Professor Elvin Gadd

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Professor Elvin Gadd
Professor Elvin Gadd as he appears in Luigi's Mansion 3
Species Human
First appearance Luigi's Mansion (2001)
Latest appearance Luigi's Mansion 3 (2019)
Latest portrayal Kazumi Totaka (2001–present)
“Ooof... I sure take a lot of knocks in this line of work. I'm getting too old for this ghost-catching tomfoolery. Anyway, nice to meet you. I'm Professor E. Gadd.”
Professor Elvin Gadd, Luigi's Mansion

Professor Elvin Gadd, often shortened to Professor E. Gadd or simply E. Gadd, is an elderly scientist who debuted in Luigi's Mansion and is the founder of Gadd Science, Incorporated. He always makes ambiguous gibberish sounds when speaking (supplied by Kazumi Totaka, who took inspiration from Animal Crossing's "Animalese" when inventing the voice[1]), and he frequently uses phrases such as "criminy", "hullabaloo", etc. His name comes from the archaic exclamation "egad", something that one says in surprise.



In his past, E. Gadd lived on the foothills of the Thwomp Volcano, as depicted in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. The Mario Bros. go back in time and end up saving his lab from burning down when fire blocks erupted from the Thwomp Volcano. He then helps the Mario Bros. by inspiring his older present self to create the Hydrogush 4000; as the Mario Bros. are in the present, he starts to get the idea for the device, which transfers to his future self. The present-day Professor E. Gadd uses the Hydrogush 4000 to send water through via time hole and calm the erupting Thwomp Volcano. Afterwards, the twenty-year-old E. Gadd moves to Boo Woods, where he would later study ghosts.[2] In order to get funding for his ghost research, E. Gadd also started a cafe franchise called Starbeans Cafe.[3]

Luigi's Mansion series[edit]

Luigi's Mansion[edit]

Professor E. Gadd with the original design for the Poltergust 3000 in Luigi's Mansion.

Many decades later, in Luigi's Mansion, Luigi enters the mansion and is saved from a Gold Ghost by Professor E. Gadd wielding the Poltergust 3000, as shown in a cutscene. The professor reveals that he lives in a house near the mansion, where he researches his favorite subject: ghosts. Luigi explains his brother Mario is missing within the house, and the professor decides to help Luigi by giving him the Poltergust 3000 and the Game Boy Horror. The professor continues to help Luigi throughout the game, giving him help and tips.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon[edit]

E. Gadd with Luigi in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.

After a few years of absence, Professor E. Gadd appears in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. In the game, E. Gadd takes up residence in Evershade Valley after learning that the ghosts there are friendly. Eager to examine ghosts without fear of being attacked by them, he sets up a laboratory in the Gloomy Manor and a Bunker close by the mansion. There, he begins researching the ghosts of the five mansions that populate the valley, and sends his five Toad assistants to the other four mansions in the valley to examine the ghosts there. At first, the resident ghosts welcome him and assist him in his lab, but when King Boo arrives and destroys the ghost-pacifying Dark Moon that hangs over Evershade Valley, the ghosts start running amok and destroy E. Gadd's equipment. He flees to his nearby Bunker and enlists the help of Luigi — who has now taken up residence in his new Grade D mansion from the previous game — to help rebuild the Dark Moon and calm the ghosts once more. E. Gadd was later revealed to have been unintentionally and indirectly responsible for King Boo's return, as he had sold his portrait in a garage sale (a car boot sale in the British English version), thus ensuring his escape.

In this game, E. Gadd has made an upgrade of his Poltergust 3000 from the last game: the Poltergust 5000. This new Poltergust uses a Strobulb to stun ghosts, rather than the flashlight used with the Poltergust 3000. Professor E. Gadd also introduces three new inventions: the Pixelator, a machine that turns Luigi into pixels and transports him to and from the different mansions, the Dual Scream, a device that resembles a Nintendo DS and is capable of communication, and the Dark-Light Device, which allows Luigi to see invisible objects. He doesn't leave the Bunker until the end of the game, directly after beating King Boo.

Luigi's Mansion Arcade[edit]

E. Gadd has a similar role in Luigi's Mansion Arcade to that of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, in that he communicates with Luigi while the latter explores the mansions, and offers a tutorial to the player upon starting the game.

Luigi's Mansion 3[edit]

Professor E. Gadd in Luigi's Mansion 3 with the Poltergust G-00

E. Gadd returns in Luigi's Mansion 3. Having been tricked by Hellen Gravely into coming to the The Last Resort, E. Gadd is trapped in a painting and his ghost collection, including King Boo, is released. He is later saved by Luigi, who escaped a similar trap and borrowed the Poltergust G-00 from E. Gadd's car in the hotel's basement. E. Gadd initially attempts to flee the hotel, but when Luigi insists on staying to save his captured friends, E. Gadd relents. After setting up his portable lab in the basement, E. Gadd gives Luigi the Virtual Boo for communication purposes.[4] He later has Gooigi accompany Luigi throughout the hotel. He also uses the lab to provide a safe haven for the saved Toads.

Towards the end of the game, King Boo attacks Professor E. Gadd's lab when Luigi follows after the recently-released Mario to find Princess Peach, and traps him and everyone else in a single painting. Luigi was saved from the painting by Polterpup, and he manages to recapture King Boo and free all his friends. E. Gadd also offers to help the ghosts rebuild the now destroyed Last Resort complex (which was apparently his idea), providing construction hard-hats to Luigi and some of the ghosts (although a Hammer obliviously eats his). After the hotel is rebuilt in E. Gadd's likeness, Professor E. Gadd stays behind with Gooigi and the ghosts while everyone else departs.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Although Professor E. Gadd does not appear in Super Mario Sunshine, when Mario initially finds FLUDD at the Delfino Airstrip, it says, "Thank you for purchasing this item from Gadd Science, Inc." Later, Bowser Jr. says he got his Magic Paintbrush from "a strange old man in a white coat." Bowser Jr. uses the paintbrush to frame Mario and get him away long enough for himself to go in and kidnap Princess Peach. This is a fitting description of Professor E. Gadd, which is further confirmed when FLUDD seems to react in surprise to the statement. Bowser Jr. claims E. Gadd gave the brush to him of his own free will and that he did not know the professor's name when he received the brush, but it is unknown whether this is true or not. There is a symbol on both the Magic Paintbrush and FLUDD showing a face and hairstyle similar to E. Gadd's, which seems to be the Gadd Science, Inc., logo. It appears on many of E. Gadd's other inventions, as well as nozzle boxes.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

E. Gadd makes an appearance in Super Mario Maker as a Mystery Mushroom costume for Mario when using the Super Mario Bros. theme. The costume can be unlocked by completing the Event Course Paranormal Research.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

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

Professor E. Gadd sucking up a ghost in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the professor makes an appearance supplying the brothers with an array of accessories to help them along their way each time they drink at Starbeans Cafe, a juice shop that he owns. However, it has been found that originally, the game was only going to feature Professor E. Gadd once, the first time Mario and Luigi get a drink (with cut dialogue indicating he was originally supposed to be specifically given the Woohoo Blend); in all of the future times, different characters would have appeared. These characters are Wario, Samus Aran, Fox McCloud, Link, an Excitebike racer, and Captain Olimar.

While Professor E. Gadd reprises his role as the Starbeans Cafe owner in the remake of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, he also shows up during the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser side story. Here, he is found in a cave by Bowser's minions, claiming to have followed ghosts when he fell in. E. Gadd begins talking to Bowser's minions about his research, and says he is also working on a time-travel device, a nod to the original main story's sequel. He also alludes to the Starbeans Cafe and reveals he founded the company as a way to get funding into his ghost research.

Reactions to the drinks

The professor has many different reactions for each time a new drink is made at Starbeans Cafe, usually accompanied with a humorous scene.

  • The first reaction gives a reference to Luigi's Mansion when the new brew attracts a Ghost from the game, which scares Luigi, but the professor comes in with the Poltergust 3000, and sucks it up. The professor explains that he owns the Cafe, and that each time he samples a new brew, he will give a gift to the Bros. He samples the brew and gifts to them the Greed Wallet.
  • The second reaction has the professor drawn in by the smell of the drink, and samples a flavor. He then gives the Bros. the Bonus Ring. The professor then has a major reaction to the very "Strong Brew" and asks the bartender where the bathroom is. The Bartender replies that he had never built one. Luigi then rushes to get the Poltergust 3000 and sucks the professor in.
  • The third reaction has him on a Poltergust 3001, a rocket. He samples the drink and gives the Excite Spring before blasting away.
  • The fourth has him on a giant Game Boy Horror. He sends a ghost as a representative for the sampling, much to Luigi's terror. After that, the ghost drops the Great Force.
  • In the fifth reaction, he has the giant Game Boy Horror send the drink to him. He then gifts them the Power Grip in the original or Secret Specs in the remake. He promises to come in person.
  • In the sixth reaction, E. Gadd comes wearing a suit that makes him a ghost. He samples the drink and gives the Cobalt Necktie. A terrified Luigi uses the Poltergust 3000 to suck the professor inside.
  • In the final one, he samples the last drink and proclaims it the best one, much to his employee's annoyance. He gives the Bros. the Game Boy Horror SP. Before leaving, he hangs a photo of himself in the shop as a way to brighten one's spirits, which the employee labels dumb.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

See also: Elvin Gadd (past)
Professor E. Gadd appearing in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.

E. Gadd has a much larger role in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, where the professor debuts his newest invention to the Mushroom Kingdom, a time machine in Peach's Castle. Princess Peach, accompanied by Toadiko and Toadbert, volunteers to be a passenger on its maiden voyage. However, when the time machine returns, it is not the trio that left but rather the Junior Shrooboid that emerges instead. After the bros. defeat it, Gadd places the creature inside a tube of fluid, keeping it alive and allowing him to study it.


Out in the courtyard, Mario and Luigi discover a hole in the ground; E. Gadd elaborates that this hole is a time hole, a rip in the time-space continuum, which was created by the use of the time machine. After Luigi falls in the hole and Mario heads in to save him, the professor sends Stuffwell, a sentient suitcase, through to help them. For most of the game, E. Gadd is seen studying the Junior Shrooboid defeated earlier. He is able to communicate with Stuffwell even if the brothers and Stuffwell travel to the past.

Sprite of Elvin Gadd (past)

At Thwomp Volcano, Mario, Luigi, and their baby counterparts come across and paradoxically meet a younger Professor Gadd, who is studying Thwomps. During this time, though, the volcano erupts, with several Thwomps falling in and destroying the laboratory. One threatens to explode, and must be put out; Baby Mario and Baby Luigi do this by having Baby Mario drink water and Baby Luigi hammering him to spit it at the Thwomp, dousing it. Witnessing this event in the past causes the present day E. Gadd's memories to be rearranged and inspires him to invent the Hydrogush 4000, a massive water pump. Mario and Luigi then have him pump water through the time hole leading to Thwomp Volcano to douse the mountain. After his lab is destroyed by the eruption of the volcano, young E. Gadd mentions his interests in studying ghosts, and that he would be buying a lab at the edge of Boo Woods, nodding toward his first appearance in Luigi's Mansion.

After discovering that baby tears are the Shroob's weakness, Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach relate this to the professor. E. Gadd then uses the Hydrogush to pump a liquid similar to Baby Luigi's tears through the time holes, removing the Shroobs and restoring any Shroobified characters. He also restores the time machine and uses it to bring everyone back to the future.

Mario Party series[edit]

A flashlight known as the Gaddlight was used to scare away Boos when they try to steal a Star or coins in Mario Party 4.

In Mario Party 5's Super Duel mode, several vehicle parts are designed by E. Gadd.

Professor E. Gadd's garage is a game board in Mario Party 6. When a player lands on a ? space on this board, E. Gadd appears and lets them try one of his inventions.

Professor E. Gadd as seen in Mario Party Advance.

In Mario Party Advance, E. Gadd appears as the co-host of Play Land. The coins earned in the minigames can be used to buy Professor E. Gadd's many "Gaddgets".

A magic wand bearing Gadd's logo later appears in Mario Party 7.

Mario Kart series[edit]

E. Gadd's inventions are sometimes used as items in the Mario Kart series, along with Robo Mario from the arcade games.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

In Mario Kart DS, the Poltergust 4000 kart used by Luigi is based off of E. Gadd's Poltergust 3000 invention. There is evidence in the US demo prototype version that he was going to be playable, which would have been his first playable appearance, but he was replaced with Dry Bones in the final version.

Mario Kart Arcade GP series[edit]

E. Gadd makes a small cameo in Mario Kart Arcade GP as a statue in the background of the Diamond City course in the Wario Cup. His face, the logo of Gadd Science, appears on a building as well. This cameo carries over into the sequel, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2.

It is implied that E. Gadd is the creator of Robo Mario, as evidenced by the logo on Robo Mario's cap.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

E. Gadd makes a small cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as a collectible trophy. The description of his trophy talks about his role within Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, describing the events of the Dark Moon being shattered, and the professor calling upon Luigi to aid him. E. Gadd is referred to by his full name - Professor Elvin Gadd - in American English, while the British English version has his first name abbreviated.

Additionally, E. Gadd appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as well as "EGADD" being one of the randomly generated names the player can receive.

Despite not appearing in any Super Smash Bros. titles until the fourth installment, E. Gadd is mentioned in the Vacuum Luigi trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the trophies for F.L.U.D.D. and the Poltergust 3000 in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the trophy representing the various ghosts that appeared in Dark Moon in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and Luigi's Final Smash trophy, the Poltergust 5000, in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.


Boo Canister

A device created by E. Gadd with the aid of the Mario Bros. which is designed to contain captured Boos. It is stored in the Bunker's Vault.

DS time radar

A handheld device that bears a striking resemblance to a Nintendo DS used briefly by E. Gadd to find Princess Peach in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. It has the ability to pinpoint which time period someone is trapped in. One of the Toads thinks he just made it up. Also, when Professor E. Gadd turns on his Hydrogush 4000, he uses a DS-like device.

Dual Scream

An upgraded DS given to Luigi in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, that acts both as a communication device, and as a map of the area.

E. Gadd Battle Machine

Special parts that can be bought in the Super Duel Mode of Mario Party 5. They include the E. Gadd body, E. Gadd Jet, E. Gadd Engine and E. Gadd gun.

E. Gadd's Garage

E. Gadd's garage is the garage he had in Mario Party 6. He also keeps his numerous inventions there. It also appears as a Rare Mini-Game.


Electronic portals in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon that can be used to transport people and things from one place to another. Comes in a pair, but only one of them has a panel on the top that must be turned on with a Strobulb flash for both to be activated.

F.L.U.D.D. from Super Mario Sunshine

The Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device, better known as F.L.U.D.D. or FLUDD, is a water-spraying device used by Mario in Super Mario Sunshine. It is worn on Mario's back, and has various nozzle attachments which can be collected by breaking open boxes with E. Gadd's logo on the front. It also has notable artificial intelligence and the ability to communicate with a voice.


The Gaddgets appear in Mario Party Advance. There are 80 total, and are very similar to the toys in the WarioWare games.


A flashlight that is used to scare away Boos when they try to steal a Star or coins in Mario Party 4.

Game Boy Horror
Sprite of the Game Boy Horror's appearance in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

The Game Boy Horror is a portable device from Luigi's Mansion that bears a striking resemblance to the Game Boy Color containing a built-in camera which E. Gadd can use to watch the action from the safety of his lab and contact Luigi. It also stores data including a map and anything Luigi has collected, and contains a special radar called the Boo Radar to find hidden spherical objects.

Game Boy Horror SP

The Game Boy Horror SP is an upgraded version of the Game Boy Horror, given to Mario by E. Gadd in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. It is another portable device, this time bearing a striking resemblance to a Game Boy Advance SP. It always gives the Bros. access to rare items in battle.

Ghost Container

A machine that holds the ghosts captured throughout Evershade Valley and the ScareScraper in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. It also provides research information on all captured ghosts including their spectral mass (weight).

Ghost Gown

A pale blue jacket that, when worn, turns characters into a ghost. When E. Gadd wore this in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Luigi got scared and used the Poltergust 3000 to vacuum him up.

Ghost Portrificationizer

The Ghost Portrificationizer is a large machine which works in conjunction with the Poltergust 3000. Certain ghosts captured can be entrapped in portraits to be hung in E. Gadd's gallery. The machine also works in reverse, which was utilized to free Mario from the painting he had been trapped in by King Boo. E. Gadd also commented that it took him twenty years to build.


Gooigi is the result of an accidental combination of ghost ectoplasma and coffee. With testing, Gooigi was able to take on the form of Luigi and was sent back in time to the events of Luigi's Mansion. Gooigi also accompanies Luigi in Luigi's Mansion 3.

E. Gadd's Vault

A vault E. Gadd made to contain the ghosts of Evershade Valley and the ScareScraper in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. It holds the Boo and Ghost Containers, a machine where Gemstones and their statues are stored, as well as a device which displays Poltergust 5000 upgrades, and a Bank Vault where treasure that is collected throughout the game is stored and tallied.

Hydrogush 4000

A large water pump used in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. It is not portable like the FLUDD, but it does have enough power to extinguish the eruption of a volcano.

Magic Orb

A magic wand in Mario Party 7, which has the E. Gadd logo on it. It is exclusive to Boo and Dry Bones. It was used to turn the characters invisible, making them impervious to traps, and to double their rolls on Dice Blocks for two turns.

Magic Paintbrush
Bowser Jr. holding the Magic Paintbrush

The Magic Paintbrush is used by Bowser Jr. (as Shadow Mario) in Super Mario Sunshine. It is a large paint brush with the ability to paint various colors, though this magic paint can change the landscape, create portals, and create obstacles or enemies. It is unclear why E. Gadd made the brush, as well as why it was given to Bowser Jr., though the latter may be due to Bowser Jr. being disguised as Mario. Throughout the Mario franchise, Bowser Jr. uses the Magic Paintbrush as his signature weapon.

Maze Manufactory

A maze-making machine from the Mario Party 6 minigame Lab Brats.


A device that allows E. Gadd to detect and measure distant paranormal signals and pieces of the Dark Moon from his Bunker in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.


E. Gadd uses the Pixelator to send Luigi, and his Toad assistants, from the various mansions in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.

Poltergust 3000
The Poltergust 3000

The Poltergust 3000 is a modified vacuum cleaner designed to entrap ghosts. It also has a "blow" function which allows it to expel elements it sucks up such as fire, water, and ice. Luigi uses this in Luigi's Mansion to defend himself from the many ghosts; it also makes a return in Mario Power Tennis where Luigi uses it as his defensive Power Shot, using its suction power to retrieve the ball. It also appeared in a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The Poltergust 3000 is also used by Luigi in Mario Sports Mix for his special ability.

Super Poltergust 3001
E. Gadd on the Super Poltergust 3001

The Super Poltergust 3001 is an advanced version of a Poltergust 3000. It has the same functions as the Poltergust 3000, but is much larger thereby allowing it to be ridden on. When ridden, it hovers over the ground. It is capable of moving at high speeds. E. Gadd briefly demonstrates the invention and uses it in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

Poltergust 4000
Luigi in the Poltergust 4000

The Poltergust 4000 is a kart that is used by Luigi in Mario Kart DS. It is similar to the Super Poltergust 3001, though it does not float. The "barrel" of the car is the area Luigi sits on, and the nozzle rests on the ground. Emblems are placed on both sides of the barrel. The Poltergust 4000 reappears in Mario Kart Tour starting from the 2019 Halloween Tour.

Poltergust 5000
The Poltergust 5000 in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

A vacuum that Professor E. Gadd creates for Luigi to vacuum up more ghosts in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. It is a successor to the Poltergust 3000 and it creates a large circular sucking motion rather than the small sucking motion from the first game, making it a lot easier to defeat multiple ghosts at once. There are also different accessories designed for the Poltergust 5000, such as the Strobulb and the Dark-Light Device.

Poltergust G-00
The Poltergust G-00 in Luigi's Mansion 3

The Poltergust G-00 is Luigi's Vacuum in Luigi's Mansion 3. This one retains the Strobulb and Dark-Light Device, can fire a toilet plunger to help pull certain objects, and can summon Gooigi.

Robo Mario

This robotic entity of Mario races against players in the Rainbow Cup challenge game in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. It spawns an infinite number of items and changes items depending on its place.

Starbeans Cafe

The beverage shop in the Beanbean Kingdom, founded and owned by E. Gadd. Every time Mario and Luigi mix a new drink, E. Gadd visits. This continues until E. Gadd stops visiting and puts up a larger-than-life-size portrait of himself.


An intelligent suitcase used by the Mario Bros. on their quest in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. Its purpose is to manage the brothers' inventory and display their current status. It also helps the brothers by activating the Shroob Saucers that are used in the game, and eventually near the end develops the ability to return to the past before rescuing Princess Peach. It is known to use large and overly complex made-up words when it speaks, and upon ending its speeches, says "BACK TO ADVENTURE!"

Time Machine

Used by Princess Peach to visit the past at the beginning of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. It is powered by the Cobalt Star. It breaks at the beginning of the game but is repaired after the Shroobs are defeated, and due to the loss of the Cobalt Star, re-engineered to run off energy from the time holes.

Vacuum Orb

A vacuum from Mario Party 7. It is a capsule item exclusive to Wario and Waluigi. It doesn't look much like the Poltergust 3000. Rather, it is yellow and purple (much like the two characters that use it), and features the E. Gadd logo. It is used to steal coins from other players.

Virtual Boo

An item from Luigi's Mansion 3 that allows Luigi communicate with E. Gadd, check the map, and the pause screen. E Gadd also refers to it as the "VB".


Professor E. Gadd in Luigi's Mansion

Professor E. Gadd is a small, elderly man. He wears brown shoes and a white lab coat with a red shirt underneath. He has a large head wider than his body, with a pink nose, a mouth with a singular tooth, large glasses with circles in them, and a tall but thin amount of white hair on his head.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, he can also wear a large blue coat.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Professor Elvin Gadd.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

  • Guide bio: "The Mushroom Kingdom's resident mad scientist, Professor E. Gadd, is responsible for creating the time machine. The professor will aid Mario and Luigi by offering advice and guiding the brothers to their next objective. He talks like an Ewok."[6]

Luigi's Mansion series[edit]

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon[edit]

Website bios[edit]

Flag of USA.png "Known for his paranormal research and plethora of wild inventions, Professor E. Gadd just needs someone crazy enough to put them to the test."
Flag of Europe.png "An eccentric scientist who invented the Poltergust 5000, a big improvement on the previous 3000 model. After the ghosts turn hostile and take over mansions, he calls on his old friend Luigi to help out."

Luigi's Mansion 3[edit]

  • In-game bio: "A genius inventor and the leading authority in the field of ghost research. His beloved ghost collection is said to be the best in all the world! He supports Luigi in his adventures...from the safety of his Lab, that is!"

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy[edit]

Name Image American English description British English description
Professor Elvin Gadd
Professor E. Gadd
Professor E. Gadd The ghosts of Evershade Valley have gone wild under the shadow of the shattered Dark Moon, so Professor E. Gadd of Gadd Science, Inc., asks Luigi to gather the moon's scattered pieces. I say "asks," but Professor Gadd has never given Luigi a choice... The Dark Moon in the sky above Evershade Valley has shattered! With all the ghosts going on the rampage, Professor E. Gadd, the leading authority on ghost research, calls in a quivering Luigi to sort out the mess. The professor never was one to give him much of a choice...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
Professor E. Gadd Professor Elvin Gadd artwork Luigi's Mansion Series Support (2) Advanced Energy Shot Attack/Resistance ↑ Summoned with a Poltergust 5000 and F.L.U.D.D. core N/A N/A N/A N/A

List of appearances by date[edit]

Title Description Original Release Date System/Format
Luigi's Mansion Non-Playable Character Japan:
September 14, 2001
Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 4 Cameo as Item (Gaddlight) North America:
October 21, 2002
Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 5 Cameo as Vehicle Parts North America:
November 10, 2003
Nintendo GameCube
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Non-Playable Character North America:
November 17, 2003
Game Boy Advance
Mario Party 6 Non-Playable Character Japan:
November 18, 2004
Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party Advance Non-Playable Character Japan:
January 13, 2005
Game Boy Advance
Mario Kart Arcade GP Cameo as Background North America:
Mario Party 7 Cameo as Item (Magic Orb) North America:
November 7, 2005
Nintendo GameCube
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Non-Playable Character North America:
November 28, 2005
Nintendo DS
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Cameo as Background Japan:
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Non-Playable Character Japan:
March 20, 2013
Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Cameo as a trophy Japan:
September 13, 2014
Nintendo 3DS
Luigi's Mansion Arcade Non-Playable Character Japan:
Summer, 2015
Super Mario Maker (version 1.32) Mystery Mushroom costume Japan:
February 4, 2016
Wii U
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Non-Playable Character Japan:
October 5, 2017
Nintendo 3DS
Luigi's Mansion Non-Playable Character North America:
October 12, 2018
Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cameo as a Spirit Worldwide:
December 7, 2018
Nintendo Switch
Luigi's Mansion 3 Non-Playable Character Worldwide:
October 31, 2019
Nintendo Switch

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オヤ・マー博士[7]
Pun on「おやまあ」(oyamā, Japanese exclamation for "oh my god!") and a reference to Nintendo designer「尾山佳之」(Yoshiyuki Oyama)[8] +「博士」(hakase, doctor)
Chinese (Simplified) 哎哟博士 (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga)
Āiyō Bóshì
哎哟・喂博士 (since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Āiyō-wèi Bóshì
Localization of the Japanese name;「哎哟」means "uh-oh" and「喂」("wèi") means "hey", and「博士」means "professor" or "doctor", which is used for addressing highly educated academics.
Chinese (Traditional) 哎唷・喂博士
Āiyō-wèi Bóshì
Localization of the Japanese name;「哎唷」means "uh-oh" and「喂」means "hey", and「博士」means "professor" or "doctor", which is used for addressing highly educated academics.
Dutch Professor Klemens Wibus Pun on "kwibus" (weirdo)
French Professeur Karl Tastroff
Professeur K. Tastroff
Pun on "catastrophe"
French (NOA) Professeur E. Gadd[9] Professor E. Gadd
German Professor Immanuel Gidd Pun on German exclamation "igitt" (ugh)
Italian Professor Strambic Corruption of "strambo" (wacky)
Korean 아라따박사
Aratta Baksa
Corruption of "알았다" (aratda, Korean exclamation for "gotcha") + 박사 (baksa, doctor)
Portuguese (NOA) Professor D. Zastre[10] Pun on "desastre" (disaster)
Portuguese (NOE) Professor Anacleto Luado Pun on "aluado" (lunatic)
Russian Профессор П. У. Галкин
Professor P. U. Galkin
From "пугать" (pugat, to scare)
Spanish (NOA) Profesor D. Sastre Pun on "desastre" (disaster)
Spanish (NOE) Profesor Fesor A clipping of "professor"


  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of the names that can appear when a player presses the random button when naming their custom stage is "EGADD".
  • Glasses with swirls that are often seen in Japanese media[11] are a feature E. Gadd shares with Professor Frankly, Fawful, Francis, and Iggy Koopa.
  • Occasionally, E. Gadd's voice-overs includes "Oyamaa", which is both his Japanese name and an exclamation of surprise. This happens even in overseas releases. He can also sometimes be heard saying "Luigi!" or "Mario!"
  • Professor E. Gadd is one of the few characters in the franchise who existed prior to Nintendo's translating games and websites to Dutch to receive a new name in said translation, as opposed to keeping his English name.
  • If one views E. Gadd at a certain angle, it is shown that he has small dotted eyes.[12]
  • In Luigi’s Mansion 3, one of the poses E. Gadd strikes if flashed by the Strobulb references Marilyn Monroe's famous "white dress scene" in The Seven Year Itch. The back of his lab coat even flutters upward during the pose.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, there is a character named Mako whose face resembles E. Gadd's.


  1. ^ Anthony JC (September 2001). The Making of the Game - Luigi's Mansion. (translation from Nintendo Online Magazine). October 14, 2007, 10:35:05 snapshot via Wayback Machine. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  2. ^ In Luigi's Mansion, E. Gadd stated that he lived in Boo Woods in order to research ghosts since he was 20.
  3. ^ E. Gadd mentions this while rambling to himself in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.
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  5. ^ Mario Party 4 manual, page 29
  6. ^ Hoffman, Chris. 2005. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Nintendo Player's Guide, pg 3.
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  8. ^ As stated in the "Inside Zelda: Yoshiyuki Oyama, Monster Designer" article featured in Nintendo Power Issue 201.
  9. ^ Luigi's Mansion Canadian instruction booklet, page 32.
  10. ^ Lego Mario website. [1]
  11. ^ The Mushroom Kingdom (Accessed on 6-12-09)
  12. ^ Shesez (July 14, 2019). Top 10 Hidden Faces in Video Games... Revealed! YouTube. Retrieved November 3, 2019.