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25 Years Of Dying by TheBourgyman 25 Years Of Dying by TheBourgyman
This deviation got featured on Kotaku, Reddit, GraphJam as well as a few other dozens websites! Thanks!

Because, admit it, "25 Years of Dying" is a lot catchier than just "Cause of Death" as a title. :D

Mario celebrated his 25th year among us sometime in late 2010 (more like "25 years of Independence" since he existed since the Donkey Kong arcade game, making him 29 by 2010). I wanted to do something big for the occasion, even though I technically missed the boat by a few months (not practicallysince Mario didn't turn 26 just yet). :D

So this poster-like illustration is my official tribute to him for the occasion. I didn't cover everything of course, but the most important is there. Just watch out, there's a BIT of blood here and there (hard to spot though since I painted it black). There's some seriously violent deaths in these games, when you think of it...

Sorry for the ugly watermark by the way. I've had people steal some of my artwork before, you would figure this one would be a perfect pick for unscrupulous people wanting to gain easy money in video game shops and Anime conventions. Ugh.

40+ hours in Paint Tool SAI, Adobe Photoshop CS4 + Wacom Cintiq 21UX.

Enjoy! All characters belong to Nintendo. Also check:

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Given 2011-02-10
25 Years Of Dying by =TheBourgyman

The suggester said: "A hilarious and yet tragic idea to commemorate the 25th birthday of our most beloved plumber hero. I just couldn't stop laughing at each square. The style of the artist is lovely, not only on this piece but his entire gallery. It's full of humor and a feast for everyone who loves games."

Remember when dying in video games always made you go into a rage and throw a fit? That would be me, and this reminded me of those times! Totally hilarious and a wonderful talent! I think Mario has a world record on the amount of Purple Heart awards received! ( Suggested by mukuro-sama and Featured by TommyGK )
Well, well, well. What have we here? A clever and creative dedication to Mario's ongoing series of adventures, sports, and, perhaps most notably, unfortunate deaths.

What strikes me as most attractive about this piece is how creative each way of Mario dying is drawn. I also enjoy how you touch upon ways of getting killed in both present and past Mario games, such as in the "Barrel Roll", "Bullied", and "Pushed out of stage" squares.

The variations of Mario's expressions are always a laugh, and your cartoony style boasts them quite well in each box.

All in all, this is a delightful and humourus picture to celebrate both the 25th birthday of our beloved red plumber and have a laugh at all his unfortunate deaths we had to witness in the games throughout the years. I really cannot give this a score less than perfect! Wonderful, wonderful job, Bourgyman! :)
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Critique by caferreri11 May 24, 2011, 4:00:55 PM
A creative and innovative look at the many ways Mario has gotten screwed over in his epic game series. Brings back a lot of memories of game play. I've been in most of these far more than once. Super mario has always been an old favorite of mine. There isn't a more glorious Super Mario death that going down in a barrage of falling hammers and flame shots from the original World 8-4 of the first Super Mario series. Well done mate, well done! This is definitely going into my favorites folder. And with that this review is done. Yay.
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SwagmanIV Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017
Shrek was in the poison swamps to drag Mario down.
VG805SMASHBROS Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016
You should do Bowser's Cause of Death. I'm sure there are many deaths in the Mario series.
BulbaFriend Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Mario is anything but good!
REDBIRD030 Featured By Owner Edited May 16, 2016  Student Artist
Nathan Birds List Of Bad Things
23:Every Time That Nathan Bird Hits A Block In The Middle Of Nowhere
25:Uh......When Theres Over 9000 Rip Van Fish?
NanoRim Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Poor Mario.: /

Well considering the sheer number of lives he has, he's practically immortal. 
amam2217 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
Corner! So evil! This is hilarious!
Just-Call-Me-J Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist
26: Ungrateful Audience (TTYD)
ChaotixAlex320 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016
If only Nintendo had known everybody would be jerks because Nintendo wouldn't make a TTYD sequel. I don't care either way.
wildchild326 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
I don't think Mario can drown unless someone or something attacks him or the time runs out.
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
He can drown in the 3D games.
wildchild326 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
Really? Huh. Well, you learn something new every day. 
Dragonguardian253 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I would say that the top 10 painful ways Mario would die is:

10) Blown up

9) Getting eaten by a Piranha plant

8) Dark matter

7) Overconfidence

6) Sunburnt

5) Thwomped

4) Shelled

3) Ice burnt

2) Electrified

1) Pushed out of stage
jclkay2 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
in the "Eaten" one, why was LUIGI eaten?
Maetch Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
That's Frog Mario. Look at the mustache again.
KINGKAIJU5 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Poor Mario, hope he has good health care.
skullofmyenemies Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
And each one of these claimed me at least 20 times!
CaldoRosa Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
MMelendez92 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
This is excellent work, although I have to say, I recognized some of your work by its art style here on deviantart because I had seen this exact piece on a random Google image search a few months back, before I had even joined here. Only thing was, it was had been translated into Italian, and im pretty sure it did not credit the original artist, whom I now know was you. Its a shame when other people take your work and post it without credit, but your work is always great, so keep it up!
SparkytheWingedCat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know that feeling when you see a blue shell! Haha this is awesome!
Calliope1000 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
ElizaTheKitty Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
lol XD
wookywok Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Don't forget touched!
Rot8erConeX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
So the only deaths I'm seeing people ask "where's this one from?" are in Super Mario 64.  I saw one ask about the kidnapped one, but that one kinda made sense since some people don't consider the Yoshi's Island games Mario games.

I'm saddened.  While SM64 isn't the best game ever, it really is the game that paved the way for all third-person 3D games that followed, regardless of genre.
Stick-bag Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
I didn't know the "spaced out" death was possible.
Rot8erConeX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I think it's more of a failsafe the programmers put in to prevent people from getting out of gravity ranges.
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's hard to pull, but it's definitely possible.
ExxorD Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014   Writer
I like the first picture of Mario's death animation at the very very top. xD I can imagine him looking like that whenever he tumbles off the screen.
BigRosieLover53 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Man, Mario does ANYTHING for Peach... :sad: Where the death of Mario being frozen comes from?
Myryy-Tan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
u know for the eaten part, is that luigi??
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It was supposed to be frog Mario, but I ommited some details...
Myryy-Tan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
haha ok
SDAfanfics Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Dumb ways to die... so many dumb ways to die.
StardustTrooper Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Great and memorable masterpiece! Good ol' Mario will never stop dying. :)
Ask-MagicKitteh Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats grimdark.
BaristaoftheCafe Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, god. 0.0  This is so morbid. Yet so funny. XD
mcelaire Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
This is one of the best ones that you've done, man; I especially like the "Blown Up" reason and the "Cornered" reason.
Flare47892 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
question, what does the "gassed" death come from?
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Super Mario 64. In one of the cave levels, there's a section where there's some gas at the floor level, and if you stay in it for too long, Mario will lose health. He even coughs once in a while in the idle animation when in the gas.
MrPiggyJelly Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Is that Luigi being eaten by Big Bertha?
Maetch Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
It's Frog Mario. Notice the mustache design.
ChuckKopsho Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Are you averse to anyone printing your artwork?
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm averse to anyone printing my artwork and selling it in shops, conventions or other, without my permission.
kikan09 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Can someone tell me which game the kidnapped one is from?
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yoshi's Island.
The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student General Artist
ccregg13 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
My friend has a poster of this.
StoneTowerMenace Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013

umm, refutation here, Mario is NOT a good guy.……

ChickenCakes Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those are just game theories.
StoneTowerMenace Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
theories with evidence to back them up.
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