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Celebrating who we are
Yeah, we made it through the dark
Harmony is everywhere
Put your hair up in the air
The show's theme song
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Trolls: The Beat Goes On! is a Netflix animated series by DreamWorks Animation based on the 2016 film Trolls.

The show takes place after the film (and Trolls Holiday) and follows the Denser and Wackier, Slice of Life adventures of Queen Poppy, her boyfriend Branch, the Snack Pack, Bridget, King Gristle, and their fellow trolls and Bergens as they keep the music going in brand-new adventures.

The series premiered on Netflix on January 19, 2018, with six episodes making up the first season. Seven more episodes, comprising the second season, premiered on March 9.


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  • Ambiguous Situation: The series dances around the exact nature of Poppy and Branch’s relationship. The movie more or less treats them as the Official Couple. The series overall treats them as close friends. However, they are ship teased every now and then. Whether or not this is just troll courtship is unknown.
  • An Aesop: To name a few:
    • "A New Bergen-ing": Friends are friends big and small.
    • "Fun Branch": Have fun your own way.
    • "Funishment": Remember to ask permission next time before borrowing.
    • "Prank Day": Pranking someone is a big threat to another.
    • "The Poppy Horror Picture Show": Be brave, especially if a scary story is real.
  • Apology Gift: Cooper gives the Bergen the pie he stole in episode 3.
  • Art Shift: The scrapbook sequences, which are still in its choppy animation.
  • Art-Shifted Sequel
  • April Fools' Plot: "Prank Day", involving Poppy and Branch in a series of pranking to earn the name "Prank Master".
  • Ascended Extra: The Snack Pack. Being a television series, each is given more screen time, and some of them have gotten a chance to shine. Well, not Fuzzbert...
  • Ask a Stupid Question...:
    Bergen: Did your mama teach you to be lame, or were you born that way?
    Biggie: Uh...is there a third option?
  • Audience Surrogate: Due to being a grumpy shut-in most of his life, Poppy usually has to explain the current holiday or festivity to Branch and the audience.
  • Babysitting Episode: "Adventures in Dinkles-Sitting".
  • Bait-and-Switch Accusation: Branch wasn't invited to play Glitterball with the Snack Pack.
  • Berserk Button: Smidge really doesn't like it when you prank her. What happens if you do so?
    Smidge: If nobody's gonna fess up, I'm just gonna have to prank *twists head* all. Of. YOU. (laughs evilly)
    • Let's not even bring up Prank Day in front of her. At all. It's actually a ruse Poppy sets up to prank Branch once and for all; this can be noted in that Smidge is present for pranks and even called over for Poppy's big prank idea before the story about Smidge's Berserk Button is told.
  • Big Eater: Cooper eats an entire pie made for a Bergen in "Funishment".
    • He also eats many pies set up by Smidge in "Prank Day".
  • Big "NO!": At the end of "Two-Party System", this is Poppy's reaction to being told that she threw Branch's birthday party a day early.
  • Birthday Episode: That same episode has Poppy knowing that Bridget and Branch share the same birthday, although in the end Branch's birthday is until tomorrow.
  • Blatant Lies:
    Chenille: It was Satin. Happy Prank Day!
  • Call-Back: In episode 4, Poppy says this line to Branch while training to play Bergenball as a suggestion of "trash talk", referencing the movie's major plot point:
    Poppy: "You're nothin', Branch! I eat trolls like you for breakfast. Blammo! Now you try."
    • Branch snapping a stick to Cloud Guy's face that causes him to "cry" in "Laugh-Out Cloud" is a reference to when he gives the troll a high-five.
    • Branch interrupting the musical note at the beginning is similar to how he sarcastically applauds to the Snack Pack when he was first introduced in the beginning of the film in "Prank Day".
    • Gristle and Bridget recall how they were first in love in "Sorry Not Sorry".
    • The song “Get back up again” from the movie is referenced by Master Controll in his compliment rap battle against Poppy with the line:
    Cause if I knock knock you over you get back up again”.
    • "The Biggest, The Loudest, The Craziest Party Ever!" is referenced in Rainbowmaggedon.
    • When Poppy correctly guesses what Branch will change his bunker's password to (after having already guessed his original password in one try), Poppy repeats the "I'm in your head, Branch!" line in the same way she does in "Prank Day".
  • Calvinball: Glitterball for the trolls, Bergenball for the Bergens.
  • Cliffhanger: For a mostly episodic show, a good number of seasons end on a cliffhanger of some sort;
    • Season 2: The gang stumble upon evidence that there is an imposter Troll in Troll Village
    • Season 3: After making a Heel–Face Turn, Archer reveals he wasn't the only imposter Troll and that the Party Crashers are on their way
    • Season 4: With the Wormhole they had used at the beginning of the episode unstable, the gang jumps through without any assurance that it will take them back where they came from.
    • Season 5: Branch and Poppy return to Troll Village after rescuing Branch's birds to find everyone in a state of petrification. It was just a game of freeze tag.
    • Season 6 is notable for not ending on a Cliffhanger.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Any of the trolls sans Branch, mainly Cooper, who's also the Plucky Comic Relief.
  • Companion Cube / I Call It "Vera": Branch talks to a remote he calls "Gary". He even treats it like his son! Later, the Snack Pack borrow the remote for a day, and they too treat "Gary" as one of their own.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In "Dinkles Dinkles Little Star", after mocking Mr. Dinkles In front of Biggie, Groth comes back for a second to clarify that they are laughing at him, not with him. In "Bad News Bergens", Biggie did not initially understand that the bergens' team were laughing at the troll’s team to mock them, and started laughing along until Poppy pointed out that they were being laughed at.
    • In "The Party Games", when Guy Diamond is shocked that the new guy Archer Pastry is just as good as he is at the party games dispite never having participated before, Smidge sees his expression, and after trying to get his attention, says: "Uh-oh. That's the "I feel threatened by a young upstart" stare. I know it well". And she should know it well - she had the same reaction to Guy opening his glitterade stand across from her stoutberry juice stand in "Unhealthy Competition".
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The "funishments", from the episode of the same name, in which trolls have lots of fun when punished, because actually punishing a troll is void in Troll Village.
  • Counting to Potato: Cloud Guy does a variant of this in "Laugh Out Cloud" when coming up with a list of rules for best friends to do.
    Cloud Guy: Best friends rule número uno: Best buds always think alike.
    Rule B: Best buds always need a best buds photo album.
    Arbitrary rule number three: Best buds never miss their target.
    Rule number cuatro: Best buds boogie, baby.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Branch still continues to connect with this trope because he also continues to assume that the Bergens will still eat the trolls. His fear of birds comes up as a continuing reason for this.
    • Smidge already set up traps for DJ and Cooper in a flash.
  • Creepy Child: The troll who wants to give Branch a hug.
  • Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: When offered a troll-sized cup of punch in the first episode, Groth picks up and drinks the whole bowl instead.
  • Cute Is Evil: The puppies are too cute to resist, but not their mother...Oh, Crap!!
  • Dance Party Ending: Happened in Creek Week after Branch apologizes to Creek with a song.
  • Date Peepers: Subverted. Branch sees Cloud Guy and Poppy together, and must prevent him from hugging her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Branch, still attached to this trope.
  • Demoted to Extra: Fuzzbert has an even shorter appearance than its Snack Pack friends.
    • Biggie and Mr. Dinkles, of course, are featured but aren't focusable in "Fun Branch" in a similar manner.
  • Denser and Wackier: More than Trolls did.
  • Disappeared Dad: Averted. King Peppy was seen in "Royal Review" and "Unhealthy Competition".
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Smidge on occasion - she inadvertently breaks every bone in Harper's body by giving her a celebratory high-five. She does it twice more in the same episode.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The theme was performed by Poppy and Branch.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Surprisingly Branch has this problem.
  • DreamWorks Face: Branch, at some times.
  • Easily Forgiven: When Creek returns in "Creek Week", he is immediately forgiven for betraying the Trolls by just about everyone except Branch. Poppy admits she doesn't fully forgive Creek either, but she is willing to give him a second chance. Near the end, Branch must apologize to Creek by singing a song.
  • Ending Theme: Changes Once an Episode.
  • Escalating War:
    • "Prank Day" has Poppy and Branch pranking each other. Gone too far and taken Up to Eleven with Smidge taking over when Branch accidentally pushes her Berserk Button, but the episode ends with everything being okay.
    • "Pillow War," where was it supposed to be a pillow fight between Branch and Poppy turns into an all-out battle with shades of Braveheart involving most of the village, complete with Gristle whacking everyone with a Bergen-sized pillow in a weird metaphor for the atomic bomb.
  • Everyone Has a Special Move: Branch, who can't be pranked in tribute of Prank Day. He especially follows Poppy's every move.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The title of the series suggests that the music keeps on going for the Trolls and the Bergens.
  • Exact Words: When Cooper is told to tell someone everything, he will literally recount his entire life story up to the point where he was told to tell everything (and it's suggested he'll hit a recursive loop where he'll just repeat it all until interrupted).
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Exorcist Head: Done by Smidge and lampshaded by Branch in the April Fools' Day Episode.
  • Fantastic Fruits and Vegetables: Smidge has an amount of stoutberries where she makes stoutberry juice. Guy Diamond uses them to make his glitterade.
  • Feathered Fiend: Branch is revealed to have a fear of birds, which at one point Cloud Guy scares him by morphing his head into a bird.
  • Feud Episode: "Unhealthy Competition" and "Prank Day".
  • Fictional Holiday: As implied in Trolls Holiday, the Trolls seem to have a holiday for almost every day!
    • Bellow Bug Day. The titular Bellow Bug only comes out every five years, and as queen, Poppy must ensure that everything's in good shape. Unfortunately, it doesn't.
    • Creek Week, a week involving yoga in tribute to Creek.
    • Harvest Moon, where somebody called The Giver left presents on that night every year. That so-called "Giver" was revealed to be Branch.
    • Hug Day, where you can only hug one troll.
    • Prank Day, Branch's favorite holiday mentioned in "Bellow Bug Day", which involves a day full of pranks. Branch did mention that he will prank Poppy first foreshadowing "Prank Day".
    • Royal Review Day. Most trolls have smiley faces ...and one has a frowny face. Those who have one must have "room for improvement" (eaten by sharks, for one example.)
  • Fictional Sport: Bergenball
  • Fireball Eyeballs: Happened everytime someone recalls the incident in "Prank Day". Branch once lampshaded this trope.
  • Five Stages of Grief: When Sky Toronto isolates himself after Branch "kills" his tie, Sky Jr., Branch tries to reconcile with him and Sky goes through all five stages within 15 seconds.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Creek. He’s been let back into Troll Village, but it is telling that any direct appearances he has are few and far between.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Averted in "Unhealthy Competition", but in the end, the two decide to make juice together, only to find it ridiculous.
  • Freudian Slip: In "Meet the Peppy" Branch can not stop calling Peppy as "King Poopy".
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  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
  • Happy Birthday to You!: Sung in "Two-Party System" when the trolls celebrate Bridget and Branch’s birthday. Done mainly in Slo Mo.
  • I Am Not Weasel: Cooper mistakens Poppy for a cake. Poppy is not amused.
  • Impact Silhouette: In "Fun Branch", Cooper makes these in several troll houses, requiring their occupants to bunk with Branch while they're repaired.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
    Branch: Hey, does anyone hear a kitten? Because Poppy just got purr-anked.
    • Later...
    Poppy: (after putting whipped cream on Fake!Branch) You must be a pirate, Branch, 'cause you just walked the prank!
  • Is It Something You Eat?: In "Sorry Not Sorry," when Gristle is told that Bridget wants an apology, he replies, "Sounds familiar. That's a cake, right?"
  • Jar Potty: "Laugh Out Cloud" reveals that Branch keeps his urine in jars, grossing out Poppy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Creek, as opposed to his Jerk with a Heart of Jerk side of things.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Commonly, some of the more cartoony aspects of the show will be commented on by the other characters, like Branch wondering how everyone else could do Fireball Eyeballs in "Prank Day," or Smidge wondering just how Branch could build half of a boat in seconds under their feet in "Branch Bum."
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Comes up several times in "Wormhole," when Smidge, DJ Suki, and Guy Diamond emerge from different wormholes all Covered in Gunge, and all three want to forget whatever just happened.
  • Little Miss Badass: Smidge. It's shown repeatedly that she’s the strongest of the Snack Pack despite her size, and is often the first to resort to violence. She ended up breaking every bone in Harper's body just by high-fiving her. Because of this Smidge believes her crush, the kind, gentle Milton Moss wouldn’t be interested in her. She's wrong.
  • Logo Joke:
    • Poppy forms a crescent via her hair while sitting on Cloud Guy. She then uses a twig as a fishing rod and casts Guy Diamond and the DreamWorks Animation logo up. Guy Diamond then puts glitter on the logo as we hear the first line of the theme song. The group then jumps down transitioning into the rest of the intro.
    • Another pops up in the middle of an episode. Poppy at one point discusses Branch's paranoia issues, and it cuts to him trying to explain that the man in the moon is actually a boy with a fishing pole, demonstrating with a silhouette of the DreamWorks default logo.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Cooper steals a Bergen's pie by eating it in "Funishment".
  • Love at First Punch: Fistbump, actually. When Smidge drops the charade and gives Milton Moss a fistbump so hard it knocks him off his feet, he’s clearly smitten.
  • Meet the In-Laws: Despite the Ambiguous Situation noted above about the exact nature of their relationship in the show, "Meet The Peppy" plays out like one of these, with Branch desperately trying to earn Peppy's approval. To Poppy's consternation, the two end up bonding over noting her flaws.
  • Memento MacGuffin: A bullseye given to Branch in "Fun Branch".
  • Mutual Envy: In "Unhealthy Competition".
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Branch's reaction in "Fun Branch" when he bothers the Snack Pack too much.
    • Also Branch's reaction when he pulls out the equivalent of a nuclear option during the pillow war: King Gristle, laying waste on the trolls with a Bergen-sized pillow.
  • Never My Fault: Twice, Poppy has blamed Branch for something that was her fault (throwing the disastrous party in the first episode), and made Branch take part of the blame for giving Gristle the wrong idea by saying "we've messed up".
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Smidge’s concern about her crush, Milton Moss in Crushin' It. Turns out he might actually be an Amazon Chaser.
  • No Object Permanence: Did Poppy mention that Hug Time is all the time at the end of the movie? Heck, the Hug Time bracelets. They were not abandoned. They were still on the trolls' wrists, and can only be seen when they are lit up, to imply that it's Hug Time. Completely averted for Creek's.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Poppy and Smidge lead a mother pup to the village by bringing in her puppies.
    • Branch tricks Creek into he thinks he is brave. The latter's friends are not amused at his jealousy.
    • Branch accidentally pranks Smidge via a water balloon, becoming a pranking machine in the process.
  • Not a Date: At the end of "Cloudy with a Chance of Hugs". Turns out that Cloud Guy set up a fake date with Poppy to fool Branch. He was Comically Missing the Point over the fact that trolls can only hug one troll.
    Cloud Guy: Hello? I'm a Cloud Guy.
  • The Not-So-Harmless Punishment: Happened in "Prank Day".
    • Poppy (and at the very end, Branch) is splattered in frosting.
    • Branch spits bubblegum on Poppy.
    • Smidge (though accidental) is covered in water by Branch.
    • Satin, Chenille, and Guy are caught by Smidge.
    • DJ Suki is caught in a comfortable bed.
    • Cooper eats too many pies.
  • Once per Episode: There's at least one song in each episode and not always sung by the trolls and even weaponized as We Need a Distraction a few times. Adventures in Dinkles-sitting downplays this, it lacks the glitz and glam and Branch is barely singing. Justified as it's a song from his childhood and he's clearly embarrassed to be singing it in front of Poppy.
  • Overly Long Title: Branch suggests renaming Creek Week to "Troll Who Sold Us Out by Trying to Feed Us to Bergens Just to Save His Own Skin Week." Of course, Poppy asks him that if he can say it in rhyme.
  • Parental Abandonment: Branch's parents in "Fun Branch", who are somewhat eaten by the Bergens just like Branch's grandma back in the movie. Averted with Poppy, as Peppy was seen in a few episodes, most notably "Royal Review".
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: The power of Jump Scares, that is, for the trolls, in "The Poppy Horror Picture Show". The story frightened the trolls so much that their hair turn white and run away. Branch and Poppy weren't that scared.
    • They return to normal by the next day, but this gives Biggie no effect.
  • Prince of Pranksters: Mainly Branch; Poppy and Branch prank each other in order for either one to earn the title of "Prank Master".
  • Rapid Hair Growth: In one episode, it’s revealed that the trolls’ hair quickly grow back when cut. Because it's magic.
  • Reality Ensues: Rather than perform a Happy Ending Override, the series looks into the consequences of the movie's ending.
    • While the Bergens are no longer out to eat trolls, and it's clear that they do understand happiness can be found outside of eating one, there are still plenty of tensions between the two groups, along with plenty of cultural misunderstandings that the parties have to actively work to resolve.
    • Yes, Branch did get his color back and is capable of being happy again. That said, that does not erase who he was, and he's still has a paranoid and pessimistic streak that he can carry too far. He even does a Lampshade Hanging a few times that his current attitude is still pretty new and that he still has issues to work through.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Inverted in "Creek Week". Creek returns, genuinely remorseful, and the Snack Pack forgives him immediately, with the exceptions of Branch, who spends the episode trying to expose him, and Poppy, who is understandably skeptical, but as queen, has to give him the benefit of the doubt.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Guy Diamond’s initial dislike of Archer was just Guy being jealous of Archer’s skill during the Party Games. Turns out Archer’s an imposter and scout for the Party Crashers.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The series did not forget that Poppy was crowned queen at the end of the movie. A fair amount of Poppy's decisions throughout the show are with people and her position as queen in mind, whether it be keeping the people calm in a crisis or commemorating a new tree sapling.
  • Running Gag:
    • Branch being hit by a sheep in "Fun Branch".
    • Branch dropping frosting on Poppy in "Prank Day".
  • Rule of Funny: "Fun Branch" has Branch inviting the Snack Pack into his bunker, in a chance to prove he's fun.
  • Secret Diary: Branch has one in "Cloudy with a Chance of Hugs". To give it back to him, Cloud Guy helps Branch set some rules. He didn't read it, however.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: Cloud Guy to Poppy in "Cloudy with a Chance of Hugs"
  • Scheherezade Gambit: Keith ends up using this in "Trolly Tales 2" to help Archer befriend the trolls.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slice of Life
  • Slow "NO!": When the Snack Pack warn Smidge about the water balloon.
  • Spoof Aesop: According to Cloud Guy the moral of Rainbowmagedon is the "truth can be whatever you want if you're selective." Poppy Lampshades that’s probably not the best lesson to take away from it.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Cooper is seen attending Creek Week, before Creek himself came in.
  • Temporary Blindness: Happens to Biggie in "Adventures in Dinkles-Sitting".
  • Temporal Paradox: In "Scrap to the Future" Poppy finds a scrapbook that can tell the future. After realizing it's only lead to a series of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies she tosses the book, that lands in a wormhole that spits it out just moments before Poppy first found it at the start of the episode.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Cloud Guy becomes this for Branch in "Two's A Cloud." Branch tries to convince Cloud Guy to leave by inviting the latter's parents to come visit, only for them to move in as well.
  • Troll: Pun aside, if Cloud Guy's in an episode, odds are he's this for Branch.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Creek, who was eaten alongside Chef at the end of Trolls, survived his fate, and returned in "Creek Week". How he escaped is unknown, but he did survive.
  • Unfortunate Names: The Hair Ball. Which is just a formal, prom-like occasion.
  • Unishment: The episode "Funishment" is all about this trope: Cooper eats up a Bergen's pie and the Bergen demands he be punished for this. Poppy decides the most merciful way to do so is put him in jail, which is also the most conventional and common way but she thinks Cooper will get bored with nothing to do in there so she installs a playground inside for Cooper to enjoy.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After being a major character throughout season 3, Archer just disappears after the season 4 premiere episode.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Played for laughs in the third season premiere. Branch goes on a conspiratorial rant about how the hidden box of disguises belongs to a non-troll infiltrator that needs to be rooted out. Poppy not only dismisses Branch's concerns (comically revealing that every other troll has one), but she has an entire musical number that encourages everyone in the village to ignore Branch. After all the others leave, though, she quickly admits Branch is right and that he needs to help her find the infiltrator. Branch immediately calls Poppy out for the previous song (she justifies it by noting how easily trolls panic, and she "had to really sell it").
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Branch is given a fear of birds in this series. The origin of which remained unexplained until Season 5.
  • Zipperiffic: At one point, Guy Diamond uses a zipper to zip out all the stoutberry juice to make his glitterade.
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