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Super Mario Bros.: Heroes of the Stars is a Super Mario Bros. Web Animation created by AsylusGoji91, which can be seen here.

Set after the events of Super Mario Galaxy, Mario and Princess Peach go on a picnic, only to be attacked by Bowser yet again. In the midst of the fight, however, they find themselves dealing with an Alien Invasion from the Shroobs, who plot to Take Over the World with only Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Bowser standing in their way. To do so, they require the help of the Star Spirits, whom the Shroobs have imprisoned.

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Super Mario Bros.: Heroes of the Stars contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alien Invasion: Courtesy of the Shroobs. As in Partners in Time, their homeworld is dying, and they need a new one.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Unlike in Partners of Time, the Shroobs speak perfect English.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The first thing the Shroobs do upon arriving on the Mushroom World is take over Bowser's Castle.
  • Alternate Continuity: Word Of God explains in this video that the series is set in an alternate universe where the events of the Paper Mario games, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story never happened. Though the storyline borrows elements from both the first Paper Mario and Partners in Time.
    • K. Rool mentions Inka Dinka Doo and the Crystal Coconut in episode 11, indicating that elements from the Donkey Kong Country cartoon are in play.
  • Animesque: The show has themes of this, complete with Japanese intro/ending songs and Eye Catches.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Yoshi's response to Boshi lamenting over his loss is that he won't stand a chance as long as he allows his pride to get in the way. To take this to a literal extent, Boshi's Cool Shades crack as Yoshi walks away.
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  • Avenging the Villain: The reason Fawful joined up with Princess Shroob is to get revenge on the Mario Bros. for killing Cackletta.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Mario and Luigi end up in space in episode 10 and do just fine. Mario explains this as it being granted by the Warp Star, since it was made for space travel.
  • Beam-O-War: The final attack between Mario and Luigi's duel in episode 10 climaxes in one of these.
  • Big Bad: Princess Shroob.
  • Big Eater: Bowser's appetite is depicted as being huge, to the point where even Yoshi is in awe at his eating prowess in Episode 5.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Happens twice in episode 2.
  • The Cameo: Jeff and Hal from Bowser's Kingdom appear in episode 10, happening to be in the area Mairo, Luigi, Bowser and Yoshi chose to do their training. They're surprised at the sight of Bowser with the Mario Bros., indicating they're very much Locked Out of the Loop, and intend to go to Bowser's castle to investigate.
  • The Caper: Wario and Waluigi are first introduced in episode 1, planning to rob Peach's Castle. With help from Bowser Jr., they succeed.
  • Cool Airship: Bowser travels using his airship in the first few episodes. It isn't seen again following his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Darker and Edgier: While the series is still fairly lighthearted, it does occasionally feature more mature themes that would never been seen in the Mario series, such as blood.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 8 focuses on Wario, Waluigi, Bowser Jr. and Boshi, showing where they ended up after being blasted away by the Dark Star, that place being Yoshi's Island, and taking it upon themselves to defend the island when the Shroobs attack.
  • Enemy Mine: The reason for Bowser's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: From episode 3 onward. The first two got these when they were remade.
  • Face Fault: In keeping with its anime tropes, this happens sometimes.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Boshi joins forces with Bowser to settle his vendetta against Yoshi. Crosses over with Sore Loser.
  • Fartillery: The Wario Waft.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Characters will rarely drop the odd Japanese honorific at times.
  • Good Morning, Crono: Mario's first scene in episode 1 is of him napping under a tree. Likewise, Yoshi's first scene in that same episode is of him snoozing on Mario's bed.
  • Growling Gut: Bowser's stomach growls in Episode 4, right after he and Mario's team agree to join forces. It happens to Bowser again in Episode 10, with Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi's bellies rumbling all in a row afterward. Yoshi and Luigi's stomachs also growl in the remastered version of Episode 1, though it did not occur in the original version of the episode. Bowser's stomach growls again, multiple times, in Episode 11, as seen in a preview.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Bowser, who is the Big Bad in the first three episodes, joins forces with Mario after Princess Shroob's arrival.
    • In part 2 of episode 7, Goomboss, whose whole reason for joining Princess Shroob was to be strong enough to make Bowser take notice, is promoted by Bowser after his defeat to the captain of the Goomba Guard. The honor makes him drop guarding Eldstar's card, and he now does what he does (train the Goombas) against the Shroobs instead of for them.
  • Hell Is That Noise: As seen in a preview for Episode 11, the rest of the group mistakes the sound of Bowser's rumbling stomach as being a variety of scarier things, such as a wild Chain Chomp or even a monster of some kind.
  • Heroic Mime: Averted. Unlike other web shows, Mario and Luigi aren't reduced to Speaking Simlish and have full dialogue.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles: Subverted during the fight with Goomboss. When he uses his Iron Body technique, both Mario and Bowser hurt themselves hitting him.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: We see a commercial for WarioWare games in episode 8. It's pretty much this.
  • Lightning-Fire Juxtaposition: Mario and Luigi retain the Firebrand and Thunderhand techniques from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: When Fawful gives Princess Shroob ideas for naming the experiment Fawful was creating, he gives a lot of girl names, all starting with L. When Princess Shroob points out those names are girl names, Fawful states that those are his sisters' names, revealing Fawful has a lot of sisters.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Bowser Jr. refers to Bowser as "King Dad" in the second episode, a term used by the Koopalings in the cartoon shows.
    • When the party meets the Star Spirits on Star Hill, their dialogue is more or less what they said in Paper Mario 64, albeit altered to match the current situation.
    • In the earlier episodes, Peach's dress was modeled after her Super Smash Bros. attire.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Mario tries this in episode 11 when he disguises as Captain Toad. Unfortunately, Buzzar does not buy it.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Usually used by Mario, but several others have done it as well.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • The Koopalings are Bowser's kids again in this version, after their officially having been declared not so in the games.
    • Mimi is apparently Fawful's niece.
  • Remaster: The first two episodes have gotten this, with updated scenes and graphics.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In episode 8, Wario uses the Waluigi Launcher to attack the Shroobs.
    • Some of the racers Boshi is mentioned as having beaten are named after NASCAR stars Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt.
  • Snot Bubble: Yoshi is shown with one in episode 1.
  • Sweat Drop: Crops up now and again.
  • Take That!: In episode 11, upon hearing Mario's level of strength, Bowser says that he'd yell out "It's over 9000", but decides against it because he feels that the line was way overused.
  • Tap on the Head: In episode 1, Parakarry falls out of the sky and lands right on Luigi's head.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Goompy, a Goomba discharged by Bowser for being weak, swore to "show (Bowser) who is the real king around here." Five years later, he went to the Shroobs and became Goomboss.
  • Title Drop: One at the end of episode 5, when Mario officially names their party the "Heroes of the Stars".
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In addition to the Mario Bros' and Yoshi's canon love of Italian food and fruit respectively, Bowser is shown to love hamburgers. Episode 5 opens with Bowser stuffing his face with them, as an onlooker remarks that he had already eaten 35 by that point.
  • Twitchy Eye: Mario briefly has one after being crushed by Goomboss.
  • Villain Team-Up: In episode 1, Bowser and Bowser Jr. team up with Wario and Waluigi in order to steal Peach's treasure and kidnap Peach herself. Bowser himself recommended that Jr. ask for their help, due to their abilities.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Upon arriving at Yoshi's Island (and being subsequently attacked for being outsiders), Bowser Jr. is immediately recognized as Bowser's son with almost no bad blood whatsoever. You know, the son of the guy who's terrorized the island time and time again?
    • Boshi is this to a lesser extent. In the same scene, he's held in high regard for his incredible speed and performance in the Mushroom Derbies on Yo'Ster Isle. He also deemed himself unstoppable, temporarily assumed control of the island, and closed the racetrack off for those who didn't have Yoshi Cookies to wager. His firstnote  loss against Mario and Yoshi set him straight for the moment, so he may have been forgiven for that.
  • Would Hurt a Child: None of the party, especially Bowser, has any problem whaling on Jr. Troopa. It helps that the kid gives as good as he gets.
    • Earlier, Luigi fought Bowser Jr. one-on-one. Much like Troopa, he was far from helpless.