Morty Mole

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Not to be confused with Monty Mole.
Morty Mole
Morty Mole
Artwork of a Morty Mole from the Super Mario 3D Land Shogakukan guidebook
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Latest appearance Super Mario-kun (volume 47) (2013)
Variant of Mega Mole
Relatives
Big Monty Mole

Morty Moles[1] are a giant species related to Monty Moles that appear in Super Mario 3D Land. They resemble Mega Moles, but have a mahogany fur color, tan belly, do not wear sunglasses, and are susceptible to stomping.

History[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Mario stomping on a Morty Mole

In Super Mario 3D Land, Morty Moles are fought similarly to Rexes; they get shorter and faster after the first stomp, and are defeated on the second stomp. However, they will revert back to their regular size if they manage to hit Mario while they are short, or after a short time. A Ground Pound will defeat them in one hit. When defeated, Morty Moles will sometimes give Super Mushrooms. Morty Moles inhabit narrow tunnels in levels such as World 5-4 and 7-4 along with Monty Moles in the former.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

The Morty Mole from volume 46 of Super Mario-kun

Morty Mole has made appearances in Super Mario-kun. They are shown to be more aggressive than in Super Mario 3D Land. They also have constant open eyes (like Monty Moles after volume 18) and more muscular arms.

In volume 45, what appears to be the face of a Morty Mole can be seen on Choropū the Picasso's Road Roller.

In volume 46, a Morty Mole is the main antagonist of a chapter. The Morty Mole starts destroying the Mogura Matsuri and attacks Mario. After Mario puts on the ancient Monty Mole knight armor given by Pūko and attempts to hide in a barrel, he continues to be attacked by the Morty Mole. After Luigi wins two Statue Leaves from a raffle, the Morty Mole attempts to attack Mario and Luigi, but they counterattack the Morty Mole in their Statue forms and defeat it, saving the Mogura Matsuri.

In volume 47, a Morty Mole can be seen laughing at Yoshi amongst other enemies in the Screwtop Tower.

Gallery[edit]

Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario 3D Land Indy[2] Indy Mega Mole

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴロプー
Goropū
Play on「ゴロゴロ」(gorogoro, onomatopoeia for rumbling or rolling noise) and「チョロプー」(Choropū, Monty Mole)
German Morty Maulwurf Morty Mole
Italian Tantatalpone Mega Monty Mole
Spanish Megatopo Mega Mole

Trivia[edit]

  • In the files for Super Mario 3D Land, Morty Mole is labeled as "Indy", which is the Japanese name for Mega Mole;[2] however, it is unknown if Morty Moles are intended to be redesigned Mega Moles or were merely based on them during development, as the only other connection between the two is a shared Spanish name in Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.

References[edit]

  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. Super Mario 3D Land PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 15.
  2. ^ a b Super Mario 3D Land internal filename (Indy)