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Video Game: Poptropica

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 April '14) 39 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 you’ll 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 aren’t 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 you’ve made on your quests. Up to you. Check it out.

Now has a character sheet in development.

The current islands available are:

  • Early Poptropica Island
  • Shark Tooth Island
  • Time Tangled Island
  • 24 Carrot Island
  • Super Power Island
  • Spy Island
  • Nabooti Island
  • Big Nate Island
  • Astro-Knights Island
  • Counterfeit Island
  • Reality TV Island
  • Mythology Island
  • Skullduggery Island
  • Steamworks Island
  • Great Pumpkin Island
  • Cryptids Island
  • Wild West Island
  • Wimpy Wonderland
  • Red Dragon Island
  • Shrink Ray Island
  • Mystery Train Island
  • Game Show Island
  • Ghost Story Island
  • SOS Island
  • Vampire's Curse Island
  • Twisted Thicket Island
  • Poptropolis Games Island
  • Wimpy Boardwalk Island
  • Lunar Colony Island
  • Super Villain Island
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Island
  • Zomberry Island
  • Night Watch Island
  • Back Lot Island
  • Virus Hunter Island
  • Mocktropica Island
  • Monster Carnival Island
  • Survival Island note 
  • Mission Atlantis note 

Examples:

  • Action Girl: If you play as a girl, then you're this.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: VERY common in this game. Plenty of characters names are this (Captain Crawfish, Binary Bard, Ned Noodlehead, Gretchen Grimlock, and oh so many more) and can even apply if your character's name begins with the same letter (such as Bendy Bug). A few of the island names can also apply such as Wimpy Wonderland and Twisted Thicket.
  • All Players Like Ponies: On Wild West Island, one of the first things you do is get yourself a horse.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: There's a vendor in early Poptropica that sells skin pigments. Also in 24 Carrot Island, you can get a drink that changes your hair color.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Monster Carnival fits perfectly.
  • And I Must Scream: When you beat Mordred and take the gem from him, he is trapped in the realm he created forever with no way out.
    • Dr. Jupiter ( better known as Zeus) of Super Villain Island retrieves him somehow, though
  • Art Shift: For Big Nate Island, the art changes to the Big Nate art style. The same thing happens when you go to the Peanuts-themed Great Pumpkin Island and Wimpy Wonderland Island.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Dr. Hare's giant rabbot on 24 Carrot Island
  • Automatic Crossbow: You get one on Vampire's Curse Island.
  • 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 Princess: 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.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Ned Noodlehead on Super Power Island.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: On Cryptids Island.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The signs in Red Dragon are all in Japanese, and Counterfeit uses French; one sign even reveals the island's villain, even though it's spelled wrong. "Noire," not "Niore."
  • Black and Nerdy: C.J. on Shrink Ray Island.
  • Brainy Brunette: The Astro-Knights princess.
  • 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.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: You can change your clothing by looking at other people and copying it onto your skin, basically.
  • 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.
  • Child Hater: Everyone at Leisure Towers except for Greg's grandpa on Wimpy Wonderland Island, as your avatar finds out first-hand.
  • Chupacabra: On Cryptids Island.
  • Circus of Fear: Circus of the Bizarre on Monster Carnival Island. And how.
  • Crappy Carnival: The carnival on Monster Carnival Island. The carnival games are rigged, the Ferris Wheel breaks down often and the Tunnel of Love is filled with filth. And we haven't even gotten to the fact that the carnies turn into monsters at night. Doesn't it sound fun?
  • Creepy Circus Music: The main soundtrack on Monster Carnival Island.
  • Continuity Nod: In one part of Counterfeit Island, you go back to Early Poptropica.
    • Big Zeke from Nabooti likes movies from 24 Carrot Island.
    • A character from Time Tangled Island goes on vacation to Shark Tooth Island.
    • Characters from the Spy, 24 Carrot, Counterfeit, and Super Power Islands appear on the reality TV show.
    • Super Villain Island involves entering the dreams of the Big Bads from four previous islands. Other defeated enemies can be seen in the jail's cells. And Zeus is the Big Bad of Super Villain.
  • Cruelty Is the Only Option: Destroying Little Billy's snowman while following Manny on Wimpy Wonderland Island.
  • Damsel in Distress: The Astro-Knights Island princess. Though she makes up for it with a moment of Damsel out of Distress at the end of the quest. .
    • Katya, on Vampire's Curse Island.
  • Darkest Africa: Nabooti Island
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The final battle on Mythology Island. You vs. Zeus. Do the math.
  • 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.
  • Easy Levels, Hard Bosses: Well, the difficulty of Poptropica depends on which island/level you are playing, and even then not all of them have bosses. But if the one you're playing does have a boss, expect the boss fight to be the hardest part of the level.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Hades in Mythology is a rare example of a grown man with this appearance.
  • Egopolis: Big Nate Island
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Myron Van Buren from Survival.
  • 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.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Averted on Mythology Island
  • Every Japanese Sword Is a Katana: Averted. The two samurai guards on Red Dragon Island have naginatas.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: There are real-life Poptropica plushies of various NPCs out there if you want to buy them.
  • Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Booga the shark from Shark Tooth Island.
  • Evil All Along: A common trope. Examples include Mordred on Astro-Knights Island, Zeus on Mythology Island, the inspector on Counterfeit Island, and Director D on Spy Island.
  • Executive Meddling: Parodied in-universe in Mocktropica. In the island, Poptropica HQ is under new management, and the four new managers will stop at nothing to make the player's gameplay miserable. It turns out to be because they actually work for Poptropica's made-up rival website, Mega Fighting Bots, and they intend to ruin Poptropica's gameplay so people would flock to their game instead.
  • Expy: The reality TV show is an Expy of Survivor.
    • Gretchen Grimlock from Cryptids is clearly based on Betty Jetty from Super Power. Except she's even more annoying.
  • 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.
  • Fail O'Suckyname: The name randomizer can give you such a name as "Hairy Belly".
  • Fake Difficulty: The very weak, floaty Jump Physics can make the platforming in the game harder than it needs to be if you aren't used to it.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Virus Hunter Island.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture
    • Arturus, the kingdom on Astro-Knights Island, is medieval England. Mostly.
    • Counterfeit Island is France, specifically Paris.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink
  • Flight: On Super Power Island, Betty Jetty has this. You also get it in Early Poptropica when you find a jet pack in the Airplane Graveyard, and on Super Power Island, given by the retired superhero.
  • Fox-Chicken-Grain Puzzle: Nabooti Island makes you do this puzzle.
  • Fragile Speedster: Speeding Spike from Super Power Island.
  • Funny Afro: Included with one of the costumes in the store. And it's a blue afro!
  • The Gay Nineties: Mystery Train Island, which takes place en route to the Columbian Exhibition.
  • Gender-Blender Name: The lady who runs Charlie's Carrot Surplus Co. on 24 Carrot Island...well, guess.
  • Global Airship: Every player gets the iconic yellow Poptropica blimp at the start of their journey.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Dr. Hare.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: On Nabooti Island, you have to find the five jewels to put them back in the Nabooti Totem in the museum. Good luck finding them all without help, though.
  • Green Aesop: The Don't Be an Energy Hog minigame as well as Twisted Thicket Island, the latter seemingly shouting out to the early 90s green-themed movies such as FernGully.
  • Guide Dang It: Too many of the island quests fall into this to count.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: Dr. Hare on 24 Carrot Island, although this trope comes from his Animal Motifs rather than actually being a rabbit.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Once you put the humongous shark on Shark Tooth Island to sleep with a coconut potion stirred with an old bone, he never wakes up. Never.
    • Let's not forget about those who happen to be in Dr. Jupiter's dream machine in Super Villain Island.
  • Heel-Face Turn: The mysterious man on Counterfeit Island.
  • 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").
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: From episode 4 and on, Survival Island takes a dangerous turn when Myron Van Buren is introduced- at the end of the episode, it is revealed that the player character is the quarry and he plans to hunt you for the thrill!
  • 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.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: The Midnight Red Ninja outfit, which is free for members only. On the other hand, there's another ninja outfit in the store, which only costs 75 credits.
  • Jerkass Gods: Played with - on Mythology Island, Zeus is one, while Athena, Poseidon, Aphrodite and Hades most certainly are not.
  • The Jersey Devil: He's on Cryptids Island, and is a major source of Nightmare Fuel.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: One of the outfits you can buy in the store is an ancient Chinese/Japanese soldier outfit, katana and all. The aforementioned ninja outfit also has one.
  • Man-Eating Plant: A few show up in Steamworks.
  • Mega Manning: Not with abilities or powers, but with clothes - you can use the Costumizer to copy an NPC's outfit onto your avatar. It doesn't work for the NPCs on Wimpy Wonderland, Great Pumpkin Island or Big Nate Island, though.
  • Me's a Crowd: Copy Cat's power on Super Power Island. The clones disappear when you touch them, though.
  • Mind-Control Device: The robotic bunny ears ("rabbot ears") that are worn by the people who disappeared from 24 Carrot Island.
  • Mind over Matter: Sir Rebral from Super Power Island.
  • Mine Cart Madness: A diamond mine in Nabooti Island has you do this.
  • 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.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Kirk Strayer in Backlot Island, although he usually rages.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Astro Knights.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Your character can walk off the top of a frigging lighthouse and land without a scratch.
  • Typhoid Mary: On Virus Hunter island, Joe Stockman just (unknowingly) happens to be carrying the deadly, contagious virus you have to fight.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Dragon and Cloud Dragon on Red Dragon Island.
  • Pirates: Skullduggery Island, and with many Pirate Tropes at that:
  • Plot-Induced Stupidity: No, you can't use the leaf blower against the Whirley Street Kids' snowball barrage on Wimpy Wonderland Island.
  • Police Are Useless: The ones on Super Power Island.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: The princess outfit. Guess where you can buy it.
    • Surprisingly averted for the one actual princess on Poptropica, from Astro-Knights Island. She wears a green dress.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: On Mythology Island, Poseidon gives you his trident so you can take down Zeus.
  • Punch Clock Villain: The Poptropica Villains are this-when they're not being evil, they write blog entries, and seem very friendly in their posts.
  • Retirony: Invoked by the police officer on Zomberry Island. He flat out says, "I'm not going in there. I'm too close to retirement.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Game Show Island, which is about game shows getting taken over by machines, came out shortly after a computer beat human contestants at Jeopardy for the first time.
  • Robeast: The robotic owl you befriend on Astro-Knights Island.
    • Also the robotic mouse you use to bribe the robotic owl to joining you.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: You can get a revolver from the Cowboy or Lawman outfits in the store, and in Wild West Island, you get two awesome revolvers that you can equip on any island.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Averted on Greek Mythology Island.
  • Schizo Tech: The entirety of Astro knights, combibing the aesthetics of Medieval European Fantasy with Raygun Gothic.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: The entirety of Big Nate Island.
  • The Silent Bob: On Great Pumpkin Island, Snoopy never says anything, not even in thought bubbles.
  • Shown Their Work: Wimpy Wonderland Island. The creator of Poptropica is Jeff Kinney, the writer of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • Soft Water: Your character can fall into water from the highest height imaginable, and yet come out completely unharmed. Poptropica in general has very weak physics.
  • Steam Punk: Steamworks Island
  • Stalactite Spite: A rather difficult platforming stage in Mythology Land when crossing the river Styx.
    • The coconuts in Shark Tooth.
  • Stock Ness Monster: You search for Nessie on Cryptids island.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: "Vince isn't looking, let's make a run for it!"
    • This little gem after Zeus blasts you and the four villains he was experimenting on out of the prison into the water in Super Villain Island:
    Binary Bard: Freedom!
    Dr. Hare: I'm outta here!
  • Super Speed: Speeding Spike's power on Super Power Island.
  • Super Strength: Crusher's power.
  • 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.
  • Taken for Granite: Hercules. He's fine with it, though.
  • Time Travel: The theme of Time Tangled Island.
  • Überwald: Vampire's Curse island.
  • 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.
  • Utopia: The good future on Time Tangled Island
  • Water Is Blue: Everywhere (Poseidon's realm on Mythology Island, the sea surrounding Big Nate Island, etc.) The only exception is the aforementioned green water on 24 Carrot Island.
  • We Need a Distraction: On 24 Carrot Island, you do this to give yourself time to deactivate the hypnotized carrot factory workers' rabbot ears.
    You: Look! A flying buffalo!
    Worker: Where?
  • Where The Hell Is Springfield?: Noticeable with Mews Mansion in Cryptids island. You get a helicopter that can take you to various spots in the world to hunt for cryptids, with each location (Himalayas, Loch Ness, etc.) marked clearly on a map... Except when you return to the town where Mews Mansion is, the map goes completely bank.
  • Wutai: Red Dragon island, taking place in Edo. Edo is the old name for Tokyo.
  • You Dirty Rat: There's a really big rat in one of the pipes in the Carrot Cake Factory on 24 Carrot Island.
    • Ratman from Super Power Island controls an entire army of giant rats.
  • Your Head Asplode: People's heads usually pop off when they get angry.
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