Web Animation / Super Mario Bros. Z

Super Mario Bros Z is a flash animation series by Alvin-Earthworm. The series is a cross over between the Mario and Sonic universes in a plot that bears great similarity to Dragon Ball Z, in which DBZ-style abilities are granted to each character — their strength, speed, stamina, etc have all gotten a massive upgrade from what is seen in their respective games, shows, comics and other media. Their abilities relative to each other remain largely intact, though (Sonic still runs faster than anybody else, Mario is highly versatile, etc.).

Combining references to games both old and new, physical comedy (mostly at Luigi's expense), and some rather spectacular battle sequences, the series has gained quite a following.

Hosted on Newgrounds, eight episodes were made, with a 9th one left unfinished. There was a 45 episode saga (3 seasons of 15 episodes each) planned, but the series was discontinued in March 2012 after nearly two and a half years since the release of Episode 8.

The official site housed a guide, timeline, and other sundry details along with the episodes proper, before its closure.

As of March 26, 2012, there was an official announcement that Alvin had discontinued the series. The only official footage of the now forever-lost episode 9 can be seen here. Though at the time he referred to the series as being "on indefinite hiatus" rather than permanently done for.

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In October 2013, Alvin released an updated version of Episode 1's opening sequence, along with ideas for a remake, but clarified that the video didn't guarantee that he would be remaking the series.

However, on September 4th, 2015, Alvin released the new introduction to the series' reboot, bringing Super Mario Bros. Z back to life after its cancellation three years prior. The first episode of the rebooted Super Mario Bros. Z was released on January 5th, 2016 for Alvin's Patreon supporters, and January 8th for the general public.


This series has examples of:

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    The Original Run 
  • Action Bomb: Waluigi shows why these should never be used as grenades.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: The series turned Shadow from a low-key, brooding, level-headed character into a hot-tempered, angry character to better mirror Vegeta.
    • This got discussed in Episode 8, with Sonic calling Shadow out on being more hot-blooded than usual. It's implied Shadow's personality shifted because of Rouge's death.
  • Airplane Arms: Mario, Luigi, and Sonic. That is how they run in their games, however.
  • Another Dimension: Mobius is this to the Mushroom Kingdom.
  • Apocalypse How: Planetary destruction and implied total extinction of life on Mobius and Regional destruction with Physical Annihilation in regards to Yoshi Island.
  • Arm Cannon: Mecha Sonic's arm contains one of these, complete with shotgun-racking sound effect when he switches to it. He usually uses it as a machine gun, but he can also fire missiles out of it (two at once, even!). He doesn't use it very often though, considering that most of his opponents are fast enough/skilled enough to avoid gunfire.
  • Art Evolution: The difference in quality between Episodes 1 and 5 is staggering, and it has only gotten better since then.
  • Art Shift: When the characters visit the Minus World, they all appear as 8-bit versions of themselves. This is Handwaved as an effect of the "negative energy" that created the area in the first place.
    • The most recent culmination of this is in Episode 8, where the art breaks from its pixelated bonds to use actual animated art in certain instances.
    • In Episode 8, Mario and Luigi briefly get their Hotel Mario artwork, complete with a Lampshade.
  • A-Team Firing: Inverted. With very few exceptions, the more projectiles used in a given attack, the less effectiveness that attack will have. Heroes and villains alike casually wade through a sea of beams or hammers without a scratch, but single projectile attacks nearly always hit.
  • Avenging the Villain: Basilisx wants revenge on Mario because he killed his best friend, which by the sound of his description, was an unimportant Koopa in one of the castles of Super Mario World... although some have have noted that the details he provides don't match up with the game, throwing some suspicion on whether his motives are truthful.
  • Badass: Mecha Sonic. Whenever he gets involved in the action, some serious ass-kicking is about to ensue. But then again, everybody has been badassed-up to some extent even Luigi.
    • Everybody except for Peach, Wario, and Waluigi... so far, at least.
    • Basilisx, an original character who, in his introductory episode, not only disables Yoshi, Sonic, and Luigi but also defeats Mario in combat.
    • Anyone else notice one of Shadow's attacks being a backhand as strong as Mario's punch?
    • Smithy gets a moment despite not actually appearing in the series, when Axem Red states that one of the Chaos Emeralds doesn't have enough power to restore Smithy to his former level of strength. This when one of them is capable of completely turning the tide of battle.
  • Badass Mustache: Mario, Luigi, and Dr. Eggman.
  • Bash Brothers: To an art form.
  • BFG: Axem Red's secret weapon. It doesn't work.
    • On a larger scale, the Omega Doomship Main Energy Cannon in Episode 8.
    • Between the two sits the Breaker Beam. Back in Super Mario RPG, it might, oh, take half your HP or so. But when Axem Red hooks up a Chaos Emerald, it levels the mountains on Yoshi's Island from a single shot. That didn't stop Mecha Sonic, though...
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Mecha Sonic, Bowser, and Smithy, although the latter hasn't personally appeared yet. Also, Eggman is working for Bowser but seems to have his own agenda. Wart shows up in the anime opening, although he hasn't made it into the show itself yet (though based on the reboot intro, King K. Rool and King Boo look to have taken his place).
  • Big Damn Heroes: Sonic and Shadow in 2, Yoshi in 5, Shadow in 7.
  • Big Red Button: Eggman's button.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Professor Frankly's history lecture in Episode 7 reveals that several centuries ago the Mushroom Kingdom was ruled by Queen Pesca VIII. In Italian, "pesca" means "peach".
  • Bishonen Line: Master Mecha Sonic, as indicated by the intro and supplementary material.
  • Bizarro World: The Minus World.
  • Blade on a Stick: Each of the Axems have these, combined with An Axe to Grind.
  • Black Knight: Basilisx.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Kind of: In the trailer for Episode 9, showing the progress he made for the episode before cancelling it, Basilisx, after Luigi broke out of his rocky prison via the Tanooki Suit's powers and saved Mario from Basilisx, is last seen telling his soldiers to attack Mario and Luigi as the trailer ends. Because of the nature of the cancellation, it's unknown what exactly would have happened, though Alvin's personal harangue of the Basilisx character implies that Mario and Luigi would have fought their way to the Koopalings.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    Frankly: ...And you better listen, too. YEAH, YOU! Behind the computer monitor! You need to hear this as well!
    • This is actually more of a Shout-Out to Paper Mario 2: The Thousand-Year Door, where Frankly uses an identical phrase during an exposition session in the game.
    • Goombella mentions no one would remember the first "Over 9000" joke, since it was made a year and a half earlier.
  • Bullet Time: Mario, Sonic, and Mecha Sonic do this a lot. Particularly notable in Episode 7, where Sonic and Mecha Sonic are fighting so fast that Mario appears to stand still. Shadow can also enter a version of Bullet Time using Chaos Control.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Mario evokes this. See What the Hell, Hero? below.
  • Butt Monkey: Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi.
  • Catch Phrase: Sonic frequently saids "Let's get moving" before setting off. Stuffwell brings his Catch Phrase "Back To Adventure" from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time with him.
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: Sonic is quickly annoyed by Stuffwell's catchphrase, interrupting him to ask him to stop. Stuffwell is taken back by it, but complies.
  • Camera Abuse: Waluigi smacks into it while flying around after Wario pokes him with a pin. Bowser cracks it when Mario throws him out of the Grand Prix in Episode 2. This is a reference to what happens to him after defeating Cackletta back in Superstar Saga.
    • ...Aaaand then the lens is completely shattered in Episode 8 by a startled mook.
  • The Cameo: Jeff and Hal of Bowser's Kingdom, another Newgrounds Mario series, make a cameo appearance in Episode 7.
  • Canon Foreigner: Mecha Mario, Captain Basilisx.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Sonic.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Luigi's 1-Up mushroom; Professor Kolorado's Subconian stopwatch.
    • The former looks ready to be fired again. As hopeless as everything looks, E. Gadd packed the heroes a 1-Up and Sonic won another one killing enemies...
    • Also, Shadow mentioned in Episode 5 that he could sense Chaos Emerald energy from long distances when explaining why he is suspicious of the "emerald" that was barely 100 yards away. If Shadow finds at least one Chaos Emerald upon returning to the group, this might explain how he got it.
  • Chrome Champion: Metal Bowser.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Dr. Eggman in episode 7. Complete with Scary Shiny Glasses.
  • Cliffhanger: Episode 8 ends with Mario at the mercy at Basilisx, the other heroes turned to stone, Eggman now working for Bowser, Peach kidnapped (as usual), Shadow nowhere to be found and Mecha Sonic still on the loose with half the emeralds. How does it end? Well, despite Alvin cancelling the series before finishing episode 9, he did create enough of it to show how Mario gets saved, and Shadow's whereabouts.
  • Cliff Stack: Sonic is a reoccurring victim of this.
  • Colony Drop: The Death Egg crashes on Mobius, with some incredibly-devastating consequences.
  • Colour Coded Characters: The Koopa Bros. Made infinitely more amusing when one looks back and realizes who fought who in the first battle against them— particularly Red, Green and Black. The same can be said for the Axem Rangers, though they had one extra member.
  • Cool Plane: Sky Pop Mark II. It doesn't use a runway for takeoff - It uses a slingshot!
  • Combat Pragmatist: Zigzagged with Basilisx. He could have just used the Stone Gaze to turn Mario to stone immediately, but he challenged Mario to a one-on-one fight instead, preferring to kill a flesh-and-blood Mario. In the actual fight, however, he has absolutely no qualms about using Poison Mushrooms to weaken his opponent or Luigi as a shield/bludgeon.
  • Combination Attack: The Koopa Bros.' finishing move; Axem Ranger Green and Black's spinning attack; Sonic and Mario's double attack when empowered by the Super Star.
    • Most of the fight scenes with more than one of the heroes feature these. Several, in fact, are throwbacks to the myriad Bros. Attacks in the Mario & Luigi series. Of course, due to the nature of this series, the attacks are taken Up to Eleven.
    • Luigi is particularly fond of these, using the Blue Shell and Tanooki Suits to transform himself into a weapon/vehicle for others to use.
  • Conspicuous CG: The Doomship.
    • Alvin has admitted this was a kind of compromise, since fully rendering it would be a nightmare. He has tried to Hand Wave it by saying that it has a sort of Narm Charm, since it kind of calls back to the SNES Star Fox graphics.
    • And the fact that fully rendering it would raise the file size, and Newgrounds updated the site just so he could upload Episode 8.
  • Continuity Porn: This series takes most, if not all, of the Mario games as canon. Main series, the handheld gaiden games, the RPGs... The series started with a Mario Kart race, and once featured Mario in his doctor get-up. With Sonic, it appears to be the same thing, exempting Mecha Sonic who is the Sonic-bot from Sonic 3 And Knuckles but is apparently an entirely new creation.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Sonic and Shadow's convenient timing on their arrival.
  • Couch Gag: In the Newgrounds official releases, each episode (after pressing the "Play" button) features Mario gaining some powerup or another.
    • Or power-down, as the case may be in Episode 6. Poor Mario....
  • Critical Hit: Manifested as a double flash and a slight pause.
  • Crossover: Mario and Sonic, of course.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Luigi might be cowardly, but he can sure put up a fight when needed.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The series LOVES those, whether it's just one side brutally dominating the other (like Metal Sonic did to Yoshi, though Yoshi did manage to land a couple of hits) either it starts with one side dominating the other, then something miraculous happens and the other side crushes the opposition with equal ease (Mario vs Metal Bowser).
  • Cut Short: The original run stopped at Episode 8 (out of the planned 45) in 2009, though the cancellation wasn't made official until 2012.
  • Death from Above: Mecha Sonic's ginormous energy ball, which in appearance is a miniature Sun, which was hurled at Yoshi's Island.
    • Which is a reference to Freeza's death ball which destroyed Planet Vegeta in DBZ.
  • Death World: Mobius thanks to Mecha Sonic.
  • Deliberately Monochrome:
    • Luigi's flashback in Episode 6.
    • Sonic's flashbacks to the destruction of Mobius at the hands of Mecha Sonic.
  • Deus ex Machina:
    • Downplayed in episode 6. Mecha Sonic is about to wipe everyone out with a Fantastic Nuke when Mario finds an invincibility Star in a power-up box. Useful power-up boxes had already been established to exist earlier in the episode.
    • Alvin himself criticizes his script for episode 7 for having one of these. The Negative Zone's curse blocks any and all attempts to escape, including Chaos Control. Then, Kolorado's broken stopwatch turns out to be a magic broken stopwatch apropos of nothing, which negates the curse.
  • Didn't We Use This Joke Already?: An "Over 9000" joke gets made twice; the second time, the perpetrating character is called out on it.
  • Ditto Fighter: Mecha Sonic, again. It is explained that he can download the data of the hedgehogs and others he faces, so he can use the same moves as them.
    • Makes sense seeing as Metal Sonic, who fused with other Sonic robots to become Mecha, demonstrates this ability in Sonic Heroes and the Sonic Rivals games.
    • Meant to be a reference to Cell in DBZ and how he knows all the Z Fighters' techniques due to having their genetic material.
  • Diving Save: Mario for Sonic and Stuffwell.
  • Do a Barrel Roll: Episode 8.
  • The Dragon: Either Basilisx or Eggman to Bowser. It's hard to decide which.
  • Drop the Hammer: The Mario Bros. and Axem Yellow. Mario gets a hammer barrage as Hammer Bros. Mario.
  • Downer Ending: Episodes 3, 4, and 6. All of them ended their episodes with the heroes on the ropes and/or otherwise incapacitated. The following episodes usually reversed these endings in some fashion however.
    • 8 especially, since the original series won't be continuing. The final scene Alvin created for Episode 9 shows what happens to Mario and Shadow's current whereabouts, but Peach is still imprisoned by Bowser and Mecha Sonic is still at large.
  • Dual Wielding: Hammer Bros. Mario; Basilisx.
  • Dynamic Entry: Mecha Sonic's answer to Mario's Diving Save. He basically just slugs the holy shit out of Mario at max speed.
    • Spectacularly done by Basilisx in Episode 8; It was strong enough to knock Mario entirely out of his Raccoon power-up.
  • Elite Mook: Basilisx. It's been hinted that he's a Super Prototype as well.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Alvin has pretty much confirmed that Mobius, and everyone still alive in it, are screwed forever. That's what happens when a homicidal robot crashes a space station the size of the freaking moon into the planet...
  • Era-Specific Personality: In a visual gag from Episode 3, Mario encounters himself as rendered in Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World. All appearing at the same time. Understandably, he freaks out.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Every villain who isn't Mecha Sonic draws the line at murder.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Practically dedicated to the concept.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The Axem Rangers, Koopa Bros, and our heroes get in a three-sided fight for the Chaos Emeralds. When Mecha Sonic shows up however, it becomes VERY one-sided.
  • Evil Laugh: By Bowser, obviously. Toadsworth wonders why villains feel compelled to do that.
  • Exact Words: Meta-example. Alvin Earthworm during discussions on Episode 9 regarding Shadow, only said that Shadow won't return to aid Mario from Basilisx or regroup with the characters. He never said whether Shadow would appear in the episode itself or not, and sure enough, Episode 9's trailer revealed that Shadow would've appeared.
  • Expy: Several characters are intentionally reminiscent of characters from Dragon Ball Z as a Shout-Out:
    • Shadow is probably the most clear-cut of these, acting almost entirely like Vegeta, even when this conflicts with his personality in the Sonic games (getting angrily very easily, focusing on taking down Mecha Sonic no matter how illogical this might be, lack of compassion for weaker beings like Princess Peach). This is explained in Episode 8 as being a consequence of Mecha Sonic killing Rouge on Mobius.
    • Sonic and Mario both seem to be fairly similar to Goku, but it's easier to see the resemblance with Sonic, as he speaks more often.
    • Sonic and Shadow both also borrow from Trunks. They traveled to another world in the hopes of destroying what destroyed their homes and preventing more suffering.
    • Mecha Sonic is reminiscent of Cell, being created from the material of numerous beings and having the ability to copy the attacks of all of the heroes. His obsession with searching for the Emeralds to become a complete being exemplifies this.
    • The Koopa Bros. are quite clearly homages to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
    • The Axem Rangers are reminiscent of the Ginyu Force, right down to the exaggerated personalities.
    • The Yoshi tribe seem to be based on the Nameks, right down to their home being destroyed by what was essentially a miniature Sun and then being out-of-place refugees from then on out. This would make Yoshi an expy of Piccolo.
    • When the series began, Bowser was a expy of Freeza, complete with a powered-up Metal form. In Episode 8, the Koopas are now shown to be similar to the Red Ribbon Army, with Bowser becoming an expy of Commander Red. Better helps that Basilisx is reminiscent of General Blue, right down to having similar powers.
    • Basilisx also appears to be notably similar to the Shredder.
    • Kamek, Bowser's magikoopa assistant, seems reminiscent of Babidi, especially when comparing his "Parappa the Rapper!" magical incantation to the english dub of Dragon Ball Z.
  • Face Fault: Several, including Sonic's death animation standing in for one.
  • The Faceless: Eggman, though it's obvious who it is... or maybe it's Nega-Eggman from the Sonic Rush games? The shadow may also hide the fact that he's the Robo-Robotnik from the Archie comics.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Mecha Sonic is the king of this. During the flashback showing him murdering Sonic's friends, each death is more brutal then the last: he snaps Tails' neck, fills Cream (and Cheese) with lead, beats down Knuckles and then fills him with lead, and what he did to Amy was probably just as bad. Omega was left in pieces. Nobody even knows how he killed Rouge, but knowing Mecha, it probably wasn't pretty.
    • Then there's his gruesome killing of the Axem Rangers. It's really saying something when being completely vaporized down to the last atom is the tamest death of a battle, although compared to decapitating Axem Green's head and then crushing it in his hand... anything is tame.
    • Somewhat subverted with the death of the Koopa Bros. which is not directly shown, but highly implied.
  • Fastball Special: Wario attempts this with Waluigi in Episode 8. It doesn't exactly work out.
    • Mario and Luigi often use their hammers to launch Sonic, Shadow, or Luigi with his blue shell armor. Yoshi uses a variation where he eats an ally and spits them out as an attack.
  • Faux Action Girl: As of the end of the original run, Axem Pink was the only female character to participate in a fight. However, she only did one combo move on Luigi and then died, while the rest of the Axems did more to their opponents during the entire battle.
  • Flanderization: Luigi's cowardice and ineptitude. It gets better by Episode 8, although his status as Butt Monkey of the series remains intact regardless.
  • Flash Step: Mecha Sonic starting with his super form in Episode 6, though it seems to have become a permanent fixture in his arsenal by Episode 7. Shadow can do it, too.
    • In both cases, it's likely the two of them were using Chaos Control for brief, very short-range teleports. They also used flash steps in Episode 7 while inside the Minus World, which only prevented the "warping space" part of Chaos Control and not the "warping time" part. Either that, or they were using the ability you can do with 20 rings in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle's racing minigame.
    • Sonic does flash steps in the battle against the Bowser battleship, both outside and inside the battleship as Fire Sonic, while he was trashing a horde of Koopas.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Mecha, against the Koopa Bros. Followed by an exceptionally-brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on the Axem Rangers.
    • In order to provide cover for their battle plane, Sonic and Mario jump off and perform one long, high-speed Foe-Tossing Charge to clear all enemies on deck. And it works.
    • Yet another one by Sonic after he powers up in the hangar. He probably knocked aside more Mooks than he and Mario did in total on the deck.
  • Funny Background Event: Becoming more common as the episodes roll on. Often involving Luigi, his drinking tea animation is quite popular.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Tanuki-Mario kicks a Bob-omb into one of the cannons on the Doomship's deck during his and Sonic's "boarding", a speech bubble above the horrified troops which has the image of a pile of dung.
  • Giant Mook: Thunderfoot.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: When Mecha Sonic kills all of Sonic's friends, what does he say? "Blast you." Really.
    • Likely done as a dig at Sonic's kid-friendly nature, since Shadow does all the actual swearing. Also may be unlikely, as it was done during an unironically dramatic scene.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The Chaos Emeralds.
    • There's a good chance that the Star Spirits and Twink may also fall under this.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Happens to Sonic in Episode 3... and Waluigi in Episode 8.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Sonic's rolling form is often used for this, or utilized for a Fastball Special. Luigi himself was used (while transformed into stone) by the heroes and the enemy in Episode 8.
    • Turns funny in Luigi's case, because when he morphs out of his stone form, his inertia carries him into a really long face fault (while still knocking aside a few Koopas), ending with a groan and a flat face.
  • Heroic Mime: Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi. Humorously, they never have dialogue boxes, their speech being wholly composed of sound effects from the games, mostly the Superstar Saga series. And it works.
    • Wario and Waluigi also communicate solely out of voice natters, but they have yet to do anything heroic.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Bowser plans to ransom Peach for the Chaos Emeralds.
  • Human Shield: Stone Luigi for Basilisx.
  • Hurricane Kick: A regular move in Sonic's arsenal. Guess what he yells out when he does it?
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shadow. He's bitter and detached from everyone, and while that was present in the source material to a degree it's been exacerbated by Rouge's death.
  • In a Single Bound: Despite very few of the characters having true Flight like in Dragon Ball, the battles still find a way to take place high in the sky for minutes at a time.
  • Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: Both Mario and Sonic are teleported off Yoshi's Island mid-freefall. They both splat into the ground at high speed after the teleport is completed.
  • Invincibility Power-Up: The Super Star apparently has the power of seven Chaos Emeralds, since it simultaneously made Mario invincible and allowed Sonic to go Super Sonic, but only for a short time.
    Sonic: Well...... that little experience was pretty short-lived..... *falls*
  • Kame Hame Hadoken: In a series based on Dragon Ball, this had to pop up somewhere. We have Shadow's Chaos Spear, Mario's fireballs (he even goes into the "Kamehameha stance" to throw really big ones), and Mecha Sonic in particular is fond of these (even performing the actual Kamehameha at one point to finish off Axem Red).
  • Kick the Dog: Yoshi facing off against Mecha Sonic. ALONE. OUCH.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Axem Rangers are easily the least sympathetic victims of Mecha Sonic, and their deaths were the only ones that weren't considered a Moral Event Horizon.
  • Killed Off for Real: Sonic's friends, the Axems, and the Koopa Bros.
  • Killer Robot: Mecha Sonic.
  • Lack of Empathy: Basilisx, due to Bowser's objective of creating a merciless minion.
  • Last of Their Kind: Sonic and Shadow.
  • Laughing Mad: Sonic in Minus World, for a short time.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Shadow wasn't a team player in the games and he hasn't changed a bit in this series.
    • For some reason or another Shadow seems to end up kicking at least one of his teammates in pretty much every fight scene he's in except in episode 7.
  • Leitmotif: Mecha Sonic has the most obvious one - it's Dark Samus' music from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
  • Le Parkour: Sonic in the underground.
  • Madeof Explodium: The little banana-man.
  • Made of Iron: All fighters.
  • Match Cut: In Episode 5, the Koopa Bros. are preparing to use their special move. The camera zooms in on the yellow emerald they use to power it, which turns red, and the camera zooms out to reveal Mecha Sonic holding his.
  • Meaningful Name: Basilisx is a reference to the Basilisk, the mythological creature (lizard) that can turn a person into stone by looking at him/her...although the mythical Basilisk's eye-stare actually killed its victims instantly. The author stated that he deliberately invoked Taken for Granite to ensure the heroes didn't die. Of course, as certain games have been popularizing the stone gaze variant for some time, it's excusable.
  • Mle Trois: The big free-for-all between Mario and the crew, the Koopa Bros. and the Axem Rangers. And then Mecha Sonic joins in.
  • Meteor Move: Mecha Sonic does this a lot during his fights.
  • More Dakka: Mecha Sonic butchers Cream, Cheese, and Knuckles this way.
  • Neck Lift: Mecha Sonic to Sonic in Episode 7, as well as part of Tails' death sequence in the Episode 4 flashback.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted.
  • No Ending: Since the original series discontinued in March 2012, the fate of Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom is pretty much left up to the audience now. The reboot offers some solace, but since Alvin's already stated that it wouldn't just be an Updated Re-release of the original episodes and their plots, this trope still holds true for how things would have panned out in the original run.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Mecha Sonic to just about everyone. Even turning 8-bit (which reverted him into his original Metal Sonic form) didn't slow him down!
  • No Ontological Inertia: Averted; he may have lost the emeralds that helped him create it, but that giant fireball doesn't simply go away, and Mecha Sonic makes sure to launch it before he leaves.
  • No Sneak Attacks: Averted, then played straight, then averted again in Episode 7.
    • First, Metal Sonic ambushes Mario and Sonic in the tunnels, and doesn't say a word before immediately laying into them quite effectively.
    • Metal Sonic's second ambush attempt falls flat when he feels the need to reveal himself with some Evil Gloating before attacking, giving the heroes time to dodge his first attack and bring the noncombatants to safety.
    • Then later, when Metal Sonic has the heroes on the ropes, Shadow shows up without a word and drops a severe beating on Metal Sonic, even stealing his Chaos Emerald!
  • Not Quite Dead: Eggman.
  • Not So Different: Basilisk invokes this, on how Mario has no right to say that using Luigi's stone body as a shield is unfair, when Mario himself is using the shell of one of Basilisk's comrades against another.
  • Ocular Gushers: Peach does the full-on fire hydrant wail after the recounting of Sonic's tragic Back Story in Episode 4. Bowser does it with his tantrum, and Luigi does it pretty often.
  • Oh Crap!: Mecha Sonic in Episode 6 causes quite a few of these, including a Mass "Oh, Crap!" just by arriving on the battlefield. Luigi reacts this way quite often in nearly every episode, and gets one of the single best expressions ever during Episode 6. A few Mooks use an fitting image in their Speech Bubble during the assault in Episode 8; see Symbol Swearing.
    • Mecha Sonic himself gets one in Episode 6. After a powered-up Mario and Sonic bludgeon the Chaos Emeralds out of Mecha Sonic, Sonic prepares to finish him off with an energy blast. For a machine that doesn't show any expressions, Mecha Sonic's Oh Crap! face was priceless. He's saved only by an ill-timed Power-Up Letdown
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Given the shortage of audio clips of Italian-accented "Sonic", when Mario says it it sounds distinctly British.
  • Orphaned Series: As of March 2012.
  • Petting Zoo People: Users of Super Leaves and Tanooki Suits become this.
  • Playing with Fire: The Fire Flower gives anybody who grabs it the ability to shoot fireballs and summon fire storms. Both Mario and Sonic use it at different points.
  • Plot Coupons: Chaos Emeralds.
  • Plot Hole: Less than ten seconds out of the interdimensional capsule, Sonic is able to identify Mario on sight, and a later episode relates that he already knew Mario was both a plumber and a celebrated hero, and that their world was called the Mushroom Kingdom. Although it is vaguely hinted (enough to be unintentional) that Eggman had "a database" in the wreckage of the Death Egg, it is never fully explained how Sonic came to know all of this.
  • Poison Mushroom: Basilisx hits Mario with two. One to strip him of his Hammer Suit, the other to poison him.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Everyone, most notably the Axems and Mecha Sonic.
  • Power Echoes: "Here we go-o-o!"
  • Power Glows: Mario, Sonic, and Mecha Sonic.
    • Mario gets the most variety in his, getting a DBZ styled one with the Cape Feather, a flaming one for the Fire Flower, and DBZ style with sparkles for the Super Star.
  • Power Up Letdown: Luigi is confused about the Blue Shell power-up he grabs in Episode 5 since it doesn't appear useful at a first glance, but before three seconds have passed it proves itself by protecting him from an attacking Axem Ranger.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Basilisx does this to Mario in their fight when he uses Luigi (whom he had turned to stone using his power) as a shield/weapon to gain an advantage over Mario. He then justifies it by claiming that Mario did something similar to a friend of his in the past.
  • Twitchy Eye: Yoshi when surrounded by mooks they hadn't seen earlier.
  • Villain Team-Up: Bowser and Eggman.
  • Voice Grunting: Everyone gets dialogue except Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, and every Yoshi except the Chief. They only communicate through voice samples and occasionally Speaking Simlish, just like in most of their respective games.
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: The Yoshis tribe.
  • Wave Motion Gun:
    • The Axems' Breaker Beam.
    • The Omega Doomship sports one as well in Episode 8.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Basilisx takes vengeance against Mario for offing his Koopa brethren. As in, the Koopas you're probably used to taking out without a second thought in the actual game. If you think about it, it actually makes Basilisx pretty sympathetic.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The Axems are the only characters to be killed on screen so farnote  - Mecha Sonic simply ripped them apart. It wasn't pleasant to watch. Still, they didn't bleed, and Smithy can always rebuild them.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Shadow finally gets called out for his excessively Jerkass attitude in Episode 8.
    • Basilisx does the same to Mario later, recounting how gruesome his best friend's death was at Mario's feet. As stated above, Mario just doesn't remember.
    • Here's the full quote, with enlongated "s" sounds edited out:
      "So, it ends. And I am the last one standing. (Mario tries to get up) You sniveling pedlar. You have no right to be angry that I used your friend to my advantage, especially when you did the exact same thing with my friend's shell against him and his comrades that day. I couldn't even mourn him properly because he was burnt to cinders. Well, I'll make sure no one will be able to mourn you properly either. Your disgusting hypocrisy will vanish along with your hopes. Think about my words after I toss your severed head into your grave!"
  • Wolverine Claws: Basilisx. Cue Wolverine Publicity.
  • The Worf Barrage: Happens quite a few times. As befits its DBZ inspiration. One memorable instance is the trope image!
  • You Monster!:
    Axem Red: You...you monster! How could you do such a thing?
    Mecha Sonic: Monster? I'm not a monster, I am a god!

    The Reboot 
  • Agony of the Feet:
    • Waluigi after Wario tosses a barbell without looking behind him and it lands on his foot.
    • After Bowser turns to metal, this is how Mario reacts to a failed jump attack.
  • Art Shift:
    • Like in the original run, Alvin sometimes splices hand-drawn animation alongside the sprite animation, though this time it's noticeable from the outset.
    • For a split second, Luigi turns 8-bit during one of his freak-outs.
  • Always Save the Girl: Double subverted. Kamek holds Princess Peach hostage again, but Mario doesn't change course until the absolute last second.
  • Bait and Switch: Mario picks up a home run bat during his fight with Wario. He winds up to attack Wario, and then he wedges the bat in Wario's mouth to keep him from chomping down on Mario instead of swinging it like in Smash Bros.
  • The Cameo: The tournament bracket features several side characters from the Mario franchise, a few examples including Prince Peasley, Jr. Troopa, Lady Bow, a Whacka, and Il Piantissimo.
  • Canon Foreigner: Metal Bowser & Fire Waluigi (Fire Wario exists, though. Also the "Hyper Mario" form seen in the opening.
  • Death from Above: Bowser pulls this in a stadium by letting loose a powerful, explosive fire blast into the sky. Flames rain down on the stadium meteor style, forcing evacuation by spectators.
  • Expy: As an arrogant fighter who's been upstaged by the main heroes yet still beloved in the public eye, Rawk Hawk is the series' answer to Dragon Ball's Hercule Satan. He even uses sound clips of Hercule Satan.
  • Farts on Fire: During his fight with Mario, Wario gets Waluigi to light his fart on fire using a fireball.
  • Flash Step: In his first appearance, Sonic uses one of these to get over to Kamek and kick him into the sky.
  • Funny Background Event: The dancing banana pops up in the background while Bowser explains how he came up with his plan.
  • Go Through Me: Luigi, despite his cowardice, steps in front of the downed Mario and refuses to move even as Bowser prepares to fire the finishing shot. Only Sonic and Shadow's arrival saves them both.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
    Bowser: What do you mean "fresh out?" You're a goshdarned Magikoopa! Can't you conjure one up, you imbecile!?
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Wario's plan to use Waluigi as a cudgel during his fight with Mario.
  • Hammerspace: Used quite literally when Luigi pulls two giant hammers out of his overalls.
  • Kame Hame Hadoken: Once again, Mario's got this, fireball style.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Towards the original run in a way. In the reboot, Mecha Sonic's default form takes the appearance of his full-powered self from the original series, seen in shadow (well, blinding light rather) in Sonic's injury-induced dream and in the old anime opening.note 
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When Bowser was telling his story starting with a bowl of Koopa Krunchies, the dancing banana creeps in from a chunk of rubble, paying homage to the original run's Running Gag.
    • After he's summoned as an Assist Trophy, Waluigi chases Mario around, trying to stomp him in the dirt before knocking him away with a tennis racket, exactly how he behaves as an Assist Trophy in the Super Smash Bros. games.
    • Luigi force-feeds Mario a 1-up Mushroom to help him regain consciousness, ala the Mario & Luigi games.
    • The Wario/Waluigi nuclear fart gag is reused from the final segment of the Beat Up Sandbag collab, which Alvin animated. Similarly, the suspenseful pause after Mario hits Metal Bowser with a huge fireball is a near-perfect recreation of the first moments of Smash Kingdom Melee's Mario versus Sonic segment, also animated by him.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • Mario's reaction while staring down Wario and Waluigi's fire fart plan.
    • Wario and Waluigi later have a similar reaction when their charge towards Mario is interrupted by a Bulky Bob-Omb appearing in the arena, right in front of them.
    • Bowser upon seeing Mario back on his feet, courtesy of Luigi. He later has a similar reaction when Mario barrels towards him with the Cape power-up.
  • Painful Transformation: When Bowser becomes Metal Bowser, it actually seems to hurt this time.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire Mario and Bowser take it Up to Eleven in their fireball duel.
  • Record Needle Scratch: Used when Luigi shows he wants no part of the upcoming fight against Bowser.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Space Whale Aesop: From episode 1: Don't take things that aren't yours, or a homicidal hedgehog robot from another dimension will kill you.
  • Stepping Stones in the Sky: Regularly in the first episode.
  • Taking the Bullet: Mario jumps in front of a fireball intended for the KO'd Luigi, just barely stopping it with his own fire energy.
  • Tournament Arc: Not so much an arc, but the series opens with Mario entering a fighting tournament ala Dragon Ball. This scenario replaces the Mario Kart one from the original series.
  • Twitchy Eye: Wario gets one when he discovers his finishing move wasn't quite effective.
  • Unexpected Character: In the revived series, King K. Rool and King Boo are antagonists, the former replacing the planned appearance of Wart. The former is especially surprising considering that Donkey Kong has not appeared in the series.

Alternative Title(s): Super Mario Bros Z