Koopa (specie)

Koopa from Super Mario Galaxy
Series Mario series
Homeworld Koopa Kingdom
Subspecies Koopa Troopas
Notable members Bowser
Boom Boom
Bowser Jr.
Created by Nintendo
Year created 1985
Designed by Shigeru Miyamoto
First game Super Mario Bros.
Last game Mario Tennis Aces

Koopas(JP) (fully named Koopa Troopas)are a species of several types of turtles from Koopa Kingdom, enemies and even sometimes allies of Mario. In the Mario series that first appeared in the game Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System. They will either appear as red, or green but in other versions of the game there was -blue (underground), yellow or purple, with green and red being the most common overall. The green ones will always fall off the ledge if there is one, while the red ones will stay on the platform they are on and are most aggressive. In most games, Koopa Troopas will sometimes grow wings and turn into Koopa Paratroopas. Also King Bowser Koopa is Classified as part of the Koopa species. As the number of Mario games continued to increase so did the variety for types of Koopas.

After Super Mario Bros., they appeared in the game Super Mario Bros. 3 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. In the game, they did exactly what they did before, except there was a wide variety of Koopa Troopa species, such as a garganteaun one, and a Dry Bones.

Soon after Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World was released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991. This was the first game to have the Koopa Troopas walk on two legs, instead of there usual four. Stepping on them will reveal a Beach Koopa. The four legs never appeared again in a game, until the remakes of the classics, and in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, but as a Troopea, a Beanbean Kingdom version of the Koopa Troopa. The Super Mario Galaxy games also have the Koopas walking on four legs.

Koopas might be related to the Shellcreepers in Mario Bros.

As a character

Super Mario Brothers

Bowser the boss at the end of the final level was a Koopa.

Super Mario Kart

In Super Mario Kart, it was amongst the eight playable racers. Its special item was a green shell.

Paper Mario

Kooper, a blue-shelled Koopa, is an ally to Mario in this game.

Mario Party 4

In the GameCube, they appeared in Mario Party 4, where it once again appeared as a playable character, but only in the Volley Folley minigame, after you beat it. They also hosted the board, Koopa's Seaside Soiree

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, it was a playable character, as one would be able to golf with it.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Koops , a timid Koopa, is one of Mario's partners in this game. There is also an entire village with various different Koopa

Mario Kart: Double Dash‼

In Mario Kart: Double Dash‼, it was a playable character. Its car was the Koopa Dasher and the secret item was three green shells. There was also a playable Paratroopa

Species of Koopas


  • Later Koopas in the Mario series have noses resembling early whatnots from The Muppet Show, but their beaks are more bulge than these kinds of species.