Happy Monday, friends. How did you spend your weekend? That's nice. Nintendo fans spent their two days of leisure drawing gender-swapped fanart of Bowser, a.k.a. "Bowsette," from Super Mario Bros.
I'm not shocked. Frankly, I salute them for it. Once again, Nintendo fans are letting the gears in their imaginations spin, spin, spin. The subsequent fan art and fan theories are, as usual, kind of weird, but that's what happens when a decades-old franchise toddles along without filling in lore gaps about things like crown power-ups that turn common mushrooms into Princesses. You hear me, Nintendo? You bring this kind of thing down upon yourself.
The "Bowsette" lore took root after a Malaysian artist, "Haniwa," drew and tweeted a comic depicting a twist to the ending of Super Mario Odyssey. After Peach refuses to marry either Mario or Bowser, Bowser uses the recently-revealed Crown power-up to turn himself into Bowsette. The last panel shows Mario and Bowsette laughing as a happy couple, presumably after being bonded in holy matrimony under the eyes of Rosalina (hey, if I were Mario, I wouldn't let that sharp tux of his go to waste). Know what? If Nintendo isn't going to finally close the book on the Mario-Peach-Bowser love triangle, I don't blame fans for drawing their own, uh, storybook endings.
The Super Crown's some spicy new Mario lore pic.twitter.com/7DQe6UXvLQ— haniwa (@ayyk92) September 19, 2018
Fans started up where Haniwa left off, and they've been having a real time of it ever since. Most Bowsette fanart is goofy and fun but beware if you decide to Google the term: You don't have to wander far from the safety of your front porch to find NSFW material.
Japan, for example, picked up the meme, started running with it, and has yet to stop.
歴代マリオシリーズのクッパをクッパ姫に変えたら超かわいいと思うので描いた pic.twitter.com/rGKHJ4neMo— コンノトヒロpixivFANBOXはじめたよ (@tohirokonno) September 23, 2018
Reminder that Bowsette can crush your head between her thighs, "like sparrow's egg."
Remember, you are "bad guy", but you are not bad "GUY" pic.twitter.com/enrAueKb6C— haniwa (@ayyk92) September 22, 2018
Just give up now, Mario. You have no chance.
Try to follow this one: Peach puts on a Bowser shell, Bowser puts on a Crown, and … adventures ensue.
bowsette and prince peacher pic.twitter.com/r0ezalfO53— kendy (@revolocities) September 24, 2018
Oh, pardon? This whole Bowsette thing "disturbs" you? Sonic Sez: "Oh my sweet summer child, what do you know about weird fetish fan art?"