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For information on their red counterparts, see Red Koopa.

Koopa Troopas (ノコノコ Nokonoko?), often named simply Koopas, or Troopas, are a recurring species throughout the Mario franchise. They first appeared in Super Mario Bros., although have predecessors named Shellcreepers that first appear in Mario Bros..

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Physical description[]

Koopa Troopas are a tortoise-like species and the primary member of the Koopa species. They generally have a yellow body and wear a Koopa Shell varying in color, though is usually green.

Behavior[]

While Koopa Troopas, like Goombas, are some of Mario's most common foes. While several Koopa Troopas are the main footsoldiers of Bowser's army, Koopa Troop, there are still several Koopa Troopas who are not affiliated with Bowser, and some are characters who even appear as allies, such as Koopa the Quick, Kooper, Koops, the Roving Racers, Kuzzle, and more.

Whenever a Koopa Troopa is stomped, it temporarily retreats into its shell. While their shell color is often just an aesthetic difference, it can also indicate a difference in behavior, namely how in the Super Mario series, the Koopa Troopas wearing a Green Shell walk off platforms whereas Red Koopa Troopas do not walk off them and turn around upon reaching the edge of a platform.

Variants[]

The most recurring variant of Koopa Troopas are Koopa Paratroopas, which debuted alongside Koopa Troopas in Super Mario Bros.. Paratroopas each have a pair of wings, and turn into a Koopa Troopa upon being stomped.

Koopa Troopas have a larger yet somewhat less common variant named Giant Koopa, which first appears in Super Mario Bros. 3. Ankoopas and Troopeas also feature in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Special Koopa Troopa units[]

Within King Bowser's Koopa Troop, certain Koopa Troopas are part of special units.

Statistics[]

Hat mario For Koopa Troopa's in-game
statistics, click here.

Timeline[]

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appearances, click here.
Game Role Year Console Notes
Super Mario Bros. Enemy 1985 Family Computer, Nintendo Entertainment System
VS. Super Mario Bros. Enemy 1986 VS. System
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Enemy 1986 Family Computer Disk System
Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt Enemy 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System Featured only in Super Mario Bros., having the same role as in the standalone game
Super Mario Bros. 3 Enemy 1988 Family Computer, Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt / World Class Track Meet Enemy 1990 Nintendo Entertainment System Featured only in Super Mario Bros., having the same role as in the standalone game
Super Mario World Enemy 1990 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Kart Playable character 1992 Super Nintendo Entertainment System First appearance as a playable character
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Enemy 1992 Game Boy
Mario is Missing! Enemy 1992 MS-DOS, PC
Mario is Missing! Enemy 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Mario is Missing! Enemy 1993 Nintendo Entertainment System
Yoshi's Safari Boss 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario All-Stars Enemy 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Featured in the remasters for Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and Super Mario Bros. 3
Mario's Time Machine Enemy 1993 MS-DOS, PC
Mario's Time Machine Enemy 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Mario's Time Machine Enemy 1994 Nintendo Entertainment System Unlike other versions, Mario has to defeat Red Koopa Troopas and Bodyslam Koopas before he can use the Timulator.
Hotel Mario Enemy 1994 Philips CD-i
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World Enemy 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Same as regular Super Mario All-Stars but with the addition of Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Enemy 1995 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Mario Clash Enemy 1995 Virtual Boy
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Enemy 1996 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario 64 Enemy 1996 Nintendo 64
Mario Kart 64 Reference 1996 Nintendo 64 They have their own course, Koopa Troopa Beach, which features a rock formation in the likeness of a Koopa Troopa
Super Mario 64: Shindō Pak Taiō Enemy 1997 Nintendo 64 Same as in the original Super Mario 64
Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Non-playable character 1997 Super Famicom (Satellaview) A green and a red Koopa Troopa are among the opponents raced against.
Game & Watch Gallery 2 Enemy 1997 Game Boy Only appears in the Modern remake of the Game & Watch game Donkey Kong
BS Super Mario Collection Enemy 1997-1998 Super Famicom (Satellaview)
Game & Watch Gallery 2 Enemy 1998 Game Boy Color Same as in the original version
Mario Party Non-playable character 1999 Nintendo 64
Super Smash Bros. Cameo 1999 Nintendo 64 Appears in the background of the Mushroom Kingdom stage
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Enemy 1999 Game Boy Color Featured in both Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. for Super Player modes
Mario Party 2 Non-playable character 1999 Nintendo 64
Picross NP Vol. 6 Cameo 2000 Super Famicom Featured as the "G" puzzle in Character mode
Mario Tennis Cameo 2000 Nintendo 64 Featured during Paratroopa's trophy celebration and in the background of several courts
Paper Mario Ally, enemy 2000 Nintendo 64 Featured as both enemies and allies alike, depending on the Koopa, with a few even serving as supporting characters.
Mario Party 3 Non-playable character 2000 Nintendo 64
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Cameo 2001 Game Boy Advance Makes a cameo appearance during the awards ceremony.
Super Smash Bros. Melee Enemy, cameo 2001 Nintendo GameCube Featured in the first stage of Adventure mode, Mushroom Kingdom, and makes a cameo as a trophy.
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Enemy 2001 Game Boy Advance Retains its role from Super Mario World
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Enemy 2002 Game Boy Advance
Mario Party 4 Host, playable character 2002 Nintendo GameCube One Koopa is the host of both the board Koopa's Seaside Soiree and the Options mode. A different Koopa is playable in Beach Volley Folley.
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Enemy 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Non-playable character 2003 Game Boy Advance Assist Bowser in piloting the Koopa Cruiser
Mario Party 5 Non-playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. Enemy 2004 Game Boy Advance Same as in the original Super Mario Bros.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Ally, enemy 2004 Nintendo GameCube Like Paper Mario, there are both friendly Koopa Troopas and enemy ones.
Famicom Mini: Super Mario Bros. 2 Enemy 2004 Game Boy Advance Same as in the original Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels for the Family Computer Disk System
Mario Pinball Land Enemy 2004 Game Boy Advance
Mario Power Tennis Playable character 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 6 Non-playable character 2004 Nintendo GameCube
WarioWare: Twisted! Brief role 2004 Game Boy Advance Appears as an enemy in the Super Mario Bros. microgame
Super Mario 64 DS Enemy 2004 Nintendo DS
WarioWare: Touched! Brief role 2004 Nintendo DS Featured as one of the enemies to defeat in the Super Mario Bros. microgame with the "Stomp!" command.
Mario Party Advance Non-playable character 2005 Game Boy Advance One Koopa runs a Koopa Bank in Shroom City. As a species, Koopas themselves appear in a few of the minigames.
Yakuman DS Opponent 2005 Nintendo DS
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix Enemy 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Superstar Baseball Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube Both the green and red Koopa Troopas appear, each with a slight difference in stats.
Super Princess Peach Enemy 2005 Nintendo DS Both the green and red Koopa Troopas are enemies.
Mario Party 7 Non-playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Super Mario Strikers Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube Featured only as sidekicks
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Non-playable character 2005 Nintendo DS Some return as the aviation crew for the Koopa Cruiser
New Super Mario Bros. Enemy 2006 Nintendo DS
Yoshi's Island DS Enemy 2006 Nintendo DS
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Ally 2017 Nintendo 3DS Appears as an obtainable ally in the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser campaign of the remake.

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Trivia[]

  • Koopa Troopas made a cameo appearance in the NES game Zoda's Revenge: Startropics II. In the game a man delivers a pizza to the protagonist, Mike Jones while riding a Koopa Troopa.
  • Although Koopa Troopas did not appear in the Super Mario Bros. (film), the Goombas in the film were originally going to be called Koopa's Troopas, as shown in official artwork.[1]
  • Golden Koopa Troopas didn't appear until New Super Mario Bros. 2 in 2012, but a golden Koopa shell appeared prior in Super Mario Galaxy (2007).
  • As shown in Super Mario World, Koopa Troopas can not only survive without their shells, but actually wear clothing underneath them.
  • Koopas are really well-known because of their shells, since the shell has appeared as items in Mario Kart.
  • There are some rumors indicating that Koopas are killed of two hits. Actually, it only takes one, as seen in World & 64.
  • Its Japanese name, Nokonoko, is an onomatopoeia for a slow-moving object.

Gallery[]

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