A Raven walking around its little planetoid.
|First appearance||Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)|
|Latest appearance||Yoshi's Crafted World (2019)|
- “Oracle of the Stars...Mario comes to this island”
- —Raven, Paper Mario
Ravens are black, flightless birds that seem to be both allies and enemies of Mario. Despite the fact that they are called Ravens, they have almost nothing in common with the aforementioned birds, similar to how Buzzy Beetles are nothing like real beetles. Ravens are corvids with sharp, black beaks and wide wings. The Ravens of the Mario series are slow-moving, wingless, with elliptical beaks which resemble more a nose than a beak. The only similarities are the coloring of the birds, the sound they make and, only in Paper Mario, their ability to fly.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Ravens first appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where they could be found walking around large, floating rocks. If they ran into Yoshi, they would send Baby Mario flying off his back, an act even more dangerous since these Ravens were usually found on rocks high in the air. Yoshi can defeat them by stomping on their heads or by throwing eggs t them, but could not eat them. A large Raven named Raphael the Raven seems to be the leader of all the birds.
Ravens make a return appearance in Yoshi's Story. In the game, they acted the same way as they did in their past appearance, but were immune to all of Yoshi's attacks.
Ravens appear as enemies in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy within the Forbidden Pop-Up Book, which is where the game takes place. They stand about as half as tall as Yoshi, and are always continuously walking. They are not affected by gravity, which is a primary focus of the game. Likewise, they are able to walk along walls and across the ceiling. Yoshi can jump on their head to defeat them. If Yoshi is to come into contact with the side of a Raven, he will lose three points from his Health Meter. Ravens are most commonly seen during the Tale of the Spirit of Power and the Tale of the Spirit of Kindness missions.
Up until Paper Mario, all Ravens seemed to be minions of Baby Bowser and Kamek (influenced by Raphael the Raven's appearance in Tetris Attack), but in Paper Mario, a friendly group of Ravens can be encountered on Lavalava Island. These Ravens (including, oddly, Raphael the Raven himself) help Mario and his party reach Mt. Lavalava. This games also proves that Ravens have their own language (which mostly consists of the word "caw"), although some are bilingual and can speak in human tongue. The Ravens in this game also have the ability to fly by flapping their feet. Goombario states in a few of his Tattles on the generic ravens that he finds them cute, though Kooper apparently disagrees.
Super Princess Peach
Ravens act as enemies serving King Bowser Koopa, who was fighting against Princess Peach this time. Super Princess Peach exclusively gave them Mini-Ravens' qualities and introduced a sub-species known as Sad Ravens.
- Mini-Ravens - Small, possibly juvenile Ravens who move quickly.
- Sad Ravens - Ravens who create earthquakes while crying hysterically.
- Despite the fact that they are called Ravens, they have almost nothing in common with the aforementioned birds similar to how Buzzy Beetles are nothing like real beetles. Ravens are corvids with sharp, black beaks and wide wings. The Ravens of the Mario series are slow-moving, wingless, with elliptical beaks which resemble more a nose than a beak. The only similarities are the coloring of the birds, the sound they make and, only in Paper Mario, their ability to fly.
- They're most likely based off from mynah, hence their French name.
Names in Other Languages
|From 「九官鳥」Kyūkanchō, the Japanese name of the Common Hill Myna. It is sometimes rendered as 「Ｑちゃん」, because the name of the letter Q is pronounced Kyū in Japanese.|
|French||Mainate (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)
Raven (Super Princess Peach)