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Herringway is a Bumpty who lives in Shiver City during the events of Paper Mario. He is a famous novelist who writes many murder mysteries. Herringway lives a solitary life, remaining alone in his house as he writes his next bestseller. Although he lives behind locked doors, Mario managed to find a way inside the bumpty's house. Mario was accused of murdering the mayor of Shiver City and needed to clear his name. As such, Mario sought the help of Herringway, an expert on murder mysteries. The two returned to the scene of the crime and discovered that the mayor was not dead; he had merely fainted. As it turns out, the mayor's spouse, who reads way too many of Herringway's novels, jumped to conclusions and thought her husband was murdered. With the mayor revived, Mario continued on his journey and Herringway began work on his next novel, chronicling the events of the penguin murder mystery.

Herringway witnessing an unexpected guest in the fireplace

Herringway's novels are widely read, even reaching places as far away as Poshley Heights. In fact, many of the Bumpties that live in Poshley Heights are relatives of Herringway (or, at least, they claim to be his relatives). The only one who is proven to be one is the one closest to the pasta stand, said in Goombella's tattle.


  • This penguin made a secret room in his house to hide in. What a cool idea! He's a friend of Mayor Penguin. His name is Herringway, and he writes mystery novels. His secret study, where he writes his novels, is on the second floor. I imagine that he has lots of fans in the city, so I can see why he'd need a secret room. I wouldn't mind reading one of his novels someday. -- Goombario, Paper Mario

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴンベエ
Perhaps from 権兵衛 gonbē, an archaic Japanese name associated with commoners
French Herringway


  • The name "Herringway" is a pun on the words herring (a type of fish penguins eat) and the name of the famous author Ernest Hemingway.
    • His name also may be related to the phrase "red herring," a false clue, relating to the fact that he was accused of murdering Mayor Penguin, but didn't.
  • Herringway is the author of the novel "Paper Mario" ("Mario Story" in the Japanese version).
  • When Mario meets Herringway, it's possible to use a certain glitch that makes him look like a regular Bumpty, but when he meets up with Mayor Penguin midway, the game freezes.