“Omigosh! Is... Isn't that a treasure map?! You HAVE to tell me where you got that!”
—Goombella, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Goombella is a very smart and sassy Goomba girl from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. She is the first companion to join Mario on his quest, and she provides tattle information to Mario about his location or the character who stands in front of him all throughout the game. She wears a helmet with a light with a matching shirt with a red scarf. She aspires to be an archaeologist.
Paper Mario series
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
When Mario arrives at Rogueport at the beginning of the game, he sees a Goomba girl being attacked by Lord Crump. Mario helps her and defeats Lord Crump. Goombella, a third-year student at the University of Goom, thanks Mario, kisses him, and joins his party. She possesses very similar abilities to Goombario from the original Paper Mario, as they have almost identical moves in battle and on the field.
Goombella reading the Tattle Log.
Her Tattle ability gives the player mostly helpful information on places, people, enemies, etc. Like Goombario's summaries, Goombella inserts her own little opinions in her descriptions, some of which are humorous. For example, she shows signs of resentment upon reading the "underlings of underlings" comment her book says regarding Goombas, comments about being jealous of a Paragoomba's wings, and points out that it's nice to have access to a bathroom now and then (that's a field-only one, stated in the Glitz Pit's major league locker room, where the bathroom is always occupied). Also in the final chapter near the last two rooms, she stops helping because she can't think of anything else to say.
Goombella also has a tendency to break the fourth wall. For example, in Glitzville, she mentions how far Cheep-Cheeps have come since Super Mario Bros., and in Twilight Town she says that if there weren't people like the gatekeeper in every town, games would be beaten too easily. At both times, she stops abruptly after she says the comment, seeming to point out that game characters know about the fourth wall, but aren't supposed to talk about it.
At the end of the game, Goombella writes an e-mail to Mario, explaining what happened with herself and her friends. She starts to tell Mario something else, but then changes her mind and keeps her secret. Goombella becomes Professor Frankly's assistant at the end.
Super Paper Mario
In Super Paper Mario, Goombella appears as a Catch Card won by completing the Duel of 100 in Sammer's Kingdom. She also appears very briefly during the intro, where she and all the other partners from the previous Paper Mario titles can be seen in a photograph at Mario's House.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Goombella is mentioned in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, when Mario searches the junk yard in Shy Guy Jungle before clearing it with a vacuum or goat thing. He can find a paper written by her. She has been researching the Chomp Ruins during the events of the game, but isn't seen in the ruins nor anywhere else, presuming she had finished the research or left the paper behind. The paper says:
"Observations on the Ancient Civilization of the Chomp Ruins"
University of Goom
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Goombella appears as a Sticker and trophy.
Attacks and stats
||Flower Points Needed
||Goombella's Hit Points
|| Bonks single enemy, like Mario's Jump.
|| Press right before landing.
|| Level 1: 10
Level 2: 20
Level 3: 30
| Level 1: 1/2 (1+1)
Level 2: 2/4 (2+2)
Level 3: 3/6 (3+3)
|| Reveals enemy's description and stats, previously Tattled enemies have visible HP. Outside of battle, she can tell Mario about the people he meets and the places he visits.
|| Align the cursor with Goombella's target.
|| Level 1: 10
Level 2: 20
Level 3: 30
|| Much like Mario's Power Bounce, bonks an enemy multiple times until the player misses an Action Command.
|| Press each time before landing on an enemy.
|| Level 2: 20
Level 3: 30
| Level 1: N/A
Level 2: 2-1-1-etc.
Level 3: 3-2-1-etc.
| Super Rank
| Rally Wink
|| Gives Mario a second turn in battle.
|| Tap to the fill the gauge. When it reaches OK, tap the . The player might have to press and after, watch the screen.
|| Level 3: 30
|| Ultra Rank
Card Type: Rare
Card Description: It's Goombella from the last Paper Mario adventure. This extra-spunky university student knew it all.
How to Obtain the Card: The Duel of 100 in Sammer's Kingdom needs to be completed in order to obtain all Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door partner cards from King Sammer.
Trophy Information from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
||GCN Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
||A female archaeology student at the University of Goom, Goombella can be recognized by her ponytail and pith helmet that features a light that aids her archeological aspirations. With her wealth of knowledge, Goombella serves as Mario's tour guide and assists throughout his adventures.
Names in other languages
|Portmanteau of Kuribo (クリボー), the Japanese equivalent of "Goomba", and the female name Christine.
||Portmanteau of "Goomba" and the female name Marina.
||Goombella (The Thousand-Year Door instruction manual)
||Portmanteau of "Goomba" and the female name Amélie.
||Portmanteau of Gumba, the German equivalent of "Goomba", and the female name Sabrina.
||Portmanteau of "Goomba" and Isabella.
|Like the Japanese name.
- Her name might be a portmanteau between "Goomba" and the female name "Bella", short for "Isabella". It may also be a reference to portobella mushrooms.
- "Bella" is the Italian word for "beautiful". This could mean her name implies her species, plus the fact that some characters in the game think that she is beautiful.
- Goombella is the only partner character in the entire Paper Mario series to get her own trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Goombella makes a cameo in the Nintendo Monopoly board game.
- Even if she is Normal Rank when Mario fights Doopliss, Goombella can still use Multibonk despite not learning it until she is at Super Rank.
- Goombella is the only partner in the game that has two attacks that don't require any FP. Goombario also has this trait.