Late Tuesday night, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai took some time to show off the game’s latest character, the Hero from the popular Dragon Quest roleplaying series.
The presentation detailed what Hero will bring to the table once he is added to the game, and so far, several top competitive Smash players seem wary of his apparent strength despite spending zero time actually playing as him.
Brian “Cosmos” Kalu pleaded his case by detailing the complete list of Hero’s known abilities, which include healing, putting opponents to sleep, and randomly dealing out increased damage with his special attacks.
So Hero can
-Put you to sleep
-Teleport to center stage when you try to edgeguard
-Reflect projectiles while moving and attacking
-Be the fastest character
-Have Deep Breathing
-Kill you at 0 randomly
-Hit you anywhere onscreen
— PG Cosmos #2B4Smash (@CosmosZR) July 30, 2019
Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez Perez believes Hero is already the best character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate but also acknowledged the inherent silliness of the statement, seeing as the downloadable fighter has yet to be released.
I know im not the only one thinking hero is the best char in the game and he is not even out yet lol
— FOX | MkLeo ???? (@Mkleosb) July 30, 2019
Ramin “Mr. R” Delshad fears Hero’s influence on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate competition.
Really worried that Hero is gonna ruin the game :/ Ultimate is in such a good spot right now too man
— Ramin Delshad (@Mr_RSmash) July 30, 2019
Eric “ESAM” Lew is convinced that Hero is going to counter his main character, Pikachu.
Who here is in the "Hero Counters my Main" club
Raise your hands
— ESAM (Panda Global) (@PG_ESAM) July 30, 2019
There are also competing petitions seeking to ban and subsequently unban Hero from play. (Both of these petitions seem to be tongue-in-cheek, although you never really know with the Smash community.) The latter, published by William “Leffen” Hjelte after this morning’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stream, is currently at 820 signatures, while Panda Global’s petition to unban Hero—who, again, isn’t even out yet—is at 215.
its time to stand up for whats right
ban hero todayhttps://t.co/XnYFy3J93O
— L3ff3rd (@TSM_Leffen) July 30, 2019
Given Hero’s impending ban, we’d like to start a petition to unban Hero, allowing Hero mains everywhere to enjoy tournaments againhttps://t.co/0IUoOpqTNp
— Panda Global (@PandaGlobal) July 30, 2019
Reactions to the new fighter aren’t all doom and gloom. A handful of players are looking forward to Hero’s release, including former Evo champion Saleem “Salem” Young.
The hero truly is my character I see. ????????
— Salem @ Thunder Smash 2 ???? (@9lives_Salem) July 30, 2019
Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby believes his history with playing card games—not to mention Olimar’s random Pikmin pulls—will give him a leg up in utilising Hero’s random abilities in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
I play enough card games and Teamfight Tactics to embrace the RNG that is Hero's kit, chaotic evil looking ass character. Kinda reminds me of brawl Olimar where sometimes you pulled 6 purple pikmin and won by accident. pic.twitter.com/oSb0VwnZ0i
— Liquid | Dabuz ✈️ EVERYWHERE (@DabuzSenpai) July 30, 2019
Ezra “Samsora” Morris feels the same way after dealing with Peach’s unreliable turnips for years.
HERO IS MY CHARACTER
I already play RNG wuth turnips I can’t I think I’m in love
— eU Samsora (@Samsora_) July 30, 2019
There’s also a contingent of the Smash community, like Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey and Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada, who are simply looking upon Hero’s toolkit with disbelief.
I have no words
— Gavin Dempsey (@TweekSsb) July 30, 2019
I was not ready for all the things the Hero has
— NRG Nairo (@NairoMK) July 30, 2019
As is often the case, Hero’s reveal has also provided quite a few meme opportunities. ChuChuMcGoo, for instance, sees a bright future for round-opening Thwacks.
Sakurai: Thwack will insta-kill the opponent, however it has a high miss rate and it would be better off if you relied on your skills as a smash player and not RNG
Me as soon as the Announcer says Go: pic.twitter.com/BaU9gWA0Lf
— ChuChuMcGoo (@chuchumcgoo) July 30, 2019
Retired competitor Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios was definitely on one.
SNAKE OUTDATED, JOKER OVERRATED, HERO ACTIVATED
— Tempo ZeRo (@zerowondering) July 30, 2019
HERO'S KILL SETUP IS GONNA BE PUTTING YOU TO SLEEP AND RUNNING UP TO YOU AND DOING A CRITICAL HIT FOR AN EARLY KILL AND IT'S GONNA BE CALLED THE 'HOES MAD' SETUP
— Tempo ZeRo (@zerowondering) July 30, 2019
Commentary team Zak “Coney” Zeeks and Terrence “TKbreezy” Kershaw had similar thoughts about Hero’s ability to put opponents to sleep.
Hero: *charges forward smash*
— CONEY (@coneyzz) July 30, 2019
— TKbreezy ????????#ThunderSmash2 (@TKbreezy) July 30, 2019
Some folks pointed out that Hero players may need to learn multiple languages to accurately take advantage of his spell menu.
when u memorize Hero's spell names in every language pic.twitter.com/lu2s2L2bLJ
— Catalyst (@CatalystNB) July 30, 2019
it's all fun and games until Hero hits you with one of these pic.twitter.com/GJnaUpnwrd
— Yars Platinum (@YarsRevengerson) July 30, 2019
hero mains learning what their specials moves are in every language pic.twitter.com/VdipaKeBwD
— tamim (@TamimSsb) July 30, 2019
Ace Watkins, who could very likely be the United States’ first gamer president, pledged to work with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai to ensure DLC characters will no longer be overpowered compared to the rest of the cast.
Today's release of Hero for Super Smash Bros Ultimate proves once again that developers make paid DLC characters the strongest in their games. As president, I will work with foreign leaders like Masahiro Sakurai to ensure that all Gamers have access to OP metas.
— Ace Watkins (@GamerPres2020) July 30, 2019
Anyway, kudos to Smash fans for getting ahead of the conversation about whether the game’s latest addition is overpowered. So ahead, in fact, that they’re doing it before he’s even playable.