List of Mario franchise characters

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The main characters of the Mario franchise. (left to right): Wario, Donkey Kong, Luigi, Peach, Mario, Toad, Daisy, Bowser, Yoshi, Boo, and Waluigi.

The Mario franchise is a series of video games developed and published by Nintendo that features an extensive cast of characters.

For the main characters that appear in Mario-adjacent franchises Donkey Kong and Wario, please refer to list of Donkey Kong characters and list of Wario characters.

Lead charactersEdit

MarioEdit

Mario[a] (English: /ˈmɑːri, ˈmær-/, Italian: [ˈmarjo]; voiced by Charles Martinet) is an Italian-American plumber and the lead character of the series who was introduced in 1981. Depicted as the hero of the franchise, Mario remains playable in most of the games and also appears in every Mario spin-off game including sports, kart racing, fighting, and many more. He is heroic, brave, polite, active, and kind.

LuigiEdit

Luigi[b] (English: /luˈi/, Italian: [luˈiːdʒi]; voiced by Charles Martinet) is an Italian-American plumber who is Mario's taller brother. He is playable in most of the Mario games. Unlike Mario, Luigi is timid and a bit cowardly. However, he tries to stay brave in intense situations.

Luigi is the main protagonist of the Luigi series.

Princess PeachEdit

Princess Peach[c] (formerly known as Princess Toadstool outside Japan; voiced by Samantha Kelly), is the princess and the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom[1] and the lead female character from the Mario series since her introduction in 1985. Depending on the game, she can be a protagonistt, a supporting character or a damsel in distress. Peach is playable in most of the Mario games. She is Mario's love interest and is sweet, kind, optimistic, cheery, and elegant.

Peach is the main protagonist of Princess Toadstool's Castle Run (1990) and Super Princess Peach (2006).

Peach is the interpret of the song "Go Go Mario!!", the lyrics version of the Super Mario Bros. theme released in 1986, which also appears in the vinyl album Mario No Daibouken[2][3]

ToadEdit

Toad[d] is a small mushroom-like humanoid character who is Princess Peach's attendant and a longtime protector of the Mushroom Kingdom. Toad can be a protagonist, a supporting character or a character in distress. He remains playable in most of the Mario games.

Toad is the protagonist of Wario's Woods (1994).

YoshiEdit

Yoshi[e] (English: /ˈjʃi, ˈjɒʃi/; voiced by Kazumi Totaka), once romanized as Yossy, is green an anthropomorphic dinosaur. He has a long tongue which can be used to eat various enemies, and can turn the enemies he eats into eggs that can be thrown. Yoshi helps his friends during various adventures by acting as a rideable character for the heroes, though he can also be playable. He is a playable character in most of the spin-offs and stars in his own series.

Yoshi is the main protagonist of the Yoshi series

BowserEdit

Bowser[f] or King Koopa is the king and leader of the turtle-like race named Koopas[4]. As the main antagonist of the series, since his first appearance in Super Mario Bros., Bowser is depicted as a powerful and evil Koopa who wants to take over the Mushroom Kingdom. He is Mario's nemesis and is the final boss of most Mario games. Bowser is playable in all Mario spin-off games.

Dry Bowser[g] is a recurring antagonist in the Mario series. Debuting as a form of Bowser after losing his flesh in New Super Mario Bros., the character has appeared as his own being starting with Mario Kart Wii, often serving as the final antagonist in the main games. In Mario Party: Island Tour, Bowser refers to Dry Bowser as a "close family friend".[citation needed] Dry Bowser is a playable character in several of the Mario spin-off games.

ProtagonistsEdit

Princess DaisyEdit

Princess Daisy[h] is the princess and the ruler of Sarasaland[5] who first appeared in Super Mario Land. Depending on the game, she is depicted as a protagonist, a supporting character and on occasions as a lady in distress. Daisy is playable in most of the Mario spin-off games. Unlike Peach, Daisy is a tomboy and is spunky, sassy, feisty, and more energetic. She is also the love interest of Luigi.

Daisy is the interpret of the song "Save Me (With Your Charm)" from the Super Mario Compact Disco album[6] by the band Ambassadors of Funk[7][8].

RosalinaEdit

Rosalina[i] is a princess from an unknown location who is the adoptive mother of the Lumas.[9] She resides in the Comet Observatory and also the watcher of the cosmos in the Super Mario Galaxy games. Rosalina can be depicted as a supporting character or a protagonist. She is playable in most of the Mario spin-off games.

ToadetteEdit

Toadette[j] is a pink Toad girl who first appeared in the 2003 video game Mario Kart: Double Dash!! as a playable driver. Toadette has two long round pigtails and a dress to distinguish herself from Toad. Since Super Mario Odyssey, Toadette is a member of the Toad Brigade and has the role of an archivist.[10] In New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Toadette can transform into Peachette, a form that highly resembles Princess Peach, with a power-up called the Super Crown. Depending on the game, Toadette is depicted as a supporting character or a protagonist and remains playable in most of the Mario spin-off games.

PaulineEdit

Pauline[k] is the damsel in distress from the original Donkey Kong,[11] as well as the 1994 Game Boy game of the same name.[12] She also appeared in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!. Pauline was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and other developers for the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong. She is the earliest example of a female with a speaking role in a video game, and is cited as a famous example of a damsel in distress in fiction.[13][14][15]

In the original Donkey Kong, she is held captive by Donkey Kong and it is Mario's objective to climb up the construction site and rescue her.[11] Along the way, the player can collect feminine articles (a hat, purse, and parasol) belonging to Pauline for bonus points. Originally, Pauline was known as Lady,[l][16] and the game introduced her as Mario's girlfriend. The name Pauline was given after the then-girlfriend of Nintendo of America's warehouse manager, Don James.[17] Then it was used in licensed products after the game's release (including a collection of figures by Coleco[18] and a coloring book[19]), and was eventually used for the NES version of the game, although print ads for the Game & Watch version of the game referred to her as Louise.[20]

After Donkey Kong, Pauline made cameo appearances in two other NES games, Pinball and Famicom BASIC.[16] Princess Peach, introduced in Super Mario Bros., supplanted Pauline's original role as damsel in distress in the Mario games.

In the 1994 Game Boy version of Donkey Kong, Pauline was given a radically different design. While the original Pauline was portrayed as a blonde in a pink gown, this new version of the character was a brunette who wears a red dress.[16] Because of her different design, the Pauline in the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong was initially considered in certain Mario media a separate character from the original incarnation of the character (who was still known as Lady) featured in the arcade and Famicom versions, with the two versions of the character being given separate profiles in Shogakukan's 1994 Mario Character Encyclopedia book.[21] However, later games and sources (most notably the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) acknowledge that Pauline and Lady are meant to be the same character.[22]

She then officially returns in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, using the same character design as in the remake. She is a guest VIP at the grand opening of the "Super Mini Mario World", a theme park based on Mini-Mario toys, where she is kidnapped by Donkey Kong. She also appears in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! for the DSiWare, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! for the DS, where she is once again kidnapped by Donkey Kong.

Pauline returns in Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch voiced by Kate Higgins. She serves as the Mayor of New Donk City[23][24] and is a supporting character, helping Mario with his quest. Yoshiaki Koizumi, the producer for the game, told Polygon that she was the one singing the game's theme song, "Jump Up, Super Star!", noting "As we were developing Pauline more as a character, we know that she was going to be interested in jazz...It was interesting for us to have the first song in a Mario game with vocals."[25]

Kate Higgins performed the song "Jump Up, Super Star" during the 2017 Game Awards ceremony.[26][27][28]

Pauline is the singer of the band "The Super Mario Players" which interprets "Jump Up, Super Star" and "Break Free (Lead The Way)", both performed by her voice actress: Kate Higgins[29][30][31].

In March 2019, Pauline made her first playable debut in Mario Tennis Aces, and is unlocked by participating in an Online Tournament.[32] In September 2019, Pauline made her playable debut in the Mario Kart series in Mario Kart Tour, and was unlocked by trading in the in-game currency “Rubies” for “Pipe Pulls” during the New York Tour.[33]

BirdoEdit

Birdo, known in Japan as Catherine[m], is a pink, anthropomorphic creature who wears a red bow on her head, and has a round mouth that can fire eggs as projectiles. Birdo first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2. Since then, She has been a recurring character in various franchise spin-offs and becomes Yoshi's partner. Initially, Birdo was depicted as an antagonist, but has since been depicted as an ally. Birdo is playable in several Mario spin-offs.

ToadsworthEdit

Toadsworth[n] is an elderly Toad and Princess Peach's longtime steward and caretaker, first appearing in Super Mario Sunshine, when he comes along with Princess Peach and Mario to Isle Delfino. He makes a brief appearance in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga at the beginning (where he presents Mario and Luigi with a suitcase) and end of the game.

Paper Toadsworth accompanies Paper Princess Peach on her trip to Rogueport during Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, keeping Paper Peach very close to him, but ends up losing her.

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, he is with Mario and Luigi when Princess Peach takes an experimental trip back in time. He is also included in Super Princess Peach where he gives Peach a parasol named Perry in the cinema and is seen as a lead guitarist of the band called Peach Hit Five in the music room.

He also appears in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its 3DS remake where he was inhaled by Bowser. In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Toadsworth appeared as the gang went on a vacation in Pi'illo Island.

Toadsworth makes a brief appearance in Mario Kart: Double Dash when the player wins a cup. He acts as an umpire in Mario Power Tennis for the GameCube as well as in the remake for the Wii, in which Toadsworth reprimands the player when a foul shot is made. In Mario Party 7, he is a host of the boards. He finally becomes playable in both Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers.

Toadsworth is voiced by Charles Martinet, who also voices Mario, Luigi, Wario and Waluigi.[34]

Captain ToadEdit

Captain Toad[o] is an explorer and the leader of the Toad Brigade who first appears in Super Mario Galaxy. He makes several apparitions within the Mario series, like in Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Super Mario Odyssey, where he can be seen traveling in the galaxy. Captain Toad is depicted as a treasure tracker who loves finding treasures[35]. He makes several cameos within the Super Smash Bros series..

Captain Toad is the main protagonist in the series of levels in Super Mario 3D World called Captain Toad's Adventures and in the game Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

Donkey KongEdit

Donkey Kong[p] (DK) is an anthropomorphic gorilla and the lead protagonist of the franchise with the same name appearing in the Donkey Kong and Mario video game franchises. He is the leader (and first member) of the DK crew. Donkey Kong first appears in the arcade game Donkey Kong, however, the modern incarnation of the character introduced in Donkey Kong Country is revealed to be the grandson of the arcade original character.[citation needed] Donkey Kong's name comes from King Kong and a donkey, referring to his stubborn and lazy personality.

Diddy KongEdit

Diddy Kong[q] (Diddy) is an anthropomorphic spider monkey and the secondary main protagonist of the Donkey Kong franchise, as well as Donkey Kong's nephew, sidekick and best friend appearing in the Donkey Kong and Mario video game franchises. Diddy is a British term meaning "little".

Diddy Kong is the main protagonist of Diddy Kong Racing (1997).

AntagonistsEdit

WarioEdit

Wario[r] (English: /ˈwɑːri, ˈwær-/; voiced by Charles Martinet) is an obese, muscular, hot-tempered, and greedy man. He is Mario's yellow-and-purple clad arch-rival. Depending on the game, Wario can be a protagonist but is mostly depicted as an antagonist. Wario is playable in most of the Mario spin-off games where he can be seen as Waluigi's partner. His favorite food is garlic and loves money. His name is portmanteau of "warui", the Japanese word for "bad", and "Mario".

Wario is the protagonist of the Wario series of games. He even is the president of WarioWare Inc.

WaluigiEdit

Waluigi[s] (English: /ˌwɑːluˈi/; voiced by Charles Martinet) is a tall, thin and mischievous man who was introduced in Mario Tennis as Wario's partner. He is Luigi's black-and-purple clad arch-rival. Waluigi is often depicted as an antagonist who teams up with Wario to accomplish their schemes. He is playable in most of the Mario spin-off games and makes several cameos within the Super Smash Bros. series.

Bowser Jr.Edit

Bowser Jr. (known as Koopa Jr.[t] in Japan; voiced by Caety Sagoian), or sometimes simply Jr. or Junior, is the son of Bowser who first appeared in the 2002 game Super Mario Sunshine. He is often depicted as the secondary main antagonist throughout the Mario series. Bowser Jr. looks up to his dad and shares his ambition to defeat Mario and take over the Mushroom Kingdom. Bowser Jr. is playable in most of the spin-off Mario titles.

Bowser Jr. is the main protagonist of Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018) included in the remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.

KoopalingsEdit

The Koopalings[u] are seven siblings who first appeared as boss characters in the 1988 game Super Mario Bros. 3. Their individual names are Iggy, Larry, Lemmy, Ludwig, Morton, Roy, and Wendy. They were originally depicted as the children of the series antagonist Bowser and later to be referred as his minions. They have since appeared in subsequent Super Mario games, spin-off Mario titles and the Super Smash Bros. series.

KamekEdit

Kamek[v] (English: /kəˈmɛk, ˈkæmɪk/; voiced by Atsushi Masaki) is a Magikoopa who acts as Bowser's caretaker during his childhood and one of his high-ranking minions afterwards. He is Yoshi's archenemy and one of the two main antagonists of the Yoshi series, alongside Baby Bowser. He can perform various feats of magic, such as self-duplication, teleportation, shooting magical blasts, and changing the size of other creatures. In Japan, the character shares his name with his species, Kamek (which are known outside Japan as Magikoopas), which can lead to confusion surrounding his appearances. This will sometimes lead to a literal translation, as in Super Princess Peach where a boss is described as "A Kamek made huge by magic." Some Japanese sources such as the guide for Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island call him "Fang" to distinguish him from regular Magikoopas.

Boom BoomEdit

Boom Boom[w] is Pom Pom's partner, male counterpart and faithful minion of Bowser. He first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3 as one of the main antagonists of the game, where he often fights with Mario or Luigi by chasing him flailing his arms, jumping high and flying at them. Since, Boom Boom is playable in several Mario spin-off games.

Pom PomEdit

Pom Pom[x] is Boom Boom's partner, female counterpart, and faithful minion of Bowser. She first who debuted in Super Mario 3D Land. where she serves as an Airship boss and flips around the arena, throwing boomerangs with pink bows on them at Mario or Luigi. In the game's seventh world, she fights alongside her partner Boom Boom. Pom Pom is depicted as malicious towards the player, though she is seen winking in a flirty way before every battle. She returned in Super Mario 3D World, though her boomerang appears to be replaced by some sort of shuriken.

Since, Pom Pom is playable in several Mario spin-off games.

King BooEdit

King Boo[y] is the king of the Boos and the main antagonist of the Luigi's Mansion series where he serves and the archenemy of Luigi. He plays minor roles in various other Mario games, including the Mario Kart and Mario Party series. King Boo's first major role was as the final boss of Luigi's Mansion, where he disguised himself as Bowser. King Boo is a member of the Boo species.

He is much larger than the average Boos that appear in games after Luigi's Mansion. He dons a crown with a large ruby (as well as glowing, sunken eyes) in his appearances in the Luigi's Mansion franchise, as well as an appearance as a playable character in Mario Kart Tour, but he wears a regular crown and has the eyes and face of a regular Boo in all other appearances. Previously, a similar character named Big Boo appeared as an enemy in Super Mario World and as a boss in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Super Mario 64 DS. King Boo is a playable character in several of the Mario spin-off games including Mario Kart.

Supporting protagonistsEdit

Baby Luma/LumasEdit

Baby Luma[z] is Mario's main companion in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel Super Mario Galaxy 2. He is among a group of star-shaped beings known as Lumas, who appear in both games.

In Super Mario Galaxy, Baby Luma first finds Mario sleeping in the planet that houses the Gateway to the Starry Sky after he has been blasted out of the Mushroom World, and joins him at the request of Rosalina, aiding him in his quest to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser by allowing him to use the "Spin" move, which he can use to break crystals, attack enemies and further his jumps, among other things. In the ending of the game, Baby Luma sacrifices his life along his brethren to save the universe from a black hole.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Baby Luma is found by Mario while he was on his way to Princess Peach's Castle and they join forces to rescue the town from a new attack by Bowser, only to be sent out in a new adventure. In this game Baby Luma often receives messages from Rosalina, who remains anonymous for most of the game. He is also called Young Master Luma by other Lumas.

CappyEdit

Cappy[aa] is the secondary protagonist in Super Mario Odyssey. Cappy is a Bonneter who meets Mario in the Cap Kingdom, when he pleas for Mario to assist him in rescuing his little sister Tiara. Cappy has the ability to possess enemies and other creatures, allowing Mario to take control of them for periods of time.

Cappy appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Mario's side taunt and a Spirit. He quickly throws Cappy and returns it to his head similar to in Super Mario Odyssey.

TiaraEdit

Tiara[ab] is the secondary damsel in distress in Super Mario Odyssey. She is the sister of Cappy, who is kidnapped by Bowser as a gift to Princess Peach to wear on their wedding day. Afterwards, she and Princess Peach travel together.

PerryEdit

Perry[ac] is a magical talking parasol who appears in the game Super Princess Peach. With his magical abilities, he helps Princess Peach to save her friends from Bowser. Erstwhile, Perry was a young boy with magical powers who lived with an old man who adopted and took care of him. During a walk with his adoptive parent, he was turned into an umbrella by a mysterious stranger and the two were separated. He was later found by Toadsworth.

Perry appears as a sticker and a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He makes a cameo in Densetsu no Stafy 4.

Honey QueenEdit

Honey Queen[ad] is the queen of all the Honeybees. She is an extremely large bee and always speaks using nosism. She appears in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 where she rules over all the Honeybees in the Honeyhive, Honeybloom, and Honeyhop Galaxies, and as a heavyweight unlockable driver in Mario Kart 7.

She also appeared in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a spirit.

DorrieEdit

Dorrie[ae] is a large, friendly swimming blue plesiosaur-like character who debuted in Super Mario 64. He helps Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Yoshi ride across water or reach higher areas. Super Mario Odyssey explicitly refers to Dorries as a species and it features two additional Dorries, one violet, and one yellow. In terms of design, Dorrie has a few elements in common with Yoshis, such as the white area of soft tissue spanning the whole lower part of the body and a similar round face that, since Super Mario 64 DS, even features a placement of the eyes and nostrils akin to that seen in Yoshis.

Dorrie returns in New Super Mario Bros. and appears in two sizes. Mario can ride on his back to cross large bodies of poison in World 4-1 and World 4-6. If Mario does a Ground Pound on Dorrie, he moves faster through the water.

PlessieEdit

Plessie[af] is a friendly character resembling a nothosaur (yet referred to as a "dinosaur" by Nintendo) that appeared in Super Mario 3D World. In the game, it allows the playable characters to ride him through certain levels. Plessie's name is a portmanteau of "Plesiosaurus" and "Nessie." The former is an extinct group of large marine reptiles that are often confused as dinosaurs, whereas the latter is the nickname given to the Loch Ness Monster. Its design share some features with the design of Yoshis, such as the bipedal posture with short legs, the white soft tissue that spans the lower part of the body, big oval eyes pointing forward which feature a white sclera, the nostrils being hosted near the top of a round protruding end of the upper part of the muzzle, and a crest on the back of the head, although the shape of the latter is different.

Plessie appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a support spirit.

PoochyEdit

Poochy[ag] is Yoshi's pet dog. Poochy doesn't have any ears or a nose, and he has big lips. Poochy is a good swimmer and can sniff out hidden items for Yoshi. Poochy can also do things that Yoshi can't, such as crossing over dangerous terrain, and jumping over walls to give Yoshi a boost out of his wall jumps. Poochy's first appearance was in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Professor E. GaddEdit

Professor Elvin Gadd (Professor Oya Mā[ah] in Japan; voiced by Kazumi Totaka), more commonly known as E. Gadd, is a scientist who, with his various inventions, helps Luigi save his brother Mario and the mansion. His name is a pun on the Japanese interjection Oyamā![ai], meaning "Good heavens!" His name is also inspired by Nintendo game designer Yoshiyuki Oyama.[36] The English translations accordingly adapted the name to a pun on the expression "egad"! His first appearance was in Luigi's Mansion for Nintendo GameCube, in which he investigates a haunted mansion that mysteriously appeared by his laboratory. To help him study the ghosts in the mansion, he uses the "Poltergust 3000", a high-powered vacuum cleaner that can suck in and capture ghosts, and the "Game Boy Horror", an invention for tracking and detecting objects such as Boos. He lends it to Luigi and helps him on his quest.

Gadd reprises his supporting role in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon in a remodeled lab to assist Luigi again with his "Poltergust 5000" and a "Dual Scream", which replaces the Game Boy Horror. The Nintendo 3DS remake of the original Luigi’s Mansion introduces a new invention: a lime-green doppelgänger of Luigi, called "Gooigi", which can be brought along as a partner in local co-op play.

In the third installment, Luigi's Mansion 3, Gooigi returns and E. Gadd provides Luigi with a new Poltergust model, the "Poltergust G-00". Luigi rescues him at the time when his friends were captured by Hellen Gravely at a hotel called The Last Resort.

He is mentioned in Super Mario Sunshine but not seen, but his inventions: a Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device or "F.L.U.D.D." and Magic Brush were used by Mario and Bowser Jr. respectively. E. Gadd also creates a Time Machine in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time and various inventions as rewards for making bean coffees at the Starbeans Cafe in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its 3DS remake. In Mario Party 6, E. Gadd is featured on a party board called E. Gadd's Garage.

Super Mario Maker features E. Gadd as an unlockable Mystery Mushroom costume, made available through an update.

NabbitEdit

Nabbit[aj] is a purple rabbit-like thief with round eyes, long ears, and black limbs. He also wears a white handkerchief with a drawing of a large mouth with sharpened teeth, similar to Bowser Jr.'s mask (though despite this he does not work for Bowser), as well as orange shoes and white gloves.who first appears in New Super Mario Bros. U, where he steals items from Toad Houses and the Mario Bros. have to chase him through various levels to capture him and get them back. He's the main source of P-Acorn power-ups, making it worth the player's time to catch him. In New Super Luigi U, he's promoted to Playable as the fourth character available for multiplayer. He returned to New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe as a fifth playable character along with Toadette, Luigi, Toad and Mario. He is also playable in Bowser Jr.'s Journey. Nabbit also appeared as a stage hazard in the Mushroom Kingdom U stage throughout the Super smash Bros. series.

Sprixie PrincessesEdit

The Sprixie Princesses[ak] are the rulers of the Sprixie Kingdom and the Sprixies, a race of fairies. They appear in Super Mario 3D World. The green Sprixie Princess is the sole Sprixie Princess and refers to the others as her followers. The green Sprixie Princess first appears when Mario and Luigi find and repair a Clear Pipe. The pipe promptly ejects a large number of items before the princess emerges. The green Sprixie Princess tells the group that the Sprixie Kingdom is in danger, as Bowser had managed to capture the other six princesses and that she had only narrowly escaped his grasp. Moments after she emerges, however, Bowser comes up through the same pipe, leaving her dazed, captures the green Sprixie Princess in a bottle, and retreats down the pipe. The group quickly follows after Bowser in order to rescue the kingdom, and they soon find that each Sprixie Princess is guarded in one of the first seven worlds' castles. Defeating the boss of the castle will reveal a Warp Box that takes the group to a room containing both the Goal Pole and the imprisoned Sprixie.

Each time a Sprixie Princess is saved, she will build a Clear Pipe to the next world with either a hammer or a wrench (with the exception of the red Sprixie Princess, since she was recaptured after she was saved in World Castle (World 7) and she only helped build a rocket ship). It is possible for the player to skip saving the first and fourth Sprixie Princesses if they take the secret exits found in World 1 and World 4, respectively, although as a result they will be entirely absent during the ending and when Bowser recaptures them.

The group eventually manages to rescue the last of the seven Sprixie Princesses after defeating Bowser in his car for the second time in World Castle (World 7), seemingly the last stage of the game. However, Bowser promptly reappears, stuffs all seven princesses into a larger bottle, and flees to World Bowser (World 8), a Bowser-themed carnival area that serves as the true final world of the main game. Here, Bowser confronts the heroes after transforming into Meowser and is defeated, dropping the Sprixie Princesses in the process. The princesses then use their powers to undo all the harm done to their land before waving goodbye to the heroes as they return to the Mushroom Kingdom via a Clear Pipe.

After the ending credits, the Sprixie Princesses build a rocket ship in World 1 for the player to use in order to travel to the four secret bonus worlds in outer space (Star, Mushroom, Flower, and Crown).

The green Sprixie Princess is also playable in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.

Toad BrigadeEdit

The Toad Brigade[al] is a group of five Toads that aid Mario through some games, starting with Super Mario Galaxy. They are led by Captain Toad. Later the group would expand to include Toadette, bringing the membership up to six. The members consist of Captain Toad, Toadette, Hint Toad (blue), Yellow Toad, Banktoad (green), and Mailtoad (magenta).

Supporting antagonistsEdit

BroodalsEdit

The Broodals[am] are a group of villainous anthropomorphic rabbits who double as wedding planners in Super Mario Odyssey. Their boss is Madame Broode. They were hired by Bowser in order to stop Mario from reaching him. The members consist of Topper, Hariet, Rango and Spewart.

Madame BroodeEdit

Madame Broode[an] is the leader of the Broodals in Super Mario Odyssey. In the fight, she attacks Mario with her golden pet Chain Chomp (referred to as Chain Chompikins).

DraggadonEdit

Draggadons[ao] are dragons first appearing in the game Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Although in said game only Draggadon, the king of an isolated volcano called Pyropuff Peak, and Gold Draggadon, the king of the Golden Realm.

The first, named Draggadon, is fought in Episode 1-10: The King of Pyropuff Peak, Episode 2-9: Draggadon's Revenge, and Bonus Episode-11: Mummy-Me at Pyropuff Peak. When Captain Toad is chasing Wingo who kidnapped Toadette, he accidentally comes across Pyropuff Peak. Draggadon attacks him, thinking him to be an intruder, but after the fight realizes that he was innocent, and allows him to ride on his head as the two conquer hordes of enemies. Toadette in her pursuit of Wingo also ends up at Pyropuff Peak, which results in the same situation playing. Once again, Toadette befriends him, and they conquer even more enemies.

Unlike Wingo, Draggadon is not battled directly. Captain Toad and Toadette must avoid his attacks to the end of the level by hiding behind walls, and at the end, knock a pillar on his head. He is then knocked unconscious, and the Toads collect the Power Star. Another Draggadon, named Gold Draggadon, also appears in a later episode, as the king of the Golden Realm. Like Draggadon, Captain Toad must also fight Gold Draggadon as boss, although fireballs will move faster and the lava will rise quicker, and after defeating him, he lets Captain Toad and Toadette ride him.

FawfulEdit

Fawful[ap], is a recurring antagonist in the Mario & Luigi series. The character is considered to be "insane," often serving as or the sidekick to the main antagonist in the games.

Petey PiranhaEdit

Petey Piranha, known as Boss Pakkun[aq] in Japan,[37] is a large, powerful Piranha Plant, and the result of a mutation. Whereas normal Piranha Plants usually grow from pipes, Petey's leaves and roots have grown into foot-like and arm-like appendages, which allows him to use objects such as tennis rackets and golf clubs. He can also use his leaves to fly around in the air. He first appeared as the primary boss of Bianco Hills in the game Super Mario Sunshine. He has since appeared as a boss or a playable character in several Mario games and spin-off games.

Foreman SpikeEdit

Foreman Spike[ar] is the angry foreman of the construction site where Mario and Luigi worked in Wrecking Crew. Rather than help them, Spike continuously tried to hinder the brothers from doing their job. He is a bearded villain who always wears sunglasses, although in Wrecking Crew '98, he did not have a beard.

Kammy KoopaEdit

Kammy Koopa[as] is an elderly Magikoopa who acts as an adviser and babysitter for Bowser in the first two Paper Mario games. She possesses the usual Magikoopa powers, and is primarily distinguished by her ability to summon yellow blocks, which she has used to both impede and combat Mario. She first appeared in Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64, helping Bowser by leaving enemies in Mario's way, transporting Bowser into the Star Spirit Sanctuary, and augmenting his size and power in the final battle. After being defeated by the Star Kid, Twink, she continued to work for him. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, she acted as Bowser's second-in-command. Generally, her position is very similar with Kamek who appeared earlier than her, which possibly means why she is replaced by him in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. IGN rated her as one of the weirdest Mario characters.[38]

King Bob-ombEdit

King Bob-omb[at] is the king of the Bob-ombs. He is mostly recognized for being the first boss fought in the game Super Mario 64 and its remake. Guarding the Power Star, which Bowser entrusted him with, he does not give it up without fighting the player. After his debut, King Bob-omb became a recurring boss in later games, specifically spin-off games such as Mario Party 9 and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. King Bob-omb, like other certain bosses, takes pride in his royal status.

Koopa KidsEdit

Koopa Kids[au] (also known as Baby Bowsers) are the minions of Bowser who have only appeared in the Mario Party series. They appeared in the first seven installments (as well as Mario Party Advance) as major antagonists in the story modes. In the first three games, they are known as Baby Bowsers. A playable Koopa Kid appears in Mario Party 5 and 6.

ReznorEdit

Reznor[av] are four fire-breathing Triceratops that made their debut in Super Mario World. According to the game's instruction manual, they were cursed by Bowser. They are mid-bosses that Mario and Luigi fight in fortresses found everywhere on Dinosaur Land. They are now found in the Mushroom Kingdom since their appearance in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Similar to how the Koopalings are named after various musicians, Reznor are named after Trent Reznor of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails.

TatangaEdit

Tatanga[aw] is an alien villain. His first appearance is in Super Mario Land on the Game Boy, in which he is the main antagonist. In the game, he invades Sarasaland and kidnaps Princess Daisy in his spaceship.

WartEdit

Wart[ax] is an anthropomorphic frog king who debuted in 1987's Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, where he plays a role of a main villain and final boss of the game. The game was converted into 1988's Super Mario Bros. 2 for its North American release, and Wart remained the game's antagonist (in lieu of Bowser). In both versions, Wart creates his own monsters with a device known as the "Dream Machine," appoints himself ruler of the land of Subcon, and enslaves its inhabitants. He has a severe weakness to vegetables.[39] Based upon this storyline, Wart and his cohorts recur in various television and comic book series within the franchise,[citation needed] including a cameo appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening under his original Japanese name.[40]

WingoEdit

Wingo[ay] is the main antagonist in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. According to game director Shinya Hiratake, Wingo was based upon both crows, a species of bird stereotypically depicted as interested in shiny objects, and the roc from One Thousand and One Nights.[citation needed] He is first seen stealing a Power Star from Captain Toad and Toadette, and flies away while Toadette holds on to the star, thus capturing her.

Recurring enemiesEdit

Throughout their adventures, Mario and his friends face a number of enemies that commonly make attempts to hinder their progress.

Some of these recurring enemies include:

  • Blooper - A sentry-like squid that tries to corner and close in on its prey.[41]
  • Bob-omb - A bomb enemy introduced in Super Mario Bros. 2 with a wind-up key and a fuse, which explodes after a set amount of time or when thrown.
  • Boo - A spherical ghost enemy introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3, which sneaks up on the player from behind while they are facing away from it. Inspired by a rage that Takashi Tezuka's wife went into after he came home from work late.[42]
  • Bony Beetle - An undead Buzzy Beetle that resembles itself after death. It can withdraw into its shell and project spikes out of its back.
  • Bullet Bill - A bullet with angry eyes and clenched fists that is shot out of a cannon called a "Bill Blaster".[41]
  • Buzzy Beetle - A black or blue beetle-like creature with a hard, fireproof shell that renders it immune to Mario's fireballs.
  • Chain Chomp - A metallic ball-and-chain creature that lunges at Mario when he approaches it. Inspired by a childhood experience of Shigeru Miyamoto's with a violent dog.[43]
  • Chargin' Chuck - A large Koopa creature that wears American Football attire, and attacks the player by running directly at the player. While charging may be the most common variant, there are variations of this enemy that perform other attacks, such as digging up boulders or clapping.
  • Cheep Cheep - A red, circular fish that made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros.. They are found primarily in the water, but some can jump in an arc or fly within a limited range. There are many different species of Cheep-Cheeps, and they come in different colors, such as green and yellow.
  • Dry Bones - A walking Koopa Troopa skeleton that reassembles itself after being hit. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, they can be defeated using ice power-ups.[41]
  • Fuzzy - A spiky black blob that is found on tracks. They cannot move on their own, but they move very quickly if on tracks, following a predetermined path.
  • Goomba - A sentient mushroom creature which is the first enemy that Mario typically encounters on his adventures. Implemented late in the development of Super Mario Bros. as a basic, easy-to-defeat enemy.[44] Variants of the Goomba may have wings, known as the Paragoomba.
  • Hammer Bro - A type of Koopa who throws hammers at Mario.[45] It has several variations that throw other projectiles, such as the Boomerang Bro and the Fire Bro.[41]
  • Koopa Troopa - A foot soldier of Bowser. It retracts in its shell when stomped on, after which it can be used to attack other foes.[41] Variants of the Koopa may have wings, where it is known as the Koopa Paratroopa.
  • Lakitu - A cloud-riding Koopa with aviator goggles that drops an endless supply of creatures called "Spinies".[41][46]
  • Magikoopa - A sorcerer Koopa capable of casting magic spells, which first appeared in Super Mario World. Often portrayed as underlings to Kamek.[41]
  • Piranha Plant - A leafy, stalk-topped Venus Flytrap with sharp teeth reminiscent of piranhas, that typically lives within pipes and tries to eat the player.[41] This enemy has made a cameo outside the franchise (in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening),[47] and in 2019, it became a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via downloadable content.[48] It was listed first in 1UP.com's list of the "Top 5 Enemy Plants" in video games.[49] It is occasionally referred to as a Packun Flower after the Japanese name. A Fire Piranha Plant, or a Venus Fire Trap, behaves like a normal Piranha Plant, however it breathes fire. A type of Piranha Plant that appears in Super Mario Bros. 3 is the Ptooie, a walking Piranha Plant that exhales air to lift a spiked ball.
  • Pokey - A spiked cactus with detachable green or yellow body segments which first appeared in the international Super Mario Bros. 2.[41]
  • Shy Guy - A timid masked creature wearing a robe, which comes in many different colors and variations. Introduced in the international Super Mario Bros. 2, but more commonly portrayed as an enemy to Yoshi since Yoshi's Island.[41] Voiced by Nintendo of America localization manager Nate Bihldorff.[50]
  • Spike - A green Koopa creature that attacks with spiked cannonballs which it throws out of its mouth. First appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3.[41]
  • Spiny - A red beetle-like creature that damages the player if touched from above. They are often thrown by Lakitus in unlimited supplies, but can also be found individually.
  • Swoop - A green or blue bat that is found underground. It swoops down from the ceiling to the player's vertical location.
  • Thwomp - A large stone block with an angry face that is mainly encountered in castles. It attempts to crush the player, usually from above.
  • Wiggler - A caterpillar enemy introduced in Super Mario World, which changes color and charges at the player when stomped on.[41]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Japanese: マリオ Hepburn: Mario, [maɾi.o]
  2. ^ Japanese: ルイージ Hepburn: Ruīji, [ɾɯ.iːʑi]
  3. ^ Japanese: ピーチ姫 Hepburn: Pīchi-hime, [piːtɕi̥ çime]
  4. ^ Japanese: キノピオ Hepburn: Kinopio
  5. ^ Japanese: ヨッシー Hepburn: Yosshī, [joɕɕiː]
  6. ^ Japanese: クッパ Hepburn: Kuppa
  7. ^ Japanese: ほねクッパ Hepburn: Hone Kuppa
  8. ^ Japanese: デイジー姫 Hepburn: Deijī-hime, [deːʑiː çime]
  9. ^ Japanese: ロゼッタ Hepburn: Rosetta
  10. ^ Japanese: キノピコ Hepburn: Kinopiko
  11. ^ Japanese: ポリーン Hepburn: Porīn
  12. ^ Japanese: レディ Hepburn: Redi
  13. ^ Japanese: キャサリン Hepburn: Kyasarin
  14. ^ Japanese: キノじい Hepburn: Kinojii
  15. ^ Japanese: キノピオ隊長 Hepburn: Kinopio Taichō
  16. ^ Japanese: ドンキーコング Hepburn: Donkī Kongu
  17. ^ Japanese: ディディーコング Hepburn: Didī Kongu
  18. ^ Japanese: ワリオ Hepburn: Wario, [ɰaɾi.o]
  19. ^ Japanese: ワルイージ Hepburn: Waruīji, [ɰaɾɯ.iːʑi]
  20. ^ Japanese: クッパJr. Hepburn: Kuppa Junia
  21. ^ Japanese: コクッパ Hepburn: Kokuppa
  22. ^ Japanese: カメック Hepburn: Kamekku
  23. ^ Japanese: ブンブン Hepburn: Bunbun
  24. ^ Japanese: プンプン Hepburn: Punpun
  25. ^ Japanese: キングテレサ Hepburn: Kingu Teresa
  26. ^ Japanese: ベビィチコ Hepburn: Bebi Chiko
  27. ^ Japanese: キャッピー Hepburn: Kyappī
  28. ^ Japanese: ティアラ Hepburn: Tiara
  29. ^ Japanese: カッサー Hepburn: Kassā
  30. ^ Japanese: ハニークイーン Hepburn: Hanī Kuīn
  31. ^ Japanese: ドッシー Hepburn: Dosshī
  32. ^ Japanese: プレッシー Hepburn: Raidon
  33. ^ Japanese: ポチ Hepburn: Pochi
  34. ^ Japanese: オヤ・マー博士 Hepburn: Oya Mā Hakase
  35. ^ Japanese: おやまあ!
  36. ^ Japanese: トッテン Hepburn: Totten
  37. ^ Japanese: ようせい姫 Hepburn: Yōseihime
  38. ^ Japanese: キノピオ探検隊 Hepburn: Kinopio Tankentai
  39. ^ Japanese: ブルーダルズ Hepburn: Burūdaruzu
  40. ^ Japanese: マダム・ブルード Hepburn: Madame Broode
  41. ^ Japanese: ドラゴドン Hepburn: Doragodon
  42. ^ Japanese: ゲラコビッツ Hepburn: Gerakobittsu
  43. ^ Japanese: ボスパックン Hepburn: Bosu Pakkun
  44. ^ Japanese: ブラッキー Hepburn: Burakkī
  45. ^ Japanese: カメックババ Hepburn: Kamekkubaba
  46. ^ Japanese: ボムキング Hepburn: Bomu Kingu
  47. ^ Japanese: ミニクッパ Hepburn: Minikuppa
  48. ^ Japanese: ブイブイ Hepburn: Buibui
  49. ^ Japanese: 宇宙怪人タタンガ Hepburn: Uchū kaijin Tatanga
  50. ^ Japanese: マムー Hepburn: Mamū
  51. ^ Japanese: ウィンゴ Hepburn: Wingo

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