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Cheep Chomps (also spelt as Cheep-Chomps) are enemies that commonly appear in the New Super Mario Bros. series that appear only in aquatic levels. They look like Boss Basses, and much like them, they attempt to eat Mario. They relentlessly chase after Mario whenever they see him and won't stop until they've swallowed him. A Cheep Chomp is not indefeatable however as they can be defeated with the use of a Fire Flower or Starman.

Super Mario series

New Super Mario Bros.

A Hungry Cheep-Chomp

Cheep Chomps make their debut in this game, and only in one level, World 3-1. Unlike a standard Cheep-Cheep, Cheep Chomps have a purple and green design to distinguish them from the less harmful Mega Cheep-Cheep. Cheep Chomps still somewhat act like their original counterparts, trying to eat Mario or Luigi. Only three are found throughout the level, the use of a Fire Flower or a Starman can easily defeat a Cheep Chomp.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

The Mario Crew makes a close encounter with a Cheep-Chomp

Cheep Chomps reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In this game, Cheep Chomps retain their behaviour from the last game are slightly larger than in the previous game. They are only found in secret areas of two levels, World 4-4 and World 9-2. Once again, the Fire Flower or the Starman can defeat them (the use of the Ice Flower is ineffective). Upon defeat, a Cheep Chomp will drop 3 1-Up Mushrooms.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Mario tossing a fireball at a Cheep Chomp's open mouth.

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Cheep Chomps behave identically to how they did in the previous game, a swing of the Raccoon Tail along with the use of the Gold Flower, Fire Flower, Invincibility Leaf, or Starman can also defeat them. They appear in World 1-5, World 4-5, and a level of the Impossible Pack. This time, they now drop 3 Coins upon defeat.

New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U/New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

In their Penguin Suits, the Mario Crew outruns a Cheep Chomp.

In New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, the Cheep Chomp appears in the levels Swim for Your Life!, Cheep Chomp Chase, and Star Coin Deep Dive. In these games, the Cheep Chomp is much stronger and persistent, and as a result far more dangerous. The Cheep Chomp can now destroy weaker enemies (such as Urchins and Spiny Cheep-Cheeps) by running into them, three fireballs are now required to defeat a Cheep Chomp, additionally (similar to the Porcupuffer) even if you defeat a Cheep Chomp, a new one will arrive to take it's place. They are also faster in these games as well.

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Mario escapes the Cheep Chomp on the Jungle Waterfall.

A giant cardboard Cheep Chomp appears as a major enemy in Paper Mario: Sticker Star in the level Long Fall Falls. It is seen relentlessly chasing Mario on his raft down the river. It will make attempts to charge at his raft, dive bomb onto it, and make leaps out of the water. Sometimes, it makes periodic propellor recharges which buys Mario some more time. If the Cheep Chomp charges directly at Mario or lands directly on top of him, it will eat Mario resulting in an instant Game Over. If it destroys all 5 logs of Mario's raft, this will also result in a Game Over. Once Mario reaches the end of the waterfall, he narrowly escapes the Cheep Chomp's grasp and descends down the fall while the Cheep Chomp uses its propellor to fly all the way to space. The chase can be redone as many times as you wish. If you return to the level after collecting the Comet Piece that unlocks Chomp Ruins, the Cheep Chomp will be much more aggressive and as a result, it is harder to escape the Cheep Chomp in one piece so this is why it's recommended you get the other Comet Piece (along with the Secret Door and the Big Shiny Infinijump) first.

Mario Party series

Mario Party: Island Tour

Cheep Chomps in Cheep Diamonds.

Several Cheep Chomps appear in the minigame Cheep Diamonds in Mario Party: Island Tour. In the minigame, you must pick the Cheep Cheep holding the most Jewels to win. The Cheep Chomps shuffle with each turn so players will have to remember which one is the correct one.

Mario Party 10

A Mega Cheep Chomp appears as a boss in Mario Party 10, where he is the sub-boss of the board Whimsical Waters, and his minigame is called "Mega Cheep Chomp's Shell Shock". Players must shoot at him with cannons in order to earn points whilst keeping the Cheep Chomp from targeting them as the creature rotates.

Super Mario Party

Mecha Cheep Chomps in Feeding Friendsy.

Cheep Chomps do not appear in Super Mario Party. However, there is a mecha version that resembles them in Feeding Friendsy.

Mario Party Superstars

Cheep Chomp's Trick! event

In Mario Party Superstars, the Cheep Chomp makes a brief appearance in Yoshi's Tropical Island. During the board when players land on Happening Spaces, the Cheep Chomp will arrive, swallow Toadette (who holds the Stars) and take her to the other side of the board (spitting her out in Bowser's former location) as Bowser takes Toadette's former spot. The game refers to these segments as "Cheep Chomp's Trick".

Timeline

Game Role Year Console Notes
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Enemy 2009 Wii Game debut
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Enemy 2012 Nintendo 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U Enemy 2012 Wii U
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Enemy 2012 Nintendo 3DS
New Super Luigi U Enemy 2013 Wii U
Mario Party: Island Tour Non-playable character 2013 Nintendo 3DS Minigame appearance in Cheep Diamonds.
Mario Party 10 Non-playable character 2015 Wii U Mega Cheep Chomp made an appearance.
Super Mario Party Absent 2018 Nintendo Switch Mecha Cheep Chomp's minigame appearance in Feeding Friendsy.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Enemy 2019 Nintendo Switch
Mario Party Superstars Non-playable character 2021 Nintendo Switch

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Etymology

Their name is derived from 'Cheep Cheep' and 'Chomp'. Its Japanese name, Bakubaku, is an onomatopoeia for chomping or eating.

Trivia

  • Their appearance and actions resemble Porcupuffers in the way that they try to eat Mario.

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