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Aliases Jumpman
Super Mario
Residence Mushroom Kingdom
Species Human
Affiliates Mushroom Kingdom
Pauline (ex-girlfriend)
Donkey Kong
Princess Peach
Powers/Abilities Great jumping skill,
Super Strength,
Magic fire and some other elemental abilities ,
Great skill with hammers
Enemies Bowser
For full information, please see MarioWiki's article on Mario

Mario (Japanese: マリオ) serves dual roles as the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom and Nintendo's mascot. Mario was created by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1981, where he first appeared in the video game Donkey Kong in arcades. In this game, he was referred to as "Jumpman".

Mario is the most popular, most famous, and most recognizable video game character of all time, and has appeared alongside Donkey Kong in several games.


Over the course of his many games, Mario has rescued a number of people from captivity (including Pauline and Princess Peach) and has become regarded as a great hero in the Mushroom Kingdom. There is no definitive time line for the events in the various games, most of which could be placed in nearly any order.

Mario is always seen as a kind-hearted, brave, and intelligent hero. He is willing to risk his life to save the lives of millions from a large amount of evil.

Appearances in the DK series[edit]

Donkey Kong[edit]

Concept art for Mario.

Mario's first appearance game-wise was in the original Donkey Kong, then known as "Jumpman" (or "Mr. Video Game" in Japan). The original Donkey Kong captures Mario's friend Pauline. Slinging Pauline across his back, the big ape ascended the metal girders of a construction site in Big Ape City on Donkey Kong Island. When Mario pursued, the big ape began throwing barrels at him and rolling them down the structure. Mario jumped over and dodged the barrels and other hazards of the structure as he approached, trying to get Pauline back.

Jumpman was renamed Mario when an employee at Nintendo of America's office in New York City pointed out the similar physical appearances of Mario and Nintendo's Italian landlord, Mario Segali. According to popular legend, this connection was made when an ill-tempered Segali burst in on a meeting to collect rent. The purpose of the meeting was to find a better name for Jumpman.

Donkey Kong Country 2[edit]

Mario cameos at the end of Donkey Kong Country 2, at Cranky's Video Game Heroes. He is in first place by default, getting 39 DK Coins in the Super Nintendo version of DKC2 and 67 DK Coin's in the game's Game Boy Advance remake.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Chronologically, Mario first met Donkey Kong when they were both babies helping Yoshi.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

Mario is chasing DK in Mario vs. Donkey Kong over the mini-Mario toys. Mario had to fight Donkey Kong over them, and DK is a villain once again (however Mario fought the current Donkey Kong). Donkey Kong stole them out of love for them, and he fought Mario once again in the sequel.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis[edit]

Donkey Kong kidnaps Pauline again in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis. Mario and the Mini Marios go after him to take back Pauline.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem![edit]

Mario and DK's rivalry continues in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!. When Donkey Kong steals Pauline from Mario he sends his minis to get her back.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again![edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!, Mario and Pauline opens up a Super Mini Mario World theme park with numerous Toads and Donkey Kong waiting to get in. However, Donkey Kong reaches the ticket counter, and when he realizes that they are sold out, he kidnaps Pauline. Mario and the Mini Marios then give chase. At the end, it turns out that it was a test for the Mini Marios, and everyone celebrates.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move[edit]

Mario makes a minor appearance in Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move. The Mini Marios play a major role in this game though.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars[edit]

DK kidnaps Pauline once more in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Mario gives chase, along with the Mini Marios to rescue her from the gorilla. When Mario reaches the end and find DK and Pauline, it turns out to be a surprise party for him, who the two had organized for him. Mario was confused at first, but then he shrug it off to enjoy the fun.

Other games[edit]

In lighter meetings, Mario and DK have competed or teamed up in many spin-off games, including sports games like the Mario Kart series, Mario Party series, Mario Golf series, and the Smash Bros. series.

Relationships with other characters[edit]

Donkey Kong[edit]

Donkey Kong is Mario's good friend. Mario was bitter enemies with Cranky, but becomes friends with his grandson. Their relationship is on good terms as they have participated in sports and festivals. Donkey Kong has also done nice things to Mario and his friends in the Mario Party series as he gave them coins and stars and made the bananas in his mini-games coins. However Mario and Donkey Kong had to fight in the Mario vs Donkey Kong series because Donkey Kong got angry and either stole mini Mario toys or kidnapped Pauline. However in the end Donkey Kong apologized to his friend Mario, Mario forgave him, and they became good friends again.

Diddy Kong[edit]

Mario and Diddy have a neutral relationship, but could be friends due to Mario being friends with Donkey Kong; this becomes more evident with their willingness to compete in numerous sports together.

Cranky Kong[edit]

Cranky Kong is Mario's former rival in the game Donkey Kong. Despite Mario's rivalry with the original Donkey Kong, Mario appears to be on good terms with his grandson.