Essence is the queen of the Funk Trolls, being the matron of the Funky Family. She first appears in Trolls World Tour.
Queen Essence is described as a cool and calm ruler with a prudent leadership who has managed to help her subjects with getting out of sticky situations over the years. She's also a loving mother, as evidenced by how she affectionately kissed her son Cooper's cheek after they reunited, and was immensely proud of her sons making music after it seemed that all music had been destroyed.
Although she and her family are aware of the wrongs done by the ancient Pop Trolls, she (and they) don't hold those misdeeds against Queen Poppy, as they take the time to enlighten her of the truth of why the Troll Tribes live in isolation and that differences do matter by pointing out why their strings are different: because they reflect the Tribes' different music genres.
It's Essence who comes to the realization, after seeing her sons make music themselves, that music comes from the heart and is something that no one can take away.
Queen Essence is a blue-skinned Funk Troll with a purple nose. Her neck fur has bands of thick silver tinsel segments, matching the long silver tinsel-like fur that covers her body. Her blue hair is fashioned into dreads and styled back behind her head. She wears a golden tiara, and a matching band that secures her hair at the nape of her neck. Her face is covered in glitter and she has thick eyelashes. Essence's height is greater than the majority of the Funk Trolls, being only shorter than her husband.
As a Rock zombie, her blue skin grays heavily, her hair and fur turn black and her tiara is replaced by a spiked band, with two more on her neck. She no longer has her face glitter, and her eyes glow red.
Powers and Ability
She has most normal Troll abilities, as well as the abilities of her Tribe.
She's seen using a 3-string bass guitar; its middle string was the purple string of Funk, which she aided her husband in protecting until it was destroyed.
Pre-Trolls World Tour
At some point, Essence married King Quincy, and together they ruled as King and Queen of the Funk Trolls. Soon, the pair had twin eggs, which Essence kept in her hair. Unfortunately, one of their eggs was stolen by a bird from her head and flew far away with it, leaving only a single egg left. The Funk Royals raised Prince Darnell as a single son, only making him aware he had a twin when he was old enough to understand what he was missing from his life. They had searched for their missing son for many years, unaware that he had landed in Pop Village.
During this time, Essence also rose to the challenge as a leader to her people using her leadership skills, and got them through a number of unknown events. She even quelled their fear of the Pop Trolls returning to take their music from them, like they had done so to their ancestors.
Trolls World Tour
In the time of Queen Barb's Rock World Tour, Cooper was finally found wandering the desert and taken into Vibe City. The royals were shocked to find their son alive and well, and were happy to have been reunited with him.
When Queen Poppy, Branch and Hickory arrive at Vibe City, they are greeted with a friendly welcome. However, the Funk King and Queen aren't prepared to combine their Funk strength with the Pop Trolls strength, and their son Darnell explains the reason why. In the past the Troll Tribes separated after the Pop Trolls had stolen the six Strings for themselves. Although the Funk Trolls don't hold a grudge against the Pop Trolls for their ancestors' wrongdoings, they explain differences matter to them and what makes them Funk Trolls is more important then anything else. As the Rock Trolls attack, the King gives the order to prepare for battle and both he and Essence prepare themselves.
Soon, the Funk Trolls find themselves in darkness as Riff unplugs the lights. The entire Funk Troll Tribe is captured and taken to Volcano Rock City where Barb begins to play the ultimate power cord. Branch stops Barb from transforming Poppy into a Rock zombie, but is the first to be transformed instead. Soon, Barb transforms all the Tribe leaders, including the Funk royal pair as their sons can only look on in woe.
When Poppy smashes Barb's guitar, Essence and Quincy are freed from being controlled, but the Strings have been destroyed as well. While the Trolls are saddened by the apparent loss of all their music, Cooper and D begin to make music, to which Essence and Quincy realize that while their music started with the Strings, it truly came from within themselves, which is something that can never be taken away; the funky couple express pride in their sons. The Trolls sing together, inspiring harmony between them and restoring their true colors.
The Trolls are finally an united Kingdom again. At the end credits, she's seen dancing with her family.
- The lack of the 4th string is an uncommon type of bass. 3-string basses are often custom-made and usually don't have the "G" note, which is the "treble" range note in bass guitars. This causes the player to have access only to the "D", "A" and "E" notes; the advantage of this is that it allows for faster fretting.