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Artwork of Wario playing football for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
|First appearance||Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992, overall)|
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii) (2007, Sega-related media)
|Latest appearance||Mario Strikers: Battle League (2022, overall)|
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Arcade Edition (2020, Sega-related media)
|Latest portrayal||Charles Martinet (1997–present)|
Wario is a recurring anti-hero from the Mario franchise. He made his first appearance in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, as the main antagonist, and would later become the titular star of his own franchise. Wario is playable in several Mario spinoff titles, including crossover series such as Mario & Sonic and Super Smash Bros., and is partnered with Waluigi in several of the games.
Wario is noted for being muscular, hot-tempered, obese, and greedy. He is the arch-rival of Mario, and his name is a combination of Mario's name and the Japanese word warui (悪い), meaning "bad."
Mario & Sonic series
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
Like the other characters, Wario has six of his own missions, the last of which is unlocked by clearing the first five:
- Singles: Wario has to do a 12-shot rally with his opponent. The player loses the mission if either Wario or his opponent misses.
- Long Jump: Wario has to run at maximum speed and perform the best jump right before the foul line two times.
- Dream Table Tennis: Wario has to win against his rival, Mario.
- Javelin Throw: The objective is similar to the Long Jump mission; Wario has to run at maximum speed and throw the javelin from as close to the foul line as possible twice.
- Individual epée: Wario has to win against his rival, Mario, like in the Dream Table Tennis mission.
- 110m Hurdles: This mission is unlocked by clearing the previous five of them. Here, Wario has to jump over every hurdle and be the first to cross the finish line.
Once the player has completed these missions, they earn the Wario Emblem. Furthermore, the Wario Crown can be unlocked by having Wario get first place in every event.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Nintendo DS)
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Nintendo DS, Wario once again appears as a playable character of the Power type. Wario still has six of his own missions, with the final one being unlocked by clearing the first five, although they are different than in the Wii version:
- 100m: Wario has to cross the finish line while lunging forward (done by lifting up then sliding right when the "!" indicator appears) and get in second place.
- 100m Freestyle: Wario has to get a 3 note (♪♪♪) rating five times while restoring his stamina.
- Skeet: Wario has to hit two targets at the same time twice.
- Dream Long Jump: Wario has to pass through 10 rings.
- Dream Race: Wario has to collect all item boxes.
- Pursuit: This mission is unlocked by clearing the previous five. Here, Wario has to defeat Knuckles when he's in top condition.
Like in the Wii version, the reward for clearing all of Wario's missions is the Wario Emblem. The Wario Crown also returns as an unlockable, and is unlocked through the same means.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Wii)
Wario returns as a playable character in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, once again being a Power type character. Wario's Special Skill is Wario Waft, which he can use to gain speed during certain events.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Nintendo DS)
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for the Nintendo DS, Wario remains a playable character of the Power type. His Special Skill is still Wario Waft, albeit divided into two moves: Wario Waft boost and Wario Waft jump.
In Adventure Tours mode, Wario appears as one of the unlockable characters who can take part in the mode's sports events. He is first encountered alongside Waluigi at Polastraits where the two of them must be beaten in a Bobsleigh event after challenging Sonic and Mario, whom they claim to have been waiting for. After that, Wario and Waluigi, both horribly bitter and in denial over their loss, teleport away to prepare for a rematch.
The pair are later encountered in Icepeak, where the two of them, now seeking revenge for their previous loss, must be beaten in a Snowboard Cross event. After defeating them both, Wario and Waluigi join the player's team, but only to find opportunities to take the heroes out. Wario and Waluigi give the party the Treasure Detector, which can detect nearby Whitestones.
Later on, Wario is needed in Blizland, specifically when a Chain Chomp is found blocking the path. Wario decides to knock it off the platform, which initiates the Blow Away Chain Chomp! mini-game. In it, the player controls Wario, who has 45 seconds to push the Chain Chomp off the area using his Wario Waft without falling off the platform himself. Once the Chain Chomp is knocked off, the party can access the area the Chain Chomp was blocking.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii)
Wario returns as a Power-type playable character in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He retains Wario Waft as his Special Skill. In the opening movie, Wario is first seen at the start with the other athletes and then again competing in Track Cycling - Team Pursuit.
In London Party, Wario is one of the characters who can be talked to. Here, the player can speak to Wario in order to play minigames and earn stickers. There is also a Mii costume based on Wario that can be obtained either from winning it through a Scratch Card or by paying ten blank cards.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Nintendo 3DS)
In the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Wario is included in the Tricksters group, meaning that he is only playable in certain Events. Unlike the Wii version, Wario does not have Wario Waft for a special skill.
In the Story Mode, Wario first appears trying to clear the Phantasmal Fog from Eton Dorney for his money-making scheme, but is stopped by Dr. Eggman, who he challenges to an event. When Wario wins, Dr. Eggman allows him to try to break the Fog machine, which he reveals is a hologram before running off. Wario finds Waluigi, and the pair challenge Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic again, and after winning Waluigi distracts them while Wario destroys the real fog machine. Wario and Waluigi try to get some compensation from Metal Sonic and Dr. Eggman, but later find out that they had been pursuing a hologram of Dr. Eggman. Wario later appears to call Mario, Luigi, Sonic and Tails when they face Bowser and Dr. Eggman to support them and tell Dr. Eggman he still expects some money, and later appears at the opening ceremony. In the bonus episodes, Dr. Eggman sets up a match between Wario and Metal Sonic by offering Orbot and Cubot to Wario as a reward if he wins. Wario loses to Metal Sonic and gives the Fog urn to Dr. Eggman in exchange.
A badge of Wario can also be obtained from the badge machine.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Wario is again a playable character of the Power type, and he retains Wario Waft as his Special Skill.
In Legends Showdown, Wario is on the second team, along with Knuckles, Amy and Waluigi. There is also a Mii costume based on Wario that can be unlocked by reaching a top speed of 120 km/h in Alpine Skiing Downhill.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Nintendo 3DS)
In Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Nintendo 3DS, Wario is only playable in two events, Javelin Throw and Archery. Unlike other Mario & Sonic titles, Wario is not classified as being a Power type, let alone any type, and Wario's stats show that his stamina is higher than his power.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U)
In Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Wii U, Wario is a playable character, with his Power type reinstated, and he is one of the characters who is playable in every event. For his stats, Wario has his Power at 8, Speed at 4, and Technique at 6.
A Mii costume set based on Wario can be unlocked in the game by completing Wario's Carnival Challenge. However, it must be collected in two separate parts, each with their own stat changes.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Arcade Edition
Wario is also a playable character in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Arcade Edition. Here, Wario has the same stats as in the Wii U version, and is of the Power type. Wario has Archery and Hammer Throw listed as his two recommended events.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Wario is a playable Power-type character in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Like some characters, Wario wears unique outfits depending on the event, but wears his standard outfit in Dream Events. Wario is not playable in any of the 2D Events.
In Story Mode, Wario and Waluigi were preparing to win the gold in the Canoe event when Tails and Luigi showed to compete for the gold in that event. Despite taunting the duo by saying that they were not better than themselves, Wario and Waluigi lost to Tails and Luigi in the event. As Wario and Waluigi began blaming each other for their loss, Luigi intervened and insisted that they needed gold medals. Wario was then convinced by Waluigi to pretend to help Tails and Luigi get gold medals, which they could then steal later. Wario thus joined Tails and Luigi's party with Waluigi. When the party later needed to charge the Excitement Battery using cheers from the audience, Wario would step up to compete against Diddy Kong in Rugby Sevens to get his own gold medal. In the end, Wario's team won, and the Excitement Battery got charged up a little from the cheers created.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Arcade Edition
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Arcade Edition, Wario is also a playable character of the Power type. He retains his stats from Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Arcade Edition.
Super Smash Bros. series
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
|Standard: Chomp |
Side: Wario Bike
Down: Wario Waft
Final Smash: Wario-Man
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wario first appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, available from the start. His standard costume design is his outfit that he is seen in during the WarioWare series. Unlike the other characters, Wario also has a full alternate costume in the form of his standard overalls. In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, Wario is only playable while in his WarioWare outfit. Like Donkey Kong and Yoshi, Wario has his own distinct emblem to represent his own franchise, which in Wario's case is the "W" on his hat. Wario's stage entrance involves him riding his bike on to the stage.
Wario's animations are rather quirky, due to moving in a stop motion-esque way. Two of Wario's trademark attacks are featured in this game; the Dash Attack is used as his forward smash, while the Wild Swing Ding is used as his forward throw.
Wario is one of the heavier characters in the game but has an unusually high aerial speed and small size given his weight. Wario's standard special is Chomp, which has Wario bite down on any opponents nearby and allows him to eat items. His side special is Wario Bike, which has Wario ride forward on the Wario Bike. His up special is Corkscrew, which sends him into the air in a spinning motion. Finally, his down special is Wario Waft, in which Wario farts to deal damage; the amount of damage depends on how much the move has been charged. His Final Smash is Wario-Man, which transforms Wario and gives him increased attack power and speed.
Like in the previous two Super Smash Bros. games, one of Mario's alternate costumes changes the color of his clothing to that of Wario's.
Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary
In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, Wario is among the higher ranked members of the Subspace Army, but despite this, he is not shown with Bowser, Ganondorf, or Ancient Minister. According to Smash Bros. DOJO!!, Wario takes his orders for granted and does whatever he desires. Early on, Wario uses his Dark Cannon to shoot the princess whom Kirby was unable to save from Petey Piranha at the Midair Stadium.
Wario escapes from the explosion of the Subspace Bomb, taking the trophy with him. Later, at the Ruined Zoo, Wario attempts to shoot Ness, but he manages to dodge every shot. Wario then aims for Lucas, and Ness jumps in front of him, taking the shot and becoming a trophy. Wario then grabs the trophy as Lucas runs away.
Later, he is traveling with a Cargo with the two trophies he currently has. In the middle of the road, he finds a Luigi trophy which he decides to take. However, as soon as he touches it, Waddle Dees come from everywhere and attack him. They take the Luigi trophy from him, and King Dedede steals Wario's Cargo, revealing that Dedede had planned this out to distract Wario. Later, Wario fights the Pokémon Trainer and Lucas in a desert. However, this time, Lucas beats Wario and turns him into a trophy, which the two leave lying on the ground. After Galleom's Subspace Bomb explodes, the explosion sucks the Wario trophy inside. Wario is later found in Subspace, where he is turned back to life by Kirby. He finds King Dedede and starts threatening vengeance, but Luigi and Ness rush to Dedede's aid, and Wario becomes shocked at his former captives defending who he perceived to be an enemy of theirs. Wario learns that Tabuu is the real leader of the Subspace Army, and decides to join in the final battle against Tabuu.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Wario returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, where he appears as an unlockable character in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Wario can be unlocked by either clearing 100-Man Smash or playing 30 matches and then defeating Wario in a 1-stock match on the WarioWare, Inc. stage. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Wario is instead unlocked by either completing 100-Man Smash or playing 20 matches and then defeating him in a 1-stock match on the Gamer stage. Unlike in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wario only has eight alternate costumes; four for his WarioWare outfit, and four for his main outfit. Mario also still has his Wario coloration.
Wario's moveset is mostly unaltered, though his forward smash is now a backhanded punch instead of the Dash Attack. Wario also receives a new up smash, which is a one-hitting, head-inflating headbutt. Additionally, Wario's forward and back throws have swapped places, meaning that the Wild Swing Ding is now his back throw.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Wario returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, retaining both his WarioWare and Wario Land appearances. A few of his normal attacks have changed, including his dash attack, which is now his main attack from the Wario Land series instead of a dive; additionally, his side tilt has been altered from a straight punch to a backhand slap. For his Final Smash, Wario once again transforms into Wario-Man; however, instead of fighting as him, Wario dashes into his opponents, traps them and lands a flurry of punches before finishing them off with a Wario Waft attack. Possibly because of Mario incorporating costumes from Super Mario Odyssey for his alternate costumes, it is also the first Super Smash Bros. game where Wario is present as a playable character without Mario also using a palette swap based on Wario's outfit at the same time. As with several other returning characters, Wario's victory theme has been sped up.
Wario benefits from universal changes: his mobility is faster, his short hop timing is reduced, his aerials have less landing lag, his recovery is extended by the reintroduction of directional air dodges, and his offensive play is increased by the ability to use any ground attack out of a run and any aerial attack on ladders. Wario's forward tilt deals consistent damage, and his up tilt and down throw have their damage reduced; however, Wario's dash attack, forward and up smashes, and up throw all deal more damage, making his overall damage output higher.
Classic Mode route
Wario's Classic Mode route has him fight heavyweight opponents. The name of the route is a reference to Wario's signature quote from Mario Kart 64.
|I'm-a Gonna Win!|
|2||Charizard||Pokémon Stadium 2||Victory Road - Pokémon Ruby / Pokémon Sapphire|
|3||Ike||Arena Ferox||Against the Dark Knight|
|4||King Dedede||Fountain of Dreams||Gourmet Race (Melee)|
|5||King K. Rool||Kongo Falls||Crocodile Cacophony|
|6||Incineroar||Pokémon Stadium||The Battle at the Summit!|
|Final||Master Hand, Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)||Final Destination||Master Hand|
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)
Mario & Sonic series
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
- Bio: "The burly opposite of Mario, Wario is a Power-based athlete, able to hurl objects incredible distances, and his awesome stamina gives him a boost in any long-distance event. He is driven by greed and will undoubtedly love to get his hands on a Gold Medal!"
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
- Bio: "Wario considers himself Mario's adversary, and has been causing Mario a headache for quite some time. Selfish and greedy, Wario always ends up somehow doing good deeds to get what he wants. Wario is a veteran to the Olympic Games and comes to Vancouver and Whistler ready to compete for the gold. Be sure not to get in the way of his signature Wario Waft technique on the Wii, and Wario Waft Jump or Wario Waft Boost techniques on the DS!"
- Wii stats
- Nintendo DS stats
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U)
- Flag description
Money, money, money! This scoundrel has taken on all sorts of jobs in his pursuit of cash, including treasure hunter, adventurer, and even president of a game company. His latest scheme involves dominating the Olympic Games with the power of garlic, thus allowing him to hog all the valuable gold medals for himself.
- Miis' dialogues
- Wario's a big greedy adventurer, right? Makes me wonder if he's thinking about treasure even while he's competing in the Games. I mean, I saw him leap into the sea a little while ago because he thought he saw gold. Turned out it was just an old shoe, which really steamed him good!
- Wario has quite the resume, don't you think? He's a treasure hunter, an adventurer, and even the CEO of WarioWare, Inc. What a Renaissance man!
- Wario sure does love money! I mean, sure, we all love money, or at least like it a lot. But he takes it to a whole new level! I hear he founded a company to help him make coin, but I think he's more into get-rich-quick schemes than good, honest work. Nothing's too sleazy for him!
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
- Website bio: "Never a dull moment with Wario, a loud, brash fellow who says he's Mario's greatest rival. He loves garlic and money."
- Online manual: "His winning card is his extraordinary clout and limitless stamina. He credits his power to the wonders of garlic."
Names in other languages
|Portmanteau of 「悪い」 warui ("bad") and "Mario"|
|Transliteration of the international name|
|Chinese (Traditional)||壞利歐 (Hong Kong)
瓦利歐 (since Mario Party 9)
|From "壞" (huài, "bad") and "瑪利歐" (Mǎlì'ōu, "Mario")|
From "壞" (huài, "bad") and "瑪莉歐" (Mǎlì'ōu, "Mario")
Transliteration of the international name
|Transliteration of the international name|
|Transliteration of the international name|
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