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    BowserMario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
    Gender: Male
    Type: Tyrannical but Lovable Archenemy
    Age: 34
    Species: Turtle-like-Koopa
    Portrayed by: Harvey Atkin (Cartoons)
    Rob Wallace (Mario Is Missing!)
    Scott Burns (2002–2009)
    Eric Newsome (Super Paper Mario)
    Kenny James (2005, 2007-present)
    Jack Black (The Super Mario Bros. Movie franchise)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Super Mario Bros.

    Hear this! I will kidnap Peach OVER and OVER until I pull it off! And no one can stop me! Losing is not an option! And neither is giving up!
    BowserMario & Luigi: Dream Team

    King Bowser Koopa (sometimes known as King Koopa in earlier media) is a major character and the main antagonist of the Mario franchise. He's the king of the Koopa Kingdom, and has been the archenemy of the Mario Bros. since his debut in the first Super Mario Bros, repeatedly kidnapping Princess Peach (or trying to do so) with the ultimate goal of defeating Mario and taking over the Mushroom Kingdom.

    Why He's the King of the Koopas

    1. When Bowser was created, he was a typical villain without much personality beyond simply wanting to take over the Mushroom Kingdom. Later games started showing various different aspects of Bowser's character, depending on the nature of the plot.
      • While his platformer role continues to be that of a simple antagonist, his Mario Party antics typically depict him being more angry, childish, and mischievous than dangerous, and his portrayals in the RPGs range from a threatening, yet humorous villain, to a playable anti-hero.
      • Even when Bowser is acting as a protagonist in a game, however, he continues to insist he is an evil character, and his reasons for helping the protagonists are typically his own selfishness. In some games, he even breaks the fourth wall to do so.
    2. His goofy and hammy incarnation in the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, and the Super Mario World is very entertaining to watch and it puts him pretty much on the same page with AoStH's Robotnik, King K. Rool from the Donkey Kong Country TV series, and Shredder from the 80s TMNT series.
    3. Contrary to most people's beliefs that he's just a princess-napping and fire-breathing monster, the Koopa King actually has a sense of style and showmanship comparable to the villain from the other company's, as seen with his "World Bowser" theme park in Super Mario 3D World and how he spread posters about his unexecuted marriage with Peach in Super Mario Odyssey.
    4. While not exactly a genius, he's nevertheless cunning and clever while still remaining an arrogant brute, take for example, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, where Bowser plays dumb for most of the game and betrays Antasma once everything falls into place for him, also getting to be the all-powerful final boss of the game.
    5. While he is a villain through and through, Bowser won't tolerate Mario getting beaten unless it's on his terms, believing he's the only person allowed to defeat the plumber.
      • In Mario Super Slugger's ending, Bowser is the one to save Mario from an oncoming Bullet Bill, and immediately walks away instead of staying to get thanked.
    6. Similarly to how characters such as Wolf respects Fox as a rival, Bowser also acknowledges Mario as a worthy enemy. In Super Mario Galaxy, he says that he "chose the right guy to be [his] archenemy", and continues by saying that he always puts up a fight as a compliment, implying that despite his countless losses, Bowser really enjoys his battles with him.
    7. Although much slower than Mario, he's often shown to be much more physically powerful than Mario, as seen when he pulled an entire island to the beach in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
    8. He gets his own starring role in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, where you get to play as him for much of the story, and he gets his own battle theme, "Showtime".
    9. While he might act tough, he does have a soft side underneath that intimidating shell (pun entirely intended). He's a single father who tries his best to raise Bowser Jr., and he frequently treats his troops with respect.
    10. He has a perfect villainous design for his species, especially in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, combining standard Koopa elements with those of a typically fire-breathing dragon. His Dry Bowser form looks awesome and intimidating as well.
    11. Contrasting Mario, who is usually a silent protagonist, Bowser has many great quotes that show off his personality traits. Mostly his perseverance, big dreams of conquest, self-aggrandizement and occasionally, his short temper and simple mind.
    12. Harvey Atkin, Scott Burns, Kenny James, and Jack Black are all awesome at making him sound like the goofy evil beast he is.

    Bad Qualities

    1. His portrayal in the Super Smash Bros. series is downright awful, as it lacks the humanity and goofiness that makes him so endearing, being nothing more than a fearsome beast. He doesn't even have his voice from the mainline series, instead only being generic monster noises. What's worse is that Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings are all represented quite faithfully, compared to Bowser himself.
      • His appearance in the first New Super Mario Bros. also lacks some of his silly personality and voice, but this is thankfully not an issue in later sequels.
      • His portrayal in King Koopa's Kool Kartoons feels a bit off, as he lacks his more fearsome and tyrannical side. He also has a very horrifying character design that is supposed to be faithful to his animated counterpart from the DiC cartoons.
      • His portrayal in the 1993 Super Mario Bros movie as President Koopa (despite being played by Dennis Hopper), is bland for the most part, with The only two memorable scenes he provided being him saying "monkey" and him ordering a pizza, which had the potential to take a laugh or two.
    2. He doesn't always provide fresh twists in his casual schemes or fights, which can get kind of stale and predictable, especially in the New Super Mario Bros. series.
      • This changes in "Super Mario Wonder" where he uses the Wonder Flower to steal the Flower Kingdom's castle and imprison the inhabitants of said kingdom.
    3. He is a butt-monkey at times, for example in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its Nintendo 3DS remake Mario + Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, especially after he gets possessed by Cackletta.




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