Team Mario: The main heroes. Consists of italian plumber Mario, hyrule knight Link, speedy hedgehog Sonic, pink puffball Kirby, and bounty hunter Samus.
Team ZAP: The damsels in distress. Consists of mushroom princess Peach, magical spellcaster Zelda, and hammer girl Amy.
Team BEG: The supposedly villains. Consists of giant koopa Bowser, dark lord Ganondorf, and overweight doctor Eggman.
Team Luigi: The sidekicks. Consists of cowardly brother Luigi, flute player Malon, genius fox Tails, mysterious hero Meta Knight, and emerald guardian Knuckles.
Also includes an original story based on Luigi's quest to save Princess Eclair.Now with its own characters page!Word of God says there will be a new fanfiction in the series involving Paper Mario: Sticker Star, named Paper Mario X 4: Sticker Stars. Just when it will be released is unknown.The stories can be found below.
Paper Mario X: "Paper Mario novelization with a twist: the X stands for crossover! When dark times come across the lands, and there's no use wishing on a star…sometimes the best thing to do is simply get Mario to fix it for you. But when he finds his story is intertwined with other heroes, Mario might not have to do it alone...and maybe even make new friends!"
Paper Mario X 2: The Thousand Year Door: "When Peach invites the gang for a vacation in Rogueport, it quickly goes bad with the kidnapping of ZAP, an evil plot working in the shadows, and the separation of the team! With only Link to assist him, Mario sets out to save the girls, get his friends back together, and set things right!"
Paper Luigi X: "Have you ever experienced a time when no matter how hard you tried, you failed, and the time you spent felt wasted? If ever you feel such pangs of regret, try to remember this tale... the story of a young man's quest to be just like his brother..."
Super Paper Mario X: "It's been six months since Teams Mario, ZAP, Luigi, and BEG have seen each other, but the threat of the worlds being sucked into The Void by a gang of teleporting foes just may be enough to bring them back together...even if it all was unintentional."
Berserk Button: Kirby when he hears Meta Knight kissed his girlfriend, Bow.
Link, Kirby, Samus, and Sonic whenever their respective soul partners are in danger. Link also had a bad episode when Sonic was in danger on Lavalava Island.
Don't make fun of Samus in front of her. Sonic and Link found that out the hard way.
Broken Pedestal: A light example. Kooper has a more realistic reaction to Kolorado's poor track record during the events on Lavalava Island. In the end, he still holds some respect for him. Just not as much as before.
Butt Monkey: In the first story, everyone does everything they possibly can to keep Goombario from powering up, on top of constantly belittling him and only remotely using him if they need to scan an enemy.
Poor Sonic. He gets tortured by water in each story and gets into a really bad situation before going on the team.
Even more in Super: Instead of Amy getting married to Eggman, it's Sonic! She still insists they're husband and wife now (even though we know what happened).
Team Bowser also has this.
Link's a candidate as well. When he's not being ridiculed for bad puns or his shroom-addicted ways, it's always for something unintelligent that he's done.
Knuckles as well, as even before joining Team Luigi, he's the target for Malon's otherwise rare snark.
True to form, Luigi as well, usually at the hands of Blooey, Jerry, and Torque. Even Malon and Tails aren't above screwing with him a couple of times.
Critical Encumbrance Failure: Subverted during Chapter 5 of Super, when the teams are trying to press a red button to go onward. Their combined weight isn't enough to do the job, but this turns into success when all they needed was the weight of a Cragnon.
Clip Show/Recap Episode: Chapter 2note (actually chapter 1, the previous chapter was the prologue) of Paper Mario X 2. Or most of it anyway.
Continuity Nod: Goombario shows up in Chapter 21 of Paper Mario X 2, only to get humiliated by Team BEG. In addition, Kooper and Kolorado also show up in chapter 34.
Flanderization: Sonic's fear of water. He even admits that he sometimes has trouble taking a shower.
Flashback: Rare text example. Sonic refuses to enter the water and says that no matter what they do, he's not going in. When he's informed that he's done it before, Sonic says to "name the times". Cue a flashback to the first Paper Mario X. When Sonic says that it didn't happen twice, he is interrupted by a flashback to Paper Mario X 2.
Backstory: Chapter 61 of the original includes a flashback to the moment when Sonic, Link and Kirby first met Samus. It also shows the origin of Sonic and Samus's Embarrassing Nicknames.
Foreshadowing: Chapter 25 of PLX has the current members of Team Luigi discussing the positions of each of the teams. Malon mentions that one day, all four teams would all join together as one large team. This is exactly what happens in SPMX.
Ganondorf: B.E.G.? What the heck does THAT stand for? Eggman: It's our initials, dingdong! Sonic: No, it means you beg for mercy! [high-fives Link] Kirby: It also fits because Team Z.A.P. is an acronym of initials too! Bowser: Yeah…That's still a pretty clever name…beats G.E.B., that's for sure.
Zelda: Oh yeah! We are awesome baby! Z.A.P! Amy: Z.A.P.? Zelda: It's our new group! Zelda, Amy, and Peach! I tried P.A.Z. but it didn't catch on…
Heroic Mime: Averted in the case of Mario: while he is a Heroic Mime in the original Paper Mario games, he is not in the Paper Mario X series: he doesn't speak a lot, but he does speak, and it's clearly identified when Mario speaks: Mario's dialogue is done script style, while everyone else's uses quotation marks. Mario's even the priest in Link and Zelda's wedding at the end of Super Paper Mario X.
Likewise, Link is much more verbal than his game version. He's also prone to puns.
Occasionally other characters (even the narrator sometimes) will do this as well. Child is pretty much the Chuggaaconroy of fanfics.
It Seemed Trivial: Tails keeps his mouth shut and only reveals the true identity of Team Mr. L at the end of the story, to prevent any further problems.
Ganondorf: Okay, so you were the group of pathetic bad guys that we fought way back? Meta Knight: Yeah. We only found out just before you did, because Tails chose then to reveal anything. Tails: I apologized for not saying earlier! I thought it would be for the best...
Joined Your Party: Present in all stories, but especially in Super. Complete with intros from Link (most of the time, and with the exception of Princess Peach and Ganondorf, which was done by Kirby) and the fact that by Chapter 8, there's a party of 16 heroes heading off to kick Count Bleck's butt.
Metaphor Is My Middle Name: In chapter 32 of Paper Mario X 2, Sonic states that extreme is his middle name. Spike then asks if it isn't "the".
Sonic's middle name actually is "the", according to Sonic himself:
Bobbery: It's still a rather suspicious building…wouldn't you say, old boy? Do be careful, eh? Kirby: Psh, careful is our middle name! Sonic: Actually, my middle name is "the"… Kirby: You're ruining my point!
Koopatrol: Oh, would you like to be in the quiz?! Zelda: OH…a quiz? It's a good test for my wisdom- Koopatrol: I WAS SARCASTIC! We only need one person!
Simultaneous Arcs: As you would expect, Paper Mario X 2 and Paper Luigi X take place at the same time. Team Mario and Team Luigi even meet each other at various points (not to mention Team Luigi meeting with Team BEG at one point). Team Luigi even gives support to Team Mario in the climax of Paper Mario X 2.
Sorry I'm Late: In Paper Mario X, the team members appear in some pretty random places, such as Link hiding in a bush when he get the chance to reunite with Mario. Also, Sonic, the last character to join the team, winds up on Lavalava Island and gets caught in the clutches of the Lava Piranha, looking pretty out of sorts, after having apparently been one step ahead of the team the whole time.
During The Underwhere arc of Super, everyone is scatter among the realm of life after death, and Mario and eventually Tails and Luigi end up having to round everyone up to save the region from its immediate threat.
During Team ZAP's initial sneaking around on Peach's castle in chapter 19 of the first story, the group compares these actions to the actions of Solid Snake.note This may be a Fandom Nod to Solid Peach, though.
"This reminds me of that one show with the animated dog and the old guy! Um…Ace's Traces! Yeah! They'd jump into painting after singing some weird song!"
Link makes one to EarthBound in the beginning of Chapter 27 of Paper Mario X, when the group receives Skolar's Star Power.note Which is Star Storm, which is Poo's most powerful move. Ness himself makes a cameo in the epilogue to SPMX, along with Lucas and Ninten.
Link makes one to Pokémon in a conversation with Kirby in chapter 31 of the first story.
Link makes one to Pikmin in Chapter 17 of Paper Mario X 2, where he compares the Punies that are following the team to Olimar's Pikmin.note If you check the previously linked page, you'll see that that actually is a shout out to Pikmin in the original game.
"Sheesh Mario, pull out an Ike quote on us why don't you?"
Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Team Mario meets up with Team Luigi in chapter 64 of Paper Mario X 2, Luigi finishes his backstory with "…and so we stopped here for a rest after NOT seeing Bowser, Eggman, and Ganondorf randomly head to the east area!"
Grubba: Did the Blue Blur really turn yella and head for the hills like a dog?!? Koops: The only time he'd be turning yellow is to go Super Sonic and kick your a$$! Goombella: Using dollar signs? Link: It was Koops, not me. He's a wimp, remember? Koops: HEY!
This Is Gonna Suck: From the end of chapter 76note and the beginning of chapter 77 of Paper Mario X 2:
Link: Any last words? Mario: …we just might actually be screwed.
Vague Age: Averted somewhat. Kirby is explained as being 8 in his world, but since his world's time apparently moves slower, he's 13 everywhere else. Mario and Luigi are somehow 25 and 18 respectively, and Malon is 15-16, plus Link is 17. Finally, Samus is 19.
Wedding Day: Link proposed to Zelda at the end of the second story and was supposed to get married to her during the beginning of the third, but this was ruined when she got married to Ganondorf along with Peach to Bowser and Amy to Sonic (poor hedgehog, he needs a break). However, the wedding went through on the final chapter.