Poppy | Poppy Playtime

The titular Poppy Playtime’s Poppy is quite the enigma. This rosy-cheeked little cutie may appear adorable and even friendly at times, but there seems to be a much darker side stirring beneath her pale porcelain surface. So let’s take a look at everything we know about Poppy so far, including her personality, role, and more.

If you want to get familiar with the Playtime Co. crew before heading back to the Poppy Playtime factory, check out our other guides to the Poppy Playtime characters, including Poppy Playtime Huggy Wuggy and Poppy Playtime Kissy Missy. Then check out our Poppy Playtime download guide to find out how to fill your life with fun and fright.

Here’s everything you need to know about Poppy Playtime Poppy:

Who is Poppy Playtime’s Poppy?

Poppy is the first toy produced by Playtime Co., all the way back in 1950. She’s a petite doll with chalk-white skin, freckles, and rosy cheeks, along with curly red hair and an elegant blue and white dress.

In the Vintage Poppy commercial (seen above), Playtime Co. describes her as ‘the most incredible doll ever created’, and ‘the first truly intelligent doll in the world’, claiming that ‘a little girl can talk to her, and Poppy will give her answers’. In the trailer, Poppy also states ‘I’m a real girl, just like you’.

In Chapter 1, you first see Poppy in the flesh (or, in the porcelain?) after walking through a door surrounded by a large Poppy mural and lots of written warnings. Inside, you find Poppy locked in a glass case, and after you open the door, she thanks you for freeing her, saying she was ‘stuck in there for so long’. She then seems to assist you throughout Chapter 2, guiding you deeper into the factory under the guise of helping you escape – at least until the very end when the train crashes, and she reveals that she’s not finished with you just yet.

In Chapter 3, Poppy takes a bit more of a backseat for the bulk of the game, but she does come in to help us out in a few crucial areas, assisting in our journey and helping us unravel the twisting narrative around the factory and our own identity. However, it looks like we’re going to have to wait until Poppy Playtime Chapter 4 before we get any more answers.

Currently, Poppy’s backstory and motives remain a mystery, but that hasn’t stopped many fans and content creators from theorizing. Many believe that she’s the first of Playtime Co.’s ‘living toys’ experiments and that she may be possessed by a human soul, especially with her claims of being a ‘real girl’.

The Poppy Playtime Maintenance tape, which shows a hand using a pair of medical tweezers pulling out her voice box and revealing it to be covered in blood, further supports this theory. The tape then shows a rolling screen repeatedly saying ‘let me go’, implying that, by this point, she is sentient and feels pain.

For more theories about Poppy and her origins, check out the Game Theory videos, the first of which you can find below.

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What is Poppy’s role in the games?

Poppy is a deuteragonist, which basically means she’s the second most important character in the games, after the player character or protagonist. The deuteragonist can either work with or against the protagonist, and it seems that our sweet little poppy-scented pal treads both sides of this line.

As mentioned above, Poppy initially appears to be an ally, but she later reveals herself to have ulterior motives during the ending of Chapter 2. However, Poppy Playtime’s Chapter 3 sees her earn back our trust somewhat, as she continues to help us and slowly reveals elements of her goal and what part we play in it – and Poppy Playtime’s Ollie pleads with us to understand that the only reason she can’t let us go is because she and the other toys need our help.

Throughout Chapter 3, we also see her strong relationship with Poppy Playtime’s Kissy Missy, implying that she takes an almost mother-like, leader role over the ‘good’ toys. And, towards the end of the chapter, we discover that she played a part in the Hour of Joy, and that she feels guilty about it, which plays a big part in why she wants our help to make things right.

What is Poppy’s personality like?

In her toy commercial, Poppy shows herself to be friendly, outgoing, and elegant, and she cares a lot about her appearance, loving to have her hair brushed and her shoes shined. The Poppy we come to know initially seems to maintain that personality, with a soft, high-pitched voice, a bubbly and caring personality, and good manners. However, after your final run-in with Mommy Long Legs, Poppy shows a darker side, asking ‘did you kill her?’ in a dull, monotone voice.

Then, of course, she decides not to let us leave just yet, explaining that she knows we’re capable of doing whatever she needs to be done. This suggests that Poppy can be extremely manipulative, though whether her manipulation is due to desperation or something darker remains to be seen.

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Poppy Playtime’s Poppy appearances

Poppy Playtime appears in both Poppy Playtime Chapter 1 and Poppy Playtime Chapter 2, along with many promotional videos, trailers, and pictures. She will undoubtedly also appear in future installments. However, she’s mysteriously absent from Project: Playtime. Thanks to the latest Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 we know that she does pop up again, and we even have some thoughts on her motives in our Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 theories article.

That’s all we’ve got on Poppy Playtime Poppy for now, but we’ll be sure to update this guide as new information comes out in Poppy Playtime Chapter 3. In the meantime, be sure to check out our list of the best horror games for more frights, or check out our Five Nights At Freddy’s jumpscares, FNAF characters, FNAF Freddy, FNAF Bonnie, The Mimic, and Rainbow Friends guides.

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