Web Animation / Rise Of The Mushroom Kingdom

Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom is a four part flash movie series featuring the characters and settings from Super Mario Bros.. It was created by the late Randy Solem for his website, Video Game Director's Cuts and has also been featured on Newgrounds.

After Mario is killed by a squadron of Bullet Bills, Luigi leads the citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom on a quest for vengeance against Bowser. As the battle goes on, however, things turn out to be not exactly as they seem...

Inspired by Alexander Leon's equally excellent series Mario Brothers, this series is equally epic in scale, but much lighter in tone, with a good deal of Toilet Humor and Black Comedy in the last episode. It can be seen here on VGDC, here on Newgrounds, or here, on Youtube.

Tropes Found in This Video Series Include:

  • Big Bad: Wart.
  • Big Damn Heroes: a revived Luigi reveals himself by saving Mario at the last minute in Part 4.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Part 2 ends with the Mushroom Kingdom prevailing against the Koopa Kingdom, but of course it doesn't change the fact that Mario is still dead. Were it not for Part 3 and 4, this is likely how the series would have ended. Part 4 in contrast is a much more happy ending, since both Mario AND Luigi are still alive at the end.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Bowser wets himself in terror just before he is eaten by the baby Yoshis.
  • Camera Abuse: Larry gets blasted into the screen during Part 2.
  • Cliffhanger: The end of Part 2 and Part 3.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In part 2, Bowser is mauled to pieces by a bunch of newly-hatched baby Yoshis.
    • And in part 4 Wart is blown to pieces when a Fire Flower is used to light his flatuence.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: The beginning of Part 3 reveals Part 1 and 2 were Luigi dreaming prophetically.
  • Foreshadowing: At the beginning of Part 2, Bowser reacts with confusion when he's informed of the incoming attack.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Tons. There is a guide to them on VGDC.
  • Gasshole: Wart. Word of God says this is why he hates vegetables so much.
  • Grave-Marking Scene: At the end of Part 2, Luigi visits Mario's grave and places a photo of the two brothers on it.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: This is how Luigi meets his death in Part 3. Overlaps with Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Bowser is implied to have done one prior to the beginning of the series as he had not attacked the Mushroom Kingdom for quite some time, though he chooses not to take prisoners when the Mushroom Kingdom attacks his castle unprovoked (from his perspective).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Luigi at the beginning of Part 3. As he dies, he warns Mario that Wart is trying to assassinate him, so Mario decides not to let him do so without a fight.
  • Neck Snap: Luigi kills a Boom Boom with this move as he tries to enter the nightclub.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The movie uses sprites from Super Mario World, the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 2, and Yoshi's Island, all of which have slightly different art styles.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: As indicated by the title, the entire series is one of these, with the Mushroom Kingdom battling against Bowser and Wart.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: Word of God says that he originally wanted Donkey Kong to be Mario's real killer, but abandoned this when he found out that the character has no 16-bit sprites in the proper art style. This is probably for the best.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The end of Part 2, when it turns out that Wart killed Mario and Bowser was completely innocent.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Luigi gets to Bowser using the "World -1" trick from Super Mario Bros. and finishes him off by swinging him into the distance, Super Mario 64-style.
    • Mario uses the super jump from Super Mario Bros. 2 in Wart's castle.
    • Mario keeps losing his cap during parts 3 and 4, much like in Super Mario 64.
    • Mario's battle against Clawgrip is styled in the same way as Donkey Kong.
    • "MC Koopa" and Mario's distracting dance are references to Randy Solem's "Mack Daddy Mario" videos from Video Game Director's Cuts.
    • Bowser's Bring My Brown Pants moment is another reference to another of Solem's videos.
  • Spiritual Successor: This was directly inspired by Mario Brothers, and indeed, the first two parts are basically a story about Luigi avenging Mario instead of the other way around. However, because of the long gaps between updates, it also became a Spiritual Antithesis, as Mario Brothers is completely hopeless and has a Kill 'em All ending, whereas this series is more idealistic, ending with all the good guys alive, even those who originally died.
  • Toilet Humor: Rampant in Part 4, especially when Mario finishes off Wart by lighting his flatulence. It is Randy Solem, after all.
    • In Part 1, a Yoshi craps out a Lakitu skull, and gives a sheepish smile to the camera.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's essentially impossible to mention Wart without giving away the twist ending to Part 2.
  • Wham Shot: At the end of the second installment, Luigi visits Mario's grave, when another Bullet Bill is fired at him. The shooter is then revealed to be Wart, indicating him as the culprit.