Foreman Spike

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This article is about the character named Foreman Spike. For other uses of the name Spike, see Spike (disambiguation).
Foreman Spike
An illustration of Foreman Spike.
Species Human
First appearance Wrecking Crew (1985)
Latest appearance WarioWare Gold (2018)

Foreman Spike is the foreman of the demolition site where Mario and Luigi work in Wrecking Crew. Instead of helping them, Foreman Spike continuously tried to hinder the brothers from doing their job. He is a bearded man who always wears sunglasses, although in Wrecking Crew '98, he did not have a beard.

History[edit]

Wrecking Crew series[edit]

Wrecking Crew[edit]

Foreman Spike
Mario knocking down Foreman Spike

Foreman Spike made his debut in the bonus stages of Wrecking Crew where he competes against Mario in collecting Coins. While Mario runs around in the foreground, Spike runs around in the background trying to collect more Coins than Mario. Being already in the background, Foreman Spike would not enter doors but smash them open if Mario is in front of it. While he cannot directly hurt Mario, he will smash down walls, and try to knock Mario off the platform he is standing on by hitting objects next to Mario on which could knock him into an enemy or get him in inescapable area. However, Mario can do the same back to him. With a Golden Hammer, Foreman Spike can be knocked down without having to break an object next to him. Like the rest of the enemies in the game, Foreman Spike can only be permanently defeated by trapping him, such as dropping an oil 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 VS. Wrecking Crew as his role had been taken over by the second player. In single player, the CPU Luigi will not be damaged by the enemies similar to Foreman Spike.

Wrecking Crew '98[edit]

Foreman Spike

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 himself, helping the Koopa King build a series of new hideouts. Additionally, Foreman Spike has been redesigned to have a mustache, no beard, a cleft chin, straight teeth, more defined arm muscles, and a red nose, resembling Wario.

Mobile Golf[edit]

It has been requested that this section be rewritten and expanded to include more information.

Foreman Spike in Mobile Golf.
Promotional art for Mobile Golf

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.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

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.

Other appearances and references[edit]

Waluigi's Gold Mantis from Mario Kart DS

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.[1] 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.

Spike's emblem in the Super Mario Bros. movie

Waluigi's Gold Mantis kart in Mario Kart DS resembles the excavator Foreman Spike uses in Mobile Golf, while his signature song "Destruction Dance" in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix is a rearrangement of the Wrecking Crew bonus stage music.

Foreman Spike appears in the WarioWare Gold microgame Wrecking Crew, where he sometimes appears behind the blocks after the player destroys them.

Foreman Spike, referred to as simply Spike, is set to appear in the upcoming Mario animated film by Illumination. He will be voiced by Sebastian Maniscalco.[2]

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
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

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブラッキー
Burakkī
Blackey / Blacky
Italian Caposquadra Spike Foreman Spike

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese Super Smash Bros. website lists Mario's 3P palette as originating from "Blackey - FC Wrecking Crew". Retrieved April 4, 2015
  2. ^ Nintendo Direct - 9.23.2021
  3. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/n01/n64/software/nus_p_nalj/smash/PostResult3.html