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Trapeetle Icon SMO.png
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
“It CAUGHT me!? I can't get away!”
Cappy, Super Mario Odyssey
A Trapeetle preparing to explode

A Trapeetle is a spherical beetle enemy, with two large hands, swirly purple eyes and a spike on top. They appear exclusively in the Lost Kingdom of Super Mario Odyssey. Their name is a portmanteau of "trap" and "beetle". Upon the first time Mario tries to throw Cappy at the enemy, the Trapeetle will catch him in his hands to Cappy's surprise. After glowing red and charging up, the Trapeetle will shoot forward quickly at wherever Mario is, which can cause damage if not avoided. When shooting forward at Mario, Trapeetles are not affected by gravity. If they shoot over a ledge, they continue moving forward without falling. Mario and Cappy can use a Trapeetle's attack to their advantage, by luring it into throwing Cappy into destructible rocks, which can clear the paths or reveal hidden items inside.

The brochure for the kingdom warns heavily against them, referring to their explosive behavior as "a tragic display seen absolutely nowhere else in nature."[1]

A concept design for the Trapeetles depicted them as Bob-omb variants with suction cups for feet.[2]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キャッチムシ
Catch Beetle
German Schnappäfer Portmanteau of "Schnapp Käfer", which translates to "snap beetle"
Italian Rapinsetto Portmanteau of "rapire insetto", which translates to "kidnapping insect"
Russian Жук-хватун
Catching Beetle
Korean 캐치벌레
Catch Bug