“Bwahahaha!” mixed media, 2015. Prints available here.
“So admit it….. Don’t I look cool in the game screens? Those long, muscular legs on my sturdy toned frame…. I’m the perfect specimen of a man ….. What!?!? You say I look fat and my quadruple chin looks like a waterfall of flab? Shut up! That’s just because you have your television set up on widescreen display!”
Bwahahaha! Wario (Japanese: ワリオ, Wario) is a recurring character in the Mario series. He is an obese, muscular, hot-tempered, and greedy man, and Mario’s yellow-and-purple clad arch-rival. He usually appears as an antagonist, or in some cases an anti-hero. His name is a combination of Mario’s name and the Japanese word warui (悪い), meaning “bad”.
Wario’s (Bwahahaha!) greed pushes him to commit malevolent acts, such as the seizing of Mario’s castle. Wario has also proven to be very cunning as he has tricked Mario on many occasions. He often goes out on his own adventures, from stealing treasure to running a microgame making company. Wario has helped heroes of the Mushroom Kingdom on a few separate occasions as well.
Wario is a creation of Hiroji Kiyotake. Some sources have speculated that Wario was created to represent Nintendo R&D1’s frustration with having to work on another developer’s series.
“I hate losing! Nyaaah…”
—Wario, Mario Kart Wii
Chronologically, Wario’s first appearance was Yoshi’s Island DS. As a child, Baby Wario was prone to tantrums, and already had a penchant for riches. Like all of the other children of the Mushroom Kingdom, he was kidnapped by Kamek and a time-traveling Bowser from the future, who were in search of the Star Children: seven legendary babies of unknown power, of which Baby Wario was, in fact, a member. However, he escaped the Koopas’ clutches and instead joined Yoshi and friends, helping them for a brief amount of time by using his oversized magnet to attract coins and other metal objects. He eventually parted ways with the Yoshis to join a coven of Bandits, only to reemerge in the game’s final hours. Baby Wario was last shown in the ending, arguing with Baby Bowser over a barge full of coins. It is uncertain if he was ever returned to his parents.
“Bwahahaha!” Prints available here.