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Cheep Cheep (also spelt as 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 and a recurring enemy in the overall Super Mario series. 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

Super Mario Bros.

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Cheep-Cheep Green Classic.gif

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 or a Starman. 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.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

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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, the ways to defeat them are also the same. They appear in larger numbers this time especially when hopping out of water making for a rougher obstacle.

Super Mario Bros. 3

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Cheep-Cheep Red One.jpg
Cheep-Cheep Green One.jpg

Cheep Cheeps reappear in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they behave just the same as they did in Super Mario Bros. Cheep Cheeps can be defeated with the effects of a Starman, Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Tanooki Suit, and Hammer Suit. The game also introduces new varieties of Cheep Cheeps which include the Spiny Cheep-Cheep, a more hazardous variety of Cheep Cheep which possesses spikes for hair, the Boss Bass a carnivorous and hungry variety which hunts on the waters surface to eat anyone who walks by, the Big Bertha a female Boss Bass which swims through the waters and protects it's Baby Cheeps from any predators by swallowing them briefly, they too are carnivorous and will eat you if you get too close.

Super Mario World

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Cheep Cheeps appear in Super Mario World, where they're less common than their green counterpart, the Blurps. In this game, they're able to bounce on land, from which Mario can stomp on them. When they're on land, they can't do anything besides jumping around. In this state, they cannot harm Mario and Mario can easily defeat them by simply touching them. Other ways to defeat them include the use of the Fire Flower, Cape Feather, or the Starman.

Some new sub-species of Cheep Cheeps such as Rip Van Fish make their debut in this game. Rip Van Fish remain perfectly asleep until Mario (or Luigi) approaches at which point they wake up and chase him down.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

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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. The ways to defeat them are also the same.

Super Mario Sunshine

A Cheep-Cheep from Super Mario Sunshine.

Cheep Cheeps make their first 3D appearance in, 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. they can attach themselves to Mario's F.L.U.D.D nozzle preventing him from effectively spraying until they've been sprayed off. In this game, Cheep Cheeps are completely invincible.

Super Mario 64 DS

A Bird's-Eye view of several Cheep Cheeps in Super Mario 64 DS.

In Super Mario 64 DS, Cheep Cheeps make their next 3D appearance, only appearing in Dire Dire Docks. They're indestructible and touching them will result in damage to the player. The Cheep Cheeps in this game replace the Bubs from the original Super Mario 64. Like the Bubs before them, Cheep Cheeps cannot be defeated in this game.

Super Princess Peach

Peach sees a Cheep Cheep hopping out of the water in Super Princess Peach.

Cheep Cheeps appear again in Super Princess Peach where they are seen swimming around the water and out of the water. Cheep Cheeps are commonly found in worlds such as Ladida Plains and Wavy Beach They can be defeated with basically any attack. The Sad Cheep Cheep also appears in this game.

New Super Mario Bros.

A Cheep Cheep from New Super Mario Bros.

After a long absence of 2D platformers, Cheep Cheeps reappear in New Super Mario Bros., where they behave the same as they have in Super Mario Bros.. Both normal and jumping varieties appear, in this game, Cheep Cheeps can be defeated with the use of the Fire Flower, Blue Shell (only the jumping Cheep Cheeps), Starman, or the Mega Mushroom. Several sub-types of Cheep Cheeps is introduced in this game. including a larger variety called a Mega Cheep-Cheep, the Cheep Chomp which attacks by trying to snack on the plumbers, the Spike Bass which takes leaps out of the water to attack the plumbers, the Deep-Cheep and the Mega Deep-Cheep (which chase after Mario and Luigi as they get too close). A giant monstrous Cheep Cheep called Cheepskipper appears as the boss of World 3.

Super Mario Galaxy

The Bouncing Cheep Cheeps as seen in Super Mario Galaxy.

Cheep Cheeps appear also in Super Mario Galaxy, and especially in the Deep Dark Galaxy's third star where they are found swimming in the underground lake, Cheep Cheeps are also seen bouncing on a small-lake planet in the same galaxy 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 defocusing them while trying to hit pieces of wood to activate a bubble shooter. They can be defeated with spins. It was even shown at the end of the story when celebrating the festival by jumping up and down.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

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Cheep Cheeps, along with Deep Cheeps, Eep-Cheeps, and their mega sub-types (including the new Mega Eep-Cheep) reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they act identically to New Super Mario Bros. They can be defeated with the use of the Fire Flower or the Starman. The effects of the Ice Flower can freeze them as they float to the surface (if a frozen Cheep Cheep hits a ceiling, it shatters). The Spiny Cheep-Cheeps from Super Mario Bros. 3 return in this game and are much more aggressive as they relentlessly chase Mario. The Cheep Chomp also returns.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Cheep-Cheeps in the Cosmic Cove Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Cheep Cheeps reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, where they behave exactly as they did in the games predecessor however this time, they are much more common. Cheep Cheeps can be found in the Cosmic Cove Galaxy, the Starshine Beach Galaxy, and the Slimy Spring Galaxy. In this game, they can be defeated with stomps or spins. Some Cheep Cheeps in this game also swim on the water's surface.

Super Mario 3D Land

Mario sees some Cheep Cheeps underwater in Super Mario 3D Land.

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. Other ways to defeat a Cheep Cheep include the use of the Super Leaf, Fire Flower, Starman, Statue Leaf, or the Invincibility Leaf.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Several Cheep Cheeps from New Super Mario Bros. 2.

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, Gold Cheep Cheeps carry Coin trails behind them and stomping them nets you some bonus coins. Mega Cheep Cheeps, Deep Cheeps, Mega Deep Cheeps, Spiny Cheep-Cheeps, and Cheep Chomps all return in this game as well behaving as they did previously. Cheep Cheeps can be defeated with the use of the Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Mega Mushroom, Starman, or the Invincibility Leaf.

New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U/New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Mario and Yoshi evading several Cheep Cheeps.

Cheeps reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, where they are the same as in past New Super Mario Bros. games. The Eep Cheep, Cheep Chomp, and the Spiny Cheep Cheep, and the mega varieties also return. Cheep Cheeps can be defeated with the effects of the Fire Flower or the Starman. Deep Cheeps (despite receiving an official artwork for the game) don't appear in any levels of New Super Mario Bros. U, they do appear in New Super Luigi U however alongside the Mega Deep-Cheep.

Super Mario 3D World

A Solo Cheep-Cheep swimming underwater.

Cheep Cheeps reappear in Super Mario 3D World. In this game, they only appear in one level in the whole game, Pipeline Lagoon. Cheep Cheeps can be defeated with the effects of the Boomerang Flower, Starman, Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Super Bell, Invincibility Leaf, Mega Mushroom, and Invincibility Bell. Ground Pounds can also defeat them. Like in previous games, they aren't particularly aggressive.

Super Mario Maker/Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS/Super Mario Maker 2

The Cheep-Cheeps from all the different styles.

In Super Mario Maker and its two sequels, Cheep Cheeps can be placed in any graphic style. They can even be placed in land levels, in which they will jump in the air to hurt Mario, similar to what they do in Super Mario Bros. Applying a Super Mushroom to a Cheep Cheep will turn it into a Mega Cheep-Cheep and applying wings to one will turn it into a Para-Cheep-Cheep. Shaking a Cheep Cheep has a different effect from theme to theme, they become Green Cheep-Cheeps in the Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario Bros. 3 styles, they become Blurps in the Super Mario World style, and they become Deep-Cheeps in the New Super Mario Bros. U style.

Super Mario Odyssey

Mario as a Cheep-Cheep.

Mario as a Cheep-Cheep swimming by a school of other Cheep-Cheeps.

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 making obtaining collectibles and collecting Power Moons much easier, the only downside is that NPC's will refuse to talk to the Cheep Cheep Mario has taken control of.

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.png 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% (Refreshing Herb - 19.35%)
•None – 0% (Refreshing Herb - 22.58%)
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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