|Created by||Luke Lerdwichagul|
|Written by||Luke Lerdwichagul (2011–2016)|
Kevin Lerdwichagul (2016–present)
Jasmine Yang (2019–present)
Jasper Marlow (2020–present)
Robyn Barry-Cotter (2020–present)
|Directed by||Luke Lerdwichagul|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||11|
|No. of episodes||644|
|Producer(s)||Luke Lerdwichagul (2011–2016)|
Kevin Lerdwichagul (2016–present)
|Running time||5-10 minutes (seasons 1–7)|
10-15 minutes (season 8 onward)
|Production company(s)||Glitch Productions (2018–present)|
|Original release||May 7, 2011 –|
|Related shows||Meta Runner (2019–present)|
Sunset Paradise (2021–present)
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SMG4 (formerly SuperMarioGlitchy4), also known as SMG4's Mario Bloopers, is an Australian adult animated parody web series created by Luke Lerdwichagul. It is produced by Glitch Productions since 2018. The YouTube channel for the series was created in 2009, and it officially debuted on May 7, 2011, as Super Mario 64 Bloopers, then was renamed to SMG4 on February 25, 2017. The series is a parody of the 1996 Nintendo video game Super Mario 64.
The series gained a cult following due to its abundance of memes and dirty comedy, one akins to that of South Park. The series gave way to two spin-offs, Meta Runner and Sunset Paradise, based on two of its popular main characters, Tari and Meggy Spletzer respectively.
Premise and production
SMG4 follows the surreal misadventures of the eponymous SMG4, a blue-and-white meme-obsessed Mario recolor; and a stupid spaghetti-crazed version of Mario, often accompanied by their many friends. The series is mainly well-known for its satirical take on current internet trends, sometimes used as a part of its narrative, as well as its multiple running gags that make use of various preexisting voice clips and meme sound bites.
While SMG4 is primarily a weekly comedic web series, it has delved deeper into its own lore through its yearly story arcs, with each arc having multiple interconnected episodes that were darker and serious than most of the series in general. As of late, there are five story arcs:
- The Waluigi Arc (July 28, 2018 - October 6, 2018): When Waluigi is prevented from joining the Super Smash Bros. roster for so long, he unlocks a sinister power known as "The Power of Rejection", which he then unleashed upon the world with such catastrophic effect. With the help of an unlikely ally, SMG4 and his friends might be the only ones standing between Waluigi's quest for vengeance and total world domination. This story arc is notable for the introduction of Tari, who was an alternate version of Meta Runner's similarly-named protagonist.
- The Rapper Bob Arc (November 3, 2018 - December 22, 2018): When Bob started his rapping career, his endless pursuit for fame and attention ended up pitting him against his own friends.
- The Anime Arc (March 16, 2019 - June 8, 2019): What started as a little challenge involving anime turns into an all-out war. When Princess Peach announced the banning of all things anime, Mario and his allies race to undo the law, while Meggy was in the middle of preparation for the upcoming Splatfest. Being the longest story arc to date, divided into two parts across 12 episodes, it was notable for being the darkest story arc in the series by introducing the series' perma-death aspect with the death of a prominent character, Desti. This was also notable for turning Meggy Spletzer from an Inkling into a human, as well as the introduction of Axol.
- The YouTube Arc (June 20, 2020 - August 22, 2020): After SMG4 destroys his production studio under the assumption of being a part of his evil plans, SMG3 snapped and round up his own gang in his latest plan: erasing SMG4 and his friends from existence with a universal remote control owned by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. This prompting SMG4 and the gang in a race against time to stop this sinister plan from coming to fruition. The story arc is notable for the introduction of Belle Fontiere, who was also an alternate version of a similarly-named character from Meta Runner.
- Genesis Arc (April 24, 2021 - September 18, 2021): During a roundup sharing of each other's childhood, the Glitchy Gang discovered that SMG4 doesn't have one himself, one of which he, alongside SMG3, later learned to have ties with a prophecy regarding a sinister force threatens to destroy the SMG4 universe. Surpassing the Anime Arc's length with 20 episodes, this story arc brought a lot of changes to the status quo, such as the explaination of the series' origins and its ties to the overall plot, as well as the death of a major character.
- SMG4 (voiced by Luke Lerdwichagul): A self-proclaimed "meme man" who enjoys his occupation in maintain his YouTube channel, usually serving as both the voice of reason and straight man to Mario's antics, though at times he joins in on the chaos. He was later revealed to be a Super Meme Guardian (SMG for short), who bonds with a native "Avatar" of an universe and can harness the power of memes to bend the universe as he sees fit, such as creating a gigantic ball of energy made entirely of memes, as well as being able to frequently break the fourth wall.
- Mario (voiced by preexisting voice clips): A mentally disabled "fat Italian" who constantly starts chaos throughout the Mushroom Kingdom, much to the chargin of his friends. He is known for spaghetti being his favorite food, sometimes to the point of engaging in sexual relations with it. It was later revealed to be an "Avatar", the core of the universe itself that maintains the balance of the "meme cycle", and the one whose SMG4 and SMG3's appearances were based on. According to SMG1 and SMG2, should the Avatar dies, the universe will died out as well, making it SMG4's obligation to prevent Mario from dying.
- Meggy Spletzer (voiced by Lizzie Freeman): A spunky and competitive Inkling from Inkopolis who dreams of winning the annual Splatfest, often serving as the straight man to the sheer insanity that unfolds around her. During the events of the Anime Arc, Meggy, alongside Axol and nearly all of Inkopolis' populace, was kidnapped by Francis for his devious plan to drain them of their ink to be used with Axol's Inkweaver using the Ink-Zuccer 2000, wanting to creating a island full of waifus. Knowing the odds of fighting back against Francis is slim, a drained Meggy asked Axol to have the last of her ink drained to power up his Inkweaver and create a being powerful enough to counter Francis' Super Saiyan Blue Goku replica, seemingly dies when the replica shot down the Ink-Zuccer before being saved by Axol's Ultra Instinct Shaggy replica, at the cost of permanently stuck in the body of a human girl. Even with this handicap, she still managed to win her first (and last) Splatfest with the help of her friends, before Meggy completes her transition from Inkling to human when she gained a more human-like voice during the final battle against SMG3 and his gang in the YouTube Arc.
- Tari (voiced by Celeste Notley-Smith): A shy and insecure gamer girl who is known for her love for rubber ducks, as well as her cyborg abilities, such as her ability to maintain perfect accuracy and even metaphysically enter any video-game.
- Luigi (voiced by preexisting voice clips): An easily scared and constantly has to watch Mario. He is known for being gay.
- Princess Peach (voiced by preexisting voice clips): The princess of the Mushroom Kingdom. She gets easily angry, often at Mario.
- Fishy Frank Boopkins (voiced by Kevin Lerdwichagul): An odd-one-out Spike who enjoys playing with toys and is extremely childish. He is known for his ability to stretch his mouth beyond abnormal lengths to the point where his mouth is three times the size of his body.
- Bob Bobowski (voiced by WillFromAfar): A self-serving attention-hording Garo known for his former rapping career and his tendencies to cause trouble.
- Shroomy (voiced by Luke Lerdwichagul): An optimistic anthropomorphic mushroom who is a Boy Scout. He was later revealed to have possessed another personality who enjoys demon hunting, known as "Anti-Shroomy".
- Saiko Bitchitaru (voiced by preexisting voice clips provided by Minako Kotobuki, Mikako Komatsu, Ryoko Shiraishi, Akemi Okamura and Elsie Lovelock): A yandere with a soft heart, originally brought to life by Boopkins for a sole purpose of having a "waifu".
- Axol (voiced by Kevin Lerdwichagul): An anthropomorphic axolotl who enjoys drawing anime characters. He is best known as a famous manga artist who formerly lived in Japan.
- JubJub Boopkins (voiced by Luke Lerdwichagul): The younger brother of Fishy Boopkins. He is best known for being constantly kicked by Mario.
- Swagmaster696969696969 (voiced by Microsoft Sam): Simply referred to as Swagmaster or Swag, a mentally challenged guard who oftentimes acts before he thinks.
- Christopher "Chris" Gordman (voiced by Microsoft Mike): A slightly mentally challenged guard who is partnered with Swagmaster. He is known to think before he acts.
- Whimpu (voiced by Takumi_Male from Free TTS): A meek, yet very smart teenager who always simping for Saiko.
- Melony (voiced by Wolfychu): A former watermelon with hacking skills who gained a human body and powers from a Fierce Deity Mask, more often than not spending her time sleeping.
- Belle Fontiere (voiced by Jessica Fallico): Tari's anti-heroic counterpart who often at competitive odds with her in gaming.
- SMG3 (voiced by James Bailey): SMG4's archenemy. He has attempted to steal SMG4's ego multiple times, but has failed.
- Fuego the Water Bottle (voiced by James Bailey): An aggressive water bottle with a cartoon-like face who has an obsession with killing those who do not "stay hydrated".
- Teletubbies (voiced by preexisting voice clips): A race of homicidal maniacs who are the source of slapstick from multiple characters.
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