Big Bertha

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This article is about the Cheep Cheep. For other uses of "Big Bertha", see Big Bertha (disambiguation).
Big Bertha
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Artwork of Big Bertha and a Baby Cheep
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)
Parent Species Cheep Cheep

Big Berthas are huge mouth-brooding[1] Cheep Cheep that live deep in the sea. She has a man-eating counterpart called Boss Bass.


Frog Luigi encountering a Big Bertha in Super Mario All-Stars

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Big Berthas appear in the game Super Mario Bros. 3. Big Berthas always carry Baby Cheeps in their mouth, occasionally letting them out. After a few seconds, the baby will return to its parent's mouth. If Mario or Luigi swim in her way, she may passively eat him (unless he's in Frog form).

Nintendo Comics System[edit]

Bertha, a character influenced by the Big Bertha species, plays a prominent role in two Nintendo Comics System stories. In her first appearance, Love Flounders, she falls in love with Frog Mario after being tricked by Stanley the Talking Fish. She eventually realizes Stanley was lying, but is consoled by Mario, who states he wants to be friends with Bertha, not lovers. Bertha later reappears in Fins and Roses, this time dating Stanley. She foils Wendy O. Koopa's plans by knocking the Koopa's bomb back at her.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 巨大プクプク[2]
Kyodai Pukupuku
Giant Cheep Cheep; same as Boss Bass


  • A character named Big Bertha was featured in the Super Mario Bros. movie. Like the fish in the game, she wore all red, and like the character in the comics, she had a crush on Mario.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "This giant fish is a mouth breeder, so it spits babies out of its mouth at Mario." - Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 9.
  2. ^ Scan of 「スーパーマリオブラザーズ3完全攻略テクニックブック4」 (Super Mario Bros. 3 Kanzen Kōryaku Technique Book 4)