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. He continuously tries to hinder the brothers' progress. He is usually depicted as a bearded man who wears sunglasses, although in Wrecking Crew '98, he does 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 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 will follow Mario while remaining in the background. Whenever an object comes between the two, he will hit 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[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, helping him build a series of new hideouts. In this game, 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[edit]

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.

Mobile Golf[edit]

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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.

Waluigi's Gold Mantis kart in Mario Kart DS resembles the excavator Foreman Spike uses in Mobile Golf.

NES Remix[edit]

Two of the Wrecking Crew related challenges in NES Remix involve competing against Foreman Spike.

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.

WarioWare Gold[edit]

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

Untitled Mario film[edit]

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]

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

ブラッキー
出身 アメリカ
性格 いじ悪
登場ゲーム クルー
オレが元祖ライバルだ
「オレの生きがいはマリオの仕事の邪魔をすること。ハシゴを壊して登れないようにしてやるのさ。」[3]

Foreman Spike
Place of origin: America
Disposition: Ill-tempered
Game appearances: Crew
I'm the original competitor.
"My job is to get in the way of Mario's work. I break ladders so he can't climb them."

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

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブラッキー
Burakkī
Blackey / Blacky
Dutch Spike -
French Spike -
German Vorarbeiter Spike Foreman Spike
Italian Caposquadra Spike Foreman Spike
Portuguese Capataz Spike Foreman Spike
Russian Прораб Спайк
Prorab Spaĭk
Foreman Spike
Spanish Capataz 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. (Archived March 1, 2000, 10:30:31 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  2. ^ Nintendo of America (September 23, 2021). Nintendo Direct - 9.23.2021. YouTube. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  3. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Page 32.
  4. ^ アンケート集計拳!! nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved March 8, 2022. (Archived January 9, 2000, 10:44:58 UTC via Wayback Machine.)