Lakitu(JP) is the name of a common Mario enemy that first appeared in the hit classic Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The species is a type of Koopa Troopa that fly around atop clouds, hurling Spinies or Spiny Eggs at the player (Although it is possible to make a Lakitu throw Mushrooms, Super Leaves and other items beneficial to the player, but that is in Super Mario Maker.)
The species isn't always an enemy though, for example, he appeared as one of Mario's friends in the game Paper Mario, and one of the Yoshis in Tetris Attack. In the Mario Kart series, he will help you along the track in multiple ways. And in Super Mario 64, he will be there to tape Mario as he fights evil.
All Lakitus are usually yellow with a green shell, and have black flight goggles, and will sometimes wield a fishing rod to hold things up such as a basket in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Lakitu also appears in some Mario cartoons.
Mario Kart series
Lakitu have appeared in every Mario Kart game since the original, Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. He runs and owns the courses, and also helps the player when he needs help. During the race he will start it off with the traffic lights, will alert the player if he's going in the wrong direction, pull them up with his fishing rod if they fall off the course, and will tell them what lap they're on each time racers pass the start/finish line, and a red Lakitu is also a playable character in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8.
Fishin' Lakitus are a type of Lakitus who first appeared in Super Mario World. They bait Mario or Luigi with a 1-up Mushroom on the end of a fishing rod. Once the mushroom is taken, the Fishin' Lakitu will start attacking as a regular Lakitu. In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Fishin' Lakitu would appear without a bait with a fishing pole ending in a hook attempting to steal Baby Mario.
The Fishin' Lakitu have a subtype, which is a mix between a Fishin' Lakitu and a Boo. It is called the Fishin' Boo, and instead of a 1-Up Mushroom, it carries a flame that hits Mario or Luigi whenever they come in contact with it.
They are capturable in Super Mario Odyssey.
Wall Lakitu are Lakitus that hide behind walls, waiting for its enemy to approach. Once he or she does, the Wall Lakitu will then look up and toss their Spiny Egg projectiles at him or her. The only way to defeat this enemy (in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island) is to either shoot eggs at them or to simply jump on it. After they appeared in Yoshi's Island, they were enemies in Super Princess Peach and in Yoshi games starting again with Yoshi's Island DS.
- Thunder Lakitu: These hurl thunderbolts that explode in flame like Sumo Bros.
- Giga Lakitu appears as a miniboss in Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Spiny: Jumping on these will result in sore feet. A regular Lakitu will throw these on the ground in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an assist trophy.
- Spiny Egg: These are thrown by Lakitu. They will either roll on the ground or turn into Spinies.
Super Smash Bros.
Starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Lakitu makes an appearance as an assist trophy. He takes on his 8-bit Super Mario Bros. appearance. and he drops spiny eggs that turn into spinies that walk around. He can however be defeated. This holds true in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - In this game, Lakitus are actual enemies in the game that shoot electricity, and then retreat to his cloud.
- Tetris DS - In Tetris DS, Lakitu appears as the first and easiest icon to get in the rankings section of the game.
- In most Mario Sports titles, Lakitu appears as a referee or similar position
- Fortune Street - Lakitu sometimes appears in a game if Venture Card 92 is drawn. He closes all the stores he passes
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|Major villains||Donkey Kong | Bowser | Foreman Spike | Wart | Koopalings (Ludwig von Koopa | Lemmy Koopa | Roy Koopa | Iggy Koopa | Wendy O. Koopa | Morton Koopa Jr. | Larry Koopa) | Tatanga | Virus | Wario | Kamek | Baby Bowser | Smithy | Big Bob-omb | Waluigi | King Boo | Shadow Mario | Petey Piranha | Bowser Jr. | Cackletta | Fawful | Antasma | Sir Grodus | Lord Crump | Shadow Queen | Princess Shroob | Count Bleck | Dimentio | Pom Pom | Boom Boom | Bowser Soul | Topper | Hariet | Rango | Spewart | Madame Broode|
|Minor villains||Blooper | Bob-omb | Boo | Bullet Bill | Buzzy Beetle | Chain Chomp | Cheep Cheep | Dry Bones | Goomba | Hammer Bros. | Koopa Paratroopa | Koopa Troopa | Lakitu | Magikoopa | Monty Mole | Ninji | Piranha Plant | Pokey | Shroob | Shy Guy | Snifit | Spiny | Thwomp | Whomp | Wiggler|
|Notable Koopas||Bowser • Bowser Jr. • Dry Bowser • Hookbill the Koopa • Iggy Koopa • Jr. Troopa • Kamek • Kammy Koopa • Koopa Bros. • Koopa the Quick • Kooper • Koopie Koo • Koopley • Koops • Kroop • Kylie Koopa • Larry Koopa • Lemmy Koopa • Ludwig von Koopa • Morton Koopa Jr. • Roy Koopa • Wendy O. Koopa|
|Koopa Troopa Species||Ankoopa • Boomerang Bros. • Dry Bones • Fire Bro. • Hammer Bro. • Koopa Troopa • Koopa Paratroopa • Koopatrol • K.P. Koopa • Lakitu • Magikoopa • Shady Koopa • Super Dry Bones|