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For individual games and the Land and Ware subseries in general.


  • Awesome Ego: Wario is incredibly prideful and egotistical, which is a major part as to why many love him so much, especially since he is able to back up that ego very well by being a genuinely cool badass in his games.
  • "Common Knowledge": Wario's signature Foe-Tossing Charge is called the Shoulder Bash. Except no, it isn't. Wario's move actually lacks a consistent, single name, being called several names through the years (Dash Attack, Wario Attack, Body Slam, etc). Even then though, one of those names is not "Shoulder Bash". It's actually a Fan Nickname that originated from the Super Smash Bros. fandom. Naturally, due to Smash's far bigger success and reach, the name caught on more than any of the official names and is now what most refer to the move as, in spite of not being official.
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  • Dork Age: The 2010s marked a low point in the popularity of the series. Following the critically-acclaimed but commercially underwhelming Wario Land: Shake It! in 2008, Wario stopped getting new platforming adventures, and WarioWare saw a steep downturn in popularity with the back-to-back failures of WarioWare: Snapped! (which was criticized for being an obvious Tech Demo Game for the DSi camera and not working much at all), WarioWare: D.I.Y (which was critically-acclaimed but sold horribly and was more divisive among fans due to its focus on user-generated content on a platform that made content sharing inconvenient at best), and Game & Wario, which was an even bigger sales failure than D.I.Y and whose decision to eschew the fast-paced microgames that had been the series trademark for long-form minigames proved to be controversial. Fortunately, 2018's WarioWare Gold proved to be a modest success in the series' native Japan and was warmly received by critics and fans alike for returning to the series' roots as well as upgrading the presentation with full voice acting and containing lots of features. And in 2021, WarioWare: Get it Together was announced at E3 for the Nintendo Switch, confirming that WarioWare is here to stay. The platformer branch of the series still lays dormant, however.
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    • Captain Syrup. Even though she has only appeared as a villain in two Wario Land games and a sort-of Nominal Hero in another, fans generally latch onto her as Wario's Arch-Enemy.
    • Rudy the Clown is also a strong contender for Wario's arch enemy to the fans despite only appearing in one Wario game and Dr. Mario 64.
    • Ashley became very popular as soon as her debut appearance; Nintendo eventually took notice of it and extensively promoted her after the release of Game & Wario.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • The Wario fandom is on very good terms with the Puyo Puyo fandom and it's surprisingly very easy to find fans of both franchises. Likely due to both being niche and weird franchises with a large and quirky cast of characters.
    • Unsurprisingly, due to them being spin-offs of the Mario franchise, Wario fans have a good relationship with Donkey Kong fans. There is a slight Fandom Rivalry however, due to many Wario fans being disgruntled with the larger representation DK and his universe gets in the Mario games compared to Wario's.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
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    • In the context of the larger Mario franchise, many fans consider Wario's cast as a whole to be largely wasted and severely underutilized, as despite the Wario series having a large cast of characters spanning across both Wario Land and WarioWare, with many being major fan favorites, the Mario games barely acknowledge any of them bar cameos and minor references most of the time (the only major exception being Dr. Mario 64, which has characters from Wario Land 3 involved in the game's plot). This is in stark contrast to how fellow Mario sister series Donkey Kong regularly has its cast cross over with Mario's in spinoffs.
    • Likewise, one would think that Waluigi would have some kind of presence given he's depicted as being Wario's partner in crime and the two share a close bond in the Mario games, but neither Land nor Ware has ever acknowledged him as a character. The sole reference to Waluigi between both of these series is a minor cameo as a drawing if you scan his amiibo in Wario's amiibo Sketch in WarioWare Gold (which isn't even that noteworthy, given that most first party amiibo have drawings when scanned).

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