- This article is about the character. For the franchise in which he stars, see Mario (franchise).
|Full name||Mario Mario|
|First appearance||Donkey Kong (1981, overall)|
|Latest appearance||Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (2022, overall)|
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995, Donkey Kong franchise)
|Age||24 or 25|
|Enemies||Donkey Kong (formerly)|
Mario is the first human character in the Donkey Kong franchise along with Pauline. He was Donkey Kong's owner during his time as a carpenter. Mario made his first overall appearance in the arcade game Donkey Kong in 1981, shortly before receiving his own titular franchise.
Mario is a short, pale pink human with blue eyes, a black mustache, black eyebrows and brown hair. He wears a red cap with a M on white circle, red shirt, blue jumpsuit with yellow buttons, white gloves and brown shoes.
In Donkey Kong, Mario discovers that his pet Donkey Kong has come out of the cage and his girfriend Pauline is captured. Mario had to go up each floor in the Construction Site to save her and defeat the big gorilla.
In Donkey Kong Jr., Mario has the role as main antagonist where he locks his former pet Donkey Kong in the cage. But he meets his opposition who is Donkey Kong's son called Donkey Kong Jr., so he summons several enemies to prevent the same from saving his father. When Donkey Kong is freed by his son, Mario chases the two and is kicked by Donkey Kong making him run.
In Donkey Kong '94 as plumber, Mario repeats the same stunt in the construction site. This time he chased Donkey Kong everywhere to save Pauline and of course he had a hard time with Donkey Kong Jr. who was paired with his father. He manages to save Pauline after locking up Donkey Kong Jr. and completely defeating Donkey Kong.
In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Mario is ranked first place in Cranky's Video Game Heroes for having collected 39 DK Coins. Mario is missing only one DK Coin, so by collecting all 40 of them, Diddy takes the rank of first place, shifting Mario down to second place.
Donkey Kong (Game Boy)
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