List of implied people
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
Alexander Alexeyevich Gorsky (August 6, 1871 - October 20, 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 Sergeyevich Pushkin (May 26, 1799 - January 29, 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.
Lee Jun-fan (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.
Buddy Knox (July 20, 1933 – February 14, 1999) was mentioned by Mario in Super Mario Bros.: Favorite Mushroom Party Hits!!!. In the introduction to his song "Party Doll", Mario mentions that he tells Toad, a shy guy with the ladies, that he should listen to Buddy Knox because he would say how to get your very own pizza party doll.
Charlie Foxx (October 23, 1939 – September 18, 1998) was mentioned by Mario in Super Mario Bros.: Favorite Mushroom Party Hits!!!. In the introduction to his song "Mockingbird", Mario mentions that that his sister, Inez Foxx, and he were about to sing "Mockingbird," a song for Birdo lovers.
Christopher Griffin is one of the two sons of Nancy Blair Griffin, whom Donkey Kong mentioned in a Medialab interview with her. When Nancy is about to talk about them, Donkey Kong interrupts her and guesses their names correctly, implying that he had heard of them before.
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.
Eddie Regan Murphy (April 3 1961-) is an American actor, comedian, and singer. In the Club Mario episode accompanying "The Unzappables", Joe Piscopo mentions that he knows and talks to Eddie Murphy personally. Additionally, on the synopsis page on the Wario Land 4 website, it says that Wario treks through a fridge bigger than Murphy's garage.
Henry Enrique 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.
Ernie K-Doe (February 22, 1933 – July 5, 2001) was mentioned by Mario in Super Mario Bros.: Favorite Mushroom Party Hits!!!. In the introduction to his song "Mother-in-Law", Mario mentions that he would tell Mario and the listener that they should watch out for Mario's mother-in-law.
Feodor I of Russia
Fyodor I Ivanovich (May 31, 1557 - January 16, 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.
Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi (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 (6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) 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.
Gene Vincent (May 26, 1935 – October 12, 1971) was mentioned by Mario in Super Mario Bros.: Favorite Mushroom Party Hits!!!. In the introduction to his song "Be-Bop-a-Lula", Mario mentions that he would tell Mario and the listener how Mario fell in love with Princess Lula.
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!.
Caesar Traianus 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.
Terry Gene 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.
Inez Foxx (September 9, 1942 -) was mentioned by Mario in Super Mario Bros.: Favorite Mushroom Party Hits!!!. In the introduction to her song "Mockingbird", Mario mentions that that her brother, Charlie Foxx, and she were about to sing "Mockingbird," a song for Birdo lovers.
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 Nabors (June 12, 1930 - November 30, 2017) 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.
Joe Jones (August 12, 1926 – November 27, 2005) was mentioned by Mario in Super Mario Bros.: Favorite Mushroom Party Hits!!!. In the introduction to his song "You Talk Too Much", Mario mentions that since Luigi always tells him that he talks too much, he would ask Joe Jones, an honorary mushroom, for his opinion.
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.
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis (September 29, 1935 -) was mentioned by Mario in Super Mario Bros.: Favorite Mushroom Party Hits!!!. In the introduction to his song "Great Balls of Fire", Mario mentions that he was about to sing.
Kevin is a person from Dana Point, California who is mentioned in the Club Mario episode accompanying "The Koopas are Coming! The Koopas are Coming!" having sent a letter to Club Mario asking Dr. Know-It-All what the biggest lake in the world is.
Lillian Hitchcock Coit
Lillie Hitchcock Coit (August 23, 1843 - July 22, 1929) was mentioned in a pamphlet in the game Mario is Missing!. She donated 125,000 dollars to the building of Coit Tower, which was named after her.
Madonna Louise Ciccone (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.
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.
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 (January 6, 1955 -). 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 (August 27, 1952 -). 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 del Carmen Arellanes 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."
Salvatore Phillip 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 have mistaken her for Sonny.
Sofia Villani Scicolone (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.
Steven Griffin is one of the two sons of Nancy Blair Griffin, whom Donkey Kong mentioned in a Medialab interview with her. When Nancy is about to talk about them, Donkey Kong interrupts her and guesses their name correctly, implying that he had heard of them before.
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys is an American rock band that was mentioned by Mario in Super Mario Bros.: Favorite Mushroom Party Hits!!! which comprised of Al Jardine, (September 3, 1942 -) Brian Wilson, (June 20, 1942 -) Bruce Johnston, (June 27, 1942 -) Carl Wilson, (December 21, 1946 – February 6, 1998) and Mike Love (March 15, 1941 -) at the time. In the introduction to their song "Surfin' Safari", Mario mentions that the listener and he were off on a surfin' safari with them.
The Beatles were a British pop and rock group that formed in the 1960's comprising of George Harrison, (February 25, 1943 - November 29, 2001) John Lennon, (October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980) Paul McCartney, (June 18, 1942 -) and Ringo Starr (July 7, 1940). 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.
They are also mentioned in the Mario Quiz Cards in an answer to a question. In the card, Mario is wearing Beatle-like clothes while listening to an album by a group named the Fab 4, a common nickname for them.
The Human Beinz
The Human Beinz is an American rock band that was mentioned by Mario in Super Mario Bros.: Favorite Mushroom Party Hits!!! which comprised of Joe Markulin, (1946 -) John Belley, (1947 -) Mel Pachuta, and Mike Tatman (1947 -) at the time. In the introduction to their song "Nobody but Me", Mario mentions that they know who the geezer with the pizza, the mensch with the wrench, and the plumber that ain't no bummer is: nobody but Mario.
The Ventures is an American instrumental rock band that was mentioned by Mario in Super Mario Bros.: Favorite Mushroom Party Hits!!! which comprised of Bob Bogle, (January 16, 1934 – June 14, 2009) Don Wilson, (February 10, 1933 -) Gerry McGee, (November 17, 1937 - October 12, 2019) and Mel Taylor (September 24, 1933 – August 11, 1996) at the time. In the introduction to their song "Walk, Don't Run", Mario mentions that they have a safety tip to keep people who have to sprint down halls because they were carried away playing Super Mario out of trouble: "Walk, don't run!."
Tommy James and the Shondells
Tommy James and the Shondells is an American rock band that was mentioned by Mario in Super Mario Bros.: Favorite Mushroom Party Hits!!! which comprised of Eddie Gray, (February 27, 1948 -) Peter Lucia Jr., (February 2, 1947 - January 6, 1987) Mike Vale, (July 17, 1949 -) Ron Rossman, (February 28, 1945 -) and Tommy James (April 29, 1947 -) at the time. In the introduction to their song "Mony Mony", Mario mentions that they were going to sing about Princess Mony. In actuality MONY is an acronym for the Mutual of New York insurance company.