Poppy Playtime Theory: Who Really Is the Prototype?

The information provided on the prototype helps build a solid theory of who it was before it was turned into a living toy.

poppy play time accumulated a lot of mystery around the prototype. Players can find VHS tapes that talk about the prototype and the danger it poses to researchers, having killed at least one of them in an escape attempt. While there hasn’t been a whole lot of information about the prototype, there is enough to theorize about its identity before it was turned into a toy.

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Poppy Playtime Ch. 2.]

poppy play time takes place in an abandoned factory of Playtime Co., where the player is a former employee in search of answers about what happened to his former colleagues who disappeared ten years ago. As the player explores the building, it becomes apparent that Playtime Co. is harboring dark secrets and they have been experimenting on both adults and children in an effort to create living toys. For all the tradition that poppy play time revealed so far, the Prototype’s identity and motivations are not part of those reveals and continue to be one of the game’s biggest mysteries.

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The prototype is also known as Experiment 1006, which players mistakenly thought was Huggy Wuggy in Poppy Playtime Ch. 1. A note in Elliot Ludwig’s office from Poppy Playtime Ch. 2 says experiments in the 800s were done on animals, not humans. It is possible that the prototype was one of the first successful human-toy transfer processes.

The prototype as a researcher from Playtime Co.


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The snippets of information about the prototype in poppy play time give crucial details to piece together the mystery of his identity when he was human, and it leads to clues as to why he ended up as a toy that seems much more malevolent than other toy monsters. The process by which humans become toys at Playtime Co. is not entirely clear, other than the fact that it requires the use of poppy flowers. However, the traits that the subjects possess carry over into their transfer to become a toy, sometimes with added hostility, but this is a key factor in identifying the prototype.


One of the researchers’ main complaints about the prototype in poppy play time is his lack of obedience. Combined with his high intelligence and ambition, the Prototype is a threat, and he was likely one of Playtime Co.’s top researchers when he was human. Intelligence and ambition are essential qualities for any supervising researcher conducting complex research like raising the dead as toys. The prototype also has a solid understanding of the research facility, as a researcher would. He knew how to disable the camera in his room and how long he would have to hide in his blind spot to try to escape when the searchers came to see him. Few would have had the knowledge required for this plot.


Poppy Playtime Ch. 2 the ending sets up the Prototype as an antagonist, if not in the next chapter, then in a future. All of the information provided on the prototype so far aligns with the fact that he was a researcher while he was human, and those traits and experiences will make him a formidable foe. The remaining question would be why the Prototype participated in the experiments if he is, indeed, a former researcher in poppy play time.

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