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Bowser (クッパ Kuppa?, Koopa), is a fictional reptilian creature from Nintendo's Mario series, and is Mario and Luigi's archenemy. Although Bowser has joined forces with the good guys in a few games, he never ceases to attempt to kidnap Princess Peach and conquer the Mushroom Kingdom since his first appearance in Super Mario Bros. As the central villain of one of the world's most popular video game franchises, Bowser is one of the most recognizable video game villains ever. He rules over the Koopa Kingdom and has eight Koopalings who help him steal and wreak havoc in the Mushroom Kingdom.

His last name is Koopa, which was revealed in Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and their cartoons.

Bowser has been killed a few times, such as in New Super Mario Bros. and possibly in Luigi's Mansion (Madame Clairvoya says Mario "soundly defeated" the Koopa king). However, whenever this happens, Bowser is always resurrected by someone.

Bowser is depicted fairly consistently as nasty, brutish, and possessing of some sarcastic wit. In Mario Party 5, Bowser reveals his optimistic nature, as upon the player defeating him and granting his wish for a worthy competitor, he says he 'tends to look at the good side of things'. This is leading him to be portrayed with more and more sympathy, and some gamers have joked that 'all he really needs is a hug'. It is odd to note that in some games he appears to be quite intelligent, although he is always considered evil.

Bowser is able to speak English (for example in Super Mario Sunshine), and has a distinct booming laugh, but much of the time seems to only produce reptilian roaring noises.

Bowser owns a huge castle, and while its appearance and layout changes slightly from game to game they are all quite similar; booby traps everywhere, pits full of lava, usually a few Thwomps, and heavily guarded. It appears his castle is situated to the North-West of the Mushroom Kingdom, in the heart of the Koopa Kingdom. It is apparently able to transform to fly and can become a battleship (like in Paper Mario or Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga). Strangely, in Super Mario World, Bowser's Castle seems to be underneath Dinosaur Land in the Valley of Bowser. It is likely he has multiple castles, or that Dinosaur Land has some kind of Warp Point that connects it to the Koopa Kingdom. In Paper Mario, Bowser's castle is directly under Peach's, which allows him to lift it into the sky, holding everyone in it hostage. In all of the Mario Kart games, Bowser's Castle is a course. The track is different in each game, but they all share similar features.

The instruction manual to the original Super Mario Bros. describes Bowser as a sorcerer who had used his magic to transform the denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom into parts of the very environment Mario traverses through (thus explaining the faces on the hills and clouds in the background, and the fact that blocks yield coins and items). This concept has apparently been dropped in following Mario games, as Bowser has rarely shown any proper 'magical' abilities since (except in Super Mario RPG and Super Mario 64 where he does appear to utilise magic in combat, in addition to trapping the denziens of the Mushroom Kingdom inside the walls of Princess Peach's palace).

Parodies

  1. Bowser/Thomas


Bowser's appearance

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Bowser resembles a creature with tortoise, dinosaur, and dragon elements. He wears silver spiked chokers on his neck and wrists, and it is also noted that Nintendo gave him a distinct shell from the other Koopas in the Mushroom Kingdom by adding spikes to his back.

Name issues

Bowser has been known by different names over the years, much like Princess Peach and Sega's Dr. Eggman. In Japan, he has always been known as simply "Koopa" (or "Kuppa"). In the manual for the original Super Mario Bros., however, his full name is shown to be "Big Demon Koopa." or "Daimaou: Kuppa" ("Great Demon King: Kuppa [Koopa]"). When Super Mario Bros. came out in the US, he was given the more American name of "Bowser, King of the Koopas", whilst the name "Koopa" was given to the turtle-like enemies known in Japan as "Nokonoko".

Confusingly, the American cartoons and the Super Mario Bros. movie consistently referred to Bowser as King Koopa and almost never "Bowser". Somewhere along the line the two names merged, and he is now known in America as being Bowser Koopa, with "Koopa" as surname of Bowser, therefore his full name is King Bowser Koopa.

Appearances in video games

Platformers

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In his first appearance, Bowser appeared at the end of the 8th world (Level 8-4). Most people think that Bowser appears at the end of each world, but it is in fact one of his many henchmen disguised as Bowser. These areas where "Bowser" appeared were "dungeon stages" — characterized by white brick platforms, ample lava and spinning sticks of fire that could burn Mario or Luigi. Bowser waited at the end, on a bridge over a pool of lava. By grabbing the axe at the right end of the bridge, Mario or Luigi could cut the rope at the end, making the bridge collapse and sending Bowser into the pit of lava below. Alternatively, Bowser could also be defeated by repeatedly shooting him with fireballs. If a player takes the latter alternative to defeating one of Bowser's henchmen disguised as him, the player will discover that the Bowser is an imposter because once he is defeated he reverts back to one of the more common enemies like a Goomba, a Koopa shell or a Buzzy Beetle shell and falls into the lava. Due to graphics limitations, the in-game Bowser does not seem to have hair, although the official artwork for the game, as well as the remake in Super Mario All-Stars, depicted him with it.

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Though Bowser appeared in the Japanese sequel to Super Mario Bros. (a title known outside Japan as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels), he appeared and behaved identically to his original incarnation. Only in Super Mario Bros. 3 did Bowser return with a new plot — and a new look. For the first time in the games, players saw Bowser with a mane of red hair — a look that has remained with Bowser ever since. This time, Bowser only appeared at the end of the final level — his castle at the end of World 8 — where Mario and Luigi had to trick him into crashing through his floor in order to defeat him.

This game also introduces Bowser's first seven children, the Koopalings. Despite the presence of offspring, Nintendo has never explained if Bowser has had a wife, though it was once revealed in the Nintendo Official Magazine U.K. that his wife's name was Clawdia[citation needed], which would suggest that perhaps Bowser wants Peach for a more sinister purpose, but eventually fell in love with her.

Bowser's next appearance in a standard 2-D Mario platform adventure was Super Mario World. There, Bowser appears only as the boss of the last level: his castle in the Valley of Bowser. Bowser's children, the Koopalings, again make an appearance. Here, Nintendo introduces something that would continue to be associated with Bowser through the rest of his video game appearances - Bowser rode the Koopa Clown Car.

In Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, Bowser invades Peach's castle and imprisons its inhabitants in the walls with the magic of the stolen Power Stars. Mario — and in Super Mario 64 DS, Yoshi, Luigi and Wario as well — track Bowser down by collecting the stars, one by one. In the end, Mario must defeat Bowser by catching him by the tail and tossing him into spiked bombs stationed around the ring in which Bowser fought. In these games, Bowser appears noticeably taller and more menacing than in previous games.

In Luigi's Mansion, Madame Clairvoyer tells Luigi that Bowser has been "soundly defeated" by Mario, and speculates on how King Boo could have revived Bowser. This implies that Bowser has died and that King Boo revived Bowser's body to use as a weapon to attack Luigi, that Bowser would get control back of later.

In Super Mario Sunshine, Bowser cons his newly-introduced son, Bowser Jr., into disguising himself as Mario and painting the resort of Isle Delfino with graffiti. The plot ultimately ends in Bowser Jr. kidnapping Peach. The young Koopa explains to Mario that Bowser told him Peach was his mother. In the end, Mario battles both Bowser and Bowser Jr., both in a giant onsen, high atop Corona Mountain. When Mario wins, the father and son watch from a distance, and Bowser apologizes for his deception; his son dismisses it, only wishing to fight Mario again, which pleases his father. Once again, Bowser has grown much larger than he has been in previous games.

In Super Princess Peach, Bowser modifies his behavior of kidnapping Peach and kidnaps Mario, Luigi and several Toads instead, with the help of a magic wand, called the Vibe Scepter, that controls emotions.

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In New Super Mario Bros., Bowser is the first boss. He is fought the same way as in the original Super Mario Bros., but this time, the lava he falls in disfigures him into a Dry Bones-esque skeleton. The reanimated Bowser skeleton is later fought in the first World 8 castle, before Bowser Jr. resurrects his father in a potion-filled cauldron just in time for the game's final showdown.

Appearances as Baby Bowser

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Looking simply at the release dates, Bowser's first run-in with Mario is Super Mario Bros. However, if one looks at the storylines of the video games, Bowser and Mario's first meeting is in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. This game takes place before any of the other adventures. In fact, Mario, Luigi and Bowser are all still babies. Kamek, a Magikoopa who seems to be a sort of parental figure for Baby Bowser, divines that the delivery of two twin brothers will end in tragedy for the Koopas (a correct assumption), so he flies off on his broomstick to intercept the stork on his way to drop off Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. Though Kamek is the primary villain in the game, Baby Bowser is the game's final boss. Kamek's last-ditch attempt at victory is casting a spell that makes Baby Bowser grow into Giga Bowser. In this enlarged form, he was much larger than he's been in any other game.

Baby Bowser appears again in the sequel to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Story. The Yoshis must fight the young king in his private chambers, where he's keeping their Super Happy Tree.

Though Baby Bowser looks a lot like Bowser Jr., the characters are separate. However, it's presumable that the developers' design for Baby Bowser influenced the later design of Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr. has a bandana around his neck, as often depicted in Super Mario Sunshine, in which it is blue and sports a design that looks like Mario's moustache. He uses it to transform into Shadow Mario. Later on though, Jr.'s bandana had a design of a red lip with sharp teeth. This design was used in the later spin-off games, and the games ahead of that as well. Baby Bowser either does not have a bandana, or has a blank one.

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In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Baby Bowser (who is sometimes called "Prince Bowser" and for some reason has the appearance of Bowser Jr., with the horns, as well as Junior's voice) appears at the beginning of the game trying to abduct Baby Peach, only to be thwarted by the Baby Mario Bros. Because the alien invaders known as the Shroobs are considered a major threat to both him and the Mario Bros., they team up temporarily. Shortly after the present-day Mario Bros. from the future showed up, Baby Bowser resumed causing trouble for them, like stealing the two recovered pieces of the Cobalt Star and taking credit for saving Yoshi's Island. Later, at Thwomp Volcano, the present-day Bowser and the young Bowser meet, arguing about who gets to claim the volcano as a new castle. They eventually teamed up against the Mario brothers and their young selves. An eruption blasts the duo out of the volcano. Bowser winds up back in present day Peach's Castle, while Baby Bowser ends up inside the Shroob Mother Ship. When it gets shot down, he completes the Cobalt Star and is turned into a mushroom by the Elder Princess Shroob as a result. He is eventually restored by Baby Luigi's tears at the end of the game. Also as a note, Baby Bowser treats Baby Mario and Baby Luigi like little kids (making himself sound like an adult), calling them "stupid". This could be because he is older than the tots, which can be assumed from his perfect grammar usage. Baby Bowser is voiced by Dolores Rogers.

Appearances as Giga Bowser

Giga Bowser

Giga Bowser

Many speculate that the original Giga Bowser appeared in Super Mario World 2:Yoshi's Island. After Yoshi defeated Baby Bowser, Kamek sprinkled Baby Bowser with his special dust, which caused Baby Bowser to grow to enormous proportions. Upon this transformation, the newly-formed 'Giga Bowser' challenged Yoshi. 'Giga Bowser' turned back into Baby Bowser after being defeated. However, whether this transformation is related to that in Super Smash Brothers Melee is uncertain.

Super Smash Brothers Melee marked the first appearance of the character named Giga Bowser. Bowser gets hit with a mysterious force (possibly Kamek again, or the Master Hand) and turns into Giga Bowser. In this form, he has several abilities that the regular Bowser doesn't, and appears far larger and more intimidating. He appears if you clear Adventure mode on 'normal' difficulty or harder without countinuing, and in under 18 minutes.

RPGs

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Bowser teams up with Mario, Peach, and their two new friends Mallow and Geno in order to get his castle back from an extra-dimensional invader named Smithy.To avoid embarrassment, Bowser tries to make Mario believe that he is joining the Koopa Troop, not vice versa. This is the only game in the series in which Mario and Bowser have intentionally worked together, aside from Superstar Saga, and the only Mario RPG game in which Bowser is a member of your party. Bowser is often shown to have immense jealousy over any other villain who is a powerful authority figure besides him, such as Cackletta, Smithy, and Grodus, and will occasionally, if necessary, work with Mario to help defeat the said villain.

Bowser appears as the central villain of Paper Mario. In this adventure, Bowser steals the Star Rod, a mystical device that grants wishes, and uses it to lift Mushroom Castle into the sky. The Star Rod makes Bowser especially powerful, so Mario has to collect the powers of the seven Star Spirits before he can fight him again. Bowser's partner in crime in this adventure is Kammy Koopa, a female Koopa witch. Also, it is revealed that Bowser has a crush on Peach after reading pages in the Koopa King's diary. The player can also find this out in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door by talking to one of the enemies in the first Bowser stage they get to play. At the end of Paper Mario, Bowser is presumed dead, and this is only strengthened by him thought to be "totally destroyed" (however, he appears at the end of the parade during the credits and in the sequels).

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, he tries to kidnap Peach, but the evil bean witch, Cackletta, has gotten there first and stolen her voice, and so ends up in a complicated adventure to help Mario and Luigi (the latter whom Bowser barely recognizes in the game) get her voice back so he can kidnap her. Initially, his new Koopa Crusier gets destroyed by Fawful, Cackletta's servent, causing him to fall into a cannon in the Beanbean side of Stardust Fields. Tolstar, the self-proclaimed king of Stardust Fields, decides to let the Mario Bros. pay 100 Beanbean Coins in order to release Bowser, who is stuck in the cannon. This eventually leads to a fight against Tolstar and the Mario Bros., which ends with one of the Starshade Bros. firing Bowser out of the cannon. Later, Bowser becomes a rookie servant of a strong-throated thief named Popple as a result of a concussion-induced amnesia. When Bowser finally realises who he is, he is holding on to the Beanstar he and Popple were trying to steal at time, which breaks apart into four pieces and sends Bowser falling back down to Stardust Fields. Ultimately, Bowser becomes possessed by the disembodied spirit of Cackletta. This fusion of Bowser's body and Cackletta's soul produces Bowletta, a gender-vague villain with brute strength and magic powers. Bowser is eventually freed when Mario and Luigi destroy Cackletta's spirit for good.

Both Bowser and Kammy Koopa return for Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, in which they play more of a comedic role than a villainous one. Bowser is enraged when he discovers that someone other than he has captured Princess Peach and sets out on a mission of his own to find her as well as collect the seven Crystal Stars. He does so after being informed by Kammy about Mario's quest to collect them, and presumes that they would make the perfect world-conquering tools: however, he is beaten to the punch at every turn. He is playable in this game, although unlike in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, he has his own sidescrolling stage that came up occasionally between chapters. These stages hilariously mimic those Mario ventured through in the original Super Mario Bros. (In these stages, it is possible for Bowser to become incredibly huge through repeated collection of meat, allowing him to smash straight through blocks and end-of-level flagpoles. Similar abilities later appeared in New Super Mario Bros., where they were granted to Mario via the Mega Mushroom.) Though Bowser does not even know about the X-Nauts, it is presumed that he and Sir Grodus would be enemies. Bowser and Kammy finally catch up to Mario in the game's final moments. Ironically, the ensuing fight ends up giving Grodus a chance to steal Peach away to the chamber of the Shadow Queen, which he immediately takes advantage of.

Bowser appears in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, arriving at Peach's Castle in the present to kidnap Princess Peach (who was actually Princess Shroob in disguise, trying to take over the Mushroom Kingdom in the present). However, upon his escape, Bowser accidentally falls into a time-hole into past, where he encounters his younger self at Thwomp Volcano. His lack of intelligence is shown in this game as he is the only character in the game who meets his younger self without a hint of recognition. The Bowsers at first bicker and insult each other, the older claiming that the younger will amount to nothing and the younger claiming that the older was raised by Chain Chomps. Shortly after the older takes the younger as an apprentice and they then fight and lose to the Mario Bros. In the end they are separated by an attack by the Shroobs. The older calls to the younger to always become stronger and eviler, with the younger promising to someday become eviler and stronger than the older Bowser. Bowser winds up unconscious back at present day Peach's Castle. He is the real final boss after eating the Elder Princess Shroob, creating Shrowser. The Mario Bros. deflected his attacks until he was defeated.

In the RPGs, Bowser's personality is very comical, portraying him as a sort of oafish anti-hero. He even occasionally is shown to be a crybaby when under pressure, such as being stuck in a cannon in Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga. However, he is still Mario's enemy and while he is not the final boss in the Mario RPGs (except for Paper Mario), he is a major boss in all of them.

Also, in both Mario & Luigi RPGs, Bowser was unwillingly possessed by an evil female creature (unhuman) after becoming wounded.

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Bowser unwittingly gets tricked by Fawful to inhale Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Starlow, and numerous Toads into his body, which knocks Bowser out, enabling Fawful to take over the Mushroom Kingdom with his brawn, Midbus. Bowser had to confront Midbus and Fawful's tricks a few times in order to reclaim his own castle that also got hijacked by Fawful, which didn't end well, due to Fawful force-feeding Bowser by tricking him into enjoying a huge feast for his victory in battle after defeating Midbus in person the first time. Bowser gets blown out of his castle and ends up getting knocked out by Toad Town's security system after forcing his way out of the Underground. He regains consciousness to take down Mario and Luigi, which ended in failure, but it did not prevent Bowser from attempting to find all three Star Cures to break into Peach's Castle to defeat Fawful. Unfortunately, after a few hijacking and traitorous shenanigans back in his old castle, Bowser winds up getting locked inside his safe. He was broken free by a malfunctioning Junker in Peach's Castle later on, but with a broken back injury from being confined for too long. Mario and Luigi fix Bowser's injury, allowing him to storm through Peach's Castle to defeat Midbus, Fawful, and the awakened Dark Star once and for all. After defeating Midbus for the final time, the Dark Star infiltrates Bowser's body to copy his DNA in order to devour the Mushroom Kingdom. After it escapes, Bowser fights a giant robot version of Peach's Castle, controlled by Dark Fawful, who absorbed half of the Dark Star's power. Since both are missing half of the needed dark power, Dark Bowser and Dark Fawful look around for each other, with Bowser ultimately defeating Fawful, before fleeing, only to get consumed by Dark Bowser, thus, becoming complete. Bowser fights his eviler counterpart at the summit of Peach's Castle, while Mario & Luigi would deal with Dark Fawful. All three were able to defeat the two evils for good. Bowser gets mad after finding out that Mario and Luigi were helping him out without knowing it for most of the game. It ends with Bowser getting beaten up, but awarded a cake by Princess Peach for his bravery to defeat Fawful and the Dark Star once and for all.

Bowser reclaims his status as the main antagonist in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team by teaming up with Antasma, a sapient nightmare and an ancient enemy of Pi'illo Island's civilians. It was eventually revealed that Bowser was using Antasma as a pawn for the whole game, which symbolizes how competent he has become since the past three games.

Spinoffs

Bowser also appears in secondary Mario games. His first appearance was in Super Mario Kart and he has appeared in every Mario Kart game since. He also appears in the Mario sport games, such as Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, Mario Superstar Baseball, and Super Mario Strikers (in which he was not a playable character). Finally, he appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee, a game that features Nintendo characters fighting each other. In these games he is not the villain, but rather a selectable character that the player can choose. In all of the games, he is the heaviest character that wields excellent power but is generally the slowest.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Bowser is a starter character. His attacks are slow, but very powerful, easily capable of knocking people out of the level. In this game, Bowser was darker colored and looked more intimidating. He is also a very heavy character, meaning he cannot run very fast or jump very high, but is not knocked out as easily as other, lighter characters. However, once you have a good sense for his playing style and are fluent in his moves, he is quite deadly, especially in Sudden Death matches. He was originally planned to be playable in the original Super Smash Bros. game, but he was omitted due to the limitations of the Nintendo 64 cartridge. It is currently unknown if Bowser will appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Cameo appearances

  • A giant Bowser also cameos in the SNES port of the original SimCity when a monster disaster strikes, parodying Godzilla.
  • Bowser also appeared in the NES Tetris playing an instrument along other Nintendo Characters like Samus, Link and Pit.
  • Bowser has yet to become playable in the Mario Party series (except in the "Beach Volley Folly" minigame in Mario Party 4)
  • He appears in Super Mario Strikers as a disruption. He tilts the field, breathes fire, and throws items around randomly.
  • Talon and Malon both wear Bowser medallions in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Also, in the courtyard where Link meets Zelda, portraits of some Mario characters can be seen through one window. One portrait is of Bowser.
  • Bowser also was briefly mentioned in Gex: Enter the Gecko on the PlayStation (although, ironically, there was no mention of him in the N64 version).
  • A radio-controlled toy Bowser in a kart can be found or unlocked in the videogame Nintendogs. The toy tends to frighten dogs.
  • In the game Tetris DS, level 10 of standard mode contains Mario fighting Bowser as a backdrop.

Appearances outside of video games

Bowser's first appearance in any Mario media outside of the games came in the obscure Mario anime movie, Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen. Here, he was voiced, oddly enough, by deep-voiced Japanese female soul singer Akiko Wada. It was in this OVA that started the idea of Bowser having unrequited affections for Peach, as he kidnaps her with the intention of forced marriage. Bowser was then featured as the villain of all three of the Japanese folk tales adapted for the Super Mario Bros. 3 OVA films, even the Wicked Queen in Shirayukihime.

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Before American game players could even consider him a regular in the games, Bowser was the regular antagonist for The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. Although he usually went by the "King Koopa" moniker (however, Mario once called him by his full name, "Bowser Koopa"), Bowser frequently took on a new alter-ego, depending on whatever the episode was parodying (ala Yosemite Sam). Although he had only appeared in one game released thus far in America, Bowser not only commanded his own troops, but also those of Wart from Super Mario Bros. 2.

In this series, Bowser was drawn completely different from the artwork for the games. Here, like the in-game Bowser of the first game, he had no hair, and he wore a crown in place of his red hair, not to mention he had green scales all over his body, except in the case of his belly, which was colored a darker shade of yellow than in the game artwork, and he never appeared to breathe fire. In spite of the discrepancies from his official game artwork appearance, this version of Bowser frequently appeared in Mario merchandise over the course of the cartoons' run.

A live portrayal of the cartoon version of Bowser was featured as part of the Ice Capades that same year. Here, he is portrayed by Christopher Hewett (a point so obvious that one of the hosts of the show points out that he "looks like Mr. Belvedere"), wearing a rather poor costume with no mask. In this ice show, Bowser plans to use the NES he's stuck in to infect computers with a deadly virus (though that probably couldn't happen in real life). Interestingly, in the ice show, Bowser states that he only tries out villainous schemes like world domination just because he likes to cause trouble.

Even more obscure than his Ice Capades appearance, Bowser was, ironically, the host of a children's show. King Koopa's Kool Kartoons featured a man wearing the same Bowser costume as the one at the Ice Capades, except this time, the costume actually had a mask that resembled King Koopa's face. In each episode, this man would play public domain cartoon shorts for a live audience of children and would then give them gift certificates and/or various NES products. Perhaps because the show was only broadcast in Southern California during the holiday season of 1989, little information is known about it, such as why Bowser would be hosting a Bozo the Clown-esque show in the first place.

Bowser's next media appearance was being the regular antagonist in the Mario comics published as part of the Nintendo Comics System, which used the same design as the cartoons. It was these comics that confirmed Bowser's full name to be King Bowser Koopa.

Back in the world of Mario's cartoons, Bowser continued to antagonize the Mushroom Kingdom regularly on The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, this time with the help of his seven kids. Although Bowser liked to think of himself as a really nasty villain, he cared very much for his kids, often doing whatever he could to please them (especially the constantly-whining Kootie Pie). Bowser would stay the main villain on the Super Mario World cartoon, although there his appearances were less frequent.

Bowser returned to American-published comics with a manga-like serial based on Super Mario World that ran in Nintendo Power throughout 1992. The storyline to Super Mario Adventures was apparently inspired by the aforementioned anime movie, as it also featured Bowser intending to marry Peach in order to take over her kingdom. This time, he had also captured many Yoshis and had a hypnotist Magikoopa brainwash them into carrying his gigantic wedding cake. But even after having the same Magikoopa hypnotize Peach into agreeing to marry him, Bowser still didn't emerge victorious.

Books based on the 'choose your adventure theme' were releasing, in which the reader guided various Mario characters through some sort of adventure. Bowser was almost always the villain in the books, scheming some new plan for power. Among others, he made a 'monster mixer', which could combine his troops together into hybrids, and a plan to use a magic spell to merge the 7 wands into 1 super-wand with several times the power.

Bowser was then featured as the villain of the Super Mario Bros. movie, where he was the tyrannical ruler of the parallel city of Dinohattan. In the movie, Bowser - portrayed by Dennis Hopper - had the appearance of a human evolved from a Tyrannosaurus rex. Not content with ruling one dimension, Bowser was constantly in search of a piece of meteorite that he planned to use to bring him to Earth to conquer it. In the end though, not only does Bowser fail in his attempted takeover, he is also zapped by his own de-evolution guns, first de-evolving him into a T-Rex, and then nothing more than primeval ooze.

In one of the 118-118 British Television adverts, one of the buildings is clearly named 'King Koopa Cafe'.

Bowser's children

In Super Mario Bros. 3, Bowser is for the first time joined by his seven children, the Koopalings. Their names are puns on real-life historical figures and celebrities: Ludwig von Koopa, Lemmy Koopa, Roy Koopa, Iggy Koopa, Wendy O. Koopa, Morton Koopa Jr., and Larry Koopa. On their cartoon shows, their names were changed to Kooky, Hip, Bully, Hop, Kootie Pie, Big Mouth, and Cheatsy, respectively. It was revealed in the Nintendo Official Magazine U.K. that their mother is called Clawdia.

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The Koopalings continued to accompany Bowser for Super Mario World, Mario Is Missing, and Yoshi's Safari, as well as the cartoon shows and comic books, but mysteriously disappeared afterwards. They did, however, make a returning appearance as mini-bosses in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

In Super Mario Sunshine, Bowser is joined by what appears to be his eighth kid, Bowser Jr., who later goes on to serve as his partner in subsequent Mario sports games. Bowser Jr. closely resembles a younger Bowser, to the point where he could almost be considered a clone.

Throughout the Mario Party series, Bowser is accompanied by a seemingly infinite number of little Koopas whom resemble him, dubbed "Baby Bowsers" until Mario Party 4, at which point they were called "Koopa Kids". Starting at Mario Party 5, 3 differently-colored Koopa Kids (Blue, Red, and Green K. Kid) appeared. In the console games, there was only one of each color, but Mario Party Advance featured many in the Koopa Kid mini-games.

The real relationship between Bowser and these Koopa Kids from the Mario Party series is unclear presently.

Koopa Clown Car

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The Koopa Clown Car, also sometimes referred to by fans as the Clown Copter, is Bowser's favored mode of transportation. First used in the SNES game Super Mario World, it resembles a manic white clown face with a green propeller on its underside. Top speeds and maneuverability are unknown, but if the Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour opening movie is to be believed, it can just make running pace, with Bowser inside. The Clown Car is very spacious: it can hold Bowser, a kidnapped princess and her supply of Mushrooms, a couple of Mecha-Koopas, a few Bob-ombs, and some giant black steel balls (about the size of the entire vehicle) to deal with Mario or Luigi.

The Clown Car has also been featured in Super Mario RPG, Paper Mario, Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario Party 7, and as mentioned before, the intro to Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. It was also used in the Super Mario World cartoon episode "Send in the Clown", which, fittingly, revolved around a phony circus that Bowser was staging. In Mario Kart DS, Bowser has a kart which resembles an airplane painted in the same clown style. Also, the Clown Car has a trophy with Bowser inside in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Oddly enough Baby Bowser was seen using the Koopa Clown Car in Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time.

The Koopa Clown Car is quite similar to any flying transportation mode by Joker, Batman's main enemy.

Bowser's Size

Nintendo tends to be inconsistent with Bowser's size. In Super Mario Bros., in which he made his first appearance, he is no taller than Super Mario. However in Super Mario 64/DS and Super Mario Sunshine, Bowser is easily large enough to swallow Mario whole (in the latter in particular, he is gargantuan). Yet in games such as Mario Tennis and Super Smash Bros. Melee, in which he appears as a playable charcter, Bowser is once again only slightly larger than Mario, and could not even hope to swallow him whole. Bowser's larger form may also be referenced by his larger, super forms in Paper Mario and Mario Party 5 (which could help answer the question regarding his size in that he drinks a potion to grow larger), as well as his mutant version, the fearsome Giga Bowser in Super Smash Bros. Melee. In Luigi's Mansion, the Bowser costume worn by King Boo is many times bigger than Bowser in Super Mario 64. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door contains short segments featuring Bowser in a sidescrolling adventure much like the original Super Mario Bros. In them, Bowser could increase or decrease in size just by eating or taking damage. Some say this is an attempt at explaining Bowser's sizes.

Koopa Kid

Koopa Kid is look like Bowser Yngr like Baby Bowser like Koopa Kid.

Counterparts (Mario Version)

Counterparts (Wreck-it Ralph Version)

Counterparts (Super Smash Bros. Version)

  • Bulgy (Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends)
  • Tatsu (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

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