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Webcomic / Brawl in the Family

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Top row from left to right: Link, Jigglypuff, Kirby, Mario, Captain Falcon, and Diddy Kong. Bottom row from left to right: Adeleine, Meta Knight, and King Dedede. note 

"I'm gonna get you, Kirby."
King Dedede

Brawl in the Family was a Gag Per Day Gaming Webcomic hosted on Keenspot starring Kirby, and featuring various video game characters, mainly those that have appeared in the Super Smash Bros. series, but most of the plots and running jokes are based on Kirby and King Dedede. It was written and drawn by Matthew Taranto, AKA TriforceBun from Turnabout Musical.

The comic usually used a fairly simplistic art style, originating from bored-in-class sketches and doodles. There is more complex art on occasion, including homages and tributes to the styles of other artists.

A commercial book was released, with the first 200 comics and a huge amount of content thanks to extensive funding. There is also a podcast, which can be found in the description of a few of the blog posts.

Thanks to the notoriety gained from the comic, Matt has become one of the comic artists for Nintendo Force, the fan-made Spiritual Successor magazine to Nintendo Power, and created his own Kickstarter funded game, Tadpole Treble, a Rhythm Game made in the comic's art style. He has also supported other Kickstarter projects, such as Gamemaster Howard's Know-it-Alls and Nefarious.

The first comic was uploaded on May 1, 2008, about seven weeks after the NA release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The final comic, #600, was published on October 3, 2014 — the exact same day the NA/EU Brawl era ended, with the release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS in those regions. The podcast, however, continued after the comic's conclusion.

On March 31, 2018, Matthew launched a Kickstarter campaign for the release of a book called TOO BAD. WALUIGI TIME, containing the roughly 50 original Waluigi strips from Brawl in the Family plus 200 new strips, most all featuring Waluigi. Those which do not feature him are titled Back in the Family strips, wherein the main BitF characters interrupt Waluigi's comics in a revenge role reversal. The book was well beyond funded by May 1, 2018.

This webcomic provides examples of:

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  • Invoked also in the Kirby Super Star homage multi-comic, in the Spring Breeze strip. After Kirby sucks in one of the stars that come from Dedede's ground pound attack, he stops and thinks "What did I just eat...?'
  • Identical Stranger: Kingsonnn Dededoo. He was created to humorously subvert Paper-Thin Disguise, then kept showing up occasionally.
  • If I Can't Have You…: A non-romantic example; in "The Legion", Monster!Kirby stated that his friends were being mean, so he ate them all so they won't leave him.
  • Interface Screw: A rare non-gaming example. If you're going on an Archive Binge using the old version of the site, you'll hit the 2009 Waluigi April Fool's page. There's no "next" button, so the only way to continue is going to the archive page and clicking the next comic in line.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • Dedede's line, "I'm gonna get you, Kirby" has been turned back on him on a few occasions:
      • Once in the Cocoon Academy arc, when he got into a cafeteria fight with Pinky.
      • In the Alt Text for one strip in the sleepover arc.
    • "Minions, babe." First said by Bowser to justify cheating in Mario Golf, and later thrown back at him by Peach.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: It's a Plunderful Life, starting here, has Pit showing King Dedede a bleak world ruled by the evil Midknight if Dedede never existed. While most of the story arc plays the trope straight, it ends with a non-canonical "Better if Not Born" Plot when it turns out the world would have been better if Waluigi never existed.


  • Not What It Looks Like: In strip 477 Raiden encourages Snake to join them in the Battle Royale, but Snake claims being busy. Shortly after Raiden catches him hanging with the Smashers, and Snake swears that "It's not what it looks like" (although it IS).
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Dedede caught Rayquaza at some point prior to siccing it on Kirby in strip 518.
  • One-Person Birthday Party: One of the Waluigi-themed comics depicts Waluigi as the only attendee of his own birthday party. As mentioned in the newspost, one forum member rewrote the Downer Ending of the strip to portray Waluigi as someone who prefers to celebrate alone.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Dedede demonstrates this in "Savior."
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: During the Grand Finale arc where the universe keeps undergoing Art Shifts for some unknown reason, Meta Knight tries to get Kirby and King Dedede's attention to explain what's going on. With King Dedede ignoring him to blame Kirby, and Kirby too amused by it to pay attention, Meta-Knight finally gets fed up, takes his mask off, and throws it at Dedede, revealing his face for the first time since the Cocoon Academy arc.
  • Original Character: Eario, the janitor who cleans up after the Mario Bros. Kingsonnn Dededoo and the Bug Catcher as well.
  • Origins Episode: The Cocoon Academy arc tells the origin of King Dedede and Meta Knight.
  • Orphaned Punchline: A downplayed example in the final strip of "Waluigi Finaluigi". In any other Waluigi strip, "SANDCASTLES ARE NOT PRACTICAL" would be the punchline in the final panel, but here it's in the first panel without any prior set-up.
  • Outside-the-Box Tactic: In Diamond Dog, Paula demonstrates an unorthodox yet incredibly effective way to get rid of a beast made of diamond.
  • Overly-Long Gag: The buildup to Comic #249 "Nasty", including a number of fakeouts and reminders that viewer discretion is advised.




Well folks, I guess that's it. Time to wrap it up, but I'd like to thank you for all these years...