Wario Land: Shake It! artwork for Captain Syrup
|First appearance||Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994)|
|Latest appearance||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)|
|Latest portrayal||Hitomi Hirose (2008)|
- “I held up my end of the bargain... So I'll be taking this loot with me, Merfle. Wario, thanks for lending a hand. Be seeing you, handsome!”
- —Captain Syrup, Wario Land: Shake It!
Captain Syrup is the captain of the Black Sugar Gang and Wario's primary rival in thievery. Her base of operations is Kitchen Island, from which she sailed her former pirate ship, the SS Tea Cup. In Wario Land: Shake It!, she commands the Sweet Stuff.
Wario Land series
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Captain Syrup made her debut appearance in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3. In this game, the protagonist, Wario, still reeling from his defeat at the hands of Mario and the loss of his castle, sets out to find new riches. Wario decides to make his fortune by stealing all the treasures he can from someone else, which ended up being Captain Syrup.
Syrup's gang has stolen many treasures, which are kept and guarded throughout Kitchen Island. One of the treasures Syrup's gang has stolen is a giant golden monument of Princess Toadstool that they are apparently holding for ransom to the Mushroom Kingdom. Ultimately, Wario decides to raid Syrup Castle, the location of Captain Syrup and her hoard of treasure.
During battle, Syrup summons a Genie from a magic lamp, hops onto the genie's shoulders, and the two fly around, launching fireballs at Wario. Eventually, Wario defeats the genie; however, Captain Syrup escapes by blowing up her own castle, promising to get her revenge.
Wario Land II
Captain Syrup returns in Wario Land II. She leads her pirates in a raid on Wario Castle and steals all of his riches. As such, Wario returns to Kitchen Island to retake all the treasures that were stolen from him. Wario battles Syrup several times during this adventure, compared to just once. In battle, Captain Syrup throws bombs at Wario, dashes at him and controls a robot from one of her various aircrafts. Eventually, Wario defeats Syrup in combat and takes back all of her treasures.
Wario Land: Shake It!
Captain Syrup returns in Wario Land: Shake It!. She is first seen robbing the Ancient Globe from a museum, which she uses to observe the kidnapping of the Merfle tribe within the Shake Dimension. She finds out the existence of the Bottomless Coin Sack, which is in possession of the evil Shake King. Desiring the treasure but not wanting to get it herself, Captain Syrup sends a Merfle to give the Ancient Globe to Wario. The Merfle persuades him to enter the dimension with the promise of treasure, sending Wario on a quest to unknowingly retrieve the Bottomless Coin Sack for Captain Syrup.
Captain Syrup's role in the game is to sell Wario maps of the different continents of the Shake Dimension at the Pirate Shop, which also sells various health recovery items. Captain Syrup is shown to lightly flirt with Wario, calling him "handsome" on several occasions. At the end of the game, Wario takes the Bottomless Coin Sack for himself, but Captain Syrup takes it, along with all the coins he expelled from it, while he is not looking and rides off. Captain Syrup has a different ship in this game, the Sweet Stuff. While the SS Tea Cup took the form of its namesake, this vessel is shaped to resemble a treasure chest.
Picross NP Vol. 8
Syrup makes a cameo appearance in Picross NP Vol. 7 as one of the images that must be cleared.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Captain Syrup appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Advanced-class Grab-type primary spirit. The spirit only boosts the user's overall power without granting any special effect. In the spirit's battle, the player faces Bayonetta and a giant grayscale King Dedede on the Pirate Ship stage. The opponents reference Captain Syrup and the Genie from Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.
Super Mario (Kodansha manga)
Syrup appears in the Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land saga of the Super Mario Kodansha manga as the main antagonist. She and her crew steal the golden statues of Mario and Luigi and flee to her lair at Kitchen Island, being followed by Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Wario, who are later aided by a friendly Wanderin' Goom. Syrup is introduced in the second volume, where she commands Bobo to bring the statue away from the ship after Mario and company has taken over it. Later, while being chased in Parsley Woods, she drops some Bigs and flees on the train to her castle.
After defeating the Knight, the heroes discover that Syrup already melted the statue to make another of herself. After arriving in her chamber, she leaves the Genie to handle the heroes, and after they defeat him, she activates the castle's self-destruct sequence and tosses away all of the treasure she collected from the window. She then tries to flee to a bunker, while still being chased by the heroes, but when falling debris squashes and kills the Goom, making Luigi cry, she also starts crying. The heroes catch up to her and enter the bunker just in time to survive the explosion. Since the statue was destroyed, Syrup is let go, having lost everything in the journey, including the crew and the Genie's lamp.
In the after-story of the saga, Syrup returns to Kitchen Island to find the lamp and reunite the crew. Mario and Luigi arrive to see how Wario is doing and meet her. After seeing something bulging in Mario's pants, she convinces herself that he is hiding the lamp in there. She then initiates convoluted plans to take the "lamp", which are thwarted by Wario, Luigi, and her former crew, who had possession of the lamp after Wario tossed it away after getting a birdhouse instead of the desired castle, and intend to make their ex-captain pay for losing their treasure in the explosion. After several failed attempts, she then tries to summon the genie by rubbing Mario's crotch, but Princess Daisy informs her that what she is touching is "another kind of treasure", making her realize in embarrassment what she has done. The former crew attempts an attack, but the lamp falls into Syrup's hands and, with the promise of making her former crew pay for the wild goose chase, she then directs her anger to Mario and friends, to silence them from ever speaking of what just happened. Mario and Daisy, after dodging the Genie's attack, manage to break his lamp, leaving Syrup powerless. Accepting defeat, she quits and leaves with the crew.
Captain Syrup only appears in the Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 arc of Super Mario-kun (volumes 10 to 13), even though her crew appears in a chapter based of Wario Land II and in the Wario Land: Shake It! arc in the Ore Dayo! Wario Dayo!! spin-off.
She and her crew stole from the inhabitants of Watasu no Shima a giant golden statue of Princess Peach. Mario and Yoshi decide to investigate and find Wario who joins them to get revenge to the pirates that "stole" his plan to steal the statue (later, Luigi also joins them in the journey).
In the next volume, the heroes have reached the castle. She spends the entirety of chapter 8 activating the traps and taking it out on a Pirate Goom when they fail. In the next chapter, the heroes have arrived in her chambers, being surprised in knowing that the legendary Captain Syrup is a woman, she summons the genie and spends the full battle (which extends to the next volume) complaining to the genie and even paying him to do his job.
In the next volume, the battle results in the castle collapsing and Syrup flees on a gacha-ball escape pod, later regretting the nausea-inducing escape plan. Right when the heroes find Peach's Golden Statue under the castle's rubble, Syrup returns in a helicopter to take away the statue, while Jet Wario attempts to stop her. Meanwhile, Syrup activates a giant mecha forming from the castle's ruins and sends it against Mario, Luigi and Yoshi, but they come out victorious. Wario gets the statues back, but Syrup pricks him, powering him down to Tiny Wario form, then flies away, thinking they won't be able to return to land with such a big statue. Unaware to her, the statue activates itself and warps Mario, Luigi and Yoshi away, while Wario is left with the Genie lamp alone and penniless.
Syrup is mentioned in Animal Crossing: New Horizons by Captain Gullivarrr. If the player accepts to search for the communicator he dropped into the sea, he states that the player is "even sweeter than the famous Captain Syrup—but without her double-crossin', I hope!"
In Syrup's first two appearances, she appears as a very tall and developed brunette. Her hair was long, curly, and reddish-brown, and her eyes were brown and she wore red lipstick. Syrup wore a cyan one-piece outfit which had large puffy leggings, was rounded at the hips, and had two loops at each shoulder. She also wore yellow sashes throughout her outfit, all of which were tied with twin bow-like ends; one as a bandanna on her head, two tied around her wrists, and one tied around her waist as a belt. Syrup also wore semi-long dark green boots and pink skull earrings. Aside from her individuality, Syrup's facial structure and features were very undefined and generic.
In her re-debut in Wario Land: Shake It!, Syrup's design is revamped. Her former cyan clothing is replaced with a new purple-based design. No longer wearing a one-piece suit, Syrup now wears a light purple top mimicking the appearance of the last outfit's design. She also wears a large red belt with a white skull buckle, and knee-length, purple, puffy pants with torn leg openings. Replacing her green boots are purple boots with light bottoms and a pink roll-over ankle. She has light-purple wraps with long strands, and a light purple bandanna. Her accessories include a tooth-like necklace, and golden octopus earrings. Her hair is not much different from before, though it is red, and better detailed. She still wears red lipstick, and now wears blue eyeshadow and has red eyes and eyelashes.
Powers and abilities
The most notable ability Syrup possesses is her great skill in thievery, being heavily present in all of her appearances. Syrup has managed to steal such goods as treasure from Wario right under his nose, a giant golden statue of Princess Peach from the Mushroom Kingdom, and the legendary Ancient Globe from a museum.
She is implied to have knowledge of constructing aircrafts and other robots, as she uses them in all of her battles with Wario in Wario Land II.
Syrup is greedy, cunning and deceptive. Much like her rival Wario, she loves treasure and is willing to go the extra mile to get it. This aspect is most apparent in Wario Land: Shake It!, where she sends a mail to Wario asking him to journey into the Shake Dimension to get the Bottomless Coin Sack, while assisting him all the way by selling him items, only to betray him in the end, nabbing the sack for herself and fleeing away.
Nintendo Character Guide (1994)
The leader of the Kitchen Tool Pirates appears only briefly in the final confrontation in Syrup Castle, but she has been pulling all the strings from the very beginning, getting Wario into sticky situations.
Wario Land: Shake It!
- Player's Guide (page 35): This provocative pirate tempts Wario into saving the Shake Dimension with irresistible booty- that is, the Bottomless Coin Sack. She also runs the shop.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
|Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effects||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|Captain Syrup||Wario Land Series||Primary (3)||Advanced||Grab||Spirit Board||Bayonetta, Giant King Dedede||
||Pirate Ship||The Great Sea / Menu Select|
List of appearances by date
|Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3||Non-playable character||1994||Game Boy|
|Wario Land II||Non-playable character||1998||Game Boy|
|Wario Land: Shake It!||Non-playable character||2008||Wii|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cameo as a spirit||2018||Nintendo Switch|
|Animal Crossing: New Horizons||Mentioned||2020||Nintendo Switch|
Names in other languages
|French||Captaine Syrup||Captain Syrup|
|German||Kapitän Sirop (Wario Land)
Captain Syrup (Wario Land II)
Kapitän Kandis (Wario Land: Shake It!)
|"Syrup" adapted to German spelling, Kapitän means captain|
Captain Rock Candy / Rock Sugar
|Italian||Capitan Sciroppo (Wario Land)
Capitano Syrup (Wario Land II)
Captain Syrup ("Captain" is in masculine form, instead of a gender-neutral form)
|Spanish||Capitana Sirope||Captain Syrup|
- In the American instruction manual of the game Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, Captain Syrup is referred to as "a really rotten and ruthless guy." This was done in order to keep her gender reveal a surprise.
- In Prima Games guides covering Wario Land II, Captain Syrup is referred to as the "Princess".
- When the story of Wario Land: Shake It! was revealed in the Japanese Famitsu magazine, Captain Syrup was referred to as Maple, implying that her full name is Captain Maple Syrup. However, the name Maple is never used in the game at all.
- Captain Syrup was the first main female villain in the extended Super Mario franchise, coming before Cackletta, the Shadow Queen, and others.
- European Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Instruction Booklet, page 103
- European Wario Land II Instruction Booklet, page 103
- Campbell, Stuart. Game Boy Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 10.
- Brady, Matthew K., Nathan Beittenmiller, Debra McBride, and David Cassady. Game Boy Game Secrets, 2001 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 86.
- Famitsu: Image of anime cutscenes in Wario Land Shake (Japanese) (Accessed 6-11-08)
|Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3|
|Characters||Wario • Brown Sugar Pirates • Mario|
|Bosses||Spiked Koopa • Minotaur • Penguin • Devil's Head • Bobo • Ghost • Captain Syrup • Genie|
|Worlds||Rice Beach • Mt. Teapot • Sherbet Land • Stove Canyon • SS Tea Cup • Parsley Woods • Syrup Castle|
|Power-ups||Bull Pot • Dragon Pot • Garlic Pot • Jet Pot • Star|
|Collectibles||? Block • 1 Gold Coin • 10 Gold Coin • 100 Coin • 3-Up Heart • Heart • Key • Treasure|
|Enemies and obstacles||Batto Shuruken • Bee Fly • Big • Bō • Bucket Head • Chicken Duck • D.D. • Demon Bat • Dropper • Floater • Gaugau • Goboten • Guragura • Harisu • Helmut • Knight • Konotako • Kōmori Missile • Lance • Maizō • Mine • Muncher • Paidan • Pecan • Penkoon • Pikkarikun • Pinwheel • Piranha Plant • Pirate Goom • Pouncer • Skewer • Sparky • Spiked ball • Togemaru • Ukiwani • Wanderin' Goom • Watch • White puff • Yadorā • Yarikuri Obake|
|Wario Land II|
|Main characters||Wario • Captain Syrup|
|Supporters||Gull • Hen • Owl • Turtle|
|Bosses||Awabō • Big Kamukamu • Bobo • Cave master • Dunk • Ghost • Giant bee • Giant snake • Giant spear man • Mecha Kuri|
|Chapters||Chapter 1 • Chapter 2 • Chapter 2* • Chapter 2** • Chapter 3 • Chapter 3* • Chapter 4 • Final Chapter • Final Chapter* • Final Chapter** • The Really Final Chapter|
|Conditions||Ball • Bouncy Wario • Bubble Wario • Crazy Wario • Fat Wario • Flat Wario • Frozen Wario • Hot Wario • Puffy Wario • Tiny Wario • Zombie Wario|
|Enemies||Bee • Bird • Chūta • Cook • D-Bat • D.D. • Drill • Flame • Gaugau • Ghost • Grunt • Gugi • Inamazu • Kamukamu • Pecan • Penguin • Pirate Goom • Pogo Guy • Punch • Rooster • Tobī • Togemen • Tsuriuo • Utsutsubo • Weight • White puff • Wizard • Yukimaru • Zombie|
|Objects||10 Gold Coin • 100 Coin • Alarm clock • Big Block • Bonfire Block • Brick • Coin • Doughnut block • Enemy Block • Glass Block • Kotsuheri • Lance • Spike • Stove • Switch|
|Wario Land: Shake It!|
|Main characters||Wario • Captain Syrup • Queen Merelda • Merfle • Merfle (character)|
|Areas||Shake Dimension • The Sweet Stuff • Ratl Ruins • Wiggly Wilds • Rocking Range • Jiggle Jungle • Quiver Cliffs • Shakedown Schooner|
|Levels||Aboard the Sweet Stuff • Stonecarving City • Whoopsy Desert • Foulwater Falls • Run-Down Pyramid • Just Plains • Wavy Waters • Mt. Lava Lava • Savannah Valley • Wreck Train • Stonetooth Cave • Its-all Mine • Glittertown • Ropey Jungle • Windbreak Bay • Airytale Castle • Soggybog River • Mount Bighill • Creep Blue Sea • Slipshod Slopes • Bad Manor|
|Secret levels||Disturbing Tomb • Gurgle Gulch • Sneak Peak • Lowdown Depths • Neon City • Derailed Express • Launchpad Labyrinth • Riverbloat Rapids • Prism Prison • Bamboozle Village • Freezing Fields • Boogie Mansion|
|Objects||Ancient Globe • Blast-O-Cannon • Bomb Block • Bonfire Block • Bottomless Coin Sack • Boulder • Certainty Switch • Checkpoint block • Coin Bag • Diamond • Fossil • Icicle • Lava • Max Fastosity Dasherator • Merfle Barrel • Push button • Rocket Bucket • Shake block • Shake Pillar • Shrinkbarrel • Skewer • Slot machine • Snowman Block • Spike • Spike Bar • Subwarine • Treasure chest • Uncertain Block • Unibucket|
|Bosses||Rollanratl • Hot Roderick • Chortlebot • Bloomsday • Large Fry • Shake King|
|Enemies||Bandinero • Boomdinero • Buccanero • Bumbleprod • Crackpot • Flimflam • Flipsting • Floating Bandinero • Gate • Grunchin • Jellopus • Mummer • Nosedozer • Peek-a-boom • Pengoon • Pitchfork • Plunger • Recapitator • Scarracuda • Shortfuse • Spinbat • Treasure Chomp • Tub-sub • Turkeyjerk • Venus Guytrap • Volcannon|
|Miscellaneous||Gallery • Missions • Pre-release and unused content • Treasures • Staff|