Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork
|First appearance||Mario Tennis (2000, Mario franchise)|
Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, Super Smash Bros. series)
|Latest appearance||Mario Strikers: Battle League (2022, Mario franchise)|
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Super Smash Bros. series)
|Console debut||Nintendo 64|
|Portrayed by||Charles Martinet|
Waluigi is a character from the Mario franchise, in which a majority of his appearances are in the spinoff titles, usually as a playable character. Waluigi is Wario's partner and Luigi's rival. In the Super Smash Bros. series, Waluigi first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee, as a collectible trophy, and has been an Assist Trophy in every title since Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Since his overall debut in the Nintendo 64 game Mario Tennis, Waluigi has been portrayed by Charles Martinet.
Waluigi is among one of the more requested fighters for the Super Smash Bros. series, but is yet to make a playable appearance.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
In Super Smash Bros. Melee Waluigi is featured as an obtainable trophy, and can be acquired via the Lottery after collecting at least 250 other trophies. His description states that he spends a large quantity of time training for Mario Tennis, "honing" the ability to annoy Mario and Luigi. The description also notes that he is the same age as Luigi, and that the status of his relationship with Wario is unknown.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as an Assist Trophy character, Waluigi appears with a tennis racket in hand, referencing the Mario Tennis series. He kicks his chosen opponent into the ground and finishes up by delivering one final kick or a blow with his tennis racket.
The game also features another trophy of Waluigi, as well as two stickers depicting his appearance in Mario Superstar Baseball and Super Mario Strikers respectively. Both stickers can be used by Bowser, Peach, Yoshi, Mario, and Luigi, and both increase attack; the former increases the user's long-ranged special attack by eight, and the latter increases the user's strength of moves which use claws or blades by fifteen. His trophy appearance, with includes his tennis racket, again has a description which notes that his relationship with Wario is unknown, and that he worked "silently in the shadow of the Mario Bros." before he could compete against them in Mario Tennis.
One of Luigi's alternate costumes resembles Waluigi's outfit.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Waluigi appears as an Assist Trophy again in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Additionally, Luigi regains his Waluigi-inspired alternate costume (albeit with a purple L instead of yellow) while Mario gains a similar alternate costume, the only difference being that his M is yellow like Waluigi's Γ.
Both games feature another trophy of Waluigi. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, it is one of several trophies obtained through random means. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the trophy is obtained by getting a score of more than 85 in a single Rival Smash.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Waluigi returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Assist Trophy. Two spirits of Waluigi appear, one of which uses artwork of his regular appearance, the other using his artwork from Mario Strikers Charged. He also appears in the Standard Bike's spirit. His regular appearance fight has Waluigi appearing as an Assist Trophy enemy, and takes place on Peach's Castle. His Spirit fight for his Mario Strikes Charged appearance has the Soccer Ball item rule and takes place on Wuhu Island. Both fights are against Luigi, referencing his rivalry with him. Mario and Luigi retain their Waluigi-inspired alternate costumes.
Physical description and traits
Waluigi's outfit includes a purple undershirt under usually very dark indigo overalls (which are occasionally pure black), 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. Waluigi has a very sharp jaw and a pointy chin. 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". "Γ" is also 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 obese in contrast to Mario.
Waluigi's clothing also is similar how Mario and Luigi's color scheme is somewhat the same. Mario and Luigi have the similar colored pants, with their signature colors being opposites (red and green). With Wario and Waluigi, the signature colors are still opposites (yellow and purple), and their pants are not exactly matching, but they are a different shade (most of the time) like Mario and Luigi's, as Luigi's pants are just slightly darker.
Waluigi's appearance gets altered in the Super Smash Bros. series. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Waluigi has a monotone, realistic appearance which is supported by his overalls featuring denim textures. Waluigi also wears brown shoes instead of his usual orange ones. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Waluigi's appearance is more vibrant and cartoonish, better resembling his main Mario depiction. Waluigi's shoes are also their typical orange color, instead of being brown in the previous game. Waluigi's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is essentially a combination of the two, due to wearing his current orange shoes, while retaining a subdued color scheme and detailed overalls from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but not to the same extent as said game.
Waluigi's outfit is sometimes referenced without directly referencing the character himself. In the Mario franchise, this is first done in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, in which wearing both the "L" Emblem (Luigi) and the "W" Emblem (Wario) together causes Mario's outfit to become a purple undershirt and black overalls. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and its following titles, one of Luigi's alternate costumes is colored after Waluigi. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this can also be done with Mario.
Powers and abilities
Waluigi's standard abilities include jumping, punching, and kicking, which is also the case with Mario, Luigi, and Wario. Waluigi's legs are shown to be strong, given how he can stomp other characters into the ground.
Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
Super Smash Bros. Brawl stickers
|Waluigi||Mario Superstar Baseball||[Specials: Indirect] - Attack +8||Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser|
|Waluigi||Super Mario Strikers||[Slash] - Attack +15||Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser|
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirits
|No.||Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effect(s)||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|35||Waluigi||Super Mario Series||Primary (3)||Ace||Neutral
Foot Attack ↑
|Spirit Board; amiibo||Luigi||Rule: Assist Trophy Enemies (Waluigi)
||Peach's Castle||Waluigi Pinball|
|87||Standard Bike||Mario Kart Series||Support (1)||Novice||Undamaged Speed ↑||Spirit Board||Wario ×4||
||Figure-8 Circuit||Mario Kart Stadium - Mario Kart 8|
|124||Waluigi (Mario Strikers)||Mario Strikers Series||Primary (1)||Advanced||Grab
Foot Attack ↑
|Spirit Board||Luigi||Rule: Item: Soccer Ball
||Wuhu Island||Country Field: away team|
Super Smash Bros. Brawl screenshot of Waluigi attacking Mario (Smash Bros. DOJO!!)