Mushroom Kings

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This article is about the kings in Super Mario Bros. 3. For information about the king of the Mushroom Kingdom, see here.
Mushroom Kings
Full Name Grass Land King
Desert Land King
Water Land King
Giant Land King
Sky Land King
Ice Land King
Pipe Land King
Species Human
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)

“Hey you! How about lending me your clothes? No dice? What a drag!”
Mushroom Kings, Super Mario Bros. 3

The Mushroom Kings are the monarchs of the various lands of the Mushroom World. They are first found in Super Mario Bros. 3. There are seven kings in total, and each was turned into a different creature by Bowser's children. The kings do not have official names, although The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 gave some of them names, and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! even introduced several similar characters and territories. Like Princess Toadstool, they have Toad helpers.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

The transformed Water Land King pointing at the Koopalings' airship in Super Mario Bros. 3.

Not long ago, the evil Koopalings invaded the seven kingdoms of the Mushroom World, stealing the royal magic wands using them to transform the kings into various creatures. The evil Koopaling then ruled over the world in the king's place, the king being in his vunerable state, with Boom Boom and the Koopa Troop all over the kingdoms, until Mario and Luigi, sent by the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom came to help them, first starting with Grass Land.

To save a king, the Mario Bros. have to go to his castle, where the Toad is pleading the heroes to save the world and return the king back to the way he was, with the Magic Wand the Koopaling stole from him. After that, Mario and Luigi must defeat the Koopaling, destroy the airship and return the king back into his human shape. As a king, he thanks the Mario Bros. for saving him, he gives a letter from Princess Toadstool to Mario and receives a special item. Mario and Luigi may continue their way to the next kingdom of Dark Land after saving the Pipe Land King. If the player manages to restore the Kings to their human forms while wearing a special suit, then they get a different answer for each different suit. With the Tanooki Suit, the King says "Thank you kind racoon! Please tell me your name?" With the Hammer suit he asks if they could lend him their clothes. With the Frog Suit, he asks if they want to be restored to their original form, thinking that they had been transformed into actual frogs.

In the GBA remake, Super Mario Advance 4, if the player defeated Bowser before saving the kings, upon selecting the castle, the player is treated to a cutscene where it shows the Koopaling of the respective world invading the castle, snatching the Magic Scepter, using it to transform the king, and then escaping seconds before Mario arrives. In addition, because Princess Toadstool would have been saved beforehand, the King will not give the player a letter from her.

One of the kings who was turned into this kappa.

Each king had been transformed into strange creatures by the Koopalings:

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 created personalities for several rulers. Many, if not all, of them also looked different.


Human Kings[edit]

Transformed Kings[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 王様[1]


  • If Mario defeats a Koopaling as Tanooki Mario, Hammer Mario, or Frog Mario, the King says one of the following:
    • "Thank you, kind raccoon. Please, tell me your name."
    • "Hey you! How about lending me your clothes? No dice? What a drag."
    • "Oh my! You have been transformed! Shall I change you back?"
  • The king of Water Land bears a striking resemblance to Mario, possibly due to the castle being on four islands that resemble Japan. The castle is in a location near Kyoto, Nintendo's headquarters.


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, pages 2 & 24
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 2 (Larry's speech balloon)