Mother Penguin

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Mother Penguin
Artwork of Mother Penguin and Tuxie for Super Mario 64
Artwork of the Mother Penguin (right) with Tuxie in Super Mario 64
Species Penguin
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“Egad! My baby!! Have you seen my baby??? She's the most precious baby in the whole world. They say she has my beak...I just can't remember where I left her. Let's see...I stopped for herring and ice cubes, then I...oohh! I just don't know!”
Mother Penguin, Super Mario 64
Mario delivering Tuxie to her mother in Super Mario 64 DS

The Mother Penguin[1][2] is a penguin who appears in Cool, Cool Mountain in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. She has lost her daughter, Tuxie, so Mario goes to look for her. Once Tuxie is rescued, the Mother Penguin rewards Mario with a Power Star, completing the mission Li'l Penguin Lost.

If Mario brings her another baby penguin, the Mother Penguin will not accept it. She insists that this baby penguin is not her daughter and that they look nothing alike.

If Tuxie is taken back after being delivered to the Mother Penguin, she follows Mario with a cross expression until he drops Tuxie again. However, she does not seem to react in any way if Mario gets far enough away or drops Tuxie off the edge.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 父子ペンギン[3]
Oyako Pengin
Penguin parent and child
French Maman Pingouin Mother Razorbill (Pingouin means Razorbill and Manchot means Penguin.)
German Mama Pinginola Mother Pinginola
Italian Madre Pinguotta[4] Mother Penguin


  1. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, page 38 (map)
  2. ^ (June 10, 1998). Course 4 - Star 2: Li'l Penguin Lost. Nintendo: Super Mario 64 Strategy (Internet Archive: Wayback Machine). Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Super Mario 64 Japanese character info bookMedia:SM64 Character Info Book.jpg
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 93