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Paratroopas are common enemies throughout the Paper Mario series. They resemble regular Koopa Troopas, although Paratroopas have a set of white wings on their shells. Their shell colors come in two main variants: green and red. The Paper Mario series has also introduced new color shells for them, such as light green, purple, gold, light blue and cyan.
During the Paper Mario series, Paratroopas and Koopa Troopas are seen with studded dog-collars and arm bands with horns and black sunglasses, similar to what Bowser wears, which would distinguish the difference between the friendly Koopas, who would try to aid Mario in his quest. However, in Super Paper Mario, generic Koopas designed as NPCs in the series are now seen as enemy Paratroopas loyal to Bowser, while the ones appearing with sunglasses are mindless soldiers loyal to Count Bleck
In battle, a Paratroopa will attack by using the Shell Shot move against Mario or his Partner. If they successfully land an attack on Koops, he will flip over like all Koopa Troopas, causing him to lose his defense point, and be unable to move for one turn. If a jump attack is used against them, they will lose their wings and become normal Koopa Troopas.
Paper Mario Edit
Paratroopas make their first paper mario appearance in Paper Mario. The Paratroopas and Koopas of this game wear sunglasses, which separates them from the Koopas who help Mario; additionally all opponent Paratroopas have red shells. This feature is carried on into the later two installments. They are found in Pleasant Path and usually attempt to Shell Shot Mario when he approaches, as their First Strike and also their primary attack. In-battle, they are immune to Hammerattacks, but are weak to Jump attacks; jumping on them causes them to lose their wings and become normal Koopa Troopas. A Paratroopa mail person named Parakarry is also one of Mario's partners in this game. His special ability is that he can carry Mario across small gaps. Dark Paratroopa, a variant of the Dark Koopa, is an unused enemy that has stats and an unused Goombario tattle.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Edit
Koopa Paratroopas appear in Paper Mario's sequel, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. They are first seen in Hooktail Castle, where they still attempt to Shell Shot Mario if he approaches nearby. Paratroopas retain the same battle style and statistics they have in Paper Mario, except that they now do two damage, instead of one. The Paratroopas of this game also wear sunglasses. Additionally, Parakarry makes a cameo in this game. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door introduces the Paratroopa variants, KP Paratroopa, Shady Paratroopa, and the now-used Dark Paratroopa, all which have the same attack patterns as a regular Paratroopa.
Super Paper Mario Edit
Koopa Paratroopas appear in Super Paper Mario. They act as a common enemy and retain the same role they have had in all platformers, while looking the same as their Paper Mario relatives. Their movement pattern differs, depending on its color. Green ones hop around on the ground, while red ones fly in the air in straight lines, horizontally as well as vertically. They appear in Chapter 1-2, 2-1, 3-3 and Rooms 11 and 46 in the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Edit
Red Koopa Paratroopas appear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star as enemies. Koopa Paratroopas don't wear sunglasses and their appearance is different from the previous Paper Mariogames. They appear in World 2 and retain the same attack pattern from previous Paper Mario titles, though their shell shot can now make Mario dizzy, including first strikes. If Mario use a First Strike or jump type sticker, its wings will be removed, and its attack pattern becomes identical to that of Koopa Troopas. A Paratroopa Squad appears and ambushes Mario at the end of Yoshi Sphinx. During this fight, the Paratroopas speak as if they were fighter pilots using comms systems, including using the words "Over" after their commands. They have four times HP than their other guards. A variant of the Paratroopa, the Shiny Koopa Paratroopa, also appear in the game.
Paper Mario: Color Splash Edit
Red Koopa Paratroopas reappear in Paper Mario: Color Splash with the same appearance and behavior as the previous game. They appear in Daffodil Peak, The Crimson Tower, and Sunset Express. In Dark Bloo Inn, one, referred to as a "red bird", appears as a Ghost Toad's pet, and Mario has to get it to go back into its cage. Koopa Paratroopa 10-Stacks appear on the Sunset Express. In battle, Koopa Paratroopas attack by going into their shells and flying at Mario, similar to their shell shot technique from earlier iterations. When they are attacked, they lose their wings and become normal red Koopa Troopas.
- Parakarry and the Postmaster are so far the only notable Paratroopas in the Paper Mario series and appear friendly.
- Not all Paratroopas tend to lose their wings after being stomped on. Parakarry for example, will still keep his wings even after being stomped on by Mario. This can be seen when Lee or a Duplighost transforms into Parakarry in battle, and Mario or Goombario uses their initial move against him.
- Oddly, they are sometimes seen carrying an HP Plus Badge in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, which can be stolen from them if Ms. Mowz is present on the battlefield.