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
Derived subjects
Notable members
“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 and Chargin' Chuck. They pound their foot (a sumo movement known as shiko) to create thunderbolts that traverse floors and then explode shortly after. Sumo Bros. first appeared in Super Mario World.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Artwork of Sumo Brothers from Super Mario World
Super Mario World artwork of two Sumo Brothers, one stomping and one preparing to stomp.

In Super Mario World, Sumo Brothers are large, orange enemies with beady eyes and black shells that stand on top of floating rows of blocks, occasionally squinting their eyes before stomping to send a downward spark that generates a wall of fire upon hitting solid ground. Because of a spike on their heads, Sumo Brothers cannot be jumped on (though the player can safely bounce off of them with a Spin Jump or Yoshi), and they are also fireproof (likely due to their Buzzy Beetle-esque shells) and immune to being eaten by Yoshi. Defeating them with a thrown shell or some other enemy spat out by Yoshi, a cape swipe, or contact with a player made invincible by a Super Star gives only 100 points. However, if the player defeats them by hitting the blocks they are standing on from below, they are granted 200 points, possibly due to the greater risk taken.

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.[1]

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

Screenshot of a Sumo Bro in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
A Sumo Bro in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Sumo Bros. return in New Super Mario Bros. U and its expansion, New Super Luigi U, with some differences. They are no longer immune to fireballs, they no longer squint their eyes before stomping, they sometimes stomp twice in a row (with a quick change in stance before the second stomp), and their sparks now cause quick but low electric waves to spread in opposite directions rather than generating a large, tall wall of fire (allowing the player to simply leap over the electric waves rather than avoid an entire area for a short while), though the spread of their attack still has the same short range, and the spark does not spread out upon striking some surfaces, like Screwtop Lifts. Defeating Sumo Bros. by any means, like hitting the ground from under them, fireballs, freezing then ground pounding them, throwing frozen enemies at them, or touching them while rendered invincible by a Super Star, now yields 200 points. Because of their size, however, they cannot be picked up when frozen. Ice Balls can also be used to neutralize both the sparks and the shockwaves of the Sumo Bros.

In New Super Mario Bros. U, Sumo Bros. only appear in Screwtop Tower. This level, which does not appear to have a boss of any sort on top of it when seen on the map, features four of them, excluding one Sumo Bro. present in the boss room of that tower in the place of Boom Boom. Upon being enhanced by Magikoopa's powers, this individual, now known as Boss Sumo Bro, doubles in size, gaining a pair of tsuna and the ability to jump, with every stomp causing an immobilizing earthquake and sending electric shockwaves that travel through the entire floor rather than just a short distance. Much like his original form, however, Boss Sumo Bro is still susceptible to being jostled by strikes from underneath the platforms he stands on, with such attacks flipping him on his back and allowing players to jump on his vulnerable underside. Once defeated by three stomps to his belly or 18 fireballs, Boss Sumo Bro., like all other tower bosses in the game, appears on top of the tower for a brief while before getting toppled over.

In New Super Luigi U, nine Sumo Bros. are faced in Sumo Bro Bridge, while another five are encountered in Sumo Bro's Spinning Tower (the game's equivalent of Screwtop Tower), not counting the final Sumo Bro. in the boss room, which is transformed by Magikoopa into Boss Sumo Bro. like in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

Fire Sumo
Luigi encountering a Fire Sumo in the Super Mario World television series episode "Mama Luigi".

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.

Nintendo Badge Arcade[edit]

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.)

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]

The battle against Boss Sumo Bro in Paper Mario: The Origami King
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 speculates that the "bro" in their name may be 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.

LEGO Super Mario[edit]

In LEGO Super Mario Character Pack Series 6, one of the eight figure packs includes a Sumo Bro. Boss Sumo Bro also appears as the main feature of the "Boss Sumo Bro Topple Tower" set.

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![2]

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]

K.K. (JP) / Sumo Bro (EN)
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Original text (Japanese) Translation
種族しゅぞく カメぞく Tribe Turtle clan
性格せいかく 大胆だいたん Disposition Daring
登場とうじょうゲーム ワールド Game appearances World


Here comes the big yokozuna

He is a super-heavyweight character, second only to Sledge Brother (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
Role Common, support
Item drops Mushroom
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[4] / KK
Possibly derived from「どすこい」(dosukoi, a chant of sumojinku). 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 (simplified) 相扑小子[5]
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 television series)
Sumo Maniac
Korean 케이케이
From the Japanese name

Portuguese (NOA) Irmão Sumô
Brother Sumô[6]
Sumo Brother
Portuguese (NOE) Mano Sumo
Sumo Bro
Romanian Foc Sumo (Super Mario World television series)
Frate Sumo[7]
Literally "Sumo Fire"
Sumo Brother
Russian Братец-сумо
Sumo Bro

Spanish Hermano Sumo
Luchador de Fuego (Super Mario World television series)
Sumo Brother
Fire Fighter



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  2. ^ Super Mario World American instruction booklet. Page 26.
  3. ^ 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). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 77. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  4. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオワールド」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario World). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 28.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Super Mario World Brazilian instruction booklet. Nintendo (Brazilian Portuguese). Page 26. Archived July 19, 2021, 09:21:43 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 12, 2023.
  7. ^ Pachete cu personaje – Seria 6. (Romanian). Retrieved January 6, 2023. (Archived January 7, 2023, 01:35:38 UTC via Wayback Machine.)