The Count's World is a series of Continuation Fan Fics for Super Paper Mario written by The Great Allie on FanFiction.Net. It also has an official Tumblr. The overall structure of the series is designed to be like that of a Saturday Morning Cartoon.
NOTE: This page contains unmarked spoilers for Super Paper Mario!
Count Bleck and Timpani, back in her Pixl form as Tippi, return to Castle Bleck and reassemble their old minions, including a somehow-not-dead Dimentio and Mr. L (sans brainwashing). Instead of trying to cause The End of the World as We Know It, however, they're out to try and create a perfect world, one good deed at a time. Or at least try their best given they're... well, themselves. Along with the inter-group shenanigans, there's also plenty more adventure and laughs as they interact with characters all across the Super Mario series.
There are currently 20 main installments of the series, along with 6 unnumbered stories that are varying degrees of side.
This fanfiction series contains examples of, titles Count Bleck:
- Alternate Universe: Episode 18 reveals the Mario timeline split in two at the end of Super Paper Mario, based on whether or not the Heroes won the final battle against Super Dimentio; it was pretty much the only way the Pure Hearts could protect The Power of Love, at least in one reality. Different "barriers" separate a universe where Emperor Dimentio created and maintained a perfect world from pretty much every other dimension in the series, with Dimentio only getting through it by pure accident.
- Another Dimension
- The Atoner: Bleck and his minions in general know they can't completely make up for their actions in Super Paper Mario, but they honestly want to keep trying. Dimentio is this as well on a more personal level.
- Fawful in Episode 16.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall
- Brick Joke: In the sense of a long-range Chekhov's Gunman. The Bleck organization leaves episode 2 on the wrong foot with the Pinata Syndicate. Come episode 13, they're more than happy to take Rawk Hawk's business to kidnap the Count.Mimi: Are they still on that? Wow, they've gotta learn to let things go once in a while. Sheesh.
- The Bus Came Back: Charlotte the Chain Chomp was returned to Bowser's castle at the end of episode 3. In episode 9, where Natashia buys three Chain Chomps from Bowser to up Castle Bleck's security, Charlotte turns out to be among them, now a fully-trained guard Chomp.
- Crossover: Occasionally. Most of the characters being Dimensional Travelers means that there's occasional strays outside the worlds defined by Mario games.
- Deadly Game: Chuck Quizmo's quiz show is this in episode 19, complete with a pool of hungry carnivorous fish.
- Deal with the Devil: Dimentio strikes a very Little Mermaid-like one with a shady Shaman in "Springtime for Dimentio," transforming him into a Boo (so he could court Lady Bow) in exchange for his voice.
Count Bleck: I feel as if I've just made a deal with the devil.Nawrocki: Yeah, I get that a lot.
- Lampshaded by Count Bleck when he makes one in "Weapons and Redemption."
- Deus ex Machina: "The Missing Count" is resolved by the amnesiac Count Bleck... somehow unleashing a cloud of empathy that allows the minions and K.Man to see each other's point of view. It's never really asked how it was done.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Charlotte, Mimi's pet Chain Chomp in episode 3.
- Fusion Dance: Wearing a Phanto results in this, Steven Universe-style (complete with lampshade). It becomes a major plot element in the third act of "Masks and the Art of Glitter."
- Halloween Episode: "The Count's World Spooky Stories Edition," where Count Bleck hosts a Halloween party and they tell spooky stories, presented akin to The Simpsons's Treehouse of Horror episodes.
- Happily Married: Count Bleck and Tippi, of course.
- Heroic Mime: Mario, in keeping in tradition with the games, never says anything directly.
- Hollywood Autism: Gary the X-Naut. The only one that understands him is his constant companion, Sherwood.
- Interdimensional Travel Device: The Exor Rift, an invisible hole in space located in Bowser's keep and created when Exor came crashing down. It basically allows anyone to travel between almost every other dimension, though Dimentio can only speculate on the rules it operates on. Croco used it to rob people all over the worlds for shop stock, but met his match when it lead him to Castle Bleck.
- Nawrocki has a knife which can cut open holes in space to move between dimensions when his innate magic is too low to just warp.
- The Movie: "Weapons and Redemption" is the effective equivalent, being 18 chapters long in a series where the norm per entry is 4. "Masks and the Art of Glitter" is the second, and was advertised as such on the official Tumblr.
- Big Damn Movie: While the rest of the series is mostly slice-of-life, the gang is straight-out saving the world by the end of these entries.
- Magically Binding Contract: Any deal with a magic user is one of these.
- Magitek: Pretty hard to do; Merlon explains in "Weapons and Redemption" that magic and technology are two fields with such a sheer amount of difference between them that it's very difficult for any one person to master both. This foreshadows that Nawrocki's Machine Mades operate entirely on the magic in his potions as opposed to any mechanical parts like gears.
- Mecha-Mooks: The Machine Mades.
- Mythology Gag: Most of the episodes have only 4 chapters, imitating the four stages in each chapter of Super Paper Mario.
- No-Sell: Count Bleck and Natashia are immune to being Brainwashed.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In episode 4, O'Chunk and the rest of the minions managed to fight off Bowser in his own castle in order to get back the missing pieces of the sky, and only fled when he called in half the Koopa Kingdom.
- Only Sane Man: Count Bleck.
- Original Character: Several. The most prominent example is Nawrocki, a Plant Person potion-maker who is also a Smithy supporter and the Big Bad of "Weapons and Redemption."
- Put on a Bus: Mr. L at the end of "Year of Mr L."
- Revenge: K. Man Koopa's motivation for removing Count Bleck's memories and enslaving him in "The Missing Count."
- Shipping: Later episodes hint at Dimentio and Mimi.
- Shipper on Deck: The first episode features the minions trying to hook up Nastasia with someone to help her get over Bleck.
- Stuff Blowing Up: The Creepy Steeple is destroyed in a natural gas explosion.
- Suckiness Is Painful: Count Bleck finally manages to break up the eponymous event in "An Unexpected House Party" by putting on a Toad Polka record. And they end up being locked out for forty-five minutes to wait for it to finish.
- Those Two X-Nauts: Sherwood and Gary.
- Thriller on the Express: Episode 15, "Travels With Bleck." Recursively, Herringway is on the train as well, trying to find the inspiration for a train-based mystery that's not completely hashed out. The train being transported into another dimension is implied to help in this regard, as he's taking notes while being held captive by Smorg.
- Token Evil Teammate: Dimentio plays this up, mentioning his own personal evil schemes, and the other minions find him disturbing. He's steadily getting better at losing this, not that he'd tell anyone else.
- Unexplained Recovery: Dimentio from his demise at the end of Super Paper Mario. And not a hint of explanation is given.
- Fawful's recovering from his exploding at the end of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (as well as getting out of Bowser) is similarly unexplained.
- Verbal Tic: Count Bleck's has expanded his to be a little more "prosy" than the game.
- Very Special Episode: "Hearts Over Xnauts."author notes at the beginning of the episode after that: I've also gotten a formal request to never watch the Care Bears while brainstorming for the next set of episodes ever again.
- You Are Grounded: Some of Count Bleck's punishments for his minions are like this, usually involving privilege loss.