Theories

Popspiracy: Are Poptropicans plants? 🥗 Anatomy and eating habits may hold clues

Hey there! Purple Paw back here again, this time with… ah, yes, a closer look at our Poptropican’s insides! Um, excuse me… ahem. That wasn’t a very good introduction. Maybe I should try again.

Nabooti is a strange place. It has viruses and inside-out people.

The question of Poptropicans’ eating habits—and how it ties into their anatomy—was brought up recently on the PHC Discord. It’s something I hadn’t considered much before, but thinking about it now, I wonder why I never did.

Eating is something that every living being does—including Poptropicans. How do I know this? Well, the answer is simple—we see our avatars eating throughout the islands! I can think of a few: Wimpy Wonderland, Escape from Pelican Rock, Survival Ep. 2 (Hook, Line & Sinker) and Survival Ep. 4 (Cabin Fever).

Poptropicans have their share of meals, but not always willingly.

There’s also a big indicator of eating on Virus Hunter Island. As clearly shown on an anatomy chart, Poptropican people have stomachs. And they wouldn’t be there if they didn’t serve a purpose! When you enter Joe Stockman’s stomach, you can even see the chewed-up food he previously ate… yuck.

And it’s clear that Poptropicans must eat plenty of healthy food. How else would they be able to perform the jumping, climbing, swimming, running, flying, and countless other  physical activities they’re asked to do in every single island? Food gives energy and strength, and without it, Poptropicans wouldn’t be nearly as quick or strong. In fact, they wouldn’t be there at all without food! (That is, if they can be qualified as normal beings…)

Up, up and away!

So, you’re most likely thinking by this point, “Well, that’s that then. The question is answered; Poptropicans eat.” But alas, there’s a catch. Something that often leaves me stumped about Poptropican anatomy: Poptropican people don’t have necks. This is one of the most noticeable features of a Poptropican, and one that seems to defy, well, science. How is it possible that a Poptropican’s head could float freely above their shoulders, with nothing connecting it to the rest of their body? How can food reach their stomachs without a neck to pass through?

This official Poptropica anatomy wallpaper shows an absence of necks.

After some sleuthing, I found an important clue on Virus Hunter Island. Anybody who’s managed to fight their way through this tough island will remember traveling up the inside of a neck to reach Joe Stockman’s mouth. Hm, so there is something connecting a Poptropican’s head to the rest of their body… but then how come we never see our Poptropicans’ necks? Is there something making them invisible

What’s connecting the Poptropican’s head to its body?

And another question arises: would food alone be enough to give Poptropicans the energy to jump off buildings and lift boulders, among other seemingly superhuman feats? Is there something missing?

Maybe the final piece of the puzzle can be found in a theory Tall Cactus recently suggested on the PHC. Her idea is that Poptropicans are not people, but a very advanced species of plant. Plantropicans! And—all previous indicators of Poptropicans consuming food aside—she proposes that Poptropicans photosynthesize; meaning that light passes through their invisible plant-stem necks, resulting in plenty of energy. So instead of eating food to keep active, Poptropicans are constantly soaking up the sun, and are always gathering more energy. It’s certainly an interesting theory. 

Though it is slightly absurd, I quite like this idea. It provides an unexpectedly fitting explanation for Poptropicans’ unseen necks as well as their strange and infrequent diets. Yes, I suppose I do think that the reason Poptropicans’ necks are invisible is because they are plants. Wondering what I mean? To fully understand this, let’s take a look at another important clue from Virus Hunter… the size of a Poptropican’s neck.

As Dr. Lange states, when you enter Joe Stockman’s body, you’re nano-sized. In other words, you’re very, very small. And I’m assuming your ship isn’t much bigger. And yet, when you attempt to steer your way up the inside of the neck, your ship tells you that the passage is too narrow; it can’t fit through. Your nano-sized ship is too big. What could this mean? Poptropicans’ necks are miniscule. So small, we can’t even see them!

You may be thinking, “So how does that tie into the theory that Poptropicans are plants?”

That’s just it: I believe that Poptropicans’ necks are so tiny because they’re plant stems. When I first realized how this fits, I actually googled if there was such a thing as an invisible plant stem. Disappointingly, there is not; but there is a type of plant with stems so small, they’re described as “almost invisible.” Since their stem necks are so thin and short, nobody would ever know they were there, unless they looked closely under a magnifying glass. Tall Cactus also adds that this is why Poptropicans’ heads bob up and down: yours would too, if it was supported by just a small stem! This could also be why Poptropicans’ arms and legs are so skinny; they must be stems too, just thicker and stronger. Given all that evidence, it’s becoming less difficult to imagine Poptropicans evolved from plants… 

Did Poptropicans evolve from plants?

So, if Poptropicans do photosynthesize, it could mean that they don’t need food; they have more energy than normal people because they’re constantly collecting it from the sun! That explains all the deserted eateries across the islands… but we can’t forget how many times we have seen Poptropicans eating. They must have some method of digesting human food as well as sunlight (aka plant food). But just what those methods are might be slightly too gross to write about here, so perhaps it’s best to save what’s unspoken for another day. But feel free to share any theories you’ve thought up in the comments!

Plants are just one idea, but I’m sure there are many other interesting explanations for Poptropicans’ diets, necks (or lack thereof), and other anatomical features. (There are also probably plenty of loopholes in this theory left unmended…) Will the mystery of the Poptropican anatomy ever truly be solved? We have yet to know…

Eat up?

Purple Paw 💜

Community Creations

Community Creations: November 2018

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Hello once again everyone! Spotted Dragon here bringing you the November recap for Community Creations! November’s theme was food and the featured work is not in any particular order. Be sure to check out all the featured artists!

No clue what’s going on? Go see our intro post.

Top 5 Picks

Happy Turkey Sacrifice Day! by CrazyPaintbrush

CrazyPaintbrush - Happy Turkey Sacrifice Day

Cute scene! For all those living in America, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Turkey Sacrifice Day! The humor in this piece is really fun and it totally captures the happy chaos of the holiday. These knights just go to show that family doesn’t have to be related by blood. Great coloring! Find her DeviantArt here.

A Classic Flavor! by ArtisticAsianBunny

ArtisticAsianBunny - A Classic Flavor

An adorable personification of popgum! It really is a “classic flavor,” and a classic item at that. I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t in the store! The color scheme of “Poppy” is obviously on point, and her cute simplicity is really that: classic. What’s YOUR favorite flavor of popgum? Find her DeviantArt here.

Ask IJ #5 by Honeybox360

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Another simple one, but another great one! Ask blogs have become a super cool trend across the Poptropica community, so it was about time we featured one, huh? In this particular one, you can ask Incredible Jumper practically anything! Despite the simple premise of the ask my OC trend, you can tell that this artist puts lots of effort into each answer. Just look at those sweet colors! Anyone else love cotton candy flavored ice cream? Find her DeviantArt here.

Pop-vember Day 2 by BlueShadow1300

BlueShadow1300 - Popvember Day 2

Now this is a unique one! Not directly relating to food, but definitely implying an upcoming… meal. Following happyclonetrooper’s Pop-vember drawing challenge, this piece was based on the prompt “scene from your favorite island.” Though Survival isn’t technically the artist’s favorite island, the scene still turned out great! The Poptropica-styled anatomy of Myron’s chef (dubbed “Clara” by the artist) here is super artistic and simply well drawn. Nice work! Find her DeviantArt here.

Dr. Hare Carrot Cupcakes by Gentle Dolphin

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Delicious! This entry is super unique and fits this month’s theme perfectly for obvious reasons. Baking is a skill that can take lots of creativity, just like art, except you can eat your masterpiece! These Dr. Hare recreations are super cute and the various expressions show attention to detail. Plus, using carrot cake is a hilarious bonus. I’m really glad we got an actual food submission. They look good enough to eat! Find her Twitter here and check out her posts right here on the PHB!


Honorable Mentions

SlantedFish - 24 Carrot Diner - The Gang's All Back

With the chaos of Thanksgiving and the stress of upcoming exams for a lot of you, submissions were a bit more scarce than usual. So instead of the usual collection of honorable mentions, I decided to feature Slanted Fish’s very own creation! Her “24 Carrot Diner – The Gang’s All Back!” piece is a great “food” related piece, capturing the tone of November with a creative art-style. Check out her DeviantArt here! 😉


December: How do I Participate?

Community Creations is a cool series for anyone in the Poptropica community to join in on. To sum up what it’s about, it’s basically a chance to show off your artwork, creepy fan-fics, Worlds houses, costumes, and anything else that pops into your mind.

If we really like the piece you submit, we will feature it here on the PHB! As long as it relates to that month’s theme. So what is December’s theme? December’s theme is…

Celebration!

December is a month of many holidays across the world, stemming from many different cultures. But no matter what your family celebrates, we want to see what YOU create for it! It’s important to embrace the world’s differences and celebrate what makes us unique, even in a small community like ours.

Soooo, what are you waiting for? The theme is super broad for ultimate creativity! Draw your Poptropican surrounded by friends next to a cozy campfire, make Poptropica themed holiday cookies, write a Poptropica story that starts off with a quiet house (where not even a mouse is making a noise perhaps?), etc. The options are endless. 🙂

Happy Holidays!!!

  • Submitting: Comment below with a link to whatever you’ve created OR share it with me (SydVC aka Spotted Dragon) on DeviantArtTwitter, or Discord.
  • Results: I will feature 5 of the submissions as well as 3 honorable mentions.
  • Limitations: Nothing NSFW, and make sure you relate to the theme.
  • Due Date: I will take any entries before the end of this month. Submit as many things as you’d like!

I will always be sure to let you know I have seen your creation. Bonus points if you make a compelling description for your piece! While quality counts, I’m mainly looking for something to simply catch my eye, so don’t be afraid to join in!

So what are you waiting for? Go make something awesome!

~SD