Smash 4

What makes a Super Smash Bros. character annoying? It’s a very specific cocktail of repetitive, invulnerabile, low-effort or spammy moves that, together, make you want to throw your controller at the television.

Everybody has that one Smash fighter they hate playing against. But one thing I realized after setting out to list the top ten annoying Smash characters is that, in their own way, every Smash character is annoying: characters who are too over-powered are annoying; characters whose moves are inescapable are annoying; characters who can roll across the stage are annoying; characters who have minions are annoying; characters who spam projectiles (and especially when those projectiles make annoying sounds) are annoying; characters whose moves all look the same are annoying; and characters who are Bayonetta are annoying.

Really, that’s most of the characters.

Below, I have ranked all of the Smash 4 characters from least to most annoying in accordance with how obnoxious they are to play against. Although I offer no specific explanations, I have a few notes that could help mitigate the inevitable angry comments I see coming from miles and miles away.

55. Sheik*

54. Zero Suit Samus

53. Charizard

52. Ganondorf

51. Ike

50. Palutena

49. Donkey Kong

48. Bowser

47. Link**

46. Samus

45. Mewtwo

44. Falco

43. Fox

42. Zelda

41. Ryu

40. Peach

39. Mario

38. Luigi

37. Captain Falcon

36. Mega Man

35. Meta Knight

34. Greninja

33. Lucina

32. Corrin

31. Roy

30. Marth

29. Robin

28. Rosalina & Luma

27. Toon Link

26. Little Mac

25. Dark Pit

24. Pit

23. King Dedede

22. Duck Hunt

21. Rob

20. Lucas

19. Ness

18. Shulk

17. Villager

16. Bowser Jr.

15. Villager

14. Wario

13. Pikachu

12. Dr. Mario***

11. Wii Fit Trainer

10. Olimar

9. Diddy Kong

8. Yoshi****

7. Pac-Man

6. Jigglypuff

5. Mr. Game & Watch

4. Kirby

3. Cloud

2. Sonic*****

1. Bayonetta

A few notes:*Sheik is not annoying because she is not cheap. Relatedly, I also main her.**Big, heavy characters with easy-to-anticipate moves tend to be less annoying.***I hate the sound of Dr. Mario’s “Megavitamin” move, especially when it’s spammed.****Yoshi can eat you, poop you out as an egg and drop you off a cliff while your body helplessly struggles to escape death. It is annoying as hell.*****All of Sonic’s moves look essentially the same. They make essentially the same noise, which is the sound of my cavities getting drilled. He has a move that is just him rolling across the stage, a move type universally considered obnoxious, in part, because it requires little effort and is difficult to avoid.


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