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Ancient Minister

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Ancient Minister
Ancient Minister.jpg
Ancient Minister at the Midair Stadium in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Series Super Smash Bros.
First appearance Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
In-universe information
Species R.O.B.
Super Smash Bros. appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit)

The Ancient Minister is an antagonist of The Subspace Emissary in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He is the commander of the Subspace Army and the R.O.B. Squad, and assists Tabuu in his plan to pull the World of Trophies into Subspace using Subspace Bombs. The Ancient Minister is capable of flight, and he can fire lasers from the bottom part of his body.



Before the events of the game, the Ancient Minister was the Master Robot.[1]. He and other R.O.B.s lived on the floating Isle of Ancients to watch over the World of Trophies. Eventually, Tabuu invades the world and attacks the Isle of Ancients, deactivating many R.O.B.s and eventually taking the robots hostage. Master Robot was forced to join Tabuu's side to prevent deaths of more of his robot brethren. Around this time he began to hide under his ceremonial robes of mourning and assume the name "Ancient Minister". The Isle of Ancients is converted into The Subspace Bomb Factory and the Ancient Minister becomes the commander of the Subspace Army. As the commander of the army, he lead the invasion of the World of Trophies on behalf of Tabuu, while a specially trained group of R.O.B.s, the R.O.B. Squad, served as the Ancient Minister's personal bodyguards.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Ancient Minister he first appeared in the Subspace Emissary after Mario and Kirby's match at the Midair Stadium, where he detonated a Subspace Bomb, sending the stadium to Subspace. He escaped, only to be later chased by Mario and Pit in The Plains, who had little success catching him. He then detonated another Subspace Bomb at The Battlefield Fortress, attracting the attention of Marth, Meta Knight, and Ike. Regardless of the group's efforts, he manages to escape their grasp, however, he is soon discovered by Mario and Pit once again, along with Link and Yoshi. Again, the Ancient Minister escapes, but not before detonating yet another Subspace Bomb, sending Castle Dedede into Subspace.

The Ancient Minister is not seen again until Samus Aran and Pikachu corner him at the Subspace Bomb Factory. Samus and Pikachu are ready to fight, but the Ancient Minister refuses, growing depressed at the number of R.O.B.s sacrificed to activate the Subspace Bombs, confusing them. Soon after, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Captain Falcon, and Captain Olimar arrive, also battle-ready, but the Ancient Minister still refuses. A holographic Ganondorf appears, quickly realizing that he has betrayed him. Using a remote-controlled button, he is able to control the R.O.B.s, ordering them to attack the Ancient Minister and activate every Subspace Bomb in the factory.

When the R.O.B. Squad shoots the Ancient Minister, his robes burn off, revealing to everyone that he was a R.O.B. all along. The game introduces him as R.O.B., which he is known as from this point on. He helps the other heroes defeat Subspace Army members and joins them in their fight against Tabuu.


Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy

Name Image Game Description
Ancient Minister SSBB Trophy Ancient Minister.png Wii SSBB graphic.png Super Smash Bros. Brawl The commander of the Subspace Army who uses Subspace Bombs to tear up this world. He was once the lord of this world, living on the floating Island of the Ancients with many robots--but the robots were taken hostage on Tabuu's orders. Now that their home's a bomb factory, the robots carry out their functions while enduring deep sadness caused by the loss of their colleagues.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit

# Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
1114 Ancient Minister SSBU Spirit Ancient Minister.png Super Smash Bros. Series Primary (2) Ace Neutral World of Light (Mysterious Dimension); Spirit Board R.O.B. ×4 Hazard: Screen Flip
  • The screen will suddenly flip
  • The enemy starts the battle with a Bomber
  • Explosion attacks aren't as effective against the enemy
Halberd Final Destination - Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エインシャント
Einshanto Kyō
Masutā Robotto
Ancient Lord

Master Robot
Chinese 上古閣下
Shànggǔ géxià
Ancient Lord
French Ministre Antique
chef des robots[3]
Ancient Minister
leader of robots
German Uralter Minister
Meister der Roboter[4]
Ancient Minister
Master of Robots
Italian Ministro Ancestrale
Master Robot[5]
Ancestral Minister
Russian Древний служитель
Drevniy sluzhitel’
Ancient Minister
Spanish Ministro antiguo
Robot supremo[6]
Ancient Minister
Supreme robot