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Pauline

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Pauline
Pauline Super Mario Odyssey.png
MarioSymbol.svg
Artwork of Pauline from Super Mario Odyssey.
Universe Mario
Debut Donkey Kong (1981)
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
SSB4
Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Mario Golf: Super Rush (2021)
Console/platform of origin Arcade
Species Human
Gender Female
Place of origin Metro Kingdom
Voice actor Kate Higgins
Article on Super Mario Wiki Pauline

Pauline (ポリーン, Pauline) is a character in the Mario and Donkey Kong series.

Origin[edit]

Pauline as she appears in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis. This design is also the basis for her trophy in Super Smash Bros. 4.

Pauline made her debut as "Lady" in Donkey Kong as the first damsel-in-distress and love interest to Mario, then referred to as "Jumpman". In her original appearance, she is blonde with a pink dress.

The Lady is kidnapped by Donkey Kong and is dragged up a construction site, dropping her belongings along the way, including her hat, purse, and parasol (as well as a birthday cake sometimes). Jumpman pursues Donkey Kong higher up the construction site, dodging obstacles and collecting the Lady's belongings as collectible extra points along the way. As Jumpman continues to pursue him, Donkey Kong drags the Lady farther and farther up the building until he is defeated when Jumpman causes the girders supporting him to collapse, sending him plummeting to the ground.

In the Donkey Kong remake for Game Boy, the Lady returns under her new name, "Pauline" and her new appearance, featuring long brown hair and a long red dress. Her role in the game is largely the same, though Donkey Kong is now joined by his son, Donkey Kong Jr..

After over a decade of making cameos or appearing in minor ports of the original Donkey Kong game, Pauline made her return to the series in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, where she joins Mario at the grand opening of his new theme park. As usual, Donkey Kong becomes infatuated with her, but she rejects him in favor of Mario, sending him into a rage and leading him to kidnap her; however, this time, Mario utilizes his toy Mini Marios to rescue her. After she is saved, she and Mario make peace with Donkey Kong. In the following game, Pauline is kidnapped once more, but this time when Mario and the Mini Marios save her, it turns out that her kidnapping was a ruse she orchestrated to test the toys' skills.

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, a Mini Pauline is added to the roster of toys, which Donkey Kong immediately becomes enthralled by. However, he becomes furious when they sell out before he can get one and resorts to kidnapping Pauline once more. Ultimately, DK lets her go once Mario gifts him with his own Mini Pauline. Pauline is not kidnapped in Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, instead running different arcade games alongside Donkey Kong peacefully. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, her apparent kidnapping again turns out to be a ruse, this time to lure Mario to a surprise party. The Mini Pauline also returns in the latter two games.

Pauline made her mainline Mario series debut on the Nintendo Switch in Super Mario Odyssey, where she is the mayor of the Metro Kingdom, the capital of which, New Donk City, is based on the city setting of the original Donkey Kong. When Mario first arrives in New Donk City, it is under attack by Bowser's Mechawiggler, with Pauline watching the destruction from afar, unable to do anything about it. After Mario defeats the Mechawiggler, Pauline is able to swiftly repair the city and plans a festival to celebrate things returning to normal. At New Donk City Hall, she asks Mario to help her gather a band so that she may perform a song at the festival, and Mario complies. However, before the festival can occur, Mario must investigate the power plant malfunctioning, and Pauline joins him upon realizing the sabotage is Bowser's fault. As thanks for helping make the festival possible, Pauline declares Mario the guest of honor. The song she and her band perform, Jump Up, Super Star!, also serves as the game's main theme song.

Later, Pauline is among the guests kidnapped by Bowser to attend his and Peach's wedding, telling Mario he is just in time when he arrives. Pauline can be heard singing a second song, Break Free (Lead the Way), as Mario and Peach escape the collapsing wedding hall at the end of the game. Once Bowser is defeated, Mario can visit Pauline in New Donk City, where she will reveal several facts about herself, including that her hat is her favorite possession, she loves eating cake, and that being kidnapped by Donkey Kong was "traumatic". Mario can also give Pauline a purse as a birthday gift, revealing that she lost her purse and never replaced it when Donkey Kong kidnapped her. Pauline also appears among other characters on the Darker Side of the Moon, performing Jump Up, Super Star! and cheering Mario on as he enters the final challenge.

Following her appearance in Super Mario Odyssey, Pauline's renewed relevance was maintained in a few ways. She was added to Mario Tennis Aces as a playable character via a free update, made her Mario Kart series debut in Mario Kart Tour, and is a part of the starting roster of Mario Golf: Super Rush.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Donkey Kong's character description describes him as "kidnapping beautiful maidens", referring to Pauline.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a stage element[edit]

Pauline's lost items appear on the 75m stage.

Sticker[edit]

Name Game Effect Character(s)
Pauline & Donkey Kong Donkey Kong AttackArm+018TypeIcon(Hand).png Attack +18 Donkey Kong Diddy Kong DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.pngDiddyKongHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Pauline & Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong).png
Pauline & Donkey Kong
(Donkey Kong)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Pauline appears as a trophy in both versions of the game and is mentioned in passing in the description for the Event Match 1988.

Trophy[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Pauline's trophy is part of the Memorabilia Trophy Box.

Pauline's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Pauline
Ntsc Waaay back in 1981, a new action game using barrels and girders hit arcades. That game was Donkey Kong, in which Mario had to rescue Pauline from the title character. Maybe she wanted to look less like Princess Peach—she changed her look in the Game Boy version.
Pal One fine day in 1981, the world was introduced to a new action-packed arcade game - Donkey Kong! But back then, the girl Mario was trying to rescue from Donkey Kong wasn't Peach - it was Pauline. Also, did you know that in Japan, Pauline was originally just called "Lady"?
NES: Donkey Kong Classics (09/1988)
Nintendo DS: Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (09/2006)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a background character[edit]

The New Donk City band and Pauline.

Pauline and the members of the band appear as background characters on the New Donk City Hall stage. Pauline and her band appear on floating platforms, and on the ground in front of City Hall. Interacting with the band members causes them to begin performing their signature song, "Jump Up, Super Star!".

Spirits[edit]

Pauline also appears as a Legend-class support spirit and is featured on the Donkey Kong & Lady spirit, referred by her original name, "Lady".

In Adventure Mode: World of Light, Pauline is presumably one of the countless spirits captured by Galeem during his takeover of the universe. Pauline's spirit is located in the southern city section of The Light Realm.

In both spirits' battles, Pauline uses a Peach puppet fighter and is fought on the 75m stage.

Pauline is fought along with the Mario and the Giant Donkey Kong puppet fighters, referencing how Pauline, Mario (as Jumpman), and Donkey Kong all debuted in the original Donkey Kong arcade game. During the battle, the player must defeat Peach, who avoids the player, in one minute while Mario starting off with a Hammer and the Giant Donkey Kong appears.

In the Donkey Kong & Lady spirit battle, Pauline (as "Lady") is fought along with the player's fighter while battling the Giant Donkey Kong puppet fighter equipped with super armor. During the battle, the player's fighter must defeat Donkey Kong within one-and-a-half minutes and prevent Peach from be KO'd, referencing how Pauline must be rescued from Donkey Kong within the time limit and within three lives. Also, Barrels appear in numbers, referencing the barrels Donkey Kong throws during the first level of Donkey Kong.

Primary spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
137
SSBU spirit Donkey Kong & Lady.png
Donkey Kong & Lady
Grab
★★★★ 3 4047 10119 2386 5967 1432 3580 Strong Throw Donkey Kong Series

Support spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Class Cost Ability Series
79
SSBU spirit Pauline.png
Pauline ★★★★ 2 Healing Shield Super Mario Series

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ポリーン, Pauline
UK English Pauline
France French Pauline
Germany German Pauline
Spain Spanish Pauline
Italy Italian Pauline
China Chinese (Simplified) 宝琳, Pauline
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 波琳, Pauline
South Korea Korean 폴린, Pauline
Netherlands Dutch Pauline
Russia Russian Полина