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PM Kooper.jpg
Full name Kooper
Species Koopa Troopa
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Brawl (as a Sticker) (2008)

“I don't even care that I have no shell on! I'm gonna show those Fuzzies what's what!”
Kooper, Paper Mario

Kooper is Mario's second party member in Paper Mario. He is a blue, adventure-loving (and seemingly young) Koopa who dreams of becoming an archaeologist like his childhood hero Kolorado. He is the exact opposite of his successor, Koops, being wise. However, in the battle field, the two have very similar abilities. Kooper's name is a pun on "Cooper", but with a K for Koopa.


Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

An illustration showing what Kooper can be used for.

Mario and Goombario enter Koopa Village to find that Fuzzies have attacked the village and are stealing all the Koopas' shells. Mario gets the shells back for the Koopas and eventually finds Kooper. He tells Mario that his blue shell had been stolen by a Fuzzy and Mario agrees to get it back. Once Mario gets the shell back for Kooper, he joins the party. In the field, Kooper will retreat into his shell and Mario can shoot him out short distances, allowing him to flip switches, grab items and attack enemies. Kooper has a defense value of 1, meaning he takes one less damage from attacks that happen to damage partners.

Kooper receives three letters in the Post Office at Toad Town throughout the game: one from Kolorado's Wife, one from Koover and one from his fan.

When the game ends, Kooper is seen in an expedition with Kolorado in Shiver City. Kooper is told by Parakarry that Peach wants him at the party (which is held at the end of the game). Kooper wants to help Kolorado instead, but Kolorado insists he goes to the party, and so he does.

Start Menu description[edit]
  • This adventure-loving Koopa wants to be an archaeologist. He admires Kolorado, a world- renowned expert in archaeology. Press Camera down Button to toss a shell and reach items at a short distance. His specialty is attacking enemies on the ground.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Although Kooper himself doesn't appear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, early concept artwork exists and unused sprites are found in the game's data. Instead it is Koops who appears in the game.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Although Kooper doesn't appear in Super Paper Mario, his sprites are still present in the game's data.

Kooper also appears as a Catch Card found on the thirtieth floor of the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl he is a Sticker that raises arm attack power of a player by ten.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Kooper, along with Goombario are seen with Mario in the Paper Mario arc in Super Mario-Kun. In volume 28's Super Wario-Kun, he is pushed away along with Mario and Goombario by Wario's foot.


Attack Flower Points Needed Effect To Attack Move Ranks
Shell Toss None Attacks one enemy. Outside of battle, he can use this attack to flip switches, grab items and attack enemies. Tilt Control Stick left until the red star lights up. Initial
Power Shell 3 Attacks all grounded enemies. Tilt Control Stick left until the red star lights up. Initial
Dizzy Shell 4 Makes enemies Dizzy. Repeatedly press A Button to fill the gauge. Super Rank
Fire Shell 5 A fiery move that attacks all grounded enemies. Can kill Dry Bones in one go. Repeatedly tilt Control Stick left to fill the gauge. Ultra Rank

Catch Card[edit]

Kooper's Catch Card.

Card Type: Rare
Card Description: This is Mario's good buddy Kooper from Paper Mario. His Power Shell move was, and is, a thing of beauty.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カメキ
亀 (kame) means "turtle" in Japanese.
French Kooper -
German Kooper -
Portuguese Kooper -
Korean 엉큼이
Chinese 卡米龟
Based on the Japanese name. 龟 (guī) means "turtle".


Kooper's unused images, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Super Paper Mario respectively.


  1. ^ Spaceworld 1999 preview page for Paper Mario on Nintendo of Japan's website. (Accessed on 29 October 2015)