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Super Mario (simply called Mario in Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World) is a form of Mario which he assumes by eating a Super Mushroom. Super Mario is twice as tall as Small Mario (known in earlier games as "regular" Mario). He is able to withstand being hit by an enemy without immediately losing a life, instead shrinking back to Small Mario. He can also break Brick Blocks, and, as of New Super Mario Bros., earn multiple Coins from Coin Blocks in one held Ground Pound, unlike Small Mario.
All games depict Super Mario as Mario's regular form. In fact, Mario always appears as Super Mario in the endings of most Super Mario games, and the opening movies created for Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 depict Mario and Luigi's Super forms as their standard forms. Also, the opening of New Super Mario Bros. depicts Mario or Luigi starting out in their Super forms, only to take damage off-screen and revert to the Small form in time for the actual gameplay. This means that Super Mario is in fact Mario's normal non-powered form, and he becomes Small when taking damage, similar to Wario in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.
In Super Mario Bros. 2 (original and Super Mario All-Stars versions only), Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, should the player lose a life, they will come back in their Super form, regardless of what form they were in prior to losing a life. This is not the case in post-Fall 2017 versions of Super Mario Run as Peach, Toad, and Toadette remain in their small form upon returning, even though they start the level in their Super forms. This does not happen in the pre-Fall 2017 versions as they were defeated in one hit and did not shrink as they didn't have a small form to shrink to unlike Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario 3D World, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, therefore remaining in their usual regular form.
In Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and the original and All-Stars versions of Super Mario Bros. 3, if Mario or Luigi get a Fire Flower (or a Super Leaf in the latter game) while in Small form, they will only turn into their Super forms instead. This was changed in Super Mario World so that Small Mario bypasses the Super form upon using a higher-tiered power-up. Also, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and the original version of Super Mario World are the only games where Fire Mario (or Cape Mario in the latter game) immediately shrinks to Small Mario if hit.
In Mario Golf: World Tour, if Mario receives a double bogey, he turns into Small Mario, thus reverting from the Super form. Gold Mario shares his animations with Mario, but he turns into Super Mario instead.
One of the forms Mario and Luigi can use in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition is the Super form. It can be unlocked for each of the two characters upon completing World 1-, and it grants the Light attribute to the player.
Appearances in other media
The term Super Mario was used to define what is otherwise known as Fire Mario on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. However, this was dropped for The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, which used the correct term.
Unlike the games, the Club Nintendo comic "Super Mario: Verloren in der Zeit" depicts Super Mario as much taller than other humans, similar to Mega Mario. In volume 4 of Super Mario-Kun, Princess Peach attempts to aid Mario by throwing him a Super Mushroom. Bowser quickly steals it and eats it, becoming enlarged and going by the name "Super Bowser" (スーパークッパ). Mario tries to attack him, but Bowser easily deflects him, seemingly defeating him.
Names in other languages