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Take a look at the picture below, showing how different the sizes and shapes of Olimar and Alph's heads are:

Olimar and Alph models from Smash Ultimate

I've read in this answer that it's not possible to have different hurtboxes for a single slot, but is that still true for Olimar and Alph despite the graphical difference in head size being so different? Wouldn't that be visually deceiving?

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The other answer is correct that Olimar and Alph's hurtboxes are the same.

When looking at Olimar vs. Alph, it's important to note that Olimar's hurtboxes themselves aren't actually perfectly accurate to the character model. The translucent bubble around his helmet is his actual hurtbox:

Olimar performing a down tilt

From the shape, it should be apparent how it's slightly 'looser' around the character model in a way that would allow both his and Alph's appearance to be shaped to fit within it. SSB is always as a series that's played slightly less accurate with hurtboxes and hitboxes when necessary, often leaving out things like hands, feet, or tails without hurtboxes, or conversely having a hurtbox that extends slightly past the character's actual body.

While it's slightly noticeable in stills or gifs, I've never felt to affect the actual play and, while I'm not a pro player by a long shot, I've never seen the community take issue with that aspect of the characters either. General consensus seems to be that they're close enough to feel fair.

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  • Thanks for your answer! I tried taking a still image from that GIF and placing it over my snapshot, and THIS COULD BE THEIR HURTBOXES. Notice how it still looks too big for Alph. It's weird how Sakurai allowed this for an alt, as using Olimar would be less erroneous during gameplay. Were you able to verify that Olimar and Alph share the same hurtbox data in the source code? :)
    – Prid
    Jun 2 '20 at 1:16
  • Based on your gif, it appears that the hurtbox doesn't match the translucent bubble either, and forms a spherical shape. I don't have access to the source code, but I'm fairly sure that though the bubbles differ between the two characters, their spherical hurtboxes are identical.
    – MBorg
    Jun 2 '20 at 2:39

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