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YMMV: Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • "I was the one who added the nuts to that statue!"
    • This whole concept of this game is screaming with Accidental Innuendo. The Bros are "inside of Bowser's body." They have to "stimulate" his body parts. If you have a dirty mind, you'll be snickering all throughout this game.
      • Especially hilarious when, finding Bowser's funny bone near the beginning of the game, Starlow overtly says "If we can stimulate this thing, something'll happen...". Now take it out of context and try not to grin...
      • The game also does it in the form of accidental Fetish Fuel. While each person likes their own thing, there are a few more common... odd kinks that show up in the game. The game is perfectly innocent, but if you look at, it contains a lot of items that have an actual name for the attraction to.
    • To quote elsewhere on this page "The plot revolves around Bowser putting suspicious things in his mouth"
  • Awesome Music: See AwesomeMusic.Mario And Luigi.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The giant Pirahna Plants. They're not actually blocking your path, as after you beat them, you land back on the ground and go a different way to get to where you need to go next. Their only purpose is to introduce the Chest Station mechanic.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: There are some who ship Starlow with Bowser. Yes, seriously.
  • Game Breaker:
    • The Magic Window for the Brothers. Its damage would potentially be infinite if not for that pesky thing called "human reaction time," as the bros constantly speed up as the attack keeps going. Still, it can rack up more hits than any other move in the Bros' arsenal before its speed ramps up too much.
    • The Spin Pipe is less SP-expensive than the Magic Window, and fairly easy to do if you keep your eyes glued to the end of the pipe as it spins, and still positively devastating even in the final battles.
    • Magikoopa Mob or Koopa Corps. for Bowser. The latter especially since done perfectly, it will do damage comparable to even Broggy Bonker for less SP.
      • Broggy bonker, to an even greater extent.
    • Mighty Meteor in the Gauntlet. It gives you more powerful items when used than the game means you to have available. Really useful vs Dark Star or Bowser X.
    • As far as gear combinations are concerned, DX SP Socks and a Budget Charm on Mario gives you incredible special move usability, and the Delicious Gloves (Healing items are twice as effective) mean your opponent better kill you in one turn, or SUPER NUT! For Bowser, the Hunter Band is effectively a vampiric power-boosting item which can give up to a 30% attack bonus. It's pretty terrible against bosses, though.
      • The Intruder Fangs give Bowser two turns per round. Of course, you get them by getting Bowser to Level 40, and the game is usually finished at a much lower level, so by the time you receive them, you've probably already beat the game.
    • Bowser equipped with the King's Shell (his best armor which raises his defense greatly and his punching power by 30 percent) and his Intruder Fangs (which allow two actions every turn) combined with Broggy Bonker (his ultimate attack) being used both times makes the rest of the game into a joke.
      • Another Game Breaker is the Giant Shell accessory. Its description says the wearer takes no damage from hits that do less than 20% damage than the wearer's overall HP. Problem is, most attacks in the game don't do that much damage with enough defense investment. Equip this on one of the brothers and you can ignore them for the rest of the game except when attacking with them. In fact, if your defense is high enough, you won't have to bother with defense increasing equipment.
    • Most bro-targeting attacks can be dealt with simply by dodging/countering with both Bros (as opposed to pressing the button of the brother being targeted). There are moves that explicitly punish this tactic, but only occasionally.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Many of the enemies and features inside Bowser are cleverly named, such as Napse, Emoglobin, and PEP.
    • Incidentally, those are called Shinapun (a play on shinapusu, meaning synapse), Hemogurobin (hemoglobin) and Enajī (energy) respectively in the Japanese version.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Keep in mind Fawful was underground during the events of the last game, so it's not that tricky to figure out how he discovered the existence of the Dark Star.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A commercial for Kirby Super Star featured a pandemic of people suddenly fattening up.
    • Luigi sleeps through the beginning tutorial. The next game takes this and makes it a gameplay element.
    • Fawful's line "Beef? I am lacking in beef. Fawful is beefless" becomes much funnier after Dream Team introduced the Massif Bros., who barely talk about anything else except beef.
    • Some fans were joking that the third Mario & Luigi game would be a "platformer"-like game, similar to Super Paper Mario, the third Paper Mario game. Well this game still has the 3rd Person mode, but inside Bowser, you get to experience it in a 2D aspect, similar to Super Paper Mario. This was passed onto Dream Team as well.
  • Ho Yay: Bowser locking his mouth on Midbus's snout and inhaling his breath for an extended period of time. True, Midbus was a frozen block of ice and Bowser was burning up inside after swallowing the Dark Star, but it was still hilarious. Though Bowser does say something to the effect of "That was gross" after doing it.
  • Idiot Plot: The plot revolves around Bowser putting suspicious things in his mouth, twice. If this were any other RPG, people would sigh and shake their heads; since it's Bowser, though, it's hilarious. Not to mention getting stomped on by anything too big to fight normally being required to activate his giant form. But to be fair, it's not like he tries to be stomped and he can hardly get out of the way.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • If you don't care about Bowser and his welfare as the game progresses, you have no heart. This game is a Bowser woobification machine.
    • Note that this is a fickle trope. One minute, you'll be feeling for Bowser, the next he'll say or do something that makes you go "Nope, he's fine! On with the awkward subject matter!"
  • Magnificent Bastard: In a way you've got to hand it to Fawful when you think about it his plan only fell through because he underestimated Bowser's ability to sneeze.
  • Magnum Opus: Was considered this of all the Mario RPGs, though its position for this trope has been contested with the fourth game.
  • Memetic Badass: This describes Bowser in general, but this game takes it to new levels.
  • Memetic Mutation: One say that the emoglobins are possessing some-ish of this globin. IS THAT NOT GLOBIN?.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Mario almost gets digested alive (Ironically, not inside Bowser). You can see him thrashing about in panic, immersed waist-deep in digestive fluid.
    • To rescue Mario, Luigi has to blend in with the enemies by wearing the skin of a defeated enemy. When he's found out, he's actually called out on how sick that is.
    • All the while, Bowser is locked into a safe that he can't even stand up in.
    • Some of the Fawfulized enemies fall into this. Not only do they all sport his glasses and possibly-now-creepy smile, but there are also the implications that arise for Chain Chawfuls that you can liberate by getting rid of Fawful's influence instead of just beating them up like usual.
  • Nintendo Hard / Luck-Based Mission: The Broque Madame and Bros. Item challenges fall squarely in this, except for the Spin Pipe, if you can go five seconds without blinking.
    • Bob-Omb Blitz deserves a very special mention. You need to line up all of the Bob-Ombs to Broque Madame's hitbox in a 2-3 second time limit, with the amount of Bob-Ombs on screen increasing and the time limit decreasing. Three non-perfect attacks, you're done. There's a reason her bed looks like a grid. Without the lines on the bed, it's near impossible.
    • That being said, the rewards are proportional: clearing all of Broque Madame's challenges with an A nets you the King's Shell, Bowser's best armor, while finishing the Cholesteroad's Jump Helmet with an A will give the Daredevil Boots, and finishing all of the challenges, again, with an A ranking, gets you the Master Wear, the bros' best armor.
  • The Scrappy: Starlow gets quite a lot of hate for being an annoying Exposition Fairy. Definitely intentional, since Bowser gets increasingly annoyed with her as well as the game goes on.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Not many people like the way you have to blow into the DS's mic in order to breath fire during the Giant Bowser parts. This is especially frustrating in That One Boss mentioned below.
    • The pollen minigame can also fall into this; the controls are finnicky, aiming the pollen into the correct section of the wall can be difficult, the blue pollen makes you drop coins and you can only get hit 3 times before you have to start all over again.
  • That One Boss: Giant Bowser's fight against the Fawful Express. Not only are the attacks powerful and hard to dodge, but you have a limited amount of time to win the battle, or it's an instant death. Also you can only use your flame because the train is too low to punch, and you have to destroy several obstacles along the way. If you beat this on your first try, give yourself a pat on the back. If it took you a couple of tries to beat it, don't feel bad and just be happy it's over at last when you finally achieve your victory.
    • The Mario & Luigi fight between Memory M & Memory L. What makes these two bosses hard as that they seem to copy the Mario Bros.' statistics: Mario is more powerful, and Luigi has more HP. Mario's two attacks are quite frequent: one of them has him get a Super Star and become invincible, ramming through the Bros. (on some occasions, a coin will pop up and Memory M will follow it). His other attack is growing huge and breaking bricks so that the Mario Bros. have to break the remaining parts fully. Memory L's attacks appear less often but are scarier than Memory M's: One of them is throwing a hammer in the sky so that one of the Mario Bros. have to whack it back; the other one likely requires the most timing, as Memory L will get pursued by a Memory Boo: he'll jump over the players, but the Memory Boo won't. You want to know what's worse? If you defeat Memory M first, Memory L will simply revive him (thankfully only a little bit of HP, though). Because of this, you may think to defeat Memory L first so that he can't revive Memory M when defeated - but Memory L is just a coward as Luigi, and will often run off the battle screen, and will likely not return until Memory M if defeated. Get ready for the pain.
    • Junker. His first couple attacks aren't too hard to dodge - but then he sucks up Luigi and puts him in one of the Junker Cans. Now you have to use Mario to defeat the Junker Can containing Luigi, but Junker and his minions will use a wide variety of attacks to keep you from freeing Luigi - worse, if Mario is defeated while Luigi is still in one of the Junker Cans, the battle will instantly end. It doesn't help that his other attacks do pretty high damage as well...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: All of Giant Bowser's boss battles were with machines of some sort, but never against a giant Midbus. They could have worked in Fawful using the Dark Star to power him up to monstrous heights and gives us a bit of Godzilla homage.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: It's mentioned twice, early in the gamenote , and during the Flab Zone quiz, that Starlow/Chippy is a girl. Few people seem to remember this.

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