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Bestovius from Super Paper Mario
Species Flipsider/Shaman
First appearance Super Paper Mario (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario-kun Volume 37 (2008)
“What is this A Button I speak of? I assure you that if we are being watched from another dimension... Those beings will understand. But you lack the mustache for full comprehension.”
Bestovius, Super Paper Mario

Bestovius is a powerful sage that appears in Super Paper Mario who is also the Dimensional Governor of Lineland and the so-called "Flip Wizard". He is responsible for granting Mario the ability to switch between the second and third dimensions, an ability that the game showcases throughout the entire story. He tries to charge Mario a huge sum of coins for the enchantment, but he eventually settles for a very small price or for free. His name is a pun on the word "bestow", as he bestows upon Mario the ability to flip between dimensions. It may also be a pun on "Best of us", due to his arrogant personality. He is found at the beginning of Chapter 1-1.

Bestovius's appearance in Super Mario-kun

Bestovius thinks highly of himself and is a descendant of the ancients. He is also a distant cousin of Merlon and Merlee, and is a direct cousin of Old Man Watchitt. If Mario and friends return the You-Know-What from Watchitt to Bestovius, Bestovius will give Mario the Training Machine (a Nintendo DS) that he had promised Merluvlee. According to Bestovius, he no longer needs it because he got a newer, sleeker model.

Bestovius believes that people from another dimension listen to him, and believes that they would wish to know that Mario can flip dimensions with A Button. This is, indeed, breaking the fourth wall, just as Thoreau does later in Chapter 1-2.

Bestovius appears in volume 37 of Super Mario-kun.

Catch Card[edit]

Bestovius's Catch Card.
  • Card Type: Uncommon
  • Card Description: Bestovius taught Mario how to flip between dimensions. He talks about his beard and floats all the time. Other than that, he's perfectly normal.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ア・ゲール
A Gēru
Pun on「上げる」(ageru, to give) and「デアール」(Deāru, Merlon)
French Merveillus Pun on "merveilleux" (marvelous)
German Sophustus From the Greek name "Sophus" (sage)
Italian Elargisto Pun on "Egisto" (an Italian name) and "elargire" (to bestow)
Korean 줄게르
From 줄게 (julge, I'll give it you) and the Japanese name
Spanish Mejoritus From "mejor" (better)