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The very first true villain the Mario Bros. fought (Donkey Kong being more of an Anti-Villain), Spike was the foreman on the construction site in Wrecking Crew. He would impede their demolition progress on the regular stages and try to beat them on the Bonus Stages. He reappeared in the Japan-only Wrecking Crew '98, where he teamed up with the younger Bowser to defeat Mario, and in the also Japan-only Mobile Golf entry in the Mario Golf series. After 17 years of absence, he finally returns in Super Mario Maker as one of the 99 Mystery Suits that Mario can transform into.

Not to be confused with the Spike enemies that debuted in Super Mario Bros. 3 or with Lakilester's nickname from Paper Mario.

Tropes associated with Spike:

"I am the great Wart! Ah, ha ha!"

The villain of Doki Doki Panic and the Dolled-Up Super Mario Bros. 2 (and little more than a blip on the radar since then). Wart is a big, nasty toad-like creature who took over the dream world with an army of Shy Guys and various monsters spawned from the stolen Dream Machine. This was undone thanks to Wart's allergy to turnips and onions.

Tropes associated with Wart:
  • Adipose Rex: He ruled Muu/Subcon until the heroes kicked him out.

    The 8 bits
Mouser: "Here, have some bombs!"
Tryclyde: "Step right up if you're ready to get toasted!"
Fryguy: "I'm too hot to touch!"
Clawgrip: "Arrr, you'll make a tasty treat!"
Robirdo: "You've come a long way!"

Wart's followers in Doki Doki Panic and the Dolled-Up Super Mario Bros. 2. The rank and file are simple Shy Guys and their variants (like Snifits and Beezos) led by subordinates such as Mouser, Tryclyde, and Fryguy. Like Wart, the three leaders have never appeared in another game since, although they did reappear as minions for Bowser in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and Valiant's Nintendo Comics System. The Shy Guys, on the other hand, continue to pop up as common enemies in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Tropes associated with the 8 bits:
  • A Kind of One: Spin-offs reveal Birdo and Mouser are individual members of a species. Fryguy is also implied to be a species, and multiple Clawgrips have also been spotted.
  • Ascended Extra: Mouser in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, where he was the second most recurring villain, and Bowser's main lackey.
  • Asteroids Monster: Fryguy.
  • Breath Weapon: Tryclyde and Fryguy breathe fire, while Robirdo can fire giant eggs.
  • The Brute: Tryclyde in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
  • Canon Immigrant: This goes for the entire gang, including Birdo and Wart. Even if certain members didn't appear in other games, you'd be hard-pressed to not find them in other media somewhere.
  • Computer Voice: Robirdo.
  • Demoted to Extra: Mouser and Tryclyde in Nintendo Comics System, Clawgrip in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Mouser himself in each major version of the game, as the third Mouser encounter was replaced with newcomer Clawgrip in Super Mario Bros. 2, and the second encounter was replaced with the exclusive Robirdo in Super Mario Advance.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Clawgrip attacks by throwing boulders.
  • Domino Mask: Fryguy's face.
  • The Dragon: Mouser was King Koopa's in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
  • Dub Name Change: Every single member, but the 8 bits were known as "Mamu-zoku" in Japan, which basically means Mamu Family or Mamu Tribe. As for the bosses from Doki Doki Panic specifically, Mouser was Don Churuge, Tryclyde was Gabucho, and Fryguy was Hībōbō.
  • Evil Albino: The white Mouser from Doki Doki Panic.
  • Evil Feels Good: The comics state Mouser was originally neutral, but was brought to The Dark Side by Bowser, and grew to love it.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Clawgrip.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Mouser, Clawgrip and Robirdo need to be attacked with their own weapons.
  • King Mook: According to the comics, Mouser used to lead a whole kingdom of identical mice who live in the Mushroom Kingdom's sewers.
  • Mad Bomber: Mouser.
  • Make My Monster Grow: Super Mario Advance shows Clawgrip as a normal Sidestepper made big by Wart's bubbles. Some unused sprites imply Mouser and Tryclyde would have been the same.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: Robirdo.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Fryguy, a fire monster, is fought in a Slippy-Slidey Ice World.
  • Multiple Head Case: Tryclyde in Nintendo Comics System.
  • Pirate: Clawgrip has a stereotypical pirate accent, and "played" one in all three of his appearances in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
  • The Quiet One: Tryclyde in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
  • Recurring Boss: Mouser and Tryclyde.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: Mouser.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Created by Robirdo's jumps.
  • Sinister Shades: Mouser's trademark.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Contrary to other sources, the Super Mario Bros. 2 in-game cast roll mistakenly has Hoopster as Hoopstar, Clawgrip as Clawglip, and Tryclyde as Triclyde (although that last one actually makes sense). This was corrected in Super Mario Advance.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Like Wart they all engage in Trash Talk in the BS Super Mario USA Power Challenge and Super Mario Advance versions. They also have speaking roles in the DiC cartoon.
  • This Cannot Be!: Most give this type of response upon being defeated in Super Mario Advance.
  • Trash Talk: All of them do this right before battle in Super Mario Advance.

"Oh I'm never gonna let ya go. You're just too...CUTE!"

A prehistoric creature fought several times by Mario and friends. Birdo (known as Catherine in Japan) is almost never seen without a distinctive pink ribbon, and has the power to spit projectile eggs out of her mouth. The original instruction booklet notes that Birdo is an assigned male of birth, but identifies as female, though later game localizations tend to go back-and-forth on assigned sex and gender pronouns. Nowadays Birdo occasionally shows up in the Mario Kart and Mario sports games, where she's usually paired off with Yoshi.

Tropes associated with Birdo:
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Her appearance in Super Mario RPG was pretty random, only receiving a teensy bit of foreshadowing (a random Nimbus Person mentions Valentina keeps a giant egg around for some reason).
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Birdo's status as either ally or villain fluctuates between games. This even happened over the course of a single game (Superstar Saga), where Birdo starts off helping to foil Cackletta's plan to steal Peach's voice by pretending to be Peach but later joins Popple in battle against the Bros.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In Super Mario Bros. 2, you attack her with her own spat eggs.
  • I Have Many Names: Catherine, Cathie, Birdetta/Birdie, Shelly...
  • Informed Attribute: Her species looks more like a dinosaur and has a vague resemblance to Yoshi, but it's actually been considered an odd type of bird in the Super Mario Bros. 2 Nintendo Power player's guide and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (even being able to fly in the latter, an ability yet to be seen in the games).
  • Just Eat Him: She does this to Popple to protect him, which Popple reluctantly goes along with.
  • Life Drain: She possesses this ability in Superstar Saga, sucking up one of the Mario Bros. with her snout and stealing some of their HP.
  • Recurring Boss: Appears in nearly every level of Doki Doki Panic/Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • She's a Man in Japan: There was never any doubt in Birdo's home country.
  • Transgender: Many games portray her as a male who identifies and lives as a female, but some eschew this aspect altogether.
  • Transgender Fetishization: While not a "fanservice" character, per se, Birdo otherwise fits the trope via her flirtatious behavior.
  • Turns Red: In Superstar Saga, if Popple is defeated before her.
  • The Unintelligible: While she speaks in a few games, most of the time she just honks.
  • Weapons That Suck: Her snout can be used to suck things up in Superstar Saga and the Mario Baseball games.


Tatanga the Mysterious Spaceman is a little purple alien who flies around in his own personal battleship, the Pagosu. He first appeared in Super Mario Land, in which he kidnapped Princess Daisy of Sarasaland and hypnotized her subjects. He was defeated by Mario, but he made one more appearance, this time guarding one of Wario's six golden coins. When Mario returned to the Mushroom Kingdom, he found it overtaken by Wario and was forced to take on Tatanga yet again. The spaceman hasn't been seen since.

Tropes associated with Tatanga:
  • Adaptational Badass: His comic counterpart was about as tall as Daisy, muscular, had a nifty black suit, more pronounced fangs, and claw-like fingers.
  • Alien Invasion: Tatanga is an alien from outer space who flew down to the "world of Sarasaland", and seeks to conquer Sarasaland via marrying Daisy.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: The manual says Tatanga plans to marry Daisy to become ruler of Sarasaland.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: In the comics, his bushy eyebrows are noticeable.
  • Cool Ship: Tatanga tends to rely on his spaceship, the Pagosu, which shoots three balls at a time. It can even turn into a mecha in the comic. Tatanga used a much weaker ship in his appearance in Mario Land 2.
  • Cute Little Fangs: He has little fangs jutting that actually look rather adorable.
  • Demoted to Dragon: In Super Mario Land 2, he's just another boss.
  • High-Altitude Battle: The final battle in Super Mario Land.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Its All There in the Manual.
  • King Koopa Copy: Played With. On one hand, his scheme of taking a kingdom, and kidnapping the Princess is alot like Bowser. On the otherhand, Tatanga relies on his spaceship to be intimidating.
  • Little Green Men: Tatanga is a little purple man even shorter then Mario. In the Valiant comics, this was averted as Tatanga was tall, and muscular.
  • The Magnificent: Tatanga the Conqueror and Tatanga the Mysterious Spaceman.
  • Mass Hypnosis: He hypnotized everyone in Sarasaland into attacking Mario.
  • The Napoleon: Tatanga is one of the few major villains to be shorter then Mario, and he's the leader of some giant enemies.
  • Regent for Life: Tatanga seeks to become this by marrying Daisy.
  • Third-Person Person: In the comics, occasionally Tatanga refers to himself in third person.
  • Villainous Crush: Tatanga is shown as quite interested in Daisy in the Valiant comics, enough to call off an attack when it seems she's sick (she was feigning it to stop Tatanga).
  • Welcome to the Real World: He intended to conquer it in the Game Boy comics.


A huge, magical, black bird wearing a turban. Wingo loves shiny things, and he has his eye on Power Stars. When Captain Toad and Toadette found one while adventuring one day, Wingo swooped in and snatched it away, along with Toadette. It's now up to Captain Toad to track him down and get them back.

Tropes associated with Wingo:
  • Ambiguous Gender: It's not really clear what gender Wingo actually is, but most material refers to this bird as a "she". However, at least three official sources clarify Wingo's gender and confirm him to be male, one being a Miiverse post from the game's director, Hiratake himself, and two others being a downloadable PDF journal and a character page, both on the official Nintendo website. As icing on the cake, going by some of Wingo's vocal sound effects from the game's sound files (they're harder to hear in-game), his voice does sound vaguely male.
  • Arch-Enemy: Mario has Bowser, Luigi has King Boo, the Yoshis have Kamek, and now Captain Toad has this guy.
  • Balloon Belly: He is defeated by having a turnip thrown into his mouth. He swallows it and becomes too heavy to fly, defeating him.
  • Battle in the Rain: The second part of the final level in the main story, Wingo's Whackdown, takes place during a rainstorm.
  • Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of Treasure Tracker.
  • Blow You Away: Wingo's most common technique is whipping up a windstorm with his wings. Unlike most examples of when a bird does this, Wingo uses magic to create the wind rather than simply being that powerful.
  • Boss Remix: His final battle theme incorporates Captain Toad's leitmotif. Doubles as a Dark Reprise since it sounds much more menacing now.
  • Creepy Crows: Hiratake's Miiverse post confirms Wingo to be a species of crow.
  • Death by Gluttony: While he doesn't die, per say, Wingo is only removed from the fight after being forced to eat his own giant turnips.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to Captain Toad on his last hit.
  • Edible Bludgeon: One of his attacks is to spawn giant turnips from above. They can be picked up and used against him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Captain Toad, since they both love to collect treasure.
  • Feathered Fiend: He steals Power Stars and kidnaps anyone who tries to stop him from doing so.
  • Greed: As if his fascination for Power Stars and other shiny things wasn't enough, guess where Wingo's final boss phase takes place. On top of a giant pile of jewels and gold in his castles. Nintendo's official release even describes him as "a giant greedy bird."
  • I Have Your Wife: Immediately after Toadette finishes Scalding Scaffold Sinkhole, Wingo kidnaps her one last time in order to bait Captain Toad into Wingo's Whackdown.
  • Jerkass: Sure, stealing the first two Power Stars from Captain Toad and Toadette wasn't too bad, likely just him being a magpie, but intentionally kidnapping Toadette and possibly sending Captain Toad to his doom while smiling at the end of the second book, then laughing at him for it at the start of the third? Did he take a few pointers from Bowser?
  • Kick the Dog: At the end of Battle Tower Blitz, he could have made off with the Power Star right in front of him like he usually does. But by that point, he apparently decided that messing with Captain Toad and Toadette was much more important to him. It's even possible that the events of Episode 2 was just one big trap for Toadette on Wingo's part.
  • Knight of Cerebus: A low-key variant, but things are definitely a bit darker when Wingo shows up. Most notable is when he deliberately swipes Toadette with his beak (completely ignoring the Power Star right in front of him), wind-blows Captain Toad off a high-up castle, snatches another Power Star from in front of him and gives him a taunting laugh with Toadette still in his beak, then drops Toadette from a very big height that could have killed her, all in the span of a few levels. And right before the final stage, Wingo kidnaps Toadette again in order to bait Captain Toad into the final fight. Wingo's two levels reflect this, being bleak and cloudy and the second half of the second fight is in the middle of a thunderstorm in contrast with the normally bright and colorful game.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Recurring Boss Template: Wingo's actual fights are nearly identical between Episodes 1 and 3, just that Wingo summons lightning strikes the second time and attacks a bit faster.
  • Roar Before Beating: Or rather, screech before beating, on his last hit. Said screech still kinda sounds like a roar, though.
  • Shock and Awe: The second fight against him adds falling lightning bolts that leave pools of electricity behind (for a while).
  • Smug Smiler: At the beginning of his two levels, he stares down at Captain Toad with an incredibly smug grin on his face.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: Wingo is defeated by grabbing the turnips he summons and throwing them back at him. If he didn't summon those turnips, he'd be unbeatable.
  • Thieving Magpie: Why does Wingo want power stars? They're shiny of course!
  • Turns Red: On his last hit, he screeches, gives Captain Toad a Death Glare, and teleports at a faster and more erratic pace.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Before entering Stumpy Springs Sanctuary, Episode 3's book shows an illustration of Wingo accidentally dropping Toadette, as indicated by his shocked expression. But entering the level, he doesn't look phased by it in the slightest, implying that dropping Toadette in there was indeed intentional. Whether he did this to get her killed or to make her find more treasure for him is up to debate.
  • Villain Teleportation: During his levels, he teleports around similar to a Magikoopa.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: Many levels in Treasure Tracker contain hidden "Wanted" posters with Wingo's face on them, implying that he has stolen treasure from plenty of other people than Captain Toad/Toadette.


A big red dragon who lives inside the lava-filled Pyropuff Peak. Captain Toad, and later on, Toadette ended up wandering inside his domain.

Tropes associated with Draggadon:

     The Broodals 
"Looking for the wedding ring, chumps? Too bad! The Boss has it now! And you guys ain't invited to the wedding!"

A villainous group of wedding-planner rabbits hired by Bowser to make sure his planned marriage to Peach goes smoothly and without interference from Mario.

Tropes associated with the Broodals:
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: The blue Broodal.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Harriet wears purple, Topper wears green, one wears blue, and the last wears orange.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: This prevents them from looking too cute.
  • Dark Action Girl: Harriet.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: Not physically that monstrous compared to most other villains in the series, but these bunnies are not good guys and work for Bowser.
  • Hired Guns: They specialize in weddings and bad-guy duties, being an independent group that Bowser calls in for his latest scheme, which combines both.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Harriet wears a stylish dress, but fights Mario in it.
  • Nice Hat: All four, in different styles. This is fitting for the game, after all.
  • Moon Rabbit: It's confirmed that these guys are from the moon, which plays a big part in this game.
  • Psycho for Hire: Of a sort. They're a wedding planning firm that are extremely dedicated to their job. If that means trying to brutally murder anyone opposed to your wedding, well, that's just part of the service they provide.
  • Punny Name:
    • Collectively, their name is a combination of "bridal", "brood", and "brutal".
    • Harriet is a hare.
    • Topper wears a top hat.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Much like the Koopalings, being a group of same-species characters encountered one by one as the game progresses.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: While this is Truth in Television for some white rabbits, these are definitely a villainous example.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Harriet is the only female on the team.
  • Spikes of Villainy: All three males have them around their hats and as bracelets, and Harriet fights with a spike ball attached to her hair.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Not just to the Koopalings, but they also have a bit of Bowser Jr., Boom Boom, and Pom Pom in them as well.

     Enemies and Bosses (Super Mario Land

King Totomesu

A sphinx creature who lives in the pyramid. Breathes fire.

Tropes associated with King Totomesu:
  • Ancient Egypt: Its based off an ancient Egyptian sphinx, and is in a desert theme world.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Based off the manual saying the residents of Sarasaland were brainwashed, Totomesu would seem to be this.
  • King Mook: Of the Gau enemies.
  • Playing with Fire: It spits fireballs.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Japanese website has it as "King Todomesu" oddly enough, which differs from both the original Japanese and English manuals). This is also the case with a few other enemies.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Fights similarly to Bowser in the original Super Mario Bros.

Dragonzamasu & Tamao

A seahorse at the end of the submarine level. Accompanied by Tamao, a ball of protoplasm or something.

Tropes associated with Dragonzamasu & Tamao:


A moai head with cool shades who hurls boulders at Mario.

Tropes associated with Hiyohoi:

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Moai heads in the background Hiyohoi is definitely a native, and the manual says Tatanga brainwashed the residents of Sarasaland.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He attacks by throwing boulders.
  • King Mook: Of the Tokotoko enemies.
  • Mook Maker: Attacks by throwing Ganchan enemies.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: You wouldn't be able to reach the exit if the Ganchans he throws didn't make convenient platforms.


A cloud that shoots birds at you in the airplane level.

Tropes associated with Biokinton:
  • Abnormal Ammo: It fires Chickens!
  • The Dragon: Second to last boss in the game.
  • Dub Name Change: It's Paokinton in the Japanese version, but Biokinton is most likely a result of the English translator quickly confusing the "pa" for a "ba" due to the game's minimalist localization.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: According to the manual Biokinton is not the cloud, and there's a very shy creature hiding behind it that no one has seen.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Or rather, Guide Misprint, as it's "Brokinton" in the Game Boy Nintendo Player's Guide. This is also the case with a few other minor enemies.
  • Unexpected Shmup Level: Mario takes to the skies in a plane with a rapid gun as opposed to the usual platforming levels.


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     Enemies and Bosses (Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins


Tropes associated with Bird:
  • Dub Name Change: Kurosu in Japanese guides, Bird in Australia's Nintendo Magazine System.

Sewer Rat

Tropes associated with Sewer Rat:
  • Chasing Your Tail: Kind of—the Sewer Rat runs around the room (literally, up the walls and on the ceiling), occasionally diving down to hit Mario who can only run around on the floor.
  • Dub Name Change: Ricky in Japanese guides, Sewer Rat in Australia's Nintendo Magazine System.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: It's hard to tell—is Mario tiny, or is the rat huge?


Tropes associated with Witch:
  • Dub Name Change: Sabasa in Japanese guides and the Super Mario Kun adaptation, Witch in Australia's Nintendo Magazine System.

The Three Little Pigheads

Tropes associated with the Three Little Pigheads:


Tropes associated with Octopus:


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