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Debut: Super Mario Bros. 3
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A name given to seven siblings who appeared as bosses in Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Mario Is Missing, Yoshi's Safari, Hotel Mario, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Super Mario Bros. U, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, and Paper Mario: Color Splash. They have been considered Bowser's own children as late as Super Smash Bros. Melee, but they are currently only referred to as his minions outside of re-releases of older material.


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    General Tropes 
  • Adaptation Name Change: All have different names in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Ambiguously Related: Bowser was originally the Koopalings' father. After Bowser Jr.'s introduction in Super Mario Sunshine in 2002, this was up in the air until Shigeru Miyamoto declared this is currently not the case in 2012. Nintendo doesn't bother changing existing references and sometimes still allows even more references to slip by, however.
  • The Artifact: They retain the wands they had in Super Mario Bros. 3 in later games, despite the wands actually belonging to the Kings and not them.
  • Ascended Extra:
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: For the first time in years, their Palutena's Guidance description in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U acknowledges the ambiguous relationship to Bowser and Bowser Jr., suggesting they may actually be more like estranged relatives.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif:
    • The boss music from Super Mario Bros. 3 used to be heavily associated with them. Nowadays the heavy remix from the castle boss battles from New Super Mario Bros. Wii is used while the much closer tower boss mix is used for whoever the tower boss is in any particular game (barring the Reznors).
    • Since the Koopalings fill the same role as the Royal Sticker bosses in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, the tension theme from that game became this for them in Paper Mario: Color Splash.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Fawful brainwashes them into working for him in Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser.
  • The Bus Came Back: Infamously Put on a Bus for nine years after their appearance in 1994's Hotel Mario. Even then, appearance in 2003's Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was a brief cameo appearance with no dialogue from any of them. It wasn't until 2009's New Super Mario Bros. Wii that the Koopalings made their return to being series mainstays.
  • Canon Foreigner: Not them, but their personalities from the Mario cartoons.
  • Child Soldiers: Now that they're no longer called Bowser's children in new material, it is implied that the Koopalings are treated the same way as soldiers in his army.
  • Combination Attack:
    • In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam both Koopalings pairs have at least one attack that allows them to work together (usually triggering a chase sequence).
    • In Bowser Jr.'s Journey, most of them have a combination technique with Bowser Jr. that can be done if they're the First Officer.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • The first appearances of the Koopalings had different colors in each game, until their revival in New Super Mario Bros. Wii where they got their definitive color schemes in-game for the first time (though they had always had them in artwork).
      • Larry - Azure (Yellow in Mario Kart 8)
      • Roy - Fuschia (Pink in Mario Kart 8)
      • Lemmy - Orange, although he appears to be more associated with Yellow (Teal in Mario Kart 8)
      • Wendy - Pink (White in Mario Kart 8)
      • Iggy - Lime Green
      • Morton - Black. Also commonly associated with Grey, his previous shell color.
      • Ludwig - Dark Blue
    • In Paper Mario: Color Splash, the color of the Big Paint Star they guard corresponds to the color of their wand. In Roy's case, he does not guard a Big Paint Star, but instead appears in Black Bowser's Castle
      • Morton - Red
      • Ludwig - Blue
      • Iggy - Yellow
      • Wendy - Purple
      • Larry - Orange
      • Lemmy - Green
      • Roy - Black
  • Cool Airship: In their debut, the Koopalings each had airships which the Mario Bros. had to invade to confront them. New Super Mario Bros. U and Puzzle and Dragons: Super Mario Bros. edition give them new airships modeled after Bowser's Flagship.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • They were the stars of the comic story Bowser Knows Best (incidentally the only full story in the Nintendo Comics System to feature all the Koopalings), where they kidnap the Princess as a Father's Day gift for Bowser. Wendy and Lemmy both made additional appearances in the comics and got their own Day In The Limelight, Wendy in the story Fins and Roses (which could also count as Villain Episode), and Lemmy (sort of) in the story The Revenge of Pipe Ooze!
    • They're essentially The Heavy in New Super Mario Bros. 2, what with Kamek and Bowser Jr. being absent.
    • The DIC cartoon often rotated them as antagonists for particular episodes, either as The Dragon to King Koopa for that particular scheme or working on their own accord.
    • Minion Quest in Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions features them as major characters.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: In Paper Jam, if their partner is knocked out, Roy, Wendy, Larry and Ludwig will pull out a wand and create a heavily damaging energy ball which, if countered, is usually enough to defeat them. Subverted with Lemmy, Morton and Iggy however: The attacks themselves don't kill them, but leaves them dazed for the Bros to finish them off.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: In Paper Mario: Color Splash, their Enemy Cards can be won from the Rock Paper Wizard in Super Roshambo after their defeat, which summon them to scare off foes for a turn. However, they refuse to attack bosses like their fellow Koopalings or Bowser.
  • Defeat Means Playable:
    • In Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, each Koopaling you defeat in a Special World will join your team.
    • Each Koopaling freed of Fawful's brainwashing joins the party in Minion Quest.
  • The Dragon: Until Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, it was thought that Ludwig was the "leader" of the Koopalings, despite being fought around the middle of the game in Super Mario World (4th Koopaling) and Paper Mario: Color Splash (3rd Koopaling). This was because he is the eldest of the siblings as well as the fact that in almost all of the non-RPG games he was fought in (sans World), he was always the last one fought.
    • Larry takes up The Dragon role in Super Mario World, taking Ludwig's place as the last Koopaling fought.
    • Iggy and Roy Koopa share a role of being fought in the final dungeon (Hotel Mario and Paper Mario: Color Splash respectively).
  • Dummied Out: They were planned to be in Super Princess Peach, but were left out of the final game.
  • Eighth Ranger: Bowser Jr. was actually briefly considered one of the Koopalings in certain official materials of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which evidently predated the newer mandate to separate their siblinghood. That said, materials such as marketing for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe still portray them as a full group.
  • Faceship: Each of the Koopalings get their own airship with their face on it in New Super Mario Bros. U.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Larry - Choleric/Phlegmatic
    • Roy - Phlegmatic
    • Lemmy and Iggy - Sanguine
    • Wendy - Choleric
    • Morton - Leukine
    • Ludwig - Melancholic
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: In Mario Kart 8 the Koopalings go karting with the other characters. Two (four in the 3DS version) of them also appear in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series.
  • Humongous Mecha: They all utilize one in their boss fights in Yoshi's Safari (although Wendy's was more of a giant shield).
  • Interpretative Character: All of them got hit with this in their earliest appearances and spinoff material where they would have wildly different personalities between adaptations or even languages. They got more stablized general personalities following their reintroduction, but the finer points still vary and some such as Larry or Morton are still heavy cases of Depending on the Writer.
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: Along with Bowser Jr. in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
  • Leitmotif: In addition to the above, a short guitar riff plays during their introductions in Paper Mario: Color Splash which is also part of Morton, Wendy and Larry's battle themes.
  • Magic Wand: In Super Mario Bros. 3, the Koopalings obtained the enchanted scepters of various kings and wielded them in battle, but lost them upon defeat. After spending Super Mario World without, the re-designed Koopalings appear to have obtained wands of their own and are almost never seen without them.
  • Malevolent Mugshot: Like their boss, they use their faces as logos.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Earlier games, cartoon series, and comics depict them as Bowser's children. Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka no longer consider them his children, so they're no longer referred to as such and appear to be just particularly high ranking underlings of his. The Koopalings are still related to each other, though.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Whether they're scattered throughout separate regions or together under Bowser's or Junior's service, they're at worst MiniBosses and are very rarely common encounters.
  • No One Could Survive That!: In Super Mario World, all of the Koopalings were either dunked into hot lava or (in the case of Morton, Ludwig, and Roy) smashed to smithereens, and then had their castle blown up for good measure. It's especially notable in that the narration in (the English version of) Super Mario World could be interpreted to imply that they had died in the battle, yet they managed to reappear in future titles (then again, this is basically common for the Koopa Troop).
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: Only Roy and Wendy are entirely devoid of hair.
  • No Name Given: In the Japanese release of Super Mario Bros. 3 they originally went unnamed in the manual. The end credits for Super Mario World ended up using the localized names for them (while dropping the surname).
  • Palette Swap: In their early appearances, most of the latter Koopalings have a similar attack style to a prior Koopaling but add stage hazards.
  • Power Glows: The spells fired from their wands in New Super Mario Bros. Wii have their own colors, depending on who's using it.
  • Promoted to Playable: Mario Kart 8 marks the first time in the franchise's history where they are playable characters.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: One of gaming's earliest and memorable examples
  • The Red Baron: During their showcase in the Mario Kart 8 Direct, they each have a cool title.
    • Larry is the "Super Trooper of Bowser's Army" and "Authority of Acceleration".
    • Roy is the "Runaway Heavyweight Koopa" and "Bespectacled Brute".
    • Iggy is the "Trickster with the Sweet Specs" and "Wild Child".
    • Lemmy is "Mr. Agility Supreme" and the "Ace of Speed"
    • Morton is the "Invincible Tough Guy" and "Mass of Muscle".
    • Wendy is the "Princess of Destruction" and "Speed Queen".
    • Ludwig is the "Showy Anti-Villain" and "Conductor of Chaos".
  • Retcon: They were originally stated to be Bowser's seven children; however, Bowser Jr. was later treated as Bowser's only child, which Shigeru Miyamoto eventually stated was the case. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, their relationship to Bowser was vaguely described as "a real mystery," leaving the connection ambiguous. Despite that, Nintendo has also left their original story in Super Mario Bros. 3 as-is, with few exceptions such as the reprinting in Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros. subtly omitting the explicit connection to Bowser as their father but still referring to them as young siblings.
    • Notably, it appears that Nintendo of Europe has taken a "Depending on the Writer" stance as of late (despite them formerly being a proponent of the "Bowser's Minions" term), as the Italian and German localizations of Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam respectively allude to and state that Bowser is their father, and the Italian localization of Paper Mario: Color Splash rubbed out all their references to "Master Bowser" present in the other translations.
    • On the other hand, the German version of the encyclopedia not only completely changed the story of Super Mario Bros 3 to remove any implications by saying Bowser made the Koopalings into his subjects, but it also brings the implication of them not being siblings or the only Koopalings for that matter.
  • Rotten Rock & Roll: Their Theme Naming is largely based on rock and punk musicians.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: The Koopalings are named after musicians (mostly rock and punk). Larry is the apparent exception.
    • Morton is named after Morton Downey Jr. (presumably due to his big mouth since his appearance is otherwise closer to Paul Stanley)note .
    • Wendy is named after Wendy O. Williams, of The Plasmatics.
    • Iggy is named after Iggy Pop, of The Stooges.
    • Roy is named after Roy Orbison. His glasses are also popularly known as Roy Orbison glasses.
    • Lemmy is named after Lemmy Kilmister, of Motörhead.
    • Ludwig is, of course, named after Ludwig van Beethoven.
    • Finally, Larry is the Odd Name Out as Dayvv Brooks confirmed that he "just looked like a Larry"note .
  • Sibling Team: Though their parentage is currently unclear, they're all siblings.
  • Spin Attack: Their usual response to being stomped on in Super Mario Bros 3 and the New Super Mario Bros series.
  • Starter Villain: Larry has a habit of being this, though it depends on the game. In Super Mario World and Superstar Saga, he was actually the LAST Koopaling to be fought.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is the first time they've been given dialogue. Prior, they typically made noises like Mario and Luigi did in that game series.
  • Timed Mission: The later Koopalings in Superstar Saga are accompanied by the Time Bob-omb, which counts down as the battle wears on. If it reaches zero, it explodes and instantly beats Mario and Luigi.
  • Turtle Power: They are Koopas after all.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • The Koopalings are shown to be extremely devoted to Bowser. For example, in The Stinger for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the Koopalings attempted to help Bowser up (although they ended up squished by Bowser's castle in the process), and in New Super Mario Bros. 2, they even directly aided him in a manner similar to Kamek in the former game (ie, by causing Bowser to grow bigger) during the final battle.
    • Even if Bowser is Brainwashed and Crazy, the Koopalings will still be loyal to him and serve him without question, as shown in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Bowletta)note  and Paper Mario: Color Splash (Black Bowser).
  • Unwitting Pawn: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions explains this as being why they are working for Bowletta. They (and the rest of the Koopa Troop sans the Captains) are tricked by Bowletta, disguised as Bowser, which is why they still fight the Mario Bros in this version.
  • The Voiceless: Until Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, the only time they've spoken in the games is in the original PC version of Mario Is Missing (not counting the original Super Mario Bros. 3 manual).
  • Weapon of Choice: While they all had their wands in many games, New Super Mario Bros. Wii associated Iggy with Chain-Chomps while New Super Mario Bros. U gave Lemmy, Morton and Roy a different one for each. And although Wendy kept her Rings of Death, the game gave her the ability to use them without her wand. They sometimes use those weapons instead of their wands in later games, namely in Paper Mario: Color Splash.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World had some rather odd in-game sprites for the Koopalings, with their color schemes in particular not staying consistent between the games. However, the appearances the Koopalings have today have always been codified in artwork since their debut, with the exception of two Koopalings who were redesigned for their appearance in New Super Mario Bros. Wii:
    • Lemmy grew a blonde ponytail.
    • Iggy developed a taller, lankier body and swapped out his rainbow-colored mohawk (likely deemed too similar to Lemmy's) for an odd, green, palm tree-shaped hairstyle.
    • Much like King Koopa, the DiC cartoons also redesigned the Koopalings (if not quite as drastically), giving them more reptilian, gangly designs.
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    Larry Koopa 
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Voiced by: Masaharu Sato (original video animations), James Rankin (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World), Lani Minella (2009-2014), Michelle Hippe (2014-present)

Larry Koopa is the runt of the litter, with a penchant for sports (at which he cheats, natch). Named "Cheatsy" in the DiC adaptations.

Tropes associated with Larry:

  • Ambidextrous Sprite: A notable and most likely accidental example: in Paper Mario: Color Splash, Larry holds his wand in his right hand, but when he is casting a spell his wand is suddenly in his left.
  • Bastard Understudy: Cheatsy tries to double cross his father a couple of times in the cartoons. He's quite assured he'll be especially proud of what an underhanded villain he is.
  • Berserk Button: Doesn't take kindly to being called a shrimp by Starlow.
  • Big Eater: In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Larry gobbles down a fully 3D hunk of steak that's bigger, thicker, and wider than his entire body. In a matter of seconds. After the boss fight with him (which happens in the following stage), he says that he could go for some lambchops, suggesting that he's still hungry after the steak.
  • Blow You Away: His special attack in Puzzle & Dragons is "Larry's Tornado".
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: After recruiting him in Minion Quest, he relinquishes the chance to take over as captain, saying it sounds like a lot of work. He also outright states he doesn't plan to try very hard a little later.
  • Butt-Monkey: Larry seems to be characterized as this in New Super Mario Bros. Wii — he gets trapped under the cake in the opening cutscene, is the first boss to be fought, and has the hardest time reaching Bowser's castle in The Stinger.
  • Cat Smile: Roy, Larry, and Ludwig invoke this, due to the feline shape of their mouths and their default expressions.
  • Combination Attack: He has an attack with Bowser Jr. in Bowser Jr.'s Journey known as Larry Rally, a variant of the recurring Shell moves that the Mario Bros use in the Mario & Luigi series.
  • Depending on the Writer: Beyond being used as comic-relief Larry doesn't seem to have many sticking characteristics. Even his short temper which defines him in the New Super Mario Bros. series is only used for his appearance in Paper Jam whereas his appearance in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games goes in the exact opposite direction to the point of making him a Punch-Clock Villain. Color Splash depicts him as food-obsessed and perpetually hungry.
  • Dual Boss: Fought alongside Ludwig in Paper Jam.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Inverted in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: If talked to after the Equestrian event during a tournament he may mention that, while he likes the respect, he feels his horse should have gotten a treat as well.
  • From Bad to Worse: After Mario and company rescue Peach and go home in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Larry drags himself back home to see his siblings helping Bowser up from his shell and get crushed by their castle.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: As a boss, he'll blow a fuse when seeing Mario in the New Super Mario Bros. series and will lose it when he gets defeated in his game of tennis in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. This fact is included in one of his attacks in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.
  • Jerk Jock: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga shows that Larry has an interest in tennis and he takes up horse racing in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (though he's not much of a jerk in that game).
  • The Klutz: Larry's primary characterization after the redesign as shown in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and hinted at in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and Mario & Sonic at The Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
  • The Leader: In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and the PAL version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, he is described as the leader of the Koopalings. As this was an Informed Attribute, the line "The leader of the Koopalings, with aggressive tendencies to match." was replaced with "The youngest of the Koopalings, with a serious case of little-brother syndrome to match." in the NTSC version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. However, his Boxing Ring title in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate still goes with the former in several languages.
    • The fact that he was paired up with Ludwig in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, who in that game is their self-proclaimed leader, may be a reference to this.
  • Leitmotif: In addition to his battle theme from Paper Mario: Color Splash, he has a jazzy rendition of the Koopalings' theme song in Rio 2016.
  • Multicolored Hair: He had rainbow hair only in the anime.
  • Outside Ride: In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Larry and Lemmy have to hang off the Koopa Clown Car's edge due to the lack of room. This is also the case in in the final boss fight of Puzzle and Dragons.
  • Punch-Clock Villain:
    • In the Japanese manual for Super Mario Bros. 3, Larry states that the only reason the Koopalings are bothering with the seven kings of the Mushroom World is because Bowser would yell at them otherwise. This is similarly true in Paper Mario: Color Splash, though in that case, it was to avoid disappointing Bowser since his disappointed face is, apparently, heartbreaking.
    • He's also very nice, respectful and all-around relaxed in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Skewed Priorities: You may notice in Minion Quest that he seems more worried about his hair than whatever situation's at hand, as the first bit of his Idle Animation consists of taking a brief moment to adjust his mohawk, which he will do every time he stops moving, regardless of how little movement he made.
  • Slimeball: Cheatsy's characterisation in the cartoons, to the point he's even more of a weaselly backstabber than his dad.
  • Smug Snake: Cheatsy reeks of this in the cartoons. Koopa seemed to put extra care into making him a smug, conniving back stabber like his dear old dad (sometimes a bit too much than he hoped for). Even his design and mannerisms were redesigned to be more weaselly.
  • The Starscream: Cheatsy has traces of this in the cartoons. In Bowser's presence, he's always fawning and admiring, but he takes any chance he can get to be in charge, and once tries to take over the Mushroom Kingdom himself.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Talking to him in Rio 2016 will have him occasionally mention how the "Bowser League" would have been a better name for the "Mario League", a sentiment shared by Bowser and Bowser Jr. if talked to after they lose a match.
  • Tennis Boss: Larry's unique attack in Superstar Saga (and retained for Minion Quest and Bowser Jr.'s Journey) involves batting a fireball with a literal Tennis racquet.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Otherwise the runt of the litter, he was the last fought and toughest of all the Koopalings in Super Mario World. That also goes for Superstar Saga, as the Koopalings are fought in the same order. He also single-handedly handed Mario his ass in the obscure choose-your-adventure book Dinosaur Dilemma Note 
    • If not defeated after a certain point in Paper Mario: Color Splash, Larry will continuously stomp on Mario, guaranteeing a Game Over.
  • The Unintelligible: In Nintendo Comics System. Instead of words, his dialogue balloons were filled with pictures, and only Lemmy could understand him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Larry literally has blue hair just like Ludwig. He gets partnered with him in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, since they're the youngest and the oldest Koopaling respectively.
  • Youngest Child Wins: The Super Mario World player's guide states that Larry, who was earlier stated to be the youngest in the Super Mario Bros. 3 player's guide, is Bowser's favorite.

    Morton Koopa Jr. 
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Voiced by: Miyako Endo (original video animations), Gordon Masten (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World), Lani Minella (2009-2014), David Cooke (2014-present)

Morton Koopa Jr. is a cantankerous little (or rather huge size-wise) grouch who takes after Roy. Named "Big Mouth" in the DiC adaptations.

Tropes associated with Morton:

    Wendy O. Koopa 
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Voiced by: Miyako Endo (original video animations), Tabitha St. Germain (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World), Lani Minella (2009-2014), Ashley Flannegan (2014-present)

Wendy O. Koopa is the only girl and a spoiled, greedy little brat. Named "Kootie Pie" in the DiC adaptations.

Tropes associated with Wendy:

  • Attention Whore: Rio 2016 reveals that Wendy gets worked up if she so much as sees a single empty seat during her event. Said seat was actually reserved for her by Larry.
  • Bald of Evil: Roy and Wendy are the only Koopalings without hair.
  • Bald Woman: Her ginormous pink ribbon may make this less obvious, but true enough she has no hair on her head even while most of her siblings do.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Wendy's fighting style in Paper Mario: Color Splash has her pelting Mario with gold coins. He can even add them to his coin counter if he doesn't block.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Taken to extremes for the DiC cartoon's "Kootie Pie".
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Kooty Pie in the cartoons. Koopa dotes over her especially and tries to ease her bratty tantrums, which are usually over capturing or taking over something notable.
  • Dark Action Girl: Wendy, the only girl among the Koopalings.
  • Dual Boss: Fought alongside Roy in Paper Jam.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She is a generally no-nonsense girl with a very short temper. If Roy accidentally hits her in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, she'll occasionally manhandle him in a Big Ball of Violence.
  • Healing Factor: She is capable of healing herself in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Wendy attacks with razor sharp "candy rings".
  • Leitmotif: Like Larry, she got a personal remix of the Koopalings' theme song in Rio 2016, this time a more industrial and ominous theme.
  • Making a Splash:
    • Downplayed. She doesn't have any water-based powers, but is almost always found in water environments and seems to have a love of water in general. She utilizes underwater combat in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. 2, and the worlds she inhabits are almost always the beach-themed ones (Even the three instances where she isn't the boss of a beach world still has her in worlds that are indirectly related to water: Super Mario World has her in charge of an island version of Level Ate; New Super Mario Bros. 2 puts her in a mixture of Palmtree Panic and The Lost Woods; and New Super Mario Bros. U has her in charge of Slippy-Slidey Ice World). She is also the one who participates in the 100m Freestyle Swimming in the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
    • Her primary element in Puzzle & Dragons is Water and her special attack is called "Wendy's Splash".
  • Me's a Crowd: She can create imposters of herself in the Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga remakenote , possibly as an allusion to her boss fight in Super Mario World. She retains this ability in Bowser Jr.'s Journey.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: She wears a pair of pink heels (or ice skates in NSMBU), while all her siblings go barefoot - except in Super Mario World, where she's barefoot too.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: She does not have a sister.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Wendy, the girl, is naturally the one with the pink shell along with a giant pink bow.
  • Rings of Death: She uses these in combat frequently, and they mirror her large bracelets. Special mention goes to the giant ring she uses in Paper Mario: Color Splash, which can trap Mario and immobilize him completely.
  • Signature Move: Creating rings. While they were created by her wand in Super Mario Bros 3 and New Super Mario Bros Wii, it is shown that she can also create them naturally, such as in New Super Mario Bros U and the Mario & Luigi games.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Wendy is the only female of the Koopalings. Also depending on the game, Kammy Koopa, Kamella, and Pom Pom are one of the only females in the Koopa Troop.
  • Spoiled Brat: Especially in the cartoons, where at one point she even gets Bowser to try and obtain the United States of America as a birthday gift for her!
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: You can tell she's female by her large pink bow, pink high heels and pink shell.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's often described as a tomboy, although she's not against wearing feminine accessories or acting in a feminine manner in general. In fact, it almost comes off as a case of Informed Attribute.
  • Underwater Boss Battle: Wendy's boss arena fills up with water in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Villainous Crush:

    Iggy Koopa 
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Voiced by: Masaharu Sato (original video animations), Tara Strong (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World), Mike Vaughn (2009-2014), Ryan Higgins (2014-present)

Iggy Koopa is a technological genius who is more than a little nutty. Named "Hop" in the DiC adaptations.

Tropes associated with Iggy:

  • Ax-Crazy: He was implied to be this in the text box after beating him in Super Mario World, and confirmed in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. He also shows signs of this in Paper Mario: Color Splash
    Iggy: Tear him apart! Fifty coins to whoever brings me Mario's hat!
  • The Beast Master: He usually fights alongside some sort of creature in recent games, particularly Chain Chomps.
  • Blow You Away: His special attack in Puzzle & Dragons is "Iggy's Hurricane"
  • Chariot Race: He and his minions utilize chariots to fight Mario in Paper Mario: Color Splash. It also sort of applies to New Super Mario Bros Wii, where Iggy spends his second fight in a cart being dragged along by a Chain Chomp.
  • Creepy Twins: Iggy and Lemmy, especially in the cartoons. Distancing them from this trope may have been the reason Iggy was so radically redesigned compared to the others.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Iggy and Lemmy were originally close enough in looks to be made twins in the spin-off cartoons, the main differences being the eyes (Iggy wears glasses and Lemmy has a lazy eye) and size (Lemmy is small and Iggy is tall and thin, the latter more apparent in their redesign). As of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Lemmy's grown a ponytail and gotten smaller, and Iggy instead got green palmtree hair and a leaner physique.
  • Evil Genius: Iggy (and Ludwig) fill this role, but it's only apparent in spin-off material (adventure books in Iggy's case); however, this is still implied in the games (due to his recurring Chain Chomp contraption).
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He is the only one who wears glasses (not counting Roy's sunglasses), and the most maniacal.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Iggy is considered to be perhaps the brainiest Koopaling in the Nintendo Adventure Books, suggesting he may be responsible for several contraptions used by the Koopa Troop. He also believes he's The Smart Guy in Super Mario Kun, though Ludwig seems to have this ego in the games.
  • Giggling Villain: Iggy's style of laughter. He makes up for this by never stopping.
  • Identity Amnesia: In Bowser Jr Journey, after getting shoved off a cliff by the Brute Force Federation, he ends up with this. By the time Junior and Kamek find him, he's been taken in by Kuzzle, believed to be the old man's grandson Charlie.
  • Jive Turkey: As "Charlie" in Bowser Jr.'s Journey, complete with translation subtitles.
  • Keet: Lemmy and Iggy. Lemmy in a cute, childish way, and Iggy in a manic, disturbing way.
  • Laughing Mad: Iggy's been shown to have this trait in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Mad Scientist indeed. Note that in the hallway up to his boss battle, you can hear him giggling with no abandon, while the other six would quietly wait for you to enter their arena. It gets even worse once the battle actually starts.
  • Lean and Mean: The other most notable change in Iggy's redesign. Although it was never previously clear how tall he was in comparison to the others, he eventually became the indisputably tallest of the Koopalings, and gained a lanky body shape to go with it.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen/Suspicious Videogame Generosity: In 3, his airship has a second powerupnote  located just outside of his cabin. Granted, it's a Racoon Leaf, so if you're already fully powerednote  it isn't worth it, but if you're not, it gives you an extra Hit Point for the Boss Battle.
  • Mad Scientist: In the adventure books, Iggy created several different inventions such as a cloning machine. The games hint that he still is one, considering the inside of his airship in New Super Mario Bros. U.
  • Multicolored Hair: Iggy's original design had rainbow hair.
  • Nerd Glasses: His most notable feature, especially before his redesign. The lenses themselves tend to alternate between giving him demented-looking irises as seen in the picture, or the standard nerdy spirals.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: He speaks entirely in rhymes in the DOS version of Mario Is Missing
  • Single-Minded Twins: Hip and Hop in the cartoons. Not so much in the games, where their personalities are polar opposites (Goofball Idiot and Insane Genius respectively). Though in the comics Lemmy was the only one capable of understanding Iggy's gibberish symbol speak.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In Mario Is Missing Deluxe, he has the deepest voice of the Koopalings, including Morton.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Iggy had rainbow before the redesigns; afterwards, however, it becomes green.

    Roy Koopa 
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Voiced by: Naoki Tatsuta (original video animations), Dan Hennessey (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World), Dan Falcone (2009-present)

Roy Koopa, a big bad guy with cool shades. Named "Bully" in the DiC adaptations.

Tropes associated with Roy:

  • Art Attacker: Paper Mario: Color Splash has him using Mario's own paint against him through his Bill Blaster.
  • Bald of Evil: Roy and Wendy are the only Koopalings without hair.
  • BFG: His signature weapon is a Bill Blaster that he uses as a bazooka to shoot Bullet Bills.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Implied by Roy's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, which states that he can go from slacker to soldier very quickly.
  • Bring It: Makes this gesture as one of his idle animations in the Superstar Saga remake and Bowser Jr's Journey.
  • The Brute: He is quite big and muscular, only losing to Morton.
  • The Bully: His cartoon incarnation is called "Bully", and he certainly lives up to the name.
  • Casting a Shadow: Eventually uses black paint against Mario in Paper Mario: Color Splash.
  • Cat Smile: Roy, Larry, and Ludwig invoke this, due to the feline shape of their mouths and their default expressions.
  • Cool Shades: As a reference to musician Roy Orbison, who he's named after.
  • Dual Boss: Fought alongside Wendy in Paper Jam.
  • Duel Boss: Bowser Jr. has to fight him solo in Bowser Jr.'s Journey.
  • Dumb Muscle:
    Roy: What is this? A book? Guess those losers must've dropped it. I wonder if it's important. Nah, books are dumb. Into the trash it goes!
    • Somewhat defied in Color Splash, where he claims that "knowledge is power" and thus has decided to go to night school. He is still fairly brutish though.
  • Gasshole: In the New Super Mario Bros. U arc of the Super Mario-kun manga, one of the very first things Roy does upon his first appearance is to bend over and fart directly on Iggy and Ludwig.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: During his battle in Paper Mario: Color Splash, he starts off wielding a cannon similar to the one he used in New Super Mario Bros. U. However, late in the battle, he loses the cannon, and instead opts to pummel Mario with his fists. What makes him this trope despite the fact that all the Koopalings' third phase boiled down to them going at Mario bare handed is that, unlike the other Koopalings (besides Larry) who barely put up a fight by that point, Roy can still put up a good fight.
  • Jerk Jock: Only in the cartoons.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U where Roy from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade is also a playable character. The promotional material likes to picture them as rivals.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Roy is literally pink all over: pink skin/scales, pink shell, pink shades... Although as of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, his shell has been made purple to avoid conflict with Wendy's shell color in their newly established color coordination. Still the same principle, though.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Bowser Jr. in Bowser Jr.'s Journey right before leaving. It ends up being one of the moments Junior remembers that triggers his Jerkass Realization.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He's the second Koopaling to leave the group in Bowser Jr.'s Journey. What sets him apart from the others though, is that while they all had excuses for leaving and simply had no reluctance to do so, Roy is the only one to leave directly because of Junior's actions and attitude.
  • Shock and Awe: While his elemental status in Puzzle & Dragons is Light, Roy's special attack is called "Roy's Lightning".
  • Villainous Rescue: He kidnaps Peach in Hotel Mario, but he also saves her from falling to her death, or at least breaking a bone or two.
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    Lemmy Koopa 
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Voiced by: Naoki Tatsuta (original video animations), Tara Strong (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World), Lani Minella (2009-2014), Carlee McManus (2014-present)

Lemmy Koopa, a lackadaisical, cross-eyed (and very tiny) clown who is more than a lot nutty. Named "Hip" in the DiC adaptations.

Tropes associated with Lemmy:

  • Casting a Shadow: Strangely enough, Lemmy is the only Dark element user in Puzzle & Dragons and his special attack is known as "Lemmy's Nightmare".
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In Nintendo Comics System, though he didn't actually appear to be as stupid as everyone made him out to be.
  • Combination Attack: He has one with Bowser Jr. in Bowser Jr.'s Journey, where he leaps onto his ball and Junior kicks him at the enemies, blowing through their defenses.
  • Comically Cross-Eyed: His crossed eyes emphasize his goofy, clownish personality.
  • Creepy Twins: Iggy and Lemmy, especially in the cartoons (where they got the matching names "Hip" and "Hop"). Distancing them from this trope may have been the reason Iggy was so radically redesigned compared to the others.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • Paper Mario: Color Splash portrays Lemmy as grandiose and having a desire to perform and entertain while lacking most of his childish aspects.
    • More bizarrely, unused dialogue in the CD-ROM Deluxe edition of Mario is Missing! showed him as smug and snarky.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Iggy and Lemmy were originally close enough in looks to be made twins in the spinoff cartoons, the main differences being the eyes (Iggy wears glasses and Lemmy has a lazy eye) and size (Lemmy is small and Iggy is tall and thin, the latter more apparent in their redesign). As of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Lemmy's grown a ponytail and gotten smaller, and Iggy instead got green palmtree hair and a leaner physique.
  • Graceful Loser: In Paper Mario: Color Splash, he does not appear to be bummed by Mario beating him and in fact even calls his own defeat "spectacular".
  • Improbable Weapon User: Lemmy's spell of choice? Giant rubber balls that don't even hurt you.
  • Keet: Lemmy and Iggy. Lemmy in a cute, childish way, and Iggy in a manic, disturbing way.
  • Magical Clown: Whenever he gets his hand on a magic wand. It's worth noting that while his siblings' wands shoot magic fireballs, his shoots circus balls. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Kamek adds in even more magic by causing Lemmy's bouncy ball to grow huge. He also plays this theme even more in Color Splash, where he is portrayed as a skilled illusionist.
  • Me's a Crowd: Much like Wendy, he can clone himself in Superstar Saga. Given the similarities, it's most likely that this is a reference to them having the same boss fight in Super Mario World.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Especially in the Nintendo Comics System incarnation. It went so far that in the story Bowser Knows Best, when all the Koopalings royally screw up, Bowser gets mad at them all — "except you, Lemmy. I know you're a blithering idiot!"
  • Monster Clown: Lemmy has a bit of a circus motif, with his colorful hair and use of bouncy balls. His airship in New Super Mario Bros. U is even decorated like a circus tent. This is taken to its logical conclusion in Color Splash, where he shows up in a circus level.
  • Multicolored Hair: Lemmy has rainbow hair.
  • Older Than They Look: He is the smallest of the Koopalings, is the most childish and playful, and doesn't seem to really care about Bowser's world domination conquest. Naturally, he was implied in an early player's guide to be the second oldest after Ludwig.
  • Outside Ride:
  • The Pollyanna: A lot of depictions give him this character trait; he remains cheerful and optimistic no matter how badly things go.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: According to the Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo Power strategy guide, Lemmy doesn't really care about Bowser's plans, and would rather join the circus.
  • Put on a Bus: Lemmy did not appear in any version of Mario Is Missing (though he was supposed to be in the DOS version at least). The manual explains that he was too busy playing in the snow to help Bowser with his plan.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Hip and Hop in the cartoons. Not so much in the games, where their personalities are polar opposites (Goofball Idiot and Insane Genius respectively). Though in the comics Lemmy was the only one capable of understanding Iggy's gibberish symbol speak.
  • Smug Snake: Strangely enough, Lemmy is this in his unused clips for the CD-ROM Deluxe edition of Mario is Missing!
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: New Super Mario Bros. U and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam give him an affinity for bombs.
  • Token Good Teammate: Unlike the other Koopalings, he's typically not interested in Bowser's plans, though it doesn't stop him from fighting the Mario Bros..
  • Too Dumb to Live: In Lemmy's fight in New Super Mario Bros. U, it's possible to touch Lemmy's bombs on your GamePad to make them explode before he has the chance to throw them. And he will mime throwing them anyway.
  • Translator Buddy: To Larry in the Nintendo Comics System.
  • Weaponized Ball: Lemmy rides around on a rubber ball and tries to run you over with it. He also throws around other balls that bounce you around.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lemmy has rainbow hair.

    Ludwig von Koopa 
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Voiced by: Naoki Tatsuta (original video animations), Michael Stark (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World), Mike Vaughn (2009-2014), David J. Goldfarb (2014-present)

Ludwig von Koopa, a crazed composer with a sadistic streak. Named "Kooky" in the DiC adaptations.

Tropes associated with Ludwig:

  • Berserk Button: A subtle example, but in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Ludwig noticeably gets annoyed when the Mario Bros. dodge Larry's attacks and fumes if they actually counter attack him. His Paper Mario: Color Splash counterpart gets mad when the Ludsub is destroyed in his boss battle.
  • Breath Weapon: He was the first of the Koopalings to show this ability, as he used it in his battle in Super Mario World. Later, they all used fire breath in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
  • Cards of Power: He's the only boss in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam who uses Battle Cards. Failing to dodge his and Larry's attacks during their boss battles results in them getting "Dark Star Points", much like the regular Star Points that the Mario Bros. and Paper Mario get for successful Action Commands. After getting enough Dark Star Points, Ludwig will use a Battle Card.
  • Cat Smile: Roy, Larry, and Ludwig invoke this, due to the feline shape of their mouths and their default expressions.
  • The Dragon: Before Bowser Jr. was introduced, Ludwig was thought to be Bowser's second-in-command. He doesn't seem to have forgotten this in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, despite the other Koopalings thinking of themselves more as equals.
  • Deaf Composer: Occasionally mentioned to be deaf as another parallel to Beethoven, though this has never had any bearing on how he fights or is fought.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: This is his gimmick in the Superstar Saga remake: He creates a massive ball of magic that will instantly defeat the bros unless they counter (in which case it KOs him).
  • Double Jump: In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Ludwig has learned to quadruple jump. Or more accurately, he's learned Yoshi's Flutter Jump.
  • Dual Boss: Fought alongside Larry in Paper Jam.
  • Evil Cripple: The book Pipe Down! revealed Ludwig became partially deafnote , though in the best ending his hearing is restored by an explosion.
  • Evil Genius: Ludwig (and Iggy) fill this role, but it's only apparent in spinoff material (cartoons in Ludwig's case); however, this is still implied in the games (Ludwig being described as among the smartest of his peers).
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Kooky is the inventor of the Koopa family in the cartoon series, a role which went to Iggy in the Nintendo Adventure Books. While Ludwig is not portrayed as an inventor to this extent in the games, he seems to overall fancy himself The Strategist.
  • Genius Bruiser: He was implied to be smart enough to develop and design his own battleship and submarine, classy enough to like opera and the like, and is also powerful enough in combat.note  A tip from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U indicates "You could call him the brains of the Koopalings". Taken up a notch in his cartoon "Kooky" counterpart who is a Mad Scientist.
  • Informed Attribute: A Mario Kart 8 Direct described Ludwig as a "showy Anti-Hero".
  • Leader Wannabe: In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, it's revealed that Ludwig isn't the leader of the Koopalings, or at least that the other Koopalings don't consider him as such. He just likes to think he is.
  • Mad Artist: In the games, coupled with Evil Genius (considering that he seemed adept enough in technology to utilize a mech that looked very sophisticated in Yoshi's Safari). In Bowser Jr.'s Journey he sculpts a decoy of himself and even disguises himself as one of the antagonists.
  • Mad Scientist: His cartoon counterpart, Kooky, created plenty of gadgets and even had stereotypical mad scientist hair!
  • Manipulative Bastard: His entry on Bowser Jr.'s Journey reveals that he is quite good at lying and negotiating. In fact, one of his commands is called "Negotiating" where he tries to convince an enemy to defect and rejoin Bowser Jr.'s army.
  • Musical Assassin: In the book Pipe Down!, Ludwig uses an organ to activate traps and apparently warp time.
  • Overlord Jr.: When the Koopalings were considered Bowser's children, Ludwig was considered Bowser's heir due to being the oldest. The support for this was that he was the Boss of World 7 in 3, and had a unique pattern in World.
  • Palette Swap: Averted in World: At the time, he was the only Koopaling with fire breath and that used the flashing shell spin when hitnote .
  • Playing with Fire:
    • He can spit fireballs in Super Mario World.
    • His element in Puzzle & Dragons is fire and his special move is called "Ludwig's Volcano".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In the cartoons and later games (though the "small name" bit is a lot more downplayed given his rank). This is shown best in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, where he views himself as the leader of the Koopalings despite the others not acknowledging that.
  • Smug Snake: He chuckles confidently to himself in his battle intro in the New Super Mario Bros. games, and Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U explicitly describe him as a pompous show-off.
  • Stealth Mentor: He plays this role in a way in the opening chapter of Bowser Jr.'s Journey: knowing full well the possibility of Bowser Jr. running off on his own, he deploys the four Captains from Minion Quest and their squads in the hope of teaching Junior real combat.
  • The Von Trope Family: His full name is Ludwig von Koopa. As said on his namesake's page, "von" is indicative of nobility (which is why Beethoven's name uses the non-nobility "van", though the composer was known to exploit the confusion of the two words for his benefit). He was originally conceived as a child of the Koopa King, and thus a "nobleman" of sorts.
  • Weapon of Choice: His magic wand. As of Paper Mario: Color Splash, he and Iggy are the only two Koopalings to not totally replace their wands at one point.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Following his defeat in Paper Mario: Color Splash, he commends Mario and shows respect to his fighting ability.
    • There are also shades of this in 3: His airship and and Iggy's are the only 2 with two power-ups,note  though Ludwig at least has the good sense of making his airship a Death Course and placing the power-ups early. Said power-ups are Fire Flowers, which restrict the brothers as they try to traverse the ship... though if they reach Ludwig with Fire powers intact, they can fight his magic with fire.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: His Death-or-Glory Attack in the Superstar Saga remake would have panned out quite well against almost anyone else... not so much with Mario and Luigi, who've spent the entire game employing decisive Deadly Dodging against their opponents.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Along with Larry.

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