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  • Acceptable Targets: Nothing is sacred in this series, but fanbases get ridiculed a lot:
    • Justin Bieber and his fans in from 2012-2016. Bowser was frequently seen as a stereotypical Belieber. A giant Bieber appeared as a monster in "super Minecraft 64 bloopers: Legend of steve", and "Baby" has been used as a weapon several times. He's also one of the Teletubbies' berserk buttons.
    • The Twilight saga was also mocked to a lesser extent in the classic era. Super Mario Twilight is the title of a truly disgusting in-universe movie and other anti-Twilight jokes are littered through episodes.
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    • From 2017-2019, anything Anime-related, including fanbases, were heavily ridiculednote . The most pronounced example of this was Fishy Boopkins, via Flanderization, becoming a walking stereotype of all the negative traits associated with anime fans from "High School Mario" onward. After the Anime Arc however, anime has been embraced more than mocked.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Even people who hated Desti were actually floored to see her die at the hands of the false Sephiroth, created by Francis.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Mario really an idiotic, greedy jerk? Or is it all Obfuscating Stupidity in order to deceive his foes? Videos such as “Mario Alone” seem to be the latter.
    • Tari recognizes Francis from Mario's thought bubble in "Mario's Lemonade Stand". Is she a psychic?
      • Considering her powers in Meta Runner, doesn't seem out of the question!
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    • In the Anime Arc, was Peach A Nazi by Any Other Name who wanted all anime, including Saiko, out of the kingdom, or was she a well-intentioned Moral Guardian doing this for the safety of the Mushroom Kingdom and its citizens after Bob destroyed her castle due to anime?
      • People view Bob as the true villain of the Anime Arc as he was the one who destroyed Peach's castle and caused her to ban anime in the first place.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Many times, instead of facing the main antagonists of a video in a climactic battle, they get taken out rather easily or are pacified through non-violent means.
    • Waluigi of all people. Despite how much of a threat he was to everyone (being powerful enough to cause a zombie apocalypse and brainwash a Reality Warper), one punch was all it took to break his staff and release the T-pose zombies from Waluigi's control. This was followed by him permanently losing his power after a brief rap battle and making amends with Wario.
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  • Arc Fatigue: The subplot of Meggy finally winning a Splatfest started with "Meggy's Bootcamp", which most fans assumed would be resolved after the anime ban was lifted in "Mario Saves Anime". Meggy's kidnapping quickly puts that on hold and the end of the arc has Meggy promise to win Spatfest, all but confirming that the Spatfest they were taking part in during "The Splatfest Incident" was over. Many wish that the subplot had been settled with Meggy winning the Splatfest in an epilogue episode of some sort, feeling that it has become drawn out. Some even started thinking Meggy's Splatfest victory had become an outright MacGuffin. That being said, all the fans' wishes to see Meggy win Splatfest will finally be fulfilled in "Meggy's Destiny", the channel's first full-fledged movie.
  • Archive Panic: SMG4's been making videos since 2011, and he's accumulated hundreds of bloopers with no sign of stopping anytime soon. Add to that the many additional series that aren't considered bloopers (Mail Times, Guards N Retards, and the videos on TheAwesomeMario) and there are well over a hundred hours of content to get through.
  • Ass Pull:
    • Parodied in "Freddy's spaghettiria". As the building's power level begins to dry, the four animatronics start bashing angrily against the windows, acting as if they're about to claim victory. Then, out of nowhere, Mario pulls out an Amp and tosses it at the electrical box, charging the power level to "INFINITE%".
      Freddy Fazbear: HE FUCKING CHEATED!
    • Parodied again in "Princess Capturing Simulator". After Bowser manages to Troll Mario enough, the latter eventually gets so pissed that his sheer anger teleports him straight to Bowser.
      Mario was so angry he teleported
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • From 2014-2016, a common criticism from older fans was the general phasing out of Super Mario 64 in favor of Garry's Mod ("Tubbie TV" was a major example). Since then, SMG4 took steps to better balance out Super Mario 64 and Garry's Mod to the point that by 2018, he had managed to achieve a happy medium between the two games for footage.
    • During the early days of Meggy's addition to the main cast, one of the main complaints regarding her was how she seemingly had no flaws and was perfect at everything, especially compared to the rest of the cast. Since then, SMG4 has taken steps to make Meggy more relatable by giving her noticeable flaws such as her utter inability to cook, her pathological fear of anime, and most notably her impatience and Trigger Happy nature (seen most clearly in "Final Fantasy Mario" and "Mario and the Bob Mansion"), as well as showing her actually losing, such as in "The Mario Carnival" and "Super Challenge 64".
    • Quite a few concerning the shafting of older characters:
      • A common complaint from older fans in 2017-18 was that while the newer characters from Fishy Boopkins onward were unique and cool, they still took a lot of screentime away from older characters. "Mario And...The Well", in its final minutes, features a mass cameo from many of the older characters with X and FM at the beginning and ending with Swagmaster69696969696 and Chris, showing that SMG4 hasn't forgotten them. A similar event happened in "A Day In The Life Of Everyone", which features characters who barely appeared in 2019, including the Wario Bros.
      • Another complaint that some fans had was Peach became Out of Focus and barely appeared in the bloopers following Meggy becoming the most prominent female character. "Stupid Mario 3D World" brings Peach back to prominence, even having her Lampshade her long absence.
      • Among the many characters fans felt had been shafted, Swagmaster and Chris were among the most heavily requested to be brought back from 2018-2019. "Mario's Prison Escape" and the Anime Arc merge the Guards 'n Retards series with the main SMG4 series and give Chris and Swagmaster major supporting roles.
    • If you thought Waluigi got off too easy for all the destruction he caused, the next Arc Villain AKA Bob wasn't so Easily Forgiven, and had to work on setting things right. This is taken to an even bigger extent with Francis, the villain of the Anime Arc, who isn't given a chance at redemption like the last two examples and is left to die instead.
    • The two-part special Treasure Hunt with the Bois was likely created because of this. At end of Part 1, SMG4 and Kevin rush in to ensure fans that it's not going to be an arc, stating that they're experimenting with making two-parter shorts rather than overarching plots. Considering that one of the main complaints about the The Anime Arc was how long it was, it's not hard to put two and two together.
    • "The Big Bad Bully" and "Untitled Mario Video" were uploaded in early October, when the annual War of the Fat Italians is normally released, leaving fans wondering if SMG4 and Kevin had forgotten. The latter video was flooded with comments either asking when the war would be or suggesting challenges for it. It wasn't until two days later that a WotFI announcement was posted.
  • Awesome Ego: Bob, who has named TWO (fictional) holidays after himself, has blades for hands, and is one of the more popular side characters in the series.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Mario and SMG4's rap battle at the end of "War of the Fat Italians 2017". The additional lyrics by Luigi, Fishy Boopkins, E. Gadd, Meggy, and Bob are all awesome, too.
    • The climax of War Of The Fat Italians 2018 and the finale of the Waluigi arc: The whole cast brutally roasting Waluigi to a remix of Picture Perfect that’s truly fire, with everyone involved having incomparably improved rapping skills since WotFI 2017.
    • Darkest Hour is the essence of "Reason You Suck" Speech sung by Saiko of all people directed towards Bob, and it's apparently so great that In-Universe, Saiko ends up taking all of Bob's fame.
  • Base-Breaking Character: While SMG4's fanbase always find his cast of characters funny and charming, there are a few who are pretty divisive among fans:
    • Bob found himself becoming this when he was promoted to main character status. Fans of Bob found his old antics and plans to get noticed hilarious and saw him as an excellent parody of people in the Machinima community that keep asking to be in people's videos, with some people even sympathizing with his desire to crave attention. Some don't even mind his more jerkish characterization, sometimes even justifying it. That being said, a lot of detractors find Bob incredibly annoying and unlikable, usually saying that he has very little character or purpose other than being a narcissist and that his more jerkish behavior removed what little sympathy they originally had for him. Then there are others who think he's just overstayed his welcome and that the joke of Bob's character has gotten old. That being said, his more competent and badass moments have been something both sides can agree they have enjoyed.
    • Meggy is the best example of this. She was originally near-universally popular when she debuted in 2017, but while her promotion to the main cast was well-received, others found her status as a main character questionable. Some like her for being an adorable badass sharpshooter who is arguably Mario's Morality Pet (to the point of shipping them), as well as being a Nice Girl and Only Sane Woman among a cast of questionable intelligence, and find her competence more refreshing compared to the other female characters before hernote . Others think she's just a spotlight stealer who lacks any sort of humorous quirks or faults to fit in with the main cast (with the faults she does have only making her more quirky), having very little personality aside from doing cool stuff and being nice. They especially hate how the comment section of each video she's in tends to consist of her fandom praising her nonstop, which can get annoying after a while. Additionally, the Mario x Meggy ship, considering their Nintendo-universe ages as well as SMG4's Mario being born in 1928, comes off as rather disturbing.
    • Meggy's rival, Desti. There are those who love her and like her for being a Foil to Meggy and enjoy the rivalry between them, but others hate her and think she doesn't belong in the series due to being a Disney Channel Original Movie-esque Alpha Bitch rather than an actual villain like SMG3, Enzo, or Ztar. Her Character Development and eventual death in the Anime Arc served to make her even more base breaking; some believe it saved her from being a forgettable Flat Character and made her eventual bond with Meggy much stronger while others claim her death lacked emotional impact due to the fact her character arc felt rushed due to having not appeared, let alone interacted with the main characters prior to the arc.
    • Tari was this right out of her debut episode. Some like her for being another female in the cast and having a somewhat stable relationship with Mario. Others hate her for being just another shy gamer girl, along with doing practically nothing relevant in most videos after the Waluigi Arc and believe SMG4 should've promoted Meta Runner differently. Then there are Meggy haters who like seeing a similar character getting constantly hurt and abused much like Luigi and Toad.
    • Princess Peach became this after Meggy's debut in 2017. She's either loved for being the perfect Foil to Mario's antics, kickstarting many good plots such as "Hotel Mario" and "Mario's Spageti Delivary", having... an interesting relationship with Bowser, and keeping the series faithful to the source material, while others hate her because she's too bitchy towards everyone or solely because she isn't Meggy.
    • Mr. Hall Monitor, who debuted in "Mario School Club". He has some fans for his Implacable Man tendencies and some Big Damn Heroes moments, but others find him to be a much less interesting version than the police who used to fill the role of stopping Mario and the others from doing illegal activities. There are also others that don't mind him replacing the police as an original character compared to the former who were palette swaps of Mario, but find that the other joke of his character — a character with a Synthetic Voice Actor much like Bob, Chris and Swagmaster — was played out from his debut episode and he's not as unique as those characters are.
    • In general, every new addition to the main cast since Fishy Boopkins has gotten this in some capacity. Half the base loves them for being unique and having many awesome moments with the rest of the main cast while the other half wishes that they wouldn't appear so much so that some of the older characters like Steve, Rocks, Old Man Hobo, the Teletubbies, Peach, and Glitchy himself can be given more screen time.
  • Broken Base:
    • The greater prominence of Garry's Mod since 2014. SMG4 videos have essentially become GMod machinima with Mario assets, to the point where "SM64" (in 2017, after the discontinuation of the "Retarded64" series) and "bloopers" (in mid-2015) were dropped from the main series' title. The people in support of Garry's Mod point out that there is much more that GMod can do that SM64 doesn't (posing, explosions, radically different environments) and love the videos regardless. Detractors argue that SM64 carries a certain charm that Garry's Mod lacks and wish that SMG4 would go back to using pure Super Mario 64 footage.
    • Since 2017, the decision to keep events such as War of the Fat Italians open to fan submissions due to SMG4's spike in popularity. While most people don't mind the gesture — after all, who would hate a creator being interactive with their fans? — some have started to wonder if SMG4 has reached a point where he has too many fans to make WOTFI challenges open to the public as many unique suggestions are drowned out by more generic and overdone suggestions, such as "who can survive against a popular character or meme". Others are in favor of keeping it fan submitted, but with some tighter quality control. To a lesser extent, this sentiment also crops up with the last 2 SSenmodnar collabs being fan submission, with some people wanting another SMG4-made SSenmodnar.
    • "Tubbie TV". Some people think it's just as funny as SMG4's other videos, while others have called it one of his worst videos (according to the SMG4 wiki, some have even called it a "Mario Torture Porn"), mostly because of the heavy use of Teletubbies and Garry's Mod, leading some viewers to think that SMG4 was beginning to care less about using SM64 for his bloopers. This was lampshaded by him in his first comment following its release.
      "i have no idea whats going on in the comments right now lol. alot of you are shocked while others are laughing. so im getting mixed feedback here lol. i thought you guys didn't mind the teletubbies, but i guess too much of it is bad."
    • The episodes that use full voice acting such as "The Plumber Problem". Half of the base hates them for being essentially different from the norm and would rather have SMG4 stick with text and stock voice clips. The other half loves them for being well done (in some cases) and refreshing.
    • The announcement of Meta Runner, Glitch Production's new web series, was a big one. One half of the base was amazed from the trailer and were okay with the series since SMG4 owns the channel and can do whatever he wants with it. The other half was not as impressed and actively feared that the series would take time away from the Mario Bloopers. Luke and Kevin went on to address the latter half's fear, assuring them that the Mario bloopers would still be uploaded weekly as they always have and that they hoped the fans would enjoy the series.
    • In general, the overall switch from the general weirdness and silliness of the original bloopers to the more serious videos and characters when Kevin took over the writing. Half the base feels that this was the channel Growing the Beard again, citing the more heartfelt and somber moments in the videos, feeling that the change was one for the better. The other half feels that the videos were better off being comedic and random as it made videos both fresh and entertaining, feeling that the change in tone made videos more stale and predictable.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: To some, the revelation in "The Mario Concert" that Bob orchestrated the events of "Mario And...The Well" and "Mario and the Bob Mansion" didn't come off as a huge surprise. Go back to those two videos and you'll find strong hints that indicate something fishynote  about Bob's kindness. In the former video, Bob showed off his SoundCloud page immediately after his rescue, and in the latter video, Bob took his home being destroyed a little too well, to say nothing of his friends not finding humor in his "joke" about exploiting it.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Mario x spaghetti of course. He even names it "Sarah".
      • Mario x the box from "If Mario Was In...Portal" would also qualify.
    • Fishy Boopkins x his Hatsune Miku dakimakura (among others).
    • Shy Guy x toast.
    • The Villager x Doritos.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • Mario and company absolutely destroying Bob for everything he’s done with an absolutely amazing song, and Bob’s subsequent loss of everything he didn’t deserve afterward. Boopkins shutting the door on his face was the icing on the cake.
    • Saiko shoving Francis into one of the Ink Extractors, setting it to maximum power, and leaving him to die as the island explodes is very satisfying after everything he has done, especially after his callous murder of Desti.
  • Character Rerailment: Originally, SMG4 had stated the reason for Mario's opposite personality of being a mind-numbingly Lethally Stupid supremely selfish and deluded Antihero was to provide a new flavor as he assumed Mario's traditional portrayal as a squeaky clean, mostly-selfless hero was because it was the norm and therefore nobody would really be blown away. However, since 2017, ever since meeting Meggy, Tari, and the story arcs having brought in Continuity Creep, Mario has slowly but surely regained vestiges of his canonical selfless bravery and heroism, even coming to love Luigi and deeply cares about Meggy as a friend. Zigzagged, in that while he's still as wacky and dumb as the day is long and most of the misadventures everyone endures are typically his fault, he's balanced it out with being even an inch compassionate and selfless as well.
  • Cliché Storm: Viewers perceive the later videos as this compared to the old ones, which were more unpredictable and original.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Pretty much the entire main cast has fallen under this trope at one point or another, though the main candidate would have to be Mario.
    • In "Shy Guy Showdown", Crazy Guy ironically enough, and Steve.
    • Shroomy also counts as well, seeing as he nonchalantly built a rocket launcher in his debut episode out of nowhere, and was able to casually pilot a tank in Mario Battle Royale. Then he gets turned into the Shroominator in "War on Smash Bros. Ultimate", and becomes more awesome.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • In the leadup to Meta Runner, SMG4 and Kevin started pushing for Tari a lot. Granted, she does get the short end of the stick a lot, but she's also one of the nicest characters in the series, and one of the few people Mario's not a jerk to on a regular basisnote . In addition, she plays a major role in both the Waluigi and Anime Arcs. She was introduced in and was one of the Big Damn Heroes in the former, and her claims that the Anime Cartel were bad guys proved to be 100% correct in the latter.
    • Saiko also qualifies. It's clear that SMG4 and Kevin had good faith in the character, considering how much they've used her after her debut. Unfortunately, fans didn't feel the same. They either found her too ugly or too unlikable. But rather than give up on her, they gave her more sympathetic and heroic qualities, starting with "Luigi's Lesson". Luckily for them, it worked. It should also be noted that while Tari played a big part in two arcs, Saiko played a big part in all three. Her appearances toned down by 2020, however.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: In "Mario and the Bob Mansion", when SMG4 asks Bob where his fire extinguishers are, Bob replies that safety is for losers. Cut to Bowser finding one and using it on his face instead of the fire, only for it to set him on fire. Bob then reveals that while he doesn't have fire extinguishers, he does have flamethrowers disguised as fire extinguishers.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Bob got this big time after the events of "The Mario Concert". Many fans sympathized with Bob since he had specifically told Boopkins not to interfere with the concert only for him to ruin it anyway in addition to many speculating that Bob must have once been as idealistic as Boopkins, but may have been betrayed and used in the past, which is why he is a cynic in the present. Keep in mind this was after he outright admitted to manipulating the events of the last few episodes for the sole purpose of skyrocketing his career, including throwing his supposed best friend down a well.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • SuperLuigiGlitchy3, SMG4's brother from the episode "sup' bro" has gained somewhat of a fanbase, appearing in fanart despite having since vanished since his debut.
    • Grand Dad from "THE BOOTLEG DIMENSION". Most of the comment section will agree that he is a surprisingly Tragic Villain in contrast to SMG4's other antagonists, who are usually comedic goofballs or evil forces of nature.
    • "If Mario Was In... Splatoon" introduced Meggy the Inkling, who quickly became popular among the fanbase thanks to her spunky personality and Odd Friendship with Mario. Many fans wished for her to become a recurring character, which was obliged when she reappeared in "The Mario Channel: MARIO'S CHALLENGE" and started reappearing regularly from there on out, eventually being promoted to main character status.
    • Beta Luigi from "AREA 64" was popular enough to get second place on a YouTube poll for favorite secondary characternote , despite being added onto the list as a joke, perhaps in part due to his truly tragic Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Quite a few fans took a liking to Shroomy thanks to him being a Crazy Awesome boy scout and his unique design.
    • Chris and Swagmaster69696969696 (especially the latter) from the Guards N Retards series are some of the most popular, yet at the same time rarest, characters in the SMG4 cast, and it's not uncommon to find comments requesting more videos with them.
  • Evil Is Sexy: While not the first female villain in SMG4 videos, Saiko Bichitaru from "Doki Doki Mario Club" is is different in that despite her murderous rage, is an utterly gorgeous young woman with a sarcastic yet witty personality. Though, that's not exactly hard to do considering the competition.
  • Fandom Rivalry: One with the SuperMarioLogan fandom, due to them both being online shows that take very different approaches in taking the main Mario cast and expanding their world. Expect to see an argument on who's better at least once, especially after Logan's earlier run-ins with YouTube. Although SMG4 did have Toad sing "Party in the Tub" in "Super Happy Magical Fun Fun Island" and he made "Get Outside" Bowser Jr.'s Leitmotif in "Stupid Mario Sunshine", so SMG4 is aware of Logan's existence.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: One half of the fanbase (mostly young kids who don't take Meggy's age into account) ships Mario x Meggy thanks to their strange yet endearing friendship and Meggy being one of the few characters Mario's almost always friendly to.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • In terms of editing and humor, 2014 was when SMG4's bloopers started to vastly improve with more music, sound bytes and better jokes. This came to a height with Who let the chomp out which, as mentioned under Signature Scene, caused a huge boost in popularity for the channel that helped make SMG4 one of the most popular machinimists to this day.
    • The Waluigi Arc. The arc, starting in mid-2018 with Stupid Mario Tennis Aces and ending with War Of The Fat Italians 2018, marked the beginning of an ongoing story arc with Waluigi as a surprisingly tragic and serious villain. Other highlights include Mario's Character Development, genuinely sad/heartwarming moments and a strong, stable continuity between videos. The arc became one of the most interesting and well-received directions SMG4 has taken in the channel's history and gained much praise from old and new fans alike. Even after WOTFI 2018 ended the arc on a Gainax Ending, SMG4 confirmed that the better writing would remain going forward, with story arcs becoming a mainstay for the channel.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: If New Super Duper Mario Plus Ultra is a descendant of Mario, that not only means Mario had children at some point after finding true love (no, not Meggy), but also that those children would as well find love and have children for 500 years. Same goes for Professor E. Gadd.
  • He Really Can Act: Kevin showed he could tug at the heartstrings in "The Mario Concert" when poor Boopkins is being thoroughly berated and ultimately betrayed by Bob.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The episode %99% beroken has Mario go crazy and later get transported inside his head, discovering his mind is made of Teletubbies working with a control panel. Come 2015, when Inside Out has the same concept of colored beings at a control panel being responsible for someone's emotions too.
    • Super Mario Odyssey has the additional Mario 64 costume to make Mario look like his old polygonal self. While it was never coined by SMG4 himself, it does remind you of a lot of his videos.
    • Odyssey also brings us the skeleton Mario costume, which when combined with the sombrero found in Tostarena, makes Mario look a lot like Cuban Pete from "SMG3's Gauntlet of Gloom"!
    • In "Return to Freddy's spaghettria", Upon hearing the alarm to wind up the music box for the second time, Mario uses Wario to block the Puppet from rising. In Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, this is how the Puppet is unable to save Henry's daughter, albeit instead of Wario, it's present boxes that block the Puppet's box.
    • SMG4's parody of The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny was called "The Ultimate Smash Bros.". A year later, the Super Smash Bros. title for Nintendo Switch was revealed to be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
    • The ending of "The Smash 5 Trials" had a shot of the characters who'd passed the trials to get into the next installment of Super Smash Bros.. Most of them were obvious jokes (John Cena, Hank Hill, etc.), but three of them, King K. Rool, Ridley, and Banjo-Kazooie, actually did make the roster in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Mugman appeared too, and his brother Cuphead would receive a Mii Fighter costume in January of 2020.
    • Mario gets a Nintendo Switch had a scene where Mario and Bowser fought each other using Joy-Cons as lightsabers. The Nintendo Labo's Variety Kit that was released later on featured an Easter egg where you can turn your Joy-Cons into lightsabers.
    • The entire Waluigi Arc became this after the World of Light trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released. The whole reason the arc began was due to Waluigi finally snapping due to being rejected from Ultimate, but as it turns out, being rejected spared him from Galeem's wrath - or at least, becoming a puppet as with the playable fighters.
    • M. K. Nature Channel and MARIOBUSTERS had scenes where Piranha Plants suddenly uproot themselves and did dance numbers with their comically tiny legs. Come Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Piranha Plant becomes a playable fighter in a manner similar to the skit.
    • Several pieces of official Mario media prior to SMG4's first video have had characters with a similar physical appearance to SMG4's Author Avatar:
      • An episode of The Super Mario Bros Super Show! entitled "Plummers Academy"note  features a background character that resembles SMG4's avatar only with a white hat.
      • In an old British Mario-themed game show titled "The Super Mario Challenge", the host would sometimes dress up in a costume with a blue shirt, white overalls, a fake mustache, and a blue hat with an "M", a design nearly identical to SMG4's avatar.
      • In the 2001 Game Boy Advance game Super Mario Advance, a remake of Super Mario Bros. 2, in the Mario Bros. minigame, one of the four playable characters is a Mario Palette Swap with a blue hat and shirt, and white overalls. Another palette swap had Starman3's color scheme.
      • As SMG4 himself pointed out, Stanley from Donkey Kong 3 in his Trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee wears a blue shirt with white overalls. Now all he needs is the hat and moustache.
    • In "The Super Dudes", a parody of Avengers: Infinity War, Wario, representing Thanos, uses the power glove to make Mario and the crew start to disintegrate - by pressing a bunch of random buttons. The problem is solved by the buttons being pressed again, with Mario and the crew reappearing exactly where they started to disintegrate: in other words, an astonishingly simple solution. Come Avengers: Endgame, although it takes the heroes a while to complete the plan, it really does end up being as simple as doing the same action that the user did to achieve the opposite effect.
    • "Untitled Mario Video" is a video based on Untitled Goose Game. Untitled Goose Game actually took inspiration from Super Mario 64, so SMG4 putting the two games together fits perfectly.
    • The frequent use of Egoraptor's voice clips in these bloopers definitely falls into this after Egoraptor himself guest starred on Meta Runner.
    • SMG4 said in a Q&A that they would not be making a movie. Now look where we are.
  • Ho Yay:
    • In various bloopers, mostly Valentine's Day-themed ones, Mario's "date" is a male body pillow with spaghetti for a face, of course.
    • This happens much too frequently with Luigi at certain points in earlier bloopers.
    • The Wario Bros.note  also have many... questionable moments with each other in earlier videos.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • The ending of "The Mario Concert", which puts every action Bob took before the video in a much harsher light.
    • Desti's death at the end of "World War Mario". It comes out of nowhere and marks the first time in SMG4 history since 2013's "Tale of a bob-omb" where a death is treated with severity. Everyone can only stare in shock, even Mario.
  • Hype Backlash:
    • Basically any game advertised on the channel as part of a sponsor agreement (hey, a man's gotta eat). The backlash was in full force when "Stupid Mario Tennis Aces" advertised Fortnite, which is highly popular, yet resented by many non-fans of the game (or Fortnite's genre in general). SMG4 himself has grown to dislike Fortnite, as shown in some Hobo Bros videos where he is shown getting sick of Fortnite dance memes.
    • One of the key reasons Meggy went from being an Ensemble Dark Horse to a Base-Breaking Character. After her first appearance, she got near universal praise from the fanbase over how cool she was and her good relationship with Mario. However, with time, it gradually got to the point where the comments section of every video she showed up in would only consist of her fans praising her nonstop, not to mention the perceived Ship Tease between her and Mario as well as stealing the spotlight away from older characters, leading to some feeling she was being shilled too much. As a result, her popularity slowly decreased until she became the Base-Breaking Character she is now.
  • I Am Not Shazam: "If Mario was in...Starlink: Battle for Atlas" has Fox McCloud referred to as "Starfox".
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Waluigi is SMG4's first Arc Villain. This became well known after "Mario and the T-Pose Virus" showed him being behind the episode's Zombie Apocalypse and became universally known after he was revealed to be pulling the strings behind "War of the Fat Italians 2018".
    • Meggy’s human transformation and Desti's death are the two biggest plot twists in the Anime Arc, but are simply treated as common knowledge in the episodes following. The former for persisting from "Final Hours" forward and the latter for being the first major character death in the series that sticks and becoming a major aspect of Meggy's character.
  • Iron Woobie: Surprisingly, Mario, notably during The Waluigi Arc. Witnessing your friends fall victim to a disease, being tortured, thinking your brother died at the hands of the madman who caused said disease, and then having your best friend and brother become mindless zombies at the hand of the madman again should break a person. Yet Mario still manages to be a cheerful, if stupid, protagonist.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Toad is a surly, selfish, lazy douchebag who hates everyone, but consider what he's gone through and continues to go through everyday, plus who he has to put up with all the while (ie, Mario, Toadette, Mario again). It really isn't hard to see why he's such a dick.
      • Meet the Toad dives further into why it sucks to be Toad. It's revealed that Toad is pretty much a slave to Princess Peach who literally uses him for everything (including a Human Shield), is apparently one of a small amount of sentient Toads in the entirity of the Mushroom Kingdom (alongside Toadsworth, Toadette, Ben, and Frankie), and that he's even tried to leave the Mushroom Kingdom several times when the everyday shenanigans get to be too much for him, only to be foiled by Mario every time, all of which put him in an existential crisis. It also explains his crazier moments as him taking sugar to numb the pain of being the Only Sane Man.
    • Grand Dad, who turns everyone in bootlegs just because he wants them to go through the same pain of being ridiculed for his appearance he went through.
    • Both Bob and Saiko. They are both two lonely people looking for someone to love and accept them. Unfortunately, said desire causes them to commit very heinous acts; Bob has hijacked a train and has left several of the main cast to die or suffer gruesome pain on numerous occasions all for the sake of being popular, while Saiko has actively tried killing people if they show attention towards anyone but her. However, while Saiko eventually gets along with the cast thanks to Luigi's help, Bob went through a lot of hardship and suffering throughout his life to build up his rap career, and when Fishy Boopkins accidentally ruined his career he snapped at him and told Boopkins about how he was only using him and that he was never his friend. Even if Bob did unforgivable things, some people felt sorry for him after he lost everything.
    • Mango from "The Tari Abnormality". Programmed with no family or friends, he's been fighting people for 56 years, but doesn't want to. He says he can only taste people's blood every meal, and has forgotten what it was like to feel. Tari sympathizes with him. Mario doesn't.
    • Desti by the end of the Anime Arc. Yes, she started out as a snobbish, cheating, bitchy rival to Meggy in "If Mario Was In Splatoon 2", and gleefully stole Meggy and her team's weapons and challenged them to a rigged duel and pretty much was an annoying, bitchy pain for the heroes, the simple facts that she respected Meggy enough to help look for her when she was kidnapped by Francis, and when she herself was kidnapped, talked out her differences with Meggy in their cell and agreeing to work together, talked Axol out of his Despair Event Horizon by explaining she competes with Meggy out of admiration for her determination and when she gets free, she immediately rejoins the heroes in fighting the Anime Cartel, and it makes it utterly heartbreaking when she is suddenly ran through in the back by a false Sephiroth on Francis' order, just as she'd pulled a Heel–Face Turn and was becoming something resembling a friend to Meggy.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Meggy is usually the reason a good chunk of the fanbase watches SMG4's videos, even complaining if she's not in one.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • There were some fans who didn't believe that Desti was actually Killed Off for Real in "World War Mario", believing she would be brought back somehow. Thus, it came as a big shock to many when she not only stayed dead, but had her funeral shown in full at the end of "Final Hours".
    • After SMG3 was revealed to have a PhD in therapy and had gotten his own talk show a la Dr. Phil, many were convinced that it wouldn't last, and that SMG3, one of the show's earliest and most recurring antagonists, mind you, would slip back into his villainous ways. Sure enough, "A Day in the Life of Everyone" marks his show's cancellation, and in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, he is shown brainstorming on evil plans and ways to get back at SMG4 once more.
  • Love to Hate:
  • Memetic Badass: Mr. Hall Monitor for his sheer determination, and absolute efficiency to make sure no one violates the law. Also for his Big Damn Heroes moment, saving Mario before he was crushed by a massive Yoshi and throwing said Yoshi into the sky.
  • Memetic Molester: Most of the Team Fortress 2 mercenaries can come off as this due to their facial expressions and lines, but special mention goes to the BLU Spy, whose appearances are accompanied by him pelvic thrusting to a Stupid Statement Dance Mix about "surprise buttsecks".
  • Mis-blamed: An in-universe example: it's often thought that Peach was solely the one who started the Anime Arc upon the anime ban. However, technically it was Bob who caused the ban in the first place, as it was him whose anime-inspired recklessness caused Peach's castle to be destroyed and the anime ban to be enforced.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The opening of "Mineswap" has Steve kill several Villagers, drown their village in lava, and then blow it up with a bunch of TNT.
    • Near the end of "The Super Dudes," Wario invokes Evil Laugh as his reaction to accidentally causing a near-Cessation of Existence on Mario, Bowser, Boopkins, and Steve.
    • In "Mario and the T-Pose Virus", Waluigi is revealed to have caused the eponymous virus, which nearly infected the entire Mushroom Kingdom. From then on, his actions become increasingly more villainous as the Arc goes on.
    • SMG3 has crossed it several times. Attempting to ruin SMG4's life for a petty reason, creating the Ztar, stealing the world's internet and turning it into an apocalyptic wasteland for his own greed, just to name a few examples.
    • Bob crosses it after revealing he faked his friendship with Fishy Boopkins, intentionally pushing Boopkins into the well in order to "play hero" and boost his SoundCloud, then organizing the events of "Mario and the Bob Mansion", all for the sole purpose of boosting his popularity. After saying this to Boopkins' face, he abandons the crying Boopkins in the alleyway and leaves to restart his rap career, not showing an ounce of regret.
    • Francis kidnapping almost half of the Inkling population, Meggy included, in order to extract their ink for the sole purpose of fueling the Ink Weaver to a point where he can have an island full of waifus. Keep in mind that most of the Inklings are only in their early teens. If all that doesn't do it, then his murder of Desti sure does.
    • Team Killer Ink's leader pushing Meggy down a pit so they can win instead which, not only would've cost Team Splatsquad victory of the splatfest but, due to Meggy being a human, would've pretty much KILLED her right then and there if her friends didn't save her.
  • Moe: Tari can be seen as this, given her shy personality and her overall Adorkable demeanor. The fact that she's also a Butt-Monkey adds to this too.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Meggy's singing in "War of the Fat Italians 2017"'s Battle Rapping segment, as well as "2018"'s. It's been compared to a cute mix of Inkling and Vocaloid.
  • Narm: Since SMG4 was a little kid and was still learning how to properly edit at the time, all his bloopers pre-2013 are positively LOADED with this: incredibly dated and immature jokes, lack of physical emotion in characters, tons of spelling and grammatical errors, and clumsily Photoshopped images were abound in those videos.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Conversely, the pre-2013 era is fondly remembered by a legion of old fans who yearn for the return of some of the characters introduced and gradually forgotten during those days.
    • The T-Pose zombies introduced in the Waluigi Arc are based off an outdated and negatively-painted meme... and are terrifying because of the inherently huge amount of Uncanny Valley in T-posers.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • Toad portraying Darth Vader. Made even better when he says this:
      Toad: Perfect. Time to make me a sandwich...
    • Several of the series's most tense moments are usually counterbalanced by some form of goofiness.
    • While Waluigi is clearly a threatening villain during his Arc, a bit of his intimidation factor goes down when you remember his main motivation to become a villain was because he was rejected from Smash Bros., a video game.
  • No Yay:
    • Mario x Meggy is a Fan-Preferred Couple by one half of the fandom, but in hindsight, seeing as the player Inklings are around 14note  and Word of God confirms Mario is in his mid-twenties, it comes out as pedophilic and disturbing. The ship has been banned on several social media sites due to this, and SMG4 himself has implied the ship will never happen. If anything, they're Like Brother and Sister.
    • "Son of a bowser" and "A Theatre Mario." feature an in-universe movie entitled "Super Mario Twilight" which features the Foe Yay ship of Mario x Bowser. Mario & Bowser's reactions to this say it all.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Many people assume SMG4 started the concept of Super Mario 64 Bloopers and machinima of its kind, viewing many YouTubers such as MarioMario54321 as copying his style, unaware of the fact the latter inspired him and that videos of this kind have been around since 2006.
    • After 2014, SMG4 has had a tendency of making his bloopers based on the current popular trend at the time of upload. However, this has actually been around since his first blooper back in 2011 ("The cake is a lie").
    • It's assumed that "World War Mario" was the first time SMG4 took a character's death seriously. However, the first instance in this was actually the 2013 blooper "Tale of a bob-omb", which is even labeled as a sob story.
    • Pengaz from "Super Pokemans 64: Legendary pokemon" didn't originate from that blooper. It actually originated from a ROM hack called Pokémon Clover.
  • Padding: A big criticism of the Rapper Bob Arc is that it's ultimately Filler in the grand scheme of things as there isn't much that really changes from beginning to end. As a result, many feel that it isn't worth watching.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: For a while, Saiko Bitcharu wasn't too popular. Fans generally loathed her for her eerily lifelike animation style (especially compared to Meggy's more fluid animation), her annoying and repetitive voice clips, and her personality amounting to being little more than "easy-to-anger Yandere". Then there were others who didn't like her for bringing more "anime" styled characters into the series. However, "Luigi's Lesson" managed to redeem her in the eyes of some thanks to her Character Development. In time, she became a reliable, tough, Cool Big Sis to Meggy and Tari, with accents of Mama Wolf when you hurt her friends, which is shown more prominently during the Anime Arc.
  • Ron the Death Eater: SMG4 loves this trope:
    • Mario himself goes from being a major hero to an overweight, violent, Chaotic Neutral moron who will destroy entire cities just to have sexual intercourse with literal spaghetti. The reason was stated in the 2015 QnA:
      i didn't really want a "normal" or heroic main charachter cause that would be boring. so i thought i'd just focus on the laugh factor of my videos and uhhh...i did stupid jokes using mario. and thats why he's the weirdo you know today.
    • Toad regularly flip-flops between his normal self and this; especially evident when he portrays Darth Vader in the "Mushroom wars: that space series?" trilogy.
    • The Teletubbies go from being innocent toddler-like characters to Ax-Crazy murderers.
    • In "If Mario was in Assassin's Creed Origins", Kermit the Frog planned to destroy Egypt and re-shape it in his image.
    • Francis. While he was a major boss in Super Paper Mario, in that game he was shown to be an extremely awkward and inept otaku who ended up being sympathetic because he just wanted to have friends. This version of him is the head of the Mushroom Kingdom's version of The Mafia, and later an unrepentant mass kidnapper and murderer.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Kevin is usually the first to get flak when something is perceived as wrong by the fans. This is mostly due to him being a key factor in the direction the channel took after he took up writing duties in 2016.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Many fans, especially older fans of the channel, feel that the post-2016 era is when this started setting in, only amplifying after Kevin became the main writer. Major complaints consist of the same repetitive stock voice clips being overused, the greater prominence of Garry's Mod over Super Mario 64, the Flanderization of some characters (Boopkins, Peach, and Glitchy himself in particular), the overuse of newer Original Characters at the expense of the older ones, and references to popular games, series and memes that only last a few weeks at the most. The Waluigi Arc is considered by many to be where this rot ended, but some feel it only slightly delayed it.
    • There are those who feel that the Post-Waluigi Arc era (late 2018 onward) has also undergone this, with general complaints being the shift from comedy to dramedy, Meggy becoming human, and some videos coming off as bland or rushednote . Some also feel that the story arcs after the Waluigi Arc are not as well written, with common complaints being that some plot points are poorly executed and that there is an awkward imbalance between comedy and drama.
  • Ship Sinking: SMG4 himself has shot down the infamous Meggy x Mario ship a few times. "Mario Preschool" has Meggy visibly creeped out when Boopkins introduces her to shipping, "Stupid Mario Tennis Aces" has Mario hold up a sign saying "Mario x spaghetti 4 life", and the final scene from "Mario's Valentine Advice" pretty much reveals the duo's Asexuality:
    Luigi: Man...Love is complicated...
    Mario: Love is dumb.
    Meggy: (Face Palm) You guys got that right...
    • For a more subtle example, one of the collab entries included in the 3 million collab is a parody of the Distracted Boyfriend meme with Mario rejecting Meggy in favor of a plate of spaghetti.
    • The closed captions for the scene from "The Smash 5 Trials" that is commonly perceived as a Ship Tease even says "Bonus Lesson: Don't ship Mario x Meggy."
  • Signature Scene:
    • Mario and SMG4 running from the Chain Chomp in "Who let the chomp out?" to the tune of "Who Let The Dogs Out?" , which became so iconic that it quickly led to a surge in popularity for the channel.
    • A similar thing happened during the penultimate episode of the Rapper Bob Arc "Mario and The Diss Track", where the song "Darkest Hour" (sung by Saiko, with Mario and Meggy doing the drums and guitar) became hugely popular, with the music video uploaded a few days after its debut gaining half a million views in a week.
    • Desti's death at the end of "World War Mario".
  • Signature Series Arc: The Waluigi Arc is the arc most tend to remember and is considered the Establishing Series Moment that marks the point where the series shifted from comedy to dramedy.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: A major criticism towards The Anime Arc is that it takes awhile to get off it's feet, which had the effect of drawing out the beginning of the arc to nearly 2 months. It's not until "The Splatfest Incident" that the pace finally starts evening out.
  • Special Effects Failure: Mostly Played for Laughs:
    • When a character is being moved across the screen, residue of anything else that's on the screen the characters are being green-screened from gets into some shots, such as black lines. SMG4 most likely forgets to mask out the aforementioned black lines in these cases.
    • In the older videos, when Bowser, Toad, or Peach were walking, they would occasionally jerk around for a split second.
    • In "The Spaghettipocalypse", a mouse cursor can be seen in some of the shots of Mario and the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
    • In the final act of "Mario the Olympian", Mario hops onto a motorcycle to make a getaway... except his model phases through the bike he's driving.
    • Inkling Meggy looked great when she was animated with Henry's, but looked really jarring when moved around with Garry's Mod.
  • Squick:
    • "The Melancholy of Fishy Boopkins" gives us the Heavy Weapons Guy in drag. No wonder Meggy fainted.
    • The way Mario makes his, uh... "lemonade" in "Mario's Lemonade Stand". Tari's Jaw Drop says it all.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • In “The Mario Concert”, it is revealed that Bob had manipulated the events of “Mario And... The Well” and “Mario and the Bob Mansion” in order to make himself famous, and harshly berates Boopkins for ruining his concert. Bob’s jerkassery and selfishness are clearly meant to make him the villain, but the fact that Boopkins barged into his performance after repeatedly being told not to come makes it difficult to see Bob’s anger as unjustified.
    • It's no secret that Meggy is a Competition Freak when it comes to Splatfest, and she does tend to be hard on her friends while training them for it, especially in "Meggy's Bootcamp", which rightfully puts her in the wrong for going too far. All that considered, her training comes in handy when you see how great of a team they turned out to be, working together to recover the weapons that Desti stole from them. And they only get better from there.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Some feel that the series shifting from comedy to dramedy following the Waluigi Arc falls under this. The biggest argument for this is that the series randomness and humor made videos both entertaining and fresh, and that the shift in tone made videos not as funny or interesting to watch.
    • Starting from "Mario's Illegal Operation", SMG4 started voicing his own Author Avatar rather than using his "meme lines", which was met with negative reception, especially from the fans who hate voice acting in the series. This would be toned back down for the most part a few episodes later.
    • Meggy's human redesign was by far the most polarizing change yet. Apart from being seen as wholly unnecessary, many felt that turning her human made her less interesting of a character. Another minor complaint was that she was no longer animated as well as she used to be because of it.
    • The decision to rebrand the SMG4 channel as "SMG4 // Glitch Productions" proved to be rather unpopular. It did little to pacify the fears from fans that SMG4 would eventually abandon the series in favor of Meta Runner. Some have even gone as far to say that SMG4 is going corporate, similar to Smosh, and speculate that he and his team wanted to fully rename to Glitch Productions, but kept SMG4 for the brand recognition. A common consensus that the fanbase has come to is that he probably should have made a different channel for Glitch Productions like he did for Hobo Bros.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Desti. She is known for pulling every dirty trick in the book to win at Splatfest against her rival Meggy, and yet when said rival gets kidnapped, Desti does everything in her power to save her. Along the way, she grows fond of Meggy's friends, who are also trying to save her, and even has some bonding moments with Meggy herself. In addition, they fight very well as a team, Desti genuinely cares about her safety, and her claims that she still hates Meggy doesn't necessarily mean she means it. All this considered, some people thought that the Anime Arc would end with the two rivals finally becoming friends, or at the very least developing a friendlier rivalry. Instead, Desti gets Killed Off for Real by Francis' false Sephiroth. And it's SMG4's first major Character Death, too.
    • Jeeves. Unlike the other modern original characters, he gets marginally less screen time. His intolerance of Mario's idocy provides the perfect foil to him, especially considering nowadays most of the modern cast is friends with Mario, Peach and Toad are Out of Focus, and SMG4 was flanderized into being "the meme guy" rather than Mario's foil. Jeeves would be the perfect modern foil to Mario and would've played a great part in the Anime Arc following "Mario's Lemonade Stand", but instead he just appeared in a non-speaking cameo at Desti's funeral and had a brief role in the 3 million sub collab.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • For the Anime Arc, some felt that having Axol as the Big Bad rather than Francis would have made for a more interesting story since he had a legitimate Freudian Excuse to hate Inklings and that having him betray the main cast could've made the confrontation more impactful. Francis was already a feared mob boss, so his reveal as the Big Bad isn't nearly as surprising.
    • The decision to kill off Desti. While shocking due to the series' love of negative continuity, a major criticism was who was chosen to be killed off. Desti had zero character development and had minimal screentime in the SMG4 universe — she had only appeared in one episode total outside the Anime arc and it was her debut episode no less. Plus, she only appeared in half of the episodes of the arc. The act of building her up like she was this prominent character in the series that Mario and the gang were always extremely close to and then to kill her off solely for a shocking swerve felt extremely cheap to some critics. Opinions are divided on who should've been killed off instead, but most critics agree that it would have been better if it were a member of the main cast.
    • Francis and Jeeves' gang rivalry in "Mario's Lemonade Stand" was a surprisingly interesting conflict, but it's quickly ended thanks to Meggy, and while Francis plays a bigger role in the Anime Arc later on, Jeeves is never seen again for the rest of it until Desti's funeral.
    • Peach's role in The Anime Arc. Many fans were disappointed with how she was merely a Disc-One Final Boss. Some believed that she should've fully embraced being a Nazi allegory and tried to exterminate all anime on the planet. At least one or two fans even thought she should've gone further and desired the extermination of races she found undesirable, and that she should've been Killed Off for Real in an epic battle with Mario due to having been rendered Out of Focus by Meggy, Saiko, and Tari. Conversely, others thought that Peach joining the group as gratitude for introducing her to anime would also make for an interesting plotline; whether it be joining them on the Anime Island adventure or taking the place of an incapacitated member of Meggy's SplatSquad for a hypothetical Splatfest outcome. A third idea for a role she would have would be what Peach was doing back in the Mushroom Kingdom while Mario & the others were headed for Anime Island and would feature Toad and Bowser, who were inexplicably absent in the arc.
    • Several fans expected Waluigi to show up in Sans's First Day In Smash Bros. Considering that his motivation during the Waluigi Arc involved being rejected from Smash you'd think he'd appear at some point to show how he feels about it. Yet Waluigi isn't even mentioned in the video.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The Waluigi Arc, SMG4's first true story Arc, is held in much higher regard compared to both the Rapper Bob Arc and Anime Arc due to its better pacing, well executed heartfelt moments, Waluigi's role as the Arc Villain, and integrating "War of the Fat Italians 2018" into the plot.
  • True Art Is Angsty: You'd be surprised how many people enjoyed the Waluigi Arc, which was darker and more dramatic than SMG4's usual works.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Some have this opinion of Saiko, specifically her realistic facial features, the way she's animated, and how abnormally tall she is compared to the rest of the cast.
    • Meggy's human redesign also gets this in some circles, mostly with her facial features.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • In "MARIO'S CHALLENGE", no one knew that a new, very silly-looking character named Shroomy would be the winner of the challenge.
    • SMG3 being the therapist helping Waluigi and Wario reconcile in "War of the Fat Italians 2018" caught just about everyone off guard.
    • No one really expected Francis to be the leader of the anime cartel in "Mario's Illegal Operation".
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • A rather unfortunate example with Fishy Boopkins in "The Mario Concert". Some fans genuinely believe that Boopkins deserved Bob berating him and calling him a pushover who will never succeed in this world because he ruined his concert and he acts annoying. They seem to take satisfaction in this and side with Bob, even though he outright admits to throwing him down a well just so he could use him as a pawn in his plan.
    • Meggy and Saiko in "Boys vs. Girls". The boys' final prank on the girls is meant to be seen as the boys' having gone too far. However, this came after the girls were also pulling pranks on the boys, some of which were arguably far worse than anything the boys did, and they were arguably asking for it (Meggy even says "Do your worst"). Even Tari, the one who falls victim to the prank, seems more okay with it than they are. As a result, they come off more as hypocrites for admonishing the boys when they were no better, especially considering they force the boys to partake in a hunting game as the prey to make up for the prank. If Tari had been injured by the prank in any way (after all, it did involve a bear mauling her), their reactions might have been more understandable, but she clearly was not.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Fishy Boopkins. In-universe, not many characters like him and he has no real friends outside of the main cast. Out of universe, the fans love him and oftentimes would eagerly jump at the chance to be his friend if they could.
    • Bob qualifies too, though to a lesser extent. To clarify, Boopkins is a Nice Guy, which helps endear him to the audience, while Bob's ego makes him less likable, though no less entertaining.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: How some felt about Meggy's human redesign in "Final Hours". Some say that it looks too animesque, making her look too much like Saiko and Tari. Others believe its too off-putting and Uncanny Valley due to how radically different it looks compared to the rest of the cast, as well as being a bit too jarring a shift from her original cartoonish Inkling appearance. Then there are some, mostly fans of Splatoon, who believe that it takes away from her character of being an Inkling, putting her further into Original Character territory and making her less interesting as a result.
  • Wangst: Meggy mourning her rival Desti at the end of the Anime Arc and in the few episodes released after can come off as this to some viewers, mostly due to the latter’s little screen time she had and how quick they warmed up to each other.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: SMG4 has a tendency to make bloopers based on what happens to be a popular trend at the time, usually based on either satire or fan demand. This can include video games, series and even memes.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Despite taking place in the Mario World, the series frequently has swearing, violence, drugs, and far more adult content not suitable for kids. After the Waluigi Arc, the series shift to dramedy introduced even darker subjects such as kidnapping, torture, death that isn't reversed or Played for Laughs, and borderline PTSD.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The infamous “Boys vs. Girls” blooper had people thinking SMG4 had become a feminist due to the girls winning and the boys being the ones to apologize.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The Waluigi Arc managed to win back a good chunk of the older fans who considered the post-2016 era to be Seasonal Rot thanks to the arc itself showing off improved writing and actual plot, as well as having a truly threatening villain in the form of Waluigi.
  • The Woobie:
    • Luigi can be this at times, due to being the Butt-Monkey of the series, and prime victim of the wacky antics in the world around him.
    • Meggy. Oh, Meggy... No matter how hard she tries or how much effort she's put in, her continued losses in the Splatfest tournaments have left her with severe self-confidence issues she keeps bottled up, driving her to lash out at her friends. Furthermore, she feels like she's losing her sense of self due to her obsession with the Splatfests, and when she reveals this in "Meggy's Bootcamp" she breaks down in tears. In fact, pretty much all of the Anime Arc has been hard on her, especially after Desti is killed. Then in "There's Something Up With Meggy...", it's revealed that she's still unable to move on after Desti's death until Mario and friends help her.
    • Bowser gets this hard in Season 9, to the point where he even dies (not really) in the final episode of 2019.
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