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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Partners don't have HP or their own badges, instead being knocked out for a certain amount of turns when damaged.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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Partners don't have HP or their own badges, instead being knocked out for a certain amount of turns when damaged.damaged.
** Action Commands are not available from the start; Mario has to get the Lucky Star before they can be used. The Special Moves don't use Action Commands either.

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* ScriptedBattle: Towards the end of the game, [[spoiler:you take control of Peach and Twink to face Kammy Koopa]]. In this battle, every character has only one move they can use, and there's no option to skip your turn, so there's only one way it can go.

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* DummiedOut: Despite the fact that you're not supposed to be able to sell badges in this game, many badges do in fact have a sell price. The only known way to actually see this in gameplay is to perform [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTG-Yvdsgww an incredibly elaborate glitch]] allowing you to sneak them into your normal item inventory, from which they can be sold as though they were normal items.


* NighInvulnerability: Bowser while using the Star Rod.

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Bowser while using the Star Rod.Rod.
** Tubba Blubba until you defeat his [[AchillesHeel Heart]].
* NoNonsenseNemesis: Certain Badges [[note]]First Attack, Spin Attack, and Bump Attack.[[/note]] turn Mario into a gameplay version of this, letting him instantly defeat certain Enemies [[note]]Anybody you're too overleveled to gain any more Star Points from.[[/note]] without even going into Battle.

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* MeaningfulName: Of note is Herringway, a penguin author named for [[Creator/ErnestHemingway a famous real-life one]]. [[spoiler:His name also foreshadows his role as a RedHerring in the search for the Mayor's murderer.]]


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** Chuck Quizmo's LovelyAssistant Vanna T. is named after [[Series/WheelOfFortune another famous assistant]]. It also sounds like [[PunnyName vanity]].

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* TheChanteuse: In Club 64 by the Toad Town docks, there's an [=NPC=] called Chanterelle who is a clear reference to this trope. A lengthy sidequest involves helping her recover her voice so she can sing again.


* TooDumbToLive: In Bowser's castle, in one of the unused bedrooms, examining the wardrobe will have a Toad pop out and say "Nothing here but us clothes", in full view of whoever is in the room. Thankfully, it was just Mario, but what if it was Bowser?

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* TooDumbToLive: In Bowser's castle, in one of the unused bedrooms, examining the wardrobe will have a Toad pop out and say "Nothing here but us clothes", in ''in full view of whoever is in the room.room''. Thankfully, it was just Mario, but what if it was Bowser?

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* ImposterForgotOneDetail:At times, you have to try to figure out which is your real partner and which is the fake in the Crystal Palace, you use [[spoiler:what they say in the first one, and their speech pattern in the second]]. The third takes it UpToEleven by having the fakes not even be fakes of your partner, but fakes of other characters in the game, including one that decided to be Luigi.


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** In the Crystal Palace, after using Bombette to bomb a wall, five of them will drop down. 4 are fakes, and one is the real one. [[SpotTheImposter If you can figure out who the real one is and hammer the fakes]], she'll give you a kiss.


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* SpotTheImposter: There are three of these in Crystal Palace, where you have to figure out which one is your partner among the fakes. [[spoiler:You have to use ImposterForgotOneDetail with what they say in the first one, and their speech pattern in the second]], but the last one...well...


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* TooDumbToLive: In Bowser's castle, in one of the unused bedrooms, examining the wardrobe will have a Toad pop out and say "Nothing here but us clothes", in full view of whoever is in the room. Thankfully, it was just Mario, but what if it was Bowser?

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* FinalDungeonPreview: After each Star Spirit chapter ends, you play through a brief segment where you control Peach and sneak through her occupied Castle to find out more about Bowser's plans. By the time Mario gets there at the very end, the only area you wouldn't have already been able to explore as Peach is the final boss arena.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The Goomba Bros. in the prologue care about each other. Regardless of who is defeated first, the other brother will be distraught and swear to avenge his fallen brother.


* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A somewhat meta example in Luigi's SecretDiary. One entry shows him noticing his [[EnsembleDarkhorse growing popularity]] and hoping this could get him his own starring role in a game with his name in it. A few years after ''Paper Mario'''s release, ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' comes out...and pits Luigi against [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes ghosts]].

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A somewhat meta example in Luigi's SecretDiary. One entry shows him noticing his [[EnsembleDarkhorse growing popularity]] and hoping this could get him his own starring role in a game with his name in it. A few years months after ''Paper Mario'''s release, ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' comes out...and pits Luigi against [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes ghosts]].

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** You can get two different Badges that reduce an enemy's Defense to 0 for the attack, D-Down Pound (Rowf's shop after Chapter 1) and D-Down Jump (early in Tubba Blubba's castle), prior to the point where you have to sneak past Tubba Blubba in one hallway. However, Tubba's invincibility has no relation to any Defense stat, so even these attacks don't work on him.


* LovelyAssistant: Parodied with Chuck Quizmo's assistant, a Toad named [[PunnyName Van]][[Series/WheelOfFortune na]] [[ShoutOut T]].

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* LovelyAssistant: Parodied with Chuck Quizmo's assistant, a Toad named [[PunnyName Van]][[Series/WheelOfFortune na]] [[ShoutOut T]].T]], a pretty Toad lass made prettier when compared to her wormy boss.



** To say nothing of Gourmet Guy's cake fetish...

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** To say nothing of Gourmet Guy's cake fetish...obsession....


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* WholePlotReference: Inverted. Chapter 5 takes the exact premise of ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' and turns it on its head. Instead of Baby Mario being rescued and aided by a rainbow of grown Yoshis, Mario rescues a bunch of Baby Yoshis. One ''Island'' boss, Raphael Raven, appears as a notable ally, while another boss, the Naval Piranha, receives a ContrastingSequelAntagonist in the Lava Piranha.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A somewhat meta example in Luigi's SecretDiary. One entry shows him noticing his [[EnsembleDarkhorse growing popularity]] and hoping this could get him his own starring role in a game with his name in it. A few years after ''Paper Mario'''s release, ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' comes out...and pits Luigi against [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes ghosts]].


* IncestSubtext: [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Believe it]]. In the Japanese version, one of Quizmo's questions is ''What best describes the relationship between Mario and Luigi?'' One of the answer options is [[HoYay "Lovers"]]. It's HilariousInHindsight after that incident where the Spanish press got duped by that one joke article from ''Ciencia Seminal'' "revealing" this to be true.

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