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|“||Tape: You Mario? I got a message for you from the boss. How 'bout ya come over here so I can give it to ya? And you, origami kid? Be a good goil and run back to Olly. It's past your beddy-bye time, capisce? You two were gonna try and take dis streamer out of the picture, eh? I come in strips too, ya know. You got a grudge wit' things dat wrap over other things? You think I'm some kinda JOKE? EH?
Olivia: Guess we know who stuck those Toads to the tower now. Sheesh. How did all these harmless origami-making tools end up with such tacky personalities?
Tape: HEY! I'm not tacky! I'm STICKY! DAT'S IT! Ya want a piece of me? Well, you're gonna get it!
|~ Tape to Paper Mario and Olivia before fighting them.|
|“||Heh heh heh. I got a feelin' dis is gonna be a fun one. C'mon, you two! Throw your best attacks at me. We'll see what sticks!||„|
|~ Tape before properly fighting Paper Mario.|
The Tape, also called The Shifty Sticker, is a major antagonist in Paper Mario: The Origami King. He is a member of King Olly's Legion of Stationery, guards the purple origami streamer, and the fourth member of the Legion to face Paper Mario. He is a sentient roll of adhesive tape who took over the Sea Tower.
A no-good, cheating gangster, Tape took over the Sea Tower, imprisoning the resident Toads on the walls of the tower using his tape. At the top of the tower, he taunts Olivia to return to King Olly's side as it was past her "bedtime" and prepares to stick her and Paper Mario to the tower as well.
In the first phase while in his dispenser, Tape attacks Paper Mario by smacking or slamming on Mario using his dispenser. To attack him, Mario must use any attack other than jumping to damage the dispenser, as jumping will make Mario stick to Tape and be thrown away. Once the dispenser is destroyed, a fake victory screen is played before Tape falls down on the arena and installs his dispenser blade, taunting Mario for destroying his expensive custom-made dispenser.
In the second phase, Tape covers the arena with tape, sticking several rings and rows together (and taking damage as a result), similarly to the battles with Rubber Band and the Fire Vellumental. Unlike the other two, he will never recover the missing pieces. Only summoning the Fire Vellumental to burn the pieces removes them from the battle. Also, using the 1,000-Fold Arms will make Mario trap Tape on his dispenser blade, allowing Mario to quickly pull on Tape's tape, heavily subtracting from his remaining stamina. Eventually, he will begin spinning rapidly, preventing Mario from damaging him, but the Fire Vellumental can be summoned again to make him stop.
Once all of his tape is pulled out, Tape calls out to Olly to avenge him, only to reply "fuhgeddaboudit" before exploding. His death also lifts the tape covering the Sea Tower, freeing the Toads from their imprisonment.
After Olivia's wish reverts her brother's actions, Tape turns back into a regular roll of tape.
Tape, as his name would imply, is a large roll of sentient tape, mainly consisting of the main, ring base and a roll of clear tape it can easily pull out and stick onto the battlefield, with the end always curled upwards in its second phase. In its first phase, Tape uses a large purple tape dispenser as a base, with King Olly's logo printed on the side and in its second, it uses a grey metal dispenser blade. The former also has a white tape dispenser wheel, and a black bottom.
|“||Hey! I'm elevatin' here!||„|
|~ Tape before rising up on a platform to fight Paper Mario, and his first lines.|
|“||Tape: Heh heh heh!
(Tape crashes onto the arena below, dispenserless but still alive.)
Olivia: What?! We didn't finish it off?!
Tape: You two got some noive, bustin' up my precious, tailor-made dispenser like dat. It was worth a fortune, not to mention the senty-mental value! If dat's how you want it, I might as well DISPENSE wit' the pleasantries. Time to seal the deal, heh heh heh!
|~ Tape before activating its dispenser blade.|
|“||See what ya made me do? Ya got me breakin' out the doity tricks! All right. Let's wrap this up, eh? Heh heh heh!||„|
|~ Tape after obtaining its dispenser blade and before starting its second phase.|
|“||Now DAT'S what I call a stickup! Heh heh heh!||„|
|~ Tape after using Roll Out for the first time.|
|“||Think you can get the jump on ME, eh? I don't think so! STICK 'EM UP!||„|
|~ Tape after foiling Paper Mario's attempt to jump on it for the first time.|
|“||Aaah! It hoits! It HOITS! Don't do this to me! I'm a changed adhesive! I won't stick nobody anymore, I swear! Boss! Olly! Ya gotta do somethin'! Ya gotta avenge me! I'm... I'm... Ehhhhh, fuhgeddaboudit.||„|
|~ Tape's last words.|
- Tape's quotes "I'm elevatin' here!" and "I'm attackin' here!" are a reference to Ratso Rizzo's "I'm walkin' here!" from Midnight Cowboys.
- The Tape may have been the least honorable of the Legion due to his no-good personality.
- Tape takes his speech patterns from stereotypical New York thugs, which makes him replace slurred "r" sounds with an "oi" in his dialogue, e.g. "goil" instead of "girl", "hoit" replacing "hurt". He even replaces "Forget about it!" with "Fuhgeddaboutit!".
- Tape resembles the Tape Thing from Paper Mario: Sticker Star, except having a purple dispenser instead of blue.