Super Mario Villains Who Really Aren't Evil

The Top Ten
1 Cortez - Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

He's painted evil by others who have heard of his seemingly terrible deeds. While he is a pirate captain who conquers others and hoards treasure, that's similar to other pirate characters and even people. As shown after his defeat, he does not display any real evil, as his only motive is to protect what is his. On top of that, after Mario returned his Skull Gem used to power his ship, Cortez attacked the invading X-Nauts and helped Mario to defeat them. Cortez becomes allied with Mario, making him the only villain in the entire Paper Mario franchise to completely reform.

2 Vivian - Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Vivian is a reluctant villain, forced to do everything her sister Beldam does, and punished if she doesn't. Upon realizing who Mario is and that he's the only person who's ever been kind to her, Vivian finally finds the courage to break away from her self-absorbed sisters and join Mario on his adventure.

3 Culex - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

He doesn't antagonize Mario or his friends, or even commit any villainous acts. All he does is ask to duel with Mario in order to prove his strength, and when defeated, he graciously accepts his loss and gives Mario a super handy item.

4 Cookatiel - Super Mario Odyssey

All she did was make Stupendous Stew, which is Volbono's specialty dish. She wasn't even allied with Bowser; he stole her Stupendous Stew by himself. This poor bird didn't deserve to be fought.

5 Knucklotec - Super Mario Odyssey

His job was to protect the Binding Band, and his anger is due to Bowser stealing it for his wedding. He isn't evil.

6 Booster (the Seventh) - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

The only potentially evil thing Booster has done was try to marry Peach, but he probably thought it was just a make-believe game. He likely wasn't serious about marrying Peach, as he wasn't bitter when she left to join Mario on his adventure. As such, you can't really hold that against him. As it turns out, Booster just enjoys playing with other people.

7 Rawk Hawk - Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

He's only an antagonist until you wrest the championship from him. If you think about it, he's just like those kinds of sport players that are hellbent on preserving their rank and reputation.

8 Kent C. Koopa - Paper Mario 64

Kent C. Koopa is greedy for money, but so are other characters and even many people. At least he's respectful in combat and also gives Mario fair warning about what he's capable of. After being defeated, he backs off peacefully without further conflict.

9 Jonathan Jones - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

He may be a pirate, but he has a code of honor. He's also courteous in battle and willing to admit his defeat. Jonathan Jones is only believed to be evil because of Yaridovich's deception.

10 Lemmy Koopa - Super Mario Bros. Series

Lemmy is another reluctant villain. I think it was said somewhere that Lemmy would rather perform in a circus than commit to the Koopa Troop's conquest.

The Contenders
11 Wario - Super Mario Land 2 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.
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