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|Kamek in action.|
|Debut||Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island|
Kamek was Bowser's caretaker during the latter's youth. Kamek was quite protective of Bowser and was determined to raise Bowser to lead the Koopa Kingdom to glory. But one night, Kamek had a vision which told him that two babies born that night would bring disaster to the Koopa family. So he decided to kidnap the twin babies before they were born, while the stork was still delivering them. Laying in wait above Yoshi's Island, Kamek snatched the stork and baby then returned to the castle. Kamek then found that he only had one baby, Luigi, and had dropped the other, Mario.
Kamek went through great lengths to find Baby Mario in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, especially after he found out that a tribe of Yoshis had found the baby and were searching for Luigi. Kamek did not attack directly but through underlings- he sent out his Toadies to capture Baby Mario. And he also appeared in every fortress and castle, where he used his magic to grow normal enemies into giant-sized bosses to fight Yoshi. At one point, Kamek instead used his magic to shrink Yoshi down so Prince Froggy could eat him.
As the Yoshis drew closer, Kamek started attacking them himself- in the fifth world's extra level, "Kamek's Revenge", as well as in Bowser's Castle. And after Baby Bowser was beaten by Yoshi, Kamek used his magic to turn Baby Bowser into a giant as his last-ditch effort to save the Koopa family. But Baby Bowser was defeated and restored to his old size, and Kamek fled towards the moon with Baby Bowser. In Yoshi's Island DS, the "past" Kamek played a minor role, first appearing to yell at his future self as he abducts Baby Bowser and later appeared escorting Baby Bowser home in the game's ending, but accidentally dropped the young prince into the raft of Baby Wario.
Kamek reappeared in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time during the past timeline. He was on hand to aid Baby Bowser in a variety of functions, such as evading the Shroobs and stealing Yoshi Cookies for the prince. He ran into the future Mario, Luigi, and their baby counterparts (whom he recognized immediately). At first, Kamek tried arranging obstacles to impede the progress of the foursome. He created four copies of himself to battle, but he was defeated anyways. He reappears at the end of the game, escorting Baby Bowser back to his castle.
Kamek was still serving Bowser in his adulthood. In Tetris Attack, Bowser had Kamek cause evil spells that would flood the world and turn Yoshi's friends against him. Kamek was the third boss of the Cave of Wickedness (and last boss in Normal Mode). After scolding Yoshi for breaking his spell on Yoshi's friends, Kamek and his Toadies battled Yoshi, but they were defeated.
Kamek next appeared in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga as a white-robed hypnotist working in Little Fungitown, where the locals called him "Psycho Kamek". When Luigi came to Kamek scared stiff, Kamek didn't recognize Luigi and offered to help him become brave like Mario. So Kamek used his magic to hypnotise Luigi into thinking he was Mario, and later Kamek even tried hypnotising himself into being a better hypnotist. It is uncertain whether this is truly Kamek due to his having a different Japanese name, his not recognizing Mario or Luigi and his absence from Bowser's forces (although Mario Party Advance would later provide an explanation for Kamek leaving Bowser).
Kamek also showed up in Mario Party 5, Mario Party 6 and Mario Party Advance with his old blue robe. In the first two Kamek was an event character who would shuffle the players' capsules around or changing around people's character spaces. In Mario Party Advance, Kamek appears in the hidden Pyramid area, described as an "ancient game hall", as the Game Mage. If the player beats Kamek at the card game Pair 'Em Up, Kamek gives them the game and as well as telling them that they deserved the title of game king as well. He then recalls that he gave Bowser that title long ago, but Bowser lost control and "ran wild" in their halls, which led to their falling-out. He urges the winner to continue gaming without becoming arrogant. But the credits showed that Kamek eventually forgave Bowser and rejoined him.
Kamek appeared in Super Princess Peach as boss of the seventh world, Giddy Sky, where he held Luigi captive. It is once more uncertain if this is the actual Kamek or a translation error (as the game's Glossary refers to him as a "a Kamek"; see Trivia below). He wears different glasses and a purple robe, but his robe turns blue after he takes enough damage. In battle with Princess Peach, he turns himself into a giant and attacks with both standard circle-triangle-square Magikoopa attacks as well as summoning normal Magikoopas on broomsticks to rush Peach while teleporting around. To hurt him, Peach had to use Joy cyclones to float up to Kamek's face and stun him, at which point his face could be hit to damage him. After taking enough damage, he began to cry and move faster. After being defeated, he vanished and Luigi was freed.
Then in Yoshi's Island DS, Kamek and Bowser somehow traveled back in time to the time when Bowser was Baby Bowser. They were searching for the seven fallen stars which apparently had attached themselves to recently-born infants. So Kamek sent his Toadies out to capture every baby in the world (even Baby Bowser). However, once again they were defied by the same tribe of Yoshis and Baby Mario. Kamek tried enlarging the adult Bowser to giant size so he could stop the Yoshis, but Bowser was still defeated.
Kamek also appears in Mario Party DS where he once more plays a major role in Bowser's scheme. He delivers the dinner invitations to Bowser's castle to Mario and his friends in order to lure them into the trap. Later on, he appears as the boss of Kamek's Library, the second-to-last board of the game, where he is battled in the minigame "Book Bash".
Kamek also appeared throughout New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where he reprised his original goal from Yoshi's Island. Staying with the airship as it traveled to Bowser's Castle, he showed up in the last castle of each worlds to aid Bowser's children enhance the boss fight's difficulty. Instead of his usual growth magic, he would spread magic that would affect the environment or the Koopalings; weapons. He would also kick Mario off whenever he defeated Bowser Jr. on the airship.
In the eighth world, Kamek acted as the boss of the world's sole castle (save for Bowser Castle) and battled Mario through traditional Magikoopa methods of teleporting and shooting blasts of magic that would transform pieces of the environment into any of a variety of enemies. The room itself was also enhanced with sliding blocks. However, three jumps on the head (or various fireballs) eventually spelled his defeat. Kamek still reappeared at Bowser's Castle, disguised as Princess Peach. After Bowser was defeated by being dropped into lava, Kamek dropped the disguise and used his growth magic on Bowser. He then lingered for a moment in confusion due to a lack of reaction from Bowser, until Bowser sprang up suddenly and accidentally knocked Kamek out of the air.
Other Possible Appearances
A Magikoopa appears as a boss in Yoshi's Safari. Though his appearance is generally like most Magikoopas, he does display the ability to change his size into a giant, similar to his boss fight in Super Princess Peach.
It is sometimes believed that Kamek is the unnamed Magikoopa appearing in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, especially due to a quote from Mallow's Psycopath move in which Kamek says "That's... my child," believed to be in reference to Bowser. However, the phrase could also apply to any of the creatures that the Magikoopa summons during his battle with Mario. Also, this Magikoopa has a different name in the Japanese version, where he is called Kamezaado.
Another potential Kamek appearance is in the opening of Super Mario Galaxy where an unnamed Magikoopa confronts Mario at the beginning and uses magic to teleport him away from Princess Peach's Castle, being distinguished from other Magikoopas by speaking several lines before blasting Mario away.
- Kamek has appeared as a recurring villain in the comics featured in the German edition of Club Nintendo, often appearing to pester Mario and Yoshi with his Toadies.
- His Japanese name is Kamekku, which is the same as the Japanese name for Magikoopa. This causes more confusion with the character, similar to what has happened with characters like Toad, Yoshi or Birdo, who all look identical to generic members of their respective races and also are named after their races.
- Unused text in Super Paper Mario lists Kamek's Apprentice as an enemy, though no sprite has been found for the enemy. It is likely that in this context "Kamek" is simply a mistranslation of the Japanese name for Magikoopa however.
- In the Baby Park racetrack of Mario Kart: Double Dash!! a house called "Kamek's Magic Show", complete with a picture of Kamek, is seen in the background; the Baby Park track is filled with references to Yoshi's Island.
- In Tetris Attack, Kamek replaces Sanatos from the original Panel de Pon.
- In Mario Party Advance a group of Toadies form a rap band called the Kamek Krew as an homage to their old leader.
- Kamek is mentioned in the description for the Magikoopas in Mario Superstar Baseball, which refers to his attempted kidnapping of Baby Mario and Luigi while describing him as "the best of the Magikoopas".