Hermie III
Hermie III Sprite (Superstar Saga)
Hermie III's sprite from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
First Game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Appearances Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Gender Male
Homeland Gwarhar Lagoon
Location Gwarhar Lagoon
Species Crab
Family Sidesteppers
Attacks Pinching

Hermie III is a Sidestepper-like boss located in Gwarhar Lagoon in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.


He speaks improper English, replacing every s with th. When the Beanstar broke into four pieces, Hermie III found one and placed it at the top of his shell, which made three of his fans come to help him decorate it more. When Mario and Luigi came, the fans paid more attention to them, making Hermie III furious.

Hermie III can also been seen during the ending sequence where is waving to the plane as Mario and Luigi head back to the Mushroom Kingdom.


Hermie III's basic attack is trying to pinch the Mario Bros, which can be avoided by jumping. Hermie III also spits out purple bubbles at Mario and Luigi. These bubbles must be countered with hammers or else they become poisoned. After the Mario Bros. hit Hermie III for a while, he will duck into his shell and heal during his turns. To get him out of his shell, attack with the Firebrand. In the 3DS remake, he has an additional gimmick: if you avoid Hermie III's pinching attack perfectly, he increases the speed at which the attack will move. After a long battle with Hermie III, he gives Mario and Luigi his piece of the Beanstar after Mario and Luigi tell him all about the situation. When Mario and Luigi bring him Spangle as a substitute to the Beanstar, he gives them the Soulful Bros. badge.


  • Hermie III is very similar to other bosses from the Mario RPG series: Bowser from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Cortez from Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, and Francis from Super Paper Mario. All of them are bosses that are fought that don't die after battle but instead become friends/allies.
  • Hermie III is the only boss in Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga who can be easily defeated just with the use of Mario's Firebrand (which burns his shell) and Luigi's Thunderhand (which deals critical damage to him).
  • Due to the Christmas decorations on his shell and the appearance of Mario (wearing red and being a little chubby), Hermie III thought that Mario was Santa Claus.