NOTE: This page is dedicated to the late Bob Hoskins (1942-2014).
|This article is about the Live-Action movie incarnation of the character. You may be looking for the Incarnation from the Mario vs. Wario comics.
Mario is the titular protagonist in the infamous Super Mario Bros. live action movie from 1993. He was played by the late Bob Hoskins, who also played the better main protagonist Eddie Valiant in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.
Why He Was Indeed A F**king Nightmare and Bob-ombed
- Unlike his original counterpart, which had plenty of character and personality behind him, this version of Mario barely has any personality aside from being a regular plumber.
- This version of Mario is mostly very disrespectful to his own source material, doing things that his game and other media incarnations would never do.
- His dialogue is mostly very ill and horrible. Like Luigi, he doesn't have an Italian accent despite this being one of his most famous characteristics. Although to be fair, while this was also the case in other Mario media made at the time, notably the DiC Entertainment TV shows and The Super Mario Bros. Movie, but this here is far more unpleasant and repulsive.
- His outfit is the absolute worst out of all the characters as he looks like a middle-aged man cosplaying as Mario than a mid to late 20-year-old Italian man.
- Unlike his video game counterpart, he does not wear his signature outfit until near the climax of the film.
- There was one scene where he said, he can't jump, unlike in the games where he can obviously jump.
- He is a psychopath as well, as he vows to actually murder Iggy and Spike just for kidnapping Daisy. Not only that, he even murdered several police officers by tricking them into crashing into each other in the police car and committed reckless driving also in another police car, which is very out-of-character for Mario.
- As the main protagonist in the film, he barely acts like the hero that Mario should be. This problem isn't unheard of in later awful and unfaithful live-action films and characters like The Cat in the Hat from the the infamous 2003 live-action film of the same name and Son Goku in Dragonball Evolution.
- He does try to save Princess Daisy for a bit, but doesn't he usually save Princess Peach in the games?
- Also, he should've rescued Toad from being transformed into a Goomba, but he was just distracted watching President Koopa use the Devo.
- Despite getting a fair amount of screen time, he barely has any focus in the film. Luigi, for some reason, gets a lot more focus in this film instead of Mario, despite Mario being the titular protagonist of this movie and the entire Super Mario franchise, and Luigi being the deuteragonist.
- He is also a part of the Gary Stu trope.
- He was so bad that the actor who played him, Bob Hoskins, while he did a decent job, he disliked the character, describing his experience of playing the character as a "f**king nightmare".
- Despite being mostly horribly written; Bob Hoskins at least did a decent job with the role for him, and he does have good chemistry with John Leguizamo's role as Luigi.
- While completely inaccurate and not the best, the outfit that he wears to infiltrate the Koopa Tower is decent-looking and at least resembles his signature outfit in the video games.
- Technically, this counterpart of Mario can be written off as non-canon, since this movie didn't make that big of an impact on the mainline series.
- He was a much better character in the games, and he redeemed himself in Mario is Missing! and the sequel webcomic.
- As mentioned above in WTVoHBO#4, he does try to save Princess Daisy for a bit.
- He does get a handful of screen time and gets some focus in this film.
- The scene where he reveals his family name is "Mario" was a hilarious and memorable scene.