Spiny Tromp

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Not to be confused with Spiky Tromp.
Super Paper Mario enemy
Spiny Tromp
Sprite of a Spiny Tromp from Super Paper Mario.
Location(s) Mount Lineland (1-2), Underwhere Road (7-2)
Max HP N/A
Attack 1
Defense N/A
Score 1000
Card type Uncommon
Card location(s) Card Shop; Flimm; Catch Card/SP
Card description
It's a massive, rolling pinwheel of doom. If it keeps rolling, maybe it'll aerate someone's lawn.
This Spiny Tromp loves to roll down hills and over unlucky pedestrians... You can't beat it... You can only avoid it... It rolls down the hill fast, but I know Mario can find a way to avoid it...
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Spiny Tromps are large, spiked orbs with a surly face; they resemble a circular Thwomp. Their name is likely a pun on the slang verb "tromp", meaning "to completely defeat someone", and "Thwomp". Though they are not named in dialogue in their first appearance, Paper Mario, they are later referred to properly in Super Paper Mario.


Paper Mario[edit]

Mario and Goombario, being chased by a Spiny Tromp in Paper Mario

Spiny Tromps first appear in Paper Mario, where they are found inside Mt. Lavalava. In a corridor of Mt. Lavalava, a Spiny Tromp appears to try to crush Mario, which can only be avoided by using Bow's intangibility powers or by outrunning it using the Spin Dash move.

Later, another Spiny Tromp, after having its path cleared by Mario and his Ultra Hammer, rolls haphazardly towards Mario. Mario once more needs to either outrun it with the Spin Dash or use Lady Bow's ability to make himself intangible to avoid the rolling Spiny Tromp. The Spiny Tromp continues to roll and crush the nearby Kolorado before breaking through a nearby wall and embedding itself in another wall, clearing Mario's path. Mario will lose 1 HP if he is hit by either Spiny Tromp.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Spiny Tromp as seen in Super Paper Mario.

Despite their absence from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, several Spiny Tromps appear in Super Paper Mario as obstacles in the Mount Lineland and Underwhere Road, where they are shown to come in varying sizes. To dodge these Spiny Tromps, Mario needs to jump over them or Flip, which reveals that Spiny Tromps are actually rather thin and composed of three layers of a spiked, cardboard-like substance, so they can still harm Mario while in 3D. Unlike in Paper Mario, their eyes constantly look in front of them instead of at Mario. In Underwhere Road, if the player triggers the cutscene with Dorguy the Third while any Spiny Tromps are nearby, they will be instantly defeated.

A small variant of Tromps, referred to as Spiky Tromps, also appear later in Super Paper Mario, in Yold Ruins, where they often act as obstacles.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Spiny Tromp from page 92, volume 26 of Super Mario-kun.

A Spiny Tromp appears in the Paper Mario adaption of Super Mario-kun specifically in volume 26, but it also is the first chapter of the English-translated collection, Super Mario Manga Mania. After Mario is energized from Sushie's water (which she claims is an energy drink), Mario runs toward it, only to get chased by a Spiny Tromp. It chases Mario, Goombario, and Kooper. Kooper tries to stop it by trying to act like a dung beetle, by rolling it with his hind legs, but gets crushed. Sushie, however blasts it with water, destroying it.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴロン
Portmanteau of「ごろごろ」(goro-goro, onomatopoeia for large things rolling) and possibly「ドッスン」(Dossun, Thwomp)
French Rolopic Masculine form of "roll" + "picot" (spike)
German Dornblock Thorn Block
Italian Tromp spinoso
Tromp puntuto[1]
Thorny Tromp
Spiky Tromp (mistake)
Korean 굴렁
From "구르다" (gureuda, to roll) and possibly a transliteration of the Japanese name
Spanish Rocopinchón Masculine form of "roca" (rock) + augmentative form of "pincha" (spike)