List of Mario references on the Internet
The following is a list of Mario-related sightings and references on the Internet. This list does not include fan-made works dedicated to the Mario franchise and its games or content with pornography, sex, or other adult-based content that Nintendo has not acknowledged, nor does it include walkthroughs of Mario games.
When the player examines mushrooms, Jake wonders whether he will grow or not if he eats them.
In the guardian tower at Oaklore, if the person browsing touches one of the piles of barrels, a bubble will pop up and say: "These barrels are inscribed with D.K. Jr."
Stealing the Diamond
Infiltrating the Airship
Fleeing the Complex
Completing the Mission
Mari0 is a PC game that combines elements of Super Mario Bros. and the Portal series. As Mario, the player wields a portal gun which generates portals that warp the player, enemies, and objects to other areas.
The game has five hats and one gear based on elements from the Mario franchise.
Super Chick Sisters
As part of their campaign against fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), PETA published a satirical New Super Mario Bros.-inspired game called Super Chick Sisters on their kentuckyfriedcruelty.com website. The game's main characters mimic the appearances of Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, with the final boss Colonel Sanders wearing a Bowser mask. Mario, Luigi, Toad, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Koopa Troopa and Dr. Mario themselves also appear in the game in various cutscenes.
New Super Chick Sisters
For a campaign against fast food franchise McDonald's, a sequel titled New Super Chick Sisters was released in 2010 on PETA's mccruelty.com website. The game's gameplay, characters and settings are once again inspired by the Mario franchise, with several Mario characters appearing in it as well.
Super Mario ReMaker
Super Mario ReMaker was a remade version of Super Mario Maker for PC. The game had exclusive features such as the Rex enemy and the ability to customize costumes for Costume Mario. It has since been taken down by Nintendo.
Super PiCO World
Planning Center Online features a promotional game entitled Super PiCO World. It is a recreation of the first two levels of Super Mario Bros. with alterations to the gameplay and characters; the game replaces Mario with the company's mascot, PiCO, and is set in a world with various corporate-themed elements, such as folder-shaped power-ups and computer windows of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel acting as Warp Pipes.
Super Tanooki Skin 2D
Super Tanooki Skin 2D is a parody Flash game starring Tanooki, a skinless Japanese raccoon dog who is chasing Mario to get his skin back. The game has the player jump over obstacles to dodge them as they chase Mario. The game was released online by PETA to call attention to the practice of live skinning raccoon dogs in China and the supposed promotion of this practice by Nintendo's then recently-released game, Super Mario 3D Land, which features a power-up that gives Mario a Tanooki suit.
This is the Only Level TOO
This section is for Mario-related Internet memes that have been particularly influential on Internet culture and do not have any particular association with specific online games, websites, or videos. Because memes are highly subjective, please ensure that any entries added to this section are backed up by credible sources, such as having a "Confirmed" status on Know Your Meme at the bare minimum.
0.5x A Presses / Parallel Universes / Scuttlebug Jamboree
Hazy Maze Cave stage in Super Mario 64. In the video, Super Mario 64 player pannenkoek2012 describes how to complete the objective Watch for Rolling Rocks in half button presses. The video is well known for its absurdly complex analysis of the physics of Super Mario 64 and the technical manipulation of the game. A comment by user TJ "Henry" Yoshi, "An A press is an A press, you can't say it's only a half.", has also been highlighted as a catchphrase associated with the video. Popularized phrases from the video itself include "Misaligned QPU" and "building up speed for 12 hours." The video comes in two variants, with one being commentated by pannenkoek2012 himself and the other without the commentary.is an Internet meme that circulated around 2016 regarding a certain video that concerns the stage in the
Bowsette is a meme which depicts Bowser using the Super Crown power-up (which, contradictory to the meme and its derivatives, can only be used by Toadette and cannot affect any other characters, Bowser himself included) to transform into a Princess Peach lookalike, stemming from a comic posted on Twitter and DeviantArt by user ayyk92 on September 19, 2018. In the comic, Bowser uses the power-up after he and Mario are rejected in marriage proposal by Peach in Super Mario Odyssey's ending, with the implication that the resulting Princess Peach lookalike got into a relationship with Mario (depicted as being during Mario Tennis Aces). The comic became immensely popular, after which the name "Bowsette" was appended to the character (despite not following Peachette's naming structure properly), to the point of the Peachette page being MarioWiki's most-visited page for a time, followed by associated pages, and the meme being the #1 trend on Twitter of Japan. It spawned a large amount of parodies, permutations, and fan art, and ayyk92 went from just 78 followers to over 50,000 after posting the comic, having garnered over 1000 within a single day.
The artist later made a sequel due to the popularity, featuring the transformed Bowser, with a cup of tea and an engagement ring, at the "Bad-Anon" from Wreck-It Ralph, to the other members' confusion, and numerous others, eventually having Peachette getting revenge on Bowser for the meme via a pair of Spiny Shells after Peachette was announced for Mario Kart Tour, almost a full year after the original post. Two days after the actual anniversary, Haniwa posted a picture of an apron-clad Bowsette holding a cake while Mario and an upset Peach (wearing a "happy" mask) look on, an "HD" version of the original comic's final panel, and a self-made critique of the original. Nintendo has acknowledged the meme, but stated they have nothing further to say about it. On the launch date of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, ayyk92 received a glass trophy from Niconico and Pixiv.
Coincidentally, during the conceptual stages of Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo planned for Bowser to have his own version of Cappy. In one of the concepts shown in The Art of Super Mario Odyssey, Bowser is shown using his cap to capture Peach, becoming "Peach Bowser." Additionally, the character Bowletta from 2003's Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is an official incarnation of Bowser physically fused with a female character.
The DK Rap from Donkey Kong 64 has been subject to numerous memetic parodies, which are largely attributable to its highly quotable and allegedly "cheesy" nature (which was intentional on the part of composer Grant Kirkhope). These parodies include citing and corrupting Lanky Kong's verse with emphasis on the word "he" (usually stylized as " "), as well as remixing the song in general, either to mock its lyrics or as a mashup with other songs (as has been done many times on SiIvaGunner's channel). Brentalfloss did his own mock version of the DK Rap, showing where the five main Kongs of the game are today.
Donkey Kong's face from the boxart of Donkey Kong 64, with the eponymous phrase (formed from letters of the game's title) displayed below his face. The meme is strongly associated with a clip from the song "Our Love is Stronger Than a Golden Banana" from the Donkey Kong Country episode "Raiders of the Lost Banana", where DK sings "I'll shower you with coconut cream pies," as well as DK's expression on the cover of the Legend of the Crystal Coconut VHS boxMedia:DKC Legend of the Crystal Coconut VHS.jpg, due to the perceived lewdness of both. Derivatives of the meme exist featuring other fictional characters and similar captions (which may be innuendos or otherwise).is a reaction image depicting
Luigi's Death Stare
Mario Kart 8 when passing by opponents (though the expression is neither exclusive to him nor did it originate in Mario Kart 8). Originally brought to attention in user-uploaded clips of the game, Luigi's "death stare" grew in popularity when it was featured in the video "Luigi Ridin' Dirty", which set one of the aforementioned clips to the song "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire. Since then, the "death stare" was exploited by Nintendo themselves in a Japanese commercial for Mario Kart 8, and mentioned in the Nintendo Digital Event at E3 2014.refers to the angry, determined staring expression that Luigi occasionally shows in
It was later referenced in-game in Paper Mario: Color Splash by Huey after he, Mario, and Luigi arrive at Black Bowser's Castle, in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle through Luigi's Steely Stare ability, and in Paper Mario: The Origami King by the green Toad at the start of Picnic Road. Mario Kart Tour's Twitter account posted a picture referencing Luigi's Death Stare in a tweet announcing Luigi's appearance in the game.
Luigi wins by doing absolutely nothing
Mario Party series or fights in Super Smash Bros.) as his AI-controlled opponents, who are all set to the easiest difficulty (highest in Super Smash Bros.), defeat themselves. The original video, featuring Mario Party 2, was uploaded on YouTube on October 11, 2009 and has over 8.5 million views as of July 2020.is a series of videos depicting, as its name indicates, an immobile Luigi winning games (usually minigames from the
The meme was referenced by both Nintendo of Europe and Super Mario UK Twitter accounts, which, on November 29, 2017, uploaded a clip of the Mario Party: The Top 100 remake of the Mario Party 2 minigame Bumper Balls (one of the games featured in the original video) with the caption "Yes, it still works." The meme was again referenced in the April 2021 edition of "Nintendo Monthly Rewind" video by Nintendo of America, when on a topic for Super Mario Party's 1.1.0 update alongside a footage of Luigi's turn, the narrator says "But will Luigi win by doing nothing? We'll leave that part to you".
Super Mario World TV series episode of the same name. He wears a green hat, matching overalls, and a blue shirt, and has green eyes that are sometimes cross-eyed (which is actually taken from the ending of The Yoshi Shuffle). His favorite food is bagels and his most recurring catchphrases are "Or is it the bagel?" and "That's Mama Luigi to you."is a popular meme which is based on the version of the character from the
Due to the meme's popularity, the episode was re-animated by a collaboration of fans organized by Andrew Dickman of Electronic Heroes, with each animator doing a different scene. The project was finished and uploaded to YouTube on August 29, 2017.
odd sprite of Luigi used for the MS-DOS version of Mario is Missing!, which appears to have an odd-looking stare and a hunched-over posture. This led to the creation of a vectorized image based on Luigi's sprite (pictured at right) that became the basis for the meme. The most common use of the exploitable is to edit "Weegee" or his face into pictures to create a sense of awkwardness and discomfort. Variants for other Mario characters exist, most notably "Malleo", a derivative of Mario's sprite from the same game.is a widespread Internet meme based on the
Yoshi commits tax fraud
Yoshi games (each of them being "nothing") with a claim that Yoshi has committed tax fraud. Upon being demanded to show proof, Druddigon responded a simple edited picture of Yoshi's Fortune Street artworkMedia:Yoshi FS.png with a text bubble saying "i committed tax fraud," with no capitalization or punctuation. The meme gained traction in 2018, following YouTuber SiIvaGunner using the meme in some of his "high-quality rip" remixes.is a meme that began in 2016, when Tumblr user Druddigon responded to a list of 64 things wrong with
Coincidentally, Yoshi is the only playable character in Fortune Street to request tax exemption should the player build a new tax office on the playing board, predating the meme by roughly five years. While it is possible this served as inspiration for the meme, the game's relative obscurity even upon release makes this unlikely.
In "Axe Cop #0", it is explained that Axe Cop's parents occasionally put a hat on him and referred to him as Baby Mario since he was born with a mustache. The cap is shown as red with the letter M on it, much like Mario's.
Fred the Monkey
In the "Super Mario World credits theme can be heard amidst the program's stock footage." short uploaded to , when Dorothy downloads a "cuteness training program" for Bo to use, part of the
The Mario franchise and its related franchises has been the subject of many articles of the satirical website The Hard Times. The site also host a podcast discussing episodes of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!.
A later update added several random quotes from other game and movie franchises, including additional ones from the Mario series. Some examples being "It's-a me, Mario!" (Mario's opening line in Super Mario 64) and "Maaaaaaaaario?" (one of Luigi's screams in Luigi's Mansion).
As part of their Golden Flash Giveaway, the site features a ? Block.
Lego Ideas is a website where people submit their own Lego projects. If the project gets 10,000 supporters, it goes into a review. If it passes the review, the project becomes an actual product and the maker will get 1% of the profit. One of the more popular projects was Mario-themed (which was archived due to rival company K'Nex owning the Mario license):
Project Description: "The icon of game history: Super Mario along with his brother Luigi and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom, have inspired and entertained us for 27 years. And will hopefully keep on doing so for many years to come! An idea came to me the very moment I discovered the "Ultimate Block" system of LEGO bricks. The idea was so simple yet it inspired so much undefinable nostalgia and inspiration. The block idea I got consists of 4 parts, a 2x2 plate, two 2x1 bricks with brick relief, and a 2x2 tile with a centered stud on top. This became the most common Mario element, the Brick Blocks! Iconic as they are, and some may feel the Mario nostalgia kick in and see the potential LEGO and Mario combined would possess! The Mario games are varied, but the most memorable ones are the classic 2D side scrolling adventures of this amazing plumber, and not to forget, his Brother. So the idea is simple, Bring the best elements of Mario to the LEGO format... And as an initial idea, a 2D side scrolling adventure in 3 dimensions, is the perfect solution! Having several sections would allow you to expand the world as desired. There are 5 different sections, but it would not necessarily mean 5 different products. Presenting a single product containing all the parts needed to construct one of the 5 sections, would allow you to build the section you like the most, and rebuild it to another once you feel the need of change in scenery. This would allow one single product that can expand your world by every set added to your collection. The parts included would also allow a whole new world of possibilities to expand your own visions of a Mario world! Should it prove successful enough to become a continued theme, it would on a longer term introduce other themes and colour pallets so the variety would be expanded drastically. Also introduce larger play sets which would inspire even more. The Blocks will be essential in every set, with a greater number of Brick blocks, and some unique blocks in addition, such as the Mystery Block, Used Blocks and Note Blocks (Jump Block). These Blocks would require prints for 2x2 plates and 2x2 tiles (or center studded tiles), as well as 2x2 bricks. Including the essential items is a must, the Coins, Mushrooms, Fire Flowers, Super Leaves, Stars and 1-Up Mushrooms, to name the current ones".
In "Real-life Bowsers Castle: Jump on this deal before Mario Does", David Cross has done the math on how tall, how wide, and how expensive Bowser's castle would be as it appears in Super Mario Bros. 3 in real-world terms. He published the results in a blog post and an infographic. Cross, in "Super Mario Bros: Cash in Your Dollars for 8-bit Gold", states that a single Coin would be worth $508,829.16 in real-world money.
In Natalie Grigson's article, Grigson calculated that Peach's Castle is worth $950,972,940 in real-world money, not including the moat, land or paintings, and in another she priced Donkey Kong's Tree House at $3,800.
Randy Nelson's "The Real-World Price of Luigi’s Mansion", sets the mansion's price at $17,170,029. R. Nelson also did an article on "30 reasons to move to the Mushroom Kingdom". Bowser's Castle, Peach's Castle, Luigi's Mansion, and Donkey Kong's Tree House are among the buildings in R. Nelson's "15 Famous Video Game Houses Built With LEGO Bricks".
On page 7681, during Act 6 Act 5 Act 1x2 of Homestuck, Andrew Hussie, speaking through the narrative prompt, likens Trickster Mode to Mario ("a small Italian plumber who goes on sideways adventures") using a Super Star to power through the levels. He argues that being able to "win" without any effort thanks to being rendered "magic and invincible" by the Star is "actually devastating to his development as a human being" because "Mario NEEDS to stomp on all those mushrooms. He NEEDS to bonk those bricks with his head, for the sake of his personal growth." Hussie then admits that "Maybe Mario isn't the best example" since he is a "one-dimensional friendly cartoon plumber" and thus isn't quite applicable to the Trickster Mode situation that befell the teenage protagonists of the story.
My LEGO Network
In another Heroes graphic novel, The Trip, Part 1[dead link], Hiro (a gaming enthusiast) has a hallucination that includes seeing a man (similar to Mario) in a large plumbing tube, and bricks with money it them. Later, he mentions Bowser, and then sees a man as a mushroom who says, "Our princess is in another castle".
The Mario franchise and its related series have been featured or referenced in multiple articles posted by the absurdist satire website Clickhole, which is a branch of The Onion.
The Pornhub Insights blog has published a number of articles regarding Mario-related trends on the pornographic video sharing website Pornhub.
RiffTrax have also released a commentary for the Super Mario Bros. movie. The accompanying trailer jokingly rated the film "W" for Waluigi because "Waluigi would have vastly improved this movie and that's saying something." Various riffs during the commentary make references to the Mario games, including the following:
For a time, when trying to access a Twitch.tv page that would produce a 404 error message, (such as this link), it would show a custom page with this message, which was a reference to Toad's statement in Super Mario Bros.:
On Xat chats, there are six smileys that are Mario related:
This section is for Mario references found in popular YouTube videos.
Beatdownboogie has started a realistic parody series based off of Mario called Mario Warfare, centering the story in a modern warfare style. There are eight episodes in total. As the story goes, Bowser invades the Mushroom Castle and kills the entire Toad military. Toad himself manages to take down many of Bowser's Shy Guys to defend Princess Peach and take her to a safe haven, just before getting shot by "Bill", a parody of Bullet Bill. Plumbers/brothers Mario and Luigi find themselves in the middle of a war as they go from plumbers for the castle to soldiers alongside Peach and the Smash Club, a group of fighters who lost their kingdoms to Bowser and band together to avenge what was taken from them. Parodies of characters from both Mario and other Nintendo franchises who so far have appeared are Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Mushroom King, Bullet Bill, Shy Guy, Hammer Bros., Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, King K. Rool, Captain N, Link, Kirby, Ash, Pikachu, Little Mac, Ness, Kamek, and Solid Snake, Wario, Waluigi, and Dixie Kong.
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The huge monkey that attacks the building in Edd's dream resembles Donkey Kong in his appearance from Donkey Kong. Also, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is shown in the display window of the store that Edd and Matt walk into.
Eddsworld Christmas (2004)
While Edd, Tom and Tord are riding in Santa's sleigh, a Christmas-style remix of the overworld theme from Super Mario World plays.
This World of Edd
When Edd starts to change the world, a techno remix of the athletic theme from Super Mario World plays.
5 Questions for Edd
One of the questions that the fan asks Edd is who would win in a fight between Donkey Kong and Ben Folds, and Edd answers Donkey Kong.
Eddsworld Halloween Special
25ft Under the Seat
The electricians at the power plant are wearing blue shirts and red overalls; exactly like Mario's old outfit. Also, when the pollution cloud starts to fly away, it hums the Super Mario Bros. overworld theme.
Hammer & Fail
During the “obligatory building montage”, Edd and Tom saw a log in unison. This may be a reference to Looney Lumberjacks.
The license plate on Edd's car reads "130985 SMB"; SMB is the abbreviation for Super Mario Bros. and 130985 is its original Japanese release date (September 13, 1985). Also, one of Matt's toys is a plush, white Mario doll.
When Tamara is talking to the clerk in the magic shop, a plush Roy Koopa can be seen on a shelf.
The imposter Tom sucks up the ghost of Christmas past with a vacuum cleaner. This is another reference to Luigi's Mansion.
The End (Part 2)
A few of the rooms Tom looks at are filled with ghosts, some of which are Boos. Also, at the end, one of the kids is wearing a red shirt and blue overalls, just like Mario.
Ian is Bored
The Infinite Source
The Infinite Source is an American YouTuber who makes videos pitting characters from various TV series, films, books, graphic novels, and videogames against each other in rap battles. There are a few rap battles involving Mario characters, such as: "Link vs. Mario: The Rap Battle", "Sonic vs. Mario: The Rap Battle", "Mario vs. Luigi: The Rap Battle", "Luigi vs. Tails: The Rap Battle", "Princess Peach vs. Princess Zelda: The Rap Battle", and "Mario vs. Bowser: The Rap Battle." All rap battles are formatted so both contestants each have two verses (i.e., Mario raps his first verse, then Luigi raps his first verse, Mario raps his second verse, Luigi raps his second verse). Many of the Infinite Source's rap battles have extended versions (stylized as "Extended + Remastered"), which simply gives both rappers a third verse each; out of the Mario-related raps, only Peach's, Bowser's, and the Super Smash Bros. rap battles lack extended versions.
Throughout the rap battle videos, various artworks of Mario, Luigi, and Peach, both official and fanmade, are seen, while gameplay footage of several Mario games is shown as well. While Mario is rapping, multiple voice clips of him from various games tend to be used in between (e.g. Mario's "Here we go!" voice clip from Super Mario 64 plays before he says "It's-a Mario! Don't call me fat!" in the rap battle against Sonic). In his first and second verses against Sonic, Mario raps "Way back since 8-bits, I've been busting bricks with bare fists!" and "In the game since '81, this plumber's done it all," referencing both his platforming adventures since Super Mario Bros. and his wide range of games since Donkey Kong. In his third verse against Sonic, Mario says, "Miyamoto shocked Japan with the original Jumpman! My legacy will still survive, that's why my kart just got a ride!", referencing his original name in Donkey Kong and the real-life Mario Kart-themed amusement ride in Universal Studio's theme park. Mario also references Goombas, Koopa Troopas, Princess Daisy, and other characters and games in his verses, while Luigi similarly name-drops Yoshi in the rap battle against Mario.
Mario begins his rap battle against Bowser with the line, "Fire Flower spitta hitta with a temper growing two sizes! No sudden moves, fool, Mario don't like surprises!" He name-drops the Fire Flower (using wordplay by comparing throwing fireballs to rapping really well), and references the fact that Bowser's boss fights often include second phases and/or powered-up battles (e.g., the appearances of Dry Bowser, Super Bowser, etc). Mario later says, "Items all on full. At the castle, who's next?," which references both the item inventory that appears in some games, and the many minions and traps that Bowser often loads his castles with.
One of Bowser's lines are, "Recognize King Koopa bouncing back, yeah, believe that! Say you're a fire spitta? Recognize cause I breathe that!," which alludes to both his signature Fire Breath, and his constant plots to steal Peach regardless of his past defeats. In his 2nd verse, Bowser raps, "Super Smash you into concrete - true fire dissing. When this battle is over - sequel to Mario is Missing!" He alludes to the Super Smash Bros. series, and throws a witty reference to the game Mario is Missing!, where Bowser kidnaps Mario.
In both that rap, and the rap battle against Tails, Luigi often references his own adventure in New Super Luigi U, as well as the Year of Luigi, his superior jumping abilities over Mario's, and the increasing amount of popularity he's been receiving for the last decade. Luigi also says "It's-a me, Luigi! I'm-a gonna win!" at the very begin of his first verse, being a spin on Mario's famous catchphrase, as well as Wario's signature quote from Mario Kart 64. Luigi also says "I'll drop a mascot, just like my fraternal twin! I'm a real slim thug; been in the game since '83!" This is a direct callback to Mario's rap battle against Sonic, as Luigi is similarly rapping against Tails; both characters are often the sidekicks of the main protagonists' adventures. Luigi's very slight age difference is also referenced, as he was only born moments after Mario; additionally, he references his debut game, Mario Bros., which came out in 1983, and him being taller than his brother. He also raps, "This is Luigi's Mansion: your final resting place," name-dropping the eponymous mansion in which the series is named after; and, "I'll bust a shell cap in your back, and hit you with a death stare!", referencing the powers of a Red Shell and the angry, determined expression made by Luigi whenever he passes by an opponent (which evolved into the infamous death stare meme).
The Infinite Source also made a Super Smash Bros.-themed rap battle, which features Mario and Donkey Kong. In that rap battle, DK says at differing points, "Hold up! This is Donkey Kong's country!" and "I've been stomping bitchs out since my pops was back in 8-bits!". Donkey Kong references his signature series of adventure games, as well as Cranky Kong, who was originally thought to be his father in early Donkey Kong Country games, though this was later retconned in Donkey Kong Country Returns, in which he is stated to be Donkey Kong's grandfather; additionally, his references Cranky's debut game and only solo adventure. On a side note, Sonic and Mario's rap battle itself is referenced twice: in the "Sonic vs. Shadow" rap battle, Sonic raps "I cannot be beaten - ask Mario!" (as Mario was his prior opponent); in the "Mario vs. Luigi" rap battle, Luigi raps, "They got it right the 2nd time: you're too fat and too slow!" referencing one of Sonic's lines directed at Mario. In the Sonic vs. Knuckles rap battle, Knuckles raps, "In a blaze since the Sega days, I had to come through - it's time for big red to finally drop a big blue!," alluding to Sega's rivalry with Nintendo, and referencing Sonic's rivalry with Mario - a "red" character just like Knuckles himself.
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The Romanian web animated series RObotzi has featured a few references to Mario.
SiIvaGunner (formerly known as GiIvaSunner) is a YouTube collective known for uploading avant-garde remixes and parodies of video game songs, many of which are from the Mario series or contain elements from it (along with related series such as the Super Smash Bros. series). Additionally, several of the channel's major elements are Mario-related:
TeamFourStar have made a few references to the Mario franchise throughout their Dragon Ball Z Abridged series.
"Weird Al" Yankovic
YouTube Poop refers to a style of YouTube videos consisting of randomly edited clips from various sources, usually to nonsensical effect. Among the more popular sources are clips from the Mario animated series (particularly Super Mario World and its episode "Mama Luigi"), as well as cutscenes from Hotel Mario, although other Mario-related media (including the canon games) have been used as sources as well. The phenomenon became significant enough to be acknowledged by some of the creators behind the original material, such as screenwriter Phil Harnage and voice actor Marc Graue; Graue has even actively participated in the ironic fan community surrounding Hotel Mario.
Canadian YouTuber Zach Boucher, professionally known as SploogeGaming, has made various rap songs and rap battles about the Mario franchise. These include the "Intense Super Mario 64 Rap", a rap song about Mario's adventure to save Peach and the Power Stars; "Intense Super Mario Sunshine Rap", another rap song that now centers about Mario's disastrous vacation in Isle Delfino; "Intense Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Rap", a third rap song that highlights Mario's adventure in the game; "Intense Luigi's Mansion Rap", a fourth rap song that centers on Luigi's ghostbusting adventure to save Mario; "Lap One: A Mario Kart 8 Rap", a rap song which highlights the flow of a typical Mario Kart 8 race; "Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Rap Battle Parts 1 & 2", which has various characters from the base Super Smash Bros. roster rap against each other, including Mario representatives Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Bowser Jr.; "Super Smash Bros. Rap Battle: DLC Edition", which has all of the DLC characters from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U engage in a rap battle; the "Smashing Dr. Mario Rap Song", which is a rap about Super Smash Bros. from Dr. Mario's perspective; and "Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Rap Battle Part 3," which brings Dr. Mario for a second round of rapping, and includes Wario, Rosalina & Luma, and Diddy Kong as contestants. Zach Boucher has produced "Rage Rap: Rainbow Road", which has him rap about the frustrating course layout of Mario Kart: Double Dash!!s Rainbow Road, while showing gameplay footage of Toad and Toadette from the same game. On October 30, 2019 Zach Boucher released "Luigi's Mansion 3 Rap," which indirectly alludes to Gooigi.
Portrait Ghosts such as Biff Atlas, Miss Petunia, Sue Pea, Neville, Lydia, Slim Bankshot, and Vincent Van Gore are mentioned throughout the Luigi's Mansion rap song, and are shown as part of gameplay footage; King Boo makes rare appearances throughout the rap song; foes like Hooktail, Sir Grodus, and Lord Crump are referenced in the Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door rap song; and finally, the Super Smash Bros. rap battles feature numerous references: Mario (voiced by VideoGameRapBattles) says his signature catchphrase "It's-a me, Mario!" at the beginning of his verse, and references his famous status by referring to himself as "the lovable, idolized Nintendo character" and "what everyone wants to be"; Luigi (voiced by Adam Purski) references his Fireball's disruptive capabilities by saying "Believe me, get hit by floating fireballs. That'll just completely f*** up your entire combo", and talks about his up aerial, Luigi Cyclone, and damaging taunt; Bowser (voiced by NemRaps) references his Bowser Bomb and Flying Slam specials (ex: "Hit you with a Ground Pound, cowards catchin' feelings" and "You'll expire when hit by my Flying Slam!"); Bowser Jr. (voiced by DefMatch) starts his rap by saying, "I'm Bowser Jr., Mechakoopas will chew ya!", referencing his down special move, and later on, "I brought my seven brothers hovering above in these Clown Cars", referencing the Koopalings and the mass-produced Junior Clown Cars; Yoshi (voiced by Zach Boucher) references his egg laying capabilities and fast attacks; lastly, Donkey Kong (also voiced by NemRaps) raps about his attack speed and KO power, while referencing his tantrums when the Kongs' Banana Hoard is stolen (ex:"They say I'm going bananas, but I don't feel ya, I kill ya."). Donkey Kong's next line is, "What's a monkey to a gorilla?", possibly referencing Diddy Kong; additionally, Donkey Kong's last few lines are, "Battling this O.G.? Homie, you're history. King Kong ain't got shit on me!", which may reference the Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Nintendo Co., Ltd. lawsuit, where Universal Studios considered Donkey Kong a copyright infringement of King Kong. Later on, the court ruled in favor of Nintendo, saying that, "Donkey Kong is a unique game that does not share any similarities with King Kong".
There is a notable error in "Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Rap Part 1", where Bowser Jr. says "I brought my seven brothers hovering above in these Clown Cars", even though the Koopalings comprise of six males (Larry, Lemmy, Iggy, Morton, Roy, and Ludwig) and one female (Wendy). Additionally, the Koopalings are not currently officially considered Bowser Jr.'s siblings. Bowser Jr. also references his Final Smash and the ability to become Shadow Mario at the end of his verse. "Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Rap: Part 1" is notable for featuring the most Mario characters, with 6 in total, while Part 3 features 3, Part 2 features 1, and the DLC Edition features none. Several Mario characters also have beats inspired from existing tunes, though with added trap beats: Mario raps to the Hammer theme from Donkey Kong, Luigi raps to the Ground Theme of Super Mario Bros., Peach raps to the Super Star's arrangement from Super Smash Bros., Donkey Kong raps to 25m's theme from Donkey Kong, and Rosalina & Luma rap to Gusty Garden Galaxy's theme from Super Mario Galaxy. Interestingly, Bowser Jr. raps to a dubstep/trap arrangement of "Gourmet Race," a song from Kirby's Dream Land.