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-> ''"Ahem! Today... I'll tell you the story of the lost book of prophecies. This prophetic book was a mysterious tome full of stories of future events. Of course, many people desired this book, wishing to glimpse their futures. But no person, after obtaining this amazing book, ever found happiness. The reason? The book held frightful secrets not meant for people's eyes. The book came to be called the Dark Prognosticus and was sealed away. This... is the tale of the forgotten book's last owner. It is a tale of love..."''

The third installment in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series of [[RolePlayingGame RPGs]], ''Super Paper Mario'' mixes it up a bit by being...well, ''[[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent totally different]]'' from its predecessors. Instead of being a turn-based RPG with action elements like the first two games, ''Super Paper Mario'' is a side-scrolling platformer with RPG elements. One of the most interesting features of the game is the ability to switch between 2D and 3D view at will - a lot of puzzles can only be solved in 3D, and switching to 3D will often show enemies and items that you couldn't see (or interact with) before.

The plot is [[DarkerAndEdgier noticeably darker]] than the previous entries. Mario and Luigi hear that Princess Peach has been kidnapped (again) and go off the Bowser's Castle. Except that [[NotMeThisTime he didn't do it]]. At that moment, a strange guy named Count Bleck appears with Peach and takes Bowser, the Koopa Troop, and Luigi to his stronghold, Castle Bleck. Mario is left out cold until he is awoken by Tippi, a Pixl. She brings him to the town of Flipside. Meanwhile, Bleck forces a marriage between Bowser and Peach, summoning the Chaos Heart and causing a rift called The Void to appear. Mario must fight Bleck and his strange FiveBadBand to save the multiverse.
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!!This game provides examples of...

* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: Mimi.
** ''[[{{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} BOWSER'S ARMS!]]''
* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: You will need '''more than 20 million points''' to reach Level 99.
* ActionGirl: Princess Peach, believe it or not, after getting rescued in the second chapter, decides that it's time to [[ContinuityNod stop getting kidnapped]], go out there, and kick some ass.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Wracktail, the evil prototype of Fracktail.
** Dimentio actually turns Fracktail into this, forcing you to fight him.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:After you defeat King Croacus in Chapter 5, the Floro Sapiens will come by and tell Mario and the gang that he wasn't evil at all. He only kidnapped and brainwashed the Cragnons because they were dumping their trash in the river and contaminating the water the Floro Sapiens drank from.]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Oops]].
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: Before Dimentio allows you fight him at the end of Chapter 8-3, you first have to chase him through sections from the seven previous worlds.
* [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe And Now You Must Marry Each Other]]: Bowser and Peach. Peach is [[MindControl literally forced]] into saying "I do". [[HellYesMoment Bowser obviously doesn't have to be forced to say the same.]]
* AntiHero: Given that Bowser, the regular BigBad of the Mario series is on the side of the heroes, he is definitely this. You even have to fight him a few times and he's mostly down for the quest because for one, if all of the worlds are destroyed then he won't have anything left to rule over, two, he enjoys taking on and defeating enemies, and three, he does it to try and impress his supposedly new wife, Princess Peach.
* AntiVillain: Count Bleck, who - despite wanting to unmake the world - genuinely cares for his henchmen, and [[spoiler:is driven by the loss of his love rather than actual evil (even helping the heroes near the end after being reunited with her)]].
** [[AllThereInTheManual It's also implied]] that [[TheDragon the cold and heartless Nastasia]] is loyal to him because she used to be a bat which he freed from a trap, leading her to [[HumanityEnsues take on a humanoid form in order to repay him]]. [[spoiler:After Count Bleck dies/disappears at the end of the game, she has a complete breakdown and starts... crying!]]
* ApocalypseMaiden: [[spoiler:Luigi]]. No, really. [[spoiler:He gets {{Brainwashed}} by Nastasia and further manipulated by Dimentio.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Count Bleck's plan is to bring about a class Z.
* AppliedMathematics: The first few levels feature "joke" equations in the background, made up of random numbers and mathematical symbols combined with famous Mario icons such as the Fire Flower and mushrooms.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: ''One'' active main character (and one Pixl) at a time, even though for much of the game all four, or at least more than one, of the main characters are traveling together, along with considerably more than one of the Pixls.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In Chapter 7-2, when you encounter Bowser, he complains that he's hungry, among other things.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Chaos Heart.
* AscendedExtra: Luigi only made cameo appearances in the previous game. In this game, he plays a huge part in the plot.
* AscendedGlitch: Well, not exactly, but there is a throwaway line referencing the original MinusWorld from ''SuperMarioBros1''.
* AshFace: Subverted; after tricking you into opening an exploding chest, Mimi complains when this ''doesn't'' happen.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Count Bleck's father (See CallingTheOldManOut and ParentalMarriageVeto.).]]
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Dimentio needs the heroes to retrieve the Pure Hearts and use them to beat Count Bleck in order to steal the Chaos Heart and remake the universe. If the heroes fail, Dimentio cannot get the Chaos Heart and would end up getting erased from existence just like everyone and anything else]].
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Francis can be deadly if you don't take him seriously as a boss because of his character. But you just ''know'' you can't take him seriously.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: When you begin the game Luigi is talking to Mario saying that he wants some [[WhamEpisode "KERBLOOEY" events]] to happen. Needless to say they end up meeting [[BigBad Count Bleck]] who plans on ending all of existence. And later on in the story the game has plenty of Wham Moments, starting in Chapter 6 when [[spoiler:the entire world of Sammer's Kingdom gets destroyed.]] And then there's [[spoiler:[[ApocalypseMaiden Luigi, himself.]]]]
* BigBad: Count Bleck. [[spoiler:At least, until he gets usurped by TheStarscream, Dimentio. After all, his villainy was nothing more than the effect of sadness and regret]]
** BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Count Bleck's father, who kickstarted the events by banishing his son's love into another dimension and leaving her for dead.]].
* BigFancyCastle: Castle Bleck and Fort Francis. Bleck being a villain, a ManOfWealthAndTaste, and filthy rich, it's obvious he'd get such a gorgeous castle, but you wouldn't really expect a nerd as big as Francis to live in a massive castle.
* BigGood: Merlon.
* BlackoutBasement: Underwhere Road.
* BodyHorror: Mimi's TransformationSequence is [[NightmareFuel quite freaky]] for an E-rated game.[[note]]She basically spins her head like in ''Film/TheExorcist'', only instead of turning around sideways, her head turns vertically.[[/note]] It certainly doesn't help that the end result is a {{Gonk}}ified version of her with giant spider legs coming out of her upside-down head. Plus there's the whole cracking neck thing...
** Flip to 3D; her head is full of gears.
* BonusBoss: Three: Wracktail at the bottom of the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials, Shadoo at the bottom of the Flopside Pit if you go down twice, and End Boss, the 100th Sammer Guy. They are also the only optional bosses in the game, barring the Francis rematch. While End Boss is the only one that can't be fought until the postgame, Shadoo is considered to be the hardest of the three and must be defeated after Wracktail.
* BonusDungeon: Two, and one has to be done twice!
** Three, if the Duel of 100 counts. (It's not quite the same thing, though - you still have to do it all at once, but you have the option to save every 25 fights and you can leave at any time.)
* BookEnds: Mario is the only playable character in the very first and very last levels. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Tippi: "It reminds me of when we first met..."
** Also, the introduction sees the wedding of Peach and Bowser, which causes the [[SwirlyEnergyThingy Void]] to open. The final scene sees [[spoiler:the "wedding" of Timpani and Blumiere, in the same dimension, at the same altar ([[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Luigi: "Hey, I remember this place!"), which causes the Void to close]]. Interesting in that [[spoiler:the first occasion was a wedding that wasn't for true love, and the second wasn't really a wedding, but was for true love]].
** And the game begins with Tippi waking up Mario, then taking him to Flipside, where we see the Void for the first time. The final scene sees Luigi, the first character alongside Mario to be seen in the game, waking up Mario on Flipside tower, where we see the Void for the last time.
*** Flipside tower is also the first playable area in and after the game.
** The first and last scene are the only scenes in the game in which [[spoiler: the player doesn't know where Tippi is]].
* BossBonanza: Castle Bleck is divided into four sub-chapters, each of which ends in boss fight: O'Chunks, Mimi, Dimentio, and Count Bleck, respectively. After Bleck's defeat is the [[spoiler:Super Dimentio]] fight.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Lui- *cough* I mean, Mr. L.
** O'Chunks, or rather, [[HypnoTrinket O'Cabbage]] qualifies.
** Fracktail also qualifies, although his is more of a case of forcibly-enduced programming error, but same principle.
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: [[spoiler:When Timpani almost dies from being doomed to wander all the dimensions forever, she gets transformed by Merlon into the butterfly-shaped Pixl we all know and love]].
* ButThouMust: Subverted, in which you can refuse to save the world and get a NonstandardGameOver before the real game even starts.
** You can also vehemently refuse to wear a helmet in space, resulting in another NonstandardGameOver.
** And [[RuleOfThree also]] if you refuse to look for Luvbi when Jaydes asks.
** And [[OverlyLongGag again]] in Chapter 8-3 if you [[spoiler:agree to help Dimentio overthrow Count Bleck.]]
** In a different vein, the interaction with Carrie the Pixl in Fort Francis has her asking you what you thought of Francis. She'll agree completely with you no matter what you said.
--> '''Carrie''': So what you're saying is, Francis is awesome and irresistible. A stallion basically. I was thinking the exact same thing!
** There is one time in which it is played straight: when [[spoiler: "Merlee" (who is actually Mimi in disguise) asks you to sign a contract that is obviously bad for you, if you select "Sign" twice, the next set of choices are "No way!" and "Forget it!"]].
* TheCaligula: [[spoiler:The poisoned]] King Croacus.
** Bowser, too.
* CallingTheOldManOut : It's implied that [[spoiler:Blumiere's]] first act as Count Bleck was to kill his father. It's also implied that he wiped out the Tribe of Darkness.
** When Luvbi [[spoiler:discovers her true identity as a Pure Heart]] she believes that Grambi and Jaydes' overprotectiveness was not out of love, and that they did not let her enjoy life, knowing that her time was short.
* CardCarryingVillain: Count Bleck. [[spoiler:Or is he?]]
* CerebusSyndrome: The darkest Mario game yet. The game starts to go into this full-stop in [[WhamEpisode Chapter 6 and its aftermath.]] Basically, [[spoiler:the main characters actually witness a world getting destroyed, and they have to explore the empty void to look for the now defunct Pure Heart. After the end of the chapter, Dimentio ''murders the entire playable cast.'' They get better, but ''damn''.]]
* ChainOfDeals: There's a ''very'' long one that makes you backtrack across all the worlds you previously visited, but thankfully, it's optional.
* ChaosIsEvil: The FiveBadBand is trying to destroy TheMultiverse with the ''Chaos'' Heart.
* CheckPointStarvation: You cannot save during either of the [[MarathonLevel Pits Of 100 Trials]] at all.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Dimentio]], outwitting everyone by the end of the game.
* TheChosenOne: It's stated that Mario, Luigi, Peach and Bowser are the Heroes of Light chosen by the Light Prognosticus. [[spoiler:Luigi is the Chosen One for the Dark Prognosticus, being the ApocalypseMaiden.]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Kammy. She was a major character in the first two games, but is absent from this one with no explanation. This might have been done because giving her a role alongside the now playable Bowser would be awkward.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The Pixls (except for Tippi). They don't have many lines, but what little dialogue they do have is extremely bizarre.
** More heavily implied by the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQcYsXsCjo0 wacky theme you hear every time you meet one]].
** Although, given the fact that some of them have been locked up for 1,500 years, it's somewhat understandable that they wouldn't be fully sane.
-->'''Thoreau:''' I express concern when the Ancients stuffed me in that chest 1,500 years ago. But now I see my worries were unfounded!
** Although, even the ones like Barry and Dottie that weren't imprisoned anywhere (we don't know how Dottie got in the Floro Caverns, and Barry was just kinda wandering around the Bitlands) are a little strange (although, they may be the most normal).
* TheCollector: Francis.
* CollisionDamage: Being based on traditional ''Mario'' platform games than turn-based [=RPGs=], it plays this straight with pretty noticeable [[KnockBack knock back]]. Which is odd, because 2D Mario games have never had knockback before or since.
* ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch[[invoked]]: Mocked with one of the True or False questions Francis's door gives to Peach before entering Francis's room, and provides the page picture.
* ConsoleCameo: The recipe computers look like [[{{NintendoDS}} Nintendo DSs]], and the cards needed to expand their list of suggested recipes resemble DS game cards. One item in the ChainOfDeals is also apparently a DS.
** Also, all Nintendo consoles can be seen in Fort Francis. Even the Virtual Boy.
* CountingToPotato: Slim
-->'''Slim:'''"OOOOONNNE! TWOOOOO! THREEEEE! FIIIIIIIVE! FOUUUR! EEEEIGHT! SEVENTEEN!!!! THREE-POINT-ONE-FOUR!!!! ONE MARZILLION!! TENNNNN!!!"
* CuteButCacophonic: Mimi, judging by the [[PaintingTheMedium jagged purple]] SpeechBubbles. Of course, in that form, she's not so much "cute" as [[NightmareFuel OH MY GOD WHAT IN THE NAME OF]] [[ShigeruMiyamoto MIYAMOTO'S]] [[NightmareFuel FLOOPY HAIR IS THAT]].
** Said purple SpeechBubbles were previously used by [[spoiler:the Shadow Queen]], an ''ancient demon'' who served as the FinalBoss in ''Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door'', and [[spoiler: her undead pet dragon BonusBoss Bonetail.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: A Koopa in World 3, who upon seeing Mario actually collects a [[InvincibilityPowerUp Mega Star]] to power himself up and chase down Mario.
** NotSoInvincibleAfterAll: Too bad for him there's a 2nd Mega Star block in the area...and that ''your'' SuperMode is just a ''little'' more invincible than ''his.''
* DarkerAndEdgier: Super Paper Mario may well be the single darkest game in the entire [[SuperMarioBros Mario]] franchise, let alone the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' spin-off series.
* DarkIsNotEvil: As creepy as the Underwhere is, the people there are all pretty nice.
** Flopside is Flipside's dark counterpart, but it isn't evil either.
* DatingSim: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in Chapter 3-4.
* DeadlyEuphemism: ''"Princess Peach, do you take Bowser to be your lawfully wedded husband 'til your games be over?"''
* DeadpanSnarker: Peach, surprisingly enough. The standout example is her [[CrowningMomentOfFunny scene with Francis]].
* DeepSouth: Specifically, Louisiana. Taken to the extreme that Mario actually [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar becomes a slave]] on Mimi's estate.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Subverted [[spoiler:more than once]] with Bowser, who joins due to reasons completely different from the defeat, and clearly states [[spoiler:the first time]] that he is only doing it for his own benefit, not that of the heroes. Specifically, so he can take his castle back AND ensure there's a world that he can actually take over in the first place. Acts as a nod to [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG another game in the series]].
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Castle Bleck. Nothing but pure blackness with white outlines. Also, [[spoiler:Sammer's Land after it's destroyed in chapter 6: Nothing left but empty white space and occasional blackened ruins.]]
* DescendingCeiling: Traps in Merlee's Mansion and Castle Bleck.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Peach and Mimi face off in the last chapter of ''Super Paper Mario''.
* DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch: Just before Luigi fights Dimentio, Dimentio provokes Luigi by calling his mustache a "Shag." Obviously, the term did not reside well in Great Britain, as the word was a coarse verb for sexual intercourse, so it was changed to referring to Luigi as being a pushover.
* DiscOneNuke: It's possible to clear the first Pit of 100 Trials and get the [[spoiler:optional Pixl, Dashell]], before you finish Chapter 2. Much more devastating is the number of levels you will gain from completing the pit. You'll have far more hit points and attack power than you should have by chapter 2. Of course, this is more of an example of LevelGrinding than disc one nukage.
* DisneyDeath: Damn near ''every heroic character'' by the end.
** [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And the]] QuirkyMinibossSquad.
* DropTheHammer: The Pixl Cudge.
* DuelBoss: In Chapter 3, there's Mario vs. Bowser. Chapter 8 brings us Bowser vs. O'Chunks, Peach vs. Mimi, and Luigi vs. Dimentio, all followed with both opponents suffering DisneyDeath[==]s.
* DuelingPlayerCharacters: After the group has been split Mario manages to find Bowser and they have a fight due to some misunderstandings, he comes to his senses afterwards and rejoins of course.
* DyingAsYourself: Fracktail.
* EEqualsMCHammer: The background of Lineland features floating mathematical equations consisting of random symbols and various Mario icons such as Fire Flowers and mushrooms.
* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler:Tippi, who had to be turned into a Pixl by Merlon]].
* EnigmaticMinion: Dimentio.
* EverybodyHatesHades: Subverted. Queen Jaydes, ruler of [[TheUnderworld the Underwhere]], seems pretty intimidating at first, but it's quickly revealed that she's [[DontFearTheReaper pretty nice off-duty]].
* EverybodyKnewAlready: Merlon claims that only he and Nolrem know about Flipside and Flopside existing within their own towns. There are a few [=NPCs=] who mention the opposite town and mention having been to the opposite town. Also, it's mentioned that Bestovius only teaches his flipping technique to the hero. Several [=NPCs=] make reference to going places they can't possibly go without flipping, and many {{Mooks}} can flip as well.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: This is Bowser's reaction to [[spoiler:seeing what happens to worlds consumed by the Void]].
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:Dimentio used the Heroes to get the Pure Hearts, and allowed them to use them on Count Bleck so that he could get the Chaos Heart easily. He honestly thought that the heroes using the Pure Hearts meant that they were gone for good. He ended up legitimately shocked when, due to Bleck/Blumiere, Tippi/Timpani, O'Chunks, and Mimi's love for one another, the Pure Hearts had returned and stripped him of his invincibility.]]
* EvilDetectingDog: After you free it, the guard dog creature in Merlee's Mansion immediately proceeds to chase after Mimi. His reaction to seeing "Merlee" for the first time in the chapter is also a nice bit of foreshadowing.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: Bonechill.
* EvilVersusOblivion: Bowser and Count Bleck. Later, [[spoiler:Count Bleck and Dimentio]].
* ExactWords: The prophecy only said that the Man in Green would harness the Chaos Heart to destroy the universe. [[spoiler:It never said anything about the Man in Green [[HypnoTrinket doing so willingly]]...]]
* {{Expy}}: Dimentio is basically the Mario version of FinalFantasyVI's Kefka Palazzo.
** Count Bleck is Count Dracula
** Red and Green are clearly based on Mario and Luigi.
** Dimentio seems to take a similar role of Beldam from the previous game, [[spoiler:having a bigger plan in their agenda and ultimately betraying their boss in the end]]. In this way, Count Bleck is similar to Lord Grodus. However, [[spoiler:Dimentio doesn't reform]].
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Peach's, even though it was just a white version of her usual dress.
** She actually complains about it.
* FakeKing: The first time you meet [[spoiler:King Sammer]], he's real. The second time, it's actually [[spoiler:Mimi impersonating him]].
* FakeWeakness: Mimi tries shapeshifting into Merlee and asking Mario his weaknesses...in a place where Merlee has no business being. She'll put power-ups and helpful items out if you tell her you're weak to them. And you can even get her to spawn a boss from a previous chapter.
* FallenAngel: [[spoiler:Bonechill is implied to be a fallen [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Nimbi]].]]
* {{Fartillery}}: O'Chunks uses this as his exit in the first three encounters, but he actually uses this as an attack against Bowser as Super O'Chunks.
** In Super Paper Mario, this is possibly how the Cherbils attack. If you use Tippi to tell you about the creatures, she says "some say the gas comes from its mouth. Others say it comes from... elsewhere." Due to the creature's appearance (basically a set of eyes and a large pair of cheeks), it's difficult to tell which end it's coming from.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Dimentio.
* TheFerryman: Charold, for a fee of four coins, will take people across the River Twygz and avoid the Underhands.
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: Count Bleck.
** TheDragon: Nastasia.
** TheBrute: O'Chunks.
** TheEvilGenius: Dimentio. [[spoiler:He is also TheStarscream and TheManBehindTheMan]]
** TheDarkChick: Mimi.
** SixthRanger: Mr. L. [[spoiler:Though it's obvious, he becomes a SixthRangerTraitor and joins the heroes after. He was however, under their control until then.]]
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Mario.
** TheLancer: Luigi.
** TheChick: Peach.
** TheBigGuy: Bowser.
** TheSmartGuy: Tippi.
** [[SixthRanger Sixth Rangers]]: All other Pixls.
* FreeSamplePlotCoupon: Mario gets the first Pure Heart handed to him before the player even officially has control of him. Hilariously, you can avert ButThouMust by refusing multiple times to accept the item, eventually leading to the giver just giving up and a NonStandardGameOver before the game even begins.
* GenreBlind: When Toad mentions at the beginning that Peach is kidnapped, Luigi ponders who would do such a thing before deducing it must be Bowser. At this point in the series history, it shouldn't take more than 1/64th of a second to figure that out. Of course, it doesn't help it's also one of the few times it's not him.
* GirlsWithMoustaches: Happens briefly to Peach if you feed her the wrong fruit in the Overthere.
* GlobalCurrencyException: 1 million ''rubees'' to pay for the vase.
** To be fair, it was a pretty valuable vase. [[spoiler:It's also possible that Mimi could have been lying about the whole thing in order to trap Mario.]]
** It couldn't have been TOO valuable--Heronicus has one just like it on his shelf.
* GoOutWithASmile[=/=]DissonantSerenity: [[spoiler:Dimentio.]]
** He's got a reason to be happy, though, as he's [[spoiler:[[TakingYouWithMe taking the whole multiverse with him]].]]
* GoshDangItToHeck: "DOOFUSES!" from Mimi; it makes sense, though, as she's [[PsychopathicManchild intentionally meant to be childish]].
* GravityScrew: On the Planet Blobule, Mario can jump much higher than usual. The Whoa Zone allows him to walk on the walls and ceiling.
* GreenAesop: The Cragnons learn one at the end of chapter 5.
--> [[{{Anvilicious}} "I mean come on! Water is]] ''[[{{Anvilicious}} easily]]'' [[{{Anvilicious}} our most precious natural resource!]]"
* {{Handwave}}: The game doesn't even bother coming up with a decent reason for why [[spoiler:Luvbi comes back]].
** Simple. [[spoiler:She wished on ''herself'']].
** A logical explanation is that they loved [[spoiler:Luvbi when she was a Pure Heart]], so perhaps they just created a new one.
** The other possibility is that [[spoiler:just like how the Pure Hearts are recreated ''twice'' during the ending, Grambi and Jaydes's love for Luvbi created a new White Pure Heart that also took on Luvbi as a form.]]
** It's also possible that [[spoiler:Luvbi]] had become enough of a 'person' so that [[spoiler:when she died, she got to go to the afterlife. She wasn't actually a nimbi, after all, so maybe the afterlife made an exception?]]
* HappyHarlequinHat: The MonsterClown Dimentio has a variation of this.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Most of the main villains, including Count Bleck, team up to help you stop Dimentio.]]
* HellInvadesHeaven: An army of Skellobits from the Underwhere invades the [[FluffyCloudHeaven Overthere]], where an army of Nimbis rises to fight it.
* HeroicSacrifice[=/=]ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:Done by Count Bleck and Tippi to destroy the Chaos Heart]].
** Also, Bowser and O'Chunks to keep the others from getting crushed by the ceiling in Castle Bleck.
* HighClassGlass: Count Bleck.
* HighCollarOfDoom: Count Bleck again.
* HollywoodChameleon: Francis.
* HollywoodNerd: Francis again.
* HowDoYouLikeThemApples: The Golden Apple, as well as the Pink, Blue, Yellow, Red, and Black Apples scattered throughout Chapter 7-3.
* HubLevel: Flipside and Flopside.
* HumanityEnsues: [[spoiler:Nastasia is probably a transformed bat]].
* HumongousMecha: The Brobots.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Listing all the punny names, events, and other innuendos in this game could take up an entire article on its own.
** Each and every one of the [[spoiler:Sammer Guy's 100-Man Army]] has a punny name (examples: See [[ShoutOut ShoutOut]]), complete with pre- and post-battle text.
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Peach in the beginning of the game, to make her cooperate with being married to Bowser.
* ICantUseTheseThingsTogether: Bowser, when he attempts to climb ladders.
* IncomingHam: BLEH HEH HEH! BLECK!
** Dimentio. "We meet again, like two angry, burly dinosaurs with indigestion!"
* INeedToGoIronMyDog:
--> '''Mr. L''': I uh... got to go deflavorize the Brobot's uh... Flavorizer.
* InevitableTournament: The Sammer Kingdom.
* InMediasRes: The wedding scene that plays during the AttractMode. Chronologically, that scene occurs during the span of time when Mario is blacked out, after Count Bleck captures Bowser, the Koopa Troop and Luigi partway through the introduction.
* InnBetweenTheWorlds: Flipside and Flopside, which are said to exist between dimensions.
* InnocentInnuendo: A lot of what Squirps says, like wanting to be ''squeezed'' and ''twisted'' into small spaces and also twice asking the player if they were in love with him (whether it was Mario, Peach, or Bowser didn't matter).
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: [[spoiler:Subverted when Mario gets separated from his teammates one by one in Chapter 8, but they come back together to assist him in the final boss fight.]]
* InvincibilityPowerUp: The Super Star turns the character into a giant 8-bit version of themselves.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: "Look, nobody likes having their butterfly kidnapped by a geek, but it's dangerous!"
* IWasQuiteALooker: The Hag Sisters.
* TheJester: Dimentio. He even provides the page's image.
* LampshadeHanging: It's more or less at the core of the game's humor.
* LargeHam: O'Chunks, Francis to an extent, Squirps to an extent as well, possibly [[spoiler:Super Dimentio]], and so on. The characters that end up memorable tend to be this.
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler:Squirps]].
** [[spoiler: Bleck is implied to be the last of the shadow tribe... [[SelfMadeOrphan though it's also strongly implied he did it himself as revenge for his father killing his love.]] ]]
* LeapOfFaith: Occasionally appears.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** Appropriately enough, the theme of the final boss, [[spoiler:Super Dimentio, who is a fusion of Dimentio, the Chaos Heart and Luigi]], is a mixture of their individual leitmotifs.
** Count Bleck's theme undergoes many repeats and variations, forming the [[MusicalPastiche backbone of the soundtrack]], along with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEK4n3wCN1Q&feature=related main fanfare]] and the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxtbIkAK3IA&feature=related Memory]]" theme.
* LivingCrashpad: Bowser and O'Chunks were last seen holding up a DescendingCeiling. The camera cuts to Mario and his friends in another room, and we hear the ceiling come down, suggesting Bowser and O'Chunks were crushed. Later, we see Princess Peach and Mimi fall down a hole in the floor, into their apparent doom. Eventually, [[spoiler: Bowser and Peach return unscathed during the battle with Count Bleck.]]
-->'''Tippi:''' [[spoiler: You're all here... But how?]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Bowser:''' I fell through the floor before I got flattened by the ceiling.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Peach:''' I fell through, too, and landed right on Bowser! It was a surprisingly soft landing...]]
* LonersAreFreaks: Francis. He gets incredibly nervous once Peach shows up and is so awkward and inept at normal face-to-face socialization that he needs to use a special program just to interact with her. For creepily disturbing effect, the program is fixed as a love sim.
* LostAesop: The ending of the game basically said, "[[ScrewDestiny Prophecies are meaningless]], now let's eat!"
* LoveFreak: Luvbi.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Count Bleck]].
* LoveRedeems: See above.
** For those who don't get it... [[spoiler:Count Bleck]] finally sees the error of his ways, and [[spoiler:helps the heroes save the world by restoring power to the Pure Hearts, and then, after Dimentio is defeated, marries his true love, Timpani, to stop the Big Bad's last resort, and undoes the Chaos Heart's damage. Unfortunately, [[HeroicSacrifice this kills them in the process]].]]
*** Except {{The Stinger}} reveals [[spoiler:a shot of what appears to be a couple standing in a meadow, one of whom is wearing a top hat, which suggests that it's Count Bleck/Lord Blumiere and Timpani. Whether their location is another world or something else entirely, though, is up for debate.]]
* MacGuffinGirl: [[spoiler:Luvbi is the white Pure Heart.]]
* MagikarpPower: Piccolo.
* MarathonLevel: The Pit of 100 Trials.
* MeaningfulName: Nastasia, which means "She shall rise again". [[spoiler:She survives an apparently fatal attack]].
** Especially brilliant, in that most players merely see a play on words between the word "nasty" and the name "Natashia", suggesting that it's just a name for a villain.
** Also Luvbi (as in "love" - hearts), [[spoiler:who transforms into a Pure Heart]].
* MesACrowd: At one point in Chapter 8-3, Dimentio floods a hallway with copies of himself. While they don't harm you, they are in your way and push you back to the center of the room.
* MirrorBoss: [[spoiler:The boss(es) of the Pit of 100 Trials in Flopside are like this.]]
* MirrorWorld: Flopside is a mirror image of Flipside.
* MoeAnthropomorphism: A canon example: [[spoiler: Luvbi is a Pure Heart in the form of a Nimbi]].
* MonsterClown: Dimentio. Heck, he's essentially the {{expy}} of [[FinalFantasyVI Kefka Palazzo]].
* MoodWhiplash: A lot of the later chapters get ''dark''.
** Let's see: [[spoiler:One world gets sucked into the Void, leaving ''nothing but a white void left'', and in the second part of the [[BonusLevelOfHell Bonus Level of Heaven]], ''[[NightmareFuel the Void actually appears]] [[ParanoiaFuel in the background!]]'']]
*** What's more, [[spoiler:the Void grows larger as the game progresses]], ''and'' if you revisit an older level, you may see [[spoiler:the Void in the background]] when it wasn't visible before. (Revisit World 1-1 after [[spoiler:the Void has grown a couple times]] to see this effect.)
* MookBouncer: The Back Cursya and Gnips.
* MoonLogicPuzzle: At one point in Chapter 5, you progress to a series of floating blocks. The only way to make the pipe appear to get to the next area is to it the blocks in order in a long, complicated sequence. The only way to know the sequence (without using an external source) is to talk to one of the villagers, whom you have to say please to five times ([[OverlyLongGag by repeatedly typing the word "please"]]) before he gives you the very long pattern. Definitely a GuideDangIt for those who don't bother to TalkToEveryone.
* MortonsFork: [[spoiler:Luvbi]] is faced with one when [[spoiler:she finds out that she is the last Pure Heart]]: if she [[spoiler:chooses to become the Pure Heart again]], she will die (and since they are already in the afterlife, experience CessationOfExistence). However, if she does not do this, then the heroes will not be able to stop the destruction of all worlds, meaning that everyone in the multiverse will cease to exist, including those who are already in the afterlife. She will experience CessationOfExistence either way. Her HeroicSacrifice [[FridgeLogic seems a little less heroic considering that]].
** [[spoiler:Fortunately, she appears again in the Overthere after the game is complete.]]
* MrExposition: Merlon.
* MyGreatestFailure: Not explicitly shown, but the ViolentGlaswegian O'Chunks [[spoiler:used to be a military commander, until a betrayal cost him the lives of all his men]].
* MythologyGag: The Pal Pills are very similar to a brigade of miniature Marios who briefly appeared in the ''[[SuperMarioBrosSuperShow Super Mario World]]'' [[AnimatedAdaptation cartoon]] episode "Rock TV". They also use the 8-bit Mario sprites, complete with death animation.
** That's not the only one. These types of gags make up much of the game's humor, to the point where listing all of them would make this page even longer than it already is.
* TheNeedless: Played with. Mario can't survive in space without oxygen yet he only needs to use a fishbowl as a helmet to avoid suffocation.
* NeverSayDie: Whenever death is mentioned, it's referred to as a GameOver if you're not related to flowers, in which case it's referred to as wilting. This is actually played for laughs, rather than censorship. At one point, your whole party visits the after life and gets a chance to speak with the dead, all of whom have died in ways you'd expect to die in a Mario game. When your party is ready to leave the after life, they even get a literal continue.
** Actually, during the FinalBoss battle, [[spoiler:Dimentio]] says "dies" when relating to [[spoiler:Count Bleck.]]
** And the queen of the afterlife says that she has power over life and death. It seems more like the word "life" is simply interchangeable with "game".
** Interestingly, it seems that the afterlife in the games is laid along the same lines as in Greek Mythology.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Mimi.
-->'''Mimi''': ''[[GoshDangItToHeck Stupid-heads]]... I'd mimicked her perfectly! You know it! ...I guess I'll congratulate you... [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence by tearing you to little bits like stupid confetti]]!''
* NoFourthWall
* NoHeroDiscount: Bestovius outright asks you why you, as the hero, should be able to learn his world-saving technique for free. (You can if you resist paying for long enough.)
* NonFatalExplosions: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:
-->'''Mimi''': ''But... But... That explosion didn't even turn you black with soot! That totally didn't even hurt you at all! This stinks!''
* NonstandardGameOver:
** Refusing to put the helmet on while you're in space, and than saying you enjoy not breathing.
-->'''Tippi''': ''Ugh. Who's stupider? You? Or me, for listening to you... No more... Good-bye.'''
** The very start of the game, you can refuse the Pure Heart that Merlon tries to give you by saying "No" three times (with Merlon getting increasingly desperate each time.) After that, he'll wander off worrying, you get a text screen saying that the universe was destroyed, and it's Game Over. This is ''before you even get to control Mario''.
* NoSneakAttacks: Averted; at one point, [[spoiler:Dimentio DOES appear in Merlon's house as the heroes are delivering the petrified Pure Heart, and, after a brief dialogue, kills them without giving them a chance to fight]]. [[spoiler:However, he only did this to send them to the afterlife so they could get the eighth Pure Heart, as well as to reunite Mario and Luigi, as part of his grand BatmanGambit.]]
* NostalgiaLevel: A room in chapter 3-1 is identical to level 1-2 from the original ''Super Mario Bros'', complete with warp zone.
* NotMeThisTime: Peach is kidnapped at the beginning. Immediately, Mario and Luigi go to Bowser's castle to rescue her. However, it turns out that Bowser was in the middle of a rallying speech in preparation for invading Peach's castle and did not actually ''do'' anything yet.
* NumberOfTheBeast: Well, sort of referenced. They used 667 instead of 666 for one of Dorguy's questions referencing the unlucky numbers.
--> "Shayde B buys 667 pens for [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13]] coins and buys [[OneHundredEight 108]] notebooks for [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy 42]] coins each.
* OffTheRails: Instead of finding Slim and emptying the rubee vault in Chapter 2-3, the player can get all 1,000,000 rubees they need by simply earning the cash they need. It'll take about six hours to do (minimum!), but it's possible.
** You still need Slim to reach the end block though.
* OhCrap: More specifically, "OH CRAG!"
* OmnicidalManiac: Count Bleck. [[spoiler:Until he learns that the love of his life is still alive, that is. Then he becomes more of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.]]
** [[spoiler:He was actually a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds from the start, as the reason why he even attempted to summon the Chaos Heart in the first place is because the love of his life was believed to have been killed, and spent a lot of time trying to search dimensions for her, never finding her.]]
* OminousFloatingCastle: [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Castle Bleck]].
* OptionalPartyMember: Barry, Dashell, Piccolo and [[spoiler:Tiptron]].
* OverlyLongGag: ''Super Paper Mario'' loves these, least of all being the repeated block-hitting and hamster-wheel running in Merlee's Mansion.
** "Um... Um... Um..."
* [[IncrediblyLamePun Paper]] [[PaperThinDisguise Thin Disguise]]: No one on Mario's side ever knows who Mr. L really is. Not even Mario himself, who only finds him "familiar".
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] and played with in Mimi's first appearance. She [[spoiler: disguises as Merlee to fool Mario, leading to a Quiz Game Show in which you're supposed to guess which one is the real deal from the answers. But there's no info on the real Merlee to be used as reference at that point, so it would seem like it's merely a lucky guess, and Mimi's plan would have worked greatly, were it not for the fly that was fluttering around the real Merlee all the time due to [[{{Squick}} hiding in the toilet]]]].
* ParentalMarriageVeto: [[spoiler:Blumiere's father to Timpani and Blumiere. Of the 'she's the wrong race' type. This involved banishing Timpani to the edges of the universe, as well as damn near ''killing'' her. Let's just say it didn't turn out well for the father.]]
* PartyInMyPocket
** To the point where if a cutscene calls for more than one playable character to be on camera, the others have to appear or disappear BehindTheBlack. A notable instance takes place during the Overthere Stair level -- in the cutscene where Peach returns to your party, whichever character you are using (Mario, Luigi, or Bowser) feeds her a black apple to wake her up, which tastes disgusting. Her WildTake knocks the single character off camera, then Mario, Luigi, and Bowser all walk back on camera. After a while of discussion, Luvbi interrupts, and the camera moves to get her in frame, conveniently leaving Mario, Luigi, and Bowser out of the shot again. Peach remains on camera for the rest of the cutscene, and when gameplay returns, Mario, Luigi, and Bowser are no longer standing there -- you're controlling Peach now, but you can switch back to one of the others.
* PartyScattering: Dimentio sends Mario and gang to the Underwhere, the Mario-verse equivalent of Hades. Mario wakes up alone and has to team up with Luigi before they can escape, then go back and reunite with Bowser and Peach so they can advance the plot.
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Inverted; Nastasia is gloomy and Count Bleck is perky. Played straight by Mimi.
* PerspectiveMagic
* PetTheDog: Count Bleck's [[TrueCompanions treatment]] of his minions.
* PlayableEpilogue
* ThePlayerIsTheMostImportantResource: PlayedForLaughs; the "Almighty Player Who Watches Over Us" is said to be the only one who will understand the fourth-wall breaking control instructions.
* PottyEmergency: In Chaper 4-2, Squirps ends up having to go to the restroom, but it was occupied by Fleep the Pixl.
* PowerOfLove: The game's main theme.
* PressStartToGameOver: You can end the game right at the beginning by repeatedly refusing to help Merlon.
* PromotedToPlayable: Bowser.
* ProphecyPileup: Zigzagged; both the Light and Dark Prognosticus tell the tale of the end of the world and the heroes who would challenge it, but Merlon openly states that the Light Prognosticus was only written to counteract the Dark one, and isn't actually prophetic. Though the game is very confusing on this point; the characters all act as though the Light Prognosticus is just as valid and consult it for advice, and [[spoiler: in the end, it is the one that ends up fulfilled]].
* PsychopathicManchild: Mimi, [[VagueAge possibly]].
* PunnyName: Every Pixl has one based on their ability - Tippi gives you tips, Thoreau throws things, Boomer blows obstacles and enemies up, and so on.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Your partners are the lady who's typically your DamselInDistress, the giant monster who's typically your arch-nemesis, and your typical sidekick, who bears a [[PaperThinDisguise striking resemblance]] to one of the BigBad's minions. And you have about a dozen {{Fairy Companion}}s, all of whom have their own eccentricities from thinking a princess in a pink dress is worth lots of girth to constantly singing in a French accent.
* Really700YearsOld: [[spoiler:Squirps, but there's other 1500-year-old characters as well!]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Mimi gives one to Peach. [[UnstoppableRage Big mistake.]]
* RecordNeedleScratch: Happens to the music played during [[ExpositionFairy Tippi's]] {{Flashback}}s when she realizes [[spoiler: [[BigBad Count Bleck]] is really her [[LoveMakesYouEvil lover, Blumiere]], who presumably kills his father in vengeance for [[AndIMustScream banishing Tippi to walk all the worlds until she dies]].]]
* ReluctantWarrior: Fractail initially intended to simply let Mario pass on by to acquire the Pure Heart without any conflict. Unfortunately for the both of them, Dimentio [[BrainwashedAndCrazy took care of]] [[AIIsACrapshoot that]].
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler:Tiptron for Tippi, despite a mild identity crisis on whether she really is Tippi or was created by Francis. Trust me, you will ''want'' to buy Tiptron -- still heartbreaking to see the circles at the ends of her antennae, though]].
* {{Retraux}}: The Bitlands.
* RobotMaid: '''''[[MegaNeko Giant cat]]''''' robot maids, in fact.
* RousingSpeech: Debatable, but when Dashell is obtained, he gives quite the rousing speech, including the line "You! Must! Treasure! Life! You've got to! Got to! GOT TO!"
* RPGElements: This game is a platformer with RPG elements like attack stats and health. This is the inverse of the other ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' games, which are [=RPGs=] with platform elements.
* RuleOfThree: [[spoiler:In the final chapter, three sets of Pure Hearts were used up to counter the Chaos Heart: One set, which Mario and the Party spent the entire rest of the game acquiring up to that point, was used to remove the barrier protecting Count Bleck; The second set, created from Bleck/Lumiere and Tippi/Timpani reigniting their love for each other, was used to do the same to Dimentio when he usurped Bleck's control over the Chaos Heart; And the last set, created when Bleck and Tippany got married, was used to stop the Chaos Heart from destroying all worlds.]]
* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler:As she begins to fall, Peach grabs Mimi, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood surprising her]] [[RousseauWasRight into turning]] [[HeelFaceTurn good]]]].
* SavingTheWorld: Or worlds, rather.
* ScoringPoints: Though due to the RPGElements the score also doubles as an experience system.
* SdrawkcabName: The Flopside counterpart of Merlon nicknames himself "Nolrem" to avoid confusion.
* SecretDiary: Dimentio quotes Mimi's and asks if she was dreaming about "pools of gems and hunky pool boys." Mimi turns into Bowser as she yells at Dimentio for reading her diary, in a ContinuityNod to the first PaperMario.
* SelfImposedChallenge: If you really wanted to, you ''could'' earn back the rupees for Mimi's vase in the way that she wants you to rather than the much easier and faster way that the game provides for you. [[PoopSocking It is not recommended]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:Blumiere, a.k.a. Count Bleck, is heavily implied to have done this. To be fair, his dad was a {{Jerkass}} (see ParentalMarriageVeto above).]]
* SequelEscalation: The previous game merely involved SavingTheWorld; this game has you traveling across dimensions to save the ''multiverse''.
* SeriousBusiness: It's implied left and right that Francis lost friends over arguments about their favorite shows.
* ShapedLikeItself: This game gives us the "Dark Dark Boo", a dark version of an ''already dark'' enemy.
* ShipperOnDeck: Luvbi spends at least half of her screentime speculating about relationships between the characters.
** This is arguably an example of FridgeBrilliance, since Luvbi is [[spoiler:actually one of the Pure Hearts and would thus be made completely out of love, so it is absolutely logical and perhaps even expected for her to be interested in the love affairs of others.]]
* ShoutOut: Tons.
** Nearly every Sammer Guy has a PunnyName of some sort, mostly relating to other characters or elements in the greater Mario series. See [[http://www.mariowiki.com/List_of_Sammer_Guys here]] for a full list.
** Francis has a [[Franchise/AceAttorney Pink Princess poster]].
** It may just be a coincedence, but the Queen of Underwhere is named [[TheChroniclesofNarnia Jaydes]].
** The Underchomp battle is an UnexpectedGameplayChange based on the old-school ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games. And just like the [[ClassicalMythology Cerberus]], [[spoiler:putting it to sleep with Piccolo is the easiest way of dealing with it.]]
** Nastasia's dialogue in the English version is very reminiscent of a certain [[OfficeSpace office manager]].
** One of the worlds is called "Lineland", after a location in ''Literature/{{Flatland}}'', which is, of course, about a 2D being who gets introduced to 3D.
** Also, Fracktail ends up being [[BrainwashedAndCrazy driven]] [[AIIsACrapshoot crazy]] by the BigBad, forcing Mario to fight it and only regains control over itself when Mario delivers the final blow and perishes soon thereafter, just like [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda Volvagia and Link from]] ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'''s manga.
*** Speaking of Fracktail and ''Zelda'', one of the phrases Fracktail spouts while glitching out is [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink "I AM ERROR."]]
*** Also with Fracktail when defeated his eyes turn into the Wii-Shop loading logo.
* ShowsDamage: Bonechill and Mimi; the latter looses one of her spider legs every time you damage her enough.
* SickeningCrunch: Mimi, of course.
* SissyVillain: King Croacus IV.
* TheSociopath: Dimentio.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Paper Mario'' and ''Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door'' are both [=RPGs=] with TurnBasedCombat and other typical RPGElements. ''Super Paper Mario'', on the other hand, features real time combat and is more of an adventure game with several RPG elements. Only time will tell whether another ''Super Paper Mario'' game will come and make it its own series.
* SorryImLate: Midway through the battle against Count Bleck, Mario is joined by Peach, Bowser, and Luigi.
* SpiderLimbs: Mimi.
* SpoilerTitle: Once you enter the second segment of Chapter 6 and see that it's titled [[spoiler:"The End of a World"]], you know what's coming.
* StalkedByTheBell: Mimi on level 2-4 and the game's Pit of 100 trial levels.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:Count Bleck and Tippi]], on account of the ParentalMarriageVeto.
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:Dimentio actually usurps the throne]] at the end of the game.
* StealthPun: The River Twygz in the Underwhere is a parody of the River Styx in Greek Mythology. Now say them aloud. [[spoiler: Styx sounds like ''sticks'', Twygz sounds like ''twigs''.]]
** You can ride a mine cart. It's a...''VideoGame/MarioKart''.
* StorybookOpening
* StrawFan: Francis is the absolute epitome of this trope. In one of his private rooms, you can find and read this "Geeklog" entry:
--> Geeklog Date: 11.26\\
Mood: Ranty\\
\\
The sun is bright outside so I'm going to [[{{Hikikomori}} stay in]] and watch "The Blubbening".\\
Season One has better writing and voice acting than the later seasons.\\
I mean, COME ON. Everything [[JumpedTheShark went totally downhill after]] the big dream sequence.\\
Still, the animation in the scenes where [[VideoGame/PaperMario Tubba Blubba]] battles robots is schweet.\\
Season Three was obviously just a [[MerchandiseDriven vehicle for selling]] action figures and vehicles!\\
I never understood why they changed the sound effect when the princess appears.\\
It was "Deet-dinga-deet-ling!" then suddenly it was "dinga-deet-dinga-ling!"\\
[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks As if no one would notice! Pffft!]] True fans care about important stuff about that.\\
They should totally run the show without commercials and let fans suggest story lines!\\
That's what fans want, and [[FanDumb we're the only ones that matter]].\\
I guess I'll still buy "The Blubbening" box set. The preorder bonus is a costume!\\
While I wait for it to come, [[{{Troll}} I'll go online and tell everyone it's stupid]].
* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: In 2-3, you wind up having to pay off a 1,000,000 Rubee debt for breaking Mimi's vase at the very beginning of the level. You could just ''ignore the vase'', thus never bringing up the debt in the first place... but the game won't let you leave the area this way, so you have no choice but to break it.[[labelnote:*]]Slightly {{justified|Trope}} in that, without going through the level, you wouldn't be able to get Slim, who is needed for the rest of the game.[[/labelnote]]
** And another when Merlon makes you hit a block, opening a pit beneath you that you fall into, despite his dialogue heavily hinting that something is amiss.
*** No way is this not deliberate though. If you refuse enough times, he even lampshades it, [[spoiler:explaining how event flags work and how you need to fall for the trap to progress the game.]]
* SuperCellReception: The Queen of the Underworld makes a phone call to the King of Mario's-equivalent-to-Heaven. That's not a normal phone whichever way you look at it.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Unlike the previous games.
** Except for a small pool of polluted water in the Cromag village. [[spoiler:Which [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] the true motive behind the Floro Sapiens' invasion.]]
* SuperSpeed: [[spoiler: The secret pixl, Dashell, allows your character to run much faster.]] Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach can be seen to outrun a sound wave without [[spoiler:Dashell]], though Bowser is just barely slower.
* SupportingProtagonist: Mario. Despite being the main hero of the Light Prognosticus, the game isn't about him. It's about [[spoiler:the tragic romance of Tippi and Bleck, Luigi's role in the Dark Prognosticus, and Dimentio taking advantage of the three.]]
* SurpriseCreepy: Especially if you're coming from one of the other games in the series.
* TakeThat: [[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch "I love going on message boards and complaining about games I've never played!"]]
** More like Francis himself. They even parody the fact that the Internet itself is a cat-person with Fort Francis being full of cats (Either that or parodying {{Catgirl}}s).
** Rumor has it that review copies of the game replaced this with something to the effect of, "I will give a game a lower score because I think my readers won't like it." This is a dig at ''[=GameInformer's=]'' review of ''PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''.
** A Sammer Guy deep within the Duel of 100 is a dig against RealIsBrown.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Dimentio]] decides that if he can't create his own perfect world, then he'll destroy all worlds instead.
* TalksLikeASimile: Dimentio. His talent for weird similes that still somehow make sense is rivaled only by his prowess in dimensional magic.
--> "And so I arrive, like a sudden windstorm at a kindergarten picnic!"
* TedBaxter: Flint Cragley.
* ThatManIsDead: {{Subverted|Trope}}. [[spoiler:Count Bleck gives this speech, but ends up [[HeelFaceTurn turning good]] at the end all the same.]]
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Count Bleck's trying to cause the end of TheMultiverse as we know it.
* ThemeNaming: Fracktail and Wracktail.
* ThemeSongReveal: There's a clever one hidden [[GeniusBonus rather well]]: [[spoiler:Count Bleck's theme is the "Memory" theme played in ragtime and transposed to a different key.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Very possible to pull off. [[TheGoomba The basic Goomba]] has one single hit point. There is an item that temporarily doubles your attack. There is a Pixl that doubles your attack with a butt-stomp. There is a card that globally doubles your attack. By leveling up and obtaining certain power-ups, you can reach a maximum of 198 attack for Bowser (the other characters cap at 99). Finally, you can hold a maximum of 99 cards of an enemy, and each card multiplies the damage you deal to it. So in conclusion, with the maximum circumstances, you can give a poor weak Goomba a total damage of 2 x 2 x 2 x 198 x 100 (99 cards = 100x damage). This sums up to a brutal '''158,400 points of damage'''.
* ThirdPersonPerson: ...said Count Bleck! He is probably reading his own dialogue from the Dark Prognosticus, so this is justified. Or it's just a VerbalTic. However, he does occasionally refer to himself in first-person, which gives further weight to the quoting-from-the-Dark-Prognosticus theory.
** Squirps and most of the Cragnons also do this.
* ThrowAwayCountry: [[spoiler:Sammer's Kingdom]].
* ToHellAndBack:
** Your whole party is seemingly given a GameOver, and end up in The Underwhere. Luckily, the Queen is pretty friendly and gives you a Continue when it's revealed that you aren't really dead and shouldn't be there.
** And then the door to Chapter 7 brings you right BACK into the Underwhere, because that's where the final [[PlotCoupon Pure Heart]] is located. And then you get back. So it's a double dose of this trope in the same game. Although the second trip was via dimension-hopping both ways, not death.
* TreacherousSpiritChase: In the final chapter, Mimi appears before you disguised as Merlon and Merlee, both of which are so ridiculously obvious that if you keep talking to her, she'll lampshade the StupidityIsTheOnlyOption of this situation, as Mario falling for her extremely obvious trap is the only way to progress.
* TrueCompanions: Perversely enough, Count Bleck and his henchmen.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Dark Prognosticus.
* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: The Dark Prognosticus and the Light Prognosticus.
* TookALevelInBadass: Peach.
* TotallyRadical: The [[spoiler:Floro Sapiens]], once you get to know 'em. Their hippy-like speech patterns may be a bit of a StealthPun -- they're flower children!
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Besides the UnexpectedShmupLevel, there's the Underchomp battle, which plays like a ''Dragon Warrior'' battle.
** UnexpectedShmupLevel: Outer Space has sections like this, such as the Brobot boss battle.
* TheUnfought: Nastasia.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Mimi, in one of the few video game examples of this trope. She goes through ''[[http://www.mariowiki.com/mimi#Clothing ten]]'' separate outfits in the relatively short game. Contrast the LimitedWardrobe that applies to every other character.
** She's a ShapeShifter, though.
* UnwinnableByDesign: Early in the game, when asked to help out, you can [[RefusalOfTheCall ignore it]], by choosing the "No" option three times. You'll get a game over, and since there hasn't been a SavePoint yet, have to start over at the very beginning. Before you even take control of Mario.
* VagueAge: Mimi.
* VerbalTic: ...said Count Bleck!
** Nastasia has one too, 'k?
** So does Squirps! SQUIIIIIIRP!!!
** There's also the Crags, brah.
** Flint Cragley should be here too, Cragley ho!
** Francis thinks that TVTropes is hi-technicaaaaaaaaaaal, NERR!
** And Old Man Watchitt, WATCH IT!
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: "A bump from a poor, defenseless Whacka. Restores 30 HP and cures poison. [[YouBastard ...How do you sleep at night?]]"
** Hit the Whacka eight times, and he dies for good. By the way, he was the LastOfHisKind.
*** Not exactly. Maybe in the Paper Mario series, but about a million of them appear in ''VideoGame/MarioParty 6'' on the snowflake place.
*** Afterwards you can find a woman in his place waiting for him. She figures out he's gone and cries "Bring back my Whackaaaaaa". As if you needed to feel even worse.
** And if you talk to him in between the whacks leading up, he apparently becomes [[SanitySlippage more and more incoherent and confused]]. So not only do you kill him, but you give him brain damage leading up to it as well.
*** Try reading all this dialogue, I guarantee you will feel like a monster, the poor thing loses its sense of self. Damn you [[HundredPercentCompletion recipes]]...
** Do you know what? You don't even NEED to whack Whacka at all in Super Paper Mario. Do you know why? Because you can buy Whacka Bumps in the Flipside Arcade.
*** Makes you wonder where the Arcade gets those Bumps...
**** [[FridgeHorror The game never says how long Whacka has been the last of his kind...]][[invoked]]
* VillainousBSOD
** [[spoiler:When the Pure Hearts depower Dimentio allowing you to defeat him.]]
** Before that, [[spoiler:Count Bleck goes into a mild one after getting overthrown by Dimentio.]]
* VillainousHarlequin: Dimentio, of course.
* VillainTeleportation: Done repeatedly. Dimentio and Bleck even have the nerve [[TeleportSpam to do it during battle]]!
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Well, game, rather. But Count Bleck's pretty vile for a villain in a Mario game, wanting the destruction of all worlds. [[spoiler:Of course, Dimentio is MUCH more vile.]]
* ViolentGlaswegian: O'Chunks.
* VisualPun: At one point, you have to feed Peach the correct apple to wake her up. One of the incorrect ones turns her into a literal peach.
** The trees in the background of the Underwhere are composed of squares hanging from branches, or family trees. Best not to dwell on that for too long.
* VoiceForTheVoiceless: Tippi is this for Mario.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:Dimentio]] does this. You can accept for a NonstandardGameOver.
* WeddingDay: The game opens with Peach being forcibly wed to Bowser. Amusingly, he insists on referring to himself as her husband for the rest of the game, and even [[strike:sort of]] ''acts'' like it, lending credence to the theory that he's in love with her.
** When Bowser [[spoiler:sacrifices himself in Count Bleck's castle]], Peach ''turns around to look at him one more time before she goes''. It [[StarCrossedLovers may not]] just be Bowser.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:Chapter 6-1, in which Sammer's Kingdom succumbs to the void, making the Pure Heart useless, followed by Dimentio sending the party to the Underwhere, setting up Chapter 7.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In Chapter 1, Tippi instantly recognizes Dimentio when they first meet him. How Tippi knew him or why she recognized him was never explained or mentioned again afterward.
* WhereIWasBornAndRazed: It is implied that, after the heartbreak of Blumiere's [[spoiler:(Count Bleck's)]] love, Timpani [[spoiler:(Tippi)]], being exiled to multiple dimensions by his father and presumably killed, that Blumiere ended up wiping out his race, the Tribe of Darkness.
* WhiteVoidRoom: [[spoiler:Sammer's Kingdom becomes a blank white expanse after being consumed by the void, only leaving behind small bits of debris]].
* WholePlotReference: Chapter 7 is the DivineComedy.
* WickedCultured: Dimentio
* WildTeenParty: It is implied that the [[spoiler:remaining unbrainwashed members of the]] Koopa Troop intended to throw one of these while guarding Bowser's fort in the Bitlands when he joins Mario and Peach.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Count Bleck.]] Hoo boy.
* WordSaladTitle: Parodied with Francis's manga collection: ''Android Love Patrol''.
* {{Wutai}}: Sammer's Kingdom. [[spoiler:[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Which is completely wiped off the map by the Big Bad.]]]]
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Flopside is like a run-down, depressing version of Flipside.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: The [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Nimbis]] speaketh this way.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Dimentio, to Mr. L]]. This serves the secondary purpose of [[spoiler:allowing Luigi to join the heroes]].
** He does it again later [[spoiler:- and to Count Bleck, no less]].
* YourMakeupIsRunning: Mimi taunts Peach this way right before their duel. As if she needed more of a reason to tick her off...
* YourSoulIsMine: Catch Cards capture an enemy's soul and turn them into Cards. The more Cards one has of a species, the more power Mario (and the other heroes) have in their attacks on them. This includes Koopas and other creatures we ''know'' are fully sentient. [[WhatTheHellHero What the hell, Mario?]]
** Making it worse is the fact that many players use capture cards to make huge fortunes by capturing vast numbers of [[MetalSlime Amazee Dayzees]] with them, which are also fully sentient. It's no wonder that the species is so rare, YouMonster.
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