"Bahaha! Let's go!"
― Iggy Koopa, Bowser Jr.'s Journey

Iggy Koopa, or simply just Iggy, is one of the seven Koopaling children. His shell and hair color vary. He wears glasses and has hair similar to Larry's and Lemmy's.

Appearance

The artwork for Super Mario Bros. 3 portrayed Iggy with blue-ringed eyes, but some later depictions (including the artwork of Super Mario World) show him with eyes that are swirls instead, possibly to indicate his eccentric personality (this is a common anime/manga convention for eccentrics). Incidentally, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga used the original eye design. Iggy is responsible for inventing the robots that the Koopalings use in Yoshi’s Safari. His skills as an inventor are also on display in the Nintendo Adventure Books based on the games.[1][2] Additionally, in the PC edition of Mario is Missing, Iggy was shown to speak completely in rhyme. Back at Super Mario World, Iggy used to have white hair and a blue shell. The last game that he had a rainbow mohawk was in Mario is Missing!, but he now has green, tree-like hair.

Appearances

History

Super Mario Bros. 3

Iggy Koopa as seen in Super Mario Bros. 3

Iggy is the fourth boss of the game, in Giant Land. To beat him, the player must use the usual three-jump routine to defeat him while avoiding his magic blasts. His sprite has white hair and a blue shell.

Super Mario World

Luigi battling Iggy Koopa in Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World

Iggy is the first boss in Super Mario World, in World 1, Yoshi's Island. His only attack is throwing fireballs. To beat him, Mario must jump on his head or throw fireballs at him to knock him back until he falls in the lava below.

Yoshi's Safari

Iggy is the sixth boss in this game. He rides a giant Mecha-Blooper. The first weak spots are the tentacles on top. After you destroy them, the Mecha-Blooper dives. You must destroy the tentacles when they come out of the water. After you beat it, it will reveal Iggy, clinging to a piece of debris floating in the ocean. When he is defeated, he gives up the Pearl Gem.

Super Mario Sunshine

Iggy makes a small cameo appearance. When Mario is scanned by F.L.U.D.D. during the machine's introduction, his Super Mario World battle appears briefly on a small screen in the bottom-left corner.

Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga/Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Mario and Luigi battling Iggy.

Iggy is the first boss of Bowser's Castle. Upon reaching his room, he spins rapidly around Mario and Luigi, causing them to get dizzy. The player must figure out the mixed-up directions the Bros move in to dodge fire racing around on the ground, or else they must start over. At the end is Iggy, who will fight them if they reach him. He can spit fireballs that can be countered with the Hammer. He also has a rapid spin attack; if he is not hammered enough or in time, he will damage the Bros.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Mario vs. Iggy Koopa

Iggy appears in New Super Mario Bros. Wii as the fifth boss. At his tower, he will gasp in sarcastic terror and spank himself, his signature taunt. He will then fire green magic flames and bounce around on three moving platforms. He must be stomped on three times to be defeated. In his Castle battle, he will ride in a Chain Chomp vehicle pulled by a Chain Chomp made giant by Kamek's magic. Mario has to prevent getting hit by the Chomp and Iggy's green fireballs. After three stomps, he is defeated. Iggy now has solid yellow-green hair and a yellow-green shell.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Iggy's appears in his battle riding another Chain Chomp vehicle (the Chomp remains normal-sized) in World 2 of New Super Mario Bros. 2. He also appears in the Castles of Worlds 6 and 9, along with the rest of the Koopalings, in their giant Clown Car.

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

Iggy, instead of spanking himself, will make lava rise underneath him and Mario. He will slide into pipes and come out of others, sometimes walking on the ceiling. His magic consists of not only green magic flames but also red ones with skull patterns. When the red flames hit the lava, they spawn Magmaarghs.

Super Mario Maker 2

Iggy is a placeable enemy in Super Mario Maker 2, as part of update 3.0, the final major update. He can run forward and backward. He has to be stomped on three times like other Koopalings, if the player gives him wings, he will act in the same way as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Iggy in Super Mario Maker 2.

Other Appearances

Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Iggy Koopa as seen in Mario Kart 8.

In Mario Kart 8 & Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Iggy Koopa appeared as a playable racer along with his siblings. This is the first game in which he is playable.

Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser

Iggy appears in Minion Quest as an obtainable trooper. He is a Ranged-type, and his Special Skill is Power Up, which increases his allies' POW.

Bowser Jr.'s Journey

Iggy reappears as a secondary protagonist with the other Koopalings. His type is changed to Flying, as he rides in a Clown Car similar to Bowser Jr.'s Flying form or his Super Smash Bros. appearance.

Mario Kart Tour

Iggy is a playable character in Mario Kart Tour. He must be unlockable and is a normal character.

Personality

Although previously known for his intelligence as well as how much he studied and knew, with the Nintendo Adventure Books confirming this trait by portraying him as an inventor considered by Bowser the brainy one, Iggy is now more often known and portrayed as well in Japanese material for his own frivolous personality, reported in the English localization of certain games, as well as official English guides, as if he was insane by using terms like demented and crazed. This trait is manifested both through his enthusiasm sometimes ending up in hyperactivity as well as by his typical happy facial expressions, shown since his artwork in Super Mario Bros. 3, accompanied by very frequent laughters. Regardless of his frivolous nature, however, he has shown some degree of common sense, as he was notably the first Koopaling to speculate that the reason minions randomly attacked them in Bowser Jr.'s Journey was because they had been brainwashed by Fawful, and ultimately turned out to be correct about that. He also is indicated to have a short temper, as one of his specials in Bowser Jr.'s Journey has him getting angry and slamming his Koopa Clown Car on an enemy while wreathed in flames, and then making clear he was still angry.

The enthusiasm and hyperactivity manifest themselves in the subsequent higher agility shown both in Super Mario Bros. 3 as well as in the one-armed handstand he's able to perform in his picture shown in Super Mario Wisdom Games Picture Book 6: Mario Versus Bowser. In New Super Mario Bros. U, he also frequently runs around and even runs and stands upside-down, although it's in Mario Kart 8 that the hyperactivity is evident, as a few of his stunts have him jumping out of his kart and running in place, or being too excited that he flails about on his bike as if he's about to fall off. His hyperactivity is further alluded to in Bowser Jr.'s Journey, where he stated he was feeling like a long journey into distant lands in protest when Bowser Jr. demanded that he leave.

The frequent laughter on the other hand is a more consistently displayed trait. In the original Super Mario Bros. 3 manual, he has a crazed laughter (downplayed in the English localization), being present as well in the in-game English dialogue of Super Mario World. Before his rematch in his world's castle in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, he is heard laughing at the animal noises outside his window and laughing exhilaratingly during the battle itself. In Mario Kart 8, he can be heard giggling and laughing through various parts of the race. His laughter is featured both in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, where in the latter, he laughs even when the Koopa Cruiser is about to explode. Similarly, in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U, whenever he encounters Mario, he shouts as if he's rather excited to see him, unlike the other Koopalings. Paper Mario: Color Splash has him frequently laughing when fighting against Mario. The laughter can sometimes be a way to mock people, even when they are supposed to feel fear. This aspect of the laughter is first seen in the manual of Super Mario Bros. 3, where he cackles and deduces that Mario must be getting nervous about his upcoming fight against him, and is seen again in Paper Mario: Color Splash, where the laughters are often accompanied by mockery, sometimes directed at the fear Mario is supposedly having of him. Indeed, he is also said to provoke opponents with a joking attitude, such as when he smacks his rear end in front of his adversary in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Paper Mario: Color Splash. The latter game even referenced this trait with one of his nicknames prior to entering the arena to personally challenge Mario for the yellow Big Paint Star: "The Spectacled Spanker." In New Super Mario Bros. U, the taunt is limited to a laughter after the initial shout. Furthermore, in Mario Kart 8 he also has a taunting laughter when he manages to hit someone with one of his items. However, despite his joking and more eccentric nature, he does have his reservations, as he mentioned once that even he wouldn't find it funny if he walked over a cliff shortly after being forced to leave Bowser Jr.'s command.

He has his own Chain Chomp pet, seen first in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and then reappeared in New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. Volume 42 of Super Mario-Kun shows that he is rather neglectful and abusive towards his pet, as he left it wandering in his castle until it was lost, starving, and stuck in a grate for one month before its encounter with Mario and his friends, and even calls it "stupid" for getting itself lost. In the same volume, he considers himself to be smart and, through his calculations (which consists of various doodles with mathematical symbols), believed he figured out how to defeat his foes. Though he claims he could easily beat Mario, he felt the reader would get bored and decided to have his Chain Chomp do away with the group instead.

In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, Hop is quite childish in personality, and he often pulls pranks instead of causing true crimes, though some episodes has him doing so.

In the Nintendo Comics System and Super Mario Adventures, Iggy's personality is largely identical to that of the other Koopalings, with him having no real defining characteristics. He mostly hangs around with Lemmy, who looks a lot like Iggy. Iggy and Lemmy pull pranks together and cause trouble, acting childish. He also seems to think Bowser is somewhat stupid and acts as if he is smarter. This gets a brief reference in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, where Iggy openly refuses to acknowledge Bowser was smart or wise and in the English version even implies that Bowser was even crazier than Iggy was for thinking that (which resulted in Bowser punching him across the room before reiterating his orders to the Koopalings to look after Bowser Jr. while he goes to Peach's Castle.).

In Mario is Missing!, Iggy speaks completely in rhyme and cannot stand still.

Mario Kart 8 shows that he has a glass manufacturing company, Iggy's Glass, which according to its slogan, produces glass for windshields. The Japanese Mario Kart 8 Direct also calls him a trickster. In the English localization of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U this term is used as well to refer to him in place of the frivolous person term used in the original Japanese text.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam shows Iggy in a calmer fashion, not nearly as frivolous as he was, but now also quite childish in personality when together with Lemmy Koopa. However, in the opening for Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser, an alternate story mode for the remake for Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, his more demented nature is implied by his continuing to laugh, even when learning that the Koopa Cruiser was about to blow in contrast to Roy and Wendy's shocked reactions to the news.

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Iggy is shown to be pretty arrogant and prone to mocking Mario as well as intimidating him, as evidenced by his mockingly claiming that Mario should look at a mirror to see "the look on his face" when he and his fellow chariot riders arrived, as well as by his referring to himself as "[Mario's] frustratingly overpowered opponent" and derisively referring to Mario as both "pretty boy" and "paper pusher" and taunting him by slapping his behind. His attempts at intimidating Mario even go as far as him asking his minions to tear Mario to pieces, offering 50 coins to whoever brings him Mario's hat. Finally, he's shown to be something of a graceful loser, as he willingly allows Mario to get the Yellow Big Paint Star upon being beaten, although not without feeling humiliated at losing on his own "home turf".

While having amnesia and under the identity of "Charlie" in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Iggy proceeded to use slang terms often enough that subtitles were required.

Other Media

In the cartoons, he was called Hop Koopa (Lemmy, his brother, was named Hip, a play on the urban music genre hip hop). In the cartoons, Hip and Hop are twins, as well as the youngest of the Koopalings. Though, the

Hop Koopa.

cartoons are not part of the series canon. Hop’s overbite and non-swirling eyes are the only significant ways in which he differs from Lemmy. In Super Mario World, his hair was matched by the artwork of him in-game.

Super Mario Bros. (film)

In the Super Mario Bros. (film), one of King Koopa’s cousins is named Iggy.[3]

Gallery

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Trivia

  • Iggy was named after James Newell Osterberg Jr., better known by his stage name, Iggy Pop, who is the lead singer for the American rock band, the Stooges. [4]
  • Out of all the Koopalings, in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Iggy has changed the most from the old games, as he is now taller, thinner, and his hair color has changed from rainbow to solid green and is styled somewhat like the base of a flower. His shell is still green like before, though it is more of a lighter shade and is the same color as his new hair-do.
  • He and Roy are the only Koopalings with glasses.

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