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  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • King Dice's singing voice is provided by a woman, Alana Bridgewater.

    • Sally Stageplay was voiced by a man.
  • Cut Song: On the official soundtrack, the tracks "Hurry Up", "Coin-Op Bop", "High Score", and "The Airship" are never heard in-game. As discussed in What Could Have Been below, "Coin-Op Bop", "High Score", and "The Airship" belong to cut levels, while "Hurry Up" was likely related to the cut time limit.
    • Additionally, an alternate opening theme can be found in the game's files, which reveals what the original plot of the game likely was (apparently Cuphead originally entered a fighting tournament, instead of fighting to collect Soul Contracts).note 
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • The Moldenhauer brothers mortgaged their houses to make this game before getting backing from Microsoft.
    • Every single frame of animation is hand-drawn, which is phenomenal for a Run-and-Gun Bullet Hell game note .
    • All the tracks are also recorded using actual instruments, which is rather impressive for an indie game.
    • You may have noticed a few set pieces in the background that aren't hand drawn, like the castle in Grim Matchstick's level or the pyramid in Djimmi's level. Those aren't computer models, they are real models stop motion filmed for use of background spites.
  • Development Hell: The game had a 7-year development cycle starting in 2010. This was mostly due to its authentic handmade art style (Mostly handmade).
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Some occasionally refer to Beppi the Clown as Bepis , due to both the similarity of names and because of his color scheme (red and blue, close to Pepsi's own).
    • Hispanics call the game as a whole "Mortgagehead", due to the creator having funded the last stretch of development with a mortgage on his own house; a fair amount of memes have also been created involving Cuphead and said mortgage.
    • Japanese fans affectionately refer to the Devil as "Akuma-chan" ("Akuma" being the name assigned to Satan in Japanese Christianity).
    • Super Art III, the Giant Ghost, is often referred to as the "Stand" or "Stand Power" due to it being a Fighting Spirit.
    • Many fans call Dr. Kahl "Dr. Robotnik" and the gem he uses to make his Bullet Hell attack pattern the "Chaos Emerald" (even though the gems are clearly a ruby and a diamond) in reference to the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
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    • Fans tend to call The Phantom Express 'Mr. Bones' Wild Ride' due to the coincidence of a speeding train and a giant skeleton being together at once, much like the meme itself.
    • The unnamed members of the Tipsy Troop have also been called Mary Teeny (martini), Bourbob (from bourbon whiskey), and Sourpuss (after Brandy Sour, a cocktail that uses brandy, which cognac is a type of). A Youtuber also referred to them as Madame Martini, Walt Whiskey (possibly a reference to Walt Disney) and Rupert Rum.
  • Name's the Same:
  • Reality Subtext:
    • An accidental case; two brothers bet everything on the line, only to end up making a risky deal to get out of debt. The game's plot sure ended up reflecting the developers having no choice but to rely on Microsoft, didn't it?
    • Given the role of Fleischer and Disney brothers in pioneering animation, there's a certain poetic logic to a game celebrating their animation art styles being made by a pair of brothers.
  • Schedule Slip: Was meant to be released in 2014 as an indie title. But it made such a splash at E3 that year that Microsoft gave the developers more backing to expand the game. This took two years as a result since the developers wanted to make sure the game was perfect before it was released.
  • What Could Have Been: There's a lot of cut and unused content in this game. So much, that it needed its own page.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Cuphead Wiki and Wikia Cuphead Wiki.
  • Word of God: According to the developers, what's inside Cuphead and Mugman's cups are their souls.


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