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HeroSmash is a multiplayer superhero game, and the third MMORPG by Artix Entertainment, and the second made by them.Originally called SuperHeroQuest until the folks at Marvel Comics complained, the game has only just been released and, as such, has relatively little story to speak of. However, a more detailed plot is likely to appear after further releases. The game is arguably even morebizarre than most of Artix Entertainment's other games, since it's set in an ultra-modern city...You, as a new smasher in Super City, get involved in a massive war over the Pandorian Malachite stashed away in a statue of Pandora. A young girl, Demolicious, and her band of robot Divas valiantly defend the malachite against the robotic forces of Luigi Davinci. Sadly, she gets outnumbered and the MacGuffin falls into the villains' hands. To add insult to injury, villains have outnumbered heroes in all of the game's wars ever since.Next, you're meant to convince Death to join either the heroes or the villains by performing four trials for him. He duels with the player after the trials, then decides not to get into smasher hijinks after all.After Death's trials, the player has to stop the Clock Blocker from meddling with time and causing The End of the World as We Know It. And still nothing is done about the lost Malachite.Afterwards, the plot just drops, and the game's pretty much in Development Hell as of 2012.Located here.
Dumb Struck: After Luigi talks down to Demolicious, she is at a loss for words. She was snarling at him before that, even telling him to shut his mouth.
Epic Flail: Demolicious' weapon of choice. Considering what her name is based on, though, it makes sense.
Evil Is Easy: Unintended, but many glitches and bugs in this game favor villains, up to the point that there are very few players as superheroes. The worst case happened in the Park War, where the villains won due to a glitch in the war's turn-ins.
Expy: There are Expies of some of the characters from Lore, and from other franchises as well.
Martial Artix is a Karate version of Artix Von Krieger.
Monochromatic Eyes: Some NPCs have colored eyes with no irises, and players can also color their eyes in one color because of the game's simplified art style.
Meaningful Name: Several NPCs are named in this manner, and players can choose to name their characters like this.
Hottica's name is clearly related to fire.
Ditto for Electina, replace fire with lightning.
Demolicious is a portmanteau of "demolish" and "delicious."
Multiple Endings In the Resurrection storyline, the player can choose to support Demolicious or Luigi Davinci.
If the player supports Demo, he/she is fighting alongside Demo, until she orders the player to leave. The player refuses, so Demo knocks the player away with her wrecking ball. She then jumps in to face Luigi. It gets worse for her from there.
If the player supports Luigi, when Luigi orders Demo to be thrown out, the player obliges and punches her. The player then helps Luigi to start up an extraction device.
Regardless of your choice, Demolicious is caught by two of Davinci's robots, made fun of, and thrown out. Luigi gets his hands on Pandora's malachite anyway.
Not Wearing Tights: Enforced due to a complaint from Marvel and DC about the use of the term "super hero." The enhanced humans are referred to as Smashers ingame.
Oh, Crap: The Beetle Basher gets two of these moments, the first time when the player and Llussion team up against it, and the second time when the hero is about to either destroy or chain up and apprehend it. On both times it says "Oh Uh!"
Poison Is Evil: Played straight after alpha testing, as the only current way to buy poison powers is to make your character a villain. CAN be subverted after buying said powers if you're willing to spend days removing your villainous reputation and building up your heroic reputation at the same time.
The Plummer Brothers from the latest release are shout-outs to Mario and Luigi.
Some of the costumes also fit this trope: Red Trooper is based on Super Man, Last Fantasy is based on Cloud, Iron Eagle is based on The Falcon, Rocky Armor is based on The Thing, the Horrible Doctor armor is based on Dr. Horrible, and Midnight Phantom is based on The Phantom.
Standard Female Grab Area: The killbots that grab Demolicious in the park aim for her arms. She's unable to move as a result, but snarls at Luigi instead. Until Luigi laughs at her and points out her failure.
Standard Snippet: At the beginning of the Corporal Saga, a remix of "The Girl from Ipanema" plays.
The Bad Guy Wins: Luigi, and no thanks to the majority of players supporting him. The rest of the wars in the game are heavily biased towards evil players as well. No wonder this game's going down the drain.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Luigi Da Vinci declares that Demolicious wanted to sell the heart for her own selfish desires, while she is hanging from a pair of Luigi's robots that grabbed her arms. Luigi's only half right — the reason she wants to sell it is for money to help her sick dad.