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Lakitu's Clouds (occasionally Lakitu's clouds and originally Jugem's Cloud ("Jugem" being the romanization of Lakitu's Japanese name) are a type of cloud with a smiley face usually inhibited by Lakitus.
Most Lakitu's Clouds are white. However, in Paper Mario, Lakilulu has a pink-colored cloud; additionally, Dark Lakitus from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door have gray clouds. Lakithunder from New Super Mario Bros. also has a dark gray cloud with glaring, yellow eyes, capable of firing lightning bolts. King Lakitu from Super Mario Galaxy 2, another lightning-firing Lakitu, has a purple cloud. Lakipeas, the Beanbean Kingdom equivalent of Lakitus, have vines covering their clouds.
Many Lakitu's Clouds also have faces. In the Paper Mario series, the clouds share the expressions of their owners; additionally, some Lakitu's Clouds in the Paper Mario series wear sunglasses. The clouds of Fishing Boos and Calm Fishing Boos do not have faces, however. In Super Mario 64, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, and Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!, all Lakitus are portrayed without faces on their clouds. In the latter, Lakitu and Mario are able to control rain, thunder, sun, typhoons, and snow with levers on the cloud.
Similar cloud characters and items have appeared throughout the Mario franchise. In Super Mario World, when Yoshi eats two pink berries in the same stage, a cloud resembling Lakitu's Cloud appears and drops ten striped smiley-faced coins, giving a 1-Up Mushroom if all of them are collected. The Thunder Cloud item in Mario Kart Wii looks like a Lakitu's Cloud, but a bluish-gray color with a Lightning on its head. Ruff Puff's Tattle in Super Paper Mario openly speculates on the relationship between it and the similar Lakitu's Cloud.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. 3
In Super Mario Bros. 3, Jugem's Cloud can be used by the player on the world map to skip a level and move to the next available space. However, their previous saved location will not be updated, so if they lose a life right after using it, they will be transported back to their map position before using it. (This can be avoided by updating the player's saved location as usual, by using a Warp Pipe on the map or clearing a level without losing a life.)
Super Mario World / Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
In Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and subsequent side-scrolling platformers in the Super Mario and Yoshi's Island series, after taking out the Lakitu riding a Lakitu's Cloud, the player can jump on it to temporarily float around and reach places that they could normally not get to. Although Lakitus typically only travel across a horizontal axis, the player's control of the Lakitu's clouds allows for travel in any direction for as long as the cloud lasts.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Lakitu's Clouds now swell up for a split second during the "bah"s in the music. When the player touches a Gold Ring, Lakitus become Gold Lakitus, and their clouds also become golden. When the player rides on the golden cloud and moves, it generates coins.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Lakitus reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 riding their clouds, but these clouds cannot be ridden by Mario or Luigi. If a Lakitu's Cloud is eaten by Yoshi, the Lakitu will fall to the ground on its shell and struggle for a few seconds until the cloud reappears.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker 2
Mario Kart series
In Mario Kart games, Lakitu's Cloud is frequently seen alongside the recurring Fishin' Lakitu assistant. In Mario Kart 7, the cloud wears goggles in water-themed courses. A kart based on it, Cloud 9, is also introduced in that game. In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Lakitu's Cloud appears on several flags around the course Dragon Driftway.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Maker
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