I found myself pondering Super Mario Bros. 2 recently. The end reveals that it was all just Mario’s dream. None of it happened. However, I didn’t use Mario when I beat it. He wasn’t bad, but I usually preferred either the ability of the Princess to float without being lost uncontrolled like Luigi or Toad’s short, controlled jumps and strength. Luigi was too wild, and Mario was a good mix but either the Princess or Toad was better.
That means Mario was dreaming about the Princess and Toad saving a world without any help from him.
That’s a weird dream for him to have, not even being in it. Maybe Mario had some kind of complex.