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Robotic Operating Buddy, better known as R.O.B., or Robot in Japan, is a character that appears in the Nintendo Entertainment System where he serves as the mascot. He serves as the central antagonist in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as the Ancient Minister, but after all members of his kind got destroyed, this last R.O.B. is the only survivor of the Subspace Bomb explosions and joins the Brawl to fight Tabuu, who serves as the true main villain because he has bigger plans than him, Bowser, Wario, Ganondorf and King Dedede. R.O.B. makes his first appearance in Stack-Up and Gyromite in 1985 when he served as the mascot of the game. He also appeared in the commercials for the Nintendo Entertainment System as the corporate mascot.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
R.O.B. is a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He was unveiled in a mass leak prior to the Japanese release of Brawl. R.O.B. was confirmed on the DOJO!! March 6, 2008, 3 days before the US release. He is currently the first and only inorganic character playable in the entire Super Smash Bros. series. Although it looks like R.O.B. is using wheels to move on the ground, he is actually using small jet bursts from his Robo Burner. These have no effect on the fuel for the special move Robo Burner, however. Every time R.O.B. moves, he leaves small air circles on the ground, reinforcing the idea that he doesn't even use wheels to move on the floor. Ivysaur and Pit also have this property.
He currently ranks 18th on the Brawl tier list and 36th on the SSB4 tier list. He has strong attacks, good zoning and trapping tools and a great grab combo, known as the 'Beep-Boop' - down throw to up air. However, he is a big target, meaning he is comboed easily and lacks a good combo breaker, giving him a hard time escaping them. His kill moves are also slow.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- R.O.B. is the only character in the Super Smash Bros. series not to be an actual video game character.
- R.O.B. is the only character in the Super Smash Bros. series whose costumes are all based on Transformers characters.
- R.O.B. is one of the two characters to have alternate costumes based on non-gaming references, the other being Duck Hunt.
- R.O.B resembles WALL-E from the move of the same name.