''Let's talk Poupée!''
A popular browser-based VirtualPaperDoll game, ''[[http://pupe.ameba.jp/ poupéegirl]]'' (commonly shortened to "Poupée") is also a personal fashion blog, since players can upload the items they own in real life. It can be considered a FashionMagazine thanks to the site's recommendations, and a social network, since players can befriend others with similar interests.
When users sign up they get to [[CharacterCustomization customize]] the physical features of their "[[DigitalAvatar poupée]]" ([[GratuitousFrench French]] for "doll"), who will become their avatar on the site. Poupées are AlwaysFemale, and outside of generic starter outfits, clothes for them to wear are earned by uploading photos of the user's real-life wardrobe, redeemed through cashing in the "shells" (collected by exploring poupée profiles), or bought with "Ribbons" (free virtual currency) and "Jewels" (cash-based virtual currency) from other poupées or the site's matriarch Katharine.
The site is based in Japan, though it has millions of users worldwide, and most of the site has been translated into [[GratuitousEnglish passable English]]. If you can withstand the bugs, a fan-made tool called ''[[http://community.livejournal.com/poupee_girl/2734566.html Pupemodel]]'' is available, which lets you create and dress a doll with any item you wish for free without a poupéegirl account, if you have the codes[[note]]most item codes can be looked up on [[http://oribon.info/ Oribon]], and unlisted items can be found with the help of the thriving [[http://community.livejournal.com/poupee_girl LiveJournal community]][[/note]].
!! The ''poupéegirl'' website contains examples of:
* BettingMiniGame: Both the Shell Spring and the Piyo Catcher, where you have a chance of winning a selection of either really cute or really dumpy items, and nothing stopping you from getting doubles.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: ''Everywhere.'' The site is full of Engrish, be it the instructions, the item names or Katharine's posts.
** Some members of the English [=LiveJournal=] community actually tried contacting Katharine for amnesty from brownboxing (being disallowed from showcasing your Closet due to rulebreaking) because the English translation of the rules is so confusing.
* GameWithinAGame: "Go! Go! Piyo Balloon"
* GratuitousFrench: The game's name.
* InUniverseGameClock: The view of Poupée Town and the window in your poupée's room changes according to the time of the day and the season.
* MiniGame: "Piyo Catcher" and "Go! Go! Piyo Balloon".
* NoBulkDiscounts: You never get these at Katharine's Shop or the Poupée Market. Averted by the Piyo Catcher, where you can get a discount for going for three items instead of one.
* NoExportForYou: ''Pupegirl DS'', which is available only in Japan.
* RealitySubtext: More seasoned poupées and those that read Katharine's blog are very familiar with Ken, her ex-boyfriend. Ken has appeared as a bonus in several event backgrounds, and Kath sells Ken-themed items around April Fool's Day.
** Kath admitted to gaining weight on her blog after her break-up with Ken, which was followed by a wave of candy- and sweets-themed items in her shop.
* ScoringPoints: The Suteki feature for both your poupée and the items you post. There are even daily Top 10 rankings with prizes for them.
* SeriesMascot: The Piyos are small, colourful birds.
!! Daily Dress-up and its related mechanics can provide examples of:
* AnimeHair: Averted, despite the cutesy anime style of the poupées themselves. All of the hairstyles are possible in real life.
* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: You can change the wallpaper of your poupée's room, and if you're a Jewel user you can also purchase flooring.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Poupées wearing nothing have brown undies by default, but even if you glitch them into nakedness they don't have anything to hide.
** For Ribbons users, animated face and body sparkles are possessed by a lucky few, as they were sold as limited-edition unsellable items, meaning that they are unobtainable if you didn't buy them during the event.
** For Jewel users, there are several animated sparkle items available on the "Effect" floor of Katharine's Shop. As long as you're willing to dish out ''[[MoneySink 200-400 jewels each]]''.
* CultureEqualsCostume: Katharine is rather notorious for doing this for her "Ethnic" events.
* ElegantGothicLolita: One of the most popular styles in Events and Closets.
* FirstPersonSnapshooter: You update your poupée's status by taking snapshots of her. There isn't much variety in the result, unless you catch her blinking or are wearing an animated item.
* HairDecorations: Hair Accessory is an entire dress-up category, boasting over 600 items.
** FlowerInHerHair: One popular style of [[HairDecorations Hair Decs]].
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Certain items sparkle, as well as the otherwise invisible body glitter that results in the BishieSparkle described above.
* GiantWaistRibbon: Prominently featured during New Year's events.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Though accurately period clothing is less common than the other gorgeously [[PimpedOutDress pimped-out]] [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia regalia]].
* HollywoodDressCode: More or less the idea behind many of Katharine's events.
* OnlySixFaces: Averted. Taking into account all the possible options for eyes and mouths, there are 108 possible faces!
* PaletteSwap: Many dress-up items fall into this category, known colloquially as "colorways".
* PandaingToTheAudience: One of the "Character Motif" sets was panda-themed, as well as a panda catcher game.
* PettingZooPeople: Most of the early animal-themed items took the form of ears-on-hairbands, but as time went on Katharine's items evolved into legitimate animal ears and tails. Gloves and boots that look like paws are also available.
* PirateGirl: Made possible by the Pirate Girl Piyo Catcher.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Katharine's "Nobility" events embody this trope.
* SailorFuku: Sold during various "School" events.
* SexySantaDress: And sexy reindeer dress, and sexy angel dress, and...
* TheTetrisEffect: If you play for long enough, prepare to get confused momentarily now and then about what accessories and items of clothing you actually own and what ones only exist in the wbsite.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Kimono and other Yamato Nadeshiko staples are some of the most valuable items on the site, and Katharine frequently holds events featuring items for traditional beauties.
** "Yamato Nadeshiko" is actually the name of an item (a fan).
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Surprisingly averted; all of the available hair colours are natural with the exception of dark pink.