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Paper Mario is a paper form of Mario, based on his appearances in the Paper Mario series, that came out of a magical book in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. Paper Mario is an independent character from Mario and interacts with him, Luigi, and various other characters from both the real world and the Paper world within the book in the game. He is the titular protagonist of the Paper Mario sub-franchise.
Paper Mario looks similar to the original Mario, but more cartoony. However, Paper Mario can also change the color of his clothing in Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door by equipping the W Emblem or the L Emblem to look like Wario or Luigi, or equipping both to look like Waluigi.
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
Mario's adventure begins when he receives mail from Princess Peach that contains a magical treasure map that she got in the town of Rogueport and asks him to meet her there. However, when he arrives, he's unable to find her due to her getting kidnapped by a group called the X-Nauts before he got there. However, he immediately comes across a female Goomba named Goombella getting threatened by a high-ranking henchman of theirs named Lord Crump and some of his cronies. He comes to her aid, and after a brief fight with Lord Crump, he summons many more X-Nauts to take care of them, but they escape during the commotion. She then thanks him for his help and brings him to see Professor Frankly, an elderly Goomba she knows who's done a lot of reserach on the Crystal Stars that the map shows the locations to. Thanks to him, they're able to find out that if he takes the map to the pedestal in front of the Thouand-Year Door, which is located right underneath Rogueport, it will reveal the location of a Crystal Star, and when they bring it back after finding one, it will point the way to another one until they can collect them all and use them to open the door leading to the legendary treasure.
Over the course of the game, he meets many other characters who are also willing to join his quest for various reasons and become his partners. Thanks to Peach sending him informative messages while in captivity, he also not only finds out that she was kidnapped fairly early on, but gradually discovers that the X-Nauts, particularly their leader Grodus, are also looking for the Crystal Stars, and that the "legendary treasure" is actually the soul of an ancient demon that Grodus intends to revive so he can use its power to conquer the world. Not only that, but the seal on the door is weakening due to it lasting for approximately a thousand years, and it just so happens that year marks a thousand years exactly since it was sealed away. Realizing the situation is much more serious than it initially seemed, Mario and his allies/partners hasten the pace throughout the game to get the Crystal Stars first so they can use them to keep the demon sealed.
Super Paper Mario
The plot of this game starts off with Mario and Luigi relaxing at home when all of a sudden, a frantic Toad comes along to give them the news that Princess Peach has been kidnapped again. Naturally, they immediately suspect it must be Bowser's doing, but when they infiltrate his castle, they find out it wasn't him this time. Right then, the real culprit, a strange fellow who goes by the name of Count Bleck appears. When Mario tries to attack him though, it doesn't work thanks to the protection of his power, and after knocking out Mario, he abducts Bowser, Luigi and all of the former's minions using a dark hole. As it turns out, he had wanted Princess Peach and Bowser so that he could force them to marry each other, which he succeeds in doing thanks to his assistant, Nastasia, using her hypnotic powers to force Peach to say yes. As the Dark Prognosticus foretold, this summons the Chaos Heart, which Bleck takes control of and uses it to open the Void, a slowly expanding inter-dimensional rift, in order to destroy the flawed universe and create a perfect new one in its place.
Meanwhile, Mario is found by a Pixl named Tippi, who teleports him to Flipside and is filled in on the situation by a being who lives there named Merlon. He also tasks him to collect the eight Pure Hearts, which are necessary to undo the destruction. After being presented with the first Pure Heart, which Merlon already possesses, Mario accepts the task and places it in a nearby pillar, which opens the door to the first world he needs to explore to find another one. He then starts his journey with Tippi at his side, traveling to different worlds to collect them all, and quickly learns the invaluable ability to flip between dimensions. Along the way, he is eventually joined on his quest by various other Pixls that each have a unique ability, Princess Peach, Luigi, and even Bowser, as well as gets help from a variety of other supporting characters.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Paper Mario makes his debut as a unique character from Mario in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. He first appears by saving Mario and Luigi from the threat of Paper Goombas. He agrees to help his three-dimensional counterpart and his brother gather the Paper Toads and defeat Bowser and Paper Bowser, returning all Paper characters to the book from whence they came. He also meets Petey Piranha in paper form.
Paper Mario is the one who comes up with solutions when the Bros can not. One time he and his counterpart are kidnapped by King Boo, and Luigi must face his fears to rescue them. Paper Mario is rescued second, and he is held hostage during the battle with King Boo and the king threatens to hurt the Bros. if they attack his Boo.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Paper Mario, Peach and Toad go to Prism Island to figure out what happened to the Toads and its colors. Here, he meets the guardian named Huey and help him restore the island's Big Paint Stars by collecting them in each level while defeating enemies with his Paint Hammer and Battle Cards.
Paper Mario: The Origami King
The plot of the game kicks off with Princess Peach inviting Mario and Luigi to an event called the Origami Festival, which is taking place just outside the castle in Toad Town. However, they arrive to find the place eerily abandoned. They then enter her castle to find out what happened to everyone, only to find that Princess Peach has been turned into origami and brainwashed by a mysterious new enemy made of origami themself named King Olly. Not only that, but he has done the same to many of Bowser's minions, thereby turning them into what are dubbed as "Folded Soldiers" who do his bidding. Thankfully, Mario manages to not only escape, but rescue both Bowser and Olly's benevolent sister Olivia, who unlike Olly, believes paper beings and origami can live together in harmony. However, Olly wraps the castle in five multicolored streamers and rips it off its foundations, transporting it to a nearby volcano, which causes their escape to be a narrow one and separates Mario and Olivia from Bowser. After landing in a forest near Toad Town called the Whispering Woods and making their way back, Mario and Olivia soon discover that many of the toads have been folded into various types of origami by Olly's Folded Soldiers. Therefore, they set out on an epic quest to save al the toads, fix all the holes that Olly's origami minions have made in the surrounding environments, and follow each of the streamers to their source so they can destroy them and free the castle so they can go back there and stop Olly from turning everything into origami.
Super Mario Maker
Paper Mario appears alongside Mario and Luigi as part of the "Mario Trio" costume, one of the many unlockable Costume Mario costumes in Super Mario Maker. The costume is unlocked by clearing the Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Event Course.
Super Smash Bros.
Paper Mario first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a collectible trophy. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Paper Mario appeared as a collectible trophy who can be obtained by clearing the classic mode with all characters and a sticker that increases the user's electric attacks. Paper Mario returns in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS as a collectible trophy again. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Paper Mario appears as an summonable ace-ranked primary neutral-type spirit that make the player weak to water attacks. His spirit can be summoned using cores of Cut Man, Cardboard Box and any neutral core.
- There is a theory that claims Paper Mario is emotionless due to his lack of dialogue and his silent personality. This has been disconfirmed on many occasions where Mario has been shown to care for his friends and is shocked and/or angered when something bad happens to them. One of the most notable instances of this was in Paper Mario: The Origami King, when he was horrified once he learned Bobby was going to sacrifice himself by blowing up a boulder to save Olivia, attempts to prevent him from doing so and was just as sad as Olivia when she reacted to Bobby’s final fate.