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Quotation1 It's-a me! Mario! Quotation2
— Mario

Mario is the main protagonist of the Mario series and Nintendo's primary mascot. Normally the hero, Mario uses his legendary jump and combat abilities to defend the peaceful inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom and the world from powerful and foul villains such as Bowser. When not adventuring, Mario participates in a variety of sporting events, parties and other fun activities with his younger twin brother Luigi and thousands of friends from his many adventures. Mario is one of the most famous video game characters.

Mario has appeared in multiple crossover titles alongside Sonic the Hedgehog (in particular, the Mario & Sonic sports subseries). In these games, he is voiced by Charles Martinet, who also voices Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi from the Mario series.

Early rivalry


Mario ranking 1st in Cranky's Heroes, Sonic in the "No Hopers" Category

Nintendo was once business rivals with Sega; this rivalry peaked during the 16-bit era (the era of the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis). As such, Nintendo and Sega often attempted to put each other down through their games. Examples include Sonic's appearance in Donkey Kong Country 2, to the left, and the blue hedgehog enemies of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island called "Harry Hedgehog". In the Sonic children's book, Secret Admirer, there is a sign outside Robotropolis that reads "No Nintendo Game Playing".

In a commercial for the original Sonic the Hedgehog game, Bernita Stokes, President of H.A.G. (Humans Against Genesis), criticizes the game by saying, "Why can't he be more like that nice boy Mario?" while an animated Sonic is seen on the cover of the box mimicking her (probably hinting that Sonic always had some resentment towards Mario). Sonic then blows her a raspberry and runs out of the box and into the TV screen which makes her angry, calling him a little brat.

Another commercial for the same game features a salesman at a video game store, trying to sell the then-newly released Super Nintendo Entertainment System with the Super Mario World video game to a customer at its launch price of $199.95. The game is shown alongside a Sega Genesis playing Sonic the Hedgehog, being sold for $149.99. The speedy action of Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as Sega Genesis' lower price grab the customer's attention, and the customer decides to buy the Genesis and Sonic the Hedgehog game, disappointing the salesman, who desperately wanted him to buy the Super Nintendo and the Super Mario World game instead. However, starting by 2008, with Mario and Sonic appearing together in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the beginning of the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series, just like SEGA's relationship with Nintendo improved, Mario and Sonic became friends.

Game appearances

Mario & Sonic series

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Quotation1 This persistent little plumber developed his skills chasing down a big ape. Now, he's taking his All-Around skills to the Olympic Games, where his running and jumping experience should come in more than handy in events like the high jump and hurdles. Quotation2

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is the first official cross-over between the worlds two most popular video game characters. In this game, Mario comes as an All-Around Type character along with Luigi, Amy and Blaze. His emblem is the red trademark "M" that he has worn on his hat for several decades. His stats are as following:

Name Skill Type Stats Flag
Mario All Around Mario-Stats MyS emblem Mario

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

Mario returns in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, once again as an all-around type character. Being the third time they have met, Mario and Sonic seem to of built a friendship out of their rivalry. This is indicated by the game's opening cinematic which depicts Mario and Sonic coordinating with each other to thwart the plans of Dr. Eggman and Wario. Mario and Sonic also cooperate in the story mode of this game (Nintendo DS version only) where they work together to rescue the Snow Spirits from Eggman, Bowser and all their villainous associates.


Icon Name Ability Type Wii Stats DS Stats Special Emblem
Marioicon Mario All-Around Mario-Wii-Stats Mario-DS-Stats
  • Fire Dash
  • Spinning Jump (DS only)
  • Fire Shot
  • Mario Special
Mario flag

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Quotation1 After Mario's many adventures, he is now taking his all-around skills to the London Olympic Games, where his jumping and running experience should come in more than handy in events like the 100m sprint and Pole Vault. Quotation2

Mario makes his fourth appearance alongside Sonic in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. For a third time, Mario is yet again an all-around character. His relationship has seem to grown more friendlier than the last 2 games, as they are seen atop Big Ben together, giving each other a high-5. Mario and Sonic once again cooperate in the story mode version (Nintendo 3DS version.) where they clear the colorful fog in all over London along with Luigi and Tails.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Mario appears in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as an all-around type.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Mario returns in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the fifth installment of the Mario & Sonic series. He is, yet again an all-around type character.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Mario appears as one of the playable characters. He teams up with Sonic in the story mode once again to collect golden tokens with Toad to get out of a Tokyo 1964 game that Eggman made.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Making his 3rd playable appearance in the Smash Bros. series, Mario is the lead character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He is middle-weight and very well balanced having a good compromise between speed, agility and strength.

Mario also appears in the game as some of the trophies and several Stickers.

Name Image Game(s) Description/ effect
Mario TrMario
  • NES- Donkey Kong
  • NES- Super Mario Bros.
A familiar overall-clad figure who is Nintendo's flagship character. His courage and jumping ability have seen him through countless adventures. He's a multitalented plumber with the knowledge of a physician, a top-notch golfer, and a veteran tennis umpire. Is his jumping prowess a boon from his girder-climbing days?
Mario Fanale TrMario finale Mario with a Smash Ball, unleashing his ultimate attack. The twin dragons of flame he releases wallop all characters in range. The flames spread up and down, so it's best to release them from the edge of the screen at an appropriate height. His flaming eyes are proof of his excitement for this explosive attack.
Striker Mario TrStriker mario
  • GameCube- Super Mario Strikers
  • Wii- Mario Strikers Charged
A team captain in Super Mario Strikers, which features combat- style soccer that allows fighting and items. Mario proves to be a great all-around player, well balanced on offense and defense, and he wields a critical shot—the Mega Strike—that can chalk up a maximum of six goals! Mario is easily identified by the "M" marks on his spikes.
Paper Mario TrPaper mario
  • Wii- Super Paper Mario
A legendary hero whose adventure unfolds when he sets out to rescue Princess Peach from the nefarious clutches of Count Bleck. He has the ability to flip the world from 2-D to 3-D and back again. If he grabs a Mega Star, he'll transform into a pixelated giant Mario. In this state, he's invulnerable and capable of stomping through enemies and obstacles with ease.
Baby Mario TrBaby mario
  • SNES - Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  • DS - Yoshi's Island DS
Mario as a baby...a crybaby at that. Although he lacks overalls, we can see the trademark red hat even at this young age. Everyone's favorite hero was riding Yoshi and adventuring from his youngest days, and even as a baby, it's clear that Mario had quite the nose.
Name Image Game Effect
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros Sticker Super Mario Bros. [Arm, Leg] - Attack +15

Usable by: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser

Mario & Luigi Mario and Luigi 22 Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga [Flame] - Resistance +19

Usable by: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser

Mario & Yoshi Mario and Yoshi 9 Super Mario Sunshine [Specials: Indirect] - Attack +13

Usable by: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser

Mario Mario 58 Mario Kart DS [Leg] - Attack +22

Usable by: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser

Mario Mario 114 Mario Superstar Baseball Carry Home-Run Bat
Mario Mario 174 Super Paper Mario [Electric] - Attack +20
Raccoon Mario Mario 140 Super Mario Bros. 3 Flinch Resistance +112
Dr. Mario Mario 37 Nintendo Puzzle Collection [Head] - Attack +18

Usable by: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser

Baby Mario Mario 175 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island [Flame] - Attack +5
Bubble Baby Mario BubblyFreak Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island [Bite] - Attack +6

Usable by: Yoshi, Wario, Pokémon Trainer, Wolf

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Mario SSB4

Mario's appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Mario makes his return appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, playable from the start. He retains the "Mario Finale" Final Smash.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Mario reappears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable character.

In other media

Sonic the Comic


The Marxio Brothers from Sonic the Comic.

Sonic the Comic introduced the Marxio Brothers, characters that seem to be a combination of the Mario Bros. and the classic comedians, The Marx Brothers.

Mario Kart Double Dash Bonus Disk

In 2003, Mario Kart Double Dash!! was released for the Nintendo GameCube. In the US, if people were to pre-order this game they would receive a complimentary bonus disc which had demos and videos of then-upcoming GameCube games. One of the major draws of this disc was a 2 level playable demo of Sonic Heroes where players could control either Team Sonic or Team Dark. Also appearing on this disc were multiple mini games from Mario Party 5.[1]

DiC Entertainment

Mario and Sonic DVD

Mario and Sonic have had three cartoon series produced by DiC.

Both Mario and Sonic have had three cartoon series produced by DiC. One major difference is that while Mario's three series (The Super Mario Super Show, Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World) were all consistent with its cast and tone of the shows, Sonic's three cartoon series (Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Underground) were all completely different from each other, with separate casts of characters, tones and themes.

In more recent years, DiC has been releasing these cartoons on DVD and have been very openly compiling episodes from Mario's shows with those of Sonic's shows. Most notable is an Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 / Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 1 DVD compilation box set (released on the date of December 4, 2007). Other DVDs such as The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, King Koopa Katastrophe includes full episodes of Sonic Underground as special features. Another was a Sonic Underground DVD titled Dr. Robotnik's Revenge which included a Super Mario Bros. Super Show episode as a special feature.



A Mario lookalike, from Sonic the Hedgehog #221.

  • A background character in Sonic the Hedgehog #221 bears a strong resemblance to Mario. Outside of the obvious similarity in clothing, the character in question is also a raccoon, akin to how Mario can transform into a raccoon when using a Super Leaf.
  • Despite a life-size poster measuring at 5'1", crossover artwork shows Sonic (who stands at 3'3") to be at least two or three inches taller.
  • By using a Sonic amiibo in Super Mario Maker, Mario can transform into a 16-bit form of Sonic with the use of the Mystery Mushroom.
    • It is also possible to obtain the costume in-game by completing the 100 Mario Challenge mode.
  • According to an official Nintendo character guide from 1997, Mario is of the species "Homo nintendonus".


  • Mario!
  • It's-a Mario time!
  • Yes! I'm the winner!
  • Oh no! I lost!
  • Fantastico!
  • That's it, so nice!
  • Oh, nice!
  • Oh, Mario get you next time!
  • Wahoo! I'm the winner!
  • Aaah, mamma mia!
  • Here we go!

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