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'I'll Always be your Hero...' by AwesomebyAccident 'I'll Always be your Hero...' by AwesomebyAccident
I felt after all the good feed back I got on my little BxP rant on “The Chaos Heart Unleashed” [link] I should explain why I prefer MarioxPauline over MarioxPeach and I seriously do.

Prepare for second long winded explanation. -deep breath number two-

So Mario as we all know, is a bit of a man-whore whom we can build a legitimate case for him having a romantic relationship with just about every female character in the entire Mario universe, (and some of the guys if you're into that -wink wink-). So why Pauline?

Its sort of symbolic for me I guess. Pauline was the first girlfriend he ever rescued form an adversary that had kidnapped his lady. This one girl opened him up to the world of heroism, with out her he might have been fixing toilets his entire life. Think I'm wrong? Do you really think a plumber with no experience facing almost impossible odds would really have thought he was capable of saving kidnapped princesses? Pauline is responsible for making Mario the hero he is, even if people don't realize it. If Mario were to get himself settled down with a woman, it should be the one who did the most for him.

That said, I also think they look best together. Most of the characters Mario is paired with are either princesses, or not human. The fact that he's a plumber makes a lot of people swoon and say its true love for him and Peach/Daisy/Rosalina/Whoever/Random-Princess-OC :trollface:. Admittedly, that is sweet, but realistically it would never happen. Fantasy or not, no one would ever make Mario into king just because he married the princess, he is not fit to be a ruler, he has no knowledge of running kingdoms, and he's always hopping off on adventures. As for the non human characters, well if that floats your boat, fine, if it doesn't I don't really need to elaborate, but personally I just don't see it.

Pauline is not a princess, she an average citizen like him, she's human, and someone we already know is a good match for him. Maybe they only broke up because Mario was always out rescuing other girls and Pauline couldn’t go with him, who knows. I think it would be really sweet for them to rekindle their old love.

And also she's the only girl Mario has any sort of relationship with that he hasn't had to share with his brother: note the abundance of LuigixPeach Luigi/MarioxDaisy, Luigi/MarioxRosalina ect, but I haven't seen any LuigixPauline shippers.

Okay, I know what your going to ask now. “If U leik Bowsah and Peeech, why not ship D.K and Palline?”

Well...This is what is said about DK and Pauline's relationship according to the Mario Wiki:

“Donkey Kong has a strange relationship with Pauline. It is made obvious early on that Donkey Kong has a strong infatuation with the woman fueling his kidnappings. These actions seem to occur through childish mood swings when he doesn't get what he wants, when taken by Donkey Kong, Pauline seems very frightened but, is quick to forgive him once he has calmed down. It is implied she finds his crush on her sweet but is genuinely scared of him when he becomes angry. The two appear to be on friendly terms most of the time with occasional spats. It is however shown in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis that while kidnapped Donkey Kong keeps Pauline is a room lined with gifts, food and treats so that she is comfortable and later he is remorseful for his actions. Overall Donkey Kong and Pauline are on good terms; Donkey Kong only occasionally putting their friendship on rocky ground through jealous and greedy actions. Pauline also seems skilled at soothing his rages. “

The use of the words “strange”, “infatuation”, “childish” and “crush” , sort of make it sound like a a little boy with a crush on his first grade teacher, something DK will grow out of eventually. I just don't see it. The fact that Pauline is “ genuinely scared of him” doesn't help. No one should ever have to be afraid of the person they love (note that Peach isn't afraid of Bowser) and though Pauline can calm DK down when he's angry, again it just sounds like a child with a crush on an adult.

And again I think it says a lot that Mario comes back to save Pauline, even though at the point of “Mario VS Donkey Kong: March of the Minis” they are no longer a couple. Pauline still refers to him as her hero, and Mario doesn't show any objections to her. I still think they have feelings for each other, but they still feel a little awkward about their relationship after their break up.

Now since I mentioned it in my BowserxPeach rant, I need to add it in my MarioxPauline rant. The Fans. There are few to no MarioxPauline Fanfiction, which sort of makes me sad. When I do see them, Peach is either not mentioned at all, or portrayed in a good light, a sort of angle that says, “I'm happy as long as Mario's happy.” With Pauline its a different story, she is not acknowledged at all in most fics with MarioxPeach, and if she is, I've seen her portrayed as a 'mistake' of Mario's, just barely mentioned as a past girlfriend, and more often she has been villainized into a seductive bitch planning to kill Peach in order to win Mario back, and in more than one, even teaming up with Bowser to do so. This is a completely unfair portrayal of Pauline, and I object fully to Pauline and Peach being enemies, I would love to see somebody write fic or draw a picture with them as friends. Just because they've been in a relationship with the same man doesn't mean they need to hate each other, grow up people!

Seriously, some MarioxPeach fans can be such brats...

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....Okay I think I'm done for now, if I think of anything else to say about this, I'll add it.

On an artistic note, I love how Pauline came out, she looks gorgeous. Mario looks a little weird to me, but I just don't know how to fix it. DK looks especially weird, but that's because he's been beaten up (and I didn't bother using a reference so that's all from memory). You can see I put effort into Mario and Pauline while I was coloring, but sometime while I was working on the background I sort of got lazy and I just didn't try at all on DK.

This has absolutely nothing to do with why I like MarioxPauline (Mauline? Marline? Which sounds better?)...But this picture sort of reminds me of my Mom and Dad. Both Mario and my dad are short, fat, and, I suspect, balding (Seriously, why else is he always hiding under that hat?), whereas both Pauline and my mom, are tall and pretty. This does not mean my parents look like Mario and Pauline. My dad is a redneck with a beard that earned him the nickname 'Gimli' until the bosses at the new company he worked for made him cut his hair and trim the beard. Pauline is a red-brunette, my mom is blonde. I think it has something to do with the pose. Sometimes when my mom is sitting in her chair in the living room, Dad will come over, lean down and kiss her, I totally did not intend for this...but I think its sweet.

So here we have my final picture, with Mario coming to save his Beloved, and deciding once and for all the she's the one he's truly meant to be with...

D'awww...

Saw one word about MarioxPeach being the better pairing and I will hide the comments. I don't want to start a shipping war.
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theliekmudkipz Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your rant is beautiful. Couldn't have put it in any other words myself.

also wow I actually found another shipper who thinks Peach and Pauline aren't total enemies. Woot woot!
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Luigidabest Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"As for the non human characters, well if that floats your boat, fine, if it doesn't I don't really need to elaborate, but personally I just don't see it".

How can you say you don't see it. I thought you loved BowserxPeach. But then again it doesn't really float my boat either.
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
That comment meaning specifically for my shipping of Mario who has basically been paired with every character in the franchise. I do love BowserxPeach, because they have some canon material and some pretty sweet chemistry when Bowser isn't being an Evil bullhead, but as for Mario, personally I don't see a lot of chemistry for him and some of the non-human characters he's commonly paired up with (after you did through the massive piles of Meach fanart and fiction).

Take for example, I have seen someone pair him with Toadette,  Goombella, Vivian ect. People can ship whatever they want, but I just don't see Mario as being in a  romantic relationship with certain characters. Understand?
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Luigidabest Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I understand. And, well, I don't ship Mario with non-human characters either. I don't really go for "canon" or "popular" pairings, I have to say. I'm one of those people to ship RosalinaxLuigi.
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MarioLuigi25 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
And I agree. Peach and Pauline would probably be love rivals for Mario, but I don't think they would be enemies. Love rivals don't necessarily have to be enemies. Amy and Sally are good examples of this. Both of them have feelings for Sonic, but they still remain friends.
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I see.
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MarioLuigi25 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Yeah, I support LuigixRosalina, but I also support LuigixDaisy. So I like to picture Rosalina and Daisy as love rivals for Luigi, but they still remain friends. They aren't really enemies. Rather, they are just two people after the affection of the same person.
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
:nod:
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MarioLuigi25 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
=)
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MarioLuigi25 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I support Mario and Luigi with all girls to be honest. Because they're cool like that :XD:.
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I usually only ever ship one character with another at a time, the pairing them with anyone else make me feel like their slutting it out.
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MarioLuigi25 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I see what you mean. But then again, I guess it's because I'm kinda partial to them and never really minded who they were paired with. I like to consider other possibilities rather than just one. And as long as Mario and Luigi are with somebody cute and someone they like, I really don't care =).
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I see.
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MarioLuigi25 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Yep :aww:
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Konya651 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Personally I like Paulio as a pairing name better. XD

This is an absolutely stunning picture. The lighting and coloring are beautiful, and I love all the details you put into this piece :D I love how you drew Pauline and Mario, they look fantastic.
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I think I really prefer Marline myself, but Paulio does sound pretty cool ;p

Thank you very much, this pic is a personal favorite right now.
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Evanescence412 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible work! Pauline looks very beautiful and I liked your logic behind it, even though I don't play the Mario games.
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Thank you very much :heart:
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Evanescence412 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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albertojz356 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I love this! It has so much detail :) i'm very glad to see more Pauline fans out there. Brings me joy. This is a very lovely drawing btw you made it incredible!
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Thank you very much :D Pauline is such an awesome character, I feel really bad that she's so often brushed under the rug.
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AnimeYoshiGirl Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I never thought about that...
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Good thing I brought it to your mind?
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AnimeYoshiGirl Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: I show her more respect from now on. :nod:
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Yay!
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AnimeYoshiGirl Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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meh599 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I love it, and the explanation was awesome as well! :D
I think most of all I love Pauline's hair-- it flows so well and the shimmer in it is perfect!
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Thank you very much :heart: Her hair is my favorite part too.
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FallenAngelAerith Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Pauline was the name of that girl Mario had to rescue in that game? I always thought it was Peach. I'm a derp. XD
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Not the the kind of Derp you think you are :pat:

Pauline is a separate character than Peach. Peach is the Princess from the Mushroom Kingdom, Pauline is a normal citizen. Mario originally dated Pauline and the original game he appeared in (As "jumpman") the objective was to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong. At some point Pauline's was dropped, and Mario's world became the Mushroom Kingdom where he rescues Peach from Bowser. In recent years they've brought Pauline's character back. I ship MarioxPauline over MarioxPeach, and I maybe one of few on the internet who does/
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FallenAngelAerith Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Ah. Well I remember playing the 8-bit game as kid, but I never knew that girl's name Pauline. I guess I though she was Peach because she looked similar to Peach in the 8-bit Mario games.
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
That would be because all 8-bit girls look the same, not because you're Derpy ;p
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FallenAngelAerith Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Okay XD
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
I'm hoping to flush out other shippers of this pairing with this picture, there's a distinct lack of MarioxPauline on the internet.
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FallenAngelAerith Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Well my guess is it's mostly because Peach is probably more well known than Pauline. Heck Peach made number 2 on the Nostalgia Critc's Top 11 Dumbasses in Distress. XD
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
It isn't actually that she isn't less known, plenty of people acknowledge her existence, but ignore her completely in art and fiction, and fanbrats use her as a villain in their precious "Meach" fanworks. :no:. Pauline gets unfair treatment.
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gigglemeister Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
It looks wonderful Sis
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AwesomebyAccident Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Thank you!
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gigglemeister Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Welcomes
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