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A Koopa Troopa is a recurring enemy in the Mario series. They are turtle-like creatures who hide in their shells when someone stomps on their heads. The Koopa Troopa is the most common classification of Koopa. Koopa Troopas are often troopers in the Koopa Troop. Koopa Troopas come in four colors: Green, Red, Blue, and Gold. If an enemy is referred to as just "Koopa" this usually means Koopa Troopa, the green Koopa Troopas are known to walk of cliffs and can't jump.
Although Koopa Troopas did not appear in Mario Bros., enemies called Shellcreepers resemble them. In all remakes, they are replaced by Spinies
Super Mario Bros.
In Super Mario Bros., they were renamed "Koopa Troopa", and Koopa Paratroopas made their debut. They can be used as projectiles after they retreat into their shells. Green Koopas simply walked forwards, turning around if they encountered a wall or another enemy, and if they reached a ledge, would walk straight off, even into a bottomless pit. Red Koopas were mentioned in the manual as being more powerful than their green counterparts. In the game, this meant they had the sense not to walk off edges.
Super Mario Bros. 3
In Super Mario Bros. 3, Koopa Troopas generally stayed the same as in Super Mario Bros. One thing that changed was, when they return to their shells, they can be carried and kicked away to destroy blocks or hit enemies. Koopa Troopas in their shells could be carried into the air as well.
Super Mario World
Super Mario World brought drastic changes to the Koopa Troopa. In this game, Koopa Troopas finally started walking on two legs and wearing shoes. Also, like in Mario Bros., stomping on Koopas ejects them from their shells rather than causing them to hide. An ejected Koopa will slide out of its shell, wearing only a t-shirt, and will crawl back to its shell after being temporarily stunned. Their shells can still be carried. The game also featured Blue and Yellow Koopas. A Koopa that reentered a yellow shell would flash and turn invincible and chase after Mario, sliding around inside the shell. If Yoshi ate a Red, Blue, or Yellow shell, they would gain a different ability until they swallowed or spit the shell out. Eating a flashing shell gave all three abilities at the same time. When the player finds or completes all goals, a different shell will appear on Koopa Troopas.
Super Mario 64
In Super Mario 64, Koopa Troopas wear boxers after being knocked out. Their shells can be used as skateboards and even slide over lava. Koopa Troopas in this game appear in various sizes, as exemplified by Koopa the Quick.
A Koopa Troopa
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The Paper Mario series introduces friendly Koopas that have their own towns, such as Kooper, Koops, etc. However, it also introduced some pretty evil koopas, such as the Koopa Bros. and Tutankoopa.Other forms of Koopas, such as the Koopatrols and the giant Tubba Blubba. Others are Hammer Bros., Lakitu, etc. But, Koopas are nice sometimes. An example of such a Koopa is Koopa the Quick, first appearing in Super Mario 64, who races the player in Bob-omb Battlefield and Tiny-Huge Island. Generic Koopa Troopas have also appeared throughout the Mario Party series as NPCs. Like Toad, they are generally helpful towards the players, usually providing them with rewards or running mini-games.
|This is a Koopa Trooopa. Everybody knows Koopa Troopas. They're Bowser's followers.|
|Max HP: 4, Attack Power: 1, Defense Power: 1 Their shells are hard.|
|If you can flip 'em over, their defense power will fall to 0 and it will become much easier for you to defeat 'em.|
|You can flip 'em with a POW Block or a Jump attack.|
Super Paper Mario
In Super Paper Mario, green shelled Koopas wearing shades are introduced rather than the red shelled ones. It is also shown that the Koopa Troopas that are wearing the shades have been brainwashed into serving Count Bleck.
New Super Mario Bros.
In New Super Mario Bros. they are basically the same as in Super Mario World, they walk on two legs, the wear shoes and can still be carried. Both green and red Koopa Troopas appear and have the same functions as in the other games. The Blue Koopa Shell appears as a power-up in the multi player Ice stage. They can also be used as flotation devices in water.
Super Mario Galaxy
In Super Mario Galaxy, they are semi-common enemies found mostly on the airship levels. Strangely enough, they are shown walking on all fours, like in SMB and SMB3, and always show an angry-looking expression. They did not flee from Mario like in Super Mario 64 and instead patrolled a set area; which was a straight line for Green Koopa Troopas and a small circle for Red Koopa Troopas.
Also, unlike in Super Mario 64, Koopa Troopas can actually hurt Mario in this game. As usual, jumping on a Koopa will cause it to retreat into its shell, but they can be defeated permanently by attacking with a Ground Pound. Attacking with a spin will defeat the Koopa and also spin the shell into Mario's hands so it can be used. In some areas, upon defeating a Koopa, another Koopa will spawn in its place.
Koopa shells also appear as common items which can be thrown to defeat enemies and smash open chests or held onto underwater in order to swim faster; red shells travel faster than green shells and home in on enemies, while the green shell go in a straight trajectory.
Single Koopa Troopas have been playable in Mario Kart games and various other sport games along with Paratroopas. In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, the Koopa Troopa's signature item were Triple Green Shells, while the Paratroopa's signature item were Triple Red Shells. Koopa Troopa shells, either Green or Red, are available as items and have diferent abilities.
Mario Party series
In Mario Party Koopa stands in the beginning of each board and when players pass him he gives them money.
Mario Party 2 and Mario Party 3
Koopa's role in both 2 & 3 is the owner of the Koopa Bank/. When a player passes by the Bank, Koopa takes 5 coins from that player. If less than 5, Koopa would take all of the remaining coins. If a player lands on the Bank Space, Koopa would give all the coins of the bank to that player.
In 3, Koopa is a partner in Duel Mode. He has low attacks, low defense and low salary.
Mario Party 4
In Mario Party 4, Koopa became the host of the show alongside Toad, Goomba, Shy Guy, and Boo.
Mario Party 5
In Mario Party 5, Koopa appears as a Bank owner and the star of the minigame Flower Shower, where he got married with a female Koopa.
Mario Party 8
Koopa also had a board in Mario Party 8 that was named Koopa's Tycoon Town. There were Koopa bellhops standing in front of hotels, and asked the players to buy their hotel with coins. When a player landed on a lucky space, a Koopa Driver appeared, and took the player to the lucky road, where the player could collect coins and buy a 3-Star hotel for only 1 coin. Multiple Koopas also appeared on the Train and in crowds.
Mario Party 9
Koopa appears for the first time as a main playable character, selectable from the beginning of the game.
Mario Kart series
Koopa Troopa first appeared in Super Mario Kart. He later re-appeared in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and in Mario Kart Wii. He is a standard character in every game he has appeared in. In Super Mario Kart he shared racing characteristics with Toad as a beginner's racer with top-notch handling. In Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart Wii he is classified as a light type character. Koopa Troopa is set to appear in Mario Kart 7 as a playable character.
Staff Ghost Tracks
- Koopa Troopas made a cameo appearance in the NES game Zoda's Revenge: Startropics II. In the game a man delivers a pizza to the protagonist, Mike Jones while riding a Koopa Troopa.
- Although Koopa Troopas did not appear in the Super Mario Bros. (film), the Goombas in the film were originally going to be called Koopa's Troopas, as shown in official artwork.
- Golden Koopa Troopas didn't appear until New Super Mario Bros. 2 in 2012, but a golden Koopa shell appeared prior in Super Mario Galaxy (2007).
- As shown in Super Mario World, Koopa Troopas can not only survive without their shells, but actually wear clothing underneith them.
- Koopas are more well-known because of their shells, since the shell has appeared has items in Mario Kart.
- There are some rumors indicating that Koopas are killed of two hits. Actually it only takes one, as seen in World & 64.