Guest Posts, Theories

Popspiracy: Theories on how Poptropica villains turned evil 🦹‍♂️

Hey Poptropicans, this is a guest post by Dangerous DragonEnjoy!

Hey Poptropicans, hello from DD! As we know, a good Poptropica story often contains a villain. Take Goofball Island, which is coming out later. Though we haven’t really met him yet, Dr. Blandston sounds like quite the epic villain. From there to Hare… you name it. Poptropica is full of villains, and today, I’m going to make some theories on how they got to be that way! So what are these villains’ backstories? Keep reading!

Dr. Hare (24 Carrot Island): A bad day for the carrots

“Dr. Hare” by Fierce Flyer

What’s with this bad bunny? Dr. Hare was a good scientist! But what happened? Let’s say he used to work in the carrot factory making new flavours and facts. One day as he was working on an invention, that’s when things turned really bad… a routine radiation test took a turn when a rabbit hopped into the machine. Something happened… the man, the rabbit, and the radiator merged, and the radiation also made his mind… well, pea-brained!

Myron Van Buren (Survival Island): The scariest hunt

Oh well look who we have here: Myron Van Buren! Remember when your Poptropican was being hunted by this mean, scary old man?

Perhaps old MVB was tortured his whole life. So when he grew up, he decided he’d train harder than ever, so that no one could pick on him anymore. But his determination got the best of him. He started out hunting animals, but when that wasn’t enough, he turned to hunting people. He wanted to lash out at innocent Poptropicans too, and that’s how we find ourselves as his quarry!

Black Widow (Counterfeit Island): The power of art

“W O M A N” by Criaha

Oh no! It’s Black Widow! For her I am thinking “Jealous.”

I think that when she was little she was teased because she couldn’t create art. From the classroom to the playground, she was laughed at. This made her hate the beauty of art. Later, she would dress up to blend in with the posh art folks, and of course, that was all part of her plan to backstab the art community with her high profile thefts. Her disguise certainly worked on us at the Counterfeit museum! Oh how she used us.

Next up… Ringmaster Raven? Oh come on, we know his story, don’t we?

Onto the next one…

Director D (Spy Island): Bad hair day

“Director D” by pengu1nsane

Beware for your hair, here comes Director D! Like him, D’s parents were bald. On the island where he lived, bald people were looked down on. D and his family all had to wear toupees just to get their due respect! So when he was older, D joined the spy agency in hopes of training his skills so he could one day get his revenge. Too bad for him, his plans to turn the world bald were foiled by us!

That is it for this post, but before I go, I also want to give a thank you to Maggie — if you are reading this, thank you for mentioning me in your podcast, the Poptropicast! 😄

Let me know in the comments: who’s your favorite Poptropica villain and what’s their backstory? Step in their shoes for a second and imagine how they became the person they are!

Thank you and this is DD popping out! Keep popping, Poptropicans!

~DD


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Dangerous Dragon. If you did, you might also enjoy their guest post on “Why Ringmaster Raven is a real hero.”

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. Interested in writing for the PHB? We’d love to hear from you! 📰✨

Guest Posts, Polls

Vote for your favorite Poptropica villain! 🦹‍♂️

It’s time for a Poptropica showdown! In this guest post by Smart Icicle, vote for the best Poptropica villain and see how they stack up with the rest.

Of course, Poptropica has had many more villains since the Pop Creators’ Blog’s great Poptropica Villain Showdown of 2011…

Hello! I’m Smart Icicle and I want to share a poll with all of you! You may not know me, but I’m also known as Target1051 on Poptropica and DeviantArt. I am a big fan of Poptropica. I decided to create this poll because I want to know what villains you like. Whichever villains come out top, I’ll write about them in a future Pop 5 post here on the PHB!

The poll will close two weeks from now, on Feb 13 at 11:59 PM EST.

That’s it for now. Smart Icicle out! 📚❄️


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Smart Icicle. If you liked this, you may also enjoy this Pop 5: Villains of Poptropica guest post by TechWizard, and look out for Smart Icicle’s take on this Pop 5!

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. You can find some tips and guidelines on our page on how to Write for the PHB, and share blog posts on the PHC, our Discord server.

📰 If you have an idea for a PHB post, send it in! ✨

Glitches, Social Media, Video of the Week

Video from Alana and villainous fan art 🐍

Happy weekend, Poptropicans! Pop in for a fun video, fan art highlights, and more from the community!

In this Video of the Week from the Pop Creators’ Blog, Alana returns to Poptropica after 8 years and plays through Arabian Nights, Ep. 1: How Bazaar. Watch as she rediscovers her old account, calls out an old man for being completely oblivious to theft happening before his eyes, and gets spooked by a handful of the forty thieves:

It’s kind of funny how the Creators’ Blog post starts with “Did you know there are people who have been playing Poptropica for YEARS!?” — more evidence that they’re expecting, and catering to, new players over longtime ones. Speaking of the official blog, did you know there was no Video of the Week last week? 🤔

What does appear to be a regular occurrence, though, are fan art spotlights on the Poptropica Creators’ Instagram story! Check out the latest features from this week:

In other Poptropica news, the formidable Avatar Studio Glitch (ASG) is still going strong, even after the death of Flash. The PHB continues to update its ASG collection, so if you like strange and hard-to-find costumes, keep checking back there for new ones! Here are just a few we’ve added recently, thanks to Silver Horse and Dangerous Icicle:

That’s all for this post. Be sure to catch up on the other fun things happening in the posts below, from guest writers on the official Pop blog to what Astro-Knights Island may look like IRL!

Keep on popping, Poptropicans. ✌️

~slantedfish 🐠

Community Creations

Community Creations: October 2018

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Hello once again everyone! Spotted Dragon here bringing you the October recap for Community Creations! October’s theme was villains 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

space man take me by the hand by SuperFlameKitty

SuperFlameKitty - space man take me by the hand

What beautiful colors! Anyone in the comments an Ocean Man fan? I think most people know by now that I’m a sucker for a cool galaxy aesthetic. The colors in this piece are magical and blend together seamlessly without line-art (a talent I personally struggle with). Binary Bard looks perfectly glassy-eyed and ominous, giving the painting a mysterious tone. As eerie (apropos of this spooky season) as the scene is, however, I still have the urge to take that darn space man’s hand??? The facial expression and setting are utterly hypnotizing. Great mood! Find their DeviantArt here.

Plague Bunny by HoneyBox360

Honeybox360 - Plague Bunny

Another well-blended palette! The monochromatic color scheme of red really makes the green of Dr. Hare’s eyes pop, giving the hue a poisonous look. This piece’s aesthetic is not quite as eerie as the last, but it is certainly just as ominous. The strokes in the color are super soft and the silhouettes in the background add lots of interest to an otherwise simple composition. The simple style gives the subject a clear focus and the figure’s position definitely adds intrigue. A super interesting piece! Find her DeviantArt here.

Heathens by NineTenOnetyOne

NineTenOnetyOne - Heathens

Once again, a quite ominous tone! This drawing seems straight out of a movie poster, consisting of a dramatic and interesting composition. Lots of detail went into each character, with thought even put into the villainous silhouettes. The evil, threatening mood efficiently intrigues the viewer into the piece’s underlying story and the expressions clearly demonstrate the characters’ emotions. Amazing design! Find her DeviantArt here.

Copy Cat by POP-whitewolf

POP-whitewolf - CopyCat

Who thought we’d have a submission without an ominous tone, huh? With a theme like “villains,” it can be hard to focus on the softer, cuter sides of characters. Still, in this piece Copy Cat, a classic baddie, is given a bit of a stylish, modern twist. The bubble tea and the casual, yet realistic posture of the figure adds another level of interest for the drawing, which would otherwise be a bit simple in composition. The overall purple hue softens up the character quite a bit, while still maintaining an appropriate aesthetic. Soft, subtle detail is skillfully included in the hair and clothes, which beautifully add to the realistic design. Find her DeviantArt here.

My Fan Villains Pt. 2 by MissEligon

MissEligon - My Fan Villains Pt. 2

Now designs like this are unique! I love to see original characters from Poptropicans in the community, but MissEligon (and Criaha of course) always takes it one step further. These characters are a continuation of the artist’s first batch of fan villains, with each design being totally different from the last. One thing I love about these collections are the diversity that they demonstrate, with a variety of personalities, backgrounds, body types, etc. included. These wide ranging traits can often be difficult to include in a single reference image, but distinct emotions have still certainly been captured in this series. And it will forever continue! Haha… right? Find her DeviantArt here.


Honorable Mentions

We had so many phenomenal entries this month that it was even more difficult to choose who to feature than normal! Because of the amazing number of submissions, I decided to fit in a few more honorable mentions than normal. 😉 It should be no surprise though, considering the huge significance of villains across Poptropica. All the submissions were stunning!


November: 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 November’s theme? November’s theme is…

FOOD!

How has this theme not been used yet? I have absolutely no idea. But anyway, I think food is an enjoyment that we can all relate to! Hmmm… snacks… *cough* And with the colder months starting for most of the world, sweet treats are becoming more and more prominent with upcoming holidays. So wouldn’t a food theme be appropriate for the occasion?

So… what exactly are things that you can submit this time around? There are a ton of options! Draw your favorite villains having a huge feast, create a wacky Poptropica inspired recipe, or even write a poem about your favorite foods showcased in islands. Heck, I’d be super duper impressed if anyone made sweet Poptropica treats in the real life kitchen! Captain Crawfish crawfish perhaps? A cookie shaped like the face of your favorite author? Oh geez, never mind, please don’t eat me…… ANYWAY, let the baking (literal or metaphorical) begin!

poptropica thanksgiving

  • 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

Community Creations

Community Creations: September 2018

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Hello once again everyone! Spotted Dragon here bringing you the September recap for Community Creations! September’s theme was music 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

Erewhon Days by epiphxny

epiphxny - Erewhon Days

Anyone here a Gorillaz fan? If you’re unfamiliar with this virtual band, know that this drawing is specifically based off the cover art for their Demon Days album. But, of course, the artist skillfully put a little Poptropica themed twist on the design! And who better to form a parody band than our four main villains? I would definitely pre-order that EP. Anyway, this design is fantastic! The characters’ expressions are great and I simply must point out how amazing Binary Bard’s makeup is. Find his DeviantArt here.

This is Home by ray-of-light

ray-of-light - This is Home

This is not just a simple drawing folks! This artist (Birdie-bee on YouTube) actually put together an animatic for the song This is Home by Cavetown, but with Binary Bard’s backstory. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE! The creativity and effort put into this submission is clear, I’m sure, and the video is put together very well! The lyrics reflect Binary Bard’s tragic story line pretty darn well, and the drawings that go along with the song are simple but stunning. The mood is expertly captured. Find his DeviantArt here and his YouTube channel here.

Puppet V2 by ANNE14TCO

ANNE14TCO - Puppet

This submission, like the last in fact, includes a song! However, this one also comes with a unique and creative twist. The artist of this gif actually composed a song herself, inspired by the creepier side of Poptropica. LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE! The composition is successfully chilling and goes perfectly with the upcoming spooky season of October. Featuring BlazingAngel123‘s Poptropican, the drawing’s lighting is super eerie, perfectly reflecting the music-box styled, well, music. Additionally, you may have noticed that this is the second version of this song! A first version was made prior to this one, which you can listen to here. Find her DeviantArt here and her YouTube channel here.

Home Island Theme Flute Arrangement by happyclonetrooper

happyclonetrooper - Home Island Theme Flute Arrangement

Yet another unique entry! Originally composed by Poptropica, this artist arranged the classic Home Island theme into sheet music for the flute. LISTEN TO THE ARRANGEMENT HERE! The tune, while simple, is extremely accurate to the in game music. Plus, now any musicians out there can play it for themselves! This submission was super different and obviously took a lot of effort. Absolutely amazing! Find her DeviantArt here and her MuseScore account here.

Fiona’s Song by izthewizard

izthewizard - Fiona's Song

So, anyone in the comments whose favorite island is Ghost Story? It sure is a classic adventure, in which Poptropica’s first glimpse at music takes place. Fiona’s song was surely a significant scene for all of us, and thus a perfect topic for this month’s theme. (Are you looking for someone?) This drawing is super cool, portraying a great mood in reference to the island. I especially like the ghostly glow added to the violin! Great coloring. Find her DeviantArt here.


Honorable Mentions

The submissions this month were so unique! And stunning as always. Remember, even in themes that are directly related to music, you can still submit animations, songs, etc. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with next month!


October: 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 October’s theme? October’s theme is…

VILLAINS!

October definitely is the spoopiest time of the year, so what else could live up to this month’s haunting aesthetics? Poptropica villains of course! Everyone’s favorite baddies can really bring their fair share of tricks, as well as treats.

Sooooo what are some examples of entries exactly? Welp, the list of possibilities is even wider than usual! Write fan-fic of your favorite villains teaming up, draw some creepy portraits of the baddest of bad guys, create a villain inspired Halloween costume, etc. Even compose a song based on some evil characters’ personalities!

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  • 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