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Western Animation: Super Mario World
Mario: "You didn't tell me you were bringing a secret weapon, Luigi!"
Luigi: "That's MAMA Luigi to you, Mario!"
—"Mama Luigi"

Super Mario World (1991) was the third and final cartoon based on the Super Mario Bros. franchise, and the game Super Mario World in particular. It relocates the action to Dinosaur World, removed the Real World, dropped Toad (since he wasn't in the game), gave many characters different names, and expanded the cast to include Yoshi and various cave people, most prominently Oogtar. Only lasted thirteen episodes due to Captain N: The Game Master's cancellation on NBC.

This show has achieved high levels of Memetic Mutation from the final episode, "Mama Luigi", in which Luigi tells of how he found Yoshi.

Preceded by The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Super Mario World contains examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: "That's WIZARDHEIMER!!!" note 
  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: The Dino Riders.
  • Alter Kocker: Wizenheimer the Magikoopa.
  • Animation Bump: The animation for the Theme Tune (see below) was done by a different studionote  than the episodes proper, and it uses a clear, smooth, professional style. The animation for the rest of the show was anything but clear, smooth and professional, with errors that don't even need frame-by-frame analysis to spot.
  • Aside Comment: "This is easier than talking Kootie Pie into a shopping spree!"
  • Badass Boast: "Oogtar eat ghosts for breakfast!"
  • Balloon Belly: Happens to Mario and Luigi when they activate P-Balloons once in separate episodes.
    • This also happens to Yoshi a few times when he overindulges himself.
  • Big Eater: Yoshi, obviously, to the point where he even puts Mario to shame. This is lampshaded at least a couple of times.
  • Broken Aesop: "A Little Learning": Bullying is okay, as long as it's to people who deserve it.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Oogtar does this to King Koopa when he discovers he's giving Bob-ombs to the Koopa Kids as Christmas presents.
  • Cassandra Truth: In "The Yoshi Shuffle", Mario and Yoshi score the game-winning touchdown and Cheatsy the referee promptly calls them out for cheating. However, you can see Mario and Yoshi clearly go out of bounds to score, giving Cheatsy reasonable evidence to accuse them.
  • Casting Gag: Since Toad was left out of this series, production had John Stocker voice the replacement, Oogtar.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Subverted in "The Yoshi Shuffle". The Marios get away with winning the football game despite cheating to score a touchdown.
  • Christmas Episode: "The Night Before Cave Christmas".
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Koopa actually seemed to have a profitable, legit business going in "King Scoopa Koopa". Even the Mario Bros. were impressed. Of course, Koopa just had to go turn everyone into Chickadactyls For the Evulz.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Koopa Kids appeared less frequently in this series than in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, giving way to other evildoers such as Wizardheimer and The Dino Riders. Some episodes even had Koopa scheming on his own with little or no help from the Koopa Kids.
    • Koopa was subject to this as well. He was completely absent in four episodes and made brief cameos in three others.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Invoked when Princess threatened to have Oogtar clean the wooly mammoth stable if he didn't make Hip and Hop feel comfortable at school.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: In "Fire Sale", Yoshi doesn't talk like a baby. Also, assuming that the "Ice Land" featured in that episode is the same as Super Mario Bros. 3's Iced Land (or even our own Iceland), it's the only time in this show that the protagonists travel outside of Dinosaur World.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Mario, Luigi and Princess Toadstool do just that in "Gopher Bash" after Yoshi burps.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Yoshi, even moreso than in the games. In this series, he can eat fireballs, blocks and wood. He even eats and spits out Mario, Hip, Hop and King Koopa.
  • Eye Pop: Hip's reaction to his volcano project going out of control.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Funny Background Event: "A Little Learning": At the beginning of the "Rockin' the High School" sequence, a cave person jumps toward the ceiling, going airborne while the everybody else dashes for the exit.
  • Gasshole: Yoshi also burps several other times in the series, mostly after eating.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Also at the end of "Gopher Bash", Luigi punishes Yoshi for eating all the food, telling him, "Since you ate the whole thing, now you can do the hoe thing!" Although he obviously means "hoe" as in the gardening utensil, it's pretty easy for one to joke about what it sounds like.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    Mario: What're they gonna do, banish us to the lava pits?
    [Cut to Mario and Luigi being thrown down a pipe to a cavern]
    Mario: Okay, so they banished us!
  • Grand Finale: "Mama Luigi" serves as a fitting finale for the cartoons as a whole.
  • Hand Wave:
    • One episode provides an explanation for why Yoshi doesn't eat certain enemies in the game, like Chargin' Chuck: They taste nasty to him.
    • Another episode reveals Yoshi won't go in ghost houses in the game because he's afraid of them.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Hip and Hop seem to have one of these in "A Little Learning". However, they soon turn out to be Devils in Plain Sight who throw fireballs at children.
    • Hip and Hop did seem to have good intentions. Unfortunately it was King Koopa who snuck lava into the Dinosaur World.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!:
    • Kootie Pie gets stuck in a block of ice at the end of "Fire Sale".
    • Mario tries pulling himself through Neon Castle's bars in "The Night Before Cave Christmas" only to get stuck doing so.
    • Koopa becomes trapped underneath the blocks to his giant television set at the end of "Rock TV".
  • I Fell for Hours: The Trope Namer, named for Luigi's overly long fall down a chasm in "Mama Luigi", with nothing below him but boiling lava. Luckily, he fell on a skull raft.
  • If It Tastes Bad, It Must Be Good for You: "How come everything I don't like is good for me, and everything I do isn't?!"
  • It's All My Fault: "Emo" Luigi says this after Cheatsy steals the crops.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Not quite jerky, but...
    Oogtar: Me know Oogtar bad. Cause Santa big trouble. Me no deserve present. But Oogtar thankful Santa save him from dinosaur. That present enough.
    Santa Mario: Why, Oogtar, this isn't like you!
    Oogtar: 'Course, if Santa want leave Oogtar present, Oogtar be very happy.
  • Lame Comeback: "Who's an egghead, eggface?"
  • Large Ham: Luigi. "Good thing I found A MAAAGIC BALLOON!" "I came face to face with a FIIIYA SUMO!"
  • Leitmotif: Since the show re-arranges most of the music from the first two Mario games, the tunes are indicative of the character or type of environment that is currently on-screen. Examples: The Valley of Bowser theme playing when Koopa's castle is shown.
  • Limited Animation: Sometimes it gets to the point where you can't tell if what's happening is intentional or not.
  • Lovable Coward: Luigi and Yoshi.
  • Lull Destruction: Even for 1991.
  • Mind Screw: The episode in which Luigi is turned into a football. He didn't make it, he is it.
  • Mixed Metaphor: "Like they say in Brooklyn: early to bed, early to catch the worm. Or is it the bagel?"
  • Mood Whiplash: "Gopher Bash": Before fading to black, it goes from Luigi's disappointment at Yoshi eating the all rescued crops to Yoshi belching and everyone laughing at him.
  • Mutagenic Food: Eating enough Chickadactyl Eggs will turn the consumer into one themselves.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "Gopher Bash", The Mario Bros. succeed in rescuing the crops from Cheatsy but Yoshi eats the entire sack, meaning they have to plant everything all over again.
  • Off Model: The animation quality of the show was rock bottom to begin with, but was brought down ever further by outrageous animation errors that frequently pop up in the shorts, some of which are so blatant that you don't even need to freeze frame the cartoon to notice them. And Mario and Luigi still have the colors of their overalls and shirts swapped in this cartoon. King Koopa still remains off model in terms of coloring.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • Happens in "Send In the Clowns", where Mario and the cavemen don't realize the clowns in King Koopa's circus are actually Rexes until one of their noses falls off.
    • Also happens in "Rock TV" when Koopa is in a paper thin disguise promoting the titular product. No one can tell it's him even though several of the shows he mentions even have the name Koopa in the title.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: While not for the whole series, the episode "Send In the Clowns" explains why someone as mean and nasty as King Koopa would have a helicopter with a clown.
  • Running on the Spot: Deconstructed in "A Little Learning". While being chased by a giant Piranha Plant, King Koopa, Hip and Hop do this and the plant swallows them whole.
  • Science Fair: In "A Little Learning," naturally, with the Mario Bros. as judges overseeing the cave children, Hip and Hop.
  • Scooby Stack: Mario, Luigi and Yoshi do this in "Gopher Bash" before finding Cheatsy with the stolen crops.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: "Phone bill, amount due: $1,295.31!"
  • Shout-Out: "Now go home and eat some vegetables! Dr. Mario’s orders!"
    • One of the Dino Riders in "Born to Ride" is named Rockman.
  • Show Within a Show: Subverted/parodied by having Bowser make up several shows of his own, such as his own exercise program, in "Rock TV".
  • Space Whale Aesop: "King Scoopa Koopa". Better stay away from fast food; if you don't, you'll turn into a crazed chicken-zombie thing.
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: Parodied with Yoshi and Oogtar.
  • Team Rocket Wins: "King Scoopa Koopa" ends with Bowser actually getting away with the money he made off his restaurant.
  • Tempting Fate: "You can never predict when exactly a volcano is going to erupt!"
  • The Song Remains the Same: The show's opening theme song remains intact in English for all foreign dubs (although early editions of the show in Germany used the Plumber Rap from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show).
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: "That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario!" *wheeze*
  • Third-Person Person: Oogtar. Yoshi, too.
  • Too Dumb to Live: It's a miracle those cave-people got through regular non-Koopa problems before the Mario Bros. and the Princess showed up.
  • Very Special Episode: Some episodes dealt with controversial topics:
    • "King Scoopa Koopa:" Nutrition and Obesity.
    • "Born to Ride:" Street Gangs.
    • "Rock TV:" Addiction to Television.
    • "A Little Learning:" Bullying
  • Villain Song: Cheatsy gets one in "Gopher Bash", called "The Cheatsy's Life".
  • The Villain Sucks Song: "Kootie Pie Rap!" in "Fire Sale".
  • Whole Episode Flashback: "Mama Luigi". Notably, the story told in the flashback is an adaptation of the game, told from Luigi's perspective. To fit 11 minutes, however, the story is greatly shortened.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Yoshi is terrified of ghosts and water.
  • Wild Take: Cheatsy Koopa in "Gopher Bash".
  • Would Hurt a Child: In "The Night Before Cave Christmas", Koopa ties up Oogtar with vines and suspends him over a hungry dinosaur.
  • You Are Not Ready: Every single attempt Mario, Luigi or the Princess make to improve the cave-people's lives end this way; the Fantastic Aesop seems to be that, when it comes to stuff like agriculture and the wheel, that These Are Things Neanderthal Man Was Not Meant to Know.
  • You No Take Candle: The cave people and any dinosaur that talks.

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