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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/PaperMario Has its own page.]]
%%** General Guy and Bowser in the first game.
%%** Rawk Hawk, Cortez and the Shadow Queen in the second game.
%%** Dimentio in the third game. [[spoiler:Including Super Dimentio.]]
%%** Gooper Blooper and Mizzter Blizzard in the fourth game.
%%* EnsembleDarkhorse: Every game has a lot of characters that became fan favorites. ''Paper Mario'' has Bombette, Kammy, the Koopa Bros, and the Crystal King. ''The Thousand-Year Door'' has Goombella, Admiral Bobbery, Vivian, Cortez, Rawk Hawk, [[spoiler:Doopliss]], and Lord Crump. ''Super Paper Mario'' has the entire villain team (Count Bleck, Dimentio, Mimi, O'Chunks, Nastasia and Mr. L). ''Sticker Star'' has the Sombrero Guys enemies, Gooper Blooper, mainly for his boss fight and music and Mizzter Blizzard, for his somewhat sad background.
%%* FridgeBrilliance: It's common knowledge that the Koopa Brothers [[PaperThinDisguise dress up like Toads.]] But if you take the colors of their mushroom spots and apply them to the usual ThemeNaming of Toads, you get [[StealthPun Green T., Red T., Black T., and Yellow T.!]]
* DorkAge: It's generally agreed that the subseries started going through one with ''Sticker Star'', which was a heavily controversial game for removing the story, exploration and RPG elements that made previous installments so beloved. With ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam'' mostly being held aloft by the gameplay and characterization approach of [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi its other constituent series]] while suffering from a few of the same problems as current ''Paper Mario'' games, and ''Color Splash'' being highly reminiscent of ''Sticker Star'' via first impressions, many fans agree that the dork age isn't ending any time soon. Worse still, some interviews have stated that they've handed over the reigns of the "Mario RPG" completely to the ''Franchise/MarioAndLuigi'' series, so there are some serious concerns that, in some respects, the dork age will literally ''never'' end. There are a few fans who believe that the dork age began with ''Super Paper Mario'', but [[VindicatedByHistory in hindsight]], it's seen as a far better game that is still quintessentially a Paper Mario game in terms of humor, charm and heart, and mostly only suffers due to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks its different gameplay]].
* FandomBerserkButton: Saying ''anything'' positive about ''Sticker Star'' aside from the soundtrack or the art style is enough to start a FlameWar in some circles. Scratch that, say that ''Sticker Star'' is better that any of the previous games. Oh wait, you want to make things ''really'' hot? Then say that ''Sticker Star'' is the best while ''The Thousand-Year Door'' is the worst. [[InternetBackdraft We are not responsible if this causes a meltdown in the arctic...]]
* FandomHeresy: In some circles, it's treated as a serious crime to like ''Sticker Star'' or what's been shown of ''Color Splash'', especially if one compares them favorably to SacredCow ''The Thousand-Year Door'' or to a lesser extent, the original.
* FandomRivalry: There was a time where the ''Paper Mario'' fandom got along amicably with that of the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series, even with the alleged wrong turns the ''Paper Mario'' series had taken. Then [[http://gonintendo.com/stories/260783-paper-mario-series-focus-is-on-puzzle-solving-humor-color-splash Nintendo explained that]] they were planning on making ''Mario & Luigi'' the Mario series' de-facto RPG series, while ''Paper Mario'' would continue in the (much maligned) action-adventure direction of ''Sticker Star'' and ''Color Splash''. (And all but implying that a new ''Paper Mario'' RPG like ''The Thousand Year Door'' would likely not be coming any time soon.) Needless to say, when word about this reached the ''Paper Mario'' fandom, any good relations they had with the ''Mario & Luigi'' series and fandom went down the toilet in record time, primarily out of jealousy for "stealing" the status as ''the'' Mario RPG series away from them.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Most fans would rather pretend that ''Sticker Star'' (and by extension, ''Color Splash'') never existed. It doesn't help that the developers plan to make it the series' new standard, much to the ire of the fanbase.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: ''Sticker Star'' is disparaged for (among other reasons) making the characters [[OverusedRunningGag never shut up about being paper cutouts]], but the characters and setting played with the paper theme from the beginning--North American ads for the N64 game featured Bowser dangling Peach above a paper shredder, and ''The Thousand Year Door'' even had Mario fold himself like origami. The first two games were considered charming and clever for their use of the paper theme, but ''Sticker Star''[='s=] [[LampshadeHanging explicit comments on it]] went past the point of being irritating.
** ''Sticker Star'' 's lack of an overall plot more complex than Bowser kidnapping Peach was also criticized. This plot showed up in the original ''Paper Mario'' as well but it had a lot better characterization when compared to ''Sticker Star'' which made up for it. Going back to an ExcusePlot after the detailed plots of ''The Thousand Year Door'' and ''Super Paper Mario'' did not help either.
* FridgeLogic: A hilarious (and very fortunate) in-universe example. Right when Mario leaves Lavalava Island, Jr. Troopa shows up, having ''swam all the way there''. He misses Mario and has to swim ''all the way BACK to Toad Town''. When Mario fights Jr. Troopa at Toad Town Harbor, his HP will be halved at the start of the battle. After Mario beats him, Jr. Troopa will realize he could've just flown to Lavalava Island and back since he has wings.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Americans and Europeans love ''Paper Mario''; in Japan, its country of origin, the series is not nearly as popular.
** Grodus [[spoiler:deactivating TEC for betraying him while Peach watches]].
** Dimentio [[spoiler:seemingly killing Mr. L/Luigi and, after that, the whole party. Later, he finally cements himself as the Big Bad by attempting to kill the already beaten Bleck. But it's his final action that puts him about as far across this as possible -- just before he dies, he uses the last of his power to keep The Void going, which would take everyone else in existence down with him, solely because of EvilIsPetty against a small group of people for defeating him.]]
* SeasonalRot: The series is largely considered to have lost its way after the second game, leaping back and forth from idea to idea but not yet returning to the series' roots.
** However, as seen on VindicatedByHistory below, many fans say that the moment where the series truly lost its way was after ''Super Paper Mario'', as it still had an interesting and complex storyline with memorable characters in spite of its polarizing gameplay, as opposed to the widely hated direction the series has gone with ''Sticker Star''. It doesn't help that Nintendo wants to replace the original formula with ''Sticker Star'''s, and to say that fans are "angry" with that is one hell of an understatement.
* ThatOneAttack: Magnus Von Grapple 2.0 would be easy if it weren't for its [[GrievousHarmWithABody audience-machine-gun]] attack.
%%** Huff N. Puff and Crystal King in the original, Cortez and Magnus Von Grapple 2.0 in ''The Thousand Year Door''.
%%** The [[spoiler:Shadow Queen]] of TTYD manages to attain this status even by final boss standards.
** The Dotwood Tree in Super Paper Mario. If you get hit by a Crayzee Dayzee mid-jump (and this is a very jumpcentric level), which you probably will, you'll probably end up falling a good distance and having to do large chunks of the level over again.
** Chapter 2 in ''every'' Paper Mario game can get annoying pretty quickly. In the [[VideoGame/PaperMario64 first]] [[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor two]] games, it's because of the enemies getting noticeably stronger than they were in the first chapter without Mario having much of an advantage to match; in [[VideoGame/SuperPaperMario the third]], it's because of Merlee's Mansion being tedious to get through (especially 2-3), not to mention having one of the biggest doses of NightmareFuel in all of ''Paper Mario''; in [[VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar the fourth]], it's because the levels tend to be TheMaze, at least one of them has some borderline-GuideDangIt moments, and [[WakeUpCallBoss the boss]] pretty much imprints upon you the game's ([[ScrappyMechanic commonly pointed to as being flawed]]) [[AchillesHeel boss weakness]] system.
%%** The Pirate's Grotto in TTYD.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The [[VideoGame/PaperMario64 first]] [[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor two]] installments are generally very well-regarded, the [[VideoGame/SuperPaperMario third]] and [[VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar fourth]] are substantially different beasts and generally considered good examples of trying to fix what isn't broken. Exactly how bad ''Super'' and ''Sticker Star'' are relative to the first two games and to each other tends to differ from person to person.
* ToughActToFollow: The series is a major offender of this. Both the first game and ''The Thousand-Year Door'' are highly regarded RPGs, with the latter in particular being declared as the very best of the series. Since then, none of the games have attained the same amount of praise, although ''Super Paper Mario'' has been VindicatedByHistory. But still, especially given that ''Sticker Star'' was a highly polarizing game and ''Color Splash'' seems to follow the same formula (and on top of this, they plan to make it the new standard), it's safe to say that the series won't get away of ''The Thousand-Year Door'''s shadow anytime soon.
* VindicatedByHistory: ''Super Paper Mario'' got a lot more respect after ''Sticker Star'' was released when people focused on the detailed plot (especially compared to other Mario games) and better gameplay compared to ''Sticker Star''.
* TheWoobie: Shadow Siren Vivian is often wrongfully and mercilessly disciplined by her sister Beldam. If you feel like treating her right, well, Chapter 4 seems like the right time to start because [[spoiler: Doopliss steals Mario's body and Vivian's sisters leave her alone while they slack off. She will join you after you console her, but eventually she'll find out who you really are and leave. She changes her mind in the end though [[HeelFaceTurn and stays as a permanent party member]].]]