Axem Rangers

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Axem Rangers
Artwork of the Axem Rangers from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Leader Axem Red
Member(s) Axem Black
Axem Green
Axem Pink
Axem Yellow
AXEM RED: We fight for evil!
AXEM BLACK: We live for disorder!
AXEM GREEN: We like what we do!
AXEM PINK: We struggle for chaos!
AXEM YELLOW: We are...
...the AXEM RANGERS!!
Axem Rangers, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

The Axem Rangers are a team of teenage[1] warriors within the Smithy Gang and appear in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its Nintendo Switch remake. There are five members, each with their own distinct traits and abilities. Each member has a similar trait to any one member of Mario's group: Black has high speed and fights mainly with non-elemental special attacks like Geno, Green specializes in elemental magic but lacks physical strength like Mallow, Pink is female and uses both healing and status-affecting magic while having the lowest attack and HP like Peach, Yellow is the bulkiest member while boasting the highest physical attack and defense like Bowser, and Red is the leader while being a balanced fighter like Mario. However, all five of them wield a small axe in combat. Additionally, the Axem Rangers have their own battleship, aptly named the Blade. Axem Red is the leader of the group. The Axem Rangers are a parody of the Super Sentai series in Japan, which is the basis for the Power Rangers series in the United States.

History[edit]

Axem Rangers
The Axem Rangers prepare for battle

During the events of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, the Axem Rangers appear as the last weapon-themed boss encountered outside of Bowser’s Keep. Their presence is mentioned once by Speardovich, but don’t debut until the very end of the sixth Star Piece arc. After Mario and company journey through Barrel Volcano and defeat the Czar Dragon, they discover the star piece seemingly unguarded. Mario attempts to collect it in the usual fashion but is thwarted by Axem Red, who steals the star at the very last second before Mario can touch it. The Axem Rangers then each appear, introducing themselves with catchphrases and action poses, satirizing the classical depiction of superheroes and supervillains in mainstream media. Followed closely by Mario & co., the Axem Rangers escape to their battleship, the Blade, and are officially encountered outside the volcano once Mario jumps onto the deck of the airship.

As a boss fight, the Axem Rangers present multiple targets for the player to consider attacking. Once defeated, each Ranger has a brief dialogue with Axem Red and then stops taking their turn despite remaining present on the battlefield. Once all five HPs have reached 0, the Axem Rangers then combine their HPs into a single 999-point health bar representing the Blade’s core power source, which only attacks with the devastating Breaker Beam and marks the last enemy to be defeated as part of the game’s story before Mario & company finally make it back to Bowser’s Keep for the end of the game. Monochromatic versions of the Axem Rangers called Machine Mades are encountered in the Factory, each resembling one of the original Axem Rangers in appearance, stats, and moveset.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Axem Pink
Battle idle animation of Axem Pink from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 400 FP 200 Speed 25
Location(s) Barrel Volcano Attack 120 Magic attack 80
Role Boss Defense 80 Magic defense 100
Bonus Flower None Yoshi Cookie None Morph rate 0%
Evade 25% Magic evade 10% Spells Petal Blast, Recover, Mega Recover
Weak Fire Strong Ice, Sleep, Mute, Critical Sp. attacks Mini Light Beam (CS)
Coins 0 Exp. points 10 Items None
Psychopath "Red, WRONG POSITION!"
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Axem Black
Axem Black HP 550 FP 100 Speed 35
Location(s) Barrel Volcano Attack 140 Magic attack 4
Role Boss Defense 120 Magic defense 40
Bonus Flower None Yoshi Cookie None Morph rate 0%
Evade 30% Magic evade 0% Spells None
Weak Thunder Strong Fear, Sleep, Critical Sp. attacks Bomb Toss, Spritz Bomb (CS)
Coins 0 Exp. points 40 Items None
Psychopath "You're[sic] timing stinks!"
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Axem Red
Battle idle animation of Axem Red from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 800 FP 100 Speed 30
Location(s) Barrel Volcano Attack 150 Magic attack 24
Role Boss Defense 100 Magic defense 80
Bonus Flower None Yoshi Cookie None Morph rate 0%
Evade 10% Magic evade 0% Spells None
Weak Ice Strong Fire, Fear, Sleep, Critical Sp. attacks Vigor up!, "Glowing Shot"
Coins 0 Exp. points 40 Items None
Psychopath "I'm all thumbs today!"
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Axem Yellow
Battle idle animation of Axem Yellow from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 600 FP 100 Speed 3
Location(s) Barrel Volcano Attack 170 Magic attack 6
Role Boss Defense 130 Magic defense 60
Bonus Flower None Yoshi Cookie None Morph rate 0%
Evade 0% Magic evade 0% Spells None
Weak Jump Strong Thunder, Poison, Sleep, Critical Sp. attacks Bubble Shot, Body Slam (CP)
Coins 0 Exp. points 40 Items None
Psychopath "We're lookin' GOOD!"
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Axem Green
Battle idle animation of Axem Green from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 450 FP 200 Speed 20
Location(s) Barrel Volcano Attack 110 Magic attack 90
Role Boss Defense 60 Magic defense 120
Bonus Flower None Yoshi Cookie None Morph rate 0%
Evade 0% Magic evade 20% Spells Meteor Blast, Solidify, Static E!
Weak Ice Strong Sleep, Mute, Critical Sp. attacks Elegy
Coins 0 Exp. points 20 Items None
Psychopath "Are we done here?"

Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Axem Pink
Artwork of Axem Pink from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
HP 400
Exp. 0
Weak Elements Fire
Weak Statuses FearPoison
Drops N/A
Rare Drops N/A
Found In Barrel Volcano
Monster List profile
She considers herself the princess of the group. Meeting an actual princess has done nothing to change her mind on this point.
Thought Peek
Red really missed his mark there.
Animations
Axem Black
Artwork of Axem Black from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
HP 550
Exp. 0
Weak Elements Lightning
Weak Statuses PoisonMute
Drops N/A
Rare Drops N/A
Found In Barrel Volcano
Monster List profile
He's cool and composed...but like all the Axem Rangers, something about him is a bit pathetic. He got his beloved sunglasses at a dollar store.
Thought Peek
Red's pose was off, wasn't it? Are we good?
Animations
Axem Red
Artwork of Axem Red from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
HP 800
Exp. 0
Weak Elements Ice
Weak Statuses PoisonMute
Drops N/A
Rare Drops N/A
Found In Barrel Volcano
Monster List profile
Though he is the de facto leader of the Axem Rangers, he's so careless that he often flubs his poses, intro speeches, and group formations.
Thought Peek
Ugh! I got the pose wrong.
Animations
Axem Yellow
Artwork of Axem Yellow from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
HP 600
Exp. 0
Weak Elements Jump
Weak Statuses FearMute
Drops N/A
Rare Drops N/A
Found In Barrel Volcano
Monster List profile
Always calm and doesn't sweat the small stuff. The other Axem Rangers think he's aloof, but he hasn't bothered to notice.
Thought Peek
That group pose went off without a hitch.
Animations
Axem Green
Artwork of Axem Green from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
HP 450
Exp. 0
Weak Elements Ice
Weak Statuses FearPoison
Drops N/A
Rare Drops N/A
Found In Barrel Volcano
Monster List profile
Considers himself the looker of the team. He tires easily, not from being out of shape, but from too much hot yoga.
Thought Peek
Are we done here?
Animations

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オノレンジャー
Ono Renjā
5人 (before battle introduction)
Go-ri
Axe Rangers

5 People

Chinese (simplified) 斧头连者
Fǔtóu Liánzhě
Axe Rangers

Chinese (traditional) 斧頭連者
Fǔtóu Liánzhě
Axe Rangers

Dutch Bijlbende
Axe Gang
French Bande des Klashs
Klash Gang; a pun mixing "clash" and "hache" (axe)
German Beilbande
Hatchet Gang
Italian Banda degli Axem
Axem Gang
Korean 액스레인저
Aekseu Reinjeo
Axe Rangers

Spanish Comando Hachazo
Axe Blow Commando

Trivia[edit]

  • In the original game, the Blade is mistakenly referred to as "Axem Rangers" in the English version. The player actually fights the ship, not their combined forces. This was fixed in the remake.
  • Not counting the Blade, the Axem Rangers are the only main Smithy Gang members (aside from Exor) who do not appear in the ending parade.
  • In the SNES version, individual color palettes for the teleportation animations used by the Axem Rangers exist in the game's code, who inexplicably all use Red's color teleportation palette in the final game. The Switch remake rectifies this and gives the Rangers their own teleportation colors.
  • The scene where the Axem Rangers attempt to flee Mario upon noticing his pursuing them was rewritten from the Japanese version. Originally, they realized they had not actually announced themselves and considered going back to Mario to redo their introduction before Green points out that he had already caught up with them. The English localization has them instead express disgust at Mario's moustache with Green then berating Yellow for not realizing he is in fact Mario.[2]
  • When defeated individually, the Axem Rangers will say the following quotes:
    • Red: Oh, my head is spinning!
    • Green: I've got a headache!
    • Red: You're totally out of shape!
    • Yellow: I'm...hungry!
    • Red: Chew on your tongue!
    • Black: I broke my shades!
    • Red: Serves you right!
    • Pink: My makeup's running!
    • Red: Then change brands!

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Nintendo Player's Guide, page 4.
  2. ^ https://youtu.be/HSiWrU2aYyA?t=4045