"Go sleep *hic* it off...you look a little *hic* rough!"
—Tipsy Troop, Death screen
Tipsy Troop is a group of three drunk alcohol beverages that appear on the boss fight with King Dice when landing on Space 1. They are: Rumulus, Ol' Ethan, and Ginette.
The Tipsy Troop is a trio of three different glasses. Ol' Ethan is a rum glass with a red-nose, a brown mustache and large eyebrows. Ginette is a martini glass with purple eyelashes and eyeshadow, with magenta lipstick. Rumulus is a whiskey bottle with a large nose, red eyes and has a gap between two of his teeth. All three members have bags under their eyes, possibly as a way to show that they're drunk.
Ginette is surly, Rumulus is short-tempered, and Ol' Ethan is a bumbler. They seem prone to hiccups, as evidenced by their death screen, and that they wobble drunkenly, which is a visual pun on the effects of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
The Tipsy Troop don't do anything special in their intro, they just do their idle animations at the start of the battle. However, what appears to be a pouring noise is briefly heard right before the announcer speaks. However, once the fight actually begins, the empty tables in the background will then be filled with customers, which will disappear and appear over time.
There is an unused animation where the trio appears as regular alcohol beverages (Rumulus a whiskey bottle, Ginette a martini glass, and Ol' Ethan a rum glass. and then animate).
All three have their own singular attack and they simultaneously attack the player relentlessly. They are considered separate enemies and must be defeated one by one. The alcohol beverages are:
- Ol' Ethan (Take A Spill): Ol' Ethan only attacks by leaning backward, then falling forward, spilling his contents, which cover the entire ground, forcing the player to jump with correct timing.
- Ginette (Olive Bat of My Eye): Ginette attacks by sending one-eyed bat olives out. These monsters will shoot their eyeball at the player. Some of the eyeballs can be parried. She can only summon two olive bats at the same time and they are disposed of easily. Hitpoints = 8/8
- Rumulus (Whiskey Waterfall): Rumulus will attempt to damage the player by opening his lid and erupting the whiskey fluid inside him up in the air, in a volcano-esque fashion, causing it to rain down on them if they stay on one spot for too long (and causing his pupils to become swirls in the process), but this attack is easily avoidable if Cuphead and Mugman keep moving.
- Tipsy Troop's line containing hiccups is a reference to how cartoon characters have a tendency to hiccup after drinking alcoholic substances.
- The Tipsy Troop may represent the drinking game which is often played in barrooms, pubs, or occasionally casinos. The drinking game is played by two people to see how many drinks each of them can handle before one or the other passes out from intoxication. Depending on the alcohol, this game may result in death from said intoxication. If not, they just represent drinking of alcohol in casinos.
- Tipsy is another word for drunk, or intoxicated.
- Ginette is the only member of the troop that does not have two feet.
- All three members of the Tipsy Troop have bags under their eyes and move sluggishly, representing intoxication.
- The appearance of Ol' Ethan may be based on that of Yosemite Sam, an ornery western outlaw from the "Looney Tunes" cartoons; he also resembles the Rum Cakes from The Cookie Carnival.
- In the animation sprite, it is shown that the Tipsy Troop does have an intro animation: they start off as inanimate beverage glasses, then their features on them show up and start moving; the reason for their intro animation not being used in the game is unclear.
- In the unused Simple Mode, they would never attack and have extremely little health. In later versions like 1.1.3, the Simple Mode differences have been removed and would play like Regular Mode instead.
- Prior to update 1.1.3, the olive bats could only shoot red eyeballs and they all could be parried
- Ginette has a resemblance to Jessica Rabbit from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".
- Originally nameless, in The Art Of Cuphead The Tipsy Troop were finally given official names.
- Rumulus is a play on Romulus and rum.
- Ol' Ethan is a play on ethanol.
- Ginette is a play on gin.
- The Art of Cuphead, page 206