Shadow Mario

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This article is about the Shadow Mario from Super Mario Sunshine. For the similar entity found in Super Mario Galaxy named "Shadow Mario" in Japanese, see Cosmic Mario. For the Final Smash involving Shadow Mario, see Shadow Mario Paint.
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Shadow Mario
Shadow Mario with the Magic Paintbrush from Super Mario Sunshine
Shadow Mario in Super Mario Sunshine
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“(Show that ball who's boss!)”
Shadow Mario, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (PAL release)

Shadow Mario (also known as ? in the Super Mario Sunshine instruction manual) is a doppelgänger of Mario and serves as the main antagonist of Super Mario Sunshine. He is almost identical to Mario, with the primary difference being that his body is a translucent blue, appearing to have a liquid consistency. Other traits that are unique to Shadow Mario include glowing red eyes when he is angry and a long, red tongue that he occasionally sticks out at Mario while taunting him. Shadow Mario wields the Magic Paintbrush, an invention designed by Professor E. Gadd. With the brush, Shadow Mario can magically create large quantities of goop, which occasionally spawns lesser enemies. He used this power to vandalize all of Isle Delfino with varying amounts of graffiti, thereby making Mario the main suspect in the trial held thereafter. Later in the game, it is revealed that Shadow Mario is actually Bowser Jr., Bowser's son, masquerading as a Mario look-alike in order to steal Princess Peach and ruin Mario's reputation. It is unknown how Shadow Mario originally acquired the Magic Paintbrush, though it is suggested that Professor E. Gadd gave it to him.[1] This is also supported in the Prima Games Guide for Super Mario Sunshine, which claims that E. Gadd gave the Magic Paintbrush to Shadow Mario due to thinking that he was Mario.


Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Shadow Mario appearing in the Isle Delfino welcome video

In the opening introduction of Super Mario Sunshine, Mario, Princess Peach and Toadsworth are seen traveling to the island resort of Isle Delfino via Peach's private airplane. During the welcome video, a silhouette resembling Mario appears in the background, first running to behind the Grand Pianta Statue followed by jumping out from behind it, now holding the Magic Paintbrush. Princess Peach is the only one to notice this, as Mario and Toadsworth are more preoccupied with their thoughts about the island.

An eyewitness depiction of the vandal on a wanted poster, presented during the trial

Once the plane comes to a screeching stop and everyone gets off to look at the goop on the airway, Peach notices the Shadow Mario figure once again. She tries to get Mario and Toadsworth's attention, but Shadow Mario has already disappeared. Once Mario takes care of the goop with his newly obtained FLUDD, he is thrown in jail and put on trial, being accused of Shadow Mario's crimes of vandalizing the island. A Pianta judge orders Mario not to leave the island until he cleans up all the goop. Once Mario cleans up Bianco Square, the Grand Pianta Statue appears with Shadow Mario on top of it. He jumps from the statue, grabs Princess Peach, and runs off with her. Upon being sprayed enough times, Shadow Mario drops the princess, and then heads back to Bianco Square, opening up the way to Bianco Hills.

Shadow Mario's next appearance

Shadow Mario's next major role in the game is when he kidnaps Princess Peach again, taking her to Pinna Park. Once Mario catches up with him, Shadow Mario summons Mecha-Bowser, the boss of the current mission. Upon being defeated, he reveals his true identity as Bowser Jr., then takes off in a balloon to Corona Mountain with Princess Peach.

Shadow Mario appears in every seventh episode of every area and Mario must defeat him in order to collect the Shine Sprite he carries. Once all seven Shadow Mario episodes are completed, the entrance to Corona Mountain is opened, as well as Delfino Plaza becoming flooded. Shadow Mario appears in several other episodes as well, though with a minor role. Also, whenever Mario enters a secret level area for the first time, Shadow Mario appears and takes FLUDD away. FLUDD returns to Mario once the Shine Sprite at the end is collected. Shadow Mario also takes FLUDD away during the third episode of Pianta Village, The Goopy Inferno and can be recovered near the end of the episode mission. If Mario waits 10 seconds after defeating Shadow Mario without talking to him, Shadow Mario transforms into a blue orb and teleport further away from Mario before restarting the chase.

After episode 4 of Pinna Park is completed, Shadow Mario appears in Bianco Square carrying a Yoshi Egg. Defeating him unlocks Yoshi in several area episodes. Shadow Mario appears two more times afterward when enough Shine Sprites are collected. He carries a Turbo Nozzle the first time and a Rocket Nozzle the second time, and defeating him unlocks those nozzles for use in Delfino Plaza.

As found within the game files, Shadow Mario shares the same animations as Mario and Il Piantissimo, with some extra ones added to accommodate that the two (Piantissimo and Shadow Mario) are NPCs. He uses a cover version of the Underground Theme from Super Mario Bros. during his appearances. A similar arrangement is used for Cosmic Mario in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel.

Shadow Mario's role in the different levels and their episodes are as follows, and episodes that involve chasing down Shadow Mario are highlighted in bold:

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour[edit]

Toadstool Tour character
Shadow Mario
Shadow Mario from Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour.
Drive 212 yards
Star Drive 275 yards
Trajectory Fade
Height Low
Impact 11
Star Impact 06
Control 07
Spin 07

Shadow Mario makes his first playable appearance in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour as an unlockable character. In the game, his maximum hit is 275 yards, and causes the ball to curve to the right when hit. He also has a low shot, meaning lie has a greater impact on the ball. His shot is like that of Luigi's, with power almost able to match Mario's. He mostly uses edited voice clips of Mario from Super Mario 64, with a lower pitch and slight damping filter. In the PAL version of the game, he speaks during his taunts instead of substituting said dialogue for full stops. In order to unlock Shadow Mario, the player must complete all of the Ring Attack holes. Bowser Jr. also appears as a separate playable character.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

The first time that Shadow Mario appears in the Super Smash Bros. series is as a collectible sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His likeness also appears on a wanted poster in the Delfino Plaza stage. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, another collectible item of Shadow Mario appears, specifically a neutral, primary spirit, which can be summoned with a Vince, Eddy, and neutral-type core.

Shadow Mario's only physical role in the Super Smash Bros. series is in Bowser Jr.'s Final Smash, Shadow Mario Paint, appearing in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which sees him transform into Shadow Mario and use his Magic Paintbrush to paint a giant orange X of graffiti that covers the entire screen and damages any opponents that come into contact with it. As the Koopalings are Bowser Jr.'s alternate costumes, they are able to transform into Shadow Mario as well. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Shadow Mario is active for a shorter period of time.

Other appearances[edit]

Shadow Mario's name is shown on one of the scoreboards in Mario Golf: Advance Tour.

List of appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System
Super Mario Sunshine Recurring enemy 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Unlockable playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as a sticker 2008 Wii
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Cameo in Final Smash 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Cameo in Final Smash and as a trophy 2014 Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cameo in Final Smash and as a spirit 2018 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario 3D All-Stars Recurring enemy 2020 Nintendo Switch

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

A Sticker of Shadow Mario in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Sticker
    • Name: Shadow Mario
    • Artwork from: Super Mario Sunshine
    • Effect in The Subspace Emissary: Flinch Resistance +70

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
Shadow Mario Shadow Mario with the Magic Paintbrush from Super Mario Sunshine Super Mario Series Primary (3) Ace Neutral Summoned with a Vince, Eddy, and neutral-type core; Spirit Board Bowser Jr. Rule: Sudden Final Smash
Hazard: Sticky Floor
  • The floor is sticky
  • The enemy will suddenly have a Final Smash after a little while
  • The enemy's FS Meter charges quickly
Delfino Plaza (Ω) Delfino Plaza



Audio.svg Shadow Mario - Music from the Shadow Mario levels
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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ニセマリオ
Nise Mario
Fake Mario; similar to Mario Clone
Chinese (Simplified) 冒牌马力欧
Màopái Mǎlìōu
Fake Mario
Chinese (Traditional) 冒牌瑪利歐[2]
Màopái Mǎlìōu
Fake Mario
Dutch Schaduw-Mario Shadow Mario
French Antimario From the prefix "anti-" (opposite to) and Mario
German Mario Morgana Mario Morgana; Derived from Fata Morgana, a mirage involving water. Fits into the other names of Italian origin in the game.
Italian Mario Ombra Shadow Mario
Korean 가짜마리오[3]
Gajja Mario
Fake Mario
Portuguese Mario Sombra Shadow Mario
Russian Марио-тень
Shadow Mario
Spanish Mario Oscuro Dark Mario


  • Prior to Shadow Mario's debut, Metal Mario had an alternate color scheme where he can be selected into blue in Mario Golf for Nintendo 64.


  1. ^ Bowser Jr.'s quote from in-game, " my magic brush. When I draw with this, all my wishes come true! A strange old man in a white coat gave it to me..."
  2. ^ Chinese Super Smash Blog. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Korean Super Smash Blog. Retrieved December 26, 2022.