YMMV: The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Cheatsy is seen by some as a stoner due to his squinty eyes.
  • Anvilicious: The anti-racism message of "True Colors" is somewhat subtle up until the end when Mario and Luigi outright spell it out.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The intro/ending theme.
    • "Without Getting Burned" and "Do The Koopa" are good, too.
    • The cover of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun".
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The end of Recycled Koopa with the statue of liberty.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • The term "Doomship" is used instead of "airship." It was the only major airship in the show, though, unlike the seven airships in the game, so having a proper name isn't a big deal.
    • In one episode, Raccoon Luigi doesn't lose his power when he gets hit with an exploding Bob-omb.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: If The Annotated Series is any indication, Cheatsy and Kooky.
  • Foe Yay: There's plenty of this in "The Beauty of Kootie".
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The infamous Milli Vanilli episode, which got struck by this hard (read: heavily edited) upon syndication because of their 1990 scandal, which happened less than two weeks after the episode aired.
      • The episode becomes even more difficult to watch after Rob Pilatus' death from a drug overdose in 1998.
    • "Reptiles in the Rose Garden:" Mario accidentally sending the White House crashing on top of the Washington Monument became less funny when an earthquake affected said monument in 2011.
    • Also the episode with Dadzilla, who is introduced as a robot being used as a movie filmed in Hollywood. Eight years later, the American Godzilla movie was made.
      • Also in the Dadzilla episode, Big Mouth and Kootie Pie theorize that they are not really Bowser's children. Over twenty years later, Word of God revealed that the original seven Koopalings are no longer considered to be related to Bowser.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • "Kootie Pie Rocks" is full of these. Specifically, the scene where they tell Kootie Pie they can't sing without the rest of the band. Their subsequent attempt to wing it (with Mario and crew) sends everyone running away screaming.
      • Several years after Milli Vanilli's guest appearance, Mario Party 4 had a minigame called "Blame It On the Crane".
      • Luigi refers to the tuxes he, Mario, and Toad are wearing as "these dumb penguin suits!"
    • The wrestling-themed episode "Tag Team Trouble" becomes this since Mario was formerly played by a professional wrestler.
    • The aforementioned incident where Mario is attempting to transport the White House back to America. When he sends it on top of the Washington Monument instead, he says "Maybe I should have read the instructions.".
    • A later episode begins with the Bros., Toad, and the Princess eating "lotsa spaghetti".
    • In the first episode, Koopa accidentally turns Mario into a giant. Years later came the Mega Mushroom.
    • In "Toddler Terrors of Time Travel", the Mario Bros., Toad, Koopa, and Kooky were all turned into toddlers before Yoshi's Island.
    • In "Mush-Rumors", the entire Mushroom Kingdom thought they were under an alien attack. Then came the Shroobs.
    • In "Super Koopa", we see King Koopa using the game's power-ups, including the Raccoon Suit. Over twenty years later, the False Bowsers in Super Mario 3D Land are depicted with raccoon tails, and in Super Mario 3D World, Bowser uses power-ups against Mario and friends.
  • Idiot Plot: "Reptiles in the Rose Garden", "The Beauty of Kootie", "Never Koop a Koopa", "Reign Storm", "Tag Team Trouble", "Oh, Brother!", and "Mush-Rumors".
  • Iron Woobie: Crimewave Clyde.
  • Jerk Ass Woobie: "Misadventures in Babysitting": Even though he's a brat and such a pain to Mario and Luigi, you can't help but feel bad for Junior when the Koopa Kids tricked him.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Permit me to introduce ya to... RACCOOOOOOOOOOOOOON KOOPA!!!!"
    • "I'D SAY HE'S HOT ON OUR TAIL!"
    • "No duck here, turkey!"
  • Narm: The way Luigi says "WHOO! A Sledge Brother!" in "Never Koop a Koopa". Also the fact that his lip movement doesn't match up with what he says.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The Koopa tanks and small airships only appeared in one episode each, for a short time each, and only the airships were relevant to the episode's plot. The battleships were left out completely, likely replaced with the Doomsub.
    • Lakitu made only one appearance in "Life's Ruff", tasked with distracting Luigi and King Windbag who have been turned into dogs from chasing Hip and Hop.
  • They Just Didn't Care:
    • Just look at all the glaring animation and continuity errors. In one episode, Kootie Pie steals a fur scarf from a female mushroom which briefly turns into a sack of money when she throws it at Mario. It turns back into a scarf on the next shot.
    • Item blocks and clouds with eyes are only supposed to appear in the Mushroom Kingdom. That doesn't stop them from appearing on Earth in a few scenes, though.
    • Frank Sinatra was mentioned in "The Venice Menace" but referred to as Francis Sinatra.
  • Ugly Cute: Holly Mackerel.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The Nipper Plants. Oh God...
      • For some inexplicable reason, it looks like Gilbert Gottfried.
  • What an Idiot: See this page.