There were three cartoons based on the ''SuperMarioBros'' franchise.

First was ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', a 1989 animated/live action Creator/{{DiC Entertainment}} production was an AnimatedAdaptation of Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s flagship games, featuring the adventures of those plucky plumbers from Brooklyn. The show ran four days a week in syndication, with Fridays reserved for a cartoon based on ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda''.

Saturday morning cartoons titled ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' and ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' were later made (without live-action segments) and would air alongside ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' on Creator/{{NBC}}. All three shows are now available on [=DVD=]. See also ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosTheParodySeries'' for TheAbridgedSeries version.

Ironically, the shows are (relatively speaking) more accurate to the spirit of the games than any other Mario adaptation on either side of the Pacific.

For tropes unique to one of the three shows, see their respective articles.
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!Tropes present on more than one show:
* AbortedArc: The ''Super Show'' constantly reminds us that the Mario Brothers are [[BigApplesauce from Brooklyn]], with the live action segments representing their past lives there and the ExpositoryThemeTune to each episode documenting how they were sucked through a pipe into the Mushroom Kingdom. Many episodes, such as "Brooklyn Bound" and "Flatbush Koopa", focus on or mention their [[TheHomewardJourney attempt to return home]]. By the time ''The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3'' rolls around, RefugeeFromTVLand is a common plot device, with the Mario Bros. themselves traveling to "The Real World" in many episodes, but they don't seem particularly interested in staying there anymore.
* {{Acrofatic}}: King Koopa may be large but he sure can be agile when the situation calls for it.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Princess Toadstool's appearance is a fairly good direct rendition of her early game sprite: a more Daisy-like redhead.
** King Koopa is also completely green scaled (likely so he also fills the position of Wart, see CompositeCharacter below).
* AdaptationalBadass: Princess, particularly in the Saturday morning spinoffs. Some episodes had her escaping captivity and even foiling the Koopas' plans on her own.
* AdiposeRex: King Koopa, though it never is stated as such except when [[PoppingButtons a button pops off his tuexdo]] in an episode of ''Super Show''.
* AdorableEvilMinions: Most of the Koopa Kids.
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: To the extent that sound effects, backgrounds and music from the shows' games (Super Show counting for SMB 1 and 2) are used extensively.
* BadassMustache: Mario and Luigi.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: What Koopa teaches his kids, [[HypocriticalHumor as long as their bad deeds aren't against him]].
* BastardUnderstudy: It seems at times, Koopa did a bit ''too'' good a job raising his kids to be underhanded villains. Cheatsy is the most recurring case, though all of the kids have at least one moment they stab their Pops in the back.
* BeautyMark: Kootie Pie (or Wendy O. Koopa) in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World.
* BigApplesauce: This interpretation of the Mario Bros., arguably more than any other. They've got the accents, [[BigEater appetites]], and even a hint of BrooklynRage, and their New York origin[[note]]Flatbush, Brooklyn, to be precise.[[/note]] is the source of lots of observations and humor.
* BigBrotherBully: Bully was portrayed as the oldest of the Koopa Kids and often pushed his siblings around.
* BigEater: Mario, and later Yoshi.
* BirthdayEpisode: "Reptiles in the Rose Garden" takes place on Kootie Pie's sixteenth birthday.
* BrattyHalfPint: ''All'' of the Koopa Kids, natch.
* TheBully: Bully Koopa, obviously.
* CardCarryingVillain: Koopa and his kids are classic examples.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Koopa Klaus" and "The Night Before Cave Christmas."
* CirclingBirdies: Super Stars in this case, and Mario [[InvincibilityPowerUp uses it to his advantage]].
* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: The song covers in SMBSS and a few [=SMB3=] episodes being replaced by instrumentals from the latter series, most notably an instrumental version of "Mega Move," an original song created by DIC that first appeared in the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' series.
* CoDragons: Kooky and/or Cheatsy in the Saturday morning spinoffs are the ones most likely to be on hand in aiding their dad.
* CompositeCharacter: King Koopa, the cartoons' version of Bowser, appears to be a mix of both Bowser and Wart (especially in the ''Super Show'').
** Specifically, King Koopa has Wart's crown, green skin and {{Mooks}}.
* ContinuityNod: Uncommon, but it happens, even between series:
** Salvador Drainado from "Brooklyn Bound" - the greatest plumber to ever live - reappears as a statue (quite appropriately) at the titular academy in "Plummers Academy".
** The cab driver from "Flatbush Koopa" (''Super Show'') makes a cameo in "Recycled Koopa" (''The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3''). Possibly a case of reusing character designs, as he was never more than incidental character.
** "Fire Sale", the first episode of ''Super Mario World'', takes place almost entirely in Ice Land, a location from ''Super Mario Bros. 3''.[[note]]In terms of the shows' game counterparts, fire-spitting Piranha Plants exist only ''Super Mario Bros. 3'' and not ''Super Mario World'' as well, suggesting that this episode may be a RecycledScript from the previous show.[[/note]]
** "Rock TV" (''Super Mario World'') opens with King Koopa reminiscing on what he learned "while [he] was in the Real World." Presumably, he's talking about his [[RefugeeFromTVLand experiences]] in many episodes of ''The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3''.
* CowardlySidekick: Luigi, and later Yoshi.
** This became canon as of [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]
* CreepyTwins: Hip and Hop.
* DaddysLittleVillain: [[labelnote:Kootie Pie]] Wendy O.[[/labelnote]] Koopa.
* DamselInDistress: Toadstool 90% of the time in SMBSS; in [=SMB3=] and SMW she took on a more active role.
* ADayInTheLimelight: All three shows have at least one episode focusing on Luigi - "Quest for Pizza" in SMBSS, "Life's Ruff" in [=SMB3=], and "Mama Luigi" in SMW.
** Especially notable is that Luigi is the ''only'' one of the four heroes to be in "Life's Ruff".
* DemotedToExtra: Kootie Pie and Kooky were the most prominent Koopa Kids in [=SMB3=], most of Koopa's schemes primarily involving them. In SMW, they have only one limelight episode, limited to non speaking cameos otherwise.
* DesignatedLoveInterest: Massively subverted, likely due to the fact that Mario & Luigi are middle aged in these cartoons(they'd have to be since the live action segments establish it) and Toadstool is young enough to be Mario's daughter(the production bible gives her age at the start of the series as 17). In fact, there was never an attempt to give Toadstool a love interest, or really much attempt in these cartoons to have romance at all.
* TheDragon: Mouser in SMBSS. The role tends to be granted to either Kooky or Cheatsy in the later cartoons.
* DubNameChange: Zigzagged for Bowser, who is referred to by his Japanese moniker King Koopa (though a FullNameUltimatum is used a handful of times). The writers made up their own names for the Koopalings, called the Koopa Kids in the actual show, before the English version of [[AllThereInTheManual The Manual]] was final. That, and some of the references Nintendo ended up using would likely go over most kids' heads anyway.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: ''The Super Mario Bros. Super Show'' has one in full 1980s cartoon show glory, explaining the Mario Bros' backstory and the premise of the show [[GratuitousRap in the form of a rap]]. ''The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3'' drops it for an expository ''narration'', and ''Super Mario World'' for a [[EarWorm catchy]] song that consists mostly of [[TitleThemeTune the show's title being repeated over and over]].
* {{Flanderization}}: Big Mouth seemed to originally earn his moniker from being a loudmouthed snarker (a role that was admittedly sorta redundant between him and the other mouthy Koopa Kids). By SMW he is a LargeHam MotorMouth who drives his siblings crazy by ''never shutting up''.
* ForTheEvulz: Koopa's motive for doing the things he does. Examples include turning his sons into giants to kidnap Prince Hugo just so he can turn him into a poodle.
* FullNameUltimatum: Mario does this a handful of times he is delivering smack talk to Koopa. These are also the only times he is referred to by his game moniker of Bowser.
* InevitableWaterfall: In Mama Luigi episode.
* LoudOfWar: One episode had a group of cute little aliens saving the day by using their kazoo-like noses to hum a tune which drove King Koopa ''nuts'' and forced him to flee. The song they sang? The theme of ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic The Legend of Zelda]]!''
* MadScientist: [[labelnote:Kooky]]Ludwig[[/labelnote]] von Koopa.
* MagicSkirt: Princess [[labelnote:Toadstool]] Peach[[/labelnote]], of course.
* {{Mondegreen}}: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW9Kzwf6VkA Ohh]]... [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] you, Luigi!"
* MeaningfulName: All of the Koopa Kids' names but some (such as Bully, Big Mouth and Cheatsy) are more blatant.
* MotorMouth: [[MeaningfulName Big Mouth]] Koopa Jr.[[note]] Morton Koopa Jr.[[/note]]
* NoIndoorVoice: Kootie Pie.
* OffModel: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Every. Freaking. Thing.]] There are countless animation errors, all around sloppy animation quality, and some blatant inconsistencies between drawings! (note, for example that in the "Night Before Cave Christmas" episode, [[YourSizeMayVary that Mario inexplicably grows large between cuts when he's talking to Oogtar about being "good".]] And the ''Super Mario World'' cartoon is probably the least frequent offender.)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXyHkU_iq9Y This scene]] features Luigi in Mario's cap and Mario calling Luigi "Mario" ''in Luigi's voice''. ''In the exact same shot!''
** The intro meanwhile has some very good animation, so much so that one could think it was for a different show.
* OncePerEpisode: In each series, the Mario Bros. and Koopa (with the Koopa Kids in the latter two) fight to the beat of a musical montage. Each episode of Super Show, along with a few [=SMB3=] episodes, has a pop music song covered by the cast. The rest of the [=SMB3=] episodes and the entire [=SMW=] series have songs specifically written for the shows.
* OnlySaneMan: Luigi is often this.
* PetTheDog: King Koopa thrives on being [[CardCarryingVillain as underhanded and nasty a villain]] as possible. In the later two shows however, it's clear he genuinely cares for his kids, particularly Kootie Pie who he spoils rotten.
* PlanetOfHats: ''The Super Mario Bros. Super Show'' has a new one OncePerEpisode, always denoted by a name like "[Hat] Land." There's Caveman Land, Car Land and {{Rap}} Land, just to name a few! ''The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3'' borrows a few (considerably less wacky) lands from the game's [[SingleBiomePlanet Single-Biome Country]] environments, like Desert Land and Ice Land.
* PlotInducedStupidity: At no point in the series does Koopa {{breath|Weapon}}e [[PlayingWithFire fire]], even though that's been one of his powers throughout the games. Given the fact that Fire Flowers time out in this milieu, it probably would have made him too broken.
* QuicksandSucks: A few times the good guys got stuck in it and needed someone to help them out, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation apparently forgetting they have the ability to hop out of the quicksand]].
* RefugeeFromTVLand: A common gimmick in ''The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3'' has the Koopas traveling to [[BreakingTheFourthWall "The Real World"]] to cause havoc, and the Marios following to fix it. Although it doesn't ''really'' show up in the other shows, though Koopa [[ContinuityNod flashes back]] to his time spent in the Real World at the beginning of the ''Super Mario World'' episode "Rock TV."
* RetCanon:
** Luigi's CowardlySidekick personality debuted here. Toad's oddly screechy voice is eerily similar to the gibberish sound Toadfolks make in recent games.
** The games version of Bowser shares several traits of King Koopa from game to game (eg. DeadpanSnarker moments, a loyally CardCarryingVillain, genuinely love for his offspring).
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Princess Toadstool. Possibly King Koopa too, though it's arguable if he's a real king since his crown appears to be taped together.
* SavingChristmas: The Christmas episodes of ''The Super Mario Bros. Super Show'' and ''Super Mario World'' do one of the different types of this.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Big Mouth but Kooky sometimes did this too.
* ShoutOut:
** ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' appeared in two live-action segments and was referenced in a third.
** ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' is referenced twice. King Koopa hosts a spoof in ''Super Show'' and he spies on a family watching the show in ''Super Mario World''.
** ''Series/StarTrek'' gets a reference in every cold open to the ''Super Show'' in the form of the "Plumber's Log" Mario narrates to himself at the beginning of each episode.
** Documenting ''all'' the {{Shout Out}}s in the ''Super Show'' would be a task daedalian in scope. Nearly every episode is a reference (either a full-blown WholePlotReference, or an InNameOnly reference in the form of a PunnyName title) to a film (such as "The Mark of Zero" for ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'', "Toad Warrior" for ''Film/MadMax 2: The Road Warrior'', or "Crocodile Mario" for ''Film/CrocodileDundee''), and the ones that aren't are usually a reference to folklore, literature, celebrities or something else.
* SmugSnake: King Koopa. Also Cheatsy in the later shows.
* SpoiledBrat: [[labelnote:Kootie Pie]] Wendy O.[[/labelnote]] Koopa, [[UpToEleven to the max.]]
* SuperNotDrowningSkills
* TagalongKid: Toad in first two series and Oogtar in Super Mario World. Yoshi also generally acts like an infant, though leans more as a TeamPet.
* TeamRocketWins: Happens in at least one episode of each series
* ThemeTwinNaming: Hip and Hop.
* TookALevelInBadass: Princess Toadstool took a more active role in the adventures and was less prone to kidnapping than in the Super Show. She and Toad were even able to use power-ups in the same way as the Mario Bros.
* VagueAge: The Koopa Kids in the cartoons are a special case. It's averted with Kootie Pie, who is sixteen, along with Hip and Hop, who are both six. The rest are allegedly in their teens.
* VillainExitStageLeft: King Koopa frequently pulls this off in the ''Super Show'', usually by way of a warp-generating potion (based on the doors to Sub-Con in the American ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''), and a few times on the later two as well.
* WomenAreWiser: Princess Toadstool is generally the smartest member of the cast.
* YellowEyesOfSneakiness: King Koopa.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Mario and Luigi in the ''Super Show''. [[spoiler:Even in the episode "Brooklyn Bound", where it looks like they'll finally be able to return to Brooklyn again, they miss their chance when Koopa swoops in at the last minute to threaten the Princess.]]
* Website/YouTubePoop: A prime source, especially the ''Super Mario World'' cartoon.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suSSdHr8sog "I'D SAY HE'S HOT ON OUR TAIL"]] is the {{Trope Maker|s}}.
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