Talk:General Klump

From the Super Mario Wiki, the Mario encyclopedia
Jump to navigationJump to search

Ya know, I was just reading the Klump (species) page, and it says that that "species" is actually a single character. If that's true, we should probably merge those two pages. - Ultimatetoad

What we saw a lot with of the Donkey Kong 64 games post-TV-show is the TV show giving back to the games, like in the Crystal Coconut. Since DK64 is the first game that refers to Klump as a general, the character from the show probably entered the games. You saw the same thing with Krusha, the guy from multiplayer. Stumpers! 10:11, 13 June 2008 (EDT)

Separation from regular Klump[edit]

Question.svg This talk page or section has a conflict or a question that needs to be answered. Please try to help and resolve the issue by leaving a comment.

Manuals and supplementary materials tend to treat the Klump enemy as a singular entity, such as the DKC manual's story and enemy sections, the DKC2 manual's enemy section, and the DK64 manual's story section. Pay extra attention to the last one; multiple generals are mentioned, but only a single Klump is specified. I think these other generals would be the ones K. Rool feeds to gigantic Klap Traps in one cutscene, as a singular Klump is among them. Anyways, it seems that officially, Klump is a singular entity in all material, and the fact that multiple of him can and do appear at once seems to be a case of good old gameplay and story segregation. I think a merge should be considered. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 01:54, 23 April 2018 (EDT)

If you take a look in those older manuals, the enemy bios also suffer from inconsistent singular/plural tenses, and this oddity persists in the franchise even now in strategy guides. It is part of a broader issue having to do with Nintendo's choice of writing style. The fact is we see multiple Klumps as a generic enemy in the games, and only one recurring Klump character in the show; the "gameplay and story segregation" intepretation is too close to making a canonicity argument, and it's flawed because some like Zinger are written singularly or plurally depending on the manual. The only way to merge logically is if we say that the television show's Klump is interchangeable with a different Klump in between episodes/scenes for all we know, but I don't think that's very likely to be intention of the showrunners. Basically, Klump's two separate articles for the game species and cartoon character, just like Krusha, are fine. LinkTheLefty (talk) 18:00, 23 April 2018 (EDT)
To me, it seems more like our prior Mouser situation. There are two distinct Mousers in SMB2, and three in YK:DDP. I'd like to point out that the first underwater level in DKC can have two Enguardes on-screen at once, and this seems akin to that as well. Also, the manuals' singular/plural troubles seem to be focused in the enemies section, while the story section is completely different, and is typically more concise with that sort of thing. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 18:11, 23 April 2018 (EDT)