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Species Li'l Sparky
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Super Paper Mario (as a Catch Card and photograph) (2007)
“You just saved me like a hero! You're a hero, aren't ya? You're the coolest!!!”
Watt, Paper Mario

Watt is a female baby Li'l Sparky and Mario's sixth party member in Paper Mario. Although Watt's age is unconfirmed, it would appear that she is a young child because of her pacifier. Her Super Paper Mario Catch Card description also implies that she is young.


Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Mario meeting Watt for the first time
Watt's portrait from Paper Mario.
Watt's portrait
Watt from Paper Mario.

Mario finds Watt while traveling through Shy Guy's Toy Box. He eventually comes to a dark room inhabited by the Big Lantern Ghost. The battle against the ghost involves attacking the lantern he carries to make the room brighter, and after his defeat Mario can break open the lantern and find Watt inside.

The Big Lantern Ghost's lantern, where Watt is trapped

Watt explains to Mario that the Big Lantern Ghost had kidnapped her and trapped her in his lantern. She tells Mario that she heard some of the Shy Guys talking about him, and she volunteers to join him and his party on his quest. Watt's field ability allows Mario to hold her like a lantern, illuminating dark places and allowing him to find invisible boxes and items. Watt's main attack overrides an enemy's defenses, making her a valuable partner in many battles.

Later in the game, the player can find two letters to Watt in the Toad Town Post Office, one from her mother and another from Fuzzipede. At the end of the game, she is conversing with a group of Shy Guys, and she appears to have befriended them.

In the Japanese version of Paper Mario, Watt speaks in a baby-like way that turns "sh" sounds into "ch" sounds. For example, ureshii desu (Happy) becomes urechii dechu.[1]

Duplighosts and Lee can transform into Watt, along with Mario's other partners, during which her name appears as "Watt???"

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, Watt appears as a Catch Card that could be found in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials. She could also be seen very briefly at the beginning of the game, where she, along with all the other partners in the Paper Mario series could be seen in a photograph at the Mario Bros.' House.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Cropped from page 112 of issue 27 of Super Mario-kun.

Watt appears also as one of Mario's various partners in the Paper Mario arcs of Super Mario-kun. Unlike in the games, Mario and his partners scare away the Big Lantern Ghost by removing its robe. Mario then breaks the lantern with a hammer to reveal Watt inside.

Unused appearances[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Watt's unused sprite from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Like the rest of Mario's partners from the first Paper Mario, there is unused sprite data of Watt in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

General information[edit]


Watt is known to have a mother, who is unseen and unnamed. Watt speaks of her occasionally, and even receives a letter from her in the Toad Town Post Office. Though her mother is mentioned several times, no mention of Watt having a father is ever made.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

  • Tattle: Say... This is the lantern that belongs to the Big Lantern Ghost. There's something inside. Do you think it'd come out if we broke it?
  • In-game bio: The child of Li'l Sparky, she can produce ample electricity. Press Down C Button to illuminate areas and see invisible blocks. She's great at penetrating defenses and paralyzing enemies.
  • Player's Guide: After you save Watt, the captive of Big Lantern Ghost in Shy Guy's Toy Box, she can shed light on your adventure. By holding her, you can have her light up a dark room or reveal hidden blocks. She attacks enemies with minimal physical contact, making her useful against some spiked and electric enemies.[2]

The following is Watt's attacks and stats:

Attack Flower Points Needed Effect Action Command Attack Power Move Ranks
Electro Dash None Attacks one enemy with an electric shock, ignoring enemy's defense. A Button button should be held to fill the gauge. Base Rank: 1/3
Super Rank: 1/4
Ultra Rank: 1/5
Base Rank
Power Shock 2 Paralyzes single enemy. A Button button should be pressed repeatedly N/A Base Rank
Turbo Charge 3 Temporarily boosts Mario's attack power. A Button button should be pressed as the red stars light up. N/A Super Rank
Mega Shock 5 Paralyzes all enemies. A Button and B Button should be pressed repeatedly at the same time. N/A Ultra Rank

Values in bold are for perfectly executed action commands.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Catch Card
  • Card Type: Rare
  • Card Description: This is Mario's good buddy Watt from Paper Mario. This guy was pretty bright for his age!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アカリン
Portmanteau of「明かり」(akari, light) and Japanese feminine name ending「~リン」(-rin)

Chinese 霹雳小妞
Pīlì Xiǎoniū
Thunderbolt girl (iQue)

French Watt
German Watt
Italian Watt
Korean 빛쭈쭈
Portmanteau of "빛" (bit, light) and "쭈쭈" (jju-jju, onomatopoeia for sucking), likely relating to her pacifier

Spanish Watt


  • Watt is one of the only characters in Paper Mario that is capable of dealing damage to Bowser after he powers himself up with the Star Rod (during the first round of the final battle). However, she is only able to do one HP worth of damage to him. The same thing applies to Lakilester.
  • Watt is mistakenly referred to as male on her Super Paper Mario Catch Card, and during her Super Block upgrades.
  • Watt has different responses depending on how the lantern is broken.
    • "Hm hm hee hee...Yay! I got out! Yay for me! Thanks, mister!" if smashed.
    • "Cough cough... You're crazy, mister! Did ya have to, um, blow it up to get me out? Jeepers!" if detonated.
  • In the Japanese version of Paper Mario, if Mario uses Watt's ability and touches an overworked hazard, Mario will lose 2 HP instead of losing 1 HP like normal. This does not happen in the international versions.
  • There is a major glitch in the US version of the Nintendo Switch Online version of Paper Mario that causes the game to crash if Mario gets a Game Over with Watt as his partner. In other versions of the game, the screen flickers briefly.[3]


  1. ^ Clyde Mandelin (December 5, 2013). Is Watt from Paper Mario a boy or girl? Legends of Localization. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  2. ^ Paper Mario Official Nintendo Player's Guide, pg. 14
  3. ^ JCog (December 29, 2021). Paper Mario on Switch is deleting saves (and I know why). YouTube. Retrieved February 14, 2022.