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This article is about the bird enemy. For the mission in Super Mario 64 DS, see Klepto the Condor. For the boss from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, see Big Bird.
A Klepto in Super Mario Odyssey
Artwork of a Klepto from Super Mario Odyssey
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
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

Klepto, also known as Klepto the Condor[1] or Big Bird,[2] is a larcenous, heavy-lidded condor that first appears in Super Mario 64. Since then, Kleptos have continued to make infrequent appearances in the Super 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]

KleptoModel render of a Klepto from Super Mario 64 DS
Klepto in Super Mario 64 (left) and Super Mario 64 DS (right)

In Super Mario 64, Klepto is seen in Shifting Sand Land. It holds one of the Mushroom Castle's Power Stars, flying around between the course's four pillars, so Mario must reclaim it from its talons. Mario can attack the bird, knocking it out for a short period of time. Klepto eventually regains its senses, and after losing the Power Star, it attempts to steal Mario's cap. In later stages, Klepto can be found near the oasis and still attempts to steal his cap. If it does manage to steal it, it will fly around the pillars, carrying it similar to before. If Mario leaves and still has no cap, it remains in the course he lost it in.

Klepto has the same Power Star and purpose in Super Mario 64 DS. Another Klepto also appears in another level, Sunshine Isles. A third one makes an appearance on Tiny-Huge Island when the player character is big. Additionally, while Kleptos steal Mario's, Luigi's, and Wario's caps, they can damage Yoshi. The Klepto in Sunshine Isles, however, cannot steal anyone's cap; instead, it inflicts one point of damage to the player.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

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In Super Mario Odyssey, Klepto is encountered upon reaching the Lost Kingdom. It 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 it. Klepto appears again in a Moon Pipe sub-area in the same kingdom, and is defeated in the same manner.

Unlike Klepto in Super Mario 64, it here has two toes pointing forward and one pointing backward on each foot. It shares this trait with the Kleptos of Mario Pinball Land. Also, its design is somewhat different from previous games, with two tufts of hair, visible purple bags underneath its eyes, and a shady frown instead of a tired-looking expression.

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.

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

Mario Pinball Land[edit]

Sprite of a Klepto from Mario Pinball Land

In Mario Pinball Land, a group of four Kleptos 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]

Klepto also appears in Mario Party 4 on Shy Guy's Jungle Jam. Players can pay it 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 fall off the stage.

Mario Party 5[edit]

Fish Upon a Star from Mario Party 5
A Klepto in the minigame Fish Upon a Star in Mario Party 5

In Mario Party 5, 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[edit]

In Mario Party 6, 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, Klepto can be seen flying around the board.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

Klepto in Mario Party Advance.
“Now, for-for-for... for you to solve it!”
Klepto, Mario Party Advance

In Mario Party Advance, Klepto guards a treasure chest at Klepto Ruins. He is encountered alongside Mr. E, who entered the ruins in order to discover the treasure's ruins. Klepto is asked by Mr. E about the treasure's location, and flies up to reveal a treasure chest under his body. He then says that the treasure has a four-digit code, and that the code is his "favorite word." The code is the same word he stutters throughout the conversation, "for", and therefore 4444. If the code is entered incorrectly, Klepto berates the player and bluntly says that "for mean four." If the code is entered correctly, the chest opens to reveal a giant pile of shiny treasure, and Klepto congratulates the player. Klepto offers the treasure to Mr. E, but he refuses as it is not a mystery any more and quickly runs away. Klepto again praises the player for solving his riddle and gives them the Map Maker Gaddget as a reward. The ending reveals that Klepto changed the chest's code in order to better protect the treasure.

Mario Party 7[edit]

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]

Test for the Best near the 5000pt score in the game Mario Party 8.
Klepto seen in Mario Party 8.

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

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

In Mario Tennis Aces, Kleptos can be seen in the background of Bask Ruins. Unlike in Super Mario Odyssey, these Kleptos use an updated version of their design from Super Mario 64 DS to Mario Party 8. This is the only game after Mario Party 8 where Kleptos use this design.

Mario Strikers: Battle League[edit]

In Mario Strikers: Battle League, sand statues of Kleptos are depicted as Ruin Decoration 7 of Desert Ruin. These Kleptos retain their appearance from Super Mario Odyssey.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャンゴ[3]
Possibly from「じゃんじゃん」(jan-jan, Japanese onomatopoeic term for flying rapidly) and the Japanese honorific suffix「~御」(-go)

Chinese 强哥[4]
Transliteration of the Japanese name; Also means "strong brother"

French Klepto
German Klepto der Kondor
Klepto the condor
Italian Klepto
Korean 장고
From the Japanese name

Russian Клепто

Spanish Klepto


  1. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, pgs. 70–71
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Source (February 24, 1998). Big Bird - (Course 8). Nintendo: Super Mario 64 Strategy (Internet Archive: Wayback Machine). Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  3. ^ In the Talons of the Big Bird
  4. ^ From the star menu of Super Mario 64 DS as localized by iQue.