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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 spin-off 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.

Main characters[edit]

Mario[edit]

Mario[a] (English: /ˈmɑːri/; Italian: [ˈmaːrjo]) is an Italian American and the main protagonist of the series who was introduced in 1981.

Luigi[edit]

Luigi[b] (English: /luˈi/; Italian: [luˈiːdʒi]) is Mario's younger, but taller fraternal twin brother. He wears green, unlike Mario.

Princess Peach[edit]

Princess Peach Toadstool[c] formerly known as Princess Toadstool, is the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom. She is damsel-in-distress throughout most Mario games. She resides in her castle along with many Toads, who act as her loyal servants. Her kingdom is often attacked by the Koopa Troop, a group led by Bowser. She is the love interest of Mario.

Toad[edit]

Toad[d] is a mushroom-like humanoid character who is Princess Peach's attendant and a longtime protector of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Yoshi[edit]

Yoshi[e] (English: /ˈjʃi, ˈjɒʃi/), once romanized as Yossy, is an anthropomorphic dinosaur and the main protagonist of Yoshi series. He often acts as a rideable character for the heroes, while in most of the spin-offs, he is a playable character on his own.

Bowser[edit]

Bowser[f] 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.

Princess Daisy[edit]

Princess Daisy[g] is the princess of the region of Sarasaland. It is often speculated that she is Luigi's love interest. Initially debuted in Super Mario Land, Daisy would later make recurring appearances as a playable character in most of the Mario spin-off games.

Wario[edit]

Wario[h] (English: /ˈwɑːri/) is an obese, muscular, hot-tempered, and greedy man. He is Mario's yellow-and-purple clad arch-rival and the protagonist of the Wario series of games.

Waluigi[edit]

Waluigi[i] (English: /ˌwɑːluˈi/) is Wario's partner and Luigi's arch-rival who appeared in various Mario spin-off games.

Rosalina[edit]

Rosalina[j] is the adoptive mother of the Lumas who resides in the Comet Observatory and also the watcher of the cosmos.

Donkey Kong[edit]

Donkey Kong[k] (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. 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.

Diddy Kong[edit]

Diddy Kong[l] (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. He is the other leader (and second member) of the DK crew.

Toadette[edit]

Toadette as she appears on the cover artwork for New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

Toadette[m] is Toad's female counterpart and is a mushroom-like girl. The relationship between her and Toad varies between sources. She first appeared in the 2003 video game Mario Kart: Double Dash. In New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, she can transform into Peachette, a form that highly resembles Princess Peach, with a power-up called the Super Crown.

Blue Toad[edit]

Blue Toad[n] is a Toad who made his first appearance in New Super Mario Bros. Wii as a playable sidekick for Mario, along with Luigi and Yellow Toad. Blue Toad and Yellow Toad reprise their roles as playable characters in New Super Mario Bros. U, and have appeared in various other games as well. In New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Blue Toad shares a character slot with Yellow Toad under the generic identifier of "Toad," and the two can be switched between on the character select screen.

Yellow Toad[edit]

Yellow Toad[o] is a member of the Toad species who first appeared in the game New Super Mario Bros. Wii where he appeared as both a friend and ally to Mario and Luigi. He is a playable character within the multiplayer mode of the game along with Luigi and Blue Toad. He later reprised this role in New Super Mario Bros. U (Deluxe), and has also appeared in other games, such as being a host in Mario Party 9 and Mario Party: Island Tour.

Bowser Jr.[edit]

Bowser Jr. (known as Koopa Jr. [p] 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). Despite being an implied son of Bowser and having identical motivations, Bowser Jr. is generally not considered one of the Koopalings.

Koopalings[edit]

The Koopalings[q] 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 and later to be referred as his minions. They appeared as boss characters in the 1988 game Super Mario Bros. 3. They have since appeared in subsequent Super Mario games, spin-off Mario titles and the Super Smash Bros. series.

Kamek[edit]

Kamek, as seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Kamek[r] (English: /kəˈmɛk, ˈkæmɪk/) 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.

Birdo[edit]

Birdo, known in Japan as Catherine[s], is a pink, anthropomorphic creature who wears a red bow on her head, and has a round mouth that can fire eggs as projectiles. Since then, Birdo has been a recurring character in various franchise spin-offs and becomes Yoshi's partner. 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, sports games and the Japan-only Wii video game Captain Rainbow.

Supporting characters[edit]

Baby Luma/Lumas[edit]

Baby Luma[t] 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.

Cappy[edit]

Cappy[u] 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. He quickly throws Cappy and returns it to his head similar to in Super Mario Odyssey.

Captain Toad[edit]

Captain Toad[v] 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.[1]

Dorrie[edit]

Dorrie[w] 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.

Honey Queen[edit]

Honey Queen[x] 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.

Nabbit[edit]

Nabbit[y] is a rabbit-like thief 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 powerups, making it worth your 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.

He is a purple rabbit 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.

Pauline[edit]

Pauline as seen in Super Mario Odyssey

Pauline[z] is the damsel in distress from the original Donkey Kong,[2] as well as the 1994 Game Boy game of the same name.[3] 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.[4][5][6]

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.[2] 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,[aa][7] and the game introduced her as Mario's girlfriend. 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.[8] After Donkey Kong, Pauline made cameo appearances in two other NES games, Pinball and Famicom BASIC.[7] 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.[7] 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.[9] 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.[10]

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 where she serves as the mayor of New Donk City.[11][12] 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."[13] Voice actress Kate Higgins performs the theme song and also voices Pauline.

In March 2019, Pauline made her playable debut in Mario Tennis Aces, and is unlocked participating in an Online Tournament.

Plessie[edit]

Plessie[ab] 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 "plesiosaur" 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.

Poochy[edit]

Poochy[ac] is Yoshi's pet dog. Poochy doesn't have any ears or a nose, and he has big lips that look like a duck's bill, making him look more like a platypus than a dog. 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. Gadd[edit]

Professor Elvin Gadd (Professor Oya Mā[ad] 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 name is a pun on the Japanese interjection Oyamā![ae], meaning "Good heavens!" His name is also inspired by Nintendo game designer Yoshiyuki Oyama.[14] The English translations accordingly adapted the name to a pun on the expression "egad!" 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 voiced 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.

Sprixie Princesses[edit]

The Sprixie Princesses[af] 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, 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. 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.

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

Tiara[edit]

Tiara[ag] 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.

Toad Brigade[edit]

The Toad Brigade[ah] 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).

Toadsworth[edit]

Toadsworth[ai] 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 appears in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey 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.[15] N-Philes criticized Toadsworth's voice in Super Mario Sunshine, calling it "laughable", "comical", and "utterly pessimistic".[16]

Supporting antagonists[edit]

Boom Boom[edit]

Boom Boom[aj] 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.

Boss Sumo Bro[edit]

Boss Sumo Bro[ak] is an enlarged Sumo Bro who appears in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. He is fought in the Rock-Candy Mines and he is one of the game's mid-bosses along with Boom Boom and Kamek. He appears to wear two tsuna around his shoulders, the ceremonial rope typically worn by yokozuna sumo wrestlers around their waists.

The boss has the same appearance to that of a regular Sumo Bro, except that he wears two towels on his shoulders, his eyes appeared to be dash-like and slanted, he has a ring around his spike, and he is larger than the average Sumo Bro.

Broodals[edit]

The Broodals[al] 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.

Draggadon[edit]

Draggadons[am] 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 ride him.

Dry Bowser[edit]

Dry Bowser[an] 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". Dry Bowser is available as a downloadable character in Mario Kart 8, and is also an unlockable character in Mario Tennis Open and Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.

Fawful[edit]

Fawful[ao], 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.[17] After Cackletta is brutally defeated by Mario and Luigi, Fawful revives her by transferring her soul into the body of Bowser, possessing him.[18] 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.

Foreman Spike[edit]

Foreman Spike[ap] 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 Koopa[edit]

Kammy Koopa[aq] 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.[19]

King Bob-omb[edit]

King Bob-omb[ar] 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.

King Boo[edit]

King Boo[as] 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. 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.

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. He is also an unlockable playable character in several sports games in the series and in the Mario Kart series.In Mario Party 9, he is one of the twelve bosses in the game, with his minigame entitled "King Boo's Puzzle Attack".He returned as the main antagonist in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, retaining his original appearance, as well as the GameCube remake of Luigi's Mansion for Nintendo 3DS. It is unclear what his role will be in the upcoming Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch. In all games he appears in, King Boo is voiced by Toru Asakawa.

Koopa Kids[edit]

Koopa Kids[at] (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.

Madame Broode[edit]

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

Petey Piranha[edit]

Petey Piranha, known as Boss Pakkun[av] in Japan,[20] 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. Furthermore, Petey sports a pair of white-spotted red shorts. Although Petey does not speak, he communicates by making growling, drooling, and licking noises, which translate into actual words. He first appeared as the primary boss of Bianco Hills in the game Super Mario Sunshine.

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,[21] Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Paper Mario: Color Splash, and Mario Tennis Aces.

He has also appeared as a playable character in many spin-off Mario games, such as Mario sports games, and Mario Kart: Double Dash where Petey was paired up with King Boo. He also appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the Final Smash form of the downloadable Piranha Plant character.

Pom Pom[edit]

Pom Pom[aw] 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. She returned in Super Mario 3D World, though her boomerang appears to be replaced by some sort of shuriken. Pom Pom is playable as an unlockable character in Super Mario Party.

Reznor[edit]

Reznor[ax] are 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.

Tatanga[edit]

Tatanga[ay] 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. 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[edit]

Wart[az] 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.[22] 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.[23] Games journalists have called for Wart's inclusion in the Super Smash Bros. series[24] and placed him among the weakest characters in the Mario franchise.[25]

Wingo[edit]

Wingo[ba] 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 and incorrectly depicted as interested in shiny objects, and the giant bird roc from One Thousand and One Nights.[citation needed] He is first seen stealing a Power Star from Captain Toad and Toadette. Wingo flies away while Toadette holds on to the star, thus capturing her.

Notes[edit]

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

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