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Ooooh, I have HAD it with your show stealing and grandstanding! You wish to be the STAR? Fine! Come on up and face the MUSIC!
~ The Rubber Band challenging Mario upon his survival of the third play.
No, no, NO! The star of the show isn't Mario, you uncultured HACKS! The real superstar... is MEEE!
~ Rubber Band shortly before formally introducing itself.

The Rubber Band, also called the Elastic Entertainer, is a major antagonist that is encountered in Paper Mario: The Origami King. A member of King Olly's Legion of Stationery, it is the guardian of the blue origami streamer, and the second member of the Legion to fight Mario. Like all members of the Legion of Stationary, it is a sentient object, with itself being a rubber band.

Biography

The Rubber Band was once a regular pair of rubber bands used by the Origami Craftman to make his origami. It and the rest of the Legion of Stationary were granted life by King Olly to serve as his minions in guarding the streamers, with the Rubber Band sent to guard the blue streamer in Shogun Studios.

Prior to their battle, the Rubber Band trapped the Toads with its rubber bands within Big Sho' Theater, forcing them to watch it perform in its show. Mario shows up and tries to steal the show, but he gets chastised by the Rubber Band for winning, as that was not part of the show's script. This provokes the Rubber Band into making its entrance in a rather extravagant fashion. Mario and the Rubber Band then duel.

The Rubber Band has a unique defense mechanic where it launches some of its rubber bands onto the stage. If Mario steps on these traps, he will be ejected one space in the direction the band was pointing. Mario will be forced to forfeit his turn should his path cross the same rubber band twice.

The Rubber Band attacks by throwing its rubber bands at Mario with the Rubber Bind technique, attempting to trap him, but this can be easily guarded. If the Rubber Band does succeed in trapping Mario, it will then follow up with a technique called Trapped Snapback, which is more powerful than its regular Snapback technique, although it can be dodged by jumping at the right time. Normal attacks that hit their body will deal very little damage, but will cause it to drop drop rubber bands, which will crawl back to their body to refill the lost stamina. Mario has to use his 1,000-Fold Arms technique to really deal damage to the boss by pulling on its rubber bands. After its health bar drops to half, the Rubber Band will attack faster.

Once Mario depletes its health bar enough, the Rubber Band will collapse and reveal their core, which can attack by snapping at Mario with the Solo Snapback technique. Mario has to use his 1,000-Fold Arms to send the Rubber Band's core flying out of its stage.

After its defeat, the Rubber Band yells its final words, claiming its goal was to truly make the theater great. It then finally accepts defeat, falls dead and explodes, freeing the captive Toads.

After Olivia's wish reverts her brother's actions, Rubber Band turns back into normal rubber bands.

Appearance

The Rubber Band has the shape of a humanoid figure at first, with a mainly yellow body with black and light blue highlights made of rubber bands. Its core is a large, yellow rubber band imbued with King Olly's face that hides at the center.

Powers and Abilities

Fused Form

  • Injury Immunity: No actual damage was able to be done to the Rubber Band until it was flung out of the arena. Any damage shown on its health bar was just health deducted from his collective total with the other Rubber Bands.
  • Direct Attack Immunity: The Rubber Band could not be attacked by direct attacks from Mario (eg Boots, Fire Flower, Hammer etc.) since those would take away a lot of its health, but it could immediately reabsorb them to render the attack void.
  • Bumper Bands: The very first thing the Rubber Band did in its battles was fling rubber bands to send random arrows flying off of the stage and replace them.
  • Absorption Dance: After each turn, the Rubber Band would perform a special dance that would allow it to reabsorb any and all rubber bands across its arena into their body.
    • Health Regeneration: Doing so also regained the health the Rubber Band lost by ejecting them from its body.
  • Rubber Bind: The Rubber Band would walk up to Mario and fling rubber bands to bind him in place which could be dodged by well timed blocked.
    • Turn Skipping: Getting bound by the Rubber Bind restrains Mario for a whole turn which is automatically skipped due to him being unable to move.
      • Trapped Snapback: After that wasted turn, the Rubber Band would walk up to Mario and bend back one of the rubber bands on him and release it to smack back into him for massive damage. Jumping five times would free Mario and prevent this however.
  • Snapback: A more powerful version of the Rubber Bind where the Rubber Band generated one big rubber band to fling at Mario for heavy damage.

True Form

  • Jump Immunity: Using Mario's Boots to jump on the Rubber Band did no damage to it whatsoever due to its durable rubber nature.
  • Ranged Attack Immunity: Using any of the Flowers (Fire or Ice) would have no effect on the Rubber Band as it would pass straight through its middle. This happens even if Mario is aiming from Rubber Band's side and not the gaping hole in the middle.
  • Agility: The Rubber Band's true form was extremely agile and fast which made it hard for Mario to grab with the 1000-Fold Arms. Failing to grab them in twenty seconds resulted in it performing its Solo Snapback.
  • Solo Snapback: The Rubber Band's most powerful attack in either form where it bent back whilst energizing itself with yellow energy before snapping forward to deal devastating damage to Mario.

Weaknesses

  • Bumper Bands: Despite removing the traditional arrows, the rubber bands flung by the Rubber Band served the same purposes as the traditional arrows, so they did nothing to stop Mario from defeating it.
  • Rubber Band Projection: For every one of the rubber bands fired by the Rubber Band, it lost some of its health. Although minimal at first, when combined with its critical weakness to 1000-Fold Arms, this was easily exploited to quickly whittle down its health.
  • 1000-Fold Arms: Despite being able to absorb their rubber bands to regain health, preventing the player from attacking directly, Mario's 1000-Fold Arms would send a bunch of them flying off the stage and leave it unable to absorb them for health. How much health taken off depends on what ring the Arms are used from (outermost ring causes the least amount of damage whereas the innermost did the most damage).
  • Elasticity: The Rubber Band was so elastic Mario's 1000-Fold Arms were easily able to ping it off the stage to their death.

Quotes

ATTENTION, honored guests of Big Sho' Theater! Your attention, if you please! Today's VERY special performance will begin VERY shortly. So fill those seats before I SNAP! My patience is stretching thin! I shan't tell you TWICE!
~ The Rubber Band's first words, albeit over a loudspeaker.
ARGH! That's NOT how that scene was written! They were supposed to POP you to SMITHEREENS! Ugh. I DESPISE improvisation.
~ The Rubber Band's angered response to Mario surviving the first play.
UGH! That's NOT how that act was supposed to end! I mean, really! There's no way Mario is actually THAT strong! Talk about a STRETCH! You Paper Macho goons had better band together in the NEXT act... or I may SNAP!
~ The Rubber Band upon Mario surviving the second play.
Ah, such a long monologue... yet you didn't flub a single line! Have you ever considered a career in acting? Oh, never mind. Your SKILL at the performing arts shouldn't trip ME up!
~ The Rubber Band when Olivia berated it for their horrible actions.
Behold the power of my rubber bands! Let's see how well you take stage direction, ha ha!
~ Rubber Band after it launches its rubber bands onto the stage to redirect Mario's movement when it begins the battle.
Oooh, your PITIFUL attacks have no effect on my BOUNCY body!
~ The Rubber Band when Mario tries a regular attack on its merged form. It only says this the first time it is attempted.
Ow! Hey! Don't YANK on my rubber bands like that! That's no way to treat a star!
~ Rubber Band reacting the first time to Mario's 1,000-Fold Arms Attack.
Prepare yourselves! Here comes my Rubber Bind attack!
~ The Rubber Band shooting their rubber bands to attack the first time.
Olivia: Ew! It's all wiggly and wobbly!
Rubber Band: The curtain's pulled back! I've been EXPOSED! You've reduced my ensemble to a one-man band! You'll pay for that!
~ The Rubber Band revealing its weak point after Mario pulls off all the boss's rubber bands.
(Groaning) It wasn't supposed to end like this, Mario... The AGONY! The BRUTALITY! The sheer injustice of it all! Oh, muses! Oh, bard! Have you TRULY forsaken me for these flimsy, flat PAPERY beings!? I wanted to make things GRAND! Eliminate things DULL and bland! Alas, this was my FINAL stand. It's curtains for poor Rubber- (dramatically gasps and explodes.)
~ The Rubber Band's last words.

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