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After Sephiroth's inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, who are some other villains we'd love to see join the fray?

Exciting bad guys are always a welcome part of big crossovers and Smash could definitely use a few more

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • January 2, 2021 at 7:47 p.m. PST • Comments: 31

At the Game Awards 2020, Nintendo managed to shock the world yet again with another Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcement, this time in the form of Final Fantasy 7's Sephiroth. While Sephiroth was a bit of a shock when we first saw him, once the dust settled it all just made so much sense — one of the most iconic villains in gaming history who's known to follow Cloud wherever he goes was a perfect fit for Smash after all.

Couple that with the later showcase stream for the character from Masahiro Sakurai himself where we got a closer look at his moveset, the new stage and finally some fantastic new renditions of classic Final Fantasy music and the character's inclusion was most definitely a homerun. But most importantly of all, as the first bad guy in the game's post-launch content he now opens the door for some more villains to join the roster which got the imaginations of both myself and my colleague Justin "AdaptiveTrigger" Gordon running wild.

We decided to pick three video game villains each we'd like to see in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and make a case for them. There weren't really any rules to who could be picked except of course that they be from a video game, but unsurprisingly we still just happened to only focus on villains of franchises already in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate since there wasn't really any franchise we could think of where a villain would take precedence over the hero (at least not any we'd like to see in the roster).

Now without further ado, here are our picks in all of their glory.

Justin's Pick: Porky (Mother/Earthbound series)

Porky, an antagonistic character that goes against Earthbound's Ness and Mother 3's Lucas, is a bit of an oddball pick considering the series' lack of relevance in recent times. However, Porky is able to offer something truly unique to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's gargantuan roster since he'd have to fight in his "Bed Mecha."

Despite Earthbound's relevance problem, the snobby kid not even seeing so much as a mention in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is extremely strange since he acted as a boss in Brawl's Subspace Emissary story mode. Somehow, the generic Galleom got chosen over the Earthbound / Mother villain.

Seeing this robotic boss alongside Marx, Ganon, Giga Bowser, Rathalos, Dracula and Master Hand & Crazy Hand just makes it feel like something is out of place.

Poor Porky doesn't even so much as get a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate while many other characters from the Earthbound / Mother series do. Examples of characters that got referenced as a Spirit over Porky include Ness's Father, Buzz Buzz, Starman, Flying Man, Ramblin' Evil Mushroom and Dungeon Man. Even in the Absolutely Safe Capsule's Spirit, Porky's name never even gets dropped in the text.

What's funny is that many of other Smash's previous unplayable characters at least received some sort of acknowledgement in the form of Spirits. A player can collect Spirits for Tabuu, Duon, Rayquaza, Petey Piranha, Master Core and even the Fighting Alloy Team.

Ridley got the greatest promotion of all and became a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. If Porky were to join as a DLC challenger, then he'd also need to be scaled down just like the Metroid villain.

I imagine this Bed Mecha pilot would attack using lasers, robotic copies that explode and a flurry of stabs using a spider leg. He'd definitely need to offer something different compared to Ness and Lucas' use of psychic attacks.

While there a lot of strikes against the idea of having Porky as a playable character, I think there are also a lot of signs that it could still happen. Personally, I'd be all for Porky's inclusion.

Nick's Pick: Black Shadow (F-Zero series)

Speaking of franchises that have been irrelevant in recent times (but definitely don't deserve to be), here's F-Zero!

F-Zero was Nintendo's premier racing game franchise until Mario Kart hit the stands and even though they have very different aesthetics and gameplay mechanics, Nintendo seem to eventually have abandoned the former after 2003's F-Zero GX for the Nintendo GameCube which was the last major title in the series (though the anime-spinoff based F-Zero: Climax was released for the Gameboy Advance in 2004).

Even though F-Zero has been notably absent from Nintendo's slate of new titles for almost two decades at this point, Captain Falcon has stayed alive through the wonders of Super Smash Bros. and been an immensely popular character due to his bombastic persona in those games.

While Captain Falcon is most certainly an apt representative of the series, given the vast array of colorful characters in the F-Zero universe it's a damned shame to not see more of them shine as well. That's where Black Shadow comes into the picture perfectly, and if I'm being honest this is a character I've been wanting in the roster since I was writing pre-release roster speculation threads for Super Smash Bros. Brawl on GameFAQs.

Black Shadow is a dastardly villain who fits perfectly well with the comic book-esque aesthetics of the F-Zero universe and he's about as mean as they come. Racing in his Black Bull vehicle, he's the perfect foil for Captain Falcon and has stood in his way on more than one occasion, constantly returning to be a thorn in our hero's side.

Even if Nintendo have no plans to bring F-Zero back to the masses demanding its return, they could at least throw us a bone and give us Captain Falcon's most fierce enemy in playable form. In my mind he'd be similar to Ganondorf in that he packs a serious punch when he gets a hit, though also much faster and not quite as powerful due to being from the high-paced F-Zero series.

I do think he's fully deserving of a unique moveset and not something echo-esque — even moreso if he's going to be a post-launch DLC addition — but I also think it's important to maintain his physical agility, similar to what Captain Falcon has. They may not be in their vehicles, but F-Zero really is all about speed, so I'd imagine him being perhaps the swiftest villain character in the game in my dreamscape where he actually makes the cut.

Justin's Pick: Revolver Ocelot (Metal Gear Solid series)

When Snake was added to Brawl, Masahiro Sakurai was adamant that knives and realistic guns were strictly off the table when it came to the development of his moveset. This meant that he'd be relegated to explosives while attacking with specials or smash attacks.

More destructive weapons like grenades, the Nikita, C4 and a mortar was more acceptable for Super Smash Bros. because it could be seen more as a joke. Seeing Snake launch an attack from a mortar that came out of thin air or having him fire an RPG at the ground from point blank range did have a comical effect of sorts.

Since then, we've now had Bayonetta and Joker added to the cast of Super Smash Bros. Both of these challengers have incorporated the firing of guns as part of their movesets.

Bayonetta's neutral special is called "Bullet Climax." Uncharged, it appears to fire regular bullets, but they become purple by holding the button briefly.

In addition, many of Bayonetta's normals and specials can be held to inflict additional chip damage with gun shots. This is particularly effective at forcing approaches from enemies.

As for Joker, his neutral special is literally called "Gun." Canonically, it's actually a toy gun that takes on the properties of a real gun in different worlds.

But for all intents and purposes, Joker's neutral special has him firing a real gun. Proper usage of Joker's Gun special is essential for making him work during high level play.

With all that in mind, it seems that Revolver Ocelot's biggest hurdle preventing him from being a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is no longer an issue.

Though Ocelot typically carries two revolvers with him after a certain incident with Naked Snake (later known as Big Boss), his firearms only have six bullets apiece. As such, it'd be a tragedy if Ocelot didn't two separate meters made up of six bullets each. Reloading would be essential after forcing the opponent away.

"I love to reload during a battle," remarks Ocelot during the first boss battle with him in Metal Gear Solid. "There's nothing like the feeling of slamming a long silver bullet into a well greased chamber."

Without ammunition, many of Revolver Ocelot's attacks should just outright fail. Matches would become interesting if he was also capable of ricocheting bullets based on the stage's layout.

Ocelot would also need to have young and old variations as far as costume choices are concerned. Finally, it just wouldn't be Ocelot without his iconic "You're pretty good" taunt.

Should another Metal Gear character make their way into Smash, there can be no better choice than Revolver Ocelot.

Nick's Pick: Dr. Eggman/Dr. Robotnik (Sonic the Hedgehog series)

Probably the most obvious pick when talking about villains (you don't have to burn down the comments section now), a clear-cut choice that everyone should be able to get behind is Dr. Eggman (formerly known as Dr. Robotnik) from the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

I've gone on record multiple times how much I prefer Nintendo characters over 3rd party newcomers in general for Smash, but even I have to admit that Dr. Eggman is an amazing choice with an absolute abundance of fun things you could stick in his moveset.

Although he isn't a character who tends to do that much physically, he carries with him a variety of mechs and machines, probably more than I can even count, which you could easily draw inspiration from to create a fun moveset for the character. It wouldn't even be unprecedented to have someone in a vehicle since we have Bowser Jr. rocking the classic Clown Car from Super Mario World.

Sonic the Hedgehog is also one of the absolute biggest media franchises in Super Smash Bros., much like Final Fantasy, which makes Dr. Eggman not only a fun choice but quite a feasible one. When discussions about second non-echo representatives for 3rd parties in Super Smash Bros. came up, the vast majority seemed in unison that Sonic would be the first to get one.

The main thing perhaps speaking against Dr. Eggman moreso than someone like Sephiroth is that while he's from an iconic franchise and he's a character everyone knows, he's likely not the most popular character after Sonic (something Sephiroth most definitely is, if not even #1, when it comes to Final Fantasy 7).

The typical choices when talking about Sonic usually end up being Taills, Shadow or Knuckles with even some stray requests for Amy Rose or someone as goofy as Big the Cat. Dr. Eggman is definitely there in the discussion, but he is nowhere near as clear-cut of a choice as Sephiroth must've been for Sakurai when he decided to head back to the Final Fantasy well.

Nevertheless, Dr. Eggman remains one of gaming's most famed antagonists and I truly hope that this dog gets his day in Super Smash Bros. one day, even if it doesn't end up being specificallyl in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Justin's Pick: Hades (Kid Icarus series)

Hades, the final boss of Kid Icarus Uprising, could serve as an interesting villain. Though many of his attacks are somewhat generic looking, there's probably no one better to make a moveset for him than Masahiro Sakurai considering that he worked as the lead designer and writer for Kid Icarus Uprising, the game featuring Hades' debut appearance.

During gameplay, a gigantic Hades would attack Pit with basic punches, kicks and stomps. He'd also throw various projectiles at the player that required unique strategies.

Some projectiles would home in on the player if they didn't act evasively enough. Hades also threw out energy attacks that behaved more violently if Pit recklessly shot at them.

I imagine that Hades could also summon Underworld minions to fight and do his bidding. He basically does this throughout the entirety of Kid Icarus Uprising.

Most importantly, Hades would need his witty remarks to be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This also sounds like a great opportunity to update the "Palutena's Guidance" conversations for DLC fighters...

Nick's Pick: Kamek (Yoshi/Mario series)

Now this is a character where I'm honestly kind of scratching my head how he's not in the game yet. He was honestly up there with King K. Rool as a glaring omission from the game, though not talked about nearly as much.

The Yoshi subseries of the Mario games are fantastically popular in their own right and basically every single one of them has a big thing in common — Kamek is the one standing in your way and using his magic to throw various nasty bosses your way.

While you don't directly fight Kamek all too often, usually only dealing with the various obstacles he puts in your way and culminating in a fight against Baby Bowser (who is a young version of King Bowser, not to be confused with Bowser Jr. who is his son) in gargantuan form.

Even so, a character not doing too much on their own has never been a valid case for discounting them from a Super Smash Bros. roster, with the most classic examples being Fox McCloud and Captain Falcon — two beloved franchise mainstays who've been there from the very beginning, but both of them had barely even been seen outside of their vehicles before becoming a part of the Smash family.

Kamek's inclusion would not only bring an exciting new villain in to the fold, it would also give Yoshi that second representative the series has deserved for the longest time seeing as it's one of the original Super Smash Bros. 64 franchises — the sole one alongside F-Zero who still remain at only one playable representative.

I can definitely see the argument that he's essentially just another Mario character and some people have their fill of Nintendo's flagship franchise already, but to me what's more important is that he's a good character and a big part of Nintendo's history both back in the day but also in current games as well.

Yoshi games have been going strong since the SNES and Kamek has done the same along with them. I know he may not come off as the most exciting pick, but he's a highly recognizable character with a lot of pedigree. We also don't have nearly enough magic users in the cast to balance against all these sword-wielders! Put me down as a solid vote for Kamek in 2021.

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