Bonechill

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Super Paper Mario Enemy
Bonechill
Bonechill.png
Max HP 80
Attack 4
Defense  ??
Location(s) The Overthere
Card Type Super
Card Description
Tremble before the frosty lord of the Underwhere! Bonechill's minty-fresh breath will freeze you solid!
Tattle
That's Bonechill. This frigid boss escaped from his prison in The Underwhere...Max HP is 80. Attack is 4. Bonechill will only be hurt by attacks to his head...To hit his head you'll need Luigi's super jump, or Thoreau to toss icicles...Bonechill's icy breath can freeze you into a soild herocicle...I don't know why, but I get the feeling he's related to Grambi and the Nimbis...I wonder if he was once a...
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“Brrrrooo ha ha ha ha... A touching scene, to be sure.”
Bonechill, Super Paper Mario

Bonechill is an enemy in Super Paper Mario and the boss of Chapter 7. He is a massive, undead dragon with a large, blue-scaled head, six small, white-feathered wings on his back, and a large golden cannon with two wheels for a lower body. He is the leader of the Skellobit army and attempts a takeover of The Overthere. According to The InterNed, his theme is called "Bonechill Appears".

Tippi's tattle implies that Bonechill was once a Nimbi, which is supported by the fact that he speaks in antiquated English like them and has feathered wings on his back. This fits into the overall motif of The Underwhere and The Overthere, which draw heavily from both Ancient Greek mythology and the Christian religion. In particular, the concept of a fallen angel (Nimbi) is inspired by the Biblical story of Lucifer, who became the devil after betraying God. Furthermore, in Dante's Inferno (of the epic Italian poem, the Divine Comedy), Lucifer (now known as Satan) is depicted as a giant, six-winged beast imprisoned in ice in the deepest circle of Hell. This is all paralleled by how Bonechill has six wings, was imprisoned deep below the Underwhere, and is a self-styled "master of the cold dark" who is "something of an evil celebrity in certain circles of the Underwhere". Similarly, his being released during an apocalyptic event (the emergence of The Void) may be derived from the Book of Revelation, where Satan escapes from hell and he and his army are battled and defeated in heaven.

History[edit]

Before the outset of Super Paper Mario, Bonechill was stuck in that prison below The Underwhere along with his army. Count Bleck set him free to defeat Mario, although Bonechill also claims to be seeking the Pure Heart in order to use its power for himself. Ultimately, Bonechill failed in his attempt to destroy the Heroes of Light and seize control of The Overthere and The Underwhere, as his army was defeated and he himself was shattered to bits by Mario and his companions.

In battle, Bonechill fires large ice bullets from his cannon and attempts to freeze the heroes with his icy breath. If he freezes one of the heroes, they will start taking four damage points a second, the highest amount of freezing damage in the game. Bonechill can also use his breath on the ceiling to create icicles that will fall and damage the player if they are standing underneath. Bonechill's only vulnerable point is his head, which is out of range for most of the player's conventional attacks. However, Thoreau can be used to grab the ice bullets and icicles, allowing the player to throw them at Bonechill's head for damage. Bonechill can also be defeated by using Luigi's Super Jump technique below his head.

Catch Card[edit]

Bonechill's Catch Card.
  • Card Type: Super
  • Card Description: Tremble before the frosty lord of The Underwhere! Bonechill's minty-fresh breath will freeze you solid!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シニガミダス
Shinigamidasu
Likely from shinigami (死神, god of death), and midasu (乱す, meaning "to throw into chaos").
Spanish Bocafría Portmanteau of "boca" (mouth) and "fría" (cold)
French Glacirex Portmanteau of "glacier" and "rex"
German Frostschock Frostshock
Italian Freddossa Coldbones

Trivia[edit]

  • In the Japanese version, Bonechill used the archaic zansu conjugation of the auxiliary verb gozaimasu at the end of each sentence, which is typically used to characterize older, snobby, social-climbing females in fiction.[1]
  • Bonechill bears a similarity to Cortez; they both sit atop something (a cannon and a bone pile, respectively) and they both talk in a ghost-like manner.
  • Bonechill is one of the two bosses whose looks change as the player damages him; the blue scales on his head begin to fall off as his HP declines. The other is Mimi, who gradually loses her legs over the course of the battle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forum post (second last on the page, posted at 1:01 PM, June 5, 2012) (retrieved July 2, 2012)