While her twin sister is a bard who is a regular performer at the tavern in Nier's village, Popola is the librarian in charge of the village library. Both sisters are considered the leaders of the village and are always looking out for Nier's daughter/sister Yonah during his frequent absences. Popola is the one who gives him missions for the main storyline.
|Weiss, you dumbass!|
SPOILER ALERT - Plot details for NIER follow.
It is revealed when the player is in the Shadowlord's Castle that both Devola and Popola are android scientists/observers for Project Gestalt. The twins are revealed to have lived for thousands of years as a result of the initial experiments of the project, and have thus been charged with keeping eye on other experiments as a result: namely over the members of the entire party, including Yonah. They were made to provide support when the day has come for Gestalts to return to the Replicant's vessels. They are tasked with extracting data from Gestalts’ souls, making new Replicants' bodies, and returning a dead Replicant's data to its Gestalt.
- "Those two have watched the world wither for time immemorial. The cruelness of such a fate is difficult to imagine."
- —Weiss, after the twins are revealed as androids.
Before dying, the twins revealed that the Sealed Verses originated from the experimentation on them both, stating that they only loaned Grimoire Weiss a fraction of their power. Thus, meaning that their magic and capabilities are far superior to that of Grimoire Weiss.
- "Stop? Stop? You want me to stop? You think I have the luxury to stop? You cut down my sister like an animal and you tell me to STOP!? No one STOPS!! It's way too late to STOP! No one... STOOOOOPS!!"
- —Popola, after Devola's death
Popola is killed by her own attack along with Emil when the latter sacrifices himself to save his friends and counter the magic. It is later revealed that Emil survived that blast, but is only left as a head.
|That is why you, the YoRHa forces, exist:|
SPOILER ALERT - Plot details for NieR:Automata follow.
Popola and Devola aid 9S in getting inside the Tower by serving as distractions to the machine enemies. After 9S fails at hacking his way inside, Popola makes an attempt at the cost of being perpetually electrocuted. Devola defends the 9S and Popola from the machines until Popola manages to open the Tower's gate. Devola annihilates the robot she's fighting and drags 9S through the gate Popola opened, saying her goodbyes to 9S as the gate begins sealing itself again. As soon as the gate fully closes it, Popola receives a presumably fatal shock, which brings about a static screen. A heavily wounded Popola is later seen by with Devola by A2 at the Tower's entrance. They ask A2 if they managed to do some good, with A2 mentioning they had. The pair reveal to her that they have opened the Tower for 9S.
flowers for m[A]chines
or not to [B]e
the [E]nd of YoRHa
Nier Replicant's SINoALICE collaboration has both twins available as a potential character through the collaboration gacha. Their staff can be unlocked through a payment of 300 crystals. When the player uses the job class in battle, only one twin is randomly selected to fight. They do not appear as a team.
Their job story is a third-person narration of the twins' thoughts NieR Replicant that is told in a fairytale like fashion. Neither one of them understands why they were created to be sisters until they forced to bid farewell to one another. To live in such a cruel world, family would have been the only remedy for the loneliness they would have had to endure.
The twins' weapon story is a series of letters addressed to Popola. The first three letters are from the villagers. A child thanks her for teaching them how to make soup for their mother; an ill villager thanks her for the medicinal herb she gave them; a man confesses his desire to date her. Popola comments on each with scholarly curiosity, as she is unable to fully comprehend the sentiments expressed by each author. Regarding the man's romantic confession, she is puzzled by the strange sensation clenching her chest. Popula is most at ease with Devola's note, even chuckling at her sister's concern for her.
"Ancient Song" is the first answer for the collaboration's Twitter quiz.
- Like Devola, Popola's name is a reference to the weapon Devolapopola (Skald's Song) in Drakengard. According to the databook of said game, Taro Yoko personally liked the weapon story and wished to someday make them characters in one of his projects. They are named after two dogs owned by one of his acquaintances.
- According to Nier, Popola doesn't drink alcohol because it sends her into a violent rage. He describes her by saying, "Popola doesn't look it, but after a few, she's the strongest in the land.". Nier explains that she even once knocked down a tavern wall (although, this could possibly be exaggeration). This could also be a subtle hint to her status as an android.
- She is good at untying a cherry stem with her tongue.
- Saito conducted a NicoNico livesteam to promote Automata which included a character popularity poll for Replicant. Users voted the twins to fifth place.