“I am a genius! My Koopa Klogger is sheer brilliant! Those pain-in-the-drain plumbers won't spoil our evil fun this time!” —Kooky von Koopa, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
Ludwig von Koopa (known as Kooky von Koopa in the cartoons) is the oldest Koopaling and was Bowser's second-in-command until Bowser Jr. came along. Like the other Koopalings, not much of Ludwig's personality has been revealed, though it is known that he is highly intelligent and somewhat arrogant and is said to be the cruelest of all the Koopalings. The Super Mario Adventures comic revealed that he enjoys video games, and Super Mario World stated that he likes to compose "Koopa Symphonies", much like his namesake, Ludwig van Beethoven, who was also the inspiration for the Koopaling's hair design. In battle he displays feats such as making earthquakes and magic blasts, spitting fireballs, shooting lightning blasts from his hands and the ability to teleport from place to place. Ludwig even has the ability to flutter jump like Yoshis.