Everyone appreciates the hard work of a plumber. Or if they don’t appreciate it now, they will the moment their plumbing goes on the fritz. Plumbing is one of these essential elements of everyday life which we can quickly take for granted. We were born into a world with plumbing, we have lived almost every day of our life with plumbing and will likely die surrounded by plumbing.
However, if the plumbing stops working for even an hour, it feels as if the world has descended into anarchy, madness, and barbarism. When that happens, the only thing left to do is to call a plumber.
In honor of plumbers everywhere, and to pay respects to the individuals themselves and the venerable profession as a whole, we have decided to use our next few blogs to discuss famous, legendary, and… surprising plumbers who have stood out over the course of history. We hope you are ready, because here we go!
Mario - Lovable, Pop Culture Icon
Any list of iconic, famous, or legendary plumbers would be incomplete without the man who is perhaps the important fictional character in the history of video games, Mario. The Mario franchise of video games is the bestselling franchise of ALL TIME.
Over 210 million Mario games have been sold since this red and blue clad plumber first appeared under the moniker “Jumpman.” (Who’s the real Jumpman, Mr. Michael Jordan?? Eh??)
in the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong, Jumpman was granted the iconic Mario name in the 1982 arcade game, Donkey Kong Junior, in which has been cast in the roll of “bad guy.”
In 1983, the identity of our beloved Italian-American plumber solidified when he was given his very own game, titled Mario Bros. This also marked the debut of Mario’s beloved younger brother Luigi, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Mario’s ability to hold a place in popular culture for nearly 40 years has helped him secure this top spot in our list of plumbers.