Ah, mittens! Welcome to Secret of Mana Theater, a webcomic adaptation of Square's classic game, Secret of Mana, but with a few twists, created by Sprite Monkey. Updates, instead of coming in the form of comic pages, are short videos created using sprites from the game. Its also generally an Affectionate Parody rife with twisted alternate character interpretations, but it has the flexibility to be serious when needed. The author also takes just enough liberties with the plot for those who have played the original game to be kept on their toes by unexpected events.It began back in May 15th, 2002 and last updated in 2012.The webcomic has a forum that can be found here.
Examples of Tropes associated with Secret of Mana Theater:
Couch Gag: At the beginning of every episode Marle casts a spell with often different results.
Since the beginning of the series, she's been crushed, fried, crushed some more, set on fire, mocked, hanged herself, been replaced a few times, been electrocuted, crushed some more, shrunk, exploded, atomized, chased, run over, been eaten, and has been stripped naked.
When not being mutiliated beyond recognition, Marle has also engaged in riding the title card like a horse or walking on a giant ball, circus-style.
Lucca and Magus from the same game have also appeared in openings.
In the original, Elinee is never fought and, after giving up her witchcraft ways, she's no longer important to the story. In this retelling, her role is expanded and she goes onto enslave the dwarves of Gaia's Navel into readying a ceremony to summon the Fire Gigas to attack Pandora Kingdom. Immediately following the success of the ceremony, she is literally stabbed In the Back by Thanatos.
Seth, the hero, was killed by Thanatos when he tried to prematurely pick a fight with the Evil Sorcerer.
Depraved Homosexual: Potos's Village Elder, no description can do him justice, so perhaps we should just let the series speak for itself:
In Episode 299: P.O.P.:
Jema: (of being wrongfully imprisoned) "Why have you done this to us?"
Potos Elder:"You—you took all my little boys away from me!"
Jema:"I did it in the name of... Wait, what?"
Potos Elder: ''"All the sexy young boys have left town. One by one they all ran off. And it all started when you showed up! You made the villagers mad at Seth.
Potos Elder:"And his pink, supple ass!"
(Autumn and Fawn exchange shocked expressions.)
Potos Elder:"Hmm. Maybe, but I'm in charge. I can't let you take away my sexy soldier boys. Toodles."
Autumn:"That's one pissed off pedophile."
Disproportionate Retribution: What the nobles of Pandora did to Elinee for telling them off. What Elinee was about to do to Pandora in return.
Distressed Dude: Dyluck. This should come as no surprise to anyone who played through the original game.
Freudian Excuse: The comic takes Elinee, a one-dimensional boss from the original game and fleshes her out to the point that people formerly indifferent to her now outright pity her. She was ostracized by her fellow nobles back in Pandora for using her wealth to help out commoners. Said nobles then framed her entire family for being Empyreal spies and she was made to leave town by dawn after the night it happened, or else be arrested and executed along with the rest of her loved ones. Thanatos then chose that moment to meet up with her and win her over to his side.
Interface Screw: Some of the Easter eggs will affect the replay screens at the end of various episodes causing either the replay buttons to not work or removing the ability to view other Easter eggs if you click the wrong Easter egg first until you replay the episode.
It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Seth's attitude towards his status as the Mana Knight. He learns to cope with it better in time (having two companions helps), but initially he had an outright temper tantrum about it at one point.
It's Up to You: Completely subverted. As much as Jema would love to do this, he's been pulled into the plot much more prominently than in the game.
Killed Off for Real: Autumn explains that this is what happens to anyone when a Cup of Wishes is not immediately used to revive them - their spirit is taken away by Death. This is what happened to Elinee.
Non-Idle Rich: You do not want to be this in the Kingdom of Pandora in SoMT. You do not. Just ask Elinee.
No Ontological Inertia: Elinee's spell on Dyluck is lifted the instant she's offed by Thanatos...who promptly abducts him.
Not His Sled: Quite a few parts of the game will go very differently, often leading to an innocuous scene turning into a Wham Episode. One of the earliest examples is Seth forgetting the crystal dropped by the Mantis Ant and having to go retrieve it.
Prison Episode: In the latest episodes, Jema, Fawn, and Autumn have been imprisoned for being mistaken as Imperial spies. In reality, it was Potos's Elder's fault, because he blames Jema for taking his beloved Seth away from him.
Straight Gay: Potos Village Elder, though the portrayal is hardly flattering and strays right into Squick territory, considering he seeks intimacy with young teen-twenties guys. He's hit on everyone from the seventeen-year-old Seth to a Military Captain.
Suddenly Voiced: Most of the time, viewers have to read the word and thought bubbles. Every once in a while, though, voice acting will be supplied.
What the Hell, Hero?: Fawn gets one for stealing Seth's sword and claiming Elinee stole it so that he would help her go after Elinee ini an attempt to save Dyluck. To a lesser extent, she gets this for Midging the Spiky Tiger, thus costing Autumn an opportunity to return to normal size.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: Seth. Assumes the best of just about everyone he first meets, often with hilarious results in which he usually ends up brutalized, swindled, robbed, or all the above before they're done with him.
However, his big heart has also worked in his favor as his good nature charmed two very cynical individuals (Autumn and Fawn) into joining his quest.