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Originally a carpenter named Jumpman, this Italian plumber has gone on to become the most recognizable video game character of them all, starring in a veritable pantheon of titles like kart racing and sports. He has been voiced by Charles Martinet for nearly 20 years.
Luigi is Mario's brother. He began as a simple palette swap of Mario, but was later differentiated. In his later forays, he provides comic relief.
Bowser is one of the most iconic villains in gaming. His role as the main antagonist in the Mario franchise has cemented this King of Koopas' status in video game history.
Princess Peach Toadstool is usually the damsel in distress from the Mario franchise. She gets kidnapped frequently by Bowser, though she's not averse to being captured by various other villains from time to time.
Yoshi is a recurring character in the Mario franchise and has since gone on to star in his own games.
Lakitu has appeared in a variety of Mario games; from Super Mario Bros on the NES right up to Mario Kart 7. He is responsible for dropping Spinies onto the levels below, holding up signs and his very own start signal from all nine Mario Kart games.
The Toad is a member of the Toad species. He is a loyal attendant of Princess Peach and often assists Mario on his journeys in a variety of ways.
The Original Donkey Kong made his debut in the game of the same name, where he tossed barrels at his nemesis Mario. His grandson, Donkey Kong Jr., went on to create a legacy of his own in games such as Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.
Bowser Jr. is the son of Bowser and the main antagonist of Super Mario Sunshine and New Super Mario Bros. He loves to play sports with his dad in various Mario sport titles like tennis, golf, basketball and kart racing!
Link is the iconic protagonist of The Legend of Zelda franchise.
Wario is Mario's "evil" cousin; a garlic-loving man with an obsession with treasure. Wario's name is a portmanteau of the word "warui" ('bad' in Japanese) & "Mario".
Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the world's most famous video game characters and the mascot of Sega Enterprises Ltd. Sonic was introduced on June 23 1991 with the launch of Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis. His super speed makes him one of the fastest fictional characters.
Dr. Robotnik, also known as Dr. Eggman, is the antagonist in nearly every Sonic the Hedgehog title.
Luigi's dark counterpart, who is mainly known for appearing in Mario spinoffs. He is voiced by Charles Martinet. Enjoys playing a game of tennis with Wario.
A Magikoopa and a well recognized enemy in many Mario games. Kamek traditionally shoots magic attacks at the player.
Luigi's love interest and Peach's sidekick. She's the princess of Sarasaland.
Rosalina is a character from the Mario Universe who first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy as an NPC before becoming a playable character in later appearances. She is voiced by Mercedes Rose in all of her appearances to date.
Miles "Tails" Prower is Sonic the Hedgehog's two-tailed sidekick who was first introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
One half of the deadly twosome, the Hammer Bros. from Super Mario Bros fame. They jump from platform to platform in a seemingly random pattern throwing goshdarn hammers!
Made his first appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and is now a mainstay in the franchise. He also enjoys a friendly rivalry with Sonic and rapping about the places he visits.
The time-traveling lesson-teaching robotic cat from the eponymous Doraemon franchise.
One of Sonic the Hedgehog's sidekicks. She is a pink hedgehog who was first introduced to the series on September 23, 1993. She was not created by the Sonic team.
The main human character in the Doraemon franchise.
The king of all Boos. He has been in many Mario games (mostly spin-offs). He has appeared as a boss in many of the main series' games, including being the final boss of Luigi's Mansion.
A football player who is currently playing for Montreal Impact in MLS. He appears in many football games since becoming part of the starting eleven for Chelsea F.C.
Shadow is an artificially created Hedgehog who never ages. He is able to warp time and space with the use of chaos emeralds and is known as "the ultimate life form" in the Sonic universe. He has the same abilities as Sonic the Hedgehog.
Diddy Kong made his first appearance in 1994 as Donkey Kong's side-kick in Donkey Kong Country for the SNES. Since then, he has starred in numerous Donkey Kong games, his own Diddy Kong Racing games and Mario sports titles. He wears a red Nintendo hat.
One of the more unusual aspects of the Mario series is Birdo, a cross-dressing dinosaur fellow who always wants to look their prettiest, whether they're trying to kill Mario, driving a go-kart, or playing a variety of sports.
Odin is the chief god in Norse mythology, presiding over the aspects of war, wisdom, and magic. He learned the secrets of the Norse runes by hanging himself from the branches of Yggdrasil, and is fated to die in the maw of the atrocious wolf, Fenrir.
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