Yo. It’s been awhile. Here to defend Princess Peach, because seriously how could she be controversial?
Getting kidnapped all the time / Not being an action girl
She gets kidnapped all the time because of a little thing called character motivation. If she never got kidnapped, there wouldn’t be any Mario games. At all. None. They exist because Mario needs a reason to go out and kick Bowser’s ass. Otherwise he’s just a jerk in a pair of overalls.
And she is an action girl, just not in the main games. Shockingly, there’s other Mario media other than the games!
There’s also a clip from the cartoon/movie but I can’t be bothered to find it.
There’s also the fact that she was the protagonist of her own game, but that will be addressed next.
Super Princess Peach being bashed due to her using her emotions
I’ve seen the game given the nickname “Super PMS Peach”, and that’s funny sure, but it’s just a stupid reason to hate a game.
One has to realize that Peach (usually) can’t use items such as Mushrooms and Stars like Mario and Luigi can. Yet she has to be able to get through the obstacles of the game somehow.
When was Peach EVER shown to be ditzy?
Cheats at Mario Party when an AI character
Oh man. It’s like she’s a computer player. It’s like she’s programmed to try and win.
Look, I’ll call the CPU a cheating bastard as much as the next person, but that doesn’t mean it actually happens. They’re programmed to act like a human player, which means that—shocking!—they’re going to use whatever means necessary to win. Just like a human player. And it’s not even limited to Peach. Any character that is set to CPU is going to behave similarly. That’s like getting mad that the computer player in a racing/shooting/puzzle/whatever game wins and that you should win every time because you’re the human and they’re the computer. Unless you’re perfect in every way imaginable, that’s not going to happen. Get over it.
This is cool and true and stuff but you don’t even need to delve into the spin-offs to defend Peach these days. In 3D World she joined the main gang and fought with equal skill to them (as she did in Mario 2, of course), and in 3D Land she breaks out of Bowser’s Castle by herself halfway through the game and stays free for several worlds. Bowser only barely manages to recapture her in time for the finale.
Then of course there’s the fact that the story of the original game states that only the Princess has the power to restore the kingdom to as it was. She’s a ruler first and a love interest for Mario second. To say she only exists as a prize is to intentionally disregard all that is good about her character AND Mario’s, as if he’s just saving her for himself. Mario has proven time and time to help people in need that he’s only just met, let alone save the kingdom he calls his home. To disrespect Peach is to disrespect the entire tone of the series - one focused on fun but also humbleness, selflessness and bravery.