- This article is about the character named Foreman Spike. For other uses of the name Spike, see Spike (disambiguation).
Artwork of Foreman Spike from Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten
|First appearance||Wrecking Crew (1985)|
|Latest appearance||The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)|
|Portrayed by||Sebastian Maniscalco (English, 2023)|
- “Get this through your tiny brain, Mario. You're a joke, and you always will be.”
- —Foreman Spike, The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Foreman Spike, occasionally referred to simply as Spike, is the foreman of the demolition site where Mario and Luigi work in Wrecking Crew. He continuously tries to hinder the brothers' progress. He is usually depicted as a dark-bearded man who wears sunglasses, although in Wrecking Crew '98, he does not have a beard.
Wrecking Crew series
Foreman Spike made his debut in the first bonus stage of Wrecking Crew, where he competes against Mario in finding a coin. While Mario moves in the foreground, Spike runs around in the background, smashing walls with his hammer to find the coin before Mario.
In regular phases, Foreman Spike follows Mario while remaining in the background. Whenever an object comes between the two, he hits it with his hammer to knock Mario all the way to the bottom of the stage. However, Mario can do the same back to him. With a Golden Hammer, Foreman Spike can be knocked down without having to hit an object between them. Like the rest of the enemies in the game, Foreman Spike can only be permanently defeated by trapping him, such as dropping a drum on him or knocking him into an isolated floor.
Foreman Spike's in-game appearance showed the same build as Mario and Luigi, a hooked nose, sunglasses, yellowish brown clothing, a beard, and a mouth full of crooked teeth when struck.
Foreman Spike did not appear in the first game of the series, VS. Wrecking Crew. In that game's single player mode, the CPU Luigi fulfills a similar role and can not be damaged by the enemies just like Foreman Spike.
Wrecking Crew '98
Foreman Spike returns in the Japan-only title Wrecking Crew '98. He is the fourth challenger in the puzzle mode game. In this game, Foreman Spike is working for Bowser, helping him build a series of new hideouts. Foreman Spike was redesigned to have a mustache, no beard, a cleft chin, straight teeth, more defined arm muscles, and a red nose, resembling Wario.
Super Smash Bros. series
The Japanese Super Smash Bros. Dojo website stated that Mario's brown 3P costume in the Super Smash Bros. series is based on Foreman Spike's outfit in the original Wrecking Crew for the Famicom. This color choice for Mario would reappear in Super Smash Bros. Melee and subsequent installments in the Super Smash Bros. series, but becoming more black and white than brown and yellow.
In the Japan-only Game Boy Color golf title Mobile Golf, Foreman Spike is an unlockable character through the Mobile Adapter GB. He has reverted to his original Wrecking Crew design and is now overweight. As shown in his artwork, he wears a yellow cap and purple clothes, and his hair has a slight purple hue.
Two of the Wrecking Crew related challenges in NES Remix involve competing against Foreman Spike.
Super Mario Maker
In Super Mario Maker, one of the Mario costumes the player can get from a Mystery Mushroom is Foreman Spike. Besides a slight color difference, the sprite is identical to the original NES Wrecking Crew title.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
- “Well, well, well! If it isn't Brooklyn's favorite failures, the Stupid Mario Brothers! [...] Tell me... Have you even gotten one call since you left me to start your dumb company?”
- —Foreman Spike, The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Spike appears in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, marking his first physical appearance in over 21 years since Mobile Golf. He is voiced by Sebastian Maniscalco in the film's English version, according to whom Spike serves as the former boss of Mario and Luigi in the movie, and Yasuhiro Mamiya in the Japanese version. Despite the fact that the emblem used to represent Spike depicts his original sprite's design, Spike has a noticeably different appearance in the film itself. His outfit has the logo "Wrecking Crew" on his hat and left sleeve.
Spike first appears in the film at Punch-Out Pizzeria, where he mocks the brothers (calling them the "Stupid Mario Brothers") after the airing of their first commercial, scoffing at the idea that the Mario Bros. will succeed on their own and telling them that their plumbing business will fail; when Mario stands up to him, Spike threatens him physically before leaving. When Mario gets flung back into Brooklyn due to the Bomber Bill exploding in the Warp Pipe, Spike nearly runs over Mario and is shocked to see him land right in front of his van before he starts to yell at him for nearly damaging his vehicle, only to run away when other objects from the Mushroom Kingdom begin appearing. He is later seen among the panicking civilians when Bowser's army invades New York and is saved by Luigi while being attacked by Bowser’s minions, much to his shock. After the final battle between the brothers and Bowser in Brooklyn, Spike is the one who starts up the cheers for Mario and Luigi, finally calling them "the Super Mario Brothers".
A fictional testimonial on the SMBPlumbing.com website is attributed to Spike, who goes by the username SpikeIsCool. Spike does not directly address the Super Mario Bros. Plumbing company itself, to which the website pertains, instead directing the testimonial towards the Mario brothers, who operate the company; in it, he is bitter and critical, stating, with many spelling and grammatical errors, that the brothers used to work for him until they left to start up their own business. He ends the testimonial by threatening that they will "learn their lesson someday."
Since the release of the film, the testimonial has changed with Spike recognizing the brothers' heroism and increasing his rating of the company from one star to one and a half.
Place of origin: America
Game appearances: Crew
I'm the original rival.
"My job is to get in the way of Mario's work. I break ladders so he can't climb them."
- Website bio:
This character hasn't appeared in a while. In fact, despite appearances, he is a hard worker and seems to be quite skilled...?
|Wrecking Crew||Enemy||1985||Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Wrecking Crew '98||Challenger, unlockable playable character||1998||Super Famicom|
|Mobile Golf||Unlockable playable character||2001||Game Boy Color, Mobile Adapter GB|
|NES Remix||Enemy on a Wrecking Crew stage||2013||Wii U|
|NES Remix Pack||Enemy on a Wrecking Crew stage||2014||Wii U|
|Super Mario Maker||Costume Mario outfit||2015||Wii U|
|WarioWare Gold||Cameo in microgame||2018||Nintendo 3DS|
| The Super Mario Bros. Movie - "Well, well, well! If it isn't Brooklyn's favorite failures, the Stupid Mario Brothers! [...] Tell me... Have you even gotten ONE call since you left me to start your dumb company?" - Foreman Spike meeting Mario and Luigi in Punch-Out Pizzeria||File info|
NES Remix stamp of Foreman Spike
Spike in The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Spike's emblem for The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Names in other languages
Spike / Foreman Spike
|Japanese||ブラッキー (before The Super Mario Bros. Movie)
|Blackey / Blacky, presumably in reference to his hair|
Spike, after the Western name
|German||Vorarbeiter Spike||Foreman Spike|
Caposquadra Spike (Super Mario Maker)
Spike (The Super Mario Bros. Movie)
|Master builder Spike|
|Portuguese||Capataz Spike||Foreman Spike|
|Spanish||Capataz Spike||Foreman Spike|
Kù kù Sīpàikè
|Cool Cool Spike|
- Foreman Spike holds the record for the longest time between his first appearance and his first voiced appearance, with nearly 38 years between Wrecking Crew and The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
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|VS. Wrecking Crew / Wrecking Crew|
|Characters||Mario • Luigi|
|Items and objects||Coin • Door • Drum* • Dynamite • Floor • Golden Hammer* • Ladder (Ladder wall) • Letter* • Pillar* • Wall|
|Enemies||Eggplant Man* • Fireball • Foreman Spike* • Gotchawrench|
|*Only in Wrecking Crew|
|Wrecking Crew '98|
|Characters||Mario • Eggplant Man • Koopa Troopa • Gotchawrench • Foreman Spike • Bowser • Princess Peach • Luigi • Onigiri • Onnanoko • Oyazi • Dogu|
|Enemies||Forkun • Blonya • Buruccho • Burnya • Dumpty • Jenya • Kanbank • Guruccho • Gata Gata • Poles • U Dokun|
|Objects||Floor • Handle • Panels (Block • Bomb) • Warp Pipe|
|Playable characters||Bean • Bird • Foreman Spike • Gene • Grace • Ken • Kid • Lisa • Mario • Napple • Powert • Princess Peach • Rozary • Thread • Tiny • Yoshi|
|Further info||Gallery • List of golfing terms • Staff|
|The Super Mario Bros. Movie|
|Characters||Main characters||Donkey Kong • Luigi • Mario • Princess Peach • Toad|
|Antagonists||Bowser • Kamek • Koopa General|
|Supporting characters||BrKLnCouple • Cranky Kong • Driver • Francis • Giuseppe • Kong army • Lumalee • Mario and Luigi's family (Aunt Marie · Mario and Luigi's father · Mario and Luigi's grandfather · Mario and Luigi's mother · Mario and Luigi's niece · Uncle Arthur · Uncle Tony) • Penguin King • Spike • Toad General|
|Other characters||Baby Luigi • Baby Mario • Baby Peach • Chanterelle • Chunky Kong • Diddy Kong • Dixie Kong • Funky Kong • Kiddy Kong • King Bob-omb • King Boo • Pauline • Pit • Swanky Kong • Toadette • Yoshi|
|Forms||Cape Mario • Cat Mario • Fire Mario • Ice Mario • Invincible Mario • Mini Mario • Super Mario • Tanooki Mario|
|Species||Bat • Biddybud • Blooper • Blooper Baby • Bob-omb • Bomber Bill • Bramball • Buzzy Beetle • Chain Chomp • Cheep Cheep • Dry Bones • Goomba • Goomba Tower • Hammer Bro • Human • Jellybeam • Kong • Koopa Troopa • Koopa Paratroopa • Luma • Maw-Ray • Penguin • Piranha Plant • Sledge Bro • Snifit • Spiny • Spiny Cheep Cheep • Toad • Yoshi|
|Locations||Bob-omb Battlefield • Bowser's Castle • Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights) • Castle Burger • Crazy Cap • Dark Lands • Jungle Kingdom • Fire Flower Fields • Great Ring of Kong • High Cliffs • Kart workshop • Mushroom Forest • Mushroom Kingdom (Mushroom Heights) • Peach's Castle • Punch-Out Pizzeria • Rainbow Road • Desert Area • Secret passage • Snow Kingdom • Super Mario Bros. Plumbing • Training Course • Warp Zone • Waterfall Area • Yoshi's Island|
|Items and objects||! Block • Anchor • Axe • Barrel • Bill Blaster • Bike (Bullet Bike · Mach Bike) • Blue mushroom • Blue Shell • Boomerang Flower • Bowser Statue • Box • Brick Block • Cannon • Cape Feather • Clear Pipe • Coin • Coin Block • Crate • Donut Block • Dragon Coin • Fire Bar • Fire Flower • Flying Question Block • Fruit (Banana · Carrot · Coconut · Grape · Melon · Pineapple · Turnip · Watermelon) • Girder • Goal Pole • Hammer • Ice Flower • Kart (Pipe Frame · Standard Kart · Tiny Titan) • Koopa Clown Car • Ladder • Lakitu's Cloud • Lift • Magic wand • Magical Potion • Mushroom Platform • Music Box • Mysterious pipe • P Switch • P-Wing • POW Block • Power Balloon • Question Block • Red mushroom • Rocket Barrel • Rotating Block • Shy Guy balloon • Spike Trap • Snowball • Super Bell • Super Leaf • Super Star • Tanooki Suit • Trampoline • Warp Pipe • Wooden cutout • Yoshi's Egg|
|Miscellaneous||Gallery • Illumination • Media • Quotes • Staff • The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) ("DK Rap" · "Mario Brothers Rap" · "Peaches") • Universal Pictures • Voice actors|