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Kleptos (also known as Klepto the Condors) are larcenous, heavy-lidded condors that first appear in Super Mario 64. Since then, they have continued to make infrequent appearances in the Mario franchise. Their name comes from "klepto-", a prefix originating from Ancient Greek and meaning "theft".
Super Mario series
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
In Super Mario 64, a Klepto (also called Big Bird) is seen in Shifting Sand Land. He holds one of the castle's Power Stars, so Mario must reclaim it from his talons. Mario can attack the bird, knocking him out for a short period of time. The Klepto eventually regains his senses, and after losing the Power Star, he attempts to steal Mario's Cap. If he leaves and still has no cap, it remains in the course he lost it in.
The Klepto has the same Power Star and purpose in Super Mario 64 DS. Another Klepto also appears in another level, the Sunshine Isles. A third one makes an appearance in Tiny-Huge Island, when the character is big. Additionally, while Kleptos steal Mario, Luigi and Wario's caps, they can damage Yoshi.
Super Mario Odyssey
In Super Mario Odyssey, a Klepto is encountered upon reaching the Lost Kingdom. He takes Cappy from Mario and retreats with him on a pedestal, made up of two platforms: one that is raised, and one that is lower. To get Cappy back, Mario must lure Klepto into sitting upon the lower platform, and then Ground Pound the higher one, making the platform Klepto is sitting upon shoot up and defeat him. A Klepto appears again in a Moon Pipe sub-area in the same kingdom, and is defeated in the same manner.
Unlike the Kleptos of Super Mario 64, this Klepto has two toes pointing forward and one pointing backward on each foot. It shares this trait with the Kleptos of Mario Pinball Land.
Mario Golf series
Mario Pinball Land
Mario Party series
Mario Party 3
In the background of Spiny Desert, three Kleptos can be seen on the upper left side of the board, playing tic-tac-toe.
Mario Party 4
A Klepto also appears in Mario Party 4 on Shy Guy's Jungle Jam. Players can pay him five coins to be transported to the other side of the board, collecting coins in the process. In Paths of Peril, Klepto picks up players that falls off the stage.
Mario Party 5
In Mario Party 5, a Klepto has its own orb where, if landed on, it appears and takes the character to another character's space determined by a roulette. They also cameo in the minigame Fish Upon a Star. In the instruction guide, Klepto's name is erroneously spelled Clepto.
Mario Party 6
In Mario Party 6, a Klepto can be seen flying in the background of Pokey Punch-out. The Klepto Orb returns as an orb that can only be placed on a space. Any player who lands on it is taken back to the start of the board. In the Solo Mode board Thirsty Gulch, another Klepto can be seen flying around the board.
Mario Party Advance
Mario Party 7
A Klepto makes a few small appearances in Mario Party 7. Landing on one of the Green Spaces in Bowser's Enchanted Inferno! causes Klepto to grab the Star and move it to another location. Klepto can also be seen in cube form as the tops of totem poles on the Neon Heights board.
Mario Party 8
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