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Artwork for Super Mario Advance.
Species Cobrat
First appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, Super Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Ultimate NES Remix (2014)
Latest portrayal Charles Martinet (2001)
“Step right up, if you're ready to get... toasted!”
Tryclyde, Super Mario Advance

Tryclyde, also known as Triclyde, is a large, three-headed snake capable of breathing balls of fire. He is also an inhabitant of Subcon, the land of dreams. His design is based on the mythical Lernaean Hydra, a giant, multi-headed serpent.



Not much of Tryclyde's past is revealed, though it is mentioned that he was originally an outcast; he was recruited by Wart due to his "cunning brain and offensive capabilities which are three times normal strength".[1]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

In Super Mario Bros. 2, Tryclyde acts as the guardian of World 2 and World 6. Upon sighting the player, he shoots fireballs at them. In order to injure Tryclyde, the player needs to throw three Mushroom Blocks at him, which are resistant to Tryclyde's fire breath. After being hit by three Mushroom Blocks, Tryclyde is defeated. In this incarnation, he is red with black stripes or wrinkles. Only the front two heads actually move and spit fire; the back one stays still and only reacts to getting hit.

While Tryclyde reprises his role in the version of Super Mario Bros. 2 included in Super Mario All-Stars, he is only the boss of World 2 in the Super Mario Advance port, his rematch in World 6 having been replaced by Mouser's own (originally from World 3). His color changes in the remakes; in Super Mario All-Stars, he is turquoise and orange, and a lighter shade of those colors in Super Mario Advance. He was voiced by Charles Martinet in the latter game, owing to the addition of voice acting to the characters. Upon defeat in Super Mario Advance, Tryclyde can be heard shouting, "Impossible!"

BS Super Mario USA[edit]

Tryclyde's mugshot from BS Super Mario USA.

Tryclyde returns with the other bosses from Super Mario Bros. 2 in BS Super Mario USA. Like in the first game, Tryclyde serves as a boss, and is fought in a similar way as in his battle from Super Mario Bros. 2.

Tryclyde appears to have a lime green coloration in this game.

Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up[edit]

Mario as a zookeeper.
Zookeeper coloring page.

In the coloring book game, Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up, the coloring page for Zoo Keeper features Tryclyde in a cage. The description for the job is as follows:

Mario the zoo keeper thinks he's one lucky fellow. After all, not many zoos in the world have such unusual creatures as Birdo, Tryclyde and Pidgit.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

“Three heads are better than one!”
Tryclyde, "The Adventures of Sherlock Mario"

Tryclyde (voiced by Harvey Atkin) is featured in several episodes of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, which depict him as being quite powerful, though somewhat unintelligent. He is shown to have a pale yellow belly as opposed to white. Instead of working for Wart, he works for King Koopa as a member of his Koopa Pack, often appearing to help him, Mouser and Koopa Troopa in their plots. His middle head could talk, but he rarely did so. He most often battled Princess Toadstool, who was usually able to defeat him. In "The Great Gladiator Gig", Tryclyde assumes the alter-ego of "Tryclydius" to fit with King Koopa's Roman motif, and in "Koopa Klaus", he assumes the moniker of "Randolph the Red-Nosed Tryclyde", going with King Koopa's Santa Claus motif.

In the series' writer's bible, it mentions that there are more than one Tryclyde.[2]

Nintendo Comics System[edit]

Though Tryclyde never made a direct appearance in any issues of Nintendo Comics System, one of the comics' Dear Princess Toadstool features had him writing to Princess Toadstool in a thinly veiled attempt to get a date with her. In the letter, Tryclyde refers to himself using words such as "we" and "we're."

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

In one of the bad endings of Pipe Down!, Ludwig von Koopa plays a mournful tune on a harmonica to summon Tryclyde to attack Mario and Luigi. Before the heroes can react, Tryclyde grabs them both by their rears and drags them off to his lair.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Tryclyde. Page 34, volume 8 from Super Mario-kun.

Tryclyde appears in volume 8 of Super Mario-kun. Tryclyde's heads are given distinct personalities: the middle one is big and a bully to the other heads, the left one is smart, and the right one is dumb. The three heads always bicker with each other, causing one of them to bite the other, when this happens, the middle head (having the pain receptors) always hurts itself. This bickering eventually helps them be defeated. Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi encounter Tryclyde in a pyramid. Tryclyde burns Mario and Yoshi, but Luigi has a Frog Suit. He gives Mario a Magical Potion. Tryclyde steals it from him, but drops it on Mario, enabling Mario to recover from a Mushroom. Mario then defeats Tryclyde by throwing Mushroom Blocks at him.

Tryclyde has appeared as part of Wart's ultimate form during the fight. He appears to be jutting from Wart's head.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio: He was once an outsider, but now he is one of Wart's helpers since he impressed Wart with his cunning brain and offensive capabilities which are three times normal strength.[1]

Super Mario Advance[edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio: Once an outsider, Tryclyde was enlisted by Wart because of his evil planning and triple-strength attack.[3]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族しゅぞく ビースト族
性格せいかく 荒々しい
登場とうじょうゲーム USA

Tribe: Beast clan
Disposition: Gruff
Game appearances: USA
Maybe the boss of the Cobrats
A fire-breathing three-necked snake that appears as a mid-boss in World 2 of USA. You can defeat both snakes by building a wall with Mushroom Blocks and hitting them with the spare blocks three times.

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Bio: W2とW6のボス。3つの頭を持ち、口から炎を吐いてくる。[5] (The boss of W2 and W6. It has three heads and spits fire from its mouth.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガブチョ[6] (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic)
ガプチョ[7] (Super Mario USA)
トライクライド[7] (Super Mario USA)
Possibly from「ガラゲーロ」(Garagēro, Cobrat) and「部長」(buchō, chief); may involve「ガブッと」(gabutto, onomatopoeia for chomping)

An alternate reading of「ガブチョ」(Gabucho)

Transliteration of the Super Mario Bros. 2 name
Chinese 三头蛇[8]
Sān-Tóu Shé
Three-Headed Snake
Dutch Tryclyde[9]
French Tryclyde
German Triclyde
Italian Tritesta (Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario All-Stars - 25th Anniversary Edition)
Trezucche (Super Mario Advance)
Triciclo (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)
Threeheads (plural of "zucca", meaning "pumpkin", also is figuratively used for "head")
Korean 삼두사
Three-Headed Snake


  • Official artwork only shows visible bottom teeth, yet in the game he has sharp, prominent upper teeth. He is also depicted with plain smooth skin rather than stripes.
  • There are some unused sprites in Super Mario Advance of Cobrat with Tryclyde's palette. Presumably, if they were used, he would act like Fryguy and Clawgrip and start out as a regular enemy type before undergoing a transformation.[10]
  • In the Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance ports of the game, Tryclyde was recolored turquoise in the game, yet official artworks still depict him in red like the original NES version. Similarly, the Phanto is yellow and golden in its sprite, yet retains its white and red coloration in artwork.


  1. ^ a b Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 27.
  2. ^ The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! writer's bible
  3. ^ Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 12.
  4. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 54.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section, page 67.
  6. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 36.
  7. ^ a b Super Mario USA instruction booklet, page 30.
  8. ^ From the ending scenes of Super Mario Advance as localized by iQue. Reference: 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧2敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic, page 35.
  10. ^ TCRF. Super Mario Advance § Unused Enemies. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved October 25, 2013.