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*** It gets even more unsettling when Elder Princess Shroob starts ''[[MadnessMantra chanting it]]'' right before their battle starts.



*** It gets even more unsettling when Elder Princess Shroob starts ''[[MadnessMantra chanting it]]'' right before their battle starts.

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** And thatís just them as a race. Their leader Princess Shroob is quite possibly the most psychopathic character, after Dimentio and King Boo, in the whole Mario franchise. She has her armies raid and destroy innocent towns and villages, drain Toads out of their vim, which is their life force, to use for fuel for their ships, and feeds Princess Peach to Petey Piranha for no other reason except pure sadism. She is one horrific character in a lighthearted game.


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The second, oft-overlooked installment of the ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]]'' series may retain the trademark [[CrowningMomentOfFunny wit and comedic antics]] fans have come to expect from Mario [=RPGs=], but one thing the game is ''also'' well remembered for is for its [[DarkerAndEdgier surprisingly gloomy tone]], in sharp contrast to what is expected from Nintendo's most iconic world, most often cited as the single darkest game starring the portly plumber to date second only to the [[VideoGame/SuperPaperMario third Paper Mario game]]. Those looking for a bright and sunny Mario game may wish to look elsewhere.

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The second, oft-overlooked installment of the ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]]'' series may retain the trademark [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments wit and comedic antics]] fans have come to expect from Mario [=RPGs=], but one thing the game is ''also'' well remembered for is for its [[DarkerAndEdgier surprisingly gloomy tone]], in sharp contrast to what is expected from Nintendo's most iconic world, most often cited as the single darkest game starring the portly plumber to date second only to the [[VideoGame/SuperPaperMario third Paper Mario game]]. Those looking for a bright and sunny Mario game may wish to look elsewhere.


* ''Toad Town''. Toad Town is possibly the perfect area to sum up the ambiance of the rest of the entire game. Every building stands derelict and abandoned, if not outright flattened, save for one shop. Every street is [[GhostTown completely empty]], save for the Shroob invaders, scouring for survivors. The different sections of town are locked off with bars and walls, the cracked Toad engravings and patterns a grim reminder of what has happened. However, despite all of that, the proper killer is the music. It's not happy and jolly like Yo'ster Isle, it's not heroic, it's not evil and daunting, it's... melancholic. In a Mario game. It slowly drags on, quietly pinging in the background, occasionally rising up into something more dramatic, before being pushed back into the hopeless pits of despair that the once cheerful Toad Town have become. The worst part? Throughout this entire sad trudge through the purple, corrupted streets of the old Capital of the Mushroom Kingdom, other than the two senile grandmas and the endless waves of invaders, there's not a single soul here. Then, suddenly, it hits you - Every single Toad that once lived in this city that wasn't killed has since been dragged off to the Vim Factory. [[FateWorseThanDeath Every single one is going to be farmed for their life force, if they haven't already been.]] [[KillEmAll Every last one.]]

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* ''Toad Town''. Toad Town is possibly the perfect area to sum up the ambiance of the rest of the entire game. Every building stands derelict and abandoned, if not outright flattened, save for one shop. Every street is [[GhostTown completely empty]], save for the Shroob invaders, scouring for survivors. The different sections of town are locked off with bars and walls, the cracked Toad engravings and patterns a grim reminder of what has happened. However, despite all of that, the proper killer is the music. It's not happy and jolly like Yo'ster Isle, it's not heroic, it's not evil and daunting, it's... melancholic. In a Mario game. It slowly drags on, quietly pinging in the background, occasionally rising up into something more dramatic, before being pushed back into the hopeless pits of despair that the once cheerful Toad Town have become. The worst part? Throughout this entire sad trudge through the purple, corrupted streets of the old Capital of the Mushroom Kingdom, other than the two senile grandmas and the endless waves of invaders, there's not a single soul here. Then, suddenly, it hits you - Every single Toad that once lived in this city that wasn't killed has since been dragged off to the Vim Factory. [[FateWorseThanDeath Every single one is going to be farmed for their life force, if they haven't already been.]] [[KillEmAll Every last one.]]


* The next area visited by the Shroobs, Toadwood Forest, manages to be even ''worse'' than Hollijolli Village. We learn that they abduct Toads and strap them to trees in order to suck their vim (life force) and send it to their factory to be converted to fuel for their saucers. Throughout the area, Toads can be found strapped to trees, often drained of color, as if they've become part of the trees themselves upon having their life force drained, and most of which can be spoken to, almost entirely weakly pleading for help or barely managing to describe how they feel.

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* The next area visited by the Shroobs, Toadwood Forest, manages to be even ''worse'' than Hollijolli Village. We learn that they abduct Toads and strap them to trees in order to suck their vim (life force) "Vim", which is seemingly their [[LifeForce life energy]], and send it to their factory to be converted to fuel for their saucers. Throughout the area, Toads can be found strapped to trees, often drained of color, as if they've become part of the trees themselves upon having their life force drained, and most of which can be spoken to, [[AndIMustScream almost entirely weakly pleading for help or barely managing to describe how they feel.feel]].



** The vim could also be the Toads's blood, as it's implied it ''flows'' through the Toads's bodies, making it even creepier. Heck, even that creepy goblet Princess Shroob holds could have vim in it.
* Toad Town. Toad town is possibly the perfect area to sum up the ambience of the rest of the entire game. Every building stands derelict and abandoned, if not outright flattened, save for one shop. Every street is completely empty, save for the Shroob invaders, scouring for survivors. The different sections of town are locked off with bars and walls, the cracked toad engravings and ptterns a grim reminder of what has happened. However, despite all of that, the proper killer is the music. It's not happy and jolly, like yo'ster, it's not heroic, it's not evil and daunting, it's... Melancholic. In a Mario game. It slowly drags on, quietly pinging in the background, occasionally rising up into something more dramatic, before baing pushed back into the hopeless pits of despair that the once cheerful Tpad town has begun. The eventual Toad town from Bowser's inside story sounds similar in some ways also, and it may come as a shock to someone who plays one after the other, or vice versa. The worst bit? Throughout this entire sad trudge through the purple, corrupted streets of the old Capital of the Mushroom kingdom, you never see a single other character, toad, or anything other than the two senile grandmas, and the endless waves of invaders. Then, suddenly, it hits you, and you hve nightmares for days afterward. Every single toad that once lived in this city that was not killed has since been dragged off to the Vim factory. Every single one has been farmed for their life force. Every. Single. One.

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** The vim Vim could also be the Toads's blood, as it's implied it ''flows'' through the Toads's bodies, making it even creepier. worse. Heck, even that creepy goblet Princess Shroob holds could have vim Vim in it.
* ''Toad Town''. Toad Town. Toad town Town is possibly the perfect area to sum up the ambience ambiance of the rest of the entire game. Every building stands derelict and abandoned, if not outright flattened, save for one shop. Every street is [[GhostTown completely empty, empty]], save for the Shroob invaders, scouring for survivors. The different sections of town are locked off with bars and walls, the cracked toad Toad engravings and ptterns patterns a grim reminder of what has happened. However, despite all of that, the proper killer is the music. It's not happy and jolly, jolly like yo'ster, Yo'ster Isle, it's not heroic, it's not evil and daunting, it's... Melancholic.melancholic. In a Mario game. It slowly drags on, quietly pinging in the background, occasionally rising up into something more dramatic, before baing being pushed back into the hopeless pits of despair that the once cheerful Tpad town has begun. The eventual Toad town from Bowser's inside story sounds similar in some ways also, and it may come as a shock to someone who plays one after the other, or vice versa. Town have become. The worst bit? part? Throughout this entire sad trudge through the purple, corrupted streets of the old Capital of the Mushroom kingdom, you never see a single other character, toad, or anything Kingdom, other than the two senile grandmas, grandmas and the endless waves of invaders. invaders, there's not a single soul here. Then, suddenly, it hits you, and you hve nightmares for days afterward. - Every single toad Toad that once lived in this city that was not wasn't killed has since been dragged off to the Vim factory. Factory. [[FateWorseThanDeath Every single one has been is going to be farmed for their life force. Every. Single. One.force, if they haven't already been.]] [[KillEmAll Every last one.]]


* Toad Town, contrary to the usual cheerful locale filled with the titular species of fungus-heads, is this time completely empty sans the two elderly shopkeepers, and there are Shroids, Love Bubbles, and Skellokeys everywhere, and ''the babies have to travel through it on their own.''

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* Toad Town, contrary to Town. Toad town is possibly the usual cheerful locale filled with perfect area to sum up the titular species ambience of fungus-heads, the rest of the entire game. Every building stands derelict and abandoned, if not outright flattened, save for one shop. Every street is this time completely empty sans empty, save for the Shroob invaders, scouring for survivors. The different sections of town are locked off with bars and walls, the cracked toad engravings and ptterns a grim reminder of what has happened. However, despite all of that, the proper killer is the music. It's not happy and jolly, like yo'ster, it's not heroic, it's not evil and daunting, it's... Melancholic. In a Mario game. It slowly drags on, quietly pinging in the background, occasionally rising up into something more dramatic, before baing pushed back into the hopeless pits of despair that the once cheerful Tpad town has begun. The eventual Toad town from Bowser's inside story sounds similar in some ways also, and it may come as a shock to someone who plays one after the other, or vice versa. The worst bit? Throughout this entire sad trudge through the purple, corrupted streets of the old Capital of the Mushroom kingdom, you never see a single other character, toad, or anything other than the two elderly shopkeepers, senile grandmas, and there are Shroids, Love Bubbles, the endless waves of invaders. Then, suddenly, it hits you, and Skellokeys everywhere, and ''the babies have you hve nightmares for days afterward. Every single toad that once lived in this city that was not killed has since been dragged off to travel through it on the Vim factory. Every single one has been farmed for their own.''life force. Every. Single. One.


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** Amid their untranslatable, foreign dialogue spouted throughout the entire game, one recurring, two-character phrase written in Shroob language is dropped constantly by members of the species throughout the adventure. Before engaging Princess Shroob in combat, her text is translated, and she ends her monologue by saying the phrase once again, finally showing us what they've been repeating so often since the beginning of the game - ''[[spoiler:[[OmnicidalManiac "Destroy."]]]]''
*** It gets even more unsettling when [[spoiler:Elder Princess Shroob]] starts ''[[MadnessMantra chanting it]]'' right before their battle starts.
** [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Thankfully]] ([[SealedEvilInACan or not, YMMV]]), Bowser's got them on ice.]]

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** Amid their untranslatable, foreign dialogue spouted throughout the entire game, one recurring, two-character phrase written in Shroob language is dropped constantly by members of the species throughout the adventure. Before engaging Princess Shroob in combat, her text is translated, and she ends her monologue by saying the phrase once again, finally showing us what they've been repeating so often since the beginning of the game - ''[[spoiler:[[OmnicidalManiac ''[[OmnicidalManiac "Destroy."]]]]''
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*** It gets even more unsettling when [[spoiler:Elder Elder Princess Shroob]] Shroob starts ''[[MadnessMantra chanting it]]'' right before their battle starts.
** [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Thankfully]] ([[SealedEvilInACan or not, YMMV]]), [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Thankfully]], Bowser's got them on ice.]]



* Toad Town, contrary to the usual cheerful locale filled with the titular species of fungus-heads, is this time [[spoiler: completely empty sans the two elderly shopkeepers, and there are Shroids, Love Bubbles, and Skellokeys everywhere, and ''the babies have to travel through it on their own.'']]

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* Toad Town, contrary to the usual cheerful locale filled with the titular species of fungus-heads, is this time [[spoiler: completely empty sans the two elderly shopkeepers, and there are Shroids, Love Bubbles, and Skellokeys everywhere, and ''the babies have to travel through it on their own.'']]''



* The [[spoiler:Elder Princess Shroob. She]] is a giant mutant with numerous tentacles for legs and for arms, and a hideous face. To make it worse, they even attack by ''shooting down their own men.''

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* The [[spoiler:Elder Elder Princess Shroob. She]] She is a giant mutant with numerous tentacles for legs and for arms, and a hideous face. To make it worse, they she even attack attacks by ''shooting down their her own men.''



* [[spoiler:Peach and Kylie]] getting eaten by Petey Piranha. It's almost as frightening as Jabba's method of execution in Star Wars.

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* [[spoiler:Peach Peach and Kylie]] Kylie getting eaten by Petey Piranha. It's almost as frightening as Jabba's method of execution in Star Wars.

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* The Shroobs' destruction of Toad Town, Peach's Castle, and Hollijolli Village, none of which even stood a chance of defending themselves. The former in particular [[spoiler:is completely empty (besides the two elderly shopkeepers), there are Shroids, Love Bubbles, and Skellokeys everywhere, and ''the babies have to travel through it on their own.'']]
* The Toads in Toadwood Forest have their life (known as vim) sucked out of them, which is later used to power up the Shroob saucers. The vim sucked from the Toads has the appearance of green liquid with images of sad Toad spirits inside it. Although this is likely not the case, given the ending, the spirit images have led some to believe that they are the souls of the Toads, sucked out by the Shroobs.
** The vim could also be the Toads's blood, as it's implied it ''flows'' through the Toads's bodies, making it even creepier. Heck, even that creepy goblet Princess Shroob holds could have vim in it.

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* The Shroobs' destruction second, oft-overlooked installment of Toad Town, the ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]]'' series may retain the trademark [[CrowningMomentOfFunny wit and comedic antics]] fans have come to expect from Mario [=RPGs=], but one thing the game is ''also'' well remembered for is for its [[DarkerAndEdgier surprisingly gloomy tone]], in sharp contrast to what is expected from Nintendo's most iconic world, most often cited as the single darkest game starring the portly plumber to date second only to the [[VideoGame/SuperPaperMario third Paper Mario game]]. Those looking for a bright and sunny Mario game may wish to look elsewhere.

* [[KnightOfCerebus The Shroobs]], period. Simply put, their presence and its impact on the story ''alone'' is the reason Partners in Time is so often regarded as one of the darkest games in the franchise. Most antagonists in the franchise are fairly comedic, with the likes of [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Faw]][[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory ful]] and Bowser himself, and even if they're not, their underlings will generally be silly, such as [[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor Grodus with the X-Nauts]]. The Shroobs, on the other hand, are simply introduced as a creepy race of extraterrestrials on a faraway planet who spend their time idly searching for a new planet, which they find in the form of the Mushroom Kingdom's planet. They waste ''no'' time in invading, and within what's most likely the span of a day in-game, they've managed to both wreck
Peach's Castle, Castle and Hollijolli Village, none transform it into their own base using their armada of which even stood a chance [=UFOs=]. On top of defending themselves. The former that, they speak entirely in particular [[spoiler:is a foreign language, meaning they lack any goofy dialogue to laugh at either, and whilst they're not completely empty (besides foreign to being involved with little gags during certain scenes and in-battle, it does little to lighten the two elderly shopkeepers), there are Shroids, Love Bubbles, and Skellokeys everywhere, and ''the babies have to travel through it on presence of their own.'']]
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their life (known as vim) sucked out of them, which is later used to power up untranslatable, foreign dialogue spouted throughout the entire game, one recurring, two-character phrase written in Shroob saucers. The vim sucked from the Toads has the appearance of green liquid with images of sad Toad spirits inside it. Although this language is likely not the case, given the ending, the spirit images have led some to believe that they are the souls dropped constantly by members of the Toads, sucked out by species throughout the Shroobs.
** The vim could also be the Toads's blood, as it's implied it ''flows'' through the Toads's bodies, making it even creepier. Heck, even that creepy goblet
adventure. Before engaging Princess Shroob holds could have vim in it.combat, her text is translated, and she ends her monologue by saying the phrase once again, finally showing us what they've been repeating so often since the beginning of the game - ''[[spoiler:[[OmnicidalManiac "Destroy."]]]]''
*** It gets even more unsettling when [[spoiler:Elder Princess Shroob]] starts ''[[MadnessMantra chanting it]]'' right before their battle starts.



* The player's first real encounter with the Shroobs? We're treated to a Toad falling from the sky, mumbling something about a village, and proceeding to be abducted by one of their saucers as soon as the bros leave him, and soon afterwards, the village mentioned is found - [[TwistedChristmas Hollijolli Village, a Christmas-themed town that's been wrecked by the Shroobs]], with destroyed houses, a complete lack of villagers outside of the mayor, who is abducted as soon as he comes out of hiding, no less, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRKvvVJ-gGE with a depressing, lonely rendition of Jingle Bells for the background music to boot]].
* The next area visited by the Shroobs, Toadwood Forest, manages to be even ''worse'' than Hollijolli Village. We learn that they abduct Toads and strap them to trees in order to suck their vim (life force) and send it to their factory to be converted to fuel for their saucers. Throughout the area, Toads can be found strapped to trees, often drained of color, as if they've become part of the trees themselves upon having their life force drained, and most of which can be spoken to, almost entirely weakly pleading for help or barely managing to describe how they feel.
** In the factory itself, the vim sucked from the Toads has the appearance of green liquid with images of sad Toad spirits inside it. Although this is likely not the case, given the ending, the spirit images have led some to believe that they are the souls of the Toads, sucked out by the Shroobs.
** The vim could also be the Toads's blood, as it's implied it ''flows'' through the Toads's bodies, making it even creepier. Heck, even that creepy goblet Princess Shroob holds could have vim in it.
* Toad Town, contrary to the usual cheerful locale filled with the titular species of fungus-heads, is this time [[spoiler: completely empty sans the two elderly shopkeepers, and there are Shroids, Love Bubbles, and Skellokeys everywhere, and ''the babies have to travel through it on their own.'']]



** Speaking of Shroob Castle, the time hole leading to it opens ''long'' before the area is explorable - There's something incredibly frightening about the ominous portal crackling with electricity on the top floor leading to the locked entrance of the [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon obviously late-game dungeon]], where little can be seen except of the corruption performed by the Shroobs even on what little can be seen of the area. Oh yeah, [[NothingIsScarier there's no music in the exterior area, either]].



* A word written in Shroob language is repeated frequently by them throughout the game. We finally find out what it is during the fight with Princess Shroob: [[spoiler:[[OmnicidalManiac "Destroy."]]]]
** It gets even more unsettling when [[spoiler:Elder Princess Shroob]] starts ''[[MadnessMantra chanting it]]'' right before their battle starts.


* The Toads in Toadwood Forest have the life (known as vim) sucked out of them, which is later used to power up the Shroob saucers. The vim sucked from the Toads has the appearance of green liquid with images of sad Toad spirits inside it. Although this is likely not the case, given the ending, the spirit images have led some to believe that they are the souls of the Toads, sucked out by the Shroobs.

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* The Toads in Toadwood Forest have the their life (known as vim) sucked out of them, which is later used to power up the Shroob saucers. The vim sucked from the Toads has the appearance of green liquid with images of sad Toad spirits inside it. Although this is likely not the case, given the ending, the spirit images have led some to believe that they are the souls of the Toads, sucked out by the Shroobs.


* [[spoiler: TOAD TOWN. It's empty besides the two elderly shopkeepers, there are Shroids, Love Bubbles, and Skellokeys everywhere, '''''and the babies have to travel through it on their own.''''']]
* Toadwood Forest. The Shroobs have strapped innocent Toads to trees that suck out their life force to use as fuel for their ships.
* The Shroobs. They are basically evil mushrooms that invade the Mushroom Kingdom because their home planet is a barren wasteland. They reduce the Mushroom Kingdom to rubble, and take it over. Then, they begin taking the population and ''turning them into FUEL FOR THEIR UFOS!?'' '''WHAT THE HELL NINTENDO!?!'''
** [[spoiler:And Bowser's got them [[SealedEvilInACan on ice]].]]

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* [[spoiler: TOAD TOWN. It's The Shroobs' destruction of Toad Town, Peach's Castle, and Hollijolli Village, none of which even stood a chance of defending themselves. The former in particular [[spoiler:is completely empty besides (besides the two elderly shopkeepers, shopkeepers), there are Shroids, Love Bubbles, and Skellokeys everywhere, '''''and the and ''the babies have to travel through it on their own.''''']]
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* The Toads in Toadwood Forest. The Shroobs Forest have strapped innocent the life (known as vim) sucked out of them, which is later used to power up the Shroob saucers. The vim sucked from the Toads has the appearance of green liquid with images of sad Toad spirits inside it. Although this is likely not the case, given the ending, the spirit images have led some to trees believe that suck they are the souls of the Toads, sucked out their life force to use as fuel for their ships.
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The Shroobs. They are basically evil mushrooms vim could also be the Toads's blood, as it's implied it ''flows'' through the Toads's bodies, making it even creepier. Heck, even that invade the Mushroom Kingdom because their home planet is a barren wasteland. They reduce the Mushroom Kingdom to rubble, and take it over. Then, they begin taking the population and ''turning them into FUEL FOR THEIR UFOS!?'' '''WHAT THE HELL NINTENDO!?!'''
creepy goblet Princess Shroob holds could have vim in it.
** [[spoiler:And [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Thankfully]] ([[SealedEvilInACan or not, YMMV]]), Bowser's got them [[SealedEvilInACan on ice]].ice.]]



* The Elder Princess Shroob: she is a giant mutant with numerous tentacles for legs and for arms, and a hideous face. To make it worse, she attacks by even shooting down her own men... Also, her battle music is a strike in "SoundtrackDissonance".
* Toadwood Forest and the Vim Factory. The Shroobs are using the Toads' ''LIFEFORCE'' to power their spaceships. Also, after defeating the Swiggler, you can still find Toads strapped to the trees!
* When Peach first goes on her trip, she is accompanied by two Toad attendants, Toadiko and Toadbert. By the time you encounter Toadiko, she is already near-lifeless because the Shroobs were sucking her vim away. Then, she is found out and turned into a Shroob mushroom, presumably dying (If she doesn't, [[AndIMustScream it's even worse]]). Toadbert traumatically loses his memory for most of the game, and is promptly turned into a Shroob mushroom as soon as he recovers it. In both cases, this is softened by the fact that they, like all of the Shroobs' victims, recover (Toadbert's even returns as comic relief in the third game), but still, this is some hardcore stuff, especially considering we don't even know how long they've been like this.
* Inside Yoob, you can see him wince in pain when the Babies use the hammer or the Baby Drill. The latter is especially wince-worthy if you consider that Yoob just had something ''drilling into his flesh and is moving underneath it''.
* Also inside Yoob, Yoshis are being forced into some kind of organic machine that puts them inside eggs, to be transformed into additional yoobs!
* A word written in Shroob language is repeated frequently by them throughout the game. We finally find out what it is during the fight with Princess Shroob: [[spoiler: [[OmnicidalManiac "Destroy."]]]]
* Peach [[spoiler: and Kylie]] getting eaten by Petey. It's almost as frightening as Jabba's method of execution in Star Wars.

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* The Elder [[spoiler:Elder Princess Shroob: she Shroob. She]] is a giant mutant with numerous tentacles for legs and for arms, and a hideous face. To make it worse, she attacks by they even shooting attack by ''shooting down her their own men... Also, her men.''
** Their
battle music is a strike in "SoundtrackDissonance".
* Toadwood Forest and the Vim Factory. The Shroobs are using the Toads' ''LIFEFORCE'' to power their spaceships. Also, after defeating the Swiggler, you can
an example of SoundtrackDissonance as well. Not as heavy as what's above, but still find Toads strapped to the trees!
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* When Peach first goes on her trip, she is accompanied by two Toad attendants, Toadiko and Toadbert. By the time you encounter Toadiko, she is [[AlmostDeadGuy already near-lifeless because the Shroobs were sucking near-lifeless]], as she's already been captured and that most of her vim Vim has been sucked away. Then, she is found out and turned into a Shroob mushroom, [[TearJerker presumably dying dying.]] (If she doesn't, didn't, [[AndIMustScream it's even worse]]). worse]].) Toadbert traumatically loses his memory for most of the game, and as soon as he recovers it, he is promptly turned into a Shroob mushroom as soon as he recovers it. well. In both cases, this is softened by the fact that they, like all of the Shroobs' victims, recover (Toadbert's [[DisneyDeath recover]] (Toadbert even returns as comic relief in the third game), but still, this is some hardcore stuff, especially considering we don't even know how long they've been like this.
* The Yoob, who eats every Yoshi it encounters in sight (and later the Mario Bros and Baby Bowser), which are later encased in eggs which would most likely make more Yoobs to help conquer the Mushroom Kingdom.
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Inside Yoob, you can see him wince in pain when the Babies use the hammer or the Baby Drill. The latter is especially wince-worthy if you consider that Yoob just had something ''drilling into his flesh and is moving underneath it''.
* Also inside Yoob, Yoshis are being forced into some kind of organic machine that puts them inside eggs, to be transformed into additional yoobs!
it''. Though, thankfully, once he falls asleep, he no longer feels it.
* A word written in Shroob language is repeated frequently by them throughout the game. We finally find out what it is during the fight with Princess Shroob: [[spoiler: [[OmnicidalManiac [[spoiler:[[OmnicidalManiac "Destroy."]]]]
** It gets even more unsettling when [[spoiler:Elder Princess Shroob]] starts ''[[MadnessMantra chanting it]]'' right before their battle starts.
* Peach [[spoiler: [[spoiler:Peach and Kylie]] getting eaten by Petey.Petey Piranha. It's almost as frightening as Jabba's method of execution in Star Wars.


* Peach getting eaten by Petey. It's almost as frightening as Jabba's method of execution in Star Wars.

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* Peach [[spoiler: and Kylie]] getting eaten by Petey. It's almost as frightening as Jabba's method of execution in Star Wars.

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