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->''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhadLMDWcGA It's-a me! Mario!]]''

''For the first NES platformer in the series, see [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 here]]''.

Possibly ''the'' most recognizable video game franchise of all time and centerpiece of Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s gaming empire. It was created by Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, and popularized the PlatformGame.

The story of the Mario Brothers begins not in their own game, but in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''. In that game, a carpenter (curiously named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Jumpman]]) was charged to rescue the beautiful Pauline from a rampaging ape.

The sequel, ''Donkey Kong Jr.'', recast the carpenter, now explicitly named Mario, as the antagonist, from whom the captured Donkey Kong must be rescued. Mario's name and nationality came from the landlord of Minoru Arakawa, the president of Nintendo of America at the time. Said landlord's name was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Segale Mario Segale]], and he hailed from Italy. Arakawa thought Jumpman looked exactly like him; thus, Jumpman became Mario.

Mario was joined by his brother, Luigi, for their own game, ''VideoGame/MarioBros'', in which the brothers, having taken up plumbing, fought an infinite number of turtles and other menaces issued from a number of pipes.

All this led to the game which more or less defined the entire Nintendo product line: ''VideoGame/{{Super Mario Bros|1}}.'' The story, which would recur countless times through the franchise, was simple enough: Bowser, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot giant fire-breathing turtle dragon ox dinosaur]] and King of the Koopas, kidnaps Princess Toadstool of the Mushroom Kingdom (who would later revert to her Japanese name, Peach). Mario and Luigi must fight their way through a number of obstacles to face Bowser and rescue the princess. The formula has become codified to the point that the deliberate and highlighted trope subversions in spinoffs have themselves become tropes.

Since then, Mario has become Nintendo's {{mascot}} and their most prolific character, branching out from platformers into [[VideoGame/MarioKart racing games]], sports titles, [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG Role]] [[VideoGame/PaperMario Playing]] [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi games]], and more. Along the way, he's picked up more friends like his dinosaur buddy Yoshi and AntiHero doppelgänger Wario, who along with Luigi and Peach have spun off successful games of their own.

Of course, Mario hasn't completely limited himself to the realm of video games. Mario and Luigi appeared in ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', with live-action linking segments featuring the brothers as plumbers in Brooklyn and cartoons that showed them in the world of the games. The secondary ThemeSong for the cartoons explains that they "found the secret warp zone while working on the drain" which is how they got to the Mushroom Kingdom from Brooklyn. Interestingly, none of the television show is technically 'canon', inasmuch as the games have that anyway, though it has affected some {{fanon}}. This might be related to the irony that there's never been a show made of it in the country of origin, aside from the obscure theatrical anime ''Anime/TheGreatMissionToSavePrincessPeach''. There was also a [[VideoGameMoviesSuck critically-panned]] [[Film/SuperMarioBros motion picture]], where Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as the titular brothers faced off against Dennis Hopper as Koopa, a hyperevolved dinosaur from AnotherDimension, intent on rejoining his own, mostly desolate world with ours. In addition, ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' was notable for being previewed in the Fred Savage film ''Film/TheWizard'', whose climactic scene involved an autistic child playing the first stage of the game.

In addition to the major games, Mario has appeared in dozens of other Nintendo games, including a random appearance as referee in ''Mike Tyson's VideoGame/PunchOut'' and as a painting in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' and has appeared on every Nintendo platform (except the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mini and ColorTVGame), including the ill-fated UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy (in ''Mario's Tennis'' and ''VideoGame/MarioClash'').
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!!The series has contributed the following games:

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!!!Main Series
[[folder:Donkey Kong]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' (Arcade)
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'' (official title just ''Donkey Kong'') (UsefulNotes/GameBoy)
* ''MarioVsDonkeyKong'' series (UsefulNotes/{{GBA}} and onward)
* See also the ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' franchise page for all ''Donkey Kong'' games
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Super Mario Bros. (Classic [=2D=])]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/MarioBros.'' (Arcade)
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' (UsefulNotes/{{NES}})
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosSpecial'' ([[PC88 NEC-PC8801]], Sharp [=X1=])
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels'' (UsefulNotes/FamicomDiskSystem)
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' (UsefulNotes/{{NES}})
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' (UsefulNotes/{{NES}})
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' (UsefulNotes/{{SNES}}); AKA ''Super Mario World: Super Mario Bros. 4'' [[TheForeignSubtitle in Japan]])
* ''Super Mario World 2: VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' (UsefulNotes/{{SNES}}, also part of the ''Yoshi'' spinoff series)
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Super Mario Land (Game Boy [=2D=])]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' (UsefulNotes/GameBoy)
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2SixGoldenCoins'' (UsefulNotes/GameBoy)
* ''VideoGame/WarioLandSuperMarioLand3'' (UsefulNotes/GameBoy; series converts to ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' from here)
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Modern [=2D=]]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros''
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros1'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoDS)
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' (UsefulNotes/{{Wii}})
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2'' (UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS)
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU'' (UsefulNotes/WiiU)
*** ''VideoGame/NewSuperLuigiU'' (Both DownloadableContent for the above and a standalone Wii U game)
* ''VideoGame/MarioMaker'' (UsefulNotes/WiiU)
[[/index]]
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[[/folder]]

[[folder:[=3D=]]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' (UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}})
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube)
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' (UsefulNotes/{{Wii}})
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' (UsefulNotes/{{Wii}})
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' (UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS)
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' (UsefulNotes/WiiU)
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[[folder:Remakes]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioAllStars'' (CompilationRerelease of all four NES games, later versions had ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''; on UsefulNotes/{{SNES}} and later ported to UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} as a MilestoneCelebration)
* ''Super Mario Bros. Deluxe'' (UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor; includes ''Super Mario Bros.'' and ''The Lost Levels'')
* ''Super Mario Advance'' series (UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance; remakes of various games, all four with the ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' arcade game included)
** ''Super Mario Advance'' (remake of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'')
** ''Super Mario Advance 2: VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''
** ''Super Mario Advance 3: VideoGame/YoshisIsland''
** ''Super Mario Advance 4: VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario64 DS'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoDS)
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!!!Spinoffs

[[folder:Mario Kart]]
[[index]]
* Main ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' series (UsefulNotes/{{SNES}} and onward)
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioKart'' (UsefulNotes/{{SNES}})
** ''VideoGame/MarioKart64'' (UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}})
** ''Mario Kart Super Circuit'' (UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance)
** ''VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube)
** ''VideoGame/MarioKartDS'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoDS)
** ''Mario Kart Wii'' (UsefulNotes/{{Wii}})
** ''Mario Kart 7'' (UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS)
** ''VideoGame/MarioKart8'' (UsefulNotes/WiiU)
* ''Mario Kart Arcade GP'' series (Arcade)
** ''Mario Kart Arcade GP''
** ''Mario Kart Arcade GP 2''
** ''Mario Kart Arcade GP DX''
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Puzzle Games]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/DrMario'' series ({{N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES / UsefulNotes/GameBoy and onward)
* ''VideoGame/MariosPicross'' (GameBoy, with UsefulNotes/{{SNES}} and UsefulNotes/GameBoy sequels in Japan. Later ''Picross'' titles dropped the Mario branding.)
* ''VideoGame/YoshisEgg'' ({{N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES and UsefulNotes/GameBoy, known as ''Yoshi!'' in North America)
* ''Videogame/YoshisCookie'' (UsefulNotes/{{NES}} and UsefulNotes/{{SNES}})
* ''[[VideoGame/PanelDePon Tetris Attack]]'' (UsefulNotes/{{SNES}}; a DolledUpInstallment of ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'' (aka ''Puzzle League'') themed on ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'')
* ''VideoGame/WariosWoods'' (UsefulNotes/{{NES}} and UsefulNotes/{{SNES}})
* ''VideoGame/CaptainToadTreasureTracker'' (UsefulNotes/WiiU)
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Roleplaying Games]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' (Main/{{SNES}})
* ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series
** ''VideoGame/{{Paper Mario|64}}'' (UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}})
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube)
** ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' (UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}; though in this one platforming overtakes the RPGElements)
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' (UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS)
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' ({{G|ameBoyAdvance}}BA)
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoDS)
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoDS)
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' (UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS)
[[/index]]

Vote on your favorite Mario RPG [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/SuperMarioBrosRPGs here]]!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sports]]
* ''Videogame/MarioGolf'' (UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}} and UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor)
** ''Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour'' and ''Advance Tour'' (UsefulNotes/GameCube and UsefulNotes/{{GBA}}, respectively)
** ''Mario Golf: World Tour'' (Nintendo 3DS)
* ''VideoGame/MarioTennis'' (UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}} and UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor)
** ''Mario Power Tennis'' and ''Mario Tennis: Power Tour'' (UsefulNotes/GameCube / UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} and UsefulNotes/{{GBA}}, respectively)
** ''Mario's Tennis'' (UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy)
** ''Mario Tennis Open'' (Nintendo 3DS)
* ''MarioSuperstarBaseball'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube)
** ''VideoGame/MarioSuperSluggers'' (UsefulNotes/{{Wii}})
* ''Super VideoGame/MarioStrikers'' (soccer, for UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube)
** ''Mario Strikers Charged'' (UsefulNotes/{{Wii}})
* ''Mario Hoops 3-On-3'' (basketball, for UsefulNotes/NintendoDS)
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndSonicAtTheOlympicGames'' series (UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} / UsefulNotes/NintendoDS and onward)
* ''VideoGame/MarioSportsMix'' (UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}; includes volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, and hockey)
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Spinoff Platformers]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' ({{S|uperNintendoEntertainmentSystem}}NES)
[[/index]]
** ''Yoshi's Island DS'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoDS)
** ''Yoshi's New Island'' (UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS)
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/YoshisStory'' (UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}})
* ''YoshiTopsyTurvy'' (UsefulNotes/{{GBA}})
* ''VideoGame/YoshisWoollyWorld'' (UsefulNotes/WiiU)
* ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoDS)
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series (UsefulNotes/{{SNES}}, UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} and onward)
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series (UsefulNotes/GameBoy and onward)
* ''VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoDS)
* ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube)
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Other Spinoffs]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/WreckingCrew'' (NES, Vs. System)
* ''VideoGame/HotelMario'' ({{Philips CD-i}})
* ''VideoGame/MariosGameGallery'' (PC)
* ''VideoGame/MarioPaint'' (UsefulNotes/{{SNES}})
* ''VideoGame/MarioPinballLand'' (UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance)
* ''YoshisSafari'' ({{S|uperNintendoEntertainmentSystem}}NES)
* Educational Games:
** ''VideoGame/MarioIsMissing'' ({{N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES, {{S|uperNintendoEntertainmentSystem}}NES, and PC)
** ''VideoGame/MariosTimeMachine'' ({{N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES, {{S|uperNintendoEntertainmentSystem}}NES, and PC)
** ''MarioTeachesTyping'' (PC)
* ''MarioNoPhotopi'' ({{Nintendo 64}}; Japan only)
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' series ({{Nintendo 64}} and onward)
* ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' series (GameBoyAdvance and onward)
* ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' (NintendoGameCube)
** ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'' (Nintendo3DS)
* ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolutionMarioMix'' (NintendoGameCube)
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Related video games]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' (Creator/{{Nintendo}} MascotFighter; {{Nintendo 64}} and onward)
* ''VideoGame/NintendoLand'' ({{crossover}} game for WiiU)
* ''VideoGame/NESRemix'' series (WiiU)
* ''VideoGame/FortuneStreet'' (aka ''Itadaki Street'' in Japan; Creator/SquareEnix board game series, Mario and friends are featured in NintendoDS (Japan only) and {{Wii}} versions)
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Non-Video Game Adaptations]]
[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SaturdaySupercade'' (Specifically the VideoGame/DonkeyKong and Franchise/DonkeyKong Jr. segments)
* ''Anime/TheGreatMissionToSavePrincessPeach''
* Two pinball games by Gottlieb:
** ''Pinball/SuperMarioBros''
** ''Pinball/SuperMarioBrosMushroomWorld''
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros'' Cartoon Trilogy
** ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'': Classic live action and AnimatedSeries from TheEighties, starring Wrestling/CaptainLouAlbano as Mario.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3''
** ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld''
* ''Literature/NintendoAdventureBooks'' (apart from two, which feature ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' stories)
* ''ComicBook/SuperMarioAdventures'': A serialized comic loosely based on ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' for the SNES.
* ''ComicBook/NintendoComicsSystem'': A series of comic books based on Nintendo franchises, including Mario Bros.
* The ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' [[TheMovie Motion Picture]]
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[index]]
[[folder:Other]]
* TheYearOfLuigi
* [[FanWorks/SuperMarioBros See also the many Fan Works based on the Mario series.]]
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]
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!!Tropes throughout the games:
[[folder:A-Z]]
* {{Acrofatic}}: Several characters in the various franchises can move a lot quicker than their mass might lead you to believe, most of all our protagonist, Mario. His slightly pudgy plumber's physique belies a leaping ability beyond compare.
** And ''Super Mario 64'' made him into quite the track-and-field athlete, way before ''Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games''.
** Wario takes this UpToEleven.
* ActionBomb: Bob-Omb.
* AdorableEvilMinions: Pretty much every {{Mook|s}} in the series is [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter cute]] [[UglyCute in]] [[CuteMonster some]] [[CuteLittleFangs way]] or another.
* AdventureDuo: Mario and Luigi whenever Luigi isn't a PaletteSwap.
* AirborneMook: Koopa Paratroopas, [[GoddamnedBats Lakitus]], Bullet Bills, and many more.
* AirplaneArms: Mario's default running animation pretty much since Super Mario Bros., and later games gave him the ability to fly with a sufficient running start.
%%* AlmightyJanitor
* AlwaysNight: Every ghost house in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' for DS and Wii and every haunted house stage in a spinoff (''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', being a haunted house ''game'', also counts). As well as Bowser's kingdom (Dark Land) in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', BigBoosHaunt in VideoGame/SuperMario64 and far too many more to list. Dark Land, in particular, is especially noteworthy for somehow managing to be AlwaysNight [[MindScrew DESPITE the sun's presence in one level]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Morton Koopa Jr. is darker brown compared to his siblings, who look much more like their father.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Frequently this is Bowser's motivation for kidnapping Peach.
* AppropriatedTitle: Early games in the series went under a variety of titles, the most well-known games being ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', ''VideoGame/MarioBros'', and ''VideoGame/WreckingCrew''. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', the 15th unique game in the series (counting Game & Watch spin-offs), that the series finally got a definitive title.
* ArchEnemy: Bowser and Mario are each other's.
** And Mario is also Wario's, though he swerves between this and TheRival.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Too many examples to list. Princess Peach is an exception, though, and she's a major character.
** And the kings in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', the queen Boo in ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', and actually a lot of others, too. Also, King Crocaus is kind of a subversion in ''Super Paper Mario'', as at first he seems evil but turns out good.
* ArmlessBiped: Goombas.
* ArtifactMook: Viruses in the entire series. In their first appearance they appear as enemies in ''VideoGame/DrMario'', which makes sense. In ''MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', they appear in an abandoned university laboratory, which makes sense. In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam''? They appear EVERYWHERE. Deserts, the beach, caves, in town, on an icy mountain... And in groups of 16 at a time to boot.
* ArtifactTitle: [[VideoGame/SuperMario64 Super]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine has]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy remained]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 in]] [[VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand games]] [[VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld without]] "normal Mario" and "Super Mario" forms (or the Super NES, for that matter). Distinctively enough, most spinoffs don't use the "Super" before Mario's name, with the only possible exception being ''Super Mario Strikers'' (considering that the ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' games ditched it since the [=N64=] version, making the Super NES game a case of SuperTitle64Advance instead), which even then is known in Europe as ''Mario Smash Football'').
* AscendedExtra: Luigi started off as little more than a PaletteSwap of Mario, and would you just [[VideoGame/LuigisMansion look at him now]]. We're proud of you, buddy.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever:
** All of the bosses from the ''Yoshi's Island'' games.
** Also, the boss of World 4 in ''New Super Mario Bros.'' was a giant Goomba, and Giant World from ''Super Mario Bros. 3'' thrived on this trope, as it's... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Giant World]].
** And the "Huge" side of Tiny-Huge Island in ''Super Mario 64''.
** [[spoiler:Bowser himself]] in ''New Super Mario Bros. Wii'' and ''Super Mario Galaxy 2''.
* AudienceMurmurs: The title screen for ''All-Stars''.
* AutoScrollingLevel: Pops up here and there.
* AvengingTheVillain: Bowser Jr. in ''Super Mario Sunshine'' and ''New Super Mario Bros.''
* BadassInDistress: Luigi several times, Mario in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', then both Mario and Luigi in ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'', and, if we take a game neglected by the fandom, Mario in ''VideoGame/MarioIsMissing''.
* BadassMustache: Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi.
** The ''Mario & Luigi'' series of games have "'Stache" as a ''character stat''. Improving said stat will get you cheaper prices in shops, as shopkeepers respect and admire a well-groomed mustache. It also let you get in more critical hits.
** ''Super Mario 64 DS'' suggests that the reason Yoshi can't do some of the moves the other three have is purely due to the lack of a mustache. Some of the bosses are very proud of theirs too, especially Chief Chilly, who kidnapped Wario [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything and will think little of Yoshi if he somehow gets to the fight. It's possible to hack or glitch your way there,]] or just go to the Super Mario Wiki and look for it.
* BallisticBone: Thrown by Dry Bones, most notably in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' and ''VideoGame/PaperMario''.
** And by extent, Dry Bowser in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros''
* BatFamilyCrossover: Done in the spinoffs with ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' and, to a lesser extent, ''VideoGame/WarioWare'', to the point where Baby Donkey Kong was a major character in ''[[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Yoshi's Island DS]]''.
* BigBad: Bowser plays this role in most games, [[VideoGame/LuigisMansion although]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 some]] [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong other]] [[VideoGame/WreckingCrew games]] [[VideoGame/MarioandLuigiSuperStarSaga have]] [[VideoGame/MarioandLuigiPartnersinTime different]] [[VideoGame/MarioandLuigiBowsersInsideStory big]] [[VideoGame/SuperPaperMario bads.]]
* BigNo: In Mario Superstar Baseball, upon losing a game in challenge mode, Mario will let one of these off.
* BilingualBonus: Waluigi may seem like a dumb name, but in Japanese it's a pun. "Warui" means bad, thus "Wario" by combining Mario and Warui. Waluigi seems to be the same, but with L-R conversion, it's "waru igi," which is also "igi waru (mean person)" backwards. Crosses over with [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Pun]].
* BoldInflation: Done in many later games, whether it is {{colo|urCodedForYourConvenience}}rs, [[BiggerIsBetter text size]], wavy/shaky text, small icons next to certain words, or other tricks.
* BottomlessPits: These are ''everywhere'' in the sidescrolling games.
* BouncingBattler: The Mario Bros. themselves, and many of their [[VideoGame/PaperMario supporting]] [[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor characters.]] It's ''rare'' to find a Mario game without a jumping mechanic of some kind.
* BreakingTheFourthWall,LeaningOnTheFourthWall, and PaintingTheMedium: Lots of it, especially in the [=RPG=]s. But special mention goes to ''New Super Mario Bros'', in which the {{mooks}} "dance" to the stage music. This actually has an effect on gameplay, as you must adjust your timing when attacking the enemy.
** SMB's running on the top of the screen was essentially breaking the 4th wall.
* BreathWeapon: Bowser's trademark and most often used attack.
** He's not the only one. Many other characters have Breath Weapons too, like the Reznor and Petey Piranha (who has goop breath). Also, all of his children share his fire breath, as shown by the Koopalings in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga''. Bowser Jr. was once underdeveloped in this power, but has finally shown mastery of it in VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii.
* BubblyClouds: World 5 in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' and some of the bonus stages.
* ButtMonkey: Later depictions of Luigi are rather harsh. Possibly in retaliation for ''Luigi's Mansion'', he has gotten captured by ghosts in ''Super Mario 64 DS'' and ''Galaxy'', depicted as a coward and stereotypically fey in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', completely ignorant and possibly a bit of a liar in ''Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door'', {{brainwashed}} to evil in ''Super Paper Mario'', and cowardly and ineffective in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. Even in the special unlocked part of ''Galaxy'' [[spoiler:where you play as Luigi, it's not really Luigi, but some kind of magical clone. Or is the other Luigi the clone?]]
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl'', [[spoiler:in which Luigi is one of only three characters left to rescue all the others after they've been incapacitated by the final boss... if only because he was one of the first to get transformed into a trophy and recovered later because Dedede put one of his badges on him.]]
*** Not to mention [[spoiler:Luigi's freaky Final Smash]].
** Waluigi, when not being outright ignored, is always caught in all kinds of slapstick gags, particularly explosions, as seen in most of the sports games intros. While Luigi is usually labelled the king of second bananas, at least that grants him a shitload of screentime. Waluigi either doesn't appear or is there just for him to get beaten up.
** Wario, when placed alongside Waluigi, often shares the abuse.
** Bowser is also a subject of mockery in the [=RPG=]s, where he had his own castle taken over in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', failed at everything he tried in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', lost his memory and was later [[spoiler:possessed]] in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'', and is in general treated as a complete joke.
*** As in the ''Brawl'' example, this is subverted in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'': The game does start with Bowser getting his routine beating from Mario, but due to complications in the plot, Bowser gets full reign of the world, handling the problems the Mushroom Kingdom is having with his own agenda, while Mario and Luigi are [[WombLevel stuck inside Bowser's body]], but more or less up to their usual antics. Of course, Bowser has no idea the Mario Bros. are inside him, and they both unwittingly help each other out in various ways.
* TheCaligula: Bowser in the [=RPG=]s.
* CameraScrew: ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' had a notorious camera. It was gradually fixed over the course of the series with the other 3D games.
* CartoonBomb: Bob-omb.
* ChaosArchitecture
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Wart, the Big Bad from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''. Somewhat justified in that Subcon was a dream world. Emphasis on "somewhat" as Subcon natives like [[CanonImmigrant Shy Guys and Bob-ombs]] continue to exist.
** Tatanga, another platformer BigBad unrelated to Bowser, appeared in two games and, like Wart, some obscure comics... then he disappeared (though its possible he may have died in ''Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins'').
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: The colors can change, but Mario and Luigi always have their caps and overalls. Peach's dress is also part of this trope.
* ClownCar: Bowser's Clown Copter in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''.
* ColorCodedMultiplayer: Luigi was created as a PaletteSwap of Mario so that the players could tell each other apart.
* ColossusClimb: The boss Megaleg in ''Galaxy''.
** Mecha Bowser from the same, as well.
* ComboPlatterPowers
* ConstructedWorld: For the most part. Earth ''does'' exist, in an AlternateUniverse, and Mario and Luigi [[ContinuitySnarl probably]] lived in Brooklyn at one point; but this isn't particularly important to the series as a whole.
* ContinuityNod: Only on occasion, the most obvious one being Princess Peach's Castle, which seems to now have a mostly consistent design as of ''VideoGame/SuperMario64''.
* {{Crossover}}: [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Besides the obvious:]]
** ''Mario Hoops 3-On-3'': ''Super Mario Bros.'' and the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series.
*** Though none are actual named Final Fantasy characters. They're based on classic races and classes: White Mage, Black Mage, Ninja, Cactuar and Moogle.
*** Continued in Mario Sports Mix. All the Final Fantasy based characters return and a Slime from the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series joins the cast.
** ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndSonicAtTheOlympicGames Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games]]'': ''Super Mario Bros.'' and the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series.
** ''Idataki Street DS'' & ''Fortune Street'': ''Super Mario Bros.'' and the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series.
** ''[[{{Basketball}} NBA]] Street V3'' and ''SSX On Tour'': ''Super Mario Bros.'' and ''[[Creator/ElectronicArts EA Sports BIG]]''.
** And of course, as mentioned before, the frequent {{Bat Family Crossover}}s with ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' and [[VideoGame/WarioLand Wario's]] [[VideoGame/WarioWare games]] (and the Miis that were first created from the {{Wii}}).
* CoolAirship: The Koopas sometimes attack in what are essentially flying pirate ships.
* CowardlySidekick: Luigi in the Creator/{{DiC|Entertainment}} cartoons and various post-''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' games. Example: ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi''.
* CuteMonster: ''Every'' monster is cute. Yes, even Bowser -- ''especially'' Bowser.
* CuteLittleFangs: Some of the enemies have these.
* DamselInDistress: Obstinately Peach; most spinoffs that don't follow the classic setup tend to subvert this almost immediately and without comment. Princess Daisy, who was a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute stand-in for Peach]] at the time, also was one in her first appearance (''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand''). Pauline (''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'') was the series' first Damsel, and she continues to get the role [[DemotedToExtra whenever she actually shows up]]. A whole slew of [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter fairies]] called Sprixie Princesses were kidnapped by Bowser in their debut game (''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld''). Toads are also common kidnap victims (''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand''). Babies get kidnapped in the ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' games. Even Mario and Luigi have been {{Distressed Dude}}s.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to everything else about the ''Mario'' series, the Mario Strikers/Mario Football series is rather edgy, albeit in a sort of tongue-in-cheek way. The PaperMario series, particularly Super Paper Mario, is also much more dramatic and dark than the rest of the series, but without ever losing that basically-lighthearted Mario charm.
* DemotedToExtra: [[spoiler:The Koopalings]] in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]''.
** [[spoiler:They've been getting exposure lately, but WordOfGod said that Nintendo no longer considers the Koopalings to be Bowser's children. The jury's still out on whether or not they were his kids to begin with.]]
* DependingOnTheWriter: The sentience of Bob-ombs, as well as their ability to regenerate from explosives.
** Also throughout the series, Bowser is presented as either ChaoticEvil, LaughablyEvil, a FriendlyEnemy, the ButtMonkey or simply a JerkAss. The ChaoticEvil Bowser is almost always when he's the main villain, the other categories is when a new (Usually one-game exclusive) villain appears, in which Bowser is drastically toned-down.
* {{Determinator}}: Bowser's been dropped into lava multiple times ([[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros twice in one game]], the second time as a ''skeleton''), sent plummeting of a cliff, had his vehicle explode '''''while he was in it''''', thrown into an airborne bomb, '''''tossed into the center of the sun''''', '''''and been sucked up by a black hole'''''. And he '''''still''''' hasn't died. It's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Mario guest stars in one [[StylisticSuck quirky]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plrcDeDa7LQ anti-piracy advertisement]].
* DinosaursAreDragons: Yoshi, a fire-breathing, flying dragon that has some markedly dinosaur-like features.
* DirectionallySolidPlatforms: They're not very common, but they are here and there in some of the newer 2D games.
* DistressedDude: A few games kidnap Luigi so the player can unlock him as a SecretCharacter. Mario was the kidnap victim in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', and both Mario and Luigi were this in ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach''.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Has happened with Luigi and Daisy. In fact, the trope in question was once called "Luigification", after probably the most well-known example.
* DubNameChange: Most of the characters and enemies, and even a couple of the power-ups ("Super Mushroom" and "Super Star" became "Magic Mushroom" and "Starman"). Princess Toadstool's Japanese name eventually made it to America (and was actually combined with her English name, making her Princess Peach Toadstool) and so did the power-ups' names ("Magic Mushroom" was changed almost immediately, but "Starman" held out for much longer), but all of the other names stuck.
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', the enemy Red Bones was called "Bloody Hone Noko" (Bloody Dull Bones) in Japan. The name was changed to remove the notion of a bloody death.
%%* EasilyConqueredWorld: The Mushroom Kingdom.
* EgocentricTeamNaming: Unless you go with the "Mario Mario and Luigi Mario" explanation.
* ElementalPowers: Several depending on the game and the power up, but fairly consistently in the spinoffs, the characters tend to prefer:
** Mario - PlayingWithFire
** Luigi - [[PlayingWithFire Playing With Green Fire]], ShockAndAwe, and BlowYouAway after VideoGame/LuigisMansion
** Yoshi - CareBearStare
** Peach - HeartBeatDown
** Daisy - PetalPower
** Wario - ShockAndAwe (at least up until Power Tennis)
** Donkey Kong - GreenThumb? His maps are universally [[JungleJapes Jungle themed as the trope namer]] and his attacks typically involve wood and fruit (barrels and bananas). ShockAndAwe in ''Strikers Charged''.
* ElementalShapeshifter: In ''Super Mario Bros. 3'', Mario could turn into a statue with the Tanooki suit. It turned him invincible, and he could kill nearly anything by falling on it.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Mario and Luigi, with a little help from the Mushroom Kingdom's flora and fauna. In addition, [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Yoshi's Island DS's]] revelation that the two have extraordinary power gifted to them by the stars.
* EnemyMine: There are several occasions where the brothers team up with Bowser to defeat a stronger enemy.
* ErmineCapeEffect: Unless it's a sports title (and sometimes not even that's an exception) or she's using a suit power-up (as of ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld''), Peach always wears her royal dress.
* TheEveryman: Mario.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: ''Super Mario World'' took place in Dinosaur Land, where Yoshi made his first appearance.
** The ''Super Mario World'' cartoon series and movie also had a lot to do with dinosaurs.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Since ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', penguins have regularly appeared as Mario's friends.
** There was even a penguin-suit power-up in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii''.
** Averted, however, with 1995's ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'', in which penguins are frustrating platforming elements in an already frustrating [[SlippySlideyIceWorld ice world]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Peach is just the start.
* EvilCounterpart: Wario for Mario and Waluigi for Luigi.
* EvilIsDumb: Almost any time a villain joins the heroes, come to think of it...
* EvilOverlord: Bowser, with his [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Mordor]]-esque kingdom, corrupted populace (Goombas), undead soldiers, sorcerers, ominous castles, and dungeons aplenty.
** In an odd subversion of one of the evil overlord's most common traits, all his subjects seem to love him, though, at least in the [=RPG=]s. (They do comment on some of his more annoying traits sometimes, but [[TruthInTelevision that doesn't seem to make them facetious about liking him).]]
* EvilSorcerer: Foremost being Kamek, but to an extent King Boo and even Bowser himself (the original NES game had him using Black Magic to take over). As well as quite a few RPG villains that have traces of this (Fawful, Grodus and Smithy are pretty much {{Technopath}} variants; the Shadow Queen in ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor Paper Mario 2]]'' and Cackletta are this kind of thing played straight).
* EvilSoundsRaspy: The various Magikoopas have high-pitched, raspy VoiceGrunting.
* ExcusePlot: Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto feels that too much of a plot gets in the way of what makes ''Mario'' fun, as trying to understand complex backstories and plots could ruin the light, cheerful feel of ''Mario''.
** The very reason for the way most Mario games' plots are put together was vaguely {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Bowser in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', [[BreakingTheFourthWall when he says the major plot points in the game make his head hurt]].
* ExtremeOmnivore: Yoshi again; just for starters, he can swallow nearly any enemy whole.
** Because of his cute and lighthearted portrayal, it never dawns on some people just how much of a [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation vicious predator]] Yoshi actually is...
** Taken to literal extreme when in Mario Power Tennis, when Luigi comes to give Yoshi his trophy, Yoshi EATS him! No, not licks him up and spits him out, he legitimately EATS LUIGI!
* ExposedToTheElements: Mario can navigate through levels with hot and cold climates without any apparent problems adjusting to the temperature, and is also [[SuperNotDrowningSkills able to breathe underwater]] in the 2D games and ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'', but not any other 3D games. It's only when he goes into outer space (such as in ''Super Mario Land 2'' and ''Super Paper Mario'') that this really becomes an issue (though even this is given [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace an exception]] in ''Super Mario Galaxy'').
** Possible explanation is that his hat is magically enchanted to help protect him, as he takes more damage without it and slowly loses health in sunny areas of [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Isle Delfino]] without it.
* {{Expy}} Waluigi looks a lot like [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Dick Dastardly]].
* FaceHeelTurn: Mario in ''Donkey Kong Jr.''
** Also Luigi in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''.
** Part of the backstory of Goombas is that they were once allies of the Mushroom Kingdom before defecting to Bowser's army.
*** Though in the VideoGame/PaperMario series, it is shown that many Goombas are friendly and live in harmony with the rest of the Marioverse.
* FakeoutEscape: In one comic book, Princess Toadstool fools the Koopalings into coming into her cell with a CeilingCling, then beats them up and locks them in.
* FamedInStory
* FanOfTheUnderdog: Though the series' ButtMonkey and usually in his brother's shadow, a few odd characters appear showing nothing below complete admiration for the guy. A Toad in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64DS'' idolizes Luigi and will only grant the player a Star if you chat as him.
* {{Fartillery}}: Wario. Hold your nose, everyone!
* FatherToHisMen: Surprisingly enough, Bowser. Many of the side-games, particularly the {{Role Playing Game}}s, make sure to establish that his armies don't follow him out of fear or ambition like some other evil overlords, but because they legitimately love the guy. And for good reason - though he's prone to the occasional tantrum or nonsensical, dangerous plot, he does care about his troops and always goes out of his way to rescue them if they're in trouble. In VideoGame/SuperPaperMario, one Koopa NPC whose entire regiment has been taken out by the BiggerBad points out that if he doesn't act then Bowser would fry his hide - not because [[YouHaveFailedMe he's failed,]] but because leaving his men behind to save his own hide is something [[EvenEvilHasStandards Bowser would find totally reprehensible.]]
* {{Fireballs}}: A ''Mario'' staple. Mario can throw them with the Fire Flower PowerUp, enemies can use them, and there are {{fireball|s}} enemies known as Podoboos, which gained eyes later in the series.
* {{Flight}}: Nearly every (platformer) game has a new item to get Mario airborne: ''Mario Bros. 3'' has the Raccoon and Tanooki suits, ''Mario Land 2'' has a Rabbit suit, ''Mario World'' has the cape, ''Mario 64'' has the Wing Cap, ''Mario Sunshine'' has FLUDD's jetpack function, ''Mario Galaxy'' has the Bee Suit and Red Star, and ''New Super Mario Bros. Wii'' has the Propeller Suit. ''New Super Mario Bros. 2'' sees the return of the Raccoon Suit [[note]][[FandomBerserkButton It's not the Tanooki Suit!]][[/note]] and ''New Super Mario Bros. U'' uses the Flying Squirrel Suit [[JustForFun/XMeetsY (a mix of the previously mentioned Raccoon Suit and Cape)]].
* FollowTheLeader: ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' is often joked about for launching countless ripoffs, but it's often forgotten that [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros the original SMB]] launched just as many during its time.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: It works, sort of. Mario (melancholic), Waluigi (choleric), Daisy (sanguine), Yoshi (sanguine/melancholic), Wario (choleric/melancholic), Luigi (sanguine/choleric), and Princess Peach and Toad (phlegmatic/leukine).
* FundamentallyFunnyFruit: The Eggplant Men in ''Wrecking Crew''. Waluigi also uses eggplants in ''Mario Superstar Baseball'' and ''Mario Super Sluggers''.
* FungusHumongous: Many games have levels with giant mushrooms that act as platforms.
* GameMod: ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' has been hacked frequently, with varying degrees in difficulty and quality. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', the original ''Super Mario Bros.'', and even ''New Super Mario Bros. Wii'' have gotten a few hacks as well.
* GeographicFlexibility: Everywhere in the Mushroom Kingdom/World. May as well not be the same place every game, because whole new towns, cities, castles, mansions, stadiums and race tracks get added all over the place on a per game basis, and even things like whether it borders other countries changes per game (some put it as land locked, some as partly bordering countries but having access to the ocean, other games as an island...).
* GiantMook: All the baddies in Giant Land in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', as well as various bosses and minibosses from throughout the series.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: A lot of examples, but Baron Brrr and Kingfin in ''Super Mario Galaxy'' have no story foreshadowing whatsoever.
* FantasyPantheon: The Star Spirits seen in ''Paper Mario''.
* AGodAmI: Rosalina, a little girl who inexplicably gained gravitational abilities as well a immortality, falls under this category.
-->'''Rosalina:''' "My name is Rosalina. I watch over and protect the cosmos."
* GratuitousEnglish: Two words from ''Super Mario Sunshine'': "Shine get!" (This line was "corrected" for the NA release, but {{Woolseyism}} in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' brought it back.) It returns in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' with "Star get!"
* GratuitousJapanese: In the initial Western releases of ''Super Mario All-Stars'', the box art image for ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels'' was an edited version of the Japanese box art with some of the Japanese text replaced with the English title and other parts of it moved around. However, whoever did the editing must either not have been able to read Japanese or not cared (since the resolution makes it hard to read anyway), since the remaining Japanese text, which was half of the banner reading "[[NintendoEntertainmentSystem Family Computer]] Disk System", ended up saying, essentially, "Ter Disk System".
* GrimyWater: Ever since ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'', most forest areas can be expected to contain varying amounts of purple death water. Mostly it's only implied to be poisonous swamp goo, but in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' it's visibly ''electrified''.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: If anyone or anything in this series is guarded, expect it to be stolen/kidnapped whenever the current villain feels like it.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Many non-human characters fall under this.
* HeroicMime: Mario in most [=RPG=]s. Some times taken to hilarious extremes where Mario will shapeshift or defy physics to re-enact a story without speaking a word.
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Peach gets this in a comic and in ''Super Paper Mario''.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: Chargin' Chuck, a football Koopa Troopa from ''Super Mario World''.
* InASingleBound: Mario is so famous around the Mushroom Kingdom that people he's never seen before know him by his distinctive jump. Despite Luigi's jumping being visibly higher, Toad insists in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' that Mario is the best.
* InformedAbility: Does going through pipes count as plumbing?
* InvincibilityPowerUp: [[DubNameChange Starmen]]/Super Stars
* IronicName: Luigi means famous hero.
* {{Jerkass}}: Wario and Waluigi.
* JerkWithAHeartofGold: [[spoiler:Bowser]] from Mario Super Sluggers; when [[spoiler:a Bullet Bill shot by Wario and Waluigi nearly hits Mario, Bowser unexpectedly jumps in, hitting the Bullet Bill back toward the two before he is seen later about to leave, much to Mario's notice]].
* JustEatHim: [[spoiler:King Boo disguised as]] Bowser.
** Bowser can eat enemies and let Mario and Luigi take care of them in ''Mario & Luigi 3''.
** YOSHI.
* KingMook: Many bosses in the series are giant aristocratic versions of a regular enemy.
* LaboriousLaziness: Wario is ''made'' of this trope. In fact, ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' commented on it once in a preview of ''VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise''.
* LargeHam: Bowser pretty much whenever he has voice acting (''[[{{Narm}} especially]]'' in ''Super Mario Sunshine''). Most of Bowser's hammy lines come from the [=RPGs=], though. Bowser's antics are very reminiscent of a pro wrestler, saying things like:
--> "Stomping fools is my business! Show me a fool, and I'll stomp it! I don't even need a reason!"
::: and
--> "I'll ''Bowserize'' it!"
* LaughablyEvil: Bowser fits this in the spin off games and [=RPG=]s. However, in the main platforming series, [[TookALevelInBadass he's portrayed in a much more serious manner.]]
** Aside from Bowser, many of the villains who originated from the spin-offs and [=RPG=]s fill in this spot. Cackletta and Fawful in particular take it UpToEleven (though one could say that [[FountainOfMemes Fawful]] takes it Up To Twelve).
* LawOfOneHundred: The ''Bros.'' series and coins.
* LeParkour: Mario is getting increasingly better at it, with 3D games and New Super Mario Bros. (both of them) having the WallJump mechanic and triple jumps.
** As far as fan games go, ''Super Mario DX: Blue Twilight'' has the wall jump and triple jump, though only the triple jump is present in ''VideoGame/SuperMario63'' for some reason.
* Level1MusicRepresents: World 1-1. One of the most famous video game songs ever made, and effectively the theme of the series.
* LightningBruiser: Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Bowser tend to be this.
* LimitedWardrobe: Peach has almost nothing but her pink dress to wear, as seen in ''Paper Mario'', [[LampshadeHanging where it's revealed]] that she has a wardrobe full of pink dresses.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: And just about everyone has fans to boot.
** Taken to its logical extreme in ''Mario Super Sluggers'', with 41 individual characters (12 captains and 29 team players, without counting the color-swapped ones, like Yoshis and Koopas), as well as incorporating for good the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' cast into the Marioverse (even K. Rool is playable in that game!).
** The only downside of having so many memorable faces is that they have to rotate from time to time. Regulars like Daisy, Diddy, Birdo and Waluigi are bound to miss a game or two eventually. Heck, even main characters like Yoshi or Luigi are also absent occasionally.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: Mario's world has over ''four hundred'' species, many of them sentient and most unique to the setting.
* LongRunners: Mario debuted (as Jumpman) in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' in 1981. 2011 is his 30th birthday. Happy birthday, Mario!
* MadScientist: Bowser's son Ludwig von Koopa and Luigi's friend Professor E. Gadd.
** As is Ludwig's younger brother Iggy, with Iggy specializing in [[GadgeteerGenius mechanics]].
* MagicMushroom: The Super Mushroom, together with the OneUp-mushroom, has become one of the most iconic game-items in history.
* MalevolentMugshot: Most of Bowser's Castles, airships, and a lot of other stuff has his face as an icon.
* ManEatingPlant: The Piranha Plant.
* MeaningfulName: Pretty much every single character, species, place, item, or anything that isn't Mario or Luigi has one.
* MercyInvincibility: Apparent in most of the main games.
* MissingMom: Well, Bowser had to bone ''someone'' to have eight freaking kids, but the mother is yet to be seen. As a result of this, fans have [[EpilepticTrees their own theories]], many of which revolve around [[{{Squick}} Peach]].
** These theories are directly addressed in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', where one of Bowser's kids insists that Peach is his mother, without her denying this in any way ([[http://www.cracked.com/article_19148_6-bizarrely-creepy-moments-from-mario-universe_p2.html to the shock of many viewers]]). [[spoiler:She's not.]]
*** Now that Miyamoto has {{jossed}} the Koopalings--and ''just the Koopalings''--out as not being Bowser's children by birth, therefore implying that Bowser Jr. really ''is'' Bowser's real son, one can only imagine who the inevitable mother is.
* MinskyPickup: The classic ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEKDF_WbMlg theme]] starts with a variation of this.
* MoodyMount: Yoshi will run around very fast and become very hard to catch should Mario or Luigi be thrown off his back after Yoshi is hit by an enemy.
* MoralDissonance: The {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs in ''Sunshine'' don't like being abused.
* {{Mordor}}: The surrounding area of Bowser's castle in any game.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: Most main games are meant to be enjoyed by people of all ages.
* MushroomMan: Several characters, including Goombas and Toad.
* MushroomSamba: The Fuzzies from ''Yoshi's Island'' cause Yoshi to stumble around drunk for a little while, [[InterfaceScrew screwing up his movements]].
* MutuallyExclusivePowerups
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Outside of the main platformer games, enemies act as background [=NPCs=] or playing characters/partners.
* NegativeContinuity: Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto stated that the reason for no continuity between games is because it would limit development of future games in the series.
* NestedMouths: Some Piranha Plants have small inner mouths that shoot fireballs.
* NiceHat: Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi all wear these.
* NintendoHard: Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels is just the hardest of them, but others can be punishing as well.
* NonHumanUndead: A staple of the series is the Dry Bones, a reanimated Koopa skeleton. The ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series adds variations of Dry Bones, along with other NonHumanUndead (e.g. Bonetail from ''The Thousand Year Door'' and Bonechill of ''Super Paper Mario''). ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2'' introduced a Bone Piranha Plant.
* OfficialCouple: With the perchant tendency of stating that Mario is romantically involved or infatuated with any new Princess he meets in a given game being discarded over the years, Peach and Mario is the choice that still stands and seems to have become the only. Hints, statements, and status enhancements over the course of many games reinforce this:
** In ''VideoGame/MarioParty 5'', Mario and Peach are called the "Cutest Couple".
** In ''Mario Superstar Baseball'' and ''Mario Super Sluggers'', they share status enhancements, namely chemistry, as they are buddy players.
** In ''Mario Power Tennis'', given it has the most number of voiced lines out of all ([[CanonDiscontinuity all of it]]) Mario games, Mario outright professes his love for Peach in her trophy winning sequence, and she responds with a smile and blows a kiss. In Mario's own winning sequence, Peach kisses him on the cheek.
-->'''Mario:''' (applauding Peach) I love you so much.
** In VideoGame/PaperMario, the first one, [[ShipperOnDeck one of the Toads tells Mario to take Peach on a date to Shooting Star Summit]].
* OminousFloatingCastle: The Mario series LOVES this. Nearly every RPG has one for the final dungeon, and in the non [=RPG=]s, you've got Bowser's Galaxy Reactor in the centre of the universe.
* OneHitKill: Generally, in the 2D games, falling into lava is this (while being squashed isn't), while in the 3D games, it's the other way around.
* OneHitPointWonder: In the sidescrolling games, Mario doesn't have a life meter. He starts out one hit away from losing a life, unless he grabs a powerup.
* OneManArmy: Mario/Luigi are usually the only ones to save the princess. And kick everyone's asses while doing it.
* OurFounder: Bowser's statues. Not quite it, but similar in spirit.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: The Goombas, the Chomps, the Angry Sun, Birdo, and many, many others.
* TheOverworld: The Mushroom Kingdom stages. Usually called Ground stages or Grasslands.
* PacifistRun: It is possible to get through the original Super Mario Bros. without directly attacking ''any'' enemy.
* PainfullySlowProjectile: Bullet Bills. And every other projectile that isn't made by a player. Even LASERS.
* PainPoweredLeap: This happens to Mario whenever he touches the lava in Mario 3D platform games, beginning with the LethalLavaLand in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64''.
* PairTheSpares: Back in the day, Peach also blew kisses to Luigi, as he was just a PaletteSwap of his brother. Mario also was said to be romantically involved with almost any princess he meets in a given adventure (notably Daisy). Years passed, and with Mario and Peach being appointed as the OfficialCouple in many games, now and then some games like to hint Luigi and Daisy being at least interested in each other, even though they never had a main adventure to reinforce this; given Luigi's [[DivergentCharacterEvolution development]] to LovableCoward and Daisy's more apparent portrayal as a {{Tomboy}}, they are pretty much presented as a MasculineGirlFeminineBoy example.
** In ''Open Tournament Golf'', Daisy caddied for Luigi just as Peach did for Mario.
** In ''Mario Tennis'' (Nintendo 64), when choosing Luigi in the doubles tournament mode, his default partner will be Daisy.
** Their team names from the VideoGame/MarioParty series include: "Steady Sweeties", "Tango Tanglers", and "Shy Sidekicks".
** The most glaring hint, as it was for Mario and Peach, was in ''Mario Power Tennis'', with her rollerblading and receiving her trophy from Luigi.
-->'''Daisy:''' Hey, sweety! I'll take that.
** In VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee, Daisy's trophy biography states:
--> "After her appearance in Mario Golf, [[FanPreferredCouple some gossips]] started portraying her as [[PairTheSpares Luigi's answer]] to [[OfficialCouple Mario's Peach]]".
** One more glaring hint: In ''[[VideoGame/MarioKart Mario Kart Wii]]'', the track Daisy Circuit features a giant golden statue of Luigi dancing with Daisy, holding hands. Another golden statue depicts Baby Luigi dancing with Baby Daisy, also holding hands ([[EasterEgg unless the statues were replaced by your Miis]]).
** Nowadays, he's been teased with [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy Rosalina]].
* PaperThinDisguise: Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings hiding in the birthday cake in ''New Super Mario Bros. Wii''. This being Mario, it ''works''.
* ParallelPornTitles: Two porn movies based on the series were made, ''Super Hornio Brothers'' and ''Super Hornio Brothers 2''. Nintendo themselves actually bought the rights to these movies to make sure they would never be released again.
* ParentalFavoritism: It is implied that Bowser Jr. is Bowser's favorite. It probably falls under the "looks like the parent" version of this trope, since Jr. does look like Bowser when he was his age. (Although Morton Koopa Jr does look like a grey headed, hornless Bowser.)
** And before Jr.'s existence, Ludwig von Koopa, the eldest child, was referred to as Bowser's favorite in one of the instruction booklets.
** Now with Shigeru Miyamoto's assertion that Bowser Jr is Bowser's only biological child, this behaviour is somewhat explained.
* PhotoMontage: The ending credits of ''Sunshine'' and ''Galaxy''.
* PimpedOutDress: Peach's dress starts out simple, but grows more elaborate as graphics in the games advance. Daisy's similar dress is also elaborate.
** Rosalina's dress is on [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible the mild end of this trope]].
* PinballSpinoff: ''Pinball/SuperMarioBros'' and ''Pinball/SuperMarioBrosMushroomWorld'' by Creator/{{Gottlieb}}.
** ''VideoGame/MarioPinballLand'' for the GameBoyAdvance.
* PinballZone: Waluigi Pinball and Bowser's Pinball Machine.
* PipeMaze: Some games feature this sort of scenery.
** Super Mario Bros 3 provides us with the most extreme example of this trope with the second to last world, Pipe World. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Guess what every single level in this world is.]]
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Mario and Luigi are plumbers. Have you ever seen them do any actual plumbing within their canon? Not likely. The only [[TheArtifact artifacts]] left that imply that they're still plumbers are their outfits and the fact they travel through pipes.
** This is brought up in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga''. When Mario and Luigi first arrive at Beanbean Castle, Lady Lima drops them into the basement and asks that they fix the building's broken pipes: "You ARE plumbers, aren't you?" [[spoiler:This turns out to be a case of NiceJobBreakingItHero, as "Lady Lima" is actually Cackletta (the BigBad) in disguise, and repairing the castle's plumbing is the key to disabling the security system of the Beanstar, which she plans to steal.]]
* PlatformHell: ''The Lost Levels'' is the only official game to so much as ''approach'' this level of overall difficulty, but we'd be here all day if we tried to list all the fan hacks that can be classified as this.
** Some of the late-game levels throughout the series come close as well, especially those in the [[BrutalBonusLevel special worlds]].
* PlayerMooks: Of all the spinoffs, the baseball games love this trope the most.
* PlayingWithFire: The Fire Flower power-up allows Mario and Luigi to sling fireballs at their enemies.
* PlotCoupon: Five-pointed stars in 3D games.
* PowerUp: Loads of them. The first Super Mario game had the iconic mushrooms, fire flowers, and stars.
* PowerUpFood: Mushrooms, mushrooms, and more mushrooms.
** Though it's never specified what Mario does with them, the various flowers (fire, ice) may also qualify.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2: 6 Golden Coins'', Mario can eat a carrot that gives him bunny ears and make him fly a bit.
** ''VideoGame/MarioParty 8'' has candies that, when eaten, gives the player different abilities, such as zapping opponents with lightning or stealing other players' items.
* PowerUpMotif: The most common is the InvincibilityPowerUp theme but in many games, there are others too.
* PrincessClassic: Peach started out like this, but now is more a spoof of this trope, especially in the ''Paper Mario'' games.
* PrincessesPreferPink: 90% of every outfit Peach has ever worn.
* PunnyName: Luigi's name comes from a play on the Japanese word "ruiji", meaning "similar".
* PuzzlePan
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Koopalings and Count Bleck's minions in ''Super Paper Mario''. The 1337 Hamm0r Bros. from Mario and Luigi 2.
** The Koopa Bros from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' would count if it wasn't for the fact that they're the main boss battle of their chapter rather than a miniboss.
* RealMenWearPink: Roy Koopa, probably the biggest and most intimidating of all the Koopalings, has a pink shell, pink head, and pink old-lady sunglasses. His shell is recolored purple in ''New Super Mario Bros. Wii'', but he keeps the pink head and glasses.
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: Peach has started to get flack for this reason. It peaked in VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach.
* RecurringBoss: Many, sometimes without any difference in the boss battle.
* RecurringRiff: The original game had six tunes in it. All of them get reused frequently, including the Level Clear jingle. But the one known for this above all others is the overworld level music, which has [[Level1MusicRepresents effectively become]] Mario's personal theme music and the theme for the entire franchise.
* ReplacementMooks: Congratulations on rescuing the Princess, Mario. [[NewGamePlus Why not play again?]] Huh? Goombas? What's that?
* RespawningEnemies: But hey. At least you won't feel bad about kicking the tar out of them.
* RingOutBoss: About half the examples are probably from this series, including Roger the Potted Ghost, Big Bully, Chief Chilly, Topmaniac and Big Guy The Stilted.
* RPGElements: The portable sports spin-offs have your character's stats increase as they level up.
* RuleOfCool: Next to RuleOfFun, the series basically runs off of this.
* RuleOfFun: Why does Mario grow when he eats a mushroom? Why are there bricks floating in the air? Why does a fire-breathing, hammer-throwing Ox-Turtle kidnap Peach all of the time? Why must Bowser put something to defeat him in every arena that he's faced? Because it's fun, that's why!
* RuleThirtyFour: To put into perspective, 1 out of 5 fan works involving [[MemeticSexGod Peach, Daisy, Rosalina, or Bowser]] is NotSafeForWork.
* SandIsWater
* SaveThePrincess: A recurring plot in the series, including the first and third games, ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' (though this was a different princess), ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', all the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' games, and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' had the variation of "Save the Princess's voice". Speaking of which, ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' revealed that Bowser had been kidnapping her since they were ''[[SpinoffBabies babies]]''! It was inverted in ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'', where you ''play'' as the Princess, and you have to save Mario.
* ScoreMultiplier: In most games, your score is multiplied by a KillStreak. You eventually get 1-Ups instead when the streak is high enough.
* ScoringPoints: The 2D games have point scores. Most of the 3D games instead track the most coins you've obtained in a level (with ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' extending this to the most coins in each individual mission, given that a different number are possible to collect in most missions), as well as your best scores and times in minigames and races. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' however, track your fastest time in each level instead.
* SequelDifficultyDrop: ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', compared to ''The Lost Levels'', at least. It's still harder than the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' though.
* SequelDifficultySpike: ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels'', compared to the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros''
** And ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', compared to the first ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''.
* SequelNumberSnarl: Pretty much every flavor you can imagine - OddlyNamedSequel cases which then get their own numbered sequels, spin-offs, plus the snarl between the two different games called ''Super Mario Bros. 2'' - which are both canonical, so while everyone calls the same game ''Super Mario Bros. 3'', it's the fourth game of the series.
* SeriousBusiness: They take their soccer seriously in the Mushroom Kingdom. As in, they need to put up force fields to protect the spectators.
* ShadesOfConflict: BlackAndWhiteMorality is most common in the games about Mario, Luigi, or Yoshi. Those characters, Princess Peach and the Toad race are all good, and anyone one else who helps them is generally good as well. Bowser (both his adult and baby versions), King Boo from ''Luigi's Mansion'', and other characters who oppose the Mario Brothers or Yoshis are generally evil. Likewise, Donkey Kong and the other Kongs in his games are good while King K. Rool and other opponents of the Kongs are evil. Wario is the one playable character in the franchise generally portrayed as "gray" or villainous, so his games usually have BlackAndGrayMorality or EvilVersusEvil.
* SharedUniverse: With ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', ''VideoGame/WarioLand'', and ''VideoGame/WarioWare''.
* ShesAManInJapan: Birdo and Vivian in ''Paper Mario 2''.
* ShoutOut: See [[ShoutOut/SuperMarioBros here]]
* SiblingTeam: Take a wild guess...
* SingleUseShield: Just about any time Mario takes a hit, he loses his current powerup ([[PowerupMount Yoshi]], Mushroom, Fire Flower, etc.).
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Peach and Daisy ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Birdo]]) in ''Strikers''. They catch fire, get electrocuted, crushed, and squashed like any other player.
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: Borderline between Fantastic and Surreal. More Surreal in the first game, more generally Fantastic in later games. However, it depends. You've got the fairly plausible normal Mushroom Kingdom stuff and the Good Egg Galaxy and bits of Isle Delfino, the less plausible Toy Time type levels and Matter Splatter Galaxy, the definitely strange Loopdeeswoop Galaxy... and the big 'what the hell' in Tick Tock Clock and some of the power ups. This is not counting the cartoon series (''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' is WEIRD), and the comic adaptations (Mario as Van Helsing...)
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Most definitely at the silly/rule of cool end of the scale; the best answer to whether something will happen in a ''Mario'' game is whether it looks cool or funny.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: World 4 in ''Super Mario Bros 2'', World 6 in ''Super Mario Bros 3''.
* SolidClouds: Clouds can serve as platforms and even modes of transportation in the case of Lakitus.
* SongsInTheKeyOfPanic: Hurry Music is most commonly used when a timer reaches 100 in most games.
* SortingAlgorithmOfThreateningGeography: Universally, the games start in GreenHillZone and end in LethalLavaLand. ShiftingSandLand is usually world 2, UnderTheSea or another aquatic level is typically world 3. An [[SlippySlideyIceWorld ice world]] and a [[JungleJapes jungle world]] are also common somewhere in the middle.
* SpikeBallsOfDoom: Present here-there. Most notably, around castles but there are other cases too.
* SpikesOfDoom: These things are present rather commonly in games.
* SpinoffBabies: The ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' series, ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'', and the various sports and VideoGame/MarioKart games include younger versions of the characters.
* SpringsSpringsEverywhere: And often springboards can even be carried. Also features other pieces of environment that have functions of a springboard.
* SquashedFlat: Goombas in some games, after being stomped on.
* StarShapedCoupon: ''64'', ''Galaxy'', and the ''Party'' series see you collect Power Stars. The [=RPG=]s have various star-shaped objects as well. ''Sunshine'' has Sun Shaped Coupons, which might be considered close enough.
* StoryOverwrite: The endings of ''Super Mario Bros. 3'' and ''Super Mario World'' have you in Super form, no matter which form you cleared either game with.
* StrictlyFormula:
** Bowser kidnaps Peach. Mario rescues Peach. This is the formula for ''Super Mario Bros.'', ''Super Mario Bros. 3'' (in World 8), ''Super Mario World'', ''Super Mario 64'', ''Super Mario Sunshine'', ''New Super Mario Bros.'', and so on. The various [=RPGs=] [[LampshadeHanging lampshade this]] as Bowser predictably chases Peach amid the games' other events.
** ''Super Mario 64'', ''Sunshine'', ''Galaxy'' and ''Galaxy 2'' use the formula where Mario collects 120 Stars (or Shine Sprites).
* StuckInTheirShadow: Luigi has gone from a PaletteSwap to a LesserStar to this, but this is the only state that's been acknowledged in-universe. According to ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]]'', even Bowser tends to forget his name, referring to him as "Green 'Stache."
* SuperDrowningSkills: In the first ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', Mario can swim in underwater levels, but not in land levels, where water is nothing but a BottomlessPit. In the first ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'', water is again a Bottomless Pit. In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', Yoshi can't swim. ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'' puts invisible walls around the water, and ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor The Thousand-Year Door]]'' uses carnivorous fish to keep Mario out of water.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: In the 2D games and VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand.
* SuperSpeed: Quite a few characters, the fastest being Yoshi. Mario's not much slower, and Peach isn't much slower than him.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Several of the baddies, but especially Wendy O. Koopa. Pom Pom to an extent as well.
* ThirdPersonPerson: A recurring trait in most of the main characters.
** [[VideoGame/MarioKart "Mario get you next time!"]]
** [[VideoGame/MarioTennis "Luigi win, Luigi win!"]]
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Peach is taller than Mario, even with a Super Mushroom.
* TitleScream: Plenty of games, including the three 3D platformers. Often times, it's done by Mario himself.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: To some degree, Daisy and Peach.
* TomboyPrincess: Daisy is described as a tomboy within the series, although Peach has moments of this as well.
* TooDumbToLive: Princess Peach has been kidnapped by Bowser countless times. If it weren't for Mario, she'd probably be married to him or killed by him, depending on whatever his intention is.
* TookALevelInBadass: Bowser in ''Super Mario Galaxy'', and in ''Bowser's Inside Story''.
** Luigi in his ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' series.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Mario and Luigi are clearly Italian, and are said to have grown up in Brooklyn. It's not brought up often in the games, and when it is, it's quite minor, but it is still there.
* TravelingPipeBulge: In several games (but not the NES or SNES games).
* TreasureIsBiggerInFiction: With impractically large coins.
* {{Trope 2000}}: Luigi uses a vacuum called a Poltergust 3000 to hunt ghosts in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion''.
* TubeTravel: The warp pipes. However, in some cases (such as the warp zones), you appear to be {{teleport|ersAndTransporters}}ing instead of traveling a path.
* UniversalAdaptorCast: The ever-expanding "spinoff cast" can probably be put into every conceivable genre of game. In fact, they adapt to several themes in ''VideoGame/MarioParty''.
* {{Unwinnable}}: The MinusWorld (world -1) in the original. A later Japanese release on the Famicom Disk System 'fixed' this by virtue of its MinusWorld happening to be beatable. Other remakes of the game removed the world entirely. (The GBA and Wii versions of the game do have the Minus World, however, as they are faithful emulations of the original game.)
* TheUsualAdversaries: The Koopa Troopas and Goombas, from all the games.
* VideoGameFlight: Numerous examples throughout the series. Just check the page for plenty of descriptions.
* VideoGameLives
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: We have an OmnicidalManiac ([[spoiler:Dimentio]]) and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s ([[spoiler:the Shadow Queen and the Dark Star]]) as two examples of genuinely terrifying villains in a usually cutesy series.
** Even Bowser deserves a mention [[BewareTheSillyOnes underneath all the]] [[LargeHam ham]]. He is ''Great Demon King Koopa'' after all, and can cause major damage when he's actually trying. He tries on [[ResetButton two separate occasions]] to remake the universe in his own image, which is exactly what Dimentio wanted to do, but old Bowser did it by stealing from {{A God Am I}} with nothing but his [[CoolAirship Airship fleet]] and [[BadassArmy his army]]. Dry Bowser is him resurrected as [[DemBones a huge demonic skeleton]]. Even his ''most basic characterization'' is, ultimately, that of a [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty vicious]] StalkerWithACrush. And of course, there's [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Giga Bowser....]]
** The Shroobs in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime''. {{Alien Inva|sion}}ders willing to attack innocents, subject the population to a FateWorseThanDeath and [[WouldHurtAChild attack or kill babies]]? That'd be horrifying enough in a game set in a dystopia.
* WeaponizedOffspring: Heroic example, the Yoshis use their eggs as projectiles. Birdo has this trademark move of shooting eggs out of her mouth in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' and Yellow Paragoombas in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' attack by releasing Microgoombas from the air.
* WhiteGloves: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Wario, Daisy, and Waluigi love to wear them.
* WhiteVoidRoom: The room behind the mirror in ''Super Mario 64 DS''.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Birdo, depending on the situation, and Vivian later on in ''Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door''.
* WidgetSeries: Really, the main reasons these games make sense to us is because we're ''used'' to it, and that there are much, much weirder things that come out of Japan.
** Miyamoto once admitted that, despite creating the franchise, he continues to be mentally frustrated by the fact that blocks float in midair.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: The Mario brothers have pretty much done everything ''except'' fix leaky pipes in the various video games they've starred in, though supplemental comics do show them at their "regular" day job.
* WorldOfChaos: While later games tried to establish a viable, somewhat fantasy universe, the first one just plunged you right into a world where you were a plumber of Italian descent who must rescue a "Princess Toadstool" by defeating a turtle-dragon while killing evil walking chestnuts with eyes, turtles with wings, carnivore plants growing out of green pipes, and other similar enemies. Oh, and if you eat a mushroom which comes out of a shining floating block with a question sign, you grow twice as large, and if you pick a flower, you can shoot bouncing fireballs. Jumping stars, climbable beanstalks, walking on clouds and jumping several times your height ensues.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: One infamous [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/965dbb7cab1ae0ad67bec607439b0524/tumblr_mpujgy59pT1rrftcdo1_500.jpg cover]] for a German ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' strategy guide has Mario inexplicably dressed as a Roman centurion and Yoshi looking...um...
* {{Youkai}}: The classic Koopa enemies are named and slightly based on Kappas, and Mario gets a Tanuki Suit in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: In the TV shows, Peach is 17 years old. In the games, Mario and Luigi are known to be the same age as her. By that logic, Mario and Luigi are actually teenagers. Either that, or Peach is OlderThanSheLooks.
** Eventually, one of Mario's bios reveals that he's canonically 26. Definitely more plausible, but still much younger than his appearance would suggest.
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