Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion has a song called "#$@%* Dudes Be #$@%* Sleepin", which was Pearl's demo before she joined Off The Hook. In it, Pearl earns a lengthy bleep to cover up some kind of expletives.

Have there been any other first party Nintendo characters that canonically said an expletive, in text or vocally?

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    How bad does a word have to be to count as an "expletive"? Does a weaker one like "damn", "hell", or "crap" count? What about if a word's offensive in one language but not another? – Toomai Jul 4 '18 at 10:28
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    @Toomai I'm purposely keeping it ambiguous. And since I don't technically know what Pearl even said, I'm encouraging answerers to use their best judgement. – user149305 Jul 4 '18 at 18:44

(this answer is community wiki in case others want to add further notable examples)

EarthBound has some crappy dialogue. For Nintendo in the early 90's, this might have been a surprise. (s)

EarthBound NPC: "She quit talking about all that serious crap..."

We don't technically know what character's narrating the DK Rap, but we do know they got washed the heck out with soap for the Melee remix. (s)

DK Rap: "One hell of a guy"

The fact that this line in Metroid Prime 3 was changed to "No!" in the Trilogy re-release is the real damming issue. (s)

Admiral Dane: "Damn! They're targeting the planetary-defense system."

Xenoblade Chronicles was done by Nintendo of Europe, and it has a fair amount of people being dammed and hells being raised. (s)

Dickson: "Looks like the Mechon are hell-bent on taking us out."


I came by this picture from Reddit. It is a screenshot from the game "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle". There is also swearing there (although expletive).


In the comments from above Reddit's post, I see there is also referred to Peach 'swearing' in the game "Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga". In that game, the bad words are coming out of her mouths as bombs:

Well if you consider Peach's "explosive language" from Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, it's kinda the same.

That wasn't swearing though, that was her words coming out as bombs instead of words.

  • Does this count as a "first party Nintendo" character since the game (and as far as I know the character) was developed by Ubisoft not Nintendo? – Twobe7 Jul 4 '18 at 8:59
  • I'm not sure if it the first one, but Pearl's song was not the first one (which was the question). – Mathias711 Jul 4 '18 at 9:09
  • More clarifying what "first party" is. Conker's Bad Fur Day comes to mind as an early Nintendo game but was developed by Rare. While Mario is definitely a Nintendo character, the rest of the characters (to me) are Ubisoft. – Twobe7 Jul 4 '18 at 10:13
  • @Twobe7 Presumably they need to get Nintendos approval on how they portray Mario. It's such a big character for them. – JMac Jul 4 '18 at 11:18
  • @JMac agreed. But it's not Mario saying the expletive here, it's Beep-o who is unique to this game. Does that make Beep-o a Nintendo character or Ubisoft character? – Twobe7 Jul 4 '18 at 12:33

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