The Three Mushketeers is an online webcomic made by the user "Mason" of the Super Mario Wiki. It is a Sprite Comic featuring the adventures of Mason, a red Magikoopa, Solar Blaze, a sunglasses-donning Ember, and Gupdoo, a pink Yoshi. Later on, Gupdoo is replaced by Neptune, a white Bowser.
The three unlikely heroes must journey through the Macadamia Realm to find the seven Shine Sprites scattered across the land. Most of the comic's characters are users of the Super Mario Wiki itself. The comic is also plagued with puns and Shout Outs.
The comic is completed, with 150 issues and a sequel, titled Anton the Fifth Mushketeer.
The Three Mushketeers contains examples of:
- Mason: Come on, sing with me! ''The sewers, the mighty sewers...
- All Just a Dream: One issue has Neptune dreaming about defeating Tucayo just by existing.Tucayo: Gah, I can't stand Neptune's stunning good looks!
- All There in the Script: Userpedia's page for the comic refers to the generic Toad in Boo Woods "Creepy Toad".
- Amusing Injuries: Mason is blasted, fried, gotten his mouth forcefully removed, and turned into Oprah Winfrey throughout the comic. They only last for either a panel or a few issues.
- Art Shift:
Mason: I can't quite put my finger on it.Neptune: That's because you have no fingers.
- In Issue 46, "Soggy Inconsistency◊", the sprite style changes every panel for no apparent reason.
- Sometimes, a panel is actual art. For example, the issue with Weed-B-Gone has a MS Paint looking picture of him holding it.
- Issue 110 has a bloated Paper Mario styled Special Edition. However, this was the Mother's Day special, and this was only to make it easier to read for Mason's mother.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: And how! Solar Blaze, Neptune, Spiny Master...
- Bittersweet Ending: Depends on which way you interpret Gamefreak's fate. The Statue of Liberty is Gamfreakified, and Gamefreak escapes from jail, but Hoo and Hee blow the Statue of Liberty up.
- Bizarro Episode: A few of the issues can qualify as this, if you count "bizarre" as "completely insane and ridiculous". One example is the one with "I'M NOT MASON!".
Thwomp: Me regret nothing.
- Mason is fried, turned into Oprah Winfrey, depraved of his mouth, blasted, locked up, the list goes on and on...
- Scorpion doesn't last two issues before he's crushed by a Thwomp.
- Continuity Nod: One of the issues has Mason supposedly being "killed" by Galactic Petey. Cut to New Super Mario, Castle Toad, and Ultra Mario watching Lakitu Eyewitness News and finding out.Quickie-la: Be glad that I have cable!
- Contrived Coincidence: The pipe that Creepy Toad guards just happens to lead to Shiver City, the location of the next Shine Sprite.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Mason attempts to defeat Galactic Petey with Weed-B-Gone. It doesn't work.Mason: It...didn't work? It seemed to work fine on that Bulbasaur earlier...
- Darker and Edgier: Gupdoo dies in one issue. There's an entire comic dedicated to Parakarry telling the Yoshi clan this. Don't worry - she's revived by the Yoshi Elder in attempt to scam her.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The jokes become increasingly more sophisticated with each chapter.
- Enemy Mine: In the final chapter, Gupdoo, Edgar, Hoo, and Hee convincing random enemies to help them "kick Gamefreak's rear for forgetting to lock us up like everyone else".
- Idea Bulb: Occasionally, the emotion bubbles have a lightbulb in them.
- Idiot Ball: Most of the final chapter focuses on Mason suggesting to Gamefreak that he should lock them, the villains, AND the celeberties up like he did with the secondary characters.Gamefreak: You guys are just a fountain of ideas!
- Made of Iron: Surprisingly averted. Almost half the villains are defeated in one hit. It's even lampshaded by Solar.
- The Minion Master: Neptune can summon "dark" versions of common enemies.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The final battle.Neptune: So, Mason, how long do we barrage him?Mason: Until he becomes a corpse state in which he could barely be considered alive.Solar: Yikes.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Gamefreak, despite being the first villain and only being able to turn Mason into Opran Winfrey before he is defeated, turns out to be the true villain.
- Power Trio: They're called the three Mushketeers for a reason.
- Pro Wrestling Episode: Three of the chapters focus on the trio fighting on the Glitz Lift to get the next Shine Sprite.
- Neptune: Gee, I hope Gamefreak doesn't give me some pie. That will, uh...surely "kill" me.Gamefreak: Nice try.
- The Unfought: Scorpion is crushed by a Thwomp before anybody can lay a finger on him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never said if the celebrities were set free.