Charles Andre Martinet (born September 17, 1955, in San Jose, California) is best known as the voices of Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi in the Super Mario Bros. series, starting with Mario's Game Gallery (later rebranded Mario's FUNdamentals) in 1995. Martinet is fluent in Spanish and French but, ironically, not so fluent in Italian.
Charles Martinet has provided these voice overs of:
- Sir Alistair Loveless III, Jacques Ramone, and Pericles Lear in The ClueFinders series
- The Cat in the Hat and Yertle the Turtle in Dr. Seuss Kindergarten
- Everyone (the announcer, player character, and all the opponents) in Super Punch Out!
- Fowl Mouth, Flemming and Brian the Brain in Cel Damage
- Gouji Rokaku in Jet Set Radio
- Homunculus in Shadow of Destiny
- Irvin the Inventor, Ratbeard, Monstrous Mirror, and Sir Drayson Dragon in the Reader Rabbit series
- A male prostitute in Police Quest: Open Season
- Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, their baby counterparts, and Toadsworth in the Super Mario Bros. series (as well as Donkey Kong in this Real Time animation from VSDA Expo '94)
- The Narrator and himself in BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien and Runner3
- Paarthurnax in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Orvus in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time
- Sanguinar and the Old One in Slave Zero
- Spinner in Solar Eclipse
- Vigoro in Skies of Arcadia
- William Shakespeare and Ludwig van Beethoven in Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?
- Senator Wilson Philips in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The OVA
Tropes associated with Charles Martinet's roles
- I Am Not Spock: As far as the Mario fans are concerned, Charles and Mario are the same person. Regardless, Charles doesn't seem to mind since he loves doing his Mario (or any other Mario character requested) voice for fans.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: His voices for Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi are all very distinct and unique from one another. On the other end of the pitch sprectrum, he can also drop his voice down very low, as demonstrated with Paarthurnax.
- Playing Against Type: As Gouji Rokkaku, Fowl Mouth, Paarthurnax and Sanguinar.
- Star-Making Role: Charles had acting experience prior to his role as voice actor of Mario; however, it wasn't until after his stint as Nintendo's famous mascot for Super Mario 64 that his name really took off. While other Nintendo characters had their voice actors changed every so often, Charles is the only one who has been in the same role for more than two decades. In this time, Martinet has voiced Mario in over 100 games, more than any other voice actor in a single role according to Guinness World Records.
- What Could Have Been: Martinet's first plan for his rendition of Mario was to provide a gruff Brooklynite voice in the vein of Walker Boone's portrayal of the character in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World. However, he very quickly shifted to the now-iconic high-pitched Italian voice upon realizing that it would be more appealing to the young children that comprised the majority of the Mario series's audience. This choice ended up being what got Martinet the role; he was the only person who didn't try to imitate Captain Lou Albano's portrayal from The Super Mario Bros Super Show!.