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An XboxLiveArcade game by TwistedPixel.

Meet Captain Smiley. With his super powers, dual laser guns, winning personality, and wisecracking ChestInsignia Star, he's sure to be the next comic book sensation... or he would be, if anyone liked his comic. Once his comic is cancelled, the fine folks at Twisted Pixel offer Captain Smiley a way to revive his series: make guest appearances in various other comics until he's popular enough to get his own back.

Gameplay consists mainly of traditonal side scrolling whilst shooting anything that moves with the usual platforming and some melee thrown in. The standard action is broken up with on-rail third person shooting and quick time events. The game is very much a nod to the old school shooters of the 16-bit era and their [[NintendoHard harsher]] difficulty. There are no power-ups to restore health inbetween checkpoints but this is offset somewhat by infinite lives.

!!This work contains examples of:

* TheAhnold: [[SdrawkcabName Nanoc]] [[ConanTheBarbarian the Obliviator]].
* AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles: Spoofed in the "Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids" world, with the "[[{{Hentai}} Hent High]] [[MarsNeedsWomen Fighting Tentacles]]".
* AnimatedActors
* {{Animesque}}: Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids.
* AntiHero: Smiley is only concerned with looking good and making money, and shows no genuinely heroic compulsions whatsoever. However his work is ostensibly akin to an acting career rather than an actual life of superheroics, but this doesn't stop him from being a petulant, shallow prima donna.
* AntiVillain: Brad. Star really likes him at least.
* ArtShift: More or less the main gimmick, as each comic has Captain Smiley and Star change their outfit to fit in with the comic.
* AsideGlance: When Mistress Ropes summons [[VideoGame/SplosionMan the Meat Monster in the final stage]], she gives an exasperated look towards the audience whenever it starts eating itself.
* {{BFS}}: To go along with his [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] cosplay, Smiley's melee weapon in Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids is pretty much a buster sword with a giant heart at the end of it.
* BishieSparkle and PetalPower: Not seen on-screen, but Brad complains about sparkles and rose petals appearing around him when he's trapped in Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids.
* BookEnds: The game starts with Smiley trying to foil a bank robbery by Doctor Winklemeyer and getting into a fight with Brad and his army of Bradbots, leading to Smiley getting into a fight with Star and punching him repeatedly, with a cut to several real life people destroying his comic book in disgust, and ending with the TwistedPixel dev team looking at the comic and getting an idea. [[spoiler: It ends with Smiley foiling the bank robbery again, this time killing Winklemeyer before going on a rampage, killing the rest of his rogue's gallery while fighting through an army of Bradbots, leading to Smiley getting into a fight with Star and punching him repeatedly, with a cut to the same real life people now loving Smiley's comic, ending with the TwistedPixel dev team looking at the comic and nodding in approval while they stand in the middle of a giant pile of money.]]
* BuffySpeak: Oh so much.
* ButtMonkey: Captain Smiley. At one point [[{{Squick}} it becomes literal.]]
* CallingYourAttacks: The manga stages are full of it, naturally.
--> "Big Cartoony Heart!"
* ColorFailure: Smiley briefly loses his color when he's damaged, and when his health is too low it starts to stay that way.
* ContinuityNod: The events of Twisted Pixel's previous games are mentioned in universe. There's reference to a series of underground [[VideoGame/SplosionMan 'splosions]] believed to be coming from research labs and astronomers discover that several solar systems have disappeared, with only a strange [[VideoGame/TheMaw purple]] substance left behind.
* UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode: Mocked during the SilverAge levels, when Star's cursing is constantly being censored, and you get slapped with a fine whenever you attack a puppet guard. The hypocrisy of the code allowing a deeply racist main character but no swearing is also lampshaded.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: The world of The Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids; to the point where Brad is nearly DrivenToSuicide by it.
* [[DefeatMeansFriendship Defeat Means Roommates]]: After you beat a boss, they are forced to move in with Captain Smiley until they get back on their feet. Neither party likes this arrangement.
* DeadpanSnarker: He isn't deadpan, but Star has quite the razor wit.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The world of Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids is done in screen tones, like a real manga.
* DistressedDamsel: Mocked in Smiley's own comic, when Gerda is Bound (but not Gagged) in the background and Smiley makes absolutely no attempt to rescue her (which she Lampshades). The building explodes just after you leave.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Smiley successfully {{reboot}}s his comic and wins the approval of the comic reading public, but the developers at Twisted Pixel [[TakeThatUs swindle him out of the profits by contract]], his sidekick Gerda resigns in disgust, and his co-workers hate him more than ever.]]
** [[spoiler: To be fair he did learn that it should be more about violence, action and some minor nudity.]]
** RuleOfFunny, man.
* EpicFail: A particularly gutbusting example is the reason for Smiley's comic readership dropping off.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Star is a total jerk, but even he's offended at the casual racism and misogyny of a SilverAge comic book.
* EverythingIsTryingToKillYou: Pretty much. Paper planes, puppets, and other improbable things are all trying to kill you. It can feel as though the ''developers'' are trying to kill you much of the time.
* {{Expy}}: Brad is a villainous VideoGame/DukeNukem.
* FanDumb: In universe, when Smiley reads letters from fans at the end of the first "Improbable Paper Pals" issue.
* FakeDifficulty: Many have pointed out that the game seems to be missing Health Pickups, although infinite lives offset this problem.
** The RPG mechanic only exists to provide stat upgrades and never adds additional abilities. Later stages are practically impossible without these upgrades, thereby forcing the player to [[LevelGrinding grind]] the optional Missions in order to proceed.
** The world of Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids is entirely grayscale. This makes several incoming attacks ''extremely'' difficult to see.
* FatBastard: [[spoiler: Nanoc ''really'' let himself go after Puttmaster kicked him out of his kingdom]]
* FemmeFatalons: On Mistress Ropes' modern costume.
* FourthWallObserver
* FriendsRentControl: {{Justified|Trope}}, because Twisted Pixel (the game's developers) paid for the base. Somehow.
* GameplayRoulette: It swaps between a few gameplay styles, including scrolling BeatEmUp, scrolling ShootEmUp and mostly-on-rails ThirdPersonShooter.
* GeniusBruiser: Brad gives every appearance of being a shallow, egotistical JerkJock, but apparently he has constructed his own robotic harem of shallow blondes to service him, a high tech battle helicopter and even produced his own theme music. Insipid he might be, but he's certainly not without talents.
* [[GenkiGirl Genki Girls]]: Pretty much every schoolgirl in Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Benny from the Silver Age level, as well as the giant head from the Manga level.
* GodGuise: There's one based around mini-golf in "Nanoc the Obliviator", of which Smiley's old foe the Puttmaster takes advantage.
* GunsAkimbo
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: Mistress Ropes in the final stage.
* HotterAndSexier: Mistress Ropes becomes this when she transitions to the modern era.
* HulkSpeak: Dr. Winklemeyer.
* HypocriticalHumor: At the start of the game Smilely shows his disgust at Brad glorifying himself with a theme song stating "they were above that sorta thing". Come the final level however, he showcases his ''own'' theme song.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: The Puttmaster.
* InsaneTrollLogic: The Captain, right at the beginning in a wonderfully narmy EstablishingCharacterMoment with Gerda at the receiving end.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Captain Smiley.
** At the end of the game, he finally learns that it's not all about him. [[spoiler: It's also about explosions. Explosions and trite, poorly timed catch phrases blatantly robbed from films. And bathroom humor. And maybe some exposed female flesh, too. But definitely explosions.]]
* JapaneseStockPhrases: A 'sugoi' is dropped at one point in Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids.
* JerkAss: Every character to a certain degree, although Star probably the most. His entire life is apparently spent annoying and undermining Smiley while providing no help at all. He even takes giddy delight when [[spoiler: Smiley accidentally murders an innocent old man at the beginning of Nanoc's comic.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: ZigzaggingTrope. During the whole game, Smiley appears as a pure and unadultered {{Jerkass}}, only caring about his image and money. But he's also shown feeling awful about killing [[spoiler: an innocent old man and crashing his funeral]]. He then really try to understand [[StrawFeminist Miss Ropes]] and calm her down instead of shooting her. Finally, there is his relationship with her sidekick Gerda. It's obvious he doesn't respect her at all, laughing at her when she's about to get [[spoiler: exploded in a sea of TNT]] but she never tried to earn it, mocking and insulting him repeatedly during his missions. Strangely, he genuinely cares about Star when he seems to feel sick, even if the guy had no problem before to show he literally ''hates'' him.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: Smiley both delightfully lets Gerda die again and brutally kills each nemesis in the final stage. When you get back to the base afterward, they're all pissed at him and quit, Gerda included.]]
** [[spoiler: Even the ''dev team'' is implied to be killed when their pet monkey throws a stick of dynamite into the giant pile of money they're standing in.]]
* LoveBubbles: Smiley's gun fires them in the Manga segments, [[spoiler: until Brad gives Smiley real bullets.]]
* MadScientist: Dr. Winklemeyer, who seems to be less "scientist" and more "[[CloudCuckoolander mad]]".
* MagicalGirl: The "Shoujo" manga stage seems to borrow mostly from MagicalGirl tropes, including the main characters' mascot animal and Smiley spending most of the stage fighting dark shadowy beings with ThePowerOfLove.
* MartialArtsAndCrafts
* MechaMooks: Brad builds his own ValleyGirl henchmen/groupies, called the Bradbots. Star approves.
** "You can make them do anything you want! Heh heh!"
* MoneyDearBoy: The entire plot is so Smiley can get his comic back in circulation. [[spoiler: Parodied by TwistedPixel during the live action montage in the end.]]
* MoreDakka: Smiley's gun fighting method has much more to do with saturation than finesse. [[spoiler: In the final stage his default pistols are upgraded into an even more potent form with a three foot long muzzle flare.]]
* MySuitIsAlsoSuper: And it comes with a wisecracking face called Star.
* NoFourthWall: Most characters know they're in comic books. They often mention 'panels', 'writers' and such. [[WrongGenreSavvy They don't know they're in a game, though]] Smiley and Star can [[WhoWritesThisCrap talk to the developers]]. You can even call on the developers of Twisted Pixel to help you out in combat, literally BreakingTheFourthWall in the process.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Apparently Origami Kid was missing this whole time because he was off having wacky time travel-related adventures.
* OneHitPointWonder: Captain Smiley becomes one in the extra Challenge missions.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: Gerda and Nordya
* ThePowerOfLove: Manga!Smiley's guns shoot hearts and bubbles, until he finally finds some real bullets and can start actually killing things.
* PropRecycling: [[spoiler:Mistress Ropes conjurs the final boss [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} out of Captain Smiley's thoughts]]. He had beaten ''VideoGame/SplosionMan'' recently, so he thought of the meat monster.]]
* PurelyAestheticEra: More like "purely aesthetic comic book genre". The gameplay is varied, but what comic genre you're in doesn't seem to make a difference; Smiley still shoots his guns, destroys homing missiles, has projectiles shot/thrown at him, and so on.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: The Bradbots. Well, they're about as "human" as anyone else in the game, anyway.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler: Gerda and all of the villains come to this on Captain Smiley after the final stage.]]
* SmugSuper: Smiley himself.
* SdrawkcabName: Nanoc
* {{Sexbot}}: Implied to be part of the Bradbots' function.
* ShoutOut: Many.
** The "comic jumper" machine is pretty much the time travel device used in {{Timecop}}. An unlocked piece of concept art had it being even closer in look.
** ''{{VideoGame/Gauntlet}}'': "[[WizardNeedsFoodBadly Captain needs food badly!]]"
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'': '''Winklemeyer''' (in a gruff voice): "What're ya buying?"
** ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' (1990): Benny. Just...Benny. [[BlatantLies He's got five kids!]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Smiley's design in the Manga world is clearly based on Cloud Strife.
** According to the interviews on the website, ''Anime/BottleFairy'' was one of the big influences on the "Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids" stage, with its [[TastesLikeDiabetes over-the-top cuteness]] and [[SugarBowl cheerfulness]].
*** Later the sub-bosses divide their health in segments, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} each one getting a different, individually named pattern.]]
** The developers [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] all these shout outs by having Smiley sometimes say, "Pop culture reference goes here!"
** Several references to ''Franchise/JurassicPark''.
--> '''Star''': ''This is all Richard Hammond's fault!''
** You die like Megaman, while Smiley mocks you for dying 3/4 the time.
** At one point Smiley chooses a destructor much like [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Ray Stanz]] did.
** There is a very big one to an independent comic called The Maniacal Smile. Besides the fact that the entire first issue is included in the game, the main character from it actually shows up in the base for a short time after the first manga mission. If you talk to him then him and Captain Smiley will argue about their smiler costumes.
** Smiley refers to the "speed of time travel", 88 mph, from Film/BackToTheFuture. Winklemeyer's helmet also seems to be intended to resemble the one Doc Brown is seen wearing.
** Brad looks rather like a beefed-up Sketch Turner from ComixZone.
** Don't say you played the unicorn segments of Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids and didn't think [[RobotUnicornAttack "Always, I wanna be with you, and make believe with you, and live in harmony harmony OH LOVE"]]
** Manga!Star looks very similar to [[TheLegendaryStarfy Starfy.]]
** Did Mistress Ropes just [[spoiler: [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} conjure up a giant monster based on what one of the main characters was thinking of at the time?]]]]
* SilverAge
* StopHelpingMe: Star ''hates'' Captain Smiley and [[FoeYay loves Brad.]]
** Plus Gerda (un)helpfully pointing out when your health is running low.
* StrawFeminist: Mistress Ropes. PlayedForLaughs. When you defeat her, she gets HotterAndSexier.
* TakeThatUs
** Star complains that ''VideoGame/TheMaw'' was ripping people off, with DLC that should have been in the game to begin with. Guess who made that game.
** The real joke there is that Comic Jumper has three hidden, unlockable levels... for ''VideoGame/SplosionMan''!
** There's also an announcement made to all Twisted Pixel staff to stop using pop culture references, as nobody thinks they're funny. Plus they can't afford the lawsuits.
* TalkingToHimself: The same guy, Creator/ChristopherSabat, voices Captain Smiley and Star.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Brad's Theme is one he recorded himself and you can see the speaker's he's playing it on to psyche himself up for his fight with Smiley.
* ThudAndBlunder: Nanoc the Obliviator's world.
* TheUnfought: Dr. Winklemeyer
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler: Smiley at the end of the game.]]
* UngratefulBastard: Brad practically pissing himself during the Cutie Cutie Cupids levels, begging Smiley to get him out of there, which Star is more willing to take advantage of being a major fan of his. However once you rescue him and speak to him at the hub he just as much a jerkass then ever.
* ValleyGirl: The Bradbots.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Brad, at the end of the game. When Smiley goes to talk to him, he lost all his witty attitude and is suffering a massive depression, starting to write his own diary. Maybe that's because his [[WifeHusbandry Bradbots]] don't want him anymore and are now attracted to the Captain. It tells a lot about his real Casanova abilities but that's to be expected when you are [[HumiliationConga humiliated]] by the ButtMonkey of the game.]]
** [[spoiler: Well, being trapped in a Shoujo manga for three issues being a teacher when you were a super-villian in your previous job can break you down really bad.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: Captain Smiley and Star... possibly.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Paper Lad, who's basically a sentient wad of paper than can turn into other types of paper.
** Smiley and Brad agree with this trope when they reach the Manga section.
* WhatTheHellHero: The last stage. Wow.
* WhereItAllBegan: The final level is a repeat of the first, but changed to be more awesome.
* {{Yandere}}: The girls of "Cutie Cutie Kid Cupids" don't take it kindly when Captain Smiley tries to take Brad away.
* YaoiFangirl: [=LoLo=], the goth looking cupid. After thanking Smiley for defeating her two sisters, she proclaims she's going to write a super sexy yaoi starring Smiley and Star. They have no idea what she means by that.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Gerda sports pink hair with her superhero outfit.
* YourMom: She "loves Captain Smiley."

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