Flying Man

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A Flying Man attacking Pit in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

The Flying Men are five identical characters that appear in both MOTHER and Earthbound. The Flying Men appear as a stage enemy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, exclusively in the Magicant stage; unlike most other elements on the stage, the Flying Men use their 16-bit sprite appearance.

A singular Flying Man will spawn in front of the house on the right side of the stage, and will ally with the player that comes into contact with him first. Acting as an player, he will attack any other players that are not his allies, until he is knocked off the stage. After being defeated, a small tombstone will appear in front of the house. After some time, another Flying Man will spawn in front of the house; only five Flying Men can appear during a match.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, a Flying Man appears in Smash Tour, where he aids the first player who touches him. After joining a player, the Flying Man will attack any opposing players that get in his ally's way before disappearing.

There is a different trophy of Flying Man in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U each. Although the trophies have the same appearance, their description and category is different in each game. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Flying Man trophy has the same description between American English and British English releases, unlike most other trophies, and it is unlocked by starting the final battle with ten fighters in Smash Tour.

A Flying Man Mii Fighter outfit and hat was released as DLC on July 31st, 2015, to use specifically with the Mii Brawler.


Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS-exclusive trophy[edit]

Name Image Category Description
Flying Man SSB3DS Trophy Flying Man.png Stage Flag of USA.png The Flying Men are a team of five birdmen. Each time a Flying Man appears, he'll help the first person to reach him with Flying Cross Chops and Somersault Kicks. A small memorial stone will be erected for each one defeated. Once all five are gone, they're done fighting forever until the next battle.
Flag of Europe.png The Flying Men are five brothers who seem to be some kind of bird people. They make great allies, smoothly combining majestic jumps with Flying Cross Chops and Somersault Kicks, and they'll each support whoever reaches them first. Sadly, once they're defeated, they'll be buried next to their homes, never to return.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U-exclusive trophy[edit]

Name Image Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
Flying Man SSBWU Trophy Flying Man.png Enemy SNES SSBWU graphic.png EarthBound (06/1995) - The Flying Men from EarthBound are five kind brothers with a cruel fate. They live together in a house on the outskirts of Magicant. The brothers gladly join Ness on his journey, but if they fall in battle, they return home to be buried. In Smash Tour, they'll ally themselves with the first player to touch them.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
570 Flying Man SSBU Spirit Flying Man.png EarthBound Series Primary (3) Ace Attack
Initial Damage 30%
World of Light (Light Realm); Summoned with a Blaziken and Reporter & Wrestler core Mii Brawler ×5, Ness
  • Defeat the main fighter to win
  • Stamina battle
Magicant Magicant

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フライングマン
Furaingu Man
French Flying Men


A magazine scan showing both the unused and final models.
  • The Flying Men were originally going to use a brand new 3D model for their appearance; however, according to a Famitsu magazine interview, Masahiro Sakurai stated that the model strained the Nintendo 3DS hardware, causing gameplay lag. The 2D sprite model was made instead, and was used in the final build of the game. The Flying Men still retain their appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Interestingly, the Flying Man ignores all team battle rules; if a red team player activates the Flying Man, he will attack the other red team players, even if team attacks are turned OFF.