Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker producer Koichi Hayashida has cleared up the confusion regarding the Toads. Hayashida says that the Toads are a genderless race and that Toad and Toadette aren’t siblings and they aren’t romantically involved. If you’re interested here’s what he had to say on the subject of Toad and Toadette.
“This is maybe a little bit of a strange story, but we never really went out of our way to decide on the sex of these characters, even though they have somewhat gendered appearances,” Hayashida said. “But I think what I can say is that Toadette and Toad are not siblings — perhaps it would be more accurate to say they are adventure pals. And that’s certainly true here [in Captain Toad].”
Hayashida clarified that Toads are not mushrooms at all, but the resemblance and nomenclature is too uncanny not to wonder. “This particular riddle might stay unsolved,” Hayashida said. “That’s one of the great mysteries of the Mario universe.”
I need to abduct a specimen for further research…
I’m on it. You want a few dozen or just the two? Science leaves no stone unturned! Nintendo as my witness we will solve this.
Take civilian Toads…
Don’t bother. All of their genders were evolved into the Yoshi race eons ago.
Why do you think the males are able to lay eggs?
How do they reproduce?
The storks from Yoshi Island.
They’re not mushrooms. This very same article confirms that.
Spots… Like mushrooms
sex. they have sex. simple. Toad shoves his mushroom head(perfect shape too) into a female appearing toadette’s mouth. and he releases the load of spores(sperm) into her body. and give it a few days and voila! Oh yea, and she dyes after wards, thats why toadettes are more rare, and toads are plentiful.
I had to like this because it gave me a great laugh!
Call bulll. They just saying the for the game now. They knew what they were doing with them before hand making genders. Toadette a girl, Toad a boy, mr. Toadsworth. It’s obvious they changing how they want people to view them now.
uh I’M PRETTY SURE TOADETTE IS A GIRL.
He just said no. It’s feminine but not a girl.
so there’s toad and crossdresser toad XD
That’s implying they are all male. So no, none of them are cross dressing. One just appears more feminine while the other can be either male or neutral depending on who you ask. But whatever.
Time for the Game Theory to step it up!
COME ON STEP IT UP
But that’s just a theory.
A GAME THEORY!
GENDER NONBINARY RACE IN POPULAR NINTENDO GAME OH BLESS
Time for the Game Theorist to clear up the confusion!
Because this totally needed clarifying and people definitely care about this.
You care enough to comment about it though. LOL
I imagine hundreds of people on the internet just screamed out “MY FANFICTION, RUINED!!!”
They are genderless, they just take on role identity to express personality, in a similar way birdo is a boy who cross dresses.
Toads are mushroom like creatures, so its safe to say they reproduce by spors
That is a load of NONSENSE. How is Toadette not a girl? She’s covered in pink. Her car in MK8 is pink. Her mushroom head has female hair!! It even looks like she’s wearing a skirt in that picture. She sounds more feminine than the other Toads! I think he’s lying.
feminine and female isn’t the same thing.
How does that prove Toadette is female?
It doesn’t. But the name, the hair, the pink, and the dress all seem like features of a female.
Or a Dragqueen…
For most westernized humans, yes. Toadette is not.
No, they aren’t. They are features of a gender stereotype. Nobody is born with pink clothes and hair/hat. But honestly I don’t care, I’m just going with whatever the hell they want them to be. I didn’t create the characters so it’s not my thing to decide.
Pink was a colour commonly worn by men until the late 19th century. One’s favourite colour doesn’t determine gender anymore than one’s favourite flavour. It’s arbitrary. They’re fictional, agendered mushrooms and you’re flipping out that one likes to be pink and cute.
The colour isn’t the problem though. its that twin tail that makes things more gender ish
If it wasnt for those … it?… would look just like a toad with a pink hat and clothes with a red scarf
Pig tails are cute, Toadette is meant to be the cute one.
Again, changeable things that are matters of personal taste, like hair styles and favourite colours, do not determine your gender. I have no idea why this needs to even be said. Some women enjoy wearing pants and having very cropped hair but do not identify as men. Some men like wearing make up but do not identify as women.This is not a difficult concept.
I agree with you here. Toadette is obviously a female. Why would they say toads are genderless? I would buy it if Toadette didn’t exist. Then all the other toads look the same, ok so they are all genderless. But Toadette screws this theory up. I believe Nintendo made a mistake..lol
ah yes because pink = girl. it’s the rules come on guys 🙄 ✋
Bullshit : Mario superstar saga.
why are dev now afraid to say toad is a guy toadette is is a girl. is this what the femenazi movement has started now?
It would be too normal to have male and female Toads.
But what about the Paper Mario games? There were obvious gender differences there.
That is because of the “politically corrected” era we are living in. If they say they are male & female then the gender neutral, cross-gender, transgender & the lgbt, the religious & the fundamentalist will take it against them. Then MS & Sony will take advantage by making games with androgynous characters that can reproduce with either gender & are atheistic fundamentalist that cos play as furries…
You’re reading way too much into this lmao
lmao all the sexist people are coming out, GENDER AND SEX don’t mean the same thing. Toad is blue and red yeah boyish traits but it doesn’t mean he’s a boy,Toadette is pink and all yeah girly colors but COLORS and HAIRSTYLE does not mean she’s a girl. Why is this so hard to grasp and why does it need even further clarification. A developer already clarified it, so let’s end it with that.
This is such bullshit xb
Just like with the whole Koopalings change -.-
Toad is a Boy, Toadette is a Girl, the Koopalings are Bowsers children, and that’s final!
Wait wait wait… actually, Miyamoto was correct in saying that the Koopalings are Bowser’s children. Otherwise, you’re just going to have to explain the relationship between Bowser and one of Koopalings: Morton Koopa, Jr.
This thing about genderless Toads, though… yeah: just… no.
So, is Toadette a boy? NOOOOOOO!
And Toads will always be mushrooms to me. That’s why they’re cool. Mushrooms are cool.
Genderless means neither male or female, how do you even make Toadette a boy from the official statement?…
Than how do you explain this guy. http://www.quiz.biz/uploads/quizz/138579/14_51788.jpg
Maybe this Toad liked Mario’s moustache and grew some fungus moustache to look like him…
Why is this on Nintendo News? XD Does it matter?
Of course it matters! These are big deals in the Nintendo universe. Toadette is not a girl! It should be on all the tabloids.
The way the USA is going , everyone may as well be gender-less . Morals and self dignity at an all time low. Fags get ass hurt when we try to tell them it’s not right but they continue to spread their propaganda everywhere sending everyone who supports them to hell with them ! …….. Oh this is about Toads ??
Another useless ape…
I smell a closet homo.
So Toad and Toadette (as well as every other Toad) lack reproductive organs? My whole life is a lie!
this is bullshit when they obviously have genders in mario games toads r boys toadettes r girls just stop lying to us
Blowing on that endo.
Fuck you Nintendo.
This is defiantly something that is very important to know….and does not sound made up at all.
Where in that interview does it say that Toads are genderless? That headline is incredibly misleading.
Also, there are Toads with actual genders which are referred to with gendered pronouns in the Mario & Luigi games.
But in games like bowsers inside story and the other games in that series like partners in time they refer to the toads as he’s like the one who needs help they say “mario you need to help him and get the…”
I think he might have mistook the Toads for the Shroob Army.
Jokes aside, I don’t like the idea of a Toad/Yoshi having the genderless label slapped on them.
When I was very little I always thought that Pink and Purple Yoshi were females and the rest of the clan were males. (One of my most bizarre discoveries was learning that Birdo was originally a male in the older games, and later changed to female)
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you’d be shocked to hear things like this.
Next thing you know, they’ll be telling us that Peach and Daisy are actually blood related.
And Rosalina is their long lost cousin! Oh god no! D:
So, Toadsworth ISN’T a dude?! 0_o
By that logic, Toadette could just grow a mustache.
Wrong! In Mario Kart 8 they show Toadette, Rosalina and Wendy in an ad and they refer to them as ‘women’.
He is comparing the mushrooms to the gender ….just cause they look familiar to us doesnt mean thats what they are …. just cause they look like a mushroom doesnt mean they breed like mushrooms THEY ARENT FUCKIN MUSHROOMS
This kind of ruined them for me. I always like the idea of Toadette being Toad’s little sister.
But but but then that means that…my childhood….. º:_:º
It’s kinda funny how people get so upset over this. I thought Toad, like Mario’s friend was a dude but I never really thought about the other toads being specific genders. Sure, the name in English is Toadette but the Japanese name may be more neutral. Which kinda makes you wonder why they made Toadette so feminine if they were genderless anyways. NoA need to get their shit together before naming the next new char. Or we’ll have dudes with girls names and vice versa.
What about the old toad with a mustache from Mario Sunshine. Isn’t he male?
To bad for Toadette… Toad looks like a fungi.
He’s lying and I can prove it. Here in Japan, Toad is called “Kinopio” and Toadette is called “Kinipiko”. The last part “ko” is only used for girls in Japan, for example Ayako, Sachiko, Mariko, Moeko, Hiroko, etc.
So that’s some major bullshit. Good try Hayashida, but no.
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Super Interesting. I always imagined Toad and Toadette just to be simply male and female mushrooms, respectively. I thought that Toadette was just created to be the other half, as they say, to Toad. Because there are always pairs in Mario.
Did my detective work and can confirm!!! I went on the Japanese wikipedia of Paper Mario, which was the first appearance of Toadette AKA Kinopiko and it states: キノピコ: ハテナ虫のアシスタントである女性のキノピオ。 (Kinopiko: The assistant of Hatena Mushi, a female Kinopio).
My theory of why they are claiming the Toads are genderless are because they are scared that because Toad IS a boy, less girls will want the game and could have a big impact on sales. Also, there is no mention of this in gaming news here in male-dominated Japan, so it seems this is geared to the west where women actually have a say.
SO…Toad is a boy and Toadette is a girl.
Names don’t determine your sex. If I changed me name to Susie I’m still going to be a male. It’s most like a person preference. Toadett is genderless but relates more to female characteristics. Toadsworth relates to males. IDK why you people are making excuses. Nintendo created them so they say what sex they are and if they are genderless it really shouldn’t matter. Same with colors. Just because toadett wears pink doesn’t mean she’s female. Any sex can wear pink. Birdo is a good example of that.
OK, so what do you have to say about my other post that clearly states that Kinopiko is a female Kinopio (女性のキノピオ) “josei no kinopio” in the Japanese Wikipedia? How can you argue that?
And who’s making excuses? Nintendo is the one that has brought it to our attention and after reading what I read, I have no reason to believe them. Again, they are trying to make their latest game’s sales better ’cause they’re afraid a “male” main character might deter girls from buying the game.
Regardless, their game will do well in throughout the spectrum if gamers…I just don’t think they needed to announce this unnecessary news.
Good work, future Game Theorist.
So then explain Toads having families that consist of a mother, a father, and children in several of the Mario games. I guess parents are now genderless.
Oh. I’m relieved to hear their not gay!
What? Your comment is irrelevant. Where did it say they weren’t gay? They may well be. It would be awesome if Toad or Toadette were gay, or if any Nintendo character was for that matter. It’s about time they created one.
It’s the same with the Legendary Pokemon. They may look masculine or feminine but they’re genderless
Speaking of the great mysteries of the Mario universe. Here’s a mystery that creeps the heck out of me O.O
There are some mario games which refer to different toads as he or she. ESPECIALLY in paper mario and Mario & Luigi RPG games where everyone actually has a personality..Regardless of that, it should be easy to determine a gender. The red standard ones should be boys. and the “girly” colored ones can be Girls. Besides, they always give the females different hairstyles. if a female happens to be red, we’d know that its a woman because of the lighter voice and hair. Just leave the guys bald or give him boyish hair, it isn’t that hard.
Im fine with them being genderless, it just makes me think about how the hell they reproduce. are they Asexual? ….They probably clone themselves with magic or some goddamn machine
All in all, it´s best to just leave their gender up to the people’s imagination. Red dotted toad is obviously a male and ToadETTE is obviously a female, hence the ette. The rest is who you want them to be
The sex and gender distinction is not universal. In ordinary speech, sex and gender are often used interchangeably.
Sex == Biological traits like sexual organs & chromosomes.
Gender == the identity of the mind.
So this article is wrong. They have gender but no sex. They are sexless, not genderless.. LOL
Bullshit! The Koopalings are Bowser’s children & Toad and Toadette have genders! Fuck this shit! *covers ears* Lalalalalala!! I can’t hear you!!!
Seriously, no. Just no. I’ve played Paper Mario & Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door which clearly shows the Toads have fucking genders! This is bullshit!
gender=/= sex. he says RIGHT THERE that you can’t decide the “sex” that toads have. (the stuff between your legs)
They obviously have genders, if everything constantly uses pronouns on them. they just don’t have the biological sex
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This is fake!
This is all lies!!!! Toads have genders, otherwise the ones that look like guys would not be called a he and the ones that look like girls would not be called a she, and the fact that in Super Mario Sunshine, Toadsworth called the two toads boys, so case is closed!!!!
what we see in the games completely contradicts toads being genderless.
because princess peach has a grandma (female pronoun, gendered pronoun) in SMRPG.