Coppélia is an 1870 comic ballet about an extremely lifelike ballerina doll.
Dr. Coppélius is a doctor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village youth, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart's desire, Swanhilda. She shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life and ultimately saving him from an untimely end at the hands of the inventor.
Coppelia is an acrobatic, female clown that walks on rope and flips around, tossing knives at the player. She sometimes emerges out of cannons. When killed, she explodes in a burst of confetti and paper strips.
- Her name may derive from copella, word for "young girl" in Greek.