Kooper

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Kooper
Paper Mario promotional artwork: Kooper
Species Koopa Troopa
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch) (photograph cameo) (2024)
“I've been admiring Professor Kolorado ever since I was in my egg! Nothing would make me happier than traveling the world, solving mysteries like he does! So... Do you think.. Could I... Please take me with you, Mario! I'll help! C'mon, lemme go!”
Kooper, Paper Mario

Kooper is Mario's second party member in Paper Mario. He is a blue, bold, adventure-loving (and seemingly young) Koopa who dreams of becoming an archaeologist like his childhood hero Kolorado. He is the exact opposite of his successor, Koops, in terms of his personality. However, in the battlefield, the two have very similar abilities. Kooper's name is a pun on the name "Cooper", but with a K for Koopa. Kooper's appearance is similar to that of an ordinary blue Koopa Troopa from Super Mario World (and in later games), except that he wears red arm bands on both hands and a bandana around his neck to distinguish himself from the other Koopa Troopas.

History[edit]

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Kooper's portrait from Paper Mario.
An illustration showing Kooper's overworld ability. Here, he is activating a red ! Switch.
“I swear that I, Kooper, will follow you anywhere, even to the ends of the earth!”
Kooper, Paper Mario

Mario and Goombario enter Koopa Village to find that Fuzzies have attacked the village and are stealing all the Koopas' shells. Mario gets the shells back for the Koopas and eventually finds Kooper. He tells Mario that his blue shell had been stolen by a Fuzzy and Mario agrees to get it back. Once Mario gets the shell back for Kooper, he joins the party. In the field, Kooper will retreat into his shell and Mario can shoot him out short distances, allowing him to flip switches, grab items and attack enemies. Kooper has a defense value of 1, meaning he takes one less damage from attacks that happen to damage partners.

Kooper receives three letters in the Toad Town Post Office throughout the game: one from Kolorado's wife, one from Koover and one from his fan.

When the game ends, Kooper is seen in an expedition with Kolorado in Shiver City. Kooper is told by Parakarry that Peach wants him at the party (which is held at the end of the game). Kooper wants to help Kolorado instead, but Kolorado insists that he go to the party, and so he does.

Duplighosts and Lee can transform into Kooper along with Mario's other partners, where his name appears as "Kooper???"

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Kooper appears in Super Paper Mario as a Catch Card found on the thirtieth floor of the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials and is pictured in the Mario Bros.' House. Although he does not make a physical appearance, his sprites are still present in the game's data.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Kooper, along with Goombario, is seen with Mario in the Paper Mario arc in Super Mario-kun. In volume 28's Super Wario-Kun, he is pushed away along with Mario and Goombario by Wario's foot.

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour[edit]

In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Kooper's name sometimes appears on the scoreboard in Tournament mode.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he is a Sticker that raises arm attack power of a player by ten.

Unused appearances[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Although Kooper himself does not appear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, early concept artwork exists and unused sprites are found in the game's data. Koops functions very similarly to him, and is even encountered in the first chapter of the game.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

  • Tattle: It's a pity that he's missing his shell. How embarrassing! His name is Kooper. I wonder if he'd be our friend for life if we got his shell back for him.
  • In-game bio: This adventure-loving Koopa wants to be an archaeologist. He admires Kolorado, a world-renowned expert in archaeology. Press Down C Button to toss a shell and reach items at a short distance. His specialty is attacking enemies on the ground.
  • Instruction booklet: He'll help Mario by using his shell to spin into action.[1]
  • Player's Guide: The happy-go-lucky Koopa from Koopa Village will join your party after you retrieve his shell. When you have him by your side, you can use his shell to pick up items or hit objects that are out of your reach. His shell flies away then comes back like a boomerang.[2]

The following is Kooper's attacks and stats:

Attack Flower Points Needed Effect Action Command Attack Power Move Ranks
Shell Toss None Attacks the frontmost grounded enemy with his shell. Tilt Control Stick left until the red star lights up. Base Rank: 1/2
Super Rank: 2/3
Ultra Rank: 3/5
Base Rank
Power Shell 3 Attacks all grounded enemies with his shell. Tilt Control Stick left until the red star lights up. Base Rank: 1/2
Super Rank: 2/3
Ultra Rank: 3/4
Base Rank
Dizzy Shell 4 Makes all grounded enemies Dizzy by spinning rapidly in his shell. Repeatedly press A Button to fill the gauge. N/A Super Rank
Fire Shell 5 Attacks all grounded enemies with his shell on fire. Repeatedly tilt Control Stick left to fill the gauge. Ultra Rank: 1-5/6 Ultra Rank

Values in bold are for perfectly executed action commands.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Catch Card
Kooper
  • Card Type: Rare
  • Card Description: This is Mario's good buddy Kooper from Paper Mario. His Power Shell move was, and is, a thing of beauty.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Sticker
Kooper
A sticker of Kooper in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Artwork from: Paper Mario
Effects in The Subspace Emissary: [Arm] - Attack +10
Usable by: Anyone

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カメキ
Kameki
From「亀」(kame, turtle) and possibly「き」(-ki, common suffix for Japanese male name)

Chinese 卡米龟
Kǎmǐguī
From「龟」(guī, turtle); based on the Japanese name. This name is shared with Wartortle from Pokémon.

French Kooper
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German Kooper
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Italian Kooper
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Korean 엉큼이
Eongkeum'i
From "엉금엉금" (Eonggeum-Eonggeum, Koopa Troopa) and "이" (-i, Korean diminutive name ending)

Spanish Kooper
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Trivia[edit]

Unused sprite of Kooper in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year DoorAn image of Kooper, unused in Super Paper Mario.
Kooper's unused images, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Super Paper Mario, respectively.
  • Although one of Kooper's artworks depicts him having an "X"-shaped arrangement of bandages on his cheek, no in-game sprites have shown him as such, not even those of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door or Super Paper Mario. The bandage is also not present in other artwork. The art is likely intended to accompany the one of Mario with a bandage, both after a battle.
  • In the Japanese version, Kooper talks like a kid with a considerable overactive attitude using words like「オレッチ」(orecchi, me) and finishing his dialogues with「っス」(~su), a very polite and infant way to say「です」(desu, to be).
  • In the Simplified Chinese version localized by iQue, Kooper implies that he has a wife during his first encounter with Mario. This is likely due to the translators misreading "life" as "wife".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paper Mario Instruction Booklet, pg. 15
  2. ^ Paper Mario Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 12.
  3. ^ Spaceworld 1999 preview page for Paper Mario on Nintendo of Japan's website. (Accessed on 29 October 2015)
  4. ^ In-game dialogue: 这个绒毛怪抢走了我的壳,它是除我妻子以外我最重要的东西了。 (This Fuzzy stole my shell; it was the most important thing of mine next to my wife.) Compare the English version: "This wild Fuzzy took my shell, which, next to my life, is the most important thing I have."