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Rapal Dark Res is an animated YouTube comedy series created by Dutch drag queen Rœm Service, and could probably best be described as The Nekci Menij Show's take on Ru Pauls Drag Race.

The series possesses the same style and humor of The Nekci Menij Show, featuring intentionally misspelled words, crudely drawn characters with text-to-speech voices, and turning nearly every contestant from Drag Race (as well as every judge, and pretty much anyone who has ever been involved with the show) into an exaggerated parody of themselves. Also like Necki Menij, in between all the slapstick humor and insults there is a heavy amount of Genius Bonus: in every single episode many references are made to not only jokes from within the show, but to queens' social media happenings, spin-off shows/other media involving the queens, and inside jokes among fan communities, as well as references to pretty much any other show of internet meme the creator could fit in. All of this combined creates a show that, while it appears to just be a parody of RuPaul's Drag Race, stands on its own as a unique (to say the least) piece of comedy.


Has its own Twitter account.

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  • The Ace: Boob teh Dark Quen, to the extent that she wins Snotch Game without even showing up.
  • All the Worlds Are a Stage: After Episode 2 of Season 9 was stuck in Development Hell well-past the finish of the real Season 9, the creator decided to save time by making Episode 2 a mashup of the plots of Episodes 2-5 of Drag Race Season 9, leading to a challenge that is a mashup of the challenges from those episodes.
    Rapal: "We're going cheerleading... and on a good morning show... in a Disney Channel fairy tale special... featuring Kim Kardashian."
  • Alpha Bitch: Miz Fem during Season 7.
    • Dick Berries takes every given opportunity to act like one.
  • Ambiguous Situation : It is never revealed why Share was sent to kidnap Mess or who she was working for.
  • Art Evolution: The art style went through a massive jump in quality between Seasons 7 and 8, including drawing each character's full body rather than just their heads and making use of computer animation to clean up backgrounds and sets.
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  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Any time Ketyer speaks in Russian, it is complete gibberish.
  • Big Bad: Bobblegril666 serves as one for Season 7.
    • The Bowling Breeders (a parody of the Boulet Brothers from sister show Dragula) are established as one starting at the end of Season 9.
  • Butt-Monkey: Any low-placing queen is usually subject to this by the rest of the cast.
    • Mickel Vegase is one for Rapal.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Cunta Lie Fondant, mirroring the similarly zany nature of Cynthia Lee Fontaine.
  • Dramatic Thunder: A thunderous underline is used in "Shakes Queer It Off" whenever someone mentions The Island of Forgotten and Undiscovered Rapal Queens.
  • Dresses the Same: Done while parodying kimonogate from Drag Race. For the Medoner runway, all eight queens show up wearing the exact same kimono. And right after Rapal complimented them all on how original each of them were.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: While still displaying the same brand of humor, the show's first season (parodying Season 7 of Drag Race) was much more free-form in its plot than later seasons would be. Each episode was usually a parody of its respective Drag Race episode In Name Only, and would instead feature the queens going on all sorts of adventures, usually ending up on the streets or at some queen's house, and would feature many non-Season 7 queens. In this sense, the show was closer to The Nekci Menij Show with Drag Race characters rather than a parody of Drag Race. The show became much more reeled-in with Season 8, with each episode following (a spoofed version of) the plot of the episode of Drag Race it was named after, and relegating the majority of the action to locations within the Drag Race studio, rather than locations created by the show.
    • The first season also followed the Nekci Menij tradition of showing each character as a talking head without a body. Starting with Season 8, each character was given a body in addition to their head.
  • Fun with Subtitles: Any time a character says "God" (in "Oh my God" or any other context), it is replaced with "Rapal" in the subtitles.
    • A similar joke was done during Season 7, where Ketyer would be replaced with "mom" in the subtitles, but this was dropped after the "mom" nickname crossed over into Dude, Not Funny! territory for Katya in real life.
  • Incoming Ham: On two separate occasions, Dick Berries enters the workroom by being lowered in on a giant platform.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: Happens with Rapal's runway music in "Reality Ever After Bitches" after the lights come up on Rapal's terrible runway look.
  • Malapropism: The intentional misspelling of every word sometimes leads to these, when it doesn't result in entirely made-up words.
  • Musical Episode: While many episodes contain musical numbers, "Butch Profect" includes several within its 12-minute run.
  • Mythology Gag: As the show draws heavy inspiration from The Nekci Menij Show, many references and throwbacks are made to the latter.
    • For starters, any misspelling of a celebrity's name from Nekci Menij is kept (i.e. Beyonce is still "Bayonse", Katy Perry is still "Kety Perr", etc.)
    • Characters whose real-life equivalents are known for impersonating a certain celebrity feature faces based off of the Nekci Menij version of that celebrity: Choad Mickels has the same face as Share, and Dick Berries has a face based on Brinty Spreas.
    • On Nekci Menij, characters based on "important" real-life celebrities were given the Dolan face. This tradition is kept for the characters based on important Drag Race figures (specifically Ru Paul, Michelle Visage, Jinkx Monsoon, and Bianca Del Rio).
  • Parody Assistance: Alaska, who has on multiple occasions said she is a fan of the show, went one step further and voiced her own caricature for the Season 9 premiere.
  • Product Placement: Rapal is constantly promoting Squarespose and Squerty Perty, including dropping a literal ton of Squerty Perties on the queens at one point.
  • Shout-Out: Let's put it this way: If it is in any way related to Rupaul's Drag Race or a queen who has been on the show, Dark Res has probably referenced it.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: Every queen with an album will promote it when given the chance.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: Loli McQuasi is treated like one by the other girls, especially Dick Berries.
  • Take That!: And nobody is safe from getting the shit ripped out of them. Every single minute character flaw or quirk of a queen is exploited and parodied mercilessly.


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