Chargin' Chuck

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Chargin' Chuck
Chargin' Chuck Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png
Artwork of two Chargin' Chucks from Super Mario 3D World.
Species Origin Koopa
First Appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest Appearance Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (2014)

Chargin' Chucks are a type of Koopa who wear American football gear. They have a variety of attacks and sports based weaponry, such as baseballs and footballs.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

A Chargin' Chuck from Super Mario World.

Chargin' Chucks first appeared in Super Mario World as common enemies, who are quite durable against damage. Chargin' Chucks can attack in a variety of ways, including throwing baseballs, kicking footballs and flinging rocks with a shovel. They can also break through Rotating Blocks and Grab Blocks. Chargin' Chucks also act more aggressive when Mario is with Yoshi. Other types have more bizarre attack patterns, such as splitting into three and charging forward and summoning or alerting other nearby enemies, such as Super Koopas and Rip Van Fish, using a whistle; one type of Chargin' Chuck also has the habit of jumping in place and clapping. Aside from the whistling Chargin' Chucks, all Chargin' Chucks, once jumped on, revert to simply trying to tackle the player. They are often found at the end of a level defending the Giant Gate. It takes three jumps on a Chargin' Chuck's head to defeat him. Fire Mario's fireballs can defeat a Chargin' Chuck with five hits, and they can also be defeated by one cape swing by Cape Mario.

Descriptions of a variety of Chargin' Chucks.

In the Mario Mania Player's Guide, the different types of Chargin' Chucks (except the whistling Chargin' Chucks) are each given individual names:

  • Clappin' Chucks: By jumping and clapping over their heads, these tacklers attempt to take down heroes on the high road.
  • Splittin' Chucks: As if one football freak isn't enough, these creatures split into triplets and charge when you draw near.
  • Passin' Chucks: By tossing out a barrage of killer footballs, these kooky quarterbacks have no need for a defensive line.
  • Lookout Chucks: Keeping an eye open for Dinosaur Land trespassers, the Lookout Chucks will charge as soon as they see you.
  • Confused Chucks: While they continue to wear football gear, these wacky characters have switched sports and toss baseballs.
  • Diggin' Chucks: Some Chargin' Chucks in the Dinosaur Land underground dig up rocks and toss them at passing plumbers.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

The rushing Chargin' Chucks and the clapping variety also appear in the e-Reader accessible level "Vegetable Volley" in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Chargin' Chucks also appear in Super Mario 3D World, which marks their first appearance in a 3D Mario game.[1] Like in Super Mario World, Chargin' Chucks can't normally be defeated with a single stomp, and jumping on them once causes their helmets to fly off their heads. After the first hit, they will become faster and after several seconds, put their helmets back on. Unlike in Super Mario World, it takes two normal hits to defeat a Chargin' Chuck, but a single Ground Pound will instantly defeat it. Likewise, certain items can take out a Chargin' Chuck with one blow, such as a Bob-omb.

When hit, they make the same sound like they did in Super Mario World.[2]

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Chargin'Chuck SuperMarioKun.jpg

Chargin' Chucks appear in Super Mario-Kun in volume 6. While Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi are in balloon form, they attempt to hinder their progress by throwing a football at Mario, but the football bounces and hits one of its friends. It then throws a spiked football at Mario, making Mario fall into a Warp Pipe. Mario, however, collects a star, fires from the warp pipe, and then punches them on the face, defeating them.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

A Koopa Football Player from the Super Mario World television series.

“Koopa Football Players grabbed the princess!”
Luigi, Mama Luigi

Chargin' Chucks also appear in the Super Mario World animated series, where they are referred to as Koopa Football Players. Due to the fact that the Koopa Football Players appear throughout several episodes of Super Mario World, they appear to have replaced Goombas and Koopa Troopas, who make relatively few appearances on the show, as Bowser's main shock troops.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

In Dinosaur Dilemma, a group of Chargin' Chucks ambush Mario and Yoshi while they are traveling through a forest, but can be beaten if Mario grabs the Green Shell they are using as a ball, leads them to a clearing, and jumps out of the way when they charge at him, causing them all to collide and knock themselves out. In Brain Drain, some Chargin' Chucks are spotted milling about the WMUSH radio station after Iggy Koopa takes it over, and chase Luigi out of the building if he steals some Fungus Up cola from the Synapse Switcher.

Super Mario Adventures[edit]

Several Chargin' Chucks from Super Mario Adventures.

In the Super Mario Adventures comic, several Chargin' Chucks, along with several Thwomps, are summoned by Wendy O. Koopa to attack Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, Toad and Friendly Floyd during the battle in the Koopaling's Tower.

Yoshi's Safari[edit]

A Chargin' Chuck as it appears in Yoshi's Safari.

In Yoshi's Safari, a Chargin' Chuck, who attacks Mario and Yoshi by throwing bombs while jumping from side-to-side, appears as the boss of Float Castle II.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

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Chargin' Chucks have been shown to reappear as enemies in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. They behave the same as in Super Mario 3D World. Chargin' Chucks can be quite devastating, due to needing to be hit twice and constantly putting back on the helmet, while Toad is unable to jump on them. They are now more often used to be lured to break Stone Brick Blocks or topple Mud Troopers at a high risk. The easiest way to defeat a Chargin' Chuck is to merely lure it off a cliff.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブル
From the English "Bull"; officially romanized as "Bul".
French (NOA) Fred Lafonce (Super Mario 3D World) Chargin' Fred
French (NOE) Bill Dozer Possibly a reference from the vehicle named "Bulldozer"
German Football Chuck Football-Chuck
Italian Plakkoopa Pun on "Placcare" (to tackle) and "Koopa"
Portuguese Chargin' Chuck -


  • In Super Mario World and in the television series, the football gear they wear is green, but other sources depict it as blue.
  • Chargin' Chucks are similar to Broozer; they are both able to break through blocks, both take a few jumps to defeat, and both chase Mario if he gets close to them.


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