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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.
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.
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.
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.
Yoshi is a recurring character in the Mario franchise and has since gone on to star in his own games.
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.
Terry Bogard is the male protagonist of the Fatal Fury series and SNK's mascot character. He is heavily featured in their company crossovers.
Mai Shiranui was the first female character introduced in the Fatal Fury series. She is a Kunoichi (Female Ninja) of the Shiranui clan.
Kirby is the pink, puffy, and powerful hero of Planet Popstar. He was a young traveler who came to Dream Land with the Spring Breeze, and has lived there ever since. He's famous for his ability to inhale anything, including his enemies, to copy their abilities and transform.
Link is the iconic protagonist of The Legend of Zelda franchise.
Everyone's favorite ghost-chasing, power-pellet-eating, dot-hunting yellow circle.
Wario is Mario's rival and doppelganger; a crude garlic-loving brute with an obsession with treasure. Wario's name is a portmanteau of the word "warui" ('bad' in Japanese) "Mario".
Andy Bogard is Terry Bogard's younger brother and helped defeat Geese Howard in the Fatal Fury series.
Joe Higashi is a character from the Fatal Fury and King Of Fighters universe that practices Muay Thai.
Yuri Sakazaki is a character from the Art of Fighting and King of Fighters franchises. After finding herself as a damsel-in-distress, she learns her own form of Kyokugen Karate.
Shovel Knight is the protagonist of the game of the same name. A valiant hero out on a quest to rescue his beloved Shield Knight, he shovels well. He shovels *very* well.
Toadette is Toad's female counterpart and most commonly appears the various Mario spin-off games, such as the Mario Party and Mario Kart games.
Kim is a Taekwondo master. He enters tournaments to prove that his martial art is the best in the world.
A martial artist and practitioner of Kyokugen Karate, Ryo is one of the main protagonists in the Art of Fighting series and leads the "Art of Fighting" team in the King of Fighters series.
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.
Geese Howard's right-hand man.
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.
Inky is a cyan ghost that appears in the Pac-Man series of games. He is the least predictable out of the four ghosts.
Medusa is often portrayed in games as a creature that is a cross between a woman and a snake. The lower body is often a snake tail, and the hair is usually a mass of snakes. Other than this, the head and torso are that of a woman.
Athena Asamiya is a pop idol who wields "Psycho Power." She debuted in Psycho Soldier and later became a mainstay in The King of Fighters series.
Kyo Kusanagi is one of the primary characters of the Orochi Saga in the King of Fighters series. He is one of the three Sacred Treasures and the rival of Iori Yagami.
Iori Yagami is one of the primary characters of the Orochi Saga in the King of Fighters series. He is one of the three Sacred Treasures and the rival of Kyo Kusanagi.
Satan is the Devil, the incarnation of Evil in the universe, the Lord of Hell, the Prince of Darkness, and a very prominent figure in the Abrahamic religions. Naturally, he appears in many videogames, often as a final boss or last encounter. He is commonly depicted as a tempter that leads the faithful astray, and it's generally a bad idea to trust him.
Pinky is a pink ghost that appears in the Pac-Man series of games. She is more likely to ambush the player than the other ghosts.
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