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Super Crown
When Toadette finds one of these, she can transform into the super-powered Peachette. (Sorry Luigi—only Toadette can use this item!)
The in-game description. You can just ignore that last part.
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It all started one fine Nintendo Direct on September 13th, 2018. Announcments included Luigi's Mansion 3, remakes of several Final Fantasy titles, Isabelle joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate... with all this rejoice-worthy news, what was yet another Wii U title getting ported over to the Nintendo Switch, New Super Mario Bros. U in this case, would have gone virtually unnoticed if not for one little detail: Not only would Toadette get Promoted to Playable, but she also came with an exclusive Power-Up called the "Super Crown", which would turn her into a Princess Peach lookalike named "Peachette".

At first, all that really happened was that the Mario fan-base begain exploring what such a power-up means for the Mario setting as a whole, or wondering what would happen if the Mario Bros, other Toads, or even folks like Bowser used Toadette's Super Crown...

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...But then the idea of Bowser using the Super Crown inspired Malaysian arist Ayyk92 to draw a comic (Twitter link, DeviantArt link) depicting Bowser using the Super Crown. Whereupon he is turned into a Peachette-esque woman (using elements from Bowser's design instead of Toadette's), and then hooking up with Mario following Super Mario Odyssey's ending. This comic then promptly exploded, with the internet quickly dubbing the character "Bowsette". Fan-Art of Bowsette based on her design in the comic (as well as edits of it which retain Bowser's red hair, and alternately also tan skin to represent Bowser's yellow-brown) flooded the internet afterwards, to the point of her becoming an Ensemble Dark Horse in the fandom mere days after her inception. Meanwhile, Japanese fans dubbed her "Kuppa-hime" ("Princess Koopa") after Bowser's Japanese name, which became a top-trending Twitter and Pixiv tag in short order.note 

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The Bowsette comic also quickly spawned another, separate trend of applying the Super Crown to other Mario characters and common enemies, with most recurring ones having at least one fan-art depicting a Super Crown form, as well as various Crossovers with other franchises and, of course, other memes.

She has a small mention on the Super Mario Wiki, a fan-run event in Japan called "Project Crown", and even a full-fledged page on The Other Wiki. Of course, if you need further information, you can read up about the whole thing on Know Your Meme.

The meme did, of course, eventually fade from the general community. But don't let that fool you. Bowsette was created in a climate where memes typically can't live for a week, and her near month (or more, depending on who you ask) of popularity was much higher than average, and she still enjoys a small community of fans to this day.

With that all said and done, there's only two final notable events: On January 11, 2019, Ayyk92 was rewarded with a glass trophy by Pixiv and Nico Nico Douga, as Bowsette had placed 16th in Japan's Twitter Trend Awards. Yes, really. This would also be the day New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe released... including its in-game confirmation that only Toadette can wear the Super Crown, finally jossing all the original fan theories and speculation that started this all in the first place.note  Bowsette, and the Super Crown as a whole, remains as one of meme culture's most fascinating additions - one that exploded into popularity like no other meme in recent memory, and from the unlikeliest of places.


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    The Super Crown phenomenon as a whole 
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Comics where Bowsette is presented as the better option usually has Peach revealed to be an Attention Whore, upset with both Bowser and Mario since they don't need a reason to pursue her anymore. Occasionally Mario is given the same treatment, as he would be shown to pursue anything that looks like Peach regardless of what they actually are; she and Bowsette are so disgusted they drop him, getting together instead.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Before Nintendo's Obvious Rule Patch, the Super Crown received a lot of this.
  • Always Female: Usually agreed to be the case for Super Crown wearers, due to the power-up's connection to Princess Peach (and, well, Male Gaze).
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Arguably, this is the reason it blew up so much and lasted as long as it did. The fan-art generally outshined jokes related to the trend, for starters.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Just about every Super Crown wearer qualifies.
  • Critical Research Failure: People joining in on the bandwagon without knowing the full context resulted in the fairly straightforward "Princess Peach clone with Morphic Resonance" concept being misinterpreted by several artists. As such, it's not uncommon to see Super Crown art where the wearer has little resemblance to Princess Peach, or in extreme cases, art which could be better described as Moe Anthropomorphism.
  • Demoted to Extra: Toadette, the original Super Crown wearer, usually shows up to either get the crown stolen from her or lend it out to curious prospects, if she's not trying to keep it to herself or destroy it.
  • Depending on the Artist: Considering Bowsette and her ilk are all fan-characters, it comes with the territory. Further details are in each characters' individual sections.
  • Different for Girls: Several comics have Bowsette kidnapping Peach so that Peach can help her with her clothes, or her nails, or the bleeding...
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Some versions of the crown keep the idea that anyone who wears it will turn human and feminine, but twist it so they're still male underneath. One particular comic had it done to Toad.
    • Some drawings of the Koopalings have Wendy (being the only girl on the team) fall victim to this in order to restore the gender balance.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Pretty much the only reason the Super Crown exists (although it technically only grants the appearance of a princess).
  • Fanon: The whole thing owes its existence to fanon!
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Officially, only Toadette can wear the Super Crown.note  Of course, that's not going to stop anyone. It also doesn't help that the confirmation was within the game itself, released after the meme had already subsided.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Bowsette, Peachyboo, and the like have caught the eye of many fans all over the world, but based on the above, take note of how they have particularly hit a sweet spot with Japan.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The fandom was a little late in turning common enemies into royalty — Tatanga did it first, though he made Daisy clones out of them instead.
    • While it may not have been King Koopa himself, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 has Wendy (known as Kootie Pie there) turn herself into a cute blonde girl to capture Mario's attention. The resemblance unfortunately ends there, as Peach is brunette in the DiC Entertainment continuity.
    • Then there's the Shy Gals, a memetically Hotter and Sexier humanized version of the Shy Guys from Super Mario Bros. 2 (and also, rarely, other Mario enemies) which had existed for years before Bowsette came along.
    • The idea of Video Game characters turning into cute girls was done before in Darkstalkers with Demitri Maximoff's "Midnight Bliss". In a hypothetical scenario, if Demitri used the technique on Bowser, Bowsette might be what would have happened. The two ideas differ in that the Super Crown more often than not forced the victim to assume the form of a princess closely resembling Peach complete with Pimped-Out Dress and such, whereas Midnight Bliss transformations are more straight-forward gender changes.
    • The original fan comic that spawned Bowsette was a riff on the ending to Super Mario Odyssey, having Bowser (as Bowsette) and Mario hook up after getting rejected. One week later, the art-book of that game is found to contain a small concept comic of Bowser using an Evil Knockoff of Cappy to capture Peach, which turns her into a Peach/Bowser hybrid.
    • Considering some gags like to have everyone but Luigi turn into Peach (Luigi himself just showing up in a Peach costume), the in-game text specifically singling him out as someone who can't use the Super Crown ended up being consistent with that interpretation.
    • Paper Mario fans are already familiar with a powerful villainess that uses Peach's likeness: the Shadow Queen. This did not go unnoticed.
  • Hotter and Sexier: While Bowsette's design itself isn't much (see Rule of Sexy below), it's not much of a stretch to assume Bowser's personality in Peach's body would make for a Shameless Fanservice Girl. This trope is fair game for other Super Crown wearers, though.
  • Humble Beginnings: Ayyk92 used to be a very small artist with no particularly notable works. Then he created Bowsette.
  • Humanity Ensues: Obviously, although it could perhaps be better described as "Ambiguous Humanity Ensues".
  • Hype Backlash: Since becoming wildly popular out of nowhere and inspiring copious amounts of Rule 34 and Rule 63 for a longer-than-average timespan are not exactly the most desirable traits a meme can have, the Super Crown is usually referred to with a negative light, especially in hindsight. Often, people will retroactively label the entire power-up as a bad idea like so.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: As mentioned above, knowing the full context of Bowsette's inception requires one to know the ending of Super Mario Odyssey, in which Mario and Bowser vying for Peach's affection descends into a petty argument, prompting the princess to turn down the both of them.
  • Meaningful Release Date: Whether by coincidence or not, Ayyk92 received his aforementioned trophy on the launch date of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Peachette was overshadowed almost immediately upon the birth of the fan characters her Power-Up inspired. In the rare occasions where people remember she exists at all, she is usually portrayed as upset, heartbroken, or even just annoyed at the sheer scale of her stolen spotlight. Some even say she was upstaged twice in the same meme, given that the most popular jokes were about Peach's reactions rather than hers.
    • As mentioned, Princess Peach is this, consistently confused about the Super Crown phenomenon and (like in the original comic that inspired the meme) getting passed up by Mario for Bowsette/other Super Crown wearers.
  • Memetic Mutation: Where this all came from. Some sub-memes:
  • Meme Acknowledgement: Nintendo is aware of Bowsette, but they "have no comment". Later Subverted within the game itself, wherein the item's description brings up Luigi rather than Bowser.note 
  • Most Common Superpower: Super Crown wearers in general are often drawn with a large bust.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Dreamin's version has Mario encounter Bowsette in a castle, take a look at her, and chop the bridge away as usual, to her surprise.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Using the non-indicative "ette" naming scheme, Peachette's name looks like a potential transformation for Peach herself. Unfortunately, it lead to some mean-spirited jokes where Peachette is accused of having no identity beyond being a Peach clone.
    • To avoid accidentally running into this with Toad, his transformation is typically referred to as "Princess Toad" in all languages.
  • Non-Indicative Name: A common complaint is that "Bowsette" is actually a misnomer, since Peachette's name results from Toadette being transformed into Peach. Following this naming scheme, something like "Peachser" would be a more accurate name for Bowser transformed into Peach, while "Bowsette" would instead refer to Toadette transformed into Bowser. Nevertheless, the name "Bowsette" rolls off the tongue better, so it stuck. This also resulted in the equally-troublesome "[Character]ette" naming convention for other Super Crown wearers (but some of them do have more appropriate alternative names).
  • Planet of Hats:
    • This animated short, from the creator of Kingdumb Hearts, has Bowser mistake so many Super Crown wearers for Peach, that Mario attempts to turn everyone in Peach's castle, including himself, into her doppelgängers. By the end of the cartoon, everything in the Mushroom Kingdom has also become a Peach doppelgänger, as well as the whole planet.note 
    • This comic starts off in a world where everyone's already been turned into a Peach clone (save Luigi, who gets turned into Daisy instead).
  • Punny Name: Aside from the "[Character]ette" naming convention, Super Crown users are usually named this way.
  • Rule 63: Played With, in that it's based on turning characters into Peach lookalikes and not a straightforward Gender Bender.
  • Rule of Sexy: Often this is how Super Crown wearers are designed. Obviously, this is at odds with having designs based off of Princess Peach, so it's very much a balancing act. Ironically, though, it's completely avoided with Bowsette herself, since her design is tame enough for Nintendo, at least in Ayyk92's art.note 
  • Screw Yourself: It's common to combine the effects of this power-up with the Double Cherry from Super Mario 3D World to accomplish this.
  • Spear Counterpart: Smaller, but noble efforts to see what a male version of the crown would do sprung up in the wake of the meme:
    • As mentioned above, one popular version inverts it to make Peach turn into a Koopa (typically a "Super Shell" or a Bowser-colored version of the crown), though others decide it turns her into a redheaded Prince Charming instead. A version with a Bowser-like choker was used for a joke showing what a "real Bowsette" would look like (i.e. Toadette turning into the Koopa King).
    • One user thought of what basically amount to "Super Caps", which turn the user (in this case, a Toad and a Polterpup) into Mario or Luigi clones with Morphic Resonance.
    Super Crown characters 

Princess Peach

Original Form: In theory, a Toad
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Inverted, as the the purpose of this form is to see what she'd look like without the crown.
  • Becoming the Mask:
    • One interpretation has her as one of the many castle Toads in World-8 of the original Super Mario Bros., putting it on so she can give the Mushroom Kingdom a ruler again. As the years pass, she grows into her role and is effectively the real Peach from then on.
    • Another has her simply as the Toad ruler of the kingdom who uses the crown as her public persona, but kept up the disguise for so long she considers the princess form as her true self.
  • Depending on the Writer: Is she ashamed of her Toad heritage or proud? Did she do it for political purposes, personal reasons, or for fun? Do the Mario Bros. know, and how accepting of her are they if or when they find out?
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name isn't Toadstool for nothing. Similarly, abreviating it as "Peach T." fits in with the pun-based Theme Naming for Toads in the Paper Mario series.
  • Morphic Resonance: Some interpretations give Peach's Toad form a pink dress-like costume and blonde hair under her mushroom cap, implying this is retained in her princess form.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Being the "basis" of how the crown works, her princess form doesn't add anything different to her design. The real challenge is figuring out her Toad form.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Literally in one case, where she takes the crown off before getting some time to herself.

Bowsette

Original form: Bowser
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The original Bowsette comic by Ayyk92 depicted her being with Mario at the end of it. While most people interpret this as them becoming a couple, it could be simply that they were trying to make Peach jealous. There are questions about if Bowser would really turn into a girl just to date Mario or if he is still in love with Peach. It really depends on if you think Bowser/Bowsette just wanted anyone to love them or if they wanted Peach specifically.
  • Be Yourself: An unofficial continuation of the original comic has her use the form to propose to Mario. Like Peach, he gives off a Big "NO!"... then takes the crown off, wanting to start a relationship with the real Bowser. It works out.
  • Boobs of Steel: Bowsette has a large bust. She still possesses the immense strength she had as Bowser, though, resulting in this trope.
  • Closet Key:
    • Peach in some art is shown to be very distracted around Bowsette. Even in some jealousy art, it's Mario she is jealous of.
    • For Mario as well, who finds himself falling for his once eternal frenemy, though it's very complicated as to how it works and very NSFW to talk about.
  • Depending on the Artist:
    • Does Bowsette have Peach's blonde hair and complexion, or is she a Dark-Skinned Redhead, or is she a Redhead In Green as in the Super Mario Odyssey art-book? How much "thicker" is she than Peach? Does she have a tail? How revealing is her dress?
    • What exactly are her sexuality and preferences now? Does she still desire Peach? Has she fallen for Mario? And let's not even get started on what it means when she and other transformed characters get together.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: The short linked under Planet of Hats above has one part in which a mirror sidetracks Bowsette from attempting to kidnap Peach. Bowsette goes after her reflection, instead, but only ends up with mirror shards in the eyes.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Princess Peach is already good-looking, and Bowser is assertive, self-confident, surprisingly romantic, and more than a bit adorkable, making for a very bedeviling combination.
  • Evil Wears Black: Whether a Pimped-Out Dress or Black Bra and Panties, Bowsette always wears this color unless the artist is going with her Odyssey art-book colors.
  • Horned Humanoid: A constant feature of Bowsette is the horns.
  • Little Bit Beastly: A common fixture of her design is Bowser's tail.
  • LGBT Fanbase: As one of the most iconic and fearsome Final Bosses in gaming with the body of a Pretty Princess Powerhouse, Bowsette is always depicted with an air of confidence in her voluptuous looks, making her a potential Escapist Character for trans women.
  • Morphic Resonance: Bowsette always retains Bowser's shell, horns, and spiked bands, with optional features including a tail, red hair, and a little more meat on her bones.
  • One Mario Limit: On February 21st, 2019, Reggie Fils-Aime announced that he would be retiring from President of Nintendo of America. Softening the blow was that his position would be superseded by... Doug Bowser. Cue jokes about Bowser trending on Twitter. Cue "Doug Bowsette" trending on Twitter.note 
  • Parental Substitute: This comic shows Bowser becoming Bowsette to fill in for Bowser Jr.'s Missing Mom.
  • Princesses Rule: At least in the Japanese side in which she is called Koopa-Hime which tranlates to Princess Koopa. This is despite the fact she still rules the Koopa Kingdom by herself and thus would be seen as the queen.
  • Redhead In Green: Bowser Peach (a Captured version of Peach taken from the Super Mario Odyssey artbook regarded as an "official" Bowsette) has this color scheme.
  • Removable Shell: Bowser's shell is pretty much decorative on Bowsette. According to this sketch dump by Ayyk92, it's on a hinge!
  • Showing Off the New Body: This sequel comic by Ayyk92 shows Bowsette quietly turning heads at the latest Bad-Anon meeting.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Bowsette's take on Peach's gown typically drops the Giant Poofy Sleeves.

Queen Booette / Boosette / Princess Boo / Peachyboo

Original form: King Boo or a regular Boo

Chain Chompette

Original form: Chain Chomp

Piranhette / Peachy Piranha

Original form: Piranha Plant

Super Crownette

Original form: Super Crown

Ridleyette

Original Form: Ridley
  • Depending on the Artist: Whether or not Ridleyette has wings, and her tail has some leeway if it's an actual tail or it forms out of her ponytail.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Depending on the Artist, but Ridleyette is often depicted with her dragon wings, tail, scales, sharp teeth, and occasionally claws.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Averted. Ridley might be turned into a lady and wearing purple dresses, but she's every bit as violent and sociopathic as before.
  • Lean and Mean: Ridleyette is often depicted as dangerously thin to reflect Ridley's own body, and she's still as vicious as before.
  • Morphic Resonance: Ridleyette always retains Ridley's purple coloration on her dress, his bladed tail, sharp teeth, lean body, and yellow eyes, with optional parts including scales, wings and horns.
  • Yandere: Her interactions with Samus get a lot more suggestive in this form. She's still very much trying to kill her though.

Miscellaneous

Goomba TowerLumaSonic the Hedgehog (plus other Sonic characters)
  • Crossover: One common joke is that Knuckles wearing the crown would result in Maki Nishikino. Given some life in this comic. To a lesser extent, Shadow donning it often results in transforming into Ryuko Matoi.
  • Depending on the Artist: Does she wear a dress or a leotard? Does she retain her Super Speed or not? Is she as freaked out as everyone else, or doesn't really care as depicted below?
  • Leotard of Power: Pedrocorreia's version wears a leotard with a circle cut out of the middle to simulate Sonic's own belly spot. Prostinian's version does likewise.
  • Meta Guy: The main joke with Sonicette is that, considering the fanbase's reputation, Sonic wearing the Super Crown and transforming in this manner was inevitable.
  • Squick: It is a common headcanon that Eggman attempting to wear the Crown results in... less than attractive results. Exactly how squicky it actually is depends on how that result is drawn.
Wario
  • Mundane Utility: Much of Wario's comics deliberately never have him use the crown for sexy reasons: he either uses it to abuse perks women might get or pawns it off to make a quick buck. For example, this comic has him use it to get the ladies' discount at an all-you-can-eat joint.

Wario: Crygor, mass produce this thing! It's worth 10 coins!
Dr. Crygor: But is it safe?

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