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Rip Van Fish are enemies that appear in Super Mario World and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. They are types of Cheep Cheeps that are usually found sleeping. When near one, Mario or Luigi wakes it up, and it pursues the Bro. until it can defeat them. If they get to far from Mario, they will fall back asleep. Mario and Luigi cannot defeat these enemies unless they have a Fire Flower, use a Starman or have their Yoshi eat them. Rip Van Fish also appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island DS where they move left to right (or up and down or even in a pattern) in Submarine sections. You can defeat them by shooting missiles at that them in your Submarine form. In Yoshi's Island DS, they are practically invincible due to Submarine Yoshi being unable to shoot Missiles. Yoshi's Island DS also has a faster golden variant of Rip Van Fish which actually chases you called Piscatory Pete.

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Rip Van Fish in Yoshi's Island DS


Etymology

They were named after Rip Van Winkle, a character from Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle. The character supposedly spent nearly 100 years asleep, much like the Rip Van Fishes' constant sleeping patterns.

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