Jr. Troopa (or Master Jr. Troopa, as he calls himself) is a character and recurring boss in Paper Mario. He is a young Koopa who never left his egg after he was born. He lives near Goomba Village who enjoys picking on the other kids. He has his own piece of territory he calls "Jr. Troopa's Playground". At the beginning of the game, Goompa states that Jr. Troopa is the boss of a "neighborhood gang", but none of its other members are ever seen. Throughout the game, Jr. Troopa trails Mario and his allies during their adventure and returns in stronger form after each defeat. Mario battles him for a total of six times throughout the game.
Paper Mario series
Jr. Troopa debuts in Paper Mario, where he is encountered and fought by Mario a total of six times throughout the course of the game. He first appears shortly after Mario and Goompa recover the Hammer and start heading back to Gooma Village. Angered that Mario and Goompa have trespassed into his territory/playground, he challenges Mario to a fight. However, Mario is able to defeat him with hardly any difficulty. After he is defeated, Jr. Troopa flees, allowing Mario to continue on his way.
After Mario rescues the first Star Spirit from the Koopa Bros., Jr. Troopa ambushes him on his way back to Toad Town, having apparently hidden in the bushes for some time. As he dashes toward Mario, he accidentally slips and falls into the water nearby, though manages to get back up to Mario and his partner, who then comments on Jr. Troopa.
Following this, Jr. Troopa asks Mario whether he remembers him. Regardless of how Mario answers, he commences a second battle with him, during which he is able to hide in his shell to raise his defense. Despite this, Mario is still able to defeat him. Rather than leave immediately this time, however, Jr. Troopa instead remains in this spot for some time, visibly disoriented.
Jr. Troopa is encountered a third time while Mario is traversing Forever Forest. He is so lost and scared he is initially glad to see Mario, though quickly remembers that they are rivals. This prompts another line of dialogue, which varies depending on who Mario's partner is at the time.
This angers Jr. Troopa to the point he challenges Mario to a duel for a third time. This time, he is able to fly during battle, preventing Mario from using certain attacks to damage him. After he is defeated this time, Jr. Troopa flees immediately. When Mario exits the forest, Jr. Troopa is spotted being extremely grateful he has made it out.
Having not given up on pursuing Mario, Jr. Troopa trails him to Lavalava Island, swimming all the way across the ocean. However, just as he arrives, Mario leaves on the back of a Whale, forcing Jr. Troopa to turn around and swim back across the ocean. Jr. Troopa arrives at the harbor in Toad Town just after Mario and challenges him yet again. This time, Jr. Troopa places a spike on top of his head to use in addition to his wings. However, his HP is lowered significantly to twenty as a result of his continuous swimming and consequential exhaustion. After he is defeated, Jr. Troopa realizes that he should have just flown across the ocean instead, blaming this on this defeat. Like after his second defeat, Jr. Troopa remains in this spot for some time before disappearing.
While exploring Shiver Snowfield, Mario encounters Jr. Troopa a fifth time. Though he is desperate to leave the cold climate, he is determined to defeat Mario first, this time using magic during battle with the help of a wand. Regardless, he is defeated once again, offering hardly any commentary afterwards this time. Leaving and returning to this area reveals he has become frozen in a block of ice.
Jr. Troopa makes his sixth and final appearance in Bowser's Castle, appearing just as Mario is preparing to face the Koopa Bros. - he defeats the Koopa Bros. himself and proceeds to challenge Mario. In this fight, Jr. Troopa starts in his normal form, later switches into his flying and spiked forms, and finally goes back on the ground with his magic wand. After Mario defeats him, Jr. Troopa runs away, shouting that he will never give up and will defeat Mario next time.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Jr. Troopa makes an additional appearance in the Paper Mario arcs of Super Mario-Kun. He plays the same role as he does in the game by interfering with Mario's progress. As in the games, he uses various power-ups to aid him in the fight, but is always defeated in the end.
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Official Nintendo Player's Guide
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