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Fun facts about Toad, Nintendo’s most confusing character

Toad is a constant in nearly every Mario game, from classic platformers to sports spinoffs. Toad also has his own game, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker. Although he’s been in every Mario Party, Mario Kart, and Paper Mario game to date, not much is known about this mysterious, raspy-voiced Nintendo character. So who is Toad?

Toad was first introduced in Super Mario Bros. in 1985, described as a race of people living in the kingdom of Peach. But Toad is much more than just a mushroom-shaped sidekick. Here are some lesser known facts about Toad.

Who is Toad in the Mario games?

Captain Toad isn’t the first time Toad has been a hero

Toad is often portrayed as a sidekick, either cowering in fear of Bowser or playing funny jokes at Mario. Fans of the character were thrilled to see Toad shine in Captain Toad, where he’s finally introduced as the main hero. But Toad has actually been the main protagonist in the past.

The first time Toad was the sole protagonist in a Nintendo game was in Wario’s Woods. In this 1994 puzzle game, Toad is on a mission to defeat Wario. It is revealed that Toad has incredible strength and is able to physically throw Wario with ease.

The mushroom on Toad’s head could be a hat

Many people think of the toad as a fungus-like species. But it’s possible that Toad’s red and white mushroom head is actually a hat, if you think The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 is a canon cartoon. Toad even takes off the mushroom hat several times during the show. He reveals a round, almost bald head when he takes it off.

But the show may not be canon. Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi said the mushroom was part of Toad’s head. Koizumi even hinted that something might be hiding inside the mushroom.

Captain Toad is not the same Toad you see in other Mario games

Captain Toad may look like other Toads aside from his outfit and gear, but Captain Toad has been confirmed to not be the same Toad you play in Mario Strikers, Mario Kart, and other spin-offs. The producer of Captain Toad is the one who reveals this interesting information. This has left many fans wondering which Toads are canon and which aren’t.

Toad is not romantically involved with Toadette.

Toadette’s first appearance was in Mario Kart: Double Dash, a GameCube game released in 2003. With a pink mushroom head and pigtails, she appeared to be the female version of Toad. Many immediately assumed that Toad and Toadette were dating, but Treasure Tracker producer Koichi Hayashida said they were actually “adventure friends”. They’re also not related, another fan theory.

Toad could be Peach’s father

Things get even more confusing. The King of the Mushroom Kingdom is actually King Toadstool, who is Princess Peach’s confirmed father. With a large round crown on his head shaped like a mushroom head, it’s unclear if King Toadstool is a human or a type of toad, like Toadsworth. So it’s possible that Princess Peach’s father was a Toad, which would make Peach at least part Toad herself.

Toad has an interesting lineup of voice actors

Toad has had several voice actors over the years, which may explain why his voice has become more and more creaky over the years. Mario fans have noticed that Toad’s voice has become hoarser and higher pitched over time.

John Stocker played Toad in the animated series. Jen Taylor, Cortana’s voice actress from the Halo series, voiced Toad in the video games from 1999 to 2008. Samantha Kelly is now the voice of Toad.

It’s only fitting that Toad’s voice actors keep changing as his lore continues to expand and change. It’s hard to know what’s canon about Toad and what’s not. Which toad is the main toad? Is his mushroom head a hat? What are Toad’s real powers? Nintendo fans are still confused, leaving them wanting to know more about this popular yet mysterious character.