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Let's talk Poupée!

A popular browser-based Virtual Paper Doll game, poupéegirl (commonly shortened to "Poupée") is also a personal fashion blog, since players can upload the items they own in real life. It can be considered a Fashion Magazine thanks to the site's recommendations, and a social network, since players can befriend others with similar interests.

When users sign up they get to customize the physical features of their "poupée" (French for "doll"), who will become their avatar on the site. Poupées are Always Female, and outside of generic starter outfits, clothes for them to wear are earned by uploading photos of the user's real-life wardrobe, redeemed through cashing in the "shells" (collected by exploring poupée profiles), or bought with "Ribbons" (free virtual currency) and "Jewels" (cash-based virtual currency) from other poupées or the site's matriarch Katharine.

The site is based in Japan, though it has millions of users worldwide, and most of the site has been translated into passable English. If you can withstand the bugs, a fan-made tool called Pupemodel is available, which lets you create and dress a doll with any item you wish for free without a poupéegirl account, if you have the codes[1].

The poupéegirl website contains examples of:

  • Betting Minigame: Both the Shell Spring and the Piyo Catcher, where you have a chance of winning a selection of either really cute or really dumpy items, and nothing stopping you from getting doubles.
  • Blind Idiot Translation: Everywhere. The site is full of Engrish, be it the instructions, the item names or Katharine's posts.
    • Some members of the English LiveJournal community actually tried contacting Katharine for amnesty from brownboxing (being disallowed from showcasing your Closet due to rulebreaking) because the English translation of the rules is so confusing.
  • Digital Avatar
  • Fashion Magazine
  • Game Within a Game: "Go! Go! Piyo Balloon"
  • Gratuitous English
  • Gratuitous French: The game's name.
  • In Universe Game Clock: The view of Poupée Town and the window in your poupée's room changes according to the time of the day and the season.
  • Kawaisa
  • Mini Game: "Piyo Catcher" and "Go! Go! Piyo Balloon".
  • No Bulk Discounts: You never get these at Katharine's Shop or the Poupée Market. Averted by the Piyo Catcher, where you can get a discount for going for three items instead of one.
  • No Export for You: Pupegirl DS, which is available only in Japan.
  • Reality Subtext: More seasoned poupées and those that read Katharine's blog are very familiar with Ken, her ex-boyfriend. Ken has appeared as a bonus in several event backgrounds, and Kath sells Ken-themed items around April Fool's Day.
    • Kath admitted to gaining weight on her blog after her break-up with Ken, which was followed by a wave of candy- and sweets-themed items in her shop.
  • Scoring Points: The Suteki feature for both your poupée and the items you post. There are even daily Top 10 rankings with prizes for them.
  • Series Mascot: The Piyos are small, colourful birds.

Daily Dress-up and its related mechanics can provide examples of:


  1. most item codes can be looked up on Oribon, and unlisted items can be found with the help of the thriving LiveJournal community
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