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Game Theory: Bowser's LOST Child...Yoshi!


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  • MacCrae Toons
    MacCrae Toons 10 ай бұрын +13567

    Yoshi’s nor a dragon, dinosaur, or turtle. He’s unpaid labor.

  • TheAdvertisement
    TheAdvertisement 8 ай бұрын +1393

    Everyone asks "What is Yoshi?", but not "HOW is Yoshi?"
    He's burning alive by the way, in eternal pain from Mario's betrayal, thanks for asking.

    • Lalitha Kundurthi
      Lalitha Kundurthi 10 күн бұрын


    • Jil 1807
      Jil 1807 Ай бұрын

      Yoshi needs therapy.

    • xxx
      xxx 3 ай бұрын

      @Tom Cowell I understood that reference 🤣

    • Tom Cowell
      Tom Cowell 3 ай бұрын +4


    • ♥︎chongyun♡
      ♥︎chongyun♡ 3 ай бұрын

      @Shrodu lol

  • ramen
    ramen 10 ай бұрын +1217

    Wait but since Yoshi was originally meant to "Eat Bowser's minions", if Yoshi is a Koopa, doesn't that mean he's a cannibal?

    • Ikatari
      Ikatari 5 күн бұрын

      My God, where was this during cannibalism week?

    • The Brick Bros.
      The Brick Bros. 3 ай бұрын


    • Dan The Emperor
      Dan The Emperor 3 ай бұрын +1

      I was the one thousandth person to like this comment.

    • Tokuijin
      Tokuijin 3 ай бұрын

      Eh, kinda

    SOCKS 9 ай бұрын +720

    Yoshi is literally older than bowser, and everyone else too. He was literally fully grown in the game Yoshi’s Island, where everyone ELSE was a baby.

    • Kieran Stark
      Kieran Stark Ай бұрын

      Not to mention that the Mario Bros. themselves don’t have biological parents (then again, as great as Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is, Nintendo decided to ruin its own continuity with Yoshi’s New Island). They have one (adopted) parent and his name is Yoshi T. Yoshisaur - so that would make the true last names of the Mario Bros. not really “Mario”, but “Yoshisaur”.

    • joshua kim
      joshua kim 4 ай бұрын +4

      Yoshi seems to pertain to the race of the dinosaurian shoe-born Yoshis, rather than pertains to one specific Yoshi. After all, in older games Yoshi could be used by Mario via finding and hatching a newborn Yoshi to ride, so the same Yoshi cannot be all of these instances unless for some reason he reverted himself into egg infantilism for...no logical reason (if he wants Mario to find him then he can just walk to Mario).
      The result of this is that it makes it infuriatingly annoying to figure out if any Yoshi is the same Yoshi in any previous events/games/stories, which of these that Yoshi is the one present in, or even if all instances of Yoshi are different Yoshi because Nintendo doesn't give the main, playable mascot Yoshi any discerning features to distinguish it apart from a generic Yoshi (seriously, wtf is Nintendo's Yoshi continuity?)

    • Shark bait hohaha
      Shark bait hohaha 4 ай бұрын +2

      There is another piece of evidence he is a dragon in super Mario 64 DS.note:they made one for ds. When he gets a power flower is ability is to breath fire and the text says Yoshi got throat stroke from swallowing enemies now he can breathe fire. And yet he his fine.

    • i quit evo it's bad i hate it now
      i quit evo it's bad i hate it now 5 ай бұрын +2

      @Diego Roman wait the what dinosaur is he?

    • Cobalt
      Cobalt 5 ай бұрын +2

      @SOCKS Hello there, Old Sport!

  • switch2017
    switch2017 10 ай бұрын +159

    It’s amazing how this whole channel was saved by a seatbelt

    • Tripi
      Tripi Ай бұрын +1

      @Abbey Yard Studios why

    • 1BrilliantKid
      1BrilliantKid 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Abbey Yard Studios why do you think that?

    • Tommie E
      Tommie E 6 ай бұрын +1

      @Abbey Yard Studios why

    • GuntherHasRegrets
      GuntherHasRegrets 9 ай бұрын +7

      @Abbey Yard Studios how come?

    • Abbey Yard Studios
      Abbey Yard Studios 9 ай бұрын +3

      I think we'd have been better off without this channel.

  • Tyrant Of The Pages
    Tyrant Of The Pages 3 ай бұрын +69

    Considering there’s a eastern creature literally called the DragonTurtle I’m pretty sure that’s what yoshi was originally meant to be,cause eastern dragons are snake like,with antlers,a mane,and four stubby arms and there’s also a black tortoise which is like a legendary creature there too

  • Ryuu Ronin
    Ryuu Ronin 10 ай бұрын +2573

    Fun fact: in Japanese, the word "dinosaur" (kyoryu) directly translates to "terrifying dragon". In Japanese, dinosaurs are basically called dragons, like how the English call the Komodo Dragon. So maybe it's both in their eyes.

    • derrick daniels
      derrick daniels Ай бұрын


    • Syed M. Sultan
      Syed M. Sultan 8 ай бұрын

      That is amazing and I agree

    • Lotie The Bunny
      Lotie The Bunny 9 ай бұрын


    • I luv milk tea
      I luv milk tea 9 ай бұрын

      Aka matpat : YOU MEAN HE'S A SNAKE TOO?! OH GOSH NO!

    • Beeetle
      Beeetle 9 ай бұрын +1

      Same in the bible, some translations say great behemoth, and other day dragon but it is believed that they are referring to dinosaur’s

  • IcyyBluツ
    IcyyBluツ 10 ай бұрын +482

    In a alternate universe:
    MatPat: *starts video* “Welcome to GameTheory. Is Yoshi a dragon or a dinosaur? The answer is he is both, thanks for watching.” *ends videos*

    • Sammy The Umbreon
      Sammy The Umbreon Ай бұрын

      @Adam Denchfield well buddy, do i have news

    • Gifty Darkwa
      Gifty Darkwa 3 ай бұрын

      @Master Spark 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • Master Spark
      Master Spark 7 ай бұрын +2

      u mean ‘But that’s just a theory, a GAME THEORY thanks for watching’

    • Brandy Soroka
      Brandy Soroka 8 ай бұрын +3

      I was thinking the same. Maybe in this universe, a dragon is a dinosaur and their similar traits to other reptiles are due to convergent evolution

    • IcyyBluツ
      IcyyBluツ 9 ай бұрын +10

      Maybe for lesser common questions the viewers have to ask, it would definitely be something.
      Now I kinda hope for it.

  • Andy Dandy
    Andy Dandy 10 ай бұрын +568

    even more terrifying possibility: dragons, dinosaurs, and koopas descended from Yoshi. Yoshi has the least amount of genetic variation (pretty much only color,) so maybe something happened that caused a lot of genetic deviation separating the dinosaurs and the dragons and the koopas having the most deviation are muts?

    • vang-tou Lee
      vang-tou Lee 6 ай бұрын

      That would only happen if there were a lot of yoshis in the past but split and survived in different environments that would give them their unique main traits.

    • Ethan Shaw
      Ethan Shaw 6 ай бұрын +4

      I'm fully convinced that yoshi reproduce by eating other creatures and combining the dna of the consumed creature with their own, and then they lay out the new creature.

    • Andy Dandy
      Andy Dandy 7 ай бұрын +2

      @Random Dragon yeah just look at dogs or cattle

    • Random Dragon
      Random Dragon 9 ай бұрын +27

      That's what I was thinking, too!!
      Sense he resembles all of them so much, maybe it's the other way around? Some evolutionary thing, that spawned a bunch of deviations!
      I'm pretty sure that's happened a lot in nature, too

  • Spirit&Away2003
    Spirit&Away2003 2 ай бұрын +6

    Evil Yoshi story line??? I love Yoshi and I love this idea even more!

  • MysticMidnight
    MysticMidnight 10 ай бұрын +136

    The seatbelt story really showed how one little thing can change someone’s entire future

  • Tokuijin
    Tokuijin 3 ай бұрын +4

    Both, considering folklore and dinosaur fossils.
    Alternatively, he's an animal that, in Mario lore, evolutionarily predates dinosaurs, koopas, and dragons, thus he'd have traits of all three.

  • LeaveYetStillThere
    LeaveYetStillThere 10 ай бұрын +1420

    “So are you a dinosaur or dragon or turtle?”
    Yoshi: *yes.*

  • Liam hagie
    Liam hagie 10 ай бұрын +145

    this theory has been in the works even before this video came out, and i am so exited to finally share it with you.
    here is my proposal for you: some koopas got stranded on what will later be know as Yoshi's island. on that island, there wasn't enough meat (i assume that is what koopas eat, they seem very hostile) to go around, so some of the koopas began to stave. in desperation, they tried the fruit that is abundant around the island. it wasn't what their bodies where made for, so they couldn't break down the fruit, and so they had to eat way more fruit to stay alive. but then, a mutation occurred. a koopa whose body could break down plants, a koopa who was an omnivore, meaning they had to eat less to stay alive, meaning they got into less food shenanigans, meaning, they lived longer. and then its kids lived longer, and then their kids lived longer, and eventually that koopa, no, ancient Yoshi, was a common ancestor. other thing evolved too. they no longer needed their hard beaks, so it evolved into a bulbous nose also, their is fruit in tall trees. these trees are to high up to reach. so, some evolved to have longer and sturdier tongues, to reach and pluck the fruit out of the trees. overs evolved to "flutter" up and grab them. and a few grew bigger to just grab it (these would be the ancestors of Dorrie and plessie). however all of them had begun leaning to swim to catch fish. dorrie acquired a taste for fish, and so became all aquatic. plessie remained on land and in the water, while the yoshis remained on their island, eating fruit until a fateful baby falls into their home.
    but hey, that's just a theory, a fan theory, thanks for reading.

    • big chungus
      big chungus 5 ай бұрын +2

      literally so many animals with beaks eat vegetation. Most turtles and tortoises use their beaks to eat plants, and many birds as well use their beaks to eat seeds and nuts.

    • Oturan20
      Oturan20 7 ай бұрын +1

      Having a beak is not a sign of a carnivorous diet. Some turtles in real life have beaks and some are completely herbivorous.

    • family k
      family k 8 ай бұрын +3

      This was a great theory! I hope MatPat sees this and contemplates it.

    • mrfinefeet
      mrfinefeet 9 ай бұрын +2

      That’s an amazing theory!

  • Subnoa
    Subnoa 10 ай бұрын +178

    The: "Yoshi is evil don't forget" quote makes more sense now

    • cnmmd qiuoo
      cnmmd qiuoo 10 ай бұрын +6

      "Who do you think you are? The FNAF Series?" Best line ever.

  • Boonetube
    Boonetube 9 ай бұрын +21

    I love these kinds of theories! Where it’s more about random game stuff, like pregnant Mario or whatever.

    • family k
      family k 8 ай бұрын +5

      Pregnant mario what? 💀

  • Necrozma
    Necrozma 10 ай бұрын +55

    Can we just take a moment to realize that MatPat's channel was one seatbelt away from being non-existent

    • Kieran Stark
      Kieran Stark Ай бұрын

      And that not only did we get to see his wife Stephanie Patrick, but also his Brand-Safe Steph’s Dad in Law!

    • vang-tou Lee
      vang-tou Lee 6 ай бұрын

      @D YellowMadness interesting enough to grab your attention lmaoo

    • DJ Chris
      DJ Chris 9 ай бұрын +5

      @D YellowMadness then what were they supposed to say? They want to bring attention to this topic that no one's talking about and using that "pretentious phrase" seems like the best option.

    • Ps5 Protogen Gaming
      Ps5 Protogen Gaming 9 ай бұрын +5

      @D YellowMadness you don’t need to be rude bruv

    • D YellowMadness
      D YellowMadness 9 ай бұрын +1

      He said it in the video. You're not original or interesting just because you start your comment with a generic pretentious phrase like "can we just take a moment to realize".

  • Ace W. Kermitcat
    Ace W. Kermitcat 9 ай бұрын +10

    Well, seeing as Yoshi is a dinosaur/dragon-looking creature that has a unique ability to extend his tongue to eat just about anything and spit it back out (depending on what it is) AND he can pretty much only say his own name (besides grunting noises when he does that jump/fly thing) I’d say he’s a species of Pokémon that has yet been discovered.

  • MacCrae Toons
    MacCrae Toons 10 ай бұрын +1648

    Imagine if all MatPat’s theories actually came true? Like, you’re playing a Mario game, and suddenly spot a toad getting possessed by a mushroom?

    • Sheikh Umar
      Sheikh Umar 10 ай бұрын

      @psycless it's called "are theories KILLING video games?"

    • Rio Towa
      Rio Towa 10 ай бұрын

      @zylax yeah the creators knew how they wanted to start and end but not the in-between story lead-up

    • Doge Gang
      Doge Gang 10 ай бұрын


    • MEGA
      MEGA 10 ай бұрын

      Some stuff matpat says are ture and the developer does not want to know about it

    • psycless
      psycless 10 ай бұрын

      @Sheikh Umar where?

  • annbe1l
    annbe1l 10 ай бұрын +9

    MatPat is now sponsored by seatbelt safety.
    So legit

  • Fable the Wolf
    Fable the Wolf 10 ай бұрын +25

    Dude, nostalgia. When my brothers and I were little, Mario 64 was the bomb because of one thing: The overworld. There would ne whole sessions we'd spend without getting a single star because we were making up our own little storylines in the overworld. One of them was that Yoshi was the baby of the big grumpy dad Bowser and the nice mama Loch Ness Monster you ride on. He was grounded by Bowser, that's why he was hard to get to.
    I miss being a kid.

  • Cryptic Corgi
    Cryptic Corgi 7 ай бұрын +8

    Yoshi's ability to spit fire(with the right diet.) Might even point to the idea that he is more closely related to the Bowser line.

  • Not Johnny Burns
    Not Johnny Burns 10 ай бұрын +13

    Just realized that Yoshi's final smashes are references to him being able to sprout wings and spit fire through eating different turtle shells.

  • Natsu Dragneel
    Natsu Dragneel 9 ай бұрын +8

    This theory was fun to watch. Personally I have always seen Yoshi as a drake rather then anything else. I always saw the dragon look but drakes are a kind of dragon that can be either wingless or are constantly flying without ever landing. Bring up the turtle reminded me about the Turtle Dragons. Creatures that reside within oceans and tend to hold huge territory if they are not constantly moving around. Not to mention, they are massive and in a lot of depictions, their backs are basically an island that is constantly moving. Yoshi could very easily be a variation of a dragon turtle by being a drake version of this creature. Plus we had a couple games (I believe) call Yoshi’s Island (I have never played). So by this conclusion, I can easily see Yoshi as a drake. But more specifically, a turtle drake.
    Then again this is just a thought.

  • The Annilators
    The Annilators 10 ай бұрын +2273

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but since dragons aren’t real and there isn’t an official classification for dragons and it varies from culture to culture, couldn’t dinosaurs be considered dragons?

    • Seun Adewale
      Seun Adewale 3 ай бұрын

      He is a Dragon Dinosaur

    • mikey
      mikey 9 ай бұрын

      Thats what i was thinking . It makes perfect sense .

    • Dominique Richards
      Dominique Richards 9 ай бұрын

      Or Vice versa

    • PotatoMonkie
      PotatoMonkie 9 ай бұрын

      Yep they were actually in dinosaur family

  • myowncomputerstuff
    myowncomputerstuff 10 ай бұрын +6

    Fun fact: in Mario Kart Tour, all the drivers were split into Team Peach and Team Bowser for an event last week, and all the Yoshi variants are on Team Bowser.

  • Dragonlady
    Dragonlady 9 ай бұрын +3

    I always thought Yosh was supposed to be a turtle dragon like the ones from Chinese mythology. A dragon with a turtle shell on it's back.

  • Obbels
    Obbels 7 ай бұрын +1

    I love how yoshi is going actively out of his way to get recruited ruin our childhoods.

  • awful clown
    awful clown 10 ай бұрын +16

    playing along here, i think the shell could be a genetic trait that somehow expressed itself when the hybridization occured and koopas, dinosaurs and dragons all come from the same stock. maybe the ancestral koopa came first and the other two branches shed the shell for whatever reason.
    no i'm not reading too much into yoshi. no i'm NOT

  • Mr. Magistral Malik
    Mr. Magistral Malik 9 ай бұрын +1

    Imagine buckling up a seatbelt to indirectly kickstart a series of 3-4 Theorization channels.

  • Antison
    Antison 10 ай бұрын +1514

    In Denmark, our past civilisation actually referred to dinosaurs and dragons as the same thing. I think they might be just a little closer than one might think.

    • Ryan Sabin
      Ryan Sabin 8 ай бұрын

      @Kahrum typically animals that can shoot fluid from their mouth have some kind of structure that we'd be able to see, like a pair of hollow teeth that liquid goes through. And we don't think that dinosaurs could've had the type of cheeks/muscular lips that would allow them to spit like mammals do. Let alone be able to light fire just from their own body.

    • Jamie C
      Jamie C 10 ай бұрын

      @Kahrum how much research did u put into this

    • NeppyNeppyNepu
      NeppyNeppyNepu 10 ай бұрын

      The difference between dinosaurs and dragons is that dinosaurs are too young to smoke

    • Kahrum
      Kahrum 10 ай бұрын +1

      @Jamie C .... i can shoot poison or acid from my gullet, just give me enough alcohol.
      common sense dictates that since there area reptiles TODAY that can produce harmful liquids and fire them at annoyances, there were probably some who had learned the trick back then too.
      and since the atmosphere had more readily availible oxygen..... i could see a fireball shot from the mmouth as a possiblity, the only real question is how they ignited the stream of fluid.

  • Grayn
    Grayn 6 ай бұрын +1

    Just as an aside, if yoshi is a dinosaur I would propose that he might be some kind of ceratosaurian - maybe a noasaur if I had to get specific - based on not only the back plates (similar to ceratosaurus itself) but also having 4 fingers, which is very uncommon in theropods outside of early groups and ceratosaurians.

  • Doga
    Doga 10 ай бұрын +1

    Dragon and Dinosaur are actually similarly writtenin Japanese, with the character for Dragon (Ryuu) being in the word used to say Dinosaur (Kyoryu). This added on to the fact that in Japanese media Dragon is commonly used as a substitute for Dinosaurs thanks to the similarity. Sometimes Dragon will be used to refer to both animals. There is also the fact that Dinosaur bones used to be called dragon bones in past china because of some stories they would make up about the mythical creature

  • Shayne
    Shayne 3 күн бұрын

    i cannot begin to tell you how much i love mario theories

  • D. Sack 2
    D. Sack 2 10 ай бұрын +5

    I remember watching G4 as a kid and they talked about Yoshi winning an award for being a dragon.

  • The egg that survived howtobasic
    The egg that survived howtobasic 9 ай бұрын +2

    So basically.
    Yoshu is a hybrid of a turtle, dinosaur, dragon and a Koopa.

  • Just Some Guy without a Mustache
    Just Some Guy without a Mustache 10 ай бұрын +5144

    This is the most outlandish theory he has about Yoshi, yet it somehow makes enough sense and seems plausible. Huge W for MatPat if this theory is proven canon in the future.

    • Ludexia
      Ludexia 10 ай бұрын

      @AlphaEchoOne I already made a reply saying that I was accusing the Finally it's here guys and I don't wanna write the same thing over and over.

    • AlphaEchoOne
      AlphaEchoOne 10 ай бұрын

      @Ludexia Moustache is a real dude like Justin Y. He's one of the old commenters that have been around before the spambots

    • Repent and believe in Jesus Christ
      Repent and believe in Jesus Christ  10 ай бұрын

      Repent to Jesus Christ
      “Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.””
      ‭‭John‬ ‭20:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • Joejoe&Bones
    Joejoe&Bones 10 ай бұрын +9

    I was chilling until the part where Matpat said Yoshi might betray Mario 😃

  • Weeb-u Breafs
    Weeb-u Breafs 9 ай бұрын +1

    Oh man Yoshi better never turn evil he’s definitely my favorite Mario character

  • Supreme Megaraptor
    Supreme Megaraptor 9 ай бұрын +1

    I think he’s called a dragon sometimes because dinosaur actually translates to “savage dragon” or “terrifying dragon” or something similar in Japanese.

  • CQ H
    CQ H 10 ай бұрын +1

    Yoshi could’ve been a hybrid of the three. The T. In his name could’ve stand for Turtle, Yoshisaur has the same ending as Dinosaur, and Munchakoopas has “Koopa” in it while the Munch just means he eats Bowser’s minions and other small enemies.

  • Banjo Pawmaville
    Banjo Pawmaville 9 ай бұрын

    Your Super Mario theories are always intriguing!!

  • Abe M.
    Abe M. 10 ай бұрын +781

    I get the feeling that in the Mushroom world, "dinosaur" and "dragon" are simply interchangeable.

    • Yoseqlo Yoseloq
      Yoseqlo Yoseloq 9 ай бұрын

      @Asinee Watchmaker Exactly! Or the bearded dragon. Something that relates to the general feeling of big or dangerous reptile.

    • Asinee Watchmaker
      Asinee Watchmaker 9 ай бұрын +1

      @Yoseqlo Yoseloq would it be similar to the Comodo Dragon a type of large lizard? irl? And a type of turtle shell, would also be related to a Turtle Species🤔. I find this very interesting

    • Antônio Barreto
      Antônio Barreto 10 ай бұрын +6

      I was thinking about this the whole video! Dragons don't really exist in the real world, so why couldn't they simply be a type of dinosaur in the Mario universe?

    • Faulty
      Faulty 10 ай бұрын

      @Alex Easton so true

    • K.A.B. Nwanwah
      K.A.B. Nwanwah 10 ай бұрын +1

      @User Name Lol. I know. Was referencing Amber Turd.

  • Obbels
    Obbels 7 ай бұрын

    It’s interesting to think that super Mario odyssey introduced realistic dinosaurs as well as a realistic dragon.

  • James Ihrke
    James Ihrke 9 ай бұрын +1

    The word "dinosaur" was not coined until 1841. Prior to that, the creatures now classified as such (which were know, as recorded by Marco Polo circa 1271) would have been classified as dragons.

  • Blank Changeling
    Blank Changeling 3 ай бұрын

    I like to think that Yoshi just likes to call himself a dragon and is really a dinosaur. I think it'd be cute :]

  • xXxScarKnightxXx
    xXxScarKnightxXx 4 ай бұрын

    Being a Munchikoopa, at least to me, means he's still related to a Koopa. Since Bowser to everyone is a Dragon Turtle Hybrid called the King Koopa. It would make sense that Yoshi and to an extent every dinosaur character are a hybrid of some sort

  • DJ Chris
    DJ Chris 9 ай бұрын

    Life would've never been the same without The Game Theorists. Thanks, Stephanie's dad, for wearing your seatbelt.

  • Abderian Agelast
    Abderian Agelast 10 ай бұрын +1502

    I think there's a very obvious solution that hasn't been discussed yet: Yoshi doesn't fit neatly into the Plessie, Dorrie, Bahamut, or Koopa lineages because Yoshi is the common ancestor for them all. Or rather, a species very similar to Yoshis was the common ancestor for them all, and modern Yoshis evolved in a climate that favored remaining similar to their ancestor's form. Granted, this would require knowing when in the Mario timeline each species originated, or some sort of fossil record, but it makes more sense to me than Yoshi somehow being a hybrid of three or more species at once.

    • Dan Loup
      Dan Loup 4 ай бұрын

      Another simple one is that dragons in the mario world are a category of dinosaurs that can breath fire and have wings

    • silas frisenette
      silas frisenette 5 ай бұрын

      @Abderian Agelast we know that water exists in Yoshi's world, and that fire would be useful against any enemy that lives in Yoshi's world too. Same goes for the shells, which would also be useful against enemies there. We know he is afraid of these, as he runs away when he bumps into one of them. It also seems Yoshi can actually live pretty much anywhere, maybe even natively as we find can find his eggs in most types of worlds. I still don't see why you'd have to suppose all of those things. A hybrid is by far the most economic assumption.

    • Abderian Agelast
      Abderian Agelast 5 ай бұрын

      @silas frisenette We definitely could call them all a single species, like we do with dog breeds. But then they'd still all originate from a common ancestor. Just a far more recent one.

    • Abderian Agelast
      Abderian Agelast 5 ай бұрын

      @silas frisenette First, I didn't intend to insult your intelligence, I simply don't know you and don't know what you know. I just want to try and be as clear as I can in the hopes of minimizing misunderstandings.
      Second, well, we don't actually know of many world events in the Mario world, or what the continents look like, or anything like that. I can't honestly give a reason for why the species divulged because I don't know anything about the world itself. All I can do is make assumptions based on what we know about Earth and hope that they apply here. The best I can do is say that I don't know, we don't have enough information. But I still think it's far more likely than a four-way hybrid between Koopa, Bahamut, Plessie, and Dorrie.

    • silas frisenette
      silas frisenette 5 ай бұрын

      @Abderian Agelast well surely they are related to the names we call them, otherwise we might as well call them all "bob" and say it's one species with different phenotypes 🤷

  • Simon Says
    Simon Says 3 ай бұрын +1

    i think a game where yoshis are evil would be a nice change of pace and i think adding some new game mechanics to make up for the lack of yoshis would be cool

  • Aidan Tiono
    Aidan Tiono 5 ай бұрын +1

    Seatbelt's can save lives!
    Even the "Odd 1s Out(James Rallison)" says so!
    (by the way your show is GREAT!) keep it up!

  • St0ny
    St0ny 8 ай бұрын +1

    The 'munchikoopa' in his name doesn't mean that he is a koopa, but that he has the characteristic of eating koopas. Like when a plant has the byname grandiflora and it has big blossoms

  • Legendly
    Legendly 4 ай бұрын

    Normally I skip ads but since I was drawing while it happened, I couldn’t. So I got to hear Steph’s Dad’s tragic story that got saved by a seatbelt. Please, wear your seatbelt, everyone.

  • Michael Weiss
    Michael Weiss 9 ай бұрын

    Well, in China, dragon turtles are a thing. The Chinese dragon turtle may have possibly been what inspired the creation of Yoshi, the dragon turtle dinosaur. Now, if you look at Bowser, he's the closest thing to what a traditional dragon turtle would look like standing on hind legs.

  • TransScriber
    TransScriber 10 ай бұрын +753

    Here's the ultimate cop-out. Yoshi is actually an artificial lifeform with the DNA of dragons, dinosaurs and turtles mixed in. Probably chameleon given his tongue.

    • NovaMarpo3
      NovaMarpo3 10 ай бұрын

      You’re valid!

    • CreeprNsideLink
      CreeprNsideLink 10 ай бұрын +2

      So is Yoshi just the Mario version of Shadow? Ultimate Life Form and all.

    • ThatWAFFLEGuy 49
      ThatWAFFLEGuy 49 10 ай бұрын +1

      @Miss Anxiety There. That's what Yoshi is: The Reptilian Singularity.

    • Miss Anxiety
      Miss Anxiety 10 ай бұрын +1

      Basically, he's a reptillian amalgamation

  • DEC
    DEC 4 ай бұрын

    Few things that bug me:
    1. In Japanese, the words Dragon and Dinosaur seem to overlap in places. It's not far a stretch to think that they may be seen as the same thing in the world of the Mushroom Kingdom.
    2. Allot of the times Yoshi is referred to as a dragon seem to be either when he has been enhanced by some power-up or when he refers himself as the *"Yoshi the dragon!"* (or words to that effect). It could be him bigging himself to the level of an epic fire-breathing beast, to make him seem tougher.
    PS. It could also be him trying to distance himself from a Koopa lineage, considering the shell on his back.
    Thankyou for listening to my rant/Ted-Talk x

  • Moje Jaje
    Moje Jaje 9 ай бұрын +4

    7:46 what an amazing color palette. Seriously it should be a Grb.

  • You’re 100% right, but
    You’re 100% right, but 8 ай бұрын

    This video left me with more questions about Yoshi than answers, now instead of just thinking he’s either a dino or a dragon, I think he’s either a koopa or a hybrid of a lot of them combined, I don’t even know which ones for sure

  • moon
    moon 10 ай бұрын

    I applaud you for the seat belt safety sponsorship/psa.
    Also, great theory as always ;)

  • Teddy Flowers
    Teddy Flowers 14 күн бұрын

    Always wondered why Yoshi had a turtle shell on his back

  • QuizMaster Hanzo
    QuizMaster Hanzo 10 ай бұрын +586

    To be completely honest, dinosaur and dragons are not really different creatures in Japan.
    The Japanese word for dinousaur is Kyōryū, with the latter half Ryū being the word meaning dragon.

    • WKMT Steven
      WKMT Steven 7 ай бұрын +1

      @QuizMaster Hanzo oh yup

    • Dustin Dean
      Dustin Dean 7 ай бұрын

      I found this out through One Piece lol

    • QuizMaster Hanzo
      QuizMaster Hanzo 10 ай бұрын +1

      @WKMT Steven true, but you are not going to tell me no one uses it for wordplay, I've seen plenty of games where dinosaurs are given dragon like features like fire breath or being able to swim in lava.
      Not saying I know more than a native speaker, but I've been studying Japanese for a few years, so I'm at least sure of how wordplay is used in media.

    • WKMT Steven
      WKMT Steven 10 ай бұрын

      We japanese use the words Kyoryu and ryu very separately tho. When you say kyoryu it will only mean dinosaur but not dragon, and when you say ryu it will only mean dragon. We don’t call dragons kyoryu and definitely don’t call dinosaurs Ryu ❌. Same with Chinese

    • Nowolf
      Nowolf 10 ай бұрын +1

      I mean, not that different in english honestly. 'deinos' meaning terrible, and 'sauros' for lizard. meanwhile, that first kanji is 'fear, *terror*, dread', yes?

  • AKmi
    AKmi 9 ай бұрын

    I once saw an artwork that actually showed Yoshi with both the shell and the saddle, with the saddle just in front of his shell, which I think makes sense.
    And also, I don’t think there’s a distinction between Dinosaur, Dragon and Turtle in the Marioverse.
    Kind of different forms for the same creatures.

  • Tablet Genesis
    Tablet Genesis 8 ай бұрын +1

    If someone still didn't understand if Yoshi is dinosaur or dragon, he is a mix of dinosaur, dragon and turtle.

  • Jackie Sidman
    Jackie Sidman 8 ай бұрын

    I've always thought yoshi was Bowser's child estranged and trying to stop his father's evilness

  • xxx
    xxx 3 ай бұрын +4

    4:00 I was thinking to myself, "Nintendo stop trying to be as complicated as FNAF", but then he practically said it himself a few seconds after 😂😂😂

  • Rugops
    Rugops 8 ай бұрын

    Not all the odd dinosaurs and dragons were looked into. Some of the others share a similar appearance to Yoshi too.

  • Galarian Guy
    Galarian Guy 10 ай бұрын +455

    Yoshi being a Koopa even works with his final smash in Brawl as rather than gaining dragon like wings, he gets feathered ones like Para-Koopas

    • Galarian Guy
      Galarian Guy 10 ай бұрын +2

      @Devon Smith Don't respond to bots, it gives them more visibility

    • Galarian Guy
      Galarian Guy 10 ай бұрын +1

      @Jero Valentin Trueee, but yeah the point still stands :')

    • Devon Smith
      Devon Smith 10 ай бұрын +1

      @Don't Read My Profile Photo Okay Bob

    • Jero Valentin
      Jero Valentin 10 ай бұрын +11

      The feather wings also appear in the 1st games, where each of the 4 Yoshi colors had different powers (Blue being wings)

    • Олександр Залiзняк
      Олександр Залiзняк 10 ай бұрын

      MatPat is a brain burner!(Правдивое видео):.

  • Tablet Genesis
    Tablet Genesis 8 ай бұрын +1

    Are we not gonna talk about one seatbelt saved this entire channel?

  • Bucket hat :D
    Bucket hat :D 9 ай бұрын

    it's not a mistake it's a masterpiece

  • Tam3600
    Tam3600 9 ай бұрын

    I love how this guys makes like at least 5 Mario theories a year but he’s only made like 7 sonic theories in his lifetime, and all of them where just proving him wrong. MatPat, if you see this, I’d like to know how Sonic’s homing attack works, if you will. Thanks.

  • YourBoyDonald
    YourBoyDonald 10 ай бұрын +2

    This is the most bizarre theory he has about Yoshi, but somehow it makes sense and seems plausible. Huge W for MatPat if this theory is proven canon in the future.

    • YourBoyDonald
      YourBoyDonald 4 ай бұрын +1

      @Alexander Leonardi Who knows.

    • Alexander Leonardi
      Alexander Leonardi 10 ай бұрын

      No it doesnt. And no it cant. Yoshi is old enough to be bowsers father

  • Abby Normal
    Abby Normal 9 ай бұрын

    Maybe Yoshi was just meant to be different. That's probably why he's always been my favorite.

  • Andre Zlatin
    Andre Zlatin 10 ай бұрын +138

    When a department of the U.S. government sponsors a Game Theory video about Yoshi's relation to Bowser, you know this timeline is absolutely bonkers.

    • Rock Lee
      Rock Lee 10 ай бұрын

      kzclip.org/video/s5g6tqzqiRE/бейне.html Finally It’s here🤠

    • SomeoneTooksMyAcc
      SomeoneTooksMyAcc 10 ай бұрын


    • Олександр Залiзняк
      Олександр Залiзняк 10 ай бұрын

      MatPat is a brain burner!(Правдивое видео):.

    • Ace eduventures
      Ace eduventures 10 ай бұрын

      держись солдаты

  • Pirate Style Jutsu
    Pirate Style Jutsu 10 ай бұрын +12

    In Japanese, the word for “dinosaur” and the word for “dragon” are very similar. 🦖 🐉

  • VoidZ
    VoidZ 10 ай бұрын +1

    I’d really love to see you guys dive into how dark of a game Moving Out is.

  • Jil 1807
    Jil 1807 Ай бұрын

    Now I am waiting until an evil Yoshi story.

  • John W
    John W 10 ай бұрын +5

    Aside from the explanation of a shell, comparing Yoshi to a hybrid like a mule or liger is inaccurate because this would mean that Yoshi also has the same infertility. You can only get a mule by breeding a horse and a donkey together or by breeding a tiger and a lion together. This argument that Yoshi is a hybrid like them is disqualified by the simple fact that Yoshi can lay eggs that hatch other Yoshis.

  • It’s hamster time
    It’s hamster time 4 ай бұрын

    My sister used to take dance classes. One of them was themed on mario related things, and on a Yoshi themed dance with with costumes and little kids, it had said “we are the dinosaurs”. I never questioned the dance.

  • GunlessSnake
    GunlessSnake 10 ай бұрын +707

    Given the connection between turtles, dinosaurs, and dragons in the Mario series, it could be that the various species are all of the above. They're dragon-turtle-dinosaurs, with a dominance of 1/2 of these traits compared to the other 1/2 depending on the species.

    • Jag_rex24
      Jag_rex24 10 ай бұрын +1

      @Tomes of Awesome Here's my simple theory, matpat was right about Yoshi being a monolophosaurus but the magic found throughout the Mushroom Kingdom is what gave the dinosaur radical adaptations.
      It really makes more sense for dinosaur to evolve into a dragon then anything else.

    • Lua Freire
      Lua Freire 10 ай бұрын +3

      Wouldn't that make him a Tarasque?

    • Олександр Залiзняк
      Олександр Залiзняк 10 ай бұрын +1

      MatPat is a brain burner!(Правдивое видео):.

    • Rock Lee
      Rock Lee 10 ай бұрын +1

      kzclip.org/video/s5g6tqzqiRE/бейне.html Finally It’s here

    • Tomes of Awesome
      Tomes of Awesome 10 ай бұрын +22

      Plus we already covered/talked about how every color of toad is like it's own sub species. There are AT LEAST, four different colored Yoshie's. Two of which are the same color as Bahamut and Dorie. And then parakoops are yellow. And big koopas like ROY, have a stomping action, which is EXACTLY what yellow yoshie's do!

  • KeyonRulez
    KeyonRulez 10 ай бұрын

    What a W sponsor cause that’s crazy how one seat belt is what gave us this content and this character know as mat pat really encourages me to drive safe becuase you never know what I might be apart of in the future that my safe driving allowed me to be in

  • Will Sith
    Will Sith 10 ай бұрын

    I just kinda figured dragon and dinosaur were interchangeable in this context... Giant, ancient, extinct reptiles with massive jaws and all that.

  • Arische Setmses
    Arische Setmses 9 ай бұрын

    I once saw a learning channel show that postulated that dragons are a type of dinosaur, so it makes sense that both ideas of Yoshi being a dinosaur and dragon being correct when thinking along that line.

  • TheRedarm75
    TheRedarm75 10 ай бұрын

    a rebel villian yoshi would make for interesting mechanics as a boss fight, lots to work with

  • Rania Ouabouch
    Rania Ouabouch 9 ай бұрын +6

    9:05 Just changing the G to a P would drastically damage this video

  • Ja Fie
    Ja Fie 10 ай бұрын +211

    MatPat talking about the safety of seatbelts brings me a strange kind of relief. I was in a crash last September and almost caused major brain damage, and only got out with whiplash and a concussion because my seatbelt kept me from hitting the dashboard full force. Thank you MatPat!

    • MegaTurtle95
      MegaTurtle95 10 ай бұрын +4

      lovely youtube comment weather today

    • King Longface
      King Longface 10 ай бұрын

      kzclip.org/video/s5g6tqzqiRE/бейне.html Finally It’s here⭐️

    • Олександр Залiзняк
      Олександр Залiзняк 10 ай бұрын

      MatPat is a brain burner!(Правдивое видео):.

  • Storm Aurora
    Storm Aurora 10 ай бұрын +3

    Speaking of contradictory information on a creature's classification from different canonical sources, I'm curious to see a theory from you about Phione and whether it's a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.

  • Sam and Miki Khardian
    Sam and Miki Khardian 5 ай бұрын

    Dinosaur is a pretty new word, to be fair. Dragon was a word used for what we understand to be dinosaurs for far longer than we've used the word dinosaur.

  • BOBimus Rex
    BOBimus Rex 9 ай бұрын

    So glad 2022 decided to remind everyone about seatbelts. I haven't heard a psa about seatbelts in 20 years, so I totally forgot they existed. Thanks 2022. Maybe next year you can bring back "stop drop and roll" or air raid drills.

  • Steven Villman
    Steven Villman 10 ай бұрын +6

    The member of the Yoshi species that I know of who has evil tendencies is *_Boshi_* from the _Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars_ video game. No other Yoshi is likely to *_EVER_* turn evil there!

    • Licinius Varrus
      Licinius Varrus 10 ай бұрын +1

      Are koopas actually evil? I only ever got the impression from the games I've played that they are simply obeying their king.

  • Hidden Oreo
    Hidden Oreo 3 ай бұрын

    Also, the fact that Yoshi doesn't enter the castle in Super Mario World proves that he won't be against Mario unless he jumps off him to get over a pit.

  • Bed Tom
    Bed Tom 10 ай бұрын +525

    Yoshi's father is a dragon and dinossaur hybrid while his mom is a turtle.

    • Impudent Strumpet
      Impudent Strumpet 9 ай бұрын

      @Azure Dragoon And Bowser Jr's mother?!?! 😱

    • Bed Tom
      Bed Tom 10 ай бұрын

      @Mr.Random oh god please not bowser rule 34 again

    • Mr.Random
      Mr.Random 10 ай бұрын

      Is bowser a dragon koopa hybrid? If yes... Hear me out, maybe JUST maybe, bowser got a little lonely and....

    • Bed Tom
      Bed Tom 10 ай бұрын +1

      @Alphaundpinsel its a video game... lets not talk about that...

    • K1d._215
      K1d._215 10 ай бұрын

      @Change Name Edits then how do you get baby yoshi?

  • Chip Chip
    Chip Chip 10 ай бұрын

    It could be possible that ancient Yoshis had wings but they became vestigial or even just evolved into a shell and when he absorbs the smash ball energy he grows the wings back

  • UltraCenterHQ
    UltraCenterHQ 6 ай бұрын +1

    What if Yoshi just calls himself a dragon? To make himself look cool, I guess

  • Hyper-thetical Theoreticals
    Hyper-thetical Theoreticals 5 ай бұрын

    It's not a seat belt, but in SM2 and 3 I believe Yoshi has a saddle.

  • Koipidgey
    Koipidgey 9 ай бұрын

    can we talk about how Mat's career is literally a butterfly effect

  • Frank Kawai Tran
    Frank Kawai Tran 10 ай бұрын +228

    Fun trivia: In Japanese (and by extension, Chinese) the way you say “dinosaur” is 恐竜 (kyōryū). The second character, 竜, literally means “dragon”. Since the word for dragon entered the Chinese/Japanese lexicon first, dinosaurs are essentially “scary dragons”. Perhaps this is another reason why the translation is a bit more fuzzy.

    • WKMT Steven
      WKMT Steven 10 ай бұрын

      @Frank Kawai Tran Yup and the word 恐竜 is made up by a paleontologist named Matajiro Yokoyama

    • Frank Kawai Tran
      Frank Kawai Tran 10 ай бұрын

      @Wafflest Waffle In a majority of cases, yes! A huge chunk of Japanese vocabulary was borrowed from China. I only mentioned it in that order because the language talked about in the video is Japanese. You might also be surprised to find that China borrowed some vocabulary from Japan too in a fascinating reversed cultural exchange. While the characters themselves are still Chinese in origin, the unique ORDER was borrowed from Japan. Take these examples: 電話 (telephone) and 文化 (culture)

    • Stratonikis Porcia
      Stratonikis Porcia 10 ай бұрын +2

      @Wafflest Waffle No?

    • Wafflest Waffle
      Wafflest Waffle 10 ай бұрын

      I think you mean "In Chinese (and by extension, Japanese)," right?

    • Stratonikis Porcia
      Stratonikis Porcia 10 ай бұрын +1

      @リヴィングトンカナタ Both can be used

  • Luna Hix
    Luna Hix 10 ай бұрын

    This kinda makes sense. If he was a dinosaur, why does he have a shell like Bowser?

  • The Blue Rubber Duckster
    The Blue Rubber Duckster 9 ай бұрын +1

    Don't know if this means anything but during the Peach vs. Bowser tour in Mario Kart Tour, Yoshi was on team Bowser. Every variation. Blue, Red, Original Green. Every Yoshi. Hope you see this!

  • Brandon Swanson
    Brandon Swanson 4 ай бұрын

    Canonically, there already IS an evil Yoshi; in the same game as Bahamutt, i.e. Super Mario RPG, there's a recurring side quest of Mario riding Yoshi as it races against a Yoshi-like creaturecalled Boshi. And much like Bahamutt? Boshi's never been in another game either! Boshi resembles a blue Yoshi but wears shades similar to Ash's Squirtle, a spiked collar, and his shoes are open-toed due to his claws. I think.hemight've had fangs as well. Also the crest on Boshi's neck is a single, red triangle instead of many, small red semi-circles.

  • DannyB Version1.0
    DannyB Version1.0 10 ай бұрын

    Ah yes, all the Yoshi eggs in the Mario series hatches into a single entity which is the lost son of bowser.