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Fire Mario and Fire Luigi (originally known as Fiery Mario) are the forms Mario and Luigi take after powering up with a Fire Flower. This form was first introduced in Super Mario Bros. and is one of the few forms to appear in more than one game. This form's polar opposite is Ice Mario. In most games, it is required that the player be in their Super form to become their Fire form.
Mario and Luigi have occasionally been able to use fire without Fire Flowers. Mario possessed this ability in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, in the Super Smash Bros. games, and after acquiring the Firebrand skill in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Luigi, on the other hand, used fire without a Fire Flower in the Super Smash Bros. series and other spin-off games, such as Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Besides Mario and Luigi, other characters have also had fire variants of their own. Wario also made use of a Fire Flower in making a last-ditch attempt to defeat Mario in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Blue Toad and Yellow Toad gain fire forms, with Yellow Toad's bearing a color scheme resembling the Super Mushroom's appearance in Super Mario Bros. and the Mega Mushroom. In New Super Mario Bros. U, Miis can become "Fire Miis" as well, and Toadette can also use this form in the Deluxe version and Super Mario Maker 2. In Nintendo Land, if a red or green Mii plays Yoshi's Fruit Cart, they will resemble Fire Mario and Fire Luigi (respectively) without hats. In Super Mario 3D World, Toad, Princess Peach and Rosalina can make use of Fire Flowers and gain their own fire variants, with Fire Toad's color scheme recycling the color scheme of Yellow Toad's New Super Mario Bros. Wii fire form.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. / Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
In the form's first appearance, Super Mario Bros. (and later in its sequel, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels), both Mario and Luigi's hats and overalls change to a light cream, almost white color and their shirts change to red. In Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, however, Fiery Luigi has his original normal colors, while in his regular form, his colors are the same as Mario's, but with green replacing red. In the arcade version, VS. Super Mario Bros., their overalls and hats change to yellow instead of cream. If Mario or Luigi are in this form when the timer runs out, their losing sprites will use the fire palette, although this is not reflected in the Super Mario All-Stars version.
They become Fiery Mario/Luigi after obtaining a Fire Flower, thus gaining the ability to throw fireballs; there can only be two fireballs on-screen at a time. The fireballs bounce along the ground and can defeat almost all enemies, including otherwise unbeatable ones such as Spinies; they are also Mario and Luigi's only means of attack in underwater stages. Using five fireballs to defeat Bowser and his copies is the only method that yields points (5000 points).
In these games, if a Fire Flower is spawned but the player is reverted to their Small form before collecting it, it will merely change them to their Super form. Also, Mario or Luigi will revert back to Small form if they take damage. Most following games do not have these properties.
There is a glitch that allow Mario and Luigi to become Small Mario and Fire Mario simultaneously. If Super/Fire Mario/Luigi hit the axe and have Bowser hit them at the same time, they will take damage but remain big. When they touch a Fire Flower again, they will transform but remain small. When they shoot a fireball, they will very briefly become big again.
In the Super Mario All-Stars versions of both games, Fire Mario/Luigi is not animated when throwing a fireball in the air or while underwater.
Super Mario Bros. 3
After a brief absence from Super Mario Bros. 2, Fire Mario returned in Super Mario Bros. 3 with one slight change in that Mario and Luigi would both change to an orange and red colorization instead of their clothing changing to white and red. However, this may be because of limitations on the NES, as remakes of the game depict Mario and Luigi with red and green overalls, respectively, and a white hat and shirt, as in Super Mario World.
This was the first game where, if damage was taken, they would only revert to their Super form. However, in the Japanese version, if Fire Mario/Luigi was hit, they would immediately revert to their Small forms, as in Super Mario Bros.
Additionally, this is no longer Mario's highest form attainable. Many new power-ups were introduced, which simply over-ride the Fire form when their items are encountered and utilized.
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 also grants this form its coin-granting properties from Super Mario World, via scanning the Orange Switch. The Yellow Switch also makes Luigi's fireballs bounce higher, as in Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2. Also, if the Red Switch is active, Fire Mario/Luigi will immediately shrink to Small form if hit.
Super Mario Land
Super Mario World
Fire Mario's appearance in Super Mario World was the first time he appeared in-game as depicted in artwork, resembling his fire form sprite from Super Mario Bros., but with the shirt and overall colors reversed. It was also the first time that Fire Luigi had a different colorization from Fire Mario, having the same current color scheme as Fire Mario, but with green replacing red, resembling Luigi's sprite colors from the NES version of Mario Bros. They also throw two fireballs at either side of themselves when using the new Spin Jump move. Also, fireballs turn enemies into coins. However, if the coins are not collected, the enemies will reappear if Mario leaves and revisits the area. This is the first game where Fire Flowers turn Small Mario directly to Fire Mario.
In the Game Boy Advance remake, if Fire Mario/Luigi got damaged, he would change back to their Super form, like in western versions of Super Mario Bros. 3; in addition, Luigi's fireballs bounce higher than Mario's.
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, the form's appearance was changed again, this time only simply adding a feather to the top of Mario and Wario's caps to account for the Game Boy's monochrome palette. Fire Mario's fireballs are also the only way to destroy fiery blocks. Additionally, in the final phase in the battle with Mario, Wario uses a Fire Flower to become Fiery Wario, attacking solely by throwing fireballs. After defeating him, he reverts to Small Wario and runs away.
New Super Mario Bros.
Fire Mario returns in New Super Mario Bros.. The form retains its Super Mario World color schemes, and like in that game, enemies that are destroyed with fireballs will drop coins; otherwise, the form retains its Super Mario Bros. 3 properties.
Super Mario Galaxy
Fire Mario and Fire Luigi make their 3D platformer debut in Super Mario Galaxy, found in the Freezeflame Galaxy, Dusty Dune Galaxy and Deep Dark Galaxy, with a few changes: the form is time-limited instead of being lost by taking damage (which means Mario can be hit and still retain this form), and while Mario can shoot more than two fireballs at a time, he cannot do so underwater. Throwing fireballs also replaces the spin move. A special arrangement plays for Fire Mario/Luigi's duration, which speeds up until the form expires.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Fire Mario (or Fire Luigi) has the same abilities as in the predecessor. Also, Yellow Toad and Blue Toad can use the Fire Flower, which gives them red-spotted yellow/blue caps, and red vests and pants. In an earlier version of the game, the Toads had white spots instead of the red spots seen in the final version of the game. Fire Mario's polar opposite, Ice Mario, also appears in the game.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Fire Mario (and Fire Luigi) re-appears from Super Mario Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2 with no changes from its predecessor. Mario can turn into this form in the Rightside Down Galaxy, Freezy Flake Galaxy, Slipsand Galaxy, Upside Dizzy Galaxy and Battle Belt Galaxy. Fire Mario must be used to clear the missions "The Great Crate Incinerator" in the Rightside Down Galaxy, and "Burning Upside Dizzy" in the Upside Dizzy Galaxy, where he must burn all the crates in the time limit. The arrangement for Fire Mario/Luigi returns from Super Mario Galaxy. Additionally, the boss battle against Squizzard features a unique arrangement of the Fire Mario theme that overrides Squizzard's own battle theme, as the Fire Flower is required to defeat him.
Super Mario 3D Land
In Super Mario 3D Land, Fire Mario returns once more as one of the forms Mario can obtain. Unlike in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel, Fire Mario retains its 2D Mario properties. However, the fireballs thrown now bounce off walls and vanish after two seconds.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Fire Mario returns, retaining the same effects as in previous games. A similar form of Mario, called Gold Mario makes its debut appearance. Like Fire Mario, Gold Mario can shoot golden variations of fireballs and is obtained by collecting a Gold Flower, which looks almost exactly like the Fire Flower. Additionally, Gold Mario becomes Fire Mario upon beating a stage.
New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
In New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Fire Mario reappears, once again functioning as it did in the original Wii U title. However, Toadette can now use this form as she replaces Blue Toad (although he remains playable as a color change from Yellow Toad). As "Fire Toadette", she gains a pink-spotted red cap, and red vest and pants while her dress remains unchanged. However, Toadette's look is refined in this game, due to the Nintendo Switch's HD visual, giving her more detailed clothes.
Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
In Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Fire Mario returns, functioning just like in Super Mario 3D Land, though Mario's overalls are a more solid red than in previous games. This time, Toad, Peach, and Rosalina can also use this form. Toad's colors become similar to Fire Yellow Toad (with a red-spotted yellow mushroom cap and red vest), although his pants do not change color. Peach's dress turns white with red panniers, collar, and dress hem, similar to her sprite in Super Mario Bros., while her hair gets tied back in a ponytail, like in Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario 64 DS, and later Mario spin-off titles, except with a red hairband rather than blue. Rosalina also has her hair tied back in a ponytail with a red hairband; in addition, her crown gets a bit brighter, her earrings turn red, and her dress becomes a solid red with white dress hem, top flap, and sleeve frills. Stamps of Fire Mario and Fire Peach are available in Fort Fire Bros. and Double Cherry Pass, respectively.
Super Mario Maker 2
In Super Mario Maker 2, Fire Luigi gets a lime green hat and overalls and a red shirt in the Super Mario Bros. style, and a lime green hat and shirt in the Super Mario Bros. 3 style (instead of sharing Fire Mario's color scheme, as in those games), whilst Fire Toad's cap is blue in the Super Mario 3D World style. Fire Toadette's appearance is rather similar to that of her appearance in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, although her pants are white rather than red. If riding the red Yoshi while being Fire Mario the player will shoot three fireballs.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, this form is called Super Mario or Super Luigi, since their actual Super forms are their regular forms. They resembled their appearances in Super Mario Bros. and the later Super Mario All-Stars and Deluxe versions (in Luigi's case). Unlike in the games, the forms are given from not only Fire Flowers, but also Starmen, a magic doodad, Excalibur, and at one point, a shock from a high voltage. In some instances, the form itself is referred as Fire Power, a name that transitioned into the two following series. As well as granting the Mario Bros. the ability to shoot fireballs, the form sometimes endowed them with extra strength, speed, the ability to fly, and sometimes a temporary size increase before transforming. Mario is also seen transforming into this form in the intro. Also, during the transformation sequence, Mario and Luigi are shown in one frame with an outfit resembling their current color schemes since Super Mario Bros. 3, but with a blue hat. Toad used this form (due to a Fire Flower) in the episode "The Fire of Hercufleas," where he has the ability to shoot the Great Balls of Fire.
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, the form was changed to match its appearance in the original NES version of Super Mario Bros. 3: Mario could only obtain it by using Fire Flowers, he had an orange colorization, and he could only shoot fireballs. King Koopa, by using the Power Pendant, could also use this form in the episode "Super Koopa", though he only did so in tandem with the Raccoon form. In the episode "Crimes R Us", when Luigi becomes Fire Luigi, his clothes never change color.
Super Mario World
In the Super Mario World cartoon, the form's appearance was changed again to match its appearance in Super Mario World and later games. However, the form had very limited screen time in this series; it was only featured in the episodes "Send in the Clown", "King Scoopa Koopa", and "Born to Ride", where only Mario is shown to transform into this form. However, while Fire Luigi does not appear, in the episode "Party Line", Invincible Luigi flashes with colors of both his regular outfit and as if he had a Fire form.
Nintendo Comics System
The Nintendo Comics System never features the fire form; however, the prologue short, "The Legend", has one panel where Luigi throws fireballs at some Beezos, but he is wearing his regular outfit rather than his Fire form colors.
Fire Mario appears in Hotel Mario, once again functioning the same. Unlike the current design, Fire Mario and Luigi's overalls flash in different hues of colors.
Mario Golf series
Although the actual form itself is not present in the Mario Golf series, Mario and Baby Mario have an alternate color scheme that resembles the outfit. In Mario Golf: World Tour, a costume, golf ball, and golf clubs based on this form can be used by Miis. The ball and clubs are available after playing rounds, and the costume is unlocked when the player scores a hole-in-one thrice.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Mario Tennis Open
In Mario Tennis Open, there is a Fire Mario suit that can be unlocked by giving two characters a star rank. A racket was made to fit it.
Paper Mario series
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Paper Mario: Sticker Star is the first appearance of Mario's Fire transformation in a Paper Mario game. Whenever a Fire Flower sticker or either of its variants are used, Mario transforms into Fire Mario to attack, by hurling one fireball at all on-screen enemies before reverting back to his normal state.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
The Fire Mario transformation returns in Paper Mario: Color Splash, this time by using a Fire Flower card or its bigger version. It functions almost like it did in Paper Mario: Sticker Star; however, now the player has to wait for the fireball to charge before pressing . Since it is mostly red, it takes up most of the red paint, assuming the player uses it with the starting amount of paint.
Paper Mario: The Origami King
This form returns again in Paper Mario: The Origami King when Mario uses a normal or Shiny Fire Flower in battle.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
In Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, Fire Mario appears as a downloadable alternate color scheme for Mario. His exclusive Special Item is the Double Fireballs, which allow him to shoot two fireballs one by one.
Mario Kart Tour
Super Smash Bros. series
Even though Mario and Luigi can throw fireballs without using a Fire Flower, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, one of their alternate costumes are their Fire forms, with Luigi's replacing a similar-looking one from Super Smash Bros. Melee based off his Super Mario Bros. sprite. Also in Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Peach and Rosalina have outfits based on their Fire forms in Super Mario 3D World. Unlike the form's home series, Fire Mario's design is somewhat modified for his appearance in Brawl, with the most notable change being a more realistic-looking overalls and back pockets. However, in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario's Fire-based outfit and his Wario-based outfit were retired in order to make room for new costumes based on his wedding tuxedo from Super Mario Odyssey and his Builder costume from Super Mario Maker, respectively. Luigi, on the other hand, keeps his Fire form outfit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as do Peach and Rosalina.
Mario & Luigi series
In the Mario & Luigi series (excluding Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time), the Mario Bros. turn into their Fire forms upon using the Fire Flower as a Bros. Attack, as well as the Luiginary Flame in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team where all the Luiginoids turn into this form. Additionally, Fire Mario makes an appearance as the last Papercraft used in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.
Dr. Mario World
Fire Mario, Fire Peach, Fire Luigi, and Fire Rosalina take on the role of a doctor in Dr. Mario World. In this game, they wear lab coats over their established outfits, and are called Dr. Fire Mario, Dr. Fire Peach, Dr. Fire Luigi and Dr. Fire Rosalina respectively. The first three of these doctors are available as special stage rewards in World 27, World 11, World 13 respectively. One common theme with their skills is that they can eliminate viruses or objects, even those that take multiple hits, with the exception of Muddy Coins. In versus mode, a common thing that they share is that, compared to their regular counterparts, their attack speed is faster but they have overall lower defenses.
Dr. Fire Mario's skill, similar to Dr. Mario's, eliminate the lowest row(s) of clearable objects, where any lower rows that only contain unclearable objects such as Empty Blocks are ignored. Dr. Fire Peach's skill, similar to Dr. Peach's, eliminate a random column(s) of clearable objects, prioritizing any column(s) with viruses. Dr. Fire Luigi's skill is different from Dr. Luigi's skill, where it is instead to eliminate both the leftmost column(s) and the lowest row(s) of objects. Dr. Fire Rosalina's skill is also different from Dr. Rosalina's skill, where it is instead to eliminate a random target of objects in a 3x3 area (up to 5x5 in versus mode), and areas containing viruses are prioritized.
Some appearances in Super Mario-Kun include Fire Mario, like when Mario uses a move called the "Fireball Punch". Fire Mario make another appearances in volume 44, as Mario and Luigi, as well as the Toads, must use 30 fireballs to take down Bowser. Yoshi tries too, but mistakes "Fire" for "Tire".
Fire Mario is a playable character in Monopoly Gamer. He is sold separately as a "Power Pack" expansion figure.
Profiles and statistics
Super Mario series
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario 3D Land
New Super Mario Bros. 2
New Super Mario Bros. U
Super Mario 3D World
Mario Kart Tour
Dr. Mario World
Dr. Fire Mario
Dr. Fire Peach
Dr. Fire Luigi
Dr. Fire Rosalina
Names in other languages