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Whether to rename The Mario. There's a long discussion in the forums you may want to read first.

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  • Trope has fewer wicks than other similar Competitive Balance tropes
  • Amount of wicks is two standard deviations below the mean among its peers. That's comparable to scoring a 300 on the SAT. The only trope among its peers with a character-based, video-game-centric title is exactly the one with this problem.
  • Character named trope; the name doesn't have any additional context about the character to help convey the trope's meaning to non-familiar viewers.
  • Searches for the trope are dominated by Mario himself, even when given clues such as "+character" and "+balanced" to make it understand that we mean the trope. There is not nearly as much use for this trope with our meaning as there is for e.g. Fragile Speedster.
  • Character is known for other aspects than this trope.
  • It is listed on the Everything You Wanted To Know About Changing Titles page as a bad name.
  • The Grandfather Clause does not apply. And even if it did, that would not be a valid reason to not rename it.


  • Despite performing less well than similar tropes, there's a lot of use, indicating a healthy trope.
  • Trope has a healthy growth rate, averaging 130+ new inbounds per month over the last year-ish.
  • The Mario is less common than some of the other Competitive Balance tropes and has a narrower application (for example, it's rare to see it outside of Video Games), so it's not surprising if its numbers are lower than some of its peers.
  • General policy is to rename based on whether a trope is showing actual signs of being broken, not based on whether the name sounds like it should be confusing, and the actual stats here are indicative of a trope that's working okay as is (regardless of any theoretical problems it ought to have).
  • Repair action is already being taken—a Jack of All Trades trope is being split away. This may help clear up any existing confusion about the definition without the need for a rename.

Wick Check results:

Wick Check #1, September 10th, 2010:

  • Sample Size: 45
  • Random? Looks like it.
  • Categories:
    • Correct: 39
    • Incorrect: 2
    • Questionable: 4
  • Results: 86% correct, 4% incorrect, 9% questionable.

Note that the definition apparently being used was not "balanced stats", it appears to have been "multi-talented or jack-of-all-trades character". Because of this discrepancy, this wick check's validity is dubious.

Wick check #2, April 18th 2011

  • Sample size: 25
  • Random? No, in order starting at the top of the list
  • Categories:
    • Correct: 20
    • Incorrect: 1
    • Questionable but assumed to be correct: 4
  • Results: Correct: 80%, Incorrect: 5%, Questionable but assumed to be correct: 15%

As with wick check #1, the definition being used does not appear to be "balanced stats" but rather "jack-of-all-trades, multi-talented, or all-rounder". This wick check should be treated as being of dubious validity.

Wick check #3, July 20th, 2011:

  • Sample size: 10
  • Random? Yes
  • Categories:
    • Correct: 7
    • Incorrect: 1
    • Don't know: 2
  • Results: 70% correct, 10% misused, 20% don't know.

Wick check #4, July 23, 2011:

  • Sample Size: 27
  • Random? Yes
  • Categories:
    • Clearly Correct: 10
    • Clearly Incorrect: 5
    • Can't tell: 7
    • X Just X: 5
  • Results: Correct: 38%; Incorrect: 18%; Can't tell/X Just X: 44%

Wick Check #5, July 13, 2011:

  • Sample Size: 49
  • Random? No; in order starting from the bottom of the list
  • Categories:
    • Correct: 31
    • Probably Correct: 2
    • Not Sure: 6
    • Wrong; Clearly meaning "Multiple occupations or talents": 9
    • Wrong: referring to Mario the character: 1
  • Results: Correct: 63%; Probably Correct: 4%; Not sure: 2%; Wrong: 20%

The definition that was used is in question, since several of the "Correct" examples use terms like "all-arounder" or "well-rounded" but appear to be referring to range of abilities rather than stat balance.


  • The Mario found in: 726 articles, excluding discussions. This title has brought 2,404 people to the wiki from non-search engine links since 20th FEB '09.