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Hell was once ruled with an iron claw by its undead ruler, King Hare, but even in Hell no one lives forever. When King Hare passed on, his duties of ruling Hell were passed onto his son, Prince Ash. Ash ruled the underworld with his tyranny, and all was good for the new ruler. But Ash has one embarrassing secret he wishes no one to know about: he has a thing for rubber duckies. Then on one fateful night, a paparazzi snuck into Ash's bathroom while he was taking a bath and took pictures of him playing with his favorite rubber duck (named Ducktator) and posted the tabloids on the Hellternet for all to see.

With his good name being slandered all across Hell, Ash sets out to recover the evidence, find the 100 monsters who had seen the incriminating photos, and kill them all.

Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is an indie action-platformer developed by Arkedo Studio, the makers of Big Bang Mini and the Arkedo Series of Xbox Live Indie Games and PlayStation Network titles, and published by Sega. In this game, Ash must repair his reputation in Hell by finding the monsters that know about his secret and disposing of them in a variety of over-the-top ways with Mini-Game finishers ala WarioWare. To do that, Ash must outfit himself with an arsenal of guns and his father's old jet pack/giant buzzsaw/drill to access new areas. Along the way, Ash can pick up loot scattered across the stages of the game and waste his money on upgrades, guns, clothes and skins for his jet-pack.

The game was released onto Play Station Network on September 25th, 2012 and the day after for Xbox Live Arcade Note . A PC version of the game was released through Steam on October 3rd, 2012; the PC version can also be found on Sega's e-Shop and Amazon's download service.

While Ash repairs his reputation, please enjoy the following tropes:

  • 100% Completion: Every area has a completion percentage for the amount of areas you uncovered.
  • Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: The vocal song at Zone 8. Justified since it's a French vocalist trying to sing in English.
  • Acid-Trip Dimension: Played for Laughs in Zone 6.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Ash can purchase various hats and skins for his Jet Pack ranging from a Funny Afro, Cool Shades, a fez, and a butt for a face. He can also trick-out his jet pack as a donut, a pool floaty, and other odd things.
  • Ax-Crazy: Oh boy, does Ash fit the description when it comes to guarding his secret for rubber duckies.
    • Poison Cindy, an evil puppet behind your humiliation who's also out for Ash's throne and ruler of Hell, is clearly psychotic.
  • Badass Adorable: For an undead prince of Hell, it's hard not to say that he's rather cute.
  • Badass Family: Ma Buzzby and Pengoredad.
    • Ash's family, if Ash and Fat Rabbit are of any indication
  • BFG: The Beam-O-Blaster. See also Instant Runes.
  • Big Bad: Poison Cindy.
  • Bloody Hilarious: And its not just blood that will be spilled from Ash's enemies; one of the first enemies in the game explodes into pieces of steak, meat on a bone, and confetti.
  • Boom, Headshot!: The SEARCH AND DESTROY! finisher, Ash blows an enemy's head clean off.
  • Boss Corridor: There's one before most of the bosses.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday
    Pengoredad: "You, here in your fancy-pants sub! You killed my son! Revenge!"
    Ash: "Yeah? I don't remember... To be brutally honest, I've slain a lot of stuff recently."
  • Button Mashing: Many of the finishing moves require you to hammer that Jump button rapidly.
  • Captain Ersatz: In Zone 6, there's an enemy called Patrack. There's another enemy in Zone 6 called Gooflepup who bares a resemblance to Bart Simpson.
  • Chainsaw Good: Ash's jet pack.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Zone 8, with happy and cute critters, bright colors, and a happy song to go along with it. All this sickens our rampaging hero. The enemies here will kill Ash just like all the other zones, and are more blatant about it in the latter half. Moreover, as revealed by listening close to the music's lyrics (or looking them up), the zone itself is actually singing to and about Ash, trying to brainwash him into becoming a part of it.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The credits play over various pictures of Ash and his favourite rubber duck on holiday. The snaps end up on the cover of a Hell tabloid, with the headline, "The Prince is STILL a Pussy!"
  • Creepy Doll: Poison Cindy, an evil hand-puppet that took control of Ash's cousin.
  • Casino Park: Zone 4.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: After a MAKE IT SPICY! mini-game, Ash slices and dices his enemies into oblivion.
  • Dem Bones: Ash and his dearly departed old man.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Know about Ash's obsession with rubber duckies? DIE!
  • Double Jump: One of Ash's abilities when he's not riding his jet pack.
  • Dual Wielding: Ma Buzzby carries two katanas.
  • Eternal Engine and Tomorrowland: Zone 2 is technologically advanced machine factory, in Hell, of all places.
  • Evil Laugh: Expect to hear Poison Cindy's creepy laughter throughout her boss battle. A lot.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The announcement trailer has a particularly rockin' one.
  • Expy: Our hero's quite obviously based off Laharl... except he's a hare, and his motive for revenge is far, far more entertaining.
  • Fat Bastard: Fat Rabbit, Ash's cousin who became a puppet to Poison Cindy.
  • Finishing Move: The Game
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Lampshaded by some of the enemies Ash runs into, often pissing him off.
  • Gatling Good: Ash can get a gatling gun to mow down enemies with.
  • Game Within a Game: After killing one of Ash's targeted monsters, they get banished into another part of Hell called The Island, where they become slaves under Ash's iron claw. Each of the monsters can be assigned to different tasks that provides money, items, and upgrades that can be used in the main game.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: One of the enemies in Zone 5 is killed by revealing to him that he is alone in the universe through "showing him the big picture". This involves zooming the camera out once.
  • Gotta Kill Them All: Basically the whole idea behind this story.
  • Grotesque Cute: Cute things will die horribly by Ash's hands to cover up his obsession for rubber duckies.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Rubber duckies, to the point where Ash will murder just about anyone who knows of it.
  • Hellevator: The game starts out with Ash taking a coffin elevator into the first area of the game.
  • Here We Go Again!: The game ends on one of these.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: Ma Buzzby, as described in her profile.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Ash can amass a wide variety of weapons; a shotgun, a missile launcher, a machine gun, everything else in between, and Ash can swap them out on the fly with a simple press of a button.
  • Heart Container: Can be bought from the store.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Ash can trick out his dad's jetpack into a strawberry-glazed donut with sprinkles or a pool floaty, and it can still tear through enemies and minerals like a molten-hot blade on butter.
  • Instant Runes: Summoning the aforementioned Beam-O-Blaster summons one of these with "BLOOD AND CUTE ~ LET'S GET IT STARTED ~ BLOOD ~ LET'S GET IT STARTED" around the edge.
  • Jet Pack: Try a flying buzzsaw monocycle jetpack from your dear old dad.
  • Kill It with Fire: When Ash lights a fire from the FIRE STARTER! mini-game, his victim becomes ultra crispy. He also can buy a flamethrower later in the game.
  • Kill the Cutie: Not even cute little monsters like Poy-Poy will be safe from being crushed, burnt, attacked by robotic bees and other unholy execution methods.
  • Kill It with Water: Holy water, to be exact.
  • Kill Sat: The finishing move of a SHARK BAIT! mini-game.
  • Killer Rabbit: A skeletal one riding a sawblade, no less!
  • Loading Screen: They give you "Random Not So Useful Advice" with some elevator music playing as you wait for the game to load.
  • Loony Fan: The head of Ash's fan club, who runs around naked ever since the incriminating photos turned up online.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Ash kills his targets with a swarm of missiles every time when a QUIZ OF DOOM! appears.
  • Medium Awareness: It didn't take long for Ash to notice the sweet and innocent background music in Zone 8.
  • Metroidvania: It's basically a (delightfully) gory and insane Metroid.
  • Mini-Game: Performing these is how you kill your targets.
  • Moon Logic Puzzle: One of the monsters wishes to see his nearby beloved, but both of them are inaccessible at the time. The trick is to zoom out so they're both on screen simultaneously. A similar situation is present for an alien who is waiting for his lover to come home in space.
  • More Dakka: One of Ash's finishing moves has him shooting Cupid's arrow at an enemy and then finishing it off with a swarm of arrows.
  • Painting the Medium: With blood, globs of slimes, and whatever else that splatters on the screen.
  • Pixellation: One of Ash's enemies started to parade around naked (with his privates pixelated) after seeing the pictures of Ash in the tub with his rubber duck.
  • Planet Heck: The first level, given that you're in Hell.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    Ash: "I! AM! NOT! NAKED!"
  • Punny Name: One of the major enemies is a sheep, and her name is She'baa.
  • Retraux: One of the finishing moves, as a Space Invaders Shout-Out. Both the aliens AND the turrets on the ground gang up on the enemy.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Sweet, sweet, absurd revenge.
  • Rule of Cool: The only possible reason Ash's jetpack is a flying buzzsaw monocycle that also acts as a drill.
    • Heck, all the absurd finishers evoke this as well as Rule of Funny, if not everything else in the game.
  • Scary Stinging Swarm: For anyone that knows Ash's obsession with rubber duckies, get ready to bee stung by thousands of bees after a HONEY I'M HOME! mini-game!
  • Screen Tap: Smacking your enemies into the screen will sometimes cause the screen to crack.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: During at the end of the credits, a news magazine is shown with the captions "Hell Yeah! News Flash! The Prince is STILL a pussy!!", implying his secret has gotten more public exposure.
  • Shout-Out: Ash dismisses Nestor when it came to getting the radar upgrade from him at first because he wasn't looking for seven magic emeralds.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Need to crush an enemy to death between your fingers in a gory fashion? Cue lighthearted easy listening music!
  • Speaking Simlish: In the cutscenes.
  • Squashed Flat: One of the finishing moves that Ash performs on an enemy is running it over with a truck, flattening it. This mini-game shows up three times. The 2nd time it happens, Ash is magnetically attached to the ceiling, so the truck itself is also upside down. The 3rd time, Ash is underwater, and flattens the monster with a giant submarine!
  • Standard Snippet: One of the enemy death sequences features Johann Strauss's "Blue Danube Waltz".
  • Studio Audience: Can be heard in the background when destroying an enemy.
  • Symbol Swearing: "OH S#!%!! A paparazzi!"
    • Ash's Life Meter goes from "Blooood" to "F**K!" if he's close to dying.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: No expense (or mercy) was spared to anyone who knows of Ash's secret.
  • This Is the Final Battle: Right before you fight the last monster, the words "FINAL BOSS" appear on the screen. Just so you know.
  • Title Scream: "Hell yeaaaaaaah!"
  • Toilet Humor: There are butts that you can jump on that will propel you by farting. Also, one of the enemies you meet earlier on in the game is a pile of poo with a chainsaw attached to it.
    • Later you meet a couple named BadAss and BadAssette (and they're not badass). They are literal butts.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: The minigames. This is the sort of game where you're firing missiles at an enemy, and the moment their health hits zero — QUIZ OF DOOM!
  • Underground Level: Zone 5.
  • Villain Protagonist: Ash is a lord of Hell who aims to kill stuff to save his own reputation after all.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Ash's Beam-O-Blaster.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Ash can't even attack when he's out of his jetpack, which doesn't stop him from racking up kills using the environment to his advantage.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: One of Ash's finishers puts his victim in a wrestling ring while Ash lays the smackdown in a luchador get-up.
  • You Bastard!: Played for Laughs with the descriptions of certain monsters, which are supposed to make you feel bad for killing them off. You get called a racist for killing a snake monster, and are asked if you're proud of yourself for leaving 269 orphans behind when you killed their father.
  • You Killed My Father: Pengoredad and Ma Buzzby in Zone 8 are out for Ash's blood — er, bones after killing their son Kwakalot back in Zone 6. Although Kwackalot isn't exactly dead, so much as he's been banished to an island doing slave labor for Ash.