- This article is about Toad, a major character in the Mario franchise. For Toads as a species, see Toad (species). For other uses of "Toad", see Toad (disambiguation).
Artwork of Toad for Mario Party Superstars
|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)|
|Latest appearance||Mario Strikers: Battle League (2022)|
|Latest portrayal||Samantha Kelly (2007–present)|
- “M-M-M-M-M-M-M-Mario! Help! It's Sh-sh-sh-sh-shocking... Mushroom Castle... RAIDED! Princess Peach... STOLEN!”
- – Toad, Super Paper Mario
Toad is one of the main characters of the Mario franchise. He is Princess Peach's attendant and a longtime protector of the Mushroom Kingdom. Though his species debuts in Super Mario Bros., Toad as a character first appears in Super Mario Bros. 2, being one of the four main protagonists and playable characters. In some of his appearances, Toad is a supporting character who helps Mario and Luigi on their adventures. Toad has also had a few starring roles, such as Wario's Woods and Kinopio Live. While Toad has made only a few other playable appearances in the Super Mario series, he is regularly featured as a playable character in Mario spinoffs, usually being playable from the start and often being paired with Toadette.
Like his species, Toad's signature feature is having a head shaped like a mushroom, including a spotted mushroom cap. For the species, red is usually the standard color for these spots, partially because it is used for Toad in most of his appearances; these Toads are known as Red Toads, but they have also been named Toad in several of their appearances. Toad can generally be differentiated if he is the only Toad who appears or if he has a distinct role, such as a playable appearance. Toad usually wears a blue vest, although it is colored red in some games. In a few appearances, such as his debut, Toad's spots are blue, a trait associated with Blue Toads and the character of the same name in the New Super Mario Bros. subseries. Blue Toad is mainly identified as a separate character in that New Super Mario Bros. games feature both him and Yellow Toad as playable characters. Regardless, Toad has a consistent role of being the main representative of his species, just as Yoshi is to his species.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. 2 / Super Mario Advance 
In Super Mario Bros. 2's backstory, Toad, along with Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool, go on a picnic at the beginning. As they head out, the four heroes soon discover a cave that leads to the strange world known as Subcon. Upon reaching the mythical area, Toad and his friends then learn that the once peaceful land is now ruled by the tyrannical toad, Wart. Agreeing to stop Wart and bring peace to the land, the quartet immediately set off to defeat the villain and rescue the original inhabitants of Subcon.
Toad, Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool eventually defeat Wart after traveling through the mystical land and defeating his army, the 8 bits. Upon Wart's defeat, Toad and his friends then go on to save the people of Subcon, thus bringing peace to the land. At the end of the game, however, it is revealed that the events of the game were just a part of Mario's dream.
Gameplay-wise, Toad is the worst jumper, but he is extremely fast when it comes to picking vegetables or digging through sand. He also is super speedy, making him the fastest of the four characters, being the only character who runs faster than normal while carrying a "heavy" object that would slow the other characters down. While being the weakest jumper, Toad is capable of overcoming this problem by performing a Power Squat Jump (a jump that is twice as strong as his regular jumps).
While his artwork depicts him with red spots like in most of his appearances, his sprite in Super Mario Bros. 2 depicts him with blue spots instead. However, in Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance, his sprite uses his usual red spots, although his cap is more yellow than white.
Super Mario Bros. 3 / Super Mario Advance 4
In Super Mario Bros. 3, Toad is mentioned in the instruction booklet storyline as saying goodbye and good luck to Mario and Luigi alongside the princess. While this is retained in the manual of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, the opening depicts the letter from the Toad servant of the king of Grass Land as signed by "Toad", and the princess is not seen in the company of any Toad. In either case, he would appear not to be in charge of the Toad Houses or Spade Panels.
BS Super Mario USA
In the Satellaview-exclusive BS Super Mario USA, Toad returns as one of the four playable characters alongside Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach. As BS Super Mario USA serves as a pseudo-sequel to the game Super Mario Bros. 2, the game serves as a continuation to the adventures of Toad and his friends in the land of Subcon. The game's story begins after the events of Super Mario Bros. 2 at the scene where the four characters begin to believe that Subcon really did not exist and that their previous adventure was nothing but a dream. However, the four heroes were proven to be wrong when the protagonists were called back to Subcon by Ōsama, the King of Subcon. Upon arriving at Subcon once again, the King informs Toad and his friends about the news of Wart's recent take-over of Subcon once more (having overthrown Ōsama during the process). Hearing the King's pleas, Toad and his three friends once again head out to stop Wart and his army and return the kingdom back to Ōsama's possession.
While the player starts off as Mario at the beginning of the game, a timer in the game has the player's character change at various times to one of the other three characters (including Toad himself) throughout the game.
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
The Super Mario 64 instruction booklet mentions that Toad is missing which presumably makes him one of the many Toads trapped within the castle walls, but the Super Mario 64 DS instruction booklet instead indicates that Toad is the first one seen in the game, and is not missing. The Player's Guide uses both "Toad" and "Mushroom Retainers" to refer to the Toads that relinquish Power Stars on the second floor and third floor.
Super Mario 3D World
Toad returns in Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch port as one of the playable characters that the player can use. In this game, Toad is depicted with blue spots, which is consistent with his in-game appearance in the NES version of Super Mario Bros. 2, as well as the look of Blue Toad from the New Super Mario Bros. games. During the introduction sequence, Toad is seen taking a late evening stroll with his friends Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach near Peach's castle. However, Toad is the first to notice a strange Clear Pipe in front of them in a tilted position. After Mario and Luigi fix the pipe, the gang meets the green Sprixie Princess, who warns the four friends of Bowser's evil plot to capture all the Sprixies. Unfortunately, Bowser arrives soon after and captures her. After Peach falls into the pipe trying to stop Bowser, Toad immediately jumps into the pipe with Mario and a cowering Luigi to start their new adventure.
During gameplay, Toad's abilities are very similar to those in Super Mario Bros. 2: he is the fastest playable character, but he has the shortest jumping height and the fastest falling speed. If he becomes Small, the colors of his cap are reversed to blue with white spots. As Fire Toad, he has Fire Yellow Toad's color scheme, though his pants remain white.
In the Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury compilation, while Toad does not appear in Bowser's Fury, the kittens' colors other than the calico kitten match those of the playable characters' Cat Suits in Super Mario 3D World other than Mario, with the blue one matching Toad's.
Super Mario Maker
Toad appears as a Mystery Mushroom costume in Super Mario Maker, which can be unlocked by either clearing the 100 Mario Challenge on the Easy setting and above or by scanning the Toad amiibo. His sprite is based off of his modern design, as opposed to any of his older sprites. Upon contact with a Mystery Mushroom, Toad exclaims, "Here I go!" If Mario becomes Big Mario, Bull's-Eye Bills and red cannonballs become Toad.
Super Mario Run
Much like in Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D World, Toad is once again the fastest of the playable characters; however, his jumps are now on par with Mario's. Despite this, Toad (along with all the other playable characters except Mario and Luigi) can only take one hit from an enemy or obstacle before losing a life. This has changed in version 3.4.0, when every character in the game is now able to access the Small form while starting out in their Super forms when starting a stage, with the exception of Mario and Luigi.
Super Mario Maker 2
Toad appears as a playable character in Super Mario Maker 2 alongside Toadette, Mario, and Luigi. Much like in Super Mario 3D World, Toad is depicted with blue spots while some of his previous special forms such as Cat Toad also return. Akin to Toadette, Toad has also received new sprites for the formats of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World; furthermore, the lattermost of which marks the first appearance of a Toad within the title.
Toad also gains 7 new forms: Big Toad, Superball Toad, Raccoon Toad, Frog Toad, Cape Toad, Balloon Toad, and Builder Toad. In the Super Mario 3D World game style, his Fire form has a blue cap rather than the yellow one he had in that game itself.
Aside from appearing as a playable character, Toad takes on the role as the job-handling "Taskmaster" in Story Mode, where he appears in his usual red-spotted, blue-vested appearance and wears a gray hard hat. As the Taskmaster, Toad provides Mario with requests in the form of levels that he can complete to earn coins. Toad also appears in two of the stickers that players can post in Course World, with the same appearance: one of them depicts him high-fiving Toadette, and another depicts the two holding hands together.
Toad's Super Mario Bros. sprite is different from his sprite in the original Super Mario Maker. Aside from the blue colors, based on his appearance in the original Super Mario Bros. 2, it has a darker shade of skin and is wider than his appearance from Super Mario Maker.
Mario Golf series
Toad has appeared in several Mario Golf titles as a non-playable character.
In Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64, during the opening cinematic, Toad makes a short appearance waving a flag in the heavy rough where Luigi had hit his ball. Like in also plays the role of informing the player whenever an O.B. occurs once again in the actual game). Though he is not playable, Toad has a course bearing his name, Toad Highlands.
Toad appears on the main menu screen of Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and in the corner of the screen while golfing in any mode.
Toad is playable for the first time in the series in Mario Golf: World Tour, where he is an unlockable character, obtained by collecting 40 Star Coins in Challenge Mode. His celebration, bogey, and par animations include him being cheered on by his fellow toad companions. Miis can also use his golf clubs and ball and wear outfits based on him, and his costume will be available if 100 gear items are unlocked.
Mario Kart series
Super Mario Kart
Toad is playable in Super Mario Kart, as a lightweight character. His signature color is blue (the color of his vest) since Mario occupies red. Whenever Toad is left as a CPU or a non-player character, his special ability is throwing Poison Mushrooms that make another player shrink when hit (an ability that he shares with Princess Toadstool). However, Toad cannot use this ability whenever he is chosen as the player's character (as like any of the other playable characters and their exclusive abilities when chosen as non-player characters).
Mario Kart 64
Toad is also playable in Mario Kart 64 in which he also has his own course, Toad's Turnpike. Like in Super Mario Kart, Toad is a lightweight character, although he now shares this weight classification with Princess Peach and Yoshi.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Toad reappears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as one of the two lightest and fastest characters, the other being Princess Peach. As in previous Mario Kart titles, Toad's greatest attribute is acceleration, contributing to his high speed statistic in the game.
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is the first game to feature Toad as an unlockable playable character and to give him a partner, Toadette. Toad is unlocked by completing the Special Cup on 100cc. His and Toadette's special item is the Golden Mushroom. Along with Toadette and their kart, the Toad Kart, Toad is featured as an unlockable character, marking the only time he is unlockable in the Mario Kart series.
Mario Kart Arcade GP
Mario Kart DS
In Mario Kart DS, Toad is a default playable character and is of the lightweight class. He has three personal karts which consist of the following: the Standard TD, the Mushmellow, and the 4-Wheel Cradle. For Mission Mode, Toad is selected as the playable character in several of the missions, many of which involve him having to drive through numbered gates. In Level 3 of the mode, Toad has to race against Goomboss in GCN Baby Park.
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
In Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, Toad is featured as one of the three easy control racers (the other two characters under this classification are Ms. Pac-Man and Mametchi). The special items featured for Toad in this game are the same as the ones he had in the original Mario Kart Arcade GP title.
While he does not have his own course, Toad does receive a few notable cameos within several other courses. In the course Yoshi Park 1, large paper cutout figures of Toad (done in the art style of the Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Story games) can be spotted throughout the course including in the section depicting cakes and sweets where figures of Toad and Yoshi can be seen to be baking cakes together. In the course Yoshi Park 2, figures of Toad along with Toadette and Toadsworth can be seen in the beginning part of the Trick House area.
Mario Kart Wii
Toad takes to the wheel once again in Mario Kart Wii, as a small-sized driver. He has his own track in this game, Toad's Factory, and is the staff ghost for this track. Toad is given a good acceleration and drift bonus, which made vehicles like the Cheep Charger and Bullet Bike accelerate and drift better than normal. Toad and Toadette have the same vehicles, but they are available in different colors (Toad in blue, Toadette in magenta). Toad is tied with Princess Peach and Waluigi for having the best drift and acceleration stats respectively in the game.
Mario Kart 7
Toad is also a playable character in Mario Kart 7. Like in the previous installments, he is one of the default playable racers in the game and is a Feather-weight character whose greatest attribute is his acceleration. Toad now has his own track called Toad Circuit, which is the first course of Grand Prix.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Toad returns in Mario Kart 8, once again as a default lightweight character, only this time as a heavy lightweight. This means that his acceleration, handling, and traction stats are reduced to increase his speed and weight stats. He shares this trait with Koopa Troopa, Shy Guy, Toadette, Lakitu, Larry, Wendy, and Isabelle.
Like in the previous games, Toad uses blue as his main color scheme. This color is used for every color-changing vehicle part and glider that Toad uses, such as the Circuit Special, Super Glider, and Pipe Frame. His secondary color is red, which is used for the Sneeker and Sport Bike. A CPU-controlled Toad sometimes uses the Sneeker.
Toad returns in the Nintendo Switch port Mario Kart 8 Deluxe where he now only shares stats with Shy Guy and Larry and is the heaviest of all the five groups of lightweights. He has the highest top speed and weight of all the lightweights, but has the lowest acceleration and traction stats of the entire lightweights.
Mario Kart Tour
Toad appears in Mario Kart Tour as one of the starting playable characters, with the other two potential starters being Toadette and Peachette. He appears as a Super driver and has the Triple Mushrooms as his special skill. Toad is the sole playable character in the tutorial and when the in-game update data is being downloaded.
The 2019 Paris Tour introduced a variant of Toad in blue pit crew apparel, referred to as Toad (Pit Crew); classified as a Super driver, his special skill is the Boomerang Flower. In the New Year's Tour, Toad received a High-End variant called Toad (Party Time), who has the Mushroom Cannon as his special skill, which became available in regular tour pipes in the Battle Tour. In the 2020 Trick Tour, Builder Toad was added to the game as a High-End driver alongside Builder Mario to promote the final major update for Super Mario Maker 2; he has the Bob-omb Cannon as his special skill. In the Cat Tour, Cat Toad was added to the game alongside Cat Peach, having High-End classification and the Super Bell as his special skill. The Snow Tour introduced Penguin Toad, a High-End variant of Toad that has the Dash Ring special skill; despite being the main Toad character in a Penguin Suit, he uses the same color scheme as Yellow Toad's Penguin form seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Prior to the events of the game, he was sent by the Chancellor to pick up Princess Toadstool, who was visiting Mario at his house. However, when Toad arrives, no one is to be found. Soon, an object appears in the sky and crashes into Mario's house. The object is none other than Mario, who was just ejected from Bowser's Keep by the giant sword, Exor. Toad asks Mario to return to the castle to rescue the Princess. However, when Mario arrives, Exor destroys the bridge to the castle, preventing any access to the keep.
As such, Mario returns to his pad and tells Toad the bad news. Toad decides the pair will have to journey to Mushroom Kingdom to inform the Chancellor about Bowser's Keep and Princess Toadstool. As they are leaving, Toad accidentally bumps into Mario and does one HP worth of damage. Toad quickly apologizes and then teaches Mario about items and Timed Hits. Additionally, Toad gives Mario four Mushrooms before they journey into the Goomba-infested Mushroom Way. As soon as Toad enters Mushroom Way, he is captured by a group of Goombas. However, Mario promptly rescues him and he quickly rewards Mario with some Honey Syrup. However, when Toad enters the next area of the passageway, he is quickly kidnapped by a Sky Troopa. Once again, Mario saves Toad and, once again, Mario is rewarded (this time, he gets a Flower Tab). Right before the exit to Mushroom Kingdom, Toad is captured by the Hammer Bros blocking the way. Ultimately, Mario defeats the Hammer Bros., frees Toad, and accompanies Toad to Mushroom Kingdom.
Upon reaching the Mushroom Castle, Toad leads Mario to the room where the Chancellor and the other five mushroom retainers were holding a meeting. Upon talking to the Chancellor, Mario provides an animated speech of how the Princess was kidnapped using various impersonations of the characters he met during the kidnapping. Toad also aids Mario in the speech by playing along after Mario introduces the part of the tale where Toad comes in. After the Chancellor gives instructions to Mario of his next steps in his journey, Toad is left to remain at the castle and await Mario's return.
When Mario is taking a nap at the Rose Town inn, Toad visits him to deliver a Flower Tab. If Mario chooses to sleep with the Dream Cushion at the Inn in Nimbus Land, he would sometimes dream of Toad revealing himself to be a monster (in this case, a Greaper). Mario initially becomes frightened of Toad when he comes to visit, but the fear is gone once Toad gives him a Red Essence.
Later, in the Factory, Toad, having through unknown means traveled to and through Bowser's Keep and the rest of the Factory, appears to support Mario and sell him useful items, giving him two Rock Candies for free the first time he shops. Additionally, despite being at the Factory, the player can return to Mushroom Kingdom and still find him in the castle's throne room with the Chancellor.
Mario Tennis series
Toad appears as a default playable character in the Virtual Boy game Mario's Tennis. He later appears in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64 as a Technique player, where he is once again playable from the very beginning. Artwork for the game also shows him in the referee's seat, despite Mario being the only referee in-game. However, Toad does appear as a referee in Mario Tennis for the Game Boy Color.
He, along with Toadette, also appears on a scoreboard for a tennis tournament in the opening movie of Mario Power Tennis, but they are not playable in the game. Additionally, Toad also appears on the main menu screen when setting up a match. Toad also makes cameo appearances in a few of the celebration sequences for the playable characters (most notably in Donkey Kong's and Koopa Paratroopa's award ceremonies).
While he is not a playable participant in Mario Tennis Open, Toad makes a notable appearance as the referee in the game (sitting on the referee's chair during the various tennis matches). Toad tells the player how many games are needed to win a set or the match, and if the player is about to win or lose. In the tutorial mode of the game, Toad will explain the controls of the game to the player. When the player does a tournament for the first time, Toad reminds the player about tutorial pointers. Toad also runs the Clubhouse where the players can customize their Mii characters. A costume based off Toad can be unlocked for the Mii by gathering a total of 50,000 coins. Toad's racket is also an unlockable accessory for the Miis in the game.
Mario Tennis Aces
Toad appears as a playable Speedy character in Mario Tennis Aces. He also appeared in the game's online tournament demo as an unlockable playable character, unlocked after 300 participation points were accumulated. Toad's Special Shot is Super Toad Dive, while his Trick Shots are Toad Jump and Toad Roll, respectively. In addition, a tennis outfit could be unlocked for Toad by accumulating 2000 participation points in the February 2019 online tournament.
Toad appears in the game's Adventure Mode as one of the main protagonists alongside Mario. Toad is viewing a match between Mario and Luigi versus Bowser and Bowser Jr. Wario and Waluigi arrive to offer Lucien as a present for Mario and co. Luigi takes Lucien, but a dark storm appears, causing Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi to become possessed. When Lucien possesses Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi, Toad appears worried, causing Daisy's suspicions to arise. The latter asks the former to reveal what he knows about Lucien; Toad responds by explaining that a king owned a legendary tennis racket known as "Lucien," which he gave to his guardian, Aster. Aster stowed away Lucien in a safe location, but before the tennis match between the rivals, Wario and Waluigi stole Lucien with the intention of being "the greatest tennis players in the world." Toad and Mario decide to go on an adventure to restore order to the island, improve their tennis skills, and free Lucien from the wrong hands. The duo has to fight past foes like Boo, Spike, and Petey Piranha in tennis matches to win new rackets, and restore Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi to their original selves. Toad and Mario eventually arrive at The Temple Of Bask Shrine, where they encounter Bowcien, a fusion of Bowser and Lucien. After the battle, Toad and Mario are congratulated by their friends for protecting the island from Lucien's might.
Mario Teaches Typing
Toad makes a small appearance in Mario Teaches Typing by appearing on the title screen alongside Luigi, Princess Peach, and Mario. The artwork used to depict him (as well as Luigi and Peach) is taken from the official group artwork of the three from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Mario no Photopi
Toad makes several appearances in the creativity game Mario no Photopi. Some of his more notable appearances in this game include him being on the title screen of the game as well as being a character featured in the bonus puzzle that was provided with the game.
Mario Party series
In Mario Party and Mario Party 2, Toad is the main host and the character that awards the Players with Stars. During the story mode of these games, Toad (being the main host) often plays the role of the main guide for the players as he often gives out tips and assistance whenever the players interact with him.
In Mario Party 3, he is replaced by Tumble as the host, but still appears to give out items in the various boards. He runs Toad's Trading Post, one of the two possible shops in the game; he generally sells items that the player can use on themselves to benefit. He can also appear when the player lands on an Item Space. He both appears when playing an item minigame, and can appear to ask the player a question to get an item; his questions are choice-oriented, with the more noble answer generally getting the player better items. Toad is also one of the possible partners, as well as Princess Peach's default partner, in Duel Mode, with 1 HP, 1 Attack, and a salary of one coin. His ability prevents the player from losing coins if they land on an opponent's Basic Space.
He continues his role as host in Mario Party 4 even having his own board like the other co-hosts, Toad's Midway Madness. Toad also serves as the boss for the aforementioned board. One can also unlock him as a playable character in the Beach Volley Folley minigame, thus marking his first appearance as a playable character in the series (despite being just one mode). However, in Mario Party 5 he was promoted to being a playable character in Party Mode. He has been playable in every Mario Party game since then, except for Mario Party Advance, Mario Party: The Top 100, Super Mario Party, and Mario Party Superstars.
In Mario Party Advance, Toad acts as co-host, along with Professor E. Gadd, Toadette, and Tumble. Toad co-hosts Play Land with E. Gadd and Party Land with Toadette; however, he serves as the main host of the Mini-Game Attack mode. Toad also provides 10 coins to the players in the Game Room mode if they do not have any coins to begin with. In the introduction sequence of the game, Toad is attacked by Bowser and a Koopa Kid just as he is about to show the player all of the game's minigames and Gaddgets. The sudden attack spreads the items all across Shroom City, setting the main "story mode" of the game into action. After showing that he is fine from the attack, Toad then requests for the player to help assist in saving the items and stopping Bowser's plans.
Despite his lack of being a playable character in the first handheld Mario Party game, he appears as one of eight playable characters in the next portable installment, Mario Party DS.
In Mario Party: The Top 100, Toad appears as one of the hosts, alongside Toadette. Toad reprises his role as a host in Super Mario Party, and again, this time with Koopa Troopa, in Mario Party Superstars.
Mario Pinball Land
Toad aids Mario in the spin-off title, Mario Pinball Land. He runs Toad's tent, a secret location accessed when a transformed Pinball Mario hits Toad on one of the various levels in the game. Once inside the tent, Mario can buy items from Toad that can help him in his adventure.
Mario Baseball series
Mario Superstar Baseball
In Mario Superstar Baseball, Toad is a playable character, along with a few other Toad colors. In gameplay, Toad's only distinguishing feature from the other Toads is his stronger power and speed stats, similar to his distinguishing speed and strength attributes first displayed in Super Mario Bros. 2. Unlike the other Toads, his name does not include the color of the spots on his mushroom cap, which is red.
In the opening, Toad frequently appears with the other characters (mainly Peach and Daisy) as they begin their match. Red Toad is shown to be on Mario's team when they were facing Wario, Waluigi, and Donkey Kong as he (along with Peach, Daisy, Yoshi, and Luigi) are seen celebrating Mario's victory through his home run.
Mario Super Sluggers
In Mario Super Sluggers, he returns as one of the playable Toads, but is now named Red Toad, now being identified by color like the other Toads.
In the opening video, Toad is seen arriving at the Baseball Kingdom via a small cruiser along with his good friends from the Mushroom Kingdom (Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Daisy, and Birdo). After arrival, Red Toad and co. explore the Kingdom and eventually play baseball against each other. Toad is seen during one of the matches where he is shown to be running in order to catch the soaring baseball in the Peach Ice Garden Stadium; however, he accidentally crashes into a giant Freezie and becomes frozen solid (fortunately a Blue Toad crashes into the frozen Toad and the Freezie and frees him). Red Toad is later seen with Peach and Daisy where they are anxiously watching a scene of a baseball match. They are seen cheering when Luigi is shown to have caught the ball (earning their team a victory). At the ending of the game, the cut scenes reveal that Toad and co. enjoyed the rest of the baseball game by having a celebration of cakes and other snacks as well as watching a beautiful display of fireworks (as all of the disasters have been stopped thanks to the efforts of Toad and the other heroes.)
In Challenge Mode, Red Toad is a part of Peach's team, the Peach Monarchs. He is first seen in the outskirts of Peach Ice Garden, where he runs up to Mario and his team and leads them to a statue resembling Princess Daisy. Toad reveals to the group that Bowser Jr. was behind this wrongdoing and asks the group to stop him from doing the same to Peach, directing them to first talk to the nearby Toadette. After meeting up with Toadsworth, Mario and his group head back to Toad to ask if they could burrow the statue in order to save Peach, only to find him fighting Hammer Bro that was trying to take the statue. They defeat the enemies and Toad thanks them, agreeing to let them take the statue themselves after some initial worrying. He then joins the team in order to protect the rest of the characters and back them up.
Paper Mario series
Super Paper Mario
Toad makes a small appearance in the beginning of Super Paper Mario. Mario and Luigi, bored and looking for adventure one lazy morning, decide to visit Princess Peach. However, on their way out the door they are stopped by Toad, who had rushed to the Mario Bros.' House to inform them that Princess Peach has been kidnapped and Mushroom Castle has been raided, thus starting the Bros.' adventure to Bowser's Castle and later to save all worlds from The Void. As the Mario Bros. leave on their journey, Toad can be seen wishing the two brothers good luck on their adventure and stating that the entire Mushroom Kingdom is depending on the two to saving Peach. Toad also appears as the last Catch Card in this game.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Toad makes his reappearance in Paper Mario: Color Splash, along with several Toad lookalikes. He is first seen accompanying Peach in the introduction cutscene where the two travel to Mario's house during a stormy night to deliver a mysterious letter to him. Upon opening the letter at his house, Mario is shocked to find a colorless Toad that has been drained of his colors within the letter. After discovering that the incident took place on Prism Island, the three head off on a boat to the island despite the storm.
Upon reaching Prism Island, the three heroes find the plaza deserted causing Peach to worry and ask Toad if he was sure if they were at the right place. Having consulted his guidebook, Toad confidently says that the island was indeed the right place and he offers to ask for some help from the locales. After scampering off to find help, Mario and Peach meet Huey, a floating 3D talking paint bucket. However, it is not long before the screams of Toad were heard in which Mario, Peach, and Huey are horrified to find a Slurp Guy draining the colors out of Toad leaving him to become mere paper. Eventually, Toad is given back his colors thanks to Mario and Huey. He spends the rest of the game in the small inn in Port Prisma's yellow district. After Peach is kidnapped by Bowser, Mario can visit him and show him Peach's messages recorded in Holo-Peaches.
The concept of the recurring character Toad is also lampshaded. When the red Rescue Squad has assembled at The Emerald Circus, talking to Toad #35 has him ask if Mario remembers him, Toad who appeared together with Mario in "that other game".
Mario Sports Mix
Toad makes an appearance as a default playable character in Mario Sports Mix where he is classified as a speedy character. His home stage in this game is the amusement park like area called Toad Park. Toad's special move involves him emitting a spore-like attack while having large rotating mushrooms blocking any opponents in his path.
Toad also appears in the story mode of the game where he was first seen gardening outside of Princess Peach's castle. He is soon interrupted by the appearance of a meteor-like object crashing into the Mushroom Kingdom. Upon investigation, Toad and three other Toads discover that the crashed objects were four Sports Crystals. The four Toads then get an idea to make a Sports tournament, with the crystals representing the trophies for each sport; thus beginning the events of the game.
Dr. Mario World
- “Wow, somebody doesn't look so good... It's got to be those pesky viruses!”
- – Dr. Toad, Dr. Mario World
Toad takes on a new alias as a doctor in Dr. Mario World, named Dr. Toad. He serves as the guide in stage mode, instructing Dr. Mario and his friends on how to defeat the viruses and how to use items and other game features to their advantage. While possessing a head mirror and white lab coat akin to the other doctors, he also possesses a blue tie and a satchel.
Dr. Toad is also a playable unlockable character, where he can be randomly obtained through the Staffing menu. Dr. Toad is available as a reward for clearing World 1's first area since version 2.0.0 and clearing World 1's special stage since version 1.2.0, both being separate rewards. Players who fulfilled the conditions for obtaining Dr. Toad's prior to those version updates can obtain him from the doc box. In stage mode and versus mode, Dr. Toad's skill is to target several locations to be eliminated, where it is represented by Dr. Toad calling a horde of Toads carrying capsules to throw it into the play area. The amount of targets is 20 spots in stage mode and 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 spots at level 1 to 5 in versus mode (5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 respectively prior to season 7 in versus mode). When using this skill, at least one object is guaranteed to be targeted for being eliminated, while the rest are random. This skill will not target any unclearable objects, such as cages or Empty Blocks.
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Super Mario series
Super Mario Sunshine
The Toad wearing a red vest is named Toad in the instruction booklet for the game, appearing as one of five young Toad attendants who had accompanied Princess Peach and Mario on their vacation to Isle Delfino in Super Mario Sunshine, although it is unclear if this role refers to his name or species. Upon landing on the island, this Toad and the others find the place to be covered in goop, the work of Shadow Mario.
Throughout most of the actual game, Toad plays a rather minor role by giving out tips to Mario about how to play the game (such as how to do the box break move and as well as information about the different areas within the island). At the time of Princess Peach's kidnapping, Toad and the Green Toad maybe be covered up by Shadow Mario's M Graffiti. After Peach had been kidnapped, Toad can be seen to be very upset and spends most of his time worrying about her in Delfino Plaza. He will give Mario the occasional tips if he is spoken to (such as mentioning the princess being taken to Pinna Park). After Mario had rescued Peach, Toad and the other heroes can finally be seen enjoying the facilities available on Isle Delfino during the credits.
Additionally, it is revealed in the ending that Toad along with the other Toad attendants had fixed FLUDD shortly after its breakdown after the battle between Mario and Bowser. It is also Toad himself who is seen supporting the repaired FLUDD as he reveals the fixed device to Mario and Peach as Toadsworth and the Green Toad stand alongside him. As the game's credits begin, it is revealed through the snapshots that Toad and the other heroes finally had the time to relax in the various areas of Isle Delfino after Bowser's defeat.
Super Mario Galaxy
- Main article: Captain Toad
Artwork for Super Mario Galaxy shows a Toad with a blue vest, who may be Toad, and who makes various cameos in the game, including an appearance with Toadette in the intro where the two of them watch the Star Festival. He also appears as one of many icons for a save file. Otherwise, the only appearances of red-spotted, blue-capped Toads in the game are Peach's two attendants in the introduction, both of whom also wear shiny capes.
This game marks the appearance of a character very similar to Toad called Captain Toad who is the self-proclaimed Captain of the Toad Brigade. Although earlier official bios for the game state that Captain Toad is equivalent to Toad, later games have declared Captain Toad and Toad separate characters, and Super Mario 3D World had the two co-existing, with Toad wearing a blue vest while Captain Toad was in red.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Like in the first game, Toad's appearance of a blue vest is on the box art of Super Mario Galaxy 2 as well as his head resuming its place as one of the many save icons for the game. Captain Toad also appears here.
Super Mario 3D Land
Various monochromatic Toads appear in Super Mario 3D Land, as does one who has red spots yet sports a blue vest. He is mainly seen operating the cannons that provide Mario with access to the airship levels, and running the Red Toad Houses where players can obtain power-ups and access the StreetPass option from their Nintendo 3DS. He also hides in some of the levels and will either toss a Star Medal, a Power-Up, or a 1-Up Mushroom close to Mario in order to provide him with help when spotted with binoculars, just like the other Toads in the game.
While Toad makes his introduction through some brief appearances in the first world (such as inside his Toad House), Toad must later be rescued from the first fake Bowser that Mario encounters at the end of World 1 after Toad and his Toad House vanish once Mario leaves the area. Toad is seen to be calling out for help from his cell as Mario attempts to avoid the impostor's attacks in order to save the mushroom retainer and defeat the impostor by stepping the switch at the end. Once the cell is opened, Toad can be seen jumping happily and thanking Mario for his rescue. After his rescue, Toad will provide Mario with all forms of help throughout his journey.
Toad makes his final appearance in the last level Special 8-Crown. In this level, he is seen near the Warp Pipe that leads to the room where Mario (or Luigi) would need to face both Boom Boom and Pom Pom. The player has the option to bounce upon Toad's head in order to reach the platform with the warp pipe. Once again, Toad is identified in this level as he is the only Red Toad to be sporting a blue vest (the other numerous Red Toads in the level are wearing red vests).
New Super Mario Bros. 2
The Toad Houses in New Super Mario Bros. 2 are all run by a red-spotted blue-vested Toad. Like in the original New Super Mario Bros. (where Toadsworth ran all the Houses), the Mario Bros. must occasionally use Star Coins to access some of the Toad Houses.
The Red Toad Houses consist of Toad throwing three Power-Ups to three platforms in which either Mario or Luigi can select the power-up to keep (though all three power-ups can be taken at the same time if chosen). The Green Toad Houses have Toad throwing multiple 1-Up Mushrooms into an above pipe in which the Mario Bros. must hit a glove to knock down the descending mushrooms falling from the pipe. The Yellow Toad Houses have Toad giving either Mario or Luigi a free Gold Flower (Star if visiting it on World Star).
New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Toad runs the Toad Houses once more in New Super Mario Bros. U. A bonus feature included within the Toad House mini-games includes Toad either jumping up excitedly in correspondence to the players if they were to win the game or shake his head in disappointment if the players were to lose. Toad also appears when the player finishes a level with the last two numbers on the time limit matching and rewards the player with a power-up for their achievement.
In the second world, a Toad House appears to be in a conflict and a character, known as Nabbit makes an introduction by stealing a power-up from Toad. After Nabbit rushes off, Toad immediately appears out of his Toad House and informs the player of the situation. He then introduces the pipe cannons (which players could use to transport themselves to different worlds) to pursue a chase after the thief. Toad also appears after a player captures Nabbit; when this happens Toad will give Mario and co a P-Acorn.
Mario & Luigi series
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
In the Nintendo Power guide of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Toad refers to the emissary that the player briefly controls in the Mario Bros.' House, who ends up running into a wardrobe after seeing Mario in the shower and can barely inform "P-P-Princess P-P-Peach... P-P-Princess P-P-Peach..." when jumped on by Mario. However, in the Prima Games guide, Toad refers to the aforementioned as well as the one in the castle who offers tutorial advice against Bowser, who more coherently explains the situation about Princess Peach's voice with the scene's other Toad after the battle. Toad's role is the same in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
- “No sign of the Princess! No! No! NOOOOOOOO! That awful monster...”
- – Toad, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
At the beginning of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, a Toad along with Mario, Luigi, and several other Toads can be seen awaiting for Princess Peach to return from her time-traveling experience at Peach's Castle and while waiting, Mario and co. begin to ask questions to Professor E. Gadd about his latest invention, the time machine. This is due to the fact that Princess Peach along with her two Toad accomplices (Toadiko and Toadbert) had decided to take the machine for a spin to go back to the past and then return back. Though the professor assures the group that Peach will soon return, Toadsworth soon falls unconscious while worrying about the safety of the princess. At this time, Toad asks for Mario to fetch a refreshroom in order to help Toadsworth regain his consciousness back. After Mario returns with the mushroom, Toadsworth immediately awakes and this occurs right at the time when E. Gadd's time machine had finally returned from its time traveling.
The time machine appears in a heavily damaged state and this causes the group to investigate more closer until finally the door of the machine opens. Instead of Peach, a Junior Shrooboid appears from the machine and this appearance of the alien causes all the other Toads (except for Toadsworth and Toad himself) to flee from the main hall. After Mario defeats the monster, Toad bravely enters inside the time machine to check if the princess was still inside it. Unfortunately, he did not find anything and immediately begins to panic. However at this time, E. Gadd announces that a new time hole had appeared outside of the castle. Before following the professor, Toad turns back to the Mario bros. and asks Luigi if he would like to guard the unconscious Junior Shrooboid so that it does not harm anyone while they went to investigate. However, Luigi immediately refuses which causes Toad to be a tad upset but before he leaves, he asks Luigi to perform a jump to see if he was ready for the adventure. After Luigi performs a successful jump, Toad then goes outside to see the time hole. The Mario bros. soon appear as well to join Toad and the professor to look at the odd hole. Immediately, Toadsworth appears out of nowhere while shouting out Mario's name but instead he slams into the time hole's base causing Luigi to fall in and be pulled back in time to the shock of Mario, Toad, and E. Gadd. Mario then immediately jumps in after his brother, thus beginning their adventure in the Mushroom Kingdom of the past.
For the rest of the game, Toad can be found back at Peach's castle in the Mushroom Kingdom of the present and he can be visited at any time after the Mario bros. had retrieved a Cobalt Star. He can be seen in the main hall alongside Professor E. Gadd. while Toad can be seen watching the professor analyze the cobalt stars, his main job is to guard the tube containing the Junior Shrooboid (the same one that Mario had defeated earlier on) so that the monster would not escape (being that Luigi had refused to take up the job earlier on). When the Mario Bros. finally return to the present-day castle after retrieving the 5 cobalt star pieces, Toad wishes the group good luck along with the professor before they leave to the Shroob Castle.
After the bros. return with Peach and conquer the Shroob princesses, Toad can be seen rejoicing with the main group until they discover the unconscious Bowser who soon eats the Shroob Mushroom from the Elder Princess Shroob (which had escaped from the grip of Baby Luigi. This causes Bowser to gain the powers of the Elder Princess Shroob. Fortunately as Toad, Peach, the two Toadsworths (elder and younger), and Baby Peach evacuate, the Mario and Baby Bros. manage to defeat the shroobified Bowser, officially marking an end of the Shroob takeover. In the ending of the game, Toad along with the Mario bros., Princess Peach, Professor E. Gadd, and Toadsworth can be seen bidding farewell to the baby bros., Toadsworth the Younger and Baby Peach as they use the rebuilt time machine to travel back to the Mushroom Kingdom of the past.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Mushroom Business Association has four stated positions: Representative Director / President, Block Enterprise Group, POW Chapter / Vice President, Warp Pipe Development Unit / Material Department Vice President, and General Affairs Division / Soda Branch Section Chief. The name of each member is listed as Toad. It is unknown if the joke is that these are all one Toad or if they are separate Toads.
Appearances in other Mario media
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
- “The things I do for Princess Toadstool...”
- – Toad, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Toad was a main character in the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, where he retained his look and personality from the games. Toad is seen as somewhat of a sidekick to Mario throughout the shows, while Luigi was upgraded to a partner. Like his game counterpart, Toad is one of Toadstool's most loyal servants and has constantly tried his best to protect Princess Toadstool from Bowser and his Koopa Troop forces until the Mario Bros. arrived to protect her as well. Like Princess Toadstool, he might get kidnapped and maybe with Mario and/or Luigi. Toad has two alternate forms in this series, Super Toad and Toad Warrior.
In comparison to his game counterpart, Toad looks a little different in the cartoons. His cap is a little bit darker and the waistcoat is red instead of blue. His pants and shoes are also light and dark tones of purple, respectively. Oddly, for the first three episodes of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Toad's color scheme is reversed, having a red mushroom cap with white spots, along with a white vest and red pants; this color scheme is reused for his Super form in "The Fire of Hercufleas".
Toad often makes squeaky sounds, which is noticeable whenever he gets grabbed or touches ground. Here, Toad is portrayed by John Stocker, who reprises his role as him in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
- “Never trust a Koopa unless ya check up on him!”
- – Toad, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
Like in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Toad was seen as Mario's sidekick in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, often adventuring with him. Despite this, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3's last episode, "Super Koopa," has Toad complaining about always being left behind in the adventures (though this might be in reference to his diminishing roles in the games). The main cast even stayed in Toad's house for many episodes as well as a place of shelter. "Baby Toad" has made his only appearance in the episode, "Toddler Terrors of Time Travel", which had Toad, as well as Mario, Luigi, Bowser, and Kooky von Koopa regressed to infant states due to a malfunction with a time machine.
Episodes such as "Up, Up, and a Koopa" has Toad using various Power-Ups such as the P-Wing to gain forms such as Raccoon Toad in order to help the Mario Bros. with the assistance of Princess Toadstool. The final episode of the series "Super Koopa" has Toad making a stronger reference to his actual role from Super Mario Bros. 3 as he potentially saved the day using his knowledge of items to power up the Mario Bros. during their time of peril. Toad's own character was given more development as he often had to fix the problems he caused due to his own misfortune as seen in episodes such as "A Toadally Magical Adventure".
Nintendo Comics System
Issues of Nintendo Comics System portrayed Toad as more outgoing than previous incarnations; with another Toad named Wooster acting as the servant of Princess Toadstool and the Mushroom King. Throughout the many comics, Toad would often adventure with Mario (in a sidekick-like manner), with issues such as "Betrayal Most Proper" showing that Toad was able to hold his own in a fistfight with various enemies.
In the issue Piranha-Round Sue of the Nintendo Comic System, Toad plays an active role as Mario's sidekick in the story. Toad is first seen with Mario rushing into the King's chambers while claiming that the Piranha Plants were rebelling against the Kingdom. However, the two soon learn that the King had been turned into a chameleon-like creature and that a wand was required to turn him back to his original form. The King reveals that the wand was located somewhere within the Piranha Plant headquarters, and as such he gives Toad and Mario the task of retrieving it. The King gives Mario the special item known as the Green Gecko Gem for protection against the Piranha Plants (the gem casts a force field around whoever holds it).
After retrieving the gem, Mario and Toad head off towards the Piranha Plant headquarters. While leaving the castle, Toad tells Mario a plan of rushing ahead while defeating the enemies in their way. Mario agrees and runs and bounces ahead using the Green Gecko Gem's protective field while Toad, unfortunately, falls behind (as a result of not having the power of the Green Gecko Gem). As Toad attempts to catch up with Mario, he is stopped by Piranha Sue (who is attempting to devise a plan of stealing the Green Gecko Gem). In an attempt to steal the gem, she manipulates Toad by asking how badly he is treated as a sidekick to Mario, and that Toad should have been the one to receive the Green Gecko Gem from the King. At first Toad ignores her comments bluntly by arguing that Mario is his friend; however, she continues to persuade the mushroom retainer by telling him that with the power of the gem, he could become the new King of the Kingdom and achieve respect from the others. Toad eventually gives in to Piranha Sue's ideas, and devises a plan with her by pretending that he was drowning in a nearby river in order to have Mario return, drop the gem (so that Piranha Sue can hold on to it for Toad after he is saved), and save him.
During that time, Mario has already retrieved the magic wand (needed to transform the King back to his original form), and was heading back towards the castle. However, on his way back Mario notices Toad who was inside the creek. Mario asks Toad why he is in the water while Toad asks Mario to save him. Initially, Mario was not sure to drop the gem as he worried if someone else would take the gem (in spite of Toad's exclaims of dropping the gem); however, at this point of time, Piranha Sue used one of her roots to grab onto Toad's feet and pulled him down deeper into the water causing him to actually start drowning. In Toad's screams of really drowning, Mario becomes shocked and jumps in to save his friend while dropping the gem. At this point of time, Piranha Sue snatches the gem and becomes invincible. After Toad was saved by Mario, he innocently asks the Piranha Plant to give the gem to him; however, she ridicules the mushroom retainer by calling him a fool and announcing that she is now invincible.
Fortunately, Bowser appears at that point of time and demands the reason why Piranha Sue was in this area (meanwhile Mario and Toad hide nearby). She replies that she now had the power of the Green Gecko Gem for him. However, Bowser simply tosses the gem away deeming it to be useless and instead punishes the Piranha Plant (by choking her) for her actions. Meanwhile, Toad and Mario re-obtain the gem (with Toad even processing the powers of the gem on their way back) and head back towards the castle thanks to the efforts of Toad's plan. After getting back, Mario uses the wand to reverse the magic over the Mushroom King in order to turn him back to a human. After becoming a human again, everyone (including Toad) celebrates Mario and Toad’s victory of defeating Piranha Sue and saving the King.
Koopa's Believe It or Else!
Toad makes a cameo in the Nintendo Comic System issue Koopa's Believe It or Else! where he is seen holding the Mario Cap full of stuffing while the Mario Bros. in the background. Bowser’s reasoning for this message was that of making a claim that in the Mushroom Kingdom, stuffed plumber's caps were a favorite meal in relation to how stuffed mushroom caps are a great delicacy in Brooklyn (where Mario and Luigi came from).
The Kingdom Enquirer
In the issue The Kingdom Enquirer of the Nintendo Comic System, Toad makes a major appearance as one of the lead characters in the story. Toad is first seen in the introduction where he is seen to have received a package from a postal worker and is seen to immediately be opening it as a curious Wooster watches the scene. After having Wooster guess what was inside his parcel a few times, Toad reveals to him that the package contained his graduation package from the "The Apook Correspondence School of Journalism, Hotel Management and Transmission Repair". While Wooster ridicules Toad for the simplicity of graduating the institution (saying that he remembered that the entire curriculum of the school consisted of Toad sending them a check), Toad ignores the other Toad and grabs his reporter gear that was in his graduation package. At this point of time, Mario and the Mushroom King exit a nearby door and started discussing about a top-secret mission. Toad’s curiosity got the better of him, and he begins to follow Mario by saying that he is going to report for his secret mission.
While Mario initially is fine with Toad following him, he begins to get irritated as Toad starts to narrate and write every move that he and Mario make (even exaggerating some of them) while the two walk. After reaching a Warp Pipe that transports them to World 1-3, a Boomerang Brother overhears Mario and Toad talking about a secret mission, and begins to attack the duo. While the two were able to avoid the Boomerang Brother, Mario begins to get annoyed by Toad, and eventually leaves the mushroom retainer alone after Toad begins to quote passages from his Reporters Hand Book. As Mario leaves, Toad is immediately addressed by two shrubs (two movie star bushes) who tell Toad that they have a story for him to write about.
After interviewing the two shrubs, Toad attempts to catch up with Mario by jumping on a ♩ Block to reach him. As he attempts to jump on the block, Toad is addressed by two Hammer Bros.; one of which demands Toad to listen to his story once he identified that Toad is a reporter. As the Hammer Bro tells Toad of his stories, more Hammer Bros., Koopa Troopas, Koopa Paratroopas, and even Bullet Bills start to arrive to tell Toad of their incidents. On the other hand, Toad begins to show a lack of interest in their stories as more of them begin to arrive. Eventually, a fight gets loose between the enemies in correlation with who can receive Toad’s attention. At this point of time, Toad begins to panic, and he begins to be run away from the group.
Noticing that Toad was running away from the growing number of Koopas, Mario leaps down from a cloud that he was on and lands beside an exhausted Toad near a Warp Pipe. Seeing Mario, Toad introduces Mario to the group of enemies that had followed him. A Koopa Troopa immediately recognizes Mario, and announces his identity to the rest of the group who all agree to defeat Mario for Bowser’s purpose. A nearby Koopa immediately asks Toad to write about their defeating of Mario which Toad prominently replies by saying that he has already done that. Toad then asks a Koopa Paratroopa to deliver his transcript to the offices of "The Kingdom Enquirer". The Paratroopa cheerfully agrees and does the task as a surprised Mario onlooks the entire scene from between the group.
Once the Paratroopa had left, Toad tells all the surrounding enemies that he has actually entitled his story as "The Trouble With Troopas" and goes on to say that he actually wrote about all the secrets he was told, saying King Koopa will probably punish all the enemies present for telling confidential information and for doing such things as stealing Bowser's money and personal chocolates. The group of enemies immediately get horrified and surprised by Toad’s blackmail, and immediately leave Mario and Toad alone as they rush off to stop the Koopa Paratroopa who had left to deliver Toad’s transcript to The Kingdom Enquirer. After all the enemies have left, Mario asks Toad if he had actually found out about any other secrets that day. In spite of Mario’s pestering of him, Toad resolves to not reveal any more secrets to anyone by saying that he must protect his sources and that so he can keep his own secrets as the two walk off into the horizon.
Nintendo Adventure Books
Toad was also featured as a recurring character in Valiant's Nintendo Adventure Books, though here, he was somewhat overshadowed in his appearances by Yoshi who instead played the role of the sidekick rather than Toad.
Club Nintendo comics
Toad also made several appearances in the comics provided by the Club Nintendo magazines. While most of his appearances were minor, some made a strong impact on the comic's tale as well.
In the comic strip "Süße Weihnachten," Toad plays the role of a doctor. He is first seen when he spots Bowser falling to the ground in pain after obtaining a stomach ache. Upon seeing him in pain, Toad swiftly runs to Dr. Mario and tells him of the issue. As Bowser is brought into Dr. Mario's cabin, Dr. Mario checks Bowser's condition along with the help of Dr. Toad and Nurse Toadstool. After the diagnosis, Dr. Mario, Dr. Toad, and Nurse Toadstool prescribe Bowser "a bitter pill every hour instead of marzipan" in order for him to get better.
As the trio leaves, Bowser is seen to be in pain as he thinks of the party taking place at that very time in which Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad would all be enjoying without him (as Bowser had become sick from eating all the sweets at the party before it began).
Ostern im Schwammerlland
Super Mario Klemp-Won-Do: Muskeln sind nicht alles!
Toad makes a small, yet notable cameo in Super Mario Klemp-Won-Do: Muskeln sind nicht alles!. He appears in the scene before Mario faces off against Blanka by supporting him and bringing him some bananas. The bananas proved to be the source of Mario's victory as he effectively uses the peels to make Blanka slip out of the boxing ring.
Super Mario: Die Bescherung
In the comic Super Mario: Die Bescherung, Toad appears as one of the guests that Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool had invited over for their Christmas party. The other guests invited for the party included Yoshi, Link, Pit, and Mega Man. During the party, Toad can be seen to be enjoying himself while having a conversation with Pit and Mega Man.
Sometime after Mario had left the house for unknown reasons, the doorbell suddenly rings. Toad (along with the help of Yoshi) decides to investigate and opens the door. Upon opening the door, the two discover someone dressed up as Santa Claus and having a strong resemblance to Mario. In their excitement, both Toad and Yoshi believe that the stranger is actually Santa Claus while Luigi and Link claim to have seen through Mario's "trick". As the Santa Claus-like man is about to give out presents, Mario enters the room and asks if he missed anything. Having seen two so similar-looking men, everyone else in the room (including Toad) becomes perplexed to see both at the same time.
Super Mario: Mario im Wunderland
Toad also makes an appearance in the comic "Super Mario: Mario im Wunderland" where he was the first person for Mario to meet when he arrives in Wunderland (in fact, Mario had landed on top of Toad upon arriving). Mario's appearance had drastically changed, however, appearing much like a girl upon arriving in Wunderland and he asks Toad for help so that he could get back home. Toad tells Mario that he was on his way to visit the wizard named Crab to ask him to grant his own wish (which was to become larger in size) and Toad happily invites Mario to follow him to the wizard's castle so that the wizard could grant his wish to go back home.
Along the way, the duo meet some other friends who join their group (Kirby and Yoshi); each having their own wishes to ask the wizard. Eventually, the group of friends arrived at the castle and the wizard grants them their wishes, however in a horrible way. Toad's wish which was to only become larger had his wish fulfilled however he grows into an enormous size instead (possibly due to the wizard's lack of control over his own magic).
While Toad himself does not make an actual appearance in the comic "Warios Weihnachtsmärchen," The Ghost of Past (who shows Wario about his past life) strongly resembles Toad. The Ghost of the Past was the first of the ghosts to appear before Wario and he showed his early life as an infant all the way till he was almost an adult. In all of these sequences, he reveals that the reason why Wario had a grudge against Mario was because Mario beat him in everything from building sandcastles as children to impressing Princess Peach during their school years.
Mario in Mariozilla
Toad makes a small appearance in the comic "Mario in Mariozilla" in the introduction. He is first seen alongside Mario and Yoshi where the three heroes were seen looking for Easter Eggs in Mario's garden. However, their search is interrupted when Kamek and several Toadies arrive and put a spell on Mario to shrink him to a miniature size. However, the spell backfires and instead Mario grows to an enormous size. Upon seeing his gigantic friend, Toad fearfully asks if Mario had became evil which the plumber accidentally responds by taking a step forward causing Toad, Yoshi, and Kamek's group to flee in fear.
Toad makes an appearance in the Japanese exclusive manga series Super Mario-kun as a prominent recurring character throughout its numerous installments. Within the storyline, Toad serves as the head or captain of the Toad guards at Princess Peach's Castle and is often seen to be very protective of her. However, in spite of Toad's different attempts at protecting her during the various issues, Peach still manages to get kidnapped by Bowser frequently due to the certain small flaws in the plans that Toad and the other guards create while guarding Peach. As a result, Toad is often seen as a character featuring comedic relief within the manga series (especially in the scenes featuring the antics of him and the other guards).
Toad makes a prominent appearance in the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth issues of Super Mario-kun, which feature an adaptation of Wario's Woods (the game where Toad starred as the main hero). In these three issues, Toad is accompanied by his friends Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi as the four help Wanda fight off Wario's attempt to take over the Mushroom Kingdom. While Toad does very little at first, he plays a prominent role in the battle against Seizer where he is first seen fleeing in fear after seeing the skeletal boss. However, after seeing his friends getting injured in the battle, Toad steps into the battlefield and battles Seizer by himself and eventually wins the battle against the grim reaper-like boss through his own determination.
Toad also plays a major role within the issues featuring Mario Party where he guides Mario and friends throughout the adventure. In spite of Toadsworth's presence within the later issues, Toad continues to make recurring appearances (including the issue featuring the Mario & Luigi titles such as Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story). Toad also makes a major appearance as Mario's sidekick within the forty-fourth issue based on Super Mario 3D Land.
Nintendo Power comics
Super Mario Adventures
In Super Mario Adventures, Toad travels with Princess Toadstool and several other Mushroom Retainers on a quest to defeat Bowser; unfortunately, Princess Toadstool, Toad, and the other Toads are ambushed by Lakitu, with only Toad himself having escaped the battle. A wounded Toad later manages to reach Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi at Yoshi's Island. After recovering, Toad decides to team up with the trio in an attempt to rescue Princess Toadstool. However, their plan backfires when Mario is accidentally captured instead within Bowser's Castle while the princess manages to rescue herself (though her attempt had caused her to lose consciousness upon escaping).
As Toadstool recovers, Toad, Luigi, and Yoshi catch sight of a boat containing Mechakoopas sailing from Bowser's Castle. The Mechakoopas illustrate the demand that Bowser wanted by demanding that the trio put Toadstool into the boat and return her to Bowser's Castle; otherwise, the captured Mario would be executed. The trio become shocked by the demand (with Toad even exclaiming that the whole ordeal was blackmail) and as they come to the conclusion that they have no other choice to make, a businessman known as the Friendly Floyd arrives to the scene and makes a plan with the trio to disguise Luigi as the Princess and vise-versa. As Toadstool regains consciousness, she catches sight of Toad and realizes that Mario had been captured instead as she made her own escape. Upon realizing that she was in Luigi's clothes, Toad tells her that a plan has already been made to rescue Mario and that everyone's cooperation is needed. Soon, Toad and Yoshi talk about the plan to sneak a bomb-wielding Princess Toadstool and Friendly Floyd into the Koopalings' tower disguised as pizza delivery workers in order to help Luigi save Mario. Toad also helped to battle the Koopalings along with Luigi, Toadstool, and Yoshi after their disguises were discovered. After the battle, Toad was blown from the tower with everyone else when it exploded.
Fortunately, Toad survived along with the rest of his friends (including the once kidnapped Mario) and he soon accompanied the rest of the heroes in an attempt to get back to their homes. However, after getting lost, Toad makes a plan of using Toadstool's cape and getting back to the Mushroom Kingdom in order to send for help to help the rest of his friends. Unfortunately, as Toad attempted to reach the Mushroom Kingdom with Toadstool's cape, he was only to be captured by Bowser and his forces and held hostage. Oddly, Toad's fate in the comic is never made clear, as he was never rescued from Bowser's clutches (though he was seen alerting Princess Toadstool of the state of the Mushroom Kingdom after Bowser had arrived).
Strangely, this comic depicts Toad with a different color scheme in comparison to his game counterpart as instead of a white mushroom cap with red spots, Toad instead has an inverted red cap with white spots. While he sports good vision, he is seen constantly seen to be sporting large sunglasses that cover his eyes. This appears to be a trait of the attire that Toadstool's guards seem to wear throughout the comic series.
Mario vs. Wario: The Birthday Bash
Toad makes an appearance in the Club Nintendo comic Mario vs. Wario: The Birthday Bash. He is seen alongside Princess Peach, Mario, Luigi, and Wario during the scene in which the group of five were on a walk to the park. However, on their way there, Peach spots a Samus doll in the window which she has set her love for. During this scene, Mario and Wario both start getting ideas of getting the doll for her birthday (which was arriving soon). In spite of the distraction, both Toad and Luigi can be seen frantically trying to get the attention of their three friends as the two did not want the group to miss the bus that had just arrived.
Alongside Mario, Luigi, and Wario, Toad along with the other Toads are later seen to be decorating Peach's Castle in preparation for her birthday party. He likely celebrated her birthday along with everyone else once the party began at the end of the comic strip.
- Main article: Toad appearances in spinoff franchises
Toad has appeared in several spinoff titles outside the Mario franchise.
In the Luigi's Mansion series, Toad is a recurring non-playable and supporting character.
Non-Mario guest appearances
- Main article: Toad guest appearances
Mario has made guest appearances in several games outside of the overall Mario franchise:
- Super Smash Bros. series as one of Princess Peach's moves.
- Itadaki Street series as a playable character.
- Mario & Sonic series, generally as a non-playable character.
Mentions and cameos
- Main article: Toad cameo appearances
Toad has made a few cameo appearances outside the Mario games, such as in Kirby Super Star, where he is among the audience members in the boss fight against King Dedede in Spring Breeze and in the minigame Megaton Punch.
Toad appears as a property in Nintendo Monopoly. He takes the place of Kentucky Avenue/Strand and costs $220.
Toad is also playable in Monopoly Gamer, although he is sold separately as a "Power Pack" expansion figure.
Toad has the same look as the rest of his species. He normally wears a blue vest, brown shoes, and a large diaper-like piece of clothing for pants. His appearance often depicts him as looking like a small human child with his miniature size and recognizable human-like features. In the games starting from Mario Party 4, Toad's vest is given an added gold lining. He has a red-spotted mushroom cap, which has been the subject of some ambiguity and inconsistency as to whether or not it is in fact a hat. In Mario Party: The Top 100, Toad claims that he has a hat ("You've come so far...I'd tip my hat to you, but neither of us wants to see that."), and in the cartoon series The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Toad removes his bulb as a cap on occasion. However, an interview with Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi contradicted this; it was stated that the mushroom bulb is a part of Toad's head and not a cap. In Mario Kart Tour, Toad's default costume will not count towards challenges requiring drivers wearing a hat.
Like most other Mario characters, Toad has changed very little appearance-wise throughout the years since his debut in Super Mario Bros.. The only recognizable differences in his current look consists of his physical appearance which included some defining factors in the recent years (such as redesigned eyes and a gold outline that was recently added to his traditional vest), and the corrected number of spots on his mushroom cap (the number of spots on his cap was inconsistent in the older Mario games). The addition of the red polka dot on the top of his head is first seen in the game Luigi's Mansion where even Luigi acknowledges the top spot and called it lovely if he is to take a picture of Toad with the Game Boy Horror.
In other aspects, Toad is very small in size (a trait shared within his species). In relation to his body size, he also has small, thin arms and no legs (with just his feet). He also has a large head that is mostly dominated by the red-spotted mushroom cap on his head. Overall, Toad's head appears to have a strong resemblance to various mushrooms (most notably the Super Mushroom). While having the look of a child in his current appearance (as most of the members of his species do), it can be arguable that his earlier appearances (especially in his game appearances during the Nintendo 64 era) portray him as looking much more childish in design with his very large head and miniature body (more so than his current appearance). Surprisingly, a piece of artwork of Toad for the game Mario Party has Toad's legs showing. Toads have never been portrayed with their legs showing in-game artwork before or after Mario Party. In the graphics for Super Mario Bros. 3 and Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium, Toad appears to have short legs, unlike his other appearances.
A small controversy arose with Super Mario Bros. 2, because Toad is given a blue mushroom cap instead of a red one. However, Toad's blue mushroom cap is actually due to the graphical incapability of the NES rather than a continuity thread. In remakes of Super Mario Bros. 2, such as Super Mario All-Stars, Toad is given a red mushroom cap. This controversy arose again in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Maker 2, where Toad is once again depicted with blue spots. However, this appears to be a trend with a homage to Toad's sprite depiction in the original Super Mario Bros. 2.
Toad's appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series has evolved. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Toad had a darker skin tone, as well as an overall stubbier appearance, reflecting his then-recent appearances in Mario Kart 64 and Mario Party 3. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Toad's model was updated to match his current appearance since games like Mario Party 4, though with a monotone color scheme, as well as realistic details in his clothing and shoes. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, his model was updated yet again, with a more vibrant and cartoonish color scheme, as well as much less detailing. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Toad receives simple detailing in his clothing and shoes, as well as a subdued color scheme, albeit not to the same extent as Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Toad is generally seen to be in an attire consisting of a blue vest (or waistcoat), white pants, and large brown shoes. In some Mario games and as well as the early Mario cartoons, Toad is depicted to be wearing a red vest as opposed to his traditional blue vest. As a result, Toad's appearances with a red vest sometimes result in confusion among whether or not it is truly Toad himself who is making an appearance in these games or not. Even without his red vest, Toad's general appearance is often shared by many other Toads in the Mushroom Kingdom; thus, further causing confusion between his appearances. However, later Super Mario games such as Super Mario 3D Land have made attempts to differentiate Toad from the other Toads by making him the only Red Toad (Toads with red head spots) to be sporting a blue vest.
While he is commonly seen in his traditional clothing style consisting of his standard vest and pants throughout the series, Toad is sometimes seen to be sporting different wardrobes in various games. This change is first witnessed in some of the earlier spin-off titles as some of the Mario Sports games for the Nintendo 64 (such as the Mario Tennis and Mario Golf titles for the system) has Toad is seen wearing a blue shirt with a large gold button that may have served as his original sports outfit. Additionally, Mario's Tennis for the Virtual Boy depicts Toad in the same tennis wear as the other playable male characters. Regardless of his new looks, Toad's clothing style for the later Mario Sports game have him wearing his usual default clothing from the general Mario games (his regular clothing including his vest) as opposed to owning a separate sports outfit.
Toad has also been seen in different outfits and costumes throughout the various Mario games; however, it is the Mario Party series that has given Toad his most different and customized appearances. In Mario Party 2, Toad (along with the other main characters) often dressed up in different costumes in respect to the boards that the characters were playing on (such as as a wizard in Horror Land or a live boat in Pirate Land). In Mario Party 4, Toad is depicted to wearing a fancy white and black striped suit with a rather shiny red bow tie in regards to his status as one of the main hosts in the game (in the ending credits of the game, Toad reveals that he and the other hosts had received their new clothes through the appearance of the Party Cube).
In the Super Mario games, the general appearance of a Toad is often changed drastically depending on the Power-Ups they use (as especially seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii). This is no different for Toad himself as games like Super Mario 3D Land portrayed him in his very own Tanooki suit (with a red scarf) whenever he has gained the power from a Super Leaf (thus, becoming Tanooki Toad). His alternate forms from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show also portray him in different clothing styles such as his Super Toad form (which portrays him with a reversed color pattern of a red mushroom cap and white spots) and the Toad Warrior (which depicts him in a typical biker outfit). In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Toad is sometimes seen wearing yellow oversized sunglasses when it is hot outside. In the episodes Reign Storm and 7 Continents for 7 Koopas, Toad is seen shirtless wearing green swimming trunks, yellow sunglasses, and purple shoes. The Mini Toad toy from the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games also stays true to Toad's original Fire Toad form by having a reversed colored mushroom cap whenever it becomes a Fire Mini Toad.
Super Mario 3D World not only altered Toad's overall appearance with his blue-spotted mushroom cap, but his Fire Toad form has also changed to become very similar in appearance to Fire Yellow Toad from the New Super Mario Bros. games with an orange mushroom cap and red spots while Toad sports a red vest.
In Mario Kart Tour, aside from his default appearance, Toad also has a Party Time outfit which was similar, only with the addition of sleeves to his vest, wearing a red and white striped coned party cap, a red bow tie, and a party mask bearing the likeness of Mario's moustache. Another outfit, called Pit Crew, has him wearing a blue bodysuit as well as a blue helmet.
Toad is often portrayed as cheerful almost to the point of childishness; his official artworks often show him with a wide smile on his face. He is also excitable and prone to panic and is often shown running around frantically. Toad is also sometimes seen as somewhat of a coward, although he seems to be actually aware of his own cowardice. Despite this, Toad still manages to be brave when the need truly calls for it, and often helps Mario on his multiple adventures. In some Mario Kart images and various Mario media (such as the comic series), Toad has also been portrayed as accident-prone or simply unlucky. In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Toad mentions having a fear of heights.
While Toad does occasionally get upset and has been described as an impatient character, he is often kind and polite, generally rooting for the well being for just about anyone who he calls his friend. This is sometimes contrasted by some instances such as his appearance in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, where Toad shows something of a sarcastic streak.
In some Mario media where another character acts as Princess Peach's caretaker (such as Wooster in the Nintendo Comic System), Toad has a more active role in the story; in these cases, he is depicted as being rather naïve and a bit on the selfish side. However, he is also quite rash, which often leads him into trouble and forces him to adjust his attitude and fix the problems he unintentionally causes. In the Valiant Comics series, Toad is dedicated to his work as a mushroom retainer, drinking coffee from a cup that reads "World's Greatest Mushroom Retainer".
Toad's voice has gone through many changes since it was first heard in the SNES version of Wario's Woods. In this game, Toad has a rather deep voice that sounded much like a young adolescent. In the first three Mario Party installments and the Japanese release of Mario Kart 64, Toad has a very high-pitched and almost childlike voice. In the English release of Mario Kart 64, he sounds like a small child, often screaming in a high voice or cheering in his speech. In Super Mario Advance and forward (as a result of Jen Taylor being introduced as his new voice actress), his voice is changed to a less high level, but it is given a raspy quality to it. In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, he had a somewhat deeper voice, with a very thick Brooklyn accent.
In the games department, Toad's voice was originally portrayed by Tomoko Maruno for the Japanese version of Mario Kart 64 (and later the first three Mario Party titles) and Isaac Marshall for the overseas version. Eventually, Jen Taylor, and then Kelsey Hutchison, played Toad's voice for many installments. His current voice actor is Samantha Kelly, who also currently voices Princess Peach and Toadette. In tandem with his cheerful personality, Toad is often heard yelling, "Yahoo!", "Woohoo!", or "Yeah!" In Mario Kart 64, Toad prominently says, "I'm the best!" which became a recurring quote of his, similar to Mario's "It's-a me!"
Powers and abilities
In Super Mario Bros. 2, despite his diminutive size, Toad is stronger than the Mario Bros., pulling Vegetables and Coins out of the ground faster than any other character. Toad is also a very fast character, having the highest speed of the group as well. These strengths were again seen in Super Mario 3D World. This is further influenced in the Mario Kart series, where he is a lightweight character and very often an extremely fast one. However, both Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D World also acknowledges the fact that Toad has very weak jumps. In spite of his limited jumping power, Toad is capable of performing the Power Squat Jump ability in Super Mario Bros. 2 to surpass this limitation. Wario's Woods gives him the unique ability to walk up walls, but this ability has not been seen since. Toad uses a Hammer in Mario Party 3, but this too has not been seen recently.
His appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a shield for Princess Peach further hints at the fact that he has good endurance. In the Super Princess Peach minigame Toad Jump, it is revealed that Toad can perform a kind of Flutter Jump to increase his jumps simply by flapping his arms around wildly after jumping (though the length of how long he can keep this jump depends on how much the player blows into the mic). Toad also has access to Mario's power-ups and is skilled at riding Yoshis. He is generally considered an expert on items, often giving Mario power-ups and telling him what he needs to do. Toad has also been shown to be able to perform a spin jump as seen in games such as Mario Sports Mix.
While it is not common within the Mario franchise, Toad has a unique ability to emit spores. This ability is given a preview in the earlier games when he is hit by a powerful force as seen in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64 and the Super Smash Bros. series (though it is the latter game series that he is shown to be able to use this technique as an offensive attack). Mario Sports Mix further explores Toad's hidden talent by allowing him to use spores to cause mushrooms to sprout from the ground. Toad is capable of using this move as a recovery move. Toad is also able to create a shield of spores as a deflective move. Additionally, Toad's special move in this game involves him emitting many spores to cause gargantuan mushrooms to grow from the ground. These large mushrooms are then able to move in a rotational pattern, and are able to knock out any opponent who attempts to get closer to the mushrooms. Toad completes his attack by throwing a shot full of fungi material at his goal.
In Super Mario 3D Land, Toad is seen to be able to use a variety of the Power-Ups in the game that Mario can also use. In one instance in World 5-5, Toad demonstrates to the player how to use the Propeller Block by simply jumping off a platform with the block from high above and slowly descending below to the Goal Pole (when seen through the binoculars). In some of the later worlds and levels, Toad is seen to have used the powers of the Super Leaf and gained access to becoming Tanooki Toad within the Red Toad Houses. In some of his appearances through the use of the binoculars in the earlier levels, Toad is also seen to be able to make jumps rivaling those of Mario as he scampers through the level to show Mario the goal point.
Toad is later seen to be able to use a variety of power-ups in Super Mario 3D World such as the Fire Flower and Super Bell, to gain forms such as Fire Toad and Cat Toad.
Additionally, episodes of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 occasionally had Toad using Power-Ups such as in "The Fire of Hercufleas" where he uses a Fire Flower, and in "The Ugly Mermaid" where he spends the entire episode in a Frog Suit. He is even one of five characters (the other four being Mario, Luigi, Bowser, and Wario) who can turn into different, more powerful forms; he becomes Super Toad when touching a Fire Flower and the Toad Warrior when touching a Starman.
Often, Toad is made into a tutorial-type character or host, who introduces the player to the game (such as in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour). Rarely, he plays the role of side-kick and is occasionally a full-fledged hero. He is also occasionally a "damsel-in-distress" (but never the main one). He is usually seen as a helper, giving items and performing various other duties, such as running Toad Houses in Super Mario Bros. 3. Some appearances instead feature Toadsworth as providing tutorials and being Peach's caretaker. However, this replacement has allowed Toad to take more active roles in the Super Mario games such as having him being the host of the Toad House areas. While he is often featured as a playable character within the various Mario spin-off titles, he sometimes plays the role of the referee within some titles.
Toad is Princess Peach's obedient servant. While he is not as doting as Toadsworth, he cares for her deeply and would do anything for her. When teamed up, the two are even called "Royal Family" in Mario Party 5 and Mario Party 6 and "Loyal Friends" in Mario Party 8. In the Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "The Bird! The Bird!," Peach claims that Toad has protected her "over a hundred times" from Bowser's army before the Mario Bros. arrived in the Mushroom Kingdom, and actively helps in saving him from a misguided Birdo. However, Toad is not nearly as valiant in the games: his fear of Bowser is much more pronounced than in the cartoons, and he often ends up kidnapped just the same as Peach or is simply reduced to running to the Mario Bros. for help. The Super Smash Bros. series (up until Ultimate) has depicted Toad as very reluctant and unwilling to be used as a counter by Peach as part of one of her special attacks. Although Toad is simply friends with Peach and generally exhibits no romantic affection towards her in most Mario media, his appearance in a virtual magazine for the Satellaview depicts Toad having romantic and sexual relationships with Peach.
Toad is good friends with Mario and Luigi. He respects their bravery and heroism, although some games reveal that he doesn't look up to Luigi as much as Mario, and in Super Mario 64 DS, Toad even mistakes Luigi for his brother at first, and later belittles him for losing his cap. In most games, however, Toad is nothing but loyal to both Mario Bros., often aiding them in their journeys and even fighting alongside them in Super Mario Bros. 2. In the cartoons and most of the comics, Toad acts as a sidekick and constant companion for the brothers during their heroic adventures. In the aforementioned Satellaview magazine, however, Toad crosses a line with Mario by engaging in perverse activity with his friend's love interest.
Like the Mario brothers, Toad values Yoshi as a hero and friend, trusting him to collect Power Stars in Super Mario 64 DS, and teaming up to help rescue Luigi from the Koopalings in Super Mario Adventures. While he is not as close to Princess Daisy as he is to Peach, Toad has still shown himself to be a true friend to her as well, such as jumping to her defense when she is turned into a statue in Mario Super Sluggers.
In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Toadette is introduced as Toad's partner and continues to fill that role in many subsequent releases. The two get along and care about each other, though the exact nature of their relationship is disputed, with guide books for Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 referring to them as siblings, while most other sources suggest that they are merely good friends.
Like Bowser, Toad is shown to be afraid of Wario and holds him in contempt. The two had a direct confrontation in Wario's Woods and share bad chemistry in the baseball games. In Super Mario 64 DS, Toad expresses doubts about Wario, believing that he would rather run away with the Power Stars than help the other protagonists, and despite being intimidated by Wario, brazenly insults him by saying his cap smells terrible and telling him to wash it more often. While Toad and Birdo were initially foes in Super Mario Bros. 2, she becomes one of his strongest allies in Wario's Woods, where she provides encouragement for him. The only Mario Party series team name they have shared is "Surprise Attackers".
Profiles and statistics
- Main article: List of Toad profiles and statistics
- Type: Technique
- Speed: ★★★★★
- Weight: ★☆☆☆☆
- Bio: Toad is a speed demon, but his small size makes him vulnerable to Bowser and DK's bullying ways. Try not to bump into other drivers while controlling the fun guy.
Toad has been voiced by the following people:
- John Stocker - The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
- Bruce Sandig - Mario is Missing!
- Tomoko Maruno - Mario Kart 64 (Japanese), Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit
- Isaac Marshall - Mario Kart 64
- Nanae Sumitomo - Satellaview titles (1996 - 1998)
- Jen Taylor - (1998 - 2006) and 2008
- Kelsey Hutchison - Super Mario Strikers
- Samantha Kelly - (2007 - present)
- Keegan-Michael Key - The Super Mario Bros. Movie
- Main article: List of Toad quotes
- "Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!" - Super Mario Bros.
- "Pick a box. Its contents will help you on your way." - Super Mario Bros. 3
- "Cool!" - Wario's Woods (SNES)
- "Winner!" - Wario's Woods (SNES)
- "Lots of people use something called a "door" to go in and out of their houses..." - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- "Am I glad to see you! The Princess...and I...and, well, everybody...we're all trapped inside the castle walls. Bowser has stolen the castle's Stars, and he's using their power to create his own world in the paintings and walls. Please recover the Power Stars! As you find them, you can use their power to open the doors that Bowser has sealed." - Super Mario 64
- "I'm the best!" - Mario Kart 64
- "Already for a mushroom!" - Super Mario Advance
- "What's this icky paint-like goop?" - Super Mario Sunshine
- "That big, bad, mean, altogether nasty Bowser went rushing out toward the other exit!" - Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
- "Wa ha haa! I'm the Best! Haha!" - Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
- "Yeah! I'm the winner!" - Mario Party 5
- "Toad, won!" - Mario Party 8
- "We're counting on you, Mario...Bros.!" - Super Paper Mario
- "I'm the winner! Whoo-hoo-hoo!" - Mario Kart Wii
- "Thanks! Here's a gift for you. Just head through the door!" - New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- "Yay! Hm...Blastoff!" - Super Mario 3D Land
- "I can't wait for my promotion! With power and money, I can protect Princess Peach almost as well as Mario does!" - Fortune Street
- "This is a nice shop and all, but might I make a suggestion? Add a mushroom-cap roof!" - Fortune Street
- "Being in first place makes me nervous. Someone is always trying to take me down!" - Fortune Street
- "Okay! Let's do this!" - Super Mario 3D World
- "Come on! Let's go!" - Super Mario 3D World
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
- "I'm warning you, I get airsick. Heeeelp!" - "The Bird! The Bird!"
- "Mommy? You're not my mommy!" - "The Bird! The Bird!"
- "I can't be your little Cheepy, lady! I don't have wings! Look! No wings, no feathers. I'm just a mushroom that can't stand heights!" - "The Bird! The Bird!"
- "Flyin' lessons!? Are you outta your mind!?" - "The Bird! The Bird!"
- "The least that featherbrain could've done was lend me a parachute. Hey! That's it! A parachute!" - "The Bird! The Bird!"
- "Hey! It's me! I mean, him! It's little Cheepy! The Birdo's real lost baby!" - "The Bird! The Bird!"
- "Oh no! I'm not going back up there! Never!" - "The Bird! The Bird!"
- "When I get my hands on that King Koopa, I'll fix his wagon!" - "Butch Mario & The Luigi Kid"
- "I'm no frog. I can't even swim." - "Butch Mario & The Luigi Kid"
- "Bombs awaaaaaaaaaaaayyy!!" - "Butch Mario & The Luigi Kid"
- "Who did you expect? Pee-wee Herman?" - "Rolling Down the River"
- "Hey, man, I’m the Fantastic Fungus! The supercharged Mushroom of Might! I’m the Toad Warrior!" - "Toad Warriors"
- "Give me five. NO! Give me five bomb plants!" - "Toad Warriors"
- "Whoever slows down first, loses!" - "Toad Warriors"
- "You blew that one, Koopa Stoopa!" - "Pirates of Koopa"
- "Some mushroom retainer I turned out to be... I was so close! I couldn't save her..." - "The Trojan Koopa"
- "Naughty turtle, you've been hittin' the sauce again, well, have some more!" - "Count Koopula"
- "Let's make like eggs and SCRAMBLE!!!" - "Mario of the Deep"
- "So much for hope." - "Stars in Their Eyes"
- "Don't do it, Princess! Don't marry Koopa! I'd rather be a rock!" - "Do You Princess Toadstool Take this Koopa...?"
- "Koopa you stoopa! Watch it with the Bob-ombs!" - "The Great Gold Coin Rush"
- "By order of his most royal repulsiveness, the reptile Sheriff of Koopingham! The castle road shall require a toll! In the amount of: One wagon full of gold coins!" - "Hooded Robin and His Mario Men"
List of appearances by date
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|Title||Year of release||Release medium||Description|
|Super Mario Bros. 2||1988||Nintendo Entertainment System||Playable character|
|Super Mario Kart||1992||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||Playable character|
|Super Mario All-Stars||1993||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||Playable character in Super Mario Bros. 2|
|Mario Kart 64||1996||Nintendo 64||Playable character|
|Mario Party||1998||Nintendo 64||Main host, non-playable character|
|Mario Golf||1999||Nintendo 64||Non-playable character|
|Mario Party 2||1999||Nintendo 64||Main host, non-playable character|
|Mario Artist: Paint Studio||1999||Nintendo 64DD||Stamp|
|Mario Tennis||2000||Nintendo 64||Playable character|
|Mario Tennis||2000||Game Boy Color||Non-playable character|
|Mario Party 3||2000||Nintendo 64||Peach's partner for Duel Mode|
|Super Mario Advance||2001||Game Boy Advance||Playable character|
|Mario Kart: Super Circuit||2001||Game Boy Advance||Playable character|
|Mario Party 4||2002||Nintendo GameCube||Playable character (only in Beach Volley Folley)|
|Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour||2003||Nintendo GameCube||Non-playable character|
|Mario Kart: Double Dash!!||2003||Nintendo GameCube||Unlockable playable character|
|Mario Party 5||2003||Nintendo GameCube||Playable character|
|Mario Power Tennis||2004||Nintendo GameCube||Non-playable character|
|Mario Party 6||2004||Nintendo GameCube||Playable character|
|Mario Party Advance||2005||Game Boy Advance||Main host, non-playable character|
|Mario Superstar Baseball||2005||Nintendo GameCube||Playable character|
|Mario Kart Arcade GP||2005||Arcade||Playable character|
|Mario Kart DS||2005||Nintendo DS||Playable character|
|Mario Party 7||2005||Nintendo GameCube||Playable character|
|Super Paper Mario||2007||Wii||Non-playable character|
|Super Mario Galaxy||2007||Wii||Cameo in opening|
|Mario Party 8||2007||Wii||Playable character|
|Mario Kart Arcade GP 2||2007||Arcade||Playable character|
|Mario Party DS||2007||Nintendo DS||Playable character|
|Mario Kart Wii||2008||Wii||Playable character|
|Mario Super Sluggers||2008||Wii||Playable character|
|Mario Party Fushigi no Korokoro Catcher||2008||Arcade||Playable character|
|New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis||2009||Wii||Non-playable character|
|Super Mario Galaxy 2||2010||Wii||Non-playable character|
|Mario Sports Mix||2010||Wii||Playable character|
|Super Mario 3D Land||2011||Nintendo 3DS||Non-playable character|
|Mario Kart 7||2011||Nintendo 3DS||Playable character|
|Mario Party 9||2012||Wii||Playable character|
|Mario Tennis Open||2012||Nintendo 3DS||Non-playable character|
|Mario Kart Arcade GP DX||2013||Arcade||Playable character|
|Super Mario 3D World||2013||Wii U||Playable character|
|Mario Party: Island Tour||2014||Nintendo 3DS||Playable character|
|Mario Golf: World Tour||2014||Nintendo 3DS||Playable character|
|Mario Kart 8||2014||Wii U||Playable character|
|Mario Party 10||2015||Wii U||Playable character|
|Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash||2015||Wii U||Playable character|
|Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam||2015||Nintendo 3DS||Non-playable character|
|Super Mario Maker||2016||Wii U||Playable character (Costume Mario)|
|Mario Party: Star Rush||2016||Nintendo 3DS||Playable character|
|Super Mario Run||2016||iOS, Android||Unlockable playable character|
|Mario Kart 8 Deluxe||2017||Nintendo Switch||Playable character|
|Super Mario Odyssey||2017||Nintendo Switch||Non-playable character|
|Mario Party: The Top 100||2017||Nintendo 3DS||Non-playable character|
|Mario Tennis Aces||2018||Nintendo Switch||Playable character|
|Super Mario Party||2018||Nintendo Switch||Non-playable character|
|New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe||2019||Nintendo Switch||Playable character|
|Super Mario Maker 2||2019||Nintendo Switch||Supporting and playable character|
|Dr. Mario World||2019||iOS, Android||Unlockable playable character|
|Mario Kart Tour||2019||iOS, Android||Playable character|
|Super Mario 3D All-Stars||2020||Nintendo Switch||Cameo|
Outside the Mario franchise
|Title||Year of release||Release medium||Description|
|NES Open Tournament Golf||1991||Nintendo Entertainment System||Non-playable character|
|Wario's Woods||1994||Nintendo Entertainment System||Main protagonist|
|Wario's Woods||1994||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||Main protagonist|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee||2001||Nintendo GameCube||Peach's helper in the Toad move|
|Yakuman DS||2005||Nintendo DS||Playable character|
|Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix||2005||Nintendo GameCube||Non-playable character|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||2008||Wii||Peach's helper in the Toad move|
|Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games||2009||Wii||Non-playable character|
|Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games||2009||Nintendo DS||Non-playable character|
|Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games||2011||Wii||Non-playable character|
|Fortune Street||2011||Wii||Playable character|
|Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games||2012||Nintendo 3DS||Non-playable character|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS||2014||Nintendo 3DS||Peach's helper in the Toad move|
|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U||2014||Wii U||Peach's helper in the Toad move|
|Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games||2016||Wii U||Unlockable playable character|
|Minecraft: Wii U Edition||2016||Wii U||Playable skin in the Super Mario Mash-up|
|Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition||2017||Nintendo Switch||Playable skin in the Super Mario Mash-up|
|Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle||2017||Nintendo Switch||Non-playable character|
|Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition||2018||New Nintendo 3DS||Playable skin in the Super Mario Mash-up|
|Minecraft (Bedrock version)||2018||Nintendo Switch||Playable skin in the Super Mario Mash-up|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||2018||Nintendo Switch||Peach's and Daisy's helper in the Toad move|
|Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020||2019||Nintendo Switch||Non-playable character|
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Toad.
Names in other languages
|From「キノコ」(kinoko, mushroom); an anagram of 「ピノキオ」(Pinokio, Pinocchio)|
|Transliteration of the Japanese name|
|Transliteration of the Japanese name|
Padje (Super Mario Bros. 2)
Pad (Super Mario Bros. 2 and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
|Hebrew||פטריון (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)
|Diminutive of פטרייה (pitriya, "mushroom")|
Fungo suddito (NES Super Mario Bros. instruction booklet)
|Transliteration of the Japanese name|
|Romanian||Hrib (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Broscuța (McDonald's Romania, 2013 Happy Meal promotion)
Ciupercuță (McDonald's Romania, 2016 Happy Meal promotion)
|A Romanian word referring to a type of edible mushroom|
Diminutive form of broasca (literally "the Toad", in the sense of "frog")
Diminutive form of ciupercă ("mushroom")
|Transliteration of the international name|
|Spanish (Americas)||Toad (games)
Honguito (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3)
Diminutive of hongo ("mushroom")
|Spanish (Europe)||Toad (games)
Kinopio (sometimes, such as the Mario & Luigi series)
Sapín (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3)
Champiñón (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3 redub)
From the Japanese name
|Swedish||Flugsvamp (DIC cartoons)
Nickname derived from Flugsvamp
Toad (Pit Crew)
|French||Toad (stand)||Toad (pit)|
|German||Toad (Boxencrew)||Toad (pit crew)|
|Italian||Toad (pit stop)|
|Spanish (Americas)||Toad (boxes)|
|Spanish (Europe)||Toad (Boxes)|
Toad (Party Time)
|French||Toad (soirée)||Toad (evening party)|
|German||Toad (Gala)||Toad (gala)|
|Italian||Toad (festa)||Toad (feast)|
|Portuguese||Toad (festa)||Toad (party)|
|Spanish (Americas)||Toad (fiesta)||Toad (party)|
|Spanish (Europe)||Toad (Fiesta)||Toad (Party)|
- Toad's emblem in various games is a mushroom. However, since Mario Party 7, this has often been substituted for his own head.
- According to a 1993 Nintendo character guide, Toad has the nickname of "Little Toadie" and was off visiting relatives of the "Fungus Federation" prior to the events of Super Mario Bros.; thus, only to find Princess Toadstool and the rest of his friends missing once he returned.
- "Princess Toadstool and Toad are missing, too." — Super Mario 64 instruction booklet. Page 5.
- "According to Toad, Bowser has stolen the Power Stars guarding the castle and locked Princess Peach into the walls and paintings." — Super Mario 64 DS instruction booklet. Page 5.
- Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Page 126.
- Mario Party Legacy (October 23, 2016). The Emerald Circus (Big Paint Star) - Paper Mario: Color Splash Walkthrough. YouTube. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
- "Toad rushes to Mario and Luigi’s house, frantically trying to explain the tragic events." — Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga The Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 3.
- "Use this battle to get acquainted with the controls, such as how to attack and dodge. Toad helps you get up to speed." — Stratton, Stephen, and Levi Buchanan. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 48.
- YTSunny (November 11, 2017). Mario Party: Top 100 - FULL Minigame Island (Complete Walkthrough). YouTube. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
- Nintendo (February 5, 2018). Super Mario Odyssey Dev. Talk - ft. Mr. Koizumi. YouTube. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 19.
- Club Nintendo (Netherlands) No. 2, page 6.
- Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic, page 30.
- Nintendo Power magazine - Christmas 1991. Pages 17 and 18. archive.org. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
- Thai version of the official trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie (November 30, 2022), YouTube. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
- December 30, 2014. Mario, Kirby, And Samus Aran Shine In The Nintendo Character Manual. pressthebuttons.com. Retrieved December 4, 2016. (Archived January 2, 2015, 06:16:51 UTC via Wayback Machine.)