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Trolls is a DreamWorks Animation franchise based on the Troll doll toyline created by Thomas Dam. Other studios that have been involved in it include Atomic Cartoons, with distributors including 20th Century Studios, Universal Pictures, Netflix, Hulu and Peacock. The franchise mainly focuses on a miniature species of the same name, deliberately designed after the Troll dolls.

Started with the 2016 movie of the same title, the franchise released a bunch of media during its first few years, including a sequel movie, several shorts, TV series and specials, merchandise products from a number of different brands, and many books and comics, as well as a couple of short-lived app games, a museum experience in New York City and a live show across the United States known as Trolls Live!. While the franchise received mostly mixed opinions and criticism at first, it quickly became a Cash Cow Franchise, and its popularity has been increasing since the release of the second movie.

According to recent sources, the production and release of 5 more feature films has been discussed by some staff, including movie voice actor Justin Timberlake.


Works in this franchise:


Feature films

Short films, TV series and specials

Other media

Books and literature
  • Follow Your Art (2016)
  • The Art of Dreamworks Trolls (2016)
  • Trolls: The Junior Novelization (2017)
  • Rock'N'Troll Collection (2017)
  • Trolls Holiday: The Junior Novelization (2017)
  • Trolls: 5-Minute Stories (a collection of books released in 2018; all of the books in it were originally released as standalones in 2017)
    • Trolls (Treasure Trove Story)
    • Hug! Dance! Sing!
    • Drop the Beat!
    • Pet Problem!
    • Everything that Glitters is Guy!
    • Out of Branch's Bunker
    • The Sound of Spring
    • Happy Troll-O-Ween!
  • The Legend of Hug Time (2018)
  • Too Many Cupcakes! (2018)
  • Trolls World Tour (A Little Golden Book) (2020)
  • Trolls World Tour (A Big Golden Book) (2020)
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  • Trolls World Tour: The Junior Novelization (2020)
  • One Big Party! (2020)
  • In Harmony (2020)
  • The Art of Dreamworks Trolls World Tour (upcoming)
  • Trolls Talent Show (upcoming)

Comic books

  • Trolls graphic novels (2016-2018)

Video games

  • Trolls: Crazy Party Forest! (2016; closed in 2017)
  • Dreamworks Trolls Pop (2018; closed in 2019)


  • Trolls Live! (2020)

This franchise provides examples of:

  • All Trolls Are Different: The title characters are small Ugly Cute beings designed after the Troll dolls. Most can move, stretch and shape their hair, as well as change its color as a form of defense and camouflage (in the latter case, their entire bodies can go completely grey too). This trope also occurs in-universe, since the Troll species consists of multiple tribes with different appearance and culture, music being their base difference. Overall, these Trolls fall on 0 in the sliding scale of troll size.
    • The Pop trolls were the only known Trolls up until the second movie; before that, they were simply referred to as "Trolls". They have diverse colors and most live a cheery, carefree life. Their correspondent music genre is Pop, and they have some variants like Glitter Trolls (who have their bodies covered in glitter and are normally naked) and Fuzzlings (who are basically normal Pop trolls with their head, torso and arms cropped out).
      • Before the second movie, some merchandise and supplementary media also divided the Pop trolls into "families", based on their appearance or likings. Both Glitter Trolls and Fuzzlings had their own families.
    • Rock trolls are mostly similar to Pop trolls, but with messier hair, angular features and muted colors in grey tones that make them look like they're literally carved out of stone. Their genre is Hard Rock, with some inclusion of Heavy Metal as well.
    • Country trolls are like centaurs in body structure, though their upper part is still very similar to that of Pop trolls with beigetone colors. Their genre is Country, and they have a Wild West-themed culture.
    • Classical Trolls are small, golden-skinned, glittery and winged, resembling cherubs. They have gems in their navels, which have the same pastel colors as their hair. Their genre is Classical, and their culture involves an emphasis on beatific aesthetic.
    • Techno trolls live underwater and are like mermaids, but they can also float through the air. They have features and markings so angular as to resemble pixels, most signified by a pixelated heart on their chests, with bodies that can move as smoothly as a synth or as erratic as a dubstep mix. Their bodies also glow in bright neon colors, with their hair resembling fiber optic wire. Their genre is Electronic (referred by the name of the "Techno" subgenre in the franchise itself).
    • Funk Trolls are the most open to other types of music as their princes are respectively also into Hip-Hop and Pop, showing their appreciation of highly eclectic sources. They're also the most alien compared to every other kind of troll, as they're modeled after the Troll giraffe toys; they have long limbs in either a quadruped or biped body structure and are covered in fur. Following this their tribe has the most advanced, sci-fi like technology, their entire kingdom housed in what's basically a terrestrial spaceship with futuristic devices like tractor beams and floating platforms.
    • There are other smaller tribes (commonly known as "subtribes" by fans) of trolls for additional kinds of music, which consist of members spun off from the main tribes. The only subtribe from which its members' origins are known is Hip-Hop, coming from Funk and Pop heritage. Even though the heritage of the rest of the subtribe members is unknown (being merely referred in supplementary material as coming from a location known as the "hinterlands"), they all physically resemble Pop trolls.
  • Animated Musical: Applies to most media in the franchise.
  • Color Failure: Happens to all the Trolls (in the first movie specifically, the Pop Trolls) near the climax of both movies.
  • Dance Party Ending: Although Dreamworks used this trope for the endings of a number of their movies, both Trolls movies took it Up to Eleven by making the final plot events happen simultaneously with them, and extending the trope itself to the ending credits. The first movie's case also includes Deus ex Machina.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Most Trolls go barefoot regardless if they wear clothes or not, though some have leg warmers in place. Even some of the non-Troll characters, asides from animals, go like this.
    • Averted in the case of the Techno Trolls, since they don't have actual feet. There have been moments in which they tried to use non-shoe footwear like socks, though.
  • Flying Seafood Special: Techno trolls are aquatic, but can breathe out of water just fine as they can float through the air.
    • Averted in Trolls: Trollstopia, which depicts them using their fins to walk on the ground instead.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: The Classical trolls evoke this with their cherubic, beatific appearance and glittery golden skin. Their mountain village of Symphonyville has a lot of aesthetics that use gold accented by the white of the surrounding clouds.
  • History Repeats: Both movies have a species finding out that something they thought they needed wasn't so necessary. The first movie had the Bergens learning they don't need to eat Pop Trolls to be happy, and the second one had the Troll Tribes realizing that they don't need the Strings to play music.
  • Hollywood Genetics: King Quincy and Queen Essence have purple and blue fur respectively, but their twin sons Prince D and Cooper have a pink fur color.
  • Jukebox Musical: Both movies are this. Their soundtracks consist of a combination of pre-existing songs (some of which are mashed up into medleys) and original ones. World Tour emphasizes it even more with the use of multiple music genres.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The franchise has over 100 named characters, including from both the main movies and additional media like TV series. Many of them have had at least one major or supporting role, even if they had little screentime or were only seen in one episode in the case of those from TV series.
    • The first movie had over 30 named characters, though a decent part of them were merely scrapped full characters given a background role instead (some of them became Advertised Extras, still). About half of those returned in the Trolls Holiday special. The sequel Trolls: World Tour levels that number up to circa 50; while this may not seem much of a large increase, a lot of the supporting and minor characters were given a larger role, more screentime and more dialogue lines overall.
    • The TV series Trolls: The Beat Goes On! ended with a total cast of over 60 characters, some of which were background characters who returned from the first movie and were given a much more recurring role. Its currently airing follow-up, Trolls: Trollstopia, has aleadry reached half of that amount by its first season, including both returning and new characters.
      • Speaking of Trollstopia, the episode The Last Scrapbook has an in-universe example. The book series that the episode focuses on, "Glitterborne Chronicles", is mentioned to have 270 characters, most of whom have backstories told out of order.
  • Loads and Loads of Races: If every Troll tribe and subtribe is counted as a separate species, they, alongside all non-Troll sapient species seen in the franchise so far, would comprise more than 15 intelligent species. While some of the non-Troll species like the Bergens remain pretty normal, a lot of them are mythological humanoids and anthropomorphic nature elements, the most recurring of which are clouds.
    • It doesn't help that there are also about 70 non-anthropomorphic animal species and 30 named plant species.
  • Orphaned Etymology:
    • In the first movie, the cloud guy asks for a high-five from Branch, despite both of them having Four-Fingered Hands.
    • From the second movie onwards, K-Pop, since there isn't a Korea in the franchise's universe.
  • Prehensile Hair: Most of the Trolls have this, though the Funk trolls' isn't as strong as that of other tribes. No Techno troll was seen using their hair like this either.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A common trope throughout the movies.
    • In the first movie, the Big Bad Chef has red eyes.
    • World Tour has a downplayed case. Although Barb has a red eye color, and any Trolls turned into Rock Zombies gain glowing red eyes, the color in itself is rather used to represent the Rock Trolls.
  • Species Title: About creatures that are called Trolls.
  • Toilet Humor: Glitter Trolls are capable of farting glitter. Downplayed in that it's usually not laughed at and has proved to be helpful for Glitter Trolls as a defense mechanism.
  • Truly Single Parent: Although there are Troll couples with children who likely reproduced sexually, this is the case with Guy Diamond giving birth to Tiny in the second movie. It's also implied with a number of characters who only have a single known parent.
  • Vocal Dissonance:
    • Smidge looks a little girl but has a raspy, Harvey Fierstein-like voice.
    • Tiny Diamond is Guy Diamond's newborn baby son... but he has the deep voice of Kenan Thompson.
  • Whale Egg: The second movie reveals that Trolls are oviparous, being "laid" asexually from their hair.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: This trope is common throughout the movies and TV media, and mostly happens to generic background characters. In fact, some of the named minor characters actually have modified generic desings. However, the way this trope is played often varies from downplayed to almost averted, since the generic characters follow a random generation system with different variation levels for each installment.
    • The first movie has a number of models for generic Pop Trolls, which are recolored for more design diversity, some of the cut characters use these designs or modified versions of them. There are more models for generic Bergens, though recoloration is still common. In particular, another model is specifically used for generic Bergen cooks; Chad and Todd use a heavily changed version of it, but they still look identical to each other asides from minor color differences.
      • Chad and Todd's case was lampshaded in Holiday, where King Gristle Jr. fails to distinguish them to the point that he mixes up their names for a moment.
    • The Beat Goes On! has more designs for generic Pop Trolls and Bergens, though recolors are made less common, and there's a notably large number of identical design cases for the former species.
      • A named character with a generic design who's particular to note in the show is Gemma Fur, whose model has appeared for multiple generic characters seen at the same time, either with or without recoloring.
    • In World Tour, most of the other Tribes show more generic design diversity than the Pop Trolls, the most diverse being that of the Funk Trolls'. The ones that express the least variation are the Classical and Techno Trolls; the only notable difference for the former is hair color, and the latter heavily relies on few models with many recolors.
      • Named characters from the movie with modified generic designs include Carol, Sid Fret, Clampers, Growley Pete and Bliss Marina.
    • Trollstopia, like the previous TV show, has a larger generic design diversity for all Troll tribes. A notable new design variant is Rock Trolls with muscular bodies.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The Trolls have a variety of hair colors and can change them at will. Some non-Troll species like the Bergens also have a number of such.


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