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YMMV: Hamtaro

The Anime Series

  • Adaptation Displacement: Other than hardcore anime fans, who has ever heard of the children's books?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The movies. They have their own continuity together, but they're all so strange and don't fit with the rest of the show.
  • Ear Worm: When we work together it's much better...
    • The ending credits are even more contagious. Snoozer, Penelope, Panda, Howdy, Oxnard, Bijou, Boss let's go!
    • The Italian, "Hamtaro , piccoli criceti grandi avventure" version of the theme tune is well worth seeking out.
    • Basically any song in the original can be this. Go look up any image song used and it will be stuck in your head all day!
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Stan has been paired with just about every ham-ham on the show! Yes, including his own twin sister!
    • Considering his character, are we really surprised?
    • Do you mean "every female Ham-Ham" or "every Ham-Ham?"
    • Every Ham-Ham.
  • Misaimed Marketing: Seriously, who thought this was a good idea to run this show on Toonami next to series like YuYu Hakusho and Cyborg 009?
  • Nightmare Fuel: The movies have a couple creepy scenes, including a devil-hamster (not Spat from the games) who can turn into a dragon.
  • Periphery Demographic: For every preteen kid that decried this show as a sign of Toonami's end times, there was another kid within the same demographic that admitted to liking the show . . . or secretly watched and said nothing for years to keep up with appearances. You people know who you are.
  • The Scrappy: The second opening theme. For reasons unknown, Cartoon Network hated it and refuse to air it, opting to air the first theme over the second season episodes. However they accidentally let it slip with a few airings, which left a few fans scratching their head in confusion. Soon it was found out that other networks worldwide that airs the English version of the show do air the second opening theme. Cue Keep Circulating the Tapes, as a number of fans do find the second theme better than the first one. And even then Cartoon Network is trying to stop the circulation by immediately flagging the videos off youtube as soon as someone uploads it. A few mp3 copies have been known to circulate the web, despite this.
    • Mondegreen: The second season theme is so fast-paced and contains so much ham-speak that it's not unusual for transcriptions of it to often get at least some of the lyrics wrong.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Good Lord, back when this show was on Cartoon Network, you wouldn't believe how many people fought over Hamtaro/Bijou or Boss/Bijou almost to the point of Die for Our Ship in some circles.
    • As well as Travis/Laura and Roberto/Laura (yet Laura does not like Roberto at all.)
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Some people think Spat, the cats and the chicks are cute/funny. Other thinks they're Premium Grade-A Nightmare Fuel.
    • The lyrics to Glitter's song "Love is All Around" may count. Kinda understandable since Glitter's music is mostly marketed to preteen girls such as Laura and her friends.
  • Tear Jerker: With its own corner now.
  • Woolseyism: Pretty much all the names have been changed and although most of the Japanese Holidays and folk tales have been kept, they too had their names changes (Urashima Taro became Leo in the dub). Yet, talk to the fans and most of them will refer to the dub and not the Japanese version.
    • One episode that featured Kompeito was called "diamonds of sugar" in the dub.

The Games

  • Nightmare Fuel: Ham-Ham Heartbreak has its own page.
    • Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! has one which depends on which way you take to get Dexter and Howdy in the clubhouse. Either Dexter will help Howdy who becomes stuck in a cash register or Dexter will become frozen alive in ice and Howdy must thaw him.
  • The Scrappy: Hamtaro: Wake Up Snoozer for the PC. Many fans refuse to acknowledge the existence of the game, even though in reality it was a decent title.

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