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Banana Peel

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For Diddy Kong's special move, see Banana Peel (move).
Banana Peel
Official artwork of a Banana Peel from Mario Kart 8.
Universe Mario
Appears in Brawl
Item class Throwing/Setting
Article on Super Mario Wiki Banana
A classic comedy staple: step on one of these and you'll fall on your rump. It never gets old!
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS instruction booklet description

The Banana Peel (バナナのかわ, Banana Peel) is an item from the Mario series.


The Banana Peel made its debut in Super Mario Kart and has become a recurring item in the Mario Kart. It is a yellow banana peel with simple eyes and a smile. It can placed on the race courses as hazards which can cause a kart to slip and spin around for a short time. It serves as serves as the logo for the Banana Cup.

Slipping on banana peels is a classic slapstick gag, tracing its origins back to 19th century America. The slipperiness of banana peels comes from vegetable oils contained within the peel, which are released as the peel is pressed, a more common example being when someone steps on it.

The Brawl trophy description states that the Banana Peels used in Smash are produced from Japanese fiber bananas (Musa basjoo), a species of banana commonly cultivated across East Asia.


Artwork of a Banana Peel in Brawl.

As an item[edit]

The Banana Peel debuted as a throwing item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It uses a realistic design, as opposed to the cartoonish design with a face used in the Mario Kart series. In addition, it can't cause the fighter who placed them to slip.

The Banana Peel can be thrown like any other regular item. When the opponent steps on it, they slip and are temporarily stunned. The Banana Peel itself flies a short distance sideways, just far enough that if the slipper rolls the wrong way, they will slip again. Diddy Kong's down special move generates Banana Peels even with items turned off, which is an important strategy in tournaments because it often disrupts an opponent's ground game, forcing them into the air. Banana Peels can also make opponents trip if their feet or shins touch a stationary banana during an attack on a platform above them.

In Super Smash Bros. 4, when the opponent slips on the Banana Peel, they disappear, so they cannot be used more than once. This change did not exist in early versions of the game.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Banana Peels no longer disappear upon contact with an opponent. Instead, they will last for two slips and/or throws until they disappear. Additionally, they now have transcendent priority. Also, Banana Peels are created when the fighter uses a Banana Gun which shoots an explosive banana projectile, leaving the player to hold the peel.

Damage output[edit]

Action Brawl SSB4 Ultimate
Throw 3% 5% 4.1%
Dash attack throw 5% 6% 5%
Up tilt throw 4% 6% 5.3%
Forward tilt throw 4% 5% 4.1%
Down tilt throw N/A 6% 1%
Forward smash throw 7% 7% 5.3%
Up smash throw 4% 7% 6.7%
Down smash throw N/A 8% 4.7%
Air throw 4% 5% 4.1%
Air Drop 5% N/A 4.7%
Air forward tilt throw 5% 5% 4.1%
Air up tilt throw 4% 6% 5.2%
Air down tilt throw 5% 6% 4.7%
Air forward smash throw 5% 5% 5.3%
Air up smash throw 5% 6% 6.7%
Air down smash throw 5% 4% 4.7%


In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The Banana Peel trophy can be obtained as a challenge reward by getting 10 max combos in Training.

Trophy from Brawl.
Banana Peel

The peel from a Japanese fiber banana of the Musaceae plant family. It contains a high volume of vegetable oil, which oozes out when the peel is stepped on, making things slippery. In Smash Bros., the peel fulfils its destiny as a comedic prop by making passersby slip. Characters who land on their backsides will be defenseless until they recover their footing.

SNES: Super Mario Kart
N64: Mario Kart 64

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

The Banana Peel trophy appears in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, it is part of the Brawler Trophy Box.

Trophy in for 3DS.
Trophy in for WiiU.
Banana Peel

Ntsc Looks like someone had a nice snack and didn't bother to clean up afterward... As you may suspect, stepping on a banana peel sends you falling to the ground and exposes you to attacks. You can throw these at your opponents too, but please clean up when you're done, all right?

Pal HEY! Put that banana peel in the bin! ...Oh, you're going to trip up your opponent with it? Carry on, then. Of course, picking up and throwing banana peels at people is disgusting, but they'll have a hard time keeping their defenses up if they're putting on a one-man slapstick act, so...go ahead.

SNES: Super Mario Kart (09/1992)
Wii: Mario Kart Wii (04/2008)


Name Game Effect Characters
Banana Mario Kart DS AttackFlame+004EffectIcon(Flame).png Attack +4 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Banana (Mario Kart DS).png
(Mario Kart DS)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese バナナのかわ Banana Peel
UK English Banana Peel
France French Peau de banane Banana Peel
Germany German Bananenschale Banana Peel
Spain Spanish (PAL) Monda de plátano Banana Peel
Mexico Spanish (NTSC) Cáscara de plátano Banana Peel
Italy Italian Buccia di banana Banana Peel
China Chinese 香蕉皮 Banana Peel
South Korea Korean 바나나 껍질 Banana Peel
Netherlands Dutch Bananenschil Banana Peel
Russia Russian Кожура банана Banana Peel

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