|Final Smash||Galaxia Darkness|
|Appearances||Super Smash Bros Brawl, Crusade|
Meta Knight (メタナイト, Meta Naito) is a mysterious swordsman who hides his face in a metallic mask. Debuting as a boss in Kirby's Adventure for NES, he ranges from Kirby's main rival, the two often having an unpredictable relationship that can range from valuable allies to competitive rivals. In the Kirby games, Meta Knight commands an army of soldiers appropriately named the "Meta-Knights", and pilots a giant airship called the "Battleship Halberd". Meta Knight is known for following a code of honor. As a result of this, he almost always offers Kirby a sword before combat.
Meta Knight is ranked 4th in the tier list due to the very high speed of his attacks (though they are a bit slower), having many attacks with transcending priority, four recovery moves that grant him a long, relatively safe and unpredictable recovery, effective walls of pain, KO moves that are both agile and reliable, and great matchups. This does not mean he has no disadvantages, however. Meta Knight is a light character, meaning he is knocked out fairly easily, especially against characters with many high-power attacks such as Snake and Knuckles. Meta Knight's Mach Tornado is now a near-useless move and has notably less range in his attacks.
Meta Knight is a small character, roughly the same size and shape as Kirby (although Meta Knight has a cape that transforms into a pair of bat-like wings) and with the same weight as Pikachu. Meta Knight's small size and low weight mean that he is difficult to chaingrab, but a few characters can chaingrab or grab release combo him because of his poor air speed. Meta Knight's dash speed is very fast.Meta Knight's wings provide him with five midair jumps and the ability to glide twice (by pressing and holding the jump button and then using his up special). His moveset is mostly comprised of fast, short-to-long-ranged moves with his sword Galaxia, which deal relatively low damage and knockback, but can combo effectively at low percentages. The low power is compensated for by the fast speed and minimal lag of most of the attacks, allowing Meta Knight to easily set up combos and rack up damage, not to mention that only his dash attack and glide attack does not have transcending priority.