Machinima / Smashtasm
Smashtasm is a Smash Bros Machinima
series by Shippidge.
The series takes place in a universe where Super Smash Bros. Melee
(and in season two, Brawl
) is an online-playable MMORPG
. The first season involves the main character, Super 64
(playing the default Mario), a newbie to the game, being invited to a "tournament server" by a player named Killa 7
(playing the default Bowser) but upon arrival to the location being hit from behind and K.O.'d, flying so far he ends up on a completely different stage. There, after a scuffle, he befriends the user 1337f0x (playing the default Fox) who tells him he got conned—tournaments aren't even a thing, and griefers just use the concept to lure players in and cheap-shot them, increasing their online rank in the process. Super 64
decides he has to find Killa 7
and knock him down a few pegs, interacting with a plethora of quirky players along the way, learning that 1337f0x is a Playful Hacker
and getting wrapped up in a dispute with 1337f0x's former associate who suddenly got evil intentions...
The second season starts with the capturing of 1337f0x, with Super 64
(now a moderator) intending to save him. More information can be found at the character sheet
This series has examples of:
- Alternate Universe: This series has real life characters playing as Super Smash Bros. characters in an online game.
- Ascended Extra: In season 1, Lamp had a fairly minor role, and was pretty much a Mook, but, in season 2, he takes a more important role.
- Ax-Crazy: PrincessH.
- Batman Gambit: The only way to get rid of Greg at the end of Season 1.
- Big Damn Heroes: Random people in episode 10, season 1
- Bilingual Bonus: Greg and l33tfox's full-l33t conversation. Spell out what they're actually saying as opposed to what the subtitles tell you. A few YouTube commenters already have.
- The Chase: Season 1's primary plot.
- Characterization Marches On:
- Lamp's character quirks were not as prominent in Season 1 as they are in Season 2.
- Greg had some aspects of 1337Fox (Leet speak being among them) in Season 1 in his first two appearances, but to perhaps distinguish the two more, later appearances go for a more snarky sense of humor.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Lamp, and to some extent, PrincessH, who also mixes in Ax-Crazy for convenience.
- Dark Chick: Technically Alan
- Disc-One Final Boss: Killa 7 is pretty much a jerk, but isn't really anybody important.
- Evil Twin: The subject of another video.
- Felony Misdemeanor: Online world of Smash Bros. shutting down by a bunch of crackers? We're all gonna die!
- Have a Gay Old Time: Faggot - A pile of sticks. If you thought it meant something else, then you are a terrible person. Colon P.
- Imagine Spot: The scenario that takes place in Dark Sheik/PrincessH's head, right before she
betrays Super 64 has a Heel–Face Turn instead.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: With Guitarmasterx 7's Brawlgasm and Dexterboy 124's Wolf's Retarded Mission and Peach's Slutty Adventure
- Large Ham: The Narrator in season two.
- Leet Lingo: 1337f0x. At one point, he and Greg have an entire conversation spoken in (mock-)l33t, complete with subtitles.
- The Man Behind the Man: Greg and Killa 7.
- Mistaken for Gay: a Running Gag of Gront and Grant
- Medium Awareness
- Mythology Gag: There are several Stealth Puns and Injokes in this series regarding other Nintendo games.
- Only Sane Man: Super 64 as the cast grows stranger and stranger.
- Orphaned Series: Season 2 hasn't had a new episode since 2012, and with Shippiddge stating he's lost motivation, chances of it continuing are pretty damn low.
- Plot Hole: The game engine makes no sense whatsoever. In both seasons the game is explicitly stated to be using the Melee or Brawl engines, just with drop-in online matchmaking. Yet players routinely act as if A) the game is in first-person with no HUD, and B) that there is only one giant world-map rather than thousands of servers each running independent versions of each map. Mail is delivered by hand in-game, rather than through a chat or private message system, and there's no reason sensitive information has to be discussed in the game rather than over email or Skype chats.
- 1337f0x in particular holds the Idiot Ball quite a bit. In the climactic battle of the Melee season, it would have been very clear to any spectators that Super 64 wasn't dead yet because there was no ring-out explosion, yet 1337f0x immediately believes that he and Super 64 have lost. At one point in the second season, 1337f0x is trapped in a glitchy custom stage; he tries to log out, but logs back in at the exact same trapped spot. The very same episode mentions that there are lots of different serves he could have logged into instead. For that matter, there is no reason he should have been captured in the first place if the game doesn't penalize him from logging out (or if it does, he could have turned his modem off).
- Put on a Bus: Several characters aren't returning for Season 2, as their voice actors have had problems contacting or their mics don't work, among other things.
- Running Gag: Every time that Super 64 has a flashback, it tends to be inaccurate. The characters tend to notice this, even when they're inside Super64's flashbacks.
- Schedule Slip: It wasn't until a year later til we got Episode 4 and two years after that for Episode 5.
- Serious Business: Moreso than the "Stop Having Fun" Guys, when did saving the online world of Super Smash Bros. become life or death?
- Shout-Out: At the beginning of episode 4:
- Spin-Off: Grant and Gront have their own series now, aptly titled: Grant and Gront.
- Split Personality: PrincessH implies this, saying something about the other half of her brain.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Compared to Brawlgasm, very optimistic.
- Sliding Scale of Seriousness Versus Silliness: Compared to Brawlgasm, very serious.
- Talking to Himself: Both Grant and Gront are voiced by Edwyn Tiong, which makes their duet in episode 4 all the more impressive.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Grant and Gront
- Visual Pun: When Princess H asks "Can love bloom on the battlefield?", Super 64 decides to test that theory by going to Battlefield, saying "Nope".