Straight from the mouth of a bee with big eyebrows comes a tale of courage, friendship, and the kind of silliness that will have you rolling on the floor! Will Giygas prevail or will the world's last hope band together and strike this intergalactic foe down? It all rests...upon the Chosen Four!The Chosen Four is a fancomic based on the Nintendo video game EarthBound. It is posted at Starmen.net by Darrow and is currently over 600 pages. The comic can be found and read here or on Darrow's deviantART page here. Also, the forum thread where the comic is originally posted by the author is quite entertaining in its own right.
This series contains examples of:
Adaptational Badass: The Photoman, who is able to toy around with Poo, and invokes enough fear in Ness that a hallucination of him is able to order the group around.Played for Laughs, of course.
Master Barf is, in the original game, a relatively easy miniboss fought in Deep Darkness. Here, his nature as a Blob Monster makes him nigh-immortal, and Poo arriving to obliterate him with PK Starstorm is treated more as a much-needed Big Damn Heroes moment than just a coup de grâce.
Beware the Nice Ones: Paula. Learned the hard way by Pokey and the Jerkass delivery man in Threed, among others (including, of course, Giygas' minions).
Ness, too, especially given that he has access to one of the most powerful PSI moves in the series. If somebody is capable of vaporizing the Kraken, it's generally a bad idea to go poking his Berserk Buttons.
As well as Poo (see Berserk Button).
Bishie Sparkle: Venus. A lighting effect, or maybe she's just that good.
Gorgeous later shows off some of those sparkles. Lucky tells the heroes he got them from Venus.
Ness: With the melody recorded I guess we should move on, then! It's a good thing the inner images only appear to me, though, otherwise... Hey! You're not supposed to see this! How did you even do that??
Paula: Why bother worrying about logic at this point of the story? Help me carry this home so I can hang it in my room!
Brick Joke: During the fight with the Trillionage Sprout, the senile boss calls Ness "Billy". We later find out Trillionage Sprout was actually mistaking Ness for Shroom!, whom he had a close father-son relationship with.
Cerebus Rollercoaster: Zany and wild at first, though more plot driven as it went on. The came the Moonside arc, which wasn't Played for Laughs at all, with a nightmarish preview of the Final Boss. It went back to comedy afterward, but didn't quite recover all of the old wackiness. It currently oscillates between funny (vs Thunder and Storm, Magic Cake, Scaraba Desert) and seriousness (vs the Plague Rat of Doom 1/2, vs the Guardian General, Stonehenge), then dips back into Nightmare Fuel (Poo's Mu meditation, vs the Kraken).
Paula: Those are MY cheeks! Those cheeks belong to ME!
Cloud Cuckoolander: A lot of people, but special mention goes to Tony and the Magic Cake lady.
Cool Down Hug: Ness gets lost in Dungeon Man and grows frustrated and angry to the point of he is bursting with psychic energy and he scares minions away with only glaring at them. Then his friends find him, Paula hugs him... and he suddenly feels completely cheered up. He even forgets what he was upset about.
Word of God confirmed that is a hint of Giygas is trying influence him by fueling his negative emotions, but his friends are keeping him sane.
Crutch Character: Invoked by Paula's father, who claims to be of too high a level to keep things dramatic.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Once the whole team is brought back, the battle with the Plague Rat becomes this.
Cuteness Proximity: Paula in general. However, it still wasn't strong enough to stop her from level grinding on Foppies.
Enemy Within: Word of God says that Ness's outbursts are the result of Giygas influencing him, which will eventually lead to Ness's Nightmare...
Everything Trying to Kill You: A non-video game (sorta) example, but several enemies and bosses are harmless at first, with the Happy-Happy cult members helping Ness up after he lands in the village from a Territorial Oak explosion, or the Trillonage Sprout mistaking Ness for Billy. Unfortunately, as soon as Ness tells them who he is, they immediately turn hostile.
Expy: The comic justifies the similarities between EarthBound's Ness, Paula, and Jeff and MOTHER's Ninten, Ana, and Loid by having Giygas' mind so twisted and distorted, he mistakes the former three for the latter and takes his hatred of Ninten out on Ness.
Heroic Sacrifice: Played with when Paula throws her teddy bear to divert Mondo Mole's attack; she'd been manipulating him off-panel to give it the illusion of sentience, so this part was played out as the bear sacrificing his "life" for hers.
Horrible Judge of Character: Monotoli describes Pokey like "such a nice boy, but a bit troubled". Seriously. It is not a wonder Pokey was able to exploit him.
Electra the maid as well, thinking Pokey to "be harsh at times, but is a kind, caring soul." Just because he gave her a potato sack and called it an "exotic dress."
Hot-Blooded: Ness, while fighting the Dept. Store Spook. Also see the page quote.
Ness invoked this trope to achieve the PK Rocking attack.
Ignored Enemy: The worthless protoplasm was too worthless for Jeff to even notice
Implacable Man: The Guardian General, who just shrugs off the heroes' attacks and keeps coming. It takes a pyramid collapsing on top of him to finally stop him, and even then he keeps trying to crawl after Ness & company until he completely falls apart.
Large Ham: Out of ALL characters and enemies, the Worthless Protoplasm is one. Not that it makes him any less worthless, but still...
Worthless Protoplasm: “Once upon a time, a lone worthless protoplasm looked upon his very soul and found what it means to become a master of supreme POWER! Power unlike any the world has seen before! Oh, yes, you will feel the burning hot fury that flows through my system, like a brewing cup of coffee too bitter for even the evilest of evil entities to sip upon!
Oh, may the furious nectar of life spring forth from this very body and pounce upon thee, rending body from soul! Never count your chickens before they’re hatched, otherwise said chicken will peck at your eyes, and this chicken has a beak that will show no mercy!
Shake, shake in fear of my many forms of martial arts, including the legendary Sleeping Monkey, Contemplating Giraffe!"
NEVER AGAIN SHALL I BE CALLED 'WORTHLESS'! PREPARE FOR A SPANKING MOST LEGENDARY!!
Subverted by the Plague Rat, whose attempt at invoking this only serves to show how unsympathetic he is.
Mood Whiplash: Fourside is MADE of this. We go from the usual humorous plot development, to the minor Fanservice that is Venus, to a rather scary burst of Unstoppable Rage from the main character, to the freaking nightmare that is Moonside, to major revelations about Giygas, then crazy Hot-Blooded antics, and finally back to talking monkeys. Whew!
Mushroom Samba: A mushroom monster in #66 puts Ness in a musical version by placing an actual mushroom on his head (utilizing a song from the original Mother soundtrack, no less). It continues for another page even when the mushroom was removed!
Mythology Gag: The second time the above-mentioned Arc Words are said is when Ness first uses PSI Rockin'; the first "default" option for "Favorite Thing" in Mother 2 (which "Rockin'" replaced) is Kiai. Similarly, Ness remarks that the only way the pencil statue could be weirder is if it were an octopus.
Another of the "Don't Care" options for "Rockin'" is "Gifts". This gets a Take That in the form of Ness wondering who would name an attack "Gifts".
Nerves of Steel: Jeff had Nerves Of TITANIUM reinforced with Alloy-Z and Adamantium. They may be facing a frightening or hugely powerful enemy, his friends or his father may have been kidnapped... but even if he is visibly upset, you can see he forces himself to remain calm and focused in solving the situation at hand.
Not So Different: Poo comes to the realization that both he and the Guardian General are focused on protecting their masters to the exclusion of everything else, including self-preservation. It's that realization that opens the way for his later Character Development.
Oh, Crap: Ness's reaction to the effects of the Magic Cake.
This is, in fact, a subversion, since while he was throwing dramatic speeches and one-liners around and being so hammy as possible, Paula and Jeff were ignoring him completely. They did not even notice he was there.
Spell My Name with an "S": Darrow plays with the various examples of this trope from the games in his comics. For example when jokes are made in the comic related to Jeff's MOTHERcounterpart are made, the name is spelled Lloyd. But when Jeff and Ness encounter an illusion of Teddy in Moonside, he spells the name Loid. Also, the name Giegue (the spelling from Earthbound Zero) is used to describe the physically and mentally intact version of the antagonist, while Giygas (the spelling from EarthBound) is used to describe him after his body and mind broke apart.
Talking Animal: All the animals can talk, understanding them is another story.
That's No Moon: A variant. During the journey to Scaraba, a deafening rumble sounds when they are passing by an island and one of them wonders if it is the nearby volcano. Then Kraken emerges out of the sea and the captain stares at it with a Oh, Crap expression and mutters "That's no volcano".
Transformation Is a Free Action: While Ness is trying to figure out how to use his psychic powers, Titanic Ant just stares bemusedly at him. When it becomes obvious that it's working, Titanic Ant continues staring, and laments that he can't seem to do anything but stare.
Unwinnable: Threatened (to the point of nearly restarting the comic), but miraculously averted...in just the way it happens in-game. How Paula managed is an open question.
Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Giygas. He's introduced telling Master Belch to outright kill Ness and friends, while his face is clearly cracking apart, and he only gets much much, much worse from there.
You Are Already Dead: Subverted in a very -of course- funny way, doing a Fist of the North StarShout-Out. Ness is lost inside Dungeon Man and getting angrier, more upset and more frustrated every second. A Gruffy Goat tries to harass him, and he replies telling "No. YOU listen. You are already dead", suddenly looking right like Kenshiro. It is subverted because Ness had not actually done anything -yet-, but the goat got so scared -wondering if he was dead and he was now a ghost- that he answered Ness' question.
You Shall Not Pass: Parodied. Paula's stuffed teddy bear regrets he not even got to yell "you shall not pass" while charging in heroically before committing Heroic Sacrifice.
Ness, I have the feeling we're not fighting a completely stable enemy. Rather, we may be fighting fractions of a broken mind...