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Toad has made many appearances in the Super Mario franchise. Like Mario, Luigi, and Peach, Toad's history has spanned from video games to television shows, comics, and other promotional material. Many of his appearances show him as a side character or even a playable character. Many other Toads have been given primary roles, often making it hard to determine who the actual Toad character is.

Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros. 2 / Super Mario Advance

Artwork of Princess Peach, Luigi, Mario and Toad.
The characters in Super Mario Advance are depicted in order of run speed

While often retroactively believed to be one of the Toads in the original Super Mario Bros., the individual character Toad did not debut until Super Mario Bros. 2. In the game, he, along with Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool, goes on a picnic at the beginning of the game. As they head out, the four heroes soon discover a cave that leads to the strange world known as Subcon. Upon reaching the mythical area, Toad and his friends then learn that the once peaceful land is now ruled by the tyrannical toad, Wart. Agreeing to stop Wart and bring peace to the land, the quartet immediately set off to defeat the villain and rescue the original inhabitants of Subcon. Toad, Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool eventually defeat the evil tyrant toad after traveling through the mystical land and defeating Wart's army (the 8 bits). Upon Wart's defeat, Toad and his friends then go on to save the people of Subcon, thus bringing peace to the land. At the end of the game, however, it is revealed that the events of the game were just a part of Mario's dream.

Gameplay-wise, Toad is the worst jumper, but he is extremely fast when it comes to picking vegetables or digging through sand. He also is super speedy, making him the fastest of the four characters, being the only character who runs faster than normal while carrying a "heavy" object that would slow the other characters down. While being the weakest jumper, Toad is capable of overcoming this problem by performing a Power Squat Jump (a jump that is twice as strong as his regular jumps).

While his artwork depicts him with red spots like in most of his appearances, his sprite in Super Mario Bros. 2 depicts him with blue spots instead. However, in Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance, his sprite uses his usual red spots, although his cap is more yellow-ish than white.

Super Mario Bros. 3 / Super Mario Advance 4

In Super Mario Bros. 3, Toad is mentioned in the instruction booklet storyline as saying goodbye and good luck to Mario and Luigi alongside the princess. While this is retained in the manual of Super Mario Advance 4, the opening depicts the letter from the Toad servant of the king of Grass Land as signed by "Toad", and the princess is not seen in the company of any Toad. In either case, he would appear not to be in charge of the Toad Houses or Spade Panels.

BS Super Mario USA

In the Satellaview exclusive game BS Super Mario USA, Toad returns as one of the four playable characters alongside Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach. As BS Super Mario USA serves as a pseudo-sequel to the game Super Mario Bros. 2, the game serves as a continuation to the adventures of Toad and his friends in the land of Subcon. The game's story begins after the events of Super Mario Bros. 2 at the scene where the four characters begin to believe that Subcon really did not exist and that their previous adventure was nothing but a dream. However, the four heroes were proven to be wrong when the protagonists were called back to Subcon by Ōsama, the King of Subcon. Upon arriving at Subcon once again, the King informs Toad and his friends about the news of Wart's recent take-over of Subcon once more (having overthrown Ōsama during the process). Hearing the King's pleas, Toad and his three friends once again head out to stop Wart and his army and return the kingdom back to Ōsama's possession.

While the player starts off as Mario at the beginning of the game, a timer in the game has the player's character change at various times to one of the other three characters (including Toad himself) throughout the game.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS

The Super Mario 64 instruction booklet mentions that Toad is missing which presumably makes him one of the many Toads trapped within the castle walls,[1] but the Super Mario 64 DS instruction booklet instead indicates that Toad is the first one seen in the game, and is not missing.[2] The Player's Guide uses both "Toad" and "Mushroom Retainers" to refer to the Toads that relinquish Power Stars on the second floor and third floor.[3]

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Artwork of Toad running, from Super Mario 3D World. Artwork of Cat Toad from Super Mario 3D World.

Artwork of Toad from Super Mario 3D World, demonstrating his prominent running speed, and Cat Toad

Toad returns in Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury as one of the playable characters. In this game, Toad is depicted with blue spots, which is consistent with his in-game appearance in the NES version of Super Mario Bros. 2, as well as the look of Blue Toad from the New Super Mario Bros. games. During the introduction sequence, Toad is seen taking a late evening stroll with his friends Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach near Peach's castle. However, Toad is the first to notice a strange Clear Pipe in front of them in a tilted position. After Mario and Luigi fix the pipe, the gang meets the green Sprixie Princess, who warns the four friends of Bowser's evil plot to capture all the Sprixies. Unfortunately, Bowser arrives soon after and captures her. After Peach falls into the pipe trying to stop Bowser, Toad immediately jumps into the pipe with Mario and a cowering Luigi to start their new adventure.

During gameplay, Toad's abilities are very similar to those in Super Mario Bros. 2: he is the fastest playable character, but he has the shortest jumping height and the fastest falling speed. If he becomes Small, the colors of his cap are reversed to blue with white spots. As Fire Toad, he has Fire Yellow Toad's color scheme, though his pants remain white.

While Toad does not appear in Bowser's Fury, the kittens' colors other than the calico kitten match those of the playable characters' Cat Suits in Super Mario 3D World other than Mario, with the blue one matching Toad's.

Super Mario Maker

Toad in his modern colors, in Super Mario Maker.

Toad appears as a Mystery Mushroom costume in Super Mario Maker, which can be unlocked by either clearing the 100 Mario Challenge on the Easy setting and above or by scanning the Toad amiibo. His sprite is based off of his modern design, as opposed to any of his older sprites. Upon contact with a Mystery Mushroom, Toad exclaims, "Here I go!" Additionally, when Mario rescues a Toad while wearing the Toad costume, the Toad will say, "Ah, Captain! It's terrible! Princess Peach has been taken to another castle!" likely referencing Captain Toad.

If Mario becomes Big Mario, Bull's-Eye Bills and red cannonballs become Toad.

Super Mario Run

Toad appears as an unlockable playable character in Super Mario Run. He is obtained by linking the game to the player's My Nintendo account and redeeming the reward.

Much like in Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D World, Toad is once again the fastest of the playable characters; however, his jumps are now on par with Mario's. Despite this, Toad (along with all the other playable characters except Mario and Luigi) can only take one hit from an enemy or obstacle before losing a life. This has changed in version 3.4.0, when every character in the game is now able to access the Small form while starting out in their Super forms when starting a stage, with the exception of Mario and Luigi.

When playing as Toadette, Toad will take her place as the referee of Toad Rally.

Super Mario Maker 2

Artwork of Super Mario Maker 2
Toad and the playable cast in their builder outfits in Super Mario Maker 2

Toad appears as a playable character in Super Mario Maker 2 alongside Toadette, Mario, and Luigi. Much like in Super Mario 3D World, Toad is depicted with blue spots while some of his previous special forms such as Cat Toad also return. Akin to Toadette, Toad has also received new sprites for the formats of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World; furthermore, the lattermost of which marks the first appearance of a Toad within the title.

Toad also gains 7 new forms: Big Toad, Superball Toad, Raccoon Toad, Frog Toad, Cape Toad, Balloon Toad, and Builder Toad. In the Super Mario 3D World game style, his Fire form has a blue cap rather than the yellow one he has in that game itself.

Aside from appearing as a playable character, Toad takes on the role as the job-handling "Taskmaster" in Story Mode, where he appears in his usual red-spotted, blue-vested appearance and wears a gray hard hat. As the Taskmaster, Toad provides Mario with requests in the form of levels that he can complete to earn coins. Toad also appears in two of the stickers that players can post in Course World, with the same appearance: one of them depicts him high-fiving Toadette, and another depicts the two holding hands together.

Super Mario Bros.-style Blue Toad in Super Mario Maker 2

Toad's Super Mario Bros. sprite is different from his sprite in the original Super Mario Maker. Aside from the blue colors, it has a darker shade of skin and is wider than his appearance from Super Mario Maker.

DIC cartoons

Toad appears as a major character in both The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where he assists Princess Toadstool and the Mario Brothers into stopping King Koopa and his plans. Due to his absence in the game Super Mario World, Toad does not appear in the Super Mario World animated series and was replaced by Yoshi.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

“The things I do for Princess Toadstool...”
Toad, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Toad in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "The Bird! The Bird!"
Toad in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "Count Koopula"

Toad (played by John Stocker) is a major supporting character The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. Like his game counterpart, Toad is one of Toadstool's most loyal servants and protects Princess Toadstool from Bowser and his Koopa Troop forces, with later help of the Mario Bros. Like Princess Toadstool, he may get kidnapped and maybe with Mario and/or Luigi. Toad has two alternate forms in this series, Super Toad and Toad Warrior.

According to the episode "Escape from Koopatraz", Toad's father is named Moldy. Additionally, he calls his paternal grandfather Gramps.

In comparison to his game counterpart, Toad looks a little different in the cartoons. His cap is a little bit darker and the waistcoat is red instead of blue. His pants and shoes are also light and dark tones of purple, respectively. For the first three episodes of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Toad's color scheme is reversed, having a red mushroom cap with white spots, along with a white vest and red pants; this color scheme is reused for his Super form in "The Fire of Hercufleas".

On an additional note, Toad often makes squeaky sounds, which is noticeable whenever he gets grabbed or touches ground. Here, Toad is portrayed by John Stocker, who reprises his role as him in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

“Never trust a Koopa unless ya check up on him!”
Toad, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
P-Wing
Toad and Princess Toadstool after using the P-Wing in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

Like in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Toad was seen as Mario's sidekick in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, often adventuring with him. Despite this, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3's last episode, "Super Koopa," has Toad complaining about always being left behind in the adventures (though this might be in reference to his diminishing roles in the games). The main cast even stayed in Toad's house for many episodes as well as a place of shelter. "Baby Toad" has made his only appearance in the episode, "Toddler Terrors of Time Travel", which had Toad, as well as Mario, Luigi, Bowser, and Kooky von Koopa regressed to infant states due to a malfunction with a time machine.

Episodes such as "Up, Up, and a Koopa" has Toad using various Power-Ups such as the P-Wing to gain forms such as Raccoon Toad in order to help the Mario Bros. with the assistance of Princess Toadstool. The final episode of the series "Super Koopa" has Toad making a stronger reference to his actual role from Super Mario Bros. 3 as he potentially saved the day using his knowledge of items to power up the Mario Bros. during their time of peril. Toad's own character was given more development as he often had to fix the problems he caused due to his own misfortune as seen in episodes such as "A Toadally Magical Adventure".

Nintendo Comics System

Issues of Nintendo Comics System portrayed Toad as more outgoing than previous incarnations; with another Toad named Wooster acting as the servant of Princess Toadstool and the Mushroom King. Throughout the many comics, Toad would often adventure with Mario (in a sidekick-like manner), with issues such as "Betrayal Most Proper" showing that Toad was able to hold his own in a fistfight with various enemies.

Piranha-Round Sue

Piranha-Round Sue scene, of the Super Mario comic published by the Nintendo Comics System
Toad and Mario leave to retrieve the magic wand to reverse the effects of the curse over the Mushroom King. In this scene, Toad is telling Mario of his plan of how the two can obtain the wand safely.

In the issue Piranha-Round Sue of the Nintendo Comic System, Toad plays an active role as Mario's sidekick in the story. Toad is first seen with Mario rushing into the King's chambers while claiming that the Piranha Plants were rebelling against the Kingdom. However, the two soon learn that the King had been turned into a chameleon-like creature and that a wand was required to turn him back to his original form. The King reveals that the wand was located somewhere within the Piranha Plant headquarters, and as such he gives Toad and Mario the task of retrieving it. The King gives Mario the special item known as the Green Gecko Gem for protection against the Piranha Plants (the gem casts a force field around whoever holds it).

After retrieving the gem, Mario and Toad head off towards the Piranha Plant headquarters. While leaving the castle, Toad tells Mario a plan of rushing ahead while defeating the enemies in their way. Mario agrees and runs and bounces ahead using the Green Gecko Gem's protective field while Toad, unfortunately, falls behind (as a result of not having the power of the Green Gecko Gem). As Toad attempts to catch up with Mario, he is stopped by Piranha Sue (who is attempting to devise a plan of stealing the Green Gecko Gem). In an attempt to steal the gem, she manipulates Toad by asking how badly he is treated as a sidekick to Mario, and that Toad should have been the one to receive the Green Gecko Gem from the King. At first Toad ignores her comments bluntly by arguing that Mario is his friend; however, she continues to persuade the mushroom retainer by telling him that with the power of the gem, he could become the new King of the Kingdom and achieve respect from the others. Toad eventually gives in to Piranha Sue's ideas, and devises a plan with her by pretending that he was drowning in a nearby river in order to have Mario return, drop the gem (so that Piranha Sue can hold on to it for Toad after he is saved), and save him.

During that time, Mario has already retrieved the magic wand (needed to transform the King back to his original form), and was heading back towards the castle. However, on his way back Mario notices Toad who was inside the creek. Mario asks Toad why he is in the water while Toad asks Mario to save him. Initially, Mario was not sure to drop the gem as he worried if someone else would take the gem (in spite of Toad's exclaims of dropping the gem); however, at this point of time, Piranha Sue used one of her roots to grab onto Toad's feet and pulled him down deeper into the water causing him to actually start drowning. In Toad's screams of really drowning, Mario becomes shocked and jumps in to save his friend while dropping the gem. At this point of time, Piranha Sue snatches the gem and becomes invincible. After Toad was saved by Mario, he innocently asks the Piranha Plant to give the gem to him; however, she ridicules the mushroom retainer by calling him a fool and announcing that she is now invincible.

Fortunately, Bowser appears at that point of time and demands the reason why Piranha Sue was in this area (meanwhile Mario and Toad hide nearby). She replies that she now had the power of the Green Gecko Gem for him. However, Bowser simply tosses the gem away deeming it to be useless and instead punishes the Piranha Plant (by choking her) for her actions. Meanwhile, Toad and Mario re-obtain the gem (with Toad even processing the powers of the gem on their way back) and head back towards the castle thanks to the efforts of Toad's plan. After getting back, Mario uses the wand to reverse the magic over the Mushroom King in order to turn him back to a human. After becoming a human again, everyone (including Toad) celebrates Mario and Toad’s victory of defeating Piranha Sue and saving the King.

Koopa's Believe It or Else!

Toad makes a cameo in the Nintendo Comic System issue Koopa's Believe It or Else! where he is seen holding the Mario Cap full of stuffing while the Mario Bros. in the background. Bowser’s reasoning for this message was that of making a claim that in the Mushroom Kingdom, stuffed plumber's caps were a favorite meal in relation to how stuffed mushroom caps are a great delicacy in Brooklyn (where Mario and Luigi came from).

The Kingdom Enquirer

Scene from The Kingdom Enquirer
Toad messily opening up his package from the reporter institution he graduated from

In the issue The Kingdom Enquirer of the Nintendo Comic System, Toad makes a major appearance as one of the lead characters in the story. Toad is first seen in the introduction where he is seen to have received a package from a postal worker and is seen to immediately be opening it as a curious Wooster watches the scene. After having Wooster guess what was inside his parcel a few times, Toad reveals to him that the package contained his graduation package from the "The Apook Correspondence School of Journalism, Hotel Management and Transmission Repair". While Wooster ridicules Toad for the simplicity of graduating the institution (saying that he remembered that the entire curriculum of the school consisted of Toad sending them a check), Toad ignores the other Toad and grabs his reporter gear that was in his graduation package. At this point of time, Mario and the Mushroom King exit a nearby door and started discussing about a top-secret mission. Toad’s curiosity got the better of him, and he begins to follow Mario by saying that he is going to report for his secret mission.

While Mario initially is fine with Toad following him, he begins to get irritated as Toad starts to narrate and write every move that he and Mario make (even exaggerating some of them) while the two walk. After reaching a Warp Pipe that transports them to World 1-3, a Boomerang Brother overhears Mario and Toad talking about a secret mission, and begins to attack the duo. While the two were able to avoid the Boomerang Brother, Mario begins to get annoyed by Toad, and eventually leaves the mushroom retainer alone after Toad begins to quote passages from his Reporters Hand Book. As Mario leaves, Toad is immediately addressed by two shrubs (two movie star bushes) who tell Toad that they have a story for him to write about.

After interviewing the two shrubs, Toad attempts to catch up with Mario by jumping on a ♩ Block to reach him. As he attempts to jump on the block, Toad is addressed by two Hammer Bros.; one of which demands Toad to listen to his story once he identified that Toad is a reporter. As the Hammer Bro tells Toad of his stories, more Hammer Bros., Koopa Troopas, Koopa Paratroopas, and even Bullet Bills start to arrive to tell Toad of their incidents. On the other hand, Toad begins to show a lack of interest in their stories as more of them begin to arrive. Eventually, a fight gets loose between the enemies in correlation with who can receive Toad’s attention. At this point of time, Toad begins to panic, and he begins to be run away from the group.

Noticing that Toad was running away from the growing number of Koopas, Mario leaps down from a cloud that he was on and lands beside an exhausted Toad near a Warp Pipe. Seeing Mario, Toad introduces Mario to the group of enemies that had followed him. A Koopa Troopa immediately recognizes Mario, and announces his identity to the rest of the group who all agree to defeat Mario for Bowser’s purpose. A nearby Koopa immediately asks Toad to write about their defeating of Mario which Toad prominently replies by saying that he has already done that. Toad then asks a Koopa Paratroopa to deliver his transcript to the offices of "The Kingdom Enquirer". The Paratroopa cheerfully agrees and does the task as a surprised Mario onlooks the entire scene from between the group.

Once the Paratroopa had left, Toad tells all the surrounding enemies that he has actually entitled his story as "The Trouble With Troopas" and goes on to say that he actually wrote about all the secrets he was told, saying King Koopa will probably punish all the enemies present for telling confidential information and for doing such things as stealing Bowser's money and personal chocolates. The group of enemies immediately get horrified and surprised by Toad’s blackmail, and immediately leave Mario and Toad alone as they rush off to stop the Koopa Paratroopa who had left to deliver Toad’s transcript to The Kingdom Enquirer. After all the enemies have left, Mario asks Toad if he had actually found out about any other secrets that day. In spite of Mario’s pestering of him, Toad resolves to not reveal any more secrets to anyone by saying that he must protect his sources and that so he can keep his own secrets as the two walk off into the horizon.

Nintendo Adventure Books

Toad was also featured as a recurring character in Valiant's Nintendo Adventure Books, though here, he was somewhat overshadowed in his appearances by Yoshi who instead played the role of the sidekick rather than Toad.

Club Nintendo comics

The Ghost of Past from Warios Weihnachtsmärchen

Toad also made several appearances in the comics provided by the Club Nintendo magazines. While most of his appearances were minor, some made a strong impact on the comic's tale as well.

Süße Weihnachten

In the comic strip Süße Weihnachten, Toad plays the role of a doctor. He is first seen when he spots Bowser falling to the ground in pain after obtaining a stomachache. Upon seeing him in pain, Toad swiftly runs to Dr. Mario and tells him of the issue. As Bowser is brought into Dr. Mario's cabin, Dr. Mario checks Bowser's condition along with the help of Dr. Toad and Nurse Toadstool. After the diagnosis, Dr. Mario, Dr. Toad, and Nurse Toadstool prescribe Bowser "a bitter pill every hour instead of marzipan" in order for him to get better.

As the trio leaves, Bowser is seen to be in pain as he thinks of the party taking place at that very time in which Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad would all be enjoying without him (as Bowser had become sick from eating all the sweets at the party before it began).

Ostern im Schwammerlland

In Ostern im Schwammerlland, Toad has a picnic together with Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach. Eventually, the group finds a Yoshi Egg, which soon hatches into their new friend Yoshi.

Super Mario Klemp-Won-Do: Muskeln sind nicht alles!

Toad makes a small yet notable cameo in Super Mario Klemp-Won-Do: Muskeln sind nicht alles! He appears in the scene before Mario faces off against Blanka by supporting him and bringing him some bananas. The bananas prove to be the source of Mario's victory as he effectively uses the peels to make Blanka slip out of the boxing ring.

Super Mario: Die Bescherung

In the comic Super Mario: Die Bescherung, Toad appears as one of the guests that Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool had invited over for their Christmas party. The other guests invited for the party included Yoshi, Link, Pit, and Mega Man. During the party, Toad can be seen to be enjoying himself while having a conversation with Pit and Mega Man.

Sometime after Mario had left the house for unknown reasons, the doorbell suddenly rings. Toad (along with the help of Yoshi) decides to investigate and opens the door. Upon opening the door, the two discover someone dressed up as Santa Claus and having a strong resemblance to Mario. In their excitement, both Toad and Yoshi believe that the stranger is actually Santa Claus while Luigi and Link claim to have seen through Mario's "trick." As the Santa Claus-like man is about to give out presents, Mario enters the room and asks if he missed anything. Having seen two so similar-looking men, everyone else in the room (including Toad) becomes perplexed to see both at the same time.

Super Mario: Mario im Wunderland

Toad also makes an appearance in the comic Super Mario: Mario im Wunderland, where he was the first person for Mario to meet when he arrives in Wunderland (in fact, Mario had landed on top of Toad upon arriving). Mario's appearance had drastically changed, however, appearing much like a girl upon arriving in Wunderland and he asks Toad for help so that he could get back home. Toad tells Mario that he was on his way to visit the wizard named Crab to ask him to grant his own wish (which was to become larger in size) and Toad happily invites Mario to follow him to the wizard's castle so that the wizard could grant his wish to go back home.

Along the way, the duo meet some other friends who join their group (Kirby and Yoshi); each having their own wishes to ask the wizard. Eventually, the group of friends arrived at the castle and the wizard grants them their wishes, however in a horrible way. Toad's wish which was to only become larger had his wish fulfilled however he grows into an enormous size instead (possibly due to the wizard's lack of control over his own magic).

Warios Weihnachtsmärchen

While Toad himself does not make an actual appearance in the comic Warios Weihnachtsmärchen, The Ghost of Past (who shows Wario about his past life) strongly resembles Toad. The Ghost of the Past was the first of the ghosts to appear before Wario and he showed his early life as an infant all the way till he was almost an adult. In all of these sequences, he reveals that the reason Wario had a grudge against Mario was that Mario beat him in everything from building sandcastles as children to impressing Princess Peach during their school years.

Mario in Mariozilla

Toad makes a small appearance in the comic Mario in Mariozilla in the introduction. He is first seen alongside Mario and Yoshi where the three heroes were seen looking for Easter eggs in Mario's garden. However, their search is interrupted when Kamek and several Toadies arrive and put a spell on Mario to shrink him to a miniature size. However, the spell backfires and instead Mario grows to an enormous size. Upon seeing his gigantic friend, Toad fearfully asks if Mario had became evil, to which the plumber accidentally responds by taking a step forward, causing Toad, Yoshi, and Kamek's group to flee in fear.

Super Mario-kun

Toad on the cover of the forty-fourth issue of Super Mario-kun (featuring Super Mario 3D Land)

Toad makes an appearance in the Japanese exclusive manga series Super Mario-kun as a prominent recurring character throughout its numerous installments. Within the storyline, Toad serves as the head or captain of the Toad guards at Princess Peach's Castle and is often seen to be very protective of her. However, in spite of Toad's different attempts at protecting her during the various issues, Peach still manages to get kidnapped by Bowser frequently due to the certain small flaws in the plans that Toad and the other guards create while guarding Peach. As a result, Toad is often seen as a character featuring comedic relief within the manga series (especially in the scenes featuring the antics of him and the other guards).

Toad makes a prominent appearance in the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth issues of Super Mario-kun, which feature an adaptation of Wario's Woods (the game where Toad starred as the main hero). In these three issues, Toad is accompanied by his friends Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi as the four help Wanda fight off Wario's attempt to take over the Mushroom Kingdom. While Toad does very little at first, he plays a prominent role in the battle against Seizer where he is first seen fleeing in fear after seeing the skeletal boss. However, after seeing his friends getting injured in the battle, Toad steps into the battlefield and battles Seizer by himself and eventually wins the battle against the grim reaper-like boss through his own determination.

Toad also plays a major role within the issues featuring Mario Party where he guides Mario and friends throughout the adventure. In spite of Toadsworth's presence within the later issues, Toad continues to make recurring appearances (including the issue featuring the Mario & Luigi titles such as Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story). Toad also makes a major appearance as Mario's sidekick within the forty-fourth issue based on Super Mario 3D Land.

Nintendo Power comics

Super Mario Adventures

In Super Mario Adventures, Toad travels with Princess Toadstool and several other Mushroom Retainers on a quest to defeat Bowser; unfortunately, Princess Toadstool, Toad, and the other Toads are ambushed by Lakitu, with only Toad himself having escaped the battle. A wounded Toad later manages to reach Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi at Yoshi's Island. After recovering, Toad decides to team up with the trio in an attempt to rescue Princess Toadstool. However, their plan backfires when Mario is accidentally captured instead within Bowser's Castle while the princess manages to rescue herself (though her attempt had caused her to lose consciousness upon escaping).

As Toadstool recovers, Toad, Luigi, and Yoshi catch sight of a boat containing Mechakoopas sailing from Bowser's Castle. The Mechakoopas illustrate the demand that Bowser wanted by demanding that the trio put Toadstool into the boat and return her to Bowser's Castle; otherwise, the captured Mario would be executed. The trio become shocked by the demand (with Toad even exclaiming that the whole ordeal was blackmail) and as they come to the conclusion that they have no other choice to make, a businessman known as the Friendly Floyd arrives to the scene and makes a plan with the trio to disguise Luigi as the Princess and vise-versa. As Toadstool regains consciousness, she catches sight of Toad and realizes that Mario had been captured instead as she made her own escape. Upon realizing that she was in Luigi's clothes, Toad tells her that a plan has already been made to rescue Mario and that everyone's cooperation is needed. Soon, Toad and Yoshi talk about the plan to sneak a bomb-wielding Princess Toadstool and Friendly Floyd into the Koopalings' tower disguised as pizza delivery workers in order to help Luigi save Mario. Toad also helped to battle the Koopalings along with Luigi, Toadstool, and Yoshi after their disguises were discovered. After the battle, Toad was blown from the tower with everyone else when it exploded.

Fortunately, Toad survived along with the rest of his friends (including the once kidnapped Mario) and he soon accompanied the rest of the heroes in an attempt to get back to their homes. However, after getting lost, Toad makes a plan of using Toadstool's cape and getting back to the Mushroom Kingdom in order to send for help to help the rest of his friends. Unfortunately, as Toad attempted to reach the Mushroom Kingdom with Toadstool's cape, he was only to be captured by Bowser and his forces and held hostage. Oddly, Toad's fate in the comic is never made clear, as he was never rescued from Bowser's clutches (though he was seen alerting Princess Toadstool of the state of the Mushroom Kingdom after Bowser had arrived).

Strangely, this comic depicts Toad with a different color scheme in comparison to his game counterpart as instead of a white mushroom cap with red spots, Toad instead has an inverted red cap with white spots. While he sports good vision, he is seen constantly seen to be sporting large sunglasses that cover his eyes. This appears to be a trait of the attire that Toadstool's guards seem to wear throughout the comic series.

Mario vs. Wario: The Birthday Bash

Toad makes an appearance in the Club Nintendo comic Mario vs. Wario: The Birthday Bash. He is seen alongside Princess Peach, Mario, Luigi, and Wario during the scene in which the group of five were on a walk to the park. However, on their way there, Peach spots a Samus doll in the window which she has set her love for. During this scene, Mario and Wario both start getting ideas of getting the doll for her birthday (which was arriving soon). In spite of the distraction, both Toad and Luigi can be seen frantically trying to get the attention of their three friends as the two did not want the group to miss the bus that had just arrived.

Alongside Mario, Luigi, and Wario, Toad along with the other Toads are later seen to be decorating Peach's Castle in preparation for her birthday party. He likely celebrated her birthday along with everyone else once the party began at the end of the comic strip.

Mario Golf series

Toad in Mario Golf

Toad has appeared in several Mario Golf titles as a non-playable character. In NES Open Tournament Golf, Toad appears with a blue flag to inform the player whenever an O.B. occurs. During the opening cinematic to Mario Golf, Toad makes a short appearance waving a flag in the heavy rough where Luigi had hit his ball (he also plays the role of informing the player whenever an O.B. occurs once again in the actual game). Despite his lack of playability, there is also a course named in his honor which is the Toad Highlands in Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64. He appears on the main menu screen of Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour as well as in the corner of the screen while golfing in any mode.

Toad is playable for the first time in the series in Mario Golf: World Tour, where he is an unlockable character, obtained by collecting 40 Star Coins in Challenge Mode. His celebration, bogey, and par animations include him being cheered on by his fellow toad companions. Miis can also use his golf clubs and ball and wear outfits based on him, and his costume will be available if 100 gear items are unlocked.

In Mario Golf: Super Rush Toad makes his second playable appearance, donning a new golf outfit. Toad also appears in the Golf Adventure mode, acting as a guide and helping the player in their adventure through their golf watch. Despite wearing a blue vest when seen in the overworld, Toad wears a red vest in his dialogue sprite when speaking through the golf watch.

Mario Kart series

Official LINE sticker for Mario Kart 8.
Toad in a LINE sticker for Mario Kart 8

Super Mario Kart

Toad is playable in Super Mario Kart, as a lightweight character. His signature color is blue (the color of his vest) since Mario occupies red. Whenever Toad is left as a CPU or a non-player character, his special ability is throwing Poison Mushrooms that make another player shrink when hit (an ability that he shares with Princess Toadstool). However, Toad cannot use this ability whenever he is chosen as the player's character (as like any of the other playable characters and their exclusive abilities when chosen as non-player characters).

Mario Kart 64

Toad is also playable in Mario Kart 64, and he also has his own course, Toad's Turnpike. Like in the first game, he is again a lightweight character; however, this time he shares this weight classification with Princess Peach and Yoshi.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Toad reappears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as one of the two lightest and fastest characters in the game - the other being Princess Peach. As in the past Mario Kart titles, Toad's greatest attribute in this game is acceleration (which contributes to his high speed statistic in the game).

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Toad is given a partner in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Toadette. His and Toadette's special item is the Golden Mushroom. Along with Toadette and their kart, the Toad Kart, Toad is featured as an unlockable character, marking the only time he is unlockable in the Mario Kart series. He is unlocked by completing the Special Cup on the 100cc mode.

While he does not have his own track in this game, artwork of Toad (taken from Super Mario Sunshine) can be seen on a billboard at Peach Beach and several banners of him can be spotted throughout the beginning sector of Yoshi Circuit.

Mario Kart Arcade GP

Toad makes an appearance in arcade exclusive game Mario Kart Arcade GP as a playable racer. Featured as a light weight character, Toad's special items in this game are the Miracle Mushroom, Poison Mushroom, Mushroom Hammer, and Mushroom Powder.

Mario Kart DS

In Mario Kart DS, Toad is a default playable character and is of the lightweight class. He has three personal karts which consist of the following: the Standard TD, the Mushmellow, and the 4-Wheel Cradle. Alongside being playable in Grand Prix mode, Toad is the main character in one of the boss races in Mission Mode. In this mission, he races against the Goomboss throughout the racecourse Baby Park. Toad also appears in many other instances of the Mission Mode (most of which involve Toad racing through numbered gates).

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

Toad appears in the sequel to the exclusive arcade version of Mario Kart in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. Toad is featured as one of the three easy control racers (the other two characters under this classification are Ms. Pac-Man and Mametchi). The special items featured for Toad in this game are the same as the ones he had in the original Mario Kart Arcade GP title.

While he does not have his own racecourse in the game, Toad does receive a few notable cameos within several other courses. In the course Yoshi Park 1, large paper cutout figures of Toad (done in the art style of the Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Story games) can be spotted throughout the course including in the section depicting cakes and sweets where figures of Toad and Yoshi can be seen to be baking cakes together. In the course Yoshi Park 2, figures of Toad along with Toadette and Toadsworth can be seen in the beginning part of the Trick House area.

Mario Kart Wii

Toad takes to the wheel once again in Mario Kart Wii, as a small-sized driver. He has his own track in this game, Toad's Factory, and is the staff ghost for this track. Toad is given a good acceleration and drift bonus, which made vehicles like the Cheep Charger and Bullet Bike accelerate and drift better than normal. Toad uses the same vehicles as the other small characters, but they are available in different colors (Toad's vehicles are blue). Toad is tied with Princess Peach and Waluigi for having the best drift and acceleration stats respectively in the game.

Mario Kart 7

Toad is also a playable character in Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. Like in the previous installments, he is one of the default playable racers in the game and is a Feather-weight character whose greatest attribute is his acceleration. In this game, he has his own track called Toad Circuit (which serves as the first course in the Grand Prix mode).

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Toad returns in Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U once again as a default lightweight character, only this time as a heavy lightweight. This means that his acceleration, handling, and traction stats are reduced to increase his speed and weight stats. He shares this trait with Koopa Troopa, Shy Guy, Toadette, Lakitu, Larry, Wendy, and Isabelle.

Toad owns two racecourses, which are the new Toad Harbor and returning N64 Toad's Turnpike (the latter being his staff ghost course).

Like in the previous games, Toad uses blue as his main color scheme. This color is used for every color-changing vehicle part and glider that Toad uses, such as the Circuit Special, Super Glider, and Pipe Frame. His secondary color is red, which is used for the Sneeker and Sport Bike. A CPU-controlled Toad sometimes uses the Sneeker.

Toad also appears on posters for the sponsors Galaxy Air and the 1-Up Mushroom Car Insurance Group.

Toad returns in the Nintendo Switch port Mario Kart 8 Deluxe where he now only shares stats with Shy Guy and Larry and is the heaviest of all the five groups of lightweights. He has the highest top speed and weight of all the lightweights, but has the lowest acceleration and traction stats of the entire lightweights.

Mario Kart Tour

Toad appears in Mario Kart Tour as one of the starting playable characters, with the other two potential starters being Toadette and Peachette. He appears as a Super driver and has the Triple Mushrooms as his special skill. Toad is the sole playable character in the tutorial and when the in-game update data is being downloaded.

The 2019 Paris Tour introduced a variant of Toad in blue pit crew apparel, referred to as Toad (Pit Crew); classified as a Super driver, his special skill is the Boomerang Flower. In the 2020 New Year's Tour, Toad received a High-End variant called Toad (Party Time), who has the Mushroom Cannon as his special skill, which became available in regular tour pipes in the Battle Tour. In the 2020 Trick Tour, Builder Toad was added to the game as a High-End driver alongside Builder Mario to promote the final major update for Super Mario Maker 2; he has the Bob-omb Cannon as his special skill. In the 2021 Cat Tour, Cat Toad was added to the game alongside Cat Peach, having High-End classification and the Super Bell as his special skill. The Snow Tour introduced Penguin Toad, a High-End variant of Toad that has the Dash Ring special skill; despite being the main Toad character in a Penguin Suit, he uses the same color scheme as Yellow Toad's Penguin form seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In the Spring Tour, he received a new High-End variant called Toad (Tourist), who has the Giant Banana as his special skill.

Wario's Woods

Toad about to destroy the castle in the ending of the SNES version of Wario's Woods

Toad is the main character of Wario's Woods, a Nintendo puzzle game. Within the plot of the game, the antagonist Wario had taken control over a once quiet forest (renaming it Wario's Woods soon after) and controlled the original peaceful creatures of the woods by brainwashing them with a sinister spell. After gaining complete control over the Peaceful Forest, Wario begins his plans of attacking the Mushroom Kingdom with the help of his various monsters. Meanwhile, Toad (known as the Mushroom Kingdom hero) had been taking a walk in what he thought was Peach's garden but was actually Wario's Woods and soon gets stuck in the forest. After being asked by the forest sprites to save their home, Toad agrees to help them and sets off to stop Wario and his diabolical plans. While in the woods, Toad gets helped by Birdo and a Sprite.

Throughout the adventure, Toad has to stack up the various minions that Wario sends out and he has to use different colored bombs to attempt to destroy them. After matching the colors of his opponents with the correct bomb, Toad manages to defeat his foes and clear a round. Throughout the game, Toad shows different abilities including his superhuman strength from Super Mario Bros. 2 which he uses to carry the large monsters and bombs (he can even carry large stacks of them with ease). He also shows the unique ability to run up the walls of the tree hollow each round took place in within this game. While Toad is fighting, the Sprite provides the bombs for him to use while Birdo provides encouragement for Toad to keep going on. However, there are times when Wario appears to cause Toad trouble. He makes his appearance on the screen in Birdo's place by getting rid of Toad's helper temporarily and replacing the Sprite with a Pidgit who in turn will supply more monsters for Toad instead of bombs. Wario himself occasionally slams into the tree hollow that Toad is in, and causes the Thwomp engrossing the ceiling to fall lower; thus, limiting Toad's time to defeating Wario's monsters before becoming crushed by the Thwomp.

Along the way, Toad also has to face several other bosses (such as Fauster and Mad) who attempt to stop Toad. The SNES version of the game includes more bosses who slow down Toad's chase after Wario. As Toad reaches closer to Wario's hideout, Wario continues to taunt him in the various cutscenes and attempt to discourage the hero from defeating him. Oddly, Wario continues to get larger in size within each cutscene. As Toad finally catches up to Wario, the antagonist challenges him to a battle but is revealed to be a fake. After defeating the fake Wario, Toad finally meets with the real Wario who had used the opportunity of Toad's delay to making him grow to the biggest size possible to face against Toad. At the end of the game, Toad faces Wario himself and eventually defeats him. After Wario falls to defeat, the antagonist attempts to make himself bigger; however, he instead explodes and returns to his regular size (thus, revealing that Wario had only used an air pump to increase his size the entire time). Seeing the miniature Wario, Toad uses this opportunity to chase him out of the woods and restore peace to the area.

In the SNES version of the game, Toad not only has to face Wario in his pursuit to save the Mushroom Kingdom, but as well as several others who serve as mini-bosses in the game. Toad's voice is first heard in this game and it is unusually deep. Toad's abilities from the original version reappear in this game as well. Unlike the NES version, setting changes have been implemented within this game as the levels in this game do not only occur within Wario's Woods, but rather in many other parts of the Mushroom Kingdom (hence, Toad has to fight mini-bosses who are themed appropriately according to their stage). The ending for this version is also much different from the original as Toad does not chase Wario out of the woods and, instead, throws a bomb right at the castle causing it as well as Wario to go crashing down. Soon a message is given and it states that thanks to Toad's efforts, the woods had returned to peace and that all the monsters were turned back to normal as Wario's spell (referred to as a nightmare in the game) over them had finally lifted.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Toad's artwork
Toad's artwork for Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Toad is an adviser to the Chancellor of Mushroom Kingdom. He appears throughout the game to offer Mario tutorials on how to accomplish certain tasks.

Prior to the events of the game, he was sent by the Chancellor to pick up Princess Toadstool, who was visiting Mario at his house. However, when Toad arrives, no one is to be found. Soon, an object appears in the sky and crashes into Mario's house. The object is none other than Mario, who was just ejected from Bowser's Keep by the giant sword, Exor. Toad asks Mario to return to the castle to rescue the Princess. However, when Mario arrives, Exor destroys the bridge to the castle, preventing any access to the keep.

The Chancellor along with several retainers and Mario.
Toad standing next to Mario, being the closest to the Chancellor in the left row of Toads

As such, Mario returns to his pad and tells Toad the bad news. Toad decides the pair will have to journey to Mushroom Kingdom to inform the Chancellor about Bowser's Keep and Princess Toadstool. As they are leaving, Toad accidentally bumps into Mario and does one HP worth of damage. Toad quickly apologizes and then teaches Mario about items and Timed Hits. Additionally, Toad gives Mario four Mushrooms before they journey into the Goomba-infested Mushroom Way. As soon as Toad enters Mushroom Way, he is captured by a group of Goombas. However, Mario promptly rescues him and he quickly rewards Mario with some Honey Syrup. However, when Toad enters the next area of the passageway, he is quickly kidnapped by a Sky Troopa. Once again, Mario saves Toad and, once again, Mario is rewarded (this time, he gets a Flower Tab). Right before the exit to Mushroom Kingdom, Toad is captured by the Hammer Bros blocking the way. Ultimately, Mario defeats the Hammer Bros., frees Toad, and accompanies Toad to Mushroom Kingdom.

Upon reaching the Mushroom Castle, Toad leads Mario to the room where the Chancellor and the other five mushroom retainers were holding a meeting. Upon talking to the Chancellor, Mario provides an animated speech of how the Princess was kidnapped using various impersonations of the characters he met during the kidnapping. Toad also aids Mario in the speech by playing along after Mario introduces the part of the tale where Toad comes in. After the Chancellor gives instructions to Mario of his next steps in his journey, Toad is left to remain at the castle and await Mario's return.

Later, during the invasion of Mushroom Kingdom by Mack and the Shysters, Toad hides, very frightened, in the Princess's room in the castle.

When Mario is taking a nap at the Rose Town inn, Toad visits him to deliver a Flower Tab. If Mario chooses to sleep with the Dream Cushion at the Inn in Nimbus Land, he would sometimes dream of Toad revealing himself to be a monster (in this case, a Greaper). Mario initially becomes frightened of Toad when he comes to visit, but the fear is gone once Toad gives him a Red Essence.

Later, in the Factory, Toad, having through unknown means traveled to and through Bowser's Keep and the rest of the Factory, appears to support Mario and sell him useful items, giving him two Rock Candies for free the first time he shops. Additionally, despite being at the Factory, the player can return to Mushroom Kingdom and still find him in the castle's throne room with the Chancellor.

Mario Tennis series

Toad in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64

Toad appears as a default playable character in the Virtual Boy game Mario's Tennis. He later appears in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64 as a Technique player, where he is once again playable from the very beginning. Artwork for the game also shows him in the referee's seat, despite Mario being the only referee in-game. However, Toad does appear as a referee in Mario Tennis for the Game Boy Color.

He, along with Toadette, also appears on a scoreboard for a tennis tournament in the opening movie of Mario Power Tennis, but they are not playable in the game. Additionally, Toad also appears on the main menu screen when setting up a match. Toad also makes cameo appearances in a few of the celebration sequences for the playable characters (most notably in Donkey Kong's and Koopa Paratroopa's award ceremonies).

While he is not a playable participant in Mario Tennis Open, Toad makes a notable appearance as the referee in the game (sitting on the referee's chair during the various tennis matches). Toad tells the player how many games are needed to win a set or the match, and if the player is about to win or lose. In the tutorial mode of the game, Toad will explain the controls of the game to the player. When the player does a tournament for the first time, Toad reminds the player about tutorial pointers. Toad also runs the Clubhouse where the players can customize their Mii characters. A costume based off Toad can be unlocked for the Mii by gathering a total of 50,000 coins. Toad's racket is also an unlockable accessory for the Miis in the game.

Toad makes a reappearance as a playable character in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, since his last playable appearance in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64. This time, he is classified as a Speed player.

Mario Tennis Aces

Toad appears as a playable Speedy character in Mario Tennis Aces. He also appeared in the game's online tournament demo as an unlockable playable character, unlocked after 300 participation points were accumulated. Toad's Special Shot is Super Toad Dive, while his Trick Shots are Toad Jump and Toad Roll, respectively. In addition, a tennis outfit could be unlocked for Toad by accumulating 2000 participation points in the February 2019 online tournament.

Toad appears in the game's Adventure Mode as one of the main protagonists alongside Mario. Toad is viewing a match between Mario and Luigi versus Bowser and Bowser Jr. Wario and Waluigi arrive to offer Lucien as a present for Mario and co. Luigi takes Lucien, but a dark storm appears, causing Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi to become possessed. When Lucien possesses Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi, Toad appears worried, causing Daisy's suspicions to arise. The latter asks the former to reveal what he knows about Lucien; Toad responds by explaining that a king owned a legendary tennis racket known as "Lucien," which he gave to his guardian, Aster. Aster stowed away Lucien in a safe location, but before the tennis match between the rivals, Wario and Waluigi stole Lucien with the intention of being "the greatest tennis players in the world." Toad and Mario decide to go on an adventure to restore order to the island, improve their tennis skills, and free Lucien from the wrong hands. The duo has to fight past foes like Boo, Spike, and Petey Piranha in tennis matches to win new rackets, and restore Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi to their original selves. Toad and Mario eventually arrive at The Temple Of Bask Shrine, where they encounter Bowcien, a fusion of Bowser and Lucien. After the battle, Toad and Mario are congratulated by their friends for protecting the island from Lucien's might.

Satella-Q

Toad
The title screen of Satella-Q featuring Toad

Toad is the starring and primary character of the Japanese exclusive game Satella-Q which is a series of quiz game events for the Satellaview (an add-on for the Super Famicom). Toad's role in these game events is to guide the players through a series of quizzes and minigames throughout the Satella-Q episodes. Occasionally, the players interact with him through the events of the minigames such as moving him around certain areas and stages. Toad also cheers on the player at various points of the game (especially whenever the player claims victory over a certain minigame). The game also features several minigames which often make references to Toad and his own character such as the featuring of titles such as "Kinopio Live" (which translates to that of "Toad Live" outside of Japan) whenever Toad is seen performing in a musical concert in one of the minigames.

Mario Teaches Typing

Toad makes a small appearance in Mario Teaches Typing by appearing on the title screen alongside Luigi, Princess Peach, and Mario. The artwork used to depict him (as well as Luigi and Peach) is taken from the official group artwork of the three from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Game & Watch Gallery series

Throughout the Game & Watch Gallery series, Toad has been featured in nearly all of the installments. In the Modern versions of most of the games, he is a non-playable character. He usually cries when something bad happens to him that causes the player to get a miss.

Game & Watch Gallery

In Game & Watch Gallery, Toad appears in the Modern versions of two games. In Manhole, Toad is one of the pedestrians that Yoshi must prevent from falling into the water. In Fire, Toad is one of the characters that the Mario Bros. must rescue from Princess Peach's burning castle.

Game & Watch Gallery 2

In Game & Watch Gallery 2, Toad appears in the Modern versions of two games. In Parachute, Toad is one of the characters that Mario must catch. Toad opens his parachute right after jumping from the flying ship. In Helmet, at 500 and 1,000 points, Toad appears at the right door's entrance to invite the player to the next area.

Game & Watch Gallery 3

Toad in the Modern version of Turtle Bridge

In Game & Watch Gallery 3, Toad is the protagonist of his own game, Turtle Bridge (which is based on the original Turtle Bridge game from the original Game & Watch). This game involves Toad delivering packages from Mario to Princess Peach (who both stand on opposite sides of a castle) while crossing a bridge full of Goonies. The game is played by having Toad deliver the various items (from left to right) while jumping on the various Goonies that appear in the sky, and he must also avoid falling while in the air.

Game & Watch Gallery 4

In Game & Watch Gallery 4, Toad appears in the Modern versions of three games. In Rain Shower, Toad appears as one of the characters that Mario must protect from Bowser's water balloons, appearing on a swing beside the hammock in the upper left. In Mario's Cement Factory, Toad packages any Yoshi Cookies made on the right conveyor belt. If the player overfills any of the tanks, the batter will spill on one of the packing boxes, causing Toad to sob and the player to get a miss. Toad also reprises his role in Fire.

Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium

Toad is playable in the Sattleview demo of the game Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium, which was released in Japan in 1997. Overall, he is one of the five playable Mario series characters in the game (the other four being Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Wario). Toad is also notably one of the two characters who are playable in all of the four levels in the game (with Mario being the other character).

Mario no Photopi

Toad makes several appearances in the creativity game Mario no Photopi. Some of his more notable appearances in this game include him being on the title screen of the game as well as being a character featured in the bonus puzzle that was provided with the game.

Mario Party series

Artwork of Toad from Mario Party 5.
Toad's art from Mario Party 5 references the Bill Blasters minigame.

In Mario Party and Mario Party 2, Toad is the main host and the character that awards the Players with Stars. During the story mode of these games, Toad (being the main host) often plays the role of the main guide for the players as he often gives out tips and assistance whenever the players interact with him.

In Mario Party 3, he is replaced by Tumble as the host, but still appears to give out items in the various boards. He runs Toad's Trading Post, one of the two possible shops in the game; he generally sells items that the player can use on themselves to benefit. He can also appear when the player lands on an Item Space. He both appears when playing an item minigame, and can appear to ask the player a question to get an item; his questions are choice-oriented, with the more noble answer generally getting the player better items. Toad is also one of the possible partners, as well as Princess Peach's default partner, in Duel Mode, with 1 HP, 1 Attack, and a salary of one coin. His ability prevents the player from losing coins if they land on an opponent's Basic Space.

He continues his role as host in Mario Party 4 even having his own board like the other co-hosts, Toad's Midway Madness. Toad also serves as the boss for the aforementioned board. One can also unlock him as a playable character in the Beach Volley Folley minigame, thus marking his first appearance as a playable character in the series (despite being just one mode). However, in Mario Party 5 he was promoted to being a playable character in Party Mode. He has been playable in every Mario Party game since then, except for Mario Party Advance, Mario Party: The Top 100, Super Mario Party, and Mario Party Superstars.

In Mario Party Advance, Toad acts as co-host, along with Professor E. Gadd, Toadette, and Tumble. Toad co-hosts Play Land with E. Gadd and Party Land with Toadette; however, he serves as the main host of the Mini-Game Attack mode. Toad also provides 10 coins to the players in the Game Room mode if they do not have any coins to begin with. In the introduction sequence of the game, Toad is attacked by Bowser and a Koopa Kid just as he is about to show the player all of the game's minigames and Gaddgets. The sudden attack spreads the items all across Shroom City, setting the main "story mode" of the game into action. After showing that he is fine from the attack, Toad then requests for the player to help assist in saving the items and stopping Bowser's plans.

Despite his lack of being a playable character in the first handheld Mario Party game, he appears as one of eight playable characters in the next portable installment, Mario Party DS.

A blue-colored Toad going by "Toad" in the Mario Party 9 minigame Toad and Go Seek also appears, although Toad himself is fully playable.

In Mario Party: The Top 100, Toad appears as one of the hosts, alongside Toadette. Toad reprises his role as a host in Super Mario Party, and again, this time with Koopa Troopa, in Mario Party Superstars.

Luigi's Mansion

“You know... I never noticed how cute those red polka dots look on top!”
Luigi, Luigi's Mansion

In Luigi's Mansion, Toad appears among the several Toads found throughout the mansion,[4] although the specific one that is Toad is unknown. The first of them appears in the foyer of the mansion where he can be seen crying. After Luigi comforts him, he informs Luigi that he was sent by Princess Peach in search of Mario in the mansion. However, the Toad states that upon entering the mansion, he became frightened as he could not find Mario. He then decides to help Luigi in his search for Mario by saving the hero's progress. Other Toads can be found in several different locations throughout the game: the second floor Balcony, the first floor Washroom, and the Courtyard. Toad himself is also the one who calls Luigi through the middle telephone in the Telephone Room during the blackout.[5]

Super Smash Bros. series

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Peach using Toad in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In the Super Smash Bros. games, Toad appears as Princess Peach's helper and standard special move. He is pulled out of nowhere and used as a shield. If he gets hit while he is out, he releases spores that damage the enemy. This is the second time Toad has ever displayed this ability throughout his existence (Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64 was the first while Mario Sports Mix further explored this ability). If Kirby inhales Princess Peach, then he too can use Toad in the same way.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Toad is mentioned in two of Peach's trophy descriptions where one states his loyalty to protect her and the other his use in battle. He also his own trophy, mentioning his appearances in Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Kart.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Toad is once again given a collectible trophy in the game and has three obtainable stickers. While he is not a playable character in the main game, he can be played in the Super Mario Bros. 2 Masterpiece if the player chooses to make the default playable Princess Peach lose all her lives in the game.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Toad can be altered into one of the two custom variants, if they are unlocked first. One is the Sleepy Toad, which can put opponents to sleep with his spores, while the other one is Grumpy Toad, which immediately releases spores upon use.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Toad appears in Peach's grab and throws to attack her opponent; Peach's pummel has Toad punch the opponent, and her forward and down throws involve Toad headbutting the opponent in different directions, while her up and back throws have Toad merely mimic Peach's actions. Additionally, Toad now appears on his own in front of Peach when her standard special move is used, while the latter hides herself. Toad also appears as an Advanced-class Grab-type primary spirit, which can be enhanced to Captain Toad at level 99. In his spirit battle, the player faces a Mii Brawler wearing a Super Mushroom hat and a Toad vest on the Princess Peach's Castle stage. Toad can also be seen in the artwork used for Cheep Charger's spirit. As Peach's Echo Fighter, Daisy has a blue retainer performing Toad's functions.

Mario Pinball Land

Toad aids Mario in the spin-off title, Mario Pinball Land. He runs Toad's tent, a secret location accessed when a transformed Pinball Mario hits Toad on one of the various levels in the game. Once inside the tent, Mario can buy items from Toad that can help him in his adventure.

WarioWare: Touched!

Toad's cameo in WarioWare: Touched!

In WarioWare: Touched!, Toad makes a cameo in level three of Wario-Man's microgame You Scratch Mine, alongside Mario and Wario.

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix

In Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, Toad accompanies the character of the player's choice, Mario or Luigi. He plays a sidekick-like role by helping either plumber on his quest to get the Music Keys from Wario, Waluigi, and Bowser. Toad makes his debut in the game by running to the hero's house to alert him of the news after witnessing the capturing of the Music Keys. Toad also appears in the background of the first song, "Here We Go!" where he is seen dancing alongside either Mario or Luigi. He tries to help obtain the lost keys but is not entirely successful as Toad is non-violent throughout the game. In the various dance scenes after the first one, Toad often makes various excuses of not being able to dance to excuse himself from dancing. He does, however, tell Mario or Luigi what he needs to do and when he needs to do it (as seen during the battle with Freezie).

Super Princess Peach

The screenshot illustrating the kidnapping of Luigi and Toad.
The kidnapping of Toad and Luigi in Super Princess Peach

In the intro of Super Princess Peach, Toad is kidnapped along with Mario and Luigi by the Hammer Bros. They are soon transported to Bowser's castle where he locks the three in the dungeon. The lead Hammer Bro refers to Toad as "a mushroom-headed loud-mouth" when he informs Bowser of the captures. In the ending of the game, Toad is seen to be rescued by Peach and during the credits, he along with the princess, Mario, Luigi, and another Toad (who Peach rescued earlier on in Bowser's Castle) can be seen walking back to Peach's Castle through a starlit sky.

Toad also appears as a playable character in two of the mini-games in the game. The first minigame is Toad Jump, which involves a side-scrolling world where Toad must jump over enemies and pits. The only way to control him in this minigame is through blowing into the microphone of the DS. If he is hit by an enemy or falls in a hole, it will trigger an instant loss in the game. The other minigame is named Toad Tote which involves Toad being trapped in a maze-like area that is engulfed in flames with the goal of the mini-game being to help Toad to escape. In the minigame, Toad is controlled utilizing the Stylus and he must avoid the obstacles in the maze which could burn him.

Paper Mario series

Super Paper Mario

Toad makes a small appearance in the beginning of Super Paper Mario. Mario and Luigi, bored and looking for adventure one lazy morning, decide to visit Princess Peach. However, on their way out the door they are stopped by Toad, who had rushed to the Mario Bros.' House to inform them that Princess Peach has been kidnapped and Mushroom Castle has been raided, thus starting the Bros.' adventure to Bowser's Castle and later to save all worlds from The Void. As the Mario Bros. leave on their journey, Toad can be seen wishing the two brothers good luck on their adventure and stating that the entire Mushroom Kingdom is depending on the two to saving Peach. Toad also appears as the last Catch Card in this game.

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Toad and Peach visiting Mario's house in the introduction cutscene of Paper Mario: Color Splash

Despite the numerous amounts of similar-looking Toads, Toad makes his reappearance in Paper Mario: Color Splash. He is first seen accompanying Peach in the introduction cutscene where the two travel to Mario's house during a stormy night to deliver a mysterious letter to him. Upon opening the letter at his house, Mario is shocked to find a colorless Toad that has been drained of his colors within the letter. After discovering that the incident took place on Prism Island, the three head off on a boat to the island despite the storm.

Upon reaching Prism Island, the three heroes find the plaza deserted causing Peach to worry and ask Toad if he was sure if they were at the right place. Having consulted his guidebook, Toad confidently says that the island was indeed the right place and he offers to ask for some help from the locales. After scampering off to find help, Mario and Peach meet Huey, a floating 3D talking paint bucket. However, it is not long before the screams of Toad were heard in which Mario, Peach, and Huey are horrified to find a Slurp Guy draining the colors out of Toad leaving him to become mere paper. Eventually, Toad is given back his colors thanks to Mario and Huey. He spends the rest of the game in the small inn in Port Prisma's yellow district. After Peach is kidnapped by Bowser, Mario can visit him and show him Peach's messages recorded in Holo-Peaches.

The concept of the recurring character Toad is also lampshaded. When the red Rescue Squad has assembled at The Emerald Circus, talking to Toad #35 has him ask if Mario remembers him, Toad who appeared together with Mario in "that other game".[6]

Fortune Street series

Itadaki Street DS

Toad, along with eleven other Super Mario franchise characters and several characters from the Dragon Quest series, appears as a playable character in the Monopoly game Itadaki Street DS. Toad also runs the tutorial mode of the game where he assists the player by explaining the basic controls.

The Toad Head and Toad Suit are collectible accessories in this game that can be equipped on customizable characters.

Fortune Street

Toad returns as a playable participant in the Nintendo Wii game Fortune Street, the sequel to the Japanese exclusive Itadaki Street DS. He is one of the thirteen playable Mario series characters in this installment. Within the game, Toad is classified as being in the C Rank (a trait he shares with Luigi, Princess Daisy, and Waluigi). Instead of making fun of the other players during his talking sequences, Toad will normally encourage the other players and ask if they are all having a good time (as his personality is shown to be rather kind and open throughout the game).

Mario & Sonic series

Toad and Cream as the hosts of the London Party mode in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Toad appears as a referee for Mario characters in the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for Long Jump, Triple Jump, Javelin Throw, 10m Platform, Trampoline and Vault, as well as a general referee for Pursuit, Individual epée and Dream Fencing. Toad also appears as a referee for several events in the Wii version, as well as appearing on the message that reminds the player to take a break after playing for a while. He also appears in the opening refereeing the Table Tennis, Triple Jump and High Jump.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

Toad also appears in the sequel, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games which features him once again as a referee. In the Wii version, he along with Cream are the main hosts that introduce the events to the players in the Festival Mode. The two also resume very similar judging roles as in the first game. However, in the DS version of the game, Toad appears in the story mode with a bigger role and is the first person for Mario and Sonic to meet in Frostown. He excitedly joins their party after been spoken to, acting mainly as a guide for the adventure (Toad states himself that he will not be able to do much once he agrees to join them). In both games, Toad is the only red-spotted Toad to appear within the games (despite the numerous amount of Toads present in the audience).

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Toad appears in both versions of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. In the Wii version, Toad appears alongside Cream as the hosts of the London Party mode, in which he gives out information to the players about various events, such as characters appearing on the map, scores and upcoming Events. He also appears as a referee in several other events in the game, most notably as the host of Dream Equestrian. A Mii outfit based on Toad can also be unlocked by playing against a friend 5 times in the Single Event mode, and Toad will occasionally send the player mail.

Toad also appears as a referee in several events alongside other Toads in the Nintendo 3DS version, as well as appearing on the results screens in medleys. A badge of Toad can also be randomly earned from the badge machine. In the story mode, Toad plays a relatively large role, as he accompanies Mario and Luigi for most of the story and often interprets for them. After initially being scared by the Phantasmal Fog, Toad helps Mario and Luigi clear it from the Main Stadium, before following them to Hyde Park, where they find that the Girls group, Toads and Rouge have already cleared the fog from the area. Mario, Luigi, and Toad reunite with Sonic and Tails at the British Museum, and the group clear the fog after defeating Eggman Nega. They explore the museum to learn about the source of the fog, before splitting up after some news from Charmy and Espio, and Toad and Mario later follow Wario challenging Dr. Eggman, who he later defeats after teaming up with Waluigi. Seeing this, Toad heads back to the Main Stadium with the others, which is shortly covered back by the Phantasmal Fog. After rescuing Cream, Toad and the Heroes travel to Stonehenge with Omega, where they find the seal for the Fog urn before heading back to London. The group head to Big Ben to confront Bowser and Dr. Eggman, though Toad and Omega eventually return to the Main Stadium due to no longer being able to endure the fog. Toad also leads the call over the walkie-talkie to the Heroes during their confrontation and also invites Bowser and Dr. Eggman to register for the Olympic Games after they are defeated. Toad appears at the opening ceremony, as well as in the photo at the end of the credits with the athletes and Omochao.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Toad makes his first playable appearance in the series in the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He is exclusive to the 4x100m Relay event. Toad does not appear as a playable character in the Nintendo 3DS version.

Mario Sports Mix

Toad playing a game of dodgeball on the Toad Park stage in Mario Sports Mix

Toad makes an appearance as a default playable character in Mario Sports Mix where he is classified as a speedy character. His home stage in this game is the amusement park like area called Toad Park. Toad's special move involves him emitting a spore-like attack while having large rotating mushrooms blocking any opponents in his path.

Toad also appears in the story mode of the game where he was first seen gardening outside of Princess Peach's castle. He is soon interrupted by the appearance of a meteor-like object crashing into the Mushroom Kingdom. Upon investigation, Toad and three other Toads discover that the crashed objects were four Sports Crystals. The four Toads then get an idea to make a Sports tournament, with the crystals representing the trophies for each sport; thus beginning the events of the game.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Main article: Captain Toad

Toad makes an appearance in the post-credits scene of the Wii U version Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which is taken from the opening cutscene Super Mario 3D World. In all versions of the game, including the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS versions, he also makes several cameo appearances under the form of "Pixel Toad", a pixelated version of himself which resembles his sprite from Super Mario Maker.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Toad appears as a recurring character in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, where he and Toadette frequently lose each other and need the heroes' help to reunite. In Sherbet Desert, Toad carries Rabbid Mario, who is frozen in a block of ice, and must be escorted through several battles. Toad has 200 HP (400 in Ultimate Challenge 4) and cannot attack nor dash enemies. Once the game has been completed to 100%, Toad and Toadette appear outside Peach's Castle to give Mario a congratulations note.

Minecraft

Toad appears as a playable skin as part of the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft.

Dr. Mario World

"Dr. Toad" redirects here. For information about the character named Dr. Toad in the Japanese version of Mario Party 2, see Professor Fungi. For the Mario & Luigi character, see Toad doctor. For the Toad doctor in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, see Doctor.
Artwork of Dr. Toad from Dr. Mario World
Artwork of Dr. Toad for Dr. Mario World
“Wow, somebody doesn't look so good... It's got to be those pesky viruses!”
Dr. Toad, Dr. Mario World

Toad takes on a new alias as a doctor in Dr. Mario World, named Dr. Toad. He serves as the guide in stage mode, instructing Dr. Mario and his friends on how to defeat the viruses and how to use items and other game features to their advantage. While possessing a head mirror and white lab coat akin to the other doctors, he also possesses a blue tie and a satchel.

Dr. Toad is also a playable unlockable character, where he can be randomly obtained through the Staffing menu. Dr. Toad is available as a reward for clearing World 1's first area since version 2.0.0 and clearing World 1's special stage since version 1.2.0, both being separate rewards. Players who fulfilled the conditions for obtaining Dr. Toad's prior to those version updates can obtain him from the doc box. In stage mode and versus mode, Dr. Toad's skill is to target several locations to be eliminated, where it is represented by Dr. Toad calling a horde of Toads carrying capsules to throw it into the play area. The amount of targets is 20 spots in stage mode and 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 spots at level 1 to 5 in versus mode (5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 respectively prior to season 7 in versus mode). When using this skill, at least one object is guaranteed to be targeted for being eliminated, while the rest are random. This skill will not target any unclearable objects, such as cages or Empty Blocks.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Toad from The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Artwork of Toad as he appears in The Super Mario Bros. Movie
“Come on, Mario! Our big adventure begins now!”
Toad, The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Toad appears in the The Super Mario Bros. Movie as a main character. He is voiced by Keegan-Michael Key in the English version and Tomokazu Seki in the Japanese version. He greets Mario upon his first arrival in the Mushroom Kingdom and introduces the kingdom to him, guiding him around, then joins Peach with him to go on an adventure in order to stop Bowser from taking over the world, vowing to protect her. When Peach returns to the castle and orders the Toads to head into the forest, Toad refuses, keeping his word to protect Peach. He is later tortured by Kamek in order to get Peach to accept Bowser's proposal. He then smuggles an Ice Flower in her bouquet and traps a now-shrunken Bowser in a jar after the final battle, and is hailed alongside the others as heroes by Brooklyn.

Unlike in the games, Toad is shown having teeth, his shoes and clothes are slightly more detailed, he appears to be slightly taller, and he carries a backpack that looks somewhat similar to Captain Toad's backpack albeit with more items visible, including pins attached to it that reference the Cascade Kingdom, Sand Kingdom, and Mushroom Kingdom from Super Mario Odyssey. He also carries a long stick as a staff in some scenes and a frying pan as a weapon in others.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Nintendo Switch)

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Toad appears as a playable character in the newly added multiplayer mode in the Nintendo Switch remake of Mario vs. Donkey Kong.

Other appearances

Kirby Super Star

Toad makes a cameo appearance in Kirby Super Star where he is a part of the audience in several of the minigames such as "Megaton Punch" (along with several others from the Mario cast such as Mario, Luigi, and Birdo). In the DS remake Kirby Super Star Ultra, Toad along with Mario, Peach, Luigi, Wario, and various other Toads appear once again as a part of the audience in some of the minigames.

F-1 Race

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Toad's cameo in F-1 Race

Toad makes a cameo appearance in the Game Boy version of F-1 Race alongside a few other Nintendo and Mario series characters (Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Link, Samus Aran, and Pit). Toad himself is exclusively seen in the beginning of a race in the racecourse Course 2 where he greets and cheers on the player alongside several referees before the race on the specified course. Toad is also the first guest character to congratulate the player in the ending sequence of the game (while using the same animations as his first appearance in the game).

Game Boy Camera

Toad makes a notable cameo as a stamp for photos in the Game Boy Camera peripheral. The artwork of him depicted in this stamp is inspired by his official artwork for Mario Party.

Possible appearances

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Artwork of Toad, from Super Mario Sunshine.
Possible Toad artwork from Super Mario Sunshine

Many red-spotted Toads appear throughout the Mushroom Kingdom and other locales, and are often confused to be the actual character named Toad. Generally, it is believed that any Toad given a unique role is Toad, or that at least one of a number of Toads appearing in a game is the Toad. It is also largely held that Toad is set apart by having red spots and a blue vest, rather than having matching spots and clothes; however, games such as Super Princess Peach have depicted multiple blue-vested-red-spotted Toads, and Toad's appearance has also varied to give him a red vest in some games, and even blue spots in others, such as Super Mario 3D World. The singular use of Toad has also occasionally applied to Toads that are not considered to be the character, such as certain Toad NPCs in Paper Mario: Color Splash and the renamed Yellow Toad and Blue Toad in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, making the line between definitive appearances and possible appearances often difficult to determine.

Super Mario series

Super Mario Sunshine

Fludd saying that the vacation starts now
Toad holding up the repaired FLUDD in the ending of Super Mario Sunshine

The Toad wearing a red vest is named as Toad in the instruction booklet for the game, appearing as one of five young Toad attendants who had accompanied Princess Peach and Mario on their vacation to Isle Delfino in Super Mario Sunshine, although it is unclear if this role refers to his name or species. Upon landing on the island, this Toad and the others find the place to be a mess, mainly due to the work of a mysterious being who resembles Mario.

Throughout most of the actual game, Toad plays a rather minor role by giving out tips to Mario about how to play the game (such as how to do the box break move and as well as information about the different areas within the island). At the time of Princess Peach's kidnapping, Toad and the Green Toad maybe be covered up by Shadow Mario's M Graffiti. After Peach had been kidnapped, Toad can be seen to be acting hysterical and spends most of his time worrying about her in Delfino Plaza. He will give Mario the occasional tips if he is spoken to (such as mentioning the princess being taken to Pinna Park). After Mario had rescued Peach, Toad and the other heroes can finally be seen enjoying the activities available on Isle Delfino during the credits.

Additionally, it is revealed at the end of the game that Toad along with the other Toad attendants had repaired FLUDD shortly after its breakdown after the battle between Mario and Bowser. It is also Toad himself who is seen supporting the repaired FLUDD as he reveals the fixed device to Mario and Peach as Toadsworth and the Green Toad stand alongside him. As the game's credits begin, it is revealed through the snapshots that Toad and the other heroes finally had the time to relax in the various areas of Isle Delfino after Bowser's defeat.

Super Mario Galaxy

Toad and Toadette view the Star Festival in the intro of Super Mario Galaxy

Official art for Super Mario Galaxy shows a Toad with a blue vest, who may be Toad. This Toad makes various cameos in the game, including an appearance with Toadette in the intro where the two of them watch the Star Festival. He also appears as one of many icons for a save file. Otherwise, the only appearances of red-spotted, blue-vested Toads in the game are Peach's two attendants in the introduction, both of whom also wear shiny capes.

This game marks the appearance of a character very similar to Toad called Captain Toad who is the captain of the Toad Brigade. Although earlier official bios for the game state that Captain Toad is equivalent to Toad, later games have declared Captain Toad and Toad separate characters, and Super Mario 3D World has the two co-existing, with Toad wearing a blue vest while Captain Toad wears a different outfit to what Toads usually wear.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

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Toad can be found back at Peach's Castle throughout Mario's adventure in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where he will offer to show hint movies to the players in exchange for Star Coins.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Like in the first game, Toad's appearance of a blue vest is on the box art of Super Mario Galaxy 2 as well as his head resuming its place as one of the many save icons for the game. Captain Toad also appears here.

Super Mario 3D Land

Airship Cannon

Various monochromatic Toads appear in Super Mario 3D Land, as does one who has red spots yet sports a blue vest. He is mainly seen operating the cannons that provide Mario with access to the airship levels, and running the Red Toad Houses where players can obtain power-ups and access the StreetPass option from their Nintendo 3DS. He also hides in some of the levels and will either toss a Star Medal, a Power-Up, or a 1-Up Mushroom close to Mario in order to provide him with help when spotted with binoculars, just like the other Toads in the game.

While Toad makes his introduction through some brief appearances in the first world (such as inside his Toad House), Toad must later be rescued from the first fake Bowser that Mario encounters at the end of World 1 after Toad and his Toad House vanish once Mario leaves the area. Toad is seen to be calling out for help from his cell as Mario attempts to avoid the impostor's attacks in order to save the mushroom retainer and defeat the impostor by stepping the switch at the end. Once the cell is opened, Toad can be seen jumping happily and thanking Mario for his rescue. After his rescue, Toad will provide Mario with all forms of help throughout his journey.

Toad makes his final appearance in the last level Special 8-Crown. In this level, he is seen near the Warp Pipe that leads to the room where Mario (or Luigi) would need to face both Boom Boom and Pom Pom. The player has the option to bounce upon Toad's head in order to reach the platform with the warp pipe. Once again, Toad is identified in this level as he is the only Red Toad to be sporting a blue vest (the other numerous Red Toads in the level are wearing red vests).

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Inside a Toad House
Mario inside of a Red Toad House in New Super Mario Bros. 2

The Toad Houses in New Super Mario Bros. 2 are all run by a red-spotted blue-vested Toad. Like in the original New Super Mario Bros. (where Toadsworth ran all the Houses), the Mario Bros. must occasionally use Star Coins to access some of the Toad Houses.

The Red Toad Houses consist of Toad throwing three Power-Ups to three platforms in which either Mario or Luigi can select the power-up to keep (though all three power-ups can be taken at the same time if chosen). The Green Toad Houses have Toad throwing multiple 1-Up Mushrooms into an above pipe in which the Mario Bros. must hit a glove to knock down the descending mushrooms falling from the pipe. The Yellow Toad Houses have Toad giving either Mario or Luigi a free Gold Flower (Star if visiting it on World Star).

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Red Toad House
Mario and Toad inside a Red Toad House in New Super Mario Bros. U

Toad runs the Toad Houses once more in New Super Mario Bros. U. A bonus feature included within the Toad House mini-games includes Toad either jumping up excitedly in correspondence to the players if they were to win the game or shake his head in disappointment if the players were to lose. Toad also appears when the player finishes a level with the last two numbers on the time limit matching and rewards the player with a power-up for their achievement.

In the second world, a Toad House appears to be in a conflict and a character, known as Nabbit makes an introduction by stealing a power-up from Toad. After Nabbit rushes off, Toad immediately appears out of his Toad House and informs the player of the situation. He then introduces the pipe cannons (which players could use to transport themselves to different worlds) to pursue a chase after the thief. Toad also appears after a player captures Nabbit; when this happens Toad will give Mario and co a P-Acorn.

In New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Yellow Toad and Blue Toad are generically renamed "Toad" and share the same character slot.

Mario & Luigi series

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Toad

In the Nintendo Power guide of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Toad refers to the emissary that the player briefly controls in Mario and Luigi's house,[7] who ends up running into a wardrobe after seeing Mario in the shower and can barely inform "P-P-Princess P-P-Peach... P-P-Princess P-P-Peach..." when jumped on by Mario. However, in the Prima Games guide, Toad refers to the aforementioned as well as the one in the castle who offers tutorial advice against Bowser,[8] who more coherently explains the situation about Princess Peach's voice with the scene's other Toad after the battle. Toad's role is the same in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

The intro of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time with Mario, Luigi, Toad, Toadsworth and Professor E. Gadd at the scene.
The scene in which Toad, Mario, Luigi, Professor E. Gadd, Toadsworth, and another Toad, are awaiting anxiously for the Princess' return
“No sign of the Princess! No! No! NOOOOOOOO! That awful monster...”
Toad, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

At the beginning of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, a Toad along with Mario, Luigi, and several other Toads can be seen awaiting for Princess Peach to return from her time-traveling experience at Peach's Castle and while waiting, Mario and co. begin to ask questions to Professor E. Gadd about his latest invention, the time machine. This is due to the fact that Princess Peach along with her two Toad accomplices (Toadiko and Toadbert) had decided to take the machine for a spin to go back to the past and then return back. Though the professor assures the group that Peach will soon return, Toadsworth soon falls unconscious while worrying about the safety of the princess. At this time, Toad asks for Mario to fetch a refreshroom in order to help Toadsworth regain his consciousness back. After Mario returns with the mushroom, Toadsworth immediately awakes and this occurs right at the time when E. Gadd's time machine had finally returned from its time traveling.

Toad panicking after discovering the abandoned Time Machine that Princess Peach had used

The time machine appears in a heavily damaged state and this causes the group to investigate more closer until finally the door of the machine opens. Instead of Peach, a Junior Shrooboid appears from the machine and this appearance of the alien causes all the other Toads (except for Toadsworth and Toad himself) to flee from the main hall. After Mario defeats the monster, Toad bravely enters inside the time machine to check if the princess was still inside it. Unfortunately, he did not find anything and immediately begins to panic. However at this time, E. Gadd announces that a new time hole had appeared outside of the castle. Before following the professor, Toad turns back to the Mario bros. and asks Luigi if he would like to guard the unconscious Junior Shrooboid so that it does not harm anyone while they went to investigate. However, Luigi immediately refuses which causes Toad to be a tad upset but before he leaves, he asks Luigi to perform a jump to see if he was ready for the adventure. After Luigi performs a successful jump, Toad then goes outside to see the time hole. The Mario bros. soon appear as well to join Toad and the professor to look at the odd hole. Immediately, Toadsworth appears out of nowhere while shouting out Mario's name but instead he slams into the time hole's base causing Luigi to fall in and be pulled back in time to the shock of Mario, Toad, and E. Gadd. Mario then immediately jumps in after his brother, thus beginning their adventure in the Mushroom Kingdom of the past.

For the rest of the game, Toad can be found back at Peach's castle in the Mushroom Kingdom of the present and he can be visited at any time after the Mario bros. had retrieved a Cobalt Star. He can be seen in the main hall alongside Professor E. Gadd. while Toad can be seen watching the professor analyze the cobalt stars, his main job is to guard the tube containing the Junior Shrooboid (the same one that Mario had defeated earlier on) so that the monster would not escape (being that Luigi had refused to take up the job earlier on). When the Mario Bros. finally return to the present-day castle after retrieving the 5 cobalt star pieces, Toad wishes the group good luck along with the professor before they leave to the Shroob Castle.

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Toad with the rest of the cast in the ending credits

After the bros. return with Peach and conquer the Shroob princesses, Toad can be seen rejoicing with the main group until they discover the unconscious Bowser who soon eats the Shroob Mushroom from the Elder Princess Shroob (which had escaped from the grip of Baby Luigi. This causes Bowser to gain the powers of the Elder Princess Shroob. Fortunately as Toad, Peach, the two Toadsworths (elder and younger), and Baby Peach evacuate, the Mario and Baby Bros. manage to defeat the shroobified Bowser, officially marking an end of the Shroob takeover. In the ending of the game, Toad along with the Mario bros., Princess Peach, Professor E. Gadd, and Toadsworth can be seen bidding farewell to the baby bros., Toadsworth the Younger and Baby Peach as they use the rebuilt time machine to travel back to the Mushroom Kingdom of the past.

Mario Baseball series

In both Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers, a red-colored Toad implied to be Toad[citation needed] appears as a playable character. The Red Toad has stronger power and speed stats than the other Toad colors, similar to Toad's distinguishing speed and strength attributes first displayed in Super Mario Bros. 2, but he is never identified as the character Toad.

Mario Superstar Baseball

In the opening cinematic of Mario Superstar Baseball, Red Toad, Daisy, and Peach black out, fearing that Mario is going to be tagged out at home plate when Donkey Kong attempts to receive the ball, but Mario nevertheless scores. Yellow Toad is briefly seen fielding on Wario's team, while Red Toad is in league with Mario's side. After Mario hits a walk-off home run, Red Toad and others storm the field and celebrate.

In the closing cinematic that plays after winning the final game in Challenge Mode via Special Cup, Red Toad is one of a few characters who greet Mario at the baseball field before Bowser arrives to challenge Mario's team.

Toad is a Balance type character with five color palette variations; Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, and Purple. The statistics vary by color.

Mario Super Sluggers

Daisy, Yoshi, and Toad witness a display of fireworks in the last cinematic.
Toad, Daisy, and Yoshi witness a display of fireworks in the last cinematic of Mario Super Sluggers.

In Challenge Mode of Mario Super Sluggers, Red Toad appears as a part of Peach's team, the Peach Monarchs. He is first seen in the outskirts of Peach Ice Garden, where he runs up to Mario and his team and leads them to a statue resembling Daisy. Toad reveals to the group that Bowser Jr. was behind this wrongdoing and asks the group to stop him from doing the same to Peach, directing them to first talk to the nearby Toadette. After meeting up with Toadsworth, Mario and his group head back to Toad to ask if they could burrow the statue in order to save Peach, only to find him fighting Hammer Bro that was trying to take the statue. They defeat the enemies and Toad thanks them, agreeing to let them take the statue themselves after some initial worrying. He then joins the team in order to protect the rest of the characters and back them up.

In the opening cinematic of the game, Red Toad is seen riding a yacht with Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Daisy, and Birdo en route to the Baseball Kingdom. After arrival, Red Toad and the others get a view of the island from the summit of a lighthouse. Toad is next seen during one of the matches where he is shown to be running in order to catch the soaring baseball in the Peach Ice Garden; however, he accidentally crashes into a giant Freezie and becomes frozen solid, but a Blue Toad crashes into the frozen Toad and the Freezie, freeing Toad. Red Toad is later seen with Daisy back at Mario Stadium where they panic after Donkey Kong performs a body check on Luigi, who eventually makes the catch for the final out, prompting the characters to storm the scene to celebrate. In the third of the quartet of cinematics, Toad is seen celebrating with Mario and others after defeating Bowser in a decisive showdown in Challenge Mode. Afterwards, Toad and others march towards the entrance of the Baseball Kingdom to gaze towards the sunset before the lights come on for the night. In the last cinematic, Toad is seen standing next to Daisy by a table loaded with desserts on the Daisy Cruiser before a display of fireworks storm the night sky, surprising everyone around. Toad and everyone else head over to Mario Stadium, where they witness a Bob-omb Derby exhibition that triggered the fireworks.

Toad is a Balance type character with five color palette variations: Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, and Purple. The statistics vary by color.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Mushroom Business Association has four stated positions: Representative Director / President, Block Enterprise Group, POW Chapter / Vice President, Warp Pipe Development Unit / Material Department Vice President, and General Affairs Division / Soda Branch Section Chief. The name of each member is listed as Toad. It is unknown if the joke is that these are all one Toad or if they are separate Toads.

Luigi's Mansion series

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

A frightened Toad and Luigi in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Toad appears in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. In the game, he and four other Toads (blue, yellow, purple, and green) are researching ghosts in various different mansions by playing the role of Professor E. Gadd's assistants. Once King Boo shatters the Dark Moon, all the ghosts in Evershade Valley get hostile and imprison Toad and the others in paintings. It is revealed that Toad was imprisoned in a painting within the Haunted Towers.

Sometime later, Luigi arrives at the Haunted Towers, and eventually finds the painting of Toad. Using his Poltergust 5000 and flashlight, Luigi was able to rescue Toad out of the painting he was imprisoned in. After being saved, Toad is overjoyed with gratitude and hails Luigi a hero. As the duo continue on to the outer part of the Haunted Towers, they run into The Three Sisters by accident. Toad becomes frightened and attempts to escape the scene, but his means of an exit through a gate is unfortunately sealed immediately in the scene. Throughout the battle, Toad appears frightened of the surrounding ghosts.

After The Three Sisters have been defeated, Toad continues to accompany Luigi through the area. Luigi is able to pull in Toad with the Poltergust 5000 and able to launch him from the vacuum in certain directions. Upon being launched, Toad is able to make a powerful impact with any object he comes into contact with by the force; as a result, being able to reveal secret areas and items. Toad also reveals his fear of deep bodies of water within the adventure (promptly having Luigi carry him over such bodies of water). After the two find a computer with access to Professor E. Gadd's lab within the Haunted Towers, Toad gives his thanks to Luigi and teleports back to the lab.

In the ending of the game, Toad along with the other Toad assistants teleport to the post-battle scene with the pieces of the Dark Moon in their arms. Toad himself hands Luigi the central piece upon reaching the group consisting of Luigi, Mario, and Professor E. Gadd. As Luigi and the Toads hold up the pieces of the dark moon to the sky, the pieces shine brightly and form a new Dark Moon. With the moon in place, the previously mind corrupted ghosts revert back to their peaceful ways and celebrate with the heroes. The ghosts even go onward to giving Toad and the other Toads rides on them. In the final scene, Toad joins the Mario Bros., Professor E. Gadd, and several ghosts for a group picture. Within the ending credits, it is revealed the ghosts have truly gone back to their happier states and even reveal to be on friendly terms with Toad and co.

Whenever Toad walks, his footsteps make squeaky sounds. This is a possible reference to the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 TV series where Toad always made squeaky sounds when he walked.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi holding Toad in Luigi's Mansion 3
Luigi embracing Toad after freeing him from a painting

Toad (alongside Mario, Princess Peach, Luigi, a blue Toad, and a yellow Toad) visits the Last Resort in Luigi's Mansion 3, driving the bus for the rest of the group to the location. Upon arriving at the Grand Lobby, the Toads can be seen handling Peach's luggage. When the luggage collapses, and the blue Toad gets stuck between the bags, Toad rushes in to try and pull him out. After everyone has checked in, hotel owner Hellen Gravely personally escorts them to their rooms on the fifth floor. The following night, everybody except Luigi, including Toad, is turned into a painting by King Boo. When Luigi himself narrowly avoids the same fate and meets up with E. Gadd, he asks for the professor's help in rescuing his trapped friends and family.

Later in the game, Luigi reaches The Great Stage and finds Toad's portrait being guarded by Amadeus Wolfgeist. After defeating Amadeus, Luigi frees Toad from the painting and brings him to E. Gadd to stay in his lab. However, while Luigi is exploring the upper floors of the hotel, E. Gadd sends Toad to recover an upgrade for the Poltergust G-00 in the Boilerworks and loses contact with him. E. Gadd informs Luigi of this when the latter needs the upgrade to progress through the Spectral Catch, so Luigi returns to the Boilerworks to rescue Toad and recover the needed equipment. During the ensuing escort mission, multiple teams of ghosts will attempt to capture Toad. If the lead Slinker of any given team manages to escape with Toad, the player receives a Game Over. Luigi manages to return Toad safe and sound to the lab and have the upgrade added to the Poltergust.

Toad remains safe in the lab until after Luigi rescues Mario in the Master Suite, at which point King Boo finds the lab and captures E. Gadd and the Toads. King Boo takes them to the rooftop, where he tries to trap the entire group in a single painting, only for Luigi to avoid capture once again thanks to the timely intervention of Polterpup. After Luigi defeats King Boo and the hotel collapses, Luigi frees everyone from the group painting, and the group works together to help the now friendly ghosts build a new hotel where the old one stood. Toad again drives the bus as the group bids E. Gadd and the ghosts farewell as they return home.

  1. ^ "Princess Toadstool and Toad are missing, too." — Super Mario 64 instruction booklet. Page 5.
  2. ^ "According to Toad, Bowser has stolen the Power Stars guarding the castle and locked Princess Peach into the walls and paintings." — Super Mario 64 DS instruction booklet. Page 5.
  3. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Page 126.
  4. ^ Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo 3DS) instruction manual. Page 6.
  5. ^ "Whew! It's me, Toad! I don't know what I would have done if a ghost had answered!" — Toad via telephone in the Telephone Room, Luigi's Mansion
  6. ^ Mario Party Legacy (October 23, 2016). The Emerald Circus (Big Paint Star) - Paper Mario: Color Splash Walkthrough. YouTube. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Toad rushes to Mario and Luigi’s house, frantically trying to explain the tragic events." — Thomason, Steve. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Player's Guide. Page 3.
  8. ^ "Use this battle to get acquainted with the controls, such as how to attack and dodge. Toad helps you get up to speed." — Stratton, Stephen, and Levi Buchanan. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 48.