Although the style changes from game to game, the same basic design is apparent in all of rappy's appearances. Its main form is usually depicted as being a short, yellow bird with two large antennae protruding from the top of its head, the tips having a tendency to be pink or reddish in color. On its face are two eyes surrounded by a large patch of white feathers and a dark colored beak. On its arms are small wings, sometimes having sharp claws on its hands to swipe at foes.
Rappies are famous for being cowards. When they sense that they may be in trouble, whether losing from a battle or being startled by a sniper's bullet, they have a tendency to play dead and then sprint away from its attacker when it detects a possible chance of escape. Although they are capable of attacking, rappies only do so when they believe their territory is being wrongfully invaded. Their attacks are a combination of pecks and sometimes slashing with their claws.
The birds tend to form packs and, when gathered together in a safe area, sing songs with one another. The less hostile, yet more vulnerable "chibi" styled rappies do not fear hunters and will willingly walk toward one in an effort to bond by singing, usually ending with the bird getting knocked out and mugged for its items.
In most games, Rappies are shown to be in the holiday spirit by dressing in costumes to celebrate seasonal events. Whether they understand the holiday or they are being forced into their habits by humans is a mystery, however they do seem content as they will remain in their suit until the holiday period ends. To celebrate the occasion, they will sometimes drop special holiday-themed items upon defeat.
Rappies tend to live in forest or forest-like areas, such as the forest area of Naberius in Phantasy Star Online 2, and the Habirao Forbidden District of Neudaiz in Phantasy Star Universe. Although some versions appear to not be native to any known area and instead appear in every area, such as the rappies that resemble rag rappies in Phantasy Star Universe and the "chibi" rappies in Phantasy Star Online 2, as well as the respective holliday variants in these two games.
OriginsThe first Rappy-like creature to be introduced into the franchise was a tiny, fluffy bird with small antennae that was known as Chirper in the English version of Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom. It came in three colors including yellow, pink and white and frequently appeared around the Island Cave. Although a generally weak encounter in its normal form, its Gra spell notwithstanding, Chirper had a more formidable robot duplicate named Chirpbot that came in pink, blue, and green colors and could cast the fire spell Foi on its opponents.
It was not until its next appearance in Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium that the creature would famously be renamed Rappy and would acquire its unique quirk for being a coward when it appears to be in a losing battle. There were three types of Rappy in this game, including the aforementioned Rappy, Blue Rappy living up to its namesake, and the King Rappy which would later inspire the creation of Phantasy Star Universe's Rappy Gugg.
Phantasy Star Online
- Main article: Rag Rappy
With Phantasy Star Online's introduction of a plethora of colorful Rappies to the franchise, it would begin the series' tradition of dressing the Rappies in special outfits to celebrate certain holidays. Although not a holiday Rappy, Love Rappies, introduced in Episode 2 as a rare encounter in the VR Temple, would later become a holiday variant in games such as Phantasy Star Universe and Phantasy Star Online 2.
Phantasy Star UniverseWith the introduction of Phantasy Star Universe began a tradition to make certain yellow-feathered Rappies unique and somewhat rare.
In this game, the common forms of the bird, named Rappy Polec, were white colored monsters that could shoot a light-based attack reminiscent of the classic Chirper's Gra spell. In contrast, the rare form known simply as Rappy could only attack by swiping its claws.
Also present within the game is Rappy Gugg, a giant Rappy that, due to its weight, has trouble flying and occasionally falls on unsuspecting hunters. It is supposedly mutated by the high photon levels of the Habirao Forbidden District.
There is also a rare version of Rappy Gugg which is only encountered in missions where Rappy Gugg would otherwise appear called Rappy Igg. It is most likely a rarer mutation caused by the aforementioned high photon levels.
Phantasy Star Zero
- Main article: Rappy (Phantasy Star Zero)
Rappies are rare creatures, making appearances in the first three areas. A rodeo style music will play upon encountering them, which makes it all more exciting to discover. Rappies are quite timid and cowardly, but will respond with pecks if approached (although they aren't much of a dangerous threat). As you would expect from this iconic species, they will play dead upon defeat and make a run for it after a while.
Keep a close eye on them, as they get up and flee very swiftly. If you hit one while it's running away (and not while it's getting up), it may drop an item.
Phantasy Star Portable 2Rappies did not make a full appearance as a creature in Phantasy Star Portable 2, but it had subspecies, Rappy Polec,Sand Rappy, Rappy Gugg and Rappy Igg. There is also a Dual Saber recognizing two Rappies, called Rappy Tippies, in exchange for 5 Blood moon Spellstones, as well as for a saber called Rappy Tip and a slicer called Rappy fan on the Secret pub trade mission. There is also a Costume called Rappy costume that is unlockable at the Secret pub too for 9 Irisista Spellstones. And lastly there is a Armor called Rabol Rappy, still on the Secret Pub, for 13 Blood moon Spellstones.
Phantasy Star Online 2In Phantasy Star Online 2, Nab Rappy are near-identical to Rag Rappy in both appearance and behavior, and likewise only appear in planet Naberius' forest area. They are also considered to be natives as opposed to a type of rappy in client orders. In spite of this however, they still drop weapons with the "rappy soul" ability.
Phantasy Star Online 2 es
Introduced into the mobile version of Phantasy Star Online 2 is the giant rainbow-colored King Rappy, a rare enemy that randomly appears during encounters in emergency quests. Although it does not attack, it does have hit points equal to a boss monster and occasionally strafes in an effort to dodge the player's attacks.When King Rappy is summoned, the music changes to a happy, rodeo-styled tune similar to the one in Phantasy Star Zero. Preferring to travel in a group, the regal giant is typically surrounded by a random assortment of rappy and nab rappy, the latter of which are the only enemies capable of hurting the player during the encounter. Upon defeating it, King Rappy drops the slightly rare Singing Rappy chip. During seasonal events, King Rappy will be replaced with the pink colored Queen Rappy.
PSO2es also introduced the new enemy type, "enemy+." These enemies are larger versions of standard enemies that hit harder have more hit points. Nab Rappy+ enemies tend to spawn in groups, similar to their normal variants, although there are occasions in which a single Nab Rappy+ will spawn with other enemies as the area boss.
Cameos & Other AppearancesRappy has made several appearances in other media, often as a small cameo or a helper that assists the main hero.
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg
The rappy in Billy Hatcher borrows many of its in-game models from its incarnation in Phantasy Star Online. Although it shares a similar appearance to Rag Rappy, it is simply referred to as Rappy. The cowardly bird can be found hidden within a Sonic Team egg in Blizzard Castle Mission 2 after obtaining a certain amount of chicken coins. Upon being summoned, Billy can order it to charge directly forward into any enemies lining its path, the attack of which has the power to defeat most in a single attack.
Rappy's in-game description reads: "So cute, yet so fast!"
Hi-sCoool! SeHa Girls
Rappy makes several appearances in the Sega Hard Girls anime series. Its first cameo is in episode 11, "Dream Rappy, Saturn Rappy, Mega Rappy, ?? Rappy," in which the Hard Girls visit the world of Shining Force: Cross Exlesia Zenith dressed in the Rappy costumes from Phantasy Star Online 2. When Dreamcast gets sent flying from a boss' attack, a brave Rappy boldly steps in to challenge the beast. After congratulating the bird, Sega Saturn begins to wail on it believing it to be her friend. When she and Mega Drive discover that it is not a costume, it skips around happily before retreating from whence it came. The same rappy returns two episodes later in the season finale, "We'll Always Be Connected!," cheering on Dreamcast along with many familiar faces from Sega's colorful history.
It's 16-BITpedia entry from Mega Drive's book reads:
- The mascot of Phantasy Star Online, crossing space-time to win hearts with its cute, lovely appearance. Gets beaten up and kicked around a lot just for singing songs. After being beaten to a certain point, it plays dead, then gets up and flees after a set amount of time. Watch out if you see a zipper on its back!!
Being the mascot of the Online franchise, rappy has been made into purchasable merchandise. It has appeared on prepaid cards, plushes, and served as food in several bakeries in Japan.
Phantasy Star Online
- "Rag Rappies are cowards, but they like to attack straight on. When an (sic) Rag Rappy falls down, it may still be alive. So be careful."
— Red Ring Rico
- "'Rag Rappy, native creature, lives on the surface of Ragol.' 'Timid, but aggressive when defending its territory...' Something's been cut off. ...this is weird. 'Don't assume you've killed them when they fall.' They have a tendency to play dead when they're hurt."
Phantasy Star Zero
- Sarisa: So cute!
- Kai: I hate dealing with those.
Phantasy Star Portable 2
- "Aw, so cute, do we really have to do this?, They're cute, so I could forgive them."
— Emilia Percival