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Best Super Mario RPG Characters TIER LIST

This Super Mario RPG Characters Tier List will teach players which characters are the best and worst options in Super Mario RPG.

If you’re playing Super Mario RPG you’re going to want to know who the best characters in the game are.

Obviously you have great taste in video games since you’re playing Super Mario RPG, so hopefully you’ll have great taste in characters by using only the very best. Super Mario RPG is a game where characters are not balanced super well, so there are definitely winners and losers when it comes to gameplay considerations.

S Tier – Best Super Mario RPG Characters


best super mario rpg characters mario

I mean, his name is in the title so you’d expect he’d be good, and he is. Mario is far superior to every other character in almost every way.

He’s got the strongest physical attacks consistently throughout the game, and he’s got the strongest magical attacks, as well as above-average defense.

To make matters even better for Mario, he gets access to the best equipment in the game by far. Mario decked out with the Lazy Shell weapon and the Super Suit armor will breeze through the game without even having much need for other teammates at all.


best super mario rpg characters peach

Toadstool is the only real dedicated healer you have available and in that role she excels.

Additionally, when she gets her best weapon, the frying pan, she actually becomes capable of holding her own in a fight and really contributes some nice physical damage.

Since Mallow is the only other character capable of healing, and he only has one weak single target heal, Toadstool tends to be indispensable.

A Tier – Best Super Mario RPG Characters


best super mario rpg characters geno

Geno is second only to Mario in terms of effectiveness. His physical attacks are very strong, his magic is on par with Mallow’s, and he stays consistently powerful throughout the entire game from the moment you get him to the very end.

He even has the ability to one-hit kill multiple bosses who aren’t flagged correctly to be immune to his Geno Whirl skill.

B Tier – Best Super Mario RPG Characters


best super mario rpg characters mallow

Mallow is decent during most of the game because his lightning spell allows him to clear enemy groups pretty fast, but he falls off in terms of usefulness when characters start getting all their best equipment.

His low level AoE lightning stops being very effective against enemy groups, his HP and defense are low, and his physical attack is weak.

To be effective he needs to burn through FP, but his Star Rain ability is very strong.

C Tier – Best Super Mario RPG Characters


best super mario rpg characters bowser

Bowser is hands down the worst character. It’s unfortunate, because Bowser is actually pretty cool, and he seems quite powerful when you get him, but unfortunately, his skills are terrible and his weapon options are weak, so he quickly falls behind other characters.

He doesn’t even have a unique ultimate weapon. You just… find it.

His magic is often weaker than his normal physical attack. Some of them inflict status effects which either don’t have a significant impact on the fight or don’t affect bosses. It’s hard to find something Bowser is capable of doing that another character isn’t capable of doing better.

RANDOM OPINION, I wish they’d made Johnny the Shark a playable character.

That about covers it when it comes to the best characters in Super Mario RPG. I hope you enjoyed this article. Be sure to check out the Games Section for more content like this.


  • Ryan Night

    Ryan Night is an ex-game industry producer with over a decade of experience writing guides for RPGs. Previously an early contributor at, Ryan has been serving the RPG community with video game guides since 2001. As the owner of Bright Rock Media, Ryan has written over 600 guides for RPGs of all kinds, from Final Fantasy Tactics to Tales of Arise.

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