Peach pulls out Toad and holds him out in front of her. Upon being hit, Toad will emit a damaging shower of spores. Unlike most other counterattacks, which increase in damage when countering stronger attacks, Toad's spores do the same damage (3% each for a total of 18%) and knockback regardless of the power of the blocked attack. The spores themselves can be absorbed, and the move is in fact the only counterattack that fires projectiles when activated; this can be exploited by characters who possess reflectors with damaging hitboxes, such as Mario, Zelda or Fox, who can hit Peach with their reflectors in order to trigger her counterattack, causing her to get hit by the spores as a result of the reflectors continuing to remain active after initially hitting Peach. When using this move in midair, Peach will float upwards upon the first use, which can be used to surprise an opponent.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the animation is altered, as Peach now crouches while letting Toad protect her. Daisy's version is functionally identical, but uses a blue Toad instead. In this iteration, the move's startup is much faster, though it no longer stalls Peach in the air as long as it did in SSB4.
Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:
The move is unique to the Super Smash Bros. series, but the Toads are Peach's loyal servants in the Mario series, as well as the Mushroom Kingdom's dominant species. Toads dropping spores upon being hit was first seen in Mario Tennis upon completing a tournament with Toad.
Toads appear in a variety of colors, blue included. Blue Toad is playable in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U, and New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, and a separate blue Toad only named Toad is playable in Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Maker 2. Toads do not have any known direct affiliation with Daisy outside of her close friendship with Peach, but Toads can be partnered with her in various spin-off games, and if she defeats Bowser in Super Mario Run, she rescues Toad instead of Peach. Blue Toads were the color of Toad that supported Daisy on her team in Mario Strikers Charged. Blue Toads are also among the various Toad colors that can be seen piloting Daisy-themed hot-air balloons on N64 Royal Raceway in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, alongside ones themed after Peach and Rosalina.