Merle is a character that appears in Paper Mario. He is Merlon's son and he lives along with the Ninjis and Star Kids at Starborn Valley.


Merle greatly resembles his father Merlon except that his beard is yellow in color except for white.


After hearing about Mario's quest to find the Star Spirits, Merle sends a Ninji out to him to invite him to Starborn Valley. Merle eventually meets up with Mario and explains the Star Kids actions earlier. Merle then tells a story to Mario before giving him the Bucket which is needed with another item to get to the Crystal Palace. Merle then recommends Mario to speak with Mayor Penguin for the other item.