Super Mario is a platform game famous for the two brothers, Mario and Luigi. But they are not the only characters in the Mario universe. There are many female Mario characters. At least one Super Mario game has been released for every major Nintendo video game console. That makes it more than 20 games.
With so many video games, it is logical that there will be many Mario characters as well. Fun fact: Mario didn’t originate in his original game. Instead, he first appeared in Donkey Kong. Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto built off these characters, and after the commercial success of Donkey Kong, Mario would reappear in Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros. in 1983 and 1985. The rest is history.
Each series of games introduces numerous new characters. Many of them are recurring characters nowadays. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most popular Super Mario female characters.
Princess Peach Toadstool
The fictional character was introduced in the original 1985 Super Mario Bros. Created by Shigeru Miyamoto, she is the lead female character in the series. Her role is a classic damsel in distress or donor who can help Mario during the entire Super Mario run.
In some cases and games, she is a playable character. To this day, the Princess remains one of the best-known female protagonist characters in video game history. She has the most video game appearances of any female character.
The recurring Mario character debuted in Super Mario Galaxy as a very powerful figure. Her duty is to watch over and protect the cosmos.
Rosalina is depicted as a wise, kind, and mature character. She has an intimate knowledge of the universe and cares deeply for the Lumas and her friends.
Since Super Mario Kart Wii, she has been portrayed a little bit more upbeat and joyous than her original character.
Daisy debuted in 1989 in the Super Mario Land game as the ruler of Sarasaland. She is described as a tomboy and has been rumored to be Luigi’s love interest. Basically, she is what Princess Peach is to Mario.
This is the plot of the 1993 live-action film Super Mario Bros. In that movie, Luigi saves Daisy from King Koopa.
Following her appearance in Mario Tennis, Daisy is a staple playable character in many Mario spin-off games. She is often paired with Peach. Gunpei Yokoi, a mentor of Shigeru Miyamoto, created the character of Princess Daisy.
Yokoi had the idea to recreate the feeling of the 1985 original Super Mario Bros. but set in another world separate from the Mushroom Kingdom.
The fictional Mario character appeared in Donkey Kong first as the damsel in distress. Donkey Kong held her captive at the top of a large construction site.
She debuted as Mario’s love interest in the 1994 Donkey Kong game for Game Boy. Since then, she was replaced by Princess Peach.
Pauline appeared again in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, reprising her role of damsel in distress.
Originally self-referred to as Birdetta is a recurring character in the Mario franchise. The dinosaur bird-like creature with a large snout appeared as an enemy in Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic first. That was then rebranded as Super Mario Bros. 2. Since then, she appears in many spin-off series of the franchise.
Her original role as an antagonist has been scrapped in favor of her new role as an ally. Birdo is a great merchandise toy and among the more popular Mario Toys. She appears as a figurine, plush toy, and amiibo card.
In the game, she perceives herself to be very beautiful and feminine and often strikes eccentric poses to show off her appearance. Birdo is always looking for love and has many crushes and relationships throughout the game.
The recurring Toad character in the Mario franchise was originally introduced as a playable racing partner for Toad in Mario Kart: Double Dash.
Since then, she has appeared in other games as a playable character and has played a supporting role in many games. Toadette is the main character in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
The very smart and sassy, but friendly character is a second-year co-ed student studying archaeology. Goombella is the first companion to join Mario on his quest. She remains an important character during the Mario series.
In the game, she provides information to Mario about his location or the character who stands in front of him. Goombella wears a helmet with a light and a matching shirt with a red scarf.
She is loyal to Mario.
Some people know her as Madame Flurrie, she is the third party member in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. She is a wind spirit and slightly pompous retired actress who resumes her career at the end of the game.
She has the ability to blow out large amounts of wind. Her name comes from “flurry”, which is basically a small burst of wind. In battles, her wind attacks make incoming enemies dizzy.
The captain of the Black Sugar Gang, she has a base of operations in Kitchen Island. From there, she sailed her former ship, the SS Tea Cup. In Wario Land: Shake It, she commands the Sweet Stuff.
Her appearances show a very tall and developed brunette with long and curly reddish-brown hair. Her design was revamped in Wario Land: Shake It, with her former cyan clothing replaced with a new purple design.
Wendy O. Koopa is one of the Koopalings, which is a clan of seven siblings. She is the only female in the group. In the Mario universe, she is shown to be very desiring of wealth and prestige. She is one of two Koopalings in Mario to drop 102 coins instead of 99. This is a reference to her greed.
Typically portrayed as a spoiled brat, she even thinks of herself as Bowser’s favorite character.
The wife of Goompapa and mother of Goombario and Goombaria wears a headwrap. This is a clear sign that she is a housewife.
Goonama appears in Paper Mario.
In Toad Town, after Mario defeats Lava Piranha, she can be seen shopping.
Kylie Koopa is a female pink-shelled Koopa Troopa that makes her debut in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. Working as a journalist for the Koopa Chronicle, she is one of the reporters in the Mushroom Kingdom.
She is always looking for The Big Scoop.