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Bowser is a character from the Super Mario fandom. He also appears as a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. and Skylanders series.


Bowser is the main antagonist of the Super Mario series. He is the king of the Koopas who frequently kidnaps Princess Peach. Afterwards, Mario will then defeat him in battle and save Peach. Bowser also frequently joins Mario in sports and go-kart racing.

In the Skylanders series, Bowser, along with Donkey Kong, gets teleported to Skylands. He becomes a fire elemental member of the SuperChargers, known as "Hammer Slam Bowser," and drives a vehicle called the Clown Cruiser.



BowDaisy — the ship between Bowser and Princess Daisy
Bowsalina — the ship between Bowser and Rosalina
Powser — the ship between Bowser and Princess Peach
Torcher — the ship between Bowser and Torch


Bowdorf — the ship between Bowser and Ganondorf
Bowsario — the ship between Bowser and Mario
Bowuigi — the ship between Bowser and Luigi


Bowsareach — the ship between Bowser, Mario, and Peach
Bowuisley — the ship between Bowser, Luigi, and Prince Peasley


Bowsendy — the ship between Bowser and Wendy O. Koopa
Koopa Family — the ship between Bowser and Bowser Jr.


Princess Peach

Main article: Powser

Within the Super Mario series, Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach ever since they were children. His motives typically involve a demand for power or a romantic interest in the princess. For the latter, he has formed several weddings in an attempt to make Peach officially his wife. His obsession and constant kidnappings has caused Peach to negatively view Bowser.


“Welcome to the Bowser Space! We've plenty of fun events!”
Bowser, Mario Party
“Bowser, the mighty Koopa King has arrived! Hold your applause, minions!”
Bowser, Paper Mario: the Thousand Year Door


Bowser Jr.

Bowser Jr. is Bowser's son. He was first introduced in Super Mario Sunshine disguising himself as Mario to get him arrested. Because Bowser told him Peach was his mother and Mario stole her, he shares his father's thoughts on the red plumber. He constantly assists his father with kidnapping Peach and harassing Mario. It is worth noting that he knows Peach isn't actually his mom, but he still goes along with his father's plans nonetheless. It is unknown who the other parent is or if there even is one.


Bowser is one of the most famous video game villains in the world. Ever since his first appearance in Super Mario Bros., multiple forms of media have referenced or parodied the character and his rivalry with Mario. Examples include Wreck-It Ralph and Chowder. Fans love the character for his design and relationship with his son, however many critic the character for his constant kidnappings and his role as a stereotypical villain.

The most common romantic ship with Bowser is Powser. This is due to his canon crush on the princess and his attempts to marry her. Recently, Bowuigi has become popular due to fandom jokes. For fans of enemies to lovers, Bowsario is typically favored.

With crossover ships, Bowser is commonly paired with Ganondorf or Torch. This is due to similar traits that Bowser shares with them. For Ganondorf, it would be their status as main villains in their respective series. With Torch, the ship stems from their shared element of Fire. Both characters have also cooperated with Bowser in some degree.

When including Dry Bowser, Bowser has around 600 stories on Archive of our Own. has 1.3k for the Super Mario fandom. Smash, on the other hand, has merely 165.



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Koopa tag on Pixiv


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# portmanteau characters type
96 Powser Princess Peach het
63 Bowsario Mario slash
52 Bowuigi Luigi slash
15 Bowser & Peach Peach gen


  • Bowser's Japanese name (Kuppa) is also the Japanese word for a Korean rice soup dish (gukhap).[citation needed]
    • In the states, Bowser was originally known as Koopa. However, it was eventually changed to Bowser Koopa.
  • In the Disney movie, Wreck-It Ralph, Bowser makes a guest appearance during a Bad-Anon Meeting. He is seen drinking tea and overreacting to Ralph's confession. With his appearance, it implies that he feels regret for his actions.
  • Bowser, Luigi, and Peach have all been possessed or controlled at some point in the Paper Mario series. Bowser was mind controlled by the black paint featured in Color Splash.
  • Bowser makes a few appearances in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time via easter eggs.
    • In one of the windows at Hyrule Castle, Bowser, Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi are featured as portraits.
    • Those who live at Lon Lon Ranch will wear a Bowser emblem pin.
  • His final smash, Giga Bowser, comes from Super Smash Bros. Melee. In a normal mode or higher Adventure Mode, if the player gets to and defeats Bowser within 18 minutes, they will have the opportunity to fight Giga Bowser. Before Melee, Giga Bowser never existed, but the concept of the him growing into a giant has since Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
    • His theme is one of the only songs not accessible in Melee's sound test.
    • Giga Bowser was considered as a transformation Bowser would take in Skylanders, but the concept was scrapped in favor of Molten Bowser. This was due to Nintendo pushing for original concepts instead.


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SHIPS het BlippiLuaisyLuichMaraisyMareachMariPaulineMarivianPowser
slash BowsarioBowuigiGenarioLuisleyWalgiWariMari
femslash CacklebeanDaisylinaPeachalinaPeachaulinePeaisy
poly BowsareachBowuisleyPeachaisalina
family Mario Brothers
non-binary Peachadette
CHARACTERS male BowserLuigiMario
female Princess DaisyPrincess PeachRosalina
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SHIPS het ClouZelKurocinaMarthalinaPitalinaSoneach
slash ClinkLuimonMarionicNesscas
femslash SamuPichiZelalina
CHARACTERS male BowserCloud StrifeLinkLuigiMarioSonic the Hedgehog
female Princess DaisyPrincess PeachRosalinaZelda