Toad as he appears in New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
|First game||Super Mario Bros. (1985)|
|Created by||Shigeru Miyamoto|
|Voiced by (English)||John Stocker (TV) (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)Isaac Marshall (VG) (1997)
Eriko Ibe (VG) (1999-2001) Jen Taylor (VG) (2000-2005) Kelsey Hutchison (VG) (2005) Samantha Kelly (VG) (2007-present)
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Nanae Sumitomo (Satellaview series) (1996-1998)Tomoko Maruno (Mario Kart 64 and Super Circuit)|
|Portrayed by||Mojo Nixon and John Fifer (The Super Mario Bros. movie)|
Toad, known in Japan as Kinopio (キノピオ?), is a fictional character belonging to an anthropomorphic mushroom-like species of the same name in the Mario series, created by Shigeru Miyamoto. A citizen of the Mushroom Kingdom, Toad is one of Princess Peach's most loyal attendants and is constantly working on her behalf. He is usually seen as a non-player character (NPC) who provides assistance to Mario and his friends in most games, but there are times when Toad takes center stage and appears as the protagonist, as seen in Super Mario Bros. 2 and Wario's Woods.
Toad's original role as a helper has been increasingly taken over by Toadsworth, causing Toad to appear less frequently than he once had in the main series. However, recently in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, two Toads (Yellow and Blue) were featured as playable characters along with Mario and Luigi. While Toad is actually an individual, there is also in an entire species of the same name based on him named as the toads or Mushroom People (much like Yoshi and Birdo), but actually in Japanese, the original species name was only Kino (キノ?), which means Toad (Kinopio) is a member of the toads (kinos). The majority of Toads have white mushroom caps with red spots and look completely identical to him; however, there have been toads with caps of different colors (e.g. Toadbert).