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Rosalina's Legacy by e-hima Rosalina's Legacy by e-hima
I'm a huge fan of the theory that Rosalina is the daughter of Lady Timpani and Lord Blumiere from the Paper Mario series. :D The quickest summary I can write is there are coincidences that Timpani and Rosalina share. A major point is that both depictions of their home involve a tree on a hill and them residing in a place where no other beings are mentioned to exist beyond their own family-- Timpani with Blumiere and Rosalina with her father, mother and brother, respectively.

The second major point is Dimentio's promise of a 'shadow' that would seek to destroy all worlds after his demise in Super Paper Mario, which would likely be the cause of Timpani's death in Super Mario Galaxy-- and while it couldn't destroy the paradise created from the Purity Heart, it's very likely this was the destruction of Rosalina's 'world' in childhood. [This can get confusing if you don't know the plots from different games, but it's worth noting!]

And the third major point would be the Tribe of the Ancient's knowledge that darkness, ultimately, can't live without light. The Shamans from the Mario series understood this information from the [Dark] Prognosticus, whose owner is almost certainly the late Dimentio himself. Hence, it's likely Rosalina exists as Dimentio's failsafe to provide the light that will battle the source of evil that will enter every Mario story, regardless of who the protagonist/antagonist may be.

But hey, like I said, this is all just a theory. It's just really cool to me. :D


Along with Rosalina, I added Dimentio, the seven Star Spirits, Twink, Tribe of the Ancient Four, and Geno (who I designed differently because his game depiction is just Gaz's doll from Super Mario RPG-- so this is how I imagine a Star Warrior would look like to serve Rosalina). And for personal kicks, I chose green for Geno's hair to connect the mystery of Rosalina's brother (in Rosalina's storybook, her younger brother is depicted with mint-green hair). Still kept certain features like the key symbol on his armor, and the line on his face that his toy form had. :]

Man, these characters are definitely tops on my list of favorites. Sometimes I wish the Mario games would flesh out more of their back-stories, but at least it gives us wiggle room to imagine possibilities. :D

More Geno and Mallow later on!

Handy references:

Tribe of Ancients…

Star Spirits


Lady Timpani

Lord Blumiere

Timpani & Blumiere's Ending…

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StamayoStudio Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I heard of a different theory:…
e-hima Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh nice, he uploaded the standard theory! :D People were asking Game Theory to come up with a video based on Rosalina. It's nice to see it in detail, but it would've been more interesting if it were a new theory altogether.

Thanks for sharing, I didn't know he made this!
XxClockworkResonance Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg your story with Geno and all just made my Geno feels go off the charts. Great image I love it so much ;U;
MinnaJones Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg, that's awesome!
SilverStarlite Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
actually, i was wondering if you'd be willing to sell me a print of this? i mean, theres a printshop in my hometown, but i'd rather give money back to the artist.
SilverStarlite Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... this is the most glorious depiction of all my headcanons i have ever seen... :iconcryforeverplz:
Maxx2DXtreame Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great theory! I wish I'd played the Super Mario Galaxy game now >.<
Altermentality Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy wow.

I'm not sure how on board I am with that theory, but it's interesting to consider, and this is probably the most amazing Paper Mario fan art I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot in my time.
Scarbious Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So Bowser was being used by Dimmy?! Oops! 
TheScorpion0081 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You theory is really thought out and pretty interesting as a whole, although a few questions come up about time table. The art is amazing too. One mild nitpick, I think that the shoulder spike on Geno is a bit much. He still looks awesome, though.

It's nice to see people who are trying to unravel the mysteries behind Rosie's past. I also wondered who her parents were as well as other things that I'm sure Nintendo isn't going to even try to develop. Heck, the fact that there even is a backstory is amazing.

Anyways, beautiful work!
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