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

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

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

Main characters[edit]


Mario[a] (English: /ˈmɑːri, ˈmær-/, Italian: [ˈmaːrjo]) is an Italian American and the main protagonist of the series who was introduced in 1981. Mario is depicted as a hero, being constantly the main playable character.

(Voiced by Charles Martinet)


Luigi[b] (English: /luˈi/, Italian: [luˈiːdʒi]) is Mario's younger, taller fraternal twin brother. Luigi lives with his brother and travels with him during plenty of their adventures. He is playable in most of the Mario games.

Luigi is the main protagonist in Luigi's Hammer Toss (1990), Mario Is Missing! (1992), New Super Luigi U, Dr. Luigi and throughout the Luigi's Mansion series.

(Voiced by Charles Martinet)

Princess Peach[edit]

Princess Peach[c] (formerly known as Princess Toadstool outside Japan), is the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom. Peach is the lead female character from the Super Mario series. Depending on the game, she can be a protagonist, a supporting character or a damsel in distress. Peach is playable in most of the Mario games.

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

(Voiced by Samantha Kelly)

Princess Daisy[edit]

Princess Daisy[d] is the princess of a kingdom named Sarasaland.[1] Initially debuted in Super Mario Land, Daisy would later make recurring appearances as a playable character in most of the Mario spin-off games including kart racing and sports.

(Voiced by Deanna Mustard)

Donkey Kong[edit]

Donkey Kong[e] (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.

(Voiced by Takashi Nagasako)

Diddy Kong[edit]

Diddy Kong[f] (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.

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

(Voiced by Katsumi Suzuki)


Bowser[g] 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 is the main protagonist in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009).

(Voiced by Kenneth W. James)

Bowser Jr.[edit]

Bowser Jr. (known as Koopa Jr.[h] in Japan), or sometimes simply Jr. or Junior, 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.

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

(Voiced by Caety Sagoian)


Wario[i] (English: /ˈwɑːri, ˈwær-/) 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.

(Voiced by Charles Martinet)


Waluigi[j] (English: /ˌwɑːluˈi/) is Wario's partner and Luigi's arch-rival who appeared in various Mario spin-off games like tennis, kart racing, and golf. His first appearance was in Mario Tennis, where he was introduced as a doubles partner for Wario.

(Voiced by Charles Martinet; with the vocal impression of Fumihide Aoki)


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

(Voiced by Samantha Kelly)


Toadette[l] is Toad's female counterpart and is a mushroom-like girl. She first appeared in the 2003 video game Mario Kart: Double Dash!! as a playable driver. 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.

(Voiced by Samantha Kelly)


Yoshi[m] (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. He has a long, sticky tongue which can lick up smaller enemies. When he licks up his enemies, in some games such as Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island he can turn the enemy into an egg and lay the egg. This egg can be used to throw at other enemies as a projectile. Yoshi also has another power-up, the Flutter Jump. He can hover in the air for a short amount of time.

(Voiced by Kazumi Totaka)


Birdo, known in Japan as Catherine[n], 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.

(Voiced by Kazumi Totaka)


The Koopalings[o] 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.

(Voiced by Michelle Hippe (Larry), David Cooke (Morton), Ashley Flannegan (Wendy), Ryan Higgins (Iggy), Dan Falcone (Roy), Carlee McManus (Lemmy) and David J. Goldfarb (Ludwig))


Rosalina[p] is a princess from an unknown location who is the adoptive mother of the Lumas.[2] She resides in the Comet Observatory and also the watcher of the cosmos. Rosalina is playable in most of the Mario spin-off games.

(Voiced by Laura Faye Smith)

Blue Toad[edit]

Blue Toad[q] 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.

(Voiced by Samantha Kelly)

Yellow Toad[edit]

Yellow Toad[r] 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.

(Voiced by Samantha Kelly)


Kamek[s] (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.

(Voiced by Atsushi Masaki)

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[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. He also makes an appearance as a non-playable character in Super Mario Odyssey lost in each kingdom.[3]


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[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 the player's time to catch him. In New Super Luigi U, he's promoted to Playable as the fourth character available for multiplayer. He returned to New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe as a fifth playable character along with Toadette, Luigi, Toad and Mario.

He is 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.

Nabbit also appeared as a stage hazard in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the Mushroom Kingdom U stage.


Pauline[z] is the damsel in distress from the original Donkey Kong,[4] as well as the 1994 Game Boy game of the same name.[5] 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.[6][7][8]

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.[4] 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][9] 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.[10] After Donkey Kong, Pauline made cameo appearances in two other NES games, Pinball and Famicom BASIC.[9] 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.[9] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13][14] 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."[15] Voice actress Kate Higgins performs the theme song and also voices Pauline.

In March 2019, Pauline made her first playable debut in Mario Tennis Aces, and is unlocked by participating in an Online Tournament.[16]

In September 2019, Pauline made her playable debut in the Mario Kart series in Mario Kart Tour, and was unlocked by trading in the in-game currency “Rubies” for “Pipe Pulls” during the New York Tour.[17]

(Voiced by Kate Higgins)


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[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 his brother Mario and 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.[18] The English translations accordingly adapted the name to a pun on the expression "egad"! His first appearance was in Luigi's Mansion for Nintendo GameCube, in which he investigates a haunted mansion that mysteriously appeared by his laboratory. To help him study the ghosts in the mansion, he uses the "Poltergust 3000", a high-powered vacuum cleaner that can suck in and capture ghosts, and the "Game Boy Horror", an invention for tracking and detecting objects such as Boos. He lends it to Luigi and helps him on his quest. His voice is played by Kazumi Totaka, who also voiced Yoshi. He reprises his supporting role in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon in a remodeled lab to assist Luigi again with his "Poltergust 5000" and a "Dual Scream", which replaces the Game Boy Horror. The Nintendo 3DS remake of the original Luigi’s Mansion introduces a new invention: a lime-green doppelgänger of Luigi, called "Gooigi", which can be brought along as a partner in local co-op play. In the third installment, Luigi's Mansion 3, Gooigi returns and E. Gadd provides Luigi with a new Poltergust model, the "Poltergust G-00".

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

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

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, leaving her dazed, captures the green Sprixie Princess in a bottle, and retreats down the pipe. The group quickly follows after Bowser in order to rescue the kingdom, and they soon find that each Sprixie Princess is guarded in one of the first seven worlds' castles. Defeating the boss of the castle will reveal a Warp Box that takes the group to a room containing both the Goal Pole and the imprisoned Sprixie.

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

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

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

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


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[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.[19] N-Philes criticized Toadsworth's voice in Super Mario Sunshine, calling it "laughable", "comical", and "utterly pessimistic".[20]

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.


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.


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 the final boss of Mario Party 10, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. Dry Bowser makes a cameo at the end of the Bowser Jr.'s Journey part of the Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story remake. He is also a major boss and a helper in the Mario portion of Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition.

Dry Bowser is available as a downloadable character in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, with the latter having him as a downloadable palette swap of Bowser and the former as a playable racer in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Dry Bowser became available as a playable character in Mario Kart Tour in September 2019.

Dry Bowser is available in Dr. Mario World as of December 26, 2019.

Dry Bowser is an unlockable character in Mario Tennis Open and Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. He is also a new character in Mario Tennis Aces as downloadable content. Dry Bowser also is present in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series starting with the Vancouver entry, being one of the many playable choices in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He also appeared in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Legend tier spirit.

(Voiced by Kenneth W. James)


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.[21] After Cackletta is brutally defeated by Mario and Luigi, Fawful revives her by transferring her soul into the body of Bowser, possessing him.[22] 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 Paper Mario: Sticker Star. IGN rated her as one of the weirdest Mario characters.[23]

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 (as well as glowing, sunken eyes) in his appearances in the Luigi's Mansion franchise, as well as an appearance as a playable character in Mario Kart Tour, but he wears a regular crown and has the eyes and face of a regular Boo in all other appearances. Previously, a similar character named Big Boo appeared as an enemy in Super Mario World and as a boss in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Super Mario 64 DS.

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. In Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch, he owns the hotel known as the Last Resort to trap Luigi and his friends in paintings.

(Voiced by Toru Asakawa)

Koopa Kids[edit]

Koopa Kids[at] (also known as Baby Bowsers) are the minions of Bowser who have only appeared in the Mario Party series. They appeared in the first seven installments (as well as Mario Party Advance) as major antagonists in the story modes. In the first three games, they are known as Baby Bowsers. In the first Mario Party, they have to be dueled on the Eternal Star board to win stars by rolling a dice block for 20 coins. In Mario Party 2, they have their own space, and will steal five coins from whoever passes them. In Mario Party 3, they run their own item shops. In Mario Party 4, a Koopa Kid occasionally take Bowser's place when someone lands on a Bowser Space and explains the rules for the Bowser minigames. A Koopa Kid is playable in 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 is no longer possible to play as a Koopa Kid. 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.

Madame Broode[edit]

Madame Broode[au] is the leader of the Broodals. 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,[24] 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,[25] 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 Piranha Plant's Final Smash, and a primary spirit.

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[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[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[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.[26] 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.[27] Games journalists have called for Wart's inclusion in the Super Smash Bros. series[28] and placed him among the weakest characters in the Mario franchise.[29]


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

Recurring enemies[edit]

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

Some of these recurring enemies include:

  • Blooper - A sentry-like squid that tries to corner and close in on its prey.[30]
  • Bob-omb - A bomb enemy introduced in Super Mario Bros. 2 with a wind-up key and a fuse, which explodes after a set amount of time or when thrown.
  • Boo - A spherical ghost enemy introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3, which sneaks up on the player from behind while they are facing away from it. Inspired by a rage that Takashi Tezuka's wife went into after he came home from work late.[31]
  • Bony Beetle - An undead Buzzy Beetle that resembles itself after death. It can withdraw into its shell and project spikes out of its back.
  • Bullet Bill - A bullet with angry eyes and clenched fists that is shot out of a cannon called a "Bill Blaster".[30]
  • Buzzy Beetle - A black or blue beetle-like creature with a hard, fireproof shell that renders it immune to Mario's fireballs.
  • Chain Chomp - A metallic ball-and-chain creature that lunges at Mario when he approaches it. Inspired by a childhood experience of Shigeru Miyamoto's with a violent dog.[32]
  • Chargin' Chuck - A large Koopa creature that wears American Football attire, and attacks the player by running directly at the player. While charging may be the most common variant, there are variations of this enemy that perform other attacks, such as digging up boulders or clapping.
  • Cheep Cheep - A red, circular fish that made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros.. They are found primarily in the water, but some can jump in an arc or fly within a limited range. There are many different species of Cheep-Cheeps, and they come in different colors, such as green and yellow.
  • Dry Bones - An undead Koopa Trooper that reassembles itself after death. Can be defeated permanently by fire, ice, and other power-ups.[30]
  • Fish Bone-An undead cheep cheep. When the player's character looks right at them most of them come charging at the player.[33]
  • Fuzzy - A spiky black blob that is found on tracks. They cannot move on their own, but they move very quickly if on tracks, following a predetermined path.
  • Goomba - A sentient mushroom creature which is the first enemy that Mario typically encounters on his adventures. Implemented late in the development of Super Mario Bros. as a basic, easy-to-defeat enemy.[34] Variants of the Goomba may have wings, known as the Paragoomba.
  • Hammer Bro - A type of Koopa who throws hammers at Mario.[35] It has several variations that throw other projectiles, such as the Boomerang Bro and the Fire Bro.[30]
  • Koopa Troopa - A foot soldier of Bowser. It retracts in its shell when stomped on, after which it can be used to attack other foes.[30] Variants of the Koopa may have wings, where it is known as the Koopa Paratroopa.
  • Lakitu - A cloud-riding Koopa with aviator goggles that drops an endless supply of creatures called "Spinies".[30][36]
  • Magikoopa - A sorcerer Koopa capable of casting magic spells, which first appeared in Super Mario World. Often portrayed as underlings to Kamek.[30]
  • Piranha Plant - A leafy, stalk-topped Venus Flytrap with sharp teeth reminiscent of piranhas, that typically lives within pipes and tries to eat the player.[30] This enemy has made a cameo outside the franchise (in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening),[37] and in 2019, it became a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via downloadable content.[38] It was listed first in's list of the "Top 5 Enemy Plants" in video games.[39] It is occasionally referred to as a Packun Flower after the Japanese name. A Fire Piranha Plant, or a Venus Fire Trap, behaves like a normal Piranha Plant, however it breathes fire. A type of Piranha Plant that appears in Super Mario Bros. 3 is the Ptooie, a walking Piranha Plant that exhales air to lift a spiked ball.
  • Pokey - A spiked cactus with detachable green or yellow body segments which first appeared in the international Super Mario Bros. 2.[30]
  • Shy Guy - A timid masked creature wearing a robe, which comes in many different colors and variations. Introduced in the international Super Mario Bros. 2, but more commonly portrayed as an enemy to Yoshi since Yoshi's Island.[30] Voiced by Nintendo of America localization manager Nate Bihldorff.[40]
  • Spike - A green Koopa creature that attacks with spiked cannonballs which it throws out of its mouth. First appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3.[30]
  • Spiny - A red beetle-like creature that damage the player if touched from above. They are often thrown by Lakitus in unlimited supplies, but can also be found individually.
  • Swoop - A green or blue bat that is found underground. It swoops down from the ceiling to the player's vertical location.
  • Thwomp - A large stone creature that is mainly encountered in castles. It attempts to crush the player, usually from above.
  • Wiggler - A caterpillar enemy introduced in Super Mario World, which changes color and charges at the player when stomped on.[30]


  1. ^ Japanese: マリオ Hepburn: Mario, [maɾi.o]
  2. ^ Japanese: ルイージ Hepburn: Ruīji, [ɾɯ.iːʑi]
  3. ^ Japanese: ピーチ姫 Hepburn: Pīchi-hime, [piːtɕi̥ çime]
  4. ^ Japanese: デイジー姫 Hepburn: Deijī-hime, [deːʑiː çime]
  5. ^ Japanese: ドンキーコング Hepburn: Donkī Kongu
  6. ^ Japanese: ディディーコング Hepburn: Didī Kongu
  7. ^ Japanese: クッパ Hepburn: Kuppa
  8. ^ Japanese: クッパJr. Hepburn: Kuppa Junia
  9. ^ Japanese: ワリオ Hepburn: Wario, [ɰaɾi.o]
  10. ^ Japanese: ワルイージ Hepburn: Waruīji, [ɰaɾɯ.iːʑi]
  11. ^ Japanese: キノピオ Hepburn: Kinopio
  12. ^ Japanese: キノピコ Hepburn: Kinopiko
  13. ^ Japanese: ヨッシー Hepburn: Yosshī, [joɕɕiː]
  14. ^ Japanese: キャサリン Hepburn: Kyasarin
  15. ^ Japanese: コクッパ Hepburn: Kokuppa
  16. ^ Japanese: ロゼッタ Hepburn: Rosetta
  17. ^ Japanese: あおキノピオ Hepburn: Ao Kinopio
  18. ^ Japanese: きいろキノピオ Hepburn: Kiiro Kinopio
  19. ^ Japanese: カメック Hepburn: Kamekku
  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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