Koopa Paratroopa (frequently abbreviated to Paratroopa) is a recurring common enemy in Nintendo's Super Mario video game series. It is a Koopa Troopa with wings on it. However, they will fail to retain them if someone decides to jump on them. He appears as playable characters in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Power Tennis for the Nintendo GameCube.

In the Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros.

Artwork from Super Mario Bros.

Paratroopas first appear in this game, first appearing in World 1-3. Red ones fly up and down, while green ones jump around.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

Act the same as its predecessor.

Super Mario Bros. 3

Act the same as its predecessor.

Super Mario World

Act the same as its predecessor, but they get an extremely new design. Instead of walking like turtles, they use their feet. They are uncommon, acting like previous games.

New Super Mario Bros.

A Green Paratroopa

And a Red one

Paratroopas make their first-ever appearance on a New Super Mario Bros. game. They are more common, but unlike in Super Mario World, whenever Mario jumps on a Koopa Paratroopa, it simply loses its wings, instead of being defeated instantly, but a ground pound still takes one out with a single blow. In this game, both varities of Paratroopa can either hop or float.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii


Paratroopas reappear in the successor of New Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They act like other games. However, unlike its predecessor, Paratroopas now dance to the music while flying.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Act like other games.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Act like other games.

Super Mario Maker/Super Mario Maker 2

Koopa Paratroopas are enemies in Super Mario Maker, just like in past 2D Mario games. They can be created by combining a Koopa Troopa with a pair of wings. Green Paratroopas continuously leap on the ground in a zig-zag pattern, while the Paratroopas of red variety fly up and down on a vertical route. The player can enlarge Koopa Paratroopas by dragging a Super Mushroom onto them and they will then become Colossal Koopa Paratroopas.

Super Princess Peach

A Red Paratroopa floating.

In Super Princess Peach, Paratroopas and Red Paratroopas appear as common enemies. Like the original Super Mario Bros., their differences are consistent. They green ones hop around while the red ones float around. Any attack can beat either Paratroopa. There are also colorful varities of Paratroopas the Mad G. P-Troopa and the G. R. P-Troopa.

In the Mario Kart series

Paratroopa is a character in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. His Special Item is three Red Shells or three Green Shell. He has a red shell instead of a green shell, and has wings. He is originally a partner of Koopa Troopa's, but you can mix him up with anybody else just as well. He didn't appear as a driveable character in any other Mario Kart game. Also, In the files of Mario Kart Wii, a Paratroopa icon was there, hinting he was going to be in the game.

Koopa Troopa and Paratroopa in the Koopa Dasher.

However, several Koopa Paratroopas are visible as audience in Mario Kart 8 on the sidelines cheering the racers on.


Mario Power Tennis

Paratroopa is an unlockable character in Mario Power Tennis. He is unlocked after completing the tournament for the first time. For his offensive power shot, he engulfs the ball in a purple light and lobs it, causing the opponent to slow down temporarily if they hit it. For his defensive power shot, he jumps into the air and flies at the ball.


If you are in an area where there is a big gap that is too big to jump across, but a Paratroopa is flying above the gap, you can use the Paratroopa by hopping on it and bouncing off of it to get to the other side easier. You have to do this sometimes to beat the level.



  • A red Paratroopa was originally going to be in Mario Kart Wii, but was scrapped.
  • Due to his ability to quickly travel across the court, Paratroopa is widely considered to be the best character in Mario Power Tennis.