Mario has fought a lot of villains up to this point, not just Bowser. While there are many other major villains throughout the series, here is our list of the 10 greatest Mario villains.
Dimentio is a harlequin magician and the main antagonist of the 2007 Nintendo Wii video game Super Paper Mario. He starts off as one of Count Bleck’s minions, and fights Mario and his allies several times during their quest to stop the Chaos Heart and the Void before eventually betraying his boss and revealing himself as the real mastermind, having played both sides in order to usurp control of the Chaos Heart and destroy and remake the multiverse in his own design.
Dimentio is perhaps one of the most egotistical, sadistic, cunning and cruel of Mario’s enemies. Residing in the shadows of Count Bleck’s army, Dimentio carefully plans and executes his scheme to take control of the Chaos Heart. He plans to use its destructive power and purpose to destroy all worlds and create brand new ones to control and rule over. In Count Bleck’s minionship, Dimentio waits for Bleck to create the Chaos Heart and form the Void.
He is also shown to be very twisted, ruthless and diabolical in his own way, as he likes to make fun of others, especially Mario and his allies, even when he is committing pain to his enemies throughout the game.
Dimentio is also consistently described as manipulative, delusional, psychotic and insane, this is shown when Mario, Bowser and Peach destroyed Super Dimentio, freeing Luigi and defeating Dimentio, he left behind a shadow of his power to keep controlling the Chaos Heart in order to bring the destruction to all the dimensions now knowing that he will not rule any dimension. With the destruction of all worlds upon them, Count Bleck and Tippi proclaim love towards one another, then seal the Chaos Heart away.
King Bowser Koopa Sr., known primarily in Western territory as either just Bowser or Koopa, is the main antagonist of Nintendo’s Mario franchise.
Bowser first appeared as the main antagonist of the 1985 classic platform videogame Super Mario Bros., and he continued to serve as the primary antagonist of the entire Super Mario series. He is also a recurring character in the Super Smash Bros. series and is a character in the Skylanders series.
He is the tyrannical king of the turtle-like Koopa Troopa race who is constantly striving to expand his Koopa Kingdom by conquering the Mushroom Kingdom and defeat his archenemy Mario.
He is in love with Princess Peach, and his attempts of conquest almost always include kidnapping her in one way or another. He also has a young son named Bowser Jr., who aids his father in his plans.
3. Bowser Jr.
Bowser Jr., known in Japan as Koopa Jr. (not to be confused with Koopa Kid or Little Bowser), is the secondary antagonist of the Mario series, and is the only child son of Bowser and the apparent heir of the Fire Kingdom. He debuted in Super Mario Sunshine. He acts as the main antagonist of both Super Mario Sunshine, and New Super Mario Bros., with his father only playing a minor role in each. He is a playable character in various multiplayer Mario games. Since his debut, he has stolen the spotlight as the main villain from his father in a few Mario games.
Bowser Jr. is mostly bold and energetic, often causing mischief throughout the Mushroom Kingdom. He can sometimes be very arrogant and childish, getting whatever he wants through lies and trickery. A side to Bowser Jr.’s arrogance is shown in Bowser Jr.’s Journey, where Bowser Jr. outrightly stated to the Koopalings that he doesn’t need their assistance; this lead to the Koopalings abandoning him.
Bowser Jr. possesses great respect and admiration for his father, and his drive to prove himself to him is often the result of his small size which makes him looked down upon. Bowser Jr. also tends to be lazy, mostly relying on technology (his Koopa Clown Car) rather than brute strength to attack his opponents. Despite his considerable faults, Bowser Jr also has a tendency to acknowledge his mistakes and make things better, and he can also be surprisingly selfless. At times, he even expresses a wish to be a hero and be adored and admired by the masses.
4. Count Bleck
Count Bleck, who was once known as Lord Blumiere, was the primary antagonist in Super Paper Mario and uses the Dark Prognosticus and the Chaos Heart to try and destroy all of the universe. He has a past with Tippi; whom at the time was known as Timpani, the love of Count Blumeire. However, their love could not be as there were family issues so he decided to destroy everything. He has a large army that he mostly stole from Bowser, so it mostly consists of Koopa Troopas, Goombas, etc. who were brainwashed by Nastasia, his right-hand minion.
He also had several bosses on his side, such as Dimentio, O’Chunks, Mimi, and for a while Mr. L. He is thought to be the final boss and main antagonist in Super Paper Mario and also thought of as the ultimate bad guy but proves to have a weak spot towards Tippi. Dimentio surprises him when he finds out he has been betraying him the whole time. Count Bleck is then sent to Dimension D to be killed.
Count Bleck was first seen at the wedding in the intro to Super Paper Mario. Bleck is also seen many times throughout the game during scenes in between chapters. Count Bleck is also, obviously, seen at the end of the game as part of the final boss fight. After the fight is over, he is wounded, and then talks to his beloved Timpani one last time.
With the help of the Chaos heart, Count Bleck has many powerful magical attacks. Not only can Count Bleck create shields, he can also use a powerful attack that causes Mario and his party to become slower. Bleck is also known for his ability to create miniature black holes. These holes start out in the middle of the room and suck up Mario and his friends. Count Bleck flies across the room, protected by his Chaos Heart. He will stand on one of the many platforms and execute a deadly attack.
Cackletta (later known as Bowletta after possessing Bowser) is an evil witch from the Beanbean Kingdom making her debut as the main antagonist of Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga and its 3DS remake, and later returning as a sticker in Brawl. She attempted to steal both Princess Peach’s voice and the Beanstar, so she can fulfill her desire to rule the world.
While little is known about her past and why she became evil, Cackletta is seen as an evil, smart, yet insane witch who wishes to rule over everything. She is normally seen with her toady, Fawful, who is the only one she likes as it is presumed. She cares for no one else except for Fawful, probably because of him being so smart, helpful and cooperative.
She easily gets angered and confused when something goes wrong as she plans things out (in her mind) perfectly. Because of this she is easily surprised until the end of the game, when she starts to expect the unexpected. She is also seen to be very patient and even-tempered when it comes to Fawful helping her with her plots, but when it is someone else she wants them gone or dead right away, normally getting angered this way.
Cackletta has the powers to summon lightening bolts to strike her enemies. She can also create shadows that suck her enemies into the ground in which they then fall from the sky. She can also make duplicates of herself in which if one of the fake ones is hit it creates bats that attack her enemies.
She can do a more wide variety of attacks than just that, such as creating ghost-like copies of people, generate electric spheres, flames, regenerate, or create a gigantic sphere of energy.
As Bowletta, she has all of the powers of Bowser, including some dark magic of her own – such as the ability to turn into Dark Bowletta and create huge meteor showers. She also has the ability to throw fire like Bowser, throw fiery enemies called Flarets and is also larger than the original Bowser. More alarming is what she owns – Bowletta has control over not only Fawful and her warfare, but all of Bowser’s property as well as including his castle, Clown Car, soldiers, and even his Koopalings (after some trickery).
Antasma, also known as Akkumu in Japanese, is one of the two main antagonists of the 2013 Nintendo 3DS game Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. He is an insane bat king who wishes to bring Pi’illo Island under his control. Bowser later became his ally before betraying Antasma near the endgame.
While little else is known about his past, Antasma was once a normal bat on Pi’illo Island until he somehow fed off a Pi’illo’s nightmare which gave him power and transformed him into the evil Bat King. He then stole the Dark Stone in order to fulfill his chaotic dreams, but the Pi’illos (along with the Zeekeeper) managed to imprison him into the Dream World.
But at the last moment, he shattered the Dark Stone, causing the chunks to rain down everywhere in the island, turning all of the Pi’illos that they touched into stone and causing their civilization to vanish as his essence was sealed away.
Kamek is the main antagonist of the Yoshi series and a major antagonist in the Super Mario Bros. series. He is an old, yet powerful Magikoopa and apparent adviser to Bowser as well as a father figure to Bowser in his youth. He is the high-ranking member in the Koopa Troop not counting Bowser himself (as well as possibly Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings). He first appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. He was Baby Bowser’s caretaker, and continues to look after Bowser, even in the present day.
Kamek is the leader of his species known the Magikoopas, and is sometimes referred to by his species’ name.
Kamek appears as the main antagonist of the Yoshi series, first in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, and the future Kamek appears alongside Bowser (the game is set in the past) in Yoshi’s Island DS. Kamek is believed to be a boss in Super Princess Peach who turns into Giant Kamek. He also appeared in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, sending enemies after the Mario Bros., getting cookies for Baby Bowser, and fighting the Mario Bros. at one point. Kamek possibly appeared in Super Mario Galaxy (a Magikoopa is shown attacking Mario) and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (the Magikoopa that Bowser talks to before being tricked by Fawful into eating a Vacuum Shroom).
Kamek is an extremely powerful sorcerer and proficient in black magic, knowing lots of spells. It also has many magical powers: flying on broom, teleporting, divination, creation of pink geometric magic projectiles, change of sizes of living beings or objects, pyrokinesis, duplication, mental projection, and many more. He also has access to a large library of magic books, and has some mechanical skills.
Birdo, known in Japan as Catherine, is a recurring character in the Mario franchise. Her first appearance was as an enemy in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, which was re-branded as Super Mario Bros. 2. Since then, she has appeared in various spin-off series of the franchise, and her original role as an antagonist has gradually been scrapped in favor of a newer role as an ally. Birdo has also been merchandised into figurines, plush toys, and amiibo cards.
Birdo displays great determination and confidence in all aspects of her life. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Birdo revealed her goal of becoming a Superstar. Birdo has tackled a wide variety of sports and was the first known Birdo to emerge in the public spotlight in Mario Tennis.
Birdo is somewhat vain, as she perceives herself to be very beautiful and feminine, and often strikes eccentric poses to show off her appearance. Also, she is portrayed to be very friendly, and enjoys being with the whole Mario crew. This is shown when losing a round of 18 in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, where she never fails to be adorable. She also exudes charm and elegance. Additionally, Birdo always wears a massive diamond ring on her finger. In Mario Party 7 and Mario Party 8, when Birdo gets a Star, she shows off this ring during one of her poses. According to Play Nintendo, Birdo’s favorite things are (in no particular order) friends, big red bows, and sparkly things.
Always looking for love, Birdo has had a variety of crushes and relationships throughout her life. Birdo is very flirtatious and affectionate with others, even when she does not know them very well, as evidenced in Birdo’s relationship with Popple in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. In the same game, Birdo expresses her high opinion of love and romance, explaining her flirtatious nature and drive to find love.
The effect of these whirlwind romances on Birdo have only been hinted at in her Egg Shot move in Mario Hoops 3-on-3, which sends broken hearts flying; this is a stark contrast to Princess Peach’s Heart Shot.
9. Gooper Blooper
Gooper Blooper is a giant Blooper with large and longer tentacles. He first appears as a boss in Super Mario Sunshine, where he appears in the levels Ricco Harbor and Noki Bay. He uses his tentacles to smack Mario, draining his health. After his debut in Super Mario Sunshine and reappearance in Super Princess Peach, Gooper Blooper’s role was shifted to that of an occasional character in sports games and other spin-offs.
Gooper Blooper is a larger than average Blooper who never displays much in the way of intelligence and, like most Bloopers, can only speak in indiscernible “bloops”. He appears to be loyal to the Koopa Troop, most especially his Bloopers, and will attack anyone who poses a threat to Bowser’s plans or attacks his Bloopers, showing that he is also ruthless. He has even attacked ships and sports events on occasion.
He also aims to destroy Mario, likely due to his interference in the Koopa Troop’s plans and that he tore off one of Gooper Blooper’s tentacles upon their first meeting. In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, he is revealed to actually be a music lover who loves to “boogie and bop”, and spends most of his time playing music with his Bloopers.
Gooper Blooper can use all his tentacles to his advantage, whether it be slamming them all down on Mario at once or just slamming one down. Gooper Blooper will also twirl around swinging his tentacles hurting anyone who gets in their path. Gooper Blooper is also very strong, as he can tilt the entire Daisy Cruiser to one side. Like all Bloopers, Gooper Blooper can spit out ink to cause a slippery mess, and he can swim in unpolluted water as well.
His ink is even capable of contaminating water on certain occasions. He can also jump very high which is shown in “Gooper Blooper Breaks Out”. However, Gooper Blooper has never shown the ability, apart from in Paper Mario: Sticker Star to speak or walk on land. He has also been shown to be very adept at playing tennis, as in Mario Power Tennis, the player can continue volleying a tennis ball between themselves and Gooper Blooper virtually forever.
10. King Bob-omb
King Bob-omb (formerly known as Big Bob-omb) is the king of the Bob-ombs. He is mostly recognized for being the first boss fought in the game Super Mario 64 and its remake. Guarding the Power Star, which Bowser entrusted him with, he does not give it up without fighting the player. After his debut, King Bob-omb became a recurring boss in later games, specifically spin off games such as Mario Party 9 and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. King Bob-omb, like other certain bosses, takes pride in his royal status.
King Bob-omb has a circular, explosive body. The color of his body is black just like in the first games, but is sometimes shown in a dark purple tint like in Mario Party Advance. His large eyes and body shape are identical to a Bob-omb’s, although he has no visible wind-up keys or fuses (as he wears a bejeweled crown), and he has a large white mustache.
Originally, he was depicted with yellow spheres as hands and smooth shoes, but this was changed to white gloves and pointed shoes and he has retained this appearance from Super Mario 64 DS onward. His method of attack, which involves throwing his opponents, is like that of Chuckya, an enemy similar in appearance; he is also defeated in a similar way. In his artwork for Mario Party: Star Rush, King Bob-omb has visible scratches on his body.
King Bob-omb is an antagonist, but acts in a regal, gentleman-like manner and is not afraid to admit defeat and compliment the player in Super Mario 64. He even briefly gives tips on how to defeat Bowser and reselect completed missions, and Mario Party Advance implies that he actually leads the society of the Bob-omb Mafia to protect Shroom City. In Super Mario 64 DS only, he is very critical and patronizing towards everyone he believes is of lower class. He, along with Chief Chilly, is proud of his mustache, leading him to act condescending to those without a mustache or to criticize mustaches he sees as inferior.
He even seems to equate mustaches with strength, claiming that the bare-faced Yoshi has no chance against him. When he returns in Big Bob-omb’s Revenge, he mentions that he has restyled his mustache, as though this could assist him. Also, despite insulting Mario and Luigi for having inferior mustaches, he seems to view Wario’s mustache as dignified.
In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, King Bob-omb retains the regal aspect of his personality, but is now more stolid, using as few words as possible. He acts like a perfectionist, going as far as to initiate his own self-destruction to protect the secrets of his operation. He still believes in mustaches as signs of power, with his incredulity upon defeat only sated when he realizes that the Bros. also sport fine mustaches of their own.