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Mandola Roots[1] are large, white turnips with faces encountered in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. They are found in Stage 1 of Old Odyssey and Stages 7 and 8 of Royal Road. When yanked out of the ground with the Hypernova ability, they are launched into the air and can smash Durable Blocks. They are also used to fight the Gigant Chicks. Occasionally, Kirby may pull out a female Mandola Root, which is thinner, has a magenta hue, and has longer roots. Female Mandola Roots are different only in appearance; their effects on enemies and Durable Blocks are the same.

Etymology

Mandola Root's name likely comes from the mandrake, a type of root of the mandragora plant. Mandrakes are commonly depicted in fiction as having a face and legs; mandrakes do appear to "have legs" in real life as well.

The Japanese name, マンドラディッシュ (Mandoradisshu), appears to be a portmanteau of mandrake/mandragora, マンドレイク (mandoreiku)/マンドラゴラ (mandoragora); as well as the radish, ラディッシュ (radisshu), referencing its outward appearance.

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Trivia

  • The idea of using Mandola Roots to attack foes may have been inspired by Super Mario Bros. 2, a game in which vegetables appear commonly for the purpose of defeating enemies.
  • The long roots seen on a female Mandola Root resemble a pair of long legs, which is a reference to one stereotype of womanly beauty.

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