Pauline (originally known as the Lady and known as Porin in Japan) is a fictional character in Nintendo's Mario franchise. She is the woman whom Mario must rescue from Donkey Kong in the original Donkey Kong. Pauline later appeared in Family Basic and in Pinball for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Princess Peach, who was introduced in Super Mario Bros., took Pauline's place as damsel in distress in that game, eventually becoming Mario's primary romantic interest in most of the subsequent games in the series.
Pauline did not appear in another game until the 1994 Game Boy version of Donkey Kong, where she was once again taken captive by Donkey Kong and his son. Whereas the original arcade game's cabinet depicts Pauline with blond hair, the Game Boy remake features a redesigned modern Pauline as a brunette, distinguishing her from the blond-haired Peach, wearing a red dress with a torn skirt. This version of Pauline makes an appearance in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis for the Nintendo DS, where she appears as the guest of honor in the opening of the Super Mini-Mario World theme park.