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Mahvel Baybee! is a video that was edited from footage of the fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom 2 being played at the Seasons Beatings II fighting game tournament that was held in Columbus, Ohio in late 2007. The video, rather then focusing on the gameplay, was edited to highlight the commentary of infamous tournament competitor and smacktalker Michael “IFC Yipes” Mendoza.
Using animated text overlays, the video brought attention to Yipes creative, colorful, and often profane ongoing commentary of the tournament matches. The video quickly spread over various video game news sites and blogs as viewers quickly took to Yipes’ various odd and random phrases such as:
“Oh he got the mango Sentinal, yoithink of New Yohk Knicks!”
“Oh he’s so Pringles, where yo curleh mustache at?”
And the triumphant
“FUCK DA KNICKS! FUCK DA KNICKS! FUCK DA KNICKS! FUCK DA KNICKS!”
The popularity took off and soon quotes were popping up in various game articles and other places.
Edited 80’s Pringles commercial
Game Trailers Top 10 Fighting Franchises (Mahvel Baybee at 5:53)
Yipes dissing the Knicks over and over for 8+ minutes.
These various phrases are often still used in various gaming communities, and Yipes is often invited to provide live commentary on fighting game tournament broadcast streams.
The meme got a boost in May 2009 with the release of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 on XBox Live and the PlayStation Network, with various references placed in articles on video game news blogs. The same also occurred when the development of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was announced and the subsequent reveal of the return of the character Magneto at the New York Comic Con (where meme originator Yipes was in attendance) in October 2010.
References in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
Aware of the popularity of the video among fans, Capcom placed references to Mahvel Baybee! in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. One example was posted on the Marvel Universe blog on December 21, 2010 discussing the alternative color schemes that were chosen for the Marvel characters in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. At the end, it was revealed that the final alternative color for Magneto was inspired by the Mahvel Baybee! video:
Finally, you might know this version of a Magneto as a version of Magneto I can’t say on a family blog like this--let’s just call him “MAG-F#$%IN’-NETO”! That’s right. The MvC2 variant from that delightfully profane, wildly popular viral video. Gotta respect the old school (pardon me--OLD SCHOOL!), my friends…
Then on February 9th, 2011 the Marvel Universe blog posted their last article on alternative color schemes. The article ends with the reveal of the “Mango Sentinel:”
Of course, there’s a little bit more gaming history to be had for the MvC2 hardcore out there. The type who know what a “curleh mustache” is, who think MvC before ice cream when they hear “Haagen-Dazs,” and why having “MAG-F#$%IN’-NETO” in the game is such a beautiful thing. To them I say…a naughty word I can’t say here about a certain Big Apple sports team (that’s about to get its own Marvel shirts). Here’s your Mango Sentinel…
In the game itself, one of the characters on the Marvel Comics side is Deadpool; a wise-cracking mentally unbalanced mercenary. In the comics, Deadpool is aware that he is a character in a comic book and frequently breaks the fourth wall. This is carried over into the game, with Deadpool speaking directly to the player and taking advantage of various elements of the game (such as using his health bar as a weapon).
In the game if Deadpool defeats Magneto, he will quote Mahvel Baybee! (but with cleaner language):