Big Bertha

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This article is about the Cheep Cheep. For information about the character from the Super Mario Bros. film, see Big Bertha (film character). For the Blaster from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, see Big Bertha (Blaster).
Not to be confused with Boss Bass or Cheep Chomp.
Big Bertha

Artwork of Big Bertha and a Baby Cheep (also shared for
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)
Similar entities
Baby Cheep
Boss Bass
Cheep Chomp
Mega Cheep Cheep
Spike Bass

Big Berthas[1][2][3] are huge mouth-brooding[4] Cheep Cheeps that live deep in the sea. She has a man-eating counterpart called Boss Bass. All Big Berthas seem to be mother fish, as she always carries Baby Cheeps in her mouth, occasionally letting them out. After a few seconds, the Baby Cheep will return to its mother's mouth. Her male counterpart, Boss Bass, is an aggressive hunter that swims on the surface, never seen in deep water.


Super Mario Bros. 3

Big Berthas appear in the game Super Mario Bros. 3. Big Berthas always carry Baby Cheeps in their mouth, occasionally letting them out. After a few seconds, the baby returns into its parent's mouth.

Nintendo Comics System

Bertha, a character influenced by the Big Bertha species, plays a prominent role in two Nintendo Comics System stories. In her first appearance, Love Flounders, she falls in love with Frog Mario after being tricked by Stanley the Talking Fish. She eventually realizes Stanley was lying, but is consoled by Mario, who states he wants to be friends with Bertha, not lovers. Bertha later reappears in Fins and Roses, this time dating Stanley. She foils Wendy O. Koopa's plans by knocking the Koopa's bomb back at her.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 巨大プクプク ♀[5]
Kyodai Pukupuku ♀
Giant Cheep Cheep (female); same as Boss Bass


  • A character named Big Bertha was featured in the Super Mario Bros. movie. Like the fish in the game, she wore all red, and like the character in the comics, she had a crush on Mario.


  1. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Bros. 3 Player's Guide
  2. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima Guide
  3. ^ Super Mario 64 DS Internal Filename
  4. ^ "This giant fish is a mouth breeder, so it spits babies out of its mouth at Mario." - Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 9.
  5. ^ Scan of 「スーパーマリオブラザーズ3完全攻略テクニックブック4」 (Super Mario Bros. 3 Kanzen Kōryaku Technique Book 4)Media:Big Bertha SMB3 Technique Book 4 name ref.jpg