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First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“Owowowow... Oh, hey, Bro! I hid because of that big, scary bug!”
Luigi, Super Mario Galaxy

Flipbugs[1] are enemies found in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are small beetle-like insects with Mandibug-style faces that appear mostly in the Honeyhive Galaxy and Gold Leaf Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy, and the Yoshi Star Galaxy, the Puzzle Plank Galaxy, and the Honeyhop Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2. When the player approaches one of them as regular Mario, the Flipbug makes a frantic attempt to flee from him, and will then fall onto its back in fear, making it vulnerable to attack. If Mario touches one while they fly away from him, he remains unharmed, and could even spin them if so desired. However, if the player approaches one as Bee Mario, they will assume an "angry" expression, unfold their wings, and slowly hover after him, which can cause damage. This implies that Flipbugs have a strong dislike of Honeybees.


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Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/KoteBug.arc KoteBug Kote Bug

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コテムシ
Kote Mushi
Possibly from「コテンパン」(kotenpan, a Japanese expression meaning "to a pulp") and「虫」(mushi, insect)
French Cafardo Masculine adaption of "cafard" (cockroach)
German Flippkäfer Flipbug
Italian Cimicy Diminutive of "cimice" (stinkbug)
Spanish (NOE) Bicho Insect


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 26.