Spiky Topman

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Not to be confused with Spike Top.
Spiky Topman
Spiky Topman
Artwork of a Spiky Topman
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Topman

A Spiky Topman[1] is a variant of Topman that appears in Super Mario Galaxy as part of the Topman Tribe. It resembles a large red top with a single spike on its head.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

A Spiky Topman in the Battlerock Galaxy

Spiky Topmen appear as regular enemies in the Battlerock Galaxy and the Dreadnought Galaxy. Spiky Topmen can use a spin attack which does not damage Mario, but push him backwards. However, the spin can push Mario into other hazards that may hurt him. In addition, if Mario attempts to stomp a Spiky Topman or lands on one he will be hurt by the spike on its head. Mario can defeat the Spiky Topmen by using their own strategy against them, Mario's spin attack or a Star Bit can knock the enemies into electric fences causing them to explode. Each one defeated would give a Coin. Sometimes, when Spiky Topmen are defeated, they make a gate or door open leading to the next part of the level.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario confronts a Spiky Topman, at the Space Storm Galaxy.
Mario near a Spiky Topman

They reappear again in Super Mario Galaxy 2, but only in the Space Storm Galaxy. They play a rather important role to getting the secret Power Star. After talking to the silver Gearmo, it tells Mario to bring him a Spiky Topman in exchange for a Power Star.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

A Spiky Topman as it appears in Mario Kart Wii
Diddy Kong battles a Spiky Topman in Mario Kart Wii

Spiky Topmen made a return appearance in Mario Kart Wii as part of an online tournament that took place between June 1st to June 9th, 2008. The tournament took place on a special arena known as Galaxy Colosseum, and involved knocking four Spiky Topmen off the edge using Triple Mushrooms.

It made a return as the second competition of both June 2009 and March 2010, but the player had to push a total of six Spiky Topmen off the stage and the outer rings of the arena broke off during the June competition.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲベーゴマン[2][3]
Toge Bēgoman
Spike Topman

Chinese 尖刺貝陀螺
Jiāncì Bèituóluó
Sharp Spike Topman

French Begopic
From "Begoman" (Topman) and "pic" (spike)
German Stachel-Begoman
Spike Topman
Italian Robopunta
Same as Topman
Spanish (NOA) Trompo con Púas[4]
Topman with Spikes
Spanish (NOE) Trompo Pinchos
Topman Spikes


  1. ^ "All the way from Super Mario Galaxy, it's the Spiky Topman! Knock all the Spiky Topmen off the edge of the Galaxy Arena as fast as you can!" - Mario Kart Wii Jun. 2008 Competition 1 description
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy section, page 128.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy 2 section, page 160.
  4. ^ Mario Kart Wii June 2008 Tournament 1 text