If you’ve played just about any of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. games then you’ll be all too familiar Bowser, fearsome “King of the Koopa” and Mario’s spiky antagonist. But did you ever stop to consider him as something cute? Nope, neither did we. At least, not until we saw this awesome crocheted sweater, made by craft maven Jennifer Olivarez of Squirrel Picnic.

Jennifer was challenged by Lisa Egolf to crochet a sweater for her pet turtle, named Myrtle: “so that he would be easy to spot when she lets him loose to play in the courtyard of the school where she teaches science. ‘I think bright yet manly colors would be best,’ she said, because after all this Myrtle is male (don’t judge). So I set out to design the most masculine turtle sweater I could.”

When considering tough chelonians, Jennifer immediately thought of Bowser the video game villain. We love that this sweater makes Myrtle look terrifically tough and yet also incredibly cute. It’s a winning combination and Myrtle looks ready to take on the world or at least seriously menace some fresh veggies.

But the best part is that Jennifer also shared a thorough step-by-step guide for making this awesome turtle sweater over on her website. So now anyone else make one too, and that includes you.

[via Kotaku and Laughing Squid]