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Maria, Queen Mary
マリア クイーンマリー Maria, Kuīn Marī
Maria.jpg
Artwork of Maria from the Counterattack and Certain Victory guidebook
Gender Female
Age 29[1]
Appears in EarthBound Beginnings
Residence Queen Mary's Castle
Relatives George (husband)
Ninten (great-grandson)
Mimmie (great-granddaughter)
Minnie (great-granddaughter)
Giygas (foster son)
Three Unnamed Sons[1]

Maria (Japanese: マリア Maria) is a character from EarthBound Beginnings. She is the wife of George, and great-grandmother of Ninten.

She plays an important role in the plot of EarthBound Beginnings as the queen of Magicant, where she is known as Queen Mary (Japanese: クイーンマリー Queen Mary) and resides in her castle during the events of the game.

Biography

Physical appearance

As Queen Mary, Maria has blue eyes and shoulder-length blonde hair that is parted by a crown a top of her head. The appearance of the crown varies by depiction, but it is pink in-game and gold in supplemental material, having a large gemstone that is yellow in-game or pink in official art at the center of it. She wears a long, pink gown, pink gloves, and in artwork, either a beaded necklace or gold amulet over her neck. Her shoes appear to be yellow according to her sprite. Not much is known of Maria's appearance outside of Magicant.

Background

Prior to the events of EarthBound Beginnings, she and George met while she drew carnations outside Podunk as the first person who greeted him. Afterwards, when George was selected to write a novel cataloguing the town's history, he chose Maria as its artist, and married soon after. During their marriage, Maria was known for playing piano concerts for the rest of her family, and sewing with her fellow housewives, selling the results thereof for charity to the local church.

Afterwards, as seen in the prologue and MOTHER: Invasion from the Unknown, she and George were abducted by aliens in the year 1906[2][3]/1902[1] while traveling by car from Merrysville to Podunk near Mt. Itoi. George managed to escape two years later, but was unable to rescue Maria. As a result, she spent most of her life taking care of an infant Giegue, the game's primary villain.

In EarthBound Beginnings

Role

When Ninten first visits her castle, Queen Mary will ask him to learn her song so she could remember the tune. She tells him it will be an easy task, due to it being only eight notes long. She is a major driving force in the plot of EarthBound Beginnings; the Eight Melodies is a lullaby that she sang to Giegue and the bulk of the plot revolves around learning said melody.

When Ninten returns after learning the Eight Melodies, she reminisces her past and an alien named Giegue, causing her to remember that she is Maria and that Magicant was a mirage born from her consciousness. After telling Ninten and his friends about her past, she vanishes along with Magicant to join her husband, as her purpose has been completed.

During the final battle, when using the check command, Mary's consciousness informs Ninten's party that the only thing that may defeat Giegue is to sing her lullaby with all of their heart.

For clarity, the player cannot name a character Mary.

Gallery

Gallery
 
Queen Mary's in-game sprite

Trivia

  • A minor sprite error occurs during the scene where Magicant disappears, where Maria's dress is colored red instead of its usual pink.


  Characters of
EarthBound Beginnings
 
Main Party
 
Ninten
 
Lloyd
 
Ana
 
Teddy
Allies
GeorgeMaria
Mimmie and MinniePippi
Queen MaryFlying MenEve
Villain
Giegue
Others
MickMrs. LindgrenA. GoodmanAbbottMysterious Goods-KeeperMysterious MimickerBenevolent Old ManForgotten ManGoldrich DuncanOld Sawbones BennyMysterious TeacherSuzyBuggerror RosemaryTom GarricksonGarrickson babyLloyd's fatherBla-Bla GangAbleBaker
List of all characters
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 MOTHER: Invasion from the Unknown
  2. "At that time, a young married couple vanished mysteriously from their home. The man's name was George, the woman's name was Maria. Two years later, as suddenly as he left, George returned. ... 80 years have passed since then." - EarthBound Beginnings Intro
  3. MOTHER Encyclopedia (Note: The Mother's Day Times page reveals the game to take place in 1988)