History Videogame / Mother

14th Oct '17 6:39:19 AM crashkey
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The series has become a major source of inspiration for indie-produced [=RPGs=] with a similar offbeat-yet-creepy atmosphere. Notable examples include ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', ''Videogame/{{Ib}}'', ''Videogame/{{Anodyne}}'', and ''VideoGame/SpaceFuneral''. ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'' is another game influenced by ''MOTHER'' that focuses more on the parodical modern setting.

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The series has become a major source of inspiration for indie-produced [=RPGs=] with a similar offbeat-yet-creepy atmosphere. Notable examples include ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', ''Videogame/{{Ib}}'', ''Videogame/{{Anodyne}}'', ''VideoGame/YumeNikki''[[note]]an adventure/exploration game[[/note]], ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' and ''VideoGame/SpaceFuneral''. ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'' is another game influenced by ''MOTHER'' that focuses more on the parodical modern setting.
10th Oct '17 3:20:31 AM crashkey
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[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Completely unrelated to]] the comedy starring Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds.
1st Aug '17 10:59:23 AM TheKoS
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', visit a certain denizen of Magicant and take his philosophy about happiness into account:
-->''"Happiness won't just walk into your life on its own, but neither will unhappiness. So if you don't want trouble in your life, then you'd best stay still and never move a muscle."''

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', visit a certain denizen of Magicant and take his philosophy about happiness and unhappiness into account:
-->''"Happiness won't just walk into your life on its own, but neither will unhappiness. So if -->''"Are you don't want trouble in your life, then you'd best stay still bothered that unhappiness and misfortune search you out? If you desire to never move a muscle."''find trouble... stay home!"''
29th Jul '17 11:16:20 AM spiderfreak1011
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* ArtifactTitle: ''MOTHER'' refers to the fact that [[spoiler:Ninten's grandmother, Maria, [[ParentalSubstitute raised Giegue]] from infancy, and the lullaby she used to sing him is what [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas ultimately repels]] Giegue's AlienInvasion.]] But then ''[=MOTHER 2=]'' lacks an important central mother figure, playing this trope straight. ''[=MOTHER 3=]'' averts this trope once more, with [[spoiler: Lucas's Mother, Hinawa, and her death being a major driving force of the Story for the characters and the events that play out, as well as her spirit being very instrumental in the final battle.]] This was averted with the localized names of the first two games, ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=],'' respectively.

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* ArtifactTitle: ''MOTHER'' refers to the fact that [[spoiler:Ninten's grandmother, Maria, [[ParentalSubstitute raised Giegue]] from infancy, and the lullaby she used to sing him is what [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas ultimately repels]] Giegue's AlienInvasion.]] But then ''[=MOTHER 2=]'' lacks an important central mother figure, playing this trope straight. Then ''[=MOTHER 3=]'' averts this trope once more, with [[spoiler: Lucas's Mother, Hinawa, and her death being a major driving force of the Story for the characters and the events that play out, as well as her spirit being very instrumental in the final battle.]] This was averted with the localized names of the first two games, ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=],'' respectively.



* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: In Earthbound and Mother 3, the protagonists usually fight against authority in some way. Ness ignores a DO NOT ENTER Sign at the start of the game and is then forced to fight against the Cops of his hometown in order to be allowed to move on to the next town. Lucas and his friends fight against the dictatorship of Pigmask Army that are industrializing and corrupting the islands.

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* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: In Earthbound and Mother 3, the protagonists usually fight against authority in some way. Ness ignores a DO NOT ENTER Sign at the start of the game and is then forced to fight against the Cops of his hometown in order to be allowed to move on to the next town. Lucas and his friends fight against the dictatorship of Pigmask Army that are industrializing and corrupting the Nowhere islands.



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Two examples, both roughly of the same age when they begin their descent: Giygas, originally an infant alien who expressed curiosity about his human co-passengers, to the literal embodiment of all evil; and [[spoiler:Porky]], a comic relief character who is chosen to be Giygas' representative on Earth. [[spoiler:Porky]] turns out to be the most sadistic character in the series.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Two examples, both roughly of the same age when they begin their descent: Giygas, Giegue, originally an infant alien who expressed curiosity about his human co-passengers, to the literal embodiment of all evil; and [[spoiler:Porky]], a comic relief character who is chosen to be Giygas' representative on Earth. [[spoiler:Porky]] turns out to be the most sadistic character in the series.



* MeaningfulName: The franchises name was apparently inspired by one of Music/JohnLennon songs, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have any meaning the series games. [[spoiler:Giygas's connections with his adopted mother Maria and sequential feelings of abandonment]] is what drives a major portion of the overarching plot of ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', and carries over slightly into ''VideoGame/EarthBound''. ''[=EarthBound=]'' also has Ness's mother, who he must call periodically to cure his homesickness. ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'', [[spoiler:the loss of his mother and sequential attempts to deal with it]] are a major part of Lucas's CharacterDevelopment, as well as [[spoiler: his Mother's spirit being the one who brings Lucas' BrainwashedAndCrazy Brother Claus back to his senses in the Final Battle.]]

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* MeaningfulName: The franchises name was apparently inspired by one of Music/JohnLennon songs, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have any meaning the series games. [[spoiler:Giygas's connections with his adopted mother Maria and sequential feelings of abandonment]] is what drives a major portion of the overarching plot of ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', and carries over slightly into ''VideoGame/EarthBound''. ''[=EarthBound=]'' also has Ness's mother, who he must call periodically to cure his homesickness. In ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'', [[spoiler:the loss of his mother and sequential attempts to deal with it]] are a major part of Lucas's CharacterDevelopment, as well as [[spoiler: his Mother's spirit being the one who brings Lucas' BrainwashedAndCrazy Brother Claus back to his senses in the Final Battle.]]



* ThePowerOfRock: Ninten's mission to reassemble the song of Queen Mary, the only weapon against Giygas. A similar quest awaits his successor, Ness. Then there's the English name of Ness' SignatureMove, which was changed from PK Fighting Spirit to PSI Rockin'.

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* ThePowerOfRock: Ninten's mission to reassemble the song of Queen Mary, the only weapon against Giygas. A similar quest awaits his successor, Ness. Then there's the English name of Ness' SignatureMove, which was changed from PK Fighting Spirit to PSI PK Rockin'.



* RecurringElement: The main protagonist always wears a striped shirt and is a CombatMedic, as well as having a PSI power unique to himself.[[note]]4th-D Slip for Ninten, PSI Rockin' for Ness, and PK Love for Lucas.[[/note]]

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* RecurringElement: The main protagonist always wears a striped shirt and is a CombatMedic, CombatMedic with usually one of the highest attack stats of the party and is one of the slowest, if not ''the'' slowest of the party, as well as having a PSI power unique to himself.[[note]]4th-D Slip for Ninten, PSI PK Rockin' for Ness, and PK Love for Lucas.[[/note]]



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The main playable party always consists of three male characters and one female character, who is the GlassCannon and SquishyWizard of the group. [[DownplayedTrope That being said]], this trope only ever applies to the main party, and supporting characters of both genders are prevalent throughout each game. In fact, one of the reasons the games are called ''Mother'' in the first place is because they were explicitly designed to feel less exclusively-masculine than other JRPGs at the time, and the importance of characters who are mothers or mother figures is constantly emphasized.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'' star an [[TheAllAmericanBoy All-American Boy]] and his friends saving a [[{{Eagleland}} fantasy pastiche of America]] from an AlienInvasion. ''MOTHER 3'' departs radically from that setting and formula and de-constructs the tradition of the series itself, which more or less brings it back to the common Fantasy setting and Heroes that you usually see in JRPGs. This is perhaps one of the reasons for its more lukewarm reception in Japan.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The main playable party always consists of three male characters and one female character, who is the GlassCannon and SquishyWizard of the group. [[DownplayedTrope That being said]], this trope only ever applies to the main party, and supporting characters of both genders are prevalent throughout each game. In fact, one of the reasons the games are called ''Mother'' in the first place is because they were explicitly designed to feel less exclusively-masculine than other JRPGs JRPG's at the time, and the importance of characters who are mothers or mother figures is constantly emphasized.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'' star an [[TheAllAmericanBoy All-American Boy]] and his friends saving a [[{{Eagleland}} fantasy pastiche of America]] from an AlienInvasion. ''MOTHER 3'' departs radically from that setting and formula and de-constructs deconstructs the tradition of the series itself, which more or less brings it back to the common Fantasy setting and Heroes that you usually see in JRPGs.JRPG's. This is perhaps one of the reasons for its more lukewarm reception in Japan.



* TragicVillain: Giygas. [[spoiler: He felt betrayed by his adopted parents when his adopted father stole secrets [[note]]Implied to be the ability to use PSI[[/note]] from his people that could be use against them, and pushed away his adopted mother who still loved him as a result. He eventually attempted a full scale invasion of Earth in retaliation, only to be stop by his technically great-nephew who reminded him about his feelings of his adopted mother. He swore he'd come back for revenge later, and attempt to throw off any feelings he had for his adopted parents, and it [[SanitySlippage all went]] [[AlmightyIdiot down hill]] [[EldritchAbomination from there]].]]
** [[spoiler:Porky]] too, believe it or not. Age did not make him any better.

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* TragicVillain: Giygas. [[spoiler: He felt betrayed by his adopted parents when his adopted father stole secrets [[note]]Implied to be the ability to use PSI[[/note]] from his people that could be use used against them, and pushed away his adopted mother who still loved him as a result. He eventually attempted a full scale invasion of Earth in retaliation, only to be stop by his technically great-nephew who reminded him about his feelings of his adopted mother. He swore he'd come back for revenge later, and attempt attempted to throw off any feelings he still had for his adopted parents, and it [[SanitySlippage all went]] [[AlmightyIdiot down hill]] [[EldritchAbomination from there]].]]
** [[spoiler:Porky]] too, believe it or not. Age did not [[spoiler: He grew up in an abusive household, with Ness being his only "friend" as a kid. And while the English Translation makes him out to seem like he's just a plain asshole who assisted Mr. Carpenter in trying to make him any better.Paula a ''HumanSacrfice'' of his own volition, the original (and canon, mind you) Japanese version shows that he actually was mind controlled just like everyone else, and truly does ask Ness for {{Forgiveness}} afterwards. But because Ness doesn't respond to this due to being very angry at him, Porky storms off very hurt and angry at Ness, and more or less sends Porky to join Giygas as a result, and things escalate to the point where he constantly tries to make Ness's journey harder and ruin his life at every turn he can, and eventually escapes to a different time period at the end of EarthBound. After thousands of years of time traveling and being locked out of every time period except for one (as well as [[OurTimeTravelIsDifferent aging unnaturally into a very old man]]), he ends up on the Nowhere Islands of Mother 3, and begins a Pig Dictatorship upon the islands, and [[DarkerAndEdgier it only]] [[TearJerker gets worse]] [[MagnificientBastard from there]].]]



* TwoPartTrilogy: An odd case of this trope in that it applies in two different ways. ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'' are unrelated in about every aspect, but ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' serves as the second and first parts of each TwoPartTrilogy, respectively. Of note, ''EarthBoundBeginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'' are connected by [[spoiler:Giegue / Giygas, the former showing his StartOfDarkness and the latter being the game where he's finished off for good.]] ''[=EarthBound=]'' and ''MOTHER 3'' are connected by [[spoiler: Pokey / Porky, the former [[NotSoDifferent showing his]] StartOfDarkness and the latter being the game where he's finished off for good. However, it has nothing to do with Giegue / Giygas, nor are the events dealing him even mentioned in ''3'', making both ''1'' and ''2'' a TwoPartTrilogy with ''[=EarthBound=]''.]]

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* TwoPartTrilogy: An odd case of this trope in that it applies in two different ways. ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'' are unrelated in about every aspect, aspect [[note]]Well, except for the similarities in how both games and atmospheres are noticably DarkerAndEdgier than ''EarthBound'', and as how [[spoiler: Lucas and Giegue both love and mourn the loss of their Mothers and try to deal with those feelings, aswell as ThePowerOfLove defeating the Final Bosses of both games by reminding them of their Love for their Mothers]][[/note]], but ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' serves as the second and first parts of each TwoPartTrilogy, respectively. Of note, ''EarthBoundBeginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'' are connected by [[spoiler:Giegue / Giygas, the former showing his StartOfDarkness and the latter being the game where he's finished off for good.]] ''[=EarthBound=]'' and ''MOTHER 3'' are connected by [[spoiler: Pokey / Porky, the former [[NotSoDifferent showing his]] StartOfDarkness and the latter being the game where he's finished off for good. However, it has nothing to do with Giegue / Giygas, nor are the events dealing him even mentioned in ''3'', making both ''1'' and ''2'' a TwoPartTrilogy with ''[=EarthBound=]''.]]



* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Holy Loly Mountain (Mt. Itoi in the English version) in the first game, the Cave of the Past in the second, and the [[spoiler:Empire Porky Building, specifically its basement]], in the third.

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* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Holy Loly Mountain (Mt. Itoi in the English version) in the first game, the Cave of the Past in the second, and the [[spoiler:Empire Porky Building, specifically its basement]], basement which houses a Cave containing the Final Needle that's eeriely similar to the Cave of the Past]], in the third.
24th Jul '17 3:30:29 AM crashkey
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The series has become a major source of inspiration for indie-produced [=RPGs=] with a similar offbeat-yet-creepy atmosphere deemed "Motherlikes". Notable examples include ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', ''Videogame/{{Ib}}'', ''Videogame/{{Anodyne}}'', and ''VideoGame/SpaceFuneral''. ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'' is another game influenced by ''MOTHER'' that focuses more on the offbeat nature rather than creepiness.

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The series has become a major source of inspiration for indie-produced [=RPGs=] with a similar offbeat-yet-creepy atmosphere deemed "Motherlikes".atmosphere. Notable examples include ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', ''Videogame/{{Ib}}'', ''Videogame/{{Anodyne}}'', and ''VideoGame/SpaceFuneral''. ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'' is another game influenced by ''MOTHER'' that focuses more on the offbeat nature rather than creepiness.
parodical modern setting.
19th Jun '17 1:56:32 PM Mineboot45
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* ScriptedBattle: Every game at least has one of these, usually them being the Final Boss. In ''Earthbound Beginnings'' [[spoiler: Giegue, who you need to sing to 8 times in a row in order to defeat him.]] In ''Earthbound'' we have the final battle against Giygas, who you have to [[spoiler: continuously pray against in order to call aid from your friends and the player to defeat him.]] And in ''MOTHER 3'' we have [[spoiler: The Masked Man, Claus, who you have to constantly keep yourself alive against while [[IKnowYourInThereSomewhereFight Hinawa's ghost fights to get him to remember himself and stop fighting.]]]]

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* ScriptedBattle: Every game at least has one of these, usually them being the Final Boss. In ''Earthbound Beginnings'' [[spoiler: Giegue, who you need to sing to 8 times in a row in order to defeat him.]] In ''Earthbound'' we have the final battle against Giygas, who you have to [[spoiler: continuously pray against in order to call aid from your friends and the player to defeat him.]] And in ''MOTHER 3'' we have [[spoiler: The Masked Man, Claus, who you have to constantly keep yourself alive against while [[IKnowYourInThereSomewhereFight [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight Hinawa's ghost fights to get him to remember himself and stop fighting.]]]]
12th May '17 7:29:34 PM Mineboot45
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The series has become a major source of inspiration for indie-produced [=RPGs=] with a similar offbeat-yet-creepy atmosphere deemed "Motherlikes". Notable examples include ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', ''Videogame/{{Ib}}'', ''Videogame/{{Anodyne}}'', and ''{{VideoGame/SpaceFuneral}}''. ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'' is another game influenced by ''MOTHER'' that focuses more on the offbeat nature rather than creepiness.

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The series has become a major source of inspiration for indie-produced [=RPGs=] with a similar offbeat-yet-creepy atmosphere deemed "Motherlikes". Notable examples include ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', ''Videogame/{{Ib}}'', ''Videogame/{{Anodyne}}'', and ''{{VideoGame/SpaceFuneral}}''.''VideoGame/SpaceFuneral''. ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'' is another game influenced by ''MOTHER'' that focuses more on the offbeat nature rather than creepiness.
3rd May '17 11:53:57 PM spiderfreak1011
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* {{Deconstruction}}: The first two games are Deconstructions of the usual Eastern RPG genre of Fantasy from around the times that the games were released in, the games of the genre usually set in Medieval-esque times with kingdoms and Monarchies and having the heroes using Magic and Swords to fight their foes, their enemies usually being monsters and demons. With ''MOTHER 1'' and ''MOTHER 2'', the games are set in the Modern Era, Rural America in the 1980s and Eagleland in the 1990s respectively (Eagleland being a parody of America). You explore the world and fight enemies ranging from Hippies, to Possessed Cars, Street Signs, and even runaway dogs. The Party usually buys their weapons from Convenience Stores, their weapons ranging from Bats, Frying Pans, and Yoyos, though there usually is at least one character than can wield a traditional sword. Instead of Magic, some of the party use [[PsychicPowers]] known as PSI, and generally have telepathy to understand animals. And instead of the main villains being some Fantasical Villain who is powered by Magic or being God itself, the villains are just Aliens who are invading Earth.
** Interestingly enough, ''MOTHER 3'' is a deconstruction of the traditional Modern Era setting and enemies that both ''MOTHER 1'' and ''MOTHER 2'' established...which more or less brings the series to the usual Fantasy story of a non Modern setting and enemies that most Eastern RPGs are known for.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: The first two games are Deconstructions of the usual Eastern RPG genre of Fantasy from around the times that the games were released in, the games of the genre usually set in Medieval-esque times with kingdoms and Monarchies and having the heroes using Magic and Swords to fight their foes, their enemies usually being monsters and demons. With ''MOTHER 1'' and ''MOTHER 2'', the games are set in the Modern Era, Rural America in the 1980s and Eagleland in the 1990s respectively (Eagleland being a parody of America). You explore the world and fight enemies ranging from Hippies, to Possessed Cars, Street Signs, and even runaway dogs. The Party usually buys their weapons from Convenience Stores, their weapons ranging from Bats, Frying Pans, and Yoyos, though there usually is at least one character than can wield a traditional sword. Instead of Magic, some of the party use [[PsychicPowers]] PsychicPowers known as PSI, and generally have telepathy to understand animals. And instead of the main villains being some Fantasical Villain who is powered by Magic or being God itself, the villains are just Aliens who are invading Earth.
** Interestingly enough, ''MOTHER 3'' is a deconstruction of the traditional Modern Era setting and enemies that both ''MOTHER 1'' and ''MOTHER 2'' established...which more or less brings the series to the usual Fantasy story of a non Modern setting and enemies that most Eastern RPGs RPG's are known for.
3rd May '17 11:52:28 PM spiderfreak1011
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* {{Deconstruction}}: The first two games are Deconstructions of the usual Eastern RPG genre of Fantasy from around the times that the games were released in, the games of the genre usually set in Medieval-esque times with kingdoms and Monarchies and having the heroes using Magic and Swords to fight their foes, their enemies usually being monsters and demons. With ''MOTHER 1'' and ''MOTHER 2'', the games are set in the Modern Era, Rural America in the 1980s and Eagleland in the 1990s respectively (Eagleland being a parody of America). You explore the world and fight enemies ranging from Hippies, to Possessed Cars, Street Signs, and even runaway dogs. The Party usually buys their weapons from Convenience Stores, their weapons ranging from Bats, Frying Pans, and Yoyos, though there usually is at least one character than can wield a traditional sword. Instead of Magic, some of the party use [[PsychicPowers]] known as PSI, and generally have telepathy to understand animals. And instead of the main villains being some Fantasical Villain who is powered by Magic or being God itself, the villains are just Aliens who are invading Earth.
** Interestingly enough, ''MOTHER 3'' is a deconstruction of the traditional Modern Era setting and enemies that both ''MOTHER 1'' and ''MOTHER 2'' established...which more or less brings the series to the usual Fantasy story of a non Modern setting and enemies that most Eastern RPGs are known for.
3rd May '17 11:39:20 PM spiderfreak1011
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* HopelessBossFight: Usually there's always at least one of these in each game. In the first game there's the fight against [[spoiler: Giant Robot R7038, who easily decimates the party and gravely injures Teddy. The party is saved by [[BigDamnHeroes Loid who finally returns with a Giant Tank that wipes out the robot.]]]] In the second game there's the Wobbly Robot, that when Jeff and Ness do a significant amount of damage to him, he just eats a Peanut Butter sandwich and heals himself back to full, and the fight only ends when [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes the Runaway Five join the fray and flip the off Switch to shut down the robot.]]]] And there's a couple in the last game, there's Master Eddy and [[spoiler: the Porky Bots.]] No matter what you do, Master Eddy always washes your party away onto the beach of Tanetane Island at the end of the fight and causes them to lose all of their items and be reduced to 1 HP and 0 PP; this forces them to eat the Hallucenogetic Mushrooms in order to recover their strength (and if you try to move forward without doing this, you face another Hopeless fight in Zombieshroom who is blocking your path, as he wipes the floor with your party in their current state). With the second case, it's a very similar scenario to the Wobbly Robot fight in Earthbound; [[spoiler: The Porky Bots don't heal themselves, but they keep constantly spawning new ones and summoning more enemies the more you defeat, the fight only ends when the DCMC show up and destroy the last of the Bots.]]
** With the final boss of Mother 3 however, this is actually subverted: [[spoiler: when you get his HP down to 0, Porky gets into the absolutely safe capsule and makes it seem like he's about to destroy you in battle. But then you realize that while he's in the capsule, he can't actually attack you and is trapped in there for eternity, so the party decides that nothing more can be done and stop fighting, leaving him there.]]
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