Chuckster

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Chuckster
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First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Pianta
“Howdy! I'm a chuckster! You'd better be careful when speaking to powerful Piantas. Some'll chuck you straight up, but most chuck you backward. When it comes to tossing folk, I'm... Well, I'm a chuckster!”
Chuckster, Super Mario Sunshine

Chucksters, also known as Pianta Throwers,[1] are a variant of Piantas in Super Mario Sunshine. They are capable of throwing Mario a good distance behind them or above them. Chucksters will usually toss Mario after he speaks to them.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

The Pianta Village episode Secret of the Village Underside is centered around chucksters.

In Super Mario Sunshine, a chuckster can be first found on the roof of a building in Delfino Plaza. Mario has to have at least one coin to pay the chuckster to throw Mario behind him, into an isolated room of a building that has the Shine Sprite of Mario Toss. In Ricco Harbor, there are two Piantas who become increasingly skilled at throwing Mario in later episodes. Lastly Chucksters are the main focus of the Pianta Village episode Secret of the Village Underside, where Mario needs the assistance of several chucksters to move between areas and obtain the Shine Sprite at the end. The angle at which Mario speaks to a chucksters determines where he will be thrown, which is exceptionally noticeable in the episode Secret of the Village Underside, as talking to a chuckster at a bad angle here can result in Mario being thrown into the surrounding pit, costing him a life.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, chucksters are found exclusively throughout Starshine Beach Galaxy during the level Climbing the Cloudy Tower. Mario does not need to initiate dialogue with them to be thrown, as simply coming into contact with them from the front will have them throw Mario into the air.

Mario Party 8[edit]

In Mario Party 8, if the player lands on an Event Space in Goomba's Booty Boardwalk in front of a yellow Pianta, the Pianta tosses them a short distance.

Quotes[edit]

  • "I'm a chuckster!"
  • "Don't hold back! Grrrarrgaah!"
  • "I may be little, but I never give up!"
  • "Higher! Higher!"
  • "Howdy! Throw me a coin, and I'll throw you for a loop!"
  • "Yeeaaah! And awaaaaay you go!"
  • "My wife can toss people farther than I can!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ごっちゃん
Gotchan
Contraction of「ごっちゃ」(gotcha, a term for "disorderly" or "messy") and the honorific「~ちゃん」(-chan)

French Lanceur
Thrower
Italian Lanciagente
People-tosser; possibly a play on salvagente ("lifesaver") which literally means "people-saver"
Spanish Lanzapeleles
Dummy Launcher

References[edit]

  1. ^ Black, Fletcher (May 25, 2007). Mario Party 8 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 0-7615-5618-4. Page 26.