10 Most Underrated Mario Characters


The Top Ten

1 Princess Peach Princess 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 ...read more.

This girl deserves to be number one on this list. Trust me, I used to hate Peach for some reason but now I actually enjoy playing as her. Those stupid haters don't have any good reasons for why Peach is terrible. At least she tries to help Mario when she's not kidnapped and has a variety of attacks. Plus, how do you not like her design? I honestly love it lol. - RosalinaX

What's interesting is that she still sends small gifts WHEN kidnapped in some games. Despite her Princess look, for some reason I don't view her as a Princess (weird, I know). - Qryzx

She is underrated on this site. She almost gets as much hate as Justin Bieber and like him gets added on negative lists. I don't know why she gets a lot of hate. She is a good character. She's pretty, smart, sweet and deserves more. She can be helpful at times. Don't listen to the guy who says Peach is the worst character in gaming. He wouldn't let you state a positive opinion about Peach. He expects you to say she is annoying, aggressive, bossy, hates to win and complains a lot. She doesn't. He does and likes his own comments like a narcissist. He says she overrated when that's complete BS. He will come at this comment, just watch as this gets dislikes as he proves himself to you! Come at me, bro! Liking Peach is legal! You can't make us hate her!

True, she's surely an underrated character - darthvadern

Isn't there a difference between underrated and overhated?
Underrated: Someone/Something that feels like doesn't get enough attention.

Overhated: Someone/Something that gets too much negative attention.

I think overhated is a better term, due to the fact she clearly gets a lot of attention and most of it is negative.

I'm not going to repeat myself like on the other comment, I'll just say the reasons people hate her are stupid and overused. - Qryzx

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2 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 ...read more.

Mario is often labelled overrated just because he is the main character but he gets a lot of hate in the Mario fandom so calling him overrated makes no sense whatsoever. Luigi is the one who is overrated as he has fans who love him for the wrong reasons.

I don't understand why people treat Luigi as a god and treat Mario as a Satan. I love both of them equally. I cannot stand when people say Luigi is better than Mario. He is not better than Mario nor Mario is better than Luigi.

Why does everybody hate Mario so much? He started the whole series. And I can't stand it when people treat Luigi like the son of Jesus, and treat Mario like Satan. I like both of them but I like Mario a little bit more. So please people, don't treat Mario like he's a bad guy, causes he's not. It shows in Mario&Luigi Partners in Time that Mario has goodness in his heart. - nintendofan126

He's isn't underrated. He's the main character for god's sake. - RosalinaX

No, he's good but underrated he's not - darthvadern

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3 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, USA exclusive Super Mario Bros. 2 for the NES. Since then he has been a reoccurring ...read more.

By Nintendo standards, Toad is incredibly underrated. And when it comes to the community, nobody likes him whatsoever. (On this website he's heavily hated because of a mis-blame; he doesn't appear in Super Mario Bros, those were other Toads/Mushroom Retainers.)

As the top user has stated, people often cry about Luigi getting no glory when he got a year to himself. Toad on the other hand had one game... which was a puzzle game (redundant) that didn't even have his name (instead Wario's) in the title.

Toad is always given a small role in games, he's never playable and if he is then it's reduced to either a sidekick or a minor character that can only be played in one portion of the game (4x100m Rally in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for example). In the Mario Kart franchise he's often the small, weak character (that only succeeds in acceleration) that can't do much and isn't a main to any player.

Nintendo treats the character like he's some sort of chew ...more - KennyRulz244444

And they said Luigi was underrated. This guy deserves a year to himself, Nintendo. He has been a staple character in the Mario franchise since Super Mario Bros back in 1985 and this guy still gets no recognition.Even though he's a normal citizen who does regular things on a daily basis, he still tries to help Mario save Princess Peach. Does anyone even remember New Super Mario Bros Wii or something? This guy is awesome and haters have to back off because they have no reason to hate. - RosalinaX

Eh, I hate him thanks to a troll who used to roam this site back in the day - darthvadern

Nintendo seriously needs to make him more playable or appear in smash as his own character. I mean, even in the new Super Mario Party they're making him the host instead of being playable.
Great job, Nintendo. He was one of my favorite characters. - RosalinaX

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4 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.

It took her nearly 40 years for her to finally become playable. Meanwhile characters like Cat Peach are added right away. I can't think of a character more underrated than Pauline.

I really can't believe that they add Baby characters and Pink Gold Peach when they haven't even brought back Pauline as a playable character or a Damsel In Distress for once. It would be nice if she replaced Peach for a moment, right? Also would make a very original character for Mario Kart. - RosalinaX

As she stands, I have no liking towards her. - Qryzx

She has gotten some praise since Super Mario Odyssey though - darthvadern

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5 Waluigi Waluigi Waluigi is a selfish, greedy man who works closely with the infamous Wario. He is Luigi's rival and is known as the opposite of him. Waluigi first appeared in the Gameboy Color game, Mario Tennis as Wario's partner. He has appeared in every Mario Tennis game since, still remaining as Wario's partner. ...read more.

I do like Toad because of his voice but he should deserve some love and Nintendo should to get him in Smash.

Not in Smash even know Nintendo is well aware that we want him in smash. He also doesn't have a series about him.

He's a bit of both - darthvadern

He is so underrated, he is only fifth place. He was never in smash.

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6 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. As his name implies, he is the son of the series' primary antagonist, Bowser.

Why is he considered overrated? He deserves to be on this list. Those stupid krapalings have no personality compared to this guy. - RosalinaX

Not really - darthvadern

i LOVE him

He's the man! well turtle

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7 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 ...read more.

Are you kidding me? She's like one of the most underrated - darthvadern

I think people hate birdo beacause it was evil.

Get her in Aces and Deluxe. Now. Must

So much people hate birdo but why, because it's an undetermined gender? Well that doesn't make a character bad, does it? Anyways, you Birdo haters should go away. - HELLADERE120

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8 Ludwig von Koopa Ludwig von Koopa Ludwig Von Koopa is a villain in the Super Mario Franchise. He is the self-proclaimed leader of the Koopalings and has a pompous and arrogant personality. He is said to have all the powers of the other six Koopalings. He can clone himself, cause earthquakes, teleport, and shoot lightning bolts from ...read more.

Ludwig is like the least underrated Koopaling though - darthvadern

He is my third favorite kopaling first is Lemmy. The Koopalings should not be hated (except for you Larry) most of their boss battles are fun and on minions quest they all have emotions (even Larry)

In mario bros and friends: when I grow up Ludwig von koopa is cute!

This is the most popular koopaling... - DCfnaf

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9 Boo

Well I guess so - darthvadern

No boo is cute - AnimeSucksAzz969x

Oh yeah - Noudritman123

Boo is to awesome! People just hate him because you can't kill him unless you have a star or the golden leaf, and he is a minion.
I loved boo since I was 6 and he needs more fans.

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10 Wendy O. Koopa Wendy O. Koopa Wendy O. Koopa is a female villain in the Mario Bros . Franchise . She is the only female member of the Koopalings and can usually be found assisting Bowser and Bowser Jr . on their wicked plans with the rest of the Koopalings . She first appeared in Super Mario Bros . 3 in 1988 and since then has been ...read more.

This list proves that Wendy is underrated.
"Extremely Sissy Spoiled Brats like Wendy O Koopa deserve:
1. To get her Ass/Butt kicked by the Super Mario Bros."
Stop being an immature Wendy hater, Peach fan. - RosalinaX

Unfairly the most hated Koopaling - darthvadern

To be honest, having a bratty personality is way better than having no personality at all, you got to admit. Wendy is supposed to be spoiled, that's why she wears expensive jewelry. - Qryzx

Stop hating on her! Let me just say, I don't really like her either, but you guys should see that she has a very unique personality. She's stylish, bratty, and the only female koopa out of all the koopalings. Why can't you at least respect that? - RosalinaX

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The Contenders

11 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.

Wario is awesome. Should be in the top 10.
Awesome games, great personality, and is fun to use in Smash.
Screw Waluigi, Wario is much better.

BETTER Then Waluigi. Wario is funny. - RosalinaX

True, he's one of my favourite mario characters - darthvadern

He is fairly underrated (this is coming from a Wario fan) but I understand why people don't like him. Personally I think he's an awesome antihero. - DCfnaf

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12 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 ...read more.

I still can't believe so many people hate her. Like, seriously, Daisy and Peach fans have to STOP. Haters hate her for the dumbest of reasons such as her design and the fact that she appeared in a lot of games, but that's just absolutely stupid. People literally can't take a new hairstyle and character design these days. - RosalinaX

The hate on her is really annoying. I honestly don't get why people hate her so much. I mean, if it's about the fan base than sure, but it seems like so many people hate her just because she has a ton of fans. - RosalinaX

Holy crap. Look at HOW MANY people hate Rosalina lately. JUST LOOK IT UP. She gets SO MUCH HATE for THREE REASONS.

1. She looks sexually attractive.

Oh sorry, I mean her EMO hair...I have seen SO MANY PEOPLE call her a hentai because of it. It's a DESIGN OF HER HAIR AND DRESS. It has NOTHING to do with her character. I will bet all the money I have that if Rosalina didn't have emo hair and looked similar to Peach and Daisy, she would get less hate.

2. She replaced Daisy in Super Smash Bros 4

Two words. BULL CRAP. I have seen SO MANY DAISY FANS hate Rosalina because she's "taking the spotlight from Daisy". DAISY BARELY APPEARED IN ANYTHING BEFORE ROSALINA EXISTED. Also, you hate a fictional character because you wanted the other fictional character to get into a game? Yeah it's ridiculous.

3. She's appearing in more games.


She used to be overrated, look at the hate she is getting now. People hate her because she is sexy. Whoops I mean emo hair. I think people cannot take a new hairstyle for a mario character.

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13 Princess Daisy Princess 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. ...read more.

Nah, not really - darthvadern

i hate her - myusernameisthis

Daisy is underrated even in this list!
Rosalina have the 8th place and Peach the 1st?
You should be...

Princess Daisy is underrated! I can't believe people are saying that Princess Peach is the overrated one when critics gave her an unbelievably positive reception.

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14 Dr. Mario Dr. Mario Dr. Mario is the persona Mario takes in the Dr. Mario series. Under this identity, Mario dons a lab coat, a head mirror, and a stethoscope around his neck. He first appeared in his titular game, Dr. Mario.

Um it's Mario - darthvadern

15 Lady Bow

This makes me so happy that she is here because she's one of my favorite Mario characters. She's a boo, she's machivious, a brave and great leader, and is very strong & helpful in the game she was in. She's so awesome & wish she had more fans because she deserves it


The baddest bitch since Princess Peach

16 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.

One of my mains in spin-offs - darthvadern

He should be used more in games like smash bros and RPGs

So cute

Koopa is an awesome turtle who looks a whole lot like yellow Yoshi.

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17 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.

Toadette can't do anything...

The best female character in the series after Rosalina. - RosalinaX

Better than Toad - darthvadern

One of the greatest female characters in the game. - RockStarr

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18 Petey Piranha Petey Piranha

He makes up for great boss a lot - darthvadern

The funniest thing the Mario franchise ever created, creating a frightening creature into a hilarious one is a brilliant feat - Enmanu16


One of the best bosses made for Mario, and doesn't get to be playable anymore. What a shame.

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19 Penguin Coach

Nothing too special - darthvadern

This is the guy from Super Mario Galaxy, right?

20 Mallow

Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars is severely underrated. So is Mallow. PSSparkxx DatHottneSS fails to see the positive aspects of Mallow even though he gets undeserved, overly harsh hate for hating Princess Daisy. Princess Daisy isn't a terrible character, but I wish she didn't get so much love for how Deanna Mustard makes her sound like a teenage hillbilly which does not match her at all and makes her unreasonably miscast.

Is he in Mario RPG?

21 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.

The opposite - darthvadern

Well lets just put it this way! He is underrated on YouTube if you know what I mean!

Can we actually have some underrated Mario characters!
(though Yoshi is the best Mario character)

Yoshi may be 1st, still isn't high enough. Gotta get to that sweet 0.9! - Breckin

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22 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.

He is quite overrated and gets a pass while being a clone - darthvadern

I seriously love dry bones. He's the only character that I use in Mario kart wii. People only hate him because of how annoying he can be in castle levels in Super Mario brothers. You stomp on him and then comes back to life in a few seconds.

Dry bones needs more credit. He's only in castle levels and spin off titles. He was going to be in Mario kart 8 but was replaced by pink gold peach.

23 Mona

That's a Wario character - darthvadern

The WarioWare series is a spinoff of the main series and because it's part of the Mario franchise; it's considered a Mario character, since Mona is a character by Nintendo and Nintendo also made Mario. - starryrcad

Still not in Smash Ultimate, not even as an unlockable or an assist trophy.

Alright. I need to set something straight here. Where is Mona is SSB? They have Ashley, yeah, but where's the lovable ginger who, has a range of talents. If she can play bass, cheer-lead like crazy, be a super cute photographer and can explore other places, why not include her in other games? I quite like Ashley, but damn she's overrated!

Unfortunately, the only character from WarioWare that gets any attention from Nintendo or the fans is Ashley.

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24 Goomba Goomba Goombas, known in Japan as Kuribo, are a species of sentient mushrooms from Nintendo's Mario franchise.

No, he's not underrated in the slightest - darthvadern

He has killed Mario more times than other enemies.

25 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 ...read more.

He's known - darthvadern

He is awesome! My favorite boss fight was in "New Super Mario Bros U" because he had tons of attacks. I want him to be in more Mario games.

26 Kamek Kamek Kamek is a common enemy in the Mario Bros. Franchise. He usually appears in New Super Mario Bros. Games, Super Mario Bros. Games, or other similar games. He also appears in spinoff titles, like Mario Party, in which he is not a playable character but creates an obstacle for the players on their way ...read more.

Ugh. Cat Peach, Gold Peach, Metal Mario, even BABIES get into Mario Kart but they can't even add original characters like Kamek. So sad. - RosalinaX

He's the true mastermind behind everything. Without him, no Bowser - darthvadern

I don't feel he gets enough attention. He makes for a good villain, always showing up to cause trouble. Sure, he's annoying, but he's supposed to be. He's a bad guy! I especially like him in Dream Team, where he flat-out crossdresses throughout an ENTIRE LEVEL. - Garythesnail

The attack of the Playstation buttons - shawnmccaul22

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27 Antasma

I remember the very first time my brother played Mario and Luigi Dream Team and beat Antasma on his new 3ds. He was a really cool looking character and I'm surprised he hasn't been in another game. - RosalinaX

Such an awesome villian - darthvadern

They introduce a brand new villain, brimming with potential, then toss him aside in favor of one of the most overrated (I love Bowser but he is overrated) characters in the series. Antasma got barely any screentime, but I love his design and hope he appears again someday.

Count Antasma should come back in later Mario games instead of Bowser's LMAO Army.

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28 Fire Bro

He's actually been recieving a lot more attention - darthvadern

29 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.

He's alright - darthvadern

30 Koopa Paratroopa

Cool enemy - darthvadern

31 Pink Gold Peach Pink Gold Peach

This creature is a result of a zombie apocalypse with a sprinkle of my dog having a spasm and Tom Brady losing the Super Bowl. - RosalinaX

This is eye gore. A living disgrace to Mario characters. - RosalinaX

2 words: Eye gore. - RosalinaX

Um no - darthvadern

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32 Luma Luma

Luma. How terrible that you only appeared in Super Mario Galaxy because Nintendo can't bother with putting you in another game. This is sad. - RosalinaX

Good - darthvadern

Luma is honestly way too underrated! - Breckin

Luma is just as Overatted as Rosalina! Plus Luma is a species,not a character

33 Tiny Kong Tiny Kong

Another Donkey Kong character - darthvadern


She's much cooler than the other Mario girls.

34 Cackletta

Cackletta plus Fawful equals awesomeness.

Fawful gets all attention - darthvadern

Best Female Villain Ever.

Don't trust Videogamefan5. I really like him, but I felt like I had no choice but to dislike the comments that show that he hates Cackletta.

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35 Cappy Cappy

Deserves more attention, he's awesomne with great motivations - darthvadern

36 Iggy Koopa Iggy Koopa

Favourite Koopaling - darthvadern

People don't see the true awesomeness of Iggy Koopa!

No, he has a crazy fanbase like the rest of his siblings. - Target

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38 King K. Rool King K. Rool King K. Rool is a fictional anthropomorphic crocodile and the main antagonist of Nintendo's Donkey Kong video game franchise, as well as the archenemy of Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.

Eww. Who put this thing on this list? - RosalinaX

Look at all the undeserved hate he gets just because he curbstomps newbies.

A DK character but awesome - darthvadern

HE'S IN SMASH BROS NOW! - 1234jacob

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39 Dixie Kong Dixie Kong

Isn't that more of a Donkey Kong character? - darthvadern

Still better than Pink Gold Peach.

That's just mean, saying Dixie Kong is better than Princess Daisy!

40 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 .

She doesn't deserve to be on any Mario list, underrated or overrated. That's how bad she is. - RosalinaX

She deserves hate - darthvadern

Baby Daisy is noisy, whiny, and hard to understand. Even Lakitu can’t really understand her.

Baby Daisy is the least overatted character!

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41 Captain Syrup

Wario character - darthvadern

42 Shy Guy Shy Guy

I love shy guy though

Overrated - darthvadern

He deserves more attention and love from fans!

He's been in a ton of spinoffs recently. To the point of being overrated - Randomator

Ever since SMB2, Shy Guy barely makes any main game appearances. I'm talking about the platformers, by the way. Heshould either:
A) get his own game, like Toad should.
B) become a main game enemy instead of goombas and koopas being everywhere - ShyGuySwag

43 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 ...read more.

I like him a lot honestly - darthvadern

People hate him for being a Bowser clone yet I like him anyways

44 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.

Not really underrated but I love him - darthvadern

I think that he was supposed to be "Mario Kart 8" but was replaced by Pink Gold Peach. Also he should be in more Mario games.

45 Koops

Great and powerful TTYD partner - darthvadern

46 Rex

Underrated enemy - darthvadern

I mean, they should really be in more games, and I feel that not enough people like them. - GentleTrouter

He is a toy story character - Minecraftisawesone

47 Larry Koopa Larry Koopa Larry Koopa is the youngest koopaling. He first appeared in Super Mario Bros 3, which came out in 1990. He is known for his blue mohawk hair. He was created by Nintendo.

Not really, although I like him - darthvadern

More like overrated. He had no personality and has boring everything. - DCfnaf

He's my favorite koopaling. He is so clever, sneaky, mischievous, and cute.

48 Black Yoshi Black Yoshi

Good yoshi - darthvadern


It’s just a stupid color!

49 Kersti

Crown from Sticker Star - darthvadern

So... why is Kersti even hated? - SoaPuffball

50 Geno Geno

Finally! A PhantomStrider defender put Genoa on this list! In fact, Mario RPGS released before the 2010s such as Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars are criminally underappreciated! It is one of those video games that pay homage to Final Fantasy more than rip it off. It also has a soundtrack and graphics that both have LOTS OF personality. It is even one of the few times where Princess Peach is actually good and non-prissy (and wealthy instead) and thus non-annoying!

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