Bowser is a villain, but he's also a charismatic and comedic star, depending on the game you're playing. In some titles he's a straight-up villain that can't exactly be described as wordy, and in RPG titles such as the Mario & Luigi series he's a wise-cracking and loveable buffoon who seems barely in control of whatever fiendish scheme he's supposed to be carrying out.

Some of us in the Nintendo Life team believe Bowser is the real star of Mario games, and hugely popular YouTube channel The Game Theorists seems to agree. Its latest video to deconstruct Mario franchise characters focuses on King Koopa, and raises some interesting theories about his 'children' and why he acts out and kidnaps Princess Peach on a regular basis. It's enough to bring a tear to a Bowser fan's eye.

Check it out below and let us know what you think.