Characters in the Mario franchise
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Mario[a] (English: / -/,, Italian: [ˈmarjo]; voiced by Charles Martinet) is an Italian-American plumber and the lead character of the series who was introduced in 1981. Seen as the hero of the franchise, Mario remains playable in most of the games and also appears in every Mario spin-off game including sports and kart racing.
Luigi[b] (English: //, Italian: [luˈiːdʒi]; voiced by Charles Martinet) is an Italian-American plumber who is Mario's younger brother. He is playable in most of the Mario games. He is the main protagonist of the Luigi series in which he is depicted as clumsy and frightful, confronting fears in order to help.
Princess Peach[c] (formerly known as Princess Toadstool outside Japan; voiced by Samantha Kelly), is the princess and the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, depicted as sweet and optimistic. She is the lead female character from the Mario series since her introduction in 1985, and is the main protagonist of Princess Toadstool's Castle Run (1990) and Super Princess Peach (2006).
Princess Daisy[d] (voiced by Deanna Mustard) is the princess and the ruler of Sarasaland who first appeared in Super Mario Land. In various games, she may be depicted as a protagonist, a supporting character, or a lady in distress. Daisy is playable in most of the Mario spin-off games.
Toad[e] (voiced by Samantha Kelly) is a small mushroom-like humanoid character who is Princess Peach's attendant or retainer, and a longtime protector of the Mushroom Kingdom. He remains playable in most of the Mario games and is the protagonist of Wario's Woods.
Yoshi[f] (English: / /,, once romanized as Yossy; voiced by Kazumi Totaka) is a green anthropomorphic dinosaur. He has a long tongue which can be used to eat various enemies, and can turn the enemies he eats into eggs that can be thrown. Yoshi helps his friends during various adventures by acting as a rideable character for the heroes, though he can also be playable. He is a playable character in most of the Mario spin-offs and stars in his own series.
Donkey Kong[g] (DK) (voiced by Takashi Nagasako) is an anthropomorphic gorilla from 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 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong, but the modern incarnation introduced in Donkey Kong Country is revealed to be the grandson of that arcade original character. He is playable in several Mario spin-off games as a cheerful and powerful character.
Diddy Kong[h] (Diddy) (voiced by Katsumi Suzuki) is an anthropomorphic monkey who is Donkey Kong's nephew, sidekick, and best friend appearing in the Donkey Kong and Mario franchises. He is the main protagonist of Diddy Kong Racing and its DS remake, a cheerful and kind character. Created by Rare, the name Diddy is a British term meaning "little".
Rosalina[i] (voiced by Laura Faye Smith) is a mysterious lady from an unknown location who is the adoptive mother of the Lumas. She resides in the Comet Observatory and also the watcher of the cosmos in the Super Mario Galaxy series. Rosalina is either a supporting character or a protagonist, playable in most of the Mario spin-off games.
Toadette[j] (voiced by Samantha Kelly) is a pink Toad girl who first appeared in the 2003 video game Mario Kart: Double Dash!! as a playable driver. Toadette has two long round pigtails and a dress to distinguish herself from Toad. Since Super Mario Odyssey, Toadette is a member of the Toad Brigade and has the role of an archivist. Depending on the game, she is either a supporting character or a protagonist, playable in most of the Mario spin-off games.
Since New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Toadette can transform into Peachette, a form that highly resembles Princess Peach, with her power-up called the Super Crown. As Peachette, she can use Peach's floating jump to hover, and has the ability to perform a double-jump.
Birdo, known in Japan as Catherine[k], (voiced by Kazumi Totaka) is a pink, anthropomorphic creature who wears a red bow on her head, and has a round mouth that can fire eggs as projectiles. Birdo first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2. Since then, she has been a recurring character in various franchise spin-offs and becomes Yoshi's partner. Birdo has evolved from antagonist into protagonist, playable in several Mario spin-offs.
Captain Toad[l] (voiced by Samantha Kelly) is an explorer and the leader of the Toad Brigade who first appears in Super Mario Galaxy. He makes several appearances within the Mario series, like in Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Super Mario Odyssey, and as a treasure tracker. He makes several cameos within Super Smash Bros. and made his Mario Kart debut in Mario Kart Tour as a playable racer. He is the main protagonist in the series of levels in Super Mario 3D World called Captain Toad's Adventures and in the game Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
Pauline[m] (voiced by Kate Higgins) debuted in Donkey Kong (1981), Donkey Kong (1994) for Game Boy, 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 as 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. She is the mayor of New Donk City, and a jazz singer.
Bowser[n] or King Koopa (voiced by Kenneth W. James) is the king of the turtle-like Koopa race, a selfish troublemaker who wants to take over the Mushroom Kingdom. He is Mario's nemesis and is the final boss of most Mario games. He is playable in all Mario spin-off games.
Dry Bowser[o] 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. Dry Bowser appears in Mario Party: Island Tour, and is a playable character in several of the Mario spin-off games.
Bowser Jr. (known as Koopa Jr.[p] in Japan; voiced by Caety Sagoian), or sometimes simply Jr. or Junior, is the son of Bowser who first appeared in the 2002 game Super Mario Sunshine. He is often depicted as the secondary antagonist throughout the Mario series. Bowser Jr. looks up to his dad and shares his ambition to defeat Mario and take over the Mushroom Kingdom. Bowser Jr. is playable in most of the spin-off Mario games and in Super Smash Bros. He is the main protagonist of Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018) included in the remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
Wario[q] (English: / -/,; voiced by Charles Martinet) is an obese, muscular, hot-tempered, and greedy man. He is Mario's yellow-and-purple clad arch-rival. He initially debuted as an antagonist but over the years has become an anti-hero, even being playable in a few titles. Wario is the protagonist of the Wario series and is playable in most of the Mario spin-off games where he is Waluigi's partner. His name is portmanteau of "warui", the Japanese word for "bad", and "Mario".
Waluigi[r] (English: //; voiced by Charles Martinet) is a tall, thin, and mischievous man who was introduced in Mario Tennis as Wario's partner. He is Luigi's black-and-purple clad arch-rival. Waluigi is often an antagonist who teams up with Wario to accomplish their schemes. He is playable in most of the Mario spin-off games and makes several cameos within the Super Smash Bros. series.
The Koopalings[s] are seven siblings who first appeared as boss characters in the 1988 game Super Mario Bros. 3. Their individual names are Iggy, Larry, Lemmy, Ludwig, Morton, Roy, and Wendy. They were originally depicted as the children of the series antagonist Bowser and later to be referred as his minions. They have since appeared in subsequent Super Mario games, spin-off Mario games, and the Super Smash Bros. series.
Kamek[t] (English: / /,; voiced by Atsushi Masaki) is a Magikoopa who acts as Bowser's caretaker during his childhood and one of his high-ranking minions afterwards. He is from the Yoshi series. 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.
King Boo[u] (voiced by Toru Asakawa) is the king of the Boos and the main antagonist in the Luigi's Mansion series. He plays minor roles, occasionally playable, in various other Mario games, including the Mario Kart and Mario Party series. King Boo's first major debuted role was as the final boss of Luigi's Mansion, where he disguised himself as Bowser.
He is much larger than the average Boos that appear in games after Luigi's Mansion. He dons a crown with a large ruby and has glowing, sunken eyes in the Luigi's Mansion franchise, and is a playable character in Mario Kart Tour. A similar character named Big Boo is an enemy in Super Mario World and a boss in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Super Mario 64 DS.
Wart[v] (voiced by Charles Martinet) is an anthropomorphic frog king. He debuted in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987), which was converted into Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988) for its North American release, in which he is the final boss who creates his own monsters with the Dream Machine, and appoints himself ruler of the enslaved land of Subcon. He is a boss in BS Super Mario USA Power Challenge (1996), stars in a Satellaview episode "Wart's Trap, Look Out Mario Brothers" (「マムーの罠，危うしマリオブラザーズ」, "Mamu no Wana, Abunauｓhi Mario Burazazu"), and appears in Nintendo Comics System publications. He made a cameo appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993) with his original Japanese name, Mamū. He has had mixed critical reception.
Baby Luma[w] (voiced by Yuya Takezawa) 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.
Cappy[x] (voiced by Shohei Komatsu) 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 "capture" enemies and other creatures, allowing Mario to take control of them for periods of time.
Poochy[y] is Yoshi's dog helper. Poochy does not have any ears or a nose, and he has big lips. Poochy is a good swimmer and can sniff out hidden items for Yoshi. Poochy can also do things that Yoshi cannot, such as crossing over dangerous terrain (like spikes), and jumping over walls to give Yoshi a boost out of his wall jumps. Poochy's first and main appearance was in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, and besides having a role in Tetris Attack, most of Poochy's other appearances have been minor.
Professor E. Gadd
Professor Elvin Gadd (Professor Oya Mā[z] in Japan; voiced by Kazumi Totaka), more commonly known as E. Gadd, is a scientist who, with his various inventions, helps Luigi save his brother Mario and the mansion. His name is a pun on the Japanese interjection Oyamā![aa], meaning "Good heavens!" His name is also inspired by Nintendo game designer Yoshiyuki Oyama. The English translations accordingly adapted the name to a pun on the expression "egad!" His first appearance was in Luigi's Mansion for Nintendo GameCube, in which he investigates a haunted mansion that mysteriously appeared by his laboratory. To help him study the ghosts in the mansion, he uses the "Poltergust 3000", a high-powered vacuum cleaner that can suck in and capture ghosts, and the "Game Boy Horror", an invention for tracking and detecting objects such as Boos. He lends it to Luigi and helps him on his quest.
Gadd reprises his supporting role in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon in a remodeled lab to assist Luigi again with his "Poltergust 5000" and a "Dual Scream", which replaces the Game Boy Horror. The Nintendo 3DS remake of the original Luigi’s Mansion introduces a new invention: a lime-green doppelgänger of Luigi, called "Gooigi", which can be brought along as a partner in local co-op play.
In the third installment, Luigi's Mansion 3, E. Gadd provides Luigi with a new Poltergust model, the "Poltergust G-00", which has Gooigi stored inside it, as well as a "Virtual Boo", which replaces both the Game Boy Horror and Dual Scream. Luigi rescues him at the time when his friends were captured by Hellen Gravely at a hotel called The Last Resort.
He is mentioned in Super Mario Sunshine but not seen, but his inventions, a Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device or F.L.U.D.D. and Magic Brush, are used by Mario and Bowser Jr. respectively. E. Gadd 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.
Nabbit[ab] (voiced by Natsuko Yokoyama) is a purple rabbit-like thief with round eyes, long ears, and black limbs. He also wears a white handkerchief with a drawing of a large mouth with sharpened teeth, similar to Bowser Jr.'s mask (though despite this he does not work for Bowser), as well as orange shoes and white gloves.who first appears in New Super Mario Bros. U, where he steals items from Toad Houses and the Mario Bros. have to chase him through various levels to capture him and get them back. He's the main source of P-Acorn power-ups, making it worth the player's time to catch him. In New Super Luigi U, he's promoted to Playable as the fourth character available for multiplayer. He returned to New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe as a fifth playable character along with Toadette, Luigi, Yellow Toad and Mario. He is also playable in Bowser Jr.'s Journey. Nabbit also appears as a stage hazard in the Mushroom Kingdom U stage throughout the Super Smash Bros. series.
Cackletta[ac] is the main antagonist in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its 3DS remake. She is an evil sorceress who takes the Beanstar and Peach's voice in the Beanbean Kingdom. After sustaining heavy injuries, she controls Bowser's body (known as Bowletta) and dies after the explosion of Bowser's castle.
Fawful[ad] (voiced by Nami Funashima) is a recurring antagonist in the Mario & Luigi series. The character is considered to be "insane," and served as the secondary antagonist of Superstar Saga and the main antagonist of Bowser's Inside Story.
Petey Piranha, known as Boss Pakkun[ae] in Japan, (voiced by Toru Minegishi) is a large, powerful Piranha Plant, and the result of a mutation. Whereas normal Piranha Plants usually grow from pipes, Petey's leaves and roots have grown into foot-like and arm-like appendages, which allows him to use objects such as tennis rackets and golf clubs. He can also use his leaves to fly around in the air. He first appeared as the primary boss of Bianco Hills in the game Super Mario Sunshine. He has since appeared as a boss or a playable character in several Mario games and spin-off games.
Kammy Koopa[af] is an elderly Magikoopa who acts as an advisor 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.
Throughout their adventures, Mario and his friends face a number of enemies including these:
- Angry Sun - A sentient Sun which tries to burn Mario by swooping down at him. In Super Mario Maker 2, there is a moon variant of this enemy which appears in the night theme and defeats all enemies when Mario touches it.
- Blooper - A sentry-like squid that tries to corner and close in on its prey. Some Bloopers, known as Blooper Nannies, have smaller versions of themselves and will thrust them toward Mario.
- 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. King Bob-omb, previously Big Bob-omb, was introduced in Super Mario 64, as a boss character there and in Mario Party 9, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Mario Party: Star Rush, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars. He is a playable character in Mario Kart Tour and Mario Golf: Super Rush.
- 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.
- Bullet Bill - A bullet with angry eyes and clenched fists that is shot out of a cannon called a "Bill Blaster". They have a larger counterpart with a shark-like face known as Banzai Bills.
- Buzzy Beetle - A black or blue beetle-like creature with a hard, fireproof shell that renders it immune to fire attacks.
- 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.
- Chargin' Chuck - A Koopa wearing football gear that mostly charges at Mario, but can also use items such as baseballs and shovels.
- 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 and fly within a limited range. There are many different species of Cheep-Cheeps, and they come in different colors, such as green, yellow, and purple. The giant variety of Cheep Cheep who leaps out of the water is known as Boss Bass (or alternatively Big Bass), while the giant variety who swims underwater is known as Big Bertha.
- Dry Bones - A walking Koopa Troopa skeleton that reassembles itself after being hit. It can be only defeated by a Super Star, a Cape Feather, Super Leaf, and an Ice Flower.
- Fish Bone - A skeletal fish who charges at Mario when he gets close. It will break into parts if it collides with a wall.
- Fuzzy - A spiked creature which hangs in the air and sometimes moves on trail. It makes its debut in Super Mario World.
- 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. Variants of the Goomba may have wings, known as the Paragoomba, and similar creatures include the Galoomba, which flips over and can be thrown when stomped on, and the Goombrat, which turns at edges.
- Hammer Bro - A type of helmet-wearing Koopa who throws hammers at Mario. It has several variations that throw other projectiles, such as the Boomerang Bro and the Fire Bro, and a bigger variant known as a Sledge Bro which can stun Mario.
- 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. Variants of the Koopa may have wings, where it is known as the Koopa Paratroopa. There are many other varieties of the Koopa Troopa such as yellow, blue, and red.
- Lakitu - A cloud-riding Koopa with aviator goggles that drops an endless supply of creatures called "Spinies".
- Lava Bubble - A fireball that jumps out of lava and can bounce off walls. It is also referred to as a Podoboo.
- Magikoopa - A sorcerer Koopa capable of casting magic spells, turning blocks into foes, power-ups, and coins. It first appeared in Super Mario World. Often portrayed as underlings to Kamek.
- Mechakoopa - A robot with a wind-up key that becomes disabled and can be thrown when Mario stomps on it. A variant introduced in Super Mario Galaxy is capable of breathing fire.
- Monty Mole - A mole-like enemy that burrows underground and springs out of the ground when the player gets close. A similar enemy known as the Rocky Wrench pops out of airship manholes and throws wrenches at the player.
- Piranha Plant - A leafy, stalk-topped Venus flytrap with sharp teeth, that typically lives within pipes and tries to bite the player. This enemy has made a cameo outside the franchise (in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening), and in 2019, it became a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via downloadable content. It was listed first in 1UP.com's list of the "Top 5 Enemy Plants" in video games. 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 called 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.
- 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. Some variants include the Snifit, a Shy Guy with a cannon on its mask which it uses to fire bullets, and the Fly Guy, a Shy Guy with a propeller on its head that can fly. Voiced by Nintendo of America localization manager Nate Bihldorff.
- Spike - A green Koopa creature that attacks with spiked balls which it throws out of its mouth. First appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Spike Top - A red wall-crawling beetle-like creature which combines the Buzzy Beetle's immunity to fire and the Spiny's immunity to being jumped on, although it can be spin-jumped on.
- Spiny - A red beetle-like creature that damages the player if touched from above. They are often thrown by Lakitus in unlimited supplies, but can also be found individually.
- Thwomp - A large stone block with an angry face that is mainly encountered in castles. It attempts to crush the player, usually from above. There is a smaller variation of the Thwomp called a Thwimp.
- Whomp - An anthropomorphic stone slab that slams its face on the ground when Mario gets near. It can only be defeated by ground pounding its back. Inspired by the Japanese mythical wall monster, the nurikabe.
- Wiggler - A caterpillar enemy introduced in Super Mario World, which changes color and charges at the player when stomped on. Some Wigglers, known as Flutters, have butterfly wings.
- Japanese: マリオ, Hepburn: Mario, [maɾi.o]
- Japanese: ルイージ, Hepburn: Ruīji, [ɾɯ.iːʑi]
- Japanese: ピーチ姫, Hepburn: Pīchi-hime, [piːtɕi̥ çime]
- Japanese: デイジー姫, Hepburn: Deijī-hime, [deːʑiː çime]
- Japanese: キノピオ, Hepburn: Kinopio
- Japanese: ヨッシー, Hepburn: Yosshī, [joɕɕiː]
- Japanese: ドンキーコング, Hepburn: Donkī Kongu
- Japanese: ディディーコング, Hepburn: Didī Kongu
- Japanese: ロゼッタ, Hepburn: Rosetta
- Japanese: キノピコ, Hepburn: Kinopiko
- Japanese: キャサリン, Hepburn: Kyasarin
- Japanese: キノピオ隊長, Hepburn: Kinopio Taichō
- Japanese: ポリーン, Hepburn: Porīn
- Japanese: クッパ, Hepburn: Kuppa
- Japanese: ほねクッパ, Hepburn: Hone Kuppa
- Japanese: クッパＪｒ., Hepburn: Kuppa Junia
- Japanese: ワリオ, Hepburn: Wario, [ɰaɾi.o]
- Japanese: ワルイージ, Hepburn: Waruīji, [ɰaɾɯ.iːʑi]
- Japanese: コクッパ, Hepburn: Kokuppa
- Japanese: カメック, Hepburn: Kamekku
- Japanese: キングテレサ, Hepburn: Kingu Teresa
- Japanese: マムー, Hepburn: Mamū
- Japanese: ベビィチコ, Hepburn: Bebi Chiko
- Japanese: キャッピー, Hepburn: Kyappī
- Japanese: ポチ, Hepburn: Pochi
- Japanese: オヤ・マー博士, Hepburn: Oya Mā Hakase
- Japanese: おやまあ！
- Japanese: トッテン, Hepburn: Totten
- Japanese: ゲラゲモーナ, Hepburn: Geragemōna
- Japanese: ゲラコビッツ, Hepburn: Gerakobittsu
- Japanese: ボスパックン, Hepburn: Bosu Pakkun
- Japanese: カメックババ, Hepburn: Kamekkubaba
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