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''Popful Mail'' is a side-scrolling action-adventure game, originally made by Creator/NihonFalcom (developers of the ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' series) for NEC's PC88 and PC98 home computers in Japan, and then ported to the PCEngine CD and SegaCD systems. Creator/WorkingDesigns worked on the localization for the North American Sega CD version (the one that will be covered in this entry). There's also a little-known SuperFamicom version.

It stars a charmingly inept elven bounty hunter named Popful Mail (think [[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Lina Inverse]] with PointyEars), who's spent much of her adventuring life chasing after the notorious criminal Nuts Cracker. She manages to corner him, but is only able to retrieve Nuts' head (as his body runs away from her during their melee), which is practically worthless. Frustrated, she takes her trophy and wanders toward a town, where she learns of an even better bounty - 2,000,000 gold for the capture of an evil old wizard named Muttonhead.
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!!The WD localization of ''Popful Mail'' exhibits the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Mail.
* TheAhnold: Sven.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: At least 50% of the bosses can only be damaged in a certain spot.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Kazyr.
* BossArenaUrgency: The [[FinalBoss Overlord]] shoots fireballs at the floor, turning them into spikes. Better beat him quickly before you don't have a safe spot to stand...
* BountyHunter: Mail.
* BreathWeapon: Gaw's fireball and Aura Breath attacks.
* CameraScrew: The camera is ''very'' short sighted.
* ChainmailBikini: Popful Mail's outfit. In fact her name is practically an {{Engrish}} translation of the term ("mail" as in a type of armor, and "popful" aptly describes its shape).
* DemBones: Boney Rubbler, as well as the other skeleton enemies.
* DolledUpInstallment: The SegaCD version was going to be one of ''SonicTheHedgehog'', replacing the characters with Sonic characters, and featured Sonic's LongLostSibling, hence the name, ''Sister Sonic.'' However, fans screamed it was ruined before it could get anywhere.
** To clarify: The screaming wasn't about ''Sonic'' being ruined. It was about ''Popful Mail'' being ruined.
* DifficultyByRegion: The American Sega CD version is harder. You have no MercyInvincibility and enemies can take and deal more damage.
* TheDitz: Glug, the dwarven artisan. Slick has his moments, too.
* ElvesVsDwarves: Inverted in the case of Slick (elf) and Glug (dwarf), who are best friends.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Chilly, the fourth world, is full of them.
* EvilMentor: Muttonhead used to be Tatto's teacher, until he went crazy and became Public Enemy #1.
* FakeKing: Draquin, who posed as the penguin king Lipps so he could reign over the penguins.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Venuncio's Happy Flames of Death.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Clobster, a robot lobster which splits into two large mechanical crabs upon defeat.
* GoldfishPoopGang: Muttonhead and Nuts Cracker.
* {{Golem}}: Three of 'em, and you have to [[BossBattle fight them all]]: Muttonhead's Wood Golem, Venuncio's Mythril Golem, and Sven's Fire Golem transformation.
* TheGoomba: The Badger Bandits.
* HilariousOuttakes: Clear the game quickly and you'll get to hear voice acting bloopers after the credits are finished rolling.
* HongKongDub: The English version uses a program that attempts to replicate natural lip movements during voiced cutscenes. Even by the admission of the localization team, there are times when the lip-synching can be...hilariously off.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Sven T. Uncommon's introduction, written as puns on titles of popular Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger movies at the time of the game's release.
* LethalLavaLand: Zoth Shrine and Fort Fryght.
* LetsSplitUpGang: Your party is separated for the final three battles, with each one fighting the Overlord and his two most powerful henchmen.
* LostWeddingRing: A sidequest involving a woman in Treesun who had her ring stolen by the leader of the Badger Bandits.
* MacGyvering: Slick makes his own bombs from homemade products.
* MadBomber: The first boss. Nuts Cracker is also fond of using his (many) head(s) as an explosive device ("[[CatchPhrase BOOMBA]]!")
* MercyInvincibility: For both you and your enemies. Yours is ''insignificant'', but thankfully you can pass through enemies without harm when they have it on.
* MightyGlacier: Gaw can be considered this - he does the most amount of damage out of the three characters, but his movement speed is the slowest due to his stubby legs.
* {{Mithril}}: Used for one of Venuncio's golems, and also as a host body for the Overlord.
* MiserAdvisor: Mail. She ''really'' needs the money, as she hasn't been able to land a single bounty.
* MoneySpider: Every normal enemy coughs up either gold or a healing item.
** The best one would have to be 2 specific mummies in the Mine, they drop Gold Bullions that sell for 500 gold each! They're there because you will need 4 Gold Bullions to complete a required quest.
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: Mail introduces herself this way to almost every friendly NPC she meets.
* OneWingedAngel: Sven does this ''twice''. Also, Draquin, the evil penguin boss of the fourth stage.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Mail's main motivation for doing pretty much anything.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: the Gaw race.
* OverlyLongName: Venuncio, who introduces himself as "Klabberdeen Klotchsniffer Leetzlewiffle Poopiewouffen von Venuncio Krakenlichter Ratchetface XIV".
* PlanetOfSteves: The Gaws, a species of baby dragons, do not have personal names.
* PointyEars: All of the elves, including Mail, Slick, and several other characters.
* RecurringBoss: Sven and Nuts Cracker. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] after you fight Nuts the second time, where the accompanying victory text box says "(Player) defeated Nuts Cracker! (for real this time)".
* RedHeadedHero: Mail.
* RPGElements: Mainly in the form of weapon upgrades and gold.
* ShesGotLegs: Mail. Boy howdy, does she ever.
* ShockwaveStomp / GroundPound: Thrashmaster+ uses this one on you.
* ShoutOut: Plenty. With this being a WorkingDesigns adaptation, it's to be expected.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Chilly.
* SpikesOfDoom: Thankfully, they cannot kill you in one hit, and there is an item which allows you to step on them.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Mail and her friends can stay underwater as long as they like.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Wriph and Wraph.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Gaw.
* VerbalTic: "Gaw!"
* WakeUpCallBoss: The Wood {{Golem}}. It does a lot of damage per hit, has an annoying to avoid bum rush, and when you defeat its body, you have to keep hitting its head or else it will respawn its body forcing you to repeat the whole process.
** There's a way to [[AIBreaker exploit its AI]], though.
* WarmUpBoss: The MadBomber, whose attacks are easy to take cover from and it dies in 10 hits.
* [[WhiteMagicianGirl White Magician Boy]]: Tatto has the character design, staff, and personality of a WhiteMagicianGirl.
* WorthlessYellowRocks: When Mail tells Slick that she's out to find magical orbs to help prevent the Overlord from rising again, Slick dismisses them as junk.
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