Gargantua Koopa Troopa

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This article is about the Koopa Troopas native to Giant Land. For information about the form the Koopa Troopa take after obtaining a Mega Star, see Mega Koopa.
Gargantua Koopa Troopa
A Gargantua Koopa Troopa from Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Species Origin Koopa Troopa
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Mario Golf: World Tour (2014)
Colossal Koopa Paratroopa
Super Dry Bones
Notable Members
Hookbill Koopa
Kent C. Koopa
Koopa the Quick

Gargantua Koopa Troopas are sub-species of Koopa Troopa. They are gigantic versions of their normal counterparts around the Mushroom Kingdom.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Two Gargantua Koopa Troopas at the top compared to two normal-sized Koopa Troopas at the bottom from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Gargantua Koopas appear in Super Mario Bros. 3 and reside only on Giant Land (along with other gigantic creatures like Grand Goombas and Piranhaci Gigantici). Mario and Luigi have a harder time avoiding these Koopas because of their increased size. Despite this, if the plumbers stomp on a Gargantua Koopa, it will hide inside its Giant Green or Red Shell, just like an average-sized Koopa does when it feels threatened. Once inside, the plumbers can kick their shells away. Gargantua Koopa Troopas were members of Bowser's army during his attack on the eight major lands of the Mushroom World. Their sub-species, Colossal Koopa Paratroopas, appear alongside them as well.

Super Mario 64[edit]

In Super Mario 64, a single Gargantua Koopa Troopa known as Koopa the Quick appears in the game as a friendly racing rival to Mario. He hails from Tiny-Huge Island (an island filled with both miniature and gigantic enemies) but he is the only Gargantua Koopa Troopa seen in the game.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Three Gargantua Koopa Troopas in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

They reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 in the Supermassive Galaxy. Only three are found patrolling a solitary planetoid where they will attempt to flatten Mario if he gets in their way. They can only be defeated with a Spin Drill by drilling into their belly from the opposite side of the planet. If Mario performs a Long Jump on a Gargantua Koopa Troopa so that he catches up with the it each time, he can get 1UPs for every time he stomps onto it, allowing maximum 1UPs to be gained.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Gargantua Koopa Troopa in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Gargantua Koopa Troopas appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, and are common enemies in Jungle of the Giants. The player is no longer able to carry their shells in this game. Additionally, their shells are able to break through normal-sized Brick Blocks without bouncing off. Unlike previous games, the Gargantua Koopa Troopa is bipedal and wearing shoes.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, a regular Koopa Troopa named Hookbill was transformed by Kamek into a Gargantua Koopa Troopa in order to stop Yoshi from reaching World 5. It acted as the boss of World 4.

Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, a greedy and nearsighted Gargantua Koopa Troopa named Kent C. Koopa appears as a boss in the game. He is known as a bully and refuses to let anyone pass by him unless they pay his fee of 100 coins. If anyone refuses his fee he will not let them pass and if they disobey him he will proceed to beat anyone up unmercifully. Mario and his partners had to fight him in order to return to Koopa Village. He also taught the Koopa Bros. how to fight.

See Also[edit]

Names in Other Languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese でかノコノコ
Giant Koopa
German Riesen-Koopa Giant Koopa
Chinese 大喏庫喏庫 (Traditional)
大喏库喏库 (Simplified)
Dà Nuòkùnuòkù
Big Koopa Troopa