The Dark Pit Controversy is an event that happened when Dark Pit was confirmed to be a fighter for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. This event has caused arguments and flamewars. Dark Pit is a clone of the original Pit with minor differences here and there. He was teased in Palutena's reveal trailer and leaked along with Bowser Jr. and Duck Hunt.
Dark Pit's Confirmation
Before his reveal, Dark Pit was shown at the end of Palutena's reveal trailer. This lead people to believe he was going to be a boss character, along with Ridley and the Yellow Devil. Sakurai had not brought up Dark Pit at the time, so people had to wait and see.
One day, a leak revealed Duck Hunt, Dr. Mario, Wario, Shulk, Bowser Jr. and, of course, Dark Pit. Many people were upset with Dark Pit when they heard that he was a clone of Pit. But no one really knew that the leak was true or not. The leak turned out to be true, and that's when the controversy spread like a virus. Many people were hating on Dark Pit because he was a clone of Pit. They were going as far as saying that Dark Pit was the worst character in the game. Since the game being Japan-exclusive at the time, many people were saying the haters were judging a book by its cover, causing arguments. It continued to be this way until Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS reached the west.
After that, Dark Pit was getting much more positivity then he used to get. But there are people who still hate him for being a clone.
The controversy still lingers to this day, but it's much calmer.
- Dark Pit was originally going to be an alternate costume for Pit, but the development team changed this because of these reasons:
- They thought it would be out of character for Dark Pit to use the Three Sacred Treasures.
- They wanted to make a Final Smash for Dark Pit
- A designer modeled the Electroshock Arm, but there was nowhere it would fit into the game, so they gave it to Dark Pit.
- Dark Pit is technically the first character to be an alternate costume that turned into a fully-fledged character.