|First appearance||Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door|
Zip Toad is a famous movie star with an ego who is one of the suspects in the investigation on board the Excess Express in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Zip Toad's name is a pun on "ZIP code". He has a few parallels with Linda Arden, the fictional actress from the 1934 English detective novel Murder on the Orient Express. Both are celebrities, and both were involved with impersonation in some capacity. In Arden's case, she entered the Orient Express under a different name ("Mrs. Hubbard"). In Zip Toad's case, Doopliss disguised himself as him in order to subvert Mario's efforts to collect the Garnet Star.
During Chapter 6, Zip Toad is found in room 001 on the Excess Express. On the second day of the journey, Pennington tells Mario that someone may be using the Ratooey businessman's Nitro Honey Syrup recipe, the Excess Express waitress' Shell Earrings, and Toodles' Gold Ring to create an explosion. He finds a Vital Paper that belongs to the businessman in Zip Toad's room. He later finds another paper in his own room. After using Vivian's ability, Zip Toad comes out of hiding and Mario catches him. When he is apprehended, he gives the stolen items to Mario. However, it turns out that Zip Toad is actually Doopliss in disguise, hired by Beldam of the Shadow Sirens to bomb the train in a "sticky, yummy, gooey mess" in an effort to prevent Mario and his partners from reaching the Garnet Star in the Poshley Sanctum, and frame Zip Toad for the crime. He escapes when the train stops at Riverside Station.
When Mario and his team set out to find the last Crystal Star, the real Zip Toad sends him an e-mail, containing a picture of himself in front of a window. In the e-mail, Zip Toad commends Mario and his team for stopping the Shadow Sirens' plan and clearing his name, and tells him that he is going to film a movie in Toad Town called On Golden Toad 2. He also reveals more about his movie career by quickly mentioning another film that featured him: The Toad Warrior. The title of these films are likely parodies of On Golden Pond and The Road Warrior, respectively.
What's up, super-sleuth! I heard you uncovered my impostor! You're the best, man, seriously!
See, when you get to be as big a star as Zip Toad, these sorts of things happen all the time. It's the biz.
But, man alive! For a no-name like you to brave danger and find my impostor! Reminds me of a younger, yet less successful, me.
Yeah, so as for me, I'm headed to Toad Town to film my next leading role: The soon-to-be hit film On Golden Toad 2. It'll be huge.
I hear you're on an adventure or something, so I'll leave you with a line from my last flick, The Toad Warrior: "You're cool, baby...but I'm cooler!"
Best of luck, kid!
The Super Star
The Real Zip Toad
- "I KNEW I knew him! That's Zip Toad, the movie star! Women go NUTS for him! Y'know, he's hot and all, but he seems pretty stuck up about being famous. I guess all celebrities are kinda like that. It's too bad, 'cause I kinda liked him..."
Names in other languages
|French||Bolet Wood||From "boletus" (a species of mushroom) and a reference to "Hollywood"|
|German||Star T.||"Star" + abbreviation of "Toad"|
|Italian||Toadivo||From "Toad" and "divo" (the Italian word for "VIP")|
|Spanish||T. Zip||Zip Toad|