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The second of three cartoons based on the Super Mario Bros. franchise, based on Super Mario Bros 3. It is about the Marios' adventures in the game's worlds, with the Earth--er, "Real World" getting involved frequently. It also featured King Koopa's Koopa Kids (who have completely different names from their video game counterparts).

Not to be confused with the shows The Super Mario Bros Super Show or Super Mario World.

Tropes used in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3 include:

Bully: King Dad is gonna pay for this!
Big Mouth: Yeah! Dancing lessons are expensive!


Big Mouth: You're a bully, Bully!

  • Dub Name Change: The writers made up their own names for the Koopalings, called the Koopa Kids in the actual show, before the English version of The Manual was final. That, and some of the references Nintendo ended up using would likely go over most kids' heads anyway.
  • Easily-Conquered World: Earth itself. Several episodes feature King Koopa taking over a country or a city with minimum effort. One even has each of the Koopalings taking over the continents, with nothing more than their magic wands.
  • Episode Title Card: Done in the style of the title screen for Super Mario Bros. 3 (a curtain raising), naturally.
  • Expressive Mask: The eyes on the frog suit open and close at the same time as the wearer.
  • Fan Service: Princess Toadstool wears a swimsuit in more than one episode. Sure, it started as a Beach Episode, but at one point, she gets captured wearing it and spends the whole rest of the episode clad as such.
    • There's also her Totally Radical '80s outfits in the episode "Kootie Pie Rocks".
  • Fantastic Racism: Exploited by the Koopas in "True Colors", who paint the townsfolk red and blue and spark riots between them.

Mario: You're so stubborn now that you're red, Luigi!
Luigi: Yeah? Well, you're a blue know-it-all!


Mario: Well, I wanna listen to music! This record's hot!
Luigi: (takes the record and tosses it in the fireplace) There, now it's even HOTTER!!

  • Instrumental Theme Tune: If you don't count the narration, that is.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": "That's Holly Mackerel, not Holy Mackerel."
  • Left the Background Music On: Cheatsy dances to the underground music on a Walkman until Koopa takes away the headphones.
  • Leitmotif: Since the show re-arranges most of the music from the game, the tunes are indicative of the character or type of environment that is currently on-screen. Examples: Water Land's theme playing any time there's a swimming scene; Dark Land's theme playing whenever King Koopa or his fortress is on-screen; the airship theme whenever Koopa's airship appears. And appropriately, most episodes ended with the credits theme from the game.
  • Lolicon: Subverted in "The Beauty of Kootie": Mario uses Kootie's wand to transform Luigi into "Casanova Koopa" to distract Kootie while Mario, Toadstool, the King of Desert Land, and Toad escape. He also kisses her on the lips passionately, which disgusts Luigi himself while in disguise. And later when Luigi reverts back to his former self by Kootie's wand accidentally:

Cheatsy: Luigi!
Luigi: Luigi?
Kootie: Ahh! I've been kissed by a plumber! [Kootie and Cheatsy chases Luigi up the stairs] I'll tie your lips behind your head! And you'll never kiss again!!!

  • MacGuffin: The wand in "A Toadally Magical Adventure."
  • Magic Music: The Doom Dancer Music Box made anyone who could hear it dance uncontrollably. This became a plot point as Koopa, who had a cold, couldn't hear it and thus wasn't affected when Bully tried it on him.
  • Meaningful Name: All of the Koopa Kid's names for this show. Some (such as Bully, Big Mouth and Cheatsy) are more blatant.
  • Mermaid Problem: In one episode Mario was rescued by a mermaid named Holly Mackerel, who fell in love with him. Complicating matters was the fact that she was a reverse mermaid, and that she saw him in his Frog Suit, which made her think he was a frog.
  • Moral Dissonance: In the episode "7 Continents for 7 Koopas," Bully Koopa grafittis the Great Wall of China. How does Mario solve this? He turns the wall into a dragon. That's more of a problem than what Bully originally did to it.
  • Motor Mouth: Big Mouth.
  • Eucatastrophe: Koopa came THIS close to winning in "Never Koop A Koopa", with everyone captured and at the mercy of Bob-Ombs. He only lost cause Cheatsy decided to cheat him.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Cheatsy's meddling in "Never Koop a Koopa" foiled his dad's scheme.
  • Opening Narration: "Everyone thought King Koopa had left the Mushroom Kingdom..."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The episode "Reign Storm" has Kooky building a robot look-alike of Princess Toadstool to bring ruin to the Mushroom Kingdom and then turn it over to King Koopa. Somehow, Mario and Luigi are completely fooled by the robot, despite it having obvious robotic lines on its arms and speaking in a voice so monotone that anyone with ears could tell it wasn't the real Princess.)
    • It seems they were intentionally mocking this trope, since when Koopa sends Kooky to Hawaii to make sure the Princess stays there, all he gives him to fit in with the humans is a lei to wear around his neck and it works.
    • This doesn't work for the good guys. In one episode the Mario Bros. try to disguise themselves as sledge brothers to stow away on the Doomship. Luigi is worried that it won't work, Mario tries to assure him that he barely recognizes him. But once they get aboard, an actual sledge brother deadpans "Puttin' on a little weight, aren'tcha Mario?"
  • Portrait Painting Peephole: Demonstrated in "Never Koop a Koopa" when Koopa watches Princess badmouth him through the eyes of his own portrait.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Big Mouth.
  • Show Within a Show: "Misadventures of Mighty Plumber."
  • Shown Their Work: This show was the closest adaptation of the games, even featuring P-Wings and the Kuribo's Shoe in an episode, as well as the ruler of Desert Land.
    • The music box in "Do the Koopa" may reference a similar item from the game.
  • Spoiled Brat: Kootie Pie.
  • Superpower Meltdown: Toad and Princess Toadstool use a filled-to-the-brim chest of power-ups that Toad well-stocked in "Super Koopa" to keep Mario and Luigi powered up each time King Koopa de-powers them, though they sometimes cause Koopa to be de-powered. Both sides use their power sources (a pendant for King Koopa, the chest for Mario and Luigi) to keep the fight going. The constant stress of this, however, causes King Koopa's pendant to short-circuit, and we see him turn into many powered-up King-Koopa versions before he finally explodes into his normal de-powered self, the pendant useless as he's sent through a manhole into the Mushroom Kingdom again.
  • The Starscream: Bully and Cheatsy at times.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Princess Toadstool took a more active role in the adventures and was less prone to kidnapping than in the Super Show. She and Toad were even able to use power-ups in the same way as the Mario Bros.
  • Up the Real Rabbit Hole: In typical fashion, Earth is usually referred to as "the real world".
  • Theme Twin Naming: Hip and Hop.
  • Title Drop: "Mush-Rumors" featured Mario saying the episode title at one point.
    • And also in "True Colors".
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Taken to the extreme in "Crimes R Us":

Big Mouth: It's curtains for you creeps! You're history! You've had it! You're done for! It's all over! We win! Time's up! Your clock is cleaned! The sun has set! The fat lady has sung! The cheese has molded! The Super Mario Bros. are no more!

  • Water Is Air: In "The Ugly Mermaid", King Koopa tries to make a kingdom of fish surrender to him by flooding their air-filled dome with water, to which they react negatively for some reason.
    • The merpeople even have to wear water-filled globes over their heads so they can breathe while in the city, Seriously, what?
      • Differences in water pressure, perhaps?
  • Welcome to The Real World: About half the episodes are about the characters visiting Earth.