Koopley

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Koopley
Koopley.jpg
Artwork from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Species Koopa Troopa
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch) (2024)
“Well, I came here a while back to deal with Hooktail, and all was well and good... But just before my finishing blow, she used the smell from her feet to stun me, then gobbled me down whole!”
Koopley, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch)

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

History[edit]

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 email to Mario, checking on Koops while surprised by a technology that can send messages. He is also mentioned in Koopie Koo's email, in which she is grossed out by Koopley's odor, presumably from being stuck in Hooktail's belly.

In the original game, it simply stated that Koopley fell for one of Hooktail's tricks for why he was devoured by the dragon. The Switch remake elaborates that he specifically fell for the feet-smelling trick.

Profiles[edit]

  • Email
    How's life?
An attached image of Koopley from the Mailbox SP in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Attached image (GCN)
One of the images attached with an email in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch)
Attached image (Switch)

Mario! Koops! How are you boys doing?

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! (GCN)
I'm doing great, drinking fresh spring water, picking wildflowers, polishing my shell... This town seemed so boring 10 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! (Switch)

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! (GCN)
So, where are you headed next? I want you to see the wide world, Son—it’ll be good for you! You’ll grow! But don’t grow too much, else you might be too tall to fit through the front door! Aah ha ha ha! (Switch)

From, Koopley

  • Tattle: "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."

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノコキチ
Nokokichi
Portmanteau of「ノコノコ」(Nokonoko, "Koopa Troopa") and「吉」(kichi, meaning "good luck" and also a Japanese masculine name suffix), likely alluding to all the time he was trapped inside Hooktail and came out alive

Chinese 慢慢吉
Mànmànjí
Portmanteau of「慢慢龟/慢慢龜」(Mànmàn Gūi, "Koopa Troopa") and「吉」(, "lucky")

Dutch Koopetrus
Portmanteau of "Koopa" and the Dutch name "Petrus"
French Koopak
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German Koopador
Portmanteau of "Koopa" and German male name "Theodor"
Italian Koopericle
Portmanteau of "Koopa" and "Pericle" (Greek male name "Pericles")
Korean 엉길동
Eong-gildong
 

Spanish Koopol
Portmanteau of "Koopa" and "-pol" (a Spanish male name derived from English male name "Paul")

Trivia[edit]

Concept art found in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch)
Concept art of Koopley
  • In concept art, Koopley appears to have visible abs under his shell.
  • Koopley claims that Power Shell (Shell Toss in the remake) is his "patented fighting technique."
  • In the remake, there is an old photo of Koopley in Koops’s house. After defeating Hooktail, it is replaced with a new photo of him and Koops.