Best Mario Kart Characters

The Top Ten

1 Yoshi Yoshi Yoshi, once romanized as Yossy, is a fictional anthropomorphic dinosaur who appears in video games published by Nintendo. He is most known for his appearances in the Yoshi and Mario franchises.

I am glad that Yoshi is first on the list because he is and always will be my favourite Mario character because he's so adorable!

Yoshi committed tax fraud

Why are we comparing racers! Yoshi is a great character in his games, but he dosen’t stand out in Mario kart! I love yoshi though

I just don't really see the purpose of comparing racers, but okay. - Qryzx

2 Toad Toad Toad, known in Japan as Kinopio, is a major character in the Mario Bros. franchise. He assists Princess Peach in the Mushroom Kingdom and will do whatever it takes to help her. He first appeared in the classic game, Super Mario Bros. after being kidnapped by Bowser and his minions. Since then he has more.

Toad's the best, around. Nothing's ever gonna bring him down! - MasterBeef

This was my number 1 favorite as a kid, I still like using him sometimes,

Out of all the male Mario characters Toad is my favorite he's so cute and kind energetic little guy

Yeah Right? I prefer Toadette over this obnoxious Pest

3 Mario Mario Mario is the main character in the Mario Bros. Franchise, who was created by the creative director and video game designer at Nintendo of Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario has appeared in almost every Mario Game, including spinoff series, as a playable character, with few exceptions including New Super more.

Kinda funny reading all the comments of the mouth breathing degenerates in the Luigi comment section blindly hate on poor Mario.

Try Wild Wing, looks just like a red Lamborghini!

He's the main character! You gotta love him!

Mario is the king of the gaming franchise

4 Luigi Luigi Luigi is a fictional character featured in video games and related media released by Nintendo. Created by prominent game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Luigi is portrayed as the slightly younger but taller fraternal twin brother of Nintendo's mascot Mario, and appears in many games throughout the Mario more.

Weegee da best - Weegee2

Luigi is the best! He is an all around, which makes him awesome, and he has great steering capabilities. I think he should be number 1 on this list! Enough' said, OK?

I HATE when people like Mario just because he started the franchise and say that makes him a good character.Then turn around and say Mario is better than everyone else and Luigi sucks. Vote only for Luigi. He is better than Mario.

Mario Sucks. Luigi deserves to be higher because he is better

5 Waluigi Waluigi Waluigi is a lanky self-centered, brusque young lad as he is considered evil and the main rival of Luigi. Waluigi is shown causing local havoc in most games he appears in alongside his partner Wario. Waluigi is not instinctively evil or the antagonist (not counting DDR), as a matter of fact, he shows more.

Guys let just say WALUIGI IS THE BEST! Vote for president

Shut up about queen bee already

Honey queens an ass

He is underrated

No, he's not Underrated, he sucks and Wario is Way Better than Him! - ToadF1

6 Dry Bowser Dry Bowser Dry Bowser is the fossilized version of the main antagonist of the Mario Bros. Franchise, Bowser. He first appeared in New Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo DS after Bowser had been dumped into the lava and was left with his skeleton. Since then, Dry Bowser has appeared as a villain in games like Super more.

He is so cool - Noudritman123

I love this guy and Rosalina sucks so badly ROB should of been on the game. - P0o0o

Dry bowser the best character at 3 stats

Dry Bones is cool but Dry Bowser may be there too!

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7 Daisy Daisy Princess Daisy is a fictional character in the Mario series of video games, in which she is the princess of the fictional region of Sarasaland.

Not only does she have the best voice, and the best acceleration.

Nintendo - How about Luigi has a girlfriend and Peach's Best bud. We'll call her Daisy. The fans might love Peach's partner.

Me - I love Daisy and Birdo. Now you don't have to be stupid Peach!

I have always loathed all the princess s

8 Metal Mario Metal Mario

I hate it when people rant on about Pink Gold Peach but turn around and like Metal Mario. Metal Mario is basically the root of all the garbage. Think about it: Cat Peach, Tanooki Mario, and obviously the atrocious Pink Gold Peach all came after him. They are all similar results. They're clones, obscure references, or just lazy pieces of garbage that came after a similar result. - DCfnaf

Metal Mario is just a power up in super Mario world 64

My name is metal Mario

Mario but it is a Repaint. - Loosername

9 Toadette Toadette Toadette is a character in the Mario series. She is a female Toad who first appeared in the Nintendo GameCube video game Mario Kart: Double Dash.

I am trying to get Toadette and it is harder than you might think, but I've heard about how awesome she is.

Great lightweight totally worth getting her

Toad, but now Annoying Girlfriend Version. - Loosername

Toad and toadette are the best!
Top 5
5 Mario
4 Luigi
3 Yoshi
2 Toadette
1 Toad

10 Morton

Morton is ass.

Hard Boiled Koopa The Tough - Loosername

Koopaling Morton is I'm bigg fan of them Morton is so heavy that even that pesky Rosalina can't touch him

Finally a person who appreciate the koopalings


The Newcomers

? Pauline Pauline Pauline, also known as Daniella Verducci, is the original damsel-in-distress whom Mario must rescue from the eponymous ape in the original Donkey Kong.

The Contenders

11 Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr., or sometimes simply Jr., is a video game character who appears in Nintendo's Mario franchise as the secondary antagonist. He is the youngest son of the series' primary antagonist, Bowser.

My main in Tour.

My favorite since Double Dash.

The main reason why he's better than Bowser is because he's very cute.

HELL yeah

12 Funky Kong

He's statistically the fastest character in Mario Kart Wii, and you've got to admit he's pretty hilarious. I also love how Funky Kong's MKW stats have helped a bit to bring him out of obscurity. - Entranced98

Funky Kong is the most overrated character in Mario kart wii and the most used for world record

It's not overrated. It has the best boost speed, that's why everyone is using him - HiN

Funky Kong is awesome and cool! I wonder why it did never return...

Overrated, but those stats... - Loosername

13 Dry Bones Dry Bones Dry Bones is a common enemy species in the Super Mario series of video games since „Super Mario Bros. 3“ (1988). After his first debut as a playable character in „Mario Superstar Baseball“ (2005), he became a fan-favorite and also got playable in other spin-offs of the Mario series.

To me, Dry Bones is the best character ever!

Are you Serious? What is Dry bones doing at #24 he needs to be in th top 5. He's awesome with the bullet bike in Mariokart Wii. He got replaced by baby rosalina so he better be in Mario kart 9

Why only 24?!

14 Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the platform game genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of platforms while dodging and jumping over obstacles.

Dude, the first Mario game was called Donkey Kong! Make him higher, please

He really good even have his own stadium

15 Koopa Troopa Koopa Troopa Koopa Troopas, or just simply Koopas, known in Japan as Nokonoko, are a fictional race of turtle or tortoise-like creatures from the Mario series, as well as its sister Yoshi series.

Best mario character for me

He and his circuit together are probably the best in town!

This is the version of Dry Bones but with a skin.

Yeah whatsoever.

They like exactly the same koopa and dry bones

16 R.O.B.

Honestly, has there ever been a cooler looking robot in a Mario Kart game? No! Because R.O. B is the only robot in the game! He is an extremely unique character, and that's why he should be in the top ten on this list.

Best addition to Mario Kart ever. When I saw he wasn't going to be on Mario Kart Wii I was very very sad. - N64Dude

Why is ROB in Mario kart he is not a Mario character

Third best character in Mario Series behind Mametchi and Dry Bones. - Loosername

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17 King Boo King Boo King Boo is the leader of all the Boos, and the main antagonist in both Luigi's Mansion and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.

He is the best

Oh yeah - Noudritman123

YAY King Boo as a racer! This character made me laugh, because if you drift in Mario Kart WII, he shows his tongue! :D funny moments!

He is the king of all ghosts. How can King Boo not be awesome?

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18 Peach Peach Princess Peach is a major character in the Mario Bros. Franchise. She is the lead female of the The Mario franchise. She is usually the character who needs saved in most Mario Games, but also has appeared as a playable character in the Main-Series Mario Games, including Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario more.

How is Baby Luigi better than Peach? Explain your logic please.
Peach is claimed to be:
-short tempered/bossy.
What Peach REALLY is:
-Capable of defending herself (idiots who haven't actually researched her don't know this Because they wanna fill their top ten reasons to hate Peach with crappy reasons because they don't have enough valid reasons to hate her).
-Overhated (people call Rosalina underrated now because of recent hate yet Peach's popularity hasn't changed at all).
-A first place winner for the most used woman in gaming.
To top it off, she's one place higher than a person only featured in an arcade version. - Qryzx

I don't understand why peach gets so much hate. She is literally one of my favorite characters, and her kart it very easy to control but at the same time is very fast. I've won tournaments using only Peach. Yoshi is the best I won't argue that but Peach definitely deserves to be higher on this list.

I know that Peach rocks on Peach Beach and Peach Gardens.

19 Rosalina Rosalina Rosalina, known as Rosetta in Japan, is a major character in the Mario Bros . Franchise . She first appeared in the popular Mario Game, Super Mario Galaxy in 2007 for the Nintendo Wii and later returned for the game's sequel in 2010 . Since then, she has been featured in many main-series Mario Games more.

Rosalina is super

Rosalina is ugly

At 15 more like 1. I've always loved Rosalina even though I am a boy Rosalina is my favorite by far

Best racer ever not only that but she is the prettiest princess I have ever seen in my life

20 Wiggler Wiggler


Wigglity Sooty. - Loosername

21 Shy Guy Shy Guy

And you get a different colour choice so it gives you variety

Shy Guy wins by a lot!

He kicks everyone elses butts!

SHE...GUY - Loosername

22 Bowser Bowser Bowser is the main antagonist of the Mario Bros. Franchise. From kidnapping Princess Peach to simply destroying a fun game between Mario and Friends in the Mario Party spinoff series, this king of the Koopas has set up a certain hatred towards himself amongst the large cast of Mario Characters. He first more.

How is Bowser 21st he should be 1st

He is like pretty fast and REEAALY COOL

Bowser is so cool but behaves very much like Shadow the Hedgehog, who SUCKS!

In most Mario Kart games his stats are great, especially in MK8. - Entranced98

23 Larry
24 Lakitu Lakitu

Lakitu cute and I like to play as him though bad general stats

25 Diddy Kong Diddy Kong Diddy Kong is a fictional character in the Donkey Kong series of video games, first appearing in the 1994 game Donkey Kong Country.

I like the Kong family! When are they going to add Dixie Kong?

Screw pink gold peach
best character ever is diddy and add dixse

26 Pink Gold Peach Pink Gold Peach

Stupid character just like Metal Mario what will be next Emerald Luigi and Orange Bronze Daisy?

Nintendo: let’s think of the last Mario kart 8 character. Let’s see, birdo, king boo, diddy Kong, nabbit, One guy in Nintendo: I know! Let’s make peach but metal and sprayed with pink gold! She’ go nice with metal Mario. Nintendo: okay, pink gold peach is the new character! Me: seriously Nintendo! She’s horrible! Have you seen the backlash?! Nintendo: everyone likes her! Me: yeah, sure. Everyone likes her. (Sarcasm) you could at least make it a costume. Actually, you could do that with cat peach! And baby peach. And baby Mario! And metal Mario! I bet Nintendo will make more clones like baby wario, baby waluigi, baby bowser, baby yoshi, metal luigi, and pink gold daisy, fire mario, fire peach, All taking there own character slots! Why can’t you just make the clones a costume! I would rather play as the sign in super Mario 64 then pink gold peach! I hate that one guy in Nintendo who thought of her

27 Wario Wario Wario is a character in Nintendo's Mario series who was originally designed as an antagonist to Mario. His motives are driven by greed and he will take the side of whoever will give him the most pay. Although he may seem like just a mean man with no heart, he does have a very tragic past.

Why is this dude so low? He has been the best in 3 different games!

28 Ludwig
29 Link Link Link refers to several different incarnations of the same protagonist of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series.
30 Baby Pink Gold Peach
31 Pac-Man Pac-Man Pac-Man is the protagonist fictional character of the franchise of the same name by Namco, who was first introduced in the Japanese arcade game Pac-Man on May 22, 1980 in Japan, later released in the United States in October the same year.

He has only been featured in the arcade games (GP2 had a super bland Rainbow Road with nowhere to fall off). Face it, the only reason you have him here is nostalgia. - Qryzx

Yes, you can play as him on the arcade games, but those are too irrelevant to the series to put anything to do with those on this list. The only way Pac-Man is relevant to the series is that you can use your Pac-Man Amiibo as a suit for your Mii in Mario Kart 8. - thunderstar1124

That has never been a character! Who put this one on this list?

Yes, he has! He's been in the arcade version in 2005 and 2007!

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32 Petey Piranha Petey Piranha
33 Roy

Handling on point

34 Lemmy

I hate Lemmy

35 Isabelle

This is my main. I know people hate her, but she is my favorite because I LOVE Animal Crossing.

36 Inkling Girl Inkling Girl

Inkling Boy is my main in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - thunderstar1124

37 Inkling Boy Inkling Boy


38 Birdo Birdo Birdo is a dinosaur that is well known for her (or his) confused Gender. It was originally stated that Birdo was a male who believed he was a female, but this was changed in later games. Birdo is commonly referred to as a girl, however, they are in a relationship with Yoshi. Birdo first appeared in more.

It is like the female version of Yoshi

? ? :P

39 Baby Luigi Baby Luigi

If you buy Mario Kart Double Dash, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi partner up for Baby Park, which is a fast and easy circuit.

40 Baby Mario Baby Mario

Try Bullet Bike, Mini Beast, or Bit Bike for the best results!

41 Baby Peach Baby Peach Baby Peach is the infant version of the major character from the Mario Series, Princess Peach. She is mostly known for her appearances in the Mario Kart Franchise in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 as a playable character, but she also appears in other Mario games, including Yoshi's Island DS, in which more.

Baby Peach: Worst Mario character ever. Too bad she appears more than Baby Daisy.

1-2-3, EASY! I have done Baby Peach once on Koopa Cape and she is great!

She's almost as bad as the koopalings.

42 Mrs. Pac-Man

This has also never been a character! Really, why?

This used to be Toadette before Toadette was Toadette as a Toadette. - Loosername

43 Paratroopa Paratroopa

Paratroopa is a lot Better than that mushroom boy Toad. Therefore he should be #1. Come on! Would you rather have an obnoxious 6 year old or a spiritual tortoise from heaven?

Why does he need karts when has wings

Troopa the Parakoopa - Loosername

44 Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.

He's the only Super Mario kart character who didn't return once.

45 Baby Daisy Baby Daisy Baby Daisy is the infant version of the major character in the Mario Bros . franchise, Princess Daisy . She is known for her appearances as a playable character in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 . She is also found as a playable character in Super Mario Sluggers for the Wii .
46 Honey Queen Honey Queen
47 Baby Rosalina Baby Rosalina Baby Rosalina is an infant version of the major character from the Mario Bros . Franchise, Rosalina . She first appeared in Mario Kart 8 as a playable character and is now one of 5 baby characters in the roster, alongside infant versions of Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Princess Daisy . this triggers me. - Loosername

48 Iggy
49 Wendy
50 Tanooki Mario Tanooki Mario
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