Artwork of a Fishbone from New Super Mario Bros. U
|First appearance||Super Mario World (1990)|
|Latest appearance||Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (2021)|
|Variant of||Cheep Cheep|
Fish Bones (alternatively spelled Fishbones (mainly in earlier appearances), or also alternatively named Wet Bones) are a skeleton variant of Cheep-Cheeps who debuted in Super Mario World, and subsequent later games as well.
Super Mario series
Super Mario World
Fishbones are found in the submerged Vanilla Fortress and the underwater room of Bowser's Castle. They are the only strictly aquatic dungeon enemies in the game, though terrestrial enemies are also found underwater in these levels. Their behavior is simple, traveling in straight lines across the screen in a jerky, darting motion, usually in small groups. Fishbones can be defeated by Cape Mario or Cape Luigi's spin attack, but only in the Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 release, and are otherwise invincible.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Fishbones appear in various water levels in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. When a Fishbone detects one of the characters, it will lock on to them (as their eyes turn red) then launch themselves in the direction of the character. If it misses, it will crash and break apart in a similar manner to that of Dry Bones. However, once they break apart, they are permanently defeated. They even break apart if they hit another Fishbone. But if the player jumps out of the water, the Fishbone will cease its rampage towards the player. In dark caverns, their eyes light up, although the illuminated area around them is much smaller than that provided by Bulbers and thus far less useful. They are referred to as Wet Bones in the Prima Games guide. A method for dodging a Fishbone is to walk on the floor of the water's level and then duck once spotted. The Fishbone's eyes will turn from red to green and no longer chase the player. Fishbones appear in the World 4 Castle and the World 5 Ghost House. Also, in the battle against Wendy O. Koopa in the World 4 Castle, various Fishbones can be seen swimming in a water tank in the background.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Fishbones reappear in various castles and fortresses in New Super Mario Bros. 2 where they keep their design from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They act like they did in previous installments.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Fish Bones reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, having the same role from previous installments. They appear in water levels.
Fish Bones make their first Mario Kart appearance in Mario Kart 7 and take their design from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They are found in Wario Shipyard, where they swim in schools or sometimes alone. If any drivers collide into Fishbones, the former will be pushed back.
Super Mario World television series
Fishbones, though never referred to as such, made several small appearances in the Super Mario World cartoon.
A Fishbone first appeared in the episode "The Wheel Thing", where one is used by Yoshi to cut a log into wheels to be used in Mario's car factory. In "The Night Before Cave Christmas", both Mario and Oogtar use a Fishbone to cut-down several Christmas trees.
Super Mario Adventures
In the Super Mario Adventures comic, Fishbones, along with several other creatures such as Urchins and Porcu-Puffers, are shown to act as guards/obstacles in the moat surrounding the Koopalings' tower.
Mario Bros. (Super Mario Advance)
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Fishbones make another appearance in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story during the battle with Junker. When Mario and Luigi manage to defeat a Junker Can, a Fishbone may attempt to attack the plumbers. It attacks by orbiting around one of the two and eventually ramming them, though it can be stopped by counterattacking with the hammer before it does.
Mario Party 9
The Mario Party debut for Fish Bones (not counting their cameo in Mario Party 4) is in Mario Party 9. They appear once again with their New Super Mario Bros. Wii appearance. Fish Bones only appear during the Blooper Beach Captain Event; when the player lands on an Unlucky Space on this part of the board, a group of Fish Bones attacks them and steals five of their ten Mini Stars.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Fish Bones make an appearance in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They appear in Jungle Rapids, leaping in the water and attempting to destroy the raft Mario uses to cross through the river. They can be removed using the hammer.
- Bone-Fish - the skeletal form of the fish Torion from Super Mario Land.
- Bone-Bone - a Cheep-Cheep brought back from the dead in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Very similar to a Fishbone.
- Jean de Fillet - an undead fish from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.
- Kingfin - a giant skeletal fish that acts as a world boss in Super Mario Galaxy.
Names in other languages
|French (American)||Poissonos||Pun on Poisson (fish) and Os (bone)|
|Italian||Skelopesce (Mario Games)
Pesce Lisca (Fishing AR minigame).
|From the English "skeleton" and "pesce", meaning "fish".|
"Pesce" means "fish" and "lisca", "fishbone".
|Spanish||Pezueso||Pun on pez (fish) and hueso (bone). Literally "fishbone".|
- In the Nintendo 3DS's Fishing AR minigame, after lightning strikes the water, the player can fish out Fishbones (known as Fish Bones in the game).
- In the minigame Mushroom Medic of Mario Party 4, there is a poster in the background with a Cheep-Cheep and its Fishbone X-ray, confirming Fishbones are undead Cheep-Cheeps.
- Fishbone is a pun on fish and wishbone.
- A similar enemy called Shell Missile from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! act almost like fishbones.
- They are similar in appearance to the Skullfish enemy from the The Legend of Zelda series.
- Nintendo 3DS Augmented Reality Games
- As stated in the New Super Mario Bros. 2 Prima Guide
- Mario Kart 7 Internal Filename
- Mario Party 9 in-game name
- Super Mario World in-game name
- As stated in the Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World Prima Guide
- As stated in the New Super Mario Bros. Wii Prima Guide
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii Internal Filename (PAL)
|Bessie Bass • Cheepskipper • Chef Shimi • Coach • Furious Fred de Fillet • Kipp • Porcupuffer • Sashimie • Sushie • Stewart • Ultra Pukupuku|
|Air Cheep • Baby Cheep • Big Bertha • Blurp • Boss Bass • Bubba • Cheep Chomp • Deep Cheep • Eep Cheep • Fish Bone • Gold Cheep Cheep • Green Cheep Cheep • Honebōn • Jean de Fillet • Lava Cheep Cheep • Mad Blurp • Mecha Cheep • Mega Cheep Cheep • Mega Deep Cheep • Mega Eep Cheep • Mr. Kipper • Needle Bomb • Porcupuffer • Puffer-Cheep • Sad Cheep Cheep • Sand Cheep • Small Cheep Cheep • Spike Bass • Spiny Cheep Cheep|