Pichu (Super Smash Bros. Melee)

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"Shockingly Adorable" and "Shockingly Horrible" at the same time.

Pichu is an electric type Pokémon, it's also the pre-evolution of Pikachu, and evolves into that when leveling up with high friendship, and would evolve later into a Raichu with a Thunder Stone. It also appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where it’s a playable character. But, it did have a bad start in Melee, being one of the worst characters in the game.

Why It's Intentionally Shocking

NOTE: This page is discussing on how it had a bad start in Super Smash Bros. Melee, not to mention that this page is only judging it on its moveset and playstyle, not it as a character. Also, the main heading will be "Why It Intentionally Sucks", because it was made to be bad on purpose. Also, Pichu will also not be referred to with words like he/she, as while Pichu is not non-binary, its gender is varied.

  1. Pichu is pretty much the worst clone in the game, being a terrible clone of Pikachu.
  2. It has abysmal range, making it hard to hit attacks on other fighters.
  3. It has very poor endurance due to its light weight, making it easier to KO Pichu.
  4. It is unusually prone to chaingrabs despite its small size, due to the high amounts of hitstun it sustains as a result of being the game's lightest character.
  5. It also takes recoil damage from its electric-based moves, including its own recovery move Agility, further hampering its defensive game.
  6. Because of these, Pichu was removed from the Smash series until its return in Smash Ultimate '17 years later while also making it stronger, but it resulted in it becoming broken.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Pichu has strengths despite them being too few, like the wall jumping ability and a stronger final hit in his F-smash.
  2. It’s actually pretty funny that Pichu was made to be intentionally bad, since its trophy descriptions mention that it is "top of the class in weakness" and it is "best suited for handicapped matches."
  3. Pichu has solid overall movement, complemented with some very quick attacks.
  4. It also possesses a surprising amount of power for its weight class, with good chaingrabbing ability and a handful of strong finishers, some even more powerful than those of its counterpart, Pikachu.
  5. He was better in Flash 2 beta 1.3 after it was broken 1.1.
  6. Pichu has been drastically buffed when it finally returned in Smash Ultimate. It has also seen good tournament results in that game, even after the patch notes nerfing its most broken moves.

Trivia

  • Pichu falls asleep when it crouches, though this is merely an animation and not an actual effect.
  • Pichu, along with Ganondorf, Mewtwo, Young Link, and Jigglypuff, are the only unlockable characters in Melee seen in the opening movie.

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