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Hatopop in Super Mario Sunshine
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
An alternate angle of a Hatopop
A Puncher

Hatopops[1], also called Cheep Cheeps[2], are green, penguin-like birds that appear in Super Mario Sunshine. Their name is likely derived from hato, the Japanese name for pigeons and doves, and the popping action they perform. They are only found in Noki Bay. They are hidden in wall indents with no indication that they are there (barring a question mark showing up within the wall if the player tilts the camera properly). If Mario walks close enough to them, they immediately charge at him, knocking him away. They then linger for a bit of time before retreating into the wall and completely disappearing. There is no way to avoid being hit by them without completely avoiding the locations they appear in. Due to how they look and act, they are comparable to the birds inside of cuckoo clocks. Similar red boxing gloves known as Punchers[2] appear from other alcoves. The bird variant has yellow, wooden crisscrossed Ultra Hand-like bars behind them, while the Puncher has a black arm.

Names in other langages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トラップ[3]
Trap (explicitly Puncher)


  1. ^ Super Mario Sunshine, internal filename, possibly romanized root/data/scene/mare0/mapobj/scene/hatopop_model1.bmd
  2. ^ a b Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima Official Strategy Guide. Pages 20 and 134.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Sunshine section, page 105.