Geno

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Geno
Geno SMRPG.gif
Full Name ♥♪!?
Species Star
First Appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest Appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)

“I serve… a higher authority…”
Geno, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Geno (whose real name is ♥♪!?) is a warrior from Star Road and one of Mario's partners in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. He is sent by "a higher authority" to restore peace to Mario's world. During the events of Super Mario RPG, he teams up with Mario's team, which consists of Mario, Mallow, Princess Peach and Bowser. In battle, he has high attack, but lower defense. He helps them out on their quest to defeat Smithy.

History[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

When Smithy launches his attack on Mushroom Kingdom, he decides to make Bowser's Keep his base of operations. Exor, crashes into the castle and occupies it. However, as Exor fell from the sky, he shatters the Star Road. Seven Star Pieces are scattered throughout Star Road as a result. With the Star Road broken, wishes cannot be granted. Because of this, Geno is sent to retrieve the Star Pieces and restore the power of wishes to the world.

Geno as a doll in the Rose Town Inn.

Some time later, Rose Town is besieged by the Smithy Gang. Bowyer is launching arrows into the small town and paralyzing people. As a result, the people of Rose Town cannot leave their homes for fear of being paralyzed by one of Bowyer's arrows.

During this time of crisis, Mario and Mallow arrive in Rose Town. The pair enters the Town Inn to seek shelter from the arrows. Inside, Mario sees a young boy named Gaz playing with his dolls of Mario, Peach, and Bowser. Gaz's mom, asks Mario to play with her son. Gaz pretends to be Mario, and Mario pretends to be Bowser. Unfortunately, he plays too rough, and activates Geno's "Super Star Shot" by accident. Instead of hitting the Bowser Doll, the blast hits Mario, knocking him out.

That night, a single star being, enters the Inn. Seeing the four dolls on the floor, the star decides to inhabit the Geno doll, but has problems with walking, such as the fact he hit the walls many times, but then, his victory animation was seen, surely he learnt how to walk after so much time flying. Later, Geno admits he chose that particular doll because it appears to be the strongest of the four.

The next morning, Gaz tells his mom that he saw a living Geno walk into the Forest Maze. Because of this, Gaz receives a time out from his mother for telling a lie. Mario believes the kid's tale and enters the woods to find the animated doll. Geno enters the forest to challenge Bowyer, the arrow-firing fiend, and retrieves the Star Piece that Bowyer discovers. Mario and Mallow decide to help Geno, and together, the three defeat Bowyer and acquire the Star Piece.

Geno explaining the situation to Mario and Mallow.

After defeating Bowyer, Geno realizes he needs help recovering the remaining Star Pieces and decides to join forces with Mario and Mallow. Geno reveals to the heroes that he is a warrior from Star Road and that he assumes the form of a doll to fight the Smithy Gang. Additionally, he states that wishes can never come true again until all the Star Pieces are recovered. He also reveals his real name, ♥♪!?. However, this is impossible to pronounce, so the star warrior assumes the name of the doll: Geno.

Eventually, Mario, Mallow, Geno, Bowser, and Toadstool collect the remaining Star Pieces and defeat Smithy. With Smithy destroyed, Geno decides to leave the doll's wooden body, returning to the form of a star and bringing the Star Pieces to Star Road. Repairing the celestial road, the power of wishes return to the world. The lifeless Geno doll can be seen sitting behind Mario and company on Vista Hill while they witness Exor disintegrate.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

The Geno cameo in Superstar Saga.

Geno's doll form makes a cameo in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. He appears as the mechanical host of the Star 'Stache Smash arcade game in Little Fungitown, explaining the rules of the minigame.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Geno appears in the Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars volume of the Super Mario-Kun manga. Being an adaption with a few tweaks, he fills the same role as he did in the game.

Character Description[edit]

Geno's star form.

Geno acts as a sage-like figure to Mario and his allies. Consequently, Geno offers the heroes advice about matters the others may not understand. For instance, after Mario and his allies liberate Bowser's Keep, Bowser decides to quit the team and return to the castle. However, Geno points out that until Smithy and his factory are destroyed, Bowser's Keep is still at risk. Thus Bowser decides to continue the fight.

Geno has a variety of attacks which use a mix of physical and energy projectiles. His regular attack involves shooting physical projectiles from his arms. His special attacks typically involve powerful energy blasts. Additionally, Geno is the fastest of Mario's allies.

Personality[edit]

Geno's personality is strongly based on his confidence and attitude. Geno has more of a defiant, heroic attitude. His eagerness to confront the villain may be due to his status as an authority figure from Star Road. He also tends to show more enthusiasm than any other party member.

Geno comes off as very powerful from his first appearance as a doll when Gaz attacks using Geno and accidentally hits Mario and knocks him out. However, when Geno tries to fight Bowyer, upon striking Bowyer will say, "Strong you are, but stronger am I!" One of Geno's magic powers is also potentially the most powerful attack in game, Geno Whirl. If timed just right, it deals 9,999 points of damage; if not timed right, it does average damage at best. The skill works only on regular enemies, as well as Yaridovich, Machine Made, and Exor.

Although powerful, Geno is quite amiable, quick to make friends with Mario and Mallow. He has a strong sense of duty and responsibility, and his role on Star Road may be analogous to Mario's role in the Mushroom Kingdom. He even worries over the "ownership" of his physical form, and promises to return the body to the home from whence it came.

Battle[edit]

Despite his strength, Geno lacks in HP and in special equipment, unlike Mario. Geno does succeed in other areas, though. His speed trumps Mario, and his strength exceeds Bowser, making Geno good for taking out difficult enemies early in the round. When equipped with the Feather, Geno is the only character capable of defeating a Shy Ranger (provided Mario doesn't have the Super Suit + Attack Scarf combination). Except for Geno Boost, a support move, Geno's special moves largely revolve around single and multiple enemy attacks. Most of his magic is difficult to execute perfectly, however. Geno's power begins to deteriorate late-game, unfortunately, as his ultimate weapon, the Star Gun, is not nearly as powerful as others, such as Mario's, the Lazy Shell.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Geno Beam - Charging up his energy, Geno shoots a deadly energy beam at one enemy. Holding Y until three stars appears will deal more damage.
  • Geno Boost - Using magic, Geno boosts an ally's attack. After all the arrows disappear, pressing Y will boost the ally's defense as well.
  • Geno Whirl - Geno throws a disk of light at one enemy. If timed correctly, the attack will do 9,999 damage. This does not work for boss characters (except Exor and Yaridovich copies).
  • Geno Blast - Geno summons light energy from the sky, damaging all enemies. Holding Y until three stars appears will deal more damage.
  • Geno Flash - Geno transforms into a large cannon, then shoots a large ball of energy, damaging all enemies. Holding Y until three stars appears will deal more damage.

Initial Stats in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

  • Level - 6
  • HP - 45
  • Speed - 30
  • Attack - 60
  • Defense - 23
  • Magic Attack - 25
  • Magic Defense - 17
  • Special Attacks -
    • Geno Beam -
      • FP Required - 3
      • Magic Power - 40
      • Description - Geno shoots an energy beam at one enemy. Hold Y until three stars appear.

Appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Playable Character after being found in Forest Maze 1996 SNES
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Cameo 2003 Game Boy Advance

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Geno[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジーノ
Jīno
Geno
French Geno Geno

♥♪!?[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French ?!-! n/a

Trivia[edit]

  • Geno's real name was different in the Japanese version of Super Mario RPG, being a truly unpronounceable series of symbols never used elsewhere in the Japanese game.
  • Peculiarly, the sprites of Geno's star form when possessing the Geno doll and those seen at the end of the game are vastly different, the former being a small, white, almost realistic star while the latter was a yellow, more traditional Mario star surrounded by yellow dots. Similarly, the sprites of the Geno doll when playing with Gaz and the one sitting pose of it seen at the end of the game are proportionally inaccurate to each other.
  • Although Geno appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, he is a registered trademark of Square Enix, as noted in the end credits of the game. They state, "Regardless of the above-mentioned, the copyright of Geno, reserved by Square Enix, Co. Ltd.".
  • When Geno uses a Special Move a symbol of a star is superimposed over his body. This also happens to be the only one of the aforementioned Special Moves that isn't a playing card symbol.