Follow TV Tropes

Following

History VideoGame / Mother

Go To


Added DiffLines:

* OnlyOneName: Every playable party member except for Jeff doesn't have a last name, since he's the son of Dr. Andonuts, it's pretty easy to assume that is his last name.


''MOTHER'' is an EasternRPG trilogy by Creator/{{Nintendo}}, the brainchild of Japanese writer and media personality Creator/ShigesatoItoi as a personal experiment in the ability of the video game medium to tell a story. Yep, it's an auteur-directed game series, and one of the first of its kind, too. It was named for the Music/JohnLennon song "Mother", of whom Itoi is a large fan, and is subject to quite a lot of {{Title Drop}}s.

to:

''MOTHER'' is an EasternRPG trilogy by Creator/{{Nintendo}}, the brainchild of Japanese writer and media personality Creator/ShigesatoItoi as a personal experiment in the ability of the video game medium to tell a story. Yep, it's an auteur-directed [[AuteurLicense auteur]] game series, and one of the first of its kind, too. It was named for the Music/JohnLennon song "Mother", of whom Itoi is a large fan, and is subject to quite a lot of {{Title Drop}}s.


The series has become a major source of inspiration for indie-produced [=RPGs=] with a similar offbeat-yet-creepy atmosphere. Notable examples include ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', ''VideoGame/YumeNikki''[[note]]an adventure/exploration game[[/note]], ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' and ''VideoGame/SpaceFuneral''. ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'' is another game influenced by ''MOTHER'' that focuses more on the parodical modern setting.

to:

The series has become a major source of inspiration for indie-produced [=RPGs=] with a similar offbeat-yet-creepy atmosphere. Notable examples include ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', ''VideoGame/YumeNikki''[[note]]an ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'',[[note]]an adventure/exploration game[[/note]], game[[/note]] ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' and ''VideoGame/SpaceFuneral''. ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'' is another game influenced by ''MOTHER'' that focuses more on the parodical modern setting.


-->--{{Tag line}} of the first game in the trilogy

to:

-->--{{Tag line}} -->--{{Tagline}} of the first game in the trilogy


** With the final boss of Mother 3 however, this is actually subverted: [[spoiler: when you get his HP down to 0, Porky gets into the absolutely safe capsule and makes it seem like he's about to destroy you in battle. But then you realize that while he's in the capsule, he can't actually attack you and is trapped in there for eternity, so the party decides that nothing more can be done and stop fighting, leaving him there.]]

to:

** With the final boss of Mother 3 however, this is actually subverted: [[spoiler: when you get his HP down to 0, Porky gets into the absolutely safe capsule Absolutely Safe Capsule and makes it seem like he's about to destroy you in battle. But then you realize that while he's in the capsule, he can't actually attack you and is trapped in there for eternity, so the party decides that nothing more can be done and stop fighting, leaving him there.]]


** Usually there's always at least one of these in each game. In the first game there's the fight against [[spoiler: Giant Robot R7038, who easily decimates the party and gravely injures Teddy. The party is saved by [[BigDamnHeroes Lloyd who finally returns with a Giant Tank that wipes out the robot.]]]] In the second game there's the Wobbly Robot, that when Jeff and Ness do a significant amount of damage to him, he just eats a Peanut Butter sandwich and heals himself back to full, and the fight only ends when [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes the Runaway Five join the fray and flip the off Switch to shut down the robot.]]]] And there's a couple in the last game, there's Master Eddy and [[spoiler: the Porky Bots.]] No matter what you do, Master Eddy always washes your party away onto the beach of Tanetane Island at the end of the fight and causes them to lose all of their items and be reduced to 1 HP and 0 PP; this forces them to eat the Hallucenogetic Mushrooms in order to recover their strength (and if you try to move forward without doing this, you face another Hopeless fight in Zombieshroom who is blocking your path, as he wipes the floor with your party in their current state). With the second case, it's a very similar scenario to the Wobbly Robot fight in ''[=EarthBound=]''; [[spoiler: The Porky Bots don't heal themselves, but they keep constantly spawning new ones and summoning more enemies the more you defeat, the fight only ends when the DCMC show up and destroy the last of the Bots.]]

to:

** Usually there's always at least one of these in each game. In the first game there's the fight against [[spoiler: Giant Robot R7038, who easily decimates the party and gravely injures Teddy. The party is saved by [[BigDamnHeroes Lloyd who finally returns with a Giant Tank that wipes out the robot.]]]] In the second game there's the Wobbly Clumsy Robot, that when Jeff and Ness do a significant amount of damage to him, he just eats a Peanut Butter sandwich and heals himself back to full, and the fight only ends when [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes the Runaway Five join the fray and flip the off Switch to shut down the robot.]]]] And there's a couple in the last game, there's Master Eddy and [[spoiler: the Porky Bots.]] No matter what you do, Master Eddy always washes your party away onto the beach of Tanetane Island at the end of the fight and causes them to lose all of their items and be reduced to 1 HP and 0 PP; this forces them to eat the Hallucenogetic Mushrooms in order to recover their strength (and if you try to move forward without doing this, you face another Hopeless fight in Zombieshroom who is blocking your path, as he wipes the floor with your party in their current state). With the second case, it's a very similar scenario to the Wobbly Clumsy Robot fight in ''[=EarthBound=]''; [[spoiler: The Porky Bots don't heal themselves, but they keep constantly spawning new ones and summoning more enemies the more you defeat, the fight only ends when the DCMC show up and destroy the last of the Bots.]]


%% Zero Context example


* PlayingWithFire: The PK Fire series of PSI.

to:

* PlayingWithFire: The PK Fire series of PSI.PSI involves using psychically-conjured fire to attack enemies.



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The main playable party always consists of three male characters and one female character, who is the GlassCannon and SquishyWizard of the group. [[DownplayedTrope That being said]], this trope only ever applies to the main party, and supporting characters of both genders are prevalent throughout each game. In fact, one of the reasons the games are called ''Mother'' in the first place is because they were explicitly designed to feel less exclusively-masculine than other JRPG's at the time, and the importance of characters who are mothers or mother figures is constantly emphasized.

to:

* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The main playable party always consists of three male characters and one female character, who is the GlassCannon and SquishyWizard of the group. [[DownplayedTrope That being said]], this trope only ever applies to the main party, and supporting characters of both genders are prevalent throughout each game. In fact, one of the reasons the games are called ''Mother'' in the first place is because they were explicitly designed to feel less exclusively-masculine than other JRPG's at the time, and the importance of characters who are mothers or mother figures is constantly emphasized.



* SurrealHumor: A staple of the Mother games, especially with enemy designs. ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' are probably the best examples of this.

to:

* SurrealHumor: A Humor involving odd, wacky and outlandish characters, quirky dialogue, and cartoony antics is a staple of the Mother ''MOTHER'' games, especially with enemy designs. ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' are probably the best examples of this.


* '''''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'''''[[note]]JP: '''''MOTHER'''''; nicknamed ''Earthbound Zero'' until it got an official English title[[/note]] (1989, [[UsefulNotes/{{Famicom}} Family Computer]]; 2015, Wii U): The series' debut, telling the story of Ninten as he works to uncover his family's connections to an impending alien invasion. [[NoExportForYou There was never a physical release outside Japan]]; it did get localized by Nintendo of America under the name ''Earth Bound'' and was slated for a 1991 US release, but these plans were shelved after being deemed commercially nonviable. A test cartridge of this localization was eventually discovered by fans and dumped online in 1998. This version was finally officially released outside of Japan as a Wii U Virtual Console title nearly ''26 years'' after its release in Japan.

to:

* '''''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'''''[[note]]JP: '''''MOTHER'''''; nicknamed ''Earthbound ''[=EarthBound=] Zero'' until it got an official English title[[/note]] (1989, [[UsefulNotes/{{Famicom}} Family Computer]]; 2015, Wii U): The series' debut, telling the story of Ninten as he works to uncover his family's connections to an impending alien invasion. [[NoExportForYou There was never a physical release outside Japan]]; it did get localized by Nintendo of America under the name ''Earth Bound'' and was slated for a 1991 US release, but these plans were shelved after being deemed commercially nonviable. A test cartridge of this localization was eventually discovered by fans and dumped online in 1998. This version was finally officially released outside of Japan as a Wii U Virtual Console title nearly ''26 years'' after its release in Japan.



** Usually there's always at least one of these in each game. In the first game there's the fight against [[spoiler: Giant Robot R7038, who easily decimates the party and gravely injures Teddy. The party is saved by [[BigDamnHeroes Lloyd who finally returns with a Giant Tank that wipes out the robot.]]]] In the second game there's the Wobbly Robot, that when Jeff and Ness do a significant amount of damage to him, he just eats a Peanut Butter sandwich and heals himself back to full, and the fight only ends when [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes the Runaway Five join the fray and flip the off Switch to shut down the robot.]]]] And there's a couple in the last game, there's Master Eddy and [[spoiler: the Porky Bots.]] No matter what you do, Master Eddy always washes your party away onto the beach of Tanetane Island at the end of the fight and causes them to lose all of their items and be reduced to 1 HP and 0 PP; this forces them to eat the Hallucenogetic Mushrooms in order to recover their strength (and if you try to move forward without doing this, you face another Hopeless fight in Zombieshroom who is blocking your path, as he wipes the floor with your party in their current state). With the second case, it's a very similar scenario to the Wobbly Robot fight in Earthbound; [[spoiler: The Porky Bots don't heal themselves, but they keep constantly spawning new ones and summoning more enemies the more you defeat, the fight only ends when the DCMC show up and destroy the last of the Bots.]]

to:

** Usually there's always at least one of these in each game. In the first game there's the fight against [[spoiler: Giant Robot R7038, who easily decimates the party and gravely injures Teddy. The party is saved by [[BigDamnHeroes Lloyd who finally returns with a Giant Tank that wipes out the robot.]]]] In the second game there's the Wobbly Robot, that when Jeff and Ness do a significant amount of damage to him, he just eats a Peanut Butter sandwich and heals himself back to full, and the fight only ends when [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes the Runaway Five join the fray and flip the off Switch to shut down the robot.]]]] And there's a couple in the last game, there's Master Eddy and [[spoiler: the Porky Bots.]] No matter what you do, Master Eddy always washes your party away onto the beach of Tanetane Island at the end of the fight and causes them to lose all of their items and be reduced to 1 HP and 0 PP; this forces them to eat the Hallucenogetic Mushrooms in order to recover their strength (and if you try to move forward without doing this, you face another Hopeless fight in Zombieshroom who is blocking your path, as he wipes the floor with your party in their current state). With the second case, it's a very similar scenario to the Wobbly Robot fight in Earthbound; ''[=EarthBound=]''; [[spoiler: The Porky Bots don't heal themselves, but they keep constantly spawning new ones and summoning more enemies the more you defeat, the fight only ends when the DCMC show up and destroy the last of the Bots.]]



** Every game at least has one of these, usually them being the Final Boss. In ''Earthbound Beginnings'' [[spoiler: Giegue, who you need to sing to 8 times in a row in order to defeat him.]] In ''Earthbound'' we have the final battle against Giygas, who you have to [[spoiler: continuously pray against in order to call aid from your friends and the player to defeat him.]] And in ''MOTHER 3'' we have [[spoiler: The Masked Man, Claus, who you have to constantly keep yourself alive against while [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight Hinawa's ghost fights to get him to remember himself and stop fighting.]]]]

to:

** Every game at least has one of these, usually them being the Final Boss. In ''Earthbound ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' [[spoiler: Giegue, who you need to sing to 8 times in a row in order to defeat him.]] In ''Earthbound'' ''[=EarthBound=]'' we have the final battle against Giygas, who you have to [[spoiler: continuously pray against in order to call aid from your friends and the player to defeat him.]] And in ''MOTHER 3'' we have [[spoiler: The Masked Man, Claus, who you have to constantly keep yourself alive against while [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight Hinawa's ghost fights to get him to remember himself and stop fighting.]]]]



* SuperDeformed: The series renders its human characters with very exaggerated proportions in both sprites and clay models - overly large heads and small limbs, making them look cute. The American versions of the clay models of Ness and Paula of ''[=EarthBound=]'' were noticeably stretched, giving them longer limbs and likely trying to make them look older, though neither other party members Jeff and Poo received the same treatment.



** In ''VideoGame/EarthboundBeginnings'', Giegue has an infinite amount of health, so just attacking him solves nothing. The player instead has to sing Maria's song to him in order to win.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'', Giygas has gone full EldritchAbomination, and just doing damage to him won't kill him; the player instead has to use Paula's Prayer command, and this results in the use of ThePowerOfLove to defeat him.

to:

** In ''VideoGame/EarthboundBeginnings'', ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', Giegue has an infinite amount of health, so just attacking him solves nothing. The player instead has to sing Maria's song to him in order to win.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'', ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', Giygas has gone full EldritchAbomination, and just doing damage to him won't kill him; the player instead has to use Paula's Prayer command, and this results in the use of ThePowerOfLove to defeat him.


* BlushSticker: Small, ovular 'blush' cutouts on the cheeks of some of the young, cute characters' sprites and clay models appear often, something else that gives the art style it's round cuteness.

to:

* BlushSticker: Small, ovular 'blush' cutouts on the cheeks of some of the young, cute characters' sprites and clay models appear often, something else that gives the art style it's its round cuteness.



** In ''EarthBound,'' Ness' party travels to Giygas's lair, a cavern at the center of the Earth teeming with plant life, but it's otherwise empty. They deduce that Giygas is attacking from the past, and use Dr. Andonuts' [[TimeTravel phase distorter]] to send them there.

to:

** In ''EarthBound,'' ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', Ness' party travels to Giygas's lair, a cavern at the center of the Earth teeming with plant life, but it's otherwise empty. They deduce that Giygas is attacking from the past, and use Dr. Andonuts' [[TimeTravel phase distorter]] to send them there.



* ScriptedBattle: Every game at least has one of these, usually them being the Final Boss. In ''Earthbound Beginnings'' [[spoiler: Giegue, who you need to sing to 8 times in a row in order to defeat him.]] In ''Earthbound'' we have the final battle against Giygas, who you have to [[spoiler: continuously pray against in order to call aid from your friends and the player to defeat him.]] And in ''MOTHER 3'' we have [[spoiler: The Masked Man, Claus, who you have to constantly keep yourself alive against while [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight Hinawa's ghost fights to get him to remember himself and stop fighting.]]]]
** Another example is also in EarthBound, where you play as Poo for a segment. He goes to meditate before heading to meet the rest of the party, and this meditation sequence takes place in a "battle" where the enemy systematically takes Poo's limbs and senses. You emerge completely fine, with a rather nice level up, despite being reduced to 0 HP during the sequence.

to:

* ScriptedBattle: ScriptedBattle:
**
Every game at least has one of these, usually them being the Final Boss. In ''Earthbound Beginnings'' [[spoiler: Giegue, who you need to sing to 8 times in a row in order to defeat him.]] In ''Earthbound'' we have the final battle against Giygas, who you have to [[spoiler: continuously pray against in order to call aid from your friends and the player to defeat him.]] And in ''MOTHER 3'' we have [[spoiler: The Masked Man, Claus, who you have to constantly keep yourself alive against while [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight Hinawa's ghost fights to get him to remember himself and stop fighting.]]]]
** Another example is also in EarthBound, ''[=EarthBound=]'', where you play as Poo for a segment. He goes to meditate before heading to meet the rest of the party, and this meditation sequence takes place in a "battle" where the enemy systematically takes Poo's limbs and senses. You emerge completely fine, with a rather nice level up, despite being reduced to 0 HP during the sequence.



* TankGoodness: A rental. In ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'', Lloyd shows up in another tank to defeat the second giant robot.

to:

* TankGoodness: TankGoodness:
**
A rental. In ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'', Lloyd shows up in another tank to defeat the second giant robot.



* ThemeNaming: Most towns in ''MOTHER'' are named after a holiday. {{Woolseyism}} changed these names in ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' because the translator thought they were silly.

to:

* ThemeNaming: ThemeNaming:
**
Most towns in ''MOTHER'' are named after a an American holiday. {{Woolseyism}} changed these names in ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' because the translator thought they were silly.



* TragicVillain: Giygas. [[spoiler: He felt betrayed by his adopted parents when his adopted father stole secrets [[note]]Implied to be the ability to use PSI[[/note]] from his people that could be used against them, and pushed away his adopted mother who still loved him as a result. He eventually attempted a full scale invasion of Earth in retaliation, only to be stop by his technically great-nephew who reminded him about his feelings of his adopted mother. He swore he'd come back for revenge later, and attempted to throw off any feelings he still had for his adopted parents, and it [[SanitySlippage all went]] [[AlmightyIdiot down hill]] [[EldritchAbomination from there]].]]

to:

* TragicVillain: TragicVillain:
**
Giygas. [[spoiler: He felt betrayed by his adopted parents when his adopted father stole secrets [[note]]Implied to be the ability to use PSI[[/note]] from his people that could be used against them, and pushed away his adopted mother who still loved him as a result. He eventually attempted a full scale invasion of Earth in retaliation, only to be stop by his technically great-nephew who reminded him about his feelings of his adopted mother. He swore he'd come back for revenge later, and attempted to throw off any feelings he still had for his adopted parents, and it [[SanitySlippage all went]] [[AlmightyIdiot down hill]] [[EldritchAbomination from there]].]]



* TwoPartTrilogy: An odd case of this trope in that it applies in two different ways. ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'' are unrelated in about every aspect [[note]]Well, except for the similarities in how both games and atmospheres are noticably DarkerAndEdgier than ''EarthBound'', and as how [[spoiler: Lucas and Giegue both love and mourn the loss of their Mothers and try to deal with those feelings, aswell as ThePowerOfLove defeating the Final Bosses of both games by reminding them of their Love for their Mothers]][[/note]], but ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' serves as the second and first parts of each TwoPartTrilogy, respectively. Of note, ''EarthBoundBeginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'' are connected by [[spoiler:Giegue / Giygas, the former showing his StartOfDarkness and the latter being the game where he's finished off for good.]] ''[=EarthBound=]'' and ''MOTHER 3'' are connected by [[spoiler: Pokey / Porky, the former [[NotSoDifferent showing his]] StartOfDarkness and the latter being the game where he's finished off for good. However, it has nothing to do with Giegue / Giygas, nor are the events dealing him even mentioned in ''3'', making both ''1'' and ''2'' a TwoPartTrilogy with ''[=EarthBound=]''.]]

to:

* TwoPartTrilogy: An odd case of this trope in that it applies in two different ways. ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' and ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'' are unrelated in about every aspect [[note]]Well, except for the similarities in how both games and atmospheres are noticably DarkerAndEdgier than ''EarthBound'', ''[=EarthBound=]'', and as how [[spoiler: Lucas and Giegue both love and mourn the loss of their Mothers and try to deal with those feelings, aswell as well as ThePowerOfLove defeating the Final Bosses of both games by reminding them of their Love for their Mothers]][[/note]], but ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' serves as the second and first parts of each TwoPartTrilogy, respectively. Of note, ''EarthBoundBeginnings'' ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'' are connected by [[spoiler:Giegue / Giygas, the former showing his StartOfDarkness and the latter being the game where he's finished off for good.]] ''[=EarthBound=]'' and ''MOTHER 3'' are connected by [[spoiler: Pokey / Porky, the former [[NotSoDifferent showing his]] StartOfDarkness and the latter being the game where he's finished off for good. However, it has nothing to do with Giegue / Giygas, nor are the events dealing him even mentioned in ''3'', making both ''1'' and ''2'' a TwoPartTrilogy with ''[=EarthBound=]''.]]



* ViolenceIsNotAnOption: Every final boss fight plays out like this in the end; the player can't win no matter how much they try to hurt the boss, so an alternative method has to be used.

to:

* ViolenceIsNotAnOption: ViolenceIsNotAnOption:
**
Every final boss fight plays out like this in the end; the player can't win no matter how much they try to hurt the boss, so an alternative method has to be used.used:


* ActionBomb: The [[WhenTreesAttack Territorial Oak]] burst into flames!

to:

* ActionBomb: The [[WhenTreesAttack Territorial Oak]] ActionBomb:
** ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' and ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' feature treelike enemies that explode or
burst into flames!flames when defeated, damaging the entire party; in the first game, there's no HP odometer to stave off a potentially fatal blow.



* AlienInvasion: The Universal Cosmic Destroyer, Giygas.
* TheAllAmericanBoy: Ninten and (in spirit) Ness.

to:

* AlienInvasion: In ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' and ''VideoGame/EarthBound,'' the main conflict involves an alien invasion headed by the SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Giegue, or as he's called in the sequel, The Universal Cosmic Destroyer, Giygas.
* TheAllAmericanBoy: Both protagonists of the first two games, Ninten and (in spirit) Ness.Ness, are good-spirited and courageous boys from small American (or American-like in the latter's case) towns with a fondness of baseball and their mother's home cooking.



* AnIcePerson: The PK Freeze series of PSI.

to:

* AnIcePerson: The PK Freeze series of PSI.PSI involves psychically conjuring ice to attack enemies.



* BlackMagic: The PK Fire, Thunder and Freeze series are the equivalents to this.
* BookEnds: Quite brilliant, in fact. The major one you find is ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'''s title logo, which starts off with a half-wooden and half-chrome design. When the game finally ends, the logo is back to all wooden, with a Earth instead of the chrome O, greatly resembling the logo of the ''[[VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings first game]]''.

to:

* BlackMagic: The PK Fire, Thunder BlushSticker: Small, ovular 'blush' cutouts on the cheeks of some of the young, cute characters' sprites and Freeze series are clay models appear often, something else that gives the equivalents to this.
art style it's round cuteness.
* BookEnds: BookEnds:
**
Quite brilliant, in fact. The major one you find is ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'''s title logo, which starts off with a half-wooden and half-chrome design. When the game finally ends, the logo is back to all wooden, with a Earth instead of the chrome O, greatly resembling the logo of the ''[[VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings first game]]''.



* CombatMedic: Without exception, the main protagonist is always this.

to:

* CombatMedic: Without exception, the The main protagonist is always this.of each of the games has a PSI powerset consisting almost solely of healing and status buffing, while also being one of the toughest physical combatants in their respective parties.



* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: In Earthbound and Mother 3, the protagonists usually fight against authority in some way. Ness ignores a DO NOT ENTER Sign at the start of the game and is then forced to fight against the Cops of his hometown in order to be allowed to move on to the next town. Lucas and his friends fight against the dictatorship of Pigmask Army that are industrializing and corrupting the Nowhere islands.

to:

* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: In Earthbound ''[=EarthBound=]'' and Mother 3, ''MOTHER 3'', the protagonists usually fight against authority in some way. Ness ignores a DO NOT ENTER Sign at the start of the game and is then forced to fight against the Cops of his hometown in order to be allowed to move on to the next town. Lucas and his friends fight against the dictatorship of Pigmask Army that are industrializing and corrupting the Nowhere islands.



* {{Deconstruction}}: The first two games are Deconstructions of the usual Eastern RPG genre of Fantasy from around the times that the games were released in, the games of the genre usually set in Medieval-esque times with kingdoms and Monarchies and having the heroes using Magic and Swords to fight their foes, their enemies usually being monsters and demons. With ''MOTHER 1'' and ''MOTHER 2'', the games are set in the Modern Era, Rural America in the 1980s and Eagleland in the 1990s respectively (Eagleland being a parody of America). You explore the world and fight enemies ranging from Hippies, to Possessed Cars, Street Signs, and even runaway dogs. The Party usually buys their weapons from Convenience Stores, their weapons ranging from Bats, Frying Pans, and Yoyos, though there usually is at least one character than can wield a traditional sword. Instead of Magic, some of the party use PsychicPowers known as PSI, and generally have telepathy to understand animals. And instead of the main villains being some Fantasical Villain who is powered by Magic or being God itself, the villains are just Aliens who are invading Earth.

to:

* {{Deconstruction}}: {{Deconstruction}}:
**
The first two games are Deconstructions of the usual Eastern RPG genre of Fantasy from around the times that the games were released in, the games of the genre usually set in Medieval-esque times with kingdoms and Monarchies and having the heroes using Magic and Swords to fight their foes, their enemies usually being monsters and demons. With ''MOTHER 1'' and ''MOTHER 2'', the games are set in the Modern Era, Rural America in the 1980s and Eagleland in the 1990s respectively (Eagleland being a parody of America). You explore the world and fight enemies ranging from Hippies, to Possessed Cars, Street Signs, and even runaway dogs. The Party usually buys their weapons from Convenience Stores, their weapons ranging from Bats, Frying Pans, and Yoyos, though there usually is at least one character than can wield a traditional sword. Instead of Magic, some of the party use PsychicPowers known as PSI, and generally have telepathy to understand animals. And instead of the main villains being some Fantasical Villain who is powered by Magic or being God itself, the villains are just Aliens who are invading Earth.



* {{Eagleland}}: America in ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', and [[TropeNamer Eagleland]] in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}''.

to:

* {{Eagleland}}: America in Both ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', and [[TropeNamer Eagleland]] ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' take place in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}''.fantasy pastiches of various American settings, though only ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' literally refers to it as 'America.' ''[=EarthBound=]'''s Eagleland is even the TropeNamer.



* EarlyGameHell: Plagues all three games where you spend a good portion with no allies, so if you die that's it.

to:

* EarlyGameHell: Plagues all three games where you spend a good portion with no allies, allies and limited PSI points and powers, so it's easier to run out of healing, and if you die that's it.



* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Your first two enemies in ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' are a desk lamp and a doll. [[UpToEleven It just gets more off-the-wall from there]].
* {{Expy}}: The Starman race (or at least the visored, silvery suits they wear) is blatantly modeled after [[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951 Gort]]. They even fire "beams" as their primary attack.

to:

* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Your first two enemies in ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' are a desk lamp and a doll. [[UpToEleven It just gets more off-the-wall from there]].
there]]. Enemies in all three games consist of everything from [[AnimateInanimateObject Animate Inanimate Objects]] to BrainwashedAndCrazy townsfolk to rampaging animals.
* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
**
The Starman race (or at least the visored, silvery suits they wear) is blatantly modeled after [[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951 Gort]]. They even fire "beams" as their primary attack.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', visit a certain denizen of Magicant and take his philosophy about happiness and unhappiness into account:

to:

* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
**
In ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', visit a certain denizen of Magicant and take his philosophy about happiness and unhappiness into account:



* HelloInsertNameHere: A prominent example, as this feature is used to name the game's most powerful attack ''and'' the food your mother gives you to eat every time you see her.

to:

* HelloInsertNameHere: HelloInsertNameHere:
**
A prominent example, as this feature is used to name the game's most powerful attack ''and'' the food your mother gives you to eat every time you see her.



* HopelessBossFight: Usually there's always at least one of these in each game. In the first game there's the fight against [[spoiler: Giant Robot R7038, who easily decimates the party and gravely injures Teddy. The party is saved by [[BigDamnHeroes Lloyd who finally returns with a Giant Tank that wipes out the robot.]]]] In the second game there's the Wobbly Robot, that when Jeff and Ness do a significant amount of damage to him, he just eats a Peanut Butter sandwich and heals himself back to full, and the fight only ends when [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes the Runaway Five join the fray and flip the off Switch to shut down the robot.]]]] And there's a couple in the last game, there's Master Eddy and [[spoiler: the Porky Bots.]] No matter what you do, Master Eddy always washes your party away onto the beach of Tanetane Island at the end of the fight and causes them to lose all of their items and be reduced to 1 HP and 0 PP; this forces them to eat the Hallucenogetic Mushrooms in order to recover their strength (and if you try to move forward without doing this, you face another Hopeless fight in Zombieshroom who is blocking your path, as he wipes the floor with your party in their current state). With the second case, it's a very similar scenario to the Wobbly Robot fight in Earthbound; [[spoiler: The Porky Bots don't heal themselves, but they keep constantly spawning new ones and summoning more enemies the more you defeat, the fight only ends when the DCMC show up and destroy the last of the Bots.]]

to:

* HopelessBossFight: HopelessBossFight:
**
Usually there's always at least one of these in each game. In the first game there's the fight against [[spoiler: Giant Robot R7038, who easily decimates the party and gravely injures Teddy. The party is saved by [[BigDamnHeroes Lloyd who finally returns with a Giant Tank that wipes out the robot.]]]] In the second game there's the Wobbly Robot, that when Jeff and Ness do a significant amount of damage to him, he just eats a Peanut Butter sandwich and heals himself back to full, and the fight only ends when [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes the Runaway Five join the fray and flip the off Switch to shut down the robot.]]]] And there's a couple in the last game, there's Master Eddy and [[spoiler: the Porky Bots.]] No matter what you do, Master Eddy always washes your party away onto the beach of Tanetane Island at the end of the fight and causes them to lose all of their items and be reduced to 1 HP and 0 PP; this forces them to eat the Hallucenogetic Mushrooms in order to recover their strength (and if you try to move forward without doing this, you face another Hopeless fight in Zombieshroom who is blocking your path, as he wipes the floor with your party in their current state). With the second case, it's a very similar scenario to the Wobbly Robot fight in Earthbound; [[spoiler: The Porky Bots don't heal themselves, but they keep constantly spawning new ones and summoning more enemies the more you defeat, the fight only ends when the DCMC show up and destroy the last of the Bots.]]



* ManaDrain: The PSI Magnet power works this way.
* MayorPain: Mr. Mayor ([[AllThereInTheManual A. Goodman]]) of Podunk is a Wilkins. Fourside's Gelegarde Monotoli is a malevolent Quimby [[spoiler:(or so it seems at first)]].

to:

* ManaDrain: The PSI Magnet power works this way.
way, draining enemy PP to add to the user's reserves.
* MayorPain: MayorPain:
**
Mr. Mayor ([[AllThereInTheManual A. Goodman]]) of Podunk is a Wilkins. Fourside's Gelegarde Monotoli is a malevolent Quimby [[spoiler:(or so it seems at first)]].



* OurTimeTravelIsDifferent: Ness' party travels to Giygas's lair, a cavern at the center of the Earth teeming with plant life, but it's otherwise empty. They deduce that Giygas is attacking from the past, and use Dr. Andonuts' [[TimeTravel phase distorter]] to send them there.

to:

* OurTimeTravelIsDifferent: OurTimeTravelIsDifferent:
** In ''EarthBound,''
Ness' party travels to Giygas's lair, a cavern at the center of the Earth teeming with plant life, but it's otherwise empty. They deduce that Giygas is attacking from the past, and use Dr. Andonuts' [[TimeTravel phase distorter]] to send them there.


* '''''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'''''[[note]]JP: '''''MOTHER'''''; nicknamed ''Earthbound Zero'' until it got an official English title[[/note]] (1989, [[UsefulNotes/{{Famicom}} Family Computer]]; 2015, Wii U): The series' debut, telling the story of Ninten as he works to uncover his family's connections to an impending alien invasion. [[NoExportForYou There was never a physical release outside Japan]], but an unreleased English cartridge known as ''"Earth Bound"'' was discovered in the late 1990s. This version was finally officially released outside of Japan as a Wii U Virtual Console title nearly ''26 years'' after its release in Japan.

to:

* '''''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'''''[[note]]JP: '''''MOTHER'''''; nicknamed ''Earthbound Zero'' until it got an official English title[[/note]] (1989, [[UsefulNotes/{{Famicom}} Family Computer]]; 2015, Wii U): The series' debut, telling the story of Ninten as he works to uncover his family's connections to an impending alien invasion. [[NoExportForYou There was never a physical release outside Japan]], Japan]]; it did get localized by Nintendo of America under the name ''Earth Bound'' and was slated for a 1991 US release, but an unreleased English these plans were shelved after being deemed commercially nonviable. A test cartridge known as ''"Earth Bound"'' of this localization was eventually discovered by fans and dumped online in the late 1990s.1998. This version was finally officially released outside of Japan as a Wii U Virtual Console title nearly ''26 years'' after its release in Japan.



* '''''MOTHER 1+2''''' (2003, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance): A CompilationRerelease of ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'', [[NoExportForYou released exclusively in Japan]] to promote the release of ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'', and notably incorporating practically all the modifications of the then-unreleased English localization. Also has a FanTranslation by the same translator who translated ''MOTHER 3''; however, only the first game was translated, as the translator found that translating ''[=EarthBound=]'' beyond a basic menu translation was too time-consuming (especially because of the system the game uses to display text) and, because of its [[PortingDisaster lesser quality (mainly the sound)]], was not worth the effort. [[index]]
* '''''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'''''[[note]]nicknamed ''[=EarthBound=] 2'' after the Fourside bulletin in the predecessor[[/note]] (2006, Game Boy Advance): The series' apparent GrandFinale, featuring a wide EnsembleCast headed by Lucas, a timid child promoted to investigate the slow corruption of his home island. Again, [[NoExportForYou only released in Japan]], but is the subject of a particularly famous and polished FanTranslation.

to:

* '''''MOTHER 1+2''''' (2003, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance): A CompilationRerelease of ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'', [[NoExportForYou released exclusively in Japan]] to promote the release of ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'', and notably incorporating practically all the modifications of the then-unreleased English localization. Also has a FanTranslation by Clyde Mandelin, the same translator guy who translated lead the ''MOTHER 3''; however, 3'' fan translation project. However, only the first game was translated, as the translator found that translating translated; this game's version of ''[=EarthBound=]'' was left untouched beyond a basic simple menu translation was too time-consuming (especially because translation, due to a combination of the system sheer volume of text in the game uses game, the rather complication method used to actually display text) and, because said text, and the fact that this particular port was of its [[PortingDisaster noticeably lesser quality (mainly the sound)]], was not worth the effort. [[index]]
quality.]][[index]]
* '''''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'''''[[note]]nicknamed ''[=EarthBound=] 2'' after the Fourside bulletin in the predecessor[[/note]] (2006, Game Boy Advance): The series' apparent GrandFinale, featuring a wide EnsembleCast headed by Lucas, a timid child promoted to investigate the slow corruption of his home island. Again, [[NoExportForYou only released in Japan]], but is the subject of a particularly famous and polished FanTranslation.FanTranslation spearheaded by Clyde Mandelin.


* HopelessBossFight: Usually there's always at least one of these in each game. In the first game there's the fight against [[spoiler: Giant Robot R7038, who easily decimates the party and gravely injures Teddy. The party is saved by [[BigDamnHeroes Loid who finally returns with a Giant Tank that wipes out the robot.]]]] In the second game there's the Wobbly Robot, that when Jeff and Ness do a significant amount of damage to him, he just eats a Peanut Butter sandwich and heals himself back to full, and the fight only ends when [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes the Runaway Five join the fray and flip the off Switch to shut down the robot.]]]] And there's a couple in the last game, there's Master Eddy and [[spoiler: the Porky Bots.]] No matter what you do, Master Eddy always washes your party away onto the beach of Tanetane Island at the end of the fight and causes them to lose all of their items and be reduced to 1 HP and 0 PP; this forces them to eat the Hallucenogetic Mushrooms in order to recover their strength (and if you try to move forward without doing this, you face another Hopeless fight in Zombieshroom who is blocking your path, as he wipes the floor with your party in their current state). With the second case, it's a very similar scenario to the Wobbly Robot fight in Earthbound; [[spoiler: The Porky Bots don't heal themselves, but they keep constantly spawning new ones and summoning more enemies the more you defeat, the fight only ends when the DCMC show up and destroy the last of the Bots.]]

to:

* HopelessBossFight: Usually there's always at least one of these in each game. In the first game there's the fight against [[spoiler: Giant Robot R7038, who easily decimates the party and gravely injures Teddy. The party is saved by [[BigDamnHeroes Loid Lloyd who finally returns with a Giant Tank that wipes out the robot.]]]] In the second game there's the Wobbly Robot, that when Jeff and Ness do a significant amount of damage to him, he just eats a Peanut Butter sandwich and heals himself back to full, and the fight only ends when [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes the Runaway Five join the fray and flip the off Switch to shut down the robot.]]]] And there's a couple in the last game, there's Master Eddy and [[spoiler: the Porky Bots.]] No matter what you do, Master Eddy always washes your party away onto the beach of Tanetane Island at the end of the fight and causes them to lose all of their items and be reduced to 1 HP and 0 PP; this forces them to eat the Hallucenogetic Mushrooms in order to recover their strength (and if you try to move forward without doing this, you face another Hopeless fight in Zombieshroom who is blocking your path, as he wipes the floor with your party in their current state). With the second case, it's a very similar scenario to the Wobbly Robot fight in Earthbound; [[spoiler: The Porky Bots don't heal themselves, but they keep constantly spawning new ones and summoning more enemies the more you defeat, the fight only ends when the DCMC show up and destroy the last of the Bots.]]


* FromNobodyToNightmare: Two examples, both roughly of the same age when they begin their descent: Giegue, originally an infant alien who expressed curiosity about his human co-passengers, to the literal embodiment of all evil; and [[spoiler:Porky]], a comic relief character who is chosen to be Giygas' representative on Earth. [[spoiler:Porky]] turns out to be the most sadistic character in the series.

to:

* FromNobodyToNightmare: Two examples, both roughly of the same age when they begin their descent: Giegue, originally an infant alien raised by Ninten's great-grandparents who expressed curiosity about his human co-passengers, to UsedToBeASweetKid before eventually becoming an EldritchAbomination described as the literal "literal embodiment of all evil; evil"; and [[spoiler:Porky]], initially presented as a comic relief character who is chosen to be Giygas' representative on Earth. [[spoiler:Porky]] turns out to be the cruelest and most sadistic capricious character in the series.series, [[spoiler:to the point of being the BigBad of Mother 3.]]


** In ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'', Giygas has gone full EldritchAbomination, and just doing damage to him won't kill him; the player instead has to use Anna's Prayer command, and this results in the use of ThePowerOfLove to defeat him.

to:

** In ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'', Giygas has gone full EldritchAbomination, and just doing damage to him won't kill him; the player instead has to use Anna's Paula's Prayer command, and this results in the use of ThePowerOfLove to defeat him.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 299

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report