Talk:Madam Merlar

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There seems to be some dispute over whether or not Category:Deceased Characters should be added to this page. The category says that it does not include undead characters, which is what Merlar is. So I don't think it should be included. Can those involved share their thoughts?
Ultimate Mr. L without the emblem behind him (for my signature) Ultimate Mr. L (Talk-Contribs-Stats) 19:25, 22 October 2017 (EDT)

Well Wrinkly Kong is also Undead (She Didn't Move on) But is also Deceased. Mario JC Told Me it Was Because She Was alive at some point and the same is With Merlar. Plus in Japan i Think Merlar and Merlumina are the same person seeing as they share the same name and same "ability" of telling Long winded Stories that put people to sleep. Plus the other Shamen are said to Be the same person (i Think) due to sharing traits and names Like Merlon's wise and Merlee's Love of rhyming. also Merlumina is Under Deceased and Undead so Yeah that's my reasoning. User:LUIGIRULES71/Sig

The thing about Merlar and Wrinkly Kong thought, is that Wrinkly actually appeared and is met in a game where she is alive in kicking, and then in a game where she is passed on and is a ghost. Merlar never appeared alive, and the only argument about belonging in the "Deceased" category is that she might have "moved on" after helping Mario....disregarding her appearance in the ending parade, which judging from character interaction in the epilogue, was indeed a thing that happened in the game's history and not just a fancy thing for the player's benefit. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 02:52, 23 October 2017 (EDT)
Also, regarding the "Not everything under 'undead' was confirmed to be alive to begin with," that's already a bit of a misnomer name there then, since something has to die first before they "un-die." Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 03:18, 23 October 2017 (EDT)

Madam Merlar and Merlumina[edit]

If I unferstand it right, Madam Merlar and Merlumina, they have the same Japanese name, similar roles as the deceased ancestors of their respective games' Merlons, they both do the "very long story" thing... It kinda seems like they're supposed to be the same character, at least to the same extent as the different versions of Merlon, which share the same page. 15:29, March 25, 2021 (EDT)

I think you may want to see this discussion for a similar case. Swallow's profile picture shown in NEO: The World Ends With You Swallow Rindo Kanade 15:52, March 25, 2021 (EDT)
Lava Piranha is not a good comparison at all. That was just a flimsy attempt to merge a boss with its parent species based purely on a shared Japanese name. There's more to it here. These two, as stated above, are portrayed nearly identically. In general, Merlon's clan is a very unusual case in that they seem to be purely thematic, looking different in each game and never recognizing Mario from past games, so they're clearly not the same people. The closest comparison I can think of would be the Chancellor and Toad Minister. Dark BonesSig.png 16:50, March 25, 2021 (EDT)
One of Wonky's tales in TTYD pretty much confirms your point about them not being the same people between the games (as stated on the top of Merlon's page). I think for the benefit of not confusing readers not familiar with the japanese name, it may be easier to leave them as seperate articles. Swallow's profile picture shown in NEO: The World Ends With You Swallow Rindo Kanade 17:24, March 25, 2021 (EDT)
In terms of Paper Mario, this is really much closer to Toad Town or the myriad of other name changes the series had for the first three or so games. If we're not prepared to split the versions of Merlon and his ilk, it wouldn't seem to make sense to keep this split. LinkTheLefty (talk) 10:25, April 21, 2021 (EDT)

Merge to Merlumina[edit]

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merge 5-0
This is a straight-up inconsistent dub issue. Aside from having the same name in the language-of-origin, they function exactly the same as well: female spirit ancestor of the respective game's Merlon who appears to give a plot item while telling a comedically long-winded backstory of it. Regardless of if they are or are not the same individual, the point comes back to:
"If they did consistently localize it, would we have it split?"
That's the question that should be asked. As for quote-unquote "confusion"...that's why we have redirects. We should allay confusion, not perpetuate it.

Proposer: Doc von Schmeltwick (talk)
Deadline: September 12, 2021, 23:59 GMT


  1. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) - Per.
  2. Scrooge200 (talk) I've always thought these characters were the same.
  3. Swallow (talk) I'm not really sure how I can oppose this time, it's been implied that each Merlon between the games are not the same individual anyway despite not splitting them here, so I guess this will be for that consistency.
  4. Somethingone (talk) Per all.
  5. 7feetunder (talk) The whole issue with the "Moon Clefts" in SPM seems to indicate that the game's translators had a very loose grasp of the original Paper Mario, hence the inconsistency (IIRC, Merlumina is the only "mer" character in SPM without a counterpart in TTYD).