Rip Cheato

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Rip Cheato
“I, the eminent Rip Cheato, will sleep better knowing you've bought this, for you are a man of great taste.”
Rip Cheato, Paper Mario

Rip Cheato is a shady character that appears in Paper Mario. His name is a pun on "rip-off" and "cheater". He sells Mario items for 64 coins (a reference to the Nintendo 64, the console Paper Mario was released for) in the last room of Toad Town Tunnels. He has a few Star Pieces for sale, but he also has junk items such as Dried Shroom that Mario must buy first in order to collect all his finer wares.

The pipe in his room leads to the blue locked house in Toad Town near Tayce T. The pipe makes a convenient secondary entrance to the tunnels.

List of Items[edit]

The items are always acquired in a set order, as follows:

  1. Star Piece
  2. Life Shroom
  3. Bump Attack Badge
  4. Repel Gel
  5. Star Piece
  6. Super Shroom
  7. Mushroom
  8. Dried Shroom
  9. Dried Shroom
  10. Star Piece
  11. (and onwards) Dried Shroom


  • "He's a merchant by the name of Rip Cheato. Who knows why he set up here... I guess it doesn't matter. People can sell stuff wherever they want. It's their choice. I actually kind of like it here. It's like a secret fort!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボッタクール[1]
Elongation of「ぼっ手繰る」(bottakuru, to rip off)
Chinese 掠奇多
From the English name
French Rip Cheato
German R. Ozzo.
Spanish Rip Truco "Truco" means "trick" or "cheat".


  • His counterpart, Chet Rippo, also appears in Paper Mario, as well as in the sequel, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, where he looks much different.
  • Rip's appearance is unique in the series in that he is a noseless humanoid wearing a lamp on his head; as such, it is unknown what species he is. Charlieton and Wonky from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door slightly resemble him, but neither of them have lamps and the latter is spherical.
  • Although Rip Cheato has yet to return in a new Paper Mario installment, Charlieton, a merchant selling assorted goods makes an appearance in The Thousand-Year Door, has a similar role to Rip Cheato. Similarly, another merchant named Flimm appeared in Super Paper Mario.


  1. ^ Goombario's tattle on Rip Cheato states ボッタクールって 名前の しょうばいにんなんだ なんで こんなところに いるんだろ from the Japanese version of Paper Mario. See also [1]