%% Please add tropes to their appropriate folders. Anything regarding the reboot (such as anything revealed in previews) should be placed in the bottom folder. Also remember that Examples Are Not Recent, so always present future material as if it had already happened.
%% Once the reboot airs, a third folder will be made that precedes the current two, and will include tropes related to both incarnations of SMBZ.
[[caption-width-right:350:''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' + ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' + ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' = this series.]]

''Super Mario Bros Z'' is a flash animation series by Alvin-Earthworm. The series is a {{cross over}} between the Mario and Sonic universes in a plot that bears great similarity to ''Anime/DragonballZ'', in which ''DBZ''-style abilities are granted to each character -- their strength, speed, stamina, etc have all gotten a massive upgrade from what is seen in their respective games, shows, comics and other media. Their abilities relative to each other remain largely intact, though (Sonic still runs faster than anybody else, Mario is highly versatile, etc.).

Combining references to games both old and new, physical comedy (mostly at [[ButtMonkey Luigi's expense]]), and some rather spectacular battle sequences, the series has gained quite a following.

[[http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/supermariobrosz.html Hosted on]] Website/{{Newgrounds}}, eight episodes were made, with a 9th one left unfinished. There was a 45 episode saga (3 seasons of 15 episodes each) planned, [[CutShort but the series was discontinued in March 2012]] after nearly two and a half years since the release of Episode 8.

The official site housed a guide, timeline, and other sundry details along with the episodes proper, before its closure.

As of March 26, 2012, there was an official announcement that Alvin had discontinued the series. The only official footage of the now forever-lost episode 9 can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzTmUcYaU5U here.]] Though at the time he referred to the series as being "on indefinite hiatus" rather than permanently done for.

[[labelnote:Further details]]
Interactions between flash animator Juga Juga (Trevor Nestor) and Alvin suggested that Alvin may have planned on continuing work on the series (rebooting it), meanwhile Juga Juga instated an official kickstarter project to bring the series to some sort of closure... which was quickly pulled, due to Kickstarter's rules.

Juga Juga commented:

"I was looking to contact Alvin, but was unable to because all of his accounts seemed to be shut down. A fan from one of the official SMBZ facebook groups sent me Alvin's contact info, and, it turns out he has an alternate deviantart account (not sure if he wants this information publicly available, so I'm not sure I should post it). I think that he made the post [the post about continuing with the SMBZ series on a reboot] on Newgrounds very soon after messaging me about possibly coming back, so perhaps this project influenced him?"

In one reply from Alvin to Juga Juga shortly before his public announcement, Alvin messaged:

"I have been sporadic with my artwork in the past, so it's not an impossibility that I would someday like to work on it again. I would like to rework the series from the ground up. Change up some key scenes. Improve the story and dialogue. Rework the fight scenes and choreography, etc etc. Obviously I cannot stop you from working on your movie if you really want to."

In October 2013, Alvin released an [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Sprite-animation-practice-SMBZ-ep-1-remake-405291459 updated version]] of Episode 1's opening sequence, along with ideas for a remake, but clarified that the video didn't guarantee that he ''would'' be remaking the series.

However, on September 4th, 2015, Alvin released the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz8qsmLmgI4 new introduction to the series' reboot]], bringing ''Super Mario Bros. Z'' back to life after its cancellation three years prior. The first episode of the rebooted ''Super Mario Bros. Z'' was released on January 5th, 2016 for Alvin's Patreon supporters, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5-ErbSrTOc and January 8th for the general public]]. However, Alvin's ongoing mental health struggles have caused Episode 2 to be indefinitely delayed.

!!This series has examples of:

[[folder:The Original Run]]
* ActionBomb: Waluigi shows why these should never be used as grenades.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: The series turned Shadow from a low-key, brooding, level-headed character into a hot-tempered, angry character to better mirror Vegeta.
** This got discussed in Episode 8, with Sonic calling Shadow out on being more hot-blooded than usual. It's implied Shadow's personality shifted because of [[spoiler:Rouge's death]].
* AirplaneArms: Mario, Luigi, and Sonic. That ''is'' how they run in their games, however.
* AnotherDimension: Mobius is this to the Mushroom Kingdom.
* ApocalypseHow: Planetary destruction and implied total extinction of life on Mobius and [[spoiler: Regional destruction with Physical Annihilation in regards to Yoshi Island.]]
* ArmCannon: Mecha Sonic's arm contains one of these, complete with [[DramaticGunCock shotgun-racking sound effect]] when he switches to it. He usually uses it as a machine gun, but he can also fire missiles out of it (two at once, even!). He doesn't use it very often though, considering that most of his opponents are fast enough/skilled enough to avoid gunfire.
* ArtEvolution: The difference in quality between Episodes 1 and 5 is staggering, and it has only gotten better since then.
* ArtShift: When the characters visit the Minus World, they all appear as 8-bit versions of themselves. This is {{Handwave}}d as an effect of the "negative energy" that created the area in the first place.
** The most recent culmination of this is in Episode 8, where the art breaks from its pixelated bonds to use actual animated art in certain instances.
** In Episode 8, Mario and Luigi briefly get their ''VideoGame/HotelMario'' artwork, complete with a {{Lampshade}}.
* ATeamFiring: Inverted. With very few exceptions, the more projectiles used in a given attack, the less effectiveness that attack will have. Heroes and villains alike casually wade through a sea of beams or hammers without a scratch, but single projectile attacks nearly always hit.
* AvengingTheVillain: Basilisx wants revenge on Mario because he killed his best friend, which by the sound of his description, was an unimportant Koopa in one of the castles of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''... although some have noted that the details he provides don't match up with the game, throwing some suspicion on whether his motives are truthful.
* BadassMustache: Mario, Luigi, and [[spoiler:Dr. Eggman]].
* BashBrothers: To an art form.
* {{BFG}}: Axem Red's secret weapon. [[TheWorfBarrage It doesn't work.]]
** On a larger scale, [[WaveMotionGun the Omega Doomship Main Energy Cannon in Episode 8]].
** Between the two sits the Breaker Beam. Back in Super Mario RPG, it might, oh, take half your HP or so. But when Axem Red hooks up a Chaos Emerald, it ''levels the mountains on Yoshi's Island from a single shot''. That didn't stop Mecha Sonic, though...
* BigBadEnsemble: Mecha Sonic, Bowser, and Smithy, although the latter hasn't personally appeared yet. Also, [[spoiler:Eggman]] is working for Bowser but seems to have [[TheStarscream his own agenda]]. [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Wart]]]] shows up in the anime opening, although he hasn't made it into the show itself yet (though based on the reboot intro, [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry King K. Rool]] and [[VideoGame/LuigisMansion King Boo]] look to have taken his place]]).
* BigDamnHeroes: Sonic and Shadow in 2, Yoshi in 5, Shadow in 7.
* BigRedButton: [[spoiler:Eggman]]'s button.
* BilingualBonus: Professor Frankly's history lecture in Episode 7 reveals that several centuries ago the Mushroom Kingdom was ruled by Queen Pesca VIII. In Italian, "''pesca''" means "peach".
* BishonenLine: Master Mecha Sonic, as indicated by the [[SpoilerOpening intro]] and [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]].
* BizarroWorld: The Minus World.
* BladeOnAStick: Each of the Axems have these, combined with AnAxeToGrind.
* BlackKnight: Basilisx.
* BolivianArmyEnding: Kind of: [[spoiler:In the trailer for Episode 9, showing the progress he made for the episode before cancelling it, Basilisx, after Luigi broke out of his rocky prison via the Tanooki Suit's powers and saved Mario from Basilisx, is last seen telling his soldiers to attack Mario and Luigi as the trailer ends.]] Because of the nature of the cancellation, it's unknown what exactly would have happened, though Alvin's personal harangue of the Basilisx character implies that Mario and Luigi would have fought their way to the Koopalings.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
--> '''Frankly:''' ...And you better listen, too. YEAH, YOU! Behind the computer monitor! You need to hear this as well!
** This is actually more of a ShoutOut to ''[[VideoGame/PaperMario Paper Mario 2: The Thousand-Year Door]]'', where Frankly uses an identical phrase during an exposition session in the game.
** Goombella mentions no one would remember the first "Over 9000" joke, since it was made a year and a half earlier.
* BulletTime: Mario, Sonic, and Mecha Sonic do this a lot. Particularly notable in Episode 7, where Sonic and Mecha Sonic are fighting so fast that Mario appears to stand still. Shadow can also enter a version of BulletTime using Chaos Control.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: ''Mario'' evokes this. See WhatTheHellHero below.
* ButtMonkey: Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi.
* CatchPhrase: Sonic frequently saids "Let's get moving" before setting off. Stuffwell brings his CatchPhrase "Back To Adventure" from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' with him.
* CatchphraseInterruptus: Sonic is quickly annoyed by Stuffwell's catchphrase, interrupting him to ask him to stop. Stuffwell is taken back by it, but complies.
* CameraAbuse: Waluigi smacks into it while flying around after Wario pokes him with a pin. Bowser ''cracks'' it when Mario throws him out of the Grand Prix in Episode 2. [[spoiler:This is a reference to what happens to him after defeating Cackletta back in Superstar Saga.]]
** ...Aaaand then the lens is completely shattered in Episode 8 by a startled mook.
* TheCameo: [[PunchClockVillain Jeff and Hal]] of ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom'', another Newgrounds Mario series, make a cameo appearance in Episode 7.
* CanonForeigner: [[spoiler:Mecha Mario]], Captain Basilisx.
* CatapultNightmare: Sonic.
* ChekhovsGun: Luigi's 1-Up mushroom; Professor Kolorado's Subconian stopwatch.
** The former looks ready to be fired again. As hopeless as everything looks, E. Gadd packed the heroes a 1-Up and Sonic won another one killing enemies...
** Also, Shadow mentioned in Episode 5 that he could sense Chaos Emerald energy from long distances when explaining why he is suspicious of the "emerald" that was barely 100 yards away. If Shadow finds at least one Chaos Emerald upon returning to the group, this might explain how he got it.
* ChromeChampion: Metal Bowser.
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive: [[spoiler:Dr. Eggman]] in episode 7. Complete with ScaryShinyGlasses.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Episode 8 ends with Mario at the mercy at Basilisx, the other heroes turned to stone, [[spoiler: Eggman]] now working for Bowser, Peach kidnapped (as usual), Shadow nowhere to be found and Mecha Sonic still on the loose with half the emeralds. How does it end? Well, despite Alvin cancelling the series before finishing episode 9, he did create enough of it to show how Mario gets saved, and Shadow's whereabouts.
* CliffStack: Sonic is a reoccurring victim of this.
* ColonyDrop: The Death Egg crashes on Mobius, with some incredibly-devastating consequences.
* ColourCodedCharacters: The Koopa Bros. Made infinitely more amusing when one looks back and realizes who fought who in the first battle against them-- particularly Red, Green and Black. The same can be said for the Axem Rangers, though they had one extra member.
* CoolPlane: [[VideoGame/SuperMarioLand Sky Pop]] Mark II. It doesn't use a runway for takeoff - [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It uses a slingshot!]]
* CombatPragmatist: Zigzagged with Basilisx. He could have just used the [[TakenForGranite Stone Gaze]] to turn Mario to stone immediately, but he challenged Mario to a one-on-one fight instead, preferring to kill a flesh-and-blood Mario. In the actual fight, however, he has absolutely no qualms about using {{Poison Mushroom}}s to weaken his opponent or Luigi as a shield/bludgeon.
* CombinationAttack: The Koopa Bros.' finishing move; Axem Ranger Green and Black's spinning attack; Sonic and Mario's double attack when empowered by the Super Star.
** Most of the fight scenes with more than one of the heroes feature these. Several, in fact, are [[ShoutOut throwbacks]] to the myriad Bros. Attacks in the ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]]'' series. Of course, due to the nature of this series, the attacks are taken UpToEleven.
** Luigi is particularly fond of these, using the Blue Shell and Tanooki Suits to transform himself into a weapon/vehicle for others to use.
* ConspicuousCG: The Doomship.
** Alvin has admitted this was a kind of compromise, since fully rendering it would be a nightmare. He has tried to HandWave it by saying that it has a sort of NarmCharm, since it kind of calls back to the SNES ''VideoGame/StarFox'' graphics.
** And the fact that fully rendering it would ''raise the file size'', and Newgrounds updated the site just so he could upload Episode 8.
* ContinuityPorn: This series takes most, if not all, of the Mario games as canon. Main series, the handheld gaiden games, the [=RPG=]s... The series started with a ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' race, and once featured Mario in his [[VideoGame/DrMario doctor get-up]]. With Sonic, it appears to be the same thing, exempting Mecha Sonic who is the Sonic-bot from ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' but is apparently an entirely new creation.
** Mecha Sonic is actually a combination of four of the robotic Sonics from the series: [[FlipFlopOfGod Silver/Mecha]] Sonic from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', [[NoNameGiven an unnamed robot]] from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', Mecha Sonic from the Archie Comics Sonic Special "Mecha Madness" (who was actually Sonic after being roboticized), and Metal Sonic from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD''; their combined form is Mecha Sonic from ''Sonic & Knuckles''.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Sonic and Shadow's convenient timing on their arrival.
* CouchGag: In the Newgrounds official releases, each episode (after pressing the "Play" button) features Mario gaining some powerup or another.
** Or power-''down'', as the case may be in Episode 6. Poor Mario....
* CriticalHit: Manifested as a double flash and a slight pause.
* {{Crossover}}: Mario and Sonic, of course.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Luigi might be cowardly, but he can sure put up a fight when needed.
* CurbStompBattle: The series LOVES those, whether it's just one side brutally dominating the other (like Metal Sonic versus Yoshi) either it starts with one side having the upper hand, then something miraculous happens and the other side crushes the opposition with equal ease (like Mario versus Metal Bowser).
* CurbStompCushion: Almost all battles, even the curb stomps, feature some exchange of damage.
** Yoshi briefly gains the advantage against Mecha Sonic, tanks an insane amount of damage with his egg shield, and for a short time actually contains Mecha Sonic in an egg.
** Shadow is able to match a SuperMode Mecha Sonic almost move for move, and Mario's fireball from behind seemingly does some real damage since he wasn't expecting it.
** Sonic gains the upper hand against Mecha Sonic in the Pipe Maze by using the Light Speed Attack, and when Mecha returns the favor they both trade blows in SuperSpeed for several seconds.
** Even the {{Mook}}s get in on it: after a ''complete'' rout of the entire Doomship deck by the FiveManBand, a ZergRush of Koopatrols within the ship lands hits, briefly subdues Luigi and Yoshi, and surrounds Sonic.
* CutShort: The original run stopped at Episode 8 (out of the planned 45) in 2009, though the cancellation wasn't made official until 2012.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Shadow.
* DeathFromAbove: Mecha Sonic's ginormous energy ball, which in appearance is a ''miniature Sun'', which was hurled at Yoshi's Island.
** Which is a reference to Freeza's death ball which destroyed Planet Vegeta in DBZ.
* DeathWorld: [[spoiler:Mobius thanks to Mecha Sonic.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome:
** Luigi's flashback in Episode 6.
** Sonic's flashbacks to the destruction of Mobius at the hands of Mecha Sonic.
%%* {{Determinator}}: Mecha Sonic.
* DeusExMachina:
** Downplayed in episode 6. [[spoiler:Mecha Sonic is about to wipe everyone out with a FantasticNuke when Mario finds an invincibility Star in a power-up box. Useful power-up boxes had already been established to exist earlier in the episode.]]
** Alvin himself criticizes his script for episode 7 for having one of these. [[spoiler:The Negative Zone's curse blocks any and all attempts to escape, including Chaos Control. Then, Kolorado's broken stopwatch turns out to be a ''magic'' broken stopwatch apropos of nothing, which negates the curse.]]
* DidntWeUseThisJokeAlready: An "Over 9000" joke gets made twice; the second time, the perpetrating character is called out on it.
* DittoFighter: Mecha Sonic, again. It is explained that he can download the data of the hedgehogs and others he faces, so he can use the same moves as them.
** Makes sense seeing as Metal Sonic, who fused with other Sonic robots to become Mecha, demonstrates this ability in ''Sonic Heroes'' and the ''Sonic Rivals'' games.
** Meant to be a reference to Cell in DBZ and how he knows all the Z Fighters' techniques due to having their genetic material.
* DivingSave: Mario for Sonic and Stuffwell.
* DoABarrelRoll: Episode 8.
* TheDragon: Either Basilisx or [[spoiler:Eggman]] to Bowser. It's hard to decide which.
* DropTheHammer: The Mario Bros. and Axem Yellow. Mario gets a hammer barrage as Hammer Bros. Mario.
** Mario and Luigi regularly bust out hammers as part of their RPG weaponry. They are just as likely to [[FastballSpecial use them to launch their allies forward]] as they are to attack with them.
* DownerEnding: Episodes 3, 4, and 6. All of them ended their episodes with the heroes on the ropes and/or otherwise incapacitated. The following episodes usually reversed these endings in some fashion however.
** 8 especially, since the original series won't be continuing. The final scene Alvin created for Episode 9 shows what happens to Mario and Shadow's current whereabouts, but Peach is still imprisoned by Bowser and Mecha Sonic is still at large.
* DualWielding: Hammer Bros. Mario; Basilisx.
* DynamicEntry: Mecha Sonic's answer to Mario's DivingSave. He basically just slugs the holy shit out of Mario at max speed.
** Spectacularly done by Basilisx in Episode 8; It was strong enough to knock Mario entirely out of his Raccoon power-up.
* EliteMook: Basilisx. It's been hinted that he's a SuperPrototype as well.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Alvin has pretty much confirmed that Mobius, and everyone still alive in it, are screwed forever. That's what happens when a homicidal robot crashes a space station the size of the freaking ''moon'' into the planet...
* EraSpecificPersonality: In a visual gag from Episode 3, Mario encounters himself as rendered in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''. All appearing at the same time. Understandably, he freaks out.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Any villain who isn't [[KillerRobot Mecha Sonic]] draws the line at murder.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Practically dedicated to the concept.
** SpinAttack: Sonic, of course, but any other character does this, even while DualWielding hammers.
%%** SpinToDeflectStuff
** HurricaneKick: Sonic's Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku.
%%** DoABarrelRoll
* EvilVsEvil: The Axem Rangers, Koopa Bros, and our heroes get in a three-sided fight for the Chaos Emeralds. When Mecha Sonic shows up however, it becomes VERY one-sided.
* EvilLaugh: By Bowser, obviously. Toadsworth [[{{Lampshading}} wonders]] why villains feel compelled to do that.
* ExactWords: Meta-example. Alvin Earthworm during discussions on Episode 9 regarding Shadow, only said that Shadow won't return to aid Mario from Basilisx or regroup with the characters. He never said whether Shadow would appear in the episode itself or not, and sure enough, Episode 9's trailer revealed that Shadow would've appeared.
* {{Expy}}: Several characters are intentionally reminiscent of characters from ''DragonBallZ'' as a ShoutOut:
** Shadow is probably the most clear-cut of these, acting almost entirely like Vegeta, even when this conflicts with his personality in the Sonic games (getting angrily very easily, focusing on taking down Mecha Sonic no matter how illogical this might be, lack of compassion for weaker beings like Princess Peach). This is explained in Episode 8 as being a consequence of [[spoiler:Mecha Sonic killing Rouge on Mobius]].
** Sonic and Mario both seem to be fairly similar to Goku, but it's easier to see the resemblance with Sonic, as he speaks more often.
** Sonic and Shadow both also borrow from Trunks. They traveled to another world in the hopes of destroying what destroyed their homes and preventing more suffering.
** Mecha Sonic is reminiscent of Cell, being created from the material of numerous beings and having the ability to copy the attacks of all of the heroes. His obsession with searching for the Emeralds to become a complete being exemplifies this.
** The Koopa Bros. are quite clearly homages to the TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.
** The Axem Rangers are reminiscent of the Ginyu Force, right down to the exaggerated personalities.
** The Yoshi tribe seem to be based on the Nameks, right down to their home being destroyed by what was essentially a miniature Sun and then being out-of-place refugees from then on out. This would make Yoshi an expy of Piccolo.
** When the series began, Bowser was a expy of Freeza, complete with a powered-up Metal form. In Episode 8, the Koopas are now shown to be similar to the Red Ribbon Army, with Bowser becoming an expy of Commander Red. Better helps that Basilisx is reminiscent of General Blue, right down to having similar powers.
** Basilisx also appears to be notably similar to [[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles the Shredder]].
** Kamek, Bowser's [[FunctionalMagic magikoopa]] assistant, seems reminiscent of Babidi, especially when comparing his "Parappa the Rapper!" magical incantation to the english dub of DragonBall Z.
* FaceFault: Several, including Sonic's death animation standing in for one.
* TheFaceless: [[spoiler:Eggman]], though it's obvious who it is... or maybe it's [[spoiler:Nega-Eggman from the ''{{VideoGame/Sonic Rush|Series}}'' games]]? The shadow may also hide the fact that he's the [[spoiler:Robo-Robotnik from the Archie comics]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Mecha Sonic is the king of this. During the flashback showing him murdering Sonic's friends, each death is more brutal then the last: [[spoiler:he snaps Tails' neck, [[MoreDakka fills Cream (and Cheese) with lead]], beats down Knuckles and ''then'' fills him with lead, and what he did to Amy was probably just as bad. Omega was left in pieces. Nobody even ''knows'' how he killed Rouge, but knowing Mecha, it probably wasn't pretty.]]
** Then there's his gruesome killing of the Axem Rangers. It's really saying something when being completely vaporized down to the last atom is the ''tamest'' death of a battle, although compared to ''decapitating Axem Green's head and then crushing it in his hand''... anything is tame.
** Somewhat subverted with the death of the Koopa Bros. which is not directly shown, but highly implied.
* FastballSpecial: Wario attempts this with Waluigi in Episode 8. It [[GoldfishPoopGang doesn't exactly work out]].
** Mario and Luigi often use their hammers to launch Sonic, Shadow, or Luigi with his blue shell armor. Yoshi uses a variation where he eats an ally and spits them out as an attack.
* FauxActionGirl: As of the end of the original run, Axem Pink was the only female character to participate in a fight. However, she only did one combo move on Luigi and then died, while the rest of the Axems did more to their opponents during the entire battle.
* {{Flanderization}}: Luigi's cowardice and ineptitude. It gets better by Episode 8, although his status as ButtMonkey of the series remains intact regardless.
* FlashStep: Mecha Sonic starting with his super form in Episode 6, though it seems to have become a permanent fixture in his arsenal by Episode 7. Shadow can do it, too.
** In both cases, it's likely the two of them were using Chaos Control for brief, very short-range teleports. They also used flash steps in Episode 7 while inside [[spoiler:the Minus World, which only prevented the "warping space" part of Chaos Control and not the "warping time" part. Either that, or they were using the ability you can do with 20 rings in ''Sonic Adventure 2: Battle'''s racing minigame]].
** Sonic does flash steps in the battle against the Bowser battleship, both outside and inside the battleship as [[spoiler:[[SuperMode Fire Sonic]]]], while he was trashing a horde of Koopas.
* FoeTossingCharge: Mecha, against the Koopa Bros. Followed by an exceptionally-brutal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on the Axem Rangers.
** In order to provide cover for their battle plane, Sonic and Mario jump off and perform one long, high-speed FoeTossingCharge to clear all enemies on deck. And it works.
** Yet another one by Sonic after he [[SuperMode powers up]] in the hangar. He probably knocked aside more {{Mooks}} than he and Mario did ''in total'' on the deck.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Becoming more common as the episodes roll on. Often involving Luigi, his drinking tea animation is quite popular.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Tanuki-Mario kicks a Bob-omb into one of the cannons on the Doomship's deck during his and Sonic's "boarding", a speech bubble above the [[OhCrap horrified troops which has the image of a pile of dung]].
* GiantMook: Thunderfoot.
* GoshDangItToHeck: When Mecha Sonic kills all of Sonic's friends, what does he say? "Blast you." Really.
** Likely done as a dig at Sonic's kid-friendly nature, since Shadow does all the actual swearing. Also may be unlikely, as it was done during an unironically dramatic scene.
%%* AGodAmI: Mecha Sonic.
* GottaCatchThemAll: The Chaos Emeralds.
** There's a good chance that [[spoiler:the Star Spirits and Twink]] may also fall under this.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: Happens to Sonic in Episode 3... and Waluigi in Episode 8.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Sonic's rolling form is often used for this, or utilized for a FastballSpecial. Luigi himself was used (while transformed into stone) by the heroes and the enemy in Episode 8.
** Turns funny in Luigi's case, because when he morphs out of his stone form, his inertia carries him into a ''really'' long [[FaceFault face fault]] (while still knocking aside a few Koopas), ending with a groan and a flat face.
* HeroicMime: Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi. Humorously, they never have dialogue boxes, their speech being wholly composed of [[SpeakingSimlish sound effects from the games]], mostly the ''Superstar Saga'' series. And ''it works''.
** Wario and Waluigi also communicate solely out of voice natters, but they have yet to do anything heroic.
%%* HeroKiller: Mecha Sonic.
* HostageForMacGuffin: Bowser plans to ransom Peach for the Chaos Emeralds.
* HumanShield: [[TakenForGranite Stone Luigi]] for Basilisx.
* HurricaneKick: A regular move in Sonic's arsenal. [[StreetFighter Guess what he yells out when he does it?]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Shadow. He's bitter and detached from everyone, and while that was present in the source material to a degree it's been exacerbated by [[spoiler:Rouge's death]].
* InASingleBound: Despite very few of the characters having true {{Flight}} like in ''Dragon Ball'', the battles still find a way to take place high in the sky for minutes at a time.
* InertiaIsACruelMistress: Both Mario and Sonic are teleported off Yoshi's Island mid-freefall. They both splat into the ground at high speed after the teleport is completed.
* InvincibilityPowerUp: The Super Star apparently has the power of seven Chaos Emeralds, since it simultaneously made Mario invincible and allowed Sonic to go Super Sonic, [[PowerupLetdown but only for a short time]].
--> '''Sonic:''' Well...... that little experience was pretty short-lived..... *falls*
* KameHameHadoken: In a series based on ''DragonBall'', this had to pop up somewhere. We have Shadow's Chaos Spear, Mario's fireballs (he even goes into the "Kamehameha stance" to throw really big ones), and Mecha Sonic in particular is fond of these (even performing the actual Kamehameha at one point to finish off Axem Red).
* KickTheDog: Yoshi facing off against Mecha Sonic. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown ALONE.]] OUCH.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The Axem Rangers are easily the least sympathetic victims of Mecha Sonic, and their deaths were the only ones that weren't considered a MoralEventHorizon.
* KilledOffForReal: Sonic's friends, the Axems, and the Koopa Bros.
* KillerRobot: Mecha Sonic.
* LackOfEmpathy: Basilisx, due to Bowser's objective of creating a merciless minion.
* LastOfTheirKind: Sonic and Shadow.
* LaughingMad: Sonic in Minus World, for a short time.
* LeeroyJenkins: Shadow wasn't a team player in the games and he hasn't changed a bit in this series.
** For some reason or another Shadow seems to end up kicking at least one of his teammates in pretty much every fight scene he's in except in episode 7.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Mecha Sonic has the most obvious one - it's Dark Samus' music from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes''.
* LeParkour: Sonic in the underground.
* MadeofExplodium: The little banana-man.
* MadeOfIron: All fighters.
* MatchCut: In Episode 5, the Koopa Bros. are preparing to use their special move. The camera zooms in on the yellow emerald they use to power it, which turns red, and the camera zooms out to reveal Mecha Sonic holding his.
* MeaningfulName: Basilisx is a reference to the Basilisk, the mythological creature (lizard) that can turn a person into stone by looking at him/her...although the mythical Basilisk's eye-stare actually ''killed its victims instantly''. The author stated that he deliberately invoked TakenForGranite to ensure the heroes didn't die. Of course, as [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons certain]] [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering games]] have been popularizing the stone gaze variant for some time, it's excusable.
* MeleeATrois: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDrukfontFg The big free-for-all]] between Mario and the crew, the Koopa Bros. and the Axem Rangers. And then [[FromBadToWorse Mecha Sonic]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown joins in.]]
* MeteorMove: Mecha Sonic does this a lot during his fights.
* MoreDakka: Mecha Sonic ''butchers'' Cream, Cheese, and Knuckles this way.
* NeckLift: Mecha Sonic to Sonic in Episode 7, as well as part of Tails' death sequence in the Episode 4 flashback.
* NeverSayDie: Averted.
* NoEnding: Since the original series discontinued in March 2012, the fate of Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom is pretty much left up to the audience now. The reboot offers some solace, but since Alvin's already stated that it wouldn't just be an UpdatedRerelease of the original episodes and their plots, this trope still holds true for how things would have panned out in the original run.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Mecha Sonic to just about everyone. Even turning 8-bit (which reverted him into his original Metal Sonic form) didn't slow him down!
* NoOntologicalInertia: Averted; he may have lost the emeralds that helped him create it, but that giant fireball doesn't simply go away, and Mecha Sonic makes sure to launch it before he leaves.
* NoSneakAttacks: [[ZigZaggedTrope Averted, then played straight, then averted again]] in Episode 7.
** First, Metal Sonic ambushes Mario and Sonic in the tunnels, and doesn't say a word before immediately laying into them [[MegatonPunch quite effectively]].
** Metal Sonic's second ambush attempt falls flat when he feels the need to reveal himself with some EvilGloating before attacking, giving the heroes time to dodge his first attack and bring the noncombatants to safety.
** Then later, when Metal Sonic has the heroes on the ropes, [[BigDamnHeroes Shadow]] shows up without a word and drops a severe beating on Metal Sonic, even stealing his Chaos Emerald!
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Eggman.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Basilisk invokes this, on how Mario has no right to say that using Luigi's stone body as a shield is unfair, when Mario himself is using the shell of one of Basilisk's comrades against another.
* OcularGushers: Peach does the full-on fire hydrant wail after the recounting of Sonic's tragic BackStory in Episode 4. Bowser does it with his tantrum, and Luigi does it pretty often.
* OhCrap: Mecha Sonic in Episode 6 causes quite a few of these, including a MassOhCrap just by arriving on the battlefield. Luigi reacts this way quite often in nearly every episode, and gets one of the single [[CrowningMomentOfFunny best expressions]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny ever]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsZG3EPnaTw during Episode 6.]] A few {{Mooks}} use an fitting image in their SpeechBubble during the assault in Episode 8; see SymbolSwearing.
** Mecha Sonic ''himself'' gets one in Episode 6. [[spoiler:After a powered-up Mario and Sonic bludgeon the Chaos Emeralds out of Mecha Sonic, Sonic prepares to finish him off with an energy blast. For a machine that doesn't show any expressions, Mecha Sonic's OhCrap face was priceless. He's saved only by an ill-timed PowerupLetdown]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Given the shortage of audio clips of Italian-accented "Sonic", when Mario says it it sounds distinctly British.
* OrphanedSeries: As of March 2012.
* PettingZooPeople: Users of Super Leaves and Tanooki Suits become this.
* PlayingWithFire: The Fire Flower gives anybody who grabs it the ability to shoot fireballs and summon fire storms. Both Mario and Sonic use it at different points.
* PlotCoupons: Chaos Emeralds.
* PlotHole: Less than ten seconds out of the interdimensional capsule, Sonic is able to identify Mario on sight, and a later episode relates that he already knew Mario was both a plumber and a celebrated hero, and that their world was called the Mushroom Kingdom. Although it is vaguely hinted (enough to be unintentional) that Eggman had "a database" in the wreckage of the Death Egg, it is never fully explained how Sonic came to know all of this.
* PoisonMushroom: Basilisx hits Mario with two. One to strip him of his Hammer Suit, the other to poison him.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: Everyone, most notably the Axems and Mecha Sonic.
* PowerEchoes: "Here we go-o-o!"
* PowerGlows: Mario, Sonic, and Mecha Sonic.
** Mario gets the most variety in his, getting a ''[=DBZ=]'' styled one with the Cape Feather, a flaming one for the Fire Flower, and ''[=DBZ=]'' style with {{sparkles}} for the [[InvincibilityPowerUp Super Star]].
* PowerUpLetdown: Luigi is confused about the [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros1 Blue Shell]] power-up he grabs in Episode 5 since it doesn't appear useful at a first glance, but before three seconds have passed it proves itself by protecting him from an attacking Axem Ranger.
%%* TheProfessor: E. Gadd.
%%* ThePsychoRangers: The Axems
* QuirkyMinibossSquad:
%%** Two of them the Koopa Bros working for Bowser and the Axem Rangers working for Smithy.
%%** The Koopalings, too.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: Mario and Basilisx, done with hammers and WolverineClaws.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[http://smbz.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_9 according to]] [[TheWikiRule the SMBZ Wiki]], a RealLife problem ended up making Alvin Earthworm put the series on hiatus. He had later resumed work on Episode 9, but ultimately decided that he no longer had the motivation or free time to continue the series...at least until the reboot was announced a few years later.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Shadow, Basilisx.
* RedOniBlueOni: Shadow's the red oni to Sonic's blue.
* RegionalRedecoration: Episode 6 is called "Brawl on a Vanishing Island" for good reason. When Axem Red uses a chaos emerald to power up the Breaker Beam, the resulting blast levels the mountains. [[spoiler:By the end, Mecha Sonic blows up the entire island.]]
* RightBackAtYa: Yoshi with one of Mecha Sonic's missiles in Episode 7.
* RobotMe: Mecha Sonic and [[spoiler:Mecha Mario]].
* RuleOfCool: It's Mario, Sonic, and Dragon Ball Z physics mashed together. What did you expect?
* RunningGag: The little banana man.
** Something negative always happens to Luigi.
* ShockAndAwe: Luigi with his Thunderhand ability.
* {{Shoryuken}}: Several. Mario does a non-flaming [[StreetFighter Shoryureppa]]. Interesting, since that's [[MovesetClone Ken's move]].
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/SuperMarioBrosZ Now has its own page!]]
* SirSwearsALot: Among the main characters, Shadow was implied to be of this trope by Alvin Earthworm. In the series overall, [[WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom Hal]] was this in his cameo, with his two swears being bleeped out.
* SpoilerOpening: The [[AnimeThemeSong anime-style opening]] was released after Episode 6. A number of characters appeared in it that hadn't shown up in the series at that time. That includes the Koopalings, [[spoiler:Eggman]], [[spoiler:Wart]], and [[spoiler:the Star Spirits and Twink]].
** The Reboot intro does the same, though now in place of [[spoiler:Wart]], it features [[spoiler:King K. Rool]] and [[spoiler:King Boo]].
* SssssnakeTalk: Basilisx.
* StandardEstablishingSpaceshipShot: The Omega Doomship.
* StandardPowerupPose: Appears befitting to the [[DragonballZ inspiration source]]. Notable in that in [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'s characters case it involved modified sprites from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' to achieve this pose.
* SteppingStonesInTheSky: Mario Vs Red Koopa in episode 6.
* StormingTheCastle: Gearing up to be played as straight as possible, with Basilisx, [[spoiler:[[RobotMe Mecha Mario]]]], and potentially [[spoiler:Eggman]] serving as [[TheDragon Dragons]], the Koopalings serving as the QuirkyMinibossSquad, Bowser (and again, potentially [[spoiler:Eggman]]) as the arc's BigBad, and the Koopa Troop serving as the [[{{Mook}} hopelessly]] [[RedshirtArmy doomed]] CannonFodder for a ''spectacular'' FoeTossingCharge.
* StylisticSuck: The "SMBZ n00b style" short, created by Alvin Earthworm.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Sonic in Episode 7.
* SuperMode: Mecha Sonic using the Chaos Emeralds, and [[spoiler:the main characters with the Star Spirits]].
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Sonic gets them after obtaining the Starman (Episode 6) and the Fire Flower (Episode 8) powerups.
* SuperSoldier: Basilisx is one. He [[TakenForGranite turned Luigi, Sonic, and Yoshi all to stone]], then beat the ever-loving crap out of Mario with a combination of WolverineClaws and CombatPragmatism. Before the experiments to turn him into a SuperSoldier, he was a {{Mook}} just like every other Koopa who got knocked shitless the scene before.
* SuperSpeed: The hedgehogs and Mecha Sonic. Yoshi, Mario, and Luigi all have super speed too, but not to the same degree as the aforementioned hedgehogs.
* SymbolSwearing: Variation in Episode 8; when Mario kicks a Bob-Omb into a cannon, the operators all simultaneously scream and a picture bubble appears above their heads showing... a warm turd. [[DontExplainTheJoke In other words, SHIT!]]
%%* TheSweatDrop
* TakenForGranite: Basilisx' power and Luigi's Tanooki Suit.
* TakeThatUs: The second "Over 9000" gag is pretty much this towards the ScheduleSlip.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Mecha Sonic is the all-time ''champion'' of this.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Used and Subverted all at once. A few times, when a single hammer is thrown (Usually by one of the Mario Brothers), it works rather effectively. However, if anyone attempts a mass-hammer spam, it never works, with the hammers typically destroyed at the handle just below the head.
* TimeMaster: Shadow, naturally, along with the rest of his [[TeleportersAndTransporters Chaos]] [[PureEnergy arsenal]].
* TotallyRadical: The Koopa Bros.' phrases, in a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''.
* TransformationSequence: Sonic and Mario when they touch the Starman.
** [[spoiler:Solar/Fire Sonic, complete with badass music and an explosion.]]
%%* {{Troperiffic}}
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Basilisx does this to Mario in their fight when he uses Luigi (whom he had turned to stone using his power) as a shield/weapon to gain an advantage over Mario. He then justifies it by claiming that Mario did something similar to a friend of his in the past.
* TwitchyEye: Yoshi when surrounded by {{mooks}} they hadn't seen earlier.
* VillainTeamUp: Bowser and [[spoiler:Eggman]].
* VoiceGrunting: Everyone gets dialogue except Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, and every Yoshi except the Chief. They only communicate through voice samples and occasionally SpeakingSimlish, just like in most of their respective games.
* WackyWaysideTribe: The Yoshis tribe.
* WaveMotionGun:
** The Axems' Breaker Beam.
** The Omega Doomship sports one as well in Episode 8.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Basilisx takes vengeance against Mario for offing his Koopa brethren. As in, the Koopas you're probably used to taking out without a second thought in [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros the actual game]]. If you think about it, it actually makes Basilisx pretty sympathetic.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The Axems are the only characters to be killed on screen so far[[note]]The Koopa Bros. also meet their demise, but it's offscreen[[/note]] - Mecha Sonic simply ripped them apart. It wasn't pleasant to watch. Still, they didn't bleed, and Smithy can always rebuild them.
* WhatTheHellHero: Shadow finally gets called out for his excessively {{Jerkass}} attitude in Episode 8.
** Basilisx does the same to Mario later, recounting how gruesome his best friend's death was at Mario's feet. As stated above, Mario just [[ButForMeItWasTuesday doesn't remember]].
** Here's the full quote, with [[SssssnakeTalk enlongated "s" sounds]] edited out:
--->"So, it ends. And I am the last one standing. (''Mario tries to get up'') You sniveling pedlar. You have no right to be angry that I used your friend to my advantage, especially when you did the exact same thing with my friend's shell against him and his comrades that day. I couldn't even mourn him properly because he was burnt to cinders. Well, I'll make sure no one will be able to mourn you properly either. Your disgusting hypocrisy will vanish along with your hopes. Think about my words after I toss your severed head into your grave!"
* WolverineClaws: Basilisx. Cue WolverinePublicity.
* TheWorfBarrage: Happens quite a few times. As befits its DBZ inspiration. One memorable instance is the trope image!
* YouMonster:
-->'''Axem Red:''' You...you monster! How could you do such a thing?\\
'''Mecha Sonic:''' Monster? I'm not a monster, ''[[AGodAmI I am a god!]]''

[[folder:The Reboot]]
* ActionizedSequel: Not that the original wasn't actiony, it was plenty actiony, but that one started with a ''Mario Kart'' race. This one starts off with a Martial Arts tournament.
* AgonyOfTheFeet:
** Waluigi after Wario tosses a barbell without looking behind him and it lands on his foot.
** After Bowser turns to metal, this is how Mario reacts to a failed jump attack.
* ArtShift:
** Like in the original run, Alvin sometimes splices hand-drawn animation alongside the sprite animation, though this time it's noticeable from the outset.
** For a split second, Luigi turns 8-bit during one of his freak-outs.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: [[spoiler: Double subverted.]] Kamek holds Princess Peach hostage again, [[spoiler: but Mario doesn't change course until the absolute last second.]]
* BaitAndSwitch: Mario picks up a home run bat during his fight with Wario. He winds up to attack Wario, [[spoiler: and then he wedges the bat in Wario's mouth to keep him from chomping down on Mario instead of swinging it like in Smash Bros.]]
* TheCameo: The tournament bracket features several side characters from the ''Mario'' franchise, a few examples including [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Prince Peasley]], [[VideoGame/PaperMario64 Jr. Troopa, Lady Bow, a Whacka]], and [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Il Piantissimo]].
* CanonForeigner: Fire Waluigi ([[SuperMarioLand2 Fire Wario exists, though]]. [[VideoGame/MarioParty As does Metal Bowser]].) Also, the [[{{Foreshadowing}} "Hyper Mario" form]] seen in the opening.
* DeathFromAbove: Bowser pulls this in a stadium by letting loose a powerful, explosive fire blast into the sky. Flames rain down on the stadium meteor style, forcing evacuation by spectators.
* {{Expy}}: As an arrogant fighter who's been upstaged by the main heroes yet still beloved in the public eye, Rawk Hawk is the series' answer to ''Dragon Ball'''s Hercule Satan. He even uses sound clips of Hercule Satan.
* FartsOnFire: During his fight with Mario, Wario gets Waluigi to light his fart on fire using a fireball.
* FlashStep: In his first appearance, Sonic uses one of these to get over to Kamek and kick him [[TwinkleInTheSky into the sky]].
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The dancing banana pops up in the background while Bowser explains how he came up with his plan.
* GoThroughMe: Luigi, despite his cowardice, steps in front of the downed Mario and refuses to move even as Bowser prepares to fire the finishing shot. Only Sonic and Shadow's arrival saves them both.
* GoshDangItToHeck:
-->'''Bowser:''' What do you mean "fresh out?" You're a goshdarned Magikoopa! Can't you conjure one up, you imbecile!?
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Wario's plan to use Waluigi as a cudgel during his fight with Mario.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Used quite literally when Luigi pulls two giant hammers out of his overalls.
* KameHameHadoken: Once again, Mario's got this, fireball style.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Towards the original run in a way. In the reboot, Mecha Sonic's default form takes the appearance of his full-powered self from the original series, seen in shadow (well, blinding light rather) in Sonic's injury-induced dream and in the old anime opening.[[note]]The form is basically Mecha Sonic with [[Frachise/MegaManX a Mega Man X-like body]] and a new head that resembles Metal Sonic's head.[[/note]]
* MythologyGag:
** When Bowser was telling his story starting with a bowl of Koopa Krunchies, the dancing banana [[FunnyBackgroundEvent creeps in from a chunk of rubble]], paying homage to the original run's RunningGag.
** After he's summoned as an Assist Trophy, Waluigi chases Mario around, trying to stomp him in the dirt before knocking him away with a tennis racket, [[ShownTheirWork exactly how he behaves as an Assist Trophy]] in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games.
** Luigi force-feeds Mario a 1-up Mushroom to help him regain consciousness, ala the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' games.
** The Wario/Waluigi nuclear fart gag is reused from the final segment of the ''Beat Up [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Sandbag]]'' collab, which Alvin animated. Similarly, the suspenseful pause after Mario hits Metal Bowser with a huge fireball is a near-perfect recreation of the first moments of [[WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom Smash Kingdom Melee]]'s Mario versus Sonic segment, also animated by him.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: While character art style varies based on the game their spritework comes from, most characters are of comparable (i.e. low) resolution and consist of drawn poses. Rawk Hawk however uses his art from VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor unedited, giving him a very high resolution and pivot-based animation.
* OhCrap:
** Mario's reaction while staring down Wario and Waluigi's fire fart plan.
** Wario and Waluigi later have a similar reaction when their charge towards Mario is interrupted by a Bulky Bob-Omb appearing in the arena, right in front of them.
** Bowser upon seeing Mario back on his feet, courtesy of Luigi. He later has a similar reaction when Mario barrels towards him with the Cape power-up.
* PainfulTransformation: When Bowser becomes Metal Bowser, it actually seems to hurt this time.
* PlayingWithFire: Fire Mario and Bowser take it UpToEleven in their fireball duel.
* RecordNeedleScratch: Used when Luigi shows he wants no part of the upcoming fight against Bowser.
* ShoutOut:
** The beginning theme includes "Do the Mario!", a tribute to ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''.
** The theme that plays when Kamek holds Peach hostage is "You Idiot" from VideoGame/{{Undertale}}.
** When Mario initiates RapidFireFisticuffs against Bowser, he performs [[FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro's]] iconic [[{{Kiai}} ATATATATATATATATATATATATA!!]]
** [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] appears in the tournament bracket. This could also be a reference to Mario Kart 8, where he's a guest character in that game as well.
** Amidst the booing towards Wario and Waluigi, and later, Bowser, a voice can be heard saying "[[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Boo! You STINK!]]"
** Sonic kicks Kamek into the horizon, with Kamek bellowing WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}'s signature "AHHHHHHHHHH-hoo-hoo-hoo-hooey!" as he soars away. Also, Mario defeats Bowser as he bellows out [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry Tom's signature scream]] before [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros slamming his face in the camera.]]
** The Franchise/MetalGear series' alert noise is heard when Luigi realizes he can help Mario bounce back from defeat.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: From episode 1: Don't take things that aren't yours, or a homicidal hedgehog robot from another dimension will ''kill you.''
* SteppingStonesInTheSky: Regularly in the first episode.
* TakingTheBullet: Mario jumps in front of a fireball intended for the KO'd Luigi, just barely stopping it with his own fire energy.
* TournamentArc: Not so much an arc, but the series opens with Mario entering a fighting tournament ala ''Manga/DragonBall''. This scenario replaces the ''Mario Kart'' one from the original series.
* TwitchyEye: Wario gets one when he discovers his finishing move wasn't quite effective.
* UnexpectedCharacter: In the revived series, [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry King K. Rool]] and [[VideoGame/LuigisMansion King Boo]] are antagonists, the former replacing the planned appearance of [[VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic Wart]]. The former is especially surprising considering that Donkey Kong has not appeared in the series.