Top Ten Most Obscure Mario Kart Characters

Mario Kart has had a lot of different playable characters throughout its history, some have been good, some have been bad, and some have been..., obscure. Obscurity can mean both good and bad. Let's count down the most obscure Mario Kart characters ever added, shall we?
The Top Ten
1 Pink Gold Peach Pink Gold Peach is a character who debuts in Mario Kart 8, where she appears as an unlockable playable character.

Apert from being an mk8 original and not staring in anyother mario game (I think.) and being a metal clone of peach (which is already contreversal enough.) I don't really get the hate. Ok, mabey its because she took up a characther slot which could have gone to someone more important like goomba.

To sum it up: the bane of every pro mk players career

Also please no Cyan diamond Rosalina.

Here are my problems with Pink Gold Peach
1: Making a metallic version of Peach that came out of nowhere was a terrible idea. Even though there are also other metallic characters that appeared in the future Mario Kart games like Metal Mario and Gold Mario, at least they had origins in mainline Mario games which are being power ups in Super Mario 64 and New Super Mario Bros 2.
2: The name "Pink Gold" is not an actual word, it's Rose Gold.
3: Even though Metal Mario and Gold Mario also have metallic voices, Pink Gold Peach's voice is strange to hear. And it makes her sound more like a robot.
4: Instead of getting other characters more requested to appear in Mario Kart 8 like King K. Rool, Nabbit, Paper Mario, Kamek (The character that was scrapped for Mario Kart 64 and 8 Deluxe), Dixie Kong, Pauline (Who appeared in Mario Kart Tour), Hammer Bro (Who also appeared from Mario Kart Tour after being scrapped from Wii), it was a stupid rehashed metal version of peach which nobody ...more

I doubt anyone did ever see something like Pink Gold Peach coming to Mario Kart. It was obvious that clone chararcters were becoming mainstream in the mario kart series, I mean we had Baby Daisy in MKWii, Metal Mario in MK7, but those were somewhat predictable choices. This though? Not at all. Never has Peach ever put on a metal cap, like ever, so this was out of the blue. Normally I'm a fan of obscurity in Mario spin-offs, but when combined with laziness and cloning, it becomes the worst. The fact that Baby Pink Gold Peach makes an appearence in the GCN Baby Park remake in MK8 doesn't help either.

Nintendo didn't care to add in some new characters but instead decided to create clones. I bet mario kart 9 will have a Baby Cat Diamond Gold Rosalina.

2 R.O.B.

Doesn't make a whole lot of sense but it can be cool to see some nearly forgotten nintendo stuff be carried on in other games *cough cough* smash brothers.

For the fact that this character isn't even related to anything in the Mario Kart series' puts R.O.B at #2 on my list of most obscure MK characters. I mean, it's the device that could be used for the NES back when it was released, and now it's playable in MKDS? Well I really love this inclusion. It's so random, but so awesome as well. He's my go-to character in MKDS.

A crappy accessory somehow became a character.

3 Donkey Kong Jr.

Probably could have just started with the og donkey kong. HE existed at this time and was probably just as if not more iconic at the time anyways. Then again, I guess it would be hard to cram a giant ape into a kart.

Another kong? Well this guy made his appearence in the first Mario Kart game ever, but quickly in the next game Kamek temporarily replaced him in development, while Donkey Kong himself replaced Kamek in the final game. Overall, he was an obscure choice, but not too obscure as Mario had appeared in games where both of the two made appearences in the past.

He wasn't back then, but now that he got replaced by Diddy Kong, he is.

4 Funky Kong

This was the Honey Queen of Mario Kart Wii kinda, in that it was completely obscure for him to arrive, plus it came with a battle stage, in this case, Funky Stadium. I put him below Honey Queen though seeing as we've already had three kongs before him in Mario Kart, so yeah. But still, this character is the least mario-esque of the four kongs we've seen, as he only appeared in DK content before this, so yeah. Definitely a contender for the list.

Nobody cared for him, and suddenly, everyone cared for him.

Not the most iconic dk character, Probably could have added someone else. Plus, he is way to op in mkwii!

Too overrated

5 Honey Queen

R.O.B is higher as he isn't even a Mario character, but in terms of actual mario characters, no one saw the queen of bees coming of all characters in a small roster that is in MK7. She was only a minor character in the Super Mario Galaxy games but yet managed to get to Mario Kart 7 along with her own battle course (Honeybee Hive). I love this addition and I frequently play as her because of how unknown she is.

Nintendo could've added other characters yet they chose an irrelevant character from one level of a video game.

She was in one level of Super Mario Galaxy.

How can she even fit in the kart? Did soneone shrink her?

6 Petey Piranha

He was only in Sunshine before Double Dash!. However, those games were pretty close together, so I wouldn't call him obscure for the time.

He made an appearence in MKDD and was going to be in MKWii but was scrapped. He was one of my favourite MK characters ever due to his originality in a Mario Kart game. It's sad we haven't seen more of him.

7 Wiggler

This is another MK7 character who nobody predicted. I mean he's a caterpillar so how does he drive? Oh that's right they added arms to him. Nevertheless I love this guy. It's so strange to see him but that's what makes him cool. He's lower than Funky or Honey Queen as he's a more relevant thing in the Mario series' though.

8 Gold Mario
9 Lakitu Lakitu, known in Japan as Jugem, is a fictional flying character in the Mario franchise. Created by Shigeru Miyamoto, it first appeared in the Nintendo Entertainment System video game Super Mario Bros., where it dropped enemies called Spinies on the stage.

This is the same guy who holds the startup sign at the start of each race and who picks you back on track while you fall down a pit. Since Mario Kart 7, a lakitu with a red shell (instead of green) is playable in the series and it's kinda odd seeing Laktu rescuing Lakitu. But it's a pass as Lakitu is a species and it's obvious it's two different lakitus from the shell colour.

10 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 .

I hate these babies! at least baby mario luigi and each make sense. but daisy and rosalina especially are pushing this too far. Whats next, baby dk or yoshi.

Another clone makes it to the list, now it's baby Rosalina. One of my least favourite characters ever as it contradicts Rosalina's backstory (she actually had red hair as a child) and it makes it look like Rosalina is another princess when she isn't even close. She's a god! My god I hate this clone (no pun intended)! Althoughi it was a bit predictable to see her so eh.

I wish we could trade these out-of-the-blue clones for Kamek.

She never appeared in a game before it.

The Contenders
11 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 ...read more.

My least favorite baby character. makes no sense and clashes with mario galaxy cannon. Probably weren't paying attention when they made this one. Nonetheless, please delete this character.

12 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 .

Baby Mario and Luigi: Ok this makes sense because they existed outside of mario kart

Baby Peach: This is at least tolerable

Baby Daisy: Ok you're starting to push it nintendo

13 Villager (Animal Crossing)
14 Inkling

I love splatoon and inklings but I can see how this triggers some mk fans. Similar stuff can be said about link and villager from the legend of zelda and animal crossing. Still at least for me and the other splatoon fans. this is one big leap for mario kart. But let's try to keep it within nintendo unlike smash (Splatoon is nintendo property and created my them.)

15 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.

Overall Birdo has been one of the more obscure characters in the mario franchise as whole. Not many appearences, originally a villain but was then shoehorned into Yoshi's love interest. The only LGBT character of the bunch as well. It's also my favourite mario character due to all of this. Unfortunately while she's mostly in spin-off's she still is rare in that case as in Mario Kart she only appeared in MKDD and MKWii. We can only hope she makes more appearences.

16 Koopa Paratroopa
17 Stanley the Bugman
18 Rosalina Rosalina, known as Rosetta in Japan, is a major character in the Mario Franchise created by Nintendo. She first appeared in the 2007 Mario Game, Super Mario Galaxy 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.
19 Kammy Koopa
20 Green Bronze Luigi
21 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.
22 Link Link refers to several different incarnations of the same protagonist of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series.
23 Metal Mario
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