List of Mario references in animated television
The following is an alphabetical list of Mario-related sightings and references in animated/anime television shows.
Some episodes feature background music that sounds similar to the Grass Land map theme and Hammer Bro's theme from Super Mario Bros. 3. Examples of such episodes include "The (Almost) Graduate" and "Major Unfaithfulness".
In "The Jollywood Jam", the dwarves (except for Happy) end up in an 18-bit universe similar to Super Mario Bros.
Ocho is a recurring character that appears as an 8-bit alien, and is used for many references to Mario and other video game franchises. As an example, in "The Tape", Ocho hits a gigantic, yellow block similar to a ? Block to get cash for a vending machine. During gym class, he also uses a cheat which gives him a rainbow appearance and speeds him up, similar to a Super Star.
The premise of the "The Uncle", a later episode, is that Ocho has an uncle called Mario who has a go-kart, is scared of ghosts and likes dinosaurs, stars and princesses; Gumball takes this to mean that his uncle is the same Mario from the video games. Later, Gumball goes around Elmore jumping over people's heads and entering pipes, with similar melodies such as one close to the Level Clear theme from Super Mario Bros. playing, and even repeating Mario's catchphrases (e.g. "Yahoo!" and "Let's-a go!"). Later, Ocho's Uncle Mario is playing golf with Ocho, wearing an outfit similar to the actual Mario and a vaguely similar saying to his catchphrase ("Hey, it's me, Mario" instead of "It's a-me, Mario!").
Other references made on the show are listed as follows:
A post in the series' official Facebook page from roughly a month before the release of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U shows protagonist Stan holding a gigantic hammer standing in an environment nearly identical to the ones usually found in Mario games, most notably Super Mario 3D Land.
In Season 3, Episode 16: "Spring Breakup", 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.
In Season 6, Episode 8 "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls", when Bob Todd is teaching Roger moonshining, Roger jumps over barrels of moonshine, similar to Donkey Kong.
In Season 6, Episode 11 "A Pinata Named Desire", Mario appears on Barry's shirt in a flashback, wearing a chef-like hat instead of his usual cap.
In Season 6, Episode 14 "School Lies", Mario, along with other video game characters such as Pac-Man and Sonic, appears on a poster on an arcade door. The arcade also has a machine that resembles Donkey Kong.
In season 1 episode 16b "Bizarre Bazaar", the characters Anne and Sprig get into a giant cockroach race against a character named "Wrecker". During the race, Wrecker uses a blue-shelled beetle, which automatically hits Anne and Sprig after they take the lead. After they get hit, Sprig says "Wow, that didn't feel balanced", referring to how unbalanced the Spiny Shell is considered.
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 appears as a crudely-drawn Mario, as being very athletic.
In the TV special "Arthur's Perfect Christmas", Muffy, during a line in a song, describes that presents mean nothing if her friend Francine is not by her side. As she sings this, Francine appears in a Mario outfit at the end of a level, and is hit by a bunch of rolling barrels.
Season 5, Episode 9: "Speakeasyrider"
During a billboard shot of a go-cart competition, one of the teams in the A-League is named "Super Mary Go Kart".
Season 5, Episode 11: "Can't Buy Me Math"
When Darryl & Rosa get back together over the arcade game they're playing, Jocelyn says they're like Mario & Luigi.
Season 1, Episode 12: "American Doll"
During the launching ceremony for a trip into space, a gentleman greatly resembling Wario claims he will rule the city of Mexifornia, now that Mario Lopez is boarding the shuttle.
In "Saved by the Balls", Steve makes up a fake name of "Mario Brothers" and tells his story to a Russian mafia, which is the plot to the original Super Mario Bros. game. He says that Denzel's name is "Ted Tris", a pun on "Tetris".
In "Global Warning", Malloy can be seen playing a game called "Slaughter House 5", which features graphics resembling the original Super Mario Bros.
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, which produced a sound effect similar to the one 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.
The poster for Breadwinners bears a striking resemblance to the artwork for Super Mario World.
In the episode "Lil' Loafie", SwaySway and Buhdeuce Level Up into Plumber Ducks, looking similar to Mario and Luigi, to retrieve Lil' Loafie, who was held captive in T-Midi's house.
In the episode "Bad to the Duck Bone", Buhdeuce rides in a Junior Clown Car.
In the episode "Shrunken Ducks", the mushroom caps protruding from the Grow Bread bear a great resemblance to Super Mushrooms.
In the episode "My Fair Frog", one of the objects SwaySway pulls out of his pocket was a purple Potted Piranha Plant.
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 looks identical to Princess Peach's dress and crown.
In the episode "The Police Cop-etition", the coin-collecting sound from Super Mario Bros. can be heard when Nonny and his chicken are looking across the street during Deema's segment.
Bunny can sometimes be seen playing a game resembling Mario in several episodes.
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 bears a great resemblance to Donkey Kong Jr.
In the episode "Disappearing Act", Reggie's dad, Bruno Bullnerd looks like Donkey Kong. He even wore a brown suit, red tie and has a similar hair style. Bruno is also seen in "The Heist", "That Sinking Feeling" and "Day of the Living Mall".
In the 28th episode of Charley and Mimmo, titled "The Goldfish," Charley is seen wearing similar clothing to Mario.
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. They also have a Brick Block-like pattern on their overalls.
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.; in an 8-bit scene, a song similar to the Underground Theme plays as Chowder jumps off Gorgonzola's head and into a Warp Pipe, and Gazpacho declares him "safe".
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 the Mario Cap. At the end of the episode, it turns out that the Big Ball stadium is on the back of a giant turtle that resembles Bowser, who says "game over" and throws the stadium into a giant trash can.
The Lead Farfel from "Shnitzel and the Lead Farfel" resembles a Thwomp.
In the special pop-up commentary episode of "Stinky Love", the costumer is said to be based off of Mario.
In the episode "The Garden", there is a plant resembling a Piranha Plant that swallows Chowder.
During the fight scene in the episode "The Moldy Touch", a soundclip of one of Bowser's roars can be heard.
In "Apprentice Appreciation Day", the ugly Chowder lookalike highly resembles Wario.
On the episode Area 53, one of Chuck's possible choices is a sprite of him jumping in a similar pose to Mario.
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 as the gorilla throws barrels at him, Donkey Kong-style. Li'l D even uses a large mallet to knock the barrels away.
Donna's inspirational speech from the episode "Brownsized" about Cleveland's job hunt involves a gorilla of life throwing barrels at him, being too weak to jump and no sledgehammer in sight.
In the 10th episode of MTV's short-lived animated series, JFK is playing a Game Boy in the back of a car as Abe Lincoln and Cleopatra are making out. As he's playing, JFK loses a life, causing him to say "Now Mario's dead! I'm killing everyone! ... Why couldn't Ponce have three lives like Mario?!"
The episode "Sir Nut-A-Lot" contains various parodies of the Mario franchise, including 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 of Donkey Kong.
The Cartoon Network Extra bumper includes bouncing balls that resemble Chain Chomps.
Clarence's room can only be accessed through an orange Warp Pipe which sticks out from his ceiling.
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-like turtle is also seen in this area, which Dave jumps on, sliding it under Jerry and Larrity and knocking them over; Clarence then disappears in a Warp Pipe. Later, when Black Steve shoots his gun at Dave and Jerry, an angry face can be seen on it akin to a Bullet Bill. A Shy Guy's mask also 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.. Another Koopa Troopa-like turtle appears in the animal area of the Stonervision headquarters. Later, when Jerry tries to ask Mary out on a date, he tries to give her a flower that resembles a Fire Flower.
In Season 1 Episode 4, titled "Super Prison Breakout", a Bill Blaster appears, shooting prison inmates right into a wall. In the high security area, the warden says the reason why an inmate named Giovanni is in jail is because he murdered an ape who was trying to have a relationship with a woman; Giovanni's description and appearance significantly resembles Mario. When the camera scrolls down the GameaVision headquarters to Larrity and Dean, his son, at the vault room, a Koopa Troopa can be seen between the floor and the ceiling on a warp pipe.
In Season 1 Episode 6, titled "The Take Over", a fictional Japanese video game company by the name of "Protendo" (an obvious nod to Nintendo) visits GameaVision headquarters. When Dave ate one of the items that his eating competition mentor gave him, it causes him to grow a little bit bigger, somewhat like a Super Mushroom, with the accompanying sound playing 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.
In Season 1 Episode 8, titled "IPO", Dean's fake game "Super Mega Bro Bro" is a reference to Super Mario Bros. The style of the title name copies the game's original colors as well. Dave's robot Scoot-Scoot also looks similar to the Nintendo Entertainment System accessory R.O.B.
In Season 1 Episode 11, titled "Wrassle Mania", a dark-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, titled "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 rumor surrounding Super Mario Galaxy's box art cover. A giant NES is seen on top of the Protendo headquarters building. When Benny is riding with Larrity, Benny is holding a sandwich full of coins from Super Mario Bros.
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 also 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 Super Star, 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 that Jerry runs to and cries in is a Warp Pipe. The desert background behind the jail is the same one in World 2 of Super Mario Bros. 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 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.-style arcade font.
In Season 2 Episode 13, titled "Car Robber Sunnydale", the toilet in the bathroom is a Warp Pipe. Black Steve also derisively refers to Mr. Larrity's father as "Honkey Kong".
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 season 2, episode 12 ("I'm Back, Welcome Back, and...", originally aired March 30, 2018), Kokonotsu and Hotaru chew Super Mario-Kun Comic Gum, a brand of gum that comes with Super Mario-Kun comics.
Despair Arc Episode 2: "My Impurest Heart for You" (originally aired July 21, 2016)
The characters play video games similar to the Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart series. The Super Smash Bros. game has an ape character who looks similar to Donkey Kong, while in the Mario Kart game, Ibuki Mioda gets a Lightning item, but is hit by Hiyoko Saionji under the effect of a Super Star and knocked into the water, and is fished out by a character similar to a Lakitu before Hiyoko hits her again.
In Teacher of the Year, Tucker shows Technus all thirteen levels that are similar to all eight worlds from Super Mario Bros. 3. Also, the coin sound effect can be heard a few times.
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, who are energy-being clones of Gosalyn). Although the Whiffle Boy series is more of a spoof of the Mega Man series, the level shown has 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 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!" Dexter tells the three to shut up, and the sound that plays when a player completes a lap can be heard.
During the interval between the 5th and 6th generation of video games, the cartoon showed a section called Juego del Mes (Spanish for "Game of the Month") for the Latin American version of Cartoon Network, nominating the best video game for N64.
In Summer Break! Clinical Testing Job, after taking experimental pills, Saiki and Nendou are seen playing what looks like a Mario Kart game, with Nendou playing as a character that looks similar to Bowser.
In the episode where Nobita and Doraemon are turned into crabs, Nobita's mom uses her broom in a similar fashion to the hammer in Donkey Kong.
In episode 12, the episode starts as a Wacky Races parody, and Enpi-chan throws a Red Shell at several other racers.
In episode 1, "Stone World," there is a scene where Senkuu mentions that one of the mushrooms (an amanita muscaria) Taiju Ooki brought looks like "something out of a Mario game."
Episode 17: "A Tale of Two Cows"
When Fat Albert presents Toot and Xandir the crown for King and Queen Fatty, Xandir drives up suddenly wearing a Luigi-esque costume in a Mario Kart-styled vehicle.
Episode 35: "Toot Goes Bollywood"
After Xandir tells Toot she isn't a hideous beast, the scene cuts to them in a Donkey Kong-like game, with Toot as Donkey Kong and Xandir as Mario.
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 Number One 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 playing a Super Mario Bros.-like game. In-game, El Chavo, Quico, and Ñoño are all displayed as themselves with a mustache (each of which resembles those of Mario, Luigi and Wario); Ñoño also has a cap similar to Wario's. 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, more resembles Super Mario World. The Goomba-like enemies they encounter have the face of Señor Barriga ("Mr. Beliarge" in the English version). When Ñoño reaches the flagpole at the end of the level, he inadvertently topples due to his weight.
Near the end of the episode "Mother of All Tigres", two plumbers appears who look very much like Mario and Luigi, with similarly colored clothes and an "M" on both their caps. Several zombie plumbers appears from a manhole under them, with two of them having an "W" and an upside-down "L" on their caps, similar to Wario and Waluigi.
In this episode "Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary", 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 the animatic of "Prick Up Your Ears", an unused cutaway features Chris's great, great grandfather helping Mozart write his final requiem before his death. The composition is the ground theme from Super Mario Bros.
In the episode "Lois Comes out of Her Shell", Stewie and his evil pet turtle Sheldon are fighting, and before Sheldon can kill Stewie, the fight comes to an end when Mario descends from the ceiling and stomps on Sheldon, killing him. He then tells Stewie that he "stomps on turtles", and that even though it's his life, it's not interesting.
In the episode "Boopa-Dee Bappa-Dee", Mario appears as a boyfriend to Meg while she and her family are stuck in Italy, with Luigi not too far off. 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., with Luigi still close by.
In the episode "Encyclopedia Griffin", Peter brings up an weird, "secret" level of Donkey Kong where Pauline ends up sliced in half. Mario and Donkey Kong work together to put the body in a barrel, roll it down a hill and come up with a cover story. Mario later asks if DK is related to King Kong, and he replies that he's isn't, as "Kong" is a common name in the woman-grabbing ape world. All the dialogue is featured in text boxes.
In the episode "Regarding Carter", after Lois accidentally shoots her father in the head with a handgun he gave her, he is shown in the hospital in a vegetative state. Dr. Hartman states that he has suffered from severe head trauma and that it is now a good chance to beat him in Mario Kart. A cutaway then shows Peter playing Super Mario Kart and beating Carter in a race while Carter is unresponsive due to being in a vegetative state.
In the episode "Hex Games", when Kyle asks where Fanboy and Chum Chum got Iceteroids, Chum Chum says that they ate "the flower". Additionally, the battle against Sigmund at the end of the game is very similar to the final boss of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
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 video game where the plumber is trying to get to the princess, but a "giant monkey" always gets in the way by throwing barrels, in a clear reference to Donkey Kong. Oscar also says that the "giant monkey" is only wearing a tank top, which may be a reference to Funky Kong.
In the beginning of the episode "Doggonit", Oscar is seen playing a video game that involves a yellow character in red overalls jumping across obstacles and fending off a turtle with a saw. Oscar says the game he is playing is called "Kooky Carpenter Cousins", which is based on Super Mario Bros.; the character bears a striking resemblance Mario's sprite from Super Mario Bros., and the turtle looks a lot like a Shellcreeper. 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, one of the buttons on Milo's bike is a Koopa Shell button, and he uses it to get rid of an angry cat.
In "Glass Man Standing", before Albert meets them in the hall, Milo, Oscar, and Jumbo read a magazine called Nintankdo Power, an obvious spoof of Nintendo Power.
In "Pool Party Panic", Milo, Oscar and Bea chase the fish tank through a Super Mario Bros.-like dimension that gives them all overalls, and Bea hits a block that produces a saw. Milo grabs it and uses it to defeat Koopa-like turtles; he and Bea then enter the school similar to Mario entering the fort at the end of a level, and Oscar grabs a pole that hoists a flag.
"The Buck Swaps Here" (originally aired May 18, 2007)
In the episode, there are two men carrying a large mirror that heavily resemble the Mario Bros.; when attacking a robber, they shout with Italian accents.
"Destination Imagination" (originally aired November 27th, 2008)
The Foster's gang enters a game very similar to Super Mario Bros., with snails replacing Koopa Troopas and garlic replacing Mushrooms. The character World also mentions a game named Super Zambeanie Bros. as well.
Episode 1ACV01: "Space Pilot 3000" (originally aired Mar. 28, 1999)
Episode 2ACV09: "A Bicyclops Built for Two" (originally aired Mar. 19, 2000)
A Donkey Kong-esque character appears behind a pile of crates while Fry is playing a virtual reality video game, and is subsequently blasted; 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.
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 as the man and a woman climb them; a barrel rolls down and the pair jump over it, both earning 100 points as the "jumping over a barrel" sound effect from Donkey Kong plays.
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.
The episode 23's short animation contains a reference to the infinite extra life trick from Super Mario Bros., demonstrated by the buddy monster Duel Jaeger Revolted.
F-Zero: GP Legend/F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu
Mr. EAD is a racer who bears a a significant resemblance to Mario, and appears often in a supporting role throughout the anime; his last name is an acronym for "Entertainment Anaylsis and Development".
Lap 21: Battle of the Women
After Rick (or Ryu in the Japanese version) and Jack don feminine dresses and leave the debriefing room with Jody, Mr. EAD can be seen donning a dress that looks exactly like Princess Peach's dress.
Go Go Moba Boy
In Episode 1, Moba Boy is fighting a mechanical rabbit that spits out a Yoshi-like egg.
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.
The end credits of the episode is a reference to Super Mario 2; on a character selection screen, as the icon hovers over Mabel, she borrows one of Mario's catchphrases from Super Mario 64 and its remake ("It's-a me, a-Mabel!"); when the icon hovers over Grunkle Stan, he says "I'm slow, but I jump higher!", referring to Luigi's playstyle in the game. The end-of-episode secret message reads "HLIIB, WRKKVI, YFG BLFI DVMWB RH RM ZMLGSVI XZHGOV."; when decoded, it reads, "Sorry, Dipper, but your Wendy is in another castle.", which is a reference to the Mushroom Retainers' famous phrase from Super Mario Bros..
Near the end of "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls", after Bill is defeated and everything turns back to normal, the water tower roars similarly to Bowser.
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.
In "The Show That Dare Not Speak Its Name", Billy is dressed as Princess Peach.
The episode's title is an obvious reference to Super Mario Bros., and the premise involve Grizzly and the Lemmings playing a racing game in real life that features Dash Panels and Item Boxes similar to a Mario Kart game. The noise that occurs when the items appear is also nearly identical to the noise that occurs at the beginning of new laps in many of the games. The boxes contained green missiles that look like Bullet Bills, but act like Green Shells; they also contained red mines that play a similar role to bananas. At one point, Grizzy obtains a temporary shield item that grants him invincibility, similar to the Super Star. In the end of the race, both Grizzly and the lemmings are hit by two red bullets before they get to the finish line; the red bullets are similar to the Spiny Shell, and was thrown by a female bear, a recurring character that was revealed to be a third racer.
Grizzy plays a virtual reality game on a smart tablet, which uses sound effects from Super Mario Bros., namely the Mushroom sound effects and the fanfare used when Mario completes a level.
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 major 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.-like setting, with her pose 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 similar to that of the Mario Kart games.
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.
In the episode, "The Jam Badge", when the Squirrels chase the Naughty Monkey to get their fruit back, the Naughty Monkey throws the fruit to try to stop the Squirrels similar to the way the original Donkey Kong threw barrels to stop Mario. Whenever the Squirrels jumped on a mushroom, the coin sound effect played. The coin sound effect played once more when the Naughty Monkey popped up on Duggee's head. One of the Squirrels were dressed up as Mario in the the Dressing Up Badge.
Umaru is often seen playing video games that reference real-life products; one of the games in the opening resembles Mario Kart 8, and the death soundclip from the original Super Mario Bros. can also be heard shortly after.
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 "Humf and the Big Boots", Humf hops around in his dad's boot, similar to a Goomba's Shoe.
In "What is the ...MADtrix?", purple blocks resembling Brick Blocks in their Super Mario Bros. 3 design appear floating in the air. Additionally, at one point, when Inspector Gadget jumps, he accidentally hits one of them with his head.
In the episode "Dukey See Johnny Do", a blind Johnny has to save Dukey from a love-sick ape at a construction site just like in Donkey Kong.
In the episode "My Dinner with Johnny", every time Johnny's food sucker sucks in one of his dad's meals, the sound effect that plays when Mario enters a secret area from Super Mario 64 can be heard. This same sound effect can be heard in a few other episodes as well.
In the episode "Embarque Nessa Onda", when it shows the episode of the Microwave Warriors, a P Switch can be seen on the control panels.
In the episode "Eject Especial", a background billboard reads 「ピーチ姫救出大作戦」.
Episode #126: "Keroro & Natsumi, Who's the real hero?"
To demonstrate a new "reality-avoiding" device, Kururu and Saburo 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 and Saburo is dressed as Luigi, though with slightly different hats and overalls.
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.
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In episode 18 of season 6, there is a sketch titled "What if celebrities were featured in video games?"; Portuguese association football player Cristiano Ronaldo was featured in Super Mario Bros.. Here, he hits ? Block and grabs a bottle of shampoo for men before stumbling over a Koopa Troopa's shell. As a result, the referee penalized the Koopa Troopa with a red card.
In the second season, during one of the logo cutaways between scenes, Aqua is seen jumping and hitting her head on one of the letters of the logo, causing a star to pop out of it and landing on Kazuma, increasing his size akin to a Super Mushroom.
In the episode "The Best Way to Play", when Little Bill and his friends are playing the Space Explorers video game, sound effects from the Atari port of Donkey Kong can be heard.
In the episode "Butterfly Effect", Lisa is seen working at a gas station while wearing a red cap bearing a striking resemblance to Mario's cap.
The title card for the episode "Game Boys" depicts Lincoln and Clyde dressed like Mario and Luigi in a scene resembling Super Mario Bros.
In the episode "Game Off", Lana wanted to play Lincoln's new videogame "Total Trash Takedown", a garbage-themed videogame resembling Super Mario Bros. 3. Lincoln refuses to let Lana play it until after he finishes his current game, with him having made it to the Trash Castle, which is the game's final level, but Lana couldn't wait following a nightmare that evening. After sneaking downstairs to play it while everyone was asleep, Lana accidentally loses Lincoln's last life and sends him back to the first level. Lana then enlists the other sisters' help to get her through the game and keep Lincoln distracted so she can get him back to the Trash Castle before he notices what happened, but fails miserably. Lincoln becomes upset with Lana for messing up his game, but after she does a few of his chores and provides tips about the game based on her experience, he later forgives her and lets her play the game with him.
In the episode "That Feeling", during the next episode preview, Konata makes a reference to the infinite lives trick from Super Mario Bros..
In the episode 2012 Dalmatians / Grey's in Anime, Mario and Luigi's "other brother" Fabrizzio is shown, who claims he doesn't like the sewers and prefers making pizza. 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.
In Cliffordfield / Big Time Rushmore, there is a sketch where two Goomba brothers are walking between two Warp Pipes, attempting to survive Mario jumping on them, until one is stomped by Mario himself. The surviving one's other brother is also stomped in a second attempt to survive Mario's jumping.
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 to get to the end of the level in New Super Mario Bros. Wii (However, the game title is written as "Super Mario Bros. Wii"; the word "new" is removed)
In the episode Pokémon Park / WWER, there was a segment titled "Donkey Strong" where Donkey Kong advertises a DVD on workouts for muscle gain. In the scene taking place in a school in this segment, the chalkboard reads, "Sorry, Mario. The princess is in another castle." After that, DK throws a barrel at a store called "Zelda's" (referencing Shigeru Miyamoto's creation of both the Super Mario and Legend of Zelda series.
In Gaming's Next Top Princess, among the models were Princess Peach, Zelda/Sheik, Samus Aran (who later turns into Zero Suit Samus), Amy Rose and Birdo (the first three were the finalists). 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. The Mario characters' designs bear a slight resemblance to the ones from the Paper Mario series. The winner of the title of "Gaming's Next Top Princess" is not announced at all in the episode.
In Super 80's, Donkey Kong with Mario on his back grabs J. J. Abrams and beats him up.
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. After getting fired by Donald Chimp, he makes things even by calling on his brother, King Kong to attack Chimp.
"Koopa Soup" is a segment in The Adventures of TaunTaun / Everybody Loves Rayman that has Bowser advertising soup sold 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 the Katamari video game series rolls up Peach and the castle in his katamari. Mario then asks Bowser if he wants to get a soda, to which Bowser agrees.
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 Mega Man's posse of popular students. 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 (although he is considered an anti-villain nowadays) to three orphaned Lemmings (Violet, Klaus, and Sonny). The Lemming children meet Mario in World 1-1 as their good guardian, then Wario feeds him to a Piranha Plant. The sketch parodies Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events book series.
In Here Comes the Doom / Brain Purge, a skit named "Koopa Troopa, Guts Man & 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 and Peach also appear at the beginning 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 the advertised product, mistaking it for a Koopa Troopa. The commercial states that the product's side effects include "getting attacked by plumbers".
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.
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In "Tokyo Go", when the train that Mickey is riding on top of enters a tunnel, it briefly looks like an 8-bit video game, with Mickey Mouse collecting Coins in the same way Mario would in Super Mario Bros., complete with 8-bit coin and Super Mushroom sound effects. When it enters back in the normal cartoon, Mickey throws away the coins (not knowing what to do with them), to jump onto the Blue Train. In "Down the Hatch", when Mickey and Goofy are being shrunk, then spin around in a manner similar to Mario's death animation from Donkey Kong.
In "The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular", Morty Fieldmouse dresses up as a Godzilla-like kaiju. His costume helps strengthen a reference to Yoshi when throws his Halloween candy in the air and catches it in his mouth with a lash of his tongue.
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.
In "The Friend who Wasn't There", when Link and Squweep are playing a video game, the Mini Mario jump sound can be heard. Additionally, the controllers they hold look similar to that of a Super Nintendo Entertainment System's.
In "Orchoptitron in Love / John Harrington", John Harrington bears some resemblance to Mario in his plumbing outfit, and he, Peabody, and Sherman come upon a castle in the sewers where they find Harrington's mutated pet turtle holding Queen Elizabeth hostage, similar to Bowser holding Princess Peach hostage.
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 (Nerdy 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 modeled after Wario and Waluigi.
When Ned and Newton enter the "old games section" of an arcade in the mall, Ned shows Newton one of the broken games and says, "This game is so old it only had one Mario brother." However, when they play the game after Newton fixes it, the game had nothing to do with Mario.
In "Chode Warrior" (Season 2 Episode 4), Jean-Claude Van Damme's penis says, "No more running from me, Ron Jeremy, you big Mario Brother son of a bitch!" Also, there is a scene when Phil climbs up a ladder to defeat Donkey Kong and save Princess Peach.
In "You're in Control", Lord Boxman creates a younger version of himself named Boxman Jr., who bears a strong resemblance to Bowser Jr. and was apparently based on him.
In "Excretion Without Honor or Humanity", there is a picture of a plumber on the Grenshaw Plumbers truck who looks somewhat like Mario.
In "The Stripping", a playboy at the casino was cuddling with two Playboy Girls who resemble Peach and Daisy.
In "Chuck to the Future Part 4", Chuck navigates a Super Mario Bros.-style world. The short starts with Chuck, who is inside a video game for the NES. On his first life, Chuck comes across two enemies, which resemble a Goomba and a Piranha Plant, but they kill him. On his second life, he eats a Super Mushroom-like power up and gains 1000 points, but he soon falls off a cliff, killing him. On his third life, he eats the power up again, tries getting inside a pipe without any luck and falls off the cliff once more, ending in a game over. Once in a new game, Chuck gets past the cliff and eats a weed power up, which makes him able to shoot fireballs, which could be a reference to the Fire Flower. He gets inside a pipe and grabs some coins. Back to the surface, he encounters Fastener, and steps on him several times, gaining a few points and 1-Ups, which is a reference to the Infinite 1-Up glitch with Koopa. Soon after, he reaches the church and completes the first level of the game. At the very end of the short, there is a sign that says "To Be Continued CTTF Part 5". Part 5 of the "Chuck to the Future" series was released as an image on May 27th, 2011 on the Gainax website's front page. The image itself features various screenshots of the fictional Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt 8-bit game.
In "Chuckle City 500", during the second leg of the race, Penn pays five cents for Banana Peels.
A variation on the jumping sound effect can be heard in "Gaming the System" from Buford's video game, "Jump and Duck", along with the coin-collecting sound effect; the jumping sound also occurs in "Brain Drain", along with the jump sound from Mario Bros..
In the episode "Yeti 'Nother Bigfoot Story," when the Pink Panther plays a video game on a Game Boy-like console, sounds similar to the fireball and jump sound effects from Super Mario Bros. can be heard.
In "Power of Pink", when the Pink Panther uses a machine to power up into Super Pink, he says "What I'm about to do, I do for plumbers everywhere", possibly indirectly mentioning the Mario Bros. Additionally, a plumber (the Pink Panther) powering up into a stronger form with "Super" in its name is a reference to the Mario Bros when they power up into Super Mario and Super Luigi respectively.
In the episode "Pinxillated", one of the arcade games involves The Pink Panther and Big Nose (both replacing Mario) jumping over barrels thrown by an ape to reach the top, which is a reference to the Donkey Kong arcade game.
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.
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In the episode "Bye Bye, Bellum", there is a scene where the Mayor jumps the barrels thrown by the gorilla-like monster Barbarus, and showing the points earned accompanied with a 8-bit music, as a Donkey Kong reference.
In the 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 an extra life even appears.
In the episode Gorilla Rabbid, the titular "Gorilla Rabbid" climbs atop a large structure and tosses down barrels, while the other Rabbids attempt to climb the structure and jump over the barrels, complete with a similar sound effect and poses to Mario in the arcade Donkey Kong. Whether the resemblance to Rabbid Kong is intentional or coincidental is unknown.
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; when the new hit toy "Log" is offered to the boy, he graciously accepts. Although only a still shot of it is shown for a few seconds, the game clearly resembles Super Mario Bros..
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In "Grandma's Day Out", the howling cyber monkey is seen climbing a Donkey Kong-like building.
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 "Estrasquirrelstial", as Scaredy is climbing atop a mud-slide, the classic Jump sound effect can be heard for each jump Scaredy makes up the stairs.
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 in the Mario Kart series.
In a 50-minute length Sesame Street DVD, "Elmo's Alphabet Challenge", there is a parody of Super Mario Bros. called, "Super Mustachio Brothers", which is the first challenge A-B-C-More competes, along with Abby to find things that start with "A", "B", "C", and "D".
Seth MacFarlane, famous for creating Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show, has made a series of internet cartoons called "Seth MacFarlane'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.
Episode 3F07: "Marge Be Not Proud" (originally aired December 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 the Hedgehog 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, complete with sound effects from the arcade game, to which he replies, "Hey, he's still got it!"
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, "Luigi!, 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 HABF20: "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em" (originally aired September 24, 2006)
An arcade machine called "Monkey Kong" 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 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.
Episode "Four Regrettings and a Funeral" (Originally aired November 3, 2013)
At one point when Kent Brockman is thinking about his past, he's at Chef Luigi's Pizzeria. Chef Luigi offers him a scoop, which is actually a plan to put his rival pizzeria out of business. The rival mentioned is Chef Mario's Pizzeria.
Episode SABF15 "Pay Pal" (Originally aired May 11, 2014)
This episode's intro begins with Mario hitting a ?-Block.
Episode SABF18 "The Yellow Badge of Cowardge" (Originally aired May 18, 2014)
During an argument with fireworks operator, Giuseppe, Homer calls him "Super Mario".
Episode WABF15 "Dogtown" (Originally aired May 21, 2017)
During a montage of the new dog-friendly Springfield, a dog steals some sausages from a butcher's named "Mario's Meats". The butcher's is run by a man who is almost identical to the pizza chef Luigi Risotto, however has a different build and moustache. This is a reference to the Mario Bros., both with the names and similar appearance but with some changed characteristics.
Episode 117: The Jeffersons (originally aired Apr. 21, 2004) A screen shot from Super Mario Bros. 2 and another from Super Mario Bros. are displayed on two arcade machines inside Blanket's house. Only visible for a few seconds, they are part of a group of four arcade games with generic-looking cabinets and obviously fake titles.
Episode 1110: Imaginationland (originally aired Oct. 17, 2007) In several shots, a character resembling Mario in his small form, except with an "E" on his cap, 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 cap, 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, when the Princess of Canada is taken away, 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", during Sandy Cheeks's video game-themed musical segment, she goes down a Warp Pipe and into a room that has the same frame and background used during gameplay in Dr. Mario; the Warp Pipe resembles its appearance in Super Mario Land. The jumping sound effect plays as she kills bacteria by stomping them, and when the gang is rescued, the losing theme from Donkey Kong plays. Enemies that resemble the Viruses, a Spiny, and a Wiggler appear as well. Additionally, when SpongeBob, Squidward, and Patrick are kidnapped by a large virus, they shout "HELP!" akin to Pauline in Donkey Kong.
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 OVA 1, 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 includes a game called Super Eiko, 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.
In "Future Vision", Steven has a toy that highly resembles Yoshi.
In "Say Uncle", Steven and Uncle Grandpa are playing a video game resembling Super Smash Bros. Melee.
In "Reformed", Amethyst has a ? Block in her room.
In "Mindful Education" and "Jungle Moon", Stevonnie kicking their legs to hover in the air are very similar to Yoshi and Luigi's scuttle jump.
In "Doug Out", Steven assumes the pseudonym of "Peter Pizzapopolis", donning a cap and mustache similar to that of Mario, and using Mario's catchphrases "It's-a me!" and "Mamma mia!".
In "Steven Reacts", Steven has boxes for various parodies of GameCube-era games on the shelf behind him, including "Lue's Estate", based on Luigi's Mansion, and "Smash Pals Scuffle", a reference to Super Smash Bros. Melee.
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 one episode, Littlest Pig's older brothers can be seen wearing clothes very similar to Mario and Luigi.
In Act 2, Episode 2 ("Nice Sushi", originally aired January 12, 2012), a mix of sound effects consisting of collecting a 1-Up and Coin from the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros can be heard about ten minutes into the episode when Nero bargains with an old man about selling a picture to him and is shocked at what he offers to her.
In Act 2, Episode 3 ("The Strange Tales of Hakkei Island", originally aired January 19, 2012), the sound effect of using a reserve item in Super Mario World can be heard near the end of the episode when the members of Milky Holmes are confused about what the word "prison" means after destroying one and has Henriette explain it to them.
In Act 2, Episode 4 ("The Slumbers of Milky Holmes", originally aired January 26, 2012), the sound effect of using a reserve item in Super Mario World can be heard just under the fourteen minute mark of the episode where the members of Milky Holmes are changing their sleeping positions.
In the episode "Let's Play Math Dragons!", an obstacle that appears in the first cave segment resembles a Piranha Plant. In the same episode, in the second cave segment, the tunnels they go through resemble a Warp Pipe.
In the first episode of season 3, "The World is Not Enough", Yuri, Nasuno, Kanae, and Marimo are going skiing, and accidentally enter an exceedingly difficult course that they believe to be the beginner's course. Immediately, the world turns a spoof of Super Mario Bros., with a pixelated artstyle, Goomba and ? Block lookalikes, and baseballs in place of Coins. As with most jokes in the series, this is not brought up again (beyond the fact that Marimo has lives and gets a Game Over, though this is outside of the Super Mario spoof).
In "Legendary Sandwich", the sound effect that plays when Mario enters a secret area from Super Mario 64 can be heard when Raven summons the legendary sandwich storybook.
In "Laundry Day", when Cyborg dies and his spirit begins to ascend, Beast Boy sucks it up with a vacuum cleaner. This is a reference to Luigi's Mansion.
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 missiles that look similar to Bullet Bills at the pizza guy.
In the episode "Gorilla", Beast Boy, Starfire and Raven have Donkey Kong's voice clips from Mario Kart 64. Also in "Gorilla", Beast Boy states crocodiles are the natural enemies of gorillas, referencing the Donkey Kong Country series (as Kremlings are based off of crocodiles).
In the episode "The Left Leg", when Robin pulls a penny from behind Cyborg's ear, the coin sound effect can be heard.
In the episode "Caramel Apples", skeletons wearing Mario and Luigi's caps are seen in the caverns that Robin, Beast Boy and Cyborg are trapped in.
In the episode "Serious Business", when Robin is in the toilet, he is parodying Super Mario Bros. and exits a Warp Pipe at the end of the scene.
The episode "Video Game References" features each of the Titans in scenarios based on different video games. Robin's scenario, called "Save the Princess, Bro!", is based on Super Mario Bros., and has him trying to save a princess; however, he gets distracted by jumping on snail shells, collecting cash from blocks and going inside a Warp Pipe that leads to an actual sewer.
The Self-Indulgent 200th Episode Spectacular has a picture on the writers' wall of an 8-bit Monsieur Mallah modeled after Donkey Kong holding the Brain like a barrel.
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.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 series)
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..
In the episode, "Fungus Humongous", Michelangelo stomps on a set of mutant mushrooms in a similar fashion to the jumping sprite from 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!
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 Ultimate Showdown
When Mike is sleeping, one of his alternate personalities, Vito, shouts "How're we gonna stomp this Goomba?".
In the exclusive clip, after Sam is eliminated, he ends up in a sewer and begins hallucinating that he is in a video game world based off of Super Mario Bros.
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 the map from Super Mario World, containing a Super Mushroom and a Warp Pipe amongst the various parts of the room he's in.
During the Smile Juice song from the episode "Ballin'", Pizza Steve is traveling through an area similar to the end of level 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. The scene then pulls back to reveal the character playing an arcade game called Pizza Bros. 2.
In "Inventor Mentor", at the ending of the episode, there are some residents cheering for Uncle Grandpa and Isabella that resemble Mario and Luigi.
In the episode "Diferentes Iguais", Heitor and Bob play an arcade game very similar to New Super Mario Bros. called "Old Super Ambrosio Bros." (derived from another cartoon called A Mansão Maluca do Professor Ambrosio). The features Coins as well as enemies similar to Koopa Troopas, Cheep Cheeps and a Banzai Bill.
In the episode "O Cavalheiro James", one of the skeletons of the heroes who tried to defeat the black knight has the same clothes as Mario, even having an "M" on its hat.
In the episode "The Star of Christmas", a musical play "The Princess and the Plumber" is a reference to Peach and Mario.
In the episode "Computer Bugs", the game that Bugs Bunny is playing in the beginning of the episode is very similar to Super Mario Bros..
One of the Genghis & Khannie episodes is entitled "Donkey Conqueror", in which Genghis the Barbarian is pitted against the titular gorilla rival named similarly to Donkey Kong.
In the episode The Hero, Princess Demurra bears a resemblance to Princess Peach and Wander dodging the traps with no harm is similar to what Mario does in Super Mario Bros. Near the beginning of the episode The It, when Commander Peepers demonstrates his plan to steal General McGuffin's territory for Lord Hater, the monitor's closeup of the flag on the fort shows six 8-bit fireworks explosion graphics ripped straight from Super Mario Bros., complete with sped-up renditions of the original sound effect. Also, Sylvia is often seen walking with her arms in a position close to her body, which may be an allusion to Yoshi's arms being in a similar position, especially when ridden.
In most of the episodes, the Bears' cave features a poster named "Plumber Race 9", which is a spoof of the Mario Kart series.
The bears and Chloe play a video game featuring a duck, dog, cat and bunny on top of an island, standing on some balls. When the cat, dog and bunny fall, the remaining duck is rewarded with the words "WINNER!". This is a reference to the Mario Party minigame, Bumper Balls.
In the episode "Lotto Trouble", one of the games that the clerk at the arcade mentions is Super Maria Sisters.
The second OVA begins with Keima, whose appearance is based off of Mario's sprite from Super Mario Bros.. He is seen performing the 1-Up trick on a Koopa Shell.
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.. Yang later complains that he doesn't get any extra points, which might reference the lack of extra points the player receives after completing a castle in the original game.
The Island Tour
This episode is about racing around the entire island. It also makes references to Mario Kart. One scene features Item Boxes, with some of their powers activated instantly, obviously similar to the effects of triple items in Mario Kart 8. One of the item boxes makes the classic Super Mushroom sound effect. One scene also features the race entirely in third-person view akin to all Mario Kart games.
Halfway during the race, Zig and Bernie jump into a green warp pipe for a shortcut, and they end up in a Super Mario Bros.-like level, where they have to jump from disappearing platforms (which make the Brick Block sound from Super Mario Bros. 3), then they reach a checkpoint-like thingy and go through the warp pipe again. This scene once again used sounds from Super Mario All-Stars.
Father in Law
When Zig and Bernie grab Marina and run off with Sharko and King Poseidon on their tails, the animation switches to a 16-bit style. Zig hits a floating Block and grabs the resulting bottle of ketchup. He then leaps over several enemies, including an ape holding a barrel over his head. Poseidon takes damage from a cactus and shrinks, prompting him to hop on top of Sharko in order to keep going. Sharko hits a Block and they both eat the resulting Mega Mushroom, causing them to become gigantic. They subsequently mow down several enemies, such as a Piranha Plant, with their size and Fireballs. They return to normal upon hitting another cactus then leap over a gap, only for Poseidon to get knocked off by a row of Blocks and grab onto Sharko's fin to keep from falling. The video game sequence ends and the usual animation is restored.
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 sounds from the Atari port of Donkey Kong. Here is a list of animated TV shows where Mario sound effects can be heard (listed in alphabetical order).