Artwork of Gooper Blooper in his appearance for Super Mario Sunshine
Poison Blooper (Paper Mario: Sticker Star)
|First appearance||Super Mario Sunshine (2002)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)|
Super Mario Sunshine
In Super Mario Sunshine, Gooper Blooper is first encountered in Ricco Harbor, during two different episodes. In Episode 1: Gooper Blooper Breaks Out, Gooper Blooper is hiding under a mountain of crates, and Mario must pull off one of his tentacles to initiate the battle with him. Gooper Blooper attacks using his tentacles, but each one of them can be pulled off, just like the first one Mario had pulled off. The tentacles can be halted beforehand for a time by jumping on them, flattening them. After washing the black ink off his face, Mario can pull the cork out of Gooper Blooper's mouth, causing ink to spray all over Gooper Blooper and the surrounding area. It is possible to beat Gooper Blooper without pulling off any tentacles, though it is slightly more difficult, as he will immediately attack if Mario grabs his cork, provided the tentacles are not flattened. With the cork gone, Mario can then pull Gooper Blooper's mouth back and let go to snap it back into his face like elastic, causing the boss severe harm. After his mouth is pulled and snapped back twice, Gooper Blooper is defeated, and he blasts off into the sky, landing in the part of the sea covered in goop. If he is defeated with tentacles intact, they will fly off with him, though they will appear slightly detached. In Episode 5: Gooper Blooper Returns, Gooper Blooper is fought on the helicopter pad, now with regrown tentacles. The only difference from the previous battle is that Gooper Blooper now has a new attack in which he spins around, trying to hit Mario with his tentacles. After being defeated, Gooper Blooper is blasted off into the sky and crashes into the sea. Gooper Blooper makes a third and final appearance in Noki Bay's second episode, The Boss of Tricky Ruins, on the peak of the mountain, moving slightly faster than in his Ricco Harbor battles. Unlike Gooper Blooper's first two battles, the Gatekeeper boss theme plays instead of the normal boss theme. Upon being defeated this time, he crashes onto the mountain side.
In some pre-release builds, Gooper Blooper was dark teal with periwinkle spots. Though not necessarily an unused feature, if Gooper Blooper is hacked into a stage other than Ricco Harbor, the ink on his face will be the color of the goop texture loaded for that map.
In the Super Mario 3D All-Stars port, the resolution is high enough for the player to read the writing on Gooper Blooper's cork. The cork reads "bsgeso," likely short for "Boss Gessō," his Japanese name.
Mario Tennis series
Mario Power Tennis
Gooper Blooper reappears in Mario Power Tennis where he is the opponent in the minigame Gooper Blooper Volley. All four of his tentacles wield a tennis racket. Here, the player attempts to hit a tennis ball between them and Gooper Blooper while avoiding the crossed-out panels. Also, at the beginning of the minigame, the tennis ball comes out of Gooper Blooper's mouth.
Mario Tennis Aces
Gooper Blooper starts by slamming down one of his forward tentacles as he fires balls of his own ink, which Mario must knock back; unlike previous bosses, missing a ball will simply produce an ink blotch that obscures the screen rather than subtracting five seconds from the timer. Gooper Blooper will occasionally alternate between which forward tentacle he slams down, and fire a few Zone Shots on some occasions. Once Gooper Blooper is out of health, Mario must fire a Zone Shot at his exposed mouth. Gooper Blooper will then simultaneously slam down either both of his forward tentacles or both of his back tentacles, alternating between both sets of tentacles several times. He will then perform a low sweep with one of his forward tentacles followed by the other, which Mario must jump over both times. He will then repeat his ball-serving attacks, except he will fire more Trick Shots and more often fire ink balls on the side of his tentacle opposite the one Mario is on, forcing him to jump and perform some Zone Speed to reach the ball. After Mario fires another Zone Shot at Gooper Blooper, Gooper Blooper will again slam down his two sets of tentacles, except this time finishing with an attack where all four tentacles are slammed down, though Mario can retreat to an open area to evade this attack as Gooper Blooper crosses his forward tentacles. Additionally, at the end of his tentacle sweeping attack, Gooper Blooper will sweep both tentacles simultaneously and clap them together; Mario must jump over either tentacle to dodge the attack. Gooper Blooper will then repeat his ball-serving attacks once more, though very little changes from the second phase are present.
After Mario performs the third and final Zone Shot against Gooper Blooper, he will disintegrate and reveal a treasure chest that was supposed to contain the fourth Power Stone; to Mario's and Toad's shock, the Power Stone was stolen by a corrupted Wario and Waluigi not long before, with Toad hypothesizing that this was the reason Gooper Blooper attacked them.
Super Princess Peach
Gooper Blooper appears again in Super Princess Peach as the boss of Wavy Beach and the fifth boss in the game, and is damaged by attacking his tentacles and mouth with Perry. During the battle, he releases ink, which slows Peach down when she walks on it. Peach can get rid of the ink by using her tears from the Gloom vibe. He will also slam his tentacles down at Peach, and swing them to try to grab her; if he does, he drains her health until she breaks free. After Gooper Blooper loses four health points, he uses the Calm vibe to create a bubble and fall asleep to regain health. Peach can wake him up by damaging the bubble enough times. Gooper Blooper is larger in this game, compared to others.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3
In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Gooper Blooper appears in the court called Pirate Ship. His task is similar to the mythical monster, the Kraken, and he surrounds the ship in a menacing way and attacks the player. Gooper Blooper smacks the player with his tentacles if the player gets too close to the edge. Due to the fact that the sky is dark and stormy and that he is not right at the side of the boat, Gooper Blooper may be hard to notice.
Mario Super Sluggers
Gooper Blooper appears again in Mario Super Sluggers as a hazard in the minigame Blooper Baserun, where players must dodge his tentacles and collect coins. He also appears around the Daisy Cruiser stadium at night, and grabs the ship and tilts it to its side. He seems to be bigger in this game than in the previous ones. This game is also the first game to depict Gooper Blooper swimming in water, as in his first appearance in Super Mario Sunshine, he disappeared when he touched it, though it might have to do with the fact that the Ricco Harbor's water was polluted at the time.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Gooper Blooper returns once again in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he is the final obstacle in the Dream Rafting competition in Cheep Cheep River. When faced, Gooper Blooper traps the competitors' raft in a whirlpool and will try to slam them with his tentacles. If the player dodges it successfully, they can use this chance to jump on his tentacles. Once all four tentacles are jumped on, Gooper Blooper will begin to quiver in pain and leap into the air, landing back down in the water defeated and dazed. A cover version of his original boss music from Super Mario Sunshine is used during the battle.
Paper Mario series
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Gooper Blooper appears as the boss of World 3, marking his first appearance in the Paper Mario series. Following the destruction of the Sticker Fest, a Royal Sticker landed on Gooper Blooper, turning him and all surrounding Bloopers into Poison Bloopers, leading to a mass poisoning of the ocean and forest.
In battle, Gooper Blooper's attacks are rhythmically synced to his Latin-style music. While Mario is browsing the Album, Gooper Blooper will play to the music by either clapping his tentacles together or pounding the ground, depending on his attack phase. The music notably intensifies as each phase progresses.
- First attack: Gooper Blooper hits Mario with two front tentacles, damaging 4 HP each (2 HP when blocked).
- Second attack: He slaps Mario with two back tentacles, damaging 2 HP each (1 HP when blocked).
- Third attack: He hits Mario with four tentacles, damaging 3 HP each (2 HP when blocked).
- Fourth attack: Gooper Blooper will dip further into the polluted ocean and turn dark purple, signifying he is about to spray Mario with poison. If Mario is hit with this attack on the next turn, he will be damaged and poisoned for four turns, and the purple goop will obscure the player's view. Gooper Blooper will lift himself up using his tentacles three times before spraying Mario. Using a protective sticker or blocking will reduce the initial damage, but the effects will still occur. The Sponge Thing Sticker can absorb the poison and shoot it back at Gooper Blooper to blind him for four turns.
Paper Mario: The Origami King
- Main article: Paper Macho Gooper Blooper
Gooper Blooper reappears as a boss in Paper Mario: The Origami King in Paper Macho form with the name Paper Macho Gooper Blooper. He does not retain his purple-hued appearance from Paper Mario: Sticker Star, instead using his traditional blue-spotted appearance.
Gooper Blooper is a larger than average Blooper who never displays much in the way of intelligence and, like most Bloopers, can only speak in indiscernible "bloops". He appears to be loyal to the Koopa Troop, most especially his Bloopers, and will attack anyone who poses a threat to Bowser's plans or attacks his Bloopers, showing that he is also ruthless. He has even attacked ships and sports events on occasion. He also aims to destroy Mario, likely due to his interference in the Koopa Troop's plans and that he tore off one of Gooper Blooper's tentacles upon their first meeting. In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, he is revealed to actually be a music lover who loves to "boogie and bop", and spends most of his time playing music with his Bloopers.
Powers and abilities
Gooper Blooper can use all his tentacles to his advantage, whether it be slamming them all down on Mario at once or just slamming one down. Gooper Blooper will also twirl around swinging his tentacles hurting anyone who gets in their path. Gooper Blooper is also very strong, as he can tilt the entire Daisy Cruiser to one side. Like all Bloopers, Gooper Blooper can spit out ink to cause a slippery mess, and he can swim in unpolluted water as well. His ink is even capable of contaminating water on certain occasions. He can also jump very high which is shown in "Gooper Blooper Breaks Out". However, Gooper Blooper has never shown the ability, apart from in Paper Mario: Sticker Star to speak or walk on land. He has also been shown to be very adept at playing tennis, as in Mario Power Tennis, the player can continue volleying a tennis ball between themselves and Gooper Blooper virtually forever.
Profiles and statistics
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
|Paper Mario: Sticker Star enemy|
|Max HP||300||Location(s)||Whitecap Beach|
|Attack||4||Moves||Double Slap (4x2), Weak Double Slap (2x2), Quadruple Slap (3x4), Poison Spray (4, Poison)|
|Defense||Quarters all damage||Stickers||Hammer|
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy information
|Name||Image||American English description||British English description|
|Paper Gooper Blooper||The culprit behind the poisoning of Wiggler's forest, even this bruiser is thinned down in Paper Mario. Really, he looks more like a dried squid... but don't let this fool you—he's still plenty dangerous. He also spits poisonous ink. Grody.||A villain who squirted poisonous ink all over the forest where Wiggler lives. Even in paper-thin form, he's quite the menace. He slaps with his many tentacles, almost like he's swatting flies, and that poisonous ink we mentioned earlier—he won't hesitate to squirt it right in Mario's face. Ew!|
List of appearances
|Super Mario Sunshine||Boss||2002||Nintendo GameCube|
|Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour||Name appears on score board||2003||Nintendo GameCube|
|Mario Golf: Advance Tour||Name appears on score board||2004||Game Boy Advance|
|Mario Power Tennis||Non-playable character||2004||Nintendo GameCube|
|Super Princess Peach||Boss||2005||Nintendo DS|
|Mario Hoops 3-on-3||Non-playable character||2006||Nintendo DS|
|Mario Super Sluggers||Non-playable character||2008||Wii|
|New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis||Non-playable character||2009||Wii|
|Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games||Boss||2011||Wii|
|Paper Mario: Sticker Star||Boss||2012||Nintendo 3DS|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS||Trophy (cameo)||2014||Nintendo 3DS|
|Mario Tennis Aces||Boss||2018||Nintendo Switch|
|Paper Mario: The Origami King||Boss (as Paper Macho Gooper Blooper)||2020||Nintendo Switch|
|Super Mario 3D All-Stars||Boss||2020||Nintendo Switch|
Names in other languages
|Chinese (Simplified)||乌贼怪头头 (Paper Mario: Sticker Star)
鱿鱿头头 (Mario Tennis Aces)
鱿鱿老大 (Paper Mario: The Origami King)
Boss Bloups (Mario Tennis Aces)
|Italian||Calamarcio||Portmanteau of "calamaro" (squid) or "Calamako" (Blooper), and "marcio" (rotten)|
|Portuguese||Blooper Monstro||Monster Blooper|
|Spanish (NOA)||Mega Blooper||Mega Blooper|
|Spanish (NOE)||Mega Blooper (prior to Mario Tennis Aces)
Blooper Manchurrón (starting from Mario Tennis Aces)
|Characters||Big Blooper (Super Paper Mario) • Blooey • Electro Blooper • Gooper Blooper • King Calamari • King Gessō • Legendary Blooper • Paper Macho Gooper Blooper • Stone Blooper • Super Blooper|
|Species||Big Blooper • Bloopad • Blooper • Blooper Baby • Blooper Nanny • Blooper Racer • Blooper 10-Stack • Bloopurn • Bubble Blooper • Dried Blooper • Glad Blooper • Mecha-Blooper • Poison Blooper • Takko|