|Debut||Super Mario Bros. (1985)|
|Affiliation(s)||Mushroom Kingdom, Peach, Mario, Yoshi, Toadette, Bowser, Daisy, Wario (occasionally)|
Toad (キノピオ, Kinopio in Japanese) is a character who is Princess Peach's attendant and a long time protector of the Mushroom Kingdom. He is actually a singular character among an entire species of look-alikes (much like Yoshi is to the Yoshi species). He usually has the role of a supporting character who tries to help Mario and Luigi on their adventures; however, he is occasionally a playable character and a main protagonist at times as well. Despite being reliant on Mario, Luigi, and the other heroes on times of disaster, Toad has made his own fair share of heroic acts such as in his starring role in Wario's Woods where he saves the Mushroom Kingdom from Wario's antagonistic rule, and his status as one of four hero characters in Super Mario Bros. 2. He makes many appearances in the mainstream Mario games by being host of the Toad Houses. He is a regularly occurring playable character in the Mario spin-off titles. Toadsworth, however has replaced his roles as Peach's steward, though he is slowly coming back to the spotlight due to the former's decline in appearances over recent years and the latter's reprized role as a Mushroom Retainer in Super Mario 3D Land.
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Toad basically has the look of the rest of his species. He normally wears a blue vest, large brown shoes and a large diaper-like piece of clothing for pants. His appearance often depicts him to looking like a small human child with his miniature size and recognizable human like features. In the games starting from Super Mario Sunshine, Toad's vest is given an added gold lining. He has a red-spotted mushroom cap, indicating slight cowardice and heavy obedience. A small controversy arose with Super Mario Bros. 2, because Toad is given a blue mushroom cap instead of a red one. However, Toad's blue mushroom cap is actually due to the graphical incapability of the NES rather than a continuity thread. In remakes of Super Mario Bros. 2, such as Super Mario All-Stars, Toad is given a red mushroom cap. While the question as to whether or not Toad's mushroom cap is in fact a hat or not has yet to be answered in the games, the cartoon series The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 has Toad removing his cap on occasion.
Like most of the characters in the series, Toad has changed very little appearance wise throughout the years since his debut in Super Mario Bros.. The only recognizable differences in his current look consists of his physical appearance which included some defining factors in the recent years (such as redesigned eyes and a gold outline that was recently added to his traditional vest), and the corrected number of spots on his mushroom cap (the number of spots on his cap was inconsistent in the older Mario games). The addition of the red polka dot on the top of his head is first seen in the game Luigi's Mansion where even Luigi acknowledges the top spot and called it lovely if he is to take a picture of Toad with the Game Boy Horror.
In other aspects, Toad is very small in size (a trait shared within his spcies). In relation to his body size, he also has small, thin arms and no legs (with just his feet). He also has a large head that is mostly dominated by the red spotted mushroom cap on his head. Overall, Toad's head appears to have a strong resemblance to various mushrooms (most notably the Super Mushroom). While having the look of a child in his current appearance (as like most of the members of his species do), it can be arguable that his earlier appearances (especially in his game appearances during the Nintendo 64 era) portray him as looking much more childish in design with his very large head and miniature body (more so than his current appearance). Surprisingly, a piece of artwork of Toad for the game Mario Party has Toad's legs showing. Toads have never been portrayed with their legs showing in games or game artwork before or after Mario Party.
Mario Kart seriesEdit
Mario Kart: Mega Mash UpEdit
Toad returns as a default character. He is a small racer and his karts and bikes will follow a white and red (sometimes also blue) colour scheme. He will do the following to each stat in whatever kart or bike he rides:
- Speed: +2
- Weight: +0
- Acceleration: +1
- Handling: +3
|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 Toad (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|