Puni elder

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Puni elder
Puni elder
Species Puni
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
“Oh, stop with the whining! You never interrupt an elder mid-lecture! NEVER! You wonder why the other Punies call you a "doofus" sometimes? That's why. And your time to be a doofus is over, because you have to lead our Puni tribe one day! That day is not far off! ...And THAT is why you need to listen! Now, first of all...”
Puni elder, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

The Puni elder is an elderly and wise Puni with a short temper. She is the leader of the Puni tribe during the events of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and lectures people for hours on end. Whenever she yells at someone, she grows to a tremendous size. During Mario's quest, she gives him the Puni Orb. As she is old and has bad hearing, the Puni elder mispronounces Mario's name as 'Marty-o' (Japanese: マリコ - Mariko), and, during Bowser's visit to the Great Tree, mistakenly refers to Princess Peach as "Princess Pinch".


  • "That's the Puni elder. She's ancient, but actually peppier than everyone else. No need to worry about her! She'll live to be 150, griping and nagging all the way."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オババ
プニのオババ (Trouble Center list)
Puni-zoku no Obaba
Pun on「お婆さん」(obāsan, grandmother) and「婆」(baba, old woman)

Obaba of the Punis
French Matriarche Matriarch
German Bubuma "Bubu" (Puni) and "Oma" (grandma)
Italian Matriarca Matriarch
Spanish Punicleta Portmanteau of "Puni" and the Spanish name "Cleta"