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King Leonidas
"Tonight, we dine in hell!"
"Tonight, we dine in hell!"
Universe Warner Bros.
Debut 300 (2007)
Appears in Smash Bros Lawl
Friends Best Hercules
Bandana Dee
Asterix & Obelix
Garbage Guy (bro/partner in TKEAxTFS)
Enemies Xerxes
Albert Wesker
Master Chief (in Epic Rap Battle of History)
Colonal Radec
SpongeBob SquarePants
Patrick Star
Icon of Sin
Hitler (Mistaken Berlin for Sparta)
The Darkness
Lawl Team Team Lawl


Meet the Spartan

Steps out of a crowd of Spartans.

Special Attacks

Neutral B - Spartan Spear

Leonidas throws a spear. Unlike Link's bow, Leonidas can tilt the spear up or down and jump around with the spear (no double jumps). He releases it automatically after it's fully charged. The spear travels slower than Link's arrow.

Side B - Offense Shield

Leonidas tosses his shield with a boomerang effect, which does more damage and knockback than Link's boomerang. Unlike the boomerang, the shield drops after hitting someone and can be tossed by anyone. Leonidas is unable to use it again until he disappears the shield. The shield is only limited to traveling in a straight line.

Up B - Spartan Jump

The king gets a jumping boost from a fellow Spartan. His down aerial attack can be used while in the air. If said Spartan is on the ground, he'll aid Leonidas by attacking his enemies, but he can be knocked away easily. There can only be one Spartan at a time. Nicolas Cage's Unmasker has no effect on the Spartan.

Down B - Drinking Formation

Leonidas dons his helmet and gets into a position with his shield in front. He can walk and jump (no double jumps) while in this mode. His helmet and shield protect him from frontal attacks and top attacks. Pressing B does a short-ranged shield attack, and pressing A does a long-ranged spear attack. Pressing down B again undoes the formation. Leonidas in this formation can't save him from grabs or grab-related moves.

Final Smash - Spartan Madness

Leonidas lets loose a powerful scream of "THIS IS SPARTA!" to stun any enemies, and then he kicks them off the stage. The attack can be performed on the ground or in the air.


KOSFX1: "Taaa!"

KOSFX2: "Daaah"

Star KOSFX: "Spaaartaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!"

Screen KOSFX: "Ah!"


Up: Equips his helmet and says "Let's give them something to drink!"

Sd: Points with his sword and says "You're threatening my people with slavery and death!"

Dn: Raises his shield


Victory 1: "Tonight we dine in HELL!"

Victory 2: "The spartans shouts "AHOU!! AHOU!! AHOU!!".

Victory 3: I'm sorry, my friend. Not all of us are meant to be Spartans.

Lose/Clap: Claps to the winner.

Classic Mode Win/Lose Pose

Congratulations/Game Over Pictures

Character Description

According to Herodotus, Leonidas' mother was his father's niece and had been barren for so long that the ephors, the five annually elected administrators of the Spartan constitution, tried to prevail upon King Anaxandridas to set aside his wife and take another. Anaxandridas refused, claiming his wife was blameless, whereupon the ephors agreed to allow him to take a second wife without setting aside his first. This second wife, a descendent of Chilon the Wise, promptly bore a son, Cleomenes. However, one year after Cleomenes' birth, Anaxandridas' first wife also gave birth to a son, Dorieus. Leonidas was the third son of Anaxandridas' first wife, and either the elder brother or twin of Cleombrotus.[3] Because Leonidas was not heir to the throne, he was not exempt from attending the agoge, the public school that the sons of all Spartans had to complete in order to qualify for citizenship.[4] Leonidas was thus one of the few Spartan kings to have ever undergone the notoriously harsh training of Spartan youth.

Cleomenes succeeded to his father's throne somewhere between 520 and 516 BCE.[5] Dorieus was so outraged that the Spartans had preferred his half-brother over himself that he found it impossible to remain in Sparta. He made one unsuccessful attempt to set up a colony in Africa and, when this failed, sought his fortune in Sicily, where after initial successes he was killed.[6] Leonidas' relationship with his bitterly antagonistic elder brothers is unknown, but he married Cleomenes' daughter, Gorgo sometime before coming to the throne in 490 BCE.[7]

Leonidas was clearly heir to the Agiad throne and a full citizen at the time of the Battle of Sepeia against Argos (c. 494 BC). Likewise, he was a full citizen when the Persians sought submission from Sparta and met with vehement rejection in or around 492/491 BCE. His elder brother the king had already been deposed on grounds of purported insanity, and had fled into exile when Athens sought assistance against the Persian invasion that ended at Marathon (490 BCE).

Plutarch has recorded the following: "When someone said to him: 'Except for being king you are not at all superior to us,' Leonidas son of Anaxandridas and brother of Cleomenes replied: 'But were I not better than you, I should not be king.'"[8] As the product of the agoge, Leonidas is unlikely to have been referring to his royal blood alone but rather suggesting that he had, like his brother Dorieus, proven superior capability in the competitive environment of Spartan training and society, and that he believed this made him qualified to rule.

Leonidas was chosen to lead the combined Greek forces determined to resist the Persian invasion in 481 BCE. This was not simply a tribute to Sparta's military prowess: The probability that the coalition wanted Leonidas personally for his capability as a military leader is underlined by the fact that just two years after his death, the coalition preferred Athenian leadership to the leadership of either Leotychidas or Leonidas' successor (as regent for his still under-aged son) Pausanias. The rejection of Leotychidas and Pausanias was not a reflection on Spartan arms. Sparta's military reputation had never stood in higher regard. Nor was Sparta less powerful in 478 BCE than it had been in 481 BCE.

This election of Leonidas to lead the defense of Greece against Xerxes' invasion led to Leonidas' death in the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BCE.

Other Attacks

Ground Attacks

Basic Attacks

  • Neutral Attack - A three-hit combo with his sword. A clone of Link's Neutral-A combo.
  • Dash Attack - Buffets outward with his shield. Has high base knockback, and blocks projectiles for 3 frames of the attack.


  • Side - Stabs with his sword. Deals 9%, can be angled.
  • Up - Uses his spear to jab diagonally upward. Has a large, disjointed hitbox and hitstun. Also deals extra damage to shields.
  • Down - Attacks with the butt of his spear. Meteor-smashes airborne opponents.


  • Side - Smashes opponents with his shield. Has high-priority and amazing knockback, but also has high end lag. Can reflect projectiles for 3 frmes of the attack.
  • Up -
  • Down - Sticks spear into the ground with both hands. The very tip of the the hitbox is a meteor smash, making this attack good for edge-guarding.


  • N-Air: Spins his spear. Is a semi-spike, and stalls your falling for 4 frames of the attack.
  • F-Air:
  • B-Air:
  • U-Air:
  • D-Air: Falls straight downward with his spear. As Sonic's D-air from Brawl, but a portion of the hitbox is disjointed.

Grabs, Throws

  • Grab - Reaches out a grasps with his shield-arm.
  • Pummel -
  • Forward - Kicks the enemy's gut, like a mini-FS. Deals 9%, can chaingrab up to 38-80% depending on opponent's weight.
  • Backward -
  • Up - Flings upwards with both hands, then throws a spear upward. Deals 4%, and the spear deals 6%. Lightweights can DI out of the spear, and it can fall back down and hurt Leonidas or a different character.
  • Down - Swings enemy over his head and slams them into the ground. Deals 8%.


  • Ledge attack: ???
  • 100% ledge attack: ???
  • Front attack: ???
  • Back attack: ???
  • Trip attack: ???

Pros & Cons





Victory Music


Video Music

SSBB OST- Ike's Theme (Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn)

Kirby Hat

Leonidas' Hair and Beard.

Exclusive stickers





Wiimote Sound


Classic Mode


Easter Eggs

Snake Codec

Snake: Hey... that's Leonidas isn't it? 

Otacon: Good eye Snake! He's the king of Sparta. He also is the captain of his army. He's got spartans to spare... A force that will kick your butt.

Snake: Tell me more about Leonidas...

Otacon: But you already know him don't you?

Snake: I've just seen his movie.

Otacon: Well, um... He used to be a weakling, but countless trials over the years have toughened him up.

Snake: Yeah I know that... 

Otacon: Yeah, well... The king who fought that epic battle with Xerxes was this guy. 

Snake: That was a long time ago... what about now? Does he get along with Xerxes? 

Otacon: Nope, they're still at it... Seems that they're always competing in something: Bloody Wars... Kart racing, sports... you name it.

Snake: You know... seeing Leonidas here reminds me: We should try that thing we always wanted to try... 

Otacon: Oooh! Yeah! That thing! Good idea! Ok, ready... GO!

Snake: This is Sparta.

Otacon: This is Spartaah...

Snake: Wow... we REALLY suck at this...

Otacon: Yeah...

Daily Buglin'


Palutena's Guidance


Role In SSE

Leonidas first appears in Sparta when some Shadow Bugs start arriving to his hometown, creating Primids. The king unleashes his fury on a Primid, kicking it down into the abyss. After most of the invading forces are wiped out, Leonidas chases the remnants of the forces. He doesn't realize that a Subspace Bomb was activated at Sparta until the bomb detonates, engulfing the city in darkness. The Spartan King notices that Dr. Robotnik was responsible for the invasion and chases Robotnik towards the cliffs. During the chase, Xerxes summons his Persian Army to ambush Leonidas, but he fails, and Leonidas resumes his chase. Leonidas finally catches Robotnik in a grassy field. Robotnik retaliates by summoning Scratch and Grounder to handle Leonidas while he escapes. The king destroys Grounder (while leaving alone Scratch, who flies off) and continues his journey.

Entering the Persian Forest, Leonidas declares vengeance on his doomed city by slaughtering numerous Persians until he meets the Persian Messenger, who was not happy about their last encounter. After the Persian Messenger's defeat, a trophy of King Harkinian falls from the sky and in front of Leonidas. Leonidas revives the trophy, and the Hylian king realizes that the Spartan king is hunting down the same person who trophied The King earlier (Robotnik). From the meeting, the two kings heed through the burned forest. The kings later meet Xerxes and Robotnik, who summon Persians and Badniks to destroy them. The kings fight off the attackers, forcing the partners in crime to retreat.

In the Final Forest, Leonidas hears Gaston trophying I.M. Meen and charges towards him. Gaston prepares to shoot Leonidas with his Dark Cannon, but the Dark Cannon was destroyed by The King's dinner. Frollo, arriving on time, blocks Leonidas from slicing Gaston with his own sword, and then the four fight. The kings win against Gaston and Frollo and revive I.M. Meen, who joins them on their journey.


Colors & Costumes

It only changes the colors of his cape and pants.

  • Red: Used in Red Team.
  • Blue: Used in Red Team.
  • Green: Used in Green Team.
  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Magneta
  • Black: His appearance is based on Xerxes.
  • White: Like with the black swap, his appearance is based on Kratos from the God of War series.


  • He quickly became an Internet Meme / Youtube Poop Character when he said "THIS IS SPARTA!!!"
  • The character is played in Zack Snyder's "300" by Gerard Butler, known for other roles in "How to Train Your Dragon", "Gamer" and "The Bounty Hunter"
  • Leonidas is one of the two characters whose losing animation wasn't shown in their moveset. (The other being The King)
  • Leonidas appears in two movies, 300 and Meet the Spartans



Smash Bros Brawl Character Moveset - Leonidas-0-1-2

"This is MOVESET!"