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Heya! I'm Larry, and I'm here to root for King Bowser. I actually wanted to just hang with friends, but he's the king, ya know? What's a Koopaling gonna do? Still, I can't complain - I've been having a blast here in Rio. Wish I'd had a chance to fix this crazy hair of mine before going out though...


— Larry Koopa, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U)

Larry Koopa is an antagonist of the Mario series. He is the leader and youngest member of the Koopalings, a clan consisting of seven Koopa siblings that serve as the leaders of the Koopa Troop under Bowser's leadership. He is recognized by his ruffled mohawk, blue head star, concern about his hair, and aggressive tendencies.

Larry has appeared in multiple crossover titles alongside Sonic the Hedgehog and his cast, including the Mario & Sonic subseries.

Game appearances

Mario & Sonic series

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Larry does not appear in person. However, a Mii costume based on Larry can be unlocked in the game by answering ten questions correctly in the London Party Quiz.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Larry does not appear in person. However, a Mii costume based on Larry can be unlocked in the game by getting at least 65% puck possession in a single Ice Hockey match.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Larry appears as a playable character in the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS version of the game for the first time in the Mario & Sonic series.

In the Wii U version of the game, Larry is a guest character that is only playable in certain events. To unlock him, the player must defeat him in an Equestrian event when he challenges them to a tournament match on Copacabana Beach. Also, a Mii costume set based on Larry can be unlocked in the game by completing Larry's Carnival Challenge. However, it must be collected in two separate parts, each with their own stat changes.

In the Wii U version of the game, Larry has the following characteristics, description and icons:

Icon Skill Type Stats Playable Event(s) Biography Flag
Power Speed Technique
Mario Sonic Rio Larry Icon.png Technique 3 7 8 Equestrian One of Bowser's seven Koopaling henchmen. His unique ruffled mohawk and blue head star give him a flashy appearance. In the Olympic Games, he performs acrobatic movements on horseback to thrill the crowd! Mario Sonic Rio Larry Flag.png

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Larry is an unlockable main roster character that is only playable in certain events. To unlock him, the player must beat him in the Equestrian Plus event on Day 4 of Sonic's Story in Road to Rio mode. He also has the following characteristics:

Artwork Stats Playable Event(s) Challenged in Road to Rio?
NSMBU LarryKoopa.png Rio2016Stats3DSLarryKoopa.png Equestrian Sonic's Story Day 4 (unlock challenge)

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Larry is a playable character in the Nintendo Switch version of the game.

Larry meeting Tails and Luigi in Tokyo, from Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

In the Nintendo Switch version of the game, Larry is a guest character that is only playable in the Equestrian event. To unlock him, the player must defeat Larry in Equestrian as Peach in Chapter 11 of the game's story mode. In this mode, Larry was given the Excitement Barry by Magikoopa. When Tails and Luigi later came to get the Excitement Battery on behalf of Eggman Nega however, Larry did not believe them. Angered by them, Larry had a swarm of Shy Guys attack them. After Tails got rid of them, a shocked Larry refused to hand over the Excitement Battery and ran away, but not without dropping some venue passes in the process. At the Equestrian Park, Larry refused to hand over the Excitement Battery again when the heroes found him. However, he rethought his standpoint when Peach mentioned that the Excitement Battery was needed to save Bowser. As such, Larry promised to hand the item over if the heroes could beat him in an event. Taking on Peach, Larry ultimately lost to her. Larry then finally admitted defeat and relinquished the Excitement Battery, before running off.

In the Nintendo Switch version of the game, Larry has the following characteristics:

Icon Skill Type Biography Wears unique clothing
between events
Mario&Sonic2020 Icon Larry.png Technique He has a giant blue star on the left side of his head. Look closely next time you see it, and you'll spot it!

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Larry in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Larry made his first appearance as a playable fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series. However, rather than appearing as a separate character, he appears as an alternate skin for Bowser Jr., another fighter in the game. When Bowser Jr. wears Larry's skin, he will also assume Larry's voice and sound clips. Even the in-game announcer will refer to him as Larry. In addition, he rides a mass-produced version of the Junior Clown Car used by Bowser Jr., which has a color scheme that matches Larry's. This includes yellow bulb eyes and a blue cockpit rim and propeller. In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Larry must be unlocked like Bowser Jr. In the Wii U version of the game on the other hand, Larry is a starter character, making him available from the beginning.

In gameplay, Larry possesses the same body proportions and weight as Bowser Jr. Also, his techniques and statistics are identical those of Bowser Jr.'s too.

Each version of the game also comes with their own Trophy of Larry:

Wii U Trophy
Name Picture Category Trophy Box Description Acquisition
NA PAL NA PAL
Larry SSB4TrophyLarry.png Fighter 14: Koopalings The youngest of the Koopalings, with a serious case of little-brother syndrome to match. He's easily recognized by his tall, blue hair. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, he makes his appearance in World 1. You might think he's tough, with his blue fireballs and shell spins, but his patterns are actually pretty easy to read. The leader of Bowser's Minions, with aggresive tendencies to match. He's easily recognised by his tall, blue hair. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, he makes his appearance in World 1. You might think he's tough, with his blue fireballs and shell spins, but his patterns are actually pretty easy to read. Purchase at the Trophy Shop for 1000G, after clearing Classic with Bowser Jr..
Nintendo 3DS Trophy
Name Picture Category Description Acquisition
NA PAL NA PAL
Larry LarryKoopaTrophy3DS.png Fighter The leader of the Koopalings, with aggressive tendencies to match. He's easily recognized by his tall, blue hair. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, he makes his appearance in World 1. You might think he's tough, with his blue fireballs and shell spins, but his patterns are actually pretty easy to read. The leader of Bowser's Minions, with aggressive tendencies to match. He's easily recognised by his tall, blue hair. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, he makes his appearance in World 1. You might think he's tough, with his blue fireballs and shell spins, but his patterns are actually pretty easy to read. Purchase at the trophy shop, after clearing Classic with Bowser Jr.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Larry in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Larry made his second appearance as a playable fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series. Like in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U though, Larry once again appears as an alternate skin for Bowser Jr. instead of being an separate character, complete with his own voice, sound clips, and in-game game announcer quotes. He also once again rides a mass-produced version of the Junior Clown Car used by Bowser Jr., which possesses the same design it had for Larry in the previous Super Smash Bros. title. In this game, Larry must be unlocked like Bowser Jr.

In gameplay, Larry possesses Bowser Jr.'s body proportions and weight. His techniques and statistics are also identical to Bowser Jr.'s once more. However, Larry now uses his magic wand whenever Bowser Jr. would use his hammer. These occasions include all corresponding attacks, his side taunt, and one of his victory poses.

In this game, Larry also appears as a Fighter Spirit with the following characteristics:

No. Name Image Series Acquisition
Spirit Alternate
artwork
15 Larry
NSMBU LarryKoopa.png
Bowser Jr.-Alt1 SSBU.png
Super Mario Series Purchase from the Vault Shop for 300G (after unlocking Bowser Jr.)

Trivia

  • According to the former Nintendo of America employee Dayvv Brooks (the person who originally named the Koopalings), Larry was named after Larry Mullen Jr., the drummer from the band U2. However, Brooks would later contradict his statement in a December 2015 interview by stating that Larry was not named after anyone in particular, and that he just "looked like a Larry."[1]

References

  1. Klepek, Patrick (29 December 2015). How A Mario Character Was Named After Motorhead's Lemmy. Kotaku. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved on 7 March 2021.

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