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“Monetary wealth gives me freedom, and freedom gives me wealth of spirit!”
Flavio, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Flavio is a 25-year old "famous" Rogueport entrepreneur. He owns many fine ships, his favorite being the S.S. Flavion, which he and Mario used to travel to Keelhaul Key. Unfortunately, the S.S. Flavion was destroyed in the very same voyage. Flavio enjoys believing that he is a fearless, brilliant man that others idolize and envy, but in reality he is not particularly popular among his crew, or anyone, as a matter of fact. He is often narcissistic and a little naïve.

Flavio talking to Mario in Rogueport.

Mario can first meet Flavio at Podley's bar. When talked to, he rants about his prized possession, the Skull Gem. When Mario and his friends need to get to Keelhaul Key in order to obtain the fifth Crystal Star, they decide to ask Flavio to ferry them there with his ship, the S.S. Flavion. Flavio reluctantly agrees to take Mario to Keelhaul Key under the condition that he can keep all the treasures of the pirate king Cortez. After finding an experienced helmsman to help navigate, Mario boards the ship and the group shoves off.

On the trip to Keelhaul Key, Cortez's forces attack the ship causing it to sink. The group is eventually washed ashore on Keelhaul Key and they set up camp there. Later on the island, Mario must ask Flavio for Bobbery's last request which is a Chuckola Cola. After exploring the island, Mario finds a mysterious skull rock with an opening in it. He summons Flavio to the rock and asks to borrow the Skull Gem, since it fits right into the opening in the skull rock. An entrance to Cortez's home, the Pirate's Grotto, is subsequently revealed.

Mario explores the grotto and eventually fights Cortez for the Crystal Star. However, he discovers that Cortez is immortal, and simply asks for the star, which the pirate gives to him. Mario exits the grotto and finds out that Lord Crump and his forces are bombarding the island with their ship. Flavio suggests to ask Cortez to borrow his ship, the Black Skull. After some negotiating, Cortez agrees to give Mario the ship. After a battle with the X-Nauts, Lord Crump decides to retreat, and Mario and co. go back to Rogueport.

Apparently, after the incident and bidding Mario farewell, for now, he got insurance for his boat wreck and became the second richest man in Rogueport.

Flavio was punched in the face by Zess T. after causing gourmet ingredients to spoil on the dock by holding up a crew with a two-day story. He temporarily lost his memory as a result.


Flavio is constantly bragging about how brave and courageous he is, but he is actually a coward and tries not to engage in anything dangerous, instead trying to get Mario and his crew members to do it instead. He also gets mad at anyone who disagrees with him, mainly Pa-Patch, and he either snaps at them or challenges them to a fight.


  • That's the entrepreneur, Flavio. He's like, super-rich, and he owns lots of ships. What's he doing in here so early in the day, though? Think he's doing OK?

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マルコ
A reference to the famous explorer, Marco Polo (whose name in Japanese is マルコ・ポーロ Maruko Pōro).
Spanish (NOE) Marco A reference to the famous explorer, Marco Polo.
French Marco A reference to the famous explorer, Marco Polo.
German Korsario Portmanteau of "Korsar" (corsair) and "Mario".
Italian Marco A reference to the famous explorer, Marco Polo.


  • He is also known to be the editor of the magazine Foppish Gourmet Weekly.
  • Flavio's name is most likely derived from the Latin word flavus, which means "yellow", a reference to the color of his skin, as well as his cowardly nature.
  • During Chapter 6, Pa-Patch (who chooses to stay on Keelhaul Key) sends Mario an email saying "Every now and then that cretin Flavio spits out some bit o' drivel about treadin' water instead o' seizin' life, but I just tune 'im out." This makes it sound as though Flavio was staying at Keelhaul Key as well, when it is clear he returned to Rogueport after Chapter 5 and is not seen on Keelhaul Key again, although it is possible that he often sails to Keelhaul Key with Cortez as Bobbery does after the game's final boss is defeated.
  • During the Chapter 7 66th Annual Quirk Quiz with the mechanical Thwomp, Flavio is listed as one of the answers for the question "What's the name of the girl in Petalburg who's waiting patiently for Koops's return?".
  • There is a glitch that lets the player keep Flavio as a partner throughout the game after Chapter 5.