Princess Daisy (デイジー姫, Princess Daisy) is a recurring character in the Mario series. Originally appearing in Super Mario Land, Daisy is the ruler of Sarasaland and has become a recurring playable character in several Mario spin-off games since her debut, most notably the Mario Party and Mario Kart series.
Princess Daisy is the ruler of Sarasaland, a country that is composed of four kingdoms (Birabuto Kingdom, Muda Kingdom, Easton Kingdom, and Chai Kingdom) and located very far away from the Mushroom Kingdom. One day, a mysterious space alien named Tatanga invades Sarasaland. In addition to hypnotizing all the country's inhabitants to enslave them into his army, Tatanga kidnaps Daisy in order to marry her and make her his queen, thus setting the events of Super Mario Land into motion.
Upon hearing of this, Mario journeys to Sarasaland to rescue Daisy and bring peace to the country by traveling through each of its four kingdoms in order to stop Tatanga and his invasion. Throughout the game, enemies disguise themselves as Daisy to trick Mario into believing he has rescued her, only to reveal their deception seconds afterward and run away. Although Tatanga ultimately manages to escape, Daisy is rescued regardless and Sarasaland returns to peace, resulting in Daisy thanking Mario with a kiss as she flies away with him in an airplane.
Since then, Daisy has become a recurring character featured almost exclusively in Mario spin-off games, most notably the Mario Party and Mario Kart series. However, Super Mario Run marked Daisy's return to the Super Mario series almost 30 years after her debut in Super Mario Land. In this game, Daisy is an unlockable character as of version 3.0.4. When the Remix 10 Warp Pipe opens, Toad informs Mario that she has gotten lost and thus needs to be rescued. Daisy is unlocked once Area 30 is cleared during Remix 10 mode, and her special ability is the Double Jump.
In addition to her initial design being strikingly similar to Princess Peach's, NES Open Tournament Golf furthered the notion of Daisy being a counterpart to Peach by having her as Luigi's caddie. Daisy and Luigi's relationship has since progressed into a reciprocal, yet subtle romance that has been demonstrated in numerous instances, such as her victory scene in Mario Power Tennis; her personal race course in Mario Kart Wii; and her trophy information in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Daisy has also forged a close friendship with Peach upon traveling to the Mushroom Kingdom, and has remained a friend of Mario's ever since their first encounter.
Unlike Peach, however, Daisy is an energetic tomboy. Despite being featured almost exclusively in spin-off games since her debut, Daisy's personality has nevertheless been explored to a degree. In particular, Fortune Street reveals that Daisy is energetic to the point of being impulsive, eager to take on challenges, and even brash enough to talk down to the likes of Wario, Waluigi, and Bowser.
Daisy appears as a trophy. She is also the basis for one of Peach's alternate costumes, which changes many aspects of her appearance to match Daisy's. Both Daisy's trophy and Peach's Daisy-based alternate costume are based on her classic design used in Super Mario Land to Mario Party 3.
Daisy once again appears as a trophy, this one depicting her athletic gear from Mario Strikers Charged; she also appears on two stickers. Daisy is once again the basis for one of Peach's costumes; however, unlike in Melee, no model elements are changed for this costume and it is a simple recolor. Also, Peach's Daisy-based alternate costume is based on the colors of Daisy's current appearance since Mario Party 4.
Daisy appears as four trophies in these games, with one exclusive to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS depicting her tennis outfit, and three being exclusive to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U depicting her standard and baseball outfits, as well as her baby self. Daisy continues to be the basis for one of Peach's costumes.
As a Mii costume
A Daisy wig is available as a headgear for all Mii Fighter types.
As a Smash Tour item
More notably, Daisy's baseball appearance appears in Smash Tour as a red item. A player who uses it will automatically catch all thrown items for the duration of a battle.
Similar to Peach in how she plays tennis, Daisy also packs a seriously powerful shot. Maybe their choice of colors symbolizes their personalities? They're alike in a lot of ways, but if you could choose just one, would you choose Princess Daisy or Princess Peach?
She may be the princess of Sarasaland, but she doesn't exactly have the poise you might expect from royalty. Daisy is more of a headstrong, active type. That's all part of her charm, though, and rumor has it Luigi is quite smitten with her. Unlike Peach, she's only really been kidnapped once - in Super Mario Land.
The captain of the Daisy Flowers, Daisy is great both when at bat and when defending. Her fastballs especially are a thing to be feared. Her Star Swing, Flower Swing, will cause a garden to bloom where the ball lands. Fielders will have to wait for the flowers to clear away. What a pretty delay of the game!
This cute toddler made her first appearance in Mario Kart Wii. If she looks familiar, that's because she's a baby version of Princess Daisy! Look at the determination in those baby eyes-even at such a young age, she was full of drive! Orange was her favorite color at that age too. Even her pacifier is orange!
As a playable character
Main article: Daisy (SSBU)
Daisy was confirmed to appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable fighter on June 12, 2018 at the E3 2018 direct. She is an Echo Fighter of Peach and nearly functionally identical to her save for slightly different hurtboxes due to altered animations. She also has various aesthetic changes such as unique animations and expressions, and flower effects in her attacks instead of hearts.
Like Peach, Daisy's appearance is altered in Super Smash Bros; her dress has more elaborate details and is stylized. Also, Peach no longer has her Daisy-based alternate costume as Daisy now has her own character slot.
As a Mii costume
Additionally, the Daisy wig returns as a headgear option for Mii Fighters.