Super Leaf

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Super Leaf
A brown and orange leaf.
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
Effect Turns Mario / Luigi into Raccoon Mario / Racoon / Fox Luigi (Super Mario Bros. 3 and New Super Mario Bros. 2), Tanooki Mario / Kitsune Luigi (Super Mario 3D Land) or gives karts a tail (Mario Kart 7).

A Super Leaf is one of the many power-up items in the Mario series. Super Leaves originated in the game Super Mario Bros. 3, where they turn Mario into Raccoon Mario. As such, Mario or Luigi will grow raccoon ears and a raccoon tail. This tail has many functions. A move of the Super Leaf is using the tail the Bros. get to spin nearby enemies by pressing the B Button Button. Second, if Mario or Luigi is in the air, he can descend slowly by wagging the tail. Third, Mario and Luigi can use the tail to hit a ? Block/Brick Block to make the item pop out or break the Brick Block.


Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Leaves first in the game Super Mario Bros. 3. The item transforms Mario or Luigi into Raccoon Mario or Raccoon Luigi (respectively). If they run for long enough, the P-Meter will become full. When this happens, they can jump and fly by holding A Button. They can also float down slowly by holding A Button. If they hit B Button, they will swing their tails, which can activate ? Blocks and kill enemies.

Super Mario 3D Land

After a long absence, Super Leaves reappear in Super Mario 3D Land; however, they turn Mario into Tanooki Mario, and Luigi into Kitsune Luigi (a.k.a. "Tanooki Luigi"). In spite of the change, the Tanooki forms granted by Super Leaves still act as Raccoon Mario, but without flight. Bowser's forces are given "Raccoon" forms from the Super Leaves he's stolen. Additionally, the leaves in this game were redesigned by being given stripes, eyes and a "bite" mark. They are also tied into the game's plot, rather than just mere power-ups. It is revealed in the game's opening that Mushroom Kingdom's Super Leaves grow from a rare tree called the Tail Tree (on account of its oddly-shaped bough). During a storm, Bowser stole all of the tree's mythical leaves by blowing them up from the tree, using them to power-up his minions and bestowing them with tails to attack and float around. There is also a variation of the Super Leaf in the game called the Invincibility Leaf, that gives Mario a glowing, white Tanooki costume, and makes him invincible. Mario can only obtain this power-up if the player has lost five lives in a level. Another item similar to the Super Leaf is the Statue Leaf, which turns Mario into Statue Mario and allows him to turn to stone for an certain amount of time (essentially functioning as the original Tanooki Suit did, except there is still no flight and the transformation is done through a Ground Pound, lasting much longer). The Super Leaf's new design makes it look similar to the symbol of the Animal Crossing series.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Super Leaves also appear in the side-scrolling Mario game, New Super Mario Bros. 2, having the same design from Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. Unlike in Super Mario 3D Land, they retain their original effects from Super Mario Bros. 3 and turn Mario or Luigi into Raccoon Mario or Fox Luigi, respectively. However, Luigi keeps his Japanese fox (kitsune) tail and ears that were first seen in Super Mario 3D Land in his Tanooki Suit, or in his case, a "Kitsune Suit". While in this form, the P-Meter appears in the bottom left corner of the top screen and Mario can run for long enough to fill it up to fly by holding A Button or B Button. He can also glide down by holding A Button or B Button. He can swing his tail with X Button or Y Button to activate ? Blocks and kill enemies. In addition, if Mario loses five lives in a level, a block with an Invincibility Leaf inside appears, just like in Super Mario 3D Land. The only difference is that it changes Mario or Luigi into White Raccoon Mario or White Fox Luigi, respectively. In this form, Mario is invincible and the P-Meter fills up much faster. He can still be killed by falling into lava, bottemless pits or by being squished between two walls, and falling into Poisoned Water.

Super Mario 3D World

Super Leaves return in Super Mario 3D World and are used as they were in Super Mario 3D Land.

Mario Kart series

The Super Leaf can be seen as the logo for the Leaf Cup in Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Mario Kart 7 and onwards uses the 3D Land design for the logo.

Mario Kart 7

Super Leaves appear as an actual item in Mario Kart 7. Here, they create a tanooki tail on the back of the kart which doubles as an offensive and defensive feature. Pressing L Button or X Button swings the tail which can hit other karts and protect the player's kart from other items such as Green Shells. However, if the tail was hit by shells without actually spinning it, the tail will disappear. When activated, the Super Leaf lasts for 10 seconds, or until the player spins out, tumbles over, or being a target of a Spiny Shell.

Interestingly, the tail replaces the kart's propeller when used underwater; and, like its the past installments, it has a positive effect when airborne, making air glides longer. When used excessively while airborne, the kart will glide to longer distances than usual.


See also

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーこのは
Sūpā konoha
Super Leaf
Chinese 超级叶子 Super Leaf
Dutch Superblaadje Super Leaf. The suffix -je means that something is small.
French Super feuille Super Leaf
German Blatt Leaf
Italian Super Foglia Super Leaf
Korean 슈퍼나뭇잎
Syupeo Namutnip
Super Leaf
Portuguese Folha/Super Folha Leaf/Super Leaf
Russian Суперлист Superleaf
Spanish (Americas) Superhoja Super Leaf
Spanish (Europe) SuperHoja Super Leaf


  • In the NES version of Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Leaves were green while in the inventory or taken inside Toad Houses, and brown when found in a level. In reference to this, in Super Mario 3D Land, the Super Leaves fresh on the Tail Tree are a lively green.
  • What appear to be small, green Super Leaves can be seen on the head of the Tanoomba and Tashrooba enemies from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.
  • According to the comic book story "It's Always Fair Weather", Super Leaves are grown on a plant labeled as "Magic Leaf Raccoonius".
    • In Super Mario 3D Land, Super Leaves are seen in a tree. This tree may be one of this species.
  • In "Sneaky Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas", Mario and Luigi managed to find a huge Super Leaf hidden within an equally large Block in Giant Land. Due to the Super Leaf's size, Mario and Luigi were both seemingly able to obtain Raccoon Power by touching the single leaf at the same time.
  • Super Leaves were originally supposed to be in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, but were taken out and replaced with Leaf stickers and Shiny Leaf stickers.
  • The emblem of the Animal Crossing series looks very similar to the current design of the Super Leaf, albeit without the eyes and stripes.