You’ll never look at this Super Mario character the same way again

We’ve seen some pretty awful things over the last couple of years, from design crimes to, well, pretty much everything in the news. But despite everything, this shocking revelation from the world of Super Mario still haunts our nightmares.

This is one of the most pressing questions of our time: is the toad’s head a hat, or is it just its head? The conundrum has led several illustrators to create their own Toad-themed concept art (naturally), and in March 2020, Alex Solis gave us perhaps the most nightmarish example yet. It doesn’t matter if said head is a hat – what matters now is if those eyes are … nostrils? If you’ve landed one of the best Nintendo Switch deals, you’re probably very familiar with Toad. But be prepared to question everything you thought you knew.

Toad without his hat

Our eyes! (Image credit: Alex Solis on Instagram)

And there we have it. Not content with our own haunted dreams, we decided to haunt yours too. Just like the world’s most offensive logo and the PlayStation logo seen from behind, this is one you can never ignore.

But there is good news! The terrifying version of Solis (and seemingly sleep deprived – or drunk – or both) doesn’t fit Nintendo’s explanation of everyone’s favorite mushroom. “So it turns out that he’s actually Toad’s head,” Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi recently revealed on the company’s official YouTube channel (below). So let’s go. We can all rest easy now.

The general reaction on Instagram matches our own (“YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THIS,” one user comments). Maybe he didn’t – but then what is the internet for if not to share horrific concept illustrations of fictional humanoid mushrooms? He elicited a reaction from us, and for that, we take our hat off to him. Solis’ Toad concept is one of a series of similar illustrations he calls #UnpopularCultureSeries, which also includes this depiction of an evolving Pikachu:

Visit the Solis Instagram page to learn more about the #UnpopularCultureSeries. We cannot guarantee, however, that they will not reappear in your dreams until 2022 and beyond. Want to design your own abominable creation? Check out today’s best Adobe Creative Cloud deals below.

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