Knife Guy

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Knife Guy
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars promotional artwork: Knife Guy
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
“Wait! You took all the trouble to come here, so...stick around!”
Knife Guy, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Knife Guy is a boss in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake, and the older brother of Grate Guy. Knife Guy's name is a portmanteau on the term "nice guy", and "knife"; the latter due to his tendency to juggle with knives. He and his younger brother resemble clowns, and seemingly work as entertainers and bodyguards for Booster. They ambush Mario and company on the balcony of Booster Tower to protect Booster, who has fled to Marrymore with Peach.

Battle[edit]

In battle, Knife Guy is overall less dangerous than Grate Guy. Each turn, he will target one party member and use one of two attacks: a direct stab after juggling his knives, or a thrown knife that does 1.5 times the damage of the former. There is a 2/3 chance of the stab attack, and a 1/3 chance of the throwing attack.

After several turns, the two will team up, and Knife Guy will stand on Grate Guy's head. They are still considered separate targets during this time. During this phase, each turn Knife Guy will either use Blizzard to damage the whole party, or Crystal to damage one character. There is a 2/3 chance of Crystal, and a 1/3 chance of Blizzard.

If either Knife or Grate Guy is defeated, or the two are attacked a total of five times, they will separate and return to their first phase. As Knife Guy has 200 less HP than Grate Guy, it is more efficient to defeat him first to limit the number and duration of team-up phases. Additionally, Knife Guy is weak to Fire: if Mario has learned Super Fireball, he can easily inflict considerable damage.

Knife Guy's Ball Game[edit]

After their defeat, Knife Guy and Grate Guy decide to split up, with Knife Guy staying at Booster Tower. Inside, he can be found practicing juggling, using colored balls instead of knives. If Mario returns to Booster Tower, Knife Guy will offer to play a game with him. He will juggle one yellow ball among many red ones; when he stops, Mario must guess which hand the yellow ball is in. If Mario chooses correctly, he will be "rewarded" with a Moldy Mush, a Wilt Shroom, or a Rotten Mush, and sometimes a Mid Mushroom, Max Mushroom, or even a Croaka Cola.

If Mario keeps playing, the game will get progressively more difficult. If Mario wins on the highest difficulty level, Knife Guy will give him the Bright Card needed to get into Grate Guy's Casino.

In the remake, the player can fast-travel to the room in which Knife Guy is at. The player also earns a gold medal on the "Ball Games Ahead" record on their Play Report if they win fifty times.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Knife Guy
Battle idle animation of Knife Guy from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 700 FP 35 Speed 25
Location(s) Booster Tower Attack 70 Magic attack 20
Role Boss Defense 55 Magic defense 10
Bonus Flower Attack Up! (20%) Yoshi Cookie None Morph rate 0%
Evade 0% Magic evade 0% Spells Blizzard, Crystal
Weak Fire Strong Thunder, Sleep, Critical Sp. attacks Knife Toss
Coins 15 Exp. points 40 Items None
Psychopath "Happiness is hip!"

Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Knife Guy
Image of Knife Guy from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
HP 700
Exp. 50
Weak Elements Fire
Weak Statuses FearPoisonMute
Drops Flower Jar
Rare Drops N/A
Found In Booster Tower
Monster List profile
His best skill is knife-throwing, but he can climb on his brother's shoulders while his brother stands on a ball, so he's also no slouch at balancing.
Thought Peek
Can there be no happiness without sacrifice?
Animations

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クラウン・兄 (battle message) / クラウンあに (in battle)
Kuraun Ani
クラウンブロス(兄) (out of battle)
Kuraun Burosu (Ani)
Clown Older Brother

Clown Bros. (Older)

Chinese (simplified) 克劳兄
Kè Láo Xiōng
Clown Older Brother

Chinese (traditional) 克勞兄
Kè Láo Xiōng
Clown Older Brother

Dutch Clownbroer
Clown brother
French Clown aîné
Eldest clown
German Harlekling
Portmanteau of "Harlekin" (harlequin) and "Klinge" (blade)
Italian Clown Lametto
Li'l blade Clown; "Lametto" comes from "lama" (blade) with the diminutive masculine suffix "-etto"
Korean 클라운형
Keullaun Hyeong
클라운브러스 (형)
Keullaun Beureoseu (Hyeong)

Clown Older Brother

Clown Bros. (Older)

Spanish Cuchincio
From "cuchillo" (knife)