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From the game's files

Official papier mâché model of Paula from Mother 2.

Universe EarthBound
Debut EarthBound (1994)
Smash Bros. appearances SSB
Most recent non-Smash appearance Mother 3 (cameo, 2006) Japan
Console/platform of origin Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Species Human
Gender Female
Place of origin Twoson
Created by Shigesato Itoi
Article on WikiBound Paula

Paula (ポーラ, Paula) is a character originally appearing in EarthBound, as one of Ness' friends and a party member.


Ness first receives a telepathic message from Paula in his sleep after defeating the Titanic Ant. She has been kidnapped and needs his assistance to break out. He travels through Peaceful Rest Valley and to a cabin, where she is being held. Mr. Carpainter had kidnapped her, in hopes to use her as the "high priestess" for Happy Happyism. Paula tells Ness that Mr. Carpainter holds the key to her prison, and gives him the Franklin Badge for protection from his otherwise-deadly lightning attacks. After he retrieves the key, Paula joins his party and accompanies him for the rest of the game. When the two of them get imprisoned in Threed by zombies, she sends a telepathic message to Jeff, urging him to go south from Winters to rescue them.

Later, in Fourside, she is kidnapped in the department store by the Dept. Store Spook, working for Mr. Monotoli. Ness and Jeff defeat the Dept. Store Spook, although by the time they do so, it is too late, and Paula is trapped in the Monotoli Building. The two of them go through Moonside, and destroy the Mani-Mani Statue that was possessing Mr. Monotoli. They then ascend the Monotoli Building, and upon reaching the 50th floor, Mr. Monotoli gives Paula back, and apologizes for the ordeal. Paula uses her gnostic abilities to sense that they must go back to Threed to reach Summers, where they find the now-repaired Sky Runner to fly.

In the final battle against Giygas, Paula uses her praying abilities to contact various characters they met on their journey, including the player. With everyone's powers combined, they all manage to defeat Giygas. At the end of the game, Paula receives a letter from the children at the Polestar Preschool, and Ness escorts her back home to Twoson.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Ness's 1P Game congratulations screen.

Paula appears on the Congratulations screen upon completing the 1P Game with Ness.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Paula appears as a trophy in Melee.


Paula's trophy in Melee
Paula is a PSI master who used her incredible psychic abilities to call Ness from afar. Ness rescued Paula from the blue-stained clutches of the Happy Happyist cult, and she became integral to his EarthBound adventure. Originally, Ness didn't know either PK Thunder or PK Fire, so Paula probably taught him these techniques.
EarthBound (6/95)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Paula appears as a sticker in Brawl.


Name Game Effect Fighter(s)
Paula Earthbound TypeIcon(PK).png Attack +10 Ness Lucas NessHeadSSBB.pngLucasHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Paula (EarthBound).png

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

One of Paula's brief cameos in the background of Magicant.

Paula makes several cameos in Magicant when the background rips to reveal several points in Ness' adventures.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Ness using PK Starstorm, with Paula appearing on the left.

Paula, along with Poo, accompany Ness when he uses PK Starstorm in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Paula also appears as a Legend-class primary spirit.

Paula's Spirit Battle uses a Villager puppet fighter and is fought on the Onett stage. She is fought along the Ness puppet fighter. During the the battle, the Villager will appear after Ness performs a Final Smash immediately after the start of the battle. Also, Ness's PSI attacks will have increased power, referencing how Paula has advanced PSI abilities.

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
From the game's files
★★★★ 3 4204 10511 1357 3392 2465 6164 PSI Attack ↑ EarthBound Series

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ポーラ, Paula
UK English Paula
France French Paula
Germany German Paula
Spain Spanish Paula
Italy Italian Paula
China Chinese Paula
South Korea Korean 폴라, Paula
Netherlands Dutch Paula
Russia Russian Пола