Big Sho' Theater

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Big Sho' Theater
Mario in the lobby of Big Sho' Theater in Paper Mario: The Origami King
Mario in the lobby of Big Sho' Theater
Toads 67
Collectible Treasures 1
Enemies Paper Macho Goomba Outlaws
Paper Macho Spike Outlaws
Paper Macho Snifit Outlaws
Paper Macho Koopa Troopas
Paper Macho Shy Guys
Rubber Band
“Big Sho' Theater is a unique tower-style theater, offering a variety of shows on four different floors.”
Toad, Paper Mario: The Origami King

Big Sho' Theater is a location in Paper Mario: The Origami King, a four-story tower located within Shogun Studios where stage productions are held. The blue streamer spool is held on the fourth floor, guarded by Rubber Band. There are no ? Blocks or Not-Bottomless Holes to be found here. In fact, there is only one collectible treasure to find and one Toad to rescue, aside from the Toads in the audience.

A Collectible Treasure of Big Sho' Theater (No. 46) is available for purchase inside the Souvenir Shop of Shogun Studios.


Big Sho Theater looming over Shogun Studios in Paper Mario: The Origami King
Big Sho' Theater looming over Shogun Studios

The theater can only be accessed after obtaining the Shogun Studios Master Key from Luigi in the Ninja Attraction. However, when Mario, Olivia, and Bob-omb first enter the theater, there is a crowd of Folded Soldiers and Paper Macho Soldiers waiting outside, chasing them out of the theater. Mario, Olivia, and Bob-omb must wear the Goomba Mask, walk in, and carefully and inconspicuously enter the theater. When Mario, Olivia, and Bob-omb exit the theater, these enemies are nowhere to be found.

There is not much to do in the lobby, except to save using the Save Block just beside the doors. Mario is soon called into the theater, where all of the seats are filled except three in front. At first, they are happy to get good seats before realizing all of the Toads are tied to their seats using rubber bands. A Toad onstage also had a rubber band on his head and acts as the narrator for the acts.

The first act is a western theme, and begins with a few Paper Macho Shy Guys having a discussion about a deadly outlaw coming to their town. Just then, another Shy Guy runs in to warn them of the outlaw's coming, and they do so. The outlaw, a Paper Macho Goomba, appears and threatens them. A hero is called to action, prompting Mario to come up onto stage. To defeat the outlaw, the player must wait until the word "Fire!" appears onscreen and press A Button to fire Mario's pistol, defeating the outlaw. There are a few distractions occurring onstage, and if the player shoots early or too late, they lose. However, just after the Paper Macho Goomba is defeated, a Paper Macho Spike comes onstage for another round. After he is defeated, a Paper Macho Snifit Outlaw acting as their leader arrives for one last battle. Once he is defeated, Mario is declared the hero to a round of applause as the act ends.

Mario is then able to return to his seat. However, before doing so, he can head stage right behind the curtain to find a treasure chest containing the one collectible, Collectible Treasure No. 53: Paper Macho Snifit Outlaw. He may then proceed stage left behind the curtain to find a small, origami cactus acting as a prop, which is revealed to be a Green Toad. Mario may then take his seat for the narrator to bring the audience up to the second floor and act.

The second act is a two-sided romance scene starring Birdo. She is first confronted by a gang of green Paper Macho Koopa Troopas, then a gang of red Paper Macho Koopa Troopas, both looking to make her happy. Birdo rejects both of the leaders and calls Mario onto the stage. When he does, the gangs become angry and team up on him, leaving Birdo to spectate on a balcony. To defeat them, Mario must hop on their shells and hammer them once they are stopped. After defeating the leaders, Birdo shares a romantic moment with Mario, and the act ends. Mario may then return to his seat for the narrator to bring the audience up to the third floor and act.

Rubber Band in Paper Mario: The Origami King.
The Elastic Entertainer: Rubber Band, boss of Big Sho' Theater and guardian of the blue streamer, makes a grand entrance

The third act is a simple ballet routine to the theme of Swan Lake, with performers consisting of solely Paper Macho Shy Guys. Mario is once again called onstage, and joins in the choreography. Everything goes smoothly until he is tasked with holding one of the Paper Macho Shy Guys in the air. He becomes exhausted and drops it, destroying it. The other performers are angered and attack; Mario must defeat a substantial number of them to end the act. Mario may then return to his seat again for the narrator to bring the audience up to the fourth floor and final act, where there is a spool for the blue streamer.

First, there is a curtain call for all of the performers. Mario is then asked to come onstage to take a bow; he gets a big round of applause, angering Rubber Band. He struts onstage with a dramatic entrance and challenges Mario to battle. After being defeated, he explodes, and all the rubber bands tying up the audience and narrator also disappear, effectively and essentially rescuing those Toads. Also, a Magic Circle appears, allowing Mario to use the 1,000-Fold Arms to destroy the blue streamer's spool. After the streamer is cleared, Mario may then return to his seat for the narrator to bring the audience back down to the first floor, and the freed Toads exit the theater.


Hidden Toads[edit]

Form Description Image
67 Hidden Toads
Origami Toad #48 & #53: Cactus If Mario exits stage left on the western-themed set, he will find an origami cactus that he can hammer to reveal a green Toad. A Toad folded into a cactus inside Big Sho' Theater in Paper Mario: The Origami King
King Olly's seal in Paper Mario: The Origami King
Artwork of various Toads from Paper Mario: The Origami King.
A large group of Toads are restrained by rubber bands. After defeating Rubber Band, these Toads break free. The freed Toads in Big Sho Theater in Paper Mario: The Origami King

Collectible Treasure[edit]

Treasure Description Image
1 treasure
Collectible Treasure #53: Paper Macho Snifit Outlaw

Paper Macho Snifit Outlaw
If Mario exits stage left on the western-themed stage, he will find a treasure chest. Only Collectible Treasure in Big Sho' Theater of The Origami King.


An item from Paper Mario: The Origami King.
  • Collectible Treasure No. 46: "The symbol of Shogun Studios. Its four-story interior has been turned into a multistage theater with unique seating."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese OEDO大劇城
OEDO Daigekijō
From "OEDO" + pun on「城」(, castle) and「大劇場」(daigekijō, great theater)

Chinese (simplified) 江户大戏院
Jiānghù Dà Xìyuàn
Edo Great Theater

Chinese (traditional) 江戶大戲院
Jiānghù Dà Xìyuàn
Edo Great Theater

Dutch Schouwburcht
Theater Castle
French Théâtre du shogun
Shogun's Theater
German Shogun-Theater
Shogun Theater
Italian Teatro Shogun
Shogun Theater
Korean 단풍 대극장
Danpung Daegeukjang
Maple Great theater

Spanish Gran Teatro Imperial
Grand Imperial Theater


  • The second act is quite similar to The Outsiders, which depicts a battle between the Greasers and Socs. One of the green Koopa Troopas even refers to Mario as a "greaser" when he meets Birdo.
  • The Paper Macho Koopa Troopa gang leaders in the second act wear sunglasses, similar to Koopa Troopas in the Paper Mario games prior to Paper Mario: Sticker Star.
  • Birdo's line "Now I've got Mario madness... and you've got the only cure.♡" references the American boxart for Super Mario Bros. 2, which had "Mario Madness" as a tagline on it.