Luigi: The Character That Defines Rachel from Double Jump

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Normal Happenings is proud to present The Characters That Define Us, a year long collaboration of 52+ incredible bloggers!

This is going to be good.

We’ve been graced with both sisters of the dynamic double-jump duo! With no OBJECTION, Tuesday will feature Kris’s character Miles Edgeworth. However, today it’s time to finally shine the spotlight on Luigi. Today’s all about the dude in green, with no mention of an older brother in sight.

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Wait, what do you mean there are 14 references to that other person in this article?

Hm.

Well, anyway, Rachel and Kris from Double Jump write amazing posts, and we are honored to have them on board for this collab. Please be sure to check out their site after enjoying this piece.

No need to be scared. It’s time to begin the next piece in The Characters That Define Us!


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Hello?

I read that in Luigi’s voice all the time from his first solo game, Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo Gamecube. Luigi first appeared in Mario Bros. in 1983. So, while he’s ten years older than me, he and I are good friends.

While I can’t remember which game I was formally introduced to Luigi, I have fond memories of playing as him in just about every game that you can choose to be Luigi. The entire Super Mario Bros. series, I play as Luigi whether I’m playing alone or with someone else. I always felt closer to Luigi than I did with Mario or any other character for quite a few reasons as we have a lot in common.

The Younger Sibling

Like Luigi, I’m the youngest in my family. I have two older sisters while he has an older brother. Luigi and Mario seem to be close to one another, even though Mario tends to leave Luigi in the dust whenever an adventure is to be had.

My sisters and I are super close. We used to do everything together and while my oldest sister is married with children of her own, Kris and I tend to stick close to one another, especially since we work together as well.

Luigi joins his brother in just about everything – other than saving Princess Peach. (I think Mario wants that cake all to himself!) Whether they’re beating the crap out of each other in Smash or racing karts, Luigi is mostly hanging out with Mario and their group of friends.

He’ll Do Anything For His Brother

Luigi has starred in a couple of solo games, mostly the Luigi’s Mansion series. These games are some of my favorites. I have played the original game quite a few times and the second game a handful of times as well.

Luigi doesn’t star in a lot of things himself. Often, he’s a side character or just another face on the roster. Luigi’s Mansion is all about Luigi facing his fears to save his brother. Even though Luigi is scared stiff, he still steps up to the plate.

I too am afraid of my own shadow. I have a fear of the dark, ghosts, and death. Yet, Luigi’s Mansion being one of my favorite games is totally ironic to me. If my sisters had gone missing, would I go out and search for them? If I knew a crazy, giant ghost had kidnapped them and thrown them into a painting, would I do something about it? Of course, I would, no doubt.

(I can’t guarantee I’d survive until the end, but I’d sure try!)

We Have A Fascination Of Ghosts

Yeah, I know, I just mentioned that I’m afraid of ghosts. I’ve always been intrigued by them though. I do believe ghosts exist and I’m completely afraid to live stream or film anything in case I see something – or someone – behind me. It’s been known that ghosts can appear in cameras. (I’ve seen it before, but that’s a story for another day.)

Luigi is afraid of ghosts as well, rightfully so since they’re all trying to kill him, but he pushes through that fear anyway. He marches right into those mansions and shows those ghosts who’s boss! And, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I try to look for signs of ghosts in real life.

Overcoming Your Fears

I’m afraid of a lot of things. The list is too long to explain, so I won’t get into it.

However, over the years I’ve been searching for different ways to overcome my fears and to recognize triggers. It’s not always easy, of course. There are some days when fear gets the better of you and you can’t seem to push through it no matter what. On the other hand, there are days where you surpass your goals and you go above and beyond what you expected yourself to do.

Luigi shows that in the Luigi’s Mansion games. He’s terrified throughout, but once he clears a room and the lights turn on, he stands tall and proud whistling away with the game music. He accomplished something and is proud of himself for doing so. To me, he shows that it’s okay to be afraid and that you can overcome those fears no matter what.

Player Two

Luigi will forever and always be known as Player Two. As will I.

No, this isn’t a bad thing. Going along with the younger sibling angle, Luigi and I are destined to be second player when it comes to playing video games.

I grew up watching my sisters play video games just like how Luigi watched Mario go on various adventures. When I was finally big enough to pick up a controller and try playing games, Kris often took the role as the first player since she knew more about what she was doing. Then, it just kind of stuck. I am more often than not player two.

Luigi, on the other hand, is always the second option in Super Mario games. Unless it’s the Year of Luigi.

The Sidekick

Speaking of being the second player, Luigi is known as the “sidekick.” I don’t associate being the sidekick as anything bad. I view them as a partner to the protagonist and, nine times out of ten, the protagonist can’t do what they need to without the skills and/or knowledge their partner, or sidekick brings to the table.

Sidekicks don’t get enough credit and, to put a more series twist on this article, Luigi is one of those sidekicks – as am I.

Luigi can often be known as “Green Mario.” He can invisible to some people or a knock-off of Mario. I think over the years people have appreciated Luigi more, but he’s usually second best.

Before I go any further, I just want to say I don’t feel like a sidekick simply because I’m usually Player Two (which I prefer, to be honest) and I’m not saying people tend to think Kris is brains of Double Jump. We both bring equal parts to everything we work on and both work hard.

There are times when I feel like a sidekick, or invisible. I felt this way for most of my time in school, especially high school. I was bullied and cast to the side. I thought that had past when I got out of school, but the workplace isn’t much friendlier. I personally think I bring a lot to the table. I work hard and put my heart and soul into everything I do. Yet, it goes unnoticed a lot or it’s not appreciated. That’s not to say I look for a gold star in everything I do but it’s never fun to do a good job and to have your employer take it and run.

My point is, Luigi brings a lot to the table only for some people to believe he’s a knock-off of Mario. Luigi could have left Mario behind with King Boo, but he didn’t.

Luigi keeps working hard. He keeps fighting ghosts. Luigi helps Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom when he can. He continues to keep the world and his brother safe from King Boo. He works hard, faces his fears, and still finds time for kart racing or a few rounds of tennis.

(And now for the obligatory sappy ending…)

Luigi has always been there when I was afraid or lonely. He’s always been there for a good laugh and a go-to character for a fun game either by myself or with friends.

I don’t have a mustache or wear a green hat, but it’s easy to see a lot of myself when I look at Luigi and I’m glad this character exists.


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