"Hey! It's the character page for the Paper Mario
subseries! You know, it really does have a lot of characters, huh? Max HP is 10, attack is 2, defense is 0."
"...Do you think it's the page itself attacking us, or the spirits of all the characters on it? ...Hmmm..."
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"Hey Mario! I'm Goombario. I'm your biggest fan!"
Mario's first partner throughout the entire series, Goombario is a small but highly intelligent young lad who knows something about everything. His main ability is his "Tattle" ability, which doesn't do much for you gameplay-wise, but which can provide advice to you and make HP bars for enemies you've used it on visible.
"I, Kooper, will follow you to the ends of the Earth!"
Mario's second partner is Kooper, an adventurous Koopa. He idolizes the famous explorer Kolorado and wants to be just like him. He has the ability to fling his shell and come back like a boomerang—even across mid-air!
"See that? You see what I bring to the party Mario?"
Mario's third partner is a fiery young Bob-Omb named Bombette. After he saves her from imprisonment in the Koopa Bros. Fortress, she pledges to join him on his quest. She can blow things up to destroy rocks and cracked walls, among other things. What we'd like to know, though, is how she's still... Actually, never mind.
This harried courier is Mario's 4th party member. He's a Paratroopa who uses his wings to help him deliver mail. He can carry Mario across short gaps, but he's also involved in a lengthy sidequest to nab one of the game's rarer badges.
- In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, a letter from Parakarry can be found within World 5-1's junkyard. All of this, in addition to his Catch Card in Super Paper Mario, makes him the only character who debuted in the first game to at least be mentioned in the whole series.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In the first game, he delivers Peach's invitation to Mario, well before he actually joins your party in Chapter 2.
- Flying Postman
- The Klutz: He has a habit of loosing mail whenever he tries to make a delivery.
- Let's Get Dangerous: According to Goombario, despite his personality, he is downright intimidating in battle.
"I swear on my own grave! Mario's innocent!"
Mario's 5th party member is a member of the Boo gentry
and is... just
a little bit on the Tsundere
side. She likes to smack people around with her fan. She can also make Mario briefly invisible... and intangible. Useful for avoiding enemy attacks!
"You're super great! You're the greatest great guy! I think you're the best!"
Mario's 6th party member is also his youngest. Mario rescues her from imprisonment in the Big Ghost's lantern in Shy Guy's Toy Box. She's a Sparky (specifically, the daughter of the original Li'l Sparky) and can light up, showing Mario hidden things. She also
has the ability to attack people ''through'' their defense
, making her incredibly useful in battle. Armor Piercing Zap
"Hmmm. Well, I've never heard of you before. You must be from far away or something."
Mario's 7th party member swings it right back around in terms of age—Sushie the Cheep-Cheep is getting up there, but she's still got it! She can swim, and helps ferry Mario across water. Her water-type attacks are also pretty useful when fiery baddies come a-knockin'.
"World peace? Isn't that a bit melodramatic? But still, I gotta admit that there's a certainly manly charm to having such a noble purpose."
Mario's final party member is a Lakitu—and he prefers to go by Spike. He starts out as a member of Bowser's cronies, but joins Mario so that he can shape up for his girlfriend, Lakilulu. He can carry Mario across hazardous surfaces—and it also happens to be faster than walking speed.
Villains and Bosses
"Congratulations on your victory, Your Viciousness! That's why you're the king!"
An elderly female Magikoopa adorned in purple robes, Kammy Koopa is one of Bowser's top henchmen, seemingly on par with Kamek. Despite showing signs of senility, she is an adept magic user and strategist, at one point being described as "the brains behind Bowser".
- Alliterative Name
- Buffy Speak: When bombarding Bowser with compliments, she tends to just take a random word and stick "-ness" to the end of it.
- Shock and Awe: Demonstrated once in Paper Mario, when she forcibly strips Peach of her disguise using magical lightning.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only explicitly female Magikoopa up until the introduction of Kamella in Super Mario Galaxy.
- Squishy Wizard: To ludicrous extremes in Paper Mario, where she has only ten HP, and only uses one attack over and over again. It's not nearly the case in the second game, however.
- Sycophantic Servant: No matter how much Bowser tells her off, she still worships the ground he walks on. In the second game, Goombella wonders (via a tattle on Kammy) whether Kammy has more difficulty dealing with Bowser, or vice-versa.
- Took a Level in Badass: Like stated above, she's much more powerful in The Thousand-Year Door.
- The Unfought: In the first game, Mario never fights her. She is however the enemy in a Scripted Battle fought by Twink. Averted in the second game, wherein she fights alongside Bowser near the end of the final chapter.
- Villains Out Shopping: The Koopa Troop are pretty outgoing in general, but she stands out because of her attempts to organize picnics in peaceful meadows, and she enjoys watching Glitz Pit fights.
"Don't think you've won, Mario! I swear to you, I'm gonna beat you SO bad next time!"
A young Koopa that still wears his eggshell. He fancies himself a bully, but is easily beaten at the start of the game. He returns with a vengeance multiple times at various points in the game.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: You can invoke this on him during the second fight against him by answering "no" when he asks if Mario remembers their first fight.
- Butt Monkey: So much that by the time you defeat him near Shiver City, he's encased in a block of ice by the time you come back around.
- The Cameo: In the e-mail that the real Zip Toad sends in The Thousand-Year Door you he can be seen out the in the background out of the train window in the sky in his winged form in the image that's shown at the end of the message.
- Curbstomp Battle: Defeats the Koopa Bros. with absolutely no effort towards the end of the game.
- Determinator: Swims all the way to Lavalava Island and all the way back, and somehow makes it all the way to the top of Bowser's Ominous Floating Castle at roughly the same time as Mario to knock out the Koopa Bros. to put up yet another fight against Mario. Jr. Troopa's swimming trips are played with when he fights Mario in the port. His HP gets cut in half due to making two long swimming trips, which eats at his stamina.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Wants to beat the crap out of Mario just because he set foot in his "playground" without his permission.
- Eggshell Clothing: Wears a cracked eggshell around his body.
- Flight: Gains the ability to sprout wings and fly from his third encounter onward.
- Foregone Victory: The first fight with him is impossible to lose, no matter what.
- Forgot About His Powers: After losing the fight in the port, he remembers that he has wings and could have flown to the island and back, thus avoiding half of his HP getting drained at the start of the fight.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: Shows up numerous times over the course of the game and remains a Butt Monkey throughout, though he does manage to utterly destroy the Koopa Bros. in his final appearance.
- Human Popsicle: Shortly after his fight in Shiver Snowfield, he becomes encased in ice. He gets better.
- Medium Awareness: After his swimming trips, he takes notice that half his HP has dropped from the swim.
- Recurring Boss: Fought six times.
- The Rival: He is the game's secondary antagonist for all intents and purposes; not very plot-relevant but still a common obstacle.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: After some of his fights, he'll just lie there, beaten and unable to do anything. You can then proceed to jump on him, hit him with your hammer, or even bomb him as many times as you want.
- Warmup Boss: At first... but he later gets much, MUCH tougher.
"HI-YAAA! Here come the Koopa Bros!! Uh-huh! Oh yeah! We're the coolest of cool!"
A quartet of masked Koopas that rely on teamwork to defeat their opponents. They start as the first major boss as the game, but return later for revenge... but are promptly defeated by a deranged Jr. Troopa. They look familiar
- Totally Radical: They speak like this.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: It's mentioned that, growing up, they were a fairly normal and nice group of brothers until Bowser started paying attention to them and giving them things.
"You shouldn't mess with Tutankoopa, a faithful follower of King Bowser! Ooops... I mean... You shall regret this!"
A pharaoh Koopa that seems to have magical powers and control over several pet Chain Chomps. Hides in a hidden pyramid and tries to be intimidating, and when beaten, his Chomps turn on him.
The "Invincible" Tubba Blubba
"I smell delicious ghosts! Open the dooooooor!"
A giant Clubba (although one with no weapon) that eats Boos for snacks. Bowser made him unbeatable by removing his sentient heart, but once Tubba Blubba is reunited with it, he becomes a complete pushover.
- Beat Still, My Heart: You have to fight his heart that's been separated from him in order to beat him.
- Empty Shell: The heart is the "real" Tubba Blubba. His "invincible" body is just a shell that he controls from beneath the windmill.
- Extreme Omnivore: To the point where he somehow devours ghosts.
- Freudian Excuse: The Boos loved to scare the crap out of him when he was a weakling. Didn't turn out well for them.
- Gentle Giant: This is what he claims to be this after freeing all the Boos he ate.
- Man Child: He's a big crybaby, which is why he begged Bowser to make him invincible in the first place.
"Prepare to fight me, sir! TASTE DEFEAT! CHARGE!!"
A white-cloaked Shyguy and the leader of an army of bumbling Shyguys. While not much of a fighter himself, General Guy drives a large tank that delivers a powerful punch.
- Mad Bomber: His standard attack.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Not the general himself, but the instant his army sees Mario, they flee in terror, indeed screaming loudly.
- Shock and Awe: His tank's lightbulb shoots bolts of electricity at you.
- Tank Goodness: Yes, really, he drives a freaking tank. And you have to fight it.
"WE MAKE THINGS HOT FOR YOU!"
A mutant Piranha Plant that is magically transformed into a multi-limbed, flaming monster. Lives in a raging volcano on an island of Yoshis.
Huff N. Puff
"You asked for it...Now you'll witness the full power of my storm!"
A giant Ruff Puff that is terrorizing Flower Fields.
- Blow You Away: Like miniboss Buzzar, he can do this to you.
- Difficulty Spike: Ol' Huffy has some pretty nasty attacks, and is the first boss that's able to heal himself. You have to also attack his Tuff Puffs in order to beat him.
- Flunky Boss: Has hench-clouds fight with him.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He built the Puff Puff Machine to mass-produce clouds, after all.
- Shock and Awe: His special charged attack.
"First I shall defeat you, and then I will present to King Bowser an iced Mario gift!"
An invisible creature that is only seen due to the clothing he wears. Resides at a palace of ice and likes to make copies of himself when fighting.
- Flunky Boss: Summons three Ice Shards occasionally. He can spit them at you for damage or heal himself with them.
- Human Popsicle: Plans to serve Mario to Bowser as one of these.
The Star Spirits
"In order to take the Star Rod back from Bowser... and save Princess Peach... we need your help.."
The Star Spirits made their debut in Paper Mario
. They first were held captive by Bowser's followers after Bowser and Kammy stole the Star Rod and turned them into cards
A tiny star who's only just ascended to Star Haven. When Peach wishes for Mario's safety, he comes down to help her, and becomes her "partner" for the rest of the game.
"By the Stars, I'll risk my life for that treasure!"
An adventurer, explorer and treasure hunter. He's Kooper's role-model and spends much of his time looking for some new artifacts.
As a whole
"Never, ever give up! That's the most important thing I've learned from you, Mario."
Like in the first game, Mario's first partner is an intellectual Goomba who provides information about the world (and enemies). This time around, it's a college-aged gal named Goombella. Although she sounds like a bit of a Valley Girl
, she's sharp as a tack.
- Aborted Declaration of Love: She seems ready to do this in the closing words of her mail to Mario in the epilogue, but chooses to keep it to herself.
- Action Girl: Even without Mario's help, she's always up for adventure!
- Adventurer Archaeology Student
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: She does this for some character descriptions, sometimes apologizing for doing so.
- The Cameo: In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, a memo from Goombella can be found within World 5-1's junkyard.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Somewhat, she really doesn't like Ms. Mowz's constant flirting with Mario. She seems to get on fine with Flurrie and Vivian, though.
- Cute Little Fangs: All Goombas have fangs (except for the ones living in the Mushroom Kingdom's Goomba Village; see Goombario in the first Paper Mario's section), but unlike others of her species, she only has one, and it's smaller than usual. Thus, cute and little.
- Deadpan Snarker: To set herself apart from Goombario.
- Diminishing Returns for Balance: Multibonk again.
- Distaff Counterpart: Ability-wise, she's a female version of Goombario.
- Enemy Scan: Her Tattle ability, like Goombario. All scans are recorded in her Tattle Log.
- Epilogue Letter: Writes an email to Mario about what everyone's up to.
- Extra Turn: One of her moves gives Mario an extra turn at the cost of 4 FP.
- Great Big Book of Everything: She has a book called the Tattle Log that has information on everything you can possibly encounter... except one. She finds an entry with a picture that matches, but it's a little short on info...
Mario's second partner is a Koopa once again, this time wearing a hoodie. Koops, however, is a diffident and awkward fellow who's unsure on his feet. He joins Mario in order to help save his father, but stays around so that he can become stronger for his girlfriend, Koopie Koo
- Adorably Precocious Koopa: Has shades of this in the beginning, with his father missing, and most of Petalburg considering him to be a crybaby of sorts. Koopie Koo even lampshades this if you speak to her in a certain portion of the game.
- Adorkable: A shy, awkward, koopa with confidence issues, whom often fumbles on his words in front of Ms. Mowz? He definitely qualifies.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: His Shell Slam attack completely nullifies enemy defenses.
- Barrier Warrior: His Shell Shield ability is an odd example of this, due to the shield itself being a completely visible koopa shell. Despite this however, in terms of offensive capabilities, he's still on par with the other party members.
- Cannot Talk To Ms. Mowz
- Charged Attack: It does no extra damage, it just helps in puzzles.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Goes in hand with his Parental Abandonment. He's not an orphan anymore, once Hooktail vomits his dad; thus making this an unintentional case of Orphan's Ordeal.
- Cowardly Lion: He starts out as a coward, but will gladly take on a multitude of enemies and everything else to come.
- Cowardly Sidekick: To Mario.
- Crippling Overspecialization: He has great single-hit damage, but is almost useless against flying enemies, since all of his attacks are ground-based.
- Dance Battler: Not exactly fighting, but his hidden stylish moves consist of breakdance spins and handstands.
- The Fifties: Speech patterns including Gee Whiz and Golly? Check. The only thing he's missing is the mentality of a fifties kid/teen.
- Grew a Spine: Throughout the game, he tries to be more self-assertive.
- In the Hood: One should wonder how he's even able to put it on in the first place.
- Parental Abandonment: His mom and dad are both missing, and lives alone in Petalburg. Thankfully, the Disappeared Dad portion of this trope becomes averted when Hooktail vomits his (still alive) father, after her defeat. His mom is never mentioned in game however, and remains missing throughout.
"Here we go, darling! Time to shine!"
Mario's third partner, a wind spirit of a kind not seen before or since in the series (though she might actually be a modified Puff). She's a former star who decided to quit early for the sake of her health. She lives peacefully in the Boggly Woods until joining Mario to help the Punis. She can blow things away with her powerful wind-breath.
- Blow You Away: Her field ability; plus, her Gale Force blows enemies out of the battle when it works.
- Gag Lips: Not a very noticeable example, though it does add to the obvious fact that she uses lots of makeup.
- Gainaxing: Her breasts have their own sound effect, the game even acknowledges her bustiness during her introduction:
"She [Flurrie] can also do a Body Slam in battle, squashing enemies with her... stage presence."
- Life Drain: Her Lip Lock ability.
- Not Completely Useless: Her Gale Force ability is generally overlooked, but it's surprisingly good against Cortez.
- Smooch of Victory: She tries to give one to Mario. He's... not very receptive.
- Spoony Bard: Her attacks are less powerful than those of other partners, and she has few advantages apart from hitting enemies at the top of the battlefield, which is later replaced by Vivian. The only thing she becomes good for is being a Stone Wall, due to her higher HP and her Life Drain ability.
- Status Buff: Dodgy Fog.
- Stone Wall: When used properly, she can be a very good tank.
- Super Breath: Her ability; see Blow You Away above.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: Apparently, she used to, erm, have less stage presence. Nevertheless, she remains popular, and even returns to the stage at the end.
"Lemme at 'em! Yeah! Bring it! You ready for a beating?"
Mario first meets this baby Yoshi in the Glitz Pit,
where he hatches from a strange egg. "Yoshi" isn't his real name, though — his name is whatever the player decides to name him. He can carry Mario across gaps, functionally equivalent to Parakarry's ability, and Mario moves much more quickly while riding him.
- Badass Adorable: For someone fresh out of the egg, he can hold his own in a fight.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Again, for someone just born, he's strong in a fight.
- Conveniently an Orphan: He was basically taken from his parents, just to be used as a hot dog condiment.
- Cute Bruiser: Friggin' adorable even by Yoshi standards, but being hatched in the Glitz Pit seems to have rubbed off on him. He even becomes a solo fighter after the events of the game.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: His attacks do 1 point of damage several times over.
- Except for his Gulp attack, which does the opposite by ignoring armor.
- Easter Egg: The official art always shows a green Yoshi baby, but he comes in seven different colors◊ in-game! However, getting a specific color requires getting from the point where you save him from the hotdog vendor to when you run away from the Iron Clefts in a certain amount of time (or waiting a long time for the timer to reset).
- Egg McGuffin: How Mario first meets him.
- Hello, Insert Name Here: Yoshi is the only character in the Paper Mario series that can be named by the player. Justified in that he had no name prior to meeting Mario.
- Huge Rider, Tiny Mount: He's barely half the size of Mario, but he lets the guy ride him anyway... and then there's when Flavio follows you and you both jump on Yoshi.
- Non-Mammalian Hair: Unlike other Yoshis in the series, he has a comb of hair on his head. Although if you're a dinosaur expert, you might assume they're feathers.
- Passing the Torch - In the epilogue, he calls himself "The Great Gonzales Jr.". ...as his ring name.
"Mario! I'm fighting by your side from now on! I've made my choice... and I'm not turning back!"
This shadowy "witch" first shows up as a mini-boss in the "care" of her older sisters. However, she eventually decides that she's had enough of it
and becomes Mario's ally because he showed her kindness. She can pull him into the shadows to hide, and attack with fire.
- He's a Friend: Mario has to explain this to the party even after they realize that Doopliss has tricked them. Her being with Mario is seen as evidence against him being the real one.
- Playing with Fire: Some of her attacks can ignite your enemies.
- Recurring Element: Of Bow, in terms of her shadow-evasion field ability.
- Redemption Promotion: She can end up much stronger when she was when she first fought you. The only element of Redemption Demotion is her not having Fiery Jinx until you upgrade her (when she relearns it, it's much stronger).
- She's a Man in Japan: Vivian's gender is strongly implied to be trans female in the Japanese and PAL versions. This aspect isn't touched on in the North American release.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Mario/Peach in the ending.
- Ship Tease: Doopliss taunts Mario, suggesting that he's having a "fight with (his) girlfriend," when she becomes hesitant to fight alongside him after learning his identity.
"I suggest you try a bit harder against the likes of us, hm?"
A Bob-Omb sailor with an explosive personality and a killer
mustache. He used to sail the high seas freely, until his wife died while he was away. Like Bombette, he can explode at will. However, he has some additional abilities, including defense and time-release bombs.
"Who is this handsome piece of cheese?"
This thief has a tendency to keep popping up wherever Mario is. She hunts down rare badges and other treasures. But is it possible to win her over to your side...? (Yes, it is.) Her nose can literally sniff out treasure, and in battle, she can steal items, which becomes an excellent source of income.
- Action Girl: As a thief/treasure hunter, she's quite proactive even before joining Mario, and being able to steal items and pierce through enemy defenses with her attacks doesn't hurt either.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Quite literally. One of her attacks is a slap that bypasses defense.
- Classy Mouse Burglar
- Dating Mousewoman: In the first few dungeons, she shows up as a rival treasure hunter who is indeed competing with Mario for certain treasures. Nonetheless, she openly flirts with him.
- Intimate Healing: Her final skill is a kiss that restores HP to Mario, similar to Misstar as mentioned above.
- Intrepid Merchant: She dons a mask to go out and discover or steal rare badges... and then sells them at her store.
- Kiss of Distraction: Her Kiss Theif ability.
- The Nose Knows: She can sniff out treasure.
- Oblivious to Love: Subverted in the fact that she's only oblivious to Koops's advances on her. Besides that, she's completely aware of romance, as seen with her flirtatious nature towards Mario.
- Paper-Thin Disguisenote : The mouse running the badge shop may be lacking the most obvious parts of the costume, but her color and tail are a giveaway.
- Recurring Element:
- In terms of combat and field abilities, she's somewhat like a Nerfed Watt. She has attacks that are somewhat similar to Watt's from the first game: Out of battle, she reveals secrets, and in it, she can bypass defense. However, her damage is cut, making her the physically weakest party member with a maximum of 4 damage done by her base attack.
- She's also similar to the Star Spirit, Misstar, since both characters can use Smooch to restore Mario's HP.
- Recurring Traveler: In the first few dungeons, anyway. She stops appearing when she becomes an Optional Party Member.
- She-Fu: Incorporated in her move, Tease.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Her heels and heart-shaped tail.
- Video Game Stealing: She can steal items (and badges!) off enemies. She apparently does this by giving them a Kiss of Distraction while she rifles through their pockets.
- Wingding Eyes: Her teasing can cause them.
"Once you fools are gone, no one will stand in my way! Grodus will rule the world!"
Leader of the shadowy X-Naut group, Grodus already has one Crystal Star
in his possession and plans to gather the rest, preferably by gaining the magical map. To this end, he employs armies of X-nauts
and the Shadow Sirens
- Not Quite Dead: But a mere head at the end of the game.
- Oh, Crap: When he realizes that the Shadow Queen is not bound to serve the one who revives her.
- Off with His Head!: When the Shadow Queen attacks him.
- Sequential Boss: His fight comes right before the Dual Boss battle with Bowser and Kammy, and you get no chance to heal in between unless you leveled up.
- Shock and Awe: His attacks are primarily lightning-based.
- Super Villain Lair: The X-Naut Fortress on the Moon no doubt, but special props to his office, which just screams "Bond villain" (shag carpet, room-encompassing aquarium with man-eating metal-mouthed fish...).
- Take Over the World: His main goal.
- Unwitting Pawn: Ultimately turns out to be one of Beldam.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: Grodus gets the hint around chapter 6 that brute force against Mario is useless, and since he'll find all the Crystal Stars regardless, they may as well let him open the door and confront him in the palace.
"I've got some ammo to spare! How's THAT for boom-bassa-boom?!?"
A high-ranking agent of the X-Nauts, Lord Crump is a rather weird fellow who is your first fight in the game. He eventually develops a grudge against Mario for his repeated defeats.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Most of the X-Nauts are kind of weird, but Crump takes the cake.
- The Dragon: Sir Grodus's righthand man, to his chagrin.
- Evil Laugh: Buh! Buh! Buh! Buh! Buh huh huh huh!
- Flunky Boss: At the end of Chapter 5, where he summons squads of X-Naut troops to assist him.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Magnus 2.0's Desperation Attack vacuums audience members into a weapon that is best described as an audience machine gun!
- Humongous Mecha: Magnus Von Grapple.
- Just Between You and Me: Defied. When asked where Peach is, he states, "Buh! Like I'd tell you that! 'Cause that's novice-villain style!"
- King Mook: The second-in-command of the X-Nauts.
- Number Two for Brains: Grodus looks down upon him and highly questions his abilities.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In the 5th chapter, on the island, his disguise as an ordinary sailor is... not great. He even addresses the audience directly and tells them that, sure, they know who he is, but they can't tell Mario about it.
- Recurring Boss: Twice on foot (Prologue and Chapter 5), and twice in Magnus Von Grapple (Chapters 2 and 7).
- Rocket Punch: Both Magnus von Grapple robots have this function.
- Sequential Boss: The third fight with him has two phases, each with 40 Hit Points.
- Spikes of Villainy: He wears a spiked collar and cape and has two horns.
- This Is a Drill: Magnus 2.0's primary attack.
- Unexplained Recovery: He gets blasted into space after the final battle with him, yet he shows up in the epilogue, alive and well.
- Uriah Gambit: Grodus leaves him on the Moon to protect the last Crystal Star on purpose, knowing he'd probably get stomped - even if by some miracle Crump came out on top, the Crystal Stars are gathered either way.
- The Von Trope Family: Magnus von Grapple.
- Warm-Up Boss: His first battle is essentially an introduction to the battle system, for which you do not even need to understand Action Commands.
"We would've won if you two lumps had pulled your weight! Both of you, prepare for a world-class punishment session when we get home!"
The bossy eldest sister of the Shadow Sirens. She has a tendency to make errors and blame her sisters — generally Vivian — for them. She seems to be in Grodus's employ.
- Evil Laugh: Mwee hee hee hee!
- Extra Turn: She can grant herself and her allies the Fast status (attacking twice in one turn) in the second battle.
- Heel-Face Turn: In the ending, she apparently stops her evil scheming and becomes nicer to Vivian.
- Jerk Ass: First to Vivian, then to Doopliss. Even Marilyn gets treated poorly on occasion.
- Karma Houdini: Suffers no long-term repercussions for her involvement in the Shadow Queen's resurrection.
- The Man Behind the Man: For most of the game, she appears to work for Grodus, and it seems that he doesn't think that much more of her skills than he does of Crump's. In the end, she turns out to be The Dragon to the Sealed Evil in a Can that Grodus is trying to revive, and had fed him information in order to help free her mistress from confinement.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulated Grodus into reviving the Shadow Queen for her.
- Meaningful Name: "Beldam" is an archaic word meaning "nasty old crone."
- The Mole: Was taking advantage of Grodus' scheme to resurrect her old master.
- Never My Fault: Loses things and blames Vivian for it, despite explicitly saying that she can't be trusted with it.
- Really 700 Years Old: Seems to have been a servant of the Shadow Queen 1000 years ago, but nothing else is made of this.
- Squishy Wizard: The weakest statistics-wise of the Shadow Sirens, but specializes in Status Buffs and debuffs.
- Standard Status Effects: Notably, she's one of the very few enemies in the game that can inflict the Slow status (you only move every other turn).
- Took a Level in Kindness: Apparently so in the ending.
- Verbal Tic: Calls her sisters 'lovelies' a lot, though she snaps at Vivian that it's just a figure of speech.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: After the Shadow Queen's demise.
The middle sister of the Shadow Sirens. The biggest and quietest of the three, who is unintelligible when she does try to speak.
- The Brute: Has the most health and strongest attack power of the Shadow Sirens.
- Charged Attack: On some occasions in her chapter 8 rematch, she might charge her attack power two turns in a row. This is alarmingly Genre Savvy, considering the first reaction many players make to an enemy charging up is to use Veil to avoid it... and since Vivian will be stuck in a cooldown phase afterward, your only options are to neutralize Marilyn or eat the massive damage. If she follows up with a melee attack, she will have 21 attack power.
- Color-Coded Elements: Wears a yellow-striped hat and uses lightning attacks.
- Poor Communication Kills: Actually recognizes Mario when they first encounter him, but can't convey this to Beldam until he comes back to get Flurrie's necklace.
- Shock and Awe: Her attacks are based primarily on electricity and lightning.
- The Unintelligible: She says only two real words in the whole game.
"Well, all right then, Slick. Fine. Yes. I turned the villagers into pigs. Big deal."
A prankster Duplighost who lives in Creepy Steeple. He cursed the residents of Twilight Town so that whenever its bell tolls, someone becomes a pig! He "becomes" Mario and intends to erase him, but is foiled. He later joins the Shadow Sirens.
- Anticlimax Boss: After the first fight with him, Mario's partner will comment that he was disappointingly easy to beat. He's slightly harder in the rematch.
- Baleful Polymorph: The effect of his curse, which often strikes just the wrong (and sometimes, right) person.
- Bedsheet Ghost: Just like the rest of his species, he appears to be wearing a sheet over his body.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's a goofy Bedsheet Ghost who sits around watching TV all day. He still cursed the townfolk. Oh, and he also steals your body and your friends.
- Butt Monkey: In later chapters, he replaces Vivian as the primary target of Beldam's abuse.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He becomes an actor and costars with Flurrie after the events of the game. Playing Mario, no less!
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He manages to steal the letter p so no one can guess his name and lock it up with his pet parrot.
- Ditto Fighter: He has the ability copy the appearance and abilities of others. In Chapter 4, he only copies Mario, but in the final fight with him in Chapter 8, he copies Mario's partners as well.
- Dual Boss: With Goombella, Koops, Flurrie or Yoshi. Like Mario, he can only have one out at a time and needs to use a turn to replace them.
- Easily Forgiven: While all the villains are this after the game ends, the others are somewhat justified in that they were all driven by the Shadow Queen. Doopliss was just a big jerk.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Freak-in-a-Sheet" or "Freak-Sheet" by Beldam.
- For the Evulz: He doesn't stand to gain or lose anything from his activities and has no motivation beyond "being a dick is fun".
- For Doom the Bell Tolls: His curse makes it so that whenever Creepy Steeple's bell rings, someone in Twilight Town becomes a pig. Ominous bells also show up in his Battle Theme Music.
- Grand Theft Me: Does this to Mario halfway through Chapter 4, reducing the real Mario to a purple silhouette.
- I Know Your True Name: The key to victory.
- Interface Screw: To ensure that you don't guess his name before the storyline wants you to, a letter or katakana (depending on the version; for example, it's a lowercase p in the English translation) is removed from the text-entering screen and replaced with another space button. And no, you can't use a capital version of a letter or hiragana equivalent of what has to be entered — it has to be entered exactly as shown on screen when his name is found out. It turns out that he's actually removed it himself, and you have to find it in a treasure chest.
- Irony: After Chapter 4, he stops being secretive about his name and practically begs Beldam to call him by it.
- Jerkass: Unlike the other main villains, he doesn't really have a goal or any real reason for doing what he does. He essentially just really likes being a dick.
- Kill and Replace: After stealing Mario's name and body, he tries to eliminate him completely. He fails.
- King Mook: The Duplighosts were late-game mooks found in the first Paper Mario, although he's the only one in this game.
- Medium Awareness: Doopliss is Dangerously Genre Savvy when it comes to people guessing his name, so he takes precaution by removing a letter from the name entry screen when you have to guess his name, which prevents you from fully guessing his name until you physically find the missing letter.
- Mirror Boss: He takes the form of Mario in Chapter 4 and not only uses your techniques, but your partners as well!
- My Name Is ???: Prior to the reveal of his name.
- Nigh Invulnerable: If you don't state his true name, you enter a battle where he cannot take any damage. It's not hopeless, as he can't deal any damage either. The only option is to run.
- Nightmare Retardant: His abilities remain terrifying throughout the chapter, but that doesn't change the fact that the one responsible for the town's curse is a Bedsheet Ghost in a party hat and bowtie who is sitting in an easy chair watching TV when you first meet him. Your partner tends to agree.
- Not in Front of the Parrot: Played with. His pet parrot knows him by name, but he keeps it out of sight for that reason and it's smart enough to not randomly recite it. However, it's also smart enough to feel demeaned and start muttering about its situation once you're out of sight.
- Recurring Boss: Not counting the unwinnable fights where you can do nothing but run, he is fought three times.
- Sixth Ranger: To the Shadow Sirens.
- The One Guy: Becomes this to the Shadow Sirens after joining them.
- This Cannot Be!: After Mario successfully states his true name.
- Verbal Tic: Calls people "Slick" quite a bit.
- Villainous Breakdown: He absolutely loses it when Mario tells him his name.
- Villains Out Shopping: When Mario first meets him, he's sitting on a chair watching TV. After he takes Mario's name and body, he can be seen partying at the mayor's house.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Like all Duplighosts, he is able to do this.
- Wolfpack Boss: With Beldam and Marilyn in the Palace of Shadow.
The Shadow Queen
"You are foolish to oppose me. Yesss... and that foolishness... will have to be punished..."
A being that was sealed away by the Crystal Stars a thousand years ago. Grodus is trying to revive her in order to use her power to take over the world. It doesn't quite go as he planned...
- Affably Evil: In the original Japanese. Note that this does not carry over in the English translation.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Her attacks will go through all of your defense buffs.
- Breath Weapon: Can breathe some sort of putrid mist that causes a random status effect. Without the Feeling Fine badges, this is crippling and she does it often.
- Casting a Shadow: Her very presence casts a shadow over the whole world.
- Charged Attack: Gains a pretty epic one in the third phase. It's 14 damage if you fail to avoid it.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: The first boss of the series with triple-digit max HP at 150.
- Demonic Possession: Of Peach.
- Eldritch Abomination: Has all the hallmarks of one; stupendously powerful, eats souls, can possess people, is a Sealed Evil in a Can, wants to destroy the world, and possibly non-euclidian in nature (one of her attacks has a load of shadowy hands pull Mario into the floor, damage him, and then drop him from the ceiling.) Of course, she may just be an extremely powerful demon. On top of that, as soon as she is introduced, the world is engulfed in darkness.
"Snack time, my little appetizers! But which one of you morsels should I taste first?"
A huge dragon residing in a castle named for her. She routinely snacks on the residents of Petalburg and guards a Crystal Star until Mario puts an end to her. As her gender isn't mentioned when she is faced, Hooktail is mistakenly assumed by the party to be male. She and her two older brothers were "pets" of the Shadow Queen.
- Breath Weapon: Breathes fire.
- David Versus Goliath: The general idea behind a tiny Koopa like Koops going up against an enormous dragon.
- Female Monster Surprise: Didn't see that coming, huh? You don't actually find this out ingame until you meet her brother in chapter 8.
- Giant Flyer: Humorously, Hooktail's wings are tiny compared to her gargantuan body. She remains grounded during your fight, however.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Pretends to give in to the party when her HP is reduced, but if you agree, she'll attack you.
- Interface Screw: Whether or not you fall for the ruse, she proceeds to scarf down the audience members to recover HP.
- Just Eat Him: One of Hooktail's attacks is biting at Mario and party.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Defeating her without the cricket sound weakness. It can be done, but you'll need to go in well-equipped.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Cricket sounds, of all things.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Hooktail will have left the castle if you return there post-chapter, Goombella will question where she went, but you never find out where.
"One day, you'll look back on all them small-dreamers 'n LAUGH!"
A sixty year-old Clubba and fight promoter who seems pretty nice. Yeah, no. He is secretly sapping strength from his fighters to remain looking young and in shape.
"Feel the horror of a world-class RAAAAAWWWKING!"
A giant, yellow bird and champion of the Glitz Pit, a fighting arena. He's loud, brash, obnoxious, and thinks he's the best fighter around. He uses some dirty tricks during fights, but insists that he'll fight clean once Mario finds the Crystal Star.
"Hear my voice, spirits! Take their ship and show them the meaning of fear!"
An old pirate that has long since died. All that remains of Cortez is a giant, floating skull wearing a pirate hat, although he can possess a pile of bones to get some form of a body again. Upon defeat, Cortez befriends the heroes and provides travel to a deserted island.
- Charged Attack: May store some power to toss a bone in the second phase.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After their battle, he becomes fast friends with Mario when he finds out Mario wasn't after his gold.
Strange creatures inhabiting an abandoned train station. When Mario chases them off to throw a switch, the creatures stow away on the train he is riding and take all of the passengers hostage, growing into a multi-tentacled monster. The Smorg flee the train when defeated.
"GWAAAAH HA HA HA HA! My first fresh meat in ages... Allow me to take my time... And toy with you awhile!"
Hooktail's older brother, found lurking in the Palace of Shadow by his lonesome. He's quite a bit more resilient, but most of the same tropes apply.
The Bonus Boss
waiting at the bottom of the Pit of 100 Trials. Hooktail's oldest brother (emphasis on old
- Bonus Boss: He's the last enemy in the optional Pit of 100 Trials.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: Has 200 HP, beating out the Shadow Queen in resilience (at least statistically), and will start healing in 20 HP increments when you gain the upper hand.
- Dem Bones: Appearance-wise, he's a skeletal version of his siblings.
- Guttural Growler: The quote above is about all he has to say, in scary contrast to his hammy siblings.
- Infinity+1 Sword: Its prize, the Return Postage badge, whose power proves basically useless to anyone who fights their way down to this boss in the first place.
- Just Eat Him: He'll bite Mario or his partner to damage him. Notably, this is one of the few attacks that can't be superguarded.
- Painting the Medium: Uses the same warped text balloons as the Shadow Queen.
- She's a Man in Japan: Or rather, "He's A Woman In Japan". As well as some European countries, for that matter.
- Standard Status Effects: He doesn't have Gloomtail's flashy special moves, but Bonetail's breath attacks are a color-coded roulette of almost every negative status.
- Walking Spoiler: Well, he is a Bonus Boss.
A Goomba who is Goombella's old teacher at the University of Goom. He serves as the Mr. Exposition
for Mario and his allies about the Crystal Stars.
A member of a race called Punis. A headstrong little guy that is apparently intended to lead the tribe one day. He doubts himself and, when the X-Nauts invade his home, he enlists Mario's help to get rid of them.
- Big Brother Instinct: He is very concerned about his little sister Petuni's safety when the Great Tree gets taken over.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: He has stripes and a green antenna, all the other Punies besides the Elder, Petuni and Puniper are yellow and have plain grey bodies.
- Unlikely Hero: A lot of conversations imply that the other Punis generally don't think the world of him, or at least think he's a little dim-witted, particularly Puniper.
- By the end, though, they seem to have come to respect him a little more.
A Toad woman and secretary of Grubba in the Glitz Pit. Mysteries surround her, and it's apparent that there's more to her than meets the eye. It's eventually revealed that Jolene's little brother, a former Glitz Pit champ, vanished, and Jolene got the secretary's job to get answers. The two are happily reunited after Grubba's defeat.
- Big Good: She serves this role during the Glitz Pit chapter, helping Mario and friends from the shadows in order to avenge her brother.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Is all business while on the job, but shows a warmer side around her younger brother and in her email response to Mario after he finishes her Trouble Center request. It's also implied that she's the woman at the juice bar when she's off the clock.
A flamboyant, eccentric, rich adventurer that lives in Rogueport for reasons unknown. He claims to be a fearless sailor, but in reality, is a complete coward that makes Mario do all the dangerous things.
- Camp Straight: He's rather flamboyant.
- Cowardly Lion: For most of the chapter, he's clearly a Dirty Coward, but near chapter's end, he's the one who suggests negotiating with Cortez's ghost—and then, does it himself without any prompting. He does a surprisingly good job of it, too.
- Dirty Coward: At the beginning, he clearly fits this trope, and eventually does admit it aloud.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He insists that he's responsible for everything good that's happened in chapter 5 and also seems to assume that everybody in the group loves him.
- Third-Person Person: On occasion.
"Rudimentary, my dear Luigi!"
A penguin that resides in a town for the rich. He runs a museum, but secretly pines to be a detective, which he isn't really that good at.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Claims to be a genius detective when Mario first meets him. He is in fact, not a detective at all.
- Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: He spends the entire game believing that he is talking to Luigi, and there's no telling him otherwise.
- He does overhear somebody referring to Mario as Mario at the end of the game, at which point he seems to finally realize his mistake.
"Princess Peach, teach me this feeling you call... "love.""
The world's best computer, designed to be absolutely perfect, which runs the X-Naut Fortress. After Princess Peach was kidnapped and placed in her holding cell, TEC observes her and begins to fall in love with her. TEC tries to understand this feeling
, and in exchange TEC allows her to contact Mario. Sir Grodus finds out about this soon enough, however...
- Could Say It But: Gives Peach a "quiz" that. after a few questions to which she already knows the answer, reveals the villains' true plan.
- Heel-Face Turn: While he initially refuses to consider the idea that Grodus is evil, he eventually helps Princess Peach escape once he learns how she factors into his plan.
- Meaningful Name: see Stealth Pun
- Plot-Based Voice Cancellation: After Chapter 6, when telling Peach the villains will use her body to host the Shadow Queen.
- Rapid-Fire Typing: When Princess Peach types up her message to Mario on TEC's keyboard.
- Staying Alive: TEC caused the X-Nauts' base to self-destruct, but after the game is completed, not only is TEC still alive and well, but even the damn base is intact. Not even he has a fucking clue how it is possible. Gameplay and Story Segregation, maybe?
- If you go back to the moonbase for a chat during postgame, TEC mentions seeing a bright light and hearing Peach call for him just before he came online again. The Heroic Second Wind she gave the party against the Shadow Queen likely reached all the way up to him and the base...
- Stealth Pun: On the moon base, it's revealed that the X-Yux is pronounced Cross Yux, meaning that the X-Nauts and TEC-XX could be the same, so TEC-XX becomes TEC-double cross.
- Wham Episode: TEC's death.
Count Bleck / Lord Blumiere
"Bleh heh heh heh heh heh... The man known as Blumiere died long ago. Now there is only Bleck! The Dark Prognosticus's choice to fulfill the prophecy. Nothing more!"
The apparent Big Bad
of the game. Using the Chaos Heart, Count Bleck wishes to destroy all worlds and starts off the apocalypse by marrying Bowser and Peach
- Affably Evil: He's so polite and upbeat that it's hard to hate him.
- All-Encompassing Mantle
- Anti-Villain: Genuinely cares for his minions and is motivated by deep sorrow rather than evil.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He's a count, of course he's evil! ...or is he?
- Benevolent Boss: When one of his minions thinks he's going too far, he doesn't punish her. He offers to let her retire with his blessing. This extends to his other minions as well; he never resorts to physical punishment, and he doesn't even punish them himself; he lets Nastasia handle it.
- Big Bad: The main villain of the game. Or so it seems at first.
- Magic Staff: He can use the power of the Void with it!
- Meaningful Name: A portmanteau of the onomatopiea for disgust and the word "black". In Japanese, he is known as Noir, which literally means "black" in French.
- Meaningful Rename: He was previously known as Blumiere, which is based on "blue" and "lumière", the French word for "light" (In Japanese, his real name really is Lumiere). When Timpani seemingly died, however, he decided to take his revenge on the world that took her away from him, and renamed himself Bleck/Noir.
"I'm just gonna pencil you in for a ten O' clock brain washing, K?"
The second-in-command to Count Bleck. She brainwashes some of Bowser's minions into following the glorious Count should they threaten to rebel against him.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Subverted. She was mortally wounded by Dimentio and was cradled in Bleck's arms. However, once the game is complete, it turns out that she's fine.
- The Dragon: Count Bleck's right hand woman.
- Disney Death: She ends up surviving an attack from Dimentio when she took the Bullet for Bleck.
- Humanity Ensues: It's implied that she used to be a bat that Count Bleck saved, and she became a human to serve him out of gratitude.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: She felt that using the Chaos Heart to end existence was too extreme. Count Bleck offers to allow her to retire with his blessing, but she decides against it, because he saved her life before, and feel that's a poor way to repay him.
- Punch Clock Villain: She appears to be this at first, with her business-like attitude about doing evil. It turns out to be a subversion: she doesn't serve Count Bleck just for a job, she serves him because she's deeply in love with him.
"C'mere un' I'll introduce yeh to Fist Jr. an' his wee pal, Slappie!"
- All Love Is Unrequited: The big guy has a big crush on Nastasia, although she's in turn in love with Count Bleck.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: O'Chunks as O'Cabbage: Basically, Dimentio planted a floro sprout on O'Chunks to brainwash him (and see their effectiveness). It works in brainwashing him, and fighting Mario, but his vocabulary decreased as a result, only being able to spout random plant names while under control. It's later implied that O'Chunks was actually the first attempt before Dimentio perfects the other floro sprout to use on Luigi as part of his own evil plan.
- The Brute: Physically the strongest and biggest of Count Bleck's bunch.
- Fartillery: In his Duel Boss battle against Bowser in Chapter 8. This is also how O'Chunks flies away after you beat him.
- My Greatest Failure: Carson's story on him reveals that he used to be a general who led 1000 soldiers into enemy territory, but he lost every one of them when one of his higher subordinates double-crossed him. Bleck played on the guilt of this event to eventually sway him to his side.
- Recurring Boss: Fought four times, more than any other boss in the game.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Bowser to be this after O'Chunks is defeated by him in Count Bleck's castle.
"I like getting what I want, so I do whatever I need to get it."
- Meaningful Name: She can mimic the forms of other characters. Also, she's selfish.
- Multiple-Choice Past: According to Carson, there are two theories about Mimi's past. One is that she's a failed Pixl created by the Ancients. The other is that she was unintentionally created by a witch who was researching potions that would allow shape-shifting.
"It would be so very DULL if your journey ended so easily... Instead, it ends with... magic!"
A magical jester who serves as one of the main lieutenants of Count Bleck. Completely psychopathic, he is always smiling and enjoys speaking in strange similes. Although he appears to be a mere minion, there is more to him than meets the eye.
- A God Am I: His basic goal. Why does he want to accomplish this? No reason whatsoever; he's just NUTS.
- Ax-Crazy: Oh yes. Don't let that cute jester look fool you, he's one of the most deranged villains in the Mario series.
- Badass: He's a total psychopath who wants to take over the multiverse just because he can, and he gets the job done with style men can only dream of.
- Badass Finger Snap: The way he activates his spells, which often result in Stuff Blowing Up.
- Beware the Silly Ones: REALLY do so in his case. He doesn't look like much at glance, but going by how he manipulates the plot, it seems likely that he could gone and killed the heroes while they were searching for the Pure Hearts if really wanted to, and he's only stopped because Count Bleck and his henchmen use re-energize the Pure Hearts and make him vulnerable.
- Boss Remix: The Ultimate Show is a remix of his Leitmotif, a fitting enough theme for the Final Boss.
- Catch Phrase: "Ciao!"
- The Chessmaster: Manipulated both the heroes of light and his own allies for his own ends. It is also heavily implied that he was responsible for several of the events foretold within the Dark Prognosticus, and possibly even creating the Dark Prognosticus itself.
- Classic Villain: Representing Ambition and Wrath.
- Darker and Edgier: Dimentio is by far the darkest villain the Mario series has produced, rivaling the Shadow Queen, the Shroobs, and the post-Character Development King Boo in terms of evil.
- Die Laughing: Gives one final bout of laughter as he dies.
- Dissonant Serenity: Rarely loses his cool and always maintains a perpetual Psychotic Smirk. What makes this scarier is that we never know if it's a mask or his actual face.
- Dragon Ascendant: He is first seen as a servant to the Big Bad Count Bleck, even mentioning it himself throughout the game, but it turns out, Dimentio himself is the true Big Bad.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He only teamed up with Bleck for his own means: to get the Chaos Heart.
- Eldritch Abomination: Possibly. His One-Winged Angel form? Definitely.
- Energy Ball: His Signature Move.
- Enigmatic Minion: Not much is known about him or his background. He is hinted to have been a mercenary at some point.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The reason why he ultimately failed. See Lack of Empathy.
- Evil Is Hammy: Everything Dimentio does is done with a theatrical flourish and treats his entire Evil Plan like a piece of theater. And the titles of his Leitmotifs best exemplify this.
- The Evil Genius: Cold, calculating, and he fights with magic. And what truly cements his role as this is that he is a mastermind manipulating everyone in the game to his own ends.
- Faux Affably Evil: He seem like a decent and polite enough guy at a glance, but underneath he's completely heartless and has no respect for anyone, though but he's not enough of Jerkass to be considered a Smug Snake even when reveals his true colors.
- Final Boss: As Super Dimentio.
- The Heavy: Appears the most out of Count Bleck's minions, and his actions—not Mario's, and not Bleck's—are usually responsible for the plot's biggest upsets. And the reason for this is that he is the real Big Bad.
- I Meant to Do That: When he first fights the heroes by sending them to Dimension D, he stunned when he realizes that Dimension D makes both himself and his opponent stronger, but he laughs it off as a warm up. This becomes Fridge Brilliance when you realize that Dimentio is a sociopath and while sociopaths are incredibly smart, they are also impulsive and tend to not think things all the way through.
- Incoming Ham: Whenever he appears, expect him to throw out a random simile or two.
- Invisibility: Uses this to spy on several characters. And how he was able to learn Tippi's true identity.
- The Jester: Heck, Dimentio is the trope picture.
- Knight of Cerebus: A case where a villain gets darker as the game progresses. At first, Dimentio is as lighthearted and silly as the rest of Count Bleck's band. But as his plans and motives are revealed, he reveals himself to be utterly psychopathic. And when his plan to remake the universe is foiled, he decides to destroy it all anyway out of sheer spite.
- Lack of Empathy: He only viewed Count Bleck's depressed state and feelings for Timpani/Tippi as a weakness to be exploited, to which he did exploit. Because of this, he also legitimately thought that, once the Pure Hearts were used up to defeat Bleck, they wouldn't ever return, thus allowing him to take over the Chaos Heart without risk of being defeated. He was proven wrong, as they came back due to pure love by Bleck and his followers.
- Large Ham: Half of his dialogue consists of laughing at the heroes and making similes. He's pretty over the top, fittingly since he is a jester.
- Laughably Evil: He's a despicable little psychopath, but his hilariously hammy antics and bizarre speech patterns all but force you to like him.
- Leitmotif: Dimentio, Charming Magician.
- Light Is Not Good: Wears a bright purple and yellow costume and his Energy Balls are colored the same way. Despite this, however, he is most definitely not good.
- Mad Bomber: He can create magical explosions which is his preferred method of killing.
- Manipulative Bastard: As Count Bleck learns the hard way.
- Meaningful Name: His name is a play on the words dimension (Referencing his Reality Warper powers) and demented (because he's batshit insane.)
- Me's a Crowd: He can replicate himself during boss fights. During the Castle Bleck level, he floods a hallway with replicas of himself to push characters back.
- Monster Clown: Especially Super Dimentio.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Dimentio's past has never fully been revealed and what information we do have is conflicting at best. He was either a mercenary with dimensional magic or a descendant of the magician who created the Pixls or he could be both.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: At first he seems like a ditzy and lighthearted magician... Then he "murders" Mario, Peach, and Bowser in a blink of an eye and it all goes downhill from there.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He's just a ditzy little jester, right? He doesn't look that dangerous.
- Omnicidal Maniac: When beaten for the final time, he decides to take the multiverse with him to the grave.
- One-Winged Angel: Super Dimentio, a Fusion Dance between him, the Chaos Heart, and Luigi.
- Playing Both Sides: Manipulated Count Bleck and the heroes into helping him obtain the Chaos Heart.
- Power Floats: He is never seen walking.
- Psycho for Hire: Hinted at with Carson's mention of his having a mercenary background.
- Psychotic Smirk: His default expression.
- Perpetual Smiler: Always maintains that ever-present smile, even when commiting horrific acts.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter" - He gives out an "Ah ha ha" after "killing" Mario, Peach and Bowser.
- Reality Warper - He can summon his personal dimension called "Dimension D" at a whim. Considering that he's implied by Carson to be a descendant of the magician who created the original Pixls, it's not surprising.
- Recurring Boss: He is fought three times. Once in Chapter 3-3, a second time as a Duel Boss battle with Luigi, and a third time as the Final Boss, Super Dimentio.
- Sadist: It's not hard to see him as one considering he makes constant jokes when killing others and he promised to torture Count Bleck and the others when he was done with Mario and Co.
- Send in the Clones: See Zerg Rush below.
- The Sociopath: Possibly the most disturbing example of this trope in a Mario game. Incredibly manipulative, has nothing resembling empathy, constantly smiles when doing horrific acts as well as making cruel jokes when killing and doing other atrocities. Tippi even outright calls him one.
- Split Personality Merge: At first, the brainwashed Luigi merged with the Chaos Heart is only capable of saying "GREEEEEEEEEN!" Once Dimentio merges with them, he gains control, and talks the same way he normally does, excepting for shouting "L-POWER!", hinting that there's a touch of Luigi, or rather, Mr. L's personality in there too.
- The Starscream: He betrays Bleck and attempts to destroy the world.
- Stepford Smiler: Wears an ever-present smile, but is a complete maniac.
- Talks Like a Simile: "And now we must duel, like two glimmering banjos on a moonlit stoop!"
- Taking You with Me: Double Subversion: At first after Luigi defeats Dimentio, Dimentio seemingly attempts to invoke this trope on Luigi, apparently in order to keep him from Bleck's "velvet-lined hands" by trapping Luigi with him in his explosion barrier (the same one that killed Mr. L/Luigi the first time as well as killed Mario, Bowser, and Peach). However, it was later revealed that Dimentio actually softened the blow so it only knocked Luigi unconscious and allowed himself to survive, as part of a plan so he could then implant a floro sprout on Luigi so that he could then brainwash him into merging with the Chaos Heart (and then merge with the both of them). However, after his final defeat, Dimentio decides to take the multiverse with him to the grave.
- Technopath: Dimentio short circuits Fracktail at the beginning of the game, making it attack Mario.
- To Create A Playground For Evil: He wants to create a perfect world under his rule. What his idea of "perfect" is is anyone's guess.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: It is very jarring to find a character who is as insane and murderous as he in a Mario game, even with his Laughably Evil tendencies. The only one comparing to him is the Shadow Queen from the previous game, and she only showed up at the very end.
- Villain Teleportation: How he gets from point A to point B.
- Villainous Breakdown: He becomes an Omnicidal Maniac after being defeated by Mario and company for the last time.
- Walking Spoiler: Truly, there's more to him than you'd think.
- Your Head Asplode: Inverted upon his final defeat: His head is the only part of his body that doesn't explode (not initally, at least).
- Zerg Rush: Somewhat. In 8-3, he completely floods a hallway with clones of himself. They don't actually hurt you, but will continuously push you toward the center of the hallway, from where you entered.
"The Green Thunder strikes like lightning!"
A Gentleman Thief
hired by Count Bleck, who appears halfway through the game. While he attempts to fight the heroes of legend by his lonesome, he proves no match for them and thereafter resolves to fight them with his Humongous Mecha
could this mysterious masked man be? Actually, he's obviously
- Barrier Maiden: The man in green is the one who will decide which prophecy is true. He may not get to choose himself, though.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Mr. L's identity and origins are the biggest mystery of the game (again, he's obviously Luigi). The heroes are stymied by this mysterious man.
- Casanova Wannabe: We're never sure how successful he would be in other contexts.
Mr. L: Hey there, gorgeous. Don't you know a chaos wasteland is no place for a stunner like you?
Princess Peach: I demand you take off that mask and show us who you really are! Hmmpf!
- Catch Phrase: "L-ater".
- Clark Kenting: Nobody recognizes him as Luigi, not even his own brother.
- Companion Cube: Mr. L expresses sentiment and affection for Brobot. Perhaps a substitute for his unconscious recognition of a real brother?
He and I share a spiritual bond, you know?
- Eye Beams: Brobot can shoot small lasers in his first fight. L-Type launches a more sustained laser.
- For the Evulz: He appears after the end of Sammer's Kingdom to steal a dead Pure Heart. He claims he's swiping it for kicks, though he's more likely saying that just to cheese the heroes off.
- Gadgeteer Genius: An expert in brobotics, to be sure.
- Gentleman Thief: Has the mannerisms and personality of one, and his main goal seems to be stealing the Pure Hearts before the heroes reach them.
- Humongous Mecha: He built the Brobot himself.
- I Shall Taunt You:
Hey, Miss Pink n' Frilly! Try not to get kidnapped before I defeat you!
- In a Single Bound: Mr. L is known for his superior jumping ability. He does not take to being bested by another jumper of inferior ability.
- In Name Only: Dimentio introduces a second Mr. L during the climax of the game (a variation on Came Back Wrong) by re-brainwashing Luigi. But Dimentio's Mr. L shares no traits with the original aside from being a brainwashed Luigi, as this version expresses neither thought nor sentiment, being controlled through a sprout of Floro Sapiens' make. The second incarnation is hurled into a Fusion Dance with the Chaos Heart to form the final boss, Super Dimentio.
- In-Series Nickname: The Green Thunder, which may possibly be a Mythology Gag referent to Paper Mario's sister series.
- Insufferable Genius: He is both insufferable and a genius, although the two are kind of separate.
- Killed Off for Real: Dimentio ends his game after he loses to the heroes the second time. This isn't (technically) the last you'll see of him, though, as he's really just reuniting a non-brainwashed Luigi with the heroes.
- Large Ham: Enough to rival Dimentio, though he's still out of his league, ultimately.
- Leitmotif: Mr. L has a bouncy, slightly disoriented theme that gets three different Boss Remixes, one for Brobot, one for Brobot L-type, and one for Super Dimentio, which last is arranged with the themes for Dimentio and the Chaos Heart.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Brobot L-Type has hands and feet.
- One-Winged Angel: He's the base for Super Dimentio, along with the Chaos Heart. Dimentio doesn't even jump in until later!
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Before the first Brobot fight begins.
Enough playing, already... NOW FOR PAIN!
- Raymanian Limbs: Brobot L-Type's hands are separate units that can Rocket Punch.
- Secret Identity: It may be that he himself doesn't know, no matter how many times he's told to take off his mask.
- Shadow Archetype: For Luigi. Notably, Mr. L is clever, aggressive, and skilled with machines, suggesting Luigi has potentials yet untapped.
- Sucking-In Lines: During his first fight, Brobot can suck the players in, chomp on them for a bit, and then spit them out. How you see the lines in space is a question you really shouldn't ask.
- This Was His True Form: After Dimentio kills him, he turns back into Luigi and wakes up in the Underwhere, confused and scared.
- Unexpected Shmup Level: The second phase of his first Boss Battle is a dogfight in space.
- Use Your Head: In his first fight, Brobot has a ramming attack. Brobot is also a giant head. Do the math.
- Walking Spoiler: Well, he would be if he did a better job at hiding his identity.
Tippi / Lady Timpani
A butterfly Pixl that serves as Mario's Exposition Fairy
. It's revealed through the backstory that she's Timpani, the love of Blumiere. After Blumiere's father banished her, he was driven mad by his grief and became the Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
that is Count Bleck.
A robotic dragon, created by the Ancients, who guards the Pure Heart in Yold Desert from lawless intruders. He wanted to let Mario pass through and grab the Heart, knowing he was the hero, but Dimentio corrupts him into fighting Mario. He's the boss of Chapter 1.
A giant, nerdy chameleon. He kidnaps Tippi and takes her to his home, Fort Francis, so he can post pictures of her on digibutter.nerr. He's the boss of Chapter 3.
- Catch Phrase: "Hi-technicaaaal!"
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Implied.
- Invisibility: He can turn invisible during the battle with him. His shadow can be seen by flipping into 3D.
- Lone Wolf Boss: He's not affiliated with Count Bleck in any way.
- No Social Skills: The guy lives in a castle all alone, mostly has online friends, has no idea how to talk to a girl, and spends most of his time watching anime and sci-fi shows. The guy's so lonely that he claims that Tippi, nicknamed "Francine" by him, is his only offline friend and thinks that he and Peach are meant for marriage.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: Of the swirly variety.
- Overly Long Tongue: Well, he is a chameleon.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: An optional second battle with him can be fought in chapter 8-2, but he has the same stats as he did during the first fight, so he isn't threatening at all. Justified because he was apparently in the hospital and was definitely not expecting to fight you again.
Why did you wake me from the sweet peace of slumber?! I will punish you...with death!
A prototype for a new version of Fracktail, the Chapter 1 boss. He's the boss of the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials
- A God Am I: He calls himself a wrathful god.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Just as with Fracktail, you throw the enemies on his back to hurt him.
- Bonus Boss: Of the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Sort of. He's mostly just angry about being woken up, though.
- Flunky Boss: Getting on top of him is easy. The hard part is fighting off the little Wrackles on is back that shoot massively powerful bullets at you.
- No Indoor Voice: Like his weaker counterpart.
- Recurring Element: Of Bonetail from the second game. They're both more powerful, white versions of the red, draconic Chapter 1 bosses at the bottom of the Pit of 100 Trials.
Oh, heroes... Blessed souls... I must destroy you all with the power of shadow!
A mysterious creation of the Ancients who waits for the heroes at the bottom of the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials. He actually wants to Kill and Replace
the heroes to get revenge on his Ancient creators. Why? Well, it's implied that he's the Pixl Queen from Carson's stories in some form or another. Either way, he creates clones of the heroes and battles them as a Bonus Boss
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: He was created by the Ancients, but he makes it clear he's not taking orders from anyone. Plus, he tries to destroy the heroes when he was intended to help them.
- Bonus Boss: He has 400 HP total and all of his attacks do at LEAST 10 damage. So... yeah.
A Sticker fairy who is the caretaker of the Royal Stickers.
- Disney Death: Mario's wish is to revive Kersti after using her as a sticker.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's mostly nice, but boy does she have a short fuse.
- Punny Name: Kersti is an anagram of "sticker", just with the "c" removed.
- Swallowed Whole: Kersti gets swallowed by Petey Piranha in the last level of World 5. This means that you can't use paperization and the Battle Spin feature until you get Kersti back.
- Tsundere: Type B.
This particular Wiggler seems to be very childlike and cannot wait to grow up. He lives in the forest in his very own treehouse. He later grows up into a Flutter so he gives Mario a ride past Gate Cliff.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Wiggler is very nice and absentminded most of the time. However, he gets very upset over the poison polluting his forest and island. Before getting to the final area in World 3, he storms out of his tree house and beats Mario to the beach.
- Journal Comic: If you take the Wiggler segments to particular areas in the forest, then Wiggler's diary (in third-person) would include drawings of those events.
- The Load: The Wiggler Segments are pretty annoying to deal with before they're dealt with.
- Mini-Boss: You fight each of Wiggler's segments after Kamek separated Wiggler from his main body.
- Out-of-Character Moment: It is rare that you get to see Wiggler being angry. Which is strange since Wigglers are known for being cute, but temperamental.
Well, more like 16 Goombas, with one of them being the boss and having his mind warped by the Royal Sticker.
- Character Tics: He keeps mentioning the words "shiny" and "glittering." Really though, that's pretty much how every boss acts like under the control of a Royal Sticker.
Tower Power Pokey
A Pokey on top of Drybake Stadium that has been under the control of the Royal Sticker. He was once just a regular Pokey before Kamek placed the Royal Sticker on top of him and split the stadium into three parts.
- Batter Up: His major weakness once all of his segments have been exposed.
- Flunky Boss: He may summon two Pokeys (the ones that you can actually jump on) to help him. Of course, you will have to defeat them first before getting Tower Power Pokey.
- Fore Shadowing: His weakness is basically why Drybake Stadium is called that in the first place.
- Not to mention the glaring hint of PLAY BALL! at the beginning of the battle.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He has 300 HP (compared to the first boss, which has less than 100 HP) 10 Defense, and can deal 5 to 10 damage per turn. Also, if you didn't realize that a certain Thing needs to be used to defeat him, you'll be in serious trouble.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
Bowser Snow Statue/ Mizzter Blizzard
A magical snow statue of Bowser that has suddenly came alive. It's really a Mr. Blizzard called Mizzter Blizzard.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: His backstory is that he was a regular Mr. Blizzard who was melting and wanted to live. He wished for a body that could survive spring... and the Royal Sticker landed on his head.
- Butt Monkey: He was melting. He prayed for a longer life, and was given it at the cost of his sanity. He was then given a thorough beating by Mario due to the insanity. Then he melted right after regaining his sanity.
- Dying as Yourself: Technically, he doesn't die, he melts and lives on as water vapor, until Winter comes.
- Good All Along: Can we honestly say he was evil?
- Matryoshka Object: The Bowser Snow Statue shatters as it accumulates damage, revealing further, smaller statues within.
- Narrator/Posthumous Narration: The section of the storybook that appears after beating Mizzter Blizzard is told in the first person, and it's obviously Mizzter Blizzard speaking. It's unknown if he narrated the rest of the book, though.
- Snowlem: Type 3. Really Type 1.
- Walking Spoiler: For the sole reason that he actually has a personality and isn't evil.
- We Will Meet Again: Inverted. After regaining his sanity and retaining his consciousness as air moisture, he says he'd like to see Mario again, when he's rebuilt as a Snowman come Winter.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Like all other bosses. Then you beat him and, for the first time, there's a case of a boss showing the extent of the Royal Stickers' power over one's mind. It's rather sad.
The owner of the "Sling-a-Thing" operation.
- Black Market: Knows the existence of one.
- Character Tics: Mentions the word "perky" a lot.
- Everybody Knew Already: If you already found the secret Thing market Toad already, then he'll still tell you as if you don't know what to do if you don't have any Things.
A recurring Toad who seems to travel the world and gets beaten up by goons in every region he's traveled to.
- Begone Bribe: One way to get rid of the goons. Of course, you can choose to fight them.
- Boss In Mooks Clothing: The Shy Guys bullying the Toad. They are a lot tougher than they appear to be. And the reward for helping him that time is a Secret Door sticker.
- While that fight is the toughest, most of the fights involving him are special. One introduces the Two-Fold Goombas, one is the only fight with a Multi Fold Paragoomba, and a fight with Spear Guys that SEEMS normal, but there's really a huge crowd of them watching. The Poison Bloopers seem to be the exception.
- Unreliable Expositor: The postcards he sent to a friend of his are correct except for the parts where he claimed that he beat up a bunch of goons. The truth is that the goons were picking on him and that it was Mario who saved him so the stories end up being a bit exaggerated. He later admits that he was lying to a friend of his.
Sticker Museum Curator
A Toad who is in charge of a museum dedicated for information regarding all kinds of stickers.
A Toad who hosts a secret black market for all Things.
A Toad who lives at Damp Oasis.
"Snifit or Whiffit" Host
The host of the game show "Snifit or Whiffit."
- A Dog Named Dog: The host's name is "Snifit" and he's a Snifit.
- Friendly Enemy: He's clearly against Mario as his questions reveal that he thinks that Bowser is straight-up cooler than Mario. The only thing that's considered harmful that he did to Mario is to fill the room with poison gas.
- Ladies and Germs: "Gentlebuddies" and "Goodbuddies' are variants of his introduction.
- Nice Guy: He acts like one but some dialogue of his such as "unpaid Snifit interns" suggest he can be a Jerk Ass too.
- Studio Audience: According to one of the answers to his questions, there are 30 Snifits in the audience.
- Whack A Monster: One of his challenges is to whack 20 "unpaid Snifit interns."
100 Boos sealed in the Book of Sealing who, thanks to Kamek, are free to roam and haunt the Enigmansion. They're actually not that scary and more fun but that doesn't stop the owner from requesting Mario to help seal the Boos back. Thanks to Kamek again, the sealed Boos now form a Big Boo, which gets defeated by Mario.
- Background Music Override: The Disco Boos do this to the battle theme.
- Boss In Mooks Clothing: The Boo Stack should not be underestimated if you want the battle to end quickly. Luckily, the obvious hints in the bookshelves should tell you to use a certain sticker.
- Eldritch Abomination: The monsters that the Book of Sealing seal...is not this. The way the steward describes the Boos made them sound pretty horrible, even though that they're more fun rather than spooky.
A Purple Toad who is the steward of the Enigmansion. He was the servant of the previous steward of the Enigmansion until he died, making him the new owner through inheritance. Once the owner suddenly comes back from the dead via photograph, he becomes his servant.
- Ghostly Chill: A Boo is pretty much the main reason why he's feeling cold in front of a campfire.
- Irony: One of the papers you can find in World 5-1 in the huge trash pile is an ad for a new manservant. After the Enigmansion has been cleared of Boos, the steward thinks of hiring a new servant. He becomes one again to his old master.
- Nice Guy: He's pretty hospitable and says that not sitting down with him to relax is against his hospitality.
- Portrait Painting Peephole: A portrait of him has one sort of peephole where if Mario looks away from it, a Boo will pop out to replace his face.
A Toad who was the ski lift operator for 30 years until he and his servant moved to the Enigmansion. He died, with his servant becoming the new owner. He is revived with an old photograph of his via paperization and becomes the owner of the Enigmansion again, with the steward being his servant again.
- Military Salute: Does one to Mario after he and Kersti hop on to one of the ski lifts.
- Nostalgia Filter: Subverted. A music player that plays a tune that sounds very old-fashioned is liked by his servant but the owner, who is older than him, doesn't like it that much and wonders why the current generation likes it.