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Nya ha ha!
~ Bowyer's signature laugh.

Bowyer is a major antagonist in the 1995 SNES role-playing video game Super Mario RPG: Legend of The Seven Stars, serving as the main antagonist of the second star arc. He is a minion of the Smithy Gang who was created by its leader Smithy.


Whilst looking for the second star, Mario and Mallow come across Rose Town, a village which is being attacked by creatures called Aeros, who paralyse their victims on contact. At one point, Mario and Mallow follow a mysterious character called Geno, who is actually a doll possessed by a star, into the Foest Maze.

Eventually, Geno comes across Bowyer, who is shown on-screen for the first time. Geno prepares to fight Bowyer and his Aero minions alone, but Mario and Mallow eventually step in to help him defeat the deranged creature.

Later, Mario, Mallow, Geno, Bowser, and Princess Peach encountered several mass-produced Bowyer copies in Smithy's factory. Bowyer also appeared in the parade during the credits, where he is hit by Smithy with a hammer for his failures.


Bowyer resembled a giant bow with legs and eyes. He has spiky red hair, wears white gloves and shoes and has a red and yellow body. In-game he has blue eyes, though his official artwork depicts him with red eyes.


Bowyer has a hyperactive and upbeat personality with a penchant for destruction. He appears to be deranged, with him saying his signature laugh, "Nya ha ha!" frequently. He appears to dislike being disrupted when scheming, based on his reaction when his Aero minions showed him the star they found in the forest.

Powers and Abilities

  • Button Freezing: Bowyer could freeze certain buttons and render them useless to the player.
    • Move Disabling: Bowyer could, in the process, render the player incapable of either fighting normally, using items, or casting magic.
  • Lightning Blasts: Bowyer could summon blue lightning from the sky to blast his enemies.
  • Arrow Blasts: Bowyer's signature attack where he grabs his Aero minions and string them into his body to shoot them like arrows at his opponents.


997! 998! 999! 1000! Nya ha ha! 1000 arrows! For cover they run, nya! Nya! Another 1000 I will shoot. Happy I am, nya! Look...LOOK at thier expressions when freeze they do!
~ Bowyer's first words in-game when amassing all of his arrows to destroy Rose Town.
What? WHAT? Disturb me you must not! Busy I am! More arrows must I shoot! More statues must I make, nya!
~ Bowyer when a Flunkie brought him the second Star Piece.
Gnya, NYA!? A stranger you are...and strange looking at that! Teach you, we must, who is in charge.
~ Bowyer when confronted by the then unidentified Geno before initiating his boss battle.
Nya! NYA! Angry I am! Nya! A lesson I will teach you!
~ Bowyer when Geno demanded that he hand over the Star Piece at the start of his boss fight.
Gnya! Nya!!! Strong you are. But stronger am I! Hurt you, I will! So long, nya!! Part, now, we must! Nya nya NYA!!
~ Bowyer when Geno got the upper hand.
Knock knock! Nya! Insulted, I am! Nya! Now three against one! Nyat FAIR! Fix it, I will, nya!
~ Bowyer when Mario joined the boss battle.
Shoot an arrow I shall! When a target it hits, that Button... LOCKED!
~ Bowyer before disabling many of Mario's party's abilities and his final words before his death.


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