YMMV / PaRappa the Rapper


  • Accidental Innuendo: Some of Colonel Noodle's lyrics from "Noodles Can't be Beat!" from PaRappa 2 are talking about noodles, but can sound like he's talking about... something else.
    Yeah, that little slippery thing tastes so good all the time.
    Slurp it, suck it, I/you know we all like it.
  • Annoying Video-Game Helper: Boxy Boy's tutorials in PaRappa 2, which interrupt cutscenes. They can be skipped with the start button, but it's never mentioned anywhere.
  • Awesome Music: Has its own page.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Level 7 of PaRappa 2 has DJPJ's booth crashing through the wall and causing a power surge. The level then continues as if nothing happened.
  • Critical Dissonance: The games received mostly average reviews from critics, but fan response is much more positive.
  • Ear Worm: Pretty much any song in this game series. "Kick, punch, it's all in the mind!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: According to Prince Fleaswallow, "Money money money is all you need."
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Quite a few fans would like to believe that Parappa 2 didn't happen.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • PaRappa and Lammy, despite the fact that both PaRappa games focused on PaRappa's love of Sunny. Some fans lampshade this by showing that Sunny is not amused.
    • Given the positive backlash from the fandom when Word of God legitimated Lammy/Katy, this ship is surely deserving of this title as well.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: It seems PaRappa took Prince Fleaswallow's lesson to heart.
  • Funny Moment: The whole series basically, mainly because it swims in Surreal Humor.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Being an early, rap-based Rhythm Game, the COOL freestyle system is far from perfect & can be easily broken...to hilarious results.
  • Ho Yay: PaRappa and PJ doing the moves from "Romantic Karate" on each other. Doesn't help that the show they're imitating is billed as being for adults only.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!: While the first game had some very unforgiving levels, the sequel is generally seen as swinging the difficulty too far to the other side due to the game making it actually harder to screw up or fail and getting a Cool rank is much easier.
  • Memetic Mutation: "chinese", a video of PaRappa 2's multiplayer mode, has seen some exposure.
  • Moe:
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • The quacking-like effects when you sink to the Bad or Awful modes.
    • "Come on PaRappa, relax. It's practice time."
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Hairdresser Octopus. Mainly his scissors-flailing crazy side.
    • Don't forget Cathy Piller!
    • Teriyaki Yoko. Especially when you fail and she rises out of the ground, 100 times her size. Even in the American version.
      • The "Taste of Teriyaki" song itself. The whole thing just sounds otherworldly and threatening, which is very fitting for the stage. And the MilkCan: Make It Sweet remix makes it even more terrifying.
      • Parappa's version of the song isn't much better. It's slower paced, with more outwardly ominous instrumentals to back up the more menacing feel.
      • The cutscene prior to her stage in the European and Japanese versions is scarily different from the American version, with the latter existing due to bowdlerisation; while Lammy is simply flung into the Island stage in the American version, in the other two versions she literally dies and goes to some sort of dark, twisted afterlife. And after "waking up" Lammy asks herself "Is this hell?", followed by her being dragged to the stage where she meets Teriyaki Yoko who proceeds to tell Lammy she's gonna kill her. So much for Never Say "Die"...
    • There's something about the sunset scene Stage 5's cutscene that's very spooky and unsettling... The color error and animation could be suspect.
  • Parental Bonus: Benito Mussolini —> Instructor Mooselini.
  • Porting Disaster: The PS4 remastered edition has very noticeable input lag, which for a rhythm game makes it almost unplayable. The remastered version also has a glitch with Cheep Cheep in stage 4 where a red bar appears on her head when your rank is Bad, which is spposed to be a part of the visual filter for the Awful rank where her whole head turns red. Stage 5 has a glitch with the rain during the Bad and Awful ranks where it doesn't appear anywhere besides the corners of the screen. Stage 6 also has the fade to black transition at the song's end not play out.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The PS4 remastered version had some fans treating it as such, noting that the remastered version is just a port of the PSP version with graphical filters to smooth out the visuals on high resolution displays. Hackers would later discover that the remaster is just a PSP emulator with the textures upscaled to 4K resolution.
  • Sequelitis: Parappa 2 isn't a bad game per se, but it's seen as the weakest of the three games. The main reasons include being much easier than the others, being an almost entire retread of the first one, Boxy Boy's unnecessary tutorials, and awful songs. It's downplayed though, as it's still a very enjoyable game, if not as much as Parappa 1 or Um Jammer Lammy. According to Word of God, the dev team took too long to push out Um Jammer Lammy and Parappa 2, failing to capitalize on the success of the first game while other rhythm based games came out to cash in on the genre's booming popularity.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • In PaRappa 1, "PaRappa's Live Rap With MC King Kong Mushi" sounds a little like the rap version of "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
    • The cinema before the fourth level includes a short ditty that sounds remarkably like the song "Tijuana Taxi".
    • The driving lesson song is a pretty blatant ripoff of "Turtles Have Short Legs" by Can.
    • The music playing during Boxy Boy's tutorials in Parappa the Rapper 2 has a lot of similarities to "Intermission" by Blur.
    • Awful mode "Romantic Love" in Parappa the Rapper 2 sounds very similar to the Star Road map music from Super Mario World.
  • That One Boss: Potentially, any of the bosses, but Cheap Cheap the Cooking Chicken is consistently hard for a lot of people.
  • That One Level: The bathroom rap level is considered to be extremely frustrating due to how many buttons the player has to play back with near perfect timing in order to succeed. This was probably one of the reasons why the sequel has a more forgiving mechanic for button pressing in the levels.
  • Vindicated by History: Parappa the Rapper 2 has become more well liked in recent years thanks to it having a far more playable PS4 port compared to Parappa the Rapper Remastered, as well as Memetic Mutation giving it some more exposure.

Anime-only examples:

  • Creator's Pet: A awful lot of the episodes center on anime-only character Paula.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The Christmas Special is considered to be the most touching episode of the series by fans.

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