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Princess Peach Toadstool
She first appeared in Super Mario Bros. In this and many subsequent games, she is kidnapped by King Bowser/King Koopa, despite the fighting abilities she demonstrates in Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario RPG, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. In Paper Mario, she sneaks around the castle gathering information to help Mario in his quest. Similarly in the sequel, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Peach teaches a lovestruck computer named TEC-XX about love and sneaks around the X-Naut Fortress.
The princess rules her kingdom in a castle with a multitude of Toad servants. It's unclear whether there is a king or head of state of the Mushroom Kingdom as the nation's title might suggest. Some video game manuals and Mario comic books refer to a king, but only Super Mario RPG has featured a character of this type in the form of the Chancellor.
Peach has recently appeared in the Mario Party series, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and went on a much needed vacation to Isle Delfino in Super Mario Sunshine sporting a new dress and having her hair tied up in a ponytail. Unfortunately, she is kidnapped yet again, with Mario having to do another rescue mission finally leading to a great vacation.
In the GBA game Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga, Peach's voice is stolen by the evil witch Cackletta and her assistant, Fawful. Mario and Luigi venture out to the Beanbean Kingdom to reclaim her lost voice.
In Japan, the Princess' name has always been "Peach." It was changed to "Toadstool" when Super Mario Bros. was released in America. In America, both names were combined into her current title, "Princess Peach Toadstool," when Super Mario 64 was released in the United States, though she is usually referred to as "Peach" or "Princess Peach." (The first game to call her Peach was Yoshi's Safari, but most people associate the milestone with the much more popular Super Mario 64.)
It is useful to note that Princess Peach Toadstool is not the girl Mario saves in Donkey Kong; that girl was Pauline. Nor is she Princess Daisy from Super Mario Land and Mario Tennis (though in the Mario movie, Daisy replaces her as the Princess to save).
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