[[caption-width-right:320:[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Kick, punch, it's all in the mind...]]]]

->''"I gotta believe!"''
-->-- [=PaRappa=]'s motto

->''"Leave it to Lammy!"''
-->-- Lammy's motto
Released in December 1996 in Japan and Halloween of 1997 in the US, '''''[=PaRappa=] the Rapper''''' is a RhythmGame for the PlayStation.

The game follows the (mis)adventures of a rapping puppy named [=PaRappa=] who attempts to improve himself in order to impress Sunny Funny, the girl he has a crush on, despite being intimidated by the presence of Joe Chin, a rich and narcissistic dog who is also trying to woo Sunny. How does he win Sunny's heart? By rapping his way to glory, of course!

The game works like this: Every stage has one character who raps a song and ask you to perform certain tasks, like learning karate, learning how to drive, selling things at a flea market, etc. in time with the music. You hit a button at the right moment as indicated on a bar at the top of the screen. Effectively, it's a video game version of Simon. Do well and you'll make it through the song; do too badly and you'd have to try again.

''But'', the rap twist is that during gameplay, [=PaRappa=] can deviate heavily from the "teacher", creating his own twisted yet awesome string of button mashes and random sentences, and ''still score points''. In fact, by creating original lines that are synchronized with the rhythm and beat of the teacher's lines, the player can access freestyle-mode, which allows the player to go AxCrazy on the controller, make [=PaRappa=] look like a superhero doped on crack, and get better endings.

It is a very short and simple game, but the unique premise and the [[AwesomeMusic unbelievably catchy songs]] made it an instant cult classic. It's not only seen as the [[TropeMaker first definitive modern]] RhythmGame, but probably [[TropeCodifier the most influential]]. Pretty much every RhythmGame created since, from ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' to ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' to ''VideoGame/{{Beatmania}}'', owes at least a little to [=PaRappa=], if only for [[GatewaySeries starting things off]]. The game is still highly regarded today, with a 88% on [[http://www.gamerankings.com/ps/198264-parappa-the-rapper/index.html GameRankings]].

A sequel named '''''[[NumberedSequels PaRappa the Rapper 2]]''''' was released on the [=PlayStation=] 2 in 2001, which once more focused on [=PaRappa=] (but with cameos from the [=MilkCan=] members), but was widely considered to be [[{{Sequelitis}} inferior]], or at least less memorable.

''[=PaRappa=]'' also produced a spinoff in 1999 called '''''[=UmJammer=] Lammy''''', which is essentially the same thing but more centric towards rock instead of hip-hop, alongside having a more fleshed-out and prominent storyline. The game starred Lammy, a lamb-girl in a garage rock band called [=MilkCan=], following her adventure to reach her own concert in time.

[=PaRappa=] has appeared in other media as well. There is also an AnimeOfTheGame, but it only lasted two seasons. Before the anime debuted, [[RodneyGreenblat the game's illustrator]] had created a series of comic books that are decidedly more true to the game than the anime. The anime can be viewed on Website/YouTube. You can view the comics [[http://www.fujitv.co.jp/takeshi/comic/comic_bn.html?17rodney/rodney30 here]], or you can be purchase a [[FutureSlang meatspace]] copy [[http://www.whimsyload.com/cgi-bin/shop/shopdetail.cgi?id=BK-RFCC1&keyword=booksale&category= here]] or [[http://shop.rodneyfun.com/shopdetail/002014000001/brandname/ here.]]

On April 26, 2012, [=PaRappa=] was announced as a playable inclusion in ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale''.


[[folder: Both ''[=PaRappa=]'' and ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'' examples]]
* AerithAndBob: Characters with some rather out-there names (such as [=PaRappa=], Ma-San, and Chop Chop) exist alongside more reasonably-named people (such as Katy, Sunny, and Joe).
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife
* AmbiguousGender: It is unknown who Jet Baby's gender is. In ''[=PaRappa=] 1'', "The Jet Baby Theme Song" refers to the song's title character as a "she", but when [=PaRappa=] and his friends walk out of the movie theater, they refer to said character as a "he".
* ArcWords: In ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'', Lammy constantly remembers what Chop Chop Master Onion told her: "Dojo, casino, it's all in the mind."
** '''"I GOTTA BELIEVE!"''', the catchphrase of (who else?) [=PaRappa=] himself.
* AnimalGenderBender: The first ''[=PaRappa=]'' game features a female moose with antlers, as well as the sequel.
** It's even weirder in ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'', which not only features a female lamb with horns, but also a female ram. You'll see the what's weird about it if you Google "Ram".
* AnimateInanimateObject: Only in [=PaRappa=] Town can an onion teach you kung-fu, or a dog date a flower.
* BareYourMidriff: Katy Kat's [[LimitedWardrobe usual outfit]] features this.
* BigEater: PJ Berri.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Too give you a good idea of how interesting [=PaRappa=] Town's architecture is, the game's illustrator is an [[http://rodneyfun.com/gallery.html abstract artist]].
* CallBack: Each of the games starts with the characters watching a movie (usually involving "[[ShowWithinAShow Jet Baby]]") with the same weird monster. Then, before the first level starts, they go to "Chunky Burger." In ''UJL'', they even take the exact same dialogue for the bully characters who come in as when they did in the first game.
** The bully characters say the same first dialogue lines in ''[=PaRappa=] 2'', during a cameo appearance at the start of Stage 5.
* CreatorCameo: Rodney Greenblat, the character designer of the series, has off-and-on cameo appearances throughout the games, most noticeably as a television reporter in ''[=PaRappa=] 2'', but also as the basis for the name of "Rodney State" where the characters live, and the singer of the "Jet Baby" song at the beginning of ''[=PaRappa=] 1''. Also, in a bonus scene from ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'', Ma-San is typing a letter to "Mr. Matsuura" (Masaya Matsuura is one of the game's creators).
* DancePartyEnding: As a game about music, this goes without saying. The two Parappa games have Parappa rapping with MC King Mushi Mushi about his heroic actions. The goal of ''Lammy'' is to get to the concert that comprises the ending.
* DownloadableContent: The PSP rerelease of ''[=PaRappa=]'' has downloadable alternate versions of the original 5 songs, while ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'' was released for download on the PlayStation Store.
* DubNameChange: Sometimes [[AvertedTrope averted]] (Teriyaki Yoko, Ma-San), sometimes played straight (Takoyama-san/Hairdresser Octopus, Niwatori-sensei/Cheap Cheap). The "dub" part is [[AllThereInTheManual ques]][[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish tion]][[{{Animesque}} able]], though...
* {{Egopolis}}: [=PaRappa=] Town is inexplicably named after... take a guess.
** In what can be considered an inversion of OneSteveLimit, WordOfGod states that the city is named after '''another''' [=PaRappa=]. It's actually a pretty popular name in the [[TheVerse PaRappa Universe]].
** In a CreatorCameo version, [=PaRappa=] Town is in "Rodney State," after Rodney Greenblat.
* FeatherFingers: Mostly averted. Nearly all [=PaRappa=] characters have humanlike hands regardless of species, including frogs, octopi, and even plants. Interestingly, Cheap Cheap Chicken is one of the few characters, if not the only character, with appendages appropriate for her species, but she seems to be able to manipulate objects just as easily as any human-handed FunnyAnimal.
* FourLeggedInsect: {{Averted|Trope}}. All the insect characters [[MultiArmedAndDangerous have two sets of arms.]]
* UsefulNotes/FurryFandom: Being set in a world populated by {{Funny Animal}}s, this was inevitable.
** It became even more inevitable with the arrival of Lammy.
* IconicOutfit[=/=]NiceHat: [=PaRappa's=] beanie hat, which he never takes off. What [=PaRappa=] looks like underneath his hat is such a such a [[MemeticMutation popular topic,]] that an [[WMG/PaRappaTheRapper entire WMG has been dedicated to the question.]]
* InexplicablyTailless: Despite being animals, only Katy has a tail showing; And there are moments when even HER tail is missing!
* InformedSpecies: The title character is not readily identifiable as a dog.
** Lammy doesn't even resemble a lamb. Name ''one'' person who knew she was a lamb/sheep without being told.
* LanternJawOfJustice: [[TheAce Joe]] [[MeaningfulName Chin]] has this.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: Every time you fail a level.
* LimitedSocialCircle: Notable aversion, but then play straight. Katy's band members Lammy and Ma-san, have never met Katy's other friends. But by the second game they have evidently formed a single social circle close enough to walk into each other's houses without asking.
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: Actually, it was more like, "Lions and Tigers and Humans and [[EverythingTalks Inanimate Objects]]... Oh, My!"
* NoFairCheating: Pausing a level would make it much easier to time your button presses; the games close this loophole by forcing a level restart if you try it.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [=PaRappa=] and his friends have child-like appearances, but WordOfGod says that they're probably teens.
* PaperPeople: There's about one character in the game who isn't in this style. Everyone else is paper-thin.
* RuleThirtyFour: [=PaRappa=] and Sunny's sex life seems to be a pretty popular topic...
* SeriousBusiness: The inhabitants of [=PaRappa=] Town sure do seem to be into rapping.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d at the beginning of [=UmJammer=] Lammy; Lammy's excuse for being late to her concert was that people wanted to rap for the bathroom, and she only plays guitar. People, please leave the rapping to PaRappa!
* SimonSaysMiniGame: The entire game can be described as a rhythmic version of Simon.
* SplitScreen: Happens in ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'', when Lammy tries hard to fly a plane with Captain Fussenpepper in Stage 4; and in ''[=PaRappa=] 2'', when both [=PaRappa=] and Guru Ant are [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever grown big]] for the final time, while you can see Ma-san getting bored (which doubles as a FunnyBackgroundEvent), as long as you don't mess up.
* SpritePolygonMix: Used for stylistic purposes. See PaperPeople.
* VagueAge: The main cast tends to look and act somewhat childlike, yet [=PaRappa=] is apparently old enough to drive.
* VariableMix: When you start screwing up, so does the music.
* WidgetSeries: ''[=PaRappa=]'' may be a little nuts, even by Japanese standards, but ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'' dives nose-first into full-blown widget territory.

[[folder: ''[=PaRappa=]''- only examples]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In [=PaRappa=] 2's rap song "Noodles Can't Be Beat", when [=PaRappa=] and Colonel Noodle rap about how foods can be in worldly cuisines (while going through quick costume changes to represent each culture of cuisine):
-->'''Noodle:''' Chinese, Italian, Thai or Jamaican...\\
'''[=PaRappa=]:''' Mexican, Egyptian, English, Korean...\\
'''Noodle:''' Anything goes, even Hawaiian.\\
'''[=PaRappa=]:''' Anything goes, even Alaskan.
* AscendedExtra: General Potter only had non-speaking role as Sunny's father in the first game. But in the sequel, he plays a key role in the story.
** Same with Papa [=PaRappa=].
* AwardBaitSong: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhEYLjH7a00 Come a Long Way]]" from the second game might count.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Prince Fleaswallow, which is only made clear if you actually listen to his lyrics. He seems to [[AGodAmI have a god complex]], [[JustGotOutOfJail be on the run from the police]], [[OnlyInItForTheMoney only cares about money]], and is implied to also be a thief.
* BoastfulRap: the endings to both games, unusually it is a professional rapper boasting about [=PaRappa.=]. In addition, half of the second game's third and seventh raps are each this.
* BossRush: The first game's fifth involves engaging the four mentors from the other songs in a rap battle in order to get to the toilet. The sixth level in ''[=PaRappa=] 2'' had a similar premise, with you facing off with the five mentors in a 16-bit video game.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: If you fail Stage 1 of [=PaRappa=] 2, Beard Burger Master will say, "Oh man, that was bad. And what is with this noodle thing??" (presumably referring to the noodle pattern that appears around the screen and covers the background in Bad and Awful modes respectively). [=PaRappa=] then sighs, "I always screw up at the beginning..."
* CarryingACake: Poor, poor [=PaRappa=]. Though it's probably just as well--Sunny might have found the design [[FridgeLogic a]] [[FurryConfusion little]] [[CarnivoreConfusion offensive]].
* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: In the PSP release, PJ Berri and Katy Kat's order of "a chocolate frosty" at the burger restaurant becomes "a chocolate ...", possibly because of trademark issues with the Wendy's Frosty.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: "I ain't got no time for nobody."
* DontTryThisAtHome: In the 5th stage of the second game, this text is shown in brackets at the beginning section of the level. For the record, the activity shown is hairdressing, though it's about as extreme as that can be.
* DownloadableContent: The PSP rerelease of the first game has downloadable alternate versions of the original 5 songs.
* EarsAsHair: Rare plant variation. Apparently, Sunny Funny's petals are her "hair". They can even be [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Dont_you_mean_petalstyle_877.gif styled into an afro]] somehow.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:Colonel Noodles in ''[=PaRappa=] 2''. After failing to turn all the burgers into noodles in Stage 1, he moves away during the news report in the intro to Stage 2, and now switches to dark costume in the intro to Stages 4 and 7. During the rap battle with [=PaRappa=], while they are still convincing each other about which food is better, Noodles suddenly raps that noodles "taste better than water" before water pours down at Noodles on cue, washing his plate off of him along with his glasses and his noodle afro hat; and he is now fully convinced that other foods taste better, resulting in a GoodCostumeSwitch back to normal in Stage 8.]]
* {{Expy}}: Instructor Moosesha in ''[=PaRappa=] 2'' is an Expy of her sister, Inspector Mooselini, from the first game, who is neither mentioned by name nor shown.
* FakeDifficulty: Provided by the original game's cumbersome timing window. This game also debuted before the advent of [=TV=]s with extensive video and audio pre-processing, and hence it has no lag adjustment options. Good luck playing it on a modern TV.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''[=PaRappa=] 2'', if [=PaRappa=] messes up a segment, Beard Burger Master's son is seen laughing from a corner with a strange machine. [[spoiler:The machine is the Noodlizer, and it's revealed later that [=BBM=]'s son is Colonel Noodle.]]
* FriendToAllChildren: Discussed by Rodney Greenblat in his "The Jet Baby Theme Song": "When Jet Baby loves, / [[AmbiguousGender She]] loves all of the children."
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Only in the U.S. version of ''[=PaRappa=] 2'', Stage 1, even though Beard Burger Master's voice says, "You better get in line!" his lips say, "Taste better than wine!", which was in the Japanese and European versions.
** Justified in Stage 7, in any version of ''[=PaRappa=] 2'', when [[spoiler:Colonel Noodles]] raps, "Noodles are the best, no doubt, can't deny, taste better than water, but don't ask me why," in a nod to [[spoiler:his father]]'s "Taste better than wine" lyric (Japan/Europe version only), [[spoiler:before water pours down at Noodle on cue]].
* GRatedSex: There was an entire level in the sequel where [=PaRappa=] practices "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Romantic Karate]]". [[HoYay With his friend P.J. Berri]]. Good thing Sunny didn't find out.....
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Colonel Noodles.]]
* IncredibleShrinkingMan[=/=]AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [=PaRappa=] and Guru Ant alternate between growing and shrinking in the second game's third level.
* InsectGenderBender: Guru Ant is almost definitely male, based on his Barry White-esque voice.
* InterspeciesRomance: [=PaRappa=]'s a dog who has a crush on a flower named Sunny. An animal is in love with a plant. According to WordOfGod, [=PaRappa=] could actually '''[[HotSkittyOnWailordAction have children]]''' with Sunny. God only knows [[MixAndMatchCritters what their kids would look like.]][[note]][[{{Pun}} Dogwood blossoms?]][[/note]]
** WordOfGod also put it best:
-->"[[BellisariosMaxim Some questions are best left unanswered.]]"
-->--Rodney Alan Greenblat
** Interestingly, in one of the [=RodneyFun=] comics, [=PaRappa=] mentions wanting to "have many babies" with Sunny.
* IWantToBeARealMan: After an incident in the sequel's prologue leads to Sunny calling [=PaRappa=] a baby, he spends the whole game trying to act mature. Sunny eventually tells him that he only needs to try his best.
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: Fail stage 5 of the original, and it's heavily implied that [=PaRappa=] poops in his pants, symbolized by a video of a rocket blasting off.
* KirkSummation: The entire 7th level of [=PaRappa=] 2 was about [=PaRappa=] trying to convince Colonel Noodles that there are many excellent foods in the world that would be lost if he turned everything into noodles.
* LevelOneMusicRepresents: In the 'PSP' rerelease of the game, most levels get one or two downloadable remixes. Stage 1 gets ''five''.
* LimitedWardrobe: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d:
--> '''Hairdresser Octopus:''' "Hey, take that [[NiceHat stupid hat]] off. What does it look like in there?"
--> '''[=PaRappa=]:''' "Aaa, I'm not sure myself."
* LogicBomb: In Prince Fleaswallow's rap, he says "I've been working here [at the flea market] since my mama was a baby". Think about that.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: WordOfGod states that [=PaRappa=], a dog, and Sunny, a flower, are [[ArtisticLicenseBiology sexually compatible]], and [[MixAndMatchCritters could conceive a child]].
** There's at least one FanFiction where [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction they do]].
* NostalgiaLevel: Of sorts. Stage 5 of [=PaRappa=] 2 prominently features [=MilkCan=] of ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'', who play the background music.
* OldMaster: Chop Chop Master Onion.
* OmnicidalManiac: To an extent in the sequel. Bad guy Colonel Noodles wanted to transform everything just to satisfy his [[MundaneMadeAwesome undying love for noodles]].
* PottyEmergency: First game, level 5 "Full Tank". A ThatOneBoss moment, though technically it's four. Turns into (implied) PottyFailure if you fail the level. Albeit... [[UnusualEuphemism strangely]] (and humorously too).
* PursuingParentalPerils: [[spoiler:We learn in the intro to Stage 7 of ''[=PaRappa=] 2'' that Beard Burger Master became so obsessed with burgers and their research that he would compel his son Colonel Noodles to eat burgers daily along with everyone else, including Noodles' mother, who became so [[ObsessedWithFood obsessed with burgers]] that she turned into one. Even worse was that Noodle had become destined to [[FollowInMyFootsteps become a burger shop owner like his dad]] from the day he was born. We're assuming that Beard Burger Master died being obsessed with burger research, and after Noodles ate some pasta and noodles because he loved noodles more than burgers, he decided to start on noodle research and do to the citizens of [=PaRappa=] Town what his burger-obsessed father did to him years ago: compel them to eat noodles daily until the day he would die, which is very dangerous indeed!]]
* [[BeatTheCurseOutOfHim Rap the Curse Out Of Him]]: [=PaRappa=] fixes Hairdresser Octopus's obesstion with taking people hostage to give them giant afros by beating him in a rap while also helping him snip, cut, trim, dye, and perm.
* RealSongThemeTune: In the intro to the fourth stage right after the "I gotta believe" part, when the announcer is announcing Cheap Cheap's cooking show, a snippet of "Tijuana Taxi" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (played in a slightly slower tempo) can be heard.
* {{Retraux}}: The sixth level in ''[=PaRappa=] 2'' is a 16 -bit video game game. Or if you're doing badly, 8-bit. Or if you're doing REALLY badly, a freaking [[OlderThanTheNES Atari 2600 on an]] ''[[OlderThanTheNES Oscillascope display]]''.
** Subverted if you're doing awesomely, which is in the 32 or 64-bit style.
* RichBitch: Joe Chin.
* SavingTheWorldWithArt: The premise of the second game: Colonel Noodles is [[ItMakesSenseInContext turning everything in the world into noodles]], and it's up to [=PaRappa=] to deliver a KirkSummation in the form of a rap battle.
* ShrinkRay: The unmodified De-Noodlizer in ''[=PaRappa=] 2'' can shrink or enlarge characters (including [=PaRappa=]) when a certain character presses the button on its remote control, even with help from the Guru Ant, of course.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: A poop example in Stage 5 of the first game. If you fail the song, it shows a live-action clip of a rocket blasting off, as a clever and humorous visual representation of [=PaRappa=] crapping his pants.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Cheap Cheap has a stereotypical British voice, but is still a pretty great rapper.
* SunnySunflowerDisposition: Sunny Funny. Bright and cheerful, and also wanting adoration.
* TheTelevisionTalksBack: There was an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keuNX9gib2M entire level]] in ''[=PaRappa=] the Rapper'' like this. [[spoiler: A subversion, as Cheap Cheap's literally right next to him. (The "television" is actually a frame she kept around herself, for some reason. This is revealed only if you're in "cool" mode, if you were doing badly and when the level ends. (This is lampshaded by [=PaRappa=] asking her how she got out of the TV.)]]
* TokenHuman: The first game [[DummiedOut was originally]] going to feature one named Pony Pony.
* TransformationRay: The Noodlizer, a RayGun that can turn anything into noodles, including burgers, guitar strings, and even [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment noodles]].
* UpdatedRerelease: The first ''[=PaRappa=] the Rapper'' game got a rerelease on the PSP.

[[folder: ''[=UmJammer Lammy=]''-only examples]]
* AllNaturalSnakeOil: In a non-greenwashing example, but the same principle, Joe Chin markets his laptop computer as being "Theft-proof". This is true, because ''it's the size of a whole room''!
* ArtificialStupidity: When they're not [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard kicking your ass in Versus mode,]] it's screwing up all the notes and sometimes overriding any points you earn in co-op mode! Thanks, guys...
* AllThereInTheManual: In the JPN/EUR version, when the [[spoiler:(fake) credits roll when Lammy ends up in Hell]], it lists the names of each instructor. Due to the cutscene being re-animated for the American version, there is no way to know most of the instructors' names unless you read the manual.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: Beating the main game lets you play remixed versions of the songs ''as [=PaRappa=]!''
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: This is even lampshaded in the Stage 3 Intro's parade song "Treasure", whose full version can be heard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksiml9wrHqs here]].
* BalloonBelly: This was actually a plot point in [=UmJammer=] Lammy. After level 2, Lammy eats so much pizza she's MistakenForPregnant by a nurse caterpillar with a [[VomitIndiscretionShot vomiting problem]] who thinks Lammy is in labor. Lammy digests the pizza after being dragged into the maternity ward, so the nurse realizes that Lammy wasn't pregnant, but she insists that Lammy should rock the babies to sleep.
* BananaPeel: [[spoiler: Lammy dies and gets sent to Hell this way in European/Japanese versions. She gets out though.]]
* BerserkButton: Annoy Ma-San too much and she'll mess you up.
* BonusFeatureFailure: For whatever reason, Ma-San's little personal movies after the credits, as well as those viewed through [=PaRappa=]'s storyline, have a seriously choppy framerate and subpar sound mixing, presumably to fit them on the disc without sacrificing the overall picture quality for all the FMVs. It's enough to make you think your disc is defective until you see that they're the same way in the [=PSN=] Store's downloadable version.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: If you fail Stage 6, Teriyaki Yoko will break out of the ground and order you to start over, saying Lammy should be banned from every game, to she will ask if she means the one she's already in as well.
** In addition, at the start of the original version, [[spoiler:when she sees she has died and gone to Hell, Lammy will say that means the game is over, and comment on how stupid that is.]]
* CallASmeerpARabbit: WordOfGod says she's a lamb; she looks more like a goat or fawn.
** The original Lammy sketches looked a lot more lamb-like, [[ExecutiveMeddling but the game company wanted Lammy to look like a cool college girl]].
*** In this concept art for [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lammy_versions4_3805.jpg early Lammies,]] one of them looks like a jogger and several of them look a bit like poodles. Then they found the right one...almost.
* ChainsawGood: The fifth stage has Lammy and Paul Chuck carving a guitar with a chainsaw to Rock-A-Billy.
* ContinuityNod: In the first level, Lammy is late for her own concert and is desperately trying to think of a good excuse; specifically, having a PottyEmergency when everyone in line for the bathroom wants to out-rap her. Which she then immediately dismisses.
* CranialEruption: Fussenpepper gets one every time he is hit on the head with the loose circuit board in the Stage 4 cutscene. It doesn't happen during gameplay however.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: In the song of Stage 1's DreamSequence, "I Am a Master, and You", Chop Chop Master Onion raps about fire, a {{bab|iesMakeEverythingBetter}}y, a plane, the "necessary [wood-chopping] skills to build a guitar", and [[PlanetHeck hell]]/a tropical island, which is what Lammy will have to undergo in the following stages.
** Not just that, but the moves that Chop Chop calls out to Lammy: burn, cry loud, fly high, chop that wood, and down.
* DummiedOut: Chop Chop Master Onion's song can only be done solo by Lammy and nobody else (presumably because the level it take place in was supposed to be her dream sequence). However, hidden data exists for [=PaRappa=]'s take on the song. The only difference between his and Lammy's is the fact that Chop Chop Master Onion's end-of-level speech is slightly different to accommodate the fact that he was speaking to [=PaRappa=] instead of of Lammy, and [=PaRappa=]'s differently worded response to that. Otherwise, it's exactly the same.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Everyting is a guitar to be precise. Lammy can use MindOverMatter on anything to use it as a guitar. Including fire hoses, babies, airplane controls, and {{chainsaw|Good}}s. Yes, [[ViolationOfCommonSense chainsaws]].
* EvilTwin / EvilCounterpart / EvilKnockoff: Rammy--Call her what you want, but she'll always be an evil Lammy.
* FakeBand: [=MilkCan=].
* FalseTeethTomfoolery: In the intro to Stage 5 ("You Said Anything, Didn't Ya?"), Captain Fussenpepper takes out his false teeth, called the "Wah-Wah" Effecter, and tells Lammy to put it to use on her next journey; and at once she obliges.
* FissionMailed: The intro to the [[spoiler:Hell]] stage (in the Japan and Europe versions): [[spoiler:"If... if I'm dead, then the game's over! [[WhoWritesThisCrap What a stupid game!!]]" Roll credits. Or... not.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: In the Japan and Europe versions of Stage 6, right before Lammy slips on a BananaPeel, there's a close-up of the peel that, if you look REAL close and REAL fast, has a sticker label on it that says "[=NaNaOn-Sha=]", which is the name of Masaya Matsuura's game developer.
* FunnyAnsweringMachine: Lammy's is long enough for her to almost leave her house, go back in, turn off all the appliances she had left running, cuddle with a stuffed toy, and leave before it ends.
--> '''Answering Machine:'''"Hiii. This is Lammy? I can't come to the phone right now, b-b-b-because the [=MilkCan=] l-l-live show is coming up real soon, and I'm not really ''ready'' for it, b-b-but Katy, Ma-san and I have spent our last time in the studio, and my solo's not really the way I ''want'' it to be, so I kept ''practicing'' and it turned out to be okay! Anyways, leave your name and a b-b-brief message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible, okay? Bye-bye!"
* FurryConfusion: Not seen in-game, but the credits song "Keep Your Head Up" has Katy sing about taking the dog for a walk at one point...
* HornyDevils: According to this [[http://www.cracked.com/funny-3566-um-jammer-lammy/ Cracked Article]], the original version of Taste of Teriyaki was supposed to be about this.
* HypocriticalHumor: In one cinema before [=PaRappa=]'s Stage 4, an ad for Joe Chin's Foundation for Natural Preservation is shown. Immediately after this ad comes an ad for Joe Chin's Brand Chains, one of which, combined with a chainsaw, is able to chop down whole trees (even though Paul Chuck sings "NEVER USE JOE CHIN'S CHAINS FOR THEM" in both versions of "Power Off, Power On!").
* IllKillYou: Parodied in the Japan/Europe version of Stage 6, [[spoiler:when Teriyaki Yoko picks up Lammy's new guitar and threatens to kill her, believing her to be Rammy (see InstrumentOfMurder)]]:
-->[[spoiler:'''Yoko:''' I'm gonna kill you!\\
'''Lammy:''' [[IneffectualDeathThreats Eh, I think I'm dead already.]]]]
* ImpactSilhouette: In the U.S. version of Stage 6 ("Vital Idol"), [[spoiler:Lammy gets catapulted from the guitar store and flown away until she lands in an island's jungle, leaving a Lammy-shaped hole in the ground]].
* InstrumentOfMurder: [[spoiler:Teriyaki Yoko attempts this in the Japan/Europe version of Stage 6 by picking up Lammy's guitar and threatening to kill her, believing her to be Rammy, before hearing that Lammy has ''already died'' and promising to bring her back on the condition that Lammy "play right". In the U.S. version, however, Yoko makes no death threat, though she does pick up the guitar and point it at Lammy for no reason while the latter explains how she ended up on this island.]]
* KillerRabbit: Ma-San.
* LipLock: The part where [[spoiler:Yoko points Lammy's guitar at her and threatens to kill her with it]] was dubbed over in the American version, and it's painfully obvious.
* LookBothWays: [[spoiler:Narrowly averted in the Japan and Europe versions of Stage 6 when Lammy avoids getting hit by a car. She does, however, [[YouCantFightFate end up getting killed]] [[BananaPeel by other means, though]]...]]
* MediumAwareness: If you screw up on Teriyaki Yoko's level on ''[[=UmJammer=]] Lammy'', she'll say "Start all over! You should be banned from every game," and Lammy will respond, "From ''every'' game?? Even this one?????" Same goes for [=PaRappa=]'s screw-up on said level, when [=PaRappa=] responds, "But... but.... but.... ha......"
* MickeyMousing: Many of the cutscenes feature this kind of music.
* MotorMouth: Apparently, the rapping style of Captain Fussenpepper's Sergent personality involves speaking very fast. Possibly a side effect of the fact that it's a "Metal" song[[note]]For which "singing fast" is a common style of singing there[[/note]] being adapted to Hip Hop so that [=PaRappa=] can rap the song instead of singing it.
* NewGamePlus: Beating the game's seven levels unlocks the option to play with [=PaRappa=], either separately or co-op with Lammy.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever happened to Katy and Ma-san that caused them to nearly be late too. Katy somehow ended up dressed in jungle camo, and whatever Ma-san did involved camels and fezzes.
* NonMammalMammaries: Cathy Piller. As if she wasn't freaky enough.
* PlanetHeck: [[spoiler:The second-to-last level ([[{{Bowdlerise}} at least in the Japanese and European versions]])]].
* PlayingTheHeartStrings: [[spoiler:Both played straight briefly and parodied in the original version of Stage 6: first, when Lammy is killed in a BananaPeel accident and her black-and-white soul [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascends to a Higher Plane of Existence]]... sort of; and then, when Lammy laments her own death in hell, "[=PaRappa=]'s End Roll in G Minor" plays briefly [[FissionMailed during the fake end credits]]... right before Jack Smash appears and stops the credits before taking her away to Teriyaki Yoko. (The full version of the sad-string song can be heard in the original soundtrack, though.)]]
* PrecisionFStrike: Barely subverted. If you fail level 3 as Lammy (or in one of the team modes), she will say "Fudge!"
* RaymanianLimbs: The character [[NurseWithGoodIntentions Cathy Piller]] is shown to have raymanian ''segments'' when viewed form the side.
* RecurringRiff: "[=PaRappa=]'s End Roll in G Minor" is a bit of a Tear Jerker version of "Thank You for Everything", the ending song from ''[=PaRappa=] 1''. [[{{Bowdlerise}} Only in the Japan and Europe versions, though.]] (The full version can be heard in the original soundtrack for ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy''.)
* [[RedHeadedHero Red-Headed Heroine]]: Lammy.
* ScareChord: [=PaRappa=]'s rendition of "Taste of Teriyaki" has several piano ones throughout.
* ShaveAndAHairCut: This starts forming when it's closer to the end of the Stage 1 song "I Am a Master, and You". And it occurs in the outro of Stage 1 too.
* SpeechImpediment: See the FunnyAnsweringMachine example? Lammy ''really does'' stutter that much.
* SpinOff: 'One to the main ''[=PaRappa=]'' series, though [=PaRappa=] can be unlocked as a playable side character.
* SplitPersonality: Captain Fussenpepper flips between DrillSergeantNasty and a doddering old man whenever he gets hit on the head.
** Lammy herself is a borderline example. She's normally a neurotic mess, but she becomes much more confident and capable when she has her guitar (or if she can [[MindOverMatter imagine having it]]).
* StealthInsult: If you fail the last level, [[SpeciesSurname Katy Kat]] provides this little gem: [[spoiler:"o, oh, I didn't expect you to do '''''this''''' bad." Take note of the [[BoldInflation emphasis]] on the word "this".]]
* StylisticSelfParody: The paper-thin art style is parodied in ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'', when Lammy gets ''faxed'' at one point.
** Which brings up some FridgeLogic. [[JustEatGilligan Couldn't Lammy have just faxed herself to the concert in the first place?]]
*** [[WordOfGod According to the game illustrator,]] she could, but the original stays home.
** It was spoofed again in a cutscene when [=PaRappa=] asked Sunny if he could see how a dress looked from the side. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLWPHkmPoEI&feature=related]].
* TaremeEyes: A handful of ''[=UmJammer=] Lammy'' characters have eyes like this.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Rammy demands a guitar duel (2-player mode) because she doesn't get any calls on her beeper.
* UnknownRival: Rammy towards Lammy.
* VisualPun: In the 3rd level you are literally "rocking" a baby to sleep.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: Need to put out a burning building? Play the hose like a guitar! Need to put [[WaveOfBabies hundreds of babies]] to sleep? Play one of them like a guitar! Flying a plane? Play the steering wheel like a guitar! Cutting down a tree? Play the {{chainsaw|Good}} like a... take a guess!
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Cathy Piller is always puking weird pink vomit as she talks, [[CoveredInGunge much to]] [[NauseaFuel Lammy's dismay]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU5kBlENd_0 Check it out in all its chunky, oozing glory.]]
* XRaySparks: These show up when you do poorly on Teriyaki Yoko's stage and get electrified. Even the little frog face on [=PaRappa=]'s hat seems to be affected. Also, Lammy and Rammy's hearts can be seen through their ribcages if you look closely.
** In one of the flashbacks in the Stage 7 cutscene, Lammy got this when plugging in electrical equipment and being electrocuted by it.
* YouCantFightFate[=/=]ProphecyTwist: In the original version of Stage 6 ("Vital Idol"), [[spoiler:Lammy avoids [[LookBothWays getting hit and run by an out-of-control car]] so as not to end up in hell. As she keeps running, she doesn't notice the BananaPeel that PJ Berri has left because she is in too much of a hurry, then slips on it, falls down, breaks her neck and dies, thus fulfilling Chop Chop Master Onion's [[DreamingOfThingsToCome dream prophecy]]]].
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Ooh, try to get pass Stage 3 against Rammy or [=PaRappa=] CPUs, they will '''''win'''''. A LOT.

[[folder: ''Anime''-only examples]]
* AnimatedAdaptation: [=PaRappa=] the Rapper gained an anime series that lasted for 30 episodes in 2001. [[InNameOnly It has nothing to do with rapping, nor does it utilize the series' famous "paper-thin" appearance.]] [[PutOnABus Lammy and Ma-San are also absent.]]
** [[MemeticMutation It's quite popular on the internet, though]].
*** It's also ''[[WidgetSeries totally insane.]]''
* CanonForeigner: Mike and Paula, who are introduced in the first episode and quickly join the main fold of friends. There are also, of course, the multitude of ancillary characters.
* ChristmasEpisode: "A Heart Is the Pass!" Also counts as a ''[[IncrediblyLamePun Heart]]''warming Moment.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: In one episode ("Did You Say You Didn't Sleep?!"), [=PaRappa=]'s friend PJ gets infected by a virus, which causes him to grow into [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever a giant]] every time he eats. This causes [[=PaRappa=] and his friends to get absorbed into his body and get rid of the virus in order to turn him back to normal.
* IWasQuiteTheLooker: Katy's boring neighbor rambles on about this to whoever is willing to listen. Nobody believes her until Katy finds some old posters in a decaying theater of her when she was a dancer.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Paula falls in love with the deejay at Club Fun, unaware that it's actually [=PJ=]. She's scandalized shen she finds out they are one in the same, even though she could have asked almost anyone and they would have told her.
* MisterSeahorse: There was one episode where the characters {{mistaken|ForPregnant}}ly [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext believe]] that this happened to [=PaRappa=]. It's [[WidgetSeries that kind of show.]]
* PokeThePoodle: Gaster begins the series at least mildly criminal by stealing [=Parappa=]'s bike and a box of garage sale money, but quickly devolves into criminal acts like tearing posters and ''picking coins up off of the ground.''
* PutOnABus: If [[ExecutiveMeddling they]] had decided to let [[SpinOff Lammy]], [[KillerRabbit Ma-San]], or at least [[RichBitch Joe Chin]] appear in the anime, it might have lived to see [[NoExportForYou America.]]

[[folder: ''RodneyFun Comic Collection''-only examples]]
* AcidRefluxNightmare: Happens to PJ in the first book.
* LethalChef: Sunny Funny in second book, nearly literally around the end (keep reading). When Sunny forgets to buy the ingredients she needs, she decides to [[HilarityEnsues improvise]]. Needless to say, none of Sunny's guests would touch it. (Except for [[BigEater PJ]]) As for the dessert, well... [[IncendiaryExponent Flaming]] [[StuffBlowingUp Dynamite]] {{Strawberry|Shorthand}} [[AlienLunch Onion]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Cake]], anyone?
* NoSmoking: {{Averted|Trope}}. Both [=PaRappa's=] dad and Mr. Prince Fleaswallow are seen smoking on separate occasions.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The squirrel and the rabbit in the second book.
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