Disclaimer: This isn’t a hate article. We hate none of these characters and chose these from an objective standpoint. These choices may not be representative of the entire team.
Newcomers. The individuals who get stared at when they walk into a room for the first time.
This, obviously, is about newcomers to Smash. Not who’s the most hotly requested, but about who would generate the most salt from the collective fanbase. Now keep in mind: as said in the disclaimer, most of us are impartial to these characters. This is us throwing out a reasonable guess, in no particular order.
Without further ado…
Honorable Mention: Fire Emblem as a whole
See, there’s just no other way to spin it. Literally anyone from this franchise would generate unrelenting anger after how poorly people reacted to Corrin in spite (or perhaps because) of the reason given. Ryoma? Azura? Zelgius? Chrom? The character doesn’t matter; anything Fire Emblem in a roster is guaranteed flame bait. Which is honestly a shame considering that it’s more than just the tired anime swordsmen cliché, but try explaining that to hordes of fans still angry over the DLC.
Okay, with a fairly obvious pick out of the way, the actual list.
The tomboy princess, and a mainstay in most spinoff Mario games. Sure, there would be some joy over her inclusion, but it’s tough to imagine it not being accompanied by significant anger from other Mario character fanbases that would feel snubbed by her getting in over, arguably more requested characters like Paper Mario, (Captain) Toad, Waluigi, and maybe even Geno if you want to stretch it a bit. To say nothing of how polarizing her own fanbase is to most, but that’s a different topic.
The fourth wall shattering old ape. Sure, there would be a lot of hilarity over the character after the fact, but when you consider that he’s from a series which has both King K. Rool and Dixie Kong, the former’s fanbase feeling especially denied in the last Smash title, it kinda becomes obvious that adding Cranky Kong over either of them would cause
everyone to go bananas more than a little hatred. Not necessarily a bad choice for a character, just one that would generate some negative sentiment over past events.
Yeah, it’s true that Krystal was originally considered for Brawl before being ditched for Wolf over a lack of time. But saying that the circumstances have changed since then would be putting it lightly. Star Fox goes on hiatus, Wolf is cut from the next Smash game, doesn’t make it back as DLC to the ire of many who considered him a shoo-in, the entire series is rebooted again with Star Fox Zero, which omits Krystal entirely, it ultimately proves to be a controversial entry for a wealth of reasons and the series’ future is currently in question (and this will probably be outdated by the time the Nintendo Switch presentation happens). Short to the point, that all comes together and makes Krystal a character that if added over Wolf or even Slippy would generate some sizable salt.
Shovel KnightThe man of shovelry. Indies are touchy subjects as is, even in the realm of third party characters, but more than a few people despise the knight, especially after the ultimately untrue rumor that he was coming as DLC for Smash 3DS/Wii U. Sure, there exist indies that would generate far more anger than our shovelling friend (Beck, anyone?), but the fact of the matter is that Shovel Knight had a day in the limelight that would only invite discussion that blew up like dynamite, and it’s why more than a few people loathe him so.
Style Savvy Character
Um….stylists? I mean, the Wii Fit Trainer, despite being a head-scratcher of an inclusion, comes from a series that has a large audience (the Wii Fit trilogy selling over 40 million copies is worth noting). In truth, this slot could quite easily go to any overly niche Nintendo character, but even in the realm of that, would more people reasonably take this over, say, the Arcade Bunny or Swapnote’s Nikki? It’s not unfair to say that probably not.
In the end, there are realistically a lot more characters whom are bound to cause salt, and if we listed all of them we’d be here for the next few days. But we’re talking about the present time, of course, so a lot of those characters (for the most part) aren’t on everybody’s radar. But it takes just one curveball inclusion to mess up expectations, so who knows.
Oh, and happy holidays.