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->"'''Go for a Perfect!'''"

''Rhythm Heaven'', known in Japan as ''Rhythm Tengoku'' and as ''Rhythm Paradise'' in Europe, can best be described as ''VideoGame/{{WarioWare}}'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents.'' The first game in the series was released on the GBA in late 2006, making it the last game that Creator/{{Nintendo}} developed for the system, and later in arcades as a joint project between Nintendo and Creator/{{SEGA}}. Naturally this meant that [[NoExportForYou it would be released only in Japan]], not unlike the case with ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. Despite this, the DS sequel (known as ''Rhythm Tengoku Gold'' in Japan) [[SequelFirst would receive an overseas release]] to a positive reception.

The gameplay is fairly simple. The game is divided into sets of four or five music-based mini-games, which are completed by pressing buttons (or flicking and tapping the touch screen) in time with the rhythm. Upon completion of each mini-game, the player's performance is evaluated and given a ranking: Try Again, OK, or Superb. If a player gets a Try Again rating, they can't progress to the next mini-game until they can get one of the higher ratings. A Superb rating awards the player with a medal; collecting these allows bonus features such as endless mini-games to be unlocked. Sometimes the game challenges the player to complete a mini-game flawlessly. Doing so nets a Perfect rating, which unlocks bonus information on the mini-game or adds another song to the sound test. After completing a set of games, the player is challenged to a Remix game that includes each game of the set. Completing the Remix unlocks the next set.

The mini-games themselves are exactly what one would expect from the team responsible for ''VideoGame/{{WarioWare}}'': Quirky, bizarre, and generally addictive. Examples include:
* Hitting baseballs expelled by a flowerpot while floating in space
* Helping a rabbit jump across whales and turtles to reach the moon
* Stomping around a garden to pluck beets from the ground
* Shaking and tossing flasks to create hearts in a laboratory devoted to studying the science of love
* Controlling a member of a quartet of dancing shrimp
* Piloting a rocket powered by anthropomorphic tuning forks across a surreal landscape
* Translating what's being said by a jellyfish-like alien on live television
* Chopping lumber that's provided by a group of stretchy, dancing cats

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Half RhythmGame, Half WidgetSeries, ''Rhythm Heaven'' is a definite qualifier for one of the best rhythm-based mini-game collections available.

On an interesting note, it is one of the few rhythm games to actually be about "rhythm" and not just rapid timing. That is most prominently featured in Lockstep in ''Heaven'', where you'll cruise after you get how to switch from the beat to off-beat but will be completely impossible if you just try to "muscle" your way through.

The third iteration, ''Rhythm Heaven Fever'', also known in Japan as ''Minna no Rhythm Tengoku'' (Everyone's Rhythm Heaven), was released in the States in February 2012. The European port (called ''Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise'') was, after an enormous wait, released in July 2012.

The fourth iteration, ''Rhythm Tengoku: The Best+'' was released in Japan in June 2015 and will get an international release in 2016 as ''Rhythm Heaven Megamix''/''Rhythm Paradise Megamix''. It contains 108 games -- 30 new and [[NostalgiaLevel 78 returning from the previous three,]] some with [[RemixedLevel new variations.]]

'''Note:''' For shorthand, we'll be calling the GBA version ''Tengoku'', the DS version ''Heaven'', the Wii version ''Fever'', and the 3DS version ''Megamix''.
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* HundredPercentCompletion: Good luck getting a Perfect on every game!
* FiveFiveFive: All of the phone numbers for ''Heaven's'' Phone toy start with 555. In the North American version at least.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Tons of minigame names. Some examples: Rhythm Rally, Blue Birds, Love Lizards, Freeze Frame, Munchy Monk, Drummer Duel, Love Lab, Space Soccer, Beat Bag, Double Date, Figure Fighter, Samurai Slice, Tap Troupe, and Shrimp Shuffle.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The samurai in ''Tengoku'' can cut ''fog'' with his katana.
* AllThereInTheManual: Winning the gifts will give you background on the various characters. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the reading material for Blue Birds, telling you that it will make the montage scene shown in the game make more sense.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Heartbroken Bear]] in ''Megamix''.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: While most humanoid characters have regular skin colors, a few have more unusual colors. Snow-white skin also seems fairly common.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Pretty much every animal in the game. Most notably, the Huebirds of Happiness in Flock Step.
* AmbiguousGender: Because of the [[WidgetSeries nature of the series]], it can be difficult discerning the gender of several characters. For example, the player rocker in ''Heaven'' has an androgynous appearance, and is never referred with any pronouns.
* AmusementPark: Remix 4 in ''Heaven'', and Remix 6 in ''Fever''.
* AnimalStereotypes: ''Heaven'' has a group of singing frogs, and ''Fever'' has pigs as businessmen.
* AnimeHair: Mandrill's hair in ''Fever'' grows to twice its length in Hole In One 2, and by Remix 9, it's grown past the screen and a monkey is climbing it.
* AnnoyingArrows: The Sneaky Spirits in the first game can take an arrow ''[[ThatsGottaHurt up the nose]]'' and only get knocked through the door. However, this may be [[JustifiedTrope less because of the arrows and more because of the ghosts]].
* AntiFrustrationFeatures:
** Talking to the Barista lets you skip any level you're having trouble with, provided you've tried it at least three times. You can do this for as many games as you want, excluding the Remix before the credits and the final one.
** ''Fever'''s Barista gives players the option to watch a perfect run of the level, to see the proper rhythms.
** Some longer minigames compensate for their length by being much more lenient with the timing. Being slightly offbeat will warn the player slightly, but it'll still count as a successful input and won't break a perfect run. (For example, this can be seen in action with ''Heaven'''s Frog Hop [[http://youtu.be/S0ohqqrarLg?t=41s here.]])
** Players can only attempt a perfect run on a song three times in a row. After that, they'll have to wait for the game to randomly let them try again. Whether or not this forced break is a good thing is questionable. (Since these breaks stop appearing once the player has gotten a Superb ranking on every level, it's likely that this is to give players a chance to work on OTHER challenges.)
** If you're doing badly on the practice sessions in ''Fever'', the game will allow you to see an auto play of the tutorial.
** From ''Fever'' onwards, remixes will cue you when the next game is a "keep the beat" type minigame like Monkey Watch, Air Rally, or Donk Donk. Similarly, going from one of these games to a regular one will discount the first few incorrect button presses in case you got used to the beat of the previous game.
** In ''Megamix'', failing a Perfect Challenge causes the game to end immediately, saving the player the trouble of having to restart it manually. Also, games with lower-quality vocal cues (such as Marcher and Frog Hop) feature subtitles so that the player isn't thrown off by misunderstanding the cue.
** In Frog Hop in ''Heaven'', since the song ends on an interrupted cadence, the game disables the touch screen before the game itself ends so the player doesn't keep tapping by accident.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Samurai Slice in ''Fever'' involves hunting down some evil spirits who scare a little boy and his sister, trash their house... and steal the little boy's pinwheel. In Samurai Slice 2, said spirits go on to steal a stuffed bunny a salaryman bought for his daughter.
* ArtEvolution: The games' overall style started out somewhat sketchy, but gradually smoothed out over time. There's a noticeable leap with ''Fever'', the first console game in the series. ''Megamix'' also highlights this, with older minigames redone in a style more consistent with ''Fever''.
* ArtisticLicenseSports: Unlike what you see in Splashdown, real synchronized swimming doesn't allow animals at all. Neither does baseball, for that matter.
* ArtShift: Overall, the general style of the series is ThickLineAnimation, but there are several deviations from that look. From the scribbles of Glee Club and Bossa Nova, to the painterly style of ''Fever''[='s=] Samurai Slice, to the 3D polygons of Rhythm Rally and Airboarder, no two rhythm games are guaranteed to look alike.
* AsbestosFreeCereal: ''Fever'''s Packing Pests has you working for a company that produces "Spider-Free Candy". Your job is to keep it spider-free.
* AsciiArt: {{Parodied|Trope}}. The last part of Power Calligraphy has a face made entirely out of Kanji symbols.
* AstronomicZoom:
** This happens during the climax of Flock Step in ''Fever''. It's yet another trick the game'll use to mess players up.
** Air Batter's difficulty is almost 100% derived from this; the camera keeps zooming out to show the starry void the player is practicing in.
** This also happens at one point in Exhibition Match.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Fan Club in ''Heaven''. Whenever the singer calls out certain phrases, the monkeys respond by clapping in rhythm. There was even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u6zvbrAl7I a live version]] during a concert promoting the game.
* {{Badass}}:
** Karate Joe, the first character to appear in the ''Rhythm Heaven'' series, and who appears in all four games. He's famous for being visibly pleased with himself when he nails a combo. We get to meet his father in ''Megamix'', and he shows that it runs in the family.
** The Wandering Samurai from Samurai Slice is another prominent example, slashing otherworldly demons with only his katana. Granted, it's usually for mundane reasons like chopping up foodstuffs or rescuing stolen childrens' toys, but that doesn't make it any less awesome.
* BattleInTheRain: Both versions of Samurai Slice in ''Fever'' feature this.
* BedsheetGhost: Sneaky Spirits in ''Tengoku'' (where you have to shoot them with arrows) and Big Rock Finish in ''Heaven''.
* BigEater:
** Any version of Munchy Monk counts as this.
** Forthington, the cat from Air Rally, seems to be one in the reading material.
** Whoever is holding the fork in Fork Lifter.
** Also, the eponymous Heartbroken Bear from ''Megamix''. While he's binge eating to forget his girlfriend, he's shown to have quite an appetite even before their breakup.
* BilingualBonus:
** The counting in Munchy Monk is in Chinese in the Japanese version.
** In Kung Fu Ball, the neon sign on the right-hand side of the screen doesn't say anything intelligible in Chinese (which you might assume given the minigame's theme), but it can be read as "rizumu" ("rhythm") in Japanese.
** Power Calligraphy, for the most part, consists of real Japanese characters. レ is katakana and stands for the sound "re". The dash means nothing and is simply for practice later in the song. 力 is kanji that means "power". 己 is kanji that roughly means "self". 寸 stands for an obsolete unit of measure a little longer than an inch. 心 is kanji that means "heart". The last symbol is "tsurunihamarumarumushi"; simply a face made up of Japanese characters, similar to AsciiArt.
* BizarreAlienBiology: [[AllThereInTheManual According to the unlockable character notes]], the table-tennis aliens from ''Heaven'' don't actually eat. They get their energy from playing ping-pong. Some have successfully weaned themselves off by switching to paddleball instead.
* BlahBlahBlah: Ringside in ''Fever''. The girl asks questions of the wrestler and all we hear is "Wubba dubba dubba, 'zat true?" The wrestler is most likely not paying attention to the questions and is yes-ing her to death. Lampshaded in the game's reading material, where the reporter is asking him actual questions, and he still responds to everything with "Eh." It opens up the possibility that we're hearing what the wrestler hears.
* BlandNameProduct: The Cheer Readers in the American version of ''Fever'' twirl books simply titled "BOOK". In Europe, said books are printed with four circles instead.
* BlankWhiteEyes: The Chorus Kids when they sing.
* BlushStickers: A lot of characters have these, but most notably is Marshal, the mascot of ''Fever''.
* BokeandTsukkomiRoutine: The aptly named "Manzai Birds" endless game exclusive to the Japanese version of ''Fever''.
* BookEnds: The first three games in the series have one remix that [[FinalExamBoss includes every stage in the game]]. The stages that come first in the remix always appear once more for the finale (Space Dance for ''Tengoku'', Karate Man for ''Heaven'', and Packing Pests for ''Fever''). The Left, Right, and Mama Remixes in ''Megamix'' also follow suit, with Heartbroken Bear, The Clappy Trio, and Wild Woodwork respectively.
* BossRush:
** Remix 7 in ''Tengoku'' is a medley of Remixes 1, 2 and 4.
** ''Megamix'' has two challenges where the player must play the first seven Remixes all in a row.
* BottomlessPits: In both versions of Night Walk. Fail to jump over one and it's an instant GameOver.
* BraggingRightsReward: Getting a Superb on ''Fever's'' Extra Games or Night Walk will not earn you a medal like the other games.
* BrickJoke:
** The reading material for Monkey Watch shows that it was designed to help keep your spirits up by giving you a cheery way to look at the time. The reading material for Mr. Upbeat suggests he bought a Monkey Watch to act as a therapist for his depression.
** In ''Heaven''[='=]s Big Rock Finish, you play a small initial tune to get used to the game's moves. Later on, the tune is extended to an entire song in Remix 7. [[spoiler:Guess what game the Remix will make you play right as it's about to finish.]]
* BrutalBonusLevel:
** After getting a Perfect in all of the games in ''Fever'' [[spoiler:you'll unlock the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Endless Remix]]. The game itself isn't all that hard (in fact, it's arguably the most fun Endless Game in ''Fever'' and quite possibly the whole series); what makes it [[FakeDifficulty needlessly difficult]] at first is that, of the five Endless Games used, three of them aren't seen anywhere else, and they don't bother to tell you how they work. This basically forces you to [[TrialAndErrorGameplay figure it out on your own]] (or [[GuideDangIt consult a guide]]) and keep losing until you get it right.]]
** One challenge in ''Megamix'' forces you to play Lockstep four times in a row, with the "three mistakes and you lose" situation, while the tempo increases every time. Fittingly, it's literally called "Lockstep Hell".
* BulletTime:
** Sneaky Spirits in the first game; their overdramatic moans are PlayedForLaughs.
** There's also a couple parts in Iai Slash from ''Tengoku'' where the song slows down and you cut down one of the bigger monsters.
* BunniesForCuteness: You play as one in Rabbit Jump from ''Tengoku''. In ''Fever's'' Samurai Slice 2, a salaryman buys a toy bunny for his daughter.
* TheCameo: Several characters from past Rhythm Heaven games make occasional appearance in later games.
** The onions and beets from ''Tengoku's'' Vegeta-pull appear on the books in ''Fever's'' Cheer Readers, as well as the character from Night Walk, DJ Yellow from ''Heaven's'' DJ School, and the Space Dancers from ''Tengoku''. The beets also make an appearance in ''Heaven's'' Crop Stomp.
** A Sneaky Spirit can be seen in ''Heaven's'' Big Rock Finish.
** Halfway through Freeze Frame in ''Heaven'' a few characters from ''Tengoku'' appear watching the race. They are the Rap Men, The Clappy Trio, the Space Dancers, and the monkeys from Tap Dance. A Stealth Rat and a Sneaky Spirit also sometimes show up in the photos.
** Tram from ''Tengoku'' can be seen on the rating screens of Remix 2 and Figure Fighter 2 in ''Heaven'' and ''Fever'', respectively.
** The character from ''Tengoku's'' Night Walk can be seen in ''Heaven's'' The Dazzles, hanging on to the stars that appear.
** Texting "555-ROCK-OUT" in ''Heaven'''s phone toy results in the Rap Men's rap song from ''Tengoku''.
** The instructor from ''Tengoku's'' Marcher makes an appearance in ''Fever's'' Flipper-Flop, this time instructing a bunch of seals.
** The girl on the platform from Bon*Odori shows up not only on Remix 7's results image in ''Heaven'', but also in the background of ''Fever's'' Remix 9.
** Radio Lady in ''Heaven'' appears wearing the Marchers' outfit from ''Tengoku'' in Shoot-'Em-Up 2.
** Multiple characters from ''Heaven'', such as the scientists from Love Lab and the Blue Birds, can be seen outside the window in ''Fever's'' Munchy Monk.
** Pictures of the Rap Men from ''Tengoku'' can be seen at the end of ''Fever's'' Love Rap and its sequel.
** DJ Yellow and his student make two cameos in ''Megamix'': their cameo from Cheer Readers, and as alternate heads for the Air Batter during the Forest Remix.
** As seen on the cover of the game, a member of The Clappy Trio appears as the conductor of Glee Club in ''Heaven''.
** Munchy Monk appears as the employee in "Packing Pests".
* CameraAbuse: At one point in Exhibition Match, the camera zooms out dramatically. If you manage to hit the pitch properly, the ball goes flying and cracks the "glass".
* CaptainObvious: Everyone indulges in this at some point. For example, Monkey in Hole in One:
--> "It's my friend, Mandrill! (He's a mandrill.)"
* CatchPhrase: The descriptions for the remixes all start with some variation on "Let's mix things up!"
* CatSmile: Marshal's default expression.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: Everywhere. It's even weirder when you realize that all of the games and characters are set in the same universe.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience:
** The first seven remixes in ''Megamix'', where they are all in a Tower each to form a rainbow.
** Also in ''Megamix'', Karate Man's light bulbs are color-coded depending on the upcoming combo. Yellow bulbs indicate a kick is coming up, while blue bulbs call for an uppercut.
* ColorCodedMultiplayer: In ''Fever'''s multiplayer mode, Player 1 is blue and Player 2 is orange. This applies to both the regular games and the endless games.
* ComfortFood: "Heartbroken Bear" from ''Megamix'' is about a bear scarfing donuts and cake as he forlornly remembers his ex-girlfriend.
* CompositeCharacter: Oddly, Karate Joe's own father serves as one to him in ''Megamix'' since he borrows techniques from all of Joe's previous appearances.
* ConsoleCameo:
** A Wii U [=GamePad=] appears in Shoot-'Em-Up in ''Megamix'', as the device used for communications between waves.
** The museum in ''Megamix'' has shortcuts to every game, the icon of which is the system of the game it originated from. Games from ''Tengoku'' are shown in a Gameboy Advance, ''Heaven'' a first model Nintendo DS, a Wii for ''Fever'', and a New Nintendo 3DS for ''Megamix'' (even though the game isn't a New Nintendo 3DS exclusive, and can be played on a regular 3DS just fine).
* ContinuityNod / CallBack:
** All over the place. For example, pay attention to the Freeze Frame game in ''Heaven'', and see how many stages/characters from the first game show up[[note]]For the record: the white and black ninjas from Ninja, the white mouse from Stealth Mice, and the ghosts from Sneaky Spirits sometimes show up in photographs, and at one point you can see the Rap Men, the Clappy Trio, the Space Dancers, and the monkeys from Tap Trial watching the race[[/note]]. There's more in ''Heaven'' than in just that stage, but said stage is practically dripping with them.
** During their break time, Space Dancers tend to play a good game of table tennis, while the Cosmo Dancers became space cowboy soccer players.
** The reading material for Rhythm Rally 2 shows that Space Gramps, leader of the Space Dancers, is also the chairman of the Rhythm League. Likewise, the reading material for Tap Troupe in ''Fever'' implies that he's also the leader of the Tall Tappers.
** The reading material for Glee Club 2 in ''Heaven'' reveals that the conductor used to be in the Clappy Trio from the first game, but moved on to help the Chorus Kids.
** The Extra Games menu in ''Fever'' plays, fittingly enough, a rearrangement of the game selection music from ''Tengoku''.
** During Remix 7 in ''Fever'', the game briefly shows Karate Joe watching the Karate Man game from ''Tengoku'' on a TV.
** ''Megamix'' features a few callbacks of its own in the new minigames. Pillow Dance features a song in a very similar style to Love Lab from ''Heaven'', even using the same vocalist. In the Forest Remix, the Air Batter from ''Tengoku'' is changed to the Pitcher from ''Fever'''s Exhibition Match, and she wears masks basked upon DJ Yellow and his student from DJ School in ''Heaven''. Also, the Paddlers from Rhythm Rally 2 are changed to the Cosmo Dancers, complete with tuxedos.
** Halfway through the final remix in ''Megamix'', the music switches from a medley of minigames to a medley of the four games' respective title screen music. During this, all the characters take on appearances they previously had in the second versions of their minigames.
* CoolShades: MC Adore has these by default, DJ Yellow and his student get these in Remix 4 of ''Heaven'', Karate Joe and the Cheer Readers get these in Remix 7 of ''Fever''.... The list goes on.
* CoolToy: The Muscle Doll in Figure Fighter.
* CosmeticAward:
** In the first two games, Perfecting all of the Rhythm Games only gets you a message from the creators (as well as unlocking the rest of the SoundTest). It actually unlocks something else in ''Fever'', though.
** ''Megamix'' has badges for accomplishing certain goals, such as getting the medals from every game and reaching Level 200 on the Goat Simulator. The Goat Simulator itself only unlocks more pixel icons for the {{Loading Screen}}s between games.
** This is lampshaded in-universe with the Reading Material for Rhythm Rally 2, which is presented as a certificate of achievement:
--> What? You want to know if you won? Oh, we don't know. See, winning and losing don't matter when you're having such a delightfully rhythmical rally. And here's your certificate!
* CreativeClosingCredits:
** In ''Heaven'' a minigame named Airboarder plays as the credits scroll, which becomes playable later. While it returns in ''Megamix'', it doesn't serve as the credits.
** ''Fever'' likewise has a remake of Night Walk from ''Tengoku'', featuring Marshal as the playable character.
** In ''Megamix'', the credits appear as you first ascend from the land of Rainbow Towers challenge to the sky. The credits still play if you didn't complete all the remixes required, but you'll stop and fall down at the end.
* CreatorCameo:
** Just text "STAFF" on the Police Call toy in ''Fever''. The same cameo is unlocked in ''Megamix'' after collecting every badge.
** Tanaka Soushi, the vocalist behind "WISH - I Can't Wait for You", appears playing guitar near the end of Remix 5 in ''Tengoku''.
* {{Crossover}}: While there were cameos in previous games, ''Megamix'' features two ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' challenges where characters from the series replace other characters in the minigames. Some examples include Ashley and Red in Tap Trial, Young Cricket and Master Mantis in Munchy Monk, and 9-Volt and 18-Volt in Samurai Slice, among others. It's worth noting that ''[=WarioWare=]'' and ''Rhythm Heaven'' are both created by the same development team, Nintendo SPD 1.
* CrushBlush: During Love Lab in ''Heaven'', and at the end of Double Date in ''Fever''.
* CuteLittleFangs: The Chorus Kids and Marshal all sport some.
* CulturalTranslation: The Korean version of the ''Rhythm Heaven'' series, ''Rhythm World'', changes a few graphics to match Korean culture more closely. Notably, there are different character designs for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbRGjvL1TMw Samurai Slice]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxCpkTyYVw0 its sequel]] in ''Rhythm World Wii''.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Remix 8 in ''Fever'' is sepia-toned, since all the games are being played in old photographs. Most versions of Karate Man are monochrome, usually with [[BlueAndOrangeContrast blue or orange]]. Ninja from ''Tengoku'' is entirely black and white except for the button pointer.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Japanese name for Catch of the Day is literally "Fishing for Fish".
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Hitting the buttons more than 99 times in Quiz [[MadeOfExplodium makes your podium explode]]. Hit it even more and eventually the host's panel and then ''the Quiz sign'' will [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1YowD2qAIQ explode]].
* DisapprovingLook: In several games, the player character gets this look from other characters if you mess up the rhythm.
* DistaffCounterpart: Rap Women to Rap Men in the first game, Hole in One 2 to Hole in One in the third game.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Bossa Nova's vocals are... [[TheImmodestOrgasm certainly something.]] They're made worse in the English version, somehow.
* ADogNamedDog: Most of the characters in the Rhythm Heaven series (mostly in ''Fever'') are known for having generic names, such as Dog, Monkey, Reporter... etc.
* DonutMessWithACop: The police investigator from ''Police Call''. One of his many idle conversations will be to wonder aloud who ate his donut, which will turn out to be the player.
* DramaticThunder: During the final stretch of Samurai Slice in ''Fever'' each perfect hit gets accompanied with these.
* DrillSergeantNasty: The captain of the Blue Birds, whose idea of basic training is riding a tank while the recruits tow it.
* DualWielding: [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Dog Ninja]] in ''Heaven'' uses two katanas.
* DubNameChange:
** In PAL regions ''Heaven'' is named "Rhythm Paradise", and ''Fever'' is "Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise". Likewise, in Korea, they're ''Rhythm World'' and ''[[SuperTitle64Advance Rhythm World Wii]]''.
** Additionally, certain names are changed, either for puns or for flavor. For example, ''Fever'''s Air Rally characters are Baxter and Forthington, whereas the PAL version retains the original Japanese names of Quick and Slow.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Tengoku'' has a significant number of differences from its sequels:
** There are two mini-games (Quiz and Night Walk) where you can fail in the middle of the song, rather than being judged on your overall performance at the end.
** There are eight sets of six mini-games rather than ten sets of five.
** The background music isn't tailored to match up with the gameplay, some games only having looping music following the same general beat.
** Several of ''Tengoku'''s mini-games don't have any practice at all, which makes it even more like ''VideoGame/WarioWare''.
** There are significantly fewer audio cues, meaning the player must use their eyes just as much as their ears in many of the mini-games.
** The [[FinalExamBoss remix featuring all the games]] is not the final remix, but rather the sixth of eight.
** Some completely new gameplay elements are introduced during remixes (the multi-hit enemies in Doctor Bacteria and the sign blocking your view in Rhythm Epilation). In later games, remixes review what you already know.
** There are more minigames based specifically around Japanese culture, with no less than five (Iai Slash/Samurai Slice, The*Bon Odori, Fireworks, Power Calligraphy, and Ninja). Later games tone this down to only one or two, and otherwise keep the themes more general.
** The original version of Karate Man features a "Flow" meter. Successful hits cause the meter to rise, near misses cause it to drop, and a complete miss empties the meter entirely. It must be above a certain level for Karate Joe to punch boulders. Later versions of Karate Man remove the meter, and in ''Megamix'''s remake it's completely absent.
* EasterEgg:
** At the end of Bee Remix in ''Megamix'', Karate Joe can punch away his thought about pancakes.
** In ''Fever'', when Samurai Slice finishes, Wandering Samurai can slice the "To be continued..." text that appears on-screen.
** In Quiz from ''Tengoku'', pressing the buttons over 99 times will make the counter explode. Doing this even more will cause the host's counter to explode, followed by the Quiz sign in the background.
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: Moai Doo-Wop, which reveals that they're rather talkative when nobody's watching.
* EleventhHourSuperPower: [[spoiler: In ''Tengoku's'' final remix, Karate Joe enters "Serious" mode, is silhouetted in shadow, loses his flow meter, and gains the ability to consistently hit rocks no matter how well you're playing. The ''Karate Man'' portions will also add guitar twangs to the music (with the exception of the final portion) that's not present in the remix, otherwise.]]
* EndlessGame: Several in each game, unlocked by earning medals on the main games. Most of the time, they're completely unique games, while other times they're looping versions of a main game. Either way, the goal is to go as far as you can without failing. The Rhythm Toys also apply, but unlike the Endless Games they're just for fun and don't keep track of high scores.
* EnemyRollCall: ''Heaven'' and ''Fever'' do this. In ''Fever'', as you might expect, most of the characters move to the music in some way.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Each game has at least one minigame with monkeys involved. This is taken UpToEleven in ''Fever'', where at least four separate games (Hole-In-One, Monkey Watch, Tambourine, and a remake of Tap Trial from ''Tengoku'') feature monkeys. One challenge in ''Megamix'' involves playing all six games with monkeys in them.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Show Time in the first game.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: The first seven towers in ''Megamix'', where they are arranged in rainbow order and, when all cleared, produce a rainbow that ascends the player to the next level.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: The Wandering Samurai, natch.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin:
** Several of the games have titles that tell you exactly what they're going to be, in every version. Examples include Karate Man, Hanabi (Fireworks), Shoot-'Em-Up, Dog Ninja, Monkey Watch, and Love Rap.
** This is more apparent when comparing the English and Japanese versions. Built to Scale is simply called "Assembly", Rhythm Rally is "Ping Pong", Packing Pests is "Sorting", and Micro-Row is "Small Organisms".
* FakeLongevity:
** This trope comes into play when trying to unlock the bonuses. As the game is played, the player is randomly given a chance to get a perfect on a randomly selected game. If the player fails three times, they must wait for another random chance. Once the player gets gold medals on all 50 games, they have unlimited "perfect" opportunities, however, it still goes to another one after three attempts. Made more annoying by the fact that some games will require you to perform perfectly (at least for the hard parts) just to get a Superb, making the Perfect system feel arbitrary at times.
** Presumably done to avert a different form of fake longetivity, which would consist of the player playing the same game hundreds of times in a row, attempting to perfect it. This at least ''makes'' the player try different games.
** In the arcade version of ''Tengoku'', random minigames will start to show "Go for a Perfect!" if you're doing perfect so far partway through. This is to balance out the lack of saving your completion status.
* FakeOutFadeOut: At the end of Remix 10 in ''Fever''. [[spoiler:Twice.]]
* FanBoy: The Monkeys in Fan Club.
* FinalExamBoss:
** The first three games all have a Remix that consists of every game: Remix 6 in the first game, Remix 10 in the second and third.
** Averted out of necessity in ''Megamix'', since there are just too many unique games to make a true Final Exam Boss without it [[MarathonLevel running excessively long]]. Instead, the final three Remixes (Left, Right, and Mama) are condensed medleys upon themselves, with the Mama Remix also featuring the title screen music of all four ''Rhythm Heaven'' games. During the title screen medley, you get to play parts of the sequel games, parts of the endless games, and a part of the Rhythm Test.
* ForeignQueasine: Skirted with in the first game, which features a stage requiring you to pluck the hairs off of [[{{Gonk}} oddly-faced]] beets. Yes, the same ones that [[ContinuityNod show up later in Crop Stomp]]. There's even a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade hung on]] how strange and unappetizing the beets look in one of the Guitar Lessons in ''Heaven''. In fact, the developers for ''Tengoku'' actually wanted to put human faces on the beets, but later decided to use cartoon-ish ones, as they found the human faces on the beets to be [[UncannyValley "too creepy"]].
* FunnyAfro: A lot of characters end up having afros, most notably the Clappy Trio in ''Tengoku''. Other examples are the Love Posse in Love Rap 2 and ''portraits of Bach'' in Lockstep 2.
* FunnyAnimal: As mentioned elsewhere on the page, you not only have Dog Ninja and the strange chipmunk-man in Love Lab, but there's also Tram and Poline in the first game, who [[{{Animorphism}} turn back and forth into foxes]] as they perform. At least, if you get [[PhlebotinumBreakdown the timing]] [[MixAndMatchCritters right.]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** Odds are you won't notice them due to focusing on what you're hearing, but quite a few minigames in ''Fever'' have things going on in the background, and some of them can be amusing. In Double Date, every time a football is kicked up on-time, you can see it fall in the background and get caught. This continues into Double Date 2, where barnyard animals will catch the football in the air.
** Not to mention, in both versions of Working Dough, the Game and Watch guy leaves, and he can actually be seen in one of the...balls(?) that the player bounces. He then commandeers a HumongousMecha in the background.
** One of the things the Air Batter minigame from Tengoku does to mess up your play (coupled with copious AstronomicalZoom) is having the batter wear various silly masks. When asked about it in the associated email, he always dodges the question.
** Also in ''Tengoku'', near the end of Power Calligraphy, some dancers will appear on the sides of the screen.
** During the Karate Man portions in ''Fever'''s Remix 9, a cat can be seen just behind Karate Joe. It can even be seen eating a fish a few times.
* GainaxEnding: A few games. For example, See-Saw ends with See and Saw doing an AirGuitar and then [[AwesomenessIsVolatile exploding without explanation]].
* GameBreakingBug: Remix 6 in ''Heaven'' contains one of these: if you're completely accurate in your timing, you'll end up tapping the touchscreen while the game is transitioning from Space Soccer to Lockstep, meaning that your input isn't registered. This can be a real [[{{Pun}} slap in the face]]. The workaround is to tap the screen just after the game finishes transitioning, which allows your input to be registered just within the timing window required.
* GameShow: Quiz, which isn't a PopQuiz despite the name.
* GenerationXerox: The delinquent from "Ninja Reincarnate" in ''Tengoku'' is the descendant of the ninja from the first "Ninja" game, and his girlfriend is a descendant of the lord his ancestor defended. Naturally, they find themselves in a near carbon copy of the situation from the first game.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: [[invoked]]In-universe example. According to the reading material for Double Date, the female student has a band that's really popular in Japan.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Listen to the lyrics of "Tonight", the song from Remix 3 in ''Fever''. It's pretty clear it's about a woman about to have sex for the first time.
* GoldenSuperMode: In ''Megamix''s Goat Simulator, if you successfully feed the goat a golden vegetable, it may turn gold and give you unlimited vegetables for a limited time.
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: The Clappy Trio in ''Tengoku'', Remix 6 in ''Heaven'', and Remix 7 and Love Rap 2 in ''Fever''.
* GratuitousEnglish:
** In general, the counting for each game is usually in English even in the Japanese version. "Wan! Tsu! Tree! Fow!"
** The Japanese version of Cheer Readers from ''Fever'' ("Let's everybody go!"). The music for Karate Man in ''Tengoku'' has this as well, which qualifies for "weirdest lyrics in any ''Rhythm Heaven'' game ''ever''".
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[[folder: Tropes H-P]]
* HairDecorations: The statue that you control in Moai Doo-Wop is distinguished by the cute bow on it.
* HardModeFiller: After the credits roll in each game, you'll be presented with a new set of minigames, which are simply harder, {{Palette Swap}}ped versions of previous games.
* HardWorkMontage: During Blue Birds, which is lampshaded by the reading material.
* HaveANiceDeath: Better get your timing right on Night Walk or else...
-->'''The stars say...'''
-->You fell down a hole.
* HotScientist: Invoked during Love Lab. The female scientist mentions in her diary that her senior lab assistant, the male scientist, is "super dreamy".
* IdolSinger: Fan Club is all about one. In fact, it's literally called "Idol" in the Japanese version.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: In Ninja in ''Tengoku'', your objective is to slice flying arrows in half.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Ninja in ''Tengoku'' and Dog Ninja in ''Heaven''. The latter is actually {{deconstructed|Trope}} in the reading material -- he chose the path of ninjitsu without realizing that there's not much work for ninjas these days. Instead, he [[MundaneMadeAwesome chops up veggies and other miscellaneous objects]] to raise money for shurikens.
* InterfaceScrew:
** Some of the harder games love [[BlackoutBasement darkening everything]] or putting things in your way, forcing you to rely only on your rhythm and your ability to detect audio cues. One of the most notorious examples comes in Samurai Slice in ''Fever'', which blocks the ''entire freaking screen'' with translucent slides.
** ''Heaven'' is also notorious for blocking out 95% of the screen at one point in Built to Scale. And this is the ''very first stage'', mind you.
** Inverted in Built to Scale 2. [[spoiler:It looks like it'll do it again...but easily catches "prepared" players off guard by sending another thing while the lights are still off. The lights come back on immediately after this one.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: The farmer in Return of First Contact mentions that he's single and briefly flirts with the aliens, [[SubvertedTrope only to then say that he's joking.]] This illicits the same shocked expression the human scientists had in the first version of the minigame.
* JapaneseDelinquents: The theme of Remix 5 in ''Tengoku''.
* JuniorCounterpart: Inverted in ''Megamix'' with a minigame called Karate Man's Father, starring [[ShapedLikeItself Karate Joe's father]].
* KabukiSounds: Iai Slash/Samurai Slice, Power Calligraphy, and Ninja from ''Tengoku'' are all introduced with these.
* KaizoTrap:
** ''Fever'' pulls this off in its 10th Remix. The last section of this medley is Packing Pests, and it tricks you into thinking it's finished, only to start up a moment later with a few more beats, then fades to black... [[spoiler:and does it ''again'' when the music picks up once more for a few final beats.]] FakeOutFadeOut indeed.
** In Monkey Watch and Flock Step, in which you must continue the beat all the way until the stage fades out completely, with no accompaniment from the music for the last few seconds. People going for a Perfect may be caught off guard when they realize there are a few more inputs at the very end than they expected.
** ''Tengoku's'' Night Walk has this as a result of its unique win condition: you can get through the song and even maintain a perfect by only jumping when you absolutely need to... but you can't actually successfully complete the game without jumping on a preset number of boxes (many more than is required to leisurely reach the goal otherwise) without falling to your doom at the very end, at which point your Perfect streak will ''also'' shatter just to rub it in that much more.
* {{Keet}}: Everyone, but stand-out examples are the Space Dancers in ''Tengoku'', DJ Yellow in ''Heaven'' ([[CatchPhrase "Scratch-o, hey!"]]), and the Tall Tappers in ''Fever'' ("Okay!").
* {{Kitsune}}: Tram and Pauline from ''Tengoku'' are foxes who transform into human children or back each time they jump. Being off-beat causes a partial transformation.
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: ''Megamix'' has a few differences from the first three installments:
** There's a plot framing the game to give you a reason to play through the minigames.
** The strict "hit the beat or missed it" timing is still present, but now there's visual representation on the bottom screen showing how closely you hit the beat, with each minigame giving you a star for hitting one specific beat in it ''exactly''.
** There's a meter to show a player's performance along with the two or three sets of comments after each mini-game. ''Fever'' also had a meter that rated performance, but it was only used during the multiplayer mode.
** Medals are still here, but have lost their role of unlocking extras. Instead there are coins, which are spent like currency to unlock bonuses instead of unlocking them when you reach certain thresholds. You can earn several coins at once depending on how well you do in a minigame, and you earn coins when replaying minigames, instead of just earning one for the first time you get a Superb. There are other ways to gain coins too.
** Orbs are currency spent to unlock extra minigames from previous ''Rhythm Heaven'' games. Similar to the change in coins, Perfect challenges award said orbs instead unlocking bonuses upon reaching certain thresholds of Perfects. Orbs are also earned through completing "gauntlet challenges" of several minigames in a row, with one or more twists thrown in to mix it up. If you've unlocked all extra minigames, the orbs will be exchanged with 30 coins.
** Instead of the credits and cast playing after all the main minigames are completed, there's a fake-out ending after completing the first remix, a real ending after clearing the other six, and a minigame roll-call after the tenth and final remix.
* LegacyCharacter: The Munchy Monk in ''Fever'' seems to be a different person from the one in ''Heaven'', who appears in the former game's Packing Pests instead.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: In ''Megamix'', if you head for Tebiri's home before clearing all of the Rainbow Towers, this happens at the end of the credits.
* LevelAte: Remix 3 in ''Fever'' has a kitchen setting. There's also the Orange Remix and the Donut Remix in ''Megamix''.
* LuminescentBlush: Not entirely noticeable, but the captain does this in Blue Birds after a successful "stretch out your neck" flick. So does Karate Joe in ''Fever'' after a successful combo. Really, if the character doesn't already have BlushStickers to begin with, this comes into play.
* MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext: The Donk-Donk game in ''Fever'' is so weird the English writers [[EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped don't even]] ''[[EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped try]]'' [[EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped to give it an explanation]].
* MarathonLevel: While most levels usually take around one and a half to two minutes, the first three games all have a remix that combines every other level in the game; in ''Fever'', it clocks in at well over three minutes. In ''Megamix'' the medley is split into three parts, but the final remix is still nearly four minutes in length.
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: The samurai from the first game returns in an EndlessGame in ''Heaven'' to... slice watermelons. Similarly, there's Dog Ninja, who uses his insane awesome ninja skills to... [[MundaneUtility slice vegetables and other assorted objects]]. To be fair, he's just [[MoneyDearBoy doing it for the money]].
* MaskedLuchador: Gives an interview in the Ringside game.
* MeaningfulName: Tram and Poline, Baxter and Forthington, See and Saw, Bossa and Nova...
* {{Medley}}:
** The first three games all have a Remix that's a medley of all the previous games. For ''Heaven'' and ''Fever'', it's the 10th and final Remix; for ''Tengoku'', it's the 6th Remix before the credits.
** In ''Megamix'', the medley is split into three parts due to the sheer amount of minigames. The final remix also contains a medley of the main themes throughout the series, going from ''Tengoku'' to its own theme.
* {{Meganekko}}: One of The Dazzles, the player character in the Bon*Odori game, and ''all'' of the Cheer Readers.
* MercyMode: After failing a certain amount of times in a game, you can ask the Barista to pass it for you. This can be done continuously for every game, excluding a select few.
* MickeyMousing: Stealth Rat (or "Cheese Heist" in the FanTranslation) gives you no audio cues past the tutorial and just tells you to "follow your gut" in hitting the beats, forcing you to rely on Mickey Mousing as your cues. It's for this reason that when it later appears in remixes (and ''Megamix''), it gives you the same cues as the tutorial.
* MinigameCredits: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Airboarder in ''Heaven'' and Night Walk in ''Fever'' play themselves the first time they're shown. They become actual minigames afterwards.
* MissionControl: The Radio Lady between rounds on the Shoot-'Em-Up stages in ''Heaven'', and a group of scientists in First Contact and its sequel in ''Megamix''.
* MoonRabbit:
** One of these appears in Rabbit Jump from ''Tengoku'', where it tries to reach the moon by jumping across the ocean.
** ''Tengoku'''s Remix 7 and 8, Remix 2 from ''Heaven'', and Working Dough 2 all feature Orbulon's rabbits from ''VideoGame/WarioWare''.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** The guiding principle of the game - ''especially'' the first game. Whoever thought that writing calligraphy could be so HotBlooded and chopping vegetables could be so ''cool''?
** The samurai's purpose in life in the ''Fever'' version of Samurai Slice is battling demons... to ''retrieve stolen children's toys''. [[spoiler:The last demon in the portal is always the one carrying it.]]
** The mini-game See-Saw involves [[MeaningfulName See and Saw]] doing acrobatics on a seesaw in order to test it, all while set to blaring metal music. Eventually, the one you control gets launched into the air several times in a row and, if you time the button presses right, he'll fuzz up and land with the explosion on the seesaw. At the end, they'll AirGuitar before exploding from pure awesomeness.
** Ringside involves a MaskedLuchador being interviewed by a reporter in front of the press set to catchy music. The reporter's questions are rendered as "[[BlahBlahBlah Wubba dubba dubba,]] 'zat true?" and if done right, he nods to each question. The reporter going "Woah, you go, big guy!" and the crowd going "Pose for the fans!" are both cues to do two different poses, but in the case of the pose for the latter cue, it's either accompanied by dramatic background swirl or a cut to a newspaper article containing a photo of the MaskedLuchador performing said pose.
* {{Nerf}}: Air Rally was given less InterfaceScrew in ''Megamix''. Probably to keep the game at a constant speed, which you need for a game like this.
* NintendoHard:
** The series is known for being rhythmically strict. There's no "Marvelous", "Great", or "Good" for each beat, either you hit it or you didn't. It becomes even more suffocating when you have to go for a "Perfect".
** The way the games grade your performance flies directly in the face of common rhythm game logic. Whereas almost every other rhythm game in existence scores you note-for-note, this series instead grades two or three specific areas and bases your score based on how well you did in each of those. A perfect example comes in ''Heaven'''s Built to Scale: You can play the entire rest of the level flawlessly, but if you mess up on the very last note, you'll still only get an OK rating because ''that last note is graded all by itself''. ''Megamix'' at least attempts to steer away from this by giving you a numeric score at the end that tells you how close you are to the next rating, so you can at least gauge your progress instead of doing your best and praying the game liked it enough.
** ''Tengoku'' has an arcade port where you play one block of six stages. The catch? Getting less than a Superb costs you one life, and you only get three lives.[[note]]Okay, so technically, you use up one life when you enter a stage, and get it back on a Superb. Still the same end result.[[/note]] Yes, that means getting an OK instead of Try Again will still cost you one life! Worse, the cabinet buttons are somewhat poorly constructed, resulting in buttons getting stuck frequently--pray it doesn't go off on a platform edge in Night Walk!
* NoNameGiven:
** A bunch of characters. Notably, the boy and the girl from Double Date in ''Fever''. Their labels in the cast are "A boy" for the boy, and "His crush" for the girl. It gets somewhat ridiculous considering the weasels have a collective name that's all capitalized (Weasel Couple), alongside other certain named cast members, being a fork (named Fork) and a set of nuts and a bolt (named Widget). They're named Romeo and Julia for the European version, however.
** The cast of Donk-Donk also goes unnamed in the North American version, instead simply labeling them as "Uh...these guys?"[[note]]In the European version, they're known as The Donkers.[[/note]] Then again, it's quite difficult to put a name on [[MindScrew such a cast]]...
* NonIndicativeName: Mr. Upbeat is implied to suffer from depression.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Most of the characters are drastically different in appearance, even in the same art style. Compare, for example, the Munchy Monk to the Wandering Samurai, or the Frogettes to the Space Dancers.
* NonStandardGameOver: While you normally fail Night Walk in ''Tengoku'' by failing to successfully jump on enough nodes, you can also fail and end the game prematurely by falling into a BottomlessPit. In Night Walk 2, the same can be achieved by jumping into a whale. Either way, the game gives you a special "Try Again" message.
* NoPlotNoProblem: The first three games have no plot whatsoever outside the rhythm games themselves to a certain degree. Averted in ''Megamix''.
* NoSenseOfDirection: The samurai of Samurai Slice calls himself "The Wandering Samurai" partially because he follows the Samurai's code of Bushido and partially because he considers himself to have a generally poor sense of direction.
* NostalgiaLevel:
** Karate Man, the first mini-game of ''Tengoku'', makes a reappearance near the end of both ''Heaven'' and ''Fever''.
** The Built to Scale game from ''Heaven'' has a factory setting much like Polyrhythm from the first game. The Built to Scale game in ''Fever'' manages to cram two Nostalgia Levels into one by combining the elements from ''both'' aforementioned games.
** ''Fever'' also contains four remastered stages from ''Tengoku'' as unlockables, and the MiniGameCredits sequence is a remake of Night Walk, also from ''Tengoku''.
** The English version of ''Fever'', to make up for removing Manzai Birds, remade Mr. Upbeat, an Endless Game from ''Tengoku''.
** {{Exaggerated|Trope}} in ''Megamix''. The game has seventy-eight total levels returning from the previous three games.
* OffModel:
** ''Heaven'' has a serious problem with proportioning, typically with arm length. For a specific example, in [[http://youtu.be/5ohY0lwV5W8 DJ School]], watch DJ Yellow's left hand. It goes through at least three different sizes.
** The baseball player from the ''Fever'' game Exhibition Match has a bit of trouble keeping his arms the same thickness. When in his "neutral stance", his arms look fairly normal, but while swinging, they become twigs.
* OnceAnEpisode: Karate Joe, the Samurai, and Widget Factory have playable appearances in each game -- though there's no new Built to Scale game in ''Megamix'', so the ''Fever'' version returns instead.
* OneLastJob: The mouse from Stealth Rats in ''Tengoku'', at least in the FanTranslation.
* PaletteSwap: In each Remix and subsequent sequel, the characters have different clothes and color palettes just to fit with the theme. However, said themes are considerably more elaborate than an average palette swap, such as The Clappy Trio being transformed from disco into the Wild West, or Remix 1 in ''Fever'' being entirely tropical-themed.
* ParentalBonus:
** After helping two lizards sing their mating call, the game comments that they ''came together in the end.'' If you get a Superb, it shows these two lizards with kids, so if you put two and two together...
** In Love Lab, the two scientists are [[StealthPun literally "making love".]]
** Meanwhile, ''Fever'' has Bossa Nova, whose narrators sound very... [[TheImmodestOrgasm enthusiastic.]]
** One of the phone numbers you can enter on the Phone toy in ''Heaven'' is 555-PECK-YES.
* PerspectiveFlip:
** Listen first to the lyrics in Karate Man in ''Heaven'' ("Struck By the Rain") and then to the lyrics in Karate Man in ''Fever'' ("Lonely Storm"). The two songs tell the same story of a couple breaking up. "Struck By the Rain" tells it from the female perspective while "Lonely Storm" tells it from the male perspective.
** For a more traditional example, Return to First Contact features the alien interpreting for a human to an audience of aliens, the opposite of the first game.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Miss Ribbon and Cam from ''Fever''.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: The Pirate Crew in ''Fever''. They just like to offer boat rides for pigs from island to island.
* PissTakeRap: Rap Men/Women in ''Tengoku'' and Love Rap in ''Fever''. Both are PlayedForLaughs.
* PlayerNudge:
** There's usually something on the screen that moves to the rhythm as a visual hint. Even more subtly, if you need a hint of what's coming up next, you should look at the girl. The pitcher in Exhibition Match, the cheerleaders in Drummer Duel, and MC Adore in Love Rap are excellent examples of this. It's also usually a girl's voice that counts for you.
** In Bossa Nova, if you mess up, the voices briefly say their cues louder before going back to their... normal cues.
** In Samurai Slice in ''Fever'', if you mess up during the part where the story covers the screen, the words and pictures will get knocked out of the way so that you can see yourself.
* ThePowerOfLove: A lot of the games deal with love, and so do most of the vocal songs.
* PreOrderBonus: Pre-orders for ''Megamix'' on Amazon Japan came with a special microfiber pouch.
* ProductPlacement: The lyrical songs in ''Tengoku'' have an advertisement for "J.P.Room", who helped develop the game.
* PunnyName:
** Tram and Poline from their eponymous game; Ann Glerr, the fisher from Catch of the Day; and Baxter and Forthington from Air Rally are a few examples.
** Even the minigame titles get in on this; Flock Step, Fork Lifter, Cheer Readers...
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[[folder: Tropes Q-Z]]
* RainbowMotif: The first seven remixes in ''Megamix'' all correspond to a different color in the rainbow: Snip-Snap/Red, Orange, Bee/Yellow, Forest/Green, Garage/Cyan, Donut/Blue, and Bird/Violet. When all are completed, they form a rainbow that leads Tebiri to his home in the clouds.
* RecycledInSpace:
** The series loves placing things in space that have no reason to be in space. You get to hit baseballs in space, dance in space, and play soccer in space, among others.
** One game, Rhythm Rally, does wind up playing this trope completely straight, as Rhythm Rally 2 is set in space whereas the first is not.
** Remix 7 in ''Fever'' is space-themed, as is Remix 9 in ''Heaven'' before it.
* RegionalBonus:
** The PAL version of ''Fever'' has both the Japanese and English soundtracks, as well as the voices.
** The Japanese version of ''Fever'' has an Endless Game titled "Manzai Birds". Because it was too difficult to translate properly, localized versions contain a remake of Mr. Upbeat from ''Tengoku'' instead.
* RemixedLevel: An interesting take on this appears in ''Megamix''; many of the main games are given stripped-down "story mode" versions with new music and visuals, while retaining the same gameplay.
* {{Retraux}}:
** Starting in ''Fever'', the practice music for each game is usually a stripped-down {{chiptune}} version of the game's actual song.
** The Endless Game Lady Cupid in ''Fever'' is a homage to ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'', down to the graphics.
** ''Megamix'' features a sidescrolling "arcade" version of Samurai Slice. The music and sound effects (aside from the demons exploding) are modern, though.
** There's also the Goat Simulator from ''Megamix'', a pachinko game that uses chiptune music and pixelated graphics.
* TheReveal: Several minigames throughout the series have some kind of twist at the end.
** Played for laughs in Exhibition Match in ''Fever''. The reason it takes so long for the pitcher's ball to reach the batter from behind the curtain? [[spoiler: A monkey catches the ball mid-flight, waits, then tosses it out to the batter.]]
** At a certain point in the game Packing Pests, the camera moves, revealing that the employee is Munchy Monk.
** Tap Troupe has the troupe's faces at the bottom and their feet at the top. The end reveals that they're actually extremely tall, thus the reason for the frames.
** Getting a perfect in ''Heaven's'' Remix 10 reveals that [[spoiler:the Blue Birds' drill sergeant]] is actually the leader of the Rhythm League.
** There's a heartwarming one the end of Heartbroken Bear. [[spoiler:He hasn't actually broken up; he's just having a bad dream.]]
* RhymesOnADime: Certain minigame titles, like Crop Stomp and Micro-Row.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Many examples. From ''Fever'' alone we have the seals in Flipper-Flop, the Weasel Couple in Double Date, and any time monkeys show up.
* RunningGag: in ''Megamix'', for any version of the Translating game, whoever's watching the video feed (Mission Control, Alien Mission Control, or a family watching TV) will either whoop and holler or stare blankly at the screen depending on the action taking place. Particularly for staring blankly, it's the ''exact'' same expression drawn on their faces every time.
* SaveThePrincess: Samurai Slice in ''Megamix'', fitting its {{Retraux}} theme. In Samurai Slice 2, you rescue ''[[SerialEscalation four princesses]]''.
* SayItWithHearts: During Love Rap 2, a pink heart appears in one of the speech bubbles.
* SelfImposedChallenge:
** Doing a "blind" run (e.g. with a blindfold, unplugging the video sub-cable of your AV cable, or simply looking away from the screen) and relying solely on sound cues. It works for most games, though some (such as Night Walk 2 in ''Tengoku'') still force you to use a few visual cues.
** The opposite, having the screen on but the music off, is also possible in most games. The rhythm is still there, but only visually and internally.
* SelfParody: Many of the notes unlocked for getting Perfects, particularly in ''Fever''.
* SempaiKohai: The Japanese version of Double Date. The girl is the sempai, the boy is the kohai.
* SequelDifficultyDrop: It's generally agreed that ''Tengoku'' was much harder than its sequels, with just a few misses resulting in a "Try Again" in most games.
* SeriesMascot: The Chorus Kids were a game-specific mascot to ''Heaven'', though their popularity eventually resulted in SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Marshal becoming the mascot of ''Fever''. ''Megamix'' has Tebiri, who also serves as the protagonist of the game's story mode. Some fans will say that Karate Joe is the mascot of the entire series (despite not appearing in marketing) as he has appeared in all four games.
* ShaveAndAHaircut: Used as part of Dr. Bacteria and at the end of Clappy Trio 2 from ''Tengoku''. A variation of the tune begins and ends Stairway Catch in ''Megamix''.
* ShoutOut:
** ''Rhythm Heaven'' makes many references to other games, such as ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pDnNRuWM0U and even Nintendo's GBA-slot based MP3 player, the rarely heard of Play-Yan]][[note]]the guy from the Night Walk stage is the character from the menu navigation for the Play-Yan's interface[[/note]].
** ''Fever'' has a VideoGame/GameAndWatch character cameo in Working Dough (the reading material refers to him as [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Mr. Game & Watch]]), and one of the baseball players in Exhibition Match looks remarkably like something Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto had drawn in the '80s.
** The 2P Endless Game Kung Fu Ball in ''Fever'' stars [[VideoGame/WarioWare Young Cricket]] as Player 1.
** The ''Fever'' endless game Lady Cupid, in all of its 8-bit glory, is likely to be a shout-out to ''VideoGame/KidIcarus''. Her general appearance, including her green hair, could also be a shout-out to Palutena from the same game.
** MC Adore from ''Fever'''s Love Rap bears similarity to both [[{{Franchise/Pokemon}} Cynthia]] and [[VideoGame/CaveStory Curly Brace]].
** The European version of ''Fever'' adds one in; the boy and girl from Double Date are namechecked as [[Literature/RomeoAndJuliet Romeo and Julia]] in the credits.
** A doll of [[VideoGame/WarioWare Ashley]] appears in ''Megamix'''s Rhythm Museum.
* SimonSaysMiniGame: Hoo boy. The Rhythm Heaven franchise is notorious for these. A few examples: Quiz, Shoot-Em-Up, Moai Doo-Wop, Drummer Duel, Love Lab, Working Dough, Rockers....
* {{Slapstick}}: Missing the beat on some scenes causes "you" to either bump against something, or get bumped by something.
* SlumberParty: Pillow Dance from ''Megamix'' features a girl dancing with monkeys at a sleepover.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Quiz in ''Tengoku'' is the only stage that's ''not'' rhythm-based. Instead, it's a straight-up SimonSaysMinigame.
* SoundCodedForYourConvenience: The Game.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Some minigames in later games tend to share elements or otherwise feel very inspired by minigames from previous games. For example:
** Micro-Row in ''Fever'' has identical rhythm to ''Heaven'''s Munchy Monk.
** ''Heaven'' and ''Fever'' have several games that follow the general marching mechanics of Marcher from ''Tengoku'', such as Lockstep in ''Heaven'' and Flipper-Flop in ''Fever''.
** Cheer Readers from ''Fever'' is very similar in presentation to The Dazzles from ''Heaven''.
** Stairway Catch from ''Megamix'' bears similarities to Polyrhythm from ''Tengoku'', in that you need to control your left and right hands individually for both games.
* SpritePolygonMix: Waltz-a-Tron in ''Megamix'' has 2D characters in a 3D environment. Otherwise, it's averted, as 2D and 3D games are kept separate.
* StarfishLanguage: First Contact, a minigame in ''Megamix'', features an astronaut interpreting for an alien lifeform. The alien speaks in a gibberish language consisting of squid-like symbols, and the astronaut translates it into his native tongue. It's inverted with its sequel, where the human speaks in gibberish and the alien translates for an audience of other extraterrestrials.
* StealthPun: In ''Tengoku'', Remix 7 is Remixes 1 + 2 + 4.
* StopHelpingMe: Averted with the Cheer Readers, in-universe. You'd think obnoxiously cheering in a library would annoy the hell out of people studying there, but their cheering somehow works! The kid in the Double Date game even praises the fact that he got an A on a recent test with the help of their cheering. Of course, this is all assuming that you did it well. It's played straight when you screw up.
-->"Would you keep it down?!"
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: The song "I'm a Lady Now" from the Bee Remix in ''Megamix'' is sung entirely in English in the Japanese release, and the lyrics are actually coherent and meaningful. (The singer is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK4WUKTfzB4 fluent in English]], though not a native speaker.)
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Marshal, Cam, and Miss Ribbon in ''Fever'' are similar to the Chorus Kids from ''Heaven''. Marshal in particular looks almost exactly like one.
* SwivelChairAntics: Board Meeting in ''Fever''.
* TakeThat: Those pigs in the Board Meeting minigame from ''Fever''? They're called "Executives".
* TakeThatAudience: An in-universe example with Quiz, in the FanTranslation for ''Tengoku''.
--> A game show that's all style and no substance... just what the viewers want.
* ThemeNaming: Shows up here and there; for example, Ao-kun, Aka-chan, and Kii-yan of the Toss Boys in ''Tengoku'' are all named after their respective colors ([[ChromaticArrangement Blue, Red, and Yellow]]), and the characters from Air Rally in ''Fever'' are named Baxter and Forthington.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: One would think that a couple of hops would be enough to test the safety of any seesaw, yet See and Saw feel the need to repeatedly launch each other several feet into the air to accomplish this task, making one wonder exactly what these seesaws are being used for. The reading material related to See Saw implies that they might have a motivation besides simple testing, while the one for Working Dough explains See and Saw are also the emergency workers for whenever Rookie misses a fuel orb:
-->'''Rookie''': It's a good thing See and Saw were waiting below and ready to fling Mr. Game & Watch onto the ship!
-->'''Veteran''': Yeah, I keep them ready in case emergencies like that come up.
-->'''Rookie''': That was you? Wow, you are so on top of things! I hope to be half as good as you someday.
* ThickLineAnimation: Becomes more prevalent in later games, due to earlier titles relying on sprite-based animation.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: The lizards in Love Lizard -- you play as the much larger female.
* TooLongDidntDub:
** Manzai Birds in ''Fever'' was never put in localized versions simply because the game focuses around dialogue and puns. To compensate this, other versions of the game contain a remake of Mr. Upbeat, and endless game from ''Tengoku''.
** Unlike ''Heaven'', ''Fever'' doesn't have any dubs besides Japanese, English, and Korean. To make up for it, the PAL version contains the ability to switch between Japanese and English on the fly.
* TotallyRadical: An intentional example with Love Rap in ''Fever''. The English dub has the rappers spout lines like "Crazy into you!" and "Fo' sho'!"
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Munchy Monk's eggs/dumplings.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: The Toss Boys of ''Tengoku''. It's more noticeable in Toss Boys 2, where the girl (Aka-chan) [[GirlinessUpgrade gains a more feminine appearance.]]
* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: In Exhibition Match, a cute pitcher girl tries to strike out a homely, mean-looking batter. You play as the latter. You might be thinking you're playing the villain in this case, until it's revealed the pitcher's been cheating with the help of [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys a monkey]].
* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: The logo for Love Lab in the Japanese version.
* VerbalTic:
** The Pop Singer in ''Fan Club'' has one, I suppose. And it's wonderful!
** The captain of the Blue Birds has one too, waaugh!
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential:
** Nothing like swatting candy and catching spiders in Packing Pests.
** Try getting a high score at Mr. Upbeat. Eventually as the music gets faster, Mr. Upbeat's comments of praise eventually become frantic begging for you to stop because his feet hurt.
--->"So... tired... I think I can see through time..."
* VisualPun: In ''Fever'', a minigame involves shrimp hopping about to the beat in front of the sea, while a voice counts "1-2-3, A-B-C!". In Japan, shrimp are called "ebi" (pronounced similar to "A B"), making this the Ebi Sea.
* VitriolicBestBuds: According to the reading material, Baxter and Forthington, who act like a StraightMan and a BigEater respectively.
* VoiceGrunting: First Contact features this from both parties.
* VolumetricMouth: The choir boys from Glee Club.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Remix 2 in ''Fever''. The first one was relatively simple to get you used to the "no practice for you" aspect of Remixes. This one hits you with Monkey Watch straight off the mark. And it's short, so there's only a couple of mistakes between "OK" and "Try Again".
* WhoWearsShortShorts: The Marchers from ''Tengoku''.
* WestminsterChimes: They sound off after Double Date's tutorial is finished.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: Get used to being given annoyed looks by other characters if you keep messing up the beat.
* WhereItAllBegan: Starting with ''Heaven'', the last original minigame in each installment is a variant on Karate Man, the very first game in the series. The last Remixes in both ''Tengoku'' and ''Heaven'' end with Karate Man, as well.
* WidgetSeries: The whole series; would you expect anything less from the creators of ''VideoGame/WarioWare''? The weirdness gets ''plenty'' of LampshadeHanging by the English writers, especially in ''Fever''.
-->Think you've got what it takes to tap-dance with the monkeys? ([[ARareSentence Has anyone ever written that sentence before?]])
* AWinnerIsYou: Winning the game is satisfactory, and getting medals unlocks stuff, but getting 1st place in the Battle in the Bands doesn't even unlock anything.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: All over the place. For starters, the female Love Lab professor has green hair, and various other characters have pink hair.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Mandrill in the European version of ''Fever''. He speaks more normally in the US translation.
* YourSizeMayVary: When Tap Trial from ''Tengoku'' was remade for ''Fever'' and ''Megamix'', the monkeys got smaller -- they come up to the girl's waist in ''Tengoku'', but only up to her knees in the later versions. This was probably done for consistency with the various other monkeys in ''Fever''.
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