List of Mario franchise characters
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For the main characters that appear under the franchises of spinoff series Donkey Kong and Wario, please refer to list of Donkey Kong characters and list of Wario characters. For enemies in the Mario franchise, refer to list of recurring Mario franchise enemies.
All supporting characters, antagonists and anti-heroes are listed in alphabetical order.
- 1 Main characters
- 2 Supporting characters
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Luigi (Japanese: ルイージ Hepburn: Ruīji, [ɾɯ.iː.ʑi]) (English: //; Italian: [luˈiːdʒi]) is Mario's younger, but taller fraternal twin brother who is also Italian. He is the official 'Player 2' of the series.
Princess Peach Toadstool (Japanese: ピーチ姫 Hepburn: Pīchi-hime, [piː.tɕi çi.me]) formerly known as Princess Toadstool, although always known as Peach in Japan, is the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom and Mario's love interest.
Toad (キノピオ Kinopio) is a mushroom-like humanoid character.
Toadette (キノピコ Kinopiko) is Toad's female counterpart and is a mushroom-like girl. She has the regular mushroom cap, except hers is pink with white spots, contrary to the usual white with colored spots. She has a reddish-pink vest lined with gold over her lighter pink dress. She wears white bottoms and brown, padded shoes. In most games, she has pink, balled pigtails. The relationship between her and Toad varies between sources. In the upcoming game New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, she can transform into Peachette, a form that highly resembles Princess Peach, to do this she must grab a new crown item called the Super Crown.
Rosalina (ロゼッタ Rosetta) is the adoptive mother of the Lumas and also the watcher of the cosmos.
Diddy Kong (ディディーコング Didī Kongu) (Diddy) is an anthropomorphic spider monkey and the secondary main protagonist of the Donkey Kong franchise, as well as Donkey Kong's nephew and sidekick appearing in the Donkey Kong and Mario video game franchises. He is the second leader of the DK crew.
Donkey Kong (ドンキーコング Donkī Kongu) (DK) is an anthropomorphic gorilla and the main 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.
Bowser (クッパ Kuppa) or King Koopa is the leader and most powerful of the turtle-like Koopa race, and has been the archenemy of Mario ever since his first appearance, in the game Super Mario Bros. He is the main antagonist of the series, his main goal being to kidnap Princess Peach to take control of the Mushroom Kingdom.
Bowser Jr. (known as Koopa Jr. (Japanese: クッパＪｒ. Hepburn: Kuppa Junia) in Japan), or sometimes simply Jr., is the son of the series' primary antagonist, Bowser. He wants to do nothing more than his father's will (kidnap Princess Peach and defeat Mario).
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.
Birdo, known in Japan as Catherine (キャサリン Kyasarin), is a pink, anthropomorphic creature who wears a red bow on her head, and has a round mouth that can fire eggs as projectiles. Her first appearance was as an enemy to Mario in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, which was localized for English audiences as Super Mario Bros. 2. Since then, Birdo has been a recurring character in various franchise spin-offs. Initially, she was depicted as an antagonist, but has since been depicted as an ally. Birdo has also made several cameos, particularly in the Mario Kart series and the Japan-only Wii video game Captain Rainbow. 
Birdo first appeared in the Family Computer Disk System video game Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and its Western Nintendo Entertainment System conversion Super Mario Bros. 2 as a boss. The Super Mario Advance remake of Super Mario Bros. 2 features a large robotic version of Birdo called "Robirdo". Birdo/Catherine was prominently featured in the cut-scenes for the Japan-only, Satellaview pseudo-sequel of Super Mario USA (the Japanese title for the western version of Super Mario Bros. 2), known as BS Super Mario USA. In this version, three "Super Catherines" were voice-acted by Jun Donna (Pink, described as "slightly mischievous"), Rika (Red, "whose finances are always in the red"), and Akemi (Green, described as "cultured and affluent"). The voices were that of gay men or transgender women.[not in citation given] A Japanese advertisement for Super Mario USA also showed a costumed actor as Catherine lounging on a bed, with a low male voice.
Since the character's appearance in Super Mario Bros. 2, Birdo has made several cameo appearances, including an early one teaching players the rules of the video game Wario's Woods. Throughout Wario's Woods, Birdo's main role consisted of being the helper to Toad as Birdo provided encouragement to him as Toad attempted to save the Mushroom Kingdom from Wario's clutches. Aside from her brief appearance in Wario's Woods, she has not entered any other Mario mainstream game since Super Mario Bros. 2.
Birdo has made frequent appearances in later Mario spin-off games, including Mario Tennis, Mario Party 8 and Mario Golf, first appearing in the Mario sports games with the Nintendo 64 Mario Tennis. Though, Birdo was to be included in the Virtual Boy video game Mario's Tennis.. Birdo returned again in Mario Golf: World Tour this time she is unlockable. Birdo also made her first appearance in the Mario Kart series with Mario Kart: Double Dash, where Yoshi acts as her partner. And reappeared in Mario Kart Wii. Birdo has also made appearances in the Mario Party series, first appearing in Mario Party 7 And later in Mario Party 8 and Mario Party 9. Birdo also makes appearances in multiple Mario role-playing games, including Super Mario RPG as a minor boss in Valentina's castle and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga as a decoy for Princess Peach, and later Popple's rookie partner. Recently, Birdo appeared in the Wii video game Captain Rainbow, which makes reference to the gender non-conformity. Birdo appeared in both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl in the form of collectible items (known as trophies). Birdo has also appeared in Mario Superstar Baseball for GameCube and Mario Super Sluggers and Mario Strikers Charged for Wii. She also appeared in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as a rival.
Cappy (キャッピー Kyappī) 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.
Captain Toad is an explorer and the leader of the Toad Brigade. He appears in various games including Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D World, and later appears as the protagonist in the game Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. When he appears in Super Mario Galaxy, he is seen building the Starshroom in the Comet Observatory progressively throughout the game.
Pauline (ポリーン Porīn) is the damsel in distress from the original Donkey Kong, as well as the 1994 Game Boy game of the same name. 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.
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. Along the way, the player can collect feminine articles (a hat, purse, and parasol) belonging to Pauline for bonus points. Pauline was originally known as Lady (レディ Redi). The name Pauline was first given to the character in the Donkey Kong animated segments shown in the television series Saturday Supercade and then used for the NES version of the game, although print ads for the Game & Watch version of game referred to her as Louise. After Donkey Kong, Pauline made cameo appearances in two other NES games, Pinball and Famicom BASIC. 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. 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. 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.
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 where she serves as the mayor of New Donk City. 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." Voice actress Kate Higgins performs the theme song and also voices Pauline.
Professor E. Gadd
Professor Elvin Gadd (Professor Oya Mā (オヤ・マー博士 Oya Mā Hakase) in Japan), more commonly known as E. Gadd, is a scientist who, with his various inventions, helps Luigi save Mario and save the mansion. His nickname is a pun on the Japanese interjection Oyamā! (おやまあ！, "Good heavens!") and he is also named after Nintendo game designer Yoshiyuki Oyama. He first appears in Luigi's Mansion, in which he investigates the mansion that mysteriously appeared by his house. 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. His voice is played by Kazumi Totaka, who also played Yoshi.
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.
In Mario Party 6, E. Gadd is featured on a party board called E. Gadd's Garage. He made an appearance in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon in a remodelled lab to assist Luigi again with his "Poltergust 5000" and a "Dual Scream", which replaces the Game Boy Horror.
Super Mario Maker features E. Gadd as an unlockable Mystery Mushroom costume, made available through an update.
Toadsworth (キノじい Kinojii) is an elderly Toad and Princess Peach's longtime steward, 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 appeared in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, 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. N-Philes criticized Toadsworth's voice in Super Mario Sunshine, calling it "laughable", "comical", and "utterly pessimistic".
Boom Boom (ブンブン Bunbun) is the henchman and faithful servant 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. Boom Boom returns in Super Mario 3D Land 23 years later, where it introduces his new partner, Pom Pom. He resides in various airships where he encounters Mario. In New Super Mario Bros. U, he reprises his old role from Super Mario Bros. 3, guarding the fortresses and towers. After beating him in the first world, Boom Boom has Kamek supporting him by lending him some of his powers. He also returned in Super Mario Run.
In four episodes of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Boom Boom appears as a silent powerhouse who often cause troubles to Mario and Luigi.
Fawful (ゲラコビッツ Gerakobittsu), 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.
Fawful first appeared in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga where he was the sidekick to the primary antagonist, Cackletta. Fawful assisted Cackletta by helping her steal Princess Peach's voice in order to awaken the Beanstar, a magical item capable of granting wishes. After Cackletta is brutally defeated by Mario and Luigi, Fawful revives her by transferring her soul into the body of Bowser, possessing him. The Mario brothers later defeat Fawful and kill Cackletta.
In the first sequel, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Fawful works as a shopkeeper in the basement of Princess Peach's castle, continuing to plot his revenge against Mario and Luigi.
In the next sequel, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Fawful served as the primary antagonist and villain, assisted by his sidekick Midbus. In this game, he causes Bowser to inhale Mario and Luigi into his body and infects the residents of the Mushroom Kingdom with the "Blorbs" disease, caused by poisonous mushrooms. He absorbed part of the power of an evil entity called the Dark Star with his robotic helmet, but Bowser interrupted the process, causing the weakened Dark Star to go in his lung to read his DNA. Mario and Luigi defeated the Dark Star and destroyed its body, which turned it in dark dust. The Dark Star left Bowser's body and created a new body called Dark Bowser from Bowser's DNA. However, Fawful absorbed part of Dark Bowser's force. Bowser and Dark Bowser searched for Fawful while Fawful searched for Dark Bowser to gain all of its power. Bowser found Fawful first and defeated him, reducing him to a black, spider-like blob, but he escaped from Bowser. Dark Bowser then found Fawful and inhaled him to regain his full power. Later, Bowser battled him, but after being defeated, Fawful, now stronger from the completed dark powers, heals him and makes him grow larger. The only way to defeat him was by punching Dark Bowser's belly, making him spit out Fawful. After Bowser inhales him in the battle, Mario and Luigi battle Fawful in Bowser's body. After being defeated, Dark Bowser destabilizes and is easily defeated with several punches from Bowser. Dark Bowser combusts in colorful sparks and Fawful is unable to move or act. He blows himself up in an attempt to take Mario and Luigi with him, but the brothers survive the explosion.
Kamek (カメック Kamekku) (English: /
After his appearance in Yoshi's Island, Kamek appears in several other games. Tetris Attack features him as the penultimate boss and the one who brainwashed the inhabitants of Yoshi's Island. Super Princess Peach includes him as a boss character. In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (As Baby Kamek), he is a henchman of Baby Bowser. In Yoshi Touch & Go, he kidnaps the babies once again. Yoshi's Island DS features him as a main antagonist. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, he is the main villain alongside Bowser, and assists the Koopalings against Mario. He is responsible for reviving Bowser in the final boss fight. He supports Boom Boom and Boss Sumo Bro. Instead in New Super Mario Bros. U. Kamek also appears throughout the Mario Party series. Kamek's most recent appearances were as a boss in Paper Mario: Sticker Star (As Paper Kamek), Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (in the Dream World... 3 times), Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (Alongside his counterpart; Paper Kamek), Paper Mario: Color Splash (As Paper Kamek) and Yoshi's New Island, where he captures the baby Bros. once more.
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.
Kammy Koopa (カメックババ Kamekkubaba) 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 the following Paper Mario: Sticker Star. IGN rated her as one of the weirdest Mario characters.
King Boo (キングテレサ Kingu Teresa) is the main antagonist of the Luigi's Mansion series 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 in Luigi's Mansion, and a regular crown in all other appearances.
As well as appearing as the main antagonist of Luigi's Mansion, King Boo also appears in Super Mario Sunshine, Super Princess Peach, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Koopa Kids (called Mini-Bowsers) are the minions of Bowser who have so far only appeared in the Mario Party series. They appeared in the first seven installments (including Mario Party Advance) of the series as major antagonists in the story modes. In the first Mario Party, they had to be dueled on the Eternal Star board to win stars by rolling a dice block for 20 coins. In Mario Party 2, they had their own space, and would steal five coins from whoever passed them. They would also run shady shops that would sell exclusive items to the player. In Mario Party 3, they ran their own item shops again, this time without forcing the players to buy anything. In Mario Party 4, one would occasionally take Bowser's place when someone landed on a Bowser Space. A Koopa Kid became playable in the games Mario Party 5 and Mario Party 6. They can be seen working for Bowser in Mario Party Advance, making their only handheld appearance. In their final appearance, Mario Party 7, it was no longer possible to play as a Koopa Kid.
Koopa Kids disappeared in Mario Party 8, and did not appear in any Mario Party game ever since. Bowser Jr. made his debut in the Mario Party series starting in Mario Party DS. Since then, Bowser Jr. has appeared in all following Mario Party games, so it is likely that the Koopa Kids were retired in favor of him.
The Koopalings (コクッパ Kokuppa) are a group of seven childlike characters. Their individual names are Iggy, Larry, Lemmy, Ludwig, Morton, Roy, and Wendy. Originally depicted as the children of the series antagonist Bowser, they first appeared as boss characters in the 1988 game Super Mario Bros. 3. They have since appeared in subsequent Super Mario games and spin-off Mario titles.
They have made several appearances in other media, most notably in the cartoon The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, which featured entirely different names for the Koopalings due to them not having official names at the time of its production phase.
Petey Piranha, known as Boss Pakkun (ボスパックン Bosu Pakkun) in Japan, 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 has to use objects such as tennis rackets and golf clubs. He can also use his leaves to fly around in the air. Furthermore, Petey sports a pair of white-spotted red shorts. Although Petey does not speak, he communicated by making growling, drooling, and licking noises, which translate into actual words.
He has since appeared as a boss in several Mario games such as Super Princess Peach, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, New Super Mario Bros., Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and Paper Mario: Color Splash.
Pom Pom (プンプン Punpun) is Boom Boom's partner, female counterpart, and fellow minion of Bowser, who debuted in Super Mario 3D Land. In the game, she serves as an Airship boss, where she flips around the arena, throwing boomerangs with pink bows on them at Mario or Luigi. The arena is different in each boss fight. 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.
Tatanga (宇宙怪人タタンガ Uchū kaijin Tatanga) is an alien villain. His first appearance is in Super Mario Land, in which he is the main antagonist. In the game, he invades Sarasaland and kidnaps Princess Daisy. Mario has to travel across Sarasaland in order to reach him and in the end defeats him with his plane in a dogfight with Tatanga's spaceship and rescues Daisy.
Later, Tatanga returns in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins as a boss and henchman for Wario. But again, Mario was able to defeat him. Tatanga has not appeared in video games since, but is mentioned in some games that Daisy appears in.
Wart (マムー Mamū) 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, and enslaves its inhabitants. He has a severe weakness to vegetables. Based upon this storyline, Wart and his cohorts recur in various television and comic book series within the franchise, including a cameo appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Games journalists have called for Wart's inclusion in the Super Smash Bros. series and placed him among the weakest characters in the Mario franchise.
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