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777 Series - Useless Trivia

2008-02-13 04:41:43 by MeltingFishStudios

Hello everyone! And welcome to the library of stuff you may-or-may-not know about this Series - the Useless Trivia. This is all here to keep you busy whilst the next episode is being made. Be warned, newcomers! This trivia contains spoilers, so if you didn't watch the 777 Series from the start to the latest episode, do not read this article!

This article may be regularly updated as new episodes are released.

The Drawing Board
Here are some original concepts and stuff that happened during the making of the series.

-The original concept for this series was very different than what you see now. It was a more lighthearted and silly affair. Called 'Agent 777', the protagonist's face, and thus, her true identity is always shown, yet nobody seems to know who she is. The visual gag carried onto early concepts of the character, 666.
-Yoxter was originally the main villain.
-777 started as a comic draft.
-The main villain, Emperor, used to be named 'Boss'.
-Before Part 6 was revised, it began as a simple challenge by Yoxter, pitting 777 against 'Giga Bowser' (A more powerful version of the Super Mario character, 'Bowser', which first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee).
-Emperor's environments and major technologies are signified by blue colours, whereas 777's own is signified by red colours.
-Yoxter was supposed to appear earlier in Part 6, as 777 escapes the train. 666 took his place - a mere excuse to dispense extra gore.
-Emperor initially had no face. His mask was added later on.
-There are a number of certain 'rules' in this series. For instance, 777's title screen pose is different for every installment.
-Another 'rule' is whenever Yoxter and a computer is around, you could actually read what is on the screen! Look in Parts 5 and 7. When a computer screen appears, pause the movie and zoom in!
-Princess Daisy was visually designed to be a mix of all of her incarnations. You can see the red crown from her first appearance in 'Super Mario Land', her red hair and tanned skin from her next appearance in 'Mario Tennis', and the shortened hair from her next one in later installments of the 'Mario Party' Series.
-777 was originally going to travel by herself in Part 3, but the use of the Yoshi mount was more practical (or she could have flown there by herself, but that would reduce the dramatic effect).
-A majority of the main characters were created using the 777 character model, which was the first thing to be made in the making of the Series. Look at the character models of 777 and 666 - don't they look similar?
-The 777 Series was never meant to be a series in the first place. It merely began as a two part feature, then three, then five, and next thing I knew, it became a series...

Character Oddities
Get to know your characters! Most aren't exactly relevant to the story of this series, but more like 'Did You Know?' things about the characters...

-The minions (and Emperor) are a race of unusual beings called 'Gagos'. The singular word translates into 'stupid', hence the minions aren't very smart. ('Gago' is an actual word, mind you! Guess which language it is and you'll get a free cookie! The internet kind that is...)
-The creation of the Gagos came from a very crude attempt at drawing the Hudson character, 'Bomberman'.
-666 is the only character with red eyes.
-Emperor's mask can shoot lasers (Pew! Pew!). His mask was made after he was brutally injured by one of his first creations.
-777's primary colours (before her upgrade in Part 7) are red and white, the same as Princess Peach's first ever sprite.
-For some reason, 777's dual swords seem to act like wings, even though she can fly well enough on her own.
-Peach Toadstool, is the 9th generation of 777. For some reason, the 777 title is only passed down through the female members of each successive family generation.
-Yoxter is around 250 years old. Created, not born, he was the successful result of an experiment claiming to have found the solution to human aging. Because his creator died, Yoxter has yet to discover the secret to his everlasting life. Living this long has made Yoxter senile, and he is also a bit of a pervert.
-'Shadow Peach' (appearing in Part 7), is actually a character that appeared in the Gamecube RPG - Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, as a form of the final boss: The Shadow Queen, a malevolent demon who used Peach as a vessel in order to exist again.
-As a result of 666's apparent inability to die, she interprets extreme pain and death (mainly directed towards her) as sexual pleasure. In other words, she really, really likes it when you 'kill' her, or 'killing' herself. For instance, she occasionally masturbates using her knife (!). Yet, despite her extreme preferences, she dislikes snuff porn.
-Emperor has lately become obsessed with eliminating 777 - perhaps too much, as evidenced in Parts 4 and 5 when Emperor was meant to simply bring her into Yoxter's lab - he killed her instead. Luckily, Yoxter had revived her.
-When she disguises as 777, Peach changes her voice. How? See that grey collar? That is a neat little device called the Voice Alteration Collar. It sends minute signals to her brain and vocal chords, which changes their shape and disposition, and thus, her voice. The device is customizable - so for example, she can make herself sound like a guy!
-Daisy used to envy (and sexually urge for... you heard me!) Peach. But she decided to forget her petty jealousy and concentrate on advancing her home of Sarasaland, although she is currently in the process of repairing said home...
-The massive eyebrows of the Gagos are actually a sign of their rank. Generally, the low ranking minions have smaller eyebrows, whereas Emperor himself has the biggest ones. The idea came from a real world concept - remember those weird white wigs that stereotypical court judges and rich Englishmen wear? The size of that white wig is actually a sign of their wealth. For instance, if you are wearing a very large one, then you are very wealthy.
-Due to mandatory parts of the re-creation process, Shadow Peach (technically speaking) is Yoxter's and Peach's biological daughter. Shadow Peach often mocks that premise, playfully referring to Yoxter and the real Peach as her 'parents'. Want some proof? Look at the computer screen in Part 7!
-The Gago minions aren't very bright. As evidenced in Part 1, when they simply run towards 777 in order to stop her. But, as you know, she was flying...really fast... Also, one minion counted to potato.
-The reproductive capabilities of the Gagos are a mystery. Some rumors say that they have to be created in special mystical pots, others say that they asexually reproduce, i.e. making copies of themselves.
-Emperor created 666 because he was frustrated with the lack of personal protection from his incompetent minions. However, not all of them are epic failures. Those who rise through the ranks and succeed become Gago Commandos - Emperor's select elite.
-Yoxter wasn't always a bad guy; in fact, he was very sincere - and unstable. As a result, he has spawned numerous illegitimate children (all daughters!) to various women he has met throughout his long life. His last conquest? Princess Peach's mother and previous 777, Pearl Toadstool. He went mad when Pearl died (at the hands of Emperor, but Yoxter doesn't know that...yet).
-Shadow Peach (in secret) is actually very kinky.
-It was not Daisy's choice to become 666. She came to be by mere coincidence, when Emperor was hastily looking for a bodyguard as he was just traveling over Sarasaland (where Daisy lives). When he discovered Daisy's friendship with Peach, Emperor devised a plan... a brilliant plan... a brilliant and evil plan.
-Emperor once expressed an interest in the theatrical arts, his favorite Shakespearean play is Macbeth (oops, that's apparently bad luck to say it!)
-As silly as I feel about saying this... 777 is commonly known as the Number of Heaven. 666, conversely, is the Number of Hell (or, in a particular song, the Number of the Beast - hmm... maybe I'll make a reference to that some day.).

I Am Censor
A number of scenes were either cut out, edited, or never made it from concepts because I thought they were not entirely suitable or that I felt didn't fit into the story, or simply took more time than I thought. Here are the scenes that were changed or didn't make it in...

-Part 7 was originally going to begin with a shower scene - it was meant to show the extent of the protagonist's scars throughout her life as 777. This sequence was supposed to appear before her conversation with Daisy.
-When 666 splits herself with a sword in Part 6, some of her internal organs were supposed to spill out. I couldn't decide what organs to spill out (her intestines, maybe?), but it turned to be too messy in practice.
-In Part 7, Shadow Peach was supposed to be nude when she was revealed. I lamented the change because it was more logical since her re-birth was just completed.
-In Part 5, 666 was originally going to rip off the bandages covering Peach's breasts (note that 777 is not in her disguise in Part 5), fondle them for a short time, and then suddenly stab her shoulder with a knife. This was removed because it was mostly impractical and dragged on the episode.
-Another original concept for the opening of Part 7 was a dream sequence. We see Peach from above, sleeping in bed. The angle changes to her first-person view. She closes her eyes a few times, and as she slowly opens them, she suddenly sees 666 seductively lying next to her in bed. Peach grabs a sword (that she apparently had the whole time) and pierces 666's torso - in her lower regions.... We can now see that Peach is now in her 777 guise. Then in an odd and sudden moment, both 777 and 666 slowly close in to kiss each other. A quick flash shows both characters (still kissing) as their true identities, Peach as 777 and Daisy as 666. The dream suddenly ends. This sequence was also supposed to appear before the conversation scene with Daisy. Both Part 7 concept scenes were removed because I could not find a smooth transition in between them.
-I couldn't find a place to fit a scene of herself by continually plunging her knife specific places on her body.

More References Than Meets The Eye
There may be a lot more references to other stuff than you think (hence the lame title!). Here are all of the references I placed so far in the Series.

-The first boss battle against the flying mech (named 'Hornet'), mimics a few methods of attacking major bosses in the Nintendo 64 game, "Mischief Makers", in particular, the bosses Migen Jr. and Phoenix Gamma. The methods used are grabbing the boss's fist when it attacks, and tossing it towards its face, and grabbing and pulling the boss's head until it snaps back, respectively.
-The second boss battle (against the giant creature, currently un-named) in Part 1 exactly replicates the method in which you can defeat the first Colossus in the Playstation 2 game, "Shadow of The Colossus". Try it!
-The final few seconds in Part 2 was a reference to a system used in "Mortal Kombat: Armageddon", called 'Kreate-A-Fatality', which involves inputting button codes to perform a sequence of short moves, such as ripping out your opponent's heart or brain, hitting them with their decapitated arm, and much more to create your own finishing move, or 'fatality'. Heck, even the same music from that game was used for that sequence! I think this one was a 9 or 10 hit fatality...
-References to Sonic the Hedgehog games include the spin jump and rail grinding, as seen in Part 1.
-There are a number of references and obvious appearances from the Super Mario games - all placed there to give early viewers a clue as to who 777 really is. The first one is the appearance of the black Yoshi (that dinosaur-like creature that 777 mounts) in Part 3. The next were appearances by the Question Mark Block, Peach's Castle, and even Toad (not a generic one referring to the little people with mushroom caps, the one and only 'Toad' appearing in Part 6). Another was the use of classic sound effects, like the 'power-up', 'bump', 'jump', and '1-up' sound effects in Parts 6 and 7. Ironically, despite all of these references. Mario himself has yet to appear... and he never will. This was an intended move, as to focus on the main character, and to prevent this series from becoming just another Super Mario flash knockoff.
-Toad's 'thanks' line after 777 rescues him in Part 6 is a conspicuous reference to 'Resident Evil', a game known for its scary elements - and cheesy dialogue, specifically this memorable line delivered by Chris: 'You were almost a Jill sandwich".
-The fake end screen in Part 7 is a reference to the opening scene of the Nintendo Wii game, 'Metroid Prime 3', right down to the appearance of the dark incarnation of the protagonist! (Samus/Dark Samus = Peach/Shadow Peach). Both dark characters are also rebirths of enemies thought to be destroyed (Dark Samus is Metroid Prime appearing in the 'Metroid Prime' series, and Shadow Peach is the Shadow Queen, appearing in the Gamecube RPG, 'Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door').
-The most unusual to appear in this series, and the only set of non-video-game references so far is from the blockbuster sci-fi action flick, 'Transformers', directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line and comics of the same name. A couple of them refer to one of the enemies (called Decepticons), 'Blackout', which includes his chest cannon, and the way he flips and transforms in the final scenes of the film (see Part 6). One more reference is found in Part 7 - 777's new mask is similar to Optimus Prime's (leader of the Autobots - the good guys) own.

I might update this in some time, but I hoped you enjoyed reading this!

~Melting Fish Studios


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2008-02-22 19:06:34

Very interesting!!! I can't wait till the next 777 episode comes out.


2008-04-09 17:55:13

Me too!