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Polly with some of the Cutants.

Polly Pocket is the central character in a line of pocket-sized dolls sold by Mattel. The toys were later adapted to a series of direct-to-video animated movies and a TV series in 2018.


Polly Pocket contains examples of:

  • Accidental Public Confession: Lorelei becomes a mix of Type 1 and Type 3 in "Pollyworld". Type 1 because the rant was a result of Beth threatening to expose her to Mr. Pocket if she didn't help Beth to sabotage Polly's team during a contest and Type 3 because they didn't notice the microphone was turned on.
  • Adaptation Decay: In-universe. In the Cutant era, Polly and her friends went to the movies to watch a film adaptation of a book all of them liked. Contrary to their expectations, they hated the movie.
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  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the Pollyworld movie, Beth's team mates Karl and Lark have blonde hair. Their book counterparts have black hair.
  • Adaptational Location Change: Polly's hometown received the name of Pollyville for the 2010 web series; when the franchise was rebooted for 2018, the town was changed to Littleton.
  • Adapted Out: Every character from the 2000s specials except Polly and her friends in the 2010 reboot, then every character except Polly, Lila, and Shani in the 2018 cartoon.
  • Alliterative Name: Not only Polly Pocket herself but also her quasi-identical cousin Pia Pocket. Pocket Plaza also counts if this is not restrained to people's names.
  • Alpha Bitch: Beth, who is jealous of Polly and all the attention she gets and demands some of her own.
  • Always Someone Better: Polly is this to Beth, being the most popular girl in school and getting a lot of awesome opportunities while Beth herself is the second most popular girl and rarely gets to show off her mad skills to someone outside of school. She did try to show off her mad cheerleading skills on Roll Like That after Lorelei's plot to send Polly to boarding school was exposed, but she wound up getting tangled in wires, making everyone laugh at her.
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  • Artifact Title: The original playsets were about the size of a makeup compact, literally small enough to fit in your pocket, hence the name. In 1998, Polly was redesigned and made bigger, to the point where the playsets could no longer be carried around easily. However, the 2018 reboot reversed this, and playsets are once again small enough to be easily portable.
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • Rick and Polly.
    • Crissy and Lila, who are best friends and are both described as being girly Fashionistas.
  • Blonde Brunettes Redhead: See Five-Token Band below.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • The three pre-Cutant era movies give us Samuel, Polly's fun-loving butler, her school teacher Miss Marklin, her jealous rival Beth and her cohorts Evie and Tori, and her single father John Pocket.
    • The 2011 web series introduces Kerstie, a new friend to Polly’s friendship circle.
    • The 2018 reboot has Polly's grandmother Penelope Pocket, her brothers Paxton and Pierce Pocket, the Big Bad Griselle Grande and her dimwitted granddaughter Gwen, and her new friend Nicholas.
  • The Cheerleader: Beth and her Girl Posse.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: One of the installments of the 2000s incarnation had Polly with a sister named Katie, who has not appeared in any of the specials.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Lila to an extent, seeing as in the webisodes, she believes in superstition.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Beth usually comes up with plans to humiliate Polly or to get what she wants, but she doesn't realize until it's too late that there's a flaw.
    • In "Polly Pocket: 2 Cool a the Pocket Plaza", when she came up with a way to ruin the party at Pocket Plaza, she didn't expect Pia to improvise a speech while still pretending to be Polly.
    • In "PollyWorld", she threatened to tell John about Lorelei's plot to send Polly to boarding school only to realize at the last minute that doing so would've saved Polly.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Mighty Max
  • Drama Queen: Lila, according to the webisodes.
  • Expy: Mattel's Diva Starz dolls have an uncanny resemblance to the Polly Pocket characters personality-wise, with Tia as the Token Black and computer-savvy Gadgeteer Genius like Shani, Summer as the animal-loving redhead comparable to Leah, Miranda as the outspoken, alternative Fashionista, similar to Crissy, and Alexa as the blonde-haired heroine with a strong resemblance to Polly Pocket herself.
  • Genki Girl: Kerstie, who is described as being humorous and enthusiastic.
  • Girl Posse: Evie and Tori.
  • Glad You Thought of It: In "Pollyworld", Lorelei tries to have Polly sent to a boarding school by convincing Polly's Dad it's his idea.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The whole reason Beth hates Polly and is always trying to ruin things for her is because she’s jealous of Polly for being the most popular girl in school, and hopes that through her actions she can destroy Polly’s life and/or reputation and replace her as the School Idol.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Polly has blonde hair and is the central character of the franchise. Lila also gets blonde hair as part of her eventual redesign.
  • Hidden Depths: According to the line, Lila is said to be a very good dancer.
  • The Hyena: Lea, described as being athletic but giggly.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Pollyworld, Shani captures footage of Lorelei and Beth explaining their plot to send Polly to boarding school, which Polly can use as proof for her father that she’s not what she seems. However, she cannot bring herself to show him the footage when she sees him happy with her on one of their dates, so she willingly accepts her fate and deserves to let him be happy. With that, she destroys the DVD. Fortunately, her dad finds out in the end.
  • It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: One story features Polly and her friends about to watch what they expect to be the best movie ever because it's an adaptation of what they consider the best book ever. They end up hating the movie so much they consider it the worst movie ever.
  • Karma Houdini: Beth’s schemes are always thwarted, but she and her cohorts never receive any punishment of sort and are let off scot-free.
  • Missing Mom: Polly's mother. It played special relevance in Pollyworld, where Polly's father, John Pocket, would get married to a woman named Lorelei. There was also a story where Polly and her friends go at an adventure based on clues left behind by Polly's mother.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Crissy is full American until 2010, where she becomes Latina/Italian-American/South Asian, then East Asian.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Beth in all three movies from the pre-Cutant era:
    • In Lunar Eclipse, she gives Lila a new camera which unknown to her, has a roll of film that’s already been used, resulting in the pictures of the eclipse coming out double-exposed. Fortunately, Polly and her friends come up with their own pictures just in time, allowing them to get an A+ on their project.
    • In 2 Cool at the Pocket Plaza, Beth has Pia’s teacher Miss Throckmorton lock Polly (mistaking her for Pia) in her hotel room, leaving Pia to recite Polly’s grand opening speech for her with her cousin’s help over the phone. When Miss Throckmorton catches Polly and ends the call, Pia is nervous at first, but then she decides to improvise last minute with a Rousing Speech based on what she discovered during her visit, saving the grand opening.
    • In Pollyworld, Polly cannot bring herself to expose footage of Lorelei and Beth’s scheme in front of her father because she makes him happy, and willingly accepts going to a boarding school. However, as Beth and Lorelei argue backstage, Beth accidentally turns on the room’s sound system causing their scheme and Lorelei’s true colors to be seen by everyone. As a result, Mr. Pocket ends the engagement and cancels Polly’s boarding school plans.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In the 2000's media, usually any scheme Beth plots to outsmart Polly only result in Polly or one of her friends coming up with an alternate solution which saves everything last minute, resulting in Polly becoming even more popular than ever.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The Terrible Trio of Beth and her cohorts Tori and Evie. Tori is ditzy and naive; Beth is mean and jealous; and Evie is also dimwitted but more assertive than Tori.
  • Off to Boarding School: Polly's would-be stepmother tried to do this to Polly.
  • The One Guy: Rick in the movie. He's the only boy among the several friends who hang around with Polly.
  • Only One Name: Any character except Polly herself. Her friends do receive surnames in eventual reboots, though.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Leah.
  • Pink Means Feminine/Pink Product Ploy
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: The first two specials come off this way, being formatted like tv episodes.
  • Sassy Black Girl: Shani.
  • School Idol: Polly is the most popular girl in school, much to the envy of her arch rival Beth, who is constantly creating problems for Polly so she usurp her at the top of the Popularity Food Chain.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Lea. Lila becomes this as of 2018.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Beth from the 2003-6 specials, who is jealous of Polly being the most popular student and spends her time trying to outsmart her.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Karl and Lark, the exchange students from "Pollyworld", are this to each other.
  • Show Within a Show: Roll Like That from Pollyworld.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Pia in "2 Cool at Pocket Plaza". After Polly is locked in Miss Throckmorton's hotel room and Pia delivers the speech for her only to be stopped partway through, she improvises with a speech of her own, thus ruining Beth's plan and the grand opening goes on without a problem.
    • Surprisingly Beth herself in Pollyworld, as she inadvertently activates the camera and sound system to the camera room which causes both herself and Lorelei to accidentally reveal the plan to send Polly to boarding school to the whole crowd. John also hears this and in return, cancels the engagement and the boarding school plans.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Polly and her friends in the 2003-6 incarnation. Her father allows her to travel to a private island with her friends in the opposite hemisphere just so they could film an eclipse for a school project. He even named a hotel and a whole amusement park after her. It's a surprise Polly doesn't fit the Alpha Bitch stereotype better than her rival, Beth, does. Or at least a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • Strictly Formula: The first two specials seemed to follow this format. Polly and her friends get something big to do, they have a Good-Times Montage at some point, they find themselves challenged at whatever they get, their fun is nearly sabotaged by Beth, they find a way to save the day, and it ends with a Polly and the Pockets performance.
  • Supreme Chef/Team Chef: Kerstie.
  • Take Our Word for It: In Lunar Eclipse, the double-exposed photos of the eclipse Lila took with thanks to the used film in the camera Beth gave her are not actually shown, we only see the girls’ shocked reactions to such.
  • Technicolor Eyes: The main crew. Leah has green eyes before her eye color changes to blue. Lila has green eyes after her second eye color change. Polly, Rick, Anna and Kerstie (both discontinued), Lila, and Leah after the latter two's eye color change have bright blue eyes. Lila used to have purple eyes before her eye color changes to blue then green.
  • The Leader/Team Mom: Polly Pocket.
  • Those Two Guys: Rick and Todd, the only boys that have ever been added into the line.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Beth.
  • Twin Switch: Polly and her cousin Pia pulled this in "2 Cool at Pocket Plaza".
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Rick and Polly.
  • We Will Meet Again: At the end of the direct-to-video movies from 2003-2006, Beth says this after her scheme is thwarted and vows to get revenge on Polly again soon.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Averted in Pollyworld. John Pocket would remarry, but called the engagement off once he found out Lorelei had no intention of being a mother figure to Polly.
  • Youthful Freckles: Lea.


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