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"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..."

Characters originating in the main series like Mario, Peach, and Bowser can be found on their respective pages.

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    Mario 

Mario

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The hero as always. When not busy saving the Princess Peach, he is saving the world.


  • Alternate Self: While the game was originally set in the same universe as we know, Paper Jam established that this is in-fact a separate universe and that Paper Mario is a different Mario.
  • Big Good: The hero, who never back down to save the Princess and even the world.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Unlike his main series counterpart who has blue eyes. We can assume they are the same.
  • Blank White Eyes: Has these when surprised.
  • Boring, but Practical: In Super Paper Mario apart from flipping, he doesn't have any crazy moves or increased attack like the other heroes have. But at the same time, he lacks their drawbacks and so is the best-suited for general gameplay.
  • Chick Magnet: In The Thousand Year Door, all his female partners are attracted to him somehow.
  • Dimensional Traveler: In Super Paper Mario, while the game is built around characters traveling between different dimensions, Mario is able to take things further by using his flipping technique to switch between two- and three-dimensional planes of existence.
  • Drop the Hammer: He gets a hammer from Goompa in the first game, it becomes his trademark weapon.
  • Goomba Stomp: One of his signature move. It can't be used against some enemies with shells or spikes on top of them but is, most of the time, necessary to attack a flying enemy.
  • The Hero: Goes without saying.
  • Heroic Mime: Unlike the other playable characters, Mario doesn’t have any spoken dialogue. Anything he says is reiterated by other characters.
  • Leitmotif: In Super Paper Mario, when he's the selected character, the tune Piccolo plays is an upbeat-sounding jazzy rendition of the game's main theme.
  • No Hero Discount: In Super Paper Mario, he's initially charged 10,000 coins in exchange for being taught how to flip, with Bestovius straight-up telling him that being a hero doesn't mean he should have it given to him for free. You can barter with him in order to lower the cost and eventually ditch it entirely.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In The Origami King, Mario, who usually takes dangers in stride (save moments of surprise) and doesn't speak much, flips out when he realizes that Bobby lit his friend's fuse so he can detonate himself to save Olivia from underneath a boulder. Afterwards, he is so depressed that when Olivia asks where Bobby is, he can't bring himself to look at her.
  • The Quiet One: His dialogues are never shown and he doesn't speak much to begin with.
  • Recognition Failure:
    • When Bestovius first meets him, he notes how impeccably identical Mario's appearance is to that of the hero written of in the Light Prognosticus...and then assumes he's an impersonator.
    • On the flip side, Mario himself fails to recognize anything about Mr. L — who, for the record, is definitely not Luigi — on their first encounter. He does pick up a slight familiarity by their second meeting, but Tippi dismisses it as being his imagination.
  • Red Is Heroic: Both the Light and the Dark Prognosticus refer to him as the "man in red".
  • Refusal of the Call: He has this option in Super Paper Mario, as the player can turn down Merlon's offering of the Pure Heart and the quest that goes with it. Doing so results in a Non Standard Game Over.
  • We Can Rule Together: The Shadow Queen offers this to Mario in The Thousand-Year Door, but accepting will result in a Non Standard Game Over.
  • Weapon of Choice: He has two, his hammer and his boots.

    Princess Peach 

Princess Peach

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The fair princess of the Mushroom Kingdom who get frequently kidnapped, but that won't stop her from helping the way she can.


  • Alternate Self: To her main series counterpart, unlike whom she gets more characterizations.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Played for Laughs. During the moment when she is trapped in a sleeping curse in Super Paper Mario, feeding her a pink apple ends up turning her into an actual peach for a few seconds, before returning to normal. She remains asleep.
  • Beast and Beauty: While she isn't romantically inclined toward Bowser, the Dark Prognosticus calls for such a union in order to summon the Chaos Heart, and so Count Bleck uses the both of them (along with a bit of brainwashing) to complete the formula.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Just like all humans paper characters.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In The Origami King, she is folded into an origmai by King Olly, causing her to become an evil minion at his will.
  • Damsel in Distress: Of course, being Peach, it's her roles in most of the games with the exception of Super Paper Mario.
  • Damsel out of Distress: In Super Paper Mario, she takes her initial imprisonment in stride and boldly goes in search of ways to escape Castle Bleck. Even once she has, she refuses to take a backseat to Mario's usual heroics and joins him in his search for the Pure Hearts.
  • Demonic Possession: In The Thousand-Year Door, she is used as a vessel by the main antagonist, the Shadow Queen.
  • Forced Sleep: Unknowingly eating the Forbidden Golden Apple while in the Overthere sends Peach into a deep sleep she cannot wake up from. The entire plot of Chapter 7-3 is about the player finding another colored apple to wake her up.
  • Girls With Mustaches: Feeding her a Yellow Apple during her Forced Sleep in Super Paper Mario describes above causes a mustache rivaling Mario’s to sprout on her face. It goes away after a few seconds, thankfully.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A very kind-hearted princess. Despite all she goes through, she never wishes harm on anyone, not even Bowser.
  • It's All My Fault: Though nobody blames her at all for the situation, Peach believes it her responsibility to join the adventure in order to fix the problem she (and Bowser) caused in Super Paper Mario.
  • Leitmotif: Piccolo's song for her is a peaceful, dainty, lullaby-like version of the game's theme.
  • Morality Chain: She is one of the only motivators for Bowser to do anything remotely altruistic, especially seeing as their party is otherwise composed only of his sworn enemy and Luigi.
  • Parasol Parachute: In Super Paper Mario while in midair, she can pull out her parasol to slow her fall and glide a certain distance before landing.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: If her Iconic Outfit and parasol are any indications.
  • Save the Villain: In Super Paper Mario, Peach almost rescues Mimi from a collapsing floor, shocking Mimi enough to make her turn over a new leaf later on.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's as resolute as Bowser's men when it comes to resisting Nastasia's brainwashing, and when Mimi insults her by insinuating she's just a Damsel in Distress who's overreliant on boys, she completely flips out and commands Mario and Luigi to stand back while she fights her herself.
  • Stone Wall: In Super Paper Mario, Peach can use her parasol to protect herself. While she can't move or attack while doing so, she's Nigh-Invulnerable to most attacks.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: And despite their above interaction, after beating Mimi to a pulp, Peach still cautions her to seek shelter as the castle crumbles around them, and when the floor literally crumbles beneath them, she chooses to try and save Mimi in spite of the evil things she's done.

    Bowser 

Bowser

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The King of the Koopas, who antagonize Mario and doesn't like competition when it comes to play the villain.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: Bowser's people follow him not out of fear, but out of respect and admiration, and they are just as loyal to him as the people of the Mushroom Kingdom are to Peach.
  • Alternate Self: To his main series counterpart.
  • Blood Knight: Is much more inclined to violence than the other heroes, frequently boasts about his battle prowess after joining the party, and is most in line with their quest when it means he gets to stomp their enemies into submission.
  • Breath Weapon: Fire breath, specifically. Pretty much a Bowser trademark.
  • But Not Too Evil: While he plays the role of main villain straight in most games, he is definitely less evil than Sir Grodus and the Shadow Queen from The Thousand-Years Door and even become one of the hero in Super Paper Mario and The Origami King.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • He agrees to partner up with Mario in Super Paper Mario, partly because he doesn't want the world to end before he's able to rule it, partly because Count Bleck has brainwashed all of his loyal minions, and partly because Peach asks him to.
    • Even more so in The Origami King where he shows no reluctance siding with Mario to defeat their common enemy, King Olly.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • In Super Paper Mario, he prides himself on being a great and evil king, but even he's rendered speechless when he sees what Sammer's Kingdom is reduced to after being consumed by the Void.
    • In The Origami King, he also explicitly points it out to King Olly that he find his antics too evil even though he isn't the nicest guy himself.
    "I wouldn't even do that. And I've done some mean stuffs, believe me!"
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Directly Invoked as the reason for him to join the heroes in Super Paper Mario. Peach tries to convince him with other reasons first, which fail, but once Mario brings up that Count Bleck’s victory would mean he would no longer have a world to rule, he sees the logic and joins.
  • A Father to His Men: A member of the Koopa Troop tells of Bowser's insistence that No One Gets Left Behind, and many of his underlings swear their allegiance to him on the cusp of being brainwashed by Nastasia. Said brainwashing is also one of the things driving him to help stop Count Bleck.
  • Fiery Redhead: He has a fiery temper and hair to match.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Goes to a villain to a hero depending on the game.
  • Hopeless Suitor: His usual advances toward Peach are made worse this time around, since Super Paper Mario opens with the two of them being forcibly married to each other. Peach's objections to the legitimacy of the entire thing just fall on deaf ears.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: He becomes very protective of Princess Peach when someone other than him dare harming her.
  • Ladder Physics: In Super Paper Mario he can't climb ladders.
  • Leitmotif: In Super Paper Mario, his version of Piccolo's song is played in the style of heavy metal.
  • Mighty Glacier: In Super Paper Mario does double the damage of the other characters, but he's much larger, slower, and less graceful than them as well.
  • More Hero Than Thou: After facing O'Chunks alone inside Castle Bleck, the two of them enter a grudge match about who will hold up the collapsing ceiling for longer, while also giving the other heroes the chance to escape.
  • Not Me This Time: When the Mario Bros. confront him in the prologue of Super Paper Mario over Peach's latest kidnapping, he's rather flabbergasted, to say the least. He was only just preparing to march on her castle when they showed up.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: In The Thousand-Year Door, Bowser spends the entire game moping about someone else kidnapping Peach and replacing him as the Big Bad. He eventually has a fight with Mario, but has nothing to do with the plot.
  • Silent Antagonist: In Sticker Star he has no dialogue, only roars. This change was not well-received and following games went back to have him talk.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Inverted in Sticker Star, he is completely mute all of sudden while others games of the series have him talking.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In The Origami King, which is the first time that Bowser is never fought in a Paper Mario game, he is actually fairly nice, especially towards Olivia, and express no teeth-clenching at the thought of working alongside Mario.
  • Token Evil Teammate:
    • In Super Paper Mario, he is one of the heroes, though he is still fought twice and has much meaner dialogues compared to the others.
    • Very downplayed in The Origami King, in which his villainy is next to absent.

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    Luigi 

Luigi

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Mario's underdog brother, not as heroic but still brave and adventurous.


  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Super Paper Mario, Mr. L is an alter-ego of Luigi, being hypnotized by Dimentio.
  • Glass Cannon: In Super Paper Mario. His Spring Jump deals double damage, but makes him vulnerable for one second.
  • Hero of Another Story: In The Thousand-Year Door, he randomly shows up at Rogueport to tell his adventure saving Princess Eclair of the Waffle Kingdom.
  • In a Single Bound: He has the highest regular jump of the four heroes, but has less traction on the ground.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: In Super Paper Mario:
    • He's the last hero to join Mario's party and does so four chapters after Bowser and one before the end of the game.
    • Unlike Peach and Bowser, his grudge match with Count Bleck's associative minion (in his case, Dimentio) doesn't end with him reforming them.
    • He's also the only one of the four heroes who isn't playable during the final battle. He's the final boss instead.
  • Leitmotif: The theme Piccolo plays for him is another jazzy one like Mario's, although Luigi's is a bit snazzier and doesn't feature the game's theme.
  • Promoted to Playable: After spending the first two games as an extra, he becomes one of the main characters in Super Paper Mario.
  • Spanner in the Works: Early in Super Paper Mario, his attempt to disrupt the birth of the Chaos Heart ends up scattering everyone present across the interior of Castle Bleck, preventing them from being brainwashed by Nastasia right away.
  • Spring Jump: His signature move in Super Paper Mario.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In The Thousand-Year Door, each of his stories are implied to be distorted by Luigi to makes him more heroic, while his companions give a different version.


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