A list of characters that describes Mario's various allies from across the series.
- Ambiguously Related: Peach and Daisy have a passing resemblance and it's not unknown for real-world royal families to mingle. The official Prima Games guide for Mario Kart: Double Dash!! has described them as being cousins, but it's not a canonical source.note
- Ass Kicks You: In the Super Smash Bros. series, some of their attacks have them bashing their opponents with their hips and butt. They also use their hips as their Quick Melee attack in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, if their hands are occupied with an item.
- Badass Adorable: In their playable appearances, they're both cute and capable.
- Bare Your Midriff: Their outfits in Super Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged.
- Beauty Equals Goodness:
- Princess Peach is very beautiful, complete with golden hair, and lovely blue eyes. She has many admirers, especially Mario and Bowser. On top of all that, she's as Spoiled Sweet as can be. Everything Is Better With Princesses indeed.
- Daisy is a very beautiful princess just like Peach. Also similar to Princess Peach, Princess Daisy has quite a few admirers, especially Luigi and Waluigi. On top of that she's quite Spoiled Sweet.
- Biker Babe: Starting in Mario Kart Wii, they gained biker◊ suits◊ when using a bike during a race.
- 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 palette of the NES.
- Cool Crown: Their signature item, used in most of their character logos. The princesses are almost never seen without their shiny golden crowns. Aside from being pretty, it also functions as a powerful melee weapon.
- The Expanded Universe in the 90's Mario comics even had a story where Peach actually loses her crown, and she must find it to be re-coronated. If she doesn't, she isn't allowed to be Princess for a year, and the Mushroom Kingdom will be in complete control of her father. Needless to say, the entire situation went from mildly inconvenient to rather dire.
- Costume Evolution: The two of them have updated their looks over the years.
- Peach has always had her pink dress with the big puff sleeves and bell skirt. Just graphical increases allowed more details to be shown, and then added. In the Super Smash Bros. games since Brawl, her outfit is a full Pimped-Out Dress with extra overskirts and lace trimmings. That said her outfit has had two distinct looks over the years; The Modern look has her pink dress with dark pink panniers at the waist and a matching ruffle at the bottom. Her older look (Which last up to late N64 era) had her with a pink belt instead, and the bottom half of her dress's skirt was a darker shade of pink.
- Daisy's dress was originally colored yellow with a white waistband, had a white dollop pattern on it, and was also white below her knees. The jewels on her earrings and chest were blue, her crown was colored red and the jewels on the crown were yellow and blue, with the yellow one being surrounded by a flower. Mario Party 4 introduced her modern dress, still colored yellow but now has orange panniers around her waist and is also covered by orange accents. The jewels on her earrings, chest, the front and back of her crown are now aqua green, the remaining jewels on the crown are red, and the crown itself is now golden. Her finalized modern look was established the same time as Peach's, while her old look went though minor changes.
- Cute Bruiser: An inevitable result of most of their playable appearances. Like every other playable character in the Mario Party series, they participate in several mini-games involve the characters beating the snot out of each other. Their appearances in Super Smash Bros. in particular let them kick even more butt, all while being as cheery and cute as ever.
- Damsel in Distress:
- This happens to Peach a lot, from the very first Super Mario Bros., but it can also be averted, usually if she's also a playable character... or she can start out as a damsel and still become playable. Let's just say in the party, sports, and racing spinoffs, she's safe from kidnapping. Otherwise, she's more than likely going to get captured.
- By contrast, Daisy has been this only twice: Super Mario Land originally, and once again in Super Mario Run.
- Ermine Cape Effect: In most spinoffs. In the sports games, such as when driving a bike or an ATV in Mario Kart, they will wear more practical outfits, or they may wear their dresses, no matter how it doesn't fit, such as in all the crazy activities in the Mario Party games.
- 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 the Mushroom Kingdom, seeing as her parents don't seem to be around? Who knows, but boy is that crown sure pretty! Not only that but Princess Peach is very beautiful, with golden hair, and lovely blue eyes. On top of all that, she's as sweet as can be. It's no wonder everyone loves her.
- Just like Princess Peach, Princess Daisy is a very beautiful and very sweet princess. She also rules her own kingdom Sarasaland. However, unlike Peach who is a girly princess, Daisy is a tomboy princess.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: Their dresses typically feature these.
- Hartman Hips: It isn't as obvious◊ as some of the other examples of this trope, but they still have them. They are more noticeable when the princesses aren't wearing her dress, like their biker suit◊, winter outfit◊, leotard◊, minidress◊, soccer uniform◊, and tank top and shorts combo◊.
- High Class Gloves:
- Peach's character design always had long, white gloves, even though it took a few games to render them in sprites. She doesn't wear them in Super Mario Sunshine and the sports games.
- Though shorter than Peach's, Daisy's have a flowery trim on the wrists, matching the edging on her puff sleeves.
- Hotter and Sexier: They started taking a turn in this direction during the GameCube era.
- In Peach's Super Smash Bros. appearances, she's much more flirty, more anatomically realistic, and also gets an increased bust size. In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Peach's playable moments allow you to have her take a shower (she strips from behind a curtain) and one sequence requires her to become an Invisible Streaker. Several games put her in mildly revealing outfits that show off her figure, such as the midriff bearing outfit in Mario Strikers, form-fitting leotard suit in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, the mini-dress from any number of sports games. She wears a bikini with a sarong if you find her in the water-themed worlds when she starts traveling after the end of Super Mario Odyssey.
- Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour introduced Daisy's primary sports outfit, a Short Tank complete with short shorts. Mario Hoops 3-on-3 had her wear an orange miniskirt as an alternate costume that later returned as her main costume in other spinoffs like Mario Tennis Open. Mario Strikers had her using a uniform that bared her midriff, as well as some animations that made her tomboyish nature more apparent. She reached the peak in the London Olympic Games, when her leotard suit was introduced.
- Her "Hot Stuff!" celebration in Strikers Charged involves her licking her thumb and sticking it on her butt, which results in a bit of steam rising off her butt and a *tssss* sound as if she stuck her thumb on a grill. This could give Waluigis infamous crotch-chop a run for its money in the sheer amount of Getting Crap Past the Radar it gets away with.
- Implied Love Interest The two of them have this relationship with the Mario Bros.:
- How "implied" it is between Peach and Mario varies, with some games seemingly confirming them to be the Official Couple, while others portray them as nothing but platonic. Lampshaded in Super Paper Mario — Nobody knows what to make of Mario and Peach's relationship, not even Mario himself (complete with one character, Luvbi, suggesting Mario is smitten with Peach but it's actually one-sided). In Super Mario Odyssey, Mario seems to want a Relationship Upgrade with her, but because he gets caught up with one-upping Bowser and starts shoving flowers in her face, she puts her foot down.
- While originally Luigi's crush on Daisy was an assumption of Nintendo of America's localization team who often made references to it in instruction manuals and their written bios, it was officially adknowledged by Nintendo of Japan in Mario Kart Wii with her course having two golden statues of her dancing with Luigi as adults and as babies.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: The both of them have large blue eyes.
- Leotard of Power: The two of them wear leotards in their signature colors when participating in Gymnastics and Swimming events in the London and Rio Olympic Games.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Peach" or rather "to be a peach" is an idiom for an attractive, likable, admirable, or good person. Her last name, Toadstool, is another name for Mushroom, pertaining to the kingdom she rules over.
- Daisy's name matches her Flower Motifs.
- Ms. Fanservice: The princesses' various sport outfits show off some very alluring figures, their most notable looks are their biker suits, leotards, and soccer uniforms.
- Pimped-Out Dress: The two are almost always known for their fancy and floofy gowns. Starting around the Gamecube era, their dresses got more and more detailed, such as having lace trim on the overskirt.
- Pretty in Mink: In the winter Mario & Sonic at the Olympics games, they each sport a mini dress trimmed with white fur. They also wear it in the London and Rio games for the equestrian events.
- Pretty Princess Powerhouse:
- Princess Peach may be a damsel in distress most of the time but she can kick your ass if she needs to, and look like a fairytale princess while she doing it. She'll even use a pretty parasol as a Weapon of Choice.
- It may have been All Just a Dream (or not), but the first real example is Super Mario Bros. 2 where Peach is one of the four playable heroes who embark on a quest to free the dream world of Subcon. With her famous floating ability, she proves to be more than a match for Wart and his minions all while wearing her pretty pink dress while doing so.
- In a Nintendo Power comic run in the days of the Super NES, until Bowser brainwashed her, Peach was the hero of the story. While the Mario Brothers were characterized as happy-go-lucky bumblers (though Mario was a serious happy-go-lucky bumbler), Peach was Hot-Blooded 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. And after she recovered from being hypnotized with the help of Luigi and Yoshi, she immediately untied Mario so he could finish off Bowser.
- Super Paper Mario where Mimi foolishly mocked her usual Damsel in Distress role and her princess status. What follows is the first time in the franchise Peach ever loses her composure, she even yelled at the Mario Bros. to leave Mimi to her. Not to mention giving Mimi herself a serious beatdown.
- Super Princess Peach Where Princess Peach goes one-on-one (or two-on-one if you include Perry) with Bowser and wins, freeing Mario, Luigi, and her entire kidnapped kingdom. Not bad for being the one who's typically kidnapped herself.
- Despite the fact she has yet to take down any major villains on her own, Princess Daisy is quite a force to be reckoned with as well, such as Mario Party 3, where she actually sends Bowser into the sky with a single slap. As of Super Mario Run, she's been playable for the first time in a mainstream Mario game, and will be joining the cast of Super Smash Bros. for the first time as a playable fighter in Ultimate.
- Princess Peach may be a damsel in distress most of the time but she can kick your ass if she needs to, and look like a fairytale princess while she doing it. She'll even use a pretty parasol as a Weapon of Choice.
- Princesses Rule: They rule over the Mushroom Kingdom and Sarasaland, respectively, despite being princesses. Early English game manuals and the comics mention that Peach is the daughter of the Mushroom King, but he has not been seen or even mentioned in the games ever. Likewise, Mario Party 3 and Fortune Street mentions that Daisy has a father, though he is never seen.
- Rapunzel Hair: Peach is usually portrayed as having long, flowing, butt-length blonde hair Daisy's classic design◊ had her sporting hair of a similar length and style to Peach's. This changed as of Mario Party 4 in 2002.
- Recruitment by Rescue: Once you save Peach in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, she will join your team as a helper. This also applies to Super Mario Run, where she and Daisy become playable when you save them.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: The two are frequently seen in a Cool Crown, Pimped-Out Dress, and White Opera Gloves, all meant to show their station.
- The Rival: Daisy might give Peach much-needed female companionship, but just as the most likely reason they are even friends, the same reasoning is applied to any moments the two rival one another in spinoff games.
- She's Got Legs: The princesses tend to show off their shapely legs pretty well, particularly with their sports outfits. This reached its peak when the leotard was introduced in the Mario & Sonic series, as seen in their art◊work◊ for London 2012.. The fact that they're really flexible certainly helps.
- Peach's bikini artwork◊ from the first part of the official Japanese Super Mario World strategy guide, meant to be how she was last seen on vacation before going missing. There's also a bikini with a sarong she wears in the water-themed worlds when she starts traveling after the end of Super Mario Odyssey.
- The dress that Peach wears in this Super Mario All-Stars Japanese commercial show her legs very well.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Applies to them both and Rosalina. Despite being prim and properly dressed, they participate in the same kind of cartoonish violence and silliness as the guys do. Special mention goes to Peach and Daisy in the Mario Strikers games, where they get crushed, set on fire, and electrocuted. All three also suffer the same abuse as everyone else in the various Mario Party and Mario Kart games as well.
- Peach's case reaches an extreme in Super Mario-kun where she (along with Luigi and Toad) gets flattened by Giant Mario◊ and later during the Paper Mario adaptation is roped into a Big Ball of Violence against Kammy Koopa◊. As well as in KC Mario, where she falls head first onto solid ground after Mario drops her◊ in Super Mario Land's adaptation and smashes into the canyon wall◊ during the Mario Kart arc
- Spoiled Sweet: The Princess each have a castle, kingdom, and several lovely dresses to their name. However they are not the Alpha Bitch, far from it. Peach is very sweet and very gentle. So much so, that she will do anything for her friends, and despite being so pretty and rich, she loves Mario, a chubby, short plumber. She's even willing to be nice to Bowser fairly often despite the numerous times he has kidnapped her. Daisy is also very sweet and friendly to her friends, especially Luigi whom she is in love with. However Daisy is more assertive than Peach is as she rejects Waluigi and openly dislikes Bowser. She's also very competitive. Nevertheless she's very sweet, cheerful, and friendly to others.
(After landing on an expensive shop) Daisy: What is the meaning of these unbelievable prices!? I'm not above throwing a tantrum, you know!(To the Player when he/she lacks money) Daisy: That's not worth getting upset over, (Player's name). Just ask your daddy to front you some cash!
- On the other hand, they have shown shades of being something a Spoiled Brat at times. In particular, Strikers portrayed Peach as more of a diva than in other games. The top example being one of her animations when the opposing team scores a goal, where she goes ballistic on one of her teammates before hopping up and down in anger and bawling into her hands. Daisy's bratty side also shows up in Fortune Street. See these comments:
- Statuesque Stunner: Peach is always shown to be at least One Head Taller than Mario. In Super Mario Adventures, when Peach dreams of her wedding with Mario, he has to stand on a ? Block◊ in order to be able to kiss Peach without her needing to bend downwards. While Daisy is a little shorter than Peach, she is taller than Mario, Luigi, and Wario.
- Peach's height is 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 only slightly taller than 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.
- Sweet Tooth: Peach's Achilles' Heel is cake. In Mario Kart Wii, there's a billboard for Daisy Candy. In Mario Kart 8, they both run the "Royal Patisserie", and the Sweet Sweet Canyon track (which is a world of dessert) is under their shared banner.
- Tank-Top Tomboy: Peach debuted this look in her guest appearance in NBA Street V 3. The princesses zigzag this trope depending on the sports game. If they doesn't wear this look, they will most likely sport a Mini Dress Of Power instead. Daisy actually wears her tank top and shorts even more than her iconic dress.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: You have to admit, it's really nice when Nintendo gives either of them a break from their usual positions.
- Peach gets to show what she's capable of in games where she isn't kidnapped, like Super Mario 3D World and Super Princess Peach. Hell, as early as Super Mario Bros. 2 she was taken out of the damsel role to show her stuff, which marked the debut of her trademark Floaty Jump.
- After spending years appearing in nearly every Mario sports and party games, Princess Daisy was made playable in Super Mario Run as a bonus character, marking the first time ever Daisy is made playable in a Mario platform game. Her playable appearance in the new Super Smash Bros. was an even bigger bone for Daisy.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Peach is the Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak, and Daisy is the Tomboy with a Girly Streak. While they are both active royalty, Princess Peach is certainly a more dainty and feminine princess, from having a Parasol of Prettiness to wearing her trademark pretty pink Pimped-Out Dress. While Daisy has yet to fight any major villains like Peach has, she's more proactive and less dainty when it comes to sports.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Mostly in the sports spinoffs. Whereas the Mario Bros. are content to wear their overalls almost to any outing, the girls (including Rosalina and Pauline) typically come with a sportier look.
- Wealthy Yacht Owner:
- Peach owns the MSS Sea Star from Mario Party 7. The cruise ship is big enough to hold a castle on its deck.
- The Daisy Cruiser has appeared as a race course in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart 7 and can also be seen in the background of other courses from Double Dash!! and onwards. It also appears as an unlockable baseball stadium in Mario Super Sluggers.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: In many of the sports titles.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade C in Super Mario Strikers, Grade A in Mario Strikers Charged.
Debut: Super Mario Bros.
Voiced in English by: Jeannie Elias (The Super Mario Bros Super Show!), Tracey Moore (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World), Kathy Fitzgerald (Mario is Missing; PC version), Jocelyn Benford (Hotel Mario), Leslie Swan (Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, and Super Paper Mario), Jen Taylor (1999-2008), Asako Kozuki (Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Kart: Super Circuit) Nicole Mills (Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time), Samantha Kelly (2007 — current)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroko Taniyama (GO GO Mario!!), Mami Yamase (The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach!), Maria Kawamura (Super Mario Bros. Vocal Special drama tracks), Miyako Endo (original video animations), Yuriko Yamamoto (Super Mario World: Mario and Yoshi's Adventure Land), Mariko Mukai (Satellaview games), Asako Kozuki (Mario Kart 64)
Princess Peach Toadstool is the crown princess of the Mushroom Kingdom and Mario's main love interest. She gets kidnapped frequently by Bowser in the main Super Mario Bros. games, but proves herself to be very skilled in sports. Though she's usually the Distressed Damsel, there are times she will get up and do something herself (such as in Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario RPG, Super Mario 3D World, and her own game, Super Princess Peach).
Worthy of note: she's appeared in more video games than any other female character.
- 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. Including posters. In Toad Harbor in Mario Kart 8, there is a statue of Princess Peach that is a reference to the Statue of Liberty.
- Achilles' Heel: Word of God says it's cake.
- Action Heroine: She is one in many of the games where she is playable, such as the Super Smash Bros. series, Super Princess Peach, and Super Mario 3D World.
- All-Loving Hero: Shown this way, especially in the Role-Playing Game, where she shows no ill will to anyone, even villains. She even helps Mimi out, even when she made fun of her royalty.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She's the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom and ruler of the Toads, and outside of the Mario Bros., by far the most capable fighter in the entire kingdom.
- 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.
- In Super Mario 3D Land, Mario receives postcards from Peach at the start of every world, which progress from her being scared by minions to her hitting Goombas away with her umbrella and the second-to-last one clearly shows her mounting a personal escape attempt, sprinting towards the camera with half of Bowser's army storming after her, eventually capturing her and bringing her as a caged bird to Bowser.
- Barrier Maiden: In the original Super Mario Bros., Princess Peach's magic was the only thing that could undo the Koopas' curse on the Mushroom Kingdom. The Barrier Maiden thing was abandoned for a while, with Bowser's motives for capturing Peach varying from game to game, but it was never the original reason. However, more recent games have restored her Barrier Maiden status, though in a different form each time.
- In Yoshi's Island DS, Baby Peach is one of the seven star children who are born with great power. Bowser attempts to steal the children to take over the universe (this would include kidnapping himself, which would result in a few time-related issues...) Peach is actually one of the children who escapes capture, and assists Yoshi and Baby Mario in saving the others.
- In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Peach's voice is the only thing that can awaken the Beanstar, which grants wishes. She avoids capture through clever use of a Birdo, and again by having Luigi crossdress as her.
- In Super Paper Mario, Peach and Bowser are a Barrier Couple. If they ever got married, the Chaos Heart would be formed and begin to destroy the world. Naturally, this is the first thing the Big Bad does in the first part of the game. Peach is so easily kidnapped...
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: According to the Nintendo Character Guide, Peach's white magic is what keeps her and her gown looking fresh at all times, even in Bowser's dank dungeons.
- Berserk Button: Do not mock her chronic damsel syndrome or she will destroy you. Bowser and Mimi both made this mistake; Mimi's instance even had Peach angrily ordering the Mario Bros. to leave her to her.Mimi: You're the one that's always having to get rescued by boys. THAT'S embarrassing! Golly, you sure are a lot of talk when you have your little boyfriends to protect you!
Peach: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Y-You... Very well. If you insist, I'll give you what you so richly deserve.
Luigi: P-Princess Peach! You're not really going to...
Peach: Stay out of this! I am a PRINCESS, and she has thrown mud at my dignity! You two leave me be! UNDERSTOOD?!
[Mario and Luigi nod obediently and back out of the room]
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- She's not beyond putting her foot down when people start acting immature, as Mario and Bowser learn in Odyssey.
- The Icicle Golem got a sample of her wrath when it froze Mario; she nearly toppled a giant fridge after kicking its severed dome.
- If the Sept. 2018 Nintendo Direct is any indication, Peach is downright deadly with a charger.
- Big Good: Forms a Big Good Duumvirate with Mario. As ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, she is the leader of the most powerful heroic faction in the setting.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Peach often borrows Mario's "Mama Mia!" catchphrase. She can be heard using it in games such as Mario Golf, Mario Party 4, Mario Party 5, and Super Mario Advance.
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Some of her animations in Mario Strikers Charged, like one of her animations after scoring a goal, has her blatantly flaunting her butt towards the camera.
- Bound and Gagged: Surprisingly, given her usual role, this seldom happens outside the cartoons. Then again, what kind of suitor would Bowser be tying up his love?
- Breakout Character: Mario actually had an Implied Love Interest/lady friend beforehand in Pauline, before Peach appeared in the franchise's signature game. The success of Super Mario Bros. would guarantee that Princess Peach would be Mario's signature heroine from now on. She is the single most prolific Nintendo starlet in all of gaming, even becoming Promoted to Playable in the American sequel, and even getting her own game.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She shows this at times, most especially during The Subspace Emissary, where she stops an impromptu squabble with a tea party.
- Compressed Hair: When she wears a tanooki or a cat suit in Super Mario 3D World.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Peach possesses extreme femininity, has plenty of cute looks, and doesn't seem to be all there some of the time, but this only hides her true power. Once the princess decides to take charge and fight, all bets are off and you better bring your best.
- A Day in the Limelight: The entire point of Super Princess Peach.
- Deadpan Snarker: In Super Paper Mario, in stark contrast to her more normal portrayals as The Ditz and the Cloudcuckoolander. She unloads on Bowser quite a bit, even calling him a giant baby at one point (Bowser was going through the nadir of his Villain Decay in this game).
- Dub Name Change: She was originally referred to as Princess Toadstool outside Japan, but would almost exclusively be known as Princess Peach worldwide after the release of Super Mario 64, with the exception of certain re-released material. Her full name is occasionally given as "Princess Peach Toadstool" to make up for the discrepancy. Oddly enough, one episode of The Super Mario Bros Super Show! has her exclaim "Princess P. to the rescue!"
- Dumb Blonde: While most games have her about as competent as the Mario Brothers, there are some instances where she comes off as naive, such as Bowser Jr.'s reveal in Super Mario Sunshine.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: She was a redhead until Super Mario World.
- Fairytale Wedding Dress: Peach actually has two beautiful wedding dresses.
- In Super Paper Mario, Peach's wedding dress when she was forced to marry Bowser was basically a white version of her usual dress, but that was already a fairytale dress on its own.
- Peach's wedding dress◊ in Super Mario Odyssey looks more like a modern wedding dress.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Tiara following their rescue at the end of Odyssey. In the post-game, the two embark on their own journey through the kingdoms, always appearing together.
- First-Name Basis: She is usually referred to by her first name, Peach. In the West, she was referred to as her last name "Toadstool", before her first name supplanted it in all regions.
- Fragile Speedster: In Mario Kart, she tends to be a light-weight character with high acceleration. In Mario Strikers Charged she is a Playmaker captain, having maxed-out speed and passing, but poor shooting and tackling.
- The Gadfly: She has shown a mischievous side on several occasions:
- She shows this in her interactions with Luigi, probably due to his Butt-Monkey status. In the intro for Mario Kart Wii, where her, Mario, and Luigi are driving using the new steering wheel controller, she bumps him with her hips, causing him to spin out and get left behind. Then after she rescues him in Super Princess Peach, instead of holding hands and twirling around in a circle and posing together at the end, like she does with the Toads and Mario, she lifts him off the ground, spins him around by his hands and chucks him to the far side of the screen.
- In Super Mario Bros. 3, when Mario comes to save her at the end of the game she tells him Your Princess Is in Another Castle before admitting she was just kidding.
- Gamer Chick: Implied in the 09.13.2018 Nintendo Directs Nintendo Switch Online segment, where shes shown as a Rank X sniper in Splatoon 2 who apparently carried her entire team.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Peach's femininity is always played up, and she's often contrasted with the tomboyish Daisy. But Peach has just as mush interest in sports as Daisy, or any of the guys, and doesn't hesitate to get rough and tumble with any of them.
- Girly Run: In Super Smash Bros. Brawl (and up) and the Mario Baseball series.
- Good Is Not Soft: One of the sweetest, kindest characters in the series, but will also destroy you should she ever be underestimated.
- 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.
- Hospital Hottie: In some of the artwork for the Dr. Mario games, she trades her fancy dress and high heels for a cute nurse outfit and sandals; although she's sadly never actually seen wearing that outfit in-game.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: It's stated in a couple of side sources that she's not actually the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, her father is. He, however, is a blathering idiot, so she makes most of the actual decisions. This hasn't come up in years.
- Hypnotize the Princess: Was on the receiving end of this in the opening of Super Paper Mario, as well as a couple of comics (Super Mario Adventures and Nintendo Comics System).
- Iconic Outfit: Peach's normal attire consists of a pink gown (with a blue jewel on her chest), High Class Gloves, gold crown, and large blue earrings. She does change outfits when the dress would be impractical (such as for the sports titles and when she's riding a motorcycle or an ATV in the Mario Kart games).
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Especially in the RPG games. In the first Paper Mario game, her love for her kingdom is enough to counter Bowser's defensive spell, and in the second one her purity is what makes her the chosen vessel for the Shadow Queen.
- 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.
- Instant Costume Change: Some of her post-hole animations in the Mario Golf series have her change into her regular dress in place of her minidress she normally wears. If she gets a birdie or better in Mario Golf: World Tour, she will take out her parasol, twirl it, and magically change clothing.
- Jerkass Ball: In Mario Strikers Charged, she acts more like a diva, such as throwing a tantrum when the other team scores, and lashing out at her teammates when they mess up.
- Jumped at the Call: Peach is the first one into the pipe to give chase after Bowser when he captures the Green Sprixie Princess in Super Mario 3D World. A similar situation happened much earlier in the Super Mario Adventures comic.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Still wears her traditional pink dress and crown in the games when she's fighting, such as Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Princess Peach, Super Paper Mario, and the Super Smash Bros. games.
- Lady and Knight: The Bright Lady to Mario's White Knight.
- Lady in Red: One of her alternate costumes in the Super Smash Bros. series is a red dress◊, which is a reference to Pauline.
- Leitmotif: Two very distinctive ones — The ending theme of Super Mario Bros., and Inside the Castle Walls from Super Mario 64.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Peach is kind, adorable, and the eternal Damsel in Distress, but every so often she'll come across a threat who doesn't care for kidnapping and actually pushes her to fight. Peach's real power and skill begins to shine through.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light Feminine to Pauline's family-friendly Femme Fatale Dark Feminine.
- Limited Wardrobe: Paper Mario shows that she has an entire wardrobe of identical pink dresses. She insists that they aren't the same, and that there are minor differences between each dress, but this is strictly an Informed Attribute.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Princess Peach has long blonde hair and is the girliest character in the entire franchise. It especially stands out when she's compared to Tomboy Princess Daisy, who has shorter hair post-redesign (though it's still medium length).
- Neutral Female: She often helplessly watches the fight between Mario and Bowser from a cage or from a platform. This is sometimes subverted, though; she does try and get herself out of the situations Bowser puts her in, but Mario generally arrives for the rescue before she's able to succeed.
- Nice Girl: 95% of the time, Peach is shown to be nothing but a kindhearted monarch who cares for her friends and subjects, even toward Bowser.
- No-Sell: In Super Princess Peach, Peach is completely unaffected by the Vibe Scepter, an Artifact of Doom that Bowser got his hands on that easily plunged the Mushroom Kingdom into chaos and easily subdued Mario and Luigi. Not only is Peach unaffected by the vibes, she turns them around and makes them powers of her own, and can freely control them.
- Not Quite Flight: Her dress may aid in this. However, she can also still float a little even without her dress. In the Super Smash Bros. series, she floats by moving her hands in a certain pattern.
- Not So Above It All: In the Japanese version of Super Mario Kart, sweet, demure Princess Peach is shown drinking straight from a bottle of champagne when she wins a cup, getting drunk in the process. In the English version, this was changed to her simply throwing and catching the bottle.
- Only One Name: She was simply "Princess Peach" in Japan, and simply "Princess Toadstool" in English versions until Super Mario 64 officially swapped her back to her Japanese name in all versions, though without completely abandoning "Toadstool". Since then, her full name has been implicitly "Princess Peach Toadstool".
- Only Sane Woman: Usually the most sensible, although it varies from work to work. Sometimes she can fit this and Cloudcuckoolander — a bit out of it sometimes, but willing to at least try to avoid any pointless fights.
- Pals with Jesus: While she and Rosalina haven't interacted with each other much in the games, in the 38th issue of the Super Mario-kun manga, the two quickly became good friends upon meeting each other.
- 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, though in 3D World, she can use her hover regardless of what she's wearing.
- 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. A postcard Mario receives in Super Mario 3D Land shows Peach defending herself from a Goomba Tower with her parasol.
- 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. One of the loading screen icons in Mario Super Sluggers even feature Peach sitting down and relaxing while holding a parasol.
- Parasol Parachute: She can also soften her falls with her parasol whenever it's a Parasol of Pain (as well as one time when it wasn't).
- Physical Goddess: The "Empress Peach" Megastrike from the Darker and Edgier world of Mario Strikers Charged depicts Peach entering an angelic Super Mode, complete with Power Glows, Power Gives You Wings, and Light 'em Up.
- 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 Role Playing Games, 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 coin compared to the Beanbean 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:
- Power Creep, Power Seep: She ranges from a Damsel in Distress to an effective Lady of War depending on the game.
- Primary-Color Champion: Golden crown, long flowing blonde hair, blue earrings and brooch, and of course, her signature pink (a tint of red) dress, and deep pink/red shoes. Yes, Princess Peach is a good guy.
- Princess Classic: While Princess Peach is certainly a beautiful, sweet, princess, from having a beautiful parasol to wearing her trademark pretty in pink princess dress, her traditional princess status is parodied, especially in the Paper Mario series.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Sports a pink dress since her debut. Or at least her artwork for the game did. Pink is still the color most associated with her.
- Promoted to Playable: Despite being more famous for being the Damsel in Distress, she's held her own in many games. She's playable in Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario RPG, Super Princess Peach, Super Paper Mario, and Super Mario 3D World. She's no slouch in Super Smash Bros. and just as much of an athlete as anyone else in the sports spinoffs. One wonders why she's so easy to kidnap when she can fend for herself so formidably.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: She wears black tights with her Cap Kingdom outfit, which she also wears in the Snow Kingdom and the Moon Kingdom.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: In Super Mario Bros. 2 (sort of), Super Princess Peach, and Super Mario 3D World. And in Super Mario 3D Land, she actually tries to escape from Bowser on her own, though she's eventually recaptured. She also helps out in each of the Paper Mario games. The first game has her actively trying to escape Bowser's clutches, the second has her sending information to Mario, and she's Promoted to Playable in the third.
- The Smurfette Principle: Princess Peach was the prominent and in some cases, the only female playable character in some of the early multiplayer Mario Kart and Mario Party games. It wasn't until the Gamecube Era and onward, when more female characters like Princess Daisy, Toadette, and Rosalina were introduced that this became averted.
- Spanner in the Works: When Peach is in captivity, she's thwarting the villains' plans right under their noses. Whether it be by sending letters to Mario, or even mounting her own escape attempts.
- Super Empowering: In Super Mario Bros. 3, after beating one of the Koopa Kids, she would send Mario or Luigi a letter with a rare power-up attached to it. In Super Mario World, she would throw a mushroom at Mario or Luigi during the showdown with Bowser.
- Supreme Chef: An oft-referenced ability of hers is her ability to bake cakes. In Game & Watch Gallery 2, she is played as in the Chef minigame were she juggles various types of food in the air with a frying pan and has to serve well-cooked food to a Yoshi. This minigame also came with official artwork◊.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Despite being one of the more level-headed characters in the franchise, Peach is seen wielding bombs somewhat often in a few of the games and at least one comic.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Mario.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She is associated with cakes.
- Tranquil Fury: At the end of Odyssey, after Mario and Bowser end up fighting for her affections, she angrily shouts out "Enough!" and calmly storms off before returning to her usual cheery self.
- The Trickster:
Peach's bio from Mario Party 3: Her surprising fondness over the Plunder Chest reveals her mischievous side.
- While never really emphasized, the Mario Party series likes to suggest Princess Peach is prone to ruthlessly messing with other players to advantage herself. Her favorite item in Mario Party 2 and 3 is the Plunder Chest, which randomly selects an opponent and steals their itemnote .
- In Mario Party 4, her favorite item is the Swap Card, which exchanges items between two players, the user and an opponent chosen through a roulette.
- If the ending of Super Mario Bros. 3 is of any indication, she's not above trolling the shit out of Mario.
- Underestimating Badassery: Bowser figured he was finally in the clear now that he has bested the Mario Bros., captured them and had them in helpless captivity, thinking Peach wouldn't be able to do anything. Peach certainly showed him that he would've been better off sticking with status quo and capturing her too.
- Vocal Evolution: Peach's first canon speaking role was in Super Mario 64, where she had a fittingly deep, intelligent-sounding voice to go with her Reasonable Authority Figure role. Later on, her voice became higher-pitched and more girly-sounding, and around Super Mario Galaxy, it became very feminine and ditzy-sounding. That said, some games tone down the high-pitched factor of her voice.
- Weak, but Skilled: Many sports games depict her as a Technique type, with low power. This can also play into the more plot-heavy games, like the RPGs, in a different way — She may not have Mario's raw power, but she's surprisingly cunning and can use her skills to make things difficult for the villains without being noticed.
- White Magician Girl: Various games have her showcasing competence with magic, usually either in the form of stars, hearts, or something pink. Naturally, Super Mario RPG provides the best example.
- Woman in White: Peach's incarnation in Super Mario Bros. has her in a white dress instead of the more recognized pink dress due to hardware limitations. She also dons a white wedding dress in Super Paper Mario and Super Mario Odyssey (image◊). Super Mario 3D World uses her original white with red trim dress for Fire Peach.
- You Don't Look Like You: In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, she's portrayed as having auburn hair comparable to Daisy's. She's also referred to as Princess Toadstool. It's justified however, because her first name "Peach" wasn't introduced to American audiences at the time (1989), and her Super Show design is based on her actual in-game sprites, which depicted her with red hair.
Debut: Super Mario Land
Voiced by: Jessica Chisum (Mario Tennis 64), Jen Taylor (Mario Party 3-5), Deanna Mustard (2003-present)
Portrayed by: Samantha Mathis (live-action film)
Princess Daisy made her first appearance in the Game Boy game Super Mario Land as Princess Peach's analogue in Sarasaland. Though she hasn't appeared in a main game since her debutnote , Daisy pops up frequently in Mario Party, sports titles, and other spinoffs. As a fellow royal, she tends to get along best with Peach, and has been described as her cousin at least once.
- Ambiguously Brown: Back in the N64 days Daisy was shown with darker skin than Peach◊, assumedly to represent how she rules a desert kingdom. From Mario Party 4 onward her skin color was cemented as being the same as Peach's among the other changes to her design.
- Ascended Extra: Originally considered Peach's look-alike, she now has her own set of recognizable traits.
- Big "NO!": She will occasionally shout one of these when hit by an item in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! or the Baseball games.
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: In this◊ picture.
- Characterization Marches On: Her first voiced appearance in Mario Tennis for the N64 had her as clumsy, having a more obviously feminine voice akin to Peach's, and debatably come off as an Expy of Azalea from the earlier Mario Golf games. Starting from the Gamecube era, especially in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Super Mario Strikers, Daisy was portrayed as more boisterous, having a voice that both became deeper and more shrill (thanks to Deanna Mustard), and overall became the Tomboy Princess Peach (and also Rosalina) isn't.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: She's a cute young princess like Peach, and she's so energetic that she shouts many of her lines.
- Daddy's Girl: Implied in Mario Party 3, where she mentions her father during gameplay. She also mentions her father in Fortune Street.
- 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 only goes for Peach... though Bowser appears to have gotten over this, as he has no issue kidnapping Daisy in Super Mario Run.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Though auburn-haired rather than a pure redhead, she had this look in her early N64 days, noticeably in games such as Mario Party 3 and Mario Tennis. Take a look.◊
- Death Glare: Daisy will give this to her team players in Mario Strikers Charged, if the opposing team scores a few goals. Some team players will react to it with an Oh, Crap! look on their faces.
- Demoted to Extra: Daisy hasn't appeared in a main series platformer since her debut in Super Mario Land, but she's a regular in spinoffs. However, She appeared again in Super Mario Run, as a playable characternote and is debuting on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Echo Fighter mirroring Peach.
- Dishing Out Dirt: She appears to have some level of control over crystals, as seen in Mario Strikers Charged.
- 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 a Tomboy Princess years after her initial introduction.
- The Mario Tennis series had her as a Technique type just like Peach, but Ultra Smash changed her to an All-Around type.
- Double Jump: In her playable appearance in Super Mario Run, Daisy's unique ability is a double jump.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: She also used to have very long hair that was nearly identical to Peach's. One of the first signs that she was beginning to become her own person was when her character design was overhauled and she got her trademark, shorter flipped hair.
- Fiery Redhead: It's more of a reddish brown, but it's close enough and she certainly has the personality for it.
- Flower Motifs: As a counterpart to Peach's heart motifs.
- Gemstone Assault: Her Super Ability in Mario Strikers Charged is Crystal Smash!, were she summons sharp orange crystals around her that protects her briefly and can also damage other players. During her Mega Strike, she encases one of her clenched fists in crystals before punching the ball towards the goal. Her hair and skin also turns dark teal, with Glowing Eyes of Doom to boot. While the Mega Strike has no English name, its Japanese name translates to Crystallized Daisy.
- Genki Girl: She definitely has a lot of energy to spare, especially once Deanna Mustard started voicing her.
- Girliness Upgrade: Around the Wii U era, Daisy's official artworks started taking a turn on emphasizing more of the "girly" side of Daisy's Tomboy with a Girly Streak. With her doing a lot more "princess-y" poses as well as smiling a lot more. Her voice underwent a little Vocal Evolution, while still very energetic, cut down a little on the "attitude" aspect as well.
- Green Thumb: Her special shots in Mario Power Tennis involve her causing flowers to bloom. Her Star Swing in Mario Super Sluggers causes a small flower garden to appear where the ball would land, and in Mario Party 7, her shared special Orb with Princess Peach is the Flower Orb.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Luigi is suggested to have a crush on her, though he doesn't appear to act on it.
- Hot-Blooded: Once Deanna Mustard started voicing her, she became very easily excitable, and is extremely vocal with it. Just try playing as her in Mario Kart — she'll spend most of the race yelling.
- Informed Attribute: Daisy's tomboyishness. While she is very energetic, Daisy at times possesses just as much femininity as Peach, especially after her Girliness Upgrade. Daisy unironically wears a frilly dress with minimal to no complaints, and also tends to be vain and takes much pride in her fair looks, and that's not going into her strong affinity for flowers. You could say Daisy's femininity is pretty big, but is a tomboy only in comparison to Peach.
- Invisible Parents: She mentions her father in both Mario Party 3 and Fortune Street. He presumably rules Sarasaland while she's away in the Mushroom Kingdom.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Interesting in that she is usually a specialty character; but her specialty is different for each activity. Notably she's a Speed character in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. In Mario Tennis Ultra Smash and Mario Tennis Aces, she actually is an All-Around character alongside Mario and Luigi.
- Large Ham: Courtesy of Deanna Mustard.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: When paired with Luigi. In her Mario Kart Wii course, there's a statue of Baby Daisy dancing with Baby Luigi. Or, rather, Baby Daisy swinging Baby Luigi around her head. Also in Mario Superstar Baseball, she has a higher batting stat than Luigi, while in Mario Super Sluggers, they have an equal batting stat.
- Moveset Clone: Is effectively this to Peach in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Officially dubbed an Echo Fighter, Daisy has all the same moves as Peach, but hers function differently.
- 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. Exaggerated in later games, with Daisy practically screaming most of her lines.
- Odd Friendship: Daisy is officially good friends with Mario. Although her friendship with Mario might not seem odd at first, when you consider her debut appearance showed her in a romantic situation with him, and then you remember now she is hinted to be his brother's love interest, as well as his maybe-love interest's best friend, it feels a little weird when you put all this together. Her contrasting personality to Peach also makes their friendship interesting.
- Only Six Faces: One of the girls introduced in Camelot's Mario Golf titles is Azalea, an Identical Stranger who looks like she could be Separated at Birth.
- Pair the Spares: In her debut game, she was presented as a love interest for Mario. Nowadays, since Mario and Peach are considered a quasi-Official Couple, she's been teased with Luigi, although it hasn't been solidified.
- Petal Power: In Mario Power Tennis, where her Limit Breaks produce lots of flowers. Her Star Swings and Pitches in the Mario Baseball series also produces lots of flowers. Her special Orb in Mario Party 7 produces big flowers that she uses to both gain coins and avoid traps.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: In Mario Party 3: "When it comes to beauty, there's no denying Daisy is fairest of all! There's no need to battle." (The Millennium Star agrees.) In Fortune Street, Daisy can have this conversation with Birdo: "Birdo! Are you charging me so much because youre jealous of my good looks? I wouldnt put it past you!".
- Short Tank: In sports spinoffs, to a greater extent than Peach.
- Sore Loser: Says she wants to win so badly since she hates losing in Fortune Street. Her animations in Strikers Charged when the opposing team scores a goal hints at this too (granted, the style of the game applies this to more or less the whole cast short of Mario himself).
- Super Speed: According to some spinoffs, Daisy is outright the fastest Mario character.
- Tomboy Princess: Daisy is described as a tomboy princess within the series. Her cheerful, sassy voice, tough-as-nails strength, hair to match, and of course, not pink colors, are all indications that she definitely isn't the girly princess. In fact, her Mario Strikers incarnation actually provides the Image Source right now.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: And it's a really big girly streak too. In many of the games that she appears in, it's not apparent that she's a tomboy at all unless you've already been told about it. She wears a dress that's nearly as girly as Peach's (and the only reason that it isn't is because the color's yellow rather than pink), she has a flower motif on all of her outfits, and she prides herself as being "the fairest of them all". Her Mario Super Sluggers collectible card info defines this trope: "Daisy may be a tough girl, but she still likes to make things pretty." Her slight Girliness Upgrade around the Wii U era put a little more emphasis on her feminine side.
- Vocal Evolution: Daisy's first speaking role in Mario Tennis gave her a very soft and regal sounding voice not unlike Peach's, and in Mario Party 3 outright shared the same voice clips as Peach, albeit with the pitch altered. It wasn't until about halfway through the Gamecube era, after her tomboyish personality started to become more pronounced, that she gained a more cheerful, deeper-sounding voice which gradually became louder and more shrill with each appearance. Daisy's voice underwent a little more evolution in the Wii U era, cutting back on the shrillness while still maintaining her energy.
Debut: Super Mario Bros.
Voiced in English by: John Stocker (The Super Mario Bros Super Show! and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3), Bob Sorenson (Mario is Missing; PC version), Isaac Marshall (Mario Kart 64), Tomoko Maruno (video games, 1998-2001), Jen Taylor (2000-2007), Kelsey Hutchinson (2005), Samantha Kelly (2007-present)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuriko Yamamoto and Hiroko Emori (The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach!, and Super Mario World: Mario and Yoshi's Adventure Land) Miyako Endō (original video animations), Nanae Sumitomo (Satellaview games), Tomoko Maruno (Mario Kart 64)
Portrayed by: Mojo Nixon and John Fifer (Super Mario Bros. live-action film)
Peach's many loyal subjects; the primary inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom. "Toad" is both the name of this race of people and of a generic character within this race. Toads in general are peaceful but steadfast, with a jolly demeanor.
- Absentee Actor: Mailtoad, the purple member of the Toad Brigade, appears to be missing from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, having been replaced by Toadette. He comes back in Super Mario Odyssey as a Crazy Cap employee for the Toad Brigade-run locales.
- Adventurer Outfit: The Toad Brigade members and Toadette wear them in Treasure Tracker.
- Always Lawful Good: The series has yet to feature an outright evil Toad, not including the Mummy-Mes from Treasure Tracker or the sinister black-capped fake Toads from Paper Mario. In Paper Mario: Color Splash, twelve Toads comically appear in Toad Trainworks as a Zero-Effort Boss, disgruntled that their ride isn't taking off — they can't be targeted, verbally assault Mario for 1 HP each consecutively, and stop after blowing off some steam.
- Ambiguous Gender: At least, originally. Word of God states that the Toad designs weren't made with a specific gender in mind, which may be why the mushroom retainers seemed to be depicted as royal nursemaids in the early anime. It wasn't until Toadette was introduced with Tertiary Sexual Characteristics that the designers were conscious of giving Toads gendered appearances. This may or may not make the obviously-sexed Toads of the earlier RPGs an example of Early Installment Weirdness. "Actually, when we made the original Toad, we didn't really have in mind whether Toad was a boy or a girl. We just made the character Toad, and then ever since Toadette has started appearing in games, I think people have come to take the impression that Toad was a boy 'cuz Toadette was a girl, but obviously there's lots of different Toads that have been in a lot of different games."
- Ambiguously Related: Are Toad and Toadette siblings or love interests? No one knows. Nintendo changes stances often.
- Badass Adorable: Toads are for the most part cowardly, but some of them (Yellow Toad and Blue Toad) join with the Mario Bros. in their adventures and prove themselves capable. They also prove their mettle in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
- Composite Character: Or perhaps Composite Terminology. Originally, "mushroom people" (Kinoko-ichizoku, literal translation) referred to the species, "mushroom retainer" (Kinopio, a portmanteau of "mushroom" and "Pinocchio") referred to the seven mushroom people that serve the princess, and "Toad" (also Kinopio) was a standalone mushroom retainer character made popular in western media. These days, "Toad" applies to all of these things.
- Cowardly Lion: Toads are mostly known for their cowardice when placed in dangerous situations. But when playable, they can perform some daring feats of bravery when push comes to shove.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: Starting with Super Mario Advance, the generic male Toads' voices got very raspy.
- Depending on the Writer: It's highly variable whether the large mushroom cap on their heads is part of their bodies (eg. in the Super Smash Bros. series, Peach can weaponize it to spray damaging spores) or a large fancy hat that can be removed. Further muddying the waters is the fact that Toadette appears to have mushroom pigtails while other female Toads in the Role Playing Games have normal hair growing from under it. It's possibly both, as with Koopa shells. Yoshiaki Koizumi, the producer for Super Mario Odyssey confirms that its a part of their heads.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Captain Toad and the Toad Brigade first appeared as an assortment of multi-colored but mostly nondescript Toads (apparently youths, considering how Toadsworth treats them) in Super Mario Sunshine. They reappeared in Super Mario Galaxy, but now with varied and distinct personalities. The cowardly red Toad appointed himself Captain, eventually being officially developed into a unique character with his own listing below.
- Fan of the Underdog: Few characters think highly of Luigi's heroics. Most Toads in Super Mario 64 DS in fact openly mock and dismiss Luigi, even when the guy goes out of his way to save them. One Toad however, idolises Luigi greatly, and will only entrust the player with a Star if playing as him.
- Hobbits: Toads are essentially the Mushroom Kingdom's, being short, peaceful homebodies while actual humans like Mario and Luigi take on the heroic superhuman roles.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals:
- Almost all Toads look alike, with the most notable exceptions of Toadsworth, Toadette and several female Toads in the Role Playing Games. This obviously has led to a lot of confusion over which Toad is the Toad and if Captain Toad is the same character, especially when two or more red-spotted blue-jacketed Toads appear at once. Further complicating matters, the sources that treat Captain Toad as separate from Toad also treat the blue-capped Toad in 3D World as the Toad. To add even more confusion, it isn't clear if this blue-capped Toad is the same one that's playable in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and there's yet another blue-capped Toad in Captain Toad's Toad Brigade (although this one wears glasses and is Blind Without 'Em).
- One explanation given is that the Toad may not necessarily be "the" Toad; see Legacy Character below.
- Kid Appeal Characters: Toads are usually the weak but lovable type. There are a few Toads who could have been ankle biters, though.
- Leitmotif: The Toad House theme that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Lovable Coward: Non-playable Toads are utterly worthless in dangerous situations, but cute enough to get away with it.
- Mushroom Man: The entire species, although All There in the Manual and Word of God are at odds with whether or not this is actually true to their appearance.
- Non-Indicative Name: The Toad trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U points out that they have no relation to actual toads."What's that? ToadSTOOLS? ...That makes more sense."
- Planet of Hats: Species of Mushroom Caps. Figuratively, they're all extremely friendly, and all they want to do is to be helpful to Mario and his friends in any way they can.
- Punny Name: In the Paper Mario games, the Toads all have names like Zess T. and the like.
- Redshirt Army: Non-playable Toads can't even slow down a Goomba.
- Ret-Canon: The generic Toad voice used from Super Mario Advance onwards is clearly inspired by the character's portrayal in the DiC Entertainment cartoons, which was notable for the high-pitched, shrieking, gravelly voice.
- Vocal Evolution: While unique Toads have their own voices, generic Toads share the same voice, which 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, then the voice of Princess Peach and Toadette, being introduced as his new voice actress), his voice is changed to a less high level, but it is given a screech to it. When Super Mario Galaxy and Mario Party 8 debuted in 2007, he was voiced by Samantha Kelly, who also voices Princess Peach, Baby Peach, Pink Gold Peach, and Toadette.
- You Don't Look Like You: In the Nintendo Comics System, Toads (then referred to as "mushrooms" or "mushroom people") look like little more than Super Mushrooms with arms and feet, don't wear clothes, and sometimes speak a limited vocabulary. Only the royal mushroom retainer, Toad, and the royal mushroom assistant, Wooster, look like the traditional designs — most of the time, since at least one story depicted otherwise.
Debut: Super Mario Bros. 2 (as playable)
The royal mushroom retainer. He looks no different than the majority of his species, but is nonetheless considered his own character, at least depending on the appearance and role. Picking him apart from the crowd has historically been a subject of much contentiousness among fans.
- A Day in the Limelight: He starred in his own game, Wario's Woods.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: In Mario Kart 8, several non-playable Toads wearing spacesuits can be seen floating around Rainbow Road, but the playable Toad can breathe just fine without one.
- Continuity Nod: His appearance in 3D World was based off his debut game, Super Mario Bros. 2.
- Demoted to Extra: Ever since the first Paper Mario, the character has been mostly dropped in favor of the species; usually, Toad as a playable or host character just appears in the various spinoff games. He returns, triumphantly, in Super Mario 3D World, as part of the same ensemble cast from Super Mario Bros. 2, which was his debut game.
- Depending on the Writer:
- Toad has had a good handful of different personalities over the years. He was usually a streetwise Spanner in the Works in the Super Show, and his official profile in "The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Writers Bible" indicates he didn't think much of the Mario Bros.' plans. In later appearances, he's seen variously as a Cheerful Child, All-Loving Hero, but most commonly a Lovable Coward. While you could blend these traits, his very small amount of overall screentime usually lends to focusing on one trait at the expense of others. It also doesn't help that there's some confusion over which Toad is the Toad, as explained above.
- This also applies to his very existence, as there is uncertainty regarding whether there even is a solitary recurring Toad. This is primarily due to English sources (particularly earlier ones) interpreting "Toad" as the mushroom retainer from Super Mario Bros. 2note as well as the series' general Loose Canon. Many games, especially spinoffs, generally tend to include an individual, usually playable, Toad. Some appearances go so far as to single out a certain member of the species, either as the retainer closest to Princess Peach herself or as Mario's friend, regardless of whether that member is surrounded by uniquely-designed or entirely identical other Toads. Outside of specific cases (the Yellow and Blue Toads of New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U, the Blue Toad in Super Mario 3D World, the Yellow Toad in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe), there'd have been no indication that the many playable instances of Toad weren't the same character — an old Play Nintendo profile even declared, "In a kingdom full of Toads, there is only one 'Toad'". Paper Mario: Color Splash, however, poked fun at the idea, strongly implying there was no such thing as a recurring Toad character by having "#35" of the all-Toad, completely identical Red Rescue Brigade ask if Mario remembered him from being playable in another game.
- Drop the Hammer: His exclusive item in Mario Kart Arcade GP.
- Green Thumb: His special skill from Mario Sports Mix, which allows him to summon large mushrooms.
- Legacy Character: A line in Paper Mario: Color Splash reveals that there is no solitary recurring Toad character, but rather that it is one of many multiple generic Toads. This could also explain the Captain Toad confusion and, well, so much."Toad #35 of the red Rescue Squad, reporting for duty! Hey, Mario! Remember me? Toad? From that other game we were in together?"
- Playing with Fire: Fire Toad from Super Mario 3D World.
- Weak, but Skilled: In Mario Golf: World Tour, where he has good control over the ball but has a weak drive.
- You All Look Familiar: Toad shares the standard design of his entire species, making it hard to distinguish him in group settings. There has also been a Flip-Flop of God overseas as to whether or not Toad is Captain Toad (below) with Prima guides and trading cards simply labeling Captain Toad as Toad. Super Mario 3D World only increased the confusion with a playable Toad with blue spots, Captain Toad with red spots, and three other supporting Toads in green, yellow, and purple, the colors of the Toad Brigade, but without their accessories (glasses, pick-axe, etc). Is it Captain Toad and Blue Toad, Captain Toad and Toad in a blue hat, or Toad in Captain gear and Blue Toad. And are the supporters regular Toads or the rest of the Brigade? According to Koichi Hayashida, Captain Toad is a separate character. Most games and Japanese material (with rare exceptions like Super Mario RPG) rarely identify a single Toad character.
- You Don't Look Like You: In Super Mario Adventures, Toad, as the princess' guard, looks very different from the usual design. He and his three troops are depicted with a reversed mushroom cap color scheme, darker vest and pants, black shirt and belt, and Cool Shades. He's also differentiated from his men by having the thickest mustache (which disappears after they're written out of the story).
Debut: Super Mario Sunshine
Voiced by: Charles Martinet
Peach's aged steward and right-hand fungus. He often appears as a supporting character, providing useful tips.
- Big "NO!": He lets out a good one when he loses in Mario Super Sluggers.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Toadsworth has been absent from mainline titles since the original New Super Mario Bros. Hes also been absent in the spin-offs since Bowsers Inside Story with Dream Team his only real appearance since 2009.
- Expy: Of the Chancellor or Mushroom Minister in Super Mario RPG. They have a similar mustachioed appearance, the same worrisome attitude, and both characteristically refer to Mario as "Mario-dono" (Master Mario) in the Japanese versions.
- Flanderization: In his debut appearance, Toadsworth was obviously worried about Peach, but remained somewhat level-headed about it. Come Partners in Time, he becomes so paranoid he thinks his past self transformed Peach into a baby and kidnapped her the second he saw him.
- Good Counterpart: Can be considered this to Kamek, as they are both elderly advisers to their liege who have raised them from infancy.
- Old Retainer: To Peach.
- Promoted to Playable: He was playable in the Mario Superstar Baseball / Mario Super Sluggers as well as Yakuman DS.
Debut: Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
A Toad girl occasionally said to be the Toad character's sister, although this is contested. She initially appeared as a driver in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Toad's default partner, and has been playable in many spin-offs since then. She eventually made her way into the main series, even gaining an exclusive Power-Up called the "Super Crown" which transforms her into a Princess Peach lookalike named Peachette.
- A Day in the Limelight: She was mostly seen in various spinoff games such as Mario Party and Mario Kart. In Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, she along with Captain Toad are the main characters of the game. She is also playable in New Super Mario Bros. U: Deluxe
- Adventurer Outfit: She gets one in Treasure Tracker.
- Ascended Extra: Toadette went from another multiplayer spin-off character to having significant roles in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and being Promoted to Playable in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Super Mario Run. She then appeared for the first time in a main series Mario game with Super Mario Odyssey (as an NPC) and then became playable in New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Just like Toad, she has no problems breathing in space in Mario Kart 8, even though the NPC Toads floating around the track apparently need spacesuits to do the same.
- Bottomless Pit Rescue Service: Her Peachette form allows her to safely bounce out of dangerous pits.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She was missing between Mario Super Sluggers and Mario Kart 8. The year those games were released were 2008 and 2014, respectively.
- Cool Crown: In New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, Toadette can obtain a power up called the Super Crown, which allows her to transform into a Princess Peach-like form known as "Peachette", which allows her to float and Double Jump.
- Depending on the Writer: Toadette can waver between meek and emotional and rather aggressive.
- Distaff Counterpart: Toadette is often paired up with Toad in multiplayer games, and she's also one to Captain Toad in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
- Friend to All Living Things: In The Thousand Year Door, she thinks Punio's adorable. Her love of animals is occasionally mentioned in profiles.
- Gadgeteer Genius: With the help of the Paper Toads in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, she's able to craft giant, elaborate papercraft models of characters that the protagonists can use in battle. At one point at Bowser's Castle, she somehow manages to construct the Yoshi one in mere seconds."It's true. Sometimes my genius frightens even me."
- Girlish Pigtails: She has part of her mushroom top shaped like pigtails.
- He Knows About Timed Hits: When Mario gets a new hammer or pair of boots in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, she will appear and give a tutorial about them.
- Idol Singer: Downplayed. Several of Toadette's profiles have mentioned she performs at music recitals, while her Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy indicates she's adored as a star by the Toads.
- Morphic Resonance: In Deluxe, Toadette's Peachette form retains her Girlish Pigtails, gray eyes, mushroom-like spots on her dress, and brown shoes despite otherwise looking just like Princess Peach. The artwork◊ showing the before and after of the transformation even gives her the exact same pose in both forms.
- One Steve Limit: Averted in the original Japanese versions, where Vanna T. of Paper Mario is known as Kinopiko (Kinopio, Toads' name with the added feminine given name suffix -ko) — matching Toadette. It is generally agreed that this is a coincidence and the recurring Toadette character first appeared in Double Dash!!, however.
- Pink Means Feminine: Toadette wears a lot of pink and is the only recurring female Toad.
- Plucky Girl: While most Toads tend to be Lovable Cowards by nature, Toadette is described as being upbeat and generally braver then most Toads.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Played with. Toadette doesn't appear to have actual hair, but her pink cap has pigtails which invoke the same kind of hairstyle. Her main colors are also matched by her cheerful, upbeat personality.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only overtly female Toad seen in the main series, although numerous female Toads are spotted in the Role Playing Games.
- Vocal Evolution: Her voice sounded more energetic and high-pitched until Mario Party 6, when her voice sounded more calm and a bit monotone. She was later voiced by Samantha Kelly starting in Mario Party 8. Since Kelly also voices Toad, you might hear her voice sounding a lot like the other Toads, mostly when she get's excited or giggles. This is especially noticeable in Mario Party 8, Mario Kart 8, Mario Golf: World Tour, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
Debut: Super Mario Galaxy
- A Day in the Limelight: He starred in his own game, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, based on his levels in Super Mario 3D World.
- Arch-Enemy: In his debut as a playable character, he has an adversary in the form of Wingo, a giant black bird that also loves to collect treasure.
- Breakout Character: Started as a side character and leader of the Toad Brigade in Super Mario 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.
- Characterization Marches On: When he was first introduced in Galaxy, his crew treated him as a General Failure, with his second in command, a blue Toad with glasses, being more the unofficial leader of the group. After becoming a Breakout Character, Captain Toad ended up taking a level in competence, becoming a more genuine explorer able to reach areas normal Toads wouldn't. The only reason this doesn't count as Character Development is that we never actually see his transition between the two.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Captain Toad can come across as a bit spacey, at times. Particularly in Super Mario Odyssey, where he's not sure how he ended up in the odd and precarious locations you find him in.
- Cool Crown: The cosmetic reward for beating "Mummy Me Maze Forever" is a giant crown for Captain Toad to wear.
- Decomposite Character: In Galaxy, both the Prima guides and a set of Nintendo-licensed trading cards identified the leader of the Toad Brigade as the "main" Toad; indeed, they're practically indistinguishable save for the Captain's red vest. It wasn't until the leader of the Toad Brigade was officially designated "Captain Toad" that he was officially declared to be a unique character in his own right.
- Dub Induced Plothole: Japanese materials never claimed Captain Toad was the same Toad as before.
- Leitmotif: He has one which accompanies most of his appearances since his debut. It's used for most of his levels in 3D World and several tunes from Treasure Tracker are remixes of it.
- General Failure: In his Galaxy appearance, if what his crew has to say about him is anything to go by. This is a trait that conspicuously leaves his characterization in later appearances.
- Promoted to Playable: His levels in 3D World, which eventually led to him getting his own spinoff.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: In Treasure Tracker, one Idle Animation of his is to shiver in fear in boss battles or spooky areas. Sometimes he'll say "s-s-scared..." when he does.
- Weak, but Skilled: In his stages in Super Mario 3D World as well as Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Captain Toad has absolutely no jumping ability. That doesn't stop him from solving the puzzles that happen to be his stages.
Debut: New Super Mario Bros. Wii
A pair of brave Toads who leap to Mario and Luigi's side to save the Princess. Toad, who is usually a red-capped character, takes the latter's appearance as the default fourth player in Super Mario 3D World.
- Absentee Actor: Blue Toad is not present in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Their main distinguishing characteristic. They seem to be there just to complete Red (Mario), Green (Luigi), Blue, and Yellow for the player.
- An Ice Person: Ice Toad and Penguin Toad from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
- Jumped at the Call: Where Toad is somewhat cowardly, these two rush into battle just as swiftly as the Mario Bros. do.
- Meaningful Rename: Yellow Toad is renamed to just "Toad" in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, given Toadette takes Blue Toad's place.
- No Name Given: Officially, they don't have terribly creative names. Supposedly, they were initially referred to as Buckenberry (blue) and Ala-Gold (yellow) internally.
- Playing with Fire: Fire Toad from New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U.
Super Partners (Characters who have joined forces with Mario and friends over the course of a major adventure)
Debut: Super Mario World
Voiced by: Koji Kondo (1990-1998), Kathy Fitzgerald (Mario Is Missing; PC version), Kazumi Totaka (1998-current), Frank Welker (live-action film), Andrew Sabiston (Super Mario World)
Voiced in Japanese by: Chika Sakamoto, Ikue Otani, and Tamao Hayashi (Super Mario World: Mario & Yoshi's Adventure Land), Kazuko Sugiyama and Keiko Yamamoto (Japanese ads)
Yoshis are an intelligent race of multicolored dinosaurs that hail from Yoshi's Island (aka Yoster Isle). They are usually represented by a green member of the species, and often serve as mounts for Mario and his allies.
- 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. The sole exception is Paper Mario: Color Splash, where they appear as unbeatable enemies in Emerald Circus (justified in that they've been captured to be performance animals).
- Amazing Technicolor Population: In Super Mario World, only the green variation was commonly seen throughout Dinosaur Land, with red, blue, and yellow being chalked up to "legend" (actually found in Star World and the ending). In later appearances, there is a veritable rainbow of colors beyond these four.
- Arch-Enemy: To Kamek.
- Art Evolution: Started off as anthropomorphic T-rexes, but starting with Yoshi's Island, they were given larger, human-like arms, a smaller neck, a more upright position, and a cuter face. The saddle on their backs also seem to be a shell, giving them a more turtle-like appearance.
- Baby Talk: In the cartoon. After Yoshi's Story, even adult Yoshis sometimes speak in what was originally Baby Yoshi Talk instead of their Signature Sound Effect.
- Badass Adorable: Gameplay-wise, Yoshis are often far more capable than the Mario brothers, being mostly invincible and with more options for defeating foes. In Yoshi's Island, the lose condition was for Baby Mario to be kidnapped, and enemies could only faze and not KO the Yoshi (although certain obstacles like spikes, lava, and pits can still do them in). And this isn't even getting into how the Yoshi herd just up and decided to help Baby Mario and incidentally ended up leveling Yoshi's Island to get him home.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Seriously, the utter shitstorm they go through just to get a single baby home...
- Balloon Belly:
- When eating large enemies, most prominently in Yoshi's New Island.
- Yoshi also has a powerup in Super Mario Galaxy 2, the Blimp Fruit, which causes his belly to inflate like a balloon in a similar manner to how the Power Balloon affects 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 anything put in front of them.
- Black Hole Belly: Sometimes what they eat comes out as eggs, in other games nothing leaves.
- Breakout Character: First introduced in Super Mario World, he since has become a main staple of the cast ever since.
- Cartoon Creature: While Yoshi is a dinosaur according to most sources, he barely resembles most real-life dinosaur species. Although Yoshi has the body plan of a therapod, he also has features of lizards, amphibians and humans.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Yoshi is referred to a dragon on occasion. His Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. is known as "Super Dragon".
- Double Jump:
- Dumb Dinos: Averted. The species is fully sapient, and Yoshi himself is a hero in his own right. However, Yoshi's cartoon incarnation plays this straight, though he remains friendly.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: First encountered in Dinosaur Land and originally identified as such, although certain sources call into question if they're really dinosaurs.
- Extreme Omnivore: The only thing Yoshis object to is super spicy foods, and even, then they'll still swallow it.
- Fragile Speedster: In most appearances. Generally, they have less staying power than both Mario Bros., but are at least as fast as Luigi. In Super Mario 64 DS, Yoshi takes the most damage from attacks out of all of the characters.
- Gasshole: In the Super Mario World cartoon, Yoshi burped quite often, including one that resulted in Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool sharing a parting laugh.
- Ground Pound: First introduced in Yoshi's Island, Yoshi was the first to use it.
- Horse of a Different Color: Many different colors, in fact, although these "steeds" are based on dinosaurs.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Introduced nine years after Mario's first game, it's difficult to imagine the series without Yoshi.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Yoshis have an even more homogeneous population than Toads, so they've got the Identical Individuals part down pat, but it is somewhat explicable — see One-Gender Race below.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Eating certain shells in Super Mario World allows Yoshi to breath fire and fly. Referenced with Yoshi's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros., which is explicitly called "Super Dragon".
- The Juggernaut: Alright, well, the collective of Yoshis in Yoshi's Island transported Baby Mario nonstop through the island, cutting a swathe through the insanely deadly world map.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Yoshis have a huge amount of kid appeal, as cutesy dinosaurs that come in a rainbow of colors, and the Yoshi's Island games often have a more childish pastel aesthetic than the main Mario series. Although most canon speaking roles for Yoshis depict them as adults with similar intelligence and maturity to Mario and Luigi, their squeaky voices and Pokémon Speak kind of undermine this.
- Killer Rabbit: These cute dinosaurs are some of the most fearsome predators ever seen, knowingly consuming sentient creatures the same size as itself whole.
- Legacy Character: Dialog in Super Mario RPG and Super Mario 64 indicates that their green Yoshi is the same one as the one who first met Mario in Super Mario World, but later games drop the connection and primarily treat Yoshi as a species. It has been assumed that Yoshi's Island chronologically featured the formal introduction of the main green Yoshi as the one who first met Baby Marionote ; however, during the ending of Yoshi's Island DS, a green Yoshi egg hatches with a star above the newborn's head after the narration points out that there should be seven star children instead of six (Mario, Luigi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Wario, and even Bowser). The strong implication is that this baby grew up to become a/the current-day green Yoshi.
- Leitmotif: Has a few depending on the game: the main theme of Yoshi's Island, the main theme of Yoshi's Story, the "Make Eggs, Throw Eggs" theme (from the first level of Yoshi's Island), the Athletic theme from the same game, and the first level of Yoshi's Story. Also, in most games, drum beats are added to the soundtrack while Mario or Luigi is riding Yoshi.
- Manchild: Even more than the Mario Bros. Most Yoshi that appear in the series are adults, but their high-pitched Pokémon Speak resembles Baby Talk and their personalities are even more cheerful and playful.
- Named After Their Planet: Named After Their Island. This is the case according to the Super Mario World manual, although this is before their Verbal Tic was introduced, which would suggest vice versa.
- 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: Despite their ability to lay eggs by the dozen, Yoshis are only differentiated by color rather than sex, and are universally referred to with masculine rather than feminine pronouns. According to the Yoshi trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee (when set to Japanese), Yoshis are neither male nor female, which means they reproduce asexually. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Otacon states that Yoshi prefers to be called male despite having a female trait. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Palutena theorizes that all beings contain male and female elements, and Yoshi is no different. However, since the information stating this primarily comes from the Super Smash Bros. franchise, it is not clear if this applies to the main series.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Very different, as they can't breathe fire normally and have an overly-cute appearance.
- Overly Long Tongue: They catch prey like chameleons, and can also chew them up in the Smash Bros. series.
- Planet of Hats: Species of Hats. Most of them have similar personality, temperament, tastes, and, in Super Mario RPG, the same hobby (racing).
- Planet of Steves: In the mid-2000's, Nintendo of Europe's "Mario's Megasite" confirmed that all Yoshis are named Yoshi; despite this, it has been suggested via in-game dialog that the green Yoshi from Super Mario RPG and Super Mario 64 is one of the Yoshis from Super Mario World. Ultimately, it is impossible to tell if this same Yoshi individual recurred in other platformers and spinoffs, especially since nearly all official descriptions make no attempt to distinguish between them (which, for Nintendo, is par for the course).
- Pokémon Speak: Sometimes. Overlaps with Translation Convention because Mario and Luigi know the language.
- Powerup Mount: This was their original role, and it has been their role in many games since then.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: As a baby or an adult.
- Saved for the Sequel: Design sketches show that there were plans to introduce Yoshi as early as Super Mario Bros., but due to technological limitations, he didn't appear until Super Mario World.
- Signature Sound Effect: "Zip-zoo!" This was replaced with Yoshi Speak in Yoshi's Story onwards (although it first made its appearance in Super Mario Adventures), but made its return as of New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Has two of them, and they're both in Yoshi's Island depending on region. In the Japanese version, the name is spelled as "Yossy" right on the box art logo as well as in a platforming section of World 6-Extra. The English version has the plural of Yoshi as "Yoshies" in the Super Nintendo version and "Yoshis" in the Game Boy Advance version (which is how it is elsewhere).
- Star Power: Early versions of Yoshi were heavily associated with stars, which resulted in things like special breeds of Yoshi being found on the Star Road and one game in which "Star Yoshi" was the ultimate form hatched from a Yoshi egg. This idea was abandoned by the days of the N64.
- Suddenly Voiced: Zigzagged. Much like Bowser, Yoshi speaks in fluent English in games revolved solely around written dialogue. Otherwise he just makes grunts and animal-like noises.
- Super Drowning Skills: Yoshis that live on Isle Delfino dissolve and return to their egg upon contact with a large body of water. (Or upon being dismounted in ankle-deep water.)
- Super Speed: He gains this whenever he eats a Dash Pepper in Super Mario Galaxy 2. Other than that, he's usually at least as fast as Luigi. He's even classified as a Speed character in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, though he is quite a bit slower than the other speed characters.
- Super Strength: Yoshis can lift and throw eggs several times larger than their entire bodies in Yoshi's New Island.
- Third-Person Person: In the cartoon, as part of his Baby Talk.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Yoshis can eat just about anything they can fit into their mouths, but they have a fondness for fruit. Yoshi's Story indicates that the kind of fruit depends on the color of the Yoshi (green = watermelon, blue = grapes, red = apples, yellow = bananas etc.), but all of them really love green melons. Super Mario RPG shows that they also enjoy being treated to Yoshi cookies, which additionally double as their Practical Currency.
- Translation Convention: In some games (namely the Role Playing Games), Yoshis have their dialogue in parenthesis, being the translated language of the Yoshis. It's probable that Mario and Luigi know the Yoshi language, at least after the events of Super Mario RPG (where the returning green Yoshi is required to translate for them).
- Tyrannosaurus rex: Yoshi is an anthropomorphic, cutesy caricature of one, veering towards Cartoon Creature due to his unique design features and abilities.
- Variable Mix: In any game where they can be ridden, there will always be a drumbeat added to the music when he's mounted.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: In Super Mario World. Being able to jump off of Yoshi in midair for a second jump meant that many a player has started to fall into a Bottomless Pit, only to jump off Yoshi and abandon him to take the fall instead. And this goes double for ROM-hacks of the game, which often flat-out require the technique — and Super Mario Maker, as the official successor to said ROM hacks, is no stranger to Yoshi-sacrificing, either.
Species: Dog Yoshi's dog, a creature that has a head similar to a Piranha Plant and a ball for a tail. He's completely invulnerable and is able to walk across lava and spikes, serving as a mount for Yoshi or reveal special items. Since Yoshi is already used as a mount by humanoids, Poochy is proportionately gigantic.
Debut: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- Assist Character: From his first appearance onward. Most prevalent in Yoshi's Woolly World, where not only does he fulfill his traditional role of assistance, Poochy is able to sense hidden secrets and bark to let you know where to look, and can even fetch flowers for you and speeds up the 100% Completion of the game.
- Author Appeal: Shigeru Miyamoto is a huge fan of dogs, and had Poochy's design on the backburner for years before he included him in the first Yoshi's Island.
- Big, Friendly Dog: He's bigger than Yoshi (big enough for Yoshi himself to ride on) and extremely friendly.
- Canis Major: As noted, larger than Yoshi, who's already the size of an average adult man.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Was absent from Yoshi's Island DS. In early images, was apparently going to play a role in the first Paper Mario before being cut.
- Dumb Muscle: So powerful that not only is he indestructible, he'll destroy most mooks just by running over them... but isn't one for subtle commands, and will rush headlong in the direction Yoshi's facing. Even if it will send you all off of a cliff. Poochy ain't stupid!
- Mix-and-Match Critters: His head looks like a Piranha Plant, but with eyes. The rest of him is canine enough.
- The Noseless: He's drawn without a nose, yet he can still sniff out fruit in Yoshi's Story.
- Overly Long Tongue: Like master, like pet; Poochy's tongue is pretty long. Although unlike Yoshi's, Poochy's tongue usually droops from his mouth and doesn't serve any gameplay purposes.
- Planimal: His head makes him look similar to Mushroom Kingdom flora.
- Power Up Mount: For someone who already serves as one.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Was featured on the cover of Yoshi's Woolly World and can appear in every stage of that game. Even more so in the remake, where he actually gets top billing in Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Particularly in the first Yoshi's Island, where he would play with Yoshi's eggs, and in Woolly World.
- Satellite Character: As a sidekick to a sidekick.
Species: Human Elvin Gadd is a friendly, absentminded scientist who helps the Mario Bros. with his many inventions, including the FLUDD pack and Bowser Jr.'s magic brush (Super Mario Sunshine) and Luigi's Poltergust 3000 Ghost vacuum (Luigi's Mansion). He also has smaller roles in a lot of the Role-Playing Game titles, providing backup with even more inventions. His name in the Japanese version of the games is "Oya Ma" ("Oh my!").
Debut: Luigi's Mansion
Voiced by: Kazumi Totaka
- Absent-Minded Professor: If his swirly glasses are any indication.
- Artistic Age: Despite his aged appearance, he's most likely in his mid-forties. note
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Whenever he appears, he tends to be followed by the Leitmotif that used to be the Theme-and-Variations Soundtrack from Luigi's Mansion.
- Catch-Phrase: "CRIMINY!" in Dark Moon, which is spoken by him practically every time something goes wrong.
- Continuity Nod: Bowser Jr. mentions that he received his magic paintbrush from "a strange old man in a white coat," and indeed, the brush bears his logo on it. Exactly what went on between the two has yet to be explained.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a relatively-old old scientist that creates ghost-busting vacuums, magic paintbrushes, talking water pumps, and a mean cup of coffee.
- Dub Name Change: A rarity among video game characters, E. Gadd has his own name in no less than eleven languages.
- As noted above, his original Japanese name is "Oya Ma", which means "oh my!".
- In French, he's called "Karl Tastroff" (or K. Tastroff, a pun on "catastrophe").
- In Spanish, he's called "Professor Fesor" in Iberia.
- The Latin American players know him as "D. Sastre", a pun on "desastre" (disaster).
- His German name is "Immanuel Gidd" (or I. Gidd, a pun on "igitt", an exclamation of disgust).
- In Italian, he's called "Strambic", a pun on "strambo" (strange).
- The Dutch know him as "Klemens Wibus" (or "K. Wibus" (strange man) for short).
- The Portuguese know him as "Anacleto Luado" (or "A. Luado" (lunatic) for short).
- His Russian name is "P. U. Galtin", a pun on "pugat" (to scare).
- His Korean name is "Aratta Baksa", which comes from "aratda" (all right) and "baksa" (doctor).
- In Chinese, he's known as "Āiyōwèi Bóshì", which comes from the words for "uh-oh!", "hey!", and "professor".
- Gadgeteer Genius: Just about any unusual tech in the Kingdom comes from his lab.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Luigi.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He's the shortest human character, being more on par with Toad's size.
- Mission Control: In the Luigi's Mansion games.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, he mentions having sold off King Boo's painting, which is heavily implied to have contributed to his escape.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: He has swirly glasses that don't show his eyes at all.
- The Professor: He excels in the study of the supernatural.
- Punny Name: E. Gadd, as well as his various localised names.
- Speaking Simlish: "Siki-siki! Medabe!" Of course, real words are provided for the player to read.
- Techno Babble: As one way to highlight the fact that he's a scientist, he sometimes speaks this way, and, when briefing Luigi, occasionally has to go back and explain in simpler terms.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His inventions and studies often cause just as many problems as they solve. His F.L.U.D.D saves the day in Sunshine, but his Magic Paintbrush is in the villains' hands, and is causing all of the trouble. His time machine in Partners in Time endangers the princess. He also makes the mistake of selling the captured King Boo in painting form between the two Luigi's Mansion games, causing the plot of the second game to go into action.
Species: Enchanted parasol
Debut: Super Princess Peach
Debut: Super Mario Galaxy
Voiced in English by: Mercedes Rose (2007-2010) Kerri Kane (2011-2014), Laura Faye Smith (2013-present)
Once, Rosalina was a young girl living on (the Mario version of) earth, but she found an old spaceship with a Luma (a living star-person) inside. Together, they traveled across the universe, and as she grew older, to fill the void left by the loss of her mother, Rosalina adopted the Lumas as her own children. She built the Comet Observatory to travel the space lanes and keep them safe, and returns to check up on her planet of birth once a century. She aided Mario during Bowser's ill-fated attempt at conquering space. In Japan, her name is Rosetta, after the type of orbit.
- 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: 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 and mentions her age to be in the realm of centuries. The other protagonists aren't without their own magic or powers, but Rosalina's still seem mystical and mysterious by comparison.
- Ambiguously Related: Peach and Rosalina share similar blue eyes and blonde hair, and both have worn a crown since childhood. According to Rosalina's storybook, she also lived near (or in) a castle as a child. Early in the development of Super Mario Galaxy, the two were explicitly related in some manner, but the apparent subplot was not implemented in the final game.
- ...And That Little Girl Was Me: How she explains her backstory.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She's the mother figure and leader to all of the Lumas. She's also one of the most powerful characters in the franchise. Despite not being involved in action as much as the Mario Bros. or Bowser, as a character of her intelligence and power, she's perfectly capable of tearing things up herself, as seen in her playable appearances and during the finale of Super Mario Galaxy as mentioned below. She's one of the best characters in 3D World and, together with her Lumas, one of the best fighters in Super Smash Bros..
- Barrier Warrior:
- Trying to jump on her will prompt a protective bubble to surround her.
- The Comet Observatory's appearance as a comet from afar is actually Rosalina surrounding it in a massive barrier as it goes to warp speed. She uses this to cut through Bowser's space fleet like a knife through butter in the finale of Super Mario Galaxy.
- Big Good: In Super Mario Galaxy, being the protector of the cosmos and the one that guides Mario towards Bowser.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Rosalina never really had a personal theme, but is usually represented by the Comet Observatory theme, Good Egg Galaxy theme, Gusty Garden Galaxy theme, or even just the main theme from Super Mario Galaxy.
- Breakout Character: While she wasn't planned to appear outside of the first Galaxy, she ended up becoming playable in the main series and in spinoffs, and in some cases, taking precedence over long-standing character Princess Daisy such as in Smash Bros, where she and her Lumas appears to replace the Ice Climbers in Smash 4 with a toned down version of their "Two fighters one player" gimmick but a totally unique moveset, while Daisy had to wait for the following game where she was a mere Echo, or Clone, of Peach
- Brought Down to Badass: A side effect of becoming playable in Super Mario 3D World. Rosalina is just as vulnerable to being taken out by Bowser's minions (including Goombas) as everyone else. Also extends to her playable appearances in Mario Party 10 and Super Smash Bros. She may not be all god-powerful, but still very much capable of handing opponents their ass.
- The Comically Serious: Rosalina can't seem to resist breaking out into wise and philosophical monologues whenever she speaks. Even in relatively un-serious scenarios. As seen in Super Mario Party...Rosalina: No battles are more intense than those we fight within ourselves...But today your battle is with me!
- Cool Crown: She wears a silver crown despite rarely being called a princess.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her quest to help the Luma find its mother rips her away from her own family and she soon breaks down after years of not seeing them with only Luma for company. Also, her mother could be dead, depending on the interpretation of her being "asleep underneath the tree on the hill."
- Demoted to Extra: She's absent from Super Mario Galaxy 2, save for the look-a-like Cosmic Spirit, the game's ending where she reunites with Lubba and Mario's Luma, and the extra ending if 120 stars are collected... where she narrates Mario and Luigi's attempts to get Green Stars. Upon getting all the Green Stars, and beating the level that unlocks twice (second time under Daredevil rules), she'll present Mario/Luigi with the final star and join them on Starship Mario. She also sends letters to Luma (the one that travels with Mario throughout the game). However, the letters aren't signed in any way, though the player is hinted to her identity via familiar laughter and her star brooch being stamped onto the letter.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In Super Mario 3D World, due to being playable, Bowser and any one of his troops can kill her. The same goes for her Smash Bros. opponents.
- Drama Queen: She takes golf rather seriously in Mario Golf World Tour. Scoring over par on a single hole makes her faint dramatically, while scoring under makes her create a new galaxy in celebration.
- Dub Name Change: One of the few characters in the series who has a different name in eight languages: Rosetta in Japanese, Harmonie in French, Estela in Spanish, Rosalinda in Italian, Rozalina in Russian, Rojelina in Korean, and Lujojieta in Chinese. The Canadian French and Mexican Spanish versions keep "Rosalina".
- Eternal Recurrence: She has witnessed the death and rebirth of the universe several times. She says the process never repeats itself quite the same way twice.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She designed and built the Comet Observatory, with help from the Lumas.
- Ghostly Glide: In most of her appearances, Rosalina is always seen floating just off the ground and is very rarely seen standing or walking. She actually runs in Super Mario 3D World however.
- Glacier Waif:
- In Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8, she's classified as a heavyweight despite her waifish (albeit very tall) build.
- In Super Mario 3D World, she's slower than even Peach, but her Spin Attack enables her to defeat enemies much more easily than the other characters.
- In Mario Golf: World Tour, her drive is the second longest of any character. Only Bowser's is longer.
- In Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, she's a Power character, like Bowser, Wario, and Donkey Kong. In Mario Sports Superstars, she is a Power character, like Bowser, Donkey Kong, Wario, Metal Mario, and Pink Gold Peach. In Mario Tennis Aces, however, she's a Tricky character.
- Gravity Master: Super Smash Bros. shows her capable of attracting items towards her, and also explains her ability to levitate as an anti-gravity effect.
- Happy Flashback: Once the Library opens up, Rosalina tells her story to the Lumas, recalling the first Luma she met and took in.
- Hidden Depths:
- Despite her elegant, soft-spoken manner, her playable appearances within spinoffs (and Super Mario 3D World) reveals she has a carefree side similar to the rest of the Mario gang. Mario Kart Wii also reveals she has a passion for motorcycles.
- Unused concept art from Super Mario Odyssey depicts her in very casual clothes playing a guitar, hinting at some musical ability.
- The High Queen: She technically has no kingdom, but she does have authority and seems to have been using it justly and with competence.
- Identical Grandson: From what we can see of her in the storybook, Rosalina's mother looked exactly like Rosalina does now.
- Immortality Begins at 20: Started traveling the galaxies as a little girl, but seemed to stop aging around her twenties.
- Inconsistent Coloring: The color of her clothes varies from cyan to a light shade of teal.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: A benevolent and motherly space guardian with blue eyes.
- Leitmotif: The Comet Observatory's theme, from Super Mario Galaxy. She seems to take a liking to the Gusty Garden theme as well, if her ads for Super Mario 3D World and Super Smash Bros. are anything to go by.
- Missing Mom: In her effort to help the Lumas find their mother, she lost contact with her own, but became the adoptive mother of all of the Lumas. As for Rosalina's own mother, she's implied to be dead, with Rosalina dreaming about her watching over her and realizing that she can never go home to see her own mother again. It's implied that she had been dead before Rosalina left to help Luma, but the reality of it only hit her after being away from home for a while.
- Mystical Waif: Her main role in Super Mario Galaxy is to guide Mario through his travels through space. Personality-wise, she fits the role by being stoic, having a beautiful appearance, and also possessing some mysterious magic powers.
- Not So Above It All: After her dignified role in the first Galaxy, her playable appearances within other games show that she also knows how to let herself go and have some fun.
- One Name Only: Like Pauline, Rosalina is often just Rosalina. The only time she's referred to with a title in the games themselves is when the Lumas endearingly call her with the familial "Mama".note
- Pals with Jesus: To the extent of joining Mario and co. on their adventures as of Super Mario 3D World (counting main series games anyway). Considering that they saved her Observatory, this is entirely justified.
- Parental Substitute: Ever since she was a little girl, she had been taking care of the Lumas, especially since the first one she met was looking for its mother.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her right eye is covered by a big bang of hair.
- Physical God: She could be considered a goddess within Mario's universe as she nonchalantly chats with Mario during a big bang event, strongly implying that she survived countless numbers of such incidents.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: As an NPC, she can form barriers around herself and others to protect them from harm. As a player character, she can be killed by a Goomba.
- Power Echoes: In Mario Kart and the Super Mario Galaxy games. In 3D World, her voice loses the echo.
- Power Floats: She's almost always constantly floating, sometimes even when standing still.
- Promoted to Playable: Becomes an unlockable driver in Mario Kart titles. She's also an unlockable character in Super Mario 3D World and playable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: In Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, she is wearing white leggings as part of her sports outfit as seen here.◊
- Really 700 Years Old: She may look only a little older than Peach, but she's mentioned that her real age is at least in the realm of centuries.
- Recruitment by Rescue: In Puzzle and Dragons: Super Mario Edition, she becomes playable in the special worlds once you rescue her.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Her role as the protector/mother of the cosmos is somewhat the equivalent to terrestrial royalty, and she's depicted as very competent at her duty. Taken further in Super Mario 3D World and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, where she takes an even more active role as a playable character.
- Secret Character: Almost all of the games where she appears as a playable character have her as an unlockable or a DLC character. The only games that have her as a playable character by default are Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Mario Party 10, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and Mario Sports Superstars.
- She's Got Legs: The Stinger for Super Mario Galaxy showed a brief glimpse of Rosalina's legs underneath her dress. They became fully revealed when she received a leotard for Rio 2016.
- Simple, yet Opulent: While some games will happily give Peach petticoats and frills galore, Rosalina's cyan gown gets, at the most, a star motif added on. This is in stark contrast to an early concept for her appearance, which showed her with piled-up hair, a tiara, high collar, and a more Peach-style dress.
- Statuesque Stunner: Quite pretty and is close to being a head taller than Peach. She's big enough to be counted among the heavyweight characters. She's even taller than Waluigi!
- Teleporters and Transporters: She teleported herself to the Gateway Galaxy, along with a small castle.
- Time Abyss: The ending of Super Mario Galaxy heavily implies that she has lived through the entire timeline of the universe multiple times, ensuring its rebirth every time it comes to an end.
- True Blue Femininity: Contrasting with Peach's pink, her cyan dress is nonetheless very elegant and feminine.
- Vague Age: She is known to be very old, but both her appearance and voice manage to make her seem both very young and older and wise. It's made even more confusing with her outfits, as her dress makes her seem older, but her tennis outfit in Ultra Smash does the opposite. Physically she seems about the same age as the rest of the human cast, which would be in her mid-twenties, but given her nature this still doesn't help much.
- Vocal Evolution: When she made her debut in Super Mario Galaxy, Rosalina had a very deep, motherly-sounding voice with a beautiful echo to it, which she keeps in Mario Kart Wii and Super Mario Galaxy 2. In Mario Kart 7, her voice becomes a bit higher-pitched and younger-sounding, and as of Super Mario 3D World, her voice is even higher-pitched and younger-sounding than ever, prompting complaints from fans that Nintendo was trying to turn her into a clone of Peach.
- Women Are Wiser: She's one of the most knowledgeable beings in the Mario universe, particularly the main games.
- Wrench Wench: A capable kart and motorcycle racer, and built the complicated Comet Observatory, which includes an Engine Room and Garage.
- Your Size May Vary: While she is usually about a head taller than Peach, during the ending of Super Mario Galaxy where she speaks with Mario, she's a giant. In Super Mario 3D World, her height was reduced to be the same as Peach's so she could be a playable character without having an unfairly large hurtbox.
Species: Luma 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.
Debut: Super Mario Galaxy
- Baby Luma: A silver-peach colored Luma who gives Mario the ability to Star Spin. He is the first Luma that Mario meets.
- Polari: An elderly dark brown Luma who acts as Rosalina's main assistant in caring for the Lumas.
- Lubba: A large purple Luma who builds Starship Mario and acts as the Lumas' leader in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
- Hungry Lumas: Pink Lumas that require large amounts of Star Bits to transform into planets, or even galaxies.
- Lumalee: A light blue Hungry Luma who runs the Luma Shop, where Mario can buy a Life Mushroom or a 1-Up. In the second game, she sells Chance Cube dice that can be spun for random items. Although she transforms into the items of Mario's choosing, she always gets better.
- Prankster Comet Luma: A purple Hungry Luma who can shift the positions of the Prankster Comets in Super Mario Galaxy.
- Co-Star Luma: In Super Mario Galaxy 2, a second player could take control of an orange Luma that follows Mario around and can attack enemies and deliver items to him.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Luma, of course.
- All There in the Script: Polari is only named in the Galaxy instruction booklet.
- Big Eater: Hungry Lumas must be fed many Star Bits to get them to transform, each wanting a greater amount than the last.
- Call-Back: In Rosalina's Eagle animation in Mario Golf: World Tour, a group of Lumas appears together with her, with one of them still wearing Mario's hat as seen in Galaxy 2.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Polari has been mostly forgotten after the first Galaxy, only making minor appearances in the spinoff games.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The generic Lumas have various purposes according to their color.
- Yellow: Transforms into Sling Stars or Launch Stars.
- Blue: Transforms into a chain of Pull Stars.
- Red: Guards the Red Star, which gives Mario the ability to fly.
- Green: Guardians of the Trial Galaxies, they transform into green Launch Stars to send Mario into them.
- Pink: Transform into pink Launch Stars leading to bonus galaxies from the Comet Observatory.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lubba.
- Happily Adopted: The Lumas have this opinion of Rosalina.
- Heroic Sacrifice: All Lumas throw themselves into the black hole in Bowser's galaxy to neutralize it and recreate the universe. The species' Resurrective Immortality allows them to get away with it, and indeed, Mario's Luma is shown in The Stinger to have survived.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: With the exception of Polari and Lubba, all of the Lumas are treated as children. The Luma, who's implied by his coloration to be the first one Rosalina meets, is still regarded as a baby some centuries later.
- Old Retainer: Polari, who is an elderly Luma who helps Rosalina on the Observatory. He's like the Luma counterpart to Toadsworth.
- Pokémon Speak: Lumalee says her own name in her sales jingle.
- Pungeon Master: Lubba.
- Resurrective Immortality: Lumas are implied to "respawn" after transforming. The cream-colored Luma turns into a comet in chapter 8 of Rosalina's storybook and reappears in the next chapter, whereupon they have a birthday of sorts for him.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at those big sweet oval eyes and teeny round bodies! Further magnified once you hear their voices — they sound adorable. They also call Rosalina their mother and will treat her as such, which ups the cute factor even more by making them seem just like little children!
- The Smurfette Principle: Lumalee is the only Luma who has been confirmed to be female.
- Starfish Alien: Or rather, star-shaped aliens!
- Super Empowering: Mario's Luma gives him the ability to Star Spin and breathe in space.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Star Bits, which are sweet and serve as the Lumas' sustenance.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Lumas have the ability to transform into various objects, from useful items to planets and galaxies. See Color-Coded for Your Convenience.
Species: Rabbit A rabbit-like thief who first appears in New Super Mario Bros. U, where he steals items from Toad Houses and the Mario Bros. have to chase him through various levels to capture him and get them back. He's the main source of P-Acorn powerups, making it worth your time to catch him. In New Super Luigi U, he's Promoted to Playable as the fourth character available for multiplayer.
Debut: New Super Mario Bros. U (NPC), New Super Luigi U (playable), Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (Miniboss and NPC ally)
Later on, he appears in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, stealing from various characters and must be pursued by the brothers and Paper Mario; fighting against and for them in equal measure.
- Anti-Hero: He's a thief, so it's natural he'd square off against the heroes of the story in order to retrieve his stolen loot, but at the same time, it's clear that he's not really out to harm anybody unless driven to that point, and has some set of morals. In New Super Luigi U, he helps Luigi rescue the princess while desiring absolutely nothing in return, and in Paper Jam, he's comfortable with performing Bros. Attacks and attacking Bowser's minions with the Mario Brothers instead of leaving them to fend for themselves.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In Mario & Sonic at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games he is quite rude to his competitors as well as arrogant about his own speediness, to the point that he boasts that hes faster than Sonic. In fact, he rarely seems to talk about anything other than winning and his speed, and bluntly refuses to answer any other questions about himself. He does, however, humbly congratulate the player if hes beaten.
- Blatant Burglar: He wears a mask and carries a Thief Bag. Ultimately, however, he's rather harmless, especially compared to bigger threats.
- Enemy Mine: He steals from everybody in Paper Jam, necessitating the Mario Bros. chasing/fighting him to get the goods. However, many times he steals from Bowser's minions, so he becomes a non-playable party member who helps you on occasion.
- Fingerless Hands: His gloves have no digits, yet he's perfectly capable of carrying his Thief Bag through courses at fast speeds.
- Flunky Boss: In Paper Jam, he stuffs several different kinds of paper enemies into his bag to fight for him in his boss fights.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: You have to chase him through levels to reclaim the items he's stolen, If he makes it, you'll have to start the chase over.
- Giggling Villain: The main sound he makes is a distorted chirping sound.
- God Was My Copilot: If you complete the last level of New Super Luigi U in singleplayer as Nabbit, Luigi will rescue Peach as Nabbit secretly looks on, hinting that this trope was in effect.
- Guest-Star Party Member: When he fights with the Bros. in Paper Jam, he effectively acts as a fourth non-playable Mario brother, being able to jump on enemies, heal the others with Mushrooms, and perform Bros. Attacks with them.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Nabbit is a character of questionable loyalty. He can be a petty thief one minute and a brave hero the next, sometimes even within the same game.
- Island Base: Seems to inhabit the purple Records Toad House unlocked after beating the game, although it's not stated why he has it.
- Lone Wolf Boss: Bowser Jr.'s bandanna makes it seem like he would work for Bowser, but since it's possible for Nabbit to combat Bowser in New Super Luigi U, all bets are off. Paper Jam continues this trend, as Nabbit shows no interest in joining the Koopa Troop, and even occasionally helps the Mario Bros. fight them.
- Made of Iron: It's amazing what he can take in New Super Luigi U.
- Nigh Invulnerable: As a playable character in New Super Luigi U, he takes zero damage from anything that isn't a One-Hit Kill.
- Promoted to Playable: From pest to playable character in a main series game, an honor only shared by five others.
- Punny Name: Of "nab it" and "rabbit".
- Rascally Rabbit: He never does anything particularly heinous, but he's still a thief.
- Respawning Enemies: Once you catch him in the first seven worlds, he'll start showing up in levels again so you can stock up on P-Acorns.
- Secret Character: Pressing "ZL" on the Wii U Gamepad when choosing a level in New Super Luigi U will allow you to play as him in single player.
- Skill Gate Character: In New Super Luigi U, Nabbit is functionally invulnerable and able to pass through most obstacles and enemies with ease, but he cannot use power-ups, which prevents him from obtaining a few Star Coins that require having them. This is, of course, for the sake of younger or otherwise inexperienced players. Collecting power-ups as Nabbit will also grant extra lives.
- Suddenly Voiced: After being mute in the many preceding games featuring him, he finally speaks in both versions of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
- Thief Bag: He carries his ill-gotten gains in one.
- Verbal Tic: In his single voiced appearance, he has a strange speaking style that consists almost entirely of short, blunt sentences. He often has to say exactly what he's feeling, as it doesn't naturally come across in his speech as a result.
Species: Bonneter A shapeshifting hat spirit from the Cap Kingdom that teams up with Mario in Super Mario Odyssey. He takes the form of Mario's cap and can perform various tasks while being thrown around.
Debut: Super Mario Run (Early-Bird Cameo), Super Mario Odyssey (official)
- Adorkable: He has his moments, such as when he's admiring the souvenirs in the Odyssey. It helps that he's also adorable.
- Animate Inanimate Object: In a way. He's not a literal hat, but a hat ghost that can take the form of physical hats.
- Badass Adorable: An adorable hat ghost with a chipper personality, and an invaluable sidekick to Mario.
- Big Brother Instinct: Cappy will stop at nothing to rescue his sister.
- Body Surf: The new Capture mechanic Cappy grants Mario in Odyssey, which allows Mario to possess enemies and other characters by tossing Cappy on top of their heads.
- Deuteragonist: Of Super Mario Odyssey, as not only was Peach kidnapped, his sister Tiara was as well. He follows Mario around throughout the game by serving as his various hats, and is independently playable in co-op mode.
- Dreamworks Face: Pulls this in some of his official artwork.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Technically makes his first appearance in an update for Super Mario Run, where a statue of him can be purchased in Kingdom Builder.
- Expy: Of the Luma in Mario's hat in the Super Mario Galaxy games, serving as/being in Mario's hat throughout the game to grant him new abilities, and being independently playable in two-player mode. However, Cappy is more fully developed as a character in his own right.
- Friendly Ghost: Unlike the majority of ghosts encountered, he and the rest of the Bonneters are friendly and polite.
- Lightning Bruiser: In Co-op mode, Cappy is more mobile than Mario and has an easier time taking out foes as well.
- Living Weapon: Cappy is Mario's main weapon and exploration tool in Odyssey.
- A Lizard Named "Liz": A cap named "Cappy".
- Morphic Resonance: Cappy maintains his big, goofy eyes in each form, but he can make them disappear too.
- Nice Hat: A living example, and takes on the form of the many varieties available in the game. And he's also nice.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: A hat spirit that takes control of the heads it lands on.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Mario is able to use him as one, he can throw him in any direction, even in circular patterns, and Cappy will always return to his hand.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Not only is he a top hat and into world-traveling just as a passtime, but like most residents of Bonneton, a lot of his longer dialogue contains some British dialect.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He's a supernatural entity with the ability to take control of basically anything, so they're mostly red for spookiness. Morally, he's with the good guys. They're also red so that when he smiles, his eyes better resemble the emblem on Mario's hat◊.
- Reused Character Design: Partially. Cappy's (and all the rest of his brethren's) underside coupled with his hat-shaped head makes him look like an Eerie wearing a hat that's way too big for it.
- Shipper on Deck: Possibly. When Mario infiltrates Bowser's wedding to Peach, Cappy puts him in his wedding attire. Then, when Mario is about to propose, he and Tiara look on in surprise.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can take the shape of any hat that Mario collects throughout his adventure. His standard form is that of a white top hat.
- Cool Crown: A living example, similar to her brother.
- Damsel in Distress: Cappy requests that Mario save her as well.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Or rather, a tiara named "Tiara".
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Peach following their rescue. Being kidnapped and forced to watch Bowser repeatedly try to harm her brother alongside Mario is understandably a source of a lot of distress for both her and Peach. In the post-game, the two embark on their own journey through the kingdoms, always appearing together.
- Satellite Character: As the sibling of a sidekick.
- Reused Character Design: Again, partially. Like every other member of her species, Tiara's underside resembles an Eerie.
Debut: Donkey Kong
Voiced in English by: Judy Strangis (Saturday Supercade), Unknown (Mario vs. Donkey Kong series), Kate Higgins (Super Mario Odyssey)
Voiced in Japanese by: Aimi Mukohara (Super Mario Odyssey [singing]note )
Portayed by: Dana Kaminksi (Super Mario Bros. live-action film)
AKA Lady. Pauline is Mario's original Love Interest who was kidnapped by Donkey Kong, setting the stage for Mario's initial arcade outing. Since her modern reintroduction, she does not compete (or interact) with Princess Peach, and is now no longer considered Mario's girlfriend. Although some things never change, she holds no hard feelings for Donkey Kong. She has since become the mayor of New Donk City.
Tropes associated with Pauline:
- 100% Adoration Rating: She's very competent as New Donk City's mayor, and the New Donkers love her for it.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Was originally a blonde in the arcade version of Donkey Kong and most of its home ports. She became a brunette starting with the 1994 Game Boy game of the same name, probably to distinguish her from Peach.
- Adaptation Name Change: Although it doesn't seem like it, Daniella from the live-action film is the movie's version of Pauline, being an old flame of Mario's from Brooklyn and having a relationship to one of his old enemies prior to Koopa, in this case Scapelli (who is later devolved into a chimpanzee, making him into the film version of Donkey Kong).
- Amicable Exes: She was explicitly referred to as Mario's girlfriend in some versions of Donkey Kong's Excuse Plot. That said, they're currently friendly, and they're close enough friends for him to invite her to the opening of his toy factory, and for her to let him play a big role in the New Donk City Festival.
- The Artifact: Her original role as Mario's girlfriend has been downplayed ever since the introduction of Peach. She still stuck around for the Game Boy Donkey Kong and Mario vs. Donkey Kong sequels, but mainly because their rivalry revolved around her. Super Mario Odyssey defies this by giving Pauline a new role as Mayor of New Donk City, and by giving her the honors of singing the theme song.
- Birthday Episode: New Donk City's post-game missions in Super Mario Odyssey takes place on her birthday. One side quest involves retrieving her a purse as a birthday present, for which shell give you a Power Moon in return. This is a reference to the original Donkey Kong, since a purse was one of the items Mario could pick up in that game, which she had lost in the past according to one New Donker.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Peach is the blonde, Pauline is the brunette, and Daisy is the redhead.
- Breakout Character: Aside from one brief return in Donkey Kong '94, Pauline was virtually invisible for many years afterwards after Donkey Kong, but started to return to the fold in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games, all culminating in her breakout appearance in Odyssey. This continues in following games, appearing in Smash Bros as part of a stage, and then finally becoming playable in Mario Tennis Aces as a free DLC.
- The Bus Came Back: Makes her first appearance in the main series in Super Mario Odyssey.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Went missing for practically a decade since the release of the NES Pinball game in 1984 until returning in Donkey Kong '94 with a new look. Then she went missing again for another decade until Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis in 2006. Fortunately for her, she stuck around after her second comeback thanks to the fact that the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games became a spinoff series of its own. She makes her first major appearance in a mainline Mario game as the mayor of New Donk City in Odyssey.
- Damsel in Distress: One of the very first in video game history. She plays this role in almost ALL her appearances. Odyssey seems to avert this, as Pauline is in no apparent danger and is in a position of authority, with Peach taking the role as she has since her introduction.
- Decomposite Character: Due to Japan not receiving the name Pauline until the Game Boy game that simultaneously gave her a redesign, certain Japanese media implied that she and Lady were separate characters, which can also been seen in a character guidebook. However, as of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Japanese portrayal of Lady and Pauline has been recomposited.
- Doom It Yourself: Shes bad at fixing machines, according to her quiz in Super Mario Odyssey.
- Fluffy Tamer: In Saturday Supercade, where she is shown as Donkey Kong's personal animal trainer. Even if he's rather dopey on the show, he can be fierce when he wants to be, especially if someone had the misfortune of messing with Pauline. Pauline, on the other hand, was depicted as being particularly motherly to Donkey Kong, often getting worried whenever he was in trouble or becoming jealous if someone else tries to tame him.
- Just Friends: Seemingly with Mario at the moment, although the relationship is confused. Besides the heart that appears at the end of the fourth screen, she had no explicit relation to Mario in the original Arcade version; however, she was called his girlfriend in some home ports and even the Japanese Game Boy Donkey Kong guide. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, she's only described as his "glamorous friend" in the manual, and in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, she is listed as "Mario's Ex-Girlfriend(?)" in one of the randomly-selected tips.
- Lady in Red: After her first appearance, this has been her design.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Family-friendly Femme Fatale Dark Feminine to Peach's Light Feminine.
- Misery Builds Character: She cites the events of Donkey Kong as a terrible day, but one that shaped her to be the mayor she is today.
- Nice Hat: She gains one in Odyssey, possibly to put her design more in line with the other Mario ladies and so Mario can't "capture" her. It's also her most treasured possession according to a quiz she can give Mario in that game. She replaces with a visored headband in Mario Tennis Aces.
- Promoted to Playable: Almost 40 years after her debut, Pauline is set to make her first playable appearance in Mario Tennis Aces as an add-on character in 2019. Like the other charcters, she has a new sports outfit themed after her classic look, a short red dress, black sneakers and a purple visor. Her Symbol is a pair of lips forming a heart.
- Statuesque Stunner: In StreetPass Mii Plaza, one of the 3D puzzles shows her next to Peach and Rosalina. She's very nearly as tall as the latter. The fact that she's Mayor of New Donk City, filled with realistic-looking people and measures up to them, compared to how comically short Mario is should also say something — he doesn't even reach her waist.
- Sudden Name Change: In the Arcade Donkey Kong, she was simply known as "Lady" (much in the same way that Mario was alternatively known as "Jumpman"). The name "Pauline" was derived from Polly James (the wife of Nintendo of America's warehouse manager Don James), which also happened to be the name of the damsel-in-distress from the eponymous The Perils of Pauline Film Serial. It was made popular in Saturday Supercade and later carried over to the English NES release. Japan evidently didn't receive the memo until the 1994 Game Boy game, in which the name was attributed to her redesign.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Passive Girlier Girl to Peach's more active Tomboyish acts such as taking part in the sports, party games, and kart races. However, this is inverted in Super Mario Odyssey, where Pauline acts as the mayor of New Donk City while Peach fulfills her usual role as the Damsel in Distress.
- Trademark Favorite Food: According to a quiz she can give Mario in Super Mario Odyssey she just adores cake. But it has to be fresh cake, not "the packaged stuff" as she says.
- Tsurime Eyes: Notably she is the only one of the prominent Super Mario women to have them.
- Ultimate Authority Mayor: Is a major NPC in New Donk City, where she serves as mayor.
- Wolverine Publicity: In Super Mario Odyssey. While Pauline almost exclusively appears in the Metro Kingdom and doesn't contribute much towards the overarching plot of the game, she's marketed to the same degree that Rosalina was for the Galaxy games.
Species: Robotic toys A group of friendly toy robots created by the Mario Toy Company. The Mini Marios are popular toys that Mario has also used to help him in some of his adventures. There are also Mini Luigis, Mini Peaches, Mini Toads, Mini Donkey Kongs, Mini Paulines, Mini Bowsers, Mini Diddies, Mini Bowser Jrs, Mini Yoshis, and Mini Rosalinas.
Debut: Mario vs. Donkey Kong
- Badass Adorable: So very much. They may be tiny adorable robots, but they're capable of wonders when led properly, as evidenced by Mario using them to rescue Pauline.
- Drop the Hammer: They can dual wield hammers.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: One hit shatters them.
- Redshirt Army: They're pretty fragile, to say the least, but this is compensated by their large numbers. Although, in some cases, just one Mini being destroyed counts as a loss.
- Robot Me: Adorable miniature toys in Mario's image. Later entries would add mini versions of Luigi, Peach, DK, Toad, Pauline, Diddy, Bowser, Bowser Jr, Yoshi and Rosalina, all of which look just as cute.
Species: Dorries A large Sea Monster who debuted in Super Mario 64, where he helps Mario reach otherwise difficult areas. He used to look like a more standard Nessie lookalike, until 64 DS redesigned him to look cuter and more Yoshi-like.
Debut: Super Mario 64
- The Aloner: In Mario Party Advance, he reveals that he can't make any friends, as "No one wants to be friends with a dinosaur". That is, until he meets Yoshi.
- Art Evolution: Became more Yoshi-like in appearance and gained diving goggles in Super Mario 64 DS.
- The Bus Came Back: Dorrie returns in Odyssey for the first time since 2006's New Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo DS.
- The Cameo: Mostly in the Mario Party series. There are boats (called "Dorrie Boats") modeled after him in "Right Oar Left", pool toys in "Tug-O-Dorrie", and he makes a full appearance in "Dorrie Dip".
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Specifically a plesiosaur, but a sign near a door calls him a "sea dragon".
- Eye Glasses: He wears a pair post-redesign. They may be swimming goggles.
- Gentle Giant: Although a sign says "Don't become his lunch", Dorrie seems to be harmless and is also called "A gentle sea dragon".
- Nice Hat: He wears Wario's hat in the Video Game Remake of 64, and a nice top hat in Odyssey.
- Powerup Mount: Despite appearing in a game with Yoshi, Dorrie is more or less one of these.
- Stock Ness Monster: A plesiosaur-type creature found in a mysterious cave.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: In 64, you can control Dorrie by doing a ground pound on his back to make him lower his head. The squealing sound he makes when he does this extends on this, although it can be assumed that Dorrie does not mind people pounding his back, as it is advertised on a sign. A less contentious way is to simply bump his neck.
Species: Powered-up human Mario's metallic counterpart. Very little is known about him, except for his rather cocky personality in Mario Kart 7.
Debut: Super Mario 64 as a powerup, Super Smash Bros. as an individual character.
Voiced by: Charles Martinet
- Alliterative Name: Metal Mario.
- Ambiguous Robots: Metal Mario's movements are stiff and stilted, like a stereotypical robot. His voice also sounds robotic. Whether or not he is a robot, however, is up in the air.
- Chrome Champion: It's Mario! But metal!
- Decomposite Character: Started off as just Mario with the Metal Cap power-up in Super Mario 64. Occasionally appears as his own character that's distinct from regular Mario.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Mario Kart 7 suggests he's an entirely different character from normal Mario. Taken further in Mario Kart 8, where he says "Mia Mamma" instead of "Mamma Mia".
- Mini-Boss: He's the toughest opponent before Master Hand in Super Smash Bros.
- The Rival: If playing as Mario in Mario Kart 7, Metal Mario will always be the first rival.
- Secret Character: He's one on the many QR characters in Mario Tennis Open, and he's also an unlockable character in Dr. Mario 64, Mario Golf 64, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8 and Mario Sports Superstars.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He has a rather cocky personality in Mario Kart 7.
- Smug Smiler: He's pretty smug, as shown in his artwork. His voice clips in Mario Kart 7 are also fairly condescending.
- Stone Wall: In the original Super Smash Bros. he's notorious for being so heavy it takes forever to knock off the stage.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Pink Gold Peach.
- Unskilled, but Strong: In Mario Golf 64 and Mario Tennis Open.
Species: Powered-up human Princess Peach's metallic counterpart that made her debut in Mario Kart 8.
Debut: Mario Kart 8
Voiced by: Samantha Kelly (2014-present)
- Ambiguous Robots: Like Metal Mario, she has stiff and stilted movements (though not to the extent of Metal Mario's) and a robotic voice, but whether or not she is a robot isn't clear.
- Big "NO!": She will sometimes say it if she gets hit by an item in Mario Kart 8.
- Biker Babe: Just like her normal counterpart, she will wear a biker suit◊ when using a bike or an ATV in Mario Kart 8.
- Chrome Champion: It's Princess Peach in pink gold.
- Decomposite Character: Appears as her own character that's distinct from regular Peach. In Mario Kart 8, she also shares this distinction with Baby Peach and Cat Peach.
- Distaff Counterpart: Is one to Metal Mario, starting in Mario Kart 8. They share the same weight class and stats in Mario Kart 8 and are also Power type characters in Mario Sports Superstars.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Instead of the gems Peach has on her brooch and crown as well as her large earrings, Pink Gold Peach wears diamonds instead.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: Just like Peach, her dress have these.
- Hartman Hips: She shares them with Princess Peach◊ but similarly to her, they are more noticeable when she's not wearing her normal dress like her minidress◊, biker suit◊ and tank top and shorts◊.
- High Class Gloves: Like Peach she also wears them, except when wearing a biker suit and both of her sport outfits.
- Instant Costume Change: If she gets a birdie or better when playing golf in Mario Sports Superstars, she will change into her regular dress◊ in place of her minidress. Not only does she change clothing, but she will also wear her hair loose afterwards.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: In horse racing in Mario Sports Superstars, her stats are all average which is unusual for a Power type.
- Mighty Glacier: In Mario Kart 8, she is among the fastest and heaviest characters, but her acceleration and handling are rather low. In baseball in Mario Sports Superstars, she has a very high batting stat but she is also quite slow.
- Parasol of Prettiness: When playing golf, she will take it out◊ if she scores a birdie or better. It is even colored in pink gold like herself.
- Pink Means Feminine: She's made out of pink gold.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Her Standard Kart, Standard Bike, Standard ATV, Pipe Frame and Super Glider in Mario Kart 8 are all colored metallic pink. In Mario Sports Superstars, her golf club◊, tennis racket◊ and baseball bat◊ are all colored pink gold, and her soccer ball◊ is colored pink and is also adorned with a pink gold heart.
- Secret Character: She's one in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Sports Superstars. She doesn't need to be unlocked in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's the same height as Peach.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Metal Mario, as like their normal entities, Pink Gold Peach is One Head Taller than Metal Mario.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She always wears one, with the sole exception being her birdie and eagle post-hole animations in Mario Sports Superstarsnote .
- Unskilled, but Strong: In tennis in Mario Sports Superstars, she has a high power stat, but below average control and spin.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears them when playing soccer, baseball and horse racing in Mario Sports Superstars. For golf and tennis, she will instead wear her minidress.
Species: Fairies A fairy-like race inhabiting the Sprixie Kingdom and led by the Sprixie Princesses, who get put under Bowser's subjugation when he invades their land.
Debut: Super Mario 3D World
- Damsel in Distress: Since Peach is a playable character in Super Mario 3D World, they're the ones you have to rescue from Bowser.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: The seven Sprixies are all identified as princesses.
- Our Fairies Are Different: A species of fairies that can create transparent warp pipes and spaceships.
- Fairy in a Bottle: How Bowser captures them.
- Magic Wand: Their wands are shaped like hammers or wrenches.
- No Name Given: To the individual Sprixie Princesses.
- Portmanteau: Of "Sprite" and "Pixie."
- Princesses Rule: The princesses rule over the Sprixie Kingdom with no Sprixie King or Queen in sight.
- Promoted to Playable: The Green Sprixie Princess appears as a playable character in Mario Tennis Ultra Smash.
- Rainbow Motif: Each of the sprixies are in a color of the rainbow.
Species: Nothosaur A semi-aquatic dinosaur who can carry Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad on its back as it swims through river levels.
Debut: Super Mario 3D World
- Ambiguous Gender: No gender is given. It could even conceivably be genderless if its species is a relative of the Yoshis.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: A really big dinosaur (although plesiosaurs aren't really dinosaurs, biologically speaking).
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Resembles a plesiosaurus/Loch Ness Monster (aquatic, name resembles "plesiosaurus" and "Nessie"), a seal (has seal-like bark and flippers), and a Yoshi (gives Mario and friends a ride).
- Power Up Mount: Big enough for 4 players. Subverted in that you have limited control over the direction, and is only used in predetermined sections.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Plessie is a slightly more versatile, higher-speed ride than Dorrie, but of largely similar design.
- Action Bomb: Mostly averted, to the point where they lack fuses, but when they appear in Mario Tennis they will explode if you hit a ball out of bounds on a court where they happen to be watching.
- Cartoon Bomb: A living example, just like all Bob-ombs.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Whereas the black Bob-ombs are bad and will try to harm Mario, the pink Bob-ombs are good and will help Mario by letting him use their cannons (and also show where the red coins are in the DS version).
- Cute Machines: Maybe. It isn't really clear if Bob-ombs are automatons or living beings.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Bob-ombs are normally trying to hurt Mario and friends, but these pink ones are friendly.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Although they are living bombs and almost always found manning cannons, they are a peaceful race and won't blow themselves up around you.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Or rather, Ridiculously Cute Little Bomb Thing. Bob-ombs are already pretty cute, but these guys' pink colors and friendly behavior makes them cuter than their brethren.
"I need a good head on my shoulders."
A snowman without a head. If you help him, he will gratefully give you a star.
- I'm Melting!: His old body melted before the events of the game, leaving him as just a head.
- Non-Indicative Name: Technically, he's a bodiless snowman, not a headless one, as you guide the body to the head.
- Snowlems: A sentient snowman without a head. Bring him to a snowman head without a body, and the both are golden, giving you a Power Star in return.
A tired owl who will give Mario a ride around whatever areas he can be found in. Handy for getting places quickly.
- All There in the Script: His name is only given in the guide for the original Super Mario 64.
- Ascended Extra: He appears much more often in the DS remake, complete with his own theme when you fly with him.
- Diurnal Nocturnal Animal: Justified. Hoot says that he should be sleeping during the day, but he wakes up when someone climbs his tree.
- The Gambling Addict: He gets addicted to Roulette in Mario Party Advance.
- Powerup Mount: Again, more or less.
- Video Game Flight: Temporarily. Hang on him too long, and he'll get "flapped out".
Koopa the Quick
An outgoing Koopa Troopa who lives to race. If Mario defeats him, the Koopa will reward the hero with a star.
- Giant Mook: Subverted as you can't kill him, nor will he try to attack you (except in the island's tiny side, where you get to squish him when you get larger there).
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Shows a friendly rivalry with Mario, and doesn't work for Bowser.
- Racing Minigame: Challenges Mario to two races, one in Bob-omb Battlefield and one on Tiny-Huge Island. Il Piantissimo (in Sunshine) and the Roving Racers (in Odyssey) would later do the same.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: An inversion: in the remake, Koopa the Quick will refuse to race anyone other than Mario. The only way to challenge him to race as a different character is to wear Mario's hat, which will change your appearance.
- Species: Lakitu
- Behind the Black: The only other time you see him is in the mirror room near Snowman's Land.
- Camera Screw: The cause of it frequently, as they get caught on some piece of the scenery. Enforced in some levels (notably, in Big Boo's Haunt) where they can't move at all from certain spots.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Lakitus are usually antagonistic, but these guys are friendly and film Mario's adventure.
- Painting the Medium: At the time of the Lakitu Bros.' debut, many players were still new to the idea of a camera system in a video game. The existence of a character actively filming the events may have been an effort to better illustrate this.
Several penguins are featured in the game: a baby named Tuxie, her mother, a penguin that races you (for a star, of course), and another baby. If Mario brings the lost Tuxie back to her mother, he receives (you guessed it!) a Power Star. Another penguin appears in Snowman's Land, who may or may not be one of the aforementioned characters.
- Fetch Quest: Find Tuxie and bring her back to her mother.
- Mama Bear: If you pick up Tuxie again after bringing her back to her mother, she'll glare at Mario and follow after him until he puts Tuxie back down.
- No Fair Cheating: Go through the slide's secret route, and the Big Penguin will refuse to give you the star.
- No Name Given: Tuxie is the only one given a proper name (in the Nintendo Player's Guide).
- Racing Minigame: You can do this with the Big Penguin twice; once normally and another after completing the game with an even bigger Penguin.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Despite being annoying to some people, Tuxie, the other baby, and even the Mother Penguin and the other Big Penguin are downright adorable, especially in the DS version of the game with them being rounder and less blocky (as a result of the more advanced graphics).
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Yes, you can actually drop both Tuxie and the other baby penguin off the cliff. And if you use a cheat code on the N64 version, you can drop Tuxie's mother off the cliff as well.
- You All Look Familiar: Played for Laughs, Mother Penguin knows which one her baby is (because she "has [her] beak"), despite both baby penguins looking exactly alike.
- Alice Allusion: Some of MIPS' lines reference the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
- Armless Biped: Likely due to engine limitations, as the rabbits in the DS version do have arms.
- Ascended Extra: Many more rabbits appear in Super Mario 64 DS, although this time it's to give keys to Mini Games.
- Author Appeal: MIPS was one of the first things programmed into the game and was originally intended for use in N64 test simulations, but the developers put him in the game proper because they 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.
- Decomposite Characters: He is replaced by a horde of 37 rabbits (8 yellow, 7 each pink, green, and orange, and 8 glowing white that occasionally replace one of the others at random) scattered throughout Peach's Castle and its gardens in the DS remake.
- Follow the White Rabbit: Averted; he's more of a goldish-yellow. You do have to follow this little booger around twice to get his two Power Stars. Played straighter with the glowing white rabbits, who give you a key to a castle room containing a Power Star after catching all 8 of them.
- Meaningful Name: MIPS is a type of CPUnote , which is the kind that the Nintendo 64 has.
- Rascally Rabbit: Downplayed. Even though he's very hard to catch, it is still possible.
- 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.
A race of large, fruitlike natives to Isle Delfino.
Tropes associated with the Piantas:
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Seems to be a common theme among different races in the Mario universe...
- Berserk Button: In Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy 2, they get very angry when sprayed or jumped on.
- Clearly, they don't take kindly to their planet becoming polluted (understandable, as the Shine Sprites fled because of the act, leaving the Shine Gate unable to provide light). They will give you a Kangaroo Court if you're a suspect in such an act, regardless of any proof to the contrary.
- City Guards: A pair of cops who mostly stand around and yell at you.
- Gag Nose: Part of their design.
- Invulnerable Civilians: Subverted. They can sink in goop and require rescue. Several of them will even catch fire.
- Kangaroo Court: Their trial for Mario makes almost no sense, and they hardly have any evidence! As Chuggaaconroy put it:"So there was no statement by the defense, no attorney appointed to the defense, no witnesses called, no evidence presented, nobody even bothered to notice that we literally got here four minutes and thirty-four seconds before we were arrested, and there wasn't even a jury? This is more rigged than Saddam Hussein's trial!"
- The Mafia: All of the Piantas found in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door are members of a Mafia-like organization.
- Only Sane Man: The manager of Hotel Delfino, who recognizes that Shadow Mario looks like Mario but isn't Mario.
- Police are Useless: The police Piantas in Delfino Plaza only stand at the northeast section of the place and yell at you if you talk to them. They're the only two police officers on the island, by the way.
- Recurring Traveler: A few Piantas appear in different areas. Justified since they all live on the island.
- Redundant Researcher: Played with. A Pianta professor serves as a Mr. Exposition to Mario and gives him some info on the Sand Bird...which then flies away before said professor can do any research on it.
- Speaking Simlish: In Sunshine, along with dialog boxes.
- Suddenly Voiced: Inverted. In Sunshine, they all spoke in full dialogue, but in Galaxy 2 and in the spinoffs, they communicate with Voice Grunting instead.
- Super Strength: The Chucksters can hurl Mario very far, while the regulars are powerhouses at baseball. Piantas can throw the player in Galaxy 2 as well, but the throw isn't as intense and isn't used for progression.
A smaller, gentler race of shellike people.
Tropes associated with the Nokis:
- Apathetic Citizens: Averted, as they are the some of the few pro-active characters in the game. This is contrasted with the Piantas, who expect Mario to do all the heavy lifting.
- Foil: Towards the Piantas, who are big, stupid, and lazy. The Nokis on the other hand are small, smart, and active.
- Girlish Pigtails: Some of the female Nokis have a pair of conch shells on their heads that resemble pigtails.
- Meaningful Name: "Noki" is Italian for shell, since they evolved from shellfish.
- Only Sane Man: Or rather, Only Sane Race. In Sunshine, they are more likely than the Piantas to realize 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:
- Ambiguously Brown: He's at the very least rather tan.
- Expy: When looked underneath his mask, Piantissimo looks identical to the Running Man, but with darker skin. (See this image◊.)
- Racing Minigame: Much like Koopa the Quick from 64, he challenges Mario to races in exchange for Shine Sprites.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He provides the same function as Koopa the Quick.
- Token Human: The only human native to Isle Delfino, even if he tries to pretend otherwise.
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:
GearmosA robotic race who want to keep things tidy.
- Escort Mission: A gold Gearmo will ask Mario to bring a Goomba to him by luring it into a trap in exchange for a Power Star. Later on, a silver Gearmo will ask him to do the same thing, but this time for a Topman.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Their eyes are gauges.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: Implied to have genders, even. One calls herself an "Iron Lady".
- Neat Freak: They enjoy keeping things neat and tidy, and get angry if Mario keeps things messy or unorganized.
WhittlesA race of brave wooden humanoids. Debut in the sequel.
- You No Take Candle: They speak in a simple but erroneous grammar.
JibberjaysA race of parrot-like birds who teach Mario how to ride a Fluzzard. Debut in the sequel.
- Racing Minigame: Their leader, the Black Jibberjay, will challenge Mario with the Fluzzard on a race. Beating him will reward Mario with a Power Star.
FluzzardA bird that Mario can ride and later race with the Jibberjays.
Spooky SpeedsterA Boo who's eager to challenge Mario on a race for a Power Star.
- Cool Helmet: Wears a green and yellow helmet with an orange visor on it.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Plays the same role as Koopa the Quick and Il Piantissamo from the previous games, and shares the spot with Cosmic Mario as the opponent for the Racing Minigame.
GuppyAn orca who takes over an aquatic galaxy that Mario must win back through a challenge.
- The Bully: Refuses to let any penguin swim in any galaxy he claims the body of water of.
The ChimpA blue monkey who constantly challenges Mario on a range of games. Will folk out a Power Star if Mario beats his record on said game.
- Cool Shades: Wears a pair with a purple frame.
- Non-Indicative Name: Chimpanzees are apes, this guy is a monkey.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Always refers himself with a "The" at the beginning of his name.
- You Gotta Have Blue Fur: His fur is a bright shade of blue, with a slight tuft of green on top.
A race of hat ghosts who inhabit the Cap Kingdom. They are known for their hat-shaped airships.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Of London. The Cap Kingdom's fog is a reference to London's Foggy City status, and a few Bonneters use British phrases.
- Friendly Ghost: They're ghosts who float around and can possess people, but they're all good guys.
- Planet of Hats: Not only are they shaped like hats, their culture and architecture are based mainly on hats and haberdashery.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: They seem to be the Mario world's equivalent to British people, since they pepper their dialogue with British lingo (not to mention their true forms are British-looking headwear, and their airships tend to be top hats). The males are top hats while the females are bowler hats.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: They can take the forms of various different hats, and many Power Moons can be obtained by finding the people on whose heads they're hiding.
The skeletal inhabitants of the Sand Kingdom.
- Calacas: Tostarenans in the Sand Kingdom are colorful skeletons wearing ponchos and sombreros, often seen carrying maracas.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Of Mexico. They wear sombreros and panchos, they use mariachi instruments like maracas and guitars, and they heavily resemble the kinds of stylized skeletons seen during Dia de los Muertos celebrations.
- Interspecies Romance: One Tostarenan can be seen making wedding plans with a Lochlady.
- Punny Name: The French translation calls them "Zuituzec", a corruption of "J'suis tout sec", which means "I'm all dry". Considering they are skeletons who live in the desert, it's appropriate.
- Rhymes on a Dime: The Tostarenans operating the Slots booths speak in rhyme.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Skeletons though they may be, they're so tiny, cartoonish and expressive that they're really adorable.
- Skeletal Musician: They look like skeletons, and all of them hold a pair of maracas.
- Skull for a Head: Their heads resemble the traditional Day of the Dead skull, but what can be seen of their bodies doesnt look particularly boney.
The aquatic inhabitants of the Lake Kingdom.
- Clothing Appendage: They've got scales and fins shaped like a dress.
- The Fashionista: Lochladies are world renowned for their county's fashion-forwardness, and it's mentioned that the zippers that appear all over Lake Lamode is just a design thing.
- Interspecies Romance: One Lochlady can be seen making wedding plans with a Tostarenan.
- One-Gender Race: They are universally female.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: A rare variety where their upper halves also look fairly fish-like.
- Planet of Hats: They are all obsessed with dresses, to the point that the theft of the Lochlady Dress is considered a great national tragedy.
Robots shaped like watering cans devoted to maintaining the Wooded Kingdom's Steam Gardens.
- Absurdly Dedicated Worker: They've apparently been growing plants for hundreds of years. Long after their creators have vanished. They're still dedicated to their task, only taking breaks to recharge.
- Garden Garment: They grow plants on their heads as hats.
- Nature Loving Robot: They are robots that are obsessed with gardening and were specifically built to care for the plants in the Steam Gardens.
- Robo Speak: Their dialogue is very analytical and focused on statistics.
The human(?) inhabitants of New Donk City in the Metro Kingdom.
- Ambiguously Human: Strangely enough, the guide to New Donk City refers to them as "New Donkers" rather than humans and coupled with their Non-Standard Character Design makes them a bit suspect when compared to humans like Mario, Peach and even Pauline.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Of mid-20th century New York City. They wear fedoras and other period clothing items, their city looks like Manhattan (complete with an Empire State Building replica), and the city features jazz music in the background. That being said, they also have RC cars (introduced in the 70s) and laptop computers (introduced in the 90s).
- Non-Standard Character Design: Compared with the cartoony designs of human characters in this and previous games, they're very realistically designed. They don't even match Pauline, their mayor, since she has a cartoony face in line with Mario and Peach's designs.
- Speaking Simlish: Unlike other regular humans such as the Mario Brothers, Peach, and even their Mayor Pauline, they speak this way over their dialogue boxes.
The seal-like inhabitants of the Snow Kingdom.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: To Russia, loosely. They live in a frigid climate (though it seems to be an all ice location like Greenland or Antarctica), and they dance That Russian Squat Dance, too. Their culture also has elements of Scandinavia and Lapland Culture as well, as seen in their clothing and architecture.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're fluffy, friendly, ball-like and adorable.
- Sweet Seal: A race of friendly and cheerful seals.
- That Russian Squat Dance: Their dancing animation is a slight variation on this.
A race of snails inhabiting the Seaside Kingdom.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Of France. They wear berets, the boss monster threatening them has the French name "Brigadier Mollusque-Lanceur III," and their snail design seems to be a reference to the French dish of escargot.
- Interspecies Romance: One Bubblainian guy can be seen flirting with a New Donker lady.
A race of living forks inhabiting the Luncheon Kingdom.
- Animate Inanimate Object: They're essentially living forks that use their tines as limbs.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The music in their kingdom, the volcanoes in the area, and their gastronomically-inclined culture make them resemble stereotypical Italians.
- Interspecies Romance: One Volbonan guy can be seen flirting with a New Donker lady.
A bird found in every kingdom who gives cryptic hints about Power Moon locations.
- Cool Hat: Wears a distinct trilby.
- Punny Name: A pun on "talk" and "cockatoo."
- Volumetric Mouth: Its mouth opens very wide when talking.
An energetic flying lizard who can be found in several kingdoms. Mario can Capture him to glide to otherwise unreachable platforms.
- A Dog Named "Dog": According to the Prima Guide, "Glydon" is also the name of his species.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In certain dubs at least, namely those that base his name on the "-odon" suffix found in many dinosaur names. He also wears shoes similar to those worn by Yoshi, who is more consistently categorized as a dinosaur.
- Non-Mammalian Hair: He has a tuft of hair on top of his head.
A living statue that will let you ride him around Tostarena once you find him and pay a one time fee of 30 coins.
- Difficult, but Awesome: They're kind of tricky to control, but they're a reliable way of crossing the Sand Country and finding more Power Moons when you get the hang of them.
- Living Statue: He used to be a ordinary lion statue, but decided to come to life and now taxis people from place to place in the desert. No explanation is given as to how this happened.
- Perpetual Smiler: He never stops smiling whether he's just sitting around, running or being rammed into a wall at full speed.
- Pet the Dog: You can earn a power moon from him by taking him back to his original pedestal to reminisce and another by taking him to see another Jaxi statue out in the desert that he calls his family.
- Power Up Mount: You're completely invincible while riding him with exception to falling into bottomless pits and he can be used to destroy objects that Mario otherwise can't. He's also one of the fastest forms of transportation in the game.
- Punny Name: A portmanteau of "jaguar" and "taxi", fitting his status as a Power Up Mount.
- Too Fast to Stop: Jaxi are kind of hard to control, and even braking takes time to get used to, as they don't stop even then. Though, in his defense, he warns you about it after you pay him 30 coins to ride.
A female Goomba who can be found in several kingdoms. She'll give Mario a Power Moon if encounter as a captured Goomba but runs away if he isn't in the body of one.
- All Women Are Lustful: Getting her Power Moons involves nabbing her a man. That said, she seems to go through boyfriends like a fish through water (since every one of her Power Moons involves nabbing her a man).
- Cute Little Fangs: She has the same fangs as the other Goombas, but her Tertiary Sexual Characteristics make her look even cuter.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If Mario approaches her as himself, she'll get scared and flee.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She looks like an ordinary Goomba but with pink skin, Blush Stickers, eyelashes, make-up, and a lady's hat on her head.