- “Hey! You might be getting better, but nobody cheats better than Waluigi! You got that?!”
- —Waluigi, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
Waluigi striking a pose.
|Full name||Waluigi Wario|
|Portrayed by||Charles Martinet|
|First appearance||Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64) (2000)|
|Latest appearance||Mario Strikers: Battle League (2022)|
Waluigi is Luigi's mischievous counterpart and nemesis. He is Wario's brother. Waluigi made his debut in Mario Tennis, and has since been a recurring playable character in several of the Mario spinoff titles. Since his debut, Waluigi has been voiced by Charles Martinet.
The details of Waluigi's past are unclear since he has no confirmed back story although, he has evidently been antagonizing the Mario Bros., especially Luigi, for quite some time before his debut as seen in the opening of Mario Tennis, where he and Luigi confront each other.
Waluigi's age is the same as Luigi's. Waluigi has been rumored to be Wario's brother due to their similar appearance, but conflicting sources both support and reject this notion. Even Charles Martinet does not know whether or not Wario and Waluigi are brothers, but he personally thinks of them as "just two nice, evil guys who found each other." Waluigi also runs a motor oil company, and can be contacted, via, the following address; Waluigi, 26 Grimace Lane, Mushroom Kingdom, IMG EEK. The last part, which mimics British postal coding, is a pun of "I'm geek."
Creation and development
During the development of Mario Tennis, the game had many classic Mario characters, but few were humans, and Wario did not have a partner for doubles. Then, designer Fumihide Aoki came up with the idea to make a rival for Luigi. Shigeru Miyamoto was consulted in order to help with the design. Between the development cast, names like "Jeroji", "Jinani" and "Waiji" popped up, until it was decided that the name would be Waruiji, portmanteau of the words "Warui" and "Ruiji". It was also decided that the character would be the extreme to Luigi´s height and lean body, just as Wario was the extreme to Mario´s round and short body.
During Waluigi´s development, there were propositions of creating a " Warupichi", which means "Wapeach" and possibly a "Warui" version of Princess Daisy, but these ideas were dismissed by Shigeru Miyamoto.
Mario Tennis series
Waluigi made his debut in Mario Tennis. He later appeared in Mario Power Tennis for the Nintendo GameCube, and then Mario Power Tennis for the Game Boy Advance. Mario Power Tennis for the GameCube was the first to feature Waluigi's unique ability to swim through the air, a move that has recurred in other games. Additionally, the title established that his rivalry with the Mario Bros. was violent. Waluigi is playable in the Game Boy Advance version while Wario is not. This is the only time that Waluigi has been in a game and Wario has not.
Waluigi makes his debut in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64. In the opening of Mario Tennis, several characters are introduced as participants in a tennis tournament. Wario and Waluigi watching from afar while lurking on the sidelines of the court. The two then appear in front of the trophy to interrupt the final match between Mario and Luigi. Waluigi states that they want to play, but Luigi declines and mocks Waluigi, which upsets him. Waluigi and Luigi prepare to fight as they walk up to each other. Mario tries to stop them, but Wario stands in his way. Suddenly, Bowser falls from the sky alongside a Boo, knocking Wario and Waluigi onto the ground. Everyone becomes worried at first, but Bowser and the Boo reveal that they just want to play tennis too. Mario allows the villains to play, and everyone cheers. A Bob-omb then appears and explodes inside the stadium.
Waluigi is a Technique character in Mario Tennis, which means Waluigi has good control over the ball. Also, he has above-average reach. Waluigi lacks power and movement speed, however.
Waluigi also appears in the Game Boy Color version of the game, where he is an unlockable Technique character. He can be unlocked only if a Transfer Pak is used. Due to this, he is not playable in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console release of the game. In the Two-on-One minigame, the player as Bowser plays against Wario and Waluigi. Waluigi is also playable in his own minigame, playing against Luigi.
Mario Power Tennis
In Mario Power Tennis, Waluigi is a playable character.
In the intro movie, Wario and Waluigi face the Mario and Luigi in the first round of a tennis tournament, and they lose to Mario and Luigi.
Some time after the match, Wario and Waluigi head to Peach Dome, where they notice the tournament board which shows that they have been eliminated. They decide to vandalize the picture of the Mario Bros. on the board in revenge. However, a group of Bucketheads sees them in the act and attempts to arrest them. Wario and Waluigi run from the Bucketheads for a while before hiding in a side room, which turns out to be an entrance to Bowser's workout room. The three then form an alliance, and Bowser has Wario and Waluigi train there while the tournament continues.
The duo hijack the final match of the tournament; the Mario Bros. against Yoshi and Donkey Kong, turning it into a rematch. They are booed, and decide to fire Bob-ombs at the Mario Bros.. Bowser helps them in a giant balloon full of Bob-ombs. However, the Bros. and the other characters hit the Bob-ombs back at Wario and Waluigi with their tennis rackets, blowing up parts of the Peach Dome. Bowser fires a Bullet Bill at Mario, but he deflects it with his tennis racket, sending it into Wario and Waluigi's Bob-omb launcher, which malfunctions and fires a Bob-omb at Bowser's balloon. Since the balloon was full of Bob-ombs, it crashes into the ground near Wario and Waluigi, causing a huge explosion. The three faint as a result.
As a playable character, Waluigi is a Defense character. He has great reach, but his movement and power are somewhat limited. Waluigi is one of the two Defense characters in the game, the other being Wiggler. Waluigi's Offensive Power shot is the Whirluigi, a backspin shot that gives returners a whirlwind affect, losing the returners control. Waluigi's Defensive Power Shot is the Swimming Return. Here, a pool appears in the court, and Waluigi swims to hit the ball.
Mario Tennis Open
Waluigi returns as a playable character in Mario Tennis Open, as one of the game's two defense type characters (the other being Dry Bowser). Waluigi is relatively unchanged, but his winning animation depicts him with flashing eyes, a reference to Waluigi's reaction to winning a point in the Nintendo 64 version of Mario Tennis.
Mario Party series
Waluigi makes an appearance as a playable character in every game in the Mario Party series since the third installment, except for Mario Party Advance. In Mario Party 3, he is a playable character only in multiplayer mode, but he has been fully playable from the beginning in all other games that he appears in.
Waluigi's only major appearance that does not simply include him as a playable character is in his second appearance, Mario Party 3. After clearing the penultimate board, Mario and his friends are ambushed by Bowser, who announces that the protagonists have to fight him for the Mischief Star Stamp. Tumble then realizes the Star Stamp is missing and Waluigi reveals that he has stolen it. Bowser attacks Waluigi for the stamp, but is defeated. Waluigi then challenges the other party members to a duel on his own board of explosive traps: Waluigi's Island. However, once Waluigi is defeated, he forfeits the Star Stamp.
Waluigi appears in a few minigames in Mario Party-e. In Waluigi's Reign, Waluigi drops hammers, coins, and red coins on Mario. In Time Bomb Ticks!, Waluigi hits buttons in order as quickly as possible to give Mario less time to stop the bomb. Waluigi also appears in two cards, Waluigi and Super Waluigi. They are both duel cards, which involves dueling a player for coin cards and in-play cards, but Super Waluigi costs coin cards.
Waluigi appears in Mario Party: Island Tour where he is playable once again.
Super Smash Bros. series
Waluigi later appears as a Sticker, Trophy, and an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He appears with a tennis racket in hand, which is a reference to his debut in Mario Tennis. He kicks his chosen opponent into the ground. He then finishes up by kicking the victim with incredible power, possibly resulting in an instant KO. He may also hit the player with his tennis racket, instead of a power kick, basically giving the same results. This appearance depicts his color scheme slightly differently than his regular appearances; examples are his brown shoes instead of orange, and his black overalls instead of his overalls with very dark shade of purple. Also, one of Luigi's alternate outfits is Waluigi's outfit.
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Mario Golf series
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Wario and Waluigi see the Mario Bros. golfing with Princess Peach and Princess Daisy. Jealous of their good golfing, they challenge Yoshi and a Koopa Troopa to a game of golf. However, Wario ends up getting sand in Waluigi's face in a sand trap, and Waluigi cannot putt his ball into the hole, which causes their opponents to fall asleep. The duo then challenges Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.
During this game, Wario hits the ball hard enough that it flies into the forest across the hole. Wario and Waluigi celebrate until they hear a loud roar. The two look up and see Bowser in his Koopa Clown Car, and he has a black eye from where Wario's golf ball hit him. Bowser starts firing Bullet Bills at the two until they escape via a yellow Warp Pipe that is too small for the Koopa Clown Car to fit through. Wario and Waluigi come out the other side of the pipe and stop to catch their breath, but Bowser catches up to them and prepares to throw a Bob-omb at them.
Wario and Waluigi try to escape from Bowser by going through an enormous metal door. Meanwhile, Mario hits his ball with his golf club just as Waluigi is able to open the door. At that moment the ball Mario just hit bounces off Wario and Waluigi's heads and into Bowser's hand, knocking the Bob-omb down. The Bob-omb explodes on Wario, Waluigi, and Bowser.
Waluigi is a default playable character in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. His shot path is to the right while he can hit the maximum at 209 yards. He has slightly above average impact and spin with relatively average control. His shot height is medium.
Mario Golf: Advance Tour
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Waluigi makes his first appearance in the Mario Kart series in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! as a playable character. In the game, he is available from the start, and is classified as a middleweight character. The Waluigi Racer is Waluigi's personal kart, and his default partner is Wario. Waluigi and Wario both share a special item, the Bob-omb. He also has his own course, Waluigi Stadium.
Mario Kart DS
Waluigi also appears in Mario Kart DS. He is an unlockable playable character. Again, he is a middleweight racer. Waluigi has three karts, which are the Standard WL, the Zipper, and the Gold Mantis. He is unlocked if the player completes the Retro Grand Prix in 100cc. He again has his own course, Waluigi Pinball, which is the third track of the Flower Cup.
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Waluigi appears in the arcade game, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. He is one of the playable, all-around racers, the others being Mario, Luigi, and Pac-Man. Waluigi even has his own cup, the Waluigi Stage. There are only two races, which are Stadium Arena and Waluigi Stadium.
Mario Kart Wii
In Mario Kart Wii, Waluigi is a starting, playable character. While he typically is in the middleweight class, Waluigi is marked as a heavyweight racer, due to his height. Waluigi is also given an acceleration bonus that is tied with that of Toad. He also provides a drift bonus and a small off-road bonus. Waluigi Stadium from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! also returns as a retro course in the Banana Cup.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Waluigi later appears in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, as an unlockable character. Unlike the previous games, which have either made him a middleweight or, in the case of Mario Kart Wii, a heavyweight racer, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX places Waluigi as a lightweight character.
Mario Baseball series
Waluigi appears as a captain in Mario Superstar Baseball. He also appears as a captain in the game's sequel, Mario Super Sluggers. Whenever Waluigi charges up his hits in this game, they tend to have less power instead of more, though it has increased accuracy. Waluigi sports relatively high pitching stats in Mario Superstar Baseball, and even though Princess Peach and Boo have higher pitching stats in Mario Super Sluggers, Waluigi's pitching stats are still relatively high, and it is tied with his fielding stats.
Mario Superstar Baseball
In Mario Superstar Baseball, Wario gets an invitation to Bowser's baseball tournament. With the help of his teammates, Waluigi and Donkey Kong, he advances to the finals, where he faces Mario's team. During the game, Waluigi attempts to slide into a home run, but slides too short and is tagged out. In the end, Wario's team loses the tournament. Waluigi later reappears in the last cutscene, on Bowser's team, along with Wario.
Waluigi is a Technique character. His pitching stat is outstanding, rivaled only by Bowser. As a result, Waluigi has a quick fastball. Waluigi has a Laser Beam that can help prevent characters running home, although it is slower than other Laser Beams, and a Super Jump that can help catch high balls. Waluigi's other stats are below average.
Waluigi's Power Shot is the Liar Ball. In Challenge Mode, it can be unlocked only by purchasing the Whiskered Eggplant. While pitching, Waluigi throws both a regular baseball and an eggplant to confuse the batter of their target; when batting, Waluigi hits both an eggplant and a baseball, confusing the fielders of which ball to catch.
Mario Super Sluggers
Waluigi and Wario hatch yet another scheme to harm the Mario Bros. in Mario Super Sluggers. While Mario is hitting Bob-ombs shot from a pitching machine, Wario and Waluigi sneak up and load a Bullet Bill into it. Just as the Bullet Bill is about to hit Mario, Bowser jumps in front of Mario and whacks the Bullet Bill back to Wario and Waluigi, launching them high into the sky.
Waluigi has one of the highest pitching and fielding abilities, but he has one of the smallest hitboxes for his normal swings. He is left-handed for both batting and fielding, just like in the predecessor. However, unlike the predecessor, Waluigi's star pitches and star swings are not affiliated with eggplants. Waluigi's Star Pitch is once again the Liar Ball, which, instead of having the effect from the previous game, has him throwing a large baseball, which turns back to normal size upon reaching the batter; this can cause the batter to lose their timing with the swing. Waluigi's Star Swing is the Liar Swing, which makes the baseball travel in a zig-zag path through the air.
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix
Waluigi plays the role of an antagonist in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix. During the game, he steals the Music Keys from Truffle Tower. Waluigi tries to use the keys to make himself the best dancer so he can "hypnotize the rhythmless masses" with his moves and "flood the world with chaos." Waluigi, however, gives three of the Music Keys to other "bosses", retaining only one. He attacks Mario (or Luigi) and Toad with a barrage of Bob-ombs after the heroes travel to Truffle Tower to confront him, causing the heroes fly down a Warp Pipe. Eventually, after the two engage in a dance-off, Mario (or Luigi) defeats Waluigi and recovers the first Music Key. In the beta version, Waluigi swipes them all at the end and it is a huge dance-off.
Mario Strikers series
Waluigi appears as a soccer captain in Super Mario Strikers and its sequel Mario Strikers Charged. Waluigi is an Offensive captain type in Super Mario Strikers, which means his Super Strike gauge is easier to land on the light green area of the gauge while more difficult to land on the dark green area of the gauge.
In Mario Strikers Charged Waluigi is a defensive captain, sharing this trait with Princess Daisy. Due to this, Waluigi has great movement speed and has a long tackle. The downsides include being a weak shooter and passer. His Super Ability, Wall-Luigi!, has him create purple vines to block his opponents. His running speed also increases. He also uses the vines in his Mega Strike as a whip.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3
Waluigi also appears as a playable, starting character in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. He is classified as technical. Waluigi's Special Shot is the Twist Dunk which can be done if the player taps the letter "W" twice. Waluigi dribbles the ball in a W shape, and then shoots the ball at the basket with a cyclone flying behind it, and swims through the air to dunk it through the net.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Waluigi appears as a Skill-type playable character in the Wii version and Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Waluigi only appears at the beginning of the Wii version's opening with the other athletes.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Waluigi returns as a Skill-type playable character in both versions of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. In the Wii version, Waluigi appears with the other athletes in the opening as well as competing in Ice Hockey, and a Mii outfit based on Waluigi can also be unlocked. In the Nintendo DS version, Waluigi appears with Wario in the Adventure Tours mode, where they must be defeated in order to have them join the roster of characters that the player can compete with in Events.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Waluigi appears as a Skill-type playable character again in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and appears in the opening with the other athletes as well as competing in Track Cycling - Team Pursuit and Football. The Mii outfit also returns, and Waluigi appears as a character that can be spoken to in London Party mode in order to play minigames and earn stickers.
In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Waluigi is included in the Tricksters group, meaning that he is only playable in certain events. In the Story Mode, Waluigi first appears testing out some binoculars (which he calls "Waluigiscopes") that he plans to use to spy on Luigi. After Waluigi scares away some Shy Guys, Metal Sonic arrives and accidentally breaks the binoculars, and Waluigi challenges him to an event. Waluigi wins, and chases Metal Sonic when he tries to escape, eventually losing him but finding Wario, and the pair decide to find Metal Sonic and Dr. Eggman together. They succeed and defeat them in an event, and Waluigi distracts them while Wario breaks the Fog machine, and the pair then try to get some compensation from Dr. Eggman. Waluigi and Wario later discover that they had been chasing a hologram of Dr. Eggman, and later appear to call Mario, Luigi, Sonic and Tails when they face Bowser and Dr. Eggman to support the Heroes and remind Dr. Eggman that they want some compensation, as well as later appearing at the opening ceremony. Waluigi also appears in the bonus episode Dr. Eggman's Robots, where Dr. Eggman convinces him to compete in an event against Metal Sonic, which Waluigi loses. A badge of Waluigi can also be obtained from the badge machine.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Waluigi appears again as a Skill-type playable character in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, as well as the Mii costume based on him.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Waluigi appears as a playable Skill-type character again in the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as well as his Mii costume, however in this game it must be collected in separate head and body parts, with each piece having its own set of stat alterations. In the Nintendo 3DS version, Waluigi is exclusively playable in the Long Jump and BMX events. Waluigi is playable as a Skill-type character in all events in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Arcade Edition, but has recommended events of Rhythmic Gymnastics and Long Jump.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Waluigi appears as a Skill-type playable character in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and also appears in the story mode where he and Wario must be defeated by the player to join their team of playable characters. He also appears as a Skill-type playable character in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Arcade Edition.
Mario Sports Mix
Waluigi appears in Mario Sports Mix, where he is classified as a technical type character. His technique stat is very high, but his other stats are fairly low. Waluigi's Special Shot features him throwing up to four balls/pucks. Each shot that connects with the goal is counted, and is worth one point each (this adds up to four points if all shots connect). In dodgeball, Waluigi's Special Shot can launch up to four attacks on his opponents.
While serving in volleyball, Waluigi's serves can go only in a straight line. In dodgeball, Waluigi evades dodgeball attacks by spinning his body.
Physical description and traits
- Main article: Waluigi/Characteristics
Waluigi's outfit includes a purple undershirt under black overalls, orange shoes, and a purple cap that covers his short, brown hair. He has a large, pink nose, a thin mustache which is straight (horizontal) and pointed up at the edge, and gray eyes, his eyes being surrounded by light blue rings. He also has long limbs and a skinny torso. The yellow symbol on his hat and gloves is a vertical mirror image of Luigi's "L" which forms a "Γ", just as Wario wears a "W" in contrast to Mario's "M". The "Γ" is actually the Greek letter Gamma, which is pronounced similarly to "G".
Just like his partner, Waluigi is the extreme form of his rival. While Luigi is tall and skinny, Waluigi is taller and skinnier, just as Wario is short and obese in contrast to Mario. It has been stated that Wario routinely puts Waluigi on a rack to make him even taller. Luigi´s facial elements are also exaggerated in Waluigi. Waluigi has a very sharp jaw and a pointy chin. Waluigi's sharp, handlebar mustache is an exaggeration of Luigi's soft and fluffy mustache. Many biographies describing him in Mario sports games mention (and poke fun at) his odd facial elements, including his sharp jaw, pointy nose, and flat feet.
Waluigi's clothing also breaks the palette-swap color scheme in place from Mario and Luigi. Mario and Luigi have the same colored pants, with their signature colors being opposites (red and green). With Wario and Waluigi, while the signature colors are still opposites (yellow and purple), their pants are not matching colors. Waluigi was designed to wear dark purple pants, rather than the lighter purple of Wario (in order to not be monochromatic), which breaks from the previous system of color-coding. On a side note, Waluigi has appeared wearing black pants at times.
Waluigi's outfit is sometimes referenced by the Mario Bros.. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, by wearing both the "L" Emblem (Luigi) and the "W" Emblem (Wario) together, Mario will wear a purple undershirt and black overalls. The same can be done in Super Smash Bros. Brawl by switching Luigi's costume color.
As a sharp contrast to Luigi's kindness and friendly demeanor, Waluigi is constantly angry and bitter. He is, apparently, overconfident and narcissistic. This is shown especially in his victory animations, when he is extremely quick to cheer for himself and break into victory dances. He is constantly taunting the other characters He is also vulgar, as demonstrated in his victory animations.
Waluigi is a very strange character. Apparently he tends to engage in odd activities like stalking Luigi, and talking in senseless, third-person mumbles. This is demonstrated in Mario and Sonic At The London Olympic Games and Fortune Street, during his in-game dialogues. Waluigi is personified as a comic relief character, with comical and non-sensical animations. In Wario's Warehouse, Wario often writes his column while portraying Waluigi as extremely stupid, often making idiotic and foolish decisions. The Mario Tennis 64 Japanese website claims Waluigi to be smarter than Wario, and prefers to use his brains over his brawn.
Certain aspects of Waluigi´s personality can be seen in his appearence. Wario and Waluigi have comically deformed faces. But, while Wario´s mouth is shaped like a smile most of the time, Waluigi is almost constantly seen with a scowling expression. Which is fitting, since he is never happy. Earlier bios state that Waluigi doesn't tolerate the joy of the other characters, possibly because he lacks it, and he thinks he doesn´t deserve kindness.
Waluigi shares certain aspects of his personality with his brother/partner Wario. Both are extremely aggressive and vain, constantly forgetting their common sense, even though they are not as dumb as they seem to be. Waluigi can also be greedy, although, as demonstrated in Mario Super Sluggers, Waluigi is more than willing to put his greed aside for the sake of respect. As demonstrated in the old Mario Tennis web page, Waluigi is also lacking when it comes to hygiene, although he seems to be capable of not demonstrating it in public like Wario.
Waluigi is primarily defined by two of his many characteristics. The first one is his hostility. Waluigi is an extremely hostile character. Waluigi seems to have terrible chemistry with pretty much everyone except Wario. He is openly rude and never misses the chance to do something mean-spirited. He seems to take glee whenever he does something of a bad nature. In Mario Strikers Charged , he was not only openly rude, but seemed to have little care for the well-being of his opponents, going to the point of physical aggression. In Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, Waluigi claims that his reason for obtaining the Music Keys is to control the world and spread chaos across the world.
The second trait is his self-pity. Waluigi is a very unpopular figure in the Mushroom Kingdom. As seen in Fortune Street, most characters despise him or greatly dislike him. Many Toads are seen to be repulsed by him. During Mario Tennis, his first appearance , Waluigi's motivations were to become as popular and as beloved as the Mario Brothers. Nowadays, his motivation is to be a thorn on everyone's side and take over the world. According to Charles Martinet, Waluigi feels that all the good things are happening to everyone but him, and this causes great frustration.
According to the trophy description in Super Smash Bros Melee, Waluigi works and dedicates himself very hard towards his schemes and his antagonism towards his rivals, but never seems to succeed. He´s also often seen cursing over his losses, claiming the others to be cheaters and promising revenge. According to the dialogue in Mario and Sonic At The London Olympic Games, Waluigi believes that, once he defeats Luigi, people will actually start to like him and he will become "the greatest Superstar in the world".
Martinet voices the character with this theme to avoid direct hostility, which he feels is unfitting for Mario villains. Many of Waluigi's accusations that involve cheating, which he considers himself adept at, show this self-pity indirectly.
Since Waluigi has the same first two letters of Wario, Waluigi's name may be considered a clunky offshot of Wario's name. Waluigi actually has a complex Japanese etymology with many meanings that refer to Waluigi's personality. In Japanese, the "r" and "l" make the same sound, so Luigi can be pronounced in Japanese as "Ruīji", and Waluigi can be pronounced as as "Waruīji". "Waruīji" is a portmanteau of "warui", the Japanese word for "bad" or "evil", and "Ruīji", making his name literally Eviluigi or Badluigi. However, "warui" can also mean "poor", "hateful", "abominable" and "inferior", representing Waluigi´s reputation in the Mushroom Kingdom and his place compared to Mario and Luigi.Additionally, warui, also means to make a condescending apology, instead of a polite apology, referring to Waluigi's arrogance. "Waruiji" (with short "i") is also an anagram of the Japanese word "ijiwaru" which translates to "someone who is bad" or "mean-spirited". "Ijiwaru" also translates into "sadistic", "malicious", "unkind" and other harsh things.
Powers and abilities
Waluigi is talented at a variety of sports, from tennis, to archery, to soccer. Because of this sports talent, Waluigi has many abilities displayed throughout his appearances. However, he is usually a technical character in most of the Mario spin-offs. These range from simple actions, such as jumps, punches, and kicks, to unusual actions, such as spinning to make a small tornado, creating thorny vines, and swimming in midair.
In most of his appearences, Waluigi is constantly a Technique character, possessing nether too much strength or speed, and relying on a special trait that would give him ( and other technique characters) the edge. In Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, Waluigi is an Medium weight, Balanced character. However, in Mario Kart Wii, he is a Large character. And in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, he is Lightweight. In the Mario Strikers series, he is an offensive character in the first game, and an defensive character in the second game. Due to his long limbs, he is classified as a Defensive character in Mario Power Tennis. According to the minigame Boxing in the Game & Watch Gallery 4, Waluigi is also a good boxer. However, he also cheats during the minigame by using elbow strikes and kicking, which are illegal in boxing matches
Waluigi's standard abilities include jumping, punching, and kicking. Despite his lanky frame, Waluigi's legs are shown to be particularly powerful, as he easily defeats Bowser with a kick in Mario Party 3, and he is able to stomp characters into the ground in Super Smash Bros. Brawl with ease, a skill even Mario has not yet displayed. He shows his leg strength in Super Mario Strikers, with his Drop Rocket technique. According to Wario's Warehouse, Waluigi was able to drill himself to center of the Earth simply by running around and survived reaching the core, which hints he is a lot more durable than his body would seem.
In addition, Waluigi is demonstrated to be an great jumper. His stats are seen to come close to Luigi´s jumping skills, if not surpassing it. In Mario Strikers Charged, Waluigi demonstrates excellent speed, being the fastest character alongside Daisy. His speed is doubled when he uses the Wall-Luigi! skill, enabling him to cross the field in a very short time. However, some games portray Waluigi as slow and weak, for balance purposes.
Waluigi also has several odd abilities. In Mario Power Tennis, Waluigi can distort his body into the shape of his logo and create a tornado, which can drive his opponent every which-way. He can also swim through the air, an ability which is present in Mario Hoops 3-on-3, as well. In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, he also creates tornadoes simply by dribbling the ball around himself. In Mario Strikers Charged, Waluigi shows the ability to summon and control thorny, purple vines, which he uses for his Wall-Luigi! Super Ability. He also uses them as a whip in his Mega Strike. In the same game, in his Deke, he also demonstrates to be capable of teleporting in purple puffs of smoke. In Mario And Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Waluigi displays the ability to use his "Γ" symbol as an energy projectile.
Many of Waluigi´s powers are used as a result to his cheating nature. Alongside the power to mask the Whiskered Eggplant as an baseball, Waluigi, in Mario Super Sluggers displays powers with magical and tricky natures. His special pitch in Mario Super Sluggers is the Liar Ball. In that pitch, Waluigi spins a baseball around until it reaches a giant size, and makes it float towards the opponent. His Star Swing, the Liar Swing, consists of him hitting the ball and making it zig-zag during it´s path. Many of his skills in the Mario And Sonic series consist of smoke tricks and illusions, meant to deceive the opponent. In Super Mario Strikers, Waluigi's Super Strike, the Drop Rocket, consists of him surrounding himself with purple smoke and kicking the ball, covering it with a smoke trail
In the way of weaponry, Waluigi prefers the Bob-omb, although he also favors the Sparky Sticker. In Mario Party 3, Waluigi uses a Piranha Plant in battle, and his board, Waluigi's Island, is seen filled with Piranha Plants who take care of construction of the island and scattering the traps around. In Mario Party 7, Waluigi uses Professor E. Gadd's Coin Vacuum Orb to steal a random amount of Coins from his opponents. Waluigi's special pitch in Mario Superstar Baseball is the Liar Ball, which allows him to throw two balls, one of them being a Whiskered Eggplant. According to Waluigi's bio in the game, it is rumored that the eggplant can make anyone it touches vomit.
In addition to those, during his Mega Strike in Mario Strikers Charged, Waluigi uses a vine whip in order to hit the ball. In Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, Waluigi apparently owns 3 self-themed weapons: a Spike Ball, a purple wrench that could be an analogy to the Gotcha Wrench from Wrecking Crew, and the Whisker Missile, a purple missile with Waluigi's logo in the sides and Waluigi´s nose and mustache in the tip. 
Relationship with other characters
- Main article: Luigi
Luigi is known as Waluigi's main rival throughout their appearances in the Mario spin-off titles. In Waluigi's first appearance in Mario Tennis, it is revealed that those two shared some sort of rivalry. In the intro, Waluigi asks to play tennis. Luigi mocks him and the two glare at each other menacingly. Whether or not this is the beginning of their rivalry is unclear. Their chemistry in Mario Superstar Baseball is also bad. Waluigi is constantly seen harassing Luigi by any means possible, wether humiliating Luigi during an competition, degrading remarks or sometimes even physical aggression.
Waluigi's hatred for Luigi can be considered an obsession. Waluigi has bad chemistry with pretty much everyone in the Mushroom Kingdom, but no one seems to suffer from his wrath as much as Luigi. In the Mario Tennis Japanese website, it is revealed that Waluigi does not tolerate the joy of the cast, and he hates Luigi out of jealousy, since Luigi is far more liked than him. It also says that Waluigi hoped to beat the bros simply to earn their place and become liked and respected. This is seen in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games where, not only does Waluigi constantly follows Luigi around, watching his every move , but Waluigi also talks to himself about how he will be " The greatest superstar in the world" after he defeats Luigi.
- Main article: Wario
Wario and Waluigi have a somewhat ambiguous relationship with each other. Waluigi's Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy says that Waluigi being related to Wario is not confirmed. There are several resources however, that confirm that Waluigi is Wario's brother. On the European Mario Kart DS site, the first sentence of the information of the track Waluigi Pinball describes Waluigi as "Wario's weird sibling". This can also be elaborated that the two characters look very much alike. In the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, however, one of the Trivia notes state that Waluigi and Wario are not brothers, but actually cousins. Charles Martinet, who voices them both, claims they are just "two evil guys who found each other".
In the Challenge Mode of Mario Super Sluggers, after Wario's team is completed, he names every member of the team, calling Waluigi his "traitor friend" and a "beanpole" after Waluigi tries to keep a treasure chest for himself. After Wario defeats Waluigi in a mission, Wario gets the treasure, and Waluigi seems quite happy about joining Wario's team. Additionally, Waluigi has good chemistry only with Wario in that game. Waluigi is also on Wario's team in Mario Superstar Baseball. In general, their relationship appears to be positive, despite frequent bickering between them.
- Main article: Princess Daisy
Waluigi and Daisy share team names from Mario Party such as "Awkward Date", "Double Facers", and "Skinny Stars". It was stated in the official Mario Party 4 guide that Waluigi happens to have a crush on Daisy, which could cause trouble at the party. It is also stated in the same guide that Waluigi suffers the same shortcomings as Wario, aside from his soft spot for Daisy. The two share bad chemistry in Mario Superstar Baseball, however.
Waluigi and Bowser have a strong antagonism towards each other. In Mario Party 3, Waluigi and Bowser confront each other over the mischief star stamp, and Waluigi quickly defeats Bowser. Regardless, according to character interactions in Fortune Street and later games, Bowser continues to underestimate Waluigi, being quick to point out Waluigi´s bad reputation and appearence.
Like Wario, Waluigi only teams up with Bowser when the situation requires it. The two bad guys team up to defeat the Mario Brothers during the Mario Power Tennis opening cutscene. In Mario Super Sluggers, Bowser sends Wario and Waluigi flying away with the Bullet Bill they tried to hit Mario with. After being defeated two times in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Wario and Waluigi team up with Mario and Sonic.
It can be said that Waluigi´s enemies are the Mushroom Kingdom as a whole. Unlike Bowser, who has the Koopa Troop on his side and can even be friendly with the cast, and Wario, who has the cast of WarioWare as friends, Waluigi seems to have no friends besides Wario. While Waluigi´s main rival and enemy is Luigi, it´s shown that he isn´t very fond of Mario either. In Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, Waluigi displays antagonism towards Mario (or Luigi, depending on who you pick) and Toad by attacking them with Bob-ombs when they reach Truffle Towers and challenging them when they attempt to stop his world conquest plans. He also tries to defeat Mario in Mario Party-e during the minigame Waluigi's Reign, where Waluigi drops hammers, coins, and red coins on Mario. In the minigame Time Bomb Ticks!, Waluigi hits buttons in order as quickly as possible in order to stop Mario from defusing the bomb.
Profiles and statistics
- Main article: List of Waluigi profiles and statistics
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
- Distance: 209
- Star Distance: 260
- Trajectory: Draw
- Height: 1.5/5
- Impact: 3/5
- Control: 2/5
- Spin: 1.5/5
Mario Power Tennis
- Power: 3/5
- Speed: 2.5/5
- Reach: 4.5/5
- Serve: 3.5/5
- Lunge: 3/5
- Control: 3/5
- For this subject's image gallery, see Waluigi/gallery.
- "Uh-oh! What's going on here?!" – Mario Tennis
- "Look! I'm-a dance! I'm-a sing! I'm-a so happy! Hahahahah!" – Mario Tennis
- "My name is Waluigi!" – Mario Party 3 (Story Mode only)
- "If you want the Mischief Star back, you must name me the Superstar!" – Mario Party 3 (Story Mode only)
- "If you've got something to say to me, then step right up!" – Mario Party 3
- "Don't expect mouth-to-mouth." – Mario Power Tennis
- "Heh heh heh. He walks funny." – Mario Power Tennis (in reference to Bowser)
- "Ehh... Not bad... for you..." – Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
- "Camelot! Heh, heh, heh!" – Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour/Mario Power Tennis
- "You're cheating!" – Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
- "Only cheaters mess up!" – Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
- "Wahh. This looks too easy." – Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
- "Eh, they're all just jealous!" – Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
- "I hereby claim this Music Key in the name of... er... um... Waluigi!" – Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix
- "Too easy! Yeah! Heh heh heh... losers!" – Mario Strikers Charged Football
- "Hello! Buh-Bye!" – Mario Strikers Charged Football
- "Let's go already!" – Mario Kart DS
- "Nyaahh... Waluigi get you next time." – Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
- "Waluigi! Number one!" – Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
- "Wah, Waluigi get you next time!" – Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
- "Aaah, cheater!" – Mario Kart Wii
- "Wahh, Waluigi lose? Impossible!" – Mario Kart Wii
- "So good!" – Mario Kart Wii
- "Everybody is cheating! Next time I cheat! Heh heh heh!" – Mario Kart Wii
- "Waluigi! Wahahaha!" – Mario Party 5
- "Wa-lu-igi, Yeah Yeah YEAH!" – Mario Strikers Charged Football
- "Big deal, loser!" – Mario Super Sluggers
- "Oh, Wario, hold it in!" – Mario Strikers Charged Football
- "Oh, Wario, (cough, cough) you're killing me!" – Mario Strikers Charged Football
- "Oh, Wario, change your pants!" – Mario Strikers Charged Football
- "Waluigi time!" – Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
- "Wahahaha! Waluigi, number one!" – Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
- "Waluigi no win this time." – Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
- "Swim, swim, swim!" – Mario Power Tennis
- "I hate this game!" – Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
- "Take this, Mr. Eyeballs!" – Mario Power Tennis
- "Waluigi win!" – Mario Kart Wii
List of game appearances
|Title||Role||Year of release||System/format|
|Mario Tennis||Playable character||2000||Nintendo 64|
|Mario Tennis||Unlockable playable character||2000||Game Boy Color|
|Mario Party 3||Main Antagonist, Opponent (Story Mode), Playable character (Party Mode)||2000||Nintendo 64|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee||Trophy||2001||Nintendo GameCube|
|Mario Party 4||Playable character||2002||Nintendo GameCube|
|Game & Watch Gallery 4||Boss and Playable character (Multiplayer)||2002||Game Boy Advance|
|Mario Party-e||Playable character||2003||e-Reader for the Game Boy Advance|
|Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour||Playable character||2003||Nintendo GameCube|
|Mario Kart: Double Dash!!||Playable character||2003||Nintendo GameCube|
|Mario Party 5||Playable character||2003||Nintendo GameCube|
|Mario Golf: Advance Tour||Unlockable playable character||2004||Game Boy Advance|
|Mario Power Tennis||Playable character||2004||Nintendo GameCube|
|Mario Party 6||Playable character||2004||Nintendo GameCube|
|Yakuman DS||Unlockable opponent||2005||Nintendo DS|
|Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix||Primary Antagonist, Boss||2005||Nintendo GameCube|
|Mario Superstar Baseball||Playable character||2005||Nintendo GameCube|
|Mario Tennis: Power Tour||Playable character||2005||Game Boy Advance|
|Mario Party 7||Playable character||2005||Nintendo GameCube|
|Mario Kart DS||Unlockable playable character||2005||Nintendo DS|
|Super Mario Strikers||Playable character||2005||Nintendo GameCube|
|Mario Hoops 3-on-3||Playable character||2006||Nintendo DS|
|Mario Kart Arcade GP 2||Playable character||2007||Arcade|
|Mario Strikers Charged||Playable character||2007||Wii|
|Mario Party 8||Playable character||2007||Wii|
|Itadaki Street DS||Playable character||2007||Nintendo DS|
|Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games||Playable character||2007||Wii|
|Mario Party DS||Playable character||2007||Nintendo DS|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Cameo as Assist Trophy, Trophy, Sticker||2008||Wii|
|Mario Kart Wii||Playable character||2008||Wii|
|Mario Super Sluggers||Playable character||2008||Wii|
|New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis||Playable character||2009||Wii|
|Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games||Playable character||2009||Wii|
|Mario Sports Mix||Playable character||2010||Wii|
|Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games||Playable character||2011||Wii|
|Mario Kart 7||Cameo||2011||Nintendo 3DS|
|Fortune Street||Playable character||2011||Wii|
|Mario Party 9||Playable character||2012||Wii|
|Mario Tennis Open||Playable character||2012||Nintendo 3DS|
|Mario Kart Arcade GP DX||Unlockable playable character||2013||Arcade|
|Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games||Playable character||2013||Wii U|
|Mario Party: Island Tour||Playable character||2013||Nintendo 3DS|
|Mario Golf: World Tour||Playable character||2014||Nintendo 3DS|
|Mario Kart 8||Playable character||2014||Wii U|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U||Cameo as Assist Trophy, Trophy||2014||Nintendo 3DS|
|Mario Party 10||Playable character||2015||Wii U|
|Super Mario Maker||Playable character (Costume Mario)||2015||Wii U|
|Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash||Playable character||2015||Wii U|
|Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games||Playable character||2016||Nintendo 3DS|
|Minecraft: Wii U Edition||Playable skin in the Super Mario Mash-up||2016||Wii U|
|Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games||Playable character||2016||Wii U|
|Mario Party: Star Rush||Playable character||2016||Nintendo 3DS|
|Mario Sports Superstars||Playable character||2017||Nintendo 3DS|
|Mario Kart 8 Deluxe||Playable character||2017||Nintendo Switch|
|Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition||Playable skin in the Super Mario Mash-up||2017||Nintendo Switch|
|Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle||Cameo||2017||Nintendo Switch|
|Mario Party: The Top 100||Playable character||2017||Nintendo 3DS|
|Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition||Playable skin in the Super Mario Mash-up||2018||New Nintendo 3DS|
|Minecraft (Bedrock version)||Playable skin in the Super Mario Mash-up||2018||Nintendo Switch|
|Mario Tennis Aces||Playable character||2018||Nintendo Switch|
|Super Mario Party||Playable character||2018||Nintendo Switch|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Cameo as Assist Trophy, Spirit||2018||Nintendo Switch|
|Dr. Mario World||Unlockable playable character||2019||iOS, Android|
|Mario Kart Tour||Unlockable playable character||2019||iOS, Android|
|Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020||Playable character||2019||Nintendo Switch|
|Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Arcade Edition||Playable character||2020||Arcade|
|Mario Golf: Super Rush||Playable character||2021||Nintendo Switch|
|Mario Strikers: Battle League||Playable character||2022||Nintendo Switch|
- Waluigi's Birthday is on January 1 (just like Mario, Luigi, and Wario).
- Waluigi was featured as a recurring character in Wario's Warehouse, a series of articles on the Nintendo of Europe website dealing with various games on Nintendo platforms (not necessarily games with Nintendo characters).
- Waluigi was one of the Mario series characters to appear as spaces in the board game Nintendo Monopoly. Taking the place of Mediterranean Avenue, Waluigi was the least expensive character to purchase, and as such he was also one of the least profitable characters. The cost to purchase him was $60.
- Waluigi is the only human, commonly playable in spin-offs, who does not have an infant form.
- Despite being Wario's partner in many games, Waluigi has yet to make an actual appearance in the WarioWare series or any Wario titles.
- In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, some of the coin formations resemble the letter on Waluigi's cap; the "Γ". This is mostly noticeable in World 9-8.
- Waluigi was rumored to be a playable character in Super Mario 64 DS, due to a certain "Purple Prizes" sheet that was made as an April Fool's joke, stating that one must complete a certain task to unlock him. However this was proven false.
- However, in Super Mario 64 DS, there was an unused purple Rabbit (especially shown in the instruction booklet) initiating that he could have originally been planned to be in the game.
- Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy
- Wario's Warehouse
- Charles Martinet Celebrates 15 Years of Wario with Kombo
- Official Mario Kart Wii guide by Prima
- Mario Power Tennis website
- The Eurogamer TV Show: The Voice of Mario, Charles Martinet (Accessed on 8-2-09)
- As stated in Volume 135 of Nintendo Power.