"Rated P for Parody".
is, aside from the mind behind Trains Formers
, a popular YouTube
animator, best known for his "Saturday Morning Multiverse"
series of mash-ups, with each half of any crossover being a perfect fit for the other: examples include Teenage Mutant Koopa Troopas
, Blink To The Future
, and Super Mario Busters
. His most ambitious project to date, Super Smash Wars
, has gotten so big (started as a standalone parody of A New Hope
and got a surprise two-part sequel
in January 2014) that it deserved a separate playlist.
Future fans beware: his videos are made of references.
MANY references. And awesomeness, but that's almost needless to say at this point. Just watch his work and be amazed. To wit, he might have deserved his place in the same pantheon where Egoraptor
, Monty Oum
and Alvin Earthworm
can be found. He even was asked to do the annoucement trailer for Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove.
Check out both his website
and his aforementioned YouTube channel.
And feel free to add examples for tropes featured in works that don't have pages yet.
James Farr's works contain examples of:
- Adaptational Villainy: Mario as The Shredder, while in turn the Koopa Troopas (possibly the Koopa Bros.) get some Adaptational Heroism as the titular TMKT; justified as in the crossover, each character plays a role. Same goes for other examples such as Linebeck and (as the darkened silhouette in the same scene seems to imply) Solid Snake working for the Empire in The Empire Smashes Back.
- Adorkable: If you thought Egon couldn't be any more adorkable, check out the two Super Mario Busters videos. He's played by Luigi.
- Art Evolution: His earlier videos were already gorgeous to begin with, and have only gotten better with time. Super Smash Wars is a sight to behold.
- Ascended Fanboy: He was a fan of the Toejam and Earl series, and when a new game was announced in 2015, guess who got to make the announcement trailer?
- Badass: There's so much to love in the Farrverse, and every short has one of them. Then Super Smash Wars: The Empire Smashes Back mashes up two iconic badasses: Samus Aran and Boba Fett.
- Butt Monkey: Sonic Calrissian, in Super Smash Wars: The Empire Smashes Back, mostly serves as Donkey Kong!Chewbacca's punching bag.
- Chekhov's Gun: Link avoids a nasty fall in The Empire Smashes Back thanks to the hookshot he got in A Link To The Hope.
- Cool Car: One of the highlights of Blink To The Future is a TARDIS crossed with a DeLorean.
- Cool Sword: The Master Sword as a Lightsaber, resulting in one of the coolest fictional swords ever conceived.
- Composite Character: Mario as Han Solo, Luigi as Egon, Link as Luke Skywalker, Samus as the animated Statue of Liberty, you name it.
- The Emperor himself is triple mash-up, of Palpatine (naturally), Mewtwo and Majora's Mask.
- Similarly, Phantom Lord Ganon-Darth looks like the Wind Waker version of Phantom Ganon crossed with Darth Vader, but has the personality, overall role, and unmasked face of Ganondorf himself.
- Crossover: Specializes in these. Notably, his crossovers are more like mashups of two different universes, and counterpart comparisons are directly avoided in that the mashed up characters provide a perfect fit for each other (Donkey Kong as Chewbacca is the first among many examples).
- Deconstructive Parody: Remember the Galaxy selection screen? Have fun looking at it, repurposed as the display for a planetary destroyer.
- The Force: Which, in Super Smash Wars, obviously goes by the name of Triforce.
- Heroic Mime: Link Skywaker keeps his status as demanded by his first name; as for his second name, any dialogue is replaced by either pantomime or as a response through captions/textboxes.
- Humongous Mecha: Remember the Statue Of Liberty in Ghostbusters? Guess which character is used in the mashup. It's Samus.
- I Am Not Shazam: Link does not actually share a name with his Star Wars counterpart; his last name is Skywaker
- Ms. Fanservice: Daisy as April O'Neal and as Janine.
- Mood Whiplash: The famous "puzzle solved jingle" from The Legend of Zelda can be heard right after the words "I am your father" appear on screen.
- And the ensuing Big "NO!" is represented by the choosing of an option "Not really" from the menu.
- Pre-Asskicking One Liner: Mario as Peter delivers an amazing "Happy new year!".
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: One of his videos begins with the humorous warning "So. Many. References."
- Reference Overdosed: Good God. The Super Smash Wars series takes the cake, as the Star Wars characters are mashed up with people coming from all over the Nintendo spectrum, even including Smash Bros's thrid party characters.
- Robot Hand: The Power Glove appears as Link Skywaker's robotic hand.
- Single Tear: Link Skywaker sheds one as he's forced to escape from the destruction of his village.
- Taken for Granite: The carbonite gag is used here, accomplished by the black arrow from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Take That: As a joke at both Nintendo's and its fans' expense in The Empire Smashes Back. Owlbi-Wan Kaepora 's ghost asks Link if he understood what Yodachu taught him. Link does give him an annoyed look, but then he chooses the correct option by scrolling between "yes" and "no" as slowly as any player should.
- That's No Moon!: A Link To The Hope has this trope, par of the course when it comes to a Star Wars parody. Guess which moon they went with?
- Troll: Yodachu. His laughter is from the early Pokémon episodes.