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 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
- 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.
- Playing Against Type: As Gouji Rokaku, 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.