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First appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018)

Tenderlings are living pieces of meat that Mario and Luigi face inside Bowser's body in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story encountered in the Flab Zone. They attack by rolling at one of the Mario brothers, jumping while spinning before they strike. Tenderlings can also jump over the bros., causing damage if they jump instead of standing still. Tenderlings will do this attack if they jump higher and spin faster than they would before a normal attack. If eaten by a Calorite, they will become another Calorite, making Tenderlings more of a threat when seen with Calorites.

If one of Nutsoglobin's questions is answered wrong, a Tenderling falls out of a pipe nearby and will have to be battled. Two Tenderlings are also fought when Mario and Luigi learn how to use Badges.


Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
MLBISTenderling.gif HP 45 (68) POW 25 (63) DEF 27 (41) SPEED 30 (45) Coins 12 (18)
Level 9 Fire Normal Burn? Normal Battled by Mario and Luigi Location(s) Flab Zone
Dizzy? Normal Stat Down? Normal KO? Normal Experience 30 Item Drop Mushroom - 5%
1-Up Mushroom - 30%
Notice: The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Enemy
MLBISBJJTenderling.png HP: 30 POW: 25 DEF: 22 SPEED: 30 Experience: 30
Fire: Normal Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Battled by: Mario & Luigi Coins: 12
Burn: 1x Dizzy: 1x Stat Down: 2x Speed down: 1x Item Drop: Mushroom - 30%
Syrup Jar - 40%
Level:           8 Location(s): Flab Zone

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジューシー
The English word Juicy.
Spanish (NOA) Bocadín From Bocado (Mouthful) and the diminutive suffix -ín.
Spanish (NOE) Manjario From Manjar, meaning "tasty meal". Some Spanish
given names end in -io.
German Cholhysterin Pun on Cholesterin (cholesterol) and hysterisch (hysterical)
Italian Carnoidrato Portmanteau of "carne" (meat) and "Carboidrato" (carbohydrate)


  • Their name is a pun on "tenderloin", a piece of meat on a bone. However, its overall appearance bears a closer resemblance to a leg of lamb.