Top 10 Things Wrong in Why Mario is Mental (Both Parts)

If you thought Game Theory was right when MatPat said Mario is evil, you thought wrong. Here are the ten mistakes Mr. MatPat made in the two videos he made that had Mario look like a bad guy. No, I don't hate MatPat, or his show, Game Theory. I'm just showing the mistakes he made & proving to everyone that Mario is not really a villain. These mistakes are seen from both parts of Why Mario Is Mental. Just remember one thing. It's just a theory, a GAME THEORY! I hope you're listening, everybody! I'm also talking to you, Matthew Patrick AKA MatPat. I bet you are listening!
The Top Ten
1 Thinking Mario punches Yoshi in the neck

It's a common belief that, in Super Mario World, Mario punches Yoshi in the face to extend his tongue, further popularized by the "Mario is Mental" videos. This belief is incorrect. Although it's hard to tell in-game due to the fast frames, if one examines a sprite sheet with Yoshi extending his tongue, one can see that Mario is actually pointing in the direction he wants Yoshi's tongue to extend.

This fact is further proven by official artwork for Super Mario World that clearly shows Mario pointing at a berry while Yoshi's tongue has grabbed it. If Mario were actually punching him, Yoshi wouldn't hesitate to eat Mario as punishment. Also, it's the player's fault if they choose to sacrifice Yoshi for an extra jump, not Mario's.

2 Mentioning that the Tanooki Suit had PETA's attention

He took PETA's side, where most shunned them. Though I'm a Game Theory fan, I strongly disagree with at least this point. PETA knew that this was a desperate plea for attention. They later had to apologize for the Tanooki leaf fiasco, and Game Theory "forgot" to mention that.

Wait, wait.

MatPat is literally pointing out a true event. Tanooki Suit 2D is a game on PETA's website, no less! That does not mean MatPat is a 'PETA supporter.' It means he is just saying, 'Hey, PETA blew up over this, so I can use it as a joke/reference.'

3 Mario lets Yoshi fall off a cliff

First of all, Yoshi doesn't die. He goes into an egg again. Even if he didn't, Yoshis can jump from tall heights like everyone else, so however far down the cliffs lead, he will most likely survive. Not to mention, he can save himself with his short floating ability. I don't think Mario wants to drop Yoshi really. Either he knows Yoshi can survive, or he has no other option.


Yoshi is immune to pits. He will regenerate into an egg. However, he is then trapped in a hell until Mario can unleash him to do his dirty work.

WHY IS THIS NO. 4? It should be number 1.

4 Game theory is false

One word is all the proof I need. It's even in the name: THEORY! Do you guys really think the developers of Nintendo sat at a table thinking of ideas for a children's game, and one guy stood up and said, "Hey, I know! Let's make a game about a psycho! Parents will LOVE that!"

MatPat is like Fox News: all fabrication, no facts, and so inaccurate that Media Matters needs to follow him. MatPat pushes his theories as facts, making Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein roll in their graves. Fox News should hire him as a replacement for Bill O'Reilly so he can stop poisoning our internet. On second thought, O'Reilly is better because he is not as sexist compared to MatPat.

5 Luigi's celebration in Mario Power Tennis

I think Mario accidentally stepped on Luigi's foot because he didn't see it while giving him a pat on the back. Mario and Luigi are brothers. That's what brothers do all the time! P.S. Mat, this is the stupidest evidence for why Mario is a sociopath!

Two things.

1. There's a certain thing called "sibling rivalry."

2. MatPat sees Mario stepping on Luigi's foot as some sort of unforgivable sin. He's treating it like Mario uppercut Luigi, knocked him unconscious, smashed his trophy, and told everyone that he wears diapers.

6 Mario torturing Donkey Kong
7 Stating that the Wiggler's "home" is ruined by Mario in Super Mario Sunshine

The Wiggler in Sunshine was preventing the birth of the legendary Sand Bird, and the Piantas asked Mario to remove it.

The Wiggler in Super Mario 64 got angry when Mario ruined its house. How was Mario supposed to know Wiggler lived there? Also, the Wiggler got angry and tried to kill Mario, so Mario acted in self-defense.

That Wiggler was causing chaos on Isle Delfino, and Mario was just doing the Piantas a favor. It's like you're saying that a peasant in medieval times jumps the royal gates, saves a princess from an assassin, only to be thrown in jail for trespassing.

8 Showing the "bad thing" about the ending of New Super Mario Bros. Wii

That was unintentional. Look who he's looking at. He was distracted by meeting Princess Peach again. It's not like they were right above a lava lake and were at the edge of a platform.

The door from the air balloon closed by itself while Luigi wasn't looking. Just look at it! Nobody notices the door! (Part 1)

Now you're just grasping at straws. Mario knew full well Luigi was there.

9 Saying that Mario just stares at the end of the NES version of Mario Is Missing

Mario is Missing is extremely overhyped, like other educational Mario games made by The Software Toolworks. Nothing bad should happen to us if we strongly prefer other Super Mario games released in the late 20th Century, such as the Super Mario Land trilogy, Paper Mario, Super Mario World duology, Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars, the Dr. Mario franchise, the original Super Mario Bros. trilogy, Super Mario Kart, or the original Mario Party.

Oh yeah, he forgot about the 'Thank You!' Mario waited until they were far away from the castle to say it. Did Mario really forget to thank his brother until he got a mile away? Not cool, bro.

10 The comments

The main point about MatPat's channel is that everything is just a theory, and you don't have to take the videos seriously. That would be okay until you look at the comments on both videos and see that many people are taking this "theory" as FACT!

Major piece of evidence that YouTubers are taking theory videos quite seriously.

I even saw a comment that said the debunk video wasn't really a debunk video!

The Contenders
11 Saying that Mario is a psychopath in YOUTUBERS REACT TO RACIST MARIO

I don't remember him mentioning Racist Mario at all. Perhaps I need to rewatch both parts. But remember, he does like to joke. If he did, it was most likely a joke.

This is like watching Psycho Dad videos and suddenly believing that he is Angry Grandpa's nephew.

Racist Mario is a bad YouTube video. Why do people think it's ACTUALLY a game? Flashgitz clearly just hates Mario!

12 Believing that Mario abuses animals

Donkey Kong was kidnapped and put into a cage in Donkey Kong Jr. because Jumpman wanted to put him back in the zoo so DK wouldn't kidnap Pauline. Cheep Cheeps are in packs of hundreds, making it hard to avoid them. There are many different types of Cheep Cheeps, and Mario fries them instantly for self-defense (Stand Your Ground Law).

Contrary to the statements in this video regarding Donkey Kong Jr., Jumpman (supposedly Mario's dad) is not forcing DK Jr. to perform dangerous acts against his will. Jumpman locked up Donkey Kong in a cage to prevent him from causing more trouble after he kidnapped Pauline. Since Jumpman knows that DK Jr. is trying to rescue his dad, he is trying to stop the little ape by sending enemies and setting traps.

If the face full of stress and fear isn't just DK Jr.'s nose, then it makes sense that DK Jr. would be worried about what might happen to his dad if he fails to save him. However, it definitely wouldn't be because Jumpman is supposedly forcing him to do precarious acts.

I also find the argument that Mario tortures enemies like Cheep Cheeps and Wigglers on purpose to be extremely flawed. These enemies are usually forces of Bowser's army, trying to stop Mario. It's obvious that Mario would need to defeat them to rescue Peach and the Mushroom Kingdom from Bowser or other villains. Cheep Cheeps often appear in large groups that are hard to maneuver through without hurting them.

Regarding Wigglers, let me list some reasons why you need to fight them when they are bosses in the games:

- Super Mario 64: Mario flooded the Wiggler's home inside Tiny-Huge Island's mountain (he probably didn't know a Wiggler lived there). The Wiggler gets mad and starts chasing him. When you defeat it, the Wiggler calms down, shrinks, and lets you have the Power Star instead of exploding to reveal a Power Star.
- Super Mario Sunshine: In Episode 2 of Gelato Beach, Mario needs to remove a big green Wiggler from the Shine Tower because it is preventing the legendary Sand Bird from hatching. In the next episode, the Wiggler throws a tantrum and wreaks havoc on the beach. Mario had to defeat it to prevent potential injury to the residents.
- Mario and Luigi: Dream Team: Popple forced Mario and Luigi to fight a Wiggler in Wakeport, which he had angered by... more

13 Showing a clip of Mario dropping a baby penguin off a cliff

This is not Mario doing it, MatPat. You're doing it. If Mario was doing it, he would've given the baby to the mom and gotten the star. So it would be more like "why MatPat is mental."

Blame the damn players. They made him do it.

Ok, I will admit I have dropped it off the cliff to see if I could, and I did. But that was me who did it, not Mario. What I should've done was take the star and leave. I controlled Mario to do it. He didn't do it himself. If he did it, it would've been a cutscene.

14 Saying that there's no Peach toy

This was probably an accident he let through. Chances are that if he was holding back information, he would be careful not to leave this in. It was probably an accident, even if he is wrong. I loved that game.

He forgot one thing: there totally was a Peach toy in Mario vs. Donkey Kong. They even showed it in the video.

Why did Mini Peach exist instead of Mini Daisy or Rosalina?

15 Believing that the blue shells from Mario Kart are evidence

How is a single Mario Kart item proof that Mario is evil? Blue spike shells are only used in Mario Kart, not in other Mario games. Seriously, why would you think that, Mr. MatPat? (Part 2)

16 Mario murders toads

I always thought breaking a block would free the toad, and he'd reward you with points. That or it's another kind of brick. The manual also said Bowser turned them into other things as well.

It's official that Mario only witnessed Peach's kidnapping, which happened AFTER the toads were turned to bricks.

They were turned into bricks, not brick blocks. So it seems that Mario is freeing the toads that are cursed.

17 Mario not including Luigi on Paper Mario

Mario is probably protecting Luigi. Besides, Luigi always runs away and is scared in the games.

18 Saying Mario is torturing Goombas

It's true that Mario is crushing Goombas, but it doesn't help the fact that they're Mario's enemies. Mario is crushing them because they work for Bowser. Speaking of Bowser, if the Goombas are working for Bowser and you're defending them, why aren't you defending Bowser anyway?

So, Goombas (the bad guys) can kill Mario, yet Matpat thinks Mario killing Goombas is an unforgivable sin?

19 Using fan made timelines for evidence

The womanizer claim is debunked completely by this bit of stupidity.

20 Being a sociopath doesn't automatically make you evil
21 Stating that Mario always kills even though you don't have to

It is the player's choice to kill, and even then they just respawn as shown in Odyssey.

22 Yoshi's Don't Die - Galaxy shows they just return to the shell
23 Saying he captures enemies without their permission
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