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A Klepto.
Species Origin Bird
First Appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest Appearance Mario Party 8 (2007)

You didn't lose your hat, did you? If you did, you'll have to stomp on the condor to get it back.”
Narration, Super Mario 64

Kleptos are California condors who attempt to steal Mario's hat in Shifting Sand Land during the events of Super Mario 64. Since then, they have continued to make infrequent appearances in the Mario series. Their name is a pun on kleptomania, the inability to resist theft.

Buzzar from Paper Mario might be related to the Kleptos.


Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

When Mario first meets Klepto in Super Mario 64, he is holding a Power Star. Needing the star, Mario knocks the item out of the bird's grip and claims it for himself; therefore, Klepto's subsequent obsession with stealing Mario's hat could be a way of getting back at Mario for stealing his Power Star. Mario can attack the bird, knocking him out for short periods of time. Klepto, eventually, will regain his senses and continue trying to steal the hat. Without his hat, Mario takes more damage when attacked. If he leaves and still has no hat, it is in the level.

Klepto in Super Mario 64 DS.

Klepto has the same Power Star and purpose in Super Mario 64 DS. He also appears in another level, the Sunshine Isles, accessible from the Rec Room. He makes a final appearance in Tiny-Huge Island, when the character is big. He is carrying, as usual, a star - except this time it's a Power Star. Additionally, though Klepto only steals heroes' caps, he will attack and cause harm if he glances Yoshi in the vicinity even if Yoshi uses any of the plumber's Caps.

Mario Golf series[edit]

In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour many Kleptos can be seen flying on the Shifting Sands course.

Klepto also appears in Mario Golf: Advance Tour in the back of the Marion training grounds, in which the player must rescue a Koopa hanging from its claws.

Mario Pinball Land [edit]

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In Mario Pinball Land a group of four Kleptos can be seen flying around the pyramid in the Shifting Sands world. If Mario defeats them, he gets a star.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

In the background of Spiny Desert, three Kleptos can be seen on the upper left side of the board. This confirms that Kleptos are a species, and that maybe the Kleptos Mario sees in each game are different from the one in Super Mario 64.

Mario Party 4[edit]

A Klepto also appears in Mario Party 4 on Shy Guy's Jungle Jam. Players can pay him five coins to be transported to the other side of the board, collecting coins in the process. In Paths of Peril, Klepto will pick up players that falls off the stage.

Mario Party 5[edit]

In Mario Party 5, it has its own orb, where, if landed on, Klepto will appear and take the character to another character's space determined by roulette, just like the Warp Space from Mario Party 4. In the instruction guide, Klepto's name is erroneously spelled Clepto.

Mario Party 6[edit]

In Mario Party 6, Klepto can be seen flying in the background of Pokey Punch-out. The Klepto Orb returns as an orb that can only be placed on a space. Any player who lands on it will be taken back to the start of the board. In the Solo Mode board Thirsty Gulch, a Klepto can be seen flying around the board.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

Klepto in Mario Party Advance.

In Mario Party Advance, a Klepto guards a treasure chest with a star. When the player arrives at Klepto's Ruins, his quest involves attempting to open the chest by entering the 4-digit code, giving them the hint that it is also his favorite word. When speaking, he has a tendency to stutter and repeat the word "for," indicating what the code is. By guessing the correct code (4444) and opening the chest, Klepto rewards the player with the Gaddget Map Maker. The ending states that Klepto changed the code to the treasure chest.

Mario Party 7[edit]

A Klepto makes a small appearance in Mario Party 7. Landing on one of the Green Spaces in Bowser's Enchanted Inferno! causes Klepto to grab the Star and move it to another location.

Mario Party 8[edit]

Klepto seen in Mario Party 8.

A Klepto makes a minor appearance in Mario Party 8, holding up the sign at the 5000 point mark for the minigame Test for the Best.