Morton Koopa Jr. brings some controversy with him. How’s he Bowser’s Junior if he’s named Morton? Is Bowser’s real name Morton? Is he really Bowser’s kid?
Doesn’t matter. What does matter is that Morton is named for Morton Downey Jr. a singer, tv host and DJ. I don’t know an awful lot beyond what Wikipedia has to say, but a few moments of seeing Morton Downey Jr. on screen tells a lot. With cigarette in hand you can tell he’s from an era that it’s hard to believe ever existed.