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This article is about the character debuting in Luigi's Mansion. For his Super Mario Sunshine counterpart, see King Boo (Super Mario Sunshine).
King Boo
Artwork of King Boo in Mario Party: Star Rush
Artwork from Mario Party: Star Rush
Species Boo
First appearance Luigi's Mansion (2001)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
“I am not afraid of you, fool! I fear only that infernal Poltergust 3000 you carry on your back! Stupid machine! But I am a KING among Boos! I swear it... I shall fear no mere house-cleaning device!!”
King Boo, Luigi's Mansion

King Boo is the leader of the Boos and ghosts, the main antagonist of the Luigi's Mansion series, and the arch-nemesis of Luigi. He is also an ally of Bowser and has aided him in his various schemes. He has succeeded in capturing Mario in the Luigi's Mansion games, as well as capturing Toads, Professor E. Gadd, and Princess Peach. Although not the biggest Boo, King Boo has some powers throughout the series, including materializing objects and spitting fire. King Boo's power is often directly proportional to the number of Boos in his vicinity.


Luigi's Mansion series[edit]

Luigi's Mansion[edit]

King Boo
Gold frame artwork of King Boo.
Full name Bowser and King Boo, the Dastardly Duo (GameCube)[citation needed]
King of Boos (3DS)
Age Unknown
Biography Nothing is known about this mysterious entity. (GameCube)[citation needed]

The giant Boo adorned with a crown. It's hard at work on other evil plans involving the other Boos. (Nintendo 3DS)

Room Roof/Secret Altar
HP 500
Luigi's Mansion Artwork: Bowser
Luigi's Mansion artwork of King Boo escaping from his Bowser suit

Prior to the events of Luigi's Mansion and its remake, Professor E. Gadd captured Boolossus in a portrait, using a device called a Ghost Portrificationizer. He later hung Boolossus's portrait to his Gallery inside his lab in Boo Woods. This angered King Boo, so he devised a plan to rescue Boolossus.

King Boo and his forces attacked the laboratory. The Boos reversed the settings of the Portificationizer and released Boolossus. King Boo then ordered that all the ghosts that E. Gadd had captured should be released as well. After releasing all the portrait ghosts, King Boo created a huge mansion and placed it next to the professor's lab. King Boo, his Boo minions, and the recently freed portrait ghosts decided to inhabit the mansion. With a huge mansion and an army of ghosts, King Boo decided to exact revenge upon Mario and Luigi for all the Boos they attacked during their adventures by capturing them.

Hoping to capture Luigi, King Boo sends him a letter. The message states that Luigi has won a mansion in a contest and provides the location of the prize. Luigi asks his brother Mario to investigate the mansion and says that he is arriving shortly thereafter. Mario travels to the mansion, but right after he enters, he is instantly overwhelmed by King Boo's forces and captured. King Boo then imprisons Mario in a portrait, and places him in the Secret Altar, located in the basement of the mansion.

While waiting for Luigi, King Boo and his Boo minions wait behind a secret door in the floor of the Storage Room. When Luigi enters the room and reveals the secret door, the Boos spring out from the floor. However, the Boos (including King Boo) stop their surprise attack when they notice the Poltergust 3000 on Luigi's back, which he had been given from E. Gadd in order to recapture the Portrait ghosts and save his brother. In fear of the device, King Boo and the other Boos scatter and hide in the mansion. King Boo travels to the Secret Altar in the mansion's basement.

The special key that Vincent Van Gore holds unlocks the path to the Secret Altar. However, he is locked in The Artist's Studio on the third floor of the mansion. After capturing him and retrieving the key, Luigi discovers that he still cannot enter the Secret Altar. If Luigi attempts to enter the Secret Altar without catching a certain number of Boos, King Boo blows Luigi to the Foyer, the entrance of the mansion. Since King Boo's power is related to the number of Boos in the mansion, Luigi can weaken him by capturing the Boos hidden in various rooms. After Luigi captures at least forty of the mansion's fifty Boos, King Boo loses his ability to blow Luigi from the Secret Altar. Once King Boo is weakened, Luigi enters King Boo's Secret Altar.

King Boo and Bowser boss battle
King Boo's boss fight in the 3DS remake

Upon entering the Altar, Luigi notices King Boo staring at Mario in the painting while insulting the brothers' intelligence for having fallen for his scheme. King Boo then turns around to face Luigi and states his desire to add a Luigi painting to the collection. After this, King Boo flies into the Mario painting hanging on the wall. The picture of Mario transforms into Bowser, then the new Bowser painting inhales Luigi into the canvas, transporting Luigi into an arena that resembles the mansion's roof. Luigi then confronts Bowser. In reality, this is a suit of Bowser that King Boo controls from the inside and uses as a shield.

King Boo uses this Bowser suit to attack Luigi, shooting flames at him causing ten HP of damage, and even attempting to inhale him into its mouth, deducting fifteen HP upon spitting him out. The suit also has the ability to create three large spiked bombs and toss them at Luigi, which when exploding, take away ten HP. Luigi can use his Poltergust 3000 to grab one of the spiked explosives and release it into the Bowser suit's mouth. This attack blasts the head off of the Bowser suit, causing King Boo to exit the shield and expose himself to the Poltergust 3000. Luigi begins to deplete the ghost's five hundred hit points. Meanwhile, the suit's head hovers around the arena, shooting icy blasts at Luigi, which freezes him briefly. King Boo, after a while, flies back into the dormant Bowser body and the head reattaches itself, resuming the fight. Luigi repeats this process, slowly weakening King Boo, but after King Boo's life falls below two hundred HP, the head of the suit reattaches backwards whenever he returns to the Bowser body, causing the Bowser suit to run around aimlessly. The suit soon corrects its head and resumes the fight. Eventually, Luigi manages to completely drain King Boo's HP and capture him inside the Poltergust 3000.

In the 3DS remake, hearts appear when the Bowser suit destroys a pillar, increasing the chance of getting a gold frame (platinum in Hidden Mansion). However, they do not appear in Boss Rush mode.

After the battle, Luigi receives King Boo's crown, worth 5000G, and adds it to his treasure collection. Upon returning to the mansion, Luigi quickly travels to Professor E. Gadd's lab. In the lab, Luigi connects the Poltergust to the professor's Portrificationizer, dumping its contents into the machine. Both King Boo and the fake Bowser appear on the Portificationizer portrait. With King Boo captured, Professor E. Gadd hangs his new portrait in an empty room in his gallery.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon / Luigi's Mansion 2 HD[edit]

King Boo artwork
Artwork of King Boo, showing his redesign for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

King Boo reappears in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon as the main antagonist and final boss once more. He looks similar to his original appearance from Luigi's Mansion, but he retains the full set of teeth and sped-up voice he had in his appearances in the other Super Mario titles and is also much larger. He has a purple tongue and mouth and glowing purple eyes, and the dark area around his eyes is bigger and darker.

It is revealed later in the game that Professor E. Gadd had sold the portrait of King Boo from Luigi's Mansion at a garage sale (a car boot sale in British English versions), which is how the king escaped. King Boo shatters the Dark Moon into six pieces with a bolt of energy from his crown, which contained a power-enhancing gem. This turns the once-friendly ghosts of Evershade Valley hostile and mischievous as well as sprawling the Dark Moon's pieces to each Mansion of the valley, which Luigi has to recover.

Towards the end of the game, it is revealed that King Boo has captured Mario like he did in the last game. After Luigi obtains the last Dark Moon piece and returns to the Bunker, King Boo captures him and pulls him back into his dimension. He reveals to Luigi he escaped from the painting and broke the Dark Moon, causing the ghosts to become under his control. He intends to use the ghosts as an army to conquer both Evershade Valley and the Mushroom Kingdom while also planning to put Luigi, E. Gadd, and all their friends into paintings for revenge. He then engages into battle with Luigi.

King Boo facing Luigi in the final battle

During the final battle, King Boo summons a series of magic lightning bolts with his crown and will attempt to slam Luigi with his body. The latter causes spiked balls to fall from above, which will roll around the tilting platform to pose a hazard. King Boo will stop moving when looked at, and when caught underneath a falling ball he will become stunned, leaving him vulnerable to the Poltergust 5000. Once his HP is depleted and he gets sucked into the Poltergust 5000, he immediately breaks out and sends Luigi into a floating hallway. He then swells to a large size and begins rolling after Luigi, attempting to stall Luigi with various obstacles, such as falling shelves and suits of armor with large polearms. If King Boo does hit Luigi, he'll pause for a moment to laugh maliciously. Once Luigi makes it out of the hall, he will land on another tilting platform, where King Boo will repeat his previous patterns at a higher intensity. The battle concludes after the third battle and second hallway chase, leading to King Boo's defeat and being sucked into the Poltergust 5000.

Luigi's Mansion Arcade[edit]

King Boo is the final boss for Luigi's Mansion Arcade, leading his ghosts in an uprising to get revenge on Luigi and Professor E. Gadd. However, after Luigi has sucked in all of his minions with the Poltergust 5000, King Boo assaults Luigi on the terrace of the Treacherous Mansion. Protected by a magical barrier, he can only be attacked once he lets his guard down. King Boo throws bombs at the player, moves very quickly and clones himself multiple times over the course of the fight. However, only the original has the power-enhancing gem on his crown. Just like in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, he escapes the Poltergust 5000 two times before being defeated for good.

Luigi's Mansion 3[edit]

King Boo chasing Luigi down the fifth floor hallway
King Boo chasing Luigi down a hallway

King Boo reappears in Luigi's Mansion 3 with the same design as in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, but with more detail on his crown and a more expressive scowl. King Boo is one of the two main antagonists, having been released by the other main antagonist Hellen Gravely, the owner of The Last Resort hotel and a big fan of his, in order to impress him. Seeking revenge on Luigi for his previous defeats, he traps Professor E. Gadd, Mario, Princess Peach, and the three Toads in portraits before going after Luigi, who manages to escape his capture by going down a laundry chute. He later ends up entrusting Hellen Gravely with Mario's portrait, although it's implied that he intended for Luigi to win both due to Gravely's failures by that time and so he could capture both alongside Peach by using the latter as bait, also recapturing the Toads and Professor E. Gadd just after Mario was freed. However, he ultimately fails to capture Luigi atop the hotel due to Polterpup shoving him out of the way of King Boo's portrait, and then proceeds to battle Luigi. To defeat King Boo, Luigi must throw a bomb from a spiked ball King Boo throws into his mouth, then pull on his tongue with Gooigi's help and slam him repeatedly. Upon doing so, King Boo will then generate a clone that attacks alongside him. After this is done twice, King Boo will enlarge the painting, and Luigi will then have four minutes to attack King Boo one last time. The battle ends with King Boo being recaptured by Luigi and placed in a containment jar alongside Gravely, much to his frustration. As the purple gem in his crown was taken by Luigi after the final battle, it is missing from his crown.[1]

The clones that King Boo summons in the final battle reference his original design from Luigi's Mansion, as they only have two teeth, lacking the middle two fangs King Boo is depicted with now.

If the player gets a game over at any point during this game, King Boo will be shown trapping Luigi in a portrait alongside the rest of his friends.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

King Boo. Page 147, volume 26 of Super Mario-kun.
A depiction of King Boo in Super Mario-kun

King Boo appears in a short chapter on Luigi's Mansion of volume 26 of Super Mario-kun. As in the game, Luigi reveals King Boo by knocking off the Bowser illusion's head. Unlike in the games, however, King Boo is immediately sucked in.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Artwork of Petey Piranha and King Boo for Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
King Boo and Petey Piranha are partnered racers in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

King Boo is an unlockable character in the racing game Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. This is his first appearance in a spin-off, and also his first playable appearance, resulting in further appearances in the Mario Kart series. Despite being a ghost, King Boo is classified as a heavyweight driver due to his large size. His partner is Petey Piranha, and both have the ability to use almost any other character's special item (if they are going to get a special item, it is randomly chosen, based on their race position). They cannot receive the Green Fireball or the Birdo's Egg, however. These characters are unlocked by winning the Star Cup in Mirror Mode.

King Boo's personal kart is the Boo Pipes, which is a gray version of Petey's Piranha Pipes kart, but with an image of a Boo instead of a Piranha Plant where the item-using partner stands. However, the more important difference between the two is that, while the Piranha Pipes has high speed and low acceleration, the Boo Pipes is vice versa, with low speed and high acceleration. The only other heavy kart like this is the Offroader in Mario Kart Wii.

King Boo appears to slightly shrink when he becomes the driver. On the second "Thanks for Playing!" screen (after beating the Special Cup with a Gold Trophy while all other cups already have a Gold Trophy), King Boo appears in the background chasing Wario and Waluigi.

In the debug menuMedia:MarioKartDoubleDashDebugMenuBossTeresa.png found in the demos and debug build of the game, King Boo is referred to as "Boss Teresa", the Japanese name used for the King Boo from Super Mario Sunshine and certain iterations of Big Boo, instead of his usual name "King Teresa".

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Peach and King Boo in Mission Mode.
King Boo's boss battle in Mario Kart DS

In Mario Kart DS, King Boo, along with six other bosses from Super Mario 64 DS, re-appears as one of the bosses of the Mission Mode. King Boo is the boss of the fourth level, with the playable character being Peach. Peach attempts to collect 50 coins on the Lava Arena within the time limit, but after a few seconds King Boo appears, surrounds her, and then attacks her, stealing ten of her coins and making all uncollected coins disappear, before teleporting to another area of the arena. To take them back, Peach has to drive and bump into King Boo, making him transparent. Then, she can drive through him again, retrieving her coins and making the other coins reappear. However, King Boo soon reappears a few moments later to get the coins again. After collecting all fifty coins, Peach finally defeats King Boo. Additionally, the Bowser and King Boo painting from Luigi's Mansion appears in the Luigi's Mansion race course, although only Bowser can be seen in the painting.

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2[edit]

King Boo makes a cameo appearance in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 on the Yoshi Park 2 course in the Horror House. Here, a large picture of him appears near the end of the course where it inhales many ghosts and the racers. As the player drives into his mouth, they are warped back to the beginning of the course.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

SNES Ghost Valley 2
King Boo in Mario Kart Wii

King Boo returns in Mario Kart Wii as a large-sized driver, and is unlocked by completing the Star Cup in 50cc. He is also unlocked by playing 750 races. He features a good handling bonus and a small off-road bonus, which comes in handy for vehicles like the Offroader, Wario Bike, and Phantom. He is used as the Staff Ghost on the SNES Ghost Valley 2 course. In the credits, he appears driving the Jetsetter on the SNES Ghost Valley 2 course.

King Boo is one of the few characters to have his standing animation on the character select screen altered from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! In this case, his tongue is not sticking out of his mouth the whole time like before; now, before selecting him, his tongue is still in his mouth. Other characters whose poses were altered include: Yoshi, who is now looking at the screen; Birdo, whose bow was made larger; Diddy Kong, who is looking in a different direction; Wario, who now has short sleeves; Waluigi, who now performs a slightly different animation when selected; and Donkey Kong, whose mouth is not as wide open and is looking in another direction.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Screenshot of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
King Boo in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, wearing a crown from Battle Mode

King Boo returns as a playable character in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the enhanced port of Mario Kart 8 released for Nintendo Switch. He is among the lightest of the five heavyweight groups, sharing his statistics with Rosalina, Link, and Pauline. He has the lowest top speed and weight of all the heavyweights, all while sharing similar acceleration as other heavy groups. However, his handling is amongst the best of the heavyweights (shared with the metal characters and Petey Piranha). He also has the strongest mini-turbo boost of the heavyweights. Finally, his traction stat is noticeably strong, being far and away the best in his weight class, and the third best base traction stat in the game. Additionally, his horn sound is the sound that King Boo from Super Mario Sunshine makes when hit by a pepper. He is the 150cc Staff Ghost for GBA Boo Lake and the 200cc Staff Ghost for three courses: Twisted Mansion, GBA Snow Land, and 3DS Rosalina's Ice World. Initially, King Boo did not have a rival character for Grand Prix mode, but upon release of Wave 5 of the Booster Course Pass DLC, King Boo was given a rival in the form of Petey Piranha and also became Petey's rival, likely a nod to their status as partners in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Because of this, he is the only base game character to gain a rival through the Booster Course Pass.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

King Boo appears as a featherweight playable character in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, sharing his stats with Baby Mario and Baby Peach. He was originally only playable during a limited-time event campaign held between October 18, 2017, and January 10, 2018, in the Japanese version, though Bana Passport users could unlock King Boo permanently when they collected three in-game stamps, making him usable even after the event's duration. In an update released on October 10, 2018, he was made available for players who did not participate in the aforementioned event.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

King Boo (Luigi's Mansion) in Mario Kart Tour
King Boo (Luigi's Mansion) in Mario Kart Tour

King Boo reappears as a playable character in Mario Kart Tour, available as of the 2019 Halloween Tour. He is classified as a Super driver, and his special skill is the Lucky Seven.

The game also features two other playable variants of King Boo. King Boo (Luigi's Mansion), also introduced to the game in the 2019 Halloween Tour, uses his design from Luigi's Mansion 3, marking the first time King Boo is playable using his appearance from the Luigi's Mansion series. This variant is listed as a High-End character and has the Bob-omb Cannon special skill. King Boo (Gold) was introduced for the 2020 Halloween Tour, sporting a golden body and blue-jeweled silver crown. Also listed as a High-End driver, he uses the Coin Box as his special skill and, like other metallic characters, a distorting filter is applied to his voice. Unlike most characters, King Boo's head icon is recycled from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, rather than having a new one that uses his in-game model. Similarly, the head icons for his Luigi's Mansion and gold counterparts also use their in-game artwork.

In pre-release materials, including the beta test, King Boo was classified as a Super Rare (High-End) driver and his special skill was the Double Bob-ombs, sharing his change in classification between the beta test and final game with Rosalina.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

“Eee hee hee! I am Big Boo, the spookiest of all the spirits! I locked up the wimpy green moustache man. And I'll do the same to you! Eee hee hee! Since I'm a ghost, I can turn invisible in the mirror's reflection. You'll have to attack me from behind to defeat me. But you'll die of fright before that ever happens! And then you'll be one of us!”
King Boo, Super Mario 64 DS
Mario encountering King Boo in the Big Boo Battle stage of Super Mario 64 DS
Mario encountering King Boo in Super Mario 64 DS

King Boo[2] appears in Super Mario 64's Nintendo DS remake, Super Mario 64 DS, imprisoning Luigi behind a painting in Big Boo's Haunt. When Mario enters the Big Boo Battle level to save Luigi, King Boo greets him. From there, the player must listen for King Boo's cackle and enter the door where it is loudest. Eventually, the player reaches the end and fights King Boo to free Luigi. To defeat King Boo, the player has to follow King Boo's movements in the arena's mirror and stomp him when he comes close enough. Defeating him results in King Boo giving out the Luigi Key. The player can fight him again as different characters, notably Luigi (who can be fought before unlocking him with his cap) and Wario. When Luigi meets King Boo, he is confused but proceeds to attack him anyway. When Wario fights him, King Boo is alarmed by his appearance and attempts to scare and attack him.

In English and other localizations, King Boo is incorrectly called Big Boo, even though he is clearly different from the Big Boo of Big Boo's Haunt. Internally, they use the same model, with a modifier denoting the presence of the crown.

New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

King Boo makes a small cameo in New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe in the secret exit of Vanishing Ghost House, where his art from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon can be seen in the form of a sign hanging from the side of the building.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

King Boo in Super Mario Bros. Wonder
King Boo in Super Mario Bros. Wonder

In Super Mario Bros. Wonder, King Boo appears in the levels Light-Switch Mansion and The Final Battle! Bowser's Rage Stage, where he chases the player(s) in a similar manner to Boohemoth in New Super Mario Bros. 2.[3] In Light-Switch Mansion, King Boo appears once the Wonder Flower is collected and the Wonder Effect "A Night at Boo's Opera" is activated. King Boo then chases the player(s) through the level while singing with an operatic baritone voice. If he is looked at, he will cover his face and continue singing, albeit with a voice distortion filter. Once the Wonder Seed is collected, King Boo's crown will fall off as he shrinks into a regular Boo.[4] In The Final Battle! Bowser's Rage Stage, King Boo appears once the player(s) reach the Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins, acting as he does in the other level. Once players enter the zero-gravity section, King Boo again loses his crown and shrinks into a regular Boo, although he floats away off-screen surrounded with music notes.[5]

Mario Baseball series[edit]

Mario Superstar Baseball[edit]

King Boo is a playable character in Mario Superstar Baseball and a member of Wario's baseball team, the Wario Greats. He is a default character, meaning he does not need to be unlocked. He is a power hitter, using his white, crowned, Boo-like baseball bat to hit long outfield drives and even homeruns. King Boo has good chemistry with Boo and Petey Piranha, and he has bad chemistry with Luigi and Baby Luigi. However, like Boo, his hits are usually very curved, and this causes them to be fouls most of the time.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

King Boo prepares to bat in Mario Super Sluggers.
King Boo batting at Yoshi Park at night in Mario Super Sluggers

King Boo reappears in Mario Super Sluggers and is one of the few characters on Wario's team in both games, along with Boo and Waluigi. He is once again a power hitter, and he also excels in pitching, with both stats being his highest, though his running and fielding are still rather poor. In Challenge Mode, he appears immediately after the player defeats Bowser Jr. at the Wario City stadium, stating that he turned invisible and was watching the whole game. However, he is uninterested in joining the player's team unless the team has some Boos with them. This is accomplished by both recruiting Boo and finding the Mini Boo item. King Boo has good chemistry with Petey Piranha, Boo, Wiggler, and King K. Rool, but he has bad chemistry with Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, and Baby Daisy.

His baseball bat no longer has a physical crown on it. In this game, it is represented as a crown picture above the "Boo mouth" picture. As well, in this game only, the colors of the jewels on his crown are reversed.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

King Boo vs. Princess Peach
Princess Peach battling King Boo in Super Princess Peach

King Boo aids Bowser in Super Princess Peach by appearing as the boss of Shriek Mansion. After adventuring through Vibe Island, Peach discovers where King Boo is and engages him in combat. During the battle, King Boo fires blue homing fireballs at Peach and chases her regardless of whether she looks at him or not. Peach can damage King Boo with direct light, which is made by having his own flames light the candles spread throughout the room. After a few attacks, King Boo uses his Gloom vibe, which causes him to cry, which extinguishes the candle flames. After enough attacks, King Boo is eventually defeated. With King Boo eliminated, Peach rescues the Toad and continues against Bowser's forces.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 8[edit]

King Boo
King Boo appears on his board in Mario Party 8, King Boo's Haunted Hideaway

King Boo makes his first appearance in a Mario Party game in Mario Party 8. He gives out Stars on his own board King Boo's Haunted Hideaway. He hides in one out of three altars and gives the player a Star for ten coins if they can find him where he is hiding. If the player is able to buy the Star, he starts to "summon the bizarre" and disappears, causing the player to jump into a Warp Pipe that returns them to the starting point. This "makeover mojo" causes the whole layout of the course to change. However, if they do not have enough coins, King Boo causes a pitfall to appear under the player, causing them to return to the starting point and allowing the next player that reaches him to buy the Star. Additionally, if the player fails to steal anything from the board event Pickpocket Pinball, the hosting mouse sounds like King Boo. The player can purchase King Boo sounds from the Fun Bazaar, along with a figurine titled "King Boo's Revenge". When the player presses A Button on the figurine during the Figurine Parade, King Boo floats up and gives off a brilliant glow, as if he is a light bulb.

Mario Party 9[edit]

King Boo's Puzzle Attack
King Boo in his boss minigame in Mario Party 9, King Boo's Puzzle Attack

King Boo appears as the stage boss of the board Boo's Horror Castle in Mario Party 9. He is fought in the minigame, King Boo's Puzzle Attack, where the competitors line up power-ups in lines of three or more to deal damage to him. Once his health reaches halfway, he throws Boos onto the field which can stun the player's cursors, making them unable to move until they shake the Boo off. What is unique about his boss battle is that if a player gets the Final Attack, they get ten points instead of the usual three, likely because the players can easily accumulate points up to fifty. In the final fight against Bowser, King Boo can also appear to hinder the players' progress. If Bowser throws the die with all the stage bosses' faces on it and King Boo's face appears on top, King Boo materializes above the stage. Then, he summons five Boos that move in a counterclockwise direction while moving outwards. When the Boos reach the boundaries of the stage, King Boo summons another five Boos, except this time they move clockwise. After that, King Boo disappears from the battle unless his face appears on the top of the die again.

Like most other characters in the game, King Boo has a constellation that can be returned to the sky; it is called the Ghost Major. It is located in the farthest left portion of the sky, near King Bob-omb's constellation and right next to Boo's constellation. Like all constellations, it can be bought for fifty Minigame Points. Also, in the Museum's Sound Test, there are two voice sounds with the name "King Boo's Entrance"; one is of King Boo and the other is actually of Boo.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Boss minigame from Mario Party 10; King Boo's Tricky Tiles.
King Boo in his boss minigame in Mario Party 10, King Boo's Tricky Tiles

King Boo in Mario Party 10 is a boss in the minigame King Boo's Tricky Tiles. In order to defeat him, the player must remember which platforms are false, and then run around until they can jump on a light switch (one is worth 3 points, and another worth 1 point). Like other bosses, King Boo gets angered after the players deplete his health halfway. The technique that King Boo uses is that he swaps Boos with platforms and he blocks the camera, so the player can't see the platforms very well and remember which ones are false. He can also be seen on the Luigi Board, which appears in the game's amiibo Party mode.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

King Boo returns as a boss in Mario Party: Star Rush in his minigame, King Boo's Light Smite. In order to defeat him, players have to use Light Boxes which they need to carry over rotating platforms while evading Peepas. Once he loses half his health bar, the rotating platforms start moving faster and more Peepas appear, making it more difficult to reach the other side.

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

Luigi speaking to King Boo in Mario Party Superstars
King Boo speaking to Luigi in Mario Party Superstars

King Boo appears in Mario Party Superstars on Horror Land, replacing the Big Boo found on the original board.[6] He summons Boo lackeys to steal coins (for free) or Stars (for 150 coins) from all opponents who have any. As with the Big Boo in the original, he can only be encountered at night and only through a path that requires a Skeleton Key.

Mario & Sonic series[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

Mario races against King Boo in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.
King Boo as he appears in the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, King Boo appears as the first and sixth (in Individual Festival mode only) rival. King Boo races the player in the Alpine Skiing Downhill event in both Individual and Group Festival modes but he only races the player in Giant Slalom in the Individual Festival mode, making him the only rival that can potentially be faced more than once. King Boo has no skis so he goes down the hill smoothly. If the player loses to him, the guide (either Cream or Toad) says that it is unfair because King Boo has no skis.

In the Adventure Tours mode in the Nintendo DS version, King Boo is the mid-boss of Polastraits. When the challenger approaches him, King Boo tells Mario/Sonic that he must race someone afraid of him. He selects Luigi and they must race in Giant Slalom. In this version, King Boo is transparent and the player can ski through him. He also appears slightly larger than in his other appearances.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games[edit]

King Boo in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
King Boo in The Ghostly Tower

In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, King Boo is one of the rival characters who can be found in the London Party mode, and when he is encountered, he challenges the player to the Dream Sprint event, with stickers being offered as a reward for beating him.

In the Nintendo 3DS version, King Boo appears in the Story Mode, where he helps guard the Phantasmal Fog at the Tower of London, and teams up with a Boo to challenge Sonic and Tails in Badminton (Doubles). When defeated, he and the Boo flee, and King Boo later appears at the opening ceremony for the games. A badge of King Boo can also be obtained from the badge machine.

King Boo is one of the three characters who appear as rivals in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games but do not appear as playable characters in any version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The other two are Boo and Magikoopa.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games[edit]

King Boo appears in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as a rival in the Legends Showdown mode. He is found in Area 4, and is raced against in Short Track Speed Skating 1000m.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

King Boo and Boos in Mario Golf: World Tour.
King Boo in Mario Golf: World Tour

King Boo makes a cameo appearance in Mario Golf: World Tour on Hole 4 of Bowser's Castle. He is floating in the background alongside other Boos, and he is also much larger than in other games. His name can also appear on the tournament scoreboard.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

There are a few items of King Boo in the Super Smash Bros. series. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, there is a trophy of King Boo. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, King appears in his Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon design as an Advanced-class Neutral-type primary spirit, which is enhanced from the Boo spirit after it has reached level 99. When equipped, the spirit grants the fighter slower fall speed after jumping and has 3 support slots. King Boo is listed as the 49th spirit, though he was listed as the 121st spirit alongside the rest of the spirits from the Luigi's Mansion series in version 1.0.0.[7]

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition[edit]

King Boo appears as a boss and enemy in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, mostly appearing at the Ghost House courses. His main attribute is Dark, while his sub-attribute is Light. As an ally, King Boo's skill can heal 1000 HP, and change all Heart Orbs into Dark Orbs. His Awoken Skill raises the amount of time that the player has to move Orbs around.

As an enemy, King Boo is capable of decreasing the player's maximum time to move Orbs around. Also, King Boo is treated as a generic enemy, so he can still appear as an enemy, regardless of whether or not the player has King Boo in their party. Big Boo can be transformed into a King Boo with six Boo Mushrooms as a Transformation Item, making it possible to create multiple King Boos on the player's team.

When King Boo attacks, a bunch of Boos attack with him.

King Boo's best stats are his ATK and RCV, while his HP is at an average level.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

“Look at this little scrap. Friend of yours, is he? Well, if you like your friend, you better stop attacking me! Now, don't go thinking it's OK to attack my little minion either. Who knows what could happen if he dropped your little friend there... You got that?”
King Boo, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
King Boo from Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
King Boo, attempting to fool Mario and Luigi by disguising himself as Paper Mario, in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

King Boo appears as a boss in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. King Boo has a papercraft version of himself piloted by Morton and Lemmy, which is fought in Bowser's Castle. The Mario Bros. use Papercraft Yoshi to fight it.

The real King Boo is encountered and fought in Gloomy Woods after the trio separate, leading to him kidnapping Mario and Paper Mario; leaving Luigi alone to find them, like in the Luigi's Mansion series. After finding Mario, he and Luigi begin to look for Paper Mario. They eventually find King Boo instead, disguised as Paper Mario. When they group together, King Boo reverts back to normal and laughs at the Bros. for a second, before re-transforming; Mario and Luigi then turn around, and are unaware of King Boo's presence. When they turn around again, King Boo reveals himself again, but is caught by the duo. In an attempt to fool them, he immediately reverts back to Paper Mario, and tries to convince the Bros. that he is the real Paper Mario, but fails. King Boo then loses control of his transformation powers, as he quickly transforms into Paper Peach and then Paper Bowser, before finally gaining control and giving up; reverting back to his true form, causing the battle to commence.

King Boo attacks by spitting blue fireballs at either Mario or Luigi before inhaling them; making them need to avoid the fireballs twice, and splitting into five copies before floating slowly towards the trio, turning invisible as he gets near; which the trio must counter using their hammers around 2 seconds after a copy turns invisible. During the battle, King Boo calls a Paper Boo holding the real Paper Mario onto the battlefield; threatening to harm Paper Mario if the bros attack either himself or the Paper Boo. In order to save Paper Mario, Mario and Luigi must defeat the minion holding onto Paper Mario, causing it to drop him. If King Boo is attacked while the Paper Boo is on the battlefield, he deals damage to Paper Mario. After a few turns, another Paper Boo can grab Paper Mario again, taking him out of the battle (which gets rid of Paper Mario's copies) temporarily. Finally, King Boo also has a chase attack where he grows bigger before attempting to shoot a giant blue fireball at the trio; which Mario and Luigi have to counter by throwing Paper Mario's boomerang form into King Boo's mouth while it is open. Once defeated, Paper Mario is reunited with the duo and the group continues to Mount Brrr.

Due to his crown, King Boo is immune to the brothers' Jump attack (but he can be hit by Hammer attacks, unlike Paper Boos) and certain Bros. Attacks, such as the Rocket Blast and Mega Thwonk's jumping attacks (only in the arcade). Attacking King Boo using attacks from above results in the Bro. taking 1 damage as if they were jumping on a spiked enemy. The Dropchopper, however, can circumvent this as it can be aimed towards King Boo's forehead instead of his crown and can then damage him.

The splitting attack used by King Boo is a reference to (if not a direct copy of) the Dark Star's splitting attack in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, except King Boo takes damage if countered unlike the Dark Star's version due to it being invincible. As well, if the Mario Bros. continue to attack King Boo without freeing Paper Mario, his slapping Paper Mario may be an allusion to Lady Bow and her slap attacks[8]. Also, King Boo's voice clips from Mario Kart Wii are reused.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle[edit]

King Boo makes a cameo appearance in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle in Spooky Trails, where an image of him can be found on the ground in the area where the gramophone is found.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

King Boo appears in Mario Tennis Aces as part of the Boo Hunt Co-op Challenge available from version 2.0.0. When Frenzy Time is active, King Boo appears and hovers around the court. Players can continuously hit tennis balls at him to earn more coins. He disappears once either his health bar or the Frenzy bar is depleted. In this appearance, he does not use any of his normal voice clips, instead using those of a regular Boo.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Dr. King Boo artwork from Dr. Mario World
Dr. King Boo in Dr. Mario World

King Boo appears in Dr. Mario World as assistants, added on November 14, 2019.[9] He is a battle box-exclusive assistant, only obtainable from battle boxes for tier 7 or above in versus mode. In versus mode, he has a chance of sending 2 extra rows of viruses to the opponent if the attack lands. In stage mode, he grants a chance of 5 extra capsules being added when 5 capsules are remaining, which will have a chance to activate again if the condition is met again but didn't activate earlier. However, it won't activate for the rest of the stage if this effect has successfully activated.

He also appears as a doctor named Dr. King Boo, available September 28th, 2020. Like Dr. Dry Bowser, he cannot be obtained in staffing and must be obtained through either in-app purchases or unlocking him through rewards such as in World 20's Special Stage or through certain referrals. His skill is to eliminate an amount of viruses even those that would normally take multiple hits to clear such as floatie viruses. In stage mode, the amount is 5 viruses (4 prior to version 2.2.0), while in versus mode, the amount differs based on level, where it is 4 at level 1 with three extra viruses per level, up to 16 at the maximum level of level 5. In stage mode, if there are no more viruses while this skill is activated, it will eliminate one random object that can be eliminated instead, excluding capsules.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

King Boo has a minor appearance in The Super Mario Bros. Movie at Bowser and Peach's wedding with his Super Mario design. He is seen sitting a few rows behind King Bob-omb. He does not have any role in the climax nor does he speak. He disappears once Peach, Mario, and Donkey Kong crash the wedding. Compared to his usual design, his face is smaller and is more expressive, taking up less space on his overall body and somewhat resembling that of the Super Mario Sunshine King Boo. He is also the only Boo that appears in the movie.

General information[edit]

Physical appearance[edit]

King Boo's Super Mario design (left) and his Luigi's Mansion design (right)
King Boo's Super Mario design (left) and his Luigi's Mansion design (right)
King Boo's Super Mario design (left) and his Luigi's Mansion design (right)

King Boo has had two distinct appearances throughout his video game history. In most Super Mario games since Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, King Boo resembles a normal Boo with a golden, five-pointed crown, though he is much larger. With this design, the crown has a blue jewel on the front and four red jewels around the sides in every game except Mario Super Sluggers, where the colors are reversed. Like other Boos, King Boo is generally shown with an open, wide grin; however, when looked at, he closes his mouth and bashfully hides his face with his hands. In certain games like Mario Party 9, King Boo's emotions are denoted by an aura surrounding him: when happy, he glows with a blue aura, and when angry, he glows with a red aura. Sometimes he also has steam coming out of him to display his anger. In Dr. Mario World, he has a doctor's mirror on his crown and he carries a medicine box by strap. His gold variant in Mario Kart Tour is based on this design, and has an entirely golden body similar to a Gold Boo, though his teeth and tongue are golden as well. His crown is silver and all five jewels are blue.

King Boo's other design was first used for his debut appearance in Luigi's Mansion, and has since been reused in the subsequent Luigi's Mansion games. This original design gave King Boo dark red eyes, a blue tongue, two vampire-like fangs, a greenish complexion, and a ruby in a gold, round-edged crown. He is also roughly the same size as other Boos. Starting with Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, this design was slightly modified, giving him a full row of four teeth and a larger size typical of King Boo's modern design. Other differences include a larger shadow surrounding his eyes, a dark indigo mouth and tongue, and his crown containing a purple jewel and pointed edges. His artwork depicts him with purple eyes instead of red, its color in-game, and without his crown's pointed edges. He has also lost his original green tint, now being more of a lavender color. In Luigi's Mansion 3, King Boo shows more expression, scowling at Luigi when first being found by him and appearing visibly disappointed when captured in the game's credits. He also has purple eyes in-game. His speech icon also uses a green shading reminiscent of his initial appearance, while his portraits show him with a purple crown. In Mario Kart Tour, King Boo's Luigi's Mansion variant uses this design, although his tongue is more purple than indigo.


King Boo, looking at Luigi from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
King Boo shows a particular disdain for Luigi in the Luigi's Mansion series.

King Boo is a sadistic villain who enjoys scaring and tricking his enemies by creating illusions and then overpowering and trapping them. King Boo often taunts Luigi and E. Gadd. In Luigi's Mansion 3, for instance, King Boo mocks Mario and Luigi's Italian accent by saying, "It's-a me, King Boo!", and in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon he pretends to confuse between Luigi and Baby Luigi. In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, he insists on racing against Luigi, knowing how afraid he is of ghosts. King Boo also holds grudges, referring to his prior defeat in Luigi's Mansion sarcastically as "Good times" and he has stated that he is "sick to double death" of Luigi. In frustration, he recites the noise of the Poltergust 3000, which he refers as a "disgusting machine", capturing him.

King Boo admires paintings and other decorations, such as making lengthy comments on how good Mario is as a painting; E. Gadd also comments that King Boo has decorated Treacherous Mansion to be scarier. He also desires to trap Luigi and E. Gadd through similar means.

King Boo boasts frequently about himself. He always proclaims his success in escaping, and he claims he fears nothing except the Poltergust 3000, although in Super Mario 64 DS he admits that Wario's face scares him. In the Mario and Sonic series, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, he claims that he is unbeatable at the Alpine Skiing event. Despite his power, he still covers his face in fear when looked at, much like a normal Boo. King Boo has a distinct cackle, which is quite lower in pitch than other Boos.

Powers and abilities[edit]

The platinum frame of King Boo and Bowser from Luigi's Mansion for Nintendo 3DS
In Luigi's Mansion, King Boo uses a lifelike Bowser suit to do battle.

In Luigi's Mansion, King Boo's power increases when he is in the presence of other Boos. For example, King Boo can blow Luigi to the Foyer when enough Boos are in the mansion. King Boo can also materialize things, including pulling a mansion out of the ghost dimension, creating replicas of some of Mario's enemies, other Boos, dimensions to battle in, bubbles, and blue fire (which he spits out of his mouth). King Boo can regenerate from his crown in Super Princess Peach

In Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, King Boo can open paranormal portals to the ghost dimension, create traps such as sand patches, electrify terrain to shock Luigi, grow to large sizes, and teach Boos how to create Spirit Balls. His new crown can also shoot an ectoplasmic laser that can shatter the Dark Moon or trap Toads within paintings. King Boo can create illusions, hence his title "The Master of Illusions." In this game, similar to Luigi's Mansion, his power is stronger when there are other Boos in the vicinity.

Luigi fighting King Boo on the Rooftop
In Luigi's Mansion 3, King Boo can create clones and shoot fireballs from his crown.

In Luigi's Mansion 3, King Boo summons magical paintings to trap people and, to a certain extent, objects inside. He can enlarge portraits in order to capture people, as an extension of his paranormal portals. He does not need the presence of other Boos to grow stronger in this game.

King Boo has a high power stat in many of his spin-off appearances. This is most noticeable in the Mario Baseball series, where he is able to hit home runs easily. His great strength is also shown in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, as he summons and makes spike balls fall down simply by slamming the platform.

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, King Boo shapeshifts to trick Mario and Luigi by posing as Paper Mario, and he later briefly transforms into Paper Peach and Paper Bowser. He can also spit blue fireballs.



King Boo and Luigi are arch-nemeses in the Luigi's Mansion games. King Boo's motivation for trying to imprison Mario and Luigi is for revenge that both brothers have posed trouble against him in the past. King Boo additionally dislikes Professor E. Gadd for his ghost-capturing hobby, involving capturing his Boos. King Boo additionally states that the only thing that scares him is E. Gadd's invention, the Poltergust 3000. In Mario Superstar Baseball, King Boo has negative chemistry with Luigi and Baby Luigi; in Mario Super Sluggers, he has bad chemistry with Mario, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Baby Mario, Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, and Yoshi. King Boo also traps Toads in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and captures Princess Peach in Luigi's Mansion 3.

Generally speaking, King Boo cares nothing for ghosts that are not Boos, considering them expendable to advance his grand schemes such as in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon where he caused friendly ghosts to turn hostile so he can try to take over Mushroom Kingdom. Even Hellen Gravely, who has great admiration for King Boo, is seen by him as nothing more than a tool for his plans, and he is quick to dismiss her as useless once she fails to capture Luigi.


Bowser's Block Battle
King Boo assists Bowser by summoning Boos in Mario Party 9.

King Boo has been shown to work with Bowser on numerous occasions, including Super Mario 64 DS, Mario Party 9, and Super Princess Peach. He also used a Bowser decoy and the two share a portrait after King Boo's defeat in Luigi's Mansion. Despite this, the two share neutral chemistry in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers, with King Boo appearing on Wario's team rather than Bowser's. King Boo has also been paired up with Petey Piranha in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, with the two sharing chemistry in the Mario Baseball games. King Boo also has good chemistry with Wiggler and King K. Rool in Mario Super Sluggers. Luigi's Mansion 3 shows Hellen Gravely admiring King Boo, with her releasing him to impress and aid him in his plot for revenge against Luigi. However, her admiration is entirely one-sided as King Boo pays little consideration toward Hellen Gravely and is more interested in capturing Luigi and E. Gadd.

King Boo also relies on his Boo minions (even outright referring to them as his friends in Luigi's Mansion), which cooperate to try to capture Luigi and his friends. In Luigi's Mansion, he frees Boolossus from Professor E. Gadd, and in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, he threatens to hurt Paper Mario if the Mario Brothers hurt his Paper Boo minion. He has good chemistry with the playable Boo in the Mario Baseball series. In Mario Super Sluggers, King Boo says that he finds little Boos cute. However, in the later Luigi's Mansion titles, he can be just as cruel to them as he is to his other ghost minions, showing no concern for them being sucked up by Luigi and even actively putting them in harm's way, as well as indirectly calling them useless in the latter game.


Luigi's Mansion series[edit]

  • "What's that he's got on his back!? It's E. Gadd's Poltergust 3000! Everybody scram!" - Luigi's Mansion
  • "White gloves! A cute little moustache! Soft shoes! How did you get out of my...? ... Huh? Wait just a second... Your clothes Hey, you must be Luigi! Whoa, you had me a bit confused for a moment there! What? You want me to release Mario? Riiiiight. No, no, no. I will not give up my favorite decoration. I like Mario just where he is. Hey, so what's that you got there? A Poltergust 3000?! Uh oh! What should we do, Boos? Good idea, guys! All Boos in this area, gather your strength! We'll blow him away!!! ... We'll take a big Boo breath... ...and blow you away!!" - Luigi's Mansion
  • "Aahh, I could just stare at my Mario painting for hours! It's true what they say about fine takes utterly refined sensibilities to truly appreciate it! The way you plead for help, Mario... I find it so...satisfying. Perhaps that is merely because I remember how much trouble you've caused me in the past. ... Seriously, though, who would actually believe that mansions get given away in contests?! Talk about stupid! What do they feed you Mario brothers anyway...gullible soup? Your brother came all this way just to get turned into a painting... It's just terrific. However... This Mario painting looks lonely... I must have a Luigi painting as well! Then my gallery will truly be complete! Bleah HA HA! I am not afraid of you, fool! I fear only that infernal Poltergust 3000 you carry on your back! Stupid machine! But I am a KING among Boos! I swear it... I shall fear no mere house-cleaning device!! I must say...I despise the way you SHWEEERRPP-SHLOOOOP-WHOOORPP-SHLEEEOOORG-vacuumed up all my friends! Don't imagine that I'll flee... I'll fight you like a true Boo! Now join your brother... ...inside the painting!" - Luigi's Mansion
  • "Mwah ha ha! Now what do we have here? Why, if it isn't my old pal Luigi! Or is it Baby Luigi? I can't tell the difference. Hey, remember that time you trapped me in a painting for all eternity? Good times. But guess what? I GOT OUT! And now I'm painting the town RED! Yes, it was I who broke the Dark Moon! This power-enhancing jeweled crown of mine made it easy. And now that all the ghosts of Evershade Valley are under my control, it's time to take my rightful place as supreme ruler of your world! You, that annoying scientist, and all your friends will look great hanging from the wall of my throne room! Aaaaaahahaha!" - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
  • "Gwahaha! If it isn't my good friend, Luigi! It's me, your ol' pal KING BOO! Y-You're not telling me you FORGOT ME!? Well, I certainly haven't forgotten YOU! You, that ratty vacuum cleaner, and that stinky old geezer who made it! I haven't forgiven what you did to me, so I've led the ghosts here in an uprising! But you... you and that DISGUSTING machine just SHLEEEERP-SHWOOOOOP-SWHLOOORPSHLOOOORP-SHWEEEERPed them all up! You think I'll let you get away with that!? You're going down this time, Green 'Stache!" - Luigi Mansion Arcade
  • "Mwah ha ha! Surprise, Luigi! It's-a me, King Boo! That old coot had me locked up tight in his lab... But guess what? I GOT OUT! The hotel owner here was just dying to meet me, so she busted me out. Pretty lucky, huh? Anyway, I didn't think that you'd actually show up here. I was ready though, just in case. In fact, my vengeance is nearly complete! What do I mean by "vengeance"? Glad you asked! I'm trapping you and everyone in your vacation party... in frames! Awww, there there, Luigi. It'll be over soon. It's time for a family reunion! BOO-YA! [...] Mwah ha ha! Take THAT! Oh, and there's one more frame, of course. I saved it especially for you! Stay right there and put on your best terrified face, Luigi! This is game over!" - Luigi's Mansion 3
  • "Mwa ha ha! How brash of you to come and face me, Luigi! You should have just run away while you had the chance! But instead you stayed and fought all the way up here to oppose me? How foolish! You may have made your way through the hotel using E. Gadd's frustrating inventions to suck up all the ghosts in your path... You were all SHWEERRPP-SHLOOOOP-WHOOORPP-SHLEEOOORG! Ahem. Anyway, just because you vacuumed up all of those ghosts doesn't mean you can take me on! It doesn't matter that you beat the hotel owner... Hellen Gravely! Ooooooo! She let all your friends get away! It's so frustrating when you trap something in a painting and it gets out, you know? Arg! Hellen Gravely... All those ghosts... Useless! I have to do everything myself! I'm sick of this! No more mercy for you, Luigi! No more tricks--no more carefully laid plans! Now it's time for raw King Boo gusto! You're all going in a painting! An ensemble portrait is your fate!" - Luigi's Mansion 3
  • "Mwa ha ha! Serves you right! Just a few left. Go on! Join them! My painting must be complete! Sorry to keep you waiting. Are you ready? I don't care!" - Luigi's Mansion 3
  • "...Hmm? One-two-three-four-five-six-sev-- WAIT! There should be seven! Who's missing!? [...] Luigi! What are you doing over there?! UGH! That's it! I'm sick to double death of you! You want to fight me? FINE! Let's go, Luigi! This is the end for you, once and for all! HERE I COME!" - Luigi's Mansion 3

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

  • (signpost) "Big Boo's Haunt. Eee hee hee...There are no exits. You may as well wander in here forever...Listen carefully. Can you hear me? If you find me, you're history. Eee hee hee..."
  • (to Mario before getting Luigi's key) "Eee hee hee! I am Big Boo, the spookiest of all the spirits! I locked up the whimpy green moustache man. And I'll do the same to you! Eee hee hee! Since I'm a ghost, I can turn invisible in the mirror's reflection. You'll have to attack me from behind to defeat me. But you'll die of fright before that ever happens! And then you'll be one of us!"
  • (to Mario after getting Luigi's key) "Eee hee hee... I am Big Boo, the spookiest of all the spirits. I love scaring wimpy humans. Eee hee hee... You'll never sneak behind me!"
  • (defeated by Mario) "Eee hee hee! You can never really kill a ghost! We always come back! See you again. Eee hee hee!"
  • (to Luigi) "Eee hee hee! I am Big Boo, the ghastliest of all ghosts! What the...? I thought I locked you up...Well, never mind. Now I'll really creep you out! You can't escape...Eee hee hee!"
  • (defeated by Luigi) "Eee hee hee! We ghosts always rise from the dead. I just love the look of terror on your face! In fact, I live for it! Eee hee hee! See you soon!"
  • (to Wario) "Eee hee hee! I am Big Boo, the scariest of the spirits. Eek! What's this?! Your face... It would even scare a ghost. How horrible! You've got it backwards... I do the scaring around here! All right, now I'll put some real fear in that frightening face of yours! Eee hee hee!"
  • (defeated by Wario) "Augh! The scariest one wins, and your face is flesh-creepingly frightening. Good thing I don't have any flesh! Eee hee hee! This is not the end. See you again."

Mario Party 8[edit]

  • "Right here, fools! Right under your noses! Now bring me my 10 coins!!"
  • " found me!!"
  • "Now, how about my 10 coins? Fork 'em over. I've got that Star right here..."
  • "Will you trade 10 coins for my Star?"
    • Selecting "Yes" - "Hehehe, here's your Star!"
    • Selecting "No" - "Oh!? So be it!"
  • "Bah! You don't have enough coins! King Boo says boo to you! And good-bye!!!"
  • "Think you're so smart? You've taken a Star. But now I awaken... the bizarre!"
  • "Too bad it won't be so easy to find me for your second Star, hehehe..."
  • "Horrifying! You got 2 Stars! I'll never live this down! I'll just slip away quietly..."

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

  • "Booo hoo ha! HEY! You defeated Bowser Jr.!"
  • "I wondered who would win, so I made myself invisible and watched the whole thing."
  • "You booooth look like benchwarmers to me!"
  • "Say WHAT? You want ME to help YOOOOOU?"
  • "No! Not even if you had some Boos on your roster! Well... If you had some Boos with you, I might..."
  • "Hey! Hey, yoooou! Did you find some Boos?"
  • "Boo hoo ha! Here are your hints: "error item" and "in a box"! Make sure you get them all!"
  • "Hey! You there! What you got there? Huh? ...HEY! That's a Boo, isn't it? Yeah! It is!"
  • "Aw... Little Boos are so cute! But I don't want to see him riding pine! Put him in a game, yeah?"

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

  • "You?! I might have known. Just what I need, some fool who ain't afraid of a ghost! My little Boos came crying to me about you... Outrageous!" - Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (DS)
  • "I'd rather go up against someone who's scared of ghosts though! Hee hee hee!"
  • "I don't believe it! You won! I've finally met my match!"
  • "Heh heh heh! I saw that Alpine Downhill event of yours yesterday! Looks like you need to take a lesson in speed from ME! And that lesson starts today! I challenge you to an Alpine Downhill match! Hee hee hee!" - Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Wii)
  • "I felt sorry for you and let you win the Alpine Downhill event, but it's not going to happen this time! When it comes to the Alpine Giant Slalom, I’m number one! Heh heh heh!"

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

  • "Look at this little scrap. Friend of yours, is he? Well, if you like your friend, you better stop attacking me! Now, don't go thinking it's OK to attack my little minion either. Who knows what could happen if he dropped your little friend there... You got that?"
  • " really didn’t understand? Even when I shouted? Well, now this is happening!"

Voice samples[edit]

Audio.svg Super Mario 64 DS - King Boo's laughter
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Profiles and statistics[edit]

Main article: List of King Boo profiles and statistics

List of appearances[edit]

Title Description Release date System/format
Luigi's Mansion Main antagonist, final boss 2001 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Unlockable playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Super Mario 64 DS Boss 2004 Nintendo DS
Mario Superstar Baseball Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Super Princess Peach Boss 2005 Nintendo DS
Mario Kart DS Boss 2005 Nintendo DS
Mario Party 8 Non-playable character 2007 Wii
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Cameo 2007 Arcade
Mario Kart Wii Unlockable playable character 2008 Wii
Mario Super Sluggers Playable character 2008 Wii
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Rival 2009 Nintendo DS
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Rival 2009 Wii
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Rival 2011 Wii
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Rival 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Party 9 Boss 2012 Wii
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Main antagonist, final boss 2013 Nintendo 3DS
New Super Luigi U Cameo 2013 Wii U
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Rival 2013 Wii U
Mario Golf: World Tour Non-playable character/cameo 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Trophy 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Party 10 Boss 2015 Wii U
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Boss 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Boss 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Luigi's Mansion Arcade Main antagonist, final boss 2015 Arcade
Mario Party: Star Rush Boss 2016 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Playable character 2017 Nintendo Switch
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Playable character (during a limited-time event)
Unlockable playable character (for permanent use, through a limited-time event)
2017 Arcade
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Cameo 2017 Nintendo Switch
Mario Tennis Aces (version 2.0.0) Boss 2018 Nintendo Switch
Luigi's Mansion Main antagonist, final boss 2018 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit 2018 Nintendo Switch
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Cameo 2019 Nintendo Switch
Dr. Mario World Assistant (update) 2019 iOS / Android
Mario Kart Tour Unlockable playable character (update) 2019 iOS / Android
Tetris 99 Cameo in TETRIS x Luigi's Mansion 3 Event 2019 Nintendo Switch
Luigi's Mansion 3 Main antagonist, final boss 2019 Nintendo Switch
Mario Party Superstars Non-playable character 2021 Nintendo Switch
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (version 2.0.0) Non-playable character 2021 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario Bros. Wonder Enemy 2023 Nintendo Switch


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:King Boo.

Names in other languages[edit]

Main article: List of King Boo names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese キングテレサ
Kingu Teresa
King Boo

Chinese (simplified) 害羞幽灵王
Hàixiūyōulíng Wáng
嘘嘘鬼王 (prior to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Xūxūguǐ Wáng
King Boo

King Boo

Chinese (traditional) 害羞幽靈王
Hàixiūyōulíng Wáng
幽靈皇[10] (Super Mario Bros. Wonder)
Yōulíng Huáng
King Boo

Ghost King

Dutch King Boo
Koning Schrik (New Super Luigi U)
King Fright
Estonian Kuningas Boo[11]
King Boo
French Roi Boo
King Boo
German König Buu Huu
König Boo (Mario Kart DS)
King Boo
King Boo
Hungarian King Boo[12]
Italian Re Boo
King Boo
Korean 킹부끄
King Bukkeu
King Boo; bukkeu comes from 부끄부끄 (bukkeubukkeu), Boo's Korean name

Latvian Karalis Bū[13]
King Boo
Lithuanian Boo[14]
Portuguese Rei Bu
King Boo
Romanian King Boo[15]
Regele Boo[15]
King Boo
Russian Бу-король
Король привидений (Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon official website)
Korol' privideniy
King Boo

The king of ghosts

Serbo-Croatian Kralj Boo[16][17][18][19]
King Boo
Spanish (NOA) Rey Boo
Rey Bú (2011–2017)
King Boo (Mario Kart Wii)
King Boo
King Boo
Spanish (NOE) Rey Boo
King Boo


  • When King Boo says, "I will not give up my favorite decoration. I like Mario just where he is," he references a quote from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, when Jabba the Hutt says, "I will not give up my favorite decoration. I like Captain Solo where he is."
  • King Boo's laugh originating from Luigi's Mansion is actually a pitched-up version of a stock laughing sound effect.[20] A pitched-down version of the same effect was previously used for Bleak.


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  2. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 188, page 79. "(Luigi’s being held captive by King Boo, so you’ll have to rescue him first.)"
  3. ^ Nintendo 公式チャンネル (September 28, 2023). スーパーマリオブラザーズ ワンダー CM ワンダー篇. YouTube. Retrieved September 28, 2023.
  4. ^ YTSunny (October 19, 2023). Super Mario Bros Wonder - All Songs / Music Levels. YouTube. Retrieved November 4, 2023.
  5. ^ Mixeli (October 19, 2023). Super Mario Bros. Wonder - Final Boss Bowser Battle and Ending (HQ). YouTube. Retrieved November 4, 2023.
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  9. ^ DrMarioWorld_EN (November 14, 2019). Blue: "Tiers 6 and 7 were added to versus mode! Apparently you can add a new assistant, King Boo, from the battle boxes for tier 7. You need 2,600 battle points to reach tier 7, but I know you can do it!" #DrMarioWorld. X. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  10. ^ (October 25, 2023). 觸碰到花朵的話水管就會動起來!? 找出不可思議的變化「驚奇」的秘密。【前往驚奇的世界 Vol.4】. Retrieved October 25, 2023.
  11. ^ Luigi’s Mansion™-i kummitusmängu laienduskomplekt. (Estonian). Retrieved January 10, 2023. (Archived May 17, 2022, 02:33:29 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  12. ^ Luigi’s Mansion™ Bújócska kiegészítő készlet. (Hungarian). Retrieved January 10, 2023. (Archived October 11, 2022, 06:18:40 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  13. ^ Luigi’s Mansion™ Baiso paslēpju paplašinājuma maršruts. Retrieved January 10, 2023. (Archived May 16, 2022, 19:48:07 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  14. ^ Luigi's Mansion™ slėpynių papildomas rinkinys. Retrieved January 10, 2023. (Archived January 10, 2023, 17:44:50 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  15. ^ a b Set de extindere De-a v-ați ascunselea în Luigi's Mansion™. (Romanian). Retrieved January 10, 2023. (Archived January 7, 2023, 02:17:52 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  16. ^ Luigijeva vila: jeziva igra, komplet za proširenje. (Croatian). Retrieved January 10, 2023. (Archived January 10, 2023, 18:16:49 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  17. ^ Kralj Boo i ukleto dvorište. (Croatian). Retrieved January 17, 2023. (Archived May 20, 2022, 01:27:00 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  18. ^ 71377 Kralj Boo i ukleto dvorište – proširena staza. (Croatian). Retrieved January 17, 2023. (Archived January 18, 2023, 02:37:03 UTC via
  19. ^ 71401 Luigijeva vila: jeziva igra, komplet za proširenje. (Croatian). Retrieved January 17, 2023. (Archived January 18, 2023, 02:11:22 UTC via
  20. ^ Sound Ideas, CARTOON, LAUGHTER - LOW, THROATY LAUGH, HUMAN 01. Soundeffects Wiki. Retrieved October 10, 2022..