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Famed hero of the Mushroom Kingdom. He's enlisted by Sonic to help locate the Chaos Emeralds to prevent anyone evil from using their dangerous powers.

  • Badass Mustache: Just as luscious and full as ever.
  • Bash Brothers: Of course with Luigi, and progressively with Sonic.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A rare heroic example. Mario stomped Captain Basilisx's best friend into a lava pit and used his shell to slaughter the rest, but when Basilisx informs him of what he did, Mario doesn't remember it. Although Fridge Brilliance sets in when you realize that there are no lava pits in the room that Basilisx mentions. Mario may not remember it because it may have never happened in the first place, to say nothing of the fact that the way he describes the death is literally impossible to pull off in-context. The only true fact about his story is that there was indeed a third Koopa Troopa behind Door #2 of Bowser's Castle in Dinosaur Land.
  • Drop the Hammer: His usual weapon of choice.
  • Dual Wielding: Hammers, with the Hammer Bros. suit.
  • Expy: Word of God is that he represents Goku.
  • Flight: With the Cape Feather.
  • Hour of Power: The Super Star power that he picks up with Sonic in original!episode 6.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Of the 5-Man Band he fits as a balance between strength, speed, agility, endurance, skill and adaptability. Thus makes him useful in any situation.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: His charged fireballs tend to use the stance.
  • Living Legend: Even Sonic, whom is from an alternate universe, has heard of him!
  • Playing with Fire: Fire Flowers. On top of that, they seem to give some flat boost to his durability and fighting skills—which makes sense, since in most games they give him an extra hit point on top of the typical Super Mushroom.
    • Fireballs: He can shoot fireballs in this mode, one of them was even able to disrupt Mecha Sonics aim.
  • Power Glows: Usually when he's picked up a Cape Feather or Fire Flower. Notably during original!episodes 2 and 6 is when both are grabbed.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: He gives Bowser his own rendition of the Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken in the first episode of the reboot.
  • Speaking Simlish: Carried this trait over from the Mario & Luigi series. Not as much in the reboot, but he still doesn't get a text box.
  • Super Mode: The openings in both the original and reboot show Mario getting one by virtue of the Star Spirits. He appears in gold and white with a super cape.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While it hasn't been shown to be the case yet, it's likely he'll be this in comparison to Luigi (considering Luigi's the Gohan expy here). He may also count as this in comparison to Sonic and Shadow, considering the latter two have a much bigger beef with Metallix (what with Metallix destroying Mobius and killing their friends).


Mario's younger brother and the deuteragonist of the series. He's agreed to help in the Chaos Emerald hunt, but only reluctantly.

  • Bash Brothers: Naturally with Mario.
  • Badass Mustache: Well, not quite as badass as Mario, but still quite a bit.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He and Yoshi get one in original!episode 8. In original!episode 9 he uses the Tanooki suit's powers to free himself from Basilisx's attack and save Mario before he is killed.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's carried this trait over from the series proper.
    • Iron Butt Monkey: Of course, he manages to survive just about everything that ends up happening to him.
  • Cowardly Lion: Emphasis on "cowardly", but he's far from just a wuss.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Don't let that cowardly nature fool you, when he gets serious he can be as formidable as his brother.
  • Drop the Hammer: Like Mario, this is also a Weapon of Choice for him.
  • Dynamic Entry: In original!episode 9, Hammers Basilisx in the face upon recovering to save Mario from him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Gets an amazing one in the very first episode of the remake. After spending the remainder of the episode being afraid of Bowser, once Mario is defeated and Bowser starts moving in for the kill... Luigi jumps in between Bowser and Mario, shielding his brother with his own body. For all that he is a Lovable Coward, he is fully willing to die in a desperate attempt to save his brother.
  • Equippable Ally: In both Episode 6 and 8, Luigi is used as a weapon thanks to the Blue Koopa Shell and Tanuki Suit.
  • Expy: Word of God is that he represents Son Gohan.
  • Fastball Special: Often performs this with others, him being the projectile.
  • Foreshadowing: In original!episode 7, after being told that in the pipe maze that they could be lost forever, the professor tells him that he was just kidding, but was being serious about the pipe maze being confusing. Then, he, Yoshi, and Shadow come across a pipe that leads into a world where its really possible to end up being lost forever.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: He often gets power-ups that incorporate his body, like the Blue Shell and the Tanuki Suit. He also uses his Luigi Missile.
  • Lovable Coward: Spends most of his time afraid of everything and anything, but will always come through when he is needed the most.
  • Oh, Crap!: Gets an absolutely magnificent one in original!Episode 6.
  • Speaking Simlish: Just like his brother, he has this trait from the Mario & Luigi games.
  • Use Your Head: Seems to use this tactic more than he’d like to comical proportions.

    Sonic the Hedgehog 

Sonic the Hedgehog
The Blue Blur and hero of Mobius. After years of trumping Eggman and his creations, one of them did the unthinkable and laid waste to the entire planet, Sonic and Shadow the only survivors. They build a capsule to travel to the Mushroom Kingdom in order to gather the Chaos Emeralds and stop Mecha Sonic/Metallix from causing any more destruction.

    Shadow the Hedgehog 

Shadow The Hedgehog
The Ultimate Life Form. Just as Mecha Sonic/Metallix got the seven Chaos Emeralds, Shadow had used Chaos Control to teleport them into another dimension, the Mushroom Kingdom. When Mecha Sonic/Metallix chased after them, Shadow and Sonic both followed suit so that Shadow could have revenge on the robot.

  • Accidental Public Confession: See Sonic's.
  • Anti-Hero: Much more violent than the rest of his comrades.
  • Berserk Button: Never mention Maria in front of him. Ally or not he won't hesitate to kill you.
  • The Big Guy: He seems to be written as the most powerful fighter of the Five-Man Band, and it shows—he's the only one able to even remotely keep up with Mecha Sonic's four-emerald Super Mode, with Mario (with his raw-power-boosting Fire Flower) managing one good hit and everyone else unable to get close.
  • Bullet Time: Can pull this off with Chaos Control.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Shadow mentions in original!Episode 5 that he can sense Chaos Emerald energy from long distances when explaining his suspicions about the "emerald" lying in front of him. This might act as an explanation as to how he'll find at least one chaos emerald while Mario and the others try to rescue Peach without him. Confirmed in the original!Episode 9 trailer, as Shadow explicitly stated that he was going to focus himself to sense the location of the sixth emerald in the desert before being ambushed by Mecha Sonic.
  • Expy: Of Vegeta. Word of God didn't even need to confirm this.
  • Flash Step: His Chaos Control is used for this.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He gets rather angry easily... even more so that in the actual Sonic series.
  • Heroic BSoD: It is heavily implied that Shadow's current characterization stems from the trauma of having to bear witness to Rouge and Omega, his only real friends, being outright slaughtered, as can be inferred from the flashback in original!Episode 8.
  • Jerkass: His personality is pretty much a shout out alone to Dragon Ball because of Vegeta.
    • Freudian Excuse: However, it wasn't his natural personality as much as him adopting it due to the trauma of his friends, Rouge and Omega, being slaughtered by Mecha Sonic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not evil by any stretch. He's putting in the effort to keep innocent people (and yoshis) alive and mostly unharmed.
  • Kame Hame Hadoken: Chaos Spear.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Able to keep up with Mecha Sonic and put up a decent fight with him.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Keeps Rouge's locket with him, as shown in original!episode 9.
  • Written-In Absence: Shadow is going to be absent for most of the Omega Doomship arc because he wanted to find the Chaos Emeralds himself, realizing he can't convince them to continue finding the Chaos Emeralds and leave Peach behind at Bowser's hands.

    Princess Peach 

Princess Peach

Ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom.

  • Chekhov's Gun: Gives Luigi a 1-Up Mushroom before the heroes head off to Yoshi's Island. This ends up restoring Mario and saving the heroes from Mecha Sonic.
  • Damsel in Distress: Both times by Bowser. In episode 1 she is held hostage by Kamek in a Sadistic Choice (though it was likely that Kamek was bluffing since it was doubtful that Bowser would want Peach as a Goomba), and later is kidnapped by Bowser in exchange for the Chaos Emeralds the heroes currently have in the original series.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Still sporting her pink finery.
  • Say My Name: She calls out to both Mario and Luigi in the reboot of Episode 1.



Mario's faithful companion. Yoshi is enlisted into the Emerald hunt as his sensitive nose should pick up on them and help in the hunt.

  • Art Evolution: He uses Yoshi's Island sprites until original!episode 5. From original!episode 6 on he has Yoshi's Island DS sprites, while all other Yoshis keep the same.
  • Badass Adorable: He's the same adorable, loyal green dinosaur from the games, and can hold his own alongside the Mario Bros., the speedster Sonic, and Shadow.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He pulls one of these in original!Episode 8 alongside Luigi, and earlier in original!episode 5, knocking away Thunderfoot before he can strike Mario.
  • Catch and Return: True to form, he can spit projectiles and whatever he can stuff into his mouth back to the sender.
  • Expy: Of Piccolo, by virtue that the Yoshis as a whole are expies of the Namekians.
  • Hope Spot: When he manages to catch Mecha Sonic in an Egg. It doesn't last long.
  • Made of Iron: He's introduced just so Mecha Sonic has someone to pummel, and is fighting fit by the next episode. Then you remember Yoshi can take a lot in Yoshi's Island.
  • The Nose Knows: Peach suggests asking him to help find the Chaos Emeralds using his sensitive nose, and indeed he is able to easily find one.
  • Overly Long Tongue: A cornerstone of Yoshi's combat style.
  • The Unintelligible: He's a dinosaur. Of course he can't speak.

    Professor E. Gadd 

Professor E. Gadd

Brilliant scientist, Professor Gadd learns about Mario and Luigi's new quest and offers his assistance. With inventions like the Emerald Radar and the Sky Pop, E. Gadd's work has proven evaluable to the team.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: He has his moments. He thought to build a radar designed to locate the Emerald Radar should they lose it. When Sonic points out he could have just made a second Emerald Rader, E. Gadd admits that probably would have been easier.
  • Expy: Of Dr. Briefs, though he doesn't actually have a daughter in this one.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: An inventor extraordinaire.
  • Mr. Exposition: Boy, does he have a lot to speak about...
  • The Professor: Right there in the title.


    Metal Sonic/Metallix 

Metal Sonic/Turbo Mecha Sonic/Metallix
Trying to defeat Sonic, Dr. Eggman built several robotic copies to match the hedgehog, though all of them have failed. The last in this line was Metal Sonic, built with a fierce determination to defeat Sonic that the other bots lacked. After countless failures, Metal Sonic did something drastic, and merged with all previous Sonic Robots, becoming Turbo Mecha Sonic in the original series, and Metallix in the reboot. This fusion made Metallix decide that he was through following Eggman's orders, and destroyed him along with the Death Egg, which crashed into Mobius below. This sent Metallix on a killing spree until he had all seven Chaos Emeralds which he plans to use to become a perfect being. Before he could succeed, Shadow transported the Emeralds to the Mushroom Kingdom. Metallix used Chaos Control to follow the emeralds, and will stop at nothing to retrieve them and become perfect.

    King Bowser 

King of the Koopas. Bowser has tried for years to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom and take Princess Peach as his bride. He has failed, time and again thanks to the Mario Bros. Recently he has learned about the Chaos Emeralds, and has rallied his army to find them and use their power to finally succeed in taking over the world and defeating his rival for good.

    Dr. Eggman 

Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik
Mad Scientist and former enemy of Sonic. In his attempts to conquer Mobius, Dr. Eggman started to build robotic versions of Sonic to defeat his biggest opposition to world domination. His last attempt at this approach, Metal Sonic, eventually turned rogue and became Mecha Sonic/Metallix. After confronting his disobedience, Mecha Sonic/Metallix destroyed the Death Egg and Eggman with it. He actually survived and travelled to the Mushroom Kingdom as well, throwing his lot in with Bowser to presumably enact his revenge.



A captain in Bowser's army. Basilisx was experimented on to give him greater powers to win against Mario, whom he has a personal grudge against.

  • Avenging the Villain: His brother apparently, but it’s ambigous if it’s right.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Zigzagged. He could have just used the Stone Gaze to turn Mario to stone immediately, but he challenged Mario to a one-on-one fight instead, preferring to kill a flesh-and-blood Mario. In the actual fight, however, he has absolutely no qualms about using Poison Mushrooms to weaken his opponent or Luigi as a shield/bludgeon.
  • Duel Boss: He forces Mario into a one on one.
  • Elite Mook: He's basically a Koopatrol on steroids.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He bears a personal grudge against Mario and wants him dead for killing his best friend during the events of Super Mario World.
  • Kiai: Utilized this during his fight with Mario at one point.
  • Original Character: Doesn’t exist in the games.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: One of the major differences between him and a regular Koopatrol.
  • Shout-Out: His finishing move against Mario was Vega's Bloody High Claw.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Even his name gets in on it. Just try saying that last bit.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Can turn anybody into stone with a single glance, leaving them motionless and powerless to do anything against him. He could have killed all the heroes (minus Shadow) without any actual effort had he not wanted to choose to kill Mario fresh instead of destroying his stone statue.
  • Super Soldier: Again, he's basically a Koopatrol on steroids. You can't get any more blunt than that.
  • Taken for Granite: His specialty is turning enemies to stone.
  • Wolverine Claws: Bears these, and is very adept with them.

    The Koopa Bros. 

The Koopa Bros.

The Koopa team Mario faced during the Star Spirits incident. The Koopa Bros. caught wind about the Chaos Emeralds and manage to steal one from the heroes. Once they realize how powerful they can become with the Emerald's power, the Koopa Bros. decide to leave Bowser's army and gather them for themselves.

  • Adaptational Badass: A large part of it is due to the Chaos Emerald's power, but even without it, were way more of a threat then they were in the games.
  • Combination Attack: Just like in Paper Mario, they can stack up and spin. This attack is amplified with the Chaos Emerald in hand.
  • Continuity Nod: Their defeat by Mario was referenced in Paper Mario, and this time, they actually have a chance to exact revenge on their earlier defeat at Mario's hands (although they attempted to have revenge on Mario late in their original game, they weren't able to get the chance because Jr. Troopa brushed them away before they could fight Mario.)
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: They were on the receiving end of this in original!Episode 6. What the three-way battle between them, the heroes, and the Axems would most likely have achieved eventually was achieved in one blow by Mecha Sonic.
  • Expy: Of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Flanderization: Yellow was even more prone to doing stupid stuff than before. In the game he was originally in, while he wasn't necessarily the smartest of the brothers, he certainly had his moments of at least cleverness, as he was the only one of his brothers who actually succeeded in (albeit temporarily) capturing Mario (by creating a makeshift "?" block to use to activate a trap door below him that leads to a jail cell.
  • Kill 'Em All: Still unconscious on the island, they were vaporized along with Yoshi's Island when Mecha Sonic charged that freaking miniature sun. They are not coming back.
  • Saying Too Much: Red silences Yellow for confessing that they acquired the Emerald Radar in the Axem Rangers' presence.
  • The Starscream: After beating Mario, Sonic, Shadow, and Luigi due to their unintentionally activating the Chaos Emerald's powers, they considered backstabbing their boss (who is heavily implied to be Bowser) and calling the shots.
  • Too Dumb to Live: They have their moments. Like when one of them tells the Axems about the emerald radar, or when it turns out they've been holding it upside down.
    • These are all just from Yellow. The other 3 are much smarter. Of course, one should question why they let the dumb one hold the radar in the first place...
  • Totally Radical: Like in the games, they speak like they're stuck in the 90's.

    The Axem Rangers 

The Axem Rangers X

The Axem Rangers, once destroyed by Mario, have been rebuilt by their master Smithy with new bodies and power. After discovering a Chaos Emerald on Yoshi Island, the Axem Rangers enslave the population and have them mining the island to find more "amethysts of might" so that they can restore Smithy to his full power.

    Wario and Waluigi 

Wario and Waluigi

The Almighty Alteregos. After the tournament is interrupted, the duo spy on the heroes and learn about the Chaos Emeralds. Wario and Waluigi decide to follow and steal the Emeralds from the heroes to strike it rich.

  • Badass Mustache: Both of them.
  • Butt-Monkey: Waluigi seems to suffer more than Luigi. Much of his abuse is brought on by Wario.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Wario, the first episode of the reboot sees him have Waluigi distract Mario before hitting him the back so Waluigi can get some decent hits in.
  • Combination Attack: In the reboot, Wario has Waluigi light one of his farts on fire. Making for a powerful blast. This is a Shout-Out to one of Alvin's contributions to the Beat Up Sandbag collab, where Wario and Waluigi did the same thing.
  • Fat and Skinny: They're the Mario Brothers, with their physical traits exaggerated. Wario being bigger and fatter, Waluigi being taller and lankier.
  • Gasshole: Wario.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Most of the other antagonists are actual threats. These guys... well, they'd be lucky to even get in the heroes' way successfully.
  • Greed: Their goal in the series is to steal the Chaos Emeralds and sell them for a high price.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Wario will use Waluigi for whatever he needs. Including an swimming ring in the original run and a baseball bat in the reboot.
  • Jaw Drop: Both are left speechless when Mario is revealed to have survived their Combination Attack.
  • Man Bites Man: Wario tries repeatedly in the reboot to bite Mario in half.
  • Mythology Gag: Wario "summons" Waluigi (who was already sort of standing in Wario's corner outside the battlefield until that instant) with an Assist Trophy, just like what might happen in Super Smash Bros.. The whole situation is promptly lampshaded by their reactions to the item's immediate effect.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Have a rotten day!"
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Wario lets out a worrisome "Oh no..." just as the giant Bob-omb lights its fuse.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: In the grand scheme of things, they're not a real threat.

Alternative Title(s): Super Mario Brothers Z


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