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Lakitu (Jugemu ジュゲム) is a recurring enemy in the Mario series. He is a Koopa Troopa enemy with a green shell, yellow body, no beak, glasses with thick black frames, and is usually seen flying in a cloud bearing a smiling face.


In their role as an enemy character, Lakitus typically fly about at a high altitude and throw Spiny Eggs at Mario, although various types use many other attack patterns. The Spiny eggs hatch into a Spiny, a small, red, spike-backed Koopa creature, that is thrown indefinitely until the Lakitu is defeated. Depending on the game, the Lakitu's Cloud can be ridden for a limited time after it is defeated. When asked what video game character would represent him the best, Shigeru Miyamoto responded that Lakitu would, as he "seems to be very free, floating in the air, going anywhere," a type of personality Miyamoto can apparently relate to. In New Super Mario Bros. U, in Layer-Cake Desert, he threw eggs which turned into a Piranha Plant rooted on the ground.


Lakitu first appears in Super Mario Bros., and goes on to be an enemy in various platformers and RPGs. Lakitu also plays a neutral role in a number of Mario-series titles. This trend began with Super Mario Kart. Here Lakitu flies about the Mario Grand Prix racetrack and aids the drivers who race there. The Lakitu Brothers in Super Mario 64 are another example; they hold the camera that "films" Mario's exploits, thus personifying the player's point of view of the three-dimensional game stages. However, in later worlds, there are Lakitu that still attack you with Spiny Eggs. Additionally, in Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time for Nintendo DS, a Lakitu with a camera shows the player how to use the map on the upper screen (the game being played on the DS' lower screen). Later, another Lakitu transports Kylie Koopa and Toadbert to where Mario, Luigi. Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi. In Super Mario 64 and it's spin off game Super Mario 64 DS, The Lakitu appears holding a camera on the end of a stick, and give either Mario or Yoshi tips and tricks to use during game play. In New Super Mario Bros., and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, sometimes when the player defeats a Lakitu using a Fireball, the player can ride on its cloud. In Super Mario Galaxy 2 they first appear in the galaxy Yoshi Star Galaxy. Only one Lakitu appears in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. It is only seen in the level Whammino Mountain where it stays up high tossing Spinies at Mario. Mario can knock away the Spinies with the nearby Starman, or by battling them. This Lakitu cannot be defeated or battled in any way. In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Lakitus are only fought in the dream world and only in the areas Dreamy Driftwood Shore and Dreamy Neo Bowser Castle. In battle, they attack Mario and Dreamy Luigi mainly by hurling Spiny eggs low or high at them. Rarely, they also throw Mushrooms. Once there are Spinies on the field, the Lakitus will head into the background until the Spinies are defeated.

Super Mario Bros.

Lakitus first appear in Super Mario Bros.. They appear from World 4 and throw Spinies at Mario. Mario can defeat him by jumping on him.

Super Mario Bros. 3

Lakitus appear in Super Mario Bros. 3. They act the same as in Super Mario Bros..

Super Mario World

In Super Mario World, various types of Lakitus appear. Lakitu appears and acts the same as in Super Mario Bros., but this time, the player can use his cloud by various ways (jumping on him will make the cloud disappear though). The player can use his cloud only for a while though. After a while, it will dissolve and disappear. Though Lakitu will respawn after being defeated.

Some Lakitus will hide in Warp Pipes and throw Spinies out when the player gets near, but they can be defeated and won't respawn unless the player goes into a Warp Pipe and comes back out again.

Fishin' Lakitu will seem nice to the player at first. The offer a 1-Up Mushroom

Mario Kart series

Lakitu as seen in Mario Kart 8 as the referee.

Lakitu is the friendly referee that has appeared in every Mario Kart game since the series began. He will perform various helpful duties throughout the races; most importantly, he will alert the racers when to start driving by using his Start Signal. If the player is driving in the wrong direction, he will appear holding a "u-turn" or "reverse" sign until you turn around. After crossing the finish line, he will appear to indicate the current lap/section, or wave checkered flags after the final lap. He will also use his fishing pole to recover the player's vehicle and put it back on the track if they drive out of bounds or fall off the track. In Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8, Lakitu charged the player coins to drop them back onto the track.

In Mario Kart 7, Lakitu is an unlockable racer. He has his own cloud shaped kart to get him through courses. Lakitu returned as a racer in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart Tour.

If the player taps the A button just as they hit the ground after Lakitu drops them onto the track, they can perform a recovery boost.

Mario Party 9

Lakitu appears to be a boss in this game. The name of the minigame is called Sock it to Lakitu.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Lakitus make an appearance as a foe that can be faced in this game. They appear in Driftwood Shore's Dream World. In combat, they attack by throwing spinies. Their target is telegraphed by the hand that the egg appears in. Pop-up tosses go toward Mario while grounders go to Luigi. This can be blocked with the hammer.

Other Appearances

In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Lakitu makes a surprise appearance as an enemy. They shoot an electric attack and can easily be killed by the Boomerang, Magical Boomerang, and Gust Jar.


In the Game Boy Camera a Lakitu appears as a stamp.


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