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Saiko Rocks is a fanfiction based on SMG4's Mario Bloopers written by Kyle Wilson. It's his second story posted on FanFiction.Net and DeviantArt, the first being Despicable vs. Devoted.

The story centers around Saiko Bichitaru making her grand return to the rock star business two years after taking down Bob's ego with her breakthrough hit "Darkest Hour". For this return, she's assembled an all-new band, with the now-human Meggy Spletzer on the drums, Shroomy on the bass guitar, and Whimpu on the keyboard. All four of them combined produce great music their audience loves, and Saiko was reliving her dream.

But while she was once again enchanting the world with her music, a young amatuer musician named Senbo Mazushi is aspiring to be a rock star just like Saiko. To him, the key to her success is her guitar, but when he goes to her house and asks to borrow it, she refuses to let him. Senbo, however, wasn't going to give up on her guitar so easily, and makes it his sworn duty to play it by any means necessary, though Saiko is quick to outwit him with each attempt.

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With Senbo's tricks alone not working, his girlfriend Aibo Sumato devises a plan to distract Saiko and drive her out of her own house, allowing him to sneak in and play her guitar while she's gone. This plan involves pretending Tari's life is in danger, and knowing how protective Saiko has been of her lately, they were counting on her to come to Tari's rescue. But they may end up getting more than they bargained for, now that everyone thinks Tari's dead.

The first chapter of the story was posted on both FanFiction.net and DeviantArt on May 8th, 2021—the same day of SMG4's tenth anniversary. The latter website shows the illustrations, cover page, and character designs of Senbo and Aibo. Since then, Kyle has been making weekly updates to the story on the same day of SMG4's weekly videos, finally finishing it on August 21st with a total of sixteen chapters.

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Saiko Rocks provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Job Change: Marco goes from boss of the Rustworks to owner of a store that sells fake Meta Runner arms.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The Crab King from the Ultra Jump Mania pilot went through a Heel–Face Turn in the game's DLC mode.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Meggy goes from being annoyed by Jeeves in "Mario's Lemonade Stand" to happily greeting him as the manager for their band.
    • As Meggy still works as a cop in this fic, her relationship with Mr. Monitor is on significantly better terms to the point that she sees him as a kind of father figure.
  • Adult Fear: Saiko has to deal with the horror of thinking that someone she cares about has died right in front of her with there being nothing she could do about it.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Most of the cast that stays behind after the trial expresses a modicum of sympathy for Senbo and Aibo after seeing what their parents are going to do to them.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: SMG3 is one of the people saddened by Tari's "death", despite having her Chained to a Railway earlier in the story.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • When Saiko calls the rest of the band for her emergency meeting in Chapter 3, they wonder if she's injured, in legal trouble for hurting someone, or if SMG4 is starting another arc.
    • While talking about the times Saiko was protective of Tari in Chapter 5, the Glitchy Gang recalls mostly legitimate—if overblown—instances, but Mario "tops it off" with Saiko casually reminding Tari that she has ice cream on her face. He says it was "the nicest, bravest, most amazing thing you could ever do for your friend", which annoys everyone else.
    • When Senbo and Aibo are finally taken to court for their actions, the following days were filled with nothing but courtroom drama, accusations, shouting, tears, and advertisements for SMG4 merch.
  • Artistic License – Law: There's no way a baby can be a lawyer in real life.
  • At Arm's Length: Bubble Bass does this to Tari after stealing her duck in one of Chapter 5's flashbacks.
  • Brick Joke: Evelyn was mentioned getting kidnapped back in Chapter 11. Come Chapter 16, she's still in the hands of her kidnappers.
  • Broken Pedestal: This trope is what kicks off this story when Senbo gets a good look at who Saiko is really like after she turns down his request.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Belle says "golly gee" in Chapter 13, which Shroomy didn't like.
  • Bound and Gagged: Evelyn appears in Chapter 16 tied to a chair by her kidnappers during Saiko's performance at the Grammys.
  • Call-Back: Despite the series' occasional Negative Continuity, there are still quite a few references to certain bloopers.
  • The Cameo:
    • Lamar, Sofia, and Masa show up for Tari's funeral. They show up again at the Dance Party Ending after it's revealed that Tari's still alive.
    • Lady Dimitrescu and her daughters also appear at the Dance Party Ending in support of Shroomy.
  • Canon Character All Along: The owner of the store that sells fake Meta Runner arms is revealed to be none other than Marco.
  • Canon Welding: The fic takes Tari's past and adventures from the Meta Runner continuity up to season two and applies it to the SMG4 Blooper continuity.
  • Catchphrase: Aibo has "no one says no to my Senbo", or some variation thereof.
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: When Mario sees JubJub as Senbo and Aibo's lawyer, he immediately felt compelled to "KICK THE BABY", only to be stopped by SMG4.
  • Censored for Comedy: In a Shout-Out to The Presentators, the story begins with Mario messing with Saiko by using a strange remote to play silly sound effects while she's rehearsing, blocking out certain words of her singing to make it sound dirty and juvenile. Needless to say, Saiko wasn't amused.
  • Chained to a Railway: A flashback in Chapter 5 shows that SMG3 did this to Tari.
  • Chew-Out Fake-Out: The first half of Chapter 4 makes it look like Aibo was going to reprimand Senbo for going behind her back trying to play Saiko's guitar after trying to talk him out of it. Instead, she has a plan to help him.
  • Comically Small Bribe: One of Senbo's attempts to get the guitar was a bribe of $1. It doesn't work.
  • Crack Pairing: Invoked with Fuego and Toast Guy, with the narration commenting how insane this pairing is.
  • Creator Cameo: Judge Kevin is Kevin Lerdwichagul, co-founder of Glitch Productions.
  • Curse Cut Short: When Senbo starts grumbling about God in the last chapter, Aibo cuts him off as he's making one of these.
    Senbo: Well, God can go suck a—
  • Dance Party Ending: The story ends with Saiko's band performing for the Grammys.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Saiko has one of Francis, as seen in Chapter 3's illustration—which has multiple darts and a machete thrown at it.
    Meggy: Don't even think about selling that.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Aibo's parents don't approve of her relationship with Senbo, thinking he's a bad influence on her.
  • Death Faked for You: The main problem of the story is the mass panic Senbo and Aibo cause by faking Tari's death, just to get to Saiko's guitar.
  • Dirty Coward: Rather than take responsibility for all the chaos they created by making the world think Tari was dead, Senbo and Aibo plan to run away.
  • Disapproving Look: Aibo gives one to Senbo in the illustration for Chapter 4, after learning not only that Senbo went behind her back to try and get Saiko's guitar, but that he made his room a mess in his tantrum over his failures to do so.
  • The Diss Track: Saiko performs a remix of "Darkest Hour" based around Senbo and Aibo's failed scheme at an awards ceremony.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Chapter 4 gets its title "Secrets Revealed" from the many revelations in the story. The most prominent one was Aibo revealing to have come up with a plan to help Senbo play Saiko's guitar, but others include the wedding Saiko was talking about earlier being between Fuego and Toast Guy, and the band's manager being none other than Jeeves.
  • Dreadful Musician: The story makes it clear that Senbo's music does not hold a candle to Saiko's, as he sings mostly over the first things he sees with no regards to whether they rhyme, and his guitar keys are completely off. Even when he finally gets to play Saiko's guitar, his skills haven't gotten better.
  • Dreamworks Face: Saiko makes this face on the cover.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: When attempting to determine who would want to hurt Tari, Meggy thinks back to how this started shortly after Saiko got her new security system and realizes that someone might be trying to hurt Saiko through Tari.
  • Fictional Video Game: Some of the video games from the universe of Meta Runner appear in this story, the most prominent one being Ultra Jump Mania. It's said to be one of Tari's favorite games, as a nod to her bonding with Theo in the web show.
  • For the Evulz: The reason SMG3 gives for tying Tari to the railroad tracks.
    Tari: Please don't do this!
    SMG3: Why not? It's fun.
  • Futile Hand Reach: Saiko does this in the illustration for Chapter 8, unable to reach what she thinks is Tari sinking in quicksand.
  • Gasp!: The reaction of the rest of the gang when Saiko says that Tari's dead. Bob, in keeping with his computer-generated voice, says "Gasp" instead of gasping.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: SMG3 is one of the people seen at the Grammys in the Dance Party Ending.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Senbo, both figuratively and literally. He's jealous of Saiko's success and he has green eyes. His name even means "envy" in Japanese.
  • Hated by All: Evelyn was loathed by everyone for her cruelty towards Tari. And because of that, no one cared about her getting kidnapped by burglars.
  • Heroic Vow: Meggy makes one at her eulogy for Tari's funeral to find her killer, even though she isn't really dead.
    Meggy: From what Saiko told me, Tari's hand was too far away for her to reach, so I refuse to believe she fell in by accident. This was a murder! She was thrown into the quicksand! Someone was out to get her! And I will not rest until that someone is found! I am going to use my police skills to personally go over all of the evidence, then present it to Mr. Monitor!
  • Hey, That's My Line!: Shroomy says this word-for-word when Belle says "golly gee" in Chapter 13.
  • Honor Among Thieves: Senbo and Aibo aren't just tight partners-in-crime; they love each other.
  • House Fire: Sometime before the events of the story, Evelyn set Tari's apartment at Game Go on fire.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail: One big detail, that is. Another mentioned attempt of Senbo was to get into Saiko's house dressed as Meggy. His failing was dressing as Meggy in her Inkling form, after she'd been a human for over a year at this point.
  • Insistent Terminology: Every time Theo is mentioned in the story, he is referred to as "Coconut Boy".
  • Instant Sedation: After Aibo chloroforms Tari, she loses consciousness relatively fast. Indeed, the narration states that the chloroform is strong enough to knock you out after only a few seconds of inhaling it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Saiko's response to Senbo wanting to try her guitar is predictably...Saiko-ish, but she's correct in that it's her guitar and she has no obligations to loan it out to someone she doesn't know, let alone have any reason to trust.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: If you hadn't seen the Season 2 finale of Meta Runner, then the story will spoil the revelations regarding Tari's origins, namely that she's an AI, and her "full name" is Turbo Artificial Rapid Intelligence. To a lesser extent, Chapter 11's illustration spoils the charred left side of Dr. Sheridan's face.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At the end of the story, the narration notes that the gang usually faces a new problem every week caused either by Mario's stupidity or some jerk looking for trouble.
  • Let Me at Him!:
    • As Mario is stabbing the quicksand pit with a big knife for supposedly killing Tari at her funeral, Luigi and Fishy Boopkins hold him back.
    Luigi: Pull yourself together, Bro!
    • During Senbo and Aibo's trial, video footage of the latter recording and enjoying Saiko's crying was played for the jury. Furious, Saiko charges at Senbo and Aibo, forcing several people to hold her back, and the judge to call order.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Belle hasn't learned that everyone thinks Tari's dead. This makes it easy for Senbo and Aibo to manipulate her into keeping Tari occupied so they can keep thinking she's dead. She finally figures it out when she goes to brag about achieving the best ending in the game they were playing, finding thousands of people paying tribute to Tari.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Senbo and Aibo take advantage of Tari's kindness by pretending to be a sobbing movie director and his sick sister (respectively) in order to convince Tari to play into their plan to lure Saiko out of the house. Later, when they want to keep Tari from revealing herself to the world so they can still think she's dead, they exploit Belle's Hair-Trigger Temper and competitive nature to manipulate her into challenging Tari to a game of Ultra Jump Mania.
  • Meaningful Name: Both of the story's Original Characters have Japanese names that match their personalities, roles, and lifestyles. "Senbo" means "envy"; as in, the envy he feels at Saiko's success as a rock star, and "Aibo" means "partner"; as in, romantic partner. It extends to their last names as well—"Mazushi" means "poor", the poor family that Senbo comes from, and "Sumato" means "smart", a nod to Aibo being the brains in their relationship.
  • Meganekko: Aibo is a rare antagonistic version of this.
  • Moment Killer:
    • After Saiko tearfully tells her friends in Chapter 9 that Tari is supposedly dead, Everybody Cries in mourning of her... until Bob admits he wasn't paying attention and asks for a repeat on how she died. Cue Death Glare from everyone.
    • Saiko and Tari's happy and tearful reunion in Chapter 13 is ruined by Bob begging them to kiss each other. Saiko throws her hammer at him for this.
  • My Friends… and Zoidberg!: Bob gets this treatment from the minister at Tari's funeral, of all places.
    Kermit: Friends, relations, whatever Bob counts as...
  • Mythology Gag:
    [Belle] kind of liked this Palette Swap. He almost looked like he could be Coconut Boy's Spanish cousin. She would have liked him even more if he had evil red eyes, but what can you do?
    • Belle drives a car that uses a wireless game controller, just like she does in Meta Runner.
    • Belle calls Senbo and Aibo "a special kind of messed up", which is what she called Lucks in the S2 finale of Meta Runner.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands:
    • Kermit the Frog appears in the story as a minister, and the narration jokes about this being one of the many jobs in his resume.
    The other attendees couldn't think of a more appropriate candidate for the job. After all, he was already an Olympian, a carny, a DJ, a judge, a news anchor, a mini-game host, the top student at Final Fantasy academy, a pizza delivery guy, a sheriff, and the would-be conqueror of Egypt. Why not a minister?
    • Jeeves appears as the manager for Saiko's band, and the narration almost repeats the same joke, before deciding that the audience gets the idea.
    The band couldn't think of a more appropriate candidate for their manager. After all, he was already a waiter, a math teacher, an umpire, the announcer for the Mushroom Kingdom awards... well, you get the idea.
    • Chapter 14 offers an explanation for Mr. Monitor's change from a security guard in his debut episode to the police officer he's known as today: guarding a school apparently wasn't enough for him.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Mr. Monitor demonstrates three abilities he hasn't used in any of SMG4's videos.
    • He has a USB port on the side of his face that allows his "face" to play videos from any flash drive inserted into it, which allows him to absorb its information.
    • He can take a silent photograph of people he suspects are up to criminal behavior, which he can then use to keep a close eye on them.
    • He has a satellite feature built into him that tracks down criminals within a 50-mile radius, which is activated by the aforementioned silent photograph.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Saiko gives one to Mario for messing her up while she was rehearsing for her concert in Chapter 1. By the time she's finished, Mario is unable to walk properly, spends the rest of the chapter in a cast, and apparently took a week to heal.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • Tari managed to defeat a gang of animal poachers by herself while in Sprawling Savannah.
    • The Glitchy Gang managed to take down and imprison Dr. Sheridan sometime before the start of the story.
  • Oh, Crap!: Senbo and Aibo's reaction when they realize that their actions will end up setting Meggy on their trail.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Senbo makes this face in the illustration for Chapter 4 when Aibo catches him throwing a tantrum over not getting Saiko's guitar, which she tried to talk him out of.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Meggy's response to the news that Tari has supposedly died, referring to Desti's death.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Mr. Monitor mentions in Chapter 14 that he took a silent photograph of Senbo and Aibo in order to track them, meaning his suspicious eyeing of them back in Chapter 2 had some purpose.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: For all the anger Senbo and Aibo caused her, Saiko likes seeing the former's chivalry towards the latter.
  • Original Generation:
    • Aside from Senbo and Aibo, the story and illustrations give us a good look at Saiko's living conditions that SMG4's Mario Bloopers haven't yet, particularly the revelation that there's a quicksand pit in her general area. Though, "She's Back!" would eventually show Saiko's abode for the first time, on the same day of Chapter 13's release, which may contradict things. She doesn't live in a city, as Chapter 2's illustration would suggest.
    • The songs Saiko's band plays in Chapters 1 and 4 are original.
  • Pet the Dog: Saiko does end up learning that she has more influence than she realizes from the experience and when a rival performer is down about losing the Grammy to her, she gives him a light bit of encouragement to perk him up to avoid making the same mistake she did with Senbo.
  • Quicksand Sucks: There's a quicksand pit not far from where Saiko lives, and it's a plot point.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: A more subdued version. Aibo comments that it's like even God doesn't want them to stay together, leading Senbo to almost tell God to suck something before Aibo tells him to keep quiet.
  • Recap Episode: The first half of Chapter 14 describes how the relationship between Meggy and Mr. Monitor grew from her fearing his relentlessness as a security guard to them working together on the police force.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: It's a fanfic based on a web series loosely based on the Super Mario Bros. games.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: No one lifted a finger to rescue Evelyn after she was kidnapped by burglars. Not even her own parents.
  • Retcon: Meggy's work as a police officer plays an important part in the story, in spite of the revelation in "Mario VS Youtubers" that she gave it up.
  • The Runaway: What Senbo and Aibo plan to become to escape any repercussions from their machinations.
  • Sadist: Both Senbo and Aibo show great enthusiasm seeing Saiko cry for what looked like Tari drowning in quicksand, thinking she deserves the emotional trauma for denying the former her guitar.
  • Say My Name:
    • Saiko screams Tari's name in Chapter 8 after witnessing what looks like her hand sinking in quicksand.
    • She later screams Senbo's name in Chapter 13 when she figures out he was behind Tari's supposed death.
  • Severely Specialized Store: The store which Aibo got the fake Meta Runner arm from seems to only sell that product.
  • Shout-Out: Aside from the aforementioned homage to The Presentators, there are quite a few, which is appropriate, considering the series it's based on.
  • Slasher Smile: Senbo and Aibo exchange these to each other in Chapter 6's illustration as they go over their plan for Saiko's guitar.
  • So Last Season: Joked about in the narration of Chapter 14 in regards to Mr. Monitor being used as the primary policeman character used in SMG4's videos instead of the blue-colored Marios.
    Anyone who even thought about doing anything "I L L E G A L" would have to answer to him—since blue-clad palette swaps of Mario are so three years ago.
  • Stealth Insult: While Senbo is manipulating Tari into pretending she's sinking in quicksand, he tells her she's playing a character named Lady Ventosa. "Ventosa" means "sucker" in Spanish.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Saiko turns down Senbo's attempt to simply ask to play her guitar because he's a total stranger who was obviously trying to butter her up, so she has no reason to trust him with it.
    • Senbo's continued attempts to get the guitar, easily thwarted as they were, ended up wearing down Saiko. For all she's dealt with, it's still creepy stalker behavior that would wear on the sanity of anyone before too long.
    • Upon realizing all that happened to her and how she'd been used, Tari is emotionally unstable and distraught for some time after. Like with Saiko, for all that Tari has been through, that level of trauma is something that no one could - or should - be able to brush off.
  • Take That!:
    • Shroomy's suggestion to play "Never Gonna Give You Up" for the wedding in Chapter 3 was met with groans from the other band members.
    • Chapter 10 opens with Belle getting frustrated with a video game she was playing.
    Belle: Canary Mary can go die in a hole.
    • Chapter 13 gives a jab at motion controls, after Tari got finished explaining her chloroform attack.
    Belle: That would explain your dizziness during those motion control sections in the Lost Island.
  • Taunting the Unconscious: Before putting his plan to fake Tari's death into action, Senbo has some fun with her after Aibo chloroforms her.
    Senbo: Time to make you a star.
  • Tears of Joy:
    • Played for Laughs in Chapter 5. Mario cries these after recounting "the nicest, bravest, most amazing thing you could ever do for your friend"—which turns out to be Saiko casually reminding Tari that she has ice cream on her face.
    • Tari sheds these in Chapter 12 after achieving the complete ending in Ultra Jump Mania's DLC mode.
    • Saiko and Tari both shed these while hugging each other in Chapter 13's illustration after the latter reveals to her friends that she's still alive.
    • During the Dance Party Ending, Lady Dimitrescu sheds these seeing her nephew playing at the Grammys.
      Vampires can cry too.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Returning from the bloopers is Saiko's love of chicken.
    • Aibo's is meatloaf sandwiches.
  • Unnamed Parent: Senbo and Aibo's parents aren't given names.
  • Verbal Tic: Whimpu continues to call Saiko "my queen".
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: It's said that the co-op feature in Ultra Jump Mania has both players share the same number of lives, which punishes players for throwing their partners in danger just for a collectible.
  • Villain of Another Story:
    • Tari mentions in Chapter 2 during her vacation at Sprawling Savannah that she's rescuing baby animals from evil poachers. Come Chapter 3, she's already defeated them.
    • Dr. Sheridan and Evelyn Claythorne. Their only purpose in the story is to rule out the possibility of Tari's enemies being responsible her supposed death, and any encounter with them is from past offscreen battles that never occur in any SMG4 videos.
  • You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: Saiko says this in Chapter 14 when she finds out where Senbo and Aibo are planning to run away to.

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