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Hooskis are characters that first appear in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. They appear as brown variants of Hoohooligan from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and bear a strong resemblance to Haniwa, clay figures buried with the dead during Japan's Edo period. Their name is a portmanteau of "Hoo", an onomatopoeia for laughter, and "-ski", which is a Slavic suffix; it is also a pun on the term "Ruski", slang for a Russian individual. Hooskis tend to sprinkle the word "hoo" throughout their sentences.
A pair of Hooskis in Wakeport, Big Massif and Lil' Massif, teach Mario and Luigi various techniques for use in the field, such as the Spin Jump and Side Drill. Big Massif and his apprentices also serve as bosses in Dreamy Wakeport. Another unnamed Hooski is the subject of a trading quest in Wakeport; Mario and Luigi must trade items with the inhabitants of Wakeport in order to acquire an appropriate proposal gift for him so he can propose to a female Hooski.
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