It is hard to believe that only a few months ago the lack of villains in Super Smash Bros. was a reasonable criticism shared throughout the franchise’s fanbase. Sure, Kirby had a couple of baddies though it is hard to take a fat penguin and a rounded knight with bat wings seriously. The series also has probably the most iconic villain in gaming with the inclusion of Bowser, but there seemed to be a rather large bias towards the good guys in the roster.
Thankfully this issue has been somewhat offset within the recent instalment Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Longtime requests King K. Rool and the notorious “too big to be in the game” space pirate Ridley have now managed to even the playing field between heroes and villains. Even Dark Samus has been thrown in as an echo fighter, alleviating another criticism regarding the under-representation of the Metroid franchise in the character roster. Despite this, there is still work to be done.
This list will be detailing various villains from franchises already represented in Super Smash Bros. and why they could be making an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Black Knight – Fire Emblem
I already know how you feel. I’m not blind to the fact that I’m starting off this list with yet another Fire Emblem sword wielder, however, there are some reasons he may be a worthy inclusion to the roster despite Fire Emblem already feeling somewhat over represented.
He appears as a boss character in both Fire Emblem: Path Of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, making him relatively integral to the Fire Emblem franchise. His tragic childhood lends to him being a more empathetic character. He also has a warp ability which could be used as a creative difference from other characters, as well as various debuff abilities. Out of the seven Fire Emblem characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate not one of them is a villain, and out of the potential picks, Black Knight sits as the strongest candidate.
Hades – Kid Icarus: Uprising
For all of the hate Dark Pit got for his admittedly questionable inclusion to the roster in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, he’s an extremely witty and likeable character in Kid Icarus: Uprising. His lackadaisical nature and self indulgence is directly juxtaposed against Pit’s occasional incompetencies in his earnest attempts to be the hero that fixes all of the worlds problems, leading to some genuine laugh out loud moments. The same likability and charisma can be applied to Hades. Most of the Kid Icarus cast could be lumped in this sort of quality, but unlike Dark Pit, Hades feels like a much more necessary inclusion to the Smash Bros. roster.
Pulling the strings behind the first stretch of the game, he uses a resurrected Medusa as a distraction while he harvests the souls of all the people who pass away during Medusa and Palutena’s conflict. After Medusa’s second fall, he makes his appearance openly mocking Pit and Palutena, proceeding to plunge the universe into absolute chaos.
While it should be easy to hate Hades and find him uninteresting for his two dimensional, unquestionably evil actions; his various interactions with Pit throughout the game and dry humour towards every single tragedy that occurs during the course of the story makes him utterly impossible to hate. He is above everyone else and he knows it. This could directly translate to passive and nonchalant movements that deliver tons of damage in the context of a fighting game, and there is no shortage of potential taunt material for the delightfully devilish ruler of the Underworld.
Necrozma – Pokémon
Since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s announcement, people have been speculating which Pokémon would be added to the roster this time round. Decidueye? Incineroar? Well, the answer may lie with legendary Pokémon Necrozma.
Once a giver of light, this otherworldly Pokémon was injured through unknown means leading to its loss of power and a state of incompleteness. While in its incomplete state, the Pokémon feels constant pain, resulting in detrimental violent outbursts as it attempts to reform itself. It attempts to reform by stealing light from Alolan native legendaries Solgaleo and Lunala culminating in darkness engulfing the world.
The description would fit a faster and more erratic fighter, and with an entire in-game pool of abilities to choose from, Necrozma has a lot of moveset potential. There is also the possibility of its’ complete form Ultra Necrozma for a Final Smash attack. As proven by the inclusion of Ridley there’s no such thing as too big.
Porky Minch – Mother
It is hard not to feel sympathy for the fans of the Mother franchise in the West. Eartbound (Mother 2 in Japan) went completely unnoticed by most during its initial western release back in the mid 90’s. Sadly, it flew under the radar despite being a wonderfully unique RPG and eventually becoming a cult classic. Fans of Earthbound then had to wait another two decades for the first game in the series – Earthbound Beginnings – to get released in the West via the Wii-U e-shop, and to this day the 2006 title Mother 3 still hasn’t received an English translation. Thankfully, Super Smash Bros. has given the franchise fair representation in its roster with playable characters Ness and Lucas. That representation can be further improved however with recurring antagonist Porky Minch.
Childhood neighbour of Ness, the cowardly and potentially abused child Porky is corrupted by delusions of grandeur and promises of power by the evil entity Giygas. Throughout Earthbound, his gradual decent into villainy is documented by the various interactions he has with Ness and his allies. Through the access of time travel, Porky has become an army commanding overlord by the time Lucas comes across him in Mother 3.
Porky Minch has already made a prior Super Smash Bros. appearance as a boss encounter in the Super Smash Bros. Brawl story mode Subspace Emissary, controlling his bed mecha. The machine has spider-like mechanical legs as well as various laser attacks and bombs. With a bit of reworking these moves could be smoothly translated into making Porky a fully playable character.
Skull Kid – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Considering its’ long running legacy as one of Nintendo’s most important first party franchises just behind the “Mickey Mouse of gaming” himself Mario; The Legend of Zelda has poor representation in the Super Smash Bros. roster. On paper, six playable characters sounds like a respectable amount. In reality, those six consist of three different variations of Link, Zelda, Ganon, and Sheik. Worse still, Ganon is basically a slower semi-clone of a previously existing character (Captain Falcon). The Legend of Zelda needs more diverse representation, and there’s no better candidate than the mischievous Skull Kid.
Skull Kid is a lonely and sorrowful imp-type-creature who resides in the land of Termina. Termina is a parallel world to the land of Hyrule seen in most Zelda titles. Being just a child, his negative emotions and trauma come from feeling abandoned by the four giants he had previously befriended. Giants that now lay dormant in their respective corners of the world acting as guardians over the land. In his isolation, he is met by two fairies who befriend him, but in spite of his company, he’s still wrought with insecurities and self-doubt. When he and his newfound fairy companions are wandering through woodlands one day, his fears and paranoias manifest in him stealing Majora’s Mask, an object bound with ancient evils. Upon obtaining the artifact its’ powers prove to be too much, taking control of his body and turning him into a tyrannical deity.
With the power of the mask and the Skull Kid’s inherent playful nature, there’s a lot to pull from in terms of a potential moveset. The mask contains seemingly limitless powers, from being able to pull the moon from the sky to turning a man into a child. It also has the ability to grow limbs to physically attack with. Since The Moon is already an Assist Trophy, that potentially ruins the chances of it being featured as Skull Kid’s Final Smash. Despite this, Majora’s Wrath, the final stage of the mask’s power could be an effective workaround.
Tabuu is the obvious outlier on this list, but I couldn’t live with myself without including this oddball pick. Unlike every other character on the list and in the Super Smash Bros. roster, Tabuu first originated from the Smash Bros. franchise, acting as the main villain in Brawl’s Subspace Emissary.
While his chances of actually being a part of the roster are pretty much nil, he would make for an interesting surprise guest. Who knows? Maybe Sakurai would like to bring him back around for the game that’s working towards being the ultimate title in the series. Tabuu’s inclusion would only add a sense of synchronicity to his own previously built upon story and lore.
Black Shadow – F-Zero
Where is F-Zero? It has been 14 years since Nintendo’s hard-as-nails bullet speed racer was last seen. In fact, it is now getting to the point where Captain Falcon feels like more of a Smash Bros. character, than a character that previously had his own highly acclaimed franchise. If F-Zero isn’t going to get any love with its own stand-alone titles then it may as well be represented more in the world of Smash. Why not start with Falcon’s nemesis acting as an echo fighter for him?
Medusa – Kid Icarus
Coming in as the second Kid Icarus representative on this list, the more reserved Goddess of Darkness Medusa would be echoing the Goddess of Light Palutena. While she doesn’t have the same infectious personality that Hades possesses, she probably has a stronger chance of appearing in the roster. The reasoning is solely based on the number of representatives Kid Icarus already holds as playable characters, making a brand new fighter built from the ground less of a priority.
Shadow – Sonic the Hedgehog
While Shadow the Hedgehog may very well be my least favorite candidate on the list, I can’t deny the fact that his chances are probably higher than any of the other villains previously mentioned. His very conception may have been the exact moment that the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise jumped the shark. While his inclusion wouldn’t necessarily be welcome to people who dislike what the franchise has become, I’d be surprised if we don’t see this guy in the roster by the time December 7th rolls around. This is pretty much solely based on the fact that his Assist Trophy from the previous entry is currently missing from the roster. With echo fighters being a quick and easy turnout, I really don’t think it’s a coincidence that we haven’t seen him yet.
Which villains would you like to see in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Did I miss any of your personal picks? Let us know down in the comments.