Brawl in the Family is a gag-based webcomic hosted on Keenspot starring Kirby, and featuring various video game characters, mainly those that have appeared in the Super Smash Bros series, but most of the plots and running jokes are based on Kirby and King Dedede. It is written and drawn by Matthew Taranto, AKA TriforceBun from the Phoenix Wright Musical Project.The comic usually uses a fairly simplistic art style, originating from bored-in-class sketches and doodles. There is more complex art on occasion, including homages and tributes to the styles of other artists.It's also very funny and very cute. (That is, when it's not super disturbing.) If you are a Nintendo fan, this is a web-comic you must read.Due to Matt's Crohn's disease acting up, the series went through a Series Hiatus just before the 400th comic for over a month and a half, and fans wished him well in this forum thread. However, on April 10th, he announced that the series will be regularly updated again now that he's been taking medicine. He later got married in June 2012 and took another hiatus due to his honeymoon. That hiatus ended July 3, along with the belated announcement that the first Brawl in the Family book would be released with at least the first 150 comics along with a huge amount of content depending on how much money is raised.
All There in the Manual: Dedede's teacher in Cocoon Academy is a Mr. Dragmire. Sound familiar? It shouldn't. This is the last name given to Ganondorf in the English manual of A Link to the Past, and hasn't been mentioned in canon since.
Ascended Extra: Considering the original media of the characters, Adeline.
Ascended Fanboy: Matthew recently got the chance to work with Howard Phillips of Howard & Nester fame after Howard was impressed by Brawl in the Family's Howard and Nester tribute. He's hard at work updating a weekly comic strip detailing Howard's life and work with Nintendo!
Ass Shove: No, seriously. One time, a while a Yoshi sat on its egg, the egg pushed through its bottom. it then spat a Shy Guy out of its mouth.
The Bad Guy Wins: In "A Mushroom Kingdom Carol," Bowser finally beats Mario basically by leaving the Mushroom Kingdom until old age catches up with the hero and then an adult Bowser Jr. comes back with a vengence.
Peach's appearance in "If it Takes a Lifetime" is meant to imply that it takes place in the same continuity as The Captive Princess.
One that almost happened, but didn't (still brought up in the mouse-over text) - Link pays a gossip and she would've mentioned hearing about Moblins playing with dolls, which references an earlier strip where a Moblin was playing with dolls.
Dream Land Mix calls back to multiple unfortunate situations involving Kirby's eating habits.
A Mushroom Kingdom Carol, for 2009, depicting Mario as Ebenezer Scrooge, Luigi as Bob Cratchett, Wario as Jacob Marley, Rosalina as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Kirby as the Ghost of Christmas Present, and Shadow Mario as the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.
One in-universe strip features one between Lakitu's Cloud and Mother Brain. And she got pregnant!? Matt admits that this is one of his sillier ones. And their baby? Kracko, thus making this A Kracko pairing!
#409 Zora Lineage◊ has Ruto marrying Lord Jabu-Jabu. Their children are the River Zoras.
Meta Knight/Adeleine has been implied, mainly from Adeleine's side. One of her paintings portrays Meta Knight giving her a flower.
Everything's Better with Penguins: Dedede, of course, who was much, much more penguinish when he was a kid. His father was a photorealistic Emperor penguin, and his mother regurgitated chum for him to eat, despite them all living in a suburban house.
Snake: But first, a drink. Waiter! Something light. Hm, water or punch? Yeah, punch sounds good. Punch. I'll take the PUNCH. NOW.
(Samus nods at Captain Falcon. He grins and adjusts his tie)
Foreshadowing: A minor case, but Shadow Mario being the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come in "A Mushroom Kingdom Carol". Now, if you played that game, you should know who that really was... And now, consider who shows up near the end...
Four Philosophy Ensemble: In the Return to Dreamland comics, we have King Dedede as the Cynic, Kirby as the Optimist, Meta Knight as the Realist, and Waddle Dee as the Apathetic.
Fridge Logic: A lot of the In-Universe humor comes from applying the funny stuff from Nintendo games, and seeing what happens.
In "Where's Waluigi", in the lower left part of the scene Ike is seen showing off his enormous sword. Marth, who has a normal sized sword, is standing next to him looking annoyed, while Toon link is standing nearby looking a bit anxious about his very small sword. Does This Remind You of Anything?
Invoked also in the Kirby Super Star homage multi-comic, in the Spring Breeze strip. After Kirby sucks in one of the stars that come from Dedede's ground pound attack, he stops and thinks "What did I just eat...?'
Interface Screw: A rare non-gaming example. If you're going on an Archive Binge using the old version of the site, you'll hit the 2009 Waluigi April Fool's page. There's no "next" button, so the only way to continue is going to the archive page and clicking the next comic in line.
Ironic Echo: Dedede's line, "I'm gonna get you, Kirby" has been turned back on him on a few occasions:
Once in the Cocoon Academy arc, when he got into a cafeteria fight with Pinky.
In the Alt Text for one strip in the sleepover arc.
Klingon Promotion: Pichu is kicked out of Brawl for being (gameplay-wise) a clone of Pikachu, but evolves into one soon after. He then uses a Poké Ball on Melee's Pikachu, and takes over his position. See Cheshire Cat Grin above.
Morton's Fork: If the waiter brings the soup that Waluigi hates, Waluigi will throw it in his face. If the waiter brings the soup that Waluigi likes, Waluigi will throw it in his face. If Waluigi brings the soup that Matt likes, Matt will throw it in his face.
The Playstation characters in "B.Royale In The Family." Word Of God is that this was intentional — he drew the characters from memory, then altered them. Kratos has an eyepatch (which, along with his facial tattoos, constantly changes position) for example.
Remembered I Could Fly: Strip 384 has Kirby, Meta Knight, Dedede, and Waddle Dee preparing to launch themselves upward out of a cannon to get an item. When an accident sends them flying into a wall, Dedede points out that they should just fly up there instead.
Self-Imposed Challenge: Comic #200 has led to Pacifist runs of games, where the goal is to kill no minions (except those who are used to kill bosses) and if any minions are to die, have it be due to anyone other than the player i.e. a Koopa walking into a lava pit.
Played literally in "Cocoon Academy": Meta Knight was originally pink, like Kirby. He gets a blue color after swallowing Dark Matter.
One unconfirmed fan theory is that, since the only characters shown to have been covered in dark slime are confirmed future villains (and a raccoon from Animal Crossing), that entire fight was the incidental start of darkness for many characters.
Tomato Surprise: At the end of the "Cocoon Academy" arc, we learn that "Pinky" is actually Meta Knight. And Headmaster Hand is Crazy Hand. Master Hand and Kirby were never actually in the strip at all.
Took a Level in Badass: Mario is shown to be a dork in Cocoon Academy, with Luigi of all people being the popular one. But when Dark Matter attacked, Mario gains admiration upon spinning Bowser around and using him as a living flamethrower.
Traitor Shot: In the "Turnabout Kirby" arc, after Meta Knight gives the Judge evidence that Dedede may just be framing Kirby by showing his own flaws, Dedede angrily demands to know where Meta Knight got such evidence. He replies "Let's just say... I have an informant". Cut to the jury bench. The scene then zooms in on Waddle Dee as his eyes shift.
Also, when Meta Knight is "banned" (reflecting his real-life ban from Brawl tournaments): as Master Hand takes him away, he angrily raves about how he thinks it was Dedede who orchestrated this. It was actually Kirby, as the scene zooms in on him and he gives a barely noticeable smile.
Triang Relations: Type 4 between Samus, Captain Falcon, and Snake in "Snake in the Grass".
Public indecency: The Sneech and the Pokémon are naked.
Frightening imagery: A particularly creepy image of Tingle. Teddie too if you're familiar with Persona 4.
Wacky Marriage Proposal: Matt considered proposing to his girlfriend through the comic, complete with a Waluigi Time joke... but ultimately ended up going with a more serious proposal. Still, in terms of What Could Have Been, it's pretty wacky. ("Expecting a ring? TOO BAD. WALUIGI TIME.")
White and Grey Morality: The villains usually have a soft side to them, the heroes can be honest but have some bad habits, and most of the trouble of the world-ending kind is usually unintended. The only truly evil character is Dark Matter.