Cosmic Clone

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Cosmic Clone
Artwork of a Cosmic Clone from Super Mario Galaxy 2.
First Appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
Latest Appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)

“Watch out for Cosmic Clones ahead! If they come after you, RUN!”
Board, Super Mario Galaxy 2

Not to be confused with Cosmic Mario.

Cosmic Clones (or Shadow Clones) are shadowy duplicates of Mario that first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They copy Mario or Luigi's every move, even copying their death animation if they die.


Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A Cosmic Clone in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Cosmic Clones are created once a certain point is reached in a galaxy and will follow behind Mario or Luigi, performing every movement the plumbers make. Boards usually warn the plumbers that Cosmic Clones are present in the area, although they also appear when a Clone Comet orbits a galaxy.

Cosmic Clones will mimic whatever Mario or Luigi does, even if the landscape has recently been changed. For example, they will still appear to jump on a platform even if the platform had disappeared after plumbers used it. If Mario or Luigi get hit by a clone, they receive damage and the clone vanishes, with the rest of the clones then mimicking the plumber taking damage. Once the way forward is revealed, the clones disappear screaming loudly for a few seconds and leaving behind three Star Bits each.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

A Cosmic Clone in Super Mario 3D Land.

A Cosmic Clone appears only in the Special Worlds in Super Mario 3D Land, and it resembles Small Mario. Regardless of which character encounters a Cosmic Clone, it will always have Mario's voice, and resembles Mario's body and hair more than Luigi's, suggesting that the Cosmic Clone is resembling Mario only. A big Cosmic Clone's voice is slower and has a lower pitch, and it is four times the size as its usual. It can also destroy Brick Blocks upon contact. It functions identically to the clones in Super Mario Galaxy 2, but it has a purple outline instead of a red one, and only one appears instead of a group. Mario or Luigi can destroy it by touching it while invincible; normal-sized clones give three coins upon destruction, and large ones give ten. Upon reaching a certain area, the Cosmic Clone disappears. If the player leaves that area, the Cosmic Clone will appear again, even if it has been destroyed with a Star.


Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Galaxy Mission(s) Planet(s) Duration of Chase
Sky Station Galaxy Storming the Sky Fleet Flipswitch Planet Until Mario or Luigi flips all the Flipswitch Panels.
Spin-Dig Galaxy Silver Stars Down Deep Starting Planet Until Mario or Luigi shatters the Item Crystal containing the Sling Star.
Fluffy Bluff Galaxy Search for the Toad Brigade Captain Pond Planet Until Mario or Luigi collects all the Star Chips.
Puzzle Plank Galaxy Purple Coin Shadow Vault Three Pillars Planet (Inside) Until Mario or Luigi collects all the Purple Coins.
Cloudy Court Galaxy Silver Stars in the Purple Pond,
The Shadow Lining
Poison Swamp Planet
Starting Planets
Castle Wall Planet
Silver Stars in the Purple Pond - Until all of the Silver Stars are collected.

The Shadow Lining - Until Mario or Luigi collects all the Star Chips for the first wave, take the Sling Star after the Castle Wall Planet for the second wave, and shatter the Item Crystal containing the Power Star for the third wave

Haunty Halls Galaxy Spooky Cosmic Clone Chase Disappearing Paths Planet Until Mario or Luigi shatters the Item Crystal containing the Power Star.
Chompworks Galaxy Cosmic Clones in the Chompworks Rising Platforms Planet Until Mario or Luigi guides the Golden Chomp into the hole.
Mario Squared Galaxy Luigi's Purple Coin Chaos 8-Bit Luigi Planet Until Mario or Luigi collects 100 Purple Coins.
Flip-Out Galaxy Cosmic Clone Wall Jumpers,
Green Star 2
Second Wall Jump Planet Until Mario or Luigi shatters the Item Crystal containing the Power Star or gets a Green Power Star.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

  • Special 1-2 (Regular)
  • Special 4-2 (Regular)
  • Special 5-2 (Regular)
  • Special 6-4 (Regular)
  • Special 7-2 (Regular)
  • Special 7-4 (Large)
  • Special 7-Castle Icon.png (Large)
  • Special 8-Crown (Appears at the Rocket Engines part) (Large)
  • Special 8-1 (Regular)
  • Special 8-3 (Large)
  • Special 8-5 (Large)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マネック
From mane, Japanese word for "imitation".
Spanish (NOA) Sombras de Mario Mario's Shadows
Spanish (NOE) Mario Sombra Shadow Mario
French (NOE) Clone chaotique Chaotic clone
German Schattenmario Shadow Mario
Italian Duplimario ("Ombra Scura" in Super Mario Galaxy 2) From duplicate and Mario ("Dark Shadow" in Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Korean 검은그림자
Geomeun geurimja
Black Shadow


  • The Cosmic Clones' theme is the Cosmic Comet theme from Super Mario Galaxy with a half-step higher pitch and an added opening section, which in turn is a remix of the Super Mario Bros. overworld and underground theme.
  • Cosmic Clones also share their voice clips with Cosmic Mario and Cosmic Luigi: they have a high-pitched voice that is strikingly similar to Shadow Mario's.
  • Only the first clone will make noises when jumping. If the player is hurt by the first Cosmic Clone, the other ones will not make any noises.
  • Cosmic Mario is strikingly similar to them; the only difference is their color and the Cosmic Clones' piercing yellow eyes.
  • They are similar to Dreamy Mario in many ways; They are both beings that consist of multiple copies of Mario, and Dreamy Mario even has the same purple glow as the Cosmic Clones.
  • Mummy-Mes from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker have the same behavior as Cosmic Clones.