Klepto is a character that appears in the Mario series games. Klepto is a condor that is famous for stealing items from other creatures and humans. They are enourmous birds with big beaks and big talons that enable them to carry humans and other creatures. Klepto was first introduced in Super Mario 64, and could be found in the Shifting Sand Lands course. Klepto will carry the first star of the course, and later will steal Mario's hat while attacking him. Mario can retrieve his hat back by swiping it from Klepto's talons. Klepto also appears in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and can be seen in one of the desert golf courses. The name Klepto derives from the condition kleptomania, meaning urges to hoard objects and valuables.
Mario Party series
Klepto has made numerous appearances in the Mario Party series. They appear commonly on the boards and in mini-games where they usually are treated as a background character or a way to transport the characters to different places. In Mario Party 5, Klepto makes a cameo as a capsule and returns as an orb in Mario Party 6.
- Shy Guy's Jungle Jam - Klepto appears at the top of the board, and will charge the characters five coins in order to transport them across the river. The characters will then grab onto Klepto's talons and will be able to control him as they approach his nest at the bottom of the board. Along the way, they can grab additional coins and may even gain extra coins from the volcano eruption.
- Klepto Capsule - Klepto will grab the players by his talons and transport them to a space that is occupied by an opposing character. This is all decided by a roulette wheel.
- Klepto Orb - Klepto's role as an orb has changed from his appearance as a capsule in Mario Party 5. When a character lands on a space that is occupied by a Klepto Orb, then they will be transported back to start.