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Cheep Cheep is a common fish species of the Mushroom Kingdom, first introduced in Super Mario Bros., where it appears as a common underwater enemy. This underwater foe lazily swims forward or leaps out of the water and soar through the air from Super Mario Bros. 3 and onward. As a species of fish, it lacks complex free-will, thus Bowser is able to cultivate them and use them as his minions.

Cheep Cheep can survive out of water; though, its means of locomotion on it varies between games, either showing it flopping around uselessly or hopping from place to place. Throughout its appearances, the attack pattern of Cheep Cheep remains consistent, slowly swimming towards the player, although Sushie, a purple Cheep Cheep and ally of Mario, is shown to be capable of such feats as belly flopping and manipulating water.


Mario Kart series

In the Mario Kart series, Cheep Cheeps most commonly appear as background scenery or obstacles and rarely have a more active role in the games. They are different colored and are sometimes in the water, sometimes on the sand on the track. Cheep Cheep Beach from Mario Kart DS, Cheep Cheep Island from Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and Cheep Cheep Lagoon from Mario Kart 7 are named after them. Also, when you first turn on the GameCube to play Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, there is a chance that Lakitu will be lifting a Cheep Cheep.

Super Mario Galaxy

Cheep Cheeps appear also in this game, and especially in the Deep Dark Galaxy's third star, before the planet with a watermelon and tennis balls inside. They hurt Mario if touched, and they bounce for moving, making them hard to kill. They also bother the player by disfocusing them while trying to hit pieces of wood to activate a bubble shooter. It was even shown at the end of the story when celebrating the festival by jumping up and down.

Super Mario Odyssey

Cheep Cheeps are fairly common enemies in Super Mario Odyssey. Found in the waters of the Lake Kingdom and the Seaside Kingdom, Cheep Cheeps spend their time swimming around in the waters. They can attack Mario with a spin if he gets too close. Mario can also Capture Cheep Cheeps allowing him to swim much more efficiently and quickly. Mario can also attack with a spin of his own and doesn't have to worry about running out of air.

Other Media

Cheep Cheeps are absent from most derivative Mario mediums such as cartoons and literature, but one does appear in the anime film Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!


Superstar Saga Enemy
Cheep Cheep
Location(s) Oho Ocean Seabed, Gwarhar Lagoon
Level 25 (22)
HP 40
POW 72
Defense 50
Speed 60
Experience 60
Coins 15 (6)
Item Drop None – 0% (Refreshing Herb - 19.35%)
None – 0% (Refreshing Herb - 22.58%)
Fire Normal
Thunder Critical
Jump Normal
Hammer Normal
Hand? Normal
Stun? 30%
Burn? 30%
Stat Down? 100%
  • Stats in the parentheses are from the Japanese version and differ from American and European versions.
  • Stats in gray are found in the game's coding and unavailable during the "normal" gameplay.


Language Name Meaning
Japanese プクプク


Japanese onomatopoeia of sinking or rising while giving off bubbles;

officially romanised as "Pukupuku"

French (NOA) Aquazo Pun on "aqua" and "oiseau" (bird)
  1. Pesce Smack

Cheep-cheep (on Super Mario Bros. manual) Pesce fiu-fiu (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga)

Smack Fish

Phew-phew fish


  • The Cheep Cheeps are the only group of enemies uncredited in Super Mario World's ending.



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