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Luigi as seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Game Series Mario series
First Appearance Mario Bros. (1981)
Alias: Luigi Mario[1]
Alter Ego: Mr. L
Japanese Name: ルイージ, Ruīji
Status: Alive
Occupation: Plumber, golfer, tennis pro, baseball player, soccer captain, dancer, etc.
Nationality: Italian-American, Mushroom Kingdom
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Dis-Likes: Ghosts
Family: Mario (older brother)
Home: Mushroom Kingdom
Power: Varies
Weapon(s): Varies
Creator(s): Shigeru Miyamoto
Voice Actor(s): Charles Martinet
Trademark: Blue/Green overalls, Black moustache, Green "L" cap.
I'm Luigi, number 1!
~ Luigi, Mario Kart 64.

Luigi is one of the main characters in the Mario series. He is the younger and taller brother of Mario.

Originally, he was a green palette swap of Mario, used to designate a second player. Over time, he developed his own distinct features and personality. In games such as Super Mario Bros. 2 or Super Smash Bros., Luigi is often categorized as being faster or jumping higher. However, those games give him less traction and strength. Other games give him the exact same abilities as Mario.

Luigi has been given a distinct role in the series and has starred in his own video game, called Luigi's Mansion. He is a staple of the Mario universe, being included in every Mario sports game, and was even given his own rival, Waluigi, to compare to Mario's Wario. It has also been hinted that Luigi has romantic connections with Daisy, princess of Sarasaland, giving Luigi an equivalent to Peach.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Luigi is slightly taller and thinner than Mario. His normal outfit consists of blue overalls, a green long-sleeved shirt, brown shoes and a green cap with an "L" symbol. His mustache is also slightly different and his voice pitch is higher than Mario.

Personality[edit | edit source]

In earlier games, Luigi was portrayed as living in his brother's shadow and did not receive the recognition Mario did. With the release of Luigi's Mansion, however, Luigi received his own spotlight, which shed more light on his personality: his fear of ghosts and general apprehension of the dark. In the Mario & Luigi series, Luigi is used more as a comic relief character, often being forgotten and left behind, or has little impression on other characters. He is also portrayed as being unlucky and accident-prone in most of his official artwork.

Origin[edit | edit source]

Luigi was first introduced in Mario Bros., a game that was not originally intended to be 2-player until Miyamoto saw Joust. He was very impressed with the concept, and wanted to introduce a second player to the gameplay, Mario's brother. His name is rumored to have come from a pizza parlor nearby the then-new Redmond, Washington headquarters of Nintendo of America called "Mario and Luigi's."

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Luigi's abilites are usually identical to Mario. In some games he has better jumping and speed, but less traction, strength, and slower acceleration. In the Luigi's Mansion series, Luigi gets a Poltergust device, which is a superpowered vaccuum cleaner designed to trap ghosts and spirits.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Luigi's tall, thin, and squirrel characteristics first distinguished him from Mario in Super Mario 2. This is because Mario 2 was basically the game Doki Doki Panic with a few sprite swaps. The original character that Luigi usurped was tall and thin with good jumping skills. These characteristics would later carry over into other games.
  • In New Super Mario Bros., players can control Luigi in the single player game by holding the L + R buttons when selecting a save file.
  • In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Luigi was portrayed by Danny Wells.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Brian. Miyamoto says Mario’s full name is “Mario Mario” NinEverything. September 14, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2018.