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Luigi
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Official artwork of Luigi from Mario Party 10.

Universe Mario
Debut Mario Bros. (1983)
Smash Bros. appearances SSB
Melee
Brawl
SSB4
Most recent non-Smash appearance Super Mario Run (2016)
Console of origin Arcade
Species Human
Gender Male
Place of origin Mushroom Kingdom
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto
Voice actor Charles Martinet
Article on Super Mario Wiki Luigi

Luigi (ルイージ, Luigi) is a character in the Mario series. He is the younger twin brother of the more-famous Mario, but is still a prominent character (and second only to his older brother) in the series of the same name. He has featured as a playable character in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. 4.

Character description[edit]

Luigi as he appears in Mario Kart 64, which inspired his design for Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Two years after his brother, Mario, made his debut in the widely acclaimed classic Donkey Kong, Luigi made his own debut in Mario Bros. for the arcade as the character that the second player would control.[1] However, Luigi's appearance was merely a palette swap of Mario's, with his attire being colored green instead of red and his abilities are identical to Mario's. Luigi was named after a pizza parlor called "Mario & Luigi's", which was located near Nintendo of America's headquarters.[2] Coincidentally, his name further referenced his status as a palette swap, due to it sounding like the Japanese word 「類似」 (ruiji), which means "similar".[3]

Luigi would then once again be featured in the widely acclaimed classic Super Mario Bros. for the NES, which saw the two brothers traveling through the Mushroom Kingdom for the first time to rescue Princess Toadstool from the evil Koopa King, Bowser. Here, Luigi was clad in a green shirt, white overalls and white hat contrasted to his usual green color scheme. In Super Mario Bros. 2 (both the American and Japanese versions), he would be established as actually having superior jumping prowess compared to Mario, but having worse traction. However, the American version did establish that Luigi was both taller and thinner than his older brother. In Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, Luigi is mechanically identical to Mario, with the only difference between them being their color schemes.

While Mario appeared in more and more games over the years, Luigi began taking a backseat to his older brother, to the point that he was even being entirely left out of some games. While he appeared as the solo playable character in Mario is Missing!, this game was an edutainment-based spin-off, rather than a part of the main Mario games. The most notable instance was Luigi's complete absence in the widely acclaimed classic Super Mario 64, which garnered some controversy. He also did not appear in Super Mario Sunshine after that, although he did appear in the Nintendo DS remake of Super Mario 64 as a playable character alongside Yoshi and Wario.

After these absences, Luigi saw increased attention when he was included in Super Smash Bros. and he also gained his own evil counterpart named Waluigi in Mario Tennis a year later and following that, he garnered the spotlight in his own game, Luigi's Mansion. Since then, Nintendo has made a more conscious effort to include Luigi in more games, playable or otherwise; he has starred alongside Mario in the Mario & Luigi series and was a playable character in Super Paper Mario after appearing as a non-playable character in the first two Paper Mario games. He has even been made into a playable character in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, albeit under certain requirements.

However, Luigi's profile notably increased even further thanks to the announcement of the Year of Luigi, which was announced on February 14, 2013 and commemorated the 30th anniversary of his debut in Mario Bros.[4] Various games and collectables focusing on Luigi were released, with two of the games, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, further developing his character. Dark Moon saw him both develop a slightly more courageous attitude, save Mario yet again and resulted in King Boo becoming Luigi's full-fledged archenemy. Dream Team further cemented the deep bond between the Mario Bros. and even saw Luigi rise to the occasion against Bowser, which resulted in his critics, such as Starlow, coming to view him as Mario's equal.

Aside from his character development, Luigi's abilities were also highlighted. New Super Luigi U notably lacked Mario and instead focused on Luigi's unique mechanics, such as his slippery traction and high jumps, while Dr. Luigi marked his debut as a doctor like his brother before him and saw him utilize unique L-shaped Megavitamins. Although the Year of Luigi officially concluded on March 18, 2014,[5] one final Year of Luigi game, Super Luigi Bros., was released a little over a month later as a part of NES Remix 2. Like Super Mario 3D World's Luigi Bros., Super Luigi Bros. is a modified emulation of Super Mario Bros., but noticeably differs by retaining Luigi's higher jumps and sporting mirrored versions of every level.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Luigi (SSB)
Official artwork of Luigi in Super Smash Bros.
Luigi's first appearance in a fighting game is in Super Smash Bros., where he appears as one of the four secret playable characters. His appearance is based on Super Mario World. His voice clips are a higher pitched version of Mario's voice clips from Super Mario 64 and his overalls are colored violet instead of blue. He can be unlocked after completing the Target Test with all of the original 8 playable characters. Luigi's abilities are almost identical to Mario's, but with a few differences. His neutral special move is also a Fireball, except colored green rather than red, and is not affected by gravity like Mario's. His up special move is also the Super Jump Punch, but it deals damage in a vastly different way: it deals only 1% if the hit is indirect, but it can deal up to 25% if the hit is direct. Lastly, his down special move is the Luigi Cyclone: it is is similar to the Mario Tornado, but instead consists of two hits and that each launch the opponent away from Luigi. In addition, Luigi is notably the only character in the game whose taunt can damage opponents.

Largely due to his floatiness and awkward physics, Luigi is ranked 12th on the current tier list, placing him in the C tier and at the bottom of list.

Luigi's in-game character description reads:

Luigi
Though often hidden in his older brother Mario's shadow, Luigi, is in reality, very popular. Taller than Mario, Luigi also jumps higher. Although he didn't appear in Super Mario 64, in Mario Kart 64 he performed to the best of his ability. For one who always seems to be in the background, he has many fans who eagerly await his appearance.
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In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Luigi, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Luigi (SSBM)

Luigi returns in Melee as a secret character. His appearance is still based on his appearance in Mario Kart 64. His voice clips are still a higher pitched version of Mario's voice clips from Super Mario 64 like in the previous game. His overalls were changed to a navy blue color rather than violet. He can be unlocked in Adventure Mode by finishing the first stage with the number 2 in the timer, which will cause Luigi to take Mario's place in the subsequent battle, or by playing 800 VS matches. Finishing the first stage with the number 2 in the timer may be a reference to the fact that Luigi has always been considered second to Mario. Luigi's side special move gives him a unique ability, the Green Missile. Luigi charges up, and when this is finished, launches himself forward as though he were a missile (hence the title). This can be used as a recovery move along with his Super Jump Punch.

Due to his moveset and mobility being noticeably improved and him benefiting from Melee's game physics, Luigi is ranked 13th on the tier list, placing him in the D tier and directly in middle of the list.

Trophies[edit]

As a playable character, Luigi is featured on three trophies - his normal trophy, acquired by beating Classic mode with Luigi on any difficulty, and "Smash Red" and "Smash Blue" trophies won by beating Adventure and All-Star modes, respectively - as well as a fourth, styled after his appearance in the GameCube launch title Luigi's Mansion".

His normal and "Vacuum Luigi" trophies read as follows:

Luigi
Although Mario's younger brother has always played second fiddle, Luigi finally garnered the spotlight with his very own game, Luigi's Mansion. Things are looking up for the eternal understudy; he's even picked up his own rival in Waluigi. The day he's referred to as the "lean, mean, green machine" may not be too far off.

Vacuum Luigi
In a strange twist of fate, Luigi wins a huge mansion in a contest he didn't even enter, and the place turns out to be haunted! After meeting a weird professor named Elvin Gadd, Luigi enters the place armed with a flashlight and a ghost-sucking vacuum cleaner. Mario's trapped somewhere in there! Can Luigi save him?

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Luigi in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Main article: Luigi (SSBB)
Luigi together with King Dedede and Ness in the Subspace Emissary.

Luigi is once again an unlockable character and can be unlocked by playing 22 VS matches, completing Classic mode, or by getting Luigi to join the party in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary. The main difference between Luigi now and his Melee appearance is his Final Smash, the unorthodox Negative Zone. His appearance is based on his current appearance in the later Mario games, such as Luigi's Mansion and Mario Party 4. He has his own unique voice clips instead of having Mario's voice clips sped up from the last two SSB games.

Despite having been buffed overall, the loss of wavedashing significantly harmed Luigi. As a result, he is ranked 28th on the tier list, placing him in the E tier.

Trophies[edit]

Luigi has a trophy that is awarded each time Classic mode is completed with Luigi on any difficulty. See Negative Zone for the trophy description of Luigi's Final Smash.

Luigi
Mario's younger twin brother. He's shy and quiet and overshadowed by his sibling, but he's actually quite talented. His jumping ability surpasses Mario's, and his all-around skills let him overcome any problem. He's a bit cowardly and really afraid of ghosts. Even so, in Luigi's Mansion, he was charged with cleaning up a whole house full of spirits.
NES: Mario Bros
GameCube: Luigi's Mansion
Paper Luigi
The legendary hero Mario's younger brother. He's teased by Koopas and Goombas alike and is sometimes called "green mustache guy." He goes missing after Bowser and Peach's wedding. He's known for his jumping prowess—his special move is the High Jump. It's said that he has a close relationship to the masked man brainwashed by Count Bleck and known only as "Mister L."
Wii: Super Paper Mario

Stickers[edit]

Name Game Effect Character(s)
Luigi Luigi's Mansion SpecialLaunchPower+008StickerIconLaunchPower.png +8 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Luigi Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga SpecialLaunchPower+023StickerIconLaunchPower.png +23 Mario Luigi Peach Bowser YoshiMarioHeadSSBB.pngLuigiHeadSSBB.pngPeachHeadSSBB.pngBowserHeadSSBB.pngYoshiHeadSSBB.png
Luigi Super Paper Mario AttackElectric+020EffectIcon(Electric).png Attack +20 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Luigi & Baby Luigi Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time SpecialLaunchPower+005StickerIconLaunchPower.png +5 Mario Luigi Peach Bowser YoshiMarioHeadSSBB.pngLuigiHeadSSBB.pngPeachHeadSSBB.pngBowserHeadSSBB.pngYoshiHeadSSBB.png
Mario & Luigi Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga DefenseFlame+019EffectIcon(Flame).png Resistance +19 Mario Luigi Peach Bowser YoshiMarioHeadSSBB.pngLuigiHeadSSBB.pngPeachHeadSSBB.pngBowserHeadSSBB.pngYoshiHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Luigi (Luigi's Mansion).png
Luigi
(Luigi's Mansion)
Brawl Sticker Luigi (Mario & Luigi SS).png
Luigi
(Mario & Luigi SS)
Brawl Sticker Luigi (Super Paper Mario).png
Luigi
(Super Paper Mario)
Brawl Sticker Luigi & Baby Luigi (Mario & Luigi PiT).png
Luigi & Baby Luigi
(Mario & Luigi: PiT)
Brawl Sticker Mario & Luigi (Mario & Luigi SS).png
Mario & Luigi
(Mario & Luigi SS)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Main article: Luigi (SSB4)
Luigi in Super Smash Bros. 4.

Luigi appears in Super Smash Bros. 4 as a playable character. He is the second character after Captain Olimar to be confirmed to return after E3 2013. This is also the first installment of the series to announce Luigi as a playable character before the game's release. Unlike in the previous three installments, he is now a Starter character in this one. Like Mario, his design is based off his appearance from recent Mario games, such as Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8.

Luigi has been buffed in the transition from Brawl to SSB4. His moveset is notable for having among the highest levels of utility and combo potential in the game, while the retention of his overall fast attack speed grants him a strongly defensive game, especially in the air. Three of Luigi's four special moves can aid his recovery, making for an unpredictable and long-distanced recovery. He also possesses one of the best grab games, due to its fast speed, his back throw is a viable KOing option, and his down throw possesses outstanding combo and follow-up potential. However, Luigi's shortcomings include slow mobility, especially while airborne, and the worst traction out of all characters. While his recovery options are varied, they are overall slow, potentially leaving him vulnerable to edge-guarding. Update 1.1.1 also altered the knockback of his down throw, which results in it no longer allowing guaranteed combos at high percentages.

Despite his flaws, Luigi overall remains a force to be reckoned with and he has achieved decently strong tournament representation and results. As a result, he is currently ranked 29th on the tier list, placing him at the bottom of the D tier. Like in Melee, this also results in Luigi being placed directly in the middle of the list.

Trophies[edit]

Luigi

North AmericaSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Luigi recently celebrated his 30th anniversary with the Year of Luigi, but all that attention just made him even more shy and awkward. In Smash Bros., Luigi takes a lot of cues from his brother in fighting style, adding flair to moves like Super Jump Punch. His taunts, however, are truly unique.
North AmericaSuper Smash Bros. for Wii U Luigi recently celebrated his 30th anniversary with the Year of Luigi, but all that attention just made him even more shy and awkward. In Smash Bros. (as in life), Luigi tends to follow his brother's lead, but he adds his own flair to moves like Super Jump Punch. His taunts, however, are 100% Weegee.
Europe With the Year of Luigi long gone now, it's up to you to prove to everyone that Mario's cowardly co-star is still awesome. He may share a lot of moves with his brother, but he still puts his own spin on things. When you Super Jump Punch a foe just right, for example, the noise he makes is epic. His taunts are pretty funny too. Try them!
Appears In
Mario Bros. 1983
Nintendo 3DS: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon 03/2013

Luigi (Alt.)

North America Luigi may sulk when his down taunt is used, but his little dejected kick can actually hurt a nearby enemy fighter. It can even trigger a meteor smash! Notice an enemy leisurely hanging from the edge? Run over and pout on the edge—that foe will be the one with something to pout about!
Europe Luigi might look a bit sulky when you use his down taunt, but when he does it next to another fighter, it can get in a little hit - well, a "little hit" that can also sometimes be a meteor smash! Say you spot a fighter hanging off the edge of the stage. Just give them a pout and a kick with this taunt, and they'll fall to their doom.
Appears In
Mario Bros. 1983
Nintendo 3DS: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon 03/2013

North AmericaLuigi (With Poltergust 3000)
EuropeLuigi (With Poltergust 5000)

North America Luigi's trusty tool, the Poltergust 3000. This isn't your neighbor's boring, old vacuum—the Poltergust 3000 sucks up ghosts! It also can find them when they are hiding and can blow them around a room! Why doesn't every family own one of these, I wonder...
Europe Unlike your run-of-the-mill vacuum cleaner, this one sucks up...ghosts! And it doesn't just suck them up - it blows them around, draws them to you, and even helps you find them when they're hidden. Talk about convenient! No home should be without one. No Luigi should be without one, either.

Tanooki Mario & Kitsune Luigi

North America If you find a Super Leaf, Mario transforms into Tanooki Mario! His newfound tail works as a weapon and as a propeller to slow his fall. His brother, Luigi, won't turn into a Tanooki, though—he becomes Kitsune Luigi. Wouldn't want to have trouble telling the two apart, would we?
Europe When Mario uses a Super Leaf, he grows a tail and turns into Tanooki Mario, a very handy form indeed. Likewise, Luigi turns into Kitsune Luigi. Both of them can swing their tails to attack enemies, or wag their tails to slowly float down after a jump, almost like they're walking on air.

Paper Luigi

North America Paper Luigi is Paper Mario's younger brother. He shows up from time to time during Paper Mario's quest for the Royal Stickers, but he doesn't stick around for long. Such a modest guy... I wonder what he's getting up to now!
Europe Paper Mario's little brother, Paper Luigi. While Mario is searching for the Royal Stickers, you might see Luigi here and there, just lounging around in the background. If you try to peel him away like a sticker, he runs off quick as a flash. What on earth are you playing at, Luigi?

Baby Luigi

North America Despite missing the trademark mustache, the big nose and the L on his cap should be dead giveaways that this is Luigi! When he appeared in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Baby Luigi surprised the other racers with his Rattle Buggy driving skills. Adult Luigi probably still remembers those days of racing glory.
Europe Since he's only a baby, he doesn't have the trademark moustache yet, but that big L on his cap and his even bigger nose make him unmistakably Luigi. In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, his first playable outing, he zooms around the tracks in his Rattle Buggy. Do you think grown-up Luigi remembers all those escapades?
SNES: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 10/1995
Nintendo 3DS: Yoshi's New Island 03/2014

Mr. L

He calls himself the Green Thunder, but Mr. L's true identity is a mystery, forever concealed beneath his stylish green hat. With his incredible skill of jumping really high, he makes a valuable addition to Count Bleck's evil forces. Coincidentally, for the whole of Mr. L's reign of terror, Luigi is nowhere to be seen. How odd...
Wii: Super Paper Mario 04/2007

Trivia[edit]

  • Much like in their home series, Luigi is largely perceived as being in Mario's shadow within the Super Smash Bros. series. Up until Super Smash Bros. 4, Luigi had been an unlockable character, whereas Mario has always been a starter character. In Super Smash Bros., the notice for unlocking Luigi described him as "The Eternal Understudy". In Super Smash Bros. Melee, one method to unlock Luigi is by clearing the first level (Mushroom Kingdom) in Adventure Mode with the timer set to the number 2 in the seconds area. (XX:X2:XX), which results in him being fought on Mushroom Kingdom II. In Brawl, one of the ways to unlock Luigi is to play exactly 22 versus matches; additionally, Snake's Codec Conversation sees the Colonel describe Luigi as the "King of Second Bananas". His Boxing Ring character title in Super Smash Bros. 4 is "The Eternal Understudy", which continues his "second hand" theme and is a direct reference to his notice in SSB.
    • Luigi and Jigglypuff were the only characters to appear in SSB, Melee and Brawl as unlockable characters.
  • Despite having the ability to wall jump in the Mario games (with the exception of Super Mario 64 DS), Luigi cannot wall jump in any Super Smash Bros. game to date.
  • In both SSB and Melee, Luigi has absolutely no unique sound effects, sans the spring effect from Super Mario World used for one of his victory poses in Melee. With the exception of the sound effect used for charging and firing his Green Missile (which comes from Pikachu), and the "growing and shrinking" effect in Super Mario Bros. (which Luigi actually never uses), all of Luigi's sound effects, sans the one used for Luigi Cyclone, are used by Mario in Super Mario 64 and simply emitted at a higher pitch. Luigi's voice clip for his down special is a direct copy of Mario's voice clip for the Mario Tornado in Super Smash Bros., from quality all the way down to the pitch. However, this trend ended in Brawl, where Luigi received his own unique voice clips and sound effects.
    • Despite this, Luigi had already received his own unique voice prior to both SSB and Melee, due to having a distinct voice in both Mario Kart 64 and Luigi's Mansion.
  • Luigi has always been portrayed as being a slower runner than Mario in the Super Smash Bros. series. However, Mario is generally the slower of the two in the Mario series, except for certain games (such as the Mario & Luigi series).
    • Similarly, from Melee onward, Mario has always been portrayed as being weaker than Luigi, but in the Mario series, Luigi is portrayed as the weaker of the two.
  • Due to appearing in Luigi's Mansion, Luigi is the only character in Melee to appear as a playable character on the Nintendo GameCube before Melee's release.


  1. IGN Presents The History of Super Mario Bros.
  2. Mario Bros. at The International Arcade Museum
  3. Super Mario: The New Craze in Japan
  4. Nintendo Direct 2.14.2013
  5. Shigeru Miyamoto's Miiverse post announcing the end of the Year of Luigi