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You ever thought about how Mario and Sonic are literally the respective videogame equivalents of Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny?
Mario and Mickey: both the earliest and most loved characters in their industries who both set the standards for what would come after. Both are mostly wholesome, nice guy characters with a ruff and tumble action hero side that they only bring out occasionally.
Sonic and Bugs: latecomers to their industries, up and coming rivals to the prior two, who'd later become friendly rivals who appear in some things together. Both are cocky smart alecks who are good at outsmarting their adversaries, and play the straight man in various situations, but above all they're decent, respectable guys.