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->''Oh, we laugh at this game! Gradius is fine, but this is nicer!''
-->-- ''Parodius: Non-Sense Fantasy'' (European release of ''Parodius Da!'')

->'''''Do Not Play Seriously!'''''
-->-- Translated intro ending line from ''MSX Parodius''.

Parodius is pretty much ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on acid]]. Leave your common sense at the door.

The series proper spans five games:
* ''Parodius ~Tako wa Chikyū o Sukū~''[[labelnote:translation]]"The Octopus Saves the Earth"[[/labelnote]] (1988, for {{MSX}})
* ''Parodius Da! ~Shinwa kara Owarai~''[[labelnote:translation]]"It's Parodius! From Myth to Comedy"[[/labelnote]] (1990, for arcade, SNES, PC-Engine, NES, Game Boy) -- Released in Europe as ''Parodius: Non-Sense Fantasy''.
* ''Gokujō Parodius ~Kako no Eikou wo Motomete~''[[labelnote:translation]]"Ultimate Parodius: Seeking the Glory of the Past"[[/labelnote]] (1994, for arcade and Super Famicom) -- Released in Europe as ''Fantastic Journey''.
* ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius''[[labelnote:translation]]"Live Chatting Parodius"[[/labelnote]] (1995, for Super Famicom, [=PlayStation=], Saturn)
* ''Sexy Parodius'' (1996, for arcade, [=PlayStation=], Saturn)

A TurnBasedStrategy spinoff, ''Paro Wars'', was released in 1997 for the PlayStation. There was also a ''Parodius'' Drama CD, and various pachinko and pachi-slot games.

Parodius plays much like the Gradius series, but much [[LighterAndSofter Fluffier]] and [[DenserAndWackier Nuttier]]. Many of the characters are drawn from other {{Konami}} games, including the [[{{Gradius}} Vic Viper]] (whose [[AttackDrone Option]] is itself playable in ''Sexy Parodius''), VideoGame/{{Twinbee}}, [[GanbareGoemon Goemon]], [[AntarcticAdventure Pentarou the penguin]], VideoGame/KidDracula, and Upa (the baby hero of ''Bio Miracle Bokette Upa''). Characters original to the series have included:
* Takosuke, Takohiko & Belial: A family of octopuses.
* Hikaru & Akane: [[RocketRide Torpedo-riding]] girls in PlayboyBunny outfits.
* Mambo & Samba: Laser-shooting fish.
* Michael & Gabriel: Angelic pigs.
* Mike & Ran: Neutered cats.
* Sue & Memim: A pair of faeries.
* Koitsu, Aitsu, Soitsu & Doitsu: Stick men riding paper airplanes.
* Ivan & Toby: More penguins with UnusualEyebrows.

The weapons and powerups are largely derived from ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'', ''Salamander'' and ''VideoGame/{{Twinbee}}'', but later games have characters equipped with weapons modeled after Konami's lesser-known {{Shoot Em Up}}s, such as ''VideoGame/ThunderCross'', ''VideoGame/{{Axelay}}'' and ''XEXEX'', and from other shooters such as ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}'', ''VideoGame/{{R-Type}} Leo'' and ''Truxton II''. The enemies are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou all over the place]], but if there are two common themes, it's [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]] and [[EenieMeenieMinyMoai moai]].

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* AffectionateParody: of ''{{Gradius}}'', hence the name.
** Sometimes of other properties: the Moai Battleship is most likely a parody of VideoGame/{{R-Type}}'s infamous huge spaceship from the 3rd level.
** One stage in ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius'' is a blatant pastiche of the Konami shoot-em-up ''Xexex''.
* ArtShift: In ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius,'' the stages themed after ''Xexex'' and ''Lethal Enforcers'' use this.
* AttackDrone: Well, many of the characters here have options. Although in the last game, you can play as Option itself.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever:In ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius,'' giant versions of Hikaru and Akane become the level 2 boss. Also, Rika Chichibinita, the giant Vegas dancer, in almost every game save the MSX ''Parodius'' and ''Sexy Parodius.''
* BackFromTheDead: Even though you clearly see him dead in a previous game, [[spoiler: The penguin captain]] comes back in Sexy Parodius as part of a boss rush.
* BattleshipRaid: With moais and all.
* BellyDancer: You fly [[BetweenMyLegs Between Her Legs]].
* BlushSticker: Archangel pigs Michael and Gabriel have them.
* BossWarningSiren: At one point in ''Fantastic Journey'', the player encounters the [[BattleshipRaid Moai Battleship]], with its placement randomly determined inbetween two of the regular stages. When the player is about to encounter it after clearing one of the stages, its own music theme plays instead of the chosen player character's theme and the message '''WARNING''' flashes on the screen.
* CameraAbuse: The ending of ''Non-Sense Fantasy.''
* CuteEmUp
* ContinuityNod: the second level of ''Gokujō Parodius'' (a.k.a. ''Fantastic Journey'') has you going underwater at one point. There you will find the [[TakenForGranite corpses of the Pirate Penguin, his crew]], and the remains of the Cat Battleship MK I, who were the first boss and miniboss in ''Non-Sense Fantasy,'' respectively.
* CoolOldGuy: According to ''Non-Sense Fantasy,'' [[SapientShip Vic Viper]] is 58 years old, and his upgrades are pretty average compared with the other characters, but he is also the only character that appears from the first ''Parodius'' to ''Sexy Parodius.''
* CoolShades: The front face of the Moai Battleship likes wearing them.
* DownerEnding:
** ''Fantastic Journey.'' [[spoiler: After several stages of wackyness, you have finally defeated the Octo-Queen. You find the treasure you've been looking for...only to find that there is a sentient classic cartoon bomb that has taken the place of the treasure. It's fuse has already burned to its last moments, and as a result, the dance club base is utterly destroyed by the ensuing explosion. During the credits, enjoy watching your character float amongst the shattered remains of the club you just raided. However, [[NotQuiteDead that doesn't stop you from entering the]] [[BrutalBonusLevel Special Stage.]]]]
* {{Eagleland}} (Flavor 1): Eagle Sabu, a bald eagle dressed as Uncle Sam, serves as a boss in ''Non-Sense Fantasy.''
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: A huge battleship of them, [[VideoGame/{{Darius}} approaching fast]]. They also often appear in pre-stages.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: There's plenty of them. Two almost always serves as playable characters, another (Penkuro, of the ''Taisen Puzzle Dama'' series) is one of the bosses of ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius''' Boss Rush stage, and the rest are either {{Mook}}s or [[FunnyBackgroundEvent background elements.]]
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Intentional due to its ridiculous premise.
* [[{{Expy}} Exported Weaponry]]: The angelic pig Michael (and even moreso Mike in ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius'') has the attacks of ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}'''s Silver Hawk, and Hikaru uses weapons from the ''Thunder Cross'' ship. And Ran is the [[RType R9 Leo]]. Mambo has Screw Laser from MSX's ''Nemesis''-series and Search Laser from ''Xexex''.
** Kid Dracula uses the attacks of the ship from ''{{Axelay}}'', another Konami shooter.
*** Also, Tako/Octopus has the ''Salamander'' configuration, while Pentarou has the ''Gradius III'' configuration... heck, almost everybody is probably this in some way or another.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Takosuke]] in ''Sexy Parodius'' does one of these just before the last level in an attempt to escape with all the money you earned in-game. [[spoiler: He doesn't get far.]]
* FlyAtTheCameraEnding: Parodied (of course) in ''Non-Sense Fantasy.'' After having destroyed the Bacterian base, our hero flies at the camera and... [[CameraAbuse smashes]] the screen! [[http://www.vazcomics.org/mamend/P/parodius.htm See for yourself]]!
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Many levels are full of things happening in the background, most of them related to penguins.
* GorgeousGorgon: One serves as the end boss of one of two possible third levels in ''Sexy Parodius''. Of course, given that level pays homage to ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', and [[{{Konami}} who made both]], this is a given.
* HomeVersionSoundtrackReplacement: The song that was used originally in the first stage of ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius,'' "That's the Way I Like It," was changed in the PSP version (to the song [=Brilliant2U=] by Naoki Maeda), presumably by avoiding copyright issues, since it's an American song.
** This happened to other tracks in the collection as well. Prior to it, the PlayStation and SegaSaturn release of ''Sexy Parodius'' replaced a arrangement of "El Bimbo" with "Symphony No. 40".
* InertiaIsACruelMistress: Just like in ''Gradius,'' too many Speed Ups can make it even harder to maneuver in tight spaces
* {{Leitmotif}}: Most of the ships have their own themes. Additionally, some bosses have theirs too (Hot Lips is always fought to the ''Can Can'').
* LevelAte: most games have a cake- or candy-themed level.
* MarshmallowHell: An actual attack of a boss in ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius.'' Mind you, the fact that the "chest" consists of [[ChestBlaster two missiles]] makes it considerably deadlier.
* MisplacedWildlife: Most certainly [[RuleOfFunny intentional]]. One of the later levels in ''Non-Sense Fantasy'' is an icy underwater stage... swarming with tropical-looking fish.
* MoodWhiplash: The ending of ''Fantastic Journey.'' See DownerEnding above to see why.
* MoonRabbit: Moon bunny stage!
* MultipleEndings: Should you fail to beat the last level in Sexy Parodius before the timer runs out, you'll get a bad ending.
* NintendoHard: Just because the games look cute does not mean they are easy. The MSX ''Parodius'' also had shades of this.
* NoblewomansLaugh: As stated below, one of the bosses attacks you with it.
* OddballInTheSeries: ''Paro Wars'', the last game in the series, is a turn-based military strategy game.
* OperaGloves: Hikaru and Akane.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: A recurring boss in the series is Chichibinta Rika, a giant woman in a Vegas showgirl uniform which parodies the Shadow Dancer.
* PandaingToTheAudience: As seen in the page picture, a dancing panda is the first boss of ''Fantastic Journey.'' And its fight BGM is ''March of the Toreadors'' from ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}.'' HilarityEnsues, especially when you shoot it and its eyes pop out of its head like [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Blanka]].
* PantyShot: You get one from Anna Baburowa,the first boss in ''Fantastic Journey'' (pictured above).You also get another one from her sister Zyiude in the sequel, ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius.''
* [[PlayboyBunny Playboy Bunnies]]: Hikaru and Akane.
* PoisonMushroom: The "!?"/"OH!" powerup, which takes away all your powerups. It mainly exists to turn powerup roulette into NightmareFuel.
* {{Portmanteau}}: Parodius = '''Paro'''dy + Gra'''dius'''
** Takosuke and Takohiko's name are a portmanteau of the word "tako" (octopus in Japanese) and common endings for Japanese names.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack
** Most of the background music is based on classical and folk music.
** Everything else are remixes of Gradius music, such as the Big Core Mk III boss theme and the Aircraft Carrier (boss rush) music.
** And some are from other Konami properties, like the ''Castlevania'' theme remix and such. Holy fuck they just used [[VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution Brilliant2u]] in the first stage of ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius'' (originally That's the Way I Like It) in the PSP collection!
* RecurringBoss: If a boss has appeared in the series, chances are that it will show up again in another game. Mind you, not all bosses return ever game. Some are forgotten and not seen again until Konami wakes the hell up and goes back to see what else they made. The Cat Battleship has seen the most appearances, having appeared from ''Non-Sense Fantasy'' all the way to ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius!'', and that's not even getting into some of the other bosses.
* RefugeInAudacity: Neutered cats? Bunny girls flying on torpedoes? Using a condom as a shield (for the stick figures on airplanes)? And that's even before getting into the contents of ''Sexy Parodius''.
** The most blatant example of the trope may be the flashing Moai's from ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius'', complete with pixelated genitalia...
* SapientShip: [[{{Gradius}} Vic Viper and Lord British]] seem to be sapient beings, rather than mere ships with pilots in them. Of course, this being ''Parodius'', this is played up for comedy.
* ShoutOut: Even past the [[{{Expy}} exported characters]] and ShootEmUp homages. Starting with the third game, many levels have been based on other Konami properties, including but not limited to ''TokimekiMemorial'', ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'', ''VideoGame/LethalEnforcers'', ''Taisen Puzzle Dama'', ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', ''VideoGame/YieArKungFu'', and ''[[LivePowerfulProBaseball Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu]]''.
** The Moai Battleship in ''Gokujō Parodius'' is a parody of SpaceBattleshipYamato.
** The intro to ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius'' shows the antagonists doing a ColonyDrop. Undoubtedly an homage to MobileSuitGundam.
* SpiritualSuccessor: {{Otomedius}} seems to be this, what with two of the Parodius bosses appearing in Otomedius Gorgeous (Eliza the Mermaid and Yoshiko, Empress of Easter Island respectively). Parodius seems to live on through pachinko and pachislot games, however.
* TakingYouWithMe: Decoration Core MK II, or also known as Lips (Stage 5 boss) in ''Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius'' tries to do this after defeating it. If you know this is coming, you won't have trouble avoiding it. Of course, one must be careful of suicide bullets too...
* TalkingPoo: You can see a living poo come out of a toilet if you destroy an specific Moai head in the second stage of Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius. It's dressed in a way reminiscent of a [[Anime/SailorMoon certain magical girl show]].
* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler:The Mecha Penguin]], fought at the end of the [[BrutalBonusLevel Special Stage]] in ''Fantastic Journey.''
* UpdatedRerelease: A compilation of most of the games (except the SpinOff ''Paro Wars'') was released for the PSP in 2006. It contained a remake of the MSX original, the PSX version of ''Jikkyō Oshaberi,'' and the arcade versions of rest. Due to copyrights involving some of the songs, Konami replaced a few of the tracks with replacement music.
* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: There's a weapon that the attack is nonsense phrases such as "SHAVING IS BORING" coming out of your spaceship.
** The mermaid boss in the second stage of ''Fantastic Journey'' attacks with laughter.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: The plot in Sexy Parodius revolves around Takosuke opening an agency to help people in whatever problem they have. [[spoiler: In the end, however, Takosuke isn't exactly intent on staying faithful to that.]]
* WidgetSeries: It's not a surprise that Western audiences are weirded out by this series.
* ZeroEffortBoss: The final boss in most games is this. This is given since this is a parody of ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'', after all.
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