Li'l Sparky

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Li'l Sparky
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A Li'l Sparky from the Perfect Edition of the Great Mario Character Encyclopedia
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)
Parent species Hothead
Notable members
Watt's mother

Li'l Sparkies[1] are small sparks that travel along platforms, first appearing in Super Mario World. In later games, they seem to be almost completely replaced by Amps, an unlikely relative with similar traits and behavior. They are also similar to Sparks.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

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The Li'l Sparky (or Lil Sparky[2]) makes its debut in Super Mario World. They have the same immunities as Boos (i.e. invincible to almost everything but Invincible Mario). Additionally, larger ones (referred to as Hotheads) can be found in #6 Wendy's Castle and Bowser's Castle.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Li'l Sparky in Swinging Bars of Doom

Li'l Sparkies are found in the e-Reader stages "Swinging Bars of Doom" and "A Sky-High Adventure" in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. Unlike in Super Mario World, they can be defeated by Statue Mario's stomp or by Hammers thrown by Hammer Mario.

Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, a Li'l Sparky named Watt was imprisoned and tortured by the Big Lantern Ghost. After Mario defeats the Lantern Ghost, Watt joins Mario's party, making her the first playable Li'l Sparky.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Li'l Sparky in the remake

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Li'l Sparkies make a small cameo in a pseudo-sidescrolling level to reach a Monty Mole. If Mario or Luigi is attacked by them, he will get knocked back to the beginning.

Super Princess Peach[edit]


Li'l Sparkies (parsed Lil' Sparkies) enemies return once again in the game Super Princess Peach, appearing in Shriek Mansion and Bowser's Villa, and are invincible to everything Peach can do.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ケセラン
From keseran pasaran, legendary Japanese creature.
French Sparky
German Kleinschein Small Shine
Italian Luccico From "luccicare", to sparkle
Chinese 电火球[3]
Electric Fireball

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The child of Li'l Sparky" - Watt's Pause Menu description reads
  2. ^ Super Mario World credits. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  3. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.