Lil Sparky

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Lil Sparky
A Lil Sparky from Super Mario World.
A Lil Sparky from the Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
Notable members

Lil Sparkies, also called Sparkies,[1] are little sparks that travel along platforms, first appearing in Super Mario World. They usually behave similarly to Sparks.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Li'lSparky SMW.png

Lil Sparkies first appear in Super Mario World. They quickly move around platforms and can be defeated by Invincible Mario or Caped Mario's Body Press. They are found in #6 Wendy's Castle and Front Door, specifically in rooms with Hotheads.

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

Swinging Bars of Doom
Lil Sparky in Swinging Bars of Doom

In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Lil Sparkies are found in the World-e levels Swinging Bars of Doom, A Sky-High Adventure, and Puzzling Pipe Maze. Unlike in Super Mario World, they can be defeated by Statue Mario's stomp or by hammers thrown by Hammer Mario.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

A Hothead and Lil Sparky in Super Mario Bros. Wonder
A Lil Sparky in Super Mario Bros. Wonder

After a 20-year absence from the Super Mario series, Lil Sparkies reappear in Super Mario Bros. Wonder alongside Hotheads.[2] This time, they can be defeated either with bubbles while the player is in Bubble form or by being crushed by a platform.

Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, a Lil Sparky (parsed Li'l Sparky) named Watt was imprisoned in a lantern by the Big Lantern Ghost. After Mario defeats the Big 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]

Spark in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Lil Sparkies, referred to as sparks,[3] make a cameo in three pseudo-sidescrolling levels to reach a mole. If Mario or Luigi is attacked by them, he will get knocked back to the beginning. They exhibit several different patterns in this game, including bouncing and floating like Amps.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

A Lil' Sparky from Super Princess Peach.

Lil Sparkies (parsed Lil' Sparky) reappear in Super Princess Peach. They behave similarly to how they act in Super Mario World, and are invincible to everything Peach can do. Lil' Sparkies are found in Shriek Mansion and Bowser's Villa. Unlike most other enemies in the game, they do not have a vibe-based counterpart.

Other appearances[edit]

A neon sign reading "Sparky" appears in Koopa Square in the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film.


Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族しゅぞく ゴーストぞく
性格せいかく まじめ
登場とうじょうゲーム ワールド

Lil Sparky
Tribe: Ghost clan
Disposition: Serious
Game appearances: World
Don't proceed abruptly; wait for a moment
Ghosts that have somehow taken up residence in Bowser and his friends' fortresses and castles. They are always circling along the surface of the walls and other surfaces. When you pass by Lil Sparky's area, jump to get past them before continuing on.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions bsoul B. Soul

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ケセラン
Both this and Hothead's Japanese name「パサラン」(Pasaran) are derived from「ケセランパサラン」(Keseran Pasaran), a legendary puff-ball creature in Japanese mythology

Chinese 电火球[6]
Electric Fireball

French Sparky
From "petite braise" (small ember)
German Kleinschein
Small Shine
Italian Luccico
Masculine form of "luccicare" (to sparkle); shared with Twinkle


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 146.
  2. ^ Nintendo of America (August 31, 2023). Super Mario Bros. Wonder Direct 8.31.2023. YouTube. Retrieved August 31, 2023.
  3. ^ Thomason, Steve. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Player's Guide. Page 95.
  4. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 78.
  5. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 end credits
  6. ^ 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.