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Wario & Waluigi
The Mario Brothers's evil counterparts. A pair of angry, greedy jerks who often try to ruin the day simply out of jealousy and spite. Wario is the greedy, lazy, and boisterous counterpart of Mario. Waluigi is the scowling, bitter, and strange counterpart to Luigi.Tropes that apply to both:
- Ambiguously Human: They are humanoid in appearance, and they are said to be humans. But the elf ears, gangly eyes, pink noses, and extremely deformed proportions make them look extremely bizarre. Plus their even weirder anatomies and powers.
- Anti-Role Model: Both represent greed and scheming.
- Art Evolution:
- Artistic Age: They look a lot older than the Mario Bros, who already look quite a bit older than their age of twenty-four, but they're said to be roughly the same age.
- Badass Mustache: Just like the Mario Bros, both Wario and Waluigi have mustaches. Wario's is shaped like thunderbolts while Waluigi's are straight and pointy.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: These two are very skilled characters when it comes to mechanics and designing plans. It's a shame they usually resort to simple vandalism and petty mischief.
- Butt-Monkey: Both are extremely prone to slapstick whenever they team up on the spin-offs.
- Brains and Brawn: As expected, when they team together, Wario is the brawn, while Waluigi is the brains. Both are still extremely prone to stupid decisions.
- Characterization Marches On: They both started out as simple bad guys. Wario was established as more greedy than evil, and Waluigi was given traits of self-pity, vengeful anger, and romantic passions.
- Later Mario Party games also made efforts to associate Waluigi with cunning and craftiness.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Wario has the "W" on his hat and his gloves. Waluigi, however, wears a vertically-flipped L (Γ) on his hat and gloves. It could also be the greek letter "Gamma".
- "Have a rotten day!"
- "Hurry up!". This one comes from Wario Land 4.
- "D'oh I missed!"
- "Waluigi Time!"
- "WALUIGI NUMBER ONE!"
- The Determinator: Both of them are extremely dedicated towards their goals. Wario does whatever it takes to gain gold, and Waluigi goes to great lengths to beat his rival and cause mischief (which tends to backfire hilariously).
- Elemental Powers: Waluigi moreso.
- Envy: Wario was originally designed as Mario's jealous counterpart, but eventually became defined by his greed. Waluigi, on the other hand, has always been motivated by envy of Luigi, down to having a crush on the same girl and believing with every fiber of his being that Mr. Green is the only thing standing between him and ultimate stardom.
- Evil Counterpart: These two are practically Evil Twins of the Mario Brothers and the TvTropes Poster Boys for the trope, though they usually act as a Goldfish Poop Gang in sports spin-offs. The symbols on their hats are even an M and L turned upside-down.
- Fat and Skinny: Wario's the Fat. Waluigi is the Skinny.
- Gag Nose: One way they differ from the Mario Bros. is that their noses are bright pink and very large, adding to their ugly appearances.
- Gonk: Part of their charm.
- Greed: Even though Wario is a poster child for this, they both are extremely greedy, though Waluigi is less on the money sense, and more on the competitive sense. They will even steal from each other!
- Hair-Trigger Temper: They often get in trouble because of it.
- Harmless Villain: Presented as evil versions of Mario and Luigi, but their brand of villainy only extends towards embodying certain vices as opposed to actual villainy that Bowser and other villains possess.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Sometimes they spitefully try to ruin the day, but other times, like in the Mario Party series, they'll even ally with Mario and the others.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: They can't seem to decide if these two are brothers or not.
- Hostile Show Takeover: In earlier appearances.
- Iron Butt Monkey: They have lived through things that even the Mario Bros couldn't. Examples include Bob-ombs and a Banzai Bill.
- Jerkass: It's obvious, really.
- Large Ham: Always over the top, with exaggerated actions and lines.
- Laughably Evil: Their antics are the focus of the Camelot Mario sports games.
- Mad Bomber: They are usually associated with bombs and explosives.
- Meaningful Name: Portmanteaus of the words "warui" and their rivals' names. More details below for the respective characters.
- Narcissist: Both.
- Oddball Doppelganger: While both of them initially started off as Evil Counterparts to Mario and Luigi, they've since changed to be more like this.
- Parody: An interesting example in a meta-sense, Wario and Waluigi are gross exaggerations of Mario and Luigi's designs. Mario may be chubby, but Wario's practically as wide as tall. Luigi's the skinnier of the two, but Waluigi has lengthy, spider-like limbs.
- Purple Is Powerful: Wario wears purple pants, and Waluigi's cap and shirt are purple. Interestingly enough, their purples are distinctly different hues, with Waluigi's being a more bluish purple.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Wario may wear yellow, but he also wears purple overalls and green shoes, possibly as a nod to his ''Grey'' area as a character rather than outright villain. Waluigi plays this a lot more straight, with purple being the colors of his cap and shirt, orange shoes, and black overalls.
- Super Strength: They are polar opposites. Wario has great strength in his arms and punches, but his stubby legs are pretty weak on their own. Waluigi's arms are scrawny and he is usually pretty weak, but his long, lanky legs can deliver nasty kicks.
- Third-Person Person: Though Waluigi makes the most use of this, Wario is prone to do so sometimes.
- Those Two Guys: Even though Wario and Waluigi aren't exactly good guys, they're on Team Rocket-levels in terms of actual threat and are Laughably Evil at best.
- Token Human: They are one of the few existing humans in the Mario games. And they don't even look that human.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Wario loves garlic, and Waluigi loves eggplants.
- Verbal Tic: Both Wario and Waluigi like muttering their own names a lot. Also: "WAAAA".
- Villain Team-Up: Waluigi was actually first developed to do this with Wario in Mario Tennis. In Mario Power Tennis, Bowser recruits them after they lose a doubles match and puts them through Training from Hell in an attempt to sabotage the game's tournament.
"Obey Wario, DESTROY MARIO!"
Debut: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Voiced by: Chikao Ohtsuka (Japanese Ads), Thomas Spindler (Mario Kart 64, Japanese version; Mario Party 1-2, Mario Kart Super Circuit), Charles MartinetA fat, ill-tempered, greedy treasure hunter and microgame designer who is often described as Mario's rival. Debuted in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins as the Big Bad, but branched off with WarioWare and his own platformers; his nemesis is Captain Syrup (see below). He sticks around for the spin-offs, though.Tropes associated with Wario:
- Accidental Hero: Wario never intends to perform acts of heroism, he just wants treasure.
- Acrofatic: Still capable of feats of agility/acrobatics despite being fatter than Mario.
- Anti-Hero: Wario really doesn't mind helping people out... as long as it is within his price range.
- Anti-Role Model: While Wario is not a bad guy, this is not someone you'd want your kids to look up to."Bath- NO! Brush teeth- NO! Don't be like me, kids!"
- Art Evolution: In his earlier appearances, Wario wore long sleeves and had a lazy eye. He was also much bigger.
- Badass Biker: In WarioWare, he has a personal motorbike, which carries over to his appearance in Super Smash Bros.
- Badass Mustache: As an Evil Counterpart of Mario, this is a given.
- Big Bad: Of Super Mario Land 2. He went from this to Villain Protagonist, then to Anti-Hero as the games went on.
- Big Eater: Especially in Wario World, where he has a Kirby-like ability to suck in coins.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Loud, arrogant, and with all the strength to back it up.
- Breakout Character: Since appearing as an antagonist, he gets two series featuring him.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He made his own company, but is too lazy to run it.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": The W on his cap and gloves.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: In Wario Land II, he put a hold on getting his treasure back when his pet hen goes missing. He also talks about Hen rather fondly in the instruction manual.
- Chrome Champion: While Mario was this in Super Mario 64, Wario took over this capacity entirely in Super Mario 64 DS.
- Characterization Marches On: He was an outright villain in his first appearance, but later games made it clear he's more greedy than evil.
- Complete Immortality: In Wario Land II and 3, he cannot be killed by any means (all except for Rudy, the final boss in 3, which can kill him and give him a Game Over).
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: In the WarioWare series.
- Divergent Character Evolution:
- Design-wise — in newer games, he wears a T-shirt under his overalls (unlike Mario, Luigi, and Waluigi, who wear long-sleeved shirts). Nowadays his more common Wario Ware appearances give him an entirely unique outfit.
- Wario in his debut was able to use the same powerups Mario could, except he was able to obtain substantially more power from them. The Wario Land series gave him his own set of skills; generally used for puzzle-solving rather than getting from point A to point B.
- Driven by Envy: According to the Super Mario Land 2 manual, he's been jealous of Mario's popularity since they were children and tried to steal his castle many times before.
- Dumb Muscle: The Super Mario 64 DS booklet describes him as lacking in brains. Some of his own games subvert this, however. He can make inventions and companies in mere seconds.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Wario had a few elements of Sorcerous Overlord and was capable of Mind Manipulation in his earliest appearances. In Six Golden Coins, he hypnotized the entire island where Mario's castle resided, and he does something similar to the originally peaceful inhabitants of Wario's Woods. The original commercial for Six Golden Coins also saw him attempting to hypnotize the viewer.
- Eternally Pearly-White Teeth:
- Evil Counterpart: Wario was set apart from Bowser in his first appearance by his ability to use the same items as Mario. Then again, Bowser himself is not above doing this.
- Evil Is Bigger: Lampshaded in his Art Evolution. In his earliest appearances, Wario was a huge guy, standing a full head taller than Mario and his friends. As the games went on and Wario began to shed some of his villainy and became an Anti-Hero, his proportions became much smaller, to the point where now he's barely taller than Mario.
- Evil Laugh: Wario is best known for his bellicose cackle.
- Evil Twin: Evil Twin wannabe, anyway.
- Extra-ore-dinary: His hat power up in Super Mario 64 DS is the Metal Cap.
- Fartillery: An exclusive move in Super Smash Bros..
- Fat and Skinny: The Fat to Waluigi's Skinny.
- Fat Bastard: He's not evil, but he's not nice either. In the same way that Mario is short and plump, Wario exaggerates this trait to villainous levels.
- Fat Slob: He picks his nose, farts, eats a lot, and is generally very gross.
- Fiction 500: In Wario Land more than WarioWare.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: His primary method of defeating enemies.
- From a Single Cell: When set on fire, he runs around before turning into ashes and regenerates from them.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He manages to build a teleporter into television on a whim.
- Gag Nose: A pink one.
- Gasshole: Especially in Super Smash Bros, but toilet humor has been a part of his characterization in Japan since Wario Land 2.
- Gonk: One of the few examples of a gonk protagonist. This is possibly due to the fact that he started off as an antagonist.
- Gratuitous German: In early games, in which he was voiced by Nintendo of Europe employee Thomas Spindler, he had the habit of saying, "So ein Mist!"
- Greed: A poster child.
- Ground Pound: The "Butt Stomp", one of his signature moves.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It's not hard to make him mad, particularly if he's denied treasure.
- Harmless Villain: To the point where he stopped being a villain altogether and became an anti-hero.
- Heel–Face Turn: Implied. While he's still not exactly a hero, he doesn't go out of his way to mess with Mario and his friends anymore and even helps them on occasion.
- Hot-Blooded: Very adventurous and excitable.
- Hypnotic Eyes: In the American commercial for Super Mario Land 2.
- Hypno Trinket: In the American commercial for Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.
- Interpretative Character: In Japan, Wario is an Iron Butt Monkey who revels in Toilet Humor, whereas in the West his strength, greed, and malevolence are emphasized to the point where he almost becomes a completely different character.
- Iron Butt Monkey: In most of the Wario Land games, he often needs to injure himself in hilarious ways to progress, though he'll shrug off any injuries like they were nothing.
- Jerkass: On his bad days.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He'll gladly liberate the citizens of a music box from an evil clown... if you let him keep any treasure he finds. He also goes out of his way to rescue Princess Peach in Super Mario 64 DS for no real profit (unless he really likes cake anyway).
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Because Queen Merelda certainly needed whiplash less than a minute after being freed from a cage. But Wario shaved down the time to get his money by several seconds, so it all evens out.
- Large Ham: More so in Wario World, where everything was his including the manual.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His greedy antics often come back to bite him in the butt.
- Lightning Bruiser: He is massively strong, can take a lot of damage, and can jump high and dash quickly (with his signature dash attack). This is especially true in Wario Land 4 — he's actually faster in this game while dashing than Mario had been in previous games, and his strength and jumping remains the same as ever.
- Made of Iron: He can take almost anything thrown at him. Heck, some of the Amusing Injuries inflicted on him in Wario Land II & 3 actually serve as powerups!
- Money Fetish: Need we say more?
- Meaningful Name: Combined with Lucky Translation, his name works in Japan and in English-speaking countries.
- His name was originally a portmanteau of the Japanese word "warui" meaning "bad" and Mario. As such, his name means "bad Mario"; a play on his status as Mario's reverse doppelganger.
- In English-speaking countries, in addition to having the word "War" in his name, the W in his name can instead be read as an upside-down M, which still perfectly fits his Evil Twin nature to Mario.
- Mighty Glacier: In comparison to the Mario Brothers. All three are generally portrayed as Lightning Bruisers, but Wario is stronger while the Bros are faster and more agile. Especially notable in Super Mario 64 DS where he's easily the slowest amongst the four playable characters, but does the most damage to enemies, throws objects the farthest, and can destroy objects on his own that Mario would need a Metal Cap to break in the original Super Mario 64.
- Mirror Boss: In Super Mario Land 2.
- Morality Pet: Wario's pet hen, "Hen" in Wario Land 2. One of the few things in the world besides money that he actually cares about. While chasing the Black Sugar Gang, the pirates disturb Hen, causing her to flee from her nest. Wario deliberately cuts off his chase for his treasure just to help Hen and return her to her nest.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Sometimes.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Those bulky biceps Wario possesses aren't just for show. The fat guy has superhuman strength.
- Mythology Gag: The fact that Wario doffs his cap for Princess Peach indicates a special regard for her he doesn't share for just any other girl (having been known to manhandle even royalty like Princess Merelda); in the Mario-kun manga, he had a crush on Her Highness.
- Odd Friendship: With Toadette apparently.
- One-Man Army: Rivals the Mario Bros in the sheer devastation he can wreak upon his enemies.
- Only in It for the Money: Especially in Shake It!
- Parental Abandonment: All of the other babies are taken home by storks at the end of Yoshi's Island DS, except for Baby Wario, who is instead taken to a raft with treasure on it, implying that he was homeless.
- Pet the Dog: You have to admit, it was kinda cute the way Wario takes off his hat before the princess in Super Mario 64 DS.
- Phantom Thief: In Wario: Master of Disguise.
- Progressively Prettier: Comparatively speaking. Around the time of Wario Land II, he no longer has a lazy eye, and his upper body became more muscular.
- Punny Name: In Japanese, warui means "bad". The letters R and L are interchangeable in Katakana, and thus Waluigi below.
- Purple Is Powerful: Wears purple pants in most of his apperances.
- Rated M for Manly: A big guy with a huge mustache and huger arms, Wario has a boorish, slobbish attitude towards everything, thinks of himself as the epitome of machismo, and is well known for his Stout Strength and resilience.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Wears pink pants in the WarioWare series.
- The Rival: To Mario. And in his own games, to Captain Syrup.
- The Scrooge: And how! He'd make the Trope Namer himself look charitable.
- Shock and Awe: When he's not using his body gasses, this is Wario's go-to power of choice, especially in Mario Tennis. Unfortunately, the lightning doesn't always work in his favor, if his Bogey animation in Mario Golf World Tour is anything to go by.
- Signature Move: His "Shoulder Charge/Dash" attack.
- Slasher Smile: Just look at him! It almost seems permanent.
- Sociopathic Hero: It's all about money with this guy, any heroics he does are purely accidental.
- Stout Strength: Wario has always been portrayed as fatter and stronger than Mario, and he's got the biceps to show it.
- Super Strength: He can punch the ground to cause earthquakes and regularly pulverizes stone blocks.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Garlic.
- Toilet Humor: While Western fans were introduced to this side of his character in Smash Bros. Brawl, Wario was making butt and fart jokes as early as Wario Land 2, and in the Japanese promotion page for Wario Land 4 he gives a detailed description of his poop.
- Token Evil Teammate: In Super Mario 64 DS.
- Took a Level in Kindness: While he's still a fat, greedy jerk, he's generally more of an Anti-Hero these days.
- Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Super Smash Bros. Brawl has him in his most villainous role since Super Mario Land 2.
- Top-Heavy Guy: He's got quite the biceps on him.
- Unwitting Pawn: In Shake It, Merfle reveals in the end that Captain Syrup made a deal with him that she would lure Wario into the Shake Dimension so he could defeat the Shake King and save Queen Merelda. In exchange, she would get the Bottomless Coin Sack. Suffice it to say, Wario doesn't take it well.
- Villain Protagonist: Initially. After Wario Land, he becomes more of an Anti-Hero.
- Villainous Glutton: He's got quite an appetite, though over the years he's become gradually less villainous.
- Would Hit a Girl: Wario has pummeled Captain Syrup in Wario Land II (in the endings to be specific), the Golden Diva from Wario Land 4, DinoMighty from Wario World, Queen Merelda in Shake It, and Terrormisu from Master of Disguise. He's got no problem with smacking chicks. (Well, villainous ones at least.)
Debut: Mario Tennis
Voiced by: Charles MartinetWaluigi debuted in Mario Tennis as Wario's partner (we don't know for sure if they're brothers) and Luigi's rival. He has so far only appeared in Mario spin-off games, and ironically never in a Wario game. His odd confrontational and slightly crazed manner have seemed disturbing to some, and inspired this comic.You can also see Waluigi's own page for more information.Tropes associated with Waluigi:
- A Day in the Limelight: In Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix, where Waluigi is the main villain of the story. In Mario Party 3, he knocks out Bowser and becomes the final boss of the game. Waluigi gets a fair bit more screentime in the Mario Tennis games. He stars in Power Tennis' opening movie alongside Wario. Also, WALUIGI PINBALL!
- Advertised Extra: Though promoted as a "central" Mario character, Waluigi has been relegated entirely to side-games. The closest he got to a Mainline appearance was Mario wearing his clothes in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
- Anti-Villain: He's not really much of a villain — in fact, the only indication that he is one is at all is that his goal is to Take Over the World.
- Assist Character: In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he is one of the many Assist Trophy characters. His function is to chase down opponents and try to stomp them into the ground and finish up by launching opponents with a mighty kick or a swing from his tennis racket.
- Ax-Crazy: Just listen to his sound effects and Mario Strikers Charged, where he smashes the soccer ball into the face of a member of the opposite team and gleefully dances and laughs after it. Apparently, his true motive, besides spoiling the parties and making everyone angry, is to take over the world and spread chaos across the land.
- Badass Moustache: It is rather impressive.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He is mostly a very silly character, however, he wipes the floor with Bowser in Mario Party 3 (and has an army of Piranha Plants) and can kick pretty much everyone to the ground in Brawl.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: He doesn't want people to know how insecure and self-loathing he is.
- Blow You Away: In Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and Mario Tennis. In Mario Tennis, he has to spin himself to create the tornado.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Whenever Waluigi loses in Mario Kart Wii, he may say "I hate this game".
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He is very strong and fast physically, has a big assortment of weird and unpredictable powers, is the most skilled of the cast when it comes to sports, and often uses elaborate and deadly machinery. However, he really doesn't use much of his power for actual villainous purposes (even though, as we have seen in Mario Party 3, he could).
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": An L, flipped upside-down and mirrored, on his cap and gloves.
- It could also be the Greek letter gamma (Γ). Coincidentally, if you write Waluigi's name phonetically in Modern Greek, it becomes Γουαλουίτζι (Goualouítzi).
- Butt-Monkey: He tops Luigi. It seems like nothing goes right for this guy. Even he knows it.
- Camp Straight: Despite his crush on Princess Daisy, he isquite a fabulous fellow◊.
- The Casanova: Can be very romantic, as his victory pose in Mario Party 8 shows.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Just look at his lines in games like Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games or Fortune Street.
- Dastardly Whiplash: He bears an uncanny resemblance to Dick Dastardly and fellow evil twin Odlaw.
- The Ditz: At least according to Wario.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Along with a Spin Attack in Mario Tennis, there are a lot of times when Waluigi is spinning just for the heck of it.
- Evil Counterpart: To Luigi.
- Evil Is Petty: Pettiness is practically Waluigi's main trait.
- Fat and Skinny: The Skinny to Wario's Fat.
- Flight: Something like it. In Mario Power Tennis and Mario Hoops 3-on-3, he can "swim" through the air. He can't rise, though.
- Freudian Excuse: Why does he have it out for Luigi? Take a look at their first interaction.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He was the one who designed and built both Waluigi Pinball and Stadium Arena (a stadium full of energetic lights and robotic dinosaurs). In Mario Sports Mix, he also seems to have built a robot for Waluigi Pinball and designed a machine with four arms that instantly teleports to him and can fire lightning bolts.
- Gag Nose: Like Wario, he has a large pink nose. Although it's also crookedly evil.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: His infamous Crotch Chop.
- Gonk: Not as ugly as Wario, but still there.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Displays them upon victory in Mario Tennis and Game & Watch Gallery 4.
- Gravity Master: He can swim in mid-air.
- Green Thumb: His special attacks in Mario Strikers Charged involve summoning purple bramble.
- Happy Dance: It seems he really loves celebrating some of his sports achievements with an impromptu dance, some of which, as mentioned, are rather fabulous.
- Harmless Villain: So much that you wouldn't even know he was a villain, if he hadn't tried to Take Over the World.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: They can't seem to decide if he and Wario are brothers or not.
- Hijacked by Ganon: It at first looks like he's going to be the main villain of Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, but he's just the first boss, with Bowser being the final one.
- Hostile Show Takeover: He is◊ very fond of doing this. Usually, when he appears alongside Wario or gets the spotlight, he will do this, abruptly interrupting the game to annouce his arrival. His Brawl in the Family counterpart is the Image Source.
- He is implied to have done this to the Mushroom Kingdom itself in a Mario Party-e minigame. The game is called "Waluigi's Reign". It consists of Mario, trapped in a grey room with pipes above him and Waluigi in a cabin above. Waluigi starts to rain down coins and giant hammers at Mario. The number of hammers starts to increase and increase as Mario tries to avoid them. If you notice in the background not only is everything foggy and grey, but there is a construction site halfway finished, almost as it was being built recently. So much for Harmless Villain.
- Hypocrite: Accuses his opponents of cheating whenever he loses, while simulanteously taking pride in his own cheating.
- In a Single Bound: He's the only character who has ever come close to Luigi's jump height without flying.
- Informed Ability: He is said to be good at cheating and apparently does so regularly. However, since Waluigi is playable in almost all of his appearances, we rarely ever see him do it.
- Insane Troll Logic: In his words: "With these Waluigiscopes, Waluigi will spy on Luigi like a hawk and learn all of his weaknesses. Then, when Waluigi finally beats Luigi, he will be the number one superstar of the world! Wa ha ha !".
- Jerkass: One of his most defining characteristics. He is supremely awful and takes every opportunity to demonstrate it openly. He does nefarious deeds because it entertains him to do so. It seems like he exists solely to piss on everyone's parade. He is pure hatred through and through, to such an extent that he takes unmitigated glee in even the most hilariously petty acts of malice. His purpose in life is to torment all living things and spread chaos.
- Lean and Mean: In the same way Wario's fatness is an exaggeration of Mario's physique, Waluigi's leanness is an exaggeration of Luigi's thin physique.
- Master of Illusion: In the Mario Baseball series, he creates visual tricks like creating an oversized baseball or disguising a venomous eggplant as a baseball.
- Make Way for the New Villains: He did this to Bowser as well in Mario Party 3. After getting the Beauty Star Stamp, Bowser shows up. Expecting a fight with Bowser for the Mischief Star Stamp, Waluigi steals it instead, curbstomps Bowser when he tries to object, and forces the player to fight for the Stamp on a board of his own creation. While Waluigi only ends up being the penultimate boss-of-sorts, that scene was Bowser's last appearance in 3's Story Mode.
- Mind Screw: Most of the things he does fall on this category. Current God of it.
- Meaningful Name: Even more so than Wario's; not only is it a portmaneau of "warui" and "Luigi" like Wario's, but it's also a pun on top of that; "ruiji" in Japanese means "similar", while "warui" means "bad". Put the two together and you get "waruiji", or "bad similar"; mocking his vastly different appearance to Luigi. It's also an anagram of "ijiwaru", meaning "spiteful person".
- Narcissist: Waluigi blows his own horn at every opportunity and abhors anything that might tarnish his image. Guy literally thinks the sun is trying to outshine him.
- Never My Fault: He has a tendency to accuse his opponents of cheating whenever he loses.
- Purple Is Powerful: Everything is purple today. Purple is a color.
- Remember the New Guy: His very first appearance was in Mario Tennis. He was shown to have some kind of history with the other characters, but we're not given any backstory on this guy.
- Satellite Character: He seems to have no real purpose other than serving as Wario's partner and Luigi's rival. Unlike Wario or Luigi, he has never appeared in his own official game.
- Spin Attack: One of his special moves in Mario Power Tennis.
- Stalker Without a Crush: Revealed to be this to Luigi in the 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, but people definitely thought he was this already.
- Stone Wall: Due to his long limbs, Waluigi is one of only two characters classed as "defensive" in the Mario Tennis series.
- Something About a Rose: His victory animation in Mario Party 8 and his birdie animation◊ in Mario Golf World Tour. Complete with sparkles. Seems to hint at a rather different interpretation of Waluigi than the one we're used to...
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Waluigi acts like a jerkass so people won't see his faults. See Tragic Villain.
- Super Strength: No, really. Though, unlike the other characters in the series, it's all in his legs, and not to nearly the same degree.
- Take Over the World: His goal. You can probably guess how good he is at it.
- Teleport Spam: In Mario Strikers Charged.
- Third-Person Person: Waluigi will spy on Luigi using his new Waluigiscopes!
- This Is a Drill: According to Wario Warehouse, Waluigi ended up drilling himself to the center of the Earth while trying to look into the back of his shirt. He used his chin like an pickaxe in order to make his way back to the world.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Eggplants, to go with his purple theme.
- Weak, but Skilled: This is his usual role in the Mario spinoffs in contrast to Wario, as in his debut game, Mario Tennis, where his shots don't have much power but he has great control and enough height to make him a terror on the net.
- Zany Scheme: In DDR: Mario Mix. When Waluigi goes to the Truffle Towers, he tries to use the keys to make his wish come true. His wish is to become the best dancer in the world so he can take over the world by hypnotizing everyone with his dance moves.
Characters from Wario Land
Wario Lands, in the first game possessing a base on Kitchen Island which is raided by Wario, and in the second game takes revenge by seizing Wario's new castle. She returned in Wario Land: Shake It! as an ally to free the Shake Dimension, with the same ulterior motive as Wario: money.Tropes assoicated with Syrup:
- Affably Evil: Selfish and manipulative, but a lot nicer than Wario.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: Suffers this in a number of the Wario Land II endings.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Well, she's not a bad guy per se, but in Shake It!, she manages to manipulate Wario into defeating the Shake King so she could claim the Bottomless Coin Sack from right under his nose.
- Batman Gambit: The entire plot of Shake It! was kickstarted by her luring Wario into the Shake Dimension so he could defeat the Shake King and let her steal the Bottomless Coin Sack.
- Big Bad: Of the first two Wario Land games.
- The Chessmaster: In Shake It!. The whole game was her using Wario to defeat the Shake King so she could claim the Bottomless Coin Sack. And it worked.
- Evil Versus Evil: Though neither her nor Wario are truly "evil", just really greedy.
- Evil Plan: In Shake It!, she manipulates Wario into defeating the Shake King so she can steal the Bottomless Coin Sack.
- Femme Fatale: Flirts with Wario and is not above using her sex appeal to manipulate others, though Wario is pretty indifferent to her.
- Lovable Rogue: She's a greedy, self-serving woman, but still pretty fun to be around.
- Manipulative Bitch: To Wario in Shake It!
- Not So Different: While she's portrayed as a villain usually, she's really not that different in motivation or morality from Wario.
- Pirate Girl: If her name and appearance didn't give it away.
- The Rival: To Wario.
- Samus Is a Girl: The manual for the original Wario Land described her as a "really rotten and ruthless guy".
- The Unfought: In the original Wario Land, she uses a genie to fight Wario.
- Vehicular Assault: In Wario Land II, she fights using hovering battle machinery.
"Ahh... Ah-hah-HAH! Finally I am myself again! Now I can rule this world and the outer one as well!! I need you no longer, Wario! I shall crush you like a bug!"
Debut: Wario Land 3An evil clown-like demon sealed away in the music box world, he returned in Dr. Mario 64 for some reason not quite explained.Tropes associated with Rudy:
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His face has green skin with red around the left eye.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Rudy is the largest boss in the game.
- Background Boss: In Wario Land 3.
- Bat Family Crossover: Him in Dr. Mario 64. Or more precisely, the entire Wario Land 3 enemy cast in said game.
- Batman Gambit: The entire plot of Wario Land 3 was a large Batman Gambit on his part.
- Big Bad: Of Wario Land 3 and Dr. Mario 64.
- Evil Laugh: "Ahh-Hah-HAH!"
- Fangs Are Evil: Has blood-red fangs.
- Fat Bastard: A horribly obese and evil clown.
- Floating Limbs: Ends up being his downfall. To damage him, you ground-pound his hands, temporarily detaching them. After that, you pick them up and throw them at his face, in a weird case of "stop hitting yourself." However, this concept art◊ shows that he was originally going to have actual arms.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Hard to believe that a powerful and evil demon would have a name as ordinary as Rudy.
- Informed Ability: Rudy apparently turned the inhabitants of the music box world into monsters, but during the boss fight, Rudy never showcases any magical abilities.
- It's All About Me: Stealing Megavitamins for himself from Dr. Mario, although Wario is after the same thing.
- Manipulative Bastard: To Wario.
- Monster Clown: Red eyes. Green skin. A Slasher Smile, spikes and skulls. Certainly no friendly child-entertainer.
- One-Hit Kill: The only thing that can hurt Wario.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has blood-red eyes to go with the equally red fangs.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Sealed away, but turned the people into monsters.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: His costume is decorated in skulls.
- Spikes of Villainy: On his gloves.
- Sudden Name Change: The name Rudy comes from Dr. Mario 64; he was originally only referred to as "a hidden figure" in Wario Land 3. "Rudy the Clown" was mostly a popular Fan Nickname and then became Ascended Fanon via a throwaway mention in Fortune Street.
- Taking You with Me: His final act upon being sealed was to turn the inhabitants into monsters.
- Treacherous Quest Giver: He exploits Wario's greed to free him from his prison.
- Turns Red: On his last leg, Rudy's face becomes completely red and the music and his attacks become faster.
- Using You All Along: Manipulates Wario into freeing him.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: For the most part, the game is a pretty lighthearted adventure through a music box world, stealing whatever treasure you can find... then comes this freak, who's not only a nightmare-inducing Monster Clown, but a being so powerful that he's the only thing that can actually kill Wario.
- Villain Ball: His plan would have succeeded if he just lived up to his word and sent Wario back to the outside world rather than try to kill him for outliving his usefulness.
- The Worf Effect: He is the only thing in Wario Land 3 that can actually kill Wario.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The reason he's the Final Boss.
- Your Size May Vary: He's the largest boss in Wario Land 3 by a wide margin, but in Dr. Mario 64, he's inexplicably the same size as everyone else.
Debut: Wario Land 3
Voiced by: James Mesbur (Wario Land 4)Tropes associated with Mad Scienstein:
- The Cameo: Of Dr. Arewo Shitain from For the Frog the Bell Tolls. This is much more obvious in Wario Land 4, where his character design is revised to be closer to original appearance (except in an archaeologist outfit rather than a lab coat), and his name was even reverted in Japanese guides.
- The Dragon: To Rudy in Dr. Mario 64.
- Dub Name Change: The Japanese Wario Land 3 manual calls him Mad Shitain.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Was an ally to the player in For the Frog the Bell Tolls, but serves Rudy in Wario Land 3 and Dr. Mario 64. He's back to being a good guy in Wario Land 4.
- Helpful Mook:
- In Wario Land 3. His potions are helpful (except you can't open chests while invisible) and he's completely harmless.
- Many of the bonus rooms in Wario Land 4 require using him as a projectile.
- Invisibility: His potions in Wario Land 3 have this effect on Wario.
- You Don't Look Like You: His appearance in Wario Land 3 and Dr. Mario 64 has an exposed brain covered by a glass dome.
Black Cat/Princess Shokora
Debut: Wario Land 4
Voiced by: Junko YoshitomiA major character in Wario Land 4, this female cat persuaded Wario to enter the Golden Pyramid and defeat the evil Golden Diva. It turns out that she's actually Princess Shokora, who had been trapped in the form of a black cat by the Golden Diva after she lost her kingdom to her in a magic duel. She turns back to normal in the end and is carried to heaven by four angels. Her true form depends on how many treasures Wario has collected.Tropes associated with Princess Shokora:
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: At the end of the game, shortly after kissing Wario, four angels come down and bring her to heaven.
- Badass Cape: In her best form.
- Baleful Polymorph: As mentioned above.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Her "Bratty Baby Princess" form.
- Distaff Counterpart: Her second-worst form is a female version of Wario.
- Do Well, but Not Perfect: The requirement to see her "Cheeky Young Princess" form, which seems to be the canon one (as it's the form that resembles her artwork the most).
- Gonk: As the "Hideous Princess".
- Gratuitous French: "Shokora" is a Japanese approximation of the French word "chocolat", meaning "chocolate".
- Princess Classic: Seems to be the case for her two best forms, especially the "Cheeky Young Princess" form.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: All of her forms.
- Really 700 Years Old: She reigned over her kingdom for a thousand years before the Golden Diva came around, yet she still looks like a baby princess/an ugly-ass princess/a cute young girl/a beautiful young woman.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Officially dubbed Princess Shokora, that name is actually a French loanword, so you could make the argument to call her Princess Chocolat.
- Walking Spoiler: Her very presence, role, and backstory turn her into this.
"You stand before the Shake King! Tremble! Tremble!"
Debut: Wario Land: Shake It!
Voiced by: Mogami TsuguoAn evil pirate who serves as the main antagonist in Wario's Wii adventure. He invaded the Shake Dimension and stole its greatest treasure: the Bottomless Coin Sack, a magic bag that never runs out of coins no matter how much one shakes it. He also imprisoned the Merfles, the dimension's inhabitants and kidnapped their queen, Merelda. Wario, having been lured into the Shake Dimension with the promise of the Coin Sack as a reward, fights to defeat the Shake King.Tropes associated with the Shake King:
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Has grey skin.
- Adorable Evil Minions: The Bandineros, who are The Goombas of the Shake Dimension.
- Badass Boast: The quote above. He does a variation of it in the opening movie.
- Badass Cape: Wears a black cape.
- Beam Spam: Somehow he can fly, shoot lasers, and call down lightning via magic.
- Beard of Evil: Has a blond beard like a typical viking.
- Big Bad: Of Wario Land: Shake It!
- Black Eyes of Evil: Has black sclera and red pupils.
- Bullfight Boss: The first phase with him. Wario has to jump on his back and force him to crash into the wall to stun him. As the fight wears on, it takes more hits to stun him.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Has blue lines under his eyes.
- Charge Attack: Just like Wario's.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: If you fail to reach the portal in time, he comes out, shakes your coins away, and kicks you to the last checkpoint.
- Evil Counterpart: He has all of Wario's abilities and the greed to match, but none of Wario's few redeemable traits. In all practicality, he's what Wario would be like if he went back to being a straight villain again.
- Evil Is Bigger: He's slightly larger than Wario.
- Final Boss, New Dimension: His dark cloud-filled battle arena.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He's an evil pirate who conquered the Shake Dimension, imprisoned its inhabitants, and stole the Bottomless Coin Sack... and that's all we know about him.
- Greed: Just like Wario, it's all about money with this guy.
- Ground Punch: Two of his attacks. One calls down fireballs while the other stuns Wario for the Shake King to charge him.
- Horny Vikings: Has an overall viking motif.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's three times Queen Merelda's size, to where he could carry her in one hand.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: He acts this way towards Queen Merelda in the opening movie.
- It's All About Me: See how often his icon is found everywhere?
- Malevolent Mugshot: His face/icon is everything, including his flag.
- The Man Behind the Monsters: The Bandineros are Waddling Head style critters. He's a roughly 12-foot tall, somewhat humanoid pirate.
- Mighty Glacier: While he's as fast and as strong as Wario and can jump even higher, his attacks are slow and easily telegraphed. In particular, if Wario uses his Earthquake Punch before he uses his, Wario can stun him for extra hits.
- Mirror Boss: He has all of Wario's attacks, including the ability to shake money out of Wario if he manages to get a hold of him.
- Obviously Evil: You can't get more Obviously Evil looking than him.
- Orcus on His Throne: He mostly sits on his ship awaiting Wario while his minions do the work. Justified in that he's already conquered the Shake Dimension.
- Playing with Fire: One of his Ground Punch attacks calls down two sets of fireballs that bounce across the screen.
- Power Floats: When using his lightning attacks.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His outfit is red and black, and he has red and black eyes.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes.
- Shadow Archetype: He is what Wario would turn into if he went back to 100% straight villainy rather than the bumbling, amusing Villain Protagonist Wario is now.
- Shock and Awe: Uses lightning powers in the second phase.
- Shockwave Stomp: One of his attacks.
- Sequential Boss: Two phases.
- Slouch of Villainy: Does a magnificent one when Wario finally meets him.
- Spikes of Villainy: Everything about him, including his beard.
- Take Over the World: Mostly take over the Shake Dimension. And by the time Wario enters the fray, he's already succeeded. The rest of the game is Wario setting it right.
Characters from Wario World
The SpritelingsA race of elf-like creatures who sealed the Black Jewel away a long time ago. Once the Jewel became free again, it imprisoned the Spritelings inside boxes. Wario has the option of rescuing them over the course of the game, and they give him hints and tips upon being rescued. At the end of the game, they repay Wario for destroying the Black Jewel by rebuilding his castle. How well they rebuild it depends on how many he rescues.Tropes associated with the Spritelings:
- Ambiguous Gender: It's tough to tell what gender they are, since they all look the same and have no Tertiary Sexual Characteristics.
- Color-Coded Characters: They come in five colors. Each level has five Spritelings trapped within it, one of each color.
- Crystal Prison: During the final battle, the Black Jewel traps them inside crystals. Most of the fight (or just the first phase in the Japanese version) consists of breaking them free so that they can attack the Jewel.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: You must do this in order to get the best renovation of Wario's Castle.
- He Knows about Timed Hits: Some of them will explain Wario's moves and which buttons are used to execute them.
- You ALL Look Familiar: Aside the five different colors, they all look the same. Lampshaded by Wario in the manual.
The Black Jewel
"Ooh, free at last! I'm chock-full of power! I think I'll turn all this greedy sap's jewels into evil spirits! Bwah ha ha ha ha!!!"The main antagonist and Final Boss of Wario World, a large, evil, dark-colored jewel that once brought chaos to the world. The Spritelings managed to temporarily end its reign of terror by sealing it away within their ancient ruins, but Wario, mistaking it for a harmless treasure, broke into the ruins and stole the jewel, allowing it to wreak havoc once again. The Black Jewel destroys Wario's castle, turns most of his treasures into monsters, and imprisons the Spritelings inside boxes. The former two actions proved to be its undoing; making an enemy out of Wario ultimately resulted in its demise.Tropes associated with the Black Jewel:
- Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: The final battle takes place in Treasure Square, but all of its scenery is removed in favor of a huge white glyph which serves as the battle arena, and the background's color palette is inverted, giving it a very otherworldly look◊.
- Artifact of Doom: A giant malevolent jewel with Reality Warper powers.
- Big Bad: The Black Jewel is responsible for all the bad stuff that happens in Wario World, namely the destruction of Wario's castle, the conversion of his treasures into monsters, and the imprisonment of the Spritelings.
- Cutscene Power to the Max: It demolishes Wario's castle in the intro and does the same thing to Treasure Square before fighting him. It doesn't do anything anywhere near as destructive during the final battle.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: It has more health than other bosses (8 skulls instead of the usual 5) and has a very basic attack pattern that, outside of the Japanese version, never changes at all.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Being a reality warping Artifact of Doom doesn't protect it from Wario.
- Evil Laugh: It laughs fairly frequently during the final battle.
- Eye Beams: Its primary attack is shooting Frickin' Laser Beams from its eye which set the ground on fire.
- Faceless Eye: It has one eye, which is where most of its attacks come from.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: The Black Jewel has no stated origin, no clear motive for its actions, and no personality outside of being evil.
- Orcus on His Throne: It spends the whole game sleeping in its giant treasure chest in Treasure Square until Wario opens it.
- Pivotal Boss: The Black Jewel seems to prefer hovering in the center on the battle arena and launching attacks at Wario from a distance. In the Japanese version, it ditches this attack pattern after the fourth hit and adopts a more close-range fighting style.
- Playing with Fire: Aside from the aforementioned Eye Beams, it can also shoot fireballs out of its eye.
- Power Floats: It floats in midair, unsurprising given what else it's capable of.
- Purple Is the New Black: Despite being called the Black Jewel, it's actually a dark shade of purple.
- Reality Warper: It has the ability to turn treasure into monsters and can create and destroy entire regions on its own. In fact, the entire setting of Wario World was created by the Black Jewel. The first thing it does after Wario encounters it at the end of the game is completely destroy the Hub Level.
- Regional Bonus: In the Japanese version (which came out long after the Western versions did), it Shows Damage, has more attacks, and has a second phase.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Spritelings sealed the can, and Wario opened it.
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: When it dies.
GreenfistA brutish reptilian monster. The boss of Greenhorn Forest.Tropes associated with Greenfist:
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: An early Nintendo Power preview described him as a "reptilian goliath". The writers of the NOA Wario World website mistook this as his actual name.
- No Name Given: "Greenfist" was made up by Prima Games, as the first two bosses aren't actually named by their respective level's spritelings, unlike all following bosses.
- Nonindicative Name: Pretty much his entire body EXCEPT for his fists are green.
- Warmup Boss: Not only has the slowest and most telegraphed attacks, but the only boss to have three health points instead of five.
SandwormA giant insect that fights in a sand pit, much like its namesake. The boss of Greenhorn Ruins.Tropes associated with the Sandworm:
- Antlion Monster: Its main arena is a pit of cascading sand, letting Wario fall down to it rather than chasing him.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: When you get close, unveils massive scythes on the end of its arms.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: Is called Big Scorper on the Wario World website, which is the name of a completely different character. Likely, the writers of the NOA site had read the Pecan Sands spritling's hint on Big Scorpers and believed it was referring to the Degraded Boss as opposed to the common Mook.
- Degraded Boss: Reappears as a miniboss in Pecan Sands.
- Nonindicative Name: Is clearly based more on an antlion larva than a sandworm.
- No Name Given: "Sandworm" was made up by Prima Games, as the first two bosses aren't actually named by their respective level's spritelings, unlike all following bosses.
DinomightyAn enormous alligator-like monster with long blonde curls and a red bikini. The boss of Excitement Central.Tropes associated with Dinomighty:
- Ass Kicks You: One of her main methods of attack.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Subverted. She has a large X-shaped bandage on her belly that seems to be a weak point, and punching it repeatedly will eventually stun her for a Mad Move, but it's the slowest and most difficult way to deal damage.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Emphasised in the intro cinematic, showing her and Wario facing one another. Wario barely reaches her knees.
- Overly Long Tongue: One of her other methods of attack, spitting out a long chameleon-esque tongue with a glue orb on the end to stick to Wario, then slam him against the ground.
- Punny Name: A mighty dinosaur named Dinomighty.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: If she loses sight of Wario, she'll raise her tail above her head as she looks for him. If Wario is on her tail at the time, this provides the perfect means to Ground Pound her head, leaving her stunned immediately.
Brawl DollA creepy, seemingly possessed doll. The boss of Horror Manor.Tropes associated with Brawl Doll:
- Creepy Doll: A very unsettling doll that is fought in a haunted mansion.
- Exorcist Head: In its intro.
Clown-a-RoundA bizarre, doll-like clown with false heads. The boss of Wonky Circus.Tropes associated with Clown-a-Round:
- Detachment Combat: Its main method of fighting are to remove its heads and send them after Wario.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: A major part of the fight is clinging to its ball as it moves between platforms. If Wario doesn't do this, he'll need to wait for Clown-a-Round to return to the platform before he can damage it.
- Monster Clown: An evil clown that serves as a level boss. A more literal example, as it appears human until its true face is revealed.
- Punny Name: A pun on "clown around" while also being a literal round clown.
- Turns Red: Starts spawning two additional types of heads once down to two HP. While they function identically to the original heads, all three types gain the ability to split in two the first time Wario lands a killing blow on them.
Dual DragonA gigantic two-headed dragon. The boss of Spooksville.Tropes associated with Dual Dragon:
- Breath Weapon: Two. Fire breath, as expected of a dragon, and Glue Globes, which is less expected.
- Meaningful Name: An enormous dragon with dual heads.
- Puzzle Boss: The only way to defeat it is to beat one of the heads unconscious and let the other breath fire on it.
Winter WindsterA large-headed blue creature that seems to be some sort of coldness spirit. The boss of Shivering Mountains.Tropes associated with the Winter Windster:
- An Ice Person: Seems to control freezing mountain winds.
- Breath Weapon: Can breath a freezing gust of ice.
- Evil Eye: Its deadliest attack is performed by making eye contact with Wario while its eyes glow red.
- Orifice Invasion: Its most dangerous attack if Wario looks in its eyes. It turns into mist and enters Wario's body, inflating him like a balloon
- Use Your Head: After freezing Wario, it will attempt to hit him with it's oversized noggin
SpideraticusA giant spider wearing an army helmet. The boss of Beanstalk Way.Tropes associated with Spideraticus:
- Attack Its Weak Point: A large X-shaped bandage on his helmet. Wario must Ground Pound this to do damage.
- Giant Spider: Unlike the other, more bizarre bosses, Spideraticus is simply a giant cartoon spider.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: One of his attacks is to spit Glue Globes out, trying to get Wario stuck, and then suck them back in. Doing so allows Wario to get close enough to Ground Pound his head.
Red-Brief JA muscular minotaur wearing a red speedo. The boss of Thrillsville.Tropes associated with Red-Brief J:
- A Load of Bull: He's a minotaur.
- Boss Arena Idiocy: Fights Wario in a lava-filled arena, with the lava being the only thing that can hurt him.
- Expy: Very similar to Bifun from the original Wario Land, another minotaur that fought similar to Wario.
- Macho Camp: Not only muscular and wears a speedo, but has a tendency to flex and strut around the arena.
- Mirror Boss: His fighting style heavily resembles Wario's.
- Ring Out Boss: To win, Wario must lead Red-Brief J into charging to the edge of the arena, then ground pount it to force him into the lava.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: Wario can't actually hurt Red-Brief J without knocking him into the lava. If it weren't for his charge move, the fight would be unwinnable.
Mean EmceeA strange green man dressed in a suit with a cane. The boss of Mirror Mansion.Tropes associated with the Mean Emcee:
- Cane Fu: His main attack is twirling his cane at his side while walking.
- Cowardly Boss: Spends the majority of the fight hiding under cups from Wario. Sometimes, even if he's been found, he'll cling to the inside of the cup until Wario shakes him out.
- Flunky Boss: Choose the wrong cup and it will spawn enemies.
- Puzzle Boss: His entire boss fight is based on the old sliding cups game, and Wario needs to watch and see (or guess) what cup he's hiding under.
- Shell Game: The basis of his boss fight.
IronsiderA living metal statue resembling a monstrous head. The boss of Pecan Sands.Tropes associated with Ironsider:
- Giant Hands of Doom: Uses giant stone hands to hold Wario in place so he can't avoid its attacks. Also the only way it can be hurt.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Can only be hurt by stunning its hands and then throwing them at it.
Captain SkullAn undead pirate captain. The boss of Sparkle Land.Tropes associated with Captain Skull:
- Arm Cannon: A literal example, his right arm being a ship's cannon.
- Dem Bones: Resembles a skeletal pirate.
- Ghost Pirate: As described, is an undead pirate skeleton.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Can use his Hook Hand like this to traverse from one side of the ship to the other.
- Hook Hand: Has one for a left hand.
- Turns Red: At two HP, he becomes immune to Wario's basic attacks. Wario can only stun him by throwing a barrel or one of Skull's own cannonballs.
Characters from Wario: Master of Disguise
These characters are all from the Show Within a Show The Silver Zephyr.
Wario's rival thief. He was originally the infamous Phantom Thief known as the Silver Zephyr, but Wario stole his magic wand from him and used it to do some master thievery of his own. Cannoli has two goals: 1) get his wand back, and 2) obtain the five Wishstone pieces before Wario does.Tropes associated with Count Cannoli:
- Alliterative Name: Count Cannoli.
- Attack Its Weak Point: All of his battle vehicles have crippling weak points that Wario must attack in order to defeat them.
- Boss Remix: His Battle Theme Music is a rock remix of his leitmotif.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Owns a company called International Evil Concerns Inc.
- Edible Theme Naming: Cannoli is the name of a Sicilian pastry dessert.
- Faceship: Cannoli's third battle vehicle, Mad Hat Mk. III, resembles his head.
- Hat of Power: His hat doubles as a hot-air balloon.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: No matter how hard or often he tries, he just can't beat Wario. This results in him having a tendency to grieve over how Wario constantly outplays him.
- Phantom Thief: At least until his wand gets stolen.
- The Rival: He and Wario become rivals almost as soon as Wario takes his wand. He's not the Big Bad, but he's by far the most persistent and recurring antagonist in the game, and he and Wario both have a strong desire to prove their superiority over one another. At the beginning of the final episode, Cannoli gives up his pursuit of Wario and becomes an ally, only for them to become rivals again during the special episodes.
- Recurring Boss: Fights Wario 3 times throughout the game.
- Vehicular Assault: He has access to a lot of high-tech battle machinery, which he uses during his boss battles.
- Villain Protagonist: Not of the game itself, but of The Silver Zephyr, the in-universe TV show in which the game takes place.
- Villain Teleportation: Has the ability to disappear in a puff of smoke even without his wand.
- Worthy Opponent: It takes him a while, but he eventually comes to recognize Wario as this.
CarpaccioThe CEO of Sigil Securities and Wario's other rival thief. He manages to plunder the Smithsnorian Museum before Wario does. When Wario first confronts him in Sneezemore Cave, he dismisses Wario as a pathetic loser and shuts 4 stone doors to block the path to him. However, when Wario eventually gets past the stone doors and defeats Carpaccio in battle, he realizes that Wario is a much greater threat than he originally thought. Like Wario and Cannoli, he also wants the Wishstone pieces.Tropes associated with Carpaccio:
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the head of Sigil Securities, whose slogan is "We're hard at work watching your back... That way it's easier to pick your pocket!"
- Edible Theme Naming: Carpaccio is an appetizer that consists of thinly sliced raw meat.
- Fusion Dance: He fuses with four mooks in order to go One-Winged Angel at the end of Episode 4. Oddly, the mooks he fuses with are not the ones that said One-Winged Angel form is clearly based off of.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: One of his standard gestures.
- Hair Flip: Another one of his standard gestures.
- King Mook: His One-Winged Angel form is this to the Snow Globe and Blow Globe enemies found in Sneezemore Cave.
- One-Winged Angel: He transforms himself into a giant spherical monstrosity at the end of the fourth episode in order to fight Wario.
- Racing Minigame: He challenges Wario to a rigged race during his second encounter with him, knowing that he can't beat Wario in a fight.
- Swallowed Whole: Does this to Wario after transforming at the end of Episode 4. The Boss Battle takes place inside of him.
Tiaramisu/TerrormisuA mysterious woman that Wario first meets at Sweatmore Peak. She helps him out at Blowhole Castle. She is actually a demon who was sealed inside the Wishstone.Tropes associated with Terrormisu:
- Big Bad: To the surprise of everybody except Goodstyle and Carpaccio, she had been sealed away within the Wishtone since ancient times, and was only able to communicate with Wario by creating an illusion of herself. When Wario reassembles the Wishstone, she breaks free.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She appears to be innocent and cheerful, but her true colors are shown once the Wishstone is complete.
- Bright Is Not Good: Looks like a beautiful princess, but she gets a kick out of destroying civilizations and corrupting men.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: In the fourth and final phase of her boss fight, she does absolutely nothing and dies in one hit.
- Deal with the Devil: She struck one with Poobah the Pharaoh, with Terrormisu being the devil. The deal was that Poobah would starve his people in exchange for a wish. Poobah agreed, but instead of granting the greedy pharaoh's wish, she destroyed his kingdom, turned his palace into a pyramid, and buried it beneath the desert sand.
- Edible Theme Naming: Tiaramisu is a portmanteau of "tiara" and tiramisu, an Italian dessert. Same deal with Terrormisu, except with "terror" instead of "tiara."
- Mask of Power: She has three of them, which she uses during her three-phase boss battle. Each mask represents a different emotion - for the first phase, she uses a blue "sad" mask. For the second phase, she uses a white "happy" mask. For the third phase, she uses a red "angry" mask.
- Mythology Gag: She bears a strong resemblance to Princess Peach, particularly in her later appearances in which she wears a pink dress instead of her usual red one.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her true name, Terrormisu.
- Pink Means Feminine: She wears a pink dress after being released from the Wishstone.
- Playing with Fire: Her third form is fire-themed.
- Sealed Evil in a Six Pack: Long ago, she was sealed inside the Wishstone, which was split into five pieces.
- Sequential Boss: Three phases, not counting the Clipped-Wing Angel bit at the end.
- Shock and Awe: She has the power to summon lightning bolts, which she uses to attack Carpaccio. However, she never does this during her boss fight.
- White Mask of Doom: Her "happy" mask.
WarioWare, Inc. Employees
"Yo-yo! Everyone got the fever? I've always got it! That's because the dance floor's hot!"
Voiced by: Tom EberspecherFull name Jimmy Thang. Jimmy is one of Wario's oldest employees at WarioWare, Inc. He's a cool cat with a passion for disco dancing and a massive afro, just like the rest of his family.Tropes associated with Jimmy (and his family):
- Alliterative Family: Jimmy's brother and sister are named James and Jamie respectively.
- Badass Mustache: Shaped like a musical note!
- Childhood Friend: Is rumored to be this to Wario.
- Disco Dan: He's the disco master of Diamond City.
- Funny Afro: His afro is so big it's used as a landing pad for flies.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He gives a kitty his umbrella so it won't soak in the rain, then he grooves all night with an entire litter of them.
- Strong Family Resemblance: His brother is basically a palette swap of him.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Hates flies getting into his hair.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's actually a wig. He dons red and yellow afros in the original for his remix levels.
Voiced by: Leslie SwanAn energetic high school student from Diamond City, Mona works a variety of part-time jobs around town, including for WarioWare, Inc. She's also a cheerleader and the bassist in an amateur rock band, and owns a cool red scooter.Tropes associated with Mona:
- All There in the Manual: According to the website for the original WarioWare, her mom is a world traveling fashion model who rarely sees her and her dad is a Reclusive Artist. It's even referenced again in the Japanese Smooth Moves website where she relates with how lonely Ashley is.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: The headset-wearing monkey that flings banana peels cops to keep them from arresting her in the first Wario Ware game.
- Fiery Redhead: She's taking multiple jobs at once.
- Genki Girl: She's peppy, cute, and a go-getter.
- Morality Pet: Zig-Zagged. Mona may be in love with Wario, but he's willing to rip her off like everyone else. He does still think she's "cute", as shown by his level 3 clear intermission in the first game.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: She's been an gelato worker, a pizza delivery girl, a band leader, a cheerleader, an explorer, an expert paparazzi...
- Nice Hat: She owns a variety of distinctive headgear, most notably her bike helmet.
- No Accounting for Taste: Mona, for reasons unknown to man or beast, thinks Wario is "way cool". Though you can visibly see her complaining to him in the first game when Wario tries to take off with all of their money. After that, though, she still thinks he's cool.
- Precocious Crush: She's a high school girl with a crush on Wario, who is in his mid twenties.
Dribble and Spitz
Voiced by: Tom EberspecherA bulldog and cat, respectively, who work as cab drivers in Diamond City when not designing microgames for Wario. Dribble is a hot-heated speed freak, but Spitz's cool head keeps him out of trouble. They have a souped-up taxi cab that can even fly in outer space.Tropes associated with Dribble and Spitz:
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Spitz.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Dribble respects Spitz greatly, the latter being the boss. However, Dribble is always the guy who cheers/laments during microgames.
- Bully Bulldog: Subverted. Dribble is a bit gruff, but he's a pretty nice guy for a cab driver.
- Cats Are Mean: Also Subverted. Spitz is also rough around the edges, but nowhere near mean.
- Cool Car: Their taxi is a tricked-out monster truck.
- Dumb Muscle: Dribble.
- Eyes Always Shut: Spitz, though occasionaly Subverted in some games.
- Funny Animal: They're a cat and a dog who get along pretty well.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: A cat and dog pair working a taxi gig.
- Nerd: After all, their games in the first installment are all sci-fi themed.
- The Quiet One: Spitz.
- Theme Naming: They're named after various drool-based terms. It's also a reference to the pet food brand "Kibbles n' Bits".
"Hey! My name is 9-Volt! I'm the grade-schooler gone old school!"
Voiced by: Reiko Ninomiya9-Volt is a little boy with a major love of all things Nintendo. He works at WarioWare, Inc. (Diamond City apparently having very lax child labor laws) designing microgames inspired by classic Nintendo products. When not fanning over Nintendo, he enjoys skateboarding.Tropes associated with 9-Volt:
- Adorably Precocious Child: He's still in elementary school, and he's already an accomplished game designer.
- Cat Smile: Only reinforces his age.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With 18-Volt.
- Face–Heel Turn: 18-Volt's stage in D.I.Y. Showcase shows 9-Volt as a villain, for some reason.
- Fanboy: Specifically called a "Nintendo Fanboy" in many of his descriptions, and the shoe fits.
- Meaningful Name: His name comes from the operating voltage of the Nintendo Entertainment System, nine volts.
- Nerd: He knows all games retro to present.
- Nice Hat: A hardhat with flashing lights and a visor.
- Oh, Crap!: He has this whenever he sees his mom's angry face.
- Otaku: Of all things Nintendo.
- Theme Naming: 9-Volt's mother is named 5-Volt, and his best friend is 18-Volt.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Afraid of his mom.
Debut: WarioWare: Twisted9-Volt's best friend and fellow hardcore gamer, 18-Volt is a comically huge elementary school student who looks like a grown adult. He's never seen without his green jumpsuit and 3D glasses.Tropes associated with 18-Volt:
- A Day in the Limelight: In D.I.Y. Showcase, he has his own microgame collection. Arguably, this also happens in Smooth Moves.
- Catch-Phrase: "Word!"
- Held Back in School: He's in Elementary School despite his age and size for some reason. It's even lampshaded in Game & Wario.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With 9-Volt.
- My Greatest Failure: Breaking 9-Volt's Game & Watch in half puts the guy in the slumps, but they both patch things up at the end of the level.
- Younger Than They Look: He looks like an adult, but is actually a middle schooler.
Voiced by: Tim O'LearyA Mad Scientist, Dr. Crygor busies himself with bizarre but mostly benign experiments on his private island base outside Diamond City. He's replaced most of his body with cybernetic prostheses for some reason and dresses like a superhero. Dr. Crygor is assisted in his lab by his energetic robot, Mike, and his cute granddaughter, Penny.He's notable for going through two character design changes in-universe. Once, by being fused with an apple, and another by being powered up by his Kelorometer.Tropes associated with Dr. Crygor:
- Badass Mustache: Similar to Waluigi.
- Camp Straight: Considering he has a granddaughter and all...
- Cloudcuckoolander: To be fair, nearly everyone in Diamond City is one, but Crygor stands out. He built Mike, specifically made as a karaoke robot, to clean his laboratory.
- Cyber Cyclops: Has a giant robotic lens for his eyes.
- Ditzy Genius: His inventions are wacky and insane, but they have scientific basis.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: He only gains a full mask during his introductory cutscene in Touched.
- Half-Human Hybrid: After he fuses with an apple, he's a cyborg with apple DNA.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Crygor is a terrible singer, much to his robot Mike's chagrin.
- Mad Scientist: A benevolent but very eccentric example.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Or not.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: He loves his spandex, and dances in almost every game.
- Superhero: Parodied.
Voiced by: Tim O'LearyAfter trying and failing to take over the world, Orbulon settled down in Diamond City, befriended Wario, and joined his minigame company. Orbulon travels through space in a pig-shaped starship called the Oinker, which he's not very good at driving, accompanied by his Alien Bunny minions. He has shapeshifting powers that he sometimes uses to pass as a human.Tropes associated with Orbulon:
- Galactic Conqueror: But pretty bad at it.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's 2,003 years of age. His debut was in the year 2003.
- Running Gag: Every time in the series (excluding Twisted which involved decoding a password and Touched in which he didn't have a level) Orbulon has hosted microgames have involved him ascending somehow, with him descending every time the player failed a game and dropping Orbulon back to where he started when the game is over. And since microgames keep going endlessly until the player loses...
- The Smart Guy: Orbulon has an IQ of 300 and all his minigames involve puzzles.
- Your Size May Vary: His height relative to his ship and the rest of the cast is not consistent between games, or indeed, within the same game. Then again, he can shapeshift.
Kat and Ana
Voiced by: Leslie Swan and Sara RadesA pair of twin ninjas-in-training who attend Diamond City Kindergarten, Kat and Ana are Wario's youngest employees. Kat, the older, can be bossy and overbearing, but she still loves her gentle younger sister. Both are very polite and love nature.Tropes associated with the twins:
- Action Girl: They're ninjas.
- Assist Character: In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where they repeatedly slash across the stage in a crisscrossing pattern upon emerging from an Assist Trophy.
- Badass Adorable: They're kindergarteners who tackle evil ninja-style.
- BFS: Kat uses one in the first game. Plus, their katanas seem to be as large as they are. Granted, they're only six.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Played straight, especially in the first game, where Ana + a pack of Red Shirt Highly Visible Ninja get a Total Party Kill for their efforts while Kat defeats the demon that beat them singlehandedly. (Granted, with her dog that turned into a sword)
- Cute Bruiser: Kat, who is able to effectively wield a giant sword.
- Fiery Redhead: Ana inverts this with Shy Blue-Haired Girl. Interesting, her outfit is primarily blue.
- Friend to All Living Things: These girls are very quick to befriend the animals they run into, especially if they're cute, usually giving these animals a red scarf as a sign of that friendship.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Several phrases they said in the earlier games were in Japanese. Since Smooth Moves, they shout things like "Katana" and "Ninjitsu". Good luck knowing what microgame you're on in their section the first game if you can't read Japanese numbers.
- Little Miss Badass: Kat single-handedly defeated a demonic skeleton samurai in the first game. That's pretty badass.
- Ninja: Ninja kindergarteners, at that. Kat and Ana are really quite good at the ninja tricks, enough to stand against an angry oni by themselves.
- Punny Name: Put their names together and you get "katana". Also, their names can also reference that Kat likes cats and Ana likes flowers.note Furthermore, ana and kata are Greek for "up" and "down".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kat's a bossy, impulsive go-getter. Ana's passive, thoughtful, and a little timid.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Thematically. Just look at them.
- Theme Twin Naming: Punny Names
- Tsundere: Kat.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: In Smooth Moves, Ana transforms into four turtles.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Ana especially. Kat, not so much.
- Worf Effect: Happens to Ana in the first game.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kat's hair is pink, and Ana's is a bright shade of Orange-Red.
Debut: WarioWare: TouchedA high-spirited cleaning robot built by Dr. Crygor using parts from a karaoke machine. Mike loves one thing and one thing only: music. He often rebels against his programming to have fun with karaoke.Tropes associated with Mike:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Once, while cleaning the lab, Mike went nuts, traveled to an alien planet, and held a karaoke tournament.
- Demoted to Extra: After Touched!, Mike doesn't have much relevance other than being an important background character around Dr. Crygor and Penny. He does get to host a multiplayer minigame in Game & Wario, though.
- "I Am" Song: Quoted in the caption.
- Meaningful Name: In WarioWare: Touched, all of Mike's games use the DS's built-in microphone.
- Sliding Scale of Robot Intelligence: Mike falls under "Average Joe Android".
- Turned Against Their Masters: He briefly leaves Dr. Crygor after hearing his bad singing. He gets over it, though.
Who's the girl next door, living in the haunted mansion?
"You better learn my name 'cause I am Ash~ley!"
Debut: WarioWare: Touched
Voiced by: Christina Peyser, Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese vocals, Sawaru Made in Wario), Tomoko Sasaki (Japanese vocals, Super Smash Bros. Series), Emily Mc Intosh (English vocals, Super Smash Bros. Series)
A teenage witch from Diamond City and one of Wario's employees. When not creating new microgames, Ashley spends her time brewing potions with her imp-like familiar, Red.Tropes associated with Ashley:
- American Kirby Is Hardcore: Ashley's Japanese theme is rather different from the American version. To give an example, the first line translates to "She's everyone's favorite person in the world!" and the song is about how everyone likes Ashley. Ashley also has a young, childish voice. In contrast, the American version is about how scary Ashley is. Ashley also sounds much more mature. It's certainly possible that the Japanese theme is supposed to be ironic.
- Assist Character: In Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U.
- Ambiguously Evil: Why she did state that she wants to take over the world, note She's never actually done anything evil.
- Berserk Button: Mess up her spells or bump into her, and she'll want you dead or in one of her potions.
- Big Eater: If her games in D.I.Y. are anything to go by, she loves eating.
- Bragging Theme Tune: She can rule the world and still finish all her homework/Everyone knows that I'm the greatest/A-Ashley!
- The original Japanese version of the song as well — although more along the lines of a poppy, sitcom-theme-esque "look how wonderful Ashley is" than the "fear my might" of the English version — although some parts are sung differently.note
- Breakout Character: Following Game & Wario's release, Ashley has been extensively merchandised by Nintendo, having her own Nintendo 3DS theme and badges sets in Nintendo Badge Arcade, and appearing by herself in games like Band Brothers P and Super Mario Maker. The Japanese version of Nintendo Badge Arcade even introduce her as "by far Warioware's most popular character." Her popularity has grown so much that she has even gotten to do crossovers with other franchises by cosplaying as other characters.
- Canis Latinicus: Pantalones giganticus!note
- Card-Carrying Villain: Not that she manages to get anything really evil done, but her English song is all about how eeeeevil and powerful Ashley is. "I'm the cruelest girl you'll ever meet", indeed.
- Creepy Child: Mostly Played for Laughs.
- Cute Witch: Just don't get her mad, or you'll regret it.
- Dark Magical Girl: Ashley does not try to hide that she studies dark arts, but she also wants to be friends with people.
- Death Glare: Prone to giving this when she's angered, complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- Deadpan Snarker: She tends to be one in the localized version.
- Emotionless Girl: Gets played with in later games where she's mostly emotionless, but occasionally smiles a little.
- And don't get on her bad side, or she'll become very emotional.
- Eye of Newt: Her potions often need strange ingredients in order to work (up to the more potent recipes demanding people), and her song lyrics even mention this trope explicitly. Her first appearance saw Ashley deciding that Orbulon was the final ingredient for her potion, causing Red to try chasing the alien down.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When angry or about to cast a spell.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: On top of this, her black hair turns pure white too.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: It's implied in the English version of her theme song, but outright stated in the Japanese version :The sea of the night sky has plenty of starsI am all alone.I want to make friends with everyone.What should I do?
- Game & Wario cements the message for real. Her little info card says she wants to have friends.
- The Imp: Red. If you're wondering where he is in the picture, he turns into Ashley's wand.
- Insufferable Genius: Ashley is the resident sorceress with a sideline in potion brewing.
- Killing Intent: As seen in the below entry, Ashley does not appreciate getting knocked over. She scared Orbulon into running due to how much pain he was going to go through if he didn't.
- Looming Silhouette of Rage: In Touched!, after Orbulon accidentally bumped into her.
- Older Than They Look: Does she look like a teenager to you?
- Parental Abandonment: One of the Japanese blogs reveal Ashley's parents live elsewhere.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: If she's red, run for your life.
- She Is All Grown Up: She certainly looks like a teenager in her Game & Wario title screen art.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Wants to rule the world with an army of demons and monsters.
- Yandere: Implied by her English theme:But I think you're nice and maybe we could be friends!...And if you say no, you're toast.
Debut: WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Dr. Crygor's cute-as-a-button granddaughter, Penny loves her grandfather and wants to be a great scientist just like him. She's just as skilled—and eccentric—an inventor as her grandfather.Tropes associated with Penny:
- Apologises a Lot: As seen in the tutorial in D.I.Y.. To Wario of all people.
- A Day in the Limelight: While Penny is normally a extra, she became the Deuteragonist in D.I.Y as she is responsible for teaching you the game's mechanics and is typically shown alongside Wario in official artwork for the game.
- Dreadful Musician: If the record-making tutorial is anything to go by, she is absolutely awful at composing music.
- Deadpan Snarker: Downplayed, but she is shown to make sarcastic remarks towards Wario in D.I.Y. (Although as stated above, she tends to apologise if she actually makes him mad.)
- Idol Singer: Not actually one, but singing is a hobby of hers and she does tend to break out a microphone in celebration, though she says it's a secret.
- Mad Scientist: She's got the scientist part down to the point where she's on par with her grandfather. As for the mad part... "All experiments are guaranteed to be 100% Not-Entirely Lethal". Granted she'd probably apologize profusely if anything did go wrong.
- Ms. Exposition: In D.I.Y., she explains the basics of game, music, and comic creation to you and Wario.
- Only Sane Woman: She is pretty grounded and down to earth, compared to the others.
Young Cricket and Master Mantis
Debut: WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Two travelers from faraway lands, Master Mantis and his protege, Young Cricket, roam the world in search of cool new martial arts poses to perform. Cricket also appears as a player character in Rhythm Heaven Fever's "Kung-Fu Ball" minigame.Tropes associated with Cricket and Mantis:
- Big Eater: Despite being martial artists, all they ever seem to do is eat dumplings. Game and Wario shows that Master Mantis actually trains Young Cricket by making him eat dumplings.
- Bishōnen: In a series where every male character is weird looking, Young Cricket stands out due to actually being handsome.
- Bottomless Pit Rescue Service: Young Cricket can ride on a cloud if he misses an unrecoverable jump in Kung Fu.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Eccentric though they may be, both are absurdly skilled martial artists, Master Mantis especially.
- Calling Your Attacks: Most of Young Cricket's dialogue involves him shouting "Dragon Crush!". Despite this, we never actually get to see the technique.
- The Comically Serious: Both of them (Young Cricket especially) come off as legitimately serious characters in their introduction. In reality, all of they ever seem to do is obsess about eating dumplings to ridiculous levels.
- Convection Schmonvection: In stage five of Kung fu, Young Cricket needs to jump throw lava plumes. But he will be just fine so long as he does not touch any of them.
- Fantastic Fighting Style: Young Cricket is a master of We-Ken and he is currently training in We-Yu-Ken.
- Goomba Stomp: Cricket does this to get to the front of the line in their story before being reprimanded by Master Mantis.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: provided by Mantis when submitting your game design tests in D.I.Y..
- Growling Gut: As of Game & Wario, Young Cricket can't ever do training with an empty stomach. Clearly shown in the mentioned game where a cartoon version of a stomach indicates how much time he has before succumbing to hunger in his minigame.
- Hot-Blooded: All of Young Cricket's lines have him screaming in a shrill voice.
- Kavorka Man: Master Mantis is apparently popular with women and even has his own fanclub.
- Kiai: Most of Young Cricket's dialogue is mostly him screaming attack names.
- KI Attacks: Subverted by Master Mantis, who instead creates a dumpling.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Master Mantis is about half the size of Young Cricket.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Young Cricket looks more like the protagonist of a Shonen manga then he does a WarioWare character.
- Old Master: Master Mantis is a parody of one. He seems to be legitimately skilled, but he seems more interested in eating than training Young Cricket. To be fair, Young Cricket also seems more interested in eating.
- Perpetual Poverty: The source of their Big Eater status. They never have any money for food and are always starving.
- Serious Business: Both of them take eating dumplings incredibly seriously, to the point where it seems to be all they do.
- Shonen Hair: Young Cricket's whispy black hair lends itself to his 'anime hero' appearance.
- Shout-Out: To Kung Fu, appropriately, where "grasshopper" was a common term from a master to a student.
- Wizard Needs Food Badly: Young Cricket needs to eat a dumpling every five seconds to keep moving in his mini game in Game and Wario.
Other WarioWare Characters
Debut: WarioWare: Twisted!9-Volt's mother, who discourages her son (and 18-Volt) from playing too much video games and focus on school.
- Ascended Extra: She appeared from the knees down in Twisted! and as a silhouette Touched! before Game & Wario gave her a full model.
- Death Glare: Gives one if she catches 9-Volt in bed playing games.
- The Faceless: Up until Game & Wario.
- Hidden Depths: She can outclass her own son at video games, something she's very embarrassed of.
- Humanoid Abomination: Portrayed this way in "Gamer".
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Her methods of checking up on her son at night in Game & Wario embody almost every possible horror trope and will surely scare the shit out of you. But it's only so he doesn't stay up late since he has school the following morning, so she means well.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When enraged in "Gamer".
- Strong Family Resemblance: Besides her Hidden Depths, she sports the same Cat Smile as her son.
- Vague Age: While it's easy to tell how old 9-Volt and 18-Volt are using their names'(?) numbers, hers is of course not true.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: All those freaky night terrors she's giving you in Gamer? They're only for making sure her son doesn't stay up late before a school day.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: He's seen in a different profession in every game, just like Mona. However, since he's the one running the businesses, it may be why Mona herself keeps changing jobs too.
The (rest of the) Thang Family
Debut: WarioWare: Twisted! (Papa and Mama T.), WarioWare: Touched! (Jamie and James T.)Jimmy's family, who are just as fond of disco as he is. It consists of Jimmy's parents, Papa T. and Mama T., and his younger siblings Jamie and James T..
- Disco Dan: Just like Jimmy.
- Funny Afro: Every one of them, though Jamie's has pigtails and Papa T's looks more like Marge Simpson's hair.
- Gag Nose: Every single one of them has a red nose.
- Theme Initials: Jimmy and his siblings are all JT.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: They never appeared after Touched!.