Kamek (カメック, Kamekku) was Bowser's guardian and one of the enemies in the past Mushroom Kingdom. His first appearance was in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island for the SNES, where he kidnapped Baby Luigi and left Baby Mario tumbling down to Yoshi's Island. He later sent out Toadies to search for Baby Mario, who Yoshi already saved. Yoshi protected Baby Mario, and went off to find Baby Luigi and bring the duo to there parents. Even though many might consider him one of the main enemies in the game, he oddly isn't a boss, nor do you ever fight him.
Powers and abilities
Kamek can do various magic techniques that other Magikoopas can't, such as being able to make enemies almost ten times their regular size.
Kamek appeared in many cameos, and enemy appearances in a few games, but when Mario Kart 64 was in development, Kamek was in a few photos as a playable character, but was later replaced by Wario. If he appeared as a playable character in the game, this could have changed how popular he is today.
In Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga there is a Magikoopa named Psycho Kamek, though he acts nothing like Kamek and wears yellow. Since the word Kamek in Japanese is associated with Turtle. It is likely just a translation error.
In the game Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, he appeared as a boss character, and was also together again with Baby Bowser. He has also appeared in games such as Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and Yoshi's Safari, along with many cameo appearances such as in a few of the Mario Kart Games.
Kamek's first game where he appears as a boss is in the 1996 SNES game Tetris Attack. The game put him as the second to last boss right before the almighty Bowser. In the game, Yoshi and his pals had to beat him by using the puzzle mechanics that were added in the game.
In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, he reappears. In each Koopaling battle in the castles, he'd always use his magic to make a gimmick to make the battle tougher. However, he is the boss in the Fortress of World 8.
He appears as a playable character in Mario Party 9
He also appears as a boss in Mario Party 10
Yoshi's island DS
Kamek arguably plays his biggest role in this game. Though you never fight him he orchestrates the events of the game, and you are constantly trying to stop him from kidnapping the babies. He also quite noticeably runs and instigates the boss battles, as he almost always turns a normal enemy into a huge monster and orders it to attack Yoshi. Except noticeably for Big Guy the Stilted.
|Major villains||Donkey Kong | Bowser | Foreman Spike | Wart | Koopalings (Ludwig von Koopa | Lemmy Koopa | Roy Koopa | Iggy Koopa | Wendy O. Koopa | Morton Koopa Jr. | Larry Koopa) | Tatanga | Virus | Wario | Kamek | Baby Bowser | Smithy | Big Bob-omb | Whomp King | Waluigi | King Boo | Shadow Mario | Petey Piranha | Bowser Jr. | Cackletta | Fawful | Antasma | Sir Grodus | Lord Crump | Shadow Queen | Princess Shroob | Count Bleck | Dimentio | Pom Pom | Boom Boom | Bowser Soul | Topper | Hariet | Rango | Spewart | Madame Broode|
|Minor villains||Blooper | Bob-omb | Boo | Bullet Bill | Buzzy Beetle | Chain Chomp | Cheep Cheep | Dry Bones | Goomba | Hammer Bros. | Koopa Paratroopa | Koopa Troopa | Lakitu | Magikoopa | Monty Mole | Ninji | Piranha Plant | Pokey | Shroob | Shy Guy | Snifit | Spiny | Thwomp | Whomp | Wiggler|
|Main characters||Mario • Luigi • Princess Peach • Toad • Yoshi • Paper Mario|
|Supporting characters||Dr. Mario • Princess Daisy • Rosalina • Wanda • Donkey Kong • Diddy Kong • Pauline • Professor E. Gadd • Toadette • Toadsworth • Captain Toad • Birdo • Nabbit • Cappy|
|Enemies||Bowser • Bowser Jr. • Koopalings (Larry Koopa / Morton Koopa Jr. / Lemmy Koopa / Wendy O. Koopa / Iggy Koopa / Roy Koopa / Ludwig von Koopa) • Wario • Waluigi • Fawful • Kammy Koopa • Dimentio • Antasma • Kamek • King Boo • Petey Piranha • Tatanga • Wart • Foreman Spike|
|Notable Koopas||Bowser • Bowser Jr. • Dry Bowser • Hookbill the Koopa • Iggy Koopa • Jr. Troopa • Kamek • Kammy Koopa • Koopa Bros. • Koopa the Quick • Kooper • Koopie Koo • Koopley • Koops • Kroop • Kylie Koopa • Larry Koopa • Lemmy Koopa • Ludwig von Koopa • Morton Koopa Jr. • Roy Koopa • Wendy O. Koopa|
|Koopa Troopa Species||Ankoopa • Boomerang Bros. • Dry Bones • Fire Bro. • Hammer Bro. • Koopa Troopa • Koopa Paratroopa • Koopatrol • K.P. Koopa • Lakitu • Magikoopa • Shady Koopa • Super Dry Bones|