Corporal Paraplonk

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Corporal Paraplonk
M&LBIS Corporal Paraplonk.png
Species Koopa Paratroopa
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)
“For real, guys, if we can finish them here... I don't wanna jinx it, but PROMOTION CITY!”
Corporal Paraplonk, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Corporal Paraplonk is a red-shelled Koopa Paratroopa who wears green shoes and a red bucket on his head. He is one of Bowser's minions in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. He is usually seen in the company of Private Goomp and Sergeant Guy. In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, it is revealed that the trio dream of one day bossing around Kamek and Bowser.


Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Bowser and his minions in Dimble Wood

He is first seen with Private Goomp and Sergeant Guy in Dimble Wood. After meeting up with Bowser, the trio launch a Banzai Bill at Bowser's Castle, which was occupied by Fawful. When the castle retaliates, Bowser faces it in his Giant form, at which point Paraplonk flies up and teaches Bowser how to attack.

Later, at the safe underneath Bowser's Castle, Corporal Paraplonk and his companions help Bowser locate the safe that holds the Star Cure that the Koopa King is after. However, when Bowser opens the safe, the three push Bowser inside, revealing that they had been bribed by Fawful since he last saw them.

Corporal Paraplonk was seen again right after the closing credits, where the minions ask Bowser for forgiveness. Granting it, he then orders them to resume their duties and help repair the castle.

Corporal Paraplonk reappears in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, reprising his role in the main game, while appearing as an enemy in Bowser Jr.'s side story, fighting alongside King Bob-omb, Private Goomp, and Sergeant Guy.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Dream Team Enemy
Corporal Paraplonk
M&LDT Corporal Paraplonk.png
Location(s) Dreamy Driftwood Shore
Level 23
HP 415
Power 176
Defense 193
Speed 120
Weakness None
Experience 700 (840)
Coins 200 (100%)
Item Drop None (0%)
Counter Wear (100%)
No Hitter
World Dream

In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, it is revealed that Corporal Paraplonk was promoted along with his associates to Bowser's Royal Guard. His bucket is now black in color with a Bowser emblem on it. They travel with Bowser to Pi'illo Island to find Princess Peach. Corporal Paraplonk helps Kamek disguise as Princess Peach forming a lower section of the disguise. The trio are also fought in a boss battle as the Elite Trio.

After their defeat, Kamek demotes Paraplonk and the others to janitors and sends them back to the castle. After Bowser himself is defeated, he and his minions leave Pi'illo Island. While angry at his loss, Bowser blames Antasma and merely states that Corporal Paraplonk, Private Goomp and Sergeant Guy did pretty good by their usual standards, much to their joy.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Corporal Paraplonk returns in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. He is encountered twice and can be recruited after the second fight. He is a flying unit and is the second of the trio to be recruited. Corporal Paraplonk's special skill, Cranium Crunch, allows him to attack an enemy twice from above. Due to the bucket on his head, he has high defense. When battling Corporal Paraplonk, he can use the Shell Shock captain command.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パタボン
His name comes from Patapata, Paratroopa's Japanese name.
Spanish (NOA) Cabo Parapaso Corporal Paraplonk
Spanish (NOE) Cabo Paratroopi Corporal Paratroopi (variation of Paratroopa)
French (NOA) Corporal Parapace, Caporal Parapace (Mario & Luigi: Dream Team)
French (NOE) Parapounet Pun on "Paratroopa" and the childish suffix "-ounet".
Dutch Korporaal Paraplonk Corporal Paraplonk
German Parudi Portmanteau of Parakoopa (Paratroopa's German name) and the male name Rudi.
Italian Paracaio Portmanteau of Paratroopa and the Italian given name Caio. (See Trivia)
Russian Капрал Летучий
Kapral Letuchiy
Corporal Flying


  • Corporal Paraplonk, as well as Parakarry, Koops, Koopie Koo, and Holly Koopa are the only Koopas to wear a different color of shoes than its shell.
  • Throughout Bowser's Inside Story, Corporal Paraplonk's boots are brown in-game. This was fixed in Dream Team.
  • His Italian name, along to Private Goomp and Sergeant Guy's ones, references the Italian terminology "Tizio, Caio, and Sempronio", meaning "three random guys", similar to the expression "Tom, Dick, and Harry".