MultiVersus already has no shortage of fighters to complete its roster given the number of properties under Warner Bros.’ purview, but some players were concerned that certain characters’ involvement would be limited based on how they’re already represented in the game. Specifically, some players assumed that the characters used in things like Ringout effects in MultiVersus therefore could not be true fighters if they were already in the game to some degree. These assumptions are mostly taken from the way Super Smash Bros Ultimate and past Super Smash Bros. games. worked, but according to the MultiVersus game director Tony Huynh, characters aren’t disqualified from being fighters just because they’re seen in other customization options.
Huynh responded to a thread on Twitter from Twitter user T3Fois asking if Spike from Tom and Jerry could be added to the game. Someone pointed out that he was already in the game as a Ringout effect, which which made its inclusion unlikely, a comment that led to some more back and forth on the subject. Huynh responded further down the thread to close the discussion while allaying players’ concerns.
The KO effect does not prevent this character from becoming playable in the future
— Tony Huynh (@Tony_Huynh) August 12, 2022
Since this game has drawn so many comparisons to Super Smash Bros Ultimate, it’s not hard to see why players would enforce this fan-made “rule.” For the uninitiated, the rule (which is really more of a fan theory) suggests that characters seen in Super Smash Bros. like something like an assist trophy couldn’t be promoted to a full-fledged DLC fighter in the same game as they were already usable to some extent. A prime example of this is Waluigi, a highly fan-requested character who was both an Assist Trophy and a Spirit in Super Smash Bros Ultimate and never made the roster as a playable character.
The theory is not a hard and fast rule, however. Min Min was a Spirit in Ultimate and later became a DLC fighter, and Bomberman was an assist trophy that was later added as a Mii fighter costume. Despite these exceptions, the fan-made rule had become quite ingrained in players’ minds by then, so it makes sense that it would persist beyond this and into other games.
It doesn’t matter, it’s not something MultiVersus players need to worry. Looking at the Ringout effects available in-game, we see Porky the Pig, Marceline, Spike, and Steven Universe’s Lion all featured in these props, so based on Huynh’s comments, there’s still a chance that one of them become real fighters in the future.