[[folder: Introduced in ''[=PaRappa=] the Rapper'']]
The main character in both [=''PaRappa''=] games, as well as an unlockable one in ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy''. He's a beanie-wearing dog and a skilled rapper, which ends up being very useful for many non-rapping tasks in the series.

* {{Catchphrase}}: "I gotta believe!"
* {{Determinator}}
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Thanks to being given a year's supply of noodles before the events of ''[=PaRappa=] 2'', he quickly grows sick of them, to the point of ''having nightmares about them''. It's a major reason why he's against Colonel Noodles (who happens to love he stuff to the point of trying to turn every food into it).
* FunnyAnimal: He's a dog wearing a beanie who raps.
* {{Keet}}
* NiceHat
* OfficialCouple: With Sunny.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: He's a cute little dog who can win even the hardest of hearts with his rap skills.
* SurvivalMantra: Once again, "I gotta believe!"

!!Boxy Boy
[=PaRappa's=] animate boombox. His most important role is serving as the tutorial giver and Versus Mode emcee of ''[=PaRappa=] 2''.

* AnimateInanimateObject: A talking boombox.
* AscendedExtra: Went from just being a background character to an important gameplay role in the sequel.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: For whatever reason, he reuses Hairdresser Octopus's "Okay, baby, let's go, we gon do it like this" line before the beginning of each Versus battle.
* TheCameo: Appears in the background in a few of the original game's cutscenes.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "C'mon [=PaRappa=], relax!"
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: The only character in the series to ''not'' be a [[PaperPeople Paper Person]], instead being three-dimensional.

!!PJ Berri
[=PaRappa=]'s bear friend. He's a DJ with a huge appetite and a calm personality.

* BearyFunny
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:In Stage 7 of ''[=PaRappa=] 2'', he bursts through the wall with his DJ set a ways into the song, ready to support [=PaRappa=] in the rap battle with Colonel Noodles.]]
* BigEater: Seriously, he thinks about food a lot.
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears DJ]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: For being such a lazy, food-obsessed bear, he's a pretty good DJ.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Apparently, he thinks guiros sound like "rock n' roll".
-->'''[=PaRappa=]:''' Wait, wait, wait, that doesn't sound like Rock'n Roll!\\
'''PJ:''' Cuz you played it funny. Now it's my turn.
* SexierAlterEgo: In the anime, while he normally is somewhat insensitive and a dullard, when on the job he's downright suave.
* {{Sleepyhead}}: He's entirely capable of falling asleep at any moment, since his job requires to stay up all night frequently.

!!Katy Kat
[=PaRappa=]'s cat friend. She's also the bassist and vocalist for [=MilkCan=], Lammy's band.

* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: A blue cat with yellow hair.
* {{Foil}}: Her upbeat attitude is contrasted by Lammy's depressed nature.
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: She is the tutorial guide in the first game.
* {{Nice G|uy}}irl
* {{Shorttank}}
* TheLeader: Of [=MilkCan=], despite being the bassist, she is also the vocalist. Indeed, she's the only one who seems actually enthusiastic about performing.

!!Sunny Funny
One of [=PaRappa=]'s friends, a flower-person whom [=PaRappa=] happens to have a crush on. She's his major motivation for the entire series.

* {{Nice G|uy}}irl
* OfficialCouple: With [=PaRappa=].
* PlantPerson: She's a walking, talking flower.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: In the first game, until PaRappa wins her over in the final number.
* SunnySunflowerDisposition

!!Joe Chin
A stuck-up dog, and [=PaRappa=]'s rival for Sunny's affections.

* TheAce: A much more skilled dog than PaRappa.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Is this to [=PaRappa=].
* DemotedToExtra: In everything after the first game.
* ItsAllAboutMe: If you listen closely to the crowd cheering at the end of the last stage of Parappa 1, you can hear him expressing his gratitude at the party that they're throwing "just for him".
* LanternJawOfJustice: He's pretty aptly named.
* MotorMouth: Once he starts making one of his speeches, he really doesn't know when to quit. To help exaggerate the point even further, halfway through a couple of his speeches, we [[FastForwardGag fast-forward through the nonsensical bits to the important parts]].
* RichBitch: Well, to [=PaRappa=], at least...

!!Papa [=PaRappa=]
[=PaRappa=]'s dad, and the only one of his parents that is seen.[[note]]At least, the only one who's seen interacting with Parappa in the games. According to the comics and WordOfGod, the blonde firefighter in the background of Um Jammer Lammy's second stage is actually Parappa's mother.[[/note]]

* AscendedExtra: He was only important in the third stage of the first game. He becomes a major help in the sequel with his development of the De-Noodlizer.
* GadgeteerGenius: In the sequel.

!!General Potter
Sunny's dad, a military commander.

* AscendedExtra: He gets no lines in the first game, pretty much being there to intimidate [=PaRappa=] for a few seconds. He's much more important in the second game.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Not that nasty, but it still applies when he's commanding his troops.
* PlantPerson: In this case, he has a plant pot for a head.
* SweetTooth: To the point that, when destroying the Noodle Tanks in ''2'', he claims that sweets are the most superior kind of food, mirroring the exact kind of obsession with noodles and burgers that started the plot of 2 in the first place.

!!Chop Chop Master Onion
A karate master with an onion as a head. He teaches [=PaRappa=] his skills in the first stage of the game. He returns in the later games as well; as a singer (in a dream) and sort-of mental adviser to Lammy in ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'', and as a TV show host in ''2''.

* AnthropomorphicFood: Downplayed, since only his head is an onion.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Chop Chop Master Onion talks like this even in rap sequences. Justified in that his voice actor, Ryu Watabe, is Asian.
* BadassMustache: He has the Asian variety and can kick major butt.
* CallingYourAttacks: His method of rap. Kick! Punch! Chop! Block!
* OldMaster: One of the oldest characters in the game and the most skilled martial artist.
* OnceAnEpisode: He gets a song in every game, and each one repeats his classic Kick! Punch! lines.
* PlantPerson: He has an onion for a head.
* RoleReprisal: The ''only'' character in the anime to retain their voice actor from the games.

!!Instructor Mooselini
A moose driving teacher. She helps [=PaRappa=] gain his driver's liscene in Stage 2 of the first game.

* AnimalGenderBender: She has antlers.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Looks the part, but is relatively nice for someone who came from a family of them. At least, if you're doing well.
* PerpetualFrowner: Doesn't smile a whole lot, though she's impressed if [=PaRappa=] raps well enough.

!!Prince Fleaswallow
A frog that runs a flea market. The teacher of Stage 3, where he helps [=PaRappa=] pay for his dad's car, which he ended up destroying very quickly.

* BitchInSheepsClothing: He's clearly more malicious than he lets on, albeit not to Parappa.
* ConMan: His methods don't seem very trustworthy ("This skunk over here will bring you luck"), but they're effective enough for [=PaRappa=] to pay off the old car ''and'' get a new, even fancier one.
* EarlyBirdCameo: He can sometimes be seen in the background of Stage 2.
* JustGotOutOfJail: He states that he's on the run at one point in his song.

!!Cheap Cheap the Cooking Chicken
A chicken who runs her own cooking show. The teacher of Stage 4, where [=PaRappa=] watches her so he can make a seafood cake for Sunny's birthday (having lost the one he bought thanks to Joe Chin).

* CarnivoreConfusion: One main ingredient in her seafood cake is chicken eggs. Probably unfertilized, but the implications are still there.
* CluckingFunny: She's a rapping chicken who pretends to be on TV all the time.
* FeatherFingers: She doesn't have any trouble holding things with her wings.
* TheTelevisionTalksBack: Somehow, she can tell how well [=PaRappa=]'s rapping through the television. [[spoiler: Probably because she's actually only a few feet away from him.]]

!!MC King Kong Mushi
A bug who hosts the Club Fun. Appears in the finale of both [=PaRappa=] games.
* DeadpanSnarker: If you lose your Cool on his level in ''2'', he has this to say, in his usual enthusiastic voice:
-->"Oh, huh, my bad! You haven't changed at all!
* FinalBoss: As mentioned above, he assumes the mentor role in both games' final levels.


[[folder: Introduced in ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'']]
The main character of ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'', and a recurring one in ''[=PaRappa=] 2''. She's the guitarist of [=MilkCan=], an all-girls band. The events of her game revolve around her race to get to her concert in time.

* {{Adorkable}}: Just watch the intro cinematic of Stage 5, when she apparently forgets for a minute that she's looking for a guitar, not a car.
--> '''Lammy:''' Yeah, uhmmm, I'm looking for, for a guitar.
--> '''Paul Chuck:''' What kind?
--> '''Lammy:''' Well, umm...a cool one, with awesome sound and has reclining seats, power-steering, and dual airbags--
--> '''Paul Chuck:''' I don't have time for jokers.
--> '''Lammy:''' Oh, no, nononono... (embarrassed blush) Sorry.
* BalloonBelly: Briefly happens to her after Stage 2 in her game. Unfortunately, "briefly" is enough time for her to get dragged into the mall by Cathy Piller.
* ButtMonkey: In her game, she oversleeps on the day of a major concert, has to put out a fire on a building, gets puked on by a caterpillar, is forced to put babies to sleep by said caterpillar, has to pilot a broken plane thanks to a confused pilot, leaves her guitar on the plane and has to help a woodsman make a new one, and [[spoiler:''dies''/gets catapulted and ends up in Hell/an island and has to perform there to get to her own concert]]. This is all in the span of ''fifteen minutes''.
** CosmicPlaything: Might as well count as this.
* CartoonCreature: Can you honestly say [[http://www.rodneyfun.com/characters/parappa_family/char.para.items/lam_r2_c3.gif she]] looks anything like a lamb?
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Leave it to Lammy!"
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Without her guitar: a shy, constantly panicking ButtMonkey. With her guitar ([[EverythingIsAnInstrument or anything that she can substitute for it]]): a confident musician and skilled at whatever task she has to perform.
* CuteClumsyGirl: It's safe to say people find her cute, but throughout her story in UJL, she goes through quite a lot, mostly on account of accidentally ending up in situations that are not a part of her band's schedule and are in fact a part of Chop Chop Master Onion's [[DreamingOfThingsToCome dream prophecy]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Her songs are noticeably more intense than [=PaRappa=]'s, and her game deals with darker concepts such as death.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Her dream in the first level of her game basically roadmaps the rest of the plot according to what Chop Chop Master Onion is singing.
* MistakenForPregnant: After stocking up on too much pizza from Chief Puddle, this happens to her.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [[http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/2340/interview_rodney_greenblat_the_.php According to]] [[WordOfGod Rodney Greenblat]], she was modeled after Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia.
* [[RedHeadedHero Red-Headed Heroine]]: With [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife orange fleece]] to match!
* ShrinkingViolet: She is very shy, and [[LuminescentBlush blushes]] a lot. [[HiddenBadass However, if she has her guitar...]]
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Or more specifically, American localisation. [[spoiler:Instead of slipping on PJ's banana peel and hitting her head, she ends up getting catapulted back in time to an island.]]
* {{Socially Awkward Hero}}ine
* TheSouthpaw
* TaremeEyes

A mouse-creature with a stick of dynamite in her head that serves as the drummer for [=MilkCan=].
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: [[FunnyAnimal Literally.]]
* BrutalHonesty: Completely agrees with Lammy when Lammy laments her lack of strength.
* HairTriggerTemper: She uses quite a bit of force on a bug for just buzzing near her.
* TheUnintelligible: Doesn't speak in anything more than noises.
** IntelligibleUnintelligible: Other characters hear her just fine, and anything that needs to be heard is translated in subtitles.

!!Chief Puddle
A dalmatian who works as a fire department. Serves as the teacher for Stage 2, since the fire he's dealing with is right in the way of Lammy's path to her concert.

!!Cathy Piller
A caterpillar who works at a daycare of sorts at a mall. After letting Lammy in the mall due to assuming she's pregnant, she gets her help in putting the babies to sleep. The teacher of Stage 3, but not the singer; that's done by the baby she's holding.

* CatchPhrase: "Now put these kids to sleep, will ya?". It's (thankfully) her only line in the song.
* LarynxDissonance: She has a very deep, distorted voice. At least we don't have to hear her sing in it.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: We get to see that pink, oozing puke she spits in all its glory. Poor, poor Lammy.
* WombLevel: Her stage is an...odd variation of this. The level doesn't take place ''inside'' her, but the background is made up entirely of her body segments.

!!Captain Fussenpepper
A plane pilot who pilots the plane to where Lammy's concert is. Due to being constantly struck of the head by a circuit panel (which also switches his personality with very hit), he requires Lammy's help in flying the plane. The teacher of Stage 4. He reappears in Parappa 2 as the manager of the save data and options menu.

* CranialEruption: In cutscenes, he gets one whenever the loose circuit board hits his head.
* DrillSergeantNasty: One of his personalities.
* FalseTeethTomfoolery: He has a pair of false teeth, which he gives to Lammy after his stage is over.
* SplitPersonality: He switches personalities whenever he gets hit on the head, either being an angry commander or a bumbling old man. This happens during his song as well, and the music's speed changes to reflect it.

!!Paul Chuck
A woodsman whom Lammy goes to in order to get a new guitar. The price; Lammy has to help him chop wood for it. The teacher of Stage 5.

* ChainsawGood: He wields one to cut down trees.
* MightyLumberjack

!!Teriyaki Yoko
An idol who is singing at a concert in [[spoiler:Hell/a tropical island]]. Due to her guitarist having a resemblance to Lammy, Lammy has to perform with her in Stage 6 in order to get back to her own concert.

* IdolSinger
* InstrumentOfMurder: [[spoiler:She threatens to kill Lammy with her own guitar in the European/Japanese versions. Lammy points out how empty of a threat it is, since ''she's already dead''.]]

Another guitarist with an odd resemblance to Lammy. She was supposed to perform at Teriyaki Yoko's concert, and vows to get revenge on Lammy for taking her place. This sets up the multiplayer mode's plot, where she's the second player's character.

* EvilCounterpart: To Lammy.
* PaletteSwap: She's essential a monochrome Lammy.


[[folder: Introduced in ''[=PaRappa=] The Rapper 2'']]

!!Beard Burger Master
The founder of Beard Burgers, a restaurant home to the best burgers in town. Has died before the story began, but when his son fails to keep making burgers, he comes back as ghost to teach [=PaRappa=] how to do it. The teacher of Stage 1.

* AbusiveParents: Not to a very large extent, but the fact that he comes back from the dead to tell everyone what a terrible job his son is doing ''right in front of him,'' it's plain to see that he doesn't much care for him.
* BadassBeard: It's a pretty big one.
* BaldOfAwesome: Comes with being an old man.
* FollowInMyFootsteps: He wants his son to manage the business after he dies, but that didn't go so well. [[spoiler:Mainly because he effectively ruined his son's life with burgers.]]
* OldMaster: Like Master Onion, he's a master on the grill.
* SpiritAdvisor: He returns to his restaurant so that he can help [=PaRappa=] makes his burgers.

!!Guru Ant
A calm and collected (most of the time) ant, who, in a rarity for this series, is actually the size of a real-life ant. He's the teacher of Stage 3, where he helps [=PaRappa=] and his gang get back to their normal size.

* AGodAmI: One of his lines in his rap is literally "I am the Lord." This was changed to "the man" in the American localization, however.
* BadLiar: He's always calm. Even when he's several thousand times his normal size. Nope, you didn't see him freak out, you must have been imagining it.
* NervesOfSteel: He's extremely calm, probably the calmest character in the entire series. Well, at least at his normal size...
* NervousWreck: When he's not in his standard environment, such as being many times larger than normal, he becomes this.
* OldMaster: He's a calm old ant who knows instant growth techniques.
* StrongAnts: Is seen holding a coin that's roughly as large as him.

!!Instructor Moosesha
A moose trainer for the recruits of General Potter's army. She is the teacher of Stage 4, where she trains [=PaRappa=] to take on Colonel Noodles.

* AnimalGenderBender: Like her sister, she also has antlers.
* DrillSergeantNasty: She's one, and she comes from a family of them. She does have a softer side, though.
* LegacyCharacter: She's the replacement for the absent Instructor Mooselini. She even indirectly states they're sisters by quoting her "boom boom boom" line.
* TrainingMontage: She puts [=PaRappa=] through this, in rap form.

!!Hairdresser Octopus
A octopus barber who's well known for his skill. However, thanks to a device made by Colonel Noodles, he's become obsessed with giving everyone afros that can grow to massive sizes. The teacher of Stage 5, where he promises to restore everyone's hairdo's if [=PaRappa=] proves his skill as a barber.

* AffablyEvil: Other than his obsession with afros, he's pretty nice while under mind control, and is even willing to undo the haircuts if [=PaRappa=] does well, which he does do in the end.
* AlwaysCamp: His occupation as a hairdresser emphasizes his camp-iness.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: That obsession with afros came from Colonel Noodles' speaker device, [[spoiler:likely because he has an afro himself]].
* CampGay: He's pretty effeminate and flamboyant, is a hairdresser, and he's been [[WordOfGay confirmed as gay by Greenblat]].
* ChattyHairdresser: He talks a lot while treating his customers.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Oddly, despite being an octopus, his tentacles are ''not'' arms; they're his hair.
* RunsWithScissors: He's not too careful with those giant shears he's holding in both hands. Then again, he's under mind control, so safety is probably not his primary concern.
* FunnyAfro: He gave one to nearly everyone in town while brainwashed. In an ImagineSpot, he gives one to a character ''without'' (conventional) hair.

!!Colonel Noodles
A mysterious man, with the plan to turn all the world's food into noodles, forcing everyone to eat noodles only. [[spoiler:This is because he's the Beard Burger Master's son, who has been forced to eat burgers for his entire life, and wants to get revenge by doing that to everyone else.]]

* BigBad: Of ''[=PaRappa=] 2''.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: [[spoiler: He steals [=PaRappa=]'s "I gotta believe!" in the cutscene before his stage begins.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Oh, that minor son of the Beard Burger Master won't be important at all...]]
* CoolShades: He wears them. [[spoiler:They fall off as he starts to realize how much of a jerk he's been.]]
* DoesNotLikeSpam: [[spoiler:Has a hatred for burgers thanks to his dad making him eat them his entire life.]]
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: To [=PaRappa=], possibly. Both are about the same size, hate a certain time of food thanks to overexposure, have fathers involved in science to a degree, have [[MissingMom Missing Moms]] in some way, and are skilled at rapping.]]
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:His father, the Beard Burger Master, unintentionally ruined his son's life by feeding him burgers for his entire life and causing his mother to turn into one.]]
* FunnyAfro: [[spoiler: Pretty much makes it clear that he's the Beard Burger Master's son.]]
* GoodCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler: Just as he realizes his mistakes, [[ItMakesSenseInContext water falls on him,]] knocking his glasses off.]]
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: Happens right near the end of his stage.]]
--> [[spoiler:"Then why do I love noodles so dearly? It makes no sense, I must've sounded really eerie!"]]
* JiveTurkey: Some of his lyrics almost push him into PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy territory.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Gee, I don't know, noodles?