It'sa me; Mario!
— Mario, Super Mario 64
I like Mario. It's a game that glorifies the fat, blue collar worker...
Col. Campbell: Snake, you know who that is?
Solid Snake: You're kidding, right? It's Mario.
Col. Campbell: Mario made his first appearance in 1981, and since then, he's become a worldwide phenomenon. There's probably not a single person who doesn't know Mario. He's that famous.
Solid Snake: Good thing I survived long enough to meet him on the field of battle, huh.
"It may just be because I too suffer from a terrible genetic disability called an older brother, but I've always preferred Luigi to Mario. He's usually made out as a coward, but hey, Falstaff was a coward! Show me a Shakespearean character whose sole defining features are blindly following the instructions of some prissy royal bitch and a tendency to jump on things... okay, Macbeth, perhaps."
"I've probably spent more time with Mario than, literally, with members of my own family over the past 32 years...He's a cultural phenomenon, because he was at the center of a growing medium. He's kinda the poster boy of an entirely new medium that just developed a few decades ago. So, unless you were type of kid who grew up with a Genesis—And, growing up in the 80's and 90's, I still have I still have lot a problems with people who owned Genesises. Genisis was for the rich kids. Nintendo was for the workin' man."
"You'll never convince me that Mario and Luigi don't come from Brooklyn, New York. Yeah, I remember the ending of Yoshi's Island and the backstory to Partners in Time, but it doesn't matter. I mean, how else can they clearly be Italian-Americans if they originated in a universe that does not appear to have an America or an Italy? To say nothing of radical differences in physics, gravity, and their effects on the relative bone and muscle structure of a being born in one dimension and/or planet but displaced to another like Kal-El or John Carter being the only things that could logically explain how two otherwise ordinary plumbers have the strength to leap dozens of feet in the air, run fast enough to achieve aerodynamic lift off, and break solid stone with their fists. Hell, it would also explain why their bodies undergo strange changes when exposed to seemingly common Mushroom Kingdom fauna that don't generally have the same effect on the native population and— ...what was I talking about?"
One night under heavy doses of narcotics, I was playing Super Mario Bros. 3 and one of my friends thought it would be funny to record what I was saying so I could hear myself later when I was coherent. Here is a transcription of the things I said:
"Oh shit! I got the shoe! I'm so invincible! Oh! Eat it, you bitch! You don't understand! I got the damn SHOE! It's the shoe! And look at how cute I am with my stupid plumber head poking out of the wind up sock! I am the cutest invincible shoe rider ever! Mario! Mario! He's in the ULTRA green SHOOEEE!"
THANK YOU MARIO! BUT OUR PRINCESS IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE!
—Toad, Super Mario Bros. 1
A Mario Brother never says "can't", Luigi!
Thank you so much for to playing my game!
Have you-a ever seen a plunger, in-a these-a hands!?!?
—Mario, There Will Be Brawl
"I mean, I'd be pretty pissed if I was Mario too, just because I'd be like 'Look, I'm a plumber. What the hell is all of this?'"
— Dave_O, Retsupurae, "Mad About Mario"