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Madness Combat is an award winning Flash animation series by Newgrounds artist Matt Jolly (aka Krinkels), which features graphic battle scenes with characters using a variety of weapons. The series has gained online recognition through its many parodies, episodes and fan-made animations.
Newgrounds user Krinkles uploaded the first Madness animation on February 19th, 2002. Titled “Marsh-Mellow-Madness,” the video featured several cartoon characters being launched from a cannon into a giant marsh mellow (shown below, left). On July 25th, Krinkles uploaded a video titled “Madness Combat,” which depicted a battle between a man, a horde of attackers and a zombie-creating Jesus (shown below, right). As of October 29th, 2012, the animation has received over 3.5 million views.
On January 15th, 2003, Krinkles released the episode “Madness Redeemer,” featuring an assassin named Hank who breaks into a facility to murder a man known as the Sheriff. On September 9th, Krinkles submitted an animation titled “Madness Avenger,” in which Hank manages to defeat both Jesus and the Sheriff before being stabbed through the chest (shown below, right). Within the next nine years, both videos accumulated over three million views on Newgrounds.
From 2004 to 2006, Krinkles introduced four new Madness animations, including “Madness Apotheosis,” “Madness Depredation,” “Madness Antipathy” and “Tricky Madness 2.” On July 27th, 2006, the website Krinkels.net was launched to showcase Matt Jolly’s original animations, illustrations, games and music. From 2007 to 2011, Krinkels released seven Madness animations, including “Madness Consternation,” “Madness Inundation,” “Madness Aggregation,” “Madness Combat 5.5,” “Madness Combat 6.5,” “Madness Abrogation” and “Madness Combat 7.5.”
Krinkles has received several Newgrounds trophies for Madness animations, including 11 Weekly Users’ Choice awards, 12 Daily Features and 6 Review Crew Picks. Several fan tributes have been made, including the “Maximum Ninja" (shown below, top, left) by Sto0g3, “Madness Mini" by Shrinkz, “Madness Elimination” (shown below, top, right) by Splurgle, Anti-Clock Day Madness by DeRosa and Xionic Madness 1-4 by Xionico. As of October 29th, 2012, the “Madness Combat” Facebook page has received over 8,400 likes and Matt Jolly’s Twitter feed as accumulated over 630 followers.
Madness Day is held annually on September 22nd and is celebrated on Newgrounds by featuring fan-created artwork, animations and games inspired by the Madness series. According to the Newgrounds Wiki, the original Madness Day was held in 2007 and received over 200 entries.
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Madness Interactive is the first official game for Madness Combat, with several fan-made mods. Throughout the the years, the game has lost reception because of Project Nexus, but is still played by a great number of people.
Madness: Project Nexus
Madness: Project Nexus is the second known game for Madness Combat. It is created by Krinkels and Mike Swain (aka TheSwain). The trailer (shown below) was uploaded to Youtube on Febuary 21st. The game was released around March 2, 2012. The game was uploaded to Krinkels website, krinkels.net, where several fans of the series played the game.