List of implied people
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The list of implied people is a list of real-life people that have not physically appeared up in any form of media to this point in time. Regardless of their lack of appearance, the implied people have been mentioned at least once throughout the Mario franchise.
Alexander Alexeyevich Gorsky (August 6, 1871 - September 1924) was the director of the Bolshoi Theater until 1924, and was mentioned in a pamphlet in the game Mario is Missing!. The pamphlet states he is among "the most important people in the ballet world", and that his introduction of "the idea of realism into choreography and scenery" made ballet more appealing to modern audiences.
Alexander Pushkin (June 6, 1799 - February 10, 1837) was a famous Russian poet. His name was used in a pun by the Moscow police officer in the game Mario is Missing!, saying "when Pushkin comes to shove, Moscow is a place to love."
Andrey Chokhov (c. 1545 - 1629, spelled Andrey Shchokhov in-game) was a Russian caster who cast Tsar Pushka, a huge cannon, in 1586. He and his role were mentioned in a pamphlet in the game Mario is Missing!.
Annette Joanne Funicello (October 22, 1942 - April 8, 2013) was a famous teen actress from the United States of America during the 1950's and 1960's. She is an icon of both the The Mickey Mouse Club and the beach party subgenre.
In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "Mario and Joliet", Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, Toad, and Romano step onto one of King Koopa's traps and are engulfed in a net. Toad cried out, "It's a net!" Luigi misheard him and asked, "Annette Funicello? Where?" Annette was born in New York City and, like the brothers, is Italian.
The Beatles were a British pop and rock group that formed in the 1960's. During the events of "Kootie Pie Rocks", Kootie Pie Koopa threatened to turn Milli Vanilli into (Buzzy) Beetles. Not understanding what Kootie Pie was referring to, Fab Morvan questioned as to why anyone would want to be a band from the sixties.
Bruce Lee (November 27, 1940 - July 20, 1973) was a famous Chinese American martial artist. During the events of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, when Mario discovered Bowyer in the Forest Maze, he attempted to attack him. However, Mallow held Mario back, shouting "Who do you think you are, Bruce Lee?". Also, when fighting against Chun-Li in the comic "Super Mario Klemp-Won-Do: Muskeln sind nicht alles!", Mario assumed that his opponent has watched "too much Bruce Lee," due to her kick-style fighting.
Confucius was a famous Chinese philosopher who was mentioned in the Donkey Kong Country animated series episode "Kong Fu" by Kong Fu in a song. Confucius was the one who taught Kong Fu that "The mind must be as sharp as a wisdom toad."
Diego Rivera (December 8, 1886 - November 24, 1957) was a Mexican painter, known for his political drawings. One of his murals, called "The Epic of the Mexican People," was stolen from the National Palace, Mexico City during the events of Mario is Missing!. He made the painting with the help of 16 full-time assistants, which took them 16 years, according to a pamphlet about the National Palace found in the game. Another pamphlet, about the Fine Arts Palace, also cites Rivera as one of "Mexico's greatest artists." He was married to Frida Kahlo.
Henry Enrique "Erik" Estrada (March 16, 1949 -) is an American actor. In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! live-action segment "Magician," Harry Blackstone Jr. went for lunch with Erik Estrada after paying a visit to Mario Brothers Plumbing.
Francis of Assisi
Giovanni Francesco Bernardone (1181/1182 - October 3, 1226) was a friar and founder of the Franciscans. He was mentioned by a scientist in the game Mario is Missing! as the person the city of San Francisco was named after.
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter. She was mentioned in the game Mario is Missing! (misspelled as Freida Kahlo) in a pamphlet about Mexico City's Fine Arts Palace as one of "Mexico's greatest artists." It is also mentioned that she was married to Diego Rivera.
Fyodor I Ivanovich (May 31, 1557 - January 16/17, 1598) was Tsar of Russia, and son of Ivan the Terrible. He was mentioned in a pamphlet in the game Mario is Missing! which stated that his likeness was put on the barrel of the cannon Tsar Pushka.
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (December 15, 1832 - December 27, 1923) was a French architect. He designed the Eiffel Tower, which was named after him, as can be read in a pamphlet in the game, Mario is Missing!.
Publius Aelius Hadrianus (January 24, 76 - July 10, 138) was a Roman emperor from 117 to 138 AD. According to a pamphlet in the game Mario is Missing!, he commissioned the building of Hadrian's Arch. He also built the city of Hadrianopolis which was separated from Athens by the Arch.
Terrence Gene "Terry" Bollea (born August 11, 1953), better known by his ring name, Hulk Hogan, was a famous American wrestler. In the fifth installment of Super Mario Adventures, Roy Koopa claimed that, "The Hulkster himself couldn't have stopped her!" when trying to explain why Princess Toadstool had been able to escape him and the other Koopalings. The Hulkster was one of Hulk Hogan's nicknames as a wrestler.
Ivan the Terrible
Ivan IV Vasilyevich (August 25, 1530 - March 28, 1584; better known as Ivan the Terrible) was a Russian Tsar. He was mentioned in the game Mario is Missing! as the one to commission the building of St. Basil's Cathedral. The game erroneously refers to him as Ivan III. Ivan the Terrible is the father of Fyodor Ivanovich, who was also mentioned in the same game.
James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 - September 30, 1955) was an American actor. During the events of "Hooray for Holly-Kongo Bongo" Cranky Kong sang "I'm Gonna Be a Star", and noted that he would be admired by James Dean (although he had passed time long before the show's airing).
James Thurston "Jim" Nabors (June 12, 1930 -) is an American actor and singer. During the events of "Captain Lou Is Missing", Russian members of the Lou Albano search team reported to Cyndi Lauper that "Comrade Louski" couldn't be found, and requested for her to send more 8-track tapes. When Mario heard the message, he suggested sending the Russians his Jim Nabors tapes.
José Hernández (November 10, 1834 - October 21, 1886, spelled Jose Hernandez in-game) was an Argentinian writer and politician. The Gaucho Museum in Buenos Aires which Luigi visits in the game Mario is Missing! is dedicated to Hernández.
Lillian Hitchcock Coit
Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (August 16, 1958 -) is a famous American singer. During the events of "Fortune Teller", it was revealed that the first-place prize of the Big Time Celebrity Prize Sweepstake Giveaway was a night on the town with Madonna.
Mao Zedong (December 26, 1893 - September 9, 1976) was a Chinese communist military and political leader. He was mentioned in a pamphlet in the game Mario is Missing! as the one to announce the formation of the People's Republic of China in front of the Gate of Heavenly Peace in 1949.
Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 - August 5, 1962) was an American actress, singer and model. She was mentioned in the comic The Mario Bros. Guide to Grooming Your Moustache, where Luigi, showing Mario with a blonde and wavy moustache, says: "If Marilyn Monroe had grown a moustache, it would have looked like this".
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (January 3, 1956 - ) is a famous American actor who passes through Brooklyn in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show live-action segment "Marianne and Luigeena." Marianne and Luigeena notice him while searching for Mario and Luigi. As a result, they quickly lose interest in Lyle Alzado and leave to track Mel Gibson back to his home. Lyle Alzado then grumbles about Mel Gibson stealing Marianne and Luigeena from him.
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009) was a famous American singer and a lead singer of the Jackson 5. During the events of "Will the Real Elvis Please Shut Up!", Elvis Presley, upon meeting Mario, who was dressed-up as an Elvis impersonator, claimed that he looked like Michael Jackson on a yeast diet.
Additionally, Michael Jackson was the original performer of the songs "Bad", "Thriller", and "Beat It", which were played during the animated episodes "King Mario of Cramalot", "Count Koopula" and "The Unzappables" respectively.
Muhammad Ali Pasha al-Mas'ud ibn Agha (March 4, 1769 - August 2, 1849) was Wāli (a governor) of Egypt and Sudan. He commissioned the building of a mosque which Luigi visited during the events of Mario is Missing!.
Mr. Bean is a British comedy character portrayed by Rowan Atkinson. During the events of "Hooray for Holly-Kongo Bongo" Cranky Kong sang "I'm Gonna Be a Star", and noted that he would be "admired like ... Mr. Bean."
Napoleon Bonaparte (August 15, 1769 - May 5, 1821) was the political leader of France in the early 19th century. In the game Mario is Missing!, he was mentioned in a pamphlet as the commissioner of the Arc de Triomphe.
Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (December 15, 37 - June 9, 68) was a Roman Emperor. A popular legend says that Nero was playing the fiddle while Rome burned. In the game Mario is Missing!, a scientist in Rome refers to this legend by saying "remember Nero and his fiddle?"
Pee-wee Herman is a comedic character portayed by American comedian Paul Reubens. During the events of "Rolling Down the River", Toad was captured and thrown into Princess Toadstool's cell aboard the Sinister Star, much to her surprise. In response, Toad uttered "Who'd you expect? Pee-wee Herman?".
The Pope is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, and is mentioned twice in the game Mario is Missing!. First, Pope Julius II (December 5, 1443 - February 21, 1513) is mentioned as the person to commission Michelangelo Buonarroti to decorate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When this ceiling was stolen in-game, the Roman police officer mentioned that "the Pope went through the roof". Since the game was first released in 1992, he was referring to Pope John Paul II (May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005) who was holding the office at this time.
Richard Erskine Frere Leakey (December 19, 1944 -) is a Kenyan paleontologist and conservationist. He was mentioned in the game Mario is Missing! (where he was misspelled Richard Leaky) as the one to discover the homo habilis skull.
Rufino Tamayo (August 25, 1899 - June 24, 1991) was a Mexican painter. He was cited (misspelled as Tomayo) in the game Mario is Missing! in a pamphlet about the Fine Arts Palace (Mexico City) as one of "Mexico's greatest artists."
Scott Vincent James Baio (September 22, 1961 -) is an American actor. During the events of "Fortune Teller", it was revealed that the grand prize of the Big Time Celebrity Prize Sweepstake Giveaway was milk and cookies with Scott Baio. As all the other prizes were dates with famous women, Mario and Luigi were worried that they might actually win the Scott Baio prize.
Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono, (February 16, 1935 – January 5, 1998) was a famous singer and an ex-husband of Cher. During the events of "Cher's Poochie", when Cher arrived at Mario Brothers Plumbing, Luigi poked fun of her gawky childhood appearance. Cher then corrected Luigi, saying that he must've mistaken her for Sonny.
Sophia Loren (September 20, 1934 -) is a famous Italian actress. She was mentioned a few times during the events of "Fortune Teller", as the third-place prize of the Big Time Celebrity Prize Sweepstake Giveaway was a trip to Italy with Sophia Loren, which Mario and Luigi wanted to win.