Castle Bleck

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Castle Bleck
Castle Bleck
Castle Bleck from the outside in Super Paper Mario.
Greater location The Void
Inhabitants Count Bleck, Nastasia, O'Chunks, Mimi, Dimentio, Mr. L (briefly)
First appearance Super Paper Mario (2007)

Castle Bleck is the setting of Chapter 8 in Super Paper Mario, and it is found after entering the Black Door on Flopside Tower. Located in a realm of darkness, it is Count Bleck's home. The castle is separated into four main areas, one for each Chapter section respectively: the Entry, the Foyer, the Interior, and the Inner Sanctum. Castle Bleck is one of the only two worlds (the other being The Bitlands) to have at least one boss battle in each level (O'Chunks in 8-1, Mimi in 8-2, Dimentio in 8-3, and Count Bleck and Super Dimentio in 8-4). Castle Bleck's theme is a cover version of the Pure Hearts', Count Bleck's, and the Chaos Heart's theme, mixed with some 8-bit sound effects. According to The InterNed, the music that plays while Peach or Luigi are trying to escape Castle Bleck is titled "In the Darkness".


After Mario collects the Pure Heart in the Yold Ruins, Princess Peach finds herself lost within the castle. With the help of Private Koopa, she attempts to find a way to escape. However, when she finds a dead end, Nastasia catches up to her, and is about to place her under hypnosis when Dimentio intervenes, unseen, and teleports Peach out of the castle.

Later, after the Pure Heart in Merlee's Basement is found, Luigi also finds himself within Castle Bleck. With the help of a pair of Goombas, he attempts an escape just like Peach. Once again, a dead end is found (in actuality, this is the beginning of Chapter 8-2, Castle Bleck Foyer, where an exit isn't found), and Luigi is taken captive and turned into Mr. L by Nastasia's hypnotic powers.

The showdown between O'Chunks and Bowser.

When Mario and his party finally collect all eight Pure Hearts, they are finally able to access Castle Bleck via opening the Black Door from Flopside. In Chapter 8-1, Bowser and O'Chunks face off against each other. When Bowser wins, the ceiling begins to fall; however, O'Chunks holds it up because of his honor code. Bowser stays behind, even as the two keep telling one another to leave. The ceiling presumably crushes them both.

In 8-2, Mimi repeatedly tricks the heroes before they finally confront her. She taunts Peach until the princess demands a one-on-one fight with her. After Peach wins, the floor begins to collapse due to tremors. Peach manages to hold onto the floor, and even prevents Mimi from falling to her doom. She loses her grip, however, and they fall down.

Mario in Castle Bleck

In 8-3, the player encounters several rooms with mirrors as well as countless Dimentio clones. When they finally reach the end, Mario and Luigi end up chasing after Dimentio through one area of the previous seven worlds. Once they catch up with him, Dimentio reveals his agenda against the Count and suggests that they team up so that all of them could control the Chaos Heart. Mario and Luigi, however, refuse. Dimentio then plans to attack both of them, but, when he insults Luigi's mustache, Luigi decides to defeat him on his own. When Dimentio is defeated, however, he presumably ends the game of both himself and Luigi.

Count Bleck battle

Mario, now on his own, goes through the maze of the final area of Castle Bleck. He eventually reaches Count Bleck's chambers, specifically the meeting room visible in the between-chapter interludes, where he finally confronts Count Bleck and Nastasia. After Tippi and Bleck argue, Bleck sends Nastasia away and begins to fight Mario. At first, Mario's attacks have no effect; however, it is then revealed that Bowser, Peach, and Luigi all survived, as they enter the chamber. The Pure Hearts disable Count Bleck's barrier, and, together, the four heroes defeat him.

Nastasia reappears, and Count Bleck tells the heroes to finish him off so that The Void will disappear. However, Tippi is reluctant to do so. They had only just been reunited, and she didn't want them to be ripped apart so soon. At that moment, a supposedly fatal blast of energy is sent toward Count Bleck, but Nastasia takes the blow instead. Dimentio appears, saying that the Chaos Heart would not disappear if he continued to control it. It is revealed that, after Luigi had defeated him, Dimentio had planted a mind-control seed in his subconscious, and it sprouts into a Floro Sprout. Dimentio then sends Tippi and Count Bleck to Dimension D, and continues with his plans. The Chaos Heart, Dimentio, and Luigi merge, creating a freakish creature reminiscent of both Brobot and Dimentio, called Super Dimentio. Mario, Bowser, and Peach are currently unable to damage it.

Meanwhile in Dimension D, Tippi argues with Bleck that they have to do something to help Mario. Bleck, however, says that it's a pointless endeavor. They exchange a few more words before Mimi and O'Chunks appear, lending the count their support. The Pure Hearts, thought to have been wasted on Bleck, reappear, and Tippi takes them to Mario. Super Dimentio is able to be damaged now, and the final showdown commences.

Luigi having his "game ended"

Mario, Peach, and Bowser prevail, and Super Dimentio is defeated. However, in addition to Luigi's normal self, Dimentio leaves behind one fragment of his power, so that The Void would still destroy all worlds even in his absence. Count Bleck surmises that another set of Pure Hearts must be created to destroy the Chaos Heart. Everyone goes through a final door, and they end up at the altar where Peach and Bowser were forced into marriage at the start of the game. Bleck and Tippi go up to it, and proclaim their love for each other. In their supposed final moments, they are married, and the Chaos Heart is stopped. In light of the sacrifice of Timpani and Bleck, the latter's minions split up to try and make the multiverse a better place, abandoning Castle Bleck.


Level Preview Description
Castle Bleck Entry
(Chapter 8-1: The Impending Darkness)
BowserCastleBleck.png The entrance to the castle. This area starts the world's trend of finding keys to move forward. O'Chunks is the boss and Bowser is left behind.
Castle Bleck Foyer
(Chapter 8-2: The Crash)
Peach trying to save Mimi. An area that Mimi has filled with traps. She tricks the player throughout the level and is battled as the boss. Princess Peach is left behind.
Castle Bleck Interior
(Chapter 8-3: Countdown to Destruction)
Luigi in Castle Bleck. Besides keys, this area also uses doors that warp the player back to the start of the room until a certain task is completed. Dimentio is the boss and Luigi is left behind.
Castle Bleck Inner Sanctum
(Chapter 8-4: Tippi and Count Bleck)
Castle Bleck Inner Sanctum The final level. Most of the level is a maze that requires flipping to navigate. Count Bleck is battled at the end, with Bowser, Peach and Luigi rejoining the party. Dimentio then betrays Bleck and is fought as the final boss, Super Dimentio. Tippi and Count Bleck then sacrifice themselves to destroy the Chaos Heart.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 暗黒城
Ankoku Jō
Dark Castle
French Chateau Niark Castle Bleck: Niark is Bleck's French name and chateau means "castle".
German Burg Knickwitz Castle Bleck: Knickwitz is Bleck's German name and Burg means "castle".
Italian Castel Cenere Castle Bleck: castel(lo) means "castle" and Cenere is the Italian name of Bleck (Conte Cenere).
Spanish Castillo Cenizo Castle Bleck: castillo means "castle" and Cenizo is the Spanish name of Bleck (Conde Cenizo).


  • The greater location of Castle Bleck is somewhat debatable - Merlon claims it is situated in the darkness at the heart of The Void. Despite this, the wedding of Peach and Bowser takes place in the castle's chapel, before The Void has been opened, and the castle in its entirety can also be explored following the end of the game, after The Void is closed with the destruction of the Chaos Heart.