Wario
"Have a rotten day!"
Gender: Male
Type: Greedy Scoundrel With a Fart of Gold
Age: 24-25
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Thomas Spindler (1996-2001)

Charles Martinet (1997-2023
Dana Snyder (Robot Chicken)
Hironori Kondo (Japanese dub of WarioWare series, 2018-present)
Elon Musk (Saturday Night Live sketches)
Kevin Afghani (WarioWare: Move It!-present)

Status: Alive
Media of origin: Super Mario


Greed is good! Greed makes you do great things! Greed loves all people. Gold coins and puppies! It will get you everything! Even if you have to PILE DRIVE your enemies to do so!
Wario, Wario World commercial

Wario (Japanese: ワリオ) is the titular main protagonist of his own series and a recurring character in the Super Mario franchise. He is portrayed as an self-righteous anti-hero and the evil and greedy version of his arch-rival Mario. He runs a large video game/microgame company named WarioWare, Inc, and he has a partner that is named Waluigi. He made his first appearance in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins as the main antagonist.

Why He's EXCELLENT!

  1. Despite him literally being created to serve as the "villainous" counterpart to Mario, he quickly grew to become his own person and built his own life outside of antagonizing Mario. Many of the games that Wario stars in barely feature his red-clad rival, some have him absent entirely. In the WarioWare series, Wario even ditches the overalls for his own self-styled biker fit.
  2. Similar to Mario, he's good at many areas: he's an amazing treasure hunter and explorer, a successful video game developer, and owns an entire mountain, colosseum, gold mine, and two different stadiums according to some Mario Kart games.
  3. While he may be greedy and self-serving, these traits are presented in a really goofily entertaining manner that makes him easy to root for, much like Robbie Rotten, or Dick Dastardly. It can also be considered a breath of fresh air from all the "goody-two-shoes" heroes.
  4. While his gross and crass side may be considered a bad quality to some, it is an essential part of his character, and helps add to his rascal charm that's unique to the rest of the Mario world's cast. In a way, this makes him similar to Shrek.
  5. While his motivation for going on treasure hunts may be gaining cash, he enjoys the adventure along the way. The credits of Wario Land 4 have him think back of moments through the game and WarioWare Twisted shows that he keeps the music box from Wario Land 3 and a picture of the Golden Pyramid from Wario Land 4, around his house, as mementos. This love of adventure is similar to Scrooge McDuck's, but unlike Scrooge, Wario doesn't hoard his gold, but rather blows it all on castles, buffets, and even balloons, showing that he isn't that stingy.
  6. He was at his absolute best in Wario World. He went to recover his riches after an evil Black Jewel warps his castle and took all of his gold, which led to Wario saving Spritelings from Black Jewel's captivity. He shows to have complete confidence no matter where he goes, has shown to do creative combat moves like spinning enemies around in a endless time despite being more strong than Mario, and he comes across as refreshingly overconfident throughout, even throughout boss fights like the first one where he yells at the creature that he is number one and can punch it as well as throwing it off the ring the creature was in while yelling "good luck!" all the time. He's also shown to be smart and capable of increasing his own happiness instead of letting his ego get the better of him, which makes him a hilarious yet compelling and awesome hero on his own.
  7. When he isn't adventuring or scheming, Wario can be a pretty chill guy. Jimmy T is rumored to be his childhood friend. Mona is stated to have helped him adventuring, look up to him and have a crush on him (with one moment in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! stating he finds her cute). He trusts Dr. Crygor enough to help with fixing his machines and creating his bike. His A-Rank card in WarioWare Gold states he never locks his door so his friends can come and go as they please. Starting with WarioWare Gold, he also keeps a picture of everyone with him. While he may use them for cheap labor, it's clear that Wario considers them close friends.
    • Surprisingly, in Wario Land II, it is revealed that Wario has a pet hen. The hen appears in the first story of Chapter 2 (the SS Tea Cup): Return the hen to her nest. The cutscene before this stage depicts the three Pirate Goom soldiers of the Black Sugar Gang dashing away with Wario's treasures and startling the hen. Wario follows closely behind in pursuit of his loot. However, when he sees his pet fly away, he temporarily puts his quest on hold, as he loves his hen even more than he makes money.
  8. His relationship with Waluigi as his most trusted partner in crime as seen in the Mario Sports game series, is always very entertaining and hilarious to watch. As they are both a duo of bumbling rivals whose goals to outclass Mario and come out on top in any sports game always backfire on them in cartoonish ways, and their goofy, accident-prone antics never get old.
  9. Despite his goofy antics, Wario is far more than some bumbling fat oaf. He's a big and burly macho brute who is capable of defeating multiple genies and demons in combat, lifting weights and dumbbells, and piledriving dinosaurs far larger than he is with minimal effort.
  10. He's easily one of the toughest and most persistent characters in gaming history: he can survive getting crushed flat, being blown up, being burnt into ash, eating bombs, and even transforming into a zombie. He can practically come back from anything. According to himself, this apparent immortality is because he just doesn't feel like dying.
  11. He even had his own crossover with Bomberman in 1994 with Wario Blastː featuring Bomberman, and that game spawned his love for bombs, which is still being used to this day.
  12. Charles Martinet's performance is just as charming as his portrayal of Mario and Luigi, and whoever voices him in The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 (most likely the actor who sounds and looks like him), will do a great job voicing him. Just like Mario and Luigi, Wario has spoken in full sentences many times in promotional material and interviews, and even an entire game, WarioWare Gold. The X (formerly Twitter) CEO Elon Musk does a great job portraying him in Saturday Night Live.
  13. Like Mario, Wario has also served as the inspiration for other great video games outside of Nintendo, such as Pizza Tower and ANTONBLAST.

"So ein mist!" Qualities

  1. Because of his different portrayals, there has been a divide among most fans, between those who prefer the "goofy crass rascally rival" side of Wario and those who prefer the "macho treasure-hunting brutish businessman" side of Wario.
  2. His gross side can be considered as a bad quality to some.
  3. He is easily forgettable as a playable character in Super Mario 64 DS, which is downright inexcusable since Wario is meant to be a humorously exaggerated character.
  4. He has some jerkish and selfish moments here and there. Like at the ending of Wario Ware, where his most unsympathetic moment includes the members showing up in the WarioWare meeting, and he just took the gold and fell while Cricket held Wario's butt while his members make a cut, that shows how Wario doesn't really care about his friends when he obsesses over money. Sounding familiar now?
  5. His taunting sounds on the pause screen of Wario World can be considered a little annoying.
  6. A handful of his microgames in the WarioWare series he creates, can be seen as frustrating like the Jump Rope challenge, or outright weird, such as the "Nose Pick" challenge.

Trivia

  • His name is a portmanteau of "warui" (悪い), meaning "bad" in Japanese, and Mario's name; hence, Wario is a "bad Mario".
  • He was created by Hiroji Kiyotake, who also designed Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew and various Metroid characters (including its protagonist).
  • Yoichi Kotabe, the artist who designed Wario, has said that his design was inspired by Bluto from Popeye the Sailor, and also partially based on Stromboli, the evil circus owner in Disney's Pinocchio.
  • In the Japanese version of Mario Kart 64 as well as in all versions of Mario Party, Mario Kartː Super Circuit and Mario Party 2, Wario is voiced by German translator Thomas Spindler and speaks two lines in German, most notably "So ein Mist!" (German for "oh crap!"). According to a comment left by Spindler, Wario was envisioned to be German by Nintendo staff and he was directed to voice Wario accordingly. Charles Martinet has stated on November 6, 2020 that he did record a "Doh! I missed!" voice clip for Wario. Though Spindler recorded Wario's lines for the Japanese market after being told Wario was originally thought of as German, Martinet did not receive this information when recording Wario's lines for English and portrayed Wario as Italian similar to Mario and Luigi.
    • Despite this aspect of Wario's character having been ignored since the release of these games and Charles Martinet taking over the role, with Martinet's portrayal adopting a thick Italian accent similar to Mario and Luigi's, Wario's theme song in Mario Strikers Charged is in a style reminiscent of Germanic folk songs.
  • While he doesn't appear in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, surprisingly, Wario's Battle Canyon's theme is briefly referenced in the soundtrack.


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