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~ President Koopa's most famous line when he tried to devolve Mario with a devolution gun and instead turned a random business man into said aninal.
Soon I'll have the rock and the Princess Daisy. Then I'll finally be able to merge our world with theirs and get rid of the mammals!
~ President Koopa talking over his scheme with Lena.

President Bowser Koopa is the main antagonist of the 1993 live-action film Super Mario Bros., which is loosely based on the Super Mario Bros. video game. He is basically the film's version of Bowser.

He was portrayed by the late Dennis Hopper, who also played the Deacon in Waterworld, Frank Booth in Blue Velvet, Tom Ripley in The American Friend, and Howard Payne in Speed.


Koopa's personality is similar to Bowser in the games at the time. However, he is shown to have a straightforward and comprehensible motive in regards to mutually merging both dimensions, citing that he intends to use Daisy to merge them for the future of his species, especially since his species has to go through several hardships that stem from the synchronous world being a nearly complete wasteland.

Despite this, Koopa still sees himself as a villainous, calculating and manipulative person; while pretending to be a lawyer for Mario and Luigi, he tells them that he is "one evil, egg-sucking son of a snake", and doesn't deny this after his true identity is revealed. He even passed out a law that arrests people for singing songs that insult him, and another law that arrests people for being plumbers.

Koopa is also shown to be a germophobic person. In his first appearance when he rants about how he rules the world overwhelmed with fungus and slime, he dunks his hands in boiling mud in an attempt to sterilize them. When he first meets the Mario brothers, he shakes their hands, but wipes his hand off with tissues afterwards; after assaulting Luigi soon afterwards, a police officer spray his hands with disinfectant, and even later has a laboratory technician de-evolved into primordial slime simply for sneezing in his presence. He also has relaxation in a mud Jacuzzi right before ordering Lena to bring Princess Daisy before him.


Koopa is a middle-aged man with sea green eyes and blonde hair with streaks of gray shaped into a crown who dresses in a black business uniform. Although he is human in appearance, he is actually a highly evolved Tyrannosaurus rex.

After he was de-evolved by the Mario brothers, he gained eyes with slit pupils, spikes on his head, a reptilian tongue and his face morphing into being more reptilian. Near the end of the film, he's de-evolved into a semi-humanoid tyrannosaur before morphing into his true dinosaur form that resembles a gigantic tyrannosaurus rex.


When Daisy's mother goes under the sewers of Brooklyn, Koopa appears behind her and interrogates her "where's the rock". She knocks a large piece of wood on him, then rocks fall on her, killing her whilst Koopa survives.

In Dinohattan, a parallel universe whose inhabitants evolved from dinosaurs, Koopa talks about how the place gets worse everyday and how our dimension is better compared to Dinohattan. He talks about how 65 million years a meteorite struck to Earth. Spike and Iggy, both Koopa's henchmen and cousins inform Koopa that they've captured Daisy. Koopa then questions them "where's the rock". When he finds out that they don't have the meteorite piece he tells them that without that meteorite piece he won't be able to merge between dimensions. He questions them where it is. They tell Koopa that Mario and Luigi took it. He says "Plumber alert" to the police. After the Mario brothers are reported a voice says that there are plumbers and that there will be 2,000 coins if someone finds the Mario brothers.

Mario and Luigi are eventually captured and imprisoned and they eventually seen by Koopa who is disguised as a lawyer named Larry Lazard. When he asks the plumbers about the meteorite piece, he doesn't get the answer he wants so he orders his men to take them to the evolution chamber to be de-evolved.

The two plumbers watch as Koopa de-evolves a citizen named Toad into a goomba as a punishment for singing songs protesting his reign. However Mario and Luigi end up shoving him into the evolution chair and set the dial to de-evolve him too. Fortunately his men stop the process, but the damage is done as some of Koopa's previous Tyrannosaurus features have returned. Furious, he swears the plumbers will die.

Later Koopa is mad with Iggy so he has him apparently de-evolved, instead Koopa gives him higher intelligence because he always knew his minions were moronic and Spike seems happy with his seeming promotion and his companion's fate, until Koopa reveals he had the test programmed for both of them and although Spike screams in protest, he actually benefits from the upgrading, he becomes more intelligent like his cousin. Koopa orders the two to set off and kill or capture the Mario brothers. They do so.

Koopa gets into an argumentative discussion with Lena, his girlfriend, because Lena wants to take control and become the chosen one to merge the dimensions but Koopa wants to do it himself and kill everyone else. Koopa betrays Lena and when Spike and Iggy return from their mission (having actually befriended the Mario brothers) Koopa orders their execution in his anger. However, Spike and Iggy escape by siding with Daisy. This sparks a rebellion against Koopa.

Finally, Koopa ambushes Daisy and steals the meteorite shard, planning to cause the portal. Daisy confronts Koopa about betraying her father, the King, and "killing" him but Koopa reveals the King's still alive, albeit in fungus form. Koopa imprisons Daisy and the plumbers, but delightfully orders a pizza to celebrate his success. Lena, enraged by Koopa's betrayal, electrocutes herself to death when trying to open the portal. Koopa stands to prepare the portal and announces to the city of Dinohattan that he's making history, then humorously asks where his pizza is. Then the portal is opened, and Koopa steps inside, getting transported, with his bodyguard Goombas, to the city of Manhattan. Koopa is overjoyed at "being home" and announces that he will turn everyone into monkeys. He does with the boss of the construction site, shrinking him into a monkey. Koopa then famously mocks him with "Monkey!".

However, Mario and Luigi escape their cells with Daisy and the other captives, and they pull Koopa back into the dinosaur city. An epic battle ensues in the center of Dinohattan, but when Koopa gets the upper hand, Mario sets off a Bob-omb which walks through the city. A taxi driver narrowly hits it, and tersely waits until the bomb walks by.

Mario and Luigi then arm themselves with De-evolve guns and shoot Koopa mutating him into a humanoid Tyrannosaur. Suddenly the Bob-omb that Mario activated earlier explodes underneath the platform where Koopa is standing, knocking him into an empty building tank.

There is sudden silence and Mario and Luigi go over to the place where Koopa fell. Suddenly with a monstrous roar, Koopa appears again in his true dinosaur form, scaring the plumbers and some of the other citizens. The Mario Brothers then use the guns again, this time turning Koopa into "primordial slime" - the lowest form of life which drips out of the tank and spills into the street below. With Koopa finally gone, everyone cheers. The citizens then begin destroying all his voting posters to erase his evil memory.


Where's the rock?!
~ President Koopa's first spoken lines.
Here's what's logical to me: If you do not return with the plumbers and the rock, I shall personally kill you.
~ President Koopa talking to Iggy and Spike.
~ President Koopa
Hiddy ho mammals.
~ President Koopa
Give me the rock, you fool. It's mine! Give me that rock!
~ President Koopa
And now, I'm gonna make a monkey outta you, plumber!
~ President Koopa
~ President Koopa's last words before getting de-evolved by Mario and Luigi and turned into primordial slime.





  • Throughout the film, billboards of President Koopa are seen.
  • King Koopa's de-evolution gun is a Super Scope, a bazooka-like accessory for the Super Nintendo.
  • Before Dennis Hopper was cast as President Koopa, Christopher Walken, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Keaton, Tommy Lee Jones, James Woods, Kevin Spacey and Tim Curry were all considered for the role of President Koopa, but turned down the role.
  • In an early concept art, King Koopa was originally going to wear armor that resembled his gaming counterpart.


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Koopa Troop
Bowser | Baby Bowser | Count Koopula | Bowser Jr. | Captain Goomba | Chain Chomps | Koopalings: (Larry Koopa | Morton Koopa Jr. | Wendy O. Koopa | Iggy Koopa | Roy Koopa | Lemmy Koopa | Ludwig Von Koopa) | Kamek | Toadies | Kammy Koopa | Paper Bowser | Paper Bowser Jr. | King Boo | King Bob-omb | Petey Piranha | Gobblegut | Torkdrift | Elite Trio | Goombas | Boom Boom | Pom Pom | Boos | Koopa Troopas | Hammer Bros | Reznor | Bloopers | Bob-ombs | Piranha Plants | Burt the Bashful | Salvo the Slime | Roger the Potted Ghost | Red & Blue Goomba | Goomba King | Koopa Bros | Tutankoopa | Tubba Blubba | Shy Guys | General Guy | Lava Piranha | Huff N. Puff | Crystal King | Koopa Kids | Hoo | Blizzaurus | Army Hammer Bro

8 Bit Club
Wart | Mouser | Tryclyde | Birdo | Shy Guys

Secret Society of X-Nauts
Sir Grodus | Lord Crump | Shadow Sirens | Doopliss | Shadow Queen

Elder Princess Shroob | Princess Shroob | Sunnycide

Count Bleck's Minions
Count Bleck | Nastasia | O'Chunks | Mimi | Dimentio | Mr. L

Folded Soldiers
King Olly | Handaconda | Paper Macho Soldiers
Legion of Stationery: Colored Pencils | Rubber Band | Hole Punch | Tape | Scissors | Stapler

Smithy Gang
Smithy | Exor | Mack | Bowyer | Yaridovich | Axem Rangers | Blade | Count Down | Domino |

Beanbean Kingdom
Queen Bean | Popple | Rookie | Beanies | Mechawful | Sharpea | Troopea | Beanerang Bro | Clumphs | Lakipea

Cackletta and Fawful's faction: Cackletta | Fawful & Dark Star (Midbus, Fawful Express, Fawful Mountain, Super Peach's Castle of Fury, Crawful, Snawful, Chain Chawful, Fawflant, Fawful Guy, Fawfulcopter, Fawflopper, Mawful Mole, Mechawful)

Antasma | Belome | Best Fitness Friends | Big Guy the Stilted | Black Jewel | Bonechill | Booster | Bouldergeist | Brobot | Broodals: (Topper | Harriet | Spewart | Rango) | Bugaboom | Chuckolator | Cookatiel | Cortez | Count Bleck's Father | Count Cannoli | Croco | Culex | Dino Piranha | Dodo | Donkey Kong | Donkey Kong (Mario VS Donkey Kong) | Draggadon | Foreman Spike | Francis | Giga Lakitu | Glamdozer | Gloomtail | Gooper Blooper | Grouchy Possessor | Grubba | Harsh Possessor | Hisstocrat | Hooktail | Jojora | Jr. Troopa | Kaptain Skurvy | Kent C. Koopa | King Croacus | King Kaliente | King K. Rool | Kritters | Lamp Scam Snifit | Lena | Lucien | Madame Broode | Major Burrows | Metal Mario | Mario | Mechawiggler | MegaBug | Mizzter Blizzard | Mollusque-Lancuer | Nabbit | Overset Possessor | Peewee Piranha | Peps | Phantamanta | Portrait Ghosts: (Neville | Chauncey | Bogmire | Biff Atlas | Boolossus | Sir Weston | Vincent Van Gore) | President Koopa | Prince Pikante | Rabbids: (Phantom of the Bwahpera | Rabbid Kong) | Rawk Hawk | Ricky | Rollodillo | Rudy the Clown | Ruined Dragon | Sabasa | Shadoo | Shake King | Shrewd Possessor | Skellobits | Smorg | Squizzard | Tatanga | Three Little Pigheads | Tolstar | Topmaniac | Tough Possessor | Tower Power Pokey | Valentina | Viruses | Waluigi | Wario | Watinga | Whomp King | Wigglers | Wingo | Wracktail | Yellow Belly/Helio


Big Bad Wolf | "Crime Wave" Clyde | King Koopa | Robot Princess | Wizardheimer

See Also
Donkey Kong Villains | Luigi's Mansion Villains | Wario Villains

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Touchstone Pictures
Bleak | Graydon | Judge Doom | Toon Patrol (Smartass, Greasy, Psycho, Wheezy & Stupid) | Gale Nolan | Thomas Perry | Richard Cameron | Howard Hyde | Walter Boyett | Zack Gregory | Philip Stuckey | Big Boy | Lips Manlis | Breathless Mahoney | Flattop Jones | Itchy | Mumbles | Stooge Viller | Dr. Leo Marvin | Hugo Snyder | Oogie Boogie | Lock, Shock and Barrel | James "Jimmy" Shaker | Maris Conner | Malik | Cyrus Grissom | Arachnids | Raymond Calitri | Elijah Price | Orange Man | Lo Fong | Nathan Van Cleef | Daisy | Adina | Roberta | Spence | Jimmy | Dragons (Bull Dragon) | Green Alien | Bill Cutting | Nelson Rathbone | Wu Chow | Zaphod Beeblebrox | Frankie and Benjy | Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz | Vogons | Humma Kavula | Gag Halfrunt | Gene Carson | Stephanie | Zero Wolf | Middle Eye | Lionel Canter | Julian Assange | Dino Brewster | Tybalt | Fawn | Terrafirminator | Hilly Holbrook | Jerry Dandridge | Evil Ed | Roland | Bog King | Kevin Wendell Crumb | Ellie Staple

Hollywood Pictures
Spiders (General Spider & Queen Spider) | Mrs. Mott | Dr. Victor Mott | President Koopa | Lena | Goombas | Captain Frye | Captain Darrow | General Hummel | Mrs. Collins | Blood Countess

Miramax Films
Izabella Scorpio | Conrad Cuppman | Joe Cabot | Mr. Blonde | Eddie Cabot | Mr. White | Mr. Pink | Mr. Blue | Mr. Brown | King Mighty One-Eye | One-Eyes (Zigzag & Phido) | Marsellus Wallace | Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield | Zed | Maynard | Pumpkin | Yolanda | Mark Renton | Francis Begbie | Sick Boy | Roxie Hart | Billy Flynn | Velma Kelly | Fred Casely | Cook County Jail inmates | Bill Cutting | Boss Tweed | Deadly Viper Assassination Squad | Bill | Elle Driver | Budd | Vernita Green | O-Ren Ishii | Sofie Fatale | Crazy 88 | Johnny Mo | Gogo Yubari | Buck | Esteban Vihaio | Matsumoto | Sir Edgar | Heston

Dimension Films
Top Dollar | Grange | Myca | Santánico Pandemónium | Richard "Richie" Gecko | Seth Gecko | Billy Loomis | Stu Macher | Debbie Loomis | Mickey Altieri | Roman Bridger | Marybeth Louise Hutchinson | Aliens | John Milton | Mr. Lisp | Alexander Minion | Fegan Floop | Ms. Gradenko | Robot Children | Donnagon Giggles | Gary Giggles | Gerti Giggles | Felix Gumm | Vice-Counsel DuPont | Andrew Brandt | Toymaker | Demetra | Willie Stokes | Marcus Skidmore | Ethan Roark Jr. | Ethan Roark | Patrick Henry Roark | Mr. Electric | Minus | Stuntman Mike | Jill Roberts | Charlie Walker | Chloe | The Timekeeper | Tick Tock | Ava Lord

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