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The first game in the ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]]'' series, released in 2003 for the GameBoyAdvance, and for the WiiU [=eShop=] in April 2014.

In one of the most elaborate (original) games made for the Game Boy Advance, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] is sent to the Beanbean Kingdom, which conveniently adjoins the Mushroom Kingdom. Luigi reluctantly goes along after Mario and Bowser [[EnemyMine join forces]]. The BigBad Cackletta reportedly has stolen Princess Peach's voice (yes, her voice) in order to activate the Beanstar, an artifact with the power to grant wishes.

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!!Tropes appearing in this game:

* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: Level 99. You'll most likely be between level 40 and 45 by the time you reach the final boss.
* AccidentalMisnaming: Characters invent names for Luigi, because they keep forgetting his name.
* ActionInsuranceGag: At the end of the early gameplay scenes, Bowser's Koopa Cruiser is destroyed by Fawful. Talking to one of the Koopa Troopas found afterwards yields the comment, "The K-Koopa Cruiser... We haven't finished... paying it off.."
* AdiposeRex: Queen Bean is a rare female example.
* AnimateInanimateObject: The Chuckolator, an animated barrel of soda created from infamous jokes and puns.
* ApatheticCitizens: One of the Beanbean Castle Town residents asks you to find his pets for him once the town's started to rebuild from the attack. He tells you the little critters "aren't super-motivated, so they're probably still around town someplace". He seems to be of a type since he can't be bothered to go find them himself.
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: At the start of the game, the exchange rate between Mushroom Kingdom coins and Beanbean coins is pretty shabby, something like 100M = 10B. Later on, Prince Peasley cockily bets 99,999,999,999,999 Mushroom Kingdom coins that he'll find the PlotCoupons first; even with the poor exchange rate this is a pretty sweet deal. But when he makes good on the bet at the end of the game, the converted value of his promised ante is...99 Beanbean coins, meaning that over the course of a single game, the Mushroom Kingdom's economy has crashed so irretrievably that statistically, even the ''houseflies'' are begging for change in the streets of the nearest stable economy (probably Beanbean). Although it does take MoneyForNothing to its logical conclusion.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Trunkle's tree on its head, as using several bros attacks on it can take it out before it is able to divide.
* BalefulPolymorph:
** [[spoiler:Prince Peasley]] was turned into a dragon and trapped inside an egg before the game's events began - the dragon is a ''very'' early boss fight. Apparently Mario and Luigi beating the stuffing out of the dragon breaks the spell.
** There's also the matter of the Woohoo Hooniversity professors being turned into Laser Snifits.
** [[spoiler:Bowser after being possessed by Cackletta. His face becomes Cackletta's and he gains some "female anatomy" to say the least.]]
* BalloonBelly: Whenever Mario drinks out from a water fountain and at one point, [[spoiler:the Chuckola Reserve.]]
* BarrierChangeBoss: Mom Piranha's elemental weakness changes depending on her color[[note]]Lightning if she's red, fire if she's blue[[/note]], and is healed if hit by the wrong element.
* BerserkButton: Jojora doesn't react well when you attack her friends. On the other hand, she doesn't seem to mind too much being attacked herself, as she has killer defense. However, she will leave if you counter her attack.
* BetaCouple: Toadsworth and Lady Lima.
* BigBad: Cackletta.
* BishieSparkle: When Prince Peasley flips his hair, [[UpToEleven the entire screen goes white]]. Downplayed on one occasion [[spoiler:due to the prince being shrunken]].
* BlandNameProduct: The Starbeans Café is an obvious take-off of the real-world Starbucks chain.
* BookEnds:
** The first time you see the Beanbean Kingdom, it's been destroyed. Towards the climax, when you come back, it's been destroyed again.
** You ride the Koopa Cruiser to the Beanbean Kingdom at the start of the game, which serves as the site for several tutorials and the first mini-boss, who ultimately destroys it. Between the last and second-last dungeons, you ride it again after its repair job. These instances are roughly thirty hours of gameplay apart.
* BossBonanza: The game has [[spoiler:a separate boss fight for each of the seven Koopalings in Bowser's Castle, followed by Fawful, Bowletta, and the Essence of Cackletta.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: One of the DummiedOut scenes in Starbeans Café has Wario say "Now that Iím here, this gameís finally gettiní good!" and later "Donít you have free drinks for celebrity guest stars in this game?".
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:The Koopalings]] return, after being absent for more than a decade since ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''. Then they get PutOnABus again until 2009.
* ButThouMust: Quite possibly one of the most infuriating examples is the Hammerhead Bros.' tutorial. [[ForcedTutorial Which you ''have'' to sit through even if you've mastered how the hammer works.]]
* ButtMonkey: Poor [[spoiler:Bowser]]. Let's see, during this game, he [[spoiler:gets [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] by Fawful, gets stuck in a cannon, gets fired out of it, hits his head so hard he loses his memory, works as [[GoldfishPoopGang Popple]]'s lackey for some time as "Rookie", finally regains his memory but falls who-knows-how-far from the Beanstar, gets possessed by Cackletta, gets his castle blown up, gets beaten up by the Mario Brothers, then finally gets blown up ''with'' the castle and hits the screen, and is then dragged home by the plane and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking it's implied that he got a cold]]. He's not gonna try to kidnap Peach for ''a while''.]]
* TheCameo: Geno from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' shows up to teach you how to play the SurprisinglyEasyMiniquest, with Creator/SquareEnix's permission.
* CaptainErsatz: Popple is suspiciously similar to [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG Croco.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Remember Blablanadon from the Hoohoo areas? He's the only way to access Bowser's Castle at the end of the game.]]
* CloudCuckooland: Beanbean Kingdom, full stop.
* CognizantLimbs:
** [[spoiler:Cackletta's arms and head need to be destroyed before her heart can be targeted.]].
** Also, [[spoiler:you have to smack Queen Bean's arms for her pointy crown to fall off, but you can bypass all that if you've learned Splash Bros. Advance, though you may still wish to destroy the arms to prevent her from using her shockwave attacks that can hit both brothers.]]
** There's also Hermie III, whose claws can be targeted. He'll counter every attack used against him with his claws if his claws aren't down.
* CollectionSidequest: Finding all the coffee beans, including the hidden Hee beans.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: One Toad in Little Fungitown is playing an arcade game like this.
* CombinationAttack: The main draw of the game is the way Mario and Luigi team up for puzzles and fighting. In all their Bros Moves are the Splash Bros, Chopper Bros, Fire Bros, Bounce Bros, Knockback Bros, Thunder Bros, Swing Bros, Cyclone Bros.
* ContinuityNod:
** Upon defeating Popple in his final battle, [[spoiler:Birdo TurnsRed and declares that "this is as far as you go!" This is the same line she would open her boss battles with in the ''Super Mario Advance'' version of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''.]]
** The moment Mario enters the castle's plaza, a toad hopes his vacation hasn't slowed him down, referencing ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine''.
* CrossDresser: Luigi dressing up as Princess Peach (even doing a NoblewomansLaugh, if only to conceal his mustache).
* CurbStompBattle: At the start of the game, Fawful does it to Bowser of all people. He literally one-shots Bowser with an attack that would otherwise take 5 or so hits to defeat a Bro.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Cackletta is an ''incredibly'' competent villain for someone out of the ''MarioBros'' series. Notably, she started the trend of Bowser being an IneffectualSympatheticVillain, which took him until ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' to recover from.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Luigi gets his moment to shine during a few plot points.
* DeadAllAlong: The grizzled old bean in a rocking chair who oversees the minecart minigame seems harmless and rock in his chair with his trust bright green dog at his side, he makes mention of how he's come to the end of his road. After you play the minigame and come to the end of the minecart tracks, he spontaneously ''fades into view'' right before you enter the room to greet you. Old dude's a ''ghost.''
* DeathMountain: Hoohoo Mountain. Hoohoo Village is located halfway up the mountain but it was formally populated by the Hoohooligans. The climb up the mountain shows their weapon Hoohooros, and jokes written on the walls in Hooroglyphs, an ancient form of writing.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: This happens to all the bosses, even if they are alive in the cutscene that follows.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: To an extent. After Tolstar is defeated, he reappears when the Brothers are cornered and accused by a group of Beanbean guards, vouching for your innocence.
* DevelopersForesight:
** The Tutorial Bowser, as with all the Bowser boss fights during the game, is programmed to be healed if it's hit with a fire-based attack and be vulnerable to thunder-based attacks. It's only possible to use these attacks on the Tutorial Bowser via hacking since at the point in the game you're ''supposed'' to be fighting him, you only have Mario, and he only has one attack at the time: the element-neutral "jump" attack.
** [[http://www.suppermariobroth.com/post/144777561450/in-mario-luigi-superstar-saga-viewing-the Viewing the status screen when the brothers are separated will display the currently active brother holding up the passport photo of the other one.]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Cackletta the first time you face her, and she has somewhat nasty attacks to boot.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Woohoo Hooniversity houses the fight with [[DiscOneFinalBoss Cackletta]] stated above...and interestingly the second showdown with [[GoldfishPoopGang Popple and Rookie]].
* DistressedDamsel: In an unique twist, Princess Peach isn't kidnapped... but her ''voice'' is. [[spoiler:Well, she still gets kidnapped later, but it isn't the usual "whole game" deal.]] Even then, [[spoiler:it's not Peach's voice that's kidnapped. It's ''Birdo's''. Apparently, anyone can put on a pink dress and a wig and pass for Princess Peach, since Birdo, Luigi and even an ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime alien]]'' do it throughout the various ''Mario & Luigi'' games.]]
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Fawful's infamous "Mustard of Doom".
* TheDragAlong: Luigi, at first. In fact, the literal example at the beginning (where Mario runs to Peach's Castle while dragging Luigi who is tangled in a rope tied around Mario) provides this trope's page image.
* TheDragon: Fawful, but later he wishes he was the main villain. He later gets his wish in ''Bowser's Inside Story''.
* DropTheHammer: Mario and Luigi get hammers after the second dungeon, and they are upgraded twice over the course of the game.
* DualBoss: Popple and his various sidekicks.
* DummiedOut: The game code contains dialog for several different characters giving you the different accessories from [[ItemCrafting mixing bean juice]]: [[VideoGame/WarioLand Wario]] for the Greed Wallet, [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] for the Power Grip, [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] for the Great Force, [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox McCloud]] for the Bonus Ring, [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Captain Olimar]] (who speaks in boxless dialogue) for the Cobalt Necktie, and the racer from [[VideoGame/{{Excite}} Excitebike]] for the Excite Spring. [[VideoGame/LuigisMansion Professor E. Gadd]] would only show up to deliver the Game Boy Horror. [[http://themushroomkingdom.net/mlss_lost.shtml TMK has the scripts for the lost cameos.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The game has a number of mechanics that doesn't appear within future installments, namely the ability to switch leaders (in other words, make it so that Mario's following Luigi and not the other way around, for the purpose of using certain techniques), the Firehand and Thunderhand powers (though techniques such as the Fire and Ice Flowers are usable in later games), the fact that the hammers the Mario Brothers obtains gets upgraded twice over the course of the story (to break blocks it couldn't before), the fact that you can change the difficulty of the Bro Moves to make it harder or easier in exchange for the amount of BP it uses and the fact that it's possible for Mario and Luigi to figure out how to do variations of their existing Bro Attacks.
** These are the only Mario and Luigi games where the Bro Attacks are based around the techniques Mario and Luigi learn to navigate around the overworld. As a consequence, they're the only games in the series where they're acquired automatically [[spoiler:(except for the two secret Bro Attacks)]] instead of one collecting items in order to perform them (''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'') or collecting enough Attack Pieces (''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' onwards). Consequently, this is the only Mario and Luigi game not to have a variation of the Green Shell/Red Shell Bro attack.
** This is the only Mario and Luigi game not to have an ExpositionFairy of some sort.
* EatingTheEnemy: Attempted by Bowletta during the final boss fight. [[spoiler:She pretends to be defeated, only for a bomb to knock out the bros, and she inhales them up. Unfortunately, this [[HoistByHisOwnPetard became her undoing]] as it lead to a WombLevel where the bros were able to take on her heart and destroy it, thus ending Cackletta for good.]]
* EmbeddedPrecursor: ''Superstar Saga'' includes the Game Boy Advance port of the ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' arcade game. It's the same port included with the ''Super Mario Advance'' games.
* EnemyMine: Bowser. However, he helps the brothers only because he doesn't like ''other'' bad guys taking what he wants. Sadly it doesn't last long though, as throughout the whole game [[ArbitraryHeadcountLimit events conspire to prevent him from helping]] for anything other than getting to the Beanbean Kingdom.
* EscortMission: Escorting Princess Peach through Teehee Valley to Little Fungitown. You have to keep her onscreen at all times, make sure there are no enemies heading towards her, and work quickly to open the gate at each section of the valley. If you don't do one of the first two, she gets kidnapped. Mario and Luigi must rescue her and try again. However, the player can make this easier by defeating every opponent on the field, then escorting Peach.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Popple helps Mario move the Beanstar out of harm's way and bows respectfully to him before a battle.
* EvilLaugh: Cackletta tends to...well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin look at her]] [[MeaningfulName name]]. Fawful also has one.
* EvilTastesGood: Fawful and his delicious doom mustard on victory bread.
* ExcusePlot: Probably the most notable [[AvertedTrope aversion]] in the entire ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series. The game has ''several'' major {{Plot Twist}}s and features a GambitPileup that doesn't get fully resolved until after the penultimate dungeon, though the final dungeon is Bowser's Castle as with other Mario games.
* {{Expy}}: The Beanstar is pretty similar to [[VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} Jirachi]]...
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Birdo, after falling in love with Popple (if it is the same Birdo).]]
%%* FingerSnapLighter
* FingerlessGloves: Sniper Bills, one of the enemies in Bowser's Castle.
* FlippingHelpless: The brothers can't get past the giant Koopas until [[spoiler:they've learned the fire dash attack]].
* FlunkyBoss: Mom Piranha, who is accompanied by respawning piranha plants.
* ForegoneVictory: Mario can't lose the first fight with Bowser, no matter what you do. Even if you miss every single action command, Mario will win.
* ForgettableCharacter: Luigi. People often seem to forget/not know his name, and what they do call him usually references the color green. For example, early in the game, we get "Mario and... [[BuffySpeak Mr. Green Mario Brother Guy!]]" A guard in front of Beanbean Castle addressed "the famous Mario and Lui-uh... other guy", forgetting the name in mid sentence. In a later scene, the same guard noted, "A very Mario-esque fellow and a Loo...uh, some other guy!"
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Played for laughs; what is obviously a wine-making operation instead produces "soda".
** Averted in the German version, where it's indeed wine.
* GambitPileUp: Most allied [=NPCs=] were chessmasters at one point or another, with instances including (but not limited to) [[spoiler:Peach and Lady Lima completely anticipating Cackletta's fake gift and kidnapping of the princess's voice (and on a sidenote, knowing that the guards would be useless), countering the plan by swapping out her and Birdo, of all things, before the opening cutscene]], and nobody knowing what was going on until halfway through the game. Cackletta also manipulated crazy situations, such as making you fix the plumbing to cancel the castle security system. (...In hindsight, that makes even less sense.) Even Mario and Luigi get in on it by [[spoiler:swapping Luigi and Peach to have him infiltrate the Koopa Cruiser]]. By the end, you wouldn't have been surprised if ThePlan set up by the heroes was really just the villains in disguise.
* GenderBender: [[spoiler:''Bowletta'']]. Hoo boy.
* GlobalCurrencyException: Those 100 coins you got at the beginning of the game turn out to be Mushroom Coins, and are worth 10 Beanbean Coins. (doesn't matter, as you have to surrender it immediately.) And later, when you get 99,999,999,999,999 Mushroom coins, they're worth... 99 Beanbean Coins. But how could the exchange rate fluctuate so fast? The only logical, foolproof explanation is the RuleOfFunny.
* GoldColoredSuperiority:
** Golden Beanies have higher stats than the standard Beanie.
** The best Hammers in the game are golden.
* GoldfishPoopGang: The thief Popple and his various partners.
* GottaCatchEmAll: The four [[spoiler:Beanstar]] shards. Notably, Mario and Luigi must find eight fruit to collect one of the shards- making it an example of Catching These Things to Catch All Of These Other Things.
* GrandTheftMe: Happens to [[spoiler:Bowser when Cackletta's ghost needs to quickly possess a new body in order to survive.]] This causes some PronounTrouble about whether the result is male or female.
* GreenHillZone: Not necessarily the first area of the game but the Beanbean Fields definitely count as this.
* GroinAttack: One of the AmusingInjuries you can inflict on Luigi: [[spoiler:Use the Hammer to shrink Mario, then have Mario jump and have Luigi high-jump at the same time...]] You can get coins this way, but Luigi's health will gradually drop.
* GroundWave: At least one of the Koopalings causes ground waves by stomping when the heroic brothers fight him.
* HubLevel: Hoohoo Castle Town. Along with Beanbean Castle being located to the North, along with E. Gadd's coffee shop, and several shops for clothing and badges.
* HypnoPendulum: Technically a Hypno Staff, but in any case, Psycho Kamek uses it to [[spoiler:hypnotize Luigi into thinking he's Mario so he's brave enough to go to Guffawha Ruins.]]
* ImplausibleBoardingSkills: How to get across to Joke's End? Easy, Mario can use Luigi as a surfboard simply by hammering him into a convenient slot.
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: Pretty much everything Fawful says. [[note]]In the original Japanese version, he [[VerbalTic adds "rururururu" to the end of his sentences]].[[/note]]
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Luigi's second Bros Move, gained near the start of Chucklehuck Woods, allows him to turn Mario tiny by [[{{Slapstick}} hitting him with a hammer.]]
* InstantExpert: Mario and Luigi's Bro moves. Reading the Secret Scrolls once for two moves is apparently enough as well. It's also played with, though, in that there's a hidden, more difficult form of each Bros. move--appropriately named Advanced--that can only be unlocked if the player successfully pulls off the move a large number of times.
* ItemCrafting: The various coffee beans are brought to Professor E. Gadd's coffee shop and blended into stat boosting drinks. He also gives out accessories (and a skit) every time a new type of drink is brewed.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Hermie attacks you because you barged in looking for a MacGuffin and happened to be a world-famous superstar, distracting his friends from fussing over him. Fortunately, in an optional sidequest you can get him a replacement star that has a mutual relationship with him.
* ItsUpToYou: At one point, Prince Peasley challenges the Mario Bros. to see who can get the most plot coupons, with a large bet hanging on the line. The prince fails to get even a single one, as when trying to get his first one, he gets shrunken down and eaten. In addition, at the beginning of the game, Bowser offers himself and his army to help the Mario Bros, only for them to be shot down. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted. You never needed to get involved in the first place, due to steps taken prior to the start of the game.]]
* KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy: Jojora is the buddy of the cousin of the descendant who once owned Joke's End.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Bowser loses his memory and ends up as [[GoldfishPoopGang Popple's dopey sidekick]]. He remembers it just after the second fight with Mario, but by then his mind's all but prey for Cackletta.
* LightningFireJuxtaposition: Mario and Luigi get Fire and Lightning abilities respectively. This might be due to their personalities. Mario, a hero, is brave and consistent, though his Fire powers existed before this game as the Fire Flower powerup. But Mario is also aggressive and impulsive, showing a little hotheadedness. Luigi, who is slightly lazy and cowardly (you could say that he's gone in a flash), is also more expressive in his emotions and funnier (he might have a spark of life in him). When Luigi does act, he can make all the difference, and he is as brave as his brother during events with strong enemies. Hence, the partnership between the two.
* LiteralMetaphor: Mario and Luigi have to jump the border from the Mushroom Kingdom to the Beanbean Kingdom early on. To do so, they play a game called "Border Jump", which is like fancy jump-rope.
* LostWoods: Chucklehuck Woods. Even the music sounds foreboding and the area is the largest seen yet at the point the brothers first come to see it.
* ManHug: Mario and Luigi hug each other at least three times during their adventure; the first time being in Woohoo Hooniversity after Luigi is freed from a barrel mishap, the second time after rescuing Peach from her temporary Teehee Valley kidnapping during the EscortMission (though you can do this again if you let her be kidnapped again) and the third time is when Mario frees Luigi from his tied-up status.
* MesACrowd:
** When Trunkle starts running out of health, he'll create four couples of himself, one of which has his weak point inside. He'll then shuffle it around so that Mario and Luigi will have a harder time figuring it out.
** Cackletta will split into three when you fight her, though each clone will only attack the Mario Brothers once per round. However, if Mario or Luigi attack the wrong one, it will burst into a swarm of bats.
** Lemmy and Wendy can also use this tactic, though they both had a tendency to give away who the real one is. It's more helpful for Wendy since she has a Time Bob-Omb, making for a good stalling tactic.
* MetalSlime: Golden Beanies. There's a rare chance of finding one after the brothers defeat a Pestnut (there's usually just a regular Beanie) and they run away the moment their turn comes around, but they drop a relatively large amount of experience and the Spiny Badge, which lets you stomp [[TheSpiny spiked enemies]]. They later appear in ''Dream Team'', where they're much stronger.
* MinecartMadness: An old beanish man offers this minigame. Notably, compared to other mini games it's rather easy, though it's possible to lose gems if you don't watch your surroundings.
* MuggingTheMonster: Popple and Rookie attempt to rob Bubbles of the legendary Chuckola Reserve. Unfortunately for them, he is stronger than they thought and rather crazy.
* MutuallyExclusivePowerups: The Piranha Bean will give out either the Piranha Badge or Piranha Suit, depending on whether or not it's fought with a certain item equipped.
* MythologyGag: The plan to disguise Luigi as Peach and turn him over to the villains first appeared in the comic ''ComicBook/SuperMarioAdventures'', which was printed in ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' over a decade earlier.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Fixing Beanbean Castle's plumbing deactivates the forcefield around the Beanstar. Of course, you have to do this to progress.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Cackletta and [[spoiler:Bowletta]].
* NobodyPoops: Lampshaded when Gadd wants to take a leak. Luigi solves this by vacuuming Gadd into the Poltergust 3000.
--> '''Professor E. Gadd:''' WHERE'S THE RESTROOM?
--> '''Clerk:''' Boss! You never built any toilets in this place!
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the Mario Brothers do not realize about Cackletta's soul transfer until it's too late.]]
* OcularGushers: Peach, [[spoiler:who is actually Birdo in disguise]], does this at the beginning of the game, and Luigi does it when telling Mario that [[spoiler:Peach got kidnapped by Bowletta]].
* OminousFloatingCastle: [[spoiler:Bowser's Castle]].
* OneHitPointWonder: Mario and Luigi at the beginning of the battle against [[spoiler:Cackletta's spirit]] due to the brothers being reduced to 1 HP and always moving second (If they are not overleveled). Can be {{Defied}} if either Mario or Luigi [[ActionInitiative is wearing the #1 Trousers, Anuboo Jeans or Beanstar Paints]] and uses a healing item.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: This game has the Chuckolator. Which is literally living soda that grows stronger by the power of jokes.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: The Trunkle boss dies to one or two hits of the Chopper Bros. attack to the forehead. See also AttackItsWeakPoint above.
* PalmtreePanic: Oho Oasis and Gwarhar Lagoon.
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler:The first few arcs of the plot stem from the fact nobody tells Mario and Luigi what's going on until about a third of the way into the game. This is justified as Bowser managed to make his way towards Peach before the Mario Brothers did. Fortunately, it doesn't impact the brothers too much as they still manage to cure Queen Bean after a Beanbean Castle assault and defeat Cackletta for the first time.]]
* PronounTrouble: Queen Bean uses "he...she...uh, IT" to refer to [[spoiler:Bowletta, the result of Cackletta pulling a GrandTheftMe on Bowser]].
* RareCandy: The Bean Coffees. While Woo Beans and Chuckle Beans are plentiful, Hee Beans are only won in minigames, and Hoo Beans are stored in invisible blocks.
* Really700YearsOld: Throughout their adventures in Chateau de Chucklehuck, the Bros. learn of Bubbles, the original founder and owner of the chateau and the rumored creator of Chuckola Reserve, a mysterious soda so shrouded in legend that some doubt its existence. Every indication is given that this character is long dead... [[spoiler:until, of course, Mario and Luigi meet him in the heart of Chucklehuck Woods, where he reveals he's been perfecting his soda for the past ''1000 years''. And what does perfecting soda for a millennium do? ''Grant it life'' and [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou make it try to kill you]], apparently.]]
* RecurringBoss:
** Popple, as mentioned above, as well as Fawful.
** [[spoiler:Bowser]] as well, even being fought alongside Popple twice.
* RoyalRapier: Used by Prince Peasley.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: [[spoiler:Princess Peach and the Beanbean royalty had Cackletta's initial plan foiled ''before the game even started''.]]
* RumpRoast: [[spoiler:Mario's Firebrand move when he's behind Luigi involves lighting a fire under Luigi's buttocks, causing him to run as breakneck speed.]]
* SaharanShipwreck: Complete with a SkeletonCrew. They were carrying a shipment of Chuckola Cola, until one sailor drank too much and broke a hole in the ship. [[spoiler:Mario and Luigi inadvertently give the ship its proper burial.]]
* SdrawkcabAlias: Used to hide the word "fatso".
-->'''Skeleton:''' Old Bloat is even more of an "ostaf" than before!... Whuzzat? You dunno what an "ostaf" is??? Seesh! It's simple! Try spellin' it backwards!
* ShieldedCoreBoss: Fawful, the second time you fight him.
* ShiftingSandLand: Teehee Valley. It was at one point a seabed until the sea dried up.
* ShipLevel: The S.S. Chuckola which is landlocked in Teehee Valley. The skeleton sailors here are holding one of the four Beanstar pieces hostage from the brothers, though they're willing to provide it to them if they help Old Bloat out from a crack in the wall. Unfortunately, they end up sinking before they can provide the Beanstar piece, causing it to head to Gwarhar Lagoon.
* ShoutOut:
** Nintendo even had a few taken out -- the coffee shop was supposed to have a different Nintendo cameo for each new drink, but Professor E. Gadd's role was expanded at the last minute. The accessories he gives out are all references to the characters that would have been giving them out instead. See above entry for DummiedOut.
** The Chuckola Bounce minigame features monsters that spit rocks at you called [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Chuckoroks]].
*** The barrel section in Woohoo Hooniversity is pretty much like a level of VideoGame/DonkeyKong.
*** One of the Hammerhead Bros., after giving Mario and Luigi their hammers, says "Now you're playing with power!" That was an advertising slogan that was used until the mid-late [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem Super NES]] era.
* {{Slapstick}}: Try having which ever brother is in the rear use their abilities on the other before you've learned the proper Bros. Techniques.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Joke's End is cold and frozen. See below.
* SoleEntertainmentOption: A video arcade in Little Fungitown, and a cinema to the north of Beanbean Castle Town.
* SoloSequence: There are a few situations in which one brother is out of commission, forcing the other to go alone. In addition, there are many puzzles in which the brothers separate for short times, emphasizing the teamwork in TeamworkPuzzleGame. One dungeon consists of both characters having a solo sequence at the same time. [[spoiler:It's Joke's End.]]
* StealthPun: Joke's End is the place all bad jokes go due to their ''frigid'' reception.[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke Joke's End is a]] SlippySlideyIceWorld and is full of tough enemies and puzzles that are no laughing matter.[[/note]]
* StuckInTheirShadow: Happens InUniverse. Characters recognize Mario, but either forget Luigi, or acknowledge that Luigi is the brother "left behind". This references older games (''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', the first ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'') when Luigi stayed at home while Mario did everything. This is subverted in game when Luigi is mistaken for a wannabe recruit.
* SuddenlyVoiced: [[spoiler:Luigi when he's disguised as Princess Peach.]]
* TempleOfDoom: The Guffawha Ruins which Luigi has to visit, since they contains the cure for Mario's Bean Fever.
* ThemeNaming: The places around Beanbean Kingdom are named after types of or onomatopoeia for laughter.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Luigi finally gets some recognition (including [[AccidentalMisnaming actually being called by his name]]) when the brothers meet some in-universe fans.
* TrainingBoss: Bowser, as the tutorial. He does one point of damage to you (Mario has 11), and is automatically defeated when he is damaged on the sixth turn. Your only battle command is to attack him and hence damage him, so it's impossible to ''lose'' this fight.
* TreeTopTown: Little Fungitown is a town built by Toads on top of a series of mushrooms.
* UnderTheSea: The floor of Oho Ocean.
* UnstoppableRage: The brothers first meet Queen Bean after Cackletta forced her to eat a Belly Blech Worm, which turned her into a muscular brute that only focused on violent destruction.
* VerbalTic:
** Popple has the habit of adding "see?" to the end of his lines, see?
** Perhaps you noticed the elderly researcher in Castle Town, and his brother in the Yoshi Theater. Both say "perhaps" often.... Perhaps! (Note: The former uses the word pretty much anywhere in his sentences, whereas the latter always sticks them at the end.)
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Poor Luigi gets on the receiving end of this if you attempt a High Jump when Mario is mini, and have Mario jump just before Luigi lands on top of him. You earn one coin for pulling this off, but Luigi loses one HP in return, and looks like he got racked in the balls. It's hilarious to pull off, though.
* VideoGameStealing: Swing Bros. Advanced can allow the Bros. to steal the item from an enemy.
* VileVillainLaughableLackey: Fawful was Cackletta's [[TheDragon Dragon]], and his [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny strange way of talking]] was played for laughs.
* WarmUpBoss:
** Tolstar, who simply throws spiked balls at our heroes, occasionally trying to fake out our heroes by tossing them above their heads. He eventually starts attacking more when his HP goes down.
** Before Tolstar comes Fawful, who introduces the concept of enemies telegraphing their attacks to distinguish which brother they are attacking.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Queen Bean - at that point, the game quits playing around with you and expects you to ''really'' know how to do timed attacks, dodge, and counter. Fortunately, taking out her arms will weaken her.
* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: Peach's [[spoiler:actually Birdo's]] voice is stolen and replaced with Cackletta's [[StuffBlowingUp explosive vocabulary.]] The characters keep having to scurry out of harms way whenever she speaks. Then she attempts a full paragraph, and blows out every window in the castle.
* WhatTheHellHero: Hammering Mario or Luigi or setting fire/electrocuting Luigi or Mario before they have learnt the appropriate moves will cause the unlucky bro to yell at his tormentor. Also, in a lesser example, Peach wants to go to Little Fungitown. Luigi thinks it's a bad idea. [[TheAllSolvingHammer Mario whacks Luigi on the head with his hammer]] and says "Let's go!" Problem solved.
* WickedWitch: Cackletta.
* WombLevel: [[spoiler:The final boss battle takes place inside Bowser/Bowletta's stomach, though it strangely looks more like a volcano interior than a stomach]].
* TheWorfEffect: At the start of the game, ''Bowser'' gets knocked out in ''one hit'' by Fawful. The same attack takes at least 5 hits to down a bro.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Actually averted here, due to the heroes being one step ahead. [[spoiler:No, not the Bros., the ''[[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething royalty]]''. The villains fail to obtain both Peach's voice and the Beanstar due to a BatmanGambit by the Princess herself, thus they start bombing the Beanbean Kingdom out of rage.]]
* YouHaveResearchedBreathing: Once Luigi learns how to properly shock his brother with the Thunderhand on the field, the bros gain the ability to move in sync with one another as well as the ability to ''walk backwards''. Why Luigi needs to electrocute Mario order for them to accomplish this is a mystery (Luigi's repressed jealously, perhaps?).
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