This is an article about the hand from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For information about the pointing hands from New Super Mario Bros., see here. For information about the wave-like arms from Super Paper Mario, see Underhand. For other uses of "Master", see Master.
Master Hand is one of the main antagonists of the Super Smash Bros. series. Master Hand is a right-handed, large, disembodied, glove-clad hand, who appears in every Super Smash Bros. game.
Super Smash Bros.
Master Hand first appears in Super Smash Bros., where he supposedly uses his imagination to give his playset of Nintendo characters life and pits them against each other. After a character defeats all challengers, he or she is transported to a battlefield known as "Final Destination", where he or she battles against Master Hand. After defeating the being, players revert to their doll state, because without Master Hand's imagination, the characters are lifeless dolls.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Master Hand reappears in the sequel to Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee. This game introduces Master Hand's counterpart, Crazy Hand, which is said to embody a lust for destruction (the game also says that Master Hand embodies creation). The battle against the Master Hand in this game is nearly identical to that of the original Super Smash Bros.; after defeating all opposition, the player faces Master Hand in Final Destination. The only difference is that if the player clears all stages on the normal difficulty or higher within 10 minutes and without using a continue, Crazy Hand appears once Master Hand has lost half of his HP; as in the original, once Master Hand (and sometimes Crazy Hand) is defeated, the player reverts into a trophy, appearing among the trophies of others who have defeated the Master Hand.
The Master Hand is a much more difficult enemy in Melee because his health increases as the difficulty increases, and the timer can't be turned off in single player anymore (if the timer runs out, then the player automatically loses regardless of health or number of lives).
On very hard difficulty, Master Hand's Drill, Jet, and Grab (up throw) is a One-hit KO.
In this game, there is also a glitch to play as Master Hand; see here.
On a side note, based on his trophy, Master Hand is considered to be genderless in this game.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Master Hand is featured in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Though he is never actually fought in the Subspace Emissary, he appears in Boss Battles Mode with the standard Emissary boss health bar. He also appears in his usual role as the last enemy faced in Classic Mode. Crazy Hand joins him under the same circumstances as in Melee; however, unlike in Melee, Crazy Hand appears immediately at the start of the battle.
In the Subspace Emissary storyline, Master Hand makes his debut as the leader of the Subspace Army, commanding his loyal minions, Ganondorf, Bowser, and Wario. However, near the end, it is discovered that Master Hand is being controlled by Tabuu via the chains of light in order to trick Ganondorf, Bowser, and Wario into drawing the entire world into Subspace. Angered, Ganondorf attempts to attack Tabuu, but he is blocked by a force field and turned into a trophy upon smashing into Master Hand. This severs the chains holding Master Hand, which tries to fight Tabuu but is knocked to the ground by the force field, where he lies unconscious for the remainder of the mode. When Master Hand is knocked out, he does not turn into a trophy as everyone else does.
Of the three minions that work for Master Hand, only Bowser is truly loyal to him; Bowser is heavily troubled when he sees Master Hand motionless. Ganondorf plans on betraying Master Hand, while Wario only does the work for his own amusement.
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