|A.K.A||King Koopa, King Bowser|
|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. (1985, NES)|
|Latest Appearance||Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (2019, Nintendo Switch)|
|Created by||Shigeru Miyamoto|
Bowser (also known as King Koopa or King Bowser) is the primary antagonist in the Mario series as well as the main antagonist in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. He is most notable for being Mario's nemesis and for frequently kidnapping Princess Peach.
Bowser is a large species of Koopa. His skin is mostly yellow, but is sometimes shown as orange in official artwork. His head is colored green and is considerably large. He has a strong jawline, and several sharp, but straight teeth in his mouth. His eyes are red. His eyebrows are large, bushy, and also red. There is a medium amount of red hair on the back of his head, and two ox-like horns on each side.
His stomach is a lighter hue of brown, and what seems to be his abdominals are clearly outlined. Bowser also sports a Koopa shell that covers his back. The claws on his hands and feet are both white. Interestingly, his feet claws are duller compared to his sharp hand claws. Furthermore, Bowser only has 3 toes on each foot compared to four fingers on each hand. He also wears metal bracelets around his elbows and wrists.
In the first game, Bowser's model is polygonal and made up of only a few moving parts - his four limbs, his mouth, and his head. His eyes and eyebrows are also flat textures. In the DS version, Bowser looks much more like he does in his official artwork, and every part of his body is now fully modeled.
Bowser is the main boss of the game; therefore, he only appears three times, each after Mario has collected enough stars on a respective floor.
- Bowser in the Dark World (Ground floor)
- Bowser in the Fire Sea (Basement)
- Bowser in the Sky (Upper Floor)
Bowser is particularly strong and has three distinct attacks:
- Bowser will stand still and breathe a line of fire at Mario.
- If Mario and Bowser's distance is long enough, Bowser will start running and try to ram into Mario, like a Bully.
- Bowser may jump into the air and try to stomp on Mario.