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  • Author's Saving Throw: Shortly after the Mars Argo case was dismissed due to Poppy, Titanic and Mars settled privately, Poppy changed her video style slightly, as a way to show it less of a "Mars Argo" clone to satisfy everyone.
  • Cargo Ship: This actually appears to be a point in some of Poppy's songs. "Computer Boy" and "Software Upgrade" blur the line of loving another person with loving your computer with tons of Double Entendres that make it unclear what her "Computer Boy" actually is.
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  • The Chris Carter Effect: One criticism of the project is that despite setting up potential ideas about the lore of Poppy and the universe she's in, rarely does it ever result in any kind of significant development. One could argue that the channel is more about experience and tone rather than unpacking mystery, but the lack of narrative may be a turnoff for some.
  • Creator Worship: Which is ironic, since this is what they seem to be poking fun at.
  • Creepy Cute: Poppy tends to give off this vibe, due to her youthful appearance and bizarre behavior.
  • Ear Worm: Regardless of whatever message (if any) Poppy's image is trying to convey, her music can be unironically enjoyable as is and is incredibly catchy pop music.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Everyone is eager to look for deeper meaning in every video, and assume that each one is a symbol for... something. And while this is definitely the case for a lot of the videos, many of them also are just trying to get Poppy attention, to get you to buy something, or are trying to get a reaction out of you.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Due to the fact that Titanic never explains the intent behind any video, these abound. For example one theory states that she's under mind control by her record label. Another theory believes that originally, Poppy was a pretty good musician who used the name Moriah Poppy (who actually looked normal and such!) who then was taken under the wing of Titanic Sinclair who turned her into the Poppy we know today.
    • The fact that there are a view videos of Poppy before she became the Poppy we know of today (even being interviewed on FUSE with Sam Pepper of all people) that seem to approve of this theory. That and she was interviewed at one point and Poppy acted normal and acted less abstract/weird compared to her Youtube persona.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Cult of Poppy vs Cult of Mars Argo. For a while this was one sided due to Mars going inactive around the time Poppy started and Titanic deleting all reference to her that he still could, but it kicked into high gear in April 2018 when Mars announced she was coming back and filed a lawsuit against Titanic and Poppy. Right now there's about an equal sized contingent of vocal fans from both cults.
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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Sort of. Poppy has a surprisingly large Turkish fanbase, with many of her videos flooded with Turkish comments and a bounty of videos "exposing" her "connections" to The Illuminati. Many of the comments follow in the same accusatory vein, though exactly how many of them are in on the "joke" is just as variable as the English-speaking audience doing the same thing.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • It's been widely agreed that while her Bubblebath-era music was decent, catchy pop music, her catalogue starting from 3:36 (Music to Sleep To) started to incorporate more elements and themes from her Youtube videos, becoming less Stylistic Suck and more like music from the surreal, vaguely ominous and technology-obsessed popstar we all know and love.
    • Am I a Girl? is considered by many to be an even bigger step forward, as it featured Poppy becoming lyrically more adventurous, emphasizing even more of the uniquely surreal, zany, and tongue-in-cheek tone of her character, as well as introducing more production collaborations to give her songs a more unique and experimental sound.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The fandom jokes about Poppy ripping off Mars Argo instantly stopped being funny when Mars Argo would sue her and Titanic Sinclair in 2018 for, among other reasons, plagiarism.
  • Internet Backdraft: Some of the videos made following the Mars Argo situation have elicited this response.
    • "Drama", Poppy (the character)'s "official response". While she doesn't mention names, her painting an unnamed group of people as attention-obsessive and jealous of her stature makes her true intentions less than subtle. Saying that many found the video's snide and non-serious tone to be uncalled for is an understatement, reflecting in its 14,000 likes being rivaled by an uncharacteristically large 6,500 dislikes, and the normally supportive comment section being filled with disappointed fans calling Poppy and co. out.
    • "You're Too Close" got lesser flak due to many perceiving its premise — Poppy cowering and pleading for mercy in front of an unseen menace represented by the camera — as making light of domestic abuse, which Argo had alleged was inflicted on her by Sinclair.
    • "Outrage" has been called out for sounding snide and passive aggressive, especially considering there are genuine things she and Titanic have done to be angry at.
  • LGBT Fanbase: With a little bit of wariness considering the Robot Girl act, Moriah seems to genuinely consider herself a non binary woman and bisexual, and got a queer fanbase with Am I A Girl?.
  • Memetic Mutation: Some of her shorter videos (ex: "No", "You're Racist") have gained traction online due to being perfectly designed as forum weapons.
  • Nightmare Fuel: See here.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: While a settlement was privately reached, the 2018 Mars Argo lawsuit and the behind-the-scenes allegations it brought to light are very likely to haunt Poppy and Titanic Sinclair for a while, especially for fans of Mars Argo.
  • Poe's Law: Magazines, fans, and even Radio Disney have all taken Poppy's music at face value. This was probably the producers' intent.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Even before people unraveled the full truth, Poppy was one for all of the Mars fans that didn't carry over.
  • Sacred Cow: The cult-like nature of the fandom means that people will defend absolutely everything about Poppy, either ironically, or sincerely.
  • Signature Song: "Lowlife" is one; "Interweb" and "Money" can be contenders as well. For Am I a Girl?, it's shaping up to be "X".
  • Spiritual Successor: Perhaps infamously, Poppy is one to Titanic Sinclair's older project, Mars Argo, featuring very similar aesthetic presentation and ideas, namely the quirky exploration of media over their obsession with celebrities and the like.
  • Stylistic Suck: A common — though unconfirmed — interpretation of her early music is that it's intentionally generic and basic as a statement on modern pop music, especially since her earliest video for "Lowlife" begins with her literally turning on a radio to start the song, though this has slowly died down as her later music has grown tighter and incorporated more themes of the rest of her surreal persona.
  • Tear Jerker: "Hard Feelings", a heavy Reality Subtext song on how she feels like a doll/replacement for a certain someone. Whatever you think of Moriah's involvement in the case, she does sound so mournful.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Poppy's way of speaking is... approximately how a normal person would speak, but not quite. And half the time, she doesn't look into the camera, but somewhere far away off-screen. As discussed by Titanic, the speech and sound is dubbed over / added in, and sometimes ever so slightly out of sync. This creates an unsettling/fake feel. Titanic Sinclair also does this on his YouTube channel.
    • This trope even bleeds into the music itself, namely her straight pop tracks after 3:36 (Music to Sleep To). While it still remains as catchy and bright pop, some compositions can get creepily dissonant at times, and her lyrics can occasionally tread into weird territory (leaning on obsessions to technology, strange double entendres or allusions to something more sinister), vague enough to be easily missed, but unnerving once you notice it.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: A lot of people assume that Poppy is high or doped in her videos, but based on her song lyrics and interviews, she really doesn't like drugs at all. Titanic Sinclair, on the other hand, does.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: While it's possibly intentional, some of Poppy's outfits in many of her videos and live performances can get... outlandish.

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