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|“||It's-a me, Mario!||„|
|~ Mario while introducing himself in Super Mario 64.|
|~ One of Mario's famous catchphrases from Super Mario 64.|
|“||So long, King-a Bowser!||„|
|~ Mario throwing Bowser by the tail in Super Mario 64.|
|“||Thank you so much for playing my game!||„|
|~ Mario to the player at the end of Super Mario 64.|
Mario, formerly known as Jumpman, is the titular protagonist of the video game franchise of the same name, as well as the mascot of Nintendo. He is the older twin brother of Luigi. He was created by Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto and has appeared in over 200 games. Originally, he only appeared in platform games. However, he now also features in sporting games, racing games, fighting games and others. He is considered by many to be the most famous character in video game history and is known to many as "The Face of Video Games," having six games out of the top 10 on the list of best-selling video games of all time.
In the 1993 live-action film Super Mario Bros., he was played by the late legendary actor Bob Hoskins, who also portrayed Eddie Valiant from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In the video games, Mario has been currently voiced by Charles Martinet since Mario Teaches Typing and Mario's Game Gallery/Fundamentals. In the TV show You're Skitting Me, he was played by Hayden McKertish, while Rowan Hills played Luigi. He will be voiced by Chris Pratt, who also played Star-Lord from Marvel Cinematic Universe, Emmet Brickowski from The Lego Movie, Owen Grady from Jurassic World trilogy and Barley Lightfoot from Onward, in Illumination's upcoming 2023 Super Mario Bros. film.
Mario is a short man with hair and mustache. In Donkey Kong until Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario wears a long-sleeved blue shirt and red overalls with gold buttons, he also wears a red cape with a M. From Super Mario Bros. 3 onward, the colors of Mario's shirt and overalls are inverted.
Mario appears as a short and portly adult man in most of his appearances. Most of the time, he is wearing his trademark outfit: his red cap (with the M symbol), blue overalls -with gold-coloured buttons-, red shirt, white gloves and brown shoes. He has short light brown hair, blue eyes, and a thick black mustache with six bumps. However, in his early games, he wore red overalls and a blue shirt, which is the opposite of what he wears now. Every part of his looks has had, at some point, a certain significance in plot and gameplay: the cap worked as a "shield" of sorts in Super Mario 64, and when he had his cap stolen, he'd lose 50% more the health with each hit, making its recovery a top priority.
In the Mario and Luigi RPG series, the ´Stache stat is the equivalent of Charisma in RPGs, meaning that a high number here (a "well-groomed mustache") will translate to healthy discounts in stores. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, his overalls (and Luigi´s) appear to be made of denim. Mario´s looks were a product of the limited graphics technology of the time: his arms would vanish with a shirt of a solid colour, hair could not be properly drawn, detailed or animated; and the head could not host a proper mouth.
He has been seen with several sporting clothes (tennis, soccer, golf) and he wore lighter, more laid-back shirts in Super Mario Sunshine, in tune with the tropical vacation setting of the game. Although Mario's age is never really confirmed, Super Smash Bros. Melee says that Mario is 26 years old when reading the description of his trophy in the game.
Mario is a simple character without a solid personality since he was meant for players to integrate their personality into his character. When his demeanor is shown, Mario is kind, smart, brave, heroic, generous and optimistic. Mario is a brave and kind-hearted hero with a strong sense of justice, morality and righteousness. He puts, more often than not, other people's needs before his own and he is willing to risk his life to save millions of others from the forces of evil. Mario will never give up on anyone, ever. He will always be there no matter what, even if it's extremely dangerous.
Although Mario is generally a good-natured person, it seems he doesn't enjoy losing much, often when losing in spin-off games (i.e. Mario Party) he has a sad look on his face, but in Luigi's ending in Mario Power Tennis, he is shown congratulating his brother. However, the pats on the back turn into slaps and he intentionally stands on his brother's foot, showcasing jealousy.
He remains quiet, but when he talks, he talks heavy and harshly. In the cartoons, Mario speaks with a characteristic Brooklyn accent, but his current incarnation—voiced by Charles Martinet - has a blatant Italian accent. Mario is friendly, tenacious, and persistent, so he always knows what he is doing. Also, Mario is handsome and many creatures have a crush on him. He has been shown at times to have a crush on Princess Peach.
In the Super Smash Bros. series and Mario Strikers series, Mario shows a personality that is in complete contrast to how his personality is depicted in his series. In these series, he is shown to be very serious and almost always having firm expressions. He remained with this personality, although in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he shows a smile in two of his new taunts. (one which shows him giving a thumbs up, the other showing him throwing Cappy) Another example is that in the Subspace Emissary, when he and Kirby get the audience's cheers as they shake their hands after their duel, he is shown to be smiling.
Mario always retains a good heart and a love of adventure. He cares a lot about his friends and family and would do anything to protect them.
Super Smash Bros. series
Mario is playable throughout the Smash Bros series. Alongside Link, Kirby and Pikachu Mario is considered to be one of the most prominent characters in the series owning to his status a video game mascot. In all of his appearances in the series, Mario is considered to be a balanced character with no real strengths or weaknesses.
In Super Smash Bros. Mario appears as one of the eight starter characters alongside Donkey Kong, Link, Samus Aran, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox McCloud and Pikachu. His move set is mostly based on his appearance in Super Mario 64, with some allusion to the original Super Mario Bros. His brother Luigi appears as a moveset clone of Mario, albeit with some more unique attributes to distinguish the two.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mario returns as a starter character once again. While his moveset has not changed much from the original, he receives a side special move which is the cape from Super Mario World which can can reflect projectile attacks, turn opponents around and helps with his recovery, but nonetheless retains his status a balanced character. His doctor persona, Dr. Mario, appears as an unlockable character in the game, appearing as his moveset clone, effectively replacing Luigi, who has become a semi-clone.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario returns once again returns as a default character. While his moveset is mostly unchanged, Mario received a new down special move, F.L.U.D.D., which can be use to push opponents away from him, but doesn't do any damage, effectively moving his previous down move into his down ariel move. As with every character in the game, Mario also receives a Final Smash called Mario Finale, which launches a slow-moving two-streamed blast of fire that hits multiple times. Dr. Mario, alongside Mewtwo, Roy, Pichu and Young Link, does not return in this game, but makes a cameo as a sticker. Despite this, Dr. Mario can be found in the games files, which indicates that he was intended to be a playable character, but was cut for unknown reasons.
In the game's story mode, The Subspace Emissary, he serves as the main protagonist and the leader of the heroes. He is first seen being brought to life from a trophy alongside Kirby, and the two have a friendly fight. After one of them defeats the other, the winner revives the loser and Mario and Kirby shake hands and wave to the audience. After this, the sky turns dark red and the Halberd appears, releases shadow bugs creating primids. Peach and Zelda assist in the fight to help defeat the enemies. After doing so, the Ancient Minister appears and drops a Subspace Bomb. After seeing two R.O.B.'s activate the bomb, Mario attempts to stop it, but is knocked out of the stadium by Petey Pirahna into the sky, leaving Kirby to rescue either Peach and Zelda from the giant plant. Pit, who was watching from above, sets out from his hideout, finds Mario's trophy and revives him. Mario takes a moment to recount what had happened and nods at Pit. The two join forces to follow the Halberd through the sky, but lose the Halberd. However, they notice Fox in a Arwing giving chase, after which they continue their journey by traversing through a plain. They attempt to catch up to the Ancient Minister, but fail.
The next part of the story depends on which princess the player saved in the first stage of the mode; if Peach is saved, she is turned into a trophy by Bowser, who uses her trophy to create a dark clone of her, which he instructs to turn any fighter into a trophy that she comes across. She attempts to do so by firing the same gun he previously used at Mario and Pit, but Link destroys the gun and he and Yoshi fight and defeat the clone. Mario notices Link and Yoshi stand over the trophy of Peach, which disintegrates. Thinking it was the real Peach, Mario attacks Link, but he dodges his attack and the duos of Mario/Pit and Link/Yoshi engage in a two on two fight. If Zelda is saved, Bowser will later turn her into a trophy, make a dark clone using the same dark matter, and instructs her to attack any fighter to be turned int trophies. She does so by attempting to turn Link and Yoshi into trophies, but the gun she uses is destroyed by Pit, who fights her alongside Mario. Link then notices them defeating her and the trophy disintegrating, and furiously attacks Mario, but he dodges the attack and engage the two pairs engage on a two on two fight.
The winning duo finish the fight out of breath, but the losing duo's trophies are then taken by King Dedede. As he passes by, Mario notices Peach's trophy in his cargo (or Link, if Zelda's trophy is in the cargo). However, Kirby shows up and frees the losing duo and Link/Pit blows the cargo's tire to slow it down. The five of them then join force and begin their chase after Dedede. They traverse through a cave only to find King Dedede's castle in ruins from an ambush by Bowser and his army. With Dedede nowhere to be found, they pursue Bowser through the castle. They manage to catch up to him, but he uses the Peach/Zelda trophy as a shield forcing him to miss, Pit then fires an arrow, causing him to lose footing, and he falls off a cliff, but manages to get into his Koopa Clown Car as he flies to the Halberd, taunting the heroes much to Mario's anger.
The group manages to catch up to the Ancient Minister in the desert, but fail to prevent him from detonating another bomb and barely escape the blast. Later, Mario and his team come across the group of Marth, Ike, Lucas, Ice Climbers and the Pokemon Trainer while they're fending off a horde of Subspace members. The ten of them join together to fight them off and witness the explosion of the hideout of the Subspace Army. Mario and the others notice the Halberd now under the control of Meta Knight, Lucario, Solid Snake, Peach, Zelda, Fox, Falco Lombardi and Mr. Game & Watch, which subsequently lands, and at the same time, the Falcon Flyer, commanded by Captain Falcon, Samus, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Olimar and R.O.B, also turns up. All the heroes then team up to confront their common enemy, the Subspace Army.
Mario and the rest of the heroes manage to take out the Subspace gunship commanded by Bowser and Ganondorf and enter subspace itself. They eventually reach Tabuu next to an unconscious Master Hand shortly after Bowser was betrayed by Ganondorf, Ganondorf himself was turned into a trophy, and Master Hand was easily being defeated by Tabuu, with Mario being ready to fight him. However, Tabuu turns all of the fighters into trophies. Mario was later rescued by a team of King Dedede, Ness and Luigi, with Kirby rescuing some of the other fighters. Mario and the rest of the cast go through the Great Maze to confront Tabuu once more. Tabuu prepares to turn him and the others into trophies once more, but Sonic appears and destroys his wings. With him greatly weakened, Mario and the others fight Tabuu and defeat him, and smash world returns to normal.
In Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, Mario once again appears as a starter character, once again retaining his status a balanced character. As with every character in the game, Mario's moveset can be customized using various equipment found in the game. After being absent from Brawl, Dr. Mario returns as an unlockable character.
Like every character that was previously playable in the Super Smash Bros series, Mario reappears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as one of the eight starter characters. Cappy also appears with him in this game albeit only aesthetic. His wedding outfit from Super Mario Odyssey appears as an alternate costume, as does his builder outfit from Super Mario Maker.
Mario & Sonic
The Legend of Zelda Games
Mario made a cameo in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in Princess Zelda's room in Hyrule Castle in a window, along with other Mario characters, such as Luigi and Yoshi. In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, he appears in several portraits within NPC homes. Mario made a cameo in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask as a mask hanging in the Happy Mask Salesman's backpack.
Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star, as well as its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra, he can be seen in the crowd when battling King Dedede, and Rock Kirby can transform into a golden Mario statue.
Mario makes a cameo as the referee in Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!.
Mario makes a cameo in the Japanese-only Captain Rainbow as a portrait above Tracy's (from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening) throne. An empty portrait and Link are sitting to the left of his picture. The portrait is Mario's artwork from Mario Party DS.
- Luigi: Luigi is Mario's younger twin brother. Mario and Luigi are pretty different when it comes to personality. While they are both usually optimistic, cheerful, kind-hearted and retain a strong sense of morals and justice, Mario is much braver than Luigi. Despite Luigi being slightly jealous of Mario on rare occasions, the two brothers love each other and share a close bond. It's speculated that the reason Mario doesn't always bring Luigi with him on adventures is that Mario doesn't want him getting hurt and is protective of him. While Mario sees potential in Luigi, he can be protective of Luigi as shown in some of the games. Both brothers are a duo that while strong on their own, show their true power as a team.
- Princess Peach: Sometime after his break up with Pauline in the first Donkey Kong game, Mario has shown some interest in Peach sometime after he came to the Mushroom Kingdom. The two have a strong friendship and love each other. Despite having to rescue her almost twenty-four seven, Mario doesn't seem to mind as he cares a lot for Peach's safety. Mario loves getting affection from Princess Peach and is just as protective of her as he is to Luigi.
- Toad: Toad is one of Mario's close friends and the two seem to have mutual respect. In Super Mario Bros. 2, Toad adventures alongside Mario and his allies in saving the land of Subcon. However after Super Mario Bros 3, Toad has actively aided Mario, by giving him Power-Ups, and other good items, whenever Mario visits Toad's Toad Houses.
- Yoshi: Yoshi is Mario's best friend who saved Mario and Luigi from the Koopa Troop when they were babies. In the present day, Yoshi continues to help Mario against Bowser in several games, such as Super Mario 64 DS.
- Princess Daisy: Daisy is one of Mario's close friends who was rescued from the evil space alien, Tatanga, and has shown some friendship with him ever since her return in Mario Tennis 64.
- Rosalina: Rosalina is a good friend and an ally to Mario when visiting the comet observatory. Rosalina first befriended Mario in Super Mario Galaxy when Mario recovers the stolen grand stars to power her Comet Observatory.
- Donkey Kong: Donkey Kong is the grandson of Mario's former nemesis, Cranky Kong. Although Mario did fight Donkey Kong's grandfather in the arcade games, the current Donkey Kong and Mario are on much better terms. In spite of their friendly rivalry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, Donkey Kong is good friends with Mario, as evident in the Mario Party series and Mario Super Sluggers. Though the current Donkey Kong is large, he is actually quite a bit younger than Mario.
- Bowser: Bowser is Mario's arch-enemy and the two are shown to battle in many games. Bowser often tries to kidnap Peach and take over the Mushroom Kingdom, but Mario stops at nothing to defeat him to set things right. Despite their heated rivalry, both of them teamed up to take down greater threats, as shown in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Super Paper Mario. Bowser also saved Mario from Wario and Waluigi at the end of Mario Super Sluggers, due to Bowser's desire to personally defeat Mario himself. While Bowser is shown to hate Mario, Mario does not have the same opinion as he has on Bowser, and is more than willing to get along with him. This is evident in many spin-off games, in which Bowser peacefully participates with Mario and his friends in sports festivals (i.e Mario Kart or Mario Tennis).
- Wario: Wario is Mario's rival. Their relationship started to be violent in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, but the two patched things up in later games. Even though their rivalry continues in various sports titles, the two have teamed up occasionally in some games, including the Mario Party series and Super Mario 64 DS. Nintendo Power has also stated that the two are cousins, but this is unconfirmed.
- Waluigi: Waluigi and Mario don't interact with each other much. Waluigi does team up with Wario to defeat Mario, but Waluigi's main rival is Luigi.
- Pauline: Pauline was Mario's first girlfriend and first damsel-in-distress. Despite their breakup however, in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, the two are stated to be friends, with her attending Mario's Mini Mario business and theme park events. Pauline is also shown to be supportive of Mario in Super Mario Odyssey.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic is both Mario's greatest ally, friendly rival and good friend as they have a lot in common as they are both the greatest heroes of their worlds and have pure hearts in doing what's right and always does what's best for everyone. They have a friendly competition in sports and like to test their skills to see who's best. Sonic and Mario see each other as the closest of friends and rivals in one and the greatest in partnership of heroics and all.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Physical Condition: Throughout the games, Mario showed physical abilities well above the human average.
- Superhuman Strength: Although he is not as strong as his archenemy, Bowser, Mario can lift and press objects that are several times his weight. The exact upper limits of his strength is unknown, but in Super Mario World, Mario can easily lift a castle. In Super Mario 64, Mario is shown to lift King Bob-omb. An even more impressive feat is during the fight with Bowser. Mario can lift him by the tail, spin him around and then throw him. Mario spins Bowser around faster and launches him farther with more spins.
- Jump: Mario's incredible strength also extends to his legs, allowing him to perform his signature move, the jump. Mario is extremely good at jumping and is capable of leaping two stories high. He is the second-best jumper in the Mushroom Kingdom, bested only by Luigi.
- Superhuman Durability: Mario has a significant level of durability. He can endure great impacts, such as falling from a height of several stories or being struck by an opponent with superhuman strength. Mario can also endure extreme environments, such as volcanoes and tundras.
- Superhuman Stamina: Mario can maintain continuous physical activity for an indefinite time.
- Superhuman Speed: Mario is capable of running up walls in Super Mario World, and is capable of outpacing sound in Super Paper Mario. Koopa the Quick has referred to Mario as a "human blur." Also, Mario can dodge lasers and lightning.
- Superhuman Agility: Mario has shown himself time and time again to be very agile and nimble. This has allowed him to survive many dangerous situations that a normal person would die.
- Pyrokinesis: Mario, in some games (eg. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, various sports installments, etc), can control and manipulate fire and is usually associated with the element.
- Solar Manipulation: Only seen in Super Mario Strikers Charged, Mario is able to manipulate solar energy via his Mega Kick and use it to kick the metal ball with force.
- Transformation: Like near Mushroom Kingdom habitants, Mario can use Power-Ups to transform and gain new abilities such as flight and invincibility. For example, in Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mario can collect a Rock Mushroom to turn into Rock Mario and bowl over his enemies by using limited terrakinesis to gather enough rocks to become a large, indestructible boulder.
- Flight: Using stars of different sizes in the Mario Galaxy series, Mario can fly in space at will.
- Master Combatant: Mario has his own fighting style. However, he never uses it in his games, except in the Super Smash Bros series.
- Indomitable Will: Mario is shown to have a powerful force of will, completely free of evil or temptation. He is very optimistic and never gives up, even when things look bad.
- Hammer Skills: Mario can wield a hammer as a weapon and shows great proficiency with it.
- Leadership: Mario has proven many times to be a capable leader, inspiring others with his charisma, ardor and idealism.
- Expert Vehicular Driver: As shown in the Mario Kart series, Mario is skilled in driving vehicles, such as karts and motorbikes.
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- In the classic games and the DIC cartoons, Mario used to have red overalls and a blue shirt underneath, but the colors were later reversed, beginning with Super Mario Bros. 3.
- In the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. movie, Mario wore a red jumpsuit with a blue-collar and blue long sleeves along with a red cap and mechanical jumping boots.
- Mario has always had his signature cap, ever since he was a baby.
- A "real-sized" Mario has confirmed Mario's height to be 155cm (5 foot 1 inch).
- Mario used to have a very low, Brooklyn accent instead of a high-pitched Italian accent.
- Mario is one of the very few Nintendo characters who talks in sentences, although not very often.
- Mario's name before "Jumpman" was supposed to be "Mr. Video".
- In Mario Bros., Mario might have been a plumber, but current games do not depict him as one.
- He is also one of the good guys in Super Mario Bros. Z, a Flash series created by Mark Haynes.
- In Wreck-It Ralph, he was mentioned by Fix-It Felix, Jr. at the 30th anniversary party. However, he was originally supposed to make a cameo in the sequel, but was scrapped due to copyright issues.
- Mario is the main antagonist of Donkey Kong Jr., but this debut is not canon. He is the hero in the original Donkey Kong, but despite this not being canon, Mario still qualifies for "Redeemed Villains".
- He was voiced by Owl City’s Adam Young in the RollerCoaster Tycoon films.
- Mario was mentioned by K.O. in the episode Let's Meet Sonic, where K.O. made a fan-fiction of Sonic beating him in the Olympics.
- Besides making a lot of friends along the way, Mario has also encountered a lot of rivals. To date, at least two crossover video game heroes have acted as Mario's rivals: Captain Falcon and Sonic the Hedgehog.
- In Mario 64, he yells "So long King Bowser!" when throwing said Bowser off the arena. The line is sometimes mistakenly referred to as "So long, gay Bowser!" by Mario fans.
- Many Mario fans were flabbergasted by the news that Chris Pratt would be voicing Mario in the 2022 film with the same name. So much so that it's gotten to the point where it's become a meme.
- Mario is based off of both Popeye and Mickey Mouse as well as the Italian stereotypes.
- Mario's age has always been somewhat controversial. Early media tended to view him as an older male in his thirties to fourties. However, recently his official age has been stated to be in his mid-20s.
- Mario has appeared in the YouTube series called Death Battle where he has fought against Sonic the Hedgehog and Lost in the 2011 version, but won in the 2018 version.
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