Bowser Jr.

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"Not to be confused with Baby Bowser. Template:Switchtabs

“Someday, when I'm bigger.... I wanna fight that Mario again!”
Bowser Jr., Super Mario Sunshine
Bowser Jr.
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Species Koopa
Affiliation(s) Bowser's Castle

Bowser Jr. is Bowser's only child, the Koopa King's heir to the throne, and the secondary antagonist in the Mario series. Bowser Jr. first appeared in Super Mario Sunshine, and has helped Bowser kidnap Princess Peach, and battle Mario and Luigi in many subsequent games. Bowser Jr. only does this for his father's approval, and Bowser's rarely seen emotional side is often brought out by his interactions with his son.

Physical Description[edit]

Bowser Jr. has a yellow skin tone that lacks the tan seen on his dad and most of the Koopalings, as well as a light green head. Junior has one, fang-like tooth in the upper corner of the side of his snout. He also has a ribbed, padded stomach and padded feet. His mouth is wide, puffy, and con-vexed, with a large snout. He has small, circular eyes that are black in color. Junior has small spikes on each side of his head, each being circled with orange rings. Junior has his father's fiery orange hair and eyebrows; his hair is tied up into a top-ponytail. Junior's shell is green, lined with a white encasing, and the multiple, short spikes are circled with orange rings, similar to his father's shell. He has also been shown with a considerable amount of strength, as in Super Mario Sunshine and New Super Mario Bros. showing he is able to carry Princess Peach with little to no problem.

Bowser Jr. bears a striking resemblance to the Koopa King. The similarity is even more apparent in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, with Baby Bowser looking almost exactly like Bowser Jr., but with a different, plain white bandana. By contrast, Junior typically wears a white bandana that's decorated with drawn-on fangs and worn like a mask, though in his very first appearance, the bandana was blue and had a picture of Mario's nose and mustache drawn on it. Rather than sporting the same spiked cuffs the male Koopalings have, Junior has spikeless, metal cuffs on his wrists.

Bowser Jr.'s exact size varies from game to game like his father's. He was smallest in Super Mario Sunshine and some spin-offs, but as of New Super Mario Bros. and its three sequels he is roughly Mario's size. In Super Mario Galaxy he has grown considerably, towering over Princess Peach. He usually appears to be larger than Lemmy, and has a chubby frame similar to Ludwig's, though smaller.

Because of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto's preference for left-handed characters like himself, Bowser Jr. is left-handed. Despite this, he plays right-handed, by default, in Mario Power Tennis, and while he is left-handed while fielding in Mario Super Sluggers, he appears on the right-handed side of the batting field.


Bowser Jr. is a child prodigy who enjoys building machines and painting graffiti. He helps his father with many of his schemes and often takes after him as he looks up to him. However, in Mario Party: Island Tour, it is revealed that Bowser Jr. would rather be a hero but doesn't want to dissapoint his villainous father. Because of his father's influence, he is often a tsundere on the outside despite being kind-hearted on the inside, only doing villainous acts in an attempt to gain his father's approval. He can also be very supportive as he is with his father as well as everyone else in Mario Party: Superstars. It was revealed in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle that he has daddy issues he represses. He is also said to be lonely.

Powers and Abilities[edit]

Despite his young age and size, Bowser Jr. is very skilled and powerful, and a formidable opponent to the Mario Bros. From his first appearance, he has shown remarkable talent with mechanics and technology, able to skillfully invent pilot vehicles and giant robots. He is also able to take on his Shadow Mario form through the use of bandana that has drawing of Mario's moustache (though he has not used it since Super Mario Sunshine); in this form, he is just as acrobatic as Mario and can perform the same jumps. When using his Magic Paintbrush, he can create Color Portals, Forcefields, Graffiti infused with different effects, and even enemies such as Swoopin' Stus and Polluted Piranha Plants. Junior is shown to be fast, as well as skilled, though at times he may be given varied stats. Being the heir of the Koopa Troop, Bowser Jr. seems to have some of his father's traits. He is usually physically powerful like his father in spite of his small frame, and have shown off great levels of durability into the point of being capable of surviving near-death situations. This is evident in Super Mario Galaxy, where he falls into the gigantic sun after his father's defeat, and is later shown to be alive back in Mushroom Kingdom, as well as New Super Mario Bros Wii, where he survives after being crushed by Bowser's collapsing castle.

Bowser Jr. was, at first, unskilled in breathing fire as shown in Mario Strikers Charged where he attempts to breathe fire like his father in his entrance, only to breathe smoke and a tiny flame. This changes in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where he can breathe fireballs that can home onto opponents, and creates a large blaze of fire when the fireball is on contact with the ground. In New Super Mario Bros. U, he can breathe fireballs consecutively. In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, he is able to breathe a stream of fire. He can also withdraw and duck into his shell for offensive and defensive purposes and uses Koopa Shells as weapons in New Super Mario Bros. In Mario Strikers Charged, he has a Super Ability that shrinks his opponents called Sonic Roar! where he emits large sonic waves by screaming loudly. He uses this as a Mega Strike as well. Bowser Jr. appears to excel in magic. This is supported in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, where he can Paperize, create a defensive shield, and heal. He also appears to be a skilled leader, as he was able to keep the Koopa Troop united when Bowser was incapacitated in New Super Mario Bros.


Super Mario Sunshine

His first appearance was in Super Mario Sunshine where he tried to frame Mario for crimes that he didn't commit. This plot actually succeeded. He took a magic brush from Professor E. Gadd and used it to turn into Shadow Mario (for framing Mario) and make graffiti. Mario was instructed to clean up the graffiti and soon defeated Bowser Jr. inside a giant Bowser machine, at which point Bowser Jr. revealed his true identity and that Bowser told him that Peach was his mother. After Mario chased him out of every world, he fought Bowser in a giant floating hot tub above Corona Mountain. Bowser Jr. sent Bullet Bills after him, but he and Bowser were defeated, and last seen in the middle of the ocean where Bowser told Bowser Jr. the truth about Peach, but he had figured it out by the end anyway. Despite that, he vowed to fight Mario again for his father's sake.

New Super Mario Bros

He even appeared as a final boss along with his dad in the New Super Mario Bros. game for the DS. He is the main antagonist of this game; it is he who kidnaps Peach for Bowser, and summons a boss to each level for Mario and Luigi to fight. He is fought in a tower at each level. When Mario kills Bowser by knocking him into the lava, Bowser Jr. takes the bones and eventually peroforms necromancy to bring Bowser back to life (it is unknown how many other times throughout the series he has needed to do this, if any). Bowser and Bowser Jr. fight Mario, but both are defeated and knocked over the edge. Both survive the fall, and Bowser Jr. is last seen dragging Bowser away by the tail.

New Super Mario Bros Wii

Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy 2

New Super Mario Bros 2

New Super Mario Bros U

Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS



Bowser (father)

Koopalings (cousins)