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“Mario, I know all about your adventures around the world. You've been everywhere! And you always get the best of the bad guys. Everytime! You're the coolest! I wanna be just like you!”
Goombario is a Goomba who lives in Goomba Village and greatly admires Mario and Luigi. As such, his name is a portmanteau of Goomba and Mario. Goombario is the first of his party members in Paper Mario, and his specialty is providing Mario with information about the various locations and enemies in the game. Thus, he is the only Party Member with two attacks which don't require FP. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, this task is carried on by Goombella (in the French version of Paper Mario, he even talks in a similar fashion to her), in Super Paper Mario by Tippi and Tiptron, in Paper Mario: Sticker Star by Kersti and in Paper Mario: Color Splash by Huey.
History and traits
When Mario falls into Goomba Village at the start of Paper Mario, Goombario and his family (Goombaria, Goompa, Gooma, Goomama, and Goompapa) find him and then Mario faces Jr. Troopa, after which they let him rest in the Toad House. Later, when Mario falls off the balcony in Goompa's house, Goompa and Mario find a Hammer and smash through a yellow block to get back to Goomba Village. Kammy Koopa attacks the village and Mario tells them about his quest. Goompa suggests that Goombario join Mario on his adventure, and he accepts. In the field, Goombario can use his tattle to find out where Mario is and tell him about the people they meet. According to Goompapa, he is named after Mario.
If Mario holds Goombaria's Dolly when returning to Goomba Village, Goombario will suggest that Mario return it to Goombaria; and if Mario says no, he would suggest that Mario return it when he is "done with it" (while Goombaria would call Mario a "meanie" if refused). At the end of the game, he is invited to the party by Princess Peach.
Goombario is very analytic and playful, as he hints at desires to play with young Toads, young Yoshis, and Merlow. He will occasionally break the fourth wall and his tattles seem to indicate a friendly rivalry with Kooper. He also stated he doesn't like eating fish, would like an Albino Dino as a pet, and that he is afraid of heights. He is also infatuated with various females in the game (namely Misstar, Vanna T., Merlee, Merluvlee, and Chanterelle).
Start Menu description
In Super Paper Mario, Goombario is in some photos along with the other party members in the previous Paper Mario games at Mario's House. He also appears as a Catch Card found on the twentieth floor of the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials.
Card Type: Rare
Names in other languages