History Series / TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow

17th Feb '17 11:28:59 PM foxley
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* PendulumOfDeath: "The Adventures of Sherlock Mario" has the gang tied up and subject to this.
31st Jan '17 9:51:48 PM whateveryousay21
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Yes and No with Princess Toadstool. She's a redhead in this series (and its sequels). Official Nintendo art even at the time leaned toward making her blonde as she is in all games from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' on but the hardware/palette limitations of the NES meant she had red hair in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros 1''[[labelnote:*]] (she and the Toads use the Fire Mario palette)[[/labelnote]] and brown hair in ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 SMB 2]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 3]]'', so her hair in these cartoons (which predate ''World'') is at least justified.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Yes and No with Princess Toadstool. She's a redhead redhead(or sometimes brown hair in the later episodes- the animation was a bit inconsistent with this show and tended to fluctuate even between scenes) in this series (and its sequels). Official Nintendo art even at the time leaned toward making her blonde as she is in all games from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' on but the hardware/palette limitations of the NES meant she had red hair in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros 1''[[labelnote:*]] (she and the Toads use the Fire Mario palette)[[/labelnote]] and brown hair in ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 SMB 2]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 3]]'', so her hair in these cartoons (which predate ''World'') is at least justified.
25th Jan '17 9:36:16 AM tropower
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* MythologyGag: At one point in ''Brooklyn Bound'' Mario can be heard using the classic Captain Lou Albano / "pirate" voice he (Lou Albano) used during the time he was in the World Wrestling Federation.
13th Jan '17 9:16:03 PM PKMN37
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* EquivalentExchange: In "The Great Gladiator Gig", a donkey helps Mario and Luigi escape Koopa by giving them a ride in exchange for oats. Once Mario runs out of oats, the donkey kicks them off.
--->'''Donkey:''' No oats, no work. Sorry, fat boy.
13th Jan '17 3:57:31 PM Nintendoman01
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: In one episode Luigi doesn't believe in magic lamps despite all the other stuff like warrior turtles, mushroom people, and magic stars and flowers he's okay with.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: ArbitrarySkepticism:
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In one episode episode, Luigi doesn't believe in magic lamps despite all the other stuff like warrior turtles, mushroom people, and magic stars and flowers he's okay with.with.
** Similarly, in the episode "Count Koopula," even though he's seen crazy things like magic stars and flowers, mushroom people, and warrior turtles, Mario doesn't believe in vampires... until a [[MixAndMatchCritters Tweeter Bat]] sucks every drop of tomato sauce out of his ravioli right in front of him.


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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: The episode "Count Koopula," King Koopa has become a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], the titular Count Koopula, capable of VoluntaryShapeshifting into a bat and having an aversion to sunlight and garlic. No explanation for how he gained vampiric traits is given, and he never displays them again in later episodes.
14th Dec '16 11:59:34 PM Soufriere
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''The Super Mario Bros. Super Show'' is a 1989 animated/live action [[Creator/DiCEntertainment DiC]] production and an AnimatedAdaptation of Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s flagship games, featuring the adventures of those plucky plumbers from Brooklyn (it's unlikely that the show has anything canon with the games outside of setting and characters, so consider it an AlternateContinuity), the Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario is voiced and portrayed live by the professional wrestler Wrestling/CaptainLouAlbano, with Danny Wells as Luigi.

The show was presented in a ThreeShorts style, where one live-action story is split into two parts and straddles an animated short. The live-action short features the brothers in Brooklyn before they were sucked into the Mushroom Kingdom, providing plumbing duties for normal joes (like Dr. Frankenstein) and celebrities (like Lyle Alzado and Cyndi Lauper) alike. The animated short features Mario and Luigi who (as shown in a in-show bumper) wound up stuck in the Mushroom Kingdom while doing a routine plumber job and got sucked down a drain which happened to be a warp pipe. They inadvertently save Princess Toadstool[[note]]her American name at the time, long before the N64 game would adopt her Japanese name, Peach[[/note]] and her servant Toad from the evil King Koopa[[note]]Bowser. [[ScrewedByTheLawyers Long story.]][[/note]] The episodes would see the group traveling the oddly variously themed sections of the Mushroom Kingdom, as the brothers and Toad bodyguard Toadstool from Koopa and saving the lands they visited while trying to find a way back home.

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''The Super Mario Bros. Super Show'' is a 1989 animated/live action [[Creator/DiCEntertainment DiC]] production and an AnimatedAdaptation of Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s flagship games, featuring the adventures of those plucky plumbers from Brooklyn adventures[[labelnote:*]] (it's unlikely that the show has anything canon with the games outside of setting and characters, so consider it an AlternateContinuity), AlternateContinuity)[[/labelnote]] of those plucky plumbers from Brooklyn, the Franchise/SuperMarioBros Franchise/SuperMarioBros. Mario is voiced and portrayed live in live-action by the professional wrestler Wrestling/CaptainLouAlbano, with Danny Wells as Luigi.

The show was presented in a ThreeShorts style, where one live-action story is split into two parts and straddles an animated short. The live-action short features the brothers in Brooklyn before they were sucked into the Mushroom Kingdom, providing plumbing duties for normal joes (like Dr. Frankenstein) and celebrities (like Lyle Alzado and Cyndi Lauper) Music/CyndiLauper) alike. The animated short features Mario and Luigi who (as shown in a in-show bumper) wound up stuck in the Mushroom Kingdom while doing a routine plumber plumbing job and got sucked down a drain which happened to be a warp pipe. They inadvertently save Princess Toadstool[[note]]her Toadstool[[note]] (her American name at the time, long years before the N64 game would adopt West officially adopted her Japanese name, Peach[[/note]] Peach, in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'')[[/note]] and her servant Toad from the evil King Koopa[[note]]Bowser.Koopa.[[note]] (Bowser. [[ScrewedByTheLawyers Long story.]][[/note]] ]])[[/note]] The episodes would see saw the group traveling travelling the oddly variously themed sections of the Mushroom Kingdom, as the brothers Brothers and Toad bodyguard Toadstool from Koopa and saving the lands they visited while trying to find a way back home.



* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon: Though 13 of the episode's cartoon segments were episodes of the [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda Legend of Zelda cartoon]].

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* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon: Though 13 of the episode's cartoon segments were episodes of the [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda Legend of Zelda cartoon]].



* AdaptationDyeJob: Yes and no with Princess Toadstool- official Nintendo art always leaned towards making her blonde, while ''Super Mario Bros. 2''(and 3) gave her brown hair, the first game actually did have red hair due to palette/hardware limitations(Toadsool and the toads all use the fire Mario palette).

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Yes and no No with Princess Toadstool- official Toadstool. She's a redhead in this series (and its sequels). Official Nintendo art always even at the time leaned towards toward making her blonde, while ''Super Mario Bros. 2''(and 3) gave her brown hair, blonde as she is in all games from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' on but the first game actually did have hardware/palette limitations of the NES meant she had red hair due to palette/hardware limitations(Toadsool in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros 1''[[labelnote:*]] (she and the toads all Toads use the fire Fire Mario palette).palette)[[/labelnote]] and brown hair in ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 SMB 2]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 3]]'', so her hair in these cartoons (which predate ''World'') is at least justified.



* ArbitrarySkepticism: In one episode Luigi doesn't believe in magic lamps despite all the other stuff like warrior turtles, mushroom people and magic stars and flowers he's okay with.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: In one episode Luigi doesn't believe in magic lamps despite all the other stuff like warrior turtles, mushroom people people, and magic stars and flowers he's okay with.



* BigApplesauce: While all the DiC ''Mario'' shows give the Mario Brothers New York accents, [[BigEater appetities]], and, to a lesser extent, [[BrooklynRage personalities]], it's at its strongest in the ''Super Show''. The live action segments even take place in Flatbush, with an EstablishingShot on the Brooklyn Bridge!

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* BigApplesauce: While all the DiC [=DiC=] ''Mario'' shows give the Mario Brothers New York accents, [[BigEater appetities]], appetites]], and, to a lesser extent, [[BrooklynRage personalities]], it's at its strongest in the ''Super Show''. The live action segments even take place in Flatbush, with an EstablishingShot on the Brooklyn Bridge!Bridge! Makes sense considering they cast Captain Lou, a genuine New Yorker, as Mario.



** Averted when [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]] appeared in a live-action segment, along with Music/{{Cher}} and WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget on different episodes.

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** Averted when [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]] appeared in a live-action segment, along with Music/{{Cher}} and WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget on WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget[[labelnote:*]] (another [=DiC=] property)[[/labelnote]] in different episodes.



* CelebrityParadox: Captain Lou Albano played Mario in both the live-action and animated segments of the show. In a particularly memorable live-action segment, Luigi mentions that Mario idolizes Captain Lou, who goes missing. Cyndi Lauper then shows up to lead a search to find Albano. Albano appears at the end of the episode, shortly after Mario leaves...

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* CelebrityParadox: Captain Lou Albano played Mario in both the live-action and animated segments of the show. In a particularly memorable live-action segment, Luigi mentions that Mario idolizes Captain Lou, who goes missing. Cyndi Lauper Music/CyndiLauper then shows up to lead a search to find Albano. Albano appears at the end of the episode, shortly after Mario leaves...



* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: Most of the episodes featured a cover song during an action sequence. When the show was reran in the early 1990s, these were removed and replaced with BGM from the series. In many instances, the cover songs were the highlights of the episodes, as the subject matter often tied into the action (for example, "Proud Mary" played in "Rollin' Down the River", an episode taking place on a steamboat; "Bad" by Music/MichaelJackson is played in the episode, "King Mario of Cramalot", after Mario says, "I'm bad!"; "Thriller" by the same Michael Jackson in "Count Koopula", an episode taking place in Koopa's haunted castle), so their removal really hurt part of the show's appeal.

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* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: Most of the episodes featured a cover song during an action sequence. When the show was reran rerun in the early 1990s, these were removed and replaced with BGM from the series. In many instances, the cover songs were the highlights of the episodes, as the subject matter often tied into the action (for example, "Proud Mary" played in "Rollin' Down the River", an episode taking place on a steamboat; "Bad" by Music/MichaelJackson is played in the episode, episode "King Mario of Cramalot", Cramalot" after Mario says, "I'm bad!"; "Thriller" by the same Michael Jackson shows up in "Count Koopula", an episode taking place in Koopa's haunted castle), so their removal really hurt part of the show's appeal.



* ContinuitySnarl: Averted. Somehow. Despite the show taking place in an awkward era for ''Mario'' games in the US where the only available source material was two completely separate games that originally had no bearing on one another, the show manages to employ the conventions of both in a faithful way consistently (allowing for standard cartoon [[HandWave handwaving]]). For example, most of the enemies from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' are never stomped on, the Mushroom Kingdom people being turned to stone was a plot point in the original ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Super Mario Bros.]]'', and the use of the items throughout the show plays on both the games' conventions and player conventions (i.e. Mario being more confident with the Fire Flower as most players are or Toad being able to lift vegetables the fastest and jump the lowest when all the characters jump).
* CoverVersion: Nearly every episode featured a cover song of a famous song, such as [[Music/MichaelJackson "Bad," "Thriller," and "Beat It."]]

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* ContinuitySnarl: Averted. Somehow. Despite the show taking place in being made during an awkward era for ''Mario'' games in the US US, where the only available source material was two completely separate games that originally had no bearing on one another, the show manages to employ the conventions of both in a faithful way consistently (allowing for standard cartoon [[HandWave handwaving]]). For example, most of the enemies from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' are never stomped on, the Mushroom Kingdom people being turned to stone was a plot point in the original ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Super Mario Bros.]]'', and the use of the items throughout the show plays on both the games' conventions mechanics and player conventions (i.e. Mario being more confident with the Fire Flower as most players are or Toad being able to lift vegetables the fastest and jump the lowest when all the characters jump).
* CoverVersion: Nearly every episode featured a cover song of a famous song, such as [[Music/MichaelJackson "Bad," "Thriller," "Bad", "Thriller", and "Beat It."]]It"]]. Naturally, these had to be replaced in reairings.



** Two live-action segments had the Mario Bros. meet WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget (played by MauriceLaMarche, no less).

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** Two live-action segments had the Mario Bros. meet WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget (played by MauriceLaMarche, Creator/MauriceLaMarche, no less).



* EveryEpisodeEnding: The cast would told viewers to do the Mario! And during the closing credits, As Mario dances, He appears everywhere on the screen.
-->'''Mario:''' Until Next Time, Everybody.....
-->'''Everybody:''' ... Do the Mario!

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* EveryEpisodeEnding: The cast would told viewers to do the Mario! And during the closing credits, As as Mario dances, He he appears everywhere on the screen.
-->'''Mario:''' Until Next Time, Everybody.....
Everybody...
-->'''Everybody:''' ... Do the Mario!



* ExpositoryThemeSong

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* ExpositoryThemeSongExpositoryThemeSong: Two, actually. The first for the main series, and then a shorter one for Mario cartoon segments.



* FountainOfYouth: Appears in the episode "Two Plumbers and a Baby". Toadstool accidentally falls in it, transforming her into an infant. Koopa ends up falling in it too, by the end of the episode. [[HilariousInHindsight Baby Peach and Baby Bowser actually became canon characters much later on]] (In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' and ''[[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island]]'', respectively).
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Workin' for a Livin'", the song used in the original version of the episode "Plumbers' Academy", uses the word "damn", which is another possible reason as to why the songs were removed.
** In "Count Koopula," the group fights off a pack of Koopa Troopa Wereturtles by attacking with bottles of marinara. When one approaches, Toad remarks, "You've been hittin' the SAUCE again!"

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* FountainOfYouth: Appears in the episode "Two Plumbers and a Baby". Toadstool accidentally falls in it, transforming her into an infant. Koopa ends up falling in it too, by the end of the episode. [[HilariousInHindsight Baby Peach and Baby Bowser actually became canon characters much later on]] (In (in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' and ''[[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island]]'', ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'', respectively).
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Workin' for a Livin'", the song used in the original version of the episode "Plumbers' Academy", uses the word "damn", which is another possible reason as to why the songs were removed.
** In "Count Koopula," Koopula", the group fights off a pack of Koopa Troopa Wereturtles by attacking with bottles of marinara. When one approaches, Toad remarks, "You've been hittin' the SAUCE again!"



* IdiotHero: Mario and Luigi are implied to be as such in the episode "Koopenstein." In that episode, Koopa has captured them and plans to use their brains to complete his monster experiment. Before he does so, he measures their combined brain power; according to the scans, Mario and Luigi's combined I.Q. is lower than that of a potted plant, much to Koopa's disbelief:
-->'''Koopa''': [[LampshadeHanging No one is]] ''[[LampshadeHanging that]]'' [[LampshadeHanging stupid]]!

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* IdiotHero: Mario and Luigi are implied to be as such in the episode "Koopenstein." "Koopenstein". In that episode, Koopa has captured them and plans to use their brains to complete his monster experiment. Before he does so, he measures their combined brain power; according to the scans, Mario and Luigi's combined I.Q. is lower than that of a potted plant, much to Koopa's disbelief:
-->'''Koopa''': [[LampshadeHanging No one is]] ''[[LampshadeHanging that]]'' [[LampshadeHanging is THAT stupid]]!



* InsistentTerminology: Bowser was always referred to as "King Koopa", and never by his first name. Averted with the Princess; "Toadstool" was her Western name until 1996, years after this cartoon ended production. He did refer to himself by his full name, King Bowser Koopa, at one point in the series.

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* InsistentTerminology: Bowser was always referred to as "King Koopa", Koopa" (his Japanese name at the time), and never by his first name. Averted with the Princess; Princess "Toadstool" was her Western name until 1996, years after this cartoon ended production. He did refer to himself by his full name, King Bowser Koopa, at one point in the series.



* MusicalEpisode/RhymingEpisode: "Bad Rap" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is performed entirely in]] [[StylisticSuck (awful)]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rap.]]

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* MusicalEpisode/RhymingEpisode: "Bad Rap" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is performed entirely in]] [[StylisticSuck (awful)]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rap.]]rap]].



* OffModel:
** Mario and Luigi have the colors of their shirts and overalls swapped, and King Koopa is in different colors. This is even repeated for the next two Mario cartoons. Though to be fair, this was based on how they looked in the original game. Their current appearances weren't established yet. The Koopa Troopas also have beady eyes and different colors in this series. However, even this doesn't describe the overall quality of this series, which looks like an odd mix between a 1970s Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon and a 1940s WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short featuring the Mario cast depending on the scene.
** As a show from the 80's, mistakes in the animation were inevitable, but the errors of that and continuity are so pervasive in this series that it's impossible to list them all on here. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDL31NObAsc This video]] highlights some glaring examples of the mistakes.

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* OffModel:
OffModel: This show is infamous for it (and its follow-ups are even worse).
** Mario and Luigi have the colors of their shirts and overalls swapped, swapped[[labelnote:*]] (in the modern games and official art, their overalls are blue and their undershirts are red/green; it's the opposite here)[[/labelnote]], and King Koopa is in different colors. This is even repeated for the next two Mario cartoons. Though to entirely green, plus Princess Toadstool's AdaptationDyeJob mentioned above. To be fair, this was though, all of these are based on how they the characters looked in the original game. Their first three games their current appearances weren't really established yet. yet, especially outside Japan.
*** These changes are maintained in subsequent Mario cartoons, including ''World'' where it's a lot less justified.
**
The Koopa Troopas also have beady eyes look and different colors in this series. However, even this doesn't describe the overall quality of this series, which looks like an odd mix series waffles between a 1970s Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon and a 1940s WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short featuring the Mario cast depending on the scene.
scene.
** As a show cheaply-produced cartoon from the 80's, mistakes in the animation were inevitable, but the inevitable. However, this show's errors of that in animation and continuity are so pervasive in this series that it's impossible to list them all on here. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDL31NObAsc This video]] highlights some of the more glaring examples of the mistakes.examples.



** In "Count Koopula," Mouser (here playing "Mousigor") leads the group into Koopa's castle while wearing a black cloak that doesn't even cover his entire face or distinctive sunglasses. Despite fighting Mouser dozens of times before, no one in the group recognizes him until he calls Toad by name, prompting the mushroom to become suspicious.
** In "Rolling Down the River," the Mario Bros. go undercover on Koopa's steamboat, and wear ill-fitting suits as a disguise; they work. Toad gets in on the action with a waiter's costume, but this one fails.
** In "The Unzappables," Mario and the gang have to sneak into Koopa's nightclub hideout. Mouser, who's serving as the doorman, fails to realize that the four people in front of him--a short mustachioed man in a hat and suit with red accents, a taller mustachioed man in a hat and suit with green accents, a young woman in a pink dress with long auburn hair, and an extremely short individual wearing a newsboy outfit--might be the quartet of heroes he's fought in ''every single episode.'' And none of Koopa's minions, who are all in the club, recognize them either.
* PieEyed: Almost everyone, in a rare modern use that's not a deliberate throwback.

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** In "Count Koopula," Koopula", Mouser (here playing "Mousigor") leads the group into Koopa's castle while wearing a black cloak that doesn't even cover his entire face or distinctive sunglasses. Despite fighting Mouser dozens of times before, no one in the group recognizes him until he calls Toad by name, prompting the mushroom to become suspicious.
** In "Rolling Down the River," River", the Mario Bros. go undercover on Koopa's steamboat, steamboat and wear ill-fitting suits as a disguise; they disguise. They work. Toad gets in on the action with a waiter's costume, but this one fails.
** In "The Unzappables," Unzappables", Mario and the gang have to sneak into Koopa's nightclub hideout. Mouser, who's serving as the doorman, fails to realize that the four people in front of him--a short mustachioed man in a hat and suit with red accents, a taller mustachioed man in a hat and suit with green accents, a young woman in a pink dress with long auburn hair, and an extremely short individual wearing a newsboy outfit--might be the quartet of heroes he's fought in ''every single episode.'' episode''. And none of Koopa's minions, who are all in the club, recognize them either.
* PieEyed: Almost everyone, in a rare modern use that's not a deliberate throwback. Notable too in that it's the only ''Mario'' cartoon that does this.



* PowerUpFood: In "The Adventures of Sherlock Mario," Mario eats a meatball sub he'd kept in his pocket, and it expands his stomach enough to help him break out of a DeathTrap.

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* PowerUpFood: In "The Adventures of Sherlock Mario," Mario", Mario eats a meatball sub he'd kept in his pocket, and it expands his stomach enough to help him break out of a DeathTrap.



* RecycledINSPACE: This show '''IS''' this trope. No exaggeration. Literally '''EVERY SINGLE EPISODE''' had the gang starring in either some all new world or scenario, be it [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels them becoming desert bikers]] [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs while trying to protect the area's last supply of spaghetti sauce,]] duking it out in a typical [[MayTheFarceBeWithYou Star Wars parody]], or better yet winding up in some random place like Spy Land and Car Land, and most, if not all of them, are described as being either a territory or an affiliate of the Mushroom Kingdom.

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* RecycledINSPACE: RecycledInSpace: This show '''IS''' this trope. No exaggeration. Literally '''EVERY SINGLE EPISODE''' '''''every single episode''''' had the gang starring in either some all new all-new world or scenario, be it [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels them becoming desert bikers]] [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs while trying to protect the area's last supply of spaghetti sauce,]] sauce]], duking it out in a typical [[MayTheFarceBeWithYou Star Wars parody]], or better yet winding up in some random place like Spy Land and or Car Land, Land; and most, if not all of them, are described as being either a territory or an affiliate of the Mushroom Kingdom.



* RockBottom: In one episode, Mario and friends are thrown into a dungeon. Mario tells Luigi that things could be worse. Luigi asks him how, and Mario tells him that the ceiling could flatten them like a pizza. [[TemptingFate Right on cue,]] [[DescendingCeiling the ceiling starts descending on them]]. Mario, undaunted, says that water could flood the room until they drown like rats. [[RiseToTheChallenge You know what happens next.]] Mario, still keeping his cool, says he could think of other things that could be worse, but Luigi promptly shuts him up.

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* RockBottom: In one episode, Mario and friends are thrown into a dungeon. Mario tells Luigi that things could be worse. Luigi asks him how, and Mario tells him that the ceiling could flatten them like a pizza. [[TemptingFate Right on cue,]] cue]], [[DescendingCeiling the ceiling starts descending on them]]. Mario, undaunted, says that water could flood the room until they drown like rats. [[RiseToTheChallenge You know what happens next.]] Mario, still keeping his cool, says he could think of other things that could be worse, but Luigi promptly shuts him up.



* ShoutOut: One episode was based off of ''Franchise/StarWars'', except with Mario characters and a [[MundaneMadeAwesome FLYING CASTLE IN SPACE?!]] Interestingly enough, this was one of Mario's first times in space, before even ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. Also, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen one of the original concepts for ''Star Wars'' was that most everyone would have Lightsabers, but was nixed in favor of only Jedi and Sith having them.]] In this Mario episode, however, during the first scene [[FridgeBrilliance all of Bowser's mooks have lightsaber knock-offs.]] Coincidence?
** There's also a ton of pop culture references in episode names, like "Two Plumbers and a Baby" (''Film/ThreeMenAndABaby''), "Mario of the Apes" (Film/PlanetOfTheApes), "On Her Majesty's Sewer Service" (''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'')...
** Many of King Bowser Koopa's disguised/personas in the "theme" episodes are this. (As well, as the theme episodes themselves.) In fact, Bowser's caveman persona/disguise in "A Quest for Pizza" Ally Koop is named in reference to the old comic strip ''ComicStrip/AlleyOop''

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* ShoutOut: One episode was based off of ''Franchise/StarWars'', except with Mario characters and a [[MundaneMadeAwesome FLYING CASTLE IN SPACE?!]] Interestingly enough, this was one of Mario's first times in space, before even ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. Also, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen one of the original concepts for ''Star Wars'' Star Wars was that most everyone would have Lightsabers, but was nixed in favor of only Jedi and Sith having them.]] them]]. In this Mario episode, however, during the first scene [[FridgeBrilliance all of Bowser's mooks have lightsaber knock-offs.]] knock-offs]]. Coincidence?
** There's also a ton of pop culture references in episode names, like [[Film/ThreeMenAndABaby "Two Plumbers and a Baby" (''Film/ThreeMenAndABaby''), Baby"]], [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes "Mario of the Apes" (Film/PlanetOfTheApes), Apes"]], [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService "On Her Majesty's Sewer Service" (''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'')...
Service"]]
** Many of King Bowser Koopa's disguised/personas disguises/personas in the "theme" episodes are this. (As well, this (as well as the theme episodes themselves.) themselves). In fact, Bowser's caveman persona/disguise in "A Quest for Pizza" Pizza", Ally Koop Koop, is named in reference to the old comic strip ''ComicStrip/AlleyOop'' ''ComicStrip/AlleyOop''.



** There's also King James in "Bad Rap," who both looks and sounds like James Brown (though why a soul singer is the king of ''Rap'' Land is a question that may never be answered). The same episode also features the Flab Boys, a Shout Out to the real-life rap duo the Fat Boys.
** The phrase ''Plumber's Log'' is basically a reference to the phrase ''Captain's Log'' from the Sci-Fi series: ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.

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** There's also King James in "Bad Rap," Rap", who both looks and sounds like James Brown (though why a soul singer is the king of ''Rap'' Land is a question that may never be answered). The same episode also features the Flab Boys, a Shout Out to the real-life rap duo the Fat Boys.
** The phrase ''Plumber's Log'' "Plumber's Log" is basically a pretty obvious reference to the phrase ''Captain's Log'' "Captain's Log" from the Sci-Fi series: ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise (''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' was airing at the time).



* StatusQuoIsGod: A lot of episodes of the cartoon segment open on the group's hopes that some local dogooder will join their fight to depose King Koopa and liberate the Mushroom Kingdom. As soon as Koopa's latest scheme is stopped, they're never seen again.
** Somewhat averted, as other episodes focus on a different mission of trying to raise money for orphin mushrooms, or helping liberate a "world/kingdom" from King Koopa's grasp.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: A lot of episodes of the cartoon segment open on the group's hopes that some local dogooder do-gooder will join their fight to depose King Koopa and liberate the Mushroom Kingdom. As soon as Koopa's latest scheme is stopped, they're never seen again.
** Somewhat averted, as other episodes focus on a different mission of trying to raise money for orphin orphan mushrooms, or helping liberate a "world/kingdom" from King Koopa's grasp. grasp.



* ThemeMusicPowerUp
* ThemeTuneRap: [[EarWorm Doo doo doo da da doo, doo!]] We're the Mario Brothers, and plumbing's our game...
* TooDumbToLive: In "Love Em and Leave Em". The heroes are arrested by Queen Rotunda's royal guards for stealing her royal red hot peppers. Princess Toadstool tries to argue that the peppers were growing wild, despite it clearly being shown that the peppers were fenced in.
** In "The Unzappables," Mouser is the doorman at Koopa's hideout, which requires a password to get in. When the Mario gang (in disguise) approaches, he asks them for the password; they take too long to think about it, and he yells, "IT'S 'CHEESE BALLS!'" After they enter, Mouser [[BreakingTheFourthWall turns to the audience]] and remarks that [[{{Irony}} some people are really stupid.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: King Koopa, to some extent. His game counterpart occasionally had to [[EnemyMine team up with Mario and his friends to defeat a common enemy]], as with most other villains in certain video games ([[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman]], [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]], etc.). However, literally NO episodes from this show had ANY occasion where King Koopa had to resort to this. This wouldn't be too bad, except Game Bowser also had some redeeming qualities, such as seeing Mario as a WorthyOpponent, never harming Peach when he kidnaps her (with [[VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach a]] [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory few]] [[VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld exceptions]]), and being a BenevolentBoss to his minions. This version, however, does not share any of these traits. Comparing these two versions of Bowser makes his cartoon self seem completely black-hearted (to the extent of trying to KILL Santa Claus in "Koopa Klaus"). Subverted in the later cartoons, however, where he still doesn't share Game Bowser's previously stated redeeming qualities, but he's shown to be a caring father when it comes to the Koopalings.
* TotallyRadical: Averted in both the live action skits and for the most part, the cartoon. However, when it was changed to "Club Mario" during the summer of 1990, it was played [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEwIyV-4uRI straighter than an arrow.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The Mario Bros. ''love'' Italian foods like pasta and pizza, the latter moreso in the live action segments to the extent they describe themselves as "pizzatarians."

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* ThemeMusicPowerUp
ThemeMusicPowerUp: What do you expect from a cartoon based on a video game?
* ThemeTuneRap: [[EarWorm Doo doo doo da da doo, doo!]] We're "We're the Mario Brothers, and plumbing's our game...
game..."
* TooDumbToLive: In "Love Em and Leave Em". The Em", the heroes are arrested by Queen Rotunda's royal guards for stealing her royal red hot red-hot peppers. Princess Toadstool tries to argue that the peppers were growing wild, despite it clearly being shown that the peppers were fenced in.
** In "The Unzappables," Unzappables", Mouser is the doorman at Koopa's hideout, which requires a password to get in. When the Mario gang (in disguise) approaches, he asks them for the password; they take too long to think about it, and he yells, "IT'S 'CHEESE BALLS!'" BALLS'!" After they enter, Mouser [[BreakingTheFourthWall turns to the audience]] and remarks that [[{{Irony}} some people are really stupid.]]
stupid]].
* TookALevelInJerkass: King Koopa, to some extent. His game counterpart occasionally had to [[EnemyMine team up with Mario and his friends to defeat a common enemy]], as with most not unlike other villains in certain video other games ([[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman]], [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]], etc.). However, literally NO episodes from this show had ANY occasion where King Koopa had to resort to this. This wouldn't be too bad, except Game Bowser in the games also had has some redeeming qualities, such as seeing Mario as a WorthyOpponent, never harming Peach when he kidnaps her (with [[VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach a]] [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory few]] [[VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld exceptions]]), and being a BenevolentBoss to his minions. This version, however, does not share any of these traits. Comparing these two versions of Bowser makes his cartoon self seem completely black-hearted (to the extent of trying to KILL ''kill'' Santa Claus in "Koopa Klaus"). Subverted in the later cartoons, however, where he still doesn't share Game Bowser's previously stated redeeming qualities, but he's shown to be a caring father when it comes to the Koopalings.
* TotallyRadical: Averted in both the live action skits and and, for the most part, the cartoon. However, when it was changed to the rebroadcast in 1990 replaced the Mario sketches with "Club Mario" during the summer of 1990, Mario", it was played [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEwIyV-4uRI straighter than an arrow.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The Mario Bros. ''love'' Italian foods like pasta and pizza, the latter moreso in the live action segments to the extent they describe themselves as "pizzatarians.""pizzatarians".



* VagueAge: The ages of all four of the main characters are never specified. Lou Albano was in his fifties when he played Mario, while Danny Wells, who was Luigi, was in his forties, though this contradicts [[WordOfGod Nintendo's report]] that Mario is twenty-six. It makes sense that they're middle-aged, though, as they not only have their own established plumbing business, but there's never any sign of romantic attraction between Mario and the Princess, who seems to be in her late teens/early twenties.
** Toad is hit with this worst. As noted above, he's the TagalongKid in some episodes (notably "Koopa Klaus," when his only concern at Christmas is presents). However, he's also old enough to be an official Mushroom Retainer (a title he himself uses in a few episodes), is legally able to drive, and is close friends with Hercufleas, a middle-aged man.
* WaterIsAir: "Mario of the Deep" has the main characters spending the entire episode underwater [[SuperNotDrowningSkills with no apparent repercussions]] (of course, [[FridgeBrilliance that kinda problem doesn't happen in the 2D games either...]]). In fact, they actually manage to walk around like if they were on land ''and'' they manage to not have their headwear (or the Princess's hair) drift upward once.
** However, in "The Unzappables," the quartet is given the CementShoes treatment, which is played extremely seriously. Then again, they talk freely underwater and don't seem all that worried about drowning, so it's something of a Zigzagged Trope.

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* VagueAge: The ages of all four of the main characters are never specified. Lou Albano was in his fifties when he played Mario, while Danny Wells, who was Luigi, Wells (Luigi) was in his forties, though this forties. This contradicts [[WordOfGod Nintendo's report]] that Mario is twenty-six. It makes sense that they're middle-aged, though, as they not only have their own established plumbing business, but there's never any sign of romantic attraction between Mario and the Princess, who seems to be in her late teens/early twenties.
** Toad is hit with this worst. As noted above, he's the TagalongKid in some episodes (notably "Koopa Klaus," Klaus", when his only concern at Christmas is presents). However, he's also old enough to be an official Mushroom Retainer (a title he himself uses in a few episodes), is legally able to drive, and is close friends with Hercufleas, a middle-aged man.
* WaterIsAir: "Mario of the Deep" has the main characters spending the entire episode underwater [[SuperNotDrowningSkills with no apparent repercussions]] (of course, [[FridgeBrilliance that kinda problem doesn't happen in the 2D games either...]]). either]]). In fact, they actually manage to walk around like as if they were on land ''and'' they manage to not have their headwear (or the Princess's hair) drift upward once.
** However, in "The Unzappables," Unzappables", the quartet is given the CementShoes treatment, which is played extremely seriously. Then again, they talk freely underwater and don't seem all that worried about drowning, so it's something of a Zigzagged Trope.



* WeirdTradeUnion: Mario and Luigi had a flashback where they were part of a plumbers' union. The weird part is that it had stringent physical fitness requirements.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the end of "Flatbush Koopa," the nerdy cab-driver who was turned into a pile of bricks by Koopa is never shown returned to normal. (Despite [[Main/UnexplainedRecovery a cameo]] in the sequel-show "Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3" in "Recycled Koopa.") In the same episode some of Bowser's "Koopa Troopas" were apparently still left in Brooklyn and chased by the police.
** Also, in "Princess I Shrunk the Marios" Mouser (one of Bowser Koopa's main henchmen in the show) is shrunken, and placed in a jar by the good wizard, and not seen for the rest of the episode. (Though, earlier 2 Mousers are seen in the episode. Either an animation error, or reference to the fact [[FridgeBrilliance there are indeed two Mousers]] in the "Super Mario Bros. 2" game.)
* WheelOFeet: Complete with a sound effect that sounded like the vine-climbing sound sped up.
* WholePlotReference: The usual template for an episode of the ''Super Show'' has the heroes traveling to a PlanetOfHats themed around a reference to a certain medium, and then engaging in a WholePlotReference to said media. For example, "Star Koopa" parodying ''StarWars'' and "Toad Warrior" parodying ''MadMax 2: The Road Warrior''. This type of story was mostly dropped for the next two series.

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* WeirdTradeUnion: Mario and Luigi had a flashback where they were part of a plumbers' union. The weird part is that it had stringent physical fitness requirements.
requirements. [[labelnote:Fun Fact -]] New York is one of the most (only) heavily unionized states, and plumbers there often are union members.[[/labelnote]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the end of "Flatbush Koopa," Koopa", the nerdy cab-driver who was turned into a pile of bricks by Koopa is never shown returned to normal. (Despite normal (despite [[Main/UnexplainedRecovery a cameo]] in the sequel-show "Adventures ''Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3" 3'' in "Recycled Koopa.") Koopa"). In the same episode episode, some of Bowser's "Koopa Troopas" were apparently still left in Brooklyn and chased by the police.
police.
** Also, in "Princess I Shrunk the Marios" Marios", Mouser (one of Bowser Koopa's main henchmen in the show) is shrunken, and placed in a jar by the good wizard, and not seen for the rest of the episode. (Though, earlier episode (though, earlier, 2 Mousers are seen in the episode. Either episode either an animation error, or reference to the fact [[FridgeBrilliance there are indeed two Mousers]] in the "Super Mario Bros. 2" game.)
game).
* WheelOFeet: Complete with a sound effect that sounded sounds like the vine-climbing sound sped up.
* WholePlotReference: The usual template for an episode of the ''Super Show'' has the heroes traveling to a PlanetOfHats themed around a reference to a certain medium, and then engaging in a WholePlotReference to said media. For example, "Star Koopa" parodying ''StarWars'' ''Film/StarWars'' and "Toad Warrior" parodying ''MadMax ''Film/MadMax 2: The Road Warrior''. This type of story was mostly dropped for the next two series.
8th Dec '16 3:02:14 PM starofjusticev21
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* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Each of the Mario Bros.' relatives who visited them in the live-action segments were played by the same actors as the Bros. themselves. And when the two characters appear in the same scene or room, one of them is either offscreen or played by another actor with their face obscured.

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* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Each of the Mario Bros.' relatives who visited them in the live-action segments were played by the same actors as the Bros. themselves. And when the two characters appear in the same scene or room, one of them is either offscreen or [[FakeShemp played by another actor with their face obscured.obscured]].
2nd Oct '16 7:28:54 AM TristanJeremiah
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->'''Koopa: ->''Think of the destruction, think of the wreckage, think of how much this'll lower my heating bill!
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Queen Rotunda in "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em" accidentally becomes this to Mario when she drinks a love potion.

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->'''Koopa: ->''Think -->'''King Koopa:''' Think of the destruction, think of the wreckage, think of how much this'll lower my heating bill!
* AbhorrentAdmirer:
bill!
*AbhorrentAdmirer:
Queen Rotunda in "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em" accidentally becomes this to Mario when she drinks a love potion.
2nd Oct '16 7:25:15 AM TristanJeremiah
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->''Koopa: Think of the destruction, think of the wreckage, think of how much this'll lower my heating bill!

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->''Koopa: Think ->'''Koopa: ->''Think of the destruction, think of the wreckage, think of how much this'll lower my heating bill!
2nd Oct '16 7:23:26 AM TristanJeremiah
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->''"Koopa: Think of the destruction, think of the wreckage, think of how much this'll lower my heating bill!

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->''"Koopa: ->''Koopa: Think of the destruction, think of the wreckage, think of how much this'll lower my heating bill!
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