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The Sumo Bro (or Sumo Brother) is a derived species of Hammer Bros. that appear as enemies to Mario. Their first appearance is in Super Mario World as somewhat uncommon enemies that can rain down fire on Mario's head by stomping.
Super Mario series
Super Mario World
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. Their parent species, Hammer Brothers, do not appear in the game at all.
New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
After many years of absence, 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. Their only appearance is in the level, Screwtop Tower, and players can defeat them by hitting the platforms that they are standing on from below. They can also be defeated with iceballs, but cannot be picked up.
One Sumo Bro with a towel on his shoulders, known as Boss Sumo Bro, appears as a boss in 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, the Sumo Bro does not appear on top of the tower he guards.
Super Mario World television 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
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: World Tour
In Mario Golf: World Tour, one of the names that can appear on the tournament scoreboard is "Sumo Bro".
Super Mario Party
Sumo Bros makes their first Mario Party series appearance 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
Sumo Bros appear in Dr. Mario World as assistants. Their Stage Mode skill grants a 10% chance of earning five extra coins upon clearing a stage, and their Versus Mode skill grants a 20% chance that a rainbow capsule will appear in the first 20 seconds of a match.
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