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    Mario (Mario vs. Wario comics)

    Mario
    "Mama mia!"-Mario's reaction to his flanderization in the Mario vs. Wario comics.
    Gender: Male
    Type: The Dark Side of Mario
    Species: Human
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Mario Vs. Wario

    Comics

    First appearance: Donkey Kong (1981)


    Mario is the main protagonist of the eponymous Mario series with the same name. He is a plumber with red clothes and blue overalls and is a bit fat. His games mainly center around saving Princess Peach from Bowser.

    Unfortunately, he was flanderized in the Mario Vs. Wario comics .

    Why He Was a Wimp

    NOTE: This page is only talking about his counterpart in the Mario Vs. Wario comics since the original Mario is likable.

    1. This counterpart of Mario in these comics portrays him very inconsistently here, possibly even worse than the Mario in the 1993 film. He starts by going to his castle to meet Wario, however, he attacks anyone who gets in his way.
    2. He is quite idiotic, as he attacks the 3 Little Pigheads by throwing them into one another as he thought he was playing bowling.
      • Another scene where he is idiotic is when he runs into the Sewer Rat, he thinks that he wants to party and that his nose is a party popper, so what does he do? He pulls the Sewer Rat's nose off and causes him to faint. Not only is that idiotic, but he's also being a reckless party animal.
    3. He decides to feed Pako salt, but instead, he feeds him sugar, and then it causes Pako to faint, which shows that he can be careless and unattentive. Does that sound familiar?
    4. Because of the aforementioned three pointers about him attacking animals, that means that he's an animal abuser, even more so than in Donkey Kong Jr and Donkey Kong Circus before redeeming himself in later games.
    5. He is much more of a bland, basic version of Mario as a hero, as he has no personality outside of being a reckless animal abuser and a bully to Wario without much character development. That makes him cliche somehow, where he is the generic "I'm going to save the day!" hero with nothing else to say aside from being a ruthless bully to Wario and an animal abuser.
    6. Except Wario calling him a big bully and Princess Peach getting mad at Mario on her birthday, he does not get any real comeuppance or karma for his cruel actions, making him both a Karma Houdini and an Idiot Houdini.
    7. For some reason, despite him apologizing to Wario, he still calls him a wimp and mistreats him with the childhood game they played for seemingly no reason other than his sadistic enjoyment in treating Wario like a bandit. That shows that he proves he's nothing more than a ruthless hypocrite.
    8. In some panels, he and Wario make faces that can be rather uncanny and scary.
    9. At one point, he even made Peach mad at him on her birthday. Peach suffers from both Mario and Wario’s attempts to prank each other by opening their prank gifts which were their attempts to embarrass each other. This along with Mario and Wario attacking each other made them look equally bad.
    10. He gives the original Mario himself a bad name.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. Mario himself is still likable in the original Mario games before and after these comics were released, and he redeemed himself in Mario Undōki and in Yoshi no Cookie: Kuruppon Oven de Cookie.
      • Additionally, this counterpart can be written as non-canon, because the comics don't have that big of an impact on the mainline game series.
    2. Mario's actions towards Wario at least give Wario a sympathetic backstory and a reason for him to be Mario's arch-rival.
    3. He is still somewhat nice to others, like the Witch.
    4. He does minor comeuppance like when Wario calls him a big bully and when Princess Peach gets mad at him on her birthday.
    5. Likewise, his design is good, and stays faithful to the original Mario.
    6. Much like Mario, he does have a handful of funny moments in the series.

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