History of Bowser
Last Updated: February 18th, 2007
Bowser's ambition and craving for power, control, and domination never lowers in intensity; nor does his desire to enslave the
Mushroom Kingdom by capturing Princess Peach. Countless times Bowser has been successful in capturing the princess, only to have
her rescued every time by the Mario Brothers. These defeats do not stop Bowser's determination from trying however, and he
continues to kidnap her. Later it was discovered that Bowser has a secret crush on Peach, and her constant capturings are fueled
by his love and feelings for her. Bowser has mysteriously fathered eight Koopa Kids to date, who have assisted Bowser in the past
in his plans of world domination. Bowser and his children live in Bowser's Castle in Koopa Kingdom, where they form the Koopa Royal
As a young Koopa, Bowser's great, ambitious future was foretold by the great Magikoopa sorcerer Kamek, who raised Bowser and
also served as a parental figure and guardian. Bowser was raised as a spoiled brat, with his many servants carrying out all his
biddings. Kamek allowed Bowser to do whatever he wanted, as he was to grow up to become the great and powerful King of all Koopas.
Kamek also correctly divines that the delivery of two twin brothers will cause great trouble for Bowser and the Koopas in the
future, so he attempts to intercept the stork carrying the two baby twins. Kamek captures the stork and Baby Luigi, but Mario and
the Stork's map fall to the ground landing on a Yoshi's back.
The Yoshis decided to protect Baby Mario and take him to the location marked on the map where they would reunite him with his baby
brother. The Yoshi carrying Baby Mario would eventually clash with Baby Bowser, who was curious about the dinosaur, calling it a
"green donkey" and wanting to play with it. In a last-ditch effort to stop the Yoshi carrying Baby Mario, Kamek casts a spell on
Baby Bowser causing him to grow to immense proportions. Ultimately the Yoshi defeated Baby Bowser, who then swore revenge on the
Years later, Baby Bowser steals the Yoshi's Super Happy Tree and turns Yoshi's Island into a storybook. Six variously colored
baby Yoshis fight the young king in his private chambers to regain control of their Super Happy Tree and restore Yoshi's Island.
Baby Bowser is once again defeated by the Yoshis.
As Bowser grew up through his teenage years, he continued to grow more powerful and mighty. Bowser became proficient in Koopa
black magic through Kamek's teachings and learned to breathe fire. Bowser was developing into the great and powerful ruler of the
Koopas, exactly as Kamek had forseen.
Baby Bowser is not to be confused with Bowser Jr., who are two separate characters; even though they both look virtually identical.
Baby Bowser is Bowser Koopa as a juvenile and Bowser Jr. turns out to be one of Bowser's sons. It could also be possible that Bowser
Jr. is a clone of Bowser.
Attempts of World Domination
Upon reaching adulthood, Bowser, already King of the Koopas and ruler of the Koopa Kingdom, wanted more. He looked to the
neighbouring Mushroom Kingdom to expand his rule. Bowser turned the Mushroom Kingdom's citizens to stone and other inanimate objects
using his Koopa black magic. He then kidnapped Princess Peach of the Mushroom Kingdom, and fled back to his keep in the Koopa
Kingdom. Princess Peach was the only one who could undo the evil magic that Bowser had cast upon the Mushroom Kingdom. Bowser could
also become King of the Mushroom Kingdom by forcing a political marriage on Peach making her his queen.
Princess Peach was rescued from the Koopa King after the Mario Brothers defeated him by cutting the chain supporting the lava bridge
he was standing on. As a result, Bowser plunged into the lava pit below the bridge. Bowser survived, despite being submerged in
lava, perhaps due to a bodily resistance to extreme heat.
With Bowser defeated and the princess rescued, Bowser slunk away for a period of time until somewhere down the line, he fathered
7 offspring; presumably with the aid of a still unknown female Koopa.
Like most story elements and character backstories of Nintendo's Mario franchise, this achievement is also left vague and
Bowser's seven children are referred to as the Koopa Kids or Koopalings. The seven young Koopas's names are: Larry Koopa, Morton
Koopa Jr., Wendy O. Koopa, Iggy Koopa, Ludwig Von Koopa, Lemmy Koopa, and Roy Koopa. The origins of these Koopa Kids as well as who
the mother of these children remains unknown. Although these children resemble Koopas from the royalty, none seem to look much like
Bowser or have sharp curved horns on their heads. There are many rumours offering suggestions as to how these Koopalings came into
existance such as that they may be adopted or that Bowser may have a wife named Clawdia. Bowser and his children form the Koopa
Bowser returned to attack the Mushroom Kingdom again along with the help of his seven Koopa Kids. On this offensive, Bowser
attacked the seven Mushroom Worlds with his doomship and transformed each Mushroom King into animals. Each of Bowser's Koopa Kids
guarded each of the Mushroom Worlds, as well as the magic sceptres that could be used to transform the Mushroom Kings back into
their old selves. Once again Princess Peach was kidnapped, sending the land into chaos once more. Mario & Luigi defeated each of
the Koopa Kids guarding the seven Mushroom Worlds and used the sceptres to undo the transformations to the Mushroom Kings. The
brothers then moved on to face Bowser, who was dwelling in his castle in Dark Land. Bowser was defeated again after Mario and Luigi
tricked him into repeatedly crashing the brick floor in an attempt to crush them. Eventually, the brick floor gave way causing
Bowser to fall an indeterminable height.
Bowser and his Koopa Kids rebounded to launch another attack on the Mushroom Kingdom and capture the princess. This time, Bowser
invaded the neighbouring region of Dinosaur Land, which also contained Yoshi's Island, and trapped all of the Yoshis there in eggs.
Seven baby Yoshis were also held captive in seven castles all across Dinosaur Land belonging to each of Bowser's seven children.
Mario & Luigi once again defeat all of Bowser's children and then challenge the Koopa King in the Valley of Bowser. Bowser uses his
newly invented mode of transportation, the Koopa Clown Car, to fight the Mario Brothers. He attacked the Mario Brothers from his
Koopa Clown Car by barraging them with Mechakoopas, large steel boulders, and fire. Bowser was defeated by the Mario Brothers once
more after being knocked out by his own Mechakoopas punted back up to him hitting him in the head.
Bowser, still determined to control the Mushroom Kingdom, returned to invade Peach's castle and imprisoned all its inhabitants
in the castle walls with the magic of the stolen Power Stars. This time, Bowser attacks alone, and does not use the help of his
children. Mario tracked Bowser down by collecting the magic Power Stars one by one. Bowser clashed with Mario on three occassions
on a large round platform surrounded by four spiked bombs. All three times Bowser was defeated when Mario caught Bowser by the tail,
spun him around, and tossed him into spiked bombs around the ring.
Bowser once again attempted to take over the Mushroom Kingdom with help from the female Koopa witch Kammy Koopa. This time,
Bowser stole the Star Rod, a magical device that grants wishes, and imprisoned the Seven Star Spirits. Bowser also used his castle
to hijack Princess Peach's castle, with Peach still in it, and lifted the castle high into the sky. The Star Rod made Bowser
extremely powerful, and the first time Mario squared off against Bowser, Bowser defeated Mario with the power of the Star Rod. This
forced Mario to collect the powers of the Seven Star spirits before he could face him again. Mario ultimately defeated the Star Rod
weilding Bowser after using the collective power of the Seven Star spirits.
During this instance of Bowser's capture of Princess Peach, it is revealed that Bowser has a crush on Peach as he talks
affectionatly to her and makes a wish to the star spirits wanting her to like him. Peach also finds the Koopa King's diary in which
he secretly expresses feelings of love for her. This exposes a softer side to the King of the Koopas and possibly explains why he
captures Princess Peach so often.
Bowser once again introduced another child, Bowser Jr., making the eighth Koopa Kid. This latest member of the Koopa Royal Family
line looks very similar to Bowser himself as a child, and could even possibly be a clone of Bowser himself.
Bowser got his newest son, Bowser Jr., to disguise himself as Mario and paint grafitti all over the resort of Isle Defino. In
this effort, Bowser hoped that the locals will blame Mario for the vandalism. Bowser Jr. also landed up kidnapping Peach, and later
revealed that Bowser told him that Peach was his mother. Mario tracked down both Bowser and Bowser Jr. who were both relaxing in a
large hot tub on top of Corona Mountain. Mario sent Bowser and Bowser Jr. plummeting after ground pounding the hot tub until finally,
the whole hot tub collapsed. Bowser later apologized to Bowser Jr. for deceiving him and Bowser Jr. explained that he can't wait to
fight Mario again, which pleased Bowser.
Beaten to the Punch
Bowser takes the kidnapping of Princess Peach very seriously. In his mind, only he is allowed to kidnap the princess, and takes
great offense if anyone else kidnaps her before he can. On three occassions, other villians have beaten him to the punch, and each
time Bowser sets out on his own quest to rescue the princess so he can re-kidnap her.
During one of Bowser's Peach capturing incidents and Mario's attempts to rescue her from Bowser's Keep, Bowser landed up getting
his keep in Koopa Kingdom seized by Smithy, an extra-dimensional invader. After a very large sword impaled Bowser's Keep, Mario,
Bowser, and Peach are all sent flying in different directions. Peach landed atop Booster's Tower on a balcony, and was kept prisoner
there. Mario ran into Bowser at Booster's Tower where he was lamenting over the loss of his keep. In order to regain control of his
keep and defeat Smithy, Bowser reluctantly teamed up with his arch-enemy Mario, and his new friends Mallow and Geno. To avoid being
humiliated and to save his ego, Bowser tried to make everyone believe that he was allowing Mario to join the Koopa Troop, not the
other way around. Mario, Bowser, Mallow, and Geno first rescued Peach from Booster, and then they all teamed up to defeat Smithy,
where Bowser reclaimed his keep.
After getting his keep back, Bowser made another attempt to capture Princess Peach. Bowser, after just arriving to kidnap the
princess again, found out that Princess Peach's voice had been stolen by an evil bean witch named Cackletta, and replaced with an
explosive vocabulary. Bowser knew that Princess Peach would cause much damage to his keep in her present state if he were to kidnap
her. Bowser once again teamed up with Mario in order to rescue Peach's voice, so he could kidnap her. During the adventure, Bowser
developed amnesia after being shot out of a cannon. Bowser believed himself to be named "Rookie", the sidekick of a thief named
Popple. Shortly after Bowser regained his memory, he became possessed by the disembodied spirit of Cackletta, which produced
Bowletta. Bowser is eventually freed when Mario and Luigi destroyed Cackletta's spirit for good.
In yet another Princess Peach kidnapping attempt, Bowser became furious when he found out that somebody other than him had
captured Princess Peach. Bowser set off on his own mission to find her and re-capture her. He pursued Sir Grodus and the X-Nauts,
who had taken Princess Peach. Bowser also learned about the power of the Crystal Stars. After Mario defeated Sir Grodus, Bowser
crashed in through the ceiling and decided to fight Mario, steal the princess, and leave with the treasure inside the Thousand
Year Door. Bowser's plans were once again thwarted by Mario.
Bowser has demonstrated that he is very athletic and talented in sports, as well as a great driver, breakdancer, and a fierce
fighter. Being very competitive by nature, Bowser enters many tournaments and sporting events held around the Mushroom Kingdom,
using his immense size and raw power to crush the competition. Bowser has competed in various rounds of golf, tennis, soccer,
basketball, and baseball; has raced in many championship races; has shown off his very impressive breakdancing skills; and has
even entered a fighting tournament. Bowser is much stronger than any other competitor by far, but his hulking size often slows
him down for anything involving a lot of speed. For instance, in baseball, Bowser proves time and time again that he is the home
run king, but he is a slow base runner if he does not clear the fence. In golf, Bowser's claws are so huge that often he only
needs to use one hand to crush the ball, but his control can be a little tighter. Bowser's karts that he uses for racing
tournaments always have the highest top speed, but his acceleration is the slowest and Bowser's weight causes his tires to sink
when driving off-road. Another reason for Bowser taking part in these sporting events may be to impress the princess with his
power and skill.