Video Game: Live Powerful Pro Baseball

Let's play baseball!: MLB Power Pros

Jikkyou Pawafuru Puroyakyū is a series of Japanese baseball arcade-simulation games published by Konami and developed by Pawapuro Production ever since 1994. It is one of the most long running sport series with a lot of spinoffs in Japan, though English-speaking countries tend to know the series by its Americanized spinoff series MLB Power Pros.

The series is known for the unique character design. The character used in this game have short, small, big head, no nose, no mouth and no leg. Another feature the series is famous for is the unique "Success Mode", which is a game mode where you create your own character, advance through a story mode, develop his baseball stats and finally get to use the character freely after you've complete the Success Mode. Two of four MLB Power Pros series are the only of series that have been translated into English from the results that Japanese baseball players were able to MLB league, thus the proper licensing and uses of the Major League Baseball elements. The rest of the series is associated with Nippon Professional Baseball league (NPB), resulting in no localization outside Japan.

It has appeared in two Konami crossovers, Konami Krazy Racers and DreamMix TV World Fighters.

The trope used in this series are:

  • The Ace: No doubt, you have to become one.
  • Beef Gate: You need to be strong enough to get drafted into a professional team. Team owners will also sack you of you don't perform well.
  • Bonus Boss: The Major League All-Stars, which is Harder Than Hard due to the Powerful Tulips having downright pathetic stats.
  • Butt Monkey: Marvin and Yabe by default. The main character also tend to have a fair share of bad lucks and cartoon injuries.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Almost every major character in a Success Mode has very unique heads. The new generation of the series is also almost on par with Mii when it comes to character customization.
  • Chew Toy: Marvin. With a right card, you can drag him into your affairs for comedic results.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A lot of characters are comically insane.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: Usually a love interest.
  • Darker and Edgier Success modes labeled as hard mode tends to have darker plot than others. MLB Power Pros 2009's plots and characters are more dramatic than the previous translated title.
    • Powerful Pro-kun Pocket games have more crude arts and more serious story lines than the main series.
  • Dating Sim: Since Pawapuro 4, you can date one of the girls who appear in the story.
  • Eastern RPG: Success Mode scenarios with traditional JRPG fares has been implanted in most recent Powerful Pocket game, in which you mainly fight monsters and robots instead of playing baseball. The rewarded ballplayer, instead, comes from in-universe Hand Wave.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: There gotta be that guy with huge eyeglasses on his face who'll be your best friend and/or your room mate.
  • Identical Stranger: Yabe has a bunch of lookalikes in "Power Pro-kun Pocket" games. Marvin is his U.S.A counterpart.
  • Insistent Terminology: The spine labels for the PS1 installments romanizes the word Pawafuru as it is, despite the fact that Pawafuru is simply a Japanese transliteration of the word "Powerful".
  • Fanservice: Despite being SD, Konami dished out costumes for the three recurring females which includes Sexy Santa Dress, Miko, Kimono Fanservice, swimsuits, and even apron which can be downloaded and worn in the middle of a ballgame.
  • Fun Size: To the Pro Spirit Puroyakyū series
  • Luck-Based Mission: Any Success mode, because of the random chances to get bonus, items, injury, extremely bad luck, and fatigue that ruins your entire career.
    • CPU autoplay can easily mess up a match, putting you in a position where no matter how good you play, you cannot win (This isn't a case if you're a pitcher, where you may control the defense. Even real time AI defense is more reliable than using Time Skip.).
    • Drawing a match causes the rematch that you won't get to play, meaning it's 50% or less chances you'll win.
  • Only Sane Man: The main character
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Yabe and his clones.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Or a college student, or a rookie pro, depending on the games.
  • Overprotective Dad: Becky's father, the Major League scout
  • Recurring Character:
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Aoi, Misaki, and Hijiri are all national-level (and even professional) players in their respective teams despite being females. There are loads of other emale players as the series progresses as well.
  • Password Save: Characters created in one game wil generate a set of long password which can transfer the character's stat into the next game. Success Mode's characters' real stats also can be unlocked via a password input (something that is banned in an online play).
  • Save Game Limits: The one save slot in the Japanese games' Success mode acts as a quicksave, which deletes itself upon a load or a game over. MLB Power Pros games allows Save Scumming, otherwise.
  • Serious Business: Any hard mode scenarios involving "elite baseball school" or an army of sort. You'll be constantly tested of your skills and will get a game over really fast if you're not up to the standards.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The Ikari brothers: the older Mamoru is an aloof main rival; the younger Suzumu is a Nice Guy.
  • Super-Deformed: short, big head, no nose, no mouth and no leg.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Most of the female ball players including the mentioned three are not date-able, since they are considered team mates rather than love interests.
  • The Power of Friendship: Getting your teammate to like you allows special training and events with them, where they help you rack up your skill points.
  • The Power of Love: To the lesser extent to the above, getting a girlfriend does net you with better fatigue and stat boosts, especially if the girl is an athlete who likes dragging you on a workout for a date.
  • Team Pet: A recurring puppy (Gundar) usually appears as the series mascot. In-game, it acts as a supporting cast that forces you into extra trainings.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Few of the Success Mode's scenarios let you play as a woman... which is the regular Powapuro-Kun with eyelashes and a huge ribbon.
    • Yabita Akiko is basically Yabe with a woman's hair.
  • Tournament Arc: A local baseball cup spans at least a quarter of a Success Mode. Losing a match usually means a game ending sequence; therefore, the longer you persist in the tournament, the longer you can develop your character.
  • Tsundere: Becky
  • You ALL Look Familiar: Before the MLB games, every player in the actual gameplay has only one appearance. You also can't change your look outside skin color. This is quickly inverted into Cast of Snowflakes since then.
  • Unwanted Harem: Hakusetsu High School scenario in the iOS app. Your character trains hard to get enrolled into Hakusetsu's baseball club, only to find out there's only women playing there. Worse off at least four girls got attached to him, so the team's principle forces you to play date with them to keep the morale up.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend / Unlucky Childhood Friend: Becky Fox, depend on whatever you woo her or not.
  • Visual Novel: The Success Mode, a rare case you'll see your character on screen.
  • Widget Series