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Not to be confused with Plessie.
Dorrie
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Dorrie in New Super Mario Bros..
First Appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

“A gentle sea dragon lives here. Pound on his back to make him lower his head. Don't become his lunch.”
Signpost, Super Mario 64

Dorrie is a large, friendly swimming blue Plesiosaur-like character who debuted in Super Mario 64. He helps Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Yoshi ride across water or reach higher areas. Super Mario Odyssey explicitly refers to Dorries as a species[1] and it features two additional Dorries, one purple, and one yellow. In terms of design, Dorrie has a few elements in common with Yoshis, such as the white area of soft tissue spanning the whole lower part of the body and a similar round face that, since Super Mario 64 DS, even features a placement of the eyes and nostrils akin to that seen in Yoshis. Furthermore, the two species share the suffix, -sshi (「ッシー」), in their Japanese names.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Mario riding Dorrie in Super Mario 64.

Dorrie makes his debut in Super Mario 64, where he lives in an underground lake in the Hazy Maze Cave. He spends his days swimming in circles, but gladly gives Mario a ride if he gets on his back. It is also possible to steer Dorrie from there; Mario loses control of movement for a moment, then the player can control Dorrie by facing the direction they want to go in. Ground Pounding on his back causes him to lower his neck, allowing Mario to climb onto his head to reach higher areas, like the entrance to the Cavern of the Metal Cap. A sign near the lake in which he takes residence states that he might eat visitors if they get too close, although he is actually harmless.

Dorrie reappears in Super Mario 64 DS with an updated design, with the most noticeable change being a pair of goggles that are highly similar to the ones worn by the Dolphins in Super Mario World. He reprises his role as in Super Mario 64 by giving the player a ride wherever they want to go. Dorrie wears Wario's Cap only during the first mission of Hazy Maze Cave, unless the player is playing as Wario himself. Also, while the player can still Ground Pound on his back, it is no longer required, as he now lowers his head if the player approaches the base of his neck.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Small Mario riding Dorrie in New Super Mario Bros.

Dorrie returns in New Super Mario Bros. and appears in two sizes. Mario can ride on his back to cross large bodies of Poisoned Water in World 4-1 and World 4-6. If Mario does a Ground Pound on Dorrie, he moves faster through the water.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Dorrie in Lake Lamode.

The iconic blue Dorrie appears in Super Mario Odyssey, where it can be seen wearing a top hat and swimming in the Lake Kingdom, Mushroom Kingdom and Darker Side. Purple and yellow-colored Dorries also appear in the Seaside Kingdom, where they wear hats and are associated with the Crazy Cap shop. Additionally, a Rubber Dorrie can be purchased from the Lake Kingdom's Crazy Cap shop as a souvenir for the Odyssey.

In this game, genderless pronouns are used to refer to Dorrie.[2] This game depicts Dorries as speaking in long-held moaning noises, such as "AoouuuooOOooOooOoo," which are subtitled in parentheses. Power Moons are sometimes found attached to Dorrie's back or belly, or flying above their heads.

Mario Party series[edit]

Dorrie is a recurring minor character in the Mario Party series. Although only directly appearing in a few games, such as Mario Party 3 and Mario Party Advance, a lot of aquatic equipment in the Mario Party series, such as boats, are based on Dorrie.

Mario Party 2[edit]

In Mario Party 2, Dorrie makes a small cameo in Mystery Land in the background lake, with his appearance resembling the photograph of the Loch Ness Monster.

Mario Party 3[edit]

In Mario Party 3, Dorrie is seen in an Item Minigame called Dorrie Dip. He also makes a cameo in the background of the board Creepy Cavern. In this game, Dorrie is referred to by the in-game text as a female.

Mario Party 4[edit]

In Mario Party 4, Dorrie is seen as a paddle boat in the minigame Right Oar Left?

Mario Party 5[edit]

In Mario Party 5, red, blue, green, and yellow plastic Dorries appear in the minigame Tug-o-Dorrie.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

In Mario Party Advance, Dorrie resides at Loch Dorrie, and reveals that he is lonely after scaring away Mr. E. If Yoshi visits him, they become friends and Dorrie gives him a Gaddget, the Soil Sonar. However, the credits state that Yoshi has not seen him in ages. Despite Mario Party Advance having been released after Super Mario 64 DS, Dorrie uses his original design instead of his updated design.

See also[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドッシー
Dosshī
A portmanteau of Yoshi, Nessie, and possibly Dossun (referring to the Ground Pound useable to tame it in its first appearance).
Spanish Dorrie -
French Gros Bibi (Super Mario 64)
Dorrie
Big Bibi (gros bibi being in French a childish way to say big kiss, while bibi is a way to say me or a worm used to fish)
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German Nessi From the Loch Ness Monster, who is nicknamed to as "Nessie"
Italian Dorrie -
Korean 돗시
Dotsi
Transliterated Japanese name.

Trivia[edit]

  • In the Japanese version of Super Mario 64, Dorrie is referred to as "Doshi", most likely as a parody of the Loch Ness Monster (who is commonly referred to by the nickname Nessie, which is pronounced "Neshi" in Japanese) and Yoshi. In the German version of the game, he is actually called Nessi. Also, the English name of his location in Mario Party Advance, Loch Dorrie, is a reference to Loch Ness, the supposed home of the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Dorrie shares his Japanese name with Bahamutt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The brochure of Lake Lamode states Fresh or salt water, Dorries swim everywhere.
  2. ^ The brochure of Lake Lamode states This gentle creature spends its days swimming gracefully in Lake Lamode. If you're confident in your abilities, swimming alongside it might make for some wonderful memories.