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|Kind of Item||PVC figurine?|
|First Appearance||Super Smash Bros. Mêlée, GameCube, 2001|
|Latest Appearance||Super Smash Bros. Wii-U, Wii-U, 2014|
In the Super Smash Bros. series, trophies (figures in Japanese versions) are a type of collectable object. So far, they've appeared in Mêlée, Brawl, and both Smash 4 games; they were apparently "replaced" in Ultimate by Spirits. They serve no actual functional purpose in battles, but they do help you to learn about all the characters, items, and settings that make up the "world" of whatever Smash Bros. game you're playing.
Trophies were originally an extension of various plot devices seen in Smash 64. First, in the opening, closing, and Game Over sequences, the characters are depicted as dolls in Master Hand's toybox, who are then brought to life when he snaps his fingers. Second, a "Data" option exists on the main menu that shows information about the playable characters.
In general, a Smash Bros. game with trophies will follow this sequence: All playable characters get trophies first, with their Classic Mode trophies being about them in general, and alternate Adventure/All-Star Mode trophies being about how they function in Smash, or their Final Smash. Then come "fighter-related" trophies, i.e. trophies about certain elements of some characters' movesets. Then come the items, followed by Assist Trophy characters, Poké-Ball Pokémon, enemies that might be specific to an Adventure Mode (such as the Subspace Emissary's lot), stage bosses and other stage elements, the stages themselves, and finally, miscellaneous "other" trophies to pad out the collection. These miscellaneous trophies may be about some of Nintendo's more obscure games and elements.
Brawl was unique for its use of a Trophy Stand, an item that you had to use to manually "capture" the trophies for the Subspace Emissary section of your Vault. In all other games, trophies are obtained by beating challenges or simply finding them at random. Various games you can play for trophies exist, including the Trophy Lottery in Mêlée, Coin Launcher in Brawl, and Trophy Rush in both Smash 4 games.
Keep in mind that not every Smash Bros. game here on Fantendo has trophies in it, though. This category may be a better place to look.