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A Cleft from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
First Appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest Appearance Super Paper Mario (2007)
Derived Species
Bald Cleft
Hyper Cleft
Hyper Bald Cleft
Iron Cleft
Moon Cleft
Dark Cleft
Notable Members
Armored Harriers
Punk Rocks

Clefts are burly rock monsters that appear in the Paper Mario series. Their name comes from the word "cleft", which can alternately refer to a crack in a rock or an indentation of the chin, both of which are characteristics of the Clefts.

Clefts inhabit Mt. Rugged in Paper Mario, and Boggly Woods in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, though their many sub-species can be found in a variety of other areas as well, including the Moon. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, if 3 questions of the Super Fun Quirk Quiz are answered incorrectly, the player will have to face 4 Clefts.

Their color tends to vary with their environment; in the first Paper Mario game, Clefts are brown with red shoes, and in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, they are gray with black shoes.

Clefts and their sub-species generally have high defense and high attack, and will attack by ramming Mario. If Mario flips them over with an explosion or a Quake Hammer, their defenseless undersides are exposed to attack. Earth Tremor does not flip them, but if executed well enough, it can defeat them automatically.

Although regular Clefts don't appear in Super Paper Mario, Moon Clefts do, as well as Bald Clefts.

Varieties of Clefts[edit]

Notable Clefts[edit]


Paper Mario Enemy
Max HP 2
Attack 2
Defense 2
Location(s) Mt. Rugged

Moves Cleft Charge (2)
This is a Cleft. Clefts are pretty strong, so you'd better be careful. Their specialty is pretending to be rocks, so watch your step on the mountain. You'll get hurt if you jump on the spikes on their heads. You know, there's courage in running away sometimes...
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
PMTTYD Tattle Log - Cleft.png
Max HP 2
Attack 2
Defense 2
Location(s) Shhwonk Fortress, Boggly Woods, Pit of 100 Trials
Log A spiky, rock-headed jerk that's impervious to fire attacks and has a solid body.
Items Mushroom, Thunder Bolt, Earth Quake, Mini Mr. Mini, Dizzy Dial
Moves Cleft Charge (2)
That's a Cleft. A rock-head jerk with spikes on his noggin. What a rocker! That hard head is a major pain. Fire doesn't hurt it, but other types of items are pretty effective, usually. If nothing seems to work on it, you can always just run.
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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シンエモン
German Kirk
Italian Teschiolito From "teschio" (skull), and the ancient greek "lithos" (stone)
Portuguese Cleft -