When people first think of Nintendo, they'll immediately have their mind drawn to the brand's most iconic character, Super Mario. He's somebody who's entertained gamers for decades, making his official debut all the way back in Donkey Kong in 1981, and still standing tall as one of the industry's leading salesman to-date. It was just a few months ago that Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch shot to the top of the video games sales chart, now coming close to 10 million total units sold.
This is a protagonist who's never really lost his shine. Sure, there have been a few dud games amongst the slew of titles released, but the reputation of Mario has never really been too badly tarnished. Of course, we have to give a nod to the brilliant supporting cast; Donkey Kong, Bowser, Princess Peach, Toad, Princess Daisy, Yoshi and of course his brother in arms, Luigi, have all provided some epic adventures for Mario to go on.
With all of that in mind, we decided to delve into the online world of Super Mario comics, created by fans, for fans, and often poking fun at the tropes and tricks we see in Super Mario games. Here, we look at 25 Super Mario Comics That Will Make You Blush, from those that will make you cringe, to those that will force you to never look at the characters involved in the franchise in the same way again.
24 Desperate Daisy
Let's face it, if you pick Princess Daisy as your favorite Nintendo Princess, you've probably not been a fan of the corporation for long. There are plenty of other better options, and that's something that even Bowser has realized in his quest to find a bride. Consistently kidnapping Princess Peach and forcing Super Mario and his friends to do their all to save her, Peach is often at the centre of the stories that taking place in Mario video games.
That's left Daisy feeling a little left out.
We've gotta say, Peach being bagged up but still asking her friend Daisy to stop begging for attention is one of the funniest Nintendo jokes we've ever seen! Kudos to the creator of this one. Plus, that's some pretty dope art.
23 Pushed To The Edge
Sometimes, when you're stuck in a whirlwind of chaos and mayhem, you're pushed to the edge and take measures to protect yourself that you could never have predicted. Years of being kidnapped by Bowser has clearly taken its toll on Princess Peach here, as she heads out to the gun range and brushes up on her shooting skills, before pulling out a firearm on the predatory Bowser and demanding he gets on his knees.
We're glad that this is the last frame of this particular comic, as we wouldn't have liked the see the mess left around if Peach went all the way and pulled the trigger! Dare we say we actually feel a little sorry for King Koopa here? Sure, he's annoying, but nobody deserves this!
Comic by Legacy-Control.
22 Unexpected Motherhood
Stockholm Syndrome clearly hasn't kicked in for the Princess.
She's not in love with her captors just yet, and looks more ready than ever before to get back to the Mushroom Kingdom! We hope Mario turns up soon...
Comic by Paratroopacx.
21 A Secret Romance
One artist's vision for Princess Peach and Bowser's continued relationship takes things to a level we thought we'd never see. Here, the pair look to be madly in love, and it's actually Mario who's the villain of the story, walking in and disrupting their romance whenever they're about to get close. It's a brilliant flip on the traditional story told in Mario video games, and something we'd love to see in a mirror universe version of the game in the future!
Imagine that - playing as Bowser and doing your all to take your beloved Princess Peach back to your home, only for an evil little former plumber to keep stealing your thunder and delivering her back to her kingdom. It would make for one heck of a story!
Comic by Steven Rose.
20 Amazing Alliteration
There are plenty of words you could use to describe the various characters that help bring the Super Mario Universe to life. Whilst "Winner Wario", "Beautiful Boo", and "Towering Toad" aren't our first choices for their respective heroes and villains, they're certainly better options than "Bowser's Big-Bad Biceps, Baby!", and "Dominating Daisy"!
We won't go into how "Toadally Toadette" actually still IS alliteration...
Bowser's description of his biceps leaves us cringing a little, but it's Daisy dominant side that has us blushing! Here, she's unafraid to put her charisma and feminine allure to good use, letting Luigi know exactly what she'll be expecting from him in the future! Somehow, we can see him as the submissive type, so the pair may actually be onto a winner here!
Comic by Gabsonian.
19 Just Creepy
Whether you're stunned by the, let's say unique artwork on display in this comic, or the creepy final frame that sees Bowser licking Princess Peach against her will, this is one that will stick with you for some time. Opening up with Mario enjoying a break from his Princess rescuing duties, we see his super-long mouth catching some Zzzs. That's enough to give anybody nightmares.
His peace is shattered when the incredibly eccentric and razor-toothed Toad arrives on the scene, demanding the hero go out of his way once more to save the monarch of the Mushroom Kingdom. Let's hope Mario gets there quickly, as we're not quite sure how much more licking the Princess can deal with! We think he might actually be happy to get away from Toad's shrieking...
18 A Glimpse Into The Future
Super Mario has enjoyed some fine adventures. His brother Luigi hasn't quite got the same resumé as his red-clothed counterpart, but he's still somebody who will one day inherit a mansion, albeit haunted, as we can see from the notes here on the fortune cookies. With romance in the air for Mario and a home for Luigi to settle in, where does that leave Yoshi?
Not in a great place...
This brilliant comic plays on the fact that players have in the past ridden Yoshi through Mario levels, only to jump off of the dinosaur when they're making their way across a pit or a drop they wouldn't be able to jump to the top of without his aid. Leaving him behind, the player would then carry on and go about their adventuring without a second thought. It's obviously something that's left a bad taste in Yoshi's mouth!
Comic by Brawl in the Family.
17 Left In The Cold
Let's face it, Luigi has never been lucky with the ladies. It's Mario who gets all of the credit when it comes to saving Princess Peach from Bowser's Castle, and whilst Daisy was seen as a love interest of sorts for the brother in green, that storyline isn't really something we've ever seen develop.
Of course, it's not like we've ever seen Mario and Peach take things further than a kiss on the nose. That's just not the sort of story being told in a Super Mario story. Still, that doesn't take away from just how hilarious the above comic is. Luigi is once again the thorn in the side of this loving couple, and Mario isn't afraid to let him know it before heading off for some loving.
Comic by Prolificpencomics.
16 Get With The Times
It wasn't until Mario Kart: Double Dash hit the Nintendo GameCube in 2003 that Toadette made her debut from the Mushroom Kingdom. So, it's not surprising to see that the Super Mario character from 1985 is confused when he happens to come across her.
This comic plays brilliantly on the way women have been treated within the video game industry; of lesser importance and easily disregarded, unless you're looking at the likes of Lara Croft or another leading heroine. Of course, we've seen that evolve in recent years with games such as Horizon Zero Dawn, but there's still some way to go!
That seems to be what Toadette is getting at here. It's a very clever little piece from the artist, provoking the reader to ask themselves questions about how they treat female video game characters.
15 Luigi's Time To Shine
This comic is one that will leave a tear in the eye of the biggest Luigi fans. He's somebody who's constantly fighting to reach his peak, but who is often pushed aside in favor of his red-clothed brother, Mario.
In this piece, he's finally told he's at the top of the sales charts. His games are doing better than ever before, and he couldn't be happier to hear the news. Celebrating his success and whistling a tune as he goes about his day, it's only when we get to the final frame that we see just what's in store for Luigi.
A blue shell is looming, ready to blast him out of pole position and send him straight back to the middle of the pack. It's actually a tragic tale!
Comic by Brawl In The Family.
14 Unhealthy Addictions
We take a leap into the future here, or at least into a parallel universe, where Mario and Luigi have tall necks, skinny arms and a very strange overall look. The history of mushrooms in Super Mario games isn't something the majority of fans know, but it is curious when you sit back and think how the juicy little food items affect the characters of the series. Growing bigger and stronger is a side effect of indulging, but what happens the morning after?
This comic aims to take a look at that, showing how Mario is going through one of the biggest hangovers of his life. Looks like mushrooms are best enjoyed in moderation... not the best news for those looking to plough their way through Super Mario Bros. or the like!
Comic by MyExtraLife.
13 Revisiting Wario's Childhood
This comic takes its characters back in time, suggesting that Wario was often the subject of Mario's torment during their childhood. Though Mario does his best to help fix the chaos of the past by inviting his frenemy for "some fun, just like the old days", Wario's PTSD kicks in and he's taken right back to the time he felt like rubbish!
Super Mario fans see Wario as an unshakeable mad man, intent on bringing Mario down in whatever way possible. So, to see him here in tears, shaking uncontrollably simply because of a game of cowboys and rustlers not only confuses, but stamps all over his street cred!
Whether we'll ever see Wario in the same light remains to be seen, but this left us blushing for all the wrong reasons!
12 A Game Of Mushrooms
When it comes to defending the Mushroom Kingdom, it's usually left up to Mario to stop the villainous Bowser from destroying the land and keeping Princess Peach for his bride. In this piece however, Peach is front-and-centre of the action, taking charge in a beautifully drawn comic, and a scene that wouldn't feel out of place in HBO series Game of Thrones.
One of the best things about this comic is that the ending is ambiguous. Is Peach saying "very well" to joining Bowser so that he stops laying waste to the Mushroom Kingdom? Or is she saying "very well" to the destruction of her land? We're willing to go with the latter because of the reaction from around her, and honestly, we don't blame her. It's got to be exhausting being kidnapped all the time.
Comic by Snafu-Comics.
11 Love Is In The Air
We've delved pretty deeply into the relationship shared by Super Mario and Princess Peach, but they completely let their guards down in this piece and become one. Their love for one another is evident, as if it hasn't been in the past with Mario constantly putting his life on the live to save the Mushroom Kingdom ruler, but here it's more pure than we've ever seen before.
These two will go down in history.
It's interesting how the artist here has managed to bring such elegance and realism to their comic strip. The art style is unlike anything we've seen in a Mario comic before, and whilst it's more basic than some, it's still able to evoke pure emotion from the couple. Just a gorgeous piece.
10 Get Her Name Right
Putting aside the wellbeing of her people, Peach instead insists of correcting the Toad about her name! We've got to admit, when somebody calls you by the wrong name, it hurts. It'd probably be even worse if a profanity was used in place of your name!
We hope the burning villages can wait...
Comic by Pheeph.
9 Selfish Mario
The New Super Mario Bros titles are some of the most adventurous and fun in the series. Allowing a second player to jump into the action as Luigi means double the action, but there also has to be a new way of strategizing and picking up the various power-ups that are available throughout the levels. Often, the person playing Mario storms ahead and picks up everything available, leaving Luigi to fend off the bigger monsters with more of a risk if he gets hit.
That's captured perfectly in the comic above, as Luigi finally reaches boiling point and gives it to his red-clothed brother straight. Unfortunately for him, an incoming green shell could knock him off of the level completely! The friendly brotherly rivalry continues...
8 Don't Prank The Princess
Mario obviously isn't a big fan of cleaning up. We imagine that this comic takes place a few years into the future, when Bowser and the other villains of the Super Mario universe have been defeated, and Mario can leave in peace with the love of his life, Princess Peach. But are the pair living the life of luxury?
Is there more to this partnership than meets the eye?
Getting his own back on the Princess for all of the times he's had to put his life on the line to save her, Mario adds a Mushroom Shake to the washing machine, resulting in her favorite iconic pink dress actually increasing in size! A nice nod to the power of mushrooms throughout the Mario series here. Unfortunately for Mario, Peach isn't somebody to play with! She gets her revenge in a very unique way!
Comic by DaisyDrawer.
7 Secret Identity
It looks like the revenge Princess Peach started taking on Mario has extended to the bedroom in this comic from an incredibly talented artist. Hoping to get his rocks off, Mario is facing rejection from his love, but that's where the comic actually starts to get incredibly dark. It looks like our favorite video game character has quite the shady side...
Dressing up in Luigi's green gear, the hero turns into a villain, forgetting to remove Cappy from the Super Mario Odyssey series from his head when he goes into Daisy's bedroom, and attempts to make a move on the Princess. There, she waits and seems to be under the illusion that her man has come for some fun. We're glad this is where the comic ends, as we wouldn't have really liked to see what comes next!
Comic by Woodenplankstudios.
6 Is That What We Look Like?
There was something very special about the Nintendo Wii upon the console's release all the way back in X. Finally, gamers were getting the chance to get up off their bums and engage in some active video game action! Flailing our arms around, we all remember the news stories of controllers being flung into televisions, arms being broken after being smashed into walls, and more.
Did we ever stop to think about what we looked like?
That's what the artist of this three-panel comic looks at, poking fun at those of us who played Super Mario Strikers Charged. We may not have known what the controls did or even how to play the game properly, but that didn't stop us from throwing ourselves around our rooms in a bid to beat our opponents!
5 Bowser The Feminist
Bowser lets his feminist side come out in this fantastic three-panel piece, complete with some of the most gorgeous fan artwork we've seen so far. Here, he takes aim at the vocal minority of people who have blasted Super Mario games for always have Princess Peach take on the damsel in distress role, eventually leading to her being rescued by her male love interest, Mario!
Bowser flips the whole scenario on his head, letting the woman in the comic know that he actually really respects Peach and the way in which she handles herself. It's not something we'll ever see in an actual Mario game, but it's nice to think of King Koopa letting his real thoughts be known at some point. Plus, we tend to agree. Peach is made of stronger stuff than many video game characters we've come to know!
Comic by Jago.
4 Fancy Dress Fun
Also, how ADORABLE does Toad look in that first frame?
Mario joins the reader in their embarrassment here. He's not ready for the various costumes he sees inside the party, and it's one of the most relatable things he's ever been through for fans! Coupling that with the suggestive language in play from Daisy, who's lying in wait of Luigi, and we don't know where to look. The most awkward Mario party of all time!
Comic by Natsilva.
3 Going Cold Turkey
Video game addiction is real. We've all spent countless hours in front of the screen, getting through some of our favorite titles and promising that we'll go to sleep after just one more mission. What happens of course is that we stay up until 4 in the morning, getting just a couple of hours sleep before we have to wake up and get on with our day.
What we haven't done is stopped to think how this affects the characters we're playing.
In this brilliant comic, we see not only Mario, but his friend Sonic the Hedgehog going to an addictions meeting and admitting that they've got the urge for more "shines" and "rings" than they can get their hands on. That's our doing! It's our fault they've now got urges they can't fulfil! If that doesn't make you blush, nothing will.
2 Luigi Learns A Lesson
We've got to admit, Princess Daisy is someone that's really been shown in quite the domineering light throughout these comics listed! Here, she takes charge once more, sat on a park bench with Luigi and hoping to get lucky with the little guy. Unfortunately for her, the urges she has may have to wait, as Luigi doesn't look very comfortable at all. He's blushing from the moment he sets eyes on the beauty, and in his embarrassment, so are we!
We don't think he's ready for action just yet.
Daisy and Luigi are one of the most adorable pairings the video game world has seen, but we think Daisy has been ready to take their friendship to the next level for some time, if this comic is anything to go by! Let's hope Luigi can pull it together soon.
Comic by Princesa-Daisy.
1 Playing Alone
When Final Fantasy XII was released, it didn't take long for fans to realize that this was a game that, with the aid of the new Gambit system, would "play itself". Here, in a crossover between Super Mario and that title, a talented artist has brought the Gambit system into Mario's world. In the second frame, we see those who are sitting in front of the screen, unamused by the title they're dealing with.
It's the joke that the person holding onto the controller cracks that leaves us flushed, however! When you think about it, he's certainly not wrong! We hope Mario games remain more action-packed than the one teased here, but who knows what we'll be dealing with by the time Super Mario Bros XII comes around?