Sumo Bro

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This article is about the enemy from Super Mario World. For the enemy mistakenly called Sumo Bro in New Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and New Super Mario Bros. 2, see Sledge Bro.
Sumo Bro
Sumo Bro
A Sumo Bro from New Super Mario Bros. U
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
Variant of Koopa
Sledge Bro
Notable members
Boss Sumo Bro
Gattai monster
“They're so cuuuuute! Heehee! Do you think they're related? I mean, they must be called Sumo BROS. for a reason... They're the littlest little bros. I've ever seen! We can go a little easy on them, right?”
Olivia, Paper Mario: The Origami King

Sumo Bros. (or Sumo Brothers) are a type of Koopa with similarities to Sledge Bro, Chargin' Chuck, and Boom Boom. They pound their foot to create thunderbolts that explode upon impact with the ground. Sumo Bros. first appeared in Super Mario World.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Mario avoiding two Sumo Brothers in Super Mario World.
Two Sumo Bros., one stomping and one preparing to stomp.

In Super Mario World, Sumo Brothers are large and orange in color and wear black shells. They also have a spike on top of their heads, meaning Mario or Luigi will be injured if they jump on one. They stand on top of blocks and attack Mario by stomping their foot (the sumo movement known as shiko), which causes a spark to drop below; this spark ignites when it hits the ground, making a wall of fire. A Sumo Brother can only be defeated by throwing a Shell at them, by hitting them with a cape as Caped Mario or by touching them with Mario when he is powered-up by a Super Star. Hitting the block they are standing on from below also works but is more difficult than other means due to the fires caused by their lightning-stomp attack.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

A Sumo Bro attacking Mario in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Sumo Bros. return in New Super Mario Bros. U, with the same abilities that they had in Super Mario World, except that they make electric waves instead of fire waves. They can be defeated by hitting the platforms that they are standing on from below. They can also be defeated with ice balls, but cannot be picked up when they are frozen. They only appear in Screwtop Tower.

One Sumo Bro with a towel on his shoulders, known as Boss Sumo Bro, appears as the boss of Screwtop Tower, replacing Boom Boom. Magikoopa's magic has made him larger, and he now has the ability to jump. Unlike Boom Boom and Magikoopa, Boss Sumo Bro does not appear on top of the tower he guards.

In New Super Luigi U, Sumo Bros. reappear in Sumo Bro Bridge and Sumo Bro's Spinning Tower, where the boss reappears as well.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

Luigi encountering a Fire Sumo in the Super Mario World animated series.

A single Sumo Bro, known as a Fire Sumo, appears in the Super Mario World television series episode "Mama Luigi". This Fire Sumo appears to attack Luigi as he is exploring the abandoned Dome City, stomping the ground beneath Luigi hard enough to cause it to crack, sending the plumber plummeting downward.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

In Unjust Desserts, some Sumo Brothers shrunken by Magikoopa are eaten by Yoshi, and two confront Mario in a tunnel inside the dinosaur. Mario defeats the two by jumping out of the way when they charge at him, causing them to crash into each other and become knocked out. If Mario smashes a Blue Shell thrown at him by a Koopa Troopa, the Sumo Brothers will awaken, but before they can renew their assault, they are sent tumbling down a passageway when the newly Winged Yoshi does a loop-the-loop. Later, some more Sumo Brothers try to attack Mario when he and Bowser's minions are forcibly ejected from Yoshi's body, but because they are still tiny, they are scared off by the seemingly giant Yoshi stomping around.

In Brain Drain, a Sumo Brother will swap minds with Wooster if he hears the static emanated by Iggy Koopa's Synapse Switcher play on a hot dog stand's radio. After unsuccessfully trying to attack both Mario and Luigi, the Sumo Brother storms off in a huff over its weak new body. Later in the book, Luigi can encounter some more Sumo Brothers if he decides to head out on his own to look for Iggy and if he manages to steal several cans of Fungus Up cola from the Synapse Switcher in the WMUSH radio station.

Mario Golf series[edit]

In Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64, "Sumo Bros." is one of the names that can appear on the tournament scorecard, while in Mario Golf: World Tour, "Sumo Bro" appears as one.

Super Mario Party[edit]

Sumo Bros. appear in Super Mario Party as non-playable characters. They appear in the minigames, Rattle and Hmmm, Absent Minded and Lightning Round. A Sumo Bro using its Super Mario World appearance also appears in Puzzle Hustle.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Sumo Bros. appear in Dr. Mario World as assistants. Their stage mode effect grants a chance five coins are rewarded upon clearing a stage regardless of whether the stage is cleared or uncleared, in which the chance of earning them is greater at higher levels. This effect does not activate upon clearing special stages or the Daily Booster. Their versus mode effect grants a chance that a rainbow capsule will appear in the first 20 seconds of a match, where the chance is greater at higher levels.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Sumo Bros. assist Boss Sumo Bro in Paper Mario: The Origami King

Sumo Bros., alongside a Boss Sumo Bro, appear in Paper Mario: The Origami King, where origami variants of them act as enemies. Olivia implies that the "bro" in their name is literal and likely related to their leader. During the battle with Boss Sumo Bro, two Sumo Bros. will accompany him on clouds, while four Sumo Bros. will land on the ground and each steal a panel: the ON panel, the Fire and Earth Vellumental Magic Circles, and the Double Attack panel. Mario must defeat the Sumo Bros. to recover the panels. Using either Vellumental Magic Circle will defeat them instantly (dealing 200 damage). After all four Sumo Bros. are defeated, the two on the clouds will land alongside Boss Sumo Bro, and will each steal a Magic Circle. They are weak to Fire Flowers.

Sumo Bros. also appear as enemies in Origami Castle. Here, they will flip certain paths if they spot Mario, who must take cover behind a wall if the Sumo Bro. is looking his way.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

  • Super Mario World instruction booklet: When this strange little fellow stamps its foot, lightning strikes, and turns whatever it hits into a sea of flames. BEWARE! Sumo Brother will even attack you with a karate chop![1]

Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]

  • Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 "Denizens of Dinosaur Land" poster: Whenever these guys stomp their feet, lightning strikes and turns whatever it hits into a sea of flames. They are also skilled at karate and attack with mighty blows when provoked.

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 カメ族
性格 大胆
登場ゲーム ワールド

Sumo Bro
Tribe: Turtle clan
Disposition: Daring
Game appearances: World
Here comes the big yokozuna
He is a super-heavyweight character, second only to Sledge Bro (p. 171). He is the yokozuna of the turtle tribe, moving left and right on the block with his scurrying feet, which is said to be the basis of sumo wrestling. Be careful, as attacks using anything other than a cape are ineffective.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Grants 40%/60%/80%/90%/100% chance to earn extra coins (5) on stage clear."
  • Stage mode (Prior to version 2.3.0): "Grants 10%/20%/30%/40%/50% chance to earn extra coins (5) on stage clear."
  • Versus mode: "Grants 20%/40%/60%/80%/100% chance a rainbow capsule will appear within 20 seconds of match start."

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King enemy
Sumo Bro
An origami Sumo Bro from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 45 Moves Location(s)
Type Spiked, Shelled Thunder Guard, Thunder (?), Heavy Thunder (?) Shangri-Spa, Origami Castle
Item drops None
Shoots out lightning with a sumo stomp. You'll have to defeat these foes to recover any panels they steal in battle.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese K.K. / ケーケー[3] / KK
According to Olivia in Paper Mario: The Origami King, "K.K." stands for「カミナリきょうだい」(Kaminari Kyōdai, Lightning Brothers)
Chinese 相扑小子[4]
Xiāngpū xiǎozi
KK (since Super Mario Party)
Sumo Guy

French (NOA) Sumo (SNES Super Mario World instruction booklet)
French (NOE) Frère Sumo Sumo Brother
German Sumo-Bruder
Sumo Brother
Sumo Koopa
Italian Sumo Bros
Fanatico del Sumo (Super Mario World animated series)

Sumo Maniac
Korean 케이케이
Same as Japanese Name
Portuguese (NOA) Irmão Sumô
Brother Sumô[5]
Sumo Brother
Portuguese (NOE) Mano Sumo Sumo Bro
Romanian Foc Sumo (Super Mario World animated series) Literally "Sumo Fire"
Russian Братец-сумо
Sumo Bro
Spanish Hermano Sumo
Luchador de Fuego (Super Mario World animated series)
Sumo Brother
Fire Fighter


  • The Super Mario World artwork of the Sumo Brothers lacks the spike on their heads, while their plastrons are disconnected from their carapaces in a similar way to Bowser and the Koopalings. This is likely due to this design being used in early sprites.[6] In the final game and later appearances, the spike is present (to show that it cannot be stomped on) and the shell is a single connected piece in the game.
  • Although they do not appear in New Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and New Super Mario Bros. 2, their name is mistakenly applied to a related species of enemy known as Sledge Bros.
  • In Nintendo Badge Arcade, when the Arcade Bunny asks the player which character jumps a lot and resembles a sumo wrestler, one of the answers available is "Sumo Bro." (The answer is actually Mallo, as the question was asked upon starting the game on the day Pushmo badges were first made available.)


  1. ^ Super Mario World American instruction booklet, page 26.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 77.
  3. ^ Super Mario World Shogakukan Book 1, page 28
  4. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Super Mario World Brazilian instruction booklet, page 26.
  6. ^ TCRF. Prerelease:Super Mario World (SNES)/Sprites#v-ram-kumo.CGX. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved November 15, 2020.