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Species Koopa Troopa
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
“Well, I came here a while back to deal with Hooktail, and all was well and good... But just before my finishing blow, he played a trick on me and gobbled me down whole!”
Koopley, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Koopley is Koops' father and a resident of Petalburg in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.


Koops reunites with Koopley
Koops reunited with Koopley

Ten years before the events of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Koopley went to Hooktail Castle to slay the dragon, only to end up with Hooktail swallowing him whole. Believing his father to be dead, Koops joins Mario's team to avenge him. After Mario, Goombella and Koops defeat Hooktail, Koopley emerges from her stomach with the first Crystal Star, the Diamond Star, which he gives to Mario in gratitude for saving him. Koopley had survived in Hooktail's belly for ten years by hiding in his shell.

After returning to Petalburg, Koopley, alongside his son's girlfriend Koopie Koo, wishes Koops a successful quest. Koopley later sends an e-mail to Mario, checking on Koops while surprised by a technology that can send messages. He is also mentioned in Koopie Koo's e-mail, in which she is grossed out by Koopley's odor, presumably from being stuck in Hooktail's belly.


How's life?
An attached image of Koopley from the Mailbox SP in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Attached image

I'm just amazed...I had no idea a machine like this could be used to send messages! Technology! Wow!

I'm doing great, drinking fresh springwater, picking wildflowers, polishing my shell...this town seemed so boring ten years ago, but I see the world differently now. I bet you'll like Petalburg more than you used to once you get back from YOUR adventure, Koops!

So, where are you headed next? I want you to see the wide world, son; it'll be good for you! But don't go TOO far past that front door! Aah ha ha ha!

From, Koopley


  • "That's Koops's dad, Koopley. He seems kind of out of it. Are all Koopas space cadets? Then again, Koops is really with it... Maybe that's 'cause his dad is like this... Anyway, Koopley does worry about Koops a lot, so I guess he's a good dad after all."


  • Koopley often refers to Hooktail as a male, though he is the only character to refer to her as such.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノコキチ
Portmanteau of「ノコノコ」(Nokonoko, Koopa Troopa) and「吉」(kichi, meaning "good luck" and also a Japanese masculine name ending), likely alluding to all the time he was trapped inside Hooktail and came out alive
French Koopak
German Koopador Portmanteau of "Koopa" and German male name "Theodor"
Italian Koopericle Portmanteau of "Koopa" and "Pericle" (Greek male name "Pericles")
Spanish Koopol Portmanteau of "Koopa" and "-pol" (a Spanish male name derived from English male name "Paul")