Examples of Mojo Jojo
Examples of Mojo Jojo
Where does Mojo Jojo come from?
Mojo Jojo appeared on the first season of the Japanese-culture-influenced kids cartoon, The Powerpuff Girls, in 1998. On the show, Mojo Jojo was once just Jojo, a sweet-tempered monkey assistant to Professor Utonium—until the Professor accidentally spilled Chemical X while creating his three, super-powered Powerpuff Girls. After Jojo pushed the Professor aside to take the brunt of the spill, Chemical X caused Jojo’s genes to mutate, resulting in his characteristic green skin, exposed brain, genius-level intelligence, and revved-up name, Mojo Jojo. Feeling ignored and poorly treated, Mojo Jojo left the Professor and set up his own laboratory, from which he plots to defeat the Powerpuff Girls, destroy their home of Townsville, and rule the world.
Mojo Jojo‘s character design was inspired by monkey-headed Dr. Gori on the Japanese live-action series Spectreman. Another Japanese show, Kagestar, provided the inspiration for Mojo Jojo‘s distinctive white and purple-striped hat, which covers his exposed brain. As further (if not stereotyped) emphasis on his Japanese pop-culture roots, Mojo Jojo speaks with an exaggerated Japanese accent and is known for making repetitive and redundant statements, even distracting himself during fights with the Powerpuff Girls. He was voiced by actor Robert Jackson until the show ended in 2005, and he was brought on to voice him again when the show was rebooted in 2016.
Who uses Mojo Jojo?
Mojo Jojo appears more than any other of the Powerpuff Girls’ opponents, making him very recognizable to the fans of the show and of cartoon animation. He is often referred to as the Girls’ main antagonist or archenemy, and he appears in the 2002 The Powerpuff Girls Movie as the main villain. One person even opened a bakery called Mojo Monkey Donuts in Minnesota, named for her three daughters’ fondness for the show.
Mojo Jojo is alluded to in comments on real and other fictional monkeys (cf., Planet of the Apes) as well as humorous attempts at world domination or other evil but harebrained schemes. He has inspired cosplay, fanfiction, and a popular meme: That’s The Evilest Thing I Can Imagine. Featuring Mojo Jojo joyfully crying, the meme (or GIF) is based on a quote of his from the TV show and is used to mock attempts at antagonism or unpleasantness on the internet. When someone writes or speaks in a way reminiscent of his repetition (“One shall be the number of Mojo Jojos in the world, and the number of Mojo Jojos in the world shall be one.”), they may be compared to Mojo Jojo or have some of his dialogue repeated back for humor by people familiar with the character.
The fictional monkey is not to be confused with Mojojojo, the stage name of an Indian musician and bassist.