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Something About ... is a series of parody animations made by a certain Jeremy Chinshue, also known as TerminalMontage. The episodes are often condensed over-the-top parodies of video games, with lots of strange events, running gags, and the occasional sensory abuse. And a bit of memetic mutation, too!

This series provides examples of:

  • Adapted Out: A couple of key elements were adapted out of the abridged parodies, including:
    • The Great Cave Offensive is completely absent in "Something About Kirby Super Star", despite being one of the key modes.
    • Ganondorf is completely absent from "Something About Smash Bros World of Light", despite being one of the major three bosses.
    • Roy, Wendy and Larry are all missing from "Something About Super Mario World", Roy due to Mario opening a keyhole that simply destroyed the Forest of Illusion, and the other two due to Mario bypassing their dungeons by simply hurling their castles at the entrance to the Valley of Bowser.
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    • "Something About Kirby's Adventure" skips over the boss fights for Heavy Mole note  and Nightmare Orb note . Since the video only mentions the Star Rod once at the beginning, the plot relevance of the bosses is largely overlooked.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Possibly, as while Yoshi's intelligence is never mentioned in Nintendo canon, here he's stated to be illiterate.
  • Adaptational Wimp: A lot of the villains in these videos are hilariously taken out by a single attack. There are exceptions.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • "Something About Donkey Kong Country" follows the titular ape, who is normally very minor.
    • "Something About Star Fox 64" is one for Fox McCloud, who is usually a running gag in the "Smash Bros" episodes.
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  • April Fools' Day: "Monster Hunter World 4" was released on April Fools. It takes the "Bird Up!" gag repeatedly and loudly.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Used by the heroes in several installments. It gets subjected to Serial Escalation as well:
    • In "Something About Kirby Super Star", Kirby merely slaps the sun and moon quickly and scolds them.
    • In "Something About Super Mario 64", Mario slaps Bowser hard enough to outright paralyze him.
    • In "Something About Super Mario World", Mario backhand slaps Bowser so hard it actually leaves Bowser's eyes bloodshot and echoes pretty loudly.
    • "Something About Yoshi's Island" also takes the slap to a somewhat extreme degree, being followed up by Yoshi spanking Baby Bowser and throwing him out a window, but it predates the "Super Star" example by a fair length of time.
    • "Something About Kirby's Adventure" has Kirby defeat Mr. Shine, Kracko, and King Dedede by slapping them.
  • Ascended Extra: Boshi appears in the "Yoshi's Island" and "World of Light" episodes, despite not appearing in either game. In both cases, he gets more screen time than Yoshi himself.
  • Backstab Backfire: King Boo tries to sneak up on Luigi after he retains Mario's painting from Satan. Luigi cuts him in half with said painting.
  • Big Damn Heroes: None of the Dark World bosses are defeated against who they initially fight. Dracula looks like he's going to fight Samus and Olimar, but instead he gets defeated by Yoshi. In turn, Marx initially fights Donkey Kong and Simon, but gets defeated by Olimar when his battle gets dragged to Dracula's castle.
  • Butt-Monkey: Slippy Toad in "Something About Star Fox 64", who is left behind on Titania.
    Peppy: (Beat) Slippy's dead.
    Falco: Nice!
  • Button Mashing:
    • In "Donkey Kong Country", a button makes a Kremling run towards DK if set to 'Go' or puts it into hibernation if set to 'Stop'. When DK mashes the button, the Kremling quickly alternates between the two states until it explodes.
    • Fox does it in "Star Fox 64" to skip through General Pepper's lengthy exposition.
  • The Cameo: Geno sometimes appears as a freeze frame bonus.
    • Jill Valentine appears from a door once a ghost appears and flies around the mansion in "Luigi's Mansion".
  • Call-Back: In "Something About Super Mario 64", when Mario slaps Bowser, Yoshi appears for a split second, using the frame of him slapping Baby Bowser from "Something About Yoshi's Island".
  • Call-Forward: Kirby's Adventure ends with a shot of Marx walking up to Kirby's house and laughing ominously.
  • Character Shilling: Played for Laughs in "Something About Yoshi's Island" with Boshi, who isn't even in the game. He gets an extended (for this series) fight sequence with Raphael the Raven and has the ability to morph in to a helicopter so he doesn't have to hand Baby Mario off to the Purple Yoshi.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Fox, who makes odd decisions such as teleporting his crew into a vaporwave dimension, yelling about making mac 'n' cheese, blowing up Solar, and randomly crashing his Arwing around in the Venom escape sequence.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: King Dedede in "Something About Kirby Super Star" dies by having his innards sucked out through his mouth and eye sockets, courtesy of Kirby.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Almost every fight ends with the villains being eradicated with ease because it's funnier that way.
  • Demonic Possession: Mario's bizarre speedrunning-obsessed behavior is a result of him being possessed by a literal Speed Demon.
    • A ghost possesses E. Gadd in "Something About Luigi's Mansion".
  • Deranged Animation: Dharkon in "World of Light" is made up of a single eye and a bunch of crab legs, as shown in this page's current picture.
  • Destination Defenestration: Yoshi holds no qualms with throwing Baby Bowser out a window to his death.
  • Determinator: The protagonists will generally stop at nothing to achieve their goals. Special mention goes to Simon Belmont, who basically blows through the entirety of Dracula's castle without breaking a sweat, no matter how many monsters get thrown at him.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Often the protagonists will just blow through levels and ignore the intended obstacles.
    • "Something About Super Mario 64" has Mario use exaggerated versions of actual speedrun tricks to skip the regular courses and do just the Bowser levels for a "zero Power Stars" run.
    • "Something About Zelda Breath of the Wild" basically goes like this: clip into the dungeon entrance, get the next required power, smash straight into the chamber containing the Spirit Orb, rinse and repeat.
    • Zig-zagged in "Something About Super Mario World" where Mario uses the Star Road shortcut to Bowser's Castle, then Bowser tries to buy time by telling Mario to rescue the Yoshi eggs from the other Koopalings. Mario still blows through their castles in record time and gets back just before Bowser can finish preparing for the final boss fight.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In "Something About Monster Hunter World", the backgrounds are not colored. This would no longer be the case with the second MHW episode, complete with the subtitle "Now in Technicolor!"
  • Eye Scream:
    • In "Something About Star Fox 64", Fox defeats Andross by flying into his eye so that he can fire directly at his brain.
    • In "Something About Kirby's Adventure", Kirby defeats Kracko by slapping his eye out of its body.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out:
    • Much like the game it's based on, "Something About Donkey Kong Country" has a very quick moment of this before the end of the video.
    • "Monster Hunter World 3" has YouTube's recommendations in the video after a particularly extensive "Bird Up!"
  • Fantastic Nuke: Created in "Pokemon Battle Royale" by a shiny Magcargo being sent out. And then a Wobbuffet counters it.
  • Flash Step: When Ganon escapes from Hyrule Castle and reappears outside it as Dark Beast Ganon, Link suddenly appears right before him.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Quite a lot of these. A common one is for a character's face to become incredibly Off-Model for a moment and then cutting away.
  • Funny Background Event: Often Once an Episode, generally in the form of black comedy.
  • Fun with Subtitles:
    • Inverted in "World of Light". With the subtitles turned on, Marth's single line is apparently the same as his line in the game proper. What he says out loud, however, is "Harakiri tsunami, kamikaze banzai".
    • Having subtitles on for "Super Mario World" translates King Boo's laughing at Mario's speedrunning tricks, though it goes by so fast it's practically a Freeze-Frame Bonus. Fittingly, it also counts as foreshadowing.
      King Boo: Looks like he's already possessed!
  • Gainax Ending: "World of Light" has Dharkon defeated by Mario turning into Master Hand and flying into it. And then peace returned to all the land. The end. Even the characters are confused as to what happened.
  • Goomba Stomp: Link's shown to utilize these to get around in Breath of the Wild, shield surfing off a cliff or something and then bouncing off a Bokoblin, sending him careening into the sky at Mach 5. He even uses it to cross Hyrule Field in its entirety once he nabs the Paraglider!
  • Gosh Darnit To Heck: Parodied in "Something About Donkey Kong Country":
    King K. Rool: You darn dirty ape!
    A picture of Kirby shows up on the bottom with the text "Kirbo Says; There will be no swears in my Christian channel!"
  • Gratuitous Japanese:
    • "Something About Star Fox 64" has Slippy speak a line of Japanese during the Vaporwave-inspired Meteo warp sequence.
    • "Speedrunner Mario VS Melee Fox" makes copious use of this to amp up the anime-like drama.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Mario's internal rage in the "Super Mario World" video, taken from this Vine.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Many installments portray the heroes as this. Special mentions go to Kirby, who holds no qualms about violently vacuuming up Dedede's innards while he's still alive, and the Yoshi clan, who will casually snap Shy Guys' necks and commit cartoonishly over-the-top acts of child abuse.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Even the most wicked foes are laid low by the presence of crosses, often accompanied by a chorus of "Hallelujah!" Simon Belmont dissolves crosses in water flasks to create his Holy Water. Kirby silences Marx simply by holding up a cross, then later banishes Nightmare with one instead of the Star Rod. Luigi doesn't carry a cross, but a Latin chant repels Satan with a cross-shaped flash on the screen.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Mario and specifically, the Speed Demon possessing him. Mario is capable of violating reality and does so hilariously. He's even capable of turning into Master Hand as a Heroic Sacrifice and even him coming back is poked on later.
  • Informed Attribute: In "Something About Kirby Super Star", Marx accuses Kirby of "sucking everything up like a fat boy at a Golden Corral." Unlike most fan depictions of Kirby, the only times he's actually shown using his inhale ability here are when he eats King Dedede's insides and when he vacuums up some of Meta Knight's soldiers just before the Halberd takes off.
  • It's Personal: In "World of Light", Mario stops Kirby and everyone else from joining in to fight Bowser for this reason. He still drags Yoshi along.
  • Large Ham: Marx qualifies. He even screams in some of his sentences.
  • Laughing Mad: Marx after his transformation pretty much laughs when he isn't attacking.
  • Made of Explodium: It's easier to point out something that doesn't explode randomly. Bonus points for it exploding for absolutely no reason at all.
  • Man on Fire: Boshi keeps on walking as he is on fire after crashing into a wall in the very next scene "Something About Smash Bros WORLD OF LIGHT". The flames disappear right the next time he's on-screen, though.
  • Mook Horror Show: If the hero of any episode behave like they're possessed by a speedrunner or meta gamer, expect cannon fodder, bosses and final bosses to visibly and audibly freak out as they're being steamrolled.
  • Nuke 'em: Kirby in "Something About Kirby's Adventure" uses a nuke to take out the Meta Knights and later to deal the finishing blow against Meta Knight.
  • One-Man Army: Kirby, Simon Belmont, and Donkey Kong.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: Vaporwave Dimension | LÜNE - Rêve Lucide, a vaporwave music video based on a segment from "Something About Star Fox 64". It's played (almost) completely seriously and is surprisingly heartfelt, a far cry from the Rapid-Fire Comedy nature of the rest of the "Something About" series.
  • Overly Long Gag:
  • Nightmare Face: Mr. Nintendo himself pulls one on Bowser during the "Bowser in the Fire Sea" fight in "Something About Super Mario 64 Speedrun".
    Mario: So long, gay-[demonic roar]
    • Predating that is Nana, to Popo in "Something About Super Smash Bros", when they find the Smash 4 character selection screen on the top of Summit.
      Nana: [demonic roar]
      Popo: Yeah!
  • Pokémon Speak: Poyo! Until it would be otherwise funny, at least.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: The series specializes in this; breathing room here tends to be something of a myth.
  • Religious Bruiser: An odd recurring theme in some installments. Aside from Simon Belmont, who fights with anointed weaponry, Luigi defeats Satan in "Something About Luigi's Mansion" by literal prayer and repels his possessed brother the same way in the stinger of "Something About Super Mario World". Kirby in particular is made into one on a mission from God to spread The Good Word, and always tries to defeat major villains with nothing more than a holy cross. In "Something About Kirby's Adventure", delivering The Good Word outright vaporises Nightmare.
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  • Satanic Archetype: Jeremy's version of Nightmare is this in "Kirby's Adventure", appearing as a face in the tainted Fountain of Dreams who tries to tempt Kirby with a smooth, compelling voice.
    Nightmare: Kirby. Throw [King Dedede] into the fountain. Throw him into the fountain, Kirby, and I will make all of your dreams come true.
  • Sensory Abuse: Whenever the title has "LOUD SOUND WARNING" in it, expect some of this on the ears.
  • Sequence Breaking: "Super Mario 64 Speedrun" has Mario abuse glitches to be able to beat Bowser all three times without collecting a single star. Bowser calls him out on it the second time.
    • Link even does this in "Zelda Breath of the Wild Speedrun".
    • Inverted in "Super Mario World"; Bowser tells Mario to collect all the eggs around Yoshi's Island once he sequence breaks all the way to his castle. Mario goes back to do exactly that, quickly enough to get back to the castle before the Koopa King even gets the chance to get on his Koopa Clown Car with Peach for his boss fight.
  • Shout-Out: Constantly. The Kirby Super Star video parodies this by having a sign that says "pop culture reference".
    • Makes a load of references from SiIvagunner. In fact, a lot of his songs are in the videos themselves.
    • "Something About Star Fox 64" has a segment that's a whole homage to Vaporwave, gratuitous Japanese included.
    • "Something About Kirby Super Star" has Mace Knight use the same text-to-speech voice as Moonbase Alpha, and references the "John Madden" and "aeiou" memes from motdef's videos. Yoshi also uses the Moonbase Alpha text-to-speech voice in "Something About Yoshi's Island" and "Something About Super Mario World", but references to any motdef memes are absent in those cases.
    • The start of "Something About Super Mario World" uses a clip of pannenkoek2012 saying "to answer that [question], we need to talk about parallel universes."
    • Also early in "Super Mario World", Mario uses the Backwards Long Jump to rocket off the beach and into Dinosaur Land, slightly lampshading the insane speeds one can get with it by having a Twinkle In The Sky.
    • Later in "Super Mario World", when Mario returns to Bowser's Castle, he speedruns through it accompanied by a sample of one of MetalKingBoo's "Mario Screaming" videos.
    • Something About Fortnite: Battle Royale references the "Thanos Gun" quote from Dunkey's time with the game.
  • Shown Their Work: Breath of the Wild is a parody of a BOTW speedrun. It's terrifyingly accurate. (For comparison, here is the video and here is a bona fide speedrun.)
  • The Stinger: Every episode has one of these!
  • Stripped to the Bone: Kirby slapping the top of Mr. Shine several times is enough to reduce him to a skeleton.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: A lot of it, in every episode.
  • Stylistic Suck: Again, whenever it'd be funny.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Marx tends to end most of his sentences by revealing his true colors.
    Marx: Hahahahahahaha! FOOLS! While you were sucking everything up like a fat boy at a Golden Corral, I gathered all the Star Power in the universe and became G O D!!!
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: Whenever Yoshi has to speak, he's rendered using text to speech.
  • Take That!:
    • Among the trash in the dumpster Yoshi is eating from in Something About Yoshi's Island is a Wii U.
    • In Something About Super Smash Bros, Link vomits upon seeing The Subspace Emissary.
    • When Link enters the third shrine in Something About Zelda Breath of the Wild, we're treated to a zoom in of a caption saying "Reaction vids are lazy and bad."
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: "Something About Kirby's Adventure" has Kirby use a pistol, a bazooka, and a nuke to defeat the Meta Knights. Then he uses all of the same weapons just to take out Meta Knight in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: In-Universe. Peach in "World of Light" pleads for Mario and Yoshi to rescue her because she's top-tier now. The two pause, then go on without her.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Mario sacrficed himself to defeat Dharkon in Something About World of Light. He's fine in Something About Super Mario World.
    Luigi: So Mario, how did you come back after defeating Dharkon?
    Mario: In Pannenkoek2012's voice: To answer that question, we need to talk about parallel universes.
    • Also in Super Mario World, a door crushes Mario, taking away his cape and turning him into small Mario, but in the next scene he's suddenly Caped Mario again.
    • The flames on Boshi after crashing into a wall earlier in "World of Light" disappear the next time he appears on-screen.
  • Villains Want Mercy: In "Something About Kirby's Adventure", Nightmare pleads Kirby to spare his life after he crashes into the moon.
    Nightmare: [looks behind to see Kirby flying towards him] Oh no. Leave me alone! I'll give you anything! You want a planet? I'll give you a planet! Heck, I'll give you your own Solar System! No, I'll give you a house, in Boca Raton! Just please, SPARE ME-!
  • Waiting Skeleton: During what is supposed to be the "Sheikah Slate upgrade" cutscene from Breath of the Wild, Link waits so long he turns into a skeleton, with his jawbone dropping off at the end of the gag to represent how needlessly long and annoying the cutscene is to some players.

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