Rip Van Fish
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Rip Van Fish are fish enemies who spend most of their time sleeping. They make their first and main appearance in Super Mario World. Rip Van Fish are large blue fish with orange fins, tail, and lips as well as a pair of big eyes.
Rip Van Fish is named after the literary character Rip Van Winkle, who fell asleep for twenty years.
Super Mario series
Super Mario World
In Super Mario World, if Mario or Luigi swims too close to a Rip Van Fish, it wakes up and starts to chase after him. Like Cheep Cheeps, a Rip Van Fish can be defeated if Mario and Luigi either shoot a fireball at it while under the effects of a Fire Flower, swim into one while under the invincibility effect of a Super Star, or have Yoshi swallow one. If Mario or Luigi is invincible, the Rip Van Fish acts the opposite and tries to swim away from them. Once Mario or Luigi swim a far enough distance from the Rip Van Fish, it goes back to sleep.
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World television series
In "King Scoopa Koopa", after leaping down a Warp Pipe in the Star Path to escape several cave people transformed into Chickadactyls, Mario and Princess Toadstool end-up in the ocean. Seeing several Rip Van Fish surrounding them, Mario and Princess Toadstool make a mad-dash to a nearby Warp Pipe, in the process, waking-up all the nearby Rip Van Fish. Fortunately, Mario and Princess Toadstool struck into the Warp Pipe before the Rip Van Fish can attack them.
In "Mama Luigi"; Luigi and Yoshi, after falling into the ocean, end-up waking a nearby Rip Van Fish, which proceeds to chase Luigi and Yoshi. Attempting to escape the Rip Van Fish, Luigi and Yoshi enter a nearby, underwater tunnel and begin swimming furiously, avoiding obstacles such as ? Blocks and Urchins. Eventually, the Rip Van Fish, having apparently grown bored of chasing Luigi and Yoshi, quickly stops and begins to nap once again, allowing Luigi and Yoshi to get away.
In Mario's FUNdamentals, Rip Van Fishes appear as a playing card when the player plays Go Fish with Mario.
A Rip Van Fish appears as a sewing design in Mario Family.
Nintendo Puzzle Collection
Super Mario World / Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
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