Yoshi's Crafted World artwork of a few Monty Moles
|First appearance||Super Mario World (1990, overall)|
Yoshi's Safari (1993, Yoshi franchise)
|Latest appearance||Tetris 99 (2021) (27th Maximus Cup, cameo) (2021)|
Yoshi's Crafted World (2019, Yoshi franchise)
Monty Moles, sometimes named Gophers or simply Moles, are a recurring enemy from the main Mario franchise, where they made their debut in Super Mario World. In the Yoshi franchise, Monty Moles first appear in Yoshi's Safari. They are moles (sometimes identified as gophers) who dart out of holes in the ground to either quickly pursue a character or to throw rocks at them.
In Yoshi's Safari, Monty Moles appear as enemies in the levels Pipe Island and Cornice Cave. Monty Moles attack by popping out of pipes and running towards the player. However, Monty Moles can easily be defeated by shooting them with the Super Scope.
Yoshi Touch & Go
In Yoshi Touch & Go, Monty Moles appear as somewhat uncommon enemies, attacking Yoshi in a manner similar to their attack pattern from Super Mario World; leaping from the ground or by charging at Yoshi. Here, Monty Moles can be defeated by either jumping on them, throwing an egg at them or by encasing them in a circle with the Nintendo DS's stylus.
Yoshi platform series
Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World
Monty Moles appear as an enemy in Yoshi's Woolly World and its Nintendo 3Ds remake, Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, where they can be found in the levels Big Montgomery's Fort, Perils of the Perplexing Pyramid, Yoshi and Cookies, Big Montgomery's Bubble Fort, Woollet Bill's Last Ride, and Big Montgomery's Ice Fort. Monty Moles either burrow around underground (usually under carpets) or they can pop out of the wall and chase Yoshi like in Super Mario World. Yoshi can defeat a Monty Mole either with a yarn ball, stomping on them, or eating them. If eaten, Monty Moles will turn into orange yarn balls. There is also a boss called Big Montgomery, which is a bigger Monty Mole who was enlarged by Kamek that appears as the mid-boss of Worlds 1, 3, and 5. Monty Moles also appear as support enemies for Big Montgomery's second and third battles. Monty Mole Patches are also found and are sentient drawings of Monty Moles that, when unraveled, will start chasing Yoshi like a normal Monty Mole. In the Scrapbook Theater, a normal Monty Mole pops out of a scarf roll and runs around the stage.
Yoshi's Crafted World
Monty Moles reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World as enemies in the levels Spring Sprung Trail, Monty-Mole-B-Gone, Haunted Maker Mansion, and The Countdown Begins, usually walking or digging around the foreground or background in the levels they appear in. Yoshi can defeat the Monty Moles the same way he can in other games. Monty Moles play a notable role in the level Monty-Mole-B-Gone, where Yoshi has to defeat as many Monty Moles as he can in-order to receive all the Smiley Flowers. Their larger counterparts also make their debut in the Yoshi series. In some levels that Monty Moles appear in, Yoshi can hit a red Winged Timer Cloud to begin a timed mini challenge where Yoshi has to defeat all the Monty Moles (and a big Monty Mole) that appear in the background in-order to receive a Smiley Flower. In the world map for Origami Gardens, a giant spring-like Monty Mole can be seen moving up and down above where the level Monty-Mole-B-Gone is. Some cardboard Monty Moles also make a cameo as circus spectator crafts in the level Hoop-Jump Hop.
Related game appearances
- This section highlights any unique interaction or association between Monty Mole and any Yoshi in games outside the Yoshi franchise. For the sub-page covering any shared appearances in non-Yoshi media, see Monty Mole/Related appearances.
Super Mario series
Super Mario World
In Super Mario World, Monty Moles made their debut appearance, along with the Yoshi species themselves. Monty Moles first appear in the level Yoshi's Island 2, which is also the first level to have a Yoshi. Monty Moles can easily be eaten by Yoshi and can also be defeated with a jump (which makes the defeated Monty Mole poof into thin air like they would if they were spin jumped on). Yoshi can also spit out projectiles such as Koopa Shells and fireballs which can also defeat Monty Moles. Monty Moles also have a larger variant named Mega Moles, which can also be eaten by Yoshi despite their size.
Super Mario 64 DS
Though Monty Moles cannot interact with Yoshi in the original Super Mario 64, Monty Moles can interact with Yoshi in Super Mario 64 DS, appearing in both Hazy Maze Cave and Tall, Tall Mountain. Monty Moles throw rocks at Yoshi like the other playable characters and can easily be defeated with a stomp (though they later respawn). Uniquely, this is one of the few games where Yoshi cannot eat Monty Moles.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Monty Moles only appear in World 6-4. Here, they retain their attack method from Super Mario World. Yoshi can once again eat Monty Moles just like in Super Mario World. Once Mario and crew get near a Monty Mole's hiding spot, it will jump out of the wall and will try to charge into them. Magikoopa can also turn platforms into Monty Moles during his fight with Mario in World 8-.
The Monty Mole's trading card states that Monty Moles will "burrow back underground in the blink of an eye," although they do not perform this action in-game.
Starting with this game, Rocky Wrenches use a variation of the Monty Mole model with added goggles.
New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
In New Super Mario Bros. U and its remake New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Monty Moles act the same as in previous Super Mario games. They only appear in the levels Yoshi Hill and Magma-River Cruise, the former being the only level where they interact with Yoshi. Monty Moles also appear during Magikoopa's boss battle in Slide Lift Tower. Monty Moles are also featured in the Challenge Mode levels Mole to Goal and Mole to Goal Returns, where the goal is to transport a Monty Mole to the Goal Pole.
In the game's New Super Luigi U variation, Monty Moles appear Rolling Yoshi Hills, Magmaw River Cruise, and Stonecrush Tower as a part of Magikoopa's boss battle. They are no different than in New Super Mario Bros. U.
Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Monty Moles reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS as enemies, and act similarly as in earlier Super Mario games. In the Course Maker, Monty Moles are made by shaking a Rocky Wrench. They can be placed on or inside the ground (the latter of which will make them climb up and pop out if the player gets close). They can be enlarged by a Super Mushroom or given wings (the former will simply enlarge them and the latter will make them jump around while running, similar to a Paragoomba). They can be blocked from coming out of the ground by placing an object like a P Switch on top of where they will emerge. They can be placed in Blocks, Pipes, Bill Blasters, and on tracks. Yoshi can eat Monty Moles like in Super Mario World and the New Super Mario Bros. U, but he can also defeat them through other means, such as spitting out projectile at them.
Monty Moles are prominent in the event level Shaun's Mossy Mole Mischief and at the end of the level there is also a Monty Mole "mech" made out of blocks and cannons that must be defeated.
Super Mario Maker 2
Monty Moles reappear in Super Mario Maker 2 as enemies, sharing the same behavior as in Super Mario Maker. Unlike in Super Mario Maker, Monty Moles are now completely separate from Rocky Wrenches. The course creator Mischievous Mole could possibly be a Monty Mole, as one of his courses has Monty Moles in it.
Game & Watch Gallery series
Game & Watch Gallery
Monty Moles (referred to as Chubbies in the cast credits) appear in Game & Watch Gallery, in which they appear in the Modern version of Manhole. Chubbies usually pop up on occasion to throw a heart at Yoshi. Unlike most games, Monty Moles are allies towards Yoshi.
Game & Watch Gallery 2
Monty Moles reappear in Game & Watch Gallery 2, in which they appear in the Modern version of Vermin. They appear when the player earns 200, 500, and 700 points. When the Monty Moles appear, they throw a heart which Yoshi can smash to restore a third of the damage done to the Yoshi Eggs. This is similar to what Monty Mole did in the previous game. Just like in the previous game, this is a rare instance in-which Monty Moles are allies towards Yoshi.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Monty Moles appear in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games as obstacles in Dream Equestrian popping in and out of their holes (like in Mario Kart Wii, even reusing sound clips from that game). If the wagon accidentally hits one of the holes, a Yoshi Egg will drop. This is the only game where Monty Moles only directly interact with Yoshi Eggs and not any Yoshi themselves.
Related appearances in other media
- This section highlights any unique interaction or association between Monty Mole and any Yoshi in other media outside the Yoshi franchise. For the sub-page covering any shared appearances in non-Yoshi media, see Monty Mole/Related appearances.
Super Mario World: Mario to Yoshi no Bōken Land
In the interactive OVA Super Mario World: Mario to Yoshi no Bōken Land, after Iggy's horde of Koopa Troopas, Rexes, and Chargin' Chucks is defeated by Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi, he summons a group of Monty Moles and Koopa Paratroopas. However, all the enemies are quickly disposed of when Yoshi swallows a Green Shell and breathes fire on them.
Super Mario Kodansha manga
Monty Moles appear in various roles in the Super Mario Kodansha manga, appearing in supporting roles throughout adaptations of games they appear in. Monty Moles relation with Yoshi in this manga is usually antagonistic.
They first appear in the first Super Mario World volume, during one part of it, two Monty Moles can be seen ambushing Mario and his friends, but they quickly get eaten by Yoshi. Later on, a Monty Mole along with a Koopa Troopa, Rex, and Koopa Paratroopa attempt to attack Mario and his friends, but all the enemies get swiftly eaten by Yoshi.
In the fifth Super Mario World volume during the festival themed chapter, a Triceratops can be seen with a whack-a-mole-type game featuring Monty Moles. A Yoshi can be seen playing this game and being very serious about it.
In the sixth Super Mario World volume, when the Mega Mole and his Monty Mole henchman make a getaway in a Wiggler shaped vehicle, Yoshi quickly catches up and eats several of the segments of the Wiggler vehicle, causing the vehicle to crash. Yoshi also later eats the Mega Mole as well after Mario deflected the Mega Mole's bullets.
In the Yoshi volume, a Monty Mole on top of a Mega Mole, can both be seen collecting flyers for Yossy's Pizza. Despite Yoshi previously eating both Monty Moles and Mega Moles in the past, they do not question it.
Despite appearing in both Yoshi's Safari themed volumes, Monty Moles do not interact with Yoshi in either volume.
In the first 4koma volume during the "GO! GO! Mario Paint ~Part 3~" (GO! GO! マリオペイント ~その③~) story, a Monty Mole and a Mega Mole can be seen singing karaoke, as well as watching an anime with everyone. Despite Yoshi being there, he does not attempt to eat the Monty Mole or Mega Mole.
Super Mario 4koma Manga Theater
|Warning: This enclosed section either contains content that may be inappropriate for certain audiences, such as younger readers, or it covers a sensitive issue.|
|In the "Life variety" (人生いろいろ) strip, a Monty Mole finally is about to ambush Mario, since they claim they have been waiting in the dirt for 3 years to do so. As the Monty Mole is ready to be out of the darkness to ambush Mario, the Yoshi that Mario is riding then proceeds to lick the Monty Mole's genitals. After getting raped, the Monty Mole questions "What is my life..." (オレの 人性つて一体...).|
In the "Smile 2" (にこ2) strip, a Monty Mole gets eaten by Yoshi as the example for meat.
In Super Mario-kun, Monty Moles have made several appearances and some interactions with Yoshi. They are usually killed or harmed by Yoshi (with a running gag even being Yoshi cooking Monty Moles or using Monty Mole food products), though on a few occasions, Monty Moles are actually friendly towards Yoshi.
In volume 1, Yoshi eats multiple Monty Moles that were attacking him and Mario due to the Monty Moles being angry at Mario for trying to steal their coins. An enlarged Monty Mole named Super Choropū is furious at the both of them for killing the Monty Moles, though he attacks Mario despite Yoshi being the one who killed the Monty Moles. In a later chapter, Yoshi can be seen eating a Monty Mole alongside two Goombas.
In volume 2, the Yoshi (who is now fat) can be seen eating two Monty Moles. Later on, in one of the 4koma strips, Yoshi can be seen feasting on the various cooked enemies including deep fried Monty Moles.
In volume 5, Yoshi has a supporting role in the fight against the farmer Monty Moles, though he does not eat the Monty Moles. In a later chapter, Mario makes Yoshi eat the several spirits of dead enemies including the Choropū Men'iwa. Mario then proceeds to punch Yoshi's mouth and the spirits of the enemies float away.
In volume 6, several enemies including a Monty Mole are crushed into an egg to revive Yoshi into Star Yoshi. A later chapter has Yoshi making a stew which has a Goomba, Koopa Troopa, and Monty Mole in it, which he feeds to Mario. In another chapter, a Monty Mole who was commanded by Bowser to help Donkey Kong Jr. win the race jumps on Luigi's face to obscure his view. This causes Luigi to crash into Yoshi, causing them to both be unable to race.
In volume 7, Yoshi brings a lot of food products based on enemies. One of these food products is a canned Monty Mole labeled 100% Choropū Beetroot (チョロプー ビーつ 100%). A Monty Mole also appears in a maze-like puzzle in which Yoshi has to eat a bunch of enemies. A Monty Mole can be seen in Peach's Castle alongside other enemies attending a party. Yoshi, brings several food products of enemies to the party, upsetting all the guests.
In volume 9, several Monty Moles alongside other enemies appear ordering from Mario and Yoshi's cookie shop, despite them being enemies to the both of them. In the following chapter, Yoshi eats several of the Monty Moles under the Venus Fire Trap.
In volume 31, during the events in Pinna Park, the Monty Mole (accompanied by a Swipin' Stu) shoots Bullet Bills at Yoshi and F.L.U.D.D. After they get severely injured, the both of them return in a giant Yoshi Egg, which they roll towards the Monty Mole. The Monty Mole attempts shooting them with Bullet Bills, but the egg deflects them. It tries to throw the Bob-ombs at the egg, but Yoshi rams into the Monty Mole, causing them all to blow up. Yoshi also makes an appearance when Mario fights the Monty Mole in Noki Bay, however he does not play a major role.
In volume 47, a cooked Monty Mole with sauce on its head can be seen as one of the foods Yoshi gets to eat alongside other cooked enemies, making it the first time he has eaten a Monty Mole food product since volume 7.
In volume 55, it is revealed that the ghosts of the enemies that Yoshi ate which also included a Monty Mole where haunting him, due to him murdering them.
Super Mario World television series
- “Oh, when there's underhanded evil to be done, to be done, then Cheatsy's life becomes a lot of fun, lots of fun!”
- —Gophers, Gopher Bash
In the Super Mario World television series, they are named Gophers, and are featured in the episode "Gopher Bash." Here, several Gophers serve as minions of Cheatsy Koopa, aiding him in his plot to steal all the crops grown by the cave-people of Dome City. Their only interactions they have with Yoshi are when Yoshi kills the Piranha Plants and a Gopher attempts to save the last Piranha Plant, and when the Gophers are tied up on the ceiling by Mario, Luigi and Yoshi, and are then dropped on top of Cheatsy Koopa, pinning him to the ground. They also sing backup during "Cheatsy's Life," a self-praising song; but at no other point in the episode do they vocalize at all. This is also one of the few times Monty Moles are fully voice-acted.
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Monty Mole.
Names in other languages
|From「チョロチョロ」(chorochoro, a Japanese term for "darting around") and「プー」(Pū, Rocky Wrench), officially romanized as "Choropoo"|
|French||Topi Taupe||From taupe (mole)|
|French (American)||La taupe Monty (SNES Super Mario World manual)||The Monty mole|
|German||Monty Maulwurf||Monty Mole|
|Italian||Tantatalpa||From tana (burrow), tanta (a lot of), and talpa (mole)|
|From 쪼르르 (jjoreureu, a term for small creatures running fast) and 뚜 (Ttu, Rocky Wrench)|
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Monty Toupeira
|Portuguese (Europe)||Toupeira Monty||Monty Mole|
|Romanian||Gofăr (Super Mario World animated series)||Transliteration of "gopher"|
|Spanish (Americas)||Topo monty||Monty Mole|
|Spanish (Europe)||Topo Monty||Monty Mole|