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Artwork of a Hoppycat from Super Mario Bros. Wonder
First appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)

Hoppycats are green mollusk-like enemies with spikes on their backs and large mouths with retractable sharp teeth on their undersides that appear in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. They are primarily found in Shining Falls, and attack by jumping whenever the player jumps, similar to Spiny Skipsqueaks in Super Mario Maker 2, before descending slowly back to the ground, during which the player can pass underneath them. They sometimes jump up into the level from underneath, while others can be found attached to the ceiling, jumping with reversed gravity. They can hit and activate blocks just like the player. There is also a red log-like lift that shoots out a Hoppycat from the side whenever the player jumps while riding it, which can be used to hit blocks to the right.[1] One Wonder Effect turns the characters into Hoppycats (with Luigi's Hoppycat form bearing the most resemblance to regular Hoppycats), though this form is different from the enemy Hoppycats in that it can leap incredibly high into the air, not unlike the expert. It also starts with four spikes instead of three and is larger, though if the player takes damage, they will shrink to the normal Hoppycat size. Big Hoppycats also appear during another Wonder Effect, which will destroy anything above them when they jump.

Their English name comes from "hop" and "copycat".[2]


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Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Bros. Wonder Model/EnemyJumpUni.bfres.zs JumpUni From "jump" and「海胆うに」(uni, "sea urchin"); compare JumpToge

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホッピン[3]
From "hopping"; may involve "pin" (referring to their spikes)

Chinese 哈蹦[4]
Transliteration of the Japanese name;「蹦」also means "to jump".

Dutch Hoppycat
French Bondiss
Portmanteau of bondir ("to jump") and possibly a nod to Hériss ("Spiny")
German Hüpfer
Italian Salterino
From saltare ("to jump")
Korean 호핑
Transliteration of the Japanese name

Portuguese Pulusco
Portmanteau of pular ("to jump") and molusco ("mollusk")
Russian Прыггер
From прыгать (prygat, "to leap") and the English agentive suffix "-er"

Spanish Saltamanta
Portmanteau of saltar ("to hop") and manta ("blanket"), as well as a play on saltamontes ("grasshopper")


  1. ^ Nintendo of America (August 31, 2023). Super Mario Bros. Wonder Direct 8.31.2023. YouTube. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  2. ^ マリオたちの行く手を阻む。フラワー王国の個性豊かな敵キャラクターをご紹介。~その2~【ワンダーの世界へ Vol.14】. Nintendo. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  3. ^ Nintendo 公式チャンネル (August 31, 2023). スーパーマリオブラザーズ ワンダー Direct 2023.8.31. YouTube. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  4. ^ Nintendo HK官方頻道 (August 31, 2023). 《超級瑪利歐兄弟 驚奇》Direct 2023.8.31(中文字幕). YouTube. Retrieved September 8, 2023.