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Super Mario Bros. + Sonic the Hedgehog + Dragon Ball Z = this series.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 onNewgrounds, 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.Interactions between flash animator Juga Juga (Trevor Nestor) and Alvin suggested that Alvin may have planned on continuing work on the series (rebooting it), meanwhile Juga Juga instated an official kickstarter project to bring the series to some sort of closure... which was quickly pulled, due to Kickstarter's rules.Juga Juga commented:"I was looking to contact Alvin, but was unable to because all of his accounts seemed to be shut down. A fan from one of the official SMBZ facebook groups sent me Alvin's contact info, and, it turns out he has an alternate deviantart account (not sure if he wants this information publicly available, so I'm not sure I should post it). I think that he made the post [the post about continuing with the SMBZ series on a reboot] on Newgrounds very soon after messaging me about possibly coming back, so perhaps this project influenced him?"In one reply from Alvin to Juga Juga shortly before his public announcement, Alvin messaged:"I have been sporadic with my artwork in the past, so it's not an impossibility that I would someday like to work on it again. I would like to rework the series from the ground up. Change up some key scenes. Improve the story and dialogue. Rework the fight scenes and choreography, etc etc. Obviously I cannot stop you from working on your movie if you really want to."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.
This series has examples of:
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.
Airplane Arms: Mario, Luigi, and Sonic. That is how they run in their games, however.
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. He usually uses it as a machine gun (with a shotgun-racking sound effect), 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.
This is mostly due Alvin's decision to use Vector as opposed to hi-res sprites. Thankfully, Alvin is a pretty damn good artist in his own right so it all looks good.
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.
Then again, because of the experiments done onto Basilisx to make him super-powerful, maybe the procedure really messed up his memories, and he could be talking about some other Koopa Troopa Mario killed. Another possibility is that the events in question are lies fabricated by Bowser to increase Basilisx's rage.
Then AGAIN, why on Earth would fabrication of such memories even be necessary? God knows Mario has killed enough Troopas in his time...
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.
This is, naturally, an implied Badass moment for Mario and his crew from the game in question, since they beat Smithy in the first place.
Of course, this could also be Red underestimating the power of the Chaos Emeralds. He was VERY clearly shocked at the incredible boost it provided to the Breaker Beam.
Beam Spam / Bullet Hell: 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.
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.
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 cancellationnote Although Alvin Earthworm officially stated that he is cancelling the series, he also placed a "The End?" at the replay screen, implying that he may have plans to continue at a future point., it's currently unknown what exactly will happen.
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.
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 it is true that Shadow will find at least one Chaos Emerald upon returning to the group, this might explain how he got it.
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.
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.
Subverted because Basilisx has the power of Stone Gaze. He states himself that he could "turn Mario to stone and grind him into dust", and judging by what he did to the others he is not bluffing. Yet he insists on fighting Mario without his Stone Gaze, claiming that killing a flesh-and-blood Mario would be much more satisfying.
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.
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.
Mecha Sonic is actually a combination of four of the robotic Sonics from the series: Silver Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic Adventure, Mecha Sonic from the Archie Comics Sonic Special "Mecha Madness" (who was actually Sonic after being roboticized), and Metal Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog CD; their combined form is Mecha Sonic from Sonic & Knuckles.
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....
Creator Breakdown: This has happened a couple of times, due to fans pressuring the release date of the next episode. The last time Alvin-Earthworm had one, he canceled the series. Thankfully, he made an apology and uncanceled it the next day.
Seems to have stuck for real this time. Though he cites it as the project being too time consuming and he did apologize to the fans for discontinuing the series.
Critical Hit: Manifested as a double flash and a slight pause.
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).
8 especially, now that the 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.
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...
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 Episode 9's trailer revealed that Shadow will appear.
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, focussing 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 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 is "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.
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 Episode 8, Axem Pink was the only female character to participate in a fight. However, she only did one combo move on Luigi and then died. Based on the spoiler opening, however, Wendy may get some action in the future.
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 both against the battle outside of the Bowser battleship and inside the battleship as Fire Sonic while he was kicking the shit of all those Koopas.
Generic Doomsday Villain: Mecha Sonic. Justified (perhaps deconstructed) in that even when he was just Metal Sonic, Eggman didn't give him a personality beyond "make Sonic dead" and "blow up anything in my way", so he's running off nothing but what he's known how to do all along.
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.
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).
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 certaingames have been popularizing the stone gaze variant for some time, it's excusable.
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 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.
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.
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.
Rule of Cool: This series runs on this Trope. For example, Yoshi alone arguably puts up as good as, if not a better fight against Mecha Sonic than Mario and Sonic combined.
Might be a case of Fridge Brilliance, as in his initial Mario appearance (Super Mario World), Yoshi is actually much more powerful than Mario himself.
Plus Shadow is never depicted as being much stronger than any of the others, yet he's the only one ever able to land an effective hit in a square fight on Semi-Super Mecha Sonic in their battle. (Mario manages to interrupt an attack with a chargedd fireball, but he took Mecha Sonic by surprise)
Schedule Slip: Suffered from this terribly in the later episodes, and somewhat ascribable to Creator Breakdown. There was a 16-month gap between episodes 6 and 7, a 12-month gap between episodes 7 and 8, and a 30 month gap between the release of episode 8 and the series' ultimate cancellation.
Sir Swears-a-Lot: Among the main characters, Shadow was implied to be of this trope by Alvin Earthworm. In the series overall, Hal was this in his cameo, with his two swears being bleeped out.
Spoiler Opening: The anime-style opening was released after Episode 6. A number of characters appeared in it that hadn't shown up in the series at that time. That includes the Koopalings, Eggman, Wart, and the Star Spirits and Twink.
Throwing Your Hammer Always Works: Used and Subverted all at once. A few times, when a single hammer is thrown (Usually by one of the Mario Brothers), it works rather effectively. However, if anyone attemps a mass-hammer spam, it never works, with the hammers typically destroyed at the handle just below the head.
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.
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.
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 Robot: The Axems are the only characters to be killed on screen so farnote The Koopa Bros. also meet their demise, but it's offscreen - Mecha Sonic simply ripped them apart. It wasn't pleasant to watch. Still, they didn't bleed, and Smithy can always rebuild them.
"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!"
Of course, granted, whether Mario actually did this or not is debatable, as the koopa friend that Basilisx mentioned was "koopa #3 in Room 2 in Bowser's Castle", of which Room 2 doesn't even contain lava, and the only koopas in there are crawling on wire panels over a spiked pit.
Alvin Earthworm confirmed he didn't bother researching, and only did this to state a random Koopa Mario never heard of before.