"Heya, Big Bro! If you're having trouble with a course, use some assist parts!"

-Luigi, Super Mario Maker 2

Luigi (ルイージ Luigi?) is a plumber who resides in the Mushroom Kingdom. Luigi is Mario's younger, taller twin brother.

Luigi is the deuteragonist of the Mario series and the main protagonist of Luigi's Mansion series and Mario & Luigi series.


Physical description

Luigi's current appearance.

Luigi wears a green hat with an "L" symbol. He wears a long-sleeved green shirt and blue overalls on the inside. Luigi is a fair-skinned, tall human with a slim face. He has short brown hair and a dark brown mustache. He has bright blue eyes and wears white gloves and brown shoes.

In early games, Luigi was under Mario's shadow. Luigi is identical to Mario, but with different colors.

Personality traits

Luigi is a very loyal, kind, and sensitive character. He is also optimistic, cheerful, quiet and kindhearted like his brother, but unlike Mario is most insecure, shy, fearful and can be goofy and naive at times. Luigi aspires to be like his brother Mario and become the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom.

He tends to chicken out of situations that are beyond his capabilities. In the Mario and Luigi series, Luigi backed away from boss battles, but Mario reassured Luigi to fight with him. In Luigi's Mansion series, Luigi feared ghosts but adjusted his liking for ghosts and has a pet, Polterpup. Although Luigi is a plumber like Mario, other facets of his personality vary from game to game; Luigi always seems neurotic and timid, but is good-natured and can keep his temper better than his brother.

Powers and abilities


  • Superhuman Strength: Luigi can lift and press objects that are several times his weight, but not as much as Mario can. The exact upper limits of his strength are great. In Super Mario 64 DS, Luigi can lift King Bob-omb. Luigi showed an even more impressive feat of strength during the fight with Bowser. Luigi could lift him by the tail, spin him around and then throw him, but not as effectively as Mario and Wario. Luigi spins Bowser around faster and farther with more spins. Luigi's incredible strength also extends to his legs, allowing him to perform his signature move, the Jump Jump. Luigi is extremely good at jumping and is capable of leaping two stories high. He is the best jumper in the Mushroom Kingdom, even better than Mario.
  • Superhuman Durability: Luigi has a significant level of durability. He can withstand great impacts, such as falling from a height of several stories or being struck by an opponent with superhuman strength, impaled, and explosions-- Luigi can also endure extreme environments, such as volcanoes and tundras. Also, he can withstand fire, electricity, and ice.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Luigi can maintain continuous physical activity for an indefinite time.
  • Superhuman Speed: Luigi is capable of running up walls in Super Mario World, running across the surface of the water in Super Mario 64 DS, and outpacing sound in Super Paper Mario. Games display Luigi running faster than Mario.
  • Pyrokinesis: Luigi can create and manipulate fire. This ability changes throughout the games he has appeared. In the platform games, such as Super Mario Bros., Luigi needs a Fire Flower to gain pyrokinesis. But in the RPGs and Super Smash Bros. series, Luigi already has this power. Luigi is quite skilled at using fire like Mario is.
  • Electrokinetic: Luigi has the power to mold lightning in his hand into a sphere, creating a powerful attack, called the Thunderhand, that can shock and damage enemies quite severely. Luigi only uses this move-in Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga.
  • Negative Energy: As shown in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Luigi's Final Smash (Negative Zone) is creating a field of Negative Energy while dancing to exotic music. Some of the effects of this Final Smash include putting opponents to sleep, dealing damage, and causing foes to move in slow motion. This move is fueled by the sadness he felt for constantly being in Mario's shadow.
  • Super Form: Luigi can use a Super Mushroom to transform into Super Luigi.


  • Master Combatant: Luigi has his own fighting style. However, he never uses it in his games, except in the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • Indomitable Will: Luigi is shown to have a powerful force of will, completely free of evil or temptation. He gets scared a lot, but with the help of his friends, he can gain the courage to take on and defeat any foe.
  • Leadership: He has some leadership skills, acting as a second in command, and is very focused when there is a goal to achieve.
  • Expert Vehicular Driver: As shown in the Mario Kart series, Luigi is skilled in driving vehicles, such as karts and motorbikes.


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Early life

The stork carried Mario and Luigi in the skies. However, Kamek ordered the Toadies to take Mario and Luigi. The Toadies successfully kidnapped Luigi and the stork, but Mario. Mario fell onto Yoshi; Yoshi's friends helped Mario rescue Luigi and the stork. Mario and Yoshi arrived at Baby Bowser's castle, Mario and Yoshi defeated Baby Bowser, then rescued Luigi and the stork. The stork continued his journey to deliver Mario and Luigi to the house porch.


Mario and Luigi working inside the sewers.

Mario and Luigi meet each other again, the first documented time since their childhood. They work as plumbers inside the sewers of New York.

Mushroom World

Mario and Luigi heard about Bowser summoning dark magic into the Mushroom World. Bowser transformed Toads into inanimate objects. Princess Peach can undo the spell, but Bowser kidnapped her. Luigi defeated Bowser and rescued Peach, who assigned him a new quest.[2]


Luigi, Mario, Peach, and Toad had a picnic near the cave. Mario shared his dream to his friends, and they claimed to have the same dream. The group were keen to look through the cave and found a stairway leading to the door. When Luigi opened the door, he saw Subcon and fell into the world of their dreams. Luigi journeyed Subcon to encounter Wart. Luigi used vegetables to defeat Wart. Upon his defeat, Luigi rescued the Subcon. Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach celebrated with the Subcon.

Mushroom World's second invasion

Peach was aware that Bowser sent his Koopalings, who transformed kings into different creatures and stole their Magic Wand. Peach informed Mario and Luigi about the incident, and the Mario Bros. ventured to defeat the Koopalings. Mario and Luigi successfully returned the wands to their respective owners; Bowser informed the Mario Bros. that he kidnapped Peach. Mario and Luigi ran to Bowser's castle and approached Bowser. Mario and Luigi defeated Bowser and ran to Peach, who joked to Luigi that the real princess is in another castle.

Yoshi's Island

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Mario, Luigi, and Peach agreed to have a vacation on Yoshi's Island. Mario and Luigi relaxed on the beach. They realized Princess Toadstool disappeared. Mario and Luigi search for her until they approached an enormous egg, a Yoshi Egg. Yoshi thanked Mario and Luigi for rescuing them. He told Mario and Luigi that "monstrous turtles" sealed them in eggs. Luigi realized Bowser and the Koopalings returned.[3] Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi arrived in Valley of Bowser. Mario and Luigi fought against Bowser and rescued Peach. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and the eggs travelled back to Yoshi's Island. The Yoshis hatched from the eggs.

Luigi's Mansion

Although Luigi did not enter the contest, he won a mansion. He arrived in Boo Woods and enters the mansion. A ghost attacked Luigi, but Professor Elvin Gadd saved Luigi by vacuuming the ghost with the Poltergust 3000. Professor E. Gadd escorted Luigi to his laboratory. E. Gadd told Luigi that King Boo trapped Mario into a painting. E. Gadd gave Luigi the Poltergust 3000 and the Game Boy Horror for Luigi to communicate with E. Gadd.

As Luigi explored the mansion, he realized that King Boo built the mansion to shelter the freed portrait ghosts and made a false contest to lure him and Mario to King Boo's trap. After capturing all the ghosts, Luigi entered the secret altar in the basement to find King Boo who trapped Mario in the painting. King Boo proceeded to fight Luigi inside the painting. Luigi removed the Bowser suit's head to capture King Boo. Luigi successfully exited the painting. E. Gadd talked to Luigi through Game Boy Horror; E. Gadd instructed Luigi to grab the painting of Mario and return to his laboratory. After Luigi did so, he returned to the laboratory. E. Gadd used the Ghost Portrificationizer to transform the remaining ghosts into portraits, but used the machine in reverse to free Mario.

E. Gadd was proud of Luigi for collecting the treasure to build Luigi a new house.[note 1]

Vibe Island

Bowser kidnapped Mario, Luigi, and the Toads while Princess Peach, Toadsworth and Toad were strolling. Army Hammer Bro help him captive in the cage. Upon Peach, Toadsworth, and Toad's arrival, they found out that Bowser kidnapped them, witnessing Toads with different emotions. Peach was determined to rescue the brothers and Toads. Toadsworth gave Peach an unordinary umbrella named Perry. Perry assisted Peach in Vibe Island. After rescuing Toads, Peach and Perry went to Giddy Sky to find Kamek trapping Luigi in a bubble. After rescuing Luigi, the duo went the Bowser's villa and confronted Army Hammer Bro and Bowser. Defeating both of them, Perry freed Mario. Peach, Perry, Toads, Mario, and Luigi left the island and returned to the Mushroom Kingdom.

Galaxy Reactor

Luigi participated in the Starbit Festival while Mario was running to Peach's castle. However, Bowser and his troop crashed the festival. The Koopa troop separate Mario from Peach and everyone else into different galaxies. Mario found the Toad Brigade in Honeyhive Galaxy, who told Mario that they lost Luigi. After collecting the second Grand Star, Mario went to the kitchen and arrived at Ghostly Galaxy. Toads told Mario that they found Luigi trapped in a haunted mansion.[4] Mario explored the mansion and went through the gates to rescue Luigi. Luigi gave Mario the Power Star and they return to the Comet Observatory.

Luigi stayed at the Comet Observatory while Mario approached Bowser's Galaxy Reactor. Upon Bowser's defeat, the black hole deconstructed the galaxies and Rosalina rescued Mario from the cataclysm. Awakening at the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario saw his acquaintances along with Luigi celebrating at the Mushroom Kingdom with other galaxies reconstructed.

Sprixie Kingdom

Mario and company witnessing Bowser kidnapping the green Sprixie Princess.

Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Blue Toad were enjoying the fireworks at the evening of Mushroom Kingdom. They found a slanted Clear Pipe. After Mario and Luigi fixed the pipe, a green Sprixie Princess panicked and told them that she escaped Bowser, but he kidnapped the other Sprixie Princesses. Bowser came out of the pipe and trapped the green Sprixie Princess in the jar and went to the plains area. Peach checked Bowser inside the pipe but fell into the pipe. Mario and company caught up to her and fell into the plains area where they found the green Sprixie Princess trapped inside a jar.

After Mario and company rescued the green Sprixie Princess, they continued to save more Sprixie Princesses in other areas. Rescuing the last Sprixie Princess, Bowser kidnapped all the Sprixie Princesses in a large jar and ran to the amusement area.

The foursome rescued the Sprixie Princesses again from Bowser as Meowser. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad returned to the Mushroom Kingdom.

Artwork of Cat Luigi, a newly introduced power-up in Super Mario 3D World.

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Super Mario series

Mario Bros.

Luigi is a playable character in Mario Bros., but portrayed as the green palette swap of Mario.

Super Mario Bros./The Lost Levels

Luigi appeared in Super Mario Bros. as a playable character, but as a palette swap of Mario.

Luigi appeared in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. As a playable character, he does not have any mechanic changes from Super Mario Bros..

Kitsune Luigi from Super Mario 3D Land

Super Mario Bros. 2


Luigi is a playable character in Super Mario Bros. 2. He has great jump power, but under average speed. As a playable character, he can run and jump. Additionally, he can pick up enemies and items beneath him (i.e. vegetable, Mushroom Block). Luigi can also attack enemies and bosses by throwing items.

Super Mario Bros. 3

As a playable character in Super Mario Bros. 3, Luigi can perform basic moves. He can also grab new power-ups: Tanooki Suit, Ice Flower, and Hammer Suit.

Super Mario World

Mario and Luigi appear as playable characters in Super Mario World. As a playable character, Luigi is completely identical to Mario.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

See also: Baby Luigi

Luigi appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island as Baby Luigi. Baby Luigi appeared at the end of the game, due to the Toadies kidnapping him and the stork.

Super Mario 64 DS

While he was originally supposed to appear in the final version of Super Mario 64, Luigi appears in its remake, Super Mario 64 DS, instead as an unlockable character. Luigi was one of the characters to be invited to the Mushroom Castle, along with Mario and Wario. However, Bowser trapped everyone inside the castle walls and paintings, with Luigi and the other heroes being locked behind a door with the key to his door being guarded by King Boo. To unlock Luigi, Mario has to go to the top floor of Big Boo's Haunt and jump into the Luigi painting, which brings Mario to the Big Boo Battle course. Defeating King Boo rewards the player with the key needed to unlock Luigi. Once Luigi is unlocked, Luigi's Caps can be found on every course after he has been rescued. The Luigi's Cap allows the wearer to mimic Luigi's appearance, attributes, and abilities perfectly, save for his voice. Through standard means, Luigi is the only character who can save Wario from Chief Chilly's grasp, as he is the only character who can walk through the mirror in the Snowman's Land room by using his invisibility power to get to Wario's painting. While Luigi is needed to collect certain Power Stars, he is not required to complete the game.

Super Princess Peach

Luigi made his non-playable appearance in Super Princess Peach. Notably, the roles are reversed with Bowser imprisoning Mario, while Peach must rescue him, the Toads and Luigi. Luigi is present in the opening cutscene, Kamek's boss battle and the ending cutscene.

New Super Mario Bros.

As a playable character in New Super Mario Bros., Luigi can climb fences and hang onto ledges. This game marked Luigi's first appearance in a 2.5 side-scrolling platform video game.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

As a playable character, Luigi can perform basic moves from the previous games.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Luigi reappeared in New Super Mario Bros. 2 as a playable character along with Mario. As a playable character, he can now obtain a new power-up Gold Flower.

Super Mario Galaxy

Luigi appeared in Super Mario Galaxy; first seen at Ghostly Galaxy trapped in a haunted mansion. He gives the Power Star to Mario after he rescues him. Luigi can also be found in other galaxies such as Good Egg Galaxy, Battlerock Galaxy, and Honeyhive Galaxy, in which he gives a power star to Mario after he gets rescued. Luigi appears at the Comet Observatory. Luigi is also a playable character after all 120 stars are collected, in which the player is able to replay the game as Luigi.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Although Luigi does not appear in the story. The player can switch to Luigi after completing Bowser's Galaxy Generator.

Super Mario 3D Land

Luigi appears in Super Mario 3D Land as an unlockable character. The player can unlock Luigi by completing Special 1-Castle Icon.png. The player can switch to Luigi by tapping the "L" icon during the level select map screens.

Super Mario 3D World

Luigi appears in Super Mario 3D World as a playable character. Luigi can jump high and run fast, but has poor traction.

Super Mario Odyssey

Luigi hosts Balloon World in Super Mario Odyssey since February 1, 2019.

Super Mario Maker 2

In Super Mario Maker 2, Luigi is a playable character, he will let you build the level in the story mode if the player has some trouble completing the level.

Builder Mario and Builder Luigi.

Other appearances

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Mario is Missing

Mario is Missing! is the first game to star Luigi as the main character. In the NES, SNES, and PC title, Luigi broke into Bowser's Castle with Yoshi to save his missing brother Mario. It was an educational game that made the player learn about history. It has been surmised by some that this was an attempt by Nintendo to get younger kids involved in the Mario franchise, perhaps so Nintendo could make more money. In the NES and SNES, Luigi looks like Mario and is the same size as Mario. The gameplay in the SNES version is VERY different, where Luigi and Yoshi must travel to Bowser's castle. The visual appearance of his character in this game made him quickly become an Internet meme.

Luigi's Mansion

Luigi got his first major role in Luigi's Mansion. In that game, Luigi had to save his brother, Mario, from a mysterious mansion filled with ghosts and Boos. Luigi also helped Professor E. Gadd in capturing a group of super evil, super powerful portrait ghosts, with the help of a vacuum cleaner, named the Poltergust 3000 by E. Gadd. Luigi defeated King Boo and a giant possessed Bowser and freed his older brother, Mario.

Luigi's Mansion (original) box art.

Super Smash Bros. series

Luigi has appeared in all five Super Smash Bros. games, in the first game as a secret unlockable character, and in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as a starter character. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Luigi got his own stage, Luigi's Mansion. His final smash is the Negative Zone, where he does a dance and creates an energy field that causes random havoc on any character caught in it and turns most everything into negative colors. In Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, Luigi's voice is only a sped up version of Mario's, while in Brawl and 3DS/Wii U, he has his own voice. In the Subspace Emissary, Luigi first appears in a green meadow, where he pretends to threaten and attack on-coming Waddle Dees. They are harmless, and make no move to attack him, but he is frightened by them, nonetheless. Then, out of nowhere, he is attacked from behind by King Dedede, who slams Luigi with his mallet, sending him flying into the air. After he comes back down, he becomes a trophy (making him the only character to become a trophy in the same cut scene in which he is introduced). Luigi's trophy in Subspace Emissary is different from his collectible trophy. Instead of adjusting his hat, Luigi holds his hands to his face making a surprised expression, which is the last of the poses from his up taunt. This distinction is unique to Luigi. King Dedede places him on the road as bait for Wario, who is coming down the road. Wario takes the bait, and Dedede manages to steal Peach/Zelda, Ness, and Luigi's trophy along with Wario's Cargo.

Dedede places a special badge on Luigi, Ness, and Peach/Zelda, though Peach/Zelda's badge is knocked off when Bowser flies off with the princess in his Koopa Clown Car and is later swallowed by Kirby. King Dedede's castle, along with the trophies of Luigi, Ness, and King Dedede are sucked into Subspace when the Ancient Minister and two R.O.B. units detonate a Subspace Bomb at the castle. Luigi is not seen again until much later in the story when Tabuu turns everyone into trophies, and the badges manage to revive him and Ness, revealing what they were for. The two then decide to turn King Dedede back to life in return, and the unlikely trio set off to help out Mario, Donkey Kong, Samus, Fox, Pikachu, Captain Falcon, Marth, Mr. Game & Watch, Falco, Pit, Olimar, Lucas, Diddy Kong, the Pokémon Trainer and Ike. Luigi, along with Ness, then watched as Dedede fought Bowser, and later helped him convince Wario to join them. After they turned everyone back to normal, they all fought Tabuu, with help from Sonic and restored most of the World of Trophies to normal.

Mario Kart series

Luigi has been in every Mario Kart game. He has been middleweight. He has always been one of the speedy characters, like Mario. Luigi has had some tracks named after him, such as the Nintendo 64 Luigi Raceway, the GameCube Luigi Circuit, the Game Boy Advance Luigi Circuit, the Luigi's Mansion, and the Wii Luigi Circuit.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Luigi is one of the standard characters in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! He is known to be Mario's partner, but can partner up with anyone else in the game as well. Luigi is a Middleweight character, meaning that when a Heavyweight Character is with him, Luigi will be forced to be in a Heavyweight Kart. Luigi's Special Item is the same as Mario's Special Item, Fireballs. Although practically the same, the Fireballs are green, not red. Luigi's main kart is the unlockable kart: Green Fire which is similar to Mario's Red Fire. Not just this, but Luigi owns his own race called Luigi Circuit in this game.

Mario Kart Wii


In Mario Kart Wii, Luigi is a standard playable character; there is no need to unlock him.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Luigi from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.

Luigi appears in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon as the protagonist. He is using the Poltergust 5000 created by Professor E. Gadd to suck up more ghosts and battles his nemesis, King Boo once again to rescue Mario. The gameplay is similar to its predecessor Luigi's Mansion for the Nintendo GameCube.

Paper Mario series

In Paper Mario, Luigi heads out with Mario after being invited to Princess Peach's Castle. Luigi stays in the main lobby while Mario looks for Princess Peach. However, the castle itself soon gets lifted into the sky and Luigi manages to escape. Later, Mario can visit Luigi at their house where Luigi usually does different things each time Mario completes a Chapter. Luigi also keeps a diary hidden in the basement where Mario can only access after learning the Spin Jump. If Mario heads back to his house as soon he acquires the Super Boots from Boo's Mansion, he can actually catch Luigi writing in his diary who the latter flees at sight. In the end, Luigi leads the parade much as he did in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Luigi actually heads out on his own quest while Mario is on his. Luigi, like Mario, acquires many partners that help him on his journey. Luigi can be usually found in certain areas where he is eager to tell his story. However, all of his stories he tells are very long and usually puts Mario and his partners to sleep. During the final battle, Luigi's voice can be heard with the green text saying "You go, bro!".

Green 'Stache.

Luigi finally becomes a main and playable character in Super Paper Mario where he is one of the four heroes of the Light Prognosticus. Luigi is first seen in the beginning with Mario who actually wishes something would happen. Luigi and Mario then head for Bowser's Castle where a new villain, Count Bleck emerges. Mario fails to defeat Count Bleck and the Master of Darkness takes Luigi and everyone else away from the castle (except for Mario). Luigi can be seen in Castle Bleck where he tries to find a way out. However, he is cornered by Nastasia who hypnotizes him into a new villain named Mr. L. As Mr. L, Luigi follows Count Bleck's orders and sets out to find the Pure Hearts before Mario. Mr. L succeeds in finding one in the Whoa Zone and fights Mario in battle. During the final facedown of the game, after Dimentio makes an appearance he hypnotizes Luigi with a Floro sprout planted in his unconscious, once again revealing Mr. L. Then Super D is created half Dimentio, half Mr. L. Once you defeat him, Luigi is expelled from the dying robot and saved.

Luigi, unlike all of the other Paper Mario games, plays a very small role in Paper Mario: Sticker Star only making cameo appearances. Once Mario spots Luigi, he can Paperize him out of a location and then Luigi runs away. If Mario finds Luigi in all five places, then Luigi will lead the parade at the very end of the game. Luigi can be found in:

  • Goomba Fortress: In the background as Mario crosses the bridge leading to the level's boss.
  • Drybake Stadium: He is on the fourth level outside of the window.
  • Whitecap Beach: As Mario makes his way to this level's boss, Luigi can be seen riding a chair in the background.
  • Whiteout Valley: As Mario is riding along with the chairlifts, he can see Luigi riding one in the background.
  • Rugged Road: In the hot springs. He is sitting just over the west wall.

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Luigi makes an appearance. At one point after Mario finds the bridge expert that fix the bridge in the Blue District, Mario can go to the Post Office. One of Mario pieces of mail from Luigi about a shady guy that's in Port Prisma. Also, after Mario and Huey get all of the paint stars and have the rainbow road open, Luigi comes in his kart. He asks them if they want a ride up to Black Bowser's Castle. He stays by the front door and lets Mario and Huey go and save Peach.

Mario and Luigi series

Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga

Luigi appears as a playable character for the first time in a Mario RPG in Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga. Luigi is first seen to see Mario off as he heads toward the Beanbean Kingdom with Bowser. However, Bowser doesn't see any of his troops and instead notices Luigi jumping up and down waving his hands thinking he wants to join the Koopa Troop. Luigi tries to run away but Bowser's army starts to show up. Luigi tries to get away, but Bowser manages to catch him and put him aboard his Koopa Cruiser. Luigi is now forced to tag along with Mario for the duration of the game.

In this game, the player uses the "B" button to control Luigi's actions in battle. Luigi is able to perform Bros. Attacks along with Mario. Luigi also has a unique move called the Thunderhand which he can shock enemies for damage. Outside of battle, the player can switch Mario and Luigi's positions by pressing the Start button. Luigi can use his Hammer on Mario to make him smaller (used for accessing secret areas where the entrance is normally too small) while Mario can hammer Luigi to send him into the ground (this move is mainly used to dig up Beans scattered throughout places). Luigi can also activate blue orbs using his Thunderhand ability to activate them. Luigi, at some points, must separate (or is separated) from Mario in order to solve some puzzles. In every game of the series, Luigi is weaker than Mario, but is more pain tolerant, has higher HP, runs/swims faster, and is much more likely to deal with critical hits than his brother.

Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time

Luigi returns in Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time. After Mario defeats the alien Shroob that came from the past, E. Gadd decides for the group to head into the past in order to rescue Princess Peach. However, as Luigi is leaning toward a Time Hole, Toadsworth comes rolling in and knocks Luigi into the Time Hole sending him into the past. Mario jumps in after them and the duo heads toward a destroyed town. The Mario Bros. are defeated by Shroobs, but their younger selves, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi, save them. It is then the past and presents Mario Bros. decide to team up and take down a new evil: Princess Shroob.

In this game, Luigi's main attack actions are still "B." However, whenever Luigi is with Baby Luigi, the two can both attack with the player first pressing "Y" for Baby Luigi's attack then pressing "B" for Luigi's attack. Unlike the previous game, Luigi never separates from Mario in this game but does separate from the babies reverting to the original battle style. Also, whenever Luigi is defeated in battle and he is with the babies, Baby Luigi will drag him away and take his place in battle.

Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

In Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Luigi literally gets sucked into trouble. After a rampaging Bowser sucks up everything in sight including Mario, Peach, and the Toad citizens, Luigi was found in the Trash Pit hanging up high. Mario frees him and the duo once again team up, this time, to stop Fawful.

Luigi's battle style for the inside of battle is still mainly the same except for different Bros. Attacks. The Hammer sequence has also changed to wait about three seconds for maximum damage. Outside of battle, Luigi often teams up with Mario in order to help out Bowser inside his body.

Mario and Luigi: Dream Team

Luigi in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.

Luigi appears in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team where he is actually the main focus character. This game focuses mostly on Luigi as he and Mario fight inside of his dreams. During the beginning of the game, Luigi dreams about Mario fighting a strange shadow creature. Once Luigi awakens, he and Mario arrive at the Pi'illo Kingdom. Also in this game, Luigi has a dream version known as Dreamy Luigi. Unlike in the other Mario & Luigi games, Luigi is much more serious and rarely plays the comic relief role as he did before. In fact, in Luigi's dreams, there is a depth to his character that has never been seen before in any other game. The player can learn a great deal about his feelings when Dreamy Luigi speaks to Mario at certain points. In one particular instance, Dreamy Luigi points out that Luigi is actually happy just to be able to help his older brother out during his adventures.

Super Mario Maker

In Super Mario Maker, Luigi is a costume in the Super Mario Bros. theme, his flagpole theme is the music after he gets the key of the main boss in Luigi Mansion.

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Non-canon Appearances

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The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

Luigi was featured in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! where he was voiced by the late Danny Wells and later Tony Rosato.

Super Mario Bros. film

Luigi is featured as one of the protagonists in the Super Mario Bros. film from 1993 where he is played by John Leguizamo.

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Behind the scenes

Creation and development

Mario Bros. marked Luigi's first appearance as Mario's brother, but as the palette swap for Player 2.[5]

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Luigi is an Italian name; it represents Luigi's nationality. The name means "renown fighter", despite his timid personality. Luigi is also a German name. The name means "famous fighter".


Charles Martinet has stated in various interviews that he invented Luigi's voice, and his current personality, on the spot, while doing "Mario In Real Time". Children would ask him where his "brother Luigi" is. At the time, his interpretation of Luigi had not been conceived, but he improvised Luigi calling out that he's in the kitchen, and that he doesn't want to come out because he's too shy, in what would go on to become his trademark "timid" sounding voice. This was in keeping with how Luigi had been portrayed prior to this, as somewhat of a coward, and helped to cement this personality for the character.

Real-world influences

Cultural impact

There is a restaurant called "Mario & Luigi's" with their respective colors.[5] Due to Mario as a famous character in Japan; people dress up as Mario characters (including Luigi) and race in go-karts.


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  • Despite debuting as a playable character in Mario Bros. It is believed that Luigi made his cameo debut in the arcade version of Donkey Kong Junior because the intro of the game featured two Marios.
  • Luigi was planned for Super Mario 64, but was scrapped altogether due to complications of camera angles and viewings angles in 2-player mode. However, he appeared in Super Mario 64 DS along with the previously unplayable Yoshi and Wario.
  • In the classic games, Luigi used to have white overalls and a green shirt, while in Super Mario Bros. 2 and in the DIC cartoons, it was changed to green overalls and a blue shirt, but it was later changed to blue overalls and a green shirt.
  • Luigi is a villain in Super Paper Mario called Mr. L, though he eventually becomes a player character.
  • Luigi along with Mario, has brown hair but a black mustache.
  • Luigi is generally portrayed as a coward. In Italian, the name "Luigi" actually means "Famous Warrior" or "Renowned Fighter".
  • In Super Princess Peach, after Princess Peach saved Luigi, though she apparently didn't remember his name, the dialogue called Luigi a "strange green man."
  • In Chile, the Super Smash Bros community has called Luigi: "NT | Pipe" in honor of a legendary player, one of the best in the country.


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  1. The house size depends on the amount of treasure Luigi found.


  1. Buzz. Finally, the official name of Nintendo official Mario is revealed! (Japanese). GetNews. Retrieved on 2019-07-11. “Nintendo's official name is known as "Mario Mario"!”
  2. Super Mario Bros. instruction booklet, page 2
  3. Super Mario World instruction booklet, page 2
  4. Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco. Super Mario Galaxy. Nintendo. Wii. 2007-02-16. Speaker: Toad. Quote source: Ghostly Galaxy. “We detected signs of Luigi in this galaxy! I hope he hasn't been eaten by ghosts!”
  5. 5.0 5.1 IGN Presents The History of Super Mario Bros.. IGN (2007-11-08). Archived from the original on November 9, 2007. Retrieved on 2020-03-29.

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