Peach pulls Toad out of hammerspace, and holds him out in front of her. Upon being hit, Toad will emit a damaging shower of spores. Unlike Roy or Ike's Counter which increases 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. 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 cowers while letting Toad protect her. Daisy also uses a Toad as a part of her moveset, but he is blue rather than red. In this iteration, the move's startup is much faster, though it no longer stalls the princess 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 a separate blue Toad only named Toad is playable in Super Mario 3D World. 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, as well as multiple Toads being seen cheering her on when playing as her in Super Mario Run's Toad Rally. Blue Toads were the color Toad that supported Daisy on her team in Mario Stikers Charged.
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