Deviant Art user kay-too makes an excellent illustration of Mario as he falls to the Dark Side.
With Princess Toadstool being transported to yet another castle, Mario’s determination to save the one he loves has turned into a passionate rage. Discovering a long lost power-up from a galaxy far, far away, Mario uses his anger to fuel his never ending quest to keep the Princess safe from harm. Woe to those who dare tell the Dark Plumber of the Sith that his “Princess is in another castle.”
From the artist:
This is the first personal piece I’ve done in a long, long time. It stemmed from a random sketch of Mario I was doing and eventually mutated into this idea of how Mario should be right-pissed that he has to keep hopping castles to find Princess Toadstool. If he were in the Star Wars universe his passion for the Princess would surely drive him to the dark side, as it did with Darth Vader.
I hope you all enjoy this piece, it was a lot of fun to do! FYI, that’s “Toda” that Mario is frying there =)