The Super Mario games are very popular and so are the characters. Let’s dive into the four most important characters and their backgrounds.
Bowser is the main antagonist of the Super Mario Bros. collection. He mainly captures Princess Peach and Mario must save her from his clutches. He is a Koopa and the leader of the villainous Koopa Troop. Bowser’s main goal is to rule the Mushroom Kingdom, as well as defeat Mario and his allies. He first appeared in the original Super Mario Bros. game.
3. Princess Peach
Princess Peach is the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom and is in most Super Mario games. She is usually kidnapped or captured by Bowser, the antagonist, and must be rescued by Mario. She appeared in the first/original Super Mario Bros. She was also called “Princess Toadstool” outside of Japan, but the game Super Mario 64 confirmed that her name was Princess Peach.
Luigi has a very similar backstory to Mario, and was notably kidnapped as a child frequently. Luigi first appeared in the original Super Mario Bros. game. A stork is seen delivering Mario at the same time as Luigi. He is a human and a plumber like his brother. Though Luigi sometimes gets jealous of his brother, he also admires him, and the two have a good relationship. He is a supporting character who has appeared in a lot of Mario games and a few of his own. He is the protagonist of Luigi’s Mansion series. The younger of the twins, his notable traits include his green cap, his smooth mustache, his cowardly personality, his Italian accent, his heavy use of power-ups, and a superior jumping ability to Mario. He is good friends with Yoshi, creating “The Green Team.”
In Super Mario World 2, a stork is seen delivering Mario at the same time as Luigi. The Yoshis help him after Luigi was kidnapped, and once they are saved, they are taken to the wrong parents. After Luigi gets kidnapped a few more times, they finally find their parents. From a Nintendo Comics System comic entitled “Family Album: “The Early Years”, we learn he becomes interested in plumbing and he is very mischievous. Mario likes to play sports, being on a softball team. In the comic, Luigi was born several years after Mario, but the video games depict him as Mario’s younger twin. His species is human and his job occupation is a plumber. Mario is first shown in the Super Mario Bros. game.
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