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“Don't get a swelled head! This doesn't mean I'll accept you as our leader...”
Puniper, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Species Puni
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)

Puniper is an obese Puni that lives in the Great Tree in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. He doubts Mario's skills as a hero at first but eventually he sees Mario as a good leader. He does not help initially and will not support Mario until he saves the Puni elder. Puniper's name is a portmanteau of "Puni" and "Juniper".

Tattle information[edit]

  • That's Puniper of the Punies. He sure is big for a Puni. Too bad his head is big, too!
  • That's Puniper of the Punies. He's a little bigger than the others, obviously. So maybe he can help us reach that special area... Hee hee! Just kidding. His only special power is complaining, I think.
  • That's Puniper of the Punies. This guy just needs to stop whining and do what's right. I mean, he's huge! When you got a big bod, you gotta step up and take charge!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プニタ
From "Puni" and「た」(-ta), usually used for masculine name ending
French Pounibo -
Italian Fufurio Portmanteau of "Fufino" (Italian for "Puni") and "Furio", an Italian name
Spanish Punilio "Puni" + the Spanish name "Emilio"