|“||I HAVE FURY!||„|
|~ Fawful's most famous quote.|
Fawful, known in Japan as Gerakobits (ゲラコビッツ, Gerakobittsu), is one of the main antagonists of the Mario & Luigi series, serving as the secondary antagonist of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, a minor character in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, the main antagonist of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser and the overarching antagonist of Bowser Jr.'s Journey.
He was the right-hand toady of Cackletta in Superstar Saga and later became his own master as well as the master of Midbus. He is an eccentric Beanish genius who is notable for speaking in grammatically incorrect English and making obscure food metaphors (e.g. "And this battle shall be the delicious mustard on that bread!...The mustard of your doom!"). Fawful is a mechanical genius, but his common sense suffers due to his extreme rage which often causes him to act in a delusional manner.
He was voiced by Nami Funashima in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story with high pitched laugh effects being used for him for Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
Though his past is largely unknown, Fawful is inferred to have been a long-time follower of Cackletta prior to the events of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and names himself as a pupil of hers in-game. He is officially confirmed to have gained his status as the greatest of Cackletta's students through his evil genius.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Fawful accompanied Cackletta to the Mushroom Kingdom, where he aided her in stealing the Princess's voice. While the two were on their way to the Beanbean Kingdom, they encountered the Mario Bros. and Bowser, who had formed a temporary alliance to stop the two villains. Taking care of Bowser, Fawful attacked the Mario Brothers. The Bros. destroyed Fawful's Headgear and then beat him. Unfortunately, Fawful summoned another Headgear and used it to knock Bowser's Koopa Cruiser out of the sky. Fawful appeared again attacking Beanbean guards in the mountains. When Mario and Luigi encountered him, he summoned a large stone to block their path.
Fawful was later seen when Cackletta made off with the Beanstar and summoned Queen Bean to attack the Bros. He then attacked Woohoo Hooniversity with Cackletta; it was there that they planned to awaken the Beanstar with Princess Peach's voice. Why they chose this location specifically is never mentioned. The plan didn't work out so well; it seemed the Princess was aware of the villains' plan and had gone into hiding, and the Princess whose voice had been stolen was Birdo. Birdo's squawking voice irritated the Beanstar so much it smashed through the floor and then the Mario Bros. showed up. The Bros. took out Fawful by hammering him into the ground and then fought Cackletta who they defeated and crippled. Fawful sucked his mistress's energy into his Headgear and planned to attack the Mario Bros., only to be stopped and flung through the roof by Prince Peasley. Landing in Stardust Fields, Fawful found an unconscious Bowser (formerly Popple's Rookie) whose body Cackletta possessed. Cackletta then began to call herself Bowletta.
Fawful appeared again guarding Joke's End where he stole the Beanstar from Luigi after seeing through a fake one. Like Bowletta, Fawful was fooled by Luigi pretending to be the Princess (leading to Bowletta releasing the real Peach and swiped Luigi instead) and as a result, the plumber was able to steal back the Beanstar.
Fawful showed up again as the penultimate boss in Bowser's Castle. Fawful, here suited in a skin-tight pink suit with a wing-like cloth under its arms, now had a large mecha that looked like his head and could shoot lasers. Also, Fawful could attack the Bros. with an electric antenna in his head. Sometimes, he would come out of his mecha and use electric bolts at the Bros., or he could fly away and then charge at one of them. Mario and Luigi could only attack Fawful when the mech overheated and he was forced to come out. After beating him in battle, Fawful tried one last ditch effort to beat the Mario Bros. but only ended up being knocked out of the castle by Luigi and his Hammer. He seemingly exploded as he fell, implying that was the end of him, and an apparition resembling Fawful reappears as one of Cackletta's attacks in the final battle, which would imply that he is dead; however, future events seem to prove that this is not actually Fawful and merely a generation of him.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Fawful returns in the sequel to Superstar Saga, confirming his survival but does not play an antagonistic role this time. He owns a badge shop named Fawful's Bean n' Badge beneath Peach's Castle where the baby Mario Bros. (who are the only ones that can enter his shop) can trade Beans for badges. He is clad in a similar outfit to the one that he wore during his previous battle although this version is silver and white skinsuit with a curved collar instead of a spiked blue collar and pink one. He does not recognize the Bros' infant counterparts as the Mario Bros themselves, though he does comment that they seem rather familiar. Despite his attempt to make a more honest living, he foreshadows his eventual return to villainy in Bowser's Inside Story, by saying that he had before giving the heroes a hint as to their next objective.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Fawful again makes his latest appearance in this game as the main antagonist, serving as Bowser's arch-nemesis. Fawful now has his own henchman Midbus to act as his brawn. He tricks Bowser into eating a vacuum mushroom and takes control over him. Bowser sucks up the Mario Bros., Peach, Toadsworth, and a number of Toads into his stomach bloats, then falls unconscious, leaving Peach's Castle for Fawful. Bowser wakes up early and escapes from the cave Fawful put him in at Cavi Cape but Fawful encounters him again outside and boasts about fooling him and his plan to take over the Mushroom Kingdom. Right at that moment, Bowser's Castle is under siege by Fawful's forces which easily take the castle. Fawful somehow brainwashes most of Bower's minions (But traps some of them in cages scattered across the game) and Bowser's Castle is remodeled changed to Fawful Theater. After a long walk, Bowser eventually reaches Fawful Theater, where Fawful takes him onstage to fight Midbus. After Bowser Defeats Midbus, Fawful leaves and has his brainwashed Boos take Bowser to a Buffet full of extremely unhealthy foods, and force-feed him until Bowser's immense weight gain causes him to get stuck in the floor. Fawful takes Princess Peach out of Bowser's body, so he can use her for his plan later on. Bowser gets unstuck and manages lose his weight, but ignites a storage area full of bob-ombs, and he is blasted all the way back to Cavi Cape.
After finding a pipe leading out of Bowser, Mario, Luigi and Starlow hear Fawful searching for the Dark Star in the Toad Town caves and attempt to reach it before he does. Unfortunately Fawful is able to reach it before them and makes quick work of the security system guarding it. Just as the three of them enter the room, Fawful blasts them all away and boasts to the Mario brothers about awakening it and having anyone who opposes him "beat like naughty little eggs." He then flies off to Peach's Castle, completely taking it over, and attaches the Dark Star a machine that drains Peach of her powers in order to break the seal on the Dark Star. The Mario Bros. attempt to reach the castle but the slowly awakening Dark Star creates a dark barricade on the bridge. Fawful then sends a Fawfulcopter out to them that he uses to boast and mock them more as they are forced to withdraw.
Way later in the story, after collecting the three Star Cures that form the Miracle Cure that cures the Blorbs, the Mario Bros. are able to use the cure to destroy the barricade although it also vanishes in the process. When the Bros. and Starlow get to the castle's courtyard, they find the whole castle is full of Fawful's minions, and have to traverse through the dangerous fortress until they finally reach where Fawful has been awakening the Dark Star. Fawful was using a sort of magic that Princess Peach had to awaken it, which weakens the princess immensely.
When the Dark Star awakens, Fawful rushes over to it and uses his vacuum helmet to absorb its power, but Bowser interrupts him before he can gain more than half of it. He becomes the much more powerful Dark Fawful. The Dark Star enters Bowser's body, against the will of him, and starts to absorb some of Bowser's DNA. The Dark Star slowly generates a clone of Bowser, and this leads to the Bros. trying to stop the Dark Star before it can become more powerful.
After the Bros. attempt and fail to destroy the Dark Star, it leaves Bowser's body and transforms into a weakened Dark Bowser. As Bowser and Dark Bowser are convering, they both hear Fawful calling for the Dark Star so he can drain it of the rest of its power. Dark Bowser then remembers that Fawful was the one who drained it and leaves the room in search of him. Bowser tries to follow him but instead runs into Dark Fawful who, in his anger at not getting all of the Dark Star's power, initiates the castle's transformation into 'Super Peach's Castle of Fury' and flies back into the castle. The giant robot then crushes Bowser but, thanks again to the Mario Bros. he is able to grow to giant size and fight with it. It should be noted that the robot castle is also capable of generating black holes, which shows how intelligent Fawful is, at least when it comes to technology.
Bowser damages the castle robot enough for it to resume acting like a regular castle, Re-enters the castle, fights Dark Fawful and defeats him, destroying most of him, but still lives as a smaller being made of Dark Matter. He escapes and is then inhaled by the Dark Star, completing its dark power and finally completing Dark Bowser. Bowser chases Dark Bowser, who also has an unconscious Princess Peach, to the top of Peach's Castle. The Final battle begins. During the Battle after Dark Bowser loses 1000 HP, Dark Fawful Bug heals him and powers him up making him huge. Punching Dark Bowser's stomach makes him spit out what's left of Fawful and lose his power-up. Bowser can then inhale him for the Mario Bros. to fight. Once he falls into him he turns into a gigantic fusion of Fawful and the Dark Star. By breaking Fawful's glasses and his three-leg appendages, the Bros. can finally directly damage the Dark Star Core, the source of all the negative energy.
When the core is destroyed, Dark Bowser is severely weakened, and Bowser lands the final blows. The Dark Star is finally destroyed for good, and the purple wind and bleak sky disappears, restoring the light to the Mushroom Kingdom. As for Fawful, he survived the battle, though he was reduced to a head and fading without the Dark Star to sustain him. He feigning remorse, he gives one psychotic smile in his final attempt to destroy the Mario Bros, self-destructing during one final suicidal attempt in a massive explosion that, instead of destroying them, forced them and all of the Toads out of Bowser. The Mushroom Kingdom returns to normal, thus bringing Dark Fawful's mad reign to an end, and ending the mad Beanish once and for all.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Fawful reappears in this 3DS remake serving the same role as in the original game. However, he is also the main antagonist of the game's side-story Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser. In Minion Quest, Fawful brainwashes many of Bowser's minions under his command by spraying them with a gas that only minions with unwavering loyalty (or high “Minion Spirit”) are immune to. Fawful originally planned to enslave Bowser, who he found unconscious on Hoohoo Mountain, but after Bowser awakened and escaped his grasp, Fawful decided to brainwash the Koopalings instead with an extremely potent version of his mind-controlling gas.
Fawful then ordered them to conquer different parts of the Beanbean Kingdom so he and Cackletta can take control of it entirely. However, Captain Goomba and his Goomba Squad managed to defeat each Koopaling in battle, freeing them from mind control and relinquishing each region they’ve conquered. Fawful fought the Goomba Squad at Bowser’s Castle where he was seemingly defeated. Although this was a ruse to trick the squad into working for Bowletta (who was disguised as Bowser). When Fawful was confronted by them a second time, he sent them down into the lower parts of the castle, where he battles them with his robotic forces and was eventually defeated for real, thus ending his plans. However, this presumably takes place before the events of his final battle since he was still within the castle.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
Fawful serves as the main antagonist in the 3DS remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. In the game's side-story Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Fawful is the bigger bad, as he is the one who assigned the Best Fitness Friends to steal Bowser's Castle from Bowser Jr. and the Koopa Troop while Bowser is away. He only appears twice in the mode, at the beginning where he instructs the Best Fitness Friends to infiltrate Bowser's Castle while he captures Bowser at Peach's Castle. Later in Dimble Wood, Fawful obtains a Vacuum Shroom from Dieter and uses it to make Bowser suck up Peach and the Mario Bros.
Super Smash Bros.
Fawful appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a neutral-type primary spirit, who grants a boost to electrical attacks when equipped. His spirit battle is a Stamina battle against Iggy Koopa equipped with a Rocket-Belt and R.O.B. on the Prism Tower stage.
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
Fawful is fought twice in the first game and is first fought on the Koopa Cruiser as the second boss. When he starts the fight he is wearing his headgear which allows him to fly, though it has no effect on the battle, and he has 18 HP, 13 POW, 28 DEF, 1 SPD (In the remake he has 30 HP, 6 POW, 6 DEF and 5 SPD), no weaknesses and he only has one attack.
- Energy Blast: Fawful will yell "Fink-rat!" and the color of his text determines which brother he will target. The headgear will then shoot a green and yellow ball of energy at the targeted brother and they must jump over it to dodge.
After enough attacks the headgear will explode and Fawful will be left on the ground. In this phase of the battle Fawful has 12 HP, 13 POW, 28 DEF, 20 SPD (In the remake he has [WIP]), no weaknesses and he still only has one attack which is relatively simple to dodge.
- Roll: Fawful will run up to one of the brothers and attempt to roll into them, this move can be countered by jumping and he can be hurt if you land on him.
After beating him, Fawful does not give EXP and concludes the battle on his own terms instead of exploding like most other enemies and bosses.
Fawful is fought for the second time as the penultimate boss of the game in Bowser's Castle. He is now wearing a skin-tight pink wingsuit and has an antenna which drastically change how he fights. He starts the fight in his Fawful Dome, a machine that has 0 HP, 95-125 POW, 999 DEF, 80 SPD (In the remake it has 24 HP, 100 POW, 147 DEF and 110 SPD), is weak to jumps and hammers and has 2 attacks. Fawful can open the dome and has 3 attacks, during 2 of these he can be damaged and he has 400 HP, 105-150 POW, 175 DEF, 120 SPD (In the remake he has 880 HP, 180 POW, 147 DEF and 110 SPD) and no weaknesses.
- Spiral Blasts: [WIP]
- Energy Spin: After dealing enough damage, the dome will begin to rapidly spin and create 5 energy balls that circle around it, at first you block the move by hammering them but if you can't get them in time it switches to dodging them by jumping over them instead.
- Energy Sparks: Fawful will open the dome and shoot out energy sparks one-at-a-time. The shadow will go over whichever brother is being targeted and it will fall, he can stop them in mid-air to confuse the brothers, and the Bros. will need to hammer them back at him. After finishing the attack Fawful will close the dome.
- Dive: Fawful will open the dome and swing his arm, which arm he swings determines which brother he will target. He will then jump high into the air and then glide towards the targeted brother who needs to hammer him to block the attack. After finishing the attack Fawful will close the dome.
- Energy Beam: Fawful will open the dome and start charging a beam, during this Fawful Blocks will fall down and hover above both brothers. The Bros. have to repeatedly jump to break them and then jump over the beam Fawful shoots out of his antenna as it goes from one Bros. to another. If they cannot break the blocks in time there is no way to dodge the attack. After finishing the attack Fawful will close the dome.
After doing the energy spin attack, the dome will overheat and Fawful will jump out and frantically fly above it for a few turns before retreating back into the dome. After beating him, Fawful gives 1500 EXP and always drops a golden mushroom but has a 61.29% chance of dropping a 1-UP super (In the remake Fawful gives 999 EXP and always drops a space suit).
Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Fawful is fought twice in the third game and is first fought by Bowser as the penultimate boss of the game in Peach's Castle. During the events of the game, Fawful has absorbed half the Dark Star's power and has transformed into Dark Fawful. He has
- Chandelier Swing:
- Rocket Charge: In the remake, the previous attack is actually replaced with a new one. Fawful will fly back off-screen and then, using his headgear, quickly charge at Bowser 3 times. The first is from the front and needs to be punched to block it and the second is from behind and needs to be ducked to dodge and the third is a repeat of the first.
- Shooting Stars:
After a few turns, the headgear will detach from Fawful and not reattach after the turn ends. Bowser can then inhale it and now Mario and Luigi can fight it, in this battle the vacuum helmet has 2 attacks and 1 other move.
- Vacuum: This is an unavoidable move where the vacuum helmet will inhale one of the brothers' command blocks and they be unable to use it for a few turns.
- Energy Blast:
Fawful is fought for the second time as part of the final boss by Mario and Luigi in Peach's Castle. After losing the last fight, Fawful died and was reanimated through the dark power he had stolen as a large black head with interchangeable limbs (2 crab-like arms and 4 spider-like legs) and was then absorbed by Dark Bowser and merged with the Dark Star Core. During the fight between Bowser and Dark Bowser, Fawful is not seen until after Dark Bowser loses all his HP and collapses which is where he uses his first move.
- Healing Aura: Fawful will use the power of the Dark Star Core to create a glowing hot pink aura around Dark Bowser that fully heals him. If Dark Bowser is depleted of his HP while Fawful is outside of him, Fawful will run back to Dark Bowser and do this move.
After being healed, Dark Bowser will grow much larger which now makes his belly vulnerable. If Bowser punches the belly, Dark Bowser will cough up Fawful and revert to normal (In the remake he will then use all 3 of his normal attacks directly afterwards). Bowser then has to inhale Fawful which will cause Dark Bowser to also try to inhale him back in, if Dark Bowser wins you have to redo the Dark Bowser fight but if Bowser wins you move onto the second fight. Fawful will fall into Bowser's body where the Bros. can fight him, he will then use the Dark Star Core to grow huge. In this form he has 5 different areas to target, two glasses and three appendages. To attack his legs you need to destroy his glasses (In the original you could still destroy his legs since he couldn't retract all of them but in the remake he can retract all legs by grabbing the ceiling. His glasses have
- Chase: Fawful will use the power of the Dark Star Core to cloud the area in darkness and will then appear as only his head (In the remake he also has his arms which he uses to drag himself forwards). He will then begin to chase the Bros. as the Dark Star Core will attempt to ram them into his mouth, the color it glows determining which brother it will target, getting faster as the attack goes on. If a brother is hit twice, they will be close enough for Fawful to eat them. After dodging the core enough times, the brothers will reach a portal and escape before Fawful can catch them. In the remake Fawful can only use this attack after the second time he's been inhaled. After destroying all of his legs, Fawful will fall and become immobilized while the Dark Star Core is now in reach. It has 1560 HP, 204 POW, 131 DEF, 154 SPD (The challenge medal changes it to 2340 HP, 510 POW, 197 DEF, 231 SPD and in the remake, while there is no hard mode option, its stats have been changed to 2070 HP, 205 POW, 147 DEF and 150 SPD), no weaknesses and has 2 attacks.
- Spear Swing: The Dark Star Core will create a long spear-like limb from its star and swing it around in circles. For a few rotations the attack will not hit the brothers on the ground, but it will move down to trick them into jumping into it. After several rotations it will begin sliding on the ground and has to be jumped over. From the second time onwards that the Dark Star Core uses this attack, it will follow it up with a dark missile that will deal massive damage to whichever brother it hits and likely will make them dizzy. The target is determined by the rotation of the spear from earlier, clockwise for Mario and counter-clockwise for Luigi. The missile needs to be blocked with a hammer and it will fly back and damage the Dark Star Core.
- Dark Orb Spin: In the remake, the previous attack is actually replaced with a new one. The Dark Star Core raises a bunch of dark orbs of varying sizes from the ground and spins them in a circle around it. To dodge the attack you have jump over each of them though the core can lift some up so that jumping makes you hit them and if a brother hits an orb it will disappear. After multiple rotations, the core will rise high above and bring all the remaining orbs up to it to create a dark missile, the size of the missile depending on how many orbs are remaining. The bigger the missile, the more damage it does but it will still likely inflict dizziness regardless. The shadow will move to the targeted brother and needs to be blocked with a hammer and it will fly back and damage the Dark Star Core.
- Dark Laser: The Dark Star Core will turn its star into a circle and begin charging a laser. In the time it takes before shooting, Starlow will appear and the brother have to grab onto her to avoid the laser. She will fly up if both brothers grab on or if the laser is about to fire. The laser deals massive damage and inflicts poison.
If you cannot defeat the Dark Star Core within a few turns, it will suck up Fawful and fly out of Bowser and back into Dark Bowser. If you defeat the core it will die in a massive explosion and Dark Bowser will become immobilized. Since it is the final boss, neither Fawful, the Dark Star Core or Dark Bowser drop anything.
Powers and Abilities
- Durability: Fawful could take multiple powerful hits without damage with the most extreme example being when he was launched out of Bowser's Castle's mouth and fell all the way down but later turned up alive and seemingly no lasting physical damage.
- Enhancement: During the final battle at the end of Superstar Saga, Fawful unveiled an unnamed but more powerful outfit and an antenna-like protrusion from his head in place of his hair that he would retain until Bowser's Inside Story. Although unnamed in the original, the character profiles for the Minions' Quest sidemode of the remake refers to this version of him as Most Furious Fawful Z.
- Flight: Fawful can fly by flapping his arms while wearing his wingsuit, though he is seen visibly struggling and sweating profusely.
- Energy Sparks: Fawful can fire sparks of energy out of his antenna bulb and can stop them in mid-air as they are moving.
- Energy Beam: Fawful can fire a large beam of energy out of his antenna bulb but he needs to charge for a few seconds to use it.
- Intelligence: Despite being completely insane, Fawful was a genius, designing armies of robot soldiers and saucers to use during his invasion of the Mushroom Kingdom and designing his masterful Vacuum Helmet seemingly by himself with some Sid from Cackletta.
- Manipulation: Fawful was also good at manipulation, tricking Bowser into eating his Vacuum Shroom with just a few choice words and later tricking him into another trap.
- Speed: Despite being physically weak, Fawful was extremely fast on his feet to the point of dodging one of Bowser's sliding punches.
- Vacuum Helmet (Headgear): Fawful's signature weapon which he could use for various purposes. It was his only machine to appear in more than one game though in both appearances it did not look the same.
- Flight: The Vacuum Helmet could fly with its rockets and can suspend both itself and Fawful in the air.
- Energy Blasts: The Vacuum Helmet could fire large yellow and green balls of energy from the space like top. These were strong enough to knock Bowser out of commission with one hit (as seen when he ambushes them on the Koopa Cruiser), take down the Koopa Cruiser with just a few blasts, and stun both Mario Bros after being defeated in the original game.
- Vacuum: The Vacuum Helmet could create a swirl of incredibly powerful wind to absorb things into his helmet which is shown to be anything from Cackletta's soul to the Dark Star's power.
- Power Transfer: The Vacuum Helmet was shown to be able to transfer the energy it collected into Fawful seeing as the Dark Star's power it absorbed transformed him into Dark Fawful.
- Fawful Dome: During his final battle against the Bros in the first game, Fawful utilized a massive green dome resembling his face (dubbed by the targeting reticle as "Fawful Dome.") It is left in the castle after his defeat and was likely destroyed along with the castle it was in when it blew up and fell into the ocean.
- Durability: The Fawful Dome took any attack that the Mario Bros perform on it and refused to open and isn't even dented. However, if attacked enough or if it attacks too much, it will overheat, burning Fawful and making him eject so that he can be hit.
- Spiral Blasts: The Fawful Dome could fire pink spirals out of its eyes to look outwards and then inwards, injuring the Mario Bros if they make contact.
- Floating Platform: Fawful used a floating, spinning platform to get around in Bowser's Inside Story. It's ultimate fate however is unclear since it stopped appearing after Fawful stole the Dark Star. However, it was likely put into storage by either the Koopa Troop or Mushroom Kingdom as a reminder of his invasion.
- Ray Gun: A device Fawful carried around on his belt which served a various array of purposes and was a very helpful invention for Fawful.
- Extraction: Fawful's gun fired spiral projectiles at it's target's host which caused a large yellow glowing hand to appear inside the host and search for it's target. Once it finds it's target it snatched them away and brought them out of the host and to the holder.
- Ice Beam: The gun fired a white beam of ice that altered a target's DNA, giving them ice powers and overall just making them stronger.
- Fawful Express: A train constructed by Fawful and piloted by the Monty Bros.
Powers and Abilities
- Dark Powers: Near the end of Bowser's Inside Story, Fawful absorbed half of the Dark Star's power and got new abilities as a result
- Umbrakenesis: After absorbing half of the Dark Star's power, Fawful gained the ability to manipulate darkness.
- Flight: Dark Fawful could fly at will without having to lift a finger, creating a trail of darkness behind him and making the same sound the Dark Star does when it moves.
- Dark Energy: Dark Fawful could create balls of dark energy from his hands that he can attack his opponents with, when they hit someone they have a chance of lowering their defence.
- Portal Creation: Dark Fawful could create up to four dark portals at a time which he can send attacks through.
- Sustainability: Dark Fawful was able to stay alive (as the Dark Fawful Bug) despite Bowser having basically killed him.
- Dark Powers (Dark Star Core) Transformation: After losing his body and being reduced to a shadow of his former self both physically and mentally, Fawful was absorbed by Dark Bowser and merged with the Dark Star Core, gaining a new form and new abilities in the process.
- Vacuum Helmet (Headgear): Dark Fawful retained his signature weapon but this time had an AI that allowed it to fight by itself.
- Flight: The Vacuum Helmet could fly with its rockets and can suspend both itself and Fawful in the air.
- Energy Blasts: The Vacuum Helmet retained the ability to fire large white and blue balls of energy from the space like top.
- Healing: Presumably due to being enhanced by the Dark Star, Dark Fawful's vacuum helmet was able to spray him with a purple gas that makes him recover health.
- Super Peach's Castle of Fury: During the events of Bowser's Inside Story Fawful usurped Peach's Castle and remodelled it in his own image. Along with this he also turned it into a giant robot that could change between its castle and robot forms at will.
- Transformation: The castle could turn into its robot form whenever needed and switch back just as easily.
- Speech: The castle had a massive speaker in its mouth that allowed it to speak, something every other giant boss lacked.
- Flight: The Castle had rockets in all of its towers and the main building though it only used them to land after being thrown by Bowser and not in the actual fight.
- Black Hole Cannon: The castle had a cannon that came out of the middle tower that can fire black holes.
- Energy Beams: The front towers could fire massive energy beams strong enough to knock a giant Bowser back considerably.
- Missiles: The back towers could fire multiple missiles in succession at an enemy.
- Invisibility: The entire castle could turn invisible using technology based on Boos.
- Shield: The castle could surround itself with an impenetrable pink shield that could not be destroyed though it could still be knocked back.
- Ray Gun: Dark Fawful retained his gun for combat but it had turned red and could now fire multiple star projectiles that fly in circles.
- Bowser's Castle (Fawful Theater): After taking Bowser's Castle for himself, Fawful remodelled it and gave it a few new abilities.
- Flight: The castle was equipped with multiple rockets that it uses to fly through the kingdom, dodge projectiles and to charge at opponents
- Cannon: The castle's Bowser head could retract and a cannon came out to fire a massive cannonball
Powers and Abilities
- Limb Retraction: Fawful could switch modes in his smaller form between four spider-like legs and two crab-like arms but cannot have both out at the same time. In his giant form he can retract all of his limbs and the Dark Star Core can detach itself at will.
- Healing: Fawful could fully heal Dark Bowser every time he fell, meaning that, if Fawful wasn't dealt with, this fight could literally go on forever (well, until the dark hurricane eradicated the world at least).
- Corruption: Fawful's mere presence inside Bowser's body caused the area h was in to become twisted and warped.
- Size Manipulation: Using the power of the Dark Star Core, Fawful could grow many times his normal size, becoming a towering giant and being able to have both arms and legs out at the same time.
- Regeneration: Fawful could regrow limbs after they've been destroyed.
- Veil of Darkness: The Dark Star Core could release clouds of darkness that turn everything pitch black.
- Charge Blast: The Dark Star Core could charge up and shoot out an extremely powerful laser.
- Kamikaze Tornado: In a last ditch effort to kill the Mario Bros. Fawful grew to massive size and exploded into a dark tornado, killing himself in the process.
- Arms: The Dark Star Core had no weapons but his arms could be used to strike his enemies.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Fawful's Laugh (Dark Star Core)
Fawful is There (Fawful & Midbus' Theme)
Swirling Shadows (Fawful & the Dark Star's Theme)
A Fateful Clash! (Dark Fawful's Battle Theme)
In the Final (Dark Bowser & the Dark Star Core's Battle Theme)
- Aside from Bowser (who is in nearly all of the Mario games anyway), Fawful is the single most recurring villain in the Mario & Luigi series.
- The reason for Fawful's bad grammar is because his creator, the game's designer and illustrator Masanori Sato, envisioned him to be a parody of bad English translations and dubs in the spirit of 4Kids.
- Despite being Fawful's signature and most recognized piece of equipment, the Vacuum Helmet makes very sparse appearances in the series. It disappears from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga after Luigi steals the Beanstar, is completely absent from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, but returns very briefly in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story where it is used to absorb the power from the Dark Star to the battle with Dark Fawful where it is destroyed. Though it looks noticeably different from the one in Superstar Saga, with two white eyes instead of a mouth of jagged teeth along with some other differences, so it could be an upgraded version.
- Fawful could also be a mirror to E. Gadd in a similar way that Wario is to Mario, except that Fawful and E. Gadd don't seem to personally know each other. They both have a single strand of hair, similar blue glasses, a short body with a semi-childlike appearance and a talent for building machines.
- In the remake of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, there is a photo hung up in one of the Woohoo Hooniversity battle backgrounds that seems to resemble Fawful. This could imply that he used to go there and was notable enough for this picture to still be here and even possibly explain why he and Cackletta chose this place to attempt to awaken the Beanstar. It is unlikely that the picture will still be there after the attack for obvious reasons. It should be noted that this isn't confirmed which is why this isn't in his history.
- In the remake of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the scene of Fawful alerting Cackletta and her summoning the Koopalings has been removed so that the side mode's story fits better with the main game's. Oddly enough, sprites exclusive to that scene like Bowletta laughing in the throne are still in the game's files.
- At the end of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Fawful's hair is replaced by a long antenna with a yellow bulb. He still has this in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time but it is gone by the time of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. There is no known reason for the antenna... it could be a machine Fawful built, it could be a spell from Cackletta but there is no canon explanation for why it suddenly appears and just as mysteriously disappears.
- Fawful does not refer to himself in the third person until after his defeat in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (excluding the remake which has him say it a few times in the side mode) which, along with his rant in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, could imply that he was truly starting to lose himself long before losing himself to the Dark Star's power.
- Fawful is one of the few recurring Mario villains not affiliated with Bowser in any way (although Bowser was used in his schemes) unless you count Bowletta.
- Fawful is also currently the only recurring Mario character to be permanently killed off and not even show up as a ghost.
- Towards the end of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, Fawful can be seen starting to drift away toward Cackletta's plan hinting he may have planed to overthrow her from the start. It is also possible that he lost respect for her after her multiple failures since he mentions that he is just realizing that he did most of the work and didn't need her before the last fight in that game and he easily could have left her behind after their defeat at Woohoo Hooniversity.
- This is backed up by the remake as in the side mode Fawful is manufacturing an army of prototype Mechawfuls in the lower part of the castle and is shown more than ever drifting away from Cackletta, even rejecting a direct order of hers to fight the Bros. together.
- In the original American release of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, during Fawful's second battle, Popple's theme is mistakenly played. In any other version, it is the correct Cackletta's theme.
- In all versions of the remake, Cackletta's battle theme is played as intended.
- Despite Cackletta being the main antagonist of Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga, Fawful was the one who set the game's events into motion, and was even responsible for reviving Cackletta.
- In the remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Fawful's voice clips have been slightly modified to sound very slightly deeper instead of the super high-pitch voice he had in the original. His voice as the Dark Star Core seems to be the same as it was in the original though.
- In the remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Fawful has quite a few sprites never used in the game such as a talking angle never used and his head facing normally in the angle of the scene in the Bob-omb Depot (These are not the same as his battle sprites).
- It is possible that Fawful learned about the Boo technology he used to make his castle turn invisible from Yikk, a long dead professor studying Boos whose tower was taken over by Fawful and turned into a giant robot as well.
- In both the original and the remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Cackletta's theme can briefly be heard in the Deep Castle track which could possibly allude to Fawful becoming more like his master over the course of the game wether he realizes it or not. In the remake this part of the song is more noticeable than it was in the original.
- Dark Fawful's outfit is also very similar to the one Cackletta wore in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and his battle theme is a remix of her's (which he also did use once in that game but I digress). Also in the remake his collar color was changed from grey to mauve and the inside of his mouth is now blue instead red (possibly implying all his insides are darker colors now), likely to fit the cooler color scheme and further differentiate this form from his normal one.
- They are also similar because both have lost their bodies and become a creature only vaguely resembling their former selves and then fought and died inside of Bowser.
- In the remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Peach's Castle is completely different visually. In the original it was merely beat up with Fawful decorations scattered around and machinery coming out of the walls. In the remake the castle has been completely remodeled with the amount of Fawful decorations drastically increased, the castle now looks more metallic, dark clouds loom above long before the final boss and the castle has a darker color palette. This obviously also means that Super Peach's Castle of Fury (the final giant boss in the game) now has a new color scheme to match the castle.
- The castle now has many more details, such as pillars with a recreation of the Fawful Dome on top of them and the desk in Peach's Bedroom now has a framed picture of Fawful, a monitor, a toolbox, some notepad pages pinned to the wall and blueprints for Super Peach's Castle of Fury which may imply that Fawful stole the bedroom for himself.
- While in the original Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Super Peach's Castle of Fury comes out of nowhere with the only foreshadowing being machinery strewn about the castle, in the remake there is more foreshadowing: the castle looks more metallic already, there are blueprints in the bedroom and there is way more machinery in and outside the castle.
- In the original Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Fawful has unused sprites of him laughing with large empty glasses and seemingly getting electrocuted. It is possible this is either for an unused scene or when he was attempting to absorb the Dark Star's power (This sprite is in the gallery if you're interested).
- While the Mechawfuls' antenna reference Fawful's antenna from the days of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, it is possible the Dark Mechawfuls foreshadow Fawful's core form later in the game. They have red "glasses", their antenna has a black star on it that can fire a laser very similar in appearance to the one the Core can fire and when their heads fly out of their bodies they even have claws that resemble the ones Fawful has in his smaller form.
- In the original Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Dark Fawful had the normal boss theme. In the remake both him and the Dark Star got their own themes, Dark Fawful's being a slower and more twisted recapture of Cackletta's battle theme from the first entry in the series titled "A Fateful Clash!".
- In the remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Dark Fawful's stats have been raised with the exception being his speed.
- In the original Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Dark Fawful could be beaten without destroying the Vacuum Helmet if your attacks dealt over three hundred damage because that's how much it heals, in the remake this number was boosted to 500 HP to keep players from cheesing the fight.
- Dark Bowser and Fawful inside him are likely a thematic parallel to Bowser with the Mario Bros. inside him.
- In the remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, the final boss backgrounds have been changed. While the outside one is very similar it now shows intense dark gales and debris being carried by it. Some the debris are broken Fawfulized Peach statues, trees and leaves. The inside Bowser background is drastically different from what it was originally. In the original it was a chaotic mess of all colors with the floor inverting palettes and the background changing colors. In the remake it has a consistent color scheme and there are multiple twisted organic Fawful shaped holes in the walls.
- In the original Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, you could skip breaking the glasses by using special moves in the final battle because Fawful couldn't retract all his legs. In the remake this was fixed by having Fawful always retract any legs you target, grabbing the ceiling and retracting all of them if you use a move that targets more than one.
- In the remake of Bowser's Inside Story, Fawful laughs and points at the Bros. before transforming into his final boss form but is missing a lot of sound effects including but not limited to the laugh when he grows, a lot of the noises he makes in attacks and the glass shattering noise when he falls.
- In the French version of Fawful's final monologue, he laments about his past and actually mentions Cackletta, calling her a "hysterical hag".