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"If I hadn't met Dai, I'd still be running away. I'd still be some coward! All talk. Useless. Worthless to everyone I know. Our lives were changed by Dai! It's thanks to him that we even made it this far. He's the one who lifts us all up!"
|Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai|
|Title||Disciple of Avan|
|Voice actor||Keiichi Nanba (Japanese, 1991 series)|
Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese, 2020 series)
Cole Howard (English, 2020 series)
Popp is a main character in Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai. He is a Mage, one of the Disciples of Avan, and Dai's closest companion. As one of the main characters of the series, he has gone on to make regular appearances in spinoff games and crossover events.
Appearance and Personality
Popp is a young man with light skin of average height and build. His black hair is worn in a messy pompadour-like hairstyle with a yellow bandana tied around his forehead, which he always wears even when changing clothes. Popp's original outfit when he met Dai on Dermline Island consists of a green jumpsuit with a black surcoat worn over it, as well as darker green gloves and boots with white lining. The surcoat is embroidered with the symbol of Avan in the front.
After the battle with Crocodine at the kingdom of Romos, he is rewarded with a set of wayfarer's clothes more befitting of his bravery and deeds. This outfit is still quite similar to his original one but with a darker green jumpsuit, a black and white surcoat with a white insignia over it, a white belt, along with gloves and boots in a lighter shade of green. After becoming Matoriv's student, the young mage is gifted with the Shining staff, a long yellow mage's cloak worn around his neck, and a bizarre belt featuring a design of Matoriv's face on the buckle.
Popp's fourth outfit is a magic vestment given to him by Leona upon arriving to the kingdom of Carl. It is lightweight green cloth armour with yellow and red sections throughout, a long red cape, shoulder pads, gloves, and a gold medallion on his chest with the same insignia seen on his Wayfarer's clothes. The vestment is made of sturdy cloth with excellent heat resistance, allowing Popp to cast Medroa without burning his right hand. However, this outfit is irreparably damaged during the first battle with Dark King Vearn, who burns it easily with his powerful fire magic.
He is arrogant and cowardly, having a tendency to get carried away when the going gets tough, but he is compassionate and cares about his friends. Popp highly regards his master Avan and often thinks about what he would do in dire situations. His courage is tested many times throughout the story, but he never wavers in his loyalty to Dai. Popp is shown to have a keen and strategic mind, being able to come up with ingenious strategies when faced with insurmountable odds.
Popp was born the son of a blacksmith in the village of Lankarks. He decided to run away from home when he became awestruck by Avan's power and decided to become his apprentice, being disowned by his family in the process. He journeys with his master to Dermline Island when the presence of Hadlar causes the peaceful monsters living there to become berserk.
Popp is a Mage, specialising in casting different offensive spells such as Frizz and has even mastered more advanced spells such as Kafrizz and Crackle. However, due to his lack of focus and discipline, these spells are sometimes shown failing, such as when Popp used his magic to freeze a wave, but Avan was able to shatter it with ease. His original wand, the Magical Booster, was a gift given to him by his master Avan. Over the course of the story, Popp becomes the student of the Grand Sorcerer Matoriv and becomes more adept with magic.
- Donk: A high-powered gravity spell that crushes enemies with intense pressure. It takes a lot of MP to cast, leaving Popp drained afterwards.
- Medroa: An extremely powerful spell developed by Matoriv that combines the positive heat energy of a Frizz spell and the negative heat energy of a Crack spell. It requires intense concentration and focus from the Mage.
- Five Finger Flares: Popp attempts to replicate this technique from Flazzard in desperation during the battle against Zamza. However, since he did not have a lot of magic power remaining, he was only able to send out three Kafrizz spells from his fingers. Matoriv discourages him from using the technique in the future as it could shorten Popp's lifespan.
He appears in collaboration events in the Japanese version of the game. The player can acquire pieces of equipment in order to dress like Popp in either his wayfarer's clothes or his Papnica vestments.
Popp appears as an A-rank member of the Hero family, dressed in his Bengarna outfit, as part of the game's limited The First Adventure of Dai event alongside both Dai and Hyunckel on their banners. He can participate in Maam's Battle Road as a party member. Popp also appears as a boss in the special Disciple of Avan battle alongside Dai and Maam.
He later appears in his Papnican Vestments as Mage Popp who is an S-rank member of the Hero family as part of the limited The Second Adventure of Dai event on his own banner alongside Martial Artist Maam and Dragon Knight Dai. He can also participate in Dark Armour Spear Hyunckel's Battle Road as a party member.
See the full article Popp (A Hero's Bonds).
Popp appeared as a playable character in the game. As the Mage of the Disciples of Avan, he is able to cast a variety of different offensive spells, which each of his outfits specialising in a different element. Due to the game's nature, Popp had the ability to cast many spells that did not appear in the original manga or anime.