|“||Too bad, WALUIGI TIME!||„|
|~ Waluigi's catchphrase.|
|“||Hey! You might be getting better, but nobody cheats better than Waluigi! You got that?!||„|
|“||Hehehe. You guys are having a party?||„|
|~ Waluigi as he encounters the Mario brothers for the first time in Mario Tennis.|
Waluigi is a recurring antagonist and occasional anti-hero in the Super Mario franchise. Introduced in Mario Tennis in 2000, he serves as the primary compatriot of Wario and as an "anti-Luigi" in much the same way Wario serves as the reverse of Mario.
Waluigi has been the main antagonist of only two Mario games, those being Mario Party 3 and Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix. However, he is not the final boss of the latter game and is the first one instead, giving the other keys the heroes add to Wario, a big Blooper, King Chilly, and Bowser. He also appears as a minor antagonist in the story mode of Mario Tennis Aces, along with Wario.
Just like Mario, Luigi, Wario, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi, he is voiced by Charles Martinet.
Waluigi runs his own motor-oil company. He never truly appears as a villain in Mario games, with the exception of Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix. There is a theory that Wario and Waluigi (The Wario Bros.) are not Mario's brothers since in Mario Tennis, they sent a letter calling them cousins. If this is true, then the term of "brother" in the other games just means friend/close relative.
Luigi is the positive spinoff of Mario and Wario is the negative spinoff of Mario, so Waluigi is not just a spinoff of Mario's design but also one for Wario because he needs a doppelganger brother of his own to even out Luigi. Some would think that these two are pure evil, but the truth is that they are just bumbling crooks. In the movie, it is stated that the Wario Bros. are not their brothers.
If he wins in Mario Party 8, he holds out a long red rose, showing that he either has a sweet side or is simply being vain. Waluigi is a playable character in most of the Mario-sport games. He also joined the Olympic Games and the Olympic Winter Games.
Mario Tennis Aces
In the newest Mario Tennis game Mario Tennis Aces, Waluigi plays the role as a minor antagonist in its Adventure mode. In the story, both him and Wario are under the control of Lucien, an ancient evil tennis racket. It is stated that they were easy to manipulate because of their greed. However, rather than themselves, Lucien forces them to give it to Mario so it can use his body to take over the world, perhaps enforcing the idea that Waluigi (and Wario) are seen as incompetent by about everyone. Luigi ends up taking Lucien instead, however, and becomes possessed by it, transforming into a mummified, evil version of himself. As this happens, the same fate is bestowed upon Waluigi and Wario. They do not do much in the story at first, but at the end of the story, they steal two of the Power Stones used to either empower or defeat Lucien right from under Mario's nose and challenge him to a duel in Marina Stadium. Instead, however, they do a Doubles round against Princess Peach and Princess Daisy while Mario takes on the possessed Luigi. When they enter the stadium, they receive a dose of booing for their usual behavior in sports, such as foul play and bad sportsmanship.
In the game itself, Waluigi is a Defensive character much like he usually is. He used to be extremely overpowered, but is now a lot more balanced. He has great reach and good shot power, but is rather slow and his shots don't curve very well. As a result, Waluigi players usually spam his Flat Shot. His Special Shot, Showtime, involves him showing his theatrical side, which looks a lot like the animation for him getting an Eagle or better in Mario Golf World Tour; He snaps his finger, gets a rose in his mouth, poses and spins around while screaming "WAAAAAAAAAAAAA" and levitates upwards. His Special Shot seems to also have rose petals as its visual effect. Much like the Mario Brothers and Wario, he is this time in a tennis outfit: a purple polo, a tennis cap, black shorts and tennis shoes that are pointy and resemble his normal shoes. He also does the Moonwalk while doing a Trick Shot.
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Waluigi appears as a trophy, unlockable through the Lottery once at least 250 other trophies have been obtained.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Waluigi appears as an Assist Trophy. When summoned, he will run to opponents and stomps them into the ground multiple times before swatting them away with his tennis racquet. Additionally, a random collectable trophy can be obtained and two stickers are based on Waluigi; the first is based on Mario Superstar Baseball and increases indirect attack power for all Mario fighters. The second is based on Super Mario Strikers, and increases slash attack power for all Mario fighters.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Waluigi appears once more as an Assist Trophy. He behaves the same as before, although he can be defeated if he takes enough damage. In both versions, Waluigi's cap is an unlockable hat for Mii Fighters and a trophy can be unlocked by achieving a score of 85 or more in Rival Smash.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Once again, Waluigi is an Assist Trophy, and defeating him rewards a point. He cannot be summoned on the 3D Land, Midgar, Mute City SNES, Norfair, Spirit Train, and Suzaku Castle stages. Waluigi's cap is still an unlockable hat for Mii Fighters. In "World of Light", Waluigi is portrayed by three spirits. His default spirit is an ace neutral that increases damage from foot attacks, and can the Vault Shop for 6,000 G, scanning the Waluigi amiibo, for facing him in a spirit battle against Luigi wearing Waluigi's clothes on Peach's Castle and summons the Waluigi Assist Trophy. The second spirit is based on Super Mario Strikers, an advanced grab type that increases foot damage. Its spirit battle is against Luigi again wearing Waluigi's clothes on the Swordplay Colosseum portion of Wuhu Island, where soccer balls are the only spawning item. The third and last spirit features Waluigi on a Standard Bike, and a novice support that boosts the fighter's speed when at no damage. Its spirit battle is against four Warios on the Figure-8 Circuit with increased move speed and power to their motorbikes.
Waluigi is tall, with a very dark indigo/navy blue shade of overalls (sometimes black), a purple shirt, and a purple hat with a yellow upside down "L" along with orange elf-like shoes and white gloves with his symbol printed on it (similar to Wario's). He also possesses a crooked mustache, a big pink nose just like Wario's, pointy ears and a huge chin, and is rather skinny.
In the original Mario Tennis, whenever Waluigi won a round, his eyes would flash red for a second. This is unknown why he does this, but some speculate he is a robot created by Wario. In Mario Tennis Open, he does this again, but only for two seconds this time.
In a twisted way, Waluigi is similar to Luigi; whereas Luigi is more timid, but also more cautious and conscientious than the brave, but bull-headed and noble Mario, Waluigi is more passive-aggressive and self-pitying than the outwardly aggressive Wario. Waluigi also complains a lot, and cannot accept his own flaws. Whenever he fails, he tends to blame it on others by claiming everyone's a cheater.
Indeed, Charles Martinet, the voice actor of Waluigi, stated that self-pity was his primary characteristic. He is also jealous, spiteful and bitter. In short, Waluigi is a cruel parody of Luigi. He also has many attributes of a classic villain, such as treachery, cunning, manipulation, and occasionally, he exhibits some narcissistic and psychotic tendencies. Because he is unpopular with many people in universe, Waluigi is boastful, and brags obnoxiously about every achievement, be it big or small, since nobody else will give him any positive reinforcement.
Relationship with Wario
Ever since Mario Tennis 64, Wario and Waluigi have been working side by side in criminal activity to go kart racing. It is believed by many that they are brothers and are cousins to Mario and Luigi. Even Waluigi's Super Smash Bros. Brawl Trophy admits their relationship is a mystery. Charles Martinet, Waluigi's voice, states that "I think they are just two evil guys who, well, liked each other."
Powers and Abilities
Waluigi has the power to summon water, which he can use to cover an area. Waluigi can also swim through the air as a way of flying. Waluigi is incredibly skilled at sports, with his best sport being tennis. Waluigi often uses Bob-ombs, and Piranha Plants in battle. Waluigi's legs are incredibly powerful, allowing him to jump high and run at high speeds. Waluigi can also use the warp speed power-up to move at high speeds. With the power of all of the Music Keys, Waluigi becomes the best dancer in the world, and his dance moves have hypnotic abilities.
- He was born on 21 July, 1997.
- Waluigi has a strong resemblance with Captain Hook from Disney's Peter Pan as they both have the same moustache.
- Waluigi is somewhat similar to Robbie Rotten, since they are both very slender, both dress in purple, both have protruding chins, and are both incredibly sneaky and devious.
- Waluigi is also similar to Dick Dastardly from Wacky Races as they are both cheaters, and they both wear purple.
- Both Luigi and Waluigi seem to be in love with Daisy.
- Despite being seen as a joke character by Nintendo, Waluigi has a surprisingly large fanbase and is one of the most beloved Mario characters to date.
- This is further shown when he became one of the most requested characters for the Super Smash Bros. series to be made as a playable character in spite of his status as an assist trophy.
- The official guide for Mario Kart: Double Dash!! indicates that Waluigi has a recurring nightmare in which he transforms into a Pokémon.
- Waluigi has starred in a multitude of fan games, the most popular and beloved one being the game, Psycho Waluigi, made by Thunder Dragon. In the game, Waluigi ends up in the land of Unconsia and is informed by a creature named Psycho Iris that he has Psychic powers. Psycho Iris the asks Waluigi if he wants to "TAKE OVER THE WORLD OF UNCONSIA?", to which he gleefully replies and the two go around invading various kingdoms, dethroning the rulers and fighting General Hazel of the Hanzelnaut army.
- In all Super Smash Bros. entries since Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of Luigi's alternate costumes is based on Waluigi's color scheme. Mario also has a similar costume too in Super Smash Bros 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Waluigi is also known to be one of the most requested characters to be playable in Super Smash Bros., and as such, this has evolved into an internet meme.
- Waluigi's colors is referenced in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door when Mario wears both the W Emblem and L Emblem badges together.
- Additionally, Mario has a palette swap based on Waluigi's outfit in Super Smash Bros 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and a Waluigi costume in Super Mario Odyssey. The Waluigi costume hints at Waluigi's lack of major roles, his cap saying that it's barely used and his clothing saying something about lurking in the shadows.
- Despite being Wario's partner, he has never appeared in any Wario games, save for his cameo as a crude sketch in WarioWare Gold.
- Mario Tennis for the Game Boy Color marks Waluigi's only appearance on a Game Boy Color game.
- Mario Tennis Power Tour marks the only time where Waluigi is seen without Wario.
- Although Waluigi is not playable in Mario Kart 7 (though he was supposed to appear in the game as a playable character, but was scrapped, due to time constraints) but his track, Waluigi Pinball from Mario Kart DS appears as one of the retro tracks, which makes it the only post-Mario Kart Double Dash!! game where Waluigi does not physically appear.
- During the development of Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, before the name "Waluigi" is ultimately decided, several names were brainstormed such as "Jeroji", "Jinani" and "Wa-igi".
- The music of Waluigi Pinball from Mario Kart DS is considered to be Waluigi's theme.
- In Super Mario Party and Mario Party Superstars, Waluigi's dance moves look similar to the late Michael Jackson's moonwalk.
- Waluigi's name is a combination of Luigi's name and the Japanese word "Waru", meaning bad.