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Crackpots are octopus-like enemies from Wario Land: Shake It! They shoot bullets at Wario, and afterwards, they hide in the pot they are in. They have a great resemblance to Octoroks and Snifits. Their name is a literal take on the pejorative term "crackpot", used to a person that commonly holds ridiculous, implausible beliefs and dismisses all evidence against them.
Crackpots come in two colors, which are red and purple. The purple Crackpots spit out three bullets at a time when Wario carries it around while the red one only spits out one. If the enemy is stunned, Wario can pick it up and shake its pot, causing the Crackpot to pop out and shoot in whatever direction Wario is facing. This can be used to defeat other enemies.