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He may be a portly, Italian plumber, but he’s also the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom (and on more than one occasion, the world). Considering his title, his all-around average stats stand as a testament to persistance and hard work. His younger brother, Luigi, may be stronger, faster, and even smarter, but that amounts to nothing if you haven’t the will or determination to do what’s necessary. Basically, Mario is brave, and nothing will stop him from saving the princess!
…Well, perhaps other than a cheap lava-pit, but only for so long!