YMMV / Super Mario Bros.

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The Series as a whole:

  • Accidental Innuendo: The Mario Bros getting larger from eating mushrooms and the general strangeness of the setting has many fans citing it as a metaphor for drugs, and is often portrayed in fanwork as such, although for laughs.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: For a series that doesn't usually develop a detailed story or detailed characters, there is a lot of room for interpretation.
    • Mario (and Luigi) himself: Mario is a ruthless One-Man Army killing anything in his path, not caring if his foes WANT to hurt him or not, captures countless lands, and basically waged a war against a rivaling kingdom with many casualties on their side, just to rescue a princess.
    • Some argue that Mario is genuinely good, but a Heroic Comedic Sociopath. He genuinely wants to save Peach, but he has too much fun basically slaughtering the equivalent to entire armies.
    • Peach and Bowser have the 'kidnapping' thing going on to make money, since only Mario and Luigi can get coins out of those blocks. The paradigm of the kidnapping is itself a food for thought (with ideas ranging from Bowser's feelings being mutual, to Peach having a submissive fantasy and enjoying being kidnapped); the following websites and video channels have dug deep into this:
    • Professor E. Gadd gets this thanks to Bowser Jr. using his Paintbrush in Super Mario Sunshine. Absent-Minded Professor who gets his stuff stolen fairly often, or Chessmaster arms dealer using Obfuscating Stupidity to Play Both Sides?
    • Waluigi. He was initially added to the cast because Wario needed a doubles partner for Mario Tennis, but he creates plenty of discussion, both serious and not so serious. Word of God goes into no more detail than "he's not related to anyone, he's just Wario's friend," and his mere presence has some weird implications regarding Mario, Luigi and Wario: Mario is the original, Luigi is a reflection of Mario (somewhat similar, but different in certain ways), Wario is also a reflection (Wario is Mario's Evil Counterpart). Waluigi is a reflection of a reflection.
    • Bowser. Idiotic overly macho king, or obfuscating stupidity on a political mastermind? I.e., his kingdom is all lava and igneous rocks. Peach's isn't. And the best way to gain political power in a monarchy is to marry into it.
    • Rosalina is officially depicted as a mysterious woman with some kind of power over the very cosmos. Much like other characters, her exact role isn't given too much detail (apart from an unlockable backstory in the game that first introduced her, and even that seems to be disregarded sometimes). That hasn't stopped fans from frequently interpreting her to be some sort of goddess (or if you go by the Judaeo-Christian line of thought, The Virgin Mary).
    • Another one is whether Bowser Jr. is a mechanical genius that builds his own machines or simply a spoiled rich kid who gets his father to buy them for him. Nothing in the main series suggests one possibility is any more likely than the other, and the spin-offs give conflicting opinions: in Fortune Street, it’s implied that Junior at the very least designs some of his own mechs, while in Super Smash Brothers it’s implied that the Junior Clown Car, at least, was indeed a gift from his father. It’s also unclear whether he does any repairs on his machines himself—New Super Mario Bros Wii seems to hint that he is indeed capable of doing his own patch-work repairs, while Mario & Luigi: Dream Team hints that he has a group of Monty Moles responsible for repairing the Junior Clown Car.
    • Toadette is not one of the few female presenting Toad, she is just more feminine than others and stands out amongst her androgynous peers.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: The series suffers from this due to its cartoony, family-friendly nature - especially when compared to other video game series that are popular, but have higher content ratings suited to more adult audiences. The creators in fact actively defy this trope, as the games are for all ages much like Pixar movies. According to the late Satoru Iwata, the perception of Mario as a "childish" franchise was a problem that Nintendo wasn't too pleased about, and they actively worked on having the franchise appeal to all age groups, similarly, Miyamoto has repeatedly stressed how the series' creators tend to fall victim to this trope and design the all-ages Mario games as if they were specifically for children just because they're played by kids. For example, Koji Kondo famously rejected music composed for Super Mario Galaxy that was unintentionally designed to appeal to childrennote  and was written based on the presumption of Mario being a Kid-Appeal Character. Kondo refuted that "Mario is cool" and that he never thought of him as cute, and that Mario's games are "cool adventure games" at their heart.
  • Archive Panic: This is a series that has been going strong since the early to mid 1980's, has spawned numerous main series games, and so many spinoffs and cameo appearances that it reaches triple digit territory. And that's not even counting the substantial amount of tie-in material, such as many comic book appearances, several OVA, a long-running manga, a live action movie, and the DiC cartoon series. To say the least, trying to even collect all of the series, much less sit through all of it, is an exercise in futility.
  • Awesome Ego: Bowser is boastful and arrogant despite his repeated defeats from Mario. His fans however, agree he lives up to that, and when he doesn't fight Mario, he usually does.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Has its own page
  • Bizarro Episode: The US Super Mario Bros. 2 (known as Super Mario USA in Japan) has little to do with the rest of the main platformer series, and is revealed to be All Just a Dream in the end. This is largely due to it being a Dolled-Up Installment of Doki Doki Panic, though this hasn't prevented the game from influencing the series in many subtle ways.
  • Breather Boss: Has had a few in some games, such as The Big Bully in Super Mario 64 and Topmaniac and the Undergrunt Gunner in Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Broken Base: Plenty to go around here.
    • Such as which Mario games are better the 2D platformers or the 3D platformers. Was Super Paper Mario and/or Paper Mario: Sticker Star good changes to the series or should the series go back to being RPG games? Does the New Super Mario Bros. games honor the original games legacy or are they awful cash-in games that are barely any different from each-other? There are also other issues such as if you prefer the American or Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 and both camps have their reasons why.
    • Which is the better voice for Mario, Charles Martinet's work as Mario ever since Super Mario 64, or Captain Lou Albano from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show? Or should Nintendo hire a new voice actor?
    • NOA's old storyline about the Mario series such as how Mario & Luigi are plumbers from Brooklyn who went to the Mushroom Kingdom via a Magic Pipe and that the Koopalings are Bowser's children. Plenty of these aspects were either toned down or retconned in which certain older fans have complained about this while younger fans either accepted it as Canon and/or mention that a lot of the things we heard about were just mistranslations and/or never brought up within the games themselves. But then again the series' storyline has been a somewhat divisive issue with fans in general.
    • The topic how Rosalina should sound is a hot-topic amongst fans. She usually has an echo to her voice but newer games removed it. Many enjoy the echo because it differentiates her from other characters and makes her seem less mortal. There's also differing opinions about what pitch her voice should be, anything from low and deadpan to high like Peach's.
    • Whether the games should have full voice acting (as in Super Mario Sunshine) or not depends on the fan and is often debated.
    • Fans debate about whether the Mario franchise has "lost its magic" after a certain point, with the games becoming more derivative and with less heart and personality put into them. A frequent claim is that this happened after Super Mario Galaxy: its direct sequel is agreed to be more formulaic with more of an Excuse Plot, the "samey" New Super Mario Bros. sequels began to set in, and the other 3D platformers and spinoffs became more derivative as well (most notoriously Paper Mario: Sticker Star). However, the franchise is still going strong, and some fans argue that it's still capable of putting out original, memorable titles such as Super Mario 3D World and especially Super Mario Maker.
    • The premiere of Captain Toad has prompted a lot of argument about how he relates to the original Toad and the leader of the Toad Brigade (the original form of Captain Toad from Super Mario Galaxy, who was at the time identified by the Prima guides and a Nintendo-licensed trading card game as the Toad). This has further prompted argument about whether there IS a primary Toad, or if every instance of a playable or unique Toad is in fact just a randomly selected member of the race who happens to be one of Peach's Mushroom Retainers (of which there are as many as 46).
    • The idea of the characters as Animated Actors, based on a comment made by Miyamoto. Some people love the idea and treat it as if it's the truth, while others dislike the idea and claim that it devalues Mario's adventures. When the theory was confirmed to be true for Super Mario Bros. 3 (but only for that game so far), fans cried out "I Knew It" and "childhood ruined" in roughly equal numbers.
  • Can't Unhear It: Despite the competition some of them face from some older fans of the cartoons, all of the voices get this, but Mario's voice by Charles Martinet especially qualifies, considering most parodies of the series base their Mario voices on his own.
  • Comic-Book Time: Mario and Luigi are reportedly about 26 years old, according to Nintendo of Japan. So that means, given the fact that the series has been around for 34 years, they should be about 60 years old?
  • Complete Monster: Dimentio and King Boo.
  • Crack Ship: Although it's really just a joke ship, after Shigeru Miyamoto (jokingly) claimed to be Bowser Jr's mother in this short interview video, a lot of Miyamoto x Bowser fanart suddenly cropped up.
  • Crazy Awesome: The series (and most characters) as a whole. Especially Wario, Waluigi and Bowser.
  • Creepy Cute: Most of the series' Adorable Evil Minions are this. Case in point, Boos—roundish ghosts with beady eyes and sharp fangs...that also let out adorably high-pitched cackles whenever they spot you, and stick out their tongues like Bratty Half Pints.
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  • Death of the Author:
    • To much of the fandom, the Word of God confirming that the Koopalings are not related to Bowser was received poorly.
    • The Word of God announcing that Toads are not mushroom-people like the Goombas but merely midgets wearing mushroom caps also raised some hackles. There was also announcement that Toad and Toadette are not considered to be related, but this merely fueled an already Broken Base between the faction of the fandom that interpreted them as brother and sister and those who thought they were in a relationship.
  • Demonic Spiders: The series has two main ones: Hammer Bros., and Lakitu. Hammer Bros. because they lob a barrage of hammers at you, which is jarring since you mostly jump over most hazards. Lakitu because they mostly float out of your reach and they throw the already hard-to-kill Spinies at you.
  • Die for Our Ship: While more civil shipping-wise than other fandoms, even this fandom is occasionally subject to it.
    • Mario himself has been bashed and demonized in fanfiction for the sake of pairing Peach with Bowser or Luigi. Peach/Bowser fans in particular like to write off him as a Jerk Ass who doesn't like Peach, only the thrill of the chase that comes with saving her from Bowser. The opposite happens with Mario/Peach fans, and while more of a Justified Trope in that case, it still ignores his Jerk with a Heart of Gold side.
    • Tomboyish Princess Daisy is bashed by people who want to pair Luigi with Peach or Rosalina and those hung up on Luigi being gay.
    • In the anime film Super Mario Bros: The Great Plan to Rescue Princess Peach, Prince Hal from the Flower Kingdom comes under fire from this due to him being Peach's fiancee. In other words, messing up the MarioxPeach ending. Thankfully for them, Hal is a Canon Foreigner who will never show up in the games.
    • Rosalina is a huge Base-Breaking Character already, never mind shipping. Many Mario/Peach fans and Luigi/Daisy fans are very wary of her because she has no love interest, the assumed Ship Tease between her and the Bros., and the fact that that Mario/Rosalina and Luigi/Rosalina are fairly popular.
    • Pauline quite possibly gets the worst of this of all. She gets bashed horribly by Peach/Mario fans. She's his ex-girlfriend and they're just friends now but shippers act like she's constantly trying to seduce Mario. There's also a great deal of Slut-Shaming due to Pauline's attire and makeup in comparison to Peach's Princess Classic style.
    • It's not unknown for fans of Captain Syrup and Wario together to be hostile towards Mona of WarioWare for having a Precocious Crush on the man.
    • In general, any ship that is not Mario/Peach, Luigi/Daisy or Waluigi/Rosalina is not well received by the shippers.
  • Dork Age:
    • The GameCube/GBA era is occasionally believed to be one. The series' main release at the time was Super Mario Sunshine, which was somewhat controversial for its unconventional gameplay mechanics and giving classic characters like Peach and Bowser subpar voice acting and shallow, generically cartoonish personalities. Along with this, the franchise began to be oversaturated in spinoffs (particularly sports games), and the Mario Party subseries was becoming a Franchise Zombie. On the other hand, some of the best-loved Mario RPG games were released around that time, such as the first two Paper Mario games and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Sunshine has become somewhat Vindicated by History, so some people look back at that era more fondly nowadays.
    • Some people claim that the 3DS/Wii U era is one. Likely due to the immense success of the linear, formulaic New Super Mario Bros. games, some fans claim that Mario games in other genres (such as Super Mario 3D Land, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and especially Paper Mario: Sticker Star) are being watered down to be more similar to NSMB and possibly to compete with mobile gaming,note  losing their charm and their "magic" in the process. The NSMB subseries itself was accused of sequelitis as well until after New Super Luigi U, when no further games from the subseries were announced/released for existing consoles.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
  • Ear Worm: Koji Kondo and others have composed many memorable tunes for the series. See here for more details.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Has its own page.
  • Escapist Character: Mario was designed with this in mind.
  • Even Better Sequel: Often what fans think of Super Mario Bros. 3 compared to the original, as well as the common opinion on Super Mario Galaxy 2 when compared to its predecessor.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Bowser is one of the most beloved and classic video game villains of all time. He's also one of the few Mario characters that has a fleshed-out personality, and is praised by many fans for looking and acting like an outright badass in a world filled with characters that are generally cheery, silly and cartoonish. Even though he suffers Villain Decay intermittently, he is able to make up for it by reversing it in games like Super Mario Galaxy.
    • Many of the RPG game villains. Fawful was so cool he ended up an Ensemble Darkhorse because of it, Dimentio went the same way, Cackletta, Midbus, the Shadow Queen, X-Nauts, and Antasma all have a pretty dedicated fandom due to their evil acts and general coolness.
    • Wario was so cool he became a Breakout Character and got his own franchise.
    • Fans have been clamouring for Wart to return since 1988.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Technically the vast majority of them fits, considering the Excuse Plot nature of the games. Examples include:
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • The game is called Super Mario Brothers, NOT Super Mary-Oh Brothers, as some old Mario commercials would lead you to believe. Also it's not literally pronounced "Bros", it's just short for "Brothers".
    • Asking for Super Mario Bros. 4 to be made will lead irked fans to pointing out that it already exists - only it was called Super Mario World in the US.
    • Mario and Luigi's last names are not Mario - as far as Nintendo themselves are concerned, they have no last names.
    • While many fans will seriously debate that Peach and Rosalina are related, stating Peach is Rosalina's mother is not something that most serious fans enjoy people throwing around. Even worse is thinking Luigi is Rosalina's father.
    • Luigi and Mario are twins however many don't realize this, due to either not playing the Yoshi's Island game or because they falsely believe all twins are identical. Assuming they have a large age difference amongst fans will get you laughed out.
    • Just mentioning the Koopalings are Bowser's children can invoke outrageous reactions. You'll either get people who hate the concept, or you'll meet people who cry Death of the Author and still insist they're related.
    • Do yourself a favor and never bring up MatPat's more controversial theories about the Mario series around the fanbase. (Especially "Mario is Mental".) It never ends well.
  • Fanon: Tons of it. And that's not even getting into the RPG games.
    • It's not uncommon for people to believe that Daisy is no longer Ambiguously Brown as she spends more time hanging around the Mushroom Kingdom than in the warmer Sarasaland.
    • Daisy never appears in main games because she puts up too much of a fight to be kidnapped. Alternatively, she so desperate to be in a main series game that she wants to be kidnapped.
    • Peach and Daisy are frequently seen as cousins in fanworks.
    • Daisy is frequently depicted as being chubbier than Peach and Rosalina. It was originally a derogatory concept however her fans draw her as a Big Beautiful Woman too. When combined with Peach and Rosalina they're made into Big, Thin, Short Trio.
    • Wario and Waluigi are brothers. It's ambiguous in canon but fans certainly believe it. Sometimes they're cousins to Mario and Luigi as well.
    • "Clawdia Koopa" is a character well-engrained into the fandom. She is the Missing Mom of Bowser Jr, and usually the Koopalings as well. Depictions differ on whether she's deceased or divorced. There are no canon references to Clawdia, she is a fan-creation.
    • The Koopalings are not officially Bowser's children, but the fandom has been slow to get on board. Bowser Jr is considered the heir and Bowser's favorite. A fan theory makes them Happily Adopted by Bowser, which would make them technically not related to Bowser but his children nonetheless. This was later Jossed in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, where Bowser treats them as bothersome minions, but even that hasn't stopped some fans.
    • Rosalina being related to Peach is a common theory. She was related to Peach early in development of Galaxy however the final games hold no implications. Peach is often considered the descendant of Rosalina's brother though other fanons exist.
    • Rosalina is largely considered a princess by fans.
    • It was common for Rosalina to be presented as The Stoic, The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask, or an Emotionless Girl however with appearances in series like Mario Kart that's changed. She's still depicted as more regal than other characters though.
    • Peach is implied to have living parents however fans usually depict her as an orphan.
    • According to early canon Mario and Luigi are from Brooklyn and were transported to the Mushroom Kingdom as adults. The Yoshi's Island games show otherwise however many fans mix the two concepts: They were born in the Mushroom Kingdom, moved to New York in their childhood, but ended up back in the Mushroom Kingdom as adults. A common theory for this departure from the kingdom is that after the disastrous Shroob invasion in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time the bros' parents decided living in the Mushroom Kingdom was too dangerous to raise their children.
    • Many fans think that Peach upgraded the brothers to a First-Name Basis between Super Mario World and Super Mario 64.
    • The concept that everyone is an Animated Actor is a popular one, mostly due to Miyamoto likening the relationship between the characters to the trope. In fact, the characters are Animated Actors for Super Mario Bros. 3, but it's only confirmed for that game.
    • "Jumpman" is a common surname for Mario and Luigi in fanworks.
    • Amongst fans who see the Koopalings as Bowser's children, "Morton" is either Bowser's given name, his disceased father's name, or his deceased brother's name.
    • Toad and Captain Toad are two separate characters, but a lot of fans like to make them one and the same, especially since the two are never seen together.
    • An interesting bit of Luigi fanon from the Wii era involved presenting Mr. L as his wicked inner shadow, which seems to have been born of a historical accident — Mr. L's debut game occured within the same era as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where Luigi was described as having an inner darkness and his Limit Break was the Mind Screw Negative Zone. This has mostly disappeared as of the Wii U era, now that Nintendo has let up on the Darker and Edgier characterization.
    • Many fanart of Daisy depicts her with a tan, much like her appearance in the N64 era. To go along with the (somewhat misguided) fact that she lives in a desert.
    • A lot of the fandom has been slow to get on board with the news that Toads are not mushrooms and are actually a genderless race taking on gendered characteristics, and continue to view them as mushroom people with genders, especially since the latter creates a lot of confusion when it comes to Toads previously established as explicitly male and female in RPG games like The Thousand-Year Door.
  • Fan Nickname: The Gold and Blue Toads in New Super Mario Bros. Wii have been given the names Wolley and Yvan, respectively (pronounced "Wally" and "Ivan"). Less popular names given by the development team are Alla-Gold and Bucken-Berry.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Most famously with the Sonic franchise during the 90's Console Wars, it dissapated once Sega stopped making consoles. Now, since the two franchises have crossed over on many occasions since then, they have become Friendly Fandoms at most now.
  • Fridge Logic:
    • The manual for Super Mario Bros. 1 stated that Bowser used his dark magic to turn the people of the Mushroom Kingdom into trees and bricks, and Mario spent the entire game destroying the latter. So when you think about it, Mario is actually a mass murderer. On the other hand, some materials depict him freeing the Toads by doing this.
    • How do the many enemies that walk in a straight line and never change direction until they bump into something (such as the Koopas described under "Fridge Horror" below) get between the two objects they're walking back and forth between in the first place if they can't walk or jump over them? Does Bowser really go to all the trouble of finding countless pairs of immovable objects and putting minions between them before kidnapping Peach? How do the authorities not start to notice this pattern and take precautions to protect Peach whenever Bowser starts dropping minions between immovable objects?
    • The possibility that the Super Mushroom would technically kill Mario if not for its beneficial result. Some brightly colored mushrooms can be poisonous.
    • What about what happens to the coins you have that you collected when the brick blocks turn into coins when you hit the P Switch? If it turns all coins into bricks and all bricks into coins, what happens to the coins you carry?
    • The idea of Mario & Luigi being born and raised in the Mushroom Kingdom instead of Brooklyn, New York has also had some folks complaining. Namely why do Mario and Luigi have their Italian accents if they were from the Mushroom Kingdom instead of New York? One could easily see Mario and Luigi's accent as The Artifact despite how it makes their current origin story somewhat confusing the idea of Mario and Luigi having Italian accents is just too iconic for Nintendo to remove.
  • Fridge Horror: Letting a Koopa bounce around in between blocks or pipes. Koopa Troopas can't get out of their shells if they're still in motion. They don't lose momentum when they hit solid objects. Ergo, they can possibly go on stuck there forever.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Pokémon, as the two family-friendly series are Nintendo's biggest franchises, hold similar nostalgic value for many fans, and have similarly iconic, cartoonish mascots as their flagship characters. It's not uncommon to hear wishes for a crossover between the two outside of Super Smash Bros..
  • Funny Moments: Examples are here.
  • Game Breaker:
    • The blue Yoshi in Super Mario World. If you grab a Koopa shell of ANY color, you can fly anywhere and easily skip whole levels at a time!
    • The cape is also overpowered. A single swipe can kill most enemies in the game, and you can fly for as long as you like as long as you can build enough running speed. And flying is the only time you can get hit without taking damage.
    • See here for more.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • The "small fiery Mario" glitch. If you hit Bowser and the axe at the same time at the end of an x-4 level, you'll start the next level as a large Mario who dies in one hit. Take a mushroom and you become small; take a Fire Flower and you become small and fiery.
    • If you're small and you hit Bowser and the axe at the same time, Mario dies but the level still registers as a win, leaving Toad saying his "Thank You Mario/Luigi!" line to a blank screen.
    • There's also the fact that the correct pipes in the World 8-4 Pipe Maze will have the Pirahna Plants inhabiting them suddenly disappear as you approach them. This significantly reduces the potential aggravation of guessing the correct pipe.
    • If you jump on the axe just as the timer reaches zero in any castle level, you'll get a huge bonus of 50,000 points. This is because of a bug in which the timer rolls over to 999 and keeps counting down from there. However, this does not work in the NES version, since it doesn't give you a time bonus for castles. This can only be done in the "Vs." (arcade) and Super Mario All-Stars versionsnote 
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Two in Mario Super Sluggers, both relating to the "close play" feature. At third base and home plate, if a fielder receives the ball just as a baserunner approaches, the runner can attack the fielder thereby jarring the ball loose. Since the game was released, Major League Baseball instituted two rule changes, both unpopular with fans. In the 2014 season, MLB brought in the Posey rule which prevents catchers from blocking the plate unless they have the ball. Two seasons later, a rule was added prohibiting takeout slides unless the baserunner makes contact with the bag.
  • Heartwarming Moment: This.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Hype Backlash:
    • Given that the series is one of the most successful video game franchises on the planet, some people are put off by this, especially since the series and its main cast (particularly Mario himself) are a Spotlight-Stealing Squad among Nintendo's franchises (one notorious example of this was when almost all non-Mario amiibo were difficult to find while the main Mario cast was extremely common). Some older fans view later games, particularly the New Super Mario Bros. games, as suffering this.
    • Some overzealous fans of The Legend of Zelda tend to bash the Super Mario franchise simply for being more popular on an absolute scale, more iconic, and more cartoony than their preferred series. This extends to the main characters of both franchises, as such fans tend to bash Mario, possibly the single biggest icon of video gaming, in order to reinforce their support for Link - even going as far as labeling Mario as a sociopath thanks to Game Theory.
  • Incest Yay Shipping:
    • Toad and Toadette are very close, but Nintendo can't seem to decide what their particular relationship is. The Mario Kart Wii manual identified them as siblings, but Nintendo later confirmed they were not considered as such. This is one possible interpretation when trying to reconcile Flip-Flop of God and Fanon Discontinuity.
    • Mario and Luigi have a decent sized shipping base.
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: Anyone who complains about the series' Excuse Plot nature, with fans explaining how you're not supposed to care about plot in the series. However, some fans will bring up how the Mario RPG games often had storylines a bit more than "Mario saves the Princess from Bowser in Mushroom Kingdom". Others side with Shigeru Miyamoto and his Word of God on how the series is always more about gameplay than anything.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Bowser is incredibly popular with the gay fandom, most notably with furries.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Fawful and, depending on the game, Bowser.
  • Memetic Badass: Luigi has become this in later years, especially since the Year of Luigi. To give examples, we have "Luigi wins by doing absolutely nothing", which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. The video became so popular it has spawned several others making similar videos. Several comments are "You don't screw with Luigi", "Now begins the age of Luigi" etc etc. And how can we ever forget his infamous death stare from Mario Kart 8? Many has jokingly stated that his sudden ghetto attitude in the fandom is his breaking point from being trampled so much due to his Memetic Loser status.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Luigi and the Goombas (for being Butt Monkeys), and Daisy and Waluigi (for being Demoted to Extra). Luigi's example is zigzagged, since he's also a Memetic Badass... so the full meme is that absolutely nobody will ever give him credit for it.
    • Princess Daisy has gotten this treatment more and more since Rosalina appeared. Rosalina has appeared in Super Smash Bros and playable in a main game before Daisy, who is twenty years older than her. Since Luigi and Daisy are usually paired up, at least they can be losers together. Daisy's newfound status as The Unfavourite loser has actually made her a lot more sympathetic and likeable as a character instead of being a widely despised scrappy among fans. It got worse now that a trampoline was picked as a playable costume for Mario over her in Super Mario Maker. However as of January 2016, Daisy is finally added as a costume in Mario Maker.
  • Memetic Mutation: Quite a bit, actually.
  • Memetic Psychopath: Virtually every character has probably had his or her turn at being portrayed as this. Mario and Waluigi being the most prominent examples.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Mostly toned down, but everytime you die, you get accompanied with the iconic "Prrupt!" sound byte. It's toned down because the sound byte has become iconic to portray cartoonish or humorous deaths outside the series.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • The 1-Up chime.
    • The power-up sound.
    • The pipe sound and level ending fanfare, too.
  • My Real Daddy: While nobody will deny that Shigeru Miyamoto was very influential to the series' development, Nintendo of America shaped up the setting of the Mario series of how its known today. Such as the setting of the games such as Mario & Luigi being plumbers from Brooklyn who got to the Mushroom Kingdom via a Warp Pipe in Super Mario Bros. 1. to character names such as Mario, Pauline, Luigi, the Koopalings and more in fact the idea of the Koopalings being Bowser's children was NOA's idea. However due to certain actions from Shigeru such as him saying that the Koopalings are no longer Bowser's kids and what happened to Paper Mario: Sticker Star have caused plenty of Internet Backdraft.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • "Hi, I'm Daisy!" It doesn't help that while a lot of Mario fans don't play the spinoff games all that much, they do play Mario Kart games, and for many Mario Kart: Double Dash was their first impression of Daisy.
    • Peach's reaction to Bowser Jr. telling her that she's his mommy in Super Mario Sunshine — or, rather, her complete lack of it. Many people (especially detractors of the character) cite it as one of the most defining examples of the princess being a complete ditz, and ignore the instances of her being portrayed competently in the series (particularly in the RPGs). Others cite it as evidence of certain fan theories pertaining to Peach's relationship with Bowser.
    • Peach getting kidnapped constantly is this in and out of the games.
    • Mario stomps on Luigi's foot in Power Tennis as a mildly OOC act of Sibling Rivalry. People always use this scene as evidence Mario is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has a lot of it.
  • One True Pairing: Mario and Peach, obviously. Albeit supporters of other couples are far from scarce or undevoted, this one is the gold standard by which all video game relationships are measured. They’ve been together since the franchise’s inception and the games never stop dealing out Ship Teases between them like candy.
  • Periphery Demographic: While the franchise was considered primarily for children at one point, it fittingly also has one of Nintendo's biggest fanbases among teenagers and adults, and started being marketed towards all ages long before Pokémon did - Mario was even being marketed to casual non-gamer adults during the Wii era, and the franchise is frequently used for Geek Reference Pools. There's a reason why it's the most famous and popular game series of all time.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Bowser Jr. While he is also hated for his lackluster design (he is an Expy of Bowser's baby self), he is mostly hated for replacing the Koopalings in Super Mario Sunshine. To a lesser extent, he gets this reaction for replacing the Koopa Kids of the spinoffs as well. When Word of God has stated that the Koopalings are no longer considered Bowser's children and only Bowser Jr. is his true child, the hate toward him intensified.
    • In an unusual twist of fate, Bowser Jr. was passed over for Mario Kart 8, just as the Koopalings make their first ever playable appearance in the very same game. Instead of rejoicing, fans deemed the Koopalings the Replacement Scrappies for this reason; even within the fans who still hate Bowser Jr., there are some who criticize the overexposure of the Koopalings for taking away other Mario Kart characters (since they occupy seven slots), as well as for having already appeared too much in the New Super Mario Bros. games.
    • Super Mario Galaxy 2 has Lubba become this for Rosalina.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Bowser Jr. became this in New Super Mario Bros. Wii after he was announced to appear alongside all Koopalings in the game. His announcement for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, once again accompained by the Koopalings, was welcomed as well.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Luigi's ended up playing the villain (usually after deciding he's tired of playing second banana to Mario) in a number of fanworks, Super Mario World ROM hacks in particular.
    • Or alternatively Mario, whether it's out of him being tired of the status quo or straight up villainization, receives this a lot.
    • Happens to Bowser and Bowser Jr. as well. This is especially apparent in Koopaling-centric fanfiction that turn the former into an abusive father who neglects/punishes the Koopalings whilst playing favorites with Junior (though this isn't to say other stories don't "Death Eater" him, such as making him a rapist), while Junior himself is portrayed as a bullying, manipulative jerkass who's only heir instead of Ludwig because Bowser made him so.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Bowser is so damned likable and fun that many players find themselves wanting him to win out over the Mario Bros for once. Look at the top of the page and see how much Fanon and interpretations are about Bowser being the good guy. This is even more prominent during his Jerkass Woobie moments. Bowser's Inside Story seems to be a shout out for such players, since it puts Bowser in the limelight.
  • Sacred Cow:
  • The Scrappy: Has its own page.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Has its own page.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: As expected from a popular series, there is a lot of this. Mario/Peach vs Bowser/Peach is by far the most common however Mario/Pauline vs Mario/Peach and Rosalina/Luigi vs Daisy/Luigi are also debated.
  • Super Couple: Again, Mario and Peach. Their relationship is practically synonymous with video game romance, to the point that even non-fans know about them.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The original Super Mario Bros compared to Mario Bros..
  • That One Level: It has its own page.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Although Waluigi and Daisynote  have mixed reception, there are a plenty of fans that feel they are interesting characters in their own right and feel that Nintendo should let appear in the main games. The fact that Rosalina was playable in Super Mario 3D World made many of these fans more vocal about this.
    • Pauline has also been considered to be a case of this over the years as unlike Mario and Donkey Kong she never got her own game series. Not only do certain fans wish she appeared more often in the game titles, but some even ship her with Mario (in which they often point out Nintendo never did confirm whether if Mario and Peach are an Official Couple or not).
  • Ugly Cute: Goombas.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: Toad giving you the finger in the original Super Mario Bros.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • In-Universe, Luigi isn't as popular or as well received as Mario is, leading to a bit of a "second banana" complex. However, he's really popular among the fanbase.
    • Waluigi isn't really well-liked In-Universe either, but a sizeable portion of the fanbase genuinely likes him. Mostly through Memetic Mutation.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Mario was designed to be an extremely accessible character who can fit any role. He himself does not have too much personality other than cheerfulness, but it's the colorful world he inhabits and the challenges he faces that provides the true meat of the series.
  • Villain Decay: Bowser tends to go back and forth with this to a nearly unprecedented degree; though he's usually a genuine threat in the 'core' games (ranging from downright silly plots to accidentally destroying reality after nearly conquering it). In spinoffs, though, he's typically little more than a comic-relief nuisance, a reluctant ally, or even a near Woobie level Butt Monkey as in Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga.
  • The Woobie:
  • Woolseyism: The first Mario RPG was translated by Ted Woolsey himself. Since then, the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series have done their localizations in a style not unlike Woolsey.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: A pretty common reaction to the series. See World Of Chaos on the Franchise page.

The Cartoon Series

The Film

  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In the middle of the film, we cut to scene of a couple starting to make out. It lasts about 30 seconds with two never-before-seen characters, and then they're never seen again.
  • Cult Classic: For any fan of the Mario series, this is a must-see. The Super Mario Bros. The Movie Archive is a thriving fan community devoted to the movie that's even had exclusive interviews with members of the cast and crew.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Somewhere My Love", the song Mario and Luigi trick the Goombas into dancing to... La, la, LA LA...
    • "Walk the Dinosaur".
    • "Almost Unreal" again. "I love when you do that hocus-pocus to me..."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Big Bertha, the bouncer.
  • Foe Yay: It's possible to see some between Lena and Daisy.
  • Funny Moments:
    • Mario and Luigi are chained as they get their picture taken, when they mistake the cameras for guns.
    Mario: Are we dead?
    • In addition, the dancing Goombas can also be seen as one of the few intentionally funny moments.
  • Ham and Cheese: Dennis Hopper's acting is okay in some scenes, but in others, he's clearly having fun overacting and taking his role not at all seriously.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The two towers that dominate Koopa's Manhattan-inspired city, one of which looks half-destroyed (actually, it's not finished construction yet, but the visual effect is the same), and the other of which has a glowing stylized "K" on the side that looks like, depending on how you see it, either an explosion or a gaping hole. Even worse in the climax when the dimensions begin to merge, including a shot which can visually can be described as the World Trade Center disintegrating.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Lena, who is played by Fiona Shaw, tells Daisy that she has her mother's eyes.
    • King Koopa's lair is a skyscraper with neon lights. Just like in Super Mario 3D World.
    • The movie states the name of the plumbers as Mario Mario and Luigi Mario more than twenty years before Word of God confirmed this fact as canon to the series.
  • Love It or Hate It: A Horrific In-Name-Only Ink-Stain Adaptation or an amusing Pragmatic Adaptation of a game series that never had much of plot to begin with? Fans of the movie often point out how the movie had to do a considerably different story often in order to somehow make a live action Mario Bros movie. While detractors often deemed this to be a horribly inaccurate movie that tried to cash in on the series' popularity in which some point out that the movie could've been more accurate if it were animated.
  • Mind Game Ship: Between Koopa and Daisy. Lena is not pleased.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Lena stabbing Yoshi.
  • Never Live It Down: The film is this to the video game movie genre as a whole, as not only have many video game-based movies that followed become critical and commercial failures upon release, but commentators have always cited this movie whenever they refer to other video game movies on why they're such bad ideas. It's all but stated that this film is the reason why Nintendo has refused to license film adaptations of any of their franchises not named Pokémon since.note  The film has also been cited to having greatly damaged Disney's relationship with Nintendo. Rumor has it Nintendo never forgave Disney for giving the publishing rights to the tie-in game for Aladdin to Sega as a result of the movie not meeting expectationsnote  and refused to do any direct business partnerships with them in the decades that followed. Aside from Bowser making an appearance in Wreck-It Ralph (though under Nintendo's supervision), relationships between the two haven't seen any major improvements since the film's release (especially given that Nintendo dumped Disney for Universal over theme park rights in 2015, a decision that some pin the film and the troubling relations on for the snub).
  • One-Scene Wonder: Lance Henriksen appears for roughly ten seconds and has two lines. He still manages to be memorable.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Harry Potter fans will surely recognize Aunt Petunia as the villainess now.
  • Snark Bait: Courtesy of RiffTrax.
  • Special Effect Failure: Amongst all the revolutionary visuals and complicated animatronics for Yoshi and the Goombas, the devolved King Koopa puppet looks like an escapee from a bad episode of The Muppet Show.
  • Squick: The fungus, in-universe. Mario in particular is constantly grossed out by it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Though the film utterly fails to take advantage of it, Bob Hoskins as Mario was a fantastic casting choice.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: God bless you Bob Hoskins, for trying to give a performance. And consider he's playing Mario, of all roles to be stuck with.
  • Ugly Cute: Yoshi.
  • Video-Game Movies Suck:
  • Vindicated by History: While by no means regarded as a masterpiece, it seems that audiences are warming up to this movie. At the time, there were no other motion pictures based on video games, and the general expectation was for a movie that matched the games closely. Looking back, it still kept the basic plot of a Mario game, and some of the changes look more pragmatic following the release of other movies that stumbled trying to match their source material too closely. With the internet, it's easier to spot the Mythology Gags that give it more of a Mario identity. Its established infamy and So Bad, It's Good factor are also helpful, bringing about the opposite of the Hype Backlash the movie suffered when it was originally screened.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: This film had to literally invent new technology to make much of its visual effects look as realistic as they do:
    • Daisy appearing in the sand.
    • Yoshi. For an animatronic puppet, it looks like it just stepped out of a time portal to the Jurassic Era.
    • This also applies to a lesser extent the Goombas. All of them, including those only seen in the background, had multiple movements built into the heads.
    • The pan over the city towards Koopa's tower. This was done by one man over a period of six months and was deemed impossible beforehand.
    • The King turning back into a human.
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