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Artwork from Super Paper Mario
Species Pixl
First appearance Super Paper Mario (2007)
“No matter! Details do bore me!”
Thoreau, Super Paper Mario
Thoreau's in-game sprite.

Thoreau is the second Pixl the player encounters in Super Paper Mario after Tippi, the first Pixl partner to be unlocked, and one of the twelve original Pixls created by the Ancients. Thoreau resembles a hand, with his head as the palm and the five circles being the fingers. This indicates his ability to grab and throw most enemies (although some, such as the Cursya, cannot be picked up). He also can pick up some specific items to aid with puzzles (e.g. a block that must be thrown to exit a room). The player can use Thoreau to throw enemies into each other, which pierces Defense (similar to Yoshi's Gulp), making it a useful technique against enemies that take very little damage through normal means. These abilities originated in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic. Other than grabbing enemies, Thoreau can also grab items and activate switches from afar (like Kooper and Koops), and steal Shroom Shakes from Mr. L and Shadoo as they are about to use them in battle.

Thoreau's appearance in the Super Paper Mario arc from volume 37 of the Super Mario-kun
Thoreau's appearance in Super Mario-kun

Thoreau's name was revealed in the 214th issue of Nintendo Power, which also joked that he was once a part of a tacky wall paper design. According to Tippi, Thoreau "sounds posh and upper class, but he's not afraid to get his hands dirty." Thoreau's name is a play on the word "throw", and his statement that details bore him alludes to Henry David Thoreau's quote, "Simplify, simplify, simplify!"

Thoreau is rescued from a treasure chest in Yold Town during Chapter 1-2, and claims that the Ancients locked him away for 1,500 years. He is the only Pixl to break the fourth wall: he states that a "great being", the player, is listening and would wish to know to press One Button to use him.

Thoreau also appears in the Super Paper Mario story arc of volume 37 of Super Mario-kun. Here, he attempts to defend Tippi from Mario's yelling at her. He eventually rescues Mario from being defeated by O'Chunks.

Catch Card[edit]

  • Card Type: Rare
  • Card Description: This handy Pixl can pick things up and throw them. He's very... handy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トるナゲール[1]
Stylistic variant of「取る」(toru, to take) and「投げる」(nageru, to throw)

French Lanceloin
German Wurfowitz
From "wurf" (to throw) and "-witz" (a Germanic name ending and also meaning "joke")
Italian Manolo
A given name, likely a play on "mano" (hand)
Korean 자바더언저
From "잡다" (japda, to grab) and "던지다" (deonjida, to throw)

Spanish Lanci
From "lanzar" (to throw)


  1. ^ 【純潔の愛、黒き渇望】 スーパーペーパーマリオ 実況プレイpart3 - YouTube「いえーす! ボクモンは フェアリン トるナゲールどえーす!!」