Lady Bow

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Lady Bow
Lady Bow
Artwork from Paper Mario
Species Boo
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Brawl (sticker cameo) (2008)
“But what a nice surprise to see you! Feel free to be overwhelmed by my beauty.”
Lady Bow, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Lady Bow is the leader of the Boos of Boo's Mansion and a party member in Paper Mario. She is aided by her butler, Bootler. She is very strong-headed and a tad snooty due to her princess-like status in life, but is also kind-hearted in wanting to aid Mario so that he can save Peach and the world's wishes. Her name is derived from the word "bow," which, depending on pronunciation, may mean "ribbon" (referring to the bows she wears) or can refer to a type of gesture often done in reverence to royalty. It is also likely that her name is a pun on "Boo".

Bow and Parakarry are the only partners in Paper Mario that have appeared in both of the first two Paper Mario games. Vivian from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Dottie from Super Paper Mario similarly allow the player to avoid detection from enemies.


Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Lady Bow from Paper Mario.

In Paper Mario, seeing too much suffering caused by the Boo-eating monster Tubba Blubba, Lady Bow decides to have Mario defeat him. She has ordered the Boos to capture Skolar, the Star Spirit Mario is going to save, and uses it as leverage to get Mario to eliminate Tubba Blubba. Bow joins Mario after he solves the puzzles in Boo's Mansion. The main reason that she joins him at first is that Mario needs her help to defeat Tubba Blubba. After Tubba Blubba was defeated Bow remained true to her word and gave Skolar to Mario. She then decided to accompany Mario ("like it or not") for the rest of his adventure.

In Chapter 4, Lady Bow is referred to in a scribble by a Boo from Boo's Mansion, who is crazy about her. At the end of the game, a Boo from Boo's Mansion, maybe the one who posted the scribble, came to the party "to see Lady Bow dressed up in all her finery". He also thinks that Bow is prettier than Princess Peach. She is mistakenly referred to as "Lady Boo" when Mario reads the back of the notice board in Toad Town after the defeat of Bowser.

Lady Bow receives two letters at the Toad Town Post Office: one from Bootler wishing her safe, and the other one from the Boos at Gusty Gulch, thanking her for rescuing them from Tubba Blubba.

In battle, Bow can slap enemies with both her hand and, when ultra ranked, her fan. She can also protect Mario from attacks with her Outta Sight attack and, at super rank, can also try to scare away enemies with an ability called Spook. If she successfully blocks an attack, she covers her eyes much like other Boos. She is the only partner that is incapable of doing any damage to Bowser in his powered-up form. The same applies to the Crystal King, as well as the sixth battle with Jr. Troopa. Outside of battle, she can turn Mario invisible, protecting him from enemy attacks and hazardous obstacles. However, Mario cannot move while in this state. This ability must be used to gain access to Shy Guy's Toy Box.

Duplighosts and Lee can transform into Bow along with Mario's other partners, where her name appears as "Bow???"

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Lady Bow's sprite in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Bow and Bootler in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Bow and Bootler at the Poshley Sanctum

Lady Bow and Bootler make a cameo appearance in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. They are taking a vacation at Poshley Heights after Mario defeats the Shadow Queen. She is quite glad to see Mario again. Earlier in Mario's adventure, a young Toad from Petalburg called Bow "the cutest Boo OF ALL TIME!!!"

Super Paper Mario[edit]

The poster of Bow from Super Paper Mario

An unused image of Lady Bow, for Super Paper Mario.
Lady Bow's unused graphics in Super Paper Mario

In Super Paper Mario, Lady Bow makes three cameos. Her first is at the beginning of the game; she, along with all the other partners from the first Paper Mario appeared in a photograph at Mario's house. Bow's second cameo was at Fort Francis. There is a poster of her and Bootler in one of Francis' secret, password-activated rooms. Lastly, she appears as a Catch Card in the sixtieth floor of the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials within a treasure chest. Like all other partners, with the exception of Sushie, she has unused sprite data.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl she appears as a Sticker that raises magic attack power by eight. It can only be used by Princess Peach and Princess Zelda.


Attack Flower Points Needed Effect Action Command Attack Power Move Ranks
Smack None Smacks an enemy multiple times. Repeatedly tilt Control Stick left to fill the gauge. Base Rank: 4 hits of 1 damage
Super Rank: 5 hits of 1 damage
Ultra Rank: 6 hits of 1 damage
Base Rank
Outta Sight 2 Makes Mario and Bow invulnerable to attacks for the turn. Bow won't be able to move the next turn. None N/A Base Rank
Spook 3 Scares enemies away from the battlefield. Repeatedly tilt Control Stick left to fill the gauge. N/A Super Rank
Fan Smack 5 Smacks an enemy multiple times with a fan. Repeatedly tilt Control Stick left to fill the gauge. Ultra Rank: 5 hits of 2 damage Ultra Rank

Note that the Action Command has to be executed perfectly to get the indicated amount of hits on the smacks.


Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

  • Start Menu description: Bow is a princess of a Boo who has a castle in Forever Forest. Press Down C Button to make the team invisible so it can elude attack. Her specialty is slapping the sense into enemies.
  • Official Nintendo Player's Guide bio: Lady Bow knows that she can take charge of any situation. As the head Boo of Boo's Mansion, she always knows how to get her way. When Bow joins your party, she'll be able to use her ghostly powers to hide you from your enemies and allow you to pass through solid objects.[1]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

  • Tattle: That's Bow. Wait a second! Mario! Exactly WHAT is your relationship with her?!? Tell me NOW! Hee hee hee hee hee hee! Just kidding! I always wanted to say that. But you DID go on an adventure with her, right? Tell me about it sometime, OK?

Super Paper Mario Catch Card[edit]

The Catch Card of Bow from Super Paper Mario
Bow's Catch Card.
  • Card Type: Rare
  • Card Description: This is Mario's goody buddy Bow from Paper Mario. The mistress of Boo's Mansion slapped foes with panache!

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Image Game Effect
Bow Sticker Paper Mario [Magic] - Attack +7


Paper Mario[edit]

Main article: List of Paper Mario quotes § Lady Bow
  • "Oh no, he's awake! We have to run!"
  • "I was with him the whole time. I swear on my own grave! Mario's innocent!"
  • "All the difficult obstacles in this castle are really starting to irritate me, you know."

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Main article: List of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door quotes § Lady Bow
  • "It IS you, isn't it, Mario? Well, it's been quite a while, hasn't it?"
  • "But what a nice surprise to see you! Feel free to be overwhelmed by my beauty."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese レサレサ
Based on「テレサ」(Teresa, Boo); 「レ」is also probably from「レディー」(redī, lady)
Chinese 咻咻
Chuchu (iQue)
French Dame Bouh Lady Boo (not referring to the species)
German Lady Buu From Buu Huu, the German name for the Boo species
Italian Lady Boo -
Korean 천방부끄
Probably from 천방지축 (cheonbangjichuk, recklessly) and 부끄부끄 (Bukkeubukkeu, Boo)
Spanish Dama Bow Lady Bow


  • In a demo movie after the title screen for Paper Mario (before pressing START Button), Lady Bow is seen alongside Mario as he uses Power Bounce with his regular boots on a Monty Mole in Mt. Rugged. However, this cannot be done in-game, as Bow does not join Mario's party until after Mario has acquired the Super Boots.
  • Lady Bow is the only partner that is not able to be tattled besides Goombario himself.


  1. ^ Paper Mario Official Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 14