongst the large cast of Mario Characters. He first... read more
14 Pikachu Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ) are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation. A mascot of the Pokemon franchise, it's... read more
15 Ganondorf Ganon (Referred to as Ganondorf in human form) is a fictional character and the central antagonist of Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series. He is a power-hungry Gerudo who possesses the Triforce of Power and aims to conquer Hyrule with the remaining Triforce parts.
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17 Dr. Mario Dr. Mario is the persona Mario takes in the Dr. Mario series. Under this identity, Mario dons a lab coat, a head mirror, and a stethoscope around his neck. He first appeared in his titular game, Dr. Mario.
18 Samus Samus Aran is the protagonist of the science fiction action-adventure game series Metroid by Nintendo. A galactic bounty hunter, Samus is usually equipped with her Power Suit, giving her access to weapons she uses to battle her enemies.
19 Ice Climbers

Ice Climbers are the best. They are pretty fast, do insane damage, have a good up-B, and their ice is pretty good. I'm surprised no one on this list noticed that yet.

The Ice Climbers are the best. They can wobble, desync, and do many other amazing things. They also have some of the best grab games in the game. There is a reason these guys are in the top tiers.

20 Mario Mario, originally named Jumpman, is the main character of the Super Mario Bros. franchise, created by the creative director and video game designer at Nintendo of Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario has appeared in almost every Mario game, including games in spin-off series as a playable character, with... read more
21 Young Link Young Link is the protagonist in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, a video game developed by Nintendo. Unlike his older self, Young Link is a child who is propelled into a quest to save the world of Termina from an impending moonfall. He uses various magical masks to transform and gain different abilities... read more

Just because... it's Young Link you have to admit he is a strong opponent if the person knows his moves (not dancing moves) and is skilled enough. I mean those fire arrows are overpowered, ten out of ten arrows. I know it's a short distance attack but it packs a punch for real, and his spinning attack traps the opponent until the attack is done.

22 Mr. Game and Watch Mr. Game & Watch is a 2D generic stick figure-styled silhouette character, created by Nintendo and an amalgamation of the Game & Watch handheld consoles.

His victory theme should have stayed the way it was in Melee. His Brawl victory theme is terrible!

23 Yoshi Yoshi, once romanized as Yossy, is a fictional anthropomorphic dinosaur who appears in video games published by Nintendo. Often appearing as a sidekick and helper to Mario, Yoshi is most known for his appearances in the Yoshi's Island and the Super Mario franchises.
24 Donkey Kong Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the platform game genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of platforms while dodging and jumping over obstacles.
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