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  • Awesome Music: Red's aforementioned song at the end of Episode 9.
    • The song at the beginning of Episode 10 - a slower, more serious version of the conventional Brawl theme.
    • The rock remix of the Starman theme, and the music playing throughout the final battle. Actually, most of the soundtrack, both remixes and original themes, is awesome.
    • Aside from being a good Stealth Pun, the remix of Rainbow Road playing in Captain Falcon's gay nightclub is pretty damn catchy.
  • Canon Defilement: Played for drama.
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  • Cargo Ship: You upset Lakitu's cloud!
  • Complete Monster: Kirby, as befitting the work's tone, is no friendly puffball, as shown by his nickname, "The Coral Cannibal". Having been arrested for multiple murders before the story starts, Kirby is quickly established to be a dangerously intelligent maniac who takes glee in tormenting his victims. Driving the powerful gang leader Mewtwo insane with his preachings, Kirby purposely disrupted the power balance of the Mushroom Kingdom, turning it into a desolate and poverty-stricken land, before manipulating children into killing Mewtwo when he's done with him. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that every major character has been harmed by him, and Meta Knight even goes so far as to devote his life to guarding Kirby's cell. A diabolical master of psychology, Kirby pretends to help Peach before she disappears, the finale revealing that he gruesomely killed her and left her body on display for the Mario brothers to find.
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The show goes out of its way to be as dark as possible, so this is to be expected for many.
  • Epileptic Trees: Everyone had a theory as to who the butcher is. Some are a bit loopier than others. The true ending was actually a mix of several of them.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Fight Scene Failure: A lot of them, though the overall effort has a decent execution.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Knowing what happened to Mercer, Ganondorf's breakdown and death in the finale is very uncomfortable to watch.
    • During the final battle, Pit's wings are ripped off. In Kid Icarus Uprising, Pit's wings are burned off for flying too long, though unlike in Brawl he gets them back.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The exchange between Mario and Luigi in Episode 6:
    Luigi: Times have changed. You can't do it alone anymore.
    Mario:: Alone...? There are two...Super Mario Brothers.
    • Red's song in Episode Nine if you're not bawling
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    • Leaf comforting Paula and giving her a Jigglypuff at the end of ep. 10
    • Another Episode 10 moment: Pauline convincing Diddy Kong to not shoot Mario.
    • Sonic being the first to cheer on Mario in episode 8 will be this for some.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • It is mentioned that in the news extras hosted by Lakitu that Mario nearly beat Tom Nook to death. As of November 2011, PETA is complaining that Mario is skinning Tanukis and wearing their skin.
    • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS newcomer Wii Fit Trainer appears on a billboard in Episode 1, and Rosalina has brief non-speaking appearances in Episode 5 and 10. Little Mac – the only Assist Trophy to be Promoted to Playable between Brawl and Wii U/3DS – also plays a noticeably larger role than the other assist trophies. Also, Leaf's appearence on the show can be viewed as this since Ultimate now has the female Pokemon trainer as an alternate palette.
    • Speaking of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this version's darker incarnation of Kirby was the Big Bad, a manipulator who's willing to destroy everyone he comes across and was responsible for the Smash world's descent into madness. But in Ultimate and its main story World of Light, Kirby's role is completely opposite to There Will Be Brawl, being the only survivor of the apocalypse that affected all the inhabitants of the Smashverse, and the one who ultimately rescues everyone.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Lots, the series ships Ike/Marth and Falcon/Pit, among others.
    • There also seems to be something between Samus and Barbara the Bat. It was originally believed to be just the product of Samus's flirtatious attitude in Episode 3, but they're seen holding hands, comforting each other at Red's funeral service, so there may be something to it.
  • Memetic Mutation: The behind the scenes video of Sonic eating a chili dog has made rounds online.
  • Moral Event Horizon: It's hard to really sympathize with Zelda after she stabbed Link and left him for dead.
    • Even the scene-stealing Large Ham Wario goes too far, for his hands in killing Red. Waluigi was technically involved, too, but he likely had no idea what he was doing.
    • Kirby crosses this even before the series begins when he massacres Dreamland and the Mushroom Kingdom, his last victim prior to being locked up being Daisy.
    • Ness and Lucas cross this by what they do to their victims after they kill them.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Bowser.
  • Ron the Death Eater: On purpose.
  • Special Effects Failure: While most of the costumes and choreography is really good for a webshow, there are a a fair number of awkward moments:
    • Most noticeable, however, is the Donkey Kong costume.
    • The mouth on the actor playing Dedede is clearly visible while he's talking. This isn't helped by the fact the beak doesn't always move properly.
    • In Episode Eight, Link's sheath visibly flaps limply against his arm as he stands up after being knocked.
    • Link's ear prostethics are obviously not part of his normal ears.
      • Similarly, the bulbous fake noses are very obviously so, with the seams between the prosthetic and the skin being plainly visible. This is incredibly noticeable seeing how often we see Luigi and Mario.
    • Jigglypuff killing Wario in the finale. Sure the former is, in real life, a plush toy, but that doesn't excuse the fact that the scene looks really silly.
  • Squick: The series is FILLED with this, and there's something here for everyone:
    • King Dedede's comment to the stripper Malon: "You're on stage soon, go get Epona." Malon does not look very enthusiastic about this. Given the state of everything else, sure Epona may not be a horse, but that doesn't change the unsettling implications of the line...
    • King Dedede's remains after the Serial Killer gets him.
      • And the "Trophy Gallery". Dear God in Heaven, the Trophy Gallery!
    • Ganondorf bleeding from everywhere under the kids' influence, and then later his head being chopped off after already having been stabbed by a sword.
    • The final few moments, where it is HEAVILY implied that Kirby killed and ate Ness. How is it implied? Kirby is wearing a very familiar looking bloody baseball cap - just like he would be in Super Smash Bros if he'd swallowed Ness and copied his powers.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Link's glorious exclamation of "SHUT THE FUCK UP NAVI!" that all of us gamers attempted to do in vain while playing Ocarina of Time.
  • Tear Jerker: Red's death, and the song he plays in the same episode. Hell, the entire ending of Episode 9.
    • Think about this one for a bit, and realise this is the biggest Player Punch the series throws. Narrative-wise, it has no reason to happen. It makes Wario and Ganondorf out as horrible, horrible people, that couldn't possibly be redeemed. ...Except they were already there. If Red didn't die, chances are the rest of the series would have played out exactly the same. ...Well, minus the Rest attack.
    • The flashback right after the final battle, where Luigi remembers the very start of all the chaos, the day the whole mess began. They were still happy and still friends, even though some of them knew the horrors that were about to begin. "This is the last great moment of this kingdom," says Peach wistfully.
    • Surprisingly, the scene showing Wario taking care of Waluigi. Despite who he is, he still shows that he cares for someone.

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