The Stairface Ogre (ドンスケ, lit. Oni Tribe), is one of the species resembling the mythological Oni. They first appear in Super Mario Odyssey. They are mainly found in Bowser's Kingdom as Mario makes his way upward.
Stairface Ogres, different from their initial incarnation in Super Mario 64, are large, stone enemies that resemble hideous, gigantic ogre-like creatures with sharp claws, wild hair, and two long horns growing from their heads. They are humanoid for the most part, but occasionally, they are shown with unnatural features such as odd numbers of eyes or extra fingers and toes. Their skin may be any number of colors, but red and blue are particularly common.
They are often depicted wearing tiger-skin loincloths and carrying iron clubs called kanabō (金棒).
Their primary means of attack is to smash their staircase-shaped mallet down in front of them where Mario is standing, which allows Mario to climb up their mallets. Stairface Ogres can be defeated by performing a Ground Pound on top of their head or by poking the yellow gem on their forehead while controlling a Pokio.
Names in Other Languages
- Japanese: Donsuke (From Oni-zoku, which means "Ogre Tribe". ("Oni means "ogre" in Japanese.))
- Spanish: El Peldañogro (El Peldaño is a second declension noun that means "stairstep", while El Ogro comes from English Ogre, which in turn comes from Latin Orcus. Second declension, Genitive Lis Peldañogris, Plural Los Peldañogros.)
- French: L'escaboum (A masculine noun that comes from L'escalier (stair step) and Boum (An onomatopoeia that parallels English "Boom".)
- Italian: Il Scalórco (Literally "Stair-orc". From La Scala (a first declension noun that translates to "staircase") and L'orco (a second declension noun meaning "orc). Second declension, genitive Lóis Scalórchis.)
- Korean: Keung-ggae-bi (Literally "Boom Goblin". Keung parallels the English Onomatopoeia "Boom", while Do-ggae-bi means "goblin" in Korean.)