First Appearance: Super Mario Bros, October 1985
Likes: Princess Peach, being mean, his children, the Koopalings
Dislikes: Mario Bros.!, his plans failing, bad guys stealing his shtick
Big, bad, and ugly all rolled into one, Bowser is one of Mario’s fiercest enemies! He controls a vast number of minions, not to mention his seven children (or eight, counting Bowser Jr.), which he uses to carry out his evil schemes! Bowser has tried many attempts to defeat the Mario Bros., including kidnapping Peach (numerous times), invading the Mushroom World (Super Mario Bros. 3), kidnapping the Yoshis (Super Mario World), kidnapping Luigi (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island), kidnapping Mario (Mario is Missing), taking over Peach’s castle and using the Power Stars to control it (Super Mario 64), stealing the Star Rod (Paper Mario), and tricking his youngest son, Bowser Jr., into thinking Peach was his mother (Super Mario Sunshine)! And yet, after all of that, he still keeps trying.
However, even though Bowser is Mario’s archenemy, they have teamed up on occasion. In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Bowser teamed up with Mario in order to get his Keep back from Smithy, the evil Lord of Weapons! And in Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga, Bowser and the Mario Bros. decided to join forces to get Princess Peach’s voice back from the evil witch, Cackletta, even though that didn’t last very long. Having Bowser as an ally is a very wise decision, as he is very powerful! He has a variety of attacks, including his trademarked fire breath, his Bowser Bomb (like Mario’s ground pound), and his powerful Chain Chomp toss! And even though he has a shell, he hardly ever hides in it! With so many attacks, numerous minions, and his powerfully built body, Bowser is a constant threat to the Mushroom Kingdom!