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- "Pick a box. Its contents will help you on your way."
- ― Toad, Super Mario Bros. 3
Toads, also known as Mushroom People or formerly Mushroom Retainers, are a recurring species in the Mario series. They are the dominant species of the Mushroom Kingdom. Toads are native to almost every city in the entire kingdom, including Rogueport, but most prominently Toad Town. Many Toads are also loyal servants and citizens to Princess Peach and the Mushroom Kingdom. Numerous members of the species serve Peach as castle attendants, guards or as her Mushroom Retainers. Toads seem to live and act very similar to humans, but with a more friendly habit. Toads were created without considering a gender, but they were mentioned with male pronouns.
Their vests all seem to match the color of the dots on their heads, except for the main Toad. This main Toad has red dots on his mushroom cap but sports a blue vest. He is shown as Mario's companion throughout many of the games.
Toads are named after their mushroom (or Toadstool) like appearance.
Toads have been appearing in Mario games since the very beginning of the Mario series. In most iterations, Toad are common NPCs, but in some of the RPGs, Toads are shop owners and innkeepers. They have frequent appearances in sports games as both audience and playable characters. Additionally, there have been a few instances where Toads are playable characters in the mainstream Mario games.
Toads first made their debut appearance in this game like many of the other characters in the series. Within the story of the game, they were originally the dominant population of the Mushroom Kingdom and were ruled by the fair Princess Peach. However, when the evil King of the Koopas (Bowser) arrived to take over the kingdom, he eliminated many of the Toads by turning them into various objects such as bricks and pipes by using his magical powers. Sensing the Princess's magical abilities which could recover the Toads and restore the kingdom, Bowser soon kidnapped Toadstool as well as a few of her Toad servants (the Mushroom Retainers), thus starting the story of the game.
In the actual game, the Toads made a rather minor appearance themselves, as the only Toads that were present in their original form were the kidnapped Mushroom Retainers. They could be encountered once Mario (or Luigi) defeats a false Bowser within the castles. The Mushroom Retainers would then be freed and would give the famous message "THANK YOU MARIO! BUT OUR PRINCESS IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE!" to the hero in return. The Mushroom Retainers can be saved in each castle level of the game except for the final level where Princess Toadstool is rescued instead. The Mushroom Retainers make a returning appearance in Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels with the same role, however in this game, more Mushroom Retainers are available to be rescued.
In Super Mario Bros. 2, a single Toad was introduced as a playable character for the first time in the Super Mario series.
While not a playable character, Toad ran the special area called Toad's House in Super Mario Bros. 3. In some of the houses, Toad would have Mario (or Luigi) to pick from three treasure chests with each having different items that would help the hero on his way. In other houses, the hero can play minigames to win extra lives.
Other Toads can be seen in the King's castles and are seen in a panicked state after the Kings are turned into various creatures by the Koopalings.
Toad starred as the main character in Wario's Woods where he was to stop Wario and his minions from taking over the Mushroom Kingdom. The game played in a Tetris-like manner and Toad needed to stack up multi-colored bombs to defeat the monsters in the game. His superhuman strength from Super Mario Bros. 2 returns in this game as he is able to carry large stacks of enemies or bombs with ease. He is also capable of running up walls in this game as well. In the end of the game, Toad had fought Wario himself (with some help from a fairy named Wanda and Birdo). Once having defeated the antagonist, Toad chases the defeated plumber out of the woods for a while. He then later watches him fly away in his plane until he crashes into a tree.
In the game, the Toads were sealed behind the walls of the castle and could only provide tips to help Mario on his quest. Some Toads, however, were able to give Power Stars that they had found. In the remake of this game Super Mario 64 DS, the Toads played the same supporting role. However, the Toads give the characters specific remarks such as dismissing Luigi as to being Mario in green clothes or not even trusting Wario on the quest. He also returns the character's cap back if they had lost it in one world in some cases.
Toads appeared frequently as NPCs in the first of the Mario RPGs. Instead of dots, some Toads have stripes on their hats. Toads run the shops in the Mushroom Kingdom area. Later in the game, Mario has to protect the wedding of two Toads from a cake monster.
Toad himself is also present in this game, having various supporting roles from venturing with Mario to running a shop in Bowser's Keep.
Toads appear as employees of Mario Industry in Mario vs. Donkey Kong. They are later kidnapped by Donkey Kong.
The Toad species are unlockable. Purple Toad can be found in a bush, Green Toad can be found in a bush as well, Red Toad can be found after the player talks to Toadsworth, and Blue Toad is in front of Peach's Secret Garden.
In Super Paper Mario, a Toad comes to tell Mario that an enemy has abducted Princess Peach and has taken her somewhere. Mario and Luigi think that Bowser has kidnapped the princess and rushed off to his castle, leaving the Toad at the brother's house. Many Toads are also seen at Peach and Bowser's wedding as guests. A Toad appears as a capture card during the game.
In this game, Yellow Toad and Blue Toad are playable in the multiplayer mode. They share the same stats and abilities as the Mario Bros. themselves. Toads also appeared in the intro, in the Toad Houses, in Peach's Castle, in the Enemy Courses and in the normal levels in the special Toad Rescue missions.
In New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U/New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Toads have similar roles to what they did in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Yellow Toad and Blue Toad appear as playable characters, and they are seen in Toad Houses. However, in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Toadette appears as a playable character as well. She can obtain the Super Crown to transform into Peachette.
Vim is the life force of the Toad species. The Toads pass away without their vim. In other words, vim is the Toad equivalent of the Human's blood. However, the vim is green, as opposed to the blood's red coloration. The vim was only referred to in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, where the Shroobs harvested the Toad's vim to use it as a fuel for their spaceships. It is unknown if vim is unique to Toads, or if other fungal species such as Goombas possess vim as well. However, the Shroobs did not target any other species, so this could indicate only the Toads possess vim.
|Toad • Toadette • Toadsworth • Captain Toad • Captain Toadette • Chancellor • Toadbert • Toad Brigade • Banktoad • Blue Toad • Mailtoad • Yellow Toad • Blue Toad|
|Battle T. • Beetle Mania Toad • Card Connoisseur Toad • Chanterelle • Club 64 Bartender • Dane T. • Doe T. • Dr. Toad • Doctor Toadley • Doctor Toadley's intern • Elder • Excess Express Conductor • Excess Express Engineer • Fice T. • Five Fun Guys • Frost T. • Gardener • Gaz • Genie of the Lamp • Ghost T. • Gramma Red and Gramma Green • Grandma • Harry T. • Heff T. • Herb T. • Hinopio • Hollijolli Mayor • Jack • Jolene • Legendary Captain • Lighthouse Keeper • Little T. • Master Poet • Minh T. • Mini T. • Monstermama • Mort T. • Mr. E (Mario Party Advance) • Mr. E (Paper Mario) • Mrs. Shroomlock • Mushbert • Mushroom Boy • Mushroom Genie • Mushroom Shop Clerk • Muss T. • Niff T. • Pine T. • Pine T. Jr. • Plenn T. • Porter • PR Toad • Prince Mush • Professor Fungi • Puff • Raini • Raz • Rescue Squad V • Rock Paper Wizard • Rose Town Innkeeper • Russ T. • Shady Toad • Shroomlock • Sling-a-Thing Toad • Starshade Bros. • Tayce T. • The Master • The Traveling Sisters Three • Three Beautiful Sisters • Thriff T. • Toad Minister • Toad Professor • Toad waitress • Toad in the Desert • Toadia • Toadiko • Toadmaster General • Toadofsky • Toadsworth the Younger • Toce T. • Toodles • Trading Event Toad • Treasure Hunting Toad • Wringer • Vanna T. • Vault Guard • Zess T. • Zip Toad|
|Cave Mushroom • Dryite • Fryguy • Mermushroom • Mini Toad • Toad|
|In other media|
|Bingo • Chef Spore • Down Under Land Mayor • Emperor Ed • George Washingtoad • Gramps • King Windbag's Servant • Mayor Fettuccine • Minister of Massage • Moldy • Mushroom Doctor • Mushroom Nanny • Mushroom Pilot • Mushroom Referee • Obi-Wan Toadi • Pine • Prince Hugo • Pronto • Scooter • Sultan • Swiss Cheese Alps Mayor • The Mushroom Marauder and Jake "The Crusher" Fungi • Toad's cousin • Toadman • Toadster • Todojewski • Wooster|
|Characters||Protagonists||Bowser • Luigi • Mario • Starlow|
|Antagonists||Dark Star • Fawful • Midbus|
|Other Characters||Blue Paratroopas • Bowser Memory Neuron • Bowser Memory P • Broggy • Broque Madame • Broque Monsieur • Chakron • Corporal Paraplonk • Doctor Toadley • Doctor Toadley's intern • Fawful • Giant Sockop • Jerry • Kamek • Kuribo • Kuzzle • Monty Bros. • PR Toad • Princess Lipid • Princess Peach • Private Goomp • Sergeant Guy • Toadbert • Toadsworth • Yikk|
|Species||Bee • Blitty • Bob-omb • Brock • Emoglobin • Evoglobin • Goomba • Magikoopa • Nutsoglobin • Shy Guy • Totemglobin • Toad • Virus|
|Locations||Mushroom Kingdom||Badge Shop • Blubble Lake • Bowser Path • Bowser's Castle • Broggy's Shop • Broque Monsieur's Shop • Bumpsy Plains • Cavi Cape • Conference Hall • Dimble Wood • Fawful Theater • Gear Shop • Peach's Castle • Peach's Castle Garden • Plack Beach • Project K • Star Shop • Tea Kiosk • Toad Town • Toad Town Caves • Toad Town Mall • Toadles Boutique • Toadley Clinic • Tower of Yikk • Treasure Chamber • Tunnel|
|Bowser's body||Airway • Arm Center • Challenge Node • Chest Station • Cholesteroad • Energy Hold • Flab Zone • Flame Pipe • Funny Bone • Gut Check • Joint Tower • Leg Outpost • Lumbar Nook • Memory Banks • Nerve Cluster • Nose Deck • Pipe Yard • Pump Works • Rump Command • The Gauntlet • Toad Square • Trash Pit|
|Enemies||Mushroom Kingdom||Alarm Bob-omb • Beehoss • Borp • Broggy • Broque Monsieur • Chain Chawful • Choomba • Chuboomba • Coalbit • Crawful • Dark Fawful Bomb • Dark Fawful Guy • Dark Mechawful • Dark Mechawful.5 • Dark Trashure • Drillbit Crab • Fawflant • Fawflopper • Fawfulcopter • Fawful Guy • Flifit • Glam Lakitu • Jailgoon • Lakitu King • Magifoofa • Mawful Mole • Mechawful • Metal Mawful Mole • Naplock • Nooz • Pendril • Scutlet • Sneed • Sniffle Thwomp • Sockop • Toothy • Treevil • Trashure|
|Bowser's body||Airnapse • Air Cannon • Air Cheep • Bone Thwomp • Bowser Memory Boo • Bubble Blooper • Calorite • Dried Blooper • Elite Goombule • Goombule • Napse • Pep • Piranha Plorp • Protobatter • Pwallop • Spike Blop • Stonk • Tenderling|
|Bosses||Main Bosses||Alpha and Beta Kretin • Biffidus • Blizzard Midbus • Bowser • Bowser Memory ML • Chakron • Dark Bowser • Dark Fawful • Dark Satellmite • Dark Star • Dark Star Core • Durmite • Junker • Junker Can • Leaf Guy • Midbus • Scutlet • Sea Pipe Statue • Shroob • Snawful • Vacuum Helmet • Wiggler • Wisdurm|
|Giant Bosses||Bowser's Castle • Fawful Express • Fawful Mountain • Super Peach's Castle • Tower of Yikk|
|X Bosses||Alpha and Beta Kretin X • Biffidus X • Bowser X • Bowser Memory MLX • Dark Satellmite X • Dark Star X • Durmite X • Junker X • Junker Can X • Wisdurm X|
|Techniques||Mario and Luigi||Falling Star • Fire Flower • Green Shell • Jump Helmet • Magic Window • Mighty Meteor • Snack Basket • Spin Pipe • Super Bouncer • Yoo Who Cannon|
|Bowser||Bob-omb Blitz • Broggy Bonker • Goomba Storm • Koopa Corps • Magikoopa Mob • Shy Guy Squad|
|Items||Consumables||1-Up Deluxe • 1-Up Mushroom • Cheese** • Fiery Drumstick • Heart Bean • Hot Drumstick • Max Mushroom • Max Nut • Max Syrup Jar • Mushroom • Nut • Power Bean • Refreshing Herb • Retry Clock • Special Bean • Star Candy • Super Cheese** • Super Mushroom • Super Nut • Supersyrup Jar* • Syrup Jar* • TNT Drumstick • Ultra Cheese** • Ultra Mushroom • Ultra Nut • Ultrasyrup Jar*|
|Key Items||Banzai Bill • Birdley • Blitty • Blue Key • Green Key • Hammers • Miracle Cure • Mushroom Ball • Puzzle Sack • Red Key • Skeletone Formula • Star Cure • Star Panel • Stingler • Vacuum Block • Vacuum Shroom|
|Blocks||99 Block • Attack Piece Block • Blue Shell Block • Command Block • Hidden Block • L Block • M Block • Rally Block • Save Block • Shop Block|
|Other||5 Gold Coin • 10 Gold Coin • 50 Gold Coin • Blorbs • Boo-ray Machine • Cake • Chakroad • Chombone • Donut • Giga-carrot • Launch Fit • Liftoglobin • Meat • Mushroom Tea • Negative Ions • Nubbin • Scratch Card • Seesaw Fit • Squid Fit • Vegetable • Whirlwind|
|Miscellenous||Stats||Defense • Experience Point • Heart Point • Power • Rank • Special Point • Speed • 'Stache/Horn|
|Status||Balloon Mario • Burn • DEF-Down • DEF-Up • Dizzy • Fire Mario • Fury • Level up • No Skills • Poison • POW-Down • POW-Up • Pump Mario • SPD-Down • SPD-Up • Shell Mario • Sick|
|Moves||Body Slam • Fire Breath • Flee • Jump • Shell Defense • Sliding Punch • Spike Ball • Trip|
|Other||Bros. Badge • Clothing • Gallery • Glitches • Mario & Luigi RPG: Sound Selection • Pre-release and unused content • Quotes • Shops • Staff • Star Menu|
|*-Exclusive in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story • *-Exclusive in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey|