Follow TV Tropes


Characters / Poppy O'Possum

Go To

Poppy and her friends

    open/close all folders 

     Poppy O'Possum 

"NO ONE is stronger than me."

Our main character, the caring and peppy single mom out to find a place for her family in the world.

Provides examples of:

  • Handicapped Badass: While she may be VERY strong, she has a heart condition that needs to be regularly treated with medication. If she's surprised enough or puts her heart under too much strain, she'll briefly flatline.
  • Happily Adopted: Poppy gets the last name 'Possum' from her adoptive family. A huge family of cats.
  • Hartman Hips
  • I Owe You My Life: Because she was the one who invented the heart medicine that keeps Poppy alive, Poppy feels this way towards Kit.
  • The Lad-ette
  • Let's Get Dangerous!
  • Made of Iron: She has most of her bones broken in the fighting tournament but she keeps swingin'! She's apparently been like this her whole life.
    • She gets stomped into the ground by a dragon in Chapter 5. All it did was piss her off
    • Again while she's fighting Petunia, she gets struck in such a way that should either knock her out or cripple her...and it manages to relieve almost all of the tension in her muscles, leaving her refreshed and rejuvenated.
  • Mama Bear
  • Meido: She gets a job as a housekeeper and DEMANDS the uniform that goes with this trope.
  • Outside-Context Problem: In a setting ruled by magic, though she can't perform magic herself, she proves to be preposterously strong on top of being inherently immune to magic. The result manages to totally blindside anyone who isn't already familiar with her. How she even exists has only been briefly hinted at.
    • Made all the more clear in chapter 8 with yet another gobsmacking blindside: Poppy is possibly empowered by or is an avatar of Didelphi, goddess of all possums ever, which is both totally unique to her and implied to be way more powerful than even she possibly knows.
  • Ringed Eyes Take Warning Just like real life possums, her eyes will go from brown colored to piercing rings when her heart rate goes high enough. As said by Ian himself:
    "If you can count the rings on the inside of a tree's trunk, you can learn how old it is. If you can count the rings in Poppy's eyes, you're probably about to die."
  • Species Surname: Abbreviating her middle name leads to this trope.
  • Stronger Than They Look
  • Super Strength: She's strong enough to carry her house on her back, and she claims to be able to lift around 300 000 kg (300 metric tons. or over 660 000 pounds).
  • Supreme Chef: She was raised by a family of bakers. Her pies are so good that people have paid her for the privilege to eat them. And thanks to her tail's dexterity, she doesn't even need her hands to cook.
  • Talk to the Fist: Her preferred solution to problems.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Has a liking to persimmons.
  • Un-Sorcerer: As an opossum, she can't use any magic and magic has very little effect on her.
    • Goes a step beyond when she goes all out, as she straight up turns off Petunia's magical enhancements simply by being around her.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: One of her major shortcomings in battle. Her raw strength and her Outside-Context Problem status have handily won every encounter she's had where her opponents weren't prepared for her, but against people who knew what to expect or took her seriously, she's gotten pounded into dust. Friedrich is trying to get her training before this gets her killed.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Opossums can't have their life prolonged by the means of magic, so they live to be only about 30. She's at peace with the fact.


     Lily Possum 

Poppy's energetic daughter.

Provides examples of:

  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Her eyepatch hides the unfortunate fact that she was shot in the eye, When she gets it looked by a doctor, all he reveals is a fairly small cataract.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: In some cases.
  • Break the Cutie: When she gets exposed to the racism her classmates have regarding her, and worse, when she learns that her species' shorter lifespan means that her dream of being a doctor is futile, since she wouldn't even be able to live long enough to complete her schooling.
  • Dead Guy Junior: She gets her middle name from her father who might be dead.
  • Death Glare: Has a pretty damn mean one.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Not hairstyle, but she stops wearing an eyepatch in Chapter 6 after she stops acting so cheerful.
  • Genki Girl: It helps that she's pretty small and it helps her make up for that.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Learned to read unbelievably complex words and stories on her own, is the brightest kid in school, and is of course, cute as a button and generally ignorant of the racism Possums face until her friends tell her.
  • Not Himself: Lily begins acting violent and sullen in Chapter 6.

     Petunia Quibble-Rani 
"I am a peaceful island of tranquility, floating in a sea of broiling fury. 1... 2... 3... 4... 5... 6... 7..."

The daughter and assistant of the Mayor of Eggton.

Provides examples of:

  • Actual Pacifist: In spite of apparently being quite powerful and barely keeping it together, she's remained a pacifist so far. Magically enforced. A seal on her back ensures that any damage she dishes out on a person will be inflicted right back onto her...except non-magic creatures. Alvus uses this to save Poppy's hide.
  • Bat Deduction: Petunia misinterprets the Queen's overly flowery and upbeat behaviour while interacting Poppy as both of them having a secret relationship. Apparently, she's done this five times already. And every time, Kit and Poppy included, the people she suspected actually did end up in relationships together, as a direct result of Petunia confronting them about it.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Alvus.
  • Berserk Button: Pretty much anything having to do with her mother, and Alvus' ex-wife, Rose Rani; Don't suggest help from her [1]. Never call Petunia by her full last name [Quibble-Rani][2]. And above all else, never, EVER compare any possible resemblance of her mother to her [3].
    • She also really doesn't like being reminded she has a bald spot on her tail.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Her martial art's first principal of combat is figuring out a quick way to gain an advantage.
  • Covert Pervert: Is talked into watching the Canopy fighting tournament when promised buff sweaty dudes duking it out.
  • Death Glare: Her squint of disdain could break bones. Kit almost suffered this for mentioning how alike she sounds to her mother, if not for her father turning her head away. Friedrich gets it instead, and it gives him a nosebleed and turns his hair white.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In small scale, she turns around on getting Poppy a job after hearing Poppy's justification to her past rampage.
    • Face–Heel Turn: And the author even identifies it as such. When Chicadino buys out Eggton, he shanghais Petunia into trying to stop Poppy's coup, and Petunia buys into Chicadino's claims that Poppy has become an enemy of the state. She uses a loophole in her vow of pacifism to get Poppy to fight her instead of anybody who would actually actively attempt to kill her.
  • Heel Realization: When Poppy asks Petunia what changed her mind about helping her, Petunia reveals that the outburst about how Lily had been injured made her realize Poppy was a person who'd had it rough and that she was about to become just the latest villain.
  • Hidden Depths: Petunia is a hamstrung assistant to the mayor. She's also a master practitioner of a martial art that makes her so fast she can catch individual grains of sand.
  • Hyper Competent Side Kick
  • I Am Not My Mother: REFUSES to be associated with her mother, thinking she's nothing like her. Her striking Alvus to try and kill Poppy makes her realize she's Not So Different, and she almost breaks down crying.
  • The Matchmaker: Played with. Her use of the Bat Deduction on people hasn't apparently been right once...but it ends up getting the couple she's deducted hitched anyway once she's fessed up about it. Five couples can say they've had help from Petunia on the matter. Though unlike other versions of this trope, she finds it very embarrassing. Poppy and Kit are apparently the sixth.
  • Meaningful Name: A quibble is to have a problem with someone over extremely trivial matters. She holds a lot of justified and unjustified grudges and makes up her mind on people in an instant.
  • Not So Above It All: Can be kind of a gossip. This is probably the only reason she really hangs out with Mary at this point, since she eggs her on with her rumors.
  • Never My Fault: Has never admitted to being wrong to anyone in 27 years but to her mother.
  • Shipper on Deck: When she begins to suspect that Poppy and Kit are in a Secret Relationship, she and Mary immediately begin concocting scenarios of how they would interact. The alt-text of that comic notes that such juicy gossip is the main reason they're still friends. It also completely distracts her from Friedrich's attempting to ask her to train Poppy in combat.

     Alvus Quibble 

The mayor and owner of most of Eggton. He's also Petunia's father.

Provides examples of:

     Hallia Haha 

A cheerful canary. Mayor Quibble's former assistant, she's now the assistant of his assistant, Petunia. In Chapter six, she applies to become the assistant to Poppy.

Provides examples of:

     Sister Mary Moonshine 

The foul-mouthed, greedy, alcoholic caretaker of a rundown church in Canopy.

Provides examples of:

  • Big Eater
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She doesn't know what color the sky is.
  • The Gadfly
  • Ms. Vice Gal
  • Inadequate Inheritor: If you can believe it. She is the last living descendant of a Mother of Magic, Madama Mystana. Her lecherous and greedy behavior combined with her lack of talent with magic meant the church didn't want her around and kicked her out. She's given all the money she needs to survive by the church for keeping quiet, since the Mothers of Magic aren't supposed to have had kids.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: She has very little magical talent despite being the only known descendant of one of the Three Mothers of Magic.
  • Nun Too Holy: She drinks, smokes, gambles, lies and can't even name the figureheads of the religion she serves.
  • Really Gets Around: Bordering on Anything That Moves
  • Troll: If she isn't being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, then all her interaction with people is her antagonizing people, hitting on them, swearing at them, conning them, or insulting them, mostly for her own amusement.

     Boris the Pompaboar 
"-I'm a real SUPERSTAR."

The revered winner of the fighting tournament in Canopy two years running. He was born under a Lucky Star, Ego Trip, that makes him grown stronger in tandem with his self esteem.

Provides examples of:

  • Boisterous Bruiser: In play and played with. His strength is tied to his self-esteem, so he actually gets stronger the more he boasts.
  • Closet Geek
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: After defeating him in the ring, Boris quickly became a good friend of Poppy's.
  • Friend to All Children: Despite his career as a tournament fighter and his boisterous personality, he's actually very kind to children outside the ring and even invited his niece Porkchop over to play with Lily.
    • After the fight when it'd discovered that he likes watching Funzie Frogo, he's actually seen playing with Lily with her dolls and having a tea party with her.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: With the face of Ribbitina from Funzie Frogo, a popular children's cartoon, on his butt.
  • Polyamory: His cheerleaders? They're his girlfriends. He somehow makes it work.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's actually a really nice guy when he's out of the ring. He visits the Poppys afterwards and even babysits Lily.
  • Smug Super: See the example above.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: When in his fighter-form.
  • Turns Red: After Poppy breaks his hooves into finger-like pieces.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: His Lucky Star power is tied to his ego. Embarrass him, and he'll shrink down to the size of a toddler.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Maintains a side job at a fast food restaurant to keep up with the bills. It's his own fault though, since no one can win money by betting on him anymore.

Court of Fennecton

     Queen Kit Darling 

The beloved and overly adorable ruler of Fenneclands. She is very sympathetic to the prejudice opossums face, and wants to make her kingdom safer for them.

Provides examples of:

  • All-Loving Hero: It's her most endearing or infuriating trait, depending on who you ask.
    "Of course I love Poppy! I love EVERYONE."
  • Authority in Name Only: She's in control of a kingdom so autonomous she really doesn't have to do anything, but does have enough responsibilities to keep her from being an example of Idle Rich.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Kit's family has a lot of blood on their hands and is all too familiar with the worst side of politics. When her sister kills a would-be assassin she takes it in stride. She takes news of exploitation of her citizens shockingly well because of it.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Her excited screams can break glass and cause ear ringing
  • Disability Superpower: The Lucky Star she was born under gave her the ability to see the magic and the smallest particles in everything... and it left her virtually blind since childhood, but it can be negated if she's near any opossums like Poppy.
  • Emperor Scientist: Her Lucky Star power to see individual atoms has made her a very accomplished alchemist.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: And interested in Poppy!
  • Modest Royalty
  • Must Have Caffeine: She's not an addict, but if her lab work leaves her too exhausted she can regain her perky attitude by drinking coffee. Several pots of it.
  • Precision F-Strike: She gets the honor of being the first (and apparently only) person in the comic to use the F-word, after finally seeing herself clearly through a reflection from Poppy's eyes. She laughs at herself and says:
    Kit: "I look like a fucking doofus! No wonder no one takes me seriously!"
  • Princess Classic: Despite being a queen, she fits this trope.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: In universe. She radiates goodness, has hearts in her eyes, and among other things, her paws are soft enough to squeak against the floor.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She is very well versed in alchemy, and has made some breakthroughs in the field. She also is pushing for the equality of opossums in her kingdom through laws and even methods of transportation, and is aware of the previous problems surrounding such things. She
  • Stepford Smiler: She's very sensitive over her blindness, but keeps up a happy face for the sake of her subjects.
    • She's also not really the queen of the Fennelands. Her sister just pawned the job off on her and her subjects seem all too painfully aware of it. She's near constantly verbally abused by her stepmother, has to race against time to heal her sick father, and has to live with the fact that her family has a lot of skeletons in their closets.
  • True Blue Femininity

     Sir Friedrich Zarigüeya 

Captain of Queen Kit's guard, Sir Friedrich is a serious, work-oriented Gamba who is often made to go along Queen's whims, much to his chagrin.

Provides examples of:

  • Astral Projection: Has, through some training and magic-helping tablets, been able to pull this off to meet with people.
  • Battle Butler: Despite him being a knight, Kit has him do all sorts of jobs, mainly serving as her right hand man, so this trope is in effect.
  • Blade Spam: takes it very literally when taking on Chicadino's goons.
  • The Comically Serious: Guest comics in particular have fun with this by pairing him with Mary Moonshine.
  • Dance Battler: He can wield his swords with his feet in a Capoeira-esque manner.
  • Handicapped Badass: Missing a right arm.
  • Happily Married: One of the very few times we see him smile happily is when he mentions his wife.
  • Locked into Strangeness: After receiving the full brunt of Petunia's Death Glare, a streak of his hair turned white and has been like that since.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Rarely smiles but when he does...see below.
  • Prehensile Tail: Friedrich uses his to switch swords mid-battle.
  • Properly Paranoid: As befitting captain of the guard, is frequently in touch with multiple intelligence agents to make sure the queen is not in any danger. To the point of being
  • Slasher Smile: He sometimes smiles in combat. It makes him look terrifying
  • Weak, but Skilled: Being a kind of opossum, his magic is very weak, but you wouldn't be able to tell based on his feats.

     High Queen Vix Darling 
The acting head of the Darling family and Kit's older sister. She only appears in chapter 6 to initiate the festival's main ceremony.

Her Lucky Star ability, Grand Flora, can speed or reverse plant growth.

Provides examples of:

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She's got direct control of one of the great holy trees, meaning she can create life via the Fruits of life and bring them to healthy, full term, and snuff out other people's magic in the drop of a hat. She's also had assassination attempts throughout her life and she has not only survived all of them, after awhile she's implied to have killed most of her would be attackers.
  • Berserk Button: Violently hates cowardice. Emphasis on Violently.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Her sleeves. Her bodyguard sometimes hangs out in there in case she needs someone stomped out.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Has a miniature star as part of her dress and yet isn't burned by it.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Kit, in contrast to her mother she is very protective of her younger half-sister.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: Part of her getup.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her Lucky Star power would be much more niche if trees weren't a big deal in this world.
  • The High King: Rules over a number of smaller kingdoms such as Kit's Fenneclands. But even then she's only one of twelve High Kings/Queens in the Canis Empire who are subservient to the Emperor.
  • Large Ham: She apparently gets it from her father.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: Except her bodyguard.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She's got a mini-sun on hers.
  • Power Nullifier: Since she can control a holy tree, she can basically turn other people's lucky star powers off. Not great for would-be assassins.
     King Ren Darling 
The king of Fennecton who has become seriously ill and can't run things. He follows Kit and Fantomet on official business

  • Cool Chair: One that both doubles as a hospital bed and a health monitor. It also floats.
  • The Good King: Seems like a nice enough guy when he's both normal-lucid and awake. However, Chicadino claims that his affection for his family shouldn't be mistaken for a kindhearted disposition, and some of the backstory revealed by Word of God indicates there may be truth to this.
  • Guile Hero: He seems to have been this before he fell ill, according to the story of how he went from an upstart nobleman to King of the Fenneclands. Another fennec nobleman named Folly promised him his only daughter's hand in marriage, in exchange for a kingdom of his own. It was intended to be an impossible request. But Renard used Guile Hero tactics to earn King Dolphense's trust, help him win the war against the Canine Empire, become a hero to the Ovine nation, and inherit the kingdom when the heirless Dolphense died in battle. He then immediately gave the crown to Folly, thus fulfilling the challenge. And since Renard was marrying Folly's daughter, he got to continue being royalty despite giving up his crown.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Refers to Poppy as a pet when she sees her with Kit.
  • Large Ham: Apparently. When he enters superlucidity he gives us a taste of what that would look like.
  • Mystical Plague: Has a form of cancer that's magically based. It's gotten so bad that most of the doctors can't touch it without the magic doing something terrible to it. Kit's been tasked with trying to cure it before it's magic, and the tumor itself, kills him.
  • Polyamory: Has/Has had multiple wives, though he tends to play favorites.

     Madame Fantomet Darling 
One of King Ren's wives and Vix's mother. A quiet, catty woman who follows along with Vix and the King.

Provides examples of:

  • Berserk Button: She's not fond of being reminded she's the third favorite wife.
  • Multi Boobage: All foxes have them, she's just not following the fashion trend of covering the bottom two pairs.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Poppy catches her attempting to slap Kit.
  • Smug Smiler: Seems to be her default facial expression.
  • Wicked Stepmother: She spends most of her time around Kit making her feel miserable.


"Through fire, JUSTICE IS SERVED!"

A huge sparrow and loan shark working under Chicadino. His Lucky Star, Firebrand, generates fire.

Provides examples of:

  • Badass in a Nice Suit
  • Blessed with Suck: His Lucky Star converts all magic under its influence into fire magic. Unfortunately, this also includes healing magic, so attempting to heal him through magical means will just set him aflame.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: His beak and presumably most of his skeleton is reinforced with metal after Poppy punches him across the city, since his mangled body can't be healed through magical means.
  • Large Ham: Likes theatrics. Backfires horribly when he tries it on Poppy.
  • Loan Shark
  • Playing with Fire: He was born under a Lucky Star that gave him inherent fire powers.
  • Rugged Scar
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted. In his introduction, he comes off as a petty thug flexing his influence over a helpless woman. In truth, he's Chicadino's top soldier and one of his most dangerous combatants - he just ended up horribly blindsided by Poppy.
  • Straight Gay: As it turns out.

"I just wanted to make sure you were aware, this isn't business. It's personal."

An enforcer and debt collector in Chicadino's crime syndicate. Her Lucky Star, Wrecked Angle, lets her bend anything she touches.

Provides examples of:

  • Creepy Monotone: Her Lucky Star seems to give her voice a harsh, robotic sound, since even her speech balloons are rectangular.
  • Fantastic Racism: Doesn't understand why opossums would be regarded as people.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her Lucky Star, "Wrecked Angle," lets her bend anything she touches at ninety-degree angles. She takes out an (admittedly injured) Poppy in seconds by bending her clothes and snapping her arms, and would have done the same to her neck if Chicadino hadn't stopped her.
  • It's Personal: Valente was a friend of hers. She's not pleased with Poppy putting him in traction.

"I'll OWN Eggton myself by the end of the year."

As the owner of the Songbird Shipping Corporation, Arthur Chicadino has a revered presence in both public and underground. Ruthless, calculating and welcoming, he has an impressive network of information and illegal activities going on in Fenneclands, and he has big plans for the country.

His Lucky Star, "Little Birdy," allows him to hear through anything he's touched, which effectively means he's wire-tapped the entire world.

Provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil
  • A God Am I: If the letter Harley delivers to Poppy is any indication, Chicadino believes that no matter where his company ships something, no matter where he visits, or whose hand he shakes, he automatically owns that place or person. Megalomania in it's purest form.
  • Broken Pedestal: Is one to Hallia.
  • The Don
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After Valente ends up in traction, he vetoes seeking revenge on Poppy and lets the Eggton situation go, stating that he didn't get where he is by blindly picking a fight with everyone that disrespects him.
  • Super Senses: "Little Birdy" lets him hear whatever is happening around anything he's ever touched. Since he's a shipping magnate who's shaken the hand of numerous powerful people, that means he literally has ears everywhere.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Poppy calls him out on a lie during their meeting, he's obviously livid, but chokes it back and dupes her into fleeing his estate instead.

"Tut tut. You poor, stupid little thing. Just look at what you made me do."

An octopus witch working for the sinister "Specter of Fate."

Provides examples of:

  • Healing Factor: Heals very fast.
  • Hellish Pupils: Being a cephalopod, she's got unsettling triple-pupile eyes.
  • The Hyena: She can't seem to stop giggling. It's the only thing that gives away her otherwise-flawless disguises.
  • Last of His Kind: Last of the Octopi people.
  • Not So Harmless: She always comes off as dangerous, but more reliant on trickery and subterfuge than raw force. Then we learned she was responsible for making a town of over thirty thousand people vanish in fifteen minutes, with an accompanying pulse of magic so strong it was felt across a whole continent.
  • Rubber Man
  • Signature Laugh: "Guohohoho."
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting


     Magi Lila Moon 
A powerful human mage that Freidrich corresponds with. She works for "The Veil of Ignorance" and is the head attendant of Madama Silvana.

Provides examples of:

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While alternating between being a creepy witch and a competent intelligence officer, she has the personality of someone much younger than her.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Wears kickpads instead.
  • Older Than She Looks: Even though she looks and acts like a young teenager, according to the alt notes, she's really 94 years old!
  • Slasher Smile: While ostensibly a good guy, her near constant smile can go from mischievous to TERRIFYING depending on what she's talking about.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Though in this case it's more "Jumpsuit and witch hat"

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: