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Dr. Mario

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For fighter info, see Dr. Mario (SSBM), Dr. Mario (SSB4), and Dr. Mario (SSBU).
For information on his default persona, see Mario.
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For the player who was formerly known as "Doc", see Smasher:Logan.
Dr. Mario
Dr. Mario

Official artwork of Dr. Mario from Dr. Mario World.

Universe Mario
Debut Dr. Mario (1990)
Smash Bros. appearances Melee
Most recent non-Smash appearance Mario Kart Tour (2022 update)
Console/platform of origin Nintendo Entertainment System
Game Boy
Species Human
Gender Male
Place of origin Mushroom Kingdom
Voice actor Charles Martinet
Article on Super Mario Wiki Dr. Mario

Dr. Mario (Dr. マリオ, Dr. Mario) is the persona Mario assumes within the eponymous Dr. Mario series. Within his home series, Dr. Mario typically seeks to destroy a variety of dangerous Viruses from harming the inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Dr. Mario debuted in Super Smash Bros. Melee as an unlockable character, and returns in that capacity in both Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate after being absent from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.


Official artwork of Dr. Mario from Dr. Mario. This appearance partially inspired his design for Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Dr. Mario is simply Mario wearing a doctor's garb. In his eponymous debut game, he takes a break from adventuring in order to work in a virus research lab at the Mushroom Kingdom Hospital alongside Nurse Toadstool.[1] When an experiment goes wrong, the hospital is flooded with three differently colored types of Viruses.[2] Arming himself with Megavitamins—a medicine of his own invention[3]—Dr. Mario sets out to neutralize the outbreak.

Dr. Mario's gameplay sees Dr. Mario throwing Megavitamins into a prescription bottle. Afterward, the player can move and land them on Viruses, which spawn throughout the bottle. Connecting a line of four or more halves will make those halves disappear. If the other halves were suspended at the time, they will resume falling, but cannot be controlled any more. Connecting a line of three or more halves of Megavitamins to a Virus of the corresponding color, the Virus disintegrates. As such, blue Megavitamins eliminate Chill Viruses (blue), red Megavitamins eliminate Fever Viruses (red), and yellow Megavitamins eliminate Weird Viruses (yellow). Removing all of the Viruses on the screen advances the player to the next level. If the player runs out of Megavitamins or the bottle becomes completely filled with viruses still alive, the game ends.

Although subsequent Dr. Mario games retain the core gameplay, with some also introducing new mechanics, only two other installments feature actual story modes like the first installment. In Dr. Mario 64, Dr. Mario seeks to reclaim his Megavitamins after they are stolen by Mad Scienstein on behalf of his master, Rudy. However, Dr. Mario also has to contend with Wario, who seeks to steal the Megavitamins from Mad Scienstein and sell them for money.

In Dr. Mario World, the potential of an outbreak in the Mushroom Kingdom first mentioned in Dr. Mario comes to pass: red, blue and yellow Viruses appear en masse and are joined by the debuting green, light-blue, purple and pink Viruses. In response, Dr. Mario sets out to cure local inhabitants of their infections; beginning with level 11, he is joined by Dr. Peach in her bid to help the Toads, as well as Dr. Bowser, who wants to cure his minions himself. However, they are also joined by several other doctors (including Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, Toadette, Bowser Jr., the Koopalings, Wario, Waluigi, Princess Daisy, Rosalina, Luma, Donkey Kong, and Diddy Kong) and, for the first time in the series, assistants from a variety of species within the Mario series.

Dr. Mario appeared in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit as an outfit. He made his playable Mario Kart series debut in Mario Kart Tour in a May 2022 update, being added as a driver alongside Dr. Luigi.

Dr. Mario has also made a number of cameos outside of his home series. Most notably, he appears in the WarioWare series series via two microgames based on his debut game, while his medical garb can be unlocked in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Odyssey. In the Super Smash Bros. series, Dr. Mario is usually depicted as being slower, yet stronger, than his normal self. A trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee attributes his sluggishness to lack of exercise, whereas SSB4 variously attributes this to his white coat or medical doctorate status. In regard to Dr. Mario's raw strength, Palutena's Guidance attributes it to his knowledge of anatomy.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

In Super Smash Bros., Dr. Mario was briefly mentioned in Mario's biography as one of his many other past professions.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Dr. Mario (SSBM)
Dr. Mario, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Dr. Mario appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee as an unlockable character. He can be unlocked either by clearing Classic Mode with Mario without using any continues, or by playing 100 Versus Mode matches.[4] According to Super Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai, he included Dr. Mario because of his liking of the Dr. Mario series' soundtrack and his desire to include some of its songs for Melee.[4] Although Dr. Mario's design is based off his appearance in Dr. Mario, Melee modified his design by giving him dark gray pants instead of his traditional white pants.

As a clone of Mario,[4] Dr. Mario has the same moveset; according to Sakurai, however, Dr. Mario's concept involves "the parts that aren't different are the parts that are different."[4] To reflect this, a number of Dr. Mario's moves have aesthetic and mechanical modifications, with three being the most noticeable examples: Dr. Mario's forward smash discharges electricity instead of producing a small burst of fire, his neutral special move uses Megavitamins instead of Fireballs,[4] and his side special move, Super Sheet, is a white bed sheet that has more vertical range and less horizontal range compared to Cape.[4] On a lesser note, some of Dr. Mario's animations are less energetic and thus make him appear more serious and contemplative, which Sakurai jokingly said "make him seem like an old man."[4]

According to Sakurai, Dr. Mario himself also had his attributes modified,[4] which is reflected in him being stronger than Mario. Although this stronger power was supposed to be counterbalanced by slower speed as noted within Dr. Mario's Adventure Mode trophy, in actuality, almost all of Dr. Mario's speed attributes are equal to Mario's. The only exception is his air speed, which is actually faster than Mario's. Outside of this, the only instance in which Dr. Mario is slower than his normal self is in regard to his neutral attack.

Thanks to Dr. Mario's superior KO potential and his mobility being marginally better than Mario's, he has fared better than his normal self within the competitive scene. As such, Dr. Mario is currently ranked 11th out of 26 on the tier list; this places him at the top of the D tier, and renders him the highest ranking mid-tier character.


Dr. Mario, like the rest of the playable characters, has three different trophies dedicated to him. The Viruses from the Dr. Mario game also appear as a trophy. His Classic Mode trophy is as follows:

Dr. Mario Immaculate in his medical garb, Dr. Mario destroys killer viruses with his amazing vitamin capsules. With his dedicated nurse, Princess Peach, at his side, Dr. Mario spends day and night in his laboratory working on new miracle cures. Somehow he's managed to keep up with all the new viruses that have arisen over the years.

  • Dr. Mario, 10/90 (NES,GB)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Dr. Mario was one of the five playable characters in Melee who did not return as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Instead, his only appearance in the game is as a single sticker that can only be used to power up characters from the Mario universe and Yoshi. Additionally, he is referenced with the inclusion of "Dr. Mario (Melee)" as an immediately available music track for PictoChat, and the inclusion of "Chill (Dr. Mario)" as an unlockable music track for Flat Zone 2.

Unfinished data[edit]

While Dr. Mario does not appear as a playable character, an unfinished character file that makes reference to him exists inside the game's files, called (ef_dr_mario.pac). There is no explanation as to why the data exists; however, it is commonly inferred that he was intended to be included in Brawl's roster before being scrapped for unknown reasons.


Name Game Effect Fighters
Dr. Mario Nintendo Puzzle Collection AttackHead+018TypeIcon(Head).png Attack +18 Mario Yoshi Luigi Bowser PeachMarioHeadSSBB.pngYoshiHeadSSBB.pngLuigiHeadSSBB.pngBowserHeadSSBB.pngPeachHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Dr. Mario (Nintendo Puzzle Collection).png
Dr. Mario
(Nintendo Puzzle Collection)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Dr. Mario (SSB4)
Dr. Mario, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.

After being absent from Brawl, Dr. Mario returned as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. 4, becoming the first fighter in the series' history to return as a playable character after being cut from a previous installment, and the only one in Smash 4 who is not DLC. His design is now based on a combination of his appearance as of Dr. Mario 64 and the dark gray pants he sported in Melee. Although he was originally planned to be an alternate costume of Mario, Dr. Mario ultimately retained his status as a clone late in SSB4's development for the purpose of appealing to his Melee fanbase.[5]

Although Dr. Mario's moveset is mostly unchanged since Melee, he received his own Final Smash called Doctor Finale. True to its name, it is Dr. Mario's version of Mario Finale and fittingly uses a pair of gigantic, intertwining Megavitamins that deal more damage.

Unlike in Melee, Dr. Mario now properly functions as a stronger, yet slower version of Mario: he still possesses noticeably more power overall than his normal self (which has been increased even further since Melee), but he is now noticeably slower overall. Although Dr. Mario's overall frame data is very fast like Mario's, both his combo game and recovery are noticeably worse than his normal self's, with the latter trait's weakness being attributed to his slower mobility.

These factors have resulted in Dr. Mario's tier status and tournament representation both suffering from a vast downturn compared to his appearance in Melee. To reflect this, Dr. Mario is currently ranked 49th out of 55 on the tier list, placing him in the F tier and rendering him a low-tier character.


Dr. Mario
North America In the 1990 puzzle game Dr. Mario, Mario threw on a white coat and decided to take a shot at that whole "medicine" thing. In this game, he's a balanced fighter who can throw Megavitamin capsules and nimbly deflect blows with his Super Sheet. He's not quite as quick as normal Mario, but his attacks deal a bit more damage.
Europe In Dr. Mario, released in Europe in 1991, Mario threw on a white coat and decided to have a bash at the whole medicine thing. In this game, he's an all-rounder who can throw Megavitamin capsules and nimbly deflect blows with his Super Sheet. He's not quite as quick as normal Mario, but his attacks deal a bit more damage.
Dr. Mario (Alt.)
North America Mario and Dr. Mario are only slightly different. Basically, Dr. Mario is stronger, but his MD slows his speed and lowers his jump. He also has a move Mario doesn't: Dr. Tornado, a down special that can trap opponents before launching them. You can move left and right while doing it and press the button repeatedly to rise into the air.
Europe Mario and Dr. Mario are only slightly different. Basically, Dr. Mario is stronger, but his heavy coat affects his speed and jumping. He also has a move Mario doesn't: Dr. Tornado, a down special that can trap opponents before launching them. You can move left and right while doing it and press the button repeatedly to rise into the air.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Dr. Mario (SSBU)
Dr. Mario, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Dr. Mario returns as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He still functions as a stronger and slower version of Mario, yet has nevertheless been marginally decloned: Dr. Mario now has slightly higher traction, a new and significantly stronger back throw, and updated animations for his idle pose and Super Sheet. Aside from these changes, Dr. Mario has also gained a new down aerial, which possesses meteor smashing potential like his normal self's forward aerial.

Despite the term "Echo Fighter" being used in Ultimate to officially denote clone characters, Dr. Mario is not labeled as such presumably because of his subtle mechanical differences.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ドクターマリオ, Dr. Mario
UK English Dr. Mario
France French Dr. Mario
Germany German Dr. Mario
Spain Spanish Dr. Mario
Italy Italian Dr. Mario
China Chinese (Simplified) 玛利欧医生, Dr. Mario Doctor Mario
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 瑪利歐醫生, Dr. Mario Doctor Mario
South Korea Korean 닥터 마리오, Dr. Mario
Netherlands Dutch Dr. Mario
Russia Russian Доктор Марио Doctor Mario
Portugal Portuguese Dr. Mario


  • Dr. Mario is the first fighter to debut on more than one console simultaneously, as the original Dr. Mario originally released on both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy on July 27th, 1990.
  • Dr. Mario and Young Link are the only clones who are the exact same character as the character they are cloned from.[4] However, in Young Link's case, this only applies to his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
    • He is the only character in the series whose voice clips are shared with another character, although Luigi used to share Mario’s voice clips as well with the only difference being his voice having a higher pitch.
  • Dr. Mario is the first fighter to return after being cut from a previous game.
  • Dr. Mario is the only Mario fighter to have been cut from an installment of Super Smash Bros., that being Brawl.
    • Unfinished data, however, indicates that he might have been intended to make a playable appearance in that installment as well.
  • As of Super Smash Bros. 4, Dr. Mario is also the only character of any kind to have attributes affected by equipment-esque multipliers.
  • If Mario and Dr. Mario are counted separately, Dr. Mario is one of two characters to not make any sort of animated appearances in cutscenes or trailers, the other being Ryu.


  1. ^ "I'm Mario. How's it going? Over the last few years, I've been involved in some pretty wild adventures. Now, believe it or not, I work in the virus research lab at the Mushroom Kingdom Hospital." Dr. Mario instruction manual for NES, page 3.
  2. ^ "One of the experiments has gone out of control. The viruses are spreading quickly!" Dr. Mario instruction manual for NES, page 3.
  3. ^ "I have just developed a new vitamin that should be able to take care of it. I sure hope this stuff works!" Dr. Mario instruction manual for NES, page 3.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i News Flash! Super Smash Bros.: Dr. Mario - Source Gaming
  5. ^ Sakurai Explains Why Dr. Mario is His Own Character in Smash Bros.