Rookie is a character and boss that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. He is the alter-ego of Bowser who has lost his memory and was taken under the wing of Popple, the Shadow Thief.


Rookie is basically Bowser in appearance except that he wears a blue mask or bandana on his head. In the original, he also has green eyes.


Rookie.png LVL 11 HP 120 POW 32-42 DEF 40 SPEED {{{spd}}}
EXP 110 (120) COINS 34 (30) Fire Heal Thunder Critical Jump Normal
Hammer? Normal Hand? Normal Stun? 30% Burn? 0% Stat Down? 30%
Item drop Location(s)
1-Up Mushroom – 100%
•None – 0%
Chateau de Chucklehuck
  • Parentheses indicates statistics in Japanese version.
  • Numbers and words in gray indicate coding unavailable in normal gameplay.

Sometime before, Bowser was launched out of a cannon on Stardust Fields and lost his memory after crashing. Popple soon found Bowser and decided to take him under his wing, dubbing him Rookie. Rookie then follows Popple around helping the bean thief in any way possible. Soon, at the Chateau de Chucklehuck, Rookie and Popple run into Mario and Luigi. The Mario Bros. recognize Rookie as Bowser, but Rookie only knows that the two look familiar to him. Popple then orders Rookie to fight with him against Mario and Luigi. After being defeated, Rookie and Popple run off into Chucklehuck Woods.

After exploring around, Popple and Rookie run into a dead end with the guardian of Chucklehuck Woods, Chuckleroot, blocking the way. Popple and Rookie decide to wait out nearby until someone (presumably the Mario Bros.), came along to open the path. Sure enough, after Mario and Luigi get past Chuckleroot, Rookie and Popple race off ahead to get the treasure. Unfortunately for them, they are captured by Bubbles who has them tied up over a barrel of Chuckcola. Then the barrel becomes alive, turning into a monster that sends Rookie and Popple away out of Chucklehuck Woods with a rapid spin.

Rookie and Popple are seen again in the basement of Woohoo Hooniversity trying to steal the Beanstar. However, Mario and Luigi arrive on the scene and all of them decide to fight for it. Rookie and Popple lose yet again but, before anyone can move, a Peachbot falls into the basement and laughs, causing the Beanstar to go mad again. Rookie, Popple, Mario, and Luigi all grab onto the Beanstar and fly out of the Hooniversity into the sky. Bowser regains his memory shortly, but then falls from the Beanstar and lands unconscious in Stardust Fields. His body is then used for a new evil.

In the 3DS remake, it's revealed that Captain Goomba fell on Bowser's head in Hoohoo Mountain and caused his amnesia. Afterward, Popple accidentally fed a starving Bowser, who followed him out of gratitude, leading to him becoming Rookie.