Trivia: PaRappa the Rapper

Both PaRappa and UmJammer Lammy examples

  • Bowdlerise: The American versions of UmJammer Lammy and PaRappa 2 went through an admirable amount of this.
    • In UmJammer Lammy, the cutscene for Stage 6 was re-animated so that Lammy gets flung back through time and ends up on an exotic island, instead of dying and going to Hell. Also, the line where Yoko threatens to kill Lammy with her guitar (before she remarks that she's already dead) was removed and dubbed over.
      • Certain lyrics were changed too. References to the devil were changed to "a man" (PaRappa's version) and "somebody" (Lammy's version) (while "The angel's been mean to me, that's for sure" became "My friend's been mean to me, that's for sure" in PaRappa's version), " you can play in Hell" became " you can play in an island", "Choppin' the trees down for the fun" became "Knowin' that we're here for the fun", and "Chop all of 'em down, every single one down" became "Come on and get down, way single one down". (In PaRappa's version, "I love choppin' down trees just for fun" became "I love rockin' to the beat just for fun" and the entire "Choppin' down trees, just for fun" lyric became "Rollin' up high in the sun".)
    • In PaRappa 2, all references to God were changed to "the man", the lyric "...tastes better than wine" was changed to " better get in line", and "Warm the buns" became "Toast the buns" (to avoid Accidental Innuendo). However, they didn't seem to mind "Slurp it! Suck it! I know you all like it!"
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Ryu Watabe as Ma-san.
  • Development Hell: This was the reason why there wasn't a ''PaRappa the Rapper 3''.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Due to Rodney Greenblat's popularity in Japan, he was chosen to design the game's characters and environment.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Is it just us, or does Lammy sound like a younger version of Dr. Callie Torres?
  • The Other Darrin: Sunny, Katy Kat and MC King Kong Mushi in PaRappa 2. Katy goes through another VA change in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.
  • Talking to Himself: Throughout the series, there is a number of actors who have voiced many numbers of characters. They include:
    • Michele Burks as Katy Kat and Cheap Cheap the Cooking Chicken in PaRappa 1.
    • Armstead Christian as PJ and Papa PaRappa in both the PaRappa game and its 2001 sequel.
    • "Sandra" as Instructor Mooselini, Chunky Burger Restaurant Manager, and vocalist for the song "Funny Love".
    • Ryu Watabe as Joe Chin, Chop Chop Master Onion, PaRappa 1's TV Announcer, Ma-san, and Captain Fussenpepper.
    • MC King Kong Mushi's voice actor, Richard Bush, also does the voices of the Two Punks in both PaRappa games, and Chief Puddle in UmJammer Lammy.
      • Dean Bowman, King Kong Mushi's Other Darrin in PaRappa 2, also does the Guru Ant.
    • Freedom Bremner as Boxy Boy and Hairdresser Octopus in PaRappa 2.

PaRappa-only examples

  • Actor Allusion: At the start of Vs. Mode matches in the second game, Boxy Boy will quote Hairdresser Octopus for no real reason. Both characters are voiced by Freedom Bremner.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Rumors suggested that one could play as Sunny Funny or as Chop Chop Master Onion in the original PaRappa.

UmJammer Lammy-only examples

  • No Export for You: Narrowly averted with the spin-off album Make it Sweet! Let Wikipedia explain:
    • "In the United States, the album was not released due to the commercial failure yet critical success of UmJammer Lammy. Due to that, the album was put for download on the Internet for free, although not on iTunes or Rhapsody."

Anime-only examples