Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is shaping up to be the best in the series and arguably one of the best games ever made. One of the reasons for that is bringing a lot of fan favorite characters to the roster. In previous games, there has been consternation over “clones,” or characters who share movesets with another character.
However, Smash Ultimate has introduced a new class of fighter called Echo Fighters, who are specifically noted to be extremely similar to another character, just with a few minor differences, acknowledging that they are there mostly to pad out the roster. This new designation has fueled interest in getting more characters in the roster, including several fan favorites that have only appeared as trophies or Assist Trophies thus far.
Here, I’m going to give a possible Echo Fighter for every announced fighter for Smash Ultimate thus far. Now, just to head off a possible complaint, no, I don’t think every fighter will have an Echo Fighter, just ones that can be easily implemented. I also admit that a lot of these choices are stretching things. Hell, some of these choices might even become full proper fighters in their own right. This is just for fun.
For completionist’s sake, I’m also going to include officially confirmed Echo Fighters. Also, the Mii Fighters (#51-53) are not included on this list due to their customizable nature.
Everyone’s favorite plumber already has two clones in Luigi and Dr. Mario, though they’ve differentiated themselves in every game, that he doesn’t really need another copy of him. But there is one aspect of the character that needs more love and that’s his Paper self. Paper Mario’s Super Jump Punch can stay the same, his Fireball can have higher arcs and is speedier, but doesn’t travel as far, and his Final Smash could be summoning one of his Thing cards from Color Splash. His side Special could be a form of Superguard from Thousand Year Door, except one of Mario’s partners (including Huey from Color Splash) come out for one attack. As for his Down Special, it could be his Paint Hammer, which charges up and spreads out paint when slammed down. If a fighter gets covered in paint, it has the same effect as being hit by Inkling’s ink.
Some people have joked that Kiddy Kong should be DK’s Echo Fighter to complete the SNES trilogy, but with Funky getting into Mario Kart and now Tropical Freeze, he feels more natural than Kiddy. It also helps that Funky’s always used the same model as the big ape himself, making it even easier. Funky’s version of the Helicopter Spin could use his surfboard hover from Tropical Freeze, instead of a Giant Punch he could spin his surfboard into a big horizontal whack, while instead of a Headbutt Funky could swing his surfboard down vertically. He would share DK’s Ground Pound while his Final Smash would have the characters get run over by his various barrel vehicles.
I can understand people being skittish on a fourth Link in this game, but there are a lot of old school Zelda fans who would like to play as a left-handed adult Link, and bringing over the Link from Hyrule Warriors would be a good way to allow that. His design is unique enough thanks to the scarf, and there wouldn’t be much needed to change to his moveset. Hyrule Warriors Link’s Spin Attack and Boomerang specials would remain the same. His arrows could remain the same, though with a possible added flourish of giving him the multiple arrows from its powered up form from the game. Instead of the two-step Bombs, he would simply throw 4 or 5 bombs in an arc that automatically explode. As for his Final Smash, it would be a supercharged and very wide Spin Attack.
Obviously, this has already been confirmed as happening. Her differences were already addressed by Sakurai in the August Direct.
Birdo is Yoshi’s counterpart in a lot of the Mario spinoff games like Mario Tennis anyway, so it makes sense to keep that here. She also uses eggs for her attacks in her canon appearances, so that helps. She doesn’t have Yoshi’s tongue, but instead of that, she can expand her snout and eat her opponent kinda like Wario, but with the ability to create eggs like Yoshi. It IS weird to have her flutterjump, but I doubt anybody would really mind.
Kirby is a bit difficult to get an Echo Fighter pinned down because he doesn’t have a true counterpart. I’ve heard a few people suggest Prince Fluff from Kirby’s Epic Yarn, but aside from the design, Fluff doesn’t share any of Kirby’s traditional abilities. A much better option would be Gooey, who actually DOES share Kirby’s abilities in Kirby’s Dreamland 3. The only major change would be that Gooey grabs enemies with his tongue instead of inhaling them, so he would likely use Yoshi’s animation for that. The Cutter could be replaced with the Sword, while his Final Smash could be his Dark Laser Flare, where he fires lasers in an X pattern, from Kirby Star Allies.
Saki is the main character of the game Sin & Punishment, which has often been compared to the StarFox series since they’re both on-rail shooters. Might as well add to that in Smash. Despite the sword in the picture above, it can also double as a gun. The sword mode can be used in Tilt and Smash attacks, as well as in his Down Special. Saki’s Final Smash could have him transform into his Ruffian Form and unleash a flurry of slashes and blasts.
This might seem odd, especially since Generation 3 isn’t being focused on at all, but it will make sense later on. We’ll come back to Pikachu.
Like Mario, Luigi doesn’t have many alternate selves left as Echo Fighter candidates, but one that stands out is Mr. L from Super Paper Mario. Not only does it give us more Paper Mario representation, but it also gives Luigi a bit of a confidence boost. His moves and animations would be more confident than Luigi proper, although all of his Specials would remain the same. His Final Smash would use his “brother” Brobot to rain down havoc.
Ninten is the main character of Earthbound Beginnings, the first game in the franchise. I think you can see why he’s the obvious choice for Ness’ Echo Fighter just by the picture alone. The only real change I would really make is his Final Smash. Unlike Ness’ which expands outward, and Lucas’ which goes inward, Ninten’s could just rain straight down.
I’ve seen a few people think suggest Captain Rainbow instead of Captain Falcon, as both have a similar body type and are equally flamboyant, but I think Blood Falcon would be a better fit. Not only would it include another villain, but it would take less effort to bring him to life. As for his moves, he’d share Captain Falcon’s Special moves, but Blood Falcon’s would be a bit weaker, but have a poison-like effect where it slowly raises percentage a few seconds after it connects. And, obviously, his Final Smash would use the Blood Hawk rather than the Blue Falcon
Jigglypuff doesn’t really have many logical choices for an Echo Fighter, with the best option being its evolved form, Wigglytuff. Obviously, all the Special moves would be the same, as well as the Final Smash. The big difference would be that Wigglytuff is slightly tankier but slower.
Obviously, this one is also already confirmed. I do wish Daisy used Toadette instead of a different Toad, though.
Dry Bowser has been getting a lot of attention from Nintendo recently, which makes him perfect for being his other self’s Echo Fighter. His Special Moves would be the same, and just for fun, let’s give him Bowser’s Final Smash and create a Giga Dry Bowser. The main difference is that he’d be faster and lighter, since he doesn’t have Bowser’s fleshy meats to slow him down.
The Ice Climbers are a bit hard to pin down for Echo Fighters. While Nintendo has plenty of duos, but the thing with Echo Fighters is that they have to share the same moveset as the original, and most of those duos don’t use hammers. So, I decided to bring back the Mario Bros. Yes, we already have two Marios and a Luigi (and double that with this list), but these would be based on the Mario Bros. from the original arcade game, which have a vastly different look than the plumbers we know and love. Their hammers would come from the original Donkey Kong game. As for their specials, their Up and Side Specials would remain the same. Their neutral special would have them throw Shellcreepers instead of Freezies while their Down Special would have them shoot fire instead of ice, maybe using blowtorches. Their Final Smash would summon a giant POW Block which would also affect fighters in the air.
Given that Sheik is a ninja from Ocarina of Time, it makes sense that her Echo Fighter would be the one who originally trained her. While the Skyward Sword and Hyrule Warriors versions are more well liked, the Ocarina version would be easier to apply to Sheik’s moveset. They could just make up a new design that incorporates all three, anyway. Her Final Smash would have her pull out her Giant Blade from Hyrule Warriors and give one mighty slash.
With Zelda taking her design from A Link Between Worlds, it only makes sense to have her Echo Fighter be Hilda from the same game. Most of her moves would be the same, except she would use the Inverted Triforce instead of the proper one. Also, instead of a Phantom swinging its sword, Hilda would summon Ravio to swing his Nice Hammer. I know people would rather have Ravio be Young Link’s Echo Fighter, but his portrayal in Link Between Worlds and Hyrule Warriors don’t really match the various Links, meaning it would feel odd to see him using the same moves as his Hyrulian counterpart.
This is another “no duh” choice. Dr. Luigi would use all of base Luigi’s moveset, just like Dr. Mario uses Mario’s old moveset. The only change would be his Final Smash, which would bring back the Negative Zone from Brawl.
All right, this is gonna be a combination description with Pikachu. Plusle and Minun would share the same moves with their original counterparts, but the major difference would be their innate Abilities. In the original games, Minun and Plusle would power each other up if they were in the same battle, and that would apply here. If someone is playing as Minun, and someone else is playing as Plusle or another Minun, all of them would be powered up as long as they are both alive. It doesn’t matter if they are opponents or teammates. This pairing also has a bit of a Smash connection if you believe the “Pra_Mai” file from Brawl referred to this duo.
Continuing the StarFox/Sin & Punishment comparisons, we have Falco’s Echo Fighter as Isa Jo, Saki’s kid in the sequel Star Successor. All the differences between Fox and Falco would more or less apply to Saki and Isa, complete with the same Final Smash.
Obviously, already official. Keeping their same stats as Wii U.
Since I already talked about how Ravio wouldn’t fit Young Link’s moveset, who would fit instead? Rather than another Link, we’ll get a Link-like side character in Ralph from The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages. If Sakurai wanted to give him a shield, which he didn’t use in his home game, Ralph can just get one of the many generic Hylian Soldier shield designs. Ralph’s Specials would be the same, but his Final Smash would summon Din and Nayru to use their abilities to pummel opponents.
This might seem a bit lazy, but here me out. People have been complaining forever that Ganondorf shouldn’t be using Captain Falcon’s moveset, and what better way to alleviate that than with the Hyrule Warriors version of Ganondorf? His sword moves for his regular attacks could be lifted from the myriad of other sword fighters in the game, while his Special Attacks could remain the same, just slightly modified. Most notably, the Force Choke would have Ganondorf summon his demon energy hand to grab opponents instead of shooting forward, meaning it wouldn’t be a good recovery move. His Up Special could also be a more generic “slash upwards at high sped” attack than his original counterpart’s explosive grab.
Most of the Pokémon are hard to make Echo Fighters for, but Mewtwo is especially tough because it’s typically the only one in whatever setting is being used. Thus, we have Shadow Mewtwo from Pokkén Tournament, which gives Mewtwo a more distinct look. To make things better, Shadow Mewtwo in its home game uses the Mega Mewtwo X form for its Mega Evolution, allowing Sakurai to get both forms in the game.
While a lot of people mistook Chrom as being Ike’s Echo Fighter since he is using Aether, he’s actually Roy’s instead.
This is another reach, I know. For those who have no idea who this is, Diskun is the mascot for the original Famicom system in Japan. I have absolutely no idea how Game & Watch’s moves could transfer over other than just a straight copy, but there aren’t a lot of other options. Diskun would at least fit the “WTF” factor Sakurai is looking for, especially outside Japan.
Another obvious choice. Galacta Knight is often used as Meta Knight’s counterpart after its introduction, and Meta Knight even had a Galacta color scheme in previous Smash games, so it makes sense to make him a full fledged fighter.
Another official pairing. I honestly forget what the difference between the two are aside from how they shoot their arrows.
Admittedly, Sylux would make a better pick for Samus’ Echo Fighter instead of Zero Suit Samus, but Dark Samus already took that slot and there aren’t a lot of other Metroid candidates to choose from. He would likely use more punches than kicks and possibly incorporate some of Samus’ moves instead, such as the Charge Shot rather than the Paralyzing Beam.
Wario’s another one that’s hard to pin down. You would think Waluigi, but he is far too tall and lanky to transfer Wario’s moves to. The only option for Wario is...another Wario. This is a form he takes in Wario Land 3. His Up Special can have him turn into Bat Wario from Wario Land 4, but otherwise his moves would be the same, including the bike. And because Wario likes mocking people, his Vampire self’s Final Smash can be a copy of Simon’s Grand Cross Final Smash, except instead of crosses he shoots out garlics.
I know the obvious choice for Snake is either Big Boss or Old Snake, but I’m gonna get a bit creative and choose Raiden, specifically his Metal Gear Solid 2 form rather than his cyborg form from Rising or Revengeance. He’d keep most of Snake’s moves, except that some of his regular attacks would incorporate his sword, using similar moves to other sword fighters in the game.
One of the reasons people are annoyed at having so many Fire Emblem characters in Smash is largely because many of them are based off of Marth either in their moveset or their looks. Well, why not expand that a bit more by bringing in an axe user from Fire Emblem? Furthermore, bring in one of the most popular ones in Hector from The Blazing Blade, though I can see that raising some confusion since he’s from Roy’s game, yet is Ike’s Echo Fighter.
I don’t think Sakurai would have the final designs for the Player Characters or the starters from next year’s Gen 8 Pokémon games, so an Echo Fighter would take after Gen 7, as those are the latest games in the series. Decidueye would take Charizard’s place since it’s the most popular of the three Gen 7 Starters, with Litten taking Squirtle’s spot. Brionne gets the middle slot mainly for personal reasons since I absolutely adore Brionne. Though I used the base game PC designs, I could also see using the Ultra designs as well.
A lot of people believe that Dixie could never be Diddy’s Echo Fighter, but it’s actually pretty easy. Any attack that uses Diddy’s tail, just change to using Dixie’s ponytail. The Peanut Popgun can be replaced with Dixie’s Bubblegum Blower from Tropical Freeze. As for the recovery move, Dixie can simply apply DK’s Spinning Kong as her Helicopter Spin, but with a few changes. It would continue as long as the button is held or until she hits a platform, but in exchange she’s slower and more vulnerable. Her Final Smash would have her pull out her guitar from Donkey Kong Country 2 and shoot out shockwaves as she played her signature tune.
For those who don’t know, Claus is Lucas’ brother in Mother 3. You could argue for the Masked Man instead, since that would help with a good moveset for the character, but given how similar the other Earthbound fighters are, Claus himself would fit the scheme a lot better. Perhaps he could use his Masked Man tools rather than Lucas’ toys. Finally, his PK Starstorm could go horizontally instead of vertical.
This one is such a lock I’m surprised it hasn’t been said yet. Shadow already shares a lot of moves with Sonic in his home series, so I’d be shocked if Shadow doesn’t appear.
King Dedede doesn’t have many options for an Echo Fighter, especially since Masked Dedede is being used as his Final Smash. Thus, Wart gets the nod because he shares a similar enough design to occupy the same hitbox. Wart doesn’t have a hammer, but he can just use an eggplant on a stick or something.
This is assuming that Alph is remaining an alternate costume and isn’t Olimar’s actual Echo Fighter. He’d play more or less the same as Olimar and Alph, except maybe a little faster.
In order to be Lucario’s Echo Fighter, you need someone that is a rather lanky fighter, and in the Pokémon world, one of the few that fits is Blaziken. Instead of Aura Sphere, Blaziken can charge up Fire Blast in its mouth, use Fire Punch instead of Force Palm, and possible Sky Uppercut instead of Extremespeed. Its Final Smash would also have it Mega Evolve and use a flurry of Blaze Kicks or something similar.
R.O.B. is another one of those that has a hard time getting a good Echo Fighter, and the best one I can find is Chibi-Robo, which would share its robotic animations. The Up Special could be using Telly Vision like how Mega Man uses Beat, the Side Special could have Robo spin around its plug in place of R.O.B.’s arms, the Neutral Special could have Robo shoot jolts of electricity from its plug, and the Down Special could be a copy of Inkling’s Roller, using its vacuum to mow down opponents and collect items along the way. Its Final Smash can have it suck up nearby fighters and shoot it out with heavy damage.
Since we’re running out of Links, let’s get some more Zeldas in there. Tetra has a sword, so she can already share a lot of Toon Link’s moves, and Toon Link’s Special Moves are low key enough to be used by Tetra too. Maybe instead of the Spin Attack, Tetra can use her pistol from Hyrule Warriors to fire downward to push her up. Her Final Smash would be the Light Arrows like Sheik’s.
Rounding up the StarFox/Sin & Punishment trio is Kachi from Star Successor. Like her other two compatriots, she would have mostly the same moveset, just with minor differences in strength and speed. Even though she doesn’t technically have a Ruffian Form in her home games, she’ll still transform for her Final Smash, but into her combined form with Isa.
The easy answer here is Isabelle, but it’s a lot harder to see her attacking other fighters than it would Villager. For that reason, I’m going with Pockle, the main character of the obscure GameCube game Giftpia. Like Villager, he goes around performing random errands for the townsfolk, but he’s forced to by the mayor, otherwise he’d go to jail. I’ll fully admit that if Villager does get an Echo Fighter, it will likely be Isabelle.
Normally, one would choose Proto Man or X to be Mega Man’s Echo Fighter, but there’s a problem of proportions. Mega Man in Smash is based off of his sprite rather than his normal design, which makes him a lot stouter than the other members of his series. Proto Man would have been viable if he didn’t appear in Mega Man’s Final Smash with his normal design. With that in mind, the next logical choice would be Roll, who often shares Mega Man’s proportions anyway. Plus, she can just use Mega Man’s leftover Custom Moves that were junked in Wii U/3DS.
This might be the one that reaches the farthest. Ayumi Tachibana is from Nintendo’s Detective Club series, which has never left Japan. I honestly don’t really have any moveset options for her, but she’s humanoid and the Wii Fit series didn’t introduce multiple trainers, so she gets chosen by default. As for her moves, many of them could incorporate her school bag. Instead of volleyball, she could launch a soccer ball (since she starts out in school and Japanese kids love soccer?), her version of the Meditation move could have her calming down from being too excited, her version of the Sun’s Salutation move could charge up a giant magnifying glass, and her recovery move could have her leap off her school bag, which reappears when she lands on the ground. Can you tell I know very, very little about the Detective Club series?
If Rosalina was by herself, you could easily pick Pauline to be her Echo Fighter, but the presence of Luma complicates things. With Luma, the only other real option for an Echo Fighter is the Cosmic Spirit, a weird NPC from Super Mario Galaxy 2. Most of her moves would be the same as Rosalina, except maybe her Final Smash, which would have minor property changes.
If the blonde-haired protagonist from Super Punch-Out!! was a separate character, I would have chosen that guy. But since they’re all apparently Little Mac, I decided to give some spotlight to the most famous of Little Mac’s opponents not based on a real person, Glass Joe. Kinda like Luigi to Mario, Glass Joe’s moves would be a lot more cowardly or tentative than Little Mac’s. And he would share Little Mac’s Final Smash, getting a Giga Form of his very own.
Like most of of the Pokémon, it’s a bit hard to get a viable Echo Fighter for Greninja, so we’re going with Greninja’s alternate form introduced in the anime. Most of his anime moveset is already a part of normal Greninja’s moveset, so things wouldn’t change much. The biggest change would be his Up Special, which would change from Waterfall to using the Water Shuriken on his back to float down like a kite, which it does in the anime.
The best option for Palutena’s Echo Fighter is her main rival from the Kid Icarus series: Medusa. She can use whatever Specials Palutena left behind in Wii U/3DS, while also having a brief stopping attack by turning her opponent to stone (likely her Down Special), and maybe an attack where her snake hair lashes out in a rapid-fire combo.
Another one of the bigger “duh”’s on the list. The only real changes to her moveset would be using her Ghosts rather than Pac-Man’s.
This would probably upset a lot of people who want Issac from Golden Sun to be his own character (with Felix as his Echo Fighter), but I can’t think of a more perfect fit for Robin’s instead. His Djinn and Psyenergy moves are a good match for Robin’s tombs and he’s a sword fighter too, obviously. The biggest change would be that Issac’s sword wouldn’t break after a few uses, though his Djinn would still get tired.
This likely has little chance in happening due to different production times, but Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is still the most likely option to Echo Shulk, especially since he has his own version of the Monado as well. The biggest change would be in his neutral special. Instead of choosing between five different traits, Rex would summon either Pyra or Mythra, who would boost him in different ways.
Since Bowser Jr’s alternate costumes are the Koopalings, there’s not a lot of options for his Echo Fighter. So, I decided to combine two into one. Baby Boswer, from Yoshi’s Island, would ride on top of Kamek from the same game, with Kamek using his magic to replicate the Clown Car’s specials. I suppose you could just have Kamek by himself, but the Up Special I would have Baby Bowser leaping off of Kamek, and Kamek poofing back over once Baby Bowser lands on solid ground.
Arguably the biggest reach on this list. I know people suggest Banjo-Kazooie, but I think that’s a bit of a waste for the duo. Cubivore gets the nod because...it’s a quadraped. I don’t even know if there’s a default “lead Cubivore” design. I also have no idea how to incorporate the Zapper gun moves. Was there another Duck Hunt game with a different dog and duck design?
Another of the “No Duh” options on this list. I know a lot of people would prefer Akuma, but Ken is the classic Ryu clone, so he gets the nod. Whatever differences he has in his home series are carried over in this game.
I know the easy answer is Zack, given Cloud’s backstory in the game, but I would think Sakurai would want somebody from a different game to give a bit more Final Fantasy representation rather than just 7. Some would choose Squall since he also wears leather and has a big sword, but I decided on Lightning since Final Fantasy 13 is also fairy popular, she was designed to be her series’ Cloud, and even has a costume based on him. I suppose Noctus is also an option.
Oh, hey. Another big reach because I couldn’t think of anything better. I mostly chose Lip from Panel de Pon (aka Puzzle League) because she has magic that can replicate a good chunk of Corrin’s moves.
This one is obvious. Just look at that picture above.
Another obvious choice. Not much else needs to be said.
While Meta-Ridley was confirmed for this game, given that it wasn’t available in the demo, and the lack of actual available options, I’m gonna say Meta-Ridley is Ridley’s Echo Fighter. He’ll be kinda like Marth and Lucina, where his moves will have different sweet spots.
Another one already confirmed.
K. Rool, like a lot of other fighters, doesn’t have many good options for Echo Fighters, so I’m gonna choose Lord Fredrik, the main boss from Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze. His horn can substitute for K. Rool’s gun and his ice ball attack can be used in his Up Special. His Final Smash would summon the Ice Dragons from his home game to rain pain on his opponents.
So, that’s it, possible Echo Fighters for every member of the roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Are there any other options you can think of?