SuperMarioLogan

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Tons of rude and regressive humor acted out by puppets.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 76 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 89 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Videos are filled with regressive messages played for laughs, with frequent jokes about one character’s gayness, an Asian character who mispronounces his “R”s and exemplifies every Asian stereotype you’ve ever heard of, characters who abuse their children and have sex work backgrounds, characters who deal drugs, characters who are called “retarded," characters who are sexually attracted to children. There are very few female characters, and those who exist are voiced by males, and not sympathetically. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no role models here -- even the most mature characters, and those who are depicted as parents, can be abusive to others. Main character Cody is a particularly troubling character, given to many musings about rape and his wish to “smash” particular men. But there are other characters who are rapists, drug dealers, pedophiles, etc., all played for laughs. 

Violence

Lots of humor about unfunny topics: rape, murder, kidnapping, suicide, etc. In one video, Mario is angry at his adopted son, Jeffy, and shouts out “I’m going to rape you!” He’s then shown atop his “son,” moving rhythmically, as the son cries out. A title card after that scene reads “Jeffy killed himself later.” 

Sex

Sex figures in many off-color jokes, like when one character says he’s “hung like a horse” and quickly changes it into “hungrier than a horse.” Whole plotlines are connected with sex, like the character Cody who is gay and talks a lot about sex and “hunky dudes” There are jokes about anal sex, rape, oral sex, erections, body parts, bodily fluids, masturbation, “morning wood,” sex with children, etc. Two adults have sex on a couch where a trio of characters coded as schoolkids can hear; characters talk frankly about being sexually attracted to young children. 

Language

Language on older videos contains more cursing, with “f--k” (used both as a curse and to describe sex), “hell,” “son of a b---h,” “b---h,” etc. Newer videos tend to use words like “freaking” or obscure cursing, but there’s other off-color language “pork” (meaning to have sex), “dick,” “pissed off,” “retarded.” 

Consumerism

Branded, licensed characters are used in SML's skits -- small children may have a vested interest in watching if they like Super Mario or other game/TV show characters, and may be surprised to find the characters they know participating in such mature comedy. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are jokes about drugs: “What are you puffin’, Daddy? All aboard the ‘Daddy’s high!’ train!” says one character to his dad. Drugs like meth and crack play a part in many plotlines. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SuperMarioLogan is a YouTube channel with videos in which creators use plush dolls, particularly Super Mario and other Nintendo figures, to enact skits with mature humor. Jokes visit a wide variety of not-for-little-kids topics: rape, murder, kidnapping, suicide, oral sex, anal sex, body parts, body fluids, pedophilia, drugs, drug dealing, and many other sensitive areas. Many characters are called "retarded," and there are others who muse non-stop about gay sex, violent video games, or murdering other characters. Several characters are racist stereotypes: one, Black Yoshi, speaks in a "ghetto" voice and constantly proclaims his love of KFC, and another, Jackie Chu, has stereotypical Asian intonations (complete with "R"s for "L"s) and makes jokes about Chinese people. In one popular video, main character Mario threatens to and does "rape" (i.e. move atop him rhythmically as the "son" cries out in pain) his adopted son to punish him; we are informed in a title card that the son killed himself later. Language is milder on newer videos, but older ones contain "f--k," "bitch," "hell," and other curse words; both old and new videos contain vulgar words like "homo," "dick," "retarded." Young kids may be attracted to this channel due to hosts' use of familiar characters, but it's most definitely not for them. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13. Please note: Our reviewers watch between 1-2 hours of content to determine the general appropriateness of each YouTube channel. Some channels contain more variety within their content than others; we do our best to capture the channel’s overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choices for their families.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byShine S. May 10, 2018

Leave SuperMarioLogan Alone.

SuperMarioLogan is not at all a channel for little kids. But his videos are super funny, and enjoyable. I'd say 14 is a good age. If you don't want yo... Continue reading
Adult Written byGage W. May 10, 2018

The best channel on youtube

I love sml and its not Logans fault if parents are so stupid that they cant teach their kids right from wrong
Teen, 15 years old Written bySonicCartman21 March 15, 2018

It's Funny

It Has Alot Of Funny Things
Teen, 16 years old Written byKingGoji2001 May 8, 2018

#SaveSML

This is a funny channel, who cares if they are like bad words on this channel. You parents are the idiots because you are not moderating your child. So it is yo... Continue reading

What's the story?

SUPERMARIOLOGAN (also known as SML) is a YouTube channel that's been churning out skits enacted by plush toys for over a decade. Starting in 2007, creator Logan Thirtyacre began using Super Mario and other Nintendo-themed toys to act out goofy scenarios: making breakfast for the family, getting in trouble at school, searching for the mythical fountain of youth. The videos have evolved into a sort of really dumb (by design!) soap opera, with dozens of characters who appear in 6 to 12-minute videos that emerge at the rate of 2 or 3 a week. The subject matter is mature -- but the humor is second-grade-level, and that's just the way its fans like it. 

Is it any good?

This very popular YouTube channel is your basic online nightmare for parents of young kids: content that will appeal to them, yet is laden with messages parents don't want them to receive. It's all too easy to imagine an unsupervised young viewer clicking on a video that features characters from that game they like, only to get a face full of "edgy" humor that parents would find terribly unfunny. One example: substitute teacher Jackie Chu, who says he has difficulty reading his class's attendance list because his eyes are "so slanty," tries to teach about the "Chinese food pyramid," which is drawn on the board behind him. Sushi (a traditional Japanese food) appears as one of the bottom sections; "cat," "dog," and "egg roll" at the top. "We ruv some egg roll!" says Jackie. Ugh.  

One of the channel's most popular character is "retarded," speaks as if he has a speech impediment, wears a bicycle helmet, and typically has a pencil shoved up his nose; in one popular segment, his adopted dad Mario rapes him as a punishment for misbehaving at school. Other characters are unrepentant pedophiles, sex workers, drug dealers, stereotypes of young black men, child abusers; it goes on and on. The humor is witless and sophomoric -- and there are millions of YouTube users who apparently find it hilarious. If you value thoughtfulness, kindness, and tolerance in your kids, don't let them watch this channel. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why people watch SuperMarioLogan. What age group is it aimed at? Would you feel comfortable watching with small children? With your grandparents? Why nor why not? 

  • Would small children be more or less interested in watching these skits if they used unfamiliar puppets? Does using familiar characters from video games or entertainment franchises make these videos more appealing to young viewers? Is that a good thing? 

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