Ever since he made his debut in Super Mario Bros., the majority--if not all--of Bowser's schemes have remained the same: to abduct Princess Peach. However, as time went by, many people--including some YouTubers--have came to the conclusion that Bowser fell in love with the princess, albeit it hasn't been proven specifically. Unfortunately, this theory that people made have been overshadowed by many of Bowser's fiendish acts. And in this article, I will be explaining why this theory doesn't make sense with his behavior towards Princess Peach.

1. The Lack Of Prove

Bowser has appeared in numerous games and not once has he showed any care for her. Sure, he might have alluded to the fact that he has feelings for her in some games, like in the game Paper Mario, for example, where, in his diary, he briefly wonders if Peach liked him. However, there's a saying that goes, "Actions speak louder than words." So despite the fact that he has implied that he has feelings for her in some cases, his behavior towards her proves otherwise, as he usually abducts her against her will, and done numerous other fiendish things to her as well. Sure, you can argue that in the game Super Paper Mario, when Count Bleck forced them to get married, he was overjoyed by the idea. However, that was presumably just an act, because, in the game Super Mario Odyssey, he attempts to marry her by force, but this time it doesn't seem like he was doing it out of love; he seemed to have wanted to take over her kingdom or make Mario jealous. All in all, there isn't enough evidence to prove that Bowser has a crush on her, and thanks to this, we can assume that he doesn't have a crush on her.

2. He Abuses Peach!

There are numerous examples that prove that Bowser abuses Princess Peach, and one of them is shown in Super Mario 3D Land, where he alongside an army of his minions chases her, to presumably harm her. This is shown after the player completes World 6 in a letter that Princess Peach sent Mario. There were many more instances where Bowser mistreated the princess, like in the game Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam, where he attacks Peach's Castle using an army of aircraft (equipped with canons). This event takes place when the player defeats both paper and normal Bowser Jrs. She also tries to escape Bowser's Castle while Mario and his companions are attempting to rescue her as shown in the same game. This shows how much the princess dislikes being frequently abducted by Bowser because obviously, she wouldn't attempt to flee otherwise. In addition to that, every time Bowser kidnaps her, she would call for Mario's assistance. These reasons could allude to the fact that Bowser mistreats her off-screen; why else would she be so desperate to be saved? To back this up, you can see that each Koopaling member drags her to each of their own castles/towers in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Another example of Bowser mistreating the princess is when he battles the princess in a lot of games, which includes Super Mario 3D World, Super Princess Peach, and the Super Smash Bros. series. He also has no remorse when doing all of these acts. People may argue that he was raised by Kamek, and that results in his evil behavior, but there are also times where he teams up with Mario to defeat a greater threat and doesn't even make any attempt to betray him in the process. (This proves that how Kamek raised him has nothing to do with Bowser's personality traits.) He also has done more fiendish acts than Kamek as well; for example, in Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, he and Antasma create a castle right above Pi'illo Island (using the Dream Stone), where they destroy a few nearby islands with the castle's weapons. Another example of this is when he tries to kill Princess Peach and enslaves Toads in Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam, he battles his son, Bowser Jr., in both the Super Smash Bros. series and in Mario Party: Island Tour (and even knocks him off his tower in this game). Kamek hasn't done anything like this before, and he even tries to stop Bowser in Mario Party 9, proving that he isn't that evil as people think he is. So it doesn't make sense that a person who tries to harm (or possibly kill) her would have any feelings for her.

3. He Just Wants To Get To Mario's Head

I know this sounds improbable, but hear me out in this. In a lot of Mario games, he is normally beaten in the same way: by pushing a button or any other item that can defeat him in the battle. He also allows Peach to send Mario letters (as shown in Super Mario 3D Land) and lets a group of Toads help him in his quest by giving him useful items. If he wanted to kill Mario, wouldn't he prevent the Toads from aiding Mario and the princess in sending letters? You can't say he was unaware of this because I trust that she's in plain view to Bowser (or at least has minions watching her), and all of the Toad's dwellings are located in the path of each world, and minions sometimes patrol each world in some games. (This is mainly proven in the Super Mario Bros. series.) Also, the levels in a lot of games have extremely high time limits, has easy to defeat enemies like Goombas, Koopa Troopas, etc., and contain easy to avoid obstacles. If he truly wanted Peach all to himself, wouldn't he make Mario's life harder by sending tougher enemies and putting unavoidable obstacles in his path? Furthermore, at the ending of Super Mario Odyssey, he tried to get Peach's attention when she was with Mario, which implies that he was attempting to mess with Mario. These all imply that he doesn't care about Peach all that much, and was merely messing with Mario. If this wasn't the case, then why else would he join Mario and his friends in go-karting--or even join them in parties?

All these reasons prove that Bowser has no feelings for Princess Peach. However, whether Bowser has an actual crush on Princess Peach or is simply using her to take control of the Mushroom Kingdom is unknown, as Nintendo never confirmed this explicitly. But until they do, I say it's safe to assume that he doesn't have a crush on her.