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Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom is a four part flash movie series featuring the characters and settings from Super Mario Bros.. It was created by the late Randy Solem for his website, Video Game Director's Cuts and has also been featured on Newgrounds.

After Mario is killed by a squadron of Bullet Bills, Luigi leads the citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom on a quest for vengeance against Bowser. As the battle goes on, however, things turn out to be not exactly as they seem...

Inspired by Alexander Leon's equally excellent series Mario Brothers, this series is equally epic in scale, but much lighter in tone, with a good deal of Toilet Humor and Black Comedy in the last episode. It can be seen here on VGDC, here on Newgrounds, or here, on YouTube.

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  • All-Loving Hero: The very beginning shows Mario as this to the Mushroom Kingdom, stopping to do something as simple as helping a little Toad kid who fell off a latter and calling in help for him. This simple compassion alone speaks about just how much the people of the kingdom adored and loved Mario, not just from his countless quests to rescue the princess and save the kingdom, and all the more reason why that they are devastated by his brutal murder and are out for bloody vengeance against the Koopa Kingdom (even though they were innocent).
  • Almost Dead Guy: Luigi takes the bullet for Mario in Part 3 and lives just long enough to tell him about Wart's plans.
  • Big Bad: Wart is the culprit even though Bower is initially set up as the big bad like usual.
  • Big Damn Heroes: a revived Luigi reveals himself by saving Mario at the last minute in Part 4.
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  • Bittersweet Ending: Part 2 ends with the Mushroom Kingdom prevailing against the Koopa Kingdom, but of course it doesn't change the fact that Mario is still dead. Were it not for the Wham Shot we're given at the end of the second installment, and the inclusion of two more chapters, this is likely how the series would have ended. Part 4 in contrast is a much more happy ending, since both Mario AND Luigi are still alive at the end.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Bowser wets himself in terror just before he is Eaten Alive by the baby Yoshis.
  • Camera Abuse: Larry gets blasted into the screen during Part 2.
  • Cliffhanger: The end of Part 2 and beginning of Part 3.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Mario, Luigi, and Bowser's deaths. Mario, one man, is bombarded by Bullet Bills (fired by Wart) before being explosively finished off by a Banzai Bill. After Luigi wakes up to find out it's all about to happen for real, he takes the entire onslaught, and the resulting explosion gruesomely blows him in half. And Bowser is mauled to pieces by a bunch of newly-hatched baby Yoshis.
    • And in Part 4 Wart is blown to pieces when a Fire Flower is used to light his flatuence.
  • Dead Hat Shot: Mario's death in Part 1 is symbolized by a slow-motion shot of his falling hat.
  • Due to the Dead: Mario's funeral is attended by many Toads and Yoshis, as well as Luigi and the Princess.
    • During the battle against Bowser's kingdom, many dead fighters from the Mushroom Kingdom can be seen being carried away by their comrades.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: The beginning of Part 3 reveals Parts 1 and 2 were Luigi dreaming prophetically.
  • Foreshadowing: At the beginning of Part 2, Bowser reacts with confusion when he's informed of the incoming attack.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Tons. There is a guide to them on VGDC.
  • Gasshole: Wart. Word of God implied this is why he hates vegetables so much.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: In Part 2, the scene shifts so that we don't see the worst of Bowser being torn apart by baby Yoshis. We still see bloody body parts, though.
  • Grave-Marking Scene: At the end of Part 2, Luigi visits Mario's grave and places a photo of the two brothers on it.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Poor Luigi...
  • Heel–Face Turn: Bowser is implied to have done one prior to the beginning of the series as he had not attacked the Mushroom Kingdom for quite some time, though he chooses not to take prisoners when the Mushroom Kingdom attacks his castle unprovoked (from his perspective).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Luigi at the beginning of Part 3. As he's dying, he warns Mario that Wart is trying to assassinate him, so Mario decides not to let him do so without a fight.
  • Neck Snap: The move Luigi uses against a Boom Boom, as he tries to enter the castle's nightclub.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The movie uses sprites from Super Mario World, the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 2, and Yoshi's Island, all of which have slightly different art styles.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: As indicated by the title, the entire series is one of these, with the Mushroom Kingdom battling against Bowser and Wart.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The end of Part 2, when it turns out that Wart killed Mario and Bowser was completely innocent.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Luigi gets to Bowser using the "World -1" trick from Super Mario Bros. and finishes him off by swinging him into the distance, Super Mario 64-style.
    • Mario uses the super jump from Super Mario Bros. 2 in Wart's castle.
    • Mario keeps losing his cap during Part 4, much like in Super Mario 64.
    • Mario's battle against Clawgrip is styled in the same way as Donkey Kong.
    • MC Koopa and Mario's distracting dance are references to Randy Solem's Mack Daddy Mario videos from Video Game Director's Cuts
    • Bowser wetting himself out of fear is another reference to another of Solem's videos.
    • The background music consists primarily of music from the Mario franchise and the original version used music from Titanic for Mario's funeral in Part 1. However, the remastered version by King Asylus replaces the music for the funeral scene with music from Godzilla as Asylus thought it sound sadder and didn't want to get a copyright strike for using Titanic. Though Asylus does keep with a primarily Mario franchise score.
  • Spiritual Successor: This was directly inspired by Mario Brothers, and indeed, the first two parts are basically a story about Luigi avenging Mario instead of the other way around. However, because of the long gaps between updates, it also became a Spiritual Antithesis, as Mario Brothers is completely hopeless and has a Kill ’Em All ending, whereas this series is more idealistic, ending with all the good guys alive, even those who originally died.
  • Time Stands Still: In Part 3, Luigi uses a Stopwatch to freeze time and throw Mario out of the path of the Banzai Bill. Unfortunately, the effect wears off before Luigi himself can get out of the way, resulting in his own death.
  • Toilet Humor: Rampant in Part 4, especially when Mario finishes off Wart by lighting his flatulence. This was Randy Solem, after all.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's essentially impossible to mention Wart without giving away the twist ending to Part 2.
  • Wham Shot: At the end of the second installment, Luigi visits Mario's grave, when another Bullet Bill is fired at him. The shooter is then revealed to be Wart, indicating him as the culprit.

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