Top Ten Nintendo Characters

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The Top Ten

1
Link
Okay so link is better than mario in several ways one is that unlike mario or any of the Nintendo characters link actually ages in the gaming franchise.

Well not exactly aging but there are different aged links with there own set of games. You can't honestly say you like seeing the same middle aged plumber for the last almost 30 years. Also who would you prefer playing as
A sort of elf soldier with a pure motive to go through various dungeons and forest etc. Or a plumber who for some reason not only saves a princess through the same platform but also who knows why go kart races plays several crazy sports and all this other crazy stuff with annoying characters. Speaking of characters of the legend of zelda are unlike mario fun to interact with-ish throughout the games. Mario birdo a I don't even know, characters that have racial stereotypes and stupid morons like waluigi wario etc.
Arrg! I had to go with Link! He deals with a lot more threatening enemies and handles a lot more deadly weapons than Mario. Link has a much better story, which actually changes from game to game! Link has an actual back story and his soul role in Hyrule is not to just save the Princess. Also we know Mario never gets anything from Peach, but we don't really know this about Link and Zelda.

I kind of hate myself for defending this, but I have to go with what is right. I'm not going to go for who founded Nintendo, but who refined Nintendo.

masongilbert74

He's just so headstrong and determined! I know I could never be as brave as him. The things he has done and the places he has seen are just amazing! He's my hero and I think of him as I do things that I find scary.

Oreanta

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2Mario
Yeah we know that Link has a more challenging gameplay with a deep storyline which changes but the gameplay is pretty much the same throughout (adventure, fighting)

At least Mario has a variety of games (NOT JUST SAVING THE PRINCESS) For example RPG in paper mario, Racing in Mario Kart, Sports in Mario tennis, Golf, Baseball, Strikers, Sportsmix, Partying in Mario Party, Platforming in Galaxy and Sunshine
Mario deserves it. Even if he's overrated, he is an Italian developed by Japanese who speaks English and looks like a Mexican. That's a lot of world heritage. He has been in games since 1981 and has had amazing titles like Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario Land, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Sunshine. WOW. In addition to that he's a fighter, golfer, partyer, doctor, and construction worker. Also, Mario was Nintendo's first recognizable video game character and is the most famous, popular, and well known video game character of all time. Mario's main color is red, and that's color better than green. Link's game are harder and more unique, but Mario stops at nothing to save Peach. He traversed the Mushroom Kingdom in Super Mario Bros., went through 15 worlds like volcanoes, the sky, deeserts, mountains, and even a snowy land to save her, and went across the entire galaxy and several different planets to save Peach and the galaxy. HE'S THE BEST! Nothing else needs to be said!

bubbles1111

He's not JUST a character. He's Nintendo's mascot. And when you're dedicated to a company like that, you KNOW you're in for some serious action. And Link may hold a sword, but Mario has the ability to shoot fireballs, grow twice his own size and even take the wheel in a race. A RACE. Link... Um... Stops an evil pig. Nothing special, just a pig. Now Mario, on the other hand, fights a FIRE BREATHING DRAGON while STOMPING HIS ENEMIES TO DEATH and eating leaves that turn him into a half fox. Tell me how a swordsman can be better that. And for masongilbert74 above, Mario doesn't just found Nintendo. He DEFINES Nintendo. I have nothing else to say, so yeah, I'm done.
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3Yoshi
He's been my favorite Mario character forever. My best Mario related character in all of the Super Smash Bros games as well. Ranked 6 in Brawl (Behind Olimar, Lucas, Ike, Lucario, and Diddy Kong), Ranked 1 in Melee, and Ranked 2 in the first one (Behind Link). I also use him in Mario Party and Mario Kart games.

ethany

Yoshi is my favorite Nintendo Character. While many characters come close, I have always enjoyed yoshi for his unique traits like eating almost anything. Link and Kirby are also some of my favorites, but I enjoy Yoshi the best.
I love yoshi he's the coolest little dino you will ever see

decorulez97

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4Kirby
Kirby vs. Mario. Here goes, Mario trys to jump on Kirby, but Kirby just moves out of the way, and again, again, again, again, and again. Kirby, then sucks up Mario and spits him off the cliff. The End.
He may be just a little pink blob with feet and a face, but he's a force to be reckoned with. He EATS HIS ENEMIES. WHOLE. HE SUCKS THEM IN AND SWALLOWS THEM AND ABSORBS THEIR ABILITIES. You have to respect that.
Kirby KICKS ASS AND WOULD KILL EVERYONE IF HE WANTED TO!
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5Luigi
I find Link, Mario and Yoshi a tiny bit overrated (no offense). Luigi deserves more credit than he is given. I don't mind the others but Luigi needs to win this. GO LUIGI
Luigi is awesome. Yeah mario is good, but Luigi can get the job done for certain. He gets sent on secret missions to collect stars and barely gets any credit. He deserves much more credit. I like his ice flower powers, I find he gets the job done no problem. Luigi for the win

dragonfly99

did his job in the shadow
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6Samus Aran
Samus should go more higher because her games are at the level of Link and Mario and she have one of the greatest stories of all the nintendo characters. Come on she at least have to be at top 3!
Samus is an absolute beast come on, she deserves much better than top twelve. At least up in the top five as one of the absolute most amazing characters ever, excellent background, helps bridge the sexist gap, and kicks ass come on.
Samus is one of the greatest characters Nintendo has ever made! The fact that she is all the way in 11th place is a crime! Please vote her higher!
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7Donkey Kong
Donkey kong is the best he has the best 2d games ever! But zelda has the best 3d he doesn't get enough games and my brother thinks he is a bad guy from mini land mayhem stupid mario and zelda games getting put out every year while starfox and donkey kong and kirby and thousands of others are left on the side lines
One Of The Original Characters Of nintendo And So Low? Definitely top 3

copkiller

Donkey Kong is just awesome. His games are challenging and fun, so fun that I actually convinced a guy who didn't want Tropical Freeze, and now he does want it! He definitely deserves to be on the top 3 and deserves more games.
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8Star Fox
Ever since I witnessed Fox in action on the N64 when I was little he has been my hero. It is very odd given that I love "castle related" games and (for the most part) hate "space" games. I have waited for a new Starfox game ever since Starfox Command for the DS. However, they do not seem forthcoming with another adventure any time soon, and should Nintendo disband this EPIC franchise I will never buy from Nintendo again.
Mashiro Sakurai (did I spell his name right? ) Made Starfox, then more or less left Nintendo, leaving Fox at the mercy of Mr. Miyamoto, who seems to much prefer games of his own realization.
Fox has kicked ass ever since the SNES. While they are making 5,000 Zelda games, people fail to realize that they should be making A KICK ASS starfox game
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9Princess Zelda
Zelda is really strong and you don't want to mess with her. Unlike peach, Zelda is tricky and has fire, arrows, mind powers, love spells, teleport, light powers, and can turn into her ego, Sheik, (a ninja that is sneaky). Don't tell me Peach is stronger than that. The only reason she won death battle was cheating by using that mega strike power that Mario also has that he could've defeated Sonic with.
One of the few love interests in existence to not be just another damsel in distress, Zelda has had multiple incarnations, all willing to help out Link in some way or another in his fight against evil, be it Ganon, Malladus, or Debbie (Ghirahim).
Strongest princess in Nintendo. Zelda is also smart like Pico from Super Mario series.
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10Captain Falcon
Only nintendo character that has his own meme, probably also the only character that you can compare to chuck Norris without being either roundhouse kicked or dissed off
Only one thing to say about him: Falcon PUNCH!
I Am Huge Fan of Captain Falcon and I Love Him So Much. By the way:He is Such a Bad Ass Nintendo Character.

CaptainFalconGX4676

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The Contenders

11Pikachu
AWESOME! Pikachu should be Nintendo's mascot. Go electro ball! Bam! You're dead. Pikuachu is awesome! Mario is too!
Pikachu is the mascot for Pokemon and makes an appearance in every single game! That's gotta mean something, right?
Laugh out loud, the best brawl character as well

kapikapi

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12Meta Knight
Meta Knight is just plain EPIK! I mean, he's about the size of Kirby, but with a few extra features. For one, he has bat like wings that let him fly, and glide along the ground if your playing Super Smash Bros Brawl. He has a grayish, sorta silverish mask with a black shape out for his eyes, His eyes are two large, bright, yellow circles. He has a purple, flowing cape that's awesome because I mean, who doesn't look better with a cape?! He also has metallic, purple shoes. But to me, his BEST ever feature is his sword. Long, shining, metallic, golden yellow sword with jagged ends on each side. In Super Smash Bros Brawl, if you are fighting him, in just about 3 to 5 seconds, he can have delivered about 30 slashes and cuts with his sword. Meta Knight is just epik and unbelievable. >:3
Meta knight is the best. The best aspect about him is that you never know if he good or bad. In Kirby superstar ultra, Meta knight tries to rule dreamland with the halberd, and also in Meta Knightmare ultra, he saves dreamland! He flies the coolest ship ever, that can destroy Dyna Blade, Kirby's warp star, Star fox's ship, and any other ship that is thrown at it. In super smash bros brawl, he is a good guy also, and is so mysterious that you just have to love him. No one knows why he has the mask except to hide his face, and no one knows how he messed up his face. Meta knight is the most dark and mysterious villain/hero of all Nintendo, possibly ever, and flies the coolest ship in the universe. Bang.
Meta Knight is rich and a warrior like Birdo from Mario. Meta Knight and Birdo are the best nintendo characters. If I had Meta Knight come to my house, (not a hobo in a meta knight costume), a real meta knight, I would give up anything but life and family and nutrients.
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13Mr. Game & Watch
Super badass and deserves to be higher. He dominates in Melee and Brawl and he's just funny.
Mr. Game and Watch is a classic, he can kick butt in Super Smash Bros and is just a fun character. And to back it up, he is the master of the Superflat World! Top Ten for sure!
They should bring Mr. Game and Watch back for the Wii you or 3ds and give him his own adventure game that involves some of the old Game and Watch games! I'd totally buy that! He deserves a new game!

14King Bowser Koopa
Bowser is the most POWERFUL villain of all time...
Without Bowser, Mario would be nothing more than a 40 year old bachelor plumber.
How is this example of a classic villain behind his Jacko son? Come on, Bowser was the one that messed Mario all these times. Come on, TheTopTens users! Vote for an excellent representation of a good villain!
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15Lucas
Once a poor kid who had witnessed tragedy first hand, this boy with amazing abilities easily becomes one of the most badass characters of his development company.
How the eff is Lanky Kong above a 13 year old kid who has PTS? A kid who's family is dead? A kid who saw his twin suicide? Being the way he suicided? This list...
His game is awesome he doesn't deserve 15 he's little but strong Play his game and youll see

16Princess Toadstool Peach
Princess Peach is one of Nintendo's best characters she was invented way before Link, Kirby, and Yoshi so Peach is like one of gamings best girls Peach is a awesome chracter ant should be moved higher AM I RIGHT! FOR SURE I'M RIGHT!
PEACH IS AMAZING! MY favorite Nintendo character by far! I lover her cheerful, cute and peachy attitude, and she is so darn likeable! True Charisma
Princess peach is the best character ever. Princess peach can do anything. Besides her being the best I love her long flowing blond hair and her long pink dress that she always has on. That is why princess peach is the best.
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17Pit
He's like, Samus, Link, and Mario combined! And he's cute and friendly like Kirby too! It's hard not to love this guy, especially with him cracking jokes and being optimistic all the time! And I agree with the former comment, he would be the best character for Link to team up with. THAT, would be a game I would buy!
Pit is a strong character. He has vast collection of weapons to beat down powerful other characters. He should even team up with Link. With their power and courage together they can beat almost anyone!
I really think Pit (from Kid Icarus series) is the strongest Nintendo character. I strongly believe because he can fight and defeat gods. The only downside is that he can't fly on his own.

willykid

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18Ness
Ness is just the kind of guy I would feel safe around. Every victory makes him stronger and in the original games he has some deadly moves like paralysis. most of his moves in ssb are actually Paula's or Poo's so shouldn't they be added to this list too instead of these non-Nintendo character's?
earthbound is by far the best snes game. ness is the main charecter
I have always been a big fan of the MOTHER series, it helped me to go through a very tough time in my life.
I absolutely love Ness, he is also my main in all of the three SSB games.
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19Birdo
I can see why Yoshi and Birdo date. Yoshi doesn't do anything besides hiding in a eggshell and fluttering. Unlike Birdo who actually appeared on the Super Mario Super Show as Granny Birdo's baby. Granny Birdo is weird, but Birdo tries to use a big nose to protect everyone, without Birdo, most characters would end up blind and definitely like Shy Guy. Also, Birdo helped Shy Guy and Yoshi communicate. Yoshi and Shy Guy are still mortal enemies and got friendly by Birdo.
Without Birdo, Yoshi Park would be a decrease of power especially with blind and definitely shy guys and babies, and Yoshi wouldn't be a captain or a main character and Yoshi is like the best with Birdo around.
If Yoshi's on the list, why not Birdo? Besides what's the difference other than skin color and gender?

20Jigglypuff
Ever since I got Juggled in SSBB, I stuck with her. Why do people hate her so much? She's cute, like Shy Guy, she's puffy, like Kirby, and PINK my favorite color. The only time I don't like her is in the anime, where she draws on everyone's face when they sleep.

21Wario
He needs to be number 1 because he's underrated and underappreciated, characters like Link are undeveloped and incomplete to me because of the lack of voice acting but wario is awesome funny and has the best lines in a video game I like yoshi more but Wario needs respect and makes the other 3 plumbers look like a joke
He is the reason almost every game with him in it has "crude humor" in the rating!

anonymous

wario has the coolest moustache and is sick in mario strikers.

22Koopa Troopa

23Mega Man
He's cool but he is made by cap com who idiot put him on
I would say boost this blue menace up, but Megaman is made by Capcom. Just saying.
Best game ever its really old yet famous he's like a cyber version of link
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24Toad
Toad is so adorable and Princess Peach treats him more mature than Toadette. Toad is also brave on SSBB for Wii. Peach uses him as attack and he's safe! There is a million duplicates of them and they try to help Mario, Peach, and Pauline. Toads are the 2nd best nintendo characters under Kirby.
Toad is the BEST character ever! He needs to be playable in more games! Nintendo is dropping the ball on this!
He was the best driver in Mario Kart 64 - I will dominate anybody in the world in this game!
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25Midna
She is the best thing to happen to Link since the Master Sword
Show some Respect
Best companion ever. She is definitely my favorite video game character!
Favorite videogame character to this date. Runner-up is Rosalina. Love them both, it's nice to see Nintendo giving focus on certain characters and putting effort into sad, detailed backstories.

26Ash Ketchum
Come on! You all know that you loved Pokemon as a child! You clearly want them to go on the top! Ash is one of the best Ninty characters I know since he clearly shows what the true meaning of friendship is!
Was amazing in the first 3/4 series of Pokemon! Plus he's much better than most of the characters listed above E. G Bowser, Bowser Jr. Birdo, Naruto and King Dedede
He isn't even Nintendo!

27Star Wolf
Epic, just epic. Best thing Nintendo ever made. The only thing they need to do is make a game for wolf and wolf alone.

28Ike
Mega man sonic bomberman is not Nintendo

realcritic

Ike Is Like If You Took Link And Put Him Togther With Marth he's Very In Super Smash Bros Brawl

29King Boo
King Boo Is So Cool and Scary and Cute. He Is The Best Character In The Whole Mario Series and Without Him There'll Be A No Game Of Mario. He Is The Boss Of The Lifetime and The Best Nintendo Character Of All Time
I ❤❤❤❤❤ king boo I have always wanted all of his games
He's epic! Boos are my favorite nintendo thing!

30Waddle Dee

Man waddle dee may be week but since he's got a spear and a bandanna he kicks ass! Why isn't he even lower than 50?


31Starfy
Starfy is cool and is not a kirby rip off
Starfy is sooo awesome

32Falco

Best star fox pilot. and my favourite character on super smash bros brawl!


33Bowser
Without Bowser, Mario games wouldn't have a castly adventure.

34Princess Daisy
Princess daisy is very cool she is a Tom boy but she is very fun to play as she loves flowers and is a good driver in Mario kart and other mario games she is very good friends with peach and without princess daisy peach would have no friends. Also daisy is nice with her long yellow and orange dress and before she had long hair but now she has nice short hair that's why princess daisy should be in the top ten
She is the coolest princess. The reasons are because even though she is a princess she is a tomb boy and loves playing sports she has the best dress and also is one of the best mario kart characters ever
One of the first characters and Super Mario Super Show!, was her thing. Without that, Birdo wasn't deserving to be on the list.
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35Ryu Hayabusa

36Captain Olimar
Olimar is just a total boss in general. Although he doesn't seem like a very interesting character when you first start Pikmin, throughout the game as you read more and more of his captain's logs he starts to grow more interesting, and just like every other main character in a nintendo game. He's got that certain charm that wins him fans.
Olimar is kickass! Pikmin is also a great game.

MoldySock


37Marx Soul
Even though his scream is scary, Marx in my opinion, is an amazing character in the kirby franchise.

38Shy Guy
He so cute and some people say peach is way better on Mario party 9 but her jumping is suckish and she is to tall and tall girls are freaky
I like Mario, but yeaah shy guy is just a TEENY bit better. I even made a shy guy costume (great success! ) Seriously get him in (if not the top 3) at least 4th
This guy is the best. Shy Guy > Link
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39Ganondorf
Well he is one of the best villains in history along with my most favourite characters in Nintendo, plus his backstory in 'the wind waker'was one of the saddest I've ever seen! Ganondorf fans unite!
He's way creepier than Bowser. Bowser is just... well... ROOOAR!

40Dry Bones

41King Dedede
I love Dedede, my favourite Nintendo character ever and video game character overall!

His hammer is amazing, also his theme song and powers and abilites, and besides, he's the original bad guy in Kirby, though he's NOT A VILLAIN.
My favorite video game character of all time!
He is very cool, I mean he is the Allie of kirby in kirby's return to dreamland. He is cool. He is lithe king of waddle dees. But kirby is still cool, I mean king dedede is the boss in the older kirby games but in kirby's epic yarn he is controlled by strings. In kirby cartoon right back at ya king dede is with the nightmare interprises. HE IS EPIC >=3

42Pauline
She should be a princess. Rosalina and pauline builds their kingdoms. Their dresses are not too babyish. Pauline resembles the 1900s and brings it back and she looks like Scarlet from a board game Clue
Without her, who's the kongs, and what do they know everyone as, they have to capture a princess besides Peach, right?

43Fawful

44Leon Scott Kennedy

45Princess Rosalina
She is from the Mario games and she was first seen in super Mario galaxy. Princess rosalina is the princess of the lumus she is very powerful and is a great racer in Mario kart wii and Mario kart 7
Rosalina's the true beauty! She's better than Peach and Daisy. Also better than Pauline! She's so lovely and sporty (see Mario Kart Wii)...
Rosalina is on of the great Mario person but peach is so annoying in Mario kart 7.
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46Bomberman
Bomberman is not a Nintendo character.

47Marth
Dude marth is like will Turner In blue. Minus the moustache.
MARTH FOR THE WIN
JESUS, HOW COME MARTH IS THIS FAR DOWN?!

48Fox McCloud

49Little Mac
He is the best of all the games, he has taught kids to go on in their goals despite not being the biggest and strongest.
He is by far one of the best Nintendo characters of all time.
I love little mac. He's my favourite
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50Mr. Saturn
Mr. Saturn is the funnyst item in melee and brawl, PUAAH! PUAAH!

51Eely-Mouth

52Kamek
Kamek are so OP. Mario could never win in a boss fight against one. Not many characters use magic, let alone have so much power.

53Chain Chomp
What chain chomp off his chain rocks it would eat anything
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54Mewtwo

55Lakitu

56Rob the Robot
He's so cool in ssbb even if this 1980's robot has extremely slow he's still awesome.

57Diddy Kong

58Gooper Blooper
Gooper Blooper may be easy on Super Mario Sunshine but he's also kinda cool.

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59Palutena
Yes she's in smash now!

60Ridley
This awesome dragon needs to be higher!

61Skull Kid

62Roy
Roy Ike Marth and Lyn are awesome Fire Emblem RULES

63Batman
I'm BATMAN! Tell me where the Joker is! RACHEL!

64Lip
She first appear in that smash hit game Panel de Pon... But was changed to Tetris Attack in NA. Still wish the Popple fairies would returned in this time now everyone likes anime.
NOBODY Cares For Poor, Poor Lip...
It's All "OOH, LOOK IT'S A NEW Mario OR Zelda GAME, YAY! "

Will Nintendo Ever CARE FOR THIS POOR FAIRY?!?!?

65Knuckles the Echidna
Even though I am pretty sure they are SEGA characters but if sonic is on the list Knuckles deserves to be too. He is way stronger than Sonic and the only echidna I have married... Long story :P

66Simon Belmont

67Blathers
He's so awesome and my 2nd Favorite Animal Crossing Character. (1st being Resetti)

68Paula Polestar
A pretty girl with deadly psychic powers. Though she has to be rescued a few times, she is definiteley not helpless.

69Larry Koopa

70Zero Suit

71Boo

72Vaati
He's a cool villain.

73Impa

74Dark Pit

75Fly Guy

76Chunky Kong
He is so strong he could make a kremling cry out for mummy

77Lanky Kong

78Tiny Kong

79Wolf O'Donnell

80Aran Ryan
He is cheating but I like him very much.
By the way, I wonder if he has any connexion with samus Aran

81Metal Mario

82Ghirahim
Weird, but downright creepy.

83Groose
Groose has weird hair! He's weird hi myself! And his theme explains it all!

84Krystal
Finally! Star fox now has a good female character!

85Giygas
The "embodiment of evil itself". Such a creepy character but I love the concept.

86Trevor Belmont

87Billy and Jimmy (Double Dragon Bros.)

88Ganon

89MissingNo
MissingNo may be only a glitch but he is such an amazing character

90Goomba

91Red
The original Pokemon trainer. At least should be better than ash for lotsa reasons.

92Toon Link

93Henry Hatsworth
Dark humor and psycho 'enough said

94Baby Daisy

95Solid Snake
Yay he is technically PlayStation now and actually started on the MSX2, Snake is one of the most epic characters in video games. Ya he's no Link but MGS1 is one of my favorite game and while I usually do not care about stories in games, Snakes is the best by far.

96Tetra

97Cranky Kong

98Goku
What is goku doing here? He's not Nintendo? Get him off!

99Ronald McDonald
This doesn't make any sense. McDonald's is a fast food restaurant, people... THINK!
Whoever put this character, go jump in a hole and kill yourself.
This guy is the best super smash bros 5 character by far
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100Ludwig Van Koopa
Best character ever! He's cool and awesome.

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