Top 7... Oddest Japanese video game heroes

2. Chop Chop Master Onion

Appeared in: PaRappa the Rapper (PlayStation/PSP), Um Jammer Lammy (PlayStation), PaRappa the Rapper 2 (PS2)

The oddness: He’s a hiphop chef with an onion for a head, yeah? And in Parappa the Rapper 2 he was also the presenter of his very own TV exercise program, which promoted a romantic regime, baby.

But his real heroics come to the fore when he's on the mic: Chop Chop Master Onion raps in an unwittingly clichéd “Eastern” style, vaguely offensive to both the onion and Asian peoples, and for this PaRappa worships him like the eye-watering groove hero he is.

Career high: Starring in his own in-game TV show called “Romantic Love” (sounds like the kind of random title Will Ferrel would come up with... maybe Anchorman is a fan?) and fronting an early Beasties-sounding band in Um Jammer Lammy:

Career low: N/A!

1. Segata Sanshiro

Appeared in: Segata Sanshiro Shinken Yuugi (Saturn) plus a brief cameo in Rent-A-Hero No. 1 (Dreamcast/Xbox)

The oddness: SEGA’s Japanese Saturn mascot was an inspired caricature of martial arts movie heroes, but he wasn’t just concerned with advertising and forcing kids to play Saturn games.

He also starred in one of his own, Segata Sanshiro no Shinkenyugi, where he worked his way through ten completely disparate mini-games. To willingly star in a game like this is the sign of a true hero:

Career high: While his career as a game hero in his own right was all too short, he did find time to crack piles of slates with his mean headbutting powers:

Career low: Losing his job – but never his hero status, oh no! – as a result of SEGA's determination to rebrand in time for the launch of its next (final) console.

September 14, 2009

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Top 7


  • holic237 - April 27, 2012 2:23 a.m.

    キャプテン*レインボーーー!!Loooool why have I not played this game?
  • holic237 - April 27, 2012 2:26 a.m.

    Yesssss PaRappa the Rapper so much love. <333
  • monsterhunter3rox - September 19, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    LOL! i played pepsi man a lot as a child :P
  • phoenix_wings - September 15, 2009 6:35 a.m.

    PEPSIMAN! Who the fuck sells out of Pepsi? And with that kind of an attitude? What a bitch. I thought that Tingle would be in this article, as he's a bigger hit in Japan than in the US--but hero status? Nah.
  • GameManiac - September 15, 2009 2:32 a.m.

    Ah... Just the way Japan should be: weird, yet memorable.
  • Embolado - September 15, 2009 1:46 a.m.

    PespiMan huhhh... Looks alot like DURAL from virtua fighter fame.
  • V13Dragongal - September 15, 2009 12:03 a.m.

    Wow. Why would anyone wan to know this?
  • Rattlehead - September 14, 2009 11 p.m.

    Is Captain Rainbow out in AMerica? I might get a Wii just to play it
  • Amnesiac - September 14, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    Oh, Japan. Don't ever change.
  • mastersword369 - September 14, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    that pepsiman stage looks like the City Escape level in Sonic Adventure 2.
  • Unoriginal - September 14, 2009 7:47 p.m.

    Captain Rainbow is my favorite by far. The lyrics to that theme song are fontasticly Japanese. They are indeed a supperior breed.
  • nadrewod999 - September 14, 2009 7:47 p.m.

    Oh, now I understand how the Burger King got 3 of his own Xbox 360 games. It is because GameStop didn't like Pepsiman when it came out, so they agreed to a trade-off: Pepsiman for the Burger King, which was for the best since BK has its own store to originally sell it in, so all GameStop would have to do is show off the used copies and thus not have to market it. P.S. This wasn't one of my serious comments, which can go for thousands of characters, but just one of my little jokes that I wanted to say.
  • super0sonic - September 14, 2009 6:35 p.m.

    Did Sonic Adventure 2 rip off Pepsi man with that surf board down a busy hilly street?!?!?
  • garnsr - September 14, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    I always wanted to play Rent-a-hero, but the only chance I ever got was in Fighters Megamix.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - September 14, 2009 3:05 p.m.

    i rike this article
  • helix92 - September 14, 2009 12:51 p.m.

    Pepsiman,later featured in Echochrome
  • FlyinMX - September 14, 2009 12:48 p.m.

    God my comment looks like Engrish. I mean I always love these types of articles. Also, a question to the G-Dar guys. Would you consider hiding of removing the related games section to the right of the article? It doesn't really hurt this article since you don't have info on many of these games, but on other top 7's I have to strain myself to avoid looking at it and ruining the list.
  • kc2 - September 14, 2009 12:28 p.m.

    I like how pepsiman is completely addicted to pepsi like it's crack DRINK
  • EmmaXII - September 16, 2009 4:24 p.m.

  • Yeager1122 - September 15, 2009 7:09 p.m.


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