Mario, the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom.
Full Name Mario
Gender Male
Species / Type Human
Living Town Mushroom Kingdom
Toad Town
Class Medium
First Appearance Donkey Kong (1981)
Latest Appearance Mario Party 9 (2012)
Mario is the eponymous main character and protagonist of the long-running and highly successful |Mario (series). He was created by Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and also serves as the main mascot of Nintendo. Mario made his first appearance as the protagonist of the arcade game Donkey Kong, released in 1981. Since Super Mario Bros., his trademark abilities have been his jumping and stomping powers, with which he defeats most of his enemies, and his ability to change size and gain powers with a plethora of items, such as the Super Mushroom and Fire Flower. Games have always portrayed Mario as a silent character without a distinct personality.


In Mario's current appearance, Mario wears blue overalls with yellow buttons, a plain red shirt, a red hat with a red M on it, brown shoes, and white gloves that look similar to Mickey Mouse's. Mario has a round nose, a bumpy black Italian mustache, brown hair, and is also a bit overweight. Mario looks a lot like his brother, Luigi except his shirt and hat is green (with an L on it), his overalls are a darker blue, his face is pointier, his mustache is less bumpy, and he is less overweight. Mario's clothing changed over the games. His overall's and shirt's colors were switched around and Luigi's physical looked just like Mario's. Mario's new appearance has not changed for a long time and is the same in many of the spin off games.