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Bowser is a character from the Mario franchise who serves as the main antagonist in many of its games, especially the main Super Mario series. His Japanese name is "Kuppa" (pronounced and sometimes spelled Koopa like his species of the same name). In the Super Smash Bros. series, Bowser first appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee, in which he is a playable fighter, available from the start. Like Ganondorf, Bowser is one of the heaviest and strongest characters, but he also moves the slowest.

Character description[edit]

Bowser first appeared in the Nintendo Entertainment System title, Super Mario Bros., which was released in 1985. In this title and several subsequent titles in the Super Mario series, Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach, and Mario's goal is to rescue her. In the Super Mario series, Bowser is usually the final boss. He is the leader of the Koopa Troop, which consists of enemies such as Goombas, Koopa Troopas, and Hammer Bros.

Like Koopa, Bowser shares some characteristics with a tortoise, but he can also breathe fire like a dragon. Bowser has yellow skin, clawed hands and feet, a pair of horns, a spiked tail, and a dark green shell covered in spikes. Bowser has red hair styled similarly to a mohawk and thick, red eyebrows. Bowser also wears two spiked wristbands on each arm.


Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Bowser makes his debut in the series as a playable character. Bowser has four trophies; as with the other playable characters, three are obtained by him clearing Classic, Adventure, and All-Star respectively. There is a fourth one that shows Bowser riding in a Koopa Clown Car. Bowser is fought as a boss at the end of Adventure mode. In higher difficulty levels, after defeating Bowser, the player's fighter must fight his stronger form, Giga Bowser.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Bowser's basic moveset remains the same, but, like all characters, has been slightly changed. His Koopa Klaw attack has been replaced with Flying Slam. Bowser's entry pose shows him appearing from within the flames. While on fire, Bowser stomps out a flame, which puts out all of the fire. Bowser's Final Smash is Giga Bowser, which would also be his Final Smash in subsequent titles.

Special moves[edit]

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Image Name Description
Standard: Fire Breath This move allows Bowser to breathe a continuous stream of fire out of his mouth for up to several seconds. As time passes, the fire weakens in size and effect.
Side: Koopa Klaw Primarily used as a claw swipe attack, although it can also grab onto nearby enemies. This moved is only used in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Up: Whirling Fortress Bowser's recovery move, which consists of him withdrawing into his spiked shell that spins wildly upwards.
Down: Bowser Bomb Essentially a Ground Pound, the move involves Bowser pounding onto the ground. If Bowser performs this move while on the ground, he jumps up a short way diagonally before landing back down.
Final Smash: Giga Bowser This causes Bowser to transform into Giga Bowser for a short period of time.
Final Smash: Giga Bowser Punch This was made Bowser's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

If Kirby inhales Bowser as a Copy Ability, he can breathe fire. Kirby even uses the same pose when using the Fire Copy Ability from the Kirby games.

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