This papercraft is the Bowser, based on the game Super Mario 64 of the Super Mario series, the paper model was created by Paperlegend. King Bowser Koopa (in English also Lord Bowser, King Koopa commonly in other media) is the main antagonist of the Mario series and the King of the Koopas. He has repeatedly kidnapped or attempted to kidnap Princess Peach and take over the Mushroom Kingdom. He has on other occasions attempted to conquer the entire Mushroom World, as well as the entire universe. Despite his villainous nature, he has on occasion helped the heroes of the Mushroom Kingdom against other threats, and frequently socializes with them peacefully in their numerous sporting events.
Since his debut, Bowser has been in nearly every Mario game, including the main series, spin-offs, and crossovers. Due to his role as the primary villain of the Mario series, he is mostly the final or penultimate boss in his appearances, if not as the main antagonist. In the Mario RPGs, Bowser is generally cast as an anti-hero or a minor villain, with the exception of Paper Mario and Paper Mario: Sticker Star.
Bowser was created by Shigeru Miyamoto as the villain of Super Mario Bros. Miyamoto stated that they considered naming him either Kuppa, Yukke, or Bibinba, which are all Korean dishes as they are known in Japanese. At the end, Kuppa was chosen. For the later North American release of the game, which also introduced the anglicized spelling Koopa, the character was renamed Bowser.
During the development of Super Mario Bros., Miyamoto considered asking a manga artist or illustrator to do the art for the game. However, time was running short, so he drew the game’s original box-art himself. This artwork included a depiction of Bowser that is significantly different than later designs, the most obvious anomalies being his grey-blue skin and lack of horns. For the character’s appearance, Miyamoto drew inspiration from an anime film adaptation of the Chinese novel Journey to the West, renamed Alakazam the Great during the film’s American localization. He liked the film’s main antagonist Gyū-Maō, so loosely based Bowser on an ox as a homage.
Yoichi Kotabe, an animation artist, later joined Nintendo and was asked to do new illustrations for the Mario series. His only reference was the package illustration for Super Mario Bros., so Kotabe asked Miyamoto many questions on how to draw the characters. However, designing Bowser caused problems, since Miyamoto hadn’t drawn him often. He brought up that he liked the Ox King from the film, and this was how he imagined Bowser, but Nintendo designer Takashi Tezuka pointed out that Bowser should be a turtle. Through their discussions, Bowser’s appearance gradually came together. Since he was now in the turtle family with the Koopa Troopas, they partly based Bowser’s new appearance on them. Finally, the new design was created, and Miyamoto congratulated himself by saying “Wow, I can really make Bowser look cool now!”
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