Mario is copyright Nintendo.
The world’s most famous plumber is arguably Nintendo’s mascot and long-time video game hero, Mario. Whether he can actually plumb or not, however, is a topic for later.
Arcade classic Donkey Kong was released in 1981 and featured a carpenter known simply as “Jumpman” in the lead role. This character was renamed “Mario” in the game’s sequel the next year, and then made the transition to the plumbing industry the year after that for the game Mario Bros. In this game, Mario and his newly-introduced brother, Luigi set out to rid the New York sewers of monsters. Mario apparently enjoyed plumbing so much, that he never went back to carpentry.
When, in 1985, Nintendo release Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Mario’s rise to fame was assured. Since then, Mario has gone on to become one of the most well-known characters in the world, and the Super Mario series remains the bestselling game franchise of all time.
And while we’ve never seen Mario install a new hot water heater or fix a leaky faucet, the plumbing industry counts itself lucky to have Mario representing us on the popular stage.