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Stanley the Bugman
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Stan: The Man
Aliases The Fumigator
The Bug-Buster
Stan the Man
Little Ley
Residence Metro Kingdom
(Possibly) Donkey Kong Island
Family Mario (older cousin) [1]
Luigi (older cousin)
Species Human
Gender Male
Affiliates Pauline (his crush)
Mario
Luigi
His flowers and Greenhouse
Powers/Abilities Great Jumping skills
Skilled with the Bug-Spray Gun (Can be Powered Up to become the Super Spray)/Pest Control Technician
Rhythmic and Graceful Dancing, Singing, and Musical Instruments skills
Air Manipulation/Control such as Blowing Small Gusts of Wind and Clouds out of his mouth
Can Fly/Maneuver himself by Using his Bug-Spray Gun like a Jetpack by pointing and firing in the opposite direction
Can Breathe in Space
Sent Cranky Kong to an Alien Planet
Enemies Cranky Kong (formerly)
Foreman Spike (rival)
Games Greenhouse
Donkey Kong 3
Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū (meaning: Donkey Kong 3: Great Counterstrike)
Donkey Kong 3 (Game & Watch)
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Game & Watch Gallery 4
WarioWare: Twisted!
WarioWare: Touched!
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase
NES Remix
First Appearance Greenhouse (1982)
Latest Appearance NES Remix (2013)
Stanley the Bugman (Stan for short) also known as The Fumigator and The Bug-Buster) is a jovial gardener and spry exterminator, and the protagonist of the game Greenhouse and Donkey Kong 3 replacing Mario (Stanley's older cousin and role model whom Stanley looks up to, as well as sharing a few character/personality traits and mannerisms and the affinity to the Hero/Justice Role, Stanley in particular can be a naive light hearted happy-go-lucky silly dancing goofball that really likes being the optimistic jokester but also a snarky prankster that enjoys entertaining little kids while also making bad puns and quips, he however lacks some confidence in himself and can get scared (though not as easily as Luigi since Stanley has a sense of excitement, more spunk/energy, feisty, sprightly, hyper-active, and eagerness).

His self-doubt is due to not believing he is very courageous since he isn't an experienced adventurer/hero like Mario and Luigi despite being capable of protecting his plants against the dangerous Donkey Kong (they even fought in outer space), he is still a hard blue-collared worker that prides himself in his gardening career, developing his greenhouse plants, and his Anti-Pest/Bug Ideology (he still loves nice/peaceful bugs such as caterpillars and butterflies)). While generally a very smart, funny, excitable, eager, energetic, nice, pure of heart, dance loving, singing loving, musical instrument playing, positive, patient, and happy guy that enjoys entertaining little kids, he also is a little sensitive doesn't take too kindly to being ignored.

In Donkey Kong 3, Stanley uses his Bug-Spray Gun (also known as the Insect Repellent, or the Sprayer, or the Bug-Buster), to do battle with Donkey Kong and several insects in his greenhouse to protect his plants. Eventually, Stanley managed to defeat Donkey Kong and presumably sent him back to where he came from. It's unknown why Donkey Kong specifically attacked Stanley, however considering his previous defeat and capture by Mario, it's possible that Stanley's relation to Mario and physical resemblance caused Donkey Kong to disrupt to Greenhouse. Stanley shattered Cranky's hopes and dreams after defeating him and in the Great Counterstrike even managed to send him to an alien planet, presumably causing Cranky to give up villainy.

Aside from the various ports and remakes of Donkey Kong 3, Stanley has only made one other prominent appearance as the protagonist of the Game & Watch game Greenhouse in which he sprays worms attacking his plants. Greenhouse was re-released in Game & Watch Gallery 3, but the Modern Version stars Yoshi instead. Stanley also appears in Donkey Kong 3 microgames in both WarioWare: Twisted! and WarioWare: Touched! and a trophy of him can be obtained in the game Super Smash Bros. Melee. He also appeared in the Saturday Supercade cartoon.

It is interesting to note that the official Donkey Kong 3 artwork of Stanley shows him wearing red overalls and a blue shirt and shoes, which were Mario's original clothes in games such as Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., and Super Mario Bros. His Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy (is his most modern appearance) depicts him with white overalls instead of red (identical to his sprite in the NES version (except without the blue hair and shoes) of Donkey Kong 3), but the most drastic change of design is his true first appearance in the game Greenhouse where he is pictured with dark brown hair, a white cap and a red shirt without overalls; this depiction also makes Stanley look relatively older than in Donkey Kong 3.

Super Smash Bros. series

Stanley is not playable in the Super Smash Bros. series. Aside from Stanley's trophy in Melee, Mr. Game & Watch also uses his sprayer as a weapon called Greenhouse, matching its first appearance.

Melee Trophy Description

Stanley is a plucky exterminator who takes on Donkey Kong and an army of insects in the third installment of the original Donkey Kong series. Stanley has a tough job: he has to chase Donkey Kong away to another greenhouse with his insect repellent, then climb up the ivy to pump the main hive with the deadly spray.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, his Greenhouse and Bug-Spray Repellent appear as cameos in the background of the stages.

Trivia

  • Stanley's NES sprite features him with blue hair and light blue shoes.
  • Despite appearing younger and a little shorter than Mario, Stan is an adult, being in his 20s and slightly younger than Mario's Age of 24 as he owns his own greenhouse and garden of vegetation.
  • Stanley is the equivalent of the Terminator and RoboCop (via his Fumigator title) and the Ghost Busters (via his Bugman role/job) mixed into one.

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References

  1. Stanley's profile on Nintendoland