Characters / Super Mario Bros: Allies
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A list of characters that describes Mario's various allies from across the Mushroom Kingdom.

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    Princess Peach Toadstool
Thank you, Mario
Species: Human
Debut: Super Mario Bros.
Voiced in English by: Jeannie Elias (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show), Tracey Moore (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World), Jocelyn Benford (Hotel Mario), Leslie Swan (Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, and Super Paper Mario), Jen Taylor (1999-2008), Asako Kozuki (Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Kart: Super Circuit) Nicole Mills (Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time), Samantha Kelly (2007 - current)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mami Yamase (The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach) Miyako Endo (original video animations) Mariko Mukai (Satellaview games), Asako Kozuki (Mario Kart 64)

"Listen, everybody, let's bake a delicious cake... ...for Mario..."

Princess Peach Toadstool is the crown princess of the Mushroom Kingdom and Mario's main love interest. She gets kidnapped frequently by Bowser in the main Super Mario Bros. games, but proves herself to be very skilled in sports. Though she's usually the Distressed Damsel, there are times she will get up and do something herself (such as in Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario RPG, Super Mario 3D World, and her own game, Super Princess Peach).

Worthy of note: she's appeared in more video games than any other female character.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: She's loved so dearly by her subjects that it's not uncommon for them to have sets of Princess Peach merchandise in their homes. Including posters. In Toad Harbor in Mario Kart 8, there is a statue of Princess Peach that is a reference to the Statue of Liberty.
  • Achilles' Heel: Word of God says it's cake.
  • Action Girl: She is one in many of the games were she is playable, such as the Super Smash Bros. series, Super Princess Peach and Super Mario 3D World.
  • All-Loving Hero: Shown this way especially in the Role-Playing Game, where she shows no ill will to anyone, even villains. She even helps Mimi out even when she made fun of her royalty.
  • Ass Kicks You: In the Super Smash Bros. series, some of her attacks have her bashing her opponents with her hips and her butt. Her back throw currently provides the page image. She also uses her hips as her Quick Melee attack in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, if she is holding an item in her hand.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She's the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom and ruler of the Toads, and outside of the Mario Bros, by far the most capable fighter in the entire kingdom.
  • Badass Adorable: In games where she's playable, she's both cute and capable, especially in a cat suit.
  • Badass in Distress: She's proven herself to be quite powerful, but her main role in a lot of games is for her to be the Damsel in Distress.
    • In Super Mario 3D Land, Mario receives postcards from Peach at the start of every world, which progress from her being scared by minions to her hitting Goombas away with her umbrella and the second-to-last one clearly shows her mounting a personal escape attempt, sprinting towards the camera with half of Bowser's army storming after her, eventually capturing her and bringing her as a caged bird to Bowser.
  • Badass Princess: Sometimes. Peach is quite experienced in a fight and she can kick your ass if she needs to, but only if her role in a particular game calls for it. Promo material for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle lampshades it by actually using the term!
    • In a Nintendo Power comic run in the days of the Super NES, until Bowser brainwashed her, Peach was the hero of the story. While the Mario Brothers were characterized as happy-go-lucky bumblers (though, in Mario's defense, a serious happy-go-lucky bumbler), Peach was a Hot-Blooded Badass Princess with a dash of Determinator. She charged down a warp pipe after Bowser when he attacked her kingdom and pursued him without the Mario Brothers, and once she got captured the first time she escaped the Koopalings by tricking them into opening their cell, evading the guards, and ultimately flying out of the tower on a cape. Then when she found out Mario had gotten kidnapped in her place, she swapped clothes with Luigi to get him to sneak her and Yoshi back into the tower with a crate full of bombs, leading to the obvious conclusion of blowing up the tower and rescuing Mario. Even when Bowser captured her again, it took having her hypnotized for her to agree to marry him. And after she recovered from being hypnotized with the help of Luigi and Yoshi, she immediately untied Mario so he could finish off Bowser.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit in Super Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged.
  • Barrier Maiden: In the original Super Mario Bros., Princess Peach's magic was the only thing that could undo the Koopas' curse on the Mushroom Kingdom. The Barrier Maiden thing was abandoned for a while, with Bowser's Motives for capturing Peach varying from game to game, but it was never the original reason. However, more recent games have restored her Barrier Maiden status, though in a different form each time.
    • In Yoshi's Island DS, Baby Peach is one of the Seven Star Children who are born with great power. Bowser attempts to steal the children to take over the universe (this would include kidnapping himself, which would result in a few time related issues...) Peach is actually one of the children who escapes capture, and assists Yoshi and Baby Mario in saving the others.
    • In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Peach's voice is the only thing that can awaken the Beanstar, which grants wishes. She avoids capture through clever use of a Birdo, and again by having Luigi crossdress as her.
    • In Super Paper Mario, Peach and Bowser are a Barrier Couple. If they ever got married, the Chaos Heart would be formed and begin to destroy the world. Naturally, this is the first thing the Big Bad does in the first part of the game. Peach is so easily kidnapped...
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: According to the Nintendo Character Guide, Peach's white magic is what keeps her and her gown looking fresh at all times, even in Bowser's dank dungeons.
  • Berserk Button: In Super Paper Mario, Mimi makes fun of her for being a regular Damsel in Distress. Cue the Designated Girl Fight... and Peach angrily ordering the Mario Bros. to leave her to her.
    Mimi: You're the one that's always having to get rescued by boys. THAT'S embarrassing! Golly, you sure are a lot of talk when you have your little boyfriends to protect you!
    Peach: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Y-You... Very well. If you insist, I'll give you what you so richly deserve.
    Luigi: P-Princess Peach! You're not really going to...
    Peach: Stay out of this! I am a PRINCESS, and she has thrown mud at my dignity! You two leave me be! UNDERSTOOD?!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Peach is usually very sweet, but you push her too far... well, just ask Mimi, who made the mistake of mocking her usual Damsel in Distress role. What follows is the first time in the franchise Peach ever loses her temper, yelling at the Mario Bros. to leave Mimi to her and giving Mimi herself a sound thrashing.
  • Big Good: Forms a Big Good Duumvirate with Mario. As ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, she is the leader of the most powerful heroic faction in the setting.
  • Biker Babe: Starting in Mario Kart Wii, she gained a biker suit that she wore when using a bike during a race.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Peach is the blonde, Pauline is the brunette, and Daisy is the redhead. Peach herself has been all three over the years due to the limited color palette on the NES.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Peach often borrows Mario's "Mama Mia!" catchphrase. She can be heard using it in games such as Mario Golf, Mario Party 4, Mario Party 5 and Super Mario Advance.
  • Breakout Character: Mario actually had an Implied Love Interest/lady friend beforehand in Pauline, before Peach appeared in the franchise's signature game. The success of Super Mario Bros. 1 would guarantee that Princess Peach would be Mario's signature heroine from now on. She is the single most prolific Nintendo starlet in all of gaming, even becoming Promoted to Playable in the American sequel, and even getting her own game.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She shows this at times, most especially during The Subspace Emissary, where she stops an impromptu squabble with a tea party.
  • Compressed Hair: When she wears a tanooki or a cat suit in Super Mario 3D World.
  • Cool Crown: Her signature item and used in most of Peach's character logos. Princess Peach is almost never seen without her shiny golden crown. Aside from being pretty, it also functions as a powerful melee weapon. The Expanded Universe in the 90's Mario comics even had a story where Peach actually loses her crown, and she must find it to be re-coronated. If she doesn't, she isn't allowed to be Princess for a year, and the Mushroom Kingdom will be in complete control of her father. Needless to say, the entire situation went from mildly inconvenient to rather dire.
  • Costume Evolution: She has always had her pink dress with the big puff sleeves and bell skirt. Just graphical increases allowed more details to be shown, and then added. In the Super Smash Bros. games since Brawl her outfit is a full Pimped-Out Dress with extra overskirts and lace trimmings.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Peach's extreme femininity, has plenty of cute looks, and doesn't seem to be all there some of the time, but this only hides her true power. Once the princess decides to take charge and fight, all bets are off and you better bring your best.
  • Cute Bruiser: An inevitable result of her being a playable Super Smash Bros. character. The trope also applies to her in any platforming game where she is playable. She's also playable in all of the Mario Party games, and since many of the minigames in that series involve the characters beating the snot out of each other, if you're using Peach while playing one of those minigames, she becomes a Cute Bruiser there too.
  • Damsel in Distress: The sole reason for her existence, except for Super Princess Peach, where she is the main character and Mario is the Distressed Dude. Frequently lampshaded in the Role Playing Games. Averted in Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D World, where she is one of the four playable characters note . Most of the non-Role-Playing Game and non-platformer games don't bring it up either. This trope has been off and on a lot, with her sometimes joining Mario and Luigi on their adventures in Party, Racing and Sports games, fighting to save the world alongside them in Super Paper Mario, and being an individual fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The entire point of Super Princess Peach.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In Super Paper Mario, in stark contrast to her more normal portrayals as The Ditz and the Cloudcuckoolander. She unloads on Bowser quite a bit, even calling him a giant baby at one point (Bowser was going through the nadir of his Villain Decay in this game).
  • Dub Name Change: She was originally referred to as Princess Toadstool outside Japan, but would almost exclusively be known as Princess Peach worldwide after the release of Super Mario 64, with the exception of certain re-released material. Her full name is occasionally given as "Princess Peach Toadstool" to make up for the discrepancy. Oddly enough, one episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show has her exclaim "Princess P. to the rescue!"
  • Dumb Blonde: While most games that have her about as competent as the Mario Brothers, there are some instances where she comes off as naive, such as Bowser Jr.'s reveal in Super Mario Sunshine.
  • Ermine Cape Effect: Only the main series. The spinoffs, particularly the sports games, see her wearing more practical outfits, though many Mario Party minigames have averted this, like Mario Medley from Mario Party 4 were she swims in the pool with her dress on.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Just how did Mario get acquainted with royalty? Why is he the one who's always in charge of rescuing her? And does Peach actually ever govern the Mushroom Kingdom, seeing as her parents don't seem to be around? Who knows, but boy is that crown sure pretty!
  • First-Name Basis: She is usually referred by her first name, Peach. In the West, she was referred to as her last name "Toadstool", before her first name supplanted it in all regions.
  • Fragile Speedster: In Mario Kart, she tends to be a light-weight character with high acceleration. In Mario Strikers Charged she is a Playmaker captain, having maxed out speed and passing, but poor shooting and tackling.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: A lot of her dresses feature these.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Peach's femininity is always played up, and she's often contrasted with the tomboyish Daisy. But Peach has just as mush interest in sports as Daisy, or any of the guys, and doesn't hesitate to get rough and tumble with any of them.
  • Girly Run: In Super Smash Bros. Brawl (and up) and the Mario Baseball series.
  • Good Is Not Soft: One of the sweetest, kindest characters in the series, but will also destroy you should she ever be underestimated.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has the goldest locks and is one of the kindest characters in the series.
  • Hartman Hips: Hers aren't as obvious as some of the other examples of this trope, but she still has them. They are more visible when she isn't wearing her dress, like her biker suit, winter outfit, leotard, minidress, soccer uniform and her tank top and shorts.
  • Heart Beat-Down: She literally fights with the power of her emotions in Super Princess Peach.
  • Heroic Willpower: Her extreme femininity disguises her incredibly strong will. In Super Paper Mario, she's able to stand up to Nastasia's Mind Control longer than any other character (including Luigi!), and the villain has to focus extremely hard to get the Princess to obey her commands.
  • High Class Gloves: Her character design always had long, white gloves, even though it took a few games to render them in sprites. She doesn't wear them in Super Mario Sunshine and the sports games.
  • Hospital Hottie: In some of the artwork for the Dr. Mario games, she trades her fancy dress and high heels for a cute nurse outfit and sandals; although she's sadly never actually seen wearing that outfit in-game.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Peach's started taking a turn in this direction during the GameCube era. In her Super Smash Bros. appearances, she's much more flirty, more anatomically realistic and also gets an increased bust size. In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Peach's playable moments allow you to have her take a shower (she strips from behind a curtain) and one sequence requires her to become an Invisible Streaker. Her portrayal in the Mario Strikers series features her most fan-servicing appearance in any of the Mario spinoff franchises. It was ultimately taken even further in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series, where Peach was given a form-fitting leotard suit for swimming and gymnastics events.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: It's stated in a couple of side sources that she's not actually the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, her father is. He, however, is a blathering idiot, so she makes most of the actual decisions. This hasn't come up in years.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Was on the receiving end of this in the opening of Super Paper Mario, as well as a couple of comics (Super Mario Adventures and Nintendo Comics System).
  • Iconic Outfit: Peach's normal attire consists of a pink gown (with a blue jewel on her chest), High Class Gloves, gold crown and large blue earrings. She does change outfits when the dress would be impractical (such as for the sports titles and when she's riding a motorcycle or an ATV in the Mario Kart games).
  • Implied Love Interest: To Mario and vice versa. Also to Luigi, to some extent. Lampshaded in Super Paper Mario - Nobody knows what to make of Mario and Peach's relationship, not even Mario himself.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Constantly described as this... except in the Mario Party series, where she's The Trickster.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: One of the kindest characters in the series, and she has large blue eyes.
  • Informed Attribute: Her ability to govern, as noted in the tropes below. May have something to do with Conservation of Detail, since she gets kidnapped often and talking is boring.
  • Instant Costume Change: Some of her post-hole animations in the Mario Golf series have her change into her regular dress in place of her minidress she normally wears. If she gets a birdie or better in Mario Golf: World Tour, she will take out her parasol, twirl it and magically change clothing.
  • Jumped at the Call: Peach is the first one into the pipe to give chase after Bowser when he captures the Green Sprixie Princess in Super Mario 3D World. A similar situation happened much earlier in the Super Mario Adventures comic.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Still wears her traditional pink dress and crown in the games when she's fighting, such as Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Princess Peach, Super Paper Mario, and the Super Smash Bros. games.
  • Lady and Knight: The Bright Lady to Mario's White Knight.
  • Lady in Red: One of her alternate costumes in the Super Smash Bros. series is a red dress, which is a reference to Pauline.
  • Leitmotif: Two very distinctive ones - The ending theme of Super Mario Bros., and Inside the Castle Walls from Super Mario 64.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Peach is kind, adorable, and the eternal Damsel in Distress, but every so often she'll come across a threat who doesn't care for kidnapping and actually pushes her to fight. Peach's real power and skill begins to shine through.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light Feminine to Pauline's family-friendly Femme Fatale Dark Feminine.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Paper Mario shows that she has an entire wardrobe of identical pink dresses. She insists that they aren't the same, and that there are minor differences between each dress, but this is strictly an Informed Attribute.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Princess Peach has long blonde hair and is the girliest character in the entire franchise. It especially stands out due when she's compared to Tomboy Princess Daisy, who has shorter hair post-redesign (though it's still medium length).
  • Meaningful Name: "Peach" or rather "to be a peach" is an idiom for an attractive, likable, admirable or good person. Her last name, Toadstool is another name for Mushroom, pertaining to the kingdom she rules over.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
  • Neutral Female: She often helplessly watches the fight between Mario and Bowser from a cage or from a platform.
  • No-Sell: In Super Princess Peach, Peach is completely unaffected by the Vibe Scepter, an Artifact of Doom that Bowser got his hands on that easily plunged the Mushroom Kingdom into chaos and easily subdued Mario and Luigi. Not only is Peach unaffected by the vibes, she turns them around and makes them powers of her own, and can freely control them.
  • Not Quite Flight: Her dress may aid in this. However, she can also still float a little even without her dress. In the Super Smash Bros. series, she floats by moving her hands in a certain pattern.
  • Only Sane Woman: Usually the most sensible, although it varies from work to work. Sometimes she can fit this and Cloudcuckoolander — a bit out of it sometimes, but willing to at least try avoid any pointless fights.
  • Pals with Jesus: While she and Rosalina haven't interacted with each other much in the games, in the 38th issue of the Super Mario-Kun manga, the two quickly became good friends upon meeting each other.
  • Parachute Petticoat: From Super Mario Bros. 2 all the way to Super Mario 3D World, she's had the ability to float with her billowing skirt... but it might not be her skirt, since she can use her trademark hover regardless of what she's wearing in 3D World.
  • Parasol of Pain: She uses her small, trademark pink parasol to fight in the Super Smash Bros. series, and a sentient parasol named Perry in Super Princess Peach. A postcard Mario receives in Super Mario 3D Land shows Peach defending herself from a Goomba Tower with her parasol.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Whether Peach is weaponizing the parasol or just using it to block out the sun, it is very cute looking. Especially Perry. One of the loading screen icons in Mario Super Sluggers even feature Peach sitting down and relaxing while holding a parasol.
  • Parasol Parachute: She can also soften her falls with her parasol whenever it's a Parasol of Pain.
  • Physical Goddess: The "Empress Peach" Megastrike from the Darker and Edgier world of Mario Strikers Charged depicts Peach entering an angelic Super Mode, complete with Power Glows, Power Gives You Wings, and Light 'em Up.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Moreso in the Super Smash Bros. series starting from Melee.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: We've seen her do exactly two actual acts of government in the past 25 years. Though there are plenty of meetings shown in the Role Playing Games, they either get interrupted or were trivial to begin with. Funnily enough, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga reveals a bit of the economic state of the Mushroom Kingdom... which is not good. Specifically, their coins are rather low value per coin compared to the Bean Bean Kingdom's. Then again, this is a country where they have a university specifically for Tennis, go-kart races in the streets, and get invaded and ransacked twice a month.
  • Playing with Fire: In Super Princess Peach, she has an anger-triggered attack that looks visually similar to the Raising Storm. Also, in 'Super Mario 3D World', Peach uses the Fire Flower to transform into Fire Peach for the first time ever.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: She ranges from a Damsel in Distress to an effective Lady of War depending on the game.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Golden crown, long flowing blonde hair, blue earrings and brooch, and of course, her signature pink (a tint of red) dress, and deep pink/red shoes. Yes, Princess Peach is a good guy.
  • Princess Classic: Parodied, especially in the Paper Mario series.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Sports a pink dress since her debut. Or at least her artwork for the game did. Pink is still the color most associated with her.
  • Princesses Rule: She is the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom despite being a princess. Early English game manuals and the comics mention that she is the daughter of the Mushroom King, but he has not been seen or mentioned in the games ever.
  • Promoted to Playable: Despite being more famous for being the Damsel in Distress, she's held her own in many games. She's playable in Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario RPG, Super Princess Peach, Super Paper Mario and Super Mario 3D World. She's no slouch in Super Smash Bros. and just as much of an athlete as anyone else in the sports spinoffs. One wonders why she's so easy to kidnap when she can fend for herself so formidably.
  • Recruitment By Rescue: Once you save her in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, she will join your team as a helper. This also applies to Super Mario Run, where she becomes playable when you save her.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: Peach has the Cool Crown, the Pimped-Out Dress, the white Opera Gloves, all meant to show her station. In the role-playing games, her Cool Chair is also often seen; however, as she's an active monarch, she doesn't spend much time in it.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In Super Mario Bros. 2 (sort of), Super Princess Peach, and Super Mario 3D World. And in Super Mario 3D Land, she actually tries to escape from Bowser on her own, though she's eventually recaptured. She also helps out in each of the Paper Mario games. The first game has her actively trying to escape Bowser's clutches, the second has her sending information to Mario, and she's Promoted to Playable in the third.
  • She's Got Legs:
    • Her bikini artwork from the first part of the official Japanese Super Mario World strategy guide, meant to be how she was last seen on vacation before going missing.
    • The dress that she wears in this Super Mario All-Stars Japanese commercial show her legs very well.
    • When she wears a leotard in the Mario & Sonic series, as seen in her artwork for London 2012.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Applies to her, Daisy and Rosalina. Despite being prim and properly dressed, they participate in the same kind of cartoonish violence and silliness as the guys do. Special mention goes to Peach and Daisy in the Mario Strikers games, were they get crushed, set on fire and electrocuted. All three also suffer the same abuse as everyone else in the various Mario Party and Mario Kart games as well.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Princess Peach was the prominent and in some cases, the only female playable character in some of the early multiplayer Mario Kart and Mario Party games. It wasn't until the Gamecube Era and onward, when more female characters like Princess Daisy, Toadette, and Rosalina were introduced that this became averted.
  • Spanner in the Works: When Peach is in captivity, she's thwarting the villains' plans right under their noses. Whether it be by sending letters to Mario, or even mounting her own escape attempts.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Has her castle, her kingdom, and her pretty dresses. She is not the Alpha Bitch, though.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She stands 6'1" tall and is One Head Taller than Mario. Downplayed in Super Mario 3D World, where many of her proportions are rescaled (including her height being scaled down) in order to be more like the other playable characters so that they all look and work better together in gameplay. She's only slightly taller than Luigi in 3D World. The trope goes away completely when she wears the cat suit, where she's the same size as everyone else thanks to all the playable characters using the same model for that suit. In Super Mario Adventures, when Peach dreams of her wedding with Mario, he has to stand on a ? Block in order to be able to kiss Peach without her needing to bend downwards.
  • Super Empowering: In Super Mario Bros. 3, after beating one of the Koopa Kids, she would send Mario or Luigi a letter with a rare power-up attached to it. In Super Mario World, she would throw a mushroom at Mario or Luigi during the showdown with Bowser.
  • Supreme Chef: An oft-referenced ability of hers is her ability to bake cakes. In Game & Watch Gallery 2, she is played as in the Chef minigame were she juggles various types of food in the air with a frying pan and has to serve well-cooked food to a Yoshi. This minigame also came with official artwork.
  • Sweet Tooth: Her Achilles' Heel is cake.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: She zigzags this trope depending on the sports game. If she doesn't wear one, she will most likely wear her minidress instead.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: You have to admit, it's really nice when Nintendo gives her a break from getting kidnapped in games like Super Mario 3D World and Super Princess Peach.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Mario.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Daisy's Tomboy.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She is associated with cakes.
  • The Trickster:
    • While never really emphasized, the Mario Party series likes to suggest Princess Peach is prone to ruthlessly messing with other players to advantage herself. Her favorite item in Mario Party 2 and 3 is the Plunder Chest, which randomly selects an opponent and steals their itemnote .
    Peach's bio from Mario Party 3: Her surprising fondness over the Plunder Chest reveals her mischievous side.
    • In Mario Party 4, her favorite item is the Swap Card, which exchanges items between two players, the user and an opponent chosen through a roulette.
    • If the ending of Super Mario Bros. 3 is of any indication, she's not above trolling the shit out of Mario.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Bowser figured he was finally in the clear now that he has bested the Mario Bros, captured them and had them in helpless captivity, thinking Peach wouldn't be able to do anything. Peach certainly showed him that he would've been better off sticking with status quo and capturing her too.
  • Vocal Evolution: Peach's first canon speaking role was in Super Mario 64, where she had a fittingly deep, intelligent-sounding voice to go with her Reasonable Authority Figure role. Later on, her voice became higher-pitched and more girly-sounding, and around Super Mario Galaxy, it became very feminine and ditzy-sounding. That said, some games tone down the high-pitched factor of her voice.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Many sports games depict her as a Technique type, with low power.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: The MSS Sea Star from Mario Party 7. The cruise ship is big enough to hold a castle on its deck.
  • White Magician Girl: Various games have her showcasing competence with magic, usually either in the form of stars, hearts, or something pink. Naturally, Super Mario RPG provides the best example.
  • Woman in White: Peach's incarnation in Super Mario Bros. has her in a white dress instead of the more recognized pink dress due to hardware limitations. She also dons a white wedding dress in Super Paper Mario and Super Mario Odyssey (image). Super Mario 3D World uses her original white with red trim dress for Fire Peach.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade C in Super Mario Strikers, Grade A in Mario Strikers Charged.

    The Toads
The Toad Brigade in its earliest days.
Species: Toads
Debut: Super Mario Bros.
Voiced in English by: John Stocker (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3) Isaac Marshall (Mario Kart 64), Tomoko Maruno (video games, 1998-2001), Jen Taylor (2000-2007), Kelsey Hutchinson (2005), Samantha Kelly (2007-present)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuriko Yamamoto and Hiroko Emori (The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach) Miyako Endō (original video animations), Nanae Sumitomo (Satellaview games), Tomoko Maruno (Mario Kart 64)
Portrayed by: Mojo Nixon and John Fifer (Super Mario Bros. live-action film)

"Thank you Mario. But our princess is in another castle!"

Peach's many loyal subjects; the primary inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom. "Toad" is both the name of this race of people and of a generic character within this race. Toads in general are peaceful but steadfast, with a jolly demeanor.
  • Adventurer Outfit: The Toad Brigade members and Toadette wear them in Treasure Tracker.
  • Always Lawful Good: The series has yet to feature an outright evil Toad, not including the Mummy-Mes from Treasure Tracker or the sinister black-capped fake Toads from Paper Mario. In Paper Mario: Color Splash, twelve Toads comically appear in Toad Trainworks as a Zero-Effort Boss, disgruntled that their ride isn't taking off — they can't be targeted, verbally assault Mario for 1 HP each consecutively, and stop after blowing off some steam.
  • Ambiguous Gender: At least, originally. Word of God states that the Toad designs weren't made with a specific gender in mind, which may be why the mushroom retainers seemed to be depicted as royal nursemaids in the early anime. It wasn't until Toadette was introduced with Tertiary Sexual Characteristics that the designers were conscious of giving Toads gendered appearances. This may or may not make the obviously-sexed Toads of the earlier RPGs an example of Early Installment Weirdness.
    "Actually, when we made the original Toad, we didn't really have in mind whether Toad was a boy or a girl. We just made the character Toad, and then ever since Toadette has started appearing in games, I think people have come to take the impression that Toad was a boy 'cuz Toadette was a girl, but obviously there's lots of different Toads that have been in a lot of different games."
  • Badass Adorable: Toads are for the most part cowardly, but some of them (Yellow Toad and Blue Toad) join with the Mario Bros. in their adventures and prove themselves capable. They also prove their mettle in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Mailtoad, the purple member of the Toad Brigade, appears to be missing from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, having been replaced by Toadette.
  • Composite Character: Or perhaps Composite Terminology. Originally, "mushroom people" (Kinoko-ichizoku, literal translation) referred to the species, "mushroom retainer" (Kinopio, a portmanteau of "mushroom" and "Pinocchio") referred to the seven mushroom people that serve the princess, and "Toad" (also Kinopio) was a standalone mushroom retainer character made popular in western media. These days, "Toad" applies to all of these things.
  • Cowardly Lion: Toads are mostly known for their cowardice when placed in dangerous situations. But when playable, they can perform some daring feats of bravery when push comes to shove.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Starting with Super Mario Advance, the generic male Toads' voices got very raspy.
  • Depending on the Writer: It's highly variable whether the large mushroom cap on their heads is part of their bodies (eg. in the Super Smash Bros. series, Peach can weaponize it to spray damaging spores) or a large fancy hat that can be removed. Further muddying the waters is the fact that Toadette appears to have mushroom pigtails while other female Toads in the Role Playing Games have normal hair growing from under it. It's possibly both, as with Koopa shells.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Captain Toad and the Toad Brigade first appeared as an assortment of multi-colored but mostly nondescript Toads (apparently youths, considering how Toadsworth treats them) in Super Mario Sunshine. They reappeared in Super Mario Galaxy, but now with varied and distinct personalities. The cowardly red Toad appointed himself Captain, eventually being officially developed into a unique character with his own listing below.
  • Hobbits: Toads are essentially the Mushroom Kingdom's, being short, peaceful homebodies while actual humans like Mario and Luigi take on the heroic superhuman roles.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Almost all Toads look alike, with the most notable exceptions of Toadsworth, Toadette and several female Toads in the Role Playing Games. This obviously has lead to a lot of confusion over which Toad is the Toad and if Captain Toad is the same character, especially when two or more red-spotted blue-jacketed Toads appear at once. Further complicating matters, the sources that treat Captain Toad as separate from Toad also treat the blue-capped Toad in 3D World as the Toad. To add even more confusion, it isn't clear if this blue-capped Toad is the same one that's playable in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and there's yet another blue-capped Toad in Captain Toad's Toad Brigade (although this one wears glasses and is Blind Without 'Em).
    • One explanation given is that the Toad may not necessarily be "the" Toad; see Legacy Character below.
  • Kid Appeal Characters: Toads are usually the weak but lovable type. There are a few Toads who could have been ankle biters, though.
  • Leitmotif: The Toad House theme that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Lovable Coward: Non-playable Toads are utterly worthless in dangerous situations, but cute enough to get away with it.
  • Mushroom Man: The entire species, although All There in the Manual and Word of God are at odds with whether or not this is actually true to their appearance.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Toad trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U points out that they have no relation to actual toads.
    "What's that? ToadSTOOLS? ...That makes more sense."
  • Planet of Hats: Species of Mushroom Caps. Figuratively, they're all extremely friendly, and all they want to do is to be helpful to Mario and his friends in any way they can.
  • Punny Name: In the Paper Mario games, the Toads all have names like Zess T. and the like.
  • Redshirt Army: Non-playable Toads can't even slow down a Goomba.
  • Ret Canon: The generic Toad voice used from Super Mario Advance onwards is clearly inspired by the character's portrayal in the DiC Entertainment cartoons, which was notable for the high-pitched, shrieking, gravelly voice.
  • Vocal Evolution: While unique Toads have their own voices, generic Toads share the same voice, which has changed a lot over the years. Before Mario Kart 64, Toad's voice was actually first heard in the SNES version of Wario's Woods. In the game, he had a rather deep voice that sounded much like a young adolescent. Then came Mario Kart 64, where his voice sounded much more child-like and often screaming or cheering. In Super Mario Advance and forward (as a result of Jen Taylor, then the voice of Princess Peach and Toadette, being introduced as his new voice actress), his voice is changed to a less high level, but it is given a screech to it. When Super Mario Galaxy and Mario Party 8 debuted in 2007, he was voiced by Samantha Kelly who also voices Princess Peach, Baby Peach, Pink Gold Peach and Toadette.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In the Nintendo Comics System, Toads (then referred to as "mushrooms" or "mushroom people") look like little more than Super Mushrooms with arms and feet, don't wear clothes, and sometimes speak a limited vocabulary. Only the royal mushroom retainer, Toad, and the royal mushroom assistant, Wooster, look like the traditional designs — most of the time, since at least one story depicted otherwise.

Debut: Super Mario Bros. 2 (as playable)

The royal mushroom retainer. He looks no different than the majority of his species, but is nonetheless considered his own character, at least depending on the appearance and role. Picking him apart from the crowd has historically been a subject of much contentiousness among fans.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He starred in his own game, Wario's Woods.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: In Mario Kart 8, several non-playable Toads wearing spacesuits can be seen floating around Rainbow Road, but the playable Toad can breathe just fine without one.
  • Continuity Nod: His appearance in 3D World was based off his debut game, Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ever since the first Paper Mario, the character has been mostly dropped in favor of the species; usually, Toad as a playable or host character just appears in the various spinoff games. He returns, triumphantly, in Super Mario 3D World, as part of the same ensemble cast from Super Mario Bros. 2, which was his debut game.
  • Depending on the Writer: Toad has had a good handful of different personalities over the years. He was usually a streetwise Spanner in the Works in the Super Show, and his official profile in "The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Writers Bible" indicates he didn't think much of the Mario Bros.' plans. In later appearances, he's seen variously as a Cheerful Child, All-Loving Hero, but most commonly a Lovable Coward. While you could blend these traits, his very small amount of overall screentime usually lends to focusing on one trait at the expense of others. It also doesn't help that there's some confusion over which Toad is the Toad, as explained above.
    • This also applies to his very existence, as it happens that the bulk of Toad's appearances tend to be when his species is either absent or unnamed.
  • Drop the Hammer: His exclusive item in Mario Kart Arcade GP.
  • Green Thumb: His special skill from Mario Sports Mix, which allows him to summon large mushrooms.
  • Legacy Character: A line in Paper Mario: Color Splash reveals that there is no solitary recurring Toad character, but rather that it is one of many multiple generic Toads. This could also explain the Captain Toad confusion and, well, so much.
    "Toad #35 of the red Rescue Squad, reporting for duty! Hey, Mario! Remember me? Toad? From that other game we were in together?"
  • Playing with Fire: Fire Toad from Super Mario 3D World.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In Mario Golf: World Tour, where he has good control over the ball but has a weak drive.
  • You All Look Familiar: Toad shares the standard design of his entire species, making it hard to distinguish him in group settings. There has also been a Flip-Flop of God overseas as to whether or not Toad is Captain Toad (below) with Prima guides and trading cards simply labeling Captain Toad as Toad. Super Mario 3D World only increased the confusion with a playable Toad with blue spots, Captain Toad with red spots and three other supporting Toads in green, yellow, and purple, the colors of the Toad Brigade, but without their accessories (glasses, pick-axe, etc). Is it Captain Toad and Blue Toad, Captain Toad and Toad in a blue hat, or Toad in Captain gear and Blue Toad. And are the supporters regular Toads or the rest of the Brigade? According to Koichi Hayashida, Captain Toad is a separate character. Most games and Japanese material (with rare exceptions like Super Mario RPG) rarely identify a single Toad character.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In Super Mario Adventures, Toad, as the princess' guard, looks very different from the usual design. He and his three troops are depicted with a reversed mushroom cap color scheme, darker vest and pants, black shirt and belt, and Cool Shades. He's also differentiated from his men by having the thickest mustache (which disappears after they're written out of the story).


Peach's aged steward and right-hand fungus. He often appears as a supporting character, providing useful tips.

Tropes associated with Toadsworth:


A Toad girl occasionally said to be the Toad character's sister, although this is contested. She initially appeared as a driver in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Toad's default partner, and has been playable in several spinoffs since then.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She was mostly seen in various spinoff games such as Mario Party and Mario Kart. In Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, she along with Captain Toad are the main characters of the game.
  • Adventurer Outfit: She gets one in Treasure Tracker.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Just like Toad, she has no problems breathing in space in Mario Kart 8 even though the NPC Toads floating around the track apparently need spacesuits to do the same.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She was missing between Mario Super Sluggers and Mario Kart 8. The year those games were released were 2008 and 2014, respectively.
  • Depending on the Writer: Toadette can waver between meek and emotional and rather aggressive.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Toadette is often paired up with Toad in multiplayer games, and she's also one to Captain Toad in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
  • Friend to All Living Things: In The Thousand Year Door, she thinks Punio's adorable. Her love of animals is occasionally mentioned in profiles.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: With the help of the Paper Toads in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, she's able to craft giant, elaborate papercraft models of characters that the protagonists can use in battle. At one point at Bowser's Castle, she somehow manages to construct the Yoshi one in mere seconds.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has part of her mushroom top shaped like pigtails.
  • He Knows about Timed Hits: When Mario gets a new hammer or pair of boots in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, she will appear and give a tutorial about them.
  • Idol Singer: Downplayed. Several of Toadette's profiles have mentioned she performs at music recitals, while her Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy indicates she's adored as a star by the Toads.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in the original Japanese versions, where Vanna T. of Paper Mario is known as Kinopiko (Kinopio, Toads' name with the added feminine given name suffix -ko) - matching Toadette. It is generally agreed that this is a coincidence and the recurring Toadette character first appeared in Double Dash!!, however.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Toadette wears a lot of pink and is the only recurring female Toad.
  • Plucky Girl: While most Toads tend to be Lovable Cowards by nature, Toadette is described as being upbeat and generally braver then most Toads.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Played with. Toadette doesn't appear to have actual hair, but her pink cap has pigtails which invoke the same kind of hairstyle. Her main colors are also matched by her cheerful, upbeat personality.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only overtly female Toad seen in the main series, although numerous female Toads are spotted in the Role Playing Games.
  • Vocal Evolution: Her voice sounded more energetic and high pitched until Mario Party 6, when her voice sounded more calm and a bit monotone. She was later voiced by Samantha Kelly starting in Mario Party 8. Since Kelly also voices Toad, you might hear her voice sounding a lot like the other Toads, mostly when she get's excited or giggles. This is especially noticeable in Mario Party 8, Mario Kart 8, Mario Golf: World Tour, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

Captain Toad

The leader of the Toad Brigade. Initially appeared as an NPC ally, then later got his own levels and, following that, his own game.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He starred in his own game, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, based on his levels in Super Mario 3D World.
  • Arch-Enemy: In his debut as a playable character, he has an adversary in the form of Wingo, a giant black bird that also loves to collect treasure.
  • Breakout Character: Started as a side character and leader of the Toad Brigade in Galaxy, and of the brigade he's the one who got the most appearances in games since, to the point he even got his own video game.
  • Decomposite Character: In Galaxy, both the Prima guides and a set of Nintendo-licensed trading cards identified the leader of the Toad Brigade as the "main" Toad; indeed, they're practically indistinguishable save for the Captain's red vest. It wasn't until the leader of the Toad Brigade was officially designated "Captain Toad" that he was officially declared to be a unique character in his own right.
  • Dub Induced Plothole: Japanese materials never claimed Captain Toad was the same Toad as before.
  • Leitmotif: He has one which accompanies most of his appearances since his debut. It's used for most of his levels in 3D World and several tunes from Treasure Tracker are remixes of it.
  • Promoted to Playable: His levels in 3D World, which eventually led to him getting his own spinoff.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: In Treasure Tracker, one Idle Animation of his is to shiver in fear in boss battles or spooky areas. Sometimes he'll say "s-s-scared..." when he does.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In his stages in Super Mario 3D World as well as Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Captain Toad has absolutely no jumping ability. That doesn't stop him from solving the puzzles that happen to be his stages.

Yellow Toad and Blue Toad

A pair of brave Toads who leap to Mario and Luigi's side to save the Princess. Toad, who is usually a red-capped character, takes latter's appearance as the default fourth player in Super Mario 3D World.

Tropes associated with Yellow Toad and Blue Toad:

  • Chromatic Arrangement: Their main distinguishing characteristic. They seem to be there just to complete Red (Mario), Green (Luigi), Blue and Yellow for the player.
  • An Ice Person: Ice Toad and Penguin Toad from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
  • Jumped at the Call: Where Toad is somewhat cowardly, these two rush into battle just as swiftly as the Mario Bros. do.
  • No Name Given: Officially, they don't have terribly creative names. Supposedly, they were initially referred to as Buckenberry (blue) and Ala-Gold (yellow) internally.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire Toad from New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U.

    The Yoshis
Species: Yoshis
Debut: Super Mario World
Voiced by: Koji Kondo (1990-1998), Kazumi Totaka (1998-current), Frank Welker (live-action film), Andrew Sebastian (Super Mario World)
Voiced in Japanese by: Chika Sakamoto & Ikue Otani (Super Mario World: Mario & Yoshi's Adventure Land)

"I know! We should team up! Come on! Hop on my back!"

Yoshis are an intelligent race of multicolored dinosaurs that hail from Yoshi's Island (aka Yo’ster Isle). They are usually represented by a green member of the species, and often serve as mounts for Mario and his allies.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Yoshi's Island and all related games.
  • Always Lawful Good: Except for Boshi in Super Mario RPG, who is more of a bully anyway, all Yoshis encountered in the games are friendly. The sole exception is Paper Mario: Color Splash, where they appear as unbeatable enemies in Emerald Circus (justified in that they've been captured to be performance animals).
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: In Super Mario World, only the green variation was commonly seen throughout Dinosaur Land, with red, blue, and yellow being chalked up to "legend" (actually found in Star World and the ending). In later appearances, there is a veritable rainbow of colors beyond these four.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Kamek.
  • Art Evolution: Started off as anthropomorphic T-rexes, but starting with Yoshi's Island they were given larger, human-like arms, a smaller neck, a more upright position and a cuter face. The saddle on their backs also seem to be a shell, giving them a more turtle-like appearance.
  • Baby Talk: In the cartoon. After Yoshi's Story, even adult Yoshis sometimes speak in what was originally Baby Yoshi Talk instead of their Signature Sound Effect.
  • Badass Adorable: Gameplay wise, Yoshis are often far more capable than the Mario brothers, being mostly invincible and with more options for defeating foes. In Yoshi's Island, the lose condition was for Baby Mario to be kidnapped, and enemies could only faze and not KO the Yoshi (although certain obstacles like spikes, lava, and pits can still do them in). And this isn't even getting into how the Yoshi herd just up and decided to help Baby Mario and incidentally ended up leveling Yoshi's Island to get him home.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Seriously, the utter shitstorm they go through just to get a single baby home...
  • Balloon Belly:
    • When eating large enemies, most prominently in Yoshi's New Island.
    • Yoshi also has a powerup in Super Mario Galaxy 2, the Blimp Fruit, which causes his belly to inflate like a balloon in a similar manner the Power Balloon effects the Mario Brothers. Balloon Baby Yoshis in New Super Mario Bros. U can perform this without the use of a powerup.
  • Big Eater: Even as babies they can eat anything put in front of them.
  • Black Hole Belly: Sometimes what they eat comes out as eggs, in other games nothing leaves.
  • Breakout Character: First introduced in Super Mario World, he since has become a main staple of the cast ever since.
  • Double Jump:
    • Since Yoshi's Island, Yoshis have the ability to "Flutter Jump", which means kicking rapidly in midair to gain additional height.
    • Mario can also kick off of Yoshi for a mid-air jump in Super Mario World
  • Dumb Dinos: Averted. The species is fully sapient, and Yoshi himself is a hero in his own right. However, Yoshi's cartoon incarnation plays this straight, though he remains friendly.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: First encountered in Dinosaur Land and originally identified as such, although certain sources call into question if they're really dinosaurs.
  • Extreme Omnivore: The only thing Yoshis object to is super spicy foods and even then they'll still swallow it.
  • Fragile Speedster: In most appearances. Generally, they has less staying power than both Mario Bros., but are at least as fast as Luigi. In Super Mario 64 DS, Yoshi takes the most damage from attacks out of all of the characters.
  • Gasshole: In the Super Mario World cartoon, Yoshi burped quite often, including one that resulted in Mario, Luigi and Princess Toadstool sharing a parting laugh.
    • Yoshis also fart instead of releasing eggs after eating Fuzzies in Yoshi's Island, which was later referenced in official artwork for Yoshi Topsy-Turvy.
  • Ground Pound: First introduced in Yoshi's Island, Yoshi was the first to use it.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Many different colors, in fact, although these "steeds" are based on dinosaurs.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Introduced nine years after the Mario's first game, it's difficult to imagine the series without Yoshi.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Yoshis have an even more homogeneous population than Toads, so they've got the Identical Individuals part down pat, but it is somewhat explicable — see One-Gender Race below.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Eating certain shells in Super Mario World allows Yoshi to breath fire and fly. Referenced with Yoshi's Final Smash in Smash Bros.
  • The Juggernaut: Alright, well, the collective of Yoshis in Yoshi's Island transported Baby Mario nonstop through the island, cutting a swathe through the insanely deadly world map.
  • Killer Rabbit: The cutie dinosaurs are some of the most fearsome predators ever seen, knowingly consuming sentient creatures the same size as itself whole.
  • Legacy Character: It has been assumed that the main green Yoshi in Yoshi's Island chronologically returns in Super Mario World; however, during the ending of Yoshi's Island DS, a green Yoshi egg hatches with a star above the newborn's head after the narration points out that there should be seven star children instead of six (Mario, Luigi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Wario and even Bowser). The strong implication is that this baby grew up to become a/the current-day green Yoshi.
  • Leitmotif: Has a few depending on the game: the main theme of Yoshi's Island, the main theme of Yoshi's Story, the "Make Eggs, Throw Eggs" theme (from the first level of Yoshi's Island) and the first level of Yoshi's Story. Also, in most games, drum beats are added to the soundtrack while Mario or Luigi is riding Yoshi.
  • Meaningful Name: T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas is a Yoshi, which is a dinosaur, that can munch on Koopas.
  • Named After Their Planet: Named After Their Island. This is the case according to the Super Mario World manual, although this is before their Verbal Tic was introduced, which would suggest vice versa.
  • No Name Given: To this day, it's unknown what the T in T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas is short for.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Mario in Super Mario World, though only temporarily and completely optional. Full time duty in Yoshi's Safari though.
  • One-Gender Race: Despite their ability to lay eggs by the dozen, Yoshis are only differentiated by color rather than sex, and are universally referred to with masculine rather than feminine pronouns. According to the Yoshi trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee (when set to Japanese), Yoshis are neither male nor female, which means they reproduce asexually. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Otacon states that Yoshi prefers to be called male despite having a female trait. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Palutena theorizes that all beings contain male and female elements, and Yoshi is no different.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His "proper" name, T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas, was "revealed" in an internal character guide from 1993.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Very different, as they can't breathe fire normally and have an overly-cute appearance.
  • Overly Long Tongue: They catch prey like chameleons, and can also chew them up in the Smash Bros. series.
  • Planet of Hats: Species of Hats. Most of them have similar personality, temperament, tastes and, in Super Mario RPG, the same hobby (racing).
  • Planet of Steves: In the mid-2000's, Nintendo of Europe's "Mario's Megasite" confirmed that all Yoshis are named Yoshi; despite this, it has been suggested via in-game dialog that the green Yoshi from Super Mario RPG and Super Mario 64 is one of the Yoshis from Super Mario World. Ultimately, it is impossible to tell if this same Yoshi individual recurred in other platformers and spinoffs, especially since nearly all official descriptions make no attempt to distinguish between them (which, for Nintendo, is par for the course).
  • Pokémon Speak: Sometimes. Overlaps with Translation Convention because Mario and Luigi know the language.
  • Power-Up Mount: This was their original role, and it has been their role in many games since then.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: As a baby or an adult.
  • Saved for the Sequel: Design sketches show that there were plans to introduce Yoshi as early as Super Mario Bros., but due to technological limitations, he didn't appear until Super Mario World.
  • Signature Sound Effect: "Zip-zoo!" This was replaced with Yoshi Speak in Yoshi's Story onwards (although it first made its appearance in Super Mario Adventures), but made its return as of New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Has two of them, and they're both in Yoshi's Island depending on region. In the Japanese version, the name is spelled as "Yossy" right on the box art logo as well as in a platforming section of World 6-Extra. The English version has the plural of Yoshi as "Yoshies" in the Super Nintendo version and "Yoshis" in the Game Boy Advance version (which is how it is elsewhere).
  • Super Drowning Skills: Yoshis that live on Isle Delfino dissolve and return to their egg upon contact with a large body of water.
  • Super Speed: He gains this whenever he eats a Dash Pepper in Super Mario Galaxy 2. Other than that, he's usually at least as fast as Luigi - He's even classified as a Speed character in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, though he is quite a bit slower than the other speed characters.
  • Third-Person Person: In the cartoon, as part of his Baby Talk.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Yoshis can eat just about anything they can fit into their mouths, but they have a fondness for fruit. Yoshi's Story indicates that the kind of fruit depends on the color of the Yoshi (green = watermelon, blue = grapes, red = apples, yellow = bananas etc.), but all of them really love green melons. Super Mario RPG shows that they also enjoy being treated to Yoshi cookies, which additionally double as their Practical Currency.
  • Translation Convention: In some games (namely the Role Playing Games), Yoshis have their dialogue in parenthesis, being the translated language of the Yoshis. It's probable that Mario and Luigi know the Yoshi language, at least after the events of Super Mario RPG (where the returning green Yoshi is required to translate for them).
  • Variable Mix: In any game where they can be ridden, there will always be a drum beat added to the music when he's mounted.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: In Super Mario World. Being able to jump off of Yoshi in midair for a second jump meant that many a player has started to fall into a Bottomless Pit, only to jump off Yoshi and abandon him to take the fall instead.

    Princess Daisy
Hi, I'm Daisy!
Species: Human
Debut: Super Mario Land
Voiced by: Jessica Chisum (Mario Tennis 64), Jen Taylor (Mario Party 3-5), Deanna Mustard (2003-present)
Portrayed by: Samantha Mathis (live-action film)

"Yo, this is Princess Daisy. You're listening to Super Mario Compact Disco. Kick it!"

Princess Daisy made her first appearance in the Game Boy game Super Mario Land as Princess Peach's analogue in Sarasaland. Though she hasn't appeared in a main game since her debut, Daisy pops up frequently in Mario Party, sports titles and other spinoffs. As a fellow royal, she tends to get along best with Peach, and has been described as her cousin at least once.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally considered Peach's look-alike, she now has her own set of recognizable traits.
  • Ass Kicks You: Her Quick Melee attack in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, if she holds an item in her hand.
  • Badass Princess: Ever since Daisy slapped Bowser in Mario Party 3, many fans have joked that he is too scared to even think of kidnapping her.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit in Super Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged.
  • Big "NO!": She will occasionally shout one of these when hit by an item in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! or the Baseball games.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Peach is the blonde, Pauline is the brunette, and Daisy is the redhead.
  • Costume Evolution: Her dress was originally colored yellow with a white waistband, had a white dollop pattern on it and was also white below her knees. The jewels on her earrings and chest were blue, her crown was colored red and the jewels on the crown were yellow and blue, with the yellow one being surrounded by a flower. Mario Party 4 introduced her modern dress, still colored yellow but now has orange panniers around her waist and is also covered by orange accents. The jewels on her earrings, chest, the front and back of her crown are now aqua green, the remaining jewels on the crown are red and the crown itself is now golden.
  • Cute Bruiser: Like every other playable character in the Mario Party series, she participates in several mini games that require the characters to brawl with one another. As mentioned in Damsel out of Distress, even outside the minigames she's shown to be physically strong enough to send even Bowser flying into the sky with a single slap!
  • Daddy's Girl: Implied in Mario Party 3, where she mentions her father during gameplay. She also mentions her father in Fortune Street.
  • Damsel in Distress: Super Mario Land only.
  • Damsel out of Distress: In Mario Party 3, Bowser attempts to get in everyone's way before the Beauty Star Stamp battle. What does Daisy do in response? She slaps him so hard he goes flying and becomes a Twinkle In The Sky. And people wonder why Bowser goes only for Peach...
  • Death Glare: Daisy will give this to her team players in Mario Strikers Charged, if the opposing team scores a few goals. Some team players will react to it with an Oh, Crap! look on their faces.
  • Demoted to Extra: Daisy hasn't appeared in a main series platformer since her debut in Super Mario Land, but she's a regular in spinoffs.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: She appears to have some level of control over crystals as seen in Mario Strikers Charged.
  • Divergent Character Evolution:
  • Ermine Cape Effect: In most spinoffs. In the sports games as well as when driving a bike or an ATV in Mario Kart, she will use a more practical outfit, though this has been averted in certain Mario Party minigames.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She also used to have very long hair that was nearly identical to Peach's. One of the first signs that she was beginning to become her own person was when her character design was overhauled and she got her trademark, shorter flipped hair.
  • Fiery Redhead: It's more of a reddish brown, but it's close enough and she certainly has the personality for it.
  • Flower Motifs: As a counterpart to Peach's heart motifs.
  • Gemstone Assault: Her Super Ability in Mario Strikers Charged is Crystal Smash!, were she summons sharp orange crystals around her that protects her briefly and can also damage other players. During her Mega Strike, she encases one of her clenched fists in crystals before punching the ball towards the goal. Her hair and skin also turns dark teal, with Glowing Eyes of Doom to boot. While the Mega Strike has no English name, it's Japanese name translates to Crystallized Daisy.
  • Genki Girl: She definitely has a lot of energy to spare, especially once Deanna Mustard started voicing her.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: Just like Peach, her dress have these.
  • Green Thumb: Her special shots in Mario Power Tennis involve her causing flowers to bloom. Her Star Swing in Mario Super Sluggers causes a small flower garden to appear were the ball would land, and in Mario Party 7, her shared special Orb with Princess Peach is the Flower Orb.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Luigi is suggested to have a crush on her, though he doesn't appear to act on it.
  • Hot-Blooded: Once Deanna Mustard started voicing her, she became very easily excitable, and is extremely vocal with it. Just try playing as her in Mario Kart - she'll spend most of the race yelling.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Daisy first took this turn during the GameCube era. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour introduced her primary sports outfit, a Short Tank complete with short shorts. Mario Strikers had her using a uniform that bared her midriff, as well as some animations that made her tomboyish nature more apparent. She reached the peak in the London Olympic Games, when her leotard suit was introduced.
  • Informed Attribute: Her tomboyishness in some games, such as Mario Party 3, where her whole character revolves around her pride of being "the fairest of them all" (or not, given how she backhands Bowser into next week).
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She is a tomboyish princess with large blue eyes.
  • Invisible Parents: She mentions her father in both Mario Party 3 and Fortune Street. He presumably rules Sarasaland while she's away in the Mushroom Kingdom.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Interesting in that she is usually a specialty character; but her specialty is different for each activity. Notably she's a speed character in Mario and Sonic at the Olympics.
  • Leotard of Power: Daisy wears a yellow and orange one when participating in Gymnastics and Swimming events in the London and Rio Olympic Games.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: When paired with Luigi. In her Mario Kart Wii course, there's a statue of Baby Daisy dancing with Baby Luigi. Or, rather, Baby Daisy swinging Baby Luigi around her head. Also in Mario Superstar Baseball, she has a higher batting stat than Luigi, while in Mario Super Sluggers, they have an equal batting stat.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is Daisy, which matches her Flower Motifs.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Mostly from her various sport outfits, but notable ones are her leotard suit and soccer uniform.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Sends Bowser flying with a single slap.
  • No Indoor Voice: Very rarely will you hear Daisy say anything without shouting it out loud. Exaggerated in later games, with Daisy practically screaming most of her lines.
  • Odd Friendship: Daisy is officially good friends with Mario. Although her friendship with Mario might not seem odd at first, when you consider her debut appearance showed her in a romantic situation with him, and then you remember now she is hinted to be his brother's love interest, as well as his maybe-love interest's best friend, it feels a little weird when you put all this together. Her contrasting personality to Peach also makes their friendship interesting.
  • Only Six Faces: One of the girls introduced in Camelot's Mario Golf titles is Azalea, an Identical Stranger who looks like she could be Separated at Birth.
  • Pair the Spares: In her debut game, she was presented as a love interest for Mario. Nowadays, since Mario and Peach are considered a quasi-Official Couple, she's been teased with Luigi, although it hasn't been solidified.
  • Petal Power: In Mario Power Tennis, where her Limit Breaks produce lots of flowers. Her Star Swings and Pitches in the Mario Baseball series also produces lots of flowers. Her special Orb in Mario Party 7 produces big flowers that she uses to both gain coins and avoid traps.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Despite being characterized as a tomboy, she's often depicted with her orange floofy dress, which is sometimes shown as being more intricate than Peach's.
  • Pretty in Mink: Just like Peach, she wears a mink outfit for the Winter Olympics and the Equestrian events in London and Rio.
  • Princesses Rule: She rules over Sarasaland despite being a princess. Mario Party 3 and Fortune Street mentions that she has a father, though he is never seen.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: Much like Peach, she's frequently seen with her Cool Crown, her Pimped-Out Dress, and her White Gloves to designate her station. To show her Tomboy nature, though, her crown is made less prominent than Peach's, and her gloves are frequently shorter than those Peach wears.
  • The Rival: Daisy might give Peach much-needed female companionship, but just as the most likely reason they are even friends, the same reasoning is applied to any moments the two rival one another in spinoff games.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: In Mario Party 3: "When it comes to beauty, there's no denying Daisy is fairest of all! There's no need to battle." (The Millennium Star agrees). In Fortune Street, Daisy can have this conversation with Birdo: "Birdo! Are you charging me so much because you’re jealous of my good looks? I wouldn’t put it past you!".
  • Short Tank: In sports spinoffs, to a greater extent than Peach.
  • Statuesque Stunner: While Daisy is a little shorter than Peach, she is taller than Mario, Luigi and Wario. According to the official height chart, she is 180cm (5'11") tall.
  • Super Speed: According to some spinoffs, Daisy is outright the fastest Mario character.
  • Sweet Tooth: In Mario Kart Wii, there's a billboard for Daisy Candy, while in Mario Kart 8, she runs the "Royal Patisserie" with Peach and the Sweet Sweet Canyon track (which is a world of dessert) is under their shared banner.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy; Starting with Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Daisy has been wearing a tank top in most Mario sports games.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Peach's girly girl. While Daisy has yet to fight any major villains like Peach has, she's more proactive and less dainty when it comes to sports.
  • Tomboy Princess: Her Mario Strikers incarnation provides the page image right now.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: And it's a really big girly streak too. In many of the games that she appears in, it's not apparent that she's a tomboy at all unless you've already been told about it. She wears a dress that's nearly as girly as Peach's (and the only reason that it isn't is because the color's yellow rather than pink), she has a flower motif on all of her outfits, and she prides herself as being "the fairest of them all". Her Mario Super Sluggers collectible card info defines this trope: "Daisy may be a tough girl, but she still likes to make things pretty."
  • Vocal Evolution: Daisy's first speaking role in Mario Tennis gave her a very high-pitched and girly-sounding voice similar to Peach, which carried over into the third, fourth, and fifth Mario Party titles. Starting around mid-2003, after her Divergent Character Evolution, she gained a more cheerful, deeper-sounding voice which gradually became louder and more shrill with each appearance. To say the least, this hasn't worked out too well with some fans.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: The Daisy Cruiser has appeared as a race course in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart 7 and can also be seen in the background of other courses from Double Dash!! and onwards. It also appears as an unlockable baseball stadium in Mario Super Sluggers.
  • White Gloves: The exceptions are sports games and when driving a bike or an ATV in the Mario Kart series. Unlike Peach's though, these aren't High Class Gloves.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: In many of the sports titles.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade C in Super Mario Strikers, Grade A in Mario Strikers Charged.

May the stars shine down on you...
Species: Human
Debut: Super Mario Galaxy
Voiced in English by: Mercedes Rose (2007-2010) Kerri Kane (2011-2014), Laura Faye Smith (2013-present)

"I will watch over you from beyond the stars."

Once, Rosalina was a young girl living on (the Mario version of) earth, but she found an old spaceship with a Luma (a living star-person) inside. Together, they traveled across the universe, and as she grew older, to fill the void left by the loss of her mother, Rosalina adopted the Lumas as her own children. She built the Comet Observatory to travel the space lanes and keep them safe, and returns to check up on her planet of birth once a century. She aided Mario during Bowser's ill-fated attempt at conquering space. In Japan, her name is Rosetta, after the type of orbit.
  • Action Mom: Adoptive mother of the Lumas; and as Super Mario 3D World and Super Smash Bros. show, a capable fighter.
  • The Ageless: Was a little girl once, supposedly. So she might have aged in the past but otherwise has an incalculable lifespan. How she got that way is open to interpretation.
  • Ambiguously Human: Rosalina appears to be, or once was, a human, but it isn't known what she is now. She seems to have some kind of magical/godlike powers, as opposed to the other protagonists who tend to fall more into Badass Normal territory.
  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me: How she explains her backstory.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She's the mother figure and leader to all of the Lumas. She's also one of the most powerful characters in the franchise. Despite not being involved in action as much as the Mario Bros. or Bowser, as a character of her intelligence and power, she's perfectly capable of tearing things up herself, as seen in her playable appearances and during the finale of Super Mario Galaxy as mentioned below. She's one of the best characters in 3D World and, together with her Lumas, one of the best fighters in Super Smash Bros..
  • Barrier Warrior:
    • Trying to jump on her will prompt a protective bubble to surround her.
    • The Comet Observatory's appearance as a comet from afar is actually Rosalina surrounding it in a massive barrier as it goes to warp speed. She uses this to cut through Bowser's space fleet like a knife through butter in the finale of Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Big Good: In Super Mario Galaxy, being the protector of the cosmos and the one that guides Mario towards Bowser.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Rosalina never really had a personal theme, but is usually represented by the Comet Observatory theme, Good Egg Galaxy theme, or even just the main theme from Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Breakout Character: While she wasn't planned to appear outside of the first Galaxy, she ended up becoming playable in the main series and in spinoffs, and in some cases, taking precedence over long-standing character Princess Daisy.
  • Brought Down to Badass: A side effect of becoming playable in Super Mario 3D World. Rosalina is just as vulnerable to being taken out by Bowser's minions (including Goombas) as everyone else. Also extends to her playable appearances in Mario Party 10 and Super Smash Bros. She may not be all god-powerful, but still very much capable of handing opponents their ass.
  • Cool Crown: She wears a silver crown despite rarely being called a princess.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her quest to help the Luma find its mother rips her away from her own family and she soon breaks down after years of not seeing them with only Luma for company. Also, her mother could be dead, depending on the interpretation of her being "asleep underneath the tree on the hill."
  • Dead All Along: Rosalina's mother seems to be this, with Rosalina dreaming about her watching over her and realizing that she can never go home to see her own mother again. It's implied that she had been dead before Rosalina left to help Luma, but the reality of it only hit her after being away from home for a while.
  • Demoted to Extra: She's absent from Super Mario Galaxy 2, save for the look-a-like Cosmic Spirit, the game's ending where she reunites with Lubba and Mario's Luma, and the extra ending if 120 stars are collected... where she narrates Mario and Luigi's attempts to get Green Stars. Upon getting all the Green Stars, and beating the level that unlocks twice (second time under Daredevil rules) she'll present Mario/Luigi with the final star and join them on Starship Mario. She also sends letters to Luma (the one that travels with Mario throughout the game). However, the letters aren't signed in any way, though the player is hinted to her identity via familiar laughter and her star brooch being stamped onto the letter.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In Super Mario 3D World, due to being playable, Bowser and any one of his troops can kill her. The same goes for her Smash Bros. opponents.
  • Drama Queen: She takes golf rather seriously in Mario Golf World Tour. Scoring over par on a single hole makes her faint dramatically, while scoring under makes her create a new galaxy in celebration.
  • Dub Name Change: One of the few characters in the series who has a different name in eight languages: Rosetta in Japanese, Harmonie in French, Estela in Spanish, Rosalinda in Italian, Rozalina in Russian, Rojelina in Korean and Lujojieta in Chinese. The Canadian French, and Mexican Spanish versions keep "Rosalina".
  • Eternal Recurrence: She has witnessed the death and rebirth of the universe several times. She says the process never repeats itself quite the same way twice.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She designed and built the Comet Observatory, with help from the Lumas.
  • Glacier Waif:
    • In Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8, she's classified as a heavyweight despite her waifish (albeit very tall) build.
    • In Super Mario 3D World, she's slower than even Peach, but her Spin Attack enables her to defeat enemies much more easily than the other characters.
    • In Mario Golf: World Tour, her drive is the second longest of any character. Only Bowser's is longer.
    • In Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, she's a Power character, like Bowser, Wario, and Donkey Kong. In Mario Sports Superstars, she is a Power character, like Bowser, Donkey Kong, Wario, Metal Mario and Pink Gold Peach. In tennis however, she's a Tricky character.
  • Gravity Master: Super Smash Bros. shows her capable of attracting items towards her, and also explains her ability to levitate as an anti-gravity effect.
  • Happy Flashback: Once the Library opens up, Rosalina tells her story to the Lumas, recalling the first Luma she met and took in.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite her elegant, soft-spoken manner, her playable appearances within spinoffs (and Super Mario 3D World) reveals she has a carefree side similar to the rest of the Mario gang. Mario Kart Wii also reveals she has a passion for motorcycles.
  • The High Queen: She technically has no kingdom but she does have authority and seems to have been using it justly and with competence.
  • Identical Grandson: From what we can see of her in the storybook, Rosalina's mother looked exactly like Rosalina does now.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: Started traveling the galaxies as a little girl, but seemed to stop aging around her twenties.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: A benevolent and motherly space guardian with blue eyes.
  • Leitmotif: The Comet Observatory's theme, from Super Mario Galaxy. She seems to take a liking to the Gusty Garden theme as well, if her ads for Super Mario 3D World and Super Smash Bros. are anything to go by.
  • Missing Mom: In her effort to help the Lumas find their mother, she lost contact with her own, but became the adoptive mother of all of the Lumas.
  • Mystical Waif: Her main role in Super Mario Galaxy is to guide Mario through his travels through space. Personality-wise, she fits the role by being stoic, having a beautiful appearance and also possessing some mysterious magic powers.
  • Not So Above It All: After her dignified role in the first Galaxy, her playable appearances within other games show that she also knows how to let herself go and have some fun.
  • One Name Only: Like Pauline, Rosalina is often just Rosalina. The only time she's referred to with a title in the games themselves is when the Lumas endearingly call her with the familial "Mama".note 
  • Pals with Jesus: To the extent of joining Mario and co. on their adventures as of Super Mario 3D World (counting main series games anyway). Considering that they saved her Observatory, this is entirely justified.
  • Parental Substitute: Ever since she was a little girl, she had been taking care of the Lumas, especially since the first one she met was looking for its mother.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her right eye is covered by a big bang of hair.
  • Physical God: She could be considered a goddess within Mario's universe as she nonchalantly chats with Mario during a big bang event, strongly implying that she survived countless numbers of such incidents.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: As an NPC, she can form barriers around herself and others to protect them from harm. As a player character, she can be killed by a Goomba.
  • Power Echoes: In Mario Kart and the Super Mario Galaxy games. In 3D World, her voice loses the echo.
  • Power Floats: She's almost always constantly floating, sometimes even when standing still.
  • Promoted to Playable: Becomes an unlockable driver in Mario Kart titles. She's also an unlockable character in Super Mario 3D World and playable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: In Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, she is wearing white leggings as part of her sports outfit as seen here.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She may look only a little older than Peach, but she's mentioned that her real age is at least in the realm of centuries.
  • Recruitment By Rescue: In Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Edition, she becomes playable in the special worlds once you rescue her.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Her role as the protector/mother of the cosmos is somewhat the equivalent to terrestrial royalty, and she's depicted as very competent at her duty. Taken further in Super Mario 3D World and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, where she takes an even more active role as a playable character.
  • Secret Character: Almost all of the games where she appears as a playable character have her as an unlockable or a DLC character. The only games that have her as a playable character by default are Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Mario Party 10, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and Mario Sports Superstars.
  • She's Got Legs: The Stinger for Super Mario Galaxy showed a brief glimpse of Rosalina's legs underneath her dress. They became fully revealed when she received a leotard for Rio 2016.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: While some games will happily give Peach petticoats and frills galore, Rosalina's cyan gown gets, at the most, a star motif added on. This is in stark contrast to an early concept for her appearance, which showed her with piled-up hair, a tiara, high collar, and a more Peach-style dress.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Quite pretty and is close to being a head taller than Peach. She's big enough to be counted among the heavyweight characters. Depending how you run the numbers, Rosalina stands anywhere between 6'06" tall to 7'07". She's even taller than Waluigi!
  • Teleporters and Transporters: She teleported herself to the Gateway Galaxy, along with a small castle.
  • Time Abyss: The ending of Super Mario Galaxy heavily implies that she has lived through the entire timeline of the universe multiple times, ensuring its rebirth every time it comes to an end.
  • True Blue Femininity: Contrasting with Peach's pink, her cyan dress is nonetheless very elegant and feminine.
  • Vague Age: She is known to be very old, but both her appearance and voice manage to make her seem both very young and older and wise. It's made even more confusing with her outfits, as her dress makes her seem older, but her tennis outfit in Ultra Smash does the opposite.
  • Vocal Evolution: When she made her debut in Super Mario Galaxy, Rosalina had a very deep, motherly-sounding voice with a beautiful echo to it, which she keeps in Mario Kart Wii and Super Mario Galaxy 2. In Mario Kart 7, her voice becomes a bit higher-pitched and younger-sounding, and as of Super Mario 3D World, her voice is even higher-pitched and younger-sounding than ever, prompting complaints from fans that Nintendo was trying to turn her into a clone of Peach.
  • Women Are Wiser: She's one of the most knowledgeable beings in the Mario universe, particularly the main games.
  • Wrench Wench: A capable kart and motorcycle racer, and built the complicated Comet Observatory, which includes an Engine Room and Garage.
  • Your Size May Vary: While she is usually about a head taller than Peach, during the ending of Super Mario Galaxy were she speaks with Mario, she's a giant. In Super Mario 3D World, her height was reduced to be the same as Peach's so she could be a playable character without having an unfairly large hurtbox.

    The Lumas
Species: Luma
Debut: Super Mario Galaxy
These star-shaped childlike creatures are found throughout the universe, but mainly reside in the Comet Observatory, where they acknowledge Rosalina as their "mama". They are eventually destined to transform into various objects, from Power Stars to small planetoids to entire galaxies.

Notable Lumas:
  • Luma: A silver-peach colored Luma who gives Mario the ability to Star Spin. He is the first Luma that Mario meets.
  • Polari: An elderly dark brown Luma who acts as Rosalina's main assistant in caring for the Lumas.
  • Lubba: A large purple Luma who builds Starship Mario and acts as the Lumas' leader in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
  • Hungry Lumas: Pink Lumas that require large amounts of Star Bits to transform into planets, or even galaxies.
  • Lumalee: A light blue Hungry Luma who runs the Luma Shop, where Mario can buy a Life Mushroom or a 1-Up. In the second game, she sells Chance Cube dice that can be spun for random items. Although she transforms into the items of Mario's choosing, she always gets better.
  • Prankster Comet Luma: A purple Hungry Luma who can shift the positions of the Prankster Comets in Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Co-Star Luma: In Super Mario Galaxy 2, a second player could take control of an orange Luma that follows Mario around and can attack enemies and deliver items to him.

  • A Dog Named "Dog": Luma, of course.
  • All There in the Script: Polari is only named in the Galaxy instruction booklet.
  • Big Eater: Hungry Lumas must be fed many Star Bits to get them to transform, each wanting a more increasing amount than the last.
  • Call-Back: In Rosalina's Eagle animation in Mario Golf: World Tour, a group of Lumas appears together with her, with one of them still wearing Mario's hat as seen in Galaxy 2.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Polari has been mostly forgotten after the first Galaxy, only making minor appearances in the spinoff games.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The generic Lumas have various purposes according to their color.
    • Yellow: Transforms into Sling Stars or Launch Stars.
    • Blue: Transforms into a chain of Pull Stars.
    • Red: Guards the Red Star, which gives Mario the ability to fly.
    • Green: Guardians of the Trial Galaxies, they transform into green Launch Stars to send Mario into them.
    • Pink: Transform into pink Launch Stars leading to bonus galaxies from the Comet Observatory.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lubba.
  • Happily Adopted: The Lumas have this opinion of Rosalina.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: All Lumas throw themselves into the black hole in Bowser's galaxy to neutralize it and recreate the universe. The species Resurrective Immortality allows them to get away with it, and indeed, Mario's Luma is shown in The Stinger to have survived.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: With the exception of Polari and Lubba, all of the Lumas are treated as children. The Luma, who's implied by his coloration to be the first one Rosalina meets, is still regarded as a baby some centuries later.
  • Old Retainer: Polari, who is an elderly Luma who helps Rosalina on the Observatory. He's like the Luma counterpart to Toadsworth.
  • Pokémon Speak: Lumalee says her own name in her sales jingle.
  • Pungeon Master: Lubba.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Lumas are implied to "respawn" after transforming. The cream colored Luma turns into a comet in chapter 8 of Rosalina's storybook and reappears in the next chapter, whereupon they have a birthday of sorts for him.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at those big sweet oval eyes and teeny round bodies! Further magnified once you hear their voices - they sound adorable. They also call Rosalina her mother and will treat her as such, which ups the cute factor even more by making them seem just like little children!
  • The Smurfette Principle: Lumalee is the only Luma who has been confirmed to be female.
  • Starfish Alien: Or rather, star-shaped aliens!
  • Super Empowering: Mario's Luma gives him the ability to Star Spin and breathe in space.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Star Bits, which are sweet and serve as the Lumas' sustenance.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Lumas have the ability to transform into various objects, from useful items to planets and galaxies. See Color-Coded for Your Convenience.

Species: Human
Debut: Donkey Kong
Mario's original girlfriend. Pauline was kidnapped by Donkey Kong, setting the stage for Mario's initial arcade outing. Since her modern reintroduction, she does not compete (or interact) with Princess Peach, and is apparently no longer considered a love interest. Although some things never change, she holds no hard feelings for Donkey Kong. She has since become the mayor of New Donk City.

Tropes associated with Pauline:
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Was originally a blonde in the arcade version Donkey Kong and of its most home ports. She became a brunette starting with the 1994 Game Boy game of the same name, probably to distinguish her from Peach.
  • Amicable Exes: She was explicitly referred to as Mario's girlfriend in some versions of Donkey Kong's Excuse Plot. That said, they're currently Just Friends, and they're close enough friends for him to invite her to the opening of his toy factory.
  • The Artifact: Her original role as Mario's girlfriend has been downplayed ever since the introduction of Peach. She still stuck around for the Game Boy Donkey Kong and Mario vs. Donkey Kong sequels, but mainly because their rivalry revolved around her. Super Mario Odyssey defies this by giving Pauline a new role as Mayor of New Donk City, and by giving her the honors of singing the theme song.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Peach is the blonde, Pauline is the brunette, and Daisy is the redhead.
  • The Bus Came Back: Makes her first appearance in the main series in Super Mario Odyssey.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Went missing for practically a decade since the release of the NES Pinball game in 1984 until returning in Donkey Kong '94 with a new look. Then she went missing again for another decade until Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis in 2006. Fortunately for her, she stuck around after her second comeback thanks to the fact that the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games became a spinoff series of its own. She makes her first major appearance in a mainline Mario game in as the mayor of New Donk City in Odyssey.
  • Damsel in Distress: One of the very first in video game history. She plays this role in almost ALL her appearances. Odyssey seems to avert this hard, as Pauline is in no apparent danger and is in a position of authority, with Peach taking the role as she has since her introduction.
  • Decomposite Character: In an old Japanese character guidebook she and Lady from the arcade game were two separate characters who both lived in New York, though nowadays their roles have been merged.
  • Fluffy Tamer: In Saturday Supercade, where she is shown as Donkey Kong's personal animal trainer. Even if he's rather dopey on the show, he can be fierce when he wants to be, especially if someone had the misfortune of messing with Pauline. Pauline, on the other hand, was depicted as being particularly motherly to Donkey Kong, often getting worried whenever he was in trouble or becoming jealous if someone else tries to tame him.
  • Just Friends: Seemingly with Mario at the moment, although the relationship is confused. Besides the heart that appears at the end of the fourth screen, she had no explicit relation to Mario in the original Arcade version; however, she was called his girlfriend in some home ports and even the Japanese Game Boy Donkey Kong website. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, she's only described as his "glamorous friend" in the manual, and in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, she is listed as "Mario's Ex-Girlfriend(?)" in one of the randomly-generated tips.
  • Lady in Red: After her first appearance, this has been her design.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Family-friendly Femme Fatale Dark Feminine to Peach's Light Feminine.
  • Nice Hat: She gains one in Odyssey, possibly to put her design more in line with the other Mario ladies.
  • No Name Given: At first. In the Arcade Donkey Kong, she was simply known as "Lady" or "The Beautiful Maiden" (much in the same way that Mario was originally known as "Jumpman"). The name "Pauline" was derived from either Polly James (the wife of Nintendo of America's warehouse manager Don James) or the damsel-in-distress from the eponymous The Perils of Pauline Film Serial, and was first used in Saturday Supercade, which carried over to the English NES release. Japan evidently didn't receive the memo until the 1994 Game Boy game, in which the name was attributed to her redesign.
  • Statuesque Stunner: In Streetpass Mii Plaza, one of the 3D puzzles shows her next to Peach and Rosalina. She's very nearly as tall as the latter. The fact that she's Mayor of New Donk, filled with real humans and measures up to them, compared to how comically short Mario is should also say something, he doesn't even reach her waist.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Passive Girlier Girl to Peach's more active Tomboyish acts such as taking part in the sports, party games and kart races.
  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: Is a major NPC in New Donk City where she serves as mayor.

    Professor Elvin Gadd
Species: Human
Debut: Luigi's Mansion
Voiced by: Kazumi Totaka

"Tonight I'll make an old family recipe. Pickled dandelions with barnacles in a diesel marinade!"

Elvin Gadd is a friendly, absentminded scientist who helps the Mario Bros. with his many inventions, including the FLUDD pack and Bowser Jr.'s magic brush (Super Mario Sunshine) and Luigi's Poltergust 3000 Ghost vacuum (Luigi's Mansion). He also has smaller roles in a lot of the Role-Playing Game titles, providing backup with even more inventions. His name in the Japanese version of the games is "Oya Ma" ("Oh my!").
  • Absent-Minded Professor: If his swirly glasses are any indication.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Whenever he appears he tends to be followed by the Leitmotif that used to be the Theme-and-Variations Soundtrack from Luigi's Mansion.
  • Catch-Phrase: "CRIMINY!" in Dark Moon, which is spoken by him practically every time something goes wrong.
  • Continuity Nod: Bowser Jr. mentions that he received his magic paintbrush from "a strange old man in a white coat," and indeed, the brush bears his logo on it. Exactly what went on between the two has yet to be explained.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's a relatively-old old scientist that creates ghost-busting vacuums, magic paintbrushes, talking water pumps, and a mean cup of coffee.
  • Dub Name Change: A rarity among video game characters, E. Gadd has his own name in no less than eleven languages.
    • As noted above, his original Japanese name is "Oya Ma", which means "oh my!".
    • In French, he's called "Karl Tastroff" (or K. Tastroff, a pun on "catastrophe").
    • In Spanish, he's called "Professor Fesor" in Iberia.
    • The Latin American players know him as "D. Sastre", a pun on "desastre" (disaster).
    • His German name is "Immanuel Gidd" (or I. Gidd, a pun on "igitt", an exclamation of disgust).
    • In Italian, he's called "Strambic", a pun on "strambo" (strange).
    • The Dutch know him as "Klemens Wibus" (or "K. Wibus" (strange man) for short).
    • The Portuguese know him as "Anacleto Luado" (or "A. Luado" (lunatic) for short).
    • His Russian name is "P. U. Galtin", a pun on "pugat" (to scare).
    • His Korean name is "Aratta Baksa", which comes from "aratda" (all right) and "baksa" (doctor).
    • In Chinese, he's known as "Āiyō•wèi Bóshì", which comes from the words for "uh-oh!", "hey!", and "professor".
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Just about any unusual tech in the Kingdom comes from his lab.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He's the shortest human character, being more on par with Toad's size.
  • Mission Control: In the Luigi's Mansion games.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, he mentions having sold off King Boo's painting, which is heavily implied to have contributed to his escape.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: He has swirly glasses that don't show his eyes at all.
  • The Professor: He excels in the study of the supernatural.
  • Punny Name: E. Gadd, as well as his various localised names.
  • Speaking Simlish: "Siki-siki! Medabe!" Of course, real words are provided for the player to read.
  • Techno Babble: As one way to highlight the fact that he's a scientist, he sometimes speaks this way.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite his aged appearance, he's most likely in his mid-forties. note 

    Metal Mario
Species: Powered-up human
Debut: Super Mario 64 as a powerup, Super Smash Bros. as an individual character.

"Metal Mario... the best!"

Mario's metallic counterpart. Very little is known about him, except for his rather cocky personality in Mario Kart 7.
  • Alliterative Name: Metal Mario.
  • Chrome Champion: It's Mario! But metal!
  • Decomposite Character: Started off as just Mario with the Metal Cap power-up in Super Mario 64. Occasionally appears as his own character that's distinct from regular Mario.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Mario Kart 7 suggests he's an entirely different character from normal Mario. Taken further in Mario Kart 8, where he says "Mia Mamma" instead of "Mamma Mia".
  • Mini-Boss: He's the toughest opponent before Master Hand in Super Smash Bros.
  • The Rival: If playing as Mario in Mario Kart 7, Metal Mario will always be the first rival.
  • Secret Character: He's one on the many QR characters in Mario Tennis Open, and he's also an unlockable character in Dr. Mario 64, Mario Golf 64, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8 and Mario Sports Superstars.
  • Smug Smiler: He's pretty smug, as shown in his artwork. His voice clips in Mario Kart 7 are also fairly condescending.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Pink Gold Peach.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In Mario Golf 64 and Mario Tennis Open.

    Pink Gold Peach
Species: Powered-up human
Debut: Mario Kart 8
Voiced by: Samantha Kelly (2014-present)

"Oh, did I win?"

Princess Peach's metallic counterpart that made her debut in Mario Kart 8.
  • Big "NO!": She will sometimes say it if she gets hit by an item in Mario Kart 8.
  • Biker Babe: Just like her normal entity, she will wear a biker suit when using a bike or an ATV in Mario Kart 8.
  • Chrome Champion: It's Princess Peach in pink gold.
  • Decomposite Character: Appears as her own character that's distinct from regular Peach. In Mario Kart 8, she also shares this distinction with Baby Peach and Cat Peach.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Is one to Metal Mario, starting in Mario Kart 8. They share the same weight class and stats in Mario Kart 8 and are also Power type characters in Mario Sports Superstars.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Instead of the gems Peach has on her brooch and crown as well as her large earrings, Pink Gold Peach wears diamonds instead.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: Just like Peach, her dress have these.
  • Hartman Hips: She shares them with Princess Peach but similarly to her, they are more noticeable when she's not wearing her normal dress like her minidress, biker suit and tank top and shorts.
  • High Class Gloves: Like Peach she also wears them, except when wearing a biker suit and both of her sport outfits.
  • Instant Costume Change: If she gets a birdie or better when playing golf in Mario Sports Superstars, she will change into her regular dress in place of her minidress. Not only does she change clothing, but she will also wear her hair loose afterwards.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: In horse racing in Mario Sports Superstars, her stats are all average which is unusual for a Power type.
  • Mighty Glacier: In Mario Kart 8, she is among the fastest and heaviest characters, but her acceleration and handling are rather low. In baseball in Mario Sports Superstars, she has a very high batting stat but she is also quite slow.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: When playing golf, she will take it out if she scores a birdie or better. It is even colored in pink gold like herself.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She's made out of pink gold.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Her Standard Kart, Standard Bike, Standard ATV, Pipe Frame and Super Glider in Mario Kart 8 are all colored metallic pink. In Mario Sports Superstars, her golf club, tennis racket and baseball bat are all colored pink gold, and her soccer ball is colored pink and is also adorned with a pink gold heart.
  • Secret Character: She's one in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Sports Superstars. She doesn't need to be unlocked in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's the same height as Peach.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Metal Mario, as like their normal entities, Pink Gold Peach is One Head Taller than Metal Mario.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: She always wears one, with the sole exception being her birdie and eagle post-hole animations in Mario Sports Superstarsnote .
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In tennis in Mario Sports Superstars, she has a high power stat, but below average control and spin.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears them when playing soccer, baseball and horse racing in Mario Sports Superstars. For golf and tennis, she will instead wear her minidress.

    Mini Marios
Species: Robotic toys
Debut: Mario vs. Donkey Kong
A group of friendly little Mario-shaped robots created by the Mario Toy Company. The Mini Marios are popular toys that Mario has also used to help him in some of his adventures. There are also Mini Luigis, Mini Peaches, Mini Toads, Mini Donkey Kongs, and Mini Paulines.

Species: Rabbit
Debut: New Super Mario Bros. U (NPC), New Super Luigi U (playable), Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (Miniboss and NPC ally)

"Hee hee hee!"

A rabbit-like thief who first appears in New Super Mario Bros. U, where he steals items from Toad Houses and the Mario Bros. have to chase him through various levels to capture him and get them back. He's the main source of P-Acorn powerups, making it worth your time to catch him. In New Super Luigi U, he's Promoted to Playable as the fourth character available for multiplayer.

Later on, he appears in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, stealing from various characters and must be pursued by the brothers and Paper Mario; fighting against and for them in equal measure.
  • Anti-Hero: He's a thief, so it's natural he'd square off against the heroes of the story in order to retrieve his stolen loot, but at the same time, it's clear that he's not really out to harm anybody unless driven to that point, and has some set of morals. In New Super Luigi U, he helps Luigi rescue the princess while desiring absolutely nothing in return, and in Paper Jam, he's comfortable with performing Bros. Attacks and attacking Bowser's minions with the Mario Brothers instead of leaving them to fend for themselves.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In Mario & Sonic at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games he is quite rude to his competitors as well as arrogant about his own speediness, to the point that he boasts that he’s faster than Sonic. In fact, he rarely seems to talk about anything other than winning and his speed, and bluntly refuses to answer any other questions about himself. He does, however, humbly congratulate the player if he’s beaten.
  • Blatant Burglar: He wears a mask and carries a Thief Bag. Ultimately, however, he's rather harmless, especially compared to bigger threats.
  • Enemy Mine: He steals from everybody in Paper Jam, necessitating the Mario Bros. chasing/fighting him to get the goods. However, many times he steals from Bowser's minions, so he becomes a non-playable party member you help you on occasion.
  • Fingerless Hands: His gloves have no digits, yet he's perfectly capable of carrying his Thief Bag through courses at fast speeds.
  • Flunky Boss: In Paper Jam, he stuffs several different kinds of paper enemies into his bag to fight for him in his boss fights.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: You have to chase him through levels to reclaim the items he's stolen, If he makes it, you'll have to start the chase over.
  • Giggling Villain: The main sound he makes is a distorted chirping sound.
  • God Was My Copilot: If you complete the last level of New Super Luigi U in singleplayer as Nabbit, Luigi will rescue Peach as Nabbit secretly looks on, hinting that this trope was in effect.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: When he fights with the Bros. in Paper Jam, he effectively acts as a fourth non-playable Mario brother, being able to jump on enemies, heal the others with Mushrooms, and perform Bros. Attacks with them.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Nabbit is a character of questionable loyalty. He can be a petty thief one minute and a brave hero the next, sometimes even within the same game.
  • Island Base: Seems to inhabit the purple Records Toad House unlocked after beating the game, although it's not stated why he has it.
  • Lone Wolf Boss: Bowser Jr.'s bandanna makes it seem like he would work for Bowser, but since it's possible for Nabbit to combat Bowser in New Super Luigi U, all bets are off. Paper Jam continues this trend, as Nabbit shows no interest in joining the Koopa Troop, and even occasionally helps the Mario Bros. fight them.
  • Made of Iron: It's amazing what he can take in New Super Luigi U.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: As a playable character in New Super Luigi U, he takes zero damage from anything that isn't a One-Hit Kill.
  • Promoted to Playable: From pest to playable character in a main series game, an honor only shared by five others.
  • Punny Name: Of "nab it" and "rabbit".
  • Rascally Rabbit: He never does anything particularly heinous, but he's still a thief.
  • Respawning Enemies: Once you catch him in the first seven worlds, he'll start showing up again in levels again so you can stock up on P-Acorns.
  • Secret Character: Pressing "ZL" on the Wii U Gamepad when choosing a level in New Super Luigi U will allow you to play as him in single player.
  • Skill Gate Character: In New Super Luigi U, Nabbit is functionally invulnerable and able to pass through most obstacles and enemies with ease, but he cannot use power-ups, which prevents him from obtaining a few Star Coins that require having them. This is, of course, for the sake of younger or otherwise inexperienced players. Collecting power-ups as Nabbit will also grant extra lives.
  • Suddenly Voiced: After being mute in the many preceding games featuring him, he finally speaks in both versions of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Thief Bag: He carries his ill gotten gains in one.
  • Verbal Tic: In his single voiced appearance, he has a strange speaking style that consists almost entirely of short, blunt sentences. He often has to say exactly what he's feeling, as it doesn't naturally come across in his speech as a result.

    The Sprixies
Species: Fairies
Debut: Super Mario 3D World
A fairy-like race inhabiting the Sprixie Kingdom and led by the Sprixie Princesses, who get put under Bowser's subjugation when he invades their land.

  • Speaking Simlish: At least the green one does in the game's intro cutscene.
  • Wrench Wench: They seem to be very skilled in building stuff from clear pipes to rocket ships. Perhaps this was the reason why they're captured by Bowser.

Species: Nothosaur
Debut: Super Mario 3D World
A semi-aquatic dinosaur who can carry Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad on its back as it swims through river levels.

Yoshi's dog, a creature that has a head similar to a Piranha Plant and a ball for a tail. He's completely invulnerable and is able to walk across lava and spikes, serving as a mount for Yoshi or reveal special items. Since Yoshi is already used as a mount by humanoids, Poochy is proportionately gigantic.

  • Author Appeal: Shigeru Miyamoto is a huge fan of dogs, and had Poochy's design on the backburner for years before he included him in the first Yoshi's Island.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: He's bigger then Yoshi (big enough for Yoshi himself to ride on) and extremely friendly.
  • Canis Major: As noted, larger than Yoshi, who's already the size of an average adult man.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Was absent from Yoshi's Island DS. In early images, was apparently going to play a role in the first Paper Mario before being cut.
  • Dumb Muscle: So powerful that not only is he indestructable, he'll destroy most mooks just by running over them... but isn't one for subtle commands, and will rush headlong in the direction Yoshi's facing. Even if it will send you all off of a cliff. Poochy ain't stupid!
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: His head looks like a Piranha Plant, but with eyes. The rest of him is canine enough.
  • The Noseless: He's drawn without a nose, yet he can still sniff out fruit in Yoshi's Story.

Cappy's true form.
Cappy as Mario's hat.

Species: Ghost
Debut: Super Mario Run (Early-Bird Cameo), Super Mario Odyssey (official)
A shapeshifting hat spirit that teams up with Mario in Super Mario Odyssey. He takes the form of Mario's cap and can perform various talks while being thrown around.

Tropes associated with Cappy:

  • Animate Inanimate Object: In a way. He's not a literal hat, but a hat ghost that can take the form of physical hats.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Cappy will stop at nothing to rescue his sister.
  • Body Surf: The new Capture mechanic Cappy grants Mario in Odyssey, which allows Mario to possess enemies and other characters by tossing Cappy on top their heads.
  • Deuteragonist: of Super Mario Odyssey, as not only was Peach kidnapped, his sister Tiara was as well.
  • Dreamworks Face: Pulls this in some of his official artwork.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Technically makes his first appearance in an update for Super Mario Run, where a statue of him can be purchased in Kingdom Builder.
  • Morphic Resonance: Cappy maintains his big, goofy eyes in each form, but he can make them disappear too.
  • Nice Hat: A living example, and takes on the form of the many varieties available in the game.
  • Our Ghosts are Different: A hat spirit that takes control of the heads it lands on.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Mario is able to use him as one, he can throw him in any direction, even in circular patterns, and Cappy will always return to his hand.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He's a supernatural entity with the ability to take control of basically anything, so they're mostly red for spookiness. Morally, he's with the good guys.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can take the shape of any hat that Mario collects throughout his adventure. His standard form is that of a white top hat.

Cappy's younger sister, who was captured by Bowser and is serving as Peach's wedding crown.

    NPCs (debuting in Super Mario 64

Bob-omb Buddies
Species: Bob-ombs
These friendly peace-loving pink Bob-ombs are not blast-happy like the regular black Bob-ombs and will help Mario with cannons and locating red coins.

Tropes associated with Bob-omb Buddies:
  • Action Bomb: Mostly averted, to the point where they lack fuses, but when they appear in Mario Tennis they will explode if you hit a ball out of bounds on a court where they happen to be watching.
  • Cartoon Bomb: A living example, just like all Bob-ombs.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Whereas the black Bob-ombs are bad and will try to harm Mario, the pink Bob-ombs are good and will help Mario by letting him use their cannons (and also show where the red coins are in the DS version).
  • Cute Machines: Maybe. It isn't really clear if Bob-ombs are automatons or living beings.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Bob-ombs are normally trying to hurt Mario and friends, but these pink ones are friendly.
  • Real Men Wear Pink : Although they are living bombs and almost always found manning cannons, they are a peaceful race and won't blow themselves up around you.

Species: Plesiosaur
A large Sea Monster who helps Mario reach otherwise difficult areas.
  • The Aloner: In Mario Party Advance, he reveals that he can't make any friends, as "No one wants to be friends with a dinosaur". That is until he meets Yoshi.
  • Art Evolution: Became more Yoshi-like in appearance and gained diving goggles in Super Mario 64 DS.
  • The Cameo. Mostly in the Mario Party series. There are boats (called "Dorrie Boats") modeled after him in "Right Oar Left", pool toys in "Tug-O-Dorrie", and he makes a full appearance in "Dorrie Dip".
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Specifically a plesiosaur, but a sign near a door calls him a "sea dragon"
  • Eye Glasses: He wears a pair in the Video Game Remake. They may be swimming goggles.
  • Gentle Giant: Although a sign says "Don't become his lunch", Dorrie seems to be harmless and is also called "A gentle sea dragon".
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Dummied Out. Dorrie was apparently going to be capable of eating Mario (again, there's a sign in his cave warning against such a fate), but while the actual eating behavior isn't present, it is possible to glitch Mario into Dorrie's stomach through contact, where it's a Non-Standard Game Over.
  • Nice Hat: He wears Wario's hat in the Video Game Remake.
  • Power-Up Mount: Despite appearing in a game with Yoshi, Dorrie is more or less one of these.
  • Stock Ness Monster: A plesiosaur-type creature found in a mysterious cave.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can control Dorrie by ground pound on his back to make him lower his head. The squealing sound he makes when he does this extends on this although it can be assumed that Dorrie does not mind people pounding his back as it is advertised on a sign. A less contentious way is to simply bump his neck.

Headless Snowman
Species: Snowman

"I need a good head on my shoulders."

A snowman without a head. If you help him, he will gratefully give you a star.
  • I'm Melting!: His old body melted before the events of the game, leaving him as just a head.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Technically, he's a bodiless snowman, not a headless one, as you guide the body to the head.

Species: Owl

A tired owl who will give Mario a ride around whatever areas he can be found in. Handy for getting places quickly.

Koopa the Quick
Species: Koopa

An outgoing Koopa Troopa who lives to race. If Mario defeats him, the Koopa will reward the hero with a star.
  • Giant Mook: Subverted as you can't kill him, nor will he try to attack you (except in the island's tiny side, where you get to squish him when you get larger there).
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Shows a friendly rivalry with Mario, and doesn't work for Bowser.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: In the remake, Koopa the Quick will refuse to race anyone other than Mario. The only way to challenge him to race as a different character is to wear Mario's hat, which will change your appearance.

Lakitu Bros.
Species: Lakitu

"For now, reporting live, this has been the Lakitu Bros."

The cameramen (cameraturtles?) who film the whole adventure.
  • Behind the Black: The only other time you see him is in the mirror room near Snowman's Land.
  • Camera Screw: The cause of it frequently, as they get caught on some piece of the scenery. Enforced in some levels (notably, in Big Boo's Haunt) where they can't move at all from certain spots.

Species: Penguins
Several penguins are featured in the game: a baby named Tuxie, her mother, a penguin that races you (for a star, of course), and another baby. If Mario brings the lost Tuxie back to her mother, he receives (you guessed it!) a Power Star. Another penguin appears in Snowman's Land, who may or may not be one of the aforementioned characters.
  • Fetch Quest: Find Tuxie and bring her back to her mother.
  • Mama Bear: If you pick up Tuxie again after bringing her back to her mother, she'll glare at Mario and follow after him until he puts Tuxie back down.
  • No Fair Cheating: Go through the slide's secret route, and the Big Penguin will refuse to give you the star.
  • No Name Given: Tuxie is the only one given a proper name (in the Nintendo Player's Guide).
  • Racing Minigame: You can do this with the Big Penguin twice; once normally and another after completing the game with an even bigger Penguin.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Despite being annoying to some people, Tuxie, the other baby, and even the Mother Penguin and the other Big Penguin are downright adorable, especially in the DS version of the game with them being rounder and less blocky (as a result of the more advanced graphics).
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Yes, you can actually drop both Tuxie and the other baby penguin off the cliff. And if you use a cheat code on the N64 version, you can drop Tuxie's mother off the cliff as well.
  • You All Look Familiar: Played for Laughs, Mother Penguin knows which one her baby is (because she "has [her] beak"), despite both baby penguins looking exactly alike.

I'm late, so late, I must make haste!
Species: Rabbit
MIPS is a small golden rabbit found in the basement of Super Mario 64.

    NPCs (debuting in Super Mario Sunshine


A race of large, fruitlike natives to Isle Delfino.

Tropes associated with the Piantas:
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Seems to be a common theme among different races in the Mario universe...
  • Berserk Button: In Super Mario Galaxy 2, they get very angry when jumped on.
  • City Guards: A pair of cops who mostly stand around and yell at you.
  • Gag Nose: Part of their design.
  • Invulnerable Civilians: Subverted. They can sink in goop and require rescue. Several of them will even catch fire.
  • Kangaroo Court: Their trial for Mario makes almost no sense, and they hardly have any evidence!
  • Only Sane Man: The manager of Hotel Delfino, who recognizes that Shadow Mario looks like Mario but isn't Mario.
  • Recurring Traveler: A few Piantas appear in different areas. Justified since they all live on the island.
  • Redundant Researcher: Played with. A Pianta professor serves as a Mr. Exposition to Mario and gives him some info on the Sand Bird...which then flies away before said professor can do any research on it.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Inverted. In Sunshine, they all spoke in full dialogue, but in Galaxy 2 and in the spinoffs, they communicate with Voice Grunting instead.
  • Super Strength: The Chucksters can hurl Mario very far, while the regulars are powerhouses at baseball. Piantas can throw the player in Galaxy 2 as well, but the throw isn't as intense and isn't used for progression.


A smaller, gentler race of shellike people.

Tropes associated with the Nokis:
  • Apathetic Citizens: Averted, as they are the some of the few pro-active characters in the game. This is contrasted with the Piantas, who expect Mario to do all the heavy lifting.
  • Foil: Towards the Piantas, who are big, stupid, and lazy. The Nokis on the other hand are small, smart, and active.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Some of the female Nokis have a pair of conch shells on their heads that resemble pigtails.
  • Meaningful Name: "Noki" is Italian for shell, since they evolved from shellfish.
  • Only Sane Man: Or rather, Only Sane Race. In Sunshine, they are more likely than the piantas to realize that Mario is not responsible for the rampant pollution and actually try to help him clear his name.

Il Piantissimo

A mysterious man who is disguised as a Pianta who challenges Mario to races across the island.

Tropes associated with Il Piantissamo:


A group of friendly flowers who were briefly plagued by Snooze-a-Koopas until Mario saved them. They are naturally cheerful and will provide coins if watered.

Tropes associated with the Sunflowers:

     NPC (debuting in Super Mario Galaxy


A robotic race who want to keep things tidy.

  • Escort Mission: A gold Gearmo will ask Mario to bring a Goomba to him by luring it into a trap in exchange for a Power Star. Later on, a silver Gearmo will ask him to do the same thing, but this time for a Topman.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Their eyes are gauges.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: Implied to have genders, even. One calls herself an "Iron Lady".
  • Neat Freak: They enjoy keeping things neat and tidy, and get angry if Mario keeps things messy or unorganized.

Spooky Speedster

A Boo who's eager to challenge Mario on a race for a Power Star.

The Chimp

A blue monkey who constantly challenges Mario on a range of games. Will folk out a Power Star if Mario beats his record on said game.

Alternative Title(s): Super Mario Bros Mario And Friends