Character Spotlight: Bowser

Happy Tuesday and Happy Halloween!
It’s time for another Character Spotlight, a character we all know and love.

Bowser, originally known as King Koopa, is everyone’s beloved villain from the Mario Bros. franchise. He originally appeared in the Super Mario Bros. game for the NES in 1985. He’s an old man… his most recent appearance has been in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions for the Nintendo 3DS in 2017.
He has been in countless games from main Mario games to side Mario games such as the Mario Party series, various Mario Sports games, and the Paper Mario series. Not to mention he’s included in Super Smash Brothers and has made cameo appearances in games such as The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and the Skylanders series as well as the movie, Wreck-It Ralph.
Bowser is one popular Koopa!
Bowser is one of my favorite villains because he’s not always a villain. He has a fun personality. There are some games where he’s a pain and straight up mean – Mario Party 10… – but there are other games such as Paper Mario where he has bad intentions, but he has such a great personality and funny comic relief that he doesn’t seem like a bad guy.
Then there are games such as Super Mario RPG where he actually joins Mario in a fight against a separate villain. I think my favorite versions of Bowser is from Super Mario RPG and the Paper Mario series.
Also, I love Bowser’s design. Koopas are cute, but Bowser is just a beast.

What are your thoughts on Bowser? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Readers Comments (5)

  1. Bowser is one of my favorite villains as well. I love his humorous personality in the various Mario RPGs, particularly in the Paper Mario games. And in the main series, seeing him as a single dad just trying to do right by his son really fleshes out his character into something more than just a big bad monster that kidnaps a princess.

  2. I 100% agree that Bowser’s an excellent villain because he isn’t always the bad guy. I think he’s just misunderstood, and he just really likes Peach. Call it some twisted romantic comedy, but I think he’s just confused how to go about things. I mean, he has seven or eight children, and he gave them nice shiny wands, so he does care sort of. I especially like when he’s a good guy or comic relief in the RPGs. It shows his true goofy, misunderstood side. And on the topic of design, he looks so dapper in his wedding outfit in Odyssey!

    • I agree. I love those kinds of “villains” who aren’t really villains. It brings a new light on things. And yes, he looks awesome in his wedding outfit! I love how he just finally said screw it, we’re getting married!

  3. Bowser is my favourite Mario character! He looks cool, is a great Dad, and never gives up not matter how badly he fails at life, haha.

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