|Main Element(s)||Fire (usually)|
|Debut||Super Mario Bros. (1985)|
|Affiliation(s)|| Mushroom Kingdom,|
|Relation(s)|| Koopalings (children),|
Bowser Jr. (son)
Bowser (Japanese: 大魔王クッパ Great Demon King Koopa) is the main antagonist of the Mario series and the King of the Koopas. He has repeatedly kidnapped or attempted to kidnap Princess Peach and take over the Mushroom Kingdom. He has on other occasions attempted to conquer the entire Mushroom World, as well as the entire universe. Despite his villainous nature, he has occasionally helped the heroes of the Mushroom Kingdom against common threats and participates with them in their numerous sporting events in spin-off games.
Since his debut, Bowser has been in nearly every Mario game, including the main series, spin-offs, and crossovers. Due to his role as the primary villain of the Mario series, he is mostly the final or penultimate boss in his appearances, if not as the main antagonist (an example being Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga). In the Mario RPGs, Bowser is generally cast as an anti-hero or a minor villain, with the exception of Paper Mario, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Bowser was created by Wikipedia:Shigeru Miyamoto as the villain of Super Mario Bros. Miyamoto stated that they considered naming him either Kuppa(국밥), Yukke(육회), or Bibinba(비빔밥), which are all Korean dishes as they are known in Japanese. At the end, Kuppa was chosen. For the later North American release of the game, which also introduced the anglicized spelling Koopa, the character was renamed Bowser.
During the development of Super Mario Bros., Miyamoto considered asking a manga artist or illustrator to do the art for the game. However, time was running short, so he drew the game's original box-art himself. This artwork included a depiction of Bowser that is significantly different than later designs, the most obvious anomalies being his grey-blue skin and lack of horns. For the character's appearance, Miyamoto drew inspiration from an anime film adaptation of the Chinese novel Journey to the West, renamed Alakazam the Great during the film's American localization. He liked the film's main antagonist Gyū-Maō (lit. "Ox Demon King," King Gruesome in the dub), so loosely based Bowser on an ox as a homage.
Wikipedia:Yoichi Kotabe, an animation artist, later joined Nintendo and was asked to do new illustrations for the Mario series. His only reference was the package illustration for Super Mario Bros., so Kotabe asked Miyamoto many questions on how to draw the characters. However, designing Bowser caused problems, since Miyamoto hadn't drawn him often. He brought up that he liked the Ox King from the film, and this was how he imagined Bowser, but Nintendo designer Wikipedia:Takashi Tezuka pointed out that Bowser should be a turtle. Through their discussions, Bowser's appearance gradually came together. Since he was now in the turtle family with the Koopa Troopas, they partly based Bowser's new appearance on them. Finally, the new design was created, and Miyamoto congratulated himself by saying "Wow, I can really make Bowser look cool now!"
Bowser returns as a default character. He is a large racer and his karts and bikes will follow a green and gold (sometimes also orangey red) colour scheme.
He will do the following to each stat in whatever kart or bike he rides:
- Speed: +2
- Weight: +4
- Acceleration: +0
- Handling: +0
As with all Mario Kart games, Bowser makes an appearance in Mario Kart NX as a default racer. He is classified as a "Heavy" racer, and is fittingly one of the heaviest racers in the game.
|The Video Games Fanon Image Database contains renders of this subject. For all available renders of this character, see here.|
|This character has an amiibo based off them. For information on their amiibo, see Bowser (amiibo).|
|Mario Kart Ultimate Characters|
|Default Characters (Small):||Toad • Lakitu • Baby Mario • Koopa Troopa|
|Default Characters (Medium):||Mii • Mario • Luigi • Yoshi • Peach|
|Default Characters (Large):||Bowser • Donkey Kong • Wario • Waluigi|
|Unlockable Characters (Small):||Toadette • Baby Luigi • Paratroopa • Shy Guy • Penguin|
|Unlockable Characters (Medium):||Daisy • Birdo • Bowser Jr. • Kamek • Hammer Bro.|
|Unlockable Characters (Large):||King Boo • Wiggler • Petey Piranha • Boom Boom • Pianta|
|Purchasable Characters (Small):||Dry Bones • Goomba • Baby Peach • Baby Daisy • Whittle|
|Purchasable Characters (Medium):||Diddy Kong • Fawful • Professor E. Gadd • Chargin' Chuck • Rex|
|Purchasable Characters (Large):||Rosalina • Midbus • Funky Kong • Pom Pom • Wart|
|Mario Kart NX Characters|
|Playable Characters||Ashley • Baby Daisy • Baby Luigi • Baby Mario • Baby Peach • Birdo • Boo • Bowser • Bowser Jr. • Callie • Cat Peach • Daisy • Diddy Kong • Donkey Kong (Super Kong) • Dry Bones • Dry Bowser • Fighter Fly • Funky Kong • Goomba • Honey Queen • Iggy Koopa • Isabelle • King Boo • Kitsune Luigi • Koopa Troopa • Lakitu • Larry Koopa • Lemmy Koopa • Link • Ludwig von Koopa • Luigi (Ice Luigi) • Luma (Black Luma · Blue Luma · Cyan Luma · Green Luma · Orange Luma · Purple Luma · Red Luma · Yellow Luma) • Magikoopa • Marie • Mario (Fire Mario) • Metal Mario (Gold Mario) • Mii • Morton Koopa Jr. • Nabbit • Olimar • Peach (Fire Peach) • Pianta • Pink Gold Peach • Roy Koopa • Shy Guy (Black Shy Guy · Blue Shy Guy · Cyan Shy Guy · Green Shy Guy · Orange Shy Guy · Pink Shy Guy · White Shy Guy · Yellow Shy Guy) • Spike • Sprixie Princess • Tanooki Mario • Toad (Blue Toad · Cyan Toad · Green Toad · Orange Toad · Pink Toad · Purple Toad · Red Toad · Yellow Toad) • Toadette • Tom Nook • Waluigi • Wario • Wendy O. Koopa • Wiggler • Yoshi (Black Yoshi · Blue Yoshi · Cyan Yoshi · Orange Yoshi · Pink Yoshi · Red Yoshi · White Yoshi · Yellow Yoshi)|
|Hazardous Characters||Cows • Fire Piranha Plants • Goats • Lava Bubbles • Penguins • Piranha Plants • Sidesteppers • Thwomps|
|Background Characters||Fish Bones • Miis • Lumas • Nokis • Penguins • Piantas • Professor Chops • Shy Guys • Toads|