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Mario (マリオ Mario) (originally called Mr. Video Game Himself and Jumpman and also called Super Mario or Mario Mario) is a mustached Italian plumber who lives in the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario also sometimes rules his own land, Mario Land. As confirmed in DiC Cartoons Mario and his brother, Luigi used to live in Brooklyn as plumbers. He had a red hat marked with an M. The hat of Wario is also similar, but the M is reversed to W.

He is the overall protagonist of the long-running and highly successful Nintendo video game franchise series with the same name. Shigeru Miyamoto created Mario, who was based off Popeye. Mario mainly fulfills the role of rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser, the ever-persistent King of the Koopas, in Super Mario games, while in Super Princess Peach, the role is reversed for Mario and Peach, Bowser kidnaps Mario and Peach rescues him. According to a 1993 Nintendo character guide, Mario is classified as "Homo nintendonus", and according to the Insiders' Calendar included in the second issue of Nintendo Power, Mario's birthday is October 11th. Games have usually portrayed Mario as a silent, straightforward character. According to Nintendo's philosophy, this allows Mario to fit in many different genres and roles.

Concept and creation

Concept art for Mario.

Following the failure of Radar Scope in North America, Nintendo's then-president, Hiroshi Yamauchi, requested Miyamoto's aid in converting unsold Radar Scope units into something that would sell well. Miyamoto conceived the concept of a love triangle and decided to make a game based on Popeye. This was abandoned due to technical reasons, so he decided to come up with a new idea using his own characters.

For use in his arcade game Donkey Kong, Miyamoto created a player character originally known during development as Ossan (the Japanese term for "middle-aged man"), then Jumpman and Mr. Video Game or Mr. Video. Coincidentally, "Ossan" would be the name given to a Mario look-alike in the game Golf. This character was given red overalls and a blue shirt in order to make the arms more visible as well as a cap and mustache, as hair and a mouth were impossible to animate on the arcade system. The character was originally known as Jumpman, but Nintendo of Japan asked Nintendo of America if it wanted to rename him during the Western localization; president Minoru Arakawa and employee Don James thought it would be funny to call the character Mario after the suspenders-wearing Italian American landlord of storage and company housing, Mario Segale. While Mario was initially described as a carpenter, Mario Bros. subsequently changed his occupation after a colleague thought that he looked more like a plumber.

Physical Appearance

Mario's (Jumpman) artwork for Donkey Kong

Mario is a twenty-five year old Italian human. Mario has fair skin, is short and stocky in stature, and is a bit portly. He has bright blue eyes, a big nose and a thick dark-brown mustache with six bumps. Mario has short brown hair with two sideburns, three large bangs pointing upwards, four short bangs point upward the back of his neck and a sprout-shaped cowlick.

He wears a red shirt and blue overalls with yellow buttons. He wears a red cap that has the "M" symbol for his name and wears white gloves and brown shoes.

Prior to Super Mario Sunshine, he wore a long-sleeved shirt (In Super Mario Sunshine he wore a short sleeved shirt). In the arcade version of Donkey Kong, He had a blue mustache, hair, and overalls, a red cap and shirt. In Mario Bros.'s arcade version, He had a brown mustache and hair. He wore a red shirt, a blue cap, and overalls. In Super Mario Bros., He had beige eyes, mustache, and shirt, red cap and overalls. In Super Mario Bros. 3, He wore the red cap and shirt, and black overalls.

Personality

Mario is a simple character without a solid personality since he was meant for players to integrate their personalities into his character. When his demeanor is shown, Mario is kind, smart, brave, heroic, generous, and optimistic. Mario is a brave and kind-hearted hero with a strong sense of justice, morality, and righteousness. He puts, more often than not, other people's needs before his own and he is willing to risk his life to save millions of others from the forces of evil. Mario will never give up on anyone, ever. He will always be there no matter what, even if it's extremely dangerous.

Although Mario is generally a good-natured person, it seems he doesn't enjoy losing much; often when losing in spin-off games (i.e. Mario Party), he has a sad look on his face, but in Luigi's ending in Mario Power Tennis, he is shown congratulating his brother. However, the pats on the back turn into slaps and he intentionally stands on his brother's foot, showcasing jealousy.

He remains quiet, but when he talks, he talks heavily and harshly. In the cartoons, Mario speaks with a characteristic Brooklyn accent, but his current incarnation—voiced by Charles Martinet - has a blatant Italian accent. Mario is friendly, tenacious, and persistent, so he always knows what he is doing. Also, Mario is handsome and many creatures have a crush on him. He has been shown at times to have a crush on Princess Peach.

In the Super Smash Bros. series and Mario Strikers series, Mario shows a personality that is in complete contrast to how his personality is depicted in his series. In these series, he is shown to be very serious and almost always has firm expressions. He remained with this personality, although in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he shows a smile in two of his new taunts (one which shows him giving a thumbs up, the other showing him throwing Cappy). Another example is that in The Subspace Emissary, when he and Kirby get the audience's cheers as they shake their hands after their duel, he is shown to be smiling.

Mario always retains a good heart and a love of adventure. He cares a lot about his friends and family and would do anything to protect them.

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Superhuman Strength - Mario can lift and press objects that are several times his weight. The exact upper limits of his strength are unknown, but in Super Mario World, Mario can easily lift a castle, as shown after defeating Larry Koopa. In Super Mario 64, Mario is shown to lift King Bob-omb. He demonstrates his skill when fighting against Bowser.
  • Superhuman Leap and Jumping - Mario's strength also extends to his legs, allowing him to perform his signature jumping. Mario is extremely good at jumping and is capable of leaping two stories high.
  • Superhuman Durability - Mario can endure great impacts, such as falling from a height of several stories or being struck by an opponent with superhuman strength. Mario can also endure extreme environments, such as volcanoes and tundras. Also, he can withstand fire, electricity, and ice.
  • Superhuman Stamina - Mario can maintain continuous physical activity for an indefinite time.
  • Superhuman Speed - Mario is capable of running up walls in Super Mario World, and is capable of outpacing sound in Super Paper Mario. Koopa the Quick has referred to Mario as a "human blur".
  • Superhuman Reflexes and Agility - Mario has shown himself time and time again to be very agile and nimble. This power allowed him to survive many dangerous situations that would kill a normal human.
  • Enhanced/Master Combatant - Mario has his fighting style as shown in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
  • Indomitable Will - Mario is shown to have a powerful force of will, completely free of evil or temptation.
  • Weapon Proficiency - Despite not usually using guns, Mario has shown that he is very skilled with weapons. In Yoshi's Safari, Mario has shown he is competent and skilled with guns.
  • Expert Vehicular Driver - As shown in the Mario Kart series, Mario is skilled in driving vehicles, such as karts and motorbikes. As shown on Mario and Sonic at the Olympics series, Mario is good in all-around type.
  • Dimension Flipping - In Super Paper Mario, Mario can flip 3D after Bestovius grants the ability, but he will slowly lose a life if he stays 3D too long.
  • Pyrokinesis - Mario can create and manipulate fire. This ability changes throughout the games he has appeared. In the platform games, such as Super Mario Bros., Mario needs a Fire Flower to obtain this power. But in the RPGs, Super Smash Bros. series, and some of the sports titles, Mario already has this ability. Also, in the Super Smash Bros. series, Mario uses the Mario Finale, in which he unleashes a powerful blast of fire. In spinoffs, Mario is always associated with the element of fire.
  • Supernatural Survivability - Mario constantly died in his games. Despite dying from hard injuries, Mario cheated death and returned to where he had left off.

Abilities

  • Leadership - Mario has proven to be a capable leader, inspiring others with his charisma, ardor, and idealism.
  • Olympic Competitor - As shown on Mario and Sonic at the Olympics series, Mario is good at all-around type.

Relationships

Princess Peach

Mario heard events when Bowser kidnapped Princess Peach for different reasons. While Peach is captive, she sends letters and power-ups to Mario believing that Mario will rescue her. Mario defeats Bowser before saving Peach.

Luigi

Luigi is Mario's younger twin brother. Luigi usually joins and accompanies Mario on his adventures, serving as the secondary protagonist (although Mario has been known to go on adventures by himself). Through the years, Mario and Luigi have maintained a brotherly love for each other as shown in games like Luigi's Mansion and the Mario & Luigi series. In addition, the two of them are normally paired together in sports titles and spin-offs and although Luigi has shown to be slightly jealous of Mario at times (as he admits in Paper Mario), he loves his brother very much and looks up to him as a positive role model.

For his part, Mario seems to allow his sibling rivalry to get the best of him when competing directly with Luigi. When Luigi receives a trophy in Mario Power Tennis, Mario slapped Luigi's back and stepped on Luigi's foot intentionally.

History

Early life

The Stork was carrying Mario and Luigi. Kamek snatched Baby Luigi and the Stork with Mario falling onto Yoshi. Yoshi and his travel companions work together to help Mario save Luigi while the Toadies attempt to chase them. After the defeat of Baby Bowser, Mario reunited with Luigi and Yoshi freed the stork. The stork continued carrying Mario and Luigi to the parents' home and leaves Mario and Luigi by the porch.

Donkey Kong

Mario climbing the dangerous construction site.

Donkey Kong the First (now Cranky Kong in the modern day, with his grandson taking up the mantle) had kidnapped Pauline onto a dangerous construction site. Donkey Kong taunted and teased Mario until the plucky plumber/carpenter defeated Donkey Kong, and rescued Pauline. In order to make sure nothing like that happened ever again, Mario put Donkey Kong inside a cage. He then prevented Donkey Kong Jr. from rescuing Donkey Kong, but Donkey Kong Jr. caught up with Mario, releasing his father in the process.

Plumbers

Mario and Luigi under the sewers.

Mario and Luigi meet each other again, the first documented time since their childhood. They worked as plumbers inside the sewers of New York.

Mushroom Kingdom

Mario meeting Peach for the first time.

Mario and Luigi heard about Bowser summoning dark magic into the Mushroom World turning Toads into inanimate objects, Princess Peach was also kidnapped by Bowser so that she cannot undo the spell. Mario defeated Bowser and rescued Peach, who assigned him a new quest.

Exploring Subcon

Mario and companions fighting against the 8-bits.

Mario had a strange dream. He saw a staircase leading to a doorway. Mario fell into another world, Subcon. A faint voice told Mario that Wart kidnapped the citizens of Subcon. The voice said that Wart placed a curse on the world, however, the curse will not affect Mario and his friends. The voice hinted Mario that Wart hates vegetables.

Mario woke up from his dream and told Peach, Luigi, and Toad about his strange dream. The group decided to go to the nearby mountain for a picnic. They enjoyed looking at the scenery until they spot a small cave. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad curiously approached the cave finding a long staircase leading to the door. As they opened the door, they fell into Subcon, the land of dreams. Mario remembered the advice from the voice from his dream, Wart hates vegetables. Mario confronted Wart and defeated him with vegetables. He saved the Subcons. Mario, Luigi, Toad, Peach, and the Subcons celebrate their rescue from Wart's evil spell.

Koopalings' invasion

Peach kidnapped by the Koopalings.

Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Peach learned that Bowser sent his children called Koopalings to Mushroom World to make mischief. The seven Koopalings stole the seven wands from the seven kings of the seven lands and transformed them into animals. Peach and Toad said goodbye to Mario and Luigi, wishing them luck as the two brothers set off on their journey. Peach sent letters to help Mario and Luigi and enclosed jewels. Mario defeated six Koopalings and saved the six kings. After Mario rescued the Pipe Land King from the last Koopaling, Ludwig von Koopa, Mario received a letter from Bowser who had kidnapped Peach when the Brothers were away, and taken her to the Dark Land. Mario ran to Bowser's castle and confronted him. Mario defeated Bowser and saved Peach.

Yoshi's Island

Mario, Princess Peach and the Yoshis at Yoshi's House.

Mario, Luigi, and Peach agreed to have a vacation on Yoshi's Island. Mario and Luigi relaxed on the beach. They realized Princess Toadstool disappeared. Mario and Luigi search for her until they approached an enormous egg, a Yoshi Egg. Yoshi thanked Mario and Luigi for rescuing him. He told Mario and Luigi that "monstrous turtles" sealed his friends inside eggs. Luigi realized Bowser and the Koopalings returned. Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi eventually arrived in the Valley of Bowser. Mario and Luigi fought against Bowser and rescued Peach. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and the eggs traveled back to Yoshi's Island. The Yoshis hatched from the eggs.

Sarasaland

Mario in Sarasaland.

Tatanga brainwashed the people of Sarasaland and conquered the entire land. He kidnapped Daisy, and plotted to marry her, and for her to be his queen. When Mario learned of this incident, he traveled as fast as he could through the four kingdoms and fought Tatanga. Upon his defeat, Mario rescued Daisy, and the people were free from Tatanga's control.

Mario Land

While Mario was rescuing Sarasaland and Daisy, Wario conquered Mario Land and his castle and brainwashed the citizens. Wario scatters the six coins in Mario Land. Mario was determined to take down Wario. After Mario collected the six coins from different areas, Mario proceeded to enter Wario's castle. Mario confronted Wario and defeated him. Wario surrendered and Mario conquered his own castle.

Warp Paintings

Mario cheering after Peach's compliment.

Peach sent an invitation to Mario, mentioning that he is invited to eat cake. Mario headed to Peach's Castle. Upon entering, Mario heard Bowser speaking and learned Bowser held Peach and the Toads captive in paintings. Mario entered different paintings and gathered scattered Power Stars. After saving the Toads, he collected enough Power Stars to enter Bowser’s third and final lair, and faced the Koopa King in combat and ended his terrible reign. Princess Peach was saved, and she thanked him with a kiss and baked him a cake.

Isle Delfino

Shadow Mario invading Delfino Island.

Upon arriving on Isle Delfino, inhabitants branded Mario as a criminal. An impersonator of Mario, Shadow Mario, was vandalizing Isle Delfino with goop. Mario denied that he vandalized the island. Security forced Mario to clean the goop and return the Shine Sprites to the Shine Gate. Mario started cleaning up the isle and found out Bowser Jr. was the impersonator. He kidnapped Princess Peach and took her to the Corona Mountain. After Mario defeated Bowser Jr., he flooded Delfino Square. Mario went to Corona Mountain and found Bowser and son, bathing in a tub of hot slime goop. When Mario flipped the tub upside down, Bowser and Bowser Jr. fell onto an isolated island, saving Isle Delfino. Mario, Peach, and F.L.U.D.D. landed onto the beach. Inhabitants apologized for accusing Mario. Mario continued enjoying his vacation.

Vibe Island

Bowser ordered his minions to kidnap Mario, Luigi, and the Toads in Peach's castle while Princess Peach, Toadsworth, and Toad were strolling in the Mushroom Kingdom. Army Hammer Bro held Mario captive in the cage. Upon Peach, Toadsworth, and Toad's arrival, they witnessed Toads with different emotions and found out Bowser kidnapped the target victims. Peach was determined to rescue the brothers and Toads. Toadsworth gave Peach an extraordinary talking umbrella named Perry. Peach and Perry headed off to Vibe Island. After rescuing Toads and Luigi, the duo went to Bowser's villa and confronted Army Hammer Bro and Bowser. Defeating both of them, Perry freed Mario. Peach, Perry, Toads, Mario, and Luigi left the island and returned to the Mushroom Kingdom.

Galaxy Reactor

Mario was sent a letter by Peach inviting him to celebrate the Star Festival, telling him there was something she wanted to give him. Unable to resist, Mario immediately left for the castle. However, Bowser and the Koopa Troop once again attack, lifting Peach's Castle into space via a huge spaceship, seemingly of alien origin, when Mario was about to get in. He is blasted into space by Kamek before he reaches Peach and is left for dead. He is found by the Lumas, who make him play a game of tag before explaining what is going on to him. Mario also meets the Luma's "mother" Rosalina, who agrees to help him fight Bowser and rescue Peach, whom she calls Mario's "special one". She reveals that Bowser attacked her Comet Observatory and stole all their Power Stars, leaving the Observatory in a state of darkness. Mario, being paired with a Luma that gives him a powerful spin attack, is tasked with getting all of the stars to get the ship moving. Along the way, he meets several monsters, other weird characters (including a cosmic doppelgänger), and meets up with a ragtag group of Toads and his brother Luigi. After successfully getting the Power Stars, the Observatory is able to get moving to Bowser's galaxy reactor where Bowser plans to create his own galaxy and rule "every pitiful corner of the universe". The two enemies fight in a massive battle (fittingly named "The Fate of the Universe"), and Mario wins, sending Bowser plummeting into the sun, saving Peach and taking his Grand Star. However, without the grand star powering up the sun, it causes an explosion leading to a massive black hole that pulls in everything and kills nearly everyone in its vicinity. All of the Lumas, including the one who accompanied Mario throughout his journey, are forced to sacrifice themselves to contain the black hole and recreate the universe, but not before the Luma waves goodbye to the plumber. After the massive explosion, Mario is protected by Rosalina, being the only one who survived it. She tells him that new baby stars are being born as a result. Afterward, Mario wakes up in the Mushroom Kingdom, only it is now a combination of all the worlds he visited. Additionally, everyone survived the black hole, though several of them do not remember anything.

Galaxy Generator

Peach invited Mario to her castle for the cake. When Mario arrived, Bowser, who had grown to massive proportions, kidnapped Peach and took her away to the center of the universe. Mario, after another long space journey, defeated Bowser's Galaxy Generator. Peach then appeared with the Grand Star and landed on the garden planet with Mario. The Comet Observatory was then set free from Bowser's fortress, and Rosalina was pleased to know that Luma is safe. Luma also takes Mario's cap as a souvenir. Mario and Peach rode on Starship Mario and returned to the Mushroom Kingdom.

Sprixie Kingdom

Mario and company witnessing Bowser kidnapping the green Sprixie Princess.

Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Blue Toad were enjoying the fireworks on a walk one peaceful night in the Mushroom Kingdom. On their path, they found a slanted Clear Pipe. After Mario and Luigi used their plumbing skills to fix the pipe, a green Sprixie Princess escaped in a panic, and told them that she escaped Bowser, but he kidnapped the other Sprixie Princesses. Bowser came out of the pipe and trapped the green Sprixie Princess in the jar and went to the plains area. Peach checked for Bowser inside the pipe but fell into the pipe. Mario and company caught up to her and fell into the plains area where they found the green Sprixie Princess trapped inside a jar.

After Mario and the others rescued the green Sprixie Princess, they continued to save more Sprixie Princesses in other areas. Rescuing the last Sprixie Princess, Bowser kidnapped all the Sprixie Princesses in a large jar and ran to the amusement area.

The foursome rescued the Sprixie Princesses again from Bowser as Meowser. Bowser was trapped in the jar as Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad returned to the Mushroom Kingdom.

Cap Kingdom

Mario discovered much to his dismay that Peach was once again kidnapped by Bowser. This time, however, Bowser did not do it to spite Mario; instead, he planned on forcing Peach to marry him. Furious, Mario intercepted the Koopa King in his sparsely-decorated airship but was quickly defeated thanks to Bowser's large mechanical hat outfitted with boxing gloves. Knocking Mario off the airship with extreme force, Bowser mocked the plumber and destroyed his beloved red cap.

Crashing into the Cap Kingdom, Mario met a sentient hat ghost named Cappy, who revealed he was also chasing Bowser. Apparently, Bowser had recently attacked the kingdom (wrecking several of the local Bonneter's airships) and took his sister Tiara, using her as Peach's new headwear for the wedding. Realizing they share a common goal, Cappy offers to work with Mario, using what remained of Mario's cap to transform into it. This gave Mario the ability to throw Cappy and make him come back like a boomerang, as well as the "CAPture" ability, allowing the plumber to take control of living creatures and inanimate objects. After defeating the Broodals, Bowser's newest minions, and making their way to the Cascade Kingdom, they discover an old airship known as the Odyssey and empower it using Power Moons, allowing them to travel to new kingdoms.

Despite all his new abilities at his disposal, Mario fails to prevent Bowser from escaping to other kingdoms and taking each kingdom's precious artifacts, such as the Lake Kingdom's Lochlady Dress. After numerous run-ins with the Broodals and other monsters, Mario and Cappy confront Bowser in his kingdom and find out that Bowser plans not to marry Peach on his kingdom, but literally on the Moon. He smacks the two away with his mechanical hat and leaves them at the mercy of the Broodals, who came back with a gigantic robot dubbed "RoboBrood". After destroying the robot, the two make their way to the moon. Cappy gives Mario a flashy new white tuxedo before arriving at Bowser and Peach's wedding.

Mario breaking into the wedding hall.

Intercepting the "royal wedding", Mario finally defeats Bowser and frees Peach, only for the platform they were standing on to fall away, causing them to fall to the Underground Moon Caverns. With no other way to escape, Mario is forced to use Cappy to hijack Bowser's body, using the Koopa King's brute strength to get himself and everyone else out of the caverns, conveniently landing next to the Odyssey. After reuniting Cappy and Tiara, Mario attempts to propose to Peach, but the now-conscious Bowser ruins everything by smacking him out of the way and proposing himself. Outraged, the two fight over their proposals, but Peach, angered at their immaturity, refuses both advances, leading to Bowser crying and the equally sad Mario having to comfort him. Peach then calls them to come back home on the Odyssey with Cappy and Tiara. However, only Mario makes it to the ship, kicking Bowser away and stranding him on the moon.

Returning to the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario and Cappy continue looking for Power Moons. After grabbing numerous Power Moons, visiting Peach and Tiara in other kingdoms (they apparently wanted to visit said kingdom on their own terms), fighting the Broodals again (they are mad at the plumber for driving them out of a job), and fighting a harder version of Bowser in the Moon Kingdom, they are able to fully power up the Odyssey. After that, Mario, along with everyone else, takes a photo in front of Peach's Castle and gets a replacement cap from Cappy.

Relationships

Luigi

Them being bros.

Luigi is Mario's younger twin brother. Luigi usually joins and accompanies Mario on his adventures, serving as the secondary protagonist (although Mario has been known to go on adventures by himself). Through the years, Mario and Luigi have maintained a brotherly love for each other as shown in games like Luigi's Mansion and the Mario & Luigi series. In addition, the two of them are normally paired together in sports titles and spin-offs and although Luigi has shown to be slightly jealous of Mario at times (as he admits in Paper Mario), he loves his brother very much and looks up to him as a positive role model.

For his part, Mario seems to allow his sibling rivalry to get the best of him when competing directly with Luigi. When Luigi receives a trophy in Mario Power Tennis, Mario slapped Luigi's back and stepped on Luigi's foot intentionally.

Princess Peach

Peach rewards Mario with a kiss after he wins a trophy in Mario Power Tennis.

Mario saves Princess Peach quite often, and she usually rewards him with a kiss upon her rescue and often bakes him a cake as well. They share good chemistry in sports games and have been good friends since childhood. The German Club Nintendo comic "Warios Weihnachtsmärchen" even reveals that they spent their graduation ball in school together, and in the official guide of Yoshi's Island DS, the description for the level Baby Mario and Baby Peach: Dynamic Duo states they have teamed up as babies to stop evil before the "romantic entanglements" of their adult lives. While both Mario and Luigi deny a relationship when Luvbi asks if Peach was Mario's "lady friend," Luvbi also comments that the princess "looms large in his regard" and then wonders if Mario had a "one-sided crush." Many other sources, however, do portray Mario and Peach as having an ongoing romantic relationship, such as the official European Mario website listing Peach as Mario's girlfriend and Mario Party 5 calling Peach and Mario's team "Cutest Couple." However, there have been rare occasions where Mario upset Peach, though unintentionally. In Super Mario Odyssey, Mario is shown to be visibly distressed when Bowser attempts to propose to Princess Peach once more at the end of the game. Mario then proposes to Peach as well, with the two rivals closing in on the monarch. Peach refuses the red plumber and the Koopa King, leaving both distraught. However, immediately afterward, she invites them both to go back home to the Mushroom Kingdom, and it is strongly implied after the game's ending that she forgives him for the events on the Moon.

Peach has not been Mario's only romantic interest, however. In the original Donkey Kong, Pauline was Mario's first girlfriend and damsel-in-distress, but while he still has to occasionally rescue her in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, the two are considered just friends now. In addition, when Mario saved Princess Daisy in her debut appearance in Super Mario Land, a heart appeared overhead, implying a romantic connection. This was never explored further, however, and while Mario Party 4 gave them the team name "Nice Couple," most games link Daisy with Luigi instead, with her and Mario simply being friends, not even sharing any player chemistry in the Mario Baseball series.

Bowser

Mario is about to battle Bowser in Super Mario Galaxy.

Bowser is Mario's arch-nemesis. Bowser constantly tries to take over the Mushroom Kingdom and/or kidnap Peach while Mario usually defeats him. While Bowser resents Mario, Mario is often more than happy to forgive Bowser, such as in Mario Party DS, where they enjoy playing Triangle Twisters together. Bowser often calls Mario a variety of disparaging nicknames, especially in the cartoons. Mario sometimes returns the insults, but such retorts are usually restricted to the cartoons and other non-game media. When Mario does lose to Bowser, generally in spinoffs, he acknowledges it in good nature, such as in Fortune Street, although he expects himself to be a competent adversary for Bowser. Occasionally the two team up to defeat greater evils, such as in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Super Paper Mario, and Paper Mario: the Origami King.

Trivia

  • Mario makes more playable appearances than any other character in video game history.
  • According to the team name Super Mario Bros., many among the fanbase had inferred that Mario and Luigi's last names were "Mario." Miyamoto states that this information is untrue before eventually going along with it, thus making "Mario" the brothers' canon surnames.
  • In the classic games and in the DIC cartoons, Mario's attire consisted of a blue shirt with red overalls; this color scheme would later be inverted. However, the classic blue shirt and red overalls color scheme appears in a number of games as an alternate costume.
    • Strangely enough, said color scheme is not available in Super Smash Bros. 4 or Ultimate.
  • Mario has always had his signature Cap, ever since he was a baby.
  • Mario used to have a very low New York voice.
  • Mario is one of the Nintendo characters who talks in sentences.
    • In the Mario and Luigi series, neither Mario or Luigi talk with speech bubbles.
  • Mario's name before Jumpman was supposed to be Mr. Video.
  • Mario, along with Luigi, were intended to have cameo appearances in the 2012 Disney film, Wreck-It Ralph, but Bowser made an appearance instead. But since the producers of the movie were unable to put him into the plot, and they did not want to make him make a cameo, he was not included. However, Mario is mentioned by Fix-It Felix Jr. during the party scene as being "fashionably late as usual." The director had promised that he will return for Wreck-It-Ralph 2, but again he does not.
  • In the first appearance from Donkey Kong in 1981, Jumpman was a carpenter. Then in his own game as Mario in 1983, he appears as a plumber throughout the rest of the Super Mario series.
  • In a 1993 Nintendo Character Guide, created to ensure that third party companies did not misrepresent the characters, Mario is revealed to be of the species "Homo Nintendonus."
  • Through Mario's career, he was a rival of Sonic the Hedgehog from Sega. Their rivalry may have been the "cause of the Console Wars".
    • Despite Nintendo being victorious, Sonic and Mario having been to the Olympics together since implies that Sega and Nintendo made up after the long battle.
  • Mario was planned to be the character in Wii Sports and Splatoon's development but was scrapped.
  • Despite people assuming that Mario says "So long, gay Bowser" when throwing Bowser far in Super Mario 64, Charles Martinet has confirmed that Mario is, in fact, saying "So long, king-a Bowser!."
  • Mario is Nintendo's main mascot, and is one of Nintendo's iconic characters, along with Link from the Legend of Zelda and Pikachu from Pokemon

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