“The sheer girthitude on display here is blowing my mind!”
—Thudley, Super Paper Mario
Thudley is a partner Pixl in Super Paper Mario for the Wii, and the fifth Pixl found in the game. Mario and his party encounter him in the Tile Pool located in the Bitlands. His ability is to give the power to Ground Pound, and his name is appropriately derived from "thud", an onomatopoeia for a weight falling, and the name Dudley. He is also designed after a 1-ton weight often seen in slapstick cartoons (as well as in the Super Smash Bros. games, where Kirby transforms into a 100-ton weight as his down-special attack). In the game, Thudley's eyes float at the same height above his body, but in his official artwork, one eye is elevated, prompting a Nintendo Power article to include a statement by Thudley saying he was saving up to get his eyes surgically realigned. This difference in the artwork is likely meant to indicate that he is moving downward, representing his ground-pounding ability.
On Thudley's Catch Card, which is found on the fiftieth level of the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials, it is revealed he is a former wrestling star; such a thing is also hinted at in Tippi's tattle of him. It is said that Thudley retired from wrestling after a hip-replacement operation, despite the fact that he doesn't have legs. It is possible that his wrestling career was from his life before being turned into a Pixl, as one of Carson's stories implies that the Pixls were originally people.
Just before he joins the group, Thudley does a girth check on the hero that is currently active upon his rescue. Here are the results he gives out; Peach outranks the group with 1,000,170 girth points, Mario is in second place with 10,160 girth points, and Bowser is in last place with ten less girth points than Mario (10,150).
| Girth check
|| "Looks like you're sportin' a beefy 'stache, there. Solid! I give it 60 girth points."
|| "Look at those big eyes! You make my girthy heart flutter, girl. Those eyes of yours have got some heavy to 'em! You get 70 girth points!"
|| "Dude has shaggy eyebrows! That's not even kinda girthy! You get 50 girth points."
|| "Overalls?! Man, only the brawniest heroes wear those! That's worth 100 girth points!"
|| "A pink dress?! It takes guts to wear that here. Bam! There's 100 girth points!"
|| "What's more girthy than a giant spiky shell?! That's worth 100 girth points!"
|| "Woah, ho ho! You might be small, but you pack a punch of girth! Girth is a state of mind! You just got yourself another 10,000 girth points!"
|| "Unbelievable! You might be a slender thing, but you got a beefy spirit, girl! I wouldn't mess with a chick like you! You get 1,000,000 girth points!"
|| "Look at this guy! Look him up in the dictionary, and he's the definition of girth! A superheavyweight right here! Bam... 10,000 girth points!"
Card Type: Rare
Card Description: This former wrestling-star Pixl can pound the ground. A hip replacement kept him out of high-end competition.
Names in Other Languages
|Hebī (ヘビー, direct transliteration of the English word "heavy") + don (a pun of どたん, dotan, meaning "thud", without the kana た).
||Pun on peso (weight).
||Pun on poids lourd (heavyweighth).
||Pun on stampfen (stomping).
||hort for kilogrammo (kilogram), a unit of mass.
|Combination of "heavy" and kungkung (쿵쿵), meaning "thud".
- Other than in the level he appears in, Thudley doesn't need to be used at all. He is generally used to defeat Big Blooper, but Bowser can defeat it with his fire breath.
- ^ Carson's "The Pixl Queen" story reads: "The spirit within the Pixl Queen was not a demon, but rather a human [...] Is it possible the other Pixls were spirits from the game-overed?"