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"All right... Let's-a go."
Voiced by: Chris Pratt (English), Mamoru Miyano (Japanese)

A plumber from another world who ends up becoming the unlikely champion of the Mushroom Kingdom.

  • Actor Allusion: The mere premise of Mario being a Fish out of Water traveling through "a huge universe... with a lot of galaxies" that are all "counting on [him]" is reminiscent of Emmet Brickowski's situation in The LEGO Movie. The stakes being galaxy-spanning should also bring one of Chris Pratt's other big roles to mind.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: A more subtle example, but in the trailer, Mario's mustache is a very dark shade of brown instead of solid black.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: In one trailer, he's seen flying through the air using the classic Tanooki Suit from Super Mario Bros. 3. In a TV spot, he's shown equipping the Cat suit from Super Mario 3D World.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Many of his trainings to be the bona-fide hero we know stems from his desire to save his younger brother from Bowser.
  • Butt-Monkey: This is demonstrated by the fact that the poor guy fails miserably in the training course and gets easily grabbed out of mid-air and slapped senseless by Donkey Kong in the official trailer.
  • Character Development: He starts as Unskilled, but Strong and suffers various Amusing Injuries upon arriving in the world of the Mushroom Kingdom and in obstacle course training. Eventually, he grows accustomed to the unexplainable gravity phenomena of the new world he's entered and is shown completing the obstacle course by punching through a wooden cutout of Bowser. By the time he puts on a Tanooki Suit, he has a much more focused facial expression as he deftly zigzags through the air.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Due to Luigi being captured, Mario gets visibly annoyed when Toad yells out to the other Toads that "This guy's brother is going to die imminently!" so he can clear a path through the crowd for them.
  • Fish out of Water: The trailer shows that Mario is a stranger to the Mushroom Kingdom, having just come out of a warp pipe and being surprised by the sight of this place. He struggles heavily with adapting to the world in the official trailer and TV advertisements, clearly absolutely terrified at navigating obstacles such as jumping between high platforms and taking Warp Pipes.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Since he is new to the Mushroom Kingdom, he comically fumbles around the various platform game-style transport systems, such as when he follows Toad into one of the warp pipes at the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario is taken by surprise when the pipe sucks him in, so he crashes into all the turns as opposed to Toad who turns seamlessly.
  • Nice Guy: True to his game counterpart, he's still the same kind and friendly guy, as shown by giving back a coin to a Toad who dropped it and tipping his hat to them with a smile.
  • No-Sell: Despite his inexperience, it's worth noting this incarnation of Mario has retained his durability from his game counterpart, as he's completely unscathed from his various Amusing Injuries.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Mario is quite powerful, but he is at first overconfident and lacks technique since he hasn't yet gone on any of his famous adventures or learned any of his iconic moves. We see this very clearly as his first attack in the Kong arena is easily blocked by Donkey Kong.


"Do you think I know every human being with a mustache wearing an identical outfit with a hat with the letter of his first name on it?! ...Because I don't!"
Voiced by: Charlie Day (English), Tasuku Hatanaka (Japanese)

Mario's timid younger (but taller) brother and fellow plumber.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Like Mario, his mustache is a brownish shade of black instead of pure black here.
  • Distressed Dude: Due to how he and Mario were transported to the new world (unlike Mario, who was sent off to the much safer Mushroom Kingdom), Luigi ends up separated and trapped in the much more dangerous Dark Lands, gets captured by Bowser, who then presses Luigi for information on Mario.
  • Lovable Coward: Carrying over from the games is Luigi's scaredy-cat nature, which we see when he's introduced in the teaser running for his life from a horde of Dry Bones. Despite this, he still refuses to (willingly) tell Bowser anything when the Koopa King has him imprisoned and threatened for information, even when he's having his mustache painfully plucked.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Luigi hits an impressively high note when Bowser, while interrogating him for information, painfully yanks out part of his mustache.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Bowser questions him about Mario, Luigi proceeds to claim that he doesn't know everyone with an identical outfit with a hat with the letter of his first name on it.


Mushroom Kingdom

    Princess Peach 

Princess Peach
"Bowser is coming. Together, we are going to stop that monster!"
Voiced by: Anya Taylor-Joy (English), Arisa Shida (Japanese)

Ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom.

  • Badass Biker: She's seen driving her motorcycle from Mario Kart at the end of the official trailer, looking awesome while doing it.
  • Big Good: She plays an active role in taking the fight to Bowser compared to most of the Mario games and acts as a mentor (and love interest) of sorts to Mario.
  • Blade on a Stick: As Bowser's floating volcano island fortress approaches the Mushroom Kingdom, Peach heads off to battle the threat with Toad while wielding a mushroom-stylized halberd.
  • Contralto of Danger: The trailer shows that her voice is somewhat deeper than in the games, perhaps due to what sounds like Taylor-Joy using her natural speaking voice, and she leads her kingdom against Bowser's forces.
  • Disneyesque: Just look at her. She looks more like a Disney Princess than her video game portrayals.
  • Hartman Hips: The official trailer shows that, like in the games, Peach's hips are wider than her shoulders. It's more noticeable in her biker outfit.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Is perfectly content to go on an adventure wearing her poofy royal dress.
  • Nice Girl: While shown to be more of a Xenafied monarch in the official trailer, Peach is still mostly as kind, sweet, and gentle as is her video game counterpart.
  • Playing with Fire: She turns into Fire Peach after touching a Fire Flower and tosses a fireball in her hand.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The trailer shows that she leads her kingdom against Bowser.
  • Xenafication: Peach is traditionally the feminine Damsel in Distress of the franchise, though she can hold her own against enemies and rival sports competitors depending on the game. In the official trailer, the capable fighter side of her personality is more greatly pronounced, and she goes on the journey to defeat Bowser alongside Mario and Toad, making the three a Token Trio, while Luigi takes the role of a Distressed Dude.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: In the official trailer, when Mario starts failing at all the training stages, Peach sighs in exasperation and plants her face into the railing of her castle balcony.


"'Come on, Mario — our big adventure begins now!"
Voiced by: Keegan-Michael Key (English), Tomokazu Seki (Japanese)

An explorer Toad who introduces Mario to the Mushroom Kingdom.

  • Chromatic Arrangement: How can you tell this Toad from all the other Toads in the Mushroom Kingdom? He's the only one whose blue vest doesn't match his red mushroom cap.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Toad is named after his species.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: In the teaser, Toad hysterically warns Mario from getting too close to a blue mushroom, only to remember that blue mushrooms aren't lethal and hugs it as proof.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Toad wields one in the official trailer and a couple of posters, so it's likely that we'll see him use it in battle.
  • Incoming Ham: Toad's first interaction with Mario in the trailer has him screaming at the plumber for his life... and then realizing that he overreacted.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Based on the trailers, Toad wants to prove himself as a capable adventurer and ally to Princess Peach.
  • Mr. Exposition: Trailers for the movie indicate that he's the one that explains how the Mushroom Kingdom works to Mario.


  • The Cameo: As Mario is making his way through the Mushroom Kingdom, a poster depicting her in a band can be spotted.

    Toad (species) 

Toad (species)

Voiced by: Jessica DiCicco (English)

A dwarf humanoid species with mushroom heads, serving as the denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom.


Dark Lands


King Bowser
"Not sure if you know who I am, but I'm about to rule the world."
Voiced by: Jack Black (English), Kenta Miyake (Japanese)

The cruel, tyrannical King of the Koopas.

  • Adaptational Dye-Job: A very subtle example, but, as visible in the trailers, Bowser's shoulders are speckled with greenish scales, making for a smoother transition between the light yellow-orange scales on his body and emerald green scales on his head.
  • Big Bad: The trailer sets him up as the movie's main antagonist and the biggest threat to Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom.
  • Breath Weapon: Bowser can shoot flames from his mouth that can cover an impressive distance without losing energy. In the trailer, he uses them to melt away an entire ice city.
  • The Dreaded: In the trailer, his mere passage sends one of his soldiers quaking within his shell.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: In typical Bowser fashion, he has powerful fire breath that can melt an entire kingdom of ice, and his hovering castle is pouring with boiling lava.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep, gruff voice courtesy of Jack Black.
  • Fiery Redhead: Despite being a reptile, Bowser has a bright red mohawk styled to resemble flames with bushy eyebrows and is quite a ham.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Bowser's jawline and facial expressions mimic Jack Black's, especially when he smiles with a closed mouth.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: In order to get Luigi to fess up about Mario's identity, he grabs him by the neck, forcefully tugs at his mustache hairs, and places one of his claws dangerously close to Luigi's neck.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The trailers portray Bowser as an ominous and sinister presence whenever he shows up. Any humor in his scenes comes from other characters fruitlessly trying to resist and/or placate him.
  • No-Sell: The penguins in the trailer try to fight him off by throwing snowballs at him. Being a huge reptilian who can breathe fire, he obviously can just brush it off.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: In the trailer, Bowser destroys an entire castle with his fire breath. Justified since the castle was made of ice.
  • Spikes of Villainy: His shell is very spiky and he wears studded cuffs on his neck and arms.


"Behold, the king of the Koopas!"
Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson (English)

A Koopa sorcerer and Bowser's second-in-command.

  • Mind over Matter: Kamek has powerful telekinesis and he puts it to good use in the first trailer, where he defeats the entire penguin army in a single instant by picking up its soldiers and easily throwing them all aside.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Richardson does what sounds like a high-pitched Peter Lorre impression for the character with a hint of the Oriental accent that he used for Demongo the Soul Collector in Cartoon Network's Samurai Jack.
  • One-Man Army: All it takes for him to take down a whole penguin army in the first trailer is a magic spell.
  • Villain Teleportation: Being a Magikoopa, he can poof around at will, which is how he arrives in the first trailer.

    Koopa (species) 

Koopa (species)

Turtle-like creatures serving as Bowser's troopers.

    Snifit & Shy Guys 

Snifit & Shy Guys
Mask-wearing gnomes that inhabit Bowser's kingdom.

Donkey Kong Island

    Donkey Kong
"You got the cat box! Oh, my... I'm sorry. Okay... Now you die."
Voiced by: Seth Rogen

The Kong champion.

  • Badass Baritone: He's a powerful brawler with Seth Rogen's gruff voice.
  • Composite Character: He's designed to be a combination of Cranky's arcade design and his Donkey Kong Country design. His general design and attire is modeled after his look in the Country series, but his body structure and facial features are heavily inspired by Cranky's look in promotional material for the arcade game's Japanese release.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: DK's eyelids are pitch-black, although they appear slightly less dark than they do in the games.
  • Mood-Swinger: Laughs at the presence of Cat Mario before bluntly and seriously saying, "Now you die."
  • No-Sell: In the official trailer, Mario comes at him with a leaping punch, but DK grabs him out of the air without even blinking, slams him into the ground, and starts slapping him around.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: After Mario gains the cat suit, Donkey Kong takes a moment to laugh at him before collecting himself and going back to their fight by saying, "Now you die."
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: The moment he has Mario pinned down in the official trailer, he repeatedly slaps and punches him in the face at breakneck speed, not giving Mario any time to breathe.
  • Talking Animal: He speaks in the film for the first time since 1999.

    Cranky Kong
Voiced by: Fred Armisen

A Kong elder.

  • Adaptational Job Change: In the Donkey Kong Country games, Cranky is retired. The trailer indicates that he appears to be a monarch, which doesn't have precedent in the games.
  • Pass the Popcorn: When Donkey Kong is beating the tar out of Mario in the official trailer, while Peach and Toad are horrified, Cranky can be seen picking up a banana with a smile on his face.

    Kong (species) 

A simian species living on an island near the Mushroom Kingdom.

Ice Kingdom

    Penguin King 

Penguin King
"That is but a taste of our fury! Do you yield?"
Voiced by: Khary Payton

The ruler of a kingdom of penguins that Bowser invades.

  • Badass Baritone: He has a deep, commanding voice and leads his penguin troops to battle.
  • The Comically Serious: The entire point of his character. He's a dead-serious king who attempts to lead his troops to victory, but he's also a tiny penguin who attacks his foes with snowballs.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end of one from Kamek, who uses his magic to push his entire army away in a fell swoop, and their snowballs do barely more than making Bowser unimpressed and hitting a single Koopa soldier.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: He's the only penguin with a crown and ermine cape, just so you know he's the king.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Well, his snowballs barely do anything to Bowser, but he leads his troops into battle as if he was their general, and directly tries to confront Bowser and get him to call off the invasion.
  • Underequipped Charge: He and his forces had military preparation. The problem is, as shown in the trailer, said preparation was just enough for a glorified snowball fight and not an actual life-or-death war with a monster that breathes fire.

Yoshi's Island

    Yoshi (species) 

Yoshi (species)

A saurian species living on an island near the Mushroom Kingdom.

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: As seen in the trailer, a variety of the Yoshis have colors seen in the games — including red, yellow, cyan, pink, and brown. Conspicuously absent is the green Yoshi, which is canonically treated as the "main" one.

Mario and Luigi's Hometown

A denizen of Mario and Luigi's home city.
  • The Cameo: A poster reveals that she's part of the world that Mario and Luigi come from.