I just found out the Toad character from the Super Mario Bros is known as キノピオ in Japan.

Where does that name come from? I know 茸 (きのこ) means mushroom, but what does the suffix -ピオ stand for?

Thanks in advance.



If you search for the page referenced on Wikipedia ("11 Origins of 11 Super Mario Characters' Names"), you'll find the answer:

Anyway, in Japan, he’s named Kinopio, which is a mixture of the word for mushroom (“kinoko”) and the Japanese version of Pinocchio (“pinokio”). Those blend to be something along the lines of “A Real Mushroom Boy.”


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    Could you specify which page you cited? Mar 30 '20 at 2:47
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    Updated my answer. Mar 30 '20 at 18:15

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