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Natraps X is a series of Japanese Web Animations by Bash parodying the Famicom game Spartan X (known in the West as Kung Fu). While most of the series follows the game's protagonist Thomas, the core of the experience is a mash-up of dozens of different video games, as well as a handful of non-video game properties. After the first 15 seconds, Koopa Troopas and Castlevania zombies are crawling towards Thomas and he takes out a Mook with a Shoryuken. The off-the-wall action just escalates from there and doesn't let up, even when Thomas finds his captured girlfriend Sylvia, who is subsequently challenged by Rockman.


This is the core "trilogy" of entries following the Spartan X gameplay format:

  1. Natraps X (2007) - The original
  2. Super Natraps X' Turbo (2007) - An Omake episode following other characters.
  3. Natraps X Final (2009) - The continuation of Natraps X

While not part of the "series", Bash's Strange Collection 9 (2008) advances the story of Thomas in two of its segments, set between X and X Final: Sylvia ga Taosenai and Strange Collection 9's Ending.

The story was then expanded on more properly with two prequels:

  1. Natraps XYZ (2011) - Chronologically first
  2. Natraps Zero (2013) - Set after XYZ

The series can be seen as a Spiritual Successor of sorts to Michael Quest.


Natraps X includes the following tropes:

  • Abnormal Ammo: Rockman has E. Honda equipped as a projectile weapon. Unfortunately, it's not very effective against Bowser or Sylvia.
  • Attack Drone: The series features the Gradius Options a couple times:
    • In the original video, Rockman enters the Konami Code and powers-up a wave of popcorn enemies (including giving them Options and Shields) which annihilate him.
    • In "Final", Thomas defeats a wave of enemies and gains an Option that mimics his punches and kicks, then immediately loses it to a poorly-timed roulette.
  • Beam-O-War: Any of the more dramatic fights features at least one of these.
  • Beam Spam: Fighters occasionally resort to a barrage of ki blasts instead of one big Kamehame Hadoken.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: In "X' Turbo", Mr. X starts the level and a Gripper approaches him. The instant Mr. X tries to attack, the Gripper destroys him with a rapid-fire combo of punches, kicks, and special moves.
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  • Capcom Sequel Stagnation: Parodied with the title "Super Natraps X' Turbo".
  • The Chew Toy:
    • Rockman keeps getting blown up with one hit.
    • Spelunker keeps dying by falling too far when entering the screen.
  • Crossover: Almost all of the series — with everything else being an homage.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Rockman's rivalry with Sylvia is utterly one-sided. He manages to hurt her exactly once in "Sylvia ga Taosenai", when he goes through Doraemon's Anywhere Door and blasts her in the back. She weathers the hit, but Rockman doesn't survive her retaliatory attack.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Sylvia is more than capable of holding her own — even while tied to a chair.
  • Death Montage: The last third of the first video and all of "Sylvia ga Taosenai" is a sequence of Rockman dying repeatedly in various video games and confrontations with Sylvia.
  • Diagonal Cut:
    • Thomas uses a battle-ax to bisect Kenshiro from the Famicom Fist of the North Star game.
    • In the intro to "Sylvia ga Taosenai", Sylvia dives past Rockman, slicing through him and the building he's clinging onto.
  • Disposing of a Body: In "XYZ", Mooks carry out the bodies of Thomas and Mr. X and throw them off the cliff from Karateka.
  • Enemy Mine: Thomas and Mr. X team up more than once to take out a mutual threat. Sylvia also helps them in one case, even though she seems to be on her own side most of the time.
  • Fearful Symmetry: A couple of times, beginning with Thomas and Mr. X's fight in the first video, as well as the ending of "Final".
  • Fusion Dance: Thomas and Mr. X perform one of the composite variety, seeing as it's an obvious Dragon Ball Z reference.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping:
    • Attempted several times by Green Giant E. Honda, with varying degrees of success. Always accompanied by the "Green Giant" jingle.
    • The first Death Montage has Rockman's last life crushed under a giant Sylvia heel.
  • Golden Super Mode: Thomas and Sylvia go Super Saiyan simultaneously in "Final."
  • Groin Attack: Since Sylvia's arms are bound, she kicks Mr. X in the crotch, including a "Critical Hit!" message.
  • Here We Go Again!: The two rivals Thomas and Mr. X have defeated their opponent and start to part ways... then immediately come at each other with symmetrical kicks, followed by a sepia-tone freeze-frame and "The End?" in the corner.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: How Green Giant E. Honda kills Princess Peach — and himself.
  • Infinite 1-Ups: The first Death Montage has Spelunker using the Koopa Shell Bounce trick before killing Rockman. The second has Rockman, reduced to one life, getting his revenge and some of his lives back by bouncing on Spelunker in the same way.
  • Item Get!: Thomas triumphantly holds up panties after Shenron grants his wish for them.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Thomas and other characters commonly use the Hadoken. Sylvia uses the more powerful red version.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: "XYZ" has Thomas gratuitously stomping on Mr. X's head after defeating him.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: Rockman uses the old cardboard box trick to sneak up on Sylvia.
  • No-Sell: Princess Peach's reaction to anything thrown at her, except for the rare case where she just jumps out of the way.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: Rockman explodes at the slightest touch from any attack or hazard. A line in "Sylvia ga Taosenai" even points out that E-Tanks are pointless since he dies in one hit.
  • Palette Swap: Mr. Y and Mr. Z are recolors of Mr. X.
  • Powerup Letdown:
    • In "Final", Arthur from Ghosts 'n Goblins attacks and Thomas tosses him a torch weapon, reducing Arthur's range so he's no longer a threat.
    • In "X' Turbo", Gombe from Ikki is virtually unstoppable with his throwing sickles, but when he picks up the bamboo spear which only attacks straight up, he's utterly unable to defend himself against a gang of Grippers.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Gombe from Ikki defeats a Gradius Big Core with his bamboo spear.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: The title is based on Spartan X, the game that inspired the series.
  • Shout-Out: The concept is a reference to an Urban Legend of Zelda claiming that Thomas could fight Sylvia in the original game by finishing all of the stages enough times in a row.
  • Something Person: "Rockmad" has a parody of the Robot Master selection screen, including, among others, "Bomber Man" (not Bomb Man from Mega Man), "Business Man" (the player character of Takeshi's Challenge) and "Okusen Man" (¥110,000,000).
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: In "Final", Thomas fights the Vaus from Arkanoid in a Pong-style deathmatch. Immediately after, he ends up in a Tetris Death Trap fending off Falling Blocks.
  • Visible Silence: Thomas and Sylvia both say "..." upon encountering each other in "Final".
  • With My Hands Tied: One sequence in "X' Turbo" has Sylvia fighting through hordes of enemies while still tied to a chair. Then she trips trying to climb the stairs at the end and winds up stuck on her back.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: In "XYZ", Mr. X has counterparts in Mr. Y and Mr. Z.


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