There were three cartoons based on the ''SuperMarioBros'' franchise.

First was ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', a 1989 animated/live action Creator/{{DiC Entertainment}} production was an AnimatedAdaptation of Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s flagship games, featuring the adventures of those plucky plumbers from Brooklyn. The show ran four days a week in syndication, with Fridays reserved for a cartoon based on ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda''.

Saturday morning cartoons titled ''TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' and ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' were later made (without live-action segments) and would air alongside ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' on Creator/{{NBC}}. All three shows are now available on [=DVD=]. See also ''SuperMarioBrosTheParodySeries'' for the AbridgedSeries version.

Ironically, the shows are (relatively speaking) more accurate to the spirit of the games than any other Mario adaptation on either side of the Pacific.

For tropes unique to one of the three shows, see their respective articles.
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!Tropes present on more than one show:
* AdaptationDyeJob: Princess Toadstool's appearance is a fairly good direct rendition of her early game sprite: a more Daisy-like redhead.
* AdaptationalBadass: Princess, particularly in the Saturday morning spinoffs. Some episodes had her escaping captivity and even foiling the Koopas' plans on her own.
* AdorableEvilMinions: Most of the Koopa Kids.
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: To the extent that sound effects, backgrounds and music from the shows' games (Super Show counting for SMB 1 and 2) are used extensively.
* BadassMustache: Mario and Luigi.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: What Koopa teaches his kids, [[HypocriticalHumor as long as their bad deeds aren't against him]].
* BeautyMark: Kootie Pie (or Wendy O. Koopa) in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World.
* BigBrotherBully: Bully was portrayed as the oldest of the Koopa Kids and often pushed his siblings around.
* BigEater: Mario, and later Yoshi.
* BirthdayEpisode: "Reptiles in the Rose Garden" takes place on Kootie Pie's sixteenth birthday.
* TheBully: Bully Koopa, obviously.
* CanonImmigrant: Luigi's CowardlySidekick personality debuted here. Toad's oddly screechy voice is eerily similar to the gibberish sound Toadfolks make in recent games.
* CardCarryingVillain: Koopa and his kids are classic examples.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Koopa Klaus" and "The Night Before Cave Christmas."
* CirclingBirdies: Super Stars in this case, and Mario [[InvincibilityPowerUp uses it to his advantage]].
* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: The song covers in SMBSS and a few [=SMB3=] episodes being replaced by instrumentals from the latter series, most notably an instrumental version of "Mega Move," an original song created by DIC that first appeared in the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' series.
* CoDragons: Kooky and/or Cheatsy in the Saturday morning spinoffs are the ones most likely to be on hand in aiding their dad.
* CompositeCharacter: King Koopa, the cartoons' version of Bowser, appears to be a mix of both Bowser and Wart (especially in the ''Super Show'').
** Specifically, King Koopa has Wart's crown, green skin and {{Mooks}}.
* CowardlySidekick: Luigi, and later Yoshi.
** This became canon as of [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]
* CreepyTwins: Hip and Hop.
* DaddysLittleVillain: [[labelnote:Kootie Pie]] Wendy O.[[/labelnote]] Koopa.
* ADayInTheLimelight: All three shows have at least one episode focusing on Luigi - "Quest for Pizza" in SMBSS, "Life's Ruff" in [=SMB3=], and "Mama Luigi" in SMW.
** Especially notable is that Luigi is the ''only'' one of the four heroes to be in "Life's Ruff".
* DistressedDamsel: Toadstool 90% of the time in SMBSS; in [=SMB3=] and SMW she took on a more active role.
* DubNameChange: The writers made up their own names for the Koopalings, called the Koopa Kids in the actual show, before the English version of [[AllThereInTheManual The Manual]] was final. That, and some of the references Nintendo ended up using would likely go over most kids' heads anyway.
* ForTheEvulz: Koopa's motive for doing the things he does. Examples include turning his sons into giants to kidnap Prince Hugo just so he can turn him into a poodle.
* InevitableWaterfall: In Mama Luigi episode.
* LoudOfWar: One episode had a group of cute little aliens saving the day by using their kazoo-like noses to hum a tune which drove King Koopa ''nuts'' and forced him to flee. The song they sang? The theme of ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic The Legend of Zelda]]!''
* MadScientist: [[labelnote:Kooky]]Ludwig[[/labelnote]] von Koopa.
* MagicSkirt: Princess [[labelnote:Toadstool]] Peach[[/labelnote]], of course.
* {{Mondegreen}}: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW9Kzwf6VkA Ohh]]... [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] you, Luigi!"
* MeaningfulName: All of the Koopa Kids' names but some (such as Bully, Big Mouth and Cheatsy) are more blatant.
* MotorMouth: [[MeaningfulName Big Mouth]] Koopa Jr.[[note]] Morton Koopa Jr.[[/note]]
* OffModel: Every. Freaking. Thing. There are countless animation errors, all around sloppy animation quality, and some blatant inconsistencies between drawings! (note, for example that in the "Night Before Cave Christmas" episode, [[YourSizeMayVary that Mario inexplicably grows large between cuts when he's talking to Oogtar about being "good".]] And the ''Super Mario World'' cartoon is probably the least frequent offender.)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXyHkU_iq9Y This scene]] features Luigi in Mario's cap and Mario calling Luigi "Mario" ''in Luigi's voice''. ''In the exact same shot!''
** The intro meanwhile has some very good animation that one can think it wasn't for the show.
* OncePerEpisode: In each series, the Mario Bros. and Koopa (with the Koopa Kids in the latter two) fight to the beat of a musical montage. Each episode of Super Show, along with a few [=SMB3=] episodes, has a pop music song covered by the cast. The rest of the [=SMB3=] episodes and the entire [=SMW=] series have songs specifically written for the shows.
* OnlySaneMan: Luigi is often this.
* PlotInducedStupidity: At no point in the series does Koopa {{breath|Weapon}}e [[PlayingWithFire fire]], even though that's been one of his powers throughout the games. Given the fact that Fire Flowers time out in this milieu, it probably would have made him too broken.
* QuicksandSucks: A few times the good guys got stuck in it and needed someone to help them out, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation apparently forgetting they have the ability to hop out of the quicksand]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Princess Toadstool. Possibly King Koopa too, though it's arguable if he's a real king since his crown appears to be taped together.
* SavingChristmas: The Christmas episodes of ''The Super Mario Bros. Super Show'' and ''Super Mario World'' do one of the different types of this.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Big Mouth but Kooky sometimes did this too.
* ShoutOut:
** ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' appeared in two live-action segments and was referenced in a third.
** ''WhatAnIdiot/WheelOfFortune'' is referenced twice. King Koopa hosts a spoof in ''Super Show'' and he spies on a family watching the show in ''Super Mario World''.
* SpoiledBrat: [[labelnote:Kootie Pie]] Wendy O.[[/labelnote]] Koopa, [[UpToEleven to the max.]]
* SuperNotDrowningSkills
* TagalongKid: Toad in first two series and Oogtar in Super Mario World.
* TeamRocketWins: Happens in at least one episode of each series
* ThemeTwinNaming: Hip and Hop.
* TookALevelInBadass: Princess Toadstool took a more active role in the adventures and was less prone to kidnapping than in the Super Show. She and Toad were even able to use power-ups in the same way as the Mario Bros.
* VagueAge: The Koopa Kids in the cartoons are a special case. It's averted with Kootie Pie, who is sixteen, along with Hip and Hop, who are both six. The rest are allegedly in their teens.
* VillainExitStageLeft: King Koopa frequently pulls this off in the ''Super Show'', usually by way of a warp-generating potion (based on the doors to Sub-Con in the American ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''), and a few times on the later two as well.
* WomenAreWiser: Princess Toadstool is generally the smartest member of the cast.
* YellowEyesOfSneakiness: King Koopa.
* YouTubePoop: A prime source, especially the ''Super Mario World'' cartoon.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suSSdHr8sog I'D SAY HE'S HOT ON OUR TAIL]]" is the TropeMaker.
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