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Lakilester (prefers to call himself Spike, Michael, or Jonathan in Japanese version only) is Mario's eighth and last party member in Paper Mario. Lakilester is a portmanteau of Lakitu and Lester, and is probably a pun on "lackluster". Lakilester is a partner who joins Mario after Mario defeats him, as well as abandoning the antagonists to do so, very much as Vivian from the sequel, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

History

Paper Mario

In Flower Fields, Mario and his team find a Lakitu on the way to Cloudy Climb. He introduces himself by his nickname Michael, then Spike, then attacks. After he is defeated, a female Lakitu named Lakilulu comes and asks Mario not to finish Lakilester. Lakilester is annoyed and asks Lakilulu to call him Spike because it's his new name. Lakilester tells Mario that he is working for Huff N. Puff and asks him why he is trying to save the world. No matter what he answers, Lakilester thinks Mario is cool and joins the party. Lakilester wants to be stronger for his girlfriend, which is similar to Koops in the sequel. By using his field ability, Mario can hop on his cloud and hover over certain surfaces, such as spikes and lava, without getting hurt. Though it is entirely possible to use Lakilester to travel over lava, he visibly struggles while doing so. He moves considerably slower and his cloud's expression changes to an angry frown. However, because Lakilester floats low over the ground, he cannot be used to cross gaps like Parakarry can.

Lakilester receives two letters at the Post Office in Toad Town: one from Lakilulu and the other from Flight.

Super Mario-Kun

Lakilester makes an appearance also in volume 26 of Super Mario-Kun. As in the game, he initially attacks Mario. His moves include throwing a Spiny Surge while his cloud can use Hurricane. Mario and his partners eventually fight back by stacking each other and having Mario using this stack to reach Lakilester. Lakilester then joins Mario to help him on his quest.

Super Paper Mario

In Super Paper Mario, Lakilester appears as a Catch Card found on the ninetieth floor of the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials.

Profiles and statistics

Paper Mario

Start Menu Description

  • This wannabe talks like a tough guy to impress his girlfriend. Press Cdown to ride the cloud with him over spikes or lava. His specialty is throwing spiny eggs.

Attacks

Attacks Flower Points Needed Effects To Attack Move Ranks
Spiny Flip None Throws a Spiny Egg at one enemy. Align the cursor with the target. Initial
Spiny Surge 4 Throws a lot of Spiny Eggs at all enemies. Repeatedly tilt Stickleft to fill the gauge. Initial
Cloud Nine 4 Creates a cloud that boosts Mario's evasion rate. Press A as the red stars light up. Super Rank
Hurricane 5 Blows enemies out of the battlefield. Repeatedly press A and B at the same time to fill the gauge. Ultra Rank

Super Paper Mario Catch Card

  • Card Type: Rare
  • Card Description: This is Mario's good buddy Lakilester from Paper Mario. He played it cool in shades as he flew over lava.

Trivia

  • Originally, Lakilester was going to make an appearance in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, but he was removed along with most of the other partners from the original Paper Mario.
    • Lakilester also has sprite data for Super Paper Mario, even though he never appeared in that game.
  • Lakilester is the only character other than Watt who can damage Bowser after he powers himself up with the Star Rod during the first round of the final battle. However, the two can only take away 1 HP each.
  • Carrie's ability from Super Paper Mario is extremely similar to his ability.
  • If Mario is battling Lakilester as a boss and manages to put him to sleep, Lakilester holds the guarding pose as if he is using an Action Command
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