Three Little Pigheads

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Three Little Pigheads
Artwork of the Three Little Pigs, from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
Official artwork of the Three Little Pigs from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Species Pigs
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
Latest appearance Mario vs. Wario (1993)
The arena where Mario fights the Three Little Pigs.

The Three Little Pigheads[1], also known as the Three Little Pigs[2] or simply the Pigs[3], are a trio of pigs who are the bosses of the Mario Zone in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Each pig has a different "house" they reside in and have their own attack patterns; the first has a straw house and attacks by rolling back and forth along the screen. The second in the wooden house tries to pounce on Mario by jumping around the screen. The last one from a brick house attacks by jumping, too, but leaps a bit higher every time. Each can be defeated by jumping on them three times or hitting them with six fireballs, and once one is defeated, the next one starts attacking. Each of the pigs' abodes are based on the classic fairy tale The Three Little Pigs.

According to a Nintendo Power guide, the pigs were waiting their entire lives for a huffing and puffing wolf, and believe that Mario is after their home.[4]

The Three Little Pigheads, from Mario vs. Wario

They have also landed a starring role in the Mario vs. Wario comic, where Wario ordered them to attack Mario with other enemies from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Here, Mario (who was oblivious that Wario's monsters were trying to harm him) mistook them for a bowling game and defeated them by knocking one of them (which he was using as a ball) into the other "pins".


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブーロ[5] (from the straw house)
ブーチョ[5] (from the wooden house)
ブーポン[5] (from the brick house)
From「ブーブー」(būbū, oinking) and possibly「ゴロゴロ」(gorogoro, Japanese onomatopoeia for something large rolling)

From「ブーブー」(būbū, oinking) and possibly「猪」(cho, pig); same as Pigarithm

From「ブーブー」(būbū, oinking) and possibly「ポンポン」(ponpon, Japanese onomatopoeia for popping/banging sound)
German Wilde Schweine "Wild Pigs"
Italian Tre piccoli porcellini (Bucho, Bupon, Buro[6]) Three little pigs


  1. ^ "Mario! We are the Three Little Pigheads. You won't have such an easy time with us!" - Mario vs. Wario, fifth page.
  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #5, page 55.
  3. ^ "Three big Pigs leap from their hanging houses in the Mario Zone finale. Hit them each three times to be victorious." - Nintendo Power Volume 43, page 48.
  4. ^ "Waiting for Mario at the end of the Mario Zone are three not-so-little pigs. Each of these pigs has lived his entire life waiting for a huffing and puffing wolf, so they’re a little paranoid. Now, they think that Mario is out to take their home. So what do they do? Go after Mario! The first piggy is relatively tame, but the second has dangerous teeth. The third one is just plain mean. With fireballs and some quick jump moves, you can make all three squeal." - The Super Game Boy Player's Guide, page 24.
  5. ^ a b c Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Page 188.
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 76