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This page is about the title character of the Wario series and a major antagonist/anti-hero in the Super Mario Bros. franchise
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"Obey Wario, DESTROY MARIO!"

Debut: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

Voiced by: Chikao Ohtsuka (Japanese Ads, BS Excitebike), Thomas Spindler (Mario Kart 64, Japanese version; Mario Party 1-2, Mario Kart Super Circuit), Charles Martinet, Gerardo Alonso (Latin American Spanish, WarioWare Gold) Hironori Kondō, (Japanese, WarioWare Gold)

A fat, ill-tempered, greedy, treasure hunter and microgame designer who is often described as Mario's rival. Debuted in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins as the Big Bad, but branched off with WarioWare and his own platformers; his nemesis is Captain Syrup (see below). He sticks around for the spin-offs, though.

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  • Accidental Hero: Wario almost never intends to perform acts of heroism, he just wants treasure.
  • Acrofatic: Still capable of feats of agility/acrobatics despite being fatter than Mario. As Mario's Evil Counterpart, Wario tends to emphasize feats relating to horizontal speed over vertical jumping distance, whereas Mario is known for his verticality.
  • Anti-Hero: On his best days, he barely qualifies. Wario really doesn't mind helping people out... as long as it is within his price range.
  • Anti-Role Model: While Wario is not a bad guy (outside of his debut appearance), this is not someone you'd want your kids to look up to. Not even he thinks so.
    "Bath— NO! Brush teeth— NO! Don't be like me, kids!"
  • Art Evolution: In his earlier appearances, Wario wore long sleeves and had a lazy eye. He was also much bigger and fatter. His modern appearance is still noticeably overweight, but he's noticeably shorter than Mario and more muscular as well.
  • Badass Biker: In WarioWare, he has a personal motorbike, which carries over to his appearance in Super Smash Bros.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Gets a rather spiffy-looking golden suit as Wario Deluxe.
  • Badass Mustache: As an Evil Counterpart of Mario, this is a given.
  • Big Bad:
    • Wario started as the antagonist of Super Mario Land 2, and had a few antagonist roles in spin-offs such as Wario's Woods. He went from this to Villain Protagonist, then to Anti-Hero as the games went on.
    • However, Wario would return to his status as main antagonist in WarioWare Gold, where he attempts to cheat the player out of winning the Wario Bowl as Wario Deluxe and keep the prize money for himself.
  • Big Eater: Especially in Wario World, where he has a Kirby-like ability to suck in coins.
  • The Big Guy: When allied with Mario, he typically takes this role.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Loud, arrogant, and with all the strength to back it up.
  • Breakout Character: Since appearing as an antagonist, he gets two series featuring him and has since become a staple Anti-Hero in the Mario franchise.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy:
    • He made his own company, but is too lazy to run it.
    • Wario demonstrates actual artistic talent in WarioWare Gold when drawing portraits... but only of himself. Using any other amiibo gets you a rather sloppy drawing, as if he didn't care.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The W on his cap and gloves.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: In Wario Land II, he put a hold on getting his treasure back when his pet hen goes missing. He also talks about Hen rather fondly in the instruction manual.
  • Chrome Champion: While Mario was this in Super Mario 64, Wario took over this capacity entirely in Super Mario 64 DS.
  • Characterization Marches On: Wario was an outright villain in his first appearance, and in his debut starring role, he was a Villain Protagonist. Later Wario Land games established that Wario is more greedy than evil, before finally reaching today, where Wario's villainy has all but disappeared completely. He's still exceptionally greedy however.
  • Complete Immortality: In Wario Land II and 3, he cannot be killed by any means (all except for Rudy, the final boss in 3, which can kill him and give him a Game Over).
  • Cool Bike: As mentioned above, Wario drives one in the WarioWare series.
  • Cool Car: He also owns a pretty mean purple car that looks a lot like a Cadillac.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: In the WarioWare series.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Wario is extremely brainy and economical with lots of great ideas. Too bad his greed gets the better of him which costs him not only a lot more legitimate money, but his plans and ideas as well. In WarioWare Gold, the Wario Bowl games actually were a great success, it's really too bad Wario had to be greedy jerk and take all the prize money for himself and turn it into a scam. If he just fulfilled his end of the deal instead of trying to scam, the Wario Bowl likely would've grown into into an annual festivity, thus resulting in even more (legitimate) money for him in the long term.
  • Divergent Character Evolution:
    • Design-wise — in newer games, he wears a T-shirt under his overalls (unlike Mario, Luigi, and Waluigi, who wear long-sleeved shirts). Nowadays his more common WarioWare appearances give him an entirely unique outfit.
    • Wario in his debut was able to use the same powerups Mario could, except he was able to obtain substantially more power from them. The Wario Land series gave him his own set of skills, generally used for puzzle-solving rather than getting from point A to point B.
  • Driven by Envy: According to the Super Mario Land 2 manual, he's been jealous of Mario's popularity since they were children and tried to steal his castle many times before.
  • Dumb Muscle: The Super Mario 64 DS booklet describes him as lacking in brains... which actually contradicts the events of other Wario-centric games, where it's shown that he can make inventions, program microgames, and build companies in mere seconds.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: He used to wear a long-sleeved shirt in his earlier appearances (similar to Mario, Luigi, and Waluigi, who also wear long-sleeved shirts) before trading it for a t-shirt that shows off his muscular arms. His WarioWare appearances also go a step further by giving him an entirely unique biker outfit.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Wario had a few elements of Sorcerous Overlord and was capable of Mind Manipulation in his earliest appearances. In Six Golden Coins, he hypnotized the entire island where Mario's castle resided, and he does something similar to the originally peaceful inhabitants of Wario's Woods. The original commercial for Six Golden Coins also saw him attempting to hypnotize the viewer. This gets a minor Call-Back in WarioWare Gold, where Wario Deluxe uses sorcery to mess with the player's perception.
    • Wario was also apparently bald, going by his defeat animation in Super Mario Land 2. Not the case nowadays, where he has a slick back.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite his repeated attempts to rip off his own employees and take all the money they make for himself, the WarioWare crew still continues to work for him, and they still consider him a friend. In Gold, both the Dancing Team and Potluck Game levels end with someone (Mona and Dribble, respectively) saying they should invite Wario next time they hang out.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth:
    • The Wario World manual says that all the garlic he eats scares off any germs that would cause tooth decay. Any plaque that's brave enough to stay there, he himself eats.
    • Averted in WarioWare: Touched!, where Wario finally gets a terrible toothache from eating sweets. Twice.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Wario was set apart from Bowser in his first appearance by his ability to use the same items as Mario. Then again, Bowser himself is not above doing this.
    • Wario being Mario's antithesis is exemplified in him being an outright caricature of Nintendo's famed mustachioed plumber, being obese compared to Mario's portly and being outright greedy compared to Mario (who also tends to collect coins left and right, but doesn't treat financial gain as his ultimate goal, unlike Wario), as well as being German rather than Italian (relations between the two countries have been notoriously rocky throughout European history).
    • Wario also has his own Evil-er Counterpart in the Shake King, from Wario Land: Shake It!, who represents Wario's greed and jerkish behavior taken Up to Eleven.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Lampshaded in his Art Evolution. In his earliest appearances, Wario was a huge guy, standing a full head taller than Mario and his friends. As the games went on and Wario began to shed some of his villainy and became an Anti-Hero, his proportions became much smaller, to the point where now he's barely taller than Mario.
  • Evil Laugh: Wario is best known for his bellicose cackle. WarioWare Gold goes further and gives him a [laughing extra maniacally] cackle when he becomes Wario Deluxe and host the final set of microgames.
  • Evil Twin: Evil Twin wannabe, anyway.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Wario's voice has consistently been much gruffer than Mario & Luigi's, emphasizing his comparative lack of moral integrity. Additionally, upon becoming Wario Deluxe in WarioWare Gold his voice becomes deeper.
  • Expy: Much like Mario was created as an Expy of Popeye The Sailor, Wario was envisioned by Nintendo as an expy of Popeye's main rival, Bluto.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: His hat power up in Super Mario 64 DS is the Metal Cap.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Garlic aside, Wario has eaten such things as demonic mandrake roots, bacterial plaque, and metal coins. In the Super Smash Bros. series, he can even eat his own bike, and this is recommended by one of the loading screen tips.
  • Fartillery: The "Wario Waft" is a move in the Super Smash Bros. series. Wario (or rather, Wario Deluxe) also weaponizes his flatuence as one of the potential distractions in Wario Interrupts, which is also one of the harder distractions to deal with.
  • Fat and Skinny: The Fat to Waluigi's Skinny.
  • Fat Bastard: He's not evil, but he's not nice either. In the same way that Mario is short and plump, Wario exaggerates this trait to villainous levels.
  • Fat Slob: He picks his nose, farts, eats a lot, and is generally very gross.
  • Fan Disservice: The Running Gag throughout his more recent appearances in which Wario shakes his ass in plain view of the camera.
  • Fiction 500: In Wario Land more than WarioWare.
  • Final Boss: Of Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins. In the WarioWare series, most of the final stages are his.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: His primary method of defeating enemies.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Averted within the WarioWare games, Wario is Easily Forgiven by his friends/employees despite his repeated attempts to rip them off. Mona and Dribble in particular insisting on inviting Wario to their future hangouts. On the other side, Wario actually does value his friends, though he won't let this stop him from avoiding paying them at all costs.
  • From a Single Cell: When set on fire, he runs around before turning into ashes and regenerates from them.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Wario invented the Telmet - a device capable of transporting himself into the realm shown on his television set - within seven seconds.
  • Gag Nose: A pink one.
  • Garlic Is Abhorrent: Wario's favorite food is garlic, fitting for his often-times gross nature.
  • Gasshole: Whilst exaggerated in Super Smash Bros., but toilet humor has been a part of his characterization in Japan since Wario Land 2 where "Drunk Wario" had a burping attack.
  • Genius Bruiser: In Wario: Master of Disguise. Can invent a device to transport himself to another dimension in a few seconds, and is just as capable in kicking ass as ever.
  • Golden Super Mode: Wario Deluxe in Gold. Wario gets golden-looking clothing in this form to match his crown, though his character card says he isn't any stronger than usual.
  • Gonk: One of the few examples of a gonk protagonist. This is possibly due to him starting off as an antagonist.
  • Gratuitous German: In early N64 apperances, in which he was voiced by Nintendo of Europe employee Thomas Spindler, he had the habit of saying, "So ein Mist!" According to Spindler, this was because voice director Takashi Tezuka intended for Wario to be ethnically German; while this seemed to have gone by the wayside following Charles Martinet taking on the role (with his rendition using an Italian accent a-la Mario and Luigi), there are still occasional allusions to Wario being German, keeping in-line with Tezuka's intentions. As of Mario Kart 8, he appears to have returned to doing it, but now his German is more varied, with phrases such as "Jawohl!"
  • Greed: A poster child.
  • Ground Pound: The "Butt Stomp", one of his signature moves.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's not hard to make him mad, particularly if he's denied treasure.
  • Harmless Villain: To the point where he stopped being a villain altogether and became an anti-hero.
  • Hidden Depths: Wario apparently has a thing has a thing for poultry farming, not only does he have his own farm but one of his most prized possessions is a hen. He also has a surprisingly introspective side, as demonstrated in the credits of Wario Land 4.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Implied. While he's still not exactly a hero, he doesn't go out of his way to mess with Mario and his friends anymore and even helps them on occasion.
  • Horrifying Hero: He's this towards King Boo of all people in Super Mario 64 DS.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very adventurous and excitable.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: In the American commercial for Super Mario Land 2.
  • Hypno Trinket: In the American commercial for Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.
  • Interpretative Character: In Super Smash Bros., Wario is an Iron Butt Monkey and Fighting Clown who revels in Toilet Humour, whereas in games like Wario World his strength, greed, and malevolence are emphasized to the point where he almost becomes a completely different character. The creators of Wario Land: Shake It! even discussed the different portrayals in an interview. That said, those interpretations aren't mutually exclusive, so it's easy for Wario to be both an accident-prone oaf and a greedy badboy at the same time in a single game (best shown in the Wario Land series and the various sports spin-off games where both him and Waluigi are often villainous comic reliefs).
  • Iron Butt Monkey: In most of the Wario Land games, he often needs to injure himself in hilarious ways to progress, though he'll shrug off any injuries like they were nothing.
  • Jerkass: On his bad days.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: What he has since developed into. He'll gladly liberate the citizens of a music box from an evil clown... If you let him keep any treasure he finds. Then in Wario Land 4, he was more than willing to risk his life to help a random cat out of a collapsing temple. He also goes out of his way to rescue Princess Peach in Super Mario 64 DS for no real profit (unless he really likes cake anyway).
    • All those coins weren't gonna pick themselves up, you know.
    • He is probably at his nicest in the WarioWare games, he is still rude and crude but he is surprisingly very encouraging to the player and (despite scamming them on occasion) Wario is downright genial to his friends... Unless they ask him to pay them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Because Queen Merelda certainly needed whiplash less than a minute after being freed from a cage. But Wario shaved down the time to get his money by several seconds, so it all evens out. Too bad Captain Syrup was counting on this so she could take the money while he wasn't looking.
  • Kavorka Man: Despite being fat, ugly and generally a greedy Jerkass, he somehow still manages to be a Chick Magnet of sorts, attracting the likes of Mona, Princess Shokora and Captain Syrup (although that last one was just a ruse).
  • Large Ham: More so in Wario World, where everything was his including the manual.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He's delivered it as much as he's received it. If his greedy antics don't come at the expense of someone more deserving of the karma, Wario's schemes will bite him in the butt at the end.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He is massively strong, can take a lot of damage, and can jump high and dash quickly (with his signature dash attack). This is especially true in Wario Land 4 — he's actually faster in this game while dashing than Mario had been in previous games, and his strength and jumping remains the same as ever.
  • Made of Iron: He can take almost anything thrown at him. Heck, some of the Amusing Injuries inflicted on him in Wario Land II & 3 actually serve as powerups!
  • Mascot with Attitude: Wario was marketed as this in The '90s, when the Wario Land series was most prominent, though with more of an emphasis on manliness rather than coolness proper, being the bigger, badder, tougher, hardcore (but not too hard) and more rebellious counterpart in comparison to the family-friendly Mario and other Nintendo protagonists. Promotional material for those games always depicted Wario acting like the pig he is, eating junk food or posing with a Cool Car, and his games relied way more on combat and slapstick than its parent series. Quite a few Wario game instruction manuals also had this vibe, with Wario outright taking over the manual and giving the game instructions himself with his own snark and commentary. With the advent of the WarioWare series, Wario was inexplicably redesigned with a biker outfit for those games, but his manliness was somewhat downplayed for a wackier attitude.
  • Money Fetish: Need we say more?
  • Meaningful Name: Combined with Lucky Translation, his name works in Japan and in English-speaking countries.
    • His name was originally a portmanteau of the Japanese word "warui" meaning "bad" and Mario. As such, his name means "bad Mario"; a play on his status as Mario's reverse doppelganger.
    • In English-speaking countries, in addition to having the word "War" in his name (though this is not pronounced as such), the W in his name can instead be read as an upside-down M, which still perfectly fits his Evil Twin nature to Mario.
  • Mighty Glacier: In comparison to the Mario Brothers. All three are generally portrayed as Lightning Bruisers, but Wario is stronger while the Bros are faster and more agile. Especially notable in Super Mario 64 DS where he's easily the slowest amongst the four playable characters, but does the most damage to enemies, throws objects the farthest, and can destroy objects on his own that Mario would need a Metal Cap to break in the original Super Mario 64.
  • Mirror Boss: In Super Mario Land 2.
  • Morality Pet: Wario's pet hen, "Hen" in Wario Land II is one of the few things in the world besides money that he actually cares about. While chasing the Black Sugar Gang, the pirates disturb Hen, causing her to flee from her nest. Wario deliberately cuts off his chase for his treasure just to help Hen and return her to her nest.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Sometimes.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Those bulky biceps Wario possesses aren't just for show. The fat guy has superhuman strength.
  • Mythology Gag: The fact that Wario doffs his cap for Princess Peach indicates a special regard for her he doesn't share for just any other girl (having been known to manhandle even royalty like Princess Merelda); in the Mario-kun manga, he had a crush on Her Highness.

  • No Fair Cheating: Most of his attempts at cheating end in failure— an example of this is in the Mario Tennis series where his and Waluigi's attempts to bomb Mario and Luigi ended with them getting blown up themselves.
  • Odd Friendship: With Toadette apparently, if their team name in Mario Party 6 is anything to go by.
  • One-Man Army: Rivals the Mario Bros in the sheer devastation he can wreak upon his enemies.
  • Only in It for the Money: Especially in Shake It!
  • Parental Abandonment: All of the other babies are taken home by storks at the end of Yoshi's Island DS, except for Baby Wario, who is instead taken to a raft with treasure on it, implying that he was homeless.
  • Pet the Dog: You have to admit, it was kinda cute the way Wario takes off his hat before the princess in Super Mario 64 DS.
  • Phantom Thief: In Wario: Master of Disguise.
  • Power-Up Food: Wario has two different kinds: garlic, which heals Wario's wounds and doubles as his Trademark Favorite Food, and mandrake roots, which turn him into Wario-Man.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Speaks one to the player in the final level of WarioWare Gold.
    Wario Deluxe: Now, do your worst! Next to me, you're all number two!
  • Progressively Prettier: Comparatively speaking. Around the time of Wario Land II, he no longer has a lazy eye, and his upper body became more muscular.
  • Punny Name: In Japanese, warui means "bad". The letters R and L are interchangeable in Katakana, and thus Waluigi.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Wears purple pants in most of his apperances.
  • Rated M for Manly: A big guy with a huge mustache and huger arms, Wario has a boorish, slobbish attitude towards everything, thinks of himself as the epitome of machismo, and is well known for his Stout Strength and resilience.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Wears pink pants in the WarioWare series.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Wario's eyes turn red when he puts the golden pot on his head and becomes Wario Deluxe in Gold. It somehow makes his usual Slasher Smile expression even more menacing.
  • The Rival: To Mario. And in his own games, to Captain Syrup.
  • The Scrooge: And how! He'd make the Trope Namer himself look charitable.
  • Shock and Awe: When he's not using his body gasses, this is Wario's go-to power of choice, especially in Mario Tennis. Unfortunately, the lightning doesn't always work in his favor, if his Bogey animation in Mario Golf World Tour is anything to go by. WarioWare Gold sees him using lightning to obfuscate the control hints as Wario Deluxe in the final stage.
  • Signature Move: His "Shoulder Charge/Dash" attack.
  • Slasher Smile: Just look at him! It almost seems permanent.
  • Smug Super: In WarioWare Gold as Wario Deluxe. He sounds bored whenever the player beats one of his microgames and gives a very condescending "Too bad!" or "Couldn't, huh?" if they fail. The super part? He can mess with the microgame hints and even the screen to pester the player.
  • Sociopathic Hero: It's all about money with this guy, any heroics he does are purely accidental...most of the time, anyway.
  • Stout Strength: Out of all the overalled, mustachioed humans in the Mario universe, Wario is both the fattest and the strongest.
  • Super Strength: He can punch the ground to cause earthquakes and regularly pulverizes stone blocks.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Played with in WarioWare Gold with Wario Deluxe. While Wario doesn't change much personality-wise as he's still a greed-driven jerk, he gains new powers and starts downright cheating to prevent the player from winning the tournament (and his money).
  • Terrible Artist: WarioWare Gold reveals his drawing skills of anyone but himself to be MS Paint-level.
  • The GM Is a Cheating Bastard: Wario, as his Deluxe alter ego, causes a temporary Interface Screw partway through the final stage of WarioWare Gold, until Lulu intervenes. The secret mini-game Wario Interrupts has him do this constantly.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Garlic.
    • Interestingly, Word of God had originally envisioned him liking crepes, although that was later changed.
  • Toilet Humour: While Western fans were introduced to this side of his character in Smash Bros. Brawl, Wario was making butt and fart jokes as early as Wario Land 2, and in the Japanese promotion page for Wario Land 4 he gives a detailed description of his poop.
  • Token Evil Teammate: In Super Mario 64 DS.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While he's still a fat, greedy jerk, he's generally more of an Anti-Hero these days.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Super Smash Bros. Brawl has him in his most villainous role since Super Mario Land 2.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He's got quite the biceps on him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In Shake It, Merfle reveals in the end that Captain Syrup made a deal with him that she would lure Wario into the Shake Dimension so he could defeat the Shake King and save Queen Merelda. In exchange, she would get the Bottomless Coin Sack. Suffice it to say, Wario doesn't take it well.
  • Villain Protagonist: Initially. After Wario Land, he becomes more of an Anti-Hero.
  • Villainous Glutton: He's got quite an appetite, though over the years he's become gradually less villainous.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Wario has pummeled Captain Syrup in Wario Land II (in the endings to be specific), the Golden Diva from Wario Land 4, DinoMighty from Wario World, Queen Merelda in Shake It, and Terrormisu from Master of Disguise. He's got no problem with smacking chicks. Well, villainous ones at least.
    • In WarioWare Gold, running out of lives on the final stage after Lulu intervenes has him (or rather, Wario Deluxe) throw Lulu off of his balloon basket. Continuing (only available if the stage is not cleared yet) will cause Lulu to get back in the fight and cling onto Wario Deluxe again. Should you replay the stage after beating it the first time, beating the boss microgame will (after the obligatory coin-collecting game) have Wario Deluxe throw Lulu off the basket. She's fine though, and will intervene after Wario Deluxe starts cheating again.

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