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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga artwork
Franchise Mario franchise
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)
Created by AlphaDream
Species Beanish
Gender Female

Cackletta is an evil witch from the Beanbean Kingdom and the main antagonist in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its Nintendo 3DS remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Despite having a major role, Cackletta has made few appearances since her debut, similar to Geno from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.


Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Cackletta and Fawful steal Princess Peach's voice

Aided by her sycophantic assistant Fawful, Cackletta attempted to steal Princess Peach's voice and use it to steal the Beanstar, a mystical object of the Beanbean Kingdom that can grant wishes. Beanbean lore states that only one with a beautiful voice can activate the Beanstar's mysterious powers to grant any wish — and Cackletta hopes to use this power to conquer Beanbean Kingdom and soon after, the Mushroom Kingdom. Cackletta's plans backfire, however, when she actually attempts to use Peach's voice. She finds that Toadsworth and the Mushroom retainers anticipated the ambush and switched Peach with Birdo, whom they dolled up like Peach. As a result, the Beanstar was infuriated by Birdo's squawking voice and did not grant Cackletta her wish.

Mario and Luigi soon caught up to Cackletta at Woohoo Hooniversity and fought her. She attacked ferociously, with black holes and lightning bolts, but Mario and Luigi managed to defeat her. Cackletta's body was battered up so badly, she could no longer move around on her own, and was close to her turn in death. Fawful absorbed Cackletta's spirit into a vacuum cleaner-like device to save her and tried to attack the Mario bros. He was stopped by Prince Peasley, who shot them out of the Hooniversity. Bowser was suffering from amnesia for some time after being shot out of a large cannon and was wandering idly around Beanbean Kingdom. Just when he remembered who he was, Fawful met him and sent Cackletta's spirit into his body. Cackletta promptly renamed herself "Bowletta," a combination of Bowser's name and hers.

Armed with the new alias, Bowletta continued her plan to obtain the Beanstar and Peach's voice. Mario and Luigi eventually caught up with Bowletta, and after fighting through the Koopalings and Fawful, they fought Bowletta. Bowletta's abilities would be based on Bowser's mostly, using large scale blasts of flame and extremely deadly side attacks. However the one off attack from Bowser was a meteor attack where Bowletta would send star shaped meteors down on the Bros. The attack would turn her black, giving her immunity to electrical attacks, and when normal colored, would be immune to fire attacks. Bowletta gave up without really giving a fight, and it seemed too easy, until Bowletta swallowed them whole. Inside Bowser's stomach, Mario and Luigi encountered Cackletta's spirit inside of the body.

Cackletta's spirit would also differ from the first fight. First she would use multiple attacks, and two or three at a time. The attacks would have to be dodged on the first turn since both Bros would always have one health from the previous scene. The battle would consist on hitting Cackletta's arms, and head until they disappeared and revealed her heart. One arm would use lightning attacks, while the other would consistently use fire attacks. The head would use multiple beam type attacks. If both arms were still there when the player would hit the head, Cackletta would automatically attack regardless of whether or not both Bros. have used their attacks yet. Once the heart was exposed, the Mario's would have to hit the heart rapidly, while the heart healed all of Cackletta's appendages. Regardless, they would defeat her. After defeating the specter, it left Bowser's body, returning him to normal. It can be assumed that Cackletta is dead.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Cackletta is featured in the form of a sticker, which depicts her Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga artwork.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゲラゲモーナ
Derived from「ゲラゲラ」(geragera, an onomatopoeia for derisive laughter), possibly「欺罔」(gimō, swindling), and「な」(-na, Japanese name ending)

Chinese 咯咯莫纳
"咯咯" is an onomatopoeia for laughing, and "莫纳" is transliteration from the Japanese name

Dutch Cackletta
German Lugmilla
Pun on the German name Ludmilla
Italian Strega Ghignarda
"Strega" means "witch", "ghignarda" comes from "ghigno" (grin)
Korean 까르게모나 (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
깔깔깔마녀 (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga DX)
Kkalkkalkkal Manyeo

From the Japanese name; 깔깔 (kkalkkal) is one of a sound of laughing in Korean
From 깔깔 (kkalkkal) and 마녀 (manyeo, witch)

Russian Каклетта

Spanish Bruja Jijí
Heehee witch (referring to her laugh in the Spanish version)