What is intended to be an easy going, happy go lucky, cheeky scamp, just comes across as cloying and sycophantic to me.
It is the definitive mascot for Nintendo and perfectly encapsulates it’s design philosophy. Which is… Treat them like children. That way, they can’t be critical of the quality of the game design as it’s aimed at kids, so therefore has set a lower bar lower in terms of game complexity, both mechanically and thematically.
He is always wearing a stupid smug, self satisfied grin with the wide unblinking eyes of a physchopathic killer. His choice in women are mute timid beauty queens and he brutally strikes animals round the back of the head and slaughters wildlife by the million.
There’s nothing to relate Mario to a real human who has doubts, thoughts or emotions. Life for Mario is just one big long walk in the park. Sure he has to rescue the princess (first name irrelevant, apparently, she’s just a squeeze) but he never breaks a sweat and his dumb unflinching grinning mug never falters.
I hate Mario because he is a racist stereotype, cruel to animals and depiction of humanity that sidesteps any allusion to depth or complexity, in favour of simply grinning and being upbeat.
Sure, you can say "It's just a game, it's meant to be relaxing . Why are you taking it so seriously?!"
Well, because, as a creator of fiction and mass media, Nintendo has a responsibility to it's audience to both entertain and educate. Education isn't stupid spelling games or "can you say, 'bank'? B.A.N.K.". No. Education is preparing young minds for the horror that is real life, not coddling them into a primary coloured blanket of simplistic platitudes.
Mario is the most 2 dimensional character ever created and a detriment to human culture as a whole.