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  • Content Leak: The PS4 port's icon appeared on PSN stores a day before its official unveiling.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: King Dice's singing voice is provided by a woman, Alana Bridgewater. Likewise, 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:
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    • The Moldenhauer brothers re-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 very 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 as background sprites.
    • For the Playstation 4 version's launch trailer, instead of using hand-drawn animation or a mix of live-action and animation like in the Switch trailer, it's done entirely in stop-motion with the techniques of the era.
  • Fan Nickname:
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    • 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 creators having funded the last stretch of development with a mortgage on their own houses; 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" in reference to the Sonic the Hedgehog series (and because the gem he holds out looks a lot like one).
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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 formerly 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. The Art of Cuphead, a book showing much of the game's concept art, eventually gave the troop's real names; Ginette, Ol' Ethan and Rumulus respectively.
    • The members of The Root Pack are officially named Sal Spudder, Ollie Bulb, and Chauncey Chantenay, but are often called Moe Tato, Weepy, and Psycarrot by fans.
    • Before his name was revealed in the art book, Willy Warbles was usually called Wally Jr.
    • Regarding several members of the Phantom Express, specifically who the fandom commonly calls "T-bone" and the "Blaze Brothers", The Art of Cuphead book officially refers to them as "Conductor" and the "Lollipop Ghouls", respectfully.
    • Popularized by Markiplier, the parry move is sometimes called the "slappa".
  • Follow the Leader: Surprisingly got an imitator in the form of another indie game, Enchanted Portals.
  • I Knew It!: Many fans knew the Windows Store exclusivity for the computer versions will not last long, before Cuphead gets a release in both Steam and GOG.
  • 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.
  • Saved from 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).
  • 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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