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Super Smash Brothers Characters Who Left (and Whether They'll Ever Return)

Updated on October 10, 2017
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Super Smash Brothers History

Super Smash Brothers is many a gamer's favorite fighting series of all time (myself included). The game lets players duke it out as a plethora of diverse Nintendo characters. With unique yet challenging combat, easier controls than the lengthy combo-memorizations of other fighters, and a slew of hidden unlockables, Smash Brothers mesmerizes fans with each new entry.

Thus far, every game expands the roster by adding several new fighters, yet occasionally an old classic fighter is left behind. Who are these forgotten warriors, why did Nintendo abandon them, and will they ever return? Let's find out by examining the history of past Smash Brothers games!

Game
Console
Super Smash Brothers
Nintendo 64
Super Smash Brothers Melee
GameCube
Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Wii
Super Smash Brothers 4
Wii U/ 3DS
A quick run-down of official Smash games and platforms.
Young Link
Young Link

1. Young Link

Introduced in:
Super Smash Brothers Melee

Summary:
Essentially a clone of Link, Young Link shares the same moves but with small tweaks. Overall, he's nimble but weaker than his elder counterpart. He's one of several new Zelda characters introduced in Melee, the others being Ganondorf and Zelda/Sheik.

Potential Return?
Nope. Young Link was fun, but we received an alternate Link clone in Brawl, Toon Link, who essentially served as the new Young Link. Because Toon Link represents more games than Young (and more modern ones at that), don't cross your fingers for a Young revival. Besides, most fans would prefer Nintendo focus on new fighters instead of revitalizing a second Link copy.

Pichu's Color Variations
Pichu's Color Variations

2. Pichu

Introduced in:
Super Smash Brothers Melee

Summary:
Another contestant from Smash's second installation, Pichu failed to capture the hearts of most gamers. Pichu is a Pikachu clone, and is slightly faster, but most of his attacks hurt himself, making his selection risky.

Potential Return?
Very unlikely. Not many are fans of Pokemon's "baby" Pokemon, Pichu included, and his inclusion in Smash didn't alter matters. Dealing damage to yourself with nearly every attack simply makes Pichu frustrating to use. Some clone characters work as ways to add variety without having to spend money crafting entirely new movesets, but here's a case where nearly everyone stayed with the original electric mouse.

Ice Climbers
Ice Climbers

3. Ice Climbers

Introduced in:
Super Smash Brothers Melee

Summary:
A unique duo, selecting the Ice Climbers lets you directly control one while a computer helps wield the other. When united, few opponents can withstand the the pair's onslaught, but losing your partner makes the path to victory a slippery slope.

Potential Return?
Probable. The Ice Climbers weren't clones, and unlike any other entry in this list, they made it through two games before being lost. Their unique gameplay enticed many fans, and despite their lack of recent games, many still hope for a Climber comeback.

Fox and Wolf
Fox and Wolf

4. Wolf

Introduced in:
Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Summary:
Star Fox's original clone, Falco, appeared in Melee, but Wolf didn't arrive until Brawl. His moveset resembles Fox and Falco's, though with perhaps a bit more diversity than most copied characters, similar to Mario and Luigi. Wolf sacrifices speed for brute force when compared to Fox and Falco.

Potential Return?
Possible. Despite being a clone of a clone, Wolf's absence from Smash 4 surprised many fans. Some may think it unlikely he'll return given Falco already mirrors Fox, but remember that Smash doesn't shy away from having two clones in the same game. Examples include Mario, Dr. Mario, and Luigi as well as Marth, Lucina, and Roy.

Pokemon Trainer alongside Charizard, Ivysaur, and Squirtle
Pokemon Trainer alongside Charizard, Ivysaur, and Squirtle

5. Pokemon Trainer (Squirtle and Ivysaur)

Introduced in:
Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Summary:
In Brawl, selecting Pokemon Trainer let players freely switch between Charizard, Ivysaur, and Squirtle mid-battle, but in Smash 4, only Charizard returned. Ivysaur and Squirtle were dropped, a decision many lament as neither were clones. In particular, Ivysaur was a unique four-legged battler, a rarity in Smash (Duck Hunt being the only either example).

Water-type Squirtle was weak and fast, while Grass-type Ivysaur was balanced and excelled at attacking opponents above itself.

Potential Return?
Unlikely. Charizard became a solo fighter to help promote its new Mega Evolutions as a Final Smash; Squirtle and Ivysaur would have to evolve into Blastoise and Venusaur before achieving Mega Evolution, creating complications. Plus, Nintendo would be more likely to insert more modern Pokemon starters into the games (like they did with Greninja). Luckily, many fan mods help us replay our favorite Kanto companions.

Snake and Mario
Snake and Mario | Source

6. Solid Snake

Introduced in:
Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Summary:
A guest from Hideo Kojima's famous Metal Gear Solid games, Snake surprised many considering he hails from an M-rated series. Nonetheless, he offered interesting trap-based combat with a variety of gadgets to assist himself. Snake was fairly slow but utilized powerful moves and had several explosives at his command that relied on precise timing.

Potential Return?
Possible. Being a non-clone and a popular character helps his case while stemming from non-Nintendo games hurts it. Metal Gear itself has recently implemented surprising changes (like swapping Snake's iconic voice actor), and Nintendo may take some steps back while Snake establishes his new identity.

Which character would you most want brought back?

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While we hope our favorite battlers carry to the next Smash Brothers, we also seek fresh faces with each installment. Though we'll undoubtedly lose a few members along the way, Smash Brothers will more than compensate by including several new contestants to satisfy our cravings. Plus, some classics are brought back through DC (downloadable content), such as Lucas and Mewtwo, reminding us that many fighters are down but not out, and we can eagerly anticipate the triumphant return of old favorites.

But in the meantime, vote for your most-missed character, and I'll see you at our next review!

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      Jeremy Gill 2 weeks ago from Louisiana

      @Cheeky

      Haha it would be pretty silly if they did that, but you never know! Link is quite the popular character; if Mario and Fox can both have two clones, why not Hyrule's elflike hero?

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      Cheeky Kid 2 weeks ago from Milky Way

      Oops. You're right, it was toon link. I've always considered him as the replacement for young link. I think they both have similar skills (as with the older one). Haha, it'd be funky if they were to add back the young link to the roster--there would be 3 Links! LOL

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      Jeremy Gill 2 weeks ago from Louisiana

      @Cheeky

      Hmm, are you sure you're not thinking of Toon Link or of the remakes for Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask? I play the Wii U version of Smash 4 far more, but I don't believe Young Link has returned to either console.

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      Cheeky Kid 2 weeks ago from Milky Way

      The last Super Smash Bros. I played was the one 3DS. I believe Young Link is still there. The one I really miss is the Ice Climbers.