Characters: Super Mario Bros: Allies

aka: Super Mario Bros Mario And Friends
A list of characters that describes Mario's various allies from across the Mushroom Kingdom.

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    Princess Peach 
Oh, did I win?

"Listen, everybody, let's bake a delicious cake... ...for Mario..."
Voiced by (English): 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 by (Japanese): Mami Yamase (The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach) Miyako Endo (original video animations) Mariko Mukai (Satellaview games), Asako Kozuki (Mario Kart 64)

Originally named Princess Toadstool in America, she 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 often the Damsel in Distress, 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.

Tropes associated with Peach:
  • Achilles' Heel: Word of God says it's cake.
  • Action Girl: In a few games, at least.
    • She's no slouch in Super Smash Bros., or the Paper Mario games either. One wonders why she's so easy to kidnap when she can fend for herself so formidably. Distress Ball, perhaps?
    • 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.
    • In a Nintendo Power comic run in the days of the Super NES, until Bowser brainwashed her, Peach was pretty much 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.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguously Human: Her race is frequently debated. As far as we know, she's a native of the Mushroom 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.
  • 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.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit in Super Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged.
  • Dub Name Change: Usually referred to as Princess Toadstool outside Japan, at least originally. After the release of Super Mario 64, she would almost exclusively be known as Princess Peach practically everywhere with the exception of certain re-released materal. Oddly enough, one episode of the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show has her say "Princess P. to the rescue!" An official in-universe explanation for the different name was supposedly given on a defunct Nintendo of Europe website - her full name is actually Peach Toadstool (of course, said source is dubious at best when it was also said to claim Mario and Luigi's last names were Mario). Her name being Princess Peach Toadstool was canonized in the opening of Super Mario 64, however.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario 3D World, and Super Princess Peach. 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.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Has her castle, her kingdom, and her pretty dresses. She is not the Alpha Bitch, though.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She seems to be at least six feet tall. 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 the same height as 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 .
  • White Magician Girl: Various games have her showcasing competence with magic, usually either in the form of stars, hearts, or something pink. Naturally, Super Smash Bros. provides the best examples.
  • 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. Super Mario 3D World uses her original white with red trim dress for Fire Peach.

    The Toads 
Voiced by (English): 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 by (Japanese): 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)

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 single character within this race. Toads in general are peaceful but steadfast, with a jolly demeanor.

Tropes associated with the Toads as a whole:

  • Cute but Cacophonic: After the N64 games, 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 Smash Bros. Peach can weaponize it to spray damaging spores) or just a large fancy hat. Further mudding the answers 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.
  • 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 jacket toads appear at once. The Prima guides have said they're the same while Nintendo considers them to be different entities. Further complicating matters, the sources that treat Captain Toad as separate from Toad 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).
  • Kid Appeal Characters: Toads are usually the weak but lovable type. There are a few Toads who could have been ankle biters, though.
  • 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 only by coincidental appearance (according to Word of God).
  • No Biological Sex: According to Nintendo, the Toads are actually a sexless race that take on gendered characteristics. This may explain a lot. Or not.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Toad trophy Super Smash Bros. for 3DS points out that they have no relation to Frogs and Toads.
    "What's that? ToadSTOOLS? ...That makes more sense."
  • Planet of Hats: Species Of Mushroom Headpieces.
  • 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.

Toad

One of Peach's top advisors. He is considered a distinct character despite looking no different from other members of his species. He makes frequent appearances throughout the series and is often playable.

Tropes associated with Toad:

  • A Day in the Limelight: He starred in his own game, Wario's Woods.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: In Mario Kart 8, several Toads wearing spacesuits can be seen floating around Rainbow Road, but Toad himself can breathe just fine without one.
  • Green Thumb: His special skill from Mario Sports Mix, which allows him to summon large mushrooms.
  • Vocal Evolution: Toad's voice 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 being introduced as his new voice actress), his voice is changed to a less high level, but it is given a screech to it. In 2007 when Super Mario Galaxy and Mario Party 8 debuted, he was voiced by Samantha Kelly who also voices Princess Peach and Toadette.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In Mario Golf: World Tour, where he has good control over the ball but has a weak drive.

Toadsworth

Peach's aged steward and right-hand fungus.

Tropes associated with Toadsworth:

Toadette

Either Toad's friend or sibling. 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.

Tropes associated with Toadette:

  • 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.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Toadette wears a lot of pink and is the only recurring Toad to be treated as female.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Toadette is special because... She looks like a girl Toad? Okay then... In the Role Playing Games however, there are many other female Toads.
  • 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.

Tropes associated with Captain Toad:

  • A Day in the Limelight: He starred in his own game, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, based on his levels in Super Mario 3D World.

Blue Toad and Yellow Toad

A pair of brave Toads who leap to Mario and Luigi's side to save the Princess. The former appears as a stand-in for the usual red-capped Toad in Super Mario 3D World.

Tropes associated with Blue Toad and Yellow Toad:

  • Playing with Fire: Fire Toad from New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario 3D World.

    Yoshi 
Yoshi!

"I know! We should team up! Come on! Hop on my back!"
Voiced by: Koji Kondo (1990-1998), Kazumi Totaka (1998-current), Frank Welker (live-action film), Andrew Sebastian (Super Mario World)
Voiced by (Japanese): Chika Sakamoto & Ikue Otani (Super Mario World: Mario & Yoshi's Adventure Land)

A reptile-like creature who hails from Yoshi's Island. Like Toad above, there is "Yoshi" (singular), and the race of Yoshis (plural). They often serve as mounts for Mario and his friends.

Tropes associated with Yoshi:
  • 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.
  • Baby Talk: In the cartoon.
  • Badass Adorable: Gameplay wise, Yoshis are often far more capable than the Mario brothers, being mostly invincible and with more options for killing foes. In Yoshi's Island, the lose condition was for Mario to be kidnapped, and enemies could only faze Yoshi, not kill him. 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.
  • 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 P-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 pretty much everything put in front of them.
  • Black Hole Belly: Sometimes what they eat comes out as eggs, in other games nothing leaves.
  • Double Jump:
    • Since Yoshi's Island, all members of the species have the ability to "Flutter Jump", which means it kicks rapidly in midair to gain additional height.
    • Mario can also kick off of Yoshi for a mid-air jump in Super Mario World
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: First encountered in Dinosaur Land.
  • 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, he has less power than both Mario Bros, but is at least as fast as Luigi. In Super Mario 64 DS, he 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.
  • 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...
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Like Toads, almost all Yoshis look alike except for color. It's hard to tell the Green Yoshi from Super Mario World/the roof of Super Mario 64/the sports and spinoffs from the multiple rideable Yoshis in the other platformers and the Yoshi's Island series.
  • The Juggernaut: Alright, well, the collective of Yoshis in Yoshi's Island transported 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: In Yoshi's Island DS, after you beat the game it shows the star babies, Peach, Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Wario and Bowser, then points out that there should be 7 of them, after which a Yoshi egg with a green Yoshi inside hatches, showing that the Yoshi of the Yoshi's Island games is a different entity than the one in Mario World and presumably the spin-offs.
  • Mama Bear/Papa Wolf: Seriously, the utter shitstorm they go through just to get a single baby home... Probably leaning more towards the latter, due to not becoming frightful when being protective (on the other hand, in Yoshi's Island the player has to go on the warpath in reaction to baby Mario crying).
  • No Biological Sex: According to Super Smash Bros. Melee (when set to Japanese), Yoshis are neither male nor female, and can reproduce asexually. This is also reiterated by Otacon in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In Smash Bros for Wii U, Palutena theorizes that all beings contain male and female elements and Yoshi's no different.
  • 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: See No Biological Sex above.
  • 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 chew them up in the Smash
  • Planet of Hats: Species Of Hats this time. In Super Mario RPG, The Legend Of The Seven Stars all the Yoshis are into racing and cookies.
  • 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.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Yoshis that live on Isle Delfino die on contact with water. To be precise, they disintegrate.
  • 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.
  • Translation Convention: In some games (namely the Role Playing Games) Yoshi and his brethren 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 Yoshi himself is needed to translate for them).
  • Variable Mix: In any game where he 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.
  • The Voiceless: He has spoken the human tongue in Super Mario World and a few other games, yet all we get are drum beats, Pokémon Speak & Baby Talk.

    Princess Daisy 
Hi, I'm Daisy!
"Yo, this is Princess Daisy. You're listening to Super Mario Compact Disco. Kick it!"
Debut: Super Mario Land
Voiced by: Kate Flemming (Mario Tennis 64), Jen Taylor (2000-2003), Deanna Mustard (2003-present)
Portrayed by: Samantha Mathis (live-action film)

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, storyline game since her debut, Daisy pops up frequently in Mario Party, sports titles and other spinoffs. She is friends with Princess Peach and has been believed to be romantically involved with Luigi.

Tropes associated with Daisy:
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is Daisy, which matches her Flower Motifs.
  • 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.
  • Odd Friendship: Daisy is officially good friends with Mario as well as Birdo. 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 his brother's strongly hinted love-interest, as well as his maybe-love-interest's best friend, it feels a little weird when you put all this together.

    Rosalina 
May the stars shine down on you...
"I will watch over you from beyond the stars."
Voiced by (English): Mercedes Rose (2007-2010) Kerri Kane (2011-2014), Laura Faye Smith (2013-present)

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.

Tropes associated with Rosalina:
  • 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: Similar to Princess Peach. 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.
  • 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.
  • Damsel in Distress: In Super Mario Galaxy 2, where Bowser tried to suck her ship into a black hole. Averted in everything else that she's in.
  • 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."
  • Demoted to Extra: She's absent from Super Mario Galaxy 2, save for the look-a-like Cosmic Spirit and the game's 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.
  • 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 Mario series who has a different name in 8 languages: Rosetta in Japanese, Harmonie in French, Estela in Spanish, Rosalinda in Italian, Rozalina in Russian, Rojelina in Korean and Lujojieta in Chinese.
  • 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, 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.
  • Gravity Master: Super Smash Bros. shows her capable of attracting items towards her, and also explains her ability to fly 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, Mario Kart Wii reveals that Rosalina 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.
  • 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.
  • Not So Above It All: After her dignified role in Galaxy 1, her appearances in Mario Kart show that she also knows how to let herself go and have some fun.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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 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. Wii U/3DS
  • 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.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: While she's not suggested to come from any royal bloodline, and neither is given a royal title, her role as the protector/mother of the cosmos is shown as similar, and she's depicted as very competent at her duty. Taken further in Super Mario 3D World and Super Smash Bros, where she takes an even more active role as a playable character.
  • 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.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Quite pretty and 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.
  • True Blue Femininity: Contrasting with Peach's pink, her cyan dress is nonetheless very elegant and feminine.
  • Unexpected Character: No one expected the Mario series to gain another playable charcter in Smash Bros., let alone her. Her baby form in Mario Kart 8 also counts.
  • Vague Age: She is known to be very old, but her appearance and voice give off a vibe of youth and age somehow.

    The Lumas 

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: A Black 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.
  • Lumalee: A light blue Luma who runs the Luma Shop, where Mario can buy a Life Mushroom or a 1-Up. She transforms into whatever Mario chooses for him to eat, but she continuously improves.
  • 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.

Tropes applying to the Lumas:

  • A Dog Named Dog: Luma, of course.
  • Big Eater: Hungry Lumas must be fed many Star Bits to get them to transform, each wanting an increasing amount than the last.
  • 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 to launch Mario into them.
  • 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. Mario's Luma is shown in The Stinger to have survived.
  • Pungeon Master: Lubba
  • 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!
  • Starfish Alien: Star-shaped Alien
  • Super Empowering: Mario's Luma gives him the ability to Star Spin.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Star Bits
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Lumas have the ability to transform into various objects, from useful items to planets and galaxies. See Color-Coded for Your Convenience.

    Pauline 

Many years ago, Pauline was kidnapped by Donkey Kong, but Mario rescued her in his very first adventure. Her relationship with Mario was unclear, although they are currently said to merely be close friends. Although Donkey Kong still causes trouble for her from time to time, she holds no hard feelings for the big ape.

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.
  • The Artifact: Her original role as Mario's love interest has been downplayed ever since the introduction of Peach. She still stuck around for the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, but only because their rivalry originally revolved around her.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Peach is the blonde, Pauline is the brunette, and Daisy is the redhead.
  • 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.
  • Damsel in Distress: The first in the series.
  • Just Friends: With Mario, although the relationship has been confused to say the least. She had no explicit relation to Mario in the original arcade version (outside the heart of affection that appears at the end of the fourth screen), then some home ports called her his girlfriend to expand the minimalist plot. Her portrayal as of the Game Boy game merely harkens back to her arcade roots, where her connection to the hero was intended to be ambiguous to the player.
  • No Name Given: At first, in the original Donkey Kong, she was simply known as "Lady" (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 movie serial "The Perils of Pauline". It was first used in Saturday Supercade, which carried over to the English version of the NES release. Evidently, Japan didn't receive the memo until the 1994 Game Boy game.
  • 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.

    Professor Elvin Gadd 
"Tonight I'll make an old family recipe. Pickled dandelions with barnacles in a diesel marinade!"
Voiced by: Kazumi Totaka

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!").

Tropes associated with the Professor:
  • 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, or why he would even invent such an obviously malicious device to begin with, has yet to be explained.
  • 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 Latinos 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•wči Bóshě", 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, beign 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!"

    Metal Mario 
"Metal Mario... the best!"
Debut: Super Mario 64 as a powerup, Super Smash Bros. as an individual character.

Mario's metallic counterpart. Very little is known about him, except for his rather cocky personality in Mario Kart 7.

Tropes associated with Metal Mario:

    Mini Marios 
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 Peaches, Mini Toads, Mini Donkey Kongs, and Mini Paulines.

Tropes associated with the Mini Marios:

    Nabbit 
"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. In New Super Luigi U, he's Promoted to Playable as the fourth character available for multiplayer.

    The Sprixies 

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.

    Plessie 

A semi-aquatic dinosaur who can carry Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad on its back as it swims through river levels.

    NPCs (debuting in Super Mario 64

Bob-omb Buddy

These friendly peace-loving pink Bob-ombs are not blast-happy like the "normal" black Bob-ombs and will help Mario with cannons and locating red coins.

Tropes associated with Bob-omb Buddies:
  • 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.

Dorrie

A large Sea Monster who helps Mario reach otherwise difficult areas.

Tropes associated with Dorrie:
  • Power-Up Mount: Despite appearing in a game with Yoshi, Dorrie is more or less one of these.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: The only way to control Dorrie is to 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.

Headless 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.

Tropes associated with the Headless Snowman:
  • I'm Melting: His old body melted before the events of the game, leaving him as just a head.

Hoot

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

Tropes associated with Hoot:

Koopa the Quick

An outgoing Koopa Troopa who lives to race. If Mario defeats him, the Koopa will reward the hero with a star.

Tropes associated with Koopa the Quick:
  • Giant Mook: Subverted as you can't kill him, nor will he try to attack you.
    • Except in Little Island, where you can get to squish him when you get larger there.
  • Racing Minigame
  • 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.

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

The cameramen (cameraturtles?) who film the whole adventure.

Tropes associated with the Lakitu Bros:
  • Behind the Black: The only other time you see him is in the mirror room near Snowman's Land.

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 Baby 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.

Tropes associated with the penguins:
  • Everything's Better with Penguins
  • Fetch Quest: Find Tuxie and bring her back to her mother.
  • No Name Given: Tuxie is the only one named.
  • 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 the mother penguin off the cliff as well.
  • You All Look Familiar: Played for Laughs, Tuxie's mother knows which one her baby is (because she "has [her] beak"), despite both baby penguins looking exactly alike.

MIPS

I'm late, so late, I must make haste!

MIPS is a small golden rabbit found in the basement of Super Mario 64.

    NPCs (debuting in Super Mario Sunshine

Piantas

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...
  • Badass: The Chucksters can hurl Mario very far, while the regulars are powerhouses at baseball.
  • City Guards: A pair of cops who mostly stand around and yell at you.
  • Invulnerable Civilians: Subverted, they can sink in goop and need to be rescued.
  • Kangaroo Court: Their trial for Mario makes almost no sense, and they hardly have any evidence!
  • 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.

Nokis

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: Only Sane Race case. In Sunshine, they seem to be the only natives on the island to know 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:
  • Expy: When looked underneath his mask, Piantissamo looks identical to the Running Man, but with darker skin. (See this image.)

Sunflowers

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:
  • The Cameo: They make an appearance in Mario Kart: Double Dash.
  • Large and In Charge: The Great Sunflower, who is the largest and oldest of the Sunflowers.


Alternative Title(s):

Super Mario Bros Mario And Friends