A universe is a term first used by the Super Smash Bros. community to collectively refer to all the particular characters, stages, items and other properties appearing in the fighting games that are thematically featured in another game franchise.
These are the franchises that the Super Smash Flash series games classify as major enough that they assign each franchise its own unique series symbol[Note 1] that appears with characters and stages belonging to that franchise. These franchises generally have playable characters, stages, items, and other properties that all appear in the Super Smash Flash games as part of their primary content. However, the minimum requirement for a symbol is to contribute one playable character or one stage to the games.
Overall, this represents the Super Smash Flash games themselves. It accompanies all game content that is thematically original to the fighting games themselves. Many original characters have been introduced here, with most of them appearing as enemies or bosses in single-player content. The universe symbol seen here is also used as a "placeholder" by the games to indicate a minor universe without its own symbol. The bosses Master Hand and Crazy Hand, and the playable character Sandbag, are from this universe.
Nintendo's flagship video game franchise. The company mascot at the head of this multi-genre series, Mario, is a starter character in both Smash Flash games, and has been accompanied by his brother Luigi, the Mushroom Kingdom princess Peach, the King of Koopas Bowser, the dinosaur Yoshi, the gorilla Donkey Kong, and the bellicose anti-hero Wario as playable characters that heavily identify with Mario. The Mario universe is so expansive, that the last three characters are considered stars of their own sub-universes: the Yoshi universe, the Donkey Kong universe, and the Wario universe.
A franchise from which Mario games were partially spin-off. The direction of British company Rareware, focusing on Donkey Kong and his many simian relatives and reptilian nemeses. Donkey Kong himself is a playable character.
Based on the more colorful and saccharine subset of Mario video games starring the dinosaur Yoshi, who is the main (and thus far only) playable character. Several properties seen in Mario games can be identified as strictly belonging to this universe instead of the Mario universe.
A sub-series of Mario games whose main character is Mario's ill-mannered and nefarious anti-hero counterpart, Wario. The games in this series are either platforming titles or (more prominently) micro-game collections, and Wario as he appears in both of these two genres of games within his series is the one playable character.
A series of adventure titles that portray several incarnations and continuities of its protagonists, especially in the young Hylian hero Link and Princess of Hyrule, Zelda, along with her alter-ego Sheik.
A science fiction series in either the side-scrolling platforming or the first-person adventure genres. The series' silent protagonist, female bounty hunter Samus Aran clad in a versatile power suit (as well as without it in an alternative guise known as Zero Suit Samus) is the primary playable character.
Also referred to by its Japanese title, the Mother series. A postmodern, satirical, and psychedelic take on role-playing conceived by Shigesato Itoi, with three games in the series. Ness, the protagonist of EarthBound, is a playable character.
A futuristic racing game series featuring anti-gravity racing machines that zoom at extremely fast and intense speeds, with game play emphasizing speed boosts, cornering, and physically ramming each other's machines to lower life meters. The superhero-like bounty hunter Captain Falcon serves as the most recognizable racer and "mascot" of the series and is a playable character.
The colorful fantasy game franchise created by Masahiro Sakurai prior to and alongside his directorial involvement in his Super Smash Bros. series. The titular pink spherical hero Kirby, his menacing rival Meta Knight, and the laughable Bandana Dee are featured as playable characters.
A series of space shooting games that got its start as one of the first games to popularize 3D polygonal graphics in the Super Nintendo era. All of the games' characters are anthropomorphic animals. The de facto leader of the "Star Fox" team, Fox McCloud, and his wingman, Falco Lombardi, are both playable characters.
One of video gaming's most lucrative franchises, this multi-genre franchise emphasizes handheld role-playing games that focus on the training and battling of over eight hundred distinctive species of creatures called Pokémon, from which the series derives its name. Playable characters in Super Smash Flash consist of electric mouse mascot Pikachu, the hypnotic pink puffball Jigglypuff, and psychic humanoid Mewtwo. Pikachu and Jigglypuff also return in Super Smash Flash 2, now joined by the tiny electric mouse Pichu. Because of the Poké Balls, Pokémon is the most heavily represented universe.
A fantasy tactical role-playing video game franchise developed by Intelligent Systems, the makers of Nintendo Wars (which shares some of Fire Emblem's strategic elements), and published by Nintendo. The Fire Emblem series is well known for its innovation and for being one of the first Eastern style tactical role-playing games, with a strong emphasis on Western forms of medieval folklore. Marth, the main character of the first and third games in the series, is playable in Super Smash Flash 2.
This is the representation of one of Nintendo's earliest digital products, which is a series of LCD handheld consoles named "Game & Watch". A previously unnamed black-and-white character in several of these games is featured as a playable character under the name Mr. Game & Watch, and he is a playable character in both Super Smash Flash and Super Smash Flash 2.
The Greek mythology-esque mythos about an angel named Pit, who battles the forces of the underworld in order to protect the goddess of light, Palutena. Originally started in the 80's, around the time that The Legend of Zelda and Metroid were released, the Kid Icarus franchise went into a long dormant hiatus until the franchise was helped revived by Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Pit's design was updated and used in the third installment of the franchise, Kid Icarus: Uprising. Pit is currently the only playable character.
A series of fantasy role-playing games for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, developed by Camelot Software Planning and thematically based on the four classical elements. The first game's silent protagonist, the young Earth-based warrior Isaac, appears as a playable character in Super Smash Flash 2.
A small series of action-adventure games developed in conjunction by Skip Ltd. and Nintendo where a diminutive robot called Chibi-Robo is tasked to explore a house and perform several chores to please the owners and gather "Happy Points". Chibi-Robo is also a playable character in Super Smash Flash 2 and, while fighting, receives support from his assistant Telly Vision.
This is a series of colorful life simulation games where the player's avatar lives in a woodland town featuring anthropomorphic animals as the town's residents and neighbors. While heavily represented in Super Smash Bros., this is not the case for Super Smash Flash 2 where a single stage and a single item are the only representatives in the game.
A real-time strategy game series that started on the GameCube where the focus is to direct a horde of plant-like creatures called Pikmin, which are used to collect items, destroy obstacles, and fight giant monsters. The series contributes only one stage lifted directly from Super Smash Bros. Brawl called Distant Planet, which works pretty much the same.
A series dedicated to Nintendo's latest handheld gaming system, the Nintendo 3DS, capable of displaying autostereoscopic images without the aid of glasses. The universe only includes a stage based on the system itself.
A relatively new series where the player controls the eponymous submarine trying to sink enemy submarines and battleships while avoiding other stuff like mines. A stage in SSF2 takes place on the deck of the Steel Diver. The stage is submerged underwater, reducing gravity and making fighters floatier.
A third-party franchise belonging to SEGA, and a longtime rival franchise to Nintendo's Mario series in the years before SEGA became a software developer for Nintendo and other companies. This world with anthropomorphic characters is the setting of many games covering multiple genres. Its eponymous mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, along with Shadow the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, and Knuckles the Echidna, are playable characters in Super Smash Flash. Sonic and Tails have also returned in Super Smash Flash 2.
A third-party franchise, and also one of Capcom's primary franchises, about a robot lab assistant called Rock converted into a fighting robot to defend the world from Dr. Wily's violent robotic threats. However, this series also features other storylines that take place in the far future that are mostly independent of the classic storyline. In Super Smash Flash, Mega Man X and Zero from the Mega Man X series are playable characters, while in Super Smash Flash 2, Mega Man of the classic series is a playable character.
A third-party franchise based on BANDAI NAMCO Games' flagship mascot, PAC-MAN. As one of the oldest video game icons and the main character of a franchise that helped in revolutionizing video games, PAC-MAN is about a PAC-person named, PAC-MAN, who protects PAC-Land from the evil ghosts. PAC-MAN was originally introduced in Super Smash Flash 2 as an Assist Trophy until beta where he was upgraded to a playable character.
A third-party franchise, created by the defunct Hudson Soft, now owned by Konami, focusing on action, maze-based video games where the goal is to strategically place bombs in order to kill enemies and destroy obstacles. The main character is a cheerful robot called Bomberman, who can generate bombs from his hands. Given his status, he is the playable representative of the series.
A third-party franchise, published and developed by SQUARE ENIX, of fantasy role-playing games. Each game has its own storyline, but features common elements between them that define the franchise, like creatures, character names and character classes. The protagonist of FINAL FANTASY VII and other spin-offs, Cloud Strife, is the only playable character in Super Smash Flash, while the job-class Black Mage is currently the only representative in Super Smash Flash 2. This universe also has its own sub-universe in the KINGDOM HEARTS universe, though this one is more of a standalone series on its own and takes place on its own universe.
A third-party franchise, also by SQUARE ENIX, and technically a sub-universe of FINAL FANTASY. It is an action RPG crossover series of various Disney settings, based in a universe made specifically for the series, and characters from FINAL FANTASY. The series' main character Sora, is a playable character.
A third-party franchise, another series of role-playing games published and developed by SQUARE ENIX. This visualized the time traveling game CHRONO TRIGGER, that takes place on a fictional alternate timeline of earth as the characters frequently travel through time to obtain allies, gather equipment, or learn information for their quest. The main protagonist Crono is a playable character in Super Smash Flash.
A third-party franchise of console role-playing games published by NAMCO. This series is made up mostly of different settings featuring different characters, in a similar fashion to FINAL FANTASY. The game that is primarily featured is Tales of Symphonia, which takes place in the fictional world of Sylvarant, a land that is dying due to a steady loss of mana, the energy source that is needed both for magic and to support life itself. The main protagonist Lloyd Irving is a playable character in both Super Smash Flash games.
A third-party franchise, developed by Konami, of dark fantasy games centered on the Belmonts clan of vampire hunters, and their fight with Count Dracula. From Project M, a stage in Super Smash Flash 2 called Dracula's Castle is included among the selection.
A third-party franchise, another one by Konami, of stealth and espionage shooting games set on a fictional take of real-world Earth in somewhat apocalyptic time periods in the future where nuclear deterrence and various moral issues are dealt with as social commentary by the games themselves. Shadow Moses Island appears as a stage in Super Smash Flash 2.
A fourth-party franchise, based on the manga and anime series created and written by Akira Toriyama, about mystical objects called the "Dragon Balls". The main protagonist is Son Goku, a Saiyan who utilizes skills and abilities of the martial arts, he uses his powers for the benefit of humans. He is playable in Super Smash Flash 2.
A fourth-party franchise, based on manga and anime series created and written by Rumiko Takahashi. The series follows InuYasha, a hanyō (半妖, Half-Demon); Higurashi Kagome, a time-traveling high school student; Miroku, a lecherous monk; Shippō, a Fox Yōkai; Sango, a demon slayer; and her nekomata Kilala during the Sengoku period as they seek to find all the fragments of the Shikon no Tama (四魂の玉) and to keep them out of the hands of evildoers, especially Naraku. Even though the series consists of various characters, only InuYasha makes his stance in Super Smash Flash.
A fourth-party franchise, based on the manga and anime series created and written by Eiichiro Oda. Follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young rubber man who, alongside with his diverse crew of pirates: the Straw Hat Pirates, explores the Grand Line in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next King of the Pirates. Due to a very high number of requests from fans, Luffy became a playable character in Super Smash Flash 2.
A fourth-party franchise, based on the manga and anime series created and written by Masashi Kishimoto. The plot tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition and aspires to become the Hokage, the ninja in his village that is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all. Naruto is so far the only playable character. He appears in Super Smash Flash in his original outfit, and in his Shippūden costume in Super Smash Flash 2.
A fourth-party franchise, based on the manga and anime series created and written by Tite Kubo. It follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he accidentally obtains the power of a shinigami from Kuchiki Rukia. Gaining these abilities forces him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife. Ichigo is a playable character in Super Smash Flash 2.
A fourth-party franchise, based on the 2004 computer-animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures with the same name, centering on a family of superheroes. Only Mr. Incredible is playable in Super Smash Flash.
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These are the various franchises that have not been recognized as primary universes by any Super Smash Flash game, and this is indicated by the fact these franchises do not carry their own series symbols. As a general rule, such universes lack any playable characters or stages in the games, but any of the following franchises contributes an item, Assist Trophy, music, or some other minor element. Like in the original Super Smash Bros. games, the universe may be assigned the property and its respective franchise the Super Smash Bros. series symbol.
An action video game series created by Nintendo focusing on an unnamed Balloon Fighter with two balloons attached to his helmet whose mission is to pop the enemy Balloon Fighters's balloons, without getting his own balloons popped while avoiding falling in the water, getting eaten by the large fish, or getting hit by a lightning. It spawned a rather obscure Game boy sequel titled Balloon Kid. An obstacle from the original game, the Flipper, is among the items selection in both Super Smash Flash games.
Clu Clu Land
These series comprises only one game developed by Nintendo and released back in 1984 on the Famicom. The player has to guide a female balloonfish called Bubbles as she swims around in a maze trying to uncover all the golden Ingots while also avoiding dangerous sea urchins called Unira and other threats. Due to its hazardous nature, Unira in one of the items that can appear during matches in SSF2; once it is thrown, it sprouts out its spikes, sticking on the surface, and damaging any passersby.
A series of racing games published by Nintendo which, unlike other racing titles, feature very fast-paced gameplay with tracks filled with obstacles. The series started with the release of Excitebike for the NES where the player takes the role of a motocross rider to race solo or against computer-assisted riders, against a certain time limit and qualify for the "Excitebike championship". It was succeeded by two direct sequels: Excitebike 64 for the Nintendo 64 and Excitebike: World Rally for the Wii; it also spawned two spiritual successors: Excite Truck and Excitebots: Trick Racing. A set of multiple Excitebike riders appear when released from an Assist Trophy, damaging any opponents that come in their way.
An open-ended city-building series originally designed by developer Will Wright and originally published by Maxis (now a division of Electronic Arts) and has spawned several different editions that have sold worldwide, with the first game in the series, SimCity, published in 1989. The SNES version of SimCity was developed and published by Nintendo in 1991, though it features the same gameplay and scenario features, the company also incorporated their own ideas. One of these is the inclusion of an adviser for the player called Dr. Wright. This character can be released from an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Flash 2 to summon a pile of skyscrapers that violently "grow" from the ground, damaging any opponents that come in contact with them.
The Legendary Starfy
A video game series developed by TOSE and published by Nintendo described more as a "marine platform", due to the game being more about swimming than running and jumping around. Starfy, the protagonist of the series and the most recurring playable character of the same, can be released from an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Flash 2, once he's out, he lets his cheerful personality to bright walking around minding his own business, but once he glances at the summoner's opponents, Starfy will execute his signature "Star Spin" move, continuously damaging any opponents that come in contact with him. It is possible to attack Starfy to prevent him from attacking.
Dillon's Rolling Western
These series was developed by Vanpool and published by Nintendo as downloadable games for the Nintendo 3DS. The original Dillon's Rolling Western, released in 2012, combines elements of 3D exploration, action sequences and tower defense games where its protagonist is the aforementioned Dillon, an armadillo who must defend frontier villages from walking rock-like enemies called Groks. A direct sequel titled Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger was later released on 2013. Using exactly the method or curling into a ball and rolling into opponents, Dillon is one the many Assist Trophy characters in Super Smash Flash 2.
A third-party franchise developed by Capcom that tells the story about Joe, an avid movie-goer whose girlfriend Silvia is kidnapped during a film starring Joe's favorite superhero, Captain Blue. Joe is shortly thereafter thrust into Movieland, where Silvia is taken by the villainous group known as Jadow. After accepting a special V-Watch from Captain Blue, Joe transforms into the tokusatsu-style persona Viewtiful Joe and sets out to rescue her. Using his Mach Speed and throwing Voomerangs, Viewtiful Joe is an Assist Trophy set to appear in Super Smash Flash 2. Joe is unique in the sense he has been worked to work almost exactly as if he was playable, able to detect players more than any other Assist Trophy.
↑Series symbols only appear in Super Smash Flash 2, due to this, the rule for assigning a symbol for a franchise makes an exception for the ones that are represented in the original Super Smash Flash but are not found in the reboot.