* AwesomeMusic: So many [[AwesomeMusic/KatamariDamacy it has its own page]].
* BrokenBase: ''Touch My Katamari'' introduces new stretching and squashing mechanics for the katamari. However, it's also [[ItsShortSoItSucks short]], has most of the cousins [[PutOnABus going on vacation]], and [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks gives those who do appear]] [[UnnecessaryMakeover makeovers that weren't well-recieved]].
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: As great as the entire soundtrack is, ''A Song For The King Of Kings'' is a definite chart-topper.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMH49ieL4es Katamari on the Rocks]] definitely qualifies. It plays during the opening sequence and last level of the first game.
* EarWorm: Any of the songs that appear in the series. '''ANY SONG.''' No wonder "Katamari On The Rocks" is referenced in the TropeImage.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Out of all the cousins, Marny gets a ''lot'' of appearances in official art, wallpapers and the like. This is probably due in no small part to his simple, yet very distinctive shape; the obvious implications of which in this universe have been acknowledged, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/KatamariMarnyProblem.PNG as seen here]].
** Other cousins, such as Dipp, Ichigo, June, Kuro, Miso and Velvet, are very popular. Many of these popular cousins appeared in the cut-down roster of ''Touch My Katamari'', while others got references in the altered costumes some of them wore -- such as [[FanNickname Juno]], June wearing a version of Kuro's {{Sentai}} garb.
* FreudWasRight: Odeko's distinctive shape has spawned many a cheap joke at his expense. The fact that he's explicitly ''proud'' of his long head, and is prone to exaggerating its length, doesn't help.
* HilariousInHindsight: The magazine ''Anime Insider'' had a section on Japanese video games, rating them on the basis that Japan should either "Export It" or "Keep It". One of the games reviewed as Katamari Damacy. It was given a "Keep It" rating, the reviewer considering the premise too strange for Western audiences, and doubted it would be well received.
** Althought while it got an American release, it never got released in Europe for that exact reason.
* HypeBacklash: When news that a Princess would debut in ''Beautiful Katamari'' came out, fans went nuts with anticipation: would the story introduce the Prince's new little sister? Or was she his girlfriend? Or the Queen as a child, to match rumors of the young King becoming playable? Even when it came out that she was going to be part of the DownloadableContent, fans still held out hope that this meant the DLC would have some real meat to it... But when she arrived to little fanfare or answers, people weren't happy. The fact she was linked to the disappointment about the DLC in general didn't help much, either.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: ''Beautiful Katamari'' was hated by the critics for this reason. There was also a lack of variety in the tasks you got with few Special Rules levels, and 100% completion is impossible unless you buy the DLC. In fairness though, the actual game is the same goofy fun as ever so it's perfectly fine for anyone who's never experienced the madness before.
* MST3KMantra: You're rolling up living things (either one at a time, or in entire cities) and turning them into stars and stardust. You can even roll up the entire Earth itself. Yet they're alive and well ''and still on Earth'' if you retry the challenge. Indeed, sometimes the fans themselves ask you to roll them around, and they enjoy the experience and want to do it again (until you reach the top limit, at least.) The moral? Don't worry too much about these people and animals. The entire concept is more concerned with RuleOfFunny than FridgeLogic.
* NightmareFuel: The screams of trapped citizens as their workplace is rolled up into a gigantic ball of junk can be shudder-inducing.
** And after the schenario ends, the king either transforms the clump into a planet or blows it up into stardust, people and all!
** And the level in We ♥ Katamari where your Katamari is on fire and you have to roll up fuel for it. And there's nothing stopping you from accidentally rolling up that poor old lady, or maybe a cat...
*** The Campfire level ''does'' prevent you from rolling up people and animals (they "just" run away while engulfed in flames), but ''does'' let you roll up Second Cousin Kinoko. On the other hand, the level in ''BK'' and ''KF'' where you aim for ''heat'' ''does'' let you roll up hapless humans...
*** The DarkFic by Tropers/SlashPrower is [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6042573/1/Katamari_Damacy_The_Shocking_True_Story full of this.]]
*** Katamari Forever's 'Last Chaotic Ambiance' music is this. Whhhhhy, why, oh why, oooohhh whyyyyyy * shudders*
** Not to mention that other level in We ♥ Katamari where your Katamari is a sumo wrestler and you're rolling up food items for the sumo to eat and gain weight. [[ImAHumanitarian There are no boundaries.]]
** If you lose in the first game, you're taken to a screen where the King talks down to the Prince, saying what a disappointment he is, while a lightning storm and heavy rain take place. Every time lightning cracks, the King's figure is seen in various threatening positions.
*** The King's punishments get progressively worse with each new game. In We ♥ Katamari, his silhouette looms over you, with the disappointed fan sitting on his shoulder, and he rapidly fires lasers from his eyes, which fill the screen and can't be dodged. In Me & My Katamari, he ties the Prince up like a punching bag and begins beating him senseless. In Beautiful Katamari, he puts the Prince onto his pool table, and begins firing billiards at him. Finally, in Katamari Forever, he rains meteors down from the sky while he sits upon his throne.
* TheScrappy: When ''Me & My Katamari'' first came out, Pokkle got a lot of flack from fans who didn't like how he didn't look like a 'normal' cousin.
* {{Squick}}: If the premise doesn't throw you off, managing to roll up both the KingOfAllCosmos and the Queen in the same katamari in the second game will warp your mind.
* SurpriseDifficulty: Yes, it's a brightly-colored, wacky game with [[EarWorm an addictive J-pop soundtrack]]. Doesn't mean the game won't utterly humiliate you on a few levels.
** It's easy to think you nailed a level only to be told by the King that your katamari is barely acceptable. It is possible to get him to praise it, but it can be surprising how tough it is to do so, even for one who can get a passing grade with what seems to be a good amount of time left.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: "This is the happiest game I've ever played."
* ThatOneLevel: "Ursa Major" and "Taurus" in the original game, and by extension, the COW♥BEAR level in the second. ''Anything'' related to bears/cows that you pick up finishes the level, and you want something large. However, it's easy to get anything from a "WARNING: BEARS" sign or a milk bottle to finish the game, and even easier to have a larger moving object knock you into small items.
** The worst part about these levels is that, in most cases, when you grow beyond a certain point, the very smallest items disappear completely to save processor time. ''But this does not happen for these particular levels''. It is very possible to grow so large that the milk cartons you tried to avoid early on become so small you can no longer see them. Ordinarily they would exist no longer, but ''not here''. It is very possible to grow large in an attempt to get the biggest cow, then run into a milk carton that is so small it now occupies a single pixel.
** At least the second game allows you to immediately restart the level, without having to listen to the King berate you for the small item like he did in the first. (The same cannot be said for the COW♥BEAR level in ''Katamari Forever'', unfortunately.)
** The COW♥BEAR level gets kicked UpToEleven in ''Katamari Forever'' 's Drive Mode, to the point even the King himself questions your sanity when you begin the mode.
** And at least picking up a tiny item ''passes'' the level; the same can't be said for the hot-cold level in ''Beautiful Katamari'' and ''Katamari Forever''. You'll never look at a fire extinguisher the same way again.
*** For those who wonder, one level requires you to pick up hot stuff (hot meal, camp fire etc.) to accumulate 10000 degrees. The problem is picking up something cold (like an ice cream) your temperature drops '''immensely'''. And the cold items fell out from nowhere, usually directly on your path. And the bystanders '''will''' kick you into them. Oh, if you were thinking "take your time and plan out your path", your temperature is also constantly dropping (the higher it is, the faster it drops). Good luck.
*** ''Katamari Forever'' makes that level even ''worse'', as everything is now in black and white, making it harder to pick out which objects are hot or cold. Oh, and the Broken Heart power ups become traps as they will draw everything towards you, including the cold items, and probably cause an instant game over. Have fun!
** To make matters worse for those who are planning HundredPercentCompletion, several items (such as the infamous Cowbear) can ''only'' be found on these levels. As a few of these items are really quite large (again, such as the Cowbear), they are ''not'' easily obtained.
* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: Take {{Bobobo}}, {{FLCL}} and Manga/ExcelSaga and distill them into a drug form. You could probably call the result "This Is Your Drug On Games".
* UnfortunateImplications: The King's description of the peach: "A butt-shaped fruit that is more tasty than butts." The implication being that the King [[{{Squick}} knows what butts taste like.]]
** [[{{Completely Missing the Point}} So the King doesn't like Rump Roast?]]
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Figuring out some of the cousins' gender can be difficult, especially without reading the King's profiles. This definitely isn't helped by the fact all the cousins can equip all the Presents, including ones that one would normally associate with only one gender.
** The sparkly cousin Dipp is particularly prone to this, for some reason.
** This Troper freaked out when she found out Beyond, was indeed...a boy.
*** One could say that the information was ''[[IncrediblyLamePun BEYOND]]'' comprehension.
* [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs What The Hell Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made On Drugs?!]]: "Katamari Damacy: not LSD, but an incredible simulation!"
** Lampshaded by [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=117 VG Cats]]
* TheWoobie:
** The Prince for having to put up with his father's poor parenting and passing the buck.
** The constantly ill Opeo, who has it so bad that in ''Touch My Katamari'', he had to deal with a hole right through his chest. ''Again''.
** The [=RoboKing=], fully aware that he's a ReplacementGoldfish and hating every moment of it.
** The King himself in the second game, you thought his parenting was bad? [[WellDoneSonGuy Get a load of HIS dad]]!
* {{Woolseyism}}: Believe it or not, the ridiculous dialogue is completely intentional (and in some cases, an accurate and direct translation of the idiosyncratic diction used in the original game).