Count Bleck does not care about any world! They are all meaningless. Better that I destroy them! Better yet, I shall make it as if they never existed at all!
~ Count Bleck explaining his ultimate goal to Mario and Timpani.
Bleh heh heh heh heh heh... The man known as Blumiere died long ago. Now there is only Bleck! The Dark Prognosticus's choice to fulfill the prophecy. Nothing more!
~ Count Bleck disregarding his old identity in favour of his psychopathic one.

Count Bleck (in Japanese: ノワール伯爵, Nowāru Hakushaku, translated as Count Noir), whose real name is Lord Blumiere, is the central antagonist of the 2007 Nintendo Wii video game Super Paper Mario.

He is a mysterious figure who wanted to end all worlds with the power of the Chaos Heart by summoning the Void supposedly so he can create new worlds in their place, when in fact he intends to keep them in ruin. He leads a group of evil-doers that includes Nastasia (one of his lovebirds), Mimi (a shapeshifter who can mimic anyone), O'Chunks (a fighter who joined his group), and Dimentio (a master of dimensions who would later betray him and take the Chaos Heart for himself).

He appears in the post-Chapter flashbacks, which reveals how he, once a kind man, turned into the nihilistic villain due to the tragic loss of his fiancée. He is one of the few (if not the only) villains in Mario history who is not driven by greed or jealousy, but rather, love and emotional struggles, making him one of the most tragic villains in the Mario franchise.

History

Prologue

I do not care, Father! A world without her is empty. A LIFE without her is empty. Speak, Dark Prognosticus! Teach your dark history! I await your command! BLEH HEH HEH! BLECK! [...] Silence! The first prophecy beckons. I will erase every inch...of this blasted world! [...] Blumiere is no more! I am Count Bleck! And no one shall stand in my way!
~ Lord Blumiere opens the Dark Prognosticus, transforming into Count Bleck in the process.

It is slowly revealed in vague flashbacks that Count Bleck (when he was only known as Blumiere) was originally a member of the Tribe of Darkness, a group that broke from the Tribe of Ancients after stealing the Dark Prognosticus to keep its powers from being abused. One day, Blumiere was found injured at the base of a cliff by a human girl named Timpani and nursed back to health. Blumiere ignored his father's warnings of humanity and continued to visit Timpani; eventually, the pair fell in love, breaking his tribe's taboo against marriage outside of them (which was made to keep their magical powers from weakening) in the process. Before the plans for marriage were able to work, Timpani vanished, leaving Blumiere gravely heartbroken. Soon afterward, his father revealed that he had teleported Timpani out of their dimension, explaining that their kind could never mix with humans. During the search for his lost love, Blumiere saved a bat that would be Nastasia from a trap, as revealed by Carson in Flopside. However, his effort to find Timpani was in vain. Inconsolable, Blumiere turned to the pages of the Dark Prognosticus,, against his father's pleading for him not to do it. He sought to destroy everything that took Timpani away from him and follow her to the grave. Renaming himself Count Bleck, he gathered a troop to help to put his villainous plans into motion after destroying his home dimension, involving abducting Princess Peach, Luigi, Paper Bowser and everyone in Bowser's Castle (excluding Mario). Bleck then arranged the marriage between Peach and Bowser which the latter accepts without hesitation and the former being brainwashed by Nastasia to give her vows when she resisted, forming the Chaos Heart, with Luigi unsuccessfully tried to stop it as the Void began to appear.

Revelation

When Count Bleck learned about Tippi and her similar descriptions to Lady Timpani, he suddenly felt regretful for opening the Void, for he realized that he had found her. But still, Count Bleck could not close the Void for he was still in control of the Chaos Heart, which he believed would be destroyed only if its owner perished.

Fight

Castle Bleck

When Mario and Tippi confronted Count Bleck at his namesake Castle, the count attempted to destroy them using his magic. However, the power of the Chaos Heart was negated using the power of the Pure Hearts, allowing him to be defeated and left weak, frail, and hopeless. Wanting to die because of his evil deeds for opening the Void and putting his love in serious danger, he asked Mario and Tippi to kill him. But Tippi forgave him for she still loved him, and would not do it.

The End

It was here that Dimentio tried to blast Count Bleck with his magic, but Nastasia sacrificed herself to save Count Bleck and gets hit instead. Then, Dimentio mocked Nastasia's sacrifice, took control of the Chaos Heart, brainwashed Luigi, imprisoned Tippi, Count Bleck, and Nastasia in Dimension D and tried to destroy the universe himself. Tippi and Count Bleck re-established their love, and with the help of O'Chunks and Mimi, the Pure Hearts were restored, and Dimentio, who mixed himself with Luigi and the Chaos Heart to create Super Dimentio, was defeated. In order to banish the Chaos Heart and close the Void, Count Bleck and Tippi demonstrated the true love they possessed at the same area where the Chaos Heart came to be and were finally married.

The process caused the Chaos Heart, the Pure Hearts, Count Bleck, and Timpani to vanish, never to be seen again. Some have speculated that they are dead, but Nastasia and Merlon are both convinced that they are alive and living together in happiness. After the credits the silhouettes of Blumiere and Timpani in their original forms are seen in a paradise dimension, looking up at a sunny sky from a hill. It is unknown whether this is The Overthere or not.‎

Personality

As seen during the inter-chapter flashbacks, Blumiere was originally a very kind and patient person who displayed great affection to those he loved, even his somewhat cruel father up until he disposed of Timpani.

After Timpani's supposed death, Blumiere completely snapped and developed a second identity called Count Bleck who stole away the Dark Prognosticus. As Bleck, he was a nihilist who believed that life was meaningless without Timpani and resolved to prevent people from feeling the same way by killing everyone. He is also a pessimist since, once Tippi pointed out that he could stop the prophecy, he announced that it did not matter now since it was too late to prevent the Void from consuming everything.

Upon learning that TImpani was indeed alive, Bleck began having a change of heart, however he still felt that his actions could not be changed and instead resolved to allow the heroes to kill him so that Timpani could live. However, some of Blumiere still remained seeing as he eventually returned to the light side after being prodded to do so in Dimension D after Dimentio sent them there.

Powers and abilities

  • Longevity: Count Bleck was stated to have searched centuries for Timpani without ageing past a fully grown adult. This is possibly due to the influence of the Dark Prognosticus.
  • Magic: Count Bleck is an absolute master of magic, being the most powerful villain in the game (aside from Super Dimentio and Shadoo although one is a fusion of Luigi, Dimentio, and the Chaos Heart and the other is the boss of the 100 Pits of Flipside as well as being implied to be the Queen of the incredibly powerful race called Pixls).
  • Flipping: Like all of the other villains and Mario, Count Bleck can make the dimension around him "flip" to teleport him to other realms. Out of all the villains, Count Bleck has the most basic form of "flipping" where he just spins away instead of an additional effect. He can also teleport objects around him as well (as seen with the Dark Prognosticus).
  • Flight: Count Bleck was able to float around the room to different levelled platforms during his final battle by throwing out his arms to reveal his bat wings and fly around.
  • Forcefield: Count Bleck had a blue force field around him which proves immune to Mario, Luigi, and Peach's jump and Bowser's fire breath. The only thing capable of breaking it was all eight Pure Hearts.
  • Rush Attack: Count Bleck can charge up his body with red energy to rush at the selected Hero, damaging them if they don't dodge, use Flip to become intangible, or stamp on his head.
  • Void Blast: Count Bleck's most powerful attack where he throws up his arms, opening his cape and charging a dark purple cloud of Void energy that he would then fire at his opponent. This was likely his strongest move since he was going to use it to "Game Over" Mario after he had failed to penetrate his force field a second time. However, what this attack would cause is unclear since he was interrupted before he could fire it by Peach, Luigi, and Bowser's arrival.

Arsenal

  • Sceptre: Count Bleck's personal weapon is a large white sceptre with a large blue gem at the end through which he can channel his magic.
    • Energy Blast: Count Bleck can charge the gem on his sceptre with purple glitchy energy and fire an energy blast from it. If it makes contact, it will suck the chosen Hero into it and cause damage. This must either be dodged or the player must use the Pixl Slim to become intangible and it will go straight through them.
      • Vortex Generation: Count Bleck's most disruptive and dangerous attack which is a more powerful version of his regular energy blasts. In performing this attack, Bleck swings his sceptre to generate a large cloud of Void energy that would then suck the player in unless they push away from it in time. This is the most powerful attack he uses in actual battle, doing eight damage instead of the Energy Blast's three and the measly 2 damage done by making contact with anything but his head.
    • Focus Blast: Count Bleck can flare open his cloak and smack an enemy on the head with his sceptre, generating a glitchy cloud of Void energy around them strong enough to knock Mario unconscious during the opening scene.
    • Time Wave: Count Bleck can levitate his sceptre in the air and make it spin like the hands of a sped up clock, This creates a massive wave on the screen that slows down the player into slow motion despite Count Bleck still moving at normal speed. This is the only attack he produces that the player cannot dodge or avoid as it's a status effect across the entire area and will affect the player even if Slim is activated.

Quotes

Bleh heh heh heh! BLECK!
~ Count Bleck's signature laugh
By me... Count Bleck! The chosen executor of the Dark Prognosticus... is Count Bleck! The fine fellow prophesied to come to this dimension... is also Count Bleck!
~ Count Bleck
Open your mouth, darkness! Consume everything and destroy all worlds as told in the prophecy!
~ Count Bleck
It's strange... Nobody ever, um, cherished the universe the way you once did... And yet, you've been made to destroy it...
~ Nastasia about how Blumiere became his own antithesis.
She cannot be replaced. You could never hope to do so, Nastasia. To be sure... She is gone... Gone from all worlds, never to return...
~ Count Bleck to Nastasia when the latter says she wishes she could replace Timpani.
Count Bleck: BLEH HEH HEH HEH! BLECK! The prophecy unfolds smoothly, thanks to the Chaos Heart. The light of each world will be snuffed out one by one...
Tippi: Why would you want to do something so...unspeakable?
Count Bleck: You QUESTION Count Bleck?! This worthless world's destruction matters not! Far better for Count Bleck to wipe it out of existence than let it remain!
Tippi: How can you say that? That's...horrible!
Count Bleck: Count Bleck scoffs at you! An insignificant Pixl lectures Count Bleck on what is right and wrong?
Tippi: This is not up for discussion! You're wrong...and sick! All living things have a heart. They're all priceless. You can't just...erase them!
Count Bleck: Of all things, you defend the heart? Nothing could be more worthless...
~ Count Bleck and Tippi.
All things...are meaningless... Aside from Timpani, no treasure mattered in the least to me...
~ Count Bleck
I do not care, Father! A world without her is empty. A LIFE without her is empty. Speak, Dark Prognosticus! Teach your dark history! I await your command! BLEH HEH HEH! BLECK! [...] Silence! The first prophecy beckons. I will erase every inch...of this blasted world! [...] Blumiere is no more! I am Count Bleck! And no one shall stand in my way!
~ Lord Blumiere opening the Dark Prognosticus, transforming into Count Bleck in the process.
But you are far too late to stop the Dark Prognosticus, and me... Count Bleck! All worlds will soon end. Come into grips for that now, for you cannot stop it. I suggest you make yourselves comfortable and enjoy this one, final spectacle!
~ Count Bleck
Count Bleck does not care about any world! They are all meaningless.
~ Count Bleck's mentality.
You know the answer, dear Timpani. Count Bleck does not have to tell you. The hour has grown too late... You should know that by now.
~ Count Bleck to Tippi.
Count Bleck is the deleter of worlds! My fate is written in the Dark Prognosticus! ALL NOW ENDS!
~ Count Bleck
Are you prepared, hero? Our duel will be worthy of the last clash this world will ever see!
~ Count Bleck
Bleck! I expected more potency from the Hero of Prophecy! And now, I will watch your game end, and then your precious worlds will end soon after!
~ Count Bleck
Timpani... After you vanished, I searched long for you. I never stopped looking. I searched and searched, but I never found you. Without you, the world held no meaning or joy. So I used the forbidden prophecy of the Tribe of Ancients to end all worlds. I wanted to destroy everything that had taken you away from me...
~ Count Bleck explaining his motives to Tippi.
So be it... says Count Bleck! But your precious worlds aren't safe until my last breath. Let us finally end this! Now, the TRUE battle begins... with Count Bleck!
~ Count Bleck
Ex...Excellent... You have won... Now finish Count Bleck. The Chaos Heart will disappear, and the prophecy will be undone...
~ Count Bleck
It's too late. Count Bleck has done so much evil... it must end. Just knowing that you are alive, and the world you live in will continue... it gives me peace. I do not have long to live... you must end my game before The Void destroys all...
~ Count Bleck
It was no lie. But without the power of the Pure Hearts, there is no way to counter the Chaos Heart. What can we do?
~ Count Bleck to Tippi.
So, it seems the end of all worlds is really upon us...
~ Count Bleck
I thought the Chaos Heart would disappear if the person controlling it fell. Dimentio... must have left behind a shadow of his power to continue controlling it. It won't last long, but it'll be enough to ensure the end of every world.
~ Count Bleck
We will use the Pure Hearts again this time, to banish the Chaos Heart. All we need is true love, and that's something I am lucky enough to possess.
~ Count Bleck
But you, Timpani... It pains me to know that this may cut your game short, as well. Still... there is no other way to stop this.
~ Count Bleck
Blumiere: There were so many things I wanted to say to you, but I could not find the words.
Tippi: Oh, Blumiere... Only one thing matters to me now. I never had the chance to return your question... Blumiere... Do you still love me, as well?
Blumiere: Of course. I thought about you every moment since you disappeared. But I have caused you so much suffering...
Tippi: Perhaps...my life would have been more carefree without you, that is true.
Blumiere: But I had to be with you, Timpani. I will never apologize for that.
Tippi: I know, Blumiere. And I love you...
Blumiere: And I love you, Timpani. Hundreds of thousands of years from now, that fact will not have changed.
~ Blumiere and Tippi.
Blumiere: Timpani...do you remember the promise we made to each other that day?
Timpani: Yes, I remember... If there was a place where we could be happy together, we would find it.
Blumiere: Will you come with me to that place now?
Timpani: Blumiere... Of course... I will always be with you...
~ Blumiere and Timpani's final words together before they met thier ambiguous fate.

Audio

Count Bleck's theme

Champion of Destruction

Closing Battle

Bounding Through Time/Memory

Gallery

Trivia

  • While "Bleck" is normally used as onomatopoeia for disgust, it could be interpreted as a corruption of the word "Black" (as in darkness which ). his Japanese name is also a play on the French word for "black", noir. His real name is likely a combination of blue, referring to his coloration, and lumière, the French term for light and a reference to his status as a member of the Tribe of Darkness which he contrasts with his hopeful attitude.
  • What Lord Blumiere looked like is unknown since the only times he is mentioned is by the current Count Bleck and in text boxes against a blank black background. It can be assumed however that he is similar in appearance to Bleck himself.
  • Count Bleck had a tendency to speak in third-person, sometimes as though he is reading what he's saying in a book. For instance: "WHAT?! ... Spat Count Bleck in utter disbelief.". This happened directly after reading from the Dark Prognosticus. However, after reconciling with Tippi, he speaks in a normal first-person, implying that he was released from the insanity caused by reading the Dark Prognosticus.
    • This may imply that he has a split personality, viewing them both are two different people hence the self-narration which is supported by the fact that he turns good again very quickly.
  • It is heavily implied that the people of Flopside are the descendants of the Tribe of Darkness that Bleck hailed from.
  • Count Bleck is often considered to be the most tragic and sympathetic Mario villain due to his past, his reason for becoming evil, and the fact that he actually showed remorse for his actions.

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