|First appearance||Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)|
|Latest appearance||Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018)|
Fawful (also known as Lord Fawful to his minions) is a Beanish character and a major antagonist in the Mario & Luigi series. He is the secondary antagonist of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, and the main antagonist of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its remake. He is notable for speaking in Engrish and making many food-based metaphors. Fawful is quite intelligent, but he suffers from extreme fits of anger. His name comes from the words "guffaw" (a term that refers to powerful laughter) and "awful."
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
- “I HAVE FURY! In the last moments of the finale when relief leads to negligence that begets rashness, that is when the comeback that falters comes back and beats your pathetic comeback that I scoff at!”
- —Fawful, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Though his past is largely unknown, Fawful is implied to have been a long-time follower of Cackletta prior to the events of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and names himself as a pupil of hers in-game. He is officially confirmed to have gained his status as the greatest of Cackletta's students through his evil genius. He is the secondary antagonist of the game.
Fawful accompanies Cackletta to the Mushroom Kingdom during the events of the game, where he aids her in stealing Princess Peach's voice, which was needed to awaken the Beanstar. While the two are on their way to the Beanbean Kingdom, their kingdom of residence, they encounter Mario, Luigi, and Bowser, who have formed a temporary alliance to stop the two villains. After taking care of Bowser, Fawful attacks the Mario Bros., who manage to destroy his Vacuum Helmet. However, Fawful summons another Vacuum Helmet after that and uses it to knock Bowser's Koopa Cruiser out of the sky before departing. He is not seen again until the brothers arrive on Hoohoo Mountain, where he blocks their path with a large stone. He later appears in Beanbean Castle, stealing the Beanstar alongside Cackletta and force-feeding Queen Bean, the kingdom's benevolent ruler, a Belly Blech Worm to aid in their escape.
The villianous pair next assaults Woohoo Hooniversity, where he and Cackletta plan to awaken the Beanstar using several Peach-bots, Fawful had designed. However, due to some planning on the princess's part, the voice used is that of Birdo, which irritates the Beanstar so much that it smashes through the floor and into the basement. Shortly afterward, the Mario Bros. arrive and engage Fawful in battle. After dispatching him, they incapacitate Cackletta. Fawful soon recovers and sucks his mistress's energy into his Vacuum Helmet. Before he can attack the brothers again, he is sent flying through the roof by Prince Peasley. Landing in Stardust Fields, Fawful finds an unconscious Bowser, whose body Cackletta possesses. Cackletta then begins to call herself Bowletta. Fawful then accompanies her to Little Fungitown, where they abduct the princess.
The Mario Bros. later encounter Fawful at Joke's End under the pretense of exchanging the Beanstar for Peach, though they use a fake. Fawful recognizes this, however, and takes the real one as well as Princess Peach on board a repaired Koopa Cruiser. However, this Princess Peach is actually Luigi in disguise, who utilizes the pair's rage and shock to retrieve the Beanstar and escape. Fawful then follows Cackletta to Bowser's Castle, from which she plans to destroy both the Mushroom and Beanbean Kingdoms.
Fawful is encountered in the castle as the penultimate boss, clad in a bizarre skin-tight pink suit with wing-like cloth under his arms and a large v-neck. He can now attack with a large mechanism that resembles his head. After his defeat, he begins a final attack in desperation, as well as enter a banter-fest with Prince Peasley, but is knocked out of the castle before Mario and Luigi engage his mistress and her soul, the latter of which conjures an apparition of Fawful as one of its attacks. This apparition of Fawful attacks similarly to how he does in his first battle.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Fawful appears again in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, now wearing a white skin tight suit instead of pink; instead of an antagonist, he is a shopkeeper, running a shop called Fawful's Bean 'n' Badge that is located in the sewers of Princess Peach's Castle. He is only encountered by the babies, whom he does not completely recognize as the younger versions of Mario and Luigi. He sells them some of the rarest badges available in the game in exchange for beans. Fawful goes on a long speech to them about how the brothers defeated him in the previous game, notably mentioning that he plans to return in the future (foreshadowing his major role in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story), creating a period of time in which "no baby's candy will have safety". He, demonstrating apparent clairvoyance, also suggests that the babies go to Princess Peach's Castle's viewing platform prior to the time they discover Gritzy Desert.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Fawful appears as the main antagonist in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. He began the outbreak of the "Blorbs" by selling "Blorb Mushrooms" to the citizens of Toad Town. Fawful then uses brainwashing foods and drinks on Bowser's minions to put them under his control and has them invade the Mushroom Kingdom.
Fawful is first seen in Dimble Wood disguised as a merchant. He sells Bowser a Vacuum Mushroom, advertising it as a "Lucky Shroom" that will help the Koopa King defeat his enemies. Instead, it causes Bowser to inhale everything around him, including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Starlow, and other Mushroom Kingdom citizens.
Bowser later finds Fawful in Cavi Cape, where the villain reveals that he has captured Bowser's Castle. He then sends his brawny minion, Midbus, to battle Bowser and, during the fight, he teaches both combatants how to fight. Sometimes in the game, Fawful will communicate to Bowser with a Fawfulcopter to manipulate his actions. He has Bowser fight the Sea Pipe Statue, only to later tell the victorious Koopa King that he has captured his minions.
Fawful then turns Bowser's Castle into Fawful Theater, where he performs on stage to Bowser's minions, who were under his control. Fawful arranges a VIP seat for Bowser and, when he falls for the Bean's latest plot, the Koopa King is catapulted onto the stage, where Fawful has Midbus fight him in a cage match. Bowser defeats Midbus, but he soon falls for Fawful's next trap by eating the "Victory Feast" his nemesis presents him with, which causes him to become bloated and get stuck in the floor. Mario and Luigi have to travel to the Flab Zone after that.
Fawful appears again in the basement under Bowser. He uses his ray gun to remove Princess Peach from Bowser's body, as part of his new plan. When holding the princess, Fawful almost collapses, showing his lack of strength. Fawful's minion, Midbus, then places a treadmill under Bowser, causing him to (literally) burn off fat.
He appears again under the Mushroom Kingdom stealing the Dark Star, which can give him the power to destroy the kingdom. At that point, the Mario Bros realize that it is too late to stop him. After taunting the heroes, Fawful flies off to Peach's castle. Mario and co. chase him but are stopped by a barrier made by the Dark Star. The only way the Mario Bros. could break it is to get the Miracle Cure.
Fawful, along with Midbus, is found again inside Peach's castle, which he had taken over earlier. They are seen with a machine that sucks the princess's power and brings it to the Dark Star. As they wait for the Dark Star to awaken, an alarm goes off because of Mario and Luigi's appearance outside the castle. Fawful, however, laughs at their "Stupidity" and sends out a Fawfulcopter to speak to the bros., telling them his plans. He then leaves saying that he is going shopping at the Toad Town Mall.
Later, Mario and Luigi create the Miracle Cure, which breaks the blockade in front of Peach's castle. As they attempt to gain access to Peach's Castle through the back trash pit, Midbus appears and constructs a trash robot named "Junker" in which the Bros. have to battle. After the battle, the player takes control of Bowser with his newly learned Spike Ball move. With the Marios inside of him, Bowser travels inside the castle, where he meets three Fawfulcopters which Fawful can communicate through. Fawful admits to Bowser that he is "Shocked" at how he made it to the castle. However, that doesn't stop him from making another scheme. Fawful explains to Bowser that each of the Fawfulcopters hold a key and Bowser has to catch the copters to get to important rooms. Unable to break down the doors, Bowser must chase the Fawfulcopters to get to the next area.
After getting the keys and going through other obstacles, Bowser is shot into the sky and meets two giant Piranha Plants. However, Bowser falls back down and lands in the very top of Peach's Castle and the three Fawfulcopters seen earlier talk to Bowser, laughing at him because he can't fly, let alone destroy the giant Piranha Plants raised by Fawful. The Fawfulcopters then leave and make Bowser destroy the Piranha Plants and overcome more obstacles.
Fawful is once again seen in the room with the machine that sucks Peach's power into the Dark Star. The evil star had finally awakened, but Bowser came in the room at that time. Hating his timing, Fawful decides to help Midbus fight, but changes his mind because of Midbus's "pride". Instead, he powers up Midbus with his laser gun to make him become Blizzard Midbus, whom Bowser fights. After beating him, Midbus's body turns into an ice cube, leaving Fawful alone to carry out his plans. At that time, the Dark Star becomes fully awakened and Fawful, stunned, rushes over and drains its power. Bowser, however, punches Fawful away before he has all the star's power. Afterwards, the Dark Star flies into Bowser's body.
Fawful appears again outside of Peach's Castle, looking for the Dark Star. There, he was in his dark form with greater powers, a newer attire (most notably red glasses and a Cackletta-esque cloak), and a headgear that seemingly has a life of its own. Bowser confronts him but Fawful, always having a new plan, powers up the castle to become the Super Peach Castle. The giant castle crushes Bowser, making the Marios inside his body revive him to have another Giant Bowser Battle.
After beating the behemoth castle, Bowser finds Fawful in the castle's meeting room. The two villains begin to fight each other. Before the battle, Fawful speaks much like he did in Superstar Saga, even saying 'fink-rat' for the last time and also the only time in the game. He also speaks of how Mario and Luigi 'always show up' (referring to Superstar Saga's events). If Bowser and the Mario Bros. manage to beat Dark Fawful, he transforms himself into a second form to escape claiming he "has fury?", but gets inhaled by Dark Bowser.
During the final battle, Bowser makes Dark Bowser spit out the Dark Fawful Bug, and then he inhales it so that Mario and Luigi have the final battle against the Dark Fawful Bug and the Dark Star (with which Fawful had fused when he was inhaled by Dark Bowser) inside Bowser's stomach. They ultimately succeed in destroying both, thus weakening Dark Bowser enough for Bowser to deliver the final blows and destroy him.
Inside Bowser, a highly unstable Fawful makes his last appearance, speaking of how Mario and Luigi will always show up. In his final attempt to destroy the heroes, Fawful explodes; however, he instead frees them from Bowser and seemingly cancels the effect of the vacuum shroom, undoing what started all the chaos in the first place. The Mushroom Kingdom returns to normal, thus bringing Fawful's mad reign to an end.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Fawful returns in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions after 8 years of absence. His role in the main story is very similar to that of the original game but he also appears as the main antagonist and final boss in the remake's new mode, Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser. He intended to enslave Bowser and work him to death. He also proceeded to brainwash the Koopalings into trying to conquer the Beanbean Kingdom over trying to rescue Bowser. The group encounters Fawful at Bowser's Castle, and although he taunts the squad mercilessly, they defeat him and make their way to Bowser's chamber, where Bowser (seemingly returned), immediately tells Captain Goomba to "destroy" Mario; it is presumed that the army turns its attention to the Mario Bros after this. After a while, it turns out "Bowser" was actually Bowletta in disguise, and when Captain Goomba confronts them about this, she and Fawful use a trapdoor to send the squad into a dungeon, which turns out to be a Mechawful factory. After a long final battle which tests all the skill levels, the minions defeat Fawful one last time and escape the dungeon. After this, Fawful goes on to stop the Mario bros. but once again loses to them and is knocked out of the castle by Luigi where he plummets to his death.
In the remake, his second form was redesigned to have a more prominent collar, while the antennae has become massive and bulbous.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
In the remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, he has largely the same role in the game's remake, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, although he also has a minor role in the side story Bowser Jr.'s Journey, being the one in charge of the three primary villains of that mode, the Best Fitness Friends. It is also implied in that mode that he had a hand in Bowser not being invited to the emergency meeting for the Blorbs outbreak at Peach's Castle. It was also later revealed that the Best Fitness Friends were plotting to betray Fawful so they could take full control of the Mushroom Kingdom.
Fawful is also in the Super Mario-Kun manga, filling the same role as in Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
Fawful's motivation is usually driven by his anger ("Finally! Now is the time where my true might shines, like many angry sunbeams of rage!"), and rarely do his actions show any sign of his caring about anyone other than himself. The only character Fawful unquestionably cared for was Cackletta, whom he serves blindly for most of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga no matter how much pain he suffered for it: however, Fawful's speech prior to his final battle against Mario and Luigi reveals that he's very disturbed at how it was his genius that allowed Cackletta to live on and acquire even more power while he remains a lackey with no prominence whatsoever, perhaps an early foreshadowing to his rise to power in the game's sequels. Fawful enjoys taunting his enemies very excessively ("Your lives that I spit on are now but a caricature of a cartoon drawn by a kid who is stupid!").
Fawful is also very narcissistic, building statues in his honor wherever he goes, hosting shows about him, speaking of himself in third person in honor, constantly making speeches on his genius, and even giving his army his own likeness. To further show off his image, Fawful created several Fawful merchandise sold to his minions, and even made some of his minions look like him (such as "Fawful Guy").
Fawful speaks in Engrish, often saying things that are redundant or hardly make sense (if at all). Fawful is made stranger by his making of several food metaphors and references throughout his speeches ("I drizzled rage dressing on the country next door. Rage dressing on a salad of evil!") or ("Two pieces of Fawful chortle bread get put together on Beanbean Kingdom, making a danger sandwich!").
Fawful often speaks about himself in a third person point of view, only speaking in first person when saying phrases such as "I HAVE FURY!". In Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story, he often replaces the word fury with other odd words, such as "chortles" or "uneasiness". When talking to Baby Mario and Baby Luigi in Partners in Time he often skips words such as do or are in the beginnings of sentences and instead says things such as "You wearing this now?".
In Japanese versions, Fawful adds strings of "ru" (る) onto every sentence, sometimes even saying "Fururururu" (ふるるるるるる ). In French versions, Fawful speaks with a strong accent, exaggerating when aspiring the letter R, and frequently saying "Fuyuyuyuyu" ; he also does strange metaphors. In German versions, he stutters. In the American Spanish Versions, he speaks a literal translation of English to Spanish. In the European Spanish versions, he speaks in a very refined Spanish with a lot of set phrases. He speaks, also, with a slight tone "enthusiastic". In the Italian versions he speaks with lots of invented words such as "disgustevole" (disgust able). A Sammer Guy named Mustard of Doom talks like Fawful, and is a reference to Fawful and his "Mustard of Doom!" quote.
Powers and Abilities
Though he is a bit of a loon, Fawful is a genius, shown by how complex his Vacuum Helmet is. He uses the rocket-jets on his Vacuum Helmet to get around places. There is also a vacuum peripheral on the helmet, which can be used to shoot energy balls and was also used to suck in Cackletta's spirit to transfer to Bowser and create Bowletta. He also sports a laser gun which he can use to power up his minions or fire beams. In Bowser's Inside Story, many enemies have masks resembling Fawful's face, making it possible that they were invented by him.
Fawful is the second boss of Superstar Saga. When fighting him, he has little HP. Being an early battle, Fawful does not have a large variety of attacks. In his first attack, he shoots green energy balls at the Mario Bros. from his Headgear. In order to avoid the attack, the player must look at the color of the text when he calls the heroes "Fink Rats" or when he says "Have you readiness for this?!?". If the text is red, he shoots at Mario, but if the text is green, he shoots at Luigi. Sometimes, the bean's helmet falls off, making him unable to shoot fire balls. At times like this, Fawful has only one other attack. He can run up to a bro. and try to roll into him. This can be countered by a well-timed jump.
Later at the end of the game, Fawful is fought again. This time, he is much stronger and fights from within a giant mecha resembling his head. This dome-shaped machine completely protects Fawful and shoots powerful lasers at both bros. Unlike in the first battle, Fawful has many different attacks, some of which can last for a long time. During the battle, he hides in his mecha, defending him from all attacks. He uses his mecha to perform some of his attacks. The main attack used by his mecha is shooting laser eye beams, which move around the bros., trying to hit them. As the battle progresses, this attack lasts longer. Sometimes when it is the bean's turn to attack, he exits his mecha for a short moment and shoots more laser bolts from his antenna. The shadows created by the bolts appear above one of the heroes, letting the player know which character is being targeted. To avoid the attack, the Marios need to hit the bolts with their hammers and send them flying at Fawful, giving him a small amount of damage. In addition, when the mecha gets hit four times, Fawful gets enraged and spins around, shooting more laser bolts at the heroes for them to counter with their hammers. After the bolts spin around the area twice, the Bros. are no longer able to use their hammers, making them jump over the remaining bolts. The mecha eventually overheats, causing Fawful to stay out of the device for three turns. When this happens, the bros. can deal more damage to him. After he gets hurt, he adds some more attacks to his possessions, such as charging a laser beam while putting a Fawful block over the heroes' heads, making them rapidly jump to break it. Shortly after the blocks appear, the laser beam swoops across the stage, trying to hit the Marios. If the blocks are still above the two heroes, they are unable to jump over the beam. Fawful's final attacks is charging at the bros. The player has to hit his body with the brothers' hammers to counter him as he swoops down at the heroes. During the attack, he flaps his right arm when attacking Mario and keeps it still when attacking Luigi.
In Bowser's Inside Story, Fawful drains the Dark Star's power with his Vacuum Helmet and is fought by Bowser as Dark Fawful. He's shown to have many more abilities, including very high speed, dark magic and other powerful attacks. His Vacuum Helmet is also with him in this battle and can give him 300 HP when needed. After being beaten, Fawful becomes the Dark Fawful Bug and escapes from Bowser. Despite all his genius, Fawful is physically frail, to the point of finding Princess Peach a huge burden. As such, it is logical to assume that Fawful meant Midbus to carry anything heavy for him.
|Superstar Saga Enemy|
|Item 1 Drop||None*|
|Item 2 Drop|
|Superstar Saga Enemy|
|Fawful (second Time)|
|Speed||On ground- 120 |
In air- 80
|Item 1 Drop||Golden Mushroom (common), 1-Up Super (rare)|
|Item 2 Drop|
- Main article: List of quotes by Fawful
- "I HAVE FURY!"
- "And this battle shall be the delicious mustard on that bread! The mustard of your doom!"
- "A WINNER IS YOU!"
- "I HAVE CHORTLES!"
- "Beef? I am lacking in beef. Fawful is beefless."
- "Fawfully-doo!♪ Where are you?!♪ Dark Star, needing you!♪ Dark power, yoo-hoo!♪ WHERE TO FIND YOU...♪"
- "You have gotten in Fawful's way at each of the turns... Just like the red and green mustaches who I hate..."
- For this subject's image gallery, see Fawful/gallery.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Names in other languages
|Derived from「ゲラゲラ」(geragera, an onomatopoeia for derisive laughter),「子」(ko, child), and possibly "-witz" (a Germanic name ending and also meaning "joke"); officially romanized as "Gerakobits"|
|"咯咯" is an onomatopoeia for laughing, and "柯比茨" is transliteration from the Japanese name|
|French (American)||Faffreux||From affreux (awful) with an "F" attached|
|French (Europe)||Gracowitz||From the Japanese name|
|German||Krankfried||Krank means sick, crazy or insane; -fried is a suffix used for many names|
|From the Japanese name; 깔깔 (kkalkkal) is one of a sound of laughing in Korean|
|Russian||Фавфул (Superstar Saga website)
Фофул (other appearances)
|Spanish (Europe)||Esbirro Jijí (Superstar Saga)
Fawful (Partners in Time)
Grácovitz (Bowser's Inside Story)
|Hee Hee minion; Jijí being the Spanish name of Cackletta (Bruja Jijí)|
From the Japanese name
- Even though the natives of the Beanbean Kingdom have four fingers to each hand, Fawful has five fingers on each hand, as seen in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, meaning he may not have Beanish origins. He also has five fingers on each hand in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, meaning that this is not an error on the part of the creators of the game. Popple and Queen Bean have five fingers as well, which may imply the three characters are related and also explain why all three have large, toothy smiles which other beanish (even the maniacal Cackletta) seem to lack.
- In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, before Fawful is fought the first time, one of the radar-devices he uses is shaped like a Nintendo DS Lite.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of the names that can be generated from pressing the "RANDOM NAME" button is FWFUL, a reference to Fawful.
- In the second battle against Fawful in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, his common drop is a Golden Mushroom and his rare drop is a 1-Up Super. This is odd because Golden Mushrooms are far rarer than 1-Up Supers - they cannot be bought anywhere, and there are only five in the game. Therefore, in order to get the fifth Golden Mushroom, the player must make sure not to equip the Game Boy Horror SP (which guarantees rare drops) during this fight.
- In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Fawful shares his battle music with Popple in every version outside of Japan. In the Japanese version, Fawful shares his battle theme with Cackletta when facing her at Woohoo Hooniversity.
- In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, there is a Brock dressed as a Pink Zeekeeper that says "I have excitement!" when talked to, much like how Fawful speaks.
- Official Japanese website for Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Retrieved March 6, 2022.