Poptropica is a 'free' online game aimed at children. You start by customizing a character with a randomized name and then hop into a blimp, where a map appears. There are currently (as of January '12) 23 islands you can explore, and more keep being developed and added. You will need to accomplish a quest on each island, ranging from finding villagers' lost possessions, rescuing space princesses, jumping through time and space to fix a Bad Future or defeating pirates on the high sea.Every time you finish a quest you get a medallion and 100 credits to spend at the Poptropica store, where you can buy costumes and whatnot for your character. If you want more credits youíll need to buy them with some real cash, luckily none of the stuff you can buy at the store is necessary for defeating the game. You can also (with your real money, of course) buy a membership, which will give temporary access to all the stuff in the store along with early access to islands that arenít out yet.If you like the game you can save your character and choose a username and password so you can come back to it later. You can also choose to start with a new character every single time you visit the website, along with resetting any progress youíve made on your quests. Up to you. Check it out.Now has a character sheet in development.
Awesome but Impractical: Many mechanics, the Grappling Hook Bowtie from Spy Island probably being the best example.
Awesome Mc Cool Name: If you're lucky, the name you get when you register can be this, such as "Golden Dragon".
In the event you aren't lucky, just hit the 'random' button.
Badass Damsel: The princess on Astro Knights Island. At the end, when you defeat Mordred and the Orb drops out, he comes out to claim it, but the princess, now free, jumps down and punches him. The punch is enough to knock him out and give you two the chance to escape with the Orb.
Bad Future: A possible future on Time Tangled Island.
Bag of Spilling: Items and skills you earn from specific islands don't carry over to the other islands. This is justified by the fact that not implementing this rule would make entire sections of quests skippable.
Big Bad: Different ones on different islands. Examples include Zeus on Mythology Island, Mordred on Astro-Knights Island, Dr. Hare on 24 Carrot Island, Director D on Spy Island, Captain Crawfish on Skullduggery Island, Gretchen Grimlock on Cryptids Island, Count Bram on Vampire's Curse, El Mustachio Grande on Wild West Island, and Black Widow on Counterfeit Island.
And with Super Villain Island Zeus is Big Bad of TWO islands.
The Cake Is a Lie: On Mythology Island, after you give the five MacGuffins to Zeus, he declares that he has everything he needs to rule all of Poptropica, instead of granting you the immortality he promised you earlier.
He repeats this on Super Villain Island.
Cats Hate Water: On 24 Carrot Island, you get Charlie's pet cat, Whiskers, out of the bathtub by turning the tap on.
Chain of Deals: As with many other games, trading various items to NPCs is an instrumental part of the game.
Character Customization: You can change your character's basic appearance at the beginning, you can use a customization device to take clothes/hair/etc. from other characters and players, and on 24 Carrot Island, a smoothie maker mixes colors and when drunk, will change your hair color, to a variety of odd colors.
Chekhov's Gun: Everything you find, whether you find it randomly or it's given to you by an NPC. Everything.
Distressed Dude: Charlie, at the end of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory quest.
The Dragon: The mysterious man on Counterfeit Island
Drunk on Milk: Seems to be a common possibility on Poptropica. All the kegs and barrels are labeled Soda, Grape Juice, Root Beer. The crate marked Loch-Pop on Cryptids Island is even called "The Strong Stuff" by your character...
Dude, Where's My Respect?: So you've arrived on Super Power Island. You get your superhero ID, and proceed to beat the ever-loving shit out of all six villains with a little help from Ned Noodlehead on the last one, and what happens? Ned Noodlehead gets the island medallion instead of you! However, that isn't the end. See Easy Come, Easy Go below.
This gets a Lampshade in Red Dragon Island. When you help trap the Kappa, the Ungrateful Bastard won't give you anything. Your avatar even says, "Hm, don't I usually get something for doing good deeds?"
Dystopia: The Bad Future on Time Tangled Island. This is also what 24 Carrot Island looks like when you first arrive.
Easy Come, Easy Go: After Ned Noodlehead pulls the Big Damn Heroes moment on Super Power Island, he gets the medallion that you usually get after finishing an island's quest, but he will trade it to you for a hot dog.
Empathic Environment: When you first arrive in 24 Carrot Island, a town with a failing economy, the sky and hills are depressing shades of brown and tan. The trees have practically no leaves on them, and the water that surrounds the island is green.After you finish the island's quest and the carrots stop disappearing, the sky and hills turn blue.
Face Heel Revolving Door: A mysterious man on Counterfeit Island tells you to sneak into the museum and guard the Scream - but it turns out it was a setup, allowing him to steal the painting and you to be arrested. Then when he, too, is betrayed by Black Widow, he has a Heel-Face Turn and helps you.
Heroic Mime: Averted. You can talk to other players (albeit through pre-recorded questions/responses like "Can you juggle?" and "Do you want to play head-to-head Paint War?"). You also talk to NPCs, and to yourself in some cases (e.g. "I don't think Snoopy has much to say").
I Needto Go Iron My Dog: On Lunar Colony, the original astronaut that was blasting off into space tricks you to go instead of him by saying to hold his helmet and that he "uh, left my wallet in the car".
In a Single Bound: Your character's awesome jumping skills. This skill is very, very useful for getting on top of buildings and such. *wink wink*
Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Simultaneously inverted and played straight on Red Dragon Island - at the climax, the Ax-Crazy Red Dragon goes on a rampage to destroy the city of Edo. On the other hand, there's the benevolent Cloud Dragon, who's controlled by you to stop the Red Dragon from burning Edo to the ground.
My Future Self and Me: On Time Tangled Island, you meet your fifty-years-older self twice: once at the beginning when you use the time machine to find out about the future, and when you've finished Time Tangled Island and use the machine again to visit your fifty-years-older self in a much better future.
Needle in a Stack of Needles: Finding the white Nabooti jewel requires searching through a pile of other diamonds to determine which is the real one — the Nabooti jewel is the only one with a rune marking on it.
Nice Hat: Included in too many of the store costumes to list. There's a football helmet, an astronaut helmet, a baseball helmet, a baseball cap, a Robin Hood hat, a tiara, various hats shaped like animal heads, and many more.
Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: "Out of my way, little lady!" In fact, this trope applies to ALL of the old people at Leisure Towers, save for Greg's grandparents. Watch what happens when you knock on a series of doors:
Senior #1: You must be in the wrong place!
Senior #2: Hey! No kids allowed here!
Senior #3: Go sell your cookies somewhere else!
Senior #4: I'm taking a nap!
Senior #5: Not interested!
Senior #6: Go away!
Senior #7: Take a hike, kid!
Notably subverted in the bingo game scene. Instead of yelling at you to get out, the lady running the game allows you to play after you obtain a blotter.
Surprise Creepy: Can be a source of this, with things like the Jersey Devil on Cryptids Island and the voice saying "Looking for someone?" on Ghost Story island. Although the latter is mainly because Poptropica very rarely has sound or music.
Ungrateful Bastard: Inverted. 99% of the time, helping out an NPC will earn you a crucial item and their thanks. Hell, even Lucy will reward you for helping take care of Linus in the pumpkin patch!
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No matter how cool/awesome/ridiculously flashy your costume is (you have the option to dress up as a hamburger, a princess, a ninja, and a pop star if you wish, among other things), the island inhabitants don't take notice of it.