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History

Background

Main article: Baby Bowser

[1][2]Baby Bowser.Bowser's first chronological appearance in-universe was as Baby Bowser in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. At this age, he was quickly shown to have similar powers as when an adult.

Baby Bowser awakens from his nap, sees Yoshi, and decides he wants to ride the "green donkey." However, he notices Baby Mario is riding Yoshi so he attacks them to get Baby Mario off. Yoshi ends up defeating Baby Bowser, even when Kamek turns him into a giant. Yoshi's Island was also his first meeting with Mario. Baby Bowser later stole the Super Happy Tree from the Yoshis and turned Yoshi's Island into a pop-up book in Yoshi's Story, but was defeated again by a newborn Yoshi. Both incidents quickly define the young Bowser as a selfish character lacking empathy.

Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros.

[3][4]The first appearance of King Bowser in the original Super Mario Bros.Bowser's first appearance (release-wise) was in Super Mario Bros. In this game, Bowser and his Koopa Troop took over the Mushroom Kingdom by turning many of the Kingdom's defenders into inanimate objects and kidnapping seven Mushroom Retainers, as well as the only person who could undo his black magic: Princess Toadstool. He then turned seven of his minions into False Bowsers, and sent them to guard the Retainers in seven different castles while he personally kept Toadstool captive in an eighth castle.

Fortunately for the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario and Luigi unexpectedly appeared and immediately set out to end Bowser's reign of terror. The heroes traversed the Mushroom Kingdom, freeing the Mushroom Retainers and eventually reaching the eighth castle and fighting with Bowser himself. The Koopa King waited for them on a bridge, attacking by spitting Fireballs and throwing Hammers. But he was sent careening into the lava below when one of the brothers destroyed the platform with an Ax placed at the far end of the bridge. Toadstool was liberated and her kingdom restored. Undeterred by this defeat, Bowser repeated his plan in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, only to be vanquished once more by the Mario bros.

Super Mario Bros. 3

[5][6]Bowser as the final boss of Super Mario Bros. 3.In Super Mario Bros. 3, Bowser returned with his children, the Koopalings: Larry, Morton, Wendy, Iggy, Roy, Lemmy and Ludwig. Each Koopaling conquered a different land in the Mushroom World and turned the King of their respective lands into a generic enemy while Bowser resided in his home territory of Dark Land. Mario and Luigi set out to free the Kingdoms, all while receiving helpful letters from Princess Toadstool. After freeing the seventh land they received a letter from Bowser, informing them that he had kidnapped the Princess while they were on their quest. The Mario bros. boldly made their way towards Bowser's Castle for the final showdown, defeating him once again and saving the Princess.

Super Mario World

[7][8]Mario faces Bowser and his Mecha-Koopas.Bowser and the Koopalings reappeared in Super Mario World, in which he kidnapped Princess Toadstool while she was on vacation in Dinosaur Land with the Mario bros. He also captured several of the native Yoshis, trapping them in eggs and giving one each to a Koopaling that guarded them in castles scattered around the continent. Predictably, Mario, Luigi and a particularly heroic Yoshi saved the Princess and the imprisoned Yoshis by defeating the Koopalings and their father. The boss-fight in Super Mario World was unique in that Bowser and Mario battled on the roof of Bowser's castle while Bowser flew his Koopa Clown Car, throwing Mecha-Koopas and Big Steelies at the hero. Mario could use the Mecha-Koopas to his advantage by tossing them back at Bowser. After two hits, Bowser disappeared for a while, casting flames at Mario. However, his attack was countered by Princess Peach, who threw a Mushroom to Mario or Luigi. After all this, Bowser would return and attempt to ram into Mario with his Koopa Clown Car before resting to throw things some more. Eventually he lost control of the Clown Car, allowing Peach to float down to the roof and her rescuers while Bowser himself spiraled away into the distance.

Super Mario 64

[9][10]Bowser attacking Mario in Super Mario 64.In Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS, Bowser invaded Princess Peach's Castle and stole the Power Stars. He used them to create worlds inside many of the paintings and walls of the castle. Peach and many of her Toads were also trapped in the paintings of the castle and could only be freed by Mario regaining all of the Power Stars.

To ensure that Mario did not disrupt his plans again, Bowser sealed off the doors in the castle with the stars and even created doors that would only open with his keys. Unfortunately for Bowser, he did not lock one door, leading to his undoing as Mario was able to collect stars from the painting beyond that door, and then open other doors and systematically sweep through the castle towards Bowser.

In these games, Bowser was battled three times: once in the Dark World, once in the Fire Sea and once in the Sky. Every single time, Mario defeats Bowser by grabbing his tail and throwing him into one of several bombs surrounding the battle arena. During the Fire Sea battle, Bowser also warps from one section of the platform to another, and pounds the platform to make it go off balance. In the third and final battle, Mario had to throw Bowser into a bomb three times before he was defeated. Bowser even managed to double Mario's load by breaking apart the vast platform they were on into the shape of a star, making tossing him a difficult venture. He also attacked Mario by chasing him. Bowser was able to escape, but Mario saved Princess Peach and restored peace to the castle with the power of the stars. [11][12]Mario fights Bowser in the Dark World.In Super Mario 64, Bowser was solely defeated by the efforts of Mario. However, the remake Super Mario 64 DS differed in that the player was required to be both Yoshi and Mario to prove victorious. Luigi and Wario were available to be unlocked in Big Boo's Haunt and Chief Chilly Challenge respectively. But, keeping true to his rivalry with the red-clad plumber, Bowser would not accept any challengers but Mario himself for the final battle (although a glitch allowed him to be fought by anyone).

Super Mario Sunshine

[13][14]Mario faces Bowser in Super Mario Sunshine.In Super Mario Sunshine, Bowser's eighth child, Bowser Jr., was introduced. Bowser told his son that Peach was his mother and that Mario kidnapped her. Bowser Jr. took on the disguise of Shadow Mario and vandalized Isle Delfino with Graffiti, framing Mario as a graffiti criminal. Mario, determined to prove his innocence, cleaned the mess with the aid of F.L.U.D.D. Bowser Jr. kidnapped Peach during this time and was pursued by Mario. Bowser Jr. revealed his true identity, but Mecha Bowser allowed Bowser Jr. to get away to Corona Mountain.

Mario reached Bowser and his son at the end of the volcano in a floating, sun-shaped, slime-filled bathtub just above the peak of Corona Mountain. Bowser tried to kill Mario by breathing enormous gusts of flame and splashing slime at him, while Bowser Jr. assaulted him with Bullet Bills. Mario used F.L.U.D.D.'s Rocket Nozzle to produce a few massive Ground Pounds that tipped the bowl over, sending the Koopas to fall into a miniature island adjacent to Isle Delfino. Bowser confessed to his son that he had used him as a pawn, but Bowser Jr. then revealed to his father that he knew all along that Peach was not his mother, and that he was eager to challenge Mario again some time in the future, when he would be bigger, which filled Bowser with pride. They then decided to continue their vacation together.

New Super Mario Bros.

[15][16]Dry Bowser in New Super Mario Bros.In New Super Mario Bros., Bowser and Bowser Jr. distracted Mario by sending a thunder cloud (possibly Lakithunder) to strike Peach's castle with lightning. While Mario was taking care of the castle, Bowser Jr. made off with the Princess. Mario fought Bowser as the first boss, which was similar to the ones from Super Mario Bros. Shockingly, Bowser died in the first world when he fell into the lava, becoming an undead monster with an appearance similar to that of a huge Dry Bones. Bowser Jr. then ran from Mario's pursuit for the rest of the game.

Dry Bowser, Bowser's undead form, was the next-to-last boss. At the end of the game, Bowser Jr. revived his father in a giant pot of magic potion, and the duo fought Mario one last time. During this battle, Bowser eventually started to shoot out multiple barrages of blue fire, making it harder for Mario to dodge. Despite this, Mario triggered a Skull Switch, sending both of his enemies into a pit. In addition to the normal way of defeating him, Bowser can also be thrown into the lava if the player hits him with a Blue Shell while Shell Mario, or if they use enough fireballs. Bowser will then still do his defeated animation, but Mario won't do a victory pose until he presses the switch. Bowser was later seen being dragged away by the tail by his disgruntled son.

Super Mario Galaxy

[17][18]Bowser, as he appeared in Super Mario Galaxy.[19][20]Artwork of Bowser and Bowser Jr., in Super Mario Galaxy.Prior to the events of Super Mario Galaxy, Bowser attacked Rosalina's observatory and stole all the Power Stars and the Seven Grand Stars that powered the observatory. Bowser used these incredible stars to bring his entire fleet to the cosmos and take over many galaxies, planning to construct a galaxy reactor powered by the Grand Stars that would make all the galaxies collapse upon themselves. This would give birth to a new cosmos in which he would use to rule and control the whole universe as a Galactic Empire that would last forever with Peach as Bowser's empress. He then kidnapped Peach during the events of the Star Festival, and held her at the center of the universe where he was overseeing the construction of his reactor. During this time, Bowser Jr. led most of the Koopa Troop to conquer several galaxies.

Mario, helped by Rosalina, collected many Grand and Power Stars and destroyed much of the Koopa Troop, encountering and defeating Bowser twice in his attempt to rescue Peach. Regardless of these drawbacks, Bowser remained confident of his victory and the follow-through of his main goal to construct his own galaxy.

Mario eventually battles Bowser at the almost-completed galaxy reactor. During the final battle, Bowser Jr. held Peach captive while Mario fought Bowser on multiple planets. Despite his efforts, Mario defeated Bowser and sent him into the magma of his own sun. The final Grand Star was released from the galaxy reactor, which exploded and formed a large black hole that began to suck up the cosmos. The Lumas used their powers to reverse the black hole, creating a new Big Bang and reforming the cosmos. Rosalina then appears to Mario in a vision, explaining to him that the nature and fabric of the universe is always unpredictable and always uses different patterns to sustain itself. Bowser tried to control this force for his own nefarious means, and for that he almost paid the ultimate price; he nearly sacrificed his own life. Mario, Peach, Bowser, and Bowser Jr. are then shown back at a restored Toad Town. Relieved to be alive, Bowser left to plan further schemes.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

[21][22]Giant Bowser in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.Bowser appeared, and was again the final boss in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Here, he appeared together with his eight children, the Koopalings and Bowser Jr.. In the last castle of World 8, Bowser was found in the last chamber, sending out fireballs toward Mario, similarly to his appearance in the original Super Mario Bros. When Mario began the battle, Bowser was fought in the same manner as in Super Mario Bros., as well as in the first castle in the original New Super Mario Bros. After Mario pressed the switch that caused the bridge to collapse beneath Bowser, sending him falling into a pit once again, a victory fanfare played and Mario rejoiced, believing to have won. However, upon inspecting Princess Peach up above, it turned out that it was, in fact, Kamek, disguised as Peach. Kamek then cast a spell over the chasm that Bowser had fallen down. As a rumbling noise began, Kamek paused to see if the spell had actually worked. To his surprise, Bowser appeared, now at a gigantic size, knocking Kamek off his broom, and proceeded to chase after Mario. Mario rushed through the area beyond the boss room, luring Bowser into launching fireballs at walls so that they were destroyed and he could proceed. After a long and grueling chase, Mario heard Peach's voice, and saw her in a cage up ahead, over a large switch. Jumping on the switch, Mario opened a humongous chasm, right underneath Bowser, that drained the lava from the room and took the Koopa King with it, defeating him for good. He was later seen being helped by his children, having survived the drop and returned to his normal size, but then crushed by his own Castle.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

[23][24]Bowser, as he appeared in Super Mario Galaxy 2.[25][26]Giant Bowser invading Toad Town.Bowser does appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, once again as the main antagonist. He invades the Mushroom Kingdom again, along with his son, Bowser Jr., but at a gigantic size, due to the power of the Power Stars that he stole. He kidnaps Princess Peach and flees into space again, claiming that he'll build a galactic empire to suit his new size, and put it in the center of the universe.

Additionally, he attacked and destroyed Lubba's starship prior to the game, causing the Lumas to rebuild it in Mario's image when they team up with him. Using Starship Mario to pursue Bowser, Mario has to collect the Power Stars and save Princess Peach as he has done before. Bowser also orders a Magikoopa to get rid of Yoshi as he does not want Mario teaming up with his dinosaur friend. [27][28]Mario battling Giant Bowser.Mario faces Bowser three times in this game. The fights take place on a spherical planetoid, where Bowser, in his gigantic size, will attempt to crush Mario with his fists, and by sending meteors crashing down. When using his fists, Bowser's hand does get stuck in the planetoid briefly, and any meteors on the battlefield will rise and turn yellow. Mario has to ground pound on the meteors, so that they hit Bowser. He'll also use his fire breath. Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.The final battle at Bowser's Galaxy Generator has two phases, with the second phase requiring Mario to send yellow meteors at Bowser before he gets close enough to punch him.

During the ending, Bowser is shown to be tiny, which may likely be a side effect for using the Grand Stars to make himself huge. Spoilers end here.

Personal Information

Personality

Different Characterizations

[29][30]Bowser's personality varies from game to game but it always contains a high amount of negative traits.When Bowser was developed, he was a typical villain of pure evil with immense hatred and anger. Cruel and ruthless, he was typically portrayed as a power-hungry tyrant who lead violent attacks that threatened the lives of hundreds. Bowser's ultimate goal was to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom, and eventually, the entire universe. His infamous plans and numerous crimes, ranging from simply kidnapping Princess Peach to acts of terrorism, have earned him a reputation feared by the entire Mushroom World. While this status of evil is still very prevalent in the series, Bowser has recently had a humorous tone added to his personality and is shown to be more complex in terms of his relationship with his rivals.

Most games tend to focus on a single characterization, which suggests the direction that game takes in story. Some games only focus on his comical aspects, while others focus on a much more sinister side. The games that mainly focus on his comical aspects are the RPGs, where his overall character has a very amusing personality. Bowser has also been known to break the fourth-wall to remind players that he's still evil despite his current actions. In fact, whenever he joins forces with Mario to face a greater common foe, Bowser's typical motivations for doing so are selfish in nature: for example, in Super Mario RPG, he agreed to help Mario fight the Smithy Gang simply because he wanted to get his castle back from them, and in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Bowser only agreed to help Mario and Luigi regain Peach's voice because he wanted to kidnap her again, but couldn't because her "explosive vocabulary" would wreck his castle.

While Bowser is primarily more comical in RPGs, Paper Mario had him considerably more evil due to his focus as the main villain. Though Bowser still had a humorous tone, he was also shown to be very cruel and sinister in certain scenes. Outside the RPG series, Bowser is usually not as comical, and in many instances is shown to be pure evil. The Mario Party series has also depicted Bowser as more serious-driven and angry. New Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario Galaxy remove Bowser's usual comical undertones completely and make him a much more sinister villain than he is found typically in the RPGs.

Common Sense

While Bowser has shown intellect and a sarcastic wit in many of the games, he has also acted with incompetence. The RPGs primarily depict him with an almost comical lack of common-sense. Two prime examples are when he breaths fire on a Superbombomb in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door when it doesn't explode, and in Super Paper Mario, he does not realize that he cannot rule the world if the world is destroyed until Mario explicitly tells him so.

While his lack of apparent common-sense is widely evident, Bowser has also been shown on many occasions to be highly intelligent. Many of his plans often make use of high-tech equipment and complicated machinery designed and built himself. He has also shown himself to be quite adept at use of various magics, both innate and talisman-based. He often develops strategies in his conquest of the Mushroom Kingdom as well as defense against Mario, as evidenced by his division of power among his children and generals to act as governors over conquered lands, which is a sign of an intelligent and compromising leader.

Emotions

[31][32]Bowser is usually portrayed as angry and remorseless.Bowser's temperament has been depicted varying from pure, driven evil to a comical child-like villain. Despite this widely-opposing personality, any emotions other than anger or hatred have rarely been shown. Bowser has never been seen acting remorseful for his numerous atrocities and destruction to both the localized Mushroom Kingdom and the outer reaches of the universe. He also seems to lack a sense of empathy, which results in a disregard for any other life. In Paper Mario, Mario's defeat at the hands of Bowser, to which Bowser simply mockingly laughed at, was essentially murder before Mario was revived by the combined energy of the Star Spirits. Perhaps Bowser's most extreme disregard for other life was in Super Mario Galaxy, where his plot consisted of wiping out entire galaxies to create a cosmos he can control.

Despite all this, a more humane side of Bowser has sometimes been seen for brief moments. In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Bowser can be seen crying for the loss of his home and Koopa Troop to Smithy and his underlings in front of Booster Tower. He also appears to be just as saddened as Mario, Mallow, and Peach when Geno's body broke down.

In Mario Party 4, Bowser was shown to be extremely upset when he was defeated and grudgingly gives the player a gift for their birthday. He then leaves in shame, at which one of the Koopa Kids suggests that maybe Bowser has more affection than others are led to believe, a statement which he quickly retracts. Bowser is shown walking in the darkness, alone and miserable, but indeed wishes the player a happy birthday. The most recent occasion where Bowser shows emotion is in Super Mario Sunshine when he tells his son, Bowser Jr., in sadness that Princess Peach is not his mother and appears guilty for lying to him.

In sharp contrast to his usual disregard for other life, and that throughout the game his intent was to save the world only so he could rule it himself, Bowser did seemingly sacrifice himself to save Princess Peach, Mario, Luigi, and even Count Bleck's henchman O'Chunks during Super Paper Mario in Castle Bleck when the ceiling was falling, during which he was arguing with O'Chunks and telling him to get to safety before both were seemingly crushed (it is later revealed that they survived).

Physical Appearance

Bowser is a huge, burly, green-shelled Koopa with spikes, horns, and hair. His bushy eyebrows and mane are fittingly a bright, fiery orange and has bright red eyes. He sports two small horns, many spikes on his shell (similar to a Spiny), as well as along his tail. He wears several spiked collars around his neck and arms. He has three claws on each of his massive feet, which support his impressive girth. He has three claw-tipped fingers and a thumb on each hand, and his arms are noticeably burly, indicating his vast physical strength. While his face and his shell are green, his underbelly and snout are flesh-colored (occasionally depicted as being closer to tan or even yellow), and his tail and limbs are an orange-tinged yellow.

Bowser's appearance is based upon a combination of the many species of Koopa, including Koopa Troopas, Spinies, and Hammer Bros. According to Prima's Super Mario Galaxy guide, Bowser and the Koopas are also based on the kappa of Japanese mythology, although this has not been stated by Shigeru Miyamoto.[6]

Bowser's appearance is not always the same. Graphical limitations in the original Super Mario Bros. meant Bowser could not have hair; artwork for Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels depicted him with yellow hair, and his iconic red hair was finally seen in-game in Super Mario Bros. 3. The original Super Mario Bros. also depicted Bowser as being completely green, rather than having yellow body scales. The creators of the Mario cartoons wished to follow the graphic design of Super Mario Bros., and so their portrayal of King Koopa had him almost completely green in colour and lacking hair, with a crown atop his head instead. His stomach was a deeper yellow than in later game depictions, and the whites of his eyes were also yellow; he also had a more crocodile-like snout. The Nintendo Comics System used the same design as the cartoons, and different installations in the Nintendo Adventure Books used either it or Bowser's game depiction, interchangeably. By comparison, the two Mario anime (the three OVAs and the movie) are relatively true to the games' depiction of Bowser, except for the fact that his eyes are blue instead of red.

The Super Mario Bros. film is often cited as having the most drastic change to Koopa's physical appearance. This version of him is almost entirely human in appearance, though possessing some reptilian traits, such as a long, pointed tongue and slitted pupils. Near the end of the film, Koopa is forcibly de-evolved into a snarling green Tyrannosaurus Rex, then into a large glob of primordial ooze.

Powers and Abilities

[33][34]Bowser is strongly associated with fire.Since Bowser is the King of Koopas, he possess the powers of many of the Koopa subspecies, such as Fire Bros' fire breath, Spiny's shell spikes, and Hammer Bros' hammers. Bowser's signature ability is breathing fire. He can choose to either breathe a long breath of flame or shoot many fireballs. Bowser is quite advanced in his fire-breathing, he can shoot blue flames that follow Mario in Super Mario 64 and New Super Mario Bros. and can even breathe fire underwater in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Super Paper Mario. Another one of Bowser's most-often used abilities is his power and durability, something that Bowser prides himself in. Bowser is often the most powerful character in sports games and can create shockwaves by doing a simple ground pound in several games. Bowser's durable nature is evident seeing that he has fallen into lava, been blown up, etc., but has managed to survive all this many times. Bowser is also shown to have an extremely loud and powerful roar that often sends weak enemies running away before a battle even begins. In Super Mario Bros., Bowser also threw hammers like a Hammer Bro. but has rarely used the technique since, only to be used once again in Super Princess Peach and by his alter-ego Rookie in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. He briefly used it in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars when after battling him at the beginning, he throws a hammer at Mario's Kinklink.

Speed and Agility

[35][36]Bowser's agility varies from game to game.Bowser's speed and agility are very inconsistent and they greatly vary from game to game. In some games Bowser is actually faster and more agile than Mario is, such as in Super Mario 64 where Bowser can jump hundreds of feet in the air if Mario tosses him off the platform. In that game for short distances, he can also run faster then Mario can. Despite his size, Bowser has demonstrated the ability to pull off a move similar to Mario's Spinning during a boss fight in Super Mario Galaxy. However, Bowser is usually slower than Mario in playable appearances and sports games. In Super Paper Mario, Bowser is the slowest usable character and also has poor climbing abilities. If Bowser tries to climb a ladder, he would only move his arms a little bit and then say "Can't climb this"; however he can climb ladders in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Bowser is shown to have good swimming abilities, just like Mario, though he reportedly hates swimming (though this may derive from the fact that his Koopa Clown Car crash-landed in the sea and he was forced to swim back to Rogueport). Another example is in the Mario & Sonic at the Oylmpics series. In the summer games he is the slowest runner with a 2/10 stat, while in the winter games he has an 8/10 stat; most power characters have a good speed stat in that game, though their speed is still inferior to Sonic's, and they lacked accelerating abilities.

Magic

According to the Super Mario Bros. instruction booklet, Bowser is a skilled user in dark magic. However, he rarely uses magical abilities, and Kamek and Kammy Koopa seem to have taken over most of this trait. One of the few times Bowser does use magic is in Hotel Mario, where he uses it to summon lightning bolts. Bowser's lightning ability is shown again in the beginning of Super Mario Galaxy when he uses it to summon a spaceship to lift Peach's Castle into space. Another magical ability Bowser uses is teleportation in Super Mario 64. If the player came too close to him, Bowser would disappear and reappear somewhere else, making it hard to get close to his tail. Bowser also teleported to escape after Mario defeats him in their first two battles in Super Mario Galaxy. Another magical ability Bowser uses is to transform himself into a giant boulder during his final fights with Mario in Super Mario Galaxy. Bowser is also able to turn into many square stones in Mario Party DS, and shrink players in Mario Party 4.

Transformation

[37][38]Bowser transforming.:Main article: Giga Bowser In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Bowser had the ability to transform into a powerful version of himself called Giga Bowser. Giga Bowser could not flinch, even from the strongest attacks. This was his Final Smash in Brawl. Giga Bowser also appeared as a boss in Melee.

While using the power of the Grand Stars

In both Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, Bowser used the powers of the Grand Stars to aid him in his fight with Mario. In the first game, he used the power of the grand stars to attack Mario by spinning, with what appeared to be dark matter coming out of his fingers, and in the second game, he used the power of the grand stars to make himself enormous, rivaling the size of Princess Peach's Castle.

Family

[39][40]The Koopalings, Bowser's seven children.The game Super Mario Bros. 3 introduces the first seven of Bowser's eight children, the Koopalings; who, after their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, would go on to appear in several other games with their father, as well as in various other Mario-related medias, such as cartoons and publications. The game Super Mario Sunshine introduces Bowser Jr., Bowser's eighth and youngest child who, unlike the Koopalings, resembles him greatly. Bowser Jr. has been featured in many games such as New Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Galaxy and is often Bowser's partner in sports games. The Mario Party series also introduces Koopa Kids who, despite having an uncanny resemblance to Bowser, seem unrelated to him; though Bowser acts somewhat like a father to the Koopa Kids, doing things such as grounding them or banning them from playing with his toys when they fail. [41][42]Bowser's youngest son; Bowser Jr.Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island introduces Kamek, a Magikoopa who is the caretaker and possible adoptive father of Baby Bowser. Kamek is shown to take great care of Baby Bowser and worries about him often. Besides Kamek, another father is mentioned by Bowser in a few issues of Nintendo Comics System. This father is heavily implied to be a criminal currently being chased by the authorities. Bowser and his children were also shown to have a pet, Pookie, in Nintendo Comics System, who was a rabbit who was often abused by his owners. Pookie eventually escaped from Bowser's Castle in the comic "Bowser Knows Best". [43][44]Kamek, Bowser's caretaker.The first family member of Bowser's ever seen was not in the Mario video games, instead, it was in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "Do You Princess Toadstool Take This Koopa...?". This episode introduces his mother, who was a bossy and bullying woman. Additionally, King Koopa also mentioned a grandfather named Poopa La Koopa in the episode "Butch Mario & the Luigi Kid", with character's apparent motto being "Cheat, beat, and be merry!" In the song "Ignorance is Bliss" and an episode of The Super mario Bros. Super Show!, Bowser mentions a younger sister who is a bookworm.

In the Super Mario Bros. movie, two idiotic cousins of King Koopa, named Iggy and Spike, are introduced. Also, King Koopa's second-in-command in the Super Mario Bros. movie, Lena, is implied to have some sort of relationship with King Koopa. Yoshi was also portrayed as the pet of King Koopa, though the two seemed to have hatred for one another, with Yoshi, much like Pookie before him, suffering much abuse at the hands of King Koopa, who referred to Yoshi as a "throwback". [45][46]The female Koopa from Koopa's High School Yearbook that might be Clawdia.The UK Nintendo Power once said that Bowser had a wife named Clawdia Koopa; however, as Clawdia is never referenced to again, neither in any games or later issues of Nintendo Power UK, it is often believed that Clawdia was simply a joke. In Super Paper Mario, Bowser and Princess Peach are forcibly wedded by the sinister Count Bleck and Nastasia. Though Bowser regards this wedding as official and Princess Peach as his wife, Princess Peach herself cites the wedding as a sham and disregards it as official. Throughout the game Bowser calls Peach his wife, with her to refute his words each time he does. However, a girl koopa with black hair and glasses appears in Koopa's High School Yearbook, and is a member of the "Koopa Fan Club" and "Future Wives of Tyrants Club", suggesting she is Clawdia. Because Bowser Jr does not know who his mama is, Clawdia most likely died when Bowser Jr was very young.

Role in the Series

Bowser is believed by many to be a former Dark Spawn lord that resigned from the team and found his way out of the Banished Realms before Malefor could discover the truth. some rumors say that Bowser is set to make his Spongebob and Friends debute in some future projects.

Of course, Bowser is now being targeted by Master Xehanort in order for the old keyblade master to turn the koopa king into a clone of the evil one so that Bowser can become a part of the 13 darknesses. This leads to Bowser's heart getting a shard of Xehanort's heart implanted inside of him, transforming him into Giga Bowser at first, but eventually this may lead to Bowser mutating even further into a more human like form with Xehanort's features, a.k.a his live-action form from the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie.

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