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Paper Mario
Papermario ssb5
The Paperfied Plumber
Universe SSB Mario SeriesMario
Recent Game 3DS Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Availability Starter
Final Smash Paper Finale/Papercraft Mario

Paper Mario makes his first appearance as a playable character to the Super Smash Bros. franchise in Super 5mash Bros. 5. Paper Mario hails from the Mario franchise and is very similar to his flesh and blood counterpart, Mario. Paper Mario utilizes many of the same abilities and attacks as Mario though with a bit more papery quality.


Paper Mario functions very similar to Mario save for a few differences with his weight, size, and power being huge differences. Being made of paper, Mario is lightweight meaning that while he is slightly faster, he suffers from powerful hits and can easily be launched. In addition, he has a slow falling speed which is both a positive and negative aspect for his character. He also has a better air game with a higher jumping ability than Mario. The original Mario has a much higher damage output than Paper Mario but many of Mario’s attacks like the Fireball as a wider hitbox so it sort of balances itself out. Paper Mario plays like a lighter, smaller, less powerful version of Mario with an emphasis on air game and area damage.

How to Unlock


  • Collect over 80 stamps.
  • Play 190 VS. Matches
  • Clear Event 29 "Paper Mario on Paper Mario"

'’Paper Mario is fought on the stage "Paper Mario"


  • Collect over 180 stamps.
  • Play 290 VS. Matches
  • Clear Event 40 "The Original vs The Cutout".

Paper Mario is fought on the stage "Paper Theater".


Move Set

Name Damage Description
Neutral Attack Paper Combo 2%, 2%, 4.3% Paper Mario jabs with one fist, followed by the other fist, and then an overhead mallet smash that has a slight start up lag. The last hit does the most knockback and damage.
Forward Tilt Handclap 5% Paper Mario takes his hands and claps forward; knocking opponents with some hitstun. It good range and Paper Mario's hands grows in size upon clapping.
Up Tilt Uppercut 5% Paper Mario performs an uppercut from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Infamous for comboing into itself until around 50% and being very hard to escape.
Down Tilt Low Kick 3% (foot), 6.2% (body) Paper Mario kicks low to the ground while leaning back.
Dash Attack Spinning Dash 1.8%, 1.8%, 2%, 2% Paper Mario spins in a full circle while moving forward. The first connects and carries the opponent forward before knocking them up into the air. It has good reach and the last hit does the most knockback.
Forward Smash Bonk 14% (uncharged clean), 10% (uncharged late), 20% (charged clean), 16% (charged late) Paper Mario summons Goombario and chucks him forward; tossing him high into the air. It has great range with decent height attached to the attack. It travels about four Paper Mario bodies away. It does more damage at clean hits compared to late hits.
Up Smash Headbutt 10% (uncharged), 16.3% (charged) Mario performs a strong headbutt skyward. K.O.s at 123% and up from the middle of FD.
Down Smash Hammer Spin 3% (front charged), 5% (back charged), 3% (front uncharged), 5% (back charged), 3% (front charged), 5% (back charged), 3% (front uncharged), 5% (back charged) Paper Mario spins low to the ground in four full rotations while slamming his hammer. Paper Mario doesn't actually spin around but just flipping sides. It has low priority and the attack has a slightly long duration of attack.
Neutral Aerial Jump Kick 6% (clean),4% (late) Paper Mario does a sex kick similar to a move from Super Mario 64. K.O.s at the edge at 163%.
Forward Aerial Star Spirit Spin 7& (first), 2% (late) Paper Mario spins in a circle, expelling out star spirits that extend out; increasing the range of the attack. It has landing lag if a short hop is attempted.
Back Aerial Back Kick 8% (clean), 4% (late) Mario spins and kicks backward. It appears to be based on his original forward aerial from Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64. K.O.s at 127% near the edge.
Up Aerial Paper Punch 10% (sweet), 4% (sour) Paper Mario boosts up slightly in the air while punching upwards. The fist has a sweetspot that does high knockback when it connects but whiffs when it doesn't.
Down Aerial Ground Pound 12% (descent), 6% (land) Paper Mario somersaults in the air and then crashes down to the ground; knocking opponents upwards. Opponents on the outside of the attack are push out horizontally.
Grab --- --- Paper Mario's grab range is relatively short.
Pummel Head Bash 1.25% Headbutts opponent.
Forward Throw Spin Throw 6% Paper Mario spins his opponent around once and tosses the opponent forward.
Back Throw Whirling Toss 8% (throw), 4% (collateral) A powerful throw that has Papaer Mario spinning the opponent three times and throwing the opponent in the opposite direction grabbed. Originates from Super Mario 64. Can K.O. reliably below 150% near the edge.
Up Throw Up and Away! 6% Paper Mario throws his opponent high into the air with both hands. Good throw for fastfallers.
Down Throw Hammer Slam 8% Paper Mario slams the opponent down tot he ground and then slams them with the hammer, dealing damage and vertical knockback.
Floor Attack (front/back) Kick Spin 5%, 5% Paper Mario spins on his back while kicking. His model just changes sides instead of rotating fully.
Floor Attack (trip) Hero 4% Kicks behind him, then in front of him while getting up.
Edge Attack Ledge Uppercut 6% Pulls himself up and performs an uppercut.


Special Custom Set A

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special Fireball 4% (untimed), 6% (timed) Paper Mario fires off a fireball that has a papery effect to it. Unlike Mario’s Fireballs which bounce as it travels, the paper fireballs move up and down while traveling forward. They are a bit slower but have a great distance than Mario’s. However, the biggest change if the ability to press the special button right before it connects with the attack which maximizes the damage and hitbox. This does not apply when throwing out another fireball though.
Custom 1 Paper Ball
Custom 2 Bouncing Fireball
Side Special Boomer 13% (clean), 8% (late) Chucks Boomer which travels in an arch before exploding; dealing damage. It has a high blast radius and high knockback due to the explosion but there is some ending lag after throwing the Pixl.
Custom 1 Barry
Custom 2 Fleep
Up Special Super Jump Punch 2% (hit 1), 1% (hits 2-5), 2% (hit 6) Paper Mario performs a rising uppercut that releases aesthetic coins from those it hits. Weaker than Mario’s version but Paper Mario travels higher.
Custom 1 Floating Jump Punch
Custom 2 Papercraft Punch
Down Special F.L.U.D.D. 0% Paper Mario pulls out F.L.U.D.D. from Super Mario Sunshine, which will blast jets of water to push back opponents, but not damage them. Mario can change the angle of the stream. Much like the Fireballs, the water is paperfied and has a larger hitbox.
Custom 1 Confetti F.l.U.D.D.
Custom 2 Glue F.L.U.D.D.

Special Custom Set B

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special Hammer 6% (un-timed), 18% (timed) Paper Mario pulls out a large hammer and brings it behind him. He then swings it forward; slamming into the opponent. It does a base damage of 6% but tapping the attack special button right before the attack connects causes it to become a Timed attack that does more damage and knockback. During the swinging animation, Paper Mario has super armor but is vulnerable during the initial start up and right before the attack.
Custom 1 Burnhammer 1.3% (untimed per hit), 2.8% (timed per hit) Resembles the default but, instead, Paper Mario swings the hammer forward which causes it to burn. Once it connects, it doesn’t deal much knockback but burns the opponent while launching them. Getting a Timed Attack causes more burn damage, duration, and knockback. Unfortunately, the attack doesn’t benefit from the defaults super armor.
Custom 2 Chillhammer 8% (untimed), 14% (timed) It is faster than the default and the untimed attack does more damage while the timed attack does less. When timed, it has a better chance of freezing the opponent and knocking them upwards into the air.
Side Special Paper Airplane 7% Paper Mario transforms into a Paper Airplane and takes off, knocking opponents upwards as it travels forward. It travels a set distance before transforming back into Paper Mario. It can be used as a recovery attack. While it has good distance, it leaves Paper Mario vulnerable to attack as it can cause Paper Mario to enter into a free fall state if attacked.
Custom 1 Paper Jet 10% It is much faster and does more damage with increased traveling distance than the default. It also has better priority. However, is has increased start up and ending lag during the attacks animations.
Custom 2 Free Paper Airplane 4% It does less damage but allows for slight control over the trajectory of the airplane. It also does less knockback.
Up Special Spring Shoes 0% Paper Mario puts on the Spring Shoes and can charge then by holding down the Up Special command special button. Letting go springs Mario high into the air. It doesn't do damage but it has very high recovery distance. Once he finishes his ascent, he enters into a free fall state and comes back down.
Custom 1 Paper Weight Spring 13% (descent), 15% (ground) Reduced traveling distance but instead of floating back down after the descent, Paper Mario crashes down like a paper weight, dealing damage but it can also cause a Papercide.
Custom 2 3 Time Spring 0% Reduced recovery distance but Papaer Mario can spring off from a platform three times instead of just once.
Down Special Secret Door 3% (door) Paper Mario places a Secret Door sticker. Pressing the special button while in front of it will cause paper Mario to enter which prevents him from being damaged. After 8 seconds, he will return out of the door. When opening the door, it can hit the opponent and knock them back slightly. Performing in consistently causes the duration to lessen to a min of 3 seconds. Attacking the door may also speed up the duration.
Custom 1 Secret Trap door 1% (per hit) Mario places the Secret Door which, when opened, sucks into the nearest opponent and traps them; dealing damage before ejecting them out with knockback. It then vanishes.
Custom 2 Secret Launching Door 5% Functions much like the default but is only active for 5 seconds before launching the opponent high into the air; knocking any nearby opponents backwards.

Final Smash

Name Damage Description
Final Smash 1 Mario Finale 3% (bigger fireball), 2% (smaller fireball), 5% (bigger fireball timed), 3% (smaller fireball timed) Paper Mario's final smash deals the same amount of damage as Mario’s save for it fires off less fireballs than the original one but the fireballs have larger hitboxes. They also move slightly slower thus allowing for more hits. In addition, pressing the special button while they travel causes the fireballs to do more damage and knockback with timed attacks.
Final Smash 2 Papercraft Mario 12% (dash), 20% (throw) Paper Mario stands on top of a giant Papercraft Mario and can control its movements by tilting the control stick right or left. Unlike the ‘’Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam’’ game, Toads do not carry the Papercraft but it moves by hovering on its own. Pressing the attack button causes a charge attack that has high knockback. Pressing the special button causes the Papercraft Mario to be thrown for high damage and very high knockback with a wide hitbox. However, the player has to move the base of the Papercraft to pick up the giant again. It lasts for 15 seconds with the throw and pick up taking about 6 seconds


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  • Transforms into Super Paper Mario and then shrinks back. (Up)
  • Kersti appears and flies around Paper Mario as he watches.. (Right)
  • He waves his hand and a heart floats around him. (Left)
  • Paper Mario does a thumbs up. (Down)

Character Selection Screen

  • Paper Mario jumps into the air and punches.
  • Paper Mario flips to the right and then the left.
  • Paper Mario takes off his cap and throws it.

On Screen Appearance

  • Appears out of a Warp Pipe and does an air punch pose.
  • Walks out of a Secret Door and adjusts his cap.
  • Appears as a piece of colored paper and folds into Paper Mario

Victory Animations

  • Stands up straight and wags his finger at the camera and then walks out of view from the camera. He will reappear and do the same pose again before stopping. Taken from ‘’Paper Mario’’ for the Nintendo 64.
  • Jumps up and down while flipping sides in mid air. He then finishes by giving a peace sign.
  • Waves his hands up and down while turning side to side.
  • Paper Mario jumps up and down while Kersti floats beside him; waving about in the air.
  • Pixls float around Paper Mario as he jumps up and down..
  • Paper Peach, Paper Luigi, and Paper Bowser toss Paper Mario up and down in the air..

Fan Cheer

Male/female cheer "PA-PER MA-RI-O!! PA-PER MA-RI-O!!"

Losing Animation

  • Paper Mario looks forward while clapping.
  • Paper Mario looks slightly torn and crumpled while holding his head down and looking sad.
  • Appears as a torn piece of paper floating in the wind.

Victory Fanfare

A flourished remix of the "Mario Theme" from Paper Mario.

Fighting Stance

Paper Mario differs from Mario as he stands mostly still with his hands to his side while slightly bobbing up and down on his feet.

Idle Poses

  • Moves his head from left to right and holds his fist in front of his face.
  • Moves his hat.
  • Stands up slightly at uses his hand to shield his eyes while looking far away.
  • Holds his chin as if in thought.

Misc Animations


Crouches down while covering his hands over his head like Mario’s.


When Paper Mario turns on the ground or air, he just flips sides much like within the ‘’Paper Mario’’ games.


Transforms into a sheet of paper and dodges out of the way. This is applied to the air dodge as well.


Jumps into the air with his hand help in the air like Mario.


Transforms into a paper dimension and slides forward.


Walks forward with his hands held down.


Much faster version of his walking animations.


Sleeps on his belly.


Trips and lands on his butt.


Same as Mario’s.

Home-Run Bat

Swings the bat with both hands. Looks angry.

Star KO

Says nothing

Screen KO

Slams into the screen with a pose similar to Mario with a :o expression.


Paper Mario's trophies can be earned by completing Classic Mode, Adventure Mode, All-Star Mode, and Boss Battle mode. In addition, further trophies can be found during matches and at the Trophy Shop.

Paper Mario

Unlock: Classic Mode

Paper Mario (Alt)

Unlock: Adventure Mode


Paper Mario (Alt)'

Unlock: Adventure Mode


Retro Paper Mario

Unlock: Boss Battle


Dark Paper Mario

Unlock: Boss Battle


Paper Mario (Cape)

Unlock: Complete a Character Challenge


Paper Mario (Paper Airplane)

Unlock: Complete a character challenge


Paper Mario (White)

Unlock: Complete a character challenge

Paper Mario (Black)

Unlock: Complete a character challenge

Paper Mario (Right)


Unlock: Match or Trophy Shop

Dr. Paper Mario

Unlock: Complete an Paper Mario Character Challenge

Paper Finale

Unlock: All Star Mode

Papercraft Mario

Unlock: Collect all of Paper Mario's trophies

Alternate Costumes


Color Title Color Notes Status
Default Red Paper Mario7s default appearance. Starter
White White Based off Fire Mario’s design. Starter
Blue Blue Based on the Blue-Mario design. Starter
Yellow Yellow Based on Yellow Mario. Starter
Black Black Based on Black Mario Starter
Green Green based on Green Mario Starter
Stripped Red Based on Stripped Mario Starter
Purple Purple Based on Purple Mario. Starter
Cyan Cyan Based on Cyan Mario. Starter
White white Based off a stamp or paper. Starter
Retro Paper Mario Brown Coloration based off the coloration for retro Mario. Locked
Black Mario Black Based off Black Mario outfit. Locked
Dr. Paper Mario White Model based off Dr. Mario but papaerfied. Locked

Reveal Trailer

Paperfied and Smashified'

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