While Toad is the name of an individual, it also refers to an entire species (much like Yoshi, Birdo and Kirby from the Kirby series). However, in Japan, the species name is sometimes called Kinoko-zoku (キノコ族), literally “Mushroom People” (which is an alternate name used in earlier localizations, along with “Mushroom Retainers”). In other words, Toad (Kinopio) is a member of the Toads (Kinokos / Mushroom People). In the Mario franchise, there are also some other individual Toad characters (e. g. , Toadette, Toadsworth and Toadbert). The most prominent trait of a Toad is its large head that resembles a mushroom in shape and color – historically speculated as them wearing a mushroom hat, but eventually ruled out by Japanese video game designer Yoshiaki Koizumi. Another common point of most Toads is their traditional vest.