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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
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:
- Ascended Extra: Mouser in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, where he was the second most recurring villain, and Bowser's main lackey.
- A Kind of One: Spin-offs reveal Mouser, Fryguy and Clawgrip are all just individual members of a species.
- Asteroids Monster: Fryguy.
- Breath Weapon: Tryclyde and Fryguy breathe fire, while Robirdo can fire giant eggs.
- The Brute / Dumb Muscle: Tryclyde in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
- Computer Voice: Robirdo.
- Demoted to Extra: Mouser and Tryclyde in Nintendo Comics System, Clawgrip in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
- Dishing Out Dirt: Clawgrip attacks by throwing boulders.
- Domino Mask: Worn by Fryguy.
- The Dragon: Mouser was King Koopa's in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
- 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 reveals Clawgrip was originally a normal Sidestepper, made big by Wart's bubbles. Some unused sprites imply Mouser and Tryclyde would have been the same.
- Mechanical Lifeform: 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.
- Suddenly Voiced: Like Wart they all engage in Trash Talk in the GBA remake. They also have speaking roles in the DiC cartoon however.
- 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.
- Sinister Shades: Mouser's trademark.
- Shockwave Stomp: Created by Robirdo's jumps.
"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:
- Abhorrent Admirer: The reaction of most characters to her affections, especially Popple in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Angelo in Fortune Street.
- Ambiguous Gender: Birdo is biologically male, but considers himself female. Contested in later appearances given confusing gender pronouns, but still subtly acknowledged as part of the character's history.
- Breath Weapon: Sorta; she spits eggs.
- Crossdresser or Transsexual, depending on who you ask.
- A Day in the Limelight: In addition to having a story arc in Captain Rainbow, she is one of the main protagonists of Wario's Woods.
- Dual Boss: With Popple in Superstar Saga.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Her sports appearances often involve them.
- Expy: There have been similar-looking creatures across the franchise, sporting the same snout and eyes, that indirectly reference the same gender indeterminancy and Mr Seahorse qualities (e.g. Durmite in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, the Seadrings in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team).
- Genki Girl
- 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, Cathy, Birdo, Birdetta, Ostro, Shelly...
- A Kind of One
- 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.
- Love Freak
- Made of Explodium: Some of her eggs in Super Mario RPG and Superstar Saga.
- Mini-Boss: Her usual role.
- Mr Seahorse: Whether stated to be male or female, Birdo is always able to produce eggs.
- Non-Indicative Name: Except for being able to make eggs, Birdo isn't very birdlike.
- Official Couple: With Yoshi, at least in the side-games.
- Outlaw Couple: Sees herself and Popple as this in Superstar Saga.
- Purple Eyes
- Say It with Hearts
- She's a Man in Japan: There was never any doubt in Birdo's home country.
- 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.
- You Shall Not Pass: "This is as far as you go!"
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)
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.
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