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''Super Mario Adventures'' is a serialized comic which ran in ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' magazine from January to December of 1992. The story (written by Kentaro Takekuma) features most of the enemies and characters of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', but quickly spirals into an original, quite whimsical storyline. The comic itself was illustrated by Charlie Nozawa. Despite the involvement of UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese talent, it was produced for a North American audience, and is not considered to be a {{Manga}}.

It is widely considered the best ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' comic or manga ever created, and unlike in ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' or ''ComicBook/NintendoComicsSystem'', the art is mostly [[OffModel On Model]]. It is also notable for debuting plot elements that would later arise in future Mario games; for instance, traits such as Luigi's [[VideoGame/LuigisMansion fear of ghosts]], Bowser's [[VideoGame/SuperPaperMario amorous feelings towards the Princess]], and [[VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach the Princess' role reversal with Mario]] (in which she storms Wendy O. Koopa's tower to rescue him).

When the comic originally ran, it ran alongside another {{Animesque}} serial based on ''Comicbook/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. Both serials were later reprinted in GraphicNovel format to celebrate the magazine's fiftieth issue. The ''Super Mario Adventures'' trade paperback was also bundled with the first ''Mario vs. Wario'' comic that ''Nintendo Power'' had published back in 1993, which told the tale of Wario's backstory in a loose adaptation of ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2SixGoldenCoins Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins]]''. A second ''Mario vs. Wario'' comic was run in a later issue of ''Nintendo Power'', but was not included in the graphic novel.

In 2016, the comic was reprinted by Creator/VizMedia.
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!! Tropes:
* ActionGirl: Princess Toadstool TookALevelInBadass for this comic. This starts in her introductory scene and [[UpToEleven only increases]] with each issue.
* AdaptationalBadass: Princess Toadstool. The normally prim-and-proper DamselInDistress has been transformed here into a full-on heroic asskicker on par with Mario himself. There is even a section where Mario gets kidnapped, and Toadstool has to rescue him.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: '''''Hole-y Rigatoni!''''' The comic goes hog wild with ''this'' trope.
-->"Let the '''''[[ConsummateProfessional pros]]''''' at the palace '''''pipes'''''."\\
"And I have a persnickety, party-planning '''''princess''''' expecting plumbing[=--=] by '''''tonight!'''''"\\
"Remember the '''''party!''''' Without '''''pipes''''', the Princess will be in a '''''pickle!'''''"\\
"'''''Forget''''' the crushed canneloni! Let's '''''beat feet!'''''"\\
"'''''Pipe down,''''' pip-squeak! It's the Princess' '''''[[SeriousBusiness play time!]]'''''"\\
"Totally '''''[[TotallyRadical Tubular]],''''' man. Popping pillars of pipe? '''''Preposterous!'''''"\\
"It's '''''true!''''' They've even uprooted the '''''palace petunias!'''''"\\
"''Help!'' I'm being '''''devoured''''' by '''''vile vegetation!'''''"\\
"Stand your '''''ground''''', you shrinking shrooms!"\\
"It looks like a Koopa convention!"\\
"'''''Wow!''''' Get a load of that '''''Koopa Copter!'''''"\\
"[...] and it emerged from that diabolical deadbeat, '''''Bowser'''''."\\
"Bower, you '''''buckethead!''''' Put up your '''''dukes!'''''"\\
"Ta ta, turtle dove, until next week. Here's a '''''smooch''''' for your '''''cheek'''''."\\
"The '''''princess''''' in '''''pursuit??''''' Let's get '''''moving!'''''\\
"Persevering plumbers Mario and Luigi plunged into the pipe after her,"\\
"He says it was on account of '''''Koopa's curse.'''''"\\
"IT'S '''''DO OR DIE!'''''"\\
"Oh no! '''''Princess Pancake!'''''"\\
"'''''Finally!''''' A '''''familiar face!'''''"\\
"He '''''crash-landed''''' at '''''the castle!'''''"\\
"Now take '''''good care''''' of my '''''precious princess!'''''"\\
"'''''No!''''' I don't want the whole '''''clan''''' to get the '''''Koopa croup'''''[=--=]"\\
"'''''Yahoo!''''' It's a '''''PIZZA PARTY!'''''!"\\
"Come '''''back''''' here, you shrimpy shroom!"\\
"Not to worry! I have a special rate on '''''Koopa Crisis Kits'''''. My price is low, low, '''''low!'''''"\\
"That '''''dippy dinosaur!'''''"\\
"You '''''blitz''''', and I'll '''''bomb!''''' I '''''mean''''' it!"\\
"And your '''''princess pedestal''''' will be '''''Koopa kindling!'''''"\\
"It'll be a '''''small''''' price to pay to '''''kick''''' your '''''Koopa keesters!'''''"\\
"We '''''made''''' it! And Bowser is '''''blown''''' to '''''bits!'''''"\\
"Well, if you're not '''''buying'''''... ...I'd better be '''''flying'''''. I have pots to '''''peddle''''', vicegrips to '''''vend!'''''"\\
"He's a man on a '''''mission!'''''"\\
"Keep your '''''crown''''' on. I have an '''''idea'''''."\\
"We're '''''counting''''' on you. Don't '''''crash!'''''"\\
"That creepy '''''Koopa!'''''"\\
"'''''Go!''''' Have some '''''fun''''' with those bungling brothers!"\\
"'''''Mama mia''''', what a '''''peculiar''''' pad!"\\
"Hah! Well, now that I've '''''muffled''''' those '''''meddlesome Marios'''''..."\\
"'''''Ackk! [[ButtBiter Bum-biting]] Boo-buddies!'''''"\\
"Don't turn '''''around!''''' We'll be an '''''apparition appetizer!'''''"\\
"By the way, how is my blushing bride's '''''wedding gown''''' coming along?"\\
"'''''Eat cake, shell scum!'''''"
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The Koopas descend on Mushroom Kingdom while the heroes are away.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Bowser asks Toadstool to marry him, and threatens to [[TakenForGranite turn her subjects into stone]] if she doesn't. This echoes the backstory of ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Super Mario Bros.]]''
* {{Animesque}}: Well, the illustrator is Japanese.
* AnythingButThat: Toadstool threatening to rip up Wendy's favorite sweater. This keeps Wendy at bay.
* ArtShift: For one panel in the first episode, Mario's face goes realistic.
* AssKickingPose: Toadstool does one when she is about to threaten to blow up Wendy's tower, as seen [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/a/af/Special_delivery.png here]].
* BadassAdorable: Toadstool is suprisingly less of a DamselInDistress this time, and much more of an ActionGirl, while still remaining as cute as she is in the games (if not cuter, due to the {{Animesque}} art style).
* BadassArmfold: Wendy surprising the escaped Princess with her personal army.
* BadassBoast: "Even '''''chains''''' can't hold '''''mighty Mario!'''''"
* BadassInDistress: Poor Mario keeps alternating with the Princess as a hostage. In fact, he starts out the adventure as a statue, having been caught in the radius of Bowser's MagicWand blast.
** Lampshaded with the good guys rejoicing in Wendy's tower blowing up. On a sour note, Mario grumbles, "I can't '''''believe''''' they pulled it '''''off''''' without '''''my''''' direction."
* BadassMustache: Toadster, the head coutier. Looks a bit like [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Ron Swanson]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In the desert, Toad tries to tell the princess that this expedition is hopeless, they're out of water, and there's not a cloud in the sky -- prompting a cloud to miraculously appear. The troops rejoice by performing a {{rain dance}}, but the clouds are soon revealed to be [[DeathFromAbove Lakitus]].
-->"'''''Help!''''' We must have done the '''''wrong dance!''''' It's '''''[[ItsRainingMen raining Spinys!]]'''''"
* BigBallOfViolence: The Princess creates one in [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bigballofviolence_tvtropes_5397.png this panel.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Bowser's more or less won: he's got Princess Toadstool under a spell and Mario cornered by his entire army, with no means of escape. [[spoiler:Cue Luigi and Yoshi riding in at the head of a ''big damn'' '''army''' ''of Yoshis,'' who proceed to [[{{CurbStompBattle}} remind the Koopa clan why they should avoid]] [[{{JustEatHim}} starting a war with a race of]] [[{{ExtremeOmnivore}} hungry]] [[{{BigEater}} dinosaurs.]]]]
* BigNo: Mario's butt accidentally squashing Luigi's lunchbox. You'd think Luigi had just lost his first born child.
-->"''Nooo!'' I've been having '''''pipe dreams''''' about that '''''canneloni!'''''"
** The Princess losing her balance and plummeting off Wendy's windowsill.
** Bowser screams this when his clown car propeller gets snagged, sending him crashing into his own wedding cake.
* BigRedButton: Release the cheese!
* BigShutUp: The Koopa kids try to console Bowser over losing his bride ("She would've been a '''''lousy''''' mom anyway, Pop.") "'''''SILENCE!!!'''''" roars Bowser, blowing his top. His anger is so great, it creates [[EarthquakesCauseFissures fissures]] throughout the room.
* BigWhat: Bowser upon learning that his kids let their stepmom fall out a window.
* BlowGun: Luigi kicks a goomba into a [[ImprobableWeapon piece of green pipe]] Mario's holding, and Mario blows through the other end to fire the goomba as a projectile into a crowd of enemies, KO-ing at least ten of them at once.
* BoastfulRap: Bowser's "[[TotallyRadical K-Man Koopa]]" rap.
* BondOneLiner: '''Luigi:''' "Now '''''that's''''' what I call '''''spit fire!'''''"
** After [[spoiler:Bowser is crushed beneath his wedding cake]]: "He got '''''his''''' just desserts!"
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Wendy O. Koopa, of course.
* BridalCarry: Seeing that Princess Toadstool is hypnotized by Bowser ("'''''HAHAHAHA!''''' You see[=--=]she has grown to '''''[[BlatantLies love]]''''' me!"), Mario scoops her up and starts hopping his way over the cake.
* BoundAndGagged: Mario, and later a cross-dressing Luigi.
* BuffySpeak: The Bros. running away from Yoshi in terror. "'''''IT'S A SOMETHING ASAURUS!'''''"
* BullfightBoss: Roy's baseline strategy, always ending with him careening into a wall. Toadstool lampshades this by grabbing a yellow cape and impersonating a matador.
** ItRunsInTheFamily: Bowser charges at Mario in a blind rage, but misses and goes "'''''KER-SPLAT!'''''" into cake icing.
* BurningWithAnger: The Princess, after Bowser petrifies Mario.
* CanonForeigner: Friendly Floyd, as well as several minor characters like Toadster, the Minister of Massage, and the Magikoopa hypnotist.
* CanonImmigrant: Several ideas returned in the game series, such as the [[VideoGame/SuperMario64 Side Step]], [[VideoGame/YoshisStory Yoshi's speech]], [[VideoGame/PaperMario64 Koopa Troopas with spiked helmets]], and [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Luigi disguised as the princess]]. The second ''Mario vs. Wario'' comic has another one -- it's the first time in the entire franchise that the name "Toad" was directly attributed to the species, which didn't happen in the games until ''[[VideoGame/PaperMario64 Paper Mario]]'' (previously, they were generically known as the mushroom people, and "Toad" was thought to only refer to a single character).
* CaptainOblivious: Mario in the ''Mario vs. Wario'' comic seems completely unable to comprehend that the monsters that Wario have sent after him and even Wario himself are trying to destroy him. It goes deeper, too: Mario's obliviousness led to Wario suffering a lot of physical and mental abuse when they were kids.
* CartoonBomb: Ironically, Floyd's bombs are more similar to the ones from ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' than the [[{{Comicbook/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast}} previous comic's]].
* TheCavalry: The Yoshis.
* CavalryBetrayal: Sometime after Toad flies back up the sky pipe, a rope ladder falls from on high, revealing a squadron of Toad paratroopers! (Hmmm, they all seem to have [[PaperThinDisguise pointed beaks and off-color skin]]... What could that mean?)
** LieToTheBeholder: The one who kicks Mario squarely in the nose is actually Bowser.
* CeilingCling: Lemmy proclaiming that Toadstool's "safely '''''[[TemptingFate behind bars!]]'''''" -- Or ''is'' she? When Lemmy peeps in, she's gone. They all pile in, wondering how she could have possibly pulled it off. Meanwhile, dangling overhead...
* CelebrityParadox: Toadstool is introduced in the first episode kicking ass at the NES ''Super Mario Bros.'' ("You're a real '''''[[Magazine/NintendoPower power player]]''''', Princess!")
** Likewise, the Koopalings first appear in the fourth episode playing a parody of the game with Bowser as the hero and Mario as {{the goomba}}s.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The Princess' cape. Toad uses it to mount a solo mission back to the Mushroom Kingdom, promising he'll send back a rescue party.
* ChekhovsGun: The cake.
** ChekhovsGunman: Friendly Floyd's sales pitch for cosmetics and, erm... [[BreadEggsMilkSquick bombs]]. Luigi and Toadstool later make use of his services.... though it might surprise you that Luigi springs for the makeup while ''Toadstool'' gets tooled up with explosives. In the ending, Mario marvels to himself that the irritating salesman ended up saving them all.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After the Koopas kidnap him during the eighth episode, Toad is suddenly forgotten about.
* ClothingSwitch: Luigi switches clothes with Toadstool (while she is unconscious!) and poses as her to rescue Mario from the Koopalings. Luigi in Toadstool's gown wears a gag to mask his mustache, while Toadstool in Luigi's outfit is...just plain hilarious.
-->"'''''Whoaa!''''' '''''Overalls''''' aren't my '''''[[PinkMeansFeminine style!]]'''''"
* CoolShades: Toad and his troops wear army fatigues and aviator sunglasses.
* CrossingTheDesert: In the desert, Toadstool and company are hotfooting it to Bowser's Castle. Unfortunately, their supply of water is gone.
* DeliciousDistraction: When Wendy catches Luigi (as Toadstool) snooping around the jail, Luigi quickly changes the subject, suggesting ordering pizza! The Koopa kids are very enthusiastic about this (they even begin calling him "Mom").
** Luigi's weakness for provolone.
* DeliveryGuyInfiltration: Toad and Yoshi delivering pizza to Wendy's tower. Yoshi sports a pair of glasses and a cap, while Toad bizarrely chose an afro.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: During the wedding ceremony, the Koopa minister recites, "Do you take this princess to be your '''''queen''''', for rich or...well, '''''richer'''''...'''''??''''' Well, '''''do''''' you?"
* DisguisedInDrag: Luigi.
* DoYouWantToHaggle: Friendly Floyd hastily marks down his ''Acme's Yoshi Language Learner'' from its original inflated price ("'''''[[BigWordShout 3,000!]]''''' What a '''''rip off!'''''") to 10, since they're friends of Yoshi.
* DontLookDown: In the basement of Bowser's lair, Luigi cries out this to Mario...who realizes he's actually standing on a Blargg.
* TheDragAlong: Friendly Floyd accompanies Princess Toadstool inside her suicide truck. Needless to say, he's sweating ice.
* DynamicEntry: "'''''SPECIAL DELIVERY!'''''" ''*pizza van opens to reveal mountain of bombs*''
** Mario dropping from above to bust up Bowser's wedding.
* EasingIntoTheAdventure: Mario and Luigi are summoned to Toadstool's palace to fix the basement pipes, which are a jumbled mess.
* EurekaMoment: Just as the Mechakoopas deliver their ultimatum, who should burst on the scene but Friendly Floyd, advertising his new makeup line. Luigi snaps, "Do I look like I need a '''''makeover?!'''''" Moments later, Luigi wanders out in drag.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Wendy's tower. The steeple sports a big pink ribbon.
* ExplosiveStupidity: A stray fireball from the tower guardians lights the bomb Toadstool is carrying. Possibly an in-joke at Mario using a PlungerDetonator on each of the Koopalings' castles in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''.
* FacialProfiling: The "Minister of Massage" Toad and the Magikoopa hypnotist, both of which sport a Literature/FuManchu-looking mustache.
* FamilyValuesVillain: Part of Bowser's motive for marrying the Princess is his concern over his kids lacking a mother figure.
* FauxHorrific: Yoshi nuzzling the Princess awake. Surprised and not realizing who Yoshi is, Toadstool runs for her life, only to [[CrashIntoHello crash headlong]] into Friendly Floyd. She gets one look at his face and runs away again, screaming.
-->'''Floyd:''' '''''Wait!''''' You haven't seen my new line of '''''makeup!'''''
* FedToTheBeast: Wendy gloating over her plans to feed Mario to the piranhas.
** She later drops the heroes into a Reznor dungeon via a TrapDoor.
* ForcedToWatch: Toadstool's wedding. Bowser taunts a captured and tied-to-a-pillar Mario, saying that he may stay to "'''''witness''''' this blessed event." Doubles as BondVillainStupidity, as we soon see.
* ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat: The comic depicts a rare instance of the Mario Bros. doing actual plumbing work.
* ForgotICouldntSwim: Luigi.
* FreudianExcuse: As the Big Boo lies down on the couch, "Doctor" Mario counsels the ghost, asking to be told about its childhood. SmashCut to the Boo [[InelegantBlubbering crying his eyes]] out about bullies stealing his lunch and stuffing him into lockers.
-->'''Luigi:''' The '''''same thing''''' happened to '''''me!''''' It was '''''awful!''''' Let my tell you '''''my''''' story!\\
'''Mario''': Counseling '''''[[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger you]]''''' won't get '''''us''''' out of this mess!
* FunWithSubtitles: When "Princess" Luigi comes to rescue his brother, Mario's chortling ("Hmf m hefhuh! Himf if '''''fu''''' fee![[TheUnintelligible *]]") is translated as, "What a getup! Pink is '''''you,''''' Weege!"
-->'''Luigi''': I do think it flatters my '''''[[RealMenWearPink complexion.]]'''''
* TheFullNameAdventures
* GamerChick: Princess Toadstool. She's shown to be playing the original ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Super Mario Bros.]]'' in the first episode. And if the reactions from the Toads are any indication, she's really good at it.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Mario emerges from the pipe leading away from the castle's lava-filled basement, he pops out atop Bowser's massive cake. From there he spots Bowser and Toadstool at the altar, and his aerial view gives a nice look at Toadstool's ample cleavage in her low-cut wedding gown. A few panels later when the priest asks Toadstool if she does, she still has (more modest) cleavage.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: The Mario Bros. emerging out of a pipe whose exit is in a cloud.
-->'''Luigi:''' '''''Yikes!''''' Where's the '''''[[TemptingFate bottom?]]'''''\\
-->'''Mario:''' '''''Every''''' pipe has its '''''fitting!'''''
** In true ''Super Mario World'' style, when Yoshi gobbles a blue shell, he sprouts wings. The Bros. hop aboard, but in the fray, they lose track of Bowser's rocket. Mario and Luigi start arguing, and Mario asks Yoshi for his opinion. [[IdiotBall Bad idea]].
* GrowlingGut: On cue, when Mario barks at Luigi that this is no time for lunch.
** Luigi notices the fan beside the giant block of cheese, and starts to realize something's up.... As usual, his stomach overrides his good sense.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: The Koopalings getting locked in their own prison.
* HandInTheHole: While inspecting the first of the green pipes, Mario sticks his big schnoz into it -- only for a Piranha Plant to jump up and bite it.
* HarmlessLadyDisguise: Luigi.
* HeelFaceTurn: "Doctor" Mario treating the social anxiety of a Big Boo. You can't make this stuff up.
* HighDiveEscape: When the Koopalings have her cornered, the Princess uses a cape ''Super Mario World'' style and soars harmlessly across the moat.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: In the ''Mario vs. Wario'' featurette, it's revealed that Wario's hate for Mario stems from all the comical abuse he (albeit unintentionally) put Wario through when they were kids. Highlights include gardening (Mario pulled all the turnips and left the Piranha Flowers to nip Wario), flattening coins (Wario got flattened by a Thwomp instead of his coin) and playing cowboys (Mario was always the sheriff who picked on rustler Wario, save for only ''one'' time when Wario became sheriff and Mario made fun of him).
** At the end of the story, Mario realizes how insensitive he was and apologizes to Wario... [[AddingInsultToInjury before inviting him to play cowboys, which gets Wario angry again.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Bowser continually ordering bigger and bigger cakes for his wedding. [[spoiler:He falls off of his wedding cake when it collapses]]. An even sweeter irony happens when the enslaved Yoshis, who have been tugging the cake along on a giant trolley, turn against him.
* HoldTheUnsolicitedIngredient: The Koopalings' competing requests for pizzas toppings.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Friendly Floyd. In addition, the Yoshi translation book he sells to the Mario Bros. (which proves to be useless) is an {{Acme Product|s}}.
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Bowser has a Magikoopa do this to Toadstool.
* IAmSong: The Mario Bros. sing one at the very start. Also, Bowser's VillainSong has a bit of this.
* IHaveYourWife: While Luigi, Toad and Yoshi try to revive the Princess, two Mechakoopas sidle up in a canoe. They announce that Mario is being held a prisoner, and that if they fail to put the Princess into their boat, Luigi's brother will pay. The Mechakoopas give them all a demonstration by symbolically burning a Mario effigy with the flamethrowers in their mouths.
* IKnowKarate: The Minister of Massage learned his art at "the ancient '''''Mount Fuji''''' karate school."
** During her jailbreak, the Princess belts out a "'''''HIEEE-YAH!'''''", performing a surprise [[WaifFu spin kick]] (in heels!) on the awestruck Koopa Kids.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Toadstool pelting the Koopas with cosmetics.
** Mario lassos the Koopa Clown Car with [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the same rope the Koopas tied him up with]].
* ImplausibleDeniability: Bowser notices that the "Princess'" voice sounds funny, and wonders why she's wearing a surgical mask. Luigi claims to have a cold, but this just makes Bowser want to give kiss her to make her feel better.
* IndustrializedEvil: The process for trapping Yoshis in eggs is detailed in this comic, with a conveyor belt leading them into an egg-o-matic.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Luigi opines, "You've been a good brother, Mario," after the pair are concerned by Yoshi and a Wiggler. Thankfully, Yoshi gobbles the Wiggler instead of the Bros.
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Princess Toadstool can do flying kicks even in her PimpedOutDress and heels.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Once the Yoshis are de-hypnotized, Bowser flees inside his wedding cake. As if on cue, the Yoshis [[spoiler:start eating the cake until it topples]].
* LeeroyJenkins: Mario, you have your moments; particularly when it comes to [[DeclarationOfProtection saving the Princess]].
* TheLoad: The trouble starts when Luigi's lunch gets obliterated in the first episode (he's willing to forfeit his life to save it, but Mario drags him off). From that point on, Luigi never stops complaining about his hunger.
* MacGuffinMelee: Yoshi and Luigi leading the Koopalings on a merry chase for the jail cell keys.
** In the second ''Mario vs. Wario'' comic, Mario and Wario fighting each other trying to get Princess Toadstool's Samus doll, [[spoiler:not knowing that Luigi has it.]]
* MediumAwareness: When Bowser zaps the Toads, their {{speech bubble|s}} gets turned to stone, too; the letters "'''WAAA!'''" lie scattered on the lawn.
** As the Princess tumbles from the tower, Mario and Luigi peek out from beneath the "[[FindOutNextTime Tune in next month]]" bubble to comment that she's stealing the spotlight.
* MerchandiseDriven: The comic closely depicts a variety of gameplay mechanics from then-recent KillerApp ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''. The comic is still ''done well'', but still made people also want to play the game. [[TropesAreNotBad Not that anyone minded.]]
* MissedHimByThatMuch: On his Bullet Bill ride to Wendy's tower, Mario passes the Princess rocketing toward the ground with the cape. D'oh.
* MistakenIdentity: The second ''Mario vs. Wario'' comic (though not in the graphic novel) has Mario and Wario fighting to buy Princess Toadstool a Samus doll for her birthday. When Wario goes to the store and learns that a man with a mustache already bought it, he assumes that Mario has it and tries to swap the gift with an identically-wrapped jack-in-the-box... except Mario's gift is also a jack-in-the-box and both men are utterly confused. [[spoiler:Turns out, Luigi was the one who bought the doll.]]
* MythologyGag:
** The arc about Boos features a shout out to ''VideoGame/DrMario''.
** In reference to her Japanese (later unified) name, Princess Peach, Princess Toadstool is often represented by peaches.
* NerdGlasses: One of the Toad courtiers has spiral glasses, as does Bowser's head Magikoopa.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Wendy gets the drop on the heroes by plunging them into a Reznor pit. However, the fire-spitting Reznors accidentally ignite a bomb Toadstool is still carrying, blowing the tower sky-high.
* NightmareSequence: Toadstool dreams that the Koopas crash her and Mario's wedding at the beginning of the sixth episode.
* NoIndoorVoice: Toadster.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Spoiler alert - [[JokerImmunity the Koopas survive the tower blast.]]
* NotAsYouKnowThem: Yoshi is said to be the "Chairman of the Dino Chamber of Commerce" (D.C.) and the species speaks a language that was (at the time) not as players knew them.
* ObligatoryJoke: "See you next fall!" ''(pulls ripcord)''
** "That's the story in a '''''nutshell'''''[=--=]or should I say, '''''eggshell'''''."
** "Break a leg, Princess!"
** "'''''CHARGE!''''' Let's '''''CRASH''''' this wedding!"
** "Koopa's '''''conquered''''', the princess is saved... '''''[[SchiffOneLiner Piece o' cake.]]'''''"
* OELManga: While drawn by manga artists, the comic was written by Americans, including the Princess' future voice actress Leslie Swan.
* OffModel: Mostly {{averted|Trope}}! Perhaps the most glaring exception are Bowser's eyes being blue instead of [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]], but this was entirely forgivable at the time -- Bowser's eyes were blue in official artwork up to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', but had only changed to become red since ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''. Bowser in this comic used a slightly outdated blue-eyed model. The change to red eyes was still a new one, and Nintendo itself didn't seem absolutely certain about sticking with it for the next few years -- for example, later games like ''VideoGame/YoshisSafari'' still had him with blue eyes. Red eyes didn't become his decided iconic look until ''VideoGame/SuperMario64''.
* OhCrap: "The '''''fuse!'''''"
** The heroes realizing they're stranded with no way of reaching the pipe in the sky.
** Bowser's reaction when his Magikoopa is [[SquashedFlat flattened]] by the Yoshi slaves.
* OhMyGods: "'''''Hole-y Rigatoni!'''''"
* PantyShot: Of ''Luigi''.
* PaperThinDisguise: The bros. inexplicably turn one of the rooms in the ghost house into a makeshift waiting room, donning a labcoat and nurse outfit in the process. The Big Boo isn't too bright, since this is enough to fool him.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: "Doctor" Mario proceeds to comfort the Big Boo, telling him that his frustrations are nothing in the vast universe. Mario then requests that the Big Boo tell them how to reach Bowser's Castle, claiming "I want to tell the '''''Koopa King''''' about this wonderful universe, too."
-->'''Luigi:''' (He's taking this '''''[[LostInCharacter psychology stuff]]''''' a little too '''''far'''''...)
* PokemonSpeak: All the Yoshis, which makes it hard to communicate with them. [[SnakeOilSalesman Friendly Floyd]] sells a book, ''Yoshi Language Series, Level One,'' to Mario and Luigi for 10 coins (marked down from 3,000). While purporting to be something of a {{Fictionary}} to help them understand the Yoshi language, it becomes clear that the translation of every phrase is "Yoshi," leading Mario and Luigi to realize they've been swindled.
* PrisonerExchange: An [[InvertedTrope accidental]] one.
* {{Pun}}
** "Cut the '''''rap''''', Koopa creep!"
** The Minster of Massage, apropos a petrified Mario: "Hmmm, this stiff is '''''seriously''''' stiff!"
** Luigi greedily cooking an egg, only for Yoshi to pop out. "This is '''''not''''' what I '''''eggspected!'''''"
* ReachingBetweenTheLines: Bowser somehow sticking his head, in classic cartoon form, through the Koopalings' television screen. "'''''Do you hear me?!!!?'''''"
* RealityBleed: Princess Toadstool's nightmare (where she and Mario are about to be wed, before Troopas suddenly invade) ends with her turning around to find Bowser leaning toward her, lips puckered. She [[CatapultNightmare awakens with a fright]] to find herself staring at Yoshi's snout.
* RidingTheBomb: An exhausted Luigi sits down on what he thinks is a log, but is really a Bill Blaster. Mario [[DivingSave shoves him away]], but too late! The cannon shoots a Bullet Bill toward the tower, with Mario holding onto it.
* RightBehindMe: In the bridal chamber, Toadstool keeps fending off the Koopas attending to her, insisting that she will not a "'''''maniacal fiend'''''" like Bowser. The Koopa King is standing the doorway, looking [[PlayedForLaughs genuinely pained]] at the accusation.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Rather than sit idly by and wait for Mario to recover from petrification, the Princess does a high dive out her window and chases Bowser back into his own pipe!
* RunningGag: Bowser roaring so loudly he inadvertently topples the wedding cake. Once when he finds out Toadstool is gone, and again when he believed she's back under the Koopalings' captivity. The third time, Bowser [[spoiler:happens to be standing on top of it]]. Whoops.
* SaveThePrincess
* SchmuckBait: Luigi deludes himself into thinking the ghost house is somebody's vacation retreat.
* SharkPool: Toad says he saw the Princess being carried into Wendy's tower, but they need to raft across the moat. Mario says to hell with a boat and tries swimming, but soon finds -- much to his discomfort -- the water is swarming with Fish Bones, Porcupuffers, and Urchins.
-->'''Mario:''' [soaking wet] On to '''''[[TimeForPlanB Plan B]]'''''...\\
'''Luigi''': Code Name: '''''[[OperationBlank Survival]]'''''.
* ShoutOut: Princess Toadstool on the pipe infestation in the first episode: "'''''Leaping Lugnuts,''''' [[Series/{{Batman}} Toadman!]]" Princess Toadstool capturing the Koopalings in the fourth episode: "[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Hasta la vista, babies!]]" Roy on Princess Toadstool's daring escape in the fifth episode: "[[Wrestling/HulkHogan The Hulkster]] '''''himself''''' couldn't have stopped her!" Then, when Luigi frees Mario in the seventh episode: "Even '''''[[Creator/HarryHoudini Houdini]]'''''... ...couldn't break out of all these '''''locks!'''''" And Mario on Luigi getting them in the ghost house in the ninth episode: "'''''This''''' is a '''''[[Creator/LaurelAndHardy fine mess]]'''''[=--=]"
** In the second ''Mario vs. Wario'' comic, the titular characters fight to get Princess Toadstool's ideal birthday present -- a [[{{Metroid}} Samus]] doll.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Toadstool's nightmare starts off as a dream of her marrying Mario.
* SinisterSurveillance: Bowser and the Koopalings watch Mario and Luigi entering BigBoosHaunt on their TV. ("'''[[ScareChord GONNGGGG!]]'''")
* SissyVillain: After trapping the Mario Bros. in BigBoosHaunt, [[EvilGloating Bowser gloats]] by saying he can get back to planning his wedding... [[http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g57/baramosnet/Page69.gif and then skips off like a little girl]].
* {{Slapstick}}: Abundant.
* SlaveRace: Bowser's "best hypnotist" tames [[MassHypnosis the entire Yoshi population]] into dragging along his [[TheLordOfTheRings Isengard]]-sized cake.
* SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence: The Mechakoopas can't tell the difference between Toadstool and Luigi wearing a gown and wig. Either one will do.
* SmoochOfVictory: Princess Toadstool gives one to both Mario ''and'' [[ThrowTheDogABone Luigi]] (in ''Super Mario Adventures'' and ''Mario vs. Wario'', respectively).
* SpeakInUnison: Mario and Luigi's customer review of Acme's Yoshi Language Learner.
-->"Wait 'til I get my '''''hands''''' on that '''''Friendly Floyd!!'''''"
** The realization dawning that they still need to get home through that huge Warp Pipe... hanging high in the sky.
--->"'''''Oh nooo! We're stuck here FOREVER!'''''"
** The Koopalings veto the cheese idea, thinking [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough nobody is stupid enough]] to fall for it. Clearly they haven't met Luigi. Bowser, oh-so-happy and gloatful, skips off to plan "his perfect wedding" as the Koopalings sourly grumble, "I ''hate'' it when he's right!"
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Mario jumps down and kicks Bowser in the face before the Princess can say her "I do." And yes, he ''does'' object.
* StaringContest: To keep all the ghosts away from them, Mario and Luigi decide to stand back-to-back with each other, staring them down. Unfortunately, the brothers are ''way'' out of their league on this one.
* StayInTheKitchen: Bowser offers this to the Princess through singing as though it were a selling point.
-->"Come on, sweetcakes, we'll make a '''''great''''' pair! '''''I''''' can do the '''''ruling''''' while '''''you''''' style your '''''hair!'''''"
* TakenForGranite: Bowser announces he'll be back in two weeks to see if the Princess accepts his proposal. And to make the deal go a little more his way, he proclaims that if the answer is "no," all her people will be turned to stone, [[MakeAnExampleOfThem giving her a demo]] on the Toads nearest him!
* TakingYouWithMe: Toadstool threatens the Koopalings with a bomb and a match, telling them to stay back. Wendy, though, calls her bluff, reminding her that she'll blow up, too. "My '''''sacrifice''''' will be '''''worth it'''''," Toadstool chirps, with smiling stars and sunshine in the background. "And, as always, '''''good''''' will triumph over '''''[[EvilWillFail cruel Koopa-dom!]]'''''"
-->'''Wendy''': "You're '''''off''''' your '''''[[YoureInsane royal rocker!]]'''''"
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: In the tenth episode, Mario and Luigi escape from the Big Boo by subjecting him to [[FreudianCouch psychiatric therapy]].
-->"Your symptoms indicate that you're suffering from '''''[[ExpospeakGag anthrophobia]]'''''! Your '''''fear''''' of '''''humans''''' must stem from some '''''bad childhood experience'''''."
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Friendly Floyd's high-grade ordnance. ("They're '''''cheaper''''' by the '''''dozen!'''''") Toadstool apparently took him up on that promotion...
* TookALevelInBadass: See ActionGirl above.
* {{Traveling|Salesman}} SnakeOilSalesman: Friendly Floyd.
* TrojanHorse: Yoshi's pizza wagon opens to reveals Toadstool and Floyd, standing among a mountain of bombs.
* TrojanPrisoner: Luigi in Toadstool's gown.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue:
-->'''Bowser:''' "'''''Mark my words!''''' They're tired, hungry and, best of all, '''''[[RuleOfThree lost]]'''''. This cozy little bungalow is just '''''too tempting''''' for a snoopy pair like the '''''Mario Bros.''''' And it's '''''unlocked''''', which makes it '''''irresistible!'''''"\\
'''Mario''': "'''''Wait''''', Luigi. We may be tired, lost and, worst of all, '''''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking hungry]]''''', but we must keep our '''''wits''''' about us. There's '''''something strange''''' about this place...My {{gut feeling}} is that it's a '''''trap!''''' C'mon[=--=]let's get '''''out''''' of here!"
* VillainExitStageLeft: Bowser attempts to escape in the Clown Car, but Mario snags the propeller blades with the rope, causing it to crash into the cake.
* VillainSong: Bowser, after sound-testing the mic in his hand (and getting a gong bang from his kids), begins freestyle rapping.
* WeddingSmashers: Mario, and then Luigi and the Yoshis, do this to Bowser at the end. This also applies to Toadstool's nightmare.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Toad's three troops vanish from the story after Lakitus pelt them with Spinys in the third episode, and Toad himself disappears entirely after being tied up by Koopas in the eighth episode.
* WhamLine: '''Princess Toadstool:''' "'''''FREE MARIO'''''[=--=] or get '''''BLOWN TO BITS!'''''"
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Bowser's holding Mario hostage and demanding Toadstool in exchange, but she's out cold. So Luigi swipes her dress and poses as her, and she wakes up to find herself wearing his green shirt and overalls.
** And Toadstool actually manages to look very good in Luigi's outfit. Also, when she plays BigDamnHeroes to save [[JamesBondage Mario]] ActionGirl style, everything she does reeks of CrazyAwesome. Wendy O. Koopa even lampshades it.
** Also Luigi mentions after it's all over he was starting to like wearing Toadstool's dress. He also ends up in a nurse outfit later.
* WizardBeard: The head Magikoopa has a long mustache.
* {{Xenafication}}: Princess Toadstool.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: In ''Super Mario Adventures'', Toad, as the princess' guard, looks very different from the usual design. He and his three troops are depicted with a reversed mushroom cap color scheme, darker vest and pants, black shirt and belt, and CoolShades. He's also differentiated from his men by having the [[BadassMustache thickest mustache]] (which disappears after they're written out of the story).
* YouExclamation: Bowser shaking his head loose from the cake, only to be greeted by Mario standing over him. "What?! '''''You''''' again!"
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: The Toad courtiers are dubious about Toadster's claims of pipes surrounding the palace, but he shrieks that it's worse than they think -- the pipes have even [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking ruined the flower garden]].
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: After Wendy's tower is (accidentally) blown up, the heroes celebrate their victory and they [[RidingIntoTheSunset head off into the sunset]]... and it's only two pages into Episode 8 of 12. Suddenly, the credits freeze ([[CreditsGag they are fake]]), the [[EmpathicEnvironment sunset clears]], and everyone realizes that they're still stuck away from the Mushroom Kingdom. As Mario soon points out, the return trip won't be simple.
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