Tatanga, also known as Tatanga, the Mysterious Spaceman, is an alien who had originally attacked Sarasaland and captured Princess Daisy in the events of the game, Super Mario Land. In the sequel to his debut game, it was revealed that he was merely a mercenary Wario hired to distract Mario in order to take over the latter's castle.
Tatanga is a player on the Bowser Villains team on the multi-player Wii sports game Mario Rugby League. He is a strong character, he has good strength and speed but poor skill. His special skill is to shoot foes with a laser beam for extended tackling.
Tatanga was first mentioned by Daisy in Part 6. While Daisy and Tiptron were attempting to warn the Koopa Troop about the dangers of the Chaos Star, and how they were all being manipulated by Dimentia and Dimention, their words fell on deaf ears. Shortly afterwards, a Koopatrol made a sarcastic remark about getting "visited by green men from space", to which Daisy angrily replied that aliens do exist, citing Tatanga as a prime example.
Towards the end of Part 12 and the beginning of Part 13, Tatanga ended up making an actual appearance shortly after Daisy, Tiptron, and Antasma (who was only lending his help to the latter two out of spite towards Bowser) arrived at Sarasaland after helping more captured Mushroom Castle prisoners. While there, Tatanga revealed that he was a mercenary, and was merely hired by someone to attack Sarasaland as a diversion to keep Mario busy.
Tatanga then went on to claim that he became so addicted to the rush of posing as an intergalactic dictator that he wanted to become one for real. He then decided that he was going to resume his original plans; not only to conquer Sarasaland, but the entire universe, as well. In order to test the new powers that Antasma has given her, Daisy decided to engage the extraterrestrial in battle. Before then, however, they made a deal which entailed that if Daisy won, then Tatanga would have to tell her who it was that hired him during the latter's first invasion. If Tatanga won, then Sarasaland would be his for the taking, and Daisy would have to become his bride in the process.
After agreeing to these terms, the battle began, with Daisy and Antasma emerging victorious in the end. Defeated and weakened, Tatanga revealed that Wario was the one who originally hired him to do what he did, much to Daisy's shock and anger. Shortly afterwards, Tatanga swore revenge, claiming that he would return again someday. From there, Tatanga and his troops promptly fled the scene.
Super Mario Revival series
Tatanga makes his only appearance in the Super Mario Revival series in episode 05 of the first season. He is one of the many villains revived by King Polarite. He is back and even stronger than before. He drains the Mushroom Kingdom of its life and resources, making the land very dry and arid, and there is plenty of famine. As the population decreases, the princess of flowers and nature might know how to put a stop to it.
A Cosmic Clone of him created by Khrysalis appears a major boss for the Thunder Star courses. He took over Sarasaland and kidnapped Daisy, although it's questionable as if to whether it was really a representation of Tatanga. His Cosmic Clone status is questionable, as he wasn't following the real Tatanga and he was able to talk and make his own actions.
Tatanga is a purple alien with wide eyes and pointed ears.
In Super Mario Land, and in other games, Tatanga is depicted as small, short, and impish, while in other games, he is tall and has a more muscular build.