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19th Apr '18 8:20:41 AM Sonofstranger
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* PiratesWhoDontDoAnything: The two groups of organized crime in Rogueport- the Robbo Gang and the Pianta Syndicate- are rarely seen participating in criminal activities (unless the gambling in the Pianta Parlor is considered illegal). The only actual scene displaying their turf war is in the very beginning of the game in the background where two Pianta guards and two Craws fight in town square. Don Pianta mentions some mafia-esque protection racketeering, but no one else ever brings it up, as the only shops in his turf are owned by him.
18th Apr '18 8:02:21 PM TheTropper
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* AntiFrustrationFeature: At one pivotal point in the FinalBoss fight, [[spoiler:the game rigs the slot machine to give you a much-needed Shine Sprite Bingo, which restores everything]].

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* AntiFrustrationFeature: AntiFrustrationFeature:
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At one pivotal point in the FinalBoss fight, [[spoiler:the game rigs the slot machine to give you a much-needed Shine Sprite Bingo, which restores everything]].



** Chapter 4 has Doopliss, who curses the people of Twilight Town to become pigs [[spoiler:and steals Mario's name and body. Although he later becomes connected to the main plot when he joins the Shadow Sirens]].

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** Chapter 4 has Doopliss, who curses the people of Twilight Town to become pigs [[spoiler:and steals Mario's name and body. Although he later becomes connected to the main plot when he joins the Shadow Sirens]].Sirens.]]



* BadassMustache:
** Mario, Luigi, and Bobbery's mustaches are badass, as numerous characters point out during the game. General White fits this too; Goombella even states his mustache gives Mario's some competition. Also, Merlon with his gigantic 'stache that goes down below his waist; it eventually grows down to his feet in his ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' appearance!
* BaddieFlattery: The main antagonist of Chapter 3, [[spoiler:Grubba]] compliments Mario amid his trash-talking and seems to genuinely appreciate "The Great Gonzales", even [[spoiler:in his battle where he turns into Macho Grubba, he still compliments Mario for his showmanship and fighting abilities.]]

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* BadassMustache:
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BadassMustache: Mario, Luigi, and Bobbery's mustaches are badass, as numerous characters point out during the game. General White fits this too; Goombella even states his mustache gives Mario's some competition. Also, Merlon with his gigantic 'stache that goes down below his waist; it eventually grows down to his feet in his ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' appearance!
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* BaddieFlattery: BaddieFlattery:
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The main antagonist boss of Chapter 3, [[spoiler:Grubba]] compliments Mario amid his trash-talking and seems to genuinely appreciate "The Great Gonzales", even [[spoiler:in his battle where he turns into Macho Grubba, he still compliments Mario for his showmanship and fighting abilities.]]



* BaitAndSwitch: In Chapter 6, the snooty Bob-omb couple can be seen arguing about what to get their son Bub for his birthday. If you talk to him, he says that he only wants a signature from someone on the train that he looks up to. Given that Zip Toad, a celebrity ([[spoiler:which later turns out to be Doopliss in disguise]]), is also on the train, most players would go to him first - except he will not sign autographs to anyone who is not a hot girl ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation and bringing out your female partners will not get you anything, not even a comment]]). However, by poking around on the train some more, you'll eventually discover that Bub actually wanted the ''train conductor's'' signature, because he looks up to his career of working on a train.

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* BaitAndSwitch: BaitAndSwitch:
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In Chapter 6, the snooty Bob-omb couple can be seen arguing about what to get their son Bub for his birthday. If you talk to him, he says that he only wants a signature from someone on the train that he looks up to. Given that Zip Toad, a celebrity ([[spoiler:which later turns out to be Doopliss in disguise]]), is also on the train, most players would go to him first - except he will not sign autographs to anyone who is not a hot girl ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation and bringing out your female partners will not get you anything, not even a comment]]). However, by poking around on the train some more, you'll eventually discover that Bub actually wanted the ''train conductor's'' signature, because he looks up to his career of working on a train.



* BreakingOutTheBoss:
** [[spoiler:The Shadow Sirens, led by Beldam, were responsible for the events of the whole game. Their boss, The Shadow Queen, was trapped in a tomb deep beneath Rogueport, essentially making her a SealedEvilInACan. Beldam spread word of a great treasure hunt and tricked Princess Peach into getting kidnapped by Grodus and the X-Nauts. Grodus himself believed he would harness the power of The Shadow Queen by using Peach as a vessel, using the Shadow Sirens as henchmen. However, they had been the ones using him and his army for their own ends of releasing their queen.]]

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* BreakingOutTheBoss:
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BreakingOutTheBoss: [[spoiler:The Shadow Sirens, led by Beldam, were responsible for the events of the whole game. Their boss, The Shadow Queen, was trapped in a tomb deep beneath Rogueport, essentially making her a SealedEvilInACan. Beldam spread word of a great treasure hunt and tricked Princess Peach into getting kidnapped by Grodus and the X-Nauts. Grodus himself believed he would harness the power of The Shadow Queen by using Peach as a vessel, using the Shadow Sirens as henchmen. However, they had been Beldam was the ones one using him and his army for their her own ends of releasing their queen.the Shadow Queen.]]



* ButtMonkey: [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou The audience,]] whose torture ranges from being scared out of their wits and munched by Hooktail to [[spoiler:getting dragged off to Hell by the Shadow Queen]].

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[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou The audience,]] whose torture ranges from being scared out of their wits and munched by Hooktail to [[spoiler:getting dragged off to Hell by the Shadow Queen]].



* ChickMagnet: Every female party member kisses Mario when they join ... must be the [[BadassMustache 'stache]]. Even ''[[{{Jerkass}} Beldam]]'' thinks he's handsome. What can we say? Chicks dig the [[BadassMustache 'stache.]]

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* ChickMagnet: Every female party member kisses Mario when they join ... must be the [[BadassMustache 'stache]].join. Even ''[[{{Jerkass}} Beldam]]'' thinks he's handsome. What can we say? Chicks They must dig the [[BadassMustache 'stache.]]



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: ''All'' of the Koopas, with the possible exceptions of Koops and Koopie Koo. Mario also runs into a few Shiver City penguins, all of whom are just as spacy and excitable as they were in the last game, you betcha!
** [[TheDragon Lord Crump]] is another one. Grodus even comments that Crump is "out there" at one point.

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: ''All'' of the Koopas, with the possible exceptions of Koops and Koopie Koo. Mario also runs into a few Shiver City penguins, all of whom are just as spacy and excitable as they were in the last game, you betcha!
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game. [[TheDragon Lord Crump]] is another one. Grodus even comments that Crump is "out there" at one point.



* ContinuityNod: At the beginning of the game, Parakarry from ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'' game delivers a letter to the Mario Bros. In the [[PlayableEpilogue post-game]], you can meet another of your party members from ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'', Bow. There would've been more than just the two, but they were DummiedOut. Jr. Troopa can also be seen in the background of a picture attached to e-mail sent to Mario by Zip Toad. Also, in Hooktail's castle, the note written by a dead Koopa is addressed to his son Kolorado, an NPC in the first game.

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* ContinuityNod: ContinuityNod:
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At the beginning of the game, Parakarry from ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'' game delivers a letter to the Mario Bros. In the [[PlayableEpilogue post-game]], you can meet another of your party members from ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'', Bow. There would've been more than just the two, but they were DummiedOut. Jr. Troopa can also be seen in the background of a picture attached to e-mail sent to Mario by Zip Toad. Also, in Hooktail's castle, the note written by a dead Koopa is addressed to his son Kolorado, an NPC in the first game.



* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Thousand-Year Door'' is ''definitely'' darker and edgier than its predecessor. Let's start with the opening shot of the prologue looking right at a ''gallows'' in the middle of town, [[FridgeLogic though judging from the lawless nature of the town the gallows is never actually used]]. The aptly named Rogueport is a textbook example of a [[WretchedHive Wretched Hive]], predominantly inhabited by cutthroats and miscreants, and even they are terrified of what lurks behind the Thousand-Year Door. Many of the areas in the game - notably Twilight Town and its surrounding areas, Riverside Station, the Pit of 100 Trials, and the final dungeon itself - have a creepy atmosphere by any standard, let alone those of the famously family-friendly Mario franchise. There is a dark undertone that permeates throughout the entire game, and as the plot begins to unfold, players come to the realization that [[spoiler:the ultimate motive of the X-Nauts and the Shadow Sirens is far more sinister than anyone could have initially imagined, with potentially world ending repercussions.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: There's Twilight Town, and even [[spoiler:your own party member, Vivian. Also, the black chests and the "demons" within]].
** Discussed post-game when the single Twilight Town resident in Rogueport comments that the Shadow Queen's darkness was more of a creepy, sinister kind-of-dark as opposed to the one he prefers.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Thousand-Year ''The Thousand-Year Door'' is ''definitely'' darker and edgier than its predecessor. Let's start It starts with the opening shot of the prologue looking right at a ''gallows'' in the middle of town, [[FridgeLogic though judging from the lawless nature of the town the gallows is never actually used]]. The aptly named Rogueport is a textbook example of a [[WretchedHive Wretched Hive]], predominantly inhabited by cutthroats and miscreants, and even they are terrified of what lurks behind the Thousand-Year Door. Many of the areas in the game - notably Twilight Town and its surrounding areas, Riverside Station, the Pit of 100 Trials, and the final dungeon itself - have a creepy atmosphere by any standard, let alone those of the famously family-friendly Mario franchise. There is a dark undertone that permeates throughout the entire game, and as the plot begins to unfold, players come to the realization that [[spoiler:the ultimate motive of the X-Nauts and the Shadow Sirens is far more sinister than anyone could have initially imagined, with potentially world ending repercussions.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: DarkIsNotEvil:
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There's Twilight Town, and even [[spoiler:your own party member, Vivian. Also, the black chests and the "demons" within]].
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within]]. Discussed post-game when the single Twilight Town resident in Rogueport comments that the Shadow Queen's darkness was more of a creepy, sinister kind-of-dark as opposed to the one he prefers.



** If Vivian is selected as the partner during a certain cutscene before the start of Chapter 6, her sister Beldam will comment on her appearance.



* DidYouActuallyBelieve: Hooktail, when you fall for one of her schemes before she's defeated. She'll offer you a rare badge, 1,000 coins, and... last but not least, to smell her feet.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Mario defeats [[spoiler:the demonic Final Boss]] by jumping on it and hitting it with a hammer. ...After [[spoiler:being powered up by the Crystal Stars]], admittedly.

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* DidYouActuallyBelieve: Hooktail, when you fall for one of her schemes before she's defeated. She'll offer you a rare badge, 1,000 coins, and... and last but not least, to smell her feet.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Mario defeats [[spoiler:the demonic Final Boss]] by jumping on it and hitting it with a hammer. ...After hammer after [[spoiler:being powered up by the Crystal Stars]], admittedly.



* TheDreaded: By far, [[spoiler:The Shadow Queen, who is arguably one of the most heartless, evil Mario villains to ever have been onscreen. Her legend had stood strong during the events of the game, with people still talking about the four heroes who sealed her away. Her power is immense, shown when she basically ''kills'' Grodus with a single lightning bolt, drags the audience to ''hell'' to heal herself during the second phase of her fight, and attacks with all sorts of crazy moves that would leave you hurting badly.]]

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* TheDreaded: TheDreaded:
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By far, [[spoiler:The Shadow Queen, who is arguably one of the most heartless, evil Mario villains to ever have been onscreen. Her legend had stood strong during the events of the game, with people still talking about the four heroes who sealed her away. Her power is immense, shown when she basically ''kills'' Grodus with a single lightning bolt, drags the audience to ''hell'' to heal herself during the second phase of her fight, and attacks with all sorts of crazy moves that would leave you hurting badly.]]



** Our buddy [[spoiler:Doopliss]] had his moment during the beginning of Chapter 4 where all of Twilight Town were being turned into pigs due to him making the bell ring throughout the land, leaving the remaining residents terrified as their loved ones became swine. Without a doubt, the suspense building up to who you would battle once you reached the steeple would be nerve racking your first time.

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** Our buddy [[spoiler:Doopliss]] Doopliss had his moment during the beginning of Chapter 4 where all of Twilight Town were being turned into pigs due to him making the bell ring throughout the land, leaving the remaining residents terrified as their loved ones became swine. Without a doubt, the suspense building up to who you would battle once you reached the steeple would be nerve racking your first time.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Twilight Town in Chapter 4, a villager makes a wish on the moon not to turn into a pig. When his wish is granted, he asks Mario who he thinks lives on the moon. The two answers are LittleGreenMen and Princess Peach. [[spoiler:While you don't know at this point in the narrative, the latter actually ''is'' true - Princess Peach is in the X-Naut Base, which is later revealed to be on the moon!]] The NPC's response to this answer is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial pregnant with foreshadowing]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Twilight Town in Chapter 4, a villager makes a wish on the moon not to turn into a pig. When his wish is granted, he asks Mario who he thinks lives on the moon. The two answers are LittleGreenMen and Princess Peach. [[spoiler:While you don't know at this point in the narrative, the latter actually ''is'' true - Princess Peach is in the X-Naut Base, which is later revealed to be on the moon!]] moon.]] The NPC's response to this answer is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial pregnant with foreshadowing]].



* FrothyMugsOfWater: In the North American release, Bobbery refers to his final beverage as Chuckola Cola, and the icon had been turned purple. In the original Japanese version, the drink was literally ''ビンテージレッド'', meaning ''Vintage Red'', a type of red wine.

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* FrothyMugsOfWater: In the North American release, Bobbery refers to his final beverage as Chuckola Cola, and the icon had been turned purple. In the original Japanese version, the drink was literally ''ビンテージレッド'', ''Bintejireddo'', meaning ''Vintage Red'', a type of red wine.



* HeelFaceTurn: TEC, [[spoiler:Vivian, and Cortez.]]
** Rawk Hawk definitely may qualify as a Face to all of his fans, but for the majority of Chapter 3, he's the biggest heel behind the scenes you could imagine.
** First, [[spoiler:he's the one who poisoned one of the cakes left for Mario in the locker room. A real Jerkass moment.]]
** Then, [[spoiler:he bribes a security guard to lock Mario in one of the unused locker rooms so he'd miss his title match, that being the championship title with him, Rawk Hawk.]]
** Eventually, [[spoiler:it's subverted because he changes his attitude towards you after losing.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: TEC, [[spoiler:Vivian, and Cortez.]]
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]] Rawk Hawk definitely may qualify as a Face to all of his fans, but for the majority of Chapter 3, he's the biggest heel behind the scenes you could imagine.
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imagine. First, [[spoiler:he's he's the one who poisoned one of the cakes left for Mario in the locker room. A real Jerkass moment.]]
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Then, [[spoiler:he he bribes a security guard to lock Mario in one of the unused locker rooms so he'd miss his title match, that being the championship title with him, Rawk Hawk.]]
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Hawk. Eventually, [[spoiler:it's it's subverted because he changes his attitude towards you after losing.]]



* HereWeGoAgain: The end has Peach finding another treasure map and inviting Mario to come with her to search for the treasure.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Luigi goes on his own adventure to save a princess. He even gets a book series written about it!

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* HereWeGoAgain: The end ending has Peach finding another treasure map and inviting Mario to come with her to search for the treasure.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Luigi goes on his own adventure to save a princess. He even gets a book series written about it!it.
15th Apr '18 10:44:43 AM Sonofstranger
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* UnwinnableByMistake: The fighting conditions that Grubba/[[spoiler:Jolene]] give in the Glitz Pit are completely randomized, and can make certain fights ridiculously hard (fighting the Koopinator without hammers, three Shady Koopas without jumping attacks, etc.); however if you get "don't let your partner attack" in the second fight with the Armored Harriers, you're completely screwed, as only the Yoshi Kid's Gulp attack can beat them.
15th Apr '18 10:08:43 AM Sonofstranger
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** If you miss the tattle for any enemy there is a limited number of (such as bosses or mini-bosses), the tattle log entry will appear in Professor Frankly's wastebasket, meaning you can't accidentally lock yourself out of OneHundredPercentCompletion.
27th Mar '18 4:44:46 PM Vilui
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* FakeUltimateHero: The ''Super Luigi'' books novelize Luigi's (mis)adventures in the Waffle Kingdom, but they also change a huge number of details to make Luigi look more heroic than he actually was. Among other things, they claim he played "a purifying earth spirit" in the Jazzafrazz Town play, when he was actually [[PlayingATree an inanimate patch of grass]] on the side of the road (but the town was full of Dayzees who idolized nature, and thus he was hailed by them). The end result is that the entire series is largely full of lies that is only loosely based off of the truth, [[spoiler: except for the ending]].

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* FakeUltimateHero: The ''Super Luigi'' books novelize Luigi's (mis)adventures in the Waffle Kingdom, but they also change a huge number of details to make Luigi look more heroic than he actually was. Among other things, they claim he played "a purifying earth spirit" in the Jazzafrazz Town play, when he was actually [[PlayingATree an inanimate patch of grass]] on the side of the road (but the town was full of Dayzees who idolized nature, and thus he was hailed by them). The end result is that the entire series is largely full of lies that is only loosely based off of on the truth, [[spoiler: except for the ending]].
17th Mar '18 9:46:01 AM maxwellsilver
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** Doopliss is terrorizing the people of Twilight Town by turning everyone into pigs [[spoiler:and steals Mario's body]], but is not connected the plot. [[spoiler:Later he joins Beldam, but his actions in Twilight Town had nothing to Grodus.]]

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** Doopliss is terrorizing the people of Twilight Town by turning everyone into pigs [[spoiler:and steals Mario's body]], but is not connected the plot. [[spoiler:Later he joins Beldam, but his actions in Twilight Town had nothing to do with Grodus.]]
17th Mar '18 9:41:59 AM maxwellsilver
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* PlotIrrelevantVillain: Hooktail, Grubba, Cortez and Smorg. Hooktail's brothers are connected to the plot, but she herself is not, while Grubba is using a Crystal Star to stay youthful but is overwise divorced from the plot. Cortez is simply guarding his treasure after his death and winds up joining Mario's side, even fighting Lord Crump. Smorg is a completely random EldritchAbomination attacking the train with no connection to Grodus.

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* PlotIrrelevantVillain: Hooktail, Grubba, Cortez and Smorg. Hooktail's PlotIrrelevantVillain:
** Hooktail is a legendary dragon inhabiting a local castle. Her
brothers are connected to the plot, but she herself is not, while not.
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Grubba is using a Crystal Star to stay youthful but is overwise divorced from the plot.
** Doopliss is terrorizing the people of Twilight Town by turning everyone into pigs [[spoiler:and steals Mario's body]], but is not connected the
plot. [[spoiler:Later he joins Beldam, but his actions in Twilight Town had nothing to Grodus.]]
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Cortez is simply guarding his treasure after his death and winds up joining Mario's side, even fighting Lord Crump. Crump.
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Smorg is a completely random EldritchAbomination attacking the train with no connection to Grodus.Grodus (originally it was to be sent by Beldam, but this was cut during production).
7th Mar '18 7:21:26 PM maxwellsilver
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* PlotIrrelevantVillain: Hooktail and Grubba. Hooktail's brothers are connected to the plot, but she herself is not, while Grubba is using a Crystal Star to stay youthful but is overwise divorced from the plot.

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* PlotIrrelevantVillain: Hooktail Hooktail, Grubba, Cortez and Grubba.Smorg. Hooktail's brothers are connected to the plot, but she herself is not, while Grubba is using a Crystal Star to stay youthful but is overwise divorced from the plot. Cortez is simply guarding his treasure after his death and winds up joining Mario's side, even fighting Lord Crump. Smorg is a completely random EldritchAbomination attacking the train with no connection to Grodus.
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* [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Mario Can Breathe In Space]]: Goombella lampshades it, if you tattle in [[spoiler:the X-Naut Fortress]], saying that [[MST3KMantra it's probably best not to worry about it]].
21st Feb '18 4:55:52 AM CybranGeneralSturm
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** The Piantas threw Mario in the slammer in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' after falsely accusing him of being a criminal. The Piantas in this game ''[[TheMafia are criminals]]''.

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** The Piantas threw Mario in the slammer in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' after falsely accusing him of being a criminal. The Piantas in this game ''[[TheMafia are ''[[{{Yakuza}} are]] [[TheMafia criminals]]''.
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