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  • Angst? What Angst?: Purge has had a pretty crappy past as a kid, and you'd think that he'd tell someone about it. But then again there are reasons why he uses this trope. And they are not fun at all.
  • Best Boss Ever: The boss from the fourth mission of the second game is a giant, apish, speaker-handed robot piloted by a mad scientist, and you have to use the power of Space Michael Jackson (voiced by Michael Jackson) to defeat him.
  • Big Name Fan: Peach Fan 2262, also known as finalsmash on Deviant ART.
  • Come for the Ulala, stay for the Purge
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Well duh!
  • Die for Our Ship / Ship-to-Ship Combat: If there's a discussion about Ulala x Purge and Ulala x Jaguar, things aren't going to be pretty, needless to say...
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Whether it be Ulala, Pine, Purge or Shadow, you may get distracted by the characters' dance moves.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Purge does have a sad backstory, but fangirls take this to a whole different level. Remember fans: Purge does not comprehend love.
  • Ear Worm: The game's theme song, "Mexican Flyer"
    • Pretty much any song could become this.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Evila, Purge, and Shadow for some.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Ulala and Purge seem to be more popular than Ulala and Jaguar.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Blank's appearance in Extra Report 4 NEVER HAPPENED.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Purge, Purge... what in the world is with that sleeveless purple disco suit?!
    • There's actually a reason for this. The disco suit is made out of purple mirrors. Depending on what version you're playing, it'll tell you that his suit was designed to confuse or BLIND his opponents.
  • Foe Yay: Remember Blank's line about how he was always watching over Ulala? Well that line's similar to the line on the wallpaper: "I always want you watching over me."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In 2010, deadMau5 had created a song "Channel 42". With its techno-y space theme, you'd be surprised that deadMau5 would name a song after that channel, real or not.
  • It's Short, so It Sucks : Some least until you realize this is actually quite hard! Not to mention, some magazines mentioned that you could beat both games in one afternoon...but didn't complain about the length.
    • Part one had some of this considering you can literally play the game for an hour and beat it. However, there is an extra stage that's even harder.
  • Memetic Mutation: Ulala has sometimes been remixed into challening other characters to dance battles.
  • Mondegreen:
  • Nightmare Fuel: Blank TV. Yes, that's his BODY twisting like that in the monitor.
  • Porting Disaster:
    • A very slight case. The rhythm is slightly "off" in the PS2 version of the game, especially compared to the original Dreamcast game. A skilled player can adjust to it, but it is definitely noticeable enough to cause problems and has been commented on by a number of players.
    • Then, there is the Game Boy Advance version.
    • Don't forget the PC version of Part 2, the timing is horribly inconsistent and sometimes the game would go out of sync, usually after minimizing it, but sometimes for no reason at all! The Japanese dub can crash the game(especially on report 4), not to mention small stuff like it being a 2011 release with no 1080p option without hacking, and the volume meters being inexplicably stuck inside the game's setup launcher, which not only plays an incredibly loud song every time you open it, but you might have to fiddle with registry entries just to get it to save!
      • The PC port has been fixed as of September 16th, 2014. Syncing and crashing issues are gone, the game now supports 1080p, FXAA, and gamepad prompts by default, and the config launcher no longer plays any music. Audio seems to have also been tweaked somewhat. The Japanese dub is no longer available though.
  • That One Boss: Evila, Giant Evila and Purge the King have made many people toss their controllers.
    • The latter two because you have to quite literally do the opposite of what they tell you to do. And when you're so used to doing exactly what they can see why people recommend holding the controller upside down. Purge the King also only gives you three chances to screw up!
    • Blank TV can also be irritating at times, seeing as he has no exact rhythm. Also, if you screw up, he makes it EVEN HARDER. And you don't have many hearts to screw up with this boss.
  • That One Level:
    • The first part of the second level in Part one. You have to rescue the space captain and the other staff members; which gets pretty hard when they send some fast commands at you. (Players recommend that, unless your thumb goes fast enough across the D-Pad, you use your two fingers)
    • For that matter, any level where you have to either get delayed commands ("Up.....up hey!") or where they send a ton of commands at you. (There is one part in stage 4 in Part 2 where you have twenty two commands to repeat!)
  • Values Dissonance: Part 2 has this a bit. In the Japanese version, Purge is actually mentally disabled/insane to the point where he can't function in society properly and has delusions that he's a messiah that has to save everyone by dancing. So instead of getting him help like any normal person would, Ulala and the rest of the galaxy send him flying into space. And even for a lighthearted series that shouldn't be taken seriously, that's terrible. The US version waters down Purge a bit, and makes him bratty so it feels like he got what he deserved. Arguably a Woolseyism.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?
  • Woolseyism: Ulala's name is a localization of Urara (See Meaningful Name), which is a common Japanese name. However, the pronounciation turns it into a pun, since they prounce it as "Ooh-la-la"...which is a phrase that is often uttered by people when they see beautiful women. Conveniently this is part of the game. Fridge Brilliance perhaps?
    • Although some also pronounce it as "You-La-La".

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