Yoshi (film character)

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This article is about the character from the Super Mario Bros. film. For the character from the video games, see Yoshi. For the species, see Yoshi (species).
Species Dinosaur
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1993)
Latest appearance KC Deluxe - "Yoshi's Road Hunting" (1994)
Latest portrayal Frank Welker

Yoshi is the Velociraptor-type dinosaur "royal pet" of President Koopa in the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film. Unlike most other inhabitants of Dinohattan, he retained his original reptilian form. He is inspired by Yoshi, but with the film's artistic liberties. Like his video game counterpart, he possesses a strong and long tongue that he can manipulate objects with.


Super Mario Bros. film[edit]

Yoshi and Daisy
The imprisoned Daisy and chained up Yoshi.

It is established that Koopa has had Yoshi as a pet for some time. Under Koopa's ownership, Yoshi is chained up at the neck in his own room where he has experienced physical abuse and was derisively referred to as a "throwback". Upon Daisy's capture, she was held in the same room that Yoshi resided in. Daisy, though wary at first, befriends Yoshi as Koopa introduces the two formally. He warns Daisy to not move her "hands around like a wounded animal" around Yoshi. During this same conversation, Yoshi attempts to lick Koopa's legs and a disgusted Koopa kicks him in the face. Once they're alone together, Daisy sympathizes with Yoshi and his attempts to bite through his chain.

Later, Lena attempts to murder Daisy wielding a knife but is stopped by Yoshi's long tongue that pulls her towards him. Lena stabs Yoshi, giving Daisy enough time to escape out of the room. During Daisy's first meeting with her father in Devo 4, a wounded but unchained Yoshi enters the room with the knife still lodged into his neck region. Daisy helps him remove the knife from his body. He reappears alongside Daisy in the film's finale, to bid Mario and Luigi good bye before they jump through the portal back to Brooklyn, New York.

Super Mario (Kodansha manga)[edit]

Yoshi from the Super Mario Bros. film depicted as its own character. From the Kodansha KC Deluxe manga.
Yoshi in the Super Mario Kodansha manga

The film's incarnation of Yoshi appears as a woman's pet alongside the video game Yoshi in the Yoshi's Safari arc of the Super Mario Kodansha manga, with the video game Yoshi even exclaiming it as "the real Yoshi in the movie!"