The enduring characters from Nintendo are, of course, not limited to just ladies. Mario and Co. are some of the most recognizable video game personalities out there, so with help from the YA Highway ladies, I put together another list to show how male YA characters lined up with their digital counterparts.
Role: The all-around Good Guy.
Characteristics: A little cocky, perhaps, and determined to get his way. But ultimately Mario stands for courage, adventure and getting the girl.
YA Counterpart: Harry Potter; Adam from If I Stay; Seth from Wicked Lovely; Michael from Some Girls Are; Jack from The Marbury Lens; Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door; Joe Fontaine from The Sky is Everywhere; Every John Green Main Character Ever
Role: The sidekick.
Characteristics: Usually a little goofy. He’s got to be good for a laugh, because that’s the only way he’ll get noticed standing beside Mario all the time. Suffers from suppressed inferiority complex, secretly jealous of Mario sometimes. Usually ends up with best friend of The Girl.
YA Counterpart: Ron Weasley in Harry Potter; Radar in Paper Towns; The Colonel in Looking for Alaska; Link from Beautiful Creatures
Role: The Bad Boy.
Characteristics: Rude to the point of being mean. Poor communicator. Laughs in the face of Mario and Luigi, because even though they work so hard to beat him, it always seems like he can backflip off the top of a castle onto a magical ship and sail away. (Alright that doesn’t translate as well to most YA books but seriously Nintendo. Seriously.)
YA Counterpart: Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer; Archer from Hex Hall; Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter; Ren from Nightshade
Role: Nintendo! IT’S LIKE YOU WROTE THIS POST FOR ME.
Characteristics: Quiet. Kind. Usually artistic. Not as tall, cute, having of facial features as those other guys. Self-esteem issues.
YA Counterpart: Peeta from The Hunger Games; Sam from Shiver; Miles from Looking for Alaska; Lee from Tomorrow, When the War Began
Role: Bad. Ass.
Characteristics: General Chuck Norris-level badass-ery, deceptively complicated backstory. Falls for equally badass chick. (Yeah, that’s a princess with a sword. Awesome.)
YA Counterpart: Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments; Gale from The Hunger Games; Po from Graceling; Brigan from Fire
What do you think? Any characters I left out? Character types I totally overlooked?