Characters: Super Mario Bros: Bowser and his Baddies
A list of characters that includes Bowser and all of his main henchmen.
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King Bowser Koopa
"Who were you expecting? The tooth fairy?!"
Gwahahaha! The Big Bad
of this series can introduce himself, don't you think? If you don't know me by now then clearly you live under a rock, but I'll explain things anyways because I'm such a nice guy. I constantly make plans to take over Mushroom Kingdom, the world, or even the universe. I have eight little monster kids, they make me proud. They are known the seven Koopalings, and Bowser Jr. (Don't ask me about their mother or I'll fry ya
!). Some place called Japan or whatever call me "Koopa", but that's stupid. They also call my army of Mook
Koopas "Nokonokos". Can you believe these guys? In the main series, I'm the undisputed King of Koopas
, who plans to take over Whatever the heck it is I feel like. In a few spinoffs, people seem to lack the proper fear and respect for me that I so rightfully deserve
. I'm not all bad though, I don't always aim big, and sometimes I even go karting with Mario
; sometimes both. However, I never forget to kidnap Princess Peach and destroy Mario should the opportunity present itself.
Now go worms, read my tropes and add to them. As the King of Awesome I deserve only the best!
Tropes associated with yours truly:
- Achilles' Heel: Fighting one of the Mario Brothers.
- Acrofatic: In spite of his body build, he can jump as high as Mario, among other things. In fact, he often is able to jump higher than Mario. He can even run faster than Mario in Super Mario 64 (but only when charging) and Super Mario Galaxy.
- Adipose Rex: In both senses of the word, no less.
- A Father to His Men: The degree to which he respects his minions varies with each story. Played the most straight in Bowser's Inside Story, and to a slightly lesser extent in Super Mario RPG and the Paper Mario series.
- Affably Evil: On occasion, is more just a jerkish brute than outright malicious. It is also made clear he genuinely wants to act as a loving husband for Peach if not for the interventions of a certain plumber. Arguably more Faux Affably Evil in the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, though in later shows he cares too much about his Koopalings to count.
- A God Am I: Bowser doesn't actually make this claim; however, his plan in both SMG and SMG2 is to take over the entire universe and rule it with Peach by his side forever, along with making his OWN galaxy in the center of the universe. SMG2, however, takes it to a whole new level when Bowser uses a few of the Grand Stars on HIMSELF, rather than use them to power up reactors, which seem to give him more power as he becomes gigantic (though he already had this power). He is also able to conjure up meteorites and apparently a BLACK HOLE in the final battle.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: This is his plan for Peach, since he both wants control over the Mushroom Kingdom and to be with his Villainous Crush.
- Antagonist in Mourning: Thinking he's alone, after being defeated by Smithy, he allows himself to get emotional thinking about the "good old days". He starts reminiscing when it was just him kidnapping Peach, and Mario always coming to her rescue. He gets teary-eyed, but pulls himself together when he realizes Mario and the gang are nearby.
- Anti-Villain: Miyamoto believes the minimum story for a Mario game is fighting a villain, beating him, and then finding out the villain isn't so bad after all.
- Arch-Enemy: He and Mario have been fighting since they were children, with no end in sight.
- Art Evolution: Aside from his one-time only Bald of Evil, he went from having short limbs and mostly orange skin to having longer limbs and mostly yellow skin. Incidentally, the increase in limb-length coincided with his fighting style emphasizing more melee moves rather than solely fire-breathing.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Back from the Dead: His Dry Bowser form, which was created when he actually died in the first battle of New Super Mario Bros..
- Badass: Just look at his picture here. The fact that he's also a Former "The Guy" should be enough.
- Badbutt: Can come off as this in the RPGs.
- Benevolent Boss: His minions don't follow him out of fear; they follow him out of respect and admiration. Though that's not to say they aren't nervous about his reactions to their failure. Even his son, Bowser Jr., voiced his fear of angering his father for giving up another Grand Star. But then again, nobody in their right mind would want to piss off a giant turtle demon unless they were an ass-kicking plumber.
- Berserk Button:
- Just mentioning Mario's name is enough to get him riled up.
- Harming Bowser Jr. in front of him, as seen in New Super Mario Bros. if you beat him first, will send Bowser into a rage.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He has attempted to, and nearly succeeded in, destroying and remaking all of reality in Super Mario Galaxy, and literally punches an Eldritch Abomination to death in Bowser's Inside Story. If he didn't have Mario as an opponent, he'd be unstoppable. Cracked even has a list of 5 Reasons Bowser Is The Most Successful Video Game Character.
- Big Bad: Of the series and entire franchise. Arguably the most famous video game Big Bad.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Antasma in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Up until he betrays Antasma, having anticipated that Antasma was probably only going to use him, and leaves him at the mercy of the Mario Brothers.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In the various RPGs, save the first Paper Mario and Paper Mario: Sticker Star, where he is often put into the hero position to stop the game's Big Bad. Subverted in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team where he solidly outclasses Antasma for the role of the main antagonist, especially since M & L veterans have probably got used to him playing second-fiddle to the RPG villain of the week.
- Big Beautiful Man: At least to himself.
- Big Eater: Especially in Bowser's Inside Story.
- Big Fun
- The Big Guy: Serves as this when on Mario's team, as well as the Boisterous Bruiser.
- Breakout Villain: Mario fought with other villains such as Donkey Kong, Foreman Spike, and other assorted baddies before Bowser showed in the franchise's most popular game. After that, he became the series' main nemesis.
- Breath Weapon: In almost all of his appearances — but, strangely, not once in Super Mario RPG.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- Catch Phrase:
- In the first cartoon series: "Koopa Pack, ATTACK!"
- "He who koops and runs away lives to koop another day!"
- In the actual games (especially Mario Party), "I'll remember this!"
- Chained by Fashion
- Clown Car: His Clown Car in Super Mario World.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: He was voiced by Japanese soul singer Akiko Wada in The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Almost all of his fights against someone other than Mario or Luigi are incredibly one-sided in his favor. (Rawk Hawk, anyone?) Most of these happen offscreen, though.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy:
- In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. He is heavily implied to have been anticipating Antasma was just trying to use him to succeed from the very beginning, and was only waiting to get Peach, the Dream Stone and his new castle so he could kick the Bat King to the curb the moment he showed signs of malcontent. And so he chucks Antasma to the ground to be left at the mercy of the Mario Bros. while he leaves to conquer the world with his newfound power.
- And it also shows up prior to that. After Bowser and Antasma create Neo Bowser Castle, Mario and co. correctly deduce that Bowser will attempt to kidnap Peach, so they hide her in the Dream World. However, Bowser is one step ahead of them, kidnapping Peach offscreen and replacing her with a disguised Kamek so he could smuggle monsters into the Dream World.
- And during his fight with Giant Luigi, after Luigi uses his Hammer Chop to send him into the lava, Bowser later has his minions erect a steel wall so he can't do it again. However, he doesn't defend against hammer uppercuts.
- Deadpan Snarker: On occasion. Especially the DiC version.
- Deal with the Devil: With Antasma. While Antasma was expecting the other way around, the devil of the deal turned out to be Bowser.
- Dem Bones: Dry Bowser.
- Depending on the Writer: ...or, more accurately, type of game. The main platformer series portrays him as a legitimate threat to the Mushroom Kingdom and Princess Peach, especially in Super Mario Galaxy. The spinoffs portray him as a Dumb Muscle who is often an Anti-Hero trying to work against the game's Big Bad.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: His motivation for attacking the Mushroom Kingdom besides imposing his rule on the world, and eventually the entire universe (besides his Villainous Crush on Peach).
- He will never ever EVER stop until he's kidnapped Peach and taken over her kingdom.
- He got melted to the bone once. When he returned, he was even harder to take out.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He literally punches out an Eldritch Abomination in Bowser's Inside Story.
- In Super Mario 3D World, due to Rosalina being playable, Bowser and any one of his troops can kill her.
- The Dreaded: Pretty much anyone other than Mario or Luigi is screwed if he attacks them (see Curb-Stomp Battle above).
- Dracolich: Dry Bowser is a giant undead fire-breathing toothy reptile, so he's close enough.
- Drop the Hammer:
- In Super Mario Bros., he had an unlimited supply that he'd hurl at Mario. He also throws hammers as an attack in some of the latter games.
- And in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, one of his attacks is to conjure a giant hammer.
- Dub Name Change: From King Koopa to Bowser, as mentioned above. Unlike with Toadstool, this change still endures to this day, and English-speakers will be hard-pressed to think of him as anything else. Interestingly, unlike most cases of this, his name wasn't changed from the beginning. Older fans will remember knowing him as King Koopa because of the cartoons. However, a manual for one of the older games does refer to him as "Bowser, King of the Koopas."
- Dumb Muscle: In the RPGs. Emphasis on muscle.
- Edible Theme Naming: Bowser's Japanese name, クッパ Kuppa, was named after the Japanese word for 국밥 gukbap, a Korean soup with rice. Creator Shigeru Miyamoto wanted to name him after a dish in Korean cuisine, and also had considered naming him ユッケ Yukke (after 육회 yukhoe) or ビビンバ Bibinba (after 비빔밥 bibimbap). This distinction is lost in English, where his primary name is Bowser, and even his surname is Koopa instead of Gukbap (or the pre-2000 transliteration Kukpap). The distinction is also lost in Korean itself, where he is instead localized as 쿠파 Kupa, a round-trip translation through the Japanese name. As a result of the character being named Kuppa, the word in the Japanese language is now probably better associated with Bowser than with the Korean dish, as hilariously evident in Google Translate's English translation of the Japanese Wikipedia article for gukbap.
- The Emperor: While he's never referred to as such, Bowser is actually an emperor, as he has a massive empire that he is trying to expand and even has kings as minions.
- Enemy Mine: In some of the spinoffs, mostly because he can't stand the notion of anyone else destroying the Mario Brothers and ruling over the Mushroom Kingdom.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He wants to rule over the Mushroom Kingdom, not destroy it. He even provides one of the page's quotes.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: He has fire breath and has a general association with fiery places like volcanoes and stars. Also, he is apparently fireproof, judging by the amount of times that he got dropped in lava.
- Evil Is Hammy: Getting hammier with each game
- Evil Laugh: Players of Super Mario 64 will know it well.
- Evil Only Has to Win Once: Bowser's plans are so destructive that Mario has to win every single time.
- Evil Overlord: Fits this to a T. Though, as mentioned before, he's actually admired by his minions, and it's mainly the good guys that view him as this.
- Evil Redhead: Originally just a scaly beast, Bowser gained an orange mohawk in time for Super Mario Bros. 3. He is the only redhead amongst the Koopa Clan.
- Evil Sorceror: Bowser has showcased some magic tricks in a couple of games. In the original, he allegedly turned all the Toads into blocks. Despite his status as the dumb muscle, he gets the hang of any ancient magical artifact with ease. So far, he has wielded the Star Rod, the Vibe Scepter, the Power Stars, the Grand Stars, and many other magical items with finesse. Bowser seems to be able to use magical flames aside from regular fire breath, could turn invisible/teleport in Super Mario 64, and he shot lightning from his fingertips in the intro of Super Mario Galaxy. In Bowser's Inside Story, the Koopa King even assists his Magikoopas by throwing fireballs at their wands, amplifying their power during the Magikoopa Mob attack. Bowser seems to have at least some magical skill.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: A consistent trait — Bowser has no desire for destruction, just for conquest, and in fact hates people who think they're going to destroy his world before he conquers it possibly even more than he hates Mario.
- Eviler than Thou: Frequently suffers from being on the receiving end of this trope in the RPGs from many of the RPG villains. However, he is this trope to Antasma, which was unexpected for both Antasma and a number of players.
- Fat Bastard
- Fiction 500: He has at least twenty Castles.
- Fiery Evil Redhead: Heh.
- The Fighting Narcissist: He is very attractive in his own eyes. To put things in perspective, if he said the same of any other male, Bi the Way would be the only reasonable conclusion.
- Final Boss: Bowser was one of the earliest final bosses, and he has played this role more times than the majority of VG villains.
- Flunky Boss: His first fight in Dream Team. As Dreamy Bowser, he can also summon Dreamy versions of his army.
- Galactic Conqueror: His goal in Yoshi's Island DS, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy 2.
- Genius Bruiser: Depending on the game. Some of the weapons that were created, if the Koopalings aren't involved, are implied to have been developed by him.
- God Emperor: In Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, as he builds a galactic empire that that he intends on ruiling forever with Peach at his side.
- God of Evil: In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Bowser becomes this, or at least close to it, as the result of devouring the Grand Stars. He becomes powerful enough to conjure up meteorites and black holes as mentioned above and even begins to devour more of the universe to become even bigger and more powerful, even going as far as to try to devour Rosalina's spaceship towards the end of the game. Considering that Rosalina is implied to be a Physical God herself yet was unable to stop him, it's implied that Bowser had either become just as powerful as her or had become even more powerful.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Trope Namer.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Bowser has lost more times to gravity than to Mario himself.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: In Super Mario RPG, he can throw Mario at enemies once he equips the Hurly Gloves. Mario does not seem to expect this.
- The Grinch: Both of the cartoons' Christmas episodes had him mimic the Trope Namer in some way.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door
- Hero Killer: Nearly kills Mario in Paper Mario.
- Hijacked by Ganon: He does this towards the end of Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix. To be fair, however, Waluigi's role in the plot had long since been finished. He also does this Super Mario Sunshine. It's teased, but ultimately doesn't happen in Luigi's Mansion, and while you fight Bowletta and Shrowser in the first two Mario & Luigi series, they don't really count because Bowser is actually possessed by the main villain in both cases. But Mario & Luigi: Dream Team DOES count, where he leaves Antasma at the mercy of the Mario Bros near the end.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: The first fight with him in Paper Mario. He's invincible due to being powered up by the Star Rod, and Mario cannot do anything about this yet, so the fight is unwinnable.
- Hot-Blooded: Can get like this during his Boisterous Bruiser moments, particularly in Bowser's Inside Story.
- Hostile Show Takeover: Gwahaha! I do this all the time in the Mario Party series! Look, I'm even doing it now!
- I Have Many Names: In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, Bowser had many alter-egos depending on the setting of the episode: Alley Koop, Robo-Koopa, Darth Koopa, Professor Koopiarty, Emperor Augustus Septemberus Octoberus Koopa, Count Koopula, Koopzilla, Kidd Koopa, King-of-the-Road Koopa, Blackbeard Koopa, Doctor Frankenkoopa and Frankenkoopa's Monster, Koopfinger, The Sheriff of Koopingham, Koopa Nemo, and a whole lot more.
- Improbably High IQ: He claims that his IQ is 9800 in Mario Party Advance. This is pretty much par for the course with him, though.
- Implacable Man: A few instances in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, namely when he plows through a literal army of baddies to get to their boss.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: In the spinoffs only. In general, he can dish it out just fine to anyone who isn't Mario, Luigi, or Peach. But he's a prototypical victim of The Good Guys Always Win, and everyone seems to know it. And even then, he has actually beaten Mario before.
- Informed Attribute: Bowser is professionally trained to give massages, as revealed in Bowsers Inside Story.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not a very nice guy, but he seems to genuinely care about his troops, his son, and Peach.
- Landing on Bowser Spaces in Mario Party is bad news as the Koopa King nearly always finds a way to screw over the player(s). However Bowser seems to have a charitable side, and takes pity on anyone without any coins or stars, and will give them some spare change.
- Joker Immunity: He is just too popular and too integral to the Mario series to be killed off permanently, be it falling in lava, falling from a thousands of feet in the air, being thrown into a star, etc. It's even lampshaded in Super Paper Mario when he's left in a room and is apparently crushed by the ceiling, Mario, Peach, and Luigi already knew that didn't kill him and bring that he's "survived worse." Averted a few times, as he has died at least twice. In New Super Mario Bros., he actually gets Stripped to the Bone from falling into lava, and in Super Mario Galaxy, he died along with the rest of the universe in the black hole.
- The Juggernaut: Generally a very good example. He survives everything that's thrown at him, keeps coming back for more, and only ever slows when the Mario Bros step up to fight him. And even then, he nearly KILLED Mario in Paper Mario — this is something no Mario character had ever managed before, or ever would again.
- Kaiju: He even rampages through Tokyo in the SNES SimCity. Also, see Not Zilla below.
- King Mook: Although Shigeru Miyamoto initially envisioned him as an ox like King Gruesome from Alakazam The Great. This was changed when designer Takashi Tezuka pointed out the Fridge Logic in an ox ruling over turtles. Bowser became more turtle-like overall, but his face is more ox-like.
- Knight of Cerebus: Primarily in the main series, especially in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. He's also this occasionally in the spin-offs, such as Paper Mario, where he actually defeats Mario in the beginning of the game. In fact, he nearly damn KILLED him.
- Large and in Charge: He's the trope image.
- Large Ham
- Laughably Evil: Sometimes, such as in Paper Mario.
- Light Is Not Good: In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team he inhales the fragments of the Dream Stone and becomes Dreamy Bowser. In this form, his body glows with the colors of the Dream Stone.
- Lightning Bruiser: In some games, usually ones where he only serves as a boss, Bowser is surprisingly nimble for his size. For instance, in Super Mario Galaxy, he backflips over Mario (and runs faster than him). He has surprising running speed in the Super Smash Bros. series, and he is one of the two fastest swimmers in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.
- Make My Monster Grow:
- Used on himself, one of his favorite One-Winged Angel tricks is to grow even bigger, ranging from merely twice his normal size to one that could fight Godzilla.
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team takes this trope Up to Eleven. When Mario and co. manage to catch up to him in his dream, Bowser, in desperation, starts gorging on meat to grow. When he runs out of meat, he starts inhaling his surroundings. When that doesn't work, he falls into the abyss below. Those who have played Bowser's Inside Story know what happens next. He manages to grow giant, but is defeated by Giant Luigi. Then Kamek appears and uses the last of his magic to make him even bigger than Giant Luigi. That's right. Giant Giant Bowser. At his new size, Giant Luigi is the same size as Bowser's knee. He could probably body-slam a city.
- The Man Behind the Man: Pulls one of these for the first time in history in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
- Mighty Glacier: When he's playable, this is often what he is instead. Though in Super Paper Mario, he can still jump as high as Mario and Peach.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: As mentioned under some other tropes, Bowser is mostly turtle-like with some ox-like features retained from previous concepts, but also has some features of crocodile, dragon and dinosaur.
- Modest Royalty: Unlike most other rulers in the Mario games, he doesn't wear a crown or anything else that suggests he's a king. (Then again, does he really need to?)
- Mordor: His kingdom.
- Never My Fault: In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. When he, Kamek, and the Elite Trio are seen retreating on the Kooopa Clown Car, he blames his defeat on Antasma.
- Non-Mammalian Hair
- Nigh-Invulnerability: He never seems to be (seriously) harmed when he gets thrown into lava (which happens very often, by the way). Outside of RPGs, he is typically immune to standard forms of attack. The only time he did get hurt by lava was in New Super Mario Bros., where his skin melted off! He actually put up a fight after that, even though at that point he was a skeleton! Super Mario Galaxy reveals that not even a red giant can permanently kill him.
- Not Worth Killing: He could soundly defeat Mario and the Toads at the Beginning of Super Mario Galaxy 2, but given his new gigantic size, considers wasting anymore time on such insects beneath him. He simply wants to rule the universe. At the final fight, he's so fed up with Mario confronting him over and over, he tells him to go get lost in a warp pipe.
- Not Zilla: Bowser's appearance after some of the early games bears some resemblance to Godzilla, and things such as his rampage through Tokyo in SimCity and the giant battles in Bowser's Inside Story may even pay homage to this.
- One-Winged Angel:
- You would think that a giant turtle monster like Bowser wouldn't have this (other than just simply making himself larger, obviously), but in the Smash Bros games, he turns into an even larger, more demonic looking turtle monster named Giga Bowser.
- He also goes One-Winged Angel in the final battle of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, where he uses the Dream Stone to transform into a giant, glowing, rainbow-colored version of himself adorned with Dream Stone-like shards on his head and stomach.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He wants to be the only one to defeat Mario. And the only one to kidnap Peach. (Or the only one to kidnap Mario and defeat Peach.) He also doesn't like the idea of someone more powerful than him taking over the Mushroom Kingdom before he does. This is what typically leads to the Enemy Mine situations when he teams up with the plumbers.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Often mistaken for a dragon, he's actually a cross between an ox and a turtle with draconic features. Bowser was originally intended to be more of an ox, but ended up looking more turtle. The ox part is still visible in his face.
- Papa Wolf: Despite his villainous antics, pretty much any incarnation with his Koopalings presents him as a rather caring father (in his own twisted manner, anyway). Notably, in New Super Mario Bros., Bowser unleashes a maelstrom of fireballs at you should you defeat Junior first.
- Pet the Dog: In the spin-off games, he'll act genuinely nice, even with Mario.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He does side with the Mario Bros. in the spinoffs, but only when the Mushroom Kingdom is not being taken over by him, or when his kingdom is taken over.
- Rated M for Manly: In his more competent appearances, especially Bowser's Inside Story. Regardless of competence, Bowser always seems to think of himself this way.
- Reality Warper: In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, he inhales the fragments of the Dream Stone after it was destroyed by Dreambert and Starlow and becomes Dreamy Bowser. In this form, he can do whatever he wants. He can conujre objects such as food, a hammer, or an airship. He can grow to tremendous size. He can create duplicates of himself. He can summon enemies. Nothing is sacred to him.
- Recurring Boss: Frequently.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Satanic Archetype: Bowser is sometimes called Great Demon King and his kingdom, especially in Super Mario Bros. 3, resembles Hell. It's a case of In Name Only, though, in that he's just portrayed as simply an Evil Overlord. However, in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, he arguably becomes this, as he wants to not just take over the entire universe, but actually destroy it and recreate it as his own and rule it for eternity, starting with his own created galaxy and opposes Rosalina who is implied to be God or at least a Physical God in the former, and even arguably becomes a God of Evil in the latter, or at least as close to it as possible and tries to devour the universe to make himself more powerful. Both times, he even comes close to succeeding. And in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, he ultimately proves to be the devil in the deal between him and Antasma. It seems like he decided to live up to that title in those games.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: In any of the Mario Party games where you land on a Bowser space, he'll offer his own demented versions of mini-games (read: most of them involve him taking coins from the players). Occasionally, the selector will land on 100-Star Present or 10,000-Coin Present. If this happens, Bowser will do nothing for a few seconds and then run off screen.
- Shock and Awe: An attack in Paper Mario 64 where he uses the Star Rod to call down lightening bolts.
- Shockwave Stomp: Another favourite attack of his.
- Skewed Priorities: He has two main goals as a villain: To take over the universe, and to marry Princess Peach. He could probably accomplish the former pretty easily if he avoided getting Mario's attention by ALWAYS putting the kidnapping of Peach first.
- Slouch of Villainy: Look at his picture.
- Sorcerous Overlord: Downplayed. In the original Super Mario Bros, he allegedly turned all the Toads into blocks. However, while he's mostly reliant on his physical strength, recent modern games do show that he indeed knows how to use magic and isn't afraid to use it to augment his abilities (or to make a quick getaway).
- Spanner in the Works: Twice within the Mario & Luigi series, naturally while launching another plan to kidnap the Princess. The problem comes from the Princess in question being a decoy in both instances, throwing off the plans of the heroes in Superstar Saga and then the villains in Partners in Time respectively.
- Spell My Name with a "The": At least, according to the instruction manual for the Game & Watch version of SMB◊.
- Spikes of Villainy: His shell, horns, and bracelets.
- Staying Alive: It seems almost nothing can kill this guy.
- Stripped to the Bone: His first appearance as Dry Bowser.
- Summon Magic: In Super Mario RPG and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
- Super Strength: He never misses a chance to show off his great strength.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: His constant use of this trope undoubtedly inspired his Dumb Muscle personality in the RPG's.
- Thememobile: The Koopa Clown Car.
- The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: He begrudgingly admits that he loves Fawful's cooking.
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- At the end of Bowser's Inside Story, after receiving no credit for saving the day and being beaten up by the Mario brothers (granted, it was after a fight that he started), he receives a gift from Peach for his part in saving the Mushroom Kingdom: A cake with his face on it.
- What he genuinely thinks he was doing for Mario's sake, in Super Mario RPG. To protect his ego and pride, he convinced himself he allowed Mario to join the Koopa Troop out of compassion. In actuality, the complete opposite is true here.
- Too Dumb to Live: Outside of the Tactical Suicide Boss above, he's also done things like set a bomb on fire that was three feet away from him to demonstrate how to detonate it Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and in Super Paper Mario, need Mario to explain to him that there would be no world for him to rule if the world was destroyed.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- In Bowser's Inside Story. If squaring off against a train and one of his own castles isn't enough, then how about punching a Dark Star born copy of himself to the death!?
- Were you expecting him to lose it for Dream Team? Prepare to be surprised, as he betrays the RPG villain towards the end, when it's usually the other way around, taking the Big Bad role from Antasma and establishing himself as a credible threat this time around!
- Training Boss: In first three Mario & Luigi games.
- Turtle Power
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Peach likes Bowser and is willing to be a friend to him, as long as he behaves himself. But she isn't into him the way he'd like. So he repeatedly kidnaps her to try to make her change her mind. That's not usually how it works.
- Vacuum Mouth: In Bowser's Inside Story, after eating a mushroom Fawful offered him. He retains this ability in Dream Team.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: He'd frequently pull this off in the cartoons, often accompanied by the Catch Phrase "He who koops and runs away lives to koop another day!"
- Villain Protagonist: Whenever he's a playable character in the RPGs, especially in Bowser's Inside Story where he's basically the Main Character.
- Villainous Crush: Why he keeps kidnapping Peach, at least in the Paper Mario series.
- Villainous Glutton: Judging by how he cleared that table of food in Bowser's Inside Story.
- Wake Up Call Boss: In Dream Team, he's unusually hard for being encountered so early.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His film incarnation depicted him as this, as his main motivation for trying to conquer the human dimension was for the survival of his species, which were living in a crapsack dimension.
- Who Dares?: "How dare you disturb my vacation!" in Sunshine.
- The Worf Effect:
- Whenever there's a new villain around, Bowser is usually first in line to get walloped. Especially in Mario Party 3, where he gets owned by both Daisy and Waluigi.
- Subverted in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, instead of being tossed aside by Antasma, it's actually the other way around.
- Worthy Opponent:
- You Have Failed Me: Kid-friendly variation: In one of the Mario Party games, when Bowser is defeated, he'll punish the Koopa Kids with not allowing them to play with their Mario action figures for their failure to beat Mario.
- Your Size May Vary: From being no bigger than Mario to being able to swallow him whole.
... Hey, wait a minute... Some of these are making fun of me! Grr... I'll be stomping people into mush as soon as I find the ones responsible! That means you behind the screen
"We just love being mean!"
A name given to seven of Bowser's minions who appeared as bosses in Super Mario Bros. 3
, Super Mario World
, Mario is Missing!
, Yoshi's Safari
, Hotel Mario
, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
, New Super Mario Bros. Wii
, New Super Mario Bros. 2
and New Super Mario Bros. U
. Their original role as Bowser's children, which was also true in Japan, contrary to a common misconception, has been retconned ever since Bowser Jr.'s debut in Super Mario Sunshine
, and they are referred to simply as Bowser's "underlings" nowadays.
In Order From Oldest to Youngest:
- Ludwig von Koopa, a crazed composer with a sadistic streak. Named "Kooky" in the DiC adaptations.
- Lemmy Koopa, a lackadaisical, cross-eyed clown who is more than a lot nutty. Named "Hip" in the DiC adaptations.
- Roy Koopa, a big bad bully with cool shades. Named "Bully" in the DiC adaptations.
- Iggy Koopa, a technological genius who is more than a little nutty. Named "Hop" in the DiC adaptations.
- Wendy O. Koopa, a spoiled, greedy little brat. Named "Kootie Pie" in the DiC adaptations.
- Morton Koopa, Jr., a cantankerous little grouch who takes after Roy. Named "Big Mouth" in the DiC adaptations.
- Larry Koopa, the runt of the litter, with a penchant for sports (at which he cheats, natch). Named "Cheatsy" in the DiC adaptations.
Tropes associated with the Koopalings:
- A Day in the Limelight: Wendy in the comic story Fins and Roses (which could also count as Villain Episode), and all seven of them in the comic story Bowser Knows Best (incidentally the only full story in the Nintendo Comics System to feature all the Koopalings). Each also took turns appearing as a main antagonist in the Nintendo Adventure Books, and each one also got at least one episode to themselves in the cartoons.
- Ambiguously Brown: Most of them look somewhat like Bowser, except Morton, who is randomly dark brown.
- Ax-Crazy: Iggy Koopa was implied to be this in the text box after beating him in Super Mario World, and confirmed in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
- Bald Woman: Wendy. Her ginormous pink ribbon may make this less obvious, but true enough she has no hair on her head even while her father and most of her siblings do.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Wendy. Taken to extremes for the DiC cartoon's "Kootie Pie".
- Breath Weapon: Ludwig was the first of the Koopalings to show this ability, as he used it in his battle in Super Mario World. Later, they all used fire breath in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
- The Brute: Roy and Morton.
- Butt Monkey: Larry seems to be characterized as this in New Super Mario Bros. Wii — he gets trapped under the cake in the opening cutscene, is the first boss to be fought, and has the hardest time reaching Bowser's castle in The Stinger.
- Canon Foreigner: Not them, but their personalities from the Mario cartoons.
- Child Soldier: It is implied that the Koopalings are essentially treated the same way as soldiers in his army.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Lemmy in Nintendo Comics System, though he didn't actually appear to be as stupid as everyone made him out to be.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience:
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Lemmy - Green
- Morton - Gray
- Wendy - Red
- Larry - Green
- Iggy - Blue
- Roy - Pink
- Ludwig - Green (Teal in the NES verison)
- Super Mario World
- Lemmy - Yellow
- Morton - Green (Teal in the credits)
- Wendy - Red
- Larry - Green
- Iggy - Blue
- Roy - Blue (Gray in the credits)
- Ludwig - Yellow
- New Super Mario Bros series
- Lemmy - Orange
- Morton - Black
- Wendy - Pink
- Larry - Light Blue
- Iggy - Green
- Roy - Purple
- Ludwig - Dark Blue
- Creepy Twins: Iggy and Lemmy. The twins part is only in the cartoons, though. It's believed that distancing them from this trope is the reason Iggy was so radically redesigned compared to the others.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Lani Minella voices Larry, Lemmy, and, perplexingly enough, Morton in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Also, in the cartoons, Iggy and Lemmy were voiced by Tara Strong.
- Dark Action Girl: Wendy, the only girl in the group.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Iggy and Lemmy were originally close enough in looks to be made twins in the spinoff cartoons, the main differences being the eyes (Iggy wears glasses and Lemmy has a lazy eye) and size (Lemmy is small and Iggy is tall and thin, the latter more apparent in their redesign). As of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Lemmy's grown a ponytail and Iggy gained green palmtree hair.
- Double Jump: In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Ludwig has learned to quadruple jump. Or more accurately: He's learned Yoshi's Flutter Jump.
- The Dragon: Ludwig Von Koopa was stated to be Bowser's second in command in Super Mario Bros. 3. Of course, given Bowser Jr's current status over them, he's probably the second in command to Bowser Jr. now.
- Dub Name Change: That and Theme Naming is why Morton is a Junior.
- Dummied Out: They were planned to be in Super Princess Peach, but were left out of the final game..
- Evil Cripple: The book Pipe Down! revealed Ludwig is partially deaf, though in the best ending his hearing is restored by an explosion.
- Evil Genius: Although Iggy develops and designs some of the Koopalings' weapons, Ludwig was also shown to develop his own mech (and was smart enough to know how to operate it).
- Face Ship: Each of the Koopalings get their own airship with their face on it in New Super Mario Bros U.
- Fish Eyes: Lemmy.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Iggy.
- Genius Bruiser: Ludwig. He was implied to be smart enough to develop and design his own mech, classy enough to like Opera and the like, and is also powerful enough in combat.
- Giggling Villain: Iggy's style of laughter. He makes up for this by never stopping.
- Hey, It's That Voice!:
- Humongous Mecha: Iggy built each of them one for use in Yoshi's Safari, although Wendy's was more of a giant shield.
- Improbable Weapon User: Lemmy's spell of choice? Giant rubber balls. That don't even hurt you. At least Wendy's rings could be assumed to be razor sharp.
- From Bad to Worse: After Mario and company rescue Peach and go home in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Larry drags himself back home to see his siblings helping Bowser up from his shell and get crushed by their castle.
- Jerk Jock: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga shows that Larry has an interest in tennis.
- Jumping Out of a Cake: Along with Bowser Jr. in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
- Kid-of-Heel Characters: Lemmy, Larry and Iggy are type 1, the rest are type 3.
- Laughing Mad: Iggy's been shown to have this trait in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Mad Scientist indeed. Note that in the hallway up to his boss battle, you can hear him giggling with no abandon, while the other six would quietly wait for you to enter their arena. It gets even worse once the battle actually starts.
- Lean and Mean: The other most notable change in Iggy's redesign. Although it was never previously clear how tall he was in comparison to the others, he recently became the indisputably tallest of the Koopalings, and gained a lanky body shape to go with it.
- Mad Artist: Ludwig in the games, coupled with Evil Genius (considering that he seemed adept enough in technology to utilize a mech that looked very sophisticated in Yoshi's Safari).
- Mad Scientist: Iggy in the games, Ludwig in the cartoons.
- Man Child: Although Lemmy isn't an adult, considering he's the second oldest out of seven, he has to be in his later teenage years.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Lemmy, especially in the Nintendo Comics System incarnation. It went so far that in the story Bowser Knows Best, when all the Koopalings screw royally up, Bowser gets mad at them all — "except you, Lemmy. I know you're a blithering idiot!"
- Monster Clown: Lemmy
- Motor Mouth:
Morton Big Mouth in the cartoons.
- Multicolored Hair: Iggy's original design and Lemmy (as well as Larry in the anime) both have rainbow hair.
- Musical Assassin: Ludwig in the book Pipe Down!
- Nerd Glasses: Iggy's most notable feature, especially before his redesign. The lenses themselves tend to alternate between giving him demented-looking irises as seen in the picture, or the standard nerdy spirals.
- No One Could Survive That: In Super Mario World, all of the Koopalings were either dunked into hot lava, or in the case of Morton, Roy, and Ludwig, smashed against a wall, and then had their castle blown up for good measure, yet they managed to reappear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and later in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. 2. It's especially notable in that the narration in Super Mario World heavily implied that they had died in the battle. They might get their durability from their father.
- Non-Mammalian Hair
- Older Than They Look: Lemmy is the smallest of the Koopalings, is the most childish and playful, and doesn't seem to really care about Bowser's world domination conquest. Naturally, he's the second oldest of the Koopalings.
- The One Who Wears Shoes: Wendy.
- Outnumbered Sibling: Wendy has six brothers and no sisters.
- Pink Means Feminine: Wendy.
- Power Glows: The spells fired from their wands in New Super Mario Bros. Wii have their own colors, depending on who's using it.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad
- Real Men Wear Pink: Roy is literally pink all over: pink skin/scales, pink shell, pink shades... Although as of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, his shell has been made purple to avoid conflict with Wendy's shell color in their newly established color coordination. Still the same principle, though.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Iggy in at least one version of Mario is Missing!.
- Rings of Death: Wendy fires these in Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and they ricochet off the walls.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: The Koopalings are either named after musicians (mostly rock and punk), or (in Morton's case) talk show hosts. note
- Larry is named after Larry Mullen, Jr. from U2.
- Morton is named after Morton Downey Jr, but is dressed up to look like KISS.
- Wendy is named after Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics.
- Iggy is named after Iggy Pop, of The Stooges.
- Roy's named after Roy Orbison.
- Lemmy's name comes from Lemmy Kilmister, of Motorhead.
- Finally, Ludwig is, of course named after Ludwig van Beethoven .
- Single-Minded Twins:
Lemmy and Iggy Hip and Hop in the cartoons. Not so much in the games, where their personalities are polar opposites (Goofball Idiot and Insane Genius respectively).
- Small Name, Big Ego: Ludwig in the cartoons, Iggy in Nintendo Comics System and the adventure books.
- Smug Snake: Ludwig in NSMB Wii.
- The Smurfette Principle: Wendy is the only female the Koopalings.
- Speech Impediment: The cartoon version of Morton tended to roll his Bs.
- Spin Attack: Utilized by a few of them in Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga.
- Spoiled Brat: Wendy, especially in the cartoons.
- The Starscream: Larry/Cheatsy has traces of this in the cartoons. In Bowser's presence, he's always fawning and admiring, but he takes any chance he can get to be in charge, and once tries to take over the Mushroom Kingdom himself.
- Starter Villain: Larry in SMB3 and NSMB Wii, Iggy in SMW, Roy in NSMB2, and Lemmy in NSMBU.
- Timed Mission: The later Koopalings in Superstar Saga are accompanied by a bomb that counts down as the battle wears on. If it reaches zero, it explodes and instantly beats Mario and Luigi.
- Took a Level in Badass: Larry, who's otherwise the runt of the litter, was the last fought and toughest of all the Koopalings in Super Mario World. He also single-handedly handed Mario his ass in the obscure choose-your-adventure book Dinosaur Dilemma.
- Turtle Power
- Underwater Boss Battle: Wendy in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. 2.
- Undying Loyalty: The Koopalings were shown to be extremely devoted to Bowser. For example, in The Stinger for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the Koopalings attempted to help Bowser up (although they ended up squished by Bowser's castle in the process), and in New Super Mario Bros. 2, they even directly aided him in a manner similar to Kamek in the former game (ie, by causing Bowser to grow bigger) during the final battle.
- The Unintelligible: Larry in Nintendo Comics System. Instead of words, his dialogue balloons were filled with pictures, and only Lemmy could understand him.
- The Voiceless: The only time they've spoken in the games is in a version of Mario is Missing!.
- The Von Trope Family: Ludwig.
- Word of God: Mario creator Shigeru Miyomoto has said in an interview that they aren't Bowser's kids.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ludwig and Larry. Also, Iggy now has green hair.
- Younger Than They Look: Morton's one of the biggest (THE biggest in New Super Mario Bros. Wii) Koopalings, is heavy enough to cause small earthquakes, and has a pretty deep voice. He's the second youngest of the Koopalings.
- Youngest Child Wins: The Prima guide implies that Larry Koopa was the favorite of Bowser's minions, and likewise the Super Mario Bros. 3 and the New Super Mario Bros. Wii order implies that Larry's the youngest.
"Leave my Mama alone, you bad man! I won't let you take Mama Peach away!"
Bowser's only true child, still a (very clever, very nasty) hatchling. Junior fills the void left when the Koopalings dropped out of the series for no apparent reason. (Though they reappeared in Superstar Saga
and, recently, New Super Mario Bros. Wii
). He's a rotten little schemer who wants Princess Peach to become his mommy.
Tropes associated with Bowser Jr.:
- Art Initiates Life: Thanks to his Magic Paintbrush, he can create enemies out of paint.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Bookworm: Quite handy with machinery, just like Bowser.
- Bad Boss: In his Boss Battle in Super Mario Galaxy, Junior's ship's weaponry not only damages Mario, it kills any Mook unfotunate enough to get between the Koopa Prince and his prey.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: His final appearance in Galaxy.
- Big Bad/The Heavy: In Sunshine. His dad is the Final Boss, but Junior does all the work.
- This is generally his role in plots where he's involved, and takes up this role again in every New Super Mario Bros game except for 2 and Mario Super Sluggers.
- Bonus Boss: In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
- Breath Weapon: Initially untrained and undeveloped at fire breath, as he attempted to do so in Mario Superstar Baseball with only a weak ember, but mastered it in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where it homes in on the players and sets the floor ablaze on contact.
- While he never actually attacks with it, Dream Team shows he can now breathe an entire stream of fire.
- Confusion Fu: He tends to mix up his attacks to throw the Bros off, and he shows a surprising ability to adapt to a bad situation rather quickly.
- Cute Little Fang
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Delores Rogers and Caety Sagoian have provided his voice.
- Dirty Coward: Jr. usually doesn't fight Mario directly; he either spends his time fleeing continuously, calling someone else to fight for him, or fighting from the safety of a machine of some sort. The only time he has actually fought Mario directly was in New Super Mario Bros.. And granted, he does so at least eight times, and is a tricky bastard as they progress.
- Disc One Final Boss: In New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
- The Dragon: In a lot of recent games, Junior has been his papa's main backup.
- Enfant Terrible
- Expy: His design is virtually identical to Baby Bowser in Yoshi's Island.
- Genius Bruiser: You know the Jumping Out of a Cake method of capturing Princess Peach in New Super Mario Bros Wii? Well, according to the Japanese site, that was planned by Bowser Jr.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: In Dream Team.
- Humongous Mecha: Uses several in Super Mario Galaxy 2 to fight Mario.
- Identical Grandson: Junior looks quite similar to Bowser when he was young.
- Jumping Out of a Cake: See the Koopalings' example.
- Kid-of-Heel Character: Type 3.
- Leitmotif: Has one in the Super Mario Galaxy series, as well as Mario Party 9.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His Sonic Roar in Mario Strikers Charged.
- Missing Mom: He himself acknowledges that Peach is not his mother at the end of Super Mario Sunshine, yet does not pursue the issue any further than that. He does, however, still refer to Peach as "Mama Peach" in Super Mario Galaxy, implying he wishes she could become his stepmother.
- Non-Mammalian Hair
- Overlord Jr.
- Recurring Boss: In most appearances, though his tactics usually change considerably.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Had one since his debut in Sunshine. It was part of a disguise in that game, but nowadays it's just something he wears.
- Suddenly Voiced: Inverted. In Sunshine, Bowser Jr. for some reason actually spoke like everyone else in the game, but from Galaxy onwards, he reverted to dialogue boxes and Voice Grunting like everyone else.
- Thememobile: He gets his own Koopa Clown Car in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
- Turtle Power
- Unexpected Character: OK, under normal circumstances, he would never be unexpected. However, being the Bonus Boss of Dream Team came right out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing whatsoever and having never being mentioned beforehand.
- Vehicular Turnabout: You can hijack Junior's Clown Car in New Super Mario Bros U, and can use it against him and Bowser. In Dream Team you can jump into his Clown Car whenever he gets out and chase him down, throwing various kinds of junk at him for damage. As this is the only chase sequence in the game where it's YOU chasing down the boss, who has to avoid YOUR attacks this time, it's immensely satisfying.
- Your Size May Vary: Just like Bowser, his size tends to vary from game to game. In some games like Super Mario Sunshine, he's roughly the same size as Mario. In other games like Super Mario Galazy, he's taller than Peach.
"Koopa Pack, ATTACK!"
Bowser's loyal legion of minions, the Koopa Troop (so named in Super Mario RPG
) is thousands strong and made up not only of Koopa Troopas but also Goombas, Piranha Plants, Spinies, Bob-Ombs, Bullet Bills, and other assorted baddies. Most koopas aren't that bad, though; they just have a nasty boss.
The Koopa Troop is made up of a wide variety of "races"; the most common include:
- Koopas: A race of turtle-people. Bowser's rank and file, the Koopas include numerous variants, including the common Koopa Troopas, the winged Koopa Paratroopas, the cloud-riding Lakitus, the animal-like Buzzy Beetles and Spinies, and so on. Their shells seem to be articles of clothing rather than part of their anatomy. Debut: Mario Bros. (as "Shellcreepers").
- Goombas: The weakest of Bowser's minions. These armless
mushroom chestnut-creatures with Big Ol' Eyebrows once served the Mushroom Kingdom, but defected to Bowser. Debut: Super Mario Bros..
- Piranha Plants: Barely-sentient carnivorous plants with a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth. Piranha Plants commonly live in pipes. Debut: Super Mario Bros..
- Dry Bones: Skeletal Koopa Troopas that come back to life not long after being stomped. They usually stay in castles. Debut: Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Chain Chomps: Black orbs with eyes, sharp teeth, usually a chain and not much else. They act like and seem to be the local equivalent of dogs. Unchained ones are just 'Chomps'. Debut: Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Cheep-Cheeps: Goggle-eyed fish that swarm underwater (and sometimes jump into the air). Debut: Super Mario Bros..
- Bullet Bills: Living artillery that get shot out of cannons. Debut: Super Mario Bros..
- Bob-Ombs: Walking, wind-up bombs that explode when they get close to Mario. In the RPGs, we learn that they can reform after blowing up. Debut: Super Mario Bros. 2.
- Boos: Nasty little blobs of ectoplasm who chase Mario relentlessly. They're painfully bashful, though, and stop moving to cover their faces when anyone looks at them. Debut: Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Monty Moles: Near-sighted little mammals that live underground and have a knack for machinery. Debut: Super Mario World.
- Podobos: Nonsentient fireballs that leap out of the lava pits that Bowser so loves. Debut: Super Mario Bros..
- Shy Guys: Humanoid creatures that always hide their faces behind masks, hence the name. Like the koopas, there are several varieties and colors, and they sometimes carry weapons. Debut: Super Mario Bros. 2.
- Thwomps: Giant rock creatures lined with thick spikes and with perpetually angry expressions. They drop down to crush enemies and are often positioned in key spots to provide maximum annoyance. Debut: Super Mario Bros. 3.
And these are only half of 'em!
Tropes associated with the Koopa Troop:
- Action Bomb: Bob-ombs' main shtick.
- A Day in the Limelight: Shy Guys are one of the less frequently occuring enemies, yet feature prominently in Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Story
- Adorable Evil Minions: Koopa Troopa, Shy Guy, Blooper, and, in an Ugly Cute way, Goomba, Boo, and Dry Bones.
- Angry Guard Dog: Chain Chomps were inspired by a childhood memory of Miyamoto's, where he was almost mauled by one of these but saved by a chain that was just too short. They seem to be the in-game equivalent of dogs.
- Always Chaotic Evil: They can come off as this in the main series, however in spinoffs some are shown to have their own personality and there are even a few good members of these species that don't live under Bowser's rule.
- Subverted with Goombas. There's a village of good Goomba in Paper Mario... with only one family. In the sequel, there's two more good goombas. The rest are enemies, or are Non Player Characters involved in shady business.
- Anthropomorphic Shift: Starting in Super Mario World, Koopa Troopas started walking on two feet and wearing shoes.
- Anthropomorphic Zig Zag: In New Super Mario Bros., they're bipeds, but in Super Mario Galaxy, they're now back to being quadrupeds, but in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, they're bipeds again, and in Super Mario Galaxy 2, they're quadrupeds again, and in Super Mario 3D Land, they're bipeds again.
- Badass Army: They may not appear like it, but they have conquered the Mushroom Kingdom multiple times, assaulted the Star Spirits, and, most recently, stolen and kidnapped the local Crystal Dragon Jesus. They are certainly a force to be reckoned with. In Dream Team, several members of the Koopa Troop don't appear as enemies until latter in the game, but become the brunt of the enemies encountered afterwards. Including the Goombas.
- Bedsheet Ghost: The Boos.
- Canon Immigrant: All the enemies that debuted in Super Mario Bros. 2 originated in Doki Doki Panic, the game it was reskinned from. Nonetheless, they fit in well.
- This is mostly due to Miyamoto having been the lead designer of the game. Part of the reason for it being a Dolled-Up Installment was that he didn't work on The Lost Levels. Several enemies from the game have not appeared again, however.
- Cool Airship/Boat/Starship: They sometimes ride in these, which are essentially pirate ships held up by propellers in the air.
- Dem Bones: The Dry Bones.
- The Determinator: Goombas, according to Mario Party 9.
- Elite Mooks: The Hammer Bros., Lakitus, Chargin' Chucks, and other bigger and badder koopa variants.
- Evil Counterpart Race: The Goombas to the Toads.
- Subverted in the Paper Mario games, where you get to meet good Goombas.
- Double Subverted. There's only one family of them, and later only 2 others. The rest are plain evil or are Non Player Characters involved in shady dealings.
- Fantasy Axis of Evil: Each type and its variants fills a particular niche.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: It's never made quite clear what exactly the Boos are.
- Giant Mook: See the Super Smash Bros. page for some specific examples, though it isn't limited to that game.
- Big Boos and Banzai Bills are one of the earliest examples in Super Mario World.
- Big Island from Super Mario Bros. 3 is a far earlier example, where Koopas and Goombas in the island absolutely dwarfed Mario.
- The Goomba: The one and only.
- Hidden Depths: As the Mario RPGs show, a lot of the Koopa Troop members show that the troops are more intelligent than they seem. Atleast one Dry Bones enjoys table tennis, and even knows of how it first came to be.
- King Mook: Many of the enemy races have a powerful ruler with unique powers who reports directly to Bowser, including Goomboss (goombas); Kamek, Kammy Koopa, and Kamella (magikoopas); Petey Piranha (piranha plants); Big Bob-Omb (bob-ombs); King Boo (boos); and General Guy (shy guys); not to mention Bowser himself. Some races have giant or extremely powerful versions that have "King" in their name, like King Bill (NSMB Wii, the Bullet Bill line) and King Kaliente (Super Mario Galaxy, the Blooper line).
- Invincible Minor Minion: Podobos are invincible to everything but stars. (and later ice balls) Boos are similar.
- Mascot Mook: The Goomba and Koopa Troopa are very much symbols of the series.
- Shy Guys are the mascots of games with Yoshi as the central protagonist.
- Bullet Bills and Bob-Ombs, among others (Mecha-Koopas, Torpedo Teds, etc.).
- Chomps are also implied to be these.
- Monster Town: Mainly in the Paper Mario games; most Koopas and Goombas are apparently normal homebodies just like the Toads, it's just the ones we see most often are Bowser's foot soldiers.
- Morality Pet: In the RPGs, the mooks occasionally function as this to Bowser. He even lets some stay in the Monster Town in Super Mario RPG and forgives those three mooks who tossed him in a safe (while Brainwashed) in Bowser's Inside Story.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The first two Paper Mario games have helpful individual minions as your allies, though they also fight their usual mook counterparts.
- The Spiny: Again, Trope Namer.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: In japan Bullet Bills are known as "killer" and Banzai Bills are called "Magnum killers."
- Bullet Bill also counts, being named after, well, bullets. Banzai Bills have also been referred to as Magnum Bills (at least in the cartoons.) Piranha Plants as well.
- Night of the Living Mooks: Many Koopa Troop races have undead counterparts, most notably Dry Bones (skeletal Koopas).
- Non-Lethal K.O.: Several games heavily imply that Mario doesn't actually kill them and they can survive being stomped flat. It's most consistent and explicit with Goombas, Koopas, and Bob-Ombs, though the others may vary from game to game.
- Other games invert it and imply they do indeed die, like one enemy who survives in Mario And Luigi Super Star Saga playing dead and then saying "just kidding I'm not actually dead" or when you defeat a Boo in Mario 64 for the first time they taunt you by saying "Ghosts can't DIE."
- Perpetual Frowner: The Thwomps tend to be this when their mouths are closed.
- Punch Clock Villain: The Koopa Troop themselves are not The Evil Army, following Bowser out of genuine admiration more than anything other than the idea that they can be promoted over Bowser and boss him around and seem to have no guff with Mario on downtime. The Lakitus are a stand-out example, appearing regularly as friendly camera crews in Mario sports games.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Later designs of Buzzy Beetles have this, and you better take warning since they are flame-resistant.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Koopas.
- The Starscream: In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, three of Bowser's minions talk about wanting to be promoted over their superiors and bossing them around. What's more they even talk about promoted high enough to be able to boss around Bowser!
- Superpowered Mooks: The Super Koopas in Super Mario World and the Tanoobas in the Mario & Luigi series.
- Throw The Hammer: Hammer Bros. fight this way. There are numerous variations of Hammer Bros. that all use different weapons, such as Boomerang Bros., Fire Bros., Ice Bros., Sledge Bros. and even rarer kinds like Yo. Bros and Chomp Bros..
- Took a Level in Badass: Throughout the Mario & Luigi series. They went from being easily beaten and/or brainwashed in the first three games to forming the majority of the lategame enemies of their own will (and all this under Bowser, as opposed to the other games) in Dream Team.
- Turtle Power: The Koopas.
- Underground Monkey: The blue subterranean Goombas from Super Mario Bros. are one of the first examples. Many, many variants show up, particularly in the RPG spinoffs.
- Bullet Bill comes in a variety of calibres, including the massive Banzai Bill, and the underwater Torpedo Ted. (both from Super Mario World)
- The Paper Mario games have plenty, including Elite Mook Koopatrols in full plate armour. (with spikes)
- You Don't Look Like You: The Boos in Super Mario Sunshine are freakin' weird to look at.
- All the enemies in Super Mario Sunshine look different from their Mushroom Kingdom counterparts, even Delfino King Boo.
- The Goombas in Super Mario World are round instead of mushroom-shaped. The Japanese version actually acknowledges these as a separate species (Kuribon as opposed to the usual Kuribo).
Does Baby Mario want to go to Bowser's castle? I'll take him there in a hurry!
"Welcome!!! Yoshi, if you would be so kind, please HAND OVER THE BABY!"
Leader of the robed Magikoopas, the turtle wizard Kamek has been serving Bowser since the Koopa King's infancy and is one of his most trusted minions. He flies around on his broomstick bringing woe to Mario and his pals, but usually prefers to sic giant monsters on our heroes instead of tangling with them head-on. Slightly confusingly, all Magikoopas are called Kameks in Japan and France. After Kamek became a completely unique character independent from normal Magikoopas, he became known as "Fang" in Japan to make him stand out from the generic mooks.
Tropes associated with Kamek:
- Affably Evil
- Beleaguered Assistant
- Big Bad: Of the Yoshi series.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Doppelgänger Attack: Splitting into multiple copies seems to be a favored tactic of his; he's done it in Partners in Time, Sticker Star and Dream Team.
- The Dragon: When Junior isn't filling the role.
- Drop the Hammer: How he apparently does Make My Monster Grow transformations in Yoshi's New Island.
- Dub Name Change: See above for the whole mess.
- Evil Counterpart: Could be seen as this to Toadsworth.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Sorcerer
- Flunky Boss: In his second battle with the Bros. in Dream Team. He can summon a pack of Goombas and Spinies for an attack, and can also summon a herd of Dry Bones.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He built Bowser's time machine in Yoshi's Island DS.
- The Heavy: Bowser may be the Big Bad of Sticker Star, but he appears only at the start and end of the game and has no dialogue to boot, while Kamek shows up repeatedly throughout the worlds to make your life difficult.
- Instant Runes: The Magikoopas shoot what look like Playstation button symbols at you.
- King Mook: He looks no different from the other Magikoopas, however.
- Magical Nanny: To Bowser when he was young.
- Make My Monster Grow: All the bosses in the Yoshi Island are created by him this way.
- Opaque Lenses
- Parental Substitute: For Bowser.
- Psychic Powers: Including clairvoyance, precognition, hypnosis, and telekinesis.
- Recurring Boss: Fought three times in Sticker Star. Also fought three times in Dream Team, towards the end.
- Robe and Wizard Hat
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Shoe Slap: For the second and third battles in Sticker Star, he turns all of your stickers into... sandals, forcing you to fight by slapping him in the face with flip-flops.
- Smug Snake: In Sticker Star and Dream Team.
- Time Paradox: In Yoshi's Island DS, one Kamek steals Baby Bowser from another Kamek. What?
- The Unfought: In the Yoshi's Island series, despite being the main antagonist. He's been fought several times in the Mario series. Namely Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Super Princess Peach, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii (the first time Mario has fought him man-to-turtle in a Platformer).
- Villainous Crossdresser: He diguses himself as Peach in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. In the latter, he inadvertently reveals he likes her dress.
- It Only Works Once: The Bros. didn't fall for his Peach disguise the second time in Dream Team; instead, they got ready to attack him.
- Wizards Live Longer: A possible explanation why he hasn't aged a bit in the present day games.
- Wolfpack Boss: His third and final battle in Dream Team, where he makes specialized clones of himself for attacking, buffing, and healing.
"I will CRUSH you!"
Petey is a mutated Piranha Plant who's uprooted himself and can walk around on stubby rootlike legs and, miraculously, fly around clumsily with his little leaf-hands. He's physically among the largest of Bowser's baddies, not to mention one of the dumbest. He's known as "Boss Pakkun" in Japan, as Piranha Plants are called "Pakkun Flowers" in Japanese.
Tropes associated with Petey Piranha:
- Ascended Extra: He started out as a relatively easy boss in Super Mario Sunshine and has since appeared in everything from golf and tennis Spin Offs to Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Attack Its Weak Point: It's usually his belly button.
- Bad Boss: He's capable of killing his own summoned Nipper Plants in Super Princess Peach.
- Balloon Belly: Spraying water into his mouth makes him really bloated.
- Beach Bury: He does this to himself during his battle in Partners in Time.
- Blow You Away: He can whip up tornadoes in his second boss battle in Super Mario Sunshine.
- Breath Weapon: His ability to spit up goop.
- The Brute
- Dumb Muscle
- Extreme Omnivore
- Eyeless Face: Like all members of his species. Doesn't stop him from able to do things like go-karting though.
- Fast Tunnelling: In Partners in Time.
- Flight: He can achieve it by flapping his leaves, but is obviously straining himself.
- Flunky Boss: The goop he pukes up in Super Mario Sunshine can spawn enemies, and he can spit Nipper Plants in Super Princess Peach.
- Green Thumb: His Mega Strike in Mario Strikers Charged has him enclose himself in a summoned plant bud.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: He attacks the player with cages containing the captive Peach and Zelda in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Ground Pound: Uses a manuever similar to this in New Super Mario Bros.
- Kill It with Fire and Kill It with Ice: He's quite susceptible to both in Partners in Time.
- King Mook
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Oddly, in Super Princess Peach.
- Mighty Glacier: In his playable appearances, he's ridiculously strong and slow.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family
- Mutant: Various bios describe him as one.
- Mysterious Past: In his debut, it was assumed he was just created by Bowser Jr., only for Partners in Time to show he's been around for years, and even worked for the Shroobs.
- Off Model: In Mario Pinball Land, Petey looks... weirder than usual.
- Older Than They Look: Partners in Time reveals he looked exactly like he does in the present day while everyone else was just a toddler.
- Poisonous Person
- Roar Before Beating: Gets a rather disproportionately epic one in Super Mario Sunshine.
- She's a Man in Japan: And English-speaking regions, too, actually, but Petey is female in Germany (where "she" is known as Mutant Tyranha) and France (Where "she" is named Flora Piranha, referring both to the petals on "her" head and "her" gender).
- Shockwave Stomp: In Super Princess Peach.
- Took a Level in Badass: Pretty easy to fight in Super Mario Sunshine, but in his playable appearances Petey is often a very strong character with great playability. And his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl actually made him somewhat scary. In Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time, New Super Mario Bros, and Paper Mario: Sticker Star, he actually gets somewhat challenging.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: In Sticker Star, like every other boss.
- Unexplained Recovery: After being defeated in Super Mario Sunshine he transforms into goop, and dissolves, seemingly dead. He shows up completely fine in a later chapter... where he once again melts after being defeated.
- The Unintelligible
"If you hear me laughing, that means you're doomed!"
King Boo, a big ol' round blob of ectoplasm. He first appeared in Luigi's Mansion
as the final boss that Luigi must face before clearing his house of its ghost infestation. Since then, he's appeared in the Mario Kart
series and some of the Mario Sports titles before reprising his role as the Big Bad
and Final Boss
in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
, in which King Boo destroys the titular Dark Moon and uses the Evershade Valley ghosts in a mad quest for revenge. He's set apart from the other Boos by his great size, crown, and formidable magical powers (which increase in potency when more of his Boo servants are nearby). In accordance to his subjects, his Japanese name is "King Teresa".
Tropes associated with King Boo:
- Advancing Boss of Doom: During the final fight in Dark Moon, in between fight phases, King Boo will chase Luigi through an obstacle course in an attempt to flatten him. Also serves as a Shout-Out to Indiana Jones.
- A Father to His Men: One of the few redeemable traits he has is that he genuinely cares for his fellow Boos, going so far as to even stage a rescue for Boolossus when he was captured by E. Gadd prior to Luigi's Mansion. In Dark Moon, however, he never mentions this and puts his Boos in harm's way on at least one occasion, dropping this trait.
- Amplifier Artifact: His new crown in Dark Moon.
- And I Must Scream: Has been on both ends of this trope. Trapped Mario in a painting during Luigi's Mansion, gets sealed in a painting himself at the end of the game, broke out of the painting in Dark Moon, and plans to return the favor to Luigi and his friends.
- Apocalypse How: Attempts either a Class X-4 or Z, and comes really, really close to pulling it off.
- Arch-Enemy: Since his introduction in Luigi's Mansion, he's adopted this relationship with Luigi.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He's the leader of the Boos simply because he's bigger and stronger than the others.
- Ax-Crazy: Based on his appearance and actions in Dark Moon, it's safe to say that his defeat in the first game unhinged him a bit.
- Badass Boast: Gives a terrifying one to Luigi when they finally meet face to face in Dark Moon.
King Boo: Now who do we have here? Why, if it isn't my old pal Luigi! Or is it Baby Luigi? I can't tell the difference. Hey, remember that time when you trapped me in a painting for all eternity? Good times. But guess what? I got out! And now I'm painting the town red! Yes, it was I who broke the Dark Moon! This power-enhancing jeweled crown of mine made it easy. And now that all the ghosts of Evershade Valley are under my control... it's time to take my rightful place as the supreme ruler of your world! You, that annoying scientist, and all your friends will look great hanging from the wall of my throne room! Aaaaaahahaha!
- Badass In Charge: Of the Boos.
- Bedsheet Ghost
- Best Served Cold: In Dark Moon, the villains are putting the protagonists in paintings. He only mentions Luigi, Mario, the Toads, and Gadd as targets. Whether he has plans to do this to anyone else is... uncertain. He states that he's also after all of their friends, though he doesn't specify which.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Don't be fooled by his simple appearance and snarkiness, he's much more dangerous than he looks.
- Big Bad: In Luigi's Mansion and its sequel.
- Blow You Away: Utilizes this on Luigi if he tries to enter the Secret Altar prematurely in Luigi's Mansion.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Some background scenes suggest that King Boo is capable of ambushing Luigi several times over the course of Dark Moon, suggesting that this whole thing is sadistic "fun" to him.
- Cardboard Prison: That painting he was trapped in at the end of Luigi's Mansion? He broke himself out. And this was before he found his new crown.
- Character Development: His debut appearance portrayed him as a Well-Intentioned Extremist who wanted to protect his fellow Boos. His apperance in the sequel, however, shows his defeat has turned him into an unfettered, sadistic, no-nonsense, sociopath who will do whatever it takes in his mad quest for revenge.
- The Chessmaster: Masterminded the plot to bring all the ghosts in Evershade Valley under his control in Dark Moon. Especially evident in the opening of E-3, where it makes it plain that he knew the whole time you were spying on him and was spying right back at you.
- Co-Dragons: With Goomboss and Chief Chilly in Super Mario 64 DS, as Bowser has them guard Mario, Luigi, and Wario.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: In Dark Moon. First, he breaks the Dark Moon to get all the ghosts in Evershade Valley under his control. When Mario shows up to investigate, he captures him and several Toads in paintings to ensure that there's no interference. When Luigi shows up and begins tracking him, he has Big Boo set up an ambush in the train exhibit to throw him off the trail. Finally, after Luigi gets the final piece of the Dark Moon, he abducts him through the Pixelator and drops him in his illusion to get a crack at him. Though the fact that he loses the final piece counts as a moment of Genre Blindness, it's justified in that if he can defeat Luigi, he can simply break the moon again with no interference.
- Deadpan Snarker:
"Seriously, though, who would actually believe that mansions get given away in contests?! Talk about stupid! What do they feed you Mario brothers anyway... gullible soup?"
- Disproportionate Retribution: His revenge plot in Dark Moon in general, counts as his wrath extends to those who had nothing to do with his imprisonment, such as the Toads he captures. But his prominent act is after Luigi defeats Big Boo. He rips open a Paranormal Portal to unleash an army of ghosts and destroy the universe in retailiation. Forget disproportionate, that's just overkill.
- Distinctive Appearances: Stands out among Boos due to his red eyes and blue tounge. And in Dark Moon, his appearance is further altered, the eyes are now shrunken in with a black shadow, making him look more dangerous and insane.
- Dramatic Irony: Despite Dark Moon not making a flick of effort to hide that King Boo is the Big Bad, Luigi and E. Gadd don't find out until the beginning of E-3.
- Evil Laugh: Has a distinct giggle from most Boos and he laughs constantly. It almost borders Laughing Mad.
- Evil Sorcerer
- Fangs Are Evil
- Faux Affably Evil: As his interaction with Luigi in Dark Moon shows, he'll talk to you like your best friend when it's painfully obvious he despises you with every fiber of his being.
- Flight: The fact that this gives him an unfair advantage in spin-offs is lampshaded in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, where he is once again a boss, and does not actually use any skis in the skiing race against him.
- For the Evulz: While King Boo does have a plan, some of the things he does are purely for sadistic kicks.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: A rather terrifying in-universe example. When you examine the security image before E-3, he turns around within the static image and gives a terrifying Evil Laugh before making the shot fade to static.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Luigi has to hit him with his own summoned spike balls in Luigi's Mansion, and the light cast by his own flames can hurt him if they light nearby candles in Super Princess Peach. And in Dark Moon, Luigi must trick him into being hit by his own spiked balls again to vacumn him.
- Inconsistent Dub: In Super Mario 64 DS, his name is mistranslated as "Big Boo," even though there is already a boss called "Big Boo" in the game. This was corrected in Mario Kart DS, which used only bosses from Super Mario 64 DS in its Mission Mode.
- It's Personal: When King Boo and Luigi finally meet face-to-face in Dark Moon, it's quite clear that despite his composure, he really wants Luigi dead. This combines with some Terms of Endangerment to create some really creepy dialogue.
King Boo: Hey, if isn't my old pal Luigi. Or is it Baby Luigi? I can't tell the difference. Hey, remember that time when you trapped me in a painting for all eternity? Good times.
- King Mook
- Knight of Cerebus: Becomes this in Dark Moon. His Laughably Evil tendencies are completely gone, his snarkiness is more restrained, and he becomes downright terrifying.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mask of Sanity: He acts calm and collected all of the time, but it's shown in Dark Moon that underneath his calm, yet frightening appearance is an insane, unfettered sociopath who is, by the end, steadily breaking down, which becomes especially apparent in his boss fight, in which the background and music start becoming fast-paced and erratic.
- Master of Illusion: A rare case of the this trope overlapping with Reality Warper. The final level in Dark Moon is called King Boo's Illusion, a pocket dimension he created that he has total control over.
- Monster Suit: Uses a biological-looking one modeled after Bowser in the final battle in Luigi's Mansion.
- No Nonsense Nemesis: Adopts this attitude in Dark Moon after his defeat in the first game, and man does it make him look terrifying.
- Playing with Fire: He attacks Peach with homing blue flames in Super Princess Peach.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In some appearances.
- Remember the New Guy: In Luigi's Mansion, he tries to take revenge on the Mario Bros. for a number of past defeats. This was his first appearance in the series. Though Super Mario 64 DS Retcons his first appearance in that game, so he could have been referring to that. And he doesn't mention personal defeats in Luigi's Mansion, just the number of times the Bros. have beaten up on Boos.
- Revenge: The whole plot of Dark Moon is his revenge against Luigi and his friends for his defeat in Luigi's Mansion.
- Shock and Awe: His crown in Dark Moon can fire lightning bolts.
- Slasher Smile: His default expression. The teeth help.
- The Sociopath: In his debut, he showed care for his fellow Boos and worked to protect them. In the sequel, however? He's perfectly willing to eliminate anyone and anything in his path for revenge, and despite having to know by the final battle with him that Luigi's captured at least some Boos (and likely having known beforehand), he never mentions them and only talks about how he will make Luigi and Gadd pay dearly.
- Take Over the World: In Dark Moon, King Boo claims that this is his goal, but it's made very clear that he's more interested in revenge against Luigi.
- Terms of Endangerment: Gives quite a few to Luigi in Dark Moon.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Is usually paired with Petey Piranha in spin-offs, in a possible case of Brains and Brawn.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Luigi's Mansion, his power was directly proportionate to the number of Boos in the vicinity. When Luigi captured them all, it weakened him to where he had to use a Monster Suit of Bowser to fight. His crown in Dark Moon, however, negates this handicap, allowing him to fight Luigi one-on-one with his own power and giving him new abilities such as calling down lightning strikes, summoning spiked balls, creating illusions, etc. "Fight you like a true Boo" indeed.
- Tranquil Fury: His interaction with Luigi in Dark Moon is a perfect example. Despite his pleasant dememeanor to Luigi, you can tell he's seething with rage on the inside.
- The Unfettered: Dark Moon shows that King Boo has no limits to his insane desire for revenge. He'll sacrifice anyone and anything. His Boos, other ghosts, even the fabric of the universe itself! Nothing is beneath him as long as Luigi and E. Gadd suffer.
- Vile Villain Saccharine Game: As of Dark Moon, he definitely falls into this category. He was pefectly willing to shatter the Dark Moon and break the minds of innocent ghosts and later having his Boos experiment on them to make them stronger and more vicious, effectively making them all unwitting pawns in his mad scheme. And when Luigi defeats Big Boo, he rips open a Paranormal Portal to unleash an army of ghosts. It would also cause Luigi's dimension to collapse, which puts him practically on par with Dimentio in terms of evil.
- Villainous Breakdown: In Dark Moon, E.Gadd states that King Boo "flipped out" after Big Boo's defeat and summoned a Paranormal Portal to unleash an army of ghosts as a desperate act to slow Luigi down. King Boo's breakdown is further exacerbated after Luigi defeats the Tough Possessor and makes off with the final piece of the Dark Moon. King Boo then intercepts the Pixelator and pulls him back into his illusion. The breakdown continues as the fight wears on, the music and the illusion becoming more erratic and unstable as he nears defeat.
- Visible Invisibility: His reflection can be seen in the mirror in the background in Super Mario 64 DS.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the first game, he seemed to genuinely care for the other Boos. In the sequel, however, he seems to drop this.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Completely disappears from the plot of Dark Moon after the Final Battle. Luigi collects his crown, but it doesn't count for money.
- You Don't Look Like You: In his debut in Luigi's Mansion, he looked distinct from other Boos due to his gleaming red eyes and blue tongue, but in other games, he just looks like a regular Boo with a crown. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon made him more closely resemble his original appearance, but with black shading around his eyes.
- Your Size May Vary: In some games, he is the same size as a normal Boo, but in others, he's larger. In Dark Moon, he's an outright Sizeshifter.
Bosses (debuting in Super Mario 64/Super Mario 64 DS)
"I'm the Big Bob-omb, baron of all blasting matter, king of ka-booms the world over!"
A giant Bob-Omb who's watching the war between pink and black bob-ombs
. As far as bosses go, he's pretty gracious when taking defeat.
Tropes associated with Big Bob-Omb:
"I think I'll crush you just for fun! Do you have a problem with that?"
King of the Whomps, he's tired of gravel being ignored. He wants some respect and takes his anger out on Mario.
Tropes associated with Whomp King:
Nothing really sets him apart from the other bullies, other than his large size. That might be all that matters to the dim-witted creatures.
Tropes associated with Big Bully:
"We no like...intruders! Now battle......hand...to...hand!"
A pair of giant hands with eyes on their palms who guard the center of a pyramid. Like all the other bosses, they are not happy to see Mario.
Tropes associated with Eyerok:
Big Mr. I
A giant version of the Mr. I enemy who hides out in the attic. Really, there's nothing else to say about him.
Tropes associated with Big Mr. I:
A large bully made of ice who must be defeated in order to get a star. Like normal bullies, he charges at you and must be knocked out of his ring, this time into icy water.
Tropes associated with Chill Bully:
"It's not a fair fight for you, but luckily, I'm not a fair fighter. Let's go!"
Bigger and stronger than Chill Bully, the chief has imprisoned Wario and knows a few more tricks than his bully followers. Still, he must be defeated in the same way as the other bully bosses. He, like Big Bob-omb, is also quite proud of his 'stache.
Tropes associated with Chief Chilly:
Bosses (debuting in Super Mario Sunshine)
A king of the Boos exclusive to this game. It has been stated that he is not the same King Boo who debuted in Luigi's Mansion
; his Japanese name is "Boss Teresa".
- King Mook: At least of the Delfino Boos.
- Feed It a Bomb: In order to make him vulnerable to attack, Mario has to throw hot peppers into his mouth.
- Flunky Boss: He can summon enemies to his aid with his slot machine.
- The Gambler: He hides out underneath the giant roulette wheel in Hotel Delfino's casino. His boss fight involves spinning a slot machine.
- Overly-Long Tongue
Shadow MarioSee also Bowser Jr.
Bosses (debuting in New Super Mario Bros.)
Bosses (debuting in Super Mario Galaxy)
Firey Dino Piranha
Bosses (debuting in Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Bosses (debuting in Super Mario 3 D World)
Hisstocrat and Queen Hisstocrat
A pair of enormous snakes in royal regalia, who summon other gigantic snakes to attack Mario and his friends. Hisstocrat is battled first, while Queen Hisstocrat appears later. You also have to fight both of them at the same time in one of the bonus world levels.
A gigantic Brolder composed of rock, crystal, and magma-like rock.
Bosses (debuting in Yoshi's Island)
Burt the Bashful
Salvo the Slime
- Asteroids Monster: Shooting eggs causes pieces of slimes to fall off him, which only give you more eggs to hit him with.
- Degraded Boss: He shows up later in a fortress.
- Giant Mook: This applies to all of the bosses but especially noted here because he's BIGGER Boo. And he only gets bigger with each hit until he explodes.
Roger the Potted Ghost
- Combat Tentacles: Two of her vines end in small Nipper buds; she uses these to try to hit Yoshi from below and to block his movement.
- Man-Eating Plant: She's a large, mobile, killer Piranha Plant.
- Mook Maker: She can spit three seeds that drift down and become Nipper plants that chase Yoshi around.
- Ramming Always Works: Her main attack is a fast charge that ends when she slams into the opposite wall. She can fake you out by ending it early, though, which can lead to either jumping on her head, her thorny neck, or one of her two attack vines while trying to jump over her to dodge the charge.
- Skippable Boss: A very rare example in a Mario game. If you swim into her lair but not far enough to close the way behind you, you can shoot an egg at her ungrown normal form, skipping the fight completely.
- Asteroids Monster: The second boss in the game to be such, except they all have to be ground-pounded until small enough.
Hookbill the Koopa
Sluggy the Unshaven
Raphael the Raven
Tap-Tap the Red Nose/Tap-Tap the Golden
- Advancing Boss of Doom: When he reappears in Bowser's Castle in Golden form, he cannot be killed and will pursue Yoshi throughout the stage, even jumping out of pits when he falls into one. All the player can do is knock him back and run to the exit.
- Degraded Boss: As described above.
- Implacable Man: He's completely invulnerable to everything in Yoshi's arsenal, and is only defeated by destroying the blocks covering the lava pit and knocking him into it. And then once he pops up in Bowser's Castle, even knocking him into pitfalls doesn't stop him.
Bosses (Debuting in Yoshi's Story)
Cloud N. Candy
Bosses (Debuting in Yoshi's Island DS)
Gilbert the Gooey
Hector the Reflector
Big Bungee Piranha
Priscilla the Peckish
Big Guy the Stilted
Molt the Very Goonie
Boss Sumo Bro.
Unagi is a huge eel found in Jolly Roger Bay of Super Mario 64
The Mad Piano is a piano
that appears in Big Boo's Haunt
Elite Trio (Private Goomp, Corporal Paraplonk, and Sergeant Guy)
A trio consisting of a Goomba, a Paratroopa, and a Shy Guy, who make repeated appearances in the Mario & Luigi
series, starting with the third game.
For their tropes, see their entry here