Premature Super Smash Bros. Characters

Name the characters that appeared in Super Smash Bros. prior to becoming a fighter
Not including characters that appeared as trophies, stickers, spirits, or any other collectibles
Hint based on their most prominent appearance in Smash (Assist Trophy > Stage Hazard, for example)
Quiz by Insaniot
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Last updated: June 18, 2022
First submittedSeptember 23, 2019
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Previously
Game
Fighter
Pokeball
64
Charizard
Stage Character
King Dedede
Stage Character
Piranha Plant
Stage Character
Melee
Squirtle
Cutscene
Wolf
Previously
Game
Fighter
Stage Character
Brawl
Villager
Assist Trophy
Little Mac
Cutscene
Palutena
Boss
Ridley
Assist Trophy
WiiU/3DS
Dark Samus
Final Smash
Chrom
Assist Trophy
Isabelle
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Level 30
Sep 23, 2019
Awesome idea! Really, really hard though. I can’t believe I missed Piranha Plant!
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Level 55
Sep 23, 2019
It’d be no fun if it was easy ;)
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Level 30
Nov 14, 2019
I just thought of something. Why not include characters that were Mii costumes in Smash 4?
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Level 55
Nov 14, 2019
Maybe, but they weren’t really actually there, you know? Like, these characters physically appeared in Smash Bros before making their playable debut, but those are just costumes of the characters. That could be a separate quiz idea, though.
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Level 30
Nov 14, 2019
Good point. I suppose a quiz on that specifically could work, though.
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Level 40
Feb 14, 2021
Ridley was in the background of Samus's stage in Smash 64 and in the opening movie of Melee. Also, why is a distinction made between how Chrom was introduced and how Palutena was introduced? The cutscene Palutena was in was Pit's final smash, right?

Probably not worth mentioning the King K. Rool, Daisy, and Wario trophies in Melee. There were probably others too.

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Level 30
Jul 20, 2021
Palutena also appears in a cutscene during the Subspace Emissary. That’s most likely what they meant
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Level 55
Jun 18, 2022
I don’t know how this comment slipped by me for so long, but yes that’s exactly what I meant when I wrote that. I found that the cutscene gave Palutena more of a presence than her appearance in Pit’s final smash. The way I figured the chain goes is as follows:

1. Boss

2. Assist Trophy/Pokéball

3. Stage Hazard

4. Cutscene

5. Enemy

6. Part of another character’s move set (Final Smashes, other attacks, taunts and other animations)

7. Stage Cameos

8. Any other cameos nobody cares about

I’m probably forgetting something and I’ll probably change my mind in the future, if the need ever comes up, but this more or less represents how I feel about everything both now and when I made the quiz. Probably a bit too much thought for a silly little Smash Bros. quiz, but oh well. It’s fun :)

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Level 55
Jun 18, 2022
Oh, and to just clear up any confusion, the quiz isn’t asking for a character’s FIRST appearance in Smash Bros., but rather their most prominent appearance (prior to becoming a character). Ridley made a cameo in the back of the Metroid stage in Smash 64 and the Melee opening, but in Brawl he became a full-fledged boss fight and really made his presence known.

I also wasn’t listing trophy, stickers and spirit characters because basically every character from a franchise that was in a previous Smash game has a trophy. Daisy, Bowser Jr., King K. Rool, Meta Knight, Wario, Olimar, the Duck Hunt Duck, Inkling, Min-Min, Pyra and Mythra would also be on this quiz. That’s not my argument against including them I just thought it was an interesting fact btw.