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  • Breather Boss: The final boss from the first game, which relies on pattern memorization, as opposed to the penultimate boss, which relies on defeating it before getting defeated.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Gong is very much well-liked, so much so that he gets revived in Patapon 2 and plays an important role in Patapon 3 as well.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Technically, in Patapon games, you count as a character yourself, being the Patapons' mighty war god. So anyone you fancy on the opposing side is subject of Foe Yay.
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    • Present in Patapon 3. Naughtyfins falls in love with your Hero, and at times she'll defend him or help him out without either him or the other Dark Heroes looking, even if still technically enemies. She often flirts with him during cutscenes. Although, she's really the princess you rescued in Patapon 2, so she's not necessarily a foe. Later in the game, you can turn her back to normal by hugging her. Talk about Defrosting the Ice Queen.
  • Fridge Brilliance: At first, the fact that "Pata Pata Pata Pon" is the command for marching forward may seem a bit random, but if you pay attention, you'll notice it has the same rhythm as the cadence "I don't know but I've been told!"
  • Game-Breaker: The Hero Modes in the second game, take your pick:
    • One side of the story involves making the entire army unkillable.
    • The other side involves dealing thousands of points of damage in seconds.
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    • In Patapon 3, certain Uberhero classes can make later levels very easy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In an amusing bit of Bilingual Bonus, "patapon" in Filipino means "worthless" or "throwaway".
    • Patapon is about an army of Cephalothorax creatures who fight with weapons like spears and shields. Falinks, anyone?
  • Nightmare Fuel: Arch Pandara is the scariest final boss ever seen in the Patapon series, and it deserves that title!
    • Its first form is something resembling a robed skeleton.
    • Its second form is a floating casket.
    • Its third form is...
      • The final bosses from the three games are quite nightmarish in general.
      • Gate Goul Baban (and its upgraded form Bababan). The eyes. THE EYEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!
  • The Scrappy: A lot of people don't like Meden for various reasons:
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  • Scrappy Mechanic: Hell is an instant kill Guillotine surrounded by self destructing salamanders...
  • Surprise Difficulty: "Give commands to an army of cutesy eye-looking critters through a series of 4 beats in a certain order. Seems easy. Why not?" Say hello to Queen Kharma, the desert level, and the (thankfully scarce) break the cart/steal catapult/escort missions.
    • Patapon 3 has this in spades: the minibosses turned what was once simple farming missions into headache-inducing battles. Fortunately, to compensate, players always get experience at appropriate levels, even for failed missions.
  • That One Boss: Gate Ghoul Baban is infamous in the first game for wiping the floor with unprepared armies. In the second game, it's "slightly" easier with hero mode, but still fairly hard.
    • Cioking, the upgraded form of Ciokina, is the only boss with access to a guaranteed 1-hit kill attack that targets multiple units. Good luck dodging it, because he also has access to bubbles that will put your army to sleep! Kami help you if you lose your hero to this attack. It gets worse in Patapon 3, where you only have four units...
  • That One Level:
    • Each of the games have at least one escort mission, desert level that require summoning rain to cross, and rescue missions that avert Friendly Fireproof.
    • The Evilmass of Adamance in Patapon 3. It doesn't help that a certain guillotine gives players a Guide Dang It! moment or even glitch out on you unexpectedly.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:
    • Mild violence, censored bad words (Rarely in Patapon, at least), pole dancing, and creepy monsters. Yup, E-rated.
    • Final bosses Gorl, Dettan Karmen, Arch Pandara. Eldritch Abomination with a hint of Body Horror.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: You're the god of a tribe of eyeball people, which you must command into battle against other tribes of eyeball people by drumming four sacred, colored drums, so they can reach their ultimate objective; IT, which is located at the end of the Earth and no one knows what it is, but is said to grant eternal happiness. Along the way, you deal with masks with great powers that wipe out memories when worn; giant multicolored Easter eggs with several Sealed Good in a Can inside, including a princess and the core of the world; massive Eldritch Abominations with a second head on their stomach; star-shaped people that drop money from their body, demons, and even overweight djinns. Yep, not made on drugs indeed.

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