The on-screen appearance, also known as an intro or entrance, is a short unique animation for each character entering the battlefield during the three second countdown before battle. It's a minor feature in the main Super Smash Bros. games with the exception of Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is present in Super Smash Flash 2 as well. It has no effect whatsoever on game play other than visually dramatic and comedic purposes, with the exception of Wario, who's Wario Waft begins charging the moment he enters the stage. Each entrance relates to that character's universe, such as Mario entering in through a Warp Pipe.
In Super Smash Flash
Like Melee, characters did not have unique entrances. In Melee characters start out as trophies that come to life at the start of the match. However, in Super Smash Flash, characters hover in the air before dropping onto the stage.
In Super Smash Flash 2
Like all of the games with the exception of Melee, characters have unique character entrances. During the time when on-screen appearances are occurring, the game cannot be paused.
List of on-screen appearances
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|Bandana Dee||Floats to the ground slowly thanks to his open parasol.|
|Black Mage||Jumps from a character selection menu.|
|Bomberman||A small bomb explodes, which he hops out of.|
|Bowser||Takes two steps forward while swiping with his claws twice.|
|Captain Falcon||Jumps out of the Blue Falcon.|
|Chibi-Robo||Comes out of the Chibi-House.|
|Donkey Kong||Pops out from a DK Barrel.|
|Falco||From high up in the air falls face-first and lands in a croucing position.|
|Fox||Ejects out from his Arwing.|
|Goku||Flies in on the Nimbus Cloud (筋斗雲, Somersault Cloud), then jumps to the stage as it flies away.|
|Ichigo||Arrives on battlefield using Shunpō, turns around and unsheathes his Zanpakutō.|
|Isaac||Falls slowly and lands on the ground.|
|Jigglypuff||Gets released from a Poké Ball.|
|Kirby||Crash lands in on a Warp Star.|
|Link||Appears in a whirlwind and unsheathes his sword.|
|Lloyd||Teleports to the battlefield using the Eternal Sword, then unleashes Flamberge and the Vorpal Sword from it.|
|Luffy||Falls in the battlefield while in a sitting position, then gets up and makes his stance pose.|
|Luigi||Jumps out from a Warp Pipe, while screaming in his Luigi's Mansion pose.|
|Mario||Jumps out from a Warp Pipe.|
|Marth||Warps to the battlefield using Warp Magic.|
|Mega Man||Teleports to the stage.|
|Meta Knight||Teleports to the stage using the Dimensional Cape.|
|Mr. Game & Watch||Moves along a line of unlit Mr. Game & Watch LCD cells.|
|Naruto||Teleports to the battlefield using Shunshin no Jutsu (瞬身の術, Body Flicker Technique)|
|Ness||Teleports in using PK Teleport, then shakes off the soot he gathered after crashing.|
|PAC-MAN||Starts out as the classic PAC-MAN sprite and then jumps out of it into his normal form.|
|Peach||Appears while a flower garden blooms around her.|
|Pikachu||Gets released from a Poké Ball.|
|Pit||Descends from the sky with a heavenly light.|
|Samus||Exits from a Super Metroid-styled save point.|
|Sandbag||A part of the Home-Run Contest stadium roadway briefly appears, then, Sandbag comes flying and lands on it and proceeds to get up, following with the road disappearing.|
|Sheik||Appears out from a cloud of smoke.|
|Sonic||Jumps onto the stage in ball form from the foreground.|
|Sora||Walks out of a Door of Light.|
|Tails||Flies into battlefield while waving at the screen.|
|Wario||Climbs out from a Purple Warp Pipe.|
|Yoshi||Hatches from a Yoshi's Egg.|
|Zelda||Teleports in using Farore's Wind with Din's Fire in her hand.|
|Zero Suit Samus||Jumps out of her gunship.|
- Wario is currently the only character who has a different on-screen appearance from the one he has in the main Super Smash Bros. games. In the main Smash Bros. games, he drove onto the stage using the Wario Bike, while in SSF2 he climbs out of a Purple Warp Pipe. Prior to Beta, also drives in the Wario Car.