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Characters: Super Mario Bros: Assorted Nasties
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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.

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:

  • Beard of Evil: Although he didn't have it in Wrecking Crew '98 for some reason.
  • Big Bad: Of Wrecking Crew.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Went from Big Bad of Wrecking Crew to The Dragon of Wrecking Crew '98.
  • Drop the Hammer: Has a hammer that he uses to try and upstate the Bros. He's also vulnerable to the ones they wield.
  • Expy: Anthony Scapelli, the head contractor of a construction company in the 1993 film, seems to be loosely based on Spike.
  • Head Swap: His sprite is basically Mario's with a different head.
  • Mean Boss: Despite having hired Mario and Luigi to work on his construction site, he deliberately tries to impede their work.
  • Promoted to Playable: Became an unlockable character in Mobile Golf.

"I am the great and powerful Wart! Ha HA!"

The first real villain Mario fought after Bowser (and little more than a blip on the radar since then), Wart is a big, nasty frog-like creature who took over the dreamworld of Subcon with an army of Shy Guys and monsters spawned from his Nightmare Machine. The fairy-like Subcon people contacted Mario and friends through their dreams, and soon Wart was undone thanks to his allergy to turnips and onions.

Tropes associated with Wart:

    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 Super Mario Bros. 2. The rank and file are simple Shy Guys and Shy Guy variants (like Snifits and Beezos), but they're led by Wart's subordinates Mouser, Tryclyde, and Fryguy, Clawgrip and Robirdo. Like Wart, the leaders have never appeared in another game since, although they did reappear as minions for Bowser in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and the Valiant comics (save for Robirdo, who wasn't added to the group until Super Mario Advance). The Shy Guys, on the other hand, continue to pop up as common enemies in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Tropes associated with them include:

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

A pink dinosaur that Mario fought several times. In Super Mario Bros. 2, Birdo has the power to spit projectile eggs out of his... her... errr... its mouth. S/he's never seen without his/her distinctive pink hair ribbon. The SMB 2 player's manual notes that Birdo is biologically male but views itself as female (though later games—and localizations—tend to go back-and-forth on his/her gender stats). Nowadays Birdo occasionally shows up in the Mario Kart and Mario sports games, where s/he's usually paired off with fellow dinosaur Yoshi. The credits of SMB2 mistakenly switched his/her name with another baddie, Ostro the ostrich. In Japan, s/he's called Catherine.

Tropes associated with Birdo:


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 with an army of baddies. 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 include:

     Enemies and Bosses (Super Mario Land) 

King Totomesu

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

Dragonzamasu & Tamau

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


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


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


See above

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



  • Chasing Your Tail: Kind of—Ricky 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.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: It's hard to tell—is Mario tiny, or is Ricky huge?


The Three Little Pigheads



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Super Mario Bros: Bowser and his BaddiesCharacters/Super Mario Bros.Super Mario RPG

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