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Wario
Wario SSBU artwork.png
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork
Franchise Mario, Wario
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992, overall)
Doubutsu no Mori+ (2001, Animal Crossing franchise)
Latest appearance Mario Strikers: Battle League (2022, overall)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (version 1.8.0) (outfit cameo) (2021, Animal Crossing franchise)
Latest portrayal Charles Martinet (1997–present)
Species Human

Wario is a character from the Mario franchise. He is a muscular, obese, and greedy man who is the arch-rival of Mario. Wario made his first appearance in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, as the main antagonist. Shortly after his debut, Wario went on to star in his own game, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, and received his own franchise. Wario has also been a playable character in several Mario spinoff titles and most of the Super Smash Bros. games. Most of Wario's appearances feature him as an anti-hero instead of a villain.

One of the Wario games, Wario's Woods, is one of the Nintendo Entertainment System games available as a furniture item in Doubutsu no Mori+ and two of its variations, Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+. Because of this Doubutsu no Mori+ is technically Wario's first appearance in the Animal Crossing franchise. However, Super Smash Bros. Melee is the first game in which Wario appears alongside a few Animal Crossing characters, although each are in the form of a trophy cameo.

Animal Crossing appearances[edit]

Wario does not physically appear in any of the Animal Crossing games, but references to him are present throughout.

In Doubutsu no Mori+ and two of its reissues, Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+, Wario only appears within the Nintendo Entertainment System game Wario's Woods.

Wario's various accessories are clothing items throughout the Animal Crossing franchise. The Wario Hat appears in Animal Crossing: City Folk, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (as a part of the Super Mario Set), and Animal Crossing: New Horizons (since the version 1.8.0 update). His mustache was also included in the latter two games' updates. Furthermore, the Animal Crossing: New Horizons update also includes Wario's outfit and shoes as clothing items.

Related appearances[edit]

Wario's Woods[edit]

A screenshot showing Wario's appearance within Wario's Woods

Although his name is featured within the game's title, Wario is featured as the main villain of Wario's Woods, just like he was in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Wario wants to take over the woods, and sends an army to try and accomplish this task. Toad, Birdo and the forest sprites try to stop him from doing so. Toad battles Wario's evil creatures in a Tetris Attack-esque game, stacking and matching creatures to destroy them.

Wario constantly appears in the box in the corner of the screen, making the ceiling fall on Toad, and sending in more animals. He also appears between levels, telling Toad to give it up and go home. In the end, Wario uses a fake version of himself to fight Toad before finally stepping out to fight Toad himself. In the end, Toad defeats Wario, and a cutscene shows him chasing Wario out of the woods.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. character
Wario
Wario SSB4 artwork.png
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Chomp
Side:  Wario Bike
Up:  Corkscrew
Down:  Wario Waft
Final Smash:  Wario-Man
Battle entrance
Rides his bike into the stage.

Wario has been a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series since Super Smash Bros. Brawl. One of Mario's alternate costumes in every Super Smash Bros. installment (except Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) depicts his clothing as the same color as Wario's.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Wario appears as a collectible trophy, obtainable by clearing All-Star without continuing.

According to Masahiro Sakurai, when expanding the roster, Wario was considered as being a slower but more powerful "model swap" of Mario, but this was rejected and the idea was ultimately applied to Dr. Mario instead.[1]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

One of Mario's recolors is based on Wario's regular outfit, as seen in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wario SSBB icon.png

Wario first appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, available from the start. His standard costume design is his outfit that he is seen in during the WarioWare series. Unlike the other characters, Wario also has a full alternate costume in the form of his standard overalls; the player can only play as Wario in his WarioWare outfit in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary. Wario has his own distinct emblem (the W on his cap) that represents the Wario franchise.

Wario's animations are rather quirky, due to moving in a stop motion-esque way. Two of Wario's trademark attacks are featured in this game; the Dash Attack is used as his forward smash, while the Wild Swing Ding is used as his forward throw.

Wario is one of the heavier characters in the game but has an unusually high aerial speed and small size given his weight. Wario's standard special is Chomp, which has Wario bite down on any opponents nearby and allows him to eat items. His side special is Wario Bike, which has Wario ride forward on the Wario Bike. His up special is Corkscrew, which sends him into the air in a spinning motion. Finally, his down special is Wario Waft, in which Wario farts to deal damage; the amount of damage depends on how much the move has been charged. His Final Smash is Wario-Man, which transforms Wario and gives him increased attack power and speed.

Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary[edit]
Wario's snapshot in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary

In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, Wario is a villain, serving as one of the higher-ranked members of the Subspace Army. He is never shown alongside Bowser, Ganondorf, or even the Ancient Minister. According to Smash Bros. DOJO!!, Wario takes his orders for granted and does whatever he wants.

Wario, just before collecting the Luigi trophy

Early on, in the Midair Stadium, Wario shoots the princess whom Kirby was unable to save from Petey Piranha with his Dark Cannon. Wario escapes from the explosion of the Subspace Bomb, taking the trophy with him.

Later, at the Ruined Zoo, Wario attempts to shoot Ness, who dodges every shot. Wario then aims for Lucas, and Ness jumps in front of him, taking the shot and becoming a trophy. Wario then grabs the trophy as Lucas runs away.

Later, Wario is traveling with a Cargo with the two trophies he currently has. In the middle of the road, he finds a Luigi trophy which he decides to take. However, as soon as he touches it, Waddle Dees come from everywhere and attack him. They take the Luigi trophy from him, and King Dedede steals Wario's Cargo, revealing that Dedede had planned this out to distract Wario. Later, Wario fights the Pokémon Trainer and Lucas in a desert. However, this time, Lucas beats Wario and turns him into a trophy, which the two leave lying on the ground. After Galleom's Subspace Bomb explodes, the explosion sucks the Wario trophy inside. Wario is later found in Subspace, where he is turned back to life by Kirby. He finds King Dedede and starts threatening vengeance, but Luigi and Ness rush to Dedede's aid, and Wario becomes shocked at his former captives defending who he perceived to be an enemy of theirs. Wario learns that Tabuu is the real leader of the Subspace Army and decides to join in the final battle against Tabuu.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U screenshot of Wario smiling widely as Waluigi stomps Mario and Luigi into the ground

Wario returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, where he appears as an unlockable character in both versions. To unlock Wario in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the player has to clear 100-Man Smash or play 30 matches, then have their fighter defeat Wario in a 1-stock match on the WarioWare, Inc. stage. The unlock criteria is different in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U; the player must either complete 100-Man Smash or play 20 matches, then have their fighter defeat Wario in a 1-stock match on the Gamer stage. Unlike Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wario has only eight palette swaps; four for his WarioWare outfit, and four for his usual outfit.

Wario's moveset is mostly unaltered, though his forward smash is now a backhanded punch instead of the Dash Attack. Wario also receives a new up smash, which is a one-hitting, head-inflating headbutt. Additionally, Wario's forward and back throws have swapped places, meaning that the Wild Swing Ding is now his back throw.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, players can actually see Wario before unlocking him if they clear All-Star mode as Luigi, who is a starting character. Wario appears in Luigi's Final Smash trophy.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

A screenshot of Wario performing his down taunt in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Wario returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, retaining both his WarioWare and Wario Land appearances. A few of his normal attacks have changed, including his dash attack, which is now his main attack from the Wario Land series instead of a dive; additionally, his side tilt has been altered from a straight punch to a backhand slap. For his Final Smash, Wario once again transforms into Wario-Man; however, instead of fighting as him, Wario dashes into his opponents, traps them and lands a flurry of punches before finishing them off with a Wario Waft attack. Possibly because of Mario incorporating costumes from Super Mario Odyssey for his alternate costumes, it is also the first Super Smash Bros. game where Wario is present as a playable character without Mario also using a palette swap based on Wario's outfit at the same time. As with several other returning characters, Wario's victory theme has been sped up.

Wario benefits from universal changes: his mobility is faster, his short hop timing is reduced, his aerials have less landing lag, his recovery is extended by the reintroduction of directional air dodges, and his offensive play is increased by the ability to use any ground attack out of a run and any aerial attack on ladders. Wario's forward tilt deals consistent damage, and his up tilt and down throw have their damage reduced; however, Wario's dash attack, forward and up smashes, and up throw all deal more damage, making his overall damage output higher.

Classic Mode route[edit]

Wario's Classic Mode route has him fight heavyweight opponents. Wario's Classic Mode route's name references his signature quote from Mario Kart 64.

I'm-a Gonna Win!
Round Opponent(s) Stage Song
1 Ganondorf Coliseum Death Mountain
2 Charizard Pokémon Stadium 2 Victory Road - Pokémon Ruby / Pokémon Sapphire
3 Ike Arena Ferox Against the Dark Knight
4 King Dedede Fountain of Dreams Gourmet Race (Melee)
5 King K. Rool Kongo Falls Crocodile Cacophony
6 Incineroar Pokémon Stadium The Battle at the Summit!
Final Master Hand, Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher) Final Destination Master Hand
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Wario using the Super Horn in Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 artwork

In Mario Kart 8, Wario is a heavyweight racer, just like in other Mario Kart games, and is a default character. In addition to his appearance, he receives a new track called Mount Wario, a single-lap race down a snowy mountain. Wario Stadium returns as a retro course, albeit with anti-gravity features to enhance it. Wario's Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii also returns as a downloadable racetrack. This leaves Mario Kart 8 as having the most Wario-themed race courses out of any other Mario Kart game.

Much like in Mario Kart 7, Wario is one of the heaviest racers in the game, rivaling Bowser, Morton Koopa Jr., Dry Bowser, and the Large Mii in stats as a result; his weight also rivals that of Metal Mario and Pink Gold Peach. This in return means that Wario can potentially have the best possible speed and weight, but at the same time, have the worst possible acceleration, handling, and grip. His kart emblem is a purple "W" on a yellow background.

Wario reappears in the Nintendo Switch port Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This time, Wario's stats are only shared with Dry Bowser.

Profiles[edit]

Play Nintendo[edit]

Character Description
Play Nintendo Wario profile.png
Wario
This rude and crude fellow likes to toot…his own horn.
Wario is stubborn, sneaky, and every bit as crooked as his mustache—the complete opposite of his rival, Mario. But he's got a head for business, and despite his greedy nature, he's been known to lend the occasional helping hand.

Mario franchise[edit]

Mario Kart 8[edit]

MK8 Wario Emblem.pngMK8 Wario Car Horn Emblem.png
Wario's emblems from Mario Kart 8
  • Weight Class: Heavy
  • Stats
    • Speed
      • Ground: 4.75
      • Water: 5.25
      • Air: 4.75
      • Anti-Gravity: 5
    • Acceleration: 2
    • Weight: 4.75
    • Handling
      • Ground: 2.25
      • Water: 2.25
      • Air: 2
      • Anti-Gravity: 2.5
    • Traction: 3.25
    • Mini-Turbo: 2.25
  • Bio: "Wario’s desire for more gold and more treasure has brought him back to the track. One of the heaviest and fastest racers in the whole cast, expect to see many records set by players choosing Wario!"
Staff ghost time
Course Staff Name Country Time Vehicle Combination
Body Tires Glider
DS Wario Stadium Nin★Mizuho Japan 2:14.213 Tri-Speeder Off-Road Wario Wing

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Driver statistics
Vehicle size Speed Acceleration Weight Handling Traction Mini-Turbo
Ground Water Air Anti-Gravity Ground Water Air Anti-Gravity
Large 10 10 10 10 0 9 1 1 1 1 1 0
150cc staff ghost time
Course Staff Name Country Time Vehicle Combination
Body Tires Glider
DS Wario Stadium Nin★Mizuho Japan 2:09.171 Tri-Speeder Off-Road Wario Wing
Wii Wario's Gold Mine Nin★Pit Germany 2:22.119 Standard Kart Monster Super Glider
200cc staff ghost time
Course Staff Name Country Time Vehicle Combination
Body Tires Glider
Mount Wario Nin★Massim Italy 1:37.266 Standard ATV Crimson Slim Wario Wing

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