One of the things that makes Super Smash Bros. a special series is how a new iteration in the franchise only appears once every console cycle. That's a large reason why the roster is of such importance to fans, and one of the reasons why so many forums are filled with dream rosters long before new installments are even announced.
While many gamers are eager to see what new characters make their debut in the recently unveiled Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, just as many are concerned about the fate of returning characters. The transition from Melee to Brawl saw a total of five characters get dropped, so it's not hard to imagine that the forthcoming Wii U and 3DS games could very well do the same.
It's for this very reason that we compiled a list of the five characters that may not be returning in the next Super Smash Bros. games.