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“Hey Mario! I'm Goombario. I'm your biggest fan!”
Goombario, Paper Mario
Species Goomba
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Super Paper Mario (Catch Card/photograph cameo) (2007)

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 party member 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 do not 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, in Paper Mario: Color Splash by Huey, and in Paper Mario: The Origami King by Olivia. Goombario's appearance is somewhat atypical compared to a standard Goomba in that he has two flat teeth instead of the standard fangs; the only other Goombas to have this trait are Goombario's family and Professor Frankly. He also wears a blue cap and has blushed pink cheeks to distinguish himself from other Goombas. In certain area tattles, Goombario states that he hates eating fish and is afraid of heights.


Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

A portrait of both Goombario and Mario.
A portrait of Goombario and Mario
Goombario from Paper Mario.
Goombario joins Mario's party in Paper Mario
Goombario joins Mario's party

When Mario falls into Goomba Village at the start of Paper Mario, Goombario's sister, Goombaria, finds him and then lets him rest in the village's Toad House. Later, when Mario falls off the balcony in Goompa's house, Goompa and Mario find the former's Hammer and smash through a yellow block to get back to Goomba Village. When they return, 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 receives three letters at the Toad Town Post Office: one from the Red & Blue Goomba Bros. and two from his grandparents.

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 does not like eating fish, would like an Albino Dino as a pet, and that he is afraid of heights. He is also infatuated with various female characters in the game (namely Misstar, Vanna T., Merlee, Merluvlee, and Pop Diva).

Duplighosts and Lee can transform into Goombario along with Mario's other partners, in which case his name appears as "Goombario???"

Super Paper Mario[edit]

A beta image of Goombario, for Super Paper Mario.
Goombario as he would have appeared in Super Paper Mario.

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. Goombario has unused sprite data that existed in the E3 2006 GCN version of Super Paper Mario.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Goombario appears in the Paper Mario arc of Super Mario-kun as Mario's partner. In volume 28 of Super Wario-kun, he and Kooper are seen with Mario before Wario pushes the trio away.

Mario Golf series[edit]

Goombario's name appears on the Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Golf: Advance Tour scorecharts.

Unused appearances[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Unused sprite of Goombario in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Goombario and various other party members from Paper Mario were set to make an appearance in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, but were removed from the final product.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

  • In-game bio: Goombario is a clever young adventurer who admires Mario. Press Down C Button to have him tell you about everything nearby. His specialty is headbonking.
  • Instruction Booklet description: He's very knowledgeable and will tell Mario all sorts of interesting things.[1]
  • Player's Guide: A young member of the Goomba family in Goomba Village, Goombario has always been a big fan of Mario. Like most Goombas, he has a hard head and a fighting spirit. He knows a great deal about the Mushroom Kingdom and will clue you in on most anything you'd like to know.[2]
  • Nintendo Power: The young Goomba has knowledge beyond his years. He can give you information about every location and enemy. He can also fight with a collection of hard-headed attacks.[3]

The following is Goombario's attacks and stats:

Attack Flower Points Needed Effect Action Command Attack Power Move Ranks
Headbonk None Headbutts a single enemy, similarly to Mario's Jump. Press A Button right before hitting the enemy. Base Rank: 2 hits of 1
Super Rank: 2 hits of 2
Ultra Rank: 2 hits of 3
Base Rank
Tattle None Gives information on the enemy and uncovers the enemy's HP bar for all subsequent encounters. No Action Command N/A Base Rank
Charge 1 Boosts next attack by 2. This move can be used in succession to stack its effect. No Action Command N/A Super Rank
Multibonk 3 Headbutts a single enemy multiple times until the action command is failed, or a cap is reached. Press A Button right before hitting the enemy. Ultra Rank: 3 base attack, decreasing by 1 per hit down to 1 damage Ultra Rank

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Catch Card
  • Card Type: Rare
  • Card Description: Mario and Goombario go all the way back to Paper Mario. Enemies suffer when he uses his head.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリオ
Pun on「クリボー」(Kuribō, "Goomba") and possibly "Mario"

Chinese 酷栗欧
Transliteration of Japanese name, also includes a portmanteau of「栗」(, "chestnuts") and「马力欧」(lì'ōu, "Mario")

French Goombario
German Gumbario
Portmanteau of Gumba ("Goomba") and "Mario"
Italian Goombario
Korean 굼바리오
From the English name

Spanish Goombario


  1. ^ Paper Mario Instruction Booklet, pg. 15
  2. ^ Paper Mario Official Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 12
  3. ^ Nintendo Power, Issue #141, pg. 23