The mandrake (originally localized as Nasty Garlic) is an uprooted and brown root with a sour face and a peculiar body shape that first appears in WarioWare: Touched! It is based on the real-life plant of the same name that, according to legend, shrieks when is dug up and kills anyone that hears it.
The Nasty Garlic first appears in WarioWare: Touched! in Wario-Man's story. When Wario feels sick, he goes to the fridge and tries to get some garlic to cure his sickness. Though he accidentally grabs the Nasty Garlic, he eats it anyway. The Nasty Garlic causes Wario's immune system to attack the Awful Viruses (where the player can tap the Awful Viruses and get the Wario Viruses to eat them) which then causes Wario to turn into Wario-Man. Once Wario-Man's story is completed, the player can drag it to Wario and turn into Wario-Man in the main menu to play his microgames. Wario can return back to normal by feeding him a bomb.
In WarioWare Gold, the incident from WarioWare: Touched! is referenced when Ashley brings similar supposed garlic to the Potluck Gang, which Red worryingly identifies as mandrake root. If the player fails a microgame in this stage, the following card shows a mandrake. In addition, it is a subject of the souvenir minigames Pumpkin Panic and Root Awakening.
WarioWare: Get It Together!
In Ashley's story in WarioWare: Get It Together!, several mandrakes invade her mansion while they wait for dinner. When they attack her, she turns them into food. The majority of them are turned into donuts. Mandrakes appear in the microgames The Vampire Arose and Veggie Out! A mandrake root appears as a Prezzy and in one of Pyoro's character gallery images.
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WarioWare Gold character cards
WarioWare: Get It Together! Prezzy description
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