Fake Bowser(JP) is an enemy in the Mario series. It is a regular enemy that disguised as Bowser. Fake Bowsers debuted in Super Mario Bros. for NES where they appear as bosses at the end of every world other than the last, where the real Bowser appears. Fake Bowsers are disguised regular enemies such as Goombas and Koopas with the purpose of trying to fool Mario and Luigi. The only way to know which enemy is under the costume is to defeat it with fireballs.

The Fake Bowsers in Super Mario Bros. may also be comparable to the Fake Bowsers in Luigi's Mansion and Super Mario 3D Land.

List of Fake Bowsers

Super Mario Bros./Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels additional worlds:

  • World A - Goomba - fire (FDS) / Red Koopa Troopa - hammer (SNES)
  • World B - Koopa Troopa - fire (FDS) / Green Cheep-Cheep - hammer (SNES)
  • World C - Buzzy Beetle - fire (FDS) / Bullet Bill - hammer (SNES)
  • World D - Spiny - fire (FDS)

In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Fake Bowsers also appear in Worlds 8-4, 9-3, and D-4, along with the real Bowser. Unlike the other Fake Bowsers, these Bowsers have more of a mint-green body with a brown muzzle instead of the normal color. This type of Bowser is a magical copy of the real one; it also breathes fire and throws hammers in all levels encountered except in World D-4, where it is a Spiny which breathes fire, just like the one at the end of the level.

Super Mario All-Stars

In Super Mario All-Stars, they also lack their alternate coloration and look identical to Bowser. Because of this and the fact that this Bowser is the only Bowser that appears in World 9, players unaware of the original version of the game have mistaken them for the real Bowser. However, one means of distinguishing them from the real Bowser is the music that plays; the real Bowser's music is different. On a side note, all the Fake Bowsers in Worlds 9-D only throw hammers in the Super Mario All-Stars remake. Strangely, the real Bowser in World D-4 also only uses hammers, unlike in World 8-4, where he uses hammers and spits fire.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, a Fake Bowser appears as a boss in the e-world level "Classic World 1-4", where it plays a similar role to that played in Super Mario Bros., though it looks identical to the game's real Bowser. It is revealed that the Fake Bowser is a Goomba after being defeated.

Super Mario 3D Land

Fake Bowsers appear in the Nintendo 3DS game, Super Mario 3D Land. They have tanooki tails like Tanooki Mario, and they attack in a similar way as in Super Mario Bros., breathing several fireballs from a far place and jumping, except not in a two-dimensional stage, since the game is a 3D platformer Mario game.

However, unlike in Super Mario Bros., only two Fake Bowsers appear: one in world 1 castle and the other in world 5 castle. After being defeated, the Fake Bowsers show their true forms. The Fake Bowser in World 1 is actually a Goomba, and the one in World 5 is actually a Magikoopa. When defeated, it will bounce on the lava for a couple of seconds then reveal its true form: a Goomba/Magikoopa with a Super Leaf beside it.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a False Bowser is the Shadow Bug copy of Bowser. False Bowser makes his first appearance without warning at The Lake almost seemingly at random. After Fox and Diddy defeat him, he dissolves. He is seen several more times throughout the game, antagonizing the other heroes. He fights exactly like Bowser.

Mario & Luigi series

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

A Fake Bowser makes a cameo appearance in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. It is seen in a special area inside Bowser's Castle which is a side-scrolling level imitating a Super Mario Bros. level. The False Bowser appears at the end of that level. The Bowser appears to be made of cardboard and Mario must run underneath him and hit the Ax to make him fall.

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