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"I'm a video game!"

The Brothers Chaps have made lots of references in the Homestar Runner body of work to Mario, one of the most famous video game series of all time. This list includes not just character references, but also sound references heard (and even associated with) the series.

Appearances

  • Store Thank You Messages — The page title, "Thank you so much for to buying our crap!!" is a reference to the Super Mario 64 ending, where, Mario says "Thank you so much for to playing my game."
  • Super NES — The page title, "Super Homestario Bros.", is a reference to Super Mario Bros.
  • The Reddest Radish — After she wins the contest, Marzipan says "I'm the winner!" similar to how Princess Peach says it in the Mario Party series.
  • Pumpkin Carve-nival involves several references to the Mario body of work, especially Super Mario Bros.:
    • The King of Town's Halloween costume is Mario himself.
    • Bubs's Halloween costume is Captain Lou Albano, who provided the voice of Mario on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, a cartoon TV series based on the games.
    • When the King of Town learns that his pumpkin entry in the contest receives a "worst place" prize, he laments, "Sorry, king, but our princess is in another castle." This refers to Super Mario Bros. in that, up until the final castle (in level 8-4), whenever Mario saves the Toads from Bowser in the castles, they always say to him, "Thank you, Mario! But our princess is in another castle!"
    • The Super Kingio Brothers Easter egg spoofs the title card, level 1-1, the game over screen and the music heard during all scenes in Super Mario Bros.
  • Email japanese cartoon — One of the NES endings in an Easter egg is the ending to Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Awexome Cross — The sound effects for jumping, crashing and collecting buxx are taken from Super Mario Bros. The jump sound is the solid block hit sound, the crash sound is the block-break sound and the buxx collect sound is the coin collect sound.
  • Email mile — During the parade for The Cheat, the rhythmic "song" heard is from Super Mario Bros. 3, which is played during the airship levels. Also, the exploding fireworks sound effect sounds like the sound effect created by the cannon fire and exploding Bob-ombs from these levels.
  • Email pom pom — When Pom Pom is pounding Strong Bad, various sound effects from Super Mario Bros., such as the "coin collect" sound and the "1-Up" sound, are heard whenever Pom Pom connects.
  • Duck Guardian — The falling robot heads resemble the original Thwomp and the eggs resemble those of Yoshi.
  • Email comic (DVD commentary) — In the Easter egg, Matt and Mike first mimic and then make reference to the 1-Up sound made by the green mushroom powerups in the Mario series.
  • Stinkoman 20X6 has many Mario references:
    • "Firey-Hot" is a recolor of the fire cannons' blasts in the airship levels of Super Mario Bros. 3.
    • "Old Sage" looks similar to the spikes in the moon level of Super Mario Land 2.
    • "The Liekand" looks very similar to Fryguy, the Level 4 boss from Super Mario Bros. 2.
      • The fact that The Liekand turns into a mouse may be a reference to Mouser, a boss from Super Mario Bros. 2, who is also a mouse that also wears sunglasses.
    • The Stinkomanual mentions that the game has no "weepy princess crap", a reference to the Super Mario series (among others) in which the primary plot is to rescue a helpless princess (Princess Peach).
    • The phrase "Hold B" in the Stinkomanual refers to many Mario games in which you gain a boost of some sort, such as running faster, by holding down the 'B' button.
    • Many NES games featured the letter 'P' (presumably for "Power") in various forms, such as the P-switches, P-Wings and P-Gauges in Super Mario Bros. 3. This may explain the collectible Ps in Level 3.
    • The name for Level -0 is a reference a glitch in Level 1-2 of Super Mario Bros. in which walking through a wall will take you to a Minus World.
  • Teen Girl Squad Issue 10Tompkins is evidently playing a Mario game on his Game Boy. When So and So invites him for some rebound action, Tompkins dismisses her invitation and says that he has "Bowser on the ropes". A Koopa shell then pØwns So and So.
  • Halloween Potion-ma-jig — The Cheat's Halloween costume is Mario character Toad. The high jump he does is the same one that Toad does when he gets hit in Mario Kart 64, in which Toad's kart also lands with a POOMP. The Cheat also makes some sounds similar to what Toad says when he wins a race ("I'm the best!") as well as Toad's cries when he has been hit.
  • Sbemail 150?!? — One of the storyboards of Strong Sad's email idea involves Homestar wearing a Snifit mask. Snifits are one of the henchmen of Wart in Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Email retirement — When Strong Bad discovers the Lappy close by, the dramatic music heard during this scene is reminiscent of the boss music from Super Mario Bros. 2. Likewise, Strong Bad scrambling back and forth under the Lappy is likely a reference to Donkey Kong 3.
  • Fan Costumes '06 — In a picture of a Homestar Runner costume, a person is seen dressed as Mario in the background. Additionally, the person wearing the Homestar costume can be seen inside its mouth, prompting Strong Bad to ask if Homestar ate Luigi, Mario's brother in the Mario body of work. After giving an affirmative response, Homestar remarks that Luigi tasted like mushrooms, referring to the mushroom powerups that appear throughout the Mario series.
  • KOT's VOQPCS! — The King of Town calls his servants Beezos, which are one of the henchmen of Wart in Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Most in the Graveyard — Strong Mad's Halloween costume is a Thwomp, a common enemy in the Mario line of work that originated in Super Mario Bros. 3. Twice during the toon, Strong Mad jumps, and when he lands, the ground shakes, further referencing the enemy his costume depicts, which also falls down from the castle ceiling and hits the ground, shaking it on impact.
  • 8-Bit Is Enough contains a number of Mario references:
    • Strong Bad climbing a beanstalk to a smiling cloud on the Awesomeness screen refers to the cloud stages of the Super Mario Bros. series.
    • When Strong Bad first enters Peasantry, he assumes hitting his head on things will make coins come out, a reference to the theme of making coins come out of blocks by jumping into them in the same series.
    • The bushes with eyes in the intro screen refer to Super Mario Bros.
    • The music and appearance of the ghosts haunting the House of Strong (particularly the ghosts flying out the front when outside) is reminiscent of the ghost houses in Super Mario World.

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