"Hey, Mario! Lots of people use something called a 'door' to go in and out of their houses..."
Toad hails from the Super Mario Bros. series of games. He is a citizen of the Mushroom Kingdom and is a retainer of its royal family, the kin of the famous Princess Toadstool, or Princess Peach. In Japan, he is known as "Kinopio."
Toad first appeared as a playable character in Super Mario Bros. 2. His agility, weak jumps, and swiftness in picking up objects makes him unique among the other playable characters.
The word Toad sometimes refers in general to a denizen of the Mushroom Kingdom. Many of these Toads look like the Toad of Super Mario Bros. 2, but they are not the same person. They debuted in Super Mario Bros. under the title "Mushroom retainers," greeting Mario after all but the last of the boss battles with Bowser. Their recurrent words at these points in the game are now famous: "Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!"
Toad's personality is elaborated upon in Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64. In each, he is childishly peppy and encouraging, virtually never showing an unhappy moment. His soft, goofy appearance and delightful disposition make him a hallmark of the Super Mario Bros. series.
Selected game appearances
- Super Mario Kart (1992)
- Super Mario All-Stars (1993)
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
- Kirby Super Star (1996)
- Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)
- Mario Party 5 (2003)
- Mario Kart DS (2005)
- Super Mario Galaxy (2007)