Pop 5: What would happen if there were no villains

This is a guest post written by Quick Fang, a Poptropican who’ll be sharing a “Pop 5” list of what Poptropica might be like without its villains. Enjoy!

Poptropica is known for its island storylines — and one of my favorite plot twists is whenever someone you had known to be a good person turned out to be the exact opposite (take Black Widow from Counterfeit Island, for example).

Other islands simply identify who the villains are right from the onset. Whichever the case, villains bring a fun flavor to Poptropica, and to highlight that, here’s my list to show what would happen if there were no villains in all of Poptropica.

#1: Super Villain and Super Power Island would not exist

On Super Villain Island, you have to go into the dreams of four super villains and remove the sources of their evil. Without them, the island would not have existed at all. And the same goes for another island based primarily on its crooks, Super Power Island — your motive, pretty much, is to capture the loosed criminals.

#2: No boss fights

On many Poptropica islands, there are final showdowns between good and bad. For example, in Mythology Island, you battle Zeus, and in Spy Island, you face Director D and his army of mini-robots. But if villains didn’t exist… well, there’d be no one to fight!

#3: Less snark from sassy scoundrels

With every villain comes their own personal quirks. Who could forget Mademoiselle Moreau from Mystery Train and her overly fierce allegiance to France, or Ringmaster Raven from Monster Carnival and his sad story that pushed him towards his mania? Without these colorful characters, life on Poptropica might be kind of dull.

#4: No heroism

Your main role on Poptropica islands is to get rid of the problems that each island is facing. But if there are no villains running around causing problems, how can you be the island’s hero? The storyline would have to come from elsewhere. It’s been done (take Mission Atlantis as an example), but to me, it feels less exciting.

#5: No prisons

Prisons in Poptropica, such as Erewhon Prison in Super Villain Island, or the facility in Escape From Pelican Rock, would simply not need to exist. After all, there would be no criminals to put behind bars!

My point in making this list is to show that, without the villains, Poptropica wouldn’t be nearly as interesting as it is. Quick Fang out!


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Quick Fang! If you did, you may enjoy her post about two female villains or other “Pop 5” PHB posts.

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13 thoughts on “Pop 5: What would happen if there were no villains

  1. Red Tomato says:

    Good guest post! i recently sent one in too! it should get published soon. i finally got a WordPress account! Who likes my profile pic?

  2. Kashews says:

    What an interesting perspective, I haven’t really thought about poptropica without villains. I agree that villains are probably the most interesting part of poptropica. It just wouldn’t be the same without them.

    You brought up lots of great points as well. Great post!

  3. GreedyShadow says:

    Not all islands need or have antagonests, but having an antagonest within a story does make it a whole lot more interesting and might even make the player more motivated. (Key word being “might” because not all villians are THAT great. Vilians like Omegeon are cool, but we don’t see more of what he does, mostly because the player is pretty much only in the building.)

  4. Shiny B1rd says:

    Wow, Who could imagine Poptropica without our beloved villains? If I’m correct, Poptropica started the whole super villain trend as early as 24 carrot island with Dr. Hare; Who knows what would’ve become of Poptropica if it went down a villain-free route way back then?

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