Game Theory: Mario's Secret Fire Power is... Rocket Fuel!

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One of Mario's most iconic power ups is the fire flower. You can't tell me you don't get excited when you see that flower and know you are about to cause some fiery havoc in the Mushroom Kingdom... and everywhere else. Really. EVERYWHERE. You can even shoot a fireball underwater. Why? How? Theorists, I want answers and I will not stop until I figure out what the SECRET behind Mario's fireball is. Let's a-go!

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  1. TJAwsmness 54

    TJAwsmness 54Pred uro

    So I don't know if I've already proposed this theory to you, MatPat, but I have a theory about the Mario franchise of my own that I'd love to share. If you find it interesting, maybe you would make a video on it and show me why I might be right or wrong? Before I start, I know that the cast of the Mario series is all a troupe of actors and whatnot, but from a perspective of the games themselves, I present to you my very own theory. In Super Mario Bros. 3, we are introduced to the Koopalings. Originally, they are stated to be Bowser's own kids, but it's later revealed they aren't really his. [insert "you're not the father" joke here.] We are never given a name for their family, but it's obvious that they were never his, especially due to Morton Jr.'s name (another note, I know that those names were given after localization to NOA, but again, this is an in-universe perspective.) Note that "Jr." there, which is very important. Basically, Bowser took in these kids. It's demonstrated throughout the Mario series that the Koopa species (or at least Bowser) is lacking in care about the lives of his troops, but he has a strong bond with his family, such as B.J. (short for Bowser Jr.). It comes out that they are not his kids [another generic "you aren't the father" joke here,] which left me wondering why he even took them in, since he obviously has little in the way of regard to random Koopas of his troops/species. Enter Bowser's Brother. Remember him? That blue version of Bowser from the Lost Levels? He only appeared there, and aside from references, he has never made another appearance. Unlike Bowser, who when you fireball, is revealed to be a fake for all but one fight, Bowser's Brother is real every time. Try fireballing him yourself and you'll see. Why is he important? Well, Bowser is shown to be very good to his family, like I said earlier. After Super Mario Bros. 1, he lost, and he decided to reach out to his brother for help in finally getting that plumber. He steals Peach, and of course Mario sets off blindly. When he reaches the first battle against Bowser's Brother, he gets dunked in the lava, and Mario carries on. No biggie. Bowser's Brother takes some kind of shortcut and gets to the next castle. Mario meets up with him again, get lava'd, sucker. Bowser's Brother must have some crazy endurance, because he took two lava baths. Bowser takes ONE, and he needs a while to rest and recharge (and otherwise get some tending to in general.) But his brother is incredible! He can take TWO! He figures he can handle a third by the time Mario shows up. They battle again. Bowser's Brother gets dunked on (or rather, in) a third time. He doesn't make it out. This would explain why we never see him again; he died. Bowser only ever takes one trip to the lava spa in a single game, even to this day (save for the New Super Mario Bros. series, but even then, magic is used to restore him every time. Think Dry Bowser, the Giant Bowser chase scene in Wii, the combined power of the Koopalings' [united, but not one. See if you can get the reference (;] magic wands in 2, Kamek making Bowser big again in U.) So where does he (Bowser's Brother) fit in? It's an odd coincidence that right after a character disappears to never be seen again (ignore references) and then a gang of kids shows up in the very next game, no? Alongside that, Bowser's Brother had a slightly darker skin tone. Who else does? Why don't we look at Morton Jr.? Morton's dark skin is unique among not only the Koopalings, but among all other Koopas in general. Some variants have similar shades, but none have skin quite like Morton's. Say it's a recessive trait to have dark skin as a Koopa. If Bowser's Brother and some unknown carrier-for-the-trait consort had the Koopalings, it's possible that six turned out to be carriers and one came out to be genetically "special" (*relative to the rest, not trying to imply some weird sort of video game racism*.) Yep, I'm saying Bowser's Brother had kids, he died, Bowser took them in, and Bowser lied to them until he thought they could handle it. Their hatred of Mario is because Mario got his father killed, in their eyes. It could be something like in nature, where in some species, only one parent takes care of the young. This is often the mother, but think about it. If a horse can start standing within seconds of birth, surely the Koopas could start eating... whatever they eat in moments too. It's a theory in a rather rough idea in terms of development, but what do you think?

  2. Finn_shark

    Finn_sharkPred 12 urami

    Game theory: “let’s take think of the logic behind every game” Me answer: VIDEO GAME LOGIX

  3. Eva Casillas

    Eva CasillasPred 21 uro


  4. ego-lay_atman-bay

    ego-lay_atman-bayPred dnevom

    how do I actually understand everything he says even though I'm just a programmer, and gamer, and I don't pay any attention to school?

  5. Who Am I

    Who Am IPred dnevom

    Come on brain you can do it just keep watching don't overload

  6. Doyle Orr

    Doyle OrrPred dnevom


  7. connor vazandt

    connor vazandtPred dnevom

    the most powerful is the star power up

  8. Daily Deltarune News

    Daily Deltarune NewsPred 3 dnevi

    I got a reason! Video game logic lol

  9. thunderewind sleepybye

    thunderewind sleepybyePred 3 dnevi

    Sonic + fire flower = knuckles

  10. Anonymus Person

    Anonymus PersonPred 3 dnevi

    How about mario and mushroom? Or mario and goomba? Or mario and bowser?

  11. Marbel_ARTS

    Marbel_ARTSPred 4 dnevi

    Skid and pump lol 02:37

  12. Kitzuru

    KitzuruPred 4 dnevi

    Jaja Korones reference is just priceless 🤣🤣🤣

  13. A _ Yummyyy

    A _ YummyyyPred 4 dnevi

    What would be the most painful way to die in Mario?

  14. Robert Maiatico

    Robert MaiaticoPred 6 dnevi

    Wait how does Mario even get his hand on rocket fuel?

  15. Note Pad

    Note PadPred 3 urami

    the flower

  16. Dominik Creeper

    Dominik CreeperPred 7 dnevi

    1:47 then why didn't I get one?

  17. V1king_person

    V1king_personPred 7 dnevi


  18. Mathias Amdi Rosenfeld

    Mathias Amdi RosenfeldPred 7 dnevi

    Does TMNT & Pizza count?

  19. Agent Marks

    Agent MarksPred 7 dnevi

    Aww s*it here we go again!

  20. Brady Dunaway

    Brady DunawayPred 7 dnevi

    Game Theory idea: What about Luigi’s fireballs?

  21. joshua 1

    joshua 1Pred 7 dnevi

    Mario and mushroom

  22. The Blue Phoenix: Captain Gamer

    The Blue Phoenix: Captain GamerPred 7 dnevi

    MatPat is speedrunning being cultured. First anime, now Holo Live. All that's left is a 𝕳𝖊𝖓𝖙𝖆𝖎 reference and he'll become an anituber.

  23. KK - 03BA 854628 Edenrose PS

    KK - 03BA 854628 Edenrose PSPred 8 dnevi

    Matpat, Stop overthinking!

  24. Lee Heinrich

    Lee HeinrichPred 9 dnevi

    Maybe the flower is a rubber plant

  25. Lee Heinrich

    Lee HeinrichPred 9 dnevi

    Mario Luigi

  26. ultimateninjaboi

    ultimateninjaboiPred 9 dnevi

    Its been way too long since ive watch any game theory. Guess ill check on some of the interesting recent ones an- oh. Theres a Korone. Ive made a good choice today

  27. James Arrondelle

    James ArrondellePred 9 dnevi

    It isn't my favourite power up.

  28. Matthew Boone

    Matthew BoonePred 9 dnevi

    Mario and the super mushroom

  29. Liam Maxwell

    Liam MaxwellPred 9 dnevi

    Mario and mushroom

  30. Liam Maxwell

    Liam MaxwellPred 9 dnevi

    Wow ok that intro thing was just brutal

  31. Slimer

    SlimerPred 10 dnevi

    MatPat: Name a more iconic duo...I'll Wait. Me: Umm.. How about, Slime and Honey block in Minecraft

  32. team turtle squad

    team turtle squadPred 10 dnevi

    a more iconic duo is the washer and any step bro


    BLAMMEDPred 10 dnevi

    Rewatch the intro. Right at the start with the Game Theory logo. Green: top left and bottom right. Yellow: bottom right. Red: top left. They’re the same colours as all the channels. Very clever Matthew. But then, what is bottom right?

  34. FlameGamer

    FlameGamerPred 10 dnevi

    I can name a more iconic duo. Peach and luigi or bowser and daisy

  35. FlameGamer

    FlameGamerPred 10 dnevi


  36. Lemmonhead Lemmon

    Lemmonhead LemmonPred 11 dnevi

    Mario and gomba

  37. Moc Ka

    Moc KaPred 11 dnevi

    Me: let's catch up some game theory and take a break from vtuber 7:25 : I can't escape the all mighty hololive!

  38. Creeper Cats

    Creeper CatsPred 12 dnevi

    i Have a theory he is a cartoon charater

  39. Mr leaf

    Mr leafPred 12 dnevi

    Damn... that intro. I will reconsider using the fire follow. Thanks Game theorists

  40. Dr.Cosmar

    Dr.CosmarPred 12 dnevi

    You can derive rubber from particular plants. Maybe the flower grows everything that's needed to make fireballs.

  41. Pikapotter

    PikapotterPred 12 dnevi

    A more iconic duo is Ash and Pikachu you can't see one without the other

  42. Theo Hausvik

    Theo HausvikPred 12 dnevi

    How is Mario able to use F.L.U.D.D. underwater in Super Mario Sunshine?

  43. ZarPro GaminG

    ZarPro GaminGPred 13 dnevi

    that mama-mia made me laugh 😂

  44. dhanvi w

    dhanvi wPred 13 dnevi

    The penguin suit

  45. Pikaboy

    PikaboyPred 13 dnevi

    Mario and Luigi

  46. Seabab5

    Seabab5Pred 13 dnevi

    super mushroom is more iconic

  47. GriffinKittyGaming

    GriffinKittyGamingPred 13 dnevi

    white raccoon mario

  48. Austin Crumbley

    Austin CrumbleyPred 14 dnevi

    Ash and Pikachu

  49. Erika Fuzzbottom

    Erika FuzzbottomPred 14 dnevi

    So this basically means it's impossible to light a campfire on Mars unless the logs are made of rocket fuel?

  50. ProfessorProfanity

    ProfessorProfanityPred 14 dnevi

    Wow I thought Dorky stopped making shitty Sprite cartoons but here we are

  51. ::::::::::::::::::::::::

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::Pred 14 dnevi

    Didn't you make this already

  52. Rage 2000

    Rage 2000Pred 15 dnevi

    Waluigi is at 6:03 Doug!

  53. IA9000

    IA9000Pred 14 dnevi


  54. Quintin Adams Ortega

    Quintin Adams OrtegaPred 15 dnevi

    The red mushroom 🍄 duh

  55. Mc Pickle

    Mc PicklePred 15 dnevi

    Tbh Instakill and doublepoints are a better duo

  56. PokemasterSal Gaming

    PokemasterSal GamingPred 15 dnevi

    I love your theory and your work. It's all well researched and completely logical. But that cannot be it! Because through this logic, Bowser should be less than a skeleton upon contact with the ball. Lava is 1250°C, and that only burns his skin off. WITH THIS LOGIC, THE FIREBALL (which is over twice as hot as lava) SHOULD ALWAYS One Hit Kill BOWSER!

  57. Fancy Fox Uploads

    Fancy Fox UploadsPred 15 dnevi

    dougdoug rigged this video

  58. ScientificApple

    ScientificApplePred 15 dnevi

    i own a WiiU and think its very good

  59. Caleb Barnes

    Caleb BarnesPred 15 dnevi

    Him mario and fire flower name a more iconic duo I'll wait me mario and mushroom

  60. D1ego Mon

    D1ego MonPred 15 dnevi

    Fire in the flower WHY?

  61. Isaac Mabbley

    Isaac MabbleyPred 15 dnevi

    Lungi and being upstaged

  62. John Gomez

    John GomezPred 15 dnevi

    Drake and nInja

  63. Odin Johnson

    Odin JohnsonPred 15 dnevi

    The liquid oxygen could be Mario’s ice flower power up

  64. Alisina Norouzi

    Alisina NorouziPred 15 dnevi

    A duo:mario and mushroom

  65. Infernite

    InfernitePred 16 dnevi


  66. Awsome Connie And Creator Connnie

    Awsome Connie And Creator ConnniePred 16 dnevi

    MatPat: Mario and Fire Flowers, name a more iconic duo, I'll wait. Me: Ash and Pikachu from The Pokemon Anime!

  67. Silas Rose

    Silas RosePred 16 dnevi

    a more iconic duo like EMD and GE (they make trains).

  68. Earl Mabry

    Earl MabryPred 16 dnevi

    Mario has allergies 🤧 flaming mucus. That fire flower is wild spicy 🌶 🥵

  69. Taylorman

    TaylormanPred 16 dnevi

    How did I not notice the can of Diet Coke in the background of the intro before this video?

  70. Upamanyu.s Nair

    Upamanyu.s NairPred 16 dnevi

    Ash and pikachu

  71. Baqar Ali

    Baqar AliPred 17 dnevi

  72. feblic icecream

    feblic icecreamPred 17 dnevi

    This video is FIRE 😂😂😂😂😂

  73. Robert Gordon

    Robert GordonPred 17 dnevi

    2:34 pokemon and Pokeball: am I a joke to you?

  74. Ethyn K

    Ethyn KPred 17 dnevi

    Mario and mushroom!

  75. Ethyn K

    Ethyn KPred 17 dnevi

    Hey, in the intro, did you see the Hello Neighbor guy in the background?

  76. TheTrueSoml2

    TheTrueSoml2Pred 18 dnevi

    Matpat, it bugs me that a man of science such as yourself has water labeled as O2 and you call it good. O2 would be as easy to put there.

  77. randomvids1256 yt

    randomvids1256 ytPred 18 dnevi

    You and your red jacket

  78. Scot Rowland

    Scot RowlandPred 18 dnevi

    Mario and a star 👌👌

  79. ritesh gourav

    ritesh gouravPred 18 dnevi

    the most iconic is MARIO AND MUSHROOM

  80. Kit-13-Lucky

    Kit-13-LuckyPred 19 dnevi

    Goku And Super Saiyan!!

  81. chris the saiyan

    chris the saiyanPred 19 dnevi

    Matpat: name a more iconic duo Me: sariel and tariel from seven deadly sins

  82. Ashton Krummel-Smith

    Ashton Krummel-SmithPred 19 dnevi

    super mushroom

  83. Shreyas Madimugar Raghu CSA CBE

    Shreyas Madimugar Raghu CSA CBEPred 19 dnevi

    an iconic duo? mario and bowser, mario and fire flower, luigi and endless memes of his jealousy of mario

  84. Blake Farwell

    Blake FarwellPred 19 dnevi

    Mario and super mushroom. Change my mind.

  85. Brian S

    Brian SPred 20 dnevi

    more iconic duo mario and luigi

  86. Bryan Shake

    Bryan ShakePred 20 dnevi

    Small Mario and mushroom

  87. loraleesherman

    loraleeshermanPred 20 dnevi

    I do not have a small skull. When I was born my head was to big

  88. Irene Botros

    Irene BotrosPred 21 dnevom

    6:53 Australia doesn’t

  89. SodorTrain1225

    SodorTrain1225Pred 21 dnevom

    That poor goomba.

  90. Gdog Yates

    Gdog YatesPred 21 dnevom

    Mario and the cat Bell

  91. renata gonzalez

    renata gonzalezPred 21 dnevom

    Mario and peach or whatever

  92. Bambi Jack

    Bambi JackPred 21 dnevom

    More iconic dou Luigi and the poltergust

  93. Braden Mullen

    Braden MullenPred 21 dnevom

    midoriya and hospital bed is a more iconic duo

  94. Revamped wizard speedrunner mario

    Revamped wizard speedrunner marioPred 22 dnevi

    Rocket fuel?!

  95. Pedro José Lozada Ortiz

    Pedro José Lozada OrtizPred 22 dnevi

    a more iconic duo is a Pokemon Trainer and pokeballs i think

  96. Nobody asked but

    Nobody asked butPred 22 dnevi

    Dang he has got to be a drama king, some even got turned to stone (well a wall)

  97. Milky Fresh

    Milky FreshPred 23 dnevi

    Deku hospital bed :)

  98. M M

    M MPred 23 dnevi

    as if the developers where thinking all that logical chemistry through, for real

  99. LucyLucyfer

    LucyLucyferPred 23 dnevi

    matpat is the only person who can make science fun

  100. Lil_ Math

    Lil_ MathPred 23 dnevi

    Mario and super mushroom is more iconic

  101. DustinPlayz

    DustinPlayzPred 24 dnevi

    How about Steve and diamond sword? I'm joking

  102. Matheus Eduardo

    Matheus EduardoPred 24 dnevi

    Jump Man and Hammer