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SMG4, often known as SuperMarioGlitchy4 after its creator, is an Australian adult-animated web series created by Luke and Kevin Lerdwichagul, appearing on the channel of the same name. It is the second adult animated series to be produced in Australia, the first being John Callahan's Quads!, and the first completely produced in its home country. The series is a parody of the Nintendo franchise Super Mario Bros. (though it also features some original characters). where Mario, rather than being a hero, is usually kind of an idiot (however despite this, he did do some heroic things in the older episodes and still does it today). It had its first episode on May 7, 2011, with the first episode, The Cake Is a Lie!. Though the show was created in Australia, the content primarily targets the American audiences.
Though the series officially started in 2011, the history dates back to 2006 when Super Mario 64 Bloopers started with a YouTuber named MegaMan765 (however ShadowMario64 is credited as having started the Super Mario 64 Machinima trend). They were basically gameplay footage of a hacked version of Super Mario 64 with various tropes SMG4 would eventually use himself such as self-inserts and text-based dialogue. These were made by various YouTubers such as MarioMario54321 and various others.
A young 11-year-old Australian boy named Luke Lerdwichagul used to watch these machinima YouTubers and they inspired him to make his own bloopers. He uploaded his first video on May 7, 2011. It was an episode called The Cake Is A Lie and was rather unprofessional since it was rather choppy and only took up 1/2 the screen. Later that year, he introduced another episode type, War of the Fat Italians.
A year after the show first aired (in June 2012 to be specific), Lerdwichagul got 1,000 subs and he introduced his next episode type Ssenmodnar. In February 2013, he reached 10,000 subs.
In August of the same year he introduced yet another episode known as Retarded64 (now known as R64). the May of the same year, Luke got 30,000 subs.
In February 2014, SMG4 introduced his 5th episode type, Guards N' Retards. A month later he got a whopping 100,000 subs. Three months later, he introduced an episode type known as Sonic the Derphog. A little more than a year later he introduced If Mario was in....
In the fall of 2016, SMG4 finally got 1 million subs and released a Ssenmodnar (Deluxe Edition) video to celebrate. Around this time, he started using more GMOD in his videos and his brother Kevin started working with him by writing out a bunch of ideas for the videos.
In 2017, he discontinued Retarded64 and merged it with The Bloopers since it was demonetized for the use of the word "Retard" and YouTube's new policy about family entertainment characters, while the previous videos were rebranded as R64, while the series completed the full transition to GMOD in the same year.
The show is a parody of the Japanese-American video game franchise Super Mario. It is about Mario, who in here is being depicted as quite a moron, getting into crazy meme-related adventures with his friend SMG4, who is a fictionalized version of the show's creator. The show usually revolves around cartoony slapstick comedy reminiscent of the Looney Tunes and Silly Symphonies, as well as pop culture references.
Mario's younger foster brother. He is often called gay by his bro and gets scared very easily. But nonetheless, from friendly ghosts to knocking into strangers houses, he acts bravely when he needs to.
A robed dude who constantly wants to be in SMG4's videos during Season 6. He is friends with the cast but more so Fishy Boopkins. He is the focus of Season 8's second story arc that centers on his career as a rapper, but it caused him to strain his relationship with his friends. He loses his fame and is able to make up with his friends during Season 8's conclusion.
A former Inkling, and later human, who is friends with Mario and the others. She likes action and adventure but doesn’t like anime. Her dream career is to be a lawyer. She's a complete failure at cooking. She was transformed into a human upon being shot by Super Saiyan God's energy beam in SMG4: Final Hours.
The videos are typically made using a variety of software such as Super Mario 64, Garry's Mod, sprites and models and stuff from games, movies, TV shows, etc. and video editing software such as Sony Vegas. They usually mix pure machinima with actual animation.
Super Mario 64 Bloopers (2011 - 2017): The original and most popular variant of SMG4's bloopers. They are a genre of machinima that various YouTubers made starting in 2006 and they were the first kind of blooper SMG4 made. They are about Mario and his crazy antics in the Mushroom Kingdom. They also involve Mario and SMG4 going on adventures of sorts and other things.
Super Mario 64 Guides (2011 - 2016): A short series that consisted of characters, mostly Mario, guiding other characters or the audience on how to do something but done in a more stupid like way.
War of the Fat Italians (2011–Present): A yearly special where SMG4 and Mario compete in wacky dares by commenters. Who wins is decided by a poll.
Ssenmodnar (2012–Present): Ssenmodnar episodes are usually released to celebrate a milestone. They are a collection of skits that are over the top and well-received by fans. It is possible that it was a parody of ASDFMovie.
Super Minecraft 64 Bloopers (2012 - 2014): A short-lived series that consisted of Mario, SMG4, and some other characters in the series is in the Minecraft Universe while being around with Steve.
The Adventures Of Mario And Luigi (2012 - 2014) A short-lived series that mainly focused on Mario and Luigi going on adventures while facing against some of their enemies such as Bowser in a stupid like fashion type of way.
The Wacky Wario Bros (2013 - 2016):The Wacky Wario Bros revolves around Wario and Waluigi's wacky misadventures to obtain money and fortune.
Sob Story (2013): A very short-lived series that involved a more serious like tone while mainly focusing on several other characters outside of the main characters.
Retarded64 (2013 - 2017): Introduced in 2013, Retarded64 is similar to the bloopers but a lot more stupid and surreal. The humor of them is similar to Looney Tunes. They were discontinued due to YouTube's new video policy, but they were merged with the normal bloopers. Previous videos were renamed to R64 instead.
Guards N' Retards (2014 - 2018):Guards N' Retards is about two guards, Chris and Swagmaster (both voiced by Microsoft Mike & Microsoft Sam), working at a spaghetti factory that makes Mario's spaghetti and going on crazy adventures. Mario and the others sometimes have cameos in these episodes.
Super Pokeman 64 (2014 - 2015):Super Pokeman 64 mainly focused on Mario being in the Pokemon World with the story being similar to the original Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green, but with Mario and more retarded like humor being in the way. Originally being uploaded once an episode of Guards N' Retards is uploaded, but after it's second episode, it was dropped out, before returning with one more episode the following year.
Sonic the Derphog (2014 - 2016): A spin-off obviously centered on Sonic the Hedgehog, showing his misadventures with his on-and-off idiot nemesis Dr. Eggman. Mario and the other characters often appear in these episodes as well, but not typically as main roles.
Meet the Cast (2014 - 2016): A parody of the Meet The videos of the Team Fortress 2 Characters with the characters from SMG4's videos and such.
Freddy's Spaghetteria (2014 - 2018): A series focusing on Mario, sometimes with another character, being involved in surviving a night shift while being dealt with several animatronics. Originally a subseries of the Retarded64 series, before being part of the main series after Retarded64's discontinuation.
Super Mario 64 Tales (2015): A very short lived series involving enemies of Mario games being focused on as the stars of the episode.
DerpTV (2015 - 2016): A short lived series that involved several characters competing against each other to win a prize that contains a lot of money.
If Mario was in (2015–Present): The episodes were crossovers between Mario and other video games, showcasing Mario ending up in different game universes and adventures with the characters, including Grand Theft Auto, Splatoon, Kirby.
SMG4 N' Pals (2016): A very short-lived series that involved SMG4 and Mario, and actual users such as X and FightingMario54321 going on several adventures together, it only had two episodes, mainly two parts of one in the same year. This series would also debut Fishy Boopkins.
Stupid Mario series (2016–Present): A series that parodies several games of the actual Mario series but made in a more retarded and comedic like fashion. Originally a subseries of Retarded64, before becoming part of the main series after Retarded64's discontinuation.
The Mario Channel (2017 - 2018): A series that involved Mario using a camera, or just creating a TV show that involved him doing challenges, or getting others to do it for him.
SMG4 (2017–Present): Since 2017, all episodes, with the exception of one-off videos, have been named SMG4. This series is responsible for replacing SM64 Bloopers and Retarded64.
Mushrooms & Morons (2017 - 2018): A short-lived series involved Mario and the gang going on a quest in the medieval era in the search of the Spaghetti of Power.
On July 28, 2018, SMG4 introduced a new addition to the SMG4 series; Arcs. There are 4 arcs currently released.
The SMG4 Show : a series of shows hosted by SMG4 himself (in real life). It involves him in doing weird things, like kissing plushies and talking about weird things. Every episode but the first one was aired on a Wednesday. The first episode aired on July 5, 2016 and the last episode aired on August 10, 2016.
SMG4 PLAYS Merio Nernterndoes: The series of videos that involves SMG4 playing a bunch of random Mario children's games that he comes across on the internet, although a few adult games may also appear during an episode of this series as well. Many of the games SMG4 plays during this series vary from average, to weird, to creepy, to total retardedness, and even to total bootleg. SMG4 began this series on May 23, 2015 and an episode of this series has occasionally taken place, though there has been no new episode since December 13, 2017.
HITBOX: A live-action comedy and martial arts combat-based series led mainly by SMG4's brother Kevin (who does martial arts) featuring the two brothers and others going on wacky real-life adventures that feature a lot of combat in addition to silly gags and jokes. The series parodies multiple franchises including Super Mario, Pokemon, and even SMG4 itself (Such as HITBOX: SMG4 in Real Life. Not to be confused with SM64: Mario in Real Life?!). It is based on the Hobo Bros 100,000 subscribers special named Super Hobo Bros that was also in real life and followed the same concept. The series was first teased in the SMG4 Direct in Summer 2018 and the first episode aired later that season. A new episode is released once a month.
Glitchy Vlogs: A series with occasional releases showcasing recent developments in SMG4 and Kevin's actual lives, such as a tour of their new house back in early 2018 or a trip to a bootleg toy store.
GLITCH PRODUCTIONS EXTRAS!: Videos showcasing SMG4 and his brother Kevin doing a variety of different SMG4-related things in real life, such as trying to make an episode in 30 minutes or competing to see who can draw SMG4 characters better. Glitchy Vlogs was merged with this series.
TheAwesomeMario: The channel where SMG4 puts his extra content such as shorts and extras. Since January 2018, it has not been in use.
Hobo Bros: The Lerdwichagul brothers' gaming channel, where they play either weird games, react to memes, or play ROM hacks.
In recent years (mainly as of October 2015) the series has gotten criticism for overuse and removal of various things. These include the removal of YouTuber cameos (and appearances), certain characters decreasing in appearances, recycling and rehashing plots, overuse of Garry's Mod, loss of character traits and Flanderization, overuse of side characters (like Meggy, Tari, Fishy Boopkins and Bob Bobowski), removal of sub-series, overuse of voice clips that were taken from various YouTube videos and TV shows, and over-reliance on jokes made from currently-trending memes. Despite this, support for the series continues to remain high.
The series has somehow avoided controversy revolving around its explicit and obscene use of family entertainment characters; however, due to YouTube's stricter policies, several videos have recently become a target of demonetization and copyright strikes, in addition to public internet systems restricting a majority of the videos.
Although the series doesn't have an official rating due to being a web series, IMDB says its rated TV-MA (M in Australia). This almost makes sense because the video’s ratings are mixed, with most being around TV-14. It's also worth noting that IMDB says some episodes are TV-14 and even TV-PG. It is also possible this is based on the 2014-16 videos, which are commonly agreed to be the most explicit and mostly do legitimately warrant a TV-MA, especially in reference to the cleaner content post SMG4's focus on ad revenue.