- Not to be confused with Mega Monty Mole.
Artwork of a Mega Mole from Super Mario World
|Variant of||Monty Mole|
|First appearance||Super Mario World (1990)|
|Latest appearance||Mario Strikers Charged (cameo) (2007)|
- “いいなあ…あっしと同じ 種族なのに でっかくて 迫力あって… (How lucky... It's the same species as me, but it's bigger and more powerful...)”
- —Monty Mole, Super Mario 4koma Manga Theater Volume 2
Mega Moles are large bulky Monty Moles that are much stronger and durable than their regular counterparts. Mega Moles also seem to be much more in power compared to regular Monty Moles, as they act in charge of other Monty Moles. Mega Moles are also confirmed to have poor eyesight, though they are good with other senses. Like Monty Moles, Mega Moles first appear in Super Mario World, but they do not make any significant roles in later games unlike regular Monty Moles. However, Mega Moles appear prominently in other pieces of official media like books and manga.
Super Mario World / Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
In Super Mario World and its Gameboy Advance remake, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, Mega Moles are exclusively found underground, appearing in Chocolate Island 4, Valley of Bowser 1 and Valley of Bowser 2. They are invulnerable to Mario and Luigi's jump or Spin Jump moves as well as Fire Mario or Luigi's fireballs, but can be defeated by using Caped Mario or Luigi's spinning attack, a Super Star, a Grab Block, or a Shell. Like other enemies, they are also immune to hazards such as Munchers and spikes. Standing on a Mega Mole's head is not a danger by itself, and will allow Mario or Luigi to ride it. Unlike regular Monty Moles, they do not pop out of holes in the ground. Despite their size, they can be eaten and swallowed by Yoshi. While most enemies merely result in the loss of Yoshi when getting hit by them, a few others, including Mega Moles, both hurt Mario and force Yoshi to run away. In Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, Yoshi is able to spit out a Mega Mole if Luigi is riding him. When a Mega Mole is spat out, they roll along the ground while being depicted with a unique sprite of them facing the screen (which heavily resembles Monty Mole's jumping sprite).
Super Mario Kodansha manga
Mega Moles appear in several volumes in the Super Mario Kodansha manga, retaining a faithful design to that of Super Mario World.
Mega Moles first appear in the third Super Mario World volume, when Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi fall into a giant hole, only to land on a giant Mega Mole trapped in a cage made out of ! Blocks. Mario and Luigi jump off the enlarged Mega Mole, as Yoshi proceeds to eat it. The trio would then proceed to travel through Valley of Bowser 1 shortly after, encountering several more Mega Moles along the way and using various methods of either dodging or defeating them. In a later chapter taking place in Chocolate Island 4, when Yoshi is left behind, he discovers three Mega Moles and quickly runs to warn Mario, Luigi, and Peach about them. Mario and Luigi attempt to attack the Mega Moles, but they soon realize that the Mega Moles are immune to their attacks. They try jumping over them, but they land onto the Mega Moles' heads. They realize that the Mega Moles might have poor eyesight, and were most likely not trying to attack them. The Mega Mole that Mario is riding on then starts sinking into the lava, with Mario jumping off of it before falling into the lava as well. Yoshi is then confronted by the Mega Mole that Peach was riding, proceeding to eat it and Peach (though he later spits out Peach). The Mega Mole that Luigi is riding mourns the death of the Mega Mole who was eaten by Yoshi, before then being defeated by Caped Luigi.
In the fourth Super Mario World volume, Larry Koopa commands two Mega Moles to attack Mario and his friends. However, Luigi quickly digs a hole that the Mega Moles fall into due to their poor eyesight.
In the sixth Super Mario World volume, a Mega Mole appears as the main antagonist of the first chapter. After Mario and Yoshi leave to investigate who stole the Golden Mushroom, it is revealed that the Monty Moles that they paid a toll to were actually minions of a Mega Mole who stole the Golden Mushroom. The Mega Mole explains that they falsely accused Bowser for stealing the Golden Mushroom, with the Moles using the Mushroom to fund their mining tunnel. Later one when Bowser is being interrogated, the Mega Mole and Monty Moles use a Bowser-shaped chariot to drill through the interrogation cell to attack everyone. The moles throw Bob-ombs at everyone before one explodes and destroys the Bowser chariot. The Moles then attempt to escape using a Wiggler-shaped cargo vehicle, but Mario and Yoshi quickly catch up, with Yoshi eating segments of the vehicle to make the moles crash into a wall. After the Wiggler vehicle crashes, the Mega Mole proceeds to point a Bullet Bill shooting pistol at Mario, but Mario deflects the bullets with his Super Star badge. The Mega Mole questions how he will be taken to jail since he has no cuffs, but the Mega Mole is then quickly eaten by Yoshi instead. The Golden Mushroom is then returned to the museum.
Although no normal Mega Moles appear in the seventh Super Mario World volume, a Bowser-created kaiju Mega Mole known as Chitei Kaijū Indy appears.
In the Mario Open Golf volume, what appears to be a Mega Mole on the table of contents page can be seen wearing a miner hat and smoking across from a Monty Mole.
In the Yoshi volume, a Mega Mole with a Monty Mole on top of it can be seen collecting flyers for Yossy's Pizza.
In the first Super Mario Kart volume, a Mega Mole holding a wrench can be seen among the Monty Moles in the crowd which stole Mario's engine.
In the second Super Mario Kart volume, a Mega Mole can be seen among a crowd of enemies that attempt to get on a ship.
In the third Super Mario Kart volume, the inner temple that is located in the Pū Tairiku is shaped like a Mega Mole. The Choropū Chika Butai also heavily resembles Mega Moles (though they are actually just Monty Moles).
In the Super Mario Bros. 2 volume, a Mega Mole makes a background cameo attending Wart's party.
In the first 4koma volume, a Mega Mole appears in the beginning of the "GO! GO! Mario Paint ~Part 3~" (GO! GO! マリオペイント ~その③~) story, in which they sing karaoke alongside a Monty Mole and Donkey Kong Jr., as well as watching an anime with everyone.
Mega Moles make their final appearance in the manga in the second 4koma volume. They appear on the cover which consists of artwork depicting a Mega Mole family. The Mega Mole family all have different sizes and different color shades. The family also appears throughout a few of the pages. In the "Videos Now on Sale" (ビデオ発売中) strip, Mario can be seen holding a small Mega Mole with him saying,「モグラはダメ?」("Moles aren't good?"). In the "Lala~lalalalala~la~" (ララ~ラララララ~ラ~) strip, Mario wins several small Mega Moles from a crane game. Yoshi then becomes jealous that Mario likes the moles better then him, even saying that Mega Moles are just stupid moles. Yoshi then proceeds to put on a Mega Mole disguise and begins crying for not being as loved anymore. In the "Let's Give Flowers ♡" (花をめしませ♡) strip, a Mega Mole receives a large bouquet from Mario. In the "Mole" (もぐら) strip, Mario tells Yoshi that he has become great friends with the Mega Mole, even saying that he will be now riding the Mega Mole from now on instead of Yoshi for the race and other occasions. The Mega Mole then proceeds to dig underground with Mario saying it is not a good time to do that and that the Mega Mole should stop.
Super Mario 4koma Manga Theater
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Mega Moles appear frequently in various strips of Super Mario 4koma Manga Theater.
Although Mega Moles do not physically appear in volume 1, Mega Moles are briefly mentioned in Monty Mole's description like other Monty Mole descriptions.
Mega Moles make their first physical appearance in volume 2, in the "Big Heads Have Little Wit" (大男総身に知恵が回りかね) strip, where a Mega Mole asks what a Monty Mole is doing. The Monty Mole claims that it is waiting for Mario in order to ambush him. As the Mega Mole leaves, the Monty Mole comments on how the Mega Mole is a more powerful and bigger species than it, who fails to notice Mario riding it.
In volume 4, in the first part of the "Blushing" (赤面症) strip, a Big Boo is annoyed that Mario escaped once again. A Mega Mole then passes by and explains to the Big Boo that they have a phobia of Mario, with the Mega Mole then giving the Big Boo a new extra pair of their sunglasses. The Big Boo puts the sunglasses on incorrectly and asks the Mega Mole on if they look good. The Mega Mole then comments about how the way the Big Boo put on the sunglasses made them look like they had Mario's beard, which upsets the Big Boo.
In the "Betrayal Underground Passage" (裏切りの地下通路) strip, Mario attempts to jump kick a Mega Mole, but he instead sits on the Mega Mole's head after realizing that the Mega Mole did not notice him. As Mario comments how funny it is that he is riding a Mega Mole, Yoshi gets upset and cries about Mario not needing him anymore.
In the "I told you! Monty Mole" (チョロプーですってば) strip, a Mega Mole sees a Monty Mole sitting next to them and saying hello to them. The Mega Mole then pushes onto the Monty Mole's head, with the Monty Mole asking what the Mega Mole is trying to do with them. The Mega Mole then tells the Monty Mole to not walk, with the Monty Mole responding with "Chorokyu won't do that!" (Chorokyu being a pun based on Choropū, the Japanese name for Monty Mole, and Dokyun, which is an onomatopeia for heartbeat).
In volume 5, in the "Cookie Portrait" (にがおえクッキー) strip, a Mega Mole can be seen among the crowd of other enemies during a meeting with Bowser.
In the "Mega Mole!" (インディ!) strip, Mario and Yoshi encounter a Mega Mole washing their face, as the two of them imagine how the Mega Mole looks like without their sunglasses. However, Mario and Yoshi then comment on how ugly the Mega Mole's face is and how they are a compositor. Meanwhile, the Mega Mole simply leaves after they are finished with washing their face.
In the "Big hole, small hole" (大穴小穴) strip, Mario accidentally gets his foot stuck in a small hole. Luigi then tells Mario that the hole was made by a Monty Mole, with Mario then trash talking about the Monty Mole who made the hole, although Mario is at least glad it was a small hole. Unfortunately, Mario would fall into the hole after it inexplicably became larger. Luigi would then correct himself by saying that the hole was actually dug by a Mega Mole, as Mario lands on the exact same Mega Mole who dug the hole in the first place.
In the "Stingy Obstacle" (コブい障害) strip, Mario is stopped by a Mega Mole in the way of the track after driving past several Monty Moles (exclaiming how the Mega Mole is stupid). A Monty Mole then tells Mario how he is not able to dodge this Mega Mole. Unfortunately, Mario simply drives over the Mega Mole, much to the Monty Mole's disappointment.
Mega Moles appear throughout the first nine volumes of Super Mario-kun, where they are shown to be rounder to match the design for Monty Moles.
A friendly Mega Mole has a major role in the ninth chapter of volume 1. Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi land on top of the Mega Mole after Yoshi ate the underground map and the three of them fell in a hole. The Mega Mole then goes to a corner and cowers in fear as Mario and Luigi laugh at the fact that a big enemy is afraid of them. The Mega Mole then takes off his shades and tells them that he was left behind by his co-workers. The Mega Mole then falls into a pond, but Mario is able to use his Frog Suit and a Power Balloon that Luigi tosses to help carry the Mega Mole out of the pond. After this, the Mega Mole leads Mario and his friends through the cave to find the exit, with Mario accidentally getting hit by stalactites while riding the Mega Mole. The four of them then stumble across a Skull Raft. The Mega Mole along with Mario and his friends use the raft to cross the lava until a Blargg comes. The Blargg explains that they were sent by Bowser to kill the Mega Mole for betraying the Koopa Troop. As Mario and his friends get burned by the Blargg, the Mega Mole once again cowers in fear and realizes that the Blargg cannot be defeated when looking through the Super Mario World instruction booklet. Eventually, the Mega Mole realizes how his friends need him in order to save them. The Mega Mole is then able to have the courage to jump into the Blargg's mouth and clog it. As the Blargg retreats into the lava with the Mega Mole still in their mouth, Mario and his friends mourn the loss of their Mega Mole friend. Fortunately however, the Mega Mole emerges from the lava shortly after with the Blargg attached to its head, revealing that they had survived. The Blargg then asks the Mega Mole if they can be put back into the lava.
In a Mario Paint-themed chapter from volume 5, Lemmy Koopa is able to make a crudely drawn version of Mega Mole as well as other enemies using the SNES Mouse. However, the Mega Mole alongside the other enemies are quickly beaten up and defeated by Mario and Yoshi.
In volume 6, a Sphinx named Sphinx Zō which is an amalgamation of various body parts taken from several enemy species, with one of the body parts that it has being the paws of a Mega Mole. A kart driving Mega Mole who works for Bowser has a major role as the main antagonist of the fourth chapter. When Mario and his friends go through an ice area similar to Vanilla Lake, they come across a Mega Mole driving a kart towards them. The Mega Mole accidentally breaks the ice underneath them due to how heavy they are, making Bowser and the Goomba laugh at the Mega Mole for being too overweight. The Mega Mole then gets picked up out of the ice by three Lakitus before driving towards Mario. However, Luigi knocks Yoshi onto the Mega Mole's face. Luigi them attempts to throw a Poison Mushroom at the Mega Mole, but they easily smack away both Yoshi and the Poison Mushroom, making the Poison Mushroom land in Mario's mouth. Mario then straps Yoshi to his kart with Yoshi breathing fire at the Mega Mole causing them to drive in circles. The Mega Mole then uses its kart to hover over the water, spring into the air, and crush Mario, making him fall below the ice. After the Mega Mole congratulates itself for defeating Mario, Mario bursts out of the water, and uses the Lightning to zap and shrink the Mega Mole. The Mega Mole then states that they are now just a normal Monty Mole (despite still resembling a Mega Mole) and wishes Mario that they can be bigger again. Mario then says that he will make the Mega Mole bigger, with him and his friends proceeding to bury the Mega Mole in a Mega Mole-shaped snow sculpture as Bowser laughs through the situation.
A Mega Mole appears in volume 7, in which they block Mario and Yoshi's path telling them to give up their oseibo (a year-end gift). The Mega Mole is quickly defeated though, as Mario picks up them (referencing Super Mario Bros. 2) and throws the Mega Mole at Yoshi. In the final puzzle of the volume, a Mega Mole makes a brief cameo as one of the enemies featured in the maze. This makes it the only puzzle which features a Mega Mole.
Although normal Mega Moles do not appear in volume 9, a Venus Fire Trap-Mega Mole fusion known as Pakkun Mogura is seen as the main antagonist of the second chapter after the bodies of a Venus Fire Trap, a Monty Mole, a Muncher and a Nipper Plant are struck by lighting.
Nintendo Adventure Books
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|In the Nintendo Adventure Book Dinosaur Dilemma, if Mario offers a basket of apples to Yoshi and some dinosaurs he finds near Lake Trilobite, a Mega Mole will burst out of the dinosaur costume seizing Mario's sleeve. The other dinosaurs (including Yoshi) will turn out to be Mega Moles in disguise, and will surround Mario after removing their costumes, they proceed to eat Mario offscreen which leads to a Game Over. Some more Mega Moles can be encountered in the basement of a decrepit mansion, where two of them (though these ones are referred to as furry objects) can be seen in the distance blocking the exit sign. If Mario goes deeper in the cellar, he meets three Mega Moles that sniff him before biting and chasing Mario, attempting to eat him. If Mario chooses the right path, he remembers that Mega Moles have poor eyesight and steps out the way making the Mega Moles run past him as Mario makes an escape (getting a few coins on the ground as well). Choosing the wrong path will lead to a Game Over, when Mario blindly falls into a watery pit inhabited by a Blargg.
In Flown the Koopa, some Mega Moles and Koopa Troopas appear among the crowds at the International Dino-Flying Derby, eyeing Mario and his friends hungrily once the show ends. Later in a swamp area, if Mario and Luigi don some Mega Mole costumes (which are covered with matted gray fur), six real ones will approach the two with gifts. If the Mario Bros. choose to go with the Mega Moles, Mario and Luigi will "befriend" the Mega Moles by singing old plumbing songs and exchanging cookie recipes with each other. Mario and Luigi also have a plan to go in the Mega Mole's cave and load up on supplies, before bursting through the castle with the help of the Mega Moles. Once they arrive at the Mega Moles' cave lair, the Mega Moles continue stuffing the plumbers with food, as well as weighing them down with "gifts". Mario then looks at the several leather-bound books before grabbing a book called Mega Moles In The Mist by Diane Flossy. The book explains that the Mega Moles often "befriend" their victims and bring them back to their lair to overfeed and shower them in "gifts" to make them not able to escape (though it is unknown what the Mega Moles do to their victims after they can't escape). The Mario Bros. realize that they have no way of escaping from the Mega Moles before finishing the book, leading to a Game Over. If the Mario Bros. do not go with the Mega Moles, they will realize that the Mega Moles are trying to trick them, before quickly going back to the ship to wear the dinosaur costumes instead. Finally, another group of Mega Moles will attack Mario and Luigi, causing a Game Over, if they decide to explore a dark portion of Magikoopa's Fortress with a flashlight, which quickly dies on them since the Mega Moles can see very well in the dark.
In Unjust Desserts, some Mega Moles are shrunk by Magikoopa, and sent into Yoshi's body after Mario, though the hero never encounters any inside the dinosaur, just in the palace garden when he and all the creatures Yoshi and Luigi had eaten are spat up by them. The name Mega Mole also appears in one of the puzzles.
Super Mario Adventures
In Super Mario Adventures, multiple Mega Moles wearing blue tuxedos can be seen being among several Koopa Troop members to attend Bowser's wedding with Princess Peach in the penultimate issue. One of the blue tuxedo wearing Mega Moles is also accompanied by a red tuxedo wearing Monty Mole as well.
In Mario Undōkai, a singular Mega Mole has a minor role in the sports course, in which it holds up a sign showing which sport is going to be played next.
A Mega Mole appears in Mario Family, as one of the sewing designs that the player can print out.
Mario Strikers Charged
Mega Moles would make a small cameo in Mario Strikers Charged, where the pillars from The Sand Tomb depict the sprites for Mega Moles in Super Mario World, along with other sprites of characters and enemies from the older Mario titles.
Mega Moles appeared in a Mario-themed Kirin Lemon commercial, being much smaller then they are normally. When Yoshi eats one of the Mega Moles, he spits fire, which does not happen in Super Mario World.
A Mega Mole appears in a Japanese commercial for the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Wario's Woods, despite never appearing in the actual game.
Mega Mole is among the characters and species featured on several of the Mario Quiz Cards to list three options to a card's question.
List of appearances
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|Title||Year of release||System/format||Role|
|Super Mario World||1990||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||Appears as an enemy|
|Mario Undōkai||1993||Arcade||Appears as a referee for the sports course|
|Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World||1994||Super Nintendo Entertainment System||Same as in Super Mario World|
|Mario Family||2001||Game Boy Color||Featured as one of the sewing pattern designs|
|Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2||2001||Game Boy Advance||Same as in Super Mario World|
|Mario Strikers Charged||2007||Wii||Cameo on the pillars in The Sand Tomb|
Profiles and statistics
Super Mario series
Super Mario World
- Mario Mania: Mega Mole may have bad eyesight, but his Mario-seeking radar is keen. Mario can actually put him to good use: hop right on and hitch a ride.
- Shogakukan guide (page 28): モクラの親玉。上には乗れるけど踏んでも倒せない。挟み打ちにされることが多いので、天井の低い所では注意！マントで倒せるのは意外。 (Head of the moles. It can be ridden on but stepping on it won't defeat it. Be careful of places with low ceilings, as they tend to pin you down! The Cape can defeat it, surprisingly.)
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
- Prima Games: Large versions of Monty Moles, these guys are fast for their size, but they don’t jump out of the ground at you.
Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten
Tribe: Beast clan
Game appearances: World
Let me give you a ride.
The master of the moles that appears on the cave courses. It has a large body, but it can be eaten by Yoshi. It is very convenient to use it as a bridge platform because you can ride on top of it.
Japanese Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.
Bio: 大きな体で前進してくるモグラ。頭に乗ることができ、移動手段に使える。(A large-bodied mole that moves forward. It can be ridden on its head and used as a means of transportation.)
Kirin Lemon commercial
Japanese commercial for the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Wario's Woods
Several Super Mario World enemies in a Japanese tweet celebrating the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary
Mario Quiz Card appearances
A Mario Quiz Card about Kendo
A Mario Quiz Card about cashmeres
A Mario Quiz Card about a Stanford-Binet test
A Mario Quiz Card about the Bermuda Triangle
Names in other languages
Alternate spelling of Indy
Topi Taupe Géant (Super Mario Encyclopedia)
|From Topi Taupe|
Giant Monty Mole
|Giant Monty (Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2)|
Mega Monty (Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia)
|Italian||Mega Tantatalpa||Mega Monty Mole|
- Mega Moles are confirmed to be eight feet tall in Flown The Koopa, though they are around the same height as Mario in Super Mario World and on the size chart for the 1993 Nintendo Character Manual.
- The Presenters from the original Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga look nearly identical to Mega Moles, with the only differences that Presenters have being their size, yellow fur color, and their red bowtie.
- In the files for Super Mario 3D Land, another enlarged Monty Mole species named Morty Mole has their filename labeled as "Indy", which is the Japanese name for Mega Mole. This could likely mean that Morty Moles were inspired by Mega Moles during development, and also likely being relatives to Mega Moles as well.
- ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet, 「チョロプー」 description. 「土の中からいきなり出現するモグラ。地下の世界には、巨大化したやつもいるそうだ。」 (A mole that bursts out of the ground. In underground worlds, there are even some that became giant.)
- ^ a b Stratton, Bryan. Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2–Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 13.
- ^ a b 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオワールド」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario World), page 28 (INDY インディー description). 「モクラの親玉。上には乗れるけど踏んでも倒せない。挟み打ちにされることが多いので、天井の低い所では注意！ マントで倒せるのは意外。」 (Head of the moles. It can be ridden on but stepping on it won't defeat it. Be careful of places with low ceilings, as they tend to pin you down! The Cape can defeat it, surprisingly.)
- ^ Page 45 of 「スーパーマリオ全百科」 (Super Mario Zen Hyakka, or "Super Mario Complete Encyclopedia") states of Indy: 「チョロプーたちの親玉。」 (Head of the Choropoo.)
- ^ Page 60 of 「スーパーマリオ大図鑑」 (Super Mario Bros. Daizukan, or "Super Mario Great Picture Book") states of Indy: 「モクラのチョロプーの親玉だ。」 (It's head of the Choropoo moles.)
- ^ a b M. Arakawa. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 51.
- ^ 「地面の中に隠れていて、マリオが近づくとポーンと飛び出してくる。チョロチョロとすばしっこく、モグラのくせに地上でもやたらと元気がいい。地下の世界には巨大化したやつもいる。」 (It hides in the ground, and when Mario approaches, it pops out. It is very cheerful, and even though it is a mole, it is very energetic even above the ground. There are also giant ones in the underground world.) - Monty Mole's description, Super Mario 4koma Manga Theater
- ^ Kirin Lemon commercial
- ^ Japanese New Famicom and Wario's Woods commercial
- ^ Perfect Edition of the Great Mario Character Encyclopedia. Page 41.
- ^ 「スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 54.
- ^ Japanese Camelot Q & A. Retrieved May 28, 2008.
- ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 55
- ^ Super Mario 3D Land internal filename (Indy)