!!The Series as a whole:
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Of the TearJerker variety.
** Also Mario (and Luigi) himself: Mario is a ruthless OneManArmy killing anything in his path, not caring if his foes WANT to hurt him or not, captures countless lands, and basically waged a war against a rivaling kingdom with many casualties on their side, just to rescue a princess.
*** Although even the enemies who don't pursue Mario if he jumps over them (instead of on them) would still hurt him ''if'' they touched him, so it's not clear whether they don't want to hurt him or they do but they're incompetent.
*** Given the sheer number of them who [[TooDumbToLive simply walk off cliffs without even slowing down,]] "incompetent" is probably a safe bet.
*** And also, kidnapping another country's regent wouldn't signify an act of war?
*** As an addendum to the above, some argue that Mario is genuinely good, but a HeroicComedicSociopath. He genuinely wants to save Peach, but he has too much fun basically slaughtering the equivalent to entire armies (there's some actual canonical basis for this, notice how Mario tends to sound like he's having fun in some of his ingame sound bytes?).
*** Game Theory [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WMSQNVhMqA suggests]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcxW_ciP5R4 Mario]] has [[TheSociopath Anti-Social Personality Disorder]].
** Peach and Bowser have the 'kidnapping' thing going on to make money, since only Mario and Luigi can get coins out of those blocks.
*** Or Bowser's feelings toward Peach are actually mutual.
*** Or Peach has some sort of submissive fantasy and actually enjoys being kidnapped. Meanwhile Mario rescues her not out of love or heroism but because he's a thrill seeker.
** Cracked had a lot of fun with the interpretation that Bowser is actually in love with Peach but bad at expressing it; Peach has conflicting feelings and notably never denies being the ''mother'' of Bowser Jr. when Bowser Jr. claims she is. Bowser is also a WellIntentionedExtremist, who captures the Yoshis because they're an ecological menace (they eat ''anything''), until he finds time to find a permanent solution to the crisis, due to the fact that he ''captures'' them, rather than killing them. He may also be the also the only person capable of ruling the land, as he has time to build, maintain and run seven castles simultaneously, manages to conquer and subdivide the lands into more effective zones, ''and'' find time to kidnap Peach. He essentally keeps trying to perform a BenevolentAlienInvasion but it keeps getting screwed up by Mario...by the way, where ''was'' he while Bowser was doing this anyway?
*** Another Cracked article assumed that Peach has a case of Stockholm syndrome, since she says Bowser kidnaps her, never hurting her, and [[GoKartingWithBowser and playing sports with her.]]
*** A HowItShouldHaveEnded video portrays Bowser as attempting to make peace treaties with Princess Peach due to Mario always killing his people.
** Professor E. Gadd gets this thanks to Bowser Jr. using his Paintbrush in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine''. AbsentMindedProfessor who gets his stuff stolen fairly often, or [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] arms dealer using ObfuscatingStupidity to [[PlayingBothSides Play Both Sides]]?
*** Canon seems to be leaning toward the former as of ''LuigisMansionDarkMoon''. [[spoiler: Accidentally selling King Boo's portrait at a garage sale [[WhatAnIdiot doesn't help his case.]] ]]
* ArchivePanic: We are talking about a series that has been going strong since the early to mid 1980's, has spawned numerous main series games, and so many spinoffs and cameo appearances that it reaches ''triple digit territory''. And that's not even counting the substantial amount of tie-in material, such as comic book appearances, the OVA and live action movie, and the DiC cartoon series. To say the least, trying to even ''collect'' all of the series, much less sit through all of it, is an exercise in futility.
* AwesomeEgo: Bowser is boastful and arrogant despite his repeated defeats from Mario. His fans however, agree he lives that, and when he doesn't fight Mario, he usually does.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic[=/=]EarWorm: Creator/KojiKondo and others have composed many memorable tunes for the series. See [[AwesomeMusic/SuperMarioBros here]] for more details.
* BaseBreaker:
** Waluigi to a pretty big degree. Those who hate him say he is a ridiculous character with no reason or purpose to exist. Those who like him say that he is an unique character that can fulfill many roles. And it goes on and on.
** Princess Daisy. Fans view her as a cool TomboyPrincess, [[BetaCouple love to ship her with Luigi]], and [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter feel that Nintendo is wasting the character by not letting her appear in other platformers and the RPGs]]. Haters [[MostAnnoyingSound can't stand her voice]] and think that she is a pointless Peach clone.
** Toadette: Lazy DistaffCounterpart to the already annoying Toad, or a great female alternative to Princess-type characters? The fanbase hasn't made up their collective mind on her.
** Bowser Jr., too. Especially when it comes to comparisons between him and the Koopalings. Amplified when WordOfGod said the Koopalings are no longer considered to be Bowser's children.
*** At first: in the thirteen years since Bowser Junior's introduction, he's been in almost five times the amount of games as the koopalings and has developed some deep character traits and a sizeable fan base of his own, causing many Bowser Junior fans to call the Koopalings overrated.
** Rosalina and the Koopalings have started to become this due to their [[ItsPopularNowItSucks insane fanbase]].
** Pauline is a mild case of this as there are those who wish Nintendo would finally let her have a bigger role in the games especially since she was Mario's original love interest while others don't simply care for her and argue that she just wouldn't fit in with the Mario series anymore. But at least Pauline still gets to occasionally appear in the MarioVsDonkeyKong games.
* BizarroEpisode: The US ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' (known as ''Super Mario USA'' in Japan) is pretty much this, as it has little to do with the rest of the main platformer series, and is revealed to be AllJustADream in the end.
* BreatherBoss: Has had a few in some games, such as The Big Bully in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' and Topmaniac and the Undergrunt Gunner in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''.
* BrokenBase: Plenty to go around here such as which Mario games are better the 2D platformers or the 3D platformers. Was SuperPaperMario and/or PaperMarioStickerStar good changes to the series or should the series go back to being RPG games? Does the NewSuperMarioBrothers games honor the original games legacy or are they awful cash-in games that are barely any different from each-other? There are also other issues such as if you prefer the American or Japanese version of SuperMarioBros2 and both camps have their reasons why.
** Charles Martinet's work as Mario ever since SuperMario64, it is either an Iconic part of the character and a case of CantUnhearIt. Or is Charles' work as Mario terribly annoying and Nintendo should have replaced him years ago? But there are fans who TakeAThirdOption and find Charles' work as a decent performance in the games but not that great though. Those who hate or tolerate Martinet seem to generally prefer the likes of CaptainLouAlbano from TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow.
** NOA's old storyline about the Mario series such as how Mario & Luigi are plumbers from Brooklyn who went to the Mushroom Kingdom via a Magic Pipe and that the Koopalings are Bowser's children. Plenty of these aspects were either toned down or retconned in which certain older fans have complained about this while younger fans either accepted it as Canon and/or mention that a lot of the things we heard about were just mistranslations. But then again the series' storyline has been a somewhat divisive issue with fans in general see ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars below.
* CrazyAwesome: The series (and most characters) as a whole. Especially Wario, Waluigi and Bowser
* CreepyCute: Most of the series' AdorableEvilMinions are this. Case in point, Boos--roundish ghosts with beady eyes and sharp fangs...that also let out [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBgcoV5Wx7Q adorably high-pitched cackles]] whenever they spot you, and stick out their tongues like [[BrattyHalfPint BrattyHalfPints]].
* CounterpartComparison: Rosalina and [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsa]] have been compared to each other a lot. Both are [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold blonde]] "not princesses" who are often depicted wearing [[TrueBlueFemininity simple yet elegant blue dresses]], both have [[BrokenBird tragic pasts punctuated by loneliness]] and both are [[EnsembleDarkhorse incredibly popular]].
* DemonicSpiders: The series has two main ones: Hammer Bros., and Lakitu. Hammer Bros. because they lob a barrage of hammers at you, which is jarring since you mostly jump over most hazards. Lakitu because they mostly float out of your reach and they throw the already hard-to-kill [[TheSpiny Spinies]] at you.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Bowser. Despite his [[PetTheDog redeeming qualities]], he has committed evil plenty of times and has failed to learn from any of his defeats.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Many given the series long history
** Despite only appearing in [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 one game]] and its ports/remakes, Wart is one of the franchise's most popular villains. Being one of the few non-Bowser {{Big Bad}}s in the main platformers probably helps set him apart.
** The Koopalings. They are quite the colorful bunch, having wildly different apperances, behavior, and voices.
*** Iggy in particular stands out; the ''New Super Mario Bros'' series remade him as a LaughingMad, AxCrazy boss that's capable of walking on ceilings (no, not clinging, flat out walking).
*** Also Ludwig. Being the "boss" of the group and is portrayed as the most capable of them.
** [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy Rosalina]] has become popular for being a princess that you don't have to rescue. Not many people were happy when Lubba replaced her in ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 Galaxy 2]]'' [[spoiler:and she only appears in the end. On the other side of things, fans were ''very'' happy when ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' included her as a fully playable character]]. This has gotten to the point where she was announced to be a '''playable character''' in the next ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', pretty much the highest honour Nintendo can give to one of its characters.
** [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Donkey Kong]], [[AntiHero Wario]] and [[BadassAdorable Yoshi]], who all ended up [[Franchise/DonkeyKong getting]] [[WarioLand entire]] [[WarioWare series]] [[YoshisIsland to themselves]].
** Before any of these, there was Luigi. Especially once he [[{{Luigification}} became one of the most rounded characters]] in the series. Nowadays, it's expected for him to be playable in any Mario game.
** Waluigi´s [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} out]][[ButtMonkey landish]] [[TragicVillain perso]][[DastardlyWhiplash nality]] and comic relief scenes [[ThoseTwoBadGuys alongside Wario]]. People lamented his absence from ''[[MarioKart Mario Kart 7]]''. And when Mario Kart 8´s trailer was released, he was one of the first characters to be shown.
*** Although Waluigi still has haters, so pends more towards {{base breaker}}.
** Fawful. Started out as Cackletta's henchman in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', but his popularity led to him being promoted to BigBad in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]]''. To this day, he's undoubtably the most popular character ever to be introduced in a Mario RPG.
** An in universe example is in ''[[MarioParty Mario Party Advance]]'' where Mushbert brings up that Britney surpasses Jack in popularity when it comes to ''[[ShowWithinTheShow Toad Force V]]''.
** Ever since VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam, there have been two more sets of characters who've ended up becoming this, the BigBad Antasma and the somewhat beef and muscle obsessed Massif Bros. Will either be Fawful's replacement as fan favorite? Hard to tell yet, but it's possible.
* EscapistCharacter: Mario.
* EvenBetterSequel: Often what fans think of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' compared to the original.
* EvilIsCool[=/=]LoveToHate: Bowser is one of the most beloved and classic video game villains of all time. He's also one of the few ''Mario'' characters that has a fleshed-out personality. Even though he suffers VillainDecay intermittently, he is able to make up for it by reversing it in games like ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''.
** And every other villain in the series. Fawful was so cool he ended up an EnsembleDarkhorse because of it, Dimentio went the same way, Cackletta, Midbus, the Shadow Queen, X-Nauts and Antasma all have a pretty dedicated fandom due to their evil acts and general coolness... Wario was so cool he became a BreakOutCharacter and got his own franchise... fans have been clamouring for Wart to return since 1988... really, the only villain who don't have some variant of this are probably the version of Bowser from Sticker Star and the Shroobs, and even the latter is uncertain.
* FanPreferredCouple: Technically the vast majority of them fits, considering the ExcusePlot nature of the games. Examples include:
** [[RescueRomance Mario/Peach]][[note]]Although it's starting to become the OfficialCouple.[[/note]]
** [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Luigi/Daisy]]
** [[StockholmSyndrome Bowser/Peach]]
** [[BirdsOfAFeather Yoshi/Birdo]]
** [[AmazonChaser Mario/Daisy]]
** [[WeaknessTurnsHerOn Luigi/Peach]]
** [[OppositesAttract Mario/Rosalina]]
** [[IncestYayShipping Mario/Luigi]]
** [[LesYay Peach/Daisy]]
** [[LookalikeLovers Toad/Toadette]] (Nintendo hasn't yet revealed whether they are a couple, related or JustFriends)
** [[PairTheSpares Luigi/]][[NotSoDifferent Rosalina]]
** [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Waluigi/Rosalina]]
* FandomBerserkButton: The game is called Super Mario Brothers, NOT Super Mary-Oh Brothers, as some old Mario commercials would lead you to believe.
** Asking for Super Mario Bros. 4 to be made will lead irked fans to pointing out that ''it already exists'' - only it was called ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' in the US.
** Mario and Luigi's last names are ''not'' Mario - as far as Creator/{{Nintendo}} themselves are concerned, they have no last names.
* {{Fanon}}: A starting point can be found [[WMG/SuperMarioBros here]].
** The Gold and Blue Toads in VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii have been given the names Wolley and Yvan, respectively (pronounced "Wally" and "Ivan"). Less popular names given by the development team are Alla-Gold and Bucken-Berry.
* FridgeLogic: The manual for ''Super Mario Bros. 1'' stated that Bowser used his dark magic to turn the people of the Mushroom Kingdom into trees and ''bricks'', and Mario spent the entire game destroying the latter. So when you think about it, Mario is actually a [[MoralDissonance mass murderer.]]
** It's never said that Mario hitting the bricks destroyed them (other than what the 8-bit pixels seemed to represent); if anything, once the bricks were broken, the people were probably returned to normal (that's the way it goes in these types of games anyway). Besides, this was never mentioned anywhere outside of the instruction manual for that one game, which is suspect as the blocks show up in almost every Mario game afterwards.
*** Or, the fact that it's specifically mentioned that the people were turned into ''bricks'' and not ''blocks'' could be significant. Hitting and breaking the blocks just detaches the individual bricks from each other without necessarily destroying them.
** Another example of fridge logic: how do the many enemies that walk in a straight line and never change direction until they bump into something (such as the Koopas described under "Fridge Horror" below) get between the two objects they're walking back and forth between in the first place if they can't walk or jump over them? Does Bowser really go to all the trouble of finding countless pairs of immovable objects and putting minions between them before kidnapping Peach? How do the authorities not start to notice this pattern and take precautions to protect Peach whenever Bowser starts dropping minions between immovable objects?
** Probably the most overlooked example of this trope is the fact that the Super Mushroom would technically kill Mario if not for its beneficial result. Some brightly colored mushrooms can be poisonous.
** What about what happens to the coins you have that you collected when the brick blocks turn into coins when you hit the P Switch? If it turns all coins into bricks and all bricks into coins, what happens to the coins you carry?
* FridgeHorror: Letting a Koopa bounce around in between blocks or pipes. Koopa Troopas can't get out of their shells if they're still in motion. They don't lose momentum when they hit solid objects. [[AndIMustScream Ergo, they can possibly go on stuck there forever.]]
** The PaperMario series shows that they can stop their shells if they need to.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: Examples are [[Funny/SuperMarioBros here]].
* GameBreaker: The blue Yoshi in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''. If you grabbed a Koopa shell of ANY color, you could fly anywhere and easily skip whole levels at a time!
** Though to a lesser extent, the cape is also overpowered. A single swipe can kill most enemies in the game, and you can fly for as long as you like as long as you can build enough running speed.
*** Oh, and flying is the only time you can get hit without taking damage.
** See [[GameBreaker/SuperMarioBros here]] for more.
* GoodBadBugs: The "small fiery Mario" glitch. If you hit Bowser and the axe at the same time at the end of an x-4 level, you'll start the next level as a large Mario who dies in one hit. Take a mushroom and you become small; take a Fire Flower and you become small and fiery.
** Also, a related glitch: if you're small and you hit Bowser and the axe at the same time, Mario dies but the level still registers as a win, leaving Toad saying his "Thank You Mario/Luigi!" line to a blank screen.
** There's also the fact that the correct pipes in the World 8-4 PipeMaze will have the Pirahna Plants inhabiting them suddenly disappear as you approach them. This significantly reduces the potential aggravation of guessing the correct pipe.
** If you jump on the axe just as the timer reaches zero in any castle level, you'll get a huge bonus of 50,000 points. This is because of a bug in which the timer rolls over to 999 and keeps counting down from there. However, this does not work in the NES version, since it doesn't give you a time bonus for castles. This can only be done in the "Vs." (arcade) and Super Mario All-Stars versions[[note]]not to mention most, if not all versions of the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2.]][[/note]]
* SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-2L4PTV14A This.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: "Who knows what Mario will look like in the future? Maybe [[VideoGame/SuperMario64 he'll wear metallic clothes]]?"
* IncestYayShipping: Toad and Toadette, though it seems that it's because people don't know that the two are brother and sister. It doesn't help that Nintend [[FlipFlopOfGod can't make up their minds]] about whether they're siblings, friends, dating, or what.
* ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars: In recent years anyone who complains about the series' ExcusePlot nature and fans will often bring up on how you're not supposed to care about plot in the series. However, some fans will bring up how the Mario RPG games often had good storylines and that its not wrong for a Mario game to have a bit more story than "Mario saves the Princess from Bowser in Mushroom Kingdom". Others side with ShigeruMiyamoto and his WordOfGod on how the series is always more about gameplay than anything and that story shouldn't be considered important at all.
* LGBTFanbase: Bowser is ''incredibly'' popular with the gay fandom, most notably with furries.
* MagnificentBastard: Fawful and, depending on the game, Bowser.
* MemeticBadass: The Mario Brothers. With good reason.
* MemeticLoser: Luigi and the goombas.
* MemeticSexGod: There's a reason why Bowser is DracoInLeatherPants.
** The princesses, but especially ''Rosalina''.
** What? Not [[UnpopularPopularCharacter Luigi?!]]
* MemeticMutation: [[Memes/SuperMarioBros Quite a bit, actually]].
* SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound: The OneUp chime.
** Also, the power-up sound.
** The pipe sound and level ending fanfare, too.
* MyRealDaddy: While nobody can deny on how ShigeruMiyamoto was very influential in the series' gameplay but Nintendo of America shaped up the setting of the Mario series of how its known today. Such as the setting of the games such as Mario & Luigi being plumbers from Brooklyn who got to the Mushroom Kingdom via Magic Pipe in SuperMarioBros. To character names such as Mario, Pauline, Luigi, the Koopalings and more in fact the idea of the Koopalings being Bowser's children was NOA's idea. However due to certain actions from Shigeru such as him saying that the Koopalings are no longer Bowser's kids and what happened to PaperMarioStickerStar have caused plenty of InternetBackdraft.
* NeverLiveItDown: "Hi, I'm Daisy!" It doesn't help that while a lot of Mario fans don't play the spinoff games all that much, they ''do'' play ''MarioKart'' games, and for many ''Mario Kart: Double Dash'' was their first impression of Daisy.
** Peach's reaction to Bowser Jr telling her that she's his mommy in ''Super Mario Sunshine''. Many people (especially detractors of the character) cite it as an example of the princess being a complete ditz, and ignore the instances of her being portrayed competently in the series (particularly in the [=RPG=]s).
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/SuperMarioBros Has a lot of it]].
* RonTheDeathEater: Luigi's ended up playing the villain (usually after deciding he's tired of playing second banana to Mario) in a number of fanworks, VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld ROM hacks in particular.
** Or alteratively Mario, who gets sick of having the rescue the same princess over and over and over again.
* TheScrappy:
** Daisy for some. Aside from the fact she technically only uses the line in a few games, her "Hi, I'm Daisy!" quote has become something of an online meme for her character. This is also regardless of the fact that Mario characters are all known for shouting annoying one-liners, so it's likely a case of bandwagon.
*** Her Baby counterpart takes it UpToEleven in annoyance. If only because there has never been a Baby version of her, and just putting her ''again'' in the game makes it worse. Being there for a simple counterpart to Baby Peach doesn't help matters either.
*** Pretty much all the Baby characters could count at some point due to their [[MostAnnoyingSound crying]].
** Waluigi also has his own share of haters. He's never been featured in a non-spinoff Mario game, so he has no real place in canon, and hardcore fans generally dislike the [[ItsPopularNowItSucks Mario spinoffs]] to begin with. However, thanks to [[Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily alternate]] [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation character interpretation]], getting some [[ADayInTheLimelight good]] [[Awesome/VideoGameLevels stages]] and [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic themes]] to his name, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and getting his character taken in an overall]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]] [[ButtMonkey direc]]{{t|heTrickster}}ion, he's been somewhat RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap and become a BaseBreaker EnsembleDarkhorse in his own right, enough for people to actually get mad when he didn't appear in ''[[MarioKart Mario Kart 7]]''.
** Despite her [[DistressedDamsel vital]] role (or maybe [[DamselScrappy because of it]]), Princess Peach has started to become this.
* ReplacementScrappy: Bowser Jr. While he is also hated for his lackluster design (he is an {{Expy}} of Bowser's baby self), he is mostly hated for replacing the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Koopalings]] in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine''. To a lesser extent, for replacing the Koopa Kids of the spinoffs as well. As of ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'', he is forgiven by a lot of fans, as he appeared alongside all of them in the game.
** Now that WordOfGod has stated that the Koopalings are no longer considered Bowser's children and only Bowser Jr. is his true child, the hate toward him is quickly returning.
*** In an unusual twist of fate, Bowser Jr. was passed over for ''[[VideoGame/MarioKart Mario Kart 8]]'', just as the Koopalings make their first ever playable appearance in the very same game. In an unusual twist, now it's the ''koopalings'' that have become the Replacement Scrappys for Bowser Jr. fans.
** Also Lubba for Rosalina.
* RootingForTheEmpire: Bowser is so damned likable and fun that many players find themselves wanting him to win out over the Mario Bros for once. Look at the top of the page and see how much {{Fanon}} and [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation interpretations]] are about Bowser being the good guy. This is even more prominent during his JerkassWoobie moments. ''Bowser's Inside Story'' seems to be a shout out for such players, since it puts Bowser in the limelight.
* ScrappyMechanic: No matter how many extra lives you've gotten, in some Mario games, if you save, quit, and reload your game, you're back down to 4 or 5 lives.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The original ''Super Mario Bros'' compared to ''VideoGame/MarioBros''.
* ThatOneLevel: [[ThatOneLevel/SuperMarioBros It has its own page.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Although Waluigi and Daisy have [[BaseBreaker mixed reception]], there are a plenty of fans that feel they are interesting characters in their own right and feel that Nintendo should let appear in the main games. The fact that Rosalina was playable in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' made many of these fans more vocal about this.
* UglyCute: Goombas.
** A lot of other enemies could count as this.
* [[Main/UnfortunateCharacterDesign Unfortunate Character Design]]: Toad giving you the finger in the original [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Super Mario Bros.]]
* UnpopularPopularCharacter:
** In-Universe, Luigi isn't as popular or as well received as Mario is, leading to a bit of a "second banana" complex. However, he's really popular among the fanbase.
** Waluigi isn't really well-liked In-Universe either, but a sizeable portion of the fanbase genuinely likes him. Mostly through MemeticMutation.
* VillainDecay: Bowser tends to go [[ZigZaggedTrope back and forth]] with this to a nearly unprecedented degree; though he's usually a genuine threat in the 'core' games (ranging from downright [[VillainBall silly plots]] to [[spoiler:accidentally destroying reality after nearly conquering it]]). In spinoffs, though, he's typically little more than a comic-relief nuisance, a [[EnemyMine reluctant ally]], or even a near Woobie level ButtMonkey as in ''Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga''.
* TheWoobie: Luigi, being the ButtMonkey and all.
** JerkassWoobie: Bowser is shown in this light in the [=RPGs=], barring ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', but especially ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]].''
* {{Woolseyism}}: The first ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG Mario]]'' [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG RPG]] was translated by [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Ted]] [[TropeNamers Woolsey]] himself. Since then, the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series have done their localizations in a style not unlike Woolsey.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: See World Of Chaos on the Franchise page.


!![[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros The Cartoon Series]]
* AwesomeMusic:
** Each of the opening themes.
** Some of the covers and original songs in the episodes.
* [[CantUnHearIt Can't Un Hear Them]]: Even with the Koopalings being voiced in the games since ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'', those who grew up with the cartoons are more partial the Koopa Kids' original voice actors.
* {{Cult Classic}}s: The Saturday Morning spinoffs, particularly ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' in WebVideo/TheAnnotatedSeries.
* EarWorm:
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65uNCLBTje0 DO THE MARIO!]]"
** Again, the original music in the latter two cartoons qualify.
* FountainOfMemes: Each cartoon had these. It picked up in the Saturday Morning spinoffs with ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' taking it UpToEleven.
* HamAndCheese: The voice acting on all three shows, particularly prevalent in the "Mama Luigi" episode of ''Super Mario World''.
* HilariousInHindsight: Mario being played by wrestler Lou Albano in ''Super Show'' became this when he wrestled in an episode each of the latter two series.
* MemeticMutation: Too many in each series to count.
* LoveItOrHateIt: All three shows.
* ReplacementScrappy:
** The [[TheOtherDarrin new voice actors]] for Mario (Walker Boone for Lou Albano), Luigi (Tony Rosato for Danny Wells) and Princess (Tracey Moore for Jeannie Elias) starting with ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3 Super Mario Bros. 3]]''.
** Oogtar, who replaced Toad in ''Super Mario World'' ([[CastingGag John Stocker voiced both]]).
* [[TheScrappy The Scrappies]]: Fans of ''Super Show'' see the Koopa Kids in the latter two cartoons as these.
* SeasonalRot: For the reasons mentioned above, all three shows were subject to this as each aired a year apart from each other.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Being the source for {{YouTube Poop}}s ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suSSdHr8sog I'D SAY HE'S HOT ON OUR TAIL]] being one of the first), the content from all three cartoons becomes tiring for those who have seen them manipulated countless times.
* SoBadItsGood:
** While some genuinely like ''Super Show'', others have this opinion about it.
** It applies much more to the latter two series.
* TheyJustDidntCare: They are littered with [[OffModel so many animation errors]], you don't have to pause to notice them. Of course, they ''are'' DiC cartoons...
* WhatAnIdiot: A common reaction to the heroes falling victim to easy capture. Expect these as well from the Koopas since they're {{Card Carrying Villain}}s. Has [[WhatAnIdiot/SuperMarioBros its own page.]]

!![[Film/SuperMarioBros The Film]]

* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1fMdtnwV50 Speed of Light]] (aka, the bgm for the mattress sled scene) is considered one of the best parts of the movie, even to the detractors.
** ''[[AwardBaitSong Almost Unreal]]'' by Roxette.
* CultClassic: For any fan of the Mario series, this is a must-see. The [[http://www.smbmovie.com/ Super Mario Bros. The Movie Archive]] is a thriving fan community devoted to the movie that's even had exclusive interviews with members of the cast and crew.
* EarWorm:
** "Somewhere My Love", the song Mario and Luigi trick the Goombas into dancing to... La, la, LA LA....
** "Walk the Dinosaur".
* FoeYay: It's possible to see some between Lena and Daisy.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: Mario and Luigi are chained as they get their picture taken, when they mistake the cameras for guns.
-->'''Mario:''' Are we dead?
** In addition, the dancing Goombas can also be seen as one of the few intentionally funny moments.
* HamAndCheese: Dennis Hopper's acting is okay in some scenes, but in others, he's clearly having fun overacting and taking his role not at all seriously.
* HarsherInHindsight: The two towers that dominate Koopa's Manhattan-inspired city, one of which looks half-destroyed (actually, it's not finished construction yet, but the visual effect is the same), and the other of which has a glowing stylized "K" on the side that looks like, depending on how you see it, either an explosion or a gaping hole.
** Even worse in the climax when the dimensions begin to merge, including a shot which can visually can be described as the World Trade Center ''disintegrating''.
* HilariousInHindsight: Lena, who is played by [[Film/HarryPotter Fiona Shaw]], tells Daisy that she [[MemeticMutation has her mother's eyes]].
* MindGameShip: Between Koopa and Daisy. Lena is ''not'' pleased.
* MoralEventHorizon: Lena [[spoiler:stabbing Yoshi]].
* RetroactiveRecognition: ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fans will surely recognize [[Film/HarryPotter Aunt Petunia]] as the villainess now.
* SnarkBait: Courtesy of RiffTrax.
* SoBadItsGood: The entire movie, arguably.
* SpecialEffectFailure: Amongst all the revolutionary visuals and complicated animatronics for Yoshi and the Goombas, the devolved King Koopa puppet looks like an escapee from a bad episode of ''TheMuppetShow''.
* {{Squick}}: The fungus, in-universe. Mario in particular is constantly grossed out by it.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: God bless you Bob Hoskins, for ''trying'' to give a performance. And consider he's playing [[FlatCharacter Mario]], of all roles to be stuck with.
* UglyCute: Yoshi.
* VideoGameMoviesSuck: The UrExample of this trope; YMMV on how much it sucks, or whether it even does. While many lament that it's so different from the games as to be InNameOnly, some people do enjoy it.
** A lot of people believe that if the movie wasn't named "Super Mario Bros.", but rather just a futuristic dystopic comedy, it would be given a little more slack.
*** If it was a futuristic dystopian comedy with no connection to the Franchise/SuperMarioBros franchise, it would be WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs.
** WordOfGod stated that the movie was made to test whether or not a movie [[InkStainAdaptation would do anything to the series's reputation]], be it positively or negatively.
* VindicatedByHistory: It seems that audiences are warming up to this movie. Probably because looking back, it still kept the basic plot of a Mario game, but with a few changes, or simply for the SoBadItsGood factor.
** Though if ReviewsAreTheGospel remains in play, there is likely a large contingent that will continue to avert this, given the Nostalgia Critic's intense panning of the film. (However, even he admitted that the film was merely enjoyably silly rather than genuinely awful.)
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Much like ''Jurassic Park'', this film had to literally ''invent'' new technology to make much of its visual effects look as realistic as they do. Unfortunately, ''Jurassic Park's'' effects were a much more explicit focus, so it gets more attention for its influence on the industry.
** Daisy appearing in the sand.
** Yoshi. For an animatronic puppet, it looks like it just stepped out of a time portal to the Jurassic Era.
** This also applies to a lesser extent the Goombas. All of them, '''''including''''' those only seen in the background, had [[http://www.smbmovie.com/SMBArchive/specials/interviews/12_AllanPaulMEL_2-5-11.html multiple movements built into the heads]].
** The pan over the city towards Koopa's tower. This was done by ''one man'' over a period of six months and was deemed ''impossible'' beforehand.
** And [[spoiler:the King turning back into a human]].