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This article is about the Tanooki on Isle Delfino. For information about Mario's transformation, see Tanooki Mario.
A normal plump Tanooki.
First Appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Notable Members
Father and son Tanooki

The Tanooki are a race of rather plump raccoon dog-like creatures, found primarily on Isle Delfino. Though only three are shown, it appears that Tanookis work as vendors for a living and the race itself does not appear to populate Isle Delfino in as large numbers as the other races, such as Piantas and Nokis.


Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

In Super Mario Sunshine, the Boathouse in Delfino Plaza is run by two Tanooki, one older and one younger. Additionally, another Tanooki owns a small rowboat shack in Noki Bay. According to a sign near the shop, the boats can be rented for 90,000 coins, though the owner states that Mario is allowed to use them for free.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, the character Francis mentions that he would like a Tanooki Suit made with real Tanooki fur.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タヌキ
Tanooki (Raccoon Dog)


  • The Tanooki are actually based on an animal known in Japanese as the "Tanuki", or in English as the "Japanese Raccoon Dog." It is often said to be a shape-shifting trickster in Japanese folklore.
  • The design of Tanookis from Super Mario Sunshine was likely modeled after the Tanuki Statues all across Japan; the sun hat, shirt/coat, tail, and sash are all trademarks of the statues.