Klepto

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Klepto
Klepto.
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[1] are condors that first appear in Super Mario 64. Since then, he has continued to make infrequent appearances in the Mario franchise. His name is a pun on "klepto-", the Latin prefix for "theft".

History[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

In Super Mario 64, a Klepto is seen in Shifting Sand Land. He holds one of the castle's Power Stars, so Mario must reclaim it from his talons. Mario can attack the bird, knocking him out for a short period of time. The Klepto eventually regains his senses, and after losing the Power Star, he attempts to steal Mario's cap. If he leaves and still has no hat, it remains in the course he lost it in.

Klepto in Super Mario 64 DS.

The Klepto has the same Power Star and purpose in Super Mario 64 DS. Another Klepto also appears in another level, the Sunshine Isles. A third one makes an appearance in Tiny-Huge Island, when the character is big. Additionally, while Kleptos steal Mario, Luigi and Wario's caps, they can damage Yoshi.

Mario Golf series[edit]

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

A 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]

Klepto MPL.png

In Mario Pinball Land a group of four Klepto condors 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 Klepto-looking condors can be seen on the upper left side of the board.

Mario Party 4[edit]

A Kleptos 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 picks up players that falls off the stage.

Mario Party 5[edit]

In Mario Party 5, a Klepto has its own orb where, if landed on, it appears and takes the character to another character's space determined by a roulette. In the instruction guide, Klepto's name is erroneously spelled Clepto.

Mario Party 6[edit]

In Mario Party 6, a 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 is taken back to the start of the board. In the Solo Mode board Thirsty Gulch, another Klepto can be seen flying around the board.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

Klepto in Mario Party Advance.

In Mario Party Advance, a unique Klepto guards a treasure chest at Klepto Ruins.

Mario Party 7[edit]

A Klepto makes a few small appearances 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. Klepto can also be seen in cube form as the tops of totem poles on the Neon Heights board.

Mario Party 8[edit]

Klepto seen in Mario Party 8.

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

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャンゴ[2]
Jango
Jango
Italian Klepto -
Korean 장고
Jango
Jango

Trivia[edit]

  • Klepto was erroneously spelled as "Kelpto" in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour from the scoreboards.
  • His name comes from "kleptomania", which is a mental disorder where somebody has the urge to steal items which usually have no use to them.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, pgs. 9, 13, 70-71
  2. ^ In the Talons of the Big Bird