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First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Latest appearance Super Paper Mario (2007)
Variant of Spinia
Dark Spania

Spanias are a species of Spinias that are found in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Super Paper Mario. Unlike most groups of related species, Spanias are not stronger or weaker than the main species; instead, the only differences between them and Spinias are their brown coloration and the spikes on their head. "Spania" is based on the past tense of "spin", "span", and derived from its parent species' name, "Spinia". "Spania" is also the Norwegian and Romanian name for the country of Spain, which could be a reference to the enemy's bull-like horns, since bulls are common in Spain.

Since they have spikes, Spanias cannot be jumped on. They attack by dashing and spinning in order to ram Mario and his partners. Two Spanias also appear in Chapter 3 of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, as a member of the Glitz Pit team the Destructors who serve as a brief replacement for Bandy Andy and the Hand-It-Overs, who "retired".

Spanias mostly live in underground places such as Rogueport Sewers, the Pit of 100 Trials in Rogueport, the Floro Caverns, Castle Bleck and the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials. They are the only kind of Spinia that appears in Super Paper Mario, along with a new species called a Dark Spania, which is a stronger, pitch black version of Spanias that is found only in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials.

Spanias are also three-dimensional so even if the player has Flipped into 3D, Spanias will still attack the player.


Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Spania.png Max HP 3 Attack 1 Defense 0 Location(s) Rogueport Sewers, Glitz Pit, Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 1-3, 6-8)
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)
Level 8 Exp. points 0 Coins 0 - 1 Items Mushroom, Sleepy Sheep, Thunder Bolt, Pretty Lucky, Pretty Lucky P
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 Enemy
SPMSpania.png Max HP 6 Attack 1 Defense 0 Location(s) Floro Caverns (5-3 and 5-4), Castle Bleck Inner Sanctum (8-4), Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Rooms 53 and 84)
Score 400 Items Keel Mango, Mystery Box Card Type Common Card Location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP; Chapter 5-3: Found in a small 3D-accessible area under the blocks leading to Monzo.
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
From 般若 Hannya, a type of mask used in Noh theater, and a pun on Spinia's Japanese name, ヒンニャー Hinnyā.
Spanish (NOE) Farolán Derived from farol (lantern).
French Hanya -
German Megasproing "Mega" + "Sproing" (referring to their sound in TTYD)
Italian Lanterlan From "Lanterna" (lantern)
Korean 마탈
from 마(魔, Ma), meaning 'devil' and 탈(tal), meaning 'mask'


The unused rainbow Spania.
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door's 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.