“Waaaa! You've flooded my house! Wh-Why?? Look at this mess! What am I going to do now? The ceiling's ruined, the floor is soaked...what to do, what to do? Huff...huff...it makes me so...MAD!!! Everything's been going wrong since I got this Star...It's so shiny, but it makes me feel...strange... ”
Wigglers are a species resembling large real-world caterpillars. They first appear in Super Mario World, where they have a yellow coloration when calm, but turn red and run angrily about quickly if jumped on. Wigglers, in all their types are easily identifiable by the characteristic flower or other plant growing from their head.
In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, a fully grown Wiggler variant known as a Flutter makes an appearance, confirming that Wigglers are indeed caterpillars. However, the relative sparsity of Flutters compared to ordinary Wigglers suggests that many Wigglers do not metamorphose into Flutters for reasons that are not currently clear.
Super Mario series
Super Mario World
Wigglers make their first appearance in the Forest of Illusion of Super Mario World. When jumped on, Wigglers turn red as they get angry and start moving faster, aggressively chasing Mario or Luigi. Wigglers cannot be defeated with standard Jumps. They are also immune to the cape spin from Cape Mario (with the Cape Feather). However, they can be beaten using a Super Star or a thrown object (such as a Shell, a Galoomba or a Grab Block); they can also be eaten by Yoshis.
Wigglers are also used in a glitch that allows the player to obtain 9,999,990 points very quickly.
Super Mario 64
In Super Mario 64, a Wiggler appears as a boss in Tiny-Huge Island. To reach Wiggler, Mario must go into Tiny Island and ground pound the pool above its house at the very top of the Island, then go into Huge Island and fit through a small gap that could not be reached in Tiny Island. Inside, Wiggler is angry with Mario because he has flooded its house. After two stomps on its head, the Wiggler becomes angry and storms around; after one more, the Wiggler then calms down, shrinks, and leaves a Power Star. The shrunken Wiggler will walk around for a moment and then fall through one of the many holes in the floor, either into the abyss or onto a platform (the arena itself is located directly above the cave featuring Wiggler's 8 Red Coins).
In Super Mario 64 DS, this battle returned the same, although one effect was added; the Wiggler turns into its red "angry" form before its final hit in Super Mario 64 DS. In the remake, this Wiggler's segments won't cause damage, but the head will. Super Mario 64 DS also included a minigame known as Which Wiggler? which prominently featured Wigglers.
Super Mario Sunshine
In Super Mario Sunshine, a large Wiggler appears as a boss in Episode 3 of Gelato Beach, having become enraged after being knocked off his resting spot on the top of the Shine Tower in Episode 2 of the same level. He attacks by stomping angrily all over the level. To defeat him, Mario must spray a small Dune Bud growing in the sand. When he sprays it enough, it explodes, flipping the Wiggler over if it is close. Mario must than Ground Pound on the designated part of his soft underbelly. When he is hit twice, he gets the ability to climb the hill. After being defeated, he turns into sand and dissolves.
As indicated by its Japanese name, this Wiggler is actually an individual, being known as Boss Hana-chan (ボスハナチャン), Hana-chan being the Japanese name of Wiggler. He is also unique for being green instead of yellow, as well as not turning red when angry. Firing water at this Wiggler makes him fire steam from his nose.
New Super Mario Bros.
Wigglers return in the side-scroller New Super Mario Bros., where they can be found in 4-4 and World 7-3. The only way to defeat them is to use a Shell, a Mega Mushroom, or a Starman, although a ground pound is able to flip them over and stun them. A sub-species known as Squigglers is also introduced in this game. Furthermore, World 7-3 is notable for taking place on a giant Wiggler with twenty-nine body segments, including its head. The Which Wiggler? minigame from Super Mario 64 DS also reappears.
Super Mario Galaxy
Wigglers reappear in Super Mario Galaxy. If the player ground pounds near or spins one, it would be flipped over. Once it flips itself back over after a short while, or it gets jumped on, it turns red, a vein will bulge from its head and it starts chasing Mario. However, unlike the other games, the effect is temporary, and after a few seconds, the Wiggler cools back down. A stomp when flipped or a normal ground pound on it defeats it.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Wigglers also appear in the sequel to New Super Mario Bros. just as they did in the first game. They can be defeated while Mario is under the effects of a Star, or by using a Shell. However, they're not affected by fireballs, nor can they be frozen by ice balls.
Wigglers only appear in World 5-2, and the game also introduces a bigger variety known as Big Wigglers; these are very useful for crossing over the poisonous water.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Wigglers appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They act and can be defeated in the same way as in the predecessor, but some of them start out angry. They only appear in three galaxies: the Puzzle Plank Galaxy, the Tall Trunk Galaxy, and the Throwback Galaxy. While they can be defeated as normal enemies in the first and third, they act more as obstacles as opposed to enemies in the second. Also, Big Wigglers appear at the end of Supermassive Galaxy.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Wigglers appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, having the same roles in the predecessors. In this game, they can also be defeated by having Raccoon Mario swing his tail towards its head.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Super Mario Maker
Wigglers reappear as enemies in Super Mario Maker. They function the same as previous games except in the New Super Mario Bros. U game style, as they will not dance when the vocals occur. In the Course Maker, the player can put regular Wigglers, or shake them to turn them into their mad red variant. Like most objects, they can be enlarged by a Super Mushroom and given wings, which the former will turn it into a Big Wiggler and the latter will make it jump while walking. They can be placed in Warp Pipes, Bill Blasters, Blocks, and on tracks.
Super Mario World television series
Wigglers, though referred to as "Caterpillars", appear throughout several episodes of the Super Mario World animated series. Here, Wigglers are portrayed as being constantly angry and possessing large fangs.
A Caterpillar first appear in "Ghosts 'R' Us" where Yoshi, while traveling with Oogtar the Caveboy through the Enchanted Forest, is attacked by a hungry Caterpillar. After running from this Caterpillar, Yoshi manages to defeat them by slurping it up after gaining a pair of Magic Wings.
Caterpillars are featured prominently in the episode "Party Line", which has a swarm of Caterpillars attacking Dome City while all the cave people were busy gossiping away on their new telephones. Chasing Mario and Luigi up a large tree, this swarm of Caterpillars begins trying to reach them and devour them. A Caterpillar, managing to bite Mario's leg, sends him rocketing through the air, hitting a ? Block, which releases a Starman that Luigi grabs. With his new strength, Luigi tosses all the ferocious Caterpillars into the tree, which he uses as a catapult to launch the Caterpillars into space and onto a meteor, which they devour. This group of Wigglers is seen near the end of "Party Line", where they look on as the T-Rex, who had been tossed into space by a Starman powered Mario, soars by.
"Mama Luigi" sees another appearance of them. A Caterpillar goes after the Baby Yoshi, who has run away again. When Luigi stomps it, and it gets up, it shows its fangs, and several more come. Yoshi quickly gets hungry, and to Luigi's surprise, devours the caterpillars.
Nintendo Adventure Books
In Unjust Desserts, Magikoopa shrinks some Wigglers, and sends them into Yoshi's body after Mario, who encounters them in a passageway. Mario jumps over the Wigglers, but reaches a dead end and is cornered when the Wigglers start backing up. If Mario has picked up a wrench, he can escape the caterpillars by using it to open a valve, closing it immediately after jumping through it. Some more Wigglers appear later in the palace garden, after all the creatures (Mario included) that Yoshi and Luigi have eaten are ejected from their bodies.
In Brain Drain, some Wigglers are spotted prowling around the WMUSH radio station after Iggy Koopa takes it over, and they will give chase to Luigi if he steals some Fungus Up cola from the Synapse Switcher. In the book's best ending, Iggy's mind ends up in the body of a Wiggler after he activates the Synapse Switcher without putting a protective helmet on first.
Wigglers make an appearance in Hotel Mario. They patrol Morton's Wood Door Hysteria Hotel, and have a different method of defense than in other titles - all of the segments except for the front are dangerous. To handle a Wiggler, Mario or Luigi must stomp on its head. Doing so will cause the Wiggler to grow shorter as its old head is squished and the next segment becomes its new head. It is defeated once it is reduced to one segment left.
Wiggler appears in issue 6 of Super Mario-Kun. Kamek and Bowser find an otherwise harmless Wiggler and they enrage it by removing its flower. After, they plant something on its head, which resembles a black Nipper Plant. While enraged, the Wiggler fights Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi. Meanwhile, it transforms into a giant egg that hatch into Flutter look-alike, but with a more insect-like appearance. After Yoshi defeats it, Yoshi removes the nipper plant from its head, reverting it to normal. The Wiggler, still enraged, pursues Bowser.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Wigglers appear as a common enemy in the Forest Maze in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. They crawl in and out of tree stumps during this area. Jumping on them in the overworld releases Coins and causes them to move faster, often releasing a Frog Coin if stomped enough times in a row. Additionally, some Wigglers can be found sleeping in the Forest Maze's caves; jumping (outside of battle) on some of these undefeatable Wigglers angers them, making them launch Mario up out of the caves. Finally, Wigglers are notable for having six feet rather than eight in Super Mario RPG, while their artwork for that game depicts them with the traditional number of eight; even more confusingly, Dr. Topper asks a "How many feet do Wigglers have?" question in Bowser's Keep that includes answers such as "six" and "eight", and the correct one is the non-traditional six.
Super Mario Bros. film
Wigglers are referenced in the Super Mario Bros. motion picture, which features a taxi cab company known as "Wiggler".
A Wiggler that is very different from the normal Wiggler (being a furry, green Wiggler) known as the Fuzzy Wiggler appears in Yoshi's Story. The Fuzzy Wiggler turns blue when stomped on, and once it is defeated by stomping on all of its segments it drops a Melon.
Mario Party series
Mario Party 2
A Wiggler appears in the Western Land board in Mario Party 2 as the owner of a Milk Shop. When a player passes by, they will have the option to give it 20 Coins to start a hootenanny. If the player accepts the offer, then all the other characters come to the shop for a hootenanny, which brings everyone to the character.
Mario Party 3
Mario Party 5
In Mario Party 5, Wigglers appear in the form of the Wiggler Capsule. It can be tossed onto the board, but costs 20 coins if a player wishes to use it on themselves. Activating the orb results in a Wiggler appearing on a flower, asking the player if they want to be taken to the Star Space. If the player accepts the offer, it transforms into a Flutter and flies the player to the Star.
Mario Party 6
The Wiggler Capsule once again appears in Mario Party 6, albeit the name having been changed to Flutter Orb. It retains the same effect it had in the previous game, and costs 30 coins at the Orb Shop.
Mario Party 7
The Flutter Orb reappears in Mario Party 7, once again keeping its effect and price from the previous game.
Mario Party DS
A Wiggler (named Wiggler) makes an appearance in Mario Party DS, all as a trophy, a character in Story Mode, and owns his own board, entitled Wiggler's Garden. In Story Mode, a Piranha Plant terrorizes its garden. Wiggler then asks the tiny heroes to defeat the Piranha Plant. After defeating it, Wiggler rewards the heroes with the first Sky Crystal, and the heroes continue their quest for the rest for Bowser's Castle. A Wiggler's face also appears as one of the traceable faces in the minigame Double Vision.
Mario Party 9
In Mario Party 9, a Wiggler appears as the boss of the board Toad Road. It is faced in the minigame Wiggler Bounce, which involves the players trying to defeat Wiggler as it romps around the area. Stomping it on a purple section earns the player one point, and stomping the red section earns the player three. When Wiggler's health reaches its midway point, it begins to move faster.
Mario Party: Island Tour
Mario Party 10
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
A green bus that closely resembles the Wiggler from Super Mario Sunshine, known as the Wiggler Bus, appears as a moving obstacle on the Mushroom Bridge and Mushroom City racing tracks. Crashing into it will send the racer tumbling, making them lose all items that they had, along with the rear character dragging behind for a little while. In both tracks, there's sometimes more than one Wiggler Bus driving around.
Mario Kart DS
A Wiggler appears as a boss in the unlockable seventh mission set. Mario must race him on GCN Mushroom Bridge, and each lap he gets faster. The first lap he is regular, the second lap he has steam rising from his head, and the third and final lap he is angry and red. He takes the shortcut on the last lap.
Mario Kart Wii
Two giant Wigglers appear briefly as stage hazards in Maple Treeway. They casually walk around on one of the treetops, and don't seem to go out of their way to stop racers, yet running into them brings racers to an immediate halt. However, in a tournament held in September of 2010, a Wiggler appears in Wario's Gold Mine, where the racer must attempt to avoid hitting him as they race around the course. On the last lap, the Wiggler gets mad and turns red, chasing the racer around the course at twice his normal speed.
Mario Kart 7
Wiggler makes its first, and currently, the only playable appearance in the Mario Kart series on the Nintendo 3DS title, Mario Kart 7, where his signature symbol is its face. It has the same appearance as Mario Power Tennis and Mario Super Sluggers, but when it is driving, he has one less body segment, four hands, and only two feet. It is unlocked by placing first in the 150cc Leaf Cup. It is one of the four new racers to be participating in the Mario Kart series, along with Lakitu, Metal Mario, and Honey Queen. If Wiggler gets hit with an item or runs into an obstacle, it will get angry and turn red temporarily. Wiggler is a Cruiser-type racer, and as a result, its speed, weight, and off-road stats get an above average boost. As well, whenever it gets a speed boost, its top pair of arms spread out.
Mario Kart 8
Mario & Luigi series
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
A Wiggler appears as a mini-boss at Chucklehuck Woods in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. He is fought while Mario and Luigi are looking for Chuckola Fruits, and is first encountered sticking out of a small hole in the wall. Mario and Luigi jump on his segments, knocking him into the hole. After the Wiggler enters the hole, Mini-Mario tries to enter the hole, but runs away after seeing the enraged Wiggler. He can only be damaged after all of his segments are attacked, temporarily calming him and allowing Mario and Luigi to damage his head. Any attacks to the head that does not defeat him simply enrages him, creating a shock wave that can damage Mario and Luigi. His normal attack is to charge directly ahead, allowing for his segments to be stomped on. After he is defeated, he runs away crying, and he is not seen again.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
A "Swiggler" appears as one of the earlier boss battles, a Shroob (alien) variant of the Wiggler. The Swiggler regularly drinks glasses of green goo that contain Vim (energy) drained from the Mushroom Kingdom's Toad population. The Swiggler attacks by extending tubes from its hind-gut which plug into Shroob saucers flying overhead, which use the Swiggler's supply of Vim to shoot beams of energy at Mario, Luigi, and their baby counterparts.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
A giant Wiggler appears as the boss of Dimble Woods. Bowser first meets him after he pulls up the Giga-Carrot, which was blocking the Wiggler's burrow. This infuriates the Wiggler, who demands that Bowser eat the carrot. As soon as Bowser finishes the carrot, the Wiggler yells at Bowser for destroying generations of hard work and care by eating the carrot (despite the fact that he told Bowser to do so in the first place). He then attacks the Koopa King.
In battle, Wiggler is able to use an array of different moves this time. The most noticeable attack is seen when Wiggler stands up straight and his front pair of feet morph into hands, reminiscent of his appearance in Mario Power Tennis (below). He then gets a watering can and waters the ground, making a giant Turnip grow there. Two Leaf Guys then pull up the Turnip and hover above the battle on the top screen, waiting to drop it on Bowser as an attack; Bowser is able to inhale the Leaf Guys and the Turnip will drop.
Wiggler's other attacks include ramming and a body slam, where he rises up and attempts to fall on Bowser. Bowser can block this attack by punching the Wiggler's segments, causing him to back up and lower to the point where Bowser is eventually able to punch his head. If Bowser lets the Wiggler fall, he can defend with his shell and Wiggler will rebound. Like the Wiggler in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the Wiggler is mad and red by default; Bowser must attack all of his segments before he will be vulnerable to attacks.
Later in the game, the Wiggler appears to block the Bros. route. He tells them that after all that has happened to the wood, he is not letting anyone pass without authorisation. When he notices that the Bros. are collecting Attack Pieces, he tells them to 'take responsibility' and collect six. Once they manage to do this, he lets them pass.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
A Wiggler appears in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team as a boss on the outskirts of Wakeport, who is first seen tending to a flower garden. Mario and Luigi are pulled into a battle against him due to Popple's rashness, and after defeating both him and Popple (after he attempts to take the Bros. down), Wiggler is enraged after Popple insults his flower garden. Wiggler then chases Popple (who now plans to leave the island for good) away. This Wiggler is not seen for the rest of the game.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
A Wiggler appears in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, who asks the bros. to feed him several berries and eventually, a melon. In return, he smashes the large piles of garbage Paper Kamek leaves around the forest intended to block the bros. path. Later, Paper Kamek uses his magic to make Wiggler huge and extremely furious, and makes him fight the bros. After the battle, Paper Kamek flees and Wiggler faints due to exhaustion, heavily implied to have died, along with four Paragoombas to carry him off. At first, the bros, Paper Mario and Starlow mourn over Wiggler's demise, until Wiggler tells them that he didn't die, but rather turned into a Flutter. He offers to take the bros. to Mount Brrr as thanks.
Paper Mario series
Super Paper Mario
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, one Wiggler acts as an ally to Mario, and helps him throughout various parts of the game. He is first seen in World 3-1: Leaflitter Path sleeping, where the player must use the trumpet sticker to wake him up. Later in the level, Wiggler is grabbed by Gooper Blooper while talking about the poison in the forest. He is not seen until World 3-3: Wiggler's Tree House, where he tells Mario and Kersti that Kamek (with the help of some Poison Bloopers) has split his head apart from his segments, and that they ran off to make mischief. After finding all the Wiggler Segments, Wiggler isn't seen again until the player goes back to Wiggler's Tree House after completing World 6-1: Gate Cliff, where he is all "grown up" as Flutter. Flutter then offers to fly Mario to Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla.
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Mario Power Tennis
A Wiggler is an unlockable character in this game. He is a defensive type, like Waluigi. For his power shot, he turns red with anger and whacks the ball with brute strength. His defensive power shot allows him to morph into a Flutter and fly. With his temporary wings, he flies to get the ball. Unlike in other appearances, this Wiggler's body is curved upwards and has two gloved hands, as he needs to be able to hold a tennis racket. This makes him more so resemble a Flutter.
Super Princess Peach
In Super Princess Peach, a Wiggler serves as the boss of Fury Volcano, the fourth world of the game. It attacks by becoming angry and sending rocks down while running back and forth, some of which contain crystals. To defeat it, Peach has to use Rage to push a spring underneath the platform down. It flips the Wiggler over and show a weak spot, which Peach needs to jump on. After three hits, the Wiggler starts unleashing its own vibe, Rage (which is convenient given its brethren's tendency to get angry easily), in which it spews out a poisonous gas from the flower on its head that damages Peach gradually unless she uses the Joy Vibe to blow it away. After landing two more hits, Wiggler is finally defeated and another Toad is rescued.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Mario Super Sluggers
Wiggler appears as a playable character in Mario Super Sluggers. In Challenge Mode, he acts as a roller coaster in Yoshi Park, but has lost his temper and speedily races on the track. Mario must change the direction of the rails in order to steer Wiggler off the track and calm him down. Afterward, he joins Mario's baseball team.
Wiggler shares good chemistry with Blooper, King Boo, and Petey Piranha, possibly because they all appear as bosses in Super Mario Sunshine. Wiggler is a team player for Yoshi's team, the Yoshi Eggs. Wiggler is shown to be pretty strong in this game, not only with an above average batting and running rating, but also with his close plays, in which he turns red if successful and smashes into the baseman. Of course, his pitching and fielding skills are rather weak. He has the same look as in Mario Power Tennis so that he can hold the baseball bat.
Mario Golf: World Tour
A Wiggler appears in Mario Golf: World Tour owning the Wiggler Park course. It appears on Hole 1 of the course, and if the player hits it with the ball it will turn angry. Its name can also appear on the tournament scoreboard.
Characteristics and traits
Wigglers, since their initial incarnation in Super Mario World, are depicted as large, yellow caterpillars with large brown noses, a small flower on their head, wearing shoes. Wigglers also have orange spots scattered throughout their bodies, and the patterns of these orange spots are variable, emphasized in the minigame Which Wiggler?. Wigglers are generally about half Mario's height and have five segments, including the head, although the size and amount of segments can vary.
Wigglers have made a few varied appearances, however. Wigglers in the Super Mario World cartoon are shown to be completely red, have sharp teeth, and be more hostile than the ones in the game. The Wiggler in Super Mario 64 is golden-colored and lacks spots, although its appearance in the remake has been revamped to resemble the more common depiction of Wigglers. In Super Mario Sunshine, the Wiggler is also different from the usual ones, being green and much larger than Mario. Finally, some Wigglers have arms to allow them play baseball, tennis, and even boxing; these Wigglers wear gloves rather than shoes.
Wigglers are usually shown to have a calm and gentle disposition, but when threatened or attacked, they become angry and chase after their foes. The Mario Party DS badge for Wiggler additionally describes them as "easily vexed". Unlike other Mario enemies, Wigglers are not depicted as hostile toward Mario and his allies, making it unclear with their relationship with the Koopa Troop. Furthermore, a number of Wigglers have been allies, and in cases including in Mario Party DS and Paper Mario: Sticker Star, they have requested Mario and his friends to help. On the other hand, in Mario Party 9, Bowser has been shown to create a Wiggler for a boss fight and can also spawn a Wiggler in Bowser's Block Battle.
In some games, it shows that Wigglers have a fond talent for gardening and planting vegetables, even to the point of having a family farm grow plants for generations. One instance is in Mario Party DS, where a Wiggler tends a garden that is attacked by a Piranha Plant. In Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, one even uses this talent in battle with Bowser. Like Luigi, Wigglers can be upset if someone bullies them or ridicules their love for vegetables or gardening, as shown in Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, when Wiggler chases off Popple when he calls Wiggler's intentions for making a flower garden stupid.
In battle, Wigglers are more dangerous when they are threatened, although they can still damage Mario if they run into him, even if in their neutral state. In the 2D Mario platformers, when angered, they only move more quickly along a certain platform. However, in the 3D platformers, when angry, they will usually target their foes and chase after them. They also use this speed in racing games such as Mario Kart DS and others. In RPGS, some Wigglers can use their feet as hands and use them for attacks like planting harmful vegetables and Leaf Guys and even causing shock waves, but they usually rely on ramming into their opponents. However, one Wiggler is capable of fighting Luigi in a modern boxing match in Game and Watch Gallery 4.
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Super RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Mario & Luigi series
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Mario Super Sluggers
Mario Kart 7
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
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