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|“||I am not afraid of you, fool! I fear only that infernal Poltergust 3000 you carry on your back! Stupid machine! But I am a KING among Boos! I swear it... I shall fear no mere house-cleaning device!!||„|
|~ King Boo prepares for the final battle in Luigi's Mansion.|
|“||Mwah ha ha! Now what do we have here? Why, if it isn't my old pal Luigi! Or is it Baby Luigi? I can't tell the difference. Hey, remember that time you trapped me in a painting for all eternity? Good times. But guess what? I GOT OUT! And now I'm painting the town RED! Yes, it was I who broke the Dark Moon! This power-enhancing jeweled crown of mine made it easy. And now that all the ghosts of Evershade Valley are under my control, it's time to take my rightful place as supreme ruler of your world! You, that annoying scientist, and all your friends will look great hanging from the wall of my throne room!||„|
|~ King Boo facing Luigi at the end of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.|
King Boo, also known as the Master of Illusions, and mistakenly known as Big Boo in Super Mario 64 DS, is a major antagonist in the Mario franchise.
He is the main antagonist of the Luigi's Mansion sub-series, serving as the main antagonist of all three games. He is also a major antagonist in the Super Mario series and occasionally appears in other spin-off series. He appears under different shapes and roles, most commonly as a boss character. He made his debut in the first Luigi's Mansion game.
As his name suggests, he is the king of the entire Boo race. He is also the archenemy of Luigi as Bowser is to Mario. Despite having the same name and role, the King Boo from the main games seems to act differently from his first appearance in the Luigi's Mansion spinoff.
He is voiced by Toru Asakawa, who also voices Dry Bones in the Mario games starting with Mario Party 7.
In the Luigi's Mansion series, King Boo appears as a large Boo with magenta eyes, an indigo tongue, and gray body that is sometimes shrouded in shadows. He also wears a gold crown that has a large magenta jewel embedded on top of it. In the first Luigi's Mansion game, his eyes and crown jewel were originally red in color and his tongue was originally blue in color.
In various other Mario games, King Boo resembles other Boos, albeit larger and wears a smaller crown that has tiny red and blue jewels on the rim instead of a large one on the top.
Besides possessing the abilities of other Boos, including the ability to teleport, King Boo has a number of other magical powers. Notably, it should be mentioned that King Boo's power increases when he is in the presence of other Boos. King Boo also has the incredible power to materialize things out of thin air. He has also shown the ability to create Boos, bubbles, and blue fire, which he spits out of his mouth.
Although King Boo is a lot larger than regular Boos, he is not the largest of the Boos. However, even gigantic Boos like Boolossus follow his leadership despite their superior size. This is likely because he is the most intelligent and the most powerful of the Boos. King Boo seems to have a passion for gambling, as the entrance to each wing in Luigi's Mansion was modeled after a playing card suit (spade, club, heart, and diamond), he is fought atop a slot machine in a casino in Super Mario Sunshine, and (though this is non-canon), his Rival match in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics Games is at Bingo Highway, a casino-themed stage from Sonic Heroes.
King Boo also has an extreme dislike for the Mario Bros., due to their constant intervention in the plans of the Boo leader and others of his kind, especially towards Luigi. He shows a bit of a snarky side in Dark Moon when he confronts Luigi with a speaking line "Remember when you trapped me for all eternity in a painting? Good times.". Lastly, King Boo has a distinct cackle, which is significantly lower in pitch than other Boos.
King Boo hates spicy things, as throwing a jalapeno pepper in his mouth will set his tongue on fire and make him vulnerable.
King Boo is notably darker in the Luigi's Mansion series than in other games. King Boo initially was much fairer in his rule, going out of his way to save a high-ranking Boo and generally acting fond of his own troops. He despised the Mario Brothers, and so plotted to get rid of them by capturing Mario and then tricking Luigi so he could store them both into paintings. This grudge also extends to Princess Peach and her Toad Retainers in the third game, despite them having nothing to do with his imprisonment. He also hates Professor E. Gadd since his Poltergust is only the thing that can harm him.
In the sequel, all King Boo's altruistic traits have been rendered null. King Boo, after his first defeat, started to loathe Luigi even more than E. Gadd and Mario, to the point of conducting an elaborate revenge scheme involving shattering the Dark Moon and causing the benevolent ghosts to fly out of control. King Boo is consumed by revenge and notably cares little for his troops, experimenting on the ghosts he enslaved and broke into submission and treating his Boos as common casualties. It reaches the point where King Boo willingly opens a portal to the ghost's homeworld with the intent to destroy the universe as an act of spite. King Boo is noticeably less comedic and more openly cruel to Luigi, as well as sadistic, clearly relishing the terrified Luigi's pain with his mind games.
In Luigi's Mansion 3, King Boo (though his plans are far smaller in scale compared to the previous game) seems to be even more determined to achieve his vengeance, sadistically taunting Luigi over the capture of his friends and family while becoming visibly infuriated by his forces' inability to stop him. Despite being freed by her, he shows no affection for Hellen Gravely or her efforts to impress him, openly stating that he wasn't confident that her plan would work when confronting Luigi, refusing to give her the opportunity to make up for her shortcoming and later disregarding her entirely for her failure upon her capture.
He eventually becomes fed up with relying on other ghosts to do his dirty work, deeming them all as useless, and instead decides to forego carefully laid out plans and traps in favor of tackling his enemies directly. During the final battle, he focuses himself entirely on removing his opposition to the point where he is willing to trap The Last Resort and everything around it inside a painting simply to get rid of Luigi. He further shows how much he hates him by attacking him right away despite Mario and Peach being there. Overall, this version of King Boo is a purely evil spirit who disregarded any care he had concerning his subjects. He is the evilest villain in the Mario series by far.
Powers and Abilities
- Dark Magic Manipulation: Using his crown, King Boo can create dark magic to make anything appear or happen.
- Superhuman Strength: King Boo has shown himself to be very strong, able to send heavy balls of a single load to the ground to fly and, during the events of the first game, pull Luigi around the rooftop like battlefield whilst being sucked up by the Poltergust 3000.
- Flight: As with all Boos, King Boo is capable of self-propelled flight.
- Teleportation: King Boo can make himself fade out of existence and fade into existence at will in a different location.
- Ground Pound: King Boo's primary attack during Luigi's Mansion 2 where he pulls off a variant of Mario's Ground Pound attack by flying up and hitting the ground hard enough to generate shock waves on concrete which stun Luigi upon contact.
- Portrait Entering: King Boo can enter paintings at will and seemingly escape from them at will, although he cannot do this after escaping. The only reason that he was able to escape was because of Boolossus before the events of the first game, because E. Gadd sold his painting between the two games, and because of Hellen Gravely during the prologue of the third.
- Conjuring: King Boo is able to conjure up anything from nothing; like an entire mansion or a painting.
- Fire Breath: King Boo is able to spit blue flames from his mouth.
- Pyrokinesis: It is also shown that he can shoot fireballs from his crown.
- Imprisonment in Paintings: King Boo is able to trap people in paintings; as he did with Mario three times, the Toads as well as with Peach. He does this by firing an energy blast from his crown and shooting the enemies into a blank painting.
- Power Enhancement: King Boo is able to increase his own powers, whether with the presence of other Boos or with the jewel on his crown.
- Power Gust: King Boo's most powerful "attack" in Luigi's Mansion 1 which he does when Luigi tries to enter his Secret Altar with the key from Vincent Van Gore if less than 40 Boos have been captured. He will call upon his minion's power and summon a massive gust of wind strong enough to launch Luigi back to the foyer, though how this occurs is unclear since the screen fades out when he's flying away and fades back in to Luigi recovering in the Foyer.
- Duplication: King Boo is able to duplicate himself, into two, three or more copies.
- Illusions Creation: True to his nickname, King Boo is able to create realistic illusions.
- Energy Manipulation
- Energy Blasts: King Boo, from his second grown onwards, can fire a massive purple beam of energy from his crown which was strong enough to shatter the titular Dark Moon in Luigi's Mansion 2 with one blast.
- Electrokinesis: King Boo can control lightning such as when, during his battle during the second game, he he can summon purple lightning to strike certain squares indicated by them glowing. This appears to be the answer to Bowser's pyrokinesis, though it is also shown that he can use pyrokinesis as well.
- Portal Creation: A charged up lightning blast from King Boo's crown was able up a massive portal during the penultimate level of Luigi's Mansion 2, leading into the final "area" of the game, although a massive influx of ghosts prevents Luigi from immediately following. He seems to have lost this power following the destruction of his second crown.
- Ghost Summoning: After the defeat of Big Boo in the penultimate mansion in Luigi's Mansion 2, King Boo summoned a plethora of ghosts to invade this realm which would have torn it asunder had they not been stopped by Luigi.
- Size Change: King Boo has shown himself to be much taller in Luigi's Mansion 2 than in Luigi's Mansion which he does at will after every time Luigi lands a hit on him as an extra segment in that game.
- Technopathy (possibly): King Boo may have intercepted Luigi's teleportation, but the process for doing so is unknown.
- Telekinesis: King Boo was to destroy E. Gadd's laboratory, levitate E Gadd and the Toads and then throw them into a painting during the climax of Luigi's Mansion 3 using just the power of his mind.
- High Intelligence: King Boo is much more intelligent than the rest of his race. He was able to set up complex plans as well as deceive and manipulate Luigi many times.
- Mind Control: In Luigi's Mansion 3, King Boo revealed that he was controlling the Ghosts with the jewel on his crown.
- Bowser Suit: In Luigi's Mansion, King Boo is completely helpless outside of his Bowser Suit and will be helpless for a short time outside of it. However, once he gets below 200 HP, the suit's head will fly around and fire ice breath at Luigi to freeze him in place and leave him open to further attacks and give King Boo a chance to re-enter the suit.
- Ground Pound: Ironically, King Boo's main attack in Luigi's Mansion 2 was also his undoing since he would project red spikes around the area to roll around as the arena tilts and he unleashes his attack. Coaxing him into hitting one of the spikes will damage him and cause the giant segment before restarting the fight with him having less health.
King Boo and Bowser
Many fans speculated due to the Bowser Robot that King Boo used in his first battle against Luigi, as compared to the other mechs in the Mario universe, this one looks quite realistic. As the Mario universe has no set timeline, fans say that it is possible for Bowser to get killed and King Boo to be inhabiting his corpse. As the last game before King's debut was Paper Mario set in Japan as Mario Story, people say that one of the ghosts in the first mansion is reading Mario Story, which can be a historical book. Also, fortune-teller in the mansion exclaimed that King Boo could possibly revive Bowser, which means that King Koopa was already dead. There are several visions of the situation:
- King Boo revives Bowser and takes his place as Koopa King, so in future games, Bowser gains supernatural abilities to stay alive even when burned to the bones like in New Super Mario Bros. with his Dry Bowser form. Then, King Boo which we see is actually just a Big Boo with a fancy crown, imitating King Boo. This can be canon due to the blue supernatural fire of Bowser, his Dry Bowser form (which also explains that regular Boos inhabit Dry Bones and are confused, when the player beats them only for Boos to return into skeletons), and the gold portrait of King Boo, showing him and Bowser having a confrontation.
- King Boo revives Bowser and they make an alliance against Mario Bros, so King Boo is able to revive Bowser anytime when he gets killed and takes his body until Bowser recovers. This version means that King Boo looks like a regular Big Boo because of the loss of his enchanted power-crown, which gives him incredible battle powers and creepy look. This can be canon due to the pose of Bowser in the portrait, like having sleep before King Boo inhabits him, and also a gold portrait of King Boo, showing his confrontation with Bowser.
- King Boo and Bowser are one and the same person. After his death, Bowser turns into a ghost, namely Boo, but still has some of his magic powers, which allowed him to bow Boos to his will. Then, he recreates his body (or creates a very similar mech) to inhabit it. However, he was unable to fully recover, so he traps Mario, though fails in capturing Luigi. This theory provides a thought of Boo-Regent like the one in the first variant. This can be canon due to Bowser having a good relationship with Boo and also quote of King Boo of Mario "giving him many troubles in the past". Also, this can be considered canon, as Bowser still has powers to be revived, as it is done not only by himself, but by Bowser Jr., Koopalings, and Kamek on several occasions.
- That the Bowser fought in Luigi's Mansion is actually a powerful illusion created by King Boo. In Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Boos are seen sealing Toads inside portraits and using "Spirit Balls" to make objects invisible. These paranormal phenomenons are referred to as illusions by Professor E. Gadd and King Boo is referred to as the Master of Illusions much later in the game. It could be possible that the previous game's final boss fight was some sort of illusion Luigi was trapped in and had to fight his way through in order to save his brother. (Perhaps the same could be said for the titular fake mansion itself.)
Two King Boo's
There are fans who believe that there exist two King Boos in the series, and that is due to King Boo's appearances. For example, after King Boo's first appearance in Luigi's Mansion, King Boo later on made his second appearance in Mario Kart Double Dash!! which had his design changed to him being a regular Big Boo with a golden crown. This new design was used for the rest of the Mario games ever since, until Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon in 2013 where his original appearance from Luigi's Mansion came back. This led some fans to believe that the King Boo from the Super Mario series wasn't the same King Boo from Luigi's Mansion.
It's revealed later in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon that Professor E. Gadd has sold the portrait of King Boo from Luigi's Mansion at a garage sale (a car boot sale in British English versions), which is how the king escaped. When Luigi faces off King Boo again as the final King Boo says "Hey, remember the time when you trapped me in a painting for all eternity? Good times." Which means King Boo was trapped in that painting for many years, but this was quite odd was since King Boo had appeared in other Mario games after his first appearance. Because of this, fans believed that the King Boo from the Super Mario series was not the true king.
And in 2019 when Luigi's Mansion 3 was released, King Boo returns as the main villain of the game and later on when he is defeated, his purple gem in his crown was taken by Luigi which later on vanishes from his hands after the final battle. King Boo is later on seen in credits captured but his face is still the same with his eyes surrounded by a black shadow with a dark indigo mouth and tongue. Some fans believed that the gem is the reason why King Boo looked different but it looks like this explanation is debunked due to his face still looking the same even without the gem on his crown.
Alas, there may be two King Boo's in the series and the King Boo that always appears in the Super Mario series was a replacement ever since the true King Boo was captured by Luigi in Luigi's Mansion. The true king got replaced because the Boos needed a new king, and that is why he looks completely different in Super Mario and Luigi's Mansion: The former has the second King Boo, while the latter has the first. Years later, the Boos would learn of the original king's fate, making it possible that the Boos disguised themselves to buy the original king.
In Mario Kart Tour, both King Boo's appear in the game after they were first revealed in the Halloween tour. The King Boo from Luigi's Mansion appears in the game but the Lakitu Host refers him in the trailer as "King Boo from Luigi's Mansion", and he didn't refer to him as an alternate form like the other Mario characters who have alternate outfits, which might suggest that there really are two King Boo's in the Mario universe, even though it has not yet been confirmed by Nintendo.
Just like Bowsette, Booette is a fan-made form of King Boo (or regular Boos) which was created uploaded onto the internet. On September 13, 2018 Nintendo created their new trailer for the video game New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. In the trailer, a new power is seen for Toadette named the Super Crown. When Toadette uses this power, she transforms into Princess Peach.
After the trailer, On September 19, 2018, a Twitter user posted a comic, from which Bowsette and Booette originate. After Mario and Bowsette made Peach jealous, Luigi is seen thinking of doing the same thing to Princess Daisy. Which he did, he gave the crown to King Boo, making Booette a reality.
Luigi's Mansion series
Super Mario 64 DS
|“||Right here, fools! Right under your noses! Now bring me my 10 coins!!||„|
|~ King Boo's introduction in Mario Party 8|
|“||Look at this little scrap. Friend of yours, is he? Well, if you like your friend, you better stop attacking me! Now, don't go thinking it's OK to attack my little minion either. Who knows what could happen if he dropped your little friend there... You got that?||„|
|~ King Boo in Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam|
|“||Heh heh heh! I saw that Alpine Downhill event of yours yesterday! Looks like you need to take a lesson in speed from ME! And that lesson starts today! I challenge you to an Alpine Downhill match! Hee hee hee!||„|
|~ King Boo's rival appearance in the Wii version of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games|
King Boo's Laughter
- King Boo's quote, "I don't plan to give up my favorite decoration. I like Mario where he is." is a quote derived from Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi, when Jabba the Hutt said, "I don't plan to give up my favorite decoration. I like Captain Solo where he is."
- Luigi is canonically the only Mario character to fight King Boo more than once, due to King Boo being his arch-enemy.
- In the English version of Super Mario 64 DS, King Boo was called Big Boo.
- In the Mario Party 9 Sound Test, there are two voice sounds with the name "King Boo's Entrance"; one is King Boo and the other is actually Boo.
- The Japanese, Dutch and Korean names for King Boo use the English word for king, instead of a word in their own dialects.
- Although he commands a large band of Boos, not all Boos call King Boo their leader, with some Boos working directly for Bowser, and many others living peacefully with the other denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom, either independently or as part of a small band of Boos led by Lady Bow.
- In the pre-release version of Luigi's Mansion, King Boo resembled Big Boo from Super Mario 64.
- King Boo's design in Super Mario Sunshine is a prototype of his Mario spin-off titles appearance.
- King Boo's design in the Mario spin-off titles debuted in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
- King Boo's Luigi's Mansion appearance also made an appearance in Mario Kart Tour.
- It is possible that King Boo's malicious and destructive behavior following his first defeat was a result of his new magical crown corrupting him and driving him to madness.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Luigi's Mansion 3