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->[[RunningGag Warning: The article you are about to read is canon.]]

-->''The Great B-Ball Purge of 2041, a day so painful to some that it is referred to only as the "B-Ballnacht". Thousands upon thousands of the world's greatest ballers were massacred in a swath of violence and sports bigotry as the game was outlawed worldwide. The reason: the Chaos Dunk, a jam so powerful its mere existence threatens the balance of chaos and order. Among the few ballers and fans that survived the basketball genocide was Charles Barkley, the man capable of performing the "Verboten Jam"...''

A freeware {{RPG}} by Tales of Game's (sic).

It's TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture {{in a world}} where basketball is SeriousBusiness. The sport has been outlawed and the world's ballers have been hunted down and killed after a forbidden technique known as a Chaos Dunk killed millions.

Really, the whole game is one big moment of hilarity from start to finish, from the underground colony of furries to the ruins of [[NewNeoCity Proto-Neo-New York]] and beyond. It has to be seen to be believed. Oh, and did we mention that the events of ''Film/SpaceJam'' are canonical to the game's timeline?

The full title is ''Tales of Game's Presents Chef Boyardee's Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley [=SaGa=]''. And remember: If you can't slam with the best, [[http://talesofgames.com/barkley/ then jam with the rest.]]

A sequel, titled ''The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 - Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie - Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley [=SaGa=]'' (colloquially called [[VideoGame/Barkley2CurseOfCuchulainn ''Barkley 2: Curse of Cuchulainn]]'') has been confirmed, with a [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/talesofgames/barkley-2-an-rpg-sequel-to-barkley-shut-up-and-jam/ Kickstarter]] that has successfully met its goal. Taking place in 666X, the game tells the story of the amnesiac cyborg [=X114JAM9=] as he searches for the Cyberdwarf in his quest to to learn who he is.

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!!This game uses some of these tropes:
* AfterTheEnd: Specifically, After The End of The Revolutionary War.
* AffectionateParody: This game is an incredible parody of 16-bit [=JRPGs=]. There's also a ''much'' less affectionate parody of the RPG Maker community and certain Internet subcultures in general. One of the rants (exactly one) comes from SomethingAwful.
%%* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer
* ActionCommands: The attacks in the game are made stronger by well-timed button presses of various sorts, similar to ''VideoGame/PaperMario''.
%%* AllInARow
* AlternateHistory: UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution wasn't fought for America, but [[InherentlyFunnyWords Jickleberg]]. The aftermath of the war is the Cyberpocalypse.
* AlwaysCheckBehindTheChair: Lampshaded with [[GrailInTheGarbage the trash cans in the Spalding building.]]
* AntidoteEffect: Averted; healing items work by percents instead of fixed numbers. You'll still want to buy the all-purpose StandardStatusEffect cure instead of the individual status medicine, though.
* AnticlimaxBoss: [[invoked]]As part of the game's constant jabs at video games in general, several bosses are quite a bit weaker than they appear:
** Most of the opponents in the B-Ball Dimension Arena Tournament, except for the final battle with Kevin Garnett. Special mention goes to the Flame Delmon, who blows ''himself'' up early into the fight. Barkley [[{{Irony}} comments afterwards that it was tough]].
** The [[spoiler:Ball Spider that guards Shimmerglobe]], which is just a normal enemy from an early dungeon, yet is treated as a boss with the boss music playing.
* AntiGrinding: [[ActuallyFourMooks Wandering enemies]] don't respawn, [[GoodBadBugs except in one area]] that gets visited twice.
* TheAtoner: Barkley, who must live with the fact that him performing the Chaos Dunk was why the world is in its currently ruined state and destroyed the sport he loved.
* BareFistedMonk: Cyberdwarf fights with his bare hands and equips different muscles.
* BigBad: Like many [=JRPGs=], [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere you don't see him or hear about it at all]] until you've beaten everything else.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Dikembe Mutombo's entire tomb is inside Cyberdwarf's house in Cesspool X.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: There are a lot of fake "bad translation" elements; "Gun" is always pluralized as "gun's", and people who use "gun's" are "gun'sbrasters", because they can "brast" things out of their "gun's".
* BonusBoss: There's several optional bosses you can fight, some of them including the Ghastly Darklord and Kevin Garnett.
* BoringButPractical: Charles' Double Team is one of the first moves you have access to, isn't too flashy, but is easily one of the most damaging moves he has in his arsenal as well as one of the least expensive to use, especially after acquiring the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One B-Ball]]. The same applies to Hoopz as well, as his Gun's Slay inflicts way more damage than Trickgun Assault, and costs a third as much.
* BuffySpeak: "Quit Vidcon? Yeah/Nah"
* ButThouMust: Lampshaded at least once, when an NPC tells you he could tell you were a friend and if you'd answered "foe" he wouldn't have believed you.
** Another exchange: "Will you promise to kill Raffleson?" "Nah" "Saying no is simply not an option!" (Despite that you hardly know who Raffleson or the guy telling you to kill him are).
* CallingYourAttacks: "CHAAAAAAOOOOOOSSS DUUUUUUUUNNK!"
* {{Camp}}: How else can you describe a game featuring Charles Barkley, his gunslinger son, a cyborg dwarf with basketball leather for skin, and a sword-wielding descendant of [=LeBron=] James with {{Elemental Powers}} fighting a monster consisting of Bill Cosby's head on a ghost body?[[note]]Other than extremely awesome?[[/note]]
* CelibateHero: After the death of his wife, Barkley would never allow himself to fall for another woman.
* {{Chiptune}}: The game's theme is the Space Jam theme backed by one of these.
* TheChosenOne: Hoopz Barkley, but whatever it is he was chosen to do, he doesn't do it in this game. At the very least, he seems to be completely immune to the powers of Cuchulainn.
* CleanCut[=/=]EverythingFades[=/=]StuffBlowingUp: Among the animations that randomly play when an enemy dies.
* CombatMedic: Cybedwarf, whose spells are all healing spells and can dish out debuffs with his various throws.
* ContinuityNod: The protagonist of Barkley 2, who doesn't remember who he is, calls himself [=X114JAM9=], after an error message. In the original, Vinceborg cites error [=X114JAM9=] in association with him not remembering his purpose.
* CrutchCharacter: Don't get too used to Vinceborg's uncanny ability to kill entire waves of enemies with his EyeBeams.
* CrystalDragonJesus: The people of the world worship an entity known as Clispaeth, who is actually based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispus_Attucks Crispus Attucks]], the first man killed in the Boston Massacre. In this world however, Clispaeth Ryuji Atucks was a freedom fighter who led the rebellion against the British Empire.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The Chaos Dunk.
* DatingSim: Cyberdwarf's quest for "Applebottoms" in the B-Ball Dimension.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Within ''the same game'', many characters are depicted as looking radically different in their different sprites. Between Balthios's portrait, overworld, and battle sprites, his hair goes from long and white to short and black to short and white, respectively. Also, Hoopz's overworld sprites look nothing like how he does in-battle and in his portrait. Put simply, Cyberdwarf is the ''only'' character who has any degree of correlation between sprites and picture. Invoked from the start, where Hoopz turns into the "generic basketball player" sprite and back when showing Barkley his skills. All of this is due to the game stealing most of its art assets from other games.
* DevelopersRoom: [[spoiler: It's located in scenic Hell.]]
* DevelopmentHell: A full ''four'' years after the game's release passed before news of the sequel surfaced.
* DiscOneNuke: The Snail Zauber can be gained very early on from a sidequest in Cesspool X and is likely going to be Balthios's weapon for a long time.
* DualWielding: Eventually Charles learns to dual-wield basketballs by double-dribbling, allowing his attacks to hit twice and therefore doubling his power.
* DuelBoss: The final battle with Michael Jordan has him and Barkley fight one-on-one.
* EasterEgg: Jordan's theme is [[spoiler:Sweet Georgia Brown]], just in a minor key and played slowly on a synthesizer.
* ElvesVsDwarves: Sludge Elves[[note]]Weren't they in ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawl''?[[/note]] and Dwarves don't get along.
* EnemySummoner: Dread Refs can summon other Dread Refs to their side and can be quite a pain early on in the game.
* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler:Shadow Barkley]].
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: [[spoiler:Shadow Barkley's true form is... Charles's head on Diablo from ''PrimalRage''.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Vinceborg, once he regains his memory and remembers his objective to kill Hoopz]].
* FallenHero: Michael Jordan plays this role, especially given that ''Film/{{Space Jam}}'' is considered canon.
* FantasticRacism: Genies are like blue Nazis when it comes to hating duergars.
-->"I was rubbed from a lamp many years ago and my mission is to steal civil rights from Duergars. Perhaps you could call this racism, but that is one of the main goals of all genies."
-->"This is merely my own personal philosophy, but I believe we should display our intolerance for Duergars on every level."
* FantasyKitchenSink: Features dwarves, the undead, elemental {{Magic Knight}}s, aliens, genies, and superpowered basketball players, among other things. In near-future America without explanation, no less.
* FanSequel: To ''Film/SpaceJam'', and (naturally) to the obscure SNES/Genesis game ''Barkley, Shut Up and Jam!''. It is unknown whether or not the Genesis-exclusive ''Barkley, Shut Up and Jam! 2'' is also considered canon.
* FightWoosh: About 20+ different wooshes, chosen at random when transitioning to the battle screen.
* FlatWhat: Barkley delivers one upon seeing the "reward" for [[spoiler: turning in the F.I.N.A.L.G.U.N. to Mark.]] You get [[spoiler:a completely worthless sticker.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: B.L.O.O.D.M.O.S.E.S., the Statue of L.I.B.E.R.T.Y., ~F.A.T.E~, and the legendary F.I.N.A.L.G.U.N. Mind, if any of these actually stand for anything, it's never elaborated upon.
* FurryFandom: They live in the sewers of Neo New York. Surprisingly, they're actually treated pretty fairly - they're decent people (some hostility towards the "norms" aside, and that's required for the standard post-apocalypse sewer-dweller template), rather intelligent and insightful. Barkley's a dick to them, but he's a dick to ''everyone'' in this game. All in all, they come off far better here than in, say, ''Videogame/KingdomOfLoathing''.
* FutureFoodIsArtificial: In the post-cyberpocalypse, mankind will live off of Protein Paste and [[NostalgiaFilter Hi-C Ecto Coolers]].
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: After getting the SwordOfPlotAdvancement, Barkley claims he can "sink a three-pointer from 30 yards away", but his accuracy doesn't seem to improve at all from it.
* GenreSavvy: Hoopz is an experienced enough gamer that he immediately knows what to do when the party encounters some well-worn vidcon trope.
* GenreShift: Barkley 2, unlike the previous game, is an open-world ActionRPG.
* GlobalCurrency: "Neo-Shekels" are the currency of choice in the post-cyberpocalypse.
* GratuitousGerman: Zaubers ("charm"s), Das Fructose Ungeheuer (also known as the Diabestie), and Verboten Jam.
* GratuitousJapanese:
** After [[spoiler:Jordan uses a [[UniversalPoison Type-2 Diabetes]] trap on Hoopz]], Charles Barkley repeatedly calls Jordan a "{{baka}}".
** Clispaeth's full name was [[JapaneseRanguage Clispaeth]] Ryuji [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Atucks]].
** The terms "bishie" and "ganjin", among others, are used.
** And MichaelJordan's last words when you beat him are "S...So desu ne..."[[note]]Can be translated as "Is that so?" or "I'm afraid so." depending on situation.[[/note]]
* HackingMinigame: Subverted. Hinted to in the vending machine, but you never get any "science points" to attempt it.
* HealingHands: [[spoiler:Wilford Brimley can absorb the diabetes of others, at the price of aggravating his own. By the time you meet him, he has to stay attached to a giant insulin machine to survive, and it can no longer keep up the sheer rate of insulin he needs.]]
* TheHeavy: Michael Jordan is the primary antagonist for most of the game, but he is not the BigBad.
* HeroicSacrifice: It's heavily implied that [[spoiler:Charles doesn't survive the Chaos Dunk he performs at the end of the game]].
* HollywoodCyborg: Vinceborg is a conventional example, but there's also the Cyberdwarf, whose skin was ''replaced with basketballs'' after being injured.
* IdiotBall: In Cuchulainn's Tomb, the four party members are tested for their resolve, one after the other. The three deuteragonists all have obvious character flaws and weaknesses, whereas Barkley does not have any obvious vices that can be exploited. [[spoiler:When it's his turn to be tested, he immediately forgets about his mission and gives in to temptation:]]
--> "Gold... Incan Gold..."
* InvoluntarySuicideMechanism: This seems to kick in on [[spoiler:Vinceborg]] near the end...[[spoiler: or he killed himself on purpose]].
* IrrelevantSidequest: Several, such as rewriting a poem and negotiating a labor contract, much to Barkley's annoyance.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: Barkley fights using his B-Ball skill and uses balls as his main weapons. He encounters various other enemies who do so.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Hoopz can do a ton of things based on the fact that he knows about "vidcons", to which Barkley repeatedly shows his pride.
-->"Vidcons, dad."
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Hoopz during the first Chaos Dunk.]]
* InfinityPlusOneSword:
** Shimmerglobe, the ultimate b-ball. After obtaining [[spoiler:both the Hell B-Ball and Shimmerglobe, Barkley will DualWield them.]]
** There's also the WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}mono, which can only be gained by siding with the Duergar in the Chup Mines.
** For Hoopz, the F.I.N.A.L.G.U.N. is the best weapon for him. Considering that [[spoiler:you can beat up the Square-Enix Goya representative for his money and giving it to Mark gives you an absolutely worthless prize]], there's not much of a reason to not give it to Hoopz.
* InnSecurity: [[spoiler:If you rest in the nearby inn after defeating Ghost Dad, he will come to you and thank you for helping him rest in peace.]]
* InformedAbility: Barkley can supposedly perform the Verboten Jam and the Chaos Dunk, but never actually does it during gameplay. Justified, given what the Chaos Dunk [[WeaponOfMassDestruction does]]; he simply refuses to use it unless absolutely necessary, [[spoiler:which he does to finish off Shadow Barkley at the end of the game. On that note, Shadow Barkley]] does use the Verboten Jam against you when you fight him, not having Barkley's qualms about its use. It is a OneHitKill on anyone it hits regardless of equipment or stats, making it [[GameplayandStoryIntegration actually as powerful as you are told]].
* JumpScare: Parodied. At one point in the Sugar Caves, an image of a sugar shaker will flash on the screen, horror-movie style.
* LampshadeHanging:
** After completing a dungeon where touching the walls is dangerous:
--> "Both of these keys broke when I put them in the door! And the sugar counter's gone!"
--> "Thankfully we won't need those items anymore."
** At one point you need to insert crystals into pedestals to open a door in a tomb. Barkley says there's no way that's right, there must be a key somewhere. Balthios comments that weird things like this are designed to drive intruders insane.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** [[spoiler:Vinceborg]] has [[BlueDragon "Eternity"]] during both fights.
** Jordan has his own in the form of [[spoiler:Sweet Georgia Brown]], which is lampshaded repeatedly before the battle.
* LocomotiveLevel: The Underground Railroad, if you choose to take it.
* LongTitle:
** The first game: "Tales of Game's presents Chef Boyardee's Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley [=SaGa=]".
** The sequel: "The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 - Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie - Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley [=SaGa=]".
* LostForever: Subverted - most of the secret items that the game says you didn't find... [[spoiler:don't actually exist]].
* MagicPlasticSurgery: Dr. Allard is able to transform human furries into the species of their desire.
* {{Magitech}}: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Manufacted]] Slamicite. It has a less harmful counterpart, jamicite, but for your purposes you need the strong stuff.
* MegaCorp: [[SquareEnix Square-Enix]]-Goya.
* {{Mons}}: The B-Ball Ranch, where you can raise B-Balls. ([[spoiler:Subverted - they don't actually do anything.)]]
* MonsterCompendium: The Animayor's bestiary, although most of the entries are never actually encountered.
* TheMorlocks: The furries of Cesspool X are a parody of the concept. They all live under the sewers due to being hated by "norms", though by all intents and purposes they're largely harmless individuals who wish to live out their lives in peace.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Ultimate Hellbane, [[spoiler:Ghastly Darklord]].
* NewGamePlus: [[spoiler:Victorian Steampunk mode is unlocked after you finish the game.]]
* NewNeoCity: Neo New York, the city where the game takes place.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:The fates of Barkley and Balthios are unknown after Barkley performs another Chaos Dunk at the end of the game.]]
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Barkley's wife Maureen was killed in the Chaos Dunk.
* NoFairCheating: If you quit and restart the game after losing money gambling, the gambler will come up to you, take all your money, and auto-save the game.
* NonindicativeName: The soundtrack's metadata is full of vaguely obscene, badly typed nonsense, most of which has nothing to do with the music at all (with a few exceptions like '[[BlatantLies Hilarious]] [[DarkReprise Georgia Brown]]', [[BlueDragon 'jesus christ the guy from deep purple sang this']], and the simply titled [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 'sad']]).
* NonStandardGameover: Hell, which you enter if you die after refusing to give money to beggars enough times. Also, the normal game over screen does not make any sense at all. You get an image of Barkley crying a single, shoddily animated tear with the caption "Kurt Cobain" over it.
* NoPointsForNeutrality: You get absolutely nothing but disappointment from both sides if you organize a deal that favors neither duergars or genies in the Chup Mines.
* NoTimeToExplain: The Cyberdwarf says this about taking Hoopz to the church. However, before doing that you do have time to complete an unrelated dungeon found in the back of his home.
* OldSaveBonus: As a result of a Kickstarter stretch goal being reached, saves from the first game can be brought over to the second.
* OneWingedAngel: The final boss's second form. [[spoiler:It's Charles Barkley's head on a tyrannosaur, specifically Diablo from PrimalRage.]] Also, the first form is [[spoiler:a literal example... which is a reskin of the final form of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]].]]
* OnlySaneMan: Barkley frequently comes off as this, and when he's doing something insane, Balthios takes the role.
* [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Our Delmons Are Different]]: They differ from ''demons'' because they can use the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Junction System]], while demons get a "Level 2 Imp Summon".
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Except for the cyberdwarf variety, which comes from outer space.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: In an optional scene, Balthios reveals that he's a Wereduergar, who transforms into a raging Duergar every Columbus Day.
* TheOverworld: The game parodies the OverworldNotToScale type, with an overworld that only becomes accessible right before the end of the game, and only contains two locations, the place where you need to go, and the city where you've spent the entire game so far.
* OverworldNotToScale: Parodied - It appears just before the last dungeon, and there's only two locations on it.
* PapaWolf: Barkley's primary concern above all else is his desire to be a good father to Hoopz and protect him from harm.
* {{Parody}}: Of {{JRPG}}s.
* PlanetHeck: If you refuse to give money to all of the beggars, then [[spoiler:you get sent to Hell after your next TotalPartyKill]].)
* PressXToNotDie: To be fair, you get one mistake. Not so fair: this is almost the ''first interactivity'' the game has. Expect to play through the chase sequence a few times.
* ProductPlacement: Parodied; the game's most potent healing item is a Burger King Chicken Fry. Not an entire carton, ''just one''. It cures death, maxes out health and magic, and cures all status effects, for the whole party. The second-strongest healing item is the greasy "dew" left behind by a Chicken Fry.
** There are two things a Duergar can't resist. One is rubies. The other is a [[http://childrenofthenineties.blogspot.com/2009/03/dunkaroos.html Dunkaroo]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Courtesy of Dikembe Mutombo. [[NBAJam BOOM! SHAKA! LAKA!]]
* RealPersonFic: The game is about Charles Barkley in a "post-cyberpocalyptic" world where basketball has been outlawed.
* RagnarokProofing: The Spalding factory is mostly untouched years after being abandoned due to the Chaos Dunk.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Vinceborg]] kills himself in a HeelFaceDoorSlam invoked by his current employers, if not himself.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: Barkley touches the Incan gold in Cuchulainn's Tomb]]... and it is never mentioned again. Perhaps we'll see the results in Chapter 2.
** Depending on your choices, two [=NPCs=] will swear revenge on you in the latter half of the game, only to never be heard from again. In fact, generally the game makes up and doesn't follow through on plot threads and gameplay elements so often it's easier to count the number of sidequests or arcs that don't leave hanging threads.
* {{Running Gag}}:
** Diabetes is used not only as a {{Standard Status Effect}} corresponding to poison, it's also mentioned off-hand several times [[spoiler:and becomes a major plot point later on.]]
** Balthios's terrible taste in poetry.
** Reginald using a different name in every conversation that talks about him.
* RPGsEqualCombat: There's a "basketball game" that consists of Barkley throwing basketballs at an enemy that shoots back at him with a gun.
* SdrawkcabAlias: [[spoiler:Yelmirb is Wilfred Brimley]].
* SeriousBusiness:
** Basketball is a forbidden art, as mastery of the game allows a person to perform the highly destructive "Verboten Jams" and the "Chaos Dunk" techniques.
** There's an island that has a cult of those who abhor sugar and diabetes in all of its forms.
* ShoutOut: All over the damn place. They are mostly ironic in nature.
** The metadata title for one of the songs is "[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion In Memory of Kawaoru]]".
* SillinessSwitch: In addition to the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX "Al Bhed"]] language option and the game's general silliness, upon beating the game you unlock [[spoiler:Victorian Steampunk]] mode (seemingly inspired by Barkley's old nickname of "Sir Charles"), which replaces all character names and portraits with ones appropriate to the wrong setting.
* {{Smurfing}}: This game takes the amount of words or phrases that can have "b-ball" appended to them UpToEleven.
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: Averted--any departing character's equipment is given back to you.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The battle theme to the DuelBoss is Sweet Georgia Brown.
* SpaceStation: Necron 5, the final dungeon, is a space station.
* SprintMeter: Marked by a giant sneaker in the corner of the screen. It only appears when you dash.
* StandardStatusEffects: With very non-standard names, including Bamboozled, Fouled (Stun), Diabetes (Poison) and Glaucoma (Blind).
* StealthPun: Hoopz Barkley uses a gun. In Neo New York, Hoopz shoot YOU!
* SuperMovePortraitAttack: When Charles uses [[spoiler:the Chaos Dunk]].
* SurrealHumour: It's easier to find examples of humour that ''isn't'' in this game.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Hell B-Ball, which allows Barkley to [[spoiler:dual-wield, upping his attack power immensely.]]
* {{Tagline}}: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX You don't need a reason to help people.]] Are you ready to slamjam? Also, "If you can't slam with the best, then jam with the rest" and "This game is canon".
* TakeThat: Among other things, it mocks FanDumb, StopHavingFunGuys, FurryFandom, and the {{Otaku}} subculture.
* TakeYourTime: There's no urgency to find the diabetes cure for Hoopz.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: The first phase of the final boss fight is a TitleThemeDrop, which is a remix of the theme from ''Film/SpaceJam''. A riff can also be heard during Charles's flashback to the first Chaos Dunk.
* TooAwesomeToUse: The [[spoiler:Golden Potato, acquired from the optional Ghastly Darklord boss, which does enormous damage to enemies but can only be used once.]]
* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Duergars rely entirely on Dunkaroos and chemical potions for sustenance.
* UnexpectedGenreChange: Most of the game plays as an RPG with some action elements. Liberty Island is an AdventureGame, although it still uses the same engine. In true adventure game style, Barkley will describe all items you find, which the other characters remark upon.
* UselessItem: Alcohol. Sure it does [[BlatantLies cure Asperger's Syndrome]], but the only thing that the status does in the first place is make your character move awkwardly.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: How do you get the best reward from the poetry-composing sidequest? [[spoiler:Choose the stilted, clinical and overall horrible suggestions that Vinceborg gives you.]]
* WakeUpCallBoss: While the first few bosses off the game are fairly easy, the [[Film/GhostDad Ghost Dad]] is a major kick in the nuts considering how early in the game you face him. He has a ridiculous amount of VP, he can power himself up with Ghost Muscle, he can reduce your attack power, and he can inflict multiple random status ailments on the entire party with Ghostly Curse. That last attack is particularly brutal because there isn't a whole lot you can do about the multiple status ailments that early in the game. And he is ''very'' liberal with it. If you allow the fight to go on too long, your characters will become weakened so much that they will do very little damage to him.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Attempted by [[spoiler:[[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Shadow Barkley]]]] in the finale. Doing so causes a NonStandardGameOver.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Cyberdwarf performs suplexes for his physical attacks.
* XMeetsY: The developers stated in an interview that is's like "VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI meets Film/SpaceJam" or something to that effect. Alternatively, ''NBAJam'' meets ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' meets ''DragonBall''.
* YouAllLookFamiliar: The duergars and genies, but otherwise averted: Most background characters have unique sprites, albeit ripped from other videogames.
%%* YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord
* YoungGun: Hoopz Barkley, whose character class is the "Gun'sbraster"; predictably, he uses "gun's".
* {{Zonk}}: Giving the F.I.N.A.L.G.U.N. to the guy in Proto Neo New York gets you... [[spoiler:a sticker.]]
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