Mario is the main character of the eponymous franchise. He's also Nintendo's mascot, and Luigi's brother.
He first appeared in the arcade game Donkey Kong in 1981. Later, in addition to the many games he is the protagonist of, he is also found in other major series like Game & Watch, Kirby Super Star and even Minecraft.
In most games, he is the hero who sets off on an adventure to rescue Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser, his arch-nemesis. He is a courageous and confident character who does not hesitate to brave all dangers to help his friends. He can use certain items that give him special powers and change his physical appearance, such as the Super Mushroom, the Fire Flower or the Ice Flower. He is also a great food lover. He feels a secret but reciprocal love for Peach.