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This article is about the species of caterpillar-like enemies. For information about the Wiggler from Super Mario Sunshine, see Wiggler (Super Mario Sunshine).
Wiggler
WigglerDS.png
Artwork of a Wiggler from Mario Party DS.
First Appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest Appearance Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2015)
Derived Species
Big Wiggler
Flutter
Fuzzler
Fuzzy Wiggler
Squiggler
Notable Members
Flutter
Swiggler

“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... ”
Wiggler, Super Mario 64

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.

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History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Artwork of a Wiggler from Super Mario World.
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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[edit]

Wiggler as seen in 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 will not 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[edit]

The Giant Wiggler from Super Mario Sunshine.
Main article: Wiggler (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.[edit]

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[edit]

Mario surrounded by two Wigglers in a pre-release screenshot of 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[edit]

Wigglers in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Wiggler model in 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Wigglers, along with their larger sub-species reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U. They appear in Soda Jungle.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Super Mario Bros. game style
Super Mario Bros. 3 game style
A Wiggler in the Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 game style.

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[edit]

Three Caterpillars from the 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.

In "Born to Ride", after Yoshi leaves the Dome Castle and just before he meets the DinoRiders, he spots a Caterpillar and swallows it.

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[edit]

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.

Super Mario Adventures[edit]

Wiggler in Super Mario Adventures.jpg

In Super Mario Adventures, Mario and Luigi encounter a Wiggler while hiding from Yoshi (who they think is trying to eat them). When Luigi realizes he's sitting on the Wiggler and panics, Mario jumps on the Wiggler's head, which only makes it angry. The Wiggler starts chasing them until they run into Yoshi, who gobbles it down.

Hotel Mario[edit]

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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.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

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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[edit]

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[edit]

Wigglers are referenced in the Super Mario Bros. motion picture, which features a taxi cab company known as "Wiggler".

Super Mario World: Mario to Yoshi no Bōken Land[edit]

In Super Mario World: Mario to Yoshi no Bōken Land, Mario and Luigi arrived at the Forest Of Illusion, and they noticed Wiggler as he popped out of the flower patch to greet them and show them half a fruit. It turns out to be an Apple and Luigi gives the Wiggler a whole apple in exchange for directions.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

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[edit]

Mario Party 2[edit]

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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[edit]

In Mario Party 3, in the minigame Picture Imperfect, Wiggler's face is one of the three main faces the players had to put together.

Mario Party 5[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

The Flutter Orb reappears in Mario Party 7, once again keeping its effect and price from the previous game.

Mario Party DS[edit]

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[edit]

A Wiggler in 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.

The Wiggler is also one of the minions imprinted on Bowser's Dice Block in Bowser's Block Battle. If Wiggler is rolled, then it appears on the arena and wanders around it three times before leaving.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

Wigglers appear in Mario Party: Island Tour as obstacles in the minigame Quickest Cricket. Another Wiggler can be seen walking on ground of the Kamek's Carpet Ride board.

Mario Party 10[edit]

A roller coaster attraction based upon a Wiggler appears in Mushroom Park in Mario Party 10.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Mario and Bowser approaching two Wiggler Buses (early screenshot).

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[edit]

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[edit]

Wario races a Wiggler at Wario's Gold Mine, in a Mario Kart Wii tournament.

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[edit]

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.[1] 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, though this doesn't affect gameplay.[2] 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.

The Big Wigglers from Wii Maple Treeway return along with the course. They jump when they get hit by a Super Star or a Bob-omb.

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Wiggler does not make a physical appearance in Mario Kart 8, but an ATV based on one called the Wild Wiggler can be used as a body and is one of only 4 ATVs in the game.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Wiggler
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Location(s) Dimble Wood
Battled by Bowser
Level 16
HP 540
Power 73
Defense 46
Speed 24
Fire Normal
Burn? Immune
Dizzy? Immune
Stat Down? Normal
KO? Immune
Experience 340
Coins 150
Item Drop 1-Up Mushroom Deluxe
Internal ID

“I must avenge the Wigglers whose legacy you have sullied!”
Wiggler, 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, a 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.

The first sage and guardian of the first Star Cure, Durmite, resembles a cross between a blue Birdo and a Wiggler.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Dream Team Enemy
Wiggler
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Location(s) Wakeport
Level 26
HP 1485
Power 256
Defense 188
Speed 1
Weakness None
Experience 1000
Coins 400
Item Drop 1-Up Deluxe (50%), Max Candy (30%)
No Hitter N/A
Internal ID

“Wiggly Wiggler is full of RAGE!”
Wiggler, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team

A Wiggler appears in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team as a boss on the outskirts of Wakeport. He first appears when Mario and Luigi arrive at Wakeport during their search for the Ultibed parts in the least-urban area of Wakeport, where he talks about his plans to make a flower garden aloud. Popple is nearby watching Wiggler under the assumption that he was a security guard hired by the collector who lives in the house he is currently attempting to break into. After Mario and Luigi arrive and are spotted by Popple, he enrages Wiggler and drags the Bros. into a battle against him.

After being defeated by mainly Mario and Luigi as Popple hindered them throughout the battle, Popple turns on Mario and Luigi attempting to take down, failing and as a result getting defeated himself and knocked into a daze. After both parts of the battle, Wiggler, while in a meager amount of pain, questions the motives of Popple and states his intention of making a flower garden while doing so. Popple, realizing this only now, becomes outraged and insults Wiggler's intentions. He enrages Wiggler once more, and is chased away by him, now with plans to get off the island.

At the very start of battle, Popple climbs on top of Wiggler and pulls the flower on his head, enraging him and making him lift his front half into the air to slam it down soon after. Depending on which Bro. Wiggler is in line with before slamming down, it sends out a shock-wave that the Bro. who is in line with him must jump over first, the other having to afterwards. After several rounds of this, Wiggler flings Popple into the air, him eventually landing on the Bro. Wiggler was lined up with last. The targeted Bro. must counter this onto Wiggler with his hammer.

Wiggler may also do this attack outside of his enraged state several times, but for each shock-wave, both Bros. must jump over it simultaneously before it hits them to avoid it, as Wiggler is in line with a spot between the Bros. As Wiggler is not enraged, Popple is not on Wiggler, and thus he does not get flung off afterwards.

Wiggler can charge at a Bro. he lines up with beforehand, the Bro. having to jump on or over Wiggler to avoid taking damage. Regardless of the result, Wiggler will come charging back to his starting position from behind the Bros., this time Popple approaching the next targeted Bro. and clinging on to them (unless they have the Dizzy status in which case he won't at all), making them jump as if they were carrying a defeated Bro.

If Popple is left unattended during battle when he approaches Wiggler a turn beforehand, he will in some form (this deciding which enraged attack Wiggler will do) attack Wiggler and enrage him, causing him to perform a different range of attacks for that turn. Wiggler will re-perform his opening attack if Popple climbs on to Wiggler and pulls the flower on his head again.

If Popple jumps into Wiggler's face, he will skid back a bit, then walk backwards off-screen to reappear enraged from the background, where he will then chase the trio, Mario running on the left, Popple in the middle and Luigi on the right. Wiggler will line up with a Bro. from behind and run towards them faster than he normally does, the Bro. having to jump over or on Wiggler to avoid taking damage. While Wiggler lines up with a Bro., Popple may ram them from the side unless they jump over or on to Popple. Getting hit will result in the Bro. losing his running pace and thus getting trampled by Wiggler. Any Bro. who takes damage in this attack will no longer be in this round of the attack. After several rounds or when both Bros. get hit, the attack will end.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Paper Jam Enemy
Wiggler
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Location(s) Gloomy Woods
Level 16 / 26
HP 660 / 1471
Power 91 (80) / 232 (201)
Defense 120 (114) / 243 (222)
Speed 123
252
Experience 0
Coins 0
Item Drop None
Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Easy Mode of the game.

A Wiggler appears again in the Nintendo 3DS game Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. He has a similar role to the Wiggler in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, however, he does not refer to himself in third person as much as the Wiggler in this game does. Mario and Luigi find Wiggler famished in Gloomy Woods and feed him a berry, replenishing his energy. Starlow explains that Paper Kamek used his magic to create piles of trash to block their path. Wiggler, outraged that someone took advantage of his weak state and made a mess of his forest, becomes mad and smashes the rubbish in front of him. The trio finds Wiggler with no energy again, who cannot move unless they feed him 10 berries. After the brothers feed him the berries, he tells them he has a craving for a dessert. Coincidentally, a yellow Yoshi declares he has found a melon, which Wiggler explains is one of his most favorite desserts, and also refuses to move from the spot he is until they feed him his treat.

The trio asks the Yoshi for the melon, but he says no, rather challenging them to a race with the melon as the winning prize. When Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario beat him, he hands over the melon, which they feed to Wiggler. Wiggler realizes Paper Kamek left more piles of trash and smashes through them. The three help Wiggler by disabling the electric fences Bowser and his henchmen use to block the path with.

The trio spot Wiggler confronting Paper Kamek, when he uses his magic to make Wiggler big and hostile, and they engage they three in a battle. After they win, Paper Kamek flies away while Wiggler apologizes saying he didn't know what got into him and passes out, shortly being carried of by Paragoombas. The heroes and Starlow mourn over the loss of Wiggler, but he returns in the form of a butterfly and offers to take them to the peak of Mount Brrr. He remains in this form for the rest of the game.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Super Paper Mario[edit]

The unused graphic of a Wiggler from Super Paper Mario.

Wiggler graphics exist unused in Super Paper Mario. Its nose is orange rather than brown, making it more so resemble a Flutter. It also wears black shoes.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

A Wiggler in a pre-release build of Paper Mario: Sticker Star.
Wiggler sleeping in Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

A Wiggler appears as a major character in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. In 3-1, Leaflitter Path, he is sleeping and guarding the entrance of his treehouse. Upon being woken up by Mario via the Trumpet thing, he explains his predicament and asks Mario to come over to his house to hear the details. He then exclaims how he would love for Mario to "look at Wiggler's picture diary" and "listen to Wiggler reminiscent music". However, while doing this, he is captured by Poison Bloopers and subsequently split into pieces by Kamek (or, as he calls, his "children"). It is later revealed that Kamek did this as a means to dissuade Mario from attempting to get the purple Royal sticker, as Wiggler is the only entity besides a boat that is capable of travelling to the island where the royal sticker was located. Wiggler was sleeping outside of his home because he could not find any food. Since the leaves were polluted, he set out to find food. When Mario finds his segments, Wiggler helps him to get to the source of the pollution, which is revealed to be the purple Royal Sticker on Gooper Blooper. He later ages into a Flutter and helps Mario and Kersti get to Bowser's Sky Castle.

Game & Watch Gallery 4[edit]

Luigi fighting a Wiggler in Game & Watch Gallery 4.

A Wiggler appears in Game & Watch Gallery 4 as the first opponent Luigi faces in the modern mode of Boxing. Its face turns red for a second whenever it gets hit.

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Solo picture of Wiggler for Mario Power Tennis.

Wiggler is an unlockable character in this game, marking first playable role. 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[edit]

A Wiggler in 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[edit]

Wiggler appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a sticker and trophy, but doesn't actually appear in the game.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

Wiggler in 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 (with Blooper acting in place of Gooper Blooper). 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[edit]

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[edit]

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 & 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 & 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 & Watch Gallery 4.

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

Super RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Enemy
Wiggler
WIGGLER.png HP 120 FP 100 Speed 10 Yoshi Cookie Able Juice
Attack 40 Magic Attack 18 Location(s) Forest Maze Bonus Flower LUCKY!
Defense 20 Magic Defense 20 Weak Fire Items Honey Syrup
Evade 0% Magic Evade 0% Strong None Psychopath
"I'm just a helpless wiggler..."
Coins 10 Exp. points 6 Moves Vigor Up, Sand Storm

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Wiggler
Wiggler Idle MLSS.gif HP Head - 34
Segment - 0
Defense Head - 28
Segment - 67
Speed 37 Location(s) Chucklehuck Woods
Fire Normal Thunder Normal Stun? 0% Burn? 0%
Stat Down? Head - 30%
Segment - 0%
Experience Head - 0 (120)
Segment - 120 (0)
Coins Head - 0 (87)
Segment - 0
Item Drop
Level           99 Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Wiggler
WigglerSprite.png HP 540 Power 73 Defense 46 Speed 24
Level Fire Normal Fire Immune Location(s) Dimble Wood
Dizzy? Immune Stat Down? Normal KO? Immune Battled by Bowser
Internal ID Experience 340 Coins 150 Item Drop 1-Up Mushroom Deluxe

Mario & Luigi: Deam Team[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Enemy
Wiggler
WigglerDT.png HP 1485 Power 256 Defense 188 Speed 1
Level 26 No Hitter N/A Weakness None Location(s) Wakeport
Internal ID Experience 1000 Coins 400 Item Drop 1-Up Deluxe (50%), Max Candy (30%)

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy
Wiggler
MLPJWiggler.png HP 660
1471
Power 91
232
Defense 120
243
Level 16
26
Speed 123
252
Location(s) Gloomy Woods
Experience 0 Coins 0 Item Drop None

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Trophy information[edit]

Type Image Description
Wiggler BrawlTrophy177.png A large caterpillar characterized by a flower on its head and a huge nose. Wigglers typically just walk around minding their own business, with no hint of malice. However, they lose their flowers when jumped upon and fly into a rage, turning bright red and chasing Mario. In Yoshi's Island, certain Wigglers appear as butterflies, with grown wings and flight capabilities.

Sticker information[edit]

Image Game Effect
MPT Wiggler.jpg Mario Power Tennis Launch Resistance +16

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

Profile[edit]

Name Bio Ability Bat Glove Stats
Wiggler A player with more speed than you'd think. Angry Attack Left Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 7/10
Field 4/10
Run 7/10

Chemistry[edit]

Character Good Chemistry Bad Chemistry
Wiggler Blooper, King Boo, Petey Piranha, Yellow Mii Wario

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • Class: Cruiser
  • Stat Boosts
    • Speed: 3.75
    • Acceleration: 2.5
    • Weight: 3.75
    • Handling: 2.5
    • Off-Road: 3.75
  • Bios
    • Site
      • Flag of USA.png "Big, yellow, and wiggly, this creature worms his way around the track."
      • Flag of Europe.png "Hitting the road for the first time, Wiggler is a debut driver with a competitive nature. This is one caterpillar that can’t be accused of crawling along!"
    • Guide: "Wiggler shares the characteristics of lighter heavyweights like Donkey Kong and Rosalina. This racer has a short fuse, so try not to fall behind!"

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Name Image NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Wiggler WigglerTrophy3DS.png Wigglers move in the funniest way. Their name really suits them, don't you think? Pretty easygoing normally, they get downright angry if you mess with that flower on their head. They move faster, which means only one thing— more wiggling! These wiggly fellows are usually pretty easy-going. Just don't mess with the white flower on their heads - that makes them rather cross. Actually, given that they turn red and start charging around twice as fast, you could say they go totally berserk. If you see one go into double-time-wiggling mode, you might want to stand back a bit.

Who is your Mushroom Kingdom BFF?[edit]

  • This giant caterpillar-looking creature seems like an easygoing friend... until it gets all steamed up!

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Wiggler.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハナチャン
Hanachan
From hana (花, flower) and ちゃん (chan), a diminutive honorific suffix;
officially romanised as "Hanachan"
Spanish Floruga Pun on flor (Spanish for "flower") and oruga (Spanish for "caterpillar").
French Wiggler
German Wiggler
Italian Torcibruco Pun on torcere (Italian for "to twist") and bruco (Italian for "caterpillar").
Portuguese Lagartola From lagarta (caterpillar).
Russian Егоза
Yegoza
Fidget
Korean 꽃충이
Kkotchungi
꽃 means "flower", 충 (蟲 in Chinese) is "worm".
Chinese 花毛毛 (Traditional)
Huā Máomáo
花之子 (Simplified)
Huā Zhī Zǐ
From 花 (flower) and 毛毛蟲 (caterpillar).

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Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MARIO KART 7 Adds Wiggler & Honey Queen. WhatCulture!. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  2. ^ [MK7] Lucky 7 Item Gone Wrong