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The Dark Side of the Kingdom by KendrickTu The Dark Side of the Kingdom by KendrickTu
With Princess Toadstool being transported to yet another castle, Mario's determination to save the one he loves has turned into a passionate rage. Discovering a long lost power-up from a galaxy far, far away, Mario uses his anger to fuel his never ending quest to keep the Princess safe from harm. Woe to those who dare tell the Dark Plumber of the Sith that his "Princess is in another castle."

This is the first personal piece I've done in a long, long time. It stemmed from a random sketch of Mario I was doing and eventually mutated into this idea of how Mario should be right-pissed that he has to keep hopping castles to find Princess Toadstool. If he were in the Star Wars universe his passion for the Princess would surely drive him to the dark side, as it did with Darth Vader.

I hope you all enjoy this piece, it was a lot of fun to do! FYI, that's "Toda" that Mario is frying there =)
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Given 2010-09-10
From the suggester: "The Dark Side of the Kingdom by *kay-too I think it deserves more exposure because it features a unique and interesting twist on a familiar story we all love so much. Super Mario falling to the Dark Side, becomming a Lord of the Sith due to his boundless love for Princess Peach, fighting the renowned Jedi master Toda in an epic duel." ( Suggested by Art3misEntreri and Featured by rydi1689 )
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"Soon your ascension to the dark side will be complete." Or at least that's the quote that had to have been going through Mario's mind as he injected the toad's body with 20,000 volts of mind lightning. The Dark Side of the Kingdom created by *kay-too, shine a rather unique light on a famous video game icon that is synonymous with heroism and displays him on a more sinister and vengeful dimension during his mission to keep his princess safe from harm.

The art style right off the bat looks really good. It gives off a faint resemblance to the art style from Super Paper Mario and given a more comic-like appearance. Its really striking and makes you want to just stare at it. The dynamic action taking place in the piece is also a spectacle in itself. The force lightning generating from Mario's vengeful fingers as it engulfs what appears to be a "toad yoda" has a nice dynamic feeling of action to the piece as well as the angle its displayed. It makes you feel as if the Toad is flying right past the side of your face as you stand at the sidelines watching the fight.

Lighting usage, especially from the lighting is well done too. The electricity gives off an ominous glow as it arcs chaotically across the screen toward its defenseless target. The dark atmosphere of the scene really gives it that more dominant appearance on screen and can give the viewer the feeling of dread that must be going through the toad's mind.

As it stands, the piece is a true work of art. The style is excellent as well as unique, the premise while funny is so well executed and engaging that the viewer may not want to take their eyes off of it. All in all, its a great piece. Good work *kay-too. :salute:
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:icondarkomen94:
DarkOmen94 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017
Unlimited power!
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:icongoomyiscute777:
goomyiscute777 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Student General Artist
Yes, Luigi, let the hate flow through you.
ps I know it's mario, but it would be funny if it was the luigi death stare
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:iconph03n1x-warr1or-z:
Ph03n1x-Warr1or-Z Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brutal, dark, and powerful.
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:iconchronos-x:
Chronos-X Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Luigi Jumpstriker: "How did my brother die?"

Toady-Wan Fungusnobi: "Mario was murdered by Pas Tafari, a pupil of mine until he turned to evil. Tafari was seduced by the Dark Side of the Shroom; he betrayed and murdered your brother."
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:iconvigriff:
Vigriff Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
So is Mario Darth Vader?
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:icondarkblades65:
DarkBlades65 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
this is just awesome! love mario, and i love star wars! both are AMAZING series! XD the idea that he becomes a sith, just hilarious.
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:iconjblask:
Jblask Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 No one likes toad anyways. :XD:
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:iconhilltophobo:
hilltophobo Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
holy shit that is a long comment below me
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:iconlacabezadelcastor:
LaCabezaDelCastor Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wicked art and story as well! Cheers! =D
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, man! It was definitely fun to make!
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:icondracophobos:
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
lol?
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:iconrandomfoxfan:
RandomFoxFan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
lol
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:iconshadow177a17:
shadow177a17 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
*Mario runs into the castle to find a Mexican maid with the message:
Consuela: No..... No..... Mr Princes no es here.... You go to another castle.....
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha! Love it =) Makes me want to watch the Family Guy SW Trilogy again.
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:iconshadow177a17:
shadow177a17 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Ok just remember to get Consuela another can of lemon pledge.
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:iconcrankyspanky92:
CrankySpanky92 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   General Artist
That is super hyped!!
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As are you, my good sir! And thanks!
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:iconbardock007:
bardock007 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lmao, this is great. Next thing you know, he tells Baby Mario "I am your father". Lol :yoda:
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks! That would be a fun scenario to sketch out =)
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:iconmadworld-guy:
madworld-guy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
cool pose wrong element
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

Wrong element? Sorry, I'm not sure what you're referring to.
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:iconmadworld-guy:
madworld-guy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
mario control fire not thunder :)
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:iconkerevon:
Kerevon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Luigi: Well excuse me princess, but if you left Toad to save the day then you really should've seen this coming.
Peach: Doesn't Link normally say "Excuse me princess?"
Luigi: Yeah... he couldn't come... he said he was too busy "Making another masterpiece".
Peach: Well, at least that explains the fairy over your head.
Luigi: No, she's just been there. For a year now. Always telling me to listen.
Peach: That's gotta be annoyi-
Luigi: I HEAR HER IN MY SLEEP.
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:iconpoussivert:
poussivert Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Aaaand now I will search for a picture of luigi being annoyed by navi. Must be one somewhere...
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:iconatlantic88:
Atlantic88 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
This is an epic little cross over :D combines my childhood memories ( fav game with my fav movie) :D
Epic job :D
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much =) Definitely one of my better mash-up ideas haha

(Sorry for the delayed response...heh)
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:iconlenmutt:
lenmutt Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Love this picture and absolutely adore the description :heart:
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm not a great writer, but I think this just made sense haha

(Aaaand sorry for the delayed response...heh)
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:iconccardenasprince18768:
Ccardenasprince18768 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student General Artist
All I can say is... Awesome.
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
All I can say is...THANKS! =)
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:iconroyalcain:
royalcain Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Fantastic.
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
As are you, my friend! =) Thanks!

Sorry for the re-donk-ulous response time by the way!
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:iconroyalcain:
royalcain Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh don't worry. I'm barely on DA so it's like "the next day" for me with responses.
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:iconmadnezz344:
madnezz344 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
cool :)
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! : )
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:iconthabrokensword:
ThaBrokenSword Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow, he reminds me of *SSM*
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure if I know exactly what you're referring to with SSM haha : )
I'm going to assume for now that it's a complimentary reference and say 'Thank you' haha
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:iconthabrokensword:
ThaBrokenSword Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
[link] Him
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:iconraagbw:
RaagBW Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011   Digital Artist
IMPRESSIVE!!!
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much : )

...and sorry for the super delayed response haha
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:iconbenthos1:
Benthos1 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow, amazing work!
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! I really appreciate it!

...and sorry for the super delayed response! Haha!
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:iconwcmopp:
wcmopp Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Legitness off the charts.
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Mega thanks to you!

...and sorry for the super delayed response! Haha!
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:icondennycrane141:
DennyCrane141 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
You... are... a GOD!!!
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks man, I truly appreciate it (though I don't think I deserve it!)

...and sorry for the super delayed response! Haha!
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:iconcris2236:
cris2236 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
WOW OMG DUDE, you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! You're even more awesome!

...and sorry for the super delayed response! Haha!
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:iconaraiii:
Araiii Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
This is REALLY cool! We need to see THIS mario as a power up.
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:iconkendricktu:
KendrickTu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha I really hope one day =)
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