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Artwork for Super Mario Advance
Species Sidestepper
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
Latest appearance Ultimate NES Remix (2014)
Latest portrayal Charles Martinet[1] (2001)
“Arr! You'll make a tasty treat!”
Clawgrip, Super Mario Advance

Clawgrip is a boss from Super Mario Bros. 2. In Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, Clawgrip did not exist and his place as a boss was filled in by a third, cream-white Mouser, making Clawgrip the only Super Mario Bros. 2 enemy that actually was introduced in said game.

In the credits of Super Mario Bros. 2, as well as Super Mario All-Stars and the Japanese version of Super Mario Advance, Clawgrip is called "Clawglip." This is likely because the "r" sound is not normally distinguished from the "l" sound in Japanese compared to other languages.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Clawgrip from Super Mario USA
Clawgrip's artwork for the Japanese version, Super Mario USA, was the basis of his artwork for Super Mario Advance

In Super Mario Bros. 2, Clawgrip is fought in World 5-3, where he attacks players by throwing boulders at them. In order to injure Clawgrip, these boulders need to be caught by the heroes and thrown back at him. After being hit five times, Clawgrip is defeated.

In Super Mario Advance, Clawgrip, instead of already being giant at the beginning of the battle against him, is simply a smaller crab. He is grown to his regular size when he is engulfed by several bubbles which resemble the ones Wart is capable of spitting. Once at this size, Clawgrip, in a stereotypical pirate accent, exclaims "Yar! You'll make a tasty treat!", beginning the battle. It is possible to hit him multiple times with one boulder if a player throws it so that it bounces off the wall behind him when he starts moving towards them. After he is defeated, he says "Yar! You got me!", again in a pirate accent.

Clawgrip's description in the Super Mario Bros. 2 manual mentions that he "grows suddenly," though this is only the case in Super Mario Advance.

BS Super Mario USA[edit]

Clawgrip returns with the other bosses from Super Mario Bros. 2 in BS Super Mario USA. Like in the first game, Clawgrip serves as a mini-boss, and is fought in a similar way as in his battle from Super Mario Bros. 2. Despite the game's Japanese script, he has a tendency to lapse into English when he speaks,[2][dead link] possibly as a nod to not appearing in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

Clawgrip, from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode, "Mario of the Deep".

Clawgrip made three appearances in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, where he, along with Mouser, Fryguy, and Tryclyde, was a minion of King Koopa instead of Wart. In all of his appearances on the show, Clawgrip wore a blue bandanna on his head.

Clawgrip's debut in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! was in the episode "Rolling Down the River", where he manned the helm of Captain Koopa's ship, the Sinister Star, while Koopa was making Mario walk the plank. The Mouth of the River used a cannon to fire a turnip at Clawgrip, knocking him down onto the ship's lower deck.

In "Pirates of Koopa", Clawgrip can be seen among the minions of Blackbeard Koopa waiting for his return to Pirate's Port.

Clawgrip's made a final appearance in "Mario of the Deep"; here, he attacks Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, Toad and their Mermushroom companion in a sunken ship. The quintet avoid Clawgrip by jumping over him and going through a hatch that was too small for him to pass through. The characters commented that this Clawgrip was simply a Clawgrip, implying that Clawgrips are a species.

Nintendo Comics System[edit]

In the Nintendo Comics System, Clawgrip, instead of being a single character, was portrayed as a species, all of whom seemed to work for King Bowser Koopa. In The Fish That Should've Gotten Away, several Clawgrips appear among the monsters trying to defeat Mario. Mario manages to avoid these Clawgrips, all the while being annoyed by Stanley the Talking Fish.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

Clawgrip and some of his GLOM-created clones try to attack Mario while he is exploring the Mushroom Kingdom in Double Trouble, but he manages to avoid them.

In Pipe Down!, Clawgrip appears guarding a tunnel that leads to Pipe World under the Mushroom Palace, under the pretext of being a "Toll Crab." If Mario and Luigi give Clawgrip a noisemaker or a pair of boots, he will let them pass peacefully, but if they give him a balloon (which he accidentally pops, and thus gets angry as a result) or try to run past, he will give chase to them. The brothers can distract Clawgrip by throwing some coins at him, but if they do not have any or decide not to give any up, Clawgrip will catch up to the two, leading to a Game Over.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Clawgrip. Page 64, volume 8 of Super Mario-kun.

Clawgrip makes an appearance in volume 8 of Super Mario-kun. He is the last of the 8 bits generals to be fought before Wart. Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi eventually fight him. As with the games, he fights by throwing rocks at them. In one twist, however, Mario molds a boomerang from a small heart and then throws it at him. Clawgrip then transforms into a large Andross-like being. Mario then uses a rocket to defeat him by hitting a weak spot that destroys his polygonal being.

Later, Wart molds himself into a new hybrid of him with his fallen general, gaining Clawgrip's claws.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio: He grows suddenly, and he is surprisingly skilled at throwing rocks.[3]

Super Mario Advance[edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio Clawgrip will suddenly grow as it scuttles back and forth. Be careful — it loves to throw rocks, and it has a good arm.[4]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

チョッキー (JP) / Chokkī (EN)
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Original text (Japanese) Translation
出身しゅっしん アクア族 Place of origin Aqua clan
性格せいかく あわて者 Disposition Scatterbrain
登場とうじょうゲーム USA Game appearances USA


Let's throw rocks back at them and knock them down.

A giant crab that appears on the fifth stage of Mario USA. It throws rocks at you, so throw them back to deal damage. 5 attacks are all it takes to defeat it. Its American name is Clawgrip.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チョッキー[6][7]
Derived from「チョキチョキ」(choki-choki, onomatopoeia for snipping)

Transliteration of the Super Mario Bros. 2 name

Chinese 剪刀魔[8]
Jiǎndāo Mó
Scissor-like Demon

French Clawgrip
German Clawgrip
Italian Clawgrip[9]
Tenaglie (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)
From chela ("pincer") and the diminutive suffix -otto
Masculine form of chela ("pincer/claw")
Korean 가위게
Gawi Ge
Scissors Crab


  1. ^ The Voice of Mario. GameSpy. Archived December 14, 2004, 20:16:33 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved January 6, 2024.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 English instruction booklet (PDF). Page 28.
  4. ^ Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet (English). Page 12 (PDF).
  5. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Page 111.
  6. ^ a b Super Mario USA instruction booklet (PDF). Page 31.
  7. ^ a b Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Page 225.
  8. ^ From the ending scenes of Super Mario Advance as localized by iQue. Reference: 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧2敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 Italian manual. Page 28.
  10. ^ Super Mario Advance European manual (Italian). Page 112.
  11. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Italian manual. Page 38.
  12. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 67.