List of Mario references in animated television
The following is an alphabetical list of Mario-related sightings and references in animated/anime television shows.
Episode 58: "Spring Breakup" (originally aired May 18, 2008)
At Roger's spring break party, there is a brief scene involving a gorilla that resembles Donkey Kong, who is standing atop a mountain of beer kegs. The gorilla proceeds to toss a keg down to two frat boys in a similar manner to Donkey Kong throwing a barrel from the original Donkey Kong game.
S06E8: For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls (originally aired April 10, 2011)
When Bob Todd is teaching Roger moonshining, Roger jumps over barrels of moonshine, similar to Donkey Kong.
S06E11: A Pinata Named Desire
Mario appears on Barry's shirt in a flashback.
S06E14: School Lies (originally aired April 10, 2011)
Mario, along with other video game characters such as Pac-Man and Sonic, appears in a poster in an arcade door, also in the arcade there is a arcade machine that resembles Donkey Kong.
In the "A Word from Us Kids" segment for the episode "Arthur's Dummy Disaster", a certain child has a dummy which he calls "Mario". He describes the dummy, which is quite obviously a crudely drawn Mario, as being very athletic.
Also, the episode "Meek for a Week" features a heart-shaped watch known as the "Princess Peach Watch". Despite its name, though, it has nothing to do with Princess Peach; the names of the watch and princess may be coincidental.
In the TV special "Arthur's Perfect Christmas", Muffy, during a line in a song, describes that presents mean nothing if her friend Francine isn't by her side. As she sang this, Francine appears in a Mario outfit, at the end of a level, and is hit by a bunch of rolling Barrels.
In the episode "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?", when Robin is playing Edward Nigma's online video game called "The Riddle of the Minotaur" in the Bat cave, sound effects from Super Mario Bros. can be heard, among them the jump, stomp, and pipe sounds.
In the episode, Lame Boy, Mr. Whiskers plays Monkey Maniacs 3, which is a parody of Donkey Kong on a Game Boy-like handheld and Brandy and Mr. Whiskers exploring the pyramid and escaping the Pyramid before it gets destroyed is similar to Wario exploring the Golden Pyramid and escaping the Golden Pyramid before it gets destroyed in Wario Land 4.
In "Saved By the Balls", Steve makes up a fake name of "Mario Brother" and tells his story to a russian mafia. Which is the plot to the original Super Mario Bros. game.
In the episode "Thug Loaf", Buhdeuce was trying to save SwaySway from the vicious biker ducks after revealing there were no bread in the rocket van, Buhdeuce tries to get through by jumping, the jump sound effect was similar to the sound effect from Super Mario Bros.
Brocrastination(aired March 1st, 2014)
When SwaySway and Buhdeuce are blasted out of their house, Green Shells can be seen in the background.
In the episode "The Sizzling Scampinis!", One of the Scampini Brothers is named Luigi, which could be a reference to one of Nintendo's Mario Bros., who shares the same name.
In the episode "The Restaurant", Deema's mustache was based on Mario from Super Mario Bros.
In the episode "Get Ready For School!", While Gil and Molly are trying to choose what to do in the space school, the dress area choice had a dress and crown that's looks identical to Princess Peach's dress and crown.
In the episode "Sakura and Kero Big Fight" when Kero discovers he was in the house of that girl that calls him "No-No", there's a monkey plush that bares a great resemblance to Donkey Kong Jr.
In the episode "Dissapearing Act", Reggie's Dad (named Bruno Bullnerd) looks like Donkey Kong. He even wore a brown suit, red tie and has a similar hair style. In addition, Bruno is seen in his DK-eques look in "The Heist", "That Stinking Feeling" and "Day of The Living Mall".
In the episode Chowder and Mr. Fugu, Chowder tries to find a place where he and Mr. Fugu can find food for themselves without Mr. Fugu eating his. He finally stops at a place where "every dish is different". The two men that take Chowder's order greatly resemble Mario and Luigi, though they only appear on-screen for seconds.
In the episode "Sniffleball", Chowder must run 14 bases in a game of sniffleball so that he can leave the game. One of the bases features him, Gorgonzola, and Panini in an area that resembles a castle in Super Mario Bros. Chowder jumps on Gorgonzola's head and into a Warp Pipe, and Gazpacho declares him "safe". The scene is even in 8 bit. In addition, a song similar to the underground theme plays.
In the episode "Big Ball", Chowder and Mung Daal joined Team Macadamia when Truffles became coach to Team Goulash to win the game. In some scenes of the episode, Chowder's Macadamia cap looks similar to Mario's Cap. There is even a Bowser look-alike at the end that says "game over".
In the special pop-up commentary episode of "Stinky Love" it says the costumer is based off of Mario.
In the episode "The Garden", there is a plant resembling a Piranha Plant that swallows Chowder.
In the episode Funky Monkey, a gorilla escapes from the class and takes refuge at the top of a construction site. Li'l D climbs the platforms to reach him, and the gorilla throws barrels at him in the process like in Donkey Kong. Li'l D even uses a large mallet to knock the barrels away.
The episode "Sir Nut-A-Lot" contains various parodies to Super Mario Brothers which includes a game parody called "Super Chef Brothers", Slip and Slide dressed as Mario & Luigi, Mr. Greenrind dressed as Princess Peach and a bonus level that's a parody to the game Donkey Kong.
Cartoon Network Extra logo
The bumper includes bouncing balls that resemble and parody Chain Chomps.
Clarence's room can only be accessed through an orange Warp Pipe which sticks out from his ceiling. Also of note is that a commonly appearing shop in the series is named "Dream Factory" which may be a reference to Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic.
In Season 1 Episode 1, titled "The Woz", when Mr. Larrity introduces himself to Dave and Jerry, they pass through environments that are graphically and architecturally very similar to World 1-2 and World 1-4 of Super Mario Bros. A Koopa Troopa is also seen in this area, which Dave jumps on, sliding it under Jerry and Larrity and knocking them over; Clarence then disappears from here in a Warp Pipe. When Black Steve shoots his gun at Dave and Jerry, upon closer inspection, a mean little face is on the bullet, alluding to a Bullet Bill. A Shy Guy's mask can be seen hanging on the wall in Steve Wozniak's office.
In Season 1 Episode 3, titled "Stonervision", the underwater room, in the Stonervision headquarters, looks a lot like the water levels from Super Mario Bros. A Koopa Troopa appears in the animal area of the Stonervision headquarters. When Jerry is trying to ask Mary out on a date, he tries to give her a flower; This flower looks a lot like the Fire Flower.Bill Blaster appears, shooting prison inmates right into a wall. In the high security area, the warden says the reason why Giovanni, a prison inmate, is in jail is because he murdered an ape who was trying to have a relationship with a woman. Giovanni's description and appearance also resembles a lot to Mario. When the camera scrolls down the GameaVision headquarters to Larrity and Dean, his son, at the vault room, between the floor and the ceiling a koopa troopa can be seen on a warp pipe.
In Season 1 Episode 6, titled "The Take Over", a fictional Japanese video game company by the name of "Protendo" visits GameaVision headquarters; an obvious nod to Nintendo. When Dave ate one of the items that his eating competition mentor gave him, he grew a little bit bigger. This parodies Mario eating a Super Mushroom and turning into Super Mario because of it. Dave also makes the growth sound every time he ate.
In Season 1 Episode 7, titled "Larrity's Got Back", a Banzai Bill-looking bullet can be seen on Larrity's desk for $100.Nintendo Entertainment System accessory R.O.B.
In Season 1 Episode 11, titled "Wrassle Mania", a black skinned Princess Peach can be found in the crowd at the Strip club in the scene where Dave looks for Sergei.
In Season 1 Episode 13, title "Revenge of Matsui", the cover of Clarence's video game is a reference to the cover of Super Mario Galaxy, the name of Clarence's game is "U R MR GAY", alluding to the on the Super Mario Galaxy's box art cover that features stars on the letters "U", "R", "M" , "R", "G", "A", and "Y". The platform on top of the Protendo headquarters building is a giant NES. When Benny is riding with Larrity, Benny is holding a sandwich full of Coins from Super Mario Bros. "Super Code Monkeys" is a reference to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
In Season 2 Episode 1, titled "The Story of 420", a parody PSA in the style of Donkey Kong 3 is shown. Also, the bushes in the background in the scene with the turnip patch are from Super Mario World.
In Season 2 Episode 2, titled "My Pal Jodie", a small Banzai Bill can be seen in the closed-up photograph on the attempted assassination right before the trial. A black-colored Princess Peach can be seen as part of the cardboard-cutout jury.
In Season 2 Episode 3, titled "Psychological Problems", the select episode screen is a parody of the Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, and World Class Track Meet game select screens. At one point, Benny gains a Starman, from Super Mario Bros., and becomes Super Benny.
In Season 2 Episode 4, titled "Dave Gets Boobs", Jerry hands Dave a flower that resembles a lot like a fire flower.
In Season 2 Episode 9, titled "Trouble in the Middle East", Jerry and Mr. Larrity both go down a golden Warp Pipe to a gold room, in which a Zelda-style "puzzle solved" tone is heard. In the "Pee Dream" flashback dream, the toilet is a warp pipe that Jerry runs to cry. The desert background behind the jail is the same one in World 2 of Super Mario Brothers 3.
In Season 2 Episode 10, titled "Benny's Birthday", when Mr. Larrity states that Benny is seven, an "Ins Service" degree comes up with a signature on it saying "MARIO." When Benny is attacked by bears, he says "It's on like Donkey Kong, bitch."
In Season 2 Episode 11, titled "The Great Recession", when Dave is shown around the "Stink-E-Cheese," a parody of Chuck E Cheese's, one of the games in the arcade is called "Monkey Dong" an obvious reference to the arcade game Donkey Kong.
In Season 2 Episode 12, titled "Dave's Day Off", in the sequence between Dave's secret office and the conference room, A Koopa Troopa can be seen on the warp pipes. In the scene where Mr. Larrity assesses the guiltiness of Dave and Mary, the "VS" in the top-center of the screen is in Mario Bros. arcade style font.
Episode S2E08: "Frankie and Ellie Get Lost (originally aired May 7, 1995)
While Franklin is driving to the airport, he starts hallucinating, and imagines that he is in a video game with a gorilla tossing barrels at him. The car horn doubles as the jump button, rewarding Franklin with points for each jump he makes.
In Teacher of the Year, Tucker shows Technus all the 13 levels that are similar to all 8 worlds from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Episode 84: "The Frequency Fiends" (originally aired Oct. 17, 1992)
During the climax of the episode, Darkwing, Launchpad, Gosalyn and Megavolt build a life-sized level of the video game Son of Whiffle World to distract the Frequency Fiends (energy-based clones of Gosalyn). Although the Whiffle Boy series is more of a spoof of the Mega Man series, the level had a similar design to the first level of Donkey Kong. Darkwing, dressed as Whiffle Boy, had to leap over drums thrown down from the top level by Launchpad in order to rescue Gosalyn, who was dressed like a princess.
Episode 45C: "Repairanoid"
Arnie's mustache greatly resembles Mario's mustache.
Episode 55A: "Copping an Aptitude"
In one scene, Dexter is studying while three college students are playing Mario Kart 64. The girl says, "Ha! Eat my dust, Toad!" The boy says, "Oh yeah? Well here comes the leader shell!" The second boy then says, "Here's Lightning for both of you!" As the scene ends, Dexter tells the three to shut up, and the sound that plays when a player completes a lap can be heard.
In Princess Karaoke, Mimi's princess look resembles Princess Peach and the Gekomons and the Otamamons act similar to the Mushroom Kingdom Toads and Tai and Joe act similar to Mario and Luigi, in which they try to save Mimi from Shogunmon, who acts similar to Bowser and the palace bears similarities to Princess Peach's Castle.
In episode 12, the episode starts as a Wacky Races parody and Enpi-chan throws a Red Shell to 5 cars.
Episode 17: "A Tale of Two Cows"
When Fat Albert presents Toot and Xandir the crown for King and Queen Fatty, Xandir turns into a Mario Kart-styled costume.
Episode 35: "Toot Goes Bollywood"
After Xandir tells Toot she isn't a hideous beast, the scene cuts to her on a screen full of platforms and ladders. This is a reference to the video game Donkey Kong.
Episode 61: "Once Upon a Dime" (originally aired Dec. 24, 1987)
Near the beginning of the episode, Huey, Dewey and Louie try to convince Scrooge that they have a lucky quarter of their own in contrast to Scrooge's lucky dime. Huey goes on to tell Scrooge that they won six rounds of a game called Ducky Kong with it, and that the arcade machine gave them back their quarter every time.
In the episode "Un Buen Recado" (American title/meaning: "A Good Message" ), El Chavo, Quico and Ñoño ("Junior" in the Engilsh version) can be seen inside Quico's house (La Popis, Quico's cousin, was also in the house but doing school homework) playing a parody of Super Mario Bros. where Chavo is Mario, Quico is Luigi, and (presumably) Ñoño is Wario. In addition, the game pads they use are identical to the NES controllers. Though the gameplay and background of the game are that of Super Mario Bros., the status that is seen on the screen, as well as the box for saving items, is a reference to Super Mario World. In the game, El Chavo, Quico, and Ñoño are all displayed as themselves with a mustache (and Ñoño with a cap resembling Wario's) instead of being portrayed as Mario characters. Señor Barriga ("Mr. Beliarge" in the English version) is also represented as Goombas in the game. When Ñoño reaches the flagpole at the end of the level, he inadvertently causes it fall due to his weight.
In the El Tigre episode "Mother of All Tigres", at the end, they show two plumbers who look very much like Mario and Luigi, both with M's on their hats. The Luigi look-alike shouts "It's the zombie plumbers", which might be Wario and Waluigi, since one of them has a W on his hat.
"Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary" (originally aired Sep. 13, 2002) In this episode, Timmy challenges his rival, Remy Buxaplenty, to a fairy duel. In the first portion of the duel, the fairies must save their respective godchildren from a gorilla, who throws barrels down girders at them à la Donkey Kong. In another episode, "It's a Wishful Life", Timmy escapes a pit of fire via the laughing gas that came from Vicky's dentistry room. He uses it like the Rocket Nozzle from Super Mario Sunshine. In "Class Clown", the Seemingly Harmless Plant resembles a Piranha Plant.
In the episode "Lois Comes out of Her Shell", Stewie and a turtle are fighting, and the fight comes to an end when Mario descends from the ceiling and stomps on the turtle. He then tells Stewie that he "stomps on turtles".
In the episode "Boopa-Dee Bappa-Dee", Mario appears as a boyfriend to Meg with Luigi not too far while she and her family are stuck in Italy. Mario returns in the end of the episode to invite Meg to his place based on the end of World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. Again, Luigi is not to far.
The Gooper creature bears resemblance to Mario's head on the "Press Start" screen from Super Mario 64. Also, the game Chimp-Chomp is an obvious reference to the game Donkey Kong Jr. and perhaps to Chain-Chomp.
In the episode "Fish Out of Water," Oscar and Bea become trapped under a cabinet by a large cat. It is at this point that Oscar tells Bea that he is a "plumber" and she is a "princess." He goes on to say that their situation is like being in a giant videogame where the plumber is trying to get to the princess, but a "giant monkey" always gets in the way by throwing barrels. This is most likely a reference to the relationship between Mario and Princess Peach, as she is usually kidnapped by Bowser (or another villain), and Mario must travel through multiple levels to save her. In addition, the part about the giant monkey throwing barrels could be a reference to Donkey Kong.
In the beginning of the episode "Doggonit," Oscar is seen playing a videogame that involves a yellow character in red overalls jumping across obstacles and fending off a turtle with a saw. The character bears a striking resemblance to 8-Bit Mario from Super Mario Bros., and the turtle looks a lot like a Shellcreeper. Oscar says the game he is playing is called "Kooky Carpenter Cousins," which seems to be a reference to Mario and Luigi, if one understands the "Carpenter Cousins" part to parody the fact that Mario and Luigi are brothers as well as plumbers. In the beginning of the episode "Brothers' Day," Oscar plays a game with the same yellow character and a Hammer Bro.-like character.
In "Spiders Bite", when the fish are racing against the spiders in a drag race, and one of the buttons on Milo's bike is a Koopa Shell button, and he uses it to get rid of an angry cat.
"The Buck Swaps Here" (originally aired May 18, 2007)
In the episode, there are two men carrying a large mirror - one is tall in green overalls and a blue shirt, the other short and plump with red overalls and a blue shirt. This makes the two resemble the Mario Brothers. Also, when attacking the robber, they shout with Italian accents.
"Destination Imagination" (originally aired November 27th, 2008)
The foster gang enters a game very similar to Super Mario Bros. with Snails replacing the Koopa Troopa and Garlic replacing Mushrooms, which is a Wario reference.
Episode 1ACV01: "Space Pilot 3000" (originally aired Mar. 28, 1999)
At the very beginning of the series' premiere episode, a spaceship is seen flying through space, with Fry providing a voiceover. It is then revealed to the audience that Fry is actually playing an Asteroids-style arcade game, just as he encounters a gorilla similar to Donkey Kong, except with overalls. Although Fry attempts to blast the gorilla with lasers, the gorilla throws barrels at the spaceship, causing Fry to lose. A later shot of arcade cabinet then reveals that the game is entitled Monkey Fracas Jr., probably as a throwback to Donkey Kong Jr..
Episode 2ACV09: "A Bicyclops Built for Two" (originally aired Mar. 19, 2000)
A Donkey Kong-esque character appears behind a pile of crates and is subsequently blasted by Fry while playing a virtual reality video game; additionally, Fry makes the same noise Mario does when he jumps in this episode.
Episode 3ACV18: "Anthology of Interest II" (originally aired Jan. 6, 2002)
This episode centers on the show's various characters using the Professor's "What If?" machine to show them various alternate realities. In the second act of the episode, Fry wants to know what life would be like if it was more like a video game. The machine shows a world where Earth goes to war with the Planet Nintendu 64.
At the start of the scenario, President Nixon is signing a peace treaty with Donkey Kong, who is the Nintendian ambassador to Earth. The Planet Express crew watches on TV, leading to a mild argument between Fry and Professor Farnsworth about Donkey Kong.
Fry: Wait a second. I know that monkey. His name is "Donkey"!
DK turns on Nixon, however, and Mario, who is part of the Earth U.N. (for Italy), expresses fear: "Mamma mia! The cruel meatball of war has-a rolled onto our laps, and-a ruined our white pants of peace."
Donkey Kong then stomps atop the United Nations building, slanting the ledges across the side of the building diagonally, similar to the girders in the first level of the original Donkey Kong game.
Towards the end of the episode, Donkey Kong demands for the citizens of Earth to hand over a million dollars in quarters over to the Nintendians. Lrrr then explains that the Nintendians need the quarters to do their laundry, and implies that Donkey Kong's loincloth needs washing.
The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings (aired August 10, 2003)
A kid used a holophoner (an instrument that when played, creates holograms) and plays "a stranger in the night". In the hologram, a man plays a piano, and stairs appear, and the man and a woman climb them. A barrel rolls down and the woman jumps over it, the number 100 appears and the "jumping over a barrel" sound effect from Donkey Kong plays. The man then also jumps over the barrel to the same effect.
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (released June 24, 2008)
A Honkey Kong cabinet (a reference to Donkey Kong) can be seen at the arcade Fry visits.
Later on, the sound effect of Mario being defeated in Donkey Kong can be heard when a ship is destroyed by Yivo.
Futurama: Bender's Game (released November 4, 2008)
During the opening sequence, a pixelated Bender can be seen beating his chest in the same manner as the original Donkey Kong.
Rebirth (aired June 24, 2010)
Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences (aired August 26, 2010)
The host of the costume contest is dressed up as Mario.
Law and Oracle (aired July 7, 2011)
At the beginning of the episode, Fry is playing a Paper Boy-themed video game. One of the obstacles in the game is a barrel-tossing gorilla.
Reincarnation (aired September 8, 2011)
The second segment of the episode, "Future Challenge 3000", is portrayed as an 8-bit video game. In a previous version of a scene (As revealed by a DVD featurette), Bender attacked fry with a hammer in the style of Donkey Kong. Professor Farnsworth can also be seen dodging obstacles reminiscent of Donkey Kong JR's 3rd stage. As well, during one scene, a depressed Professor Farnsworth can be seen leaping over barrels in a Super Mario Bros.-inspired setting. Sound effects from Donkey Kong can also be heard at certain points as well.
In the episode "Fight Fighters", Dipper chases Rumble and Robbie to "Barrel and Crates Inc.", where Rumble throws barrels at Robbie as he attempts to avoid them by traversing several ladders and platforms, referencing the classic Donkey Kong games.
In the end credits of this episode, Mabel's video game character says, "It's-a me, a-Mabel!", which is similar to Mario's line, "It's-a me, Mario!". A secret message that reads, "HLIIB, WRKKVI, YFG BLFI DVMWB RH RM ZMLGSVI XZHGOV." also appears later in the credits. When decoded, it reads, "Sorry, Dipper, but your Wendy is in another castle.". This is a reference to the Mushroom Retainers' famous phrase from Super Mario Bros.: "Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!". Most of the credits scene is a reference to Super Mario Bros. 2.
In "Bearded Billy", Mandy says "My method is on like Donkey Kong!".
In "Go-Cart 3000" the grim car looks similar to Mario's car in Mario Kart 64.
Go Go Moba Boy
In Episode 1, where Moba Boy is fighting a mechanical rabbit, it spits out a egg which resembles Yoshi's.
In episode 13, "Eat Up, Everyone!", General Cytomander releases a full-scale aerial attack on the Dai-Gurren and made its cannons useless by blowing them up by dropping bombs on them. The bombs have a high resemblance to Banzai Bills.
In episode 7, when Yoriko allows Nyaruko to go on a date with Mahiro, Nyaruko jumps for joy in a Super Mario Bros. setting with a pose greatly resembling Mario's jumping pose.
Episode 11 opens with Nyaruko, Cthuko and Hastur playing a Mario Kart game; though only pure white can be seen on the television screen, the characters' dialogue mentions drifting, throwing shells and bananas and the music heard is inspired by Mario Kart.
In one episode, Haré is seen in a world of Video-Game parodies. He is punched up, and is sent flying through the air. Sonic the Hedgehog jumps out, hits his head, which sends him flying down, only to be punched to the side by a Mario figure.
"Clue Berries" (originally aired June 2012)
In this episode, Mario and Princess Peach make cameos.
Episode #43: "Communuts!" (originally aired May 8, 1999)
One sketch in this episode centers on Joseph Stalin speaking with his agent (played by Chit Chatterson). At the beginning, when the secretary asks if he has an appointment, Stalin demands, "Do you know who I am?!" The secretary replies, "Well, you look a little like that Super Mario guy."
In the episode "Mickey vs. Shellby", the episode's main antagonists Miss Turtle and Baby Shellby look a lot like Koopa Troopa. Also, Miss Turtle's limbs look like Bowser's.
In one episode, Johnny and Dukey plays a Super Smash Brothers parody called "Brawl Maina" that features a playable monster that has body that looks like Bowser's.
Episode #126: "Keroro & Natsumi, Who's the real hero?"
To demonstrate a new "Reality-avoiding" device, Kururu (right) and Saburo (left) transport themselves into a Mario-esque game. Various elements from Super Mario Bros. are shown, including various bricks, a ? Block, a Warp Pipe, a Poison Mushroom look-alike, and a Bullet Bill knock-off. Also, Kururu is dressed as Mario (albeit with a different hat and slightly edited overalls) and Saburo is dressed as Luigi (again, with the differences listed previously.)
In the episode "New York", when Kika and Bob take off in a helicopter, Luigi can be seen fixing it, and told them that he's not done yet.
In some episodes, the Souphanousinphones have a pet terrier named "Doggie Kahn", which may be a parody of "Donkey Kong".
In the episode "That Feeling", during the next episode preview, Konata makes a reference to a well-known cheat from Super Mario Bros..
In the beginning of the season two theme song, a character that resembles Mario walks across the screen. Also, in 2012 Dalmatians / Grey's in Anime, a made-up character called Fabricio who likes to make pizzas is called Mario and Luigi's other brother. A Koopa can also be seen in this scene, crashing down on his head. In addition, during the Grey's in Anime segment, a man dressed like Wario, appeared along with a 1-Up Mushroom in the Dancing Scene, also in Cliffordfield / Big Time Rushmore, there is a sketch where two Goombas are walking between two Warp Pipes, until one is stomped by Mario.
In the episode I Love You, Iron Man / Ben 10 Franklin, during "MAD's Guide to Video Game Cheats", a cheat was shown that could make Mario hail a cab during New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Later, in the episode Pokémon Park / WWER, there was a Donkey Strong segment where Donkey Kong sold a DVD on how to gain muscles. When at the school in this part, the chalkboard reads, "Sorry, Mario. The princess is in another castle." After that, DK throws a barrel at a store called "Zelda's".
In Gaming's Next Top Princess, among the models were Princess Peach, Zelda/Sheik, Amy Rose, Samus (who later turns into Zero Suit Samus), and Birdo. Mario was one of the judges, Bowser, Ganondorf and Ridley appeared to help the models "get in touch with their bad side" and Lakitu was the photographer.
In ArTHOR, Mario and Donkey Kong are eating lunch when ArTHOR asks them if he can borrow a hammer. He then proceeds through an area resembling 25m from Donkey Kong to save Jane Foster. In Super 80's, Donkey Kong with Mario on his back grabs J. J. Abrams and starts to hammer him making beeping sounds. In Minute to Flynn It, Clu's head turns into Mario's and then into Link's head. In ThunderLOLcats, Luigi's sprite in the MS-DOS version of Mario Is Missing! was one of the memes attacking the kingdom of Thundera and Mario's face can be seen in the background of the Internet world.
In The Celebrity Ape-rentice, Donkey Kong appeared as one of the contestants with Mojo Jojo (The Powerpuff Girls) and Caesar (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Also, the pizza recipe Mojo Jojo was assigned to make is a Mario Bros. recipe and DK thinks he did kidnap the princess in his previous life.
"Koopa Soup" is a segment in The Adventures of TaunTaun / Everybody Loves Rayman that has Bowser making soup in Koopa shells. Also, Mario appears at the end, stepping in the soup by accident. In Franklin & Crash, Princess Peach is shown being kidnapped by Bowser as usual. After Mario pops in to save her, the Prince from Katamari rolls up Peach and the castle in his ball. Mario then asks Bowser if he wants to get a soda.
In Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus, Pit goes to video game school and befriends Kirby. At school, Mario references are common. Donkey Kong is in Megaman's posse, Pit shoots an arrow into Bowser's back, when Pit and Kirby ask to sit with Princess Peach, Daisy and Zelda, they tell him to go beat up Bowser, Wario, and Ganondorf for them. At the end of the segment, everyone gets into a Super Smash Bros.-esque fight, with Pit winning. In Lemming Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Video Game Deaths, Wario appears as an evil guardian to three orphaned Lemmings (Violet, Klaus, and Sunny). The Lemming children meet Mario in World 1-1 as their good guardian, then Wario feeds him to a Piranha Plant.
In Here Comes the Doom / Brain Purge, a skit named "Koopa Troopa, Gutsman & Kracko" features the three characters helping video game enemies to protect themselves from heroes' attacks. One of the heroes is Mario, who has his look from the Paper Mario series and a blue cap. Bowser also appears by the end of the skit.
"The Shellmet" is a segment in George Washington: Cherry Tree Chopper / Star Wars Earned Stripes. At one point, Mario jumps on the boy wearing it.
Episode 18: Thanksgiving Throwdown (First aired: Saturday November 27, 2004)
The "Fabio Brothers" in this episode are very similar to the Mario Brothers, but may also be based on Wario and Waluigi. In this episode there are other allusions to other fictional characters as Sonic the Hedgehog.
In "Grumpy Old Bees" when Penny first appeared in the episode, her face resembles Donkey Kong's face, Penny herself could also be a parody of Donkey Kong as well.
Episode 85: It's Only Pretendo (Originally aired December 2, 1989)
Throughout the entire episode, the babies play several "Pretendo" video games, and imagine themselves as characters in them. During the first part of the episode, Gonzo pretends to be "Super Bario Weirdo" in a Donkey Kong-style game, which has a dragon named King Copacabana in place of Cranky Kong throwing green balls in place of barrels. He then imagines himself in an area similar to the game's third level, where he hops across moving platforms to reach a cupcake. Gonzo then finds himself back in the first level, where Piggy has taken the place of the King Copacabana, although she's actually just disconnected the system in reality.
Piggy then attempts to play Donkey Kong Jr., but fails miserably. Going back to the original Donkey Kong, Piggy pretends to be a "Baby Mutant Ninja Piggy", scares off the real Mario, climbs up to King Copacabana and defeats him.
After Piggy's play session, Gonzo goes through his Pretendo cartridges, three of which are titled Super Bario Bros., Son of Super Bario Bros. and Second Cousin of Super Bario Bros..
A little later, Gonzo and Piggy imagine themselves in a The Legend of Zelda-inspired game entitled The Legend of Emelda: The Quest for the Golden Key. The music that plays at the start sounds very similar to the cavern music from Super Mario Bros. 2.
In addition to spoofing the games, actual footage of the games themselves is shown briefly.
In "Me Adam, You Jake", the recurring antagonist (Neardy Crocodile) is a parody to Yoshi.
In "Carney Crazy", the bug-bombs are a parody to the X-Nauts.
In "The Spiffpranos", the bear in a red shirt makes a physic similar to Burt.
Two mustachioed, Italian brothers dressed in red and green clothing similar to that of Mario and Luigi, are recurring villains on the show. Additionally, they are named "the Mad Hammer Brothers." Being villains, they might be more nearly modeled after Wario and Waluigi.
In "Putting Your Hoof Down", Fluttershy gets rid of of a tourist by grabbing his camera, then swinging and tossing him away, similar to how Mario try to defeat Bowser in Super Mario 64.
In "The Stripping", a playboy at the casino was cuddling with 2 playboy girls who resembles Peach and Daisy.
In the episode "Gaming the System", the Mario jump noise is remade and heard a few times. The noise is heard again in "Brain Drain", along with the jump sound effect from Mario Bros.. The Mario coin noise is also heard in "Gaming the System". In the beginning of the episode, Buford is wearing a red shirt and blue shorts.
In "The Remains of the Platypus", Carl is seen wearing a suit similar to the Tanooki Suit.
In the episode "Pinxillated", one of the arcade games involves The Pink Panther (replacing Mario) jumping over barrels thrown by an ape (Inspector Clouseau) to reach the top. This is a reference to the game, Donkey Kong. In the same episode, also appeared a parody of Street Fighter and Pac-Man.
In the episode "The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!", one of the scenes contain the girls and a professor in a kart-like buggy, and they then fire a Green Shell at the villains up front in a parody of Mario Kart, and in another episode the Mayor is seen playing on his Nintendo 64.
In episode named Funny Love Eruption, Garu is traveling to the volcano trying to calm it. At one point, he jumps on several crocodiles, and writings as: 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and a 1-Up even appear.
In Economics of Recess, T.J. tries to buy Mon-Cards, only to find they are sold out. The shopkeeper tells him that a Japanese kid thinks Alien Stamp-Cards are the next big thing. Spinelli says that the shopkeeper said Yoshi-Trolls were the next big thing last year.
Episode 1: Stimpy's Big Day / The Big Shot
This episode begins with a fake commercial, showcasing a boy who is offered a bicycle, which he rejects. The boy is then offered a video game, which he also rejects. But when "Log" is offered to the boy, he graciously accepts. The video game, although only a still shot of it is shown for a few seconds, clearly resembles Super Mario Bros..
In the episode "The Golden Paddleball", Nester wacks Scaredy with a mop in the similar style of how Mario uses the hammer from "Donkey Kong".
In the episode Dead Justice, the Ghost of Dead Justice shoots bullets that resemble Banzai Bills. Drawings of the bullets, done by Deputy Bucky, resemble Banzai Bills even more.
In one episode, Festro and the Fart race on a racetrack that is very similar to SNES Rainbow Road. Festro even calls it the Rainbow Racetrack. Another character, Dingle, rode on a rocket and used a fishing line to grab the Fart when he fell off the course, in a similar manner to Lakitu.
Seth McFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy
Seth McFarlane, famous for creating American Dad, Family Guy, and The Cleveland Show, has made a series of internet cartoons called "Seth McFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy", which first episode had a spoof of Super Mario. In this animated short, Mario confronts Bowser on a bridge over lava in his castle à la Super Mario Bros. After leaping over Bowser, Mario removes the axe, causing the Koopa King to plunge into the lava, and he runs over to where Princess Toadstool is waiting. The Princess thanks Mario for rescuing her, but rejects his offer for a kiss, as they just met, and that she doesn't want to make out with him. Mario explains that he merely wants a kiss as opposed to sex, and questions the Princess as to what he went through to reach her. The Princess concludes that Mario merely leapt a bunch of mushrooms (Goombas), and Mario argues that she was pathetic enough to get kidnapped by mushrooms in the first place. After Mario bickers about more aspects of his adventure, the Princess still refuses to kiss him. Mario then calls for Bowser (whom he refers to as "Dragon") to keep the Princess. Upon hearing this, Bowser leaps out from the lava, grabs the Princess and bites her head off.
The mini-episode "Shaun Goes Old School" (exclusive to Nintendo Video on the Nintendo 3DS) is a reference to Super Mario Bros., in which Shaun plays his Nintendo 3DS while re-enacting gameplay of the game, complete with the game's theme as the background music as well as sound effects. About halfway through the episode, the three pigs throw canisters at Shaun, a reference to Donkey Kong. The episode can be seen here.
Episode 3F07: "Marge Be Not Proud" (originally aired Dec. 17, 1995)
In this episode, Bart wants the new extremely violent video game Bonestorm, but is having trouble getting it. After Jimbo and Nelson brag to him about their shoplifting, Bart observes that the display case housing Bonestorm has been left open. As he contemplates stealing the game, some video game characters pop up in his mind, the Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and Sonic among them.
Notably, in this cameo Mario and Luigi's heights are switched.
Episode 3G01: "The Springfield Files" (originally aired January 12, 1997)
At the Noiseland arcade, Donkey Kong is shown sitting under a banner declaring that on Friday he can be met in person, but no one seems to be coming to see him. The Manager walks by and says, "Sorry Donkey Kong, you're just not a draw anymore." DK responds by throwing a barrel at him, to which he replies, "Hey, he's still got it!"
Episode AABF03: "Lisa Gets an 'A'" (originally aired November 22, 1998)
In this episode, Ralph mistakenlingly calls Superintendent Chalmers "Super Nintendo" Chalmers.
Episode HABF20: "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em" (originally aired September 24, 2006)
An arcade machine depicting what appears to be the first level of Donkey Kong can be seen in the background of the arcade Bart enters at the beginning of the episode. Additionally, when Marge and Homer are in their carpentry clothing, Marge wears overalls and a green shirt while Homer wears overalls and a red shirt, the respective colors of Luigi and Mario.
Episode GABF02: "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass" (originally aired Feb. 6, 2005)
Shortly after Homer's showboating makes him a laughingstock, a bus full of Italian-Americans shows up in front of the house while he's taking out the trash. Mario comes out of the crowd, stands next to Homer, and says, "Fast-a, fast-a, take-a my picture with-a the Internet marmalok!" Homer then starts throwing trash cans at him in the style of Donkey Kong until he finally knocks him out. The trash cans are based on the barrels, and Mario also use a hammer.
Episode GABF09: "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star" (originally aired May 15, 2005)
At the beginning of the episode, when Skinner is introducing the school play, he says, "Now kids, since the Middle Ages had no compact discs or Super Mario Men..."
Episode MABF01: "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?" (originally aired December 13, 2009)
During Bart's dream about Bro-Town, Mario & Luigi are among the brothers he sees, where they jump into a pipe, hit a block and chase after the mushroom that pops out of it.
Episode PABF12: "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again" (originally aired April 29, 2012)
One of the activities listed on the schedule for the cruise ship is Human Super-Mario Brothers.
Episode RABF06 "Gorgeous Grampa" (Originally aired March 3, 2013)
One of the forms that Mr. Burns' shadow becomes while singing is of Donkey Kong's original sprite.
Episode RABF16 "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" (Originally aired October 7, 2013) During "Oh The Places You'll D'oh", a Springfielder is dressed up as a alternately colored Mario, reminiscent of his appearance in Nintendo Power #1.
In some episodes a pizza parlor called "Luigi's" is shown. Also, the guy who works there mentions Mario at some points.
Episode 1110: Imaginationland (originally aired Oct. 17, 2007)
In several shots, a character resembling Mario, except with an "E" on his hat, can be seen among the residents of Imaginationland.
Episode 1111: Imaginationland Episode II (originally aired Oct. 24, 2007)
In several shots, a character strongly resembling Wario, except with a "V" on his hat, can be seen among the evil residents of Imaginationland.
Episode 1112: Imaginationland Episode III (originally aired Oct. 31, 2007)
In several shots, Mario, Wario, and a green Bowser can be seen among the residents of Imaginationland.
Episode 1503: Royal Pudding (originally aired May 11, 2011)
At the Canadian Royal Wedding in this episode, the Princess of Canada is taken by a monster, which may be a reference to Bowser kidnapping Peach all the time. Also when the princess is taken, the reporter comments that "The little mushroom people of Nova Scotia" are screaming with horror. The mushroom people somewhat resemble Toads.
The episode "Grand-Thief Starship" contains various character parodies to Mario, Peach, Yoshi and Diddy Kong.
In Atlantis SquarePantis, in the part when Sandy Cheeks is in a videogame, she goes down a Warp Pipe and into a room that has the same frame and background as the used during game play of Dr. Mario. The Warp Pipe looks like it did in Super Mario Land. Also, she kills bacteria by stomping them, when she does so, the Jump sound is used. When the gang is rescued, the losing theme from Donkey Kong plays. Finally, when SpongeBob, Squidward, and Patrick get kidnapped by a large virus, they shout, "HELP!", which appears on the screen. It is the same style as when Pauline shouts "HELP!" in Donkey Kong. Enemies that resemble the Viruses and a Wiggler appear as well. In the same episode, Lord Royal Highness throws Squidward into a painting, a reference to Super Mario 64; the painting even uses a ripple effect similar to the one seen when Mario enters a painting.
In one episode, Harris, Clark and Martin are playing as racers in a parody version of Super Mario Kart on the Nintendo DS. They also later presented a Game Boy Micro to Eiko and Squid Girl which include one of games shown called Super Ekio a reference to Super Mario Bros..
At the end of the episode "Dis and Make Up", when Kyle yells at Andy and Rodney, the side of his head resemble Donkey Kong.
In Laser Light Cannon, when Steven is going through his father's garage, he passes by a plush mushroom that bears a big resemblance to a Super Mushroom.
Episode 40: "Galactic Smash: Space Attack (Part 1)" (originally aired Sep. 8, 2007)
At one point, Otto gets a hologram and turns Chiro into Mario from Super Mario Bros., Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Donkey Kong from Donkey Kong.
In the episode "Bad Luck's Back" when Cheif yells at Tak by saying "you're outta here", his face resembles Bowser as he appeared in Super Mario 64.
In the beginning of "La Larva de Amor", the Titans have a milk mustache contest. At one point, Robin gives himself a mustache that looks like Mario's, dons a cap like Mario's, and hits a ? Block, causing a Coin to pop out.
In the episode "Hey Pizza", when Cyborg and Beast Boy are trying to get free pizza, one of their attempts involves shooting bullets that look similar to Bullet Bills at the pizza guy.
In the episode "The Gaminator," Michelangelo comments that a certain videogame he and the other turtles are sucked into is the greatest platformer since Super Fabio Bros., a clear parody of Super Mario Bros.
In the episode, "The Pulverizer Returns!", when Donatello discovers some coins that a Foot Ninja left behind, a coin collecting sound effect is heard, which references Super Mario Bros..
Episode W-165: K-ACME TV
Halfway through this episode, a fake commercial plays, advertising "the brand new hit video game, Super Plucky-o Bros.!" The game parody features Plucky-o and his brother Linguini (two Plucky Ducks) being guided through Fungoworld, where they must rescue Princess Loon (Shirley the Loon) from the Toadstool Tower by picking a magic kumquat from a tree. Linguini tries to do so, but is then chased away from said tree by the Dizzy Doofus (Dizzy Devil), and then Pluckyo eludes various enemies larger than himself, until finally he finds "The Giant Nyah Nyah of Power" (a magic egg) that turns him into an invincible giant who defeats the enemies and plucks Loon from the tower. The game then ends, showing Plucky playing it in an arcade, saying "It's more than a game, it's an obsession!", right before a set of false teeth come out of the game and begin chasing him around as the segment ends.
Bigger! Badder! Brutal-er!
While the contestants were being warned about the wildlife, a roar that sounds like Bowser's from Mario Kart 64 can be heard coming from one of the mutated animals.
At one point in the episode, Sam, who is suffering from game withdrawal, imagines himself as an 8-Bit character, and the ducks resemble the ducks from Duck Hunt. Later, Sam is seen running up the construction site to save Lindsay while Sasquatchanakwa throws barrels at him. At one point, Sam grabs a hammer and starts to destroy the barrels, an obvious reference to the original Donkey Kong arcade game. He ultimately fails, and Brick exclaims "Game over" to him afterwards. Also, Jo screams at Sasquatchanakwa, "Your princess is here!". Even further, Sasquatchanakwa repeatedly jumps up and down on the Donkey-Kong esque scaffolding at one point, making it into a 25m-like area, akin to the opening of the arcade version of Donkey Kong.
The Enchanted Franken-Forest and Brain vs Brawn:the Ultimite Showdown
When Mike is sleeping one of his alternate personalities, Vito, shouts "C'mon! Stomp that Goomba!".
During the episode "Afraid Of The Dark" Uncle Grandpa looks closely at a photo of a knight fighting a motorcycle to reveal a map of his current location. The map is heavily based on Super Mario World's map, containing a Super Mushroom and a Warp Pipe amongst the various parts of the room he's in.
In the episode "The Star of Christmas," Bob the Tomato tried to put on a play called "The Princess and the Plumber." Bob also mentioned a "giant monkey man," being defeated at the end of the play.
One of the Genghis & Khannie episodes is entitled "Donkey Conqueror", in which Genghis the Barbarian is pitted against the titular gorilla rival named simular to Donkey Kong.
Episode 122: Attack of the Vidiots/Fit to be Tried
In the "Attack of the Vidiots" segment, Yang is sucked into his video game by The Lesson, which forces him to play endlessly (or, at least, until he has learned how bad it is to play too much videogames). At a certain point, when Yang saves the princess, she says "Thank you, but the real princess is in another castle", in the same fashion of the Toads up until World 7-4 in Super Mario Bros..
Sound Effects Heard in Animation/Cartoons
Sound effects from Mario games are also fairly common in modern animated series, particularly those with scenes that involve arcades, video game systems, or computers. This is due to some of those sounds being in the public domain (Such as the Atari port of DK's sounds.) Here is a list of animated TV shows where Mario sound effects can be heard (listed in alphabetical order).