A strange thing has happened with Waluigi over the years. He started out basically hated by the entire Nintendo community. He was the butt of jokes about how useless he was. How lazy he was. How nobody cared about him. How he wasn’t a real character, but a lazy pun brought to life just to give Wario a doubles partner in Mario Tennis.
What, you thought I’d start with Sonic? Waaaaaaaaaa!
I never had a strong opinion about Waluigi in those days, but I did consider him a lazy product of necessity, with a design that looked maybe a bit too much like the Peculiar Purple Pie Man of Porcupine Peak. It would have been more interesting to me, in the Gamecube days, to see Wart or Mouser show up to play tennis with Wario than to simply invert Luigi.
But a funny thing happened over time. Waluigi went from a generally hated character, to an ironically beloved character to a genuinely beloved character. Today, the most in-demand missing Smash character is Waluigi. And that demand seems legitimate, not a joke that got out of hand. There are literally people who consider it a grave injustice that the Other Purple One isn’t in Smash.
Who would have thought?
To some degree I think our own T-Bun may be responsible for at least some of this transformation. His wacky devotion to Waluigi in “Brawl in the Family” certainly turned my personal opinion around. But I also think, to some degree, it was inevitable. If a character hangs around long enough, they start to become familiar. And in becoming familiar they stop being considered so useless.
See where I’m going with this, now?
Sonic the Hedgehog is notorious for being surrounded by dipshit friends who serve no purpose other than to distract from the Blue Blur himself. I have to admit, as an OG Classic Era Sonic fan, that’s how I tend to view any character from this series not named Sonic, Eggman, Tails or Knuckles.
Over the last few months, since taking my daughter to see the movie, I’ve been diving back into Sonic the Hedgehog after a couple of decades away. It’s been eye-opening - and not always in good ways. (And I’m not talking about the depravity on Deviant Art, which I’ve happily avoided.)
Say, did you know that the embarrassing middle-era of Sonic’s career is actually more beloved by the existing Sonic community than both the 90s classics and the recent Boost games that have generally been better received by critics? Well, it’s true. These guys love them some butt-rock and titty bats in their Sonic games and they kinda hate all of us who don’t. To them, Shadow the Hedgehog isn’t some kind of bad joke. They think he’s a beloved character whose appeal rivals Sonic himself. They fault newer games like Colors and Generations for not being dark enough. They’re mad that they don’t get to play as Cream the Rabbit much anymore.
For a guy like me, hanging out with Sonic fans is like spin-dashing through one of Eggman’s wacky funhouses. I recognize some of the shapes, but everything is day-glo, outsized and distorted. I’m not seeing what I expect to see.
But I’ll say this. Some of these 00s-era Sonic fans have a point. While I’m not exactly dying to start playing as Charmy the Bee in a mainline Sonic game, I’ve now had enough exposure to these side characters that I’m starting to develop a fondness for them.
So, what I’d like to do here is, uh, open my heart to some of these characters. They’ll never compete with Sonic for my affection, but a lot of them have been around as long as Waluigi. Some familiarity is starting to seep in. It’s time I gave some of these dorkwads a chance.
So, I present, 10 Redemptive Readings of Sonic’s Useless Friends. Maybe we can live and learn to love them together.
Pros: -Slots into that ‘naive kid’ spot that Tails left open as he transformed into Donatello -A bee that’s the size of a hedgehog? I’m cool with it. -Can probably make like a metric shit-ton of honey (note to self: look into that)
Con: -He’s the Wesley Crusher of the Sonic Universe -Completely breaks the one game where you get to play as him
Charmy the Bee could never carry a game by himself, not even during the “Sonicsploitation” bonanza of the early 90s when Bubsy the Bobcat and Aero the Acrobat got to headline games.
And yet, he’s still pretty lovable.
In the recent, prescient Sonic comics published by IDW - where Robotnik releases a metal virus that turns everyone exposed into robots - Charmy becomes that character in a zombie film who dies thinking he can save someone who’s already been infected. It’s an old trope, but I admire that they wrote Charmy with that kind of pure-hearted naïveté. They also weren’t afraid to have him face the consequences of that decision. Speaking as a Mario fan on a Nintendo forum: Do you think Nintendo would ever let a writer get away with using Toad like that? I doubt it. So you gotta give it to SEGA (and Charmy) on this one.
Vector the Crocodile
Pros: -I will always have time for a crocodile with headphones -Leads a detective agency with the way past cool name “Chaotix” -I can’t get over this. Crocodile with headphones, guys.
Cons: -Kind of a money grubbing dick, if I’m honest
Vector is the hard-boiled Sam Spade of the Sonic Universe. He’s seen it all and done it all (but, you know, in a way that’s appropriate for kids.) and he’s got the perfect playlist to crank if he has to do it all again. His design and characterization are strong enough that he could absolutely star in his own series. If SEGA was still making consoles, I guarantee you we’d have some version of Rhythm Heaven starring Vector at this point.
You know I mentioned that comic where Charmy gets turned into a zombie robot? Well, Vector’s reaction to that is one of the better characterizations I’ve seen in a kid’s comic. He refuses to abandon his friend, even though he was the very person (er… crocodile) who tried to stop Charmy from getting infected in the first place. The way he sticks by his friend with no excuses and the way he faces the inevitable consequences of that decision is like something out of a John Wayne movie. I’ve got nothing but mad respect for Vector at this point.
Espio the Chameleon
Pros -It’s a pretty inspired decision to make the ninja character a chameleon -He’s basically Ryu
Con -He’s basically Ryu
So far, I haven’t been able to detect a strong character hook for ol’ Espio. I’m sure there’s some run of the Archie comics that demonstrates his personality, but so far everything that I get about him is that he’s your basic noble-hearted ninja. That’s a stock character, especially in video games, but it’s also a hard one to screw up.
He’s got a pretty good design, though I have to admit he feels a bit more like one of those early-90s Sonic knock-offs than some of the others. That said, I could easily imagine him starring in a pretty good game on his own. The ninja thing always works to some degree. So if he’s kind of a filler character, he’s not an unwelcome one.
Sticks the Badger
Pros -Well, originality. There’s certainly not a Dale Gribble in the Mario cast anywhere -Nice to have a wacky female character
Con -Her paranoia is kinda one-note, which seems to have been minimized on Sonic Boom after awhile -Might be mentally ill, which makes laughing at her paranoia a bit problematic -Not sure about that midriff
So Sticks is a parody of every opioid-addicted weirdo you’ve ever met who thinks the government is tapping into their thoughts from their bases on Mars. Sticks probably votes Libertarian.
The thing I like most about her, apart from some of the individual gags, is that they never would have made this kind of off-beat character a woman 30 years ago. It used to be that female characters were 1) Rare, and 2) Devoid of strong characteristics. Or at least devoid of characteristics that weren’t meant to model some ideal of femininity. Pauline. Peach. Daisy. Rosalina. None of them are as wild and weird as Sticks.
I sometimes call this the “Prairie Dawn Problem” after reading about the introduction of Prairie Dawn to the cast of Sesame Street. Isn’t it odd that a show as progressive as Sesame Street didn’t initially include a female muppet? Turns out they were kind of afraid to do it. And when they did introduce one, they were afraid to have her do anything that could be seen as silly or degrading, since she would naturally be a model for little girls. The result? A bloodless, unmemorable character who nobody cares that much about. (Sesame Street eventually got it right with Abby and Zoe, two girl characters introduced in the 90s who were allowed to make mistakes and be quirky goofs.)
This is an issue bigger than I can squeeze into a rundown of useless Sonic characters, but looking at the other female members of the Sonic cast, none of them are as wild as Sticks.
Blaze the Cat
Pros: -She’s practically a female version of Sonic with some cool fire powers -A strong female character without feeling forced or labored over -Cool design
Cons: -Backstory is a little convoluted, and maybe a bit too much like Sonic in parts -She’s a… princess? Really, guys? We couldn’t get away from that old chestnut for once?
Blaze is another character kind of like Espio where I haven’t completely wrapped my head around what makes her tick, yet. She first popped up in the Sonic Rush games, which I haven’t scooped up from the bargain bin. That said, she’s made some pretty epic appearances in the recent IDW comic books (for example, at one point they break into three teams - Team 1, Sonic/Knuckles/Shadow; Team 2, Everyone Else; Team 3, JUST BLAZE THE CAT SHOOTING FIREBALLS!)
She also comes from an alternate universe with her own cosmology of side characters and villains. Honestly, of anyone on this list, Blaze seems like the most appropriate character for SEGA to launch a side series with in 2020. Seems cool enough to me.
Rouge the Bat
Pros: -There’s room in Sonic for a neutrally aligned femme fatale -Shadow the Hedgehog needs a friend
Cons: -I mean, just look at her. Sheesh.
There’s no way around the obvious: Rouge is an anthropomorphic bat with a pair of human knockers. She’s a titty bat. Someone at SEGA thought having a titty bat was a good idea. In fact, multiple people at SEGA must have signed off on this. I’m certain there are thousands of boys out there (and probably some girls) who first sexually imprinted on Rouge the Bat. They have my sympathy. I don’t know what to tell you if titty bats are what you’re into.
It’s a shame her design is so distracting because Rouge is actually a fairly well-conceptualized character. She’s basically Black Widow meets a sexy version of Wario (assuming that’s not just Wario for you). She’s an upper-class, greedy thief, but she’s also someone who isn’t aligned with either the heroes or the villains, who will typically decide to do the right thing in the end. And while the tits are embarrassing, they do underline something about her character - that’s she’s willing to manipulate to get what she wants. I don’t love Rouge - I’d absolutely get rid of the cleavage - but I think she fills a good storytelling niche.
Silver the Hedgehog
Pros: -Kind of a sweetheart do-gooder -Telekinetic powers are new for the series
Cons: -Showed up in Sonic ’06, the game that turned the series into a laughing stock -Alternate future backstory was played out already by then (in fact, combined with his powers, makes Silver look like an early 90s X-Men reject) -Not the best character design -The world didn’t need another fightin’ hedgehog after Sonic and Shadow
Silver comes with a long list of cons, as you can see. I was probably more skeptical of Silver than any individual on this list that didn't come with weird human breasts. So I've been surprised to learn what a kind, good-hearted dude Silver turned out to be. He's a lonely character from a dystopian future, but because of that experience he seems to be defined by his gratitude. He knows how bad things can be and he chooses to appreciate the little things. There are resonances of everything from PTSD to the philosophy of optimism baked into his character.
The current cliffhanger to the comics suggest that Silver might be the key to success for the heroes in their fight against the metal virus. I typically don't like Sonic media taking too much attention away from Sonic, but in this case I think they've got an opportunity to do something compelling with Silver. I wouldn't have thought this six months ago, but I'm cool with it.
Cream the Rabbit
Pros: -Kind hearted and decent without being irritating -Flies with her rabbit ears, which is ridiculous -Good design overall
Cons: -Probably not the best name for a character if you’re trying to discourage horny furries from rallying around your series
Cream the Rabbit is the Pollyanna of the Sonic series. She’s a fundamentally good kid who sees the best in every situation. This should make her insufferable, but in my experience she’s endearing. Sonic sure seems to think so. In the IDW comics he’s adopted her as a kind of protege, which led to this funny exchange Sonic had with some random teenagers:
The comics have been pretty good about using Cream as an optimistic character without turning her into an annoying plot-armored Mary Sue. In fact, during the metal virus outbreak, Cream’s fate is one of the best handled parts of the story and demonstrates that, while optimism is a positive trait, it doesn’t make you invincible. As a Nintendo fan, I can't really imagine that kind of story being told with one of our friends from the Mushroom Kingdom.
Shadow the Hedgehog
Pros: -Well, he’s pretty rad looking, especially with the red accents on the back -The ax crazy version of him in the Sonic Boom cartoon series talks like Clint Eastwood, which brings back shades of the 1987 version of Casey Jones from TMNT
Cons: -Sonic with guns is a dopey idea -Probably the single biggest excuse for butt-rock cheese-metal in the Sonic the Hedgehog universe
I’m trying to be positive here, but I don’t really get the Shadow the Hedgehog thing. He comes from a time when Sonic stories were needlessly convoluted (He’s created in a lab as the “ultimate lifeform”, which turns out to be a giant talking hedgehog on speed skates for some reason). He also comes out of that “dark version of the hero” trope that every fantasy series eventually ass-pulls. So if you like Venom, Bane, Dark Samus, Shadowlink, Killmonger, Magneto, Bass, The Master, Dark Pit, Sabretooth, or Moriarty himself, then you gotta accept that there’s fertile ground for storytelling with a dark version of the hero.
He got his own game, which is kind of a totem of 2000s Sonic excess. Personally, I think Shadow is best in smaller doses. He’s exceedingly popular among Adventure-era Sonic fans, probably because he has a dynamic story arc in Adventure 2. He plays a similar role as Rouge - by being unaligned with either the heroes or the villains. For my part, I think the "dark version of the hero" trope exists for a reason. There are are great stories to be told with Shadow. I admit I haven’t read too many, though.
Pros: -The primary female protagonist in the series who is, at least nowadays, highly capable -Has a great character design -Carries around a badass enormous hammer and actually clobbers bad guys with it
Cons: -In the early days was written as a heartsick stalker of Sonic, which is a joke that gets old fast and eventually just made her look pathetic -A little boring. In the more modern versions of her in Sonic Boom and IDW she’s started to drift into that Prairie Dawn category I mentioned earlier.
It may surprise some of you, but Amy Rose was introduced in just the third Sonic game, Sonic CD. So she’s an OG and the original female protagonist. When I made my list of important characters up top, I debated which side of the line to put Amy on. Eventually I reasoned that you could mention Sonic, Eggman, Tails or Knuckles to anyone at a Comic-Con and most of them could easily identify who you’re talking about. Mention Amy Rose and you’d probably have to find a Sonic fan.
One thing you can say for the Sonic series is that they aren’t hurting for good female characters. Cream, Blaze, Tangle, Whisper, Sally, Tikal, Bunnie, Sticks, Vanilla… even Rouge to some degree. So it’s a bit of a shame that they started off with a lovesick fangirl. The good news is that they’ve modulated her recently, giving her a lot more potential than before. In the comics she’s the de facto leader of the rebuilding effort after Eggman took over the world. She still loves Sonic, but isn’t defining her life by him. In Sonic Boom, Amy is a bit of an obsessive control freak. There are some shades entering into this initially one-note character.
Ultimately I like Amy Rose. She doesn’t need a simple hook (The Brains! The Goof! The Leader! Cool but Crude!) to be a good character. What I hope is that they keep developing her motivations and improving her over time. And that she keeps getting to clobber things with her big ass Piko hammer.
Anyway, I think my conclusion from digging into the greater Sonic cosmology is that I was wrong to think these characters were useless. Most of them have at least some basic potential. What SEGA really needs is a series like Mario Kart or Smash that could put these characters in the public eye a bit more. I don’t really want to see future mainline Sonic games devoted to Espio the Chameleon any more than I want Mario games to start sharing time with Waluigi. But there are definitely other ways - comics, spin-offs games, cartoons - where they’d be a welcome presence.
Whoo… I think this puts the cap on the “get reacquainted with Sonic the Hedgehog” phase of my life. Haven't really gotten out of the house much since the Sonic movie dropped. I think I’ll go turn on the news and see what’s going on...
CHARMY In Charmy's defense, there's not much to break in Knuckles Chaotix...the game is so lifeless and barren, you might as well sleepwalk through it and enjoy the weird colors and sounds.
VECTOR I miss the wiry old Vector design from Chaotix. Even buff, he's not especially offensive.
ESPIO Yeah he's a ninja, that's about it. Works fine, I guess. Always thought it was weird how he spun tornado-style instead of somersault-style like everyone else, for seemingly no reason.
BLAZE I liked her when she was introduced in Sonic Rush. Don't really know what she's been up to since then. She's basically a hybrid of Sonic (super speed, main hero of her universe?) and Knuckles (a bit serious, PROTECT THE EMERALDS), with a pretty good design. See above re: spinning, though she at least shoots fire which...makes it better somehow?
ROUGE Yeah shame about the titty bat. She's otherwise one of the series' better characters, maybe. She's in the top-heavy. I MEAN top-half. I MEAN top-less. kriswright said:
I’m certain there are thousands of boys out there (and probably some girls) who first sexually imprinted on Rouge the Bat.
SILVER I don't think I've actually ever played a game with Silver in it. He's 420 friendly, though, so that's cool.
CREAM She's the cute bunny character who's cute, and attacks with a Chao friend named Cheese. So she's got some things going for her. It seems she's also the only Sonic character with a parent, which raises QUESTIONS. She and/or her mom also adopts the final boss evil robot guy of Sonic Advance 3 at the end, which is fun.
SHADOW He has that one funny line in Sonic Boom I can't remember, and this amazing comic page, so that excuses all his downsides.
I really don't hate any of Sonic's useless side characters (at least the ones here). They're just sort of...useless. Most of the time. I am glad you're raising your daughter right though, and more importantly using her as your cover to purchase and enjoy Sonic comics.
Ooh, it's lovely to have another @kriswright Top 10 again! I greatly enjoyed reading this summation of Sonic's Useless Friends, and appreciate the shout out.
How canonical are the comics anyway? I notice most of the cool things you mention about a lot of these guys are directly related to the non-gaming side of things. Although to be fair, I did kinda like Shadow in SA2 (but not afterward)...
@TriforceBun The comics are their own canon. Well, canons: there's at least three different long-running Sonic comic series from different companies with their own casts of supplemental original characters, plotlines, and so forth.
Archie -- The most well-known and longest-running, originally based on the cartoon with Sally Acorn and all those characters (or vice versa? Can't remember). Eventually these comics started adapting a whole bunch of the video games, essentially retelling the stories of games like Sonic Adventure / SA2 / Sonic Heroes while including the Archie-original characters (I think). The Archie comics got extremely weird and convoluted, with spinoff series (Sally, Knuckles, etc.) and even reboots within itself if I remember right. This is also the series that had a few lengthy crossovers with Mega Man, who had his own well-received Archie comic series for a few years. The Archie comics were finally canceled in like 2017 or so, and replaced with...
IDW -- I don't know much about these, but I think they pull most of the characters from the video games, plus a few originals, and just do all-new stories.
Fleetway -- A publisher exclusive to the UK which created its own Sonic canon, called Sonic The Comic, that ran almost as long as the Archie line. I've seen people praise this series as pretty neat in its own right, despite being just as big a departure from the games as the Archie series.
Weeeeeeeeeeeelllll... the comics are a complicated subject. Sit down here by the fire, little T-Bun, and I'll tell you a story of the biggest, most terrifying monster you've ever heard of...
No, not the Werehog from Sonic Unleashed. I'm talking about Ken Penders.
I'll back up a bit and start by answering your question: The current run of comics are published by IDW. They're written by a guy named Ian Flynn and he's on about issue 28 right now. They're wrapping up their second major story arc and pretty much all of the references I made to comics in this article come from that run of 28 issues. These stories are aimed for a pre-teen youth audience for sure - think something like Adventure Time or the recent My Little Pony series for demographic and tone. Maybe just a year or two older, since it happily traffics in horror tropes to some degree. But that's pretty much the sweet spot for Sonic. If you were a 10 year old, this might be your favorite book (my maturity level is about 10, so of course I love it, too).
As far as canon goes, it's anyone's guess since there have been no new Sonic games since this series launched. The games are clearly canon to the comics universe, with explicit references to the events of Lost World and Forces. In fact, the first story arc is a direct, explicit sequel to Sonic Forces (and it is significantly better written, too). It's not clear if the next game will borrow from the comics in any way, though. (Unlikely, since Sonic Team has always done their own thing. But a few comic specific characters have recently appeared in a smartphone app.) If you're a fan of the MCU, it's about like the situation Agents of SHIELD is in: They react directly to events happening in the major continuity, but there's not a lot of referencing back the other direction (yet!).
NOW... before the IDW series was launched there was a previous Sonic series published by Archie. The history of the Archie Sonic series is one of the more interesting topics in comic book history. It starts basically as a cheapo kids comic book that was a tie-in to a cheapo Sonic cartoon show. I've read the first couple of years of these to my 5 year old daughter and they're a little sloppy. But they're also a cheerful little kid's comic. The worst puns you'll ever read in your life!
Where it gets interesting is that, over time, these comics started to get injected with more and more lore. And not just minor stuff. Like literally a bunch of crazy-ass Jack Kirby style backstory that's complicated as fuck. I haven't read much of that stuff because I'm not actually THAT interested in Sonic the Hedgehog. But the surprise is: That sloppy little kid's comic ran for over 25 years!
How on Earth?
I mean, there were tons of 90s kids properties that were popular back then that had spin off comics. But there was no 25 year run of Marsupilami in comic form. Why Sonic? Well, it's partly because a guy named Ken Penders came in early on and started taking the lore really seriously when no one else gave a damn. Archie didn't care what he was doing. SEGA let him do whatever he wanted because they weren't really paying attention to it anyway. So he wrote all these crazy-ass stories about Echidna civilizations and furry romance... just wild, weird stuff. And it found and kept an audience for years on end.
None of that shit was ever remotely considered canon.
Now, I've only sampled some of his work and I don't think he's any kind of great writer. He's certainly no genius. He was kind of the right guy at the right time. But where he becomes the bad guy for a lot of people is that, when his relationship with Archie soured, he sued them and, through a series of screw ups by Archie (who were apparently employing Jughead as their lawyer) got control of all of the characters he created over his near 15 year stewardship of the series. Archie was forced to reboot the entire continuity, cutting out all of Penders' influence. The fans of his work were devastated. All these characters they'd grown to love were just ripped out of the universe, their stories never completed.
The series lasted for a few years after that but eventually SEGA started to pay attention. I gotta imagine the meeting at Sonic Team went something like: "They've been doing WHAT to Sonic in the comics? And for how long? 25 years? Yeah, well, that's clearly gotta stop." They took the licensed from Archie and apparently have far more oversight now.
I've given a very capsule version here, but if you're interested in dumb corporate drama at a minor kids publisher (and who isn't) it's worth looking into just for the story alone.
To wrap up - I felt comfortable referencing the comics in this article because SEGA hasn't really used the extended Sonic cast in a big way since Sonic '06 bombed. So the IDW comics seem like the best place to go for their characterization. I got these comics initially to read to my daughter, but I enjoyed them as much as she did.
EDIT: Oh, looks like Nate hit "post" before I did. Good work. He also mentioned Fleetway, too. I've never read them, but my impression is that they're culturally very UK-centered - out of that Beano school of comics. I don't know if there's anywhere you can read them in the US. They sound interesting, though.
Pros: -He may be a slow-thinking doofus, but he makes up for it in humility -Adds a different play style to the games he's in -Is fundamentally kind and good-hearted
Cons: -He's the poster child for "Useless Sonic Friends" -That different play style? Fishing!
Big the Cat is the closest the Sonic franchise gets to having a dumb hick character. On the one hand, Sonic doesn't seem like a series that needs some elements of Hee-Haw in it. On the other... well, there's no one else in the cast quite like Big the Cat, and that's saying something.
Speaking as a Southerner who likes to go fishing every now and then, it is odd how easy-going characters that are coded as being from the country tend to get treated as if they are useless morons. In some ways, Big really is a useless moron. He talks like a lobotomized Goofy. He spends all of Sonic Adventure, at the brink of the world being taken over by Robotnik and a giant water monster, cluelessly trying to get his pet frog back. But there's a case to be made that his innocence and humility is precisely what make him worthwhile. It's something different. The other characters are working together to accomplish big things, but that kind of thinking is beyond Big's abilities. Instead, he takes the other approach - the big hearted one. This is a series that can always use elements of heart to contrast with its many flavors of "Way Past Cool 90s X-treme". With his basic decency Big the Cat can be a welcome presence in a world like that.
Put it another way. Someone said to me that they like the idea of paranoid Sticks the Badger being friends with Big the Cat. They said that Big would probably listen to her rants, not understand a word of it, and then take her fishing to calm down. Like a good friend does. I like that concept and it only really works with Big.
Hey, I was five years old when I played Sonic Adventure, and it was the coolest thing ever. And then the sequel came out and there was an EVIL SONIC!? Mindblowing.
I was pretty hyped for Sonic Heroes when it got announced as the long-awaited follow-up to two of my favorite games ever. Team Chaotix looked badass. But then actually playing the game wasn't very fun, and I drifted away from Sonic after that...
I started reading the Archie comic around issue #120 I think. And read it until about issue #160. And I never had any idea what was happening.
As far as tragic minor characters in Nintendo games go:
Great article! I enjoyed reading it, but, honestly, I can only take your word for each characters merits and demerits.
This article is my Sonic friend Wiki.
Also, I always dug Waluigi. Ironically? Unironically? Who cares! First of all, his name actually fits the Japanese joke better, since "Warui" means bad. Second, he's proudly purple. Third, he's a tall, gangly monster at the net! Even though he was probably created to fill a requirement in a tennis game, he still stands as one of the more unique, memorable members of Mario's humanoid cast.
It's so easy to imagine his potential moveset in Smash as a representative of Mario Sports games. It would be something new, something comical, and something really stupid. That's win-win-win!
Also, a game starring Waluigi needs to be made. It could be anything, really. It could be everything.