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->''"[[FridgeBrilliance The more you think about it]], the greater ''MOTHER 3'' will become."''
-->--'''Creator/ShigesatoItoi'''

'''''MOTHER 3''''' is a [[EasternRPG Japanese RPG]] [[note]][[WidgetSeries Very Japanese.]] [[NoExportForYou Only for the Japanese.]][[/note]] starring an [[KidHero adolescent]] HeroicMime FarmBoy from a DoomedHometown and [[ABoyAndHisX his dog]], who join forces with a LovableRogue and a TomboyPrincess BlackMagicianGirl to fight a [[WorldDomination World-Conquering]] EvilOverlord and his {{Arm|iesAreEvil}}y of {{Brainwashed}} soldiers in a race to trigger the [[PlotCoupons Seven]] {{Cosmic Keystone}}s and [[SealedEvilInACan Seal Away]] an UltimateEvil which will bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

Wait--nevermind, this game deserves a better explanation.

''MOTHER 3'' is a game about humankind's corruption of the natural world, the alienating effects of modern life on communities and families, the ethical treatment of animals, the folly of living vicariously in one's past, brotherly love and rivalry, and familial love.

[[WorldOfSymbolism ...Or really anything, really]]. But mostly that.

''MOTHER 3'' is the long awaited sequel to ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and the third (and apparently final) entry in ShigesatoItoi's ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' franchise; it continues the tradition of [[WidgetSeries weird and quirky writing and gameplay]] which features deft employment of MoodWhiplash in its artistic story. Like prior games, ''MOTHER 3'' centers on a young boy with psychic powers and his friends -- but in this game, the time and setting are vastly different, and the threat to humanity is much more ''earthly'' than it was long ago.

Unlike its two predecessors, ''MOTHER 3'' shifts focus several times between the main protagonist, his family, and the people (and sometimes animals!) who will become his allies -- and true to its slogan, its story is regarded as the darkest (and most emotional) of the three games while retaining all of the silly charm which endeared its fans to begin with.

''MOTHER 3'' is notable for having begun life as a {{Nintendo 64}} game first -- as part of the now-failed Nintendo 64DD add-on -- before falling into {{Vaporware}} territory (its earliest development predated ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever's'', which didn't surpass its time in DevelopmentHell until 2007). It resurfaced on the Game Boy Advance in 2006 -- but Nintendo has yet to [[NoExportForYou release the game outside of Japan]], despite vocal campaigns of support for an international release. (Lucas eventually saw international recognition due to his inclusion in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl''.)

Nintendo's refusal to release ''MOTHER 3'' outside of Japan (as the GBA was all but dead in the U.S. and Europe) led to drastic measures -- which, in this case, means an English-language FanTranslation which took years to complete. As it stands, said translation will likely be the only way to ever play the game in a language that is not Japanese. The translation can be found [[http://mother3.fobby.net/ at its dedicated homepage.]]

Itoi has stated on a number of occasions that he doesn't want to make another ''MOTHER'' game -- these days, he'd "rather be the player." Cue [[VideoGame/{{Mother4}} the fangame sequel]]...
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!!This game provides examples of:
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* AbandonedLaboratory: The Chimera Laboratory. It only gets mildly creepy at first... then the [[OneHitKO Ultimate]] [[CurbStompBattle Chimera]] gets loose...
* AbusiveParents: Old Man Wess constantly berates Duster, calls him "moron" more often than his real name, and it's strongly implied he's the reason Duster walks with a limp.
** When the party is [[MushroomSamba hallucinating]] on Tanetane Island, Lucas gets a vision of his father threatening to beat him. It's fairly unlikely that this has actually happened to him in real life, but it's apparently something he's deeply afraid of.
* ABoyAndHisX: Lucas and Boney, per the norm of the series. However, [[UndyingLoyalty Boney is unique in that he sticks with Lucas throughout the entire adventure]].
* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: You can reach level 99 if you want to, but to beat the game, you only need about half that.
* AbsurdlyLongLimousine: The game has a private limo that [[spoiler:Porky]] uses to pick up Lucas and his gang to bring them to New Pork City. It's sized fairly appropriately on the outside, [[BiggerOnTheInside but on the inside...]]
* [[NighInvulnerability Absolute Invulnerability]]: [[spoiler:[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Absolutely Safe Capsule]].]]
* AccidentalKiss: Mentioned in relation to a pair of {{recurring|Extra}} [=NPCs=]; they're a young couple who panics that they accidentally kissed during a blackout.
* ActionCommands: If you keep pressing A in time with the beat of the background music, you score extra hits. There's even a drum enemy which can [[PaintingTheMedium change the beat to throw you off.]]
* AddressingThePlayer
* AdultFear: Let's see here...
** [[spoiler:Losing your mother, violently, and right in front of your eyes.]]
** [[spoiler:Watching your father [[BerserkerTears completely break down]] and hurt other people in a grief-driven rampage]].
** [[spoiler:The whole idea of Claus, a nine-year old boy, running away and never being found.]]
** [[spoiler:[[MushroomSamba While hallucinating]], having everybody who loves and cares about you both physically hurting and viciously insulting you. Among them is your father, threatening to beat you.]]
** [[spoiler:Being forced against your will fight against somebody you dearly love.]]
** [[spoiler:Watching your children fight, one of them with the intent to kill.]]
** And finally, [[spoiler:a child committing suicide in front of his family.]]
* AerithAndBob: Lucas, Claus, Flint, Duster... Kumatora? Hinawa? Of course, these are all the characters' default names that you can change if you're so inclined, anyway.
* AfterActionVillainAnalysis: Twice:
** [[spoiler:When you defeat Porky, he seals himself away in the Absolutely Safe Capsule, [[AndIMustScream never to escape for all of eternity]]. Dr. Andonuts then asks if it's [[SympathyForTheDevil wrong that he feels sympathy for him]], and questions if maybe it's what he wanted.]]
** Then, after the PostFinalBoss...
--> [[spoiler:''[[TearJerker You'll forgive your hasty brother, won't you?]]'']]
* [[spoiler:AfterTheEnd]]: Though not apparent at first.
* AgeAppropriateAngst: When [[spoiler:Hinawa]] dies, everybody reacts differently. Lucas, her younger son, can't do anything but cry his little heart out at her grave. Claus, her older son, foolishly tries to avenge her, [[spoiler:and fails]]. Her husband, Flint... [[HeroicBSOD breaks]], then spends the next three years shut off from everybody else. Alec, her elderly father, seems to be the least affected, though it's implied he's just putting up a face for the sake of coping.
** Three years later, Lucas, having gotten stronger and more mature over the course of the adventure, [[spoiler:has to fight a brainwashed Claus and ultimately have him [[DiedInYourArmsTonight die in his arms]]. He still feels grief, but it's not crippling enough to prevent him from finishing his quest to save the world]].
* AgeCut: Used on [[spoiler:Lucas in the beginning of Chapter 4.]]
* AlcoholHic: Matt, a resident of Tazmily, seems to have this. We found out much later, though, that it was just a regular case of the hiccups.
* [[spoiler:AllForNothing]]: One interpretation to the ending.
** [[spoiler: While listening to Leder's speech, one might start to believe that all of the events in Videogame/EarthBound were technically this [[FridgeHorror if thought about long enough]]]]
* AllInARow: Like the two games before it, but it's {{lampshade|hanging}}d early on by Thomas (a temporary party member):
--> '''Thomas:''' ''"I'll follow behind you. What? What's so wrong with that? I happen to like following behind people!"''
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Interestingly, at the beginning of the game, this trope literally doesn't exist in-universe. Everybody in Tazmily is friends with everybody else, and differences are respected and even embraced. [[spoiler:After the TimeSkip, however, this trope is in full affect against anybody in Tazmily not in ownership of a happy box.]]
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Some people who played ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' will get the unlucky treatment of reading into the spoilers if they wish.
* AlwaysCheckBehindTheChair: At the very beginning, if you run into Hinawa's chair, she will give you a recovery item.
** Also, there is a Magic Butterfly under the Pigmask's hat on Snowcap Mountain.
*** There's a box behind Wess' house that contains a Thunder Bomb. The best part is, it automatically refills whenever you go to the crossroads and back, [[spoiler:even after the [[TimeSkip time skip.]]]]
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: It's... actually kinda hard to say if Lucas and Claus are identical or not. Based on what we know, they ''do'' at least look similar enough to confuse the two of them, except they have [[IdenticalTwinIDTag completely different hair colors]].
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield
* AmbidextrousSprite: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the Return of Octobot enemies based on the Octobot from VideoGame/EarthBound. Their right-facing sprite shows off their shiny metal half, and their left-facing sprite shows their dingy metal half.
* [[spoiler:AmbiguousEnding]]
* AmbiguousGender: The Magypsies, [[FanDisservice amusingly]]. According to Alec, they have NoBiologicalSex.
* AmbiguousInnocence: [[spoiler:Porky]] clearly seems to have ''some'' idea that what he's doing is wrong, but since he sees all of it as just [[ItAmusedMe one gigantic game he'll do anything to win]], exactly ''how'' wrong he sees it is pretty debatable.
* AmbiguousTimePeriod
* [[AmnesiacHero Amnesiac Sidekick]]: Done briefly with Duster. He gets better pretty fast.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Boney is extremely competent in battle, spends a good portion of Chapter 4 walking on two legs to fool guards into thinking he's a person (Though it does wear him out some), and it's implied that he can understand human speech. Good dog!
* AnachronismStew: Totally [[JustifiedTrope justified]] once you realize it.
* AnAesop: Several, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped some more subtle than others]]:
** Life, [[GreenAesop human or otherwise]], isn't a toy.
** Holding onto your past will destroy you, letting go of it makes you strong.
** [[HumansAreBastards Humankind is a flawed, childish race]].
** Don't hide your mistakes, learn from them.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Porky's ultimate fate. He did it to himself, though, and Dr. Andonuts comments that maybe it's what he really wanted.]]
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: There are a few signs around the game that present you with very out-of-the-blue, but accurate, scientific facts about animals. Considering the series, its almost certainly in a self-aware manner.
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: You play through the prologue as young Lucas, then the next three chapters are played by three completely different characters before going through the rest of the game as Lucas again.
** This trope is also in effect with the game in general, as it is extremely different from its two predecessors both in its tone and methods of storytelling.
* [[spoiler:AngstySurvivingTwin: ''Hooooo'' boy...]]
** Though, in this case, [[spoiler:the twin technically just went missing and was never found either alive or dead.]] Until, of course [[ForegoneConclusion inevitability kicks in]]. [[FromBadToWorse And it's not pretty]].
* AnimalMotifs: Let's just say, you probably won't be too fond of pigs by the time you beat the game.
* AnimatedArmor: Duster and his gang come across these in Osohe Castle.
* AnimateInanimateObject: From living yams (baked or otherwise) to Beans, musical instruments and animated suits of armor, sword and shield included!
* AnthropomorphicFood: Fish Roe Man.
* AnthropomorphicZigZag: Boney pretends to be a human boy in Chapter 4 in order to sneak past some guards. He does a good job at it, but since walking on two legs wears him out, he switches back before long.
* AntiMagic: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Shield Snatcher]].
* AntiPoopSocking: Mostly done as reminder to save your game. If you play continuously without saving, Leder's bell will be heard and tell you to save and take a break. It takes quite a while to trigger however, and if you save often it is most likely you wouldn't ever get this message.
* [[spoiler:ApocalypseWow]][=/=][[spoiler:ApocalypticMontage]]: [[spoiler:During the ending, though moving, the following "The End?" message shows they somehow survived.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Hinawa and Claus.]]
* ApatheticCitizens: Tazmily Village's residents, excluding the protagonists.
* ApologeticAttacker: One of Salsa's skills is to "apologize profusely" to the enemy. This is a [[ContinuityNod nod]] to one of Pokey (Porky)'s totally useless actions when he's your party member in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}''.
** Other enemies sometimes waste their turns apologizing, such as Pigmasks. Incidentally, this is one of the first huge instances of foreshadowing to the fact that [[spoiler:Pokey (Porky) is the main villain, besides the whole "pig" motif.]]
* AppleOfDiscord: After the [[TimeSkip time skip]], the people of Tazmily become more selfish and greedy to each other ever since currency was first introduced.
* ArabOilSheikh: Technically he isn't an example, but Fassad is clearly designed after these and has a very similar personality.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: See MookChivalry below.
* ArcadeSounds: New Pork City has a particuarly noisy arcade in it.
* {{Arcadia}}: Tazmily Village.
* ArcNumber: The number 7. There are technically 7 characters that the player could control in battle in the whole game[[note]]Those characters Lucas, Flint, Claus, Boney, Salsa, Duster and Kumatora.[[/note]]. There are Duster's ''Almost 7'' Thief tools, the 7 Magypsies, and [[spoiler: The 7 Needles keeping the Dragon underneath the islands asleep.]]
* ArcWords: It first appears on a gravestone in the Tazmily's Sunset Cemetary, but is later mimicked a notable number of times throughout the game.
-->'' "I leave the rest to you now."''
* [[spoiler:TheArk]]: The [[spoiler:White Ship]] can be referencing this.
* ArmedLegs: Duster kicks to attack, using his crippled leg. [[HandicappedBadass It gives him the best phsyical attack in the party]].
* ArmiesAreEvil: One interpretation to what the Pigmask Army has done.
** [[spoiler:ArmyOfTheAges]]
* ArmsDealer: You meet some along the way.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The battles in the tents of Saturn Valley.
-->''"Pigmask Major attacked! Pigmask Major tried hitting Kumatora's joints! Frightbot ({{Beat}})... told a story so scary you'll never go to the bathroom at night again"!''
* ArtificialLimbs: By the bushelful, since this is a story filled to the brim with cyborgs.
* ArtStyleDissonance: [[UpToEleven Even more so than in]] Videogame/EarthBound.
* AshFace: When Lucas gets struck by lightning.
* AscendedExtra: The Rope Snake.
* AscendedGlitch: After you get [[spoiler:the Franklin Badge]] from a stealthily dressed Mr. Saturn, he gets stuck in a wall. Itoi liked this glitch so much that he gave Saturn some dialogue.
* AssimilationPlot
* AttackReflector: The Franklin Badge. [[spoiler:One of the few series to actually {{Deconstruct}} this trope, with [[TearJerker horrifically tragic results]].]]
* AutobotsRockOut: The fight against the Natural Killer Cyborg is accompanied by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHEhkeRlldQ this impressive number]].
* AutoRevive: [[spoiler:The Magypsy Mementos]].
* AwardBaitSong: The Love Theme, especially its lyrical equivalent.
* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler:Leder's final role is to tell Lucas how his beloved home of Tazmily was always a fabrication; a fringe village on the edge of nothing, whose people had been willingly brainwashed to prevent a ''second'' armageddon. This is why the villagers act so cruelly when Lucas mourns for any length of time; they have a very strong reaction to "bad" feelings. Look at how they first tell Flint the bad news. And look at how Flint completely breaks down afterward.]]
* AWinnerIsYou: Played With and subverted. [[spoiler:After pulling the final needle, the world appears to end and you get a simple "End...?" screen. But, if you press on the D-pad a little bit...]]
* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: The Dark Dragon.
* AwkwardlyPlacedBathtub: Inside the flying limousine.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:King Porky Minch.]]
* BackStab: Lets you be on the giving or receiving end. Duster, quite awesomely, has the ability to force enemies to endure one even if they're facing you when engaged in battle.
* BadassAdorable: Lucas is probably the last sweet little boy you'll want to get in a fight with.
* BadassBeard[=/=]BadassMustache: Flint and Duster both have one of each.
* BadassBoast: Out of universe, Itoi has said that after the N64 version was cancelled, he decided that instead of chasing after fancy graphics, the best course of action was to make a game that Nintendo couldn't.
* BadassCape: The Pigmask Colonel. He even drops it as loot.
* BadassGrandpa: Wess, [[GrumpyOldMan though not apparent at first]].
* BadassNormal: Duster's got no psychic powers to speak of, but he's got more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
* BadNewsIrrelevantNews: The good news is, I found a Drago fang that will make a great weapon, even though we live in a society more or less free of violence. The bad news is, [[spoiler:''[[MoodWhiplash I found it stuck in your wife's heart]]'']].
* BaldOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Flint. He's bald as a bean!]]
* BagOfSharing: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in all the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' games, and this is no exception. Each member of your party has their own individual inventory space, while money is the only item being shared.
* BananaPeel: Used [[PlayedForLaughs comically]] whenever you run over and slip on one. [[RuleOfFunny Even if you're driving at the time.]][[spoiler:[[LaserGuidedKarma Fassad, on the other hand, gets his just desserts in the end of Chapter 5 with one.]]]]
* BarrierChangeBoss: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Barrier Trio]].
* BatOutOfHell: Yup, the Mr. Batties are back.
* BattleThemeMusic
* BearerOfBadNews: Bronson in Chapter One.
* BearTrap: Where you first meet Kumatora, she's stuck in one of these.
* BeeBeeGun: The Honey Shower. It doesn't do too much damage, but it's [[RuleOfFun still fun.]]
** And sometimes, [[BearsAreBadNews a bear]] [[ExitPursuedByABear will follow up on the attack.]]
* BeefGate: Not the usual "you'd better be leveled up" variety; instead, it's there to make sure you eat the [[MushroomSamba funky 'shrooms]]. Enforced further by [[NoGearLevel the loss of everything in your inventory that isn't attached to you]], thus preventing you from healing by an alternative method.
** Don't visit the Sunshine Forest in Chapter 4 unless your first goal for the chapter is to get Grated Yammonsters to [[IncrediblyLamePun grate]] you.
* BeehiveBarrier: Lucas's PSI shields have this design.
* BerserkerTears: [[spoiler:Flint, after he gets the news that [[TheLostLenore his wife is dead]].]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Lucas.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: A little girl mistakes Kumatora for a boy at one point. Downplayed, since she was a kid, and this never happens at any other point.
* BigBad: King P[[spoiler:orky Minch.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Lucas gets one at the end of Chapter 3, [[TookALevelInBadass when he quits being a crybaby and becomes the main character.]] [[spoiler:He rides onscreen on top of the baby Drago's mother to take out a squad of Pigmasks and a tank.]]
** Then the D.C.M.C. show up during the [[spoiler:Mecha-Porky]] fight to save the day, just like the Runaway Five in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}''.
** [[DynamicEntry A Clayman]] gets one of these after the [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose Almost-Mecha Lion]] fight in the Chimera Laboratory.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The stretch limo. The [=NPC=] driving said limo actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.
* BigOMG: "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny OH - MY - PORK]]!!"
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Fassad pretends to be a friendly, generous peddler, when in actuality, he's a sadistic, murderous animal abuser.
* BlackBeadEyes
* BlackMage[=/=]BlackMagicianGirl: Kumatora.
* [[spoiler:BlackScreenOfDeath: At the end of the final battle. On-screen text is the only indication as to what's happening.]]
* BlatantLies: Thunder Tower is named by a sign to be the [[PeaceandLoveIncorporated Tower of Love and Peace.]] It is definitely anything but.
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: All the playable characters with an odd number of letters in their name. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Yes, really]].
* BlindingBangs: [[spoiler:Porky's]] and Bateau's.
* BlindObedience: Everyone other than the protagonists and their allies.
* BlockPuzzle: A rather endearing one in which you move the rocks with ''encouraging words''. C'mon, rock, you can do it! Roll!
* BluebirdOfHappiness[=/=]InstantMessengerPigeon: The blue carrier pigeon in the beginning and [[spoiler:ending credits]] of the game.
* BlushSticker: On top of being part of the art style, everybody in the party gets very vivid blush stickers after [[ItMakesSenseInContext kissing the oxygen machines]].
* BodyHorror: The Chimeras, as well as [[spoiler:Fassad when he's reconstructed after falling off Thunder Tower.]]
** [[spoiler:Porky]] too, no doubt.
* BoisterousWeakling: The Mole Crickets as a species, but especially the one that tries to fight you. You end up humbling them all in the end.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: [[ShoutOut Bud and Lou]] seem to be a parody of this.
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler:Either [[PlayingWithATrope played straight]] or [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], depending on how you see it.]]
* BondingOverMissingParents: Unused text shows that the party was going to have a conversation about this, since [[spoiler:none of them have mothers]], but it was removed for unknown reasons. See DummiedOut.
* BonusBoss: Lord Passion, Lil' Miss Marshmallow, and the King Statue. Strawberry Slime, the Ghost Knight, and Fish Roe Man as well, though they're more minibosses.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The last shot of the credits is Hinawa releasing a blue pigeon, but the end screen plays with this even more by echoing the title screen, [[FridgeBrilliance which would be the first thing the player saw]].]]
** One that's even more meta: [[spoiler:One of the final areas of the Empire Porky Building has the music from the title screen of [[VideoGame/{{Mother1}} the first Mother game.]]]]
** And to top it all off: [[spoiler:The ending credits music is the Eight Melodies from [[VideoGame/{{Mother1}}]] and [[VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}]], to the MOTHER 3 Theme of Love.]]
* BoomTown[=/=]{{Egopolis}}: New Pork City. [[spoiler:The entire populace of Tazmily moves there by the end of the game. Too bad [[ItsAllJunk it's all cardboard]].]] Not to mention most to all attractions in the city are named after their founder and leader.
** Speaking of their leader, he has his own [[OurFounder statue]] to add on to the city. [[LivingStatue Watch out, though]]...
** To add on to the aforementioned attractions, there are some that can be seen around the place; including:
*** EvilTowerOfOminousness: When you first start off Chapter 8, you will understand.
*** AmusementPark[=/=]CrappyCarnival[=/=]SouvenirLand
*** GreasySpoon: Now as a restaurant!
*** VideoArcade
* BossBanter: Per the tradition, [[spoiler:Porky]] has a rather chilling conversation with the party during his fight.
** Subverted during [[spoiler:the second Masked Man battle. ''He'' isn't talking, [[TearJerker but somebody else sure is]]...]]
* BossBonanza: [[spoiler:Chapter 8 only featured one small dungeon, the New Pork City Sewers, [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon the Empire Porky Building]] and its basement, and bosses sprinkled throughout. First off is Miracle Fassad in the sewers. After him, there's a BonusBoss, the King Statue, that can be fought in New Pork City itself. After completing the games to see if Lucas is worthy enough to meet Porky, the Natural Killer Cyborg is fought. After a CallBack to the previous two games, the Porky Bots are fought. Porky then reveals himself and sends Lucas, his party, and Flint to the basement, where there's a short stretch of enemies leading up to the FinalBoss: Porky Minch himself. After beating him, the PostFinalBoss, the rematch with the Masked Man, is available.]]
* BossRemix: Remixed and recurring motifs are used a ''lot'' during this game, and the bosses are no exception. Probably the most noteworthy example is [[spoiler:the eerie, agonizingly sad remix of the Love Theme during the final battle with the Masked Man.]]
* BossCorridor: [[spoiler:This is before the confrontation with Porky.]]
* BottomlessBladder: Well, obviously you won't actually need to "go", but just like in Videogame/EarthBound, there are bathrooms available that are simply always occupied. Parodied to the extreme with [[spoiler:Porky]]'s "All-You-Can-Pee Toilet Dungeon".
* [[{{Bouncer}} Bouncers]]: Neckbeard and Skinhead won't let a kid and some [[PaperThinDisguise dog-like kid]] get into Club Titiboo that easily.
* BoyishShortHair: Kumatora, [[TheLadette as is appropriate to her personality]]. Weirdly enough, though, [[PinkMeansFeminine it's pink]].
* {{Brainwashed}}: [[spoiler:Everyone in Tazmily Village (expect for Leder) was willingly brainwashed to prevent another Armageddon. Not to also mention how Tazmily is brainwashed by the Pigmask Army and how the Pigmask Army was brainwashed as well.]]
** [[spoiler:Also Claus[=/=]the Masked Man.]]
** BrainwashedAndCrazy
* BraggartBoss: The Mole Cricket and The Squeekz.
* BreadAndCircuses: Most people seem relatively pleased with the way society changes thanks to the Pigmasks. Several people express their concern for the fact that Lucas's family ''doesn't'' have a Happy Box.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: In the attic of Club Titiboo in Chapter 4, Lucas finds three presents lined up in a row. From left to right, they contain "some nice stuff", "some rice stuff", and "some nice rice stuff."
* BreakTheCutie: '''Lucas'''.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Sparrows explain the gameplay mechanics in what they call "game speak," and early on in the game, a character addresses you directly, asking you to enter your name. There is also a character who is induced to be sick because you (the player) just won't let up on hitting A to advance the dialogue. And let's not forget that imagining "something called a B button" is how you learn to dash.
** The player gets directly asked their name, and then told to forget that they were ever asked. You're asked again in a later chapter, having the asker being very nervous about breaking the Fourth Wall, and telling Lucas to be careful or he might inconvenience the player.
* BrickJoke: Flint's traveling doorknob. Also Mike's "slightly unclean and not very tasty" cookies are mentioned again in Chapter 8. He even asks if you forgot about them.
* BritishAccents[=/=]WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: In the attic of Club Titiboo in Chapter 4, you will visit two mice who have a distinct Cockney accent. Want a sample of their dialogue? Here you go, translate it yourself:
--> '''Mouse:''' ''"Squeeeeak squeak."
--> ''"(Weh've been waitin' a bloody long 'arry Lime all pat wiv yew aht on yeh toblerone.)"''
--> '''Mouse:''' ''"Squeak?"''
--> ''"(Eh? Izzatchew, Alfie? Wheh've ya been wivaht sennin' a dicky bird? Ya dihn't come by fo' New Yeah's or Crackah Night, so yeh Grandmum an' I 'ave been all jack. So, wotcheh? Yeh mus' be bleedin' 'ank Marvin, eh? 'Eah's summadat Nut Bread fo' yeh.)"''
* BrokenBridge: Parodied over and over again:
-->''There are ants under your feet. You might accidentally step on them, so please don't cotinue in that direction.''
* BrokenRecord: [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext You haven't eaten?]] [[MushroomSamba You haven't eaten?]] [[MadnessMantra You haven't eaten?]] [[NightmareFuel You haven't eaten?]]
* BrownNote: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqHCEzaAgGU The extremely distorted house theme remake that plays when you enter the Dur-T Cafe.]]
* BurgerFool: "Beauty and Tasty".
* ButThouMust: It doesn't really matter what option you pick in any choice; all that'll happen is you'll get a slight change in the dialogue, and sometimes be forced to answer again.
** An interesting variation occurs at the end of Chapter 4. If, somehow, [[spoiler:you lose to O.J. in Stone-Sheet-Clippers]], a man will come in and tell you to keep the noise down. [[spoiler:O.J. won't remember his (winning) result]], and you get to try again.
** Special mention goes to the final choice of the game - [[spoiler:choosing not to pull out the last needle results in Lucas doing it anyway.]]
* ButtMonkey: Duster just can't seem to catch a break, can he?
* [[spoiler:CainAndAbel]]: Claus and Lucas are this. [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Not that they want to]].
* CarryABigStick: Lucas and Flint primary use sticks as weapons. Lighter carries a 2x4 of wood everywhere (which you get to use as a weapon at one point).
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Tonda Gossa!", D.C.M.C.'s trademark greeting.
* CelebrityEndorsement: The commercials advertising the game consisted of a post-gameplay interview with Japanese singer and actress Kou Shibasaki.
* CallBack: The Hall of Memories is one big CallBack to the previous game.
* CampGay[=/=]CampStraight: Subverted hilariously with the Magypsies, as they are somehow neither. Their personalities and physical appearances fit the camp trope like a sock, but according to Alec, [[NoBiologicalSex none of them have a gender or sexuality]]. They just act and dress that way because it's how they like to act and dress.
* CanineCompanion: Good ol' Boney.
* CannotSpitItOut: Yeah, and it's sad.
--> '''Bronson:''' ''"Flint.... ...I'm not sure what to say... But just stay calm and hear me out. [[GoodNewsBadNews I have good news, and I have bad news]]. Which do you want to hear first...? No, let me start with the good news first. I picked up a giant "Drago Fang". [[BadNewsIrrelevantNews It'll make for a great weapon. I figured you could probably use it]]. ......As for the bad news... ......The bad news is... ............ ...It's where I found the Drago Fang. [[TearJerker It was...... In your...]] [[spoiler:[[WhamLine ...It was pierced through your wife's heart.]]]]"''
* CantYouReadTheSign: There's a sign in the game telling you not to step in a bed of flowers. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny You have to stand on the flowers in order to read it]].
* CerebusSyndrome: This game is this to the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series.
* CessationOfExistence: What will happen to the entire world, and even the Dark Dragon itself, if the heartless Masked Man awakens it.
* CheerfulChild: Claus, [[spoiler:at first]].
* ChekhovsGift: [[spoiler:The Courage Badge Flint gives to Lucas (through Nippolyte) turns out to be the Franklin Badge.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Leder. Also Hinawa, who indirectly saves Lucas and Kumatora in Chapter 7.]]
* ChestMonster: The Surprise Box.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: [[KidsAreCruel Some are, at least]]...
* ClassicalAntiHero: [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Pretty much everybody in the main party]]. Hence why the work so well off one another.
* ClimaxBoss: The third Chapter Boss, the Pork Tank. It comes during a fast paced escape from the Pigmasks as they start to take over and comes right before the return of Lucas and the [[TimeSkip time skip]].
* ClippedWingAngel: Subverted during the battle with [[spoiler: Porky]]. After defeating his SpiderMech, [[spoiler:he seals himself away in the Absolutely Safe Capsule. He can't hurt you, but you can't hurt him either, leaving you at an impasse.]]
* CloseKnitCommunity: Tazmily Village, at first.
* CollisionDamage: The Ultimate Chimera. Simply brushing the thing will result in an immediate game over.
* CombatMedic: Lucas provides all the healing and most of the support PSI, but he's also very strong physically and can unleash increasingly damaging [[ThePowerOfLove PK Love]].
* ComfortFood: Hinawa's omelets ([[HelloInsertNameHere Or whatever you put as your favorite food]]).
* CompositeCharacter: The Tree enemies, which look like the Woodohs form the first game and explode like the Oaks of the second.
* ConquerorFromTheFuture: [[spoiler:Inverted.]]
* TheConspiracy
* ContinuityCavalcade: There's a room near the end the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon that serves as a gallery for [[spoiler:iconic objects from Earthbound, complete with a joyful rendition of ''Pollyanna''. As a cherry on top, it's followed immediately after by a long corridor where you listen to the title music to the original {{MOTHER}}.]]
* ContinuityNod: Both of the previous games in the series are repeatedly referenced, most notably on the boat ride in New Pork City. Also, of course, the fact that [[spoiler:the theater in New Pork City plays a film consisting of the important moments from ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}''.]] There are also three residents of Tazmily who look like Jeff, Paula, and Picky.
** The Mischievous Mouse will sometimes waste its turn feeling homesick, which was a status effect exclusive to Ness.
** In the Chimera Laboratory, you can find the book "Overcoming Shyness", and, of course, the [[CrackFic hilarious magazine excerpt]] from the $7,500 hovel in Onett.
** One of the Saturns in Saturn Valley sells [[VideoGame/{{MOTHER1}} Strawberry Tofu.]]
** [[spoiler:Porky's]] room in Thunder Tower has a few too. The Teddy Bears that were party members in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'' ("You almost feel like it could take your place for you"), and a jukebox that plays the shop and hotel themes from ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}.''
** And, on a sadder note:
-->''"Dad... I thought you said anything could come true, as long as we [[RandomEffectSpell prayed]] [[MakeAWish from the bottom of our hearts?!]]"''
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: [[OrphansOrdeal Deconstructed]]. Big time.
** A more straight example would be Kumatora.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The Pigmasks resort to some... highly unorthodox means of coercion to make the Mr. Saturns say where the Needle is.
* CoolestClubEver: [[UnfortunateName Club Titiboo.]]
* CoolHelmet: Misdirecting names aside, the Masked Man's helmet is very cool.
* CoolShades: The Rock Lobster enemy has a pair that sorta resemble [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]'s shades.
* CoolTrain: There's two trains to ride in Tazmily village; a regular red one and a special green one. What makes the green one so special? It allows you to [[spoiler:''[[ShapedLikeItself experience the joy of riding a green train]]''.]]
* CoordinatedClothes: Claus and Lucas, [[RuleOfSymbolism but with opposite coloration]].
* CorneredRattlesnake: [[spoiler:Miracle Fassad starts out just like New Fassad. Once you hit him enough, however, he shows that he's been holding back the entire game by revealing his incredibly powerful PSI skills.]]
* TheCorruptible: Everyone except the main protagonists, their families, Lighter, Fuel, Nippolyte, Reggie, the DCMC, and [[spoiler:Leder]].
* CorruptTheCutie: [[spoiler: Claus.]] It was [[BrainwashedAndCrazy forced]], but it counts.
* CosmicKeystone: The Seven Needles.
* CosmicPlaything: Pretty much [[CrapSackWorld everybody on the good side]], really.
* [[spoiler:CosyCatastrophe]]
* CovertPervert: [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Possibly Lucas]]. There are two incidents where he deliberately walks into a place where a girl (Or somebody who he thinks is a girl) is bathing/showering.
* CowerPower: Fassad will do this sometimes in Chapter 3. [[DirtyCoward Made more irritating by the fact that he's much stronger than the character being played]].
* CrackOhMyBack: [[GuestStarPartyMember Alec]] will occasionally waste a turn "complaining about his lower back pain".
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Quite possibly the most outstanding example of this trope, and definitely one of the most subtle.
* CrapsackWorld: [[spoiler:New Pork City, and the Nowhere Islands when you leave them. Highways, concrete, steel, and technology have dominated the island, practically all of the local animals have been changed into robots or hideous chimeras, Tazmily has been abandoned after it was formed into a modern suburban-style town, and the familiar townsfolk of Tazmily have become distant from each other. Some are now jerks to Lucas and his party when they once were kind to them. In New Pork City, Porky rules with an iron fist. Lights, noise, junk food, media propaganda, and other artificial distractions are the way of life, and nature does not exist outside of a polluted trash dump.]]
* CreditsMedley
* CreditsMontage
* CreepyChild: The Masked Man is about twelve.
** Subverted with the [[spoiler:[[BigBad Porky]]]]: [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld He's physically thousands of years old]], but still has the mental age of a child.
* CreepyCockroach: The giant roaches from Videogame/EarthBound are back.
* CreepyGasStationAttendant: In the middle of the desert, in a parking lot next to the road, there is a clearly [[NotSoAbandonedBuilding extremely dilapidated and run-down building with cracked windows and worn-out paint]]. Inside, it is quite possibly the nastiest, filthiest restaurant of all time. The floors are extremely covered with dirt and mold, there's somehow still a ceiling fan, the walls are heavily cracked, all of the chairs (along with the pool table) are busted. Even the jukebox has rotten anchovies inside it. There is one woman still "working" at this horrifically decaying "restaurant" (at least, standing behind the counter). There is also a [[DisgustingPublicToilet built-in bathroom]]. [[DontAskJustRun "Don't run inside. You'll kick up the mold spores."]]
* CriticalHit: The satisfying ''SMAAAASH!!'' attack.
* CrosshairAware: The [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Natural Killer Cyborg's]] [[WaveMotionGun End of the Century Beam]] sets a crosshair over each characters' life meter. They're just for intimidation, though.
* CrossingTheDesert: Salsa the monkey in Chapter 3.
* CueTheRain[=/=]TemptingFate: In Chapter 1, Ed says the only thing that can make things stranger is if it were to start raining. Guess what happens.
* CurbStompBattle: Lucas's party vs the Pig King Statue. Due to the way the fight works, one side will end up curb stomping the other; either the statue with its incredibly powerful attacks of the party with either PK Flash or a New Year's Eve Bomb.
* CurtainCall: The game has a character roll at the very end right before the production credits, just like ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}''.
* CuteCrittersActChildlike: Subverted by the Mr. Saturns. They're cute, innocent, playful, friendly, have a bizarre speaking syntax and their dialogue is even written n in a font resembling loopy, childish handwriting. Despite this, however, they are extremely intelligent and capable of building technology lightyears ahead of what humans can.
* CutsceneIncompetence: On more than one occasion, [[spoiler:Lucas and his friends will find a Needle before the Masked Man and the Pigmasks -- only for them to show up seconds later and spend elaborate several-minute-long sequences landing and setting things up, which is more than enough time for Lucas to ''pull the damn Needle''.]]
* CutTheJuice: The only way the [[spoiler:Ultimate Chimera]] can be defeated is by pressing a button on its back.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Almost all[[note]]If one heads left after entering New Pork City, there's a person there who says some of the reconstructed are still tame.[[/note]] of the "reconstructed" animals are made violent and murderous by their "enhancements". (Then again, so are the purely biological Chimera). In addition, this isn't an unexpected side effect. The corker? [[spoiler:After the experiments, knowing ''full goddamn well'' what the effects would be, Porky ordered Dr. Andonuts to reconstruct a nearly-dead Claus, resulting in his transformation into a virtually soulless killing machine who Porky can use to pull the Needles.]]
* {{Cyborg}}: The Masked Man and, eventually, [[spoiler:Fassad]].
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: After Lucas [[spoiler:loses his mother, followed shortly afterwards by his brother going missing]], his dad Flint becomes extremely distant from him and spends almost all of his time away from home. What did he spend all that time doing? Either [[spoiler:grieving at his wife's grave]] or [[spoiler:searching for his missing son]].
* DaddysGirl: Hinawa seems to be close to her father, from what little we see.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Considerably so compared to the first two games.
** This game was originally going to be even ''[[DarkerAndEdgier DARKER]]'' than the final version. The DummiedOut "nightmare" backgrounds show that some of these elements were in the GBA game for a part of its development, too.
* DarkReprise: The best songs from the first two games, and light reprises later.
* DaysOfFuturePast: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since the past was brought to the Tazmily villagers.
* DeadCharacterWalking: Literally, since the characters walk [[AllInARow one after another]], they are still able to walk around, but their sprite looks excessively tired. Also, you're prevented from running so long as any of your party members are downed, which, naturally, can be problematic if you're caught in the middle of a dungeon, surrounded by enemies and without a way of reviving them.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: You go back to your last save point and the money you currently have in your inventory is halved. That's it. Not only is money not even a issue for the first three chapters, but it automatically goes into a bank, so you probably won't be carrying much of it around.
* DeathSeeker: Implied with Lucas, twice. First time is a little-known dialogue chain from "[[FanNickname Mr. T]]" if you try to go down the train tunnel without first talking to Old Man Wess. [[BlackComedy It's very funny]]. [[spoiler:The second is during Chapter 6, when he sees his mother's ghost walking through a sunflower field. While he tearfully chases after her, in an act desperation, he ends up pitching himself off a cliff]]. [[TearJerker It's not funny at all.]]
* DebutQueue
* [[spoiler:DeceasedParentsAreTheBest]]: Sadly enough, [[spoiler:Hinawa is killed in the first few minutes of the game. While the game exemplifies that Hinawa is a great mother throughout the whole game, Flint, on the other hand, is seen as neglectful and distant towards Lucas after her death (that is, in the search of Lucas' brother, Claus). However, Flint makes it up during the final battle between Claus and Lucas.]]
* [[spoiler:During the final battle with Claus, Hinawa calls for Claus to stop attacking Lucas repeatedly. If Lucas (you) fight back (The only time you can is when Flint is blasted with PSI Love Omega), Hinawa will tell YOU to stop. Her constant pleas finally ring in Claus's ears, causing him to regain control long enough to end the fight...with him as the loser.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler:Claus]].
* DefendCommand
* DefiantStoneThrow: Wess speaks out about the horror of what happened to Tazmily Village in the town square, but gets silenced soon after in Chapter 3.
* {{Deflector Shield|s}}: The Franklin Badge reflects all lighting-based PSI back from Lucas, which seems great [[spoiler:until the last battle.]]
** Also a pair of PSI abilities that reflects half of physical or PSI damage (depending on the ability) back at the opponent.
* DeflectorShields: PSI Counter.
* [[spoiler: DepopulationBomb]]: [[spoiler:The Nowhere Islands is the last bastion for the survivors of the previous Armageddon.]]
* DepravedBisexual: It's speculation, but if the occupants of his "Fan Room" are anything to go by, possibly [[spoiler:Porky]].
** BestialityIsDepraved: And the "Fan" in question who raises this speculation? [[BrainBleach He's a robotic]] ''[[BrainBleach centaur]]''.
* DescriptionPorn: Inverted with the [[DisgustingPublicToilet Dur-T Cafe]].
--> "A very filthy pool table." "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment It's dirty, but it's a jukebox. It's a jukebox, but it's dirty]]. It's covered in cigarette stains and old ketchup. [[NauseaFuel Moldy rotten withered old anchovies are stuck to the record]], but it somehow managed to spin anyway." "Lots and lots of old chewed gum is stuck to the bottom of this table." "These chair cushions have huge springs sticking out of them." "Don't run inside. [[FesteringFungus You'll kick up the mold spores.]]" "An old piece of paper. The letters are so dirty and faded that they are unreadable."
* DetectEvil: On Tanetane Island, [[EvilDetectingDog Boney]] is the only one in the party who can tell the enemies are bad news. {{Justified}}, since he's the only one who's sober at that point, and the enemies would otherwise be obvious.
* DeusExMachina: When Lucas and the party [[spoiler:fall from the flying ship, all four of them land in safe places]]. {{Lampshaded}} by Alec, who remarks that the fact that Hinawa showed up in a dream to warn everybody where they were going to fall is "As strange as strange can be.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: This game is full of it if you know where to look.
** During the forest fire, after you save Fuel from the burning house, both will be covered in soot. If you choose to take a dip in the hot springs, they will be cleaned off from the neck once they get out.
** After going through the dark cave in Chapter 1 with Alec (shortly before you [[spoiler:fight the Drago that killed Hinawa]]), you can climb up a ladder and startle two Pigmasks, who scramble down the cliff and retreat into their saucer... or you can avoid them entirely. If you do, a cutscene will play as you leave the area, showing the saucer taking off normally, unaware of your characters.
*** If, for whatever reason, you have to re-navigate the cave, Alec's dialogue will be modified to be more concise - almost all the jokes he told the first time through will be gone, and he'll remember the proper direction of the vine near the end.
** The flowers [[spoiler:at Hinawa's grave]] change with every chapter.
** The first time you meet Kumatora, she attacks you with PK Freeze. After she joins your party, the exact amount of PP used from the attack has been deducted (which can also be explained by the pendant she dropped also adding on the same amount of PP).
** An amnesic Duster is nicknamed Lucky at a point in the game. If you named him Lucky, the nickname will be changed to Gorgeous.
*** Likewise, Kumatora goes undercover and briefly takes up the name Violet. If you named her Violet the name will be changed to Kumatora.
** After someone joins your party, if you go and try to talk to Leder, they will have something to comment about the old beanpole.
** In Chapter 2, if you talk to Pusher on you way back to the castle with Wess, he mentions plans on building an old folks home.
** There's a newspaper in a nursing home that the player will likely never check more than once, but its contents change with each new chapter, sometimes more often.
** Prior to Chapter 4, one of the gravestones in the cemetery says it's reserved. If you check it again after the 3 year skip, you�ll find that Scamp is buried there. Checking the scenery in his house will refer to Scamp in the past tense.
** Talking to NPC's after adding someone new to the party will often give you new dialogue.
** Early in Chapter 2, Wess tells you to check behind the house to find a Thunder Bomb. If you check behind the house in later chapters, even after the timeskip and Wess's house was torn down and a senior citizen's home was built where his house stood, you can still find Thunder Bombs. They re-appear every time you go to the crossroads and back.
*** When you return to Tazmily Village with Duster in the party after he's been gone for three years, several of the villagers will express surprise at his return.
** The AntiPoopSocking dialog changes slightly depending where in proxy you are to Tazmily Village or if you're playing after the time skip happened.
*** Pre-time skip, if you are in or close to Tazmily, the dialog appears as ''Ol' "Beanstalk" Leder's bell is ringing.'' If you're farther away, it appears as ''Ol' "Beanstalk" Leder's bell can be heard off in the distance.''
**** After the time skip, Leder and the bell disappear from the village and the dialog comes up as ''You got the feeling that you heard ol' "Beanstalk" Leder's bell.''
*** If you have a Fresh Egg in your inventory and go into a hot spring for a few minutes, step out and check your stuff: you will have a ''Boiled'' Egg. In fact, it's a good idea to do this a lot; they're a very good healing item and you can get them for free by the Chimera Labs. In addition, if you don't do this and leave a Fresh Egg in your inventory for too long, it'll hatch, and will lose its restorative properties.[[note]]Although this has a use in itself, if you're short on DP: so long as they're still in your inventory, the hatched chicks will, in time, grow into chickens, [[VendorTrash which sell for 200 DP each]].[[/note]]
** Remember the locked rooms in the Toilet Dungeon? It is the one with water leaking outside. Using a walk through wall code when you are in a room next to it, you can enter and see the flooded room, entirely programmed!
** If you need to heal by hot spring in Tanetane Island while in MushroomSamba mode, Boney will opt out of it. When you meet the Magypsy of the island, Mixolydia, after healing there, he/she comments on how you stink. Rely only on Lifeup, Items, and the shrooms at the entrance to heal yourself without the hot spring, and he/she won't say this. [[spoiler:Pass by that area outside the influence of the shrooms and you'll see why... that's a sludge pool, not a hot spring!]]
** Poison will actually cause an occasional visual distortion while not in a battle, so being poisoned is more than a status. This distortion doesn't exist if you don't run, appears occasionally when you move at normal speed, and worsens as you dash.
** When you start Chapter 2, chests that were already opened remain open and empty.
** As you make your way to the graveyard in Chapter 2, you meet a guy in a turban with a monkey. After the encounter, if you visit the Yado Inn, the second room in the row of rooms (the one with the frog), will not be able to be entered.
** When you enter the Osohe Castle (third floor, to be exact), the portrait that's there [[{{SpookyPainting}} has moving eyes.]]
** When the entire group dons Pigmask outfits, Duster still has a limp.
* [[spoiler:DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[DrivenToSuicide After Claus comes back to his senses and regains his memories, he electrocutes himself.]] [[TearJerker In his last moments, he embraces Lucas like a brother should, and is cradled by him until he dies]].]]
--> [[spoiler: [[DyingAsYourself I'm glad you could be with me just before the end]]...]]
* DiedStandingUp: Parodied by the pigmask who watches you crash the pork bean.
--> ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny He's passed out]]''.
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: [[NoExportForYou It's not like Nintendo is giving us any choice in the matter...]]
* DinosaursAreDragons: The dragos, animals who are indistinguishable in every way from tyrannosaurus rexes, except for the fact that they're as friendly as puppies.
* DirtyCommunists: According to right-wing extremists, this game has a pro-Communist, anti-Capitalist agenda. Itoi was never confronted about whether or not this was true.
* DirtyHarriet: Kumatora gets a job as a waitress in Club Titboo in order to get information on Duster's condition. While not explicitly a sexual occupation, it clearly involves a lot of sensual behavior.
* DirtyOldMan: Mike. See the page quote.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Itoi deliberately left it up to interpretation, but it is inferrable that Duster's crippled leg makes him better at his thief arts.
* DisappearedDad: He's alive. He still lives in the same house. He's just... [[HeroicBSOD not really there]].
* DisappearsIntoLight: [[spoiler:The magypsies]].
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Fassad.
* DiscOneNuke: The Squawking Sticks outside the factory in Chapter 4 have a 5% chance of dropping a Good Stick. There'll be no better weapon available for Lucas for the next couple of chapters, so it may be worth your time to try and obtain it as soon as you can.
** At the beginning of Chapter 5, you can backtrack to Osohe Castle and defeat [[BonusBoss Lord Passion]]; for doing so, you'll get the Mystical Shoes, which will last Duster all the way through Chapter 7, if not the rest of the game.
** [[MetalSlime Black Beanlings]] give ''way'' too much experience upon defeat. If you can kill just one in Chapter 4, you'll skyrocket by like 10 levels, and steamroll ''everything''.
* DishingOutDirt: PK Ground!
* DisneyVillainDeath: Jaw-droppingly averted. [[spoiler:Fassad ironically slips on his own banana peel and falls off of the very top of Thunder Tower. Somehow, he is reconstructed into a horrifically ridiculous cyborg machine that "speaks" through trumpets jammed through its nose.]]
* DissonantSerenity: [[spoiler:Every line of Porky's dialogue]], considering how bombastic his theme music is and the fact that [[spoiler:he's trying to destroy the world [[ItAmusedMe for a quick laugh]].]]
** The Masked Man never emotes. [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Ever]].
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler:Duster, in Chapter 7]]. He wasn't in much danger, though, just bored beyond belief of [[ItMakesSenseInContext "scary" stories]].
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Every character with an even number of letters in their name is not fond of cheese. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Yes, really]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The room in the Empire Porky Building dedicated to his 'biggest fans'. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jISrQF44_ww Just listen to that music]]...
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:Dr. Andonuts to Porky.]]
* DoomedHometown: Sort of. [[spoiler:It's not destroyed, but corrupted, turned into a modern city, and eventually completely abandoned. And it ends up being destroyed in the ending]].
* DontAskJustRun: The advice you're given on how to deal with the Ultimate Chimera. [[HopelessBossfight You better follow it]].
* DopeSlap: Part of every routine Bud and Lou do.
* DotingGrandparent: Alec.
* DoWellButNotPerfect: Near the end, you have to do a couple of minigames where this is the goal. The track that plays during the segment is even called ''Try Kind of Hard''.
* DownerBeginning: Did we mention already that Chapter 1 is called ''Night of the Funeral''?
* {{Downer Ending}}/{{Happy Ending}}/{{Bittersweet Ending}}: [[AmbiguousEnding Your choice.]] [[spoiler:This game has such a purposefully GainaxEnding that it could really go [[RocksFallEveryoneDies either]] [[UnexplainedRecovery way]] depending on how you look at it.]]
* DragonsUpTheYinYang: The two dragons in the sanctuary just outside of the Sunshine Forest. Oddly enough, they shape a Yin-Yang symbol.
* DramaticIrony: After [[spoiler:Claus]] goes missing, Flint spends the next three years desperately searching for him. Had he seen what the audience could see, however, he'd have stopped long ago, on account of him [[spoiler:being dead]].
** This is ultimately [[spoiler: subverted]], though.
* DramaticTimpani: The whole soundtrack has some form of a timpani, but the BigBad's theme is more recognizable.
* DramaticUnmask: The Masked Man removed his mask. [[spoiler:His face looked just like Lucas's. [[TearJerker It was Claus]].]]
* {{Dramedy}}
* TheDreaded: [[spoiler:King Porky Minch, who else?]]
** Lucas and co., to the Pigmasks, once they've gotten themselves a reputation.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Lucas and company go undercover as Pigmasks at least twice.
* DrillMole: Reconstructed Moles.
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped a Bridge on Her]]: [[spoiler:Hinawa's death is treated like this.]]
* DropShip: You can see these used by the Pigmasks.
** FlyingSaucer: You can see a shadow of one just as Hinawa releases the carrier pigeon of the prologue.
* DrugsAreBad: When you examine the alcoholic drinks in the [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext flying Limousine]] at the start of Chapter 8.
-->''"Grownup drinks are lined up here. [[{{Anvilicious}} It's spicy, bitter, yucky poison, so kids can't drink it. Oh wait. Grownups can't drink it, either.]]"''
* DubText
* DuelBoss: [[spoiler:The final battle with the Masked Man, though it's quite [[TearJerker tragically]] one-sided.]]
* DugTooDeep: [[spoiler:Just before Lucas and the others reach the dark and incomprehensible final area, they have to trek though a mine deep underneath New Pork City.]]
* DumbIsGood: Duster is considered the least intelligent member of the party, but is also one of the nicest.
* DummiedOut: There are ungodly amounts of unused content in the game:
** In terms of enemies, we have a giant bear, a tree monster, and the Alkaline Man, along with lots of unused entries that don't have any data to them.
** There's also a ton of unused music!
** There are lots of unused lines of text in the game. Notable examples include an exchange with the producer of something called [[VideoGame/{{EarthBound}} Mr. Pirkle and Ms. Lardna's]] Love Nest", mentions of a [[spoiler:New Pork Island]], a conversation with the seventh Magypsy, Locria, and some end-game conversations with Kumatora and Duster (asking Lucas how having a mother felt like, and [[spoiler:discovering all of their memories were fake.]])
** Unused sprites, unused (and sometimes very terrifying-looking) battle backgrounds, a picture of a gas station, and a giant pig balloon of some sort are just a fraction of the unused graphics in the game.
** The most recent discovery? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upV_Vjhh6y4 Unused]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdF45BIt6mQ cutscenes]]! Three of them seem to be flashbacks meant to play during the final battle (Lucas's childhood memories), while two of them appear to be from the ending (dealing with [[{{Bowdlerise}} the ultimate fate of]] [[spoiler:Salsa and Alec, who were the only ones left behind when everyone moved to New Pork City, surrounded with burnt animal corpses and falling meteorites.]])
* DyingAlone: [[spoiler:Fassad's ultimate fate.]]
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Porky. After sealing himself away inside the absolutely safe capsule]], it appears that he has subjected himself to this. However, Dr. Andonuts soon clarifies that, due to his abuse of time travel, [[spoiler:he's immortal. [[AndIMustScream So he's going to remain in that unbreakable, inescapable capsule for the rest of eternity]]. [[FateWorseThanDeath Alone]].]]
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Claus]]. [[TearJerker He's happy that it turned out that way]].
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: The Barrier Trio, once defeated, has a five turn long death animation where they charge, introduce PK Starstorm to the game, charge, try to use PK Starstorm but be too weak to, then strike one last Barrier Pose.
--> ''"[[HaveANiceDeath It was spectacular.]]" '''[[DefeatEqualsExplosion FWOOSH]]'''''
* DyingTown[=/=]GhostTown: At the end of Chapter 7. It's [[spoiler:Tazmily Village.]]
* DynamicCharacter: Every RPG hero wants to get physically, mentally, or magically stronger. Lucas, on the other hand, wants to become stronger as a person. [[CharacterDevelopment And so he does]].
** Interestingly enough, though the most dynamic character in the game, and probably the entire series, is [[spoiler:Porky Minch himself]].
* DysfunctionJunction: More or less.
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[spoiler:Fassad]] makes an appearance at the beginning of Chapter 2, and more obscurely, halfway through Chapter 1.[[note]]just south of Wess' house, you'll see him trying to persuade Butch to sell his pigs to him.[[/note]]
* [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding]]: There are ''[[AmbiguousEnding many]]'' ways to interpret the ending, but if you interpret it happily, ''definitely'' this.
* EasilyConqueredWorld: To [[spoiler:Porky]], this may be the case for [[spoiler:Tazmily Village]] and even the [[spoiler:Nowhere Islands]] after the [[TimeSkip time skip.]]
* EasingIntoTheAdventure
* EasyExp: There's a dung beetle in Chapter 3 who will give you experience points in exchange for balls of dung.
* EasyLevelsHardBosses: It's pretty much agreed, the bosses are probably the hardest part of the game.
* EccentricTownsfolk: About half of Tazmily's population.
* TheEeyore: Negative Man.
* EggMcGuffin: [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Though it doesn't really do anything]].
* ElderlyImmortal: Subverted with [[spoiler:Porky]]. He's physically thousands of years old, but still has the mental age of a child.
* ElectricTorture: Fassad ''really'' enjoys abusing Salsa this way.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler:PK Love Omega]] for Lucas and [[spoiler:PK Starstorm]] for Kumatora, both of which are learned at the end of Chapter 7. Also, chances are that, if you learn them at all, [[spoiler:Lucas's Refresh and Kumatora's PK Ground]] won't be learned until near the very end [[LevelGrinding unless you grind a lot.]]
* EliteMooks: The Pigmask Colonels
* EmperorScientist: [[spoiler:Porky]] would be one, if he wasn't stealing all his technology from either Dr. Andonuts or [[spoiler:Giygas]].
* TheEndOrIsIt
* EndingTheme: [[spoiler:A medley of the three most important songs in the series, The Eight Melodies, Smiles and Tears, and the Love Theme]].
* EndOfTheWorldSpecial: The entire journey of ''MOTHER 3'', or late into the game in Chapter 7, is to see who will summon the Dark Dragon first, and how they'll use it to recreate the world. [[spoiler:In the end, despite Lucas pulling the last needle, the world is still destroyed, but the ending implies everyone is still happy and it was for the better.]]
** InTheirOwnImage: [[spoiler:If the BigBad won; basically a world of nothing.]]
* EnemyChatter: You overhear several conversations being held by the pigmasks.
* EnemyScan: Bony's sniff ability.
* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler:Porky may be physically thousands of years old, but he still has the mindset of an immature spoiled brat. [[ItAmusedMe An immature spoiled brat who wants to destroy the world for a quick laugh]]]].
* EnragedByIdiocy: Wess ''really'' can't stand it when Duster shows "incompetence" as a thief.
* EpicHail: Wess asks Boney to go fetch Duster in Chapter 1.
* EscapeSequence: The Ultimate Chimera lab. You can't even touch the thing without suffering an immediate game over.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: There's a restaurant in New Pork City run by robotic versions of [[spoiler:[[Videogame/EarthBound Lardna Minch]]]]. [[MommyIssues Yeah]]...
* EveryoneHasStandards: The Pigmasks spend their time turning animals into the chimeras that the players face... but as it turns out, they're completely horrified of the Ultimate Chimera.
* EverythingHasRhythm: A whole battle mechanic is built around it, as a matter of fact.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs[=/=]DinosaursAreDragons: The Dragos.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Salsa and Samba, as well as some enemy Chimeras.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[PlayingWithATrope Played straight]] and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] with Princess Kumatora. [[spoiler:The only reason she's a "princess" is because some people decided that everything's better with them.]]
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: Zombies pop up in Tazmily Village's Sunset Cemetery at night.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Let's not get started, it's in all of the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' games.
* EvilDetectingDog: There is a segment in the game where Lucas, Kumatora, and Duster eat some [[MushroomSamba unusual mushrooms]] while desperate for food. The mushrooms cause them to hallucinate that the monsters in the area are characters from their pasts. The party dog, Boney, is the only one not fooled, and whines and barks when hallucinations begin to talk to the characters, attempting to warn the rest of the party as to their true nature. He also refuses to get into a beautiful sauna the party can rest in - if you visit it again after the effects of the mushrooms have worn off, you'll find the humans were [[spoiler:deliriously bathing in toxic sludge.]]
* EvilLaugh: Both Fassad and [[spoiler:Porky]]. The former is bombastic and humorous, while the latter is downright chilling.
* EvilOldFolks: [[spoiler:Porky]], at least physically.
* EvilReactionary: All of [[spoiler:New Pork City and King P's Playroom]] is this. Heck, you can argue that ''all'' of Tazmily Village is this as well after the [[TimeSkip time skip.]]
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Two, actually: Thunder Tower (A.K.A. [[PeaceAndLoveIncorporated The Tower of Love and Peace]]) and the [[spoiler:Empire Porky Building.]]
** The [[spoiler:Empire Porky Building]] has some interesting floors, and can be considered a BigLabyrinthineBuilding once you reach them:
*** The [[RoyalHarem Fan]] Room. There are no enemies here, unlike the other dungeon floors, but some of the dialogue from the NPC's here may make some players feel [[BrainBleach squeamish.]]
**** The quirky, like this game isn't enough, [[ToiletHumour "all-you-can-pee"]] dungeon floor. [[PottyEmergency Potty Emergencies]] can happen here from your fellow NPC's, understandably enough that this game, even the series, [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]] on.
***** The [[ConstructionZoneCalamity construction zone]] floor. Why this floor is in the middle of all the other ones is beyond anyone's understanding. Oddly enough, you can sense that this floor has the [[FridgeBrilliance same kind of symbolic meaning as the title]], what with the concrete and lumber and all.
****** The [[MadScientistLaboratory high-tech lab.]]
* [[spoiler:EvilTwin:]] Subverted. Cruelly, ''cruelly'' subverted.
* [[spoiler:EvilWillFail: The BigBad's untimely defeat supports this.]]
* ExpositionBreak: You're given one by [[spoiler:Leder]] near the end of the game. [[AwfulTruth To call it boring would hardly be appropriate]].
* ExtraTurn: Should you succeed in sneaking up on an enemy, or if Duster is in your party and you get lucky, you're rewarded with one of these.
* EyeAwaken: [[spoiler:The Ultimate Chimera]].
* EyeObscuringHat: Flint's cowboy hat.
** Technically, [[NonIndicativeName the Masked Man does not wear a mask]], just a helmet that covers most of his face.
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Deftly subverted. Throughout the entire game, [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen we have no indication as to what the Big Bad looks like, other than the fact that he's]] [[spoiler:Porky]] from the [[Videogame/EarthBound previous game]]. Come the final chapter, and we're taken to New Pork City, and his face is absolutely everywhere. He still looks exactly the same as he always did, like a less-than-intelligent but still normal pre-teen kid. Then, you confront him, and this is actually the case; he hasn't changed a bit since the final battle with Ness. [[spoiler:Psych! ActuallyADoombot! Turns out, Porky ''has'' changed appearance since his blonde bowlcutted days. [[BodyHorror Oh boy, has he changed]]...]]
** Also subverted with [[spoiler:The Masked Man]], though much differently. [[TearJerker And far crueler]].
* FaceHeelTurn: Though the actual turn isn't seen in-game, [[spoiler:Fassad was once Locria, one of the seven Magypsies who betrayed them to work with the Pigmask Army]]. Later, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Claus]] has one of these, although this was against his will. And then there's [[spoiler:Dr. Andonuts]] from the previous game, though that was also against his will and [[spoiler:he gets his revenge in the end.]]
** [[spoiler:Isaac]] becomes a Pigmask in Chapter 8. Although he doesn't do anything evil, he says he'd have to be your enemy if you did anything to oppose [[spoiler:Porky.]]
* FacelessGoons: The Pigmasks. Slightly {{deconstruct|ion}}ed in Chapter Seven, when [[spoiler:the injured Pigmask on Lydia's bed is seen without his mask after Lydia's Needle is pulled, and turns out to be a fairly nice regular guy who even volunteers to look after Lydia's rabbits, and urges that Lucas and his party get a move on.]] Also in Chapter 8, when a Pigmask in full uniform and face-concealing helmet, if spoken to, [[spoiler:identifies himself as Isaac, having just recently joined the Pigmask Army.]]
* FaceMonsterTurn: [[spoiler:The Masked Man]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Pokey will force you to play a series of competitive challenges against his pathetically inept Pokey-bots during the ascent through the Empire Porky Building. The only way to progress is to give a 90-99% percent effort and lose by a hair or else Pokey will get mad and accuse you of cheating (win a game) or losing on purpose without trying (don't do anything at all).
* FairyBattle: The Walking Bushie.
* FakeBand: D.C.M.C.
* FakeDifficulty: Mildly. For almost every random battle music (and even some boss battle music) with regular beats (for the purpose of combos), there's a remix where the beginning sounds the same, but partway through the music there is sped up/slowed down/skipped in almost random places just to trip you up.
* FakeMemories: [[spoiler:Nobody in Tazmily Village other than Leder know of its true origins]].
* [[spoiler:FalseUtopia]]: [[spoiler:Tazmily Village is this.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Even though ''MOTHER 3'' isn't really aimed at kids per say, but [[spoiler:how Hinawa's and Claus' death was treated can be quite mature to a child audience.]]
* FanDisservice: [[NoBiologicalSex The Magypsies]] live and breathe this trope.
* FanFare: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyeCgErLo4k Bum ba-bum bum bum bum bum, bum ba-bum bum bum....]]
* {{Fanservice}}: In a Hot Spring, you can find Kumatora bathing nude. [[spoiler:Psych! It was actually the back of Ionia's head.]] Later you find her taking a shower, but hilariously enough she opens the bathroom door fully clothed the instant Lucas gets close.
* FantasticRankSystem[=/=]CustomUniform: The Pigmask Army has a small ranking system that you meet throughout the whole game:
** AquaticMook: The Navy SQUEAL's surround the underwater area of Cerulean Beach.
** {{Mooks}}: Regular ol' Pigmasks in pink uniforms.
** EliteMooks: Both the Pigmask Captain and Pigmask Major can qualify as this. The Captain shines a blue uniform while the Major enrobes in a green uniform.
** MookLieutenant: The Pigmask Colonel who dons a cape in a white uniform.
** KingMook: The Pork Trooper, also called the "Scary Womanizing Pigmask", has his uniform that would be classified as a HeavilyArmoredMook.
* [[DubNameChange Fan Translation Name Change]]: Yokuba to Fassad, "Yoshikoshi" to "Violet", "Tamekichi"/"Umemaro" to "Lucky"/"Gorgeous". Hinawa was almost changed to Amber to retain the ThemeNaming with Flint, but was ultimately left as Hinawa.
* FarmBoy: Lucas, his father being a shepherd.
* FatAndSkinny: Bud and Lou, as well as Neckbeard and Skinhead.
* FateWorseThanDeath: It honestly doesn't get much worse than [[spoiler:being trapped in a tiny capsule, completely alone, with absolutely no way of getting out [[WhoWantsToLiveForever for all of eternity]].]]
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler:The Masked Man]].
* [[spoiler:[[FightingYourFriend Fighting Your Brother]]]]
* FightWoosh
* FigureItOutYourself: Basically Wess's advise to Duster on how to be a good thief. [[ForegoneConclusion It backfires]].
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:Porky Minch]]. See also PostFinalBoss below.
* FinalFirstHug: [[spoiler:Claus, fatally wounded by his own lightning, stumbles towards Lucas and hugs him for the last time.]]
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: [[spoiler:[[TearJerker Hinawa's death]], which signals the first big turn in the plot, as well as the first big {{Mood Whiplash}}.]]
* FirstTown: Tazmily Village.
* FirstLawOfTragicomedies: ''MOTHER 3'' takes a drastic turn for drama during the final hours of the game, where nearly all silliness is dropped. It can also be argued that this happens in the first Chapter as well. Other than that, the game is fairly silly and comedic.
* FissionMailed: Let's just say that TheEnd is not the end.
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: King P[[spoiler:orky.]]
** TheDragon: Fassad [[spoiler:(temporarily).]]
** TheBrute: The Fierce Pork Trooper.
** TheEvilGenius: The higher-ranking Pigmasks. Fassad counts as well.
** TheDarkChick: Lil' Miss Marshmallow.
** SixthRanger: [[spoiler:Dr. Andonuts and The Masked Man (aka Claus).]]
* FlashbackStares: Happens to Lucas at certain times.
* FlavorText: The battle memory is chock full of it.
* FlowerMotifs: Sunflowers.
* FluffyTheTerrible: "[[SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids Lil' Miss Marshmallow.]]"
* FlunkyBoss: The Jealous Bass.
* FlushingEdgeInteractivity: Surprisingly averted. Chapter 8 has a whole toilet dungeon, but none of the toilets there can be flushed.
* FlyingCar: The limo in the beginning of Chapter 8.
* FoodChainOfEvil: If you get into a fight with a dung beetle and a sand lizard at the same time, the lizard might eat the beetle to recover health.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Claus and Lucas, respectively.
* ForcedIntoEvil:[[spoiler:[[BrainwashedAndCrazy The Masked Man]]]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Tons of it, if you know where to look.
* ForcedLevelGrinding: The Barrier Trio and the Masked Man can easily be ThatOneBoss for any player... unless you learn PSI Shield Omega (for the former) and Lifeup Omega and PK Ground (for the latter), after which their difficulty is immediately slashed.
** If you don't grind on Dung Beetles at the beginning of Chapter Three, [[JokeCharacter Salsa]] will get decimated later on.
* {{Forgiveness}}: [[spoiler:What makes Claus's final words even more tragic. All he asks for is for his brother to forgive his wrongdoings.]]
* ForTheEvulz: [[spoiler:Porky's ultimate motivation was that he wanted entertainment.]]
* FragileSpeedster: Both Boney and Salsa. Makes sense, since they're animals and all.
* FreeRangeChildren: Like the rest of the series, though it makes more sense this time around since Lucas [[spoiler:doesn't really have anybody to look after him]] and the rest of the party is older.
* FrogsAndToads: *hop* [[SavePoint Save your game?]]
* FullBoarAction: Several enemies. In the words of the Agitated Boar's description, "Calm boars don't deserve to be called boars!"
* FunetikAksent: See WhatTheHellIsThatAccent.
* FunnyAfro: Lucky from the DCMC. He's actually Duster wearing a wig.
** Matt, Tazmily's reputed town drunk, has one too.
* GagNose: The Mr. Saturns have amazingly bulbous noses.
* GaiasLament: [[spoiler:Due to war and pollution, nature died and civilization collapsed. A large group of survivors then constructed a ship to the last part of the world that had not been corrupted, the Nowhere Islands, and brainwashed themselves to not know what modern technology was so they could preserve nature and themselves, starting Tazmily Village. When the Pigmasks took full charge, though, their efforts were ruined, and the islands were twisted into a mess of machinery and modern infrastructure. Either way, Lucas changes it in the ending when he pulls the last Needle... Maybe.]]
* GaiasVengeance: What can be inferred as to what happened [[spoiler:in the first apocalypse before the Nowhere Islands were found.]]
* GainaxEnding: ''SO MUCH''.
* GameBreakingBug: Chapter 5, Thunder Tower. There is a save frog who is susceptible to trap you in the scenery, rendering the save file useless. [[AvertedTrope Thankfully averted]] with a Walk Through Walls cheat code (0200C492:FFFF, you're welcome).
* GasMaskMooks: The Pigmasks, used to make them resemble pigs. Despite their helmets, they are susceptible to crying, which is only caused from light flashes or eye contamination.
* GenericDoomsDayVillain: Subverted, '''big''' time. [[spoiler:Porky]] may want to destroy the world, but he is hardly what one may call generic. On top of being three-dimensional, supported by a backstory and very entertaining ([[HateSink One way]] or [[LoveToHate another]]), he actually has a reason for destroying the world: [[ForTheEvuls He's bored]], and since he can't die, he's amused by the world's destruction the same way a child may be entertained by burning an ant on the sidewalk.
* GenericistGovernment: We really don't know what kind of system the Pigmask Army governs. Capitalism? Dictatorship? Fascism? Totalitarianism? Is there even a government established? We may never know for sure.
* GenreDeconstruction: It's ''MOTHER''. It deconstructs the Japanese RPG genre; no surprise there. However, this game goes even further than its predecessors. Look no further than how the concept of [[GlobalCurrency currency]] is introduced for a singular example.
* GhostTown: [[spoiler:Tazmily, eventually]].
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Several bosses.
* GirlyRun: Kumatora, [[TomBoy rather unfittingly]].
** Ionia, during the short amount of time that she's a GuestStarPartyMember.
* GlobalCurrency: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as the adventure never leaves the Nowhere Islands.
** GlobalCurrencyException: The first three chapters have no money at all, since there is no such thing at the time.
* GluttonousPig: ''[[NauseaFuel Double-chocolate fried pork chips]]''.
* GoldenSnitch: Parodied in the Empire Porky Building, where you have to play a series of minigames against a robotic version of the BigBad. The final game is apparently worth enough to win, but the point is moot since you're supposed to lose.
* {{Golem}}: The Claymen.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Yes, the Absolutely Safe Capsule will keep you absolutely safe from harm. Nothing can get in it, and nothing can get out of it. Nothing can hurt you, not even yourself. [[AndIMustScream Ever]].
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Gold is good - Sunflowers, Lucas's hair, the seven needles.
* GoodIsNotNice: [[GrumpyOldMan Old Man Wess]].
* GoodMorningCrono
* GoodNewsBadNews: The first big MoodWhiplash of the game. See BadNewsIrrelevantNews.
* GoodIsOldFashioned: Lucas and his family, post TimeSkip.
* GoodParents: Hinawa, absolutely. [[spoiler:Flint, on the other hand, may or may not be classified as one. This could depend on his actions throughout the whole game to the player.]]
** From what little we saw, we can easily assume Flint ''was'' a very good father. [[spoiler:His grief from losing his wife and oldest son just left him... well, broken]].
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: PG-Rated example. Many adult occupants of Tazmily village are married, [[HappilyMarried happy to be so]], remain faithful, and have children. [[spoiler:Porky]], on the other hand, has his "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Fans]]" to keep him company.
* GossipyHens: The three women that can be found in the town center.
* GottaCatchThemAll: Getting all of the enemies' front and back sprites.
* GrapplingHookPistol: Rope Snake is a living example. He has a weight limit, and ends up losing his grip several times through the story.
* GrandFinale: And ''how!'' It's no coincidence that the credits song, "16 Melodies", is a medley of the three main themes of the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series ([[VideoGame/{{MOTHER 1}} Eight Melodies]], [[VideoGame/{{EarthBound}} Smiles and Tears]], and [[VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}} Love Theme]]).
* GratuitousEnglish: "Welcome to MOTHER 3 world" in the original Japanese.
* GraveHumor: The Sunset Cemetery provides a lot of groaners if you check the headstones.
* GreenAesop: [[{{Anvilicious}} It's hardly subtle]], [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped but it still works]].
* GrumpyOldMan: Wess. [[AbusiveParents He often takes it out on his son]].
* GuestStarPartyMember: During the first three chapters, there are various "guest" party members that can (sometimes) help out in battle. Most of them aren't very useful, but Wess certainly fits this trope, and [[spoiler:Fassad]] in Chapter 3 is far more powerful than the main character at that point (which isn't saying a lot, so he's essential to have in battle).
* GuideDangIt: Done to [[TropesAreNotBad great effect]] with [[spoiler:the Magypsy mementos. The game gives no indication that they will automatically revive you if you die, and realizing it by yourself can be a Tear Jerker and[=/=]or a Heartwarming Moment.]]
** There's also no indication anywhere in the game that revisiting Osohe Castle in Chapter 5, to fight a BonusBoss, will yield any kind of reward.
** Completing the Battle Memory involves [[spoiler:fighting the Zombieshroom before eating the mushrooms, even though you'll be guaranteed a Game Over. Fighting him after eating the mushrooms doesn't count. Interestingly, the Zombieshroom becomes skippable after eating the mushrooms...but if you want the Eerie Smile entry, only one particular enemy will give you it. Of course, it's the Zombieshroom. And then the Zombieshroom disappears after you're cured from the mushrooms, so you can't skip it and come back when you actually stand a chance and aren't on a massive drug trip.]]
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* HandicappedBadass: Duster has a permanent bad limp, but he can still handle himself in a fight extremely well.
* HangingOurClothesToDry: After Lucas and Claus are rescued from the river.
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:Kumatora lost both her parents as a baby, so the Magypsies took her in.]]
* HappilyMarried: Flint and Hinawa, without a doubt. Which is impressive, since we only see them interact face-to-face ''once'', and that was in a flashback. [[spoiler:[[TheLostLenore Sadly]]...]]
** Pretty much every single couple in Tazmily seems to be this, in fact, if you analyze the dialogue closely.
* HarmfulToMinors: The Game.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Lucas is a rare male variant.
** BlondesAreEvil: Interestingly enough, both the hero and villain of this game are, or at least were, blonde.
* [[spoiler:HappyEndingOverride]]: This entire game essentially serves as one for Videogame/EarthBound.
* HappyRain: Played With in Chapter 1. The start of the rain coincides with Lighter reuniting with his son, which is a somber, but happy, moment. As Tessie points out, the rain is also a good thing because it will help put out the forest fire. However, several other things happen during the same rainstorm that are [[TearJerker less than happy]].
* HauntedCastle: Osohe Castle.
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: Master Eddy, and the Almost-Mecha Lion. Defeating the latter is extremely difficult, considering you've only got two party members. If you do, all that happens is it gets back up in the cutscene afterwards. You do get a nice pile of experience, though, so it's not totally pointless to try to win.
* HealingSpring: In the form of hot springs throughout the whole game.
** ''MOTHER 3'' also goes as far as including a hot spring in a present box, being the second-to-last spring in the entire game.
* HeartBeatDown: PK Love!
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: When you put an enemy to sleep, you can hear its heartbeat. Knowing said heartbeat will help immensely when using the SoundBattle mechanic.
* HeartBrokenBadass: Flint, [[spoiler:after losing his wife and being separated from his son.]]
* HeartwarmingOrphan: [[spoiler:Lucas]], though his father is [[ParentalAbandonment technically]] still alive, does by all intents and purposes fulfill this role. He still ''does'' things to earn his likability, though.
* HeavySleeper: Duster.
* HeelRealization: One of the Pigmasks in Thunder Tower apparently had one of these when visiting Tazmily a day or so prior to speaking to him, having seen how charred the place was from all the Thunder Tower attacks.
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits
* HeliCritter: The Really Flying Mouse.
* HelloInsertNameHere
* HelpfulMook: The Walking Bushie constantly heals you until either you're fully healed or you K.O. it.
* HeroesLoveDogs: Wouldn't be a Mother game without this trope in place.
* HeroesWantRedheads: One of the heroes wants Kumatora, [[FanPreferredcouple at least according to the fans]].
* HeroicBSOD: Flint, twice. [[spoiler:First when he finds out his wife has been killed (Which lasts ''three years'' before he breaks out of it), and second when he finds out the identity of the Masked Man.]]
* HeroicDog: Good ol' Boney.
* HeroicMime: Played with even more than in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'': the role of protagonist is shuffled around between characters [[spoiler:before the TimeSkip]], and whoever holds it at the moment is silent, but these characters are perfectly talkative when someone else is in the lead. (The exception is Salsa, who never talks at all. Granted, he's a monkey).
** One scene, at the start of Duster's chapter, is a repeat of the same scene in Flint's chapter, except Flint talks at the end, symbolizing the role of Player Character moving to Duster, who doesn't talk for the rest of the chapter.
* HeroicSacrifice: Bronson speculates that [[spoiler:Hinawa risked her life to protect Lucas and Claus from the Mecha-Drago.]] Also, [[spoiler:during the last battle, Flint jumps out to protect Lucas from a PK Love Ω.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSuicide]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Everybody in the main party. It seems all they've got is each other, and the occasional friendly animal.
* HiddenDepths: Who knew Duster [[spoiler:was so good on the bass?]]
** Kumatora, of all people, has a soft spot for the magypsies, though we don't know why for a while. As it turns out, [[spoiler:they were her adoptive parents]].
* HiddenElfVillage: Saturn Valley. [[VerbalTic Zoom!]]
* HijackedByGanon: Sort of. The villain turns out to be [[spoiler:Pokey (Porky) from ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'']].
* HollywoodDarkness: Lampshaded in Club Titiboo, when it experiences what is described as "a pitiful excuse for a blackout".
* HotSpringsEpisode: They're this game's equivalent of a TraumaInn, so there's inevitably going to be a couple. For a straighter example, there's the part where Lucas learns PSI for the first time.
* HowlOfSorrow: When Boney finds a piece of [[spoiler:Hinawa's]] dress.
* HPToOne: The New Year's Eve Bomb (which is one of two ways to defeat a certain BonusBoss [[note]]you can use PK Flash, but it will be harder unless you get lucky[[/note]]) has this effect.
* HumanAliens: The Magypsies, [[AmbiguousSpecies maybe]].
** [[TheyWalkAmongUs They Live Among Us]]
* HumanLadder: The Mr. Saturns do this for fun in their spare time.
* HumansAreBastards: In interviews, scriptwriter Shigesato Itoi has said that [[spoiler:Porky Minch]] is a representation of mankind. [[HobbesWasRight Ouch.]]
** {{Humans Are Flawed}}: However, the game does feature Hinawa and Lucas (who are both human), who are nowhere near the bastards [[spoiler:Porky]] and Fassad (who [[spoiler:is a Magypsy]]) are. Even in the case of Tazmily being influenced by the Pigmasks, it's arguable that it's just as much that several of them are ignorant from years of [[spoiler:living in a controlled environment {{After The End}}]] as it is that they are inherently morally questionable by virtue of being human.
** Despite this lingering fact, there still seems to be a RousseauWasRight theme in there, just like all of the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' games.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Alec sure enjoys his vine puns, doesn't he?
* HurtingHero: [[UpToEleven That'd be grossly understating it]]...
* HyperactiveMetabolism: It's ''VideoGae/{{MOTHER}}'', it uses this trope like a form of art.
* IAmSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_125V1bxoc I Am]] [[spoiler:[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_125V1bxoc Porky]]]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler:Once Miracle Fassad is backed into a corner, he reveals he's a PSI user.]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler:The Masked Man]].
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Lucas is blonde, Claus is a redhead.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Both played straight and inverted with the tower the Pigmasks built: to the public, its [[PeaceAndLoveIncorporated The Tower of Peace and Love]], to the Pigmasks, it's Thunder Tower.
* IdleAnimation
* IgnoranceIsBliss: This may be the reason as to why the [[spoiler:Tazmily villagers wiped out their memories before settling on the Nowhere Islands. This comes back to bite them later on.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:The final battle. Did we mention "TearJerker" yet?]]
* ILetGwenStacyDie: One can argue that Lucas blames himself for [[spoiler:his brother's]] death, since he turned down the offer to leave with him on the journey that killed him. Same goes for Flint and [[spoiler:Hinawa]].
* IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou: See SuspiciouslySpecificDenial.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacguffin: A very rare inversion: [[spoiler:the Magypsies will ''never'' die unless somebody takes their MacGuffin]].
* [[spoiler:ImpersonatingTheEvilTwin]]: Not on purpose, though.
* [[spoiler:IMissMom]]
* ImmortalImmaturity: [[spoiler:Porky Minch]], rendered immortal due to time travel abuse, fits the PsychopathicManchild trope to a T.
* ImprobableParkingSkills: The Pigmask who take you to the Thunder Tower.
-->''That was some pretty sweet piloting, if I do say so myself.''
* ImprobableWeaponUser: [[KillerYoyo Yo-yos]], lumber, banana peels -- Duster uses giant staples, a loud insect, a feather, and other "thief tools" to supplement kicking with a crippled leg.
** Since Boney only gets one relatively weak weapon at the very end of the game, one could argue that his ''collars'' are his weapons, since some of them increase offense.
** Duster's weapons are ''shoes'' and he attacks by kicking. His disability is a [[IncrediblyLamePun club foot]], yet he is not hindered by his crippled leg because that is how god-tier {{Badass}} he is.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Arguably, Lucas. [[CrapSackWorld He kinda needs it]].
** A more definite example would be his mother, Hinawa.
* [[InexplicableTreasureChests Inexplicable Wrapped Gifts]]
* InfoDump: [[spoiler:Leder's final purpose.]]
* InformedEquipment: Somewhat justified, as most of the armor and equipment you'll find are badges, charms, rings, bracelets, and other kinds of accessories which would be too small to be visible on the over-world sprites. Played straight with the much less common shirt and hat accessories.
* InHarmonyWithNature: Tazmily Village.
* InnocentAliens: The Mr. Saturns, [[VerbalTic zoom]]!
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Indirectly made by [[spoiler:Porky. He brainwashes the people of Tazmily to love and obediently follow him while his single motivation is to slay all the people that do not "genuinely" like him.]] See IJustWantToBeLoved.
* InstantMessengerPigeon: These were standard in Tazmily before [[spoiler:Porky took over]].
* InsultBackfire: A variant where the insult isn't taken as a compliment, but is being told at the worst possible time.
-->'''[[spoiler:Fassad]]:''' ''[[MagnificentBastard Oh, did you call for me? I happen to be that screwed-up, cheap bastard you speak of]].
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: [[ParodiedTrope It's more of a parody than anything when you come across this when trying to leave Argilla Pass in the prologue. This is just one example of the quirky humor in this game.]]
-->''"There are ants at your feet. You might accidentally step on them, so please don't continue in that direction."''
* IntellectualAnimal: Quite a lot of them, but especially Boney. [[FridgeHorror It actually makes Porky's plans seem a lot more sinister the more you think about it]].
* InterfaceScrew: If you win/leave a battle with one or more party member affected by Feeling Strange, your walking controls will be reversed for a short time.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Lucas forges this with Kumatora and Duster. (Especially Duster, who might be in his thirties).
** This could be said of most of the people early on in the game due to the tight knit community that they had.
* [[spoiler:InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn]]
* InTheStyleOf: Oddly enough, this game is sort of ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'', ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', and ''Literature/AnimalFarm''.
* InvoluntaryGroupSplit: At the end of Chapter 5, when the entire party [[spoiler:plummets from a flying ship]].
* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: One possible moral to the story of this game. It may explain why what happened happened before the game and what became of after the game.
** [[spoiler:Porky mentions this in the first confrontation about the Tazmily villagers.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Porky:''']] ''"No matter how much you change the rules, no matter how much you refuse to admit defeat, in the end, the creatures known as "people" will always sign their own death warrant by [[HumansAreBastards acting out of stupidity and evil."]]''
* IronicNickname[=/=]PeaceAndLoveIncorporated: Tower of Peace and Love: STAY AWAY!
* ItAmusedMe: [[spoiler: Ultimately, Porky's motive was that he was bored.]]
** Also the ghosts in Osohe Castle. Not very scary at first, the former residence of Osohe Castle. But then when you [[spoiler:talk to Leder, you realize that they are the ghosts of the people that once lived on the island but seemed to have died out long before the white ship appeared. They could possibly the ancestors of the Magypsies as well.]]
* ItemCaddy: Boney. While he's not especially powerful, his high speed stat helps a lot when using things like shield killers and bombs.
* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler:'''Porky'''. '''Minch'''.]]
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere[=/=]TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:The Empire Porky Building.]] Then you fall down a shaft/elevator for what seems like forever and descend a long staircase to get to [[spoiler:Porky, The Masked Man, and the final Needle.]]
* ItIsDehumanizing: How [[spoiler:Porky]] refers to the Masked Man, the commander of his army. [[spoiler: Who turns out to be Claus, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy completely stripped of his memories]] and [[TheHeartless emotions]].]]
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: While Lucas isn't neccessarily nameddropped the Chosen one, [[spoiler: the fact that he's the only person (besides the Masked Man) who can use PK Love and pull the 7 needles to awaken the dragon as was Prophesized hints at it. And the Magypsies flat out point out that fact too. As such, Lucas definitely fits this trope, given all the traumatizing things that happen to him as he goes on his journey.]]
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: [[spoiler:Porky]], though it's more along the lines of "I Will Not Let Anybody Not Be My Friend [[ItsAllAboutMe Or Else]]".
** Played straighter, though, in his relationship with [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Ness]].
* JailBake: Flint is locked up in prison at one point, so his son Claus sneaks him a nail file disguised in... an apple.
* {{Jerkass}}: Fassad. Additionally, quite a few people from Tazmily become rude to Lucas and his friends as the town becomes [[spoiler:more and more modernized and corrupted.]]
** And, of course, [[spoiler:Porky]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Downplayed with Kumatora. She's not a jerk, per say, just brash, short-tempered, and a [[SirSwearsALot bit of a potty mouth]]. Regardless, she's still got her heart in the right place.
** Old Man Wess is more of a straight example. He does care about his son, he just ''really'' sucks at showing it.
* JetPack: The Masked Man. Oddly enough, he also has a pair of wings.
* JokeCharacter: Salsa is sort of a Deconstruction: He has terrible attack power, unimpressive stats, and only a few decent special abilities, but he goes through so much abuse at the hands of Fassad you can't ''not'' root for the poor guy.
* JokeItem: [[BrickJoke The Doorknob]].
* JustAMachine: [[spoiler:Porky believes that the Masked Man is nothing more than his robot slave and has no humanity left in him.]]
* JustifiedSavePoint: The save frogs want to record your memories for you, just in case you forget them.
* KarmicTwistEnding: Can be seen as this.
* KidsAreCruel: Subverted with [[spoiler:Porky.]] He may be physically hundreds or thousands of years old, but he still has the mind of a thirteen-year-old. Had it not been for that, he would probably be one of the greatest examples of this trope.
* KaizoTrap: Some enemies [[MadeOfExplodium explode]] upon being defeated, which can take down multiple party members if you aren't careful.
* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: The Parental Kangashark enemies are chimeras that are, as the name implies, crosses between kangaroos and hammerhead sharks. They come complete with wall-eyed babies in their pouches.
* KarmicDeath: Fassad gets what he deserves from the main characters.
* KickTheDog: Fassad forces Salsa the Monkey into slavery and takes every opportunity to abuse him with an electric shock collar.
* KidHero: But of course.
* KidsPreferBoxes: Isaac seems to be more interested in the cardboard his Happy Box came in rather than the actual thing, at least at first.
* KillerYoyo: The Friend's Yo-Yo. [[CallBack Three guesses who it used to belong to]].
* TheLadette: Kumatora has this sort of personality and attitude, though she does not exhibit any of the behavior commonly associated with it other than swearing.
* KitchenSinkIncluded: Lord Passion is a ghost who has the ability to hurtle various objects in your direction. Inevitably, this joke ends up being used.
* [[SirSwearsALot Lady Swears-a-Lot]]: Although what profanity there is in the fan translation isn't very strong, most of it comes courtesy of [[TomboyPrincess Kumatora]]. Lighter qualifies too to some extent.
* LaserBlade: The Masked Man's sword is probably one of these. As a bonus, it can fire bolts of lightning.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Happens to Duster post-TimeSkip.]]
** [[spoiler:The Egg of Light is an artifact capable of inducing and reversing this. Incidentally, it's how Duster's aforementioned amnesia is cured.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Fassad treats Salsa the monkey like a personal slave and abuses him with an electric shock collar at every given opportunity no matter how well he carries out Fassad's orders. Fassad gets what he deserves by falling 10,000 feet from slipping on a banana peel, being revived as a human/machine hybrid, and being killed off for good in the sewers of New Pork City. [[spoiler: Exploring the Empire Porky Building reveals that Fassad was Locria, the 7th Magypsy and keeper of the final needle, essentially marking him as a traitor.]]
* LastDiscMagic: PK Ground, the last PSI move Kumatora learns, is arguably one of the most [[GameBreaker gamebeaking]] moves in the entire series.
* LastDitchMove: If you want to survive the battle with [[WakeUpCallBoss the Mecha-Drago]], you ''must'' have at least sixty hit points at the end of the battle, or his final move ''will'' take you down before he does.
* LastNoteNightmare: Both "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOIej1AMqIQ A Railway in Our Village?]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-P1HnqR8wE Happy Town?]]". Appropriate, considering the UncannyAtmosphere of their situations.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' contains many spoilers for the game, including no less than ''five'' major plot points.
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:Porky, when he realizes what will happen when the Masked Man pulls the last needle]].
--> "''[[spoiler: If the dragon wakes up, it might end up destroying everything and extinguishing all life. [[OmnicidalManiac Even so]] ............[[DrunkWithPower ahaha aha ahahahahahaha]]]]''!!"
* LEGOGenetics: Chimeras are given this treatment.
* {{Leitmotif}}[=/=]RecurringRiff: Many, but most notably the militaristic-yet-juvenile Pigmask Anthem and the poignant Love Theme.
* LesCollaborateurs: When you explore the Empire Porky Building, you'll find a Shell House belonging to the missing 7th Magypsy, Locria. [[spoiler: Locria is Fassad.]]
* LethalJokeCharacter: [[spoiler:[[OhCrap The Men's Room Sign tried PK Starstorm!]]]]
* LethalJokeItem: The Honey Shower usually just summons a swarm of bees, which don't do very much. Once in a while, though, [[BearsAreBadNews a bear will show up]].
* LetsMeetTheMeat: In [[spoiler:the Good People Spa, you can find a cow in a tube. He says he will make a wonderful steak for Master Porky.]]
* LetsPlay: There [[http://www.gameanyone.com/game/GBA/9043.html are a]] [[http://lparchive.org/Mother-3/ couple of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUxwSyVttF0 entertaining]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0muQ0yvQL0 ones.]]
* LetsSplitUpGang: Not done intentionally, but forces conspire to separate Lucas and Boney from Duster and Kumatora in Chapter 7. They find Kumatora safe with a Magypsy, and Duster ends up with the Mr. Saturns. [[spoiler:Which would be fine and dandy if they weren't being attacked by the Pigmasks.]]
** This also happens on a small scale when the group need to search for a jar of pickles. They go their separate ways in the immediate area, rather than sticking to the usual AllInARow setup.
* LetTheBullyWin: The only way to pass the "competition" against the Porkybots in the Empire Porky Building is to lose, as the entire thing is organized just to [[EvilIsPetty stroke]] [[spoiler:[[EvilIsPetty Porky's]]]] [[EvilIsPetty ego]].
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential If you feel like it]], you can make Salsa fail the special dance that opens the Osohe Castle doors, resulting in this trope.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: [[EstablishingCharacterMoment How Kumatora is introduced]], though she is thankfully stopped before it happens.
* LightEmUp: PK FLASH!
* LightningCanDoAnything: Lucas realizes PK Flash after being struck by a random bolt of lightning inside Thunder Tower. And Kumatora learns PK Starstorm after Ionia strikes her with Lightning using PSI.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The Deluxe Box, which contains the game, a special edition red Game Boy Micro, and a replica of the Franklin Badge. Naturally, these go for ridiculous prices on auction websites.
* LimitedWardrobe
* LiteralGenie: The Absolutely Safe capsule is a [[FateWorseThanDeath particularly horrifying]] example. True, [[spoiler:it will protect whoever is inside it from absolutely anything, but it will also protect everything ''else'' from ''them''. As a result, when Porky crawls into it when he believes his luck is running out, neither he nor the good guys can do any harm to each other]]. That's not the worst part, though. The worst part is that [[spoiler:its safety cannot be compromised. Once it's been sealed shut it will ''never'' open again, and since it cannot be destroyed by anything in the universe, whoever is inside it will ''never'' get out]].
* LiveItem: If you carry a Fresh Egg with you for too long, it will hatch into a Chick and grow to a Chicken. You can sell the Chicken for a good sum, making them good VendorTrash.
* LivingOnBorrowedTime: Implied to be the case with [[spoiler:The Masked Man]]. Either this, or [[WeCanRebuildHim being saved from the verge of death via machinery]].
* LivingStatue: [[spoiler:The King Statue]].
* LoadBearingBoss: Mr. Genetor causes the Thunder Tower to fall apart when you defeat him.
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:When your twin brother goes missing and you spend the good part of three years mourning his loss, having him [[BrainWashedAndCrazy be forced against his will to try and kill you]] is definitely not a nice way to reunite.]]
* LookWhatICanDoNow
* LostForever: If you don't go all the way back to Tazmily and fight [[BonusBoss Lord Passion]] during Chapter Five, say goodbye to Duster's DiscOneNuke weapon forever.
* LostInTranslation: The fan translation, though quite thorough and professional, loses two {{Punny Name}}s that don't translate well into English; Salsa ("saru", Japanese for monkey, and "salsa") and the Oh-So-Snake ("Osohe" and "hebi", meaning snake).
* [[spoiler:TheLostLenore]]: After [[spoiler:Hinawa]] is tragically killed, [[spoiler:Flint]]... doesn't exactly recover. Maybe he'd have taken it better, if not for the fact that [[spoiler:his son went missing]] ''[[DeusAngstMachina less than a day later]]''.
* TheLostWoods: The Sunshine Forest.
* LovableCoward: Lucas, pre-CharacterDevelopment.
* LowCultureHighTech
* MacGuffin: The Seven Needles.
** EggMacGuffin: The Egg of Light.
** To a rather lesser extent, there's also the Courage Badge. [[spoiler:It turns out to be [[VideoGame/{{Earthbound}} the Franklin Badge.]] And if you take the appearances of the Franklin Badge in previous games to heart, this could be a series-wide ChekhovsGun.]]
* MachiavelliWasWrong
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: [[spoiler:Porky.]]
* MagicIsRareHealthIsCheap: Magic Tarts and Puddings are rare as they ever were, but thankfully, this only really affects Lucas and Kumatora. Boney is an ItemCaddy, and Duster (as well as {{Guest Star Party Member}}s Flint and Salsa) can use skills infinitely with no restrictions. Early game, you can even get lots of HP restoring items for free, [[spoiler: since the citizens of Tazmily don't know what money is yet.]]
* MamaBear: [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome The scene at the end of Chapter 3]] when [[spoiler:the baby Drago calls his momma to flatten Fassad and his men.]]
** [[spoiler:It's implied that Hinawa actually stood up to a ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext fire-breathing robotically-enhanced tyrannosaurus rex]]'' in order to save her sons, and [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed herself in the process]].]]
** [[spoiler:And even when she's gone, she still works from ''beyond the grave'' to help them, saving Lucas's life twice.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Porky is the one controlling the Masked Man/Claus.]]
* ManlyTears: [[spoiler:Flint, when he's informed of his wife's demise]].
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Kumatora is easily the most masculine character in the main party, despite being the only girl.
* MatureAnimalStory: Kinda. Most of the main characters are all human beings, but one portion of it is seen from the perspective of a sentient monkey, and one of the main party members is a "[[SlidingScaleOfAnimalCommunication talking]]" dog. That, and animal life in general plays a very significant role in the story.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The Dark Dragon that lives beneath the Nowhere Islands. Whether or not its metaphorical is never clear, since we never actually see it.
* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler:Hinawa's funeral.]]
* MetalSlime[=/=]DiscOneNuke: Beanlings, Black Beanlings, Soot Dumplings, Bright Smiles, Top Dogfishes and more... and it's perhaps the only game to ''subvert'' it with the Mystery Metal Monkey, which gives you good experience when you beat it... [[spoiler:just not in the CharacterLevel sense.]]
* MisanthropeSupreme: [[spoiler: Porky]], '''big''' time.
* [[spoiler:MissingMom]]
* MisplacedRetribution: [[spoiler:Fassad]] blames Lucas and co. for his [[spoiler:fall off Thunder Tower]], even though it was caused by his own carelessness. For bonus points, his battle theme is called "Misplaced/Unfounded Revenge".
* MixAndMatchCritters: The Chimeras that weren't combined with machines (or otherwise made into cyborgs of some kind), which include such wonders as the Batangutan, Horsantula, and Kangashark.
* MockGuffin: The Noble Spittoon.
** Ironically, this also ends up the case for [[spoiler:the Egg of Light that Duster was supposed to find ''instead'' of the Noble Spitoon. It's meant as something to both induce and reverse LaserGuidedAmnesia, but short of curing Duster's (which happened over the course of the game), everything has already gone past the point where the Egg's memories of the world before the Nowhere Islands would've been helpful.]]
* MommasBoy: Per the course of the series, both Lucas and Claus adore their mother to pieces, and the feeling is mutual. [[spoiler:[[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest Sadly]]...]]
* MomentOfSilence: During Chapter [[spoiler:6.]]
* MonsterCompendium
* MoodWhiplash: Done ''well''.
* MookBouncer: During Chapter 2, there are enchanted brooms that will sweep up Duster and his party and send them back a few floors.
* MookChivalry: Near the end, you fight ten [[spoiler:Mecha-Porkies]], but only three of them are onscreen at any one time, in part due to the game engine's limitations. This is also done a couple other times, such as the fight against the four zombies. If you get enough enemies in the same spot, you'll only fight three at a time as well (this is easiest in the room in Thunder Tower with the five or six Whatevers).
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Ultimate Chimera. To the point where it's basically a giant scowling maw with legs.
* MouthFlaps
* MrExposition: This is [[spoiler:Leder]]'s entire purpose. [[spoiler:He was the only one ''not'' mindwiped on the "White Ship", in case of a crisis.]]
* MushroomSamba: Mixed in with some horror. After washing ashore on an island, your starving party is forced to eat some mushrooms. This results in a very bad trip. On the way to sobriety, you can look inside some mailboxes, which are not really there, and find things like "expanding darkness", "an image of yourself, crying", a rotten plate of your most cherished meal made by your mother, and you see images of your friends and family who insult and threaten you. Designer and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series mastermind Shigesato Itoi described this as his worst fear, and had to tone down the original script for this area because he was scared to read it.
** EverybodyMustGetStoned
* MusicalGameplay
* MusicalPastiche: The music when fighting the bat enemies in the first chapter starts with something that sounds very like the "Nananananananana Series/{{Batman}}" theme.
* MusicalSpoiler: [[spoiler:The Masked Man's attacks in Chapter 7 use the same "attack riff" as Claus's attacks from the prologue.]] There are many things foreshadowing that particular revelation, but only that one counts as a MusicalSpoiler. Another one that's a bit less obscure is [[spoiler:when Fassad returns with his new "horns" and they're squeaking out the sax part of the Magypsy theme.]]
** Similarly, if there's any doubt that [[spoiler:Lucky, DCMC's bassist]] is actually [[spoiler:Duster]], you may recall that [[spoiler:his attack riff is a bassline.]]
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Fassad, the Ultimate Chimera, and [[spoiler:Porky.]] Last but not least, the [[IncrediblyLamePun Dur-T Cafe]].
* {{Narm}}: {{In-universe}} example.
-->''"The Frightbot told a story so scary you couldn't help but laugh."''
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Take a guess.
* NearVillainVictory
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits The main party]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Claus.]] Presumably, this is why Flint is so adamant about continuing to search for him, even after ''three years''.
* NewGamePlus: A [[GoodBadBugs bug]] allows you to do this.
* NewMediaAreEvil: One interpretation.
* NewNeoCity / PunnyName: New Pork City.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[ButThouMust You have to]] leave the Osohe Castle gate open when you leave it. This allows the Pigmask Army to go right on in.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: The fight against [[spoiler:Porky]] would be a hopeless fight [[spoiler:if he didn't decide to switch on the Absolutely Safe Capsule.]]
** Earlier, he invites and takes you to [[spoiler:New Pork City]], the location of the final needle. A bit later, he [[spoiler:drops you down to the underground area containing it]]. Had he not done either of those things, he would probably have had the final needle to himself. It's almost as if he wanted to lose.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: Zombies come out early in Chapter 2 in the graveyard north of Tazmily Village.
* NinjaMaid: Lil' Miss Marshmallow, the robot maid who works for "King P", will get very, very angry indeed if you try to take her master's precious "Friend's Yoyo".
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: One of the few works to ''{{deconstruct|edTrope}}'' this trope. One of the music tracks is called "Tragic Reconstruction" for a reason.
* NoBiologicalSex: The Magypsies. They are immortal, after all.
* NobodyPoops: Like in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'', [[AvertedTrope averted]], and how! Toilets (and people using them) are everywhere. There's even a dungeon made of them [[spoiler:in the Empire Porky Building]], and you can find many Pigmasks doing their "business" there. [[spoiler:Beware the [[LethalJokeCharacter PK Starstorm-using Men's Room Signs]], though!]]
** One small cutscene features Pigmasks having a conversation that revolves entirely around what to use the hooks in the bathroom for.
** Not only the Pigmasks use the bathrooms, but [[spoiler:the Ultimate Chimera]] does too. [[spoiler:All those Pigmasks it ate have to come out sometime. He doesn't take it kindly if you disturb him on loo. The worst part is that you '''need''' to piss him off if you want to get the treasure chest inside the Ultimate Chimera's bathroom stall.]]
* NoEnding: No matter what way you look at it, in terms of literary devices,''MOTHER 3'' seems to be lacking a resolution. However, Itoi would rather let the player imagine the ending instead.
* NoImmortalInertia: The protective vines around [[TheUnPronounceable Chupichupoyoi]] Temple.
* NominalImportance: [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] Minor characters are given names, many of them {{shout out}}s to famous people, such as Bronson, Paul and Linda.
** Don't forget Nichol and Richie.
*** And of course, [[AbbottAndCostello Bud and Lou.]]
* NonSequiturThud: Lil' Miss Marshmallow, after receiving one too many hits (and maybe PK Thunders) to the head:
-->'''Lil' Miss Marshmallow:''' ''YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW SO SEW SO-SO / GREETINGS CHEESE POPSICLE / THE NUMBER YOU HAVE DIALED / IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PORK CHOPS / FROM EAST TO WEST IT GOES GOES / BROKEN BROKEN / OH SO SOW SEW BROKEN / *whir* *clank* *clunk*''
* NonStandardSkillLearning: Lucas learns [[LightEmUp PK Flash]] by ''getting struck by lightning''.
* NothingIsScarier: One frightening one during the your first time at Tanetane Island:
--> ''There was absolutely nothing inside the mailbox. Nothing after nothing came bursting out.''
** When Lucas is on the Chimera Laboratory and the Ultimate Chimera is on the loose, all that can be heard is its roaring and the screaming of Pigmasks. However, if you enter another room and the BGM starts again, that's... not good, either.
* NowYouTellMe: The [[SchmuckBait treasure room]] in Osohe Castle.
* TheOmnipotent: The Dragon.
* OneTimeDungeon: Most dungeons and areas in the game can be revisited in at least one later chapter (although the enemy types and layout will change with the plot). The major exceptions are the Attic Dungeon in Chapter 4, which becomes inaccessible once the chapter ends with its completion, and the Thunder Tower, which is only accessible in Chapter 5 because the story at that point involves infiltrating and destroying it.
* OnlyOneName: This is to ''all'' characters of the game, [[spoiler:except the [[BigBad main villain.]]]]
* OneTrueSequence: Somewhat subverted: [[spoiler:the Pigmask Army retrieve three of the seven {{MacGuffin}}'s before you do, and there are many you get to before they do.]]
* OneWingedAngel: Despite the fact that enemies and bosses can have two different sprites, there are only two actual examples: Lil' Miss Marshmallow and [[spoiler:Miracle Fassad.]] The former simply activates an alternate form at half health which includes pincers and drills. The latter is a little more complicated. [[spoiler:After dealing with what seems to be a powered up version of New Fassad, halfway through the fight, he reverts to New Fassad. Backed into a corner, he suddenly stops with physical attacks and reveals that he can also use PSI, at which point he spams it, save for the occasional Luxury Banana.]]
* OntologicalMystery: Only after the [[TimeSkip time skip]] does Lucas and company get the story going.
* OpenEndedBossBattle: The Almost Mecha-Lion.
* OrganizationWithUnlimitedFunding: The Pigmask Army did introduce money to Tazmily Village.
** PointlessCivicProject: Really, what was the point of modernizing Tazmily Village?
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:An all powerful "Dragon" living under the Nowhere Islands? It could be literal or even figurative, depending on the player.]]
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: The Magypsies -- [[FetishRetardant and how!]]
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The ghosts in Oshoe Castle.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Deep under Cerulean Beach do you encounter not mermaids, but... mermen? Anyway, these mermen, or Oxygen Machines, supply your party with oxygen, when you kiss him that is. [[BlushSticker Pucker up!]]
** OurCentaursAreDifferent: Oddly enough, one Oxygen Machine has the bottom portion of his body as a horse during your exposition in the [[spoiler:Empire Porky Building]]. You can still kiss him for old time sake though.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: See SheatheYourSword below. [[spoiler:Lucas will not strike down the Masked Man after he learns that it is his own brother, Claus, turned into a chimera and [[MoreThanMindControl enslaved to Porky's will.]]]]
** There are only two ways to defeat the Pig King Statue: PK Flash (chance of instant death) or the New Year's Eve Bomb, which reduces an enemy's health to one and doesn't work on any other boss.
** The Barrier Trio's secret weakness. [[spoiler:Using Defense Down or the Tickle Stick on them will cause them to repeatedly use Defense Up Omega, only stopping to perform Barrier Poses.]]
* [[spoiler:OrphansOrdeal]]: Technically not an orphan, but [[ParentalAbandonment might as well be]]. [[TheWoobie Poor kid...]]
* PaletteSwap: The Pigmask Captain and Pigmask Major's front sprites are this.
* PapaWolf: {{Deconstructed|Trope}} by Flint.
* PeopleJars: [[spoiler:The "Good Person Bath."]]
* PlayableEpilogue: This game has one, but it contrasts starkly with the one from ''Earthbound''...
* ThePlayerIsTheMostImportantResource: If you stick around after the ending credits.
* PlayingThePlayer: [[spoiler:The [[PlayerPunch jarring]] ExpositionDump provided by Leder.]] It's a bit complicated, but basically, [[spoiler:you're pretty much fighting a lost cause. No, not because the odds are against you, not because you're fighting against a massive army headed by a complete sociopath with powers above and beyond anything you can comprehend, but because humanity itself was doomed long, long before you even started. It turns out the Nowhere Islands, populated by less than one hundred people at this point, is the only habitable place left on Earth. Even if you save everybody, they'll still die out within a few generations.]] [[ResetButton Unless...]]
* ThePowerOfLove: PK Love, for starters.
* PointOfNoReturn: Getting rid of the vines blocking the sixth needle will prevent you from ever going back to the rest of the game, forcing you to move on with the plot and enter New Pork City, which is seperate from the rest of the game.
** Once [[spoiler:you reach the basement of the Empire Porky Building]], there's no turning back.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Claus is brave, impulsive, and outspoken. Lucas is shy, gentle, and quiet.
* PollutedWasteland: [[spoiler:New Pork City]] is this if you go all the way down the escalators.
* PortraitPaintingPeephole: When entering Osohe Castle for the first time, you'll notice this.
--> ''"You get the odd feeling that the woman in the painting is staring at you."''
* PostFinalBoss: [[spoiler:The second fight with Claus, the Masked Man.]]
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: There's a film in New Pork City depicting actual scenes from ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'' at one point, obviously prominently featuring Ness and company.
* PrimalFear: On Tanetane Island, there are hallucinogenic mushrooms that force you to experience your greatest fears. Though it does exploit each party member's personal phobias and insecurities, it also uses something that everybody's afraid of: Being surrounded by people you love and care about, and having them physically, emotionally, and verbally abuse you.
* PrimaryColorChampion: It is ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'', after all. In this case, Lucas dresses in red and yellow stripes with blue denim pants.
** Also, his friends, Duster and Kumatora, primarily wear blue and red.
* PsychicPowers
* PsychopathicManchild: [[spoiler: Porky Minch, of course.]]
* PublicDomainSoundtrack:
** ''Family Matters: 2nd Movement'' contains bits of:
*** [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]]'s ''Symphony No. 5''.
*** Tchaikovsky's ''Piano Concerto No. 1''.
** ''Etude for Ghosts'' contains bits of (which sounds a bit like Saint-Saens' ''Piano Concerto No. 2''):
*** [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]]'s ''Symphony No. 40''.
*** Beethoven's ''Symphony No. 6''.
** ''Ode to Ancestors: 8th Movement'' is a mashup of:
*** Beethoven's ''Symphony No. 5''.
*** [[Music/JohannSebastianBach Bach]]'s ''Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor''.
*** Handel's ''Messiah''.
*** [[Music/AntonioVivaldi Vivaldi]]'s ''Spring''.
** ''Audacious March'' and ''His Highness' Theme'' have a bit of similar notes to Dmitri Shostakovich's ''Symphony No.5''.
*** His Highness' Theme has a fairly noticeable tune of Frère Jacques.
** ''Leder's Gymnopedie'' is Music/ErikSatie's ''Gymnopedie No. 1''. Contrast with the second game's notorious use of {{Sampling}}.
* {{Pun}}: Oddly enough, not the only one to use it. [[spoiler:The Hippo Launchers were created for Porky's birthday. [[TheBeano Hippo Birthday to Porky...]]]]
* PunchClockVillain: The Pigmask Army. They attend rock concerts, stay at diners, and generally do trivial things when they're off-duty. Many of them are friendly to Lucas and his party, and some are even neighbors of Lucas who have been recruited.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: The problem during the fight with [[spoiler:Porky and his Absolutely Safety Capsule.]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: One odd example when Claus [[spoiler:visits his father, Flint, in prison.]]
-->'''Claus:''' ''"Dad. It's me. Claus."''
* PunnyName: There are lots and lots of these in the English fan-translation.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Pigmask's uniforms are reminiscent of German uniforms during WWII. Even their {{s|trangeSalute}}alutes are vaguely Nazi-ish.
* PuzzleBoss: The PostFinalBoss [[spoiler:cannot be attacked. You have to constantly heal and defend until the battle wins itself. After Hinawa talks to you a few times, you can attack him. But it won't make any difference because he will not die.]]
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:'''The world ends.''' But everyone seems to be alive...''maybe''.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: You bet your bottom dollar that Lucas, Kumatora, Duster, and Boney are surely a group of unlikely heroes.
* RaisedByNatives: [[spoiler:Kumatora is an orphan, so the Magypsies took her in when she was a baby.]] It explains a lot, actually.
* RaisingTheSteaks: Features Zombie Dogs, and Zombidillos.
* {{Random Drop}}s: Mystical Stick and Mystical Gloves, the latter of which being a solid contender for Kumatora's best weapon, are dropped at a 3% rate by the Heftyhead and Monkalrus, respectively. Most of the ultimate armors are also 3% drops from various mobs in the final dungeon.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: At one point, you find a frog in a desert, which seems kind of odd. A nearby sign invokes this trope though, by telling the player that there are frogs that do live in the desert. Later, there is a similar situation with an underground dungeon built by moles (actually mole crickets, but the trope still applies).
* RealityWarper: Lucas or [[spoiler:the Masked Man/Claus]] have the power to [[spoiler:recreate the world to their heart's desire.]]
* RedFilterOfDoom: Your screen will red out if the Ultimate Chimera touches you.
* RedOniBlueOni: Claus and Lucas.
* RegionalBonus: The fan translation has a few features added to the game, [[spoiler:such as a Hard Mode after beating the game.]] Also, [[spoiler:Hold L and R while going to the Status Screen to get a DummiedOut "Memo" menu, which builds as you go through the game. Keep in mind some of the features listed didn't make it into the final.]]
* ReluctantMadScientist: [[spoiler:Dr. Andonuts]]. Still, he somewhat enjoys doing what he does ForScience.
* ReplacementGoldfish: In the {{W|ildMassGuessing}}MG vein, there's [[spoiler:Lil' Miss Marshmallow for Electra, Pokey's human maid in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'']], [[AllThereInTheManual as revealed by the enemy notes.]]
** The robotic waitresses in New Pork City's burger joint look rather like [[spoiler:Lardna Minch, Porky's mother.]]
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: [[spoiler: Rope Snake invokes this on ''himself'' after failing to hold onto the Masked Man's helicopter twice. He rechristens himself "Snake Rope", implying he's more of a snake than he is a rope, and spends the rest of the game moping.]] Otherwise, it's entirely averted - the dragos are some of first creatures you see, and they are entirely friendly, given one man influenced exception.
* {{Retraux}}: The battle with the [[spoiler:Mecha-Porkies]], whose theme [[spoiler:"Porky's Porkies"]] has the {{N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES {{chiptune}}-sounding music [[spoiler:up until the last three remaining Mecha-Porkies, in which the D.C.M.C. suddenly arrive to save the day.]]
* RhythmGame: The combo system, which allows you to hit buttons in time with the beat of the fight music to score extra damage. The music starts out with an easy regular rhythms, but they start getting really weird with the tempo later on.
* ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma
--> '''Wess:''' ''The Hummingbird Egg is a ball of secrets inside secrets that are inside even more secrets... Or something like that, supposedly, apparently.''
* RoadBlock: Played with in this game, where Road Blocks appear as as immobile enemies who, in true ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' fashion, [[RedEyesTakeWarning possess red eyes]], [[BlastingTime hands, telekinetic powers]], and the ability to call clunky robots into the fight. [[AvertedTrope Averted]], however, in that they don't actually block anything, since you can just run over them while in a vehicle, and at later levels, by charging into them.
* RobotMaid: Lil' Miss Marshmallow.
* RockMonster: The Crag Lizard and Minerali enemies.
* RockPaperScissors: [[CallARabbitASmeerp "Stone-Sheet-Clippers".]]
* RousseauWasRight: Like the rest of the series, though this game takes it a step further than the rest by showing [[HumansAreFlawed just how bad we]] ''[[HumansAreFlawed can]]'' [[HumansAreFlawed be if we get pushed far enough in the wrong direction]]. See HumansAreBastards.
* [[RoyalHarem Royal Fan Room]]: [[BrainBleach Enjoy those mental images]]...
* RushmoreRefacement: [[StatueOfLiberty Doesn't that King Statue look slightly familiar to something?]]
* SadBattleMusic: [[spoiler:In the second battle against Claus/the Masked Man.]]
* SavePoint: In the form of various frogs, who also inexplicably take the place of the ATM machines from ''VideoGame/{{Mother1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' once money comes into play.
* SavingTheWorld
* ScienceIsBad: The Chimeras, and the armies of robots and cyborgs. Also one potential interpretation of the game.
* {{Sealed Evil|InACan}} / [[SealedGoodInACan Good in a Can]]: [[spoiler:The Dark Dragon, though ''which'' he is depends on who pulls the [[CosmicKeystone Seven Needles]].]]
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: The message thrown to you when playing the mini-games in the [[spoiler:Empire Porky Building.]]
* SentientCosmicForce: The Dragon.
* SerialEscalation: Can this chapter's WhamEpisode possibly top the previous one? ''Oh yes''.
** SequelEscalation: It's just as quirky and humorous as its predecessors. Also has a poignant, touching story and a generous helping of MoodWhiplash.
* SequenceBreaking: [[spoiler:Subverted; You can go after the Needles after Aeolia's has been pulled and before Ionia's has been pulled in any order, which may make things a hell of a lot easier since you will have a full party by the time you get the needles other than the Chimera Lab, you need to clear that to get Kumatora back on your team though. Only real problem is trekking back to Saturn Valley because the Coffee Table that you use to ride will be gone when you go there the first time if you plan on getting Duster right after Aeolia's needle.]]
** Although it should be noted that [[spoiler:trying to go through the Mole Cricket's tunnels before pulling Doria's Needle]] will render you unable to complete the [[MonsterCompendium Battle Memory]], as The Squeekz will not spawn, and, thus, you won't get to fight him.
* SequelDifficultySpike: The regular enemy encounters are around the same difficulty as [[VideoGame/EarthBound the predecessor's]], but the late-game bosses (starting from Chapter 5 onwards) scrape ''ShinMegamiTensei'' levels of hard, requiring you to make use of your party's full skillset and in some cases deal with the boss in a specific way. [[LeeroyJenkins Charging into a boss battle fists-first doesn't end well unless you're highly overlevelled.]]
* SequentialArt
** ConfusedQuestionMark
** VisibleSilence: [[spoiler:The Masked Man speaks in ellipses, except in two cases -- at the sixth Needle, most likely giving commands to his army, as what he said wasn't even written onscreen, and during the final battle, after regaining his memory of being Claus, Lucas's brother, and then suffering mortal damage due to consciously reflecting a highly-powerful lightning bolt he fired off of Lucas's Franklin Badge, apologizing to his family before dying.]]
** Lucas can also count as one once you are in control of Duster in Chapter 8.
** WrittenSoundEffect
* ShallIRepeatThat: When [[spoiler:Leder gives the surprisingly long explanation of the history of Nowhere Islands; he'll confirm that you understand each part before continuing to the next.]]
* SheatheYourSword: [[spoiler:The PostFinalBoss, continuing the tradition used by Giegue/Giygas.]]
* ShoutOut: The Unwelcome Gust enemy is clearly based off the Cyclown enemy from ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'', which the first two games are an AffectionateParody of.
** Mr. Batty's Theme.
** Wanted! My Generation! It's a poster for a concert. Someone put this up. But.......[[Music/TheWho who]]?
** The Magypsies' theme songs sound very similar to Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C.
** The Carpet Monster (or at least what we can see of it) looks like a certain [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas "One who hides under your stairs."]]
** [[AbbottAndCostello Bud and Lou]], who are always practicing their comedy routines.
** As in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'', there are various musical references: for example, two enemies are named Rock Lobster (after a song by [[Music/TheB52s The B-52's]]) and [[Music/TheBeatles Gently Weeping Guitar]].
** Lucas and Claus are named for the twins (Lucas and Claus) in ''Literature/TheBookOfLies''.
** The Masked Man is dressed up like a [[Franchise/StarWars rebel pilot with a bomber jacket.]] He's even got a {{l|aserBlade}}ightsaber.
** [[http://youtu.be/7mM40yU1QNg?t=7m54s Mato has recently confirmed]] that the name Slitherhen for the early chapter 4 chimera is actually influenced by a certain [[HarryPotter Hogwarts house]].
** Itoi has confirmed that the prevalence of chimeras in the game was inspired by Sid from ''Film/ToyStory'', where a child with a twisted mind reassembles toys into grotesque shapes.
* ShrinkingViolet: Lucas is a very shy kid, [[CharacterDevelopment but he eventually has to step up]].
* SigilSpam: Anything that the Pigmasks own have their insignia planted on it.
* SignsOfTheEndTimes: Arguably whenever a Needle is pulled.
* TheSilentBob: Leder for most of the game. When he does speak, though, [[AwfulTruth good God...]]
* SimultaneousArcs: Chapters 2 and 3 take place at the exact same time, only you're controlling different characters. Duster in the second, and Salsa in the third. It becomes most evident when the two characters bump into each at the same area in both chapters.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The possible aspects to the plot can vary in both directions.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness
* SlidingScaleOfVideogameObjectives: Task-Based, for Chapter 7. You can search for the Needles except the ones at the start and the end in any order. This allows you to find Duster and Kumatora first, making it much easier to get the rest of the Needles in the chapter.
* SmellyFeet: A RunningGag with Duster..
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Though a bit more diverse than the other two games; Lucas is a preteen boy, Duster is a young man, and Kumatora is a teenage girl, so it's all good.
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: Two characters can plague you with this:
** Flint is only playable during Chapter 1, so be sure to give Duster all of Flint's stuff before the chapter ends.
** Salsa will also take off with your crap forever after Chapter 3 [[spoiler: and Chapter 7]], so give all of his stuff to Kumatora [[spoiler: or Lucas/Boney]] before he goes. [[spoiler: In fact, when Salsa comes back in Chapter 7, he still has all the stuff he had during Chapter 3, which gives you a second chance to have Lucas or Boney take it.]]
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Which [[spoiler: Lucas]] could really use: [[spoiler: his mother was killed while protecting him, his only twin was missing after he left to avenge his mother and his father (a deconstructed PapaWolf because of these events) went off searching for said missing son, leaving Lucas with only his dog for at least three years]] Justified since the story takes place in a olden rural location so it's not likely available but even more so when the player discovers [[spoiler: his hometown is a CrapsaccharineWorld so the people would not think it's necessary in the first place.]]
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler: Porky.]]
* SophisticatedAsHell: One Pigmask, when talked to, enters a polite and proper soliloquy about how he isn't quite sure what to say to you before eventually deciding that the phrase he would use, were he allowed to say it and still come across as polite, is "get out of the damn way".
* SoundtrackDissonance: Both battle and overworld themes can go from rousing, to light and delicate, to sad, to rousing again and there are tons of in game remixes and rearrangements.
* SoundOnlyDeath: Making Duster ram the Iron Ball statue from the right side will get him crushed.
* SpellLevels: As with previous games in the series, the tiers for PSI powers are given by the Greek letters Alpha, α, Beta, β, Gamma, γ, and Omega, Ω.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: [[spoiler:The fan translation follows the lead of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' and uses the proper translation of Porky's name, instead of using the erroneous "Pokey" spelling used in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'''s official translation.]]
** Also, the debacle about the number of possible translations of Tazmily Village's name, including Tazumili and Tatsumairi. Tazumili was used in the NTSC version of ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'', Tatsumairi was the most common interpretation before then. The fan translation went with Tazmily, which comes from both the PAL version of ''Brawl'' and a wide variety of English sources from 1997-2000 about ''[=EarthBound=] 64''.
* SpoilerTitle: ''"Night of the Funeral"''.
* {{Spoonerism}}: One can be easily detected in the early stages of the game:
--> ''"The Funshine Sorest is on fire!"''
* StatMeters:
** ExperienceMeter
** LifeMeter
** ManaMeter
** OxygenMeter: When you have to swim Cerulean Beach, this will pop up.
* StepfordSuburbia: [[spoiler: Tazmily Village, [[CrapsaccharineWorld though it doesn't seem that way at first.]]]]
* SteppingStoneSword: Wall Staples.
* StoneWall: [[spoiler:{{Deconstruct|ion}}ed with the "Absolutely Safe Capsule"; nothing can hurt the person inside, yet the one inside can't hurt anything outside. Porky encasing himself in it results in the battle ending prematurely, as he's unable to hold back the heroes any longer while trapped in the Capsule.]]
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse
* SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom: The "Tower of Peace and Love". To a lesser extent, the Happy Box, that beloved opiate of the masses.
* SuperPersistentPredator: The Ultimate Chimera.
* SuddenDownerEnding: [[spoiler:... But [[TakeOurWordForIt it gets better.]] [[GainaxEnding Maybe.]]]]
* SurpriseCreepy: The simple graphics belie quite the at-times terrifying tale. The game's at least nice enough to put the first swerve at the end of the prologue, at least.
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: Played with. Late in the game, the player has to get to the 100th floor of a building, and you find an Instant Revitalizing Machine and a Save Frog in the same room... [[spoiler:but it turns out, this isn't the real 100th floor, and with each new 100th floor, there are the same two objects, again and again, until the true 100th floor is reached.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Uttered by Lucas after [[spoiler: Hinawa's funeral.]]
--> '''Lucas:''' "N-n-n-no! He didn't [[spoiler:take Dad's homemade knife and go into the mountains to kill the Drago"!]]
** The narration at the end of Chapter 1 questions the whereabouts of Claus... [[spoiler:when he's actually lying face down on the ground, having fallen from the Plateau after trying to engage the Drago. From the looks of it, he could either be unconscious but badly injured, or he could flat out dead. Considering how he's only 9 years old, its most likely that he's dead. Except for the fact that he was turned into Porky's slave before he died.]]
** Right, and Wess' door opening dance in Osohe Castle [[BlatantLies didn't]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments involve him sticking his butt out or anything.]]
* SympathyForTheDevil: At the end, when the players defeat [[spoiler:Porky, Dr. Andonuts decides that maybe he deserves some pity, stating that perhaps deep down he was the same lonely boy that no one liked.]]
** [[spoiler: Then he forgets all about that and nonchalantly begins rolling Porky's new prison around.]]
*** [[spoiler: Porky doesn't care, he's happier this way anyway.]]
*** [[spoiler: That's because he doesn't know. Or even if he does, he won't be happy after a few millenia.]]
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[[folder:T-Z]]
* TailorMadePrison: [[spoiler: The Absolutely Safe Capsule made by Dr. Andonuts for Porky.]]
* TakeYourTime
* [[TalkingAnimal Talking Animals]]: You come across a bunch of talking critters throughout the whole game. One you come across often is the [[SavePoint Save Frog.]]
* TalkToEveryone: Featured in all ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' games, but this particular one [[LampshadeHanging pokes fun at this]] when you talk to a certain NPC.
* TaxidermyTerror: The Chimera Laboratory.
* TempleOfDoom: Not necessarily a dungeon that's ought to kill you, but [[TheUnpronounceable Chupichupoyoi]] Temple is a location for one of the [[MacGuffin Needles.]]
* [[ThankingTheViewer Thanking the Player]]: You are mentioned, by name, at the end of the credits. Not only that, [[spoiler:but at The End of the game, everyone in the game thanks you, personally, for all that you did for them, assures you that their world is going to be okay, and hopes that your world is as good to you as you've been to them.]]
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler:The Rope Snake]] has this to say after [[MyGreatestFailure failing the party a second time]]:
-->'''Rope Snake:''' ''...The heroic and cool [[spoiler:Rope Snake]] you once knew is dead. In a tiny, quiet voice, I say... So long.''
** [[spoiler:In fact, it affects him so much that in the epilogue, he changes his name to [[ShapedLikeItself Snake Rope]] to try and forget his old name's association to his failure.]]
* TheTeam:
* TheHero: Lucas
* TheLancer / TheSmartGuy: Kumatora
* TheBigGuy: Duster
* TeamPet: Boney
* ¡ThreeAmigos! : Lucas, Duster and Kumatora.
* TimeAbyss: [[spoiler: Porky is this, due to his abuse of time travel. He honestly doesn't know how old he is himself, although he suggests he may be 1,000 or 10,000. He's also ''immortal'', and then there's the matter of the [[FateWorseThanDeath Absolutely Safe Capsule, meaning he'll remain this for eternity.]]]]
* ThemeAndVariationsSoundtrack: A lot of the music in the game is composed of rearrangements of other tracks, most commonly the Love Theme, and the Pigmask Army Theme.
* ThemeTuneCameo: The band D.C.M.C. plays "[[{{Leitmotif}} King P's Theme]]", and the song "The D.C.M.C. Theme" is Duster's theme song.
* ThrivingGhostTown: This game is the only one in the series that doesn't avert this trope. It is {{Justified|Trope}}, however, as [[spoiler: only a certain amount of people were able to escape the dying world, and at the rate things were going, the people of Tazmily Village would probably die out in several centuries. Porky Minch [[DefiedTrope defies this trope]] by filling Nowhere Islands with people from different times.]]
* ThreeQuartersView
* ThresholdGuardians: The Magypsies.
* TimeSkip: Three years between Chapters 3 and 4.
** In [[WhatCouldHaveBeen early development]], the game's plot was intended to span 10 years.
* ToCreateAPlaygroundForEvil: The BigBad's goal.
* ToiletHumor: There are present boxes in Mr. Saturn Village that contain farts. Complete with descriptions of how the smell lingers in the air.
* TomatoInTheMirror: The TomatoSurprise listed below is just as big a shock to the main characters as it is to the player.
* TomatoSurprise: The game actually takes place [[spoiler:AfterTheEnd. All the characters you meet in the game are [[DepopulationBomb the only people left in the world]].]]
* {{Tomboy}}: Kumatora.
** [[MenDontCry Tomboys Don't Cry]]: [[spoiler:At least not until the ending. According to Duster, [[CryCute it makes her look kinda cute]].]]
** TomboyPrincess: Sort of. See EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth[=/=]TooHappyToLive: [[spoiler: What happens to Lucas' family after Chapter 1.]]
* TownWithADarkSecret: [[spoiler: Tazmily Village, unlike most examples of this trope, no one outside of Leder and later Lucas and company know about the secret.]]
* ToyTime: Although it only features [[ScaryJackInTheBox one enemy]] and a [[MiniBoss mini-boss]], King P's Playroom is considered one.
* TrapDoor: [[spoiler: After Porky finishes his monologue, your party is dropped from the 100th floor all the way to the TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.]]
** {{Hellevator}}: Not necessarily going to hell per say, but deep beneath the Earth.
* TraumaCongaLine: If you listed all the traumatic things that happen over the course of Lucas's life, you would more or less have a summary of the game's plot. To those who are curious, select the following note and [[TearJerker grab a few tissues]]. [[note]][[spoiler:First, his mother gets violently killed right in front of his eyes. As a result, his father almost goes mad from the resulting grief, attacking people from the village and getting chucked into prison before he can even attend her funeral. Shortly afterwards, his older brother, Claus. goes out to try and avenge his mother's death, and goes missing in the process. [[DeusAngstMachina All in the span of two days]]. Please note that this is the first time anybody in the society he lives in has experienced grief, so nobody knows how to console or comfort him. [[FromBadToWorse Not done yet, though.]] That very same day, a suspicious guy comes into Tazmily village, telling everybody a load of waffle about "happiness" and starts peddling objects called "Happy Boxes" to everyone. These boxes essentially hypnotize the entire village, except for Lucas, who refuses to buy one, and as a result, everybody in this previously close-knit and loving community slowly begin turning into selfish, hedonistic jerks. Years later, Lucas is now considered an outcast, even a disgrace, to the village. His father, still grieving over his wife, barely talks with him anymore and spends nearly all of his time searching for Claus, who is still missing. Around this time, his adventure starts. And while he does finally make [[TrueCompanions two very good friends]] as a result, his situation hardly improves. On top of having to constantly battle against horrifying, bloodthirsty creatures known as Chimeras, he now has an entire army set against him, the same army who was indirectly responsible for his mother's death in the first place. After disabling the army's thunder tower, he finds himself in a field of sunflowers where, out of nowhere, he sees his mother's ghost. He can't touch or communicate her, and ends up chasing her off a cliff in desperation. [[MindScrew It's not very clear if this is a dream or actually happening]]. But wait, ''[[UpToEleven there's more]]''. Around this time, he and his friends find out about these weird objects known as the seven needles, [[ResetButton which will restore the entire world either full of evil or full of good depending on who pulls them]]. The journey to getting the seven needles leads him through countless traumatic situations, from being nearly eaten alive by a horrifying monster called the Ultimate Chimera, to accidentally sending himself on a very, ''very'' bad hallucinogenic drug trip, but he ultimately only manages to pull half of them. The other half are getting pulled by the commander of the army, known as the Masked Man. Once he and the Masked Man have both pulled three, Tazmily is now completely abandoned, so he has no choice but to finally go to the hub of all the corruption in his world, New Pork City. Once there, he has to live with the long-hidden truth about Tazmily: It was all a lie. The game actually takes place AfterTheEnd, and Tazmily was set up so the last few dozen people left on Earth could live in ignorance to the world's destruction. After this, the final needle is located, and he and his friends go to pull it, as it is now the world's only hope for redemption. After defeating the BigBad, he and the Masked Man meet in front of the final needle, ready to battle for it. As it turns out, the Masked Man is actually Claus, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed and with no memory of being Lucas's brother.]] What follows is an absolutely heartbreaking IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight, during which Claus easily has the upper hand, and with Claus still showing no sign of remembering, his mother's ghost shows up for a second time. With her help, Claus very slowly realizes who he is and takes his mask off. [[DrivenToSuicide He then kills himself]], allowing Lucas to take the needle, and [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in Lucas's arms]].]][[/note]] Keep in mind that all of this is happening to a likable, mild-mannered boy who ''hasn't even hit puberty yet''.
* TroubledChild: Lucas. [[TookALevelInBadass He gets stronger, though]].
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: [[spoiler:Porky]] may be physically thousands of years old, but he still has the mind of a pre-teen child. [[FridgeHorror It's pretty disturbing when you think about it]]...
** After [[spoiler:Hinawa dies]], Claus runs away to the mountains to try and avenge her. Note that the thing that killed her is a [[ItMakesSenseInContext half-robot tyrannosaurus rex]], and he's a nine-year old boy armed with a steak knife.
* TurnsRed: Near the end of the second fight with [[spoiler:Fassad, his extra musical horns are destroyed, which angers him and causes him to start throwing out Omega-level PSI attacks]].
* TwinDesynch: [[spoiler:Porky tries this with Claus, but apparently fails, as him and Lucas are still indistinguishable to the Pigmasks]].
* TwoPartTrilogy: In terms of continuity and the battle system, ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'' and ''MOTHER 3'' are one of these. This game has more {{Continuity Nod}}s to ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'' than ''[[VideoGame/{{Mother 1}} EarthBound Zero]]'' had in the latter two games. However, the first game and the second are also a TwoPartTrilogy, in terms of the [[{{Eagleland}} setting]] and being an AffectionateParody of ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''.
* UncannyVillage: [[spoiler: Not apparent at first, but you can find it more after Chapter 3 and so on.]]
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: When going up the [[spoiler: Empire Porky Building.]]
** ElevatorFloorAnnouncement: "[[BlatantLies Next stop, 100th floor.]]"
* UncommonTime: Due to the RhythmGame elements, the game likes to throw in songs that are not in 4/4 or 3/4 to throw you off. The most notorious examples of this would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjRCgPFS2Jw "Strong One"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdEF9FlXNno its Masked Man counterpart]], which play in 15/8 and '''29/16''', respectively.
* UniqueEnemy: There are usually at least two examples of enemies with single spawn points in each chapter, and a few normal enemies like the Fish Roe Man and Negative Man show up in exactly one spot.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: The animals that are turned into chimeras.
** [[spoiler: Then there's Claus.]]
* VagueAge: Lucas is about twelve, assuming he's the same age as the other Mother protagonists; Duster is at least in his twenties, but could be much older, and Kumatora is somewhere in the middle.
** Nobody knows exactly how old [[spoiler:Porky]] is, not even himself.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:The Empire Porky Building, a 100-story-tall tower with '''SPIKES''' coming out of its sides. Not to mention a couple of [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons mean-looking fire-breathing dragon statues at the entrance.]]]]
* VichyEarth: The Pigmasks may not seem ''alien'' to us, but maybe to the residents of Tazmily Village. But, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt they have the same intentions as nasty alien invaders do.]]
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Think Giygas, [[HumansAreBastards only more human]].
* VillainsActHeroesReact
* VillainBall[=/=]BondVillainStupidity: [[spoiler:Porky]] has a few moments, though it's pretty [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since he has the mental age of a child, and because he sees it all as just [[ItAmusedMe a big game]]. He does, at the end, [[JustShootHim just try to kill you]].
* VillainsBlendInBetter: [[JustifiedTrope Well, it makes sense]] if you consider that the Pigmask Army remodeled the Nowhere Islands in their own image. What's makes this trope even more so is that the villains appeared well after the Tazmily civilians took residence in the Nowhere Islands, as seen in the prologue.
* VillainHasAPoint: Don't deny it, [[spoiler:Porky's]] ReasonYouSuckSpeech about [[InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves humanity's flaws]] struck you somewhere.
* VillainOpeningScene
* VillainsOutShopping: The Pigmask Army.
** [[spoiler:Porky]] himself, clearly, has a lot of childish hobbies. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since he's mentally in his early teens, and it still doesn't diminish his villainy.
* VillainWorld
* VisualPun: Kumatora's name translates to "Bear-Tiger". When you first meet her proper, she's gotten her leg caught in a ''bear'' trap.
* WeakerTwinSavesTheDay: Important. Very, very important...
* WelcomeToCorneria: This being a ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' game, thoroughly [[AvertedTrope averted.]]
* WesternZodiac: Zodiac-themed rings are useful defensive accessories.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:Hinawa's death. Claus' apparent death.]] The [[TimeSkip time skip]], and the rise of the Pigmasks. [[spoiler:The Seven Needles and the Dark Dragon.]] The BigBad and FinalBoss is [[spoiler:Porky Minch]]. Coming back to Tazmily Village [[spoiler: to find it almost completely deserted.]] TheDragon is [[spoiler:Claus]]. This game has a lot of them.
* WhamLine: One that would set the whole mood of the plot.
-->[[spoiler: ''"It was pierced through your wife's heart...".'']]
** And if you're ''really'' bad at reading foreshadowing:
-->''"The masked man... [[spoiler:he's Claus.]]"''
* {{Whatever}}: This is an actual ''enemy'' in the game, and a normal reaction when you see things like [[http://walkthrough.starmen.net/mother3/image/enemies/whatever.png this]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Egg of Light, which you spend several chapters chasing and is set up as an incredibly powerful artifact that could stop the Pigmasks. You get it back...and it's never mentioned again. [[spoiler: The only time it's mentioned is when Leder explains what it is, but even then you never end up doing anything with it.]]
* WheelOFeet: Thomas' running animation invokes this.
** The Love Walker enemy which can be found in the [[spoiler:Empire Porky Building]] is a somewhat literal example.
* WhenTreesAttack: The Tree and Tender Loving Tree. True to the grandest of ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'' traditions, they catch fire and explode when defeated.
* WigDressAccent: A particularly humorous exchange in Chapter 4.
* WineIsClassy: One ghost in Osohe Castle.
* WolfpackBoss: [[spoiler: The Mecha-Porkies]]. Even in a group of eleven, they'd be perfectly manageable if they didn't [[MadeOfExplodium explode]].
* AWorldHalfFull: [[spoiler: It is implied this after the [[FissionMailed fake END? screen.]]]]
* WorldLimitedToThePlot
* WorldOfSymbolism: [[WordOfGod Itoi]] did say for the players to interpret the story...
* WorthlessTreasureTwist: A meta one: Some present boxes contain immaterial or temporary things, such as fireworks, music, or [[ToiletHumor farts.]] Whether it's [[AllThatGlitters a charming surprise]] or a frustration depends on what kind of player you are.
* YouAreTooLate: This happens to [[spoiler:three]] out of the seven Needles that are pulled by the Pigmask Army.
* YouBastard: [[spoiler:If you attack Claus during the final battle enough, Hinawa will tell Lucas to stop, and then a message will appear saying "sobbing sounds can be heard".]]
** [[spoiler:Killing Negative Man may also qualify. It is one of the least dangerous enemies in the game, actively avoids attacking you, and does not have to be beaten in order to progress. Beating him will only give you ''3'' experience points... you bastard.]]
*** [[spoiler:Well, he does beg for you to "just end it all" in battle. Which is actually pretty depressing. But, eh, quirky enemy with humor through Schadenfreude.]]
* YouCantThwartStageOne: The Pigmask Army manages to [[spoiler:claim three of the seven Needles]] -- although on one of them, the party had firm grasp of the IdiotBall. [[spoiler:(Tanetane Island is one prime example. Dammit, Lucas, the needle was right next to you, and the bad guys took almost five minutes to arrive, [[{{Fanfare}} fanfare]], [[RollOutTheRedCarpet red carpet and all)!]]]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: One interpretation as to why Claus committed suicide.]]
* YouNeedABreathMint: Duster apparently suffers from halitosis.
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