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Not to be confused with Bowser.
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
“What? WHAT? Disturb me you must not! Practicing, I am. More arrows must I shoot! More statues must I make, nya!... G nya, NYA!? A stranger you are... and strange looking at that! Teach you, we must, who's in charge!”
Bowyer, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Bowyer is a lieutenant of the Smithy Gang in the game Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Bowyer resembles a bow, and attacks by firing his minions (called Aeros) at his opponents. His name comes from "bowyer", a person who makes or sells bows to be used for archery.

Field sprite

Bowyer was ordered by Smithy to attack Rose Town. As such, Bowyer, while at the Forest Maze, begins firing poison-tipped arrows at Rose Town. When a person is hit with an arrow, they will become paralyzed and remain frozen like statues. His Aero minions found the second Star Piece in the forest.

When Bowyer gets the Star Piece, he is confronted by a strange, blue garbed warrior named Geno. At the same time, Mario and Mallow arrive to stop Bowyer, the source of the arrows plaguing Rose Town. As a result, the three warriors team up to battle the maniacal monster.

While Bowyer's main attack is firing arrows, the monster is also a master of lightning magic. Additionally, Bowyer can disable the buttons on the player's controllers, meaning that Mario and his allies will be prevented from using regular attacks, special attacks, or items until another button is disabled. Ultimately, Mario, Mallow, and Geno defeat him and recover the second Star Piece.

Later, Mario, Mallow, Geno, Bowser, and Princess Toadstool encountered several mass-produced Bowyer copies in Smithy's Factory.

Bowyer can be seen in the parade during the end credits, along with Mack and Yaridovich, in which all three are pounded by Smithy's hammer.


Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Enemy
Bowyer.png HP 720 FP 250 Speed 10 Yoshi Cookie None
Attack 50 Magic Attack 30 Location(s) Forest Maze Bonus Flower None
Defense 40 Magic Defense 35 Weak None Items Flower Box (25%), Flower Box (5%)
Evade 0% Magic Evade 0% Strong Fear, Poison, Sleep, Silence, Critical Morph Rate 0%
Coins 50 Exp. points 60 Spells Static E!, Bolt, Lightning Orb Sp. Attacks G'night
Psychopath "What's with these folks?"
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Enemy
Machine Made (Bowyer)
Machine Bowyer.png HP 1000 FP 250 Speed 200 Yoshi Cookie None
Attack 150 Magic Attack 90 Location(s) Factory Bonus Flower None
Defense 120 Magic Defense 80 Weak None Items Ice Bomb (25%)
Evade 0% Magic Evade 0% Strong Fear, Poison, Sleep, Silence, Critical Morph Rate 0%
Coins 40 Exp. points 150 Spells Static E!, Lightning Orb, Bolt Sp. Attacks G'night
Psychopath "Nya! I'll SNUFF ya! NYA!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ユミンパ
Based off of the word yumi, which is the Japanese term for bows.


  • Bowyer uses anastrophe when he speaks, meaning he reverses the proper order of sentences when talking to others, similar to Yoda from Star Wars. He also has a strange habit of saying "Nya!", which is the Japanese word for "meow".
  • In Bowyer's artwork, his eyes are red, but his in-game sprites have blue eyes; his Machine Made counterpart has red eyes, however.