Now that Sora’s arrival has definitely sealed the deal on the Super Smash Bros. roster. Ultimate, I can finally say what I’ve learned for years: The game doesn’t have too many “anime sword users”. This is the loudest complaint about the game, and it drives me up a wall. Although I know where this came from, it is also completely exaggerated and inaccurate. I’m not saying you shouldn’t worry about such a thing – variety is the spice of life, and no one wants an overabundance of the same type of character. But it’s not as much of a problem as the enemies of swords would have you believe, and I’m here to prove it in every scientific and absurd way imaginable.
First, let’s break down the term “anime sword user”. What does this really mean? The tag “anime” doesn’t make sense because none of the characters in Smash are from an actual anime. They are all original video game characters. There is no anime to be had.
Now you can say, “You are discussing semantics. They see like anime characters. I imagine? I mean, if you say they look like Japanese cartoons, then news flash: almost the entire list falls under that distinction. In fact, the only non-Japanese fighters are Banjo Kazooie, Minecraft Steve, and – to be super technical – Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and King K. Rool (because Rare, a UK studio, designed these guys). although Nintendo owns the characters).
Do not worry ; I’m just laughing at that objectively silly part of the complaint. I know the term “anime sword user” arose out of the perceived abundance of Fire Emblem characters, fighters who best match the prototypical “anime look” (whatever it is). What people really seem to mean is that there are too many representatives of Fire Emblem in Smash, even though even this review barely holds water. Has anyone counted the list? There are eight Fire Emblem fighters in a game of over 80 characters. Really take this. Out of 82 characters (89 with Echoes, but we’ll stick to the official number), only eight are from Fire Emblem. Barely 10 percent of the list is too much?
The Ultimate roster includes 11 characters from the Mario series. Twelve when you include Donkey Kong (which it totally counts, but I’m ultra-specific for the sake of argument). That’s about 14% of the list, still very little in the grand scheme of things, but why isn’t anyone making a secret of it? Not only that, but people were shouting at Sakurai to add Waluigi! Hey, I’m one of them – I’ve wanted that purple gaff in the game for years. But I’m also not complaining that a series has too many reps. I sense a bias against Fire Emblem.
Would it be okay for Luke Skywalker, an American-made swordsman, to join the list? This is a rhetorical question, because I know the main problem is with the swords themselves. But for those who hate anyone who wields such a weapon, no matter what they look like or where they are from, let’s break down how many pure swordbearers the game really has.
On the roster of 82 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, only 22 use a sword as their primary weapon. Here they are below:
- Dark pit
- Meta knight
- Mii Swordsman
- Pyra / Mythra
- Cartoon tie
- Young link
These fighters represent a little less than 27% of the total roster, or a little more than 1/4. It might sound substantial, but it also means 60 characters don’t use swords as their primary weapons. Sixty characters! Most fighting games are lucky enough to have 30 or 40 characters in total. “Too much” would suggest that at least half the list is swinging a sword. They don’t! To dig deeper into this point, and because nothing says “I’m right” better than a visual aid, I’ve painstakingly created this useful and exciting pie chart for reference:
As you can see, the visual representation of users without a sword looks like Pac-Man. Do you know who doesn’t use a sword either? Pac-Man. Coincidence? I do not think so. What does it mean? Something.
Looking at it like this, you will see that there are an overwhelming number of fighters who would not fall into the hated swords category. So, in reality, there is a plethora of alternatives for those who despise sword users with the fiery passion of a thousand hotheads. So why do we always talk about “too many sword users”?
There are also a few caveats to consider that further strengthen my point:
- Sora’s keyblade is not a sword. It’s a big key. Sure, he swings it like a sword, but no one would call me a swordsman if I swung a broom. Sometimes that turns into something more blade-like, but that’s not the case in Smash (likely due to Disney’s lack of involvement).
- Pit / Dark Pit are essentially the same character, so you can safely say that they count as a sword user. They also wield double swords which look more like twin daggers than anything else. Not at all the user of your grandmother’s sword.
- The Link trio play largely the same with a few slight differences, so you can also say that these are just variations of a single sword user.
- Steve barely cracks this list as his sword is definitely not the star of his moveset. It could easily be cut.
- Nobody cares about Mii Swordfighter. Period.
Look, I’m not saying you have to love Sephiroth, Lucina, or Shulk. I’m too sick of Ike hitting me like his personal flywheel. I’m just saying that now Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is indeed over, it’s time to take the lame and worn out “why can’t I just hold back all those anime sword users ???” complaint with her. Just say you don’t like them. The numbers don’t lie. Ornery fans, on the other hand? Maybe just a little.
* Final notes for crushing some potential rebuttals:
- Ganandorf was not included as he throws his hands as often as he draws his broadsword.
- It’s a knife that Joker uses.
- Are you seriously gonna try to put Kirby on? Truly?
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