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Wigglers (ハナチャン?), are caterpillar-like insects with a segmented body and comically large nose. Wigglers are most commonly depicted as being yellow (occasionally green) and having a cheerful expression on their faces; they also wear small flowers on their heads. When enraged, which occurs when a Wiggler is injured, the creature turns a bright red color, gains solid white eyes and gritting teeth and its flower wilts. Wigglers first appear in Super Mario World, being found in wooded areas.

Although usually generic enemies in games such as New Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Galaxy, some appearances feature Wigglers, usually gigantic in size, as boss characters, an example being Super Mario 64. In spin-off games, the appearance of Wigglers is infrequent, although one does appear as an unlockable playable character in Mario Power Tennis and as a boss to race against in Mario Kart DS. In Mario Kart: Double Dash!! there are Wiggler Buses in the Mushroom Bridge and Mushroom City courses, which act as obstacles. Wiggler was featured again as a playable character in Mario Super Sluggers on the Nintendo Wii. He is a strong hitter with great speed, and a great asset to any Mario baseball team. Fuzzy Wigglers are found in Yoshi's Story. They are green and give Yoshi a melon.

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, the Wigglers appear in the Forest Maze. If the player jumps on the head of the Wiggler, Mario will gain one coin. If the player manages to jump on it 10 times in a row, the player will gain a Frog Coin instead of a regular gold coin. They have 120 HP.

Super Mario series

Super Mario World

An angry Wiggler from Super Mario World.

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Wigglers appear in Super Mario World as enemies. Wigglers make their first appearance in the Forest of Illusion. Wigglers walk slowly. If Mario or Yoshi stomps on the Wiggler, it changes form and moves faster. It will also follow the player instead of walking right and left until it touches something or reaches the bottomless pit. However, Yoshi can swallow Wigglers or Mario can throw a Goomba (or a Koopa Troopa shell) at them. They can also be defeated by Starman.

Super Mario 64/DS

The Wiggler as seen in Super Mario 64.

Wiggler in Super Mario 64 DS.

"Everything's been going wrong ever since I got this Star...It's so shiny, but it makes me feel... strange."


In Super Mario 64, a Wiggler appears as a boss in the thirteenth course, Tiny-Huge Island. Its den is beneath the crater lake at the highest point of the island, accessible only by ground-pounding it on the Tiny Island and then going through the resulting hole on the Huge Island.

The Wiggler's only attack is to move around; if it runs into Mario, Mario will lose three-eighths of his health. However, Mario can defeat the Wiggler by stomping on its body three times. After each stomp, the Wiggler moves faster. After Mario defeats the Wiggler, he will give the Star to Mario. Giving the star to Mario, the Wiggler shrinks.

In Super Mario 64 DS, the Wiggler's role is the same however, he turns red upon being hit twice and also becomes more aggressive additionally, his appearance has been updated to be more modernized.

Wigglers are also the centerpiece of the mini-game "Which Wiggler?" in Super Mario 64 DS, where the aim is to locate and select the Wiggler that matches the one on the top screen by touching it with the stylus.

Super Mario Sunshine

Angry Wiggler

The Wiggler is a giant green caterpillar that appears in Super Mario Sunshine. It is seen in episodes two and three of the Gelato Beach area. In Japan, this Wiggler is referred to as Boss Wiggler.

Episode 2

During this episode, the Wiggler is curled up on top of the sand bird tower. The goal is to point all three mirrors at it to force it off. This is done by removing the Plungelos off each mirror causing them to tilt in its direction. After this is done, the giant falls off and a Shine Sprite appears.

Episode 3

In this episode, the Wiggler is seen awake and furious at Mario's actions. It will stomp around the stage furiously. In order to defeat it, the player must spray the sand buds with water causing the sand sculptures to rise. The monster will trip and land upside down. During this time a ground pound must be done on a designated body part. Each time this is done, the Wiggler will stand up and run even faster than before. This happens until it is defeated. Three ground pounds must be done to defeat it. When it is defeated, it will turn in to a pile of sand and sink into the ground.

Super Princess Peach

The angry Wiggler from Super Princess Peach.

A Wiggler residing in Fury Volcano appears as a boss in Super Princess Peach. When Peach arrives at the Wiggler's area, she discovers the Wiggler holding an imprisoned Toad on his nose which the Wiggler proceeds to spring into the air thus starting the battle. During the battle, the Wiggler roams around the room. The Wiggler gets angry when stomped so Peach will need to find another way to beat the Wiggler.

To defeat the Wiggler, Peach needs to become angry and pressure down on the statues (which bob down for a few seconds when stepped on with rage and spring back up). If Wiggler is above one of the statues as it springs up, he will be flipped over rendering one of his segments vulnerable. At this point, Peach can stomp the segment, every time the Wiggler takes damage, he will become enraged and start rampaging for a period of time at which point, Peach will have to avoid the Raining Debris coming down from the volcano in the background (she can end the Wiggler's rage attack quicker by springing another statue on him but this takes really good timing). After three hits, the Wiggler becomes mad and causes smoke to appear around the room. Peach takes damage with this smoke so she must get rid of it with Joy or else the smoke will kill her before she can destroy Wiggler. After Wiggler has been hit 5 times, he explodes and the Toad is freed as Peach continues the mission.

New Super Mario Bros.

A Wiggler from New Super Mario Bros..

Wigglers also appear in New Super Mario Bros. as rather uncommon enemies only appearing in the game's two alternate worlds in levels World 4-4 and World 7-3. They behave as they did in Super Mario World, wandering around on platforms. Wigglers aren't aggressive but when stomped, they get angry and start rampaging left and right (they can also flip over when ground pounded). Wigglers don't return to their calm state until Mario leaves the area and returns. Wigglers are very durable and can only be defeated with the effects of a Blue Shell, Starman, or a Mega Mushroom. A giant Wiggler also appears as a ridable ally in World 7-3. This Wiggler has 29 segments and is the key to crossing the level. The Which Wiggler? minigame from Super Mario 64 DS also returns in this game.

Super Mario Galaxy

A Wiggler in the Honeyhive Galaxy.

Once again, Wigglers appear in Super Mario Galaxy but this time as a standard enemy first seen in the Honeyhive Galaxy. Not so standard, because when you Ground Pound in a part of his running zone, the Wiggler will flip on it's back and start squirming and if it stays laid down, it will flip back up with intense anger, become dark red and keep running for a while. When running around enough, it returns calm. Ground Pounding directly in a segment of its body will kill it instantly. Additionally, the use of a Rainbow Star can also kill a Wiggler. Wigglers can be found in the Honeyhive Galaxy, the Beach Bowl Galaxy, the Bowser Jr.'s Airship Armada, the Gusty Garden Galaxy, and the Gold Leaf Galaxy.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Wigglers from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Wigglers appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they behave similarly to the previous game. However, there are more ways to defeat a Wiggler in this game. This includes throwing a POW Block and sliding as Penguin Mario, once again the effects of a Starman can also be used. This game also introduces much larger versions of Wiggler called Mega Wigglers. Wigglers only appear in World 5-2 of the game.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Two Wigglers in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy.

Wigglers return in Super Mario Galaxy 2 once again retaining the same behaviors as in the previous game. They can also be defeated in the same ways (with ground pounds and the effects of a Rainbow Star) however this time, ground pounding a Wiggler will flatten it's entire body rather than just the segment that was ground pounded. There are also some Wiggler that appear mad from the start. Wigglers can be found in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy, the Tall Trunk Galaxy, and the Throwback Galaxy. Mega Wigglers can also be found in the Supermassive Galaxy and unlike the basic Wigglers are completely invincible.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

A Wiggler in the Jungles of World 3.

Wigglers are seen again in New Super Mario Bros. 2. This time, they can be found in World 3 and behave the same way as before. Wigglers can be stomped on to become enraged, they can also be used to reach items that are too high. To defeat a Wiggler, the effects of a Super Leaf, Starman, Mega Mushroom, Gold Flower, or and Invincibility Leaf will work. Wigglers are not affected by the Gold Rings however.

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

A Wiggler in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Wigglers return in New Super Mario Bros. U as well as New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe as semi-common enemies. They are mainly found in various levels of Soda Jungle, Wiggler Stampede and Wiggler Floodlands are common examples. They also behave the same as they did previously (once again getting enraged when stomped on) and can be defeated with the effects of a Starman or POW Block. In New Super Luigi U, Wigglers can also be seen in the Meringue Clouds level Wiggler Rodeo. The Mega Wiggler also returns in these games.

Super Mario 3D World/Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

While Wigglers don't appear in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, a sub-species called the Fuzzler did.

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

A Wiggler in the Super Mario Bros. style of Super Mario Maker.

A Wiggler in the Super Mario Bros. 3 style of Super Mario Maker.

Wigglers appear in Super Mario Maker as well as it's two sequels as placeable enemies. They can be placed in any theme like most enemies and behave as they did in previous games (strolling around and becoming enraged when stepped on). Wigglers can be shaken to become enraged by default. They can also be given a Super Mushroom to become a Mega Wiggler or wings to become a Flutter. When placed in the water, Wigglers behave much like an Eel and can swim around.

Super Mario Odyssey

Normal Wigglers don't appear in Super Mario Odyssey but a sub-species called the Tropical Wiggler does, they can commonly be found in the Lost Kingdom. Additionally, a giant robotic Wiggler called Mechawiggler appears as a boss in the Metro Kingdom's New Donk City.

In Mario Kart series

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

The likeness of Wiggler makes its first Mario Kart appearance in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. Borrowing its green color from Super Mario Sunshine, long Wiggler-like buses called Wiggler Buses appeared as part of the traffic in Mushroom Bridge and Mushroom City. Unlike the cars and trucks, which simply made racers spin out, Wiggler Buses flipped racers over. They are also immune to all items and attacks; if a player with a Starman hits a Wiggler, they will simply bounce back.

Mario Kart DS

The Wiggler race from Mario Kart DS.

In Mario Kart DS, Wiggler is the final boss on Level 7 in Mission Mode. A racer must beat Wiggler in a race on Mushroom Bridge by staying at the fastest rate possible and using Mushrooms and Starmen to their advantage. Wiggler gets faster after each lap has passed.

Mario Kart Wii

One of the Wigglers from Maple Treeway.

In Mario Kart Wii, two large Wigglers appear in the brown pad of the Treetop in Maple Treeway. Bumping into them pushes racers back, the Wigglers can be passed by with the effects of a Bullet Bill, Mega Mushroom, or a Starman.

Mario Kart 7

The Wiggler racer racing through Rock Rock Mountain in Mario Kart 7.

In Mario Kart 7 Wiggler appears as a playable unlockable racer in the Cruiser class. You can unlock him by winning 150cc Leaf Cup. They also appear in Maple Treeway in Mario Kart Wii.

In Mario & Luigi series

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

The Angry Wiggler from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

The Tired Wiggler from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, a Wiggler appears as a mini-boss that Mario and Luigi fight after jumping on it. It appears in the Chucklehuck Woods where it had gotten stuck in the entrance of an area containing a Red Chuckola Fruit.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

A robotic Wiggler called Swiggler appears in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time as the first major boss of the game. He is seen draining Vim off Toads who have been stuck to trees in Toadwood Forest. He resides on the Vim Factory tower. Once Mario, Luigi, and the Babies make it up there, they battle Swiggler and beat him and the get their second Cobalt Star Shard only to have both stolen by Baby Bowser and Kamek who proceed to flee to Yoshi's Island Mario, Luigi, and the Babies in hot pursuit.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

The Wiggler telling Bowser to chow down on the Giga Carrot.

The Angry Wiggler from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.

The Wiggler is now tired in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, a Wiggler appears as a boss that Bowser is forced to fight after...a bit of memory loss, plus aggression issues after Bowser was forced to eat a Giga Carrot. He's fought in Dimble Wood. Another Wiggler (or the same one...it's hard to tell) later shows up when Mario and Luigi are trying to find the Attack Pieces in the woods in order to get the last of the 3 Star Cures.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

A Wiggler by the name of Wiggly appears in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. He was angered into a fight after Popple thought he was a security guard and Popple kept saying bad things about him. Wiggly was eventually defeated and he chased off Popple.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

The Wiggler with Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

A Wiggler appears as an ally and a boss in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. It is seen residing in Gloomy Woods which Paper Kamek and Kamek have trashed with their magic. This Wiggler is very similar to the one found in Paper Mario Sticker Star in a way. Mario, Luigi, Starlow, and Paper Mario feed him fruits so he can exchange them by clearing Paper Kamek and regular Kamek's trash. At the end of the woods, Paper Kamek casts a spell on Wiggler brainwashing him causing him to turn on Mario, Luigi, Starlow, and Paper Mario. After defeating both the brainwashed Wiggler and Paper Kamek, Paper Kamek flees and a very weak and battered Wiggler thanks Mario and his friends for everything and then collapses (presumably dying as the Paragoombas are shown taking him to Heaven) and Mario, Luigi, Paper Mario, and Starlow mourn and cry over Wiggler's death until Wiggler comes back down alive and well as a Flutter. He thanks Mario and his friends for allowing him to take on his true form by helping him and giving him those fruits and offers to take them to Mount Brrr. Whenever you talk to Flutter, he'll always offer to take you to Mount Brrr or Gloomy Woods depending on where you are.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey

The Happy Wiggler in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey.

Wiggler is Angry.

Wiggler is worn out.

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, the Wiggler's role is the same as it is in the original except for the fact that Bowser Jr. and his team manage to steal a bit of the Giga Carrot.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

The Angry Wiggler

The Tired Wiggler

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, the Wiggler's role is almost identical to how it is in the original except for the fact that it is now stronger and is more durable.

In Mario Party series

Mario Party 2 features a Wiggler as the owner of the Milk Shop on the Western Land board. The passer-by has the option to give it 20 Coins in exchange for a hootenanny. Should the one pay for this, all other players on the board shall come to the shop for it, consolidating everybody. The Wiggler also appears in the form of a parade float in Bowser Land.

Mario Party 3’s Picture Imperfect features Wiggler’s face as one of the three possible faces that the players must assemble.

In Mario Party DS, a Wiggler appeared in the first board: Wiggler's Garden and asked Mario and his shrunken friends to remove a Piranha Plant tearing up Wiggler's Garden. The gang accepted and defeated the plant monster. Wiggler happily gave up a Star Piece as a Reward. Wiggler also appeared as a friend badge and trophy.

Wiggler appears as a boss in Mario Party 9 for the Toad Road stage. When his HP goes down halfway, he gets angry and turns red. You defeat Wiggler by ground-pounding on each segment of his body. His own minigame is Wiggler Bounce.

In Mario Power Tennis

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Wiggler plays Tennis.

Wiggler is an unlockable character in Mario Power Tennis, marking his first playable role. Bowser Jr's former voice actress also voices as Wiggler for the first time. Unlike in other appearances, this Wiggler's body is curved upwards and has two gloved hands to hold a tennis racket. He is a defensive type, like Waluigi. He has the best reach in the game, but his swing ends slowly, and he lacks power and speed. His power shot is Anger Management, where he becomes mad and spins and hits the ball. Receivers that do not use their defensive power shot are knocked back and spun in a tornado, making lunges difficult. His defensive power shot allows him to morph into a Flutter and fly to get the ball. If Wiggler wins, he becomes overjoyed and becomes a Flutter, but when he loses, he transforms into his angry form. As with all characters, this Wiggler has a trophy-winning sequence. Luigi and Diddy Kong present Wiggler his trophy, but Diddy Kong accidentally rolls a tennis ball which causes Wiggler to trip. Diddy Kong and Luigi become very anxious, knowing full well that Wiggler will blow up in anger, but Wiggler notices his trophy and calms. Luigi goes to him to see if Wiggler is okay, but Diddy accidently trips on the ball, losing his footing and falls into onto both Luigi and Wiggler. Luigi and Diddy Kong then panic and flee as Wiggler turns red with anger and begins to chase them.

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Wiggler with Mario and Kersti.

Only one Wiggler appears in Paper Mario: Sticker Star and is more of an ally than an enemy. This Wiggler plays a big role as appears in World 3 where it is first woken up by a Trumpet. This Wiggler's personality is more of a little kid that loves to play. The Wiggler wants Mario and Kersti's help to help clean up the forest so he can eat again. He takes the duo to his house but unfortunately is split up into five different segments by Kamek. Only his head remains and his other four segments start running lose in World 3. After Mario and Kersti get all four pieces back, Wiggler is put back together and is happy to take the two over to the source of the poison: Whitecap Beach. As Wiggler is easily crossing the poisonous ocean, Kersti realizes that Kamek had split up Wiggler because he knew that the Wiggler could cross the ocean with no problem. After Mario defeats the source of the poison Gooper Blooper, the forest is poison free and the Wiggler is free to eat all he wants. The Wiggler isn't seen again until before World 6 where he is now a full grown Flutter. With his new wings, the Flutter takes Mario and Kersti up into the skies for the final showdown with Bowser.

In Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

Wigglers appear in World 5 and beyond, usually in jungle levels. They have high attack and health, and may use "Outburst" to increase the enemy team's attack power for 6 turns. When defeated, they may drop a Wood Block that contains themselves. They have no other drops. As an ally, they have low HP and Attack, but have decent Recovery, and have a level cap of 25. Their attribute is Wood, and they have no sub-attribute. Their skill is Outburst, which increases all damage dealt by 1.5x, but reduces recovery to 0 for a turn. They can be evolved into a Wiggler and Flame Chomp for 3 Flame Chomp Coins, giving them a main attribute of Fire and a sub attribute of Wood, and increased stats in all areas. Their skill is now Tantrum, increasing Fire attribute damage for the team by 1.5x, and their level cap is now 50. They can then be evolved into a Flutter and Flame Chomp for 6 P-Wings. As an enemy, they will use "First Strike", attacking when the battle starts, dealing 66% of their damage as normal, and may use "Tantrum" to increase their attack by 50%. After the 2.0 update, they gained the basic awakening of Wood Boost, increasing Wood attribute damage when matching a full row of Wood Orbs, while the Wiggler and Flame Chomp gain the awakening of Twin Target, attacking two enemies and dealing increased damage when matching exactly 4 Fire or Wood Orbs. They require Green Star Coins to Skill Up.

In other media

Super Mario World

In the Super Mario World animated series, Wigglers, though referred to as caterpillars and always drawn in their angered form, appear in various episodes. A Wiggler also makes an appearance in Super Mario Adventures comic and the taxi cabs of the Super Mario Bros. film are shown to be named Wiggler Taxi in one scene.

Etymology

In Japanese, 'Wiggler' means to wiggle. Hanachan is its Japanese name, meaning 'small flower'.

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