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An unlikely hero... In an unlikely scenario...

"This is a unique world, a world of trophies."

Created by Tigura21, a member of the Smash Bros. machinima group Virtual Smash, Smash King is a Machinima which is filmed in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The world in which the series takes place is generally similar to Brawl, with the same characters, settings and even a similar concept: Loads and Loads of Characters fighting together in a tournament.

The series is set shortly after the games characters make the jump from Melee to Brawl. The annual Smash King Tournament is about to be held. The winner gets the chance to meet God and is granted one wish. The series begins at a fight between Bowser and Peach. Bowser wins, and Peach agrees to join his team for the upcoming tourney. The story focuses on Bowser's team and Mario's team as they fight in the tournament, and the story of what really happened during the last few days of Melee is slowly brought to light.


As of March 2019, nineteen episodes have been released, completing the second act and beginning the third act. Smash King has also spawned three spinoffs:

Here is a list of the main characters in Smash King.


  • Action Girl: Samus and Sheik. Peach tries to be this, but she doesn't always succeed.
  • Animesque: Japanese intro/ending songs, Cold Openings, and Eye Catchers? Check, check, and check.
  • All There in the Manual: Details about specific moves, events, and characters not mentioned in show can be found in the Bios posted on Tigura's Deviant Art page.
  • Alternate Universe: The personality discrepancies in characters, along with two versions of Fox, Falco, and Peach existing, it's implied that at least, these are not the same characters from their respective titles. It's confirmed that all the characters in this world are "trophies" of the characters they're based on: in other words, they may retain the knowledge and memories of whoever they're based on, but different in many other aspects.
  • Anachronic Order: The prequel series Raccanto are released in non-sequential files. So far it's 12, 1, 2, 6, 8, 5.
  • As You Know: Spoken word-for-word by Bowser in Episode 6's remake as he's explaining what a trophy's matrix is, and how his Ascent Mode works in relation to it.
  • Axe-Crazy: Link is a very dangerous and disturbing example of this, being the only smasher who actually wants to kill people.
  • Battle Aura
  • Brick Joke: A long-running example that occurs from a filler moment to an actual episode. In the Smash King Winter Festival, Mewtwo remarks that he doesn't need to wish for anything, as he already has fur in Lucario's body. Seven years later in Episode 18, Mewtwo laments the loss his "beautiful fur coat" after returning to his own body in the Twilight Realm.
  • Broken Pedestal: Samus becomes this towards Peach, who initially saw her as a role model before Samus and her team attempt to take Bowser to the Creator against his will. This trope also applies to Wario, as his one-sided crush on her completely vanishes once this is revealed.
  • Butt-Monkey: A lot of the minor characters are this, notably Toon Link, Captain Falcon until his Heroic Sacrifice, and Mr. Game and Watch. Subverted with characters like Wario, Dedede, Ike, and Meta Knight, as they can show that they can be serious if they have to.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Bowser's various Ascent Mode forms indicate what powers he will likely use.
  • Continuity Nod: Between actual referencing things in the prequel series, Racconto, and references to each the games each character belong to, there is quite a lot.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • Dedede, full stop. Lampshaded by Peach.
    • Wario also applies, who only fights when he has to.
    • Because of his split personality disorder, Meta Knight fits this trope like a glove. During Act II however, the "badass" side becomes much more prominent.
    • Also applies to Team Falcon after Captain Falcon's reincarnated and their sudden turnabout in episode 17.
      Ness: Okay, seriously, WHAT THE CRAP!? How did these guys get so good all of the sudden!?'
  • Darkest Hour: Definitely the end of Episode 18. Ganondorf and Meta Ridley have conquered New Pork City, populating it with Ridley offshoots: Ridley uses this to his advantage, threatening to raze the entire city (and by extension, the entire world) if the BS Society or Samus's mercenaries try to stop him; one of Ridley's clones is also stalking Liz, presumably plotting to kill her so as to intimidate Bowser; although he is wanted by the BS Society, Link manages to make his way to Saffron City, where the finals are scheduled to take place. Basically, everything that could go wrong does go wrong.
  • Death Seeker: Bowser willingly instigated a fight with Mario at Episode 13/14 for the hope that Peach would be happy with him again.
  • Deconstruction: Of Designated Hero and Designated Villain, as is shown through the characters of Bowser, Ganondorf, and Link.
    • Being trophies means that they bear the appearance and a lot of the personality traits of the characters they represent. However as the story shows, looking like those iconic characters and being similar does NOT mean that they are exactly the same, and the issues shows in how Bowser and Ganondorf were mistreated due to their resemblance to major villains as well as the bad reputations of their past incarnations. Bowser ultimately manages to overcome this for the most part, while Ganondorf ultimately succumbs, deciding that he'll play the role they expect of him while still trying to make a any means necessary.
    • On the flip side of the situation is Link. Link was revered and looked up to in the past due to his expected role as the Hero of Time. This however resulted in Link feeling like he was under enormous pressure to live up to the expectations of his role, and when he failed in the past and returned in Brawl, he was easily swayed by Ganondorf into changing sides, since it became evident that he didn't HAVE to live up to the role that was expected from him. The end result is the Ax-Crazy Blood Knight he is today.
    • Word of God says this was an overarching theme of the series, and how it works especially well with Link. Also a subtle Take That! to the other machinima cliches, particularly how Link's ALWAYS the hero, ALWAYS saves Zelda, and ALWAYS beats Ganondorf.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: Every team in the tournament is named after whoever put the team together (Team Bowser, Team Sonic, etc.). Daisy's Caravan is another example, the band being named after the eponymous lead singer.
  • Fantastic Caste System: The tier system, which divides tiers into five classes: tops, highs, "mids," lows, and bottoms.
  • Final Death: Generally averted for the most part, as any trophy that loses their ten-life stock is resurrected, albeit without any memories of their past life. However, if the matrix of a trophy is incredibly fragile, as is the case with so-called "duplicate trophies" (i.e the numerous Yoshis and Pokemon which serve to populate the world), then there is no chance of rebirth. This is the fate that befell Pichu in Melee, mainly due to Ganondorf's machinations; it's also strongly implied that Liz is susceptible to permanent death unless she rejoins her former Trainer's team, as her matrix is specifically designed to only function properly when she works in tandem with the other Pokemon.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Bowser was meant to be contained and de-energized from one of Samus' shots. What it really did was give him so much power he was almost immobile... so he resorted to turning into Giga Bowser, which extended his Ascend Form to THAT as well. Then, he expells all the power that shot had, giving everyone in Brawl a share of the Creator's power, and also reawakens Ridley.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Aside from some of the lighter ones such as "crap", "dammit", and "ass", there's surprisingly very little swearing in this series.
  • Graceful Loser: Played with regarding Captain Falcon. When Sonic and Falcon first raced, Falcon was shocked and hurt that he lost, but quickly pretended to laugh it off, saying he underestimated Sonic. He even suggested that he and Sonic form a team together for the tourney to dominate it with their speed. Sonic refuses however, which sowed the seeds of Falcon's rivalry with the hedgehog.
  • Growling Gut: After Fox asks Bowser if he's still hungry in Episode 17, he responds by saying he'd like a few more drumsticks.....only to have his stomach growl quite loudly in disagreement, prompting him to demand a crate of them instead.
    • It also happens to Fox in the remade version of Episode 5, while pondering whether or not to accept Liz's challenge.
    • Then it happens to Liz herself, before her battle with Captain Falcon on the bridge.
  • Hammerspace: GOLF CLUB ATTACK!
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Captain Falcon in Episode 13.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Lucario.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: It's not to clear on what side Zelda's on, as she appears to be involved in a lot of dirty business, but seems to want to help everyone.
    • Mewtwo as well. He starts off working with Ganondorf, then begins warming up to Bowser and wants to see his life improve. Then he's killed by Ganondorf, yet wrongfully believes it was Bowser who killed him: his soul possesses Lucario, and he rejoins Ganon (although he has his own ulterior motives), only to betray Ganon again and forgive Bowser.
  • Hidden Depths: Lots of characters have this, but Link is probably the most memorable.
    • Dedede is shown to be perverse, and a bit of a womanizer... But he's also fairly good-hearted, and incredibly perceptive, going into detail about Bowser's fight with Donkey Kong.
    • Ganondorf, surprisingly. Although he's the Big Bad, this tribute video (made both as a tribute to the character and his original VA Lioncourt) paints Ganon in a more sympathetic light.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: As seen here.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Sonic feels that as the "fastest thing alive" he is suppose to be the sole speed demon in brawl, with no close second. However, he knows that Captain Falcon is a close second and thinks if he admits it he won't be special anymore.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Inverted with Mario in Episode 11. His claim that he’s a friend of Bowser’s trying to help him fight off Ganondorf seems pretty substantiated for the most part, fooling both Wario and Meta Knight for a few minutes. However, Meta Knight's blue side quickly realizes something’s amiss when he takes into account that all of Bowser’s friends know where he lives, so the fact that Mario needs to be directed to his place of residence is nothing short of suspicious.
  • Imagine Spot: Captain Falcon has two of these considering possible outcomes on who wins the race. If he wins, Sonic wears a Falcon uniform and becomes his number two. If Sonic wins, Falcon wears a Sonic uniform and be forced to lick off his shoes like a slave. Sonic is disturbed by both of these.
    Sonic: Don't you have any pride for yourself? Or me? ESPECIALLY ME?
    • Episode 15 has Wario and Squirtle have one each as well, centered around Bowser. Wario's being Bowser ruling a post-apocalyptic version of Brawl like a tyrant, while Squirtle's is a very cute childish story of him breaking out of his prison and beating up the B.S. Society, minus Pit, before making his escape.
  • Insistent Terminology: It's not just Bowser. That's the powerful, the pleasurable, and the respectable King Bowser!
  • Kiai: Most notably when Bowser, Sonic and Link go into their Ascent Modes.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Melee, Pichu, Mewtwo, Roy and Fox. In Brawl, it's subverted: Fox and Mewtwo are alive, and Roy is implied to also have returned. Captain Falcon also dies after pulling a Heroic Sacrifice, but returns a short time later (albeit as a new incarnation with no memories of his previous life).
    • Samus in Episode 19 is very incapacitated by Ridley rechanneling a Shot of the Creator's Power from Samus and firing it back at her, dealing enough damage to render her unable to move. He then proceeds to eat her whole, and she remembers Wario in her final moments.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Ganondorf. Every single time he appears, everything starts to go to hell.
    • Link as well. Aside from Ganondorf, he became very violent and murderous due to being tired of always being the hero that everyone envsions. And at that point caused the death of one of the characters.
  • Legacy Character: Technically the entire cast. Everyone with the possible exceptions of The Creator, Midna, and Shadow is a reincarnation of the specific character they were based on, and are reborn anew when the current incarnation loses his/her 10 life stock.
  • Limit Break: Ascent Mode.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted; Word of God points out that the characters wear recolored skins of their costumes from time to time, like how real people would change clothes. However, this trope is played straight with a few characters, such as Captain Falcon (Word of God says this was intentional to make Falcon seem like a hobo) and "animal" characters such as Pokemon and Bowser who don't technically wear clothes.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Practically every character in each game's roster—and even some not in the vanilla game—fills a role, be it major or minor.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: In episode 15 Bowser choses to let go of most of the godly power he had gain. This gave everyone in the world (even Ganondorf) a fraction of the Creator's power.
  • Minus World: Negative Space, a vast area with nothing but darkness.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Episode 11 and on likes to throw in more than we're familiar with. Rule of Cool in spades though, so no worries!
    • There was a Time Skip after Episode 8, so it would make sense that guys like Ganondorf and Bowser learned a few tricks. Mario's potential also doubled due to a particular sticker given by Roy.
    • Episode 6's remake reveals that Mario has the ability to use elemental powers depending on what he's feeling at the time (in this case, becoming Ice Mario as a result of being frozen by the Ice Climbers). This means that Roy's sticker seemingly gives Mario more control over those abilities, rather than actually granting him that power.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Snake, Samus and Wolf (and indirectly Bowser, considering he's the one who released the Creators Power throughout the world), are responsible for the re-awakening of Ridley himself when the power spread across the world into every trophy. Because they'd hidden the fact that he had even been a threat to begin with (they put him down off screen and behind the scenes) and figured he wouldn't be a problem now that was presumed dead, Ridley was able to become the perfect replacement for Bowser in Ganon's plan to overthrow the Creator, and now Ridley is able to lead these new trophies known as the Tetra Cardinals against the rest of the world as a result of all this.
  • Noodle Incident: Wario is never allowed to use Bowser's bathroom again. We probably don't need to think too hard on that.
    • Wario is the subject of one of these again in Episode 20, where he apparently "greeted" Lucario by going full Groin Attack on him. Though this one's a bit more justified, as the last time Wario saw him, Mewtwo was using his body to try to kill Bowser, and no one informed him that Lucario now wants to help Bowser.
    Lucario: I am still sore. Figuratively and literally.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Sort of a subversion; Mario, upon meeting Wario and Meta Knight (and realizing one of him is Bowser's teammates), insists he is a friend of Bowser and needs to take him to Bowser's home to see him. Since they never met prior, they took his warning of Ganondorf at face value. However, Meta Knight caught on the slip-up that he's a friend of Bowser's, yet doesn't know where he lives.
    • Bowser when Dedede gives Bowser the Ultimatum that he has to win the Tournament or face death otherwise. He's noticably shocked at first, but then bursts out into Laughter at how generic this kind of deal is. This may seem in character for him at first, but. it's heavily implied that he actually is hiding his fear at the prospect of losing his life if he fails, and was just putting up a front for Peach and the others so they wouldn't worry.
  • Power Trio: All contestants in the Smash King Tournament are set up into three man teams.
    • The Creator's Triune, consisting of Bowser, Ganondorf and Mewtwo (replaced by Dedede in Brawl), who were created to be challenges to the other Smashers to help them evolve, and thus were given different attributes for this goal. This is the reason they are so mistreated as well, as these qualities among other things made the other Smashers start to dub them as villains.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Bowser to Ganondorf in episode 13.
    Bowser: You think I don't know? You think I'm not aware of my position here? Why you're so fixed on getting me under your control? Why you keep calling me your "pet"? Your goal is beyond you. You can't do it without me. Every pretty word, every twisted lie, everything you do is related to me. Because you're too weak-no, no-limited to do it all on your own. But, want to know what's funny about that? You can't do anything about it, even if you wanted to, even with the great powers you have now. You're still the same as you ever were, and always will be...number two.
    • He gives a two-for-one speech in Racconto File 6 To Mario for spoiling Peach and Peach for wasting her potential.
  • Reincarnation: It has been implied that some characters, like Bowser, are actually different from their previous selves over the time of being trophies.
  • The Remake: Tigura21 has already remade a few earlier episodes of Smash King. He wanted to fix some of the errors he made before, clear a few unexplained points up, film the scenes in HD, as well as add the new intro and outro. Only episodes 1-6 will be remade.
  • Reset Button: Anyone who exhausts their 10 Life Stock is reincarnated as a blank slate of their original character. All memories and experiences built up are erased.
  • The Reveal: The group consisting of Zelda, Snake, Samus, and Wolf was hired by the Creator to capture Bowser, and take him to Him. Bowser, along with Ganondorf and Mewtwo/ Lucario, is one of the Creator's Triune, three beings the Creator made to challenge the other trophies. As a result, the members of the Triune evolve and grow faster than the others, Bowser especially. To this end, Bowser could become as powerful as the Creator. Ganondorf seeks to use Bowser to overthrow the Creator, and remake the world as he sees fit.
    • Ridley is now Ganon's pawn that he will use to overthrow the Creator as a result of the Creator's power that was spread across the world in Episode 13, and now he's leading a group of powerful Trophies that are new and unique to Brawl to topple the world, known as the Tetra Cardinals.
  • Running Gag: Mario and Bowser manage to keep missing and passing each other, even when they're on the same stage. Until Episode 13 that is.
  • Same Character, but Different: While a few characters act in line with what most people know them as, many characters in the series have many differences that separate them from their traditional counterparts. Examples include Mario forgoing his Italian accent and speaking normally most of the time, Peach being a fierce battler and determinator, Wario caring more about his friends than himself, Meta Knight having a Split Personality between a serious side and an awkward side, and Link being an Ax-Crazy villain with bloodlust.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in 2Decades, in which no one, not even Bowser are the same characters that they were from Smash King, due to being different incarnations of their characters. Some characters such as Wolf even get completely different VA's to emphasize how different they are.
  • Shout-Out: In Episode 13 Bowser uses an attack similar to a Mystic Arte, incantation and all.
    • Also in Episode 13, one of Bowser's visions depicts an army of Dark Bowsers, led by Dark Giga Bowser, wreaking havoc on the World of Brawl. The whole scene is a reference to "The Wrath of Giga Bowser," right down to the music used (Liberi Fatali).
    • Episode 17, this time referencing Smashtasm:
    Bowser: I'm aiming my laser.....IMMA FIRIN' MY LASER! *fires at Diddy Kong and the shot bounces off him and back towards Bowser* OH SHI- *gets knocked off stage* ''.
    • Bowser has a vast collection of video games to play, from Mario Kart, Tales of Vesperia, Gears of War, and BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. When he and Liz play the latter, he doesn't pick a character so he could listen to the menu music. Liz is confused because he's supposedly tone-deaf (a reference to DDR Mario Mix).
    • Captain Falcon's Heroic Sacrifice involves him landing a powerful Falcon Punch on Link. The entire scene (right down to the "FALCON... PUUUUUUNCH!") is a shout-out to the F-Zero anime (where Falcon punches Black Shadow into an explosion that destroys a fraction of the universe).
    • In many episodes where a character is watching TV, the show in question will be an older Smash Bros. machinima.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Since Liz doesn't know English, her speech is usually roars. Pokemon, Bowser, Fox, President Dedede, and Wolf however can understand her perfectly.
  • Split Personality: Meta Knight only has two outfits in the series for this reason: an orange texture, and his normal appearance, The former shows when he's more or less of a Butt-Monkey, whereas the latter is how normal Meta Knight would act. However, as of the events of Darkness Ascending, his serious personality is more prominent.
  • Status Quo Is God: Averted. A major theme of the series is characters living with the consequences of their past actions, for better or worse.
  • Stop Copying Me: Kirby's gimmick; whenever he copies someone's abilities, he imitates their moves and words.
  • Stripperiffic: Dedede's Zero Suits.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Link, though due to characters having a ten life stock outside of the tournament, he has yet to actually kill anyone.
    • Bowser dry humping Donkey Kong
  • Three-Act Structure: Act I chronicles the early days of the Smash King tournament; Act II covers events around the final days of the tournament; Act III is set to take place during the finals.
  • Time Skip: Nearly a month has passed between episodes 8 and 9.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Dedede. He is first seen as a Spoiled Brat who cares about nothing but power, food, and girls. But in "Wario: Portrait of a Smasher", he is able to beat up Wario, and in "No More Womyn", he is able to talk some sense back into Peach after she and Bowser have a falling out. Justified once it's revealed that he's the the third member of the Creator's Triune, replacing Mewtwo.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Sonic and Captain Falcon's rivalry starts because after their race Sonic turns down Falcon's offer to form a team together, saying he doesn't need any "slowpokes" on his team and already has a team in mind, then says it was obvious he was going to win from the start, even though he only beat Falcon by a short distance.
  • Wham Shot: From Episode 19, seeing Ridley drop Samus into his mouth and swallow her whole.
  • Wham Line: From Episode 13:
    Mario: Bowser was tricking you all along, Peach! He was the one who tried to kill me back in Melee!
    • And from Episode 17:
    Bowser: No... you're not Mewtwo.
    Lucario: You are correct. I am Lucario - the real one.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 13-15 can all be summed up as this, to say the least.
    • Due to everything that has been revealed, Episode 17 seems to be the king of Wham.
    • Episode 18 also counts. A phrase that was commonly used to promote the episode was "Change to the status quo is coming," and that's exactly what happens.
    • Episode 19 starts out with a Bang and keeps the ball rolling with a ton of crazy twists and implications.
    • Honestly at this point it's safe to say that basically all of the 2nd half of the series are full of tons of twists and revelations that shake up the story and status quo.
  • Wrong Name Outburst: Episode 15 has Peach call Mario "Bowser" while on a romantic date with him, acompanied by an Imagine Spot of seeing Mario as Bowser. Which really shows the contrast between how Peach was and how she is now, seeing how she imagines Bowser as Mario several times near the beginning of the series. Still a Tear Jerker, though.


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