151: Mario

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Why would anyone ever, ever say that? Please, nobody ever say that.
Title text: Why would anyone ever, ever say that? Please, nobody ever say that.


One-upmanship is the act of surpassing another person. In this case, one female character is one-upping her friend's claim of being taken on a mountain hike with a claim that she was proposed to.

Mario is the major figure in the Super Mario series. In the games, completing specific conditions causes a "1-up" to appear on screen, referring to an additional life. The comic relies on the homonym of the action of one-upmanship and the event of one-ups in Mario.

In the title text, Randall implies that this is a pretty bad joke.


Megan: For our anniversary, my boyfriend took me hiking in the mountains.
Ponytail: My boyfriend proposed to me.
Ponytail: They should call you Mario, 'cause you just got <<1 up'd.>>

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Mario is not the star, Mario's the plumber. Muahaha. --Kronf (talk) 12:24, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

Am I the only person intrigued by the fact that he used European quotes («»)? 22:21, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

     Those aren't European; they're French.  And I don't think he meant them to be quotation marks, they remind me of how the work "1-up" flashes on the screen in early mario games.  That's a hard thing to 
     represent with text, so maybe that's what he was going for. 19:07, 27 September 2017 (UTC)