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"C'mon, Wendy, it's not worth it. Let's hurry back to the castle. The kid says he doesn't need us. Let him prove it."
― Larry, Bowser Jr.'s Journey

Larry Koopa, or simply just Larry, is the youngest of the Koopalings. His name was Cheatsy Koopa in the cartoons. He had a green shell until New Super Mario Bros. Wii in which it was upgraded to blue just like his hair which looks like Iggy's and Lemmy's. He appears in all the games to feature the Koopalings. Larry appears to like sports as shown in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and is usually the first boss on the first world. In earlier games, he was depicted as the leader of the Koopalings but more recently, Ludwig has been known to be the leader. He is 8 years old.

A rumor that Larry was named after the American talk show host Larry King stems from the Official Nintendo Magazine in Great Britain. The former Nintendo of America employee Dayvv Brooks, who originally named the Koopalings, claimed instead that Larry was named after Larry Mullen, Jr., the drummer for the rock band U2. This would mean that all the Koopalings were named after musicians. However, Brooks contradicted this claim in a December 2015 interview, stating that Larry was not named after anyone in particular, and that he simply "looked like a Larry."

Profile

Physical description

Larry Koopa is a short Koopaling with tall, blue, spiky hair.[1] His head is dark green and blue. Larry has blue eyes and a sky blue spiky shell with blue rings.

Personality

Larry is naive, childish, friendly and happy go-lucky in personality, as he often doesn’t see the bad in situations and uses words such as “jerk” and “meanie” as insults. He wants to be strong, , however Larry is somewhat cowardly and often runs from what he believes to be dangerous. Despite this, Larry is very hostile when angered, and will go on rampages. He also has a love for sports, and even owns a tennis racket as a weapon. He is portrayed as a sneaky, scheming, lying cheat, hence his alternate name "Cheatsy". The North American version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, however, states he has a "serious case of little-brother syndrome", suggesting that he feels overshadowed by or inferior to his older siblings. He also seems to have an interest in sports, as he uses bombs as bowling balls in Hotel Mario, he uses a tennis racket to hit his own fireballs in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and he performs a special glider trick when riding sport bikes in Mario Kart 8. Despite this interest, he has never appeared in any of the Mario sports games. In the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Larry got 'hooked' on Equestrian and can't seem to stop talking about it to the player. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam also implies he may have an interest in video games as Roy, after he and Wendy fail to get Larry to help them, says that he is "probably off playing video games or something." New Super Mario Bros. Wii shows that he didn't possess a lot of stamina, as he was quite far behind his family, trying to catch his breath, while his siblings were trying to help Bowser up off the ground. Although, this may be due to the fact that he was residing in World 1, presumably the furthest world from Bowser's Castle in World 8. He also frequently gets dizzy after spinning, as shown in both Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, when he attacks by spinning his shell, and in his 1st place victory animation in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

While the games don't reveal much about the relationship between Larry and his siblings, both Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and the 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games reveal that Larry has some kind of admiration for Ludwig, whom he tries to imitate, although he still isn't able to replicate all his moves without getting dizzy. In the former game, he always fights with Ludwig in the battles and is never seen alone with his other siblings, furthermore he also shows more respect towards him than his brothers, calling him boss and accepting to have him as his lead even after Ludwig's leadership among the Koopalings has been questioned[23]; in battle he also follows him trying to imitate his moves, but gets dizzy after spinning in the shell[9]. In the latter game, Larry's 1st place victory animation starts by imitating Ludwig's 2nd and 3rd place victory animation, but after spinning he again gets dizzy. In Bowser Jr.'s Journey, he was also shown to be very defensive towards Morton, as when Bowser Jr. was chewing him out for "stealing" his glory, Larry Koopa cut in and began shouting at Bowser Jr. and telling him off regarding his behavior to Morton.

Powers and abilities

Larry has shown he can master the wand since Super Mario Bros. 3, even snatching it. Larry masters at sport as seen in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga by using a racket to play tennis.

Appearances

Super Mario Bros. 3

"We took 7 wands from the 7 kings. Each of us has one. Our father has instructed us to protect the wands."
― Larry Koopa, Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet
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Larry Koopa debuted in Super Mario Bros. 3 as the first world boss. In the story, Bowser sent the Koopalings including Larry to make mischief in the Mushroom World. The seven Koopalings stole the wands from the seven kings. Larry stole the wand from the king in Grass Land and transformed it into a dog. The Koopalings were commanded to protect the wand.[2] Later he was defeated by Mario/Luigi who took the wand and returned it to the king. His role is expanded slightly in the opening cutscene of the GBA remake, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. He is shown breaking into the Grass Land castle at the dead of night during a thunderstorm, stealing the wand and turning the king into a Cobrat, leading to Grass Land's request for the Mushroom Kingdom's assistance.

Super Mario World

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Larry Koopa appeared as the penultimate boss in Super Mario World. The Koopalings have kidnapped a Yoshi Egg inside their castle. Larry had kidnapped a blue Yoshi Egg in his castle at the Valley of Bowser.

In his level Larry's Castle, Mario/Luigi fights Larry with a complementary fighting method to Iggy Koopa in his level which he is defeated when he falls into the lava. However, there are Podoboos jumping out of lava making it difficult to immediately push Larry. If Mario defeats Larry, he will being out the Yoshi Egg, lift up his castle and throw the castle off the screen. Defeating his level allows the player to go to the Front Door, the final level. This fight against him is thought to be his best one so far. This is Larry's first time being the last Koopaling to fight so far. Like the other Koopalings, his in-game design does not match official artwork.

Yoshi's Safari

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In Yoshi's Safari, the Koopalings, Bowser, Magikoopa, Big Boo, Chargin' Chuck and the Koopa Sub intruded to Jewelry Land. They stole the twelve magic gems and kidnapped Prince Pine and King Fret. Larry guards the Diamond Gem at Crescent Coast. Larry battles against Mario and Yoshi inside a mecha vehicle resembling a sun.

During battle, Larry's mecha opens green blasters to shoot at Yoshi, leaving them open for Mario to shoot. After losing half lives, the mecha's armor falls off thus revealing Larry inside it. Larry and the face shoots bubbles at Yoshi, Mario must shoot at the mecha everytime it appears. After Larry's defeat, he holds a white flag while floating upwards.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Larry's New Super Mario Bros. Wii render.

Larry makes his 3D-rendering-debut in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, alongside the rest of his siblings. He is first shown when the Koopalings pop out of Peach's cake and capture her in which it shows the supposed birth order from right to left except for Jr., who was on top.

Larry is the first boss on the first world rendering in the grass world although it is never said why his chosen for the grass world as his main color appears to be blue. He is fought in the tower and castle in order to reach World 2. He was given a magic wand just like his siblings and can fire blue energy blasts. Larry was also given the same sequence as Super Mario Bros. 3.

When the player reaches the end of the tower, the player will see Larry upset and shocked that the player had made it to him as steam comes out of his head. The fight is very simple and has no obstacle. First, he will try to shoot the player with his wand blast which were given to all the Koopalings. Then the player must dodge his jumps. If the player lands on his head or hits him with fire balls about eight times, he will curl up in his shell just like the other koopalings and slide across the stage, trying to hit the player, then go back to his normal form. His tactics are the same as Iggy's except much slower and they lack the moving platforms, due to the fact that he is the first boss.

This time when the player reaches the end of the castle, Kamek will come causing the floor to shift. This time Larry will do the same thing as the castle except his shell attack is a bit faster. After he is defeated he will fall off the screen and you may grab a key sending the player to the next world.

At the end of the game, Larry is seen walking to Bowser's castle, in exhaustion. Bowser Jr. tells Larry to help push their father back on his feet, as he arrived late.

Larry's first encounter in the game.

Bowser Jr. telling Larry to push Bowser back.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Larry reappears in the Nintendo 3DS title, New Super Mario Bros. 2, along with the rest of the Koopalings. Larry is the boss of World Mushroom. This battle against him is one of his better ones because his blasts ricochet of the walls of his chamber. However they are still not very hard to dodge.

Larry in New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Super Mario Maker 2

Larry is an enemy that is able to be placed, he acts in the same way as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. He can jump, cast spell and has to be stomped on three times. If the player gives him wings, he can jump higher. In this game, all players can spin on the Koopalings, shell, including Larry.

Larry in Super Mario Maker 2.

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

New Super Mario Bros. U artwork, reused in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

Larry appears again in New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. In the story, Larry along with the Koopalings, Bowser Jr. and Bowser went to Mushroom Kingdom at Peach's Castle. Bowser threw Mario and others sans Peach far away to Acorn Plains. Each Koopaling went to their castle with their airships. Larry Koopa is the third boss encountered at Sparkling Waters

In his battle, he shoots blue magic out of his wand at Mario while water sprouts up from the ground. It takes is three stomps to defeat him. This fight with Larry is believed to be his second best, after his fight from Super Mario World. His artwork was reused from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Other appearances

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

"Hey, Greenie! Time to get pummelled!"
― Larry, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
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Larry appeared in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Just like in Super Mario World, Larry is the last Koopaling to be fought. Before battle, Larry traps Luigi in a barrel and shoots a fireball at him with his tennis racket. Behind Luigi is a Bob-omb which the player must avoid the fireball hitting the Bob-omb. If done successfully, the fireball hits Larry and gets angry, whilst the gate opens for Mario to pass by. Then, the player can now engage in battle with Larry. In battle, Larry has 550 HP, 110-150 POW, 145 DEF, 92 SPD & 800 EXP (600 HP, 115-160 POW, 170 DEF, 95 SPD & 850 EXP in the Japanese version), and his attacks involves him spitting fire (like the other Koopalings), playing tennis and spinning attacks. Larry's battle also involves a Time Bob-omb. After being defeated, a portal opens up, allowing the player to access Fawful.

In the 3DS remake, Larry plays the same role before, just with added dialogue. In battle, he now has 980 HP, 160 POW, 137 DEF, 88 SPD and 850 EXP. Also, Larry's spinning attack has now changed; Instead, he now goes into his shell, just like Roy. Also, his Time Bob-omb is now set to 5 turns instead of 8 turns.

Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Larry Koopa as seen in Mario Kart 8.

Larry Koopa is appears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as a playable character along with the Koopalings. This also marks the first time Larry Koopa is playable in a Mario game, and his first time making a spin-off appearance. His emblem is represented complementary to Bowser and Bowser Jr. with a face of himself colored light blue. Larry's opponent is Lemmy vice versa.

On Time Trials, a Staff Ghost Nin★Yuya. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the same staff ghost as the 150cc staff ghost improved its time. The 200cc Staff Ghost, Nin★Elena used Larry for DS Tick Tock Clock.

Non-canonical appearances

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Mario is Missing!

Larry Koopa's sprite.

Larry Koopa is in the PC and NES version of the Mario is Missing!. He made his debut on a non-canon game as a boss. In order to defeat him the player must stomp his head a few times. In the PC version the player must fire to defeat him.

Hotel Mario

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In Hotel Mario, Larry Koopa, along with the rest of the Koopalings and Bowser return as antagonists in the game. In this game, Larry is a boss fought in his own hotel, Larry's Chiliton Hotel, with the words "Larry's Cave Hotel", and "This mine is mine", which is written on the entrance. In battle, Larry attacks by using bombs as bowling balls, but just like the other Koopalings, close all doors and the boss is defeated. Larry's Chillton Hotel is apparently an icy cave.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Larry appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as an alternate costume for Bowser Jr., a newcomer. Bowser Jr. is the only character not to have any different color schemes but different characters like the Koopalings. Larry receives similar dialogues like the Koopalings on Palutena's Guidance. Larry was states by Pit that he has a strong resemblance to Bowser Jr. while Viridi had mentioned that Bowser, Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings' relationship remained a mystery. This resulted Pit to sympathize them as Palutena tells him that it is "sweet of him" but not conducive on taking the Koopalings down.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Larry is a veteran in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an alternate costume for Bowser Jr. along with other Koopalings.

Neither Bowser Jr. or the Koopalings appeared in the World of Light cutscene, but it has been known that they were one of the fighters to be caught onto Galeem's light beams and imprisoned by Dharkon. Only Larry was cloned by Dharkon which the Puppet Fighter of Larry appeared as a minion of Bowser for the Kangaskhan spirit. He does not appear on the board, but Bowser Jr. can be found at the Triforce of Power on two alternate paths.

Non-canon warning: Non-canonical information ends here.

Other Media

In the cartoons, he was Cheatsy Koopa who calls himself "the emperor of eavesdropping". In Super Mario World, his hair was white-green instead of blue. There are two major differences between Larry and Cheatsy: Cheatsy has drooping shiny eyelids, and his hair is more wild and spikey.

In the amada series, he serves as one of the minions of Bowser.

Paraphernalia

Transportation

  • Bike: Larry uses a bike during racing events.
  • Airship: Larry Koopa owns an airship since his debut in Super Mario Bros. 3. Mario and Luigi destroy the airship, but he has new airships in other games.

Kart: Larry uses a kart during racing events.

Weapons

  • Wand: Larry has stolen the wand from the Grass Land king and transformed him into a dog. In the Game Boy Advance version, he transformed the king into a Cobrat. Later, Mario/Luigi defeated him, and he lost the wand as Mario/Luigi returned it to the king. In other games, Larry has his own wand. He possess the orange magic wand.

Trivia

  • Larry Koopa was supposed to appear as a boss battle in Super Princess Peach, but he was removed along with all of the other Koopalings.

The unused sprites of Larry that are found in the Super Princess Peach game coding. Disregard the removed head sprites. This is merely so the game can put together different heads to different bodies without wasting the memory of making a different sprite for each combination. This is common in sprites.

  • Larry Koopa is the only Koopaling that was not directly named after a famous musician. [3]
  • Although Larry has been shown to like sports, he appears to lack stamina, but this also might be because at the end of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, he walked from the first world to Bowser's castle, which explains his exhaustion, since it is a very long distance.
  • In Mario Kart 8's Eletrodrome, on the big screen where the Shy Guys and Koopa Troopas are dancing, Larry Koopa is seen in the background as the DJ.
  • In the English version of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Larry is called the leader of the Koopalings in his trophy as a result of an out-of-context translation from the Japanese version. The NA version of the Wii U version corrects this by calling him the youngest instead. Despite this, his trophy information was left unchanged in the European version, likely from failing to understand the context of the translation.


Notes

References

  1. Larry's trophy description: The leader of Bowser's Minions, with aggresive tendencies to match. He's easily recognised by his tall, blue hair. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, he makes his appearance in World 1. You might think he's tough, with his blue fireballs and shell spins, but his patterns are actually pretty easy to read. Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Games. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo. 2014-10-03.
  2. Super Mario Bros. 3 instruction booklet. Nintendo of America Inc.. pp. 5.
  3. How A Mario Character Was Named After Motorhead's Lemmy


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