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A series of videos released on YouTube by Katapicture. It follows the adventures of a bunch of friends as they live a story of life... and awesomeness.

...Oh, and did we mention, it's an RPG?

Taking the guise of a JRPG, RPG Parade both uses tropes normally seen in RPGs and lampshades them. It all starts here. Watch, and enjoy!

Party Members:

  • Janman, the main character of the series. Uses a unique fighting style called 'Betting It All'. His main source of power appears to come from his Hoodie of Wildfire.
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  • Steel, who, despite his archetype is NOT the main character. Has a big anger problem.
  • Nomi, whose offensive arsenal is based on food. She appears unable to talk about anything else: because what else is there to talk about, in her view and has an unusual method of addressing people.
  • Whiffler, the drunken guy. Rarely seen without a bottle of booze.
  • Totchi, a bard who wishes to find inspiration and make music which would melt the hardest of hearts. Left Team Parade in Episode 46 to find his own path.
  • Gri, one of Janman's best friends. He has a bit of an attitude, and uses piercing attacks to get by armoured foes.
  • Abi and Ica always fight as a single unit. Both have an unhealthy obsession with violence.


This series includes examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: In the first few episodes, viewers are lead to believe that The Demon, a mysterious fighter that beat Janman so thoroughly that it crushed his fighting spirit, would be a major plot point. However, this seems to be abandoned early on in favor of more focus on the conflict with the Kabuki Kings and the search for Robot.
  • The Ace: The Dragon. No, not that Dragon.
  • After-Combat Recovery: With a few, normally plot relative exceptions, the characters fully heal after every battle.
  • The Alcoholic: Whiffler is never without a bottle in his hand.
  • Alliterative Name: Nomi Mimi Noyu.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Early in the series Totchi grows increasingly infatuated with Janman. However, in one episode he is also shown looking rather perversely through at a female swimsuit magazine, and is known to also be unable to say no to a girl. He becomes even more transparent later, including making a passing comment about his old friend Takumi being "cute", and wanting to "join in" after witnessing an Innocent Innuendo between Janman and Nomi.
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  • An Aesop: Many of the filler episodes try to do this. It's parodied just like everything else.
  • Art Shift: The text cut-ins for B.A.A.s, damage indicators, and so forth undergo a drastic change in episode 65.
  • Ax-Crazy: Ica and later, Totchi.
  • Badass Boast: Quite a few, but Episode 33 deserves special mention. Gri delivers one while getting a particularly brutal beating by a group of Kabuki Thugs. He then gets up from said beating and PROVES it.
  • Berserk Button: Tell Nomi you hate magic, and prepare to lose an arm.
  • Big Bad: Ryujin
  • Big Damn Heroes
  • Big Eater: Nomi
  • Blood Knight: Alot, but Totchi in the Wildfire Hoodie deserves special mention.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall Kuya, Whiffler, Totchi as well as a few others do this often.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Pro is a guy with a flair for the dramatic and always seems to have a comb in his hand and in his hair. Nevertheless, he's shown to be quite strong, and a great trainer.
  • Catch Phrase
    • Gri - "Gaze upon the spectacle before you known only as... perfection!"
    • Totchi - "Stylish!"
    • Sean - "Hello shunny!"
    • Janman - "ONWARDS... to adventure!"
    • Pro - "He still can't keep up with me!"
    • Whiffler - "To the MOON!" et al.
  • The Chessmaster: Robot seems to be subtly manipulating everything, from guiding team parade to giving the Kabuki Kings the runaround to buy them time.
  • Clothes Make the Superman:The Wildfire Hoodie seems to be the source of power for the Wildfire Fist style. Janman is significantly weaker without it and when Totchi wears it, he gains Jan's abilities, despite never having trained to use them.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander:Nomi is this. Most of her rationale is based around food and magic to the exclusion of all else.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Whiffler's Trash Talk.
  • Combination Attack: Some B.A.A's are two moves combined into one.
  • Combat Pragmatist:There's quite a few instances of this, but of note is Abi's "Mr. Peanut Butter Fun" B.A.A. and an instance during the fight with Diva. When Whiffler is called out for a Groin Attack, he invokes this trope in response.
  • Come Alone: D's letter to Janman invokes this. He realizes it could be a trap, but goes alone anyway.
  • Confusion Fu: Kuya, full stop.
  • Creepy Child: Abi and Ica count as this. They both seem a little too fond of violence, Ica especially...
  • Cutscene
  • Curse Cut Short/Gag Censor: Janman does this a few times. The Censor is his fist.
  • Dance Battler: A whole group of them known as The Death Dancers
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts
  • Demoted to Extra: Gri seems to have lost importance to the series
    • Though in a recent episode, he appears to have been lounging around a lot, and may possibly regain his importance.
    • Also, Robot hasn't been seen for a while, but this has been used as a driving force for a lot of the plot.
  • Downer Ending: "In the end... it was their pride that killed them both. Dreams shattered... a friendship destroyed. Darkness and evil will consume the land... and life will cease to exist." Just kidding.
  • Disk-One Final Boss: Kuya
  • Dream Sequence: Episode 15 has a very surreal one
  • Drunken Master: Whiffler's abilities are based heavily around his alchohol use. It's exactly what makes him so tanky.
  • Dual Boss: Used as a boss and as a party member as well. Abi and Ica fight as a pair, Abi as a defensive type, Ica for the offensive.
  • Dual Wielding: Panzer does this, as does Namnaj the 10th, though the latter doesn't last long
  • Dynamic Entry: Janman saves Nomi through one of these. Doubles as a Gag Censor.
  • Easter Egg: In episodes 14, Janman is watching a previous episode of the series on Totchi's computer.
    • Done again, and lampshaded by Kuya in episode 41.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors
  • Everything Fades When enemies are defeated they disappear...
  • Expy
  • Fighting Your Friend: Janman and Gri's Rock–Paper–Scissors battle.
  • Fight Woosh: All fights begin with this/
  • Filler: Episode 12, Water and Good Health, Episode 16, The Search Begins, Episode 24, Car Care
  • Finger Gun: Janman uses one on himself TWICE in episode 42
  • Fission Mailed
  • Five-Man Band
  • Fun with Acronyms: Diva often lapses into text/internet speak, using terms like OMG, and FML.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The group B.A.A. Parade Beatdown. A peaceful shot of the lake while the sounds of a merciless beating echo in the background? Yeah...
  • Groin Attack: Never before has hitting the damage cap been so hilarious
  • He Knows About Timed Hits: Right at the beginning, in which Gri reminds Robot how to fight.
    • Also, Episodes 20 and 21 filled us in on some important in-game mechanics.
    • How about Episode 41, in which Janman's father, Pro, teaches him a new style of fighting?
  • Heel–Face Turn: Kuya, after the team beat some sense into him
  • Hidden Depths: Whiffler is surprisingly insightful when he's sobered up a little. It's also hinted that there may be a reason he drinks so much.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Currently two collections of them on the Youtube account.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Ryujin, Dragon, Baya, and D
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: A non-gun example but very similar. When Janman is teaching Nomi how to use her wand like a knife, she ends up shooting him in the face with her magic. He then demonstrates again how she should have done it. She does... and blasts him in the stomach instead.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Totchi. He's unsatisfied that all he can do is support others and can't take care of himself. When he brings this up in a later episode WHIFFLER of all people tells him "If anyone knows what it's like to be weak and defenseless... it's me."
  • Important Haircut: Totchi gains eight levels simply by doing this.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Nomi utilizes this, but its more due to her being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander than anything.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Gri, for some reason outright refuses to work with anyone if he can help it.
  • I Shall Taunt You/Practical Taunt: Whiffler's Trash Talk B.A.A.
  • Item Get!: Parodied in the very first episode where Gri gets "Soapy Tap Water"
  • Laughing Mad: Kuya is this before his Heel–Face Turn though he never quite gets better.
  • Lampshade Hanging: A lot of jokes in the series rely on hanging a lampshade on RPG tropes.
  • Lemony Narrator: Some of the narratives at the beginning of each episode can get like this.
  • Loading Screen: It IS a video game parody
  • Kleptomaniac Hero
  • Mad Scientist: Steel definitely has shades of this early on. Later, it seems more like he just has anger issues.
  • Mana: An interesting take on this. Every character has a different version of the typical "Magic Points" used in many RPGs and each are a little different, at least in theory. FS (Fighting Spirit), which is based on Heroic Resolve, RP (Rage Points) which is based on strong emotions, and so forth.
  • Mind Screw: Quite a few.
    • At the end of episode 13, Janman THINKS he sees Robot. It turns out to be Gri, who simply walks away. It's hard to say rather this was meant to be Played for Laughs or not, but its definitely surreal.
    • Episode 15 has the Dream Sequence. It starts innocent and peaceful, then quickly takes a turn for the ominous.
    • Episode 59 with the Awareness Training. This one IS Played for Laughs: Or played for weird. During the Quick Time Event, the team begins acting really strange, culminating in them actually KILLING Janman which results in a Non-Standard Game Over.
  • Mooks: Pretty much the entire gang of Kabuki Kings encountered throughout the series
  • Mook–Face Turn: Whiffler first appears as a member of the Kabuki Kings, possibly having joined while in the midst of a drunken stupor. He changes sides pretty quick.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Pro's epic combing.
  • Musical Assassin: Baya of the Kabuki Kings. Quite literally
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Diablo de Muerte
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The group B.A.A. Parade Beatdown.
  • Non-Standard Game Over: Janman's "Awareness training" takes a turn for the bizarre when his team KILLS him upon failing an attempt.
  • Not So Different: One episode shows a couple of Mooks attempting to recruit Bahtur into the Kabuki Kings. While this may SOUND bad, the mooks in question were actually quite kind and supportive of him. In fact, it was Steel and Abica who were the aggressors of the following battle, threatening and attacking said mooks without provocation, and Steel himself, Bahtur's creator who only wanted a killing machine, and refused to accept him for who he was.
  • Oh, Crap!: Totchi's reaction when Janman and Steel decide to demonstrate the Engine Buster on him.
  • One-Man Army: Gri. Due to being an Ineffectual Loner, he refuses to work with anyone. He has the skill to back it up though, able to take on whole groups of Mooks or even bosses on his own.
  • Opposing Combat Philosophies: Steel and Whiffler often argue on if offense or defense is the better.
  • Overly Long Fighting Animation: A lot of B.A.A's
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Subverted/Parodied with Robot Sr. The character IS Robot's father, but they don't even try to make him look different outside of a fake mustache and pipe. This is lampshaded by Gri.
    • Also "Oldjan" in the Car Care filler episode.
  • Passing the Torch: Inverted when Janman passes the Wildfire Hoodie to Totchi. In this case it's TOTCHI that leaves to find his own path. Jan gives him the hoodie as a way to keep him safe.
  • Peninsula of Power Leveling: The Fields of Doughver
  • Press X to Not Die: Happens in a few episodes
  • The Power of Love/The Power of Friendship: Trust, friendship, and teamwork are key themes to the series.
  • The Power of Rock: Totchi, Baya, and Takumi fight using Magic Music played on magical guitars.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Who tries to stab an armor-plated robot with a SAI?
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Gri's B.A.A., Perforation, and Robot's Special B.A.A., Angry Malfunctioning Robot. Bonus points for the latter being accompanied by a machine-gun sound effect.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Steel and Whiffler provide an interesting inversion given their positions in the Ensemble. Steel is the red, while Whiffler is the blue.
  • Relationship Values: Friendship Bonds, which affect the strength of Team B.A.A's
  • Robot Buddy/Robot Maid: Rohbahtur. He's extremely loyal, acts very gentlemanly, and most of his abilities are very Butler-esque
  • Say My Name: KUYYYAAAAAAA....!!!!
  • Screen Shake
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Ryujin's power appears to be contained within artefacts
  • Shoot the Mage First: Kuya tries to do this, but the heroes fortunately planned for it.
  • Shout-Out: Oh boy, here we go...
  • Spam Attack
  • Spoony Bard: Played with. Totchi seems to be this at first, having abysmal attack power and laughable moves and seeming effectively useless at level 1. It's quickly subverted with the reveal that his Magic Music makes him a competent White Mage. The only one unhappy with this is Totchi himself, who feels useless and dissatisfied that all he can do is heal.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Definitely not addicted to the Wildfire power. Not at all!".
  • Symbol Swearing: Swearing is rendered as this.
  • Team Chef: Janman's cousin, Meeks, makes great cookies, which comes in handy later on in the series
  • The Drunk Was Right: When Team Parade is discussing Kuya, Whiffler suggests that his make-up is the cause of his insanity. No one seems to pay any attention to this comment... until the battle, when Kuya stops to reapply it after Janman rubs some off. At that point, Jan starts putting two and two together.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Team Parade sometimes get a bit too... comfortable in Janman's house. Taken Up to Eleven in episode 56.
  • The Reveal: It appears Ryujin was Robot all along.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Gri has this reaction when he fights The Dragon. He's right.
  • Training from Hell: Ouch... poor Totchi.
  • Training Montage: Plenty to go around, even later in the series!
  • Transformation Sequence
  • Trauma Inn
  • Unstoppable Rage: A good portion of Steel's character development has to do with him learning to control this.
  • Victory Pose
  • Villainous Harlequin: Kuya again. Not surprising considering who he's based off of.
  • Weapon of Choice
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Totchi in the Wildfire Hoodie. He's addicted to its power, but is unable to control it. Every time he uses it, he gets a constant Slasher Smile, complete with an uncontrollable lust for violence. It's gotten to the point where he's even developed a complex bordering on split personality. A more subtle indicator is that whenever he uses it, his Mana Meter is based off of RP (Rage points) rather than FS (Fighting Spirit), which every other practitioner of the Wildfire Fist style uses.
  • Wizard Needs Food Badly: Taken to its logical conclusion with Nomi. She's a mage who, every time she uses her powers, gets extremely hungry and needs to eat A LOT in order to recover her strength.
  • You Are Already Dead: Gri utters this line after using Vaporization on a group of Kabuki thugs.
  • You're Not My Brother: Janman says this Kuya when they first meet again


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