Since their release, Bayonetta and Cloud have both maintained a dominant position in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's metagame. Bayonetta's pre-patch combo game led to many heated debates as to whether she should be banned, and even after her nerfs, she's remained strong enough to nab the number one spot on the 4BR's tier list. Cloud, while not quite as dominant in singles, has maintained a high tier placement, strong matchup spread and low execution barrier that make him a go-to counterpick in low-level play, and much like Bayonetta in singles, proposals to ban Cloud in doubles have popped up from time to time.
With all of this in mind, Delzethin has taken a short break from moveset speculation to look a bit deeper into this issue. After providing a brief bit of history behind the controversy, he examines not just the characters themselves, but how the discourse surrounding them is shaped by the way the Smash community communicates.