Tenderlings are living pieces of meat that Mario and Luigi face inside Bowser's body in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its remake, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, where they are 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
|Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story enemy
||Mario and Luigi
||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
Names in other languages
||Pun on "gigot" (leg of lamb) or "gigoter" (to wriggle)
||Pun on "cholesterin" (cholesterol) and "hysterisch" (hysterical)
||Portmanteau of "carne" (meat) and "carboidrato" (carbohydrate)
||From "bocado" (Mouthful) and the diminutive suffix "-ín"
||From "manjar" (tasty meal) and Spanish given name ending "-io"
- 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.