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Klepto Icon SMO.png
Artwork of a Klepto from Super Mario Odyssey.
First Appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

You didn't lose your hat, did you? If you did, you'll have to stomp on the condor to get it back.”
Narration, Super Mario 64

Kleptos[1] are 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[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Klepto in Super Mario 64 (left) and Super Mario 64 DS (right).
Klepto in Super Mario 64 (left) and Super Mario 64 DS (right).
Klepto in Super Mario 64 (left) and Super Mario 64 DS (right).

In Super Mario 64, a Klepto 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[edit]

In Super Mario Odyssey, a Klepto is encountered upon reaching the Lost Kingdom. He takes Cappy from Mario, and proceeds to sit upon a pedestal. This pedestal is made up of two platforms; one that is raised, and one that is lower. Ground Pounding the raised one, will make that one lower down, and the other one to rise up. To get Cappy back, Mario must lure Klepto into sitting upon the lower platform, and then Ground Pound the higher one, to make 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[edit]

In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour multiple Kleptos can be seen flying on the Shifting Sands course. Klepto's name (erroneously spelled as Kelpto) can be seen sometimes on the scoreboard of a golf match.

A Klepto also appears in Mario Golf: Advance Tour in the back of the Marion training grounds, in which the player must rescue a Koopa Troopa hanging from its claws.

Mario Pinball Land [edit]

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In Mario Pinball Land a group of four Klepto condors can be seen flying around the pyramid in the Shifting Sands world. If Mario defeats them, he gets a star.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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. In the instruction guide, Klepto's name is erroneously spelled Clepto.

Mario Party 6[edit]

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[edit]

Klepto in Mario Party Advance.

In Mario Party Advance, a unique Klepto guards a treasure chest at Klepto Ruins.

Mario Party 7[edit]

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[edit]

Klepto seen in Mario Party 8.

A Klepto makes a minor cameo appearance in Mario Party 8, holding up the sign at the 5000 point mark for the minigame Test for the Best.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャンゴ[2]
Italian Klepto -
Korean 장고


  1. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, pgs. 9, 13, 70-71
  2. ^ In the Talons of the Big Bird