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Literature / Olga Da Polga

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Olga da Polga is a guinea pig created by Michael Bond. She is a guinea pig noted for telling tall tales in the style of Baron Munchausen (re-tellings of events that her human owners get up to).

It was popular, but not quite as popular as Paddington Bear.

Tropes present in this series include:

  • Big Eater: Olga da Polga is nearly always hungry and can eat quite a lot.
  • Cats Are Mean: Downplayed example. Noel is more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold but he's not evil.
  • Comic-Book Time: No matter whether it gets a Setting Update or not, Olga and Boris will always remain young guinea-pigs and never age. Karen the guinea pigs' owner will never age.
  • Cool Old Guy: Or rather, cool old tortoise, as Graham the tortoise, is old, but has a different, unique way of looking at the world.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Olga is initially jealous of Fircone and Raisin, two hamsters who appeared in a later book, but she quickly gains respect for them after they stand up to Noel the cat.
  • How We Got Here: The first book starts with Olga in a pet shop and other guinea pigs.
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  • Lighter and Softer: While it was already a light and fluffy story, the picture books are even softer in tone than the original book. Justified, as they're aimed at a younger audience.
  • No Antagonist: The story is very Slice of Life, and although Noel the cat can be obnoxious at times, he is not a Big Bad or even villainous.
  • Schrödinger's Canon: It's never been confirmed if it's in the same continuity or canon as Paddington Bear or not.
  • Slice of Life: The biggest conflicts come from misunderstandings or Olga's tall tales, not earth-shattering conflict.
  • The Munchausen: Olga, and her boyfriend Boris, are both prone to exaggerating and fabulism in the story for otherwise mundane things.

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