The Top 10 Mario Characters

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10. Blooper

Bloopers are white, squid-like creatures that first appear in Super Mario Bros. In some Mario sports games, the Mario Kart series and Super Mario Sunshine, they are items that can be used by players. In Mario Kart, they temporarily reduce drivers’ visibilities by spraying ink on them, blocking most of their view. Blooper is also an unlockable playable character in Mario Party 8.

To unlock him, the player has to beat the Star Battle Arena once. He was also an unlockable character in Mario Super Sluggers. Two variations of Blooper appear in Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story: the “Bubble Blooper” and the “Dried Blooper”.  GameDaily listed Blooper as the 20th best Mario enemy, describing it as a difficult enemy to out-swim.


9. Bowser

Bowser, also known as King Koopa, is a video game character and the primary antagonist of Nintendo’s Mario series. In Japan, the character is known as Koopa. Bowser is the leader and most powerful of the Turtle-like Koopa race, and is the evil and greedy archnemesis of Mario and Luigi, beginning with his first appearance, in the game Super Mario Bros. His plans usually involve kidnapping Princess Peach and attempting to take over the Mushroom Kingdom. Since his debut, he has appeared in almost every Mario series game.


8. Bowser Jr.

Bowser Jr. (Koopa Jr. in Japan) is a fictional character in Nintendo’s Mario universe.  Bowser Jr. is the first child of Bowser after the seven Koopalings, bearing the most resemblance to Bowser out of all of them. Bowser Jr. is ultimately the main antagonist of both Super Mario Sunshine (in which he made his debut) and New Super Mario Bros., with his father only playing a minor role in each. In Sunshine, he uses an alter ego known as Shadow Mario to frame Mario for vandalizing Isle Delfino using his magical brush made by Professor E. Gadd.

He is the eighth Koopaling and son of Bowser; interestingly, he has yet to appear in a game along with his siblings. He has since then appeared in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Power Tennis, and Mario Superstar Baseball, the first of which inexplicably features his alter ego, Shadow Mario, as well. Starting with Mario Superstar Baseball, Bowser Jr. has been portrayed as a left-handed player.


7. Luigi

Luigi is a fictional character, featured in video games and related media released by Nintendo. Created by prominent game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Luigi is portrayed as the slightly younger fraternal twin brother of Nintendo’s mascot Mario, and appears in many games throughout the Mario series, frequently as a sidekick or deuteragonist to his brother.  Luigi first appeared in the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. as the character controlled by the second player, and retained this role in Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and other titles.

The first game where he was available as a primary character was Super Mario Bros. 2. In more recent appearances, Luigi’s role became increasingly restricted to spinoffs such as the Mario Party and Mario Kart series, though he has been featured in a starring role on two occasions: first in the 1991 educational game Mario is Missing and later in Luigi’s Mansion for the Gamecube in 2001. In both of these games, he is called upon to act as the hero because Mario, the usual hero within the franchise, is in need of rescue.


6. Toad

Toad – known in Japan as Kinopio – is a fictional, anthropomorphic mushroom in the Mario series, created by Shigeru Miyamoto. A citizen of the Mushroom Kingdom, Toad is one of Princess Peach’s most loyal servants and is constantly working on her behalf. He is usually seen as a non-player character (NPC) who provides assistance to Mario and his friends in most games, but there are times when Toad takes center stage and appears as a protagonist, as seen in Super Mario Bros. 2 and Wario’s Woods.  

Toad’s original role as a helper has been increasingly taken over by Toadsworth, causing Toad to appear less frequently than he once had in the main series; however, recently in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, two Toads (Yellow and Blue) appear as playable characters along with Mario and Luigi.


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5. Petey Piranha

Petey Piranha, known as Boss Packun in Japan, first appears as the primary boss of Bianco Hills in Super Mario Sunshine. He has since appeared as a boss in games such as Super Princess Peach, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, New Super Mario Bros., and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He is also a playable character in spin-off Mario games, such as Mario sports games and Mario Kart: Double Dash‼ where Petey was paired up with King Boo, and Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour.

Petey is a large, powerful Piranha Plant, and the result of mutation. Whereas normal Piranha Plants usually grow from pipes, Petey’s leaves and roots have grown into foot-like and arm-like appendages. He can also use his leaves to fly around in the air. Furthermore, Petey sports a pair of white-spotted red briefs. Although Petey does not speak, he does make some growling, drooling, and licking noises, which translate into actual speech. In the video game Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Petey has a cage growing out of each of his ‘arms’.He is a mix of a piranha and a plant.

4. Waluigi

Waluigi is a fictional character in the Mario series of video games. He accompanies Wario in spin-offs from the main Mario series, oftentimes for the sake of causing mischief. He was created by Camelot employee Fumihide Aoki and is voiced by Charles Martinet, who describes Waluigi as being someone who has a lot of self-pity and would “cheat to win.”  Since his first appearance in Mario Tennis, he has been largely criticized as being a poor knock-off compared to Wario created for the purpose of giving Wario a doubles partner.

GamesRadar commented that Waluigi, as a character, is likely seen as being less legitimate than other characters, explaining why he has not appeared in primary Mario or Wario titles. In spite of the negative reception, some positive reception exists. IGN described him as being both a humorous character as well as a fan-favourite, while GameDaily listed him as one of the best anti-heroes, commenting that it was too bad that he didn’t get his own game.

3. King Boo

King Boo is the primary antagonist of Luigi’s Mansion and plays minor roles in various other Mario games, including the Mario Kart and Mario Party series. King Boo’s only major role is as the final boss of Luigi’s Mansion (first appearance with a crown). King Boo is a member of the Boo species, though he is larger than the average Boo (in games after “Luigi’s Mansion”) and dons a crown, with a large ruby in Luigi’s Mansion, and a regular crown in all other appearances, on his head.

As well as appearing as the main antagonist of Luigi’s Mansion, King Boo also appears as a boss in Super Mario 64 DS, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Princess Peach, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. He is also an unlockable playable character in several sports games in the series and in the Mario Kart series. In Mario Kart: Double Dash!! he most commonly is viewed as a partner for Petey Piranha.


2. Wario

Wario is a fictional Nintendo video game character originally designed by Hiroji Kiyotake. Wario was designed as another antagonist to Mario (besides Bowser), and first appeared in the 1992 Game Boy title Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins as the main antagonist and final boss. Since that time, Wario has developed into the protagonist and antihero of the Wario Land and WarioWare series, spanning handheld and home console markets, in addition to his numerous appearances in spin-offs in the Mario series. He is voiced by Charles Martinet, who also voices Mario, Luigi, Waluigi, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi and Baby Wario.


1. Boo

Boos, known as Teresa in Japan, are spectral beings with beady eyes, long tongues, and sharp fangs. The first appearance of Boos was in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they appear under the name Boo Diddly, a pun of Bo Diddley. In Super Mario World, there are much larger variations of the Boo under the name of Big Boo. All Boos are ghostly creatures that are able to pass through solid matter. However, they are shy, and will cover their face with their arms if anyone looks at them. Conversely, in Super Princess Peach some Boos act the exact opposite, chasing after you if you look at them.

In Luigi’s Mansion, Boos, led by King Boo, act as the main antagonists. Boos appear as playable characters in various Mario spin-off games. In Super Mario Galaxy, Mario can transform into Boo Mario, where he can float and become transparent. Also in Galaxy is a variation of a Boo called a Bomb Boo that latches onto Mario when he spins and will revolve around him until it comes into contact with an object, where it will explode. Boo also has a small appearance on a level in New Super Mario Bros.

Although Boo is considered shy, it has made appearances as a playable character in games such as Mario Party 8 and Mario Tennis. Boo has also appeared in all of the games in the Mario RPG series, including the Mario and Luigi games, the Paper Mario series, and Super Mario RPG. Takashi Tezuka’s wife was the inspiration for Boos; like them, she is often shy, but once became very angry at him for spending too much time at work.

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