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 Toadstool
Thank you, Mario

"Listen, everybody, let's bake a delicious cake... ...for Mario..."
Debut: Super Mario Bros.
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)

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.

Tropes associated with Peach:

    The Toads
The Toad Brigade in its earliest days.
"Thank you Mario. But our princess is in another castle!"
Debut: Super Mario Bros.
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:

  • Adventurer Outfit: The Toad Brigade members and Toadette wear them in Treasure Tracker.
  • Always Lawful Good: The series has yet to feature an evil Toad, not including the Mummy-Mes.
  • 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 preform some daring feats of bravery when push comes to shove.
  • 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 the Super Smash Bros. series, Peach can weaponize it to spray damaging spores) or a large fancy hat that can be removed. 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. 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 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 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).
  • 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 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.


The royal mushroom retainer. 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ever since the GameCube era, Toad has been mostly absent from the main series' titles; usually he 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. In the early Super Mario Bros. games he was streetwise Spanner in the Works, and his official profile in the Super Mario Bros. 3 Writer's Bible indicates he didn't think much of the Mario Bros.' plans. In later games he's seen variously as a Cheerful Child, The Messiah, 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.
  • 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.
  • Mythology Gag: His appearance in 3D World was based off his debut game, Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire Toad from Super Mario 3D World.
  • Ret Canon: Toad's voice from Mario Kart 64 onwards is clearly inspired by his portrayal in the American Mario Bros. cartoons, where he was mainly notable for his high-pitched, shrieking, gravelly voice.
  • 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.
  • 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 as to whether or not Toad is Captain Toad (below). 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?


Peach's aged steward and right-hand fungus.

Tropes associated with Toadsworth:

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Toadsworth has been absent from mainline titles since Super Mario Galaxy, though he still appears in spin-offs.
  • Expy: Of the Chancellor or Mushroom Minister in Super Mario RPG. They have a similar mustachioed appearance, the same worrisome attitude, and both characteristically refer to Mario as "Mario-dono" (Master Mario) in the Japanese versions.
  • Flanderization: In his debut appearance, Toadsworth was obviously worried about Peach, but remained somewhat level-headed about it. Come Partners in Time, he becomes so paranoid he thinks his past self transformed Peach into a baby and kidnapped her the second he saw him.
  • Old Retainer: To Peach.
  • Promoted to Playable: He was playable in the Mario baseball games.


A Toad girl occasionally said to be the Toad character's sister (although Koichi Hayashida suggested otherwise). 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:

  • A Day in the Limelight: She was mostly seen in various Mario 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 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.

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.
  • 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 original, primary Toad; indeed, they're practically indistinguishable. 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.
  • 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. The usual red-capped Toad takes latter's appearance in Super Mario 3D World, as the default fourth player.

Tropes associated with Yellow Toad and Blue Toad:

  • Color-Coded Characters: Their main distinguishing characteristic.
  • 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.

"I know! We should team up! Come on! Hop on my back!"
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 by (Japanese): Chika Sakamoto & Ikue Otani (Super Mario World: Mario & Yoshi's Adventure Land)

Yoshi is a reptile-like creature who hails from Yoshi's Island. 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.
  • All There in the Manual: His "proper" name, T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas, was "revealed" in an internal character guide.
  • 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.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Kamek.
  • Art Evolution: Started off as an anthropomorphic T-Rex, but starting with Yoshi's Island he was given larger, human-like arms, a smaller neck, a more upright position and a cuter face. The saddle on his back also became a shell.
  • Baby Talk: In the cartoon. After Yoshi Story, even adult Yoshis usually speak in what was originally Baby Yoshi Talk instead of making 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 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.
  • 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 everything 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's become a main staple of the cast ever since.
  • 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 staying 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... Also they're based on dinosaurs.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Introduced 9 years after the Mario's first game, it's difficult to imagine the series without him.
  • 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.
  • 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 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: The ending of Yoshi's Island DS shows the star children (Peach, Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Wario and Bowser). After pointing out that there should be 7 of them, a Yoshi egg with a green Yoshi inside hatches, indicating that the Yoshi of the Yoshi's Island games is presumably a different entity than the one chronologically in Super Mario World onwards.
  • 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.
  • No Biological Sex: According to Super Smash Bros. Melee (when set to Japanese), Yoshis are neither male nor female, which means they reproduce asexually. This is also reiterated by Otacon in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In Super 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.

    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: Jessica Chisum (Mario Tennis 64), Jen Taylor (Mario Party 3-5), Deanna Mustard (2003-present)
Portrayed by: Samantha Mathis (live-action film)

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.

Tropes associated with Daisy:

  • Ambiguously Human: Daisy is said to be a human and is a native of Sarasaland. At least one version of her was actually a dinosaur-person who hatched from an egg.
  • American Accents: Tomboyish slang and sometimes even ghetto slang.
  • 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.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Downplayed; Daisy hasn't appeared in a main-series platformer since her debut in Super Mario Land, but she's a regular in spin-offs.
  • Cool Big Sis: One of the girls introduced in Camelot's Mario Golf titles is Azalea, who is none other than Daisy's sister of all things, according to Camelot's Japanese website. That said, this little factoid is usually ignored.
  • 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.
  • 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 spin-offs. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pretty in Mink: Just like Peach, she wears a mink outfit for the Winter Olympics and the Equestrian events in London and Rio.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Applies to her, Peach 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 Daisy and Peach 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.
  • 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 spin-offs, 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.
  • 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 spin-off games.
  • 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."
  • 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 Opera 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...
"I will watch over you from beyond the stars."
Debut: Super Mario Galaxy
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: Similarly to Princess Peach and Princess Daisy. 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, 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 has her as a playable character by default is Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Mario Party 10 and Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.
  • She's Got Legs: The Stinger for Super Mario Galaxy showed a brief glimpse of Rosalina's legs underneath her dress.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

    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: 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.

Tropes applying to the Lumas:

  • 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 an increasing amount than the last.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Polari has been mostly forgotten after the first Galaxy, only making minor appearances in the spin-off 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. 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
  • 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.


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.

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 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.
  • 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: One of the very first in video game history. She plays this role in almost ALL her appearances.
  • 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.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Family-friendly Femme Fatale Dark Feminine to Peach's Light Feminine.
  • No Name Given: At first. In the Arcade 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 "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 (although this actually led Japanese fans to believe Lady and Pauline were different characters for a while).
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Professor Elvin Gadd
"Tonight I'll make an old family recipe. Pickled dandelions with barnacles in a diesel marinade!"
Debut: Luigi's Mansion
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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Gave an endless paint making brush to Bowser Jr. and a coin stealing vacuum to Wario and Waluigi.
  • 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.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite his aged appearance, he's most likely in his mid-forties. note 
  • Techno Babble: As one way to highlight the fact that he's a scientist, he sometimes speaks this way.

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

Tropes associated with the Mini Marios:

"Hee hee hee!"
Debut: New Super Mario Bros. U (NPC), New Super Luigi U (playable), Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (Miniboss and NPC ally)

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. He helps Luigi 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fingerless Hands: His gloves have no digits, yet he's perfectly capable of carrying his Thief Bag through courses at fast speeds.
  • 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 The Voiceless 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.

    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.


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.

    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.


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: 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
"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.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Technically, he's a bodiless snowman, not a headless one, as you guide the head to the body.


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 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.
"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.
  • 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.


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.

Tropes associated with the penguins:
  • Fetch Quest: Find Tuxie and bring her back to her mother.
  • 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!

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...
  • 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 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.
  • Super Strength: The Chucksters can hurl Mario very far, while the regulars are powerhouses at baseball.


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.)


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