Warner Bros. Fighting Game
This is a character that could be debatable as to why they’re a playable fighter. Private SNAFU debuted in several cartoon shorts in the Second World War that were only shown for illiterate soldiers. Technically, SNAFU is not a Warner Bros. character. However, he was voiced by Mel Blanc, and his shorts were directed by several people who worked on the Looney Tunes shorts (e.g. Chuck Jones). Therefore, you could say he’s part of Warner Bros. history, and I feel there’s so much potential for him as a fighter.
SNAFU could represent the cartoons made during World War Two, not the racist parts, but the artillery side.
The symbol representing Private SNAFU is a silhouette of his head that would appear before each cartoon.
The five note song that plays at the beginning of his cartoons.
SNAFU, since he never appeared in colour, is always in black and white. Even his weapons are the same two tones. He stands like you’d think a soldier should stand, with the stock of his rifle resting on his left shoulder. However, his idle animations involve him scratching parts of his body, or his helmet occasionally drooping over his eyes, which causes him to adjust it.
Private SNAFU parachutes in from a plane. He lands flat on his face and picks himself up.
1. SNAFU turns to face the screen. He salutes, or at least tries to. Instead, he whacks his forehead with his hand. His eyes spin dizzily for five seconds before he shakes his head.
2. SNAFU pulls out a black and white American flag and marches on the spot for a few seconds.
3. SNAFU turns to face the screen. He sings “I’m da war’s greatest hero!!” before coughing violently, which ruins his high note.
SNAFU, despite being in the army, has always been portrayed as an incompetent fool. There are two reasons why:
1. His name is an acronym for “Situation Normal, All F*cked Up”
2. His cartoons were made for the sole purpose of teaching soldiers how not to act while in the forces.
Therefore, this trait is an important part of his moveset.
Neutral B Attack: Grenade
SNAFU takes out a grenade and aims it. The power of the explosion is charged and becomes stronger the longer SNAFU holds it. However, if the grenade is held for too long, it’ll blow up, temporarily stunning the private. The grenade can deal 6% at its lowest strength and 24% at its highest.
Side B Attack: Jeep
A jeep appears out of nowhere and SNAFU can drive it, similar to Wario’s bike attack. It deals 12% damage if it collides with another fighter. The jeep can change direction while it is being driven. However, the turning of the vehicle can be rather sluggish, so it may drive off edges, resulting in a KO.
Up B Attack: Parachute
Private SNAFU leaps into the air, a parachute deploying from his backpack, similar to Peach’s Parasol attack. This causes him to rise up slightly before he floats slowly down. This can leave his susceptible to attacks, and like Villager’s Balloon Fight move, the parachute can be torn, causing SNAFU to potentially fall. Because he’s SNAFU, he didn’t have a backup plan, so this’ll make him helpless, potentially causing him to fall to his doom.
Down B Attack: Machine Gun
SNAFU erects a machine gun which fires bullets that deal 5% damage. This damage can build up extremely quickly due to the rapidity of the bullets. However, as a Nazi soldier once reprimanded him for, SNAFU doesn’t look after his weapons. If the machine gun is used too much, it will overheat and melt. You won’t be able to use it for a while if this happens.
THE WB BLAST: Tank
Private SNAFU deploys a huge tank in a similar manner to the Landmaster. The tank can take up a stage if it is rather small. SNAFU can fire the tank’s gun, and drive the tank backwards and forwards, steamrolling other fighters. The climax of the attack, in Private SNAFU style, is the tank overheating and exploding, which deals 30% damage.
1. SNAFU marches in from offscreen, chanting “Hup, two, t’ree, four”. When he reaches the middle of the screen, he shouts “About…TOIN!” He spins on the spot…and promptly falls over.
2. SNAFU has his back to the screen. As the camera zooms in, he turns to reveal that he has been looking at a picture of a naked Sally Lou. He grins in embarrassment.
3. SNAFU twirls his rifle like a baton. When he finishes, the rifle is aimed directly at him. He does a double take, before aiming it the other way.
SNAFU respectfully claps, although he doesn’t seem happy for the winner.