Duplighost

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Duplighost
Duplighost PM.png
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Notable members
Doopliss
Lee

Duplighosts are ghost-like creatures that can take on the appearance, voice and abilities of other people. They first appear in Paper Mario. To attack, Duplighosts can either fly into Mario, or turn into his current partner; in this guise, the Duplighost gains that partner's attacks and physical properties, e.g. a Duplighost turned into Watt will damage Mario or his party members if they make contact with certain moves. However, the duplicated attacks are weaker than those of the actual partner.

The name "Duplighost" is a portmanteau of the words "duplicate" and "ghost".

History[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, Duplighosts appear most often during Chapter 7, in the Crystal Palace. They imitate other objects and characters in order to confuse Mario, often using the mirrors in the palace.

On the path to the Crystal Palace, one Duplighost pretends to be Kooper; Mario must hammer the impostor, then defeat the Duplighost in battle. In the Crystal Palace, four Duplighosts appear and pretend to be Bombette when Mario uses her to destroy one of the walls. The fakes can be distinguished by the way they speak, such as using more hearts or more exclamation points. Hitting the impostors with Mario's hammer will expose them, with all four running off once they are revealed; if the real Bombette is hammered, Mario must fight the four Duplighosts. Another instance occurs within the Crystal Palace when four Duplighosts attempt to impersonate Kooper, but instead disguise themselves as Luigi, Goompa, Koopa Koot, and Kolorado. As before, Mario can drive off the obvious fakes by hammering them, and if the player opts to hit Kooper instead, the four Duplighosts must be battled.

Another Duplighost appears later on in Bowser's Castle, trying to trick Mario into believing it is Princess Peach. Mario can break the Duplighost's disguise by hammering the fake princess repeatedly, leading to a battle where he must defeat four of them.

A blue Duplighost named Lee is one of the students at the Toad Town Dojo, and can be fought as an optional boss to obtain the Second-Degree Card.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has only one Duplighost, Doopliss, who stays in the Creepy Steeple. Many of the Twilighters refer to him as a demon, since they have never seen him in person. Doopliss appears as an enemy of Mario several times throughout the game, starting with the events of Chapter 4.

Doopliss causes the members of Twilight Town to become pigs whenever the bell tolls, and demonstrates the special ability to steal another character's body while copying them. Doopliss attempts to steal Mario's identity, even succeeding for a little while, until he is exposed with the help of the real Mario and Vivian. Doopliss later becomes a member of the Shadow Sirens, replacing Vivian. In battle, he has the same powers and abilities as regular Duplighosts, using the same swooping attack and transforming into Mario's partners to use their attacks.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario Enemy
Duplighost
Duplighost PM.png Max HP 15 Attack 4 Defense 0 Type Ground
Level 23 Strong None Weak None Moves Headbutt (4), Copy (copies current partner)
Sleep? 60%, -1 Dizzy? 75%, -1 Shock? 75%, 1 Shrink? 75%, 0
Stop? 80%, -1 Fright? 50% Air Lift? 80% Hurricane? 70%
Coins 1 + 2-6 Items Mystery? Run 32 Location(s) Shiver Mountain, Crystal Palace, Bowser's Castle
Tattle This is a Duplighost. Duplighosts disguise themselves as members of our party. Max HP: 15, Attack Power: 4, Defense Power: 0 They love to attack in disguise. It seems like they're generally stronger fighters when they're not disguised, though.
Paper Mario Enemy
Goombario??? (Duplighost)
Goombario Sprite.png Max HP 15 Attack 1/2/3 Defense 0 Type Ground
Level 23 Strong None Weak None Moves Headbonk (1/2/3 x 2), Tattle (no effect)
Sleep? 60%, -1 Dizzy? 75%, -1 Shock? 75%, 0 Shrink? 75%, 0
Stop? 80%, -1 Fright? 50% Air Lift? 80% Hurricane? 70%
Coins 1 Items N/A Run 32 Location(s) Shiver Mountain, Crystal Palace, Bowser's Castle
Tattle It's a Duplighost disguised as me. Max HP: 15 It'll do Headbonk and Tattle. That looks nothing like me. Does it? No! Seriously, though, does it? Mario? Hello? Look, I've been working out like crazy trying to get in shape for adventuring. There's just no way I'm that pudgy!
Paper Mario Enemy
Kooper??? (Duplighost)
Kooper Sprite.png Max HP 15 Attack 2/3/5 Defense 1 (standing), 0 (flipped) Type Ground
Level 23 Strong None Weak None Moves Shell Toss (2/3/5), Stand Up
Sleep? 60%, -1 Dizzy? 75%, -1 Shock? 75%, 0 Shrink? 75%, 0
Stop? 80%, -1 Fright? 50% Air Lift? 80% Hurricane? 70%
Coins 1 Items N/A Run 32 Location(s) Shiver Mountain, Crystal Palace, Bowser's Castle
Tattle It's a Duplighost disguised as Kooper. Max HP: 15 This imposter almost looks better than the original! Ha! Its disguise is pretty much perfect. Its attack power is exactly the same as the character it's imitating. It's probably not very difficult for this Duplighost to disguise itself as Kooper. After all, our pal is pretty unusual looking. It'll attack us with its shell, just like the regular Kooper. You'll have the best luck beating it if you flip it.
Paper Mario Enemy
Bombette??? (Duplighost)
Bombette Sprite.png Max HP 15 Attack 2/3/5 Defense 0 Type Ground
Level 23 Strong None Weak Fire (KO), Explosion (KO), Electric (KO), Shock (KO) Moves Body Slam (2/3/5)
Sleep? 60%, -1 Dizzy? 75%, -1 Shock? 75%, 0 Shrink? 75%, 0
Stop? 80%, -1 Fright? 50% Air Lift? 80% Hurricane? 70%
Coins 1 Items N/A Run 32 Location(s) Shiver Mountain, Crystal Palace, Bowser's Castle
Tattle It's a Duplighost disguised as Bombette. Max HP: 15 Its disguise is pretty much perfect. Its attack power is exactly the same as Bombette's. You should be careful even though she looks cute.
Paper Mario Enemy
Parakarry??? (Duplighost)
Parakarry Sprite.png Max HP 15 Attack 2/3/5 Defense 1 Type Flying
Level 23 Strong None Weak None Moves Sky Dive (2/3/5)
Sleep? 60%, -1 Dizzy? 75%, -1 Shock? 75%, 0 Shrink? 75%, 0
Stop? 80%, -1 Fright? 50% Air Lift? 80% Hurricane? 70%
Coins 1 Items N/A Run 32 Location(s) Shiver Mountain, Crystal Palace, Bowser's Castle
Tattle It's a Duplighost disguised as Parakarry. Max HP: 15 He looks even more intelligent as an enemy. Its disguise is pretty much perfect. Its attack power is exactly the same as Parakarry's. Don't underestimate him, Mario. He looks pretty serious.
Paper Mario Enemy
Bow??? (Duplighost)
Lady Bow Sprite.png Max HP 15 Attack 1 Defense 0 Type Flying
Level 23 Strong None Weak None Moves Smack (1 x 4/5/6)
Sleep? 60%, -1 Dizzy? 75%, -1 Shock? 75%, 0 Shrink? 75%, 0
Stop? 80%, -1 Fright? 50% Air Lift? 80% Hurricane? 70%
Coins 1 Items N/A Run 32 Location(s) Shiver Mountain, Crystal Palace, Bowser's Castle
Tattle It's a Duplighost disguised as Bow. Max HP: 15 Its disguise is pretty much perfect. Its attack power is exactly the same as Bow's. Look, you've seen her in action. Do you really want to know what a Smack attack feels like?
Paper Mario Enemy
Watt??? (Duplighost)
Watt Paper Mario.png Max HP 15 Attack 3/4/5 Defense 0 Type Flying
Level 23 Strong Electric Weak None Moves Electro Dash (3/4/5)
Sleep? 60%, -1 Dizzy? 75%, -1 Shock? 75%, 0 Shrink? 75%, 0
Stop? 80%, -1 Fright? 50% Air Lift? 80% Hurricane? 70%
Coins 1 Items N/A Run 32 Location(s) Shiver Mountain, Crystal Palace, Bowser's Castle
Tattle It's a Duplighost disguised as Watt. Max HP: 15 Its disguise is pretty much perfect. Its attack power is exactly the same as the character it's imitating. You know how Watt is shocking? Same goes for this Duplighost.
Paper Mario Enemy
Sushie??? (Duplighost)
PM Sushie Sprite.png Max HP 15 Attack 3/4/5 Defense 0 Type Ground
Level 23 Strong None Weak None Moves Belly Flop (3/4/5)
Sleep? 60%, -1 Dizzy? 75%, -1 Shock? 75%, 0 Shrink? 75%, 0
Stop? 80%, -1 Fright? 50% Air Lift? 80% Hurricane? 70%
Coins 1 Items N/A Run 32 Location(s) Shiver Mountain, Crystal Palace, Bowser's Castle
Tattle It's a Duplighost disguised as Sushie. Max HP: 15 Its face looks even grouchier than the real thing! Its disguise is pretty much perfect. Its attack power is exactly the same as Sushie's. I'm glad we have Sushie on our side. She's intimidating! I wonder if this imposter is meddlesome as well...
Paper Mario Enemy
Lakilester??? (Duplighost)
Lakilester Sprite.png Max HP 15 Attack 3/4/5 Defense 0 Type Flying
Level 23 Strong None Weak None Moves Spiny Flip (3/4/5)
Sleep? 60%, -1 Dizzy? 75%, -1 Shock? 75%, 0 Shrink? 75%, 0
Stop? 80%, -1 Fright? 50% Air Lift? 80% Hurricane? 70%
Coins 1 Items N/A Run 32 Location(s) Shiver Mountain, Crystal Palace, Bowser's Castle
Tattle It's a Duplighost disguised as Lakilester. Max HP: 15 It's hard to take him seriously. Its disguise is pretty much perfect. Its attack power is exactly the same as Lakilester's. It's tough to dodge his Spiny Flip, so pay attention.
If a Duplighost disguises as Goombario, it can use Tattle, which is shown below.
  • "It's Mario, silly! He's here to save Princess Peach, who was captured by Bowser. Remember? He fights until the bitter end, no matter what enemies attack."

Tattle of Duplighost disguised as Peach[edit]

  • "It looks like Princess Peach, but something just doesn't seem right. I mean, I've never met the princess, but I thought she was more... sweet. Hey, Mario, is she really Princess Peach?"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バケバケ
Bakebake
From bakeru, "to disguise oneself," and obake, meaning "ghost"
Spanish Dupli Fant. From Duplicar (duplicate) and Fantasma (Phantom)
French Fantôcopie Literal translation
German Dupligeist Literal translation
Portuguese Fantasma cópia Copy Ghost
Chinese 伪装鬼
Wěizhuāng Guǐ
Disguising Ghost

Trivia[edit]

  • Electrical sparks are not seen coming from the Duplighost mirror version of Watt, but when the mirror is underneath her, it does.
  • In the Japanese version, they talk in various Japanese dialects after getting defeated.
  • In Paper Mario: Color Splash, concept art for the Rock Paper Wizard shows a design similar to a Duplighost.