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This is a page for the 1993 American live-action film of Super Mario Bros., a radically different continuity from the rest of the Super Mario Bros. franchise. For portrayals from the games, see their respective pages.

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Main Characters

    The Mario Brothers 

Mario Mario

Portrayed by: Bob Hoskins
The older of the Mario Brothers and the boss of Mario Bros. Plumbing. While a middle-aged and portly Italian-American man, Mario has a decent head on his shoulders and is an honest worker, especially compared to his competitors the Scapellis. He gets dragged into the adventure when he and Luigi accidentally discover a secret passage into Dinohattan.
  • Age Lift: Instead of just being Luigi's similarly aged brother like in most adaptations, this Mario is a bit of everything for Luigi and quite a bit older than him.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: He's much more responsible and wiser, and is shown to think things through rather than just to dive into situations headfirst like his game counterpart. Ironically, he's arguably closer to Luigi's level-headed personality rather than the film's own incarnation of Luigi.
  • Composite Character: His personality is a mix between his original game counterpart and Luigi's levelheadedness.
  • Parental Substitute: In Luigi's own words, Mario's had to be his "father, mother, brother, everything" after their parents died. For most of the adventure, he switches from brother to father when it comes to teaching Luigi the ropes about dating, plumbing, and maturity.
  • Red Is Heroic: Only in the climax does he start wearing his counterpart's iconic red, which actually belonged to Koopa's janitorial staff.
  • Repetitive Name: This Mario is the first (and so far only) iteration to be known under this name in-universe, as all the others are usually left to Only One Name.

Luigi Mario

Played by: John Leguizamo
The younger Mario brother, a college-aged young man, and an apprentice plumber. Luigi is a dreamer and an optimist who believes anything can be possible, and he quickly falls head-over-heels for Daisy upon meeting her.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: As opposed to his cowardly and meek persona from the games, Luigi is far braver and the most eager to save Daisy. Funnily enough, he's arguably closer to Mario than the film's own incarnation of Mario.
  • Composite Character: His personality is a mix between his original game counterpart and Mario's impulsiveness.
  • Hot-Blooded: At times, Luigi will dive into situations or do things head first before giving it a second thought.
  • Official Couple: With Daisy, but not for long, since she stays behind in Dinohattan to rule with her father.

    Daisy 
Played by Samantha Mathis
A paleontology student who forms a romance with Luigi, Daisy is actually the lost princess of Dinohattan, and is kidnapped by Koopa in order to merge the two worlds together.
  • Composite Character: Has Peach's appearance and personality with Daisy's name, kingdom attributes, and romance with Luigi.
  • Expy: Fills the role Peach would usually have in the franchise as the Damsel in Distress for Koopa and the princess of the fantastic kingdom.
  • I Choose to Stay: She offers to stay behind in the Dino realm to help her father resume rule. That doesn't mean she's above going to Brooklyn to ask for help.
  • Love Interest: Despite being the Peach of this universe, not for Mario, but for Luigi.
  • MacGuffin: The necklace she was given as a child was actually the last shard to the meteor capable of fusing the Earth and Dino worlds together.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father vanished before Daisy ever got to properly meet him, while her mother gave her up to a church when she crossed over to Earth. At least her father is alive by the time the film ends, and regains his humanoid form.
  • Tomboy Princess: The long lost heir of the Dino kingdom, but an avid paleontologist and not above kicking butt to get the job done. Even when she begins acting as princess, she doesn't stop doing what she does best.

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    Daniella 
Played by Dana Kaminski
Mario's girlfriend who works at the local tanning salon. Daniella isn't the brightest but sincerely loves Mario. She's kidnapped by Iggy and Spike when they mistake her for Daisy.
  • All There in the Manual: Scripts list her name as Daniella Pauline Verducci.
  • Damsel in Distress: Like Daisy, she's kidnapped by Iggy and Spike and has to be rescued.
  • Expy: Implied to be one for Pauline. She serves as Mario's girlfriend, is a brunette like Pauline, wears primarily red, and her full name as revealed in the script is Daniella Pauline Verducci.

    Anthony Scapelli 
Played by Gianni Russo
The owner of a construction conglomerate and several other services, including plumbing. Scapelli is dishonest and slimy, only caring about money.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Courtesy of Koopa's Devo Gun, he gets turned into a monkey.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: A low threat compared to Koopa and his forces.
  • Composite Character: Of Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew as a mean boss who stops the Marios from working, and of Donkey Kong when Koopa transforms him into a chimp.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His construction workers accidentally reopened the portal between dimensions, allowing Koopa to send Iggy and Spike to Earth to retrieve Daisy and the meteorite fragment.

    Doug & Mike 
Played by J. Michael Hunter (Mike) and David Dwyer (Doug)
Two goons under Scapelli's employ. Like their boss, they tend to do shady business, and sabotage Daisy's construction site under his orders. In a deleted scene, they steal a job at the Riverfront Cafe from Mario and Luigi.
  • The Rival: Rival plumbers out to steal the Mario brothers' business.

Dinohattan

    In General 
  • Adaptational Species Change: In the regular Mario series, residents come in all sorts of species. Here, they're all reptilian by blood, but save for Yoshi and the Goombas, they physically look no different from a human aside from a few having scales and scars.

    Koopa 
Played by: Dennis Hopper
The so-called President of Dinohattan, having forcibly taken the position from its previous ruler, the King, and changed it in his image. He plans to merge his dimension with Earth to plunder the human world's resources.
  • Big Bad: As with most incarnations of the big lizard, he is the primary antagonist of the movie.
  • Evil Is Hammy: By far the biggest ham of the bunch.
  • Kick the Dog: He kicked Yoshi, venting his anger for his bad first impression with Daisy, and calls him a "throwback".
  • Klingon Promotion: Usurped the role as King of Dinohattan from Daisy's father by devolving him into semi-sentient fungus.
  • Neat Freak: He despises dirt, sterilizing his hands every chance he can get in his down time.
  • Never My Fault: While it's said that Dinohattan was terrible, Toad suggests that life wasn't always so bad until Koopa made things worst upon his takeover. Pointing that out is one way to get arrested in town.
    Koopa: One thing I can't stand is naysayers.
  • Oblivious to Love: It's unclear if he's aware of Lena's crush for him, or if it matters to him at all when Lena betrayed him. Though he noticed Lena sounded dissatisfied when she tells him Daisy is cleaned up for him ("My, my, looks like you got up on the wrong side of the nest this morning!").
  • Pet the Dog: Subtly shows signs of this with Lena. He's genuinely shocked when she betrays him and once he has the rock, he orders her release.
  • President Evil: Styles himself like a president, campaign posters and all, but is functionally its dictator.
  • Villainous Crush: Koopa is obsessed with Daisy.
  • Terrified of Germs: To the point that sneezing in his presence gets a technician de-evolved into slime in a deleted scene.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Seems to believe that invading the human world would provide needed resources for the people of Dinohattan.

    Lena 
Played by Fiona Shaw
Koopa's lover and a power-hungry villainess who will stop at nothing to ensure the conquest of the human world. She is intensely jealous of Daisy.
  • Depraved Bisexual: According to Word of God, she shows interest in both Koopa and Daisy.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Once she sees just how important Daisy is to Koopa's plans, Lena makes her increasingly hostile displeasure with the girl very clear.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: She ends up literally fossilized by the very power she desires so much while trying to merge the dimensions.
  • It's All About Me: Seen as she tries to kill Daisy.
    Daisy: Why are you doing this?
    Lena: Because everyone deserves what they've earned. And I've earned this!
  • Oh, Crap!: Right after she placed the meteorite piece in, she starts screaming in agony by the power she craved so much.
    Daisy: That's what Koopa meant. Only I can withstand the force.
  • Power Fist: She wears brass knuckles for her final outfit, which she uses to shove a man aside by grabbing his face.
  • The Starscream: She eventually becomes this in the second half of the film, when, after a failed attempt to get Koopa to reconsider focusing on Daisy, she decides to betray him and achieve her goals on her own.
    Lena: What you care about is her!
    Koopa: What I care about, is the future of our species!
    Lena: [scoffs] Well, if not with you, then on my own. [looks at the meteorite piece after Koopa walks off]

    Iggy & Spike 
Played by Fisher Stevens (Iggy) and Richard Edson (Spike)
Koopa's cousins and main henchmen. They're initially very dumb, but later have their intelligence boosted by the de-evolution chamber... not that this helps them. Realizing the depth of Koopa's evil, they betray him and help the heroes.

    Big Bertha 
Played by Francesca Roberts
The bouncer at the Boom Boom Bar, she steals Daisy's meteorite pendant when an old lady mugs the Mario Bros., and escapes using the jet-powered Thwomp Stomper boots. She later falls in love with Mario.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Bertha is large and very strong. Mario dances with her in an attempt to get the meteorite necklace, and she later helps the Marios out when Lena and the soldiers invade the bar.
  • Lady in Red: She wears a red bodysuit and later a red dress.
  • Scary Black Woman: Has shades of this, until she helped the Mario brothers get away from the Goombas.

    Yoshi 
A dinosaur pet of the royal family. Koopa keeps him in chains and abuses him, while Daisy quickly bonds with him.
  • Team Pet: Serves as this for the heroes.

    Toad 
Played by Mojo Nixon
A busker who sings an anti-Koopa protest song and is de-evolved into a Goomba as punishment.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Gets devolved into a Goomba halfway through, but gets accustomed to it by the finale.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: As a Goomba, he gives Daisy and Luigi Devo Guns because Daisy saved him when two other Goombas accidentally set him on fire.
  • Nice Guy: He's the first genuinely friendly person the brothers meet in Dinohattan.
  • Defiant to the End: As he's about to be de-evolved, he criticized Koopa's dictatorship and tells him off that the true king is still around.

    The Mushroom King 
Played by Lance Henriksen
Daisy's father, who was turned into a citywide sentient fungus as Koopa's first victim of the de-evolutionary process.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Even worse than the other victims of de-evolution, since he wasn't even left with a humanoid form.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Being a fungus essentially allows him to be everywhere in the city, and provide assistance to the Mario Brothers.
  • No Ontological Inertia: After Koopa's death by de-evolution, the King spontaneously re-evolves back to normal.

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