Trollz is an American animated television series created by Dic Entertainment in 2005, loosely based on the popular Troll dolls from the 1950s. Very loosely. The show revolves around five young Troll girls, each with different personalities—Amethyst, Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, and Onyx. While they're different, the "BFFL", AKA Best Friends For Life, are friends til the end.Together, they fight evil with The Power of Friendship, try to impress cute boys, and get their homework done, all while learning about the magic in the world they live in.Trollz first ran in 2005, and occasionally reran until DIC was bought out by Cookie Jar Entertainment. The show returned as part of Cookie Jar TV on February 5, 2011. However, the show left CBS on September 10, 2011, due to Cookie Jar Entertainment wanting to rebrand the block to Team Toon, as it will be replaced with Danger Rangers.
This show provides examples of:
All There On The Website: The Trollz' pets, aside from Amethyst's dog, Wa-Wa, are only seen on the website. note Ruby has a cat named Za-Za, Topaz has a bunny named La-La, Sapphire has a chipmunk named Ya-Ya, and Onyx has a lizard named Na-Na.
Some of the backstory involving Simon is only found there, too; he destroyed the old Trollz world by grabbing most of the magic and turning it evil, diminishing it for girls and neutralizing it for boys. He also unleashed Black Amber, which nearly destroyed the planet but is never seen on the show.
And I Must Scream: Zirconia was turned into a tree for 3,000 years. She was conscious the whole time. When Simon tries to turn Onyx into a tree, he at first simply imprisons her within one. Eventually she'd become part of the tree, like what happened with Zirconia.
Spinell got this too, being turned into a dragon for 3,000 years. A dragon that couldn't talk.
Anime Hair: Everyone but Simon, Jasper, and Snarf.
And Jasper did originally sport anime hair as well.
Broken Aesop: In the story arc where the girls turn evil, Ruby worries that her meanness has influenced them into becoming mean. Obsidian tells her that if she sets a bad example, she can change it by setting a good one. It seems okay until Ruby cleans up her act and it fails because Simon's magic was too strong.
Brought Down to Normal: Done in the arc where the Trollz break the Sacred Altar, causing the magic to disappear. The next episode has them working to fix things.
Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : The Trollz participate in an illegal Skoot race. Next episode they're caught and punished with community service.
Cerebus Syndrome: The latter half of the show's a bit darker than the first, with story arcs about the two remaining Ancients, the girls accidentally causing magic to disappear, and Simon taking over Trollzopolis briefly via brainwashing 4 of the girls to become evil.
The Cheerleader: Coral, Opal, and Jade. Coral gets extra mean points for being the head cheerleader.
Cute Witch: The majority of Trolls, especially the main group.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Simon has at least one instance of this, though it doesn't work. When his dragon betrays him and frees Onyx, the two fly away. Simon's response is to change the dragon back into his true form, the troll Spinell. While he and Onyx are still in the air.
The Dark Side: One of Simon's plans had Sapphire fall prey to this. Coaxed by a magic mirror, she grew narcissistic and power-hungry, deciding she didn't need her friends anymore. Though she did have regrets about it, and apologized once things were set right.
Foreshadowing: A surprisingly subtle example, in "The Tree and the Dragon". Obsidian saves the Trollz from the dragon by summoning musical instruments. Both the dragon and Onyx cover their ears, clearly disliking the music. This makes sense, as the girls and their Ancients have similar traits.
Forgotten Superweapon: Villainous example with Snarf. He went One-Winged Angel a grand total of four times in a 27-episode series, and two of those times were in the first two episodes he appeared in. The third time was in episode 11—for about 5 seconds of screen time. The fourth time was the last episode he appeared in, without even a Transformation Sequence.
Simon's staff was used in Episode 6 and never seen again, despite the fact that it amplified his magic.
Idiosyncratic Wipes: Hairspray covering the screen, a hairbrush brushing the scene away, lipstick covering the screen, a spell phone entering the screen, lightning cracking the screen, and a spell bead exploding.
In Name Only: Apparently, this show was based on the classic troll dolls.
Ironic Echo: In the episode where Sapphire becomes proud and power-hungry, a Magic Mirror is egging her on by telling her she's special. Later, when it's revealed to be Simon, he captures her. When she protests that he told her she was special, he says "You ARE special—the Blue Plate Special!" and calls in orcs to eat her.
Magitek: Trollzopolis is like this now. Originally it was totally magic-based, with boy Trollz as well as girls being able to use magic. Then Simon came along...
During the arc where the Sacred Altar is broken and magic disappears it's shown that most of the Troll technology uses magic as a power source at some level. The results include mass blackouts and more.
Mana Drain: In the backstory, Simon grabbed a lot of the magic and turned it evil, taking it from male trolls and minimizing it for girl trolls. His abilities in the present day include magic-draining as well.
Manipulative Bastard: Mica and his girlfriend Shale, who exploit Sapphire's crush on Mica and fake Shale breaking up with him to use her for their own means.
Mentor Occupational Hazard: Being an Ancient means you get to either save the day or be captured. Or, in Zirconia and Spinell's case, turned into a tree and dragon.
Muggles Do It Better: The male Trollz' technical skills are greater than those of the females, on a whole. This became useful in the arc when magic disappeared.
My Significance Sense Is Tingling: The school principal, Mr. Trollercromby is allergic to goldenrod and beasts from the realm of darkness which cause him to sneeze. Needless to say, when he starts sneezing you know something is going down.
Also averted with the football team the Ogreville Dandelions.
Never Mess with Granny: Amethyst's Grandma is normally doing things like baking cookies, but mess with her granddaughter or her friends and she'll come to the rescue. Obsidian and Zirconia, while not literal grandmothers, fit this trope as well.
Our Dragons Are Different: Only one is seen, though it hates certain kinds of music, is afraid of cats, has painful fire-breathing sneezes, and is really a transformed Troll.
Parental Abandonment: Of the girls, we only see Amethyst's mom and grandma, Sapphire's mom, and Ruby's dad; the latter only appeared in one episode. Where Onyx and Topaz's parents are is never addressed, and we never see the boys' parents at all.
Pet the Dog: In the arc where the town was sent back to the Middle Ages, Amethyst stood up for Coral, the Alpha Bitch, when Simon threatened her. When things went back to the present Coral thanked her, even if she couldn't remember why.
Ridiculously Cute Critter: Amethyst's dog Wa-Wa. It even has her hairstyle. The other girls have pets too, but aside from Ruby mentioning a cat a couple times, they were never brought up or seen on the show.
The Trollzopolis school mascot, Puff. It's a cute kitty!
We Can Rule Together: The first time the BFFL and Simon face off, he offers this and even gives them a chance to discuss it among themselves. Naturally, they turn down the offer.
Wham Line: In episode 4, the Trollz think Simon's a nice little boy and help free him from the Shadow World. Then Snarf catches up to them and approaches Simon.
Snarf, to Simon: Did Snarf do good, Master?
What Happened to the Mouse?: Zirconia and Spinell, despite having been introduced before the Brought Down to Normal arc, are not mentioned among the possible Ancient casualties. It's almost as if these episodes were meant to be broadcast first. Either that or the writers forgot.
Their absence in the arc where the girls turn evil was Hand Waved away by saying they were safely out of reach, but too weak to help.
To make up for this, the Beach Episode arc revolved around them a lot.
World Building: This show has a detailed system of magic, several historical events are mentioned, and in one episode the wheres and whys of how girl trolls get their magic is explained. They even have a different calendar system.
Xanatos Gambit /Batman Gambit: Simon pulls off one of these in the Story Arc where the girls turn evil. It relies on the likely outcome, but he also plans for the initial plan to fail. He poses as a new girl in school and befriends them, at the same time ostracizing Fiery Redhead Ruby. He and Snarf feed the other four girls cookies, which makes them brainwashed. However, that episode he's defeated, so that would be the end of it, right? Wrong. In the next episode it's revealed that the cookies were time-delayed, and slowly turning the girls evil. He uses Ruby's fondness for pranks and occasional jerkish tendencies to make her think it's her fault they're acting rowdy, and Ruby doesn't realize his involvement until it's too late.
Xtreme Kool Letterz: Lots of things that end in 's' end with 'z', including the title of the show.
Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Done in the arc where Simon turned back time to the Middle Ages. Instances of stuff ending in '-eth' abounded.