Cosmic Clone

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Not to be confused with Cosmic Mario or Shadow Mario.
Cosmic Clone
Artwork of Cosmic Clone from Super Mario Galaxy 2
Artwork of a Cosmic Clone from Super Mario Galaxy 2
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Big Cosmic Clone
Dark Mario (Super Mario Bros. Wonder)
“Watch out for Cosmic Clones ahead! If they come after you, RUN!”
Board, Super Mario Galaxy 2

Cosmic Clones are shadowy duplicates of Mario or Luigi that first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They copy Mario or Luigi's every move, even his death animation if he loses a life. They appear to be a successor to Cosmic Mario: They are strikingly similar to it, sharing the same voice as it, and their theme is the Cosmic Comet theme from Super Mario Galaxy (a half step higher pitch and an edited opening section, which in turn is a cover version of the Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme and Underground Theme). The only difference is their color and the Cosmic Clones' glowing yellow eyes.


Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A Cosmic Clone in Super Mario Galaxy 2

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Cosmic Clones are created once a certain point is reached in a galaxy and follow behind Mario or Luigi, mimicking every movement he makes. Boards usually warn Mario and Luigi that Cosmic Clones are present in the area, although they also appear when a Clone Comet orbits a galaxy.

Cosmic Clones mimic whatever Mario or Luigi does, even if the landscape has recently been changed. For example, they can jump on a platform where Mario or Luigi was standing, even if it has disappeared or moved. If Mario or Luigi gets hit by a clone, he receives damage and the clone vanishes, with the rest of the clones then mimicking the plumber taking damage. Once the way forward is revealed, the clones scream, disappear, and release three Star Bits each.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

A Cosmic Clone in Super Mario 3D Land

Cosmic Clones appear in the Special Worlds of Super Mario 3D Land, where they resemble Small Mario. Regardless of which character encounters a Cosmic Clone, the clones always resemble Mario's appearance more than Luigi's. They act as they do in Super Mario Galaxy 2, but they have a purple outline instead of a red one, and only one appears instead of a group; this one does not vanish if Mario or Luigi touches it. Mario or Luigi can defeat the Cosmic Clones by touching them while invincible or by touching the level's Goal Pole; they give three coins upon defeat. Upon the player reaching a certain area (normally the level's halfway point), the Cosmic Clone disappears. If the player leaves that area, the Cosmic Clone appears again, even if it has been defeated with a Super Star.

This game also introduces Big Cosmic Clones, which have a slower and lower-pitched voice and are four times as big. They can also destroy Brick Blocks on contact, and they give ten coins when defeated.

The clones' theme music is the same as in Super Mario Galaxy 2, albeit with most of the fading cosmic synth pads removed.


Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Galaxy Mission(s) Planet(s) Duration of Chase
Sky Station Galaxy Storming the Sky Fleet Flipswitch Fleet Planet Until Mario or Luigi flips all the Flipswitch Panels.
Spin-Dig Galaxy Silver Stars Down Deep Starting Planet Until Mario or Luigi shatters the Crystal containing the Sling Star.
Fluffy Bluff Galaxy Search for the Toad Brigade Captain Pond Planet Until Mario or Luigi collects all the Star Chips.
Puzzle Plank Galaxy Purple Coin Shadow Vault Pound Pillars Planet (Inside) Until Mario or Luigi collects all the Purple Coins.
Cloudy Court Galaxy Silver Stars in the Purple Pond,
The Shadow Lining
Purple Pond Planet
Starting Planets
Castle Wall Planet
Silver Stars in the Purple Pond - Until all of the Silver Stars are collected.

The Shadow Lining - Until Mario or Luigi collects all the Star Chips for the first wave, takes the Sling Star after the Castle Wall Planet for the second wave, and shatters the Crystal containing the Power Star for the third wave

Haunty Halls Galaxy Spooky Cosmic Clone Chase Disappearing Paths Planet Until Mario or Luigi shatters the Crystal containing the Power Star.
Chompworks Galaxy Cosmic Clones in the Chompworks Lava Chomp Planet Until Mario or Luigi guides the Gold Chomp into the hole.
Mario Squared Galaxy Luigi's Purple Coin Chaos Starting Planet (Luigi) Until Mario or Luigi collects 100 Purple Coins.
Flip-Out Galaxy Cosmic Clone Wall Jumpers,
Green Star 2
Flip Wall Planet Until Mario or Luigi shatters the Crystal containing the Power Star or gets a Green Star.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]


Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy 2 ObjectData/MarioShadow.arc
Cosmic Mario
Cosmic Luigi
Super Mario 3D Land romfs/ObjectData/GhostPlayer.szs Ghost Player Ghost Player (shared with Mummy-Me)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マネック
Chibi Manekku
From「真似」(mane, imitation) and possibly「ミミック」(mimikku, mimic)

Small Cosmic Clone (Super Mario 3D Land)
Chinese (Simplified) 模仿客[2]
Mófǎng Kè
Literally "Imitate Outsider", while「客」is a transliteration of the Japanese name
Chinese (Traditional) 黑影子
Hēi Yǐngzi
Black Shadow
French (NOE) Clone chaotique Chaotic clone
German Schattenmario Shadow Mario
Italian Duplimario
Ombra Scura (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Contraction of "duplicate" and "Mario"
Dark Shadow
Korean 검은그림자
Geomeun geurimja
Black Shadow
From "따라하다" (ttarahada, to imitate)
Spanish (NOA) Sombras de Mario Mario's Shadows
Spanish (NOE) Sombra de Mario Mario's Shadow


  • Mummy-Mes from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker have the same behavior as Cosmic Clones.
  • In Super Mario Galaxy 2, only the first clone uses voice clips when jumping. If the player is hurt by the first Cosmic Clone, the other ones only play sound effects.


  1. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D Land section, page 180.
  2. ^