From the Super Mario Wiki, the Mario encyclopedia
Jump to navigationJump to search
Artwork of Tamao from Super Mario Land
Artwork of Tamao from Super Mario Land
First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)

Tamao[1][2] is an eyeball-like enemy that protects Dragonzamasu in World 2-3 of Super Mario Land. It bounces diagonally to different parts of the screen, damaging Mario if it touches his Marine Pop. Tamao is completely immune to torpedoes shot by the Marine Pop. However, once Dragonzamasu is defeated, Tamao disappears as well.

In the Super Mario Land manga, Tamao appears in the battle with Dragonzamasu, hitting the Marine Pop glass and creating a leak that Mario and Mekakuribō quickly fix by using the Yurarin Boo they previously captured. When Tamao later tries to hit them a second time, the Yurarin Boo grabs it, allowing Mario to continue to shoot Dragonzamasu.

In Super Mario-kun, Tamao appears in the last chapter of volume 3, still aiding Dragonzamasu by hitting Mario. Mario flashes the two with his shiny bald spot and, while he is occupied with Dragonzamasu, Yoshi burns Tamao with his fire breath, turning it into a sunny-side-up fried egg, then proceeds to eat it.


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: This indestructible life form lives in Dragonzamasu's room to guard his boss.[1]
  • Game Boy Player's Guide: This fiercely loyal jellyfish defends Dragonzamasu.[2]
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: This indestrucible life-form guards Dragonzamasu.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タマオー[3]
From「玉」(tama, ball) and「大」(ō, big)
Dutch Tamao[4] -
French Tamao[5] -
German Tamao -
Italian Tamao[6] -
Spanish Tamao -


  1. ^ a b Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ a b M. Arakawa. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 5.
  3. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  4. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic, page 8.
  5. ^ Super Mario Land French instruction booklet, page 16.
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 47