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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.

Appearances

Super Mario Series

Cheeps Cheeps first appear in Super Mario Bros., where they are commonly found in underwater levels. like all enemies, touching them will result in Mario taking damage. Mario can defeat them underwater with a Fire Flower. Cheeps Cheeps will also occasionally appear in land levels where a school of them will jump in the air hoping to hurt Mario. Mario can stomp on them to defeat them in these kinds of levels.

Cheeps Cheeps make their second appearance in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, where they act just the same as they do in the previous game.

Cheep Cheeps reappear in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they behave just the same as they did in Super Mario Bros.

Cheep Cheeps appear in Super Mario World, where they're less common than their green counterpart. In this game, they're able to bounce on land, from which Mario can stomp on them.

Cheep Cheep make yet another appearance in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, where their behavior is identical to that of Super Mario Bros.

In Super Mario 64 and its remake, Cheep Cheeps make their first 3D appearance, only appearing in Dire Dire Docks. They're industructible, and touching them will result in damage.

Cheep Cheeps reappear in another 3D Mario title, Super Mario Sunshine, where they can be found in large bodies of water. They also jump out of the water to hit Mario, just as they do in Super Mario Bros.

After a long absence of 2D platformers, Cheep Cheeps reappear in New Super Mario Bros., where theybehave the same as they have in Super Mario Bros. A larger variety called a Big Cheep Cheep is introduced in this game.

Cheep Cheeps appear also in Super Mario Galaxy, 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.

Cheep Cheeps, along with Deep Cheeps and Eep Cheeps, reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they act identically to New Super Mario Bros.

Cheep Cheeps reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, where they behave exactly as they did in the games prequel.

Cheep Cheeps make an appearance in Super Mario 3D Land, where they behave similarily to Super Mario Galaxy. This time, Mario can stomp on Cheep Cheeps underwater without taking damage, though Mario needs to perform a Ground Pound in order to defeat one.

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Cheep Cheeps behave exactly the same as in New Super Mario Bros. If Mario passes through a Gold Ring, Cheep Cheeps will be turned into Gold Cheep Cheeps for a short time.

Cheeps reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U/New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, where they are the same as in past New Super Mario Bros. games.

Cheep Cheeps only appear in one level in Super Mario 3D World.

In Super Mario Maker and its sequel, Cheep Cheeps can be placed in any graphic style. They can even be placed in land level, in which they will jump in the air to hurt Mario, similar to what they do in Super Mario Bros.

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.

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.

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!

Statistics

Cheep Cheep
CheepCheepMLSS LVL 25 (22) HP 40 POW 72 DEF 50 SPEED {{{spd}}}
EXP 60 COINS 15 (6) Fire Normal Thunder Critical Jump Normal
Hammer? Normal Hand? Normal Stun? 30% Burn? 30% Stat Down? 100%
Item drop Location(s)
•None - 0%
•None - 0%
Oho Ocean Seabed, Gwarhar Lagoon
Notes
  • Parentheses indicates statistics in Japanese version.
  • Numbers and words in gray indicate coding unavailable in normal gameplay.

Names

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プクプク

pukupuku

Japanese onomatopoeia of sinking or rising while giving off bubbles;

officially romanised as "Pukupuku"

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

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

Smack Fish

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Phew-phew fish

Trivia

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

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