Ms. Mowz, originally named Ms. Mouse, is a Squeek thief that appears in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. She is a badge thief that Mario encounters repeatedly in his quest to find the seven Crystal Stars; towards the end of the game, Mario can even recruit her as an ally, where she serves as the game's sole optional party member and either the sixth or seventh member of the group depending on the player's actions. Mischievous and sultry, Ms. Mowz constantly flirts with Mario whenever she encounters him, much to the annoyance of Flurrie and Goombella (the latter occasionally calls Ms. Mowz a floozy), as well as making Koops and the Yoshi envious on at least one occasion.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Mario first encounters Ms. Mowz in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door while exploring the armory of Hooktail Castle in the game's first chapter. She introduces herself as the "globe-trotting thief" and came here to collect valuable badges. She also heard Mario is on a quest for the first Crystal Star, but she has not seen it. She gives Mario a farewell kiss and mentions there is a badge that can defeat Hooktail before she leaves. Ms. Mowz reappears again in the following two chapters, hunting for elusive badges in the Great Tree of Boggly Woods and in storerooms of the Glitz Pit colosseum. Concurrent with and after these events, Mario and the party can actually encounter an unmasked Ms. Mowz in her legitimate Rogueport shop, the Lovely Howz of Badges - used by the thief to sell her lucrative badge finds. The locals of Rogueport, who sometimes see the undisguised Ms. Mowz wearing the standard black bandana of Squeeks, refer to her as the "Badge-Ninja".
After completing the game's fourth chapter, an anonymous request is posted to the Trouble Center in east Rogueport. Should Mario choose to answer this trouble, marked "Elusive Badge!", he is instructed to meet with the requester a short walk away from the Lovely Howz of Badges, who turns out to be Ms. Mowz. She asks Mario to locate a badge in Hooktail Castle; she knows it is in Hooktail's room, but says she is unsure of its exact hiding spot. She shares her single clue: "Use The Power of the Wind...". Should the player then re-visit Hooktail's room and uses Flurrie's ability, a paper flap will blow away, revealing a chest that has the Attack FX B badge inside. When Mario returns with the badge to Ms. Mowz, she reveals that the request was a ruse to test Mario's skills, and if he can find a badge she had hidden so well, then she must journey with him to find more, and promptly joins the party. The Lovely Howz of Badges is ran exclusively by Ms. Mowz's assistant from this point onwards. At the very end of the adventure, Ms. Mowz is shown to have returned to running the shop.
As a partner, Ms. Mowz has the ability to sniff out any type of item (similar to Watt's ability to show hidden ? Blocks in the first Paper Mario), ranging from coins, items, Star Pieces, and invisible ? blocks; however, this ability is more like playing hot-and-cold, as straight answers are not given beyond a backflip when the player is very close. She does, however, indicate whether the item is to the left or right of Mario by the direction she faces when she is finished sniffing. In battle, Ms. Mowz's Love Slap attack cuts through enemy defense, her Kiss Thief can steal enemies' items and badges, her Tease move can make enemies dizzy, and her Smooch move replenishes Mario's HP.
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Goombella can use Tattle on Ms. Mowz when she is in her badge shop in Rogueport, when Mario comes across her in the lobby of Glitz Pit, and when Mario takes on her trouble on the roof of Zess T.'s house.
Super Paper Mario
In Super Paper Mario, Ms. Mowz appears on a Catch Card won by winning the Duel of 100 in Sammer's Kingdom. An image of her can also be spied very briefly during the intro, where she among all the other partners from the previous two Paper Mario titles are in a photo at the Mario Bros.' House. Lastly, during the third chapter, Francis made a "things to buy" list, and one of them was a Ms. Mowz doll "with real smooching action".
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