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  • Broken Base: The forums have been divided on whether or not the more serious, story-driven Cocoon Academy arc is a good thing, or if the comic should stick to quick, cute gags.
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  • Cargo Ship: As of Comic 300, Ganondorf/Triforce.
  • "Common Knowledge": Contrary to popular belief, the "Waluigi time!" phrase did not originate with this webcomic, but came from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. However, this webcomic did originate the "Too bad." part of the phrase.
  • Crack Pairing: Not only did Lakitu's Cloud and Mother Brain get together, she got pregnant and gave birth to Kracko.
  • Crossover Ship
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Kingsonnn Dededoo is considered the most popular character on the forums and having been in only three comics, that's something.
    • Eario also seems fast on his way to becoming this.
  • Fridge Logic: P-blocks. "What exactly is their range?"
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment
    • In the comics Matthew made to advertise Howard Phillip's Kickstarter project (accessible at the bottom of this page), one woman, angered that her kids are making her buy an expensive NES, tells Howard "I hope you fail." Howard's Know-it-All project ended up failing to reach the necessary funding. 'Tis a shame, as it could have done wonders for the educational system.
    • This comic has Yoshi getting a Misfortune Cookie stating "Your best pal will dump you in a pit to get a second jump." Come "Plumber's Best Friend", and Yoshi intentionally throws Mario off his back to give him the extra air, leaving him to fall to his death.
    • The Ice Climbers voting for each other to return in this comic is kind of sad since they didn't make the cut. But becomes much, much more heartwarming by ''Ultimate, given that they're back in the game.
      • Nana's reaction here, from a comic barely a month before the fact that they didn't make it is even worse. "A second chance", indeed...
      • This one is also pretty painful, especially with the rumour that the Ice Climbers didn't make it as a result of problems with controlling both of them at the same time.
    • In "Ode to Minions", there's a scene where the Duck Hunt Dog reacts with horror when a duck is shot down and dies in front of him. Nearly five years later, the Duck Hunt Dog appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4... with a duck ally, making this seem like the dog watched his best friend die before his eyes.
      • Even worse, the duck has the same colors as the one the dog is teamed up with in Super Smash Bros. 4, making this all the more feasible.
  • Genius Bonus: The Turnabout Kirby arc becomes a bit more amusing if you know that John Kirby was the name of the lawyer who defended Nintendo from Universal's allegations that Donkey Kong infringed on their copyright.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The final non-musical comic has Master Hand Passing the Torch to a new generation of hands to continue the characters' stories, as he's only one of "millions and millions of hands out there". Later, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's "World of Light" story mode opens with the Big Bad Galeem controlling... millions and millions of hands, whose power he harnesses to vaporize the entire playable cast except for Kirby.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • Comic #594 (about Kirby and Jigglypuff's relationship) came out the same day that Jiggly was confirmed as playable for Smash 4, so the two lovebirds can stay together even in the new game.
    • Comic #113, an already heartwarming comic commemorating Dragon Quest returning to Nintendo systems, takes on a whole new light after E3 2019 revealed the franchise would be getting playable representation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Heartwarming Moments: When he's introduced, it's clear Eario desperately wants to be related to his hero, Mario, somehow. There's the obvious moment at the end of the Janitor of the Mushroom Kingdom arc when his son, Waluigi, invites him to his own family reunion, but there's also the fact that they are indeed related, though it takes some Fridge Brilliance to figure it out: according to Nintendo, Waluigi and Wario are brothers, and Mario and Wario are cousins, making Eario Mario's uncle. This can very quickly become a Tear Jerker if one realizes Eario will probably never know that, however.
    • All of Prodigal Robot can make its viewer feel sorrow then joy for what Megaman had to go through.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • This comic and especially its Alt Text are even funnier after a certain controversial cutscene from Metroid: Other M. Additionally, in Ridley's trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Samus suffers the Worf Effect while in her Varia Suit, but ends the trailer in her Zero Suit while looking ready to kick Ridley's tail.
    • This comic about the moon includes a fictional playing card about Donkey Kong's Giant Punch. These two things are combined in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
    • This comic featured Kirby attempting Wii Fit. One of the fourth Super Smash Bros. game's new characters turned out to be... a trainer from Wii Fit. And her intro trailer shows Kirby still having trouble with yoga poses.
    • Speaking of the fourth Smash Bros., this comic accidentally foreshadows a certain Blue Bomber getting in.
    • This comic becomes even more hilarious when you realize that Matthew posted it hours before of the E3 trailer of the fourth Smash Bros, announcing the inclusion of the Animal Crossing Villager in the playable roster. Even better, all three of his "last-minute guesses for newcomers" in the blurb (Little Mac, Palutena, and Mega Man) turned out to be true.
    • Either hilarious or tear-jerking depending on the reader, but this comic ends up being more true than expected after Mario fighting the villain solo in the first battle of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team turns out to be a dream of Luigi's.
    • "Hey look! I remembered to make Sonic's arms not-blue this time!" Sonic's arms are now blue.
    • This comic's punchline is more appropriate than ever now that the fourth Super Smash Bros. installment includes Charizard without Pokémon Trainer.
    • One comic referenced the Palutena "leaks" for Super Smash Bros., stating that she'd only be on the battlefield if Ridley was also in the game. Turns out, both of them appear in the game as combatants, even if only Ridley was still not playable (at least, until the next installment).
    • "E3 predictions: for Smash, Palutena, Ness, Ice Climbers...Ridley? And NFP usage in some form. From Nintendo, almost certainly Zelda, and maybe Star Fox. I'm guessing Mario Maker is real. In a couple days, I can look back on this post and laugh about how inaccurate it is..." The items in bold are the ones that have actually been confirmed. Six out of eight. The other two didn't end up in the Wii U and 3DS games, but did end up in Ultimate.
    • Kirby fought Pac-Man way before he was announced for Smash 4.
    • The "Smash Voters" series of comics contain a number of accidental predictions for the series's future roster.
      • One comic jokingly featured Roy Koopa as a newcomer due to a miscommunication involving names, to the disdain of the other Koopalings and Bowser Jr. In the 3DS/Wii U iteration of the series, Bowser Jr. was confirmed as a playable character, with the seven Koopalings, Roy included, as alternate costumes. Bonus points for that other Roy remaining cut during the game's (initial) release, leading to a lot of Bait-and-Switch jokes about Roy being included in the new Smash.
      • This comic, combined with the previously-mentioned Roy comic, now that Bowser Jr., Wario, and Roy are all in Smash 4... but none of them were officially announced before the game's release on 3DS, as though their invitation letters took longer than usual to reach them due to their ballot votes either being crossed out or mailed to the wrong character.
      • Also amusing is the fact that the comic ends with Toad eagerly awaiting a phone call to join Smash. While he's still not a playable fighter in Ultimate, he takes a much more active role as an Assist Character to Peach, helping with her grabs and pummels and willingly enacting her neutral special, as opposed to being held out in front of Peach as in prior games.
      • All the Smash Voter comics become a lot funnier thanks to the official Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot.
      • In "Smash Voters: Captain Falcon", Samus is shown suspiciously erasing her vote when Captain Falcon asks her if she would vote for Ridley. Of course, her announcement trailer is the duo beating the ever loving crap out of each other.
      • In summary, every single character who received a vote (even a crossed-out or erased vote, such as Bowser Jr. or Ridley) in these comics ended up being playable in Ultimate... except for Jody Summers/Samurai Goroh. Apparently, Captain Falcon's ballot got lost somewhere along the way.
    • This comic, now that Robin appears in Smash 4... AND has breakable tomes that are also effective as thrown weapons, to boot!
    • In this comic he expresses how much Mario Kart is becoming more and more like F-Zero. We now have two F-Zero tracks as DLC in Mario Kart 8: Mute City in Pack 1, and Big Blue in Pack 2 (of course, that's without mentioning the series has had a Blue Falcon livery available for customization since Mario Kart Wii).
      • Now with 200cc mode in Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart's transformation into F-Zero is getting even closer.
    • This early comic of Kirby changing from Snake into Ryu and throwing a Hadouken is this, since Snake was cut from Smash 4 and Ryu has been added as a DLC character.
      • Even more so thanks to Street Fighter V. Ryu now has a costume which has him sporting a Badass Beard.
      • Now in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kirby can change between Snake and Ryu on the fly, just like in this comic.
    • The evolved forms Matt invents for Froakie and Fennekin here. Not because of the sheer inaccuracy of it all (because he drew them before the full evolution families for the Kalos starters were unveiled), but because of how progressively uglier Fennekin's evolutions get, considering that Braixen and Delphox are actually at the other side of the spectrum. He does get the reactions to said evolutions correct though; Frogadier and Greninja became Ensemble Darkhorses while Braixen and Delphox were a bit of a letdown, especially in regard to their movesets.
    • "The Captive Princess" shows Peach doing very well at escaping Bowser's castle by her own, at one point using a Fire Flower, before Mario arrives and she meets him to give him the satisfaction of "rescuing" her. In Super Mario 3D World, Peach is playable and can use the Fire Flower, and her dress becomes the same one she wears in her first appearance. Looks like the comic was more accurate than it could have thought.
    • One early strip involves Kirby drinking poisoned wine and turning into a bottle of poison. Come Kirby: Planet Robobot and Poison is an official Kirby ability.
    • Peach's winter dress is strikingly similar to Elsa's coronation dress.
    • The Hyper Beam gag, after Pokémon Sun and Moon introduced Z-Moves, which are about as over the top as the comic portrayed the regular move Hyper Beam as being.
    • This comic made a bunch of Art Shift jokes of Nintendo games mixed with a bunch of other cartoon shows, including a joke at the end of Link drawing the Master Sword out and then sleeping until the year 3000. Years after BitF ended, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild comes out, which opens with roughly the same idea.
    • This comic reviewing the Super Smash Bros. series features several characters not in the then-upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, but would become playable in Ultimate:
      • Nana is teary-eyed as she celebrates having "a second chance". Given that the Ice Climbers were cut from 3DS/Wii U, their return in Ultimate really is a second chance that was celebrated by fans who missed their absence.
      • Snake is shown sneaking towards a sign reading "Private Tournament NO TRESPASSING". One might imagine that this sign was placed here to keep him out of 3DS/Wii U, but he ignored it and sneaked into Ultimate anyway.
      • Skull Kid, Geno, and Ridley are waiting in line, in that specific order. First, Skull Kid was confirmed as an Assist Trophy in 3DS/Wii U. Then, Geno became a DLC Mii Fighter costume. Then, Ridley was announced as a playable character for Ultimate. That last one is especially funny, given the small, passionate blurb presumably written in the perspective of Matthew about Ridley having his chance one day.
      • Pichu is derisively referred to as one of the series's missteps. However, Pichu's inclusion in Ultimate hammers home the much-celebrated Tag Line of "Everyone is Here!"; additionally, Pichu's design in Ultimate has been overhauled to make him generally regarded as a far more useful and fun character to play as, self-damage and all.
    • The part in this comic where Pit tells Mega Man that now they just need to get Simon Belmont, referring to Captain N: The Game Master, has been answered by Ultimate with the addition of Simon Belmont.
    • Part 10 of the Cocoon Academy arc has Professor Oak comparing Pinky's transformation into Meta Knight to the life cycle of a butterfly ("You've emerged from a cocoon and metamorphosed into a true knight!"). While this is clearly a nod to the school's name, Nintendo would reveal a concept design for Meta Knight during Kirby's 20th anniversary a year later, which is themed after butterflies. This design would then resurface five years after that as a secret boss in Kirby Star Allies, approprately named Morpho Knight.
    • With the Grinch Leak (now turned out to be fake), the "Your aggravating antics even sicken Sakurai" in "You're a mean King, Dedede" takes a whole new meaning. Even better, Dedede ends up meeting the "seasick crocodile" from the painting he stole in person. It doesn't go well for him.
    • Taranto's choice to make Kirby and pals the de facto protagonists of a Smash comic, considering that Ultimate's "World of Light" story mode starts with Kirby on a quest to find the other fighters after their swift and collective defeat by Galeem.
    • 486 - Snake Man features Mega Man gaining Solid Snake as a powerup upon defeating Snake Man. In Ultimate, Snake is the puppet fighter used in Snake Man's Spirit Battle.
    • 270 - Hoodwinks has Popo and Kirby prank Nana by having Kirby sit in Popo's hood. In Ultimate, the Ice Climbers' Classic Mode congratulations image has Kirby impersonating Nana the same way.
    • The constant transformations in "Meet Me At Final Destination" are eerily reminiscent of the "Reanimated" trend on YouTube.
    • One comic involves Mario getting salty over a "fake" 1-up, with the punchline being it's for Paper Mario. This basically predicted Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.
    • The Alt Text for 403 - Peach's Warning references Cloud in a crossover with Mario and Pit, several years before Cloud Strife was introduced to the Smash series.
  • Memetic Badass: Frederick. Everything loses to him!
  • Memetic Molester: Although Waluigi does slide toward Memetic Badass in "Phillips Box".
  • Memetic Mutation: A few minor examples.
  • Older Than They Think: Waluigi's memetic catchphrase "WALUIGI TIME!" was first said in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Waluigi is everywhere.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Waluigi was originally created so that Wario could have a partner in Mario Tennis, and was disliked by critics and players alike. Years later, in comes this comic, turning Waluigi into a psychopathic Cloud Cuckoo Lander, and he quickly became one of the best characters in the strip.
  • Seasonal Rot: One of the reasons why Matthew wished to end the comic is to avoid this.
  • Squick: The second-to-last panel of Frequent Flyer Miles shows spinning buttcheeks.
  • Toy Ship: Kirby/Jigglypuff. This is what cements it as such.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Rosalina's been a pretty popular and important character ever since her debut, but she has almost no role in the comic. Perhaps she might have had more focus if Smash 4 didn't mark the end of the comic, but still. It's possible that her memetic dignity could be taken Up to Eleven or deconstructed, and the Galaxy games as a whole got little focus.
  • Uncanny Valley: Retrospective example- Adeleine looks only vaguely human in her earlier appearances. While not off-putting on its own, it definitely looks odd after seeing her later, when her design was more consistent.
    • Part of Waluigi's humor thrives on this.
  • The Woobie:
    • The final comic of the Waluigi Triloigi series of strips actually manages to turn Waluigi into this.
    • A few strips manage to make a Goomba look cute, especially "Ode to Minions".
    • And Eario, the janitor of the Mushroom Kingdom. He cleans and polishes (and refuels the bullet shooters) all for his idol Mario, and the day he got a coin from a block Mario hit was the happiest day of his life. Until he was reunited with his son(?), Waluigi.
    • Young Dedede in the Cocoon Academy Story Arc. First he gets into a food fight by accident, is sucked up by "Pinky," and gets detention for aforementioned food fight. When he gets home he has a terrible dinner (so says the mouseover text) and the next day he's sent to Headmaster Hand's office. And then later on, he thinks that he's lost "Pinky" as a result of fighting Dark Matter...
    • Luigi can't even fantasize himself being the hero. Also, Matthew saying he has low self confidence doesn't help...
    • Lickitung has it rough...
    • Mega Man became one of these as Matthew highlighted how much his life has become crap since Capcom started cancelling his games. There's hope for him with his recent inclusion in Smash Bros. 4, though.
    • After Comic 556: Wario and Waluigi, Waluigi has become a big time one, even more than in the Waluigi Triloigi.


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