Toad (film character)
Toad is a Dinohattan inhabitant in the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film. He is introduced as a street performer and devout critic of President Koopa, playing anti-Koopa songs in revolt against him, detailing all the bad that he has done in their world. He is initially a Dinohattanite with a punk-inspired style and look, with a unique spiral-patterned buzz haircut. He is permanently transformed into a Goomba by President Koopa early in the film. He is portrayed by Mojo Nixon in his Dinohattanite human-like form, and is portrayed by John Fifer in his Goomba form.
The film character appears to be loosely based on the character Toad from the Super Mario video games (based on namesake and role of assisting the brothers and princess). Aside from this, his blue vest is the only direct reference to the video games' version of Toad. Earlier scripts of the movie had Toad die during the Devo Chamber sequence, with the friendly Goomba role being fulfilled by an unrelated character "Hark". Ultimately, the two characters were merged into one. In addition to that, earlier scripts of the movie had Toad named as "Lemmy" instead, in reference to Lemmy Koopa. The Super Mario Bros. Trading Cards still erroneously refer to him as Lemmy on the holographic card.
Super Mario Bros. film
Mario and Luigi first meet Toad in Koopa Square, after Big Bertha steals the meteorite piece. Seeing their troubled looks, Toad begins playing them an anti-Koopa song. Police cars arrive at the scene and begin arresting Toad for his politically charged song, which upsets Mario and Luigi and they run to his defense. The police officers recognize Mario and Luigi as the plumbers that President Koopa is searching for, and the brothers are arrested as well. Toad is brought in to the prison, and is placed in the cell cage above them. During these scenes at the police station, he explains the circumstances of the fungus growing throughout Dinohattan and the Fungus Unit Mario and Luigi had to be de-fungused by. He shares the history of Dinohattan with them, explaining the parallel dimension split caused by the meteor, and shares his theory that Koopa de-evolved the former King of Dinohattan into the growing and expanding fungus seen throughout the city.
Mario and Luigi are later escorted to the Devo Chamber, where President Koopa presents them Toad strapped into the device. Toad's parting words are that Koopa is a terrible leader and that the former king will return. The machine is activated, and Toad is de-evolved into a Goomba. The other Goombas outfit him with a harmonica strapped around his neck, which allows him to play his harmonica without his hands. This is a nod to his former passion as a street musician, and serves as a way for viewers to be able to tell him apart from other Goombas. Mario and Luigi become enraged at the sight of Toad being reduced to a Goomba form, and fight their way out of the Devo Chamber.
As a Goomba, Toad is later seen in Koopa's Tower, ordered by Koopa to drag Daisy away from him. Toad tries to bring Daisy some meat for her to eat, but Daisy informs him she's a vegetarian, and would rather opt for steamed vegetables. He nods and grunts in compliance, but Lena enters the room ordering him to leave. In Daisy's later escape from Lena, Daisy runs into Toad who is carrying the vegetables she requested. She runs away from him, unsure of his motives, but he follows. He catches up to her and the two come to face with two more Goombas dragging along Iggy and Spike to be executed. The Goombas see Daisy and use a flamethrower that she is able to dodge, though it ignites Toad. Daisy, Iggy and Spike take off running, but Daisy senses the good in Toad and runs back to put him out with a fire extinguisher, before she continues running.
During Mario and Koopa's fight on the catwalks of Koopa Square, Toad gives Daisy and Luigi a pair of Devolution Guns. Soon after, during their battle, Koopa orders several Goombas to use a Devolution Gun to de-evolve Mario; Toad distracts them by playing his harmonica, causing them to all begin dancing. After their victory, Mario and Luigi use the meteorite chamber portal to return to Manhattan; Toad briefly appears during this scene alongside Daisy and Yoshi to bid them farewell.
Despite not being featured in the manga adaptation of the Super Mario Bros. film, Super Mario Makai Teikoku no Megami, a screen capture of the film's scene where Toad is de-evolved into a Goomba is featured on the manga's cover.
The Super Mario Bros. film