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Unsung Mario Heroes

Mario characters who don't get the love they deserve

The Mushroom Kingdom is full of great characters and some are the most famous faces in videogaming. However, we're going to give a bit of love to the unsung heroes of Mario's world. These are the guys who might not get the same amount of attention as the likes of Mario, Luigi, Bowser and Wario but deserve bigging up. So here's our eight unsung heroes. Take a look and let us know if there's anyone you think we have missed out!

Toadsworth
Toadsworth
Toadsworth

Most gamers love Toad, that cheeky chap with the strangely gruff voice. Some even like Toadette, even though she looks just like Toad with some pink mushroom braids. But poor old Toadsworth, despite being one of the smartest characters in the series, rarely gets a look in. It's a shame, but nerds never get the love they deserve.

Wart
Wart
Wart

Wart was the ruler of Subcon, the dream world that was the setting for Super Mario Bros. 2. He was a tough cookie with one weakness - he hated the taste of vegetables. Some well-aimed turnips in the mouth and Wart was defeated. It's been 21 years now and Wart's still never returned, maybe because he was never a 'real' Mario character - he was left over from the Japanese version of the game, Doki Doki Panic.

Pidgit
Pidgit
Pidgit

Another Super Mario Bros 2 character, Pidgit was a pigeon with a vicious attack pattern. It would fly forwards and backwards high above Mario on a magic carpet, then swoop down every now and then to try and do the poor chap damage. When you eventually beat Pidgit and claim the carpet for yourself, it seems a great deal harder to control. This can only mean one thing: Pidgit in fact a supernatural demon ninja.

Tatanga
Tatanga
Tatanga

We'll give Tatanga credit for one thing. While Bowser was always trying to kidnap Peach, he was the only one bored enough to go for Daisy instead. Daisy's a bit rubbish but a princess is a princess so Mario had to go and beat Tatanga and rescue her anyway. Bizarrely, the final battle with the weird little purple devil dude was a side-scrolling shooter with Mario in the Sky Pop. We want Tatanga back!

Birdo
Birdo
Birdo

We know Birdo does get more exposure than the other characters in this section (he's showed up in a few Mario spin-offs), but she/he's still not as popular as we'd like. There's always room for a bizarre cross-dressing dinosaur character in the Mushroom Kingdom, and though attempts have since been made to cover it up, we'll always remember this quote from the Super Mario Bros. 2 manual: "He thinks he is a girl".

Lakitu
Lakitu
Lakitu

Another character who, like Birdo, does get his face shown a lot but never really gets his share of the limelight like Goombas and Koopa Troopas do. For the last 24 years Lakitu has been swooping around on his cloud performing his fair share of both good and nasty deeds. Whether he's chucking Spinies or helping the player with the camera in Super Mario 64, he's always been a hard worker.

Charging Chuck
Charging Chuck
Charging Chuck

We're not entirely sure at which point the sport of American football was introduced to the Mushroom Kingdom, but these Koopas decided to take to it like a Cheep-Cheep to water. Appearing in Super Mario World, they would do everything to stop Mario reaching the goal, from charging at him to chucking American footballs. And then they never appeared again.

Baby Penguin
Baby Penguin
The Baby Penguin

One of the early missions in the classic Super Mario 64 sees Mario having to find a lost baby penguin in the Cool, Cool, Mountain stage and returning it to its mother. Although these days it's a really basic-looking 3D penguin, back when the game first came out we got really attached to the little fella. There were plenty of penguins in Galaxy but was he among them? We may never know

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  1. Pokawaii Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 07:12

    The baby penguin is my favourite :D What if, in the time between Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, the baby penguin grew up and became the mother in the DS version, and it was its baby that you had to rescue? Either that or it uses very good wrinkle cream, I don't know.

  2. jbjoe Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 07:23

    The baby penguin has all ways been one of my fav minor mario charecters, along with all the penguins in mario galaxy, there just so cool!

  3. Super Xero Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 08:47

    But what about Weegee?

    http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/unmario/images/thumb/3/39/Weegee_in_a_car.gif/180px-Weegee_in_a_car.gif

  4. carnivine chaos Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 09:22

    But what about Waweegee?

  5. GuyWhoLikesBlue2 Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 09:33

    yeah, they really need to bring back someone like Wart or Katanga. Sure, Bowser makes a great main baddie, but it'd be nice to have a new main villain as well (I know there's been people like Fawful, Cackeletta, Smithy, Count Bleck, etc.). Maybe Super Mario galaxy 2 could have like a 'cosmic bowser' or something....

  6. Cyberguy Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 11:15

    Apart from Wart and Tatanga, they should all return. Lakitu should be in more Mario adventure games like Galaxy 2.

  7. joshy v Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 11:16

    Wart and Tatanga definitely need to come back to Mario's games, if not as surprise bosses in Galaxy 2 or NSMBW then they should be playable in the next Party Mario game, as for Birdo i think she/he/it has had enough recognition for something that comes from Mario's dreams, Toadsworth is just made out of epic and i think they should create new Toads that are just one and stand out from the rest, so weird that throughout the entire race of Toads there's only one female and one old guy, there should be a baby Toad, a wizard Toad, a robot Toad..... a giant Toad lol, dunno but they definitely need more, hey actually they could do that with the Yoshi race :D, one Yoshette and one Yoshisworth 8D that would be sooooo cooooool, i'm going off to draw them :)

  8. piece_of_kit Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 12:13

    Good list but one missing-
    Professor E. Gadd!

  9. Lilisu Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 13:06

    Birdo! Birdo! Birdo, we love you! 8D Everyone's favourite transsexual dinosaur who spits out eggs- wait! If he spits out eggs, he must be a she... I think I know the source of his/her confusion. xD

    Agreed for E. Gadd. Why has he been forgotten? D8

    Joking aside, in my opinion, they should all return. Especially Birdo, Tatanga and the Baby Penguin.

  10. master dingley Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 13:53

    Lakuti is evil personified. I've never despised a video game character more :evil:

  11. faceless_o8 Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 16:19

    Lakuti is evil personified. I've never despised a video game character more :evil:

    Oh c'mon that's hardly fair.
    I know Lakitu was an ass in super mario bros but now he's busy fishing us out of the water or lava or what-have-you so that we can finish our race with dignity. If he was still evil he would simply pelt us with those red...spiky..thingies and laugh as we drown...
    Since Mario could turn into a Boo in Galaxy, I reckon there should be Lakitu Mario Galaxy 2, so that he could float over obstacles and throw lightning bolts down on his enemies; Zeus Style.
    That would rock...

  12. laguz Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 16:48

    petey piranha
    king boo
    koopa kids
    toadette
    mouser
    clawgrip
    baby bowser
    baby DK
    baby wario
    Dk junior

  13. stuartw099 Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 19:45

    Charging Chuck
    We're not entirely sure at which point the sport of American football was introduced to the Mushroom Kingdom, but these Koopas decided to take to it like a Cheep-Cheep to water. Appearing in Super Mario World, they would do everything to stop Mario reaching the goal, from charging at him to chucking American footballs. And then they never appeared again.


    I am pretty sure i saw these guys in super paper mario any one else see them two? :D

  14. mcs31 Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 20:20

    I hate toad.
    They are too irritating.

  15. NintendoWiiNath Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 20:21

    Dont laugh, but ive always had a crush on Birdo lol

  16. stuartw099 Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 20:26

    Dont laugh, but ive always had a crush on Birdo lol


    lol sorry i couldnt help it :D

  17. SoulSilver IV Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 20:47

    I'm probably one of the few people who actually think Birdo is awesome. :lol:

  18. Evosnake Saturday 15th Aug 2009 at 21:22

    You missed Goombas! :o

  19. txywiki Sunday 16th Aug 2009 at 07:19

    Birdo! Birdo! Birdo, we love you! 8D Everyone's favourite transsexual dinosaur who spits out eggs- wait! If he spits out eggs, he must be a she... I think I know the source of his/her confusion. xD

    Agreed for E. Gadd. Why has he been forgotten? D8

    Joking aside, in my opinion, they should all return. Especially Birdo, Tatanga and the Baby Penguin.


    yoshi is a he i think :? so it would not make a difference if birdo was he or she.........i think :?: rob should be in a new game or waluigi there both so awesome!!!!

  20. laguz Sunday 16th Aug 2009 at 12:10

    I'm probably one of the few people who actually think Birdo is awesome. :lol:


    i think birdo is awesome and so is wart.

  21. carnivine chaos Sunday 16th Aug 2009 at 18:22

    Awww, c'mon, what about waluigi! Nowadays he's just in Mario Party's and the occasional sports game. If Wario can have his own series and if Luigi has his own game (Mansion) then shouldn't he? Or even better: Wario Bros. with Wario AND Waluigi. Best selling game evar hands down. -_-

  22. Andy88 Sunday 16th Aug 2009 at 18:36

    I used to enjoy dropping the baby penguin off the side of the level :twisted:

  23. boydy Sunday 16th Aug 2009 at 19:08

    I hate toad.
    They are too irritating.

    :O:O:O Toad is amazingggg! All of them!

    And you're right about the baby penguin from Super Mario 64 ;D
    I loved the little guy :') And i felt really upset when i killed it ;D pahaaa

  24. catscan93 Monday 17th Aug 2009 at 02:45

    Pingu ftw

  25. dantdj Monday 17th Aug 2009 at 09:15

    I used to enjoy dropping the baby penguin off the side of the level :twisted:


    Same :twisted:

  26. dingy351 Monday 17th Aug 2009 at 09:28

    i think they should bring back thwimps they have are weird attack pattern which would make it hard to dodge

  27. KAMooKi Monday 17th Aug 2009 at 13:26

    I hated charging Chuck so much. He waited right at the end of the level...

  28. Luchia Monday 17th Aug 2009 at 16:23

    Birdo's a girl.
    They "proved" it in Captain Rainbow.
    Quite hilariously, in fact, but very NSFW.

  29. Ratchet14 Monday 17th Aug 2009 at 19:06

    Why dont giant goomba's get more of mention in games..... :cry: :mrgreen:

  30. BlueKirby Monday 17th Aug 2009 at 19:16

    I used to enjoy dropping the baby penguin off the side of the level :twisted:


    Same :twisted:

    Together we can obliterate the annoying strange noise making lost baby penguins!!

    Piantas

    ...

    What?

    I mean a game there you control one to ultimitely help luigi to annoy mario :D
    that would be fun, right?

  31. cmdr23 Monday 17th Aug 2009 at 22:42

    BABY PENGUUUUUUUUUUUUUUIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

  32. lisaberd Tuesday 18th Aug 2009 at 12:37

    But what about Waweegee?


    i saw that picture of the weegees somewhere...

  33. Luigi1 Tuesday 18th Aug 2009 at 21:13

    Nice to see the magazine doing it's bit for the big recycling drive.

  34. AntonyP Wednesday 19th Aug 2009 at 06:47

    I guess, everyone is familiar with Super Mario, Super Star Wars, and some Nintendo games, right? I guess so. Anyway, pertaining to Nintendo, there's a recall going into effect. The recall affects the Psyclone Essentials and React Wii controller stations, which are aftermarket components. Wii owners with the Psyclone products are encouraged to unplug the unit and contact the manufacturer. The recharging station heats up and can cause minor burns to skin and clothing. Luckily, no fires have broken out or serious injuries reported. Yet, they have to fix the intendo Wii recall problems, so you shouldn't need to spend time and money to fix it.

  35. Lanky031 Wednesday 19th Aug 2009 at 12:38

    Dry Bones:AWSOME.
    Never die.
    Bonk.Oh hes alive again.
    Bonk.
    *15mins later*
    bonk.im so tired.
    THUD!
    i liked dropping the penguin off too.

  36. BlueKirby Wednesday 19th Aug 2009 at 15:53

    Dry Bones:AWSOME.
    Never die.
    Bonk.Oh hes alive again.
    Bonk.
    *15mins later*
    bonk.im so tired.
    THUD!
    i liked dropping the penguin off too.

    notice how the mother penguin cares when you hold it but doesn't when you drop it...

    *gets back up*
    I don't have time for THIS!
    *pulls out rifle*
    bang
    *dry bones gets back up*
    ...

  37. Fishycatdude Monday 21st Sep 2009 at 18:51

    What about the rat with the bombs in super mario bros. 2/advance I can never remember his name lol :D

  38. bowser jrfan Sunday 27th Sep 2009 at 10:49

    :( baby wario never appeard in a spin off or platformer except yoshis ilsand

  39. bowser jrfan Sunday 27th Sep 2009 at 11:44

    therse going to be a dark bowser in smg2 and king boo

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