Goomba Complexity 101

My thoughts on Goombas never expanded past superficial perceptions:
They are rude marching enemies I must squash for coins.

Rather than most mushrooms (no thank you, poison mushroom!) in the Super Mario World, Goombas have always been mean to me. They try to take my life and scare my Yoshi, so I realize they must be evil shiitake mushrooms. I posed the question on my facebook, and many shared their insight, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed (click to enlarge):

So while some believe they clearly are evil, others have opened my eyes to a new theory. Perhaps all mushrooms, unless they are born poisoned (which they can't help!), are inherently good, but the shiitake mushrooms are often nurtured in less than peaceful ways. If that is the case, I figure they would naturally look different prior to their menacing upbringing. And to me that is apparently distinguished by reversed eyebrows, and smiling overbite rather than grouchy underbite:

The Good.

The Bad.

The Ugly.

Team Mario!

I want everyone to see, and one person to own, the softer side of the Goomba. Yes, tell me your thoughts on Goomba nature, and you can win my non-jaded Goomba!

♥ ♥ ♥♥ GOOMBA GIVEAWAY! ♥♥ ♥ ♥

To enter, all I want to know is:
  1. Are Goombas evil shiitake mushrooms?
  2. Leave me your name and email address.
Please, one entry per participant. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on January 17th, 2011. I took the liberty of entering all previous facebook commentators in my giveaway!

♥ ♥ ♥♥ Giveaway Closed! -- JENNIFER Wins! ♥♥ ♥ ♥


  1. they cant be evil! i love mushrooms, theyre so tasty! goombas have always looked tasty to me, (im weird) but they always reminded me of those Kinoko No Yamai snacks.


    so no, goombas arent evil shiitake mushrooms, dont believe the rumors! theyre actually delectable chocolate snacks!

    jem roo,

  2. goombas are just like humans. they can be good or evil. they are not as good natured as a mushroom kingdom people..perhaps they used to be part of the mushroom kingdom but were banished for being mean?

  3. they're not evil shiitake mushrooms. shiitake mushrooms are too delicious to be evil.


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