With Big Shells and Wings is a Mario fanfic written by abstow89 about Bowser gathering up every single villain the Mario Bros. have faced and then forming an evil league whose sole purpose is to finally defeat the Mario Bros. It's up to Mario, Luigi, and other allies to defeat Bowser and his team of minions before they take over the Mushroom Kingdom. As Mario and the gang venture through the Mushroom Kingdom, the narratives frequently change and explain what's happening on Mario's side of the story as well as Bowser's.The story is known for being random, having No Fourth Wall, and consists of lots of various action sequences, and Kooper getting shot in the leg. The humor is sometimes rather crude or just flat-out disgusting. And although the story is rated "T" and has most of its swearing censored, the author isn't afraid to go into detail when it comes to Gorn.
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Aborted Arc: The entire fucking premise. At first, the story is nothing more than Mario and his friends taking out Bowser's troops and boss characters one by one. But halfway into the story, Trowzer starts to take control, and Bowser's league is cast aside. At this point in the fanfic, Bowser isn't even the Big Bad.
Almost Dead Guy: Larry is brutally beaten to a pulp by Trowzer in chapter 53. He manages to stay alive long enough to say goodbye to Roy, Wendy, and Junior, and to tell them that Trowzer can be defeated.
Anyone Can Die: While the main heroes have Plot Armor, the Mauve Shirts and minor characters have been dropping like flies. Even major characters like Yellow, Iggy Koopa, and Blaze aren't immune from death.
And now we can add Eddard and Larry Koopa to the growing list of dead characters.
Awesome, but Impractical: Geno's infamous Geno Whirl move, which can kill anyone or anything in just one blow, even dragons. Too bad he rarely ever hits his target.
Back for the Dead: Sharktail and Dix were absent from the story for nearly twenty chapters. When they finally came back into the story, neither of them lasted more than five chapters; the former didn't even do much when he reappeared.
The Bad Guy Wins: Trowzer succeeds in everything he set out to do. He kills Bowser, takes over his castle, subdues the Mario Bros., crushes his brother's army, and even manages to kill two of Bowser's kids in the process.
Big Bad: Bowser. For the first portion of the story. But later on we find out that his brother is the...
Bigger Bad: Trowzer's really the one who's running the show.
Big Damn Heroes: Geno appearing from nowhere in chapter 3 and subsequently saving the Mario Bros. by killing Gloomtail with his Geno Whirl move.
Bittersweet Ending: For the heroes' story arc. The Mario Bros. are defeated by Trowzer, and Kooper and Geno fail to retake Yoshi's Island and are captured by Trowzer's commandos. Even if things do get better, both of them are broken beyond repair; Kooper himself has lost all hope in getting rescued. However, Peach and Twink manage to escape from Trowzer and plan on informing everyone about his uprising, and Hooktail did promise Kooper and Geno that she'd return to Yoshi's Island with reinforcements...
Bowser and his army aren't very cold-hearted. Sure, they're evil, but most of them are just Punch Clock Villains, and their only goal is to defeat the Mario Bros. Even though they resort to harming, sometimes killing innocents, they only do it for the sake of baiting the Mario Bros. into a trap.
Trowzer and his army, on the other hand, are more than okay will raping, torturing, and/or gruesomly killing anyone in their way. Some of his soldiers kill people just because they feel like it. Trowzer himself is directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of at least five major characters, one of whom was brutally killed just because he couldn't control his anger.
Blatant Lies: Jerry's not good at keeping his obvious foot fetish a secret.
Eddard. He's captured by Trowzer's forces (although rescued later on), some of his friends are killed, his village is burned down by Dracolin and his mother is presumably killed, he kills someone merely because he was angry, and then the only Yoshi he considered to be his father is executed right in front of him. To top all that off, Eddard gets his brains blown, which is especially jarring since the author made it seem like he'd end up surviving through the story.
Black. It isn't until around chapter 51 that this trope hits him hard, and it gets worse as the story progresses. By chapter 55, Black is completely broken, and he even went as far as to list every single bad thing that has happened to him since Yellow died.
Geno and Kooper. They try so hard to drive out Trowzer's forces from Yoshi's Island, but in the end it proves to be pointless when both of them are cornered and later captured by Marcus' commandos. It doesn't help that both of them were forced to watch Ned get executed, which sent both of them into a Heroic BSOD.
Breath Weapon: The dragons (obviously), Bowser, Trowzer, and the putrid piranhas. Zorblax and several other putrid piranhas actually use their breath to poison several of Bowser's troops.
Averted, and then played straight in chapter 48. Shortly before the big shootout in Western Land, Lemmy pees on the floor of the milk shop so he won't end up pissing himself like that guy from Gladiator. Morton, however, decides to hold it in, and unsurprisingly pees himself right when one of Trowzer's assailants finds him.
Cerebus Syndrome: The story starts out as a hilarious fanfic with a few action scenes thrown in here and there. But halfway through the story, characters start to die, the level of humor decreases, and the amount of blood, gore, and death increases.
Co-Dragons: Subverted with Kirzvolitken and Shannon. At first it looked like they would be Trowzer's Dragons, but one chapter after Shannon is introduced, Kirzvolitken gets stabbed in the throat.
Morton too. While it took him longer to show his badassness, it's clear that he learned a few skills from Lemmy by chapter 46.
Jerry, a clumsy koopatrol with a foot fetish who can take on a team of dark koopas with guns and knives by himself.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Larry, Tutankoopa, General Guy, and Henson are all killed with little effort by Trowzer. Although Larry does succeed in coaxing Trowzer into having a Villainous Breakdown before dying.
Death by Materialism: Justified with Dix. The only reason why he didn't just cut and run was because he knew he needed money to get as far away from Trowzer as possible. It still doesn't change the fact that if he had left the castle empty-handed, he might've lived.
Death Is Dramatic: Subverted with almost everyone who's died so far. Except for Jerry and Larry.
Doorstopper: The story's roughly 5,000 words away from being 300,000 words long.
Downer Ending: For Bowser's story arc. Bowser is killed by Trowzer, over half his troops are killed or driven out of Bowser's castle, two of his sons are dead, one's stuck in the middle of a blizzard, and his remaining children are forced to leave the castle in shame with the survivors. Soldiers who used to work for Bowser, like Green and Black, are fully aware of what kind of monster Trowzer is and realize that they're stuck working for him, unable to leave his army due to their fear of Trowzer killing them.
Dramatic Drop: Lemmy drops his cell phone after hearing from Wendy that Larry had been killed.
Gory Discretion Shot: When Hooktail and Dracolin are fighting, the Yoshi kids only see their shadows. And when Hooktail deals the killing blow, most of them shut their eyes until the screaming stops. And then they see a pool of blood oozing into their view when they open their eyes again...
If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Dracolin dares Hooktail to eat a Yoshi kid just to see if she's still on Trowzer's side. She doesn't though, and simply makes it appear like she ate him.
Tallard too. There are definitely signs of him being a Shell-Shocked Veteran, which would explain his cynical behavior.
Kill 'em All: Out of the dozens of bank robbers who try to rob the Mushroom Kingdom Financial Security Counsel, only the Koopa Bros. make it out alive.
Killed Off for Real: As of the final chapter, we have Gloomtail, Master Hand, Crazy Hand, Petey Piranha, Mallick, Darrik, Iggy Koopa, Yellow, Skipy, Elark, Blaze, Sharktail, Kirzvolitken, Dix, Benson, Steve, Dracolin, Tubba Blubba, Tutankoopa, General Guy, Henson, Bosley, Eddard, Larry Koopa, and Bowser.
Larry spends the last few minutes of his life verbally abusing Trowzer with any insult he can think of.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Inverted with Harry (a red Yoshi) and Barry (a blue Yoshi). Harry seems calmer and not as vicious as his older brother Barry. Interestingly, Harry has blue eyes, and Barry has red eyes.
Trowzer goes through one in "Sal" after he brutally beats the Mario Bros. to a pulp. Although he snaps out of it, he's obviously capable of having another breakdown.
Shannon has one in chapter 50 after being the Butt Monkey for well over five chapters. Fed up with the incessant name-calling, Shannon snaps, steals a machete from Barry, and brutally hacks Tubba Blubba apart with everyone watching. He then threatens everyone in Trowzer's army to never call him "bitch-boy" again, with blood covered all over his body. While everyone knows he's still a Smug Snake, they stop teasing him for the sake of not ending up like Tubba Blubba.
Trowzer has another, much more disturbing breakdown in chapter 53. He kindly asks Larry to beg for his life before killing him, but after he refuses multiple times, Trowzer devolves into a feral monster and mercilessly beats Larry to the brink of death. His entire army was disgusted and scared of Trowzer after he dropped his affable nature, and it took fifteen soldiers to calm Trowzer down and to convince him to stop abusing Larry (who, by that point, was nothing more than a "bloated bloody sack of meat and bones"). Even after he got over his breakdown, his army was still afraid of him.
A few, but the biggest one would be "The Ninth Gate," which is when the author establishes that Anyone Can Die.
"Sal." Dix is killed as he tries to flee from Trowzer's army, Bowser confesses to his army that Trowzer was Evil All Along, and when the Mario Bros. finally come face to face with Trowzer and fight him, THEY LOSE.
"Run Turtle Junk (Part 12)." Kooper, Geno, and the other Yoshi rebels are cornered into a hut and surrounded by Marcus' soldiers, and to make matters worse, it's revealed that they've captured Bosley and Ned. Trowzer effortlessly kills Tutankoopa, Henson, and General Guy before having another Villainous Breakdown and beating Larry to a bloody pulp.
"Run Turtle Junk (Part 13)." Marcus executes Bosley and then, shockingly, kills Ned too, causing everyone in the hut to go through a Heroic BSOD. Junior, Roy, and Wendy go back to find Larry, but shortly after they locate him, he dies. The three siblings break down sobbing and realize that Trowzer has utterly destroyed Bowser's army and has broken their family.