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Monty Moles are one of the major species in the Mario series. The moles tend to make their home underground. In most of the games in the Mario Party series, when Monty sticks its head out, Mario or one of his friends hits it on the head with a hammer. Monty Moles have even been made obstacles in the series and usually must be cleared by still whacking them on the head. Monty Mole has also appeared in Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Super Sluggers, and as one of the obstacles in the Mario Kart series. In Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers, Monty is one of the speedy players in both games, but is an unlockable character in Mario Superstar Baseball. The player must unlock Monty Mole in Mario Superstar Baseball by clearing the Challenge mode as Mario.
Monty Moles first appear in Super Mario World. They pop out of random places in the ground in this game. Monty Moles can charge at Mario or Luigi to attack. A sub-species of Monty Moles called Mega Moles, which the player can ride on. Monty Moles can be defeated with any attack in Super Mario World, and can also be eaten by Yoshi.
Monty Moles appears as mini-bosses in Super Mario Sunshine. They mainly operate a cannon and fire projectiles at Mario. The Monty Mole is first fought in Pinna Park during the second episode where it mainly fires Bullet Bills at Mario. Once Mario gets close, the Monty Mole will start to chuck Bob-ombs at Mario attempting to blow him up. Mario must throw the Bob-ombs at the Monty Mole three times in order to defeat it. Another one is fought at Noki Bay during the first episode where it has corked up the waterfall and is firing huge amounts of pollution around. Mario must climb up and defeat the Monty Mole the same way by throwing Bob-ombs at him in order to defeat him.
Super Mario 3D Land
Monty Moles appear again in Super Mario 3D Land. They only appear in one level in this game: 5-4. Morty Moles also appear in this game. They will attack Mario if he gets in their way. They can be defeated in one hit.
Mario Party series
Throughout the Mario Party games, Monty Moles have made occasional appearances on the boards and minigames. In Super Mario Party, a Monty Mole is playable and is part of Bowser's Team.
Mario Kart series
Super Mario Kart
Monty Moles make their Mario Kart debut in the first entry of the series, where they are found in certain tracks such as Donut Plains 2 and Donut Plains 3. They act as obstacles; if the racer drives into one, the Monty Mole will attatch itself to the racer and cause them to lose coins.
Mario Kart 64
Monty Moles (strangley referred to as "Chubbys" according to the game's manual) reappear to reprise their roles as obstacles. This time, however, they will not attatch themselves to the racer and make them lose coins. Instead, they will simply cause the racer to crash.
Mario Kart DS/Mario Kart Wii/Mario Kart 7/Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Monty Moles appear in all these entries again, along with their wrench-throwing cousins making their Mario Kart debut, filling the same role as they did before.
In Paper Mario, Monty Moles appear as enemies in Chapter 2, where they hide in holes and throw rocks at Mario.
Monty Moles were set to appear in Super Paper Mario as they have unused graphics and animations within the game's files but were cut for unknown reasons.
A Monty Mole boss was also set to appear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, but was also cut for unknown reasons. This boss was purple, had a white beard and wore a crown.
Mario Pinball Land
Monty Moles appear as obstacles who wait in one spot and watch Mario, switching spots either autonomously or after a pinball hits them. They are worth 500 points. The one in the Sandy levels is beyond door #1 and wears a fez. The one in the Grassy levels resides beyond door #2 and is indefatigable. The one in the Snowy levels lives in an igloo, wears a parka, and reappears beyond door #1 after having defeated the giant Cheep Cheep underneath. The final one appears beyond door #17 in Bowser’s Castle and wears a horned helmet.
Super Mario World television series
Monty Moles appear in the Super Mario World cartoon, but they are referred to as Gophers in it. They only appear in the episode "Gopher Bash". In the TV show, they are minions of Cheatsy Koopa. In "Gopher Bash" the moles help Cheatsy steal Dome City's crops. They are later defeated by Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi, who sneak up on the gophers, tie them up, and suspend them from the ceiling. They are also shown to be capable of singing during Cheatsy's Life.