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First appearance Wario Land 3 (2000)
Latest appearance Nintendo Puzzle Collection (2003)

Applebies are a species of ground-dwelling creatures that originate from the Wario Land series. They are introduced in Wario Land 3 and serve as relatively common enemies throughout the game. One member of the Appleby species also appears in Dr. Mario 64 as a playable character and a boss in story mode.

Applebies are usually found looking out of holes in either walls or the ground, which generally leaves their bodies partially obscured. In the instances their full body is visible (when knocked out of a hole), their lower body is seen to end in a tail, with no hind limbs. Applebies greatly resemble mole lizards in appearance and habitat.

In each game incarnation, Applebies are associated with apples in some way, which is where they received their name from.


Wario Land 3[edit]

In this game, Applebies are stationary enemies. They will look around from above, and if they see Wario, they will emerge from the hole to throw an apple and then make a face, before retracting back into it. When an apple is caught by Wario, he will eat it and become Fat Wario. If Wario is above an Appleby, they will not see him and thus will not pop out. If Wario bumps into them, they will retract into their hiding hole without throwing an apple. They can be defeated by using a Dash Attack, a Smash Attack, or touch them with an invincible reaction like Vampire Wario. Besides Appleby, the Doughnuteer can also cause the Fat Wario reaction, though they use doughnuts instead.

Applebies appear in the following levels, in the following quantities:

Dr. Mario 64[edit]

An Applely appears in Dr. Mario 64. In Story mode, Wario faces him as his fourth opponent. During the events of the pursuit of Mad Scienstein by both Dr. Mario and Wario, Appleby is happily holding an apple over his head until Mad Scienstein knocks it off, followed by Dr. Mario kicking it away as he runs, causing him to be saddened. Wario, who is not far behind, is revealed to have eaten the apple that flew off (though he didn't become Fat Wario), causing Appleby to be angry at him for his actions, thus triggering the battle. As an opponent in Vs. mode, Appleby has the second-lowest AI level, tying with Silky, Jellybob, and Octo.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese りんごろう[1] / リンゴろう[2]
Portmanteau of「林檎」(ringo, apple) and Japanese given name「五郎」(Gorō), also incorporates「ごろごろ」(goro-goro, onomatopoeia for rolling)

Chinese 苹果太郎[3]
Píngguǒ Tàiláng
From「苹果」(píngguǒ, apple) and「太郎」(Tarō, a common Japanese given name)

See also[edit]


  • On the back cover of Chinese version for Dr. Mario 64, Appleby, along with Spearhead, Octo and Hammer-Bot, were referred as Mad Scienstein's minions.[3]


  1. ^ Wario Land 3: Fushigi na Orgel Shogakukan guide, page 7.
  2. ^ "Dr. Mario 64: From English to Japanese". The Mushroom Kingdom.
  3. ^ a b Chinese back cover of Dr. Mario 64.