Toad (キノピオ, Kinopio) is a recurring character from the Mario games, and serves as Princess Peach's assistant. He plays a sidekick role for the Mario Bros. in the games, often assisting them in a variety of ways on their adventure.
Toads are the main residents of the Mushroom Kingdom and serve under the rule of Princess Peach. Toad as a species originates from Super Mario Bros., but a Toad made his playable debut in Super Mario Bros. 2 (known as Super Mario USA in Japan) as one of the four playable characters and the fastest runner, a trait which would return with the playable appearance of a blue Toad in Super Mario 3D World. Toad has been a playable character in numerous Mario spin-offs and a common NPC in most Mario games. In Smash, a Toad appears as part of both Princess Peach and Princess Daisy's movesets.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee
As a background character
In addition to these two roles, a notable rumor had spread about Toad being playable in Melee.
Toad, Peach's longtime servant, first showed off his strength in Super Mario Bros. 2, then proved to be an agile driver in Super Mario Kart. There are many Toads in Peach's castle and across the Mushroom Kingdom, and although they look similar, they have varied natures. Not the best of guards, Toad must often be rescued.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Although Toad is not a playable fighter or assist trophy, he can be used within the unlockable Masterpiece, Super Mario Bros. 2, but first the player has to make Peach lose all her lives in it before time runs out.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Toad is once again Peach's neutral special move.
One of the servants at Peach's Castle in the Mushroom Kingdom. Toads give off a strong sense of peace. Most feature white heads with red polka dots, but there are other colors as well. Toad's incredible uprooting speed in Super Mario Bros. 2 is unrivaled, adding to the rumor of his superhuman strength... however out of place it might seem.
As a costume
The Toad + Quacker trophy is exclusive to the Wii U version; it is part of the Super Mario Kart Trophy Box.
In addition to returning as Peach's neutral special, Toad now attacks alongside her for her pummel and throws. A Blue Toad also appears as part of Daisy’s moveset, acting in the exact same fashion as Peach’s Toad. The Toad Mii outfit also returns.
As a costume
Toad's DLC outfit returns as part of the base game.