His real name is Kinopio
We all know him as Toad… except the Japanese. Over there, he’s known as Kinopio.
Created by video game legend Shigeru Miyamoto, Toad’s English name was apparently inspired by the word “toadstool” (Princess Peach’s former name in the West).
“Kinopio” seems to be a mixture of the Japanese word for mushroom (“kinoko”) and the Japanese pronunciation of Pinocchio (“Pinokio”).
Toad is also his race
In the West, while Toad is the name of an individual character, it also refers to an entire species (the same as Yoshi and Birdo).
However, in Japan, Toad’s name being Kinopio, the species name also changes; it’s sometimes called Kinoko-zoku (literally “Mushroom People”).
If you’re a Mario fan, you may also know other Toads with Toad-like names, such as Toadette, Toadsworth, and Toadbert).
His own game: Captain Toad
Finally, after many years waiting, Toad fans got a game starring Toad; actually, Captain Toad.
Captain Toad is a character that first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy, as the self-proclaimed captain of the Toad Brigade. He reappeared in the game’s sequel and was also seen in a series of courses known as “The adventures of Captain Toad” throughout Super Mario 3D World.
He’s featured in Super Mario Odyssey as a NPC and in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as a trophy. His Wii U game is called Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
Technically, it’s a different member of the Toad race.
Toad has been featured in several games of the Mario franchise, sometimes as a NPC (non-playable character), in other Nintendo games, and even in board games.
He’s appeared in a few Kirby games such as Kirby Super Star and Ultra as an audience member in the Megaton Punch minigame alongside Mario, Luigi, and Birdo.
He was one of the 11 Mario series playable characters in the Japan only game Itadaki Street DS developed by Square-Enix and was also featured in its Wii sequel, Fortune Street.
Outside of the video game world, Toad has appeared in the animated series The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! from 1989. He was even turned into a street musician, played by Mojo Nixon, in the infamous, non-canon Super Mario Bros. film from 1993.
Lastly, he appears as a property in the Nintendo Monopoly board game taking the place of Kentucky Avenue and costing $220.
Even though his original name is Kinopio, he’s known mostly as Toad around the world. Nevertheless, his name has suffered strange translations such as the following:
For the Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3 animated series, he received different names depending on the dubbing; this is usually the translators’ fault because they’re not familiar with the original source, in this case the Mario franchise.
Thus, when it was time for localization, he became Honguito or Champiñón (literally, small mushroom and champignon respectively) in the Spanish version!