Flippers are objects that when touched, will bounce away most objects and spin rapidly.
In all of its appearances, it retains the same basic style. It looks like a white rod with a bolt through it, that has two red rubber balls attached to both ends. When activated, it spins wildly. Some Flippers will start horizontal, usually only if a Balloon Bird spawns on top.
It bounced any moving object that touched it (Excluding Sparks) in a random direction, sometimes even going through the Flipper. In one phase of the NES game, Balloon Birds spawn on Flippers. It is only when they are done pumping their Balloons that the Flippers go off and spin, bouncing the birds across the stage. When a Flipper settles, if it stops in a horizontal position, Balloon Birds can land on them if they are parachuting.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Flippers are obtainable items that when thrown act as they did in Balloon Fight. However, the Flipper in this game would only start to rapidly spin if it were attacked, and just walking into it would not set it off at full speed. The Flipper was removed from Super Smash Bros. Brawl and replaced with the Bumper, and has not returned as an item in the newer Super Smash Bros. games.
- The Flipper was added to Melee because they were considering the Balloon Fighter as a character for the game. However, the Ice Climbers were chosen instead of the Balloon Fighter, but the Flipper item and a trophy of the Balloon Fighter are the only remains of this.
- In Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, the Balloon Fight stage occasionally has Flippers using their original sprites, and they function like the original game as well.