8. NessWhat? One of the original 12 should be removed? Well, if you consider that Ness was considered to be an obscure choice back in 1999, it is perhaps more of a surprise that he is still hanging around.
Around these parts, Ness is arguably better known for his appearances in Smash Bros, Melee and Brawl than in his own game. After all, Earthbound, the SNES RPG that Ness is famous for was never released in the UK. Having been released in the US way back in 1995, it's pretty old too.
So despite being able to attack opponents with an electric yo-yo, he's perhaps not the most popular of Smash Bros characters because he's not as famous as the others. Maybe that's why you want rid. That and the fact that he wears a cap sideways like a member of EMF. Well, he is a relic from the 1990s.
ONM forum member mikurotoro clearly isn't an Earthbound fan: "Ness and Lucas are by far the suckiest fighters in Brawl, their recoveries suck, they need to go! The only reason they are in Smash Bros is because all the Earthbound fans begged for them to be put in."