Artwork of several enemy species turned into Folded Soldiers
|First appearance||Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)|
|Latest appearance||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (version 8.1.0, spirit cameo) (2020)|
- “Once these flat paper folks have been turned into Folded Soldiers, we can't turn them back! It seems cruel to fight them, but if we don't, they'll try to fold you into origami too!”
- —Olivia, Paper Mario: The Origami King
The Folded Soldiers are King Olly's origami minions and the main enemies in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Originally Koopa Troop members made of flat paper, they were folded into origami and kept that way using staples from Stapler. Through this process, they become zombie-like beings with new loyalty to King Olly, and are hostile towards Bowser, as well as Mario and his other companions. They speak with slightly folded text boxes and wavering text. If a Folded Soldier sees Mario, it begins to chase after him. If it makes contact, a battle begins.
There are also larger Folded Soldiers called Paper Macho Soldiers, which are made of papier-mâché rather than origami. These enemies are fought on the field rather than in battles.
After Stapler is defeated, the staples binding the Folded Soldiers are destroyed, allowing them to unfold. However, the minions are not completely confirmed to be restored to their original state until after Olivia finishes the Thousand Cranes technique Olly started to wish that all of Olly's origami be undone.
Prior to the beginning of the game, Princess Peach is also turned into a Folded Soldier, and drops Mario into a dungeon via a trapdoor in her castle after he answers her three questions. She is seen again prior to the transformation of Peach's Castle into the Origami Castle. Before the battle with King Olly, she is folded into the castle's walls, unable to move or speak. However, after Olivia's wish, she is returned to normal like the origami minions.
- For Origami Gallery profiles, see Musée Champignon § Origami Character Gallery.
- European website bio: "Made up of Bowser's captured goons, these brainwashed baddies act as King Olly's ground troops. While they might not say much, they pack one heck of a wallop!"
Promotional wallpaper from Nintendo Co., Ltd.'s LINE account
Folded Soldiers and Paper Macho Soldiers outside Big Sho' Theatre
Folded Soldier Gallery (Origami Castle)
Names in other languages
|Dutch||Gevouwen soldaten||Folded Soldiers|
|French||Origuerriers||From "Origami" and "Guerrier" (Warrior)|
|Italian||Soldati Origami||Origami Soldiers|
|Spanish (NOA)||Soldados plegados||Folded soldiers|
|Spanish (NOE)||Secuaces plegados||Folded minions|
- Nintendo Switch｜ダウンロード購入｜ペーパーマリオ オリガミキング Nintendo. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
- 紙片瑪利歐：摺紙國王 Nintendo. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
- Paper Mario: The Origami King | Nintendo Switch | Игры | Nintendo. Nintendo.ru.