alright literally everyone shut the fuck up okay
if people have the headcanon that Sheik is trans you fucking let us have that headcanon
sheik is one of the only trans videogame characters that exists that isn’t treated like a fucking joke
cis people need to step the fuck off
From YouTube user Michael Jacobsen:
"Prepare for an extreeemmmeeelly long wall of text. TL DR version at the bottom.
Let me start that I am biased towards Ridley, he is my #1 wanted character (Well, Rayman is, but Ridley is my realistic #1) That being said, when I saw Ridley in the Direct I almost gave up hope on him being playable.
But then I started researching that Direct a little more, and found out a few things that gave me hope. I don’t even think that’s a boss character shown. So lets start as to why:
First off, we have to determine which Ridley it is. The thing that’s clipping in to the picture is not Meta Ridley’s wing, it’s Other M Ridley’s tail, you can tell by the movements of the shadows. They are identical to each other, that is almost definitely Other M Ridley. This is further supported by the fact that Ridley’s arms are much more muscular then Meta Ridley, and much longer. But they aren’t quite up to par with Other M Ridley’s arms, they are about 2/3’s the size in proportion to the rest of his body. His head also looks more like Classic Ridley (Thank God), and his foot, shown in a link later, isn’t Other M’s 3 clawed foot but actually his classic two toed one, which makes me believe that, like Zero Suit Samus, this may be a tweaked, hybrid design. Now, why on earth would an Other M stage where you fought Other M Ridley not have a Ridley identical to the one in the game?
Secondly, lets look at Ridley’s behavior. He calmly flies in from the right, hovers for a few seconds, then calmly flies to the left, coming back to the right in the last second we see of him, flapping much faster and gaining altitude. All of his animations are extremely choppy, especially compared to his Boss battle in Brawl, his wings are flapping much faster then his Brawl and Other M incarnations, and his stop/go animations aren’t smooth at all. In his boss battles, well, in Boss battles in general, Bosses animations are telegraphed so you have some warning of what they are going to do. But not here. Ridley flies in, does an idle animation, and flies off. This is extremely odd, very boring for a boss, and extremely weird that he isn’t doing anything with the Pikachu he grabbed… wait, what? Yup. Ridley actually grabbed Pikachu off screen. You can see in the bottom left corner of the screen when Ridley is idling that Pikachu’s tail is sticking out of his left hand. Just as Ridley flies away Pikachu breaks free, Ridley does absolutely nothing to him while he is in his grasp, more similar to a player grabbing you then anything else. Now, a boss whose attacks are to pick you up for a few seconds then let go doesn’t seem much like a boss at all.
Third, Ridley’s actual size. By comparing the shadow of Ridley to the stage itself, we can tell that Ridley is actually smaller overall then he has ever been. This is a gamefaqs forum that we’re currently trying to compare Ridley’s size to other shadows that have appeared on the Pyrosphere, there are multiple images throughout that show that Ridley is actually smaller then you would think, which is again pointless if he’s nothing but a boss.
Fourthly, there is the fact that Ridley is flying for the entire duration he is shown. A character can’t do that, right? Well, Peach can hover. Plenty of characters can stay airborne for quite a while. (Pit in Brawl can stay airborne for a ridiculous amount of time) But he grabs Pikachu midair! It’s never happened before, but that doesn’t mean it can’t. It makes sense that Ridley would be able to fly for an extremely long amount of time, especially since his hitbox would get a lot bigger midair. Trading a bigger hitbox for godlike recovery. And grabbing people midair is something Ridley does in several of his game, no other character can do it, but lots of characters can do things others can’t. Nobody but Donkey Kong can move while grabbing someone is a good example.
Fifth and finally has to do with Sakurai. Sakurai has trolling down to an art, he will hint and tease at things, building hype until a fantastic reveal. He deconfirms things in a very abrupt manner (Waluigi is a good example of this). Ridley however, has been hinted at for over half a year now, and has yet to even be mentioned by name. If Ridley is just a boss/stage hazard, why all the secrecy? There is NO reason whatsoever to keep people in the dark over this, you don’t take one of the most requested character for Smash, hype him up, then underdeliver his reveal. The fact that Sakurai is still leaving us with a shadow of doubt about Ridley (Literally) points to the fact that Ridley is more then just a simple stage hazard, you don’t crush the hype you’ve been building for months, that isn’t smart.
For a TL, DR version, my points are:
1. The Ridley shown is close in design to Other M Ridley, but parts of his design borrow from other incarnations of Ridley, making this more of a hybrid design, completely unnecessary if Ridley was only appearing in an Other M stage.
2. Ridley doesn’t act like a boss whatsoever. His animations are choppy, he doesn’t telegraph grabbing Pikachu at all, and doesn’t do anything with Pikachu while it is grabbed.
3. Ridley has been scaled down, link to a discussion showing how.
4. There is no reason Ridley can’t be flying that entire time, and would actually make for a very unique playable character. (Something, I might add, Sakurai seems to be aiming for this time around)
5. Sakurai’s a troll. nuff said.
Ridley is a highly requested, highly hinted at character. And with Dark Samus an assist trophy, he is the only possibility of a new Metroid rep, literally every other character people request have only made a single appearance in Metroid games. If Ridley wasn’t a character they would have put Dark Samus in, they wouldn’t put a Hunter playable and Dark Samus as an assist trophy, it would be the other way around. Ridley is not confirmed to be a character, but his chances are nowhere near as low as people would suggest, and he CERTAINLY hasn’t been disconfirmed to be a character.”
Plus Samurai Goroh is confirmed to return as an assist trophy.
Are some people actually still worried that Falcon may be cut? They can’t take the Falcon Punch out of Smash. It is literally the most iconic thing from the entire series. That’s like Nintendo saying “Mario’s shirt is brown now. It just is. Red’s not a relevant color anymore.”
You did it you dumb cutie. I’m so proud of you
"…Is this a letter to me?"
I get too excited about Greninja’s confirmation.
WE FORESAW IT BEFORE IT HAPPENED