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Can we find a better picture for Kamek? This is just a generic Magikoopa from Super Mario 22:49, 25 April 2006 (EDT)

Google 'Kamek Koopa,' find an image, save it, then upload it to the wiki. Switch out the images, and, shazam!, instant-Kamek. Though, really, what's the difference between Kamek and the average Koopa mage? --DarkInsanity (talk)

SMRPG Kamek[edit]

Just decided to say I got that information from the Wikipedia page while looking up Kamek's appearances. Since it had been there awhile without the "citation needed", I just stick it here, probably should have looked it up more.. -- Sir Grodus

I believe that that Magikoopa was Kamek, even if all Magikoopas are called "Kamek" in Japan. He says "Is son?" (probably to Bowser) when you Psychopath him. I sorta think the SMRPG stuff should be put back... not that that has all that much to do with what you're saying now. --YellowYoshi398 12:42, 4 February 2007 (EST)
The problem is there are lots of Magikoopas in the game. The red one is but one of many (although he is the only one you fight). If you have a direct source from Nintendo saying "Ooops...that was actually Kamek in SMRPG" then we can change the article. Wikipedia does not even give a source for that info. We can put a section at the end of the article about this, and interpretations of the quote, but technically, in the US, that Magikoopa is just another Magikoopa. -- Son of Suns

I stuck some info. in the "Other Appearances" section, though it might be better off in a trivia section. -- Sir Grodus

If people would bother to look around the web, you'd know that the Magikoopa in Mario RPG is actually named カメザード (Kamezādo) in Japan. As far as I know this is the only appearance of such a character with this name. Vent (talk) 18:05, 12 December 2012 (EST)

Bowser's Family?[edit]

Why is he in this template (I believe)? MamaWaluigi 00:16, 30 July 2007 (EDT)

Because, although he is not related to him, he adopted Baby Bowser, and raised him when he was young. If you notice, in a few games, he is still looking after Bowser, even in the present day. My Bloody Valentine
If this is so, then shouldn't it be in the article?
Kay-O. Already done. My Bloody Valentine

Since we've seen the Super Mario Galaxy intro...[edit]

...Isn't it safe to assume that the Magikoopa in the Mario Galaxy artwork is Kamek? -- Klaus Kratchet

Not so possible, I guess Mr. Guy the GuyPickle.png Talk!E

"Not so possible?" And is the Magikoopa ever actually called Kamek, or whatever Kamek's Japanese name is, anywhere? -- Sir Grodus

In Japan, all Magikoopas are named Kamek. I'm pretty sure the Magikoopa we see in the trailer is Kamek because I doubt Bowser would send a random Magikoopa to attack Mario, not to mention that when character artwork was released, we got one of the Magikoopa and not of a Whomp or Boo or Koopa. -- Klaus Kratchet

Yes, I know Magikoopa is Kamek in Japan, but is it called by Kamek's Japanese name? -- Sir Grodus

It's Super Mario RPG all over again. Hopefully Nintendo will confirm it's Kamek this time, but if they don't, I won't be surprised. - Walkazo

Honestly I don't think that the magikoopa at the intro of Super Mario Galaxy is Kamek, I know it's hard to tell since he just looks like any other magikoopa, but there is not a single clue in the whole game (like a quote or something) that tells you that magikoopa was Kamek... and if he was, he would be the magikoopa boss Mario has to fight instead of Kamella. --Merlock, Fire Shaman

I think someone mentioned a while back (in an edit summary or something) that a player's guide called the Magikoopa Kamek; of course, it may have been a third-party guide, lowering it's credibility significantly. -- Sir Grodus 22:11, 24 November 2007 (EST)

So what now? should we remove the part of Super Mario Galaxy in this article? incluiding the quote and the image at the top (since that's just a normal Magikoopa from SMG)? I would say yes, at least until we get official information from Nintendo and not a magazine or a guide... and for the image, use a Yoshi's Island DS or a Mario Party 8 one. For Klaus Kratchet, is well known that magikoopas are from the elite forces of the Koopa Clan (even Goombella's tattle about em says it), so it's perfectly possible that Bowser sent just a common magikoopa to get Mario, also I belive we got an artwork of a magikoopa because is the first time we get to see one in a 3D Super Mario game (excluding Mario Parties, I said SUPER Mario). --Merlock, Fire Shaman

It was a PRIMA GUIDE! Not just any third-party guide, a PRIMA GUIDE!--Koopapoopa 05:36, 1 July 2010 (UTC)


And evidence of Kamek being Bowser's adopted father is... Dodoman

Yes, he looks after Baby Bowser in Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island DS, and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. That is strong evidence he is Bowser's adopted father. My Bloody Valentine

Maybe we should just replace adopted father with "guardian" or "caretaker" or something. -- Sir Grodus

That could work. My Bloody Valentine
Caretaker works nicely, for he certainly fulfills that role. -- Son of Suns
We should use minion, because even at a young age, Bowser made Kamek do stuff for him (like get him cookies in Mario & Luigi Partners in Time.M&L Beware my fury! 14:21, 30 January 2012 (EST)

Appearance in MP8[edit]

Didn't he appear in Mario Party 8 on Shy Guy's Perplex Express and Bowser's warped Orbit? --PaperStriker 04:10, 1 November 2007 (EDT)

I'm fairly sure he did. My Bloody Valentine But, I don't have the game, so I can't really say for sure.
I believe he was. If not, sue me. :P ~Uniju(T-C-E)
  • It's him in Bowser's Warped orbit. He has the broom. I'll add it to the article.Darth waluigi 21:44, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

Kamek vs. generic Magikoopa[edit]

If "Kamek" is the Japanese term for all Magikoopas, then how exactly do we even know that one is separate from all of them? For example, in SMW2, does the Japanese version use Kamek as a name or a title? Just wondering... Thanos6 00:59, 9 November 2007 (EST)

Well, think of it this way: Yoshi is both a species and an individual character. Kamek, even if his name isn't different in the Japanese games, is the American name for one particular Magikoopa. Just because Nintendo of America chose to give him a separate name makes no difference as to whether or not he is a separate character, as we've seen with Yoshi, Toad, Birdo, and a bunch of others. It's just that we can say, "This is Kamek." instead of, "This is Magikoopa (character)." Stumpers! 19:45, 12 November 2007 (EST)
I agree with Stumpers. However I'm a bit confused when it comes to the robes worn by generic Magikoopas and Kamek; in most of the images the Magikoopas' hats aren't white-rimmed, nor are Kamek's in some of them. However other times, Kamek is shown to have a white-rimmed hat; then the artwork for Super Mario Galaxy came out and started causing me grief. Is that artwork for a generic Magikoopa or for the individual Magikoopa who blasted Mario away (who we seem to be identifying as Kamek)? All I know is the presence of the image on both Kamek's page and the Magikoopa's page is getting me muddled up, and it's bouund to confuse others too. - Walkazo

Wait... how can we ebb ure that the Magikoopa in Super Mario Galaxy is the Kamek? FOr what we know, it could simply be a generic Magikoopa. I watched the intro, and that Magikoopa isn't identified as Kamek anywhere. Glowsquid

I'm beginning to think we should just remove the SMG section and artwork, so far the only thing identifying the Magijoopa as Kamek is a Prima Guide (according to an edit summary). -- Sir Grodus 15:18, 29 November 2007 (EST)

Stinking Prima... I've made more than one false edit b/c of them. I think I remember that they messed up SMSun's enemy names in my guide. Prima gives good info, but they tend to draw conclusions overmuch. Stumpers! 07:05, 3 December 2007 (EST)


That was NOT Kamek in the beginning of Super Mario Galaxy! Kamek is almost always seen with his trademarked Broom, and, there are several Magikoopas across the game that look just like that one in the beginning! I'm removing all that info about SMG, OK? My Bloody Valentine

That means the picture isn't correct either, right? Stumpers! 07:08, 3 December 2007 (EST)

That is kinda true... TheGreenFire

I don't think that just lacking a broom means that this can't be Kamek, however the lack of any other distinction does suggest that it isn't Kamek. If it was him he'd probably appear somewhere else in the game and have a different outfit.--Kamek101 12:49, 6 December 2007 (EST)

Very true. I wonder if he's even still with the Koopa Troop, since his only appearances in the modern time period of the games have been in spin-offs where he wasn't alligned with anyone. Oh, and then there's Psycho Kamek... who I'm still not convinced isn't our good friend Kamek. Stumpers! 20:03, 3 December 2007 (EST)

He is still with the koopa troop. Present day Kamek went back in time with Bowser in YIDS and actually helped Bowser in M.Party DS, delivering his invites and fighting the heroes as the boss protecting the way to Bowser's board. And he was in Super Princess Peach. Psycho Kamek is too different to be Kamek, in appearance and attitude.

Kamek is getting on in years, ya know. He might've gotten senile, and might've even forgot about his past when he became Psycho Kamek. =P Leave it to old people to do that. =| My Bloody Valentine
Plus Psycho Kamek's continued attempts to hypnotize himself probably didn't help matters. -- Sir Grodus 07:52, 4 December 2007 (EST)

Maybe Psycho Kamek was a phase that Kamek went through when he left the Koopa Troop for a bit, when Bowser stole the title of Game King in M.Party Advance. Either way, Psycho Kamek probably won't appear again and regular Kamek seems to be form we're stuck with now. Still, it's good to see him returning as fairly regular.

Oops. Just so you know, I only have one of the games you mentioned (YIDS) and am only on world 3, so you'll have to excuse me. I'm not sure why Psycho Kamek is so much different in personality... he still seemed pretty edgy to me. My philosophy with the Wiki has always been to weave threads together even when they don't exactly fit, such as with Psycho Kamek or Mario and Luigi's Parents, rather than assume that there are two characters, places, etc. Stumpers! 19:49, 4 December 2007 (EST)

Yikes! Sorry about the YIDS spoiler!--Kamek101 12:49, 6 December 2007 (EST)

I didn't read all of the spoiler and am actively forgetting the part I did read as we speak, so don't worry. Hey, by the way, who are you? We need to get your posts signed. Stumpers! 16:53, 5 December 2007


I'm Kamek101 and I have only just figured out how to sign a post!XD I read this article a lot and decided to add to it myself, so I signed up. --Kamek101 12:46, 6 December 2007 (EST)

Nice to meet you! It's always great to have another knowedgable user here! Stumpers! 23:34, 6 December 2007 (EST)

And it's nice to meet you and the others too! :)--Kamek101 11:42, 7 December 2007 (EST)


Since when is Kamek's nickname Fang? --Dann Woolf 08:54, 19 January 2008 (EST)

The official guidebook for SMW2: YI. -- Sir Grodus 16:42, 19 January 2008 (EST)

Mario party DS[edit]

Shouldn't the bit about his appearance in Mario Party DS be expanded? It was a pretty major appearance for Kamek, so I think it should be metioned in his actual list of appearances and explain his role and fighting techniques. If everyone agrees, I'll change it. If not, I'll leave it be.--Kamek101 15:04, 14 February 2008 (EST)

Of course it should be expanded! If anything is in need of expansion, go ahead and do it! BLOC PARTIER.

Done! :) Put in a few more sections too, but they probaly may need a little more editing.--Kamek101 15:15, 18 February 2008 (EST)


I always thought that the way people could tell Kamek from Magikoopa's was because of his mouth. In YI Kamek has a very wide mouth whenever he talks, a trait that (too my knowledge) is not shared by other magikoopas. Any thoughts? - Ultimatetoad

"In some media, Kamek is said to be Kammy's son, nephew and even brother." What media is that? The two were never in a game together. This sounds like baseless fan speculation to me. Ruby Star TTYD.png CrystalYoshi Yoshi Egg Sprite.png 10:52, 29 November 2008 (EST)

It sounds like speculation to me, too. Put a cite tag on there or remove it all together. People need to learn to sight particular sources AT LEAST. To generically say, "in some ___" isn't enough information. Stumpers! 11:39, 29 November 2008 (EST)
Oh... how do you put I cite tag on? I never learned. Ruby Star TTYD.png CrystalYoshi Yoshi Egg Sprite.png
Write: {{refneeded}} just after the offending statement. Stumpers! 22:13, 30 November 2008 (EST)
Thanks. I decided it would be better to just take away the statement, though so that's what I did. Ruby Star TTYD.png CrystalYoshi Yoshi Egg Sprite.png
I've only ever enountered Kamek-Kammy stuff in fanfictions (Kamek as Kammy's son, brother and love interest, but not nephew). So yeah, removing it was a good call. - Walkazo 21:01, 4 December 2008 (EST)

Super Princess Peach[edit]

I suppose someone knows his fate after being defeated by Peach? Some of us (myself included) have never played the game, and if anyone knows what happens to Kamek (ie: Is destroyed, or retreats) after his defeat, can they plz put it on here? I know some guy on a forum seems to recall him dying, probably in an explosion, but I need to confirm this, since he says he hasn't played it in about 3 years. Ghostkaiba297 00:22, 30 April 2009 (EDT)

Petey Piranha also "explodes", and not just in Super Princess Peach, yet he still appears in current games. The same goes for many other bosses. That a creature disappears in some way doesn't mean that it has to be "dead" in the Mario universe. --Grandy02 06:32, 2 May 2009 (EDT)

Same with bowser, he explodes in a black hole, thrice(three times)!
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Koopa Troop Retirement[edit]

Since when did Kamek leave the Koopa Troop for a certain ammount of time? M&LBIS Sergeant Guy.pngHyper Guy (talk)M&LBIS Sergeant Guy.png

Super Prima Galaxy[edit]

We take information from guidebooks considered as official (obviously, as long as it is the official guide book). When Nintendo Power changed management, they stopped making the official game guides, which is now the job of Prima. However, we don't consider any information in Prima game guides released before they became official as canon. However, Super Mario Galaxy came out after Prima took over. In their guide (premiere edition), they specifically mention (quote [pg 5]) "But Bowser was not fast enough - Mario reached the castle before the starship dropped from the sky. Determined to stand between Princess Peach and Bowser, Mario holds on dearly as the castle is hoisted into outer space. However, Bowser's minion, Kamek the Magikoopa, spots the stowaway. The wizard flies down to the castle and casts a powerful spell, shattering the stone beneath Mario's feet. Mario, knocked unconscious by the blast, floats out into space with the debris as the castle and Princess Peach vanish into the cosmos. Thus, it has been officially stated that the Magikoopa was Kamek, so should we include that in History rather then Possible Appearances? Pikachu SSB artwork.pngPaper PikachuPikachu SSB artwork.png

The Galaxy trading cards, which have the Nintendo seal on them, also say it's him. I'm gonna go ahead and change it. CrossEyed7 23:58, 18 November 2009 (EST)
Here's what Kamek's card says, btw: "Bowser's evil minion, Kamek, is a powerful wizard who will do anything to please his master. After Bowser hoisted Peach's entire castle out of the ground in a massive laser attack, Mario clung to the castle walls trying to save her. Kamek saw this and cast a spell on Mario that sent him floating out into the universe." CrossEyed7 00:29, 20 November 2009 (EST)

Sticker book (CANON?)[edit]

ALso In the Super Mario Galaxy Sticker book, The magikoopa who blasted Mario, was named Kamek.
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Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

In the beginning of BiS, there is a Magikoopa who follows Bowser and gives him advice. He is also seen taking care of Bowser at the end of the game. The Magikoopa is probably Kamek, so should that be included in the article?--Tutuboy95 20:23, 5 October 2009 (EDT)

NSBM Wii[edit]

According to this:

Kamek makes a return. I added this information to the article already, but I figured I should have probably mentioned it in the talk page, too. - Smashgoom202 10:43, 12 October 2009 (EDT)

wheres kamek's new super mario bros.wii artwork[edit]

The preceding unsigned comment was added by Raushad (talk).

There is none...--FREAK ~Game GameBros.png Freak~ OUT!

However that's the first image on his article, his NSMBW artwork. Where does it come from? Super Shroom TTYD.pngSupershroom QuestionBlock NSMB.jpg+ 20 HP! Yeah!

any one knows what would kamek do to the babys in yoshi's island and yoshi' island ds[edit]

The preceding unsigned comment was added by Raushad (talk).

Probably kill them to prevent them from defeating Bowser...--FREAK ~Game GameBros.png Freak~ OUT!

--Raushad 14:30, 12 January 2010 (EST)how do you pronounce kamek's name?[edit]

can someone please tell me

Probably depends on the language and the person you're asking. I pronouce it somewhat like "KAH-meck", which is similar to what the Japanese pronunciation should be. I don't know if his name was ever actually said in any official source, maybe someone else knows more about this.--vellidragon 14:49, 12 January 2010 (EST)
Kamek never appeared in a medium with voice acting, so I guess there is no official word. - Cobold (talk · contribs) 15:11, 12 January 2010 (EST)
"KAY-meck" Technickal (talk)

since when was kamek shown to manipulate objects with his mind and to brainwash people?[edit]

--Raushad 18:41, 12 January 2010 (EST)

is kamek really bowser's adoptive father[edit]

--Raushad 18:46, 12 January 2010 (EST)

kamek is ot much different than other Magikoopa's.Kamek uses not many different attacks.Can anyone tell me another game where he appeared?-Club Penguin-

NSMBW pic?[edit]

Where in the Mushroom World did someone find that artwork for Kamek? I haven't seen it in any guides or the game itself! Super Shroom TTYD.pngSupershroom QuestionBlock NSMB.jpg+ 20 HP! Yeah!

Kamek king?[edit]

Since Baby Bowser is a prince does that mean Kamek was king since he seemed to have command of the army Iggykoopa (talk)

I think Kamek was a regent (he served until Baby Bowser was old enough to rule). Mario4Ever 18:48, 9 April 2011 (EDT)
I really don't know. Mushroom Kingdom is ruled by a princess currently with no kings. It's probably the same for Bowser BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C)
How can she rule the kingdom when she's rarely ever there? I actually think Toadsworth runs the kingdom, and Peach is a figurehead from whom the Toads take orders. Mario4Ever 18:51, 9 April 2011 (EDT)
Who knows how much margin is between Bowser's kidnappings, though. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C)
Sure, but someone has to be running things whenever she's holed up in Bowser's castle or in the custody of some other villain. Mario4Ever

But there are kings theres King Fret from Jewelry Land theres the King and Queen of Nimbus Land and don't forget the Mushroom King appears in a number of non-game media Iggykoopa (talk)

I don't count non-game adaptions and the Mushroom King never existed outside of non-media. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C)

He's mentioned in the Super Mario Bros. Manuel and what about the official Nintendo things that he appears in all im saying is that there are Kings and Queens in the Mushroom World Iggykoopa (talk)

No one's debating the authenticity of the Mushroom King as a Mario series character, but he has no influence in the kingdom's affairs (and neither do King Fret or the Nimbus Land monarchs) because he is not in any video game. As it stands, Peach is the only person who has any control over the Mushroom Kingdom (except when she's absent). Mario4Ever

Two things A: i like how were having this conversation on the Kamek page. And B: It could be possible that he is to busy working to play let's say Tennis Iggykoopa (talk)

And i wasn't implying that the others have any influence in the Mushroom Kingdom i was just stating that there are Kings and Queens Iggykoopa (talk)

Why are you guys discussing this here? Bring it to the forums. --Reversinator 19:11, 9 April 2011 (EDT)

I was just asking if Kamek could be considerd a King Im not really sure how this Conversation started Iggykoopa (talk)

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

I've read some of super Mario-kun ( comic books only available in japan) well, the translated version and they have kamek in some of them. I'm not mistaken, Bowser even says that it's kamek.
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Are you sure? The Japanese name for the Magikoopas is Kamekku, so there is a chance that he is talking to a random Magikoopa, at least for some issues.

Jazama 18:56, 18 November 2011 (EST)

Well I read it translated in english and they said Kamek. But it is possible that it was poorly translated and I guess it could just be a magikoopa.
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Mario Party 9[edit]

In the US version, he's simply called Magikoopa. In the European version, he's called Kamek, but Kamek is the name of the entire species in Japan. I think it needs to mentioned that it's ambiguous whether he's intended to be Kamek or not. --A Pimp Named Slickback 10:58, 3 March 2012 (EST)

Nope since it came out in Europe first that means that we use the info from the European game which calls him Kamek Raven Effect (talk)
That's a flimsy justification. Really, since it is just the single Magikoopa, and he directly takes orders from Bowser, it's really noticeable that he is the Kamek we all know. DonnyKD (talk)


How do we know that's Kamek? He's called Magikoopa in the trading cards and guide...Technickal (talk)

Is Kamek really in NSMBW and NSMBU?[edit]

I just want to make sure because the Prima guides of both games as well as the NSMBW Trading cards call him Magikoopa. It may be a typo but then why would they constantly keep repeating that mistake, especially when Paper Mario Sticker Star called him Kamek? Smasher345

Kamek/Magikoopa is basically the same case as Toad/Toad and Yoshi/Yoshi, but with an added layer of confusion because American sources usually localize Kamek as Kamek, but not always. In the cases where Kamek is called Magikoopa, I think common sense has to be used as to whether it is the character or a generic member of the species, same as with Toad(s) and Yoshi(s). As far as I'm aware, the Magikoopa character in New Super Mario Bros. Wii/U does the whole "pop up during a boss fight and make the boss huge or do some other magical change" shtick that's only been associated with Kamek. -- 1337star (Mailbox SP) 18:30, 4 December 2012 (EST)

He has always been called Kamek in Europe. And the Magikoopa-Kamek eror happens since their japaneese versions are similar. But Kamke surely appeared in NSMBW/U instead of other magikoopas. We can see that from the fact that we've never seen a magikoopa on his broom in main series instead of him. He also has a singular and major role, thats why... --KamekSW2YI.pngSinanco {talk&edits}NSMBW Kamek Artwork.png 18:51, 4 December 2012 (EST)

Oh alright, so it surely is Kamek, just that America makes those tranlations errors of his name. Just wanted to make sure, thanks for the info. Smasher345

Wow I just noticed this now, but the European website of NSMBU confirms that the character is indeed Kamek. I don't even know how I missed that but I probably should have figured that the character was Kamek anyway due to the fact that he is the only Magikoopa to display the ability to alter an enemy or the environment with his magic. Smasher345 20:13, 1 January 2012 (EST)

Kamek in Super Princess Peach[edit]

Are we sure that is Kamek? I mean first of all, this Magikoopa is called Giant Kamek and also has a Japanese name, Dekamekku, which is not Kamek's name in Japan. Second, Giant Kamek's appearance is very different from Kamek's, which would mean its a different Magikoopa. Lastly, the glossary of SPP says "A Kamek made huge by magic", which would mean that it was intended to be a generic Magikoopa that became giant, but possibly might have gone through the same translation error as Psycho Kamek due to Magikoopas being called Kameks in Japan. As far as I know, we treated Psycho Kamek as a different character from Kamek and he got his own article despite the name. We shouldn't assume that the character is Kamek just because of the name, especially with what we did with Psycho Kamek so I don't see why we wouldn't do the same with Giant Kamek, especially with the reasons I stated above. - Smasher345 14:31, 20 January 2013 (EST)

I agree with this comment. Besides, if they wanted to show that this was Kamek, they would just drop the "Giant" title. The article is probably trying to find some shred of evidence that Giant Kamek = the Kamek we know and love by going along the lines of "Oh he has different robes," or "Oh he's gaurding Luigi." If the robes are an indication, then explain the other colored Magikoopas in Paper Mario, or for that matter (gender differences aside), Kammy and Kamella? All of them have robes different than the run of the mill Magikoopa and we treat them differently than Kamek, so why should this boss get it? And if it was Kamek gaurding Luigi, then how come the game calls him "Green Man?" If he was Kamek, he should have remembered that it was Luigi he was gaurding.--Tailikku1 (talk) 22:50, 26 September 2015 (EDT)

Well, you say "A Kamek made huge by magic" means that he is a generic Magikoopa, due to the indefinite article "a" being placed before his name. Well, actually, no. When you say, "A drunken Thomas", for example, you almost always refer to Thomas being drunk, not some random Thomas. Simply put, in this context, it refers to the same Kamek made huge by magic. But yes, I do agree that Psycho Kamek was actually a Magikoopa (it was mistranslated). Similarly, the Magikoopa in SMRPG was most likely intended to be the true Kamek, whose name was also mistranslated.
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"Kamek" is just a translation goof made part of canon in west[edit]

We all know that Kamek first appeared in Yoshi's Island, but I have problem with that game: some of the translated enemy names. "Flopsy Fish" for Cheep Cheep? "Hootie the Blue Fish" for a Piranha Plant species? "Needlenose" for what I presume to be a plain Pokey head? All those weird names for Ukiki subspecies? That's pretty questionable to me, and that's why I also question Kamek's "origin". Was he really intended to appear as his own separate character from Magikoopas, or did the localizers decide to have some creative liberty or just plain mess up? Considering the weird enemy names in YI I think it's one of the last two.

Nevertheless, "Kamek" became common knowledge among the western Mario base, but it isn't perfectly covered. Like in Super Princess Peach, where there's "a Kamek made huge by magic" as a boss. Yeah, that game's translation work is questionable too, but it was also pretty literal in some sense (see Petey Piranha). Then some games have either "Magikoopa" or "Kamek" used as a name depending on translation of different versions. And now in the latest Smash Bros. games, Kamek isn't treated any different from generic Magikoopas. Even his Wii U trophy says he debuted in Super Mario World. May seem like an error, but this game is from Japan, where "Kamek" is the only name for these enemies. And I think it's likely that's how the Japanese fans treat Kamek: no different from generic Magikoopas, because Kamek is a generic Magikoopa, and nothing more.

I mean, think about it. A game that got established enemy names wrong among other things is a pretty loose foundation for this "Kamek" being his own individual. Even if only one Magikoopa appeared, what proof is there that he is the same as the one appearing in earlier games in Japanese versions? Yet Nintendo of America ran with that idea and fans liked it, but now the inconsistent material has left behind so many questions that they can't be handwaved with "I think this Magikoopa is Kamek himself, and the developers just made a mistake" or "These other guys say he's Kamek, so it has to be him". SmokedChili (Talk) (Thoughts) 12:03, 26 February 2015 (EST)

It should be noted that NoE now pretty much universally refers to all Magikoopas as Kamek(s), most notably even in Super Mario 3D World and Captain Toad. Kamek is, in many ways, like Toad. Toad is both a character and a species at once, he is neither one or the other. The Kamek in Yoshi's Island is meant to be one, singular Kamek, but in other games, there are numerous Kameks. Much like Toad in SMB2 is one singular Toad, but there are many Toads. Yoshi is another good example.
Personally I'm not sure any of these pages need to make a distinction between the "species" and "individual" because the games themselves don't really do this. Toad is both a character but in the very first game he appeared in, there were multiple Toads, all identical. He is no less a character simply by being plural. I think it's important to recognize the "stage play" idea that Miyamoto himself suggested, wherein each character simply plays a role that suits the game. So while Kamek in Yoshi's Island is playing the role of a singular Kamek, he previously appeared as multiple Kamek's in Super Mario World. Basically, it all depends on the game, but yes, it's a translation goof that doesn't even exist across all the western canon anymore, it's simply America only now. The correct name is Kamek, rather than Magikoopa. Fizzle (talk) 13:13, 15 May 2015 (EDT)

Kamek refer itself as "SHE" in Japanese M&L DT[edit]
あたし(atashi),female personal pronoun... can we suppose Kamek in Japanese M&L DT is a she?

Nice find! Although I don't think this has effect on Kamek's gender, but I've read that his speech style a bit feminine in the Japanese version of Dream Team. Now maybe we could compare this to his dialogue in other Japanese Mario games. SmokedChili (Talk) (Thoughts) 12:03, 1 August 2015 (EDT)

Well he was recently disguised as Peach so it probably stuck to him during his schtick disguised as the Princess. Or he's gay...--Tailikku1 (talk) 22:52, 26 September 2015 (EDT)

Split Giant Kamek from Kamek[edit]

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split 14-0
The names are different in English and Japanese, Giant Kamek doesn't even look like Kamek, and the only evidence that they're the same is the description calling it "a Kamek made huge by magic", which is likely just a bad translation considering the Japanese names of Kamek and regular Magikoopas being exactly the same.

Proposer: Niiue (talk)
Deadline: October 11, 2015, 23:59 GMT.


  1. Niiue (talk) Per proposal.
  2. The Pyro Guy (talk) Per Niiue. Different robes, size and role. In the UK, all Magikoopas are referred to as Kamek, so it is very unlikely that these two are the same.
  3. SmokedChili (talk) Per all. This is in a sense a "big" variant of Kamek/Magikoopa.
  4. Bazooka Mario (talk) Support. And just in case someone brings up "A drunken Thomas" argument, well, that's not really strong since you're making assumptions about the language here, and it's really bordering on speculation with this little evidence. This should be split with the little evidence we have for keeping them merged and with the good amount of differences the two have.
  5. Magikrazy (talk) I was under the impression this was split a long time ago. Huh, guess I was wrong. Per.
  6. Tailikku (talk) Per proposal.
  7. LudwigVon (talk) Per all.
  8. Yoshi876 (talk) Per all.
  9. Tails777 (talk) Yeah per all. It's basically a bigger Magikoopa (or Kamek himself under a transformation) and we have similar articles.
  10. RandomYoshi (talk) – Per all.
  11. Boo4761 (talk) Per all.
  12. Roy Koopa (talk) Per all, but may i ask why all your split or merge proposals are based on "The Japanese names are different/the same"?
  13. PowerKamek (talk) Per all
  14. Stooben Rooben (talk) — Per proposal.



Roy Koopa: "but may i ask why all your split or merge proposals are based on 'The Japanese names are different/the same'?"

According to Niiue, this is apparently because "it's closer to to source" or "it's the creator's intent". I need to caution that these kinds of arguments should be used to supplement justifying a merge or a split rather than serve the foundation of these arguments, given the shaky nomenclature. Proposals containing arguments that have relied solely on Japanese names such as Cheep Chomp and Wilt Shroom generally fail. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 00:21, 3 October 2015 (EDT)

You're going for the "A drunken Thomas" argument. The a in the Thomas example refers to it being Thomas, while the a in this case refers to just a nondescript Magikoopa.--Tailikku1 (talk) 08:59, 4 October 2015 (EDT)
I don't understand your line of thought. Where did I resort to that? Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 17:21, 5 October 2015 (EDT)

Having just figured out what "drunken Thomas" means, the case is different for the two. "A Kamek made huge by magic" puts his state of being at the end, which would be the same as "a Thomas who is drunk". In that case, the sentence fragment would be referring to any random Thomas. Magikrazy (talk)

"Kamek, as he appears in Mario Party: Star Rush."[edit]

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...No? That's an image of a generic Magikoopa from Super Mario 3D World, which is what's on both the image description and the Magikoopa page. If the artwork has been reused for both 3D World and Star Rush, there isn't a note of that on this page. Hello, I'm Time Turner. 14:48, 11 July 2017 (EDT)

Well, the artwork is used on the Japanese website alongside Petey Piranha's, and such. So I suspect it's been reused as Kamek's profile art for this game. MarioComix (talk) 20:45, 11 July 2017 (EDT)


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This page continuously asserts that he's "very old." However, was there anything in any SMW2 materials indicating he was "old" then? Or is that just an assumption? Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 00:20, 5 August 2018 (EDT)

Most likely an assupmtion, based on the assumption that it's that specific Kamek who keeps appearing recurringly. SmokedChili (talk) 07:43, 5 August 2018 (EDT)
It can be assumed relatively safely that the ones in the Yoshi games are all the same one, and can be assumed that the one in the later New Super Mario Bros. games is the same as the ones in that game, and the one in the Mario & Luigi games in turn being the same as the one in those, and the later Paper Mario ones due to the counterpart system in Paper Jam. The amount of Magikoopas that make up Bowser's forces seems to consistently be "whatever is the most convenient for the designers at that time." Anyways, there doesn't seem to be anything in SMW2 itself to designate him as being "old," so for all we know he was intended to just be some easily-flustered one-trick pony who knows magic, and not some wise old sorcerer. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 11:51, 5 August 2018 (EDT)
Well as we know from SMW2, Kamek is much older than Bowser and the Mario Bros., so I'd assume he's very old. --MK8DX Waluigi Icon.png Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 15:30, 11 November 2018 (EST)
We know he's older. We don't know how much older. For all we know, he's fairly young then, and putting adult Mario and Bowser at ~25-35, for all we know, he's just middle-aged. My point is, the whole "very old" thing seems to be speculation. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 23:32, 11 November 2018 (EST)

"Later shown in Paper Jam this could be possible"?[edit]

Sorry for the section title but I didn't know how to summarize.
The section for Paper Mario: Sticker Star mentions that this game could be Kamek's first meeting with Mario, and I get it: when they first meet Kamek says "we've only just met", supporting this theory (although if that's the case it's not clear how could he instantly recognize Mario). The part I don't get is the section then going on with "it is later shown in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam that this could be possible." How? What does that mean? In Paper Jam Kamek and Paper Kamek show up and block the heroes' path with their papercraft, how does anything in that game confirm that the one in Sticker Star is Paper Kamek's first meeting with Paper Mario? And if Paper Jam indeed confirms that detail from Sticker Star, then shouldn't it count as a reference that needs to be mentioned in the respective game's "References in later games" and "References to other games" sections?--Kombatgod (talk) 03:45, July 4, 2020 (EDT)

I've actually never understood this either, I'm thinking of removing that part but wanted to see what others thought first. Master of Masters KHXBC.png Keyblade Master