|First appearance||Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)|
Swaphoppers are bug-like enemies in Super Mario Galaxy 2 that only appear in areas where gravity flips such as Rightside Down Galaxy and Upside Dizzy Galaxy, though they also make a minor appearance in Battle Belt Galaxy. Swaphoppers have one blue, hard-shelled side with a spike on top, meaning Mario cannot spin or jump on it. On the other side is a soft, tan underbelly. When gravity flips and exposes the Swaphopper's tan side, Mario can jump on it and defeat the Swaphopper. However, in the Battle Belt Galaxy, one of the Swaphoppers behaves oppositely; it has its tan underbelly vulnerable when the gravity is normal, and the spike on top when upside down. They attack by simply hopping towards Mario. Aside from what is described, they are roughly oval shaped, have two bored-looking eyes in between their two sides, and a pair of short legs. Their eyelids tilt a little in (to represent an angered expression) when resistant, and a little out (as if scared) when vulnerable. When they are stopped by the Co-Star Luma they are not affected by gravity changes.
Their name is a portmanteau of "swap", referring to the constant gravity changes in the places they inhabit, and "grasshopper".
|Super Mario Galaxy 2||ObjectData/GrapyonBody.arc
|Grapyon; transliteration of below|
|Super Mario Galaxy 2||SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl||グラピョン (Gurapyon)||Possibly from "grasshopper" and「ピョン」(pyon, onomatopoeia for bouncing)|
Names in other languages
|Portmanteau of「反転」(hanten, turning around) and「虫」(mushi, insect)|
|French||Versopic||Masculine form of "verser" (to turn) + "picot" (spike)|
|German||Gravistachler||From "gravitate" and agentive form of "stachel" (sting)|
|Italian||Saltignotto||From "salti" (jump)|
- Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 29.
- Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy 2 section, page 161.