Audience

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Sprites of various characters and enemies in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
All possible audience members in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
“If you can get the audience excited, you'll build up more Star Power.”
Professor Frankly, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

The audience (or crowd) are minor characters that appear in every battle sequence in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Paper Mario: The Origami King, as well as in Super Paper Mario when the player performs a stylish move.

History[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and its remake, every battle is performed on a stage in front of the audience. They can either be allies or enemies during the battles. The audience appears in the bottom of the screen, giving Mario SP when he attacks enemies, except when they are made up of Dull Bones. SP is used to refill Mario's Star Power which he needs to use Crystal Star moves.

However, audience members are not only useful for restoring Star Power. Some interact with the combatants or other members. Additionally, bosses such as Hooktail may use the members as a power source, restoring HP upon eating the members. Magnus von Grapple 2.0 even sucks up members of the audience and launch them at Mario and his partners as an attack.

The audience may also throw objects at Mario. It can either be an item that assists him or injures him. The items that aid Mario can range from one coin to items such as the Boo's Sheet. Even powerful items such as Jammin' Jellies can be received, albeit rarely. In any case, if an item is thrown onstage and his inventory is full, the item simply falls on the stage and disappear. The items that hurt him range from rocks to crushed soda cans, never doing more than a few points of damage. In either case, a warning flashes before an audience member is about to throw something at Mario. The player has a few seconds to press X Button to attack the offending member and have them temporarily flee the theater. Alternatively, the player can choose to do nothing to receive the item. The warning does not differentiate between good and bad items, so it is possible to attack an audience member offering a helpful item. When this happens, not only does this member flee, but several others do as well, but it is temporary. The player can also attack the audience member while the object has already been thrown. If the item is harmful, Mario can also switch places with his partner just before the item hits him, successfully dodging the item.

Getting a Shine Sprite "Bingo!" causes every seat in the audience to fill. Any other "Bingo!," with the exception of the Poison Mushroom, fills half the capacity of the crowd. If three Poison Mushrooms are matched, however, every audience member runs away and Mario and his current partners' HP, FP, and SP are cut in half (by a third in the remake). Players can always attract audience members again by doing well in the battle, and the next battle always has a new crowd with other characters and usually the same species of characters.

The maximum capacity of the audience depends on Mario's level. The bigger the crowd, the more Star Power he and his party can restore each turn. Mario rises one rank every ten levels, beginning the game with the Rising Star level.

  • Rising Star: 50
  • B-List Star: 100
  • A-List Star: 150
  • Superstar: 200

During certain boss fights, the audience will have the same members every time.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

A Stylish move performed by Mario in Planet Blobule in the game Super Paper Mario. The audience is cheering.
Super Paper Mario's audience

In Super Paper Mario, an audience of sorts appears whenever Mario or another playable character attacks an enemy and does a stylish move, which is done by shaking the Wii Remote when stomping on an enemy. They appear along the edges of the screen as paper cutouts. This approval of the audience gives the player a higher score than if they have just jumped on an enemy. The crowd in this game only has a handful of species from the previous game, taking out most of the species.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Origami King, the audience plays a more active role. As Mario rescues Toads folded up throughout the world, more of them fill the stands in each battle. Mario can pay the audience up to 999 coins a turn for assistance. In regular battles, they can automatically solve puzzles, damage enemies, and provide items and healing. For boss battles, they can scatter items across the ring grid, show the path that Mario takes in the ring's current configuration, and provide items and healing. The more audience members that Mario has recruited and the more he pays them, the greater these effects are. The Toads also make comments on the enemies Mario is currently facing or on the attack Mario is currently using.

Characters in the audience[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

In this game, characters do not appear in the audience until the Chapter they are introduced in. For example, Punies do not appear until Chapter 2, Bulky Bob-ombs do not appear until Chapter 5 (with the exception of the Macho Grubba and second Doopliss fight in the GameCube version), and so on. The only exception is inside the Pit of 100 Trials, where all possible types of members can appear in the lower floors. Upon returning to previous areas, the battles there can still only have the types of audience members they originally had - for example, the lone Spiky Goomba in Rogueport Underground can only ever have Toads, Goombas, Shy Guys, and/or Luigi in its battles' audiences.

Character Description Possible thrown objects
Sprite of a Boo from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Boos
Randomly turns a character in the battle Invisible for 1 turn. Repel Cape
Boo's Sheet
Spite Pouch
Rocks
Cans
Sprite of a Bulky Bob-omb from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Bulky Bob-ombs
Takes up two seats, reducing total audience capacity.
Randomly ignites their fuse, exploding 5 turns later and causing many audience members to run away.
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Sprite of a Crazee Dayzee from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Crazee Dayzees
Randomly sings, causing most of the audience to fall asleep for 3 turns, preventing them from providing Star Power. -
Sprite of a Dull Bones from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Dull Bones
Provides no Star Power for most actions. Provides regular Star Power for the Appeal command. Bones
Rocks
Cans
Sprite of a Goomba from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Goombas
No unique behavior. Rocks
Cans
Sprite of a Hammer Bro from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Hammer Bros.
Throws a hammer at Mario if he fails a hammer attack. Hammers
Sprite of a Koopa Troopa from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Koopa Troopas
Randomly hides in their shell for 5 turns. During this time, it won't provide Star Power until it comes back out. Coins
Hearts
Flowers
Courage Shell
POW Block
Rocks
Cans
Sprite of Luigi from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Luigi
There can only be one Luigi.
Will not be ejected from the audience if he is attacked by mistake. (GCN version only)
Coins
Hearts
Flowers
Mushrooms
Super Mushrooms
Ultra Mushrooms
Honey Syrup
Maple Syrup
Jammin' Jelly
Shooting Star
Rocks
Sprite of a Piranha Plant from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Piranha Plants
Randomly eats an adjacent audience member after the enemy turn. -
Sprite of a Puni from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Punies
May swarm the audience if Mario uses a Stylish move. Flees upon hearing certain loud noises. Coins
Hearts
Flowers
Dried Mushrooms
Honey Syrup
Maple Syrup
Jammin' Jelly
Tasty Tonic
Slow Mushrooms
Gradual Syrup
Sprite of a Shy Guy from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Shy Guys
Randomly jumps on the stage, triggering a stage hazard. Ice Storm
Earth Quake
Volt Mushroom
Sleepy Sheep
Dizzy Dial
Ruin Powder
Power Punch
Stopwatch
Mini Mr. Mini
Mr. Softener
Point Swap
Fright Mask
Mystery
HP Drain
Rocks
Cans
Sprite of a Toad from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Toads
Provides triple Star Power for most actions. Provides regular Star Power for the Appeal command. Coins
Hearts
Flowers
Mushrooms
Super Mushrooms
Ultra Mushrooms
Life Mushrooms
Honey Syrup
Fire Flowers
Thunder Rage
Shooting Star
Sprite of an X-Naut from the Audience, facing the viewer, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
X-Nauts
May throw a rock at Mario if the battle drags on for too long.
May throw a rock if Mario lands an attack that does nothing or receives contact damage. All other X-Nauts in the crowd will feign also throwing a rock.
Rocks
Cans

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 観客
Kankyaku
Audience

Chinese (simplified) 观众
Guānzhòng
Audience

Chinese (traditional) 觀眾
Guānzhòng
Audience

Dutch Publiek
Audience
Korean 관객
Gwan'gaek
Audience