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->''The motto is "-bee"!'' (''Aikotoba wa -bee!'')
-->--'''Twinbee''''s, and by extension the series' CatchPhrase

''Twinbee'' is a long-running CuteEmUp series by {{Creator/Konami}}, makers of ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}''. It's a much more light-hearted top-down entry into the genre, with the main ships being sentient beings with arms and legs and fighting enemies like watermelon slices and ladybugs.

Yeah, [[WidgetSeries it's a weird game]].

In its original format, only one of the games managed to be released in North America - ''Moero Twinbee: Cinamon Hakasei wo Sukue'' became ''Stinger'' upon translation. Unfortunately, that one is widely considered to be the weakest in the series, which resulted in [[NoExportForYou none of the games getting exported for a long time]]. Much to the United States' detriment, of course, as later games managed to make some great improvements to the basic setup (including a LifeMeter and a plot).

However, the series is finally starting to see the light of day in the United States: {{Creator/Konami}} first released the original game as ''Rainbow Bell'' as a part of their ''Konami Arcade Classics'' collection for the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS and some of the games are starting to appear for purchase on download services for each console.

Here's a list of games in the series.
* ''Twinbee'' (Arcade/Famicom/MSX, included in ''Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits'' for the DS as ''Rainbow Bell'')
* ''Moero Twinbee'' (Famicom, released on the US NES as ''Stinger'')
* ''Twinbee 3'' (Famicom)
* ''Twinbee Da!!'' (Game Boy, released as ''Pop'n Twinbee'' in Europe)
* ''Detana!! Twinbee'' (Arcade/[=X68000=]/PC Engine, had an export arcade release titled ''Bells & Whistles'')
* ''Pop'n Twinbee'' (Super Famicom/European SNES)
* ''Twinbee Rainbow Bell Adventure'' (Super Famicom/European SNES)
* ''Twinbee Taisen Puzzle Dama'' ([=PlayStation=])
* ''Twinbee Yahoo!'' (Arcade)
* ''Detana!! Twinbee Yahoo! Deluxe Pack'' ([=PlayStation=]/Saturn)
* ''Twinbee RPG'' ([=PlayStation=])
* ''Twinbee Portable'' (PSP)
* ''Twinbee'' ([[Nintendo3DS 3D Classics]])

There was also a radio drama version named ''Twinbee Paradise'' which aired following ''Pop'n Twinbee'', which was popular enough in Japan to last three seasons and a five-episode {{OVA}} series.

Has a [[AwesomeMusic/{{Twinbee}} Awesome Music]] page.

!!This series has examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Dr. Warumon. He's practically an {{expy}} of [[SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman]].
* BadassAdorable: All the ships are adorable that they can kick some butt.
* BrainyBaby: Mint. He's not able to speak with anything other than blabbles yet though, so [[TranslatorBuddy his ship Gwinbee has to translate for the other characters]] the useful advices and comments he gives.
* CardCarryingVillain: Dr. ''Waru''mon
* [[TheChick Chick]] [[TheLancer Lancer]]: Pastel.
* CloudCuckooLander: Madoka, oh so much. Her grandfather Dr. Mardock counts too, but is a milder case.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The bells and which power-up they grant. Similarly, each of the Bees has their own color.
* CombinationAttack: In two-player mode, there are two different ones - one if the players line up horizontally, and one if they line up vertically.
* CoolShip: Twinbee, Winbee, and Gwinbee. They're sentient, and they regularly fight by punching things.
* CuteEmUp: May be the TropeMaker, along with Sega's ''VideoGame/FantasyZone''.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Melora, who's actually the gentle Queen of Planet Mel (the world of Twinbee), yet is called with the "Princess" title.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: We're not kidding about the deadly watermelons.
* EvilCounterpart: [[BigBad Dr. Warumon]] is this to Dr. Cinnamon (Warumon being a portmanteau of ''warui'' and "cinnamon").
** And of course, there's "Nise"([[BilingualBonus Fake]])twinbee.
* {{Eyecatch}}: Starting with ''Detana! Twinbee,'' and ''Twinbee Yahoo!'' has some good ones. Only the PSP version of ''Twinbee Da!'' lacks it.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Happens to Pastel and an alley cat in one episode of the anime. It even happens to Light and Twinbee in the same episode.
* GenreShift: ''Rainbow Bell Adventure'' is a side-scrolling platformer, while ''Twinbee RPG'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an RPG]].
* HelloInsertNameHere: Present in ''RPG'', since the protagonist is supposed to be the player.
* TheHero: Light usually fills this spot. In ''RPG'', the player takes this role.
* IdolSinger: Pastel aims to become one and be the best of them.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Despite being the BigBad of most games of the series and being considered as Light and friends' ArchEnemy, Dr. Warumon falls square in this trope, as his [[EvilPlan Evil Plans]] and his [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] get invariably thwarted and destroyed by the heroes, and like [[{{Pokemon}} Team Rocket]], needs to resort to part-time jobs to fund his next line of evil inventions. He's also made fun of ''very'' frequently.
* KidAppealCharacter: Herb Mint.
* LifeMeter: In some of the later games in the series.
* LethalChef: Madoka, regarding cookies. [[{{Determinator}} She never gives up at trying to make delicious ones]], but each attempt is a failure that either horribly food poisons the unfortunate people who tastes them, or make ovens ''explode''. In any other kind of food than that one however, she's a SupremeChef.
* MadScientist: Dr. Warumon for the evil version, Dr. Mardock for the heroic yet CloudCuckooLander version.
* MarketBasedTitle: The few games that were released internationally were sometimes retitled - the second Famicom game was released in America as ''Stinger'', while Europe received ''Twinbee Da!!'' and ''Rainbow Bell Adventure'' under the ''Pop'n Twinbee'' moniker (since the SNES version was the first game in the series released there).
* ObviouslyEvil: Dr. Warumon is a textbook example. He has the [[BeardOfEvil villainous goatee]], the [[HighClassGlass evil monocle]], the OminousOperaCape, and the [[SmugSmiler smug smile]]. And of course, his ultimate goal is to [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over The Whole Universe]].
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Pastel and Light, and their respective ships.
* POVBoyPosterGirl: Light and Pastel are a non-romantic example.
* TheProfessor: Dr. Cinnamon.
* PunnyName: The "Waru" in Dr. Warumon's name comes from the Japanese word for "bad". Similarly, the "Nise" in Nisetwinbee means "Fake".
* RetCanon: Much of the series' story was fleshed out in the ''Twinbee Paradise'' radio drama and then brought back to the game. For example, the pilots of Twinbee and Winbee were originally nameless and were given the names Light and Pastel in the radio drama.
* SapientShip: All three of the ships are sentient.
* SceneryPorn: The first three games did have little dull scrolling backgrounds, but starting from ''Bells & Whistles,'' the lands or the skies you fly over are extremely detailed and beautiful, constantly changing as you go on.
** The first level of ''Bells & Whistles'' really feels like flying over a small, but very wonderful land. You start flying above the forest, and then arrive into a small town: soon you're flying in mountain scapes which have train tracks on them, then you arrive into a large construction site... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59Ce7ntAmy4 Just see it for yourself.]]
** ''Twinbee Yahhoo!'', being the pinnacle of the series and thus having the best backgrounds of the series, mixes this with awesome emotional parallax scrolling and voice acting, giving out the feeling that of an 90's action anime episodes. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUt9GSQs0JE A memorable moment is when Twinbee makes a somersault in the air at the first stage, background changing like if you were on the cockpit.(See at 2:54)]] It gets much better at the third stage.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Pastel and Winbee, ordinarily the second player, [[EnsembleDarkhorse have proven much more popular]] than Light and Twinbee (the first player), and as such are used as the poster figures of the franchise.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Winbee, the female ship, has a cockpit in the shape of a heart (though it also goes into the theme design of the ships).
* WidgetSeries: You get the hint very early on, as you punch windmills and shoot at flying strawberries.