Mario (1993 movie)

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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.


Super Mario (1993: Live-action movie)
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Mario definitely can't save Princess Peach and beat up Bowser with this incarnation.
Gender: Male
Type: The Fake Side of Mario
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Bob Hoskins
Status: Alive
Media of origin: Super Mario Bros. (1993)


Mario 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 main protagonist Eddie Valiant in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Why This Version of Him Bob-ombed

  1. 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.
  2. This version of Mario is very disrespectful to his own source material, doing things that his game and other media incarnations would never do.
    • His dialogue is very ill and horrible. Like Luigi, he doesn't have an Italian accent despite this being one of his most famous characteristics, although this was also the case in other Mario media made at the time, notably the DiC TV shows.
    • His character design is very unfaithful towards his original counterpart, with him looking more 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.
  3. There was one scene where he said, he couldn't jump, unlike in the games where he can obviously jump.
  4. 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 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 staring at Bowser using the Devo. Watch this scene.
    • 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.
  5. He is also a part of the Gary Stu trope.
  6. He was so bad that the actor who played him, Bob Hoskins, disliked the character, describing his experience of playing the character as a "fucking nightmare".

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Despite being 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.
  2. While not 100% accurate, the outfit that he wears to infiltrate the Koopa Tower at least resembles his signature outfit in the video games.
  3. 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.

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