|“||My name is Branch and I am a troll. Why do I live in a heavily fortified survival bunker? Because right outside my door lurks a nightmare. Her name is Poppy. Poppy is the leader of the trolls, and it's not her fault she's so insanely happy. She's just never faced a real problem until now. Happiness is inside of all of us, right? Sometimes, you just need someone to help you find it.||„|
During most of the film, Branch has blue-gray skin with blue-black hair that is shorter than most of the trolls. His nose is a lavender, and his eyes are a blue. He wears a vest made of dark green leaves and dark brown shorts that are very worn and clumsily stitched up. Like the other trolls, he has four fingers on each hand and four toes on each foot, and he almost always wears a frown on his face.
Branch's model has a unique head with some unique details. For example, most of the Troll models have ears that point upwards and are against their head, while Branchs protrude and lay more downwards, as a result they stick straight out. In his flashback it was shown that his ears used to stand up straight like a normal Trolls but lowered when he became sad and has remained that way ever since resulting in a permanent physical deformity. The shape is also sharp and has has less of a round hanging lobe. In addition, Branch's ears have a slight transparency to them, though this is common in the other Troll models, it is very apparent in Branch's. The head itself is wider then many other Trolls models, his head and color make him much more "goblin-like" then other Trolls. His shoulders are slightly broader then most of the other Troll moderns of his size and while he has the plump Troll shape, it is not as plump as some of the other Trolls. His outfit is unique to his model.
One thing to note about his Grey version of his 3D model is that it is not as grey as it looks. In the "True Colors" scene when the other Trolls are all grey, it can be seen he still has a slight blue tint to his model while the other Trolls have none at all. This is the same for all of the movie which is why in Poppy's cover of "Sound of Silence" blue can be seen on his left ear.
In Branch's "True Colors", he has bright blue hair with slight purple tints to it. His skin is likewise a blue coloration. His hair is also longer 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 Colours" are beautiful, a opinion other Trolls share.
As a child, Branch is shown with short, sticking up, indigo hair. He is seen wearing light brown shorts, with a strap around his right shoulder with a few green patches, 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 troll Child model used throughout the film, just with unique textures on his pants.
He mostly is the same as the start of the Trolls movie, having almost reverted completely back to his grey self. It is seen that his colors do vary, however, between grey and his True Colors. Branch's model reacts to light and, depending on the scene light, he will appear more bluish. Towards the end of the special, when he is trying to cheer up Poppy, he is blue again.
He is also seen at one point in a dressing grown when Poppy Broke into his bunker.
Branch is depicted as having blue hair and green skin, which is the common coloration Dreamworks has chosen for him after the events of Trolls. He does not change color at all in this version. In addition, he has the same type of ears as most other Trolls, instead of his more unique ears he has in the 3D animation and lack their usual transparency.
Branch is using a green-grey model, his hair is grey with slight blue undertones. His model coloration still varies in lighting conditions in appearance.
In some scenes he has a hug bracelet, though it is more green then in the Netflix series. He also has more stitches in his pants. His vests "leaves" vary more in shades of green then past versions and more visible stitching can be seen.
As a Rock Zombie, Branch is shirtless with black leather pants, silver earrings (two on his right ear, one on his left), spiked wristbands, his hair is black and like a mullet, and he has tattoos on his chest, and his eyes glow red.
In merchandise related to the movie, it is seen that he still maintains the blue-hair, green skinned coloration from Trolls: The Beat Goes On!.
Branch is one of the more complicated Trolls due his complex emotions. On the outside he appears to be a grump who only looks out for himself, on the inside he really does care for other Trolls but hides his true feelings by being sarcastic. He came out of Bergen town with Psychological trauma that would follow him around throughout most of his life. It made it impossible for him to be a normal Troll because he felt responsible for the event. It also left his frightened of being caught unprepared ever again and is a source of paranoia to the annoyance of the other Trolls.
The result is that he has been unhappy for at least 20 years, as he first turns grey as a child while the Trolls are still living in the Troll Tree and is very negative. Thus by the time the movie begins, Branch is a Troll that 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 an self induced outcast, he choose to live alone rather then in Troll Village. He states that he likes silence and that he doesn't relax.
Branch isn't the one to rush into danger and only goes with Poppy to Bergen Town to get back his Bunker. He spends every moment until they rescue the captured Trolls being negative and trying to stop Poppy from getting on his nerves. Branch only confesses why he doesn't Sing when his lack of singing causes doubt in Bridget that Poppy's plan to get a date with King Gristle Jr. to get everyone off his case and explain the reason for his lack of singing. 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 then in the past. He is not only seen trying to practice his smile but also willing gets on board 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.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
Branch spends most of the series trying to learn to be a better Troll, often helped by Poppy. When he isn't being helped to be "normal", he is seen helping the other Trolls. He still has a lot to learn about being a Troll and often goes over board trying to achieve minor goals. He still prefers his personnel space and likes his peace and quiet.
In Season 7 episode "Gem Day", Branch's Troll gem flower blooms and Branch finally has his Gem, signalling he has (finally) grown as a Troll. When Poppy causes it to break, it takes a extra special strong round of happiness to grow another, of which Trolls Poppy, Smidge, DJ Suki and Cooper all manage to make happen by offering up their own. By the end of Season 8 in Bye Bye Bunker, Branch is almost a normal Troll and even has his own Hug Bracelet, fully embracing Troll lifestyle. However, he finds it impossible to leave his Bunker, stating that its a part of him and who he is, and that he doesn't want to let that go, nor should his friends make him.
A trait seen in both Trolls and the series is that Branch is good with his words and a smooth talker. In Trolls he was able to tell Bridget what to say to please Gristle, in Trolls: The Beat Goes On episode Sorry Not Sorry, he tells Gristle what to say to make Bridget happy.
Trolls World Tour
In Trolls: World Tour, Branch has become a close friend of Poppy and a much more social and friendly troll with his friends and neighbors, happily taking part in their singing and dancing and having fun together. However, Branch is harboring strong romantic feelings for Poppy and looking for the right way to confess them to her... only for a little miscommunication between them leaves him believing he's been friend-zoned. All the same, he remains helpful and loyal yet holds onto his survivor-esque tendencies, as, after learning from King Peppy about the other troll tribes, he feels they should prepare for any possible invasion or threat they could pose whereas Poppy thinks they should reach out to and befriend the other troll tribes and make peace and harmony.
He chooses (aggravatingly) to accompany Poppy on her quest to unite the trolls and is dismayed by her refusing to listen to his advice or suggestions, such as tossing out his basket of handmade weapons when he'd only wanted to have them in case they needed them. Throughout the journey, Branch backs up Poppy despite not agreeing with her decisions or ideas even though she insists upon them, and even after they keep getting into trouble because of them. This finally stops when Branch forces Poppy to listen to him after their meeting with the funk trolls is ruined by the rock trolls' attack, and Branch calls Poppy out for her selfishness and unwillingness to listen to anyone but herself, and scolds her for not understanding that good queens actually listen and that differences do matter... leading to them to question their friendship, which ends with Branch walking away after he tells her that he cares for her more than anyone else in the world, all but confessing he's in love with her.
After being caught by the K-Pop Trolls and Reggaeton Trolls, Branch is able to convince them that instead of helping Barb just to save their own music, they should help him stop her to save all music.
Branch proves his love for Poppy yet again by protecting her from Barb's Ultimate Powerchord and is transformed into a Rock Zombie as a result, causing him to be temporarily under Barb's control and changing him to act and think like a rock troll. After Poppy destroys the Strings (which reverses the rock zombie transformations on Branch and the other troll leaders), the troll leaders have a revelation that helps every troll understand that Music comes from the Heart and that they never really needed the Strings. Branch, along with Poppy and all the other troll leaders, sing a song that inspires unity and harmony between all trolls, and Branch and Poppy make amends and declare their love for each other.
When he was temporarily transformed into a Rock Zombie, Branch expressed a zealous support for Rock music and suggested they all get ripping tattoos everywhere on their bodies... except their faces in case they still needed office jobs, and showed a vicious aggression when he used his rocking mullet to ensnare Poppy at Barb's command. Otherwise, he watched what happened around him with an empty look.
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, she generally was a foil to his own personality being his opposite. He refused all advances from her to get him to sing or dance and tried many thing to stop her singing, getting more and more fed up with her attempts to get him to sing. He believed her actions would lead to them getting eaten, was sceptical at all of her plans and her inability to see the serious side of each situation.
Branch eventually realised that she cared about every Troll and every Troll likewise cared about her. When she lost her True Colors he was the only Troll to try to bring out her positive emotions again, even confessing he loved her, which in turn made him happy. The film ends with them on good terms.
As he spends more time with Poppy, it is implied that he has developed feelings for her.
Despite not being on board with Poppy's plans, he still tags along anyway. Branch spends most of the Special still trying to foil to Poppy's plans to give the Bergens a new Holiday to replace Trollstice until he eventually makes her understand over over board she had gone with the idea.
Troll 2 Troll
The pairs apparent opposite personalities are displayed in the shorts Troll 2 Troll, where the interactions of the pair cause every question of debate to be derailed leaving none answered correctly.
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 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, Poppy's father 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 top shows Creek with a heart motif in a corner, while other frames that slide out contain photos of all her 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 is possible to make out the colouration of Branch, indicating that he has since replaced Creek in her main frame.
Trolls World Tour
Branch originally planned to confess his feelings for Poppy in the beginning, only for her to misinterpret them. He then went on a quest with Poppy who was enthusiastic with uniting the other Tribes, but they seemed to have a disagreement with each other, with Branch being the one who played safe whereas Poppy being the excited risk-taker. He tries to bring up her issue with trusting Hickory, a stranger they just met, but she takes to Hickory because he complies with her own beliefs.
Branch supported Poppy throughout the film until the Funk Troll were attacked, despite opposing her decision to keep going on. But while Poppy ignores everyone, Branch ends up being the one to listen to the issue that differences do matter. When he has finally had enough of Poppy only listening to herself, this upsets him and he confronts her on this which causes them to have a row.
They temporarily separated from each other after, which upsets 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 in a relationship with each other.
Branch showed general annoyance at Creek's positive energy approach to life and was subject to criticism from him. Branch was the only troll to react instantly when Creek betrayed them.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
Branch shows tough mistrust towards him when he reappears in the village and refuses to trust him at all. Though they come to a mutual understanding the two do not get along and often compete with each other, he's the only Troll to remain unforgiving towards his actions in Trolls.
Grandma Rosiepuff is Branch's grandmother and so far his only family member that is in appearance.
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 the only Troll who has an issue, this actually makes Cloud Guy want to torment him more because Branch does find him annoying.
Branch did not consider any of the other Trolls his friends at the start of the film and 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.
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.
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 the tour and states that he is the kindest troll. She asked him for help and he gave 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 being eaten by Finn Cascade, a giant fish that was visiting Troll Village. He attempted to get a photo with the fish only to be swallowed.
Herman the Hermit
In Biggie and the Disastrous Dance, one of the Trolls Chapter Books, King Peppy states that Branch had befriended a hermit Troll called "Herman". Herman happen 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 Dancemaster's song. Branch befriended the Troll because both of respect for his fellow isolationists.
Skills & Abilities
He has most normal Troll abilities.
Branch's social skills and ability to show affection are seriously lacking and in Trolls, when first introduced it is shown he has virtually none.
Branch still has far to go to learn fully how to be a "normal" troll in terms of basics socializing. 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 mostly a focus point of many of 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 "your 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.
While this may seem odd to consider, since that this is a part of Troll habits, for more then 20 years of his life, he did not sing a note. Thus, he did not partake in a basic thing that Trolls like to do in their every day life. His lack of singing was put down to Poppy as simply he 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 the series, due to having a different singer, his tone is a little deeper.
In the Trolls Shorts episode Trolla-Palooza Tour, Branch is seen playing a electric bass guitar.
Despite Poppy stating in Trolls he doesn't dance, in ASK POPPY, he states he is a good swing dancer, he just needed a partner who could keep up with him. In Trolls World Tour, he is seen able to keep up the Reggaeton Trolls after Tresillo pulls him in to dance with them. He was also able to keep up with The K-Pop Gang.
Branch built his Survival Bunker and gathered all 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 is 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, the Trolls are a lot safer these days with Branch around then they used to.
Going hand in hand with his survival skills, Branch is good with practical skills in building. Throughout Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, he is seen building things, from a fake Greygon to a glass ball for Biggie & Mr. Dinkles, to a boat he built within moments from a single log.
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 caused Chef to notice him and attempt to grab him. His grandma 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 presumed eaten. The result caused his heart to sadden and he became grey.
Although not seen in the escape, he escaped with the other Trolls during the last Trollstice. In the Trolls: The Beat Goes On! episode A Flower for Poppy, Branch mentioned losing his favorite toy in the escape from Bergen Town, confirming he was present in the escape.
Over time, he realized he didn't belong in the village and 10 years before the storyline started, he went to live in his Bunker, having almost no contact with other Trolls except to warn them of danger out of paranoia. For the most part, everyone ignored him and even went so far as to mock him over active paranoia. In The Giver, it was stated that he still wanted a connection to the other Trolls and would deliver gifts once a tree to every Troll house, he did this in secret and wanted to remain anonymous.
On the 20th anniversary of their escape from Troll town, Poppy invites him to their celebration of freedom, which he refuses and warns them it will attract the Bergens. They do not heed his warning and later that night throw the biggest, loudest, and craziest party ever. This causes 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 Branch unwilling to help save her friends as he planned to spent 10 or 11 years in his Bunker instead. His plan is foiled by Poppy hiding the entire Troll Village in his bunker. Poppy goes off on her own and leaves him to deal with Hug time.
He joins her effort later and saves 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 and goes with her to Bergen Town. During their travels, he gets annoyed with her antics and 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 Creek getting eaten. 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 break down about her crush on King Gristle Jr. and after freeing the other Trolls, decide to help Bridget. 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 realise why he is never happy.
He agrees to go along with the plan, which successfully gains Bridget a date with the King. 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 Creek was alive, the Trolls state they need to go, leaving Bridget heart broken due to a lack of confidence without the Trolls. They rescue Creek, only to find he is not 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 is 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 open the pot and sets all the Trolls free outside, sacrificing her life to save them, knowing 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 reveals the Bergens do not have 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 dance with the Trolls and realising that they do indeed have happiness inside of them. 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 her trying to practice his smiling as his new to being happy still. She tries to help him but his face doesn't cooperate and he draws attention to the cards. Poppy realises why they are doing this - because they now don't have a holiday so have nothing to look forward to. She has an idea which causes Branch to tell her to sleep on it before she has a crazy idea.
The next morning Poppy gives him a scare in his bunker. He soon realizes she didn't sleep on it and has a crazy idea. The plan is to get him on board and then travel to Bergen Town, there they will show the Bergens the Trolls holidays and 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 of the castle or ends up with King Gristle Jr. getting hit by something, some both.
Bridget tries to stop Poppy but when Branch tries 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 but fails 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 realising what he is doing is what she just did to Bridget. Realising she needs to apologise their attention is turned to bubbles floating in the air.
The Bergens have created a new holiday of their own called "Troll-A-Bration Day" to celebrate the most awesome thing in their lives, their friendship with the Trolls. Poppy apologises and Branch finally smiles - now he can't stop and its 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 and even participating in their singing and dancing. Branch had grown to realize that Poppy was the one for him but now 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 and Poppy states she finds being a good queen as important as being his friend, with the word "Friend" echoing in his mind as he assumes he's just been friend-zoned, to his dismay.
Their attention is drawn to Biggie who is 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 calms down Peppy's 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, that led the elders of each tribe to decide the tribes were too different to get along and so each tribe took their own string and went their separate ways, never to interact with each other again.
Poppy and Peppy get into a row later about how to deal with the situation as Peppy believes they should run while Poppy believes 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 the hopes of uniting the tribes 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 has 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.
Biggie however is panicking, so to assure him and calm him down, Poppy does a Pinky Promise with Biggie, promising to protect him no matter what, and 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 style of music, as the Country trolls' leader, Delta Dawn, sings Born to Die. Branch likes the music as he sees that life is sad sometimes, but Poppy assumes the Country trolls don't know how 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 Poppy, Branch, and Biggie's music and Delta Dawn 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 but clearly doesn't understand the threat Barb poses.
The trio escapes, thanks to a Country troll named Hickory, but Branch is mistrusting of the Troll as he doesn't know why he is helping them. They escape Delta who give chase by falling into a river.
The group of now "four" Trolls head down the river and Hickory builds them a boat. Along the route the bounty hunter Chaz, the Smooth Jazz troll, approaches them and puts the three pop trolls in a trance with his jazz music. When they come round they find themselves tied up, but Hickory saves them from Chaz. Biggie then starts to freak out and though Poppy tries to calm him down, Biggie brings up that she promised they would be safe. But Poppy cannot protect them and thus has broken her promise. Angered that she isn't listening to anyone and only hearing what she wants to hear Biggie goes back to Pop Troll village. Branch simply watches Biggie leaving with Mr. Dinkles sailing across 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 on his own journey to find other Trolls just like him and this Troll is Prince D, his twin brother. He and Cooper introduce their visitors to the Funk twins' parents, King Quincy and Queen Essence, and Cooper explains he was taken as an egg by a bird and wound up at Pop Village. When Poppy suggests the Pop trolls and Funk trolls unite to stop Barb, King Quincy refuses and Prince D explains the truth about why.
After Prince D explains the real history of why the tribes split apart, the Rock trolls attack. Cooper sends the trio away 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 is a good queen, which severely disappoints Branch.
As the bubble they're in floats to the ground, Branch berates Poppy, that she is not listening to anyone, not her father, not Biggie, not Queen Essence, that she is 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 Queen 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 is 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 he 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 counter proposes, asking them why they're helping Barb and why Barb gets to decide what music will be saved when all music should be saved. They agree and join Branch.
He travels with them 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 is about to play the ultimate power cord. 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, to the dismay of Poppy. After watching Barb proceed to turn the other troll leaders into Rock Zombies as well 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 too has been turned int oa Rock Zombie, so Barb throws her the Guitar with the Six Strings, ordering her to convert the Funk Twins and her father, Peppy. But just whne 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 and makes the desperate decision to destroy the guitar, which also destroys the Six Strings, creating a shock wave-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 the trolls' colors. After everyone turns grey and rock music has been destroyed, Poppy goes to Branch to see if he is okay.
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 other Trolls joining in. When the song ends, the two make up and finally Branch confesses he loves her, with her saying she loves him back, making them an official couple at last. The two celebrate with the other Trolls at their village.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
Trolls: World Tour
Branch was designed after Poppy. Whereas Poppy was designed to be bright and cheerful, Branch was a contrasting Grey color. He was meant to have green cool purple accents an his hair is purposely shorter then other Trolls to foreshadow character development. Whereas Poppy was an exploding volcano, Branch is 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 a antisocial hermit, he was designed to wear home made 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 also chosen as the voice of Branch because his voice was naturally perky sounding, to contrast how grumpy Branch himself was.
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 had him with a Good luck gem on his bellybutton, others show him with weapons and for many he carried 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 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 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 out run King Gristle Jr. via this method despite the Bergen running at full speed.
- In Trolls, his name is pronounced the American way (bræntʃ), however in the Netflix series Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, the characters often use a British pronunciation (brɑːntʃ).
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
Facebook also uploaded an image of him with extra details as part of their "Troll of the month" series.
He was unlockable in Trolls: Crazy Party Forest!.
In the game, he was a "rainbow" Troll whose favorite activities were Hair Stunts and Trampoline. He had one of the lowest drop % rates at just 2% with 100 parts needed to collect him.
He also managed the Bunker acting as its manger and gave the tutorial on how to use it.
Kinder Egg Bio
From their Trolls World Tour Promo;
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.
- Branch is a few years older then Poppy, since she was a baby when they escape from the Troll Tree. Branch was a child at this point in time.
- In the 3D animations Trolls and Trolls Holiday, a running gag is that Poppy keeps spraying his face with Glitter.
- In Trolls Holiday, he shows to dislike glitter.
- As mentioned by Facebook;
- his symbol is a "skull and crossbones". This appears on a number of his figurines. He is actually one of the few Trolls to have his symbol appear on merchandise.
- His Gem "Bunker Gem" was also the focus of the episode Gem Day.
- Branch appears the second most in related media, with Poppy in first due to being the main character of "Trolls".
- In Two-Party System, its revealed his Birthday is 1 day after Bridget's.
- There are a couple of note worthy 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 his place as Poppy's supportive Troll instead. In the Trailer for the movie released in Jan 2016, he wasn't even featured either. This despite that his character was long fleshed out and part of the main storyline. While Dreamworks has never explained why Branch was absent, but was likely also to avoid spoilers.
- Branch and Nova Swift in Trolls:The Beat Goes On! both like Fluffleberry. Branch likes it in cake form and Nova enjoys a latte of it.
- His ears are in similar appearance to ears of Bergens.
- ↑ Trolls, Branch is seen as a child on the Troll tree singing.
- ↑ "The Art of the Trolls", ISBN no.;9781785653025
- ↑ Facebook account
- ↑ Branches Trolls official site bio
|Trolls - Main cast|
|King Peppy • Poppy • Branch • Biggie • Cooper • Creek • Grandma Rosiepuff † • Fuzzbert • DJ Suki • Guy Diamond • Satin and Chenille • Smidge|
|Trolls - Minor roles|
|Harper • Moxie Dewdrop • Cookie Sugarloaf • Mandy Sparkledust • Keith • Darius • Uncle Ron Sr. †|
|Bibbly • Bridget • Chef • Chad • King Gristle Sr. • King Gristle Jr. • Todd • Captain Starfunkle|
|Barnebis • Cloud Guy • Mister Dinkles|
|Miss Guffin • Karma • Aspen Heitz • Cybil • Maddy|
|Troll 2 Troll|
|Poppy • Branch|
|Poppy • Biggie & Mr. Dinkles • Satin and Chenille • Cooper • Branch • Cloud Guy • Fuzzbert • Smidge • Guy Diamond|
|Trolls Holiday characters|
|Queen Poppy • Biggie • Smidge • Guy Diamond • Satin and Chenille • Branch • Cooper • Fuzzbert|
|Bridget • King Gristle Jr. • Chad • Todd|
|Trolls: The Beat Goes On! characters|
|Trolls Main Cast|
|King Peppy • Queen Poppy • Branch • Biggie • Smidge • Guy Diamond • Satin and Chenille • DJ Suki • Cooper|
|Aspen Heitz • Creek • Harper • Gia Grooves • Sky Toronto • Keith • Priscilla • CJ Suki • Cybil • Meadow Spriggs • Bella Brightly • Fuzzbert • Nova Swift • Klaus Von Frousting • Tug Duluth • Milton Moss • Rufus • Ripley Wisp • Maddy • Baha • Gemma Fur • Mags Gumdrop • Dr. Moonbloom • Dennis • Master Controll|
|King Gristle Jr. • Bridget • Chad • Todd • Nanus Skullcrusher • Groth • Bernice|
|Cloud Guy • Party Crashers • Marshtato Mary • Gary • Sir Tandeth • Certain Death • Pistil Pete • Pistil Patrick|
|Trolls World Tour Characters|
|King Peppy • Queen Poppy • Biggie • Smidge • Guy Diamond • Satin and Chenille • Branch • Legsly • Skyscraper • Fuzzbert|
|Queen Barb • King Thrash • Riff • Carol|
|Delta Dawn • Clampers • Growley Pete|
|King Quincy • Queen Essence • Prince D • Cooper|
|King Trollex • Coral Blush • Bliss Marina|
|Tiny Diamond • Chaz • Tresillo • The K-Pop Gang • Hickory • Dickory • Sid Fret|
|Cloud Guy • Debbie • Sheila Balloon • Pennywhistle • Techno Beat Drop Button • Tumbleweed|