|Fake Item Box|
|Kind of Item||Item Box|
|First Appearance||Mario Kart 64|
|Latest Appearance||Mario Kart Arcade GP DX|
|Presents itself as a regular Item Box, but flips anyone over that picks it up|
The Fake Item Box (occasionally called just Fake Item) is a common Mario Kart item resembling an Item Box. The only differences are the occasional red glare and the upside-down question mark. Though it appears to be colored similarly to a normal Item Box from farther away, it looks more reddish the closer someone is to it. When a driver makes contact with one, their car flips, as if they got hit with a green or red shell, except it electrocutes the kart by playing a red lightning-like effect. Fake Item Boxes appear more frequently in positions near the front of the pack. Usually, the Fake Item Box is unable to block the items behind the user, but some games allow the Fake Item Box to block items and be placed in midair.
In Team Battles (Mario Kart Wii only), Fake Item Boxes are the color of its respective team. Therefor, the item can also be blue instead of red.
Previous games had different styles for the Fake Item Box, to match with their Item Box counterpart. The ones in Mario Kart 64, for example, had the upside down question mark as its only difference, while the one in Mario Kart DS bore no question mark at all.
In Mario Kart Wii the Fake Item Box's ¿ gets a purple outline to go with its red color, which stays with it for fanon Mario Kart games.
In the Mario Kart Arcade GP games, a Fake Item Box would cover the screen with a jack-in-the-box character for a second. The player will not lose much momentum, unlike the other counterparts.
Koopa Kart Series
Fake Item Boxes appear in Koopa Kart with their normal functions.
Fake Item Boxes make their normal appearances in Super Koopa Kart.
Fake Item Boxes appear in Mario Kart: Double Dash 2!! as a basic item.
Fake Item Boxes appear in Mario Kart Silver. In this game, they look like regular Item Boxes, except that they have an upside down question mark. It causes opponents to flip over once hit.
The Fake Item Box appears in Mario Kart Platinum. In this game, it returns to its Mario Kart Wii look, is able to block items again, and can be placed in mid-air. It causes opponents to flip over once hit. There are also two new variations of the Fake Item Box: the Double Fake Item Box (to go with the Double Item Box) and the Triple Fake Item Box (despite not having a Triple Item Box).
Normal Fake Item Boxes appear in this game, along with Waluigi's new special item, Exploding Fake Item Boxes.
Dry Bones Kart series
The Fake Item Box debuts in these three games in the Dry Bones Kart series. In these games, the Fake Item Box looks similar to a real Item Box, except it has a ¿ inside. It blasts any kart into the air that touches it. It also blocks shells and can be placed in midair.
The Fake Item Box returns in Dry Bones Kart: Double Dash!!, Dry Bones Kart DS, and Dry Bones Kart Wii, where it is colored red (returns to its look in first three appearances in Dry Bones Kart DS) and cannot block items or be placed in midair. It is also nerfed, as it only flips the kart that touches it.
The Fake Item Box retains its look from Dry Bones Kart Wii, and returns its shell blocking abilities and is now able to be placed in midair again.
The Fake Item Box retains its look, shell blocking abilities, and midair placing ability from Dry Bones Kart 7, and now blasts players into the air again.