Goomba

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A Goomba as depicted in New Super Mario Bros..
Goomba
Origin Mushroom Kingdom
Type Fungus
Debut Super Mario Bros.

The Goomba is one of the most basic and common enemies within the Super Mario series. They are considered to tbe the lowest of Bowser's forces, and although they are his most commonly-used footsoldiers, they can often be defeated with just a simple stomp.

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Making their debut back in Super Mario Bros., the Goombas were described as being 'little mushrooms who betrayed the Mushroom Kingdom'. Although not related to Koopas, these mushrooms are commonly associated with Bowser's army. They are not all that strong, described in one instance as being the 'underling of the underling'. Their ability to attack is pretty much limited to running into their opponent or jumping on them. They have long sharp teeth, but these seem to be rarely used for attack. Although this does not limit the versatility offered when they use wings, spikes, and other things. However, unprotected Goombas are easily defeated by simply being stepped on and squished. There are still some Goombas (particularly the 'round' ones in 'Super Mario World') cannot be squished at all.

Despite the label of 'bad guy', there are actually a number of Goombas that are not at all bad or 'reformed'. There is a small Goomba settlement west of Toad Town and a number of them live in Rogueport. The respect they receive from Bowser's army seems to be minimal, as they are sometimes treated as caged beasts (being kept in barrels). Despite this treatment, there are a number of exceptional Goombas. Such examples are Professor Frankly (who taught Kolorado), Goompa (who taught The Master), and Gooma (who taught Tayce T.). There is also Goombario and Goombella, who have acted as partners for Mario himself in his Paper Mario adventures. Goombas are often misunderstood as being mindless minions, when some have been shown to be exceptionally intelligent or powerful.

Subspecies

  • Choomba - In Bowser's Inside Story, Choombas are coal oven-like Goombas found underground. They charge forward after releasing puffs of smoke that are shaped like either fists or curled up shells, representing how Bowser should defend himself. Choombas will also suck up Coalbits, which increase the rate and speed of its attacks.
  • Chuboomba - In Bowser's Inside Story, the Chuboomba is an obese Gooma wielding a large lollipop, found in Cavi Cape. Bowser's suction abilities will cause him to eat the lollipop and regain health, although this will also make the Goomba run away without any experience.
  • Dark Goomba - A Goomba found in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials in Super Paper Mario. It is much stronger than a normal Goomba and is covered in shadows that obscure its physical features.
  • Dark Headbonk Goomba - A Headbonk Goomba found in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials in Super Paper Mario. It is much stronger than a normal Headbonk Goomba and is covered in shadows that obscure its physical features.
  • Dark Paragoomba - A Paragoomba found in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials in Super Paper Mario. It is much stronger than a normal Paragoomba and is covered in shadows that obscure its physical features.
  • Dark Spiked Goomba - A Spiked Goomba found in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials in Super Paper Mario. It is much stronger than a normal Spiked Goomba and is covered in shadows that obscure its physical features.
  • Giant Goomba- A huge variation of the Goomba appearing in "The Subspace Emissary" mode of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. These Giant Goombas
  • Gloomba - A Goomba colored dark blue and only found in underground areas of the Paper Mario games. They are only slightly stronger than normal Goombas. In Paper Mario they are commonly found in the Toad Town Sewers. However they are only found in the Pit of 100 Trials in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Castle Bleck in Super Paper Mario. Additionally, the Goombas found in the underground levels of the original Super Mario Bros. had a similar color and may be the original Gloombas.
  • Goombette - From Super Mario RPG. They are similar to the Micro-Goombas in that they are miniature Goombas. However, they are unbelivably powerful. They initially appear in the Sunken Ship where Hidon summons them in battle. The Monstro Town Shopkeeper's children are also Goombette triplets, but they are unreliable and sell Mario poisoned mushrooms.
  • Goombo - The Sarasalandian cousin of the Goomba and the only Goomba-like creature found in Super Mario Land. The only difference is that they are smaller in stature than the average Goomba. Their original Japanese name, Chibibo, is actually taken from a combination of "chibi" (a Japanese word which could mean child or small) and Kuribo (the Japanese name for the Goomba).
  • Goomdiver - From Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. These Goombas are armed with diving equipment to take on plumbers in the Turtle Zone of Super Mario Land 2 and the Oho Ocean of Mario & Luigi.
  • Gritty Goomba - From Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. They reside in the Teehee Valley
  • Gu Goomba - In Super Mario RPG, a green Goomba found only in Bowser's Keep near the end of the game. They primarily act as a stronger version of the normal Goomba.
  • Headbonk Goomba - A version of the Goomba found only in the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials in Super Paper Mario. They are wild Goombas who trained themselves to perform the "Headbonk" Maneuver. They are treated as freaks, although Headbonk was the default move used by all Goombas in the previous games including Goombario and Goombella.
  • Hyper Goomba- A green Goomba from the Paper Mario games that is more powerful then a normal Goomba. Like all "Hyper" enemies, it can charge up to increase its Attack power greatly. Found in the Gusty Gulch of Paper Mario and Twilight Trail of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
  • Hyper Paragoomba - A winged incarnation of the Hyper Goomba. Found in the same areas as the wingless Hyper Goomba.
  • Jailgoon - In Bowser's Inside Story, they are robots armed with cannons that are operated by either Goombas or Bob-ombs. After a Jailgoon is destroyed, the Goomba will run away (and give a mushroom if battling Bowser).
  • Micro-Goomba - In Super Mario Bros. 3, they are miniature Goombas that follow Para-Goombas around. They cannot harm Mario but will slow him down by clinging to him. Mario can shake them off by jumping rapidly. In desert areas of the game, individual Micro-Goombas (sometimes referred to as Super Micro-Goombas) hide beneath blocks and hop up and down.
  • Paragoomba- This name is used for two different types of enemies. One is a Goomba with wings, commonly found in Mario games starting with Super Mario Bros. 3. Like Paratroopas, they can be turned into normal Goombas by hopping on them. In the original game they are followed by their children, the Micro-Goombas. The other enemy is a Goomba that drops from the sky wearing an actual parachute, from Super Mario World.
  • Paragloomba - The Gloomba version of the winged Paragoomba.
  • Shoe Goomba - A Goomba that rides around in a giant shoe (often called Kuribo's Shoe due to a translation error) in an attempt to stomp Mario in revenge. This Goomba can be defeated and its shoe ridden by Mario afterwards.
  • Spiked Gloomba - A Gloomba that wears a spiked helmet similar to the Spiked Goomba.
  • Spiked Goomba - This Goomba wears a special spiked helmet, making it impervious to jumping attacks (unless the attacker is armed with a special badge). However, it can be defeated by a hammer or some other special ability. The Spiked Goombas are commonly found throughout all of the Paper Mario games.
  • Spiked Hyper Goomba - A Hyper version of the Spiked Goomba, making a dangerous enemy much more deadlier. Found only in the Twilight Trail of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
  • Super Mario World Goombas - The Goombas found in Super Mario World differ from normal Goombas in that they are rounder and resemble some kind of meatball more than a mushroom. Instead of being defeated by being stomped on, they are merely flipped over and can then be picked up by Mario.
  • Tail Goomba- Raccoon tailed Goombas found in Super Mario 3D Land. These differ from normal Goombas in that they use their tails to hover in the air. They will occasionly give out a Super Leaf when defeated.
  • Tanoomba - The Beanbean Kingdom's version of the Goomba and spiritual successor of the Tanooki Suit, found in the Mario & Luigi games. They are also found in Thwomp Canyon in the Mushroom Kingdom. Tanoombas have tanooki tails which they use to attack enemies and also possess transformation powers. In Superstar Saga, they transform into Mario or Luigi in attack, while in Partners in Time a Tanoomba will turn into either a spiny, a giant Thwomp or a weird-looking balloon creature. In the wild they are often camouflaged as items such as Coins or ? Blocks.

Other Appearances

Video Games

  • Goombas appear in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening as enemies. appearing only in 'sidescrolling' areas found in the basements of dungeons. They are easily killed by most weapons, but using the Roc's Feather to jump on them will always reveal a heart.
  • Goombas appear as enemies in Level 1 of Adventure Mode in Super Smash Bros. Melee as well as in various levels of "The Subspace Emissary" in Super Smash Bros. Brawl under Bowser's command and in the Smash Run Mode of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. The Goombas also appear as trophies in all of those games games, with a Giant Goomba trophy also being obtainable in Brawl and the 3DS/Wii U Smash and a Paragoomba trophy being exclusively in the 3DS game.

Other Media

  • A pair of Goombas appear throughout the anime movie Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach, pursuing Mario and Luigi throughout the film and constantly trying to either trick them or lure them into a trap, ultimately bumbling and failing.
  • The Goombas make regular appearances in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show and Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 cartoons, as well as several episodes of Super Mario World, and are depicted similar to the game interpretation of them as the weakest soldiers of Bowser's army.
  • Goombas also appeared in the Super Mario Bros. movie with a very different interpretation. They were creatures devolved by King Koopa so that they resembled huge, seven-foot tall reptilian creatures in trenchcoats with shrunken heads. They were quite dimwitted and thus also served King Koopa as his grunts.

Trivia

  • In the original Super Mario Bros. manual, apparently they betrayed the Mushroom Kingdom. Super Princess Peach expands on this point when Bowser gives the Vibe Wand to a Goomba to take to Peach's Castle, assuming that he wouldn't be suspicious.
  • The first and only game so far that you get to play as a Goomba (not counting specific characters in the Paper Mario games) is Mario Superstar Baseball.
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