Boss Bass

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Boss Bass
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)
Parent Species Cheep Cheep

A Boss Bass is a huge Cheep Cheep that eats seafarers.[1] He has a mouth-brooding counterpart called Big Bertha.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]


In this game, Boss Bass swim on the surface of the water trying to leap out and eat Mario if he gets too close. It does not matter if Mario is small or big, or has any power-up equipped, Boss Bass will defeat Mario instantly in one gulp even if he was Statue Mario. In both of the stages he appears in, the water level rises and sinks, making Mario an easy target. Throwing blocks, shells, hammers, and fireballs can defeat him as well as tail attacks and Super Star, but he'll eventually come back. However, in Super Mario Advance 4, if the player has set on the e-reader card that will make enemies hit by fireballs turn into coins, and the player successfully hits Boss Bass with a fireball and collects the coin, Boss Bass will not return for the rest of the level.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]


In Super Mario 64, Boss Bass (known here as Bubba[2]) appear in two places on the Tiny-Huge Island course. Like Cheep Cheep, they have been redesigned with visible orange and yellow scales, and they also wear sunglasses. They aim in on the player character with their mouth wide open, attempting to eat them. If a character is eaten, that character will lose a life, regardless of their current health. In Super Mario 64 DS, their design was reverted to their original one, and the closest one can be defeated with a nearby Super Mushroom.

Mario Golf[edit]


In Mario Golf, either a Boss Bass in its Super Mario 64 design or a Cheep Cheep in its Yoshi's Story design will jump out of the water if the ball lands in it. Boss Bass are also much smaller in this game.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Boss Bass as seen in Mario Kart DS.

A Boss Bass makes a small cameo in Mario Kart DS, where he jumps out of the water and over the course in Banshee Boardwalk. Boss Bass replaces the Cheep Cheep from the original Mario Kart 64 version.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

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Boss Bass are also found in Yoshi's Island DS. They patrol their own little section of water, and periodically leap out in an attempt to swallow Yoshi whole. Yoshi will only be eaten while they are descending. There is also a mid-boss in World 3, Bessie Bass.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A Boss Bass from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Boss Bass made appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where they usually chased after the good guys. Since they were never referred to by name, it is possible that they were intended to be Big Berthas, but they are not seen with Baby Cheeps.

Characteristics and traits[edit]

Boss Bass apparently eat Cheep Cheeps, despite being a relative of theirs. They also have trouble distinguishing them from something else, as proven in Super Paper Mario when a Shayde said that he fell into the ocean once, but luckily could swim as well as a Cheep Cheep. Unfortunately, a Boss Bass thought that since he swam like a Cheep Cheep, he was a Cheep Cheep so the huge fish ate him.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 巨大プクプク[3]
Kyodai Pukupuku
バクバク[4][better source needed]
Giant Cheep Cheep; same as Big Bertha (originally)

onomatopoeia for chomping; same as Cheep Chomp (renamed)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Even if Mario is Super, Boss Bass, the terror of the high seas, can swallow him whole." - Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 8.
  2. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, pages 12 & 108
  3. ^ Scan of 「スーパーマリオブラザーズ3完全攻略テクニックブック1」 (Super Mario Bros. 3 Kanzen Kōryaku Technique Book 1)
  4. ^ Bakubaku's entry at the Japanese Super Mario Daijiten (Big Dictionary)