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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/PaperMario Has its own page.]]
%%** General Guy the first game.
%%** Rawk Hawk and Cortez 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. 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]].
* 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.
* 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.
* 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, 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.
* 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]].]]