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First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

Bookends[1] are large living book enemies appearing in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. Their name is taken from a word referring to a shelving accessory used to keep a row of books upright.


Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Mario jumping away from a Bookend.
A Bookend about to attack Mario in Super Mario 64

Bookends appear only in the course Big Boo's Haunt. There are two types of Bookends. Members of the first type possess sharp teeth and disguise themselves as regular books within a bookshelf. If Mario, Luigi, or Wario gets close enough, they slide out, open their mouths, and charge through the air at him to attack. The green books disappear if they hit anything, including the player character. Attacking them gives the player character a Blue Coin and destroys the books. Members of the second type are found in only one room, the library, where they are found in infinite numbers. Members of this type are smaller, never open their mouths, and fly quickly from one shelf to the other in order to attack the player character. If the player character inputs the sequence to open the hidden door incorrectly, a Bookend hits him instead. Getting attacked by either type of Bookend results in losing two wedges of health.

Mario Party series[edit]

Bookends have a few minor appearances in the Mario Party series. In Mario Party 8, Bookends appear in King Boo's Haunted Hideaway, where they hover around in the rooms instead of lunging at players. In Mario Party DS, Bookends are enemies in the minigame Book Bash, where they flap at the player character down the corridor as they make their way to Kamek.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キラーブック[2]
Kirā Bukku
Killer Book; compare Killer Piano

German Vampuch[citation needed]
From vamp ("vampire") and buch ("book")
Italian Mad Libro[3]
Mad Book


  1. ^ Pelland Scott, and Dan Owsen (1996). Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Nintendo Power (American English). Page 10, 52, and 54.
  2. ^ Scan of 「スーパーマリオ64完全クリアガイド」 (Super Mario 64 Kanzen Clear Guide)[better source needed]
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 86.