You two ugly mugs came here for the same reason as us! You want the fabled Chuckola Reserve! (Mario answers yes) Boo! Boo I say! You really think you can beat me to the punch? Well, open up those ears, punks! I, Popple, shadow thief, filcher of the world's riches, bet you that I get the Chuckola Reserve first! ROOKIE! GO TO IT!
~ Popple to Mario and Luigi and ordering "Rookie" to attack them.

Popple is a major antagonist in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, as well as its remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions for the Nintendo 3DS. He also appeared in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team as a minor antagonist. He is a Beanish thief who often tries to get others to do his dirty work.


Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Popple, or the "Shadow Thief" as he calls himself, is a wannabe super thief who dreams of getting rich quick. Popple makes his first appearance when the Mario brothers bump into him after they exited through a maze of barrels in the Chateau de Chucklehuck where they were after the secret of the brewery's world famous drink, Chuckola Cola. As the Mario brothers followed Popple after discovering him, they ran into his accomplice, Rookie (who was really an amnesiac Bowser). Engaging the brothers in battle, Mario and Luigi managed to beat Popple and the blank-minded Bowser. After defeating them, the brothers free the brothers and owners of the Chateau de Chucklehuck, Cork and Cask from barrels, after Popple and Rookie trapped them in there. Cork and Cask then teach Mario and Luigi the Mini Mario and Luigi Dunk techniques with their hammers. Popple and Rookie showed up again when Mario and Luigi encountered the founder of Chuckola Cola, Bubbles, who reveals the two trapped inside barrels to the brothers before summoning the Chuckolator to blast them away.

The brothers encountered Rookie and Popple again in the basement of Woohoo Hooniversity, where they were trying to steal the Beanstar. The two groups ended up fighting again, and even when using their own brothers move, Popple and Rookie still lost. Suddenly after the battle, the head of a Peach robot fell through the ceiling and played its recording of Birdo's voice that irritated the Beanstar so much, it bursted through the ceiling, making Mario, Luigi, Rookie and Popple grab onto it as it flew through the air. The Beanstar then divided into four pieces flinging all its passengers off. Mario landed with Luigi in Oho Oasis, while Bowser was flung to Stardust Fields, then used as revival power for Cackletta's spirit. Popple's landing destination is unknown.

Popple appeared again in Chucklehuck Woods, trying to get a piece of the Beanstar off a statue. The Mario Bros. fought him again, but this time without Bowser. Popple appeared again having made a base in Teehee Valley. After finding an unconscious Luigi in the desert, he took him as a prisoner to lure Mario to his base. After Mario freed Luigi, Popple attacked and introduced his new Rookie, Birdo, who had fallen hopelessly in love with him. After losing in battle, Popple blamed his defeat on Birdo and called her useless. Heartbroken, Birdo knocked him through the wall.

Popple was then sentenced to community service in Little Fungitown where he is last seen, and ironically, his supervisor calls him Rookie.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Popple eventually makes his way to P'illo Isle in search for more valuables to steal. He is first seen attempting to steal from Pi'illoper's house in Wakeport, after a failed attempt to steal his artifacts. He is discovered by Mario and Luigi; while not recognizing them at first, he recalls that they look familiar to two others from the Beanbean Kingdom. He is later spotted in two tours, at Driftwood Shore and Mount Pajamaja. He leaves Driftwood Shore due to a lack of treasure, and at Mount Pajamaja he is kicked out by the Massif Bros. due to there being no room for him.

Back in Wakeport, Popple attempts to rob from Pi'illoper's house again from the back entrance. He is caught by the Mario Bros., but believes that they must be thieves as well. Popple decides to make the Mario Bros. his new Rookies and work together to defeat a Wiggler in the flower garden, mistaking him as a guard. However, after the Mario Bros. defeat the Wiggler, Popple quickly turns on Mario Bros. and fought against them, only to end up beaten as well. Afterwards, Popple discovers that Wiggler was no security guard and expresses his frustration by insulting the flower garden. Wiggler is enraged by Popple's insult and chases him away from P'illo Isle.


Ooooh! Boo! Blast! Criminy! The famous shadow thief, Popple, has been caught in full sight!
~ Popple meeting the Mario Bros. for the first time.
Oh, sure, you guys are real tough, teaming up on me! Don't think you can beat me just cuz I'm alone. It's my solo debut on the battle lines, see?
~ Popple facing the Mario Bros. alone.





  • Popple's role in the game is similar to Croco, Jr. Troopa and the Shadow Sirens, as they are all major antagonists from RPG-based titles in the Super Mario Bros. series who are fought more than once.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, a reference to Popple is made when Bowser visits Poshley Sanctum to steal the Garnet Star. When Pennington asks him who he is, one of the answers is "The Shadow Thief", which is what Popple calls himself. Also, if the player selects this title, Bowser will say "I'll be taking this, thanks!", a reference to Popple's "I'll be takin' that, see?", which in turn is a reference to Edward G. Robinson's character in films such as Little Caesar.


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See Also
Donkey Kong Villains | Luigi's Mansion Villains | Wario Villains

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