Princess Peach (ピーチ姫Princess Peach?) also known as Princess Peach Toadstool, Princess Toadstool, or simply Peach, is the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, making her debut in Super Mario Bros.. She is the damsel-in-distress in most of the Mario games. She has a love for the color pink, as almost all of her dresses have a shade of the color. She is named after a fruit in the real world, and also one that occasionally appears in RPGs, the Peachy Peach. Her love interest is Mario.
She first appears in Super Mario Bros. and has since appeared in most subsequent games, in which she is usually kidnapped by Bowser. Princess Peach is occasionally a key supporting character of the plot, and sometimes a playable character. Her most notable appearance is as the protagonist of Super Princess Peach. She has also shown her fighting abilities in Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Super Paper Mario and Super Smash Bros. series. Princess Peach's first game as the main character, Super Princess Peach, has been released worldwide on February 27, 2006. She has also gone through many voice actresses and is currently voiced by Samantha Kelly. She has an affinity for the color pink and is a ladylike, kind and very beautiful monarch. Princess Peach resides in her castle along with many Toads who tend to her. She sometimes is about to get her kingdom often attacked by the Koopa Army, lead by King Bowser Koopa. Princess Peach is portrayed as Mario and Bowser's love interest. She also has a special relationship with Princess Daisy, and is a good friend of Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, and Toadette. She has appeared in many sports titles as well as other spin-offs. Also, she is almost always playable in spin-off tournaments, such as Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Bowser has also shown to be in love with her in several games. Some of his attempts to kidnap her are so that he can marry her and make her his queen.
Like most human characters in the Mario franchise, Peach has blue eyes. She has blonde hair which reaches her waist in length (initially brown in NES games, resulting in the DiC cartoons depicting her as a redhead) with two sideburns and a heart‐shaped bang covering her forehead. She usually puts it into a ponytail for most of her more active appearances. She also wears a pair of sapphire earrings and peach‐colored lipstick. In terms of height, the only human characters taller than her are Pauline, Waluigi, and Rosalina (though Pauline may be slightly shorter as she wore higher heels).
Her primary outfit consists of a pink dress reaching the floor with short puffy sleeves, a dark pink raised collar, hem, and panniers, and a sapphire brooch set in gold. Accompanying it are a golden crown with four jewels set in gold, two rubies at the front and back and two sapphires at the sides, white evening gloves with a cloudy opening, and red high heel pumps, and, in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a pair of pink bloomers. This look replaces her original dress, which was darker pink from much closer to her waist. In the DiC cartoon Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3's episode "Mind Your Mummy Mommy, Mario," she wore blue high heels as seen when running to a stolen mummy case.
Due to her normal outfit consisting of a long dress and high heels, Peach has some alternate outfits for a variety of situations. Her primary two are a pink athletic minidress or a pink tank top and shorts (the latter based on Princess Daisy's primary sportswear). Both are paired with white bobby socks and primarily-pink tennis shoes along with her usual jewelry and a blue hair tie keeping her hair in a ponytail. Other, more specifically-oriented outfits include a pink nurse outfit with matching sandals (Dr. Mario), a pink and white biker suit (Mario Kart Wii and both versions of Mario Kart 8, Daisy and Rosalina also receiving their own in their respective color schemes; for some strange reason Wario doesn't use his WarioWare-origin biker outfit himself under the same circumstances), a sleeveless, lighter pink version of her normal dress (Super Mario Sunshine, the sleevelessness along with a lack of her usual gloves being due to Isle Delfino's tropical setting), a pink leotard doubling as a one-piece swimsuit (summer editions of the Mario & Sonic series), a pink minidress with dark pink tights along with white gloves and ankle boots (winter editions of the Mario & Sonic series), and perhaps her most risque outfit, a pink midriff-baring crop top (with a white number 10 on both sides, small in front under her emblem and large on the back under her (also in white) name) and shorts (Super Mario Strikers, the sequel adding protective pink battle armor over it).
Princess Peach is sweet, kind, optimistic, friendly, and experienced. She puts others' needs before her own, despite people refusing as seen with Mimi. Peach has a lot of experience while she lacks learning from it. Bowser always kidnaps Peach due to her ability that she can undo the spell. Another theory Bowser loves Peach as seen in Super Paper Mario, but Peach does not love him back. After Mario rescues her, she compliments him for saving her. Peach and Daisy are close friends and friendly rivals. The two people have similar behavior and abilities, but different traits and affiliation. Peach can cry easily when she's sad.
Her father, the Mushroom King, though mentioned in the instruction manual to Super Mario Bros., has never made an appearance in the mainstream games. She also has a grandmother who is a Toad and a grandmother who is a human. In the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart Wii official guides published by Prima and licensed by Nintendo, Daisy's biographies state that Peach is her cousin, but that statement has yet to be proven in the games themselves. Similarly, according to the PRIMA Official Game Guide for Super Mario Galaxy, Rosalina was initially intended to be a relative of Princess Peach's, hence why Rosalina and her mother have a similar physical appearance to Peach.
Although Peach first spoke in Super Mario Bros. with one line, she was voiced by Leslie Swan for the first time in Super Mario 64. She had a mature and deep tone. In the early 21st century, Peach had new voice actresses: Jen Taylor, the former voice actress, and Samantha Kelly, the current voice actress. Peach spoke with an innocent and high pitched soprano tone.
Ever from her debut, her musical theme was based on Super Mario Bros.. For example, in her Super Smash Bros. Ultimate showcase video, it played the Super Smash Bros. Melee version of the Super Mario Bros. overworld theme. When Mario rescues Peach, it plays the ballet-style jingles.
Powers and abilities
Princess Peach has shown in Super Mario Bros. that she can undo the spell. Since her first playable appearance, Princess Peach can hover and attack enemies. Like other characters, she can ground pound and run. She has unique powers that included pink hearts or fruit peaches. Peach can transform with the use of power-ups.
Baseball bat: Peach uses the bat when attending baseball events.
Tennis racket: She uses the tennis racket when attending tennis events.
Hot air balloon: Peach flew onto the hot air balloon to Dinosaur Land.
Peach's Parasol: Princess Peach used her parasol for support and weaponry. She uses it to glide and shade herself.
Perry: Perry only appeared in Super Princess Peach, a talking parasol who helped Peach with his knowledge of Vibe Island. Perry uses some of the abilities similar to Peach's parasol, even including absorbing enemies.
Bowser summoned Dark Magic onto the Toads that transformed into animate objects. Peach was the only person who can undo Bowser's spell. Bowser kidnapped Peach to prevent her from undoing the spell. Mario heard about it and started his adventure to find her. Mario rescued Toads trapped in the castles, who told him that Peach is in another castle. Mario defeated the true Bowser and saved Princess Peach. Peach thanked him for saving her and presented him with a new quest. The music that plays is the same melody as Die Wacht Am Rhein 
Mario told Peach, Luigi and Toad about his strange dream. The group decided to go to the nearby mountain for a picnic. They enjoyed looking at the scenery until they spot a small cave. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad curiously approached the cave finding a long staircase leading to the door. As they opened the door, they fell into Subcon, the land of dreams. Peach remembered the advice Mario received from his said dream and found king Wart, known for hating vegetables. Peach defeated Wart and saved the Subcons. Mario, Luigi, Toad, Peach and the Subcons celebrate their rescue from Wart's evil spell.
Peach, Toad, Mario, and Luigi learned that Bowser sent his children called Koopalings to Mushroom World to make mischief. The seven Koopalings stole the seven wands from the seven kings of the seven lands and transformed them into animals. Peach and Toad farewelled Mario and Luigi wishing them luck as the two brothers set off their journey. Peach sent letters to help Mario and Luigi and enclosing jewels. After Mario rescued the Pipe Land King from the last Koopaling, Ludwig von Koopa, Mario received a letter from Bowser who had kidnapped Peach into the Dark Land. After Mario defeated Bowser, he approached Peach. Princess Peach joked to Mario but appreciated his rescue.
Peach, Mario, and Luigi agreed to take a vacation at Dinosaur Land after saving Mushroom World. While Mario and Luigi were napping at the beach, Princess Peach disappeared seized by evil forces. Mario, Luigi, and their childhood friend: Yoshi arrives at the Front Door of Bowser's Castle, Mario and Luigi intrude to rescue Peach. Mario and Luigi found Bowser holding captive of Peach in his Koopa Clown. After the disappearance of Bowser, they traveled back to Yoshi's House and continued their vacation.
"You must go to Jewelry Land. Its rulers, King Fret and Prince Pine are in terrible danger. You must go and save them. Please, Mario. They are my friends!! Thank you! You must go at once. Good luck and take care, both of you!"
Princess Peach learned that Bowser and the Koopalings moved into Jewelry Land, they stole the twelve magic gems and kidnapped her friends, King Fret and Prince Pine. As a result of the theft, the kingdom was split into two parts, Light Realm and Dark Realm. Panicked, Peach messaged Mario and Yoshi about the incident. Mario and Yoshi returned to Mushroom World after completing Peach's quest.
Mario received the letter from Peach who baked a cake for Mario. Mario was excited to arrive at Peach's Castle. Mario heard Bowser's voice that said nobody is in the castle. Mario searched inside the castle. After entering the painting, he understood that Peach and Toad were sealed in a painting by Bowser. After recovering most of the Super Stars and defeating Bowser, he returned to the castle. Peach appears with the Toads. Surprised to see Mario, she thanked Mario for restoring the Stars have been restored. She tells everyone that they should bake a cake for Mario.
Peach, Mario and Toadsworth were travelling onto the Toad Express to have a vacation at Isle Delfino Peach noticed a shadowy figure resembling Mario, while Toadsworth and Mario enjoy their time. The plane made a crash-landing nearby strange goop. Peach noticed the same shadow figure but disappeared from her sight. Princess Peach told Mario about her concern before he starts to search. After Mario collected the first Shine Sprite, the Pianta Police officers arrested him. Peach was present in the court attempting to prove his innocence. Mario was proven to be "guilty" and was required to clean up the island before he is allowed to leave.
Princess Peach noticed Shadow Mario who attempted to kidnap her, but Mario prevented him as Shadow Mario escaped to the Rainbow M. Shadow Mario kidnapped Peach inside the Mecha-Bowser, after Mario collected the ten Shine Sprites. Shadow Mario revealed itself to be Bowser Jr., shocking Mario and Peach. Bowser Jr. called Princess Peach his "mama," then took Peach into Corona Mountain in the Mecha-Bowser.
Meanwhile, Bowser and Bowser Jr. were enjoying their time in the hot bathtub, unlike Peach who sat on the rubber duck. Mario arrived to Peach and tipped the bathtub. This resulted in the hidden Shine Sprite to fall out of the pool. Bowser and Bowser Jr. landed onto the raft while Mario and Peach landed on a small island nearby Delfino Island. They noticed the F.L.U.D.D. malfunctioning, and it shut it down. Princess Peach pointed out to Mario that the residents are celebrating after the Shine Sprite restored to the Shine Gate. Mario and Peach enjoyed watching the sunset at Sirena Beach until Toad showed them the repaired F.L.U.D.D. that announced that the vacation starts. Everyone enjoyed the island afterward.
Princess Peach invited Mario to the Starbit Festival, who received the letter. Princess Peach was prepared to give Mario a Luma. Mario arrived at the Castle Gardens. Mario was about to arrive at Peach's Castle regardless of Bowser and the airships that arrived and interrupted the festival. He "invited" Peach to his new galaxy creation, the UFO lifted Peach's Castle to space. Before Mario can do anything else, Magikoopa cast a spell to Mario sending him flying to space. Luma escaped before Kamek warped the castle.
During the events of Mario helping Rosalina restore Power Stars and Grand Stars to the Comet Observatory, Peach wrote letters to Mario while she was kidnapped. Rosalina and Mario prepared to encounter Bowser at the center of the universe. Bowser Jr. held Peach captive in his airship, but Mario rescued her upon the defeat of Bowser. The galaxy has been deconstructed by the Black Hole, while Rosalina rescued Mario from the cataclysm. Awakening at Mushroom Kingdom, Peach and Bowser have not remembered the past events although there were reconstructed galaxies and everyone that Mario met celebrating.
The great storm blew Tanooki leaves off the Tail Tree outside Peach's Castle. Peach investigated the damaged tree, until Bowser kidnapped her. Meanwhile, Mario and three Toads check on the big tail tree and read Peach's letter. They realized Bowser kidnapped Peach. While running through the worlds, he receives letters from Peach to learn about her predicament. Mario approached Bowser's lair and fought Bowser. After Bowser sinks into the lava pool, Mario and the three Toads rescued Princess Peach and returned to the castle. Mario learnt Dry Bowser kidnapped Luigi, and rescued Luigi. Mario realized Bowser captured Peach again, he rescued Peach from Bowser again.
Peach, Mario, Luigi 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 trapped her in a plains area. Peach checked Bowser inside the pipe but fell into the pipe. Her companions caught up to her and fell into the plains area where they found the green Sprixie Princess trapped inside a jar.
After Peach and her companions rescued the green Sprixie Princess, they continued to rescue 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. Bowser was launched away as Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad returned to the Mushroom Kingdom.
During the events "in the skies above Peach's castle," Bowser kidnapped Princess Peach and Tiara on his airship. Bowser threw Mario out of his airship.
Mario and Cappy confronted Bowser with Peach and Tiara at his kingdom, and he told Mario and Cappy that he planned his wedding on the moon and left them behind. While Peach, Bowser, and attendees were present at the wedding, Mario and Cappy crashed the wedding. Bowser declared a battle against Mario. After Mario fought Bowser, Mario, Cappy, Peach, and Tiara reunited. They escape from the collapsing area to the moon with Mario and Cappy possessing Bowser. Meanwhile, Mario and Bowser proposed to Peach, but she rejected them and left with Cappy and Tiara to the Odyssey. Mario jumped onto the Odyssey while Bowser was stuck on the moon.
Peach and Tiara went on a vacation together to different kingdoms, worrying the Mushroom Kingdom residents. Mario visits Peach and Tiara in different kingdoms. Peach decided that herself along with Tiara must return to the Mushroom Kingdom, assuming that she is worrying the residents.
Note: At the end of the race, the results show the order which CPU drivers finish the race when playing Peach. If Lakitu is not unlocked yet, Toad will replace Lakitu. Otherwise, Toad is her third rival.
"Don't let her delicate demeanor fool you. Peach is a menace on the track – she can race with the best of 'em."
"The dainty, lightweight princess has the acceleration to quickly get away from her heavier rivals. She's the character to select if you like to build up a big lead early in the race."
"Peach's top speed is a bit slower than heavier racers, but she gives a nice boost to your kart's acceleration."
Note: At the end of the race, the results show the order which CPU drivers finish the race when playing Peach.
Taking time out of her busy schedule of stomping Koopas and saving the Sprixie Kingdom, Peach roars back to the racetrack! She’s a bit faster than many other lightweight racers, but it takes her a bit longer to get up to speed.
"Princess Toadstool has been antagonized by Bowser for ages. Perhaps her proven bravery will allow her to reign as the supreme Super Star."
Behind the scenes
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Creation and development
Princess Peach's initial appearance was drawn by Shigeru Miyamoto. Miyamoto has later asked Yōichi Kotabe to redraw Princess Peach with his instructions. He has asked Kotabe to draw her eyes to be "a little cat-like" and that she should look "stubborn, but cute". With Kotabe's influence, Princess Peach changed considerably throughout her gaming history.
Samantha Kelly is the current voice actress for Princess Peach. She started voicing her since Mario Strikers Charged. Kelly mentioned the fact that she likes Princess Peach about her innocence, sweetness and determination.
She has never been known as "Princess Toadstool" in Japan. She was always known as Princess Peach.
Ever since her debut in 1985, Princess Peach has appeared in more games than any female character in video game history.
There's a homage in the game Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix to a famous quote about Princess Toadstool, which is "Thank you Mario / Luigi. But our Princess is in another castle.", very common at Mario's early games: As the player beats the secret boss Akuma, he is given an achievement named "Sheng Long is in another castle". The achievement name interprets the player is unable to find Sheng Long but just Akuma.
Sheng Long is a "character" originated from a joke, based upon Ryu's quote "You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance," which suggested Sheng Long's existence as a secret final boss in the Capcom fighting game Street Fighter II and that helped to create both the characters Akuma and Gouken later.
Not only is Peach really famous in real life, but she's really famous in her universe as well. Almost every Mario character knows Princess Peach, even the most infamous of villains.
• ⋆-Enemy, boss, or stat exclusive to the main game. • ⋆⋆-Enemy, boss, or stat exclusive to Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser. • ⋆⋆⋆-Enemy variants differ in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.