The people are real! The salt wounds are real! The results are final.Mario Party TV is a channel dedicated to group playthroughs of the Mario Party series. Extremely salty runthroughs, at that.The core four players are:
Holms: One of the saltiest players. Luck is perfectly 'legit' for him and 'bullshit' for anyone else. Originally used Mario, but switched to Peach and Birdo for their character-exclusive items. Currently back to maining Mario for the most part.
Steeler: Plays Toadette and Donkey Kong, who apparently have an Odd Friendship on the side. Undisputed master of the Red Star. Even in the games without it. Also plays Toad in 5 and Koopa in 9.
Clel: Mainly plays as Yoshi, along with Dry Bones when he's available. Chance Time is his favorite show.
Other frequently seen players are:
The Reverend Inferno: Represents Waluigi in his never-ending quest to help the Polio Fund.
Ky: Known for playing 'Big Booty' Daisy. Has admitted multiple times that he does not play to win, but to troll the other players.
In addition to taking map requests, the players have their own Let's Play projects of other games which are linked through to the main channel. They've also begun a project to LP Every Mario Party Board, playing one map on each of the main nine games and adding up all the stars and coins from each playthrough. They are currently in the fourth season.Not all of the episodes are on the main channel; a playlist containing every video prior to the LP Every Mario Party series here.This Let's Play group has provided examples of:
Actually a Doombot: After Bowser loses a minigame at 6's E Gadd's Garage, upon returning to the main map, he gloats about how he's going to punish the losers, then acts shocked that nobody lost. The guys joke that they must have fought a 'Bowser bot' instead.
Big WHAT: Holms' reaction to stumbling across the Game-Breaking Bug in Crazy Cutters. The clip of this moment became part of Season 3's intro.
Book Ends: At the start of their first Grand Canal playthrough, Steeler states that Toadette is top tier thanks to her Triple Shroom Orb. At the end, after discovering he couldn't use other Orbs while it was in effect, he claims she's switched to bottom tier.
Butt Monkey: You'd think that Clel would be this, since he loses the most, but his calm demeanor dulls the trope a little. Steeler and Holms take turns at this instead.
The Cameo: Parodied: Mr. Doom's character of choice is Boo whenever the ghost is available. On boards where Doom isn't even playing, this has led to jokes about him appearing as the thieving Boo the players can hire.
Character Portrait: Mr. Doom, Steeler, Holms and Clel use pictures of themselves to mimic the portraits used in the in-game Ranking charts, which change appropriately in accordance with their status.
Character Tiers: invokedDiscussed in regard to the character-exclusive items found in certain games. Steeler states that Toadette is top-tier thanks to her Triple Shroom Orb, and Clel starts playing Dry Bones instead of Yoshi in those particular games so he can use his Magic Orb. Holms also explicitly states the first time he picks Peach that he's only choosing her for her Flower Orb.
Their approach to M.P.I.Q. in Mario Party 3 is to mash the buzzer and choose a correct-sounding answer rather than let anyone outbuzz them after reading the question.
Clel discovers the trick to winning Speedy Graffiti in Mario Party 8: wildly spraying the entire board rather than following the shape.
Damn You, Muscle Memory: In their Group Nuzlocke Challenge of Fire Red and Leaf Green, Steeler finds himself frequently selecting the item bag whenever he goes to switch Pokemon, blaming this on their positions being switched.
Dysfunctional Family: Apparently, King Boo is the father of Mr. Doom's Boo. Pink Boo is either his girlfriend, wife or ex-wife, and all the little mini-Boos are their kids. This doesn't stop them from giving him crap; instead, they're constantly after him to pay child support instead of spending all his coins to support his Star habit.
Enemy Mine: About halfway through the playthrough of Bowser's Gnarly Party, the other three players realize that Steeler has all three of the bonus stars, and team up against him in minigames. Steeler...did not approve.
Ensemble Cast: The show features a revolving door of players and background commentators.
In the very first game, Mr. Doom won the board and Holms, in his anger, Rage Quit the game (by shutting the entire game off). Sets the tone, don't it?
In the intro used for most games of the second season of LP Every Mario Party, short clips from the first season are used to establish everyone's character: Steeler protests landing on a Bowser space, Clel accidentally goes the wrong way, Mr. Doom sees what game's coming up and asks Holms not to rage... and Holms immediately goes off.
In the third season intro, Clel accidentally screws himself over in Chance Time, Holms freaks out about Crazy Cutters again, Steeler goes into a shrieking Big NO after losing two stars in Chance Time, and Mr. Doom calmly commenting "Hey, I can win this now" after yet another lucky incident.
Five Second Foreshadowing: Having started recording before determining who gets what starter in their Group Nuzlocke of Fire Red/Leaf Green, Steeler comments that the Random Number God will probably determine that Holms ends up with Squirtle when he's the only one not interested in running him. Sure enough...
Game-Breaking Bug: The group discovers a glitch within Crazy Cutters. The second you move whenever the glitch occurs, no matter what direction, it causes the game to count that as a really really small circle (somehow), causing you to fail the mini-game with 0 points.
Monochrome Past: Sepia tones are used for the Flashbacks shown at the end of certain episodes, reviewing some of the more memorable incidents on that board. The same effect is used when flashing back to events from previous games.
N-Word Privileges: The Shadow Stars/Ztars/Z-Stars/Dark Stars are nicknamed 'N-word Stars' by the group, and constantly referred to as such. Lampshaded during Boo's Haunted Bash, where they take pains to point out the guy making the most jokes of that nature is black, and again during the first playthrough of 9.
In fact, three of the four main players are black.
Nice Guy: Clel, due to being pretty laid-back for the most part.
Nice Hat: Mr. Doom's pictures for the Rankings show him wearing a Boo cap.
Nonindicative Name: They don't just play Mario Party - they have a few other Let's Plays like New Super Mario Bros. U and Mario Kart.
Holms tends to threaten this, leading to a Lampshading during their first 8-Player run on 7's Neon Heights. By the end of that same episode, everyone but Team Dolphin resigns.
During the group's play-through of Mario Party 2's Space Land (found on Mr. Doom's YouTube channel), Holms' gambit during a duel minigame against Steeler late in the game failed. Holms, who was not having his best game to begin with, then proceeded to take himself out by setting his controller to the Easy-level CPU.
After an instance in the second season of LP Every Mario Party where he abandoned the game over a Chance Time where he had actually been handed the lead (and won the board in the end), Holms has vowed to never rage quit again. Time will tell if he keeps his word.
Calling Peach and Toadette 'Team Tuna' when they're on the same team in 2 Vs. 2 games, even when it's not Mario Party 7. Likewise, calling the tag team of Yoshi and DK 'Team Danimals' or Birdo and Toadette Team Pink. Not coincidentally, Steeler is usually the one saying it.
Serious Business: In the Trailer for LP Every Mario Party, Steeler's biggest strength is stated to be that he takes Mario Party seriously. (It's also listed as his greatest weakness.)
All of them, or at least the core four, take it seriously. Nothing epitomized it more than Season 3 Episode 6: the stinger was nine minutes of the four of them arguing about which Battle Minigame to play.
Sore Loser: Everyone has their moments, particularly when fortune swung against them at the last moment, but Holms gets especially vocal.
The Reverend Inferno's rants at the end of the 8-Player Neon Heights run deserves mention.
Writers Cannot Do Math: One comment pointed out that Steeler miscalculated the odds during the Pagoda Peak playthrough. The probability of rolling 4 of the same number is not 1/10,000. Since the dice blocks are numbered one to five, and there are 5 possible ways to get all 4 numbers being the same, the probability ends up being: 5/(5^4) = 1/125 (about the same as a golden with 1-10 blocks)
In Grand Canal, where the Flutter Orbs come fast and furious, Steeler gets his hands on one... only to find out he can't use it while Toadette's Triple Shroom is still in effect. And it doesn't expire until after the last turn of the game.
In 3's Creepy Cavern, after a series of unfortunate events, Steeler gets a big break via Chance Time... but while he's celebrating, he accidentally hits the TV, ending the game.
During the 8-Player match on Bowser's Enchanted Inferno, after a star gets bought, it moves right in front of Team Mollusk... only for the team who just bought the star to land on a Happening Space that changes its location.
When revisiting Toad Road for LP Every Mario Party, landing on a Reverse Space leads to Holms collecting 30 Ministars right near the end of the game... before ending up on a Bowser Space. Bowser proceeds to take half his stars, bumping him down to third.
Steeler starts off Sweet Dream extremely salty due to his dislike of 5's luck-based nature. Thanks to star-spawning luck, use of items, a Chomp space and a happening space that forces all the other players to donate coins, capsules or stars to the person who lands on it, he ends up with seven stars to everyone else's zero around the board's halfway point. Even without there being a single Chance Time, he still loses. To Clel.
Of course, even Steeler himself admitted he wouldn't mind losing that match, partly due to his dislike of extreme luck in general, and partly because Holms spent the entire match getting almost nothing.
You Can't Get Ye Flask: A verbal variation: after several incidents where correctly guessing a certain fruit during Mic Minigames was treated as a mistake, the guys realized that they were saying grape, not grapes.