To be honest I don't really like these ones as much.
Most of these are just gangster representations in modern world, especially the GTA and Rapper ones. Who's to say drugs aren't still involved in those representations of a Mafia Mario?
I actually really just enjoy the starting line of that video I linked.
"How many people are you willing to step on, to get what you want?"
As an honest frequent psychedelic drug user, I much rather appreciate the idea that Mario really is just fucked up on drugs.
Sorry that you think it to be unoriginal or cliche.
Sounds like you may think it's just an easy cop-out to explain things.
Why does everyone go with the cliche Mario is a depressive dude that hallucinates his adventures?
Consume some psychedelic drugs and it will all become very clear to you
Amanita muscaria is the mushroom from Mario.
And guess what, it's a poisonous psychoactive mushroom.