Bootler

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“Lady Bow, your beauty is like the song of a nightingale in the evening.”
Bootler, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Bootler
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Species Boo
First Appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest Appearance Super Paper Mario (as a poster) (2007)
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Bootler is a Boo butler who works for Lady Bow in Boo's Mansion. He also acts as her personal advisor. Bootler is very over-protective of Lady Bow, and initially opposes her joining Mario on his quest to defeat Tubba Blubba (and even then wishes to go along with her, though she does not acquiesce). This protection to his mistress makes him similar to Toadsworth.

"Bootler" is word play off of "Boo" and "butler". Goombario actually states that "the correct term is 'butler'" upon tattling Bootler, indicating that the portmanteau in his name may have simply been caused by the unique Boo speech patterns seen exclusively in Paper Mario (which do indeed involve replacing words and parts of words with "Boo").

Bootler seems to have a certain connection with Lady Bow's ancestors. He constantly reminds her that the ancestors would be displeased if she was harmed in any way. According to a seemingly knowledgeable Toad found near Toad Town's port, Bootler was once in love with Lady Bow's grandmother, who was apparently Boo's Mansion's mistress during Bow's early childhood. This Toad also reveals that, in his youth, Bootler traveled the globe with Goompa and Koopa Koot.

After Mario defeats the Shadow Queen in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Lady Bow and Bootler go to Poshley Heights for a nice (but expensive) vacation.

Bootler has legendary status as a master frightener. He even scares Fice T. and Mario (and possibly the player, too) at the entrance of Forever Forest. When he frightens people, he grows many times his normal size and screams completely suddenly and unexpectedly. Bootler seems to enjoy scaring Fice T., as implied in the letter he sent to him.

Bootler also makes a cameo appearance in Super Paper Mario, as a poster of Francis's collection.

Names in Other Languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese セバスチャン
Sebasuchan
Sebastian
Spanish Ambrosio Come from the Greek "ambrotos" (Aμβροτος, "inmortal").
French Majordôme From majordome (butler).
German Buhutler Pun on butler and "Buu Huu", the German name for Boo.

Trivia[edit]

  • Bootler's the only known Boo to have facial hair, save for the seemingly living Boo portraits (such as Boo's Portrait) found lining Boo's Mansion's second floor and Mario's Boo Mario form.
  • Bootler's the only minor character in the Paper Mario series to make a visual appearance in three of four games, aside from Whacka, who is likely three different Whackas in all his appearances, as there's more than 1 Whacka.