The Five Gods refers to the five players of the modern competitive era who are the highest ranking and most skilled players on the planet. The order is never set in stone, as each player is capable of beating any of the other Five Gods, causing fluctuations in tournament results that make it hard to determine an overall rankings list. Although there are several other players that have shown the ability to beat the Gods, (e.g. ChuDat, SFAT, Axe, and Wizzrobe), the Five Gods have held their place in this elite list for their incredible skill and consistency.
Many debates have arisen about what it means to achieve "God Status", and whether or not the position of a "God" can be revoked. Some say particular players have already broken into god status, while other say the status of "The Five Gods" is not a rankings list, but a reflection on an era of Melee where they dominated major tournaments.
At Apex 2015, Leffen defeated Mew2King and became the first player to beat all five of the Gods in tournament. He had previously defeated Hungrybox at Apex 2014, Armada at B.E.A.S.T 4, PPMD at MLG Anaheim 2014, and Mango at B.E.A.S.T 5. Although he is not officially a member of the "Five Gods", he is widely considered to be on the same skill level as them.
At The Big House 7, Plup became the second player to defeat all five of the Gods in tournament with his victory over Armada. He had previously defeated Mango at EVO 2015, Hungrybox at Advent II, PPMD at Smash Summit, and Mew2King at Battle of the Five Gods. As with Leffen, he is not officially considered a member of the "Five Gods".