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[[caption-width-right:250:[[CoversAlwaysLie The game looks absolutely nothing like]] [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore this picture.]] [[note]]Original art by [[http://davidrapozaart.deviantart.com/art/Super-Meat-Boy-PC-Cover-188685932 DavidRapozaArt]][[/note]]]]

''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/463241 Meat Boy]]'' is a flash game created by Team Meat (which includes {{Edmund McMillen}} and Tommy Refenes) and released on Newgrounds on October 10, 2008.

''VideoGame/MeatBoy'' [[SadistShow is a game about pain]]. [[ToThePain It is a game about understanding pain in its purest, most unadulterated form, forcing you to go into a fit of madness.]] It's also an affectionate callback to all of the [[NintendoHard controller destroyingly difficult]] games of the late eighties and early nineties, and all of the clichés that go along with them, but at least here the levels are (usually) short and the lives (usually) infinite.

You play as Meat Boy, a [[WordOfGod skinless boy]], trying to save his girlfriend made of gauze, Bandage Girl, from the clutches of [[FetusTerrible Dr. Fetus]], a nefarious fetus being in a jar that [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate just so happens to have a PhD]]. [[ExcusePlot It's not exactly the most original plot ever]] [[IncrediblyLamePun conceived]], but the game's still very imaginative. And painful, as Meat Boy must traverse though worlds filled with buzzsaws, syringes, [[LavaPit lava]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment buzzsaws]], salt, [[HomingProjectile homing missiles]], and [[RuleOfThree buzzsaws]]. Did we mention buzzsaws? [[NintendoHard Cause, yeah, there's a lot of them.]] We mentioned pain too, right?

A [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/472826 map pack]] was later released on December 8, 2008. A sequel, ''Super Meat Boy'', was released on XboxLiveArcade and {{PC}} in Fall and Winter of 2010. A WiiWare port was planned as well, but it was later cancelled as Nintendo's 40 MB limit for WiiWare games was much too small for the developers to work with.

Meat Boy also appears in the ''BitTrip'' series as a member of Commander Video's FiveManBand. In return, Commander Video appears in ''Super Meat Boy'' as an unlockable character. Meat Boy is also featured in ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' as an unlockable upgrade power.

Compare ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'', ''SyobonAction'', and ''KaizoMarioWorld'', which are difficult through sheer ''[[FakeDifficulty unfairness]]'', rather than Meat Boy's brutal, but fair design.

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!!Both games contain examples of:
* AutoScrollingLevel: The original has some of them. ''Super Meat Boy'' tends to substitute various forms of AdvancingWallOfDoom.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** [[VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy The Kid]]. All he can do is double jump, something that Ogmo, a character that is easier to unlock, can already do. What The Kid is important for is bragging rights; if you manage to unlock him, you're essentially better than 98% of all ''Super Meat Boy'' players. However, the Kid is faster and a bit lighter than Ogmo, which lets him do tricks that Ogmo otherwise can't do.
** Also, Ogmo's double jump is more horizontal than vertical while The Kid's double jump has pretty good height.
* {{Badass}}: [[TheHero Meat Boy,]] [[NintendoHard and he has to be to get through the stages in this game.]]
* BigBad: Dr. Fetus.
* BottomlessPit: There are several per chapter, but the three other boundaries will also do.
* BrainyBaby: Dr. Fetus.
* ButtMonkey: Both Meat Boy and Bandage Girl get abused quite badly.
** Dr. Fetus gets this too, especially given the intro. "Nobody likes Dr. Fetus, and that's why Dr. Fetus hates you!"
** Effectively, every single character that appears in a cutscene is one of these. Especially the tragic squirrel, [[spoiler: who is the lone survivor of the forest fire, is attacked by a rogue flying buzzsaw, is vaporized by a nuclear explosion, and STILL manages to come back at the ending cutscene, totally beaten up.]] Most bosses are also killed off in a rather dark-humored way. [[spoiler: They all have a happy ending in the final cutscene though.]]
* CastOfSnowflakes: All the bonus characters are taken from Indie Games, usually using the original art style, making each one look completely unique and out of place. For example, all versions of ''Super Meat Boy'' have a [[VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy boy in a cape]], a [[VideoGame/MightyJillOff girl in gimp gear]], a [[{{Flywrench}} color-changing stick]], an [[BitTrip 8-bit rainbow trailing guy]], and a [[VideoGame/{{Jumper}} thing]] that [[CounterpartComparison looks suspiciously like Meat Boy]], along with many exclusives to different versions of the game.
* {{Cephalothorax}}: Meat Boy and Bandage Girl.
* CerebusSyndrome: As the levels get harder:
** Chapter 1: The Forest
** Chapter 2: The Hospital
** Chapter 3: The Salt Factory (note: salt kills Meat Boy)
** Chapter 4: [[spoiler: Hell]]
** Chapter 5: [[spoiler: The Rapture]]
** Chapter 6: [[spoiler: The End]]
** Chapter 7: [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope The Cotton Alley]], which has a pink and white theme]]
** And the bonus Dark Worlds for all of the above.
* CharacterSelectForcing: Some bandages can only be obtained with certain characters.
* CollisionDamage: Although justified in some of the cases.
* ConvectionSchmonvection
* CreatorThumbprint: It's not Edmund's first game which features a character in a developmental stage of a life cycle.
* DeathByIrony: Both games end with [[spoiler:Bandage Girl, who had been kidnapped and punched repeatedly by Dr. Fetus throughout the game, stomping Dr. Fetus to death]].
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Usually. Unless counting some of the Warp Zones in ''Super Meat Boy''.
* {{Determinator}}: Meat Boy, who gets abused quite badly but still keeps trying to rescue Bandage Girl.
** Anyone who manages to unlock The Kid.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Sort of parodied. [[{{Troll}} Doctor Fetus]] regularly brags with pirating copies of ''Super Meat Boy'' in his [[CharacterBlog in-character Twitter account]].
* DifficultButAwesome:
** Flywrench. It takes a while to get used to its controls due to being very heavy and unruly. However, it can do a triple jump and scale up walls without having to jump off them which will become very handy in some of the levels.
** Naija is another of those characters who seems to be difficult to control at first, but becomes useful when practiced with.
* DistressedDamsel: Bandage Girl. [[spoiler:Meat Boy is a DistressedDude in the HarderThanHard BonusLevel where their roles are flipped]].
* EternalEngine: The Factory.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Okay, here we go... as of ''Super'', we have mutants, buzzsaws, cockroaches, [[FetusTerrible fetuses]], salt, maggots, clones, [[AbnormalAmmo dog missiles]], and so much more.
* FetusTerrible: [[CaptainObvious Dr. Fetus.]]
* FireAndBrimstoneHell
* FlippingTheBird: One signature pose of Dr. Fetus.
* GreenHillZone: The Forest.
* GrotesqueCute: Especially in ''Super Meat Boy''.
* HeartSymbol: Present in a few cutscenes.
* HighClassGlass: Dr. Fetus has a monocle on his jar.
* HundredPercentCompletion: Necessary for the Golden God achievement.
* {{Immortality}}:
** According to the Hell, The End, & Cottton Alley chapters, besides Meat Boy, ''everyone in the MB universe'' is immortal. An entire universe... Unable to die permanently...
** Meat Boy is a combination of ResurrectiveImmortality and TheUndead.
* KryptoniteIsEverywhere: The Salt Factory.
* LevelEditor: ''Meat Boy'' featured one. ''Super Meat Boy'' gets one for the PC version. A prototype devmode was accidentally left in the game which resulted the creation of user-generated content much earlier on.
* MalevolentArchitecture: Who puts buzzsaws in salt factories and skyscrapers anyway? (At least the forest sort-of made sense as an out-of-control logging operation.)
** As you play through the Hospital, you'll begin to wonder where all these syringes come from, and why they're stuck to the walls and ceiling, needle-down.
* MarathonLevel: Some levels such as Omega, compared to the norm.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover:
** The first game alone had {{Gish}} and a VideoGame/{{Castle Crasher|s}}.
** The level pack contains {{N}} and some characters called "AlienHominid" and "Pico".
** ''Super Meat Boy'' takes it to extremes with ''many'' major indie games having a representative, including [[VideoGame/MightyJillOff Jill]], [[{{Minecraft}} Steve?]], [[VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}} Captain Viridian]], [[VideoGame/{{Braid}} Tim]], [[BitTrip Commander Video]], [[VideoGame/{{Jumper}} Ogmo]], {{Spelunky}}, {{Runman}}, again, {{N}}, AlienHominid and a VideoGame/{{Castle Crasher|s}}, [[VideoGame/{{Machinarium}} Josef]], {{Flywrench}}, [[VideoGame/{{Aquaria}} Naija]], and [[VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy The Kid]]. To the surprise of everyone, there's also [[VideoGame/HalfLife a Headcrab]] for those who own both the Steam version and ''VideoGame/HalfLife''. Each of those characters has their own special abilities, be it a DoubleJump, limited levitation or tunneling.[[note]]Some of the characters only exist in either the {{Xbox 360}} version or the PC version. Most PC-only characters have an Xbox equivalent, and vice versa.[[/note]]
* MeaningfulName: All the main characters.
* MegatonPunch:
** Dr. Fetus sometimes likes to do this to Bandage Girl.
** The boss of Hell, Little Horn, likes to do this.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Fetus.
* NiceHat: Dr. Fetus' top hat.
* NintendoHard: And get used to Meat Boy's speed. Although those who think the game isn't hard enough, in ''Super Meat Boy'', there is a more difficult counterpart to each level.
** Cotton Alley. The Kid's levels. Dark World Rapture. Have fun, kids.
** The Expert Remix chapter (which contains versions of main game levels that are ''even harder than the Dark World'') means even more controller tossing.
** The Kid's 2011 Christmas features four difficult levels (though one can be broken easily by turnstile hopping). The fifth however asks you to traverse the original Kid's level ''backwards''.
* NitroBoost: Conveyor belts in the factory.
* OneHitPointWonder
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Meat Boy leaves blood stains everywhere, and is the only man who can bleed days without dying.
* PeopleJars: Dr. Fetus is in one.
* ReferenceOverdosed: ShoutOut count to other works is very high in ''Meat Boy'' series.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: Meat Boy is a One Hit Point Wonder, but reforms within one or two seconds, much to the frustration of Dr. Fetus. And not just during gameplay, during cutscenes too!
* {{Retraux}}
* RuleOfCool: The only reason why [[CoversAlwaysLie the game doesn't look as awesome as the cover.]]
* RustproofBlood
* SadistShow
* SaveThePrincess
* SecretCharacter
* SerialEscalation: Take a shot every time you think it can't get harder and are subsequently proven wrong. Continue until you're too wasted to play.
* ShoutOut: The game has a large amount of them, which is expected from an indie game.
** The Flash game opens with Dr. Fetus stealing Bandaid Girl ala ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins''. This is also present in Chapter 7 of ''Super Meat Boy'', [[spoiler:except Dr. Fetus captures Meat Boy instead]]. ''Super Meat Boy'' likewise begins each chapter with a re-enactment of the opening to a different game:
*** Chapter 1: The [=CPS1=] [[CapcomSequelStagnation editions]] of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' (''The World Warrior'', ''Champion Edition'', ''Hyper Fighting'')
*** Chapter 2: ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaI''
*** Chapter 3: ''AdventuresOfLolo''
*** Chapter 4: ''NinjaGaiden''
*** Chapter 5: ''VideoGame/MegaMan2''
*** Chapter 6: ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''
*** Chapter 7: Again, ''Ghosts 'n Goblins''
*** Chapter I (Xbox 360 only): ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble''
** Also: Hot Coffee. Yes, really.
** There are shout outs to other indie games too (''VideoGame/{{Canabalt}}'', for example).
** Chapter 5 of ''Super Meat Boy'' is called Rapture, which is the same name of Chapter 5 of ''{{Gish}}'' (which takes place in church).
** The message at the end of every Warp Zone level is a nod to different Mario games; NES-style levels are nods to the original VideoGame/SuperMarioBros castle levels ("[[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Thank you Meat Boy, but Bandage Girl is in another Warp Zone]]"), while Game Boy-style levels are nods to the boss levels of VideoGame/SuperMarioLand (wherein "Daisy" would turn into a monster and run away).
*** Furthermore, the characters that say that Bandage Girl is in another Warp Zone are also shout outs; for example, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTPT2kv6PXw&t=2m8s the Ninja]] from ''VideoGame/{{Nikujin}}'' or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbIhxgXR9X0&t=1m30s Captain Viridian]] from ''VideoGame/{{VVVVVV}}''.
** A VideoGame/DonkeyKong-styled level in Chapter 4 is named [[TheKingOfKong "Wiebe", and in its Dark World counterpart is called "Billy Boy".]]
** When you successfully complete a level with a bandage collected, the message "Bandage get!" appears, referring to the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine''.
** One of the glitch worlds resembles an airship from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' -- complete with fixed-speed sawblades simulating auto scrolling.
** The sound when picking up a key (when not in a WarpZone) is the same as from Atari's ''Gauntlet''.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: [[BigBad Dr. Fetus's]] abuse of [[LoveInterest Bandage Girl]] is always played for laughs, except to [[TheHero Meat Boy]]. But just think, if the genders were reversed, it would be treated... exactly the same, actually.
* StylisticSuck: Joke Super Meat Boy for iPhone.
* TemporaryPlatform
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Bandage Girl has a flower.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: The player's reaction to many of the levels.
** Also Meat Boy's reaction to the salt factory, in both games.
* ToothyIssue: Meat Boy has a very distinctive missing tooth.
* TrialAndErrorGameplay: 4th boss relies heavily on pattern memorization.
* {{Troll}}: In-series example, as in [[http://twitter.com/drfetus Dr. Fetus' Twitter account]].
* VillainTeleportation: Which is used to snatch Bandage Girl (most of the time).
* WallJump: One of your main techniques to victory.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Each time you get to Bandage Girl in the end of the level, she gets re-captured by the BigBad.

!!''Super Meat Boy'' contains examples of:
* AfterTheEnd: Chapter 5.
* AbandonedHospital: Chapter 2.
* AdorableAbomination: C.H.A.D.
* AdvancingBossOfDoom: Lil' Slugger.
* AdvancingWallOfDoom: At least a few times per world. They take the place of the autoscrolling levels in the original game. The "wall" may consist of saws, blood, salt, lava, maggots, or, in one of The Cotton Alley's stages, Pepto-Bismol. (It's a palette swap of the lava.)
** C.H.A.D. and Brownie have a rising death floor as hazards in their stages.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: The new cover art for the PC release is a ShoutOut to over-the-top cover arts of video games from TheNineties.
** To top it off, the winner of the "Make a Russian Meat Boy cover so I don't have to" contest based [[http://supermeatboy.com/tag/russia/ their entry]] on a piece of WorldWarII [[http://www.allworldwars.com/image/011/Poster054.jpg propoganda]].
* AntiFrustrationFeature: Part of the core of the game:
** The respawn after death literally take less than a second and is automatic.
** The levels themselves are short, ranging from 15 seconds to 90 seconds, so in the quite likely event you die, you don't have to go through too much again.
** Various little side-quests when you get too frustrated with the main game, like beating past levels in record time, collecting bandages to unlock new playable characters, or playing through retro-styled "warp zones".
** When you finally do beat a level, the game then shows you a replay of all your past lives doing the level simultaneously, which is good for showing you where the hardest parts of the level were. It's also kinda hilarious to see a cloud of Meat Boys get shredded to half their number by a giant saw.
* AscendedExtra: According to WordOfGod, [[http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/9/2009/10/500x_sm3.jpg this picture]] is Tofu Boy's first appearence. [[{{Flanderization}} He doesn't really look that much weak in there though...]]
* AlasPoorVillain: InUniverse example. When Dr. Fetus is finally defeated, [[spoiler:Meat Boy briefly feels sorry for him, but he quickly changes his mind]].
* AlternateRealityGame: The Steam version is one of the 13 indie games that form the bulk of the material of Creator/{{Valve|Software}}'s "[[http://valvearg.com/wiki/Valve_ARG_Wiki PotatoFoolsDay]]" ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' ARG.
* AndIMustScream: Tofu Boy, all the time.
* AnimateInanimateObject: The ground in the chapter select screens has a face that changes based on the chapter.
* ArtShift: When going to the retro levels.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Steve and Meat Ninja, whom cannot be used to complete levels legitimately or earn achievements.
* BaitAndSwitchBoss: Brownie, who was supposed to attack you first, but when Dr. Fetus starts flooding the room with salt, you both start racing to escape it.
* BeforeAndAfterPictures: Credits has that one, although not in picture form.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Jill.
* BigBoosHaunt: The Hospital.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Grubs in Chapter 5. Some are crawling along the surfaces while others have gathered in large piles.
* BlackComedy
* BlobMonster: Some of the enemies. From unlockable characters, Gish.
** GiantMook
** KingMook: C.H.A.D.
* BossSubtitles: [[BitTrip Commander Video]], [[VideoGame/MightyJillOff Jill]], [[VideoGame/{{Jumper}} Ogmo]], {{Flywrench}}, and [[VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy The Kid]] all get these. (Flywrench does it a bit differently -- instead of a freezeframe and displaying his name and the game he's from, it's simply a black screen saying "Launch Flywrench.exe?")
* BraggingRightsReward: The final Dark World level is appropriately named 'Brag Rights'.
* BrutalBonusLevel: Some of the bonus levels.
** The warp zone that unlocks The Kid being one of the most brutal set of levels ever put in a game. But what were you expecting from a Super Meat Boy / VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy crossover?
** There is an extra, very hard chapter unlocked by beating the game.
* BulletTime: [=CommanderVideo=] in his introduction video.
* TheCameo: Some non-playable characters make a cameo appearance too, like Darwinian from ''VideoGame/{{Darwinia}}'' or the boy from ''{{Limbo}}''.
* ChainsawGood: The first boss has it, along with regular buzzsaws of doom.
* CheatCode: Required to play as Brownie, a [[VideoGame/WorldOfGoo Goo Ball]] (Steam version only), and Tofu Boy.
* ChickenWalker: Lil' Slugger.
* ChivalrousPervert: Jill.
* ContextSensitiveButton: Dr. Fetus' single-buttoned HandyRemoteControl is this, as it can to anything from summon a boss monster to turn on machinery to [[spoiler:throw at Meat Boy to send him off a cliff.]]
* CranialEruption: The 4th boss gets two of these during the fight. Since he's made out of dead meat, they're rather blocky.
* CrapsackWorld / CrapsaccharineWorld: If you aren't dead, you're about to be, and everything kinda sucks while you're alive anyway. A squirrel can witness his whole family die, only to be killed by a random saw blade. [[spoiler:He gets better, but only in time to be killed by a nuclear explosion to get a bit better again during the ending.]] Heck, even Dr. Fetus is only evil because [[FreudianExcuse everyone hates him]]! Also, most of the locations Meat Boy visits seem to be in ruins.
* CreatorCameo: Complete one of the minus worlds and you see the creators of the game make an appearance.
* CrutchCharacter: Commander Video, sort of. His float makes it easy to clear levels and get bandages in the first two chapters, but he's very slow and his jump is one of the lowest in the game. Many levels later on are impossible to clear with him due to his flaws. However, it's still somewhat possible to get some bandages easier in later levels.
* CreditsMedley
* CutSong: The DarkWorld of Chapter 5 has an unused theme. Same to second part of the boss level.
* DarkWorld: Each of the main levels except the boss battles [[spoiler:(not including Chapter 6's boss)]] has a dark world counterpart. You don't know why the other ones are called light worlds until you play these.
* DeadlyDodging: A few times it has to be done. For an example, to allow turrets open up the passages. The fifth boss fight requires you to lure the boss to his death.
* DeadlyRotaryFan: Several levels have giant fans that can propel you through the air. Get too close to the blades, though, and SPLORCH!
* DeathCourse: Every. Single. Level.
* DeathIsCheap: At the end of chapters 4 and 6, it is revealed that infinite lives aren't just a gameplay mechanic.
* DebugMode: Accessible by putting -devmode into the launch options. While in devmode, press F1 to access a primitive level editor.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Some of the levels (and the entire 6th chapter). Monochrome or dichrome levels are more frequent in DarkWorld.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Subverted -- Dr. Fetus appears to have died after being defeated ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros.'' style in the final boss level, but then he pulls off a TakingYouWithMe by activating a self-destruct. After Meat Boy and Bandage Girl escape, Dr. Fetus reappears and hits Bandage Girl over the head repeatedly.]]
** [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted -- He actually accomplishes nothing by hitting her, which he soon realizes and falls to the ground. Then he's stomped on. A lot.]]
* DistressedDude: Eventually, Dr. Fetus decides that he has had enough of capturing the girl and [[spoiler:captures Meat Boy instead]].
* DisturbedDoves: As an homage to ''VideoGame/{{Canabalt}}''.
* DittoFighter: Meat Boy clones in Chapter 5.
* {{Doppelganger}}: Meat Boy has ''four and counting''. And that's just playable characters. There's Brownie, who's a traditional Dark Reflection type doppelganger, Tofu Boy, pretender to the throne turned pathetic JokeCharacter and star of PETA's ill advised parody game, [[spoiler:Meat Ninja, Meat Boy as a FutureBadass from the year 20XX]], and most recently, Potato Boy, an April Fools joke and VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} tie in who's afraid of girls. Not to mention the fact every time Meat Boy dies, his former body lives on as a Meat Boy zombie as seen in Hell and Rapture, of which there are doubtlessly thousands. Then if that weren't enough, the Meat Boy zombies can merge together to form a colossal Meat Boy golem called "Little Horn", which serves as the game's fourth boss. Despite all this, there is not yet a Robo-Meat Boy.
* DoubleJump: Some of the unlockable characters can do this, and one can even triple jump.
* DownloadableContent: [[http://supermeatboy.com/84/Super_Meat_World_/#b Super Meat World]] with 8 (!) new chapters. Available for free on Steam.
** In the Xbox 360 version, there's an extra chapter called "Teh Internets" (unlocked by collecting 20 bandages) that has 5 sets of 20 levels.
* DummiedOut: In the PC version, there's a primitive level editor, a complete character select, and a playable Dr. Fetus, complete with functioning rocket launcher.
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:The complete ending shows that Bandage Girl is pregnant with an evil fetus.]] Dun dun duuuuuun!
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: If, for some reason, you don't like playing as Meat Boy and dripping a trail of blood everywhere, one of the first characters you can unlock is Commander Video from the BIT.TRIP series, who has an 8-bit rainbow trail.
* EvilKnockoff: Brownie, who is designed to look like Meat Boy, but instead of meat is made of Dr. Fetus' poo.
* EvilOverlooker: [[http://supermeatboy.com/67/Box_art_/#The box art]] features Dr. Fetus as one.
* EyeBeams: These are fired by...
* FacelessEye: ...that kind of turret.
* FiveManBand: Meat Boy, [[spoiler: Bandage Girl]], and the Warp Zone characters by default, due to being in all versions.
** TheLeader: Meat Boy (TheProtagonist)
** TheLancer: [[BitTrip Commander Video]] (the one Meat Boy ends up knowing the most due to him being a main character in BitTrip)
** TheBigGuy: [[{{Jumper}} Ogmo]] (UnskilledButStrong, having a WallJump that's relatively weak compared to The Kid)
** TheSmartGuy: [[IWannaBeTheGuy The Kid]] (need mad skills to unlock him, and experienced with [[PlatformHell the genre]] due to his own adventures)
** TheChick: [[VideoGame/MightyJillOff Jill]] (the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple token female]] among the FiveManBand)
** TeamPet: {{Flywrench}} (the only non-humanoid among the FiveManBand)
** [[spoiler: EleventhHourRanger: Bandage Girl (she's only really playable in Cotton Alley)]]
* FloatingContinent: 6th chapter.
* FrickinLaserBeams
* FromBadToWorse: Chapter 5.
* FusionDance: Little Horn is created from combined dead Meat Boy corpses.
* FutureBadass: [[spoiler:Meat Ninja.]]
* GameBreaker: Deliberately {{invoked}} - [[InsistentTerminology Steve?]] from ''{{Minecraft}}'' can dig through walls and place blocks in midair to stand on, allowing him to [[SequenceBreaking completely skip most hazards]]. As such, you cannot earn achievements while playing as him.
** PopularityPower: ''{{Minecraft}}'' is one of the most popular indie games out there.
* GameBreakingBug / GoodBadBugs:
** In one of the early levels, it's possible to get bandages over and over, resulting an incorrect percentage on the game completion. It also had a save file crash problem when it came out. The bugfix is still awaiting approval.
** When the PC port came out, many players also had some serious bugs ranging from bosses not appearing to not being able to start the game at all. The development team started to fiercely fix the glitches so it got 9 batches of bug fixes within 9 days.
** Unfortunately, the use of variable framerate physics makes the game so glitchy that it is unplayable on performance-challenged computers.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Little Horn.
* HandyRemoteControl: Dr. Fetus uses this quite frequently which does different things. [[spoiler: Also parodied in one cutscene where Dr. Fetus pretends to be about to press it, only to throw it at Meat Boy.]]
* AHellOfATime: [[spoiler:The Meat Boys in Hell during the credits.]]
* HehHehYouSaidX: If you Alt+Tab while playing, you will return to your computer's desktop with the game minimized. If you try to bring it back up again, you will sometimes get an error message stating that "The game has crashed. A mini-dump (heh heh) has been sent to the developers."
* HomingProjectile: A few of the turrets fire these. Although their homing abilities aren't the best, they make up for it with projectile speed.
** Also, Dr. Fetus' bazooka. While its projectiles are slower and smaller, their homing abilities are much better.
* InconvenientlyPlacedConveyorBelt
* InterfaceSpoiler: Shows the number of chapters in the game. There is an [[BrutalBonusLevel extra chapter]] indeed after beating the first main 5 chapters + epilogue chapter.
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: In the final chapter, named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The End]], only Meat Boy is playable.
* IrisOut: Heart-shaped variation during the ending.
* JokeCharacter: Tofu Boy, a TakeThat to a Meat Boy parody by PETA. He's the slowest character in the game, with no special abilities, and he can't jump to save his life.
** He can just ''barely'' beat the ''first two levels''.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Meat Boy in the ending scene of Chapter 2.]]
* LargeHam / LargeHamAnnouncer: The announcer.
** [[TitleScream SUPERRR MEAT BOY!]] Also POOSH DA BUTTONS!
*** [[WarpZone WAAAARP ZOOOONE!]]
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: see CrutchCharacter
* MeaninglessLives: Averted in the warp zones but played straight in the [[MinusWorld Minus Levels]]; since you only play one long stage at a time (as opposed to three in a warp zone), lives seem to serve no purpose other than to annoy the player with loading screens.
* MediumBlending: The creators wanted to give art shifts opposite of ''RenAndStimpy'' (where characters and everything else get [[GrossUpCloseUp extremely detailed in closeups]]) so in-game graphics, where everything is distant, are drawn more realistically, but menus and cutscenes are drawn in cartoon style. In-game characters, however, are drawn in a very pixellated style.
* MinusWorld: Deliberately used. Bandage Girl starts glitching sometimes when you replay levels in a chapter where you've beaten the boss. Reaching her when she's in this state unlocks that chapter's Minus World.
* MoodDissonance: Cotton Alley. The background is pink (very bright in Dark World), a rabbit disco plays in the background, and the chapter contains some of the hardest levels in the game.
* MoodWhiplash: At the end of the first chapter.
* MultipleEndings: Two of them. One for Light World, and one for Dark World that expands upon the previous.
* NoIndoorVoice: The announcer. Just put in a code to use a secret character and get ready to be told to '''''PUSH THE BUTTONS!'''''
** '''''WARRRRRRRRRP ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!'''''
* NonindicativeName:
** For bosses, Lil' Slugger and Little Horn.
** For song titles, there's Ballad of the Burning Squirrel, Betus Blues and Forest Funk, none of which actually belong to the said genre.
** Cotton Alley. [[HaveANiceDeath Enjoy your pink, colourful, cheery, sawblade-covered death.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: At first, Dr. Fetus seems like a comical {{Jerkass}} villain whose worst crime is rather slapstick abuse of Bandage Girl. [[spoiler: Then, at the end of the first world, he burns down the forest the earlier levels took place in ForTheEvulz and chases Meat Boy down in a giant saw robot powered by the blood of innocent woodland creatures,]] and it gets ''worse'' from there.
* OhCrap: Meat Boy's reaction when he has a bazooka in his face.
* OminousLatinChanting: The theme of Dr. Fetus, the final boss. Fittingly, it is named [[Music/CarminaBurana Carmeaty Burana]].
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Undead meat (which is the boss of Chapter 4) and regular ones in found in Chapter 5.
* ParasolParachute: Dr. Fetus uses one at the end of Chapter 2.
* PrecisionFStrike: The final Light World level is appropriately named 'Four Letter Word'.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Bandage Girl, and [[spoiler: Cotton Alley, the bonus world you control her in.]]
* PortalNetwork: There are momentum-based portals in Hell.
* RedOnesGoFaster: Level 4x-3 is an all red version of its Light World counterpart, featuring a faster lava hazard and the level title 'Char'.
* RiseToTheChallenge: C.H.A.D., Brownie and several non-boss levels too.
* RoarBeforeBeating: Some bosses. Parodied in the 5th boss where 3 caterpillars roar at the same time in choir.
** The third "boss" roars at you in the cutscene, only for Dr Fetus to interrupt you before you can actually fight it.
* SandWorm: The 5th boss.
* SchmuckBait: Meta-example. [[http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/708965/team-meat-responds-to-petas-super-meat-boy-parody-super-tofu-boy/ McMullen deliberately tried to get PETA upset at the game]], knowing PETA would get upset without knowing Meat Boy was not made of meat, just a boy without skin.
* ScreenShake: Present in sequence after the final boss and also in a few other levels like 1-19X.
* SelfDestructMechanism: At the end of Chapter 6.
* SensoryAbuse: A patched glitch on the PC version caused the game to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKazbeelfaM automatically crank up the volume far higher than you can turn it normally.]]
* SentryGun: Rocket turrets and sawblade shooters being the most common.
* SequenceBreaking: A few levels have designs which can be exploited ([[GoodBadBugs some intentional, some not]].) Most of them can be found in the fifth world.
** In 3-11X, one of the harder Salt Factory stages, it's possible to jump between or above the advancing buzzsaws so you don't have to go all the way to the right to jump over saws.
** The Kid and Flywrench can become handy in some of the later chapter levels due to fact that in some levels, he can often skip the portions of the level entirely.
** In the final boss level the sawblades advancing in front of you can be jumped over for additional speed. Oddly, if you get to your destination before the blades in that level, you become mysteriously immune to them.
* SingleTear: Happens in the cutscene after beating the first boss.
* SmashToBlack: [[spoiler:Right before Brownie appears in the ending.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: [[BrutalBonusLevel The Cotton Alley]] has the brightest, cheeriest music in the game, even in the DarkWorld. It is also orders of magnitude harder than the rest of the game.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H37HJSEl4ug Listen to it here]]. Happy music, worst forty levels of your ''entire life''.
* SpikesOfDoom: Although they're replaced by syringes, salt and so on in most of the levels, genuine ones appear in some of the warp zone levels. In the Hell and The End chapters, some very sharp spikes are encountered.
* StealthPun: Our hero is a [[WordOfGod skinless boy]], who looks like a block of beef. Who frequently dies. [[spoiler: Dead meat.]]
** The character select screen is a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', complete with the spotlight and curtains. The curtains are made of flesh as well. [[spoiler: Meat curtains.]]
* {{Sting}}: Enter chapter: Dun! Dun! DUNNN! It also happens during the good ending.
** It's also the sting used in the Dramatic Chipmunk video.
* StuckOnBandAidBrand: Bandaid Girl is renamed Bandage Girl because of this.
* SugarApocalypse
* TacticalSuicideBoss: Fourth boss.
* TakeThat: Super Tofu Boy is unlocked by typing 'petaphile' into the character select screen, to counter PETA's own TakeThat.
** It's also [[JokeCharacter practically impossible to complete a the majority of levels with him]], since he can barely move or jump. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGW3uOaUu4Y You be the judge.]]
*** The best part? He controls almost exactly like he does in the Peta flash game. It's a TakeThat at the programmers too.
* TeleportSpam: [[spoiler:Meat Ninja's special ability, which is handy when dealing with projectiles and the like.]]
* TitleScream
* ToiletHumor: Brownie.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler: Bandage Girl after Dr. Fetus kidnaps Meat Boy.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery: Happens to a few of the characters.
* VentPhysics: The double-edged blades of the game.
* VideoGameLives: In some of the bonus stages.
* VisualPun: [[Music/BlackSabbath The Sabbath level is completely "Black".]]
* [[WarpZone WAAAAAAAAAAAARP ZOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!]]
* WeakenedByTheLight: Second boss.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Salt, because Meat Boy has no skin.
* WhatTheHellHero: What Meat Boy does to Boss 2.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: [[spoiler: Dr. Fetus finally shoots Meat Boy three times with a rocket launcher in the last level. He respawns three times, just like he does whenever he get shot, cut, or otherwise killed.]]
* WhenItRainsItPours: During one of the DarkWorld levels in the 5th chapter. The stage itself is even called "Downpour".
* WinkDing: Happens at the good ending. Although it's 8-bit.
* WouldHitAGirl: Dr. Fetus. Over and over and over.... {{Shoryuken}}, MegatonPunch, SpamAttack, and SpinningPiledriver are all acceptable to him.
** To drive this home even further, in Cotton Alley, where you play as Bandage Girl and you have to save Meat Boy, whenever Dr. Fetus shows up to disrupt your reunion, he ''never beats Meat Boy up before abducting him.''
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