Chargin' Chuck

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Chargin' Chuck
Artwork of two Chargin' Chucks from Super Mario 3D World.
Artwork of two Chargin' Chucks from Super Mario 3D World.
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Mario Golf: Super Rush (2021)
Variant of Koopa
“Hm? Did you say something?”
Chargin' Chuck, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Chargin' Chucks are large, burly Koopas that wear American football gear, debuting in Super Mario World. They wear white helmets with a blue and orange stripe, blue shoulder pads, red spiked cleats, and black shells, and have chubby, infant-like faces and small, squinting black eyes. In Super Mario 3D World, when their helmets are off, it is revealed that they have two spiky tufts of blue hair.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World / Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]

Chargin' Chucks from Super Mario World.
Chargin' Chucks from Super Mario World.
Chargin' Chucks from Super Mario World.

Chargin' Chucks first appeared in Super Mario World as common enemies who are quite durable against damage. Chargin' Chucks can attack in a variety of ways, including throwing baseballs, kicking footballs and flinging rocks with a shovel. They can also break through Rotating Blocks and Grab Blocks. Chargin' Chucks also act more aggressively when Mario is with Yoshi. Yoshi cannot eat this enemy, however. Other types have less direct attack patterns, such as splitting into three and charging forward and summoning or alerting other nearby enemies, such as Super Koopas and Rip Van Fish, using a whistle; one type of Chargin' Chuck also has the habit of jumping in place and clapping. Aside from the whistling Chargin' Chucks, all Chargin' Chucks, once jumped on, revert to simply trying to tackle the player. They are often found at the end of a level defending the Giant Gate. It takes three jumps on a Chargin' Chuck's head to defeat it for 800 points. Fire Mario can defeat a Chargin' Chuck with five fireballs for 1000 points (or 2000 points and three coins in the Game Boy Advance remake), as can Yoshi by spitting fireballs produced from eating a Red Shell at him. Caped Mario can defeat them with one swing for 100 points. Chargin' Chucks can also be defeated in one stomp if first hit by at least two fireballs by Fire Mario.

Descriptions of a variety of Chargin' Chucks.

In the Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide, the different types of Chargin' Chucks (except the bouncing and the whistling Chargin' Chucks) are each given individual names:

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

The rushing Chargin' Chucks and the clapping variety also appear in the e-Reader accessible level "Vegetable Volley" in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Chargin' Chucks return in Super Mario 3D World and its port, which marks their first appearance in a 3D Mario game. Like in Super Mario World, Chargin' Chucks cannot normally be defeated with a single stomp, and jumping on them once causes their helmets to fly off their heads. After the first hit, they will become faster and after several seconds, put their helmets back on. Unlike in Super Mario World, it takes two normal hits to defeat a Chargin' Chuck, but a single Ground Pound will instantly defeat it. Likewise, certain items can take out a Chargin' Chuck with one blow, such as a Bob-omb.

They make the same sounds when they run and when defeated they use the same hit sound like in Super Mario World.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

A Chargin' Chuck in Super Mario Odyssey

Chargin' Chucks return in Super Mario Odyssey as enemies in the Underground Moon Caverns of the Moon Kingdom and a secret area in the Ruined Kingdom that can be reached using a Moon Pipe. As they wear a helmet, Mario must first remove it from their heads before Capturing them, either with a jump or a hat throw attack. In Chargin' Chuck form, Mario can charge through boulders and enemies at a high speed, but he is unable to jump at all while capturing them.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Chargin' Chuck. Page 114 of volume 6 of Super Mario-kun.

Chargin' Chucks appear in Super Mario-kun's first 6 volumes, in the Super Mario World arc. In the very first chapter, the last enemy Mario, Luigi and Yoshi face is a Chuck that almost succeeds in killing Mario by shoving him off a cliff. Yoshi jumps off to save Mario and, by eating a blue Koopa Troopa, they emerge in time and burn him with their fire power.

A Chuck is later met in the 13th chapter, where a duplicating Chuck is, once again, the last enemy. He faces the Mario at the end of the "Infernal Athletic Level", one step from the Giant Gate. Mario manages to locate the real Chuck with the false promise of a SNES. Enraged, the Chuck tosses to them a spiny football ball and Mario is tossed into a ? Block which contains a Super Star but, unable to reach it, Mario tosses his cape. The cape comes to life and beats the Chuck.

In the first chapter of volume 2, a Chuck is (once again) the last enemy of the chapter. Kamek (who disguised himself as Yoshi), unable to convince the Mario Bros. he is the real deal, is used as a club to defeat the last Chuck remaining, breaking Kamek's disguise spell.

In volume 6, while Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi are in balloon form, they attempt to hinder their progress by throwing a football at Mario, but the football bounces and hits one of its friends. It then throws a spiked football at Mario, making Mario fall into a Warp Pipe. Mario, however, collects a star, fires from the warp pipe, and then punches them in the face, defeating them.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

A Koopa Football Player from the Super Mario World television series.
“Koopa football players grabbed the princess!”
Luigi, Mama Luigi

Chargin' Chucks also appear in the Super Mario World animated series, where they are referred to as Koopa football players. Due to the fact that they appear throughout several episodes of the series, they appear to have replaced Goombas and Koopa Troopas, who make relatively few appearances on the show, as Bowser's main shock troops. Much like their in-game sprite, they are green with orange sleeves, but their helmet, shell, arms, and legs are green, while the stripe on their helmet is red, the star on their helmet is white, and the rim of their helmet are orange.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

In Dinosaur Dilemma, a group of Chargin' Chucks ambushes Mario and Yoshi while they are traveling through a forest, but they can be beaten if Mario grabs the Green Shell they are using as a ball, leads them to a clearing, and jumps out of the way when they charge at him, causing them all to collide and knock themselves out. In Brain Drain, some Chargin' Chucks are spotted milling about the WMUSH radio station after Iggy Koopa takes it over, and chase Luigi out of the building if he steals some Fungus Up cola from the Synapse Switcher.

Super Mario Adventures[edit]

Several Chargin' Chucks from Super Mario Adventures.

In the Super Mario Adventures comic, several Chargin' Chucks, along with several Thwomps, are summoned by Wendy O. Koopa to attack Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, Toad and Friendly Floyd during the battle in the Koopaling's Tower.

Yoshi's Safari[edit]

A Chargin' Chuck as it appears in Yoshi's Safari.

In Yoshi's Safari, a Chargin' Chuck, who attacks Mario and Yoshi by throwing bombs while jumping from side-to-side, appears as the boss of Float Castle II.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Chargin' Chucks reappear as enemies in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and its Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS ports. They behave the same as in Super Mario 3D World. Chargin' Chucks can be quite devastating, due to needing to be hit twice and constantly putting back on the helmet while Captain Toad is unable to jump on them (although he can fall from a higher ledge onto the Chargin' Chuck). They are more often used to be lured to break Rock Blocks or topple Mud Troopers at a high risk. Tapping Chargin' Chucks on the GamePad makes their helmets temporarily fall off.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

“Hey! Those are the goons who dragged us off to prison!”
Starlow, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Chargin' Chucks debut in the Mario & Luigi series in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. A group of them, known as the Chargin' Chuck Corps, are treated as a boss in a large mass, like the Dream World enemies in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.

They are first seen after Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario first cross Doop Doop Dunes, where the Chargin' Chuck Corps take them away to the Twinsy Tropics Dungeon under Roy's orders. Later, they are seen again when the trio are traversing Doop Doop Dunes for the second time, where they chase them down before proceeding to battle the group.

In battle, they attack by charging into a brother from the front and behind, which must be avoided using a Jump. Nine of them may also line up three in a row, one in each row will hold an American football briefly, then they will all shuffle at which point the player must keep track of the ones who held the football. They will then throw their footballs at a bro, who must counter them with the hammer. When some Chargin' Chucks are defeated, the remaining ones will call for backup; causing more Chucks to appear. They also have a chase sequence, with five of them throwing American footballs at Mario and Luigi who must hold onto Paper Mario in his airplane form to avoid them. The Chargin' Chucks may also throw their American footballs directly at Paper Mario, who must evade them. After a while, the Chargin' Chucks will fall over, allowing Paper Mario to stomp on them all at once. When enough Chargin' Chucks are defeated, they will become enraged and immediately do one last call of reinforcements, maxing out at 16 total. Once defeated, the trio continue back to the Twinsy Tropics Dungeon.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Sprite of a Chargin' Chuck from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Chargin' Chucks appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, where they are enemies and recruitable allies in Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser. They are melee troopers with high defense and power, and they attack by charging into enemies. Their Special Skill is Air Bash. Chargin' Chucks are weak against Mechakoopas. One is also seen alongside Wendy, a Boomerang Bro, a Bob-omb, and a Koopa Paratroopa, being knocked away by Wendy for interrupting her. Another one's helmet is used to repair the Koopa Cruiser in Joke's End. It is also the first game in which a Chargin Chuck is seen speaking.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Chargin' Chucks appear in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode, where they are enemies and recruitable allies. Their Special Skill in this game is Smack Back Attack.

Super Mario Party[edit]

Chargin' Chucks make their Mario Party series debut in Super Mario Party as non-playable characters. Several Chargin' Chucks appear in the minigame Rattle and Hmmm, where they appear along with a Grrrol and a Wiggler, and Gridiron Gauntlet, where the players must dodge them as they charge through certain areas. Two Chargin' Chucks also appear running on treadmills in the background of the beginning and end cutscenes in the minigame Looking for Love. Four Chargin' Chucks appear in the background of the minigame Pep Rally.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

A Chargin' Chuck appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Novice-class Attack-type primary spirit with one support slot. The spirit simply raises the power of its user without granting them any special effects during battle. In World of Light, the spirit is found south-west on the Light Realm map, on the giant yellow mushroom in the mushroom gorge area. The corresponding spirit battle involves a team of four Warios fought on the Battlefield form of the Super Mario Maker stage, set in Super Mario World style.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

An origami Chargin' Chuck in Paper Mario: The Origami King
“WE'RE SHREDDED ALL RIGHT!”
Chargin' Chuck, Paper Mario: The Origami King
Three Chargin' Chucks occupying the Spring of Purification

Chargin' Chucks make their debut in the Paper Mario series in Paper Mario: The Origami King, where origami Chargin' Chucks are enemies. In the game, Mario encounters and fights only a single group of Chargin' Chucks in Shangri-Spa, where three of them are seen occupying the Spring of Purification after Bowser Jr. and his Junior Clown Car are cut into pieces by Scissors. It is also the second game in which they are seen speaking.

Mario Golf: Super Rush[edit]

A Chargin' Chuck appears as a playable character in Mario Golf: Super Rush, marking his first appearance in the Mario Golf series and his first stand-alone playable appearance overall. He is a Power character with the lowest Spin of any character, tied with King Bob-omb. His Special Shot is Scrimmage Stinger, and his Special Dash is known as End-Zone Dash.

Chargin' Chuck also appears in Golf Adventure mode. He is first seen at the player's house, then he goes to the clubhouse to speak to the Head Coach. He is the first to be called. He is then seen at the Bonny Greens practice area practicing swings. He also appears as a rival along with Boo during Speed Golf in Balmy Dunes.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario World / Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]

  • Super Mario World Instruction Booklet: These All-Stars always seem to bar Mario's way just when he's within sight of the goal. They use a variety of bull-headed attacks, so you'll really have a tough time checking Chargin' Chuck.[1]
  • Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 "Denizens of Dinosaur Land" poster: If there's a goal in sight, you're bound to meet up with a Chargin' Chuck. These tough brutes will try to bar your way with a variety of attacks, and they're persistent, too.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy
Chargin' Chuck Corps
A Chargin' Chuck in battle, in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. A Chargin' Chuck in battle, in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. A Chargin' Chuck in battle, in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. HP 105 POW 122 (112) Defense 150 (114) Type Shelled Item Drop None - 0%
Blunt Hammer - 100%
Experience 1600 (1595) Coins 550 Speed 112 Weakness None Location(s) Doop Doop Dunes
Level           20 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy
Chargin' Chuck Corps (Boss Battle Ring)
One of the Chargin' Chucks in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. One of the Chargin' Chucks in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. One of the Chargin' Chucks in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. HP 189 POW 300 (250) Defense 295 (230) Type Normal Item Drop None - 0%
None - 0%
Experience 0 (0) Coins 0 Speed 225 Weakness None Location(s) Arcade
Level           30 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

  • Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser / Bowser Jr.'s Journey profile: That padding makes for high POW and DEF. They tend to go overboard with their brawn and are weak against Mechakoopas.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Chargin' Chuck Chargin' Chuck spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Super Mario Series Primary (1) Novice Attack World of Light (Light Realm); Spirit Board Wario ×4
  • The enemy favors dash attacks
Super Mario Maker (Battlefield, Super Mario World style) Ground Theme - Super Mario World

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King Enemy
Chargin' Chuck
An origami Chargin' Chuck from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 40 Moves Location(s)
Type Shelled Tackle (?), Forward Pass (?), Touchdown (?) Shangri-Spa
Item Drops None
Always energetic and ready to roll, these hot-spring aficionados favor team tackles.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブル
Buru
Bull; romanized as "Bul" in Super Mario World, and as "Bull" in the Super Mario 3D World and Paper Mario: The Origami King game files.
Chinese (Simplified) 头盔布鲁[2]
Tóukuī Bùlǔ
布鲁 (since Super Mario Party)
Bùlǔ
Helmeted Bull

Transliteration of the Japanese name

Chinese (Traditional) 布魯
Bùlǔ
Transliteration of the Japanese name
Dutch Chargin' Chuck -
French (NOA) Fred Lafonce
Charlie le Chargeur (Super Mario World manual)
Possibly a pun on "the force".
Charlie the Charger
French (NOE) Bill Dozer Pun on "Bill" and "Bulldozer".
German Football-Chuck Football Chuck
Italian Plakkoopa
Giocatore di Football di Attila (Super Mario World television series)
Pun on "Placcare" (to tackle) and "Koopa".
Koopa's Football Player
Korean
Bul
Transliteration of the Japanese name.
Portuguese (NOA) Toni Trombada[3] From "trombar" (to bump into something)
Portuguese (NOE) Demolikoopa From "demolir" (demolish, break down) and "Koopa"
Romanian Jucător de fotbal Koopa (Super Mario World television series) Koopa Football Player
Russian Нападающий Чак
Napadauchiy Chak
Купы-футболисты (Super Mario World television series)
Kupy-futbolisty
Striker Chuck

Koopa Football Players
Spanish Placapum From "placaje" (tackle) and "pum" (a crashing sound).

Trivia[edit]

  • In Super Mario World and in the television series, the football gear they wear is green, but other sources depict it as blue. In the credits of the original Super Mario World, Chargin' Chucks wear blue gear.
    • Similarly, the star on the left side of their helmets is absent in all depictions as of Super Mario 3D World.
  • Chargin' Chucks are similar to Broozers; they are both able to break through blocks, both take a few jumps to defeat, and both chase Mario if he gets close to them. They also have the same Special Skills in Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser and Bowser Jr.'s Journey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario World Instruction Booklet, pg. 26
  2. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  3. ^ https://mariogolf.nintendo.com/pt/characters-courses/ Retrieved June 14, 2021.