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Bob Ross battles Mario in incredible live-action Smash Bros parody

by Michael Gwilliam

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YouTuber 'Nukazooka' is best known for his well-crafted videos combining elements from gaming with pop culture, and his latest Super Smash Bros parody is no exception.

With the release of Smash Ultimate and its subsequent DLC, it seems like almost any character can join the roster of Nintendo’s flagship fighter. Thus, Nukazooka took this concept this to the extreme, and decided to have Bob Ross brawl it out with Mario.

The video, which features some incredible graphics to make the effects pop, begins with Mario warping to the battlefield in a pipe before coming face-to-face with an already-painting Bob Ross.

Mario fights a paintbrush-wielding Bob Ross in a Smash Bros parody video by Nukazooka.
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It takes a while for the actual fight to begin as Mario initially struggles with the idea of striking the painter, but eventually hits him with a smash attack, declaring war on Ross and his happy little trees.

“Well, you just made a happy little accident, didn’t you?” Ross smugly says while pulling up his sleeves, ready to duke it out.

Hilariously, the former US Master Sergeant then spawns a sword-sized paintbrush to wield into battle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Av_pJHCMXA

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This is where the quality really shines, as Mario gets sent into the sky from the direct hit and an intense musical score kicks in. For such an outrageous concept, the effort put into the video makes the absurdity of the encounter that much better.

Eventually, Ross launches some sort of super paintbrush attack at Mario, sending the plumber to the shadow realm and achieving victory.

The video ends with Ross resuming to paint while the “challenger approaching” tune plays, indicating that someone else wants to fight. In an open-ended finish, a demonic version of Mister Rogers appears, ready to battle.

A demonic Mr Rogers shows up to fight Bob Ross in Smash Bros parody.
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Ross, who passed away in 1995, became an icon with his PBS show “The Joy of Painting,” and has since gone on to become a posthumous internet celebrity. Part of his resurgence in popularity is due to the advent of ASMR streams on Twitch, and how they’re similar to his relaxing 80's TV program.

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that Ross will ever actually come to Smash Bros. at all. Series creator Masahiro Sakurai has stated that the franchise will only feature content from video games, so long-requested characters, such as Goku from Dragon Ball Z, won’t be joining the roster.

Still, it’s fun to think about what the game would be like if anyone had the possibility of being DLC.