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A Wild Badfic Appeared! Commentaries, usually written as A Wild Badfic Appeared! comms. or AWfBA! comms., is a series of MSTs on DeviantArt by erikatheraindeer. Author Avatar Erika, a Mii with the ability to shapeshift into an Emolga, reads bad fanfics to take snarky shots and joke at them in her own made-up Web Video series. However, she isn't alone — she recruits fictional "snarkballs" (and then some) from Video Games to join the fun with her. It is notable for being one of the few MSTs whose premise is, much like the original show the genre was named after, to have fun at the sheer awfulness instead of complaining, and/or otherwise comedically react at it, with an energetic, playful style full of one-liners and a high concentration of gags and/or remarks per line, picking at pretty much every single conceivable angle of every single thing a joke can be made out of. It is also very character driven for a fanfic MST, placing great emphasis on keeping the party members In-Character from their sources (for those who have one), and on how each character can contribute in their own way, balancing a variety of character classes grouping each character by personality and style of humor.

It started with commentating on the infamous Troll Fic Supper Smash Bros: Mishonh From God, with a party consisting of Erika, Ness, Sonic, Robin, Mega Man (and Rush). The cast only started increasing from there.

Tropes used in A Wild Badfic Appeared! Commentaries:

  • Actor Allusion: In the Halloween special/Episode 10, Pit and Dark Pit, much to his chagrin, dress as Conan Edogawa, both voiced by Minami Takayama in Japan.
  • Anti-Climax Bossinvoked: Sara-Sue. Played for Laughs. Lampshaded by the cast members.
    Erika: Well, that happened. *pops Easter egg chocolate in mouth*
    Sonic: Meh, barely put up a fight.
    Ness: Man, Ah've fought Coil Snakes that were stronger.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Often used by the characters from medieval settings except for the ones from Pokemon!Arendale (i.e. the characters from Fire Emblem and The Legend of Zelda) to varying degrees, along with various amounts of British slang thrown into the mix. However, since Fire Emblem is known to use really dated words from time to time, this isn't without basis. Albeit, it's very downplayed compared to typical use of this trope, especially with Link, Toony, and Ike, who are nowhere near nobility; and in fact, Toony talks more like a salty pirate.
  • Author Appeal: A major factor as to why Rock and Lucina are in the commentary, according to erikatheraindeer.
  • Badass Crew: As put by Erika in Episode 5.
    Erika: Oh yeah? Who the heck do you think we are?! We have a baseball-bat wielding psychic prodigy with ten times more maturity than you; a supersonic hedgehog who smashes robots like it’s Tuesday; a thunder, fire, wind cutter and tornado-shooting mage-tactician with an ally casualty record of almost zero and has felled two empires with his tactics; A super fighting robot with hands that can turn into guns and experience in 80 different weapons and abilities, all from enemies he has taken down and reformed personally no less, and his loyal flying dog; a battle-hardened royal father-daughter duo of master swordsmen who have collectively kicked fate itself in the face along with the aforementioned mage-tactician, who happens to be their strategist in a 50-or so-strong army at the father's command; a Pokemon trainer… No, Kalos champion with a full party and mean kick who has taken down a cult and befriended Xernias itself, and his loyal water-shooting ninja frog; an angel chosen by the Goddess of Light, and the captain of her guard, who has literally and figuratively went through hell and back multiple times, as well as places littered with death traps and enemies, and has taken down GODS, some of these before the physical age of nine; a normal-type powerhouse Pokemon who grew up surviving against the elements mining ice and also has a hatchet; and a transforming teenage Mii-Fighter Emolga with a paper fan. I would like to see you TRY.
    • Proved in Episode 25, when Sara-Sue tries to get revenge on Erika and is promptly curbstomped.
  • Bathos: Robin describes a particular scene in chapter five as the pinnacle of trope.
  • Brain Bleach: Apparently, the original title of the commentary series while still in development was "Brain Bleach Please commentaries", inspired by BrainScratch Commentaries.
    • The series itself had Robin say this gem in Episode 2, "Let’s get into the meat; and fourth walls yay!":
      fic: (regarding Marth) He was like if the looks of Jaykob and Juston Beeber were combined with the genus of Sean Hanety and Ross Limbog.
      Erika: (asked by everyone else who they are) I don’t know, actually, I know the first two, though I think I've heard of the latter two somewhere. Maybe they are famous stylists or something? *looks them up* *looks blankly at camera* Sara-Sue, you have weird taste, and I also have a message for you here… *picks up letter* *ahem* You fail at descriptions forever!
      Robin: *looks* ...Oh gods. I think I want to find whatever caused me to lose my memory again now.
    • Also, this in Episode 22, "PLLLLAAANNNESSS! The Spring Break Express!", due to an especially... unfortunate typo, using a Catchphrase Erika had wanted to use when the MST was still titled "Brain Bleach Please":
      Ness: ...Good night, ev'rybody! ...An' someone git th' brain bleach!
      Me: The industrial-strength brain bleach! I think some of us might need it! ...And I finally got to use that line! Not as satisfying as I thought...
  • Butt-Monkey: In Mishonh from God:
    • It seems that it's a running gag of sorts to have new party members fall on Robin after appearing in midair.
    • Lucina, due to her Comically Serious nature, spends the three episodes she is in taking the brunt of the fic's idiocy. By chapter 5, she snaps when Marth is turned gay
    • Rock is a bit of a downplayed example, only for occasional slapstick gags, though one could think he seems like one with his frustration at being kept in the dark about stuff that he probably shouldn't know.
    • Pit gets many jabs at him for being barely literate, usually in the form of comparing his spelling skills to Sara's, though it's nowhere near the constant trolling he got in his own series.
    • Poor, poor Scouter the Lucario. Despite him being the least happy about his situation among Calem's Pokémon, due to his own pessimism and cynicism resulting in a rather unique style of commentary, he is forced to stay much longer than other members of his party, much to his frustration.
    • Adult Blue Oak is shown to pretty much be the assigned target of mockery in the Kanto trio; even Red's Pikachu, Yellow, makes fun of him occasionally. He takes it in stride, however.
  • The Comically Serious: Lucina — to make up for her lack of sarcasm, this is her main gimmick in the commentary. Chrom and Kristoff to an extent as well, and possibly Robin, though he's much more laid-back.
    • Ryu is in the same category as well
    • All classes except Playful and All-Around also invoke varying degrees of this, especially Caustics.
    • Samus Aran. She takes herself very seriously, and other things as seriously, if not as much as Lucina, contrasting with the Kid Icarus characters.
  • Crossover Cameo:
    • Diddy Kong in Episode 14.
    • Pikachu, also known as "Yellow", shows up in Epiosde 16. This ends up being an Early-Bird Cameo, as Yellow himself becomes a guest commentator alongside his trainer, Red, and Leaf and Blue, four episodes later.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: A hurricane of (censored) British curse words in episode 14, courtesy of Bayonetta.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The commentary crew vs Sara-Sue. She barely stood a chance.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Apparently, Ness is a very loud yeller — as is Erika, who even Ness considers loud when she raises her voice.
  • Curse of The Ancients: Sometimes characters from less modern settings will unironically use (often British) phrases and words like "Goddesses blind me!", “consarnit”, "cur", or "sod" on top of Antiquated Linguistics, leading to the imagery of teenagers and 20 somethings talking like senior citizens. Granted, as mentioned above, this isn't uncommon in Fire Emblem at least.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Erika, Ness, Sonic, Robin, Pit...
    • There even is a category called "Deadpan Snarker"!
  • Embarrassing Animal Suit: Sort of; it isn't a full-body mascot suit. Throughout Episodes 23 to 25, Chrom is forced to wear his Fire Emblem Heroes "Spring Festival" outfit, which is an Easter bunny-themed outfit complete with bunny ears. Through the course of the three episodes, various commentators can't help but pull on the poor guy's ears constantly to the point it it becomes sort of a Running Gag. However, Rock and Robin also wear bunny ears for Episode 25, the former willingly, and the latter also being roped into it by his female counterpart with some help from Palutena.
  • Expy: Erika states she based Calem off of Sonic.
    • There's also Kristoff, who is basically the character from Frozen in the body of a Herdier. From the same universe are Elsa and Anna, who are also pretty much the same as their movie counterparts but as a Glaceon and Sylveon.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Discussed. In Episode 20, Robin, Samus, and Rock go on a rather long tangent on this trope. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Generally, characters of medieval origin seem to have little knowledge of some modern things, mostly technology. While Smashers eventually become used to them, even then they often don't get a full grasp of the fine details of it, even after many years.
  • Flat "What": Many examples throughout the reading, when any other reaction would fail to convey the absurdity of the solution.
    Robin, as "Samas" tries to "rap" Sara: What
  • Foregone Conclusion : Not for the commentary itself, but due to Selene and Elio having just become trainers, they are fully under the assumption they're on an average, lighthearted journey as just two random run-of-the-mill rando 11-year-old kid trainers, not even considering that they might be in for a quest much like those of the heroes they admire (well, Elio at least anyway); however, the audience knows that they're the protagonists, and therefore will inevitably get involved with a much bigger story, with Selene becoming champion. On top of that, they are the protagonists of some of the most story-driven games in the franchise, and quite possibly one of the most emotionally grueling from an in-universe perspective.
    Elio: I can't imagine what it would be like to basically have to save the world with just five guys and your Pokémon.
    • There's also the fact that early in the commentary, it became known that Mishonh from God is a Troll Fic, however none of the commentators except Erika are aware of this, and she still goes on as if she doesn't know.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The main snarker classes:
    • Playful: Sanguine — The most cheerful class, and the happiest to be there. They pretty much carry the party, making sure the series' signature lighthearted tone is consistently up and in check.
    • Relaxed: Phlegmatic — A happy medium between Playful and Deadpan, as their name implies, these characters are relaxed, mostly laid-back, and just going with the flow. They tend to be cheerful and optimistic, but still down-to-Earth.
    • Deadpan and Caustic: Choleric or Melancholic — The former are Exactly What It Says on the Tin, having a dry, often unemotional sense of humor, and the latter camp consists of highly cynical individuals who usually don't want to be there, often making rather "edgy" and/or pessimistic remarks. Characters of both personality types can be at home in either class, with the class they fall into being mostly determined by how strongly these trait come out. However, one can technically also be Phlegmatic or even Sanguine and still qualify for Caustic, if they are cynical enough, and Deadpans have been known to dip into Phelgematic if they're the more apathetic sort.
    • The adult Kanto trio and Yellow in Episode 20 also make up a quartet like this: Red (Melancholic), Blue (Choleric), Leaf (Phelgematic), and Yellow (Samguine).
  • Funetik Aksent: Ness has one — what it is exactly is hard to tell.
  • Erika to a lesser extent as well.
  • Plus Scarlette, Anna, Buttercup to some extent...
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Erika, in a sense, with her energetic, boisterous and somewhat in-your face demeanor, though she becomes calmer after the first 10 or so episodes.
  • I'll Be in My Bunk: Erika implies this at the end of Episode 20 after Blue hits on her.
    Erika: See you guys next time! And if you excuse me, I'll have to use the bathroom... and take a cold shower.
  • Imagined Innuendo: Ike and Link ask "Is that what they're calling it now?" in Episode 22. Variations are often said by characters from less modern settings, despite being rather young.
  • Large Ham: Erika, Ness, and Pit (*on hotblooded fire* HOW DARE YOU! IN THE NAME OF MY BELOVED FRIENDS AND STEP-SISTER, I'LL SHOW YOU!!!!!), among many, many others. In "You're a Mean One, Sara-Sue!", even Robin gets in on it. It has to be read to be believed.
    Robin: *scratches his chin, looking up as in thought* Given the choice between the two of you… I'd take… the seasick GRIZZLY BEEEEAAARRRR!
  • Last-Second Word Swap: In Episode 22, courtesy of Erika.
    Erika: Holy sh-shoot!
  • Like Brother and Sister: Apparently, Pit and Samus have a relationship like this.
  • Literalist Snarking: One of it's main sources of humor.
    Fic: I was in my seance class
    Ness: Ya go ta classes where ya make contact with tha dead? [Cool!]
  • Little Miss Snarker: Gender Inverted with Ness; though he's 13, he surely looks the part, and is likely one of the most sarcastic characters in the commentary — no small feat considering the show is a World of Snark. Played straight with Erika, (if 15-year-olds count) however.
  • Mood Whiplash: The opener of Episode 7 when compared to the way other episodes start. Especially when contrasted with the goofy antics resuming as normal after it, with the cast talking about the welcoming party for the new DLC characters of all things.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The Badass Boast above shows how much of this the party is, and describes them in this fashion.
  • Noodle Incident: Often, Smashers will mention random events that happened back in the mansion, like Chrom poking fun at Robin for "accidentally" getting a Bunny Hood placed on his head outside of a stage by Palutena and Fem!Robin sometime prior to Episode 25, presumably resulting in quite a bit of damage to his surroundings, Pit's April Fools pranks having a long history of failing miserably, one of which is implied to have ended in Samus stunning Bowser, or for that matter April Fools at the mansion in general, an incident in Melee where everybody invited their relatives, friends, and comrades on a holiday and caused mass chaos, how Falco and Captain Falcon are apparently crazy drunks, or Bayonetta apparently tested her Final Smash on the other Smashers; unfortunately often leaving any non-Smashers out of the loop.
    • One that particularly stands out, however, is Pit and Samus apparently meeting prior to becoming Smashers, establishing their current bond in one of these; it's bought up briefly, then dismissed with an "its complicated".
    • The characters will also often reference actual things that happened in their games, which can look like these to those who don't know the context, e.g. Ness's many Seen It All moments, Sonic reminiscing about the time everyone mistook him for Shadow, Robin mentioning how much Morgan and Lissa like to prank him, and the multitude of times Ike has seen people die violently and/or the aftermaths of said deaths (albeit, excessive blood is never actually shown in his games, just implied). Similarly to the casual mentions of stuff that happened in Smash, they'll also mention things that apparently happened offscreen back home, like Blue having had a hangover before, and also once getting so comically drunk, Leaf put it on tape.
  • Oh, My Gods!: Used quite often; these range from interjections by characters who already used such phrases or at least come from universes where they are used in canon, often with much more phrase variety added (e.g. Robin, Chrom, or Lucina using "Oh gods!" a lot, Ike saying "Goddesses blind me"), to those used by ones who haven't (e.g. Link swearing by the Triforce, Roy muttering "Sweet Elimine..." in disbelief), to characters outright swearing by the name of their developers (e.g., Ness and his many variations of "Holy Itoi!"). Erika also often uses a variation of this, replacing "God" with things like "Laika" and "Arceus".
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Erika starts wielding one in episode 5, since she's apparently from the Kansai area, and has a role heavy in snark, the connection was bound to happen sometime.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Sometimes, characters will start eating popcorn, reinforcing the casual, lighthearted mood.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Episode 7 starts differently from other episodes; Ness announcing that they are showing recorded footage because of Satoru Iwata's recent death, and the mansion being in mourning.
    • Also, as of Episode 7, DLC characters start to be included in the episode after their release.
    • Episode 19 and 20 were a Pokémon Sun and Moon double feature, with the player characters, their starters, and Rotom Pokédex in the former and the adult versions of Red, Blue, and Leaf in the latter showing up as guests.
  • A Rare Sentence:
    Chrom: She's in bed with otters? And did this seriously make me say that sentence?!
    • Also, this in Episode 20, "Alola! Part 2: Electric Boogaloo".
      Leaf: Apparently a ballot came flying from nowhere. And I never expected to speak those words in my life.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: this parody of "You're A Mean One, Mr.Grinch" is one in song form. It is glorious.
  • Running Gag: Among a plethora of them, references to otters whenever Sara misspells the word "others". It gets to the point that in Episode 19, Palutena summons a whole bunch of them. And then she does it again next episode.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: A more downplayed and platonic example with Erika and Ness; Erika is a borderline Genki Girl, while Ness, though still very eager and playful in his approach, is more mature and relaxed despite being two years younger than her.
    • Another platonic example in Elio and Selene. Or for that matter, Pueo and Selene.
  • Shout-Out: In Spades. Now has its own page.
  • Side Bet: Invoked. In Episode 23, Ike, noting how short the "fights" in Mishonh from God are, asks the other commentators "Want to bet how many lines they're gonna go splat in?", getting answers ranging from two to five lines. No one gets anything for it though, and its ambiguous as to when the fight really "ends".
  • Splat: Invoked with the Snarker classes, as part of its sort-of RPG motif. Each category plays a different role in the party, sharing styles of humor that are relatively similar to eachother: the All-Around Snarker class in particular is an analogue to a Jack of All Stats (though, with this class being exclusive to Erika and the very Playful-leaning Ness, it's more like Lightning Bruiser), and Gimmick characters being a collective Mechanically Unusual Class, often with Quirky Bard undertones.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Referenced in the notes of Episode 5. The commentary crew tends to skew heavily towards male (given that there are more males available than females), in a rare case of the main character being the token female most of the time.
  • Sneeze Cut: Used multiple times to cameo Smashers outside commentary, whenever they or something related to their game is mentioned by a party member.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Erika says this word-for-word when Lucina joins the commentary in Episode 3.
  • Sugar Bowl: According to various bits of information from the Smashers, the Smash Mansion is pretty much a great big resort for them. It is a big house populated mostly by the multiverse's nicest, kindest, most heroic, well, heroes, resulting in a Close-Knit Community where most of the characters are friends or at least care about eachother, also comfortably housing hundreds upon hundreds of Pokémon and other creatures, birthday or holiday parties seemingly every other week at the very least, some of them thrown by the mascot of gaming himself, the residents can fight with all manner of lethal weapons and not get hurt whatsoever as long as they are in a designated stage and nobody ever ages due to a magic spell, all managed by the caster of the spells, a magic, benevolent, giant, floating hand of a god (and his Cloud Cuckoolander brother) who can fix and create anything to their whims, and no school, providing a haven for all manner of broken soldiers, children who have lost sight of their childhoods, heroes who have been alone for a good deal of their lives, and general tired adventurers among their ever-increasing ranks. And don't worry about matters back home; time flows much faster within the realm it is in, so they are only actually away for a very short amount of time. While there are the villains to worry about, they are vastly outnumbered by heroic characters (with only two at most being serious threats anyway) and constantly kept under check. It is deliberately implied to be an impossibly awesome place to live in (especially to the characters from medieval settings like Fire Emblem, who are still adjusting a year into their arrival), with businesses to serve the fighters implied to be thriving around it and even TV from our world somehow able to air in it thanks to the hand-God. Granted, since it is once again populated mostly by some of the greatest heroes in the Nintendo (with some third-parties) multiverse, described by Erika as "the nicest guys in the universe", this is pretty justified.
  • Teen Genius/Child Prodigy: Ness apparently has an IQ of 150.
  • Translator Microbes: In Episode 5, translator machines get introduced so that more animal-like characters low on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism get to talk with everyone else; with the exception of Rush, who despite being a robot is never seen talking.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Ness is this, as lampshaded by him many times over.
    Ness: Stuff s'm soap in yo’ yap, man! We have kids here! *points to himself and Rock*
  • Word Salad Title: Many episode titles seem to be this, but it's actually averted. All the titles have something to do with the actual content of the chapter, a remark a party member makes, and/or a Running Gag within the Episode in some way.