Pop Diva

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Pop Diva
Pop Diva
Full name Chanterelle
Species Toad
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)

The Pop Diva (also known as Chanterelle) is a Toad singer who performs at Club 64, located in Toad Town's port on its westernmost side. Her given name is a play on "chanterelle", a species of edible mushroom, and chanteuse, a word for a female singer of popular songs who frequents nightclubs.

Sprite of Pop Diva from Paper Mario

During the events of Paper Mario, she becomes severely depressed after the kidnapping of Princess Peach, rendering her unable to sing. Mario has to bring the Pop Diva a song by having an item called Lyrics, written by the Master Poet. He must then find Toad in the Desert to have music added to the lyrics in order to obtain the Melody, which the Pop Diva requires to reawaken her natural vocal ability. There is no clue provided by the game as to where the composer lives; the lyrics only say they must be taken to a composer "somewhere in the world." When Mario manages to give the Pop Diva the completed composition, she sings for Mario beautifully and in tune. She then rewards Mario with an Attack FX D badge. Afterwards, the player can ask her to re-sing the song again for Mario and the Club 64 patrons as many times as desired.

She later appears with her two Toad instrumentalists, conducted by the Master Poet, in the game's credits. The song is also heard at the very end of the game with the "The End" screen for a while when Princess Peach and Mario are at the castle overlooking the fireworks.

Tattle[edit]

  • "She's a singer, the Pop Diva. She...is...so...beautiful! That big earthquake scared her so badly that she forgot how to sing. It's such a pity. Her voice is truly amazing."
After Mario helps her sing again
  • "She's a singer, the Pop Diva. She...is...so...beautiful! Oh! That voice! That voice will haunt me! I feel like I could listen to it forever!"

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese うた姫
Utahime
Songstress
Chinese (Simplified) 夏多丽[1]
Xiàduōlì
Chanterelle
French Chanterelle
Spanish Cantarina Feminine name form of "cantarín" (an adjective meaning "one who is fond of singing"), and/or "cantarín" (a noun meaning "singer")

Trivia[edit]

  • Pop Diva's song apparently becomes a hit song as an instrumental version of it appears on the "Hot Hits Music Station", a radio station Mario can listen to at the radio-loving Koopa's house in Koopa Village (the station itself becomes available after Pop Diva's side quest is complete as it only plays that one song). When the station is playing, the Koopa says the song is so moving it brings tears to his eyes every time he hears it.
  • Another purple Toad named Chanterelle appears in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, whom Toad greets while he and Mario make their way through the Mushroom Kingdom's town on their way to Peach's Castle.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1RP4y1H751?p=2 (2:07:43)
  2. ^ Illumination (December 8, 2022). The Super Mario Bros. Movie | “Mushroom Kingdom” | Official Movie Clip. YouTube. Retrieved December 10, 2022.