Among the Brawl community, it is common for distinguished groups (such as the Smashboards Back Room) to create Tier lists, rankings of a character's potential in tournaments. The Smashboards tier list is generally seen as the "official" tier list, though many other groups have created their own.
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Criticism of tier listsEdit
There are many people in the Smash Bros. community who disagree with the idea of tier lists. They believe that all characters in the series are relatively balanced in ability. Such people are known as "Anti-tierists". A common argument against anti-tierism is that it is extremely difficult to perfectly balance a cast as diverse as that in Super Smash Bros. Furthermore, several prominent members of the community, such as Mew2King, have performed exhaustive tests on the objective qualities of certain attacks, such as speed, hitbox duration, priority et cetera. Some characters are objectively more favourably endowed with these qualities than others, providing strong evidence to base tier listings on. However, tiers lists have undergone many changes since these data have become known, attributing to the partially subjective nature of tier lists. All in all, some characters simply have obviously more potential than others and the shifts in tier lists have seen only seen few different characters move up and down.
Tier lists have been frowned upon by people outside the Smash Bros. scene as well as they see tier lists as restrictions on who will be played in tournaments. Some also believe that it limits the ability to learn from mistakes caused by players as the failure would be pinpointed on their character that they use rather than the player's own ability. For this, the scene has been called derogatory names and been made fun of in general. This has also been made into several different memes.