Outside of the entire cast of Star Wars, I don’t think there’s any figure in the media that’s been more “artistically interpreted” than Mario over the years. The happy Italian plumber collecting coins and saving princesses may have been the product of a very kind Japanese man, but over the years, artists have taken their own liberties with the hero and shaped him into something…else.
I’ve done my best to assemble a collection of fan art that shows Mario in a rather different light. He’s evil, maniacal or just misshapen, but on all the pictures it’s a darker side of Mario we never get too see in his family friendly games.
Check the full gallery out below:
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