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Species Shaman
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Not to be confused with Merlee.
“Truth lies not only in the eyes; sometimes even walls may lie.”
Merle, Paper Mario

Merle is Merlon's son and Merluvlee's, Merlow's, and Merlee's father. He lives in Starborn Valley and, along with the Ninjis and certain Toads, watches over the Star Kids until they are old enough to enter Star Haven.


During the events of Paper Mario, Star Kids could not ascend because of the trouble Bowser caused in Star Haven. Merle helps Mario and his partner in their quest to vanquish Bowser and his minions by providing them the Scarf, one of the two keys to unlocking the door to Shiver Mountain and the Crystal Palace (the other being a Bucket, provided by Mayor Penguin in Shiver City a little later). The aforementioned quote is a riddle Merle recalled which is imperative to Mario finding Madam Merlar, ancestor of Merle and Merlon.


  • "He's Merle, the person who controls this valley. He's the one who called you. He's the son of Merlon. That means...Merle must be the father of the fortune-tellers Merluvlee and Merlow."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スタール
From "star" and「デアール」(Deāru, Merlon)
Chinese 莫利
From the English name
French Merle -
German Merle -
Spanish Merlé -


  • "Merle" is an actual word with several varying meanings, though Merle's name would appear to have been derived from a simple corruption of either "Merlon" or "Merlin".