|“||Happiness is inside of all of us, right? Sometimes, you just need someone to help you find it.||„|
|~ Branch in Trolls|
Branch is Poppy's boyfriend, and the male protagonist of the DreamWorks Trolls franchise. He's a member of The Snack Pack, having joined the group since the events of Trolls and acting as its second-in-command after Poppy.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Skills & Abilities
- 5 History
- 6 Songs
- 7 Character Concept
- 8 Etymology
- 9 Merchandise
- 10 Trivia
- 11 References
As a child, Branch has short indigo hair. He's seen wearing light brown shorts with a strap around his right shoulder and a few green patches, which is quite similar to the shorts he wears when he gets older. He also wore a blue hug-time bracelet. His model is a standard random child Troll model used throughout the film, just with unique textures on the shorts.
- True Colors
In his "True Colors", his hair is bright blue with slight purple tints to it. His skin is likewise a cyan coloration. His hair is also longer, being a more correct length for a Troll of his size, and lacks most of the normal frizz (loose strands) compared to his normal hair and other Trolls. In a number of book interpretations, Poppy comments that Branch's "True Colors" are beautiful, an opinion other Trolls share.
- Dressing Gown
He's seen at the beginning of the special wearing a green dressing grown.
He is seen wearing a sun costume with "DAY" written on it during the presentation of the Troll holidays. This costume is used in combination with another one worn by Poppy, and a few other scenes having him slightly varying it, often to fit the song's current situation.
Branch has also appeared with other outfits throughout the series.
- Dressing Gown
In his first scene appearance in the movie, he's seen with the dressing gown from Trolls Holiday. Later during the river journey, he and Poppy are seen wearing white recolors of it.
- Peppy's Plan
When King Peppy says that he plans to run, Branch appears carrying a backpack (the same one from Trolls) and dressed in a camouflaged outfit made of twigs, leaves and face paint.
In several scenes with him in Sheila Balloon, he has a blue pilot cap, and a golden badge on his vest.
During the performance of the Trolls 2 Many Hits Mashup medley, he appears with purple dyed hair, a golden vest, white shorts, yellow heart-shaped glasses with purple lenses, an ear mic on his right ear, and a rainbow-shaped earring on his left.
- Rock Zombie
As a Rock zombie, Branch is shirtless with black leather pants, silver hoop earrings (two on his right ear, one on his left) and spiked wristbands. His hair becomes a grim black color, and is longer and styled into a rocking mullet. He has tattoos on his chest, shoulders and hands. His eyes glow red.
Branch has also appeared in other outfits throughout the series.
Branch came out of Bergen Town with psychological trauma that would follow him around throughout most of his life. In the first Trolls movie, he was one of the more complicated Trolls due his complex emotions. On the outside, he appeared to be a grump who only looks out for himself, but on the inside he really does care for other Trolls; he hides his true feelings by being sarcastic. This left his true self unknown to almost everyone, and prevented himself from showing his "True Colors".
His sorrows made it impossible for him to be a normal Troll because he felt responsible for the event, and was unhappy for 20 years of his life. It also left him frightened of getting caught unprepared ever again, and is a source of paranoia to the annoyance of the other Trolls. Thus, at the beginning of Trolls, Branch is a Troll who doesn't sing, dance, hug or attend parties, making him an oddball among his people and the only one who seemed to be carrying a burden from the past. Both a loner with no friends and a self-induced outcast, he chose to live alone rather than in Troll Village. He states that he likes silence and that he doesn't relax. As the events of the movie progress, he slowly learns that he can be happy.
By the time of the Trolls Holiday special, Branch is shown to be putting a lot more effort into life than in the past. He's not only seen trying to practice his smile, but also gets on board with Poppy's plan. He tags along mostly because he knew her plan to give the Bergens a new holiday would fail, and he attempts to try and help her understand why it failed.
In Trolls World Tour, Branch has become a close friend of Poppy and is now a former recluse, happily taking part in their singing and dancing and having fun together. However, Branch is harboring strong romantic feelings for Poppy from Trolls, and he credits her for being the one who changed his life for the better. He still has issues with emotions at times, and struggles to tell Poppy how he feels due to shyness. But though he's no longer a recluse, it doesn't mean he has forgotten his former life. Branch makes sacrifices, even when he has opposing opinions because of his good nature and loyalty to Poppy and his friends. His emotional feelings for Poppy result in him trying to back her up throughout the film, as this is tested by their opposing personalities, and after listening to the other Trolls they meet on their journey. He even admits to like the Country Trolls because he knows life is sad sometimes.
When he was temporarily transformed into a Rock Zombie, Branch expressed a zealous support for Rock music. As part of a joke, he suggested they all get ripping tattoos everywhere on their bodies, except their faces in case they still needed office jobs. He also showed a vicious aggression when he used his rocking mullet to ensnare Poppy at Barb's command. Otherwise, he stood there with an empty look.
In 2D animation, he's usually shown to be arrogant. Since he has opposing views to his fellow Pop Trolls in Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, he often would see a different approach to the world compared to them, and thus scoffed their antics and views. As the series went on he progressively became less grumpy and scowly. By the end of the series, it was generally recognized that while he wasn't the most huggable Troll, he was reliable and very kind going above and beyond what was expected of him in his efforts. By the time of Trolls: TrollsTopia, he's a much more friendlier Troll and open to others. He has trouble with displaying sarcasm and cynism, and can have issues with separating them from concern and serious thoughts.
In Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, whenever Branch is too confident or comfortable doing something, he tends to act like he's the expert around him; at his best, he's just arrogant. In episodes like Peril Patch or Bunker Break-in, this led him to be a target for someone else (usually Poppy) to bring him back down to earth. The most extreme example was in Branch Bum, where he got so engrossed with a new comfortable, confident lifestyle that he adopted an entirely different persona under the name of "Frond". Trolls: TrollsTopia continued this part of his characterization with Buckin' Branch, wherein when he's asked to try out for the Country Corral rodeo he adorns a Country get-up and tries to act like the Country Trolls. In many cases of him doing this in the 2D animation, however, it tends to have a disastrous effect. This characterization is simply a overexhaggeration of his personality, which is normally self-confident to begin with, and Branch has a lot of knowledge on practical engineering and survival skills that other Pop Trolls usually lack. These short comings from his arrogance have resulted in him receiving lessons in humility, and often expose his weaknesses the most of any type of storyline in the 2D animations, showing his personal limitations and restrictions that he has as a Troll, with some resulting in new victories as he overcomes them or accepting his defeat.
The pair's apparent opposite personalities are displayed in the Troll 2 Troll shorts, where their interactions cause every question of debate to be derailed, leaving none answered correctly. The pair begun the series at odds with each other, and they were foils to each other as a result.
Branch wanted to be left alone in his sorrows, but at the same time Poppy wanted to help him return to the village and be happy. Poppy was the only member of Troll Village to attempt to befriend Branch after he went to live in his Bunker, she would send him invitations to her parties hoping he would come. Branch seemed to appreciate them as he kept them. He was generally annoyed at her careless free spirit and happy-go-lucky attitude as it made her ignroant of the realities of life, but had developed a fondness of her and actually cared about her. Part of another problem was in addition her friends The Snack Pack tended to follow her around and by interacting with Poppy he ended up being the focus of ridicule from them. The pair bond in the events of Trolls to the point he didn't like seeing the girl had known to be so full of life be sad and broke his 20 year silence to sing and make her happy. Seeing her happy had in turn made him happy. The film ends with them on good terms and until Trolls World Tour they would continue to bond.
In Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, Poppy and Branch's relationship is now respectful; he notes in several episodes that he considers Poppy his best friend. Poppy spends most of the series trying to make Branch "normal", even going so far as to make a "Bunker List" of goals for him to do in order to make him a true Troll. He appreciates every effort she puts into making him more a normal Troll, even when it annoys or causes him problems. In Meet the Peppy, King Peppy noticed Poppy has been spending a lot of time with him lately, and even made it into her "Best Friends" board.
In Trolls, Poppy carries around a slide-open picture frame set. The main photo on the bottom shows Creek with a heart motif in a corner, while other frames that slide out contain photos of all her other friends. In Trolls: The Beat Goes On, the same set can be seen in a few episodes such as Meet the Peppy, in the background. Though the frames are blurred at times, it's possible to make out the coloration of Branch, indicating that he has since replaced Creek in her main frame.
Despite not being on board with Poppy's plans in Trolls Holiday, he still tags along anyway. Branch spends most of the special trying to foil to Poppy's plans to give the Bergens a new holiday to replace Trollstice, until he eventually makes her understand how overboard she had gone with the idea.
As time went by, Branch's fondness of her began to develop into feeling of love, and this became a driving force behind his support of Poppy in Trolls World Tour, but he lacked the guts to tell her how he felt about her. Their opposing views led Poppy to want to keep going forward as the movies events took place and Branch could see her failures. But since Poppy wasn't listening to anyone, including himself he progressively got more frustrated until when faced with no other way forward he put his foot down and spoke up. While Poppy ignored everyone, Branch became the one to listen to the issue that differences do matter and he had come to believe that the pair of them, since they too were so different, can't get along and confronts her on this, causing them to have a row. They temporarily separated from each other, which upset them both. He still cared deeply about her despite this, and later took a hit that Barb intended for Poppy so that she wouldn't have to be a Rock zombie. After returning back to normal, he truthfully confessed his feelings, which Poppy reciprocated. The two are now aware of each other's feelings and share a mutual love.
Branch showed general annoyance at Creek's positive energy approach to life in Trolls, and was subject to criticism from him. Branch was the only Troll to react instantly when Creek betrayed them. Creek, like Poppy, was also a foil to his character.
In Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, Branch shows tough mistrust towards him when he reappears in the village, refusing to trust him at all. Though they come to a mutual understanding, the two don't get along and often compete with each other. He's the only Troll to remain unforgiving towards his actions in Trolls, though he forgave him in later episodes.
Grandma Rosiepuff is Branch's grandmother, and so far his only family relative who appeared.
Branch originally turned grey after being responsible for her death, noting that their relationship was quite close. She obviously cared for him, as she was willing to sacrifice herself for him.
Branch can't stand the antics of Cloud Guy, and often loses his temper with him. Being one of the Trolls who has an issue (alongside Lownote Jones, Laguna Tidepool, Holly Darlin' and Dante Crescendo in Trolls: TrollsTopia), this actually makes Cloud Guy want to torment him more because Branch does find him annoying.
Even though, in Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, there are moments where they agree on certain things, which Branch saw as a great idea for them to work together. Still, Cloud Guy denies about it, and in Apple of My Ire, he put a large prank on Branch so that he could get angry at him again after temporarily giving up over caring about his antics.
Branch did not consider any of the other Trolls as friends at the beginning of the Trolls movie, and instead wished to be alone. For the most part, the other Trolls found him strange and mocked his inability to act like a normal Troll, calling him a "party pooper" and generally ignoring him. The members of The Snack Pack became more empathetic towards him after hearing why he didn't sing or dance.
In Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, the Trolls are a lot more understanding of his desire to keep his distance. As the series progresses, it becomes apparent to the entire village by Season 7 that, while he can seem hard to approach at times, when he does put the effort in to help his friends, he gives it his all and they appreciate his efforts, even when it interferes with his own interests.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
Tug comes to respect Branch after the events of Tour Guide of Duty. Branch goes out of his way to find her a new tour location, and when he fails, he gives her permission to tour his bunker. When she realizes that the tour is far too much for him to handle, she stops it and states that he's the kindest troll. She asked him for help, to which he responded by giving her everything he had, going above and beyond duty to fulfil her needs. She considers him a good friend.
Branch befriends Baha after the pair end up getting eaten by Finn Cascade, a giant fish who was visiting Troll Village. He attempted to get a photo with the fish, only for him to get swallowed.
Branch welcomed Synth as one of the ambassadors of TrollsTopia, but first befriended him in Branch Out of Water, where a little misunderstanding from the Techno Trolls using the hideaway hotsprings (for the acoustics) as place to hold their raves inconvenienced Branch, since he took morning baths there as part of his daily routine. Poppy encouraged Branch to talk to Synth and work things out, and after spending time with Synth and the other Techno Trolls, and realziing they needed to use the hotsprings as much as him, Branch accepted their raves and Synth gave him the rave name (nickname) of "Dubstep".
Branch welcomed Lownote Jones as one of the original delegates of TrollsTopia, but later volunteered to pet-sit for him in The Snug-a-lug Situation (alongside Val Thundershock, Laguna Tidepool and Gust Tumbleweed). He strove to prove himself worthy of Lownote's trust in him, until he accepted the situation had grown out of control and called Lownote for help, though Lownote assured Branch and the others that no damage was done.
Later in Cloud Control, Branch found out that, like him, Lownote is a frequent target of Cloud Guy's annoying antics and was surprised that Lownote, whom he considers to be the "coolest troll alive", could lose his cool over anything; but he still sympathized with Lownote expressing his frustration about Cloud Guy.
Branch first interacted with Laguna in "Branch Out of Water", where he got to know and befriend the Techno Trolls over a situation of them both needing the hideaway hotsprings for their daily routines. In "The Snug-a-lug Situation", Laguna volunteered alongside Branch, Val Thundershock, and Gust Tumbleweed to pet-sit Lownote Jone's pet. Later, in "Cloud Control", he found out that Laguna, like him, is a frequent target of Cloud Guy's annoying antics.
Branch welcomed Holly Darling as one of the original delegates of TrollsTopia and later, in "Cloud Control", found out that, like him, Holly is a frequent target of Cloud Guy's annoying antics.
Branch welcomed Dante Crescendo as one of the original delegates of TrollsTopia and later, in "Cloud Control", found out that like Branch, Dante is a frequent target of Cloud Guy's annoying antics. In Highly Amused, Branch found himself to be a "muse" for Dante's inspiration to compose his latest masterpiece. At first, Branch tried to tolerate it until a shenanigan and attempt to get Dante to leave him alone led to Dante feeling humilated and Branch made amends by apologizing and helping Dante find inspiration in the world around him, allowing the Classical Troll to compose his latest piece without bothering Branch and strengthening their friendship.
Herman the Hermit
In Biggie and the Disastrous Dance, one of the Trolls Chapter Books, King Peppy states that Branch befriended a hermit Troll named "Herman". Herman happens to be the only Troll alive who knew the Dancemaster's song. Guy Diamond, Biggie and Cooper had to seek Branch's help in befriending Herman to learn the song. Branch managed to befriend Herman due to respect for his fellow isolationists.
Skills & Abilities
In the Trolls era, he was listed as a Rainbow Troll. His "True Colors" are a vivid blue colouration. In The Art of the Trolls, it was also noted his hair is actually shorter then normal as, when he displays his True Colors in Trolls his hair grew to signal he was using his full potential.
Branch is shown on a number of instances in both 3D and 2D animations to be quite agile, able to leap over other Trolls and adapt at using his hair to travel quickly. In Trolls World Tour, he caught a pointy stick that was accidently fired at him by Mr. Dinkles without seeing it coming, showing that he has quick reflexes at times.
In Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, Branch and Poppy compete over a number of events, and both are usually determined to show up the other. For Branch, it's mostly about his ego. Most of the time, Poppy will come out on top, and their competitions to prove who's better have become so common that the other Trolls got used to it by the events of Peril Patch. Branch enjoys pranking, miniature golf, capture the flag and other sports wherein he gets to show off his skills in precision and calculation, often taking things very seriously. He dislikes losing, but admits defeat even though he's disappointed when he cannot best Poppy. In the aforementioned Peril Patch episode, Poppy actually admits Branch is the better golfer; she just enjoys messing with Branch and throwing him off his game, due to her enjoying manipulating him. One of the things Branch lacks is leadership and the ability to depend on other Trolls for aid, allowing him to fall for Poppy's schemes as she'll rally other Trolls to aid her.
Branch was rarely seen taking part in bigger events until later seasons. His first participation in a major event was Musical Thrones, which he nervously took part. He manages to end up being one of the last three Trolls in the event, despite this being his first time entering, and beat many long-term favorites; though he was clearly unprepared as he was nervously reading the rulebook when Poppy introduced him.
In Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, Branch usually competed with Creek as well whenever the latter was present in an episode, due to their rivalry, often trying to prove who's the better Troll. At times, their rivalry led to pettiness while they competed, though most of it came from Creek rather than Branch.
Branch's social skills and ability to show affection are seriously lacking and in Trolls, when first introduced, it was shown that he had virtually none.
Branch still has far to go in order to fully learn how to be a "normal" Troll in terms of socializing basics. His habit of not expressing affection impacts his day-to-day life at times, and always puts distance between him and other Trolls, including his friends.
The issue of his social skills is a focus point in many episodes of Trolls: The Beat Goes On!. These are skills Branch has to slowly work on. When Poppy has to confess what happened to his Troll Gem in "Gem Day" as his friends offer theirs in place of his lost Gem, stating "You're the last Troll that should go without a gem, Branch". Branch has had to really work much harder then other Trolls to get where he is. In Bye Bye Bunker, Branch hosts his first party, to the shock and alarm of his friends. Poppy sees the moment as a momentous event, since Branch was now a normal Troll.
By Trolls World Tour, he has managed to achieve great lengths and is no longer a reclusive Troll, but still struggles with trust issues towards other Trolls he isn't familiar with.
In the Trolls: TrollsTopia episode The Makeunder, he proudly boasts about his lack of social skills and his ability to bore a crowd of Trolls into a contagious yawn.
While this may seem odd to consider, since this is part of Troll habits, he didn't sing a note for more than 20 years of his life. Thus, he didn't partake in a basic thing that Trolls like to do in their everyday life. His lack of singing was put down to Poppy as that he simply couldn't sing, to which he corrects her and says "No, I sung like an angel".
Branch sings with a bright tenor vocal. He has an exceptional knack for singing in Trolls. In Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, due to him having a different voice actor, his tone is a little deeper.
In the Trolls Holiday Shorts episode Trolla-Palooza Tour, Branch is seen playing an electric bass guitar.
In Trolls World Tour, Branch displayed the ability to match the dancing skills of The K-Pop Gang, as well as the ones of Tresillo, Marimba and Tambora; this was despite the fact that their dancing skills should have been foreign to him as a Pop Troll. Later due to the Strings' influence, he was temporarily attuned to Rock when he was converted into a Rock Zombie by Queen Barb. He also found the appeal in the Country Trolls' sadder songs after hearing Born to Die as sung by Delta Dawn, later performing his own song of such kind, Perfect For Me.
Branch built his Survival Bunker, gathered his supplies and set his traps all by himself. He states in Trolls that he has enough supplies to last 10 years, 11 if he drank his own sweat. He's prepared for most disasters and fairly knowledgeable on survival skills. Poppy claimed in Trolls that he was the only one who knew about Bergens more than anyone else.
Though his safety measures do get out of hand, even Poppy admits in Bye Bye Bunker that the Trolls are a lot safer these days with Branch around than they used to. In Trolls World Tour he noted he spent hours widdling the pointy sticks he crafted into weapons.
Going hand-in-hand with his survival skills, Branch has good practical skills in building. Throughout Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, he's seen building things from a fake Greygon to a glass ball for Biggie & Mr. Dinkles, as well as a boat he built within moments from a single log. In Trolls: TrollsTopia, Poppy has become so reliant on Branch that she expects miracles from him. In Kick-Off Party, Poppy expected him to make her grand finale happen at Val's party, which left Branch without a clue how to make it happen.
As a child, Branch lived in the Troll Tree during the time the Trolls were still trapped in Bergen Town. At one stage, he got lost in song and wasn't paying attention to his surroundings, which made Chef notice him and attempt to grab him. His grandmother Grandma Rosiepuff noticed this in time and rushed to save him, pushing him off the branch he was standing on. Though this saved his life, his grandma was taken away and presumably eaten. The result made him devastated, becoming grey in the process.
He escaped with the other Trolls during the last Trollstice.
Over time, he thought he didn't belong in the village, and 10 years before the main storyline of Trolls started, he went to reside in his survival bunker, having almost no contact with other Trolls except to warn them of danger out of paranoia. For the most part, everyone ignored him, even going so far as to mock him over his active paranoia.
On the 20th anniversary of their escape from Bergen Town, Poppy invites Branch to their celebration of freedom, which he refuses and warns them it'll attract the Bergens. They don't heed his warning, and later that night throw the biggest, loudest, and craziest party ever. This allows Chef to find them, causing Branch's warning to come true with all of Poppy's friends being captured.
Poppy turns to Branch for help, only to find him unwilling to help save her friends, as he planned to spend 10 or 11 years in his bunker instead. His plan is foiled by Poppy hiding the entire Troll Village in it. Poppy goes off on her own, and leaves him to deal with hug time.
He joins her effort later, saving her from a group of spiders by whipping them into a cave with his hair, which turns out to be the mouth of a large creature. He then rescues and revives Poppy, going with her to Bergen Town. During their travels, he gets annoyed with her antics, habit of singing and being positive constantly, stating that she didn't know the "world isn't made of cupcakes and rainbows".
They arrive at the Route Tunnels, meeting Cloud Guy, who states one tunnel leads to Bergen Town and the rest to certain death. After losing his temper with the cloud, he chases him until they run through the tunnel to Bergen Town.
They enter the castle to rescue the missing Trolls. They find them alive, despite Branch predicting they would be eaten, only to witness such thing happening to Creek. Branch attempts to bring Poppy down to Earth about Creek still being alive, as they all saw him getting eaten.
Chef gives Bridget the Trolls to watch, and the pair go after them. They witness Bridget's breakdown about her crush on King Gristle Jr., and after freeing the other Trolls decide to help her. When the other Trolls begin to sing and cheer her up, she notices Branch isn't singing and questions the plan. Finally after Poppy pressures him enough, he reveals what happened to his grandma and how he was responsible for her death. Poppy and the others finally realize why he's never happy.
He agrees to go along with the plan, which successfully gains Bridget a date with Gristle. During the date, the Trolls and Bridget struggle to help her with words, causing Branch to step in and tell her what to say.
Later, after confirmation that Creek was alive, the Trolls state they need to go, leaving Bridget heartbroken due to a lack of confidence without them. They rescue Creek, only to find out that he isn't in the locket he had been kept in by Gristle. Distracted, Chef captures them all. Back in the cage, this time including Poppy and Branch, it's revealed that Creek agreed to sell out the rest of Troll Village for the sake of his own life.
During the Trollstice preparations, Branch witnesses Poppy finally gave up and watches her and the rest of the Trolls turn grey like him. Finally he breaks his vow to not sing and sings to cheer her up, restoring her colors. In the process, he regains his own True Colors, as the other Trolls watch they also return to their original colors. He states he is finally happy, causing Poppy to say show confusion at the moment he picked to finally be happy.
Bridget opens the pot and sets all the Trolls free outside, willing to sacrifice herself, since she knows there will be dire consequences. Poppy, Branch and the rest of The Snack Pack go back to rescue her when Poppy is unable to just walk away. Poppy shows to the Bergens that they don't need to eat Trolls to be happy, as happiness is inside of everyone. Chef makes an attempt to continue as planned, trying to get Gristle to eat Branch, but Poppy saves him. The rest of the Bergens, realizing that they do indeed have happiness inside of them, dance with the Trolls. Branch and Poppy are seen together at the end of the movie.
With the Bergens and Trolls now friends, Trollstice is gone forever and the Bergens don't have a holiday. Meanwhile, Poppy is constantly sending Bridget cards for every single holiday the Trolls have - and they have a lot. Bridget starts to send cards back for every day of the week. Branch is with Poppy trying to practice his smiling, as he's still new to being happy. She tries to help him, but his face doesn't cooperate and he draws attention to the cards. Poppy realizes why they're doing this: because they now don't have a holiday, so they have nothing to look forward into. She has an idea, to which Branch responds by telling her to sleep on it before she gets a crazy idea.
The next morning, Poppy gives Branch a scare in his bunker. He quickly finds out she didn't sleep on the idea. The plan is to get him on board and then travel to Bergen Town, there they'll show the Bergens the Trolls' holidays so that their minds will be blown. Her idea is basically to give them one of their holidays. Branch gives up and agrees to the plan.
They travel by Caterbus to Bergen Town. Cloud Guy drives the bus the entire time, even accidentally going over a cliff into a worm hole becaue the Trolls started singing and he joined in instead of driving the bus. Upon arrival the group consisting of Poppy, Branch, Biggie, Fuzzbert, Guy Diamond, Cooper, Satin and Chenille make an entrance. After Bridget and Poppy are done with the greetings, Poppy begins her holiday presentation. However the holidays aren't very Bergen-like and to them are lame. In addition, each demonstration either makes a mess in the castle or ends up with King Gristle Jr. getting hit by something, some both.
Bridget tries to stop Poppy, but when Branch attempts to tell Poppy her plan isn't working and they need to stop, Poppy misunderstands him and goes bigger. The presentations get out of hand, and eventually Bridget is forced to put her foot down. Poppy is asked to leave, as the Bergens are left with a mess to clean up.
Outside, Poppy is gloomy because Bridget got mad at her, failing to understand what she did wrong. Branch then begins to sing and follow her. Eventually, Branch's constant singing and persistent following makes her mad and she yells at him to stop, in that moment realizing what he's doing is what she just did to Bridget. Realizing she needs to apologize, their attention is turned to bubbles floating in the air.
The Bergens have created a new holiday of their own named "Troll-A-Bration Day" to celebrate the most awesome thing in their lives: their friendship with the Trolls. Poppy apologizes and Branch finally smiles; now he can't stop and it's hurting him. The Trolls and Bergens dance and sing the night away.
Trolls World Tour
Life continued on with Branch finally coming out of his bunker and now joining in with the rest of Troll Village, becoming more social with his friends and neighbors. He began participating in their singing and dancing. Branch had grown to realize that Poppy was the one for him, but he lacked the guts to tell her how he felt about her. During one of their villages song sessions, he witnesses the birth of Tiny Diamond and after the song ends, Poppy and he bid Guy Diamond and Tiny his new son farewell. Branch then attempts to finally tell Poppy how he feels, but back-peddles, to which Poppy states she finds being a good queen as important as being his friend. With the word "friend" echoing in his mind, he assumes he's just been friend-zoned, much to his dismay.
Their attention is drawn to Biggie, who's being attacked by a bat-like creature. Branch calms the bat down and Poppy reads the message it was carrying. King Peppy tries to destroy the message after Poppy reads about Queen Barb "the Queen of Rock", but Branch stops his panicked state. Peppy then reluctantly explains the existence of the other Troll Tribes, and how their ancestors created six Strings, each representing a different type of music, one for each of the Trolls' different Tribes. Peppy claims the Tribes soon argued over the strings and what sort of music to play, which led the elders of each Tribe to decide they were too different to get along, so each Tribe took their own string and went their separate ways, never to interact with each other again.
Poppy and Peppy later get into a row about how to deal with the situation, as Peppy believes they should run while Poppy thinks Barb wants to unite the Trolls and that they should help her. Peppy tells Branch to get ready and he goes to make preparations. Later that night, Poppy is preparing to leave and reach out to the other Tribes in hopes of uniting the, and bringing about harmony. Branch catches her leaving, but is unable to stop himself from joining her aboard Sheila Balloon.
In the morning, they find Biggie had accidentally stowed away, as he and Mr. Dinkles had fallen asleep after eating most of Poppy's cotton candy she had on board. Poppy also discovers Branch has weapons, which he tries to defend, saying it'd be safer to have them just in case they need them, but Poppy kicks them out of the balloon. Branch also tries to fly the balloon via reading the 400-page manual, but Poppy just hits the controls, sending it everywhere until Sheila asks her not to. They arrive at Symphonyville, the home of the Classical Trolls, only to find it in burning ruins. After learning what happened from Pennywhistle, Poppy realizes Barb doesn't want to unite the tribes; she wants to destroy them. Poppy then reveals she has the Pop string with her, to Branch's dismay as he suggests they go home and prepare for Barb's attack but Poppy refuses, saying they must warn the other Tribes.
However, Biggie is panicking, so to assure him and calm him down, Poppy does a Pinky Promise with him, promising to protect him no matter what. Branch watches their Pinky Promise in disbelief. They leave Pennywhistle, who wants to rebuild Symphonyville by herself.
They head to the Country Trolls' town of Lonesome Flats, where they hear their musical style as their leader, Delta Dawn, sings Born to Die. Branch likes the song, as he sees that life is sad sometimes, but Poppy assumes the Country Trolls don't know how to sing music that makes them happy, and decides they (she, Branch and Biggie) should sing the most important songs to them. This doesn't go well, as the Country Trolls are offended by their music, and Delta throws them in jail for "crimes against music". Poppy tries to tell Delta they came to warn her about Barb, but Delta dismisses her words, saying she already knows about Barb and "her fancy world tour"; though she clearly doesn't understand the threat Barb poses.
The trio escapes thanks to a Country Troll named Hickory, but Branch is mistrusting of him as he doesn't know why he's helping them. Fleeing from Delta and her posse, they escape by jumping into a river.
The group of now-four Trolls head down the river, and Hickory builds them a boat. During the ride down the river, Branch and Poppy have a hushed discussion about Hickory, whom Branch doesn't trust and Poppy turns his words around by saying Branch doesn't trust her judgement, which Branch counters by saying sometimes friends have to question their friends' decisions. Shortly after, they encounter the bounty hunter Chaz, the Smooth Jazz troll, who puts the three Pop Trolls in a trance with his Smooth Jazz music. When they come to their senses, they find themselves tied up, but Hickory saves them from Chaz, as he had used gumdrops as earplugs to avoid his brainwashing, and sends Chaz into the river. Biggie then starts to freak out, and though Poppy tries to calm him down, he brings up that she promised they would be safe. But seeing that Poppy cannot protect them and upset that she isn't listening to anyone and only hearing what she wants to hear, Biggie tells Poppy she has broken her Pinky Promise, and decides to return to Pop Village. Branch simply watches Biggie leaving with Mr. Dinkles sailing up the river.
The morning after, Hickory talks to Branch, whom he can see has feelings for Poppy, but points out that only one of them (Poppy and Branch) is doing the listening in their relationship and it's not her. They trio are then unexpectedly taken into Vibe City, the home of the Funk Trolls. Inside, they meet a Troll they think is Cooper, but it turns out Cooper had gone out on his own journey to find other Trolls just like him, and this Troll is Prince D, his twin brother. He and Cooper introduce the group to the Funk Twins' parents, King Quincy and Queen Essence, and Cooper explains he was taken as an egg by a bird and ended up at Pop Village. When Poppy suggests to unite the Pop Trolls and Funk Trolls in order to stop Barb, Quincy respectfully declines and D explains the truth about why.
After D explains the real history of why the Tribes split apart, that it was the ancient Pop Trolls who took the strings and wouldn't let the other Tribes play their own music until they finally took back their strings and left the Pop Trolls, Poppy tries to convince them that if they work together they can prove Barb wrong and that all Trolls are all the same. Quincy and Essence respond that they are not all the same; they're different, like how their strings represent their different music genres. Then Quincy wisely tells Poppy that denying their differences is denying the truth of who they are, basically saying that differences do matter, leaving Poppy perplexed as it goes against what she had been trying to impress into others.
It is then the Rock Trolls attack. While Quincy, Essence, and D rally their people to prepare for battle, Cooper sends his friends and Hickory away for their own safety as he goes to help his family. Poppy and Branch are separated from Hickory, and can only watch helplessly as the Funk Trolls are attacked by Barb and her Rock Trolls. Branch then forces Poppy to listen to him, saying he's done listening to her and that they have to go home, but Poppy refuses to give up like him, which Branch defends by saying he wants to protect their friends and family. In response, Poppy states she can't go home until she proves she's a good queen, which severely disappoints Branch.
As the bubble they're in floats to the ground, Branch berates Poppy, that she's not listening to anyone, not her father, not Biggie, not Quincy and Essence, that she's only hearing what she wants to hear, and he'd been backing her up even when she ignored them. He turns away, hurt as he adds that Poppy never listened to him either. When Poppy asks what he's saying, Branch states that good queens actually listen and what he heard from Quincy and Essence is that differences do matter.
As they land on the ground, Branch then points himself and her out, that they're different. But it seems they're too different to get along, just like the Troll Tribes. After they land and the bubble pops, he walks away and they both argue and question why they're even friends, which ends with Branch asking why she's the one he cares more about than anyone else in the world, leaving Poppy speechless and ashamed.
Sad and believing he and Poppy would have never worked out after all, Branch goes off to be alone as he contemplates the relationship he'd hoped to have with Poppy and that it seems to be over before it had a chance to start, while singing Perfect for Me. He is then ambushed by The K-Pop Gang, who tie him up and demand him to take them to Poppy. Tresillo and his Reggaeton Trolls then show up to take him from them. The two groups have a dance-off with Branch caught in the middle. When they finish and agree to split him, he counterproposes, asking them why they're helping Barb if she gets to decide what music will be saved when all music should be saved. They agree and join Branch.
He travels with them on Shella Balloon to save Poppy, who has been taken to Volcano Rock City after being captured and her string taken. He drops the balloon manual on Barb's head as she's about to play the Ultimate Power Chord. She tries again, but this time Branch throws himself in her line of fire to shield Poppy from being hit by the effect of the six strings, all converted to Rock. Branch is brainwashed and turned into a Rock zombie, much to Poppy's dismay. After watching Barb proceed to turn the other Troll leaders into Rock zombies, Poppy tries to escape, but Barb has Branch grab her with his hair and hold her in place while she hits her with the effects of the Power Chord.
It seems Poppy has also been turned into a Rock zombie, so Barb throws her the guitar with the six strings, ordering her to convert the Funk Twins and her father into more Rock zombies. But just when it seems all is lost, Poppy turns the guitar at Barb and reveals that while she'd changed outwardly, she'd stuffed gumdrops into her ears to block out the Power Chord's brainwashing, so she remained herself on the inside. Berating Barb for her selfishness and hypocrisy, that forcing everyone to look, act, and sound the same is not harmony, while acknowledging her own mistakes, Poppy makes the desperate decision to destroy the guitar, which also destroys the six strings, creating a shockwave effect that undoes the effect of the Power Chord, returning all the converted Trolls back to their normal selves, including Branch, but also seemingly destroys all music and takes away all of the Trolls' colors. After everyone turns grey and Rock music has been destroyed, Poppy checks on Branch, and Barb spitefully throws the blame of destroying all music onto Poppy to hide her own guilt.Before long, everyone soon notices the Funk Twins begin to create music, and the Trolls realize they don't need the Strings anymore as the music now comes from within, as it always truly had. Poppy starts off a song, Just Sing, with Branch and all the other Troll leaders joining in. The song inspires unity and harmony into all the Trolls, restoring their colors and spirits. When the song ends, Poppy and Branch make up. Branch finally confesses he loves her, with her saying she loves him back, making them an official couple at last. As the camera zooms out, the pair kiss. The two celebrate with the other Trolls at their village.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
Branch has two main story arcs in the series: his relationship with Poppy and his attempt to become a Troll again.
Episodes centered around his relationship with Poppy tend to take on one of several forms. The first is an episode like Scrapbook to the future, wherein he ends up being the one Poppy leans on when things go wrong. This role can be swapped, as seen in episodes like Laugh-Out Cloud, where Poppy is instead putting him in his place, as she acts like the foil to his character.
Alternately, in episodes such as BFFF, Branch becomes a supportive role in Poppy, carrying out her ideas and supporting her as a friend and his Queen; while in others like Swither-Ruby he becomes an inconvenience to her. This also becomes true when Creek is involved, to which Poppy knows that he and Branch refuse to get along. The episode Peril Patch referenced another part of their relationship, where they focus on trying to prove who's the better Troll, which the episode parodied with Smidge stating they know how things will turn out.
Branch also has moments in the show where his character is focused on him becoming a better Troll. Having missed out on so much, he has a long way to go. The episode Snow Day focused on him making up for his lost youth. A season later in Marshtato Fairy, when given the chance to end the lies about the Marshtato Fairy, thus destroying the fantasy for everyone, chose not to do so based on his own lost childhood. There was also a plot regarding the Bunker List, which was a list of items mostly written by Poppy that would help him become "normal" again.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
- Theme Song
- Season 1
- Season 2
- Season 5
- Season 6
- Season 7
Trolls World Tour
- Theme Song
- Season 1
Branch wasn't originally a character of the Trolls movie, but was added after it was re-conceptualized as a musical. He replaced the character "Masklin".
Branch was designed after Poppy, who was the first character designed for the new musical. Whereas Poppy was conceptualized to be bright and cheerful, Branch was a contrasting grey color. He was meant to have green cool purple accents, and his hair is purposely shorter than other Trolls to foreshadow character development. Whereas Poppy was an exploding volcano, Branch was a contained one.
Branch was quite easy to design for the team, as they already had made Poppy, his counterpart, and he was designed to be her opposite. Since he lived as an antisocial hermit, he was designed to wear homemade clothing. Early designed concepts had the Trolls dulling when they were scared or sad. As Branch was always grey, he would blend in; he was designed to be a survivalist at his core. He was a young adult Troll who prepared for the worst. Justin Timberlake was chosen as the voice actor of Branch because his voice was naturally perky-sounding, to contrast how grumpy Branch himself was.
The grey coloration is also a reference to the original plot of the Trolls film. When it was reimagined as a musical, it was originally going to be about how the Trolls gained their colorful hair. Branch was supposed to be the sole remaining grey Troll in the village. Though the story was changed, he did not.
While unconfirmed, it has also been seen that the concept team also had intended to have a blue-skinned Troll in The Snack Pack with blue hair. Various members of the group were given the design before it was settled for Branch. Branch was also initially conceptualized to be completely green when showing his "True Colors". Some concepts also depicted him with a good luck "wishstone" on his belly button like Poppy, but both had it removed in further ones. Others showed him carrying different weapons, including a bow and arrow.
"Branch" means "diverge from the main route or part", referring to his diversion from the other Trolls and how he separated from them almost entirely by the beginning of the main storyline of Trolls.
"Branch" is also the name of part of a tree, which matches Poppy's plant name, "poppy" being a type of flower.
- In the Trolls: The Beat Goes On! episode Tour Guide of Duty, Branch states he founds his own name strange when Tug plays one of his private journals from his Bunker days.
- In the book Branch and the Cooking Catastrophe, the author David Lewman suggested that Branch got his name from his ability to swing through the trees by wrapping his hair around each tree branch, gaining speed and momentum as he did. He was able to outrun King Gristle Jr. via this method, despite the Bergen running at full speed.
- In the movies, his name is pronounced with an American accent (bræntʃ). However, in Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, the characters often use a British pronunciation (brɑːntʃ).
In other languages, Branch's name is often changed, and with it often the meaning, but almost all refer back to his role within the story.
- "Ramón" is a Spanish male name whose meaning is "Counsel Protection". It's similar to the "rama", the actual Spanish translation of "branch".
- "Branche" translates to "plugged" in French and "branch" in German.
- "Tronco" means "trunk", which refers to another part of a tree.
- "Mruk" is a surname, though it can be translated to "curmudgeon" or "a bad tempered person".
Branch is the over-cautious paranoid survivalist in Troll Village, who lives in fear of invasion from the Bergens. The only troll in the village who doesn't sing, dance, or hug, Branch lives a disgruntled existence, constantly trying to prepare for the worst. He's constantly flummoxed by the over-the-top positivity of the other Trolls - is he the only sane one in this crowd of exuberantly happy Trolls?
Over the course of the film, Branch will be forced to embrace his inner Troll, even if it includes a dreaded burst of singing and dancing. Will he learn to find more inner happiness with Poppy at his side?
- ALWAYS PREPARED
- ON THE LOOKOUT FOR DANGER
- OVERLY CAUTIOUS
- NOT A FAN OF HUG TIME
The official Trolls Facebook account also uploaded an image of him with extra details as part of their "Troll of the month" series.
Branch often wonders if he's the only sane individual in a town full of exuberantly happy Trolls. Reclusive and always prepared for danger, Branch must learn to embrace his inner Troll if he's ever going to let his true colors shine.
- True Colors Form
Branch's true colors finally shine once he builds up the courage to express his love for Poppy and help her rescue the rest of the Snack Pack. True Colors Branch has a smile on his face and a song within his heart.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
Branch is the most reserved and rational member of the Trolls. He is overly cautious, always evaluating the potential danger in any given situation. Despite his gruff and grumpy exterior, he often surprises his fellow Trolls with his thoughtfulness and sensitivity.
Trolls World Tour
Branch, whose growing feelings for Poppy are growing by the day, is annoyed Barb thinks she can decide which music gets to be saved. ALL music should be saved.
Branch is a Type-A Troll who's doing his best adjusting to Troll society. After years of isolation in his survival bunker, Branch's fixation with keeping everyone safe can come across as overkill.
When he's not devising, testing and re-testing security measures to defend Troll Village, both real and perceived, Branch is learning how to fit in with his fellow Trolls. Poppy inspires him to take chances and continually pushes him to go outside his comfort zone.<ref>https://press.hulu.com/shows/trolls-trollstopia/bios/branch/<ref>
Branch was an unlockable Troll in Trolls: Crazy Party Forest!. In the game, he was a "Rainbow" Troll whose favorite activities are Hair Stunts and Trampoline. He had one of the lowest % drop rates at just 2%, with 100 parts needed to collect him.
He also acted as the Bunker's manager, and gave the player instructions on how to use it.
Kinder Egg Bio
Branch often wonders if he’s the only sane individual in a town full of exuberantly happy Trolls. A reforming recluse always prepared for danger, Branch is learning to embrace his inner Troll so his true colours can shine.
Toys and Figurines
Due to his major role in the series and Poppy's love interest, Branch has remained one of the most popular choices for merchandise. He's sound throughout the series' merchandising, and is often the second-most commonly merchandised Troll after Poppy due to her status as the franchise's main protagonist.
- Branch is a few years older than Poppy, since she was a baby when they escaped from the Troll Tree. Branch was a child at this point in time.
- In Trolls and Trolls Holiday, a running gag is that Poppy keeps spraying Branch's face with glitter.
- In Trolls Holiday, he was shown to dislike glitter.
- As mentioned by the official Trolls Facebook account:
- His symbol is a "skull and crossbones". This appears on a number of his figurines. He's actually one of the few Trolls to have his symbol appear on merchandise.
- His Gem is "Bunker Gem", which was also the focus of the Trolls: The Beat Goes On! episode Gem Day.
- There are a couple of noteworthy things about his early Trolls introduction:
- In the early Trolls trailers, a scene of the Trolls dancing to "Can't Stop the Feeling!" is shown, but unlike in the movie itself, Branch is grey when he should have his True Colors. This was most likely done to avoid spoilers, as the Bergens were also missing in that scene.
- Branch was kept mostly out of Trolls-related merchandise very early on. For example, he wasn't mentioned at all in Follow Your Art, with Creek taking place as Poppy's supportive Troll instead. In the trailer for the movie released in January 2016, he wasn't even featured either, despite that his character was long fleshed out and part of the main storyline. DreamWorks has never explained why Branch was absent, but it was also likely to avoid spoilers.
- Branch and Bridget draw parallels to each other, alongside their respective love interests Poppy and King Gristle Jr. Both are outcasts who believed happiness was beyond them; Branch because of his own inability to forgive himself and Bridget because she believed her social status meant Gristle wouldn't want her.
- Throughout the movie, Branch shows signs of the 5 stages of grief: denial & isolation (his bunker), anger (at Poppy's attempts to get him back in the village and later to sing), depression (when having to talk about his grandma), bargaining (he blames himself for being lost in song that day as an "if only" situation) and acceptance (when he finally shows his True Colors and accepts happiness).
- Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
- In Two-Party System, it's revealed that his birthday is 1 day after Bridget's.
- Both Branch and Nova Swift like Fluffleberry. Branch likes it in cake form and Nova enjoys a latte of it.
|Trolls - Main Characters|
|King Peppy • Princess Poppy • Branch • Creek • Cooper • Biggie • Smidge • Guy Diamond • Satin and Chenille • DJ Suki • Fuzzbert • Grandma Rosiepuff †|
|Trolls - Minor Characters|
|Harper • Moxie Dewdrop • Cookie Sugarloaf • Mandy Sparkledust • Keith • Darius • Uncle Ron Sr. †|
|King Gristle Jr. • Bridget • Chef • King Gristle Sr. • Chad and Todd • Bibbly • Captain Starfunkle|
|Mr. Dinkles • Cloud Guy • Barnebis|
|Miss Guffin • Aspen Heitz • Cybil • Maddy • Karma|
|Troll 2 Troll|
|Poppy • Branch|
|Trolls Holiday Shorts|
|Poppy • Branch • Biggie & Mr. Dinkles • Satin and Chenille • Cooper • Smidge • Guy Diamond • Fuzzbert • Cloud Guy|
|Poppy • Branch • Biggie & Mr. Dinkles • Satin and Chenille • Smidge • Guy Diamond • DJ Suki • Harper|
|Trolls Holiday characters|
|Queen Poppy • Branch • Biggie • Smidge • Guy Diamond • Satin and Chenille • Cooper • Fuzzbert|
|King Gristle Jr. • Bridget • Chad and Todd • Bibbly • Captain Starfunkle|
|Mr. Dinkles • Cloud Guy|
|Trolls: The Beat Goes On! characters|
|Trolls - Main cast|
|Queen Poppy • Branch • Biggie • Smidge • Guy Diamond • Satin and Chenille • DJ Suki • Cooper|
|Trolls - Supporting roles|
|King Peppy • Creek • Fuzzbert • Aspen Heitz • Harper • Gia Grooves • Sky Toronto • Nova Swift • Keith • Priscilla • CJ Suki • Cybil • Meadow Spriggs • Bella Brightly • Milton Moss • Tug Duluth • Dr. Moonbloom • Rufus • Ripley Wisp • Gemma Fur • Maddy • Baha • Mags Gumdrop • Klaus Von Frousting • Dennis • Master Controll|
|King Gristle Jr. • Bridget • Chad and Todd • Groth • Nangus Skullcrusher • Bernice|
|Cloud Guy • Mr. Dinkles • Gary • Party Crashers (Bash • Archer Pastry • Peter) • Marshtato Mary • Sir Tandeth and Certain Death • Pistil Pete and Pistil Patrick • Dad Cloud and Mom Cloud|
|Trolls World Tour characters|
|Queen Poppy • Branch • King Peppy • Biggie • Smidge • Guy Diamond • Satin and Chenille • Legsly • Fuzzbert • Skyscraper|
|Queen Barb • King Thrash • Riff • Carol • Sid Fret • Amp|
|Delta Dawn • Clampers Buttonwillow • Growley Pete|
|King Quincy • Queen Essence • Prince D • Cooper|
|King Trollex • Coral Blush • Bliss Marina|
|Tiny Diamond • Chaz • Tresillo • Marimba and Tambora • The K-Pop Gang • Hickory • Dickory|
|Cloud Guy • Mr. Dinkles • Debbie • Sheila Balloon • Pennywhistle • Techno Beat Drop Button • Janet • Cloud Guy's Children|
|The Mariachi Sisters • Little Miss Polka • The Barbershop Boys • Crunch|
|Trolls: TrollsTopia characters|
|Queen Poppy • Branch • DJ Suki • Guy Diamond • Satin and Chenille • Biggie • Smidge • Creek • Fuzzbert • King Peppy • Keith • CJ Suki • Priscilla • Harper • Rufus • Gia Grooves • Meadow Spriggs • Mags Gumdrop • Dr. Moonbloom|
|Val Thundershock • Demo • Blaze Powerchord • Petra|
|Holly Darlin' • Gust Tumbleweed|
|Dante Crescendo • Minuet Sonata|
|Cooper • Lownote Jones • Rhythm & Blues|
|Synth • Laguna Tidepool|
|Tiny Diamond • Chaz|
|Cloud Guy • Mr. Dinkles • Gary • Marshtato Mary|