Shadow Mario

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This article is about the Shadow Mario from Super Mario Sunshine. For the two characters who can transform into similar forms, see Doopliss or Shadoo. For Shadow Mario's true form in Super Mario Sunshine, see Bowser Jr..
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“(Show that ball who's boss!)[1]
Shadow Mario, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
Shadow Mario
Shadow Mario Artwork - Super Mario Sunshine.png
Shadow Mario in Super Mario Sunshine
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

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 Elvin Gadd. With the brush, Shadow Mario can magically create large quantities of graffiti, 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.[2] 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.

The Super Smash Bros. series has shown that each of the Koopalings are also capable of becoming Shadow Mario.


Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Shadow Mario appears 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 F.L.U.D.D., 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 graffiti. 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 grand entrance.

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 will summon 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 will open, 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 will appear and take F.L.U.D.D. away. F.L.U.D.D. will return to Mario once the Shine Sprite at the end is collected. Shadow Mario also takes F.L.U.D.D. away during the third episode of Pianta Village, The Goopy Inferno and can be recovered near the end of the episode mission.

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

The levels in which he appears are as follows:

Level World Episode Description
Road to the Big Windmill Bianco Hills Episode 1 Shadow Mario briefly appears in the level overview, but is never actually encountered.
The Hillside Cave Secret Bianco Hills Episode 3 Shadow Mario arrives and takes F.L.U.D.D. after Mario enters the Hillside Cave for the first time.
The Secret of the Dirty Lake Bianco Hills Episode 6 Shadow Mario arrives and takes F.L.U.D.D. after Mario enters the Cliff Spring Cave for the first time.
Shadow Mario on the Loose Bianco Hills Episode 7 Mario must chase Shadow Mario around the Windmill Village to get the Shine Sprite.
The Secret of Ricco Tower Ricco Harbor Episode 4 Shadow Mario arrives and takes F.L.U.D.D. after Mario enters Ricco Tower for the first time.
Shadow Mario Revisited Ricco Harbor Episode 7 Mario must chase Shadow Mario over ships and steel girders to get the Shine Sprite.
Dune Bud Sand Castle Secret Gelato Beach Episode 1 Shadow Mario arrives and takes F.L.U.D.D. after Mario enters the Sand Portal for the first time.
It's Shadow Mario! After Him! Gelato Beach Episode 7 Mario must chase Shadow Mario around the back area of Gelato Beach to get the Shine Sprite.
Mecha-Bowser Appears! Pinna Park Episode 1 Mario must chase Shadow Mario to a circular pool, where he will attack using Mecha-Bowser. After the battle he will reveal his true identity, Bowser Jr.
The Beach Cannon's Secret Pinna Park Episode 2 Shadow Mario arrives and takes F.L.U.D.D. after Mario enters the Beach Cannon for the first time.
The Yoshi-Go-Round's Secret Pinna Park Episode 6 Shadow Mario arrives and takes F.L.U.D.D. after Mario rides the Yoshi-Go-Round for the first time.
Shadow Mario in the Park Pinna Park Episode 7 Mario must chase Shadow Mario throughout the park to get the Shine Sprite.
The Hotel Lobby's Secret Sirena Beach Episode 2 Shadow Mario arrives and takes F.L.U.D.D. after Mario enters the golden Boo statue's mouth for the first time.
The Secret of Casino Delfino Sirena Beach Episode 4 Shadow Mario arrives and takes F.L.U.D.D. after Mario enters the secret Warp Pipe for the first time.
Shadow Mario Checks In Sirena Beach Episode 7 Mario must chase Shadow Mario through the hotel while avoiding Boo imposters to get the Shine Sprite.
The Shell's Secret Noki Bay Episode 6 Shadow Mario arrives and takes F.L.U.D.D. after Mario enters the shell for the first time.
Hold It, Shadow Mario! Noki Bay Episode 7 Mario must chase Shadow Mario around Noki Bay to get the Shine Sprite.
The Goopy Inferno Pianta Village Episode 3 Shadow Mario arrives and takes F.L.U.D.D. before the level starts.
Secret of the Village Underside Pianta Village Episode 5 Shadow Mario arrives and takes F.L.U.D.D. after Mario enters the flat, green mushroom for the first time.
Shadow Mario Runs Wild Pianta Village Episode 7 Mario must chase Shadow Mario around Pianta Village and avoid his Wind Spirits to get the Shine Sprite.

Levels in bold are levels specific to Shadow Mario for that particular area.

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour[edit]

Toadstool Tour Character
Shadow Mario
ToadstoolTour Shadow Mario Mug.png
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. In order to unlock Shadow Mario, the player must complete all of the Ring Attack holes.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Shadow Mario appears as a collectible sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He also appears on a wanted poster in the Delfino Plaza stage.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Bowser Jr.'s Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is Shadow Mario Paint, 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.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Shadow Mario reappears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a part of Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings' Final Smash, but he is active for a shorter period of time. He also appears as a neutral, primary spirit, which can be summoned with a Vince, Eddy, and neutral-type core.

Game 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 Smash Bros. Brawl sticker information[edit]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Shadow Mario Shadow Mario Sticker.png Super Mario Sunshine Flinch Resistance +70


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ニセマリオ
Nise Mario
Fake Mario
Spanish Mario Oscuro Dark 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
Russian Марио-тень
Shadow Mario
Chinese 冒牌马力欧
Màopái Mǎlì'ōu
Fake Mario


Audio.svg Shadow Mario - Music from the Shadow Mario levels.
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  • When Mario is chasing Shadow Mario, a cover version of the Underground Theme from Super Mario Bros. plays in the background. This music has come to be known as Shadow Mario's theme.
    • In Super Mario Galaxy, the music played when racing Cosmic Mario (who has a similar appearance to Shadow Mario) uses a similar arrangement of the same theme.
  • Although he doesn't make an actual appearance, Shadow Mario's name appears on one of the scoreboards in Mario Golf: Advance Tour.
  • In any mission where Mario chases down his shadowy counterpart, if he waits 10 seconds after defeating Shadow Mario without talking to him, Shadow Mario will transform into a blue orb and teleport further away from Mario before restarting the chase, similar to a Magikoopa's current method of transportation.


  1. ^ Shadow Mario has dialogue in PAL versions of the game.
  2. ^ 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..."