Characters: Super Mario Bros. Z




Sonic the Hedgehog

  • Accidental Public Confession: While arguing with Shadow the Hedgehog shortly after Yoshi nearly being killed by Mecha Sonic, Shadow briefly mentioned Mecha Sonic. Mario overheard this and asked who Mecha Sonic was, causing Sonic to say he wished he would wait for having to explain who he is, but decides Mario needs to know.
  • Badass: A requirement for this series.
  • Catapult Nightmare: On Episode 5.
  • Expy: Of Future Trunks (according to Word of God).
  • Fragile Speedster: Sort of, he can take a hell of a lot of punishment, but his fighting style is faster paced with less "critical hits".
    • Lightning Bruiser: Then again, a flashback to Mobius had him destroying one of Eggman's robotic Sonic duplicates with only a single punch, implying that he is perfectly capable of powerful upper arm strength when it comes to it.
  • High-Speed Missile Dodge: He did one in Episode 7, though it's subverted immediately after the dodge itself; The missile, fired by Mecha Sonic no less, did not impact him directly, but the force of the explosion did affect him, which proved to be problematic for our heroic hedgehog.
  • Hour of Power: ''Well... That little experience was pretty short lived....."
  • Hurricane Kick: One of his many moves.
  • Laughing Mad: For a short while in Episode 7. Doubles as a Shout-Out to Sonic the Hedgehog 3, as the sprites used were seemingly based on the laughing sprites of Knuckles the Echidna as he appeared in the aforementioned game.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Just like in the games, Sonic sinks like a rock.
  • Super Mode: The usual Super Sonic fair.
  • Take That: When he was 8-Bit Sonic (read: almost Classic Sonic), he made this remark.
    Sonic (8-Bit): What the heck? Why am I so blocky? And I've put on some weight, too! Man, this really sucks!

Shadow The Hedgehog

  • Accidental Public Confession: See Sonic's.
  • Anti-Hero: Type 3.
  • Badass: Of course.
    • He seems to be written as the most powerful fighter of the Five-Man Band, and it shows—he's the only one able to even remotely keep up with Mecha Sonic's four-emerald Super Mode, with Mario (with his raw-power-boosting Fire Flower) managing one good hit
  • Berserk Button: Never mention Maria in front of him. Ally or not he won't hesitate to kill you.
  • Bullet Time: Well when you're that fast.
  • Expy: Of Vegeta.
  • Flash Step: His Chaos Control is used for this.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He gets rather angry easily... even more so that in the actual Sonic series.
  • Heroic BSOD: It is heavily implied that Shadow's current characterization stems from the trauma of having to bear witness to Rouge and Omega, his only real friends, being outright slaughtered, as can be inferred from the flashback in Episode 8.
  • Informed Ability / Chekhov's Gun: Shadow mentions in Episode 5 that he can sense Chaos Emerald energy from long distances when explaining his suspicions about the "emerald" lying in front of him. This might act as an explaination as to how he'll find at least one chaos emerald while Mario and the others try to rescue Peach without him.
    • Confirmed in the Episode 9 trailer, as Shadow explicitly stated that he was going to focus himself to sense the location of the sixth emerald in the desert before being ambushed by Mecha Sonic.
  • Jerk Ass: His personality is pretty much a shout out alone to Dragon Ball because of Vegeta.
    • Freudian Excuse: However, it wasn't his natural personality as much as him adopting it due to the trauma of his friends, Rouge and Omega, being slaughtered by Mecha Sonic.
  • Kame Hame Hadoken
  • Lightning Bruiser: Able to keep up with Mecha Sonic and put up a decent fight with him.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Keeps Rouge's locket with him, as shown in episode 9.
  • Written-In Absence: Shadow is going to be absent for most of the Omega Doomship arc because he wanted to find the Chaos Emeralds himself, realizing he can't convince them to continue finding the Chaos Emeralds and leave Peach behind at Bowser's hands.


Professor E Gadd


Mecha Sonic




  • Avenging The Mook
  • Badass: He's managed to best Mario, and have him at death's point for God's sake!
  • Combat Pragmatist: Yes, he used the deadliest mushroom on Mario. TWICE.
    • Also a subversion. He states he could simply turn Mario into stone and then grind him into dust if he wanted to, and going by how he disposed of a Koopa engineer and also disabled Yoshi, Fire Sonic, and Tanooki Luigi beforehand, he certainly wasn't bluffing when he stated this. However, he makes it very clear that cutting Mario up alive is a lot more satisfying for him in regards to getting revenge on Mario.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: He uses not one, but two poison mushrooms on Mario to win.
  • Duel Boss: He forces Mario into a one on one.
  • Elite Mook: He's basically a Koopatrol on steroids.
  • Kiai: utilized this during his fight with Mario at one point.
  • Old Shame: Though Captain Basilisx was well-received by the fanbase, Alvin has stated that if he ever reboots the series he would not include him again, feeling that he was shoehorned in and would detract from the fights against Mecha Mario and the Koopalings.
  • Original Character
  • Shout-Out: His finishing move against Mario was Vega's Bloody High Claw.
  • Sssssnake Talk
  • Super Soldier: Again, he's basically a Koopatrol on steroids. You can't get any more blunt than that.
  • Taken for Granite: His specialty is turning enemies to stone.
  • Wolverine Claws: Bears these, and is very adept with them.

The Koopa Bros

  • Badass: Subverted due to the Chaos Emerald's power, but even without it, were way more of a threat then they were in the games.
  • Combination Attack: Just like in Paper Mario, they can stack up and spin. This attack is amplified with the Chaos Emerald in hand.
  • Continuity Nod: Their defeat by Mario was referenced in Paper Mario, and this time, they actually have a chance to exact revenge on their earlier defeat at Mario's hands (although they attempted to have revenge on Mario late in their original game, they weren't able to get the chance because Jr. Troopa brushed them away before they could fight Mario.)
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: They were on the receiving end of this in Episode 6. What the three-way battle between them, the heroes, and the Axems would most likely have achieved eventually was achieved in one blow by Mecha Sonic.
  • Expy: Of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Kill 'em All: Still unconscious on the island, they were vaporized along with Yoshi's Island when Mecha Sonic charged that freaking miniature sun. They are not coming back.
  • Flanderization: As noted in the Too Dumb to Live section below, Yellow was even more prone to doing stupid stuff than before. In the game he was originally in, while he wasn't necessarily the smartest of the brothers, he certainly had his moments of at least cleverness, as he was the only one of his brothers who actually succeeded in (albeit temporarily) capturing Mario (by creating a makeshift "?" block to use to activate a trap door below him that leads to a jail cell.
  • The Starscream: After beating Mario, Sonic, Shadow, and Luigi due to their unintentionally activating the Chaos Emerald's powers, they considered backstabbing their boss (who is heavily implied to be Bowser) and calling the shots.
  • Too Dumb to Live: They have their moments. Like when one of them tells the Axems about the emerald radar, or when it turns out they've been holding it upside down.
    • These are all just from Yellow. The other 3 are much smarter. Of course, one should question why they let the dumb one hold the radar in the first place...
  • Totally Radical: Like in the games, they speak like they're stuck in the 90's.

The Axem Rangers X

Alternative Title(s):

Super Mario Brothers Z