There are a wide variety of "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" characters, which makes it difficult to sort the best characters from the worst. While many characters are strong in specific situations, these fighters often carry some pretty hefty weaknesses that ultimately make them fall short in serious matches. Speed is a critical trait, and the best "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" characters are fast enough to control the battlefield, and balance hard hitting with a rounded move set, making them solid choices for almost any matchup.
- Toon Link. This alternate version of Link boasts a very similar set of moves to his counterpart, and was introduced in "Super Smash Bros. Brawl." While both Links are solid characters, Toon Link moves and attacks much faster, and is also smaller and lighter. While his reach isn't as good as Link, his incredible speed and good control while airborne make him hard to pin down. He has very solid up smash and down smash damaging moves, and he can keep at range if necessary using his bow and bombs. Unlock Toon Link after defeating him, either after finishing Classic Mode as Link or finishing 400 versus matches.
- Marth. Marth's standout strength comes from his long melee range. He sports several moves that allow him to keep other melee characters out of reach, and he also deals additional damage when striking with the tip of his sword. He doesn't have many high power knockout moves, but his impressive speed and range makes it easy to rack up damage percentages quickly for harder hits. Unlock Marth by beating Classic Mode with any character or after completing ten Group Brawl matches.
- Mr. Game & Watch. This oddball character makes a comeback after his weak showing in the previous "Super Smash Bros." game. While showcasing solid speed and power, his few unique moves are what place him at the top tier of character choices. Game & Watch sports an upward recovery that gives him more vertical distance than any other character, and also allows players to attack after it finishes for continuous damage output. His backwards aerial attack can also punch through shields without slowing down. You need to finish 250 versus matches to unlock Game & Watch, or defeat a single target test level with thirty different characters.
- Meta Knight. Meta Knight takes full advantage of his amazing speed, which grants him one of the fastest attacks of any character in "Super Smash Bros. Brawl." He has five different mid air jumping options, and combined with his ability to float, a Meta Knight character can remain airborne while attacking for long periods. He can deliver long combo chains to make up for his relatively low damage, and his small stature makes it more difficult for enemies to counterattack. Since Meta Knight is available in the "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" default roster, he's the best choice until you unlock other characters.