Undodog

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“Undodog will help you correct a minor mistake by cancelling your last action. You will quickly find that this hound is a great friend.”
Instruction manual, page 6, Mario Paint

Sprites of Undodog (left) with his icon (right)

Undodog (also referred to as Undo Dog[citation needed]) is a helpful character in Mario Paint, selectable as an icon in the bottom toolbox in the Art and Music modes. His appearance is that of a tan dog with a thin black box around his neck, like a collar, probably representing the outline of his icon. His name is a pun on the word "underdog", and a portmanteau of the words "undo" and "dog", and, as his name states, he helps the player undo the last action. He will also dance and jump around at the bottom of the screen when the player is idle in the stamp editor or drawing board color selection. He will quickly run back to his original location if the player moves the mouse. If the player turns the game's music off and leaves it silent, Undodog will sometimes sneeze loudly. According to the instruction manual for the game, this is because of his allergies. [1]

Undodog as he appears in Super Mario Maker.

He reappears in Super Mario Maker, with the same function as his original appearance: reverting the player's last edit. In this appearance, he wears a white box resembling an Elizabethan collar instead of a black box. He also appears throughout the game outside of the course editor such as in the game's manual with Mary O and Yamamura, riding a rocket in the background in Course World and when a player completes the 10-Mario or 100-Mario Challenges, and in the corner during Gnat Attack. When 10 seconds remain on the timer in Gnat Attack, he'll start barking and jumping excitedly. If the player shakes the heart SFX, its icon will turn into Undodog wearing a surgical face mask. This SFX will cause static to appear briefly with a buzzing sound followed by the course's music turned off temporarily (or permanently, if it is equipped to Mario). The icon and the music being turned off is a throwback to Mario Paint where the bottom lever in the background music option has a similar appearance and effect when selected. A special event course titled "Walkin' with Undodog" also exists.

Undodog makes cameo appearances in the WarioWare: Touched! microgame, Mario Paint, and his icon can also be seen in the WarioWare: D.I.Y. microgame for Mario Paint.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 1つもどる
hitotsu modoru
アンドゥ犬
Andu Inu
Back one (Mario Paint)
Undo Dog (Super Mario Maker)
Spanish Deshacer/Can-celín Undo
French Annuler Cancel
Dutch Stap terug Step back
German Rückgängig machen Cancel
Italian Cancellino Eraser. "Can" means "cane", the italian word for dog
Portuguese (NOE) Anular Cancel
Russian Отмена
Otmena
Cancel

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "When you click on the icon shaped like a treble clef, you can access a control panel that will let you change the background music. In this section, you can choose one of three different tunes. The fourth lever lets you work inside a quiet working environment. Don't be surprised, however, if Undodog's allergies cause him to sneeze occasionally."Mario Paint US instruction manual, page 19