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Who knew one ballot can intoxicate millions of Smash Fans?

The Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot is a feature added to the official Super Smash Bros. 4 site that allowed players to request characters for Super Smash Bros. 4 around 2015. The ballot started on April 1st to October 3rd of 2015. In this site, players were presented with a small form where they add the character's name and game of origin, as well as a reason to justify why they want that character. Players could enter their suggestions until October 3rd, 2015. The results from each region of the globe were taken and compiled, with characters from previous games being put together with newcomers. The ballot also featured fighters that were already in the series. Nintendo considered the characters' results in each reason, as well as the realizability of the character (how easily Nintendo could get the rights to include them). While Bayonetta from the Bayonetta series was chosen as the winner of the ballot, Masahiro Sakurai had stated that the Fighter Ballot was not used for the next DLC character, but was instead chosen to determine the roster in the next Smash game (later revealed to be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate). While the idea sounded good on paper, it was poorly executed thus leading to some infamy.

Why They're Shouldn't Be Smash Fighters

  1. To start things off, the Fighter Ballot stated that it would only be video-game characters that would potentially join the fight, but some of these idiots ended up voting for non-video game characters such as Shrek and Goku being prime examples. What makes things stupider is that these morons would make up terrible excuses such as "They're Popular" or "They had video games before". This can explain.
    • On a similar note, while it does state the video-game characters can join, they don't understand that some video-game characters such as Sora, Steve, Freddy Fazbear, Scorpion, and Heavy Weapons Guy are not eligible enough to be playable because of a number of reasons. Yes, they still make up terrible excuses as well.
    • Another thing is that some would even want characters already confirmed as assist trophies at the time the ballot was going. This includes Waluigi and Ashley.
    • On the topic of unlikely characters, they can try to manipulate people into wanting them.
  2. A lot of these voters seem to start flame wars over who deserves to win the ballot. Really?
  3. They think that they can spam vote certain characters when it would never work out in some way since a lot of voters still exist in the world.
  4. If you were to say that you want certain characters to win the ballot, there's a fair chance that they will attack you. Ironically enough, some of these halfwits want unlikely characters that won't win the ballot.
  5. A lot of these idiots will try to force you into voting for certain characters likely or not. Let everyone be entitled to have their own opinion dammit.
  6. Some of them would even be elitists who glorify characters with legit fighting experience (Such as Tails, Porky Minch, Krystal, Lloyd Irving, or some unlikely characters such as Geno and Sora, etc) while trashing on characters that don't really have fighting experience (Such as Phoenix Wright (Although he did fight in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Project X Zone 2), Professor Layton (Even though he did fight in a few games), etc). Ironically enough, some characters that are in Smash do show little to no fighting experience such as Villager or Wii Fit Trainer.
  7. When Bayonetta won the ballot, a lot of these freaks raged when that happened simply because they wanted another character in a toxic way or even wanted an unlikely character.
  8. On the topic of Bayonetta, some of them would use bad excuses to hate her such as "She's too OP" or "Too sexy and mature in Smash". It's not only disrespectful to people who wanted Bayonetta, but it's also disrespectful to Sakurai. Here is a visual representation.
  9. The fans have gotten so out of hand with the ballot that it was possibly the reason why a fighter ballot did not appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In fact, Reggie Fils- Aime said: "My interpretation is that there will be no fan polls, No independent poll trying to push Waluigi, as an example, will not influence the decisions that have already been made.”
  10. They treat the ballot as if it was the presidential elections! A good reason to never take Super Smash Bros. too seriously.
  11. Fighter ballot leaks. Do we need further explanation?
  12. Some would even circle-jerk some possible newcomers. Guys, we get it, you want certain newcomers in Smash, but don't just copy and paste other people's opinions. Also, there's a bunch of other characters that can also fit in the game as well.
  13. Even before Bayonetta was announced, they took the who is going to be the next character thing too seriously.
  14. On the topic of unlikely characters, they would make up some lame reasons why they want an unlikely or a non-video game character in Smash. Examples include Big Show, Joseph Stalin, Pepe the Frog, Cory Baxter, and Chris-Chan's infamous Sonichu.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The fighter ballot ended on October 3rd of 2015 meaning that the voting chaos ended.
  2. The Bayonetta hate calmed down around mid-to-late 2016 to early 2017.
  3. Not all of them wanted unlikely characters.
  4. Some did not take it too seriously.
  5. They can still make legit reasons why they want certain characters to become Smash fighters.
  6. Mature fans who were willing to get along with other people's tastes still exist.
  7. Some were fine with Bayonetta joining the roster.