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This article is about Mario's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For the character in other contexts, see Mario.
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Availability Starter
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Tier F (31)

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. Charles Martinet reprises his role as Mario, now providing new voice clips, sounding more akin to his appearances from Super Mario Galaxy onwards.

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 to date. 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, giving him problems dealing with characters who have disjointed hitboxes (such as Marth) and he is easily gimped due to his predictable and short recovery. Mario also still possesses poor KO potential: He only has a few mediocre finishers (all being smash attacks), while his back aerial has below average power, only KOing at very high percents, and his forward aerial, despite being a meteor smash, is slow and too weak for KOing unless sweetspotted. As a result, he has no other effective finishers outside of his forward and up smashes, which combined with the existence of stale-move negation, means it's hard for him to score a KO, forcing him to not overrely on his forward and up smashes and keeping them fresh to take the stock. Lastly, 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. Despite this Mario is ranked 25th out of 36 in the top of D tier on the Japanese tier list where he is considered to be a mid tier character rather than a low tier.


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 a very short grab range. His side 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.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Mario has received a mix of nerfs and buffs from Melee to Brawl, but his buffs are flooded over by flaws, and the changes to Brawl's mechanics hinder Mario more than they help him. As a result, he was heavily nerfed overall. The removal of wavedashing hinders Mario's mobility and grounded approach, while the introduction of hitstun canceling limits Mario's combo game, and his up and down throws cannot chaingrab anymore because of that. His already poor KO power was reduced even further, almost completely removing his back throw's KO potential and his back aerial is still weak for its type, KOing opponents onstage only at very high percentages, forcing him to overuse his forward and up smashes to secure a KO, with the former being slower, and his smash attacks in general are less useful overall, with forward smash's sweetspot being weaker and is now outprioritized by a stronger sourspot while up smash and the front hit of down smash also deal less damage and knockback.


  • Change Mario has been updated graphically, with his overalls looking more realistic. Additionally, the color of his cap, shirt, and overalls are a darker shade of red and blue and his skin became paler.
  • Change Mario 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 shouts at both the start and end instead of saying "Here we go!" at end during his left- and right-inputted victory poses; he also now vocalizes during his up-inputted victory pose.
  • Change Mario has a new alternate costume based on Fire Mario.
  • Change Mario now has two new taunts: a side taunt where he spins, removes his hat and puts him back on his head, resembling the level clear animation from New Super Mario Bros., and a down taunt where he spins around in the air, falls to the ground and the gets up, similarly to his dying animation in Donkey Kong.


  • Change Mario's character model is slightly smaller, 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 worsens his already poor recovery.
  • Change Mario's gravity is lower (0.095 → 0.075).
  • 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), improving his recovery and aerial approach.
  • Buff Mario's additional air acceleration is higher (0.025 → 0.08), increasing the total amount (0.045 → 0.09) despite his base air acceleration being lower (0.02 → 0.01). His air acceleration has gone from being the 5th lowest out of 26 characters in Melee to the 13th highest out of 39 characters in Brawl.
  • Buff Mario's sidestep has a longer duration (frames 2-15 → 2-20).
  • Nerf Sidestep has more ending lag (FAF 23 → 26).
  • Nerf Rolls have more ending lag (FAF 32 → 33).
  • Nerf The removal of wavedashing hinders Mario's mobility and grounded approach.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack
    • Buff Holding down the attack button now makes Mario quickly repeat the first hit of neutral attack until it connects, improving its punish potential.
    • Buff The second hit has less startup lag (frame 3 → 2).
    • Buff Both the first and second hits have different angles (83°/85° → 361°/80°). This allows the near hits to jab lock opponents.
      • Nerf However, this makes the far hits connect into the later hits less reliably.
    • Nerf The last hit deals less damage (5% → 4%) without full compensation on its knockback (10 (base)/100 (scaling) → 30/95).
    • Nerf The last hit has more startup with a shorter duration (frames 5-9 → 7-10), more ending lag (FAF 23 → 30).
  • Forward tilt
    • Buff Forward tilt deals more base knockback (6 → 8), and no longer deals minimal set knockback (1 → 0) when angled down.
    • Buff It has less ending lag (FAF 33 → 25).
    • Nerf It now deals consistent damage across all angles (10% (up)/9% (non-angled)/8% (down) → 8%), weakening both the up and non-angled versions.
  • Up tilt
    • Nerf Up tilt deals less damage (8% → 7%) without full compensation on its knockback (26 (base)/125/122/120 (scaling) → 28/130).
      • Buff However, this allows it to chain into itself more reliably at lower percents.
    • Nerf It has more startup with a shorter duration (frames 4-12 → 5-11).
    • Nerf The introduction of hitstun canceling removes all its combo ability except into itself at low percents.
  • Down tilt
    • Nerf Down tilt deals less damage (8%/9% → 5%/7%), with only a slight increased to its base knockback (10 → 20).
    • Nerf Its has a shorter duration (frames 5-8 → 5-7).
  • Dash attack
    • Change Dash attack no longer has consistent angles (110° → 110°/80° (clean), 120° → 120°/70° (late)).
  • Forward smash
    • Change Forward smash's animation has been slightly changed. 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.
    • Buff Forward smash's sourspot deals consistent damage when not angled (11%/10% → 14%), improving its KO potential.
    • Buff Its sourspot has more knockback scaling (96 → 100).
    • Nerf It has more startup with a shorter duration (frames 12-16 → 16-18) and more ending lag (FAF 42 → 48).
    • Nerf Its sweetspot deals less damage across all angles (19% (up)/18% (non-angled)/17% (down) → 18%/17%/16%).
    • Nerf Its sweetspot has less knockback scaling (95 → 90).
    • Nerf The sweetspot is now placed at the bottom of the ID stack (0 → 2), making it significantly harder to connect with, especially on larger characters.
  • Up smash
    • Change Up smash's animation has been altered, being a mixture of its animations in the original Super Smash Bros. and in Super Smash Bros. Melee: during the headbutt, Mario performs a small jump and does a step forward.
    • Buff The new animation improves its vertical range.
    • Buff The introduction of DACUS improves its approach potential.
    • Buff Up smash has a longer duration (frames 9-11 → 9-14), improving its horizontal range in front of Mario when combined with the new animation.
    • Nerf It deals less damage (15% → 14%) and has decreased knockback scaling (97 → 90), hindering its KO potential.
  • Down smash
    • Buff Down smash's back hit no longer has a sourspot (10%/12% → 12%), allowing it to KO more consistently.
    • Nerf Its front hit deals less damage (16% → 15%).
    • Nerf Its front hit has less knockback scaling (75 → 73), hindering its KO potential.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Change All aerials except forward aerial have decreased landing lag (16/8 frames → 10 (neutral), 15/7 frames → 10 (back), 15/7 frames → 10 (up), 23/11 frames → 19 (down)). Due to the removal of L-canceling, however, their landing lag is not fully compensated.
    • Buff Back and up aerials can now be performed twice in a short hop due to Mario's higher short hop.
  • Neutral aerial
    • Buff Neutral aerial auto-cancels slightly earlier (frame 36 → 34) and can now auto-cancel in a short hop due to Mario's higher short hop.
    • Nerf Its deals less damage (12% (clean)/6% (late) → 10%/5%), hindering its KO potential.
    • Nerf It has a shorter duration (frames 3-32 → 3-29).
    • Change The late hit deals less knockback (15 (base)/100 (scaling) → 13/90). However, this enables it to lock opponents for longer.
  • Forward aerial
    • Buff Forward aerial has less startup lag with a longer duration (frames 18-22 → 16 (early)/17-19 (clean)/20-21 (late)).
    • Change It now consists of an early hit, a clean hit and a late hit; with the early and late hits launching opponents horizontally (280° → 361°).
      • Buff This makes the early hit more effective at KOing opponents on stage.
      • Nerf However, this makes the move less consistent at edgeguarding overall as the clean hit has a much shorter duration (frames 18-22 → 17-19).
    • Buff Mario's lower falling speed makes the move safer to use off stage.
    • Nerf It deals less damage (15% → 12% (early)/13% (clean)/10% (late)), without full compensation on its knockback (30 (base)/70 (scaling) → 30/80 (early), 20/75 (clean), 20/80 (late)).
      • Buff However the changes to meteor canceling makes it more reliable at edeguarding despite its decreased power.
    • Nerf It has increased landing lag (21 → 26 frames).
  • Back aerial
    • Change Back aerial has an altered animation based on Mario's forward aerial from Smash 64, albeit without spinning.
      • Buff This new animation gives the move more range.
      • Nerf However, this new animation is longer (28 frames → 45), increasing the amount of time Mario cannot grab the ledge after using the move.
    • Buff Its clean hit deals more damage (11% → 12%) without full compensation on its knockback scaling (100 → 95).
    • Nerf Its late hit deals less damage (9% → 7%) and has decreased knockback scaling (100 → 90).
      • Buff Its reduced knockback enables the late hit to lock opponents for longer.
    • Nerf It has a shorter hitbox duration (frames 6-17 → 6-13).
    • Nerf It has more ending lag (FAF 29 → 34).
  • Up aerial
    • Buff Up aerial has increased base knockback (0 → 9) and launches at a lower angle (55° → 45°), improving its safety, edgeguarding and KO potential.
    • Nerf Its lower angle hinders its juggling potential which is further exacerbated with the introduction of hitstun cancelling; removing its combo potential beyond low percents.
  • Down aerial
    • Change Mario has a new down aerial: Mario Tornado, which was previously his down special. As a result, its hitbox timings have been altered (frames 10-11, 13-14, 16-17, 19-20, 22-23, 25-26, 28-29 → 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 25).
      • Nerf Because of this, the move has more ending lag overall.
    • Buff It has much less startup lag (frame 10 → 5).
      • Nerf However, each hit has a shorter duration (2 frames → 1).
    • Buff The loop hits have reduced set knockback (30 → 10) and there is a shorter gap between each hit (2 frames → 1), making them connect more reliably.
    • Buff The last hit deals more damage (2% → 7%) and knockback (30 (set)/100 (scaling) → 80 (base)/80 (scaling)), granting it KO and juggling potential.
    • Buff It can now auto-cancel in a short hop due to Mario's higher short hop.
    • Change The last hit's angle has been altered (94° → 75°).
    • Nerf The loop hits deal less damage (2% → 1%).
    • Nerf Due to hitting six times instead of seven coupled with the loop hits dealing less damage, the move's maximum damage potential is lower (14.74% → 12%).
    • Nerf There is now a large gap between the last two hits (2 frames → 11) which allows the opponent to either trade with down aerial if they have a frame 3 aerial or they can avoid it (and potentially punish Mario) if they have a fast, intangible special move.
    • Nerf Down aerial's new animation is longer (38 frames → 44), increasing the amount of time Mario cannot grab the ledge after using the move.
    • Nerf With the addition of SDI multipliers in Brawl, the loop hits have received above-average multipliers (1× → 1.5×), allowing opponents to escape them more easily.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Grabs:
    • Buff Standing grab has less startup lag (frame 7 → 6) and both his standing and dash grabs have less ending lag (FAF 31 → 30 (standing), frame 41 → 40 (dash).
    • Nerf Dash grab has more startup lag (frame 11 → 12).
  • Pummel:
    • Buff Pummel has less ending lag (FAF 25 → 24).
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw can now chain grab at low percents, due to DI being changed in Brawl to have no effect if a move doesn't cause tumbling.
  • Back throw:
    • Nerf Back throw deals less knockback (80 (base)/65 (scaling) → 70/63), hindering its KO potential.
  • Up throw:
    • Nerf Up throw can no longer combo or chaingrab due to the hitstun changes.
  • Down throw:
    • Nerf Down throw can no longer combo or chaingrab due to the hitstun changes, and has increased knockback scaling (30 → 50), severely reducing its utility.
  • Floor attack:
    • Buff Front floor attack no longer has a hitbox with set knockback.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Both edge attacks have increased set knockback (90 → 110).

Special moves[edit]

  • Fireball:
    • Buff Fireball can now be B-reversed.
    • Buff Mario can now auto cancel Fireballs in a short hop due to his lower falling speed.
    • Buff It deals slightly more knockback and a larger hitbox.
    • Nerf Fireballs deals slightly less damage (6% → 5%).
    • Nerf Fireballs travels a shorter distance.
    • Change Fireballs look more realistic and have a revamped sound effect.
  • Cape:
    • Buff Cape can now be B-reversed.
    • Buff It now reverses the opponent's momentum rather than just reversing their direction, and temporarily reverses their controls as well, making it much more effective as a disrupting tool. Mario also now has access to several new techniques such as the Cape Glide, greatly improving its utility.
    • Nerf It deals less damage when performed on the ground (10%/8% (ground)/8%/6% (air) → 8/6%).
    • Nerf It has less range.
    • Nerf Its effectiveness as an edgeguarding tool have been reduced due to characters being able to grab the ledge from behind in Brawl.
    • Nerf If Mario hits certain characters out of their specials moves with Cape (including Sonic's Spring Jump, Mr. Game & Watch's Fire, Snake's Cypher or Diddy Kong's Monkey Flip), they will be able to reuse their specials making Cape a non-viable edgeguarding option against those characters.
    • Change It no longer deals vertical knockback on opponents attempting a grab.
    • Change Mario no longer vocalizes when using Cape. Additionally, Cape has a different sound effect.
    • Bug fix Removed the Cape Teleportation glitch that resulted opponents warping to the opposite side of the stage after being hit during the ledge get up.
  • Super Jump Punch:
    • Buff Super Jump Punch has received several changes to allow it to connect more reliably: the first hit's outermost hitbox has more set knockback (120 → 130), the second to fourth hits have consistent set knockback (110/150 → 150) and a higher angle on their outermost hitbox (78° → 90°), and the fifth and sixth hits use the autolink angle (72°/78° → 365°), in addition to all hits benefiting from the DI changes in Brawl.
    • Buff Its last hit deals more knockback (40 (base)/140 (scaling) → 52/145) and launches at a higher angle (50° → 60°), allowing it to KO near the upper blast line much more effectively.
    • Nerf It now deals seven hits instead of nine, with its hitbox timings altered (frames 3-24 → 3-15), shortening its duration and reducing its total damage output (14.1% → 12%).
    • Nerf It can no longer cancel itself into a wall jump.
    • Change Super Jump Punch has an altered landing animation where Mario lands on his back as opposed to his feet.
  • F.L.U.D.D.:
    • Change Mario has a new down special: F.L.U.D.D., replacing Mario Tornado from Melee. It is a chargeable move that fires water that pushes opponents away.
    • Buff F.L.U.D.D. is a much more effective edgeguarding move due to pushing opponents away, has much greater reach than Mario Tornado, and can be angled to adjust its hitbox positioning, improving its safety.
    • Nerf Compared to Mario Tornado, F.L.U.D.D. cannot extend Mario's recovery or hit opponents behind him, and does not deal any damage.
    • Change F.L.U.D.D. lacks transcendent priority, unlike Mario Tornado.
  • Mario Finale:
    • Change Mario now has a Final Smash: Mario Finale. Mario fires two large streams of fire that hits multiple times and goes full screen. The two streams grow larger vertically as the move progresses, and opponents that are hit get trapped in the attack and are forced to travel with it.


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. 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 at low percents. 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, 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 be angled . 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 Lead Headbutt 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 base knockback and short reach. However, it can still be a reliable KO move and can KO at 127% at the ledge.
Forward aerial Meteor Knuckle 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. However, it is easy to meteor cancel due to it's slow speed and can be unreliable as a meteor smash.
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 124% at the ledge, or 164% 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. It can also kill horizontally at 138% at the ledge, and potentially even earlier vertically if the opponent is hit high up.
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, originating in 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 175% from the ground, and much earlier from higher up. First five hits have set knockback. It can set-up a down smash at if the move connects with the ground.
Grab   A clinch grab. Mario's grab range is short.
Pummel   3% Headbutts opponent. One of the slowest pummels in the game.
Forward throw   9% Spins around once then throws his opponent in front of him. It has below average knockback scaling for a throw, KOing at around 167% at the ledge, and completely lacking KO power from further away. It is mostly only used to set up an edgeguard.
Back throw Airplane Swing 12% (throw), 8% (collateral) 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 him 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 KO as low as 111% at the ledge, and at 179% from the center. While powerful for a throw, it is very slow, making it very easy to DI, limiting its KO potential. It is Mario's most damaging throw.
Up throw   8% Throws his opponent high into the air. Good base knockback but it has low knockback scaling. KOs at 189%. Arguably his least useful throw.
Down throw   6% Slams his opponent into the ground. Mario's weakest throw. Its high base knockback and low knockback scaling with its vertical trajectory allow it to set up an up aerial juggle with a successful read, but it's effectiveness for combos has been decreased due to the prescence of momentum cancelling and it's higher knockback scaling.
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 reverses opponents.
Up special Super Jump Punch 5% (hit 1), 1% (hits 2-6), 3% (hit 7) Jumps upwards, dragging opponents along. Has very fast startup, allowing it to be used effectively 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, who blasts a water stream that pushes back opponents, although without damaging them. Mario can charge it for longer distance, store the charge, and alter the angle of the stream when it is unleashed. 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 with it out, 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
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.
  • Up: Makes fire explode from his palm and strikes a pose.
  • Left: Winds up for a punch and steps forward while punching in front of the screen. (Similar to his smash attack in Super Smash Bros.)
  • Right: Does a short spin-jump and lands in a strong-man pose. (His "character chosen" animation in Super Smash Bros.)
Up Left Right
Mario-VictoryUp-SSBB.gif Mario-VictoryLeft-SSBB.gif Mario-VictoryRight-SSBB.gif

In competitive play[edit]


Mario has a very poor matchup spread, especially beyond low tier. He counters one character, Ganondorf, soft counters 3 characters and has 7 even matchups, but is soft countered by 16 characters, countered by 5 and hard countered by 4. The lack of real strengths outside of his fast attacks give him a disadvantage against the cast, his combo game is not useful anymore because of the introduction hitstun canceling and his lack of KO power outside of his forward and up smashes limit his offensive game. Characters like Marth or Meta Knight can easily edgeguard him and exploit his poor range. To make things worse, all of his matchups he does well against are all considered non-viable.

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, trophies 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, where the character not chosen is the opponent. After the battle between the two, the winner revives the loser, they shake hands, and wave to the crowd. Suddenly, ominous red clouds appear above the stadium, and the Halberd emerges from them. 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 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 is 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 the others 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 is 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 the others 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, enter Subspace itself and eventually reach Tabuu. Unfortunately, Tabuu turns all of the fighters into trophies using his 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. However, Sonic appears and impedes this by damaging his wings. 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.

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
MarioHeadSSBB.png MarioHeadWhiteSSBB.png MarioHeadBlueSSBB.png MarioHeadYellowSSBB.png MarioHeadBlackSSBB.png MarioHeadGreenSSBB.png


  • 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 story 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, Ganondorf and Link are the only returning characters in Brawl to have at least one completely different special move. In this case, Mario's down special move is changed. Additionally, Mario is the only character to have a special move from a previous game turned into a standard attack in Brawl.
    • He is the only one of these four whose changed move was not a side special.
  • Although Mario has the ability to crawl in some of his games, he cannot crawl in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, while Luigi can.
  • This marks the final appearance of Mario's original blue shirt and red overalls alternate costume worn since the original Super Smash Bros. to date.

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