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— Shadow Queen, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
|カゲの女王 Kage no Joō|
|The Shadow Queen, as she appears in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.|
The Shadow Queen is the true main antagonist and final boss of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. One thousand years before the game's events, she arrived at the town that would become Rogueport and hoped to conquer the land. She was defeated and sealed away in the deepest chamber of the Palace of Shadow, where she would remain for most of the game. Beldam plans to revive the Shadow Queen by manipulating Sir Grodus and his X-Nauts, who plan to revive the queen to take over the world themselves. Eventually, Mario and his friends defeated her for good.
In her true form, she resembles a tall, purple human-like spirit with long, curly pink hair. She also wears a large, golden crown that conceals her eyes. When possessing Peach and using her as a vessel, she closely resembles her, but with paler skin. She also wears purple instead of pink, as well as having a cloak behind her and a larger crown.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Before the events of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, it is said that the Shadow Queen simply appeared one day and waged war against the city Rogueport now stands. She succeeded and took over, destroying all who opposed her. She transformed part of the city into the Palace of Shadow, and created a variety of monsters, including The Shaodw Sirens and Hooktail, Gloomtail, and Bonetail. In doing this, she creates the seven Crystal Stars and scatters them around the land, planning to use their power to take over the rest of the world.
When the queen is near the peak of her power, four heroes (a Toad, a Goomba, a Koopa Troopa, and a Boo) managed to steal the Crystal Stars and used them to seal her in the Palace of Shadow. This destroyed her body, but her spirit sill remained.
She is unseen throughout most of the game, though when Mario and his allies collect the seven Crystal Stars to open the Thousand-Year Door, they go inside and arrive at the Palace of Shadow. The follow Grodus and Peach to the deepest dungeon, where the Shadow Queen's spirit rests. Grodus awakens her, causing the rest of the world to fall into darkness, and presents Peach as a vessel for her spirit. Grodus tries to command her to do his bidding, only to be struck by lightning. Mario and friends then fight the Shadow Queen.
The battle stars normally, but she grows uneasy while fighting in Peach's body, so she battles with her true form instead. She is completely invincible in this state, and just before she gets the upper hand, the Crystal Stars go to the various areas Mario and friends traveled to. The allies and NPCs they met throughout the adventure start sending Mario their hopes and encouragement, which weakens the Shadow Queen and allows Mario to finally fight her.
In battle, the Shadow Queen has 150 HP, and is usually alongside two hands with 5 HP each that can either slam on Mario or his partner or absorb their health to replenish her own. The Shadow Queen herself attacks with lightning strikes, as well as gas that can inflict poison. She also has a powerful shockwave attack that takes one turn to charge; this deals massive damage, and Vivian's Veil move is recommended for dodging it. Eventually, the Shadow Queen is destroyed for good, freeing Peach from her influence and restoring the world to peace.
The Shadow Queen returns in Dry Bones: An Undead Koopa's Revenge as the main antagonist of the game. She promises Dry Bones the power to destroy the planet if he collects the Lunar Mushrooms for her and has a third eye that will follow Dry Bones during the Evil missions on which she has him. Her appearance has drastically changed for this game, going for a more humanoid look with eyes (her first two eyes are red, while her third eye is blue) and a pair of legs. Her hair is much spikier, goes down to her hips, and covers her right eye. She gains a new form, Shadow Demoness, where she gains a tail that an Asian dragon would have, as well as the wings of a European dragon.