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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.
Bowser is one of the most iconic villains in gaming. His role as the main male antagonist in the Mario franchise has cemented this King of Koopas' status in video game history.
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.
Yoshi is a recurring character in the Mario franchise and has since gone on to star in his own games.
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.
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.
Andy Bogard is Terry Bogard's younger brother and helped defeat Geese Howard in the Fatal Fury series.
Kim is a Taekwondo master. He enters tournaments to prove that his martial art is the best in the world.
Joe Higashi is a male character from the Fatal Fury and King Of Fighters universe that practices Muay Thai.
Yuri Sakazaki is a female 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.
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.
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.
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.
Link is the iconic protagonist of The Legend of Zelda franchise.
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.
Nakoruru is one of the most recognizable characters in the Samurai Shodown series, and has appeared in every game. Along with her eagle companion Mamahaha, Nakoruru defends the natural world.
Kirby is the hero of Dream Land, who fights the evil King Dedede.
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.
Haohmaru is the main protagonist in the fighting game series "Samurai Shodown" by SNK.
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.
Everyone's favorite ghost-chasing, power-pellet-eating, dot-hunting yellow circle.
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.
Ralf Jones is a mercenary from the game Ikari Warriors. He is one of the only characters to be featured in every main installment of The King of Fighters series, and is playable in Metal Slug 6 and 7.
Originally named "Vince" in the first Ikari Warriors game, Clark is a mercenary. He teams up with Ralf Jones in the Ikari Warriors games, the King of Fighters games, and the latest two Metal Slug games.
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