Paper Mario (character)

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This article is about Paper Mario in the Mario & Luigi series. For Mario as seen in the Paper Mario games, see Mario § Paper Mario series.
Paper Mario
Paper Mario
Species Human
First appearance Super Mario Maker (as a costume) (2015)
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (first physical appearance) (2015)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)

Paper Mario is a paper form of Mario, based on his appearances in the Paper Mario series, that came out of a magical book in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. Paper Mario is an independent character from Mario and interacts with him, Luigi, and various other characters from both the real world and the paper world within the book in the game.


Super Mario Maker[edit]

Costume Mario sprite for Super Mario Maker on Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

Paper Mario makes a cameo alongside Mario and Luigi as part of the "Mario Trio" costume, one of the many unlockable Costume Mario costumes in Super Mario Maker. The costume is unlocked by clearing the Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Event Course.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Paper Mario makes his debut as a unique character from Mario in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. He first appears by saving Mario and Luigi from the threat of Paper Goombas. He agrees to help his three-dimensional counterpart and brother gather the Paper Toads, rescue Princess Peach and Paper Peach, and defeat Bowser and Paper Bowser, returning all Paper characters to the book from whence they came.

Whenever the trio encounters an obstacle, Paper Mario will usually be the character to come up with a solution, being the ones to develop the Trio Moves for use on the field. He is also given a distinct role during the return visit to Gloomy Woods, where he and his counterpart are kidnapped by King Boo, and Luigi must face his fears to rescue them. Paper Mario is rescued second, and he is held hostage during the battle with King Boo, who is initially disguised as him.

Once the Peaches have been rescued and the Bowsers defeated, Paper Mario returns to his book, where he immediately re-enters battle with Paper Bowser.

In battle, Paper Mario uses different mechanics to Mario and Luigi. He is the only character able to perform Trio Attacks, in lieu of using Bros. Attacks. He is also the only character able to employ the Copy Block, making six copies of himself (eight and ten if Rank-Up Bonuses are used) to take hits and increase the damage he is able to deal. Thirdly, his dodge commands are more versatile than Mario's and Luigi's, able to hover in the air longer while dodging with a jump, and swinging multiple hammers while dodging with a hammer. Like Mario, Paper Mario has high attack and speed, but he has even lower defense and HP than Mario (though this can be worked around with his Copy Block ability). Along with his low defense and HP, his other weaknesses include his position in formation, the high BP cost of his Trio Attacks (which are lost if either Mario or Luigi faints, while Mario and Luigi can perform Bros. Attacks if Paper Mario has fainted), and a weakness to fire-based moves (a trait shared along with all other paper characters).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Paper Mario appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.



Sprites and models[edit]



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ペーパーマリオ
Pēpā Mario
Paper Mario
Chinese (Simplified) 马力欧 (纸片马力欧)[1]
Mǎlìōu (Zhǐpiàn Mǎlì'ōu)
Mario (Paper Mario)
Chinese (Traditional) 紙片瑪利歐[2]
Zhǐpiàn Mǎlì'ōu
Paper Mario
Dutch Papieren Mario Paper Mario
French Mario de papier Paper Mario
German Papier-Mario Paper Mario
Italian Mario di carta Mario [made out] of paper
Korean 페이퍼 마리오
Peipeo Mario
Paper Mario
Russian Бумажный Марио
Bumazhnyy Mario
Paper Mario
Spanish Mario de papel Paper Mario
Turkish Kağıt Mario Paper Mario


  • When Paper Mario joins the team in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, the battle theme changes from the Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga battle theme cover to the battle theme for the game, called Mixed-Up Scramble. However, the former does not play during battles while he has been kidnapped in Gloomy Woods.


  1. ^ Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit list
  2. ^ Official Chinese website for the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary. Retrieved February 7, 2021.