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MetaWeegee

Dancing is Forbidden!
The Koopalings are still Bowser's children. The thing is, they're adopted. Bowser Jr is Bowser's only BIOLOGICAL child. Bowser tries to keep this under wraps because he still wants people to think of him as an evildoer
 
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Mcmadness

The idiot who puts things in the wrong board.
Since I often think about Frankenstein this time of year here are some headcanons for the only notable mad scientist this series has.

At least villainous ones.

Fawful created Midbus by combining DNA of a warthog and an armadillo.

All the Fawful looking enemies in BIS that aren't robots were made from mutated beans that he got from the baby bros in partners in time.
 

MetaWeegee

Dancing is Forbidden!
My ages for most of the magor Mario cast. Don't think many people will care, but I'm bored

:mario:: 26

:luigi:: 26 too

:peach:: 20-22 (not quite sure)

:bowser:: 27-28

:wario: and :waluigi:: 26 (I remember a Smash trophy saying Waluigi was the same age as Luigi, and I'd assume that applies to Wario too. Maybe they could be a few years older though)

:toad:: 19 (Captain Toad is a few years older)

:toadette:: Also 19

:yoshi:: Very young in human years

Also, while I'm talking about adoption, here's a headcanon I've had for a long time. After the events of Super Mario World, Mario and Luigi took in Yoshi as a pet/adopted son, and he's stayed in their house with them ever since.
 

ZelenPixel

[fangirls over one character for months straight]
The Koopalings are still Bowser's children. The thing is, they're adopted. Bowser Jr is Bowser's only BIOLOGICAL child. Bowser tries to keep this under wraps because he still wants people to think of him as an evildoer
yeah i have the same headcanon!! but it seems to be common either way. i think kamek adoped bowser too and its kinda sweet. wheres the real parents? Who Knows!!
 

Nossie

Dinosaur Land's greatest grape treader.
I now headcanon Kamek and Kammy are Bowser's adoptive parents
which also means I headcanon there's a 3D Kammy and a Paper Kamek


And that Wario & Waluigi's relation to Mario & Luigi is that they're Corrupted (through dark magic ztar stuff) Humans and were named accordingly. And that Bowser/Koopalings are corrupted Yoshis.

To go farther into this, I headcanon Kamek & Kammy stole a baby yoshi, possibly while still unhatched, and corrupted it with magic/ztar energy, raised it as a "Prince" to "take the thrown as King" basically as Koopa's ultimate Warrior. I headcanon the Magikoopa's are the true rulers of Bowser/Koopa Kingdom, and *try* to use bowser as a puppet (but the older bowser got, the less control they had over him, eventually he really does become the ruler).
I also think somewhere down the line of things, they also corrupted 2 baby humans at the Stork Hospital, but they didn't know which humans were the corrupt ones, so they kidnapped everyone from the hospital (Baby Waluigi got delivered late because he wanted to finish watching cartoons). Yoshi's sabotaged their plans to raise corrupt humans as warriors for their army and brought the humans to their appropriate homes. Wario of course led a life of his own, the koopa's could not control him at any post encounter.

WHICH LEADS ME TO THE FINALE OF MY HEADCANON

Why we never see Waluigi in canon/adventure games? After Kamek failed to abduct the other babies, he saw the Stork come by again, he knew it was 1 of the babies he missed, and nabbed Waluigi from the stork. No one knew, the magikoopas have been raising Waluigi and training him to be the biggest baddest boss in secret. He uses magic/zstar energy, he's not supposed to let people know too much about him, but he's revealed that he can turn ground into water and swim through it, and that he can create tornadoes.. I believe that's a small percentage of his power.. someday it will all be revealed and he will be the final boss, as the leader of the magikoopa guild.
 
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MetaWeegee

Dancing is Forbidden!
Blue Bowser is unlike his brother and his family in that he decided that being evil wasn't really for him after helping Bowser out in the first game. He and Bowser made peace and he took his leave to pursue other interests (academics, writing, stuff like that). He and Bowser still talk with each other over the phone sometimes, but Bowser dosen't tell Mario where he went the few times he asked.
 

Bowser II

Just like the first one, except better.
As a kid, I was a firm believer that the Koopalings were Bowser's adopted kids. I always thought it would be really nice of Bowser to soften up and take in a bunch of orphans and raise them as his own. I still think it would've been a good storyline, but I really don't think that they are his kids in any fashion anymore. They're minions and minions only (although they are among the highest-ranking). Dialogue from recent games, particularly the latest Mario and Luigi games, suggests that there is no parent-child relationship between Bowser and the Koopalings whatsoever. They refer to him as "Lord Bowser" or "Boss" formally, or simply "Bowser" if they're talking casually amongst themselves. This line really sells it:

"Easy, Roy. That's the boss's kid." -Ludwig, Bowser Jr's Journey
Bowser is just their boss, and there is no sibling relationship between them and Bowser Jr!

Even when Bowser addresses them in recent games, he always addresses them as a group, as if they were just a squad of minions. Additionally, he always has the same commanding tone he uses when speaking to all his other minions. He completely lacks any of the softness he has when talking to Jr
(unless, of course, he's talking to them about Jr).

Technically speaking, we've never seen any written Koopaling dialogue in the main series since before Sunshine. If ever. So there is a little bit of wiggle room if you want to argue against the canonicity of the M&L series. However, given all the other juicy lore that can be found in that series, it would be a detriment to the Marioverse to consider it non-canon.

As much as I'd like to believe it, I just can't anymore. The facts don't lie.
 
Personally, I think developmentally, it went like this:
The Koopalings were envisioned as Bowser's kids.
Then, something terrible happened, and that something was Mario Party.
In the final board, Eternal Star, there are seven "Baby Bowsers." Note the seven; they were likely a stand-in for the seven Koopalings to save on resources.
In the following Mario Party games, "Koopa Kid" got an increasingly expanded role, until eventually, his design was tweaked to make Bowser Jr.
The Mario Party games at first ignored Bowser Jr., but then unceremoniously dropped "Koopa Kid" from the rosters in favor of him.
Anyways, fans kept clamoring for the Koopalings to return, and eventually Nintendo conceded, but with Bowser Jr. it was sort of awkward to have them ALL as Bowser's children, so the devs demoted them to elite minions without a relation.

Basically, if it weren't for Mario Party, there likely would be no Bowser Jr.
 

LeftyGreenMario

Mushroom Kingdom's second greenest plumber
I tend to think Yoshi Island was the reason we had Jr., But Mario Party could be a contributing series, maybe it had a nice idea of a mini Bowser as a troublemaker.
 

Qayin

Koopa Troopa
I'm sure the retcon for the Koopalings roots, at lest in part, in how them and Bowser Jr. being Bowser's biologcial children just wouldn't be family-friendly enough according to their owners. When you take Bowser having 8 really different looking children combined with him obviously having a romantic interest in Peach, it's not hard to get the impression of harems and concubines (since Bowser has never been shown with a wife).
 

MetaWeegee

Dancing is Forbidden!
As a kid, I was a firm believer that the Koopalings were Bowser's adopted kids. I always thought it would be really nice of Bowser to soften up and take in a bunch of orphans and raise them as his own. I still think it would've been a good storyline, but I really don't think that they are his kids in any fashion anymore. They're minions and minions only (although they are among the highest-ranking). Dialogue from recent games, particularly the latest Mario and Luigi games, suggests that there is no parent-child relationship between Bowser and the Koopalings whatsoever. They refer to him as "Lord Bowser" or "Boss" formally, or simply "Bowser" if they're talking casually amongst themselves. This line really sells it:

Bowser is just their boss, and there is no sibling relationship between them and Bowser Jr!

Even when Bowser addresses them in recent games, he always addresses them as a group, as if they were just a squad of minions. Additionally, he always has the same commanding tone he uses when speaking to all his other minions. He completely lacks any of the softness he has when talking to Jr
(unless, of course, he's talking to them about Jr).

Technically speaking, we've never seen any written Koopaling dialogue in the main series since before Sunshine. If ever. So there is a little bit of wiggle room if you want to argue against the canonicity of the M&L series. However, given all the other juicy lore that can be found in that series, it would be a detriment to the Marioverse to consider it non-canon.

As much as I'd like to believe it, I just can't anymore. The facts don't lie.
Eh, to play devil's advocate, most other official material is neutral or suggests both IIRC. I honestly feel like there's no harm in picking and choosing what you like most. In fact, I even feel like that aspect of the series is intentional to an extent. It's not like the plot of Mario is all that intricate anyways. I personally just ignore what M & L implies about their relationship.

(I do greatly agree it would be detrimental and pointless to consider Mario & Luigi (as well as most of the other non-mainline games, TBH), non-canon, especially since there's really nothing to suggest they are.
 

Mister M

The most charming villain, ever.
(I do greatly agree it would be detrimental and pointless to consider Mario & Luigi (as well as most of the other non-mainline games, TBH), non-canon, especially since there's really nothing to suggest they are.
Yeah, Mario games are on a sort of a "Floating Timeline", where there's no real order in which the games come in (except when it's explicitly stated, Like in Mario & Luigi or the Luigi's Mansion games)
 

Nossie

Dinosaur Land's greatest grape treader.
I'm sure the retcon for the Koopalings roots, at lest in part, in how them and Bowser Jr. being Bowser's biologcial children just wouldn't be family-friendly enough according to their owners. When you take Bowser having 8 really different looking children combined with him obviously having a romantic interest in Peach, it's not hard to get the impression of harems and concubines (since Bowser has never been shown with a wife).
Yeah, now that you mention it, it wouldn't make sense in the family-friendly way for Bowser to continue to kidnap Peach, if he were a real dad...

Wait a second.. Junior?
 

Nossie

Dinosaur Land's greatest grape treader.
Now I headcanon Baby Bowser is too heavy for the stork and must be carried by Kamek's minions, and all the obstacles & enemies are Baby Bowser mischievously getting himself into danger
 

MetaWeegee

Dancing is Forbidden!
I picture Bowser being the type to have 2-3 new girls in bed every week, so even if i don't subscribe to that theory, I DO see where people are coming from with multiple mothers, XD (even if obviously Nintendo's not going to straight up say that in an E for everyone game). Honestly, I bet most girls drop their panties at the sight of him... well, except the only one he actually wants (Peach, obviosuly). Sorta like a villainous Brock Samson.

Man it must suck to be Bowser.
 
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