[[caption-width-right:350:Riding rhinos before [[Videogame/DonkeyKongCountry the Kongs]] made it awesome.]]

->''"I'm awesome!"''

''Awesome Possum... Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt'' is a 1993 platformer by Tengen for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis. You play as the titular possum, fighting against [[CaptainErsatz Dr. Machino]] and his robot army as they despoil the environment. This is not all he fights against; in addition to robots and traps, he must struggle with slippery controls, clipping issues, slowdown, poor hit detection, sloppy level design, and voice samples that insist on reminding the player that Awesome Possum has 'tude.

This game was created during the MascotWithAttitude boom following ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''.

Compare to Creator/{{Konami}}'s ''VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures'' series, which was another video game with a mascot opossum for the Sega Genesis, coincidentally released the same year as Awesome Possum (but predating it by two months) and held in much better esteem.

!!This work contains examples of:

* {{Badbutt}}: As with most MascotWithAttitude era protagonists.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Awesome.
* BeeAfraid: You'll face more than one giant, deformed bee over the course of the game.
* BleakLevel[=/=]DownInTheDumps: "Dr. Machino's Domain" and "The Fortress of Garbage" an actual landfill complete with the additional dark skies, [[AlwaysChaoticEvil menacing mechas]] and jefferies tubes, a likely sort that makes the place very reminiscent of a certain [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles final zone]].
* BossRush: Awesome Possum refaces all the past bosses in the last round before Dr. Machino.
* CaptainErsatz: Awesome and Dr. Machino are shameless ripoffs of Sonic the Hedgehog and Dr. Robotnik. Awesome's main attack is [[UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} outright stolen]] from Sonic's own spin attack.
* ComicBookAdaptation: The manual came with a short comic retelling the events in the game.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin[=/=]SpoilerTitle: It tells exactly [[LiteralAssKicking what Awesome Possum will do to Dr. Machino]] when he defeats him.
* ExcusePlot: Dr. Machino is polluting the environment! Go through levels and stop him!
* ForegoneConclusion: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin What did you expect?]]
* GoombaStomp: Despite having a spin-attack like Sonic, this is Awesome's method of attack.
* GreenAesop: Not just the storyline, either. Every level ends with a quiz about the environment.
* InformedSpecies: Possums are ''grey,'' not brown, and they certainly don't have furry striped tails.
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: Running out of lives treats you to Awesome's grave with the environment rotting around it.
* JungleJapes: The first level takes place in the Amazon Rainforest, where deforestation is taking place.
* LiteralAssKicking: As part of the ending, while a chorus sings the game's title, just like it does when [[TitleScream the game starts up]].
* MascotWithAttitude: Awesome Possum plays this as straight as an arrow, from his appearance, attitude, and his own name.
* MechaMooks: Dr. Machino's robotic minions.
* PollutedWasteland: What Dr. Machino is turning the world into.
* PopQuiz: Every round ends with a bonus question about the environment, which will reward the player with bonus points if answered correctly.
* PowerUpLetdown: The speed boost. Considering how touchy the controls are, all the speed boost does is send Awesome Possum careening into either a bottomless pit or an enemy.
* PowerUpMount: Assorted animals, such as the Rhino, which is prominently featured on the game cover.
* RushmoreRefacement: [[BrokenAesop You celebrate your victory by desecrating more of the environment.]]
* ShowDontTell: Awesome Possum reaffirming that he's awesome, so cool; etc., when more respectable [[MascotWithAttitude mascots]] like [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] or [[VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures Sparkster]] never needed to.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The third level takes place on the oil rigs of UsefulNotes/{{Antarctica}}.
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