Kamek (Kamekku) is a fictional character in Nintendo's Mario franchise. He is a Magikoopa who acts as Bowser's caretaker during Bowser's childhood and one of his high-ranking minions afterwards. Kamek can perform various feats of magic, such as self-duplication, teleportation, shooting magical blasts and changing the size of other creatures. He first appears as the main antagonist of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, which has him trying to abduct Baby Mario and Baby Luigi, who he foresees as causing trouble for the Koopas in the future. Succeeding in only capturing Baby Luigi, Kamek and his minions, the Toadies, try to steal Baby Mario from the Yoshis throughout the game; before every boss battle, Kamek will appear and change an enemy creature into a giant, or perform some magical feat, and make them fight a Yoshi.
After his appearance in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Kamek appears in several other games, such as Tetris Attack, which features him as the penultimate boss and the one who brainwashed the inhabitants of Yoshi's Island; Super Princess Peach as a boss character; Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time as Baby Bowser's sidekick; Yoshi Touch & Go, where he kidnaps the babies once again; and as a main antagonist in Yoshi's Island DS. In Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii, Kamek is only a minor obstacle. Kamek also appears throughout the Mario Party series, most commonly as an orb summon and or a boss.