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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.
The generic character featured in Nintendo's first hand-held games and a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. game 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.
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.
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.
Yoshi is a recurring character in the Mario franchise and has since gone on to star in his own games.
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!
Donkey Kong Jr. is, or at least has been considered, the son of the original Donkey Kong, who made his debut in the 1983 arcade classic which bore his name. He is actually a younger version of the current Donkey Kong.
Mario's original girlfriend back in Donkey Kong. We're guessing it didn't work out.
The popular Japanese mascot Domo
Star of Daigasso! Band Brothers, a DS music game series
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".
The polygonal floating doctor head from Brain Age. Rumour has it that he has a certain dislike for cilantro.
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.
The player's canine hunting companion (and erstwhile source of mockery) in Duck Hunt.
Link is the iconic protagonist of The Legend of Zelda franchise.
Zelda is the titular figure of The Legend of Zelda. She is most often depicted as the princess of Hyrule.
Seldom-used Nintendo protagonist, and enemy of Donkey Kong.
Kirby is the hero of Dream Land, who fights the evil King Dedede.
Luigi's love interest and Peach's sidekick. She's the princess of Sarasaland.
The oldest koopaling and longtime second-in-command of Bowser. He composes "Koopa Symphonies" and is a great inventor to boot.
Wendy is Bowser's fifth child and only daughter.
Morton Koopa Jr. is Bowser's sixth oldest son and a part of the koopalings. Known as Big Mouth Koopa Jr. in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 & Super Mario World.
Larry is the second youngest child of Bowser. He is the self-proclaimed king of eavesdropping.
Iggy is the fourth oldest son of Bowser, a member of the koopalings, and a crazy genius.
Lemmy is the second oldest of Bowser's eight children. He always appears somewhat dizzy.
Basically, he's the big Boo. The leader of the legions of Boo, even though he has an equally big problem with shyness as his underlings.
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