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"PaRappa the Rapper (character)" redirects here. For the video game, see PaRappa The Rapper (video game).

PaRappa Rappa (パラッパラッパー), alias PaRappa the Rapper (or simply PaRappa), is a paper-thin rapping dog and the titular protagonist of the franchise. His adventures usually lead to difficult situations which he counters with his catchphrase, "I gotta believe!" and pulls through.

PaRappa the Rapper

PaRappa stars as the main character in his quest to reach his idea of adulthood to proof himself towards his crush Sunny Funny.

Um Jammer Lammy

PaRappa is a secondary protagonist of Um Jammer Lammy alongside Lammy. After completing the main story, an additional story arc is unlocked, starring PaRappa as the player's character. In cutscenes, he is depicted as being enlisted into MilkCan as a helper for everyone else (Lammy, Katy, Ma-san and Sunny), and later teaming up with his friend PJ in an attempt to start their own rock band.

PaRappa the Rapper 2

Like the first PaRappa game, PaRappa appears as the main character and is the only playable character in PaRappa The Rapper 2. In the game's battle mode, however, player 2 will play as the instructor of the stage currently being played.

PaRappa the Rapper (anime)

In this slice of life anime with a lesser degree of absurdity, PaRappa spends time with his friends at school.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

PaRappa appears as a playable character in the fighting game PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. In PaRappa's story, he is walking down the street and sees his friends, who tell him they're reading a new comic starring Joe Chin, who is portrayed as a hero. He notices his friends adoring Joe, so he decides to become a hero as well. His moves include the training from Chop Chop Master Onion, as well as the aid of his boombox and skateboard. His in-game "rival" is Spike from the Ape Escape series. PaRappa returns to see his friends, telling him that Joe Chin disappeared, saying he wasn't invited to a contest that he was hopeful to appear at. PaRappa begins to wonder and asks them to come to the dance club, eager to show off his new style.


PaRappa can be generally described as outgoing.


PaRappa is a light-beige dog with black ears. His iconic orange beanie which covers his head has a symbol of a frog on it. He wears big baggy jeans and red sneakers with a white, wavy stripe on each side.

A running gag involves the top of PaRappa's head which he covers with his beanie, such as in "Hair Scare", where reaching Bad/Awful will cause Hairdresser Octopus to angrily tell him what's inside it.

In the final episode of the anime series, the others saw what was at the top of his head when the birds took it off and were freaked out by the appearance. It was covered right until the birds gave him back his hat. In the Bad and Awful mode of "Stage 6: Taste Of Teriyaki" from Um Jammer Lammy, the frog on PaRappa's hat skeleton is shown briefly.


  • The name "PaRappa" is a play on Japanese words meaning "paper thin", referring to the game's artstyle.[citation needed] In media outside of the games PaRappa is given a more 3D appearance as the artstyle is hard to work with in dynamic artwork.
  • His catchphrase, "I gotta believe!" is said by him in almost every pre-level cutscene (excluding UJL), only in the second to last stages of PaRappa the Rapper 2 (Stages 5 and 7), he does not say it. In "Stage 7: Noodles Can't Be Beat", this line is said by Colonel Noodle instead.


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