Swee T: What's happening?
Green Toad: They found someone...to have a sleepover with!
Swee T: Good heavens! May the stars protect the poor soul...
The 3 Little Princesses is a 28-page Super Mario Bros. fan-comic by Yves Bourgelas (TheBourgyman) (Author of Supercrash). It begins with Rosalina becoming stranded on Earth. Peach and Daisy decide to have a sleepover together while Rosalina is stranded.
In honor of the comic's ten-year anniversary, a sequel was started revolving around Daisy being jealous of Peach and Rosalina's friendship.
You can view a fan-dub by TatooPedigree here.
The comic's third and final part concluded on February 28th, 2021.
This comic provides examples of:
- Adaptational Jerkass: Daisy and especially Peach, are much more petty, mischievous and self-centered than they normally are.
- Adaptation Personality Change:
- Usually gentle and passive in canon, Peach is much more energetic, impulsive and an active leader in the princesses' adventures — arguably to the point of recklessness. And while she still has the image of an All-Loving Hero that her canon self has, it's made her quite narcissistic — she becomes fiercely protective when it looks like someone's about to steal her spotlight.
- Daisy's usually a boisterous, headstrong tomboy in the Mario canon. Here, she's more of a follower to Peach's plans and deals with a boatload of self-esteem issues at being relegated to spin-off titles and in general being stuck in Peach's (and Rosalina's to an extent) shadow.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Unlike in the games, where there are no indications towards Rosalinas sexuality, the comic's sequel portrays Rosalina as being Ambiguously Gay due to her reactions towards Classic Daisy.
- Affectionate Nickname: Both Daisy and Peach refer to Rosalina as "Rosie". They also like to call each other "dear" a bit.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Past Daisy takes over Peach's Castle in Part 3.
- Ambiguously Gay: Rosalina. She blushes around Daisy's new classic look, and The Stinger shows that she's plastered several pictures of her on her wall.
- Amusing Injuries: Part 1 is basically a parade of pain for Rosalina, (see Humiliation Conga below for details) yet all the physical trauma she goes through are Played for Laughs.
- Armor-Piercing Question: In Part 3. Peach and Daisy get their colors switched and the former makes a comment about not being a "lousy pallette swap" but hastily tries to take it back when Daisy objects, saying they're not for her. Daisy simply has one question:Is that so, or is it that you cannot stand the thought of being like me?
- Annoying Younger Sibling: In the brief moments that Mario and Luigi show up, Luigi is usually blathering on about something while Mario internally gripes about Luigi being annoying.
- Art Evolution: Naturally, Bourgelas' art-style would evolve over the ten year gap between Part 1 and Part 2. The titular 3 princesses are drawn closer to their canon heights, the fonts and speech bubbles are changed and there's a softer color scheme, as well as variations in outlines (outlines in hair in particular would sometimes be done in a darker shade of the hair rather than a black outline). This actually gets played with in part 3, where the comic goes back to being drawn in the same style as Part 1, only for it to be revealed that Peach and Daisy are actually trapped in a pocket dimension.
- Ask a Stupid Question...: When Rosalina informs Peach and Daisy that they are currently in a pocket dimension that is recreating the sleepover, and she's there to get them back to reality, Peach makes the case that the situation might not be that bad. After all, if all the pocket dimension is is a recreations of a bunch of friends having a sleepover, compared to the current bleakness of reality, isn't the fantasy the better option? Rosalina's response?Rosalina: (wide-eyed glare; silence) Let me remind you that the Rosalina in this universe has literally no head.(Peach and Daisy observe a pair of Fighter Flies playing with the headless Rosalina)Peach: Okay, fair argument.
- Bait-and-Switch: After Peach wakes up in the cave and learns that Daisy went out for a walk, Peach rushes after her to apologize for her actions, ultimately catching Daisy standing by a cliff. Peach, assuming the worst, pleads with her to not "end her game". Daisy's response?Daisy: ... I'm not going to end my game...Peach: Y-you won't? Oh thank heavens...Daisy: No... (spins around; lunges towards Peach in anger) I'M GOING TO END YOURS!
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: In her own mind, Peach wrestles with what her own selfishness has done to Daisy when the latter tries to eat a Poison Mushroom.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In Part 1. Mario brings along Luigi on his vacation because he's "someone he's sure nobody would capture". Their only appearance shows Mario completely bored of Luigi's story, wishing that someone would get kidnapped.
- Behemoth Battle: The fight between Princess Carambola, who is 10 meters tall, and Past Daisy, enlarged to the same size thanks to a Game Genie cartridge. Downplayed in that the battle is pretty short, and after one page the fusion is undone and Past Daisy is shrunk back to her normal size.
- Benevolent Genie: Of all things, deconstructed. If one makes a vaguely worded wish to the Star Rod, it will grant every possible interpretation of the wish so at least one of them is what the wisher actually wanted. Of course, this naturally ends in unforeseen consequences that might bite the wisher in the ass later.
- Body Horror: One of the things that winds up cluing Peach and Daisy into the fact that Past Daisy sent them into a pocket universe? The fact that, out of nowhere, a bunch of Fighter Flies burst out of Rosalina's body head-first.
- Bookends: Before the epilogue, the series ends as it began, with the girls having a sleepover.
- Brick Joke: One of Rosalina's first lines in Part 2 is joking about how the Tanooki suits make her butt look bigger. Daisy says the same thing when she uses one later on.
- The Cameo: At the end of comic #109, the girls can see brawling in Smash with Pikachu, Ness, Captain Falcon, Marth, Kirby, Mr. Game & Watch and the Villager.
- Chekhov's Army: The Cleansed Toads seen in the background as Funny Background Events eventually return to the story to help Rosalina find the other two princesses and open the portal to Peach's castle.
- Chekhov's Gag: The Super Crown is seen during #87 as one of the crowns Past Daisy's minions offers to her. Then during #92, the Super Crown falls on Peach, Daisy and Rosalina, fusing them into Princess Carambola.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Peach is initially friendly with Rosalina, until the latter reveals she already knows Mario. Daisy laughs at the resulting "Who the hell are you?"
- Cooldown Hug: To stop Past Daisy from destroying the Mushroom Kingdom, Modern Daisy hugs Past Daisy and states the two of them don't have to face the world alone, and they can do it together.
- Darker and Edgier: While it still has its lighthearted and comedic moments, the sequel is much more dramatic and dark than its predecessor was.
- A Day in the Limelight: The series in general is one for Peach, Daisy and Rosalina, who are the central focuses of the story, with the other main characters such as Mario, Luigi and Bowser being limited to occassional cameos.
- Denser and Wackier: The original comics were originally extremely silly compared to Mario Bros. fare... and then the sequel comic turns it around straight into Darker and Edgier territory.
- Duct Tape for Everything: Rosalina mentions getting by using cosmic duct tape to hold the observatory together until she can get to a mechanic.
- Easily Forgiven: Peach takes Rosalina angrily calling her and Daisy out in stride and considers it water under the bridge. Daisy isn't so receptive to the idea, but one Death Glare is enough for her to consider otherwise.
- Even the Girls Want Her: After Daisy's makeover in Part 2 starts drawing all of the attention from the male Toads, Rosalina herself, while trying to back Peach's claims, ends up blushing while saying Daisy is very pretty in her classic form. A few other female background characters gush over Classic Daisy as well.
- Fading Away: After getting hit with Past Daisy's Retro Zapper, Rosalina starts to fade. This is because the gun is meant to turn what ever is hit into a retro version of itself (see Peach turning into her cartoon self)... but Rosalina doesn't have a retro counterpart.
- Fusion Dance:
- Implied when Past Daisy comes out of the mirror and clutches Modern Daisy's head and wishes for the two to be one again. The bright light and later reappearance of Classic Daisy only seems to support this. This is confirmed when Peach uses her wish on the Star Rod to return everything to how they were, which forces Classic Daisy to split back into Modern Daisy and Past Daisy.
- Right as Past Daisy and her army was about to stomp the shrunken three, the Super Crown suddenly drops in, allowing the three princesses to fuse together and become Princess Carambola.
- When Modern Daisy tries to reconcile with Past Daisy using The Power of Love, Past Daisy and Modern Daisy fuse back into True Daisy.
- Evil All Along: Past Daisy. One of the first things she does after being split from Modern Daisy and finding out she can summon others from the Retro Universe is to announce her intentions to make the world theirs. She follows by having her new minions dog pile and restrain Modern Daisy when she calls her out.
- Giant Woman: Princess Carambola (a fusion of Peach, Diasy and Rosalina via Super Crown) is 30 foot/10 meters tall according to her reference sheet. Past Daisy then eats a Game Genie cartridge to grow to her size.
- Green-Eyed Monster: A recurring theme in the trilogy.
- Peach slowly becomes this in Part 2, as Daisy was receiving a lot more attention than her with the classic look. It eventually escalates to Peach stealing the Star Rod to split Daisy between her modern and past forms.
- Daisy embodies this. The entire plot of Part 2 is humorously kicked off by her wishing to regain her initial popularity that she had when she was first introduced to the Mario series and in general just trying to get some respect. Not so humorous in Part 3, where it's shown to have taken a massive emotional toll on her because she doesn't want to feel this way towards her friend.
- Here We Go Again!: Part 1 ends with Peach and Daisy stuck on the observatory until it can get fuel, at which point they declare a "SLEEPOVER!" again, much to Rosalina's horror.
- Homoerotic Subtext:
- Rosalina agreeing Daisy's classic look is pretty? Nothing suspect there. Agreeing while blushing, stammering and trying to hide said blush behind her wand? That's a bit more suspect.
- The last page of the third part of the comic makes it into a full blown crush, complete with a shrine of Daisy in the Comet Observatory.
- Humiliation Conga: All three of the main trio have gone through one, usually at the (unwitting) hands of the other two.
- The entire sleepover is just one long one for poor Rosalina, who gets teased for her dilated eye, blinded because of light hitting said eye, accidently eats cement mix, forced into driving a poorly-maintained go-kart, crashes through wall in said kart, gets launched through the air and crashes through a wall again, and forced into participating in a drinking game that ends up giving her a migraine. Then she finds out that Peach had the cosmic duct tape she needed the whole time...
- Daisy gets put through one at the beginning of Part 2, after finding out that Peach has been spending all of her time with Rosalina. She goes throughout the Mushroom Kingdom and then throughout other video game realms looking for someone to be her friend with no success. Also, multiple people forget her name.
- Classic Daisy's return puts Peach through one much longer than Daisy's. She gets attacked by a Cataquack at her beach while trying to charm everyone, she's forced to pay Bowser's astronomically high bill after he runs away and she gets pounced on by a Chain Chomp, all while Daisy garners the attention from everyone around them. This ultimately leads to Peach hijacking the Star Rod to return Daisy to normal.
- I Ate WHAT?!: After realizing the cake mix had been switched with cement mix, Rosalina has this reaction when she licked the batter off the spoon.
- Innocently Insensitive: Peach all throughout casually says things referring to Daisy's lack of popularity but doesn't realize that they are clearly hurting her feelings. This reaches to a head in Part 3, when Daisy unloads her feelings about this.
- Jerkass Realization: Peach gets one in Part 3. During their escape from the pocket dimension, her memories mix with Daisy's and she's taken aback at how much resentment Daisy has built up for her, as well as just how badly Daisy's self-confidence has been affected due to Peach's constant mistreatment of her.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: When Daisy looks over Peach's Toads in Part 2, they say modern Toad phrases one is used to hearing, except for a Toad that doesn't have spots on its head...Red Toad: WEE
Yellow Toad: HIII I'M THE BEST
Blue Toad: AWW YEAH AW NO
Cleansed Toad: I am born of water and the spirit, ready to enter the kingdom of God.
- Literal Split Personality: Peach's wish on the Star Rod splits Daisy into her modern self and Game Boy self.
- The Mafia: A throwaway gag has some members of the Pianta Syndicate trying to cement a Koopa Troopa's feet. They fail because Peach's cake mix and their cement were swapped.
- Manchild: All three princesses.
- Peach and Daisy act more like high school girls than royal sovereigns, being obsessed with sleepovers and displaying generally immature behavior. This immature behavior is explored in Part 2.
- Rosalina never learned not to sit too close to the TV and still needs a light on when she sleeps. She apparently never finished growing up, given that she left for space when she was young and lost her mother early on.
- Meaningful Name: Inverted. The fruit "peach" is named after Princess Peach, and the Peach Beach is named after the fruit. Rosalina is understandably very confused.
- Medium Awareness:
- When Daisy calls for Peach to come see Rosalina's eye, Peach tells her she didn't have to yell since she was just off-panel.
- In part 2, past!Daisy explains everything in detail in between two pages, and notes that modern!Daisy's summary of said explanation saved a whole page.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Peach's selfish wish for Daisy to go back to normal is granted, at the cost of freeing Past Daisy into the modern world. Past Daisy was just happy existing in the modern world, but this convinces her that there's no way that Peach will allow that to happen... so she opts to conquer the modern world instead.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: When Daisy shows up in her classic form in part 2, the first thing she does is this, complete with her index finger extended right underneath her mouth.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Past!Daisy and her army are drawn to look incredibly faithful to how their original sprites looked, thus looking a lot more simplified and having a limited color palette compared to the princesses and the other modern day inhabitants.
- Noodle Incident: Peach wakes up from an apparently reoccurring nightmare screaming for Bowser to stop feeding her tea. It's apparently something that happened to her once.
- Oh My Gods!: Rosalina uses "Holy Star Bits".
- Peek-a-Bangs: Rosalina's iconic hairstyle hides a dilated eye that is sensitive to light. It apparently became dilated specifically because it is always covered.
- Precision F-Strike:
- "TO HELL WITH THE DAMN LIGHT!"
- Also, Peach screams at a Toad waiter that she's a "goddamn princess" when the girls are eating at a restaurant in Part 2.
- Primal Fear: Rosalina can't sleep in her observatory as she has trouble sleeping without the lights on.
- Production Throwback: When Daisy tries to make friends with other people, two of the people she attempts to befriend are Supercrash and Superpouf.
- Rage Breaking Point: Rosalina finally snaps when she discovers Peach had the cosmic duct tape all along and forgot about it.
- Reality Ensues: After the above-mentioned Rage Breaking Point, Rosalina angrily promises to be gone first thing in the morning. She's still in bed by 10:30 the next morning. As Peach notes, being angry and determined to leave isn't going to do much when you're drunk and exhausted on top of that.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Rosalina delivers a devastating one to Peach and Daisy following the above-mentioned Rage Breaking Point:Rosalina: (to Peach) Don't you ever call me Rosie again, you poor, ridiculous imitation of a princess! Not only are you the most shallow and obnoxious being I have ever met, but you clearly don't have what it takes to be an adequate leader of a kingdom, let alone a good host for a sleepover!Rosalina: (to Daisy) Well, you aren't any better than your little friend! You're a pathetic stooge with no self-esteem whatsoever, who pretends to lead a kingdom that nobody has ever seen! Oh, and you're unspeakably loud and express yourself like a Spanish cow!
- The Resenter: Daisy towards Peach in Part 2, having become massively jealous of Rosalina now joining in several games before she ever got a chance to. This gets reversed after Daisy meets Past Daisy.
- Royal Brat: Princess Peach gets a bad case of this in Part 2. She takes it personally when Daisy upstages her in front of her citizens.
- Shout-Out: Loads to the Mario franchise, unsurprisingly:
- On the first page of Part 1, Peach explains that Mario went on vacation without her after the last two times they went together. There, Luigi is regaling him with a line he heard from his adventure during that time Mario went missing.
- On the third page, Rosalina identifies Peach as one of the Star Children identified in Yoshi's Island DS and explains she knows about her from Mario's space adventure.
- Rogueport comes up when Peach mentions where she got her cake mix.
- Daisy briefly mentions Friendly Floyd, a minor character from the first half of the Super Mario Adventures comic.
- Rosalina's favorite show airs on Star Fox-TV.
- There's a reference to Super Smash Bros. when Peach and Pauline are having a pillow fight. It places the comic after Melee but before Brawl.
- Peach has a Mario Kart ring in her basement.
- The women have a Drinking Game while watching The Legend of Zelda cartoon, taking a shot everytime Link says his catchprase of "Excuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!".
- "Let's go to Candy Mountain, Rosie!"
- When Peach is trying to remember what happened at the previous sleepover we get a bubble with Mario from when you're downloading off the Wii Shop.
- One of the locations visited in Part 2 is Peach Beach.
- Peach taking the girls to Hotel Mario Land in Part 3, and the place is filled with these.
- When Peach awakens from her nightmare, she cries out "NOOO! DON'T EAT THE MUSHROOM!!!"
- "Fusion is just a cheap tactic to make weak princesses stronger!"
- Past Daisy's Retro Zapper causes Peach to briefly turn into a weird mix of her The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show counterparts.
- And what does it do to Rosalina?Rosalina: Uh... girls? (is now transparent) I don't feel so good right now...
- And what does it do to Rosalina?
- Show Within a Show: Rosalina's favorite show, "Comet Academy". To quote Rosalina on what it's about:Rosalina: 12 Lumas are sent on the Academy Comet, which is the host of the Comet Academy! During the 86 years it takes for the comet to come back, the Lumas are training by eating the most Star Bits they can, so once in competition, they can transform into the most formidable things!
- Static Character: Played for Laughs when the girls discuss their character growth at the comic's end.Daisy: I've made up with my past, and I am more accepting of my present.
Peach: I've realized I can be selfish, and I'm trying to listen more to others...
Rosalina: I've stayed exactly the same! No changes whatsoever!
- Stalker Shrine: The Stinger reveals that Rosalina printed out several pictures of Classic Daisy to hang on a wall in her observatory. According to Yves, she got permission to hang them up.
- Time Dissonance: Rosalina has a warped view of time compared to others due to being immortal (or at least The Ageless). She casually mentions that her favorite show comes on once every 86 years and that she visits Earth once a century.
- Title Drop: Part 3 has one after Peach, Daisy, and Rosalina reconcile with each other in the rain, only for Rosalina to point out that she's not actually a princess.
- Totally Radical: Peach refers to Rosalina as "totally rad" once.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Peach adores peaches and cooks with them a lot. Daisy considers it just Peach boosting her own ego.
- Wham Shot:
- Part 1: Rosalina, while in the bathroom reevaluating her situation with the girls, looks into the cabinet only to be buried by the amount of stuff inside. In the mist of the pile, she finds cosmic duct tape.
- Part 2: Peach's wish on the Star Rod reverts Daisy back to her modern self. Daisy then turns to her left and sees Past Daisy.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- When Peach tries to use the Star Rod to wish Daisy back to normal just because she's tired of Daisy getting all of the attention, Rosalina chastises her on wanting to do such a reckless, selfish thing that could possibly have massive repercussions.
- Daisy is furious when Past Daisy reveals that Peach wished on the Star Rod that Daisy would go back to her normal self.
- Wrench Wench:
- Rosalina is presented as one of these. She has to take care of her own observatory after all.
- Daisy is shown to be a decent mechanic.