Stereotype: Italian-Americans

Yes, everyone’s favorite Nintendo flagship plumber is a generalized, blanket caricature.  Early versions of the turtle-tossing hero came complete with a terrible Italian accent and bad guys called “goombas.”  In his cartoon incarnation, Mario would even use words like “Pizano.”  While he is far better than any of the Italian-Americans in Mafia or Mafia 2, this plumber could make do with some polish and updating to his image.  Italians have little to look forward to; their scale of representation is either a gangster or a pipe-jumping embarrassment chasing turtles and crabs.