Pirates of Koopa (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)

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Pirates of Koopa (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)
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This episode has a pretty rotten Koopa pirate in it.
Series: The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Episode Number: 16
Air Date: September 28, 1989
Writer: Ted Pedersen
Director: Dan Riba
Previous episode: "Count Koopula"
Next episode: "Two Plumbers and a Baby"

"Pirates of Koopa" is the sixteenth episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. Its corresponding live-action segment is "Do You Believe In Magic?".


While sailing on Captain Clump's ship, Blackbeard Koopa kidnaps Princess Toadstool in Pirate Waters, so that he can auction her off. After escaping from being eaten alive by Trouters, Mario and Luigi must pose as pirates in order to rescue her. This episode's plot is based on the opera performance of The Pirates of Penzance.

Why It Doesn’t Sail with the Pirates

  1. This is a torture episode for Mario, Luigi and Toad, because of the three getting constantly attacked by many enemies during most of the episode.
  2. There are several problems with the characters that appear in the episode:
    • King Koopa is unlikable in this episode, because he tries to sell Princess Toadstool to other pirates and shows no mercy on the heroes, even though he IS treated like and supposed to be the villain.
    • Both Captain Clump and Patches are also unlikable, although, mainly at the beginning for yelling at Mario, Luigi and Toad.
  3. There are a few animation errors in the episode, such as the Bob-Ombs blowing up on the ship but not making holes, and a scene before Mario’s star power wears off, he was seen in his normal colors.
  4. Plot Hole: Stars that come from people after bumping their heads can give you powers like normal Stars. That makes no sense whatsoever.
  5. Similar to Jungle Fever, this episode overuses the Butt-Monkey trope where characters are tortured by other characters, and unlike other episodes of TV series that use that trope, it's not funny here.
  6. This episode was overall a very poor parody of The Pirates of Penzance.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The animation is good as usual.
  2. Good voice acting.
  3. Some of the scenes are hilarious like:
    • The heroes best attempt at pretending to be pirates, in order to rescue Princess Toadstool.
  4. King Koopa, being the villain of the show, is punished for his actions in this episode.
  5. Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad are all nice characters. Captain Clump and Patches also become more likable as the episode progresses, as they help out the heroes and are nicer to them.
  6. The live action segment “Do You Believe In Magic?” was actually quite decent (and is far better than the actual episode itself).


Despite having a 5.9 Rating on IMDb, this episode got negative reviews from fans of the series and the Mario franchise, due to the torture scenes of Mario, Luigi and Toad and the greed of King Koopa.


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