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A few weeks ago, I was catching up on my old friend and fellow Super Paper Mario obsessive hambammich64's gallery when I spotted a picture that I really loved. (Oh and if you like SPM and haven't checked out her gallery yet, YOU HAVE TO.) She said she wasn't entirely happy with it, however, and was never going to color it. But I liked it just so goshdarn much (especially since I've always been fond of the "red string of fate" concept), and as it just so happens I'm trying to focus more on my coloring these days, so I asked her to send it to me- and here we are!

For something I didn't draw, I've grown awfully attached to this picture. I had a great time choosing the quotes, listening to the game's music and getting all gushy and mushy about SPM all over again.

Since I didn't *DRAW* the picture, but I did a lot of thinking about it, I offer my personal interpretation of the way Fate wraps its way around each of the characters.

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Bleck - his hands are tied, literally and figuratively. He is in thrall to a destiny that he typically embraces; but when doubts and regret creep into his mind, when he is more lucid, he sees himself as victim of the Prognosticus and the Chaos Heart moreso than their controller. He walks handcuffed as in a prison line, feeling that he once was playing a game of chess but somehow became a pawn on the board. The lower quote is the only time he refers to himself as "I" in the entire game before its climactic events, hinting that deep within him struggles a Blumiere who longs to take everything back, who is kept suppressed by the self-imposed distance and grandiosity of his persistent referral to himself as Count Bleck. How little he knows that within him still lies the power of love that will undo his actions.

Nastasia - Nastasia sees her greatest asset as her brain, be it her intelligence, reliability, or her attention to detail that keeps the whole team together, not even to mention her mind-control powers. Fate has wrapped itself around her neck, and as the events of the game escalate it wraps ever tighter, cutting off circulation to her logic, her rationality, her calm and collected demeanor; overpowering her with emotion and fear for the people she loves, no matter how hard she tries to hide it behind her professionalism.

O'Chunks - Strength, loyalty and honor are important above all things to the warrior. Unfortunately, he's painfully aware that he's never on quite the same page as his colleagues, be it in wits or the lack of supernatural powers. As the heroes' quest progresses and he faces one humiliating defeat after another, the fact that they - and, he fears, even his friends - see him as little more than comedic relief erodes his dignity to the point that he would rather be killed in battle than see them again. With a little external pushing, he decides to fight on, under the condition that he eschews all vulnerability and strives to become the mere dumb muscle as which others already perceive him. All of this to say that fate has tripped him up, has embarrassed him, has brought his pride low.

Mimi - while you could say the string could very well run straight through the hearts of all these characters (except perhaps Dimentio), it wraps itself most tightly around Mimi's chest. Why? As the youngest among them, her views on the universe and on people are the most formative and vulnerable. She fights alongside the others because they are her friends moreso than from a bitterness at the universe's corruption and a genuine desire to see it remade (hence her referral to war as merely "icky"). She grants Bleck the pure trust of an adolescent towards a beloved mentor, and in the end she loses him. Dimentio's betrayal has the potential to rub her the rawest of any of the minions. Much as it once did for a young lord who lost someone he loved, Fate wraps itself around her heart, attempting to squeeze out her joy, tempting her ultimate potential for ruthlessness. But in the end, despite all that has happened, she greets the stable universe with a smile, determined to build a better world.

Mr. L - Luigi is most known for his legs, but as Mr. L the man subconsciously tosses aside the timidity of his old persona, and other characteristics with it. It is with his arms that Mr. L builds the machines he intends to take down his (unbeknownst to him) brother and friends. Fate wraps itself around the arms of the brainwashed man, strangely freeing him initially but eventually clenching to cause him to dance like a puppet.

And that brings us to... the puppet master. Who twirls fate around his pinky, who yanks the string tighter with a smile on his face, who cuts his bond with a laugh.
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SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Student Digital Artist
So good. I love SPM.
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JennieGamer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I love it! So good.. but I always think they deserve a second chance.. 
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caz-cina Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!
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Harpesian Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is so well thought out!
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PinkyPie25800 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BEST SPM drawing EVER! Nice job! I love all of the sad quotes for each character from the game, it adds a lot to the mood of the picture. Also, I like your interpretation that all of the minions have been "tied" to the count. And how Dimentio is about to cut his part of the string. 

It fits so well! Really great job!
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Altermentality Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thanks so much! That means a lot to me, and I didn't even draw it! =P But it really was a joy to work on (when it wasn't making me sad, of course). I'll make sure hambammich64 sees this too.
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PinkyPie25800 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! 

And i I really hope he/she does! ANYONE who helped with this deserves a round of applause
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Gerakobits Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
This has much impressiveness!
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Altermentality Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have gratitude!
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hambammich64 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist

aaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAH I CAN’T THIS LOOKS TOO GOOD

And you hit what I was going for with the string placement DEAD ON. I was afraid to add my reasoning when I posted the lineart because I knew I was going to nerd out and ramble, but you summed it up nicely!

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Altermentality Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woohoo! Success!

There's something to be said for an artist not waxing poetic about their own work and letting it stand on its own for interpretation. In this case, I got to be an interpreter of what was already there, and your art does a good job speaking for itself. :)
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sourtoon Featured By Owner Edited Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so nice and colourful! i especially like the way you coloured O'Chunks, he seems more detailed. i love how you added their quotes next to them, it really brings out the description you put for them- which by the way, Mimi's description couldn't be written better :o anyway, both you and hambammich64 did a great job on this!
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Altermentality Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!!

He seems more detailed 'cuz I made him hairy. =P I had to figure out the best way to represent body hair whilst coloring... I must say that's a new one for me.
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SpaceDimentio Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
ohmyGrambi and I thought this picture was great before! The quotes, the color scheme, the aaaaah
I like both versions actually, they represent similar things but offer different interpretations
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Altermentality Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Yeah, it was already great on its own. I just preyed upon poor Hammy to get some coloring practice in.
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EggnBaconSammich Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Wow look at these two awesome people working on art together! You make little 15 year old fangirl me squeal :D 
Seriously though it's fun and looks great!! Good job you guys. :la: 
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Altermentality Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you... it was so great to work on this! I'm squealing too! :la: For such a distressing image, it really put me in a happy place ^^; I guess I just really needed to get emotional about something because my life has been so bland lately...
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EggnBaconSammich Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Super paper mario is really great for that :D 

I hope your life gets a little more exciting though! Keep up the great work :) 
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Altermentality Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! It's already getting there!
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emizels Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
This is gorgeous, and I've always loved the red string concept!

The two of you did an amazing job, seriously. ♥
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Altermentality Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWW THANKS FRIEND, and-Oh my gosh Lin do you remember the name I came up with for O'Chunks x Nastasia?

Now put his two quotes together... HOLY CRAP

I mean I'm sure he's just referring to himself in that second quote but if you consider "brain" to mean something, someONE else... it's a perfect encapsulation of what's actually going on for him at that moment (and actually what that fic I was[am?] writing is about).
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emizels Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
-OH MY GOD.

YOU MONSTER. YOU'RE O'SLAMMING HIS O'CHUNKS ALL AROUND. xD
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