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  • Angst? What Angst?: Whenever Brooklyn T. Guy's wife gets killed, Brooklyn would be overjoyed instead of being distraught by her death, mainly because his wife is extremely annoying and Too Dumb to Live.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Due to the show's use of plushies and puppets, many people have assumed it is for kids. This has created a lot of controversy, and eventually ended up causing certain trouble with YouTube.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
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    • In videos where Cody is hitting on Junior (or anyone else, for that matter), despite being in a relationship with Ken: Is he truly cheating on him or does he actually know Ken is just a doll and wants to have a relationship with a real person? Or perhaps he's just going for a threesome?
    • In "The Bet!", was the judge threatened into winning Chef Pee Pee's entry, or did he genuinely like it so much, he ate his cooking like a messy dog?
    • In "Jeffy's Parents" was Jeffy genuinely promising Mario he will be good, or was he being manipulative and guilt-tripping Mario into adopting him? Seeing as how Jeffy has done nothing to be a better kid after that video, there's not much reason to believe it isn't the latter.
    • In many videos (especially from 2017 onwards), Cody isn't above doing wrong even though he's usually the Only Sane Man next to Junior and Joseph. Does he genuinely believe they're wrong or stupid despite his actions or is he simply a selfish and moralizing Hypocrite who looks down on his friends' stupidity and amoral behavior while not answering to his misdeeds? Adding credence to the theory is that Junior has a fair number of moments where he shows genuine kindness, concern or remorse while Cody has relatively few (if any).
  • Ass Pull:
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    • Done in "Chef Pee Pee's Bucket List!". Chef Pee Pee is sick and the doctor tells him he has feline leukemia (despite the fact that he is not a cat) and he has only 24 hours to live. When Junior overhears this, he tries to make Chef Pee Pee's last day as fun as possible with the help of his friends. And he fails horribly. And then it is revealed that the doctor mixed up Chef Pee Pee's results with a cat and told him that he just had the flu, much to Chef Pee Pee's relief. While this was portrayed as a happy ending, it's still depressing as it's the cat who dies at the end of the video from actual feline leukemia, and the doctor more or less gets away with his "accident". The fact that the ending was to be expected (especially since Chef Pee Pee was at first diagnosed with feline leukemia and not actual human diseases) doesn't even try to help as well.
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    • A big one during "Black Yoshi's Black Friday!". Mario has to find a way to get $15,000 in order to bail Black Yoshi — who thought Black Friday was a day where black people got free stuff to make up for years of slavery — out of prison for stealing things on Black Friday. Mario goes and asks Goodman to lend him that exact amount, and he agrees on the condition that Mario makes him a Thanksgiving dinner. And then Goodman just ups and leaves after saying everything Mario gave him looks terrible (this includes the food that Jeffy didn't ruin), and Black Yoshi just shows up at Mario's front door, with the ending of the video revealing that Black Yoshi broke out of prison. While not exactly out of character for Black Yoshi, the video never explains or shows how he did this, nor answer why he called Mario if he would just break out of prison anyways. Even worse is that it makes the entire stuff with Goodman, Jeffy and the Thanksgiving dinner nothing but pointless filler.
    • Another one in "Cody's Report Card!". The entire conflict of the story is that Cody has a B+ on his report card in Spelling, and he's afraid to show his parents because they won't love him anymore if they see it. Except he didn't. In the end, Jackie Chu reveals that he made a typo (despite nothing on that report card looking even remotely off aside from Junior's Photoshopped report card, which was supposed to be fake) and that Cody actually got all A's, resulting in a happy ending that just felt tacked on.
    • In "Jeffy's Pokemon Card!", Jeffy gets a pack of Pokémon cards, one of them being a Politoed EX. Junior tries to get Jeffy to give him the card, only for Jeffy to destroy the card, throwing Junior into a total meltdown. Luckily for him, Cody revealed that he bought a Politoed EX off eBay for $5 and said that Junior could get any card he want online. Still, it was passed off as Junior torture by a lot of fans, and was also considered as a destruction video by some, much like "The Baby Project!" or "Nintendo Switch". And once again, the fact that the ending was to be expected (especially since the video was based on the SpongeBob episode "The Card") didn't really help matters either.
    • "Sicken" has Cody go on a violent rampage where he attempts to kill Chef Pee Pee, Joseph and Bowser because Junior broke Ken. Cody gives Junior a Sadistic Choice to have one of the three killed. Junior manages to halt Cody... by saying he loves Cody as a friend along with others. Leaving aside that Junior, at best, teases his friends and, at worst, is downright mean and jerkish towards them (though, for his part, he has shown the occasional concern and kindness as of late), it comes out of left field as, apart from Cody seeking revenge because Junior "killed" his "boyfriend" by killing someone Junior loves, love otherwise doesn't really factor into the plot which originally started with Junior being sick with the flu. On top of that, because Junior has to choose to have someone he loves killed, he says it should be Cody who has to die... but Cody dismisses the idea because "it doesn't count" and suggests they both put Ken back together. This can even be unsatisfying to some because Cody tried to kill three people over a broken doll and faces no consequence for it (apart from catching Junior's flu) and it ignores the fact that Junior isn't above murder as has been shown in previous videos not to mention that very few characters permanently die in the series.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Fans who hated "Cody's Birthday!" found "Cody's Revenge!" as basically an apology for that video by having Cody get back at Junior for being a Jerkass to him for so many videos and having Junior actually suffer for his actions for once.
    • After the controversial "Jeffy's Bad Word!", which is basically a Mario torture porn (especially for the second half of the video), Logan commented on the video, asking if it should be deleted. He also posted on his Facebook profile that he was making a new video to make up for "Bad Word", which ended up being "Chef Pee Pee's Birthday Surprise!", a video in which Bowser Junior and his friends throw Chef Pee Pee a surprise birthday party. Two weeks later, he released "Jeffy's Mistake!", in which Jeffy breaks Black Yoshi's Xbox One and is killed by Black Yoshi, though it was All Just a Dream.
    • Logan apparently failed to remember the backlash "Jeffy's Bad Word!" received and uploaded "Locked Out", which had Jeffy once again tormenting Mario and getting away with it while Mario is left with complete Laser-Guided Karma and worldwide humiliation. It was utterly loathed by fans to the point where he finally declared that there would be no more "Mario Torture Porn/Bad Jeffy" videos from then on. Then he made "The Past Machine!", probably in an attempt to make up for the previous video; the fans praised that one, and "Turkey Tyranny!", where Mario timed Jeffy out for the rest of the video for throwing his plate at the camera and almost breaking it. In Jeffy's next appearance, "Shrek The Babysitter!", both he and Junior end up locked in the bathroom (with the toilet clogged) by Shrek for eating his cheesecake, and Junior got him injured twice, both in "Smart Jeffy" and "Jeffy Loses His Teeth!". He even gets beaten up by Mario at the end of "First Day Of School!". Not to mention the icing on the cake has got to be "Jeffy's Parents!", which made Jeffy more sympathetic because of his mother Nancy physically abusing Jeffy frequently.
      • Conversely, he did learn from the backlash over Rosalina constantly defending Jeffy, as when she returned in "Jeffy's Switcheroo!", she instead told him to listen to Mario when he started acting up again.
    • "The Movie Date!" seems to have been written in response to Goodman's threats of violence towards Mario. It's revealed that Brooklyn T. Guy had been taking Mario's house payments. In addition to his date going bust, Brooklyn is also made to deal with Goodman in the end and, so far, the demands for payment haven't come up since.
  • Badass Decay: Black Yoshi has suffered from this going from a ruthless antihero gangster to a hilariously pathetic crybaby that constantly whines and begs for Mario to buy a new Call of Duty game.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Chef Pee Pee is not very well-liked across the fanbase mainly because of him being one of the characters hogging the spotlight too often. However, some fans side with him for being one of the few sane characters, along with Mario and to a lesser extent Cody, and/or because they can't stand Bowser and/or Junior.
    • On one hand, Jeffy has been an Ensemble Dark Horse among even Word of God, and some people tend to like him for his jokes and stupidity. On the other hand, a lot of fans find Jeffy to be offensive, and others dislike him because he makes Mario miserable and most see his appearances to mainly pander to Logan's younger fans. His reputation also took a huge hit from both "Jeffy's Bad Word!" and "Locked Out". It wouldn't take him until "Jeffy's Parents!", which was uploaded six months after "Jeffy's Bad Word!", to finally recover at least some of his former positive reception. Even then, while his reception has been getting better, most of the post-"Jeffy's Parents!" videos he is in tend to vary in quality and opinions on him depend on the video. More recently, he has also begun to attract a fanbase comprised of younger immature kids, most of which prefer Jeffy over other characters, which as a result indirectly led to YouTube demonetizing Logan's channels (with "Jeffy's Tantrum!" arguably being blamed on, as a 7-year-old child attempted to hang himself after watching said video). Combined with the decreasing quality of recent SML videos (especially Jeffy videos themselves), it has resulted in more people viewing Jeffy either neutrally or negatively. This has gotten to the point that the very SML Wiki is extremely divided on Jeffy, but leans to disliking him.
    • Brooklyn T. Guy is a strange case. On one hand, people tend to like him for being a hilarious Deadpan Snarker who is one of the few sensible characters in SML's cast. But on the other, many of his detractors call him out for being an Idiot Houdini Jerkass who arrests innocent peoplenote , and for just being an inferior replacement of Goodman. It doesn't help that most of his 2018 appearances (especially in Jeffy videos) have him just showing up to either repeat a gag ("Jeffy Gets Glasses!" and "Jeffy Gets A Cavity!"), or just derail an otherwise decent premise for an episode with a story ("Jeffy's Sleepover!"), which is either pretty amusing on it's own or dreadfully unfunny skits that go on for way too long and ruin said episode ("Jeffy's Wifi Problem!").
  • Broken Base:
    • Is it a legitimately funny series, overly raunchy and repetitive, or a So Bad, It's Good web series that is trying to be an expy of SpongeBob SquarePants, South Park, and Family Guy?
    • The fanbase has become even more fragmented once Jeffy showed up, with Jeffy fans and haters constantly at each other's throats. For instance, "Attack of the Killer Shrimp!" and the remake of "Toad's Mistake" were adored by older SML fans but apparently hated by some of the newer fans because they preferred Jeffy over Mama Luigi and Woody. Jeffy has also caused a lot of fighting and drama within the community. This got to the point where the SML fanbase can be considered just as toxic as other infamous fandoms, such as including Sonic the Hedgehog, Steven Universe, and Team Fortress 2.
    • An easy analysis, concerning old fans, is that when SML first started, it was undoubtedly at the top of it's game. It was about a goofy, creative kid (Logan) just messing around with his plushies with his brother (Lance) and best friends (Zeke and Luke) for shits and giggles, and even when he started putting actual effort into his videos, it only added to the appeal. By the time Mama Luigi died, Black Yoshi was welcomed as a hilarious gangster-sterotype replacement, and his appearances quickly gained him iconic status. Many of the older fans will claim that SML was at it's absolute best when Logan was still living in his parents' house, and once he moved out into the apartment is when things began to change, for better or worse. In addition to making Joseph a main character and introducing Cody, it became apparent that Logan's original charm was starting to flicker, as he was now faced with actually supporting himself through his Youtube career, and as such, began relying on using unpopular ideas from other cartoons as more and more videos were sidelining his classic characters in favor of Character Shilling three bratty kid characters who constantly fight among each other to everyone else's chagrin. It got to the point were Shrek and Black Yoshi, even Woody began to linger in the background, and when they did finally show up, their once hilarious personalities suffered heavy Flanderization, which ended up soiling their appeal. Eventually, it reached a definite and devastating breaking point as soon as Jeffy entered the picture, as several will say that he's a character that clearly nobody asked for, and certainly nobody liked, and argue that Jeffy's overexposure and Character Shilling isn't just pandering to the fans who adore him, but is deliberately done by Logan to spite his older fans who became detractors.
    • Toad shooting Jeffy near the end of "Jeffy the Rapper!" so he can remain the number one rapper. Did he cross the Moral Event Horizon, or was Jeffy getting some well-deserved Laser-Guided Karma for all the bad things he did to Mario... or both?
  • Catharsis Factor:
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Junior was this big time after "Bowser Junior's Macaroni!", as he was hated for his bratty behavior and getting away with it and took over Mario's role as the main character. Fortunately, Junior's character has improved since 2016, but some fans do wish he didn't hog the spotlight as often.
    • As of the 2016 videos, Rosalina and Jeffy are starting to pick up this trope as well.
    • As of 2017, Jeffy has practically appeared in at least one video every two, three, or four videos.
    • As of 2017, Mr. Goodman has picked up this trope. Despite the fact that most of the fanbase hates Goodman's guts and want to see him face justice for essentially being The Don, he is one of Logan's favorite characters, and is Lance's favorite character overall.
    • Starting early 2018, Brooklyn T. Guy has definitely become this (as frequently as Jeffynote  and Junior). While most other characters, including the two aforementioned, usually take a break after being in 1 to 4 consecutive videos, Brooklyn T. Guy has been noted, and given some flak, for appearing in the vast majority of the episodes.note 
  • Creepy Cute: Granted this is to be expected, but the plushies of the FNAF cast are actually quite adorable compared to the counterparts in the Sleepover episodes and "Bowser Junior's 8th Birthday!".
  • Crosses the Line Twice: There are too many instances to count...
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The series was like this during the 2014-16 era, with nearly all the characters in the series being either jerks or idiots. Junior, one of the main characters, can be a Batshit Crazy Enfant Terrible at his worst, and is usually portrayed as a "hero", despite being incredibly selfish and cruel to his friends as well as his dad and Chef Pee Pee, and often getting away with his actions. Jeffy was a manipulative brat who tortured Mario and did things like lie that Mario raped him and get him locked out of the house, some of which ultimately resulted in Mario getting loathed on a global scale. Like Junior, he rarely got punishment either. Other characters weren't much better. Joseph was an arrogant Jerk Jock and nothing more than that, and to a lesser extent, he constantly brought up his poor home life and especially his dead mom, a gag which has slowly begun to get repetitive for some viewers. Rosalina was a huge idiot, who, despite often being portrayed as nice, usually took Jeffy's side when he was being a brat and even agreed with him when he lied to the police that Mario raped him, despite the fact that she saw what happened. Cody was nothing more than a gay stereotype. Shrek and Black Yoshi became more cruel when they did things like make Mario slurp crap through a straw, and get rich off a blank welfare check and then get Mario arrested for it when the police arrived. This is the same Black Yoshi who risked his life just to save Mario from Bowser in "Mario and Luigi's Stupid and Dumb Adventures". Not helping is that any character that wasn't either Too Dumb to Live or a Jerkass was either a Woobie or Butt-Monkey (Mario, Chef Pee Pee).
  • Designated Hero: See here.
  • Designated Villain:
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Black Yoshi and Mama Luigi (when he was still alive), mainly because people find them hilarious.
    • Jeffy, to an extent, used to be popular among even Logan's crew. In fact, his article on the SML Wiki is currently on the top pages list, there are skits on both Logan's Facebook and Instagram accounts starring Jeffy, and Logan has even sold Jeffy shirts at some point.
    • In terms of puppet characters, Craig the Devil and Jackie Chu (who is even loved in-universe for being an awesome teacher) are generally regarded as the most hilarious and are usually in some of SML's best videos. It makes sense as to why most fans were disappointed that Craig would be Put on a Bus after the YouTube Adpocalypse. Thankfully, Craig made his long-awaited return in "The Costume Contest!".
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • The SML fanbase is big rivals with that of SMG4. Comment on a video on one side saying you prefer the other and prepare for backlash.
    • To a much lesser extent, it has one with the Cute Mario Bros. fandom too since both SML and CMB have a similar premise, with CMB being the first and formerly more popular channel. The fact that Logan subtly took shots at them once does not help.
    • Within the fanbase itself, there always arguments between the entertainment value of the show itself. Fans either critisize the show for taking a major dip in qualitynote , or see the show just fine as it is. More specifically it's "Classic" fans vs. "Modern" fans, with many of the former giving up on SML altogether, and many of the newer ones being made up of little kids.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: See here.
  • Forced Meme: Chef Pee Pee's "Everyday is Taco Tuesday" Catchphrase in "Jeffy's Backpack!".
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In "Loch Ness Monster!", Junior makes a fake autograph and lies to Brooklyn T. Guy that it's from the Loch Ness Monster. Said autograph has a drawing of Mr. Potato Head. A day later, Don Rickles, the voice of Mr. Potato Head, died from kidney failure.
    • "Jeffy The Rapper!" ended with Jeffy, a rapper in the episode, getting shot by Toad. A little over a year later, two other certain rappers got shot and died on the same day. It didn't help that one of the real-life shootings took place in the exact same US state as the one depicted in the video.
    • "Cody's Revenge!" can be this considering that Cody has become quite antagonistic in later episodes, while Junior was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Bowser Junior's Pet!" ends with Junior getting a pet Rabbid. Come 2017, where a crossover game with Mario and the Rabbids is confirmed for the Switch.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Bowser, towards Chef Pee Pee in some occasions. For example, in "Bowser's Salad Wrap", Chef Pee Pee briefly takes off his shirt, to which Bowser exclaims it's too sexy while Junior is disgusted, and in both "SuperPowers" and "1 2 Switch Bodies!", Bowser has sex with Cody (disguised as Chef Pee Pee in the former, and in Chef Pee Pee's body in the latter), and at the end of the former video, he asks the real Chef Pee Pee if he's ready for "Round 2".
    • Junior and Cody seem to have hints of this. Junior seems willing to help out Cody whenever he is sad, and Junior even called Cody his best bud in one video. Cody himself shows even more signs that he is into Junior with some of the suggestive comments he spews. Keep in mind, Cody is also dating Ken. Maybe he's using him to get Junior jealous?
  • Idiot Plot: Most of "Drawing Jeffy!" fits this trope. While Jeffy setting the conflict in motion is to be expected, Mario (and to a lesser extent, Rosalina) mistaking Drawing!Jeffy for Jeffy instead of taking a few seconds to notice that Drawing!Jeffy has a deeper voice and more limited vocabulary not to mention forgetting that the real Jeffy isn't known to obsess over mayonnaise (not to mention he should know that Jeffy wears a bicycle helmet rather than a mayonnaise cap) can really cast doubt on his role as one of the "sane" characters. Not helping matters is that Rosalina uncharacteristically doesn't stick up for Jeffy nor does she at least coax Mario into investigating Jeffy's claims (even though she goes back to defending his misbehavior in episodes after that).
  • Iron Woobie: Chef Pee Pee is forced to work for Bowser, who constantly makes his job hell, and while he's working, he has to deal with Junior's ridiculous antics. Even when he quits and becomes a police officer, Officer Goodman shocks him with a taser gun, pepper sprays him in the eyes, and shoots him in the hand to get the job.
  • It Was His Sled: To some extent, Nancy being Jeffy's mother from "Jeffy's Parents!" and the 26 bodies as well as Does Bad Things Guy from "The Secret Door!", as not only are they clearly seen on the thumbnails of several reaction videos on YouTube, but they are also used in remixes and mashups of these same episodes — including YouTube Poops and meme videos. You ought to be extra careful searching for these videos on Google.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • When you think about it, Junior, a total Bratty Half-Pint and Spoiled Brat, is a horrible and miserable person because he has a very screwed up life. He doesn't know his mom, all of his friends are assholes, his dad loves a TV show more than him, and when he tries gets to get some attention from him, Bowser usually beats him up. He has even been traumatized and broken after being sent to military school.
    • Jeffy, as of "Jeffy's Parents!".
    • Bully Bill is also becoming this to an extent. From his first appearance alone, he mentions having a dysfunctional home life and takes his aggression out on other people, which, while bad, never gets as brutal as any of the other child characters. Since he has "Bully" in his name, he usually goes around bullying people, especially Jeffy. However, every single time he teases him, Jeffy always gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Worst of all, Bully never learns his lesson.
      • "Jeffy's Bike" expands on this. When Jeffy gets his bike stolen, he and Mario go over to Bully Bill's apartment to see if he was the thief. When Bully Bill says that he actually wasn't, his father berates and grounds him, simply for not doing a bad deed. This gives insight into Bully Bill's character, since we now know he is practically forced to be bad all the time and can't be anything but, not even neutral.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A huge portion of SML's current fanbase is comprised of young children who come just to see Jeffy, despite most of the content. It got to the point where some videos starring older characters ("Toad's Mistake!", "Attack of the Killer Shrimp!") were hated by these viewers because they preferred Jeffy over Mama Luigi and Woody. This is also why Logan can't retire or kill off Jeffy, since it would cause him to lose a massive amount of subscribers, and since the addresses of Logan and his family are public knowledge, it would put his life, as well as those of his family and close ones (whether there's involved or not) in serious danger, since, if Optimus Prime taught us anything, beloved fictional characters are Serious Business.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: "Jeffy Gets Chicken Pox!" has Jeffy seemingly come down with chicken pox. When Mario tries to give him medicine prescribed by Brooklyn T. Guy, he suddenly appears to have turned into a chicken. Later on, it looks as though Black Yoshi (unknowingly) killed and fried chicken-Jeffy and Brooklyn T. Guy even eats the chicken (despite Mario being certain it could be Jeffy) much to Mario's despair. Just then, it turns out Jeffy hadn't turned into a chicken after all and he gave his shirt to a chicken so it wouldn't get cold not to mention the "chicken pox" was cut up pieces of a red shirt. This should come as no surprise to many SML fans, given Jeffy's popularity.
  • Memetic Mutation: Chef Pee Pee's "Nah, it's just me n*gga".
  • Misaimed Fandom: Many viewers often see Chef Pee Pee, Mario and Cody as "sympathetic" simply because they have been shown to put up with a lot of crap from Junior and Bowser, Jeffy and Rosalina and Junior and Joseph respectively. While they have been mistreated too often and they're portrayed as more sensible next to the others, it fails to account for the fact that in some videos, they can be just as bad if not worse (sometimes with little to no provocation whatsoever).
  • Moral Event Horizon: See here.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: "UH!"
  • Narm:
  • Never Live It Down:
  • Padding: A recurring problem with SuperMarioLogan that became more pronounced with the addition of Jeffy, as Logan has an apparent fondness for making new gags that are funny at first, ruining them with overuse, and then dragging them out for so long in an episode that it becomes aggravating to watch:
    • A scene in "Bowser Junior's Summer School 7" involves Chef Pee Pee trying to make Junior some cereal for breakfast. Then Junior demands that he pour the milk, and screams at the top of his lungs just to force him to let him pour the milk. However, he still drops the jug and makes a mess. Then Junior says he wants to do it again, and Chef Pee Pee reluctantly caves into his demands. This time, he ends up spilling milk all over the table, much to Chef Pee Pee's annoyance. This doesn't contribute to the storyline at all, and passes off as just filler in the end.
    • The entire tutor section of "The Test!" is just Junior and Jeffy screaming at Cody with their Insane Troll Logic, and it somehow manages to be even more obnoxious than Jeffy's already unfunny and repetitive swearing gags. Even worse is that the whole thing ends up being pointless, because Junior, Jeffy and Cody just decide to cheat on their tests anyway, leaving many viewers asking what the whole point of it all was.
    • "Jeffy's Wifi Problem!" may be the most notorious example here, as not only is most of it nothing but a combination of overused jokes, Jeffy screaming angrily, and (to a lesser extent) Mario torture, but it also suddenly goes off-track halfway through the video when Brooklyn T. Guy tries to sell Mario and Jeffy a Foosball table, and this one goes on for four minutes. The Reveal that Junior just uses the neighbor's WiFi whenever his connection goes out only adds insult to injury, as it's just once again a classic case of "doing everything for nothing".
    • "Jeffy Gets Glasses!" and "Jeffy Gets A Cavity!" might be just as bad, if not worse, as Brooklyn T. Guy constantly makes fat jokes about his ex-wife, and devotes a certain amount of time to exclusively doing just that while Mario stares at him. In the former, it went on for about two minutes.
    • Brooklyn T. Guy's "scary story" about trying to get Cheez-Its from a vending machine only to argue with the mother of a kid who had gotten his bag is yet another case of this trope in a Jeffy-centric episode. It goes on for upwards of five minutes and the episode ends after he's through telling the story, not to mention that, as always, it derails the episode's plot from that of Jeffy seeking to have a sleepover. Not helping matters is that it's told in animation by a fan of the series rather than using the puppetry the series is known for. Despite Logan promoting the creator of said animation on-screen, the section of the video was (no surprise) still negatively received by a lot of people.
    • "Jeffy Gets Chicken Pox!" has Brooklyn T. Guy repeatedly making genitalia jokes and going on a tangent about elephants rather than trying to help Mario (granted, he does prescribe Tylenol for Jeffy, but no more than that). Unlike other examples, he's not in the video as long (not to mention even Mario can't take the lame jokes and yells at him to leave) and Black Yoshi plays a minor role in the plot, but it can still be annoying.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Junior was originally one of the most unlikable characters in the SML universe, mostly due to his obnoxious behavior and the number of episodes focused around him along with Chef Pee Pee and Bowser. However, his character gradually improved as he went from a spoiled Jerkass that along with Bowser constantly tormented Chef Pee Pee, to more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. While he still has his haters (or just people who want more than just Junior videos), most are willing to admit that Junior has been improving since his early years.
    • Rosalina is an inversion. At first, people liked her for being a genuinely good yet quirky girlfriend for Mario (as opposed to Peach) who is responsible for some of the most emotional SML videos such as "Mario's Valentine's Day Problem!" and "Rosalina's Ex-Boyfriend!". Ever since Jeffy was added to the main cast, she started getting a bit down in reception for caring a lot about Jeffy yet still has a few of her moments. But after "Jeffy's Bad Word!", Rosalina gets flak for being no better than Peach, focusing entirely on Jeffy's problems instead of her own lover, not really given much character outside outside of "being Mario's girlfriend", lacking any sort of humour or quirks to entertain people, and never being of any help to Mario (sometimes flat out annoying him on purpose). She has even recently started to decline in appearances, and has had two hiatuses recently — one was between "Jeffy's Bathtime!" and "Jeffy Loses His Pencil!", a period of two monthsnote . The other is still ongoing, as she hasn't appeared since "Jeffy Has Kids!" — released a whopping five months ago. But aside from a few video requests that mention her in a plot synopsis, no one is really missing her.
    • Jeffy has been subject to years of torture thanks to "Jeffy's Bad Word!", and this was worsened by "Locked Out", uploaded only four months later after "Bad Word". Luckily, he started regaining his former positive reception after "Jeffy's Parents!" was uploaded, in which it is revealed that he has a smoking alcoholic prostitute mother named Nancy, who has a hatred for Jeffy and constantly physically abuses him. He suffered so much abuse from the episode that even Jeffy haters felt sorry for him, and as a result he started to improve just as Junior did. This has been triple-subverted recently with "Jeffy's Tantrum!", which was a very polarized video with several people panning the video and others liking it, "Bowser Junior's Playtime 5", which features Jeffy playing the role of Junior's boss and received such acclaim, and Logan's April Fools' joke of 2017note , which currently has over 20,000 dislikes, towering over "Locked Out" and "Bad Word".
      • At the end, however, Jeffy went back to being completely obnoxious, and he also played a big part in making the channel as a whole go through a good bit of trouble and get demonetized when a child tried to hang himself like he did in "Jeffy's Tantrum!" . At this point, it's safe to say he's a full blown Scrappy again.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: While not all of them, videos that focus on Mario and Rosalina often suffer from this, a perfect example of which is "Shrek's Coma!", where instead of focusing on the titular character Shrek, it's mostly focused on their dysfunctional relationship. While fans normally don't have a problem with Mario, Rosalina has become a lot less likable as of lately, making any attempts at making you feel sorry for her more cathartic than heartbreaking. Strangely enough, this is zigzagged depending on the video. When Logan makes a video that does focus on Mario and Rosalina's relationship rather than forcing into videos that focus on other characters, they can actually be pretty decent, ranging from genuinely romantic ("Mario's Valentine's Day Problem!" and "Rosalina's Ex-Boyfriend!") to just plain hilarious ("The Ring!").
  • The Scrappy:
  • Seasonal Rot:
  • Shocking Swerve: The whole lead up to the reveal of "Cody's Amiibo!" is played straight as a surprising revelation...except Cody's amiibo can be seen in the thumbnail alongside Junior and Joseph's amiibos. Especially baffling because "Cody's Missing!" didn't have that problem, and even if it did show which game Cody was in, it wouldn't be as obvious to the viewers (unless you're a very knowledgeable Mario fan).
  • So Bad, It's Good: How else can we explain it?
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Jeffy Plays Minecraft!" provides the moral that Moral Guardians should be responsible for what their children do and watch and how it influences their behavior, rather than try to blame creators for making the offending content or ban said offending content.
  • Special Effects Failure: Listing all examples would warrant an entire subpage.
  • Squick: A lot of episodes, Doofy The Dragon, and Charleyyy and Friends segments are disgusting and repulsive. Namely "Chef Pee Pee Quits!" (Parts 1 and 3), "Bowser Junior's Pet!", "Bowser's Soup", "Bowser Loses His Voice!", "The Drone!", "Bowser Junior's Dog!", "Pop Rocks and Coke!", "Mario's Hobo Problem!", "The Elevator!", "Bowser Junior's Painting!", "Bowser Junior's Bad Luck!", "Jeffy Gets Potty Trained!", "Bowser Junior Goes to Military School! Part 1", "The Ring!", "The Couch!", and to a greater extent, "Jeffy's Flu Shot!" and "Shrek's Crappy Wish". But that is nothing compared to the worst offender: "The Secret Door!".
    • Rosalina flirting with a French-accented Jeffy towards the end of "Jeffy's Brain!". Not only is he 12 years old, but she's basically flirting with her surrogate son. Not helping matters is the fact that after Mario attempts to knock Jeffy out, thinking it's a different personality, Jeffy goes back to being his regular self.
    • Nancy being Jeffy's mother. Intentional or not, Jacques Pierre François did conceive a child with her, which would mean that they had sex at some point. Now remember what Nancy looks like, and it becomes sickening.
    • While it's just Cheerios, the image of Brooklyn T. Guy eating afterbirth in "Jeffy Has Kids!" counts too.
    • In "Zombie Bowser!", Chef Pee Pee, after getting fed up with Bowser's demands, deliberately taints a burger that he's cooking and even shows what he does with it. He uses it to clean the house, including the dishes, the pots and pans, and even the toilet. Afterwards, Bowser eats it and gets food poisoning. Then he finds out Chef Pee Pee intentionally poisoned him and forces Chef Pee Pee to eat the burger to become just as green as him.
    • "Bowser Junior's Girlfriend" has Judy longing to become younger again in order to look attractive which Cody resolves by turning her into a 12-year -old with an invention of his only to begin finding Junior attractive. While she has a kid's body throughout most of the episode, she's clearly lusting after a child.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: See that subpage here.
  • Tear Jerker: See the subpage here.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Many fans' reaction to Logan deciding to have the characters Bowser Junior, Joseph, Cody, and Bowser become humans in "The Human Potion." Even though Logan has said that he has been contemplating this change for years, fans still aren't having it.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: This is most SML fans' reaction to other Mario PlushTubers.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Name any student character in a school series (Summer School, 1st Grade, Military School, etc.) that isn't Junior, Toad, Cody, or Joseph (there is also Charleyyy, Logan, Black Yoshi and Shrek, but they don't really count). Almost all of them never show up in any other videos besides their respective series.
      • The only school character that has made regular appearances so far is Bully Bill, who has become something akin to Jeffy's Arch-Enemy. But that in of itself also wastes another bully character. Tanner to be precise, who in earlier videos is seen being friends with Junior and Joseph, had family issues just like them (A divorce to be precise), and was seen picking on Cody, who would later become one of Junior's best friends. Despite the building blocks being right there for interesting character dynamics, Tanner hasn't made any notable appearances since the "Summer School" series.
    • The Strongbottom family, all of whom are royalty from the "Iron Asses of Wales" and are related to Chef Pee Pee. Naturally, this would raise a lot of possibilities. What sort of antics would Junior get up to with the sisters? What sort of development would Chef Pee Pee go through with his father? Where did Stacy learn "queef?" What sort of struggles would Chef Pee Pee and Benjamin go through taking care of both the Strongbottoms and Bowser's family? What sort of relationship would Bowser and the King have? Where is Queen Strongbottom? How did Chef Pee Pee go from royalty to a common house chef? There was a lot that could be done with this family and it could've added a lot of characterization, depth, character development and even an interesting backstory to Chef Pee Pee. But instead, King Strongbottom gets killed by his servant Benjamin — which is even more baffling because Strongbottom says that Stacy would take the throne if he died, yet we never see Stacy again — Stacy never goes beyond being a cheerleader who keeps saying "queef", and Chef Pee Pee's big sister is not even named.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In "Chef Pee Pee's Cooking Sucks!", Chef Pee Pee sees on TV that there is a cooking competition being held and tries to make a dish for the competition. This could of actually been a really cool plot where Chef Pee Pee gets to "prove" everyone wrong about his cooking and try his best to make something good, and Chef Pee Pee isn't the only character that knows how to cook either (Jackie Chu's first appearances were actually in cooking videos, Black Yoshi was seen making Kool-Aid cupcakes in "Jeffy's Mistake!", and even Junior has tried cooking in "Chef Pee Pee Gets Sick!"), so it's not like Chef Pee Pee wouldn't have any decent competition — after all, Chef Pee Pee is the same chef who put rat in pasta and called it ratatouille in "The Perfect Pizza". But the only thing to come out of this episode is a decent claymotion skit and an ending consisting of a rather forgettable Toad rap, which is quite rare for songs made by Toad.
      • This was actually a case of Real Life Writes the Plot. The video ended abruptly because Lovell had a cold, and he eventually lost his voice (he barely had any left during Toad's rap), precluding any further plot.
    • "Shrek's Coma!" has Shrek go into a coma from eating 15 layers of cheesecake, and because Brooklyn T. Guy can't be bothered to wait for Shrek to wake up from what he thinks is a 10-minute coma, he puts Shrek's brain into Atso's corpse (Atso having been killed offscreen after Anthony left), therefore giving Shrek a new body. Sounding like "Shrek's Diet!" aside, that seems like a decent idea for a video. Shrek even says he's given up on cheesecake in this video, and can apparently crap even harder than before, so it would be cool to see how his life changes. If nothing else, then it would be a good excuse to bring back characters like Woody just to see their reactions. Junior could even show up to see Shrek in one of his classmates' body. But instead, the video is mostly about Rosalina flirting on Shrek and Mario and Rosalina's now-fragile relationship instead of (you know) Shrek, and Black Yoshi does show up but doesn't even see Shrek once in the video (instead being there to unintentionally help Mario), as well as some rather crude jokes even by Shrek standards, and Shrek doesn't even stay in his new body for that long nor do anything different.
    • "Jeffy Gets Help!" could of been a really interesting look into Jeffy's head in order to see what kind of mental disorders he has, what Nancy did to inflict those traumatic effects (it's not exactly unheard of, considering an entire video was focused on how Bowser gave Junior a fear of cotton balls), and why he acts the way he does as opposed to other videos detailing his psyche ("Inside Jeffy" was just a parody of Inside Out, and "Jeffy's Parents!" only really scratched the surface). It also had the potential to be really heartwarming, seeing Mario and Rosalina try and help their adopted son overcome his problems and any trauma Nancy inflicted on him. Junior is also in this video and he's proven that he'll help his friends as evident with Cody, so it would of been nice to see him test and develop his friendship with Jeffy by helping him. It could also have expanded Jeffy's backstory and gone into more depth on the abuse he suffered, and maybe even bring Nancy back (didn't have to be in the present either, a flashback would of easily sufficed). However, the video itself is rather average, as it repeats a lot of jokes and even the same lines, sometimes word for word (Rosalina says that she'll check on Jeffy twice, and the effects always show up after 30 minutes), Rosalina is her usual Jerkass self, Junior does show up but only to get yelled at by Jeffy and is never seen again after that (making his appearance feel phoned-in and pointless), Jeffy's "problems" only amount to basic mood swings (thanks to Brooklyn T. Guy's "medicines"), and all it amounts to is learning that Jeffy has a Tic Tac allergy.
    • "Chef Pee Pee's New Job!" (similiarities to the "Chef Pee Pee Quits!" series notwithstanding) could've been an interesting opportunity to see how Chef Pee Pee's life would change working as a chef under someone else, if Goodman would be just as rotten of a boss towards him as with Mario (even temporarily) or if his life changes with a wealthy lifestyle. Better yet, given that the video starts with Bowser and Junior insulting his cooking (as always), Bowser and Junior could be forced to learn how to cook for themselves or perhaps even come to regret mistreating their chef and thus resolve to treat him better if he ever comes back. Instead, Junior doesn't want Chef Pee Pee to leave so he instead calls 911 and gets him arrested, claiming he's committing murder, successfully preventing him from qualifying for the competition.
    • "The Teleportation Machine!" involves a teleportation machine that Cody invented. This could have made for an interesting plot in which Junior and Joseph (and Cody himself) would take advantage of its abilities to go places/disobey authority (in fact, the possibilities are brought up but it's hand-waved because Cody only built two machines) until they're made to face the music for it. Goodman could have also made an appearance to try and mass-market the technology for profit and thus become the episode's antagonist. Instead, we end up with an episode where much of the runtime is spent on both an Overly Long Gag in which Judy mistakes Cody's fetish gear for mundane things and Cody having accidentally swapped bodies with Ken, prompting him to behave like a narcissistic jerk. Even then, it doesn't last long as Junior calls Brooklyn T. Guy to surgically reattach their heads/bodies.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Jeffy's Parents and Joseph's Mom are both darker and more serious compared to other SML episodes, with Jeffy's Parents being a comedy-drama episode and Joseph's Mom being a straight up drama with comedy being very rare in the episode. Yet, both were widely acclaimed and considered to be some of the best episodes from the 9th season.
  • Ugly Cute: Chaz and Junior Jr. from "Chef Pee Pee's Kids".
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: "Bowser Junior Gets Jinxed!" tries to portray the abuse Junior receives throughout the video in a comedic light, but surprisingly (given what Junior has been known to be), he did next to nothing in the video to justify it; he only gets "jinxed" by Cody when they talk about their essays and everything else that happens to him is either because the "jinx" leaves him unable to talk or due to stupidity on another character's part. Not helping matters is that Cody goes out of his way to insult and mock himnote  for much of the time he's in the video, and all the humiliation Junior goes through feels just outright tucked in or directed right towards him, at least for some people.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Craig the Devil in-universe has a 0% Approval Rating for being well, the Devil and even the characters that do ask for his help treat him as a friend no one likes at best. However, if you were to ask the SML fanbase, they all love him and most videos that have Craig in them are usually some of SML's best. It helps that he's a genuinely Nice Guy in a cast that has even the sanest of characters being assholes (barring his hilariously ineffective ways of being evil, which just makes people love him even more), who also manages to be hilarious in how bad he is at his job, or even just the idea of a demon who rules hell, dresses like a vampire and talks like Dracula appeals to a lot of people. Naturally, fans weren't too happy when the YouTube Adpocalypse meant the end of Craig's appearances.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!:
    • Logan tends to pander to his fanbase and make videos based on whatever trend is popular at the time. When it's something like a video game or movie (such as the "Home Alone" videos or the "Black Yoshi and the Birds" series), it at least makes sense (Logan's cast does consist of characters from movies and video games). But then you have videos like "Jeffy Goes To The Zoo!", which is actually based on the heavily despised Harambe meme, "Jeffy's Fidget Spinner!", and "Jeffy Plays Fortnite!". And to give you an idea of how bad this can get, one of Logan's more recent videos ("Zombie Bowser!") uses the Illuminati symbol in 2018.
    • "Cody's Favorite Game!" takes this Up to Eleven, as it isn't an episode so much as a six-minute advertisement for the mobile MMORPG Lords Mobile. The fact that it's labelled an "SML Movie" and could easily dupe viewers expecting an episode doesn't help.
  • What an Idiot!: Want to know how much? Look here.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Although the thumbnails and video titles and descriptions may seem family-friendly, the series contains mild (sometimes strong) swearing, sexual references, extreme use of violence (at times), crude humor (mostly Black Comedy) and drugs and alcohol references, among other content that can easily be identified as non kid-friendly, although this may have been dwindled as of the 2017 Adpocalypse. Despite this, a lot of kids still watch the videos on the channel, especially Jeffy videos. In fact, some episodes wound up on the YouTube Kids app, most notably "Jeffy Goes To The Zoo!", which portrayed the shooting of Harambe, "Jeffy's Tantrum!", which made British news when a child tried to imitate a scene in it, and "Bowser Junior Goes To Disney World!", which contains a scene of Mickey Mouse doing drugs and cursing in the hotel room Junior and his friends are staying in. Logan himself even intended that the series wasn't meant to be for kids in the first place.
  • The Woobie:
    • Mario has amounted to existing just to be tormented. Most videos he appears in have nothing go his way. His roommates, Black Yoshi and Shrek (and to a lesser extent, Woody and Tony the Tiger) are inconsiderate of him, and he's forced to take care of a handicapped child, Jeffy, who continuously annoys him even more.
      • This is taken Up to Eleven in "Jeffy's Bad Word!" and "Locked Out" where some fans felt Logan went too far with the Mario abuse, and genuinely felt sorry for him. This may have been finally reversed for good as of "Jeffy's Parents!".
    • Jeffy, of all people gets this in "Jeffy's Parents!", where it's revealed that the reason for his bad behavior is because his real mother frequently tortured and beat him. It's even more heartbreaking when Jeffy begs Mario not to bring him back to her, and Mario only cares about Jeffy going back to his real mother. Jeffy even "promises" to be a good boy from now on just to live with someone that actually doesn't abuse him. Thankfully, Mario realizes Jeffy's better off with him and Rosalina. He suffered so much from this episode that even Jeffy haters felt sorry for him.
    • Joseph became this during "Joseph's House!" where it was revealed that both of his parents are dead and that he lives in a trailer without power after Halloween of 2015.
      • Subverted in "Joseph Moves In!" where it was implied that he killed his mom over a sandwich.
      • Double Subverted big time in "Joseph's Mom!" where it's finally revealed that Joseph didn't kill his mom - rather, she won the lottery and left him to start a new life, replacing herself with a plastic skeleton. For two years, Joseph has not only been abandoned and forced to raise himself, but has also been driven to insanity and grief believing he had murdered his mother. And after all that, when Joseph finally reunites with his mom, she outright states that she started a new family and disowns him. Joseph simply thinks this is a joke and goes home to wait for her to return.

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