"Idiots. Now, where was I? Oh, yeah! Goomba trash! You scrubs won't be needed this time. Just stay put and pretend you have a shot at greatness."
― Roy, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Roy Koopa or simply just Roy is the second largest and third oldest of the Koopaling children, behind Morton Koopa Jr.. His signature is his pair of red shades. He is 14 years old.


He appears as a large Koopaling with hot pink shades and his eyes are never shown behind them. He originally wore a pink shell, but in more recent appearances, he has a purple shell.


Roy Koopa is an arrogant, but brutish, bully who shows little to no regard for anyone other than himself. He is shown to be quite strong, but also lazy and a patronizing hypocrite. Roy is physically the strongest of the Koopalings won from Morton, crushing foes beneath his bulk and deflecting attacks with his hard shell. Preferring to use brawn over brains in every situation. He seem to be laid-back, doesn't do work but just lay around. He is has a soft side towards his family.

Powers and Abilities

  • Magic: Just like the rest of the Koopalings, Roy is skilled at using magic. He is able to cast purple magic blasts from his wand.
  • Fire breath: Roy can breathe a small ball of orange flames, as seen in the Mario & Luigi games.
  • Artillery expertise: Roy is shown to use firearms effectively; in New Super Mario Bros. U and its Switch port, Roy exclusively uses a Bullet Bill cannon during his boss fight.
  • Earthquake inducement: Being one of the strongest Koopalings (tied with Morton), Roy can cause earthquake-like tremors whenever he stomps on the ground.
  • Paint manipulation: Only seen in Paper Mario: Color Splash, Roy is able to use paint during his boss fight against Mario.


Super Mario Bros. 3

Roy Koopa as seen in Super Mario Bros. 3

Roy makes his debut with his siblings, and is the fifth boss of the game. He is found on his airship in Sky Land. It takes three stomps on the head to defeat him. He is one of the two Koopalings who can cause earthquakes, the other being Ludwig.

Super Mario World

Roy is the fifth boss at Forest of Illusion. He is fought in the same way as Morton except the walls will close in a bit every time the player stomps on his head. He is defeated when the player stomps on him thrice. Another of defeating him is when the player throws two fireballs at Roy and stomp on him once.

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Yoshi's Safari

Roy is the seventh boss in this game, appearing in Float Castle I. He will fly down in a hot-air balloon machine. First, shoot off its arms and one cannon. Then it will reveal six more cannons which also must be shot. When the balloon's carriage goes down, Roy appears. Defeat him and you receive the Ruby gem.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Roy Koopa's artwork from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Unlike his past appearances, Roy appears in World 2. In his Tower battle, Roy will jump about and ground pound. If Mario is on the ground when Roy comes down, he'll be stunned and paralyzed by the shockwave. Roy's magic is purple in color. Like most other bosses, three stomps on the head will defeat him. In his castle, Kamek magically brings down pipes that Roy can use. Roy will jump into a random Warp Pipe and, when Mario is right below him, jump down from it and ground pound. Mario has to avoid both the earthquake and Roy falling from the pipes. After three stomps, Roy is defeated.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Roy is the first Koopaling encountered in the game, he is seen in the Clown Copter with the other Koopalings during the intro. He will perform a Shoulder Bash towards the player in the battle like Chargin' Chucks, but when he bumps into a wall, he will become dizzy for a short time. After spinning in his shell, he will shoot a hot pink fireball from his wand. To beat Roy, the player will have to stomp on him three times. When Roy is stomped on, the room will narrow down, and it will become wide again when Roy is beaten. He is later seen again in World 6 and World Star's castle with the rest of the Koopalings in the Koopa Clown Car, trying to slow Mario down and is then seen reviving Bowser with his magic, but they were knocked into lava by Bowser.

Super Mario Maker 2

Roy returns in Super Mario Maker 2 included in update 3.0, the final major update. He gains a new ability: he can now spin in his shell to burrow underground and pop up on the floor or the ceiling, in which he will drop from and cause an earthquake, calling back to his boss fight from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Roy Koopa fighting Mario and Luigi.

Other appearances

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga/Bowser's Minions

Roy appears as a major boss. He can breathe fire, create shockwaves, and spin in his shell. He has a time Bob-omb in his battle.

Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Roy as he appears in Mario Kart 8 along with his siblings.

Roy Koopa made his debut in Mario Kart 8 and Deluxe as a playable character along with the rest of the siblings. This marks their first playable appearance in the Mario Kart spin-offs.

Non-canonical appearances

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Other media

In the cartoons, he was Bully Koopa and, instead

Bully Koopa.

of Ludwig (Known as Kooky in the show) being the oldest koopa kid, Bully was. There are three major physical differences between Roy and Bully: Bully wears a collar, has a spike on his tail, and his eyes are seen. Bully also speaks with a New York accent while Roy has a much deeper voice. His name might be related to his typical response to Morton (Big Mouth) talking too much: whacking him on the head while yelling "SHUT UP!"

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

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Magic Wand: Like most Koopalings, he can shoot magic out of his wand, Roy's magic color is purple, and the spell requires little effort to fire, and he can fire magic faster than Morton.

Ground Pound: Roy can ground-pound, creating an earthquake that stuns and paralyzes everyone else on the ground, similar to Morton Koopa Jr.

Bill Blaster: Roy can fire Bullet Bills from his double-sided Bill Blaster from New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U.


  • Roy was named after American musician, Roy Orbison, who was almost always seen wearing sunglasses. [1]



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