Mario (SSBB)

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This article is about Mario's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For the character in other contexts, see Mario.
in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Universe Mario
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
in Melee
in SSB4
Availability Starter
Final Smash Mario Finale
Tier F (31)
Everyone's favorite plumber is well rounded.
Brawl instruction manual

Mario (マリオ, Mario) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, who also appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee and the original Super Smash Bros. He is the icon of Nintendo and the Mario series. As in every other video game in which he has a voice, Mario is voiced by Charles Martinet and now has original voices rather than recycled ones from Super Mario 64.

Mario is ranked 31st out of 38 on the current tier list, the top position of F tier. This is a vast drop from his previous placement in Melee, where he was ranked 15th out of 26, and his worst placement in the series. Mario possesses fast, low lag attacks throughout his moveset, as well as strong comboing capabilities, with his up tilt and up aerial being especially good jugglers on their own that can set up additional attacks well. Additionally, Mario possesses a notable gimping and disrupting tool in his Cape, an effective projectile in his Fireball, and even an effective out of shield option in his Super Jump Punch. However, he inherited problems from his Melee incarnation. Mainly, he has poor reach with nearly every attack, and he still possesses only a few mediocre finishers, that are all smash attacks, greatly hindering Mario's ability to finish a stock flexibly and efficiently. Additionally, he has problems dealing with characters who have disjointed hitboxes (such as Marth), he is easily gimped due to his predictable and short recovery, and his rather standard abilities are outshined by the abilities of most characters. This has resulted in poor matchups beyond low tier, and poor tournament results.


Mario is considered a beginner character that people can learn with. This is due to him having no major size or speed flaws and is considered all around and balanced. Despite being an average-sized middleweight, Mario is one of those who King Dedede can infinitely chain grab without a wall, which is a true problem at high level play. Mario's biggest flaw is not a lack of KO moves, but rather in landing them. Mario is a strong character with high KO power, similar to Kirby with his finishers including all his smash attacks, neutral and back aerial near the ledge, sourspotted forward aerial, forward and back throws near the ledge, and up tilt. However, as mentioned above, it can be difficult to land them. For example, his forward aerial is a meteor smash if sweetspotted, which helps him edgeguard, but it is not very reliable unless sourspotted, and it can be difficult to sourspot. The back throw, while one of the strongest throws in the game, requires grabbing the opponent, and Mario has very short grab range. His forward special, the Cape, allows him to turn enemies around and reflect projectiles. The cape also propels him forward a little when used in the air. Additionally, the cape reverses momentum and can be used to Cape Glide which greatly enhances his edgeguarding capabilities. His neutral special, the Fireball, is spammable and helps him control the enemy's approach, it can also be used to hinder some characters offstage. His down special, F.L.U.D.D., has to be charged up and deals no damage but pushes enemies back similar to Kyogre's Hydro Pump or Squirtle's Water Gun (but notably less powerful) and can also be used as an effective edge-guarding move on recoveries like Link's Spin Attack. This can make it difficult to recover for some characters, while for others, it is a mere hindrance. Also, it takes a long time to charge, meaning Mario must wait a good amount of time before it is effective, although it can be saved by shielding and rolling. Excluding F.L.U.D.D. and Fireball, Mario does not have many long ranged attacks. For his recovery, he can wall jump and use his Cape, along with his Super Jump Punch. Super Jump Punch, however, is a relatively poor recovery move in general and is easily edge-guarded due to its predictable trajectory (straight upwards, slightly diagonal), though, it is considered to be a great out-of-shield option. F.L.U.D.D. can also be used to push him back horizontally. His Smash attacks are quick, so he can execute them with little start-up lag. He is also known for being a good juggler with his quick attacks and aerials.

Changes from Melee to Brawl[edit]

Mario has received a mix of nerfs and buffs from Melee to Brawl, but the buffs are flooded over by flaws. As a result, he was heavily nerfed overall.


  • Change Mario has been updated graphically, with his overalls looking more realistic.
  • Change He no longer speaks during his first jump, and all of his jumps make variations of the "boing" noise from Super Mario Bros.; the pitch increases with each jump: the short ground and wall jumps make a shortened version, the high ground jump uses the unaltered standard version, and the second jump and Super Jump Punch each make higher-pitched versions.


  • Change Mario's character model is slightly smaller in Brawl than in Melee, making him harder to hit but decreasing his reach.
  • Change Mario is slightly lighter (100 → 98).
  • Change As with the returning veterans, Mario's falling speed was reduced (1.7 → 1.28). Compared with the returning veterans, however, Mario falls faster. While improving his vertical endurance, it makes him more vulnerable to combos and already worsening his poor recovery.
  • Buff Mario's traction has been unchanged (0.06). Compared with the returning veterans, however, Mario's traction is significantly higher, making it easier for him to punish out of shield.
  • Buff Mario's air speed is higher (0.86 → 0.94).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Neutral attack's final hit deals slightly less damage (5% → 4%).
  • Buff Neutral attack's final hit deals more knockback (10 (base)/100 (growth) → 30/95). Mario can additionally now do multiple consecutive jabs during the move, improving its punish potential.
  • Nerf Forward tilt deals slightly less damage (10%/9%/8% → 8%).
  • Buff Forward tilt is slightly faster.
  • Buff Up tilt deals more knockback (26 (base)/125 (growth) → 28/130), now being an effective KO move at around 150%.
  • Nerf Up tilt has slightly slower start-up (frame 4 → 5), has a shorter hitbox duration (4-12 → 5-11), and deals slightly less damage (8% → 7%), hindering its combo ability.
  • Buff Down tilt deals less damage (8%/9% → 7%/5%), improving its utility as a combo starter.
  • Buff Forward smash's sourspot deals significantly more damage and knockback and can now reliably KO under 150%.
  • Nerf Forward smash's sweetspot deals less damage (18% → 17%) and has less knockback growth (95 → 90). It also has slower start-up (frames 12-16 → 16-18) and ending lag (IASA 42 → 49). Also, due to the sweetspot now being placed at the bottom of the ID stack (0 → 2), it is significantly harder to connect with, especially on larger characters, whereas in Melee, it was easiest.
  • Change Forward smash's animation slightly changed, where Mario rears back more while standing on one leg during the charging animation, while stepping-and-leaning forward upon unleashing the move and having his right arm positioned lower.
  • Nerf Up smash has less knockback scaling (97 → 90) and damage (15% → 14%).
  • Buff Up smash's animation is altered, where Mario now akin to his original up smash animation from the first game, hops forward for the headbutt. This slightly improves its range.
  • Nerf Down smash's front hit is weaker, dealing less damage (16% → 15%) and knockback (growth 75 → 73).
  • Buff Down smash's back hit deals 2% more damage (10% → 12%).

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Neutral aerial is weaker, no longer being a viable KO move at very high damages unless near the ledge. It also does 2% less damage (12% → 10%). Additionally, its overall hitbox duration is shorter (3-33 → 3-30).
  • Buff Neutral aerial autocancels slightly earlier (frame 36 → 34).
  • Buff Forward aerial is much safer to meteor smash with due to Brawl's slower falling speeds. It also has faster start-up, lasts one frame longer (frames 18-22 → 16-21), and deals more knockback (30 (base)/70 (growth) → 20/75), additionally launching at a higher angle (270 to 280), improving its edgeguarding potential should the sweetspot connect, as it now has sourspots that deal strong horizontal knockback and can KO onstage at high percents.
  • Nerf Forward aerial now requires landing a sweetspot, shortening the meteor smash window and making it harder to use for edgeguarding (frames 18-22 → 17-19). It also deals less damage (15% to 12/13/10%).
  • Buff Back aerial deals 1% more damage (11% → 12%), making it stronger despite its reduced scaling (100 → 95).
  • Nerf Back aerial has a shorter hitbox duration (6-17 → 6-13). It also has more ending lag (IASA 29 → 34).
  • Change Back aerial has an altered animation based on his forward aerial from Smash 64, albeit without spinning.
  • Buff Up aerial deals more knockback (base 0 → 9), improving its safety.
  • Change Up aerial's trajectory has been lowered (55° → 45°), making it worse at juggling, but better at gimping.
  • Change Down aerial's landing hitbox has drastically lowered set knockback, hindering its safety, but improving its combo ability.
  • Buff Mario has a new down aerial: Mario Tornado, which was previously his down special. It has less start-up (frame 10 → 5) and ending lag, larger hitboxes, and better damage and knockback than his Melee down aerial, granting it KO potential.
  • Nerf Mario Tornado has a delay before the final hitbox, allowing opponents to escape it much more easily.
  • Change Mario Tornado launches opponents vertically on the last hit instead of horizontally like his Melee down aerial. This grants it juggling potential, but removes its edgeguarding potential.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff Forward throw can now chaingrab.
  • Nerf Back throw's knockback was weakened significantly (80 (base)/65 (growth) → 70/63). However, it can still KO under 150% near the edge.
  • Nerf Up and down throws can no longer chaingrab.
  • Nerf Down throw has significantly less combo potential due to the changes in hitstun and increased knockback scaling (30 → 50).
  • Change Mario, like all returning veterans, now has a floor attack for when he trips.

Special moves[edit]

  • Buff Fireballs produce more hitstun and have a slightly larger hitbox.
  • Nerf Fireballs travel a shorter distance and deal slightly less damage (6 to 5%).
  • Change Fireballs look more realistic.
  • Buff Mario's Cape now reverses the enemy's momentum rather than just reversing their direction, as well as temporarily reverses their controls, making it much more effective as a disrupting tool. Mario also now has access to the Cape Glide technique, which allows him to edge-guard farther out more quickly.
  • Nerf Opponents being able to grab the ledge from behind in Brawl has slightly reduced Cape's effectiveness as an edgeguard tool (though a successful caping of an opponent's recovery is nearly always fatal regardless). More significantly, Cape's has less range, deals less damage and its hitboxes no longer extend beyond the cape's visual animation.
  • Buff Super Jump Punch's last hit deals more knockback. The hits of the Super Jump Punch connect reliably due to utilizing the autolink angle.
  • Nerf Super Jump Punch has significantly increased landing lag. It can also no longer cancel itself into a wall jump.
  • Buff Mario now has an even more deadly edge-guarder with F.L.U.D.D, that can push opponents away. It also has much greater reach than Mario Tornado and can be angled to adjust its hitbox positioning, improving its safety.
  • Nerf Mario Tornado being replaced with F.L.U.D.D. has reduced Mario's recovery potential. Unlike Mario Tornado, it does not have a damaging hitbox, removing its KO potential, and it cannot hit opponents behind him.
  • Change Mario, like all returning veterans, now has a Final Smash: Mario Finale.


For a visual representation of Mario's attack hitboxes, see this page.
  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3% Performs a one-two combo and then kicks with his right foot. The attack combo originates from Super Mario 64. Beneficial in making combos. First hit jab locks characters laying on the ground.
Forward tilt   8% Performs a reverse roundhouse kick with his right leg. Has average damage and knockback, but has better reach than his other tilts (it is still short). Can be angled up or down.
Up tilt   7% Delivers an uppercut while spinning. The move is similar to an attack in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Average damage and above-average knockback. An excellent juggler that can be comboed into itself, an up smash, and an up aerial juggle. It is also a great KO tactic, being able to KO at 158% and is his strongest tilt.
Down tilt   5% (foot), 7% (leg) Performs a legsweep. Though it has very fast start-up, it deals very little damage, has high ending lag, low knockback, very low hitstun, and very short reach. As such, it is probably Mario's least effective move.
Dash attack   9% (clean), 7% (late) Performs a sliding tackle. Also from Super Mario 64. Has low diagonal knockback behind Mario that is difficult to follow up on.
Forward smash   15% (arm), 18% (fire) Steps back and then forward, causing a blast of fire out of his hand. The attack is derived form Mario's ability to shoot fireballs. One of Mario's best reaching moves (though its reach is only average at best). It has rather fast start-up for a forward smash but it does have punishable ending lag. Damage and knockback is highest when sweetspotted at the flame. Can also be angled up and down. It has low base knockback but its knockback scaling is very high. KOs at 94% when uncharged and 59% when fully charged and angled up. This is Mario's most powerful attack and can be considered his best finisher. The sweetspot is a hitbox with transcendent priority.
14% (arm), 17% (fire)
13% (arm), 16% (fire)
Up smash   14% Sends opponents skyward with a headbutt. Has fast start-up lag and its ending lag is rather low as well. It does have good base knockback and knockback scaling, and its KO power is above average for an up-smash, KOing at 124% when uncharged and 82% when fully charged. Another finisher. Mario's head is intangible while the hitboxes are active.
Down smash   15% (front), 12% (back) Performs a flare kick. Like Mario's other attacks, it has fast start-up and ending lag but short reach. Another attack from Super Mario 64. It is Mario's weakest smash attack, KOing at 91% with the front hit and fully charged.
Neutral aerial   10% (clean), 5% (late) Performs a sex kick in the air. Similar to an attack from Super Mario 64. Its almost instantaneous start-up can be used to break certain chainthrows and combos but it has low knockback and short reach. However, it is still a reliable KO move and can KO at 120% at the ledge.
Forward aerial   12% (early), 13% (clean), 10% (late) Performs a delayed overhand. This is a slow meteor smash with average power if it is sweetspotted. It is a weak meteor smash that is difficult to land, but it does have the benefit of sending opponents on a horizontal trajectory instead of straight down. When sourspotted, it sends opponents on a horizontal trajectory with KOing power under 130% offstage.
Back aerial   12% (clean), 7% (late) Dropkicks backward. Good edgeguarding option. Similar to his forward aerial from the original Super Smash Bros. game. Very fast start-up with decent reach and knockback. Can WoP at low to mid percentages and KO at 157% from the center of Final Destination.
Up aerial   11% Performs a bicycle kick. Very low start-up and ending lag with low knockback, it works very well as a juggler at low to mid percentages.
Down aerial Mario Tornado 1% (hits 1-5), 7% (hit 6), 2% (landing) Performs several discus spinning clotheslines followed by a backfist body stretch. Like the original move, it looks somewhat like the Spin Jump from various Mario games, such as Super Mario World. Similar to his other aerials, it has almost no start-up with short reach, but it does have some ending lag. The final hit does decent vertical knockback, KOing at 184%. First five hits have set knockback. It can set-up a down smash at if the move connects with the ground.
Grab   Mario's grab range is short.
Pummel   3% Headbutts opponent. One of the slowest pummels in the game.
Forward throw   9% Mario spins around once then throws his opponent in front of him. It has below average knockback scaling for a throw, KOing at around 255%. It is mostly only used to get the opponent off the edge.
Back throw   12% (throw), 8% (collateral) Mario spins around three times then throws his opponent backwards. It is similar to when Mario grabs Bowser by the tail, and then swings him around in an attempt to throw into the bombs in Super Mario 64. While a very slow throw, he can damage other characters with the character he is swinging around. This is by far Mario's strongest throw and its knockback scaling is high enough to reliably KO under 150% near the edge. While powerful for a throw, it is very slow, making it very easy to DI, limiting its KO potential. It is also Mario's most damaging throw.
Up throw   8% Mario throws his opponent high into the air. Good base knockback but it has low knockback scaling. It can be follow up by a up aerial juggle but is mostly inferior to the down throw for setting up. It is capable of KOing under 200%. Arguably his least useful throw.
Down throw   6% Mario body slams his opponent into the ground. Its low base knockback and knockback scaling with its vertical trajectory makes it great for setting up with a up tilt and up aerial juggle, but it is Mario's weakest throw otherwise.
Floor attack (front)   6% Gets up then kicks behind him, then in front of him.
Floor attack (back)   6% Gets up then punches behind him, then in front of him.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Kicks behind him, then in front of him while getting up.
Edge attack (fast)   8% (legs), 6% (body) Does a somersault and then kicks upwards, from a laying down position.
Edge attack (slow)   10% Gets up then does a kick similar to his forward tilt.
Neutral special Fireball 5% Fires a weak, bouncy ball of flames that is shot from his hand as a projectile.
Side special Cape 8% (ground), 6% (air) Swings a cape from Super Mario World that reflects projectiles and enemies.
Up special Super Jump Punch 5% (hit 1), 1% (hits 2-6), 3% (hit 7) Jumps upwards, dragging along enemies. Has good initial range and great to use offensively as well as out of shield. A decent recovery option.
Down special F.L.U.D.D. 0% Pulls out F.L.U.D.D. from Super Mario Sunshine, which will blast jets of water to push back opponents, but not damage them. Mario can change the angle of the stream. Can be used for edgeguarding.
Final Smash Mario Finale 3% (larger), 2% (smaller) Shoots a massive, continuous tornado of flames that moves horizontally across the stage.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • A green pipe appears, Mario pops up and says "Let's-a go!" May be inspired by how Mario gets to Princess Peach's Castle in Super Mario 64.


  • Up taunt: Turns into Super Mario; similar to Super Mario Bros. (Same as in SSB and Melee).
  • Side taunt: Takes off his hat, twirls around, and puts his hat back on; similar to his "level clear" animation from New Super Mario Bros..
  • Down taunt: Spins in the air and falls on his back with his legs up; based on his dying animation from the original Donkey Kong.
Up taunt Side taunt Down taunt
MarioUpTauntBrawl.gif MarioSideTauntBrawl.gif MarioDownTauntBrawl.gif

Idle poses[edit]

  • Moves his head from left to right and holds his fists in front of his face.
  • Adjusts his cap.
Mario Idle Pose 1 Brawl.gif Mario Idle Pose 2 Brawl.png

Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Mario Cheer NTSC Brawl.ogg
Mario Cheer JP Brawl.ogg
Description Ma-ri-o! Ma-ri-o!
Pitch Group chant Group chant

Wii Remote selection sound[edit]

  • Mario says "Here we go!".
Mario's selection sound

Victory poses[edit]

A cover of the "Level Completed" music from Super Mario Bros.
  • Makes fire explode from his palm and strikes a pose.
  • Winds up for a punch and steps forward while punching in front of the screen.
  • Does a short spin-jump and lands in a strong-man pose. It originates from his "character chosen" animation in Super Smash Bros.
Mario VPs.png

In competitive play[edit]


Notable players[edit]

See also: Category:Mario professionals (SSBB)

Tier placement and history[edit]

Since the very beginning of Brawl competitive play, Mario has always been viewed by serious players as a low-tier, nonviable character; as such, he never enjoyed a period of positive competitive prospects. Although Mario's attributes were not significantly nerfed from Melee (where he is considered a relatively viable mid-tiered character), professionals quickly noticed that his comparatively standard abilities around the board could not keep up with the newer and better competition. These traits kept Mario far from being viable, even in the earlier, underdeveloped metagame of Brawl; as such, despite his still strong attacks and low learning curve, his apex of potential for most players reached nowhere compared to that of many other characters ranked higher than him. As the metagame for other characters developed, Mario never had any competitive breakthroughs or significant advancements in general, steadily driving him further and further down the tier list.

For the past five years of Brawl, Mario has been consistently stuck in 31st place. It is unlikely that Mario's competitive viability will ever improve in Brawl, due to a stagnant metagame stemming from very few players ever maining Mario and even fewer playing him at a high level (a trend that is likely to continue), resulting in very low representation in standard tournaments. Despite this, Mario is a relatively common character at low tier tournaments; players can easily pick him up due to his low learning curve and play him to a reasonably competitive degree. Along with this, Mario performs reasonably well against other low tier characters, including a few positive matchups against those who are lower-tiered than him. While this cannot make Mario rise any higher, as he fares poorly against a majority of the cast ranked above him, it prevents him from possibly dropping any lower on the tier list.

Role in The Subspace Emissary[edit]

Mario in SSE

Mario is the main protagonist and the leader of the army of the heroes in The Subspace Emissary, and he is the first character to be formally introduced. In the beginning, a trophy of Mario and Kirby are thrown into the Midair Stadium, where they come to life and have a friendly fight (a reference to the introduction in the first game of the series, where Mario and Kirby prepare to fight each other towards the end). The player chooses the one they want to play as. If Mario is chosen, the opponent will be Kirby, and vice-versa. After the battle between the two, the winner revives the loser, they shake hands, and wave to the crowd. Suddenly, red ominous clouds appear above the stadium, and the Halberd emerges from it. It releases Shadow Bugs which form into Primids. Peach and Zelda, who were watching the match, come to help, and after defeating all of the enemies, they are all confronted by the Ancient Minister. After seeing the two R.O.B.s setting up a Subspace Bomb, Mario runs to try and stop it, only to be blasted out of the stadium and Star KO'd by a cannonball apparently fired by Petey Piranha. During his descent from Skyworld, Pit finds Mario's trophy, and revives him. Once Mario recounts what happened, the two proceeded on their journey. When they reach the ground, they fight Primids across the Plain and attempt to stop the Ancient Minister from delivering another Subspace Bomb. Mario attempts to reach the Minister, but falls short; Pit also tries to get him by using a Footstool Jump on Mario, but he also fails. They then continue on their quest.

The Lake Shore[edit]

False Peach[edit]

At the shore, Kirby chases after a menacing noise he heard, unaccompanied by Peach. The abandoned princess is turned into a trophy by Bowser's Dark Cannon. A False Character of Bowser appears and dissolves, engulfing Peach's trophy. Brought to life is a cloned Peach which tries to fire a Dark Cannon at Mario and Pit. Luckily, Link destroys the gun using his Master Sword, and fights the princess with Yoshi. Mario notices them standing by Peach's trophy, which disintegrates. Enraged, thinking that it's the real Peach, Mario attempts to attack Link, but he dodges the attack. Link, Yoshi, Mario, and Pit get into a two-on-two fight. Afterward, King Dedede's cargo, stolen from Wario and already loaded with the trophies of Zelda, Ness, and Luigi (the former of which is noticed by Link), grabs Mario and Pit's trophies with its mechanical arm. Fortunately Kirby appears from behind and severs the arm with Final Cutter while reviving Mario and Pit; Kirby had realized that the noise he heard was Dedede hijacking the cargo from Wario. King Dedede turns around and tries to get away, but Pit blows the cargo's tire with Palutena's Arrow.

The five follow Dedede across some plains and follow him into the Cave, where they see Dedede's castle in ruins from an ambush by Bowser. They pursue Bowser through a hole in the castle wall. Mario and friends then confront Bowser at a cliff. Mario jumps at Bowser, but Bowser uses Zelda's trophy as a shield, forcing him to miss. Pit fires an arrow; Bowser, while sidestepping to dodge the arrow, drops the Dedede Brooch attached to Zelda's arm. He loses footing and falls off the cliff into the Koopa Clown Car with the trophy of Zelda, where he laughs maniacally as he flies up to the Halberd.

False Zelda[edit]

At the shore, Kirby chases after a menacing noise he heard, unaccompanied by Zelda. The abandoned princess is turned into a trophy by Bowser's Dark Cannon. A False character of Bowser appears and dissolves, engulfing Zelda's trophy. Brought to life is a cloned Zelda which tries to fire a Dark Cannon at Link and Yoshi. Luckily, Pit destroys the gun with his Palutena's Bow and fights the princess with Mario. Link notices them standing by Zelda's trophy, which disintegrates. Enraged thinking it's the real Zelda, Link attempts to attack Mario, but he dodges the attack. Link, Yoshi, Mario, and Pit get into a two-on-two fight. Afterward, King Dedede's cargo, stolen from Wario and already loaded with the trophies of Peach, Ness, and Luigi (the former of which is noticed by Mario), grabs Link and Yoshi's trophies with its mechanical arm. Fortunately Kirby appears from behind and severs the arm with Final Cutter while reviving Link and Yoshi. King Dedede turns around and tries to get away, but Link blows the cargo's tire with his Hero's Bow.

The five follow Dedede across some plains and follow him into the Cave, where they see Dedede's castle in ruins from an ambush by Bowser. They pursue Bowser through a hole in the castle wall. Mario and friends then confront Bowser at a cliff. Mario jumps at Bowser, but Bowser uses Peach's trophy as a shield, forcing him to miss. Pit fires an arrow; Bowser, while sidestepping to dodge the arrow, drops the Dedede Brooch attached to Peach's chest. He loses footing and falls off the cliff into the Koopa Clown Car with the trophy of Peach, where he laughs maniacally as he flies up to the Halberd.

Story merge[edit]

They later catch up to the Ancient Minister in a desert, and after failing to stop a Subspace Bomb from detonating, barely escape the blast. Mario then leads his team at the Canyon, saving Marth, Ike, Lucas, Pokémon Trainer and Ice Climbers from a horde of Primids. The ten of them camp out for a while, until Mario spots an enormous explosion of Subspace Bombs from the Isle of the Ancients. Shortly afterward the Halberd lands, which has been retaken by Meta Knight, Lucario, Snake, Peach, Zelda, Fox, Falco, and Mr. Game & Watch. Next to it is the Falcon Flyer, containing Samus, Pikachu, Olimar, Captain Falcon, Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong, and R.O.B..

Mario and company destroy the Subspace Gunship and prepare to attack Tabuu. Unfortunately, their plan of assault is interrupted by Tabuu's Off Waves. Mario is later resurrected by King Dedede, Ness, and Luigi and helps the other heroes through the Great Maze. In Tabuu's Residence, Tabuu poises to unleash more Off Waves; Sonic impedes his doing so. Mario joins the battle against Tabuu, eventually defeating him and ending the Subspace invasion.

Playable appearances[edit]

Using stickers[edit]

Since Mario's primary attacks are kicks, Leg stickers have the widest effect, with Arm attacks as a secondary. Using a Head sticker will usually only affect Mario's up smash (since pummels cannot be used against most enemies), while a Flame one will affect both his Fireball and his forward smash's sweetspot. The Mario Tornado is considered a Spin attack, but as it's Mario's only Spin attack, using a Spin sticker will not have a very large effect. This also applies with Weapon stickers and his Cape.

Exclusive stickers[edit]

The following stickers can either only be used by Mario, or can only be used by a select few, including Mario:

  • 1-Up Mushroom: [Leg] Attack +4
  • Bowser (Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix): [Throwing] Attack +20
  • Bowser (Mario Kart 64): [Weapon] Attack +13
  • Bowser (Super Paper Mario): [Arm] Attack +23
  • Coin: [Specials: Indirect] Attack +4
  • Dice Block: [Arm] Attack +8
  • Dr. Mario: [Head] Attack +18
  • Koopa: [Body, Spin] Attack +10
  • Lakitu (Mario Kart: Super Circuit): [Leg] Attack +13
  • Mario (Mario Kart DS): [Leg] Attack +22
  • Mario & Yoshi: [Specials: Indirect] Attack +13
  • Mega Rush Badge: [Specials: Direct] Attack +8
  • Mushroom: [Arm, Leg] Attack +5
  • Peach (Super Princess Peach): [Weapon] Attack +23
  • Peach (Mario Superstar Baseball): [Slash] Attack +5
  • Rawk Hawk: [Arm] Attack +5
  • Red Fire: [Flame] Attack +26
  • Super Mario Bros.: [Arm, Leg] Attack +15
  • Toad & Toadette: [Head] Attack +16
  • Waluigi (Super Mario Strikers): [Slash] Attack +15
  • Waluigi (Mario Superstar Baseball): [Specials: Indirect] Attack +8
  • Yoshi (Yoshi Touch & Go): [Arm, Leg] Attack +8
  • Yoshi (Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door): [Throwing] Attack +5

In Event Matches[edit]

Solo Events[edit]

Co-op Events[edit]


Mario's main and Final Smash trophies can be obtained by clearing Classic Mode and All-Star mode respectively with Mario.

Trophy descriptions[edit]

A familiar overall-clad figure who is Nintendo's flagship character. His courage and jumping ability have seen him through countless adventures. He's a multitalented plumber with the knowledge of a physician, a top-notch golfer, and a veteran tennis umpire. Is his jumping prowess a boon from his girder-climbing days?
NES: Donkey Kong
NES: Super Mario Bros.
Mario Finale
Mario with a Smash Ball, unleashing his ultimate attack. The twin dragons of flame he releases wallop all characters in range. The flames spread up and down, so it's best to release them from the edge of the screen at an appropriate height. His flaming eyes are proof of his excitement for this explosive attack.
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Alternate costumes[edit]

Mario Palette (SSBB).png
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  • Mario, when doing his up taunt while under the effect of a backfire Lightning Bolt that makes him larger while playing Giant Brawl, will become the largest size a player can achieve without hacking or glitches.
  • Mario is tied with Kirby for being playable in more levels of the Subspace Emissary than other characters, being playable in 9 levels. Despite this, it is possible to never play as him at any time (as the player always has other characters available to use instead of Mario).
    • He is also one of several characters who can be unlocked before the Great Maze but cannot fight any bosses in the Smash World on the first playthrough.
  • Despite having a very close relationship in the Mario series, Mario and Luigi never interact with each other in the Subspace Emissary.
  • Mario, Bowser, and Ganondorf are the only returning characters in Brawl to have at least one completely different special move. Additionally, Mario is the only character to have a special move from a previous game turned into a standard attack in Brawl.
  • Although Mario has the ability to crawl in some of his games, he cannot crawl in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, while Luigi can.

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