Bowser Jr., or simply "Jr." as he was only referred to originally in his debut appearance, is Bowser's son, the Koopa King's heir to the throne, and as such he is the secondary antagonist in the Mario series. Bowser Jr. first appeared in Super Mario Sunshine, and has since then helped his father to kidnap Princess Peach and battle Mario and Luigi in many subsequent games. Bowser Jr. wants nothing more than to do his father's evil will, and Bowser's rarely seen emotional side is often brought out by his interactions with his son.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Sunshine
“You again?! Don't you ever give up?”
Bowser Jr. first appears in Super Mario Sunshine, normally appearing using the disguise of Shadow Mario, where he serves as the game's main antagonist. Before the events of the game, Bowser Jr. somehow acquires the Magic Paintbrush, a special brush that can magically create sticky paint-like goop, from the scientist, Professor E. Gadd. Bowser Jr. is also in possession of a bandanna emblazoned with a logo resembling Mario's nose and face that apparently lets him assume the appearance of a watery-blue Mario. Bowser Jr. uses this ability to assume the identity Shadow Mario. As Shadow Mario, Bowser Jr. paints magical Graffiti all over the tropical resort Isle Delfino, in an attempt to frame Mario for the crimes.
At the same time, Mario, Peach and Toadsworth are heading to the island for a much needed vacation. However, as soon as the Toad Express lands at the island's airstrip, they see everything is covered in Goop. Peach looks on top of a water tower and sees Shadow Mario, though when she tries to tell Toadsworth and Mario, who are talking to each other, she looks again to see that he is gone, and dismisses the sighting as a mirage. Mario then battles a Polluted Piranha, using his new partner F.L.U.D.D.. Afterwards, the Isle Delfino Police arrest Mario. After his trial, Mario is found guilty of vandalizing the entire island and is punished with cleaning up the island with F.L.U.D.D. (which was also designed by Professor E. Gadd). As Mario begins cleaning Delfino Plaza by cleaning up the Grand Pianta Statue, Princess Peach is kidnapped by Bowser Jr. (in his Shadow Mario disguise). Mario manages to save Princess Peach rather quickly, and then chases Shadow Mario to Bianco Hills. His cleaning up continues through various regions of Isle Delfino, but after Mario gains 10 Shine Sprite Shadow Mario kidnaps Princess Peach again, this time while Mario is away from Delfino Plaza or buying a Shine Sprite at the boathouse.
As soon as Mario reaches Shadow Mario's boat, he leaps inside and takes Princess Peach to Pinna Park, the island's theme park, which is occupied by Bowser's forces. The young Koopa jumps into the cockpit of the gigantic Mecha-Bowser and waits for Mario's inevitable arrival. Like clockwork, Mario arrives, and Bowser Jr. lures Mario to a shallow pool, where he unveils the mechanical monstrosity. After a long battle, Mario overcomes the powerful Mecha-Bowser. Shadow Mario then reveals his true identity. As it turns out, Bowser Jr. is told by his father that Princess Peach is his mother and that she was kidnapped by the "evil" Mario. As such, Bowser Jr. tries to frame Mario by tagging the island as the Mario look-a-like Shadow Mario. Thus, Mario would be put in prison, and the young Koopa could rescue his "mama". With his origin revealed, Bowser Jr. escapes by converting what is left of Mecha-Bowser into a hot-air balloon and flying it, with Peach in tow, to Corona Mountain, where his father is relaxing.
However, Bowser Jr. does not stay with his father at the volcano, continuing to harass Mario in his Shadow Mario disguise. In the seventh episode of each of the areas in the game, he runs around the area wrecking havoc. Mario must chase him and spray him down with F.L.U.D.D. until he gives up and leaves a Shine Sprite. At other points in the game, Bowser Jr. attempts to run off with Shine Sprites, F.L.U.D.D. nozzles (Rocket and Turbo), and even a Yoshi egg, but he is stopped by Mario and F.L.U.D.D. every time. Eventually, after Mario defeats Shadow Mario in all of the main areas of the game, the path to Corona Mountain is revealed.
When Mario reaches the top of Corona Mountain, the final fight between Mario and Bowser Jr. begins. However, Bowser Jr. does not fight alone this time; he has his massive father fighting beside him. The three fighters battle in a colossal bathtub full of green sludge high above the ground. As Mario and Bowser duke it out, Bowser Jr. aids his father by firing Bullet Bills at their nemesis. Eventually, the father and son are defeated and Mario escapes the volcano with Peach.
In the end, Bowser and Jr. are on the flipped hot tub, which is floating in the ocean miles from Isle Delfino, and in a rare display of emotion, Bowser remorsefully tells Bowser Jr. that Princess Peach is not his mother. However, Bowser Jr. admits that he knew Princess Peach was not his mother, and (although his father tricked him) says he wants to "fight that Mario again". Bowser, seeing so much of himself in his heir, smiles. Together, the two plot their next plan to defeat Mario and capture Princess Peach after relaxing for a certain amount of time.
New Super Mario Bros.
In New Super Mario Bros., Bowser and Bowser Jr. are the main antagonists. While Bowser's forces occupy various regions, Bowser Jr. retrieves Peach. To do this, he summons a lightning cloud to set fire to Princess Peach's Castle, causing Mario to go investigate and thus leaving Peach all by herself. As a result, the young Koopa sneaks in and captures the Princess. As such, Mario gives chase, battling Bowser Jr. throughout the game. Bowser Jr. acts a lot like Boom Boom of Super Mario Bros. 3, as he is the sole mid-boss of the game's various worlds. Like Boom Boom, Bowser Jr. can be defeated with three jumps to the head (or two if ground pounded).
In New Super Mario Bros., Bowser Jr. is the boss of every tower. His attack pattern depends on how he wears his bandanna. If it's hanging loose, Bowser Jr. jumps and charges at Mario, occasionally jumping high in the air and can be defeated by simple jump attacks. If he wears the bandanna over his mouth, Bowser Jr. throws Koopa Shells at Mario and ducks into his shell whenever Mario comes near, preventing jump attacks from working. In this form, Mario has to hit Bowser Jr. with a Koopa Shell before he can be jumped on. Fireballs and Blue Shells are also very effective against the young Koopa, no matter what appearance he takes.
During the events of the game, Bowser is the boss of the first world. However, the Koopa King falls into a pit of lava. As such, Bowser, in a sense, perishes and becomes a Dry Bones-like monster called Dry Bowser. Bowser Jr. eventually revives his father by throwing him into a pot filled with some form of magic potion, restoring the Koopa King to his former self. However, Bowser is larger than before and more powerful.
In the end, Bowser Jr. and his resurrected father fight Mario in a battle for Princess Peach. However, as in Super Mario Sunshine, both father and son are defeated and Peach is saved once again. During the game's ending, Bowser Jr. is seen dragging his unconscious father across the ground. At this point, he breaks the Fourth wall, roaring at the player.
Super Mario Galaxy
Appearing as the secondary antagonist, Bowser Jr. guards three of the Grand Stars in Super Mario Galaxy. He appears first in Bowser Jr.'s Robot Reactor, where he summons Megaleg to attack Mario. He later appears in Bowser Jr.'s Airship Armada in his small personal airship to fight Mario. Even later, he is seen in Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor, where he summons a more powerful King Kaliente to attack Mario. In all of these fights, he or his minion is beaten.
Bowser Jr. is not seen again until Mario reaches Bowser's Galaxy Reactor, where he is shown keeping Peach on his airship. While Mario marches up the steps to confront Bowser, Bowser Jr. fires cannonballs that destroy the steps. He then watches the final battle while keeping Peach. After Bowser is defeated, the galaxy starts to go haywire. Bowser Jr. falls out of his airship and into his father's sun. Later, however, he is shown alive and dancing back in the Mushroom Kingdom on an airship in the water with an Octoomba.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Bowser Jr. makes another appearance in New Super Mario Bros. Wii as the secondary antagonist. This is the first game in which he appears along with the Koopalings, who were said to be Bowser's original seven children. Bowser Jr. leads the Koopalings in this adventure, receiving a personal single-seater airship similar to that of his father, albeit smaller. In the beginning of the game, it is revealed that Bowser Jr., along with the Koopalings, arrives at Princess Peach's castle during her birthday celebration disguised as a birthday cake. Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings emerge from the cake and kidnap the Princess by loading her onto the airship, having planned the infiltration method. From there, the Koopalings (along with Bowser Jr.) make a flight to Bowser's Castle via the airship with Mario, Luigi, Blue Toad, and Yellow Toad closely following them in an attempt to rescue Peach. Unlike how Bowser Jr. is fought ten times in New Super Mario Bros., he is only fought three times, all three times being on the airship. Kamek also ensured Bowser Jr.'s safety after the battles in World 4 and World 6.
In the first battle with Bowser Jr., he uses his version of the Koopa Clown Car (later named the Junior Clown Car). He flies up, and the only possible way to attack him is to use the Propeller Block in order to spin up to his height and jump on his head. This is the first game where Bowser Jr. is shown to have the ability to breathe fireballs. When the fire makes contact with the ground, it sets ablaze, creating another obstacle for Mario. Bowser Jr. must be jumped on three times to be defeated.
In the second battle, he uses his heavily damaged (attached with doubler plate) vehicle to battle. Luckily, Mario finds a Mario Car to use in combat. The Mario Car must be flown up by the player and used to knock Bowser Jr. into the Electric Fence on the walls of the room. He must be hit three times to be defeated.
In the third battle, Mario Ground Pounds the floor upon entering the room, sending a wave through the floor that knocks over Bowser Jr.'s vehicle. Bowser Jr. turns around and sees his father's Koopa Clown Car. Kicking his broken machine aside, he jumps into the larger version. Using his father's Koopa Clown Car, Bowser Jr. drops large spiked bombs on the field. A Ground Pound must be used on the wavy floor to lob the spiked bomb back up and damage the Koopa Clown. The third bomb is larger than the first two. Bowser Jr. can now fire more than one fireball in a row, and they create blazing obstacles on the floor. In addition, these fireballs home in on Mario. Bowser Jr. must be hit three times.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
“Oh, Gobblegut! Dinner's on! Don't forget to protect your bellyache bulges!”
His first appearance in Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla is a brief one, where he appears in his Robot Cockpit and summons Gobblegut to the battlefield to fight Mario for the first Grand Star. He later battles Mario and Yoshi himself in Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet by piloting the giant Megahammer robot to inhibit Mario's quest for the third Grand Star. Later, in Bowser Jr.'s Boom Bunker, the Boomsday Machine is Bowser Jr.'s vehicle of choice. The machine attacks with spinning Firebars and by launching balls of electricity as Bowser Jr. guards the fifth Grand Star. Once Mario defeats Bowser Jr.'s Boomsday Machine, it explodes, sending Bowser Jr. flying into space. He is not seen again for the remainder of the game, and it is unknown exactly what happens to him.
Mario actually fights Bowser Jr. up to four times in this game, as two of the battles are under Daredevil Comet conditions.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Although absent from Super Mario 3D Land and New Super Mario Bros. 2, Bowser Jr. returns in the Wii U title, New Super Mario Bros. U once again as the secondary antagonist. While the Koopalings have their own personalized airships, Bowser Jr. pilots the flagship, and will ambush the player at the beginning of Soda Jungle, and the end of Meringue Clouds.
In Soda Jungle's The Mighty Cannonship, Bowser Jr. uses a submarine underwater, in which the player must guide the Targeting Teds that Bowser Jr. shoots into his submarine. With every hit, he summons three Torpedo Teds from the left and right or from the ceiling and the floor. In the end, the mechanical hand that was used to throw the Mario Bros. into Acorn Plains will sweep across the ground and Mario will jump off the airship, ending the course.
In Meringue Clouds' Boarding the Airship, Bowser Jr.'s boss battle involves him in his Junior Clown Car equipped with boxing gloves, which he uses to destroy the blocks the player is standing on. Bowser Jr. will periodically throw Bob-ombs, which the player can use against Bowser Jr. After the boss battle, the player lands back on the airship, and after which, Bowser Jr. tries to crush the player, but Mario runs out of the way at the last second and the arm destroys the flagship instead. Bowser Jr. escapes the ship before it crashes.
Bowser Jr. reappears in The Final Battle, and in the main course, he slams his Junior Clown Car onto platforms to hinder the player's progress. After Bowser is beaten the first time, Bowser Jr. convinces Kamek to enlarge Bowser once again. During the final boss, Bowser Jr. will toss Bob-ombs and slam into the ground to hurt the player. The player must then jump on Bowser Jr. and ride the Junior Clown Car to damage the enlarged Bowser. When Bowser Jr. is out of the Junior Clown Car, he'll shoot fireballs which will force the player out of the Car. He will also occasionally spin inside his shell the whole time he is on the ground. Additionally, after being stomped on, his shell can be picked when he is temporarily knocked out and can be thrown at Bowser to hurt Bowser (equal to a hit from one fireball from a Fire Flower).
Bowser Jr. makes one last appearance in the ending, where he struggles to carry Bowser and the Koopalings out of the Mushroom Kingdom. Interestingly, when his Junior Clown Car is about to pound the ground, it looks a little like his deluxe clown car from Mario Party 9.
This game also introduces a new character called Nabbit who sports a similar bib to Bowser Jr's.
New Super Luigi U
Bowser Jr. also makes an appearance in the expansion pack New Super Luigi U. He is the boss of the same levels and is battled the same way. He resides in Soda Jungle's All Aboard! and Meringue Clouds' Bowser Jr. Showdown.
Super Mario Maker
Bowser Jr. reappears in Super Mario Maker as an enemy. In this game, he is a separate enemy and can be placed anywhere. He is a variant of Bowser, and can be made in the Course Maker by shaking Bowser. Bowser Jr. can be in all game styles. He attacks be shooting fireballs, ground-pounding, and when hit or the player is to far away, will go in his shell and try to chase the player, in a similar manner to the Koopalings. Like most objects, he can be enlarged by a Super Mushroom and be given wings, which the latter will give him an additional attack, throwing hammers. He can be placed on tracks.
Mario Golf series
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
Bowser Jr. is said to have spent the majority of his childhood practicing golf on his dad's private course, making him a skilled golfer. He uses these talents in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, where he is a hidden character. For some reason, Shadow Mario also is a playable character in this game. It is unknown if this Shadow Mario is an alternate form of Bowser Jr. He has a straight shot with low trajectory. He is unlocked by completing the 18 Hole Birdie Challenge, which is unlocked after beating the Front and Back 9.
Mario Golf: World Tour
Bowser Jr. returns as a playable character in Mario Golf: World Tour. Like Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, he has a straight shot with low height. Unlike the previous game, he is a default character, and doesn't sport his Bandana around his mouth. He also shares Sweet Spot and Control stats with Diddy Kong, who oddly now has more power than Jr.. Bowser Jr.s power has also decreased 8 yards to a total distance of 260 yards.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Bowser Jr.'s first Mario Kart series appearance in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! as his father's partner. Bowser Jr. is a lightweight, while his father is a heavyweight. The two make a deadly racing pair, as they can both use Bowser Shells to mow down opponents. Occasionally, this attack backfires, as the shell can ricochet backwards and hit the father and son team. His personal kart is the Bullet Blaster, which can be unlocked by winning the Special Cup in 50cc. In the manual, the reason why Bowser Jr. is in the race is because he had been misbehaving and his father believes that this would set him straight.
Mario Kart Wii
Bowser Jr. reappears as an unlockable character in Mario Kart Wii. He can be unlocked by getting at least 1 Star Rank in every Retro 100cc Cup or doing a certain amount of races. Unlike in Double Dash!!, he is a middle sized character. Bowser Jr.'s stat bonuses only boost the off-road and mini-turbo stats by a small amount. Therefore, he has the smallest number of stat bonuses among all the playable characters in the game. Bowser Jr.'s emblem appears in several parts of the city in Moonview Highway. He turns corners pretty well. He is the normal and expert staff ghost of N64 Bowser's Castle in Time Trials, with him riding the Standard Kart M as the normal staff ghost, and the Sneakster as the expert staff ghost.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Bowser Jr. reappears as an unlockable character in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX for the arcade machine. He is a featherweight character.
Mario Kart 8
While Bowser Jr. doesn't appear as a playable character, he can be seen on Bowser's Ship in Baby Park.
Mario Tennis series
Mario Power Tennis
Bowser Jr. appears as his father's doubles partner in Mario Power Tennis. He is classified as a Tricky-type character, but unlike most Tricky-types, his shots are less curved. Bowser Jr.'s Offensive Power Shot involves making three paint balls, with the center one holding the tennis ball. Any player who hits that ball will have his or her speed reduced for a while. The Defensive Power Shot involves Bowser Jr. running to the tennis ball, and hitting it with his brush.
Bowser Jr.'s reach isn't the greatest, but his speed is at a decent level. His lunge involves doing a cartwheel to reach the ball and hitting it.
Mario Tennis Open
Bowser Jr. reappears in Mario Tennis Open, where he returns as a playable character. Again, he is classified as a Tricky-type character. This time, he still wears his Bandana around his mouth. However, due to the game's altered psychics, his topspin shot no longer curves.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
Bowser Jr. will appear in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash as an unlockable playable character. Unlike prior Mario Tennis games, however, he appears inside his Junior Clown Car, and he does not wear his mask up. Bowser Jr. will still be classified as a Tricky character in this game.
Mario Baseball series
Bowser Jr. appears in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers where he is a powerful batter, but his running speed is a bit lacking. In these games, Bowser Jr. is shown to be left-handed (though there's an option to play right-handed).
In Super Sluggers, Bowser Jr. has his own stadium, which happens to be his own room. At night, it changes into Bowser's Castle. His Magic Paintbrush is his bat in Super Sluggers, which he uses to blind the batter with paint blotches or knocks the opposing team's members out with paint. In Challenge Mode, he is responsible for taking over all of the stadiums on Baseball Kingdom, only to be beaten in every stadium by Mario and the gang.
When Bowser is defeated for the second time, the other captains invite them to a celebration. Bowser refuses, but Bowser Jr. tells Bowser that he wants to have fun, which forces them to go (though the two only get a small portion of food).
Bowser Jr. has good batting and running abilities in Mario Super Sluggers, but his pitching is only average, and his fielding skills are pretty weak. His running is his best skill, which upgrades his fielding abilities, and his jumping nearly matches Diddy Kong's in height.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3
Bowser Jr. later appears as a playable character in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Unlike his father, he is a default character. So far, this is the only game where this occurs (Bowser Jr. is a default playable character, and his father is unlockable). Bowser Jr. is a speedy character who slam dunks by whirling his arm around in a circle and then slamming the ball in. Bowser Jr.'s Super Shot is the Graffiti Dunk, which consists of Bowser Jr. using his Magic Paintbrush and covering the basketball in Graffiti and then hitting it towards the basket.
Mario Strikers Charged
Bowser Jr. is also an unlockable character in Mario Strikers Charged. He is an Offensive Captain, unlike his father, who is a Power Captain. Bowser Jr. is unlocked by beating the Fire Cup, which also involves beating Bowser Jr. as well. Bowser Jr.'s whining abilities are shown in this game where his screams reach supersonic levels. His Super Ability, Sonic Roar!, allows him to shrink all players he hits by using a large sound wave. His Mega Strike also uses sound waves. In this game, Bowser Jr. wears a collar similar to the one Bowser wears. His trademark bandanna, however, is absent. Bowser Jr. is never seen as an opponent in the Challenge Mode.
Mario Party series
Mario Party DS
Bowser Jr. makes his Mario Party debut in Mario Party DS, where he helps his father in Story Mode, though he only has one line in the game. Bowser Jr. also appears in the Rocket Rascals minigame occasionally to cause trouble, and to help the players get to the finish quickly. At Bowser's Castle, Bowser Jr. stuffs the heroes in his Pinball Machine and uses it to mess them up.
Mario Party 9
Bowser Jr. appears in Mario Party 9 as the secondary antagonist. He appears to have his own kind of Minigames which pit two players against him. His Minigames are played when a player lands on a Bowser Jr. Space and if the players managed to beat him, both players would receive five Mini Stars each. If Bowser Jr. wins the minigame, he would take five Mini Stars from each player who played the minigame. His personal Junior Clown Car also comes back. He is also the mid-boss of Bowser Station, he is fought in Bowser Jr. Breakdown. In Solo Mode, he is shown in the opening to be helping Bowser steal all the Mini Stars from the sky. At the beginning of every level, he would be shown frantically telling his dad about the player and his or her team going to a certain level. After the player had beat Bowser in the final battle, he and Bowser Jr. would be shown flying in their respective vehicles. Bowser would complain that his dream of having every single Mini Star has failed. Bowser and Bowser Jr. would observe the sky around them, now filled with Mini Stars. In a last-minute effort, Bowser tries to snag a couple of the surrounding Mini Stars, only to fall out of his Koopa Clown Car. Bowser Jr. then rushes to save his dad. They are not seen for the rest of the game.
Mario Party: Island Tour
Bowser Jr. appears in Mario Party: Island Tour, this time as an unlockable playable character, marking the first time in the Mario Party series in which he is playable. If he is played as in Bowser's Tower, he receives unique dialogue from his father, who states that Bowser Jr. wanted to play as a hero. To unlock Bowser Jr., players must beat Bowser's Tower once.
Mario Party 10
Bowser Jr. also appears in Mario Party 10 but is not playable. On all the boards in Mario Party mode except Chaos Castle, Bowser Jr. guards both the mini boss tower and the boss castle. Upon reaching them, he taunts the players as they go inside to confront the enemy. Unlike Mario Party 9, Bowser Jr. is not fought as a mini boss. Additionally, the Bowser Jr. Space has been retooled to function as a roulette similar to his father's space.
In Mario Party mode, if Bowser is not freed from his prison (as seen on the gamepad) by the time the "Homestretch" of the board is reached, Bowser Jr. will toss Bob-ombs and create more of his spaces. However, if Bowser is freed, then all of Junior's spaces will be replaced and the event will not happen. As Bowser is already active on Chaos Castle, the spaces are never replaced on that board.
In Bowser Party mode, Bowser Jr. functions as a host for the Bowser player and appears when Team Mario land on either his space, or the 'Dice Block for Bowser' space. Events exclusive to this mode include giving Bowser extra dice blocks, and knocking players back a certain number spaces. Additionally, if Bowser is doing poorly by the time Team Mario reaches the final section of the board, he will spin a special roulette to give his father an advantage. Finally, he will always be one of three potential options to hold the Superstar during the final challenge.
In Amiibo Party, Bowser Jr. appears as a board element of the Bowser board where he will jump on the head of the player who activates him and challenge them to a minigame. If the player wins, he gives them 10 coins. If Bowser Jr. wins, the player loses 10 coins. If one of the players is playing as Bowser, they do not play a minigame but instead spin a roulette to determine how many coins they get.
In 'Bowser Challenge' mode, Bowser Jr. reprises his role as host. After Bowser has completed all ten minigames, he will rank his father's performance. If Bowser reaches a certain rank, Junior will upgrade his throne.
Unlike its predecessor, there are only two Bowser Jr. minigames in Mario Party 10.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Though Bowser Jr. is not a playable character or Assist Trophy, he makes several cameos in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He appears as a trophy that is based on his current appearance, and he is briefly mentioned in Bowser's trophy information. He also has several Stickers depicting him from several games. Bowser Jr.'s artwork from Super Mario Sunshine is an attack type, medium sized sticker. Its area of effect is the tail and damage is +25. The only characters who can use it are Yoshi, Pikachu, Diddy Kong, and Pokémon Trainer. His second sticker is his artwork from Mario Superstar Baseball.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Bowser Jr. is a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. According to Masahiro Sakurai, the game's producer, he was nearly cut from the game but was in the end included due to the team's hard work. He fights in his Junior Clown Car and uses its various functions to attack. In addition, attacking the Junior Clown Car causes Bowser Jr. to take less damage then normal, while attacking his body deals greater damage. His seven "palette swaps" are actually the seven Koopalings that have their own voices and different faces for their mass-produced variants of the Junior Clown Car. Bowser Jr. is the only one of two characters to not have a single palette swap that is a recolor of their standard appearance, the other being Villager.
Bowser Jr.'s neutral special move is Clown Cannon, which fires a cannonball from a cannon in the mouth of the clown car. His side special move is Clown Kart Dash, which turns the Junior Clown Car into a kart that speeds forward. His down special move is Mechakoopa, which deploys a Mechakoopa that walks across the stage and can be picked up like an item. His up special move is Abandon Ship, which ejects Bowser Jr. from the Junior Clown Car, which soon after explodes. His Final Smash is Shadow Mario Paint, in which Bowser Jr. turns into Shadow Mario and paints a giant "X" across the screen that damages opponents.
Bowser Jr. is the only fighter who can utilize the Drill equipment, used for increasing attack power. He can also use the Shell and Dash Mushroom equipment to boost his defense and speed respectively.
Mario & Sonic series
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Bowser Jr. makes his debut in the Mario & Sonic series in the second game installment, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. He is a well-rounded character, with stats more in favor of power and skill in the Wii version; his stats in the DS version, however, are more balanced, with power being his best stat. His special move is the same as his dad's. Bowser Jr. has the highest power among all the All-Round characters.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Bowser Jr. returns along with his dad in the third installment, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games as once again an all-around playable character on the Wii version. In the 3DS version, he is a Challenger along with Yoshi, Silver, and Shadow. In the Story Mode, he challenges the other challengers, but loses. In the Challenger's Bonus, he is the playable character.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Bowser Jr. returns in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as an all-around playable athlete once again.
Mario Sports Mix
Bowser Jr. appears as a speedy character in Mario Sports Mix. His speed is very high, while having average power. However, his technique attribute is very low. Bowser Jr. does get his very own stadium, which is called Bowser Jr. Blvd..
Bowser Jr.'s special shot involves him scattering paint onto the court, and sending the ball/puck to his target. Players who step on the paint will slip, and slide on their bellies, making it harder to block shots, or evade dodgeball attacks. In Basketball, however, players can still jump to repel Bowser Jr.'s shot.
Bowser Jr. appears as a playable character in the Wii follow-up to Itadaki Street DS, Fortune Street. Bowser Jr. is Ranked A, meaning he is one of the harder CPU opponents.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Bowser Jr. makes an appearance in the Nintendo 3DS title, Paper Mario: Sticker Star. This is his first appearance in the Paper Mario series and a Mario RPG game. He is a mini boss who is seen using his personal Junior Clown Car. He is first seen in Warm Fuzzy Plains, where he is chasing a Toad to obtain a rare sticker. During this battle, Bowser Jr. attacks by ramming into Mario with his Junior Clown Car, which allows him to avoid hammer attacks. Additionally, whenever Mario attacks him, he recovers all his HP. The only way to defeat him is to use the Scissors sticker obtained right before the battle. When Mario defeats him, he uses the paperization ability to take the bridge out, crumple it up, and throw it away to block Mario's way, and then flies away.
He is next seen in World 4. If the player takes the boat back to Decalburg, he attacks Mario on the boat. This time, he uses the healing technique and Junior Clown Car ram from the previous battle, but may also pull 1 to 3 Bob-ombs out of the car and toss them at Mario. Each Bob-omb deals 6 damage, but Mario can hit Jr. while he is holding them to damage Jr. However, if Mario jumps on Bowser Jr. while he is holding Bob-ombs, Mario will lose 10 HP for each Bob-omb Bowser Jr. is holding. When defeated, Bowser Jr. returns to his dad.
When Mario attempts to reach Bowser's Sky Castle via Flutter, Bowser Jr.'s airship blasts a Banzai Bill at Mario. He informs Mario and Kersti that he no longer cares about getting rare stickers, but rather exacting revenge on Mario. He is last fought in his airship, where he implements a protective shield on his Junior Clown Car; this shield lasts until he has only 100 HP left. Additionally, he attacks by barraging the player with fireballs, spiked balls, and ramming Mario with his clown car, in rapid succession. Mario can defeat him most easily by using a Tail sticker to block the fireballs, repel his ramming attack, and return his spiked balls, the latter doing 50 damage per successful counterattack. Once Mario defeats him, Bowser Jr. is sent flying off the ship, not to be seen again until later. Although dialogue from both Kersti and Bowser Jr. himself implied that he was killed as a result of the battle, the ending credits revealed that he had survived, where he is seen with his dad riding on their own parade float.
Mario & Luigi series
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Bowser Jr. appears in the game Mario & Luigi: Dream Team as the final boss of the Battle Ring, where he is faced after defeating all the other X Bosses in the Battle Medley; Luigi is visibly shocked to see him when he makes his entrance. Bowser Jr. is the only non-X boss (all of which were presumably conjured by the Battle Ring), and his arena is the Battle Ring itself; he rides in his Koopa Clown Car, now officially named the Junior Clown Car, and fights similar to Bowser X from the previous game.
Bowser Jr. often steals Bros. Attacks with his Magic Paintbrush from Mario & Luigi after they are used on him (also sapping the BP needed to use it), though attacking Bowser Jr. hard enough may return them. He will also throw a spiked ball at them, forcing the Bros. to deflect the ball between them with the hammer, while Bowser Jr. attempts to ram one of them. Deflecting Bowser Jr. turns the Junior Clown Car upside down; Bowser Jr. will then hide under the car and breathe fire at the Bros (this can be prevented by hammering him the instant he turns to face the targeted brother).
Bowser Jr. can lob a Bob-omb at the Bros.; while they jump to avoid the constantly circling explosive, he will shoot a fireball at one brother at regular intervals. Bowser Jr. Can also summon two Shy Guys with a string of fire similar to a firebar that the Bros. must jump over. The Shy Guys will stare at both Bros. before randomly appearing at the top or bottom of the screen and go the opposite way, and then spinning it like a helicopter blade that all characters must jump over; the attack will occasionally get delayed by the Shy Guys stumbling, and ends when Bowser Jr. or one of the Bros. is hit. Finally, Bowser Jr. will call a horde of Shy Guys with present, which he and the Bros. take turns opening the gifts; the presents can contain a Bob-omb, an item, any stolen Bros. Attacks, or nothing. The player will be able to tell which Shy Guy has the Bob-omb by observing when Bowser Jr. will choose, as the Shy Guy will start to sweat when Bowser Jr. is over him.
When damaged enough, Bowser Jr. will jump out of his Junior Clown Car. When this happens, Mario or Luigi can jump inside the vehicle and chase Bowser Jr. with it. Pressing their corresponding buttons will make the Bros. throw various objects at Jr. After the attack, the Junior Clown Car will crash into Jr. and explode, leaving a group of Monty Bros. to repair it for several turns. Throwing a Taunt Ball obtained from Jr.'s present attack at the Monty Bros. will increase the amount of time it takes for them to repair it.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Bowser Jr. will return in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. He will also be accompanied by his Paper Mario: Sticker Star counterpart from the Paper Mario series. Unlike his father, Bowser Jr. and Paper Bowser Jr. quickly resolve their argument and become friends.
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition
Bowser Jr. also appears in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, serving as a boss at World 6-, World 7-, and World 8-. He also appears in the final battle, alongside the Koopalings and his father, as a separate entity.
Bowser Jr. is a Light attribute character, and his skill changes all Heart Orbs into Light Orbs, and all Light Orbs into Dark Orbs. As for his Awoken Skill, it'll decrease the number of turns that are required to first use skills when starting a course.
As an enemy, Bowser Jr. has a couple skills that he can use to mess up the player. His Status Barrier can render all status defects (such as defense reductions and turn delays) ineffective, while Junior Smash can cut the player's current HP in half. Bowser Jr. can even increase his ATK, along with Binding random allies in the player's party.
Bowser Jr. will join the player after he's been defeated at ★World 8-. After he joins the player, Bowser Jr.'s position as a boss will be taken over by Boom Boom.
Bowser Jr. offers one of the highest HP and ATK stats in the game, but his RCV is quite low.
Super Mario Maker
Bowser Jr. makes an appearance as a usable enemy in Super Mario Maker, and can be placed by shaking Bowser. Without modifications, he behaves similarly to the Koopalings in Super Mario Bros. 3, doing shell spins, shooting fireballs, and performing ground pounds that can stun Mario if he's on the ground.
Bowser Jr. counts towards the 3 Bowser item limit in each course, meaning that no more than three Bowser Jr.'s can be placed in any course. Unlike Bowser, however, Bowser Jr. can be defeated by delivering three hits on him, whether it's by jumping on his head, or throwing enemies at him. When Mario attacks with the Fire Flower, five fireballs will deliver a single hit to Bowser Jr.; if Bowser Jr. is giant-sized, however, then he has to take 10 fireball hits to count as a single hit.
When given wings, Bowser Jr. gains the ability to throw hammers and survive falls into pits, on top of the ability to flutter. While riding on the Junior Clown Car, Bowser Jr. will often throw two green Koopa Troopa shells at the player; if Bowser Jr. is giant-sized, the green Koopa Troopa shells will be giant-sized as well.
Bowser Jr.'s music block instrument is the saxophone, and he also appears as a mystery mushroom costume, riding in his transforming Junior Clown Car.
Bowser Jr. has a yellow skin tone that lacks the tan seen on his dad and most of the Koopalings, as well as a light green head. Bowser Jr. has one, fang-like tooth in the upper corner of the side of his snout. He also has a ribbed, padded stomach and padded feet. His mouth is wide, puffy, and con-vexed, with a large snout. He has small, circular eyes that are black in color. Bowser Jr. has small spikes on each side of his head, each being circled with orange rings. Bowser Jr. has his father's fiery orange hair and eyebrows; his hair is tied up into a top-ponytail. Bowser Jr.'s shell is green, lined with a white encasing, and the multiple, short spikes are circled with orange rings, similar to his father's shell. He has also been shown with a considerable amount of strength, seen in Super Mario Sunshine and New Super Mario Bros. where he is able to carry Princess Peach with little to no problem.
Bowser Jr. bears a striking resemblance to the Koopa King. The similarity is even more apparent in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, with Baby Bowser looking almost exactly like Bowser Jr., but with a different, plain white bandana. In Yoshi's New Island, Baby Bowser looks even more like Bowser Jr., but without the Bandana. By contrast, Bowser Jr. typically wears a white bandana that's decorated with drawn-on fangs and worn like a mask, though in his very first appearance, the bandana was blue and had a picture of Mario's nose and mustache drawn on it, having been used with the purpose of disguising himself as Shadow Mario. In some of Bowser Jr's earlier appearances, such as Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Power Tennis, he wears his Bandana over his mouth, whereas in later appearances, such as Mario Party: Island Tour and Mario Golf: World Tour, he wears it around his neck. Rather than sporting the same spiked cuffs the male Koopalings have, Bowser Jr. has spikeless, metal cuffs on his wrists, like Baby Bowser since Yoshi Touch & Go.
Bowser Jr.'s exact size varies from game to game like his father's. He was smallest in Super Mario Sunshine and some spin-offs, but as of New Super Mario Bros. and its three sequels he is roughly Mario's size. In Super Mario Galaxy he has grown considerably, towering over Princess Peach. He usually appears to be larger than Lemmy, and has a chubby frame similar to Ludwig's, though smaller.
Because of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto's preference for left-handed characters like himself, Bowser Jr. is left-handed. Despite this, he plays right-handed, by default, in Mario Power Tennis, and while he is left-handed while fielding in Mario Super Sluggers, he appears on the right-handed side of the batting field.
Bowser Jr. can be summed up as a bold and energetic troublemaker. His trouble making side is seen as he tricks Mario in both Super Mario Sunshine and New Super Mario Bros. According to Mario Kart Wii, Bowser Jr. inherited his father's bad attitude, evident in his motto ("Grin and bear it. When that don't work, grin and crush it."). He is also bratty, spoiled, and short tempered, though in Mario Party DS it is stated he has a lonely side. His favorite hobbies are stealing cookies, causing trouble for people, and scribbling (which may explain the widespread Graffiti that was made at Isle Delfino). However, he seems determined to defeat Mario in a fair fight in order to prove his power. His bio in Paper Mario: Sticker Star suggests he is also occasionally lazy due to riding his Junior Clown Car throughout the game. He's also apparently quite bright, with his Final Smash trophy in Super Smash Bros. Wii U stating he's brainier than his father.
Powers and Abilities
Despite his young age and size, Bowser Jr. is very skilled, powerful, and a formidable opponent to the Mario Bros. From his first appearance, he has shown remarkable talent with mechanics, able to skillfully pilot vehicles and giant robots. He is also able to take on his Shadow Mario form through the use of bandana that has drawing of Mario's moustache; in this form, he is just as acrobatic as Mario and can perform the same jump techniques. When using his Magic Paintbrush, he can create Color Portals, Forcefields, Graffiti infused with different effects, and even enemies such as Swoopin' Stus and Polluted Piranhas. He also has high level of skill wielding it. He rotates the Magic Paintbrush with one hand effortlessly and uses it as an offensive combat weapon against his opponents. Bowser Jr. is shown to be fast and skilled, though at times he may be given varied stats. Being the heir to the royal Koopa line, Bowser Jr. seems to have some of his father's traits. He is usually physically powerful like his father in spite of his small frame, and have shown off great levels of durability into the point of being capable of surviving near-death situations. This is evident in Super Mario Galaxy, where he falls into the gigantic sun after his father's defeat, and is later shown to be alive back in Mushroom Kingdom, as well as New Super Mario Bros Wii, where he survives after being crushed by Bowser's collapsing castle.
Bowser Jr. was, at first, unskilled in breathing fire as shown in Mario Strikers Charged where he attempts to breathe fire like his father in his entrance, only to breathe smoke and a tiny flame. This changes in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where he can breathe fireballs that can home onto opponents, and creates a large blaze of fire when the fireball is on contact with the ground. In New Super Mario Bros. U, he can breathe fireballs consecutively. In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, he is able to breathe a stream of fire. He can also withdraw and duck into his shell for offensive and defensive purposes and uses Koopa Shells as weapons in New Super Mario Bros. In Mario Strikers Charged, he has a Super Ability that shrinks his opponents called Sonic Roar! where he emits large sonic waves by screaming loudly. He uses this as a Mega Strike as well. Bowser Jr. appears to excel in magic as shown in Mario Super Sluggers where he turned Daisy into a stone statue. This is also supported in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, where he can Paperize, create a defensive shield, and heal. Bowser Jr. is also surprisingly strong for his size as demonstrated in Super Mario Maker, where he possesses the ability to ground pound and paralyze any opponents that stay on the ground, an ability performed by most large and strong characters like Bowser, Morton, Roy, and Ludwig.
Bowser Jr. idolizes his father and strives to be like him. In Mario Party: Island Tour, Bowser Jr. challenged Bowser in Bowser's Tower, but aside from this instance of father-son rivalry, the two have been shown to share a close bond, appearing as partners in various sports and spin-off titles, and Bowser Jr. aids his father in many of his plots. While he cares for his son, Bowser's selfishness and single-minded determination to defeat Mario occasionally leads him to treat Bowser Jr. like a minion. Initially, Bowser even tried to manipulate the child into helping with the fight against Mario by telling him that Peach was his mother, although he eventually felt guilty and came clean. Bowser Jr., however, knew it was a lie all along and willingly went along with it because he wanted to fight alongside his father regardless of the deception, revealing his deep loyalty and love for his father. As revealed in his Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy, Bowser Jr. was also motivated to kidnap Princess Peach by his own affection for her, and in Mario Superstar Baseball, he continues to call her "mama", suggesting he wishes she really was his mother. His actual mother has not been revealed, although Shigeru Miyamoto once jokingly claimed he was the mother.
As the heir to the throne, Bowser Jr. is naturally a high-ranking member of the Koopa Troop. However, there is some ambiguity about where he stands with respect to the Koopalings, who were originally portrayed as Bowser's own seven children. Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings have been shown working together on a few of Bowser's plots, although they have no formally revealed relationship. It is also noted that Bowser Jr. almost always wears his bandana on his face in the presence of the Koopalings (an exception being when it is forcibly knocked off in a crash-landing airship), which may suggest that he strives to be higher in their presence.
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Bowser Jr. was voiced by Dolores Rogers until 2006. On Tara Strong's official website, there used to be a credit there saying she voiced Bowser Jr. in Super Mario Sunshine, even though she is not listed in the game's credits.
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