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Sprite of a Spania from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch) (2024)
Variant of Spinia

Spanias are an orange, spiked variation of Spinias. "Spania" is based on a past tense version of "spin," "span." It may additionally be a reference to the country of Spain due to its spikes somewhat resembling the horns of bulls, which are important in Spanish culture. Since they have spikes, Spanias cannot be jumped on, and like other Spinias, they attack by dashing and spinning in order to ram Mario and his partners.


Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Spanias, like their relatives, are found in Rogueport Sewers and the Pit of 100 Trials. Two Spanias also appear in Chapter 3 as members of the Glitz Pit team the Destructors, who serve as a brief replacement for Bandy Andy and the Hand-It-Overs after they were forcibly "retired." Unlike most groups of related species, Spanias are not stronger or weaker than the main species; instead, the only functional differences between them and Spinias are the spikes on their heads. A stronger, pink version called Spunia also appears.

Unused data reveals what could possibly be another Spania variant (seemingly a rainbow-themed one); this Spania-like creature was supposedly going to be an ally of Luigi, as its sprite could be found next to those of Luigi's other partners.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, Spanias return, unlike the rest of the Spinia family. They appear in Floro Caverns, Castle Bleck, and the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials, with a new, stronger type called Dark Spania appearing in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials. Due to Spanias being three-dimensional, Flipping into 3D does not prevent Spanias from attacking the player.


Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Sprite of a Spania from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Max HP 3 Attack 1 Defense 0
Location(s) Rogueport Sewers, Glitz Pit, Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 1-3, 6-8) Role Common Level 8
Sleep? 100% Dizzy? 100% Confuse? 100%
Tiny? 100% Stop? 120% Soft? 100%
Burn? 150% Freeze? 100% Fright? 110%
Gale Force? 110% KO? 150% Moves Spin (1)
Exp. points 0 Coins 0 - 1 Items Mushroom, Sleepy Sheep, Thunder Bolt, Pretty Lucky, Pretty Lucky P
Tattle Log #:
Log A Spinia with spines on its head. If you stomp on it, you'll take damage. For whatever reasons, it looks really peeved.
Tattle That's a Spania. A Spinia with spikes on its head. It looks meaner, too. Max HP is 3, Attack is 1, and Defense is 0. So, sorta the same as a Spinia. You oughta watch out for the spikes on its head, but otherwise, just whale on it. I gotta be honest, though, the way that thing spins makes me wanna yack.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Super Paper Mario enemy
Sprite of a Spania from Super Paper Mario. Max HP 6 Role Common Location(s) Floro Caverns (5-3 and 5-4), Castle Bleck Inner Sanctum (8-4), Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Rooms 53 and 84)
Attack 1 Card type Common
Defense 0 Items Keel Mango, Mystery Box Card location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP; Chapter 5-3: Found in a small 3D-accessible area under the blocks leading to Monzo.
Score 400
Card description This horned beast will charge right at you. Stay light on your feet or you'll be skewered!
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Tattle That odd, horned creature is called a Spania. Its Max HP is 6 and Attack is 1. Those horns will ruin your day if you try to stomp it... If it sees you, it'll come at you, even if you have flipped to another dimension... It might be better to avoid this unpleasant beast altogether...


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハンニャー
Pun on「般若」(Hannya, a type of mask used in Noh theater) and「ヒンニャー」(Hinnya, "Spinia")

French Hanya
From the Japanese name
German Megasproing
Mega Spinia
Italian Lanterlan
From lanterna ("lantern")
Korean 마탈
From "" (ma, "devil") and "탈" (tal, "mask")

Spanish Farolán
From farol ("lantern") and possibly the Old Irish diminutive suffix -án