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This article is about the kings in Super Mario Bros. 3. For information about other uses of the term, see here.
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!”
Kings, Super Mario Bros. 3

The kings[1] are the monarchs of the various lands of the Mushroom World. Seven of them are featured in Super Mario Bros. 3, and each was turned into a different creature by King Bowser's children. The kings are unnamed individually, although The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 gave some of them unique identities, 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.

The Koopalings invaded seven kingdoms of the Mushroom World, stealing the royal magic wands and using them to transform their kings into various creatures. With the king in his vulnerable state, the evil Koopaling then ruled over the world in the king's place, with Boom Boom and the Koopa Troop forces placed all over the kingdoms. Renowned heroic brothers Mario and Luigi of the Mushroom Kingdom arrived to help them, first starting with Grass Land.

To save a king, the Mario Bros. have to go to his castle, where the Toad pleads the heroes to restore the king but taking the magic wand back from the Koopaling. After that, Mario and Luigi must assault the airship, defeat the Koopaling, and return the king back into his human shape. He thanks the Mario Bros. for saving him, and he delivers a letter from Princess Toadstool enclosed with a "jewel" (or power-up). If the player manages to restore the kings to their human forms while wearing a special suit, then they get different rescue dialog for each different suit. This continues until the brothers reach the forbidden kingdom of Dark Land, where Bowser ended up holding the princess hostage.

In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, 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 wand and 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[2]


  • If Mario defeats a Koopaling as Frog Mario, Tanooki Mario, or Hammer Mario, the king says one of the following:
    • "Oh me, oh my! You've been transformed! Shall I change you back with this wand?"
    • "Thank you, kind raccoon. Please tell me your name."
    • "Hey you! How about lending me your clothes? No dice?! What a drag."
  • 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.
  • If Dark Land and the Mushroom Kingdom are counted as additional regions of the Mushroom World, then there are actually a total of ten monarchs during the events of Super Mario Bros. 3 (King Bowser, Princess Toadstool, and the Mushroom King).


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, pages 5 & 25
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, pages 2 & 24
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 2 (Larry's speech balloon)