Mario franchise strategy guide/Enemies/Big Bertha

Big Bertha is the spiky fish that shoots little fish at Mario and Luigi in Super Mario Bros. 3 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Big Bertha—a giant fish, and female counterpart to Boss Bass, that spouts small Cheep-Cheeps; appears in Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario 64, and Mario Kart 64.

In Super Mario Bros. 3, Big Bertha appears in levels 3-2, 3-4, and 7-4. It can also leap out of water and swallow Mario whole, in which case he dies instantly regardless of powerup status.

Big Bertha also appears in Super Mario 64 on one level, Tiny-Huge Island, and uses the same swallowing attack.

"Big Bertha" is also the name of a Blaster-like cannon enemy in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars which appears as a golden Bullet Bill in the overworld. In Super Mario RPG, Big Bertha is a more powerful version of the Blaster enemy

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Stanley's next appearance was in "Love Flounders", where now he's dating Smookers, a pink Jelectro (an enemy seen in Super Mario Bros. 3). In this story, he sets up Mario, who's trying to fetch the rare Chuckberries for Princess Toadstool's breakfast cereal, with his (Stanley's) former girlfriend, a Boss Bass named Bertha. Since Mario is wearing a Frog Suit, Bertha believes him to be an actual frog and pursues him romantically. Mario manages to find the Chuckberries he's looking for, but then Bertha catches him, only to find out he's not really a frog. Bertha is quite saddened by this, but Mario offers to make it up to her by giving her the Chuckberries and telling her that they should have lunch sometime. In the meantime, Mario requests that Bertha hurt Stanley a lot. Meanwhile, Smookers ends up breaking up with Stanley. Ironically, the storyline with Mario and Bertha was somewhat mirrored in the Super Mario Bros. movie.

Stanley's third (and last) appearance was "Fins and Roses", in which he finds Wendy O. Koopa waiting with an arsenal of weapons to use against Mario. Being the flirt that he is, Stanley hits on Wendy and snatches a bomb from her, thinking it's a gift. He makes a few attempts to impress Wendy, during which Bertha continually boots Wendy back up to the surface. Finally, Stanley interferes with Wendy's attempt at shooting Mario with her missile launcher just to ask her what her name is so they could get married, which results in Wendy becoming so angry with Stanley that she shoots at him instead. The missile follows Stanley underwater and hits both him and Bertha. Bertha responds to this by booting up the bomb Stanley snagged earlier. It blows up right in front of Wendy, but Mario takes sympathy on her, considering she had to deal with Stanley as well

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She made a cameo in the 1993 movie Super Mario Bros. as Mario's date in the nightclub scene when Mario tried to steal back the meteorite piece from her. She is shown as a large black woman wearing a spiky red suit, much like her counterpart.

Big Bertha is a big woman at the Boom Boom Bar, which, itself is named for an enemy. Big Bertha was the name used for the giant red fish in Super Mario Bros. 3, and likewise, this woman dresses in red.