Characters: Super Mario Bros: Mario and Friends
A list of characters that describes Mario and his various allies from across the Mushroom Kingdom.
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The Mario Bros. are the protagonists of the series, as the name implies. Mario is the everyman, all-around hero, while Luigi is the quirky, cowardly, and much more developed sidekick. Together, they fight Bowser (or whatever threat comes their way), utilizing power-up items and their own natural abilities.
Tropes that apply to both of the Mario Brothers:
- Airplane Arms: They've dashed this way in the 2D games since Super Mario Bros. 3 in order to facilitate their flight power-ups.
- All Loving Heroes: In a promotional interview, answered that he invites even the bad guys to his thank giving dinner because even though they are bad he considers them friends.
- Almighty Plumber: In Super Mario Land Mario owns a castle and an air plane, so he is a rich plumber. As of Luigi's Mansion, Luigi has a mansion. The two live more modestly in Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
- Always Identical Twins: Averted. They're possibly one of the most well-known same sex fraternal twins in fiction. Mario is fat and short while his younger twin is thin and tall.
- Art Evolution:
- Mario's always had the same basic character design, but the coloration of his outfit and hair was in flux until Super Mario Bros. 2. For example, do you remember when Mario wore a blue hat?◊
- Early installments had Luigi (even in official art!) as a white-and green Palette Swap of Mario, or wearing brown.◊ His voice can also be an example of this: In the N64 to early GameCube days, it fluctuated between higher in pitch than Mario to a voice that's lower in pitch than the voice he sports nowadays. His current voice debuted in the English release of Mario Kart 64, but the next game, Mario Kart: Super Circuit had him with a high pitched voice like the earlier Mario Party games and the Japanese version of the previous game. His voice in Super Smash Bros. was simply Mario's voice clips with the pitched raised, but Brawl used his now-standard voice with new lines from Charles Martinet, such as saying "bang bang" when he poses with his fingers making a gun shape after winning a match. Nowadays, Luigi's voice is far more consistent than back then.
- Badass: Think about it, two plumbers who, for the most part, only utilize pure athleticism in order to level entire Badass Armies in 1-4 man wars in order to save Peach (or whoever it is that needs saving). If that wasn't enough, they've beaten down things that actual deities couldn't. Luigi in particular is quite the Memetic Badass.
- It's gotten to the point where their attacks can actually ignore invincibility.
- Badass Adorable: Due to the Super-Deformed art style.
- Badass Cape: The Cape powerup in Super Mario World.
- Badass Moustache: Back then, it was tough to draw a mouth on an 8-bit sprite, so he was instead given his iconic moustache. It doubles as a stat in the Mario & Luigi sideseries: the more badass your mustache is, the better chances you have to land a critical hit, and the better discounts you can get in shops!
- Bag of Sharing: They share their inventory in every RPG they show up in.
- Balloon Belly: Literally with the P-Balloon and with Mario's flower ability in 64 DS
- Bash Brothers: And proud of it!
- Beware the Nice Ones: If you threaten anyone they care about, you might as well put your affairs in order.
- Big Eater: Mario loves to eat pasta, and, according to Super Mario Sunshine, tropical seafood. In the Super Mario Adventures comic, Luigi constantly talks about food and was really eager to eat a giant slice of cheese in the middle of a ghost house.
- Brains and Brawn:
- Mario's the brawn, while Luigi's the brains. That is, when it isn't Mario doing both.
- Inverted in the cartoon, where Mario does all the thinking and Luigi ends up doing more work. Luigi even Lampshades it.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Their caps both have the first letter of their name.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Here we go!"
- "Thank you so much for playing my game!"
- "Mamma mia!"
- "It's-a-me, Mario!"
- "Here I go!"
- "Mario's number one!"
- "Okiedokie!" Whenever you hear Mario say "Let's-a-go!" in the Mario & Luigi series, you will hear Luigi reply with this, whether he actually does or not.
- "Go Luigi!"
- "Yay for me, Luigi!"
- Chosen One: A lot. Most interestingly, in Super Paper Mario, Mario's the chosen hero of light, while Luigi is the chosen host of ultimate destruction, and the one who makes the choice determining the fate of all worlds. He is however, also a hero of light.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Mario more than Luigi, who is a bit more reluctant but they instantly go after Bowser when they see he has a fairy in a jar, for instance.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Their special powerups, most notably Super Mario 3's Frog, Tanooki, and Hammer Suits, which allow them to swim faster, fly, and throw hammers, respectively. Also their hats in several games. (In Super Mario 3D Land, the Tanooki Suit allows slower landings when jumping instead of flying, apparently because flight would have been a serious Game Breaker.)
- Deadly Dodging: Several bosses are based on this principle. Mario & Luigi took the concept and ran with it for every battle in the game.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: They have faced deity-like beings in battle and won. Crowning examples are Shadow Queen, Dark Star and Dreamy Bowser.
- Dishing Out Dirt: with a Rock Mushroom, they can roll over enemies as a boulder. To an extent, the Tanooki Suit (when one of them turns into a statue; in Super Mario 3D Land regular leaves don't allow this but Statue Leaves do) and Galaxy 2's drill.
- The Determinator: Mario's only real personality traits are his kindness, heroism, and simply not stopping for anything to save the world. It's not quite as prominent with Luigi, but he does not give up on anything he sets his mind to, either.
- Elemental Powers: Courtesy of the various powerups found around the Mushroom Kingdom.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: They do quite a bit of spinning. For example, there's the Spin Jump, the Star Spin, and the Cape spin.
- Fireballs: Provides the page image. When they get a Fire Flower, they gain the ability to throw these.
- Flying Brick: Except with flight replaced by extraordinary jumping ability. Until they get flight power ups.
- Golden Super Mode: Gold Mario/Silver Luigi, introduced in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Acting as a souped-up Fire Flower, they can turn anything from enemies to even blocks into coins.
- Goomba Stomp: Their main method of defeating their enemies.
- Gratuitous Italian: It's kind of hard to tell that they're supposed to be Italian from looks alone.
- Ground Pound: From Super Mario 64 and onwards.
- Hammerspace: In Paper Mario especially, as the hammer is almost as important as jumping.
- Heroes Fight Barehanded: While they usually use hammers or magic; the two are perfectly capable of fighting like this, and will do so. (OK, so they aren't bare-fisted with their gloves, but the fighting style is the same.)
- Heroic Mime: Mostly Mario, though Luigi is one from time to time. Sometimes they utter Italian Simlish in the Mario & Luigi series.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Well, they're brothers, but still.
- Hyperspace Mallet: Practically their signature weapon.
- An Ice Person: with an Ice Flower, they literally are made of ice in Galaxy, and they shoot iceballs in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
- Improbable Weapon User: In the old cartoons, you'll see them using wrenches, plumber's snakes, plungers, and pieces of pipe as weapons.
- In a Single Bound: Mario's jumping abilities are legendary, and Luigi's are even better. Though, Mario seems to be somewhat more coordinated than Luigi, since in Super Mario Galaxy, he does a front flip in his triple jump, while Luigi just kicks his feet to go upwards.
- Instant Experts
- Jack of All Stats: Mario was the former Trope Namer for a reason.
- Mario Exceptions:
- Luigi Exceptions:
- Left-Handed Mirror: They're usually displayed as using opposite hands for the same actions to give them some contrast. For example, in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time and onwards, Mario always has his left arm up when he jumps; for Luigi, it is his right. It's different which of the two favors his left for different games and even different actions within a single game.
- Le Parkour: As gaming marches on, Mario and Luigi's jumping prowess have exolved from "jumping good" to wall-kicks, elaborate flipping maneuvers, performing olympic-class long jumps, and the list goes on.
- Multiple Choice Past: Mario and Luigi's births are described in four different ways, and none of them are normal. In addition, where they grew up is either various locations on Earth (usually Brooklyn), or the Mushroom Kingdom, and there are multiple variations on how they got to the Mushroom Kingdom from Earth.
- Nice Hat: Thanks to how hard it was to draw hair on 8-bit sprites back then, Mario was instead given a hat, and Luigi started out as a Palette Swap of him. His hat also plays a vital gameplay role in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. In the former, if Mario has his hat blown off or stolen, he takes more damage without the hat on and in the latter, Mario takes damage being exposed to the intense sunlight (unless he is in the shade) without his hat.
- One-Man Army: Though they usually work together as a two man army, each can be this on their own.
- Only One Name: Officially, Mario's name is simply Mario, and Luigi's is just Luigi. But in the American-made Super Mario Brothers film, his name was Mario Mario, making Luigi's name Luigi Mario. This has been Jossed by Shigeru Miyamoto, who says that they are called the Mario Bros. simply because Mario is the frontman of the pair.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: These plumbers aren't usually seen plumbing all that much.
- Playing with Fire: With a Fire Flower, this is their most commonly used power. Sometimes even without a Fire Flower.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: Like you wouldn't believe. They can be anywhere from normal guys who can jump really high to extremely overpowered Flying Bricks minus the actual flying, unless they get flight power-ups.
- Red Baron: They both get titles like this in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Mario Hoops 3-on-3.
- Mario: The Merciless Executioner, The Superstar Sequel, and The Jumpman.
- Luigi: The Mustachioed Green Baron, and Mushroom Dynamite.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Mario is the Red Oni: aggressive, competitive, and reckless; while Luigi is the Blue: calm, thoughtful, and cautious.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: To an extent. Mario is always the aggressive go-getter, while Luigi is more prudent, often to the point of cowardice.
- Sibling Team: From Mario Bros on, when Luigi was introduced.
- Signature Move: Their Jumping of course. Fireballs as well. Lampshaded in Super Mario RPG and Mario & Luigi where NPC characters recognize Mario on sight when he jumps.
- Superpower Lottery: Winners. The Stock Super Powers listed above? That's their normal abilities that they have no matter what. power-ups just plain give them MORE powers, and each power-up does something different. There are about forty kinds of power-ups that they use. As the example on the page put it, "The ? block is a super power lottery and Mario's constantly the winner."
- Super Speed: They're shown to be incredibly swift frequently, though mostly in the 2D games. Exactly how fast they are depends on the game.
- Super Strength: You see Mario displaying his strength more often, but Luigi's just as strong.
- Super Toughness: Not so much in the 2D games; but the other games show them surviving fairly ridiculous things such as burning up on re-entry with no lasting injuries. The biggest example would definitely be at the end of Super Mario Galaxy, when the universe is sucked into a black hole, and the Lumas cause a second big bang. The Mario Bros live through both without so much as a scratch.
- Swiss Army Hero: They have many forms that the many Power Ups give them. Which powerups those are depends on the game.
- Token Humans: In the main series - The only other human that makes repeated appearances is Peach, and it's rather ambiguous. All of the other humans live outside the Mushroom Kingdom, except maybe Waluigi and E. Gadd.
- Twin Telepathy: Hinted at in Yoshi's Island and outright referred to in Yoshi's New Island.
- Wall Jump: One of their abilities as of Super Mario 64. It originated out of a glitch in the original Super Mario Bros..
- Weapon of Choice: Hammers in Donkey Kong, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Super Mario RPG, Paper Mario, and Mario & Luigi.
- Underestimating Badassery: They're on the receiving end of this frequently.
It's-a me, Mario!
"Life is a game, kid! It all depends on how you play!"The Hero
; a short, pudgy Italian plumber and inhabitant of the Mushroom Kingdom. He is primarily charged with saving the perpetual Damsel in Distress
, Princess Peach, from the clutches of Bowser and the Koopas. Since his debut in Donkey Kong
in 1981, he's gone on to take many different professions, including golfer, tennis player, doctor
, and go-kart racer
Mario doesn't have much of a personality
, aside from a cheerful get-up-and-go attitude; he's primarily a silent protagonist
through which the player gets to experience the game
Tropes associated with Mario:
- The Ace: In the Wario Land series, especially the first game where Wario seeks to buy a castle bigger than Mario's. Also in Donkey Kong Country: Diddy Kong's Quest, according to Cranky.
- Acrofatic: Shigeru Miyamoto recently explained that his chubbiness is the result of games back in the 80's only being able to register collisions with squares. Doesn't stop him from pulling off all sorts of acrobatic feats.
- Arch-Enemy: Bowser, replacing Donkey Kong
- Badass in Distress: In Mario is Missing! (which is safely forgettable), Luigi's Mansion (and again in its sequel), Super Mario 64 DS, and Super Princess Peach. Not to mention several minor incidents in the Mario & Luigi series.
- Be The Ball: In Pinball Land.
- Berserk Button:
- Just... Don't threaten his friends, or his brother, or Princess Peach. He REALLY doesn't take it well.
- Interestingly, threatening his brother even applies to his brother. Seeing Luigi (unintentionally) make Baby Mario and Baby Luigi cry in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time made him furious to the point of making the full grown Luigi cry.
- Big Brother Instinct: He is very protective of Luigi.
- Big Bad: Of Donkey Kong Jr.
- Blood Knight: Sorta. Just listening to him in the 3D games makes it obvious he's enjoying himself as he traverses dangerous terrain, dodges obstacles, and battles all sorts of monsters, in comparison to Luigi's more serious tone while doing so. He's also known to be rather competitive.
- The Captain: Of the Starship Mario in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: It´s been stated that Mario´s powers were developed while he chased Donkey Kong across the construction site.
- Chick Magnet: Most definitely this in the Paper Mario series. In fact, every femalenote playable character in The Thousand-Year Door kisses him at least once.
- Chrome Champion: Metal Mario.
- Dance Sensation: "Do the Mario!"
- Elemental Powers: See the folder for both brothers for powers shared with Luigi.
- The Everyman: The producers say that they have intentionally kept his characterization minimal to make him versatile and able to be put in many situations.
- Famed in Story: From Super Mario RPG onwards. In the DS remake of Super Mario 64 there is a sign in the courtyard describing him as a superhero. Less so in Lavalava Island and Roguepart, which are not in the Mushroom Kingdom.
- Flat Character: He's been intentionally kept flat so that he can be anything. That said, elements of personality have slipped in with the advent of 3D gaming.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Luigi's responsible.
- Go Karting with Bowser: Sure, Mario and Bowser are mortal enemies, but that doesn't stop them from playing games together every once in a while.
- Good Is Not Soft: Mario is a genuinely nice and righteous person who will help anyone in danger, but if someone hurts any person he cares about, he will not hold back.
- Hat Of Flight: The wing cap.
- The Hero: The central character and protagonist of many many games... Yup, he's the hero all right.
- Hope Bringer: He is considered to be a symbol of hope and liberty for the Mushroom Kingdom.
- Humble Hero: He's the main hero of the mushroom kingdom, and he's fairly modest about it.
- Ideal Hero: In every game he is in, he is always an ideal hero, which comes with being The Everyman and a Flat Character. Therefore, Mario's heroism is his only definite trait.
- I Have-a Many Names: Some call him Jumpman, or The Great Gonzales, or Butterball, or New Bee, or Hero of Legend.
- Implied Love Interest: Princess Peach.
- Keet: In modern games, he happily whoops and squeals with every step. Even if he's jumping across boiling lava pits. Contrast with Luigi, who has a more serious tone.
- Lady and Knight: The White Knight to Peach's Bright Lady. Mario is not a knight by job but otherwise plays the trope straight.
- The Leader: Types II and IV.
- Mascot: To his own series, and to Nintendo as a whole.
- Magnetic Hero: In the Paper Mario series.
- Red Is Heroic: His overalls almost always have some form of red.
- Required Spinoff Crossover: Has made cameo appearances in both Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
- Repetitive Name: Only in The Movie, mind you.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Luigi's Sensitive Guy.
- Separated at Birth: As shown in the intro for Yoshi's Island. When a stork carrying baby Mario and Luigi is attacked by Kamek (Or Magikoopa), Baby Luigi is taken away while Baby Mario lands in Yoshi's vicinity.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Luigi.
- Showy Invincible Hero: We all know he will win, but dear God, it's fun to watch him win.
- Stout Strength: Not as much as Wario, but this guy can spin around Bowser by the tail.
- Suddenly Voiced: in Mario vs. Donkey Kong. Also gives a ten minute long press conference for Mario Sports Mix, and narrates a five minute long tour of the Nintendo 3DS.
- Mario also has full speaking roles in the edutainment games Mario's Fundimentals and Mario Teaches Typing. He's quite the chattterbox in the latter, with entire videos dedicated to his disembodied head cracking jokes and Leaning on the Fourth Wall
- Sudden Name Change: He was originally called "Jumpman" in Donkey Kong. He was then renamed "Mario" after Nintendo's at-the-time landlord Mario Segali.
- Supporting Protagonist: In Super Paper Mario. He's the POV character, but his importance is far eclipsed by Tippi, Bleck, Dimentio, and Luigi.
- Title Scream: He does it in many games.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pasta. To be precise, Spaghetti Bolognese with alfredo sauce and meatballs. And also carbonara if the Star Gate in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is anything to go by. Also, toast in YouTube Poop, thanks to Hotel Mario.
- Vocal Dissonance: Mario's voice seems to go perma-falsetto when he's excited, and otherwise regularly breaks between his falsetto register and his lower tenor register. This is especially noticeable when contrasted to Luigi's more consistently tenor voice that never goes falsetto.
- And then there's that faux-boyish voice that's something of a low tenor given to him in The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! movie courtesy of Tōru Furuya.
- Wolverine Publicity: As the most popular video game character of all time, this is to be expected.
- Younger than They Look: Due to Mario's stumpy build and bushy stache, many unofficial portrayals treat like he's 30-40. in actuality, his Melee trophy in Japan outright says he's around twenty-six. As the game was released in 2001, when Donkey Kong was released in '81, it didn't mean his gaming age.
Yay for me, Luigi!
"I wanna be a great plumber like my brother Mario."
Mario's taller, marginally younger, and not-quite-as-famous twin brother. Eventually got his own proper game in Luigi's Mansion
. Unlike Mario, Luigi is more of a reluctant (read: cowardly
) hero who would rather stay at home than save the world, but he still always pulls through in the end. He has been shown to be quite brave on other occasions as well.
Luigi is often paired off with Princess Daisy
Tropes associated with Luigi that aren't shared with Mario:
- Accidental Misnaming:
- Mario and Peach are just about the only characters who can consistently remember Luigi's name in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. There, everyone else calls him some variation of "Green" most of the time. Also happens occasionally in other games, too, but nowhere near as frequently.
- Inverted in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, where everyone knows Luigi's name, but no one knows/remembers Mario's.
- In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, when Bowser vows to make Mario pay, he says, "And you too, Green 'Sta... Luigi!". It's the first time in Mario & Luigi he has ever remembered Luigi's name.
- Adorkable: Its a part of Luigi's charm.
- All There in the Manual: He has a crush on Daisy and tried to get close to her, but it didn't work out.
- Ambiguously Gay: His mannerisms are occasionally Camped-up, most egregiously in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Also: Gay Luigi?
- The ambiguity drops to dangerously low levels when he encounters Prince Peasely. Luigi actually gets a heart over his head when Peasely pokes him in the back with a rapier.
- Although, he did seem pretty much madly in love with Princess Eclair in the second Paper Mario game, as well as hints of having a crush on Rosalina in Galaxy, and Daisy in the spinoffs and a few non-game depictions, leading him into Bi the Way territory.
- Apocalypse Maiden: In Super Paper Mario.
- Arch-Enemy: King Boo. Mostly in the Luigi's Mansion games, but they have been portrayed together on other occasions.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Twice. Once in Superstar Saga, and once in the old Super Mario Adventures comic, both occasions involve him flawlessly impersonating Princess Peach. Inverted off-screen in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, where his Bob-omb partner Jerry only follows him to keep him from ever putting on a dress again.
- Badass Arm-Fold: As a victory pose. While grinning.
Oh, did I win?
"Listen, everybody, let's bake a delicious cake... ...for Mario..."
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
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 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 RPGs, where she shows no ill will to anyone, even villains.
- 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.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: As revealed in Super Paper Mario: being mocked for her eternal Damsel in Distress status.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Peach is the blonde, Pauline is the brunette, and Daisy is the redhead. Peach herself has been all three over the years due to the limited color pallete on the NES.
- Borrowed Catchphrase:
- Call Back: Her miniature form in Super Mario 3D World has short hair not unlike that of Baby Peach.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She shows this at times, most especially during The Subspace Emissary.
- Cute Bruiser: An inevitable result of her being a playable Super Smash Brothers character. The trope also applies to her in any platforming game where she is playable. She's also playable in all of the Mario Party games, and since many of the minigames in that series involve the characters beating the snot in each other, if you're using Peach while playing one of those minigames she becomes a Cute Bruiser there too.
- Damsel in Distress: The sole reason for her existence, except for Super Princess Peach, where she is the main character and Mario is the Distressed Dude. Frequently lampshaded in the RPGs. Averted in Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D World, where she is one of the four playable characters note . Most of the non-RPG and non-platformer games don't bring it up either.
- A Day in the Limelight: The entire point of Super Princess Peach.
- Death by Origin Story: Her father, according to the Japanese manual for the original game. Pretty much everything else where her father is mentioned ignores this.
- Dub Name Change: America originally called her Princess Toadstool. Later, Super Mario 64 and later games would call her Peach, making Toadstool her last name. Oddly enough, one episode of the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show has her say "Princess P. to the rescue!"
- Ermine Cape Effect
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Just how did Mario get acquainted with royalty? Why is he the one who's always in charge of rescuing her? And does Peach actually ever govern her country, seeing as her parents don't seem to be around? Who knows, but boy is that crown sure pretty!
- Fragile Speedster: In the racing and sports games.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: A lot of her dress feature these.
- Girly Run: In Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has the goldest locks and is one of the kindest characters in the series.
- Heart Beat-Down: She literally fights with the power of her emotions in Super Princess Peach.
- Heroic Willpower: Her extreme femininity disguises her incredibly strong will. In Super Paper Mario, she's able to stand up to Nastasia's Mind Control longer than any other character (including Luigi!), and the villain has to focus extremely hard to get the Princess to obey her commands.
- Hotter and Sexier: Her portrayal in the Mario Strikers series.
- 100% Adoration Rating: She's loved so dearly by her subjects that it's not uncommon for them to have sets of Princess Peach merchandise in their homes.
- Implied Love Interest: To Mario and vice versa. Also to Luigi, to some extent.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Constantly described as this.
- Informed Attribute: Her ability to govern, as noted in the tropes below. May have something to do with Conservation of Detail, since she gets kidnapped often and talking is boring.
- Lady and Knight: The Bright Lady to Mario's White Knight.
- Not Quite Flight: Her dress may aid in this. However, she can also still float a little even without her dress. Somehow.
- Only Sane Woman: Usually the most sensible. Although it varies from work to work.
- Opera Gloves: With the exception of Super Mario Sunshine and the sports games.
- Parachute Petticoat: From Super Mario Bros. 2 all the way to Super Mario 3D World, she's had the ability to float with her billowing skirt.
- Parasol of Pain: She uses her small, trademark pink parasol to fight in the Super Smash Bros. series, and a sentient parasol named Perry in Super Princess Peach.
- Parasol of Prettiness: Whether Peach is weaponizing the parasol or just using it to block out the sun, it is very cute looking. Especially Perry.
- Parasol Parachute: She can also soften her falls with her parasol whenever it's a Parasol of Pain.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Moreso in the Super Smash Bros. series starting from Melee.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: We've seen her do exactly two actual acts of government in the past 25 years. Though there are plenty of meetings shown in the RPGs, they either get interrupted or were trivial to begin with. Funnily enough, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga reveals a bit of the economic state of the Mushroom Kingdom... which is not good. Specifically their coins are rather low value per coins compared to the Bean Bean Kingdom's. Then again, this is a country where they have a university specifically for Tennis, go-kart races in the streets, and get invaded and ransacked twice a month.
- Playing with Fire: In Super Princess Peach, she has an attack that looks visually similar to the Raising Storm.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: She ranges from a Damsel in Distress to an effective Lady of War depending on the game.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: She's the present page picture proper.
- Princess Classic: Parodied, especially in the Paper Mario series.
- 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.
- 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 (although since she normally wears heels it makes sense for her to shrink once they've been taken off)
Mario! Is the princess OK?
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. Notable Toads include:
- (Captain) Toad: One of Peach's top advisors called the "Mushroom Retainers". Playable in most sports and spinoffs. Confirmed to be the leader of the Toad Brigade. Debut: Super Mario Bros..
- Toadette: Either Toad's friend or sister, treated as a star among the Toads. Debut: Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
- Toadsworth: Peach's aged steward and right-hand fungus. Debut: Super Mario Sunshine
- The Toad Brigade: Red, Blue, Purple, Green, and Yellow; five adventurous Toads who help out Mario; possibly the same Toads from Super Mario Sunshine. The tie-in trading cards for Super Mario Galaxy 2 confirm that the Red Toad is the Toad. Debut: Super Mario Galaxy
- Blue Toad and Yellow Toad: A pair of brave Toads who leap to Mario and Luigi's side to save the Princess. Might be the same yellow and blue Toads as the ones in the Toad Brigade. The former appears as a stand-in for the usual red-capped Toad in Super Mario 3D World. Debut: New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Tropes associated with the Toads:
- Always Lawful Good: The series has yet to feature an evil Toad.
- Break-Out Character: Captain Toad. 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.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Toadsworth has been absent from mainline titles since Super Mario Galaxy, though he still appears in spin-offs. Toadette was also missing between Mario Super Sluggers and Mario Kart 8.
- One-time example in Super Mario World. Toad was absent from that game, but resurfaces in all major Mario games thereafter.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: After the N64 games, the generic male Toads' voices got VERY raspy. And they yell. A lot.
- Depending on the Writer: It's highly variable whether the large mushroom cap on their head 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 RPGS have normal hair growing from under it.
- Distaff Counterpart: Toadette.
- Elemental Powers: Like the Mario Bros., Toad is able to manipulate various elemental abilities via power up.
- An Ice Person: Ice Toad and Penguin Toad from New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Green Thumb: His special skill from Mario Sports Mix, which allows him to summon large mushrooms
- Playing with Fire: Fire Toad from New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario 3D World
- Five-Man Band: The Toad Brigade.
- Flanderization: In his debut appearance, Toadsworth was obviously worried about Peach, but remained somewhat level-headed about it. Come Partners in Time, and he becomes paranoid, to the point of thinking his past self transformed Peach into a baby and kidnapped her the second he saw him.
- Fragile Speedster: Toad was the fastest runner in Super Mario Bros. 2. Likewise, Blue Toad was the fastest in Super Mario 3D World. They're both held back by a poor jump.
- Girlish Pigtails: Toadette has part of her mushroom top shaped like pigtails.
- Guards Must Be Crazy: The games don't even pretend that they can protect the kingdom anymore.
- Hobbits: In a sense. They're not all that flashy or remarkable. They're fairly ordinary. However, they do make up for it with pluck.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Almost all Toads look alike, with the most notable exceptions of Toadsworth and several female toads. This obviously has lead to a lot of confusion which Toad is the Toad when he's not in his Captain Toad persona, especially when two or more red spotted blue jacket toads appear at once.
- Kid Appeal Characters: The Toads (and Toadette) are usually type 2. There are a few Toads who could have been type 3.
- Kid Hero: Toad in Wario's Woods.
- Lovable Coward: Toad is utterly worthless in dangerous situations, but cute enough to get away with it.
- Mushroom Man: The entire species.
- No Name Given: The Blue and Yellow Toads.
- Old Retainer: Toadsworth.
- Pink Means Feminine: Toadette
- Punny Name: In the Paper Mario games, the Toads all have names like Zest T. and the like. May cross with Species Surname.
- Redshirt Army: Unless they are working directly with the Mario Bros Toads can't even slow down a goomba.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The entire Toad species including Toadette and Toadsworth.
- Species Of Mushroom Headpieces
- The Smurfette Principle: Toadette is special because... She's a girl Toad? Okay then... In the RPGs however, there are many female Toads.
- Super-Strong Child: Toad was the fastest grabber in Super Mario Bros. 2.
- Tagalong Kid: Toad has been this in some games as well as the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.
- The New Super Mario Bros. console games brought us the Blue and Yellow Toads. The former was also this in 3D World.
- 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.
- Speaking of Toadette, since her debut in Mario Kart Double Dash. Her voice sounded more energetic and high pitch, until her debut in 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, and Mario Golf World Tour.
- Weak, but Skilled: In his stages in Super Mario 3D World (as well as the upcoming 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.
"I know! We should team up! Come on! Hop on my back!"
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.
- Butt Monkey: Enforced 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.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: It often flip-flops whether or not Yoshis are dragons or dinos.
- 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.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: First encountered in Dinosaur land. Certainly one of the main arguments of why Super Mario World could be the best Mario game.
- Extreme Omnivore: The only thing Yoshis object to is super spicy foods and even then they'll still swallow it.
- 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 Yoshi's 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 Yoshi's in the other platformers and the Yoshi's Island series.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Yoshis (occasionally)
- 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 the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. Melee, Yoshis are neither male nor female, and can reproduce asexually.
- 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.
- Species Of Hats: 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.
- Powerup Mount: Was the original Trope Namer, in fact.
- 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.
- Third-Person Person: In the cartoon, as part of his Baby Talk.
- Translation Convention: In some games (namely the RPGs) 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 Super Mario RPG anyway.
- 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.
- The Voiceless: He has spoken English in Super Mario World and a few other games, yet all we get are drum beats, Pokémon Speak & Baby Talk.
Hi, I'm Daisy!
"Yo, this is Princess Daisy. You're listening to Super Mario Compact Disco. Kick it!"
Debut: Super Mario Land
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 the Mario Sports and Mario Party
titles. She is friends with Princess Peach and has been believed to be romantically involved with Luigi.
Tropes associated with Daisy:
- Action Girl: While Daisy has yet to fight any major villains like Peach has, she's more proactive when it comes to sports.
- 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.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit in Super Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Peach is the blonde, Pauline is the brunette, and Daisy is the redhead.
- 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!
- 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...
- Dishing Out Dirt: She appears to have some level of control over crystals.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Used to look almost exactly like a recolored Peach and acted a lot like her too, to the point that in Super Mario Land she even had the same plot role that Peach usually has in the platformers. She only started to truly diverge from Peach and become the Tomboy Princess that we all know and love (or not) years after her initial introduction.
- Expy: Started out as this for Peach, right down to being a damsel in her debut game, but has since changed into a very different character.
- ExpositoryHairstyleChange/ImportantHaircut: 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.
- Genki Girl: She definitely has a lot of energy to spare, especially once Deanna Mustard started voicing her.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Luigi is confirmed to have a crush on her, though he doesn't appear to have any intention 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 not-love-interest's best friend, it feels a little weird when you put all this together.
- Daisy doesn't even have interactions with Yoshi, so how is it she became friends with the gender-defying Birdo ever since their first playable appearances together in Mario Tennis? Possibly a connection to Pair The Spares as listed below.
"I will watch over you from beyond the stars."
Once, Rosalina was a young girl living on the Mushroom World, 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.
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.
- Badass Adorable: Her elegant looks and soft-spoken kind nature say adorable; her capabilities when taking an active role say badass.
- 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.
- 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 the Baby Luma that travel to 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.
- 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.
- Missing Mom: In her effort to help the Lumas find their mother she lost contact with her own.
- Not So Stoic: 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.
- 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: He right eye is covered by a big bang of hair.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Not to the extent of Peach, but her cyan dress still has some elements to it, like the star motif. Super Smash Bros. takes it further by adding glittery star-shapes on the bottom of it.
- 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
- Queen Of All Cosmos: Or also known as ''Mother of The Stars''.
- 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.
- Statuesque Stunner: Quite pretty and a head taller than Peach.
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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 Critters: 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!
- 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.
Mario's first girlfriend and a celebrity of some sort. Many years ago, Pauline was kidnapped by Donkey Kong
, but Mario rescued her in his very first adventure. Her current relationship with Mario is unclear, though they remain good 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:
- The Artifact: Her original role as Mario's girlfriend has been downplayed ever since the introduction of Peach (with the newer games since Donkey Kong '94 only describing her as "Mario's friend"). 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.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Was originally a blonde in the arcade and NES versions of Donkey Kong. She became a brunette starting with the 1994 Game Boy version, probably to distinguish her from Peach.
- 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 in 2006. Fortunately for her, she stuck around after her second comeback thanks to the fact that Mario vs. Donkey Kong games became a spinoff series of its own.
- Damsel in Distress: The first in the series.
- Just Friends: With Mario in the second Mario vs. Donkey Kong game.
- No Name Given: At first, in the original Donkey Kong, she was simply known as "the lady" until the NES release named her.
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:
Professor Elvin Gadd
"Tonight I'll make an old family recipe. Pickled dandelions with barnacles in a diesel marinade!"
Elvin Gadd is a friendly, absentminded scientist who helps the Mario Bros. with his many inventions, including the FLUDD pack and Bowser Jr's magic brush (Super Mario Sunshine
) and Luigi's Poltergust 3000 Ghost vacuum (Luigi's Mansion
). He also has smaller roles in a lot of the RPG 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:
"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:
"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.
A fairy-like race inhabiting the Sprixie Kingdom and led by the Sprixie Princess, they all get put under Bowser's subjugation when he invades their land.
- Expy: They bear an uncanny resemblance to Wanda, a character from Wario´s Woods, and the Subcons, the fairies that needed to be rescued in Super Mario Bros. 2.
- Damsel in Distress: Since Peach is a playable character in Super Mario 3D World, they're the ones you have to rescue from Bowser.
- Portmanteau: Of "Sprite" and "Pixie."
- Rainbow Motif: Each of the sprixies are in a color of the rainbow.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: They are pretty adorable.
- 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.
NPCs (debuting in Super Mario 64)
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:
A large Sea Monster
who helps Mario reach otherwise difficult areas.
Tropes associated with Dorrie:
"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.
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:
"For now, reporting live, this has been the Lakitu Bros. "
The cameramen (cameraturtles?) who film the whole adventure.
Tropes associated with the Lakitu Bros:
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
- 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.
I'm late, so late, I must make haste!
MIPS is a small golden rabbit found in the basement of Super Mario 64
- Ascended Extra: He and many more rabbits appear in Super Mario 64 DS, although this time to give keys to Mini Games.
- Alice Allusion: Some of MIPS' lines reference the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
- Author Appeal: MIPS was one of the first things programmed into the game, however they kept him in because the developers liked him so much.
- Basement-Dweller: Literally, the basement is the only place you find him.
- The Cameo: He makes an appearance in Mario Party 3's Woody Woods, among other rabbits.
- Everything's Better With Bunnies
- Follow the White Rabbit: Averted, he's more of a goldish-yellow. You do have to follow this little booger around to get his Power Star.
- Meaningful Name: MIPS is a type of CPU, which is the kind that the N64 has.
- Raymanian Limbs: He has no arms. Although that's probably because, even if he did have arms, you wouldn't be able to see them anyway due to his small model.
- Rascally Rabbit: Downplayed. Even though he's very hard to catch, it is possible to catch him.
- Sequence Breaking: He is part of a glitch where if Mario holds him and puts him down near a wall, they will both clip through the wall.
- Super Speed: As a rabbit, he's very fast, although there are a few strategies to catch him.
NPCs (debuting in Super Mario Sunshine)
A race of large, fruitlike natives to Isle Delfino.
Tropes associated with the Piantas:
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.
- Expy: They're short NPCs, much like Toads (see above).
- 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 Race: 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.
A mysterious man who is disguised as a Pianta who challenges Mario to races across the island.
Tropes associated with Il Piantissamo:
A group of friendly flowers who were briefly plagued by Snooze-a-Koopas until Mario saved them. They are naturally cheerful and will provide coins if watered.
Tropes associated with the Sunflowers: