Lakitu(JP) is the name of a common Mario enemy that first appeared in the hit classic Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The species is a type of Koopa Troopa that fly around atop clouds, hurling Spinies or Spiny Eggs at the player (Although it is possible to make a Lakitu throw Mushrooms, Super Leaves and other items beneficial to the player, but that is in Super Mario Maker.)

The species isn't always an enemy though, for example, he appeared as one of Mario's friends in the game Paper Mario, and one of the Yoshis in Tetris Attack. In the Mario Kart series, he will help you along the track in multiple ways. And in Super Mario 64, he will be there to tape Mario as he fights evil.

All Lakitus are usually yellow with a green shell, and have black flight goggles, and will sometimes wield a fishing rod to hold things up such as a basket in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Lakitu also appears in some Mario cartoons.

Main series

Mario Kart series

Rocket Start (Mario Kart 8)

Lakitu as the referee in Mario Kart 8.

Lakitu have appeared in every Mario Kart game since the original, Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. He runs and owns the courses, and also helps the player when he needs help. During the race he will start it off with the traffic lights, will alert the player if he's going in the wrong direction, pull them up with his fishing rod if they fall off the course, and will tell them what lap they're on each time racers pass the start/finish line, and a red Lakitu is also a playable character in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8.

Lakitu variants

Fishin' Lakitu


A Fishin' Lakitu from Super Mario World.

Fishin' Lakitus are a type of Lakitus who first appeared in Super Mario World. They bait Mario or Luigi with a 1-up Mushroom on the end of a fishing rod. Once the mushroom is taken, the Fishin' Lakitu will start attacking as a regular Lakitu. In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Fishin' Lakitu would appear without a bait with a fishing pole ending in a hook attempting to steal Baby Mario.

They have also appeared in the Mario Kart series as well as many spin-offs. In cases like Super Mario 64 they could appear as a friendly version carrying the camera for the player to see Mario.

The Fishin' Lakitu have a subtype, which is a mix between a Fishin' Lakitu and a Boo. It is called the Fishin' Boo, and instead of a 1-Up Mushroom, it carries a flame that hits Mario or Luigi whenever they come in contact with it.

A Fishin' Lakitu makes a cameo in the Super Smash Bros. Series, appearing in the background of Yoshi's Island (Melee) along with a Banzai Bill.

They are capturable in Super Mario Odyssey.

Wall Lakitu

Wall Lakitu are Lakitus that hide behind walls, waiting for its enemy to approach. Once he or she does, the Wall Lakitu will then look up and toss their Spiny Egg projectiles at him or her. The only way to defeat this enemy (in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island) is to either shoot eggs at them or to simply jump on it. After they appeared in Yoshi's Island, they were enemies in Super Princess Peach and in Yoshi games starting again with Yoshi's Island DS.


Super Smash Bros. series

Starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Lakitu makes an appearance as an assist trophy. He takes on his 8-bit Super Mario Bros. appearance. and he drops spiny eggs that turn into spinies that walk around. He can be defeated, a rare trait among Assist Trophies. Lakitu returns in Super Smash Bros. 4, acting the same as in Brawl. 

In the Smash Run mode of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Lakitu is an enemy. This time, it uses a 3D model and design. It functions almost the same.

In every Smash game from Super Smash Bros. Melee onwards, a Fishin' Lakitu appears in the background of the Super Mario World stage, Yoshi's Island. It also appears in the upper part of the stage Mushroom Kingdom.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Lakitu is a spirit; it also doesn't feature his Assist Trophy.

Trophy Descriptions


  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - In this game, Lakitus are actual enemies in the game that shoot electricity, and then retreat to his cloud.
  • Tetris DS - In Tetris DS, Lakitu appears as the first and easiest icon to get in the rankings section of the game.
  • In most Mario Sports titles, Lakitu appears as a referee or similar position
  • Fortune Street - Lakitu sometimes appears in a game if Venture Card 92 is drawn. He closes all the stores he passes


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