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Toad is Peach's standard special move in the Super Smash Bros. series and Daisy's standard special move in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Either princess pulls out a Toad and hold him out in front of her to use as a shield and counterattack. If Toad gets attacked, he will counterattack. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Toad absorbs any attack and sends it back to the opponent. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Toad releases mushroom spores if attacked.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Peach can unlock two custom variants, Sleepy Toad and Grumpy Toad. Sleepy Toad's spores put opponents to sleep instead of hurting them, while Grumpy Toad can be used as a regular attack that releases spores on command, but deals less damage.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, while the function remains the same, the move has changed aesthetically. Peach now ducks down covering her ears with a terrified expression and turns away, while Toad angrily spreads his arms in front of her on his own. If hit, Toad retaliates with a spray of spores while Peach winces. Similarly, Kirby's animation when he copies Peach and uses the move has been updated to reflect this. This change was likely made to lessen the unfortunate implications of Peach using a panicking and seemingly unwilling subject to defend herself, and potentially to make Toad seem more heroic. Daisy uses a Blue Toad when using the move.
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