Comic Book / Super Mario Adventures

Super Mario Adventures is a serialized comic which ran in Nintendo Power magazine from January to December of 1992. The story (written by Kentaro Takekuma) features most of the enemies and characters of Super Mario World, but quickly spirals into an original, quite whimsical storyline. The comic itself was illustrated by Charlie Nozawa. Despite the involvement of Japanese talent, it was produced for a North American audience, and is not considered to be a Manga.

It is widely considered the best Super Mario Bros. comic or manga ever created, and unlike in the Nintendo Comics System or The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, the art is mostly On Model. It is also notable for debuting plot elements that would later arise in future Mario games; for instance, traits such as Luigi's fear of ghosts, Bowser's amorous feelings towards Peach, and Peach's role reversal with Mario (in which she storms Wendy O. Koopa's castle to rescue him).

When the comic originally ran, it ran alongside another Animesque serial based on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Both serials were later reprinted in Graphic Novel format to celebrate the magazine's fiftieth issue. The Super Mario Adventures trade paperback was also bundled with the first Mario Vs Wario comic that Nintendo Power had published back in 1993, which told the tale of Wario's backstory in a loose adaptation of Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins. A second Mario Vs Wario comic was run in a later issue of Nintendo Power, but was not included in the graphic novel.

In 2016, the comic was reprinted by Viz Media.


  • Action Girl: Peach Took a Level in Badass for this comic. This starts in her introductory scene and only increases with each issue.
  • Adaptational Badass: Princess Peach. The normally prim-and-proper Damsel in Distress has been transformed here into a full-on heroic asskicker on par with Mario himself. There is even a section where Mario gets kidnapped, and Peach has to rescue him.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Holy rigatoni, does the comic go hog wild with this trope.
    "Let the pros at the palace pipes."
    "I have a persnickety, party-planning Princess expecting plumbing — by tonight!"
    "Without pipes, the Princess will be in a pickle!"
    "Pipe down pipsqueak! It's the Princess' play time!"
    "Totally Tubular, man. Popping pillars of pipe? Preposterous!"
    "They've even uprooted the palace petunias!"
    "Stand your ground, you shrinking shrooms!"
    "Whoa! Get a load of that Koopa 'Copter!"
    "Oh no! A Princess pancake!"
    "I don't want everyone to catch the koopa croup."
    "Eat cake, shell scum!"
    "Come back here, you shrimpy shroom!"
    "That dippy dinosaur!"
    "That creepy Koopa!"
    "Your princess pedestal will be Koopa kindling!"
    "It'll be a small price to pay to kick your Koopa keisters!"
    "Mama mia, what a peculiar pad!'
    "Now that I've muffled those meddlesome Marios..."
    "Bum-biting Boo Buddies!"
    "We'll be an apparition appetizer!"
    "Go have some fun with the bungling brothers!"
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Koopas descend on Mushroom Kingdom while the heroes are away.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Bowser asks Peach to marry him, and threatens to turn her subjects into stone if she doesn't. This echoes the backstory of Super Mario Bros. 1.
  • Animesque: Well, the illustrator is Japanese.
  • Anything but That!: Peach threatening to rip up Wendy's favorite sweater. This keeps Wendy at bay.
  • Art Shift: For one panel in the first chapter, Mario's face goes realistic.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: Peach does one when she is about to threaten to blow up Wendy's Castle, as seen here.
  • Badass Adorable: Peach is suprisingly less of a Damsel in Distress this time, and much more of an Action Girl, while still remaining as cute as she is in the games (If not cuter, due to the Animesque art style).
  • Badass Armfold: Wendy surprising the escaped Princess with her personal army.
  • Badass Boast: "Even chains can't hold the mighty Mario!"
  • Badass in Distress: Poor Mario keeps alternating with the Princess as a hostage. In fact, he starts out the adventure as a statue, having been caught in the radius of Bowser's scepter blast.
    • Lampshaded with the good guys rejoicing in Wendy's castle blowing up ("WE DID IT!"). On a sour note, Mario grumbles, "I can't believe they pulled it off without my direction."
  • Badass Mustache: Toadster, the head coutier. Looks a bit like Ron Swanson.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In the Koopahara Desert, the Toad leader tries to tell the princess that this expedition is hopeless, they're out of water, and there's not a cloud in the sky — prompting a cloud to miraculously appear. The Toads rejoice by performing a rain dance, but the clouds are soon revealed to be Lakitus.
    "We must have done the wrong dance!"
  • Big Ball of Violence: The Princess creates one in this panel.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Bowser's more or less won: he's got Princess Peach under a spell and Mario cornered by his entire army, with no means of escape. Cue Luigi and Yoshi riding in at the head of a big damn army of Yoshis, who proceed to remind the Koopa Kingdom why they should avoid starting a war with a race of hungry dinosaurs.
  • Big "NO!": Mario's butt accidentally squashing Luigi's lunchbox. You'd think Luigi had just lost his first born child.
    "I've been having dreams about that cannelloni!"
    • The Princess losing her balance and plummeting off Wendy's windowsill.
    • Bowser screams this when his clown car propeller gets snagged, sending him crashing into his own wedding cake.
  • Big Red Button: Release the cheese!
  • Big "SHUT UP!": The Koopa kids try to console Bowser over losing his bride ("She would've been a lousy mom anyway, pop.") "SILENCE!!!" roars Bowser, blowing his top. His anger is so great, it creates fissures throughout the room.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Bowser upon learning that his kids let their stepmom fall out a window.
  • Blow Gun: Luigi kicks a goomba into a piece of green pipe Mario's holding, and Mario blows through the other end to fire the goomba as a projectile into a crowd of enemies, KO-ing at least ten of them at once.
  • Boastful Rap: Bowser's "K-Man Koopa" rap.
  • Bond One-Liner: "Now that's what I call spit-fire!"
    • After Bowser is crushed beneath his wedding cake: "He got his just desserts!"
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Wendy O. Koopa, of course.
  • Bridal Carry: Seeing that Peach is hypnotized by Bowser ("HAHAHAHA! You see — she has grown to love me!"), Mario scoops her up and starts hopping his way over the cake.
  • Bound and Gagged: Mario, and later a cross-dressing Luigi.
  • Bowties Are Cool: Bowser wears a comically-oversized polka dot bowtie for his wedding. The Princess' courtiers also wear these.
  • Buffy Speak: The Bros. running away from Yoshi in terror. "It's a Something Asaurus!"
  • Bullfight Boss: Roy Koopa's baseline strategy, always ending with him careening into a wall. Peach lampshades this by grabbing a yellow cape and impersonating a matador.
    • It Runs in the Family: Bowser charges at Mario in a blind rage, but misses and goes KER-SPLT into cake icing.
  • Burning with Anger: The Princess, after Bowser petrifies Mario.
  • Canon Foreigner: Friendly Floyd the Salesman.
  • Captain Oblivious: Mario in the Mario Vs Wario comic seems completely unable to comprehend that the monsters that Wario have sent after him and even Wario himself are trying to destroy him. It goes deeper, too: Mario's obliviousness led to Wario suffering a lot of physical and mental abuse when they were kids.
  • Cartoon Bomb: Ironically, Floyd's bombs are more similar to the ones from Zelda than the previous comic's.
  • The Cavalry: The Yoshis.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: Shortly after Toad flies back up the sky pipe, a rope ladder falls from on high, revealing a squadron of Toad paratroopers! (Hmmm, they all seem to have bushy eyebrows and pointed beaks... What could that mean?)
  • Ceiling Cling: Lemmy proclaiming that Peach is "safely behind bars" — Or is she? When Lemmy peeps in, she's gone. They all pile in, wondering how she could have possibly pulled it off. Meanwhile, dangling overhead...
  • Celebrity Paradox: Peach is introduced in the first chapter kicking ass at the NES Super Mario Bros ("You're a real power player, Princess!")
    • Likewise, the Koopalings first appear in Chapter 4 playing a parody of the game with Bowser as the hero and Mario as the goombas.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The Princess' cape. Toad uses it to mount a solo mission back to the Mushroom Kingdom, promising he'll send back a rescue party.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The cake.
    • Chekhov's Gunman: Friendly Floyd's sales pitch for cosmetics and, erm... bombs. Luigi and Peach later make use of his services.... though it might surprise you that Luigi springs for the makeup while Peach gets tooled up with explosives. In the ending, Mario marvels to himself that the irritating salesman ended up saving them all.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After the Koopas kidnap him during Chapter 8, Toad is suddenly forgotten about.
  • Clothing Switch: Luigi switches clothes with Peach (while she is unconscious!) and poses as Peach to rescue Mario from the Koopalings. Luigi in Peach's outfit wears a gag to mask his mustache, while Peach in Luigi's outfit is...just plain hilarious.
    "Overalls aren't my style!"
  • Cool Shades: This version of Toad wears army fatigues and aviator sunglasses.
  • Crossing the Desert: In the Koopahara Desert, Toadstool and Co. are hotfooting it to Bowser's Castle. Unfortunately, their supply of water is gone.
  • Delicious Distraction: When Wendy catches Luigi (as Peach) snooping around the jail, Luigi quickly changes the subject, suggesting ordering pizza! The Koopa kids are very enthusiastic about this (they even begin calling him "Mom").
    • Luigi's weakness for provolone.
  • Delivery Guy Infiltration: Toad and Yoshi delivering pizza to Wendy's HQ. Yoshi sports a pair of glasses and a cap, while Toad bizarrely chose an afro.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: During the wedding ceremony, the Minister Koopa recites, "Do you take this Princess to be your Queen, for richer or... well, richer..?? Well, DO you?"
  • Disguised in Drag: Luigi.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: Friendly Floyd hastily marks down his Acme Yoshi Language Learner from its original inflated price ("3000!! WHAT A RIPOFF!!") to 10, since they're friends of Yoshi.
  • Don't Look Down: In the basement of Bowser's lair, Luigi cries out this to Mario...who realizes he's actually standing on a Blargg.
  • The Drag-Along: Friendly Floyd accompanies Peach inside her suicide truck. Needless to say, he's sweating ice.
  • Dynamic Entry: "SPECIAL DELIVERY!" *pizza van opens to reveal mountain of bombs*
    • Mario dropping from above to bust up Bowser's wedding.
  • Easing into the Adventure: Mario and Luigi are summoned to Peach's castle to fix the basement pipes, which are a jumbled mess.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Wendy's castle. The steeple sports a big pink ribbon.
  • Eureka Moment: Just as the Mechakoopas deliver their ultimatum, who should burst on the scene but Friendly Floyd, advertising his new makeup line. Luigi snaps, "DO I LOOK LIKE I NEED A MAKEOVER?!" Moments later, Luigi wanders out in drag.
  • Explosive Stupidity: A stray fireball from the castle guardians lights the bomb Peach is carrying. Possibly an in-joke at Mario using a Plunger Detonator on each of Koopa's castles in the video game.
  • Facial Profiling: The "Master of Massage", a Fu Manchu-looking toad.
  • Family Values Villain: Part of Bowser's motive for marrying the Princess is his concern over his kids lacking a mother figure.
  • Faux Horrific: Yoshi nuzzling the Princess awake. Not knowing who Yoshi is, Peach runs for her life, only to crash headlong into Friendly Floyd. She gets one look at his face and runs away again, screaming.
  • Fed to the Beast: Wendy gloating over her plans to feed Mario to the piranhas.
    • She later drops the heroes into a Reznor pit via a Trap Door.
  • Forced to Watch: Peach's wedding. Bowser taunts a captured and tied-to-a-pillar Mario, saying that he may stay to "witness this blessed event." Doubles as Bond Villain Stupidity, as we soon see.
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: The comic depicts a rare instance of the Mario Bros. doing actual plumbing work.
  • Forgot I Couldn't Swim: Luigi.
  • Freudian Excuse: As the Big Boo lies down on the couch, "Doctor" Mario counsels the ghost, asking to be told about its childhood. Smash Cut to the Boo crying his eyes out about bullies stealing his lunch and stuffing him into lockers.
    Luigi: The same thing happened to ME! It was awful! Let me tell you MY story!
    Mario: Counseling YOU won't get us out of this mess!
  • Fun with Subtitles: When "Princess" Luigi comes to rescue his brother, Mario's chortling ("Hmf m hefhuh! Himf if fu, fee!) is translated as, "What a getup! Pink is you, Weege!"
    Luigi: I do think it flatters my complexion.
  • The Full Name Adventures
  • Gamer Chick: Peach. She's shown to be playing the original Super Mario Bros. in chapter one. And if the reactions from the Toads are any indication, she's really good at it.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Mario emerges from the pipe leading away from the castle's lava-filled basement, he pops out atop Bowser's massive cake. From there he spots Bowser and Peach at the altar, and his aerial view gives a nice look at Peach's ample cleavage in her low-cut wedding gown. A few panels later when the priest asks Peach if she does, she still has (more modest) cleavage.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: The Mario Bros. emerging into Koopa Kingdom.
    • In true Super Mario World style, when Yoshi gobbles a blue shell, he sprouts wings. The Bros. hop aboard, but in the fray, they lose track of Bowser's rocket. Mario and Luigi start arguing, and Mario asks Yoshi for his opinion. Bad idea.
  • Growling Gut: On cue, when Mario barks at Luigi that this is no time for lunch.
    • Luigi notices the fan beside the giant block of cheese, and starts to realize something's up.... As usual, his stomach overrides his good sense.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: The Koopalings getting locked in their own prison.
  • Hand in the Hole: While inspecting the first of the green pipes, Mario sticks his big schnoz into it — only for a piranha plant to jump up and bite it.
  • Harmless Lady Disguise: Luigi.
  • Heel–Face Turn: "Doctor" Mario treating the social anxiety of a Big Boo. You can't make this stuff up.
  • High Dive Escape: When the Koopalings have her cornered, the Princess uses a cape Super Mario World style and soars harmlessly across the moat.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: In the Mario vs. Wario featurette, it's revealed that Wario's hate for Mario stems from all the comical abuse he (albeit unintentionally) put Wario through when they were kids. Highlights include gardening (Mario pulled all the turnips and left the Piranha Plants to nip Wario), flattening coins (Wario got flattened by a Thwomp instead of his coin) and playing cowboys (Mario was always the sheriff who picked on rustler Wario, save for only one time when Wario became sheriff and Mario made fun of him).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Bowser continually ordering bigger and bigger cakes for his wedding. He falls off of his wedding cake when it collapses. An even sweeter irony happens when the enslaved Yoshis, who have been tugging the cake along on a giant trolley, turn against him.
  • Hold The Unsolicited Ingredient: The Koopalings' competing requests for pizzas toppings.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Friendly Floyd. In addition, the Yoshi translation book he sells to the Mario Bros. (which proves to be useless) is an Acme Product.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Bowser has a Magikoopa do this to Peach.
  • "I Am" Song: The Mario Bros. sing one at the very start. Also, Bowser's Villain Song has a bit of this.
  • I Have Your Wife: While Luigi, Toad and Yoshi try to revive the Princess, two Mechakoopas sidle up in a canoe. They announce that Mario is being held a prisoner, and that if they fail to put the Princess into their boat, Luigi's brother will pay. The Mechakoopas give them all a demonstration by symbolically burning a Mario effigy with the flamethrowers in their mouths.
  • I Know Karate: The Minister of Massage learned his art at "the ancient Mount Fuji Karate School."
    • During her jailbreak, the Princess belts out a "HIEEE-YAAAAH!", performing a surprise spin kick (in heels!) on the awestruck Koopa Kids.
  • Improvised Weapon: Peach pelting the Koopas with cosmetics.
  • Implausible Deniability: Bowser notices that the "Princess's" voice sounds funny, and wonders why she's wearing a surgical mask. Luigi claims to have a cold., but this just makes Bowser want to give "kiss [her] better."
  • Industrialized Evil: The process for trapping Yoshis in eggs is detailed in this comic, with a conveyor belt leading them into an Egg-O-Matic.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Luigi opines, "You've been a good brother, Mario," after the pair are concerned by Yoshi and a Wiggler. Thankfully, Yoshi gobbles Wiggler instead of the Bros.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Peach can do flying kicks even in her Pimped-Out Dress and heels.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Once the Yoshis are de-hypnotized, Bowser flees inside his wedding cake. As if on cue, the Yoshis start eating the cake until it topples.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Mario, you have your moments; particularly when it comes to saving the Princess.
  • The Load: The trouble starts when Luigi's lunch gets obliterated in Chapter 1 (he's willing to forfeit his life to save it, but Mario drags him off). From that point on, Luigi never stops complaining about his hunger.
  • MacGuffin Melee: Yoshi and Luigi leading the Koopalings on a merry chase for the jail cell keys.
    • In the second Mario Vs Wario comic, Mario and Wario fighting each other trying to get Peach's Samus doll, not knowing that Luigi has it.
  • Medium Awareness: When Bowser zaps the Toads, their speech bubble gets turned to stone, too; The letters "WAAA!" lie scattered on the lawn.
    • As the Princess tumbles from the tower, Mario and Luigi peek out from beneath the "Tune in next month" bubble to comment that she's stealing the spotlight.
  • Merchandise-Driven: The comic closely depicts a variety of gameplay mechanics from then-recent Killer App Super Mario World. The comic is still done well, but still made people also want to play the game. Not that anyone minded.
  • Missed Him by That Much: On his Bullet Bill ride to Wendy's castle, Mario passes the Princess rocketing toward the ground with the cape. D'oh.
  • Mistaken Identity: The second Mario Vs Wario comic (though not in the graphic novel) has Mario and Wario fighting to buy Peach a Samus doll for her birthday. When Wario goes to the store and learns that a man with a mustache already bought it, he assumes that Mario has it and tries to swap the gift with an identically-wrapped jack-in-the-box... except Mario's gift is also a jack-in-the-box and both men are utterly confused. Turns out, Luigi was the one who bought the doll.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The arc about Boos features a shout out to Dr. Mario.
    • In reference to what was only Japanese canon at the time, Princess Toadstool is often represented by peaches.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Wendy gets the drop on the heroes by plunging them into a Reznor pit. However, the fire-spitting Reznors accidentally ignite a bomb Peach is still carrying, blowing the tower sky-high.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Peach dreams that the Koopas crash her and Mario's wedding at the beginning of Chapter 6.
  • Nerd Glasses: One of the toad courtiers has spiral glasses, as does Bowser's head Magikoopa.
  • No Indoor Voice: Toadster.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Spoiler alert - the Koopas survive the tower blast.
  • Obligatory Joke: "See you next fall!" (pulls ripcord)
    • "That's the story in a nutshell—or should I say, eggshell."
    • "Hasta la vista, babies!"
    • "Break a leg, Princess!"
    • Charge! Let's CRASH this wedding!"
    • Schiff One-Liner: "Piece o' cake."
  • OEL Manga: While drawn by manga artists, the comic was written by Americans, including Peach's future voice actress Leslie Swan.
  • Off Model: Mostly averted! Perhaps the most glaring exception are Bowser's eyes being blue instead of red, but this was entirely forgivable at the time — Bowser's eyes were blue in official artwork up to Super Mario Bros. 3, but had only changed to become red since Super Mario World. Bowser in this comic used a slightly outdated blue-eyed model. The change to red eyes was still a new one, and Nintendo itself didn't seem absolutely certain about sticking with it for the next few years — for example, later games like Yoshi's Safari still had him with blue eyes. Red eyes didn't become his decided iconic look until Super Mario 64.
  • Oh, Crap!: "The fuse!"
    • The heroes realizing they're stuck in the Koopa Kingdom.
    • Bowser's reaction when his Magikoopa is flattened by the Yoshi slaves.
  • Oh My Gods!: Hole-y Rigatoni!
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The bros. inexplicably turn one of the rooms in the Ghost House into a makeshift waiting room, donning a labcoat and Nurse outfit in the process. Big Boo isn't too bright, since this is enough to fool him.
  • Panty Shot: Of Luigi.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: "Doctor" Mario proceeds to comfort the Big Boo, telling him that his frustrations are nothing in the vast universe. Mario then requests that the Big Boo tell them how to reach Bowser's Castle, claiming "I want to tell the Koopa King about the wonderful universe too."
    Luigi: (He's taking this psychology stuff a little too far...)
  • Pokémon Speak: All the yoshies, which makes it hard to communicate with them. Friendly Floyd sells a book, Yoshi Language Series, Level One, to Mario and Luigi for 10 coins (marked down from 3000). While purporting to be something of a Fictionary to help them understand the Yoshi language, it becomes clear that the translation of every phrase is "Yoshi," leading Mario and Luigi to realize they've been swindled.
  • Prisoner Exchange: An accidental one.
  • Pun
    • "Cut the rap, you Koopa creep!"
    • The Minster of Massage, apropos a petrified Mario: "This stiff is seriously stiff!"
    • Luigi greedily cooking an egg, only for Yoshi to pop out. "This is not what I eggspected!"
  • Reaching Between the Lines: Bowser somehow sticking his head, in classic cartoon form, through the Koopalings' television screen. "DO YOU HEAR ME?!!?"
  • Reality Bleed: Princess Toadstool's nightmare (where she and Mario are about to be wed, before Troopas suddenly invade) ends with her turning around to find Bowser leaning toward her, lips puckered. She awakens with a fright to find herself staring at Yoshi's snout.
  • Riding the Bomb: An exhausted Luigi sits down on what he thinks is a log, but is really a Bill Blaster. Mario shoves him away, but too late! The cannon shoots a Bullet Bill toward the castle, with Mario holding onto it.
  • Right Behind Me: In the bridal chamber, Peach keeps fending off the Koopas attending to her, insisting that she will not "a maniacal fiend" like Bowser. The Koopa King is standing the doorway, looking genuinely pained at the accusation.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Rather than sit idly by and wait for Mario to recover from petrification, the Princess does a high dive out her window and chases Bowser back into his own pipe!
  • Running Gag: Bowser roaring so loudly he inadvertently topples the wedding cake. Once when he finds out Peach is gone, and again when he believed she's back under the Koopalings' captivity. The third time, Bowser happens to be standing on top of it. Whoops.
  • Save the Princess
  • Schmuck Bait: Luigi deludes himself into thinking the Ghost House is somebody's vacation retreat.
  • Shark Pool: Toad says he saw the Princess being carried into Wendy's tower, but they need to raft across the moat. Mario says to hell with a boat and tries swimming, but soon finds — much to his discomfort — the water is swarming with Fishbones, Porcu-Puffers, and Urchins.
    Mario: [soaking wet] On to Plan B....
    Luigi: Code Name: Survival.
  • Slave Race: Bowser's "best hypnotist" tames the entire Yoshi population into dragging along his Isengard-sized cake.
  • Shout-Out: Mario and Wario fight to get Peach's ideal birthday present — a Samus Aran doll.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Peach's nightmare starts off as a dream of her marrying Mario.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Bowser and the Koopalings watch Mario and Luigi entering Big Boo's Haunt on their TV. ("GONNGGGG!")
  • Sissy Villain: After trapping the Mario Bros. in Big Boo's Haunt, Bowser gloats by saying he can get back to planning his wedding... and then skips off like a little girl.
  • Slapstick: Abundant.
  • Sliding Scale of Robot Intelligence: The Mechakoopas can't tell the difference between Peach and Luigi wearing a gown and wig. Either one will do.
  • Smooch of Victory: Peach gives one to both Mario and Luigi (in Super Mario Adventures and Mario VS Wario, respectively).
  • Speak in Unison: Mario and Luigi's customer review of the Acme Yoshi Language Learner.
    • The realization dawning that they still need to get home through that huge Warp Pipe... hanging high in the sky.
    • The Koopalings veto the cheese idea, thinking nobody is stupid enough to fall for it. Clearly they haven't met Luigi. Bowser, oh-so-happy and gloatful, skips off to plan "his perfect wedding" as the Koopalings sourly grumble, "I hate it when he's right!"
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Mario jumps down and kicks Bowser in the face before the Princess can say her "I do." And yes, he does object.
  • Staring Contest: To keep all the ghosts away from them, Mario and Luigi decide to stand back-to-back with each other, staring them down. Unfortunately, the brothers are way out of their league on this one.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Bowser offers this to the Princess as though it were a selling point.
    "Come on, sweetcakes, we'll make a great pair! I can do the ruling while you style your hair!" ♪
  • Taken for Granite: Bowser announces he'll be back in two weeks to see if the Princess accepts his proposal. And to make the deal go a little more his way, he proclaims that if the answer is "no," all her people will be turned to stone, giving her a demo on the Toads nearest him!
  • Taking You with Me: Peach threatens the Koopas with a bomb and a match, telling them to stay back. Wendy, though, calls her bluff, reminding Peach that she'll blow up, too. "My sacrifice will be worth it," the Princess chirps, with smiling stars and sunshine in the background. "And, as always, good will triumph over Koopa-dom!"
    Wendy: (terrified) You're off your royal rocker!!
  • Talking the Monster to Death: In Chapter 10, Mario and Luigi escape from Big Boo by subjecting him to psychiatric therapy.
    "Your symptoms indicate that you're suffering from anthrophobia! Your fear of humans must stem from some bad childhood experience."
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Friendly Floyd's high-grade ordnance. ("They're cheaper by the dozen!") Peach later takes him up on that promotion...
  • Took a Level in Badass: See Action Girl above.
  • Traveling Snake Oil Salesman: Friendly Floyd.
  • Trojan Horse: Yoshi's pizza wagon opens to reveals Peach and Floyd, standing among a mountain of bombs.
  • Trojan Prisoner: Luigi in Peach's gown.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue:
    Bowser: Mark my words! They're tired, hungry and, best of all, lost! This cozy little bungalow is just too tempting for a snoopy pair like the Mario Bros. And it's unlocked, which makes it irresistible!
    Mario: Wait, Luigi. We may be tired, lost and, worst of all, hungry, but we must keep our wits about us. There's something strange about this place... My gut feeling is that it's a trap!
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Bowser attempts to escape in the Clown Car, but Mario snags the propeller blades with the rope, causing it to crash into the cake.
  • Villain Song: Bowser, after sound-testing the mic in his hand (and getting a gong bang from his kids), begins freestyle rapping.
  • Wizard Beard: The head Magikoopa has long mustaches.
  • Wedding Smashers: Mario, and then Luigi and the Yoshis, do this to Bowser at the end. This also applies to Peach's nightmare.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Bowser's holding Mario hostage and demanding Peach in exchange, but she's out cold. So Luigi swipes her dress and poses as her, and she wakes up to find herself wearing his green shirt and overalls.
    • And Toadstool actually manages to look very good in Luigi's outfit. Also, when she plays Big Damn Heroes to save Mario Action Girl style, everything she does reeks of Crazy Awesome. Wendy Koopa even lampshades it.
    • Also Luigi mentions after it's all over he was starting to like wearing Toadstool's dress. He also ends up in a nurse outfit later.
  • Xenafication: Peach.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Bowser shaking his head loose from the cake, only to be greeted by Mario standing over him. "What?! YOU again!"
  • You Have to Believe Me: The Toad courtiers are dubious about Toadster's claims of pipes surrounding the castle, but he shrieks that it's worse than they think — the pipes have even ruined the flower garden.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: After the Koopalings' tower is (accidentally) blown up, the heroes celebrate their victory and they head off into the sunset... and it's only two pages into Chapter 8 of 12. Suddenly, the credits freeze (they are fake), the sunset clears, and everyone realizes that they're still stuck in the Koopa Kingdom. As Mario soon points out, the return trip won't be simple.